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July2014

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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...

  • News Disney Magical World Arrives With a Day One Patch on 3DS

    The most magical update on Earth?

    3DS title Disney Magical World arrives in North America today, and like many retail releases landed on the eShop at midnight to accommodate eager day-one buyers. One of those keen gamers is @kitroplious, who downloaded the title and stumbled across a day one update. As you can see in the image this is designed to...

  • News Retro City Rampage: DX Update Available Worldwide Today

    Launch sales in North America exceed equivalent Xbox 360 global results

    Retro City Rampage DX has been causing mayhem on 3DS systems in North America and Europe for a number of weeks now, and it'll also bring its brand of chaos to Australia and New Zealand today. Vblank Entertainment has been working on a free update, too, to resolve a bug in the...

  • News Patch Fixes Bug in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

    Thaws out a progress-stopping problem

    Nintendo has made a software update available for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze today that fixes a game-halting glitch in World 3. According to update notes, the patch will solve an issue some players have faced when completing level 3-3, Frantic Fields and finding no path has opened to the next level,...

  • News Miiverse Browser Version Has a Minor Update

    Those without a Nintendo Network ID can now see more

    Nintendo is continually tweaking and improving its Miiverse social network, with changes varying between the Wii U, 3DS and web browser versions. Sometimes the enhancements are major, though as it's a web-based platform Nintendo also applies minor adjustments, as they don't require any download...

March2014

  • News Unepic Gets a Fresh Update for Wii U

    Includes a new "stick and poo" wand

    Unepic's arrival early this year gave a solid start to the Wii U's year; we were certainly fans, awarding 8/10 in our Unepic review. A platforming RPG with doses of humour, it certainly provides an experience a little different from its contemporaries on the download store. In good news for fans, developer...

  • News Miiverse Gets a Fresh Update for Wii U and 3DS

    Search options! Verified User stalking! Activity Feed screenshots!

    Miiverse, the Nintendo social network where we can post doodles, screens and general thoughts on all things Nintendo, has today been updated for both Wii U and 3DS. As Nintendo had the foresight to make it a web-based platform rather than an app, in the typical sense, it means the...

  • News Wii Sports Club: Golf Adds Resort Course as a Free Extra

    Additional free trial on the way

    Nintendo's certainly been busy with its updates this week, conducting eShop maintenance and updating both Steel Diver: Sub Wars and Wii Fit U. We can now add Wii Sports Club to the mix, though the update is to give us additional content rather than fix or improve minor bugs. This new and free content is for

  • News Steel Diver: Sub Wars Update Applies Fixes and Tweaks to Online Play

    Less waiting around in the lobby

    As the first full free-to-play experiment from Nintendo, Steel Diver: Sub Wars can be considered a reasonable success. We certainly feel that it shows that Nintendo can make free-to-play work, and it provides some competitive online play at a fairly relaxed pace, emphasizing strategy over an itchy trigger finger...

February2014

  • News Upcoming Retro City Rampage: DX Update Will Add Music Jukebox

    Almost 3 hours of music to go with your mayhem

    Retro City Rampage: DX on 3DS has worked hard to earn its deluxe subtitle with a slew of additional features not seen in other versions of the top-down action game. Even further bonuses and tweaks are set to come in future updates, and as the title is one big love-letter to the '80s and '90s, it's only...

  • News VBlank Entertainment Planning Free Retro City Rampage DX Update, Bug Fix To Be Submitted on Monday

    Don't hit "RESET TO DEFAULTS" in the settings

    Update: Vblank Entertainment's Brian Provinciano has kindly given us some further detail on the issue that he's aiming to fix, as well as the happy news that he plans more free updates in the future. For clarification, what's happening is that the RESET TO DEFAULTS sets the video mode to 1:1 instead...

  • News Miiverse Gets a Minor Update for Wii U

    Buttons now do different things!

