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News: Final Fantasy Explorers Achieves Respectable UK Sales as LEGO Marvel's Avengers Leads the Way

Final Fantasy Explorers Achieves Respectable UK Sales as LEGO Marvel's Avengers Leads the Way

Some success for 3DS

The UK charts have been rather grim for Nintendo so far in 2016, but this week has thankfully brought some positive news with two new releases making their mark on the top 40. First of all let's look at Final Fantasy Explorers, the Square Enix spin-off that's exclusive to 3DS. Packed with fan service, it's managed to secure...

Nintendo Download: 4th February (Europe)

4th February (Europe)

Smash DLC! Super Mario Galaxy! Legend of Legacy! More!

Another week is underway, and that means we get a look at the Nintendo Download Update treats that are on the way in Europe. This week's a bit of a corker, with high-profile DLC, an exceptional Wii download, RPG goodness on 3DS and some promising download-only games. Let's get to the details...

Gallery: These Fan-Made Splatoon Weapons Are Pretty Fresh

These Fan-Made Splatoon Weapons Are Pretty Fresh

Tools of the trade

The Game Party Japan 2016 event has just hosted the Japanese National Splatoon Championship, giving fans of the game the chance to test their skill against like-minded individuals. It also gave the truly dedicated the opportunity to show off their creative talents, as there was a booth which showcased fan-made versions of the...

News: Splatoon Producer Hints at More Content Being Added in the Future

Splatoon Producer Hints at More Content Being Added in the Future

"I'm starting to wonder if we can't organize a little something else."

Splatoon had an admirable amount of post release support, with new game modes, maps, clothes, and weapons, being regularly added to the game via free updates. While it was inevitable that there would come to be an end to all the free goodness, the question of more, paid DLC has...

News: Eiji Aonuma on the Idea of Giving Link a Voice

Eiji Aonuma on the Idea of Giving Link a Voice

Actions speak louder than words

Link has always been a silent protagonist in the Zelda games and there has always been debate about giving him a real voice. On one hand, the character acts as a sort of avatar for the gamer, an empty vessel that allows one to assume the role of the hero and be that much more immersed in the adventure. On the other...

News: Noowanda Reveals Discovery Version 2.2 Update Details

Noowanda Reveals Discovery Version 2.2 Update Details

Off-TV Play and third person camera perspective are being added in

Discovery came out about a month ago, and while it does have some shortcomings, it stands as an excellent creatively focused block sandbox game. It seems that the developer, noowanda, is dedicated to addressing many issues with the game; the upcoming update notes claim that there...

Video: Catch Up on Yet More Legend of Zelda Easter Eggs

Catch Up on Yet More Legend of Zelda Easter Eggs

Linking to the past

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's most important franchises and celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. It's going to get a lot of focus, then, including plenty of fan-created content to celebrate its history and idiosyncrasies. It's taken a little while, but Did You Know Gaming has continued its series that looks at a...

Talking Point: Learning Lessons From the Past Can Define Nintendo's NX Launch

Learning Lessons From the Past Can Define Nintendo's NX Launch

Balancing fan requests with the mainstream

Whether it'll be later this year or in 2017, Nintendo will be kicking off its next generation of hardware rather soon. There's much talk and belief that it'll have a portable component, perhaps also a home console aspect - with Nintendo's track record it's hard to call whether it'll be the expected format...

Interview: Learning More About FreezeME, a Surprising 3D Platformer for Wii U

Learning More About FreezeME, a Surprising 3D Platformer for Wii U

"I think FreezeME is a perfect fit for the Wii U"

The coming week is already confirmed to include some highly promising download content, and one that's certainly caught our eye is FreezeME. Heading to North America on 4th February at a launch price of $9.99 - then $13.99 after its first week - it looks a cut above the usual 3D platformers that are...

News: Nintendo Confirms Bayonetta, Corrin & Final Mii Costume DLC in Super Smash Bros. for 3rd February

Nintendo Confirms Bayonetta, Corrin & Final Mii Costume DLC in Super Smash Bros. for 3rd February

Or the 4th; don't you love time zones?

