Warning: Contains toilet breaks, car sickness and social awkwardness
"Rule no. 1: Absolutely no use of Oddjob"
Video games and movies often make uncomfortable bedfellows; just look at the Super Mario Bros. movie from 1993 and Jean-Claude Van Damme's equally risible Street Fighter flick. However, sometimes the combining of these two mediums can yield positive results; King of Kong is one notable example. Jim...
"How did Arbys predict it though?"
It's fair to say that many of us were taken by surprise when Nintendo Labo was revealed to an unsuspecting world last night. We were lucky enough to get some hands-on time with Nintendo Labo earlier this week, and it is fantastic fun and brimming with potential. However, it will take a bit of time to win everyone...
Pay your last respects
Oh Miiverse, we hardly knew ye. It seems like only yesterday that Nintendo announced its bold vision to create a social network for gamers, but sadly the plan didn't quite work out. We've already highlighted our favourite Miiverse moments but the video tribute shown above - created with heartfelt care by Christian...
Prepare for "Nintendoom"
Nintendo's critics have been saying that the Japanese company is on the rocks for years, and the term "Nintendoomed" is often lazily rolled out whenever the firm hits a bumpy patch in the road. The diminishing handheld market and the dismal Wii U era saw the phrase get used on several occasions, but since the success...
Warning: Contains toilet breaks, car sickness and social awkwardness
Running at a little over three minutes, the Nintendo Switch "preview" caused quite a stir when it aired last week. Nintendo's new console had been the topic of countless conversations over the past year and finally seeing it in the flesh -
"Don't catch and drive"
You should never play Pokémon GO when you're behind the wheel of a car - that much is obvious. Just like sending a text or taking a phone call, it's a distraction which dramatically increases the chances of you getting into an accident. Niantic has even gone as far as to include a warning message in the game which pops up...
Warning: Death by Cucco contained within
Even if you're not a fan of the books or the TV show, there's no denying that Game of Thrones is a big media property at the moment. Combining elements of high fantasy with generous helpings of intrigue, violence and rumpy-pumpy, the world of Westeros is beloved by millions all over the globe. Another...
It's like the 1990s all over again, but for a good cause
Sega and Nintendo were once mortal enemies, fighting for domination of the video game hardware arena. These days, they're happy bedfellows, with mascots Sonic and Mario starring in games together and Nintendo even publishing Sega's titles on its consoles. However, both companies are...
The guys behind the amiibo rap are back
A short while ago, the guys behind YouTube channel Hot Chocolate Party managed to summarize the perils of amiibo collecting in a funny rap video - and now they're back with a rather cutting appraisal of what it's like to own the Wii U this Christmas. While we're keen to defend Nintendo's honour as much as...
Keeping it real fake
Nintendo is working on its next console - dubbed the "NX" - but the company remained tight-lipped at this year's E3. 2015 will go down as a period of transition for the Japanese veteran as it looks to slowly retire its current pair of consoles and move towards something new and exciting, but the lack of solid news means that...
"How far will you go to complete your collection?"
The amiibo stock situation has been in the headlines for the majority of 2015, with Nintendo seemingly incapable of meeting demand for its highly-desirable plastic, NFC-enabled figurines. This has left many collectors feeling particularly disgruntled, as rare amiibo are impossible to find in stores...
Rémi Gaillard causes block-busting chaos
Rémi Gaillard is a French prankster who has taken on Mario Karting and blue hedgehogs in the past, and in his latest video he has focused his attention on the most famous Russian video game ever: Tetris. In this new clip, Gaillard - along with his co-conspirators - causes al
Update: Yep, writer's joke and fan's video, we get it now
Update: We saw some tweets around a video that we thought was a clip from the Sonic Boom cartoon, but is actually a funny fan creation. To clarify (thanks to all that pointed this out), show writer Alan Denton tweeted a joke about Sonic Boom making this famous glitch canon, and a funny fan...
Final Atomic BANKRUPT
Video games are a massively popular part of mainstream culture, but you don't need a snooty gaming critic to tell you that — you just have to gaze upon Street Fighter Monopoly to grasp this fact. That's right, Capcom's evergreen one-on-one fighting series has become so famous that it now has its very own version of the Parker...
Zelda and Animal Crossing are his personal faves, it would seem
Tomodachi Life has become one of Nintendo's surprise hits of 2014, with its commercial performance on both sides of the Atlantic proving to be pretty robust. A large slab of the game's appeal is the way in which you can breathe new life into your Mii characters by getting them to...
Tails would NEVER eat Sonic, you fiends
Video games aren't reality. We know that. But sometimes the glaring inaccuracies present in our favourite titles can really hurt when they're highlighted in an effective fashion, which is exactly what Fox's Animation Domination High-Def show does in the latest episode of Scientifically Accurate, which seeks to...
