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Video: This Pier Solar HD Teaser Trailer Will Make You Weep Tears Of 16-Bit Joy

This Pier Solar HD Teaser Trailer Will Make You Weep Tears Of 16-Bit Joy

HD update of WaterMelon's retro RPG is shaping up nicely

Pier Solar HD is one of those Wii U eShop titles that we simply can't wait to get our hands on, having already played and enjoyed the Mega Drive / Genesis original. Developer WaterMelon has now released a new teaser for the HD edition, which not only ties in with the game's arrival on Steam...

Video: What Could Super Mario Galaxy Look Like In HD?

What Could Super Mario Galaxy Look Like In HD?

We give a Wii classic the High Definition treatment

While many other console owners made the leap into HD with the launch of the Xbox 360 and PS3 many years ago, Nintendo fans had to wait a little longer — lest we forget, the entire Wii era was spent in Standard Definition. This got us thinking — what would some of the Wii's best games look like...

Video: Experience The Acute Embarrassment Of Owning A Physical Copy of Senran Kagura Burst

Experience The Acute Embarrassment Of Owning A Physical Copy of Senran Kagura Burst

Thank goodness for the eShop version

Senran Kagura Burst launches this week in Europe, both digitally on the 3DS eShop and in physical form. While North Americans still bristle with anger at the fact that they missed out on a boxed edition when it launched in that region last year, it least it means that they didn't have to endure the shame of...

Video: The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One

The Top 20 Wii U Games So Far - Part One

Just got a Wii U? These are the titles you should consider

The Wii U has now been with us for over a year, and in that time we've perhaps not seen quite as many titles as we'd like. Still, that's not to say that the machine is lacking in quality retail releases — far from it. In fact, it could be argued that Nintendo's console is home to some of...

Video: The Dubious Charm Of Senran Kagura Burst Is Explained In Thirty Slightly Awkward Seconds

The Dubious Charm Of Senran Kagura Burst Is Explained In Thirty Slightly Awkward Seconds

Scantily-clad female fighters, you say? We hadn't noticed

Senran Kagura Burst hits Europe this week, and the game has already caused quite a stir thanks to its racy content, which is largely based around huge-chested Japanese schoolgirls shedding their clothing as they get beaten up (when they're not fighting in their swimsuits, that is)...

Video: These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To See On The Wii U Virtual Console

These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To See On The Wii U Virtual Console

Which one did you vote for?

The news that Nintendo is bringing DS games to the Wii U had us dreaming of all the amazing titles we wanted to see arrive on the eShop. Like some kind of benevolent moving-image god, our resident video guru Rory has transcoded these desires into magical lights and sound, and has lovingly deposited the results onto the...

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...

Video: Slime Fighting And Pie Stealing Abound In The First 30 Minutes of Dragon Quest Monsters 2

Slime Fighting And Pie Stealing Abound In The First 30 Minutes of Dragon Quest Monsters 2

Half an hour of RPG action awaits you

We've had a look at Square Enix's 3DS remake of the Game Boy Color RPG before, but now the wait is finally over — the title has launched in Japan and gamers lucky enough to be equipped with a Japanese 3DS can at last enjoy this Slime-filled RPG. In case you were wondering, we're lucky enough. We've played the...

Video: Short Film Extols The Virtues Of Buttons, Features Nintendo Quite Heavily

Short Film Extols The Virtues Of Buttons, Features Nintendo Quite Heavily

Can you spot R.O.B. the Robot?

Gaming used to be exclusively about buttons, but with the rise of touch-screen gaming — pioneered by the Nintendo DS and taken to the next level by the proliferation of smartphones and tablets — we've got an entire generation of players growing up in a world where buttons aren't necessarily the default gaming...

Video: Japanese Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Trailer Swings Into View

Japanese Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Trailer Swings Into View

The Kongs go bananas when they get the cold shoulder

A new Japanese video showcasing footage from the upcoming Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has appeared, and it's chock-full of gameplay bits that may help tide fans over until the game's February launch. The video — which may contain spoilers for players who are trying to avoid seeing too...

