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December2013

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Climbs Back Into the UK Top 20

    Remainder hold firm or drop slightly

    The last UK chart results before Christmas are in, and they show a largely steady week with minimal changes, albeit with some discounts or last minute rushes moving some positions around. The best story from Nintendo's perspective is Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which climbed eight places in the all-format charts...

  • Video Prepare To Be Jealous As Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata Shows Off His 3DS Collection

    We dread to think how long it takes him to clear his StreetPass hits

    You may have noticed that Nintendo UK is running a campaign on YouTube at the moment where 3DS owners talk about what they love the most about their consoles, as well as the games that have entertained them the most. We've already seen some notable — and not so notable —...

  • News 3DS Hardware Sales Reach the Two Million Landmark in the UK

    That includes 2DS, too

    We've heard much positive news about the 3DS this year, with the UK market also enjoying strong sales of the portable and its big-hitting games. Major releases such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Pokémon X & Y — along with various others — have delivered success in the software charts and driven hardware purchases...

  • News Nintendo Titles Fail to Infiltrate the UK All-Format Top 20

    Super Mario 3D World does finally beat Knack, though

    Monday morning means that it's UK game charts time, with the all-format results — perhaps unintuitively — making better reading for Nintendo at the present time. This is due to the charts being packed with multi-platform games, in particular, with single-platform titles placing higher when not...

  • News UK Retailer Blockbuster to Close All Remaining Stores This Weekend

    The end of an era

    It's been clear in recent years that the high street environment is becoming increasingly challenging in the entertainment market, with video games retail enduring its share of problems. Major U.S. retail groups have battled dropping revenues — perhaps eased with recent hardware releases — while GAME had a spell in...

  • News 3DS Owners Can Connect And Play With StreetPass UK's Relaunched Site

    Find your local StreetPass community

    Long-running StreetPass portal StreetPass UK has relaunched with a new-look site that makes it easier than ever to find like-minded 3DS owners near you who want to indulge in a spot of social gaming. As well as offering information on StreetPass-related news in the United Kingdom, the site also allows you to...

  • News Super Mario 3D World Drops Down UK Charts in Second Week

    Link Between Worlds is top Nintendo game in 19th place

    Last week brought the PS4 to Europe, which made life rather difficult for Super Mario 3D World on its UK charts début. While it had been hoped that the staying power of the franchise may see it enjoy a strong second week in the UK market, today's all-format charts haven't produced the desired...

  • Weirdness UK Store GAME Creates Christmas Dinner In A Can

    9 layers of festive food – including turkey and Christmas puddling

    We apologise if you've just eaten something prior to reading this particular news story, as the following information may cause you to involuntarily bring up your previously consumed meal — you have been warned. It has been revealed today that UK video game retailer GAME has...

  • News Former Sony Developer Feels The Wii U "Won't See Another Christmas"

    Former BigBig Studios staffer Kenny Linder voices his opinion

    Nintendo launched Super Mario 3D World in the UK last week, on the same day as Sony released its PS4 console in the country. It was a bold move — no doubt intended to prove that while Sony has the new tech, the Wii U has the best games this Christmas — but it didn't quite go according...

  • News PS4 and Xbox One Surpass Wii U Lifetime Sales in the UK

    Back to square one

    We don't always have the opportunity to share happy news here on Nintendo Life, so let's just suck it up and say it — the PS4 and Xbox One have already surpassed the lifetime Wii U sales in the UK. It was already reported last week that the Xbox One's launch weekend sales of 150,000 units had almost taken it past the Wii U's...

  • News Super Mario 3D World Struggles Against PS4 Titles in UK Charts

    Yes, even Knack

    We're huge fans of Super Mario 3D World here at Nintendo Life, giving it a 10 in our review and generally sharing the view that it's a worthy entry into the 3D Mario canon, unique and up there with the best. Those were opinions shared by various outlets, too. Sadly, the positive press and marketing hasn't led to an impressive launch...

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  • News Pikmin 3 Makes UK Chart Debut in Second Place

    Throw a few more Pikmin at it

    Pikmin 3 arrived in Europe last week, and while it earned critical acclaim from a number of outlets there was plenty of interest over just how the title would sell at retail. The results for its launch weekend in the UK have arrived and, pleasingly, it's performed rather well. Nintendo's latest Wii U exclusive has...

