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Reaction: Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales Potential, Ruining Battle Mode And Racism

Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales Potential, Ruining Battle Mode And Racism

Mario Kart Hate

Mario Kart 8 launches at the end of this month, and as you'll know if you've consulted our review, it's well worth looking forward to. It would seem that most of the gaming press agrees with us; the game has scored very highly across the board. However, opinions are like belly buttons — everybody has one — and unsurprisingly,...

Rumour: Wii Sports Club Japanese Retail Bundle Points to July Release for Boxing and Baseball

Wii Sports Club Japanese Retail Bundle Points to July Release for Boxing and Baseball

A knockout for Wii U?

The Wii Sports Club range on the Wii U eShop has offered some decent fun so far, bringing HD, Miiverse and MotionPlus upgrades to three events from the iconic Wii Sports. We're still awaiting Baseball and Boxing, of course, in order to complete the set; if a Japanese retail blog is to be believed, they're not far away. The...

News: Wii U Software Has a Boost in U.S. Sales as LEGO Takes Over

Wii U Software Has a Boost in U.S. Sales as LEGO Takes Over

Decent portable LEGO sales for Nintendo

In what's one of the quietest NPD sales updates of recent times, some limited details have emerged of April physical retail sales in the U.S. There's a relatively minor piece of positive news for the Wii U, while the software top 10 has an air of familiarity and one brand showing continued strong form. In...

Out Today: Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Europe)

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Europe)

Triple the fun

It's great being a Nintendo fan in Europe these days isn't it? Nowadays we normally get games at the same time as our cousins across the pond. Not so in the case of Kirby: Triple Deluxe, however — how dare NoE make us wait an extra two weeks for the loveable pink puffball? Only teasing, what's a few weeks between friends? Kirby's...

News: Ubisoft Makes Little Mention of Nintendo in Plans for Financial Year, Sales Show Why

Ubisoft Makes Little Mention of Nintendo in Plans for Financial Year, Sales Show Why

Just 3% of sales on Wii U, zero on 3DS

Ubisoft has published its financial results and reports, and having reported losses has been outlining plans and expectations for a successful coming year; pre-orders for Watch_Dogs and other major releases are cited as positives, though despite Just Dance 2014 hitting six million sell-in units and evidently...

News: This Pokémon Trainer Red Nendoroid is Ludicrously Cute

This Pokémon Trainer Red Nendoroid is Ludicrously Cute

D'aww, catch 'em all little buddy

We do like cute collectibles here at Nintendo Life, and the Nendoroid range from Good Smile is up there with the very best. We've covered Luigi and Toon Link before, and now Pokémon Trainer Red is in on the act. Due for release in Japan for ¥4,500 (approx $44) in September, the product page for this says the...

Talking Point: For Better Or For Worse, The Wii U GamePad Is Here To Stay

For Better Or For Worse, The Wii U GamePad Is Here To Stay

Don't expect a Microsoft-style U-turn from Nintendo

The brief lifespan of Microsoft's Xbox One has been overshadowed by a series of embarrassing turnarounds. First, the company was forced to bow to popular opinion and alter its policy on having an "always on" internet connection, then it quickly changed its stance on indie self-publishing. More...

News: These Super Mario McDonald's Happy Meal Toys in Malaysia Are All Kinds of Awesome

These Super Mario McDonald's Happy Meal Toys in Malaysia Are All Kinds of Awesome

Penguin Mario! Boomerang Mario! Peach!

Not so long ago there was a Super Mario range of McDonald's Happy Meal toys in the UK; restaurants near Nintendo Life HQ reported increased sales to late 20s / early 30s bearded men, some of whom had no children in tow to justify their visit. We even did an unboxing. The same wave of enthusiasm for cheap food...

Nintendo Download: 15th May (North America)

15th May (North America)

Wii Party U(?!), Scram Kitty, Chronicles of the Moon and much more

It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week certainly brings decent variety and some much anticipated games. There are two exclusives across Wii U and 3DS that stand out, along with some other downloads and Virtual Console entries on both current systems. Let's get to...

News: Monster Hunter Team Discusses Continuing Evolution and Growth of the Franchise

Monster Hunter Team Discusses Continuing Evolution and Growth of the Franchise

"Games that ‘expand’ need all kinds of preparations"

Capcom's recent financial results referred to the "explosive popularity" of Monster Hunter 4, with the 3DS title contributing much to the company's profits. The upcoming Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will expand on the original and aim for double-dip success in Japan, but will also arrive in the...

Matters of Import: Tomodachi Collection

Tomodachi Collection

The best of friends?

Tomodachi Collection is more a toy than a game in that very special Nintendo way: your own mad little island full of Miis that you never knew you wanted but you suddenly find yourself unable to live without, and while it may be the five-year-old prequel to the upcoming English language Tomodachi Life, that doesn't mean the...

News: Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Dutch electronics giant seeking compensation package, too

Dutch electronics manufacturer Philips is claiming that the Nintendo Wii and Wii U systems infringe on two of its patents — one of which dates back to 1996. According to Dutch site NU, Philips has submitted documents in the United States which call for a ban on selling both systems in that...

News: Unique Vivillon Distribution Confirmed for Paris Pokémon Center

Unique Vivillon Distribution Confirmed for Paris Pokémon Center

The chance to grab a special pocket monster

One of the most exciting aspects of Pokémon is the various distributions that occur throughout a specific game's life cycle. Not only does it revoke interest in many players, it provides enthusiasts the chance to get unique and special Pokémon, many of which are not available through the standard game...

News: Heart Forth, Alicia Successfully Hits Wii U Kickstarter Target

Heart Forth, Alicia Successfully Hits Wii U Kickstarter Target

3DS version still on the cards

Successful Kickstarter project Heart Forth, Alicia, a '90s-inspired 'Metroidvania' RPG, has hit its Wii U stretch goal of $200,000 and will now be coming to the system. Wii U owners will have the opportunity to play the mystical retro-flavoured game about a young wizard on her journey to stop an evil Spirit from...

Talking Point: The Nintendo Figurine Platform Could be a Vital Money-Spinner

The Nintendo Figurine Platform Could be a Vital Money-Spinner

A '90s approach that can still work

The Nintendo brand used to be everywhere. In the late '80s and early '90s the big N's brand, particularly in North America, was ever-present and dominant in the market. Mario and his fellow mascots had TV shows, cereal brands, toys and assorted paraphernalia all over store shelves. If you grew up in that era and...

Video: Check Out This Pretty Comprehensive Guide To The Charms Of Tomodachi Life

Check Out This Pretty Comprehensive Guide To The Charms Of Tomodachi Life

Bringing your Mii to life

Tomodachi Life launches next month, and Nintendo is taking steps to ensure that the appeal of this incredibly unique game is as obvious as possible. With this in mind, Nintendo UK has produced a video which runs for almost four minutes and outlines some of the things you'll be able to get up to in the final game. The clip...