One modern way to check how your new brand new IP is tracking is by taking a moment to look at the wonderfully talented Nintendo community and see how much fan-art is being created. If we think back a few years it was Splatoon that had a very impressive amount of pre-launch fan art that suggested the game was going to be a hit with fans,...
We have a chat with Randy Gallegos about his gaming art
If you've ever seen our Instagram account you'll know we love a bit of gaming art here at Nintendo Life. The majority of the art we come across is digital, however we recently came across the work of an American artist who does things a little differently. Artist Randy Gallegos has been...
Reaching for the stars
Super Mario celebrates his 30th birthday this year and over those three decades the character has become recognisable to people from all over the world. Such is Mario's fame that when a group of Russian artists known as ArtFacade was commissioned to paint murals across damaged walls exposed by the removal of advertising...
B-b-b-bulba! The pottery that evolves!
Collections vary among fans according to taste, but for some nothing is better than displaying a nice "covert" piece. This is the type of item that unknowing folk can appreciate on their own merits, but other fans will instantly recognize and blather over its coolness. These "Succulent Monster" ceramic pots...
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...
Fan-art is commonplace when it comes to anything with a large fanbase; Nintendo is certainly no exception. Thousands of people from all over the world are doing their absolute best to pay tribute to the gaming giant, whether it be to painstakingly hand draw a homage to all things Mario, or to whip up a quick sketch of Kirby in a science...
It's the little details
The weekend is upon us, so it seems like as good a time as any to gaze upon some impressive Mario fan art, and these isometric collaborations certainly fit the bill. They're the work of more than a dozen like-minded artists that met on the Mario Fan Games Galaxy Forums, representing what seems to be the fruits of a fairly...
And mind-boggling in its range
Of all of Nintendo's franchises, we think a good number will agree that The Legend of Zelda is the series with the most substantial and memorable lore and gaming culture. Mario is a huge seller, while brands such as Metroid have hugely enthusiastic fanbases, but the environments and characters in The Legend of Zelda...
Power-ups and Koopalings in tow
New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a real homage to Super Mario World, what with Reznor and everything, but there are more SMW nods in store. This artwork from Nintendo shows off the Koopalings in Bowser's clown car/copter combo, plus other released images reveal the return of the Mega Mushroom, Mini Mushroom and old staples...
Forget The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: this year's Wii coverage has been dominated by three other big Japanese games. Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora's Tower and The Last Story have had gamers' eyes all year, and Nintendo of Europe wants to get you even more involved by asking you to help choose alternate cover art for the latter...
Also pink and cute
Kirby's Return to Dream Land is nearly here, and Nintendo is celebrating in fine style with a wealth of pink and cute artwork streaming forth from its archives. The artwork shows Kirby in all number of roles and poses: radio presenter Kirby, scuba diving Kirby, ninja Kirby. You name it, Kirby's doing it. Kirby's Return to Dream...
What's that tucked away?
The Super Mario 3D Land box art is nice and all, but it's just a very small square of the bigger picture. The much, much bigger picture. Nintendo Europe just released the full image, weighing in at an eye-watering 10,000 x 4,000 pixels, and it's like a who's who of Mario: Bob-ombs, Toad, Bowser and more are all there, but...
Guess who's back?
Nintendo's just released yet more character artwork from Super Mario 3D Land, showing some classic characters will make their return. Super Mario Bros. 3 veterans will recognise the Boomerang Bro — also seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2 — but there are new characters too: Boom Boom seems to have found himself a girlfriend, and there's a rather jolly-
Pick your favourite
The Zelda 25th anniversary celebrations are in full swing now, what with the Zelda symphony London tickets on sale now, and Nintendo has just launched an official website for the shindig too. There's a graphical depiction of how Link's design has changed over the years, along with links to all his main-series appearances to date:...
Capcom reveals alternative costumes
With Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D having just launched in Japan, the rest of the world will have several weeks to wait before the game makes it their way. Luckily, Capcom is still in the mood for teasing as the mercenaries' alternative costumes have now been revealed. The ability to unlock new garbs is nothing new to the franchise, so fans shouldn't be so..
Square-Enix and n-Space's collaboration reverts back to secrecy
Since the European branch of Square-Enix trademarked Heroes of Ruin earlier this year, it hasn't taken long for details to emerge on the publisher's upcoming title; although nothing more than a few words and a piece of artwork, even all that seemed like it was a case of "too much information". A reveal that Heroes of Ruin is..
Is it the one you chose?
It's a shame that companies don't decorate games with alternative sleeve covers more often as it's a great way to introduce more artwork and a level of customisation to gamers. It's a good thing that Nintendo and Monolith Soft are into that sort of thing. Nintendo of Europe recently supplied four pieces of artwork for gamers...
Screenshots look good too
We recently brought you the good news that Nintendo will release Solatorobo: Red the Hunter in Europe, but if the first fleeting glimpses of its furry robots didn't stir your interest this motherlode of concept art from Nintendo should seal the deal. Showing floating islands, flying robots and almost everything in between,...
