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November2013

October2013

  • News These Wii U Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Screenshots Look Very Pretty Indeed

    Yarr, it looks to be a decent Port!

    By now, we're used to publishers being coy when it comes to showing off their Wii U versions of multiplatform games. More often than not, we won't actually get to see Wii U-specific footage or screenshots until the day of launch, when the community gets its hands on the game. Silence is deafening, as they say, and...

  • News This Zelda Super NES Design is Rather Pretty

    A lick of paint can do a lot

    It's common for enthusiasts to take existing hardware and apply their own twists with alternate shells, skins and paint; just recently a surprisingly attractive 'Luigi 2DS' looked good enough to be official. The practice of tweaking consoles is perhaps most common with retro consoles, however, as the old are made new...

  • News Parents Create Their Own Mario World in Child's Nursery

    Hand-painted room gives off Paper-themed vibes

    Mario has always been an appealingly safe bet for family gaming, and some families are excited to start on that gaming as soon as possible. The parents of Riley Craddock, who welcomed their child into the world on 19th October, have shared their newborn's beautiful, hand-painted nursery on Imgur. It...

  • News You Can't Buy This Assassin's Creed Flintlock Pistol, But We Sure Wish You Could

    Landstalker Props comes up with the goods yet again

    If you're based in the UK and you have a penchant for video game cosplay, then chances are you'll be familiar with the sterling work of Landstalker Props. Landstalker has been producing accurate replicas of video game weapons for ages, and has tackled such projects as the gun from Portal and the...

  • Video This Stop Motion Mega Man Video is a Bit Awesome

    Over 10,000 photos used

    As regular readers will know, we like drawing attention to some of the best and most interesting examples of gaming culture, where fans go to extraordinary lengths to simply produce something fantastic for others to enjoy. One YouTube creator we've featured is FinalCutKing, a channel that gave us the rather brilliant...

  • News If Nintendo Did Make A Smartphone, We'd Want It To Look Like This

    Feast your eyes on these Famicom and Super Famicom phone mock-ups

    There have been calls for Nintendo to enter the mobile phone market for years, with some even going as far as to create 3D renders of what they believe a "Nintenphone" should look like. While the Kyoto company has so far resisted the urge to leap into the handset arena, if it does...

  • News Overlay Gives an Old NES Controller Some New Zelda Sleekness

    Wii U isn't the only one who looks good in black and gold

    Have you been hearing this strange, quiet sighing noise ever since you got your limited edition Zelda Wii U bundle? It's probably coming from your old NES controller, wistfully eyeing that totally dope, gold-emblazoned GamePad and wishing it could have been as radically awesome in its day...

  • Artwork These Isometric Super Mario Drawings Are Rather Impressive

    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...

  • Weirdness Beautiful Master Sword Replica Up for Auction

    Must pick up in Lost Woods

    Would you like a sword? All right, dumb question. If someone were just handing them out on the street, who wouldn’t take one? Let’s rephrase: are you looking for a nicely made replica of Link’s Master Sword? Because if you are (or just realized you need to be), it’d be hard to go wrong with this beauty currently...

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  • News Treat Your Ears to This Awesome K.K. and Friends Animal Crossing Album

    An alternative soundtrack for your town

    With Animal Crossing: New Leaf currently the game of choice for many, it's pretty hard to get enough of the utterly charming franchise. Who thought that living in a town with talking animals and carrying out manual labour for a fictional currency would be fun? Nintendo did, and it was right. An important part...

  • News A Study Suggests the Wii Could be Used to Improve the Balance of Parkinson's Sufferers

    Could reduce fall risks as part of exercise routine

    We know the Wii brand has often been promoted to push activity and fitness, but a preliminary study reported in Medpage Today suggests that Wii games, and specifically the Balance Board, can play a role in strengthening the balance of Parkinson’s patients. According to the report, the “use of...

  • Video Reggie Shows Off Wii U to Jimmy Fallon, Hilarity Ensues

    COME ON!!! BANG BANG!!!

    It's been video game week on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, with various executives making an appearance and various game-related shenanigans, including an awesome Mario rap by The Roots. Wrapping up the week, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime made his customary appearance to show off the Wii U. Rather...

