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News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Discuss the Art Style and Sources of Inspiration

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Discuss the Art Style and Sources of Inspiration

Blessing or a curse?

Just this Friday, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse released in North America to general critical acclaim. We awarded it a 7/10; while praising the excellent art style, we felt there were underutilized gameplay applications of the clay theme. As part of the buzz surrounding the game's release, GameSpot recently conducted an interview...

News: Eiji Aonuma Explains Several Design Choices in the Creation of Majora’s Mask

Eiji Aonuma Explains Several Design Choices in the Creation of Majora’s Mask

“It’s almost like another dimension”

It's no secret that many are enjoying The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D at the moment. The much-anticipated remake of the Nintendo 64 classic rectified some of the issues present in the original release and streamlined the whole experience to make it more enjoyable. Just recently, Game Informer con

Weirdness: Nintendo Tries to Jump on the Oscars Bandwagon With Its Own Film Awards

Nintendo Tries to Jump on the Oscars Bandwagon With Its Own Film Awards

Uh-huh...

The world of PR stunts is rather peculiar, often involving tenuous links to major events in order to gain attention. The latest effort from Nintendo of America made quite a few of us raise an eyebrow, and in a bout of irony and counter-productiveness we're sharing it with you. Because it's a bit silly. It's Oscars weekend, in which movie...

News: Super Smash Bros. Pros Explain Competitive Theories in Reading, Zoning and the "Neutral Game" 

Super Smash Bros. Pros Explain Competitive Theories in Reading, Zoning and the "Neutral Game" 

If you fancy brawling with the best, watch this

Your humble writer, like many in the Nintendo Life team, likes Super Smash Bros. a lot, with the latest entries on Wii U and 3DS pushing our buttons. While some of us in the broader community may be decent players that can compete well in occasional online matches, competitive pro players are naturally...

News: Our Colleagues at Pure Xbox Are Playing Loads of Games for a Good Cause

Our Colleagues at Pure Xbox Are Playing Loads of Games for a Good Cause

Broadcasting live right now

Let's kick this off with a quick disclaimer. No, this isn't about Nintendo. It's important, though, as it's about some friends raising money for charity. In the past we've shared details about a host of live streaming fundraisers, from the incredibly successful Awesome Games Done Quick, to Mario Marathons, Zeldathons and...

Video: Watch The Virtual Boy's Galactic Pinball In Full 3D On Your New Nintendo 3DS

Watch The Virtual Boy's Galactic Pinball In Full 3D On Your New Nintendo 3DS

Wiz, ball!

Last week, we experimented with releasing a 3D video of Virtual Boy Wario Land, and you said you wanted more. So we're giving you more! Released in 1995, does Galactic Pinball successfully translate the exciting, fast gameplay of pinball, with the addition of migraines? In this video, we take a look and quickly realise that we're not...

News: Sonic and Mega Man amiibo Available Again from Nintendo UK Store, But Reports of Cancelled Shulk Pre-Orders Also Surface

Sonic and Mega Man amiibo Available Again from Nintendo UK Store, But Reports of Cancelled Shulk Pre-Orders Also Surface

Pre-order customers aren't all feeling it

Update: Nintendo UK has provided us with the following statement on the issue of cancelled Shulk amiibo pre-orders. Nintendo UK can confirm that the Nintendo Official UK Store has had to cancel a very limited number of pre-orders for the Shulk amiibo. Nintendo is in the process of contacting those...

Feature: A History of Full Fat Games - From Nintendo Portables to Smartphones and Back Again

A History of Full Fat Games - From Nintendo Portables to Smartphones and Back Again

"I'm just pleased to have a game on the 3DS"

In the past week we brought you the news that Flick Golf 3D is coming to the 3DS eShop, which will be an interesting test to see whether a hugely popular smartphone game can grab a sizeable audience on Nintendo's portable. To those unfamiliar with developer Full Fat Games there could be a perception...

News: Nintendo Unleashes Video Guides for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Nintendo Unleashes Video Guides for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Including that pesky Gore Magala

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has now been out for one week, and early indications suggest that its arrival in the West has brought improved sales over its predecessors - perhaps it's finally establishing a stronger foothold outside of Japan. It's also proof that there are plenty of committed gamers with a 3DS, as the...

Rumour: Upcoming Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call DLC Brings More Classic Tracks

Upcoming Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call DLC Brings More Classic Tracks

Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana tracks included

Fortunately for fans of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, Square Enix has kept busy since its 2014 launch, providing fans with various various DLC packages that include a range of confirmed additional tracks on the way. Although Square Enix has already announced and released a variety of DLC...

Video: Check Out Kirby's Adventure Wii on the Wii U eShop

Check Out Kirby's Adventure Wii on the Wii U eShop

You'll need shades with all those colours!

