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  • News 3DS Helps Developers Render Fog Effects Via Its Own Chip

    Such a handy handheld

    If the 3DS was to be personified, it would surely be a hip youngster helping old ladies cross busy streets. However, when we say old ladies, we mean games developers, and by crossing busy streets, we actually mean render in-game fog effects. Close enough. In D3Publisher's upcoming retro shooter Dream Trigger 3D, there's a level...

  • News Japan Selling More 3DS Consoles Than Other Platforms Combined

    Last week's figures are in

    Following the highly successful Japanese launch of the 3DS, Nintendo's hardware sales have been continually dominant as the handheld stays at the top of the charts after its first full week. According to digital entertainment data tracker Media Create, the 3DS sold 374,764 units during the launch weekend of 26th February,...

  • Hardware Review Nintendo 3DS

    We take Nintendo's 3D portable wonder for a spin

    To say that the buzz surrounding the upcoming Nintendo 3DS system is insane would probably be the understatement of the century. The system has garnered an incredible amount of hype and anticipation over the past year since it was announced and now that we've had a hefty dose of playing time on the...

  • Hands On Nintendo 3DS Augmented Reality Games

    Taking a reality check

    The striking autostereoscopic screen of the Nintendo 3DS might be responsible for the console gaining countless column inches over the past year or so, but here at Nintendo Life we've been equally as impressed with the potential offered up by the external cameras. Augmented Reality isn't anything new - it's been big news in...

  • News 3DS Arrives at Nintendo Life

    And we've got the pics to prove it

    Well after months of anticipation, the Nintendo 3DS system has finally arrived at Nintendo Life Towers, with more units still on the way. As you can see from the picture at the right, we got the Aqua Blue color, along with Super Street Figher IV 3D Edition and Ridge Racer 3D to go with it. You can also get a look...

  • News Iwata Talks 3DS Expectations and Wii Successor

    Both systems sure to have plenty riding on them

    With the 3DS having just launched in Japan, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has expressed the company's hopes for the handheld system and the stance Nintendo is taking towards the eventual successor to the Wii. During an interview conducted by Yomiuri Online (as translated by AndriaSang), Iwata hopes that...

  • News Iwata: Monthly 3G Fees Will Decrease the NGP Userbase

    We wouldn't want that to happen with the 3DS, would we?

    He may think that the 3DS and Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) will appeal to different demographics, but intrinsically, the two systems share more in common with each other than the rivals let on. One difference however, is the inclusion of a 3G service on the NGP, and Iwata has shared his thoughts on the possible implications of..

  • Feature Nintendo Life 3DS FAQ

    Everything you want to know about Nintendo's new 3DS console

    With an absolute barrage of information swarming around as we approach the upcoming release of the Nintendo 3DS system, we thought now might be a good time to sit down and sift through the mess and try to add some answers to the many questions that have been floating around. Rather than...

  • News Even in Pieces, the 3DS is a Sexy Piece of Hardware

    Naked sample

    You've seen the photos, you might even have held one in your hand, but it's unlikely you've seen a 3DS from the inside. Until now, that is, with Chinese site TGBus exposing the machine's guts for all to see. There aren't too many surprises beneath the machine's hard resin case, with the usual array of buttons, cables and chips, but it's...

  • News 3DS Audio Features Aren't Exactly Out of Tune

    From soundtracks to voice chat, the handheld holds the note pretty well

    Don't let the visual side of things take all the limelight with the upcoming 3DS: the aural tricks that the handheld console can play aren't too shabby either. Nintendo of America recently responded to gamers' questions on the wonder machine and the answers were more than interesting. It seems the 3DS allows developers to..

  • News There'll be Plenty of 3DS Consoles at Launch, UK

    Nintendo beefing up supply chain

    With pre-orders reportedly outpacing the pre-release demand for Wii in 2006, gamers and retailers across the UK might be worried there won't be enough stock after March 25th to keep up with demand. Nintendo doesn't want you to have to ring around stores, refresh websites and chase delivery vans to get your hands on a console: it wants you to stay at home in comfort,..

  • News 3DS Too Full of Gadgets to Make a 3DS Lite Possible

    Iwata talks, size matters

    Ever since before the 3DS was officially unveiled, gamers claimed they would wait until the so-called "inevitable" revision that has accompanied all Nintendo's portable hardware over the years: you need only look at the number of iterations of the original GameBoy, GameBoy Advance and Nintendo DS consoles to...

