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Play & Win: The UK Mario Kart 8 Championship, Heat One, Is On Saturday 16th August

The UK Mario Kart 8 Championship, Heat One, Is On Saturday 16th August

The first step to being National Champion

Recently we announced that, in partnership with the Official Nintendo UK Store, we'll be running the Mario Kart 8 Championship 2014 in the UK, looking for the country's fastest racer who'll receive some fantastic prizes. This Championship will kick off with four online Heats, with the top three in each of...

News: XType Plus Arriving Today on North American Wii U eShop

XType Plus Arriving Today on North American Wii U eShop

Short-notice squeals of delight

That's right ladies and gentlemen! XType Plus is finally out of the Web Framework hospital and will be released in North America on the Wii U eShop today, 14th August. It's been a while coming, but hats off to the developer for sorting the issue out instead of just ignoring it. You can now blast away all your worries...

News: Footage and Details Emerge of Mega Audino in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Footage and Details Emerge of Mega Audino in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Expanding on details from the previous leak

Earlier this week a premature post on the official Korean website for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire leaked Mega Slowbro and Mega Audino for the upcoming releases. The Pokémon Company has now taken the opportunity at Gamescom to reveal some official details and footage of Mega Audino,...

News: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Aims to be "Definitive" and Final Version

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call Aims to be "Definitive" and Final Version

Curtain Call is an appropriate name, then

3DS owners with a love of rhythm-music games should certainly be on alert right now, as Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is just a month away. The greatly expanded release of the original game comes with a huge library of 221 tracks, new characters and a local multiplayer Versus mode, with all of the...

Video: Ghirahim Looks Creepy and Deadly in Hyrule Warriors

Ghirahim Looks Creepy and Deadly in Hyrule Warriors

Still does that thing with his tongue...

Koei Tecmo is continuing to rattle through its video introductions for the Hyrule Warriors cast, and now we have a video for playable villain Ghirahim. A villain in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Ghirahim has been one of Nintendo's most edgy, downright creepy creations in recent times. He's a menacing...

News: Ubisoft Clarifies Reasoning For The Crew Skipping Wii U

Ubisoft Clarifies Reasoning For The Crew Skipping Wii U

It's now coming to Xbox 360, but also skipping PS3

Ubisoft has had an interesting history with the Wii U to date, showing early support but following up that strong start with a controversial delay of Rayman Legends and missing DLC in major releases. Sales figures for Wii U games from the publisher do explain, however, why the company has been...

Video: The Demon Legion Look Fiendish In This New Swords & Soldiers 2 Walkthrough

The Demon Legion Look Fiendish In This New Swords & Soldiers 2 Walkthrough

Still due this year

Swords & Soldiers II isn't just a sequel to one of the best WiiWare games, but is also lined up to be a Wii U eShop exclusive. Ronimo Games seems to be going all out to deliver a top-notch experience, too. The developer is currently showing the game off at Gamescom in Cologne, and has also released a new video to showcase...

News: A Pre-order of Sonic Boom Will Bag You an Exclusive Sonic Figurine

A Pre-order of Sonic Boom Will Bag You an Exclusive Sonic Figurine

3DS or Wii U version, it doesn't matter

Any Sonic fans out there might be interested in this; if you pre-order either Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U or Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for the 3DS you can get your mitts on an exclusive figurine of Sonic holding the Ancients' Crystal. The model itself looks fairly nicely done, Sonic has...

Video: Check Out Some Exclusive Skylanders Trap Team Features on Wii U

Check Out Some Exclusive Skylanders Trap Team Features on Wii U

Tickle those bad guys

Skylanders Trap Team will be one of the most lucrative releases of the year when it arrives in early October on various platforms. Nintendo — and publisher Activision, naturally — will be hoping for big sales on Wii U, Wii and the alternative version on 3DS; the strange but welcome promotion of a free Wii U download with...

Feature: Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 13th August

Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 13th August

Our weekly (maybe) summary is back

Earlier this year we kicked off a series of weekly Kickstarter summaries, with the intention of providing handy regular updates of what's happening in terms of crowdfunding projects on the platform that are targeting Wii U and 3DS. The last entry was on 2nd June, after which we took a hiatus for two reasons — E3...

News: Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

Yokai Watch 2 Passes Two Million Sales in Japan as Wii U Sales Increase

3DS hardware also holds momentum

To the surprise of no one, Yokai Watch 2 has once again dominated the Japanese charts, bringing its sales to 2 million, and this figure doesn't even take into account any digital downloads so the total number is bound to be significantly higher than that. Not only this, but Level-5's original Yokai Watch takes ninth...

News: The Walking Dead's New Table is Shambling Onto Zen Pinball 2 on 28th August

The Walking Dead's New Table is Shambling Onto Zen Pinball 2 on 28th August

Yep, that's for the Wii U version

Earlier this week Zen Studios clarified to us that pinball news "is coming soon" for Wii U, as we followed up on some vocal discontent that had been expressed by some Nintendo gamers on the developer's forums. The company has been good on its word, having today confirmed that the latest new table in Zen Pinball 2...

News: The Letter Version 1.1 Update Has a New Trailer

The Letter Version 1.1 Update Has a New Trailer

Reaching for more stars?

Notorious indie title The Letter has had a storied history at Nintendo Life, being something of a poster child for quality control on the Wii U eShop and the recipient of a rare if not prestigious single star rating, with the major complaint being that there wasn't much to do, and what content there was ultimately didn't add...

News: More Single Player Details Enter The Battle in Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

More Single Player Details Enter The Battle in Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS

Kid Icarus-style difficulty adjustment, branching paths, Multi-Man Smash

We've seen some glimpses of the single player component in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS over recent months, with footage of a character of choice marching across an overworld with multiple paths. In a series of updates to the official website, one that's caught our eye is...

News: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Set to Add "Two Fan Favourite Characters"

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Set to Add "Two Fan Favourite Characters"

Developer addresses the 'steroid Knuckles' comments

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric arrives on the Wii U as an exclusive this November, and it's a game that's had a remarkable and brief history to date. Its announcement earlier this year caused an internet meltdown, with plenty objecting to the character designs, in particular. It's part of a new Sonic...

News: Nintendo Confirms a Huge Range of eShop Discounts to Celebrate Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo Confirms a Huge Range of eShop Discounts to Celebrate Super Smash Bros.

Kid Icarus: Uprising! Tomodachi Life! Animal Crossing! Mega Man! More!

As part of an exciting batch of Super Smash Bros. reveals today, Nintendo has announced an impressive range of discounts coming to the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores this week. These details are for Europe, though we'll update accordingly should Nintendo of America announce an...

News: Beautiful Limited Edition Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL Console Bundle Revealed

Beautiful Limited Edition Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL Console Bundle Revealed

And it's not just a dull logo on it either

Nintendo has announced a new addition to its range of limited edition 3DS XL consoles, and this time it's celebrating Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. The special edition red console will come bundled with a digital copy of the game it represents, as well as an undeniably gorgeous design displaying many...

News: The Hyrule Warriors Artbook Catches The Eye With 'Female Link'

The Hyrule Warriors Artbook Catches The Eye With 'Female Link'

Looks neat, too

While there's reasonable anticipation for Hyrule Warriors in the West, it's a title that's been given a particularly big push in Japan, where the Dynasty Warriors franchise is a mainstay of the market. There are multiple editions and extras, one of which is a rather attractive artbook for the title — this will also be available in...