  • Video This Official Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses Performance is Just Too Good

    Why yes, Nintendo, we'd love a full album / DVD

    We suspect that a good number of Nintendo Life community members know the Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses concert well, as it's been touring around the world delighting fans of the series. When you take the scores of iconic Zelda games and orchestrate them, magic undoubtedly happens. The tour is...

  • Weirdness If Only Monster Hunter Was Released on the Game Boy

    On a scale of one to awesome, it'd be awesome

    Monster Hunter is a huge deal in Japan, with the upcoming Monster Hunter 4 likely to cause retail mayhem, or perhaps crashes of the 3DS eShop servers. Despite the high quality of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U and 3DS, however, it's not hit those heights in the West, relying on a loyal core following...

  • Weirdness The Wacky World of Nintendo at E3 2013

    The Villager is a homicidal sociopath, apparently

    With another E3 coming to an end, we've once again seen Nintendo produce some quirky moments. It must be one of the few multi-billion dollar corporations with executives willing to pose in somewhat bizarre setups, either in front of the obligatory over-sized props or, on occasion, playing a bit of...

  • Weirdness Luigi Joins the Nintendo Bosses as They Arrive at E3

    Jeez, the green one's everywhere right now

    Before last year's E3 kicked off Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto and Reggie Fils-Aime posed for a picture as they arrived in LA, forming a real-life triforce, perhaps. The three have once again arrived in the city and emerged from a large black people-carrier — is this now becoming a tradition? — but...

  • Video This Zelda Stop Motion Animation is Crazy, and Awesome

    And no, it's not closely based on the series

    Zelda is a series that inspires plenty of people to take up instruments, cameras and more to produce fun videos or fan-albums for everyone to enjoy. It's also a franchise with such ardent fans that it can promote concerts worldwide and consistently sell out venues; it's truly iconic. Naturally, YouTube...

  • Video A History Of Nintendo Controllers in Less Than 30 Seconds

    The N64's is still the strangest...

    Nintendo has often played the role of innovator with its control schemes, particularly in more recent times. When not innovating it's been satisfied with simply producing the best controllers of their kind — in the NES and Super NES variants — with the Nintendo 64 starting a trend for curious designs and...

May2013

  • News Samus and Link Figma Figurines Finally Battle to the West

    No more importing required

    Last year we told you about a rather awesome Link figuring being released in Japan, and a member of our team even imported it and showed it off. Max Factory also released a Samus figurine styled from Metroid: Other M, but in both cases they were only released in Japan. It looks like Western distribution is at hand,...

  • News New Mega Man Graphic Novel Lands in North America on 22nd May

    Order now for a pre-order discount

    If you like Mega Man and if you also like comics/graphic novels, then chances are you know about the Archie publications on the franchise. The graphic novel releases combine multiple comics into one juicy bundle, with the story-lines covering enough lore and background to the many games to satisfy the most ardent...

  • News Totaka's Song Infiltrates The Official Animal Crossing: New Leaf Website

    Play it again, K.K. Slider

    We love Easter eggs, and if you're a long-time Animal Crossing fan, you'll appreciate the hidden extra the which has been secreted in the official Animal Crossing: New Leaf website. Point your browser at this page, make sure your sound is turned on and click on musical pooch K.K. Slider in the middle of the image. You'll...

  • News Best Buy Will Showcase Playable Demos of Nintendo's E3 Games

    The next best thing

    In a rather surprising and unprecedented move, Nintendo of America has announced that it has partnered with Best Buy for the retailer to showcase playable demos of Nintendo's E3 offerings during the week of the conference. While no details were announced about which titles will be playable, it has been confirmed that over 100...

  • News Time to Rock Out With Some Chiptunes, Thanks to Diad

    Could have been called "Super Mosh Bros."

    Occasionally we like to direct your attention to some awesome music or videos that we come across, and today we bring you a rock chip-tune album called Diad. As that description suggests, this seven track album aims to produce 8-bit chiptunes that, given the right instrumentation, could very easily be...

  • News This Famicom GamePad Skin is a Thing of Beauty

    A retro reminder every day

    So, who is it says that the Japanese market gets all of the coolest limited edition Nintendo hardware and accessories? Well, lots of people, including us at Nintendo Life — because it's often true. The latest example is the pictured Famicom skin on the way to lovingly cover Wii U GamePad controllers in Nintendo's...

