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August2015

  • Video Get Dizzy on Splatoon's New Flounder Heights Map

    Social tench-ion

    A week without more free Splatoon content is a week we'd rather not have. Thankfully the big squid in the sky has been kind yet again and graced us with a new map: Flounder Heights. This new map employs a unique variety of different levels, but without the sheer scale or linear vertical space of Moray Towers. It's certainly one...

  • Video Drench Yourself in Splatoon's New Rainmaker Mode

    Make it rain

    Not content to rest on the wealth of free updates already, Nintendo has launched a new mode in Splatoon called Rainmaker. This mode tasks you and your team to carry a giant golden fish known as the Rainmaker into the enemy's base. You won't be defenceless though, charge this titular little number up and you'll unleash a flurry of ink...

  • News Splatoon's Rainmaker Mode Is Coming Tomorrow

    Or Saturday morning, if you're in Europe

    Splatoon's next ranked battle mode is coming to North America tomorrow night, with a European release arriving on Saturday morning. The new mode involves carrying the Rainmaker item to the enemy's base. The Rainmaker allows the carrier to hurl cyclones of ink, but they're slow moving and will naturally...

  • Poll We Want Your Views on Splatoon Version 2.0

    Splatfests, Private Matches, being both a kid and squid

    Splatoon changes every week, but the most recent update was one of the biggest yet. It threw in much demanded private matches and the opportunity to team up with friends, while also adding a big batch of new gear, some extra music and boosted level caps. When you add the latest Splatfest round...

  • Guide Get Competitive with 1v1 Online Matches in Splatoon

    No items, Final Destination

    Splatoon's big update to version 2.0.0 means that we can now play custom games online with friends, allowing us to dictate map, game mode, and even the number of players. This means that the much-sought after possibility of 1v1 matches online in Nintendo's ink-em-up is finally a reality, and they're a massive improvement...

  • Video Get Splatting with Splatoon's New Slosher and Heavy Splatling Weapons

    I am heavy weapons squid

    Splatoon's massive update to version 2.0 is live right now, and in this new plethora of content we're gifted with two brand new weapons in the form of the Heavy Splatling and the Slosher. The Slosher is a glorified bucket, but don't let its humble origins fool you, this beast can lob a huge amount of ink over a wide area...

  • News Splatoon's Massive New Update, to Version 2.0.0, is Now Live

    Squad Battles! Private Battles! New Level Cap! Fashion! More!

    It's finally arrived. One of the biggest updates - to version 2.0.0 - for Splatoon is now live, bringing with it a whole load of enhancements; it should automatically download when you next boot up the game. There are some balancing tweaks, of course, but it's the arrival of greater match...

  • Video How Tourney Mode in Super Smash Bros. Could Be Improved in Five Ways

    Another bunch of fives

    As much as we at Nintendo Life love nearly everything Nintendo produces, we'd be lying through our teeth if we said that there wasn't room for improvement. The Tourney mode in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is a classic example of a really good system that suffers from just a few minor oversights, and so we've trawled through...

  • Talking Point Nintendo's Game Updates and DLC Are Fantastic, Albeit Starved of Attention

    Key Wii U titles have evolved a great deal

    It's easy to be a little blasé and spoilt as gamers, but it's been striking once again that, with a combination of economic savvy and a clear love for its products, Nintendo is making the most of key releases on the Wii U. Three of the system's biggest games have transformed since launch with a mix of...

  • News Here's Exactly What's Changing In This Week's Massive Splatoon's Update

    610MB of goodness

    Splatoon is getting a major update this Wednesday (Thursday if you're in Europe) which brings with it squad battles, private battles, a level cap rise and more gear and weapons to use. However, beyond these big changes there are many minor alterations that will have a sizeable impact on how the game plays. These have kindly been...

  • News Eager Fans Have Broken Down Fighter Changes in Super Smash Bros. Version 1.1.0

    Plenty of adjustments

    While Super Smash Bros. updates often bring new content, they also tweak key attributes and moves for its many characters. Masahiro Sakurai and his team are perfectionists, after all, and no doubt continually monitor how characters are used and seek to improve their balancing. A notable previous example was the 'nerfing' of...

