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News: This iBookGuy Video Explaining How "Oldschool" Graphics Work Has Deservedly Gone Viral

This iBookGuy Video Explaining How "Oldschool" Graphics Work Has Deservedly Gone Viral

Simple and detailed at once

In a reminder of how curiosity in retro gaming, programming and technology can combine to dramatic affect online, a video exploring 'How "oldschool" graphics worked' has gone viral this week. Published by The iBookGuy on 17th August, it's already amassed over one million views at the time of writing. It's a great watch,...

Mario History: Super Mario Kart - 1992

Super Mario Kart - 1992

The start of something beautiful

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. With the exception of our 1987 entry, this series of articles on Mario titles for each year since 1985 has been all about main-series...

News: Yo-kai Watch Hits North America on 6th November to Kick Off Bombardment of Tie-Ins and Promotions

Yo-kai Watch Hits North America on 6th November to Kick Off Bombardment of Tie-Ins and Promotions

Disney, Hasbro and VIZ Media all involved

Throughout 2015 we've had snippets of information on how Level-5 would team up with partners to try and make Yo-kai Watch as big a hit in the West as it already is in Japan. It was also confirmed that the game would arrive in North America in 2015 (PAL territories in 2016), and now a firm release date has...

Interview: Simogo and Dakko Dakko Explain Why Year Walk is "Coming Home" on Wii U

Simogo and Dakko Dakko Explain Why Year Walk is "Coming Home" on Wii U

"The GamePad becomes the link between the player and the game."

The Wii U eShop has been integral to the appeal of the system for long term owners. The influx of 'Nindies' of various kinds has kept the store busy, and has also enabled some exclusives and intriguing PC releases to make their way onto Nintendo hardware. In some cases the GamePad, in...

News: M2's Porting of Gunstar Heroes To 3DS Was Almost In Vain

M2's Porting of Gunstar Heroes To 3DS Was Almost In Vain

Sega didn't even know M2 was working on Gunstar Heroes

This week sees the western launch of 3D Gunstar Heroes, the latest in Sega's line of 3DS-based 3D Classics. It's one of the most beloved games of the 16-bit era, and also one of the most technically impressive Genesis/Mega Drive titles seen so far. Yosuke Okunari, producer at Sega, and Naoki...

News: Rodea The Sky Soldier Special Edition Now Available For Pre-Order On Nintendo UK Store

Rodea The Sky Soldier Special Edition Now Available For Pre-Order On Nintendo UK Store

Wii version included, huzzah!

Although recently being delayed, Rodea The Sky Soldier is now available to pre-order on Nintendo's UK Store for both the 3DS and the Wii U version, the latter of which comes bundled with a Wii copy of the game as well. https://twitter.com/NintendoUK/status/633991626713624576 Strangely the only version that's available...

News: You Won't Need An Adult's Wallet To Get This Adorable Young Link Nendoroid

You Won't Need An Adult's Wallet To Get This Adorable Young Link Nendoroid

Lasts longer than three days

Not content with releasing a single Link Nendoroid figurine Good Smile Company has seen fit to produce another adorable Hero of Time. This Link won't be saving Hyrule though as it's modelled after his appearance in Majora's Mask and comes complete with Goron, Zora, and Deku masks. Not only that but should you feel...

News: Chasing Dead To Bring Horror And FPS Action To The Wii U eShop Soon

Chasing Dead To Bring Horror And FPS Action To The Wii U eShop Soon

A glimpse of a dark future

It has to be said the Wii U isn't particularly well served when it comes to the genre of horror games and first person shooters; we have Fatal Frame and Devil's Third to look forward to (although the jury is still out on the latter), but a game which combines the two genres has to be embraced with both arms. Enter Chasing...

News: What Can be Said About This SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson Collector's Edition Unboxing?

What Can be Said About This SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson Collector's Edition Unboxing?

It's the Happy Boobs edition

Senran Kagura Burst proved to be quite a divisive title, with some claiming it was harmless titillation and others finding the content of the game to be derogatory to women. Things don't appear to have changed much with SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson and when we interviewed Producer Kenichirō Takaki at E3 this

Mario Memories: The Delight of Sharing Mario Adventures With Loved Ones

The Delight of Sharing Mario Adventures With Loved Ones

Co-op is always possible

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 E3 veteran and reviewer Morgan Sleeper. Thinking back on my time with Mario, one thing stands...