  • News Top Screen Backlight to Blame for 3DS Battery Life

    Too bright by half

    There's no dressing it up: the 3DS's battery life of 3 - 5 hours is disappointing. Ryuji Umezu, the system designer, talked to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata about the many features that sap away the machine's battery life, with the main culprit, as you would expect, the 3D top screen. Explaining that the most energy-hungry...

  • News Reggie Explains Why Nintendo Stuck With Friend Codes For 3DS

    Easier now for gamers, but is it the most convenient overall method?

    Nintendo knows that one area it needs to improve on is its online strategy, and in particular, the online functionality of its range of hardware. With the upcoming 3DS, the company is hoping to improve on several areas that its been lacking in in recent years: one example is a more...

  • News 3DS Hardware Details

    Nintendo spills the beans on the 3DS and all of its features and hardware specs

    We've already seen tons of information floating around about Nintendo's upcoming 3DS system, but with today's revelations, we decided it was time to collect all of the various bits of information into one tidy spot. You can check out all of the information we currently...

  • News Nintendo Confirms 3DS Will Be Region-Locked

    To what extent?

    Back at E3 2010, Nintendo revealed that the decision on whether the 3DS will be region-locked hadn't been made yet, and just earlier this month, an alleged portion of a Nintendo support email spoke of "region codes" being built into the 3DS system and its games. Ahead of Nintendo's dual 3DS conference tomorrow, the company...

  • News Iwata Hints at 3D Video Recording with Future 3DS Updates

    Another string to the 3DS's bow

    Along with the games that are in production for the upcoming 3DS, it seems Nintendo has allowed itself enough room to experiment with other uses and applications for the device. In a 3DS edition of Iwata Asks, the President of Nintendo Japan Satoru Iwata talks about the popularity of 3D cameras and hints at the...

  • News So This is What a Naked 3DS Looks Like

    Machine strips off

    While we all know that the 3DS's technology isn't powered by wizards and warlocks, it's still surprising to see just how mundane the machine's insides are. Following the handheld's "vacation" from a Chinese production line, some enterprising console lover has taken the console apart and displayed its guts for all to see...

  • News Contents of 3DS Box Revealed

    Charging cradle and 2GB SD card included

    Everyone loves packaging, and Gizmodo has just revealed what's inside that of the 3DS. As well as the system, the box will hold a charging cradle, AC adaptor, 10cm touch pen, 2GB SD card, six augmented reality cards and instruction booklets, screen shots of which were earlier posted by Famitsu. They also...

  • News Super Everdrive Flash Cart Miniaturises Your SNES Collection

    Never get up off the couch to swap a cart again

    Although the Virtual Console caters for the vast majority of Wii-owning retro gamers out there, it would be churlish to deny the fact that many, many people still choose to indulge in a spot of emulation every now and then. Modern personal computers (and some mobile phones) have gotten to the point...

  • News After 16 Years, Nintendo Returns to CES

    Might it bring 3DS release info?

    The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the place to be if you're looking to see the bleeding edge of gadgets and gizmos. From what would become Kinect to a plethora of hyper-thin televisions, if you've got it you flaunt it. With the upcoming 3DS handheld, Nintendo's got it, and for the first time in 16...

  • Feature Slipped Disk - The History of the Famicom Disk System

    We look back at Nintendo's first misstep in the domestic gaming hardware arena

    Given what we now know about add-on hardware for games consoles, the very concept of the Famicom Disk System seems hopelessly flawed. Since this Japan-only system hit the market in 1986 we’ve seen the equally ill-fated Sega Mega CD, Sega 32X and Nintendo 64DD all come...

  • News Nintendo Expecting Consumers to Buy Ho-Ho-Hardware This Christmas

    NPD sales figures show Nintendo's dominance in the U.S.

    It's approaching the season of giving but, for the most part, that giving requires some buying at some point and the President at Nintendo of America is confident that consumers will be buying a lot of Nintendo hardware this Christmas as the Holiday season is more important to the company than...

  • News Nintendo's DS Line Out-Sells Competition in Mid-October

    Gotta buy 'em all!

    Japanese shoppers are still snapping up Nintendo's portable hardware more than any other range of systems as sales figures for the week ending 17th October shows the various DS models are top of the pile. Although Sony's PSP sold the most on an individual basis with 37,127 units, a total of 47,101 units of the Nintendo DS and all...

  • Rumour 3DS Tech Specs Revealed

    Specifications, not spectacles

    The technical specifications for Nintendo's upcoming wonder machine, the 3DS, have found their way online, IGN reported recently. An anonymous source has divulged to them that the hardware will feature two 266MHz ARM11 CPUs, a 133MHz GPU, 4MBs of dedicated VRAM, 64MBs of RAM, and 1.5GBs of flash storage. Other devices using ARM11 include the Zune HD, some Android..