July2015

  • Guide Surviving the New Miiverse Update

    Into the wild green yonder

    The most recent Miiverse update has met with mixed responses; some feel it's a marked improvement, others are reacting as though it's the spawn of something horrendous. For better or for worse, this new layout is here to stay. The new features may take some getting used to, but in order to speed up this process we've...

  • Video Classic N64 Stages Make a Triumphant Return in Super Smash Bros.

    Two castles, two princesses

    Amidst all the new Mii Fighter costumes and the revamped Tourney mode, it's easy to miss the fact that two classic stages have returned in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & Nintendo 3DS; namely Hyrule Castle and Peach's Castle which both herald form the original N64 game. We've thrown together some footage of these 'new'...

  • News Range Blaster And Inkbrush Nouveau Coming To Splatoon Tomorrow

    Or tonight, if you're in North America

    Two more weapons are coming to Splatoon tomorrow (tonight in North America), giving players even more options when it comes to deciding on their perfect load-out. The Range Blaster and Inkbrush Nouveau are the weapons in question. They're not entirely new weapons but variations on already-available armaments...

  • News The Miiverse Redesign Has Gone Live

    Up and running on Wii U, 3DS and web browsers

    As promised, Nintendo has launched its Miiverse redesign, which is structured to re-shape the platform back into a game-centric social network. It's changed how our posts are categorised, and a 30 post a day rule - which doesn't include all in-game posts - is certainly the most controversial move,...

  • News Splatoon's Big Update Will Also Include New Music, Have a Listen

    Dat piano riff

    Exciting times are ahead for Splatoon fans, with its next big update coming on 6th August. It'll include a whole load of new outfits, new 'Slosher' weapons, a new level cap (50), Squad Battles and also Private Battles. Plenty to come, then, though a new music track is also on the way. Posted on the

  • News Splatoon's Big Update is Coming on 6th August

    Private lobbies, tag team matches and more

    Update: Nintendo as issued a press release which gives a few more details. The following will all be included in this update: Squad Battle - Set up in your own teams with friends in Ranked Battles Private Battle - Set up your own custom rooms with any team combinations up to 8 players, with options for...

  • Poll Where Do You Stand on Miiverse and Its Planned Changes?

    Assessing opinion 2.5 years after its original launch

    Miiverse, Nintendo's bespoke social network service, will undergo a major redesign on 29th July. It's easy to forget that the service is only a little over two and a half years old, having arrived with the Nintendo Network ID upon the launch of the Wii U. NNIDs and Miiverse are familiar now, but...

  • Video Camp Triggerfish is Splatoon's Newest Map, See It in the Flesh

    But no one's serving up imitation gruel

    We're treated yet again to a brand new map to try and out-splat our foes: this time it's the long-awaited Camp Triggerfish that's been teased for far longer than the game's been on shelves. Camp Triggerfish is a symmetrical but strangely portion map that allows you to easily infiltrate your enemy's spawn at...

  • News The Miiverse Redesign Will Go Live on 29th July

    Batten down the hatches

    There have been hundreds - probably thousands - of comments complaining, but the Miiverse redesign is coming regardless. On the one hand the new layouts look like a slick way to share screens and progress in games, but the comment limits and move away from supporting 'chat' isn't going down well with all fans of the platform...

  • News Nintendo Explains Reasoning Behind Upcoming Miiverse Redesign

    "Miiverse is created for gamers to talk about games"

    At the start of July Nintendo confirmed plans for a major redesign of Miiverse this Summer. The social network has already evolved a fair amount since its launch with the Wii U in November 2012, with plenty of updates tweaking functions and the user interface. This redesign is more of a...

  • Video See Splatoon's New E-Litre 3K Scope & Neo Splash-o-matic at Work

    3,000 litres under the sea

    Nintendo has been gracious enough to grant us even more weaponry to splat our foes with in Splatoon, and the two most recent additions are the deadly long-range E-Litre 3K Scope and the re-imagined Neo Splash-o-matic. The E-Litre 3K Scope is what you'd expect: a standard E-Litre 3K but with a scope added for extra...

