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January2012

  • News 3DS Gets Spooked with Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir

    Spooky scary

    Nintendo of America has announced plans to bring Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir over to North America on Friday 13th April. The augmented reality adventure, developed in conjunction with Tecmo Koei, comes with a 16-page book containing special AR markers that, when viewed through the Nintendo 3DS, unleash all manner of scary goings-on. Will you be spending your Friday 13th in the..

  • News Nintendo Has No Plans to Fix Mario Kart 7's Maka Wuhu Glitch

    So keep on droppin'

    If you've played Mario Kart 7 online, chances are you've encountered the Maka Wuhu glitch that allows devious racers to bypass a huge section of the course. Nintendo knows about it too, but will it do anything to address it? Stick Twiddlers emailed Nintendo of America about the issue and got this response: Thanks for your...

  • Feature Nintendo in 2011 - Part Two

    Disaster and redemption

    Following on from Nintendo in 2011 — Part One, it's time to look at the latter half of the year. The gaming world quickly moves on, as the 3DS enjoys positive sales and the Wii U hype begins to build. It’s easy to forget that the tail-end of 2011 was particularly dramatic and eventful for Nintendo, leaving us with plenty...

  • News Retailers Leak The Last Story Limited Edition

    Swiss retailer breaks cover

    It appears that Nintendo of Europe is preparing a limited edition release for upcoming Japanese RPG The Last Story, due for release on 24th February. Initial rumours started to spread earlier this week, but images of the box art and packaging have since begun to surface. According to a Swiss retailer this release will...

  • News StreetPass for Items in Resident Evil Revelations

    Grab herbs on the go

    Resident Evil Revelations' array of wireless communication features is complete with the news that you'll be able to use StreetPass to exchange items, missions and enemies with other players. Campaign mode lets you swap items with nearby survivalists, while those who play the co-operative RAID mode — unlocked once you've finished Campaign — can check out enemies and..

  • News Get Into this Rhythm Heaven Fever Teaser Trailer

    Contains a lot of monkeys

    Rhythm Heaven Fever is just one month away in North America, and Nintendo is upping the tempo with a new teaser trailer. Showing off a selection of bizarre games — our favourite is the high-fiving monkeys on a clock face — the game's certainly lost none of its imagination in the transition to Wii. Here's the trailer to get you amped up for its 13th February release.

  • News Nintendo Working On New Zelda Game

    What will it be?

    Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma and team are working on a new Zelda game. The producer's statement in the final pages of Hyrule Historia, as translated by Patas at GlitterBerri, sneakily confirms a new game is in development: The long sailing time of creating Skyward Sword, a game to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Zelda...

  • Rumour Wii U and 3DS to Get E-Reader Capabilities

    Don't read too much into it

    Nintendo showed off the Wii U's new controller reading the web, but surely it's got far greater potential when it comes to giving you something to read. According to Forget the Box, Nintendo is prepping full-on e-reader software for its new console. The site's anonymous developer source claims Nintendo is getting ready to...

  • Feature Nintendo in 2011 - Part One

    An important year begins

    It’s now 2012, which promises to be an eventful year for Nintendo. We’ll be giving our thoughts soon on what to expect in the coming year, but it's now time to look back at a dramatic 2011. There were plenty of major headlines and game releases, and we’ll pinpoint some of the key moments that defined the year. We'll...

December2011

  • News Sonic 4: Episode II Revealed, No Nintendo Formats Mentioned

    No 'Ware in sight

    SEGA finally made Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II official with a teaser trailer, but the first video makes no mention of any Nintendo formats. The teaser's closing screen mentions the following formats: PS3 (i.e. PlayStation NetworkXbox 360 (i.e. Xbox Live)Android MarketWindows PhoneApp Store. Of course that doesn't mean we definitely won't see the game on WiiWare or the 3DS..

  • Talking Point Your Nintendo Christmas Presents

    What was in your stocking?

    By now you've unwrapped (and probably discarded most of) your Christmas presents and digested your Christmas meal. It's time to talk what you got this year. No, we don't mean the Christmas meal: tell us about your Nintendo Christmas presents. Was Satoru Claus good to you this year? Drop us a comment below and let us know...

  • News That Zelda Timeline Makes a Bit More Sense Now

    But not much more

    Brace yourselves folks: your grey matter and perception of time is about to get seriously twisted. Again. New Nintendo has a fuller translation of the Legend of Zelda timeline we posted the other day. This has been translated from the Hyrule Historia art book, but as usual remember it's a fan translation so don't take it as 100%...

