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Review: Adventure Island II (3DS eShop / NES)

Adventure Island II (3DS eShop / NES)

"Just you wait, Master Higgins!"

The original Adventure Island — though a fun little platformer in its own right — is most fondly remembered today for being a strikingly comprehensive clone of SEGA's Wonder Boy, as a result of developer Escape licensing the property (minus SEGA's character designs) to Hudson Soft for an NES port. Adventure...

News: Japanese Pokémon Tournament Unveils Exclusive 3DS XL

Japanese Pokémon Tournament Unveils Exclusive 3DS XL

Only for the very best, like no one ever was

Pokémon tournaments over the past few years have continued to grow in popularity along with the series. With US Regionals on the horizon, and the video game and trading card seasons in full swing, the series is at a pinnacle of popularity. The Pokémon Dragon Tournament occurs every year in Japan and...

News: Two Tribes Shoots Down the Possibility of Toki Tori 3

Two Tribes Shoots Down the Possibility of Toki Tori 3

"There is no audience for" a sequel to the Wii U title

In a series of tweets today, Dutch studio Two Tribes has indicated that poor sales of Toki Tori 2+ means there's no chance of another sequel. The cute puzzle-platformer struggled to find a fanbase when it released on the Wii U eShop and PC last year, a situation the company doesn't feel will...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Thirty

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Thirty

Smash Ball! Peanut Gun! Rosalina! More!

Monday is always a day that brings a little bit of pre-release hype to our eyeballs, as we post yet another Super Smash Bros. summary from the last week; we're onto issue number 30, no less. Masahiro Sakurai has been dishing out daily screens on the Miiverse Super Smash Bros. Director's Room for so long, yet...

Video: Nintendo Approves of this Mario Kart Song

Nintendo Approves of this Mario Kart Song

For the First Time in Forever, for you Frozen fans

It's a well-known fact that, aside from the occasional multi-platform game that many will happily ignore, Mario Kart 8's 30th May arrival is the closest major release for the Wii U. One consolation is that there is an enticing line-up of eShop games, but retail titles can still arguably get the...

Review: Ice Hockey (Wii U eShop / NES)

Ice Hockey (Wii U eShop / NES)

Not that cool any more

Nintendo released a number of sports titles in the NES era, a reflection of a simpler time when having a fancy home console was enough of a novelty that a game simply called Ice Hockey would seem like an awesome prospect. You like Ice Hockey? You've got Nintendo? Get Ice Hockey, which is Ice Hockey on your Nintendo! That...

News: Extended Nintendo Network Maintenance May Disrupt Late Night 3DS Online Play

Extended Nintendo Network Maintenance May Disrupt Late Night 3DS Online Play

Sorry, night owls

If you're the kind of 3DS owner that likes to relax late at night with a few chaotic races of Mario Kart 7 or some team-based ghost hunts in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon then, be warned, your routine may be disrupted today / tomorrow. Those in North America will see some disruption to online play on the 3DS late tonight, while in...

News: Yoshi's New Island is Still Throwing Eggs in the UK Top 20

Yoshi's New Island is Still Throwing Eggs in the UK Top 20

Pokémon provides the only other Nintendo-exclusive top 40 presence

After making its UK all-format chart début in 12th place, a test for 3DS title Yoshi's New Island has been to see how its momentum stacks up — not too badly, as it turns out. In its second week Yoshi's adventure is in 16th place — it holds the same spot in the...

News: Knights Of The Round Joins The Fray In Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Knights Of The Round Joins The Fray In Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Thankfully the summon sequence is much shorter in this game

Much like last time, Square Enix has once again released a few tantalising images of the characters and summons we can look forward to using in the awkwardly-named Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call. As before there's a selection of old and new characters to ogle, this time from...

Nintendo Download: 27th March (Europe)

27th March (Europe)

Mario's karting début, a puzzling court crossover, a skating cat and more

Monday morning can be a time for despair and gnashing of teeth, but not for Nintendo Download gamers. As usual Nintendo has issued its update for the treats on the way to Europe later this week — this includes a classic Super NES kart racer, a skating cat, a delightful...

Video: Here's a Neat Summary of How Video Games Can Make You Smarter

Here's a Neat Summary of How Video Games Can Make You Smarter

In moderation, remember!

There are still a number of people — even in the current-day when gaming is more mainstream and popular than ever — that try to say no good can come of playing video games. While those that use the hobby for enjoyment and relaxation, in moderation, can disagree until the end of days, it can be a tricky sell to those...

News: High Voltage Software Developing 3DS Version of Amazing Spider-Man 2

High Voltage Software Developing 3DS Version of Amazing Spider-Man 2

Best known for its work on two Wii first-person shooters

Nintendo's official page for the 3DS version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reveals that the developer of the title will be Illinois, US-based High Voltage Software, and not Beenox as previously thought. Perhaps best known by Nintendo fans for its work on the 2009 Wii FPS titles The Conduit and

Talking Point: Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail Titles Can Benefit From More eShop Trials and Demos

Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail Titles Can Benefit From More eShop Trials and Demos

A taste before taking the plunge

Whether you want to call them free trials or demos, the ongoing absence — for the most part — of these offerings on the Nintendo eShop stores is noticeable. What's peculiar, at least from our perspective, is why that gap exists with some of Nintendo's finest first-party releases; in an increasingly competitive...

Weirdness: The Legend of Zelda's Master Sword Appears to be in PS4-Exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son

The Legend of Zelda's Master Sword Appears to be in PS4-Exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son

Heavily inspired by it, at least

Any members of the Nintendo Life community with a PS4 — it's OK, many of us have multiple consoles — may currently be playing a bit of inFAMOUS: Second Son. It's the latest major release on the hardware, and is on the front line of the 'console war' arguments for this week that we all love so much. Nevertheless,...