Sorry, everyone else who wanted to be Game of the Year
In classic retro gaming fashion, Shovel Knight comes with a slew of cheat codes to unlock various perks and quirks. By far the most prominent of these codes has been Butt Mode, which replaces many of the common words in the game (e.g. "Shovel," "Knight," "Magic") with "Butt." Yacht Club Games...
We investigate the late comic's brush with video games
The start of this week came with the tragic news that esteemed British comedian Rik Mayall had passed away at the age of 56. His name might not be instantly familiar to those of you living outside of the UK, but it's almost impossible to understate Mayall's impact on British comedy. Alongside...
This week on Days of Our Tomodachi Lives, we welcome Alex Olney into the fold. A long time reader of the site, Alex cuts a fine figure of a man — so we were quite surprised when we discovered that his Mii wanted to dress up as a pussy cat and retire to a dank, smelly cave for the duration of his time on Nlife Island. It truly takes all...
More exposure for Mario Kart 8, though
One of the more amusing memes to come out of Mario Kart 8 has to be Luigi's "Death Stare", which we're pretty sure you've seen several times in the game itself, as well as on various social networking sites. It would appear that this particular element of Nintendo's new Wii U racer has well and truly "gone...
Be careful someone doesn't run off with your copy
Happy Mario Kart 8 launch day, everybody! To celebrate this momentous event, we've decided to do an unboxing video for the Limited Edition version of the game, which features an accursed blue shell and — of course — a copy of the game itself. It's rather good, as you'll know if you've already...
Green Shells For Pride and Honour
Games in the Mario Kart series — including the forthcoming Mario Kart 8 — are usually referred to as racing games, but we all know that's only half the story — the other half is gladiatorial combat on wheels, battles fought between competitors using whatever Super Mario-themed objects of destruction they can...
DreamWorks Animator Daniel Hashimoto has created a series of videos which star his son in the role of Action Movie Kid, where movie-standard special effects are applied to make his life look a little more incredible. The latest episode couldn't be more timely with Mario Kart 8 around the corner, as Hashimoto places his son in a...
Spiny blue shells, begone!
A short time ago we posted a video of Nintendo's new TV spot for Mario Kart 8, which gives a humourous spin (no pun intended) to the game's use of anti-gravity. Nintendo has now posted this video — along with two others — to its YouTube channel, and you can watch them in glorious HD quality below. The most amusing...
All thanks to Mario Kart TV's awesome slow-mo feature
Mario Kart TV is one of the biggest additions to Mario Kart 8, and will allow players to save, edit and share their finest on-track moments. It's also great for messing about with and creating daft little videos, such as the one we present to you below. The game's slow-mo feature makes even the...
Checking out the rest of the grid
Everybody loves Captain Falcon, and it's not hard to see why — he's an interplanetary bounty hunter and racing champion with Judge Dredd's fashion sense and a punch so powerful people know it by name. There's very little not to love. However, if you can tear your eyes away from Falcon's radiant brilliance for a...
Don't get caught short
The NES may have ruled the roost in North America during the '80s and early '90s, but Sega's Master System console was still home to some amazing titles — and in Europe, was incredibly popular. Keen to keep the memory of the console alive, our old friend Tyler Esposito of Sega Master System.com is putting together a series...
Head + block = ouch
In case the size-altering mushrooms and cartoon-like environments didn't make it obvious enough, Super Mario Bros. takes place in a world of fantasy. However, it's always fun to consider what Nintendo's most famous franchise could have been like if the company had decided to adopt a more realistic approach. In this segment from...
It's the unboxing you've all been waiting for
This week sees the launch of a new range of Super Mario Happy Meal toys at McDonald's in the UK, and as you might expect, we were first in line to pick some up this morning. Below you'll see Tom and Damien pick apart two of these eagerly-awaited cardboard boxes of culinary joy. It's riveting stuff, and...
Going anywhere nice this year?
Though we've finally shaken off the last of Winter's dreary cold here at Nintendo Life HQ, it's always tempting to consider taking a quick break somewhere bathed in sun and kalimba music. In our search for the perfect spot, we've come across an old travel brochure that fits right in with the Month of Yoshi. What...
Place your tongue firmly in your cheek before reading
Industry experts and jumpy investors are screaming at Nintendo to make games for smartphones right now, but company president Satoru Iwata is adamant that the future of the firm lies in dedicated gaming hardware, rather than diluted, cash-grab experiences on the likes of iOS and Android.