  • News Skyward Sword Save File Fix Wii Channel Out Now

    But there's a small catch

    Wii owners in Europe and Australia can now download a free Channel to allow them to continue with their The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword save file if they've encountered Skyward Sword's game-ending glitch. Note the Channel is only any use if you've encountered the bug: if you're planning to work around it or have passed that point, there's no reason to download and use..

  • Rumour Official Legend of Zelda Series Timeline Revealed

    Hyrule history translated

    The Legend of Zelda art book we told you about last week has now made it to Japan, and according to one fan translation it reveals the official series timeline for the first time. Previously Nintendo has kept the Zelda timeline secret so we're not sure if this is a definitive timeline or simply one interpretation of it, but...

  • News Nintendo and Namco Team Up to Bring One Piece to Europe

    Mark your calendars

    Nintendo's clearly still in the festive spirit as it's just signed a distribution deal with Namco Bandai to bring One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special to Europe on 10th February 2012. The game's a 3D revamp of Wii title One Piece Unlimited Cruise Part 1: Adventure Beneath the Waves — one of the rarer Wii games — with new...

  • News Tekken 3D Prime Edition Punches Europe on 17th February

    Just a day after Japan

    Talk about your short waits. Nintendo and Namco Bandai have signed a deal to bring Tekken 3D Prime Edition to Europe on 17th February 2012, just 24 hours after its Japanese release. As with other 3DS fighting titles — Dead or Alive: Dimensions and Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition — Nintendo will handle sales, marketing...

  • News 3DS Finally Gets Messaging with Nintendo Letter Box This Week

    Merry Christmas

    Nintendo 3DS owners in Europe can download the free Nintendo Letter Box application on the eShop from this Thursday. The messaging application arrives as part of the Nintendo Download and lets you send messages via StreetPass and SpotPass. You can write or draw in 2D or 3D and include sound effects and photos too. We'll have news on...

  • News Nintendo Narrows Wii U Release Date Window

    Early 2012 goes right out of it

    Nintendo's always said Wii U will be launched between April 2012 and the end of next year, but kiss goodbye to dreams of getting the machine before June. Nintendo of America now states the console will be available between the beginning of E3 and the end of 2012, giving us a six month period during which Wii U could...

  • Rumour Nintendo to Show Off Wii U at CES in January

    Getting out there early

    The Wii U hasn't been seen since E3 in June, but according to CNET it's about to get a run-out at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. CNET claims Nintendo is taking the Wii U to CES in January, though the CES website doesn't list Nintendo as an exhibitor. Last year Nintendo held meetings at CES but didn't have any public presence, and we'd be surprised if Nintendo..

  • News North America to Get Zelda: Skyward Sword Save File Fix

    Everything's not lost

    Nintendo Japan's save file fix programme for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is coming to North America. Affected users can either send in their save file on an SD card or wait for Nintendo to make available a piece of Wii software that'll repair the issue. Prevention is better than cure, so read up on how to avoid Zelda: Skyward Sword's game-ending glitch.

  • News Watch a Slice of Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword

    Looking sharp

    Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword was on Nintendo's eShop Q1 2012 release schedule, and now we have the first English language trailer. As well as timing-based sword fighting the game also features a little bit of exploration as you walk around talking to villagers and learning that throwing frogs at your opponents "gives them the...

  • News Nintendo Japan to Release Stunning Zelda Art Book

    Cover to covet

    We might be two weeks from 2012 but the Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary festivities aren't over just yet. Nintendo Japan is to release a Legend of Zelda art book on 22nd December for ¥3255 (£27/$41/€32). At 274 pages long it's a seriously weighty tome, with character and location concept art taken from Zelda's quarter-century. According to Zelda Universe the book also deals..

  • News Get 5% Off Custom Nintendo Crafts at Broodr

    Festive savings

    In October we posted about Broodr, a crafts site that offers all sorts of interesting trinkets, from Game Boy Advance USB memory sticks to Game Boy Color soaps. With Christmas just around the corner we've teamed up with Broodr to offer Nintendo Life readers a 5% discount on all goods bought on the site. Simply make your purchase...

  • News Rhythm Heaven Fever Box Art is Bright and Beautiful

    It really is

    Now we know that Rhythm Heaven Fever is out in North America on 13th February 2012 it's time to take a look at the shiny art that'll greet you upon arrival at your chosen purveyor of video gaming goods. Nintendo of America's gone for a very different approach to the slightly staid cover on Rhythm Heaven, throwing as much colour and as many bizarre characters as will fit on a Wii box..

  • News Miyamoto: "Retro Could Work with Nintendo on Zelda"

    Zelda Prime?

    Retro Studios has a pretty incredible development record: having developed Metroid Prime Trilogy and Donkey Kong Country Returns there's understandable excitement about what other Nintendo franchises the Texan studio can turn its magic hand to next. How about The Legend of Zelda? Shigeru Miyamoto spoke to 1Up about Retro's involvement...