  • Video Check Out Splatoon's New Octobrush & N-ZAP '89 in Action

    A brush with death

    Splatoon updates are coming in thick and fast, and the latest addition to the proceedings include the Octobrush and the N-ZAP '89. The Octobrush is essentially a heavier version of the Inkbrush, but is weightier so don't expect the Sonic-like speeds from before. The N-ZAP '89 boasts identical stats to the original - including...

  • News N-ZAP89 and Octobrush Weapons are Next Up in Splatoon Update

    Don't duck this hunt

    Splatoon's weekly dose of new goodies to try keeps on coming, and this time around we have two new weapons to consider. They're both variations of previous weapons, with neat designs and no doubt varied load-outs compared to their predecessors. As you can see below we have the N-ZAP89 and Octobrush on the way. At the time of...

  • News Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Update Tackles the Important Stuff, Like Fido's "Naughty Habits"

    Out now in North America

    Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley was a divisive 3DS entry in the franchise, with some opinion that Natsume's attempts at modernising and evolving the series weren't a success; for our part we considered it to be below par. In any case, it'll have its fans, and around eight months after its release Natsume has issued an update...

  • News "Moray Towers" Stage Coming to Splatoon Today

    Towers above the rest

    Nintendo UK, Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe have all tweeted confirmation that we will be seeing the new stage, "Moray Towers" dropping as the latest DLC stage for Splatoon today and early tomorrow. As the name would suggest, Moray Towers is set upon a skyscraper-like structure, set looming above all other...

  • News Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Gets a Timely Boost with Major Update

    Metal Mario and Rosalina join the roster

    It's easy to forget that arcades exist in this day and age; if you've seen Wreck-It Ralph, that's how some of us still picture them in our mind. Unfortunately the majority of arcade machines nowadays are confined to bowling alleys alongside Whack-a-mole and Air Hockey tables. But we digress, Mario Kart Arcade...

  • News Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Updated to Version 1.0.9, Its Purpose is Unknown

    Speculation that it's preparation for Tourney's and YouTube uploads

    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has been patched to version 1.0.9. Hooray! Does it fix the deadly Pac-Man glitch? No! So, what does it do? At the moment, no-one seems sure - the official changelog says the following:

  • Guide Master Splatoon's New Tower Control Mode with these Easy-to-Use Tricks & Tips

    We all want control

    Splatoon's new Tower Control game mode has been released to the public, and as with any new set of rules it can take a while to learn how best to approach the matter. That's why we've played and played since silly o' clock in the morning in order to better understand the ins and outs and more importantly deliver our findings and...

June2015

May2015

  • News Pokémon Shuffle Brings Major Changes in Version 1.2

    More hearts, 'Super Catch' mode and woe for cheats

    Pokémon Shuffle, the seemingly endless free-to-play match-three title on 3DS, has had plenty of updates, yet version 1.2 is now available and offers one of the most notable shake-ups to date. When trying to check-in you'll be told of a mandatory update, and in Europe the 686 block size suggests...

  • News The Latest Miiverse Update Has Users In An Uproar

    Change can be difficult to accept

    Since the launch of Miiverse on the Wii U in 2012, the social media platform has undergone a series of changes. Nintendo has provided its service with ongoing support in the form of regular updates. These updates have enhanced and refined the overall experience, and other fixes from time to time have focused on...

  • News Elliot Quest Patch Fixes Bugs and Graveyard Glitch

    Version 1.2.2, for the record

    Elliot Quest is an indie RPG on the Wii U that was heavily pushed by Nintendo ahead of release, which is hardly surprising due to its retro-style visuals and design. It's also a solid advertisement for the occasionally maligned Nintendo Web Framework, too. At launch it did have some shortcomings, though to the credit...