Nintendo's latest Wii digital re-release for Wii U in Europe is Kirby's Adventure Wii - AKA Kirby's Return To Dream Land. This Wii title from 2011 is a back-to-basics adventure that puts Kirby into familiar territory - there's no need to complain if you're in North America, you get the brand new Kirby and...

News: New Details Discovered on Xenoblade Chronicles X’s Exploration System

New Details Discovered on Xenoblade Chronicles X’s Exploration System

This'll take a little more than a few hours to explore

The world that players are tasked with exploring in the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles X is certainly one to be looked forward to. While the setting may not be nearly as original as exploring the surface of the lifeless body of a titan, the alien world of Mira promises to be filled with secrets...

News: Yes, People Are Still Making NES Games In 2015

Yes, People Are Still Making NES Games In 2015

Just because they can

The NES is one of the most iconic gaming systems of all time, but it hasn't been on Nintendo's radar - at least from a hardware perspective - for quite some time. That hasn't stopped homebrew developers from continuing to support the vintage console, and as a result 2015 will see the release of The Mad Wizard: A Candelabra...

News: Rodea: The Sky Soldier Confirmed For Release In North America And Europe

Rodea: The Sky Soldier Confirmed For Release In North America And Europe

Arriving this fall

After a disjointed development cycle, Rodea: The Sky Soldier has now been officially confirmed for a release in the West. NIS America will handle the digital and physical publishing rights of the game on both the Wii U and 3DS, with the title expected to arrive this fall. A copy of the original Wii game is set to be bundled with...

Video: Atlus Shows Off the Dancer in New Etrian Mystery Dungeon Trailer

Atlus Shows Off the Dancer in New Etrian Mystery Dungeon Trailer

A deadly dance

Atlus has spun the Dancer into the spotlight in its latest Etrian Mystery Dungeon trailer; it's a support class that specializes in buffing party members. Given this dancers are not the most adept at combat, but not only can they raise the stats of other characters, they can also change the party order and act as a healer if needed...

News: Children of Morta Hits Stretch Goal to Confirm Wii U Release

Children of Morta Hits Stretch Goal to Confirm Wii U Release

Pixel-based hack 'n slash oh my!

While the standard of many Indie games is truly on another level when compared with the formative days of download gaming, there's often a level of deja-vu and familiarity in their appearance. With engines like Unity prominent small developers have a challenge to make their titles look unique; as a result we think...

Talking Point: New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Faceplate NA and the Bigger Picture

New Nintendo 3DS, Operation Faceplate NA and the Bigger Picture

The issue has resurfaced, so we consider each side's perspective

In mid-January Nintendo hosted its first 'Direct' broadcasts of the year, and what seemed like improbable retailer leaks turned out to be true. North America was confirmed to be receiving a unique red New Nintendo 3DS XL - which looks rather nice - along with the black equivalent,...

News: Amazon UK Delays Some Shulk Pre-Orders to Later in the Year

Amazon UK Delays Some Shulk Pre-Orders to Later in the Year

Offers £2 in credit, break out the bunting

We apologise for being the bearers of bad news, but that seems to be the trend with amiibo pre-orders and shipments. While some have been lucky enough in recent days to get hold of a Shulk amiibo, it's proving problematic for many others, with delayed or cancelled pre-orders doing the rounds. Amazon UK is...

News: Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Trailer Calls you Back to Save the World in New Story Arc, Triangulum

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Trailer Calls you Back to Save the World in New Story Arc, Triangulum

Summoned back to the fray

Atlus has shed new light on the new story arc in Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker; this game, remember, is a remastered port of the original Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 for the DS. After the events of the first game the evil Nicaea system is back online and the characters will have to alter their...

News: Nintendo España Appears to Confirm Super Mario amiibo for Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Wario

Nintendo España Appears to Confirm Super Mario amiibo for Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Wario

Picking up on previous speculation in Japan

Update: Nintendo España has, unsurprisingly, now informed Nintenderos that this press release was in error; we've also received a similar message after enquiring on this with Nintendo UK. As suggested below there have been instances like this out of Nintendo's Spanish divisions in the recent past, so...

News: Nintendo Confirms Another Miiverse Update

Nintendo Confirms Another Miiverse Update

See more information on those that follow you

Nintendo is constantly trying to impress its fans with new updates, and has continued to put its efforts into making the Miiverse community as gratifying as possible. The company has recently announced the brand new update, allowing you to view details when someone is following another member of the...

Video: Check Out This Lovely Video of The Legend of Zelda Symphony in Tokyo, With Appearances from Eiji Aonuma and Koji Kondo

Check Out This Lovely Video of The Legend of Zelda Symphony in Tokyo, With Appearances from Eiji Aonuma and Koji Kondo

Watch in 4K if you're fancy enough

The Legend of Zelda Symphony is currently gearing up for its latest world tour, with concert dates in the Americas and Europe on the way. It kicked off in Tokyo just recently, however, and as this tour is the first - in this series, at least - that'll feature music from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask,...