    Updates to the Wii U and 3DS are a far cry from the days of the Wii and DS, when system updates were comparatively rare and tweaks and improvements to individual apps clearly weren't high on Nintendo's list of priorities. Nowadays the 3DS has frequent system updates — many of which boost "system stability" to...

January2014

  • News NES Remix Update Adds Wii U Pro Controller, Remote and Classic Controller Support

    Or play with those controllers on the GamePad screen, to be fancy

    NES Remix was not only a surprise Wii U eShop release late last year, but also a popular arrival on the platform. By combining NES retro games with twists and tweaks to their gameplay it managed to earn a solid number of fans. One peculiarity was that it was GamePad-only in the...

  • News Netflix Wii U App Update Goes Live

    Spot the differences

    Gone are the days of slotting in a cartridge and simply playing a game, as consoles have become multimedia devices for surfing the web and watching slightly different TV. The Wii U's Netflix app does a pretty decent job with the service, happily handling the HD streaming and being nice and functional all around. But still,...

  • News Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai Update Goes Live

    Applies quite a few improvements

    Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai is the latest 3DS eShop title from Shin'en Multimedia, and was certainly eagerly anticipated by fans of the WiiWare original. Although a solid title, there were some aspects that weren't quite on the money, with our review highlighting issues such as the rather slow movement of the...

December2013

November2013

  • News Miiverse Update Paves The Way For 3DS Version

    Wii U and browser versions updated

    As many will already know, Miiverse will arrive on 3DS in a December system update, which will join shared eShop funds and Nintendo Network ID integration on the portable. Nintendo has today issued an update on the Wii U and browser-based iterations of Miiverse as early preparations for the new arrival. Due to the...

  • News The YouTube Wii U App Update is Now Live

    "So hey guys, um, I have an update for you"

    It was announced in the most recent Nintendo Direct broadcast that a YouTube app was finally coming to the 3DS, but it was also welcome news that the Wii U equivalent was set for an update. Although welcome that the video sharing giant supported the system with an official app, such has been its...

  • News Long Awaited YouTube Application Coming To 3DS Later This Month

    Those funny cat videos are so close we can practically touch them

    During today's Nintendo Direct it was announced that the popular video sharing website YouTube will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS. A date is yet to be specified, but we're told that it will arrive later on this month in both Europe and North America. You can easily view videos on the...

  • News Wii Fit U Update Resolves Data Transfer Issues

    Fixes 'lock up' issue

    Last week we reported that some players were experiencing lock ups in Wii Fit U when attempting to transfer save data from either Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus. Nintendo quickly issued a manual solution to resolve the problem, which involved deleting Mii characters in the Wii U Mii Maker, along with any transfer data. Fortuna

October2013

  • News Nintendo Applies Minor Update to the Wii U Version of Miiverse

    Don't get too excited

    Miiverse has evolved a fair bit since its launch with the Wii U in November 2012. It may not feel that way, but the network was certainly more restricted and less intuitive than its current day version, not to mention the fact that it's now available on any web browser. It's also a service that Nintendo has been able to update...

  • News Day One Update Looks Set to Spin Into Sonic Lost World on Wii U

    It's only a little 'un

    Later this week we'll let you know what we think of Sonic Lost World, the new arrival coming to both Wii U and 3DS in different forms. While we can't share our opinion yet, we will let you know that there seems to be a small day one update for the Wii U version, so make sure you're not one of the minority that doesn't have...

September2013

  • News Wii Street U Update Allows You to Walk the Virtual Streets

    Time to bust out the Balance Board

    Wii Street U powered by Google may not be a major part of the Wii U software library, but it can be a fun extra and, essentially, a bit of a tech-demo to show friends. So far the app allows you to check out worldwide locations and utilise the GamePad motion sensors for that classic "window to the world" feel, while...

  • News There's a Shiny New StreetPass Mii Plaza Update in Europe

    The mystery update does something, right?

