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Matters of Import: Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict Joins The 3DS Library

Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict Joins The 3DS Library

Like a light Shining in the Darkness

Thanks to Sega’s continuing support of the 3DS Virtual Console service we now have all three Game Gear Shining Force games available to buy on Nintendo’s much loved handheld — in Japan, at least. The emulation is so consistently brilliant on the 3DS it’s hardly worth mentioning these days: we’ll...

Matters of Import: Taking Initial D: Perfect Shift Online For A Spin

Taking Initial D: Perfect Shift Online For A Spin

A Not-So-Hot Rod

Free-to-play is all the rage these days, with in-app purchases proving profitable for developers while allowing users to decide exactly how much they want to spend and everyone — from Square-Enix to Capcom to probably your Gran — has an iOS game or MMO available to install for free with optional micro-transactions attached...

Feature: Monster Hunting With Kerry: Taking Baby Steps With Great Jaggi

Monster Hunting With Kerry: Taking Baby Steps With Great Jaggi

Warning: Article contains gross incompetence

Hello! Kerry here, your inept but endlessly enthusiastic guide through the dangerous and thrilling world of Monster Hunter 4. At the behest of the kind and gracious Nintendo Life overlords, I've been locked away in a small room for days on end and tasked with playing as much of the Japanese version as...

News: We Cannot Continue Without Winning, But It's Not As Simple As Moving Mario To Smartphones, Insists Iwata

We Cannot Continue Without Winning, But It's Not As Simple As Moving Mario To Smartphones, Insists Iwata

"We are thinking about a new business structure"

The news that Nintendo has reduced its hardware sales projections for this financial year and expects to make a loss has come as quite a blow to dedicated followers of the company, and has led some critics to repeat claims that the firm needs to move away from making its own hardware and embrace rival...

News: Iwata Accepts Responsibility For Poor Financial Results, Ignores Calls To Resign

Iwata Accepts Responsibility For Poor Financial Results, Ignores Calls To Resign

No management shake-up expected

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has taken responsibility for the poor financial results posted earlier today but has insisted that he will remain in charge in order to steer the Japanese company through these testing times. Nintendo's latest report reveals that it expects to sell less Wii U and 3DS consoles by the...

Video: Thirty Glorious Minutes Of Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict

Thirty Glorious Minutes Of Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict

Yet another excellent but untranslated Sega RPG hits Japan

The last Game Gear Shining Force game, Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict takes place in between the mainline Genesis / Mega Drive titles Shining Force I and II and — as you'd expect — features many, many, fan-pleasing plot threads, characters and general references to the events in...

Matters Of Import: A Peek Into The Tragically Unobtainable World Of Dragon Quest X

A Peek Into The Tragically Unobtainable World Of Dragon Quest X

Taking the quest online

In an utterly baffling move, Dragon Quest X — the most recent game in the iconic RPG series — is not only import-only but also IP blocked, meaning the game will refuse to work for all legitimate users trying to play from outside Japan. Luckily, there are ways to get your foreign internet connection to disguise itself...

News: Shin Megami Tensei IV Soundtrack Released Next Month

Shin Megami Tensei IV Soundtrack Released Next Month

Four discs crammed full of incredible music

Atlus has just announced that Shin Megami Tensei IV, which scored a fantastic 9/10 in our review, will finally see its wonderful soundtrack released in Japan on 26th February. Even better is that this isn't some half-hearted "best of" or "selection" CD, but all 112 tracks spread across four CDs and...

First Impressions: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Is Three Times More Fun Than Most Other 3DS Games

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Is Three Times More Fun Than Most Other 3DS Games

Definitely doesn’t suck

It’s obvious from the moment you start that Kirby Triple Deluxe is Nintendo and HAL Laboratory at the height of their collective powers — software and hardware coming together to create a game as games should be: good fun, embracing all of the the 3DS’s unique features without ever reducing them to mere gimmicks. We...

News: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

3DS remains on top as Wii U dips below Sony rivals

The Japanese charts seem to follow the patterns of many individuals from the Holiday season into a New Year. Festive excess and gorging makes way for a rapid retreat to the norm, with appetites slowed down to more reasonable levels. The latest Media Create charts show sales figures settling back to...

First Impressions: Shouting Shounen in Capcom’s Gaist Crusher

Shouting Shounen in Capcom’s Gaist Crusher

We go hands-on with this hyperactive Treasure-developed 3DS title

Gaist Crusher is one of those multimedia extravaganzas where right from the start there’s a TV series, manga and other merchandise all lined up and ready to drain the wallets of anyone unable to withstand the assault. This 3DS offering — developed by none other than the...

Weirdness: Puzzle & Dragons Z Yogurt Will Unlock A Scrumptious Special Dungeon

Puzzle & Dragons Z Yogurt Will Unlock A Scrumptious Special Dungeon

Part of a balanced breakfast

You may have seen our recent coverage on the 3DS sensation Puzzle & Dragons Z here at Nintendo Life, a game which hopefully see the light of day in the West at some point this year. What you haven't seen is a delicious new way to unlock some bonus content for the game — and we do mean delicious. After crossovers...

First Impressions: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

We will never spell “Theatrhythm” right first time

A demo for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call recently went live on the Japanese 3DS eShop, and will hold few surprises with hardcore fans of the series. There’s really very little here that will not be immediately familiar to anyone with even the most casual experience of the original...

News: Kirby: Triple Deluxe Sound CD Now Available at Club Nintendo in Japan

Kirby: Triple Deluxe Sound CD Now Available at Club Nintendo in Japan

We'll have this in the West too, please

Kirby: Triple Deluxe is out now in Japan, which is sure to make fans of the pink one jealous in the West; our import expert's currently preparing some early footage and impressions for you. We know that it'll make it to PAL and North American regions this year, but Nintendo is yet to pin down a more precise...