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Poll: Nintendo's Year of Adventure on Wii U and 3DS Promises Hundreds of Immersive Gaming Hours

Nintendo's Year of Adventure on Wii U and 3DS Promises Hundreds of Immersive Gaming Hours

Xenoblade or Legend of Zelda, which is top of your list?

There are plenty of games already confirmed by Nintendo for 2015, covering the Wii U, 3DS and - in one case - the New Nintendo 3DS. We have diverse experiences, from shooting to platforming, level creation to strategy, yet it's in the RPG and Adventure genres that the most hours may be lost...

News: Resident Evil 4 Was Almost A Very Different Experience

Resident Evil 4 Was Almost A Very Different Experience

"Let's create a setting that doesn't revolve around science or reason"

Resident Evil 4 is often spoken of as the best entry in Capcom's iconic franchise, blending an over-the-shoulder camera, action and horror in one varied, entertaining experience. Often declared a classic, it's also the reference point when fans bemoan the conceivable...

News: Sonic Boom Gets a Whopping 1GB+ Update in Europe, and Fans Figure Out What it Did

Sonic Boom Gets a Whopping 1GB+ Update in Europe, and Fans Figure Out What it Did

An update not much smaller than Super Mario 3D World's file size

A few days ago Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric received a whopping big update in Europe, and it's still not available - as far as we can see - in North America; it's likely still going through approval and scheduling in the region. This was a game that was widely panned upon release - and...

Talking Point: The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a Huge Success, But Its Route to Release Has Been Rocky

The New Nintendo 3DS Could Be a Huge Success, But Its Route to Release Has Been Rocky

A delayed Western arrival and XL-only in the Americas detracts from buzz

The New Nintendo 3DS now has a release date for both North America and Europe, with 13th February no doubt circled on a number of calendars. It continues Nintendo's trend of sprucing up and revitalising a portable generation with a refreshed system, and there's certainly...

Interview: Exploring Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate With Mr. Ryozo Tsujimoto and Mr. Kaname Fujioka

Exploring Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate With Mr. Ryozo Tsujimoto and Mr. Kaname Fujioka

The West "will be the first" to see various costume collaborations

With Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate arriving in just under a month on 13th February, alongside the New Nintendo 3DS XL and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, these are exciting times for portable gamers. Whether upgrading to the new hardware or not, Capcom's latest hunting...

News: New Exploit Makes The 3DS Region Free Without The Need For A Flashcard Or Game Cart

New Exploit Makes The 3DS Region Free Without The Need For A Flashcard Or Game Cart

All you need is an SD card and an internet connection

A new exploit has emerged which allows the Nintendo 3DS to play games from any region without the need for a flashcard or any software-based exploit. RegionThree merely requires an SD card and access to the internet, and has been tested on the latest version of the 3DS firmware. The catch is...

Video: Nintendo Drops a Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Gameplay Trailer

Nintendo Drops a Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Gameplay Trailer

Must be viewed within 3 days

In the most recent round of Direct videos, Nintendo was kind enough to to confirm a 13th February release date for the long awaited The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D. A stand-out title in the Zelda series, it's no surprise that the launch of this hotly anticipated sequel is coinciding with that of the New 3DS...

Preview: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Takes the Series to New Heights

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Takes the Series to New Heights

It's got teeth

At times the localisation of the Monster Hunter franchise can be frustrating for dedicated fans in the West; it's a sales phenomenon in Japan and, as a result, there are more frequent releases in the country. Despite this Capcom is to be commended for its increasing commitment to making it a success outside of its homeland - Monster...

News: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version Now Available on European eShop

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version Now Available on European eShop

Grab that Glalie

Nintendo has already - based on millions of sales worldwide - hit the hardcore demographic for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and now seems to be stepping up its efforts with those still on the fence. When popping open our UK 3DS today we had a SpotPass download waiting for us... sort of. European 3DS owners may find a...

Rumour: Could Xenosaga's KOS-MOS Be Appearing In Wii U Exclusive Project Treasure?

Could Xenosaga's KOS-MOS Be Appearing In Wii U Exclusive Project Treasure?

Nintendo Direct footage has people talking

Bandai Namco's big news from the recent Nintendo Direct broadcast was that it's working on a free-to-play downloadable title for the Wii U under the tentative title of Project Treasure. The game is being pitched as an action title where 4 players work co-operatively to disarm traps, beat enemies and grab...

News: A New Rhythm Heaven Game On Nintendo 3DS Is Music To Our Ears

A New Rhythm Heaven Game On Nintendo 3DS Is Music To Our Ears

Will contain 100 mini-games, 70 taken from existing titles

The recent Nintendo Direct broadcast was so packed with content that we can surely be forgiven for missing one or two things from the Japanese event -- one of which is the news that there's going to be a 3DS entry in the popular Rhythm Heaven series. The title is expected to hit Japan this...

Video: See How The New Nintendo 3DS Compares To The Rest Of The 3DS Family

See How The New Nintendo 3DS Compares To The Rest Of The 3DS Family

Going hands on with the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL

With the western launch of the New Nintendo 3DS looming on the horizon like a massive, cuddly monster with its beady eyes on your long-suffering wallet, we thought you might like to see how Nintendo's latest hardware shapes up against older 3DS systems. We've got the New Nintendo 3DS...