  • News New Kid Icarus: Uprising Trailer Shows Dark Pit

    He's here

    Now we know that Kid Icarus: Uprising is due for release in March 2012, Nintendo has released a new trailer showing the game off. The Sin and Punishment-style aerial sections still look superb, and the new ground-based bosses are formidable as ever. There's also an appearance from adversary Dark Pit, who's sure to be one of the main...

  • News Nintendo America Dates Upcoming 3DS Games

    Not a complete list

    It's release date madness today, as Nintendo's American and European wings have announced countless release dates for Wii, DS and 3DS games. For North America, the biggest news is Kid Icarus: Uprising's release date of 23rd March, but there's a bit more to discover in the list below; Rayman Origins is on course for a release in...

  • News Inazuma Eleven 2 Shoots for Europe in 2012

    A game of two halves

    Football RPG Inazuma Eleven must have done reasonably well for itself across Europe as Nintendo has announced the sequel is on the way in 2012. The tentatively titled Inazuma Eleven 2 is to be split into two games, currently subtitled Firestorm and Blizzard, as it was in Japan upon its initial release back in 2009. If you're not...

  • News Nintendo Has These Wii Games Planned for Early 2012

    Mario Party and more

    Proving that there's life in the old dog yet, Nintendo Europe has sent over a list of Wii games you can expect to play in early 2012 and beyond. While there's only one WiiWare game on the list — and most disappointingly no Virtual Console titles — the retail releases are still of a pretty high calibre, with big hitters...

  • News Nintendo Europe's 2012 3DS Release Schedule Is In

    What's on the cards?

    Nintendo Europe's seemingly never-ending list of games due out in 2012 includes this list of gems on the way to 3DS in the next 12 months. As well as confirming Professor Layton for 3DS in 2012 and a March release date for Kid Icarus: Uprising, there are a few more gems in here to make 2012 look like a bright year of gaming indeed. Bear in mind Nintendo says these are..

  • News Kid Icarus: Uprising Finally Lands on 3DS in March

    About time

    Nintendo Europe has finally issued a vague March release window for much anticipated 3DS game Kid Icarus: Uprising. Pit's glorious return has seen significant delays: originally intended to be a 3DS release game, it's been pushed back to respond to feedback about the controls during its ground section.. Nintendo Europe also gave a broad...

  • News Nintendo Takes Home Four Awards at Spike VGAs

    Read all about it

    Last night's Spike Video Game Awards might have been more of a glossy advert reel than a bona fide awards show, but that doesn't take the sheen off Nintendo's four awards on the night. The biggest gong saw The Legend of Zelda receive the first-ever Video Game Hall of Fame Award, picked up by none other than Shigeru Miyamoto, who...

  • News Photos of Shigeru Miyamoto Sat in a Real Life Mario Kart

    No words required

    It's been more like Shigeru Miyamoto Life around these parts this week, with Nintendo's legendary designer hitting the headlines for his apparent — though later rescinded — announcement of his retirement. He's still a fun lovin' kind of guy though, as these photos of him sat in a real-life Mario Kart prove. Miyamoto was in...

  • News WarioWare Takes Christmas Movies and Makes Them Better

    Much better

    We kicked off the year by reliving 2010's biggest news stories through the wonder of WarioWare D.I.Y., and as we approach the most magical day of the calendar the talented NGamer crew have put together a WarioWare rendition of some of your favourite Christmas movies. The video below puts favourites such as Miracle on 34th Street, Home...

  • News Miyamoto: "Eventually Nintendo Must Survive Without Me"

    It is inevitable

    All the talk of Shigeru Miyamoto retiring or stepping down — neither of which he's doing, of course — got many thinking about Nintendo's future after its talismanic figure leaves. Miyamoto himself spoke to the Wall Street Journal blog briefly about company life after his departure, and acknowledges Nintendo must prosper without...

  • News Europe Gets The Last Story on 24th February

    Are you ready?

    Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that Wii RPG The Last Story will reach the continent on 24th February 2012. The long-awaited RPG from Final Fantasy legend Hironobu Sakaguchi's Mistwalker studio includes online multiplayer for up to six players simultaneously, with Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Co-operative modes all included...

  • News Nintendo: Miyamoto Is Not Stepping Down

    Issues statement

    Shigeru Miyamoto is not stepping down from his current position as head of Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development team, Nintendo has confirmed. In an interview with Wired Miyamoto seemingly announced he was stepping down into a smaller role, but an official statement from Nintendo says this is not the case: Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto's role at Nintendo is not..