  • Hands On We Experience 3DS in London

    We play PilotWings Resort, Nintendogs + Cats and more!

    Our intrepid reporters Darren and James made a trip to London's rather posh Millbank Tower yesterday to experience the one and only 3DS. First things first: there were no new titles available here, no new information about the 3DS and no word on its release date and pricing. It was simply a...

  • News Nintendo Doesn't See an Immediate Need for a New Wii

    Cautious, naive, or wise?

    Given the apparent leap the 3DS has taken over the current generation of DS systems, it's understandable that gamers are continuing to wonder if and when a Wii successor will be developed. Nintendo has consistently denied such a system will appear anytime soon and Satoru Iwata has recently confirmed this stance. Speaking at an Analyst Q&A at last week's E3 event, the..

  • News Sony President Not Impressed With 3D Handhelds Sans Glasses

    Cover the 3DS's ears

    Nintendo and Sony are two companies at the forefront of 3D gaming, with the former tackling the handheld market, and the latter focusing on the home console demographic. With 3D televisions already under Sony's belt, it's understandable that it wants to focus on hardware that will compliment its new sets. Kaz Hirai, President at Sony Computer Entertainment, has recently shared..

  • News 3DS Powered by Pica200 GPU

    No, we've never heard of it either

    For months it was thought that NVidia would be providing the graphics power behind Nintendo's 3DS portable, but a recent report revealed the chip manufacturer would have no part in the console's construction. So whose technology is making those impressive graphics possible? Digital Media Professionals, that's who. The Japanese company recently announced its..

  • Hardware Review VDigi VD-W3 Wii HDMI Upscaler

    We take a look at VDigi's up-scaler device that aims to bring you a step closer to "Wii HD".

    It's well documented that the lack of High-Definition (HD) doesn't affect the majority of Wii gamers, however there is a significant minority who eagerly await Nintendo's step up in the HD realm. VDigi have identified this specific Wii gamer and offer them a...

  • Feature Hyperkin Retron3 Console Review

    The unholy three-in-one

    Those of you with sharp memories will recall that we reviewed the Retro Duo console a few months back and were quite impressed with the system's power to grant new life to dusty old Nintendo cartridges. We've since been sent yet another of these "clone" systems to take a look at, but this time there's a twist - instead of just playing SNES and NES titles, the..

  • News Nintendo Hardware Sees Significant Sales Slump in UK

    Wii sold 45% less than previous year, DS down 36%

    We already know that Nintendo's profits were down last year – although it's worth repeating it was still the company's third most profitable year ever – but one surprising fact is just how much British hardware sales dropped off compared to the previous year. The biggest dip was Wii, which saw a...

  • Feature The Making of the Nintendo Virtual Boy

    Nintendo's other attempt to crack the world of three dimensions

    Everybody has an awkward secret that they'd rather not share with the world. Be it an old school photo that showcases your crimes against fashion or an acutely embarrassing vinyl LP in your record collection that you simply can't bear to part with, we keep these things hidden from the...

  • News 3DS to Employ Parallax Barrier Technology?

    New screens offer "perfect 3D"

    When Nintendo clumsily announced the 3DS a few days ago we - as well as several other sites - were quick to point out that 3D gaming is already possible on the DSi, to a certain extent. The DSiWare title Rittai Kakushie Attakoreda uses head-tracking to create a fairly convincing impression of 3D. However, Keith Stuart...

  • News Sony: 3D Handheld Gaming Might Not Work

    Predictable sounds of negativity coming from Nintendo rival

    While the rest of the world is left pondering just what Nintendo can do with the freshly-announced 3DS, Sony's John Koller has wasted no time is casting aspersions on the machine's chances. "I think it remains to be seen where Nintendo goes with 3D on a portable," said Koller, who...

  • Feature The Making of the Nintendo Game Boy

    Last year the machine turned 20, but what was it like to work with? We speak to the developers who made this legendary handheld sing

    Every now and then a product comes along that is so groundbreaking that it becomes synonymous with its function. The Hoover, Cellotape, Pritt-Stik…these names and many more like them have become so intrinsically...

  • News Miyamoto Hints Towards Next Console

    Nintendo overlord Shigeru Miyamoto reminds us that Nintendo is indeed working on its next machine

    As reported by Eurogamer (via Andriasang), Mr Miyamoto has recently been quoted confirming the existence of the next console from Nintendo. Obviously he didn't go into any specifics as Nintendo will be keeping any new ideas extremely close to their...