Tyler "Christmas Sega Kid" Esposito provides some sound advice
Tyler Esposito — the lucky scamp you saw in that heart-warming compilation of Sega-released Christmas footage — is of course all grown up now, but that doesn't mean he has lost his adoration for the Japanese video game veteran. Esposito dropped us a line to let us know about another...
Perhaps not in the way you'd expect, though
Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs was one of 2013's most anticipated titles, until it got pushed into 2014, that is. While nothing can really remedy the disappointment of missing out on one of the most exciting new games in recent memory, you can still Watch Dogs — quite literally — thanks to the well-intentioned...
Derek Acorah investigates
Are we alone? Are there things that happen in this life that cannot be explained without consideration of the paranormal? Are there actually any ghosts in Call of Duty: Ghosts? These are questions that have haunted mankind for decades, but we're here — with the help of acclaimed UK spiritual medium Derek Acorah — to...
With tongue firmly in cheek, of course
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds grants Link the ability to turn himself into a flat painting and therefore stick to walls. This skill is used to good effect in the forthcoming 3DS epic, allowing the player to solve puzzles and reach new areas. During the recent New York Comic Con, Zelda series head...
The Triforce is strong in this one
YouTube legend James Farr has already given us Super Mario Busters and New Super Mario Busters 2, but he's far from done with mashing up popular culture with Nintendo characters. His latest creation is Super Smash Wars: A Link To The
Y CAN'T METROID CRAWL
I've been playing a videogame called Super Metroid Primes this week. It is not very good. When I saw that Dave had given the game a perfect score in his review last week, I was very excited to try it out for myself, especially considering that it was only 30p (or 30 cents, if you're on that side of the pond) on the Wii U...
New Wii U title gets humorous promotional site
We've seen a lot of Kickstarter-related news posts recently, and Nintendo has jumped on the craze by producing a parody site to market the forthcoming Game & Wario. Dubbed Crowdfarter, the site encourages people to spread the word about the Wii U title on Facebook and Twitter. Doing so earns coins,...
Animal Crossing: New Leaf pokes fun at the poor stamina of handheld
One of the few things that really irks us about the 3DS is the poor battery life. The demands of powering two screens (one of which is 3D), running a wireless connection and juicing up those stereo speakers is clearly too much for the console's internal power supply, and as a result...
Proximity mines always win
It's actually quite scary to think how many collective man hours the team at Nintendo Life has spent playing multiplayer on GoldenEye 007. During our formative years, this highly esteemed cartridge rarely left the console and any person that didn't own a copy and four controllers was shunned as something of an outcast...
Tears of joy, in case you assumed otherwise
In a neat follow-up to the most famous Nintendo-related Christmas unboxing of all time, a 7-year-old child by the name of Reese has delivered a performance which is very nearly as memorable. As you can see in the video below, Reece bursts into tears when he opens a copy of Namco Bandai's Wii U game Tank!...
But they have no idea who he is
One of the many advantages of being a video game voice actor is that you can walk down the street without anyone giving you so much as a second look. However, when you're the voice actor of one of the most iconic characters in gaming, it's a different story altogether - which is why we were very surprised to see...
And other questions answered
The world of video games contains more in-jokes than the Nintendo Life Hall of Fame, and the video below puts them in a slightly different environment to good effect. Referencing games from Duck Hunt to Animal Crossing and everything in between, the video Jamais Vu! by Evan Seitz is an animated whirl through gaming's...
One pastiche you don't want to mess with
When the trailer for the fictitious film The Brothers Mario was released, it gave us a good chuckle at how many video game and cultural references were crammed so beautifully into the space of 5 minutes. How might a sequel turn out? The Country Club shows us how. Another exclusive from The Game Station, The Brothers Mario 2: Kong Country depicts previous..
Spot the cultural references in this film parody
Back in 1993, Hollywood tried to convert one of the biggest video game franchises into a live action motion picture... and it wasn't that good. What was wrong with Super Mario Bros. the film, wasn't the on-screen talent, but the writing and the concept itself. Nothing wrong with throwing in a bit of...
...only to discover that it has fallen foul of a cheap Photoshop trick
Those of you lucky enough to get Nintendo Power magazine on a regular basis may have been shocked to see an image in the latest issue bearing the Wii 2 logo. The photo of a Wii Remote - which was used to illustrate an item regarding Netflix - seemed to confirm the impending arrival of Nintendo's latest home console. However,..
Know your mushrooms
A student at Carnegie Mellon University known only as 'Theyab' has produced a seriously cool faux-medical manual for his/her Communication Design Fundamentals class, and rather than keep this awesome document in the classroom, they've posted it online for us all to chuckle at. The manual explains the various side-effects of different items featured in the Super Mario Bros..