  • News How to Avoid Skyward Sword's Game-Ending Glitch

    Pay attention

    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a fantastic game, but if you're not lucky you could encounter a serious bug that completely halts your progress. Now Nintendo has released instructions for how to avoid it — but no word of a fix. The following email comes from Sharon Matheny (via Zelda Informer: We have been made aware of the...

  • News Nintendo Life Takes the Podium at Mario Kart 7 Launch Event

    We're number... two!

    Mario Kart 7 is out now around the world, and to celebrate the release of Mario's latest racing outing Nintendo UK shelled out on a launch party at London's Sports Café this past Wednesday. Nintendo Life editor James Newton was there. The café's interior was decked out in Mario Kart livery, with stacked tyres and plenty of 3DS systems set up to demonstrate the latest MK..

  • News Resident Evil Revelations Trailer Goes Back to Basics

    Dire-logue

    Resident Evil Revelations might be one of the best looking games on the way to 3DS but, as is the series' tradition, it's not just an exercise in graphical grunt: there's a nonsensical plot tying it all together too. Publishing partners Nintendo and Capcom just released a new trailer introducing Terragrigia, a European city that's central...

  • News New Resi Revelations Screenshots Lurk Within

    Some scary, some not

    Early 2012 sees Resident Evil Revelations hit 3DS with some of the best graphics we've seen any portable console pump out in a good long time. Nintendo just sent over some fresh new screenshots showing off the game's Raid Mode, an online-enabled co-operative game type opened up after you finish the game. One enemy certainly has more than a little air of Chaos from Sonic..

November2011

  • News Explore Above the Clouds in New Skyward Sword Videos

    Soaring high

    The odds are that you've already bought a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and will be well into the adventure. For any remaining doubters or those yet to jump into Nintendo's latest epic, two new videos have been released with details and gorgeous footage of Link and Zelda's home, Skyloft, as well as Thunderhead, also above the clouds. Both videos are below for your viewing..

  • News Luigi's Mansion 2 is Not Multiplayer After All

    It was all a mix-up

    Yesterday we reported that Luigi's Mansion 2 was listed as a two-player game on the Nintendo of Europe website. We've now received confirmation from Nintendo that this was an error and that the game is single-player only. Luigi's Mansion 2 is set for release in early 2012. Read our Luigi's Mansion 2 preview for an early...

  • News Nintendo Lists Two-Player Mode for Luigi's Mansion 2

    Update: no multiplayer

    Update: Nintendo of Europe has clarified that Luigi's Mansion 2 is not multiplayer, and that the game's information was updated incorrectly. Our original story continues below. We're all looking forward to the opportunity to bust ghosts in Luigi's Mansion 2, but we may not need to do it alone, as the game's official...

  • News Nintendo of America's Zelda Room is Awesome

    It's presumably safe to go alone

    Nintendo went all-out to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, hosting concerts, releasing three games and a Limited Edition Zelda 3DS console. That's not all though; there was some decorating too. Nintendo of America redecorated one of its rooms to honour the series' history, with plenty of little touches as you can see in the video below. It even..

  • News Nintendo Faces More Calls to Embrace Mobile

    Everyone's in on the act

    Andy Payne, chairman of UK Interactive Entertainment — the UK's games industry trade association — is the latest in a long line of industry notables to call on Nintendo to create games for smartphones. Speaking at Liverpool's Develop conference, Payne spoke in response to an audience statement that platform exclusivity...

  • News Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword Journeys West in 2012

    Ken-do attitude

    You might remember our recent story on Samurai Hirari Sakura, a samurai sword fighting game that hit Japan's 3DS eShop last week. Nintendo of America has now confirmed the game is on the way to North America next year with a new name. Called Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword, the downloadable 3DS game is due out in January for an...

  • News West Coast Customs Creates Real Life Mario Karts

    If only they were street legal

    Just as we guessed when Nintendo announced its presence at the LA Auto Show, the company's team-up with West Coast Customs is all in aid of Mario Kart 7. West Coast Customs — best known for its appearances on Pimp My Ride of course — created two life-size Mario Karts to promote the upcoming 3DS racer, out in early...

  • News Nintendo: We Won't Charge Extra to Unlock In-Game Content

    "We'll do DLC right"

    Downloadable content is a double-edged sword: when used right, it enhances and expands your game experience, but when done wrong you wind up paying more to unlock something that's on the disc or cartridge you bought in the first place. The recent announcement that Nintendo will provide DLC on 3DS next year led some to worry it'd...

  • News Reggie: "Mobile Games Would Go Against Our Beliefs"

    Won't be doing that, then

    While the wider games industry continues to argue that Nintendo should move into the smartphone game space, Nintendo's top brass are sticking by their guns and saying "no, thank you." The latest to speak up is Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, who talked to Games.com about the company's stance. Asked...