  • Hardware Review Yobo FC-16 Go Portable SNES

    Attack of the clones

    Those of you with especially keen memories will recall that we reviewed the RetroDuo console not so long ago. One of the growing number of unlicensed clones hitting the market at the moment, this neat machine is now joined by something a little more portable - namely the Yobo Gameware FC-16 Go. This is essentially a portable...

  • News Analyst: Nintendo DS2 to be Launched Next Year

    According to research firm EEDAR, we could have our hands on the next handheld by April 2011

    With the Wii smashing sales last month, it is no surprise to hear that Nintendo is planning on revamping its handheld market. According to EEDAR, a new version of the DS could be available by April 2011. Jesse Divinch, who is the director of the analyst...

  • News DSi XL Gets The Hands-on Video Treatment

    Exclusive Nintendo Life moving images contained within

    No doubt you've already cast your gaze over Corbie's excellent hands-on impressions of the shiny new Nintendo DSi XL, and as a companion to that feature we've cooked up a little video review of the console, purely because we're nice like that. Thanks go to the friendly people at Nintendo UK for supplying us with the review unit, as well as a..

  • News Intel in Talks with Nintendo

    Hope to build Larrabee into next-generation console

    Intel are in discussions with Nintendo about the use of the Larrabee processor for the next-generation Nintendo console. It is rumoured that a power efficient processor with modest specifications is desired, with power consumption and cost being main drivers for Nintendo. Consequently, it's likely that the microarchitecture of the Larrabee..

  • News Wii Becomes Fastest Selling Console In UK History

    Six million Brits served since 2006

    Nintendo has proudly revealed that the Wii has shifted six million units in three years, making it the fastest selling home console in the history of the UK video game industry. Since its launch in December 2006, the popular system has entertained and enthralled countless stiff-upper-lipped Brits and made its way into living rooms up and down The Sceptered Isle..

  • News Nintendo Cutting Back On Wii Production?

    Has the machine reached its zenith?

    The Nintendo Wii may have sold a shed-load of units over the past few weeks but reports from Japan indicate that even this increase in revenue is unlikely to completely turnaround the machine's flagging fortunes. A report issued by Japanese news firm Nikkei has revealed that two Japanese companies involved with the production of the Wii - Mitsumi and Hosiden -..

  • News Nintendo Shifted A Boatload Of Hardware Last Week In US

    Over 1.5 million units bought between bites of turkey

    Last week was yet another good time to be Nintendo as the company reports on selling around a hojillion hardware units in the US. According to the company's internal tracking numbers, over 1.5 million Wii and DS/i systems combined were sold during Thanksgiving Week. If you want to get all micro,...

  • Hardware Review Nintendo DSi XL

    Is bigger really better?

    It would be accurate to say that more than a few heads were scratched when Nintendo announced that they were releasing yet another new model of their DS system called the DSi XL, especially considering that their DSi system had only been on the market for less than eight months. And to make things even more odd, instead of...

  • News Miyamoto Keeps Edging Toward Hardware Design

    Role shifting since the DS

    Shigeru Miyamoto is known for creating some of the best games ever made, some of which necessitated a few revolutionary hardware designs to even be able to play them properly. While his game-making style hasn't changed too much over the years (still mining those hobbies), Miyamoto explained to Edge that over the years his role on the hardware side of things has increased..

  • Feature Retro Duo Console Review

    Bring your 8-bit and 16-bit Nintendo titles out of retirement

    Retro gaming is a hobby that is both rewarding and enlightening; like leafing through an old book or listening to a record from many moons ago, there’s an element of discovery for those who weren’t around to enjoy vintage titles when they were first released. Conversely, those of us...

  • News Infinity Ward Unhappy With Wii's Power

    In other news: the world is round and water is wet

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 6 months then you'll be aware that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is almost upon us, with everyone and their auntie getting unreasonably excited about the prospect of blowing up generic bad guys and making tiresome "RAT-A-TAT-TAT" noises under their breath. Wii owners are getting a port..

  • News Nintendo To Bring 3G Connectivity To The DS?

    Big N considering an "always on" connection for its popular handheld

    While Nintendo has always maintained that it doesn't want to compete with mobile phone manufacturers, the company has revealed that it is considering the notion of adding some form of online data connection to its DS console. Chatting to the Financial Times, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata mentioned that he was attracted by the..

  • Talking Point How Does The DSi LL Compare To Rival Handhelds?

    Compare-me-do!

    Nintendo's surprise confirmation of the DSi LL is proof that the company is willing to change the way it operates; normally, such a launch would be hyped to high heaven, but here's a machine that we knew little about yesterday - other than rumours - and it's going to be with Japanese gamers in less than a month. However, this isn't...