  • News Gamers in Europe Can Download Pikmin 3 Now By Picking Up A Code From GAME

    Redeem the code for an early Pikmin fix

    Pikmin 3 will be available to buy from stores or download from the Wii U eShop this Friday in Europe but eager players can get hold of it sooner as UK-based retailer GAME is selling and distributing eShop codes right now. Although GAME are based in the UK, anyone living in Europe can buy the code from them...

  • News Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. Retains Third Spot in UK Charts

    New Leaf is just one place behind

    There was a time in the earlier days of the 3DS when new game releases, even first-party titles, would flirt with the UK all-format top ten on their debut week and drop away rather quickly afterwards. Momentum wasn't a word often uttered, as the system strove to establish a user base and challenge the big boys...

  • News Pikmin 3 Listed As £39.99 On The Wii U eShop in The UK

    That 30% off The Wonderful 101 offer just got more tempting

    During last week's Nintendo Direct Mini in Europe, the company revealed a promotion that will allow people who purchase Pikmin 3 from the eShop to receive a 30% discount on the digital version of The Wonderful 101. This certainly sounds like a tempting offer from Nintendo but many a...

  • News Nintendo States That the 3DS is Outselling PS3 and Xbox 360 in the UK

    A turn up for the books

    The 3DS has been doing well in Japan for a long time, and the most recent U.S. sales in June had the portable topping the hardware charts. After some good showings for various titles, including Mario & Luigi: Dream Team making its debut at number two in the UK all-format charts, Nintendo UK has told

  • News Nintendo UK Is Taking The Wii U And 3DS On Tour This Summer

    Soak up the sun, play some Mario Kart

    Nintendo UK has confirmed that it will be attending a variety of Summer events to promote software for its Wii U and 3DS consoles. The Wii U Den Tour will kick off at the Sunderland Air Show at the end of this month, and will give attendees the opportunity to get their hands on Nintendo's latest home console...

  • News 3DS UK Success in 2013 Offset by Abysmal Wii U Figures

    A lot of ground to make up

    As we're now into July — and melting in a heat wave to suit the time of year — sales data has emerged for UK video game sales in the first six months of the year. Gamasutra has broken down the key data as published in MCV magazine, and from Nintendo's perspective it's a tale of two platforms on very different...

  • News UK Store GAME Now Selling Original Wii Consoles For Just £35

    Even less reason to consider picking up a Wii Mini, then

    As part of its summer hardware and software sale, UK video game retailer GAME is now selling Wii consoles for just £35 (around $50 / €40). That's a considerable saving on the recently-released Wii Mini, which lacks internet connectivity, doesn't have an SD card slot and won't run on...

  • News Project X Zone Battles Into UK Top 20 in Debut Week

    Lacking the X Factor

    Recent UK all-format software chart updates have been full of good news, with various 3DS exclusives — most recently Animal Crossing: New Leaf — appearing regularly in the top 10. Nintendo's hugely popular real-time title is still performing well, staying in fourth place in this week's updated results from UKIE. For last...

  • Feature Animal Crossing StreetPass Event Brings 3DS Owners Together

    We catch up with the organisers of this humongous event

    The humble StreetPass feature on the 3DS is largely seen as a supplemental element of the system. Essentially, the idea is you walk around living your daily life with your plucky 3DS on sleep mode and upon passing someone else who's doing the same, that little green light will start flashing...

  • News UK Store GAME Pulls Mention Of SNES Emulator From Ouya Sales Page

    Super GNES no longer featured in advertising

    Android-based micro-console Ouya is now available in both the US and Europe, and brings with it the ability to play specially-adapted smartphone and tablet games on your TV. It also comes with support for various emulators which allow you to play retro titles on the system — so long as you source the...

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Catches Enough UK Sales for the Bronze Prize

    Hanging tough

    The latest UK chart results are here, and they make nice reading once again for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, as it secures third place after two weeks in second spot. While the number one spot has eluded it due to The Last of Us performing well on PS3, it's nevertheless been an impressive run for the title in the UK market; it should...

