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News: The Man Behind Sega's Wonder Boy Series Hates The Controls In Super Mario Bros.

The Man Behind Sega's Wonder Boy Series Hates The Controls In Super Mario Bros.

"The movements just didn't feel right"

Super Mario Bros. is one of the most influential video games of all time, and has gone on to inspire countless titles over the years. While the vast majority of these subsequent games have tried to capture the magic which made Shigeru Miyamoto's NES classic so popular, Westone Bit founder Ryuichi Nishizawa has...

Video: Take a Closer Look at the Awesome GamePad and Co-Op Features of Stealth Inc 2

Take a Closer Look at the Awesome GamePad and Co-Op Features of Stealth Inc 2

Be stealthy together

We're big fans of Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones here at Nintendo Life, a Wii U eShop exclusive that combines solid platforming, a Metroidvania world and terrific level design; we awarded it a handsome 9 out of 10 in our review. A key feature that we appreciated in that review is the local co-op, which utilises the GamePad...

Feature: A Look at the Many Bat Suits in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

A Look at the Many Bat Suits in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Holy hole in a doughnut Batman!

We love a good LEGO game here at Nintendo Life, and when that game also features the Dark Knight we're pretty optimistic that it will be a winner. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be taking a trip down memory lane and will celebrate Batman's 75th Anniversary — Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is bringing back...

Book Review: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

To be this good takes AGES

Back in the early '90s Sega and Nintendo were hostile enemies, and this rivalry trickled down to the people who played their products. Anyone old enough to have experienced this period will no doubt recall the heated playground debates about which console was best, and the splintered friendships caused by something as...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Shows Some Wuhu Island Madness Coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Masahiro Sakurai Shows Some Wuhu Island Madness Coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Gawk at yesterday's Yoshi's Woolly World stage, too

With its release now just a short while away, we've seen almost all there is to see of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, aside from the inevitable surprises. Masahiro Sakurai is, nevertheless, taking the opportunity to reveal some new stages in his Miiverse posts, and this one looks particularly fun...

News: Nintendo Black Friday Deals Reveal New 3DS and 2DS Hardware Options

Nintendo Black Friday Deals Reveal New 3DS and 2DS Hardware Options

Get ready for some savings

With Black Friday now less than a month away, some of the deals set to hit store shelves on 28th November — or in the surrounding days — have begun to leak through to the public. For those unfamiliar with the day, Black Friday is an annual shopping extravaganza started in North America. It's renowned as a day of big...

Parent Trap: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Is Shaping Up To Be Another Family-Friendly Classic

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Is Shaping Up To Be Another Family-Friendly Classic

Family Gamer TV checks out Toad's latest adventure

If you’ve played through Super Mario 3D World you’ll already know the intricate puzzle treat of the Captain Toad levels. Looking initially simple, these fixed isometric worlds presented a substantial and layered challenge to those wanting to find every last coin. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker...

Nintendo Download: 6th November (North America)

6th November (North America)

Sportsball, The Swapper, Pikmin movies, GBA Mario, Sonic discounts and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, as we have more downloadable treats to consider. Some arrivals dropped onto the eShop stores following this week's Nintendo Direct broadcast, while there are a host of additional attractive options for Wii U and 3DS landing today...

News: Nintendo Aiming To Create A Stronger Bond With Consumers Via Mii Smartphone Application

Nintendo Aiming To Create A Stronger Bond With Consumers Via Mii Smartphone Application

"It is rather embarrassing that we are so behind on this compatibility"

Nintendo has made no secret of the fact that it is looking into producing smartphone and tablet applications to support its core business, and during the recently-translated Corporate Management Policy Briefing Q&A, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata spoke about the company's...

News: Genyo Takeda Discusses Nintendo's Hardware Future

Genyo Takeda Discusses Nintendo's Hardware Future

"We have been making progress"

In Nintendo's recent investor Q&A, Genyo Takeda described the possible directions Nintendo is considering for its future hardware: The integration of architecture is our fundamental policy, and we have been making progress. Now that our new hardware systems are on the market, I would need to comment in terms of...

