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Review: Flap Flap (3DS eShop)

Flap Flap (3DS eShop)

Flap off

The success of the free mobile hit, Flappy Bird, was arguably one of the darkest periods in the history of video games. It was a title with questionable assets, a tedious concept and flawed mechanics that was made in just a handful of days. Despite this, it was clearly addictive, going viral with unprecedented downloads and media coverage...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Record Decent Week 2 UK Sales

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Record Decent Week 2 UK Sales

Zelda title fighting with the big boys

The New Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate all had strong début sales in the UK when they launched on 13th February. That launch buzz makes way for day-to-day sales, of course, and while both retail titles have seen numbers inevitably drop in their second weeks,...

Nintendo Download: 26th February (Europe)

26th February (Europe)

Hyrule Warriors DLC, Pac-Attack, Titan Attacks, Kirby HOME themes and more

It's Monday morning, but that's a good thing if you're a Nintendo fan in Europe, as it brings us the latest Nintendo Download Update news. This week has some typically bonkers Wii U DLC along with a range of rather tempting downloads on both systems. Let's get to it. Wii U...

News: Nintendo Are Releasing Stylish Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Playing Cards In Japan

Nintendo Are Releasing Stylish Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Playing Cards In Japan

Japan gets all the good stuff

With Nintendo starting out as a card company, it’s no surprise it still pays respect to its beginnings with regular releases of both classic Japanese hanafuda cards and more commonly known card games here in the west. The latest addition to this long-line is a set of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire playing...

News: Yoshi’s Woolly World Rated By Australian Classification Board

Yoshi’s Woolly World Rated By Australian Classification Board

An early arrival expected

The upcoming platform game,Yoshi’s Woolly World, set for release in early 2015, has recently been rated by the Australian Classification Board, confirming the previously scheduled launch period is still on target. The Wii U title was rated on 16th February, with information of “very mild violence” in reference to...

Feature: Tales From the Front Line of amiibo Collecting

Tales From the Front Line of amiibo Collecting

The good, the bad and the ugly

Nintendo's amiibo have been a hit at retail, with around 5.7 million sold through January, and counting. Yet that sales success doesn't mean that supply is plentiful, and for the most eager of fans collecting some of the toys - particularly those that are a little most niche - have been a tale of endurance. This...

News: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Discuss the Art Style and Sources of Inspiration

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Developers Discuss the Art Style and Sources of Inspiration

Blessing or a curse?

Just this Friday, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse released in North America to general critical acclaim. We awarded it a 7/10; while praising the excellent art style, we felt there were underutilized gameplay applications of the clay theme. As part of the buzz surrounding the game's release, GameSpot recently conducted an interview...

News: Eiji Aonuma Explains Several Design Choices in the Creation of Majora’s Mask

Eiji Aonuma Explains Several Design Choices in the Creation of Majora’s Mask

“It’s almost like another dimension”

It's no secret that many are enjoying The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D at the moment. The much-anticipated remake of the Nintendo 64 classic rectified some of the issues present in the original release and streamlined the whole experience to make it more enjoyable. Just recently, Game Informer con

Review: Blek (Wii U eShop)

Blek (Wii U eShop)

Pure and Simple

Every so often a video game will emerge which further dissembles the division between games and art; it's fair to say that Blek is one of those titles. Its miminimalistic, unsophisticated presentation and engaging puzzles garnered it resoundingly high praise following its release on iOS and Android, and resulted in developer Kunabi...

Review: Flipnote Studio 3D (3DS eShop)

Flipnote Studio 3D (3DS eShop)

Striking a nearly perfect note

From its launch in late 2008 until its eventual discontinuation five years later, Flipnote Studio was a smash hit among both the casual and professional creative types. As an application that assisted in creating flip-book style animations on the DSi, the concept was simple, but the amount of creativity that users put...

Weirdness: Nintendo Tries to Jump on the Oscars Bandwagon With Its Own Film Awards

Nintendo Tries to Jump on the Oscars Bandwagon With Its Own Film Awards

Uh-huh...

The world of PR stunts is rather peculiar, often involving tenuous links to major events in order to gain attention. The latest effort from Nintendo of America made quite a few of us raise an eyebrow, and in a bout of irony and counter-productiveness we're sharing it with you. Because it's a bit silly. It's Oscars weekend, in which movie...

News: Super Smash Bros. Pros Explain Competitive Theories in Reading, Zoning and the "Neutral Game" 

Super Smash Bros. Pros Explain Competitive Theories in Reading, Zoning and the "Neutral Game" 

If you fancy brawling with the best, watch this

Your humble writer, like many in the Nintendo Life team, likes Super Smash Bros. a lot, with the latest entries on Wii U and 3DS pushing our buttons. While some of us in the broader community may be decent players that can compete well in occasional online matches, competitive pro players are naturally...

News: Our Colleagues at Pure Xbox Are Playing Loads of Games for a Good Cause

Our Colleagues at Pure Xbox Are Playing Loads of Games for a Good Cause

Broadcasting live right now

Let's kick this off with a quick disclaimer. No, this isn't about Nintendo. It's important, though, as it's about some friends raising money for charity. In the past we've shared details about a host of live streaming fundraisers, from the incredibly successful Awesome Games Done Quick, to Mario Marathons, Zeldathons and...

Review: Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Slightly less than super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

Once upon a time when arcades were vibrant and 2D platform games were all the rage, Capcom struck gold with the original Ghosts 'N Goblins. The legendary tale of Sir Arthur and his quest to save Princess Prin Prin from demons was a huge success, but also notoriously difficult. Super tough from the off, in...