Go retro this Valentine's Day with these awesome printable cards
Nothing says "I love you" like a dose of romantically themed nostalgia. That's why shop owner Kirakards of handmade and vintage online shop Etsy has created an assortment of 8-bit themed Valentine's Day cards, ranging from a sentimental Kirby sighing "Dreamland would be...
But you can't buy it just yet
Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Collection is on the way to the West, and here's the box art for the collection when it lands on North American shelves on December 12th. Containing Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and
Mythical WiiWare game appears
In development for years, Last Flight has been rather quiet of late, but Bloober Team has just been in touch to send over the latest gameplay footage and promotional artwork for the game with a short update on its status. The team is seemingly well aware of its game's reputation, judging from this cheeky portion of the...
More funky artwork to blow your mind
As you know, Gaijin Games has just recently announced the title of their newest BIT.TRIP release BIT.TRIP FATE, so the obligatory teaser image from the ever-sadistic Alex Neuse was bound to surface eventually. As you can see below, it's a very beautiful piece of artwork, but if you're expecting to get any type of...
Blue Bomber backgrounds in black and white
Although you might think Mega Man 10's retro graphical style is easy, a Japanese site has published some concept art showing the amount of work that went into bringing the game to life. From futuristic transport systems to buildings shaped like grenades, the art shows the detail required to create something even as seemingly simple as Mega Man 10. Check..
Hironobu Sakaguchi's new project is certainly a looker
We have to admit that Mistwalker's forthcoming Wii RPG is getting us pretty excited, despite the fact that we haven't actually seen a single screenshot yet. What we have seen is some particularly lovely concept artwork, and if the game can capture the same feel of these images then Wii fans are going to be in for a visual treat. For those of..
Capcom teams up with Chronicle Books to tell the history behind the popular beat 'em up series
We're sure many of you can remember where you played your first game of Street Fighter. For me, it was the house of a distant relative that shared a similar enthusiasm for gaming as myself in my childhood. It's a series that stretches back to the mid '80s and continues to produce games even 'til this day..
It's box art minus the box.
In case you haven't seen it yet, Capcom has just released the official box artwork for their upcoming WiiWare release Mega Man 10. As you can see, the box art is a bit less cheesy than its predecessor Mega Man 9. There was even a group of t-shirts given away recently with this very artwork on them. We'll keep you posted...
More media of the upcoming DSiWare release.
Hugo Smits has just sent us a brand new batch of screenshots and artwork for his upcoming DSiWare title, Flipper. These show off the game's menus and an only recently revealed pirate world and can be viewed on the game page. The game seems like it's almost ready for release - Hugo is currently working on a build of the game to send over to Nintendo. He..
Check out the new eye candy for the upcoming trilogy release.
Nintendo has just sent over a bunch of new Metroid Prime Trilogy artwork and we have to admit, the more we see these Metroid Prime Trilogy goodies, the more we want to get our hands on the game. You can check out all of these new pieces of artwork below and as usual, we'll have more information on Metroid Prime Trilogy as it becomes..
Is this is image that Miyamoto showed behind closed doors at E3?
A new Wii Zelda wasn't mentioned during Nintendo's E3 conference - much to the dismay of fanboys the world over. However, Shigeru Miyamoto later held meetings with the press behind closed doors, where he revealed that work is indeed happening on Link's latest adventure. Nothing was shown other than a piece of concept artwork,..
SEGA want you to be bad, create your own House of the Dead: OVERKILL wallpaper and share it with the world.
Get ready for the release of The House of the Dead: OVERKILL™ on Friday the 13th by creating your own OVERKILL-inspired shock-horror film poster with The House of the Dead: OVERKILL Movie Poster Wallpaper Creator You can save your masterpiece as a desktop wallpaper so you are constantly..
Today we can reveal a cheeky little comic strip teaser from the game which pokes fun at the Snakes on a Plane B movie of 2006. Our Polish friends must have been knocking back on the vodkas pretty hard when they came up with this latest artwork.
It turns out that Last Flight will be episodic in nature with each new episode being released 3-4 months...
As great as our friend the Blue Bomber is, we all know it is the fiendish bosses which make a good Mega Man game. Mega Man 9 like previous games will not disappoint putting you up against such characters as Magma Man, Galaxy Man, Jewel Man, Concrete Man, Hornet Man, Plug Man, Tornado Man and Splash Woman !
Capcom have revealed more information about three of these bosses to IGN. Let’s take a look..
Do you remember a few days ago when we posted about the retro themed Mega Man 9 box art as featured on a T-shirt which a lucky 1up staffer won at E3? Well the good news is now you too could own one of these fashionable garments!
Check out Kramez’s blog at Capcom for more info: It was quickly decided by the marketing group that if we were going to release a game that looked like it came from 1987..
Jeremy Parish from 1up really is the coolest kid on the block today as he walks the streets looking retrotastic in the Mega Man 9 t-shirt he blagged off a Capcom rep at E3 for completing both stages on the Mega Man 9 demo.