June2013

  • News Xbox 360 Sales Set to Pass the Wii's in the UK

    Dem FPS and footie gamez

    The Wii has kicked some serious booty in terms of global sales, getting close to 100 million sales and 'winning', at the time of writing, its generation of systems. That impressive success can mask the fact that the diminutive console has seen momentum go off the cliff since early 2012, as games dried up and the Wii U...

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Secures Second in the UK Charts, Again

    A fine performance from the 3DS exclusive

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf is hot stuff right now, earning Nintendo plenty of Bells as it continues to attract gamers and cause obsessions over fossils, tree shaking and the latest cool hats available to buy. It's not often a title as quirky and twee as New Leaf sells in big numbers and engages gamers of...

  • News Animal Crossing StreetPass Event Being Held In Manchester On 29th June

    There's even going to be a Wii U

    Europe finally has its paws on Animal Crossing: New Leaf and now 3DS owners across the world are enjoying all the endless frolicking, bug catching and turnip buying the game has to offer. To celebrate the release of the game in the UK a massive StreetPass event is being held in Manchester on Saturday 29th June by...

  • News Talented Artist Transforms Humble UK Town Into Epic Zelda Map

    Art attack

    Marketed as "16 Days of music, art, comedy, spoken word, film, workshops, debates and performances", the Switch Fringe Festival is a UK-based event which aims to promote local artists and performers. In a pretty awesome move, artist The Decibel Kid has created a map covering all of the venues which is based on The Legend of Zelda...

  • News Animal Crossing: New Leaf Earns Enough Bells For Second in the UK Chart

    Even with downloads and promotions

    Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been, in all likelihood, Nintendo's biggest release of the year to date. It's been long awaited by keen fans, but has also enjoyed a substantial build-up and marketing campaign as the company has sought to recreate the game's phenomenal success in Japan. Nintendo's stated that the...

  • News 3DS UK Market Share Stood At 26% In May

    It was just 19% in Q1 2013

    The 3DS is really starting to push on in the UK and has upped its market share by seven percentage points since the beginning of 2013. During its analyst briefing, Nintendo stated that the 3DS had 26% market share in May, compared to just 19% between January and March. [tweet 344856520552493056] This could have been...

  • News Luigi's Mansion 2 Scares Its Way Back Into the UK Top 10

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate sneaks into the top 40

    It's UK chart day, once again, and we have more 3DS success stories to share, as two of Nintendo's notable recent releases continue to show strong momentum in the top 10. Luigi's Mansion 2 has spooked enough consumers to climb back up to 8th in the all-format chart and become the highest placed 3DS...

  • News Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Maintains Top Ten 3DS Run

    Clinging on at number eight

    UKIE has issued the UK all-format software charts for last week, and confirmation of Donkey Kong Country Returns coming in eighth place — three down from its debut week — means another week with a 3DS exclusive in the UK top 10; we've now had quite a few consecutive weeks where that's been the case. Elsewhere,...

May2013

  • News Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Swings Into the UK Top 10

    The 3DS is on a roll

    For many months there was little point in reporting the UKIE UK all-format charts, as Nintendo games rarely featured. That's changed in recent times, with the 3DS enjoying a surge of popular releases that have not only started strongly, but continue to perform well after week one. This week's latest entry is Donkey Kong...

  • News Nintendo UK Wants To Know Why You Love Your 3DS

    "3DSreasons" campaign hits YouTube and other social networks

    The 3DS is having a bumper 2013, with titles like Fire Emblem: Awakening, Luigi's Mansion 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate thrilling fans all over the globe. However, killer software isn't the only reason to love Nintendo's popular portable —

  • News Capcom UK Cancels Resident Evil "Blood Swimming Pool" PR Stunt After Fatal Attack

    Bizarre promotional event pulled following suspected terrorist killing

    At the start of the month we reported that Capcom UK was planning a grisly and macabre PR stunt to mark the HD release of Resident Evil: Revelations. The plan was to fill a swimming pool with blood-coloured water and dismembered body parts, as well as employ "zombie" lifeguards...

