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Book Review: The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

Charting a golden era

When journalist and novelist John Szczepaniak launched his Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 to record the hitherto undocumented story of Japan's game development community, there were a few raised eyebrows around the web. His funding goal was a lofty one, and the task seemed almost herculean in scope — he planned to travel...

Video: Episode One Of Zeldamotion's Link To The Past Animated Series Makes Its Debut

Episode One Of Zeldamotion's Link To The Past Animated Series Makes Its Debut

Link to it, fast

After a long period of silence, Aeipathy Industries has released the first episode of its adaptation of Akira Himekawa's Legend of Zelda manga series. Produced under the Zeldamotion banner, the fan-made series is being funded via direct donations and its own Patreon campaign. It showcases the vocal talents of Todd Haberkorn and Vic...

News: Immediate DLC Reinforcements Arriving Soon On The Hyrule Warriors Battlefield

Immediate DLC Reinforcements Arriving Soon On The Hyrule Warriors Battlefield

Let the onslaught of additional content begin!

Whether you love or hate DLC, it’s fast approaching the latest Wii U release, Hyrule Warriors. But seriously, with Koei Tecmo’s history were, you expecting anything less? With this in mind, a Koei Tecmo live stream at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show has revealed a new batch of playable characters are on...

News: Work On Your Taiko Drumming Skills While Beating Creatures In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Work On Your Taiko Drumming Skills While Beating Creatures In Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

No bemani required

Not to leave the humans in the dark when it comes to new equipment options, Capcom has announced a Taiko: Drum Master-themed hunting horn for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. This friendly-looking smacker of things has been confirmed for American and European versions of the game: And also has its own typically restrained themed...

News: Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringes On The Rights Of Multiple Emulator Authors

Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringes On The Rights Of Multiple Emulator Authors

Team behind RetroArch says Hyperkin is using emulators without permission

Hyperkin's RetroN 5 console is a fantastic way to enjoy old classics, and offers plenty of benefits over existing clone retro systems, largely because it uses advanced software emulation to offer HD visuals and other benefits. However, it would appear that Hyperkin can't...

News: The Original Final Fantasy Is Getting The 3D Classics Treatment In Japan

The Original Final Fantasy Is Getting The 3D Classics Treatment In Japan

Owners of Final Fantasy Explorers will receive the game for free

While western gamers are still waiting on a possible announcement from Square Enix regarding the release of its latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers in both Europe and North America, Japanese gamers are currently bracing themselves for the title’s release towards the end of this...

News: Sonic-Themed Felyne Drag Races into Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Sonic-Themed Felyne Drag Races into Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Tails armour still just a rumour

Not to be upstaged at the den of weird and wonderful that is the Tokyo Game Show 2014, Capcom has announced a Sonic the Hedgehog-themed suit of armour for the felyne fighting compadres (also known as Palicoes) of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, complete with Sonic's legendary sword Caliburn. To properly accessorise the...

Review: Chimpuzzle Pro (Wii U eShop)

Chimpuzzle Pro (Wii U eShop)

Monkeying around

Chimpuzzle Pro is CW-Games’ first offering on the Nintendo Wii U eShop, building on the company’s previous Chimpuzzle (for PC/Mac/Linux) by adding five new levels. In Chimpuzzle Pro, the object is to save the auto-walking monkey Bobo from hazards by building up a partially completed obstacle course using Tetris-style block...

Review: Mega Man 7 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Mega Man 7 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Bigger sprites, bigger fun?

Mega Man 7 is in an awkward place; while most big NES franchises made huge leaps to the Super Nintendo, the mainline Mega Man series' 16-bit thunder was stolen by its Serious Business spin-off, Mega Man X. Released after X and its sequel Mega Man X2, Mega Man 7 is Capcom's attempt to bring its classic platforming roots to...

News: First 4 Figures Unveils Running Mega Man Collectibles

First 4 Figures Unveils Running Mega Man Collectibles

Oh my...

While they're a purchase typically too extravagant for many, including this humble writer, we at Nintendo Life nevertheless enjoy gawking at the latest efforts from First 4 Figures, the prominent purveyor of lovely but unaffordable game-related collectibles. Enter two new iterations of a Running Mega Man for us to gaze upon. Portraying the...

Exclusive: TriForce Johnson Announces The Legend of Zelda: Order Of Time YouTube Series

TriForce Johnson Announces The Legend of Zelda: Order Of Time YouTube Series

"We're going to piece together one streamlined timeline"

Isaiah TriForce Johnson is a name that will be instantly familiar to most Nintendo fans. One of the company's most loyal supporters, TriForce is famed for being first in line at hardware launches, wearing a Power Glove every waking moment of the day and running his own incredibly successful...

News: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Thrashes the Competition in Japan – 3DS Sales Increase

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Thrashes the Competition in Japan – 3DS Sales Increase

Sells more than ten times second placed Destiny

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS hit Japanese shops late last week – some even released it before the agreed date – and it's safe to say that no one is surprised by seeing it at number one in the charts today; Nintendo has already announced over one million launch weekend sales when downloads are...

Review: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

Warriors, come out to play

There's a very good reason why Hyrule Warriors is the first major Zelda release not to have the "Z" word in its title. As we've suspected since that surprising reveal in December of last year, this is much more a Warriors (or Musou, if you prefer) outing than it is a Zelda one, and that news will trigger mixed feelings for...

News: Cooking Mama 5 Becomes a Little Too Real at Launch

Cooking Mama 5 Becomes a Little Too Real at Launch

YouTube celeb Rosanna Pansino raises its profile

The Cooking Mama franchise is perhaps unfairly dismissed by some, but it has an impressive sales track record and a loyal fanbase — the publisher states there have been over 13 million copies sold worldwide. It surged to popularity during the DS "Touch Generation" days, and it can be strangely fun...

Video: We Take A Look At Super Smash Bros. 3DS' Exclusive Smash Run Mode

We Take A Look At Super Smash Bros. 3DS' Exclusive Smash Run Mode

Smash Run races for victory!

Recently we showed off twenty-five minutes of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Classic mode, so today we're going to focus on the all-new and 3DS-only Smash Run mode. This mode is a little different from anything that's gone before, with a five minute prep time on an oversized stage filled with random adversarie

News: Renegade Kid Now In A Position To Produce More Dementium Games

Renegade Kid Now In A Position To Produce More Dementium Games

Ward you believe it?

Dementium: The Ward and its sequel Dementium II stand out as two of the most unusual games to appear on the family-friendly Nintendo DS, and earned a large following of fans thanks to their mature themes and use of horror. Renegade Kid founder Jools Watsham has always said that he'd like to return to the series, but was unable...

News: You Need To See This Amazing Hand-Sculpted Donkey Kong GBA SP Case Mod

You Need To See This Amazing Hand-Sculpted Donkey Kong GBA SP Case Mod

Good luck trying to play a game on it, though

If you follow the hardware modding community then the name Vadu Amka will be instantly familiar to you. A seasoned pro when it comes to taking existing systems and making them even more attractive, Amka has recently released another new creation: a Game Boy Advance SP which is based on the model used...

News: Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of Ice Climbers From Super Smash Bros.

Sakurai Explains Reasoning Behind Removal Of Ice Climbers From Super Smash Bros.

The 3DS couldn’t handle the pressure

Whilst the soon to be released Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS features one of the greatest character rosters in the history of videogames, veteran fans of the series will no doubt have noticed that a previously regular pair in the cast line-up are now missing from the latest entry. In this week's...