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News: Nintendo's E3 Focus to Reportedly be on Wii U and 3DS, not Smart Devices or NX

Nintendo's E3 Focus to Reportedly be on Wii U and 3DS, not Smart Devices or NX

NX still set for 2016 reveal

Following its annual financial results in this past week, Nintendo hosted a Q & A with investors. The Japanese-language transcript has now been published, though we'll need to wait longer for the official English translation - nevertheless, fans in the region have been interpreting key parts for the web to consider...

News: Nintendo "Currently Investigating" The Idea Of A Region-Free NX

Nintendo "Currently Investigating" The Idea Of A Region-Free NX

Satoru Iwata outlines company's "optimistic" position

Sony and Microsoft have effectively abandoned the practice of region locking their hardware, leaving Nintendo as the odd-one-out with its Wii U and 3DS - both of which will only play software from their host region. In the past Nintendo has argued in favour of region locking, but more recently...

News: The Ocarina of Time Speedrun World Record Has Been Beaten Yet Again

The Ocarina of Time Speedrun World Record Has Been Beaten Yet Again

Crikey

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is not only an all-time classic game, but the source of one of the most keenly fought speedrun world records. Speedrunning experts continue to set new standards, each seemingly defying the odds more than before. Well, the record has been beaten again, once again utilising quirky skips that can be accessed...

Video: Our Guide to the Splatoon Global Testfire Demo and an Awesome Japanese Trailer

Our Guide to the Splatoon Global Testfire Demo and an Awesome Japanese Trailer

All four weapons and both stages shown off

If you're unaware of the Splatoon Global Testfire Demo then you've clearly not been reading Nintendo Life. We're well aware that it's the dominant story right now, but that's probably because it's such darn fun. There's just one round of online play left, and that's at noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern / 8pm UK...

Live: Splatoon Global Testfire - Round 1 With Nintendo Treehouse

Splatoon Global Testfire - Round 1 With Nintendo Treehouse

It's time for battle

Splatoon is nearly here, and in a surprising move this week Nintendo's set up time-limited online sessions in a free demo; there are three one hour windows lined up. This is the first of these online sessions, and we're live streaming the Nintendo Treehouse while live blogging our experiences with the demo. Join us#Splatoon

News: Nintendo Share Value Increases With Profits and Smart Device Gaming on the Agenda

Nintendo Share Value Increases With Profits and Smart Device Gaming on the Agenda

Nintendo pushes back system plans for developing countries

Whether by design or simply coincidence, Nintendo managed to bury its financial results behind a Splatoon Direct, though for the first time in a few years the reports were actually positive. Nintendo made a larger than expected profit despite missing some sales targets, and expects improved...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X and Dragon Quest Help Wii U to Top Spot in Japan

Xenoblade Chronicles X and Dragon Quest Help Wii U to Top Spot in Japan

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition tops software results

In recent weeks the Media Create Japanese charts have shown Sony systems and its releases nicking ahead of Nintendo's offerings, so with that in mind this week brings happier news for the big N. The company and supportive third-parties have topped the software and hardware results to...

News: Nintendo UK Hosting Splatoon Global Testfire Twitch Stream Tomorrow

Nintendo UK Hosting Splatoon Global Testfire Twitch Stream Tomorrow

Splat attack

Today sees the launch of the Splatoon Global Testfire, and Nintendo UK is hosting its own Twitch stream tomorrow. The first testfire session takes place at 4AM BST tonight, which understandably makes it less than ideal for UK gamers - unless you're planning on stocking up on caffeine and pulling an all-nighter, of course. Instead,...

Feature: The Key Details on Splatoon, Nintendo's Shot at a New Wii U Hit

The Key Details on Splatoon, Nintendo's Shot at a New Wii U Hit

Modes, guns, 8-bit games and amiibo

This week brought us Splatoon Direct, Nintendo's quirky pitch for its upcoming ink-based arena shooter. It's a game that's justifiably been talked up a fair deal, with a blend of intuitive and clever GamePad controls, bright visuals and a whole lot of gameplay potential. While large sections reiterated information...

Video: Here Is The Trailer For The Delayed Wii U Title, Red Goddess: Inner World

Here Is The Trailer For The Delayed Wii U Title, Red Goddess: Inner World

“Testing and debugging is taking more time than anticipated”

In case you missed it, Yanim Studio has revealed its upcoming Kickstarter-funded project, Red Goddess: Inner World, for the Wii U and various other platforms has been delayed. The Wii U release date, originally on-target for this year, has been pushed back until the first quarter of...

Weirdness: Former My Chemical Romance Frontman Can't Get Enough Of Zelda: Wind Waker

Former My Chemical Romance Frontman Can't Get Enough Of Zelda: Wind Waker

"I play Zelda with my daughter now"

When Activision announced its plans to relaunch Guitar Hero recently, ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way was one of the artists it recruited to promote the move. Way has since been talking to UK newspaper Metro about gaming in general, and has revealed that he's a big fan of The Legend of Zelda - and the...

News: Nintendo's First Smart Device Game With DeNA to Land This Year, But Only Five Planned Up to March 2017

Nintendo's First Smart Device Game With DeNA to Land This Year, But Only Five Planned Up to March 2017

Slow and steady

In March Nintendo announced its partnership with DeNA to bring its IP to smart devices in apps and games. It was a fairly drastic shift in direction, with the talk turning from apps that would have the sole aim of directing consumers to Nintendo hardware, to directly acknowledging the need for big-hitting franchises to have games on...

News: Producer Of The Mario Kart Series Appointed As Head Of Nintendo’s Mobile Development Division

Producer Of The Mario Kart Series Appointed As Head Of Nintendo’s Mobile Development Division

Likely to mean Hideki Konno

Following Nintendo's big announcement in March that it would partner with DeNA to bring popular Nintendo IP to new games on smart devices, there was much speculation about how exactly this enthralling venture would unfold. Now Japanese news outlet Sankei is reporting that Nintendo's latest financial results have shed...

Out Now: Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush

Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush

The drawn out release is here!

As you may have noticed we've been going kooky for Kirby this week, as the round, pink protagonist's latest adventure, Kirby And The Rainbow Paintbrush, has finally come to European shores. It's been a few months since the game's North American release, so you may already know quite a bit about it, a game we called "a...

News: Iwata Reveals a Bit More Information on Nintendo's Upcoming Integrated Membership Service

Iwata Reveals a Bit More Information on Nintendo's Upcoming Integrated Membership Service

Tracks past purchases and gameplay records

A point of contention for many years now has been Nintendo's rather deliberate approach to implementation of online services, but with the launch of the Nintendo Network and the eShop, Nintendo has made great strides in the past few years towards offering an increasingly more streamlined and modern online...

News: Nintendo Has Shipped 10.5 Million amiibo Worldwide

Nintendo Has Shipped 10.5 Million amiibo Worldwide

amiib-whoa

It's pretty safe to say at this point that amiibo has definitely proven to have been a profitable venture for Nintendo. While it may be that some figures are extremely difficult to find in stores, it cannot be understated that demand has been high all across the board; especially considering that, with new games being released each...

News: Mega Man & Bass Kickstarts "Mega May" On Wii U Virtual Console

Mega Man & Bass Kickstarts "Mega May" On Wii U Virtual Console

Dr.Wily's least favourite time of year

Last month, Capcom announced that their "Mega May" event was back in full force for 2015, focused on bringing classic GBA Mega Man titles to the Wii U Virtual Console. Now that the month is here and we're already panicking about how fast time is slipping by, these weekly releases have launched into action, with...