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Mario History: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Mario's Tennis - 1995

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Mario's Tennis - 1995

A new look and new beginnings

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. It's easy to forget, in this period of fresh Mario 'main' series platformers every 12 to 24 months, that the mid-'90s brought a notable gap...

Poll: Is Pokkén Tournament The Wii U Release You've Been Waiting For?

Is Pokkén Tournament The Wii U Release You've Been Waiting For?

Wish fulfilment

Just this week came an announcement that fulfilled a much cited demand from some Wii U owners - Pokkén Tournament is coming to Wii U. Its early 2016 arrival is both expected and a surprise, with plenty of logic in porting a major Japanese arcade release to a global console audience, but likewise there'd been a fear that Nintendo and...

Nintendo Life Weekly: New Patent Could Reveal NX Details, Pokkén Tournament on Wii U

New Patent Could Reveal NX Details, Pokkén Tournament on Wii U

Pinches of salt on standby

It's that time of the week again, and of course we've been struggling tirelessly to try and condense a whole week's worth of Nintendo news, reviews, and releases into one little video for your enjoyment. This week we're looking at the patent Nintendo has field that could suggest various features that may feature on the...

News: Nintendo Continues to Consider the Prospects of the Movie Industry 

Nintendo Continues to Consider the Prospects of the Movie Industry 

"We'll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future​"

When video game movies are highlighted, there's often an air of negativity around the end results. The response to the Super Mario Bros. movie wasn't overwhelmingly positive in the '90s, and in broader terms we've seen commercial successes with Resident Evil but also a whole load...

News: Next Euro Splatoon Splatfest Sadly Doesn't Feature Any Robots In Disguise

Next Euro Splatoon Splatfest Sadly Doesn't Feature Any Robots In Disguise

Til all aren't one

It has already been confirmed that the next North American Splatoon Splatfest event will ask players to pledge their allegiance to the heroic Autobots or Evil Decepticons, but sadly that offer isn't being extended to Europe. The Euro Splatfest occurring at the same time will instead ask Wii U owners if they prefer singing or...

Mario History: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 and Hotel Mario - 1994

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 and Hotel Mario - 1994

Wait, this isn't Mario...

In this series of articles we'll write about one Mario game every day for 30 days, each representing a different year as part of our Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations. In this daily series most entries have been 'main' Mario titles across portables and home consoles, with just a couple of spin-offs and cameos...

News: New Patent Sparks Talk of Potential NX Details

New Patent Sparks Talk of Potential NX Details

Points to console with no in-built optical disc drive

It can often be the case that patents point to way to what's on the way or, potentially, ideas that go unfulfilled. A recent patent spotted on NeoGaf does give some cause for great intrigue, seemingly outlining a concept for console hardware; considering the timing, the phrase 'NX' is naturally...

Video: Metroid in Unreal Engine 4 is Shiny and Slightly Strange

Metroid in Unreal Engine 4 is Shiny and Slightly Strange

10/10 for effort

It's all the rage, despite Nintendo joining the HD age in 2012, for fans to produce classic big N franchises in modern game engines. With the Unreal Engine not being formally supported on the Wii U - though games using the engine can be ported to the system - it seems to be a popular choice for aspiring programmers. It wasn't long...

News: We're Pretty Sure We Need These Earthbound Techo Planners In Our Lives

We're Pretty Sure We Need These Earthbound Techo Planners In Our Lives

Shigesato Itoi mines his past for future greatness

One of the many modern-day pursuits of Earthbound / Mother creator Shigesato Itoi is creating planners, or "Techos" as they're known in Japan. His company Hobonichi makes many of these useful items, which can be used as a diary, notebook or scrapbook. Hobonichi has had plenty of success in its...

Mario Memories: Conquering the First Level in Super Mario Bros.

Conquering the First Level in Super Mario Bros.

"I had a sense of fear about progressing further into the first level"

In this series of 30 daily articles celebrating the upcoming 30th Anniversary of Super Mario, various members of the Nintendo Life extended family will share their memories and thoughts on the iconic franchise. This time we have news writer, reviewer and Australian Correspondent...

News: Collectors Rejoice, Rare amiibo Figures Are Getting Restocked

Collectors Rejoice, Rare amiibo Figures Are Getting Restocked

Splatoon 3-pack! Little Mac! Villager! Captain Falcon! Marth!

Nintendo is apparently preparing to push a load more rare amiibo figures into circulation, according to CPSIA certificates found online. Restocks come around 1 to 2 months after CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) registration, and the figures getting refreshed are all listed...

News: Nintendo Is Bringing Splatoon And More To The UK's Biggest Live Gaming Events

Nintendo Is Bringing Splatoon And More To The UK's Biggest Live Gaming Events

Insomnia and Legends of Gaming Live get some N-Love

Nintendo UK has confirmed that it will be attending Insomnia 55 and Legends of Gaming Live 2015 this year, bringing with it a host of games and multiplayer activities. First up is Insomnia 55, which takes place between 28th and 31st August at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The UK's biggest live gaming...

News: Ubisoft Announces Just Dance: Disney Party 2 Is Coming To The Wii U This Holiday Season

Ubisoft Announces Just Dance: Disney Party 2 Is Coming To The Wii U This Holiday Season

Also arriving on the Wii

Just days after Disney fans got a sneak peak of the game at the D23 Expo 2015, Ubisoft in collaboration with Disney Interactive have announced Just Dance: Disney Party 2 is in development for multiple home consoles including Nintendo’s Wii U and also past generation system, the Wii. The title will include a variety of...

Video: Get Dizzy on Splatoon's New Flounder Heights Map

Get Dizzy on Splatoon's New Flounder Heights Map

Social tench-ion

A week without more free Splatoon content is a week we'd rather not have. Thankfully the big squid in the sky has been kind yet again and graced us with a new map: Flounder Heights. This new map employs a unique variety of different levels, but without the sheer scale or linear vertical space of Moray Towers. It's certainly one...

News: WayForward May Be Teasing a New Mighty Switch Force Title

WayForward May Be Teasing a New Mighty Switch Force Title

With an 'Academy' theme

This year is WayForward's 25th Anniversary, a notable landmark for a studio that's among the elite of active eShop developers, particularly. Of course, it did plenty of retail games in past generations, while its Shantae and Mighty Switch Force franchises have been key to its success in more recent years. The studio is...

Video: Super Mario Maker Contains Secret Fly Swatting Mini Game

Super Mario Maker Contains Secret Fly Swatting Mini Game

Mario Paint style

Not content with being what is arguably the ultimate 2D Mario experience, Super Mario Maker is also host to some neat little features burrowed away behind walls of code. One that caught our eye as we were playing was that shifting a block can sometimes reveal three flies from underneath it. Swatting these flies takes you away from...