First Impressions: Taking To The Skies In Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+

Taking To The Skies In Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+

Danger zone

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy was an enjoyable romp trough the skies in the early days of the 3DS, and its chunky dogfighting proved to be a delightful fit for auto-stereoscopic 3D. What better way to immerse yourself in a virtual world than to feel as if you're soaring over it, right? Bandai Namco is now offering the chance to do...

News: Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit and Gardening Mama: Forest Friends Both Bring Home Improvements to 3DS on 6th March

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit and Gardening Mama: Forest Friends Both Bring Home Improvements to 3DS on 6th March

Feel good about everything

If you need an accessible game that does the virtual equivalent of pinching your cheeks and saying you're awesome for everything you do, then there are far worse options than a Cooking Mama game. Always a friendly experience in which it's hard to fail, it was a huge success in the DS era, particularly. The series is still...

Weirdness: Stop-Motion Animator Successfully Makes the Power Glove Awesome, and Useful

Stop-Motion Animator Successfully Makes the Power Glove Awesome, and Useful

He's got the power

The Power Glove remains an iconic part of Nintendo history, an accessory that was hugely visible in the NES era and beyond. It promised much with motion controls, and famously failed to deliver. Its visual and cultural appeal at the time can't be denied, however, and to this day we see accessories and mods that keep it alive. One...

News: Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales in December, With Yearly Results Beating 2013

Wii U Enjoyed Its Best Ever Month of US Sales in December, With Yearly Results Beating 2013

3DS had its best ever month of first-party software sales

We're now heading into the time of reckoning when we learn how Nintendo fared over the festive sales period, and there's a positive start courtesy of the December NPD results - these cover US physical retail sales. On a whole Nintendo is reporting a record month for Wii U, along with strong...

Gallery: Feast Your Eyes on the Super Mario and Super Smash Bros. Wave 4 amiibo

Feast Your Eyes on the Super Mario and Super Smash Bros. Wave 4 amiibo

Bank balances, beware

In the first Nintendo Direct broadcasts of 2015 the amiibo brand played its part, with new figures announced to keep the action going in both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, and a fresh range to make an impact in Mario Party 10. Many of the toys will support a wide range of games in different ways, but it's in these two...

News: Hundreds of Limited Edition Majora's Mask New Nintendo 3DS Systems Continue to Flood Onto eBay

Hundreds of Limited Edition Majora's Mask New Nintendo 3DS Systems Continue to Flood Onto eBay

Opportunists hog stock once again

It says much for how events have unfolded in recent months that this writer's first thought upon the reveal of a New Nintendo 3DS XL limited edition - with a design from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D - wasn't "oh my that's gorgeous", but rather "fingers crossed there's enough stock". In the Holiday season...

News: Retro City Rampage DX Update Will Bring Dual Stick Aiming Support on New Nintendo 3DS

Retro City Rampage DX Update Will Bring Dual Stick Aiming Support on New Nintendo 3DS

Even more glorious chaos

We're pretty big fans of Retro City Rampage DX here at Nintendo Life, as its blend of chaotic retro GTA-style action and a whole load of '80s and '90s references come together into a hugely entertaining package. Though excellent on WiiWare, the DX edition on the 3DS eShop is the most feature and content-packed version on...

News: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Demo Codes Now Being Distributed in North America

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Demo Codes Now Being Distributed in North America

Four codes per email! Multiplayer! No play limit!

One of the major reveals during the Nintendo Direct broadcasts - even if it was subtle in the North American video - was a demo distribution for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Like previous examples - most memorably Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS - it consists of emails to Club Nintendo members with...

News: Nintendo's amiibo Website and Compatibility Chart Has All The Answers

Nintendo's amiibo Website and Compatibility Chart Has All The Answers

Confusion and fan-made infographics begone! (Mostly)

With the amiibo figures - and upcoming Super Mario wave - becoming increasingly diverse in both the ranges on offer and the games they support, it's very easy to get mixed up in terms of which toy works in which games. Which games need to save data? Does it matter if I have a Smash Bros. Mario...

Poll: Which New Nintendo 3DS Will You be Buying?

Which New Nintendo 3DS Will You be Buying?

Time to make a tough decision...

Now that Nintendo has revealed the North American & European launch schedule for the New Nintendo 3DS we wanted to find out what you, the readers, think about the new console and whether you have any questions for us before you decide whether or not to take the plunge and buy a New Nintendo 3DS. We've managed to...

First Impressions: We're Really Feeling It With Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

We're Really Feeling It With Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

It's Reyn time!

Xenoblade Chronicles was something of a white whale that appeared late in the Wii's lifespan. A Western release was not assured despite critical success in its native Japan, sending fervent American fans into an Operation Rainfall-shaped tizzy to show Nintendo that hey, maybe they should release some games from time to time. Then,...

Hands On: We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL 

We Check Out The New Nintendo 3DS XL 

North America's only New Nintendo 3DS, lest we forget

The New Nintendo 3DS XL is a sleek piece of kit that streamlines many of its predecessor's quirks. Be it changed button placement or new features altogether, it's evident that Nintendo has put a lot of thought into alleviating pain points both obvious and subtle. While we aren't fans of every...