  • News PETA - Relax Mario Fans, It Was All a Joke

    Fur real

    Oh, PETA. Your Tanooki Flash game stirred up a real hornet's nest, and Nintendo's reaction threw frogs and penguins into the mix. Now PETA has clarified its original intentions — it was all a joke. The organisation just sent over a statement that says its Tanooki-related Flash game was all a tongue-in-cheek joke, and that it really wishes...

  • News Nintendo Reacts to PETA's Tanooki Campaign

    Telling tails

    Yesterday's controversial PETA campaign against Mario's Tanooki suit certainly stirred up some heated discussion about the power-up's inclusion in Super Mario 3D Land. Now Nintendo has responded to PETA's claim that the Tanooki suit encourages people to wear fur with an official statement to Eurogamer: Mario often takes the app

  • News Miyamoto Plays Games, a Lot

    Is 10 hours a day enough?

    It's been reported today that Shigeru Miyamoto often spends around 10 hours a day playing games, in work. According to a translation, Miyamoto says he is "continually playing the games and checking their content, and sharing my opinion with the development staff." It's stated that he typically has around seven...

  • News Nintendo Can Recover From Loss, says EA Vice President

    Others not so sure

    The recent London Games Conference brought some of the industry's greatest minds together to discuss all things gaming, with Nintendo's recent loss one topic discussed at a panel. David DeMartini, senior vice president of global E-commerce at Electronic Arts — he must have some pretty big business cards — believes Nintendo's...

  • News Nintendo's 3D Samurai Game Slices eShop in Japan

    A cut above?

    Nintendo has revealed a new piece of downloadable 3DS software for Japan — swordfighting game Samurai Hirari Sakura, or Nimble Sakura Warrior, roughly translated. The download, due for release in Japan next week for 700 Yen, puts you in the shoes of a passionate swordfighting student who must prove his skill. At first you'll take on...

  • News Nintendo Patents Touch Pad for Wii Remote

    But to what end?

    We've seen plenty of Wii controller patents in the past, not all of which saw the light of day — remember the inflatable horse and American football? Now the company's put out a patent for a Wii Remote touch-sensitive pad, as spotted by

  • News Share Holiday Photos, Win a Holiday in Go Vacation Contest

    Seems a fair swap

    Go Vacation is out in Europe today, and to promote the game Nintendo is offering a weekend break to the south of France for the winner of a new competition. Submit a holiday photo of you and up to three friends and, if it's the funniest, you could win a weekend for two at the Club Med Opio en Provence, which offers golf, a spa and, of course, a flying trapeze. Second and third..

  • News Freakyforms Come Alive on the eShop Next Week

    Price and date confirmed

    Formerly known as Picture Lives!, Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! is coming to the 3DS eShop in North America this coming Thursday. Priced at $6.99, the game lets you form your own freaky creatures and explore the world with them, like Spore but even more bizarre. Here's the trailer below along with some new screenshots...

  • News Iwata Unsure if Nintendo Will Sell Wii U At a Loss

    At a loss for words

    In stark contrast to Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo generally sells hardware at a profit, but the recent 3DS price drop has clearly caused the company to reconsider that stance. At a recent investor Q&A, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed he's not yet sure if Nintendo will sell Wii U at a profit from day one. I have no definitive information on whether we will sell the..

October2011

  • News Nintendo Developing New Game Genres to Revitalise 3DS

    No laurel-resting here

    Nintendo DS and Wii were hugely lucrative for many reasons, but part of their success is down to the innovative new games only possible on Nintendo's hardware: from Nintendogs and Brain Training to Wii Fit, these new genres really made the hardware into global phenomena. Of course, other hardware manufacturers and publishers soon caught up and Nintendo's advantage diminished,..

  • News Explore Super Mario's 3D Land at New York Launch

    Tanooki tails mandatory

    For the North American launch of Super Mario 3D Land, Nintendo is going all-out by turning Times Square into a real-life rendition of the Mushroom Kingdom. From 12th November, fans will be able to pick up their very own Tanooki tail and ears to wear while leaping through Mario's world: green pipes, coin jumps and even the...

  • News Nintendo's Latest 3DS Global Release Schedule

    Not many surprises

    After releasing its quarterly results, Nintendo always likes to share its upcoming games for the next few months. With the critical Christmas period fast approaching, here's the company's first party line-up for Japan, the United States and Europe. Western fans will note there's nothing in these lists we didn't already know about,...

