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News: Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innovation This Console Cycle, But We Didn't Showcase It Well Enough 

Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innovation This Console Cycle, But We Didn't Showcase It Well Enough 

"That's our real secret sauce"

The Wii U may not have gained the same commercial success as the original Wii, but it terms of innovation it arguably does more than its next-gen rivals, thanks largely to the potential of its GamePad controller. That's certainly the opinion of Nintendo of America's Executive VP of Sales Scott Moffitt, who has been...

Weirdness: The Man Behind Busking Mario Is Now Racing Trains As Mega Man

The Man Behind Busking Mario Is Now Racing Trains As Mega Man

Off the rails

Emlyn Lewis is an award-winning Irish filmmaker who just happens to have a deep love of retro gaming - Nintendo specfically. He's famous for busking in the guise of Super Mario and playing notable tunes from the series on his keyboard, but recently he's branched out into another beloved NES franchise: Capcom's Mega Man. Mega Man vs...

News: Award-Winning Logic Puzzler The Bridge Launches On The Wii U eShop This Month

Award-Winning Logic Puzzler The Bridge Launches On The Wii U eShop This Month

"M. C. Escher meets Isaac Newton"

The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild's logic puzzler The Bridge is hitting consoles this month, and that includes the Wii U. Described by the developer as "M. C. Escher meets Isaac Newton", The Bridge launched on PC and Xbox 360 back in 2013. The aim is to reach the exit of each level, and to do this you will need to...

Video: Say Hello To The SNES Game Which Ships Inside A Game Boy Cartridge

Say Hello To The SNES Game Which Ships Inside A Game Boy Cartridge

Invading a 16-bit home console near you

One of the really cool things about the Super Game Boy adapter - besides the fact that it allowed you to play your portable titles on SNES - was that it added embellishments to certain titles, like two-player modes, additional colours and even attractive borders around the screen. However, there's one title...

News: CoroCoro Reveals Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version For Wii U

CoroCoro Reveals Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version For Wii U

A Level-5 & Ubisoft collaboration

After selling millions and becoming a cultural phenomenon in Japan, it has been revealed the popular Yo-Kai Watch series will receive a Just Dance spin-off. The latest issue of Japan’s CoroCoro Magazine explains Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version is on the way to the Wii U courtesy of a surprising...

Video: Get Into The Rhythm With the Stella Glow Opening Movie

Get Into The Rhythm With the Stella Glow Opening Movie

Ahead of a Holiday release in North America

Stella Glow, the upcoming RPG for 3DS, is ultimately a swansong for Imageepoch. While that's a slightly sad circumstance, it's another title - being published by Atlus in North America - to look forward to; it's due in the region this Holiday season. Atlus has now posted the localised opening movie from...

Exclusive: Check Out Runbow's Complete Cast of Colourful Crossover Characters

Check Out Runbow's Complete Cast of Colourful Crossover Characters

Let the colours run

Runbow's crazy breed of colour-based running action has already enlisted the help of the likes of Shovel Knight, Scram Kitty, and CommanderVideo to help in the endless task of running from one place to another, and now that list of indie guests has just grown even larger. In this exclusive trailer 13AM Games' frantic 9-player...

Feature: The Unexpected Legacy of Wii Music

The Unexpected Legacy of Wii Music

Life changing inspiration from the most unsuspected of places

In this guest feature, Nintendo Life regular and chiptune musician Shiryu explains how Wii Music played a pivotal role in encouraging his prolific output. As tradition mandates every year, I sat watching the Nintendo's 2008 E3 presentation with high hopes of a new F-Zero being finally...

Video: This New Soul Axiom Trailer Sets the Scene

This New Soul Axiom Trailer Sets the Scene

Was part of Nintendo's Nindies booth at Gamescom

Nintendo had a sizeable presence at Gamescom last week, and it was certainly pleasing to see a dedicated 'Nindies' section showing off upcoming Wii U and 3DS eShop releases. Soul Axiom from Wales Interactive was on the booth - some Wii U eShop aficionados will remember the studio's previous release...

