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Weirdness: This Back To The Future-Style VR Hoverboard Game Uses The Wii Fit Balance Board

This Back To The Future-Style VR Hoverboard Game Uses The Wii Fit Balance Board

"The Wii Fit board is actually a really awesome device"

The Back to the Future series is packed with memorable moments, but one of the most iconic has to be the hoverboard sequence in the second movie. Inspired by the classic film, Australian developer Kieran Lord has created Hoverboards Inc, a title built in Unity that uses Oculus Rift and the Wii...

News: NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Homebrew And Not Piracy, Says Creator

NINJHAX Exploit Is All About Nintendo 3DS Homebrew And Not Piracy, Says Creator

Hack intended to attract bedroom coders to the 3DS, not stinkin' pirates

Today marks the launch of the much-hyped NINJHAX exploit, which allows 3DS owners a backdoor to run unofficial software on their consoles. The hack is the work of 22-year-old student Jordan Rabet, and is so called because it requires a copy of the obscure puzzle platformer...

Weirdness: Dan Adelman's Made a Game, Albeit a "Turd That Looks Like Woah Dave"

Dan Adelman's Made a Game, Albeit a "Turd That Looks Like Woah Dave"

10/10 for effort

We're fans of Woah Dave! here at Nintendo Life; it's not easy to release a chaotic retro-style arcade cabinet experience for $5 while delivering fun and value, but developer MiniVisions seems to have pulled it off. Available now on the 3DS eShop in North America, it's published by Choice Provisions — formerly Gaijin Games — and...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philosophies, Not "Boring" Alternatives

Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines Core Nintendo Philosophies, Not "Boring" Alternatives

"Think of ideas for games that could have never happened before"

There are few plaudits that haven't been directed at Shigeru Miyamoto, the key development figurehead at Nintendo throughout its history in the video game industry. From providing a breakthrough hit with the original Donkey Kong arcade to overseeing and directing multiple projects as...

News: Expect To See More Spin-Off Titles Like Hyrule Warriors In 2015, Says Miyamoto

Expect To See More Spin-Off Titles Like Hyrule Warriors In 2015, Says Miyamoto

"I feel that next year's Wii U titles are plentiful"

The Wii U is home to some amazing games, but we've had to wait quite a while to get them. Nintendo has taken longer than expected to become accustomed to the demands of HD development, and this has resulted in some titles taking longer than expected to reach store shelves. However, according to...

News: Want Bayonetta 2 On PS4 And Xbox One? You Might As Well Ask For Zelda Or Mario, Jokes Kamiya

Want Bayonetta 2 On PS4 And Xbox One? You Might As Well Ask For Zelda Or Mario, Jokes Kamiya

"If Nintendo doesn’t say yes, it’s not going to happen"

As has been mentioned several times in the past, Bayonetta 2 simply wouldn't exist if it weren't for Nintendo. The sequel was started with Sega's support, but when that company pulled out, the project almost collapsed before Nintendo stepped in. Despite this knowledge, lots of Sony and...

News: Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Will Have "Improved" Gameplay and "Enhanced" Graphics on New 3DS

Nintendo Confirms Development of Games That Will Have "Improved" Gameplay and "Enhanced" Graphics on New 3DS

Splitting the userbase

It was confirmed recently by Satoru Iwata, when revealing the New Nintendo 3DS models, that a port of Wii title Xenoblade Chronicles will be exclusive to the new hardware to utilise its improved CPU. It was unclear how common this would be, yet in today's surprise announcement of the hardware hitting Australia and New Zealand...

News: Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Mitchell Corp Is Keen To Bring Strider's Spiritual Sequel To Home Formats

Along with many of its other arcade titles

Mitchell Corp might not be a household name with most gamers, but the more astute among you will recognise the name from such hits as Pang, Puzz Loop and Polarium. Founded by former Data East staffer Roy Ozaki, the firm has enjoyed a very close relationship with Nintendo in recent years, with its last title...

Book Review: The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

Charting a golden era

When journalist and novelist John Szczepaniak launched his Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 to record the hitherto undocumented story of Japan's game development community, there were a few raised eyebrows around the web. His funding goal was a lofty one, and the task seemed almost herculean in scope — he planned to travel...

News: New Legend Of Zelda "Only Possible" Thanks To The Wii U Hardware, Says Eiji Aonuma

New Legend Of Zelda "Only Possible" Thanks To The Wii U Hardware, Says Eiji Aonuma

"We can achieve this thanks to the hardware features of Wii U"

This year's E3 was notable for showing us the first footage of the next Legend of Zelda title, which is due to hit the Wii U next year. This new release promises a massive game world to explore, and has predictably become one of the most hyped Nintendo launches of next year. Producer...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo's Move From Casual To Core

Shigeru Miyamoto Confidently Outlines Nintendo's Move From Casual To Core

"People take games for granted now"

The Wii and DS consoles were systems which achieved incredible global success and marked Nintendo's shift from "core" players to a much larger market, dubbed "casual gamers". Titles like Wii Sports, Wii Fit and Brain Training made gamers of people who had historically never taken any interest in interactive...

News: Ghost Song Developer "Prepared to Move Heaven and Earth" for Wii U Release

Ghost Song Developer "Prepared to Move Heaven and Earth" for Wii U Release

Time needed to port Open FL project to the system

Ghost Song was a Kickstarter project that certainly caught the eye in 2013, with an obvious source of inspiration being Super Metroid, while its mechanics, setting and sense of style were certainly appealing. While it reached its funding goal for PC / Mac, it unfortunately fell short of its Wii U...

Interview: Meet Naked War, The Wii Advance Wars Beater That Never Was

Meet Naked War, The Wii Advance Wars Beater That Never Was

"This was the game that was going to make the blue light really matter!"

Ste and John Pickford have been making video games for decades, starting with humble home micros like the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 before graduating to the NES and SNES as the '90s dawned. Such was the prestigious talent of these skillful siblings that their company Zippo...

News: Nintendo To Keep Focus as an "Entertainment Business", Even With Upcoming Quality of Life Platform

Nintendo To Keep Focus as an "Entertainment Business", Even With Upcoming Quality of Life Platform

Shigeru Miyamoto - "Human beings have an instinctual love of games"

While a number of Nintendo gamers and observers will have reacted to Nintendo's Quality of Life platform announcement earlier this year with curiosity and wondered what it could mean, there was a substantial group that expressed concern. The reasoning was simple — if Nintendo...