News: Nintendo Discusses Plans for amiibo Cards, Franchises Like Animal Crossing Under Consideration

Nintendo Discusses Plans for amiibo Cards, Franchises Like Animal Crossing Under Consideration

"amiibo has the potential to propose new ways to play card games"

We've argued before that amiibo could be crucial for Nintendo's fortunes in the coming months and years; if the company can make them enticing to consumers and as integral to Wii U and 3DS as the games themselves, it could be hugely lucrative. From our perspective as gamers, they also...

Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 5th November

The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 5th November

There were fireworks

There haven't been many full-on "old-fashioned" Nintendo Direct broadcasts in 2014, as the company has focused on game-specific presentations and an alternative Digital Event approach at E3. While variety is welcome, there was something reassuring about a live video featuring Satoru Iwata in front of a white backdrop; the...

Gallery: Gorge Yourself on These Assets For The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

Gorge Yourself on These Assets For The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

No petitions needed

Nintendo finally did it — The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D was revealed. After a solid two years of teases, Grezzo job listings and more teases, its long-winded route to the system was almost beyond parody; if you scroll down in our live blog of this week's North American broadcast this foolish writer even jokily listed it...

News: I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of Duty With Sony And Microsoft, Says Reggie Fils-Aime

I'll Take Zelda And Mario Over Sharing Call Of Duty With Sony And Microsoft, Says Reggie Fils-Aime

"I’d much rather be where Nintendo is, with a differentiated platform"

Third-party support has been one of Nintendo's biggest issues since the launch of the Wii U. The console has struggled to attract external developers and publishers in the same way that Sony and Microsoft's systems have, and there are many games which could have made their way...

News: Pikmin Short Movies Available to Buy Now on Wii U and 3DS

Pikmin Short Movies Available to Buy Now on Wii U and 3DS

Pikmin 3 demo also released

Pikmin 3 has clearly been a title of great personal importance to Shigeru Miyamoto, a point highlighted by the recent Tokyo International Film Festival première of three short films that the legendary game designer has overseen. These animated shorts allowed Miyamoto-san to step away from games and work on a fresh...

News: Nintendo Highlights Huge Indie Line-up for Winter and Beyond

Nintendo Highlights Huge Indie Line-up for Winter and Beyond

Lots and lots of games

It's little secret to Nintendo gamers that the eShop platforms on Wii U and 3DS — particularly the former — have picked up a lot of steam in 2014. Both Nintendo of America and Europe (in their respective Direct broadcasts) took the opportunity to highlight just that, showing off games out now and on the way. In Europe...

News: The Original NES Duck Hunt Is Coming Soon To The Virtual Console On Wii U

The Original NES Duck Hunt Is Coming Soon To The Virtual Console On Wii U

No dogs laughing at this

Since Duck Hunt Duo — simply known as Duck Hunt in North America — emerged as a part of the character line-up in the latest Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS, fans have been holding out for the return of the classic pairing in some other way or form; now that very day has arrived. Nintendo has revealed the 1984...

News: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Now Launching In Europe On 2nd January 2015

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Now Launching In Europe On 2nd January 2015

70 stages also showcased

The latest Nintendo Direct has revealed that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will now launch across Europe on 2nd January 2015. The release date previously listed for this region was the 9th, so this will no doubt come as welcome news for Wii U owners located in PAL regions who were eager to get stuck into what appears to be...

News: Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 Hits on 13th November, Content and amiibo Details Confirmed

Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 Hits on 13th November, Content and amiibo Details Confirmed

Rev it up

Among the many announcements during today's Nintendo Direct broadcast were some exciting details about a long-established Wii U game. Nintendo finally provided full release details on the first DLC pack for Mario Kart 8, while also confirming the compatible amiibo figuries for the racer. To kick off with the DLC, it arrives on 13th...