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News: Nintendo's NES Predecessor, Unveiled at CES 31 Years Ago, Was Rather Different From the Iconic Home Console

Nintendo's NES Predecessor, Unveiled at CES 31 Years Ago, Was Rather Different From the Iconic Home Console

The Advance Video System was a more literal family computer

This week has brought us the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which has been particularly light on gaming goods. It's an opportunity for companies big and small to show off their technology, ranging from expensive high-end gear to slightly quirky or silly 'innovations'. For...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Wise to Embrace The Vital YouTube Audience

Nintendo's Wise to Embrace The Vital YouTube Audience

The bigger the better in 2015

An accusation occasionally hurled at Nintendo is that it's slow or behind the times in social media, and failing to do enough on platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. It would have been a valid point in past years, certainly, but it looks increasingly wrong with each passing year; 2014 brought some major improvements...

Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - April to June

A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - April to June

E3, a major Wii U arrival and more

As 2015 gears up we continue this look back to the major headlines of Nintendo's 2014, assessing the best and worst of the big N's year. The January to March entry covered the year's first Nintendo Direct and some serious issues for the company, with Satoru Iwata coming under pressure over poor business...

Feature: A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - January to March

A Nintendo 2014 Retrospective - January to March

Kicking off a vital year

As is an early New Year tradition here at Nintendo Life, we're going to look back at Nintendo's last year to consider what went well, areas that were problematic and to remind ourselves of how the company shaped up. 2013 was a year of contrasting tales for Nintendo - the 3DS was a major success (the best-selling system in...

News: Happy New Year From All at Nintendo Life

Happy New Year From All at Nintendo Life

Here's to an awesome 2015

Wherever you are in the world, it's now 2015. We leave behind a year in which Nintendo released some terrific titles for Wii U and 3DS, dealt with some disappointing sales, but nevertheless focused its energy on unique and enjoyable games. As any year teaches us it's tough to predict what's next from Nintendo, with some of...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014

Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014

Your favourites of the year

2014 is drawing to a close, and the festive spirit is no doubt getting plenty into the gaming mood. We've already revealed our Game of the Year Staff Awards, but now it's time to see which titles have most excited the Nintendo Life community over the past year. We opened voting for the Game of the Year Reader Awards on...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2014

Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2014

2014 has served up some classics

It's hard to believe that another year of gaming has passed, yet here we are. 2014 was a busy year for Nintendo, and the company certainly delivered a lot of thoroughly enjoyable games on the Wii U and 3DS. We also saw both eShop platforms grow further, particularly on the Wii U, with high quality downloadable...

News: Artist Reimagines Nintendo Characters Through the Lens of Pulp Novels

Artist Reimagines Nintendo Characters Through the Lens of Pulp Novels

Dames, detectives, and plumbers with nothing to lose!

The world of dime store novels retains such a fascinating nostalgic allure. Few really seem interested in the actual stories anymore, many of which were as cheaply written as their costs and just as trashy, but the best covers portray enough intrigue, danger, and taboo connotations to weave an...

News: Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North American 3DS Virtual Console Release

Donkey Kong Land Rated And Ready For North American 3DS Virtual Console Release

Monkey business

After a successful 3DS Virtual Console début in both Japan and Europe earlier this year, the 1995 Game Boy title Donkey Kong Land is finally on its way to North America. Evidence of the anticipated re-release has appeared via the ESRB. Released a year after the success of the Super Nintendo original, Donkey Kong Land has the Kongs...

Feature: Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year Awards 2014

Time to Vote For Your Game of the Year Awards 2014

Plenty of categories for the Reader Awards

As 2014 comes to its end there's the inevitable tradition to enjoy — annual awards. As is becoming our norm we'll have staff awards, votes of which will be counted shortly, while also giving you the chance to contribute to the Reader Awards. If you gaze upon the eventual staff awards results and believe...

News: Sharp Gearing Up to Supply 'Free-Form' LCD Screen Technology for Future Nintendo Hardware

Sharp Gearing Up to Supply 'Free-Form' LCD Screen Technology for Future Nintendo Hardware

Production said to be planned for early 2016

While solid and reliable information on Nintendo's future hardware plans can be tough to come by, some interesting news is being reported in Japan on a partnership that's close to confirmation between Nintendo and technology company Sharp. Sources are reporting that the two companies are near to...

Interview: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's Developers Talk Over Origins and the Contents of Toad's Backpack

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's Developers Talk Over Origins and the Contents of Toad's Backpack

"I’m curious about this too so let’s have a look"

The release of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in North America — it hits Europe on 2nd January — is sure to tempt a few into adding the retail release as a stocking filler. Bursting with charm and providing a substantial spin-off from the popular bonus stages in Super Mario 3D World, it...

News: Nintendo's New Response: Some amiibo "Likely" to be Discontinued

Nintendo's New Response: Some amiibo "Likely" to be Discontinued

Perhaps now some need to panic

Information on the availability of some amiibo figures has been somewhat frustrating to peg down. First came a rumour that the Marth, Wii Fit Trainer, and Villager figures were discontinued. Following that, Nintendo of America Assistant PR Manager David Young reportedly responded that no, none of these figures have...

News: Final Shots of Lucina Figma Make the Cut

Final Shots of Lucina Figma Make the Cut

Currently slated for an April 2015 release

Last month we had a first look at Good Smile Company's model of Lucina from its figma line. The company has posted further shots of the popular Fire Emblem: Awakening character, showing off more of the figure's versatility. According to Good Smile Company's page, the Lucina figma is designed

News: Nintendo Wins Four At The Game Awards 2014, While Shovel Knight Scoops Best Indie Prize

Nintendo Wins Four At The Game Awards 2014, While Shovel Knight Scoops Best Indie Prize

A good night for the big N

The Game Awards may not boast the most innovative name, but the first ever ceremony for the new annual event went down relatively well in Las Vegas; our live blog was a happier place than during the VGX broadcast last year. It perhaps veered too far back to bland PR speech occasionally, but there were also a number of nice...

News: New Mario Maker Footage Shows Off Multi-Generational Madness

New Mario Maker Footage Shows Off Multi-Generational Madness

Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World join the fun

The Game Awards 2014 opened on a positive note, with a brief video montage celebrating the legacy of our favourite hobby. Nintendo was very well-represented indeed, going on to open up the show with a closer look at upcoming Wii U title Mario Maker, introduced by Miyamoto-san himself.