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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,...

Video: 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Shoots Down The Competition

3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Shoots Down The Competition

Pastel coloured pew-pew

We gave you a brief overview of Sega's latest 3D Classic Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers last week, but now we've finally got our hands on it we can show you some real footage of our own. It should come as no surprise at this point to hear that M2 has once again produced an exceptional port, arcade accurate in the most minute...

News: The Videogame History Museum's GDC Nintendo Exhibit Was Full of Retro Delights

The Videogame History Museum's GDC Nintendo Exhibit Was Full of Retro Delights

The Virtual Boy even appeared

GDC (Game Developers Conference 2014) has drawn to a close, and it brought us some snippets of Nintendo news, mainly focused on the download market. Nintendo showed off various games on the way to the eShop, promised there were plenty more, and showed off Mario vs. Donkey Kong running on the Nintendo Web Framework. The...

Weirdness: Square Enix Reproduces Deadly Final Fantasy XIV Boss in 16-Bit Style

Square Enix Reproduces Deadly Final Fantasy XIV Boss in 16-Bit Style

We'd play a Super NES version any day

Final Fantasy XIV, an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for the franchise, has had a troubled history. The first version was such a disappointment that Square Enix eventually dropped it, reproducing the game and changing up the development team that eventually released the far-improved A...

News: The Wait for Mario Kart 8 Is Filled With Sunshine in This Week's Course Update

The Wait for Mario Kart 8 Is Filled With Sunshine in This Week's Course Update

More goodness flies into view

In recent weeks Nintendo — through social network accounts including its Wii U UK Facebook page — has been teasing out additional courses for the upcoming Mario Kart 8. As a result it's become a slightly unexpected weekend routine of skimming the previous seven days to see what new tracks are on show, and the happy...

News: Delayed Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs Game Is Still Happening, And Still Coming To 3DS

Delayed Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs Game Is Still Happening, And Still Coming To 3DS

Remains very much in the saddle

If you're in your thirties then chances are that the name Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs may trigger a flash of recognition in your addled and aging brain. Based on a Japanese anime series called Sei Jūshi Bisumaruku, Saber Rider was picked up for western localisation in the '80s by World Event Productions (the...

News: "Dark And Edgy" Sonic The Hedgehog Film Reportedly In Development

"Dark And Edgy" Sonic The Hedgehog Film Reportedly In Development

He can really move

According to Hollywood insider website The Tracking Board, a “dark edgy” movie adaptation of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is on its way courtesy of Columbia Pictures. The film, which is aimed squarely at older audiences, will use a combination of live-action and animation. This news comes less than two months after the...

News: Nintendo Highlights Over 50 Unity Games on the Way to the Wii U eShop

Nintendo Highlights Over 50 Unity Games on the Way to the Wii U eShop

"We’ve got a lot of Unity content on the way"

It's no secret that the Wii U eShop is set to play a prominent role in delivering a high volume of diverse content to the home console in the coming weeks and months. After much promise of a substantial collection of download-only games the library is starting to grow, with a varied range due in April...

Review: Bubble Pop World (3DS eShop)

Bubble Pop World (3DS eShop)

Burst in line

The hardest part of starting Bubble Pop World might be remembering where you left the “?” box AR card you’ll need to play it. Precious few 3DS games have taken advantage of the system’s augmented reality feature, with the majority employing it just for an amusing little extra. Developer Cypronia, however, has fully dived into...