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News: We Have World War II To Thank For This Insanely Detailed Hand-Written Dragon Quest V Guide

We Have World War II To Thank For This Insanely Detailed Hand-Written Dragon Quest V Guide

Grandson uncovers incredibly in-depth tome

World War II was a pretty dire business, costing the lives of countless millions all over the globe. However, if there's one thing we can thank this catastrophic international conflict for, it's possibly the most awesome fan-written guide to Dragon Quest V ever seen. A fellow in Japan has recently...

Video: This Unlockable Character in Hyrule Warriors Shouldn't Be Missed

This Unlockable Character in Hyrule Warriors Shouldn't Be Missed

Taking the term Easter Egg to a new level

Warning: spoilers below Hyrule Warriors isn't a game that takes itself too seriously; take the plot, for example, which blends saving the world with a somewhat tenuous concept that ties multiple generations of Legend of Zelda characters together. It's all about the action, and whether you're playing as Link...

News: Super Smash Bros. Pros Explain Competitive Theories in Reading, Zoning and the "Neutral Game" 

Super Smash Bros. Pros Explain Competitive Theories in Reading, Zoning and the "Neutral Game" 

If you fancy brawling with the best, watch this

Your humble writer, like many in the Nintendo Life team, likes Super Smash Bros. a lot, with the latest entries on Wii U and 3DS pushing our buttons. While some of us in the broader community may be decent players that can compete well in occasional online matches, competitive pro players are naturally...

Music: Here's The Entire Gradius III Soundtrack In NES Style, Just Because

Here's The Entire Gradius III Soundtrack In NES Style, Just Because

The remix you didn't know you needed

Gradius III was one of Konami's first releases for the SNES and took the popular shooter franchise into the 16-bit realm for the first time. As is the case with many Konami games, it featured an excellent soundtrack by Konami Kukeiha Club, the company's in-house music team. In its pure, untouched form it's a...

News: This Bayonetta Browser Game is Perfect For Killing Time, and Angels

This Bayonetta Browser Game is Perfect For Killing Time, and Angels

Platinum strikes again

Platinum Games is one of the most imaginative and quirky major studios in game development, and has lived up to that reputation with a rather random release of an 8-bit style browser game based on Bayonetta - it's called 'Angel Land'. In this game, that's perfect for time wasting, you simply use space to jump and enter to...

Weirdness: Super Bowl XLIX Analysis of 'Mega-Beast Mode' Recreates Marshawn Lynch as Mega Man

Super Bowl XLIX Analysis of 'Mega-Beast Mode' Recreates Marshawn Lynch as Mega Man

Running Man

Super Bowl XLIX is everywhere right now, as the US and a global audience ramps up for the showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. Improbably muscle-bound men wearing lots of gear will pummel each other over the course of many hours, and hundreds of millions will watch. There's a lot of coverage for the match, and...

News: This NES Arcade-Style Unit is a Thing of Beauty

This NES Arcade-Style Unit is a Thing of Beauty

Some games incompatible due to use Retron cartridge emulation tech

Hardware mods for retro systems are rather common, so those seeking a stylish or convenient option for playing their old NES games aren't short of options. Not many are quite as impressive as the Model G1 from Rabbit Engineering, though, which features arcade-style inputs, a...

News: This Is What Happened When A Kid Pitched Super Mario Bros. 4 To Nintendo 25 Years Ago

This Is What Happened When A Kid Pitched Super Mario Bros. 4 To Nintendo 25 Years Ago

Even Nintendo's rejection letters are awesome

Back in 1990, Nintendo fan Jason Venter had an idea. He loved Super Mario Bros. 3 and the excellence of that game inspired him to create a planning document for a sequel. That document was packed with the kind of ideas that could only come from the active imagination of an 11-year-old gaming addict -...

Weirdness: Super Smash Bros. Fans Raise the Stakes With 'Falcon Potato' Minigame

Super Smash Bros. Fans Raise the Stakes With 'Falcon Potato' Minigame

A Falcon Punch for the loser

Last year we shared videos of some fun minigames that fans of Super Smash Bros. were creating with the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS releases. On the home console version we showed you Smashketball, which utilises the stage builder to establish boundaries of cannons and lave - if you hit an opponent into the right barrel...

