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Review: Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U)

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U)

Sonic Doomed

Sega's once-venerable Sonic the Hedgehog series has become a bit of a punchline in the gaming industry in recent years. With entries ranging from decent to mediocre to horrible, each new release is met with trepidation and well-earned cynicism. Sonic just hasn't been fully on top since his 16-bit heyday, and while his original 3D...

News: Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure Now Costs as Much as a Posh Sandwich on Amazon UK

Learn With Pokémon: Typing Adventure Now Costs as Much as a Posh Sandwich on Amazon UK

Good value just for the keyboard

Update: We told you to be fast. Having checked the listing around an hour after it went live the stock is now all gone. Based on the comments this can be found at various retailers for just a few pounds more than the Amazon deal, however, so all is not necessarily lost if you still want to pick this up. Original...

Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's New DexNav

Everything You Need To Know About Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire's New DexNav

We dish out the details on this amazing new feature

Since Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire came out in North America, one of the most talked about features is the DexNav, and it's easy to see why. It is one of the most addictive features that has ever been in a Pokémon game. What Is It?: Essentially, the DexNav is part of the PokéNav...

Review: Tetris Ultimate (3DS)

Tetris Ultimate (3DS)

The ultimate Tetris?

Tetris has been around since 1984, where it was developed in Russia for the DVK, a Soviet computer, but most people remember either the Game Boy or the NES version as being the breakthrough for the title. To say that Tetris is successful is an understatement; the gameplay is just as enjoyable as it was thirty years ago and...

News: Sonic Boom Wii U And 3DS Both Stall Outside Of The UK Multiformat Top 40

Sonic Boom Wii U And 3DS Both Stall Outside Of The UK Multiformat Top 40

Beleaguered reboot fails to find commercial success

We don't need to explain the bad stink which has surrounded the launches of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. The much-hyped cross-platform reboot of Sega's famous franchise doesn't seem to have gone as planned, and it would appear that this negative feeling has impacted...

Nintendo Download: 27th November (Europe)

27th November (Europe)

Smash Bros., Pokémon, Thomas Was Alone, Hyrule Warriors DLC and much more

Another week begins, but the European Nintendo Download Update should have some exciting titles to cheer anyone up, with two of the year's biggest retail titles arriving on both Wii U and 3DS. Beyond those big contenders we have some enticing download options, so let's get to...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Discusses Production of the Pikmin Short Movies in a Miiverse Interview

Shigeru Miyamoto Discusses Production of the Pikmin Short Movies in a Miiverse Interview

A new HOME theme for the 3DS also revealed

The creator of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto, has dabbled in many new and exciting experiences this year, including the production of animated shorts – he even had the opportunity to show his recently released Pikmin movies at the Toyko International Film Festival. Now, in an interview with Nintendo’s...

Review: Natsume Championship Wrestling (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Natsume Championship Wrestling (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Tapped out

Let's be honest here: wrestling is essentially one big television drama, and that's no way an attempt to belittle the incredible athleticism of the men and women involved. It's Eastenders with a mullet and tight pants, complete with plot twists and a cast of larger than life characters to root for. These heels and faces are the reason we...

Guide: Getting the Most out of Your amiibo with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Getting the Most out of Your amiibo with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Oh, amiibo!

Nintendo’s near-field communication figurines, amiibo, have finally landed in North America; what better way for them to punch and kick their way into our homes (and hearts) than to do so in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Nintendo’s latest home console version of the crossover fighting series offers in-depth support for the...

Feature: Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Eleven: Angler

Working 9 to 5 in a Fantasy Life - Week Eleven: Angler

The never-ending quest for fewer fish in the sea

In the eleventh part of a regular series, Karen takes on Fantasy Life in a variety of 'lives' and documents her adventures. After last week’s work as a mercenary defending Castele and other associated kingdoms from the scourge of overgrown lizards and smaller nuisances, I wanted a change of pace...

Video: Two Smash Bros. Instructional Videos to Get You Brawling with the Best of Them

Two Smash Bros. Instructional Videos to Get You Brawling with the Best of Them

One's perhaps more advanced than the other

Did You Know Gaming and Nintendo have both released some instructional videos for the Super Smash Bros. series. Did You Know Gaming focuses on the advanced techniques from the earlier games such as wave dashing and directional influence, but Nintendo has taken a much more basic approach. It's the first part...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter Sold Out Already in Most US Stores

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter Sold Out Already in Most US Stores

eBay prices skyrocket

Nintendo were right to release the GameCube Controller Adapter for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as it appears the popularity of the peripheral was far greater than many stockists of the device were anticipating, leaving it out of stock already in most US stores. Many Smash Bros. veterans swear by the GameCube controller as...

Review: Safari Quest (3DS eShop)

Safari Quest (3DS eShop)

Safari Meh-st

As consumers of entertainment, we all generally gravitate towards the extreme sides of the spectrum. When a product is amazing, it's really amazing — and we can't say enough about it. When a product is awful, it's really awful — and we're going to let everyone know. That's why it's such a disappointment when a product falls...

Review: Lufia: The Legend Returns (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

Lufia: The Legend Returns (3DS eShop / Game Boy Color)

The legend isn't feeling so good

Young Wain is the protector of his small village; it’s not a tough gig, with just the occasional blob-creature to slash on the outskirts, but things are about to change. As a spiritual force awakens inside him, the powerful Sinistrels re-emerge to release a threat of “unseen terror on the land”. His bloodline...

Video: Nintendo Minute Shows Off Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and amiibo Gameplay

Nintendo Minute Shows Off Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and amiibo Gameplay

They have a Mario graphic on their phones...

With the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in North America, it's no surprise that weekly video series Nintendo Minute is taking the opportunity to show off the game and the accompanying amiibo range. After some four-player matches regular hosts Kit & Krysta — with guests Mike and Adam —...

Weirdness: Factory Error Results in Dual-Wielding Samus amiibo

Factory Error Results in Dual-Wielding Samus amiibo

Can't grapple it

Factory defects usually have hilarious consequences, but one plucky Nintendo fan managed to get their hands on an amiibo unlike any other: No doubt this figurine will become exceedingly sought after if kept in its original packaging. Of course you could quite easily make your own by buying two of the amiibos and swapping the arms...

Feature: A Day in the Life of a Self-Confessed Super Smash Bros. Fanatic

A Day in the Life of a Self-Confessed Super Smash Bros. Fanatic

It's always a smashing day

Martin Watts regularly thrashes his Nintendo Life colleagues in online Smash Bros. matches, and now we know why. In this article he outlines a typical day now that two versions of the brawler are available. Nintendo’s decision to release not one, but two Super Smash Bros. games in a single year has always been...

Review: Sportsball (Wii U eShop)

Sportsball (Wii U eShop)

No harm, no fowl

Nintendo has been highlighting TOO DX's Sportsball at various shows and conferences as one of several particularly strong "indie games" available on the Wii U eShop, promoting it as a quality party game. Though at first it looks like a primitive, simplistic Joust clone, its charms quickly become apparent with fast-paced gameplay and...