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Talking Point: History Shows Us That Nintendo's Here to Stay

History Shows Us That Nintendo's Here to Stay

125 years and counting

On 23rd September 1889 Nintendo was founded as Nintendo Koppai, meaning the company is now 125 years old; it's been known as Nintendo Co., Ltd since 1963. The history of the company is particularly fascinating, and also reminds us of some important lessons regarding Nintendo; it's not solely a video game manufacturer,...

Player Profile: Mario Kart 8 Championship - Finalists 9-12

Mario Kart 8 Championship - Finalists 9-12

Rounding out the top 12

As we hope you're aware, we've teamed up with the Official Nintendo UK Store to run the Mario Kart 8 Championship 2014 in the UK, looking for the country's fastest racer who'll receive some fantastic prizes. This Championship has four online heats, with the top three in each of those heats then progressing to a live final...

News: Nintendo Rolling Out New In-Store Digital Distribution Service For The UK And Europe

Nintendo Rolling Out New In-Store Digital Distribution Service For The UK And Europe

Pick your game and DLC, get a unique download code

For some time now, you've been able to walk into your typical European high street games retailer and buy download cards — like the ones shown above — for 3DS and Wii U eShop titles. However, Nintendo is looking to dramatically expand the remit of this in-store service by offering an even more...

News: Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

Shovel Knight Triumphantly Exits Final Testing Phase For International Release

"We’ll be shipping up and shipping it out the door!"

North American players have been playing — and enjoying — the excellent Shovel Knight for what feels like an eternity now, but the game still hasn't launched in other parts of the world. Thankfully, the wait for non-Americans is finally drawing to a close, as developer Yacht Club Games has...

News: Nintendo Unleashes its Plans for EGX London 2014

Nintendo Unleashes its Plans for EGX London 2014

Almost too much to do

Nintendo has a rammed event schedule for us this year at EGX London 2014. Many of you will already know that we'll be in charge of the Mario Kart 8 tournament at the show, but Nintendo has much more in mind than that. No-one will be surprised to hear that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will be available to play, but you'll...

News: Giana Sisters 2 In Development, Could Be Coming To Wii U As Early As Next Year

Giana Sisters 2 In Development, Could Be Coming To Wii U As Early As Next Year

Black Forest Games fills us in

Nintendo Life editor Tom Whitehead is currently lording it up at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, but fear not — in-between consuming vast amounts of alcohol from a beer stein and gorging himself with tasty bratwurst, he continues to have the best interests of Nintendo Life at heart, and to that end has been...

News: Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 Backward Compatibility Tested On Wii U

Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 Backward Compatibility Tested On Wii U

Stepping back in time

While this year’s Disney Infinity 2.0 may not be coming to the Wii, the Wii U game benefits from all the upgraded features of the new game creator Toy Box mode. You can access this by purchasing the Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes starter pack or upcoming Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Combo starter pack. If you have...

Review: Bayonetta (Wii U eShop)

Bayonetta (Wii U eShop)

Back to the start

With Bayonetta 2 around the corner as a Wii U exclusive, a reality that caused quite a stir when announced in 2012, it may be important for Nintendo-focused gamers to consider diving into the fresh port of the original Bayonetta, a title that skipped Wii when released in the last generation. Whether it's a worthwhile double-dip...

Player Profile: Mario Kart 8 Championship - Finalists 5-8

Mario Kart 8 Championship - Finalists 5-8

Round Two!

As we hope you're aware, we've teamed up with the Official Nintendo UK Store to run the Mario Kart 8 Championship 2014 in the UK, looking for the country's fastest racer who'll receive some fantastic prizes. This Championship has four online heats, with the top three in each of those heats then progressing to a live final at EGX London...

News: Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric Speeds To Earlier Release Date On Wii U

Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric Speeds To Earlier Release Date On Wii U

Now launching alongside the 3DS edition

Sega has confirmed that Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric will launch in North America a week earlier than originally planned. The Wii U title — being developed by Big Red Button — was given a November 18th release date not so long ago, but this has now been pushed forward to the 11th — the same day that Sega...

News: Immediate DLC Reinforcements Arriving Soon On The Hyrule Warriors Battlefield

Immediate DLC Reinforcements Arriving Soon On The Hyrule Warriors Battlefield

Let the onslaught of additional content begin!

Whether you love or hate DLC, it’s fast approaching the latest Wii U release, Hyrule Warriors. But seriously, with Koei Tecmo’s history were, you expecting anything less? With this in mind, a Koei Tecmo live stream at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show has revealed a new batch of playable characters are on...

News: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Thrashes the Competition in Japan – 3DS Sales Increase

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Thrashes the Competition in Japan – 3DS Sales Increase

Sells more than ten times second placed Destiny

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS hit Japanese shops late last week – some even released it before the agreed date – and it's safe to say that no one is surprised by seeing it at number one in the charts today; Nintendo has already announced over one million launch weekend sales when downloads are...

Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

Warriors, come out to play

There's a very good reason why Hyrule Warriors is the first major Zelda release not to have the "Z" word in its title. As we've suspected since that surprising reveal in December of last year, this is much more a Warriors (or Musou, if you prefer) outing than it is a Zelda one, and that news will trigger mixed feelings for...

News: Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of Ice Climbers From Super Smash Bros.

Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of Ice Climbers From Super Smash Bros.

The 3DS couldn’t handle the pressure

Whilst the soon to be released Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS features one of the greatest character rosters in the history of videogames, veteran fans of the series will no doubt have noticed that a previously regular pair in the cast line-up are now missing from the latest entry. In this week's...

News: Nintendo Advert Confirms November 21st Launch Date For Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Nintendo Advert Confirms November 21st Launch Date For Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Supports earlier leak from US retalier

Not so long ago, we reported that North American retailer Fred Meyer had listed the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. for release on November 21st. The date wasn't officially confirmed by Nintendo, but it would appear we now have the next best thing: an advert from Nintendo itself which pinpoints the exact...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Confirms Plans to Continue Super Smash Bros. Pic of the Day

Masahiro Sakurai Confirms Plans to Continue Super Smash Bros. Pic of the Day

Will keep us entertained until the Wii U version arrives

Masahiro Sakurai's Pic of the Day routine on Miiverse has been a regular source of information and entertaining screenshots for Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. With the portable version now released in Japan and so many details having been revealed, the game's director has...