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December2015

  • News Here are the Top Three Wii U and 3DS Games, According to Miiverse

    And the winner is...

    It's getting to be that time of year where gaming publications all over the world are picking their favorite games of the year. While there still has yet to be any sort of universally recognised awards, the same handful of games generally tend to pop up on different lists and there's usually not too many surprises as to which...

September2015

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  • News Nintendo Scoops Three Gamescom Awards

    Mario and Legend of Zelda do the trick

    Gamescom is now entering the chaotic weekend days, in which a dizzying number of gamers descend on Cologne. Though the event isn't over, a week of industry events has nevertheless culminated in the official Gamescom awards; Nintendo of Europe, which is out in force at the expo, has a few wins to celebrate...

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July2014

  • News Nintendo Scoops Three "Best Of E3" Game Critics Awards

    The awards are the reward

    Nintendo had a pretty solid E3 this year, and this is reflected in the fact that the company has scored three Game Critics Awards in the annual "Best of E3" round-up. Super Smash Bros. for 3DS was branded the Best Handheld / Mobile game, while its Wii U sibling took home the Best Fighting Game award. Rounding off the trio...

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December2013

  • News UK Magazine EDGE Names Nintendo Publisher Of The Year

    Fire Emblem and Super Mario 3D World considered two of 2013's best games

    Nintendo hasn't had the best year, what with the Wii U underperforming and third party support on the wane, but there have been some incredible highs to consider — including a robust performance by the 3DS and some amazing first-party releases. As if to acknowledge...

  • News Super Mario 3D World Picks Up Best Nintendo Game VGX Award

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf wins Best Casual Game

    As a nominee, if not the ultimate winner, of the VGX Game of the Year award, there's an air of inevitability to the news that Super Mario 3D World has scooped the Best Nintendo Game VGX prize. Mario's latest adventure was up against some strong competition from other Wii U releases, in the forms of...

  • News Watch the VGX Awards LIVE!

    It's all about Reggie and his Wii U appearance

    Join us for Spike TV's annual game awards, now called VGX, for a very Nintendo-centric take on proceedings. Reggie Fils-Aime will be introducing a Wii U premiere, and Nintendo may even win an award or two. http:#VGX

November2013

  • News Super Mario Galaxy Is Eurogamer's Game of the Generation

    It's not a Golden Joystick, but it'll do

    Over the past 10 days or so, our friends over at Eurogamer have been charting the best games of the past generation - a feat that's easier said than done. Naturally, we kept an eye on proceedings, looking out for any Nintendo titles that might crop up. We watched blockbuster after blockbuster take the...

October2013

  • News Nintendo Comes Up Empty at the Golden Joystick Awards

    Quelle surprise

    In late September we reported on various Golden Joystick nominations for Nintendo games, hardware, concepts and exclusives; as awards voted for by the public and with a fair number of categories up for grabs, there was perhaps some hope of a sneaky award win. The voting public decided it wasn't to be, however. Some of those titles...

September2013

  • News Nintendo and System Exclusives Earn Golden Joystick Nominations

    You still have time to vote

    The Golden Joysticks are an annual games industry awards shindig in the UK, which take place this year on 25th October. The awards are based on the votes of the public, so they also give you a chance to back your favourite games and companies. You can vote until the end of this month at the link above, and as we know...

February2013

  • News Nintendo Receives Zero BAFTA Game Awards Nominations

    Um, what?

    2012 was a fairly busy year for Nintendo, with some high-quality titles arriving on 3DS and the long-awaited release of Wii U. There were some rather decent games in there, which makes Nintendo's complete absence from the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Game Awards 2013 a little surprising. While failure to make it...

October2012

  • News How Did Nintendo Do At This Year's Golden Joystick Awards?

    Not so good, to be honest...

    The 30th hmv GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards were held yesterday afternoon in London; with over four million votes cast, eighteen awards presented and a fountain of tears shed. This year, Nintendo had eleven games nominated across seven categories, but unfortunately failed to secure any awards. The Elder Scrolls V:...

  • News Super Mario 3D Land Shortlisted for GameCity Prize

    Probably won't win though

    A squirreled-away secret panel has whittled down a long-list of 18 games to a shortlist of just seven for this year's GameCity Prize. The GameCity Prize was launched as part of GameCity6 in October 2011. Minecraft, the open world building title and phenomenal success from Mojang founder Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, was the...