  • News Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Is Super Effective in UK Charts

    Another strong 3DS debut

    In recent weeks there's been consistently good news for the 3DS in the UK, with titles occupying the top 10 of the all-format charts. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity continues that good form, coming in at number four in its first week. According to UKIE, this is the third best debut week performance for the...

  • News Nintendo Unleashed Tour Coming To 2013 MCM London Comic Con

    Wii U and 3DS titles playable on the show floor

    Nintendo UK has confirmed that it is bringing its popular Nintendo Unleashed tour to the forthcoming MCM London Comic Con, which is due to take place from 24th to the 26th May at the ExCel London. The largest comic and pop culture show in the UK, the MCM Comic Con will play host to a dedicated...

  • News Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and LEGO City 3DS Stand Their Ground in UK Top 10

    Fire Emblem: Awakening still present but on its way out

    The latest UK Video Games Charts by UKIE for last week show that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins are still holding their own in the top 10 of the all-format results. Chase McCain's prequel adventure for 3DS finds itself at number eight for the third week...

  • News UK Mainstream Newspaper Declares 3DS The "Best Console Ever"

    Rare display of common sense from The Sun

    We're so used to seeing negative press for video games that it's a genuine shock when mainstream media outlets lavish praise on our beloved hobby. UK tabloid The Sun is a prime culprit when it comes to whipping the general public into a frenzy when it comes to gaming — it was one of the publications which...

  • News UK Retailer Asda Slashes Basic Wii U Bundle Price To £149

    Premium bundle now £199

    UK supermarket Asda has reduced the prices of its Wii U bundles for the second time this year. The Basic Wii U pack now costs £149 and the Premium

April2013

  • News UK Retro Gaming Event Gathers Steam Ahead Of May Launch

    A festival of vintage gaming

    If you're based in the UK and have a soft spot for the games of yesteryear then you might want to look into buying a ticket for Revival. The event — which is the successor to the popular Retro Fusion show — takes place on the weekend of May 18th / 19th at Wolverhampton Racecourse in the Midlands, and over a thousand...

  • News New Wii U Virtual Console Titles Confirmed By Nintendo UK

    Zelda: LttP, Super Mario Bros. and Street Fighter II all incoming

    Nintendo UK has released a trailer which shows forthcoming Wii U Virtual Console releases, hinting that we can expect some more retro goodness very soon. The service launched last week in Europe, and has so far been graced with a pretty meagre selection of titles. The new trailer...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Gathering Happening This Saturday in London

    Don't leave your 3DS in the item box

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has been available for a good month now and Wii U gamers from around the world have been meeting up online to track ferocious beasts down together. Of course, many have picked up the 3DS version which means they can't nip online to fight with others. That hasn't stopped one bunch of...

  • News Watch_Dogs Stalking Onto U.S. Wii U Consoles on 19th November, Europe on 21st November

    New trailer and details of four different special editions released

    Ubisoft has confirmed that Watch_Dogs will launch in the U.S. on 19th November, Europe on 21st November and in the UK on 22nd November. In terms of UK retail offerings, meanwhile, the game will be available in four (count 'em) different editions: Dedsec (UK exclusive), Vigilante...

  • Event Nintendo UK 3DS Showcase

    We sample the best 2013 has to offer

    Last week we were invited to a Nintendo 3DS showcase to get first-hand impressions of some of the upcoming releases in the next few months for Nintendo’s handheld, as well as a demo of the recently announced 3DS Zelda game. We've already previewed a number of these titles in detail from a similar event in San...

  • News Fresh Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Stock Arrives In The UK

    The hunt is back on

    Getting hold of a copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in the UK has been easier said than done since the game launched in March; the popularity of Capcom's beast-slaying epic has resulted in a situation where demand has far outstripped supply. Thankfully, Nintendo UK has gotten in touch with us this morning to confirm that the...

  • News Nintendo And GAME Hosting Multiplayer Mayhem Event This Weekend

    Don't forget your 3DS

    Nintendo is giving the 3DS a lot of love at the moment. Yesterday it dedicated an entire Nintendo Direct presentation to the handheld and today it's announced it will be joining forces with UK retailer GAME to hold a massive 3DS multiplayer event across the country this weekend. Multiplayer Mayhem will take place between 10am...

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