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Podcast: NLFM Episode 12: Ch-ch-changes

NLFM Episode 12: Ch-ch-changes

New year, new podcast

Changes are a-brewin' with NLFM this year as the show enters its second season. First of all, we're shrinking and growing at the same time. Is your mind blown yet? Tell the rest of the goo in your skull to stay calm, as what this means is that while the average episode will shrink in length, we're ditching the whole monthly schedule shenanigans and going weekly. Yes, weekly..

Features: Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Awards 2010

Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Awards 2010

The top Wii and DS games of the year, as voted by you

We showed you ours, now it's time for you to show your favorite games of 2010. The categories may have been limited, but your response wasn't. Here are the Wii (including WiiWare), DS (including DSiWare) and overall Reader Games of the Year. Reader Wii Game of the Year: Winner: Super Mario Galaxy...

News: Drool Over This Donkey Kong Country Returns Concept Art

Drool Over This Donkey Kong Country Returns Concept Art

Then throw a barrel maybe

The art style in Donkey Kong Country Returns is pitch-perfect, showing respect to the gorilla's history and containing countless tiny references to his previous outings as well as other Retro Studios titles. The concept art that went into producing this unique art style is every bit as impressive as you'd expect, particularly the radically different design for DK himself;..

News: Charge Your Wii Remotes with Sonic Induction Power

Charge Your Wii Remotes with Sonic Induction Power

Sit them down, charge them up

There's truly no more stylish way to charge your Wii Remote's exhausted batteries than this Sonic the Hedgehog induction charger, but there are plenty of cheaper ones: this baby will set you back a hefty $49.99. Powering your Remotes by the magic of induction, you can replenish their battery power without removing their little silicone jackets. The stand charges two..

News: Enter The Masters Tournament in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

Enter The Masters Tournament in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

Golf franchise makes a return with some new features

EA Sports President, Peter Moore, made it clear that he was disappointed with the sales performance of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the Wii, even though it was a critically-acclaimed title. Whatever the cause of the sales numbers was, it was evident that EA Sports would have to do something special if interest is to bounce back up on the golfing..

Features: Vote For Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Award 2010

Vote For Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Award 2010

Make sure your favorite game of the year gets the acclaim you feel it deserves

It wouldn't be too much of an understatement to say that Nintendo platforms had a mammoth year in 2010 with regards to excellent software. But we play by Thunderdome rules here at Nintendo Life around award season, and we're handing over a cache of weapons to you. Which is deserving of your Wii or DS Game of the Year?..

Talking Point: Zelda: Skyward Sword is 2011's Biggest Game

Zelda: Skyward Sword is 2011's Biggest Game

Link to the future

Earlier today we brought you a list of five Nintendo games to thrill you in 2011, but one big name was absent: Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, as it wasn't really fair to put arguably this year's biggest title against anything else. Link's previous adventure on Wii, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, was never developed with Wii in mind, having been designed as GameCube's..

Features: NES Characters, Then and Now: Part One

NES Characters, Then and Now: Part One

See how some of your favourite characters have evolved over the past 25 years

The Nintendo Entertainment System was a system that stimulated the imaginations of designers and gamers alike. Whether it was the smiling, dream-like wonderland of the Mushroom Kingdom, the sprawling fantasy world of Hyrule or the atmospheric depths of planet Zebes, the NES gave birth to some of the most brilliant and..

News: Night of the Sacrifice Will Get Hearts Pumping and Feet Walking

Night of the Sacrifice Will Get Hearts Pumping and Feet Walking

A horror game with a twist

Earlier this month it was announced that Marvelous would be bringing a horror game to the Wii that utilises the Wii Balance Board. With the peripheral predominantly used for health and fitness games, the idea of using the board for something as unrelated as the horror genre was both interesting and puzzling. Well, Famitsu has now shed some light on how the board will be..

News: Zelda: Skyward Sword is Half Finished, says Miyamoto

Zelda: Skyward Sword is Half Finished, says Miyamoto

So expect it next Christmas

We got out first look at Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword at E3 this year with Shigeru Miyamoto's admittedly disappointing onstage demonstration, but more disappointing was the announcement the game would land in 2011. Early 2011, we dared to hope; hopes that have now been broken in two. Gaming website Pocket Lint recently...

News: Mario and His Sporty Friends Go to Court in February

Mario and His Sporty Friends Go to Court in February

Play ball online

Four Mario-themed sports are heading to North America on February 7th, as Nintendo announces the release for Mario Sports Mix. Taking on hockey, basketball, volleyball or dodgeball, the game will be playable in offline or online multiplayer enabling you to settle scores with friends all over the world. Like Mario Kart Wii you'll be able to go online with the player sat next to you,..

News: EA: Nintendo Needs to Drop Wii Price, Help Third Parties

EA: Nintendo Needs to Drop Wii Price, Help Third Parties

Just a couple of suggestions from John Riccitiello

Whether it's the top priority or not, Nintendo is undoubtedly looking to pick up declining profits with the upcoming 3DS. However, in response to the Move and Kinect peripherals for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively, launching new hardware might not be the only answer if Nintendo is to...

Podcast: NLFM Episode 11: A Holiday Season in FLUX

NLFM Episode 11: A Holiday Season in FLUX

Take a sneak peek at the final BIT.TRIP, sigh at simians, sneak along with a secret agent and get into the spirit of the season

We look to the future here at Nintendo Life. Why, take this episode of NLFM, the little ol' chip and game music podcast we've got going: it's got an exclusive first listen of the soundtrack to Gaijin Games' upcoming BIT.TRIP FLUX and goes simultaneously back and forth in..

