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News: Dan Adelman: Nintendo Aims to Make eShop Publishing "as Frictionless as Possible"

Dan Adelman: Nintendo Aims to Make eShop Publishing "as Frictionless as Possible"

Admires indie scene's "willingness to try out new ideas"

This is an important week for game developers of all sizes, as the Game Developer's Conference (GDC) gets underway in San Francisco. Nintendo will naturally have important members of the team on the scene, taking the opportunity to weigh up trends, discussion points and, most importantly, meet...

News: Nintendo UK Promises to Meet Retailers, Share Wii U Strategy and Boost the System

Nintendo UK Promises to Meet Retailers, Share Wii U Strategy and Boost the System

"We look forward to updating – and exciting – our partners"

It's common knowledge that Wii U sales have lost momentum, worldwide, in the early months of 2013. After a promising set of launch figures, NPD results for North America in January and February have been low, Japanese sales are currently only beating Wii and Xbox 360 (which sells poorly...

Reaction: Doom and Gloom Merchants on Wii U Being Nintendo's Last Home Console

Doom and Gloom Merchants on Wii U Being Nintendo's Last Home Console

We discuss the casual dismissal of Wii U in some quarters

In a regular series of features, we're going to take a rather strong statement or opinion expressed about Nintendo, and give our own take. These opinions aren't those of the site as a whole, but rather of a collection of your humble Nintendo Life writers. This time around we're looking at a...

News: Miyamoto: "Entertainment is an Unpredictable Industry"

Miyamoto: "Entertainment is an Unpredictable Industry"

Not at a point of concern for Wii U as yet

Shigeru Miyamoto, as you've no doubt noticed, has been on a press tour around the U.S., and the most recent port of call seems to have been the New York Times. A number of topics were covered, and in terms of the ever-present question of Wii U momentum the Nintendo executive admitted that he'd naturally...

Interview: Vblank Entertainment On Bringing a Retro Rampage to WiiWare

Vblank Entertainment On Bringing a Retro Rampage to WiiWare

"It’s a twenty layer dip with something for everyone"

After a lengthy wait and a lingering suspicion that it would never come, Retro City Rampage has arrived on WiiWare, bringing its own blend of old-school game mechanics with a chaotic storytelling style. There are enough parodies and in-jokes to fill a dozen games, and it arrives on the...

News: Vblank Entertainment: Retro City Rampage on WiiWare is a "$20,000 Gift to the Fans"

Vblank Entertainment: Retro City Rampage on WiiWare is a "$20,000 Gift to the Fans"

Shares praise for eShop improvements, but Wii Shop threshold will make profits unlikely

Retro City Rampage is available now on the Wii Shop or, if you've long since moved onto a Wii U, on the same platform in the new system's Wii Mode. A manic, parody-heavy flashback to the original GTA and with pop-culture references from further back in time, it's...

News: EA Plans For a Future With Micro-Transactions in All Games

EA Plans For a Future With Micro-Transactions in All Games

"Buy a truck, a gun, whatever it might be"

Some of us in the Nintendo Life team and, we're sure, throughout the community, remember the days when you'd buy a game once and have the full product right there in your hand. The march of time and technology waits for no-one, of course, and we now have extensive download options, additional paid DLC and,...

News: THQ To Sell Majority Of Its Remaining IPs This April

THQ To Sell Majority Of Its Remaining IPs This April

There's hope for Darksiders yet

THQ auctioned off most of its assets last month, resulting in several studios and IPs being picked up by the highest bidders. Sadly, it appeared that the Darksiders franchise was dead and buried due to its studio, Vigil Games, not finding a suitable bidder. However, it looks as though there may still be hope for...

Talking Point: Sony's PlayStation 4 Poses a Fresh Challenge for Wii U in the 2013 Holidays

Sony's PlayStation 4 Poses a Fresh Challenge for Wii U in the 2013 Holidays

A festive dust up

If you live somewhere with no internet access or connection to the outside world, it may be news to you that Sony unveiled its PlayStation 4 console in New York on 20th February. Over the course of two hours it confirmed a Holiday 2013 release, showed off the system's user interface and social functions, a new version of the...

Talking Point: Gamer Protests Can Earn Small Wins From Publishers

Gamer Protests Can Earn Small Wins From Publishers

From 60Hz retro releases in Europe, to freebies and localisations

It seems that in the modern era of social networks, free online news and consumers with greater choice than ever before, there is always something to get thousands of online commentators hot, bothered and outraged. On many occasions there are justifications and genuine reasons...

Rumour: Aliens: Colonial Marines Had Resources Moved to More "Important" Projects

Aliens: Colonial Marines Had Resources Moved to More "Important" Projects

Supposedly while still collecting cheques from SEGA

Aliens: Colonial Marines is a title that has rapidly moved from being a hyped blockbuster release to a poorly received disappointment. That hasn't necessarily damaged sales excessively — it went to number one in the UK charts — but it has nevertheless had a lot of negative press and gamer...

News: Latest U.S. Sales Show Decline in Video Game Market, Slow Wii U Momentum

Latest U.S. Sales Show Decline in Video Game Market, Slow Wii U Momentum

Wii U sales below 100,000

U.S. sales tracker NPD has issued its results for January, which reflect more challenging times for the video game industry in comparison to previous years. In raw figures video game sales increased 9% over January 2012, but this year's results cover five weeks rather than four; Gamasutra has estimated that in equivalent...

News: Nintendo Receives Zero BAFTA Game Awards Nominations

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...

News: Codemasters Producer: Wii U is "The Future"

Codemasters Producer: Wii U is "The Future"

Clive Moody has high-praise for Nintendo's new system

UK-based developer Codemasters' only announced Wii U offering so far is the upcoming port of F1 Race Stars, but that doesn't mean the new system hasn't caught its eye. In a recent interview with News10.net, senior producer at Codemasters Clive Moody said he had played the Wii U, and that so far...

News: Wii U Software Struggled For 2% of UK Market in January

Wii U Software Struggled For 2% of UK Market in January

It can only get better

While the early performance of Wii U, globally, can be argued as being anything ranging from a reasonable start to a disappointment, in general terms it's shifted some units and, lest we forget, performed better in its early days than competing systems did when they launched. It's struggled to hit the early heights of Wii, yet...

News: Developer States That Wii U Woes Were a Focus At DICE

Developer States That Wii U Woes Were a Focus At DICE

More was spoken about cancelled games than those on the way

A number of game developers and publishers from every corner of the globe gathered at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas earlier this week. It's essentially a networking event for developers to come together, share ideas and talk about industry trends. Naturally Wii U was spoken about a fair...

Reaction: The Rayman Legends Delay Is a Low Blow, But The Apocalypse Isn't Here

The Rayman Legends Delay Is a Low Blow, But The Apocalypse Isn't Here

Remaining "exclusives" need to be secured, however

Let's get one key point out of the way, just so we've said it early. The delay of Rayman Legends feels, to many current and prospective Wii U owners, like a cynical cash-grab of a business move. There are good old "anonymous sources", apparently developers on the game, stating that it's...