April2015

March2015

February2015

  • News Nintendo Confirms Another Miiverse Update

    See more information on those that follow you

    Nintendo is constantly trying to impress its fans with new updates, and has continued to put its efforts into making the Miiverse community as gratifying as possible. The company has recently announced the brand new update, allowing you to view details when someone is following another member of the...

  • Video ZaciSa's Last Stand Update Detailed and Shown Off in New Trailer

    A belated Valentine

    Not so long ago we revealed details of ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimension, an expanded version of ZaciSa's Last Stand that'll finally make its way to Europe. Developer ZenFa Productions did promise a free update with additional content for the North American version in that announcement, however, and has used the Valentine's...

  • News Retro City Rampage DX Update Arrives this Week in Europe

    Awaiting approval in North America

    A few weeks ago we reported on an upcoming update for Retro City Rampage DX on the Nintendo 3DS. The update will bring a stable 60 frames per second and will include c-stick support on the New 3DS. Additionally, for the New 3DS, the update will take advantage of its faster CPU to deliver smoother effects and...

  • News New Miiverse Update Adds Comment Previews and User Matching

    Finding new ways to connect gamers

    Miiverse is a constantly evolving social platform and, every once in a while, Nintendo will push out a new update to enhance the user experience. Everything from extending the number of characters allowed on a single post to easier ways of tracking and finding other users, the fun little diversion has come a long...

  • News The Stability of 3DS System Update 9.5.0-22 May Rock Your World

    Or not...

    Hold onto your hats, your 3DS and your collected StreetPass Mii hats, there's a system update - version 9.5.0-22. It brings a level of stability previously unseen on the portable, ensuring that you'll have never played such a stable system in your whole lifetime. Don't believe us? The Nintendo official details drop the mic below...

January2015

December2014

  • News Latest Steel Diver: Sub Wars Update Takes Community Feedback Onboard

    Fixes based on player advice

    Following the release of version 4.0 earlier this month, Nintendo has updated its unconventional but addictive multiplayer shooter, Steel Diver: Sub Wars, to version 4.1. The latest update reverts changes made to submarine diving and surfacing angles to an earlier state, after feedback from the community’s player...

  • News Wii U YouTube Application Receives An Update, But Try Not To Get Too Carried Away

    A few minuscule changes

    An update for the Wii U’s nifty YouTube application has been issued. While the interface remains the same, a scrolling sound effect has now been added to enhance the browsing experience. The colour of the application's launch icon has also been changed to red. To receive the update, simply open the app from the Wii U HOME...

  • News Steel Diver: Sub Wars Version 4.0 Is Now Available

    Dive in and check it out

    Less than six months after the release of version 3.0, Nintendo has updated its unconventional but addictive first-person shooter, Steel Diver: Sub Wars, to version 4.0. The full details about version 4.0 have been revealed on Miiverse by the 3DS eShop title's director, Takaya Imamura: In Version 4.0, we've added the

November2014

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September2014

  • News Miiverse Update Moves Search Boxes and Improves Web Version

    Break out the bunting

    Miiverse, the ever evolving and quirky bespoke social network, has had a couple of minor tweaks to the web version. Despite some occasional shenanigans such as those in the Mario & Luigi community recently, the service continues to provide a haven for fans to discuss games, share screenshots and art as well as — it must...

  • News Armillo Update Arrives in Europe

    Roll up, roll up

    Armillo is a rather enjoyable title on the Wii U eShop, exclusive to the platform at present, and certainly has some keen fans throughout the Nintendo community. The launch day version wasn't without problems, however, and developer Fuzzy Wuzzy Games recently released a patch in North America to resolve issues with the framerate,...

  • News Release Day Patch Being Deployed in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

    Masahiro Sakurai also explains connectivity and spectator mode

    Update: This update also includes a mode that will only be activated from 15th September in Japan — Conquest Mode. As reported by Siliconera this will be activated at random points in a "With Anyone" online battle — three players fight it out and the winner's character earns points...

  • News Miiverse Update Improves Filtering, Saved Posts and the Web Version's User Profile

    Favourite posts also larger, because why not?