Sporting phrases like "ultrasound graphics synthesis" and "8-bit fidelity engine" you can tell straightaway that this creation has its tongue firmly in its..
First shots of BioWare's latest RPG epic, featuring Sonic himself!
American softco Bioware, famous for its Star Wars RPGs on the Xbox (as well as numerous other titles) has released shots of its upcoming Sonic title for the Nintendo DS. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (to give it it’s full moniker) is looking very promising indeed and the initial scans published in the latest edition of..
Nintendo have now revealed the very busy US packshot for upcoming fan-fest Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
This action-packed fighting game features a ridiculous number of characters that have appeared on Nintendo platforms, from Mario™ to Link to Pikachu® ... to Solid Snake! As they square off in famous locales drawn from the rich history of Nintendo, literally anything can happen - and usually does..
Sega release the cover artwork for the upcoming Wii sports title, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.
Here it is:[dgp:cover=games/wii/mario_and_sonic_at_the_olympic_games] Pretty good work ;) Remember this will be the first ever game to feature both Mario and Sonic, something we never thought we'd see 10 years ago!
Capcom reveal the US box art for upcoming zap-um-up Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
"Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is a brand new game in the Resident Evil franchise, with familiar locales from the entire series, created specifically for the unique characteristics of the Wii console. This action/shooter hybrid reveals the back story behind the fall of the Umbrella Corporation by..
Mario fans spot a 'strange' hidden meaning in the official Super Mario Galaxy logo..
If you look at the title 'Super Mario Galaxy' you will notice stars under some of the letters, (the 'U' in Super for example) now take these letters and spell them out. sUpeR MaRio GalAxY = UR MR GAY Now, this isn't a one off, its apparent on ALL the recent official artwork issued by Nintendo, check the box art on..
Nintendo have released another new Super Mario Galaxy packshot for the US market, is this the final one or will we see another?
Those who have been following Super Mario Galaxy as much as us will know Nintendo like to tease us with box art, we love box art and Super Mario Galaxy's is looking great. [dgp:cover=games/wii/super_mario_galaxy] Become Mario™ as he traverses a galaxy of gravities,..
It used to be quite lame, but fanart these days is totally underrated... check out the piece of Samus and you'll see what I mean.
Remember watching those kids tv shows where all the kids sent in their pictures of their favourite cartoons? Whilst that might be long gone, there's a whole scene of up and coming artists that use video games as an outlet. We'd not usually post individual artwork, but..
Nintendo have now released a preliminary version of the boxart for Super Mario Galaxy set for release on Wii later this year.
Check it out here:[dgp:cover=games/wii/super_mario_galaxy] Pretty awesome huh? Now if only they can sort out the Metroid Prime 3 boxart before it gets released later this month ;)
Nintendo have finally gotten round to designing some cover artwork for the upcoming Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
It's hard to avoid Nintendo's once launch title FPS game, with its release date finally confirmed for August, Nintendo have released the following: [dgp:cover=games/wii/metroid_prime_3_corruption] I'm not overly impressed myself, but still not bad eh?
Ever found it painfully hard to create a killer icon on Mario Kart DS? Your pain is over, DSicons.com has all the answers for you.
"Lately we've found ourselves pimping out our Karts on Mario Kart DS, and we thought to ourselves, "Selves, why don't we build a website where we can share our killer DS icons with the rest of the world? We could get famous in Japan!" And ourselves said, "You know,..
EA have released the cover art for their upcoming snowboarding sequel SSX Blur.
It seems more and more likely that SSX Blur will actually get a spring release over here in Europe, currently the game is scheduled for a March 16th release date. "SSX Blur is everything you expect from the franchise, delivered in a totally unexpected way. Revolutionary controls take full advantage of the Wii’s..
Helping evil bunny rabbits and sick children.
The gaming webcomic Penny Arcade, have leant their efforts to help show off Rayman Raving Rabbids in a new ad campaign. The game was released at launch but Ubisoft have asked Gabe over at the PA blog to design some short comics in order to give the game an extra kick in the media stakes. If you are familiar with the Penny Arcade blog you will know of..
More Wii cover artwork slips out of Japan and onto the Internet.
These boxes have been posted on Flickr over the past few days, its always interesting to see different cover art in Japan. I'm not totally sure why the market would be so different over there... but anyway, some suitable differences, check them out. The Zelda box is obviously quite different, they've still got the whole light/dark..
Some more high quality game artwork has appeared on the internet.
Browsing around the internet more and more Wii covers are popping up, even some have been posted on flickr, by a member named "creamsugar". Anyway, game cover artwork excites me, so lets get down to business:..
It's been a while coming but we're finally starting to get some high resolution Wii artwork for games such as Red Steel, Tony Hawks and Far Cry.
Nintendo has sometimes suffered when it comes to cover artwork style, but this time it looks pretty damn sweet. We've recently started receiving high resolution artwork, check them out:..
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