    Update: It seems that the purpose of the update has been identified by eagle-eyed members of the Nintendo Life community. The previous update removed the overall total figure in the counter for puzzle pieces collected, and now it's back. Photographic evidence is at the bottom of the article, thanks...

August2013

  • News DuckTales: Remastered Update to Target Leaderboard Issues on Wii U

    A spit and polish is required

    We're fans of DuckTales: Remastered here at Nintendo Life, especially those of us old enough to have first-hand nostalgia for the NES original. Despite its strengths it isn't quite perfect, including the odd technical issue that'll require an update to patch over the cracks. In the case of the Wii U version there are...

June2013

  • News Miiverse Update Adds Facebook and Twitter Sharing

    Or Google+ and Tumblr, if you prefer

    While most attention is currently drawn to the floor at E3, Nintendo has applied a Miiverse update that now allows you to share posts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr. It's another smart move for the bespoke network, especially as those with a Nintendo Network ID can now view individual posts when...

May2013

  • News New Super Mario Bros. U Update Arriving with Luigi's DLC

    Remember that Wii U Pro Controller you bought?

    While the updates to the browser-based Miiverse attracted the most attention yesterday, it seems that an additional message was posted in Japan to confirm a planned update for New Super Mario Bros. U, which will arrive shortly before or on the same day as the arrival of the downloadable version of New...

  • News Miiverse Update Now Allows Screenshots to be Posted in Comments

    Cue screen-by-screen walkthroughs

    One curiosity with Miiverse, despite its various strengths, has been the no-screenshot limitation when replying to a post with a comment; that functionality has been limited to fresh posts, meaning that any conversations on how to progress in a game — particularly one as baffling as Super Metroid — was limited...

  • News Wii Street U Finds Some Miiverse Support

    Find a spooky house and tag it as "scary"

    The Wii Street U app on Nintendo's system, which is anxious to remind you that it's "powered by Google", is a nice freebie that lets you explore the world, famous locations and, of course, to spy on friends, enemies and neighbours. Some of the images may be out of date, but you can still find a foe's house...

April2013

  • Guide The Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Wii U Update is Now Live

    We tell you how to make the most of it

    With a game like Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, it's easy to see why a number of gamers would be tempted by the 3DS version. This is an experience that devours dozens of hours of your life, and indulging in the quest to that degree can be tricky if you're fighting over access to a shared TV in order to enjoy it...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Update Takes a Bite Out of Wii U on 16th April

    Off-TV GamePad play and cross-region online included

    While Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is a top-notch experience in its current guise, Capcom aknowledged that a couple of key features could be added to enhance it further. And so it promised an April update to bring us Off-TV GamePad-only play and cross-region online multiplayer. GamePad-only play is...

March2013

  • News Colors! 3D Update Available To Download On 5th April

    Colour us excited

    Collecting Smiles has announced its popular artistic application Colors! 3D has finally had its major update approved by Nintendo - it will be available to download from 5th April. The update comes with several new additions. Firstly, you'll be able to follow your favourite artists in the gallery, which will allow you to see their...

  • News Iwata's First Post On Miiverse Reconfirms Reduced Loading Times For Wii U

    New update will make it quicker to load and exit games

    Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata has taken to the Miiverse to reconfirm that the update Wii U users are receiving in April will bring with it faster loading times. Iwata wrote: Hello, this is Satoru Iwata of Nintendo. As we announced in the January Nintendo Direct, we plan to release...

  • News New Patch Released For Call of Duty: Black Ops II On Wii U

    Patch 'em up, mate

    For those who have been having problems with Call of Duty: Black Ops II for the Wii U, you'll be pleased to know that Treyarch has released the latest update to fix a couple of issues with the popular first-person shooter title, details of which you can see outlined below. Changes specific to the Wii U version include: Feature...