  • News Rhythm Heaven Wii Still Alive and On Course for the West

    Picks up a new name

    The tentative name for Rhythm Heaven on Wii may have just been discarded, as the latest Nintendo release schedule has rechristened the upcoming beat 'em up (that's a pun.) The official title for the North American release now seems to be Rhythm Heaven Fever, though it's spelt "RHYTHEM HEAVEN FEVER" in the document. It's still attached to a TBA release date though, so..

  • News 3DS Hardware Sales Show Big Improvements

    Not all doom and gloom

    Nintendo just posted a 70 billion Yen loss: even the least economically minded of us can tell you that's not good. Every cloud has a silver lining though, and in this case it's the dramatically increased upswing in sales of the 3DS. In the period between April and June 2011, Nintendo shifted just 710,000 consoles around the world: in the period between June and September it..

  • News Nintendo Posts 70 Billion Yen Net Loss in Past Quarter

    The results are in

    Nintendo's quarterly financial results just appeared on the company's Japanese site and, as expected, the company is still struggling in the market. Nintendo failed to meet its sales targets set in July 2011, with DS software and the 3DS still dropping short of expectations, missing its ¥240 billion income target by 10%. This in...

  • News Metroid Database Needs Your Help with Series Bestiary

    Get artsy

    Long-running fansite Metroid Database needs your help compiling an in-depth record of every creature that inhabits the series' enormous universe. With so many games in the Metroid series the site needs help from artists and knowledgeable veterans to bring the catalogue to completion. In its current incomplete stage it's still a fascinating record of Samus Aran's opponents over the years,..

  • Book Review The History of Nintendo Volume 1

    Let's-a go

    You might consider yourself a Nintendo expert, with innumerable facts and figures at your disposal, but even the most knowledgeable follower of the Kyoto company will find hitherto unknown realms of information in The History of Nintendo: Volume 1 — 1889 - 1980: From playing-cards to Game & Watch. The book made waves last year in...

  • News Nintendo Takes New Titles to New York Comic Con

    Mario, Zelda and more on hand

    If you want to get your hands on some of Nintendo's biggest upcoming titles and you're heading to New York Comic Con, you're in luck — Nintendo has revealed a 15-strong line-up of games playable at the event next week. Comic Con runs from 13th to 16th October at Manhattan's Javits Center, and sees hands-on time for...

  • News Survey - 58% of Indie Devs Say Nintendo Difficult to Deal With

    Interesting statistics ahead

    2D Boy is responsible for World of Goo, one of the best games WiiWare has to offer. The studio's Ron Carmel recently conducted a survey of around 200 independent developers, asking which formats the teams had supported and planned to continue working on in future. Sadly, Nintendo consoles sit right at the bottom. The...

  • News Nintendo UK Calls Circle Pad Expansion "Slider Pad"

    Is this the official name?

    The announcement of a release date for Resident Evil Revelations came with a small nugget of interesting news: the first time a western branch of Nintendo has mentioned the upcoming Circle Pad expansion in a press release. The official release mentions the attachment in passing, saying: The game is also compatible with the new slider pad, a second circle pad with two..

  • News Can Fossil Fighters: Champions Make Cleaning Fun?

    It's going to have a good try

    The DS has had more games about cleaning dinosaur fossils than we ever imagined: Dinosaur King, Fossil Fighters and the upcoming Fossil Fighters: Champions to name three. Now, to get you really excited, Nintendo has released a video showing exactly how to clean fossils in its upcoming DS adventure. The trailer below...

September2011

  • News Finally, Nintendo Owns SuperMario.com

    Squatters stomped

    Super Mario turned 25 last year, but Nintendo's only just got around to wresting control of the all-important domain SuperMario.com from a nefarious Internet squatter. Until 25th September, SuperMario.com offered free Mario games playable over the Internet, but domain snooping shows it now belongs to Nintendo of America. The page...

  • News Happy 122nd Birthday to Nintendo

    An auspicious day

    While this year is full of anniversary celebrations — Zelda, Super NES and much more — today is a particularly special day as it marks the 122nd birthday of Nintendo itself. As many will know, Nintendo started off producing so-called hanafuda cards often used for gambling. It was Fusijaro Yamauchi who opened a small wooden...

  • News Nintendo Explains Lack of Online Play in Star Fox 64

    You might be surprised

    The multiplayer mode in Star Fox 64 3D is a lot of fun, but the need to gather four 3DS owners in one place has irritated gamers who'd rather play online with friends far and wide. Why didn't that feature make it into the game? Nintendo's Yusuke Amano recently explained in an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine. Amano...

  • News Tetris Axis Lines Up 8 Player Online Modes

    Friends not included

    With the announcement that Nintendo had picked up publishing duties for Tetris Axis came a fact sheet proclaiming two to six player online play. Great news indeed. Fast forward a few weeks and Nintendo has updated the fact sheet with one minor change: online multiplayer will now support up to eight players for maximum...

