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Video: Mute City in Mario Kart 8 Just Got Crazy Courtesy of 200cc Racing 

Mute City in Mario Kart 8 Just Got Crazy Courtesy of 200cc Racing 

The closest we'll get to a real F-Zero experience for now

It's not long until we'll be racing around in Mario Kart 8 at the slightly silly - but potentially awesome - 200cc speed. Whether a case of perspective or true to reality, the free update is bringing a level of pace that seems more than a mere one-third increase. Up to now Nintendo UK has...

Reaction: Confirmation of Unity on the New Nintendo 3DS is Welcome, and Gives More Evidence of a Unified Future

Confirmation of Unity on the New Nintendo 3DS is Welcome, and Gives More Evidence of a Unified Future

Points to a reasonable lifecycle for the New portable, too

For a decent amount of time Nintendo's been fielding questions about Unity support for the 3DS, and the answer's often been the same - it's being considered and it's a desired inclusion on the portable. The problem is the reality that the 3DS is derived of technology that was ageing even...

Rumour: Upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC to Include Baby Park and Neo Bowser City

Upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC to Include Baby Park and Neo Bowser City

Supposedly dug up from the game's code

Update: Cancel the baby (park) shower, this is apparently a load of old bunkum, as we suggested it may be in the original article below. We're back to dreaming once again... Original Article: The Mario Kart 8 second DLC pack isn't far away, which mean we can start to fantasize about what tracks will be on...

News: Nintendo's Mobile Partner DeNA Lays Off Significant Number Of North American Staff

Nintendo's Mobile Partner DeNA Lays Off Significant Number Of North American Staff

San Francisco and Vancouver offices impacted in "reshape" of operations

Japanese mobile company DeNA has laid off a significant number of North American employees, it has been revealed today. The job losses are taking place at the company's San Francisco and Vancouver offices, and while exact numbers aren't forthcoming at the moment, the layoffs...

News: Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages Heading to Cartoon Network Later This Year

Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages Heading to Cartoon Network Later This Year

Jumping through hoops for fans

While the main-series Pokémon games are easily the biggest draw of the IP, the anime and movies have plenty of loyal fans. Localisation enthusiasts should be pleased, then, to hear that this year's major movie release (due this Summer in Japan) will be arriving on Cartoon Network later in 2015. No region is specified,...

News: Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be "The Defining Video Game Controller Of The Smart Device Age"

Games Consultant Believes Nintendo NX Could Be "The Defining Video Game Controller Of The Smart Device Age"

"My belief is that Nintendo is looking for a blue ocean"

Nintendo caused quite a stir when it announced its partnership with Japanese mobile firm DeNA and that it was working on its next hardware platform, dubbed "Nintendo NX". This double-whammy of news was greeted with a positive reaction, not only from the

Nintendo Download: 16th April (Europe)

16th April (Europe)

StreetPass extras, Elliot Quest, SEGA 3D goodness, Smash DLC and much more

Another week begins, and that means Nintendo Download Update news for European gamers. This week has plenty to offer, with Super Smash Bros. DLC arriving on 3DS and Wii U, a high profile indie effort on the home console, a SEGA 3D Classic, demos, another Wii title and much...

News: Project X Zone 2 Crosses Over to the West For a Fall Release on Nintendo 3DS

Project X Zone 2 Crosses Over to the West For a Fall Release on Nintendo 3DS

The Super Smash Bros. of SRPGs gets a sequel

For those of you out of the loop, Project X Zone was a massive SRPG from Bandai Namco, Sega, and Capcom. Featuring over 200 characters (most of which you probably hadn't heard of) from 30 franchises between the three companies, it was quite the mashup. The unique combat system and the roster on offer made...

Talking Point: Splatoon Is a Typically Colourful Nintendo Dabble in the Mainstream Market

Splatoon Is a Typically Colourful Nintendo Dabble in the Mainstream Market

It can't be gory with all that ink

When Splatoon was revealed at E3 2014, this writer was rather unimpressed, which in the clear perspective of hindsight was a very narrow-minded reaction. Eager to see more 'hits', the oddball, super colourful third-person competitive shooter seemed like a peculiar announcement - both fundamentally Nintendo-esque...

News: Mario Maker Japanese Website Points to Inclusion of Yoshi and, Maybe, Kuribo's Shoe

Mario Maker Japanese Website Points to Inclusion of Yoshi and, Maybe, Kuribo's Shoe

8-bit Yoshi, HD Kuribo's Shoe? Sign us up...

