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  • Reaction Our Early Thoughts on the Nintendo Switch

    Thoughts on next-gen Nintendo

    It's been quite a day. The Nintendo Switch was revealed, and most of the internet has had its say on social media. There's been a lot of positivity, and naturally some people aren't fans; in any case we now know the core concept that will drive the next generation of Nintendo gaming. We've covered a lot of angles and...





  • Reaction Nintendo Titles Miss the UK Top 40 Once Again

    For the third week in a row

    Every week we check the UK chart results, and typically Nintendo has a few titles scrapping away - at the very least - in the bottom half of the top 40. Yet this is now the third consecutive week where not a single Wii U or 3DS exclusive has made it into the all-format top 40. What's going on? It's worth starting out...







  • Reaction DeNA and Its Games With Disney

    A match made in heaven for Nintendo?

    With all the chatter around the announcement of the 'Dedicated Game Platform' Codenamed 'NX' in Nintendo and DeNA's recent presentation, we thought it would be a good idea to brush up on our knowledge of Tokyo based DeNA Co., Ltd. to see what they are likely to do with Nintendo's beloved IP on smartphones...






  • Reaction Our Thoughts on Nintendo's Big Day at E3

    Lots to consider

    With day one of E3 now long closed, it gives us an opportunity to look back at Nintendo's efforts. It was arguably the most sustained onslaught — over the course of 8-9 hours — that Nintendo's ever produced, starting us off with a Digital Event, following up with rolling live demonstrations from the Treehouse team and rounding...



  • Reaction Nintendo Direct's Final Flourish of 2013

    Damien and Tom share their thoughts on this week's broadcasts

    It's like Nintendo read our minds, or at least deduced what a number of enthusiasts may be thinking. Aside from a slightly awkward appearance at the VGX awards to reveal Cranky Kong for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, we've had festive season advertising but relatively slim pickings...




  • E3 2013 Live Reaction From The Nintendo Life Team

    Join us at 5:00PM UK time (12:00 EST) as we chew over today's announcements

    The dust has barely settled on today's E3-themed Nintendo Direct, but here at Nintendo Life we're far from idle. Join us as Damien McFerran, Thomas Whitehead, Andy Green and Mike Mason digest the announcements, new footage and other news revealed in the broadcast...


  • Reaction Our Thoughts on Nintendo Direct - 17th May

    A starter ahead of the main course

    This week's Nintendo Direct has now digested, and if you still need to catch up you can check out our big summary of the news for the full lowdown. After the last broadcast went big with some significant reveals, it was a more measured approach this time around, with the running time fleshed out with plenty of...


  • Reaction Our Thoughts on Nintendo's 3DS Direct - 17th April

    Deep breath, count to 10...

    So, yesterday brought us another Nintendo Direct, or 3DS Direct to be accurate, and once again Nintendo threw caution to the wind and got enthusiastic fans rather excited. There were some major announcements made, alongside a smattering of pleasing release dates, which successfully covered many bases. Keep an eye out for...



  • Reaction Wii U's Social Potential Takes Shape

    A bold new direction for Nintendo

    With just 11 days until Wii U arrives in North America — at the time of writing — it's perhaps surprising that substantial details on Nintendo's online services have taken so long to emerge. That said, it's not unprecedented, as Nintendo often likes to keep its cards close to its chest, withholding details and...


  • Reaction Wii U Preview Events

    Not a bad effort, Nintendo

    On Thursday the Nintendo Life team watched the various broadcasts and events held by Nintendo to unveil Wii U launch details. After soaking in all that was said and the news that's come out since, a couple of our editors decided to provide some brief thoughts of their own on what Nintendo did right, as well as areas that...


  • Reaction Nintendo's Steady Start in Retail Downloads

    It’s only half of the picture

    Earlier today we reported that Satoru Iwata had given loose figures for retail downloads in Japan, which started alongside the launch of 3DS XL on 28th July. Speaking to Wall Street Journal, Iwata-san stated that New Super Mario Bros. 2 retail downloads account for 5% of sales in Nintendo’s homeland, but provided...

  • Reaction Age Ratings and Video Games

    PEGI takes over and makes under-age selling illegal

    It may come as a surprise to those who assumed it was the case, but until 30th July there was no unified, legally binding age rating system for video games in the UK. Unlike so many other products available to buy, the guidelines and ratings in place did not automatically lead to prosecution for...


  • Reaction What Happened to EA and Nintendo's Unprecedented Partnership?

    The silent treatment

    At last year's E3, EA CEO John Riccitiello shared a stage with Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime to announce that the two companies would join together in an "unprecedented partnership" for the launch of Wii U. Neither party gave any real indication what this would involve;...

  • Talking Point Reviewing Nintendo's E3 Press Conference


    The dust has settled on Nintendo's E3 2012 press conference. Here in the Nintendo Life offices the pizza boxes have been pushed to one side and we've taken a few minutes to collect our thoughts and summarise how we think it went. James Newton, editor: I wouldn't say this was a classic show for Nintendo — a lot of the right components were...

  • Reaction On First Glance, Nintendo Land is No Wii Sports

    System seller?

