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September2017

August2017

  • Video Celebrate Kirby's 25th Anniversary With This Special Trailer

    Including a reminder of the 2018 Switch release

    As we've seen over recent weeks with themed discounts and promotions, Nintendo's been celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Kirby. Nintendo of Europe, for its part, has now published a rather nice trailer celebrating the landmark. It works through 25 years of Kirby games, ending with a few snippets of...

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December2016

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September2016

  • News Mythical Pokémon Keldeo Confirmed for Anniversary Distribution in October

    An inclusion that's definitely justified

    With Pokémon in its 20th Anniversary year we've been getting one Mythical Pokémon every month for the current-gen games, each available for a few weeks. This month's offering is Keldeo, which will arrive on 1st October and be available until the 24th of the same month through the Nintendo Network; it...

  • News Nintendo is Now 127 Years Old

    That's 889 in Duck Hunt Dog years

    When most people think of Nintendo they likely picture things like Mario, Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario again, and then Pokémon. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that none of those existed when the company was founded on 23rd September 1889; back then Nintendo specialised in hanafuda playing cards,...

August2016

  • Anniversary The Super Nintendo Is 25 Years Old Today

    Happy birthday, you boxy thing

    25 years ago, the Super Nintendo - or Super NES (or even SNES, if you're in a rush) - arrived in North America to critical acclaim and great fanfare. Following on from a successful launch in Japan - where it was named the Super Famicom - the console recieved a rather drastic facelift for its North American debut,...

  • News Metroid is 30 Years Old Today

    Happy birthday, Samus

    Despite the sad reality that Metroid has fallen on hard times recently, the series has been a tentpole Nintendo franchise for nearly as long as the company has been in the gaming business. Many Metroid games still stand as some of the best available on Nintendo platforms, which makes it that much more of a sting that the...

July2016

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  • Anniversary New Super Mario Bros. is Now a Decade Old

    Forever 'New' thanks to clever (or not) branding

    When you put 'New' in the name of something, it's inevitable that around a decade later someone will smarmily say "it's not new any more", and you just have to accept that putting an adjective like that in a name isn't a long term solution. Yet, when New Super Mario Bros. was released on DS it was...

April2016

  • News ​Feature: Five Reasons Why We Love Animal Crossing

    Happy Anniversary Mayor!

    Animal Crossing turned 15 this week, and we're certainly feeling plenty of nostalgia for the series. What makes Animal Crossing such a successful franchise? We've put together some of the points that we think have propelled the series to being one of the most successful ever. The characters: Animal Crossing would be...

  • News Atlus is Now 30 Years Old

    Well, the pre-takeover Atlus, it still counts...

    Atlus is a publisher and developer that's rather well-known and much loved - the Japanese company has brought us a number of iconic franchises, while Nintendo gamers in North America (and to a lesser extent Europe) have enjoyed a high number of exclusives over the past two generations. Atlus was...

March2016

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November2015

  • Feature Reflecting On Three Years With The Wii U - Part One

    The Nintendo Life team talks about the current-gen gem

    The Wii U is - at the time of writing - about to turn three years old, and despite its young age some are already looking to the next generation from the big N. That seems a pity in light of the strengths of the system, especially as it's delivered so many wonderful games and memories, so to...

October2015

  • News The NES is Now 30 Years Old

    The game changer

    The NES is 30 years old today, at least based on its widely agreed - albeit historically debatable - North American release date. Not to be mistaken with the Famicom release - which is way back in 1983 - it was nevertheless the Nintendo Entertainment System rebranding and a certain Super Mario Bros. that catapulted Nintendo...

September2015

July2015

  • Anniversary The Virtual Boy Is 20 Years Old Today

    Nintendo's most famous failure is getting on a bit

    According to the history books, the Virtual Boy is Nintendo's biggest failure — both commercially and critically — in the hardware arena. Launched 20 years ago today on 21st July 1995 in Japan to almost complete consumer apathy, it bypassed Europe entirely and was discontinued the following...

  • News The Famicom is 32 Years Old Today

    Should have a steady job and a mortgage by now

    Here's one to make some of us feel old - the Famicom is 32 years old today, released in Japan on 15th July 1983. It was, of course, the system that would be revamped and remodelled as the NES in October 1985 in North America. Famicom was the shortened name for Family Computer; a key difference of...

  • Video This News Anchor Sure Is Excited About Super Mario Maker

    "Oh man, this is so awesome!"

    When Nintendo of America tweets a link to a TV news segment, we're normally inclined to shrug it off. We've seen enough news anchors stumble their way through a conversation about Nintendo games for one lifetime. Yet this one's a bit different. A Nintendo of America rep appeared on Fox 5 Morning News with some props,...