Video: World 2 Of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Looks Something Like This

World 2 Of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Looks Something Like This

Monkey business

We trust that our recent preview of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has whet your appetite for some more simian-related fun — if so, then you're going to love the short but sweet highlights reel we've put together for World 2 of the upcoming Wii U platform adventure. We'll be running more videos in the next few weeks, leading...

Video: This Senran Kagura Burst Euro Trailer Will Put A Spring In Your Step

This Senran Kagura Burst Euro Trailer Will Put A Spring In Your Step

3D brawler is bursting out next month

Senran Kagura Burst might be seen by some individuals as a plague on gaming thanks to its cheap titillation and scantily-clad female fighters, but it's got just as many fans for those very same reasons — it's also a pretty decent game as well, as you'll know if you've already consulted our review. The...

Video: The 10 Biggest Wii U Games Of 2014

The 10 Biggest Wii U Games Of 2014

It's a bumper year ahead

Not so long ago, we asked you to pick your most anticipated Wii U game for 2014 from a list of the 10 titles we thought were worth getting excited about. Fast forward a short while and the results have finally been counted and verified, and our trusty video expert Rory Cocker has duly created this handy presentation which...

Video: The First Thirty Minutes Of The Best 3DS Action Game You've Never Played

The First Thirty Minutes Of The Best 3DS Action Game You've Never Played

That's E.X. Troopers, by the way

"Like Lost Planet, but anime" could easily have been the most cynical boardroom pitch ever, but thankfully Capcom couldn't have any poured any more love into E.X. Troopers if it had tried. We've got a full Matters of Import feature coming up soon on this amazing title, so in the meantime grab yourself a hot beverage...

Video: Levi and Sasha Slay Some Giants In This Attack On Titan DLC Mission Footage

Levi and Sasha Slay Some Giants In This Attack On Titan DLC Mission Footage

Scratch that Titan-hating itch

We've taken an in-depth look at Attack on Titan before, but we couldn't resist sharing some more footage — this time showing DLC-exclusive characters Levi and Sasha doing their thing. Levi's mission is a straightforward Titan-killing exercise, while Sasha has the much tougher task of hunting for hidden items whilst...

Video: Puzzle Mashup Puyo Puyo Tetris Works Better Than You Might Think

Puzzle Mashup Puyo Puyo Tetris Works Better Than You Might Think

Two puzzle giants collide, with interesting results

We've dished out info on Sega's curious Puyo Puyo and Tetris fusion before, but now the playable demo has finally hit the Japanese eShop we've been able to get our grubby mitts on it and give you a real look at how it all works. It sounds quite jarring to play Puyo Puyo against someone else who's...

Feature: Monster Hunting With Kerry: Taking Baby Steps With Great Jaggi

Monster Hunting With Kerry: Taking Baby Steps With Great Jaggi

Warning: Article contains gross incompetence

Hello! Kerry here, your inept but endlessly enthusiastic guide through the dangerous and thrilling world of Monster Hunter 4. At the behest of the kind and gracious Nintendo Life overlords, I've been locked away in a small room for days on end and tasked with playing as much of the Japanese version as...

Video: Thirty Glorious Minutes Of Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict

Thirty Glorious Minutes Of Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict

Yet another excellent but untranslated Sega RPG hits Japan

The last Game Gear Shining Force game, Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict takes place in between the mainline Genesis / Mega Drive titles Shining Force I and II and — as you'd expect — features many, many, fan-pleasing plot threads, characters and general references to the events in...

Weirdness: Alex Kidd Infiltrates The Legend Of Zelda, With Disastrous Results

Alex Kidd Infiltrates The Legend Of Zelda, With Disastrous Results

Crossover chaos

Before Sonic the Hedgehog sped onto the scene, Alex Kidd was Sega's undisputed mascot, appearing in a host of Master System adventures — as well as a single 16-bit outing — and attempting to challenge Nintendo's Mario in the sphere of platforming goodness. Since being ousted by the blue hedgehog, Alex Kidd has wandered in the...