  • News First Generation Pokémon Visualised By 151 Artists For Charity

    Welcome to the Rare Candy Pokémon Gallery

    It's amazing how people can interpret their own version of what lies in front of them. One particular music song can inspire a variety of covers, each musician adding their own characteristic and making it their own. Artists visualise a certain object, theme or feeling and try to explain what's on their...

  • Video Super Mario Slug X - It's As Crazy As It Sounds

    Explosions, fireballs and madness

    YouTube can be a funny, strange and at times silly place, and video game culture delivers some of its quirkiest videos as talented animators and directors mess around with gaming conventions. With such a prominent history in the industry, Nintendo naturally features in plenty of cameos and mash-ups, occasionally...

  • News Abandoned Pixel Perfect Punch-Out!! Book Has a Knockout Ending With Mike Tyson

    Public release failed due to licensing issues

    While we cover a fair share of Kickstarter development fundraisers, one that's worth a mention is the Pixel Perfect: Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! book project, which was to raise money to enable public distribution for a limited run of 200 copies. The book itself was finished, an unofficial encyclopedia...

  • Video The Super Piano Brothers Recreate Skyward Sword's Main Theme

    Gorgeous and epic

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was one of the last great Wii titles, earning a rare 10/10 in our review. Like any Zelda title there are some that don't like its changes, or the move to full-on motion controls, bit we'd wager that most at least like it a lot. One feature of the title that we feel stands up well for the vast...

  • Video Mega Man Unlimited - The Fan Game That Looks as Good as the Real Thing

    Mega in many ways

    At the time of writing, it looks unlikely that Capcom will be reeling out a new Mega Man game to celebrate the series' 25th Anniversary, with free PC title Street Fighter X Mega Man and various collectibles being the offerings dished out by the publisher. Yet while the officially sanctioned fan game released last year — as it...

  • News First 4 Figures Shows Off Its Mighty Ganondorf Army

    So many Ganondorfs, so little money

    First 4 Figures is known for its fantastic selection of figurines, which include various Nintendo characters with great attention to detail. The site has seen wonderful success with figures such as Link on Epona, Dark Link, Zero Suit Samus and the chief Goron, Darunia. There are plenty more to choose from, just...

  • News Check Out These Spectacular NES Cartridge Rings

    There are plenty to choose from

    There's a feeling you get with a cartridge that you just can't find with a boring compact disc. They may be a thing of the past but there are many people out there who still appreciate their charm. One person who clearly has a love for NES cartridges in particular is Etsy artist Jess Firsoff, who is making and...

  • News This "Printing Miiverse" Art Show Gives a Glimpse of the Network's Potential

    Non-profit gallery will be streamed online

    Nintendo seems to be rather proud of Miiverse, and rightly so, recently launching a browser-based beta version of the social network — miiverse.nintendo.net — and making it clear that the platform would play a major role in advertising and building awareness of the Wii U. Since its launch plenty of...

  • Video Rayman Legends has the Eye of the Tiger, Mariachi Style

    We pity the fools who don't check it out

    Ubisoft seems to be getting ready to build the excitement for Rayman Legends, which will finally grace the Wii U in late August/early September. In the meantime Wii U owners can indulge in the free Challenge App, which is another way to build a bit of personal hype for the long-awaited platformer. One new...

  • News Grant Kirkhope's Perfect Dark Soundtrack Blasts Onto Bandcamp

    The sweet beats

    When we think back to iconic Rare shooters that helped to redefine the genre on the Nintendo 64, minds often drift to GoldenEye 007. That has a strong case as a trailblazer, but if you're looking for the best Rare title in that genre from the 64-bit beast, plenty of loyal fans will very enthusiastically and loudly point you towards...

  • News 3DS Gives Stereoblind Man a Window to the Third Dimension

    “I had never known it was possible for reality to look this way”

    The technology that allows us to perceive depth on the 3DS top screen is easy to take for granted, or even to dismiss as a gimmick. But for George Kokoris, a senior designer at Rare Ltd., the handheld granted him his first taste of what most of us can view naturally every day...

April2013

  • Weirdness Try to Run as Fast as Sonic, For Real, in Sonic Athletics

    Run fatty, run

    We have enough self awareness here at Nintendo Life Towers to know that, while some members of our team are athletic and healthy examples to us all, a few of us share an unfortunate body-shape resemblance to Mario. When your main hobby revolves around exercising thumbs more than legs and arms, carrying a few extra pounds is a hazard...

