Google Translate to blame
Hap Inc. (known for the title Mom Hid My Game! on Switch) recently spoke with The Verge via email about translation troubles tied to the small series. According to the creator, Yuusaka Ishimoto, the title of the first game on Nintendo DS (Hidden My Game By Mum) was the result of Google Translate.
With a plan to acquire dev studios
While the Switch is still relatively new to the gaming scene, the PS4 and Xbox One have both been around since 2013; if recent console generation trends are anything to go by, this means we could be seeing replacements for those consoles within the next couple of years. Interestingly, though, Sony and Microsoft...
A simple 'network configuration error', apparently
While the internet and modern technology are wondrous, powerful things, it's interesting to note how vulnerable and susceptible they are to tumbling down. This was highlighted last week in Japan (on 25th August), when a number of services - including the eShop and servers for Nintendo Switch, Wii U...
Search engine and all-around behemoth technology company Google has revealed its biggest searches of 2016. With categories ranging from musicians to global news, the biggest insight into our searches has shown that Pokémon GO was the most searched term of the year. It should be noted that the bulk of that interest was in July and August...
And triggers speculation of Nintendo and Google hook-up, of course
It's no secret that a lot of people who work in the tech industry are also pretty passionate gamers - the two go hand-in-hand for many people. Taking this into account, it shouldn't come as a massive shock to learn that one of Google's staffers is a big Zelda fan. So big in fact that...
Who'd have thought it?
It's fair to say that Pokémon GO has become a worldwide smash hit (despite not even being officially launched in some territories yet); when you're outperforming Candy Crush and Clash of Clans you know you're on to a winner. Still, it's amazing to think that this triumphant smartphone app would not even exist if not for...
To mark Twilight Princess HD release, we're assuming
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is out this week, and it would appear that someone at Google is a bit of a fan, as hero Link is making a guest appearance in Google Maps. Open up Google Maps in your browser and hover your mouse pointer over the little "Street View" character in the...
"I think that kind of culture is one of Google’s assets"
Nintendo's smartphone drive doesn't just include the titles it is developing with DeNA - the company has already dipped a toe into mobile gaming waters with the Pokémon franchise, and with the forthcoming release of Pokémon Go, could make quite a large splash in the smart device arena. In...
Agar.io is number one
Well, the end of 2015 approaches, and one of a handful of intriguing year-end summaries has now been issued by Google. It's produced charts and data for the most searched terms around the world during 2015, with some interesting results. The US section has a Video Games top 10 among the available data, and a quick look reveals...
The internet overlords demand you see it
Infographics, we know you love them. But this one's not an effort by bridesdressesforu.com, or some such similar site trying to hit the Nintendo demographic, but rather the mighty Google. Nintendo's social teams have been plugging it, too, so it's the infographic that the internet overlords demand you see...
It's already 1st April in Japan and Australia...
April Fools' Day has begun, or at least that's how we're interpreting the latest shenanigans from Google. With 1st April rolling around in some countries, there is now playable Pac-Man embedded into Google Maps, which is certainly a fun way to waste time and get directions all at once. When you head...
Latest Iwata Asks delves into Wii Street U
Wii Street U is available to download right now from the Wii U eShop. The expansive application allows you to explore the world through 3D environments made up of thousands upon thousands of photographs taken by Google. It's based on Google Maps' Street View, though it doesn't include any additional...
More intuitive ways to use your GamePad
This morning's Japanese Nintendo Direct revealed that Panorama View and Google Maps would both be coming to Wii U in Japan. Surely Nintendo wouldn't leave out North Americans and Europeans now, would it? Well worry not westerners, as during this afternoon's North American and European Nintendo Direct...
See the world without going outside
After announcing the Spring arrival of Panorama View in today's Nintendo Direct broadcast from Japan, Satoru Iwata possibly surprised a few people by confirming that Google Maps is also on the way to Wii U. A Google branded app — alongside the likes of YouTube — won't do Wii U any harm, especially as it'll...
When it comes to Nintendo-themed April Fools jokes, Google showed plenty of creativity with Google Maps 8-bit. Some of our readers with a solid grasp of NES classics observed that the music and overall theme of the fictional cartridge strongly resembled the original Dragon Quest: accessing the trial version online also involved...
It's that time of year again folks, Google have put something together which should please every single Nintendo Life reader - Google Maps for NES. Google Maps is now available for 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment Systems (NES). Availability in Google Store is TBD but you can try it on your browser by going to and clicking "Quest"...
Roll out the barrel!
Always ones to be fashionably late to the party, we've set up an official Nintendo Life Google+ page. If you're more a Googler than a Twitterer, you can add our page to your Circle to stay up to date with the latest Nintendo-related news and reviews. There's also the chance of digging through embarrassing photos of the team, so...
The world furrows its collective brow
Google is the type of company that makes people feel like their best friends are in charge. They even joke around with their users, playing a creative April Fool's joke on them annually. Lately, though, it seems that Google's gone a little screwy (Buzz, anyone?). And their big April Fool's prank this year was to remove all of the vowels from their GMail..
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