Sometimes it pays to look for clues and information on official Nintendo game pages published for the Japanese market. Some eagle-eyed Mario Maker fans over on NeoGaf have been looking around the Japanese website for the game and found some interesting pointers on potential content. For starters, as you...

Video: Learn More About the SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive and Its Battle With the SNES

Learn More About the SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive and Its Battle With the SNES

Did You Know Gaming does its thing

The 'console wars' of the '90s are the stuff of legend for some, and an important part of personal gaming history for those of us 'of an age'. Unless you were rather flush there were decent odds back then of being in one camp or the other - the SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive or the Super Nintendo / SNES. Friendships...

News: Capcom Announces Monster Hunter Stories for 3DS

Capcom Announces Monster Hunter Stories for 3DS

Oh... Snap...

The Monster Hunter franchise is certainly a favourite among many in the Nintendo Life team, with the recent arrival of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate being very welcome indeed. While the formula for the franchise has remained largely consistent, Capcom is now planning to shake things up with a cartoonish RPG experience - Monster Hunter...

Video: The Importance of Co-Op Gameplay in Modern Gaming

The Importance of Co-Op Gameplay in Modern Gaming

Featuring Affordable Space Adventures

It's no lie that due to the popularity of the ultra-competitive gaming scene that co-operative gameplay has taken rather a sideline in recent years. Luckily all is not quite lost, and a handful of developers are still keen to provide this style of gameplay for the fans who crave it, and there's no example better...

News: Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Challenges

Each Splatoon amiibo Will Unlock 20 Special Challenges

Worth splashing the cash?

The most recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts unsurprisingly devoted a segment to Splatoon, a major release on Wii U that's arriving at the end of May. Part of this segment was confirmation that the rumours of Splatoon amiibo were accurate, with three toys on the way - Squid, Boy Inkling and Girl Inkling. Clarity on what...

Reminder: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Out Now for the New Nintendo 3DS XL in North America

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Out Now for the New Nintendo 3DS XL in North America

Are you really feeling it?

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D has now arrived in North America, completing its roll-out across all territories. The first exclusive on the New Nintendo 3DS XL, it sees Monster Games succeed in porting one of the most sizeable Wii U experiences onto a portable. In our Xenoblade Chronicles 3D review (where we awarded 9/10) we...

Rumour: Project X Zone 2: Brave New World Heading to 3DS

Project X Zone 2: Brave New World Heading to 3DS

More cross-over goodness seems to be on the cards

Project X Zone on 3DS isn't perfect, but its bonkers storyline and mashups of Capcom, Sega and Bandai Namco certainly aren't dull. A lengthy, occasionally odd game, for fans of those companies and their storied franchises it can be a slice of anarchic strategy heaven. The good news is that a sequel...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles X Will Use Downloadable Data Packs To Expedite Loading Times

Xenoblade Chronicles X Will Use Downloadable Data Packs To Expedite Loading Times

Only for the disc-based version, naturally

The disc-based version of Xenoblade Chronicles X will use free downloadable "data packs" to cut down loading times, it has been revealed. Developer Monolith Software is recommending that players download all of the packs, but if hard drive space is limited there is the option to pick and choose which ones...

Feature: The Final Xenoblade Chronicles X Presentation - Dolls and Online Features

The Final Xenoblade Chronicles X Presentation - Dolls and Online Features

Info on how mech suits will work in the game, along with online mechanics

Well, there you have it. With this latest Japanese Xenoblade Chronicles X presentation, Nintendo and developer Monolith Soft have spilled all the beans they're willing to spill before the game releases in Japan on 29th April. In the past we've seen the planet of Mira detailed,...

News: Nintendo's Super Spring Sale Shines Light on Some Top Wii U and 3DS eShop Deals 

Nintendo's Super Spring Sale Shines Light on Some Top Wii U and 3DS eShop Deals 

If you're in North America check them out

In addition to discounts announced as part of Nintendo's Download Update for North America, there are a range of enticing offers also available as part of a 'Super Spring Sale' in the region. It's Spring Break season, so there's that bit more time for games. The discounts stretch across Wii U and 3DS retail...

Live: Watch Nintendo and Monolith Soft's Presentation of Xenoblade Chronicles X Online and Dolls / Mechs - Live!

Watch Nintendo and Monolith Soft's Presentation of Xenoblade Chronicles X Online and Dolls / Mechs - Live!

Time for the nitty-gritty

Xenoblade Chronicles X is just weeks away in Japan, so Nintendo and Monolith Soft have prepared another live broadcast to build excitement. This may just be the best yet, as it'll focus on Mech (Dolls) and online aspects - we'll be translating and blogging as it happens. #XenobladeX