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Review: Splatoon (Wii U)

Splatoon (Wii U)

Prepare to dye

Nintendo is generally relatively circumspect and cautious when introducing new IPs, but considering the pedigree the company has to uphold it's understandable that it doesn't wish to dilute its iconic brand with a torrent of forgettable franchises. Splatoon is unusual in that sense, then, and it's a game that brings a huge amount of...

Exclusive: Slightly Mad Studio Head Ian Bell Sets The Record Straight On Project CARS Wii U

Slightly Mad Studio Head Ian Bell Sets The Record Straight On Project CARS Wii U

"It was always 'maybe' as we had no knowledge of the system"

Slightly Mad Studios recently launched Project CARS on next-gen consoles and PC to positive reviews and encouraging sales. A truly unique racing title, it was crowdfunded by the community in a process which pre-dated the now-popular Kickstarter approach. The route to market has been a...

Weirdness: Lorry Thieves Make Off With Splatoon Special Editions in Europe

Lorry Thieves Make Off With Splatoon Special Editions in Europe

These guys were pros

Pre-ordering any Nintendo limited edition is a stumble in the dark, as we blindly hope an order isn't cancelled just before it's due to be shipped. When you add amiibo to the mix cancellations seem inevitable, with the excuse often being that not enough stock was received from Nintendo. GAME has a new reason though, and it...

News: Cool Down With a Splatoon-Inspired Froyo This Summer

Cool Down With a Splatoon-Inspired Froyo This Summer

No food fights please!

No doubt you'll be joining us in playing the excellent Splatoon throughout the Summer, and if you are lucky enough to live in Canada you'll even be able to cool off with Splatoon-inspired frozen yoghurt and sorbets - courtesy of a team-up with Nintendo Canada and Yogurty's and Yogen Fruz. Starting on the 1st of June until the...

News: Devil's Third Will Be Much More Than Just Another Shooter, According To Creator Tomonobu Itagaki

Devil's Third Will Be Much More Than Just Another Shooter, According To Creator Tomonobu Itagaki

"Not just about fighting, but about diplomacy and forming treaties"

Remember Devil's Third? At last year's E3 the game was confirmed as a Wii U exclusive, but we've seen precious little of it since then - a strange situation when you consider it that many assumed it would be launching this year. While little has been seen of the game, creator...

News: ​Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Gets a Wii U Stretch Goal

​Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Gets a Wii U Stretch Goal

Wii U port will be handled by Armature Studio if the goal is reached

A couple weeks ago, industry veteran Koji Igarashi revealed his latest project to the world, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The hotly anticipated game will follow the adventure of a character named Miriam as she explores a dark, gothic castle infested with a vast array of...

Weirdness: Luigi Defeats All Level 9 Opponents in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U By Doing Nothing

Luigi Defeats All Level 9 Opponents in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U By Doing Nothing

What a BOSS

Luigi may not adorn the front of many game boxes, nor have the prominent role of his bro Mario, but for a hardy group of fans - including this writer - he's always number one. It's the underdog spirit, being the other brother, that makes him easy to root for. Of course, his mannerisms and style make him perfect for the weird world of...

Hands On: Disney Infinity 3.0's Twilight Of The Republic Brings The Star Wars Saga To Wii U

Disney Infinity 3.0's Twilight Of The Republic Brings The Star Wars Saga To Wii U

The Force is strong in this one

After much anticipation we finally got our hands on the Star Wars levels in Disney Infinity 3.0 in London last week. There's a little time before launch still but the headline here is that things feel very polished and locked down already - we came away very impressed. Having had a play with the Toy Box game-creator...

Video: Discover What Happens When Yoshis Meet amiibo In This New Yoshi’s Woolly World Trailer

Discover What Happens When Yoshis Meet amiibo In This New Yoshi’s Woolly World Trailer

Turn that cuteness dial up to eleven

Yoshi's Woolly World is only a month away from its European launch, which takes place on the 26th June. As we said in our preview yesterday, when you throw in the stunning visuals, quirky and charming design and a lovely soundtrack, it becomes apparent that Woolly World is the real deal - a game crafted with care...

Feature: Yoshi's Woolly World, Like Kirby's Epic Yarn Before It, Offers Unique Chill-Out Platforming

Yoshi's Woolly World, Like Kirby's Epic Yarn Before It, Offers Unique Chill-Out Platforming

All platformer fans should want this game

Though its release in Europe is still a month away, Nintendo has certainly been keen to let the media get their hands on Yoshi's Woolly World. We already gave you a written and video preview for the game in late April, but without spoiling too many specifics we thought we'd provide a follow-up to explain...

News: Project CARS Studio Boss Admits to Problems With Wii U Version, Hoping For Nintendo Hardware Announcement at E3

Project CARS Studio Boss Admits to Problems With Wii U Version, Hoping For Nintendo Hardware Announcement at E3

"At the moment we're running at about 23FPS on the Wii U"

Project CARS is out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, performing well in early sales indicators. It was a project that suffered its share of delays, and the Wii U version was pushed back the most and given a loose '2015' window. Developer Slightly Mad Studios and publisher Bandai Namco have been...

News: Splatoon Fashion in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Nintendo of America Goes All Out With Its Theme Song

Splatoon Fashion in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Nintendo of America Goes All Out With Its Theme Song

Check that guitar solo

It's been a bit of a Splatoon weekend, so we thought we'd wrap it up with a couple of neat little snippets based on the game. Well, one is particularly cool, one may get a mixed reception. First up we have some outfits for those of you still checking into Animal Crossing: New Leaf on a regular basis, with some user created...

Reaction: There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

Lessons learnt

When Nintendo announced the first round of Splatoon Global Testfire sessions we described the idea as a clever Nintendo Direct highlight, as it achieved multiple goals. It created 'event'-style hype, gave curious Wii U owners a look at the game, and also allowed Nintendo to stress-test the online component with an audience of a...

News: Splatoon Global Testfire Suffers Major Problems in Final Pre-Launch Session

Splatoon Global Testfire Suffers Major Problems in Final Pre-Launch Session

Splatoon Global Backfire

Update: Surprisingly, servers re-opened shortly after the session was due to close, with connection issues initially intermittent before performance improved to near-perfect levels. Nintendo formally extended the session to 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am UK / 2am CET, with that extra hour largely running as smoothly as the...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Metroid Fan Prequel, UCraft, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

Metroid Fan Prequel, UCraft, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

News, reviews, the whole kazoo

Keeping up with everything amidst a busy lifestyle is a tricky task, so once again we've condensed all of the top news stories, reviews, releases, and videos from the past week into one convenient audio-visual treat. This week we take a look at news surrounding Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, the infamous UCraft, a...

News: The Most Recent Media Create Japanese Charts Brought the Lowest Sales Since 2001

The Most Recent Media Create Japanese Charts Brought the Lowest Sales Since 2001

Tough times

The Media Create Japanese chart results for this week were particularly bad, with lousy software numbers and falling hardware sales. Nintendo had enjoyed a strong few weeks in terms of units sold and number of games in the top 20, yet the overall numbers were so low this time that little cheer could be taken; the fresh release from...