  • News These Screens Show What NES Games Would Be Like Today

    Minus the secrets and controller-hurling difficulty

    This video games lark is quite young as an entertainment medium; it's decades behind film and television, while books have hundreds of years behind them. Yet in a short time we've seen extraordinary transformations in technology and also game design. It's easy to forget when playing modern games,...

  • News Nintendo of Europe Offers Free Game in "So Many Games!" Promotion

    Register three and get a fourth free

    In recent months we've seen Nintendo — both in Europe and North America — offer the incentive of a free game for those registering a 3DS XL. Nintendo of Europe is now stepping up with an enticing new offer featuring a list of eight retail games (both current and to be released); it's very simple, if you...

  • News Woman Finds Extremely Rare NES Game At Goodwill Store

    A diamond in the rough

    File this one under "Wowzer". A woman paid $7.99 for an old NES cartridge at a Goodwill store that — as luck would have it — is one of the rarest video games of all time. Bandai's Stadium Events — which has sold for more than $40,000 USD in the past — was one of the first titles to use the Family Fun Fitness Mat...

  • News Check Out This Ultimate Multi-System Games Console

    Project Unity plays games from 18 formats, and not a ROM in sight

    We sometimes direct your attention to hardware, often portable, that gives gamers a new way to play their old cartridges, discs or even smaller carts. While ROMs are always a sticking area, there's plenty of hardware out there designed to give fresh life to all of the physical copies...

  • Video The New Super Mario Busters - Featuring Sonic - Go Into Action

    More cameos and insanity to enjoy

    Earlier this year we posted a video called Super Mario Busters, which was a new creation from YouTube user James Farr. It combined a homage to the Ghostbusters movie with enough Nintendo game references to keep eagle-eyed viewers amused for a long time. Now we have the sequel, The New Super Mario Busters 2, which...

  • News There Sure Are A Lot Of Nintendo References In PSN Title Guacamelee

    Sony title is bursting with love for Ninty

    Given the remit of this site, we try to avoid featuring games which are exclusive to rival consoles, but in the case of PlayStation Network release Guacamelee!, we're happy to make an exception. This Metroidvania-style action platformer is currently avaialble for the PS3 and PS Vita, and comes absolutely...

  • News Bass and Treble Figures Turning Up In The U.S. This Summer

    Will join Mega Man and Rush pack

    The 25th anniversary of Mega Man continues to be celebrated in a number of beautiful, non-interactive ways! Capcom Senior Online/Community Manager, Brett Elston, confirmed through his blog that a combo pack of Mega Man’s rivals Bass and Treble will arrive in the U.S. this summer. Produced by D-Arts/Bandai/Tamashii...

March2013

  • News Print Your Own Goldeneye Remote Mine

    Golden gun not included

    Anyone who played Goldeneye 007 back on the N64 will no doubt remember the countless weapons and traps included in its multiplayer mode. ComradeQuiche of Thingiverse has combined his fond memories and technical know-how to create a replica of the remote mine using a 3D printer and has posted the model for all to use. The...

  • Video This Is The Star Fox Movie We Want Hollywood To Make

    Behind the scenes on a fan-made masterpiece

    We've already seen how Nintendo games can get the Gritty Reboot treatment, but this latest fan-made video is going for a truly epic feel — and makes us wish that Pixar and Nintendo could join forces to make Star Fox: The Movie with Joe Morrisseau, George Hernandez, Jesus Martinez, Jeff Barruga and...

  • News New Link Figurine Features Epic Detail

    Check out that fabric

    We do like to show you some awesome collectibles and figurines when they emerge, as sometimes they can be difficult to ignore. The Legend of Zelda is a franchise that gets its fair share of desirable decorations, one example being that from Max Factory, which we showed you last year. That was nice, but a Skyward Sword-style...

  • Video It's a Fighting Robot Controlled By a Famicom Controller

    Step aside, R.O.B.

    Video game enthusiasts are often wonderful people, in that they'll do something unspeakably cool and awesome simply because they feel like it; that's why we rather adore quite a lot of video game culture. We also like anything that fuses modern technology with retro gadgets, which is exactly what this Japanese genius has done...

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