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Review: Rock 'N Racing Off Road (Wii U eShop)

Rock 'N Racing Off Road (Wii U eShop)

Not-So-Super Off Road

EnjoyUp was clearly inspired by the classic arcade racer Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road when developing Rock 'N Racing Off Road, an old-school, top-down racer. But while the game looks like a modern update to Super Off Road, it's not nearly as fun or memorable. Unfortunately, Rock 'N Racing Off Road is a disappointing...

News: Eiji Aonuma Explains Why Tingle is Such a Peculiar Character

Eiji Aonuma Explains Why Tingle is Such a Peculiar Character

Even more peculiar is a question on his sexuality

When Tingle appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask he wasn't well-received by everyone - that's a little odd, considering this is a franchise with talking rock-based creatures, a villain that transforms into an enormous hog-thing and more. Nevertheless, he's a character that some just don't...

Review: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U)

Clay achin'

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a sequel of sorts to 2005's Canvas Curse, which is considered to be among the top titles the pink puff has ever starred in. That's pretty high praise and a tough act to follow — but 10 years on, Nintendo and developer HAL Laboratory are giving it another whirl. The result is a video game equivalent to a...

Weirdness: Pokémon Fan Finds a Way to Trade First Generation Pocket Monsters With Himself

Pokémon Fan Finds a Way to Trade First Generation Pocket Monsters With Himself

No retro-loving friends required

Most Pokémon fans have friends, but they may not have buddies that are still rocking a Game Boy, link cable and a copy of Pokémon Red and / or Blue. After all, millions of fans have moved on to online trading and match-ups in the latest 3DS releases. If you still like to go retro, though, a 'mon fan called Pepijn...

News: Pre-orders Now Open at GameStop for the Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter

Pre-orders Now Open at GameStop for the Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter

Comes with purchase of Gamecube Controller

Fans of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U were doubtlessly celebrating when the GameCube adapter was announced alongside the Super Smash Bros. Invitational for this year's E3; many say that the GameCube controller offers up the best control scheme for the fighting game. Nintendo clearly underestimated its...

News: Humphrey, of SPIKEY WALLS Fame, to be a Guest Character in Blocky Bot on Wii U eShop

Humphrey, of SPIKEY WALLS Fame, to be a Guest Character in Blocky Bot on Wii U eShop

Because why not?

Earlier this week we told you about Blocky Bot, a budget-priced title on the way from Mobot Studios. Though typically associated with fairly substantial download titles, the developer explained that it wants to produce a fun game that's suitable for short, snappy gaming sessions. It'll be "a bit of a mash up" of styles and genres...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Tops Japanese Charts and Boosts New Nintendo 3DS Sales

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Tops Japanese Charts and Boosts New Nintendo 3DS Sales

The XL is still the model of choice

We already know that The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D has been an early success since its launch last week, and we now have strong début sales in Japan to add to the picture; it gave the New Nintendo 3DS hardware a boost, too. The Zelda remake was the comfortable winner in the Media Create software top 20...

Review: Best of Arcade Games - Brick Breaker (3DS eShop)

Best of Arcade Games - Brick Breaker (3DS eShop)

Just Another Brick in the Wall

It takes an extremely exceptional video game to defy the tests of time. Technological advancements coupled with ever shifting consumer attitudes and expectations have often seen classic gaming titles left by the proverbial wayside as the years roll on. The likes of Pac-Man, Tetris and Gradius are prime examples of...

Video: Feast Your Eyes on Another Slick Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Trailer

Feast Your Eyes on Another Slick Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Trailer

Battles continue to show smoother performance

We're now less than two months away from the arrival of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, the portable re-release of the massive Wii RPG. It'll include support for the Shulk amiibo to unlock in-game extras, but most importantly it could be a hugely impressive experience to play through the adventure and its...

News: Nintendo Confirms Japanese eShop Release Dates for Sin & Punishment 2 and Pandora's Tower in Japan

Nintendo Confirms Japanese eShop Release Dates for Sin & Punishment 2 and Pandora's Tower in Japan

Videos show them off and hopefully point to similar Western releases

After a two week absence for Wii downloads on the eShop, this week's European Nintendo Download Update details confirmed the arrival of Kirby's Adventure Wii in the region. With that confirmed, focus for Wii fans inevitably turns to the remaining games that have already been...

News: Gold Mario amiibo Set to Shine as Walmart Exclusive in North America

Gold Mario amiibo Set to Shine as Walmart Exclusive in North America

What about Europe?

Not long ago a credible rumour emerged of Gold and Silver Mario amiibo toys being prepared for sale, with web pages discovered showing documentation for health and safety testing on these figures, specifically in the Super Mario design. The pages related to Nintendo of America, and it now seems that the gold figure is certainly on...

Review: Puzzle Monkeys (Wii U eShop)

Puzzle Monkeys (Wii U eShop)

Fun as a barrel thereof

Ever since Tetris introduced gamers to the joys of skydiving shapes, block-dropping puzzlers have fallen into place on nearly every console and handheld under the sun, and for good reason: they're simple to learn, endlessly replayable, and - when done right - utterly addicting. Seeking to fill a simian-sized gap in the Wii...

News: SteamWorld Heist to be Playable At Upcoming US and UK Events

SteamWorld Heist to be Playable At Upcoming US and UK Events

PAX East, EXG Rezzed and The Steampunk World’s Fair

SteamWorld Heist is set to be one of the most intriguing download releases of 2015. A follow-up - but not sequel - to the hugely popular SteamWorld Dig, developer Image & Form is aiming to release the title across multiple platforms, including the eShop on Wii U and 3DS. It's a departure for...

Interview: Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop Team, Reaching Out to Indies and Finding Games That Matter

Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop Team, Reaching Out to Indies and Finding Games That Matter

Talks self-publishing, New Nintendo 3DS XL and more at Indiecade East

Nintendo recently attended Indiecade East 2015 in New York, where Damon Baker - Senior Manager in Marketing and Licensing - met with fans and developers alike, and led a seminar called "Self-Publishing with Nintendo." Nintendo Life attended the informative seminar and then had a...

News: Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Budoten is Fighting Its Way to Japanese 3DS Systems This Summer

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Budoten is Fighting Its Way to Japanese 3DS Systems This Summer

Over 100 fighters to be included

Fans of Japanese culture, including games and TV, are sure to be familiar with Dragon Ball Z, a franchise that's been relatively common on Nintendo hardware since the days of the original Famicom. Though not all modern entries make it to Nintendo systems there's still decent support, particularly in the handheld...

News: Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the New Nintendo 3DS XL Decision and Desire to Engage With the Community

Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the New Nintendo 3DS XL Decision and Desire to Engage With the Community

"The core audience... we weren't going to win with them on that decision"

Nintendo of America has been an active supporter of Indiecade in recent years, and recently attended the New York based Indiecade East event to showcase eShop releases and to promote the Wii U and 3DS as valid platforms for small developers of all types. It was in attendance...

Review: Mega Man Battle Network 2 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Battle Network 2 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Casting a wider net

The world as portrayed in the Mega Man Battle Network series is so ridiculous and yet so outlandishly awesome that it's hard not to adore. In our boring reality, if your toaster doesn't work it means you're pretty much out of luck. In the Battle Network world, it more likely means you need to upload your virtual companion into...