Video: This Guy Loves Nintendo Way More Than You Do

This Guy Loves Nintendo Way More Than You Do

"Nintendo keeps me smiling while gaming"

Do you consider yourself a Nintendo collector? If so, there's a good chance that you have all of the consoles, a few rare games, and some exclusive memorabilia from Club Nintendo; a collection that any Nintendo fan would be proud of. No matter what rare or precious items you do have, there's no way that your...

Weirdness: Stop-Motion Animator Successfully Makes the Power Glove Awesome, and Useful

Stop-Motion Animator Successfully Makes the Power Glove Awesome, and Useful

He's got the power

The Power Glove remains an iconic part of Nintendo history, an accessory that was hugely visible in the NES era and beyond. It promised much with motion controls, and famously failed to deliver. Its visual and cultural appeal at the time can't be denied, however, and to this day we see accessories and mods that keep it alive. One...

Weirdness: Totaka's Song Appears to Have Been Found in Mario Kart 8

Totaka's Song Appears to Have Been Found in Mario Kart 8

Listen carefully

Kazumi Totaka is one of Nintendo's most experienced and talented composers and sound directors, yet that's probably not the reason that many recognise his name. He's better know for Totaka's Song, a simple melody that has been hidden within a whole load of Nintendo games. The first appearance seems to have been in X on Game Boy,...

News: Gamer Proposes To Girlfriend During Mischief Makers Speedrun Livestream

Gamer Proposes To Girlfriend During Mischief Makers Speedrun Livestream

Awesome Marriages Done Quick

This year, gamers all over the globe got together for Awesome Games Done Quick, a gaming marathon that raises money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The event has delivered many memorable moments -- including our very own Marcel blasting through Shovel Knight -- but one of the most heart-warming has to be this...

Gallery: If You Want a Yoshi's Woolly World amiibo, You Can Do It Yourself

If You Want a Yoshi's Woolly World amiibo, You Can Do It Yourself

Or give Little Mac a pink jumpsuit

Nintendo's amiibo waves, to date, appear to have gone down rather well, selling to the extent that some stock is frustratingly hard to come by. Many of the designs are rather neat, of course, but that doesn't stop us dreaming of more figures or, if you're a little craftier, modding our existing toys. There have...

Gallery: Here's a Batch of Awesome New Year Art from Japan's Biggest and Best Publishers

Here's a Batch of Awesome New Year Art from Japan's Biggest and Best Publishers

Nintendo! Atlus! Bandai Namco! More!

As the first Monday of 2015, today will represent - for some - a dark, distressing day. It's back to work or school for many of us, which is about as exciting as a trip to the dentist. The festivities are over, it's back to the grind. It's not all bad, of course, and we've encountered a colourful collection of...

Gallery: Help Yourself to Some Gorgeous Wii U Wallpapers

Help Yourself to Some Gorgeous Wii U Wallpapers

Smash Bros., Hyrule Warriors, Indies and more

While many of us spend plenty of our spare time enjoying Nintendo games and systems, there are reasonable odds that we keep our favourite franchises in mind a lot of the time. Phones, tablets, PCs and laptops - certainly in Nintendo Life HQ - often have some Ninty artwork adorning the screen, so a...

Video: Don't Feel Bad If You Self Destruct in Super Smash Bros., Competitors Do It Too

Don't Feel Bad If You Self Destruct in Super Smash Bros., Competitors Do It Too

Duck Hunt Dog days

Super Smash Bros. is chaotic at the best of times, and the Wii U version certainly continues the trend. Fast paced and colourful, keeping track of the action while stringing together attacks and dodges can be a tiring business, and silly mistakes happen. Everyone's done it — we self destruct. These self-inflicted kills can be...

News: Mega Man 2 Fan Remake is Now Available to Play on Petit Computer

Mega Man 2 Fan Remake is Now Available to Play on Petit Computer

242 QR codes to make it happen

Though a 3DS eShop version is on the way, DSiWare app Petit Computer remains as one of the most intriguing downloads available on the last-gen portable. It allows you to create games using BASIC code that are fully playable on the DSi, and they can then be shared through QR codes. It's seen its share of terrific...