July2012

  • News So, you think Nintendo Life is pretty neat?

    If so, then nominate us for a Games Media Award

    Nintendo Life has come a long way since it's inception. We've grown from a small personal project into a leading worldwide resource for all things Nintendo. We've seen the site cover every single WiiWare title, break through the 1 million monthly visits barrier and even appear in the 3DS eShop with our...

March2012

  • News Nintendo Leaves BAFTA Empty-Handed

    Not a Tanooki statue in sight

    Last night saw the GAME British Academy Video Game Awards in London, with Nintendo's brightest and best up for several awards. Shame the Big N didn't actually win any, then. Arguably the biggest upset came in the Mobile & Handheld Game category, where iPad title Peggle HD beat Super Mario 3D Land to take the title...

  • News Catch the BAFTA Awards Live Stream Tonight

    Will Zelda or Mario win?

    Tonight you can watch the 2012 GAME British Academy Video Game Awards live online through the magic of streaming. Zelda and Mario are up for multiple BAFTA awards and you can see how they get on over at the BAFTA website. The event starts at 9pm UK time — that's 10pm CET, 4pm Eastern and 1pm Pacific. Here's the full list...

February2012

  • News Zelda and Mario Up for Multiple BAFTA Awards

    Can they conquer HD?

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is up for BAFTA Game of 2011 — the only award decided by a public vote — but the BAFTA board itself will have to decide if Link's most recent adventure deserves awards for Best Game or Game Innovation at the upcoming ceremony. Zelda's not the only flagship Nintendo franchise nominated:...

  • News Skyward Sword Up for BAFTA Game of 2011

    You can make it happen

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been nominated for the BAFTA GAME Award 2011, the only award determined by a public vote. Link's latest is the only Nintendo-exclusive game on the shortlist, but if you want to support it you can vote for Skyward Sword. You don't even need to be a UK resident, so go nuts. Here's the...

December2011

  • Game of the Year Nintendo Life Reader Awards 2011

    The votes are in!

    Last week we opened up the Nintendo Life Game of the Year 2011 Readers' Vote, giving you the opportunity to commemorate the very best titles of the past 12 months. We received over 6,000 votes over the course of a week, and after stringent verification we've tallied them all up to reveal the games you voted as the best of 2011...

  • Game of the Year You Decide!

    Have your say

    We've had a phenomenal year for gaming, with new outings for Mario, Kirby, Link, Sonic and many, many more. As we reach the end of 2011 it's only right to celebrate the best games of the year. We won't hoard all the voting excitement for ourselves, though — we want you, the lovely Nintendo Life readers, to speak up on what you most...

  • News Nintendo Takes Home Four Awards at Spike VGAs

    Read all about it

    Last night's Spike Video Game Awards might have been more of a glossy advert reel than a bona fide awards show, but that doesn't take the sheen off Nintendo's four awards on the night. The biggest gong saw The Legend of Zelda receive the first-ever Video Game Hall of Fame Award, picked up by none other than Shigeru Miyamoto, who...

September2011

  • News Pokémon Black Nominated for Inaugural GameCity Prize

    The what prize?

    GameCity, Europe’s biggest videogame culture festival, has today announced the shortlist for it's inaugural GameCity Prize. The Prize has been created to discuss, explore and celebrate the very best in interactive entertainment, aiming to be the video game equivalent to the Mercury Music Prize or the Man Booker Prize for...

March2011

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 Wins BAFTA for Best Gameplay

    The only award that counts

    Nintendo's jewel in its Wii crown, Super Mario Galaxy 2, was honoured at the BAFTA Video Games Awards last night, taking home the award for Best Gameplay. The plumber beat competition from Heavy Rain, God of War III, Mass Effect 2 and more, though Mario's space sequel lost to BioWare's space sequel in the Best Game...

February2011

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 Collects 4 BAFTA Nominations

    Whereas DS games dominate the Handheld category

    We recently brought you word that Super Mario Galaxy 2 was nominated for the GAME Award of 2010 at this year's British Academy Video Game Awards. As the only category voted by the public, our readers showed a lot of support for the rotund plumber which should hopefully help him snag the recognition. If you haven't already, make sure you head over to..