    Nintendo made claims that it had a Wii U title that matches Wii Sports in appeal; a title that sells their new console, both conceptually and literally, just as well as the motion sports game did for Wii. At E3 it presented the proposed title: Nintendo Land, a virtual theme park which incorporates Miis, Miiverse and mini games...

  • Reaction James, Tom and Mike React to E3 2012

    What did we make of it?

    Nintendo's E3 2012 press conference is over, and our editorial team James Newton, Tom Whitehead and Mike Mason sat down to dissect and discuss the biggest announcements and speak freely about what we made of it. What's your take on the conference — did it exceed your expectations or leave you cold?

  • Reaction Ubisoft Bets Big On Wii U

    Will it be legendary?

    Ubisoft has now finished its E3 conference extravaganza, and unlike EA dedicated a section to Wii U, underlining support for Nintendo's next gen console. In total the publisher unveiled eight titles, not all necessarily for launch day, but in any case representing a broad variety of styles and experiences. So, what stood out?...

  • Reaction Tom and James Discuss the Big 3DS Rumour

    Sizing it up

    If Nikkei is right, tomorrow we'll see a 3DS console redesign as Nintendo unveils a 3DS console with a 4.5" screen, 1.5 times bigger than the current model. Our editor James Newton and features editor Tom Whitehead — yes, they of the Nintendo Life podcast! — sat down in video form to chat about what the rumour could mean for...

  • Reaction Nintendo Finally Arrives Online with Wii U

    Better late than never

    Nintendo's pre-E3 show just wrapped up, with an unprecedented focus on Wii U's online functions. The machine's innovative new Miiverse online system took centre stage, and Nintendo's put it front and centre in the console itself too. When you power up your Wii U, you'll see the Miiverse Plaza, a vibrant, online connected...


  • Reaction The Big Wii U Rumour Round-Up

    Future prospects

    We’re now less than a week out from Nintendo’s E3 conference where the cover will finally be pulled off so many mysteries surrounding Wii U. Since debuting the console at last year’s conference Nintendo has been tight-lipped on the subject, and when excitement is high and valid information is low, it can only lead to one...



  • News Pachter: Wii U is Too Late, 'Dumbest Name Ever'

    Pram toppled, toys everywhere

    Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has weighed with his thoughts on Nintendo's E3 revelation of Wii U, and it seems Mr Pachter isn't 100% sold on the console. Speaking to Eurogamer last week, Pachter had this to say: Nintendo won with a very cool console innovation and great 3DS software. While he seems sold on...

  • News SEGA: "Wii U Due in Spring or Summer 2012"

    Let the countdown commence!

    Nintendo's E3 2011 reveal of Wii U ended with a fairly open-ended "coming to your living room in 2012" which, combined with the company's previous assertion the machine wouldn't see release before April gave us a launch window between May and December. SEGA's Alan Pritchard may have just narrowed that for us...

  • News Iwata Asks Delves Into Wii U Development

    Console started life three years ago

    Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, and head of the Entertainment Analysis and Development Shigeru Miyamoto sat down for a wide-ranging interview about Wii U, revealing the machine first reared its head in Nintendo meetings back in 2008. The seven-page chat also addresses the perception that Nintendo's addition of a touch screen controller is an admission of the..

  • News Wii U Touch Screen is Resistive, Not Capacitive

    Lost? Let us explain

    The 6.2" screen in the centre of the Wii U controller is likely to use the same resistive technology that features in the DS and 3DS consoles, rather than the more advanced capacitive system used in modern smart phones and Apple's iDevices. Hardware images released by Nintendo show a stylus being used on the touch screen,...

  • News You May Have Missed These Mini Metroid Nods

    No new game, but Samus's presence is felt

    We didn't see a new Metroid game during Nintendo's E3 2011 conference, but that doesn't mean heroine Samus Aran was absent from the show. The Wii U press kit shows off a multiplayer game where two Wii Remote wielders must escape from a Wii U controller user, piloting Samus Aran's ship around and presumably...

  • News This is the Wii U Controller in All Its Glory

    Touch screen, analogue sticks, buttons and all

    You wanted a good look at the Nintendo Wii U controller — here it is. The controller does indeed contain a 6" touch screen as well as all the buttons found on the Classic Controller. Here's the full list of gadgetry it contains: New Controller:The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9...

  • News Your First Look at the Wii U Console

    Here it is

    We've seen plenty of shots and video of the controller itself, but nothing so far of the actual Wii U console. That's all changed now, as Nintendo has revealed the first shot of the machine. It looks rather like the original Wii, only more rounded, and not quite like the Super NES design some rumours pointed towards. Do you like the look...

  • Reaction Nintendo's Complete Press Release

    Soak it in

    Nintendo's Upcoming Wii U Console Features Controller with 6.2-inch Screen Nintendo 3DS Continues its Evolution with Mario Kart, Super Mario and the Nintendo eShop as Nintendo Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda NOTE: Multimedia available hereLOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At the E3 Expo, Nintendo introduced a new paradigm for video games and home entertainment: Wii..

  • Reaction Third-Party Wii U Games Confirmed

    There's a lot to cover

    Nintendo made a big song and dance about its new Wii U console reaching out to all gamers, and a big part of that is going to be support from third party publishers. Through an on-stage video we already know about several third-party games on the way to Nintendo's new home console: Ninja Gaiden 3 Darksiders II Tom Clancy's...