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News: Mario Will Be Racing In Reality At This Weekend's History 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Mario Will Be Racing In Reality At This Weekend's History 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Not upside down, sadly

Mario Kart 8 may not have much of a grounding in reality, but the game will be getting some welcome real-world exposure at this weekend's History 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway event. US retailer GameStop has taken over the livery of double Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racer Matt Kenseth's Toyota Camry in...

News: Tappingo 2 Confirmed for a Summer Release on 3DS eShop

Tappingo 2 Confirmed for a Summer Release on 3DS eShop

Over 100 puzzles and a new zoom option promised

Fans of download games on DS and 3DS that also love a gameplay twist or puzzling challenge may be familiar with Goodbye Galaxy Games, which recently brought Tappingo to the eShop. We certainly appreciated its charms, awarding it 7/10 in our review. The good news is that Hugo Smits, the man behind the...

News: Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

At least a potential E3 reveal won't be a live demonstation

It seems that today is a day of potential E3 leaks, and this one will likely divide Nintendo gamers. We're aware that some of the Nintendo Life community enjoyed Wii Music, so this writer will restrict expressing his feelings of trepidation and fear at this possible reveal — the lead...

News: Here Are Plenty of Lovely Hyrule Warriors Screenshots at Which to Gawk

Here Are Plenty of Lovely Hyrule Warriors Screenshots at Which to Gawk

So pretty...

With Hyrule Warriors doing the rounds in the Japanese media and, by extension, getting Wii U gamers in the West a tad excited as well, Tecmo Koei's enjoying additional interest in its latest Warriors collaboration. Teaming up with one of Nintendo's biggest brands can have that effect. If you're keen to see more, of course, the...

Video: Feast Your Eyes On Episode One Of Days Of Our Tomodachi Lives

Feast Your Eyes On Episode One Of Days Of Our Tomodachi Lives

And take part in the caption competition to win a role in episode two

Last week, we told you about an amazing new event in web-based televisual programming: Days of Our Tomodachi Lives. A soap opera created entirely with Tomodachi Life, it is surely set to become one of the most significant contributions to popular culture yet seen, and the most...

News: The Wii U Version Of Super Smash Bros. Will Utilise The NFC Nintendo Figurine Platform

The Wii U Version Of Super Smash Bros. Will Utilise The NFC Nintendo Figurine Platform

From the mouth of Nintendo of France's managing director Stephan Bole

Update: Nintendo UK has issued us with the following statement: On 8th May 2014, Mr Iwata announced the decision for Nintendo to release character figurines with built-in NFC functionality that are compatible with video games starting from this year-end sales season. There...

Nintendo Download: 22nd May (North America)

22nd May (North America)

Squids, Turtles, Soldiers, Aliens, Street Fighting and more

It's that time once again, as we have the full details of this week's Nintendo Download offerings in North America. This week brings us retro delights and new games on both the Wii U and 3DS, along with more DSiWare to keep the old portable going. Let's get to it. Want to know what arrives...

Site News: Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Recommended viewing

Those of you with especially good memories will recall that Nintendo Life has been featured on the eShop twice in the past few years — back in 2011, we were asked by Nintendo of Europe to contribute a list of our favourite eShop titles, and a year later we supplied our red-hot summer picks for the North American eShop. We're...

News: Tecmo Koei and Eiji Aonuma Outline Origins of Hyrule Warriors

Tecmo Koei and Eiji Aonuma Outline Origins of Hyrule Warriors

"We have many fans of The Legend of Zelda in our company"

After months of silence following its December 2013 reveal, Hyrule Warriors is undoubtedly a hot topic as a result of its recent Famitsu coverage. Hitting Japan on 14th August, confirmed gameplay details have perhaps contributed to a sense of optimism around this Warriors and Zelda crossover...