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 up for BAFTA Game of the Year

    As the only Nintendo platform game up for nomination, do your bit and vote now!

    It's that time of the year again, when gamers have the opportunity to vote which title should win the GAME Award 2010 recognition at the annual British Academy Video Game Awards. The GAME Award is the only category that's open to public voting, so you better make the...

January2011

  • Features Nintendo Life's Game of the Year 2010 Awards

    Find out what buttered our biscuits and floated our boats last year

    Fantastic. Packed. Hardcore. Whatever the word, it must be said that Nintendo gamers had an incredibly superfluous amount of quality software to choose from in 2010. Numerous long-neglected franchises returned to roaring glory, modern classics were born and “core” gamers could...

October2010

  • News Nintendo Declares the Best Sin and Punishment Player Ever

    Or something like that anyway

    What better game to use in determining who can score the highest than one of the more difficult shooters available? Last month, Nintendo of America launched the official competition to find the nation's gamer who can score the highest on Sin and Punishment: Star Successor's third level on difficult using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk setu

September2010

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii Named Game of the Year in CESA Awards

    Top Japanese designers give Mario the nod

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii was Nintendo's big Christmas hit of 2009, sweeping all before it in a multi-coloured wave of shells, fire flowers and multiplayer rage. It wasn't just a big hit with consumers though, netting a range of awards, the latest being the Grand Award from Japan's Computer Entertainment...

  • News Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Nets a Best Audio Award

    Beats some stiff competition too

    Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was a brave and very successful attempt to produce a psychological horror game that used the Wii's unique capabilities, grabbing some excellent review scores if not the sales it deserved. The game's audio design has received a deserved nod in the form of a Best Audio Design award at the fifth Milthon Awards. A jury of eight, presided..

August2010

  • News European Developers get Their Games Nominated for Milthon Awards

    The 4th Milthon Awards has selected four titles on Nintendo systems across four categories

    With the BAFTA Video Game Awards done and dusted, gamers hoping to see their favourite titles get some sort of golden trophy need only wait a few more weeks as this September marks the fourth annual Milthon Awards; recognising European video game studios and the art production that goes into their respective..

July2010

  • E3 2010 Best of E3 Awards

    Nintendo Life honours the great and the good

    The most recent episode of the Nintendo Life podcast revealed the winners of the Reader's Best of E3 Awards, and in case you've not caught the show yet here they are: Reader's Awards: Best Wii Game – Donkey Kong Country Returns.Best Handheld Game – Kid Icarus: Uprising.Best Overall Game –

June2010

  • E3 2010 Your Chance to Salute the Best of E3

    Reader's vote returns!

    So E3 is over for another year, now a distant memory as we look to the future to anticipate when we might all be able to join Corbie in appreciating the 3DS for ourselves. It's not time to forget just yet; in fact, quite the opposite: it's time to celebrate the best of E3 in our imaginatively titled Nintendo Life Best of E3...

March2010

  • News Miyamoto Humbly Accepts BAFTA Fellowship Award

    Dedicates it to all of his co-workers

    There can be no denying that the video games industry creates the kind of social impacts that are not dissimilar to those found in the TV, film, and music sectors. It seems fitting that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has been hosting separate award ceremonies for the video games industry since 1998. After all, the line between the two art forms..

February2010

  • News WiiWare Leads Indie Awards Category

    Three out of five ain't bad

    Direct2Drive has announced the five finalists for the 12th Annual Independent Games Festival, to be held March 11th at the Games Developers Conference, with three of the games being WiiWare titles. Max and the Magic Marker, NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits and Super Meat Boy have all been nominated for the Direct2Drive Vision Award, which aims to celebrate games that present..

  • News BAFTA Awarding Miyamoto With Fellowship

    Let's hope it doesn't go to his head

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced this week their choice of the next honoree of the BAFTA Fellowship award, and it is none other than legendary Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and more fun than a monkey barrel could ever dream of being. The Fellowship is the esteemed Academy's..

December2009

  • Feature For Your Consideration - Henry Hatsworth in The Puzzling Adventure

    Why you should vote for Hatsworth's jolly good show

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of some of the stellar titles we’ve seen in 2009, we’ll be..

