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Talking Point: The Watch_Dogs Wii U Delay Demonstrates That Major Third-Parties Are Walking Away

The Watch_Dogs Wii U Delay Demonstrates That Major Third-Parties Are Walking Away

How important that is for the system is up for debate

Before the Wii U was launched Nintendo made the right noises about third-party support — here was a powerful system with backing from major players like EA, Activision and Ubisoft, we were told, and the innovative new controller would encourage unique, multi-screen experiences. Of course,...

Interview: We Chat to BNC Design Studios, A New Wii U Developer With An Eye on Licensed Products

We Chat to BNC Design Studios, A New Wii U Developer With An Eye on Licensed Products

"Mario is still the greatest name in entertainment"

While the third-party retail game scene may be increasingly desolate on Wii U, it seems the download-only market is very much alive and kicking. There are a broad range of multi-platform and exclusive games on the way, from established and experienced Nintendo download developers to newcomers...

Video: Yacht Club Games' Sean Velasco Digs Up the NES Roots of Shovel Knight

Yacht Club Games' Sean Velasco Digs Up the NES Roots of Shovel Knight

"It's a pumped up 8-bit aesthetic"

Shovel Knight has had a longer-than-expected route to our Nintendo systems, but it's creeping ever closer to both the 3DS and Wii U eShop stores. It grabbed attention in its crowdfunding days due to the fact it was a product of Yacht Club Games — a group of former WayForward developers making their début as a...

Rumour: Square Enix Trademark For Luminaries Of The Legendary Line Could Be Related To Dragon Quest

Square Enix Trademark For Luminaries Of The Legendary Line Could Be Related To Dragon Quest

This company really does love alliteration in its titles

Square Enix has gone somewhat quiet about localising its Dragon Quest titles for the western market — leading some to suggest that the franchise is all but dead outside of its native Japan — but a recent trademark hints that something is afoot. A US trademark has been filed by Square Enix...

News: Nintendo Ends Partnership With Austrian Distributor Stadlbauer, Confirms Plans For Regional Office

Nintendo Ends Partnership With Austrian Distributor Stadlbauer, Confirms Plans For Regional Office

Could this be the birth of Nintendo Austria?

As we all know, Nintendo has offices all over the world which handle the marketing and distribution of the company's products in different regions — we've got Nintendo of America, Nintendo UK and Nintendo of Europe, for example. We could now be seeing the formation of an Austrian office, as Nintendo...

News: Just 2% of Ubisoft's Q3 Sales Were for Wii U

Just 2% of Ubisoft's Q3 Sales Were for Wii U

Grim numbers

Confirmation that Watch_Dogs has been delayed again on Wii U, and will arrive later than on other platforms, is certainly a hot topic. While debates around the reasons, justification and ramifications for the game's sales will spin around, there are key statistics that highlight just why Ubisoft isn't exactly busting a gut to deliver...

News: GameChops releases Club Kong: A Modern Jazz Remix of Donkey Kong Music

GameChops releases Club Kong: A Modern Jazz Remix of Donkey Kong Music

Sit back, relax and enjoy

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Donkey Kong Country, video game remix record label GameChops has released a six track remix of music from the game. The album, aptly named Club Kong, is best described as a Donkey Kong electronic jazz club infusion; it comes at a perfect time as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze...

News: Club Nintendo Rewards Updated for February

Club Nintendo Rewards Updated for February

DK Jr! Punch-Out! Mario RPG! Arty Goodness!

It's that time again, North American gamers, with four more download games available for you to download for free — well, with your hard earned coins. This time around we have three Virtual Console titles and one DSiWare entry, while three Nintendo systems are supported. So, let's get to it. Donkey...

News: Watch_Dogs Delayed Again on Wii U, Will Arrive on the System After Other Platforms

Watch_Dogs Delayed Again on Wii U, Will Arrive on the System After Other Platforms

Ubisoft screws the pooch

There have been plenty of rumours and counter-rumours around Watch_Dogs in recent weeks, yet now we have some solid news from the company itself; it's not pleasing from a Wii U perspective. In its financial results today, and the investor call that followed, Ubisoft confirmed that the title would arrive on PC, PS3, PS4,...

