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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...

News: UK Retailer Argos Drops Wii U Premium to £179.99

UK Retailer Argos Drops Wii U Premium to £179.99

Update: Amazon UK joins in

Update Amazon, not one to be outdone on a deal, has now matched the Argos Wii U Premium price of £179.99, which you can see right here; as with Argos, this is for the standard 32GB model. Original article After a festive period that — as acknowledged by Nintendo — failed to deliver the bumper sales it anticipated,...

News: This Design For A "Game Boy Evolution" Sure Is Intriguing

This Design For A "Game Boy Evolution" Sure Is Intriguing

A hi-tech system with fold-out controls

When it comes to Nintendo's next move in the portable gaming space — not that it's likely to be in a rush — we've seen a few dreamers with decent software come up with interesting ideas and flashy concept images. A notable recent example was the Nintendo smartphone, a potato so hot that we'll leave that...

News: DS and Wii Set High Standards in Spanish Hardware Sales

DS and Wii Set High Standards in Spanish Hardware Sales

3DS working towards one million sales in the country

As we get closer to the latest official Nintendo updates on worldwide hardware and software sales, more data continues to emerge for various territories. In recent days there's been information on 2013 sales in the UK, for example, but some further figures have now emerged showing sales of the...

News: Fresh 2013 UK Hardware Sales Figures Keep 3DS on Top, While Wii U Sells Less Than Vita

Fresh 2013 UK Hardware Sales Figures Keep 3DS on Top, While Wii U Sells Less Than Vita

The 3DS family and Wii U both show annual increases

Last week we shared a report by trade magazine MCV which listed the 3DS — the "family" of systems taken as one — as the top selling games system in the UK for the whole of 2013. MCV also had PS4 squeaking past the Xbox 360 as the best-selling home console, while no specific details were given...

News: The 3DS Was The UK's Top-Selling Games System in 2013

The 3DS Was The UK's Top-Selling Games System in 2013

That includes the 2DS

It's well known that the 3DS family of systems had a strong year in 2013 in various territories, and in terms of the UK there'd been various positive headlines throughout the 12 months. A steady stream of high-profile games — such as Pokémon X & Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds...

News: Do You Want This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Themed NES? It'll Cost You A Pretty Penny

Do You Want This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Themed NES? It'll Cost You A Pretty Penny

Heroes on a NES shell, Turtle power!

Sometimes a good console modification can brighten a day. We've seen plenty such as a custom Tron Nintendo 64, a Zelda-inspired SNES and a Luigi-themed 2DS; now more recently, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle coated NES. The console features Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo on a backlit panel, with...

News: 3DS Hardware Sales Reach the Two Million Landmark in the UK

3DS Hardware Sales Reach the Two Million Landmark in the UK

That includes 2DS, too

We've heard much positive news about the 3DS this year, with the UK market also enjoying strong sales of the portable and its big-hitting games. Major releases such as Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Pokémon X & Y — along with various others — have delivered success in the software charts and driven hardware purchases...

News: Target Offering 3DS XL Models For $149.99 Until 21st December

Target Offering 3DS XL Models For $149.99 Until 21st December

Includes Zelda and Mario & Luigi bundles, if you can find them

While many shoppers may have scrambled for the various hot 3DS / 2DS deals available over the Black Friday week, festive shoppers can still pick up great deals if they know where to look. One example for North Americans is the current deal doing the rounds at Target stores, where all 3DS...

News: These Refurbished Nintendo 64 Consoles Go The Extra Mile

These Refurbished Nintendo 64 Consoles Go The Extra Mile

And cost some extra coins, too

While many may be gearing up to play the latest games and systems this festive season, some may dig out some retro goodies to amuse over the Holidays. For those busting out a Nintendo 64, it may also be an occasion to bemoan its ageing looks; each year takes that new console shine further and further away. There is...

News: Cast Your Gaze Over These Rare 3DS Models

Cast Your Gaze Over These Rare 3DS Models

Open to Flets Hikari customers, or you can go to China

We often hear of limited edition 3DS hardware models available around the world, though many of the best examples are typically reserved for the Japanese market. That's going to be the case once again, though this time around Chinese gamers did get in there first. The two 3DS XL models...