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News: Nintendo Launches 3DS XL "Recommended Software" Hardware Promotion in Japan

Nintendo Launches 3DS XL "Recommended Software" Hardware Promotion in Japan

A free game with a 3DS XL purchase

Nintendo has run a number of eShop retail download promotions in the past couple of years to encourage gamers to buy its products. Most of these have focused on the 3DS, with varying schemes in different territories offering free game downloads in return for registering a fixed number of retail titles or hardware...

News: This Metroid Game Boy Advance Design is a Treat

This Metroid Game Boy Advance Design is a Treat

Perfect for celebrating Metroid Fusion's arrival on Wii U

Metroid Fusion is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console, which is good news as it's rather brilliant. The arrival of Game Boy Advance titles on the Wii U also gives portable gamers with longer memories or retro leanings an excuse to look back wistfully on the original platform, the...

News: Nintendo of Europe Reveals Pink + White 2DS for Release Alongside Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Nintendo of Europe Reveals Pink + White 2DS for Release Alongside Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Time for a 2DS...

Update: This model has also been confirmed for Australia and New Zealand, with a release date alongside the game of 17th May. Original Article: The May arrival of Kirby: Triple Deluxe is no doubt on the radar of plenty of 3DS owners — it hits North America on 2nd May and Europe on the 16th. While the latter region has to wait...

News: Nintendo 64 Support Teased For A Future Hyperkin RetroN Console

Nintendo 64 Support Teased For A Future Hyperkin RetroN Console

Company teases an E3 reveal

The Hyperkin RetroN 5 is shaping up to be the most impressive "clone" system ever created; it has support for NES, Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance all in one box — but it would appear that Hyperkin is already thinking about how it can improve on this platform. Speaking...

News: Nintendo UK's Store Offers The Mario and Sonic Winter Olympics Wii U Bundle

Nintendo UK's Store Offers The Mario and Sonic Winter Olympics Wii U Bundle

Going for gold

With the Winter Olympics well under way in Sochi, Nintendo UK has issued a reminder that its official store is offering a special Wii U bundle to celebrate the occasion, which represents a saving over buying each part of the package individually. Unsurprisingly this bundle includes the appropriately themed game, details below: Wii...

News: Congo Calling's Bandi Mbubi Urges Gamers To Press Nintendo Into Using Conflict-Free Materials In Its Consoles

Congo Calling's Bandi Mbubi Urges Gamers To Press Nintendo Into Using Conflict-Free Materials In Its Consoles

Apple shames unethical mineral suppliers, but will Nintendo do the same?

Progress isn't always a good thing. New consoles, gadgets and services can hold a hidden price which goes way beyond what we pay at retail. The minerals that are used to create much of our technology are often obtained from conflict-ridden parts of the world — such as the...

Feature: Meet The Gamate, The Handheld Which Tried To Take On The Game Boy And Failed

Meet The Gamate, The Handheld Which Tried To Take On The Game Boy And Failed

We look at the history behind one of gaming's more obscure portables

When Nintendo launched the original Game Boy to a rapturous critical and commercial reception in 1989 it was almost a forgone conclusion that other companies would follow suit and concoct their own portable systems. Arch-rival Sega quickly pushed the Game Gear onto store shelves...

News: Nintendo Patented an "Illumination Device" for Gaming Use

Nintendo Patented an "Illumination Device" for Gaming Use

A little mood lighting, perhaps?

Nintendo has proven itself a company willing to buck standard conventions and try out new concepts. Some ideas, such as dual screens and motion controls, become a solid entry into gaming culture. Others may never leave the drawing board. A Nintendo patent that was filed in September 2010 and widely spotted today...

Hardware Review: Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio & Super Retro Advance Adapter

Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio & Super Retro Advance Adapter

One clone to rule them all?

We've covered quite a few clone consoles here on Nintendo Life over the past few years, and it's clear that these systems have carved out a healthy niche in the market. Retro-Bit and Hyperkin are two of the leading lights in this particular field, with the latter looking to release the eagerly-awaited RetroN 5 at some...

News: 3DS Hardware Sales Pass 15 Million Units in Japan

3DS Hardware Sales Pass 15 Million Units in Japan

It took 153 weeks

While the 3DS may not have sales tracking alongside those of the DS family of systems, it's achieved a great deal after a poor start and — as most would agree — performed well in an increasingly crowded, volatile market. Nintendo had hoped for better, naturally, having revised its yearly target down just recently, but that's...

News: Nintendo "Confident" in PC Box Anti-Piracy Case Following European Court of Justice Decision

Nintendo "Confident" in PC Box Anti-Piracy Case Following European Court of Justice Decision

It's complicated

Nintendo has been involved in a number of legal cases to shut down and cease the sale of products used for "modding" its consoles, with the resulting uses circumventing the official functionality of the hardware. A current ongoing case in Italy is with PC Box, with Nintendo pursuing a case due to the company marketing and selling...

News: Nintendo of America Offers Stock of Refurbished Wii U Deluxe Sets for $250

Nintendo of America Offers Stock of Refurbished Wii U Deluxe Sets for $250

A $50 saving on the recommended retail price for new systems

While two of the biggest retailers in the UK are dropping Wii U console prices, the tale naturally varies elsewhere. Gamers in North America currently considering a Wii U find some retailers sticking with the recommended 32GB price of $299 — there are some cheaper options. Just like...