    Miiverse continues its quest for social networking perfection today, as Nintendo has applied updates to the service on Wii U, 3DS and web browsers. As is always the case the changes are immediate, so you don't have a pesky update download and installation waiting for you on your gaming hardware of...

  • News Armillo Patch Rolls Onto Wii U to Fix Framerate and Completion Issues

    Out now in North America, Europe needs to wait

    Armillo is a solid 'rolling platformer' on the Wii U eShop that's earned some loyal fans, though developer Fuzzy Wuzzy Games was quick to acknowledge that the release wasn't quite at its best on day one. Work has been ongoing on an update, as a result, to improve the framerate and to resolve some issues...

August2014

  • News Mario Kart 8 Update, Mercedes Karts and DLC Pre-Orders Now Live

    Vroom vroom

    Just recently we've had the exciting news that extensive DLC is coming to Mario Kart 8, the details ultimately accompanying the imminent arrival of the game's update and free Mercedes DLC. Nintendo's now unleashed plenty of details with the scheduled update and Mercedes content. It's worth noting that, at the time of writing, the game...

  • News Armillo Update Rolling Through Nintendo Approval Process

    Shouldn't be too long now

    Armillo has been another solid addition to the Wii U eShop library in recent times, earning a positive 8/10 in our review. Developer Fuzzy Wuzzy Games has acknowledged that some aspects of the experience could be better, however, and has been diligently working on an update. A Miiverse update has confirmed that this v1.1...

  • News Dakko Dakko Confirms Development of Update for Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails

    Purrfect

    Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails is a colourful and rather challenging Wii U exclusive from Dakko Dakko, and has already gathered a band of devoted fans. The literal approach to on-rails shooting is certainly fun, albeit a number of gamers may find the level of challenge a bit too much to handle. As a positive for those unsure of whether...

  • News Steel Diver: Sub Wars Gets an Upgrade to Version 3.0

    More than 3.0 reasons to download

    Nintendo has updated its unconventional shooter Steel Diver: Sub Wars to version 3.0, as promised last month. This isn't just a stability update either – prepare for some serious tweaks to the formula. The update is global, so no matter where you are you'll be privy to the spicy new additions. To save rifling...

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May2014

  • News Pikmin 3 Update Adds New Stylus Control Style

    Fling away, Merrill

    An update to Pikmin 3 has arrived just in time for its inclusion in the Mario Kart 8 free game promotion, introducing a new way to send your minions hither and yon. In addition to the original GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, and Wii Remote/Nunchuk options, planetary explorers can now use the stylus and GamePad's touch screen to...

  • News Steel Diver Version 2.0 Delayed, Now Targeting Early June

    Slow-paced update for the slow-paced FPS

    3DS eShop free-to-play title Steel Diver: Sub Wars has a major update on the way, which was originally planned for release in May. To be called version 2.0, it'll include the following new features and adjustments. Bonuses for consecutive victories online More subs available to unlock for Premium...

  • News Miiverse Update Changes Profiles in New User Page, Adds a Couple of Extra Features

    Set favourite posts and 'Yeah' comments

    Miiverse, Nintendo's continually evolving bespoke social network, has had another update applied today. This time around there are improvements — at least we think they are — to all three versions across Wii U, 3DS and web browsers. To start with, there's now a revamped User Page, with the User Menu of...

  • News 2DS CPU Update Looks Set to Adjust System Security

    FCC filings spotted

    Following its launch in Western territories on 12th October 2013 — alongside Pokémon X & Y — the 2DS has sold (as of 31st March 2014) 2.2 million units. That's not too bad for a hardware iteration targeted at a rather specific demographic and not given the most high profile of launch campaigns. As a budget tablet-like...

April2014

  • News Miiverse Update Imposes Restrictions on Posting Comments

    Mario says it's not a chat room, right?

    Nintendo has today announced a fresh update for Miiverse across the web and Wii U / 3DS versions. The positive change is that the web version will now have the same community search functionality as the console equivalent, as well as a "Posts from Verified Users" tab that acts as a shortcut to authorised...

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