March2015

  • Feature Ten Must-Play Games for the Nintendo 3DS

    As voted for by you to celebrate four years of the portable

    With the 3DS now four years old, and now that the New Nintendo 3DS has brought us another iteration with a whole load of features, we decided it was a good time to take stock of ten definitive experiences on the system. To that end we listed 50 retail games - the eShop will have its own...

  • News The Nintendo 3DS is Now Four Years Old in Europe

    Eur 'avin a laugh

    The Nintendo 3DS arrived four years ago today in Europe, strategically released to maximise profits before the end of the financial year that closed on 31st March 2011... erm, we mean strategically released to excite gamers. Its arrival prompted plenty of launch week hype, and by the close of March Nintendo announced that over 3.5...

November2014

  • Anniversary The Nintendo DS is Now 10 Years Old

    Went from baby phat to slim

    It's a big day for the original DS, as it's 10 years to the day since the first model in the iconic family of systems — commonly referred to as the 'phat' — arrived in North America. Few will forget the E3 reveal of the DS by Reggie Fils-Aime, and its clamshell Though it signalled the beginning of the end for the...

  • Anniversary 20 Years Ago Today, Rare Resurrected The Donkey Kong Brand

    Donkey Kong Country is now two decades old

    Donkey Kong is Nintendo's first major star, having made his début in the arcade game that effectively turned the company into the global monster it is today. However, when Mario decided to become Super on the NES and take his place as Nintendo's number one mascot, DK was bumped down the pecking order and...

  • Feature The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's it Doing?

    We feel it's a C minus, overall, on its anniversary

    Two years ago today — on 18th November 2012 — the Wii U was launched in North America. It was the first of this current generation of hardware to arrive in stores and generated a decent amount of hype, followed up by subsequent releases in Europe (30th November) and Japan (8th December). After...

October2014

  • News The Game Boy Color is Now 16 Years Old

    It'll be asking to host house parties...

    Nintendo's released so many systems and iconic games that anniversaries are a regular occurrence; now it's the turn of the Game Boy Color — it's 16 years old, having been released in Japan on 21st October 1998. While some attribute Nintendo's trend for focusing on innovation and content over raw power as...

  • News Rising Star Games' New Online Shop Now Open

    No oddly numbered watches available at time of writing

    As part of Rising Star Games' tenth anniversary celebration, the company's own online shop is now open, offering a selection of Rising Star's games and some new merchandise including company logo pins, T-shirts, and mugs. This current selection of products is available as a thank-you to early...

September2014

  • Talking Point History Shows Us That Nintendo's Here to Stay

    125 years and counting

    On 23rd September 1889 Nintendo was founded as Nintendo Koppai, meaning the company is now 125 years old; it's been known as Nintendo Co., Ltd since 1963. The history of the company is particularly fascinating, and also reminds us of some important lessons regarding Nintendo; it's not solely a video game manufacturer,...

  • News Nintendo Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

    Founded in 1889

    Nintendo has celebrated its 125th Anniversary today, with the company founded on 23rd September 1889 in Kyoto, where its headquarters remain. The company has had an extraordinary history that goes well beyond video games, console wars and Mario, a fact that can be easily forgotten. Founded initially as Nintendo Koppai by Fusajiro...

  • News The GameCube is 13 Years Old

    Happy Birthday to the handled innovator

    The GameCube, the system with a look like no other, is now 13 years old. Released in Japan on 14th September 2001, it holds a special place in the hearts of many Nintendo gamers, and was memorable not just for the fact it had a handle, but due to its line-up of exceptional games. While it holds the...

August2014

  • News The Sega Genesis is Now 25 Years Old

    How many of you are feeling old?

    It's a day of hardware anniversaries, with the 19 year old Virtual Boy being joined by the 25th Anniversary of the Sega Genesis; as the name should have tipped you off, it's the North American anniversary of Sega's 16-bit beast. Known as the Mega Drive in PAL regions, the Genesis arrived before the Super NES and...

  • News The Virtual Boy is 19 Years Old, Probably Hasn't Received a Celebratory Cake

    We still love it

    The Virtual Boy is 19 years old in North America today, having arrived in the region on 14th August 1995. It doesn't have a European anniversary to celebrate, as it never had a release in the region. It's a system that shows us a few aspects of Nintendo that remain today, in some ways representing its key strengths. Nintendo...

July2014

  • News The Game Boy is 25 Years Old in North America

    Happy Birthday, Old Boy

    The Game Boy recently celebrated the 25th anniversary for its release in Japan, a reminder of the enduring legacy of one of Nintendo's greatest creations. Its role in transforming the games industry and popularising portable systems can't be overlooked, not to mention the various franchises and classic games that define it...