Features: Don't Touch My Samus: Metroid's Controversial Turn

Don't Touch My Samus: Metroid's Controversial Turn

Why the latest Metroid game's depiction of Samus isn't a complete departure for the series

Metroid isn't a franchise that is known to rest upon its laurels. While each entry maintains the same basic elements that made the first game successful, one could hardly say that the series has gotten comfortable over the years. Whether it's adding a...

News: Get In The Mix Featuring Armin van Buuren Hitting European Eardrums

Get In The Mix Featuring Armin van Buuren Hitting European Eardrums

Transgaming Technologies' DJ sim on the Wii-ls of steel

If someone should utter the words "DJ sim" at you, you'll probably do one of two things: wonder why they said "DJ sim" at you and nothing else, or think of DJ Hero. You might do both, to be fair. We just got word that Easy Interactive has launched Transgaming Technologies' own take on the DJ sim genre with In The Mix..

News: Nintendo Sold a Boatload of Hardware in November

Nintendo Sold a Boatload of Hardware in November

2.7m served

While hardware sales for Wii and DS are definitely tailing off compared to their glory years, this time of year has always been kind to both consoles and it looks like this year is no different. According to numbers from the NPD group, Nintendo sold a total of 2.7m Wii and DS systems across North America last month, with DS just shading the share at 1.5m units compared to Wii's 1.2m..

News: There May Never Be Another Smash Bros. as Hardcore as Melee

There May Never Be Another Smash Bros. as Hardcore as Melee

So says Sakurai

Super Smash Bros. Melee holds a special place in the hearts of many Nintendo fans, but creator Masuhiro Sakurai regrets aiming the game so strongly towards hardcore gamers, saying it's a mistake he wouldn't repeat again. Claiming to have created Smash Bros. to counteract the industry-wide move towards making the fighting game genre...

News: Wii Balance Board Gets its First Horror Title Next Year

Wii Balance Board Gets its First Horror Title Next Year

From Marvelous Entertainment, surprisingly

Fitness, physiotherapy, monkeys: that's largely the array of gaming styles you can play with the Wii Balance Board, but Marvelous Entertainment is about to introduce the horror genre to the board's repertoire with next year's Ikenie no Yoru, or Night of the Sacrifice. Players will be using the Wii Remote like a flashlight to explore a spooky abandoned..

News: Warren Spector Defends Mickey's Maligned Camera System

Warren Spector Defends Mickey's Maligned Camera System

Everybody makes mistakes

Junction Point's Disney Epic Mickey is finally out and racking up some favourable reviews, but one bugbear appears in the majority of reviews: the camera system, which has drawn the criticism of many. Not studio head Warren Spector, though: he's proud of his team's accomplishment. Speaking to Eurogamer, Spector claims: It [camera management] is the hardest problem in video..

News: Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Blocked Marvel vs Capcom 3's Wii Attack

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Blocked Marvel vs Capcom 3's Wii Attack

One VS game only, please

It's a pretty one-sided fight, but even so Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is by far the Wii's greatest fighting game. The main hope for competition came from Capcom's upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3, which regrettably is not heading to Wii. Why? Let Capcom's Christian Svensson explain all. Why isn't MvC3 coming to the Wii? Svensson: The...

News: No Love for Super Mario All-Stars in UK Top 20 Chart

No Love for Super Mario All-Stars in UK Top 20 Chart

Donkey Kong in at 13 though

Plumbing collection Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition just launched in the UK and had an underwhelming first weekend of sales, missing the top 20 altogether and landing at number 22. Simian platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns had a stronger showing, a new entry at number 13 behind strong climber Mario Kart Wii. Whether games purchased with bana

News: Say Hello to this Addictive Rabbids Travel in Time Flash Minigame

Say Hello to this Addictive Rabbids Travel in Time Flash Minigame

Explosive toilet rolls included

Raving Rabbids Travel in Time has probably given historians plenty of bother with its anachronistic view of history, but now it can similarly perplex anyone with a web browser with the official Flash minigame from Ubisoft. The aim of the game is to throw explosive toilet rolls at targets, taking them all out as quickly and with as few throws as possible. It's..

News: Yes, People Really Did Buy Donkey Kong Country Returns with Bananas

Yes, People Really Did Buy Donkey Kong Country Returns with Bananas

Photographic proof!

Remember the news that Donkey Kong Country Returns would cost bananas for speedy UK gamers? If you thought it was just a marketing stunt, well, you were right, but it clearly worked as plenty of gamers turned out to swap a bunch of ripe ones for the ape's latest title. Despite the freezing cold weather currently gripping the UK there were eager beavers lined up outside Game..

News: Latest Iwata Asks Opens Eyes to Nintendo's Tough Standards

Latest Iwata Asks Opens Eyes to Nintendo's Tough Standards

Retro Studios in the hot seat

Donkey Kong Country Returns developer Retro Studios recently sat down with Nintendo top man Satoru Iwata to discuss the game's development and the difficulties of long-distance relationships. The Texas-based studio spoke of the inherent troubles of 5am teleconferences with Japanese producer Risa Tabata, who often would be bright and energetic much to the team's..