  • News Would You Trust a Goomba to Clean Your House?

    The uprising starts now

    Goombas are so much more than their common portrayal as easily vanquished stomp cushions would have you believe: they have other skills, like cleaning the house. That's right: someone made the inevitable leap and combined the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner with the Goomba and created... well, the Goomba Roomba, presumably. The...

  • Talking Point Nintendo's 3DS Press Conference

    Is the 3DS back on track?

    After a busy week of announcements, reactions to announcements, and Nintendo Life’s epic appearance on the eShop (we had to mention it), it seems like a good moment to sit back and take a deep breath. With so much news coming out of Nintendo’s Tokyo conference on 13th September, as well as localised press releases in Europe and North America, it can be difficult to..

  • News Animal Crossing 3DS Looks Suitably Relaxing

    Screens and trailer inside

    Nintendo is finally starting to open up about Animal Crossing on 3DS, with a set of new screenshots and a short trailer unveiled at the Nintendo Conference this week. AC aficionados will be pleased to hear the game is due for release in 2012, with new features letting you become head of the village to lead its development,...

  • News Go First-Person in New Mario Kart 7 Trailer

    All systems go

    The motion controls in Mario Kart Wii divide opinion amongst gamers, so it'll be fascinating to see the reaction to the new first-person gyroscope controls in December's Mario Kart 7. The new mode is briefly shown in the new trailer below, alongside new additions such as the Fire Flower power-up and returning favourites too. There's fresh screenshots even further down as well,..

  • News Nintendo Europe Dropped London Life to "Avoid Delays"

    Can you Adam and Eve it?

    North American gamers, you hold the trump card on this one; your copies of Professor Layton and the Last Specter contain the bonus RPG Professor Layton's London Life. Anyone who buys the European version of the game — titled Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call — will not get this extra mode. Reader SoulSilverIV...

  • News Iwata Resists Calls for Smartphone Games

    Says Nintendo's business in hardware is vital

    Following Nintendo's press conference in Tokyo, CEO Satoru Iwata conducted an interview with Nikkei about the future of the 3DS and Nintendo as a whole. Amongst expected talk of strong software line-ups and a Nintendo fightback, Iwata was asked, once again, whether Nintendo would be joining the...

  • News The History of Nintendo Book Gets English Release

    Know your roots

    Pix'n Love Publishing's book The History of Nintendo was until now only available in French, but after a pre-order run last year it's now available to buy. The 240-page book spans Nintendo's humble beginnings in 1889 until the early 1980s, with more than 2,000 exclusive pictures illustrating the story along the way. The book costs...

  • News Fox McCloud Returns As Star Fox 64 3D Launches Worldwide

    The whole crew's here

    After a lengthy absence — his last starring role was back in 2006 — Fox McCloud is back, as Star Fox 64 3D takes off across North America and Europe today. The updated version of Star Fox 64 (known as Lylat Wars in Europe) is one of the better games we've seen released for 3DS so far, as our Star Fox 64 3D review explains: The beauty of Star Fox 64 3D is that it provides..

  • News Get a Venusaur C-Gear Skin with Exclusive Code

    Give your gear a makeover

    Pokémon Black & White has plenty to keep you going, so if you're still playing the game then Nintendo wants to reward you with some new looks for your all-important C-Gear. By using the special code below and the Pokémon Global Link website, you'll be able to add an exclusive Venusaur theme to the C-Gear. It doesn't end there though: Nintendo will release new skins..

  • News Kirby Delivers Ice Cold Snacks to US Cities

    Is one of them near you?

    To promote the launch of Kirby Mass Attack this month, Nintendo is taking demos of the game across America. But how to transport Kirby and feed players at the same time? With Kirby Snack Attack Trucks, of course. Nintendo's plan is to travel the country — realistically three cities — with frozen fruit snacks and DS...

  • News Marvel at Kirby Mass Attack's Minigames

    Mini RPG mode revealed

    Kirby Mass Attack's enormous army of pink... things is just around the corner, so Nintendo is taking the time to show off some of the bonus games packed into the DS cartridge. As well as the platform antics there are several minigames available, including pest-whacking Field Frenzy, mini RPG Kirby Quest and the pinball-like Kirby Brawl Ball. All that extra content alongside a..

  • News Star Fox 64 3D Trailer Goes Off the Beaten Track

    Alternate routes abound

    Star Fox 64 3D is just a week from launch, and Nintendo has just let loose another salvo of gameplay footage for you to ingest. The new trailer below shows some of the game's alternate routes in action, so if you're the sort of person who likes to discover things for themselves you might not want to watch this all the way...