  • News Rising Star Games Is Now Ten Years Old

    Celebrates with new brush logo and a promise

    Hertfordshire-based game publisher Rising Star Games, the “home of Japanese games,” is celebrating its ten-year anniversary. The company’s announcement page features a splashy minute-long montage video and details how Rising Star is celebrating with events and announcements on the tenth of every...

June2014

  • News The Nintendo 64 is Now 18 Years Old in Japan

    Finally old enough to run Conker's Bad Fur Day

    Time flies when you're having fun, especially for those of us who grew up spending excessive amounts of time playing GoldenEye 007 and Mario Kart 64. That's because the Nintendo 64 was released a whopping 18 years ago today in its native territory of Japan. Released on 23 June 1996, the N64 served as a...

April2014

March2014

  • Feature Looking at the 3DS Revolution on its Third Birthday

    Born to be three

    Let's think back, for a moment, to the DSi. The remixed version of the hugely successful DS Lite — which itself replaced the 'phat' model — included an online download store, which was a big deal at the time. It also had primitive technical capabilities while the DSi Shop, like its Wii equivalent, was a representation of...

  • News The 3DS is Now Three Years Old in Europe

    Onwards and upwards

    A month ago we reported that the 3DS had reached its third birthday in Japan — it's now reached the same landmark in Europe as of today, 25th March. After the usual pre-launch buzz the 3DS had a mixed first year, but has since gone from strength to strength. Going into its fourth year it has upcoming releases such as Kirby:...

  • News Super Metroid is 20 Years Old Today

    One of the all time greats

    Super Metroid is 20 years old today, having been released in Japan on 19th March 1994. It's a title that would go on to be one of a number of iconic, memorable experiences on the 16-bit machine, and is still revered to this day. Alternatively called Metroid 3, this title — like others in the series that would follow —...

February2014

  • News The 3DS Celebrates Its Third Birthday in Japan

    Happy 3dees day

    Put on the party hats and break out the bunting, the 3DS is three years old today. Or it is in Japan which, judging by the time we're posting this and thanks to the vagaries of time zones, is actually yesterday in Nintendo's homeland. But still, we'll celebrate anyway. The 3DS was greeted with plenty of launch day buzz in 2011,...

August2013

July2013

  • News The Famicom Turns 30 Years Old

    The system that started it all

    At the time of writing it may still be 14th July in many countries, but it's 15th July in Japan — that means that the Famicom has now turned 30 years old in its homeland. It would eventually make its way to the West, redesigned, as the iconic NES. Of course, Nintendo had been a Playing Card company in its earliest...

May2013

  • News Happy 15th Birthday, Banjo-Kazooie!

    Guh-huh!

    It’s hard to believe now, but before 31st May, 1998, no one believed that a bear in yellow shorts and a bird in a backpack could ever make an effective team. A spunky little Twycross-based company called Rare, however, set out to prove the world wrong, and did so with quite admirable results. Today marks the 15th anniversary of the North...

April2013

  • News This New Mega Man Anniversary Statue Goes Large

    Alas, still no "proper" game for the big anniversary

    With this being the 25th Anniversary year of the Mega Man franchise, Capcom has released a free PC crossover game — Street Fighter X Mega Man — which in many respects was a slightly polished fan effort, and has given us some celebratory laptops and USB drives in different regions. Plenty of...

  • News Time to Celebrate the Two Year 3DS Anniversary, Bring on the Infographic

    Let's play "why isn't x here?"

    Last week we celebrated the two year anniversary of the 3DS by finding a picture of a cake based on the handheld. It's been a fascinating journey so far for the portable, enjoying a bumper launch weekend, before tanking to worrying levels, and then rising like a Phoenix — courtesy of excellent games and a price...

  • Site News Happy "Nintendo Life" Anniversary!

    Time to celebrate, it's been four years

    Some of our long-term readers might remember that on this day four years ago we merged our three Nintendo sites — VC Reviews, WiiWare World and the original Nintendo Life — together to form the new and improved "Nintendo Life". Since then we've grown our readership to an unprecedented level, and according...

March2013

  • News The Nintendo 3DS Celebrates its Two Year Anniversary

    Still going strong

    Two years ago, on 25th March 2011, the Nintendo 3DS arrived in Europe; its North American release was on 27th March. As the follow-up to the DS family of systems — the biggest selling series of handhelds in history — it arrived with plenty of expectation. After an excitable launch — it landed in Japan in late February —...

  • News The Nintendo DS Celebrates its 8th Birthday in Europe Today

    Blow into the mic to put out the candles

    Eight years ago today, Europe became the last major territory to get its hands on the original DS, that now known as the "phat". It can be easy to forget that it was a handheld that truly innovated the concept of mainstream handheld gaming, incorporating a clamshell two screen design famously pioneered in the...

