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News: Nintendo Direct Confirmed For Japan on 11th July

Nintendo Direct Confirmed For Japan on 11th July

Focused on 3rd Party 3DS Games

Just days ago we outlined key areas and details that can still be revealed in upcoming Nintendo Direct broadcasts this year; there's plenty of ground that the big N can still cover post-E3. Of course, the Nintendo Direct fever is back up and running in Japan already — not only has there already been a Yokai Watch 2...

News: CoroCoro Magazine Reveals Mega Metagross for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

CoroCoro Magazine Reveals Mega Metagross for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

It's all rather mega and meta

With the summer ahead and a solid four months still remaining before launch, we can expect the hype around Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire on 3DS to ramp up in the coming weeks. We've recently seen a few more details creep out, and a new Mega evolution has now emerged from the latest scans of CoroCoro magazine...

Nintendo Download: 10th July (North America)

10th July (North America)

ONE PIECE Red x2, Rabi Laby returns, horror on Wii U and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for more treats in the Nintendo Download Update. After the madness of last week's bonanza, we settle back to a smaller number of choices this time around. There's a retail release on both Wii U and 3DS, the continuation of a thoroughly decent...

Talking Point: Nintendo Rewrote the E3 Rulebook With a Focus on Children

Nintendo Rewrote the E3 Rulebook With a Focus on Children

Sharing the experience

With their online press conferences and fan events Nintendo has been doing E3 differently for a couple of years now. This year, though, it broke one of the golden rules of show business — never work with children. A Kid’s Corner initiative brought some hand-picked children into E3 to try out the new games and experience...

News: Charizard Distribution Event for Pokémon X & Y Coming to GAME UK, Includes Mega Stone

Charizard Distribution Event for Pokémon X & Y Coming to GAME UK, Includes Mega Stone

Things are heating up

Pokémon X & Y may have been released last October, but it's still a hub for millions of players engaging in online battles and trading pocket monsters. There's also the Trading Card Game, and The Pokémon Company is taking the opportunity to plug its most recent expansion — Pokémon TCG: XY—Flashfire — by offering...

News: If You Want To Follow Super Smash Bros. Melee at Evo 2014, These Are The Details You Need

If You Want To Follow Super Smash Bros. Melee at Evo 2014, These Are The Details You Need

Jump between streams like a pro

Evo 2014 is just days away, bringing together the best competitive fighting game players from around the world to compete across multiple titles. After a briefly troubled history last year, Super Smash Bros. Melee has long been confirmed for this year's event. Evo will be streamed fully online, and there's so much...

Interview: Meet Naked War, The Wii Advance Wars Beater That Never Was

Meet Naked War, The Wii Advance Wars Beater That Never Was

"This was the game that was going to make the blue light really matter!"

Ste and John Pickford have been making video games for decades, starting with humble home micros like the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 before graduating to the NES and SNES as the '90s dawned. Such was the prestigious talent of these skillful siblings that their company Zippo...

News: Miiverse Update Allows You To List Favourite Game Genres and Add Lines To Posts

Miiverse Update Allows You To List Favourite Game Genres and Add Lines To Posts

Because it's mine, I write with lines

Have you ever been writing a post on Miiverse and thought, "darn it, why won't it let me share my message in multiple, perfectly placed lines"? Or perhaps you're wanted to share with the world that you love puzzle games and platformers above all else? If either of those wishes applies to you, then you're in...

News: 3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Home Console in Japan

3DS On Top As Wii U Remains Highest Selling Home Console in Japan

Mario Kart 8 passes half a million physical retail sales

The latest Media Create chart results for Japan are in, and they continue the trends established over recent week in terms of hardware and software. There are certainly yet more positives for Nintendo, albeit against a backdrop of modest overall industry sales in the company's homeland. The...

Parent Trap: Rewriting The Family Gaming Script With Pokémon Art Academy

Rewriting The Family Gaming Script With Pokémon Art Academy

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson gets his crayons out

What most parents think when you say the words “video game” and what gaming families enjoy are two very different things. Far from the shooting and high impact action many mums and dads assume are the driving force behind the hobby, video games actually offer experiences as creative, imaginative...

News: Super-Secret Bases Confirmed for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Super-Secret Bases Confirmed for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Online features take them to another level

With Secret Bases being a popular feature in Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire, the odds were always good that they'd have a presence in this years 3DS remake / remaster Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. The Pokémon Company has now confirmed their return, re-naming them "Super-Secret Bases" and...

First Impressions: Breaking Out With Siesta Fiesta on 3DS

Breaking Out With Siesta Fiesta on 3DS

We also chat to Stuart Ryall as release details are pinned down

Siesta Fiesta is a title that we've been keen to play here at Nintendo Life, with the title earning a spot in the Spring Edition of our biggest 3DS games of 2014 feature. A title first profiled — seemingly out of nowhere — by the Nintendo of America booth at IndieCade, it promises...

News: The Wii U Version Of Tengami Is Complete, Age Ratings And Lot Check Still Pending

The Wii U Version Of Tengami Is Complete, Age Ratings And Lot Check Still Pending

Looking good on paper

The Wii U version of puzzle adventure title Tengami is now complete and ready to be submitted to Nintendo's Lot Check process, according to developer Nyamyam. The news was posted on the studio's official blog: The version is finished (yay!!!) and we are preparing to go into Lotcheck, Nintendo’s certification process that...

News: Japanese 3DS Owners Can Enter Sega's Fantasy Zone Again Next Week

Japanese 3DS Owners Can Enter Sega's Fantasy Zone Again Next Week

Another Sega 3D Classic inbound

We may not have been blessed with 3D Fantasy Zone here in the west yet, but lucky Japanese players will be able to get their hands on the sequel when it launches on the 3DS eShop next week. 3D Fantasy Zone II will be released on July 16th for 762 yen, including tax. The package includes the arcade version, the Master...

News: Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Both feature new content, both out this month

Those of you wise enough to have purchased the rather excellent Kirby: Triple Deluxe will be aware that the mini-games included with the title — Kirby Fighters and DeDeDe's Drum Dash — are jolly good fun, and stand-out releases in their own right. It would appear that Nintendo agrees, because the...

News: The Zeldathon Adventure Kicks Off This Week To Raise a Whole Lot of Rupees

The Zeldathon Adventure Kicks Off This Week To Raise a Whole Lot of Rupees

Link to the Cash

While the majority of us play games simply for entertainment or perhaps because it's our biggest hobby, some groups use that passion to set world records, enter competitions or, in the case of Zeldathon, try and raise a lot of cash for charity. The Zeldathon Adventure kicks off on 10th July and will be the 12th fundraiser from the...

News: Kotaku Says YES to the Wii U - Rejoicing Begins

Kotaku Says YES to the Wii U - Rejoicing Begins

Invaluable positive press for the system

We don't often reference editorial opinion from major websites as news, but as we're forever seeking silver-linings and positivity for the rather marvellous Wii U, we're going to make an exception. Kotaku, one of the most influential — we're talking top three — gaming sites in the world, has upgraded its...