Now you can snuggle up with your favorite video game systems and characters.
Ever wanted to cuddle up with that DS system only to find the corner digging into your side? Or snuggle up with a big hunk of meat only to find the smell unbearable? If so we've got a solution to your problem. First off we have several lovely plushes created by French crafter Marine Beloir in the shape of a DS or classic..
We know a man who can help you master those pesky Tetriminoes.
In these troubled economic times it is great to see some entrepreneurial spirit looking for an opportunity to turn their skills into cash. A good example of this ability to think outside of the box would be the chap from Vancouver who posted the following ad on Craigslist: In response to the economic downturn, I am offering personal..
Meet the beans from the Italian Maro Valley
We’re always suckers for a fun Nintendo themed video over here at Nintendo Life Towers, and this one is no exception. The talented guys over at GnamSpot have recreated the whole of level 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. by using a bit of stop motion wizardry and some beans on a plate. Amazingly it turned out pretty good, look at that Mario bean go!
Ever wondered what it would be like if Luigi had to overcome racism instead of Birdo and Mouser?
The ROM hacking community can sometimes bring the world some real gems such a translation for a classic RPG which never made it outside of Japan, or adding extra levels to Super Mario Bros for those who like a more extreme challenge. Not that we condone this sort of naughty behaviour here at Nintendo..
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..
He just can't stop Twittering about it!
When not harassing Manuel from Faulty Towers cheeky-chappy TV presenter Jonathan Ross likes nothing more than to sit down with a nice cup of tea and play a bit of Mario Kart on his Wii. Listeners to his Radio 2 podcast will be used to hearing good old Wossy excitedly babbling about his adventures in the mushroom kingdom to some confused B-list celebrity who..
To quote Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnell, what’s wrong with being sexy?
Much has been made of Nintendo’s recent success in attracting members of the fairer sex to the world of videogames via its super-popular Wii and DS consoles, but we can’t help but feel that some male members of the community are abusing this sudden influx of girl gamers. Take Dark Oasis Pictures’ forthcoming ‘Oasis Girl..
Check out the real life Samus in action
Here at Nintendo Life we’re not that geeky that we spend all of our spare time scowering the net for photos of ladies in videogame themed cosplay costumes, but when something as awesome as this catches our eye it would be remiss of us not to mention it. The lady in this lovely Samus Aran space suit is none other than Thaís Jussim, aka Yuki who is a 26 year..
TV lovers should look away now
The early days of the Wii’s life were dogged by stories of idiots endangering themselves and others by hurling their Wii Remotes around like demented baboons, but since Nintendo pointed out that we should all be using our wrist-straps and graciously provided those all-important rubber covers we’ve heard precious little about Wii Remote-related accidents. Until..
Ok, so this isn't strictly WiiWare news but we just had to share this totally radical video with you - and it must be worth watching because we haven't used the expression 'radical' since we were 12.
Hardcore Blue Bomber fan Nicolas Ménard has constructed this amazing stop-motion animation video which sees Mega Man navigating his way through a whole range of real-world situations. And it rocks!..
Before you get too excited over these promising images of what appears to be a legit Wii hard drive, it should be noted that this is a pretty obvious fake.
A fellow known as only as Robert334 posted some images of the supposed device on his Flickr account with the following text: After several days, today I could shoot a prototype hard drive for the Wii. According to what we've been seeing these..
And it’s one that we most certainly approve of
It may be harder to find than rocking horse shit these days, but Wit Fit is nevertheless causing quite a stir in living rooms all over the world. It seems that the fairer sex simply can’t get enough of it, and as if to illustrate this fact there’s been a flood of clips cropping up on YouTube showing female gamers strutting their stuff atop their..
According to TechDigest.TV "Peekaboo Pole Dancing" have sent out an email requesting a partner to help license their concept of a pole dancing game on the Wii.
Following on from the news a few months back that the Wii might be getting some cheerleading action we wouldn't be too surprised if this idea eventually surfaced. Complete with a "WiiPole" to grind against, of course. Peekaboo..
In a move that has thrilled Nintendo Life, THQ CEO Brian Farrel has announced that a cheerleading game is in development for the Wii which takes full advantage of the Balance Board. No further details were given but we presume it will work in a similar style to games like Dance Dance Revolution but involving chants and short skirts (or tight tights for the boys). According to Kotaku Farrel..
Well I thought this was funny. Really funny infact. You are welcome to disagree.
From eBay.co.uk Many years ago in a deserted Japanese airfield there lived 10 Nintendo scientists. Their job? To create a fun, entertaining next generation console - they succeeded. Unfortunetly for them they all had to be vapourised - this was so no other competitor could find out the secrets of the Wii™ The..
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