News: As The Maker Of Flappy Bird Withdraws His Creation, Nintendo Denies Any Legal Complaint

As The Maker Of Flappy Bird Withdraws His Creation, Nintendo Denies Any Legal Complaint

Japanese firm has no issue with the game's visuals

Unless you've been living down an especially deep well for the past week or so, you'll have heard of the name Flappy Bird. The smartphone title has attracted an astonishing amount of interest both from within and outside the games industry, and its creator Dong Nguyen apparently made $50,000 USD a...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Twenty Four

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Twenty Four

Lucario again! Palkia! Mother Brain! More!

Super Smash Bros. keeps creeping closer — thanks to the inevitable passing of time — and we can anticipate the anarchic fun that awaits at home on Wii U and, pleasingly, on our travels with those funky 3DS visuals. Masahiro Sakurai continues to tease us along, via the Super Smash Bros. Director's Room,...

News: These Mario Figures Are All Kinds of Awesome

These Mario Figures Are All Kinds of Awesome

He has that 'cheeky chappy' grin

We do like collectibles here at Nintendo Life, and figurines can be a nice way to decorate our homes with our favourite heroes. While Link is no stranger to gorgeous figurines, Mario's presence is often in the form of plushies, so it's pleasing to find some figures that, while lacking the complexity of Figma...

Feature: Monster Hunting with Kerry: Kechawacha – That's A Name, Not A Sneeze

Monster Hunting with Kerry: Kechawacha – That's A Name, Not A Sneeze

Drinking potions like they're going out of style

With the recent announcement of both Monster Hunter 4G and a confirmed Western release in 2015, the self-titled "Greatest Editors In The World" have stuffed me back in my cupboard, denying me anything not directly related to creating Monster Hunter articles for you lovely people. I've been promised...

News: Wii Fit No Substitute For Real Exercise According To Academic Research

Wii Fit No Substitute For Real Exercise According To Academic Research

Includes all other forms of active gaming

Australians love being recognised globally for their sporting achievements. Be it their recent win over England in the Ashes, or Aussie golfer Adam Scott and his rise to number 2 in the world. It’s always a thrill to see a country of such a small population competing both fiercely and passionately on the...

Weirdness: There's More To This Megatron Transformers Toy Than Meets The Eye

There's More To This Megatron Transformers Toy Than Meets The Eye

The worlds of Transformers and video gaming collide

Like any successful toy line, Transformers has seen its fair share of video game adaptations — earliest of which can be traced all the way back to the Famicom, the Japanese version of the NES. However, this latest Transformers gaming crossover has "weird" written all over it. Manufactured by...

Nintendo Download: 13th February (Europe)

13th February (Europe)

The Doctor's in, Bumpie's Party gets started again, Inazuma, LEGO and more

Update: We have now updated UK prices via the Nintendo UK press release. We'd also like to apologies for confusion with the headline date, now fixed. Original Article: The download update for Europe is in, as always, and this week brings a range of retail titles and...

News: VBlank Entertainment Planning Free Retro City Rampage DX Update, Bug Fix To Be Submitted on Monday

VBlank Entertainment Planning Free Retro City Rampage DX Update, Bug Fix To Be Submitted on Monday

Don't hit "RESET TO DEFAULTS" in the settings

Update: Vblank Entertainment's Brian Provinciano has kindly given us some further detail on the issue that he's aiming to fix, as well as the happy news that he plans more free updates in the future. For clarification, what's happening is that the RESET TO DEFAULTS sets the video mode to 1:1 instead...

News: You Can Now Play Free HTML5 Games on the Wii U Web Browser

You Can Now Play Free HTML5 Games on the Wii U Web Browser

If you really want to

Just recently a website launched to provide links to dozens of free HTML5 games playable on the PS4 web browser, and the same group has now launched an equivalent Wii U website to give you easy access to these games. Similar resources existed for the Wii, in which pointer controls — for example — were supported. With this...