The long-awaited final bundle of DLC, or AOC as Nintendo likes to call it, for Super Smash Bros. including Bayonetta and Corrin will be landing on Wii U and 3DS systems on 3rd February in North America and the 4th in Europe. Nintendo has yet to confirm a time but judging from the official Nintendo of America...

Rumour: Data Miners Find Evidence That Suggests New Splatoon amiibo Are Coming

Data Miners Find Evidence That Suggests New Splatoon amiibo Are Coming

Guess what they are?

Data Miners have been particularly notorious on the Wii U for leaking information ahead of releases, and while many of the leaks may seem to be bulletproof, it's not always the best idea to take them as hard fact. For exapmle, the track record with Splatoon has been pretty spot on so far, with most weapons and stages being outed...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Super Smash Bros. Rumoured as NX Launch Title, Shovel Knight amiibo Embarrassment & More

Super Smash Bros. Rumoured as NX Launch Title, Shovel Knight amiibo Embarrassment & More

Where's that salt?

Another week, another boatload of news that every fan is expected to digest alongside all the other things that are apparently happening outside the world of video games. Once again Nintendo Life Weekly is here to save you from the fate of current event vacuousness. This week we look at the rumours surrounding a title in the...

News: Monster Hunter X (Cross) Sales Hit 3.2 Million as Capcom Talks Up 'Firm' Overseas Results

Monster Hunter X (Cross) Sales Hit 3.2 Million as Capcom Talks Up 'Firm' Overseas Results

Surpasses 2.5 million target for Japan, 4 Ultimate also does well

Capcom's latest financial results make for some healthy reading, as it's reported profits for the first nine months of this financial year (1st April to 31st December 2015) that are up on the previous year. Games with Monster Hunter in the title have played a big part in that...

Weirdness: Watch an Actual Live Splatoon Squid Sisters Concert From Japan

Watch an Actual Live Splatoon Squid Sisters Concert From Japan

Get your glow sticks in the air!

Splatoon is not only a fun game, but it's also succeeded in getting some of its characters and quirks into popular culture - well, Nintendo culture. The Squid Sisters are a part of this, with their bizarre voices, dancing and singing being part of the game's charm. In Japan, though, these things can go from being...

Hardware Classics: Bit Corp Gamate

Bit Corp Gamate

​From Taiwan with love

Given that we've covered pretty much every retro console of note in our Hardware Classics series, it was almost inevitable that we'd be forced to investigate systems which could hardly be considered noteworthy from a commercial or critical standpoint. That's certainly the case with Bit Corp Gamate, a handheld console...

Random: Check Out This Kingdom Hearts Inspired Engagement Ring

Check Out This Kingdom Hearts Inspired Engagement Ring

It's my lucky charm, be sure to bring it back to me!

Though it could be said that the Kingdom Hearts series is primarily a PlayStation property, there have technically been more releases on Nintendo handhelds, if you don't count the re-releases and remixes. All the same, there's lots of lore behind the games, and many gamers no doubt have fond...

News: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Developers Discuss the Game's Development

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Developers Discuss the Game's Development

It's all about finding balance

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is out now in all territories, giving gamers the opportunity to experience the crossover of Nintendo's two popular Mario RPG series'. Naturally, the Paper Jam Miiverse page has seen a lot of activity over this past week, and Nintendo has chosen to capitalise on this by posting another...

News: SmashPad Arrives on iOS and Aims to Deliver a Definitive Super Smash Bros. Resource

SmashPad Arrives on iOS and Aims to Deliver a Definitive Super Smash Bros. Resource

Videos, stats and even live streams of tournaments

The Super Smash Bros. community seems to be in a positive period of expansion at present, with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U combining with the much-loved Melee to add some extra spice to the competitive scene, with Nintendo also showing signs of engaging more with that area. A decent audience of more...