  • Feature For Your Consideration - New Super Mario Bros. Wii

    Why the mushroom kingdom needs your help to raise the flag!

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of...

  • Feature For Your Consideration - Punch-Out!!

    Why Little Mac needs your vote to rise to the top!

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of some of...

  • Feature For Your Consideration - LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias

    Why Toku and Enril need your vote!

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of some of the stellar titles we’ve seen in 2009, we’ll be writing a series..

  • Feature For Your Consideration - Little King's Story

    Why Corobo deserves your vote

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of some of the stellar titles we’ve seen in 2009, we’ll be writing a series of..

  • Podcast Episode 10 - Reviews Round-Up and Game of the Year Launch!

    Catch up on November's releases and get involved in our Game of the Year Awards!

    Following on from last month's stunning episode - we interviewed the voice of Mario, y'know! - we've got a huge wealth of reviews to take you through in this month's episode. Helping our host James Newton cover all the major releases is female favourite Tom Bowskill,...

September2009

  • News Globulos Party Wins French Milthon Award

    Globulos Party voted best mobile platform game of the year.

    GlobZ has just informed us that their upcoming DSiWare release Globulos Party has just won the "Mobile Platform Game of the Year" award at the Milthon French Awards show. You can check out the press release below and we'll keep you updated on the progress of the game. We've also added a host of brand new screenshots showing the..

March2009

  • News Defend Your Castle receives 2009 ELAN Awards nomination

    When Defend Your Castle was first released on WiiWare, many people scoffed at what they believed to be nothing more than a Flash title with improved visuals and an unwelcome price tag. However, XGen Studios must have been onto something as the game has been nominated in the 2009 ELAN Awards.

    Here's the official word, in full: Having been consistently ranked among the top-selling titles on..

  • News HotD: Overkill Scoops Award for Record Use Of The F-Bomb

    Sega's zombie-slaying shooter is the most profane game in history, you muthas

    When Sega said that House of the Dead Overkill ‘wasn’t for the kiddies’ it certainly wasn’t joking. The game has just been recognized by Guinness World Records as the most swear-happy videogame in existence. Here's the press release in full - ironically, it contains no bad language: London, UK – 9 March, 2009..

  • News Super Mario Galaxy scoops BAFTA "Best Game"

    More awards for Mario but on the whole not a fantastic night for Nintendo and the Wii

    The GAME British Academy Video Games Awards which took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane, were hosted by games aficionado Dara O'Briain who described these times as a 'Golden Age' for video games. Consoles like the Wii, and handheld devices like the PSP, DS and iPhone have revolutionised the gaming world..

October2008

  • News Nintendo scoops British Technology awards

    We're British and apparently we all think Nintendo are great, so why not report it as some news.

    The Awards – which have been voted for online by the general public through www.britishtechnologyawards.com and by readers of Computeractive and Personal Computer World – have been created to offer a snapshot of the country’s digital lifestyle. Designed to provide a glimpse at the nation’s..

August2008

  • News 2009 Video Game BAFTA's Confirmed

    Has it been a strong year for video games? BAFTA have announced their annual honouring night to take place on March 10, 2009.

    There are 13 awards categories Action & Adventure, Artistic Achievement, Best Game, Casual, Gameplay, Multiplayer, Original Score, Sports, Strategy, Story & Character, Technical Achievement, Use of Audio and a new Handheld category which includes games for mobiles..

July2008

  • News The Conduit Gathers Momentum

    High Voltage are cooking up a storm with this title with many gamers putting their faith in the future of FPS games on Wii.

    High Voltage Software, developer of the highly anticipated first-person shooter The Conduit, has garnered acclaim and attention across the web. In a limited showing throughout the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Media and Business Summit, The Conduit has managed to earn..

October2007

  • News Wii Sports Sweeps BAFTA Awards

    Nintendo had a very successful night at this years Video Game BAFTA awards show with Wii Sports collecting 6 awards.

    Wii Sports dominated the evening, winning six out of the thirteen categories – Gameplay, Casual, Innovation, Multiplayer, Sports, and Strategy & Simulation. In this game of universal appeal, players use the remote as a tennis raquet, golf club, boxing glove, baseball bat and..