  • News Gaijin Games: Runner 2 Fix is On The Way

    The patch is with Nintendo already

    BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien was released onto the North American Wii U eShop last week, representing the series' leap into the HD era of gaming. The release hasn't gone as smoothly as Gaijin Games would have hoped though, as many who downloaded it have been experiencing freezing...

February2013

  • News Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Update Now Available

    Brings some new costumes and more ninja trials

    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge may be making the leap over to other consoles but that doesn't mean Team Ninja has neglected bringing any new content to the Wii U version. A new update is available right now and can be downloaded automatically by simply booting up the game. It's free of charge and brings...

  • News Activision Reveals More Info On Call of Duty: Black Ops II Patch

    Wii U specific fixes listed

    Not so long ago Activision revealed an update would be on the way for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, however all didn't go so smoothly as the publisher was experiencing problems getting the patch up and running. The patch appears to be getting closer to becoming a reality as Activision has now listed the incoming fixes. The...

January2013

  • News Gunman Clive Update Now Available For Download In North America

    Ironing out some glitches

    Over the weekend one man developer Bertil Hörberg confirmed that an update for Gunman Clive was available to download in from the European 3DS eShop. North America fans were told the update would be on its way to them soon. Well, the North American 3DS eShop didn't have to wait very long for the update to grace it with...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops II Patch On The Way

    Should be available before the month is out

    Activision has prepared a patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops II that should be released fairly soon, possibly before the end of the month. According to a forum entry posted earlier in the week, the publisher has submitted the patch to Nintendo where it is currently being tested. There's no set date yet on...

  • News Gunman Clive Update Now Available In Europe

    Fixes crashes in stage 10 and other minor problems

    Gunman Clive has been available on the 3DS eShop for a little over a month in Europe and it has already outsold its iOS counterpart. The game does have a few small glitches, however, and its creator Bertil Hörberg promised they would all be fixed in the new year. Well it seems Hörberg is coming...

  • News Nano Assault Neo Update Now Available

    Fixes online ranking flags and GamePad disconnection issues

    Arcade-style blaster Nano Assault Neo has been in the Wii U eShop since the console launched, and has been keeping plenty of people entertained ever since. The game wasn't perfect, however, as it had a few niggling issues that needed to be fixed; fortunately Shin'en Multimedia, the game's...

November2012

  • News Halting Wii U System Update May Brick the System

    Be careful, gamers

    A number of you in North America likely have your shiny new Wii U setup, and you've probably installed the day one update that's required for access to features such as Miiverse and the eShop. According to reports out in the Twitter-sphere, however, you may also be one of a small minority that's inadvertently bricked your Wii U...

  • News Colors! 3D Receiving Update Before The New Year

    A new kind of social network

    There have been a fair amount of artistic games released for 3DS since its arrival, and one of the more impressive applications around has been Colors! 3D. It's a tool which allows you to paint on five different layers to create a three dimensional painting that, with a bit of practice, can look good enough to hang on...

September2009

  • News Wii Internet Channel Now Free!

    Nintendo backtrack on it's "Internet Channel" making the latest version free (again) and includes an updated version of Flash.

    Nintendo has released a long-awaited update to the Internet Channel; best of all it's free again, just as it was when it was first released. To compensate those who may have purchased it a free NES game on the Virtual...

July2009

April2009

  • News Steel Penny Games Update

    Steel Penny Games developer Jason Hughes sets the record straight on what his development squad as been up to since the release of their Bruiser & Scratch WiiWare title.

    We haven't heard much from Steel Penny Games lately since the release of their WiiWare puzzler Bruiser & Scratch so it was a bit surprising to see a post from their own Jason...

March2009

August2007

  • News Wii Menu Updated

    A few small changes have been made to the menu and the shopping channel.

    There has been a small update to the Wii menu system that Nintendo will have sent you a message about this morning, as long as your Wii is online. The changes are listed below: The time is now displayed on the menu in a big LCD style. The weather channel now shows the current weather conditions on it's channel icon. Today's..

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