Video: PBS Game/Show Gets Into Questions of Ecology for Pokémon's Growing Pokédex

PBS Game/Show Gets Into Questions of Ecology for Pokémon's Growing Pokédex

Because why not?

it probably wasn't intended when launched, but the Pokémon franchise has evolved - you can praise that sharp wit in the comments - into a sprawling IP with over 700 'mon in its Pokédex. It's got levels of complexity that, to the uninitiated, can seem downright intimidating. A common refrain with each new generation is to question...

News: Zelda Fan Builds Amazing LEGO Hyrule Castle

Zelda Fan Builds Amazing LEGO Hyrule Castle

Everything is awesome!

We've seen some amazing LEGO creations over the years at Nintendo Life, but this recreation of Hyrule Castle from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess possibly tops them all. It's the work of 19 year old Joseph Zawada, who unveiled the masterpiece at Brickfair Virginia this year. Zawada explains that Twilight Princess is...

News: Picross 3D Sequel is Heading to the 3DS in Japan, Includes amiibo Support

Picross 3D Sequel is Heading to the 3DS in Japan, Includes amiibo Support

Here's hoping for a Western release

The DS introduced various genre ideas and intuitive ways to enjoy them, and alongside a substantial range of RPGs - as one example - there were plenty of puzzle games. Picross 3D was one such title, a relatively simple idea that was rather enjoyable as a twist on a well-established idea. That title was developed...

News: Watch Pikachu Dance, Dance, Dance in This New 3DS HOME Theme

Watch Pikachu Dance, Dance, Dance in This New 3DS HOME Theme

Busting some moves

Pikachu is kind of a big deal, we know - as the main mascot and spokesthing for Pokémon, the little yellow critter's cuteness is appreciated by millions of fans around the world. So when Nintendo, The Pokémon Company or Game Freak are spreading the gospel of 'mon, this is one character that appears regularly. Now, in a follow...

News: Freedom Planet Release Bound by Bug

Freedom Planet Release Bound by Bug

Wii U debut postponed, but not out

The effort to get the speedy, indie action-adventure game Freedom Planet onto the Wii U eShop has had some very tough breaks lately. Its North American release was first pushed back a week by a console-freezing bug found in review copies of the game. Now, with the revised release date nearing, developer GalaxyTrail...

Video: Did You Know Gaming? Looks at Dr. Mario and Power-Ups Left on the Cutting Room Floor

Did You Know Gaming? Looks at Dr. Mario and Power-Ups Left on the Cutting Room Floor

Chicken and Demon Mario suits would have been sweet

With the 30th Anniversary of Super Mario coming up, there's lots of celebration of the iconic franchise. We're running daily articles on Mario Memories and Mario History here on Nintendo Life, and plenty of websites and YouTube channels are also looking at the iconic mascot's games. Did You Know...

News: It's Autobots vs Decepticons in the Upcoming Transformers Splatfest

It's Autobots vs Decepticons in the Upcoming Transformers Splatfest

Transform and squid out!

Nintendo's regions have had their ups and downs with Splatfest themes, with some being much better than others. Nintendo of America has a doozy on the way, though, tying in with Hasbro for a Transformers event. The 24-hour face-off in North America will be Autobots vs Decepticons, with each player receiving a cool t-shirt...

News: Fresh SteamWorld Heist Screenshots Show Off New Enemy Class

Fresh SteamWorld Heist Screenshots Show Off New Enemy Class

Meet The Royalists

SteamWorld Heist is heading to the 3DS this Fall with a release on Wii U and other platforms to follow, and Image & Form's latest is sure to be one of the eShop's big ticket releases in the remainder of this year. Our chums at Image & Form have kindly provided us with 6 new screenshots of the game which can be seen...

News: Nintendo Hosting Nindies@Night At EMP Museum In Seattle

Nintendo Hosting Nindies@Night At EMP Museum In Seattle

The night before PAX Prime, in fact

Nintendo is teaming up with Seattle's EMP Museum for a special Nindies@Night event prior to this year's PAX Prime. The evening will feature competitions, giveaways, presentations and of course the chance to play some of the unique indie titles coming to the Wii U and 3DS eShops. Here's the press release: Fans...

Video: Things Go Bump In The Night In This Lego Dimensions Scooby Doo Trailer

Things Go Bump In The Night In This Lego Dimensions Scooby Doo Trailer

ZOINKS

It's not long now before the launch of Lego Dimensions, and here we have an exclusive trailer for the Scooby Doo levels, as well as a close look at how this will play on the Wii U. While it's not right to have favourites, Scooby has to be up there with Back to the Future and Ghostbusters as a fan favourite brand. He's one of 14 franchises...