  • News Wii Sports Gets 8 Bafta Nominations

    Nintendo's bundled sports-em-up, Wii Sports, snags 8 nominations for this years British Academy Video Games Awards.

    Below are the nominees for this year's British Academy Video Games Awards in association with PC World. The winners will be announced at the ceremony on Tuesday 23 October 2007 at Battersea Evolution. ACTION AND ADVENTURECRACKDOWN (Xbox 360) - Development Team (Realtime..

July2007

  • News Nintendo Dominate EDGE's Top 100 Games

    EDGE magazine crowns Nintendo 64 classic "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" the ultimate game.

    "Ocarina of Time is nearly ten years old, but its position at the top slot in Edge's 100 Best Videogames shows that great game design does not age. In visual terms, it obviously cannot compete with today's Xbox 360 and PS3 productions, but, as with many classics, its appeal is about so much more than..

April2007

  • News Miyamoto, The Influential

    Shigeru Miyamoto is being highly considered by Time for the publication’s annual 100 Most Influential People list.

    "Besides the retail reality, Miyamoto and Nintendo played a large part in the success of their most recent console. Although it hardly pushes the graphical limits set by Sony or Microsoft, the Wii features gameplay simple enough that it ushers in the much-sought after casual gamer..

March2007

  • News Nintendo Picks Up Game Developers Choice Awards

    Shigeru Miyamoto receives the Lifetime Achievement Award along with other gongs for game design and writing.

    The night before Shiggy's keynote, a jury of industry professionals have honored Nintendo with Game Developers Choice Awards for innovation and game design for Wii Sports, which comes packed with Nintendo's hot-selling new Wii home system. Nintendo also won an award for writing for The..

January2007

  • News Nintendo Controller Wins Emmy Award

    No, not the Wii but the NES controller! Nintendo's "D-Pad" shaped a next generation of games.

    Nintendo has been awarded an Emmy for the original D-Pad on its Nintendo Entertainment System which debeted over 22 years ago in 1985. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded Nintendo an Emmy® Award for its invention of the plus-shaped D-pad, one in a long string of Nintendo's..

November2006

  • News Wii Wins Popular Science Grand Award

    Nintendo's new console wins a "Best of Whats New 2006" award from Popular Science magazine.

    Awarded in the "Home Entertainment" category, the "Grand Award" shows that Nintendo have some something right. What many considered as a "gimmick" is already receiving critical acclaim around the world. "Remember when videogames were fun? When the controllers had only a couple buttons and you didn’t..

August2006

  • News Justin Lee Collins To Host Golden Joysticks

    That idiot off Channel 4 (no, not Jimmy Carr again) set to give out the gongs at this years bash.

    We earlier reported about the shortlist of nominees for the Golden Joystick Awards 2006, which is now to be presented by the "comic talent" of Justin Lee Collins. "Awards presenter, Justin Lee Collins can currently be seen presenting the Friday Night Project on Channel 4. Hailing from Bristol, he..

  • News Golden Joystick Awards 2006 Nominees

    Those golden people have announced which games have gotten the nod for this years Golden Joystick Awards.

    But wait, 2006 isn't over yet? What about Wii games? Well, "Games released between 1 August 2005 and the 31 July 2006 are eligible for the 16 categories". Nintendo seems to be fairing well with Mario Kart DS "featuring heavily across the 16 categories, grabbing six shortlist places and one for..

June2006

  • News Golden Joysticks 2006: Vote Now!

    Those special golden people invite us, the gaming public, to vote in the Golden Joystick Awards 2006.

    From today those faithful gamers of the UK have the chance to vote for the Golden Joystick Awards 2006, the world's oldest games recognition ceremony first held back in 1982. "Promising to be bigger than ever, the Golden Joystick Awards 2006 will feature 17 award categories and are the only UK..

May2006

  • News Resident Evil 4 Gets Yellow Penciled

    Capcom survival horror Resident Evil 4 wins a coveted "Yellow Pencil" design award from The D&AD Global Awards 2006

    Capcom love Nintendo when they get it right, and hate them when they don't. The much talked about "exclusive rights" for Resident Evil for Gamecube wasn't all bad, in fact it resulted in an excellent Resident Evil 4 game that was loved by the public. Hurrah. It seems the industry has..