August2012

  • News Capcom's Street Fighter Reaches Its Quarter Century

    If you played the SNES original, you're officially over the hill

    As pointed out by Kotaku, Capcom's seminal Street Fighter series is now 25 years old. The first game - which is also known as Fighting Street and ironically, isn't very good - launched in arcades in 1987. Of course, it was the sequel

  • Feature 20 Years of Mario Kart

    How the time, and kart, flies

    Today is yet another Nintendo anniversary, in this case the 20th anniversary of Super Mario Kart's release in Japan. That's 20 years of powering around tracks and making other mascot's driving lives miserable, while infuriating their masters in multiplayer. It's a series with enduring appeal that has evolved into one...

  • News The Legend of Zelda is Now 25 in The U.S.

    Celebrate with a fake 3DS Zelda image

    Yesterday brought a major anniversary for The Legend of Zelda, as it was released in the U.S. on 22nd August 1987, making it another 25th anniversary. Of course, Nintendo has already celebrated the series a great deal with orchestral concerts, a free download of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary...

June2012

  • News Atari Turns 40 Today

    The original gaming behemoth

    Current-day gamers are familiar with just three game console manufacturers at the top of the tree: Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony. Some who are older may remember when SEGA was in its pomp and challenging Nintendo in the 1990s, but for those that care to go even further back, Atari comes into the picture. Atari is 40...

  • News Sonic the Hedgehog Turns 21 Today

    Finally a grown man

    SEGA's loveable blue mascot reaches another milestone today, celebrating his 21st anniversary. On this day in 1991 SEGA unleashed Sonic the Hedgehog on North America. His speed and spectacular stunts made him an original, and players took him to their hearts. Nearly 50 games and over 80 million sales later, Sonic's still here...

May2012

  • News GameCube is Ten Years Old Today in Europe

    Time for some celebratory cake

    We celebrated the ten year anniversary of the Nintendo GameCube last year, including a rather fond retrospective on the console with the coolest handle. That was the North American anniversary, but today the console turns ten in Europe. Although the GameCube wasn't Nintendo's greatest success in the home console...

  • News Zelda Concert Tour Returns to North America

    The quest for tickets begins

    The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tour, organised to celebrate 25 years of the franchise, got into full swing in Dallas on 10th January. After the initial run of concerts we were promised additional events, and these are now confirmed. A range of new concerts have emerged on zelda-symphony.com, with...

April2012

  • News Kirby Gets 20th Anniversary Compilation for Wii

    Dream land

    The pinkest hero around, Kirby, celebrates 20 years of sucking this year. To celebrate with him, Nintendo's putting together a 20th anniversary compilation of his most popular adventures for Wii. Granted, Nintendo hasn't specified which of Kirby's games will feature on the disc — is it too much to hope for Kirby Air Ride? — but...

March2012

  • Feature The Mistakes of the 3DS Launch

    Lessons for Wii U

    Now that the 3DS is one-year old in most territories – its Australian anniversary hasn’t quite arrived yet – it’s safe to say that Nintendo can look at the handheld’s progress and be reasonably happy. It’s unlikely to be ecstatic and popping open the champagne, however, as the road to the current good times has been...

  • News 3DS, It's Your First Birthday in North America Today

    Celebrate good times

    3DS hit its first anniversary in Europe on Sunday, and today marks the machine's first steps onto North American soil one year ago. 27th March 2011 saw the 3DS launch across North America for $249.99 and got off to a flying start, securing the best first day sales of any Nintendo handheld. We all know how it went from there:...

  • Feature Our Favourite 3DS Games So Far

    One year of 3D gaming

    Nintendo’s 3DS has experienced a dramatic first year, no doubt far more eventful than Satoru Iwata and his team could have imagined. Despite all of the twists and turns that the handheld has experienced, it’s nevertheless been a source of some terrific and varied games. The 3DS may have evolved into more than the sum of...

  • News 3DS Celebrates First Birthday in Europe

    It's come a long way

    Today is a big day for Nintendo's latest bid for continued handheld gaming dominance: the 3DS is one year old in Europe. Its North American anniversary arrives on 27th March, so there will surely be plenty of high-fives and Mario style 'wahoo' whoops coming from the famous old company's regional teams. It's been a rather...

February2012

  • News 3DS Celebrates First Birthday in Japan

    Our card was delayed in the post

    Nintendo probably had a bit of a party yesterday, as its 3DS celebrated being one-year old in Japan. Released on 26th February 2011 to much hype, the handheld has since had an eventful first year, though has been burning up the charts in its homeland in recent months. It's being reported, meanwhile, that 3DS owners...

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