News: Core Console Market Bigger Than Ever, Despite The Impact Of The "Wii Bubble" 

Core Console Market Bigger Than Ever, Despite The Impact Of The "Wii Bubble" 

Bodes well for Nintendo NX

EEDAR VP of Insights Patrick Walker has pointed out that the core home console market is bigger than ever, citing impressive launch sale figures for the PS4 and Xbox One systems. The news flies in the face of claims that the rise of smartphones and tablets has put the console market in danger. However, sales data points...

News: Skylander SuperChargers Racing On Wii And 3DS Will Offer Bespoke Tracks And Progression

Skylander SuperChargers Racing On Wii And 3DS Will Offer Bespoke Tracks And Progression

Racing experience "unlike" anything you'll see on current-gen systems

Activision may have unveiled a lot of the Wii U version of Skylanders SuperChargers at Gamescom 2015, featuring heavily the platform-wide addition of its Kart Racing mode, but we are still light on details relating to the Wii and 3DS versions of the game. Talking to Vicarious...

News: Retro Studios is Still Busy, With Job Listings Providing a Timely Reminder

Retro Studios is Still Busy, With Job Listings Providing a Timely Reminder

We can wait

Oh Retro Studios, how we miss you! Perhaps it's a sign of these impatient times - after all, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze only arrived in early 2014 - but it's felt like a particularly long silence from what's arguably Nintendo's most accomplished studio in the West. Prior to E3 this year a lot of talk was around what's next from...

News: Nintendo NX Could Get A Port Of MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Nintendo NX Could Get A Port Of MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Negotiations with Nintendo yet to happen

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida has revealed to DualShockers that a port of the game could come to the Nintendo NX, but there are still some hurdles to overcome. Square Enix has already caused considerable interest by announcing that Dragon Quest X and Drag

News: Early NX Reveal Was To "Reinforce Commitment" To Dedicated Hardware, Claims Nintendo's Scott Moffitt

Early NX Reveal Was To "Reinforce Commitment" To Dedicated Hardware, Claims Nintendo's Scott Moffitt

"It was important for us to recommit"

When Nintendo shocked the gaming world by stating that it was dipping a toe into the smartphone gaming market it also chose to reveal it was working on its next gaming platform, dubbed Nintendo NX. Aside from that conformation there's been little official news regarding the system, leading many to question...

News: Mega Man And Mighty No. 9 Creator Keiji Inafune Admits He Doesn't Make Games That He Can Play

Mega Man And Mighty No. 9 Creator Keiji Inafune Admits He Doesn't Make Games That He Can Play

"My staff, though, are really good"

Keiji Inafune is responsible for some of the most joypad-crushingly difficult games of the 8-bit era, with the Mega Man series being considered the ultimate test of skill by many Nintendo players. However, Inafune has admitted to Kotaku UK that he is in fact a mere mortal and doesn't create games which he himself...

Video: Here's What Nintendo Did At Gamescom 2015 

Here's What Nintendo Did At Gamescom 2015 

Whole lotta Marios

Gamescom has closed its doors for another year, and with over 345,000 attendees having sampled all the lovely new titles on display. Nintendo was there in full force, showing off some of its new games as well as celebrating its past. To mark another bumper year at Gamescom, Nintendo has posted up some video content taken from the...

News: Splatoon Data Mining Brings More Weapons, a New Stage and Even 'Playable Octolings'

Splatoon Data Mining Brings More Weapons, a New Stage and Even 'Playable Octolings'

Would ruin the Kid / Squid song

As often now happens with a major update to a Nintendo title, pre-prepared future DLC gets data-mined and shared with the world. It's happened, notoriously, with Super Smash Bros.;as a result die-hard fans knew most of the title's pre-E3 reveals before they actually happened. This means, of course, that if you don't...