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  • News Picture Lives! Comes to Japan on 7th September

    Drawing more details

    One of the handful of 3DS downloadable games shown off at E3, Picture Lives! caused a stir with its strange premise: you draw a picture, and it comes to life. The clue's in the name. We haven't heard much about it since that day in June, but we're about to see a lot more as it's reaching Japan on 7th September. Among the new...

  • News Professor Layton's London Life Won't Make It to Europe

    Update: bonus game denied

    Update: Nintendo of Europe has now backtracked on its original statement and told us that London Life isn't coming to Europe. Original story follows: Nintendo of America's Professor Layton and the Last Specter press release yesterday caused some concern for European DS owners as it seemed to imply that the title's bonus...

  • News Tetris: Axis Swings By 3DS on 2nd October

    Form a line

    Remember your first time playing Tetris on Game Boy? You know what would make that experience even better? 3D. Nintendo has just announced that Tetris: Axis will see release in North America on 2nd October, bringing with it 8-player Download Play, Augmented Reality and SpotPass features too. In fact, there are over 20 gameplay modes,...

  • News A Better Look at Those Samus Aran Statues

    Zeroing in

    Last weekend saw some new Metroid: Other M figures revealed, and now we have some decent photos of the statues courtesy of Tomopop and Tokyo Hunter. Zero Suit Samus is stood next to a baby Metroid, whereas the poseable Power Suit version of the heroine just comes as-is ready to save the universe, presumably. We're sure some savv

  • News Star Fox 64 3D Multiplayer Trailer Brings its Friends

    The gang's all here

    We're just weeks away from Star Fox 64 3D, and Nintendo is starting to make a big noise about a new feature in its next 3DS game: wireless multiplayer. The new trailer below shows off the game's local multiplayer — sadly no Internet play here — including use of the 3DS's internal camera to show your face to your opponents, grinning and gurning as you go. We'll be putting..

  • News Inazuma Eleven Finally Makes it to UK Today

    Taking its time

    The DS football RPG from the developers of Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven finally reaches UK shores today after a huge delay. On-the-ball readers may remember it was mistakenly released in small quantities back in January, but it was always Nintendo's plan to release the game properly alongside the cartoon series which just began airing in the Sceptred Isles. You can check out our..

  • News Nintendo Brings Big Name Games to PAX This Week

    Mario, Zelda and more on show

    If you're on your way to PAX in Seattle this week, there's good news: you'll be able to get your hands on some of the biggest games heading to Nintendo consoles later this year. Attendees will be able to play Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 among others. Saturday August 27th will see a Star Fox 64 3D tournament between 7pm and 10pm,..

  • News More Xenoblade Chronicles Let's Play Videos Join the Fray

    See more of the RPG everyone's talking about

    Xenoblade Chronicles landed in the UK charts in seventh place, but if you've not been convinced to pick it up yet — or if you've had trouble locating it — a new set of Let's Play videos hits the game's official YouTube channel this week. One new video launches today, while a second lands on Thursday...

  • News New Wii is No Smaller Than Before

    Just cheaper

    The new look Wii console will lose GameCube compatibility, which prompted some to presume the console will be more compact, but Nintendo has revealed the console is exactly the same size as its predecessor. The Nintendo website listed the box contents, and specifically states: The newly configured Wii console retains the same physical...

  • News Super Smash Bros. Dices with Fan-Made Board Game

    For when a console won't cut it

    Taking all the action of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and turning into a board game is no easy proposition, but that's exactly what one fan has done to prove his skills. James Gabbard is the man responsible for this complicated but awesome-looking Super Smash Bros. Board game, put together to support his application for an unspecified 'awesome job'. The game isn't..

  • News Wii Owners Encounter Xenoblade Disc Read Errors

    Not a good start

    Xenoblade Chronicles released across the UK and Europe today, but some Wii owners are reporting difficulty getting their consoles to recognise the game. Our own Marcel van Duyn has reported disc read errors when attempting to load the game, despite the console only being newly replaced by Nintendo after the notorious Super Smash...

  • News Roll With this New Trailer for Star Fox 64 3D

    It's got special vehicles in it

    Presumably all the vehicles in Star Fox 64 3D are special — they're flown by animals, after all — but these machines are extra special. Ahead of the game's release in September, Nintendo's put out a trailer to remind you — or teach you, if this is your first go-around with the Star Fox crew — about the...

  • Talking Point What If Nintendo Became a Third Party?

    And would it prove a wise move to embrace the smartphone?

    It's no secret that the 3DS sold far below expectations, even after Nintendo wowed us at E3 and promised to clean up its online act. Many are going as far as to suggest that the Ambassador programme and slashed pricing is as good as a death knell, while investors argue that Ninty should do...

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