News: The Legend Of Zelda: Minish Cap Will Be Sizing Up The Wii U eShop Soon

The Legend Of Zelda: Minish Cap Will Be Sizing Up The Wii U eShop Soon

If you want to get ahead, get a hat

Nintendo has confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap is coming to the western Wii U Virtual Console service in the near future. A page has appeared on the official Nintendo of America site which details the game, but the release date remains "TBC". Minish Cap was first released on the Game Boy Advance...

News: NPD Q1 Spend Shows 1% Drop Despite Substantial Hardware Boost

NPD Q1 Spend Shows 1% Drop Despite Substantial Hardware Boost

It's a tough market out there

In recent weeks our coverage of the Japanese chart results has shown a certain pattern — sales are low and showing a lack of momentum. Despite two new home consoles in the past six months and Nintendo beginning to step up its efforts with both Wii U and 3DS, the latest figures for US retail sales are also showing a...

Feature: Memories of the Wii and DS Wi-Fi Connection Era

Memories of the Wii and DS Wi-Fi Connection Era

When the Nintendo Network was but a twinkle in Iwata-san's eye

It's finally happened, the Wi-Fi connection on the Wii and DS is gone, disconnected on 20th May. The DSi and Wii Shop platforms are still running, but online multiplayer and content in games is now shut down, prompting the end of an era for the last-gen systems. Regardless of the...

News: Japanese Retail Sales Struggle as Just 76 Units Separate PS4 and Wii U

Japanese Retail Sales Struggle as Just 76 Units Separate PS4 and Wii U

Yo-kai Watch approaches one million retail sales

The Japanese chart results are in from Media Create, and unfortunately they continue the recent trends of poor sales across software and hardware. There are some bright-spots from a Nintendo perspective, though not necessarily radiant enough to lighten up the overall picture. To start with software,...

News: Gargoyle's Quest II Swoops Onto the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

Gargoyle's Quest II Swoops Onto the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

3DS or Wii U is fine in the West, really...

So, Gargoyle's Quest II may be on its way to the Virtual Console in the West, perhaps. Up to now we've seen the NES version arrive on the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan, while it's been rated by the Australian Classification Board — it's on the cards, then. This sequel — a prequel in terms of the plot...

News: Miiverse Update Changes Profiles in New User Page, Adds a Couple of Extra Features

Miiverse Update Changes Profiles in New User Page, Adds a Couple of Extra Features

Set favourite posts and 'Yeah' comments

Miiverse, Nintendo's continually evolving bespoke social network, has had another update applied today. This time around there are improvements — at least we think they are — to all three versions across Wii U, 3DS and web browsers. To start with, there's now a revamped User Page, with the User Menu of...

Feature: Tomodachi Life Is The Game Your Mii Has Been Waiting For Since 2006

Tomodachi Life Is The Game Your Mii Has Been Waiting For Since 2006

Bringing digital denizens to life

When Nintendo introduced the Mii concept along with its Wii console back in 2006, it was something of a revelation — so much so that former bedfellow Rare was inspired to imitate the character creation system on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console with its similarly cute Avatars. A digital representation of the player...

News: PDP Confirms the GameCube-Inspired Wired Fight Pad For Wii and Wii U

PDP Confirms the GameCube-Inspired Wired Fight Pad For Wii and Wii U

Arriving "this Holiday season"

Controller accessories were everywhere in the Wii era, with various companies fighting over a piece of the sizeable, tasty pie of the system's sales. We can expect that trend to continue to some degree with the Wii U, though the uptake has been slower due to its smaller fan-base to date. Fear not, third-party...

News: This Foul-Mouthed Bomberman Clone Is Blowing Up The Wii U eShop Soon

This Foul-Mouthed Bomberman Clone Is Blowing Up The Wii U eShop Soon

Tick, tick, tick, tick, BOOM

Fans of explosive destruction and naughty swears will be pleased to hear that Sanuk Games has announced that its next game is due to hit the Wii U eShop in the coming months. Bombing Bastards is an attractive arcade action title which is clearly inspired by Hudson's iconic Bomberman series, and features the vocal talents...