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Feature: Five Nintendo Games Perfect For Multiplayer Fun and Thanksgiving

Five Nintendo Games Perfect For Multiplayer Fun and Thanksgiving

Gather around, dear friends

It's Thanksgiving in the US, a major celebration in which families and friends gather to spend quality time together; naturally entertainment will be high on the agenda. For those that enjoy gaming, meanwhile, it's a chance to break out all those excess controllers and get into the spirit of the occasion with party and...

Feature: Five Reasons To Choose Wii U This Holiday Season

Five Reasons To Choose Wii U This Holiday Season

To borrow Nintendo's slogan, The Time Is Now

We're approaching a time of year defined by many things. Great times with friends and family, lots of food and plenty of fun. Of course, before the big Holiday itself we have lots of shopping and — with that — plenty of choices to make. For gamers there are a number of treats on offer, with...

Guide: Getting the Most out of Your amiibo with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Getting the Most out of Your amiibo with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Oh, amiibo!

Nintendo’s near-field communication figurines, amiibo, have finally landed in North America; what better way for them to punch and kick their way into our homes (and hearts) than to do so in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Nintendo’s latest home console version of the crossover fighting series offers in-depth support for the...

Feature: A Day in the Life of a Self-Confessed Super Smash Bros. Fanatic

A Day in the Life of a Self-Confessed Super Smash Bros. Fanatic

It's always a smashing day

Martin Watts regularly thrashes his Nintendo Life colleagues in online Smash Bros. matches, and now we know why. In this article he outlines a typical day now that two versions of the brawler are available. Nintendo’s decision to release not one, but two Super Smash Bros. games in a single year has always been...

Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. Can Finally Reach Its Money-Spinning Potential

Super Smash Bros. Can Finally Reach Its Money-Spinning Potential

All the pieces have come together

We often talk up Nintendo's alternative and unique approach in the current games market, primarily that of generally focusing on colourful, fun games that often run at a silky smooth 60 frames per second; when it comes to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, we're even looking at a native 1080p resolution to round off the...

Feature: The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's it Doing?

The Wii U is Two Years Old, But How's it Doing?

We feel it's a C minus, overall, on its anniversary

Two years ago today — on 18th November 2012 — the Wii U was launched in North America. It was the first of this current generation of hardware to arrive in stores and generated a decent amount of hype, followed up by subsequent releases in Europe (30th November) and Japan (8th December). After...

Feature: Our Predictions For The Animal Crossing x Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2

Our Predictions For The Animal Crossing x Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2

Vehicles and tracks up for grabs

Earlier this week, ahead of the launch of the first Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack, we let our imaginations — and hopes — run free in creating more DLC packs that we want to see. It was certainly fun for us, though a common complaint was that they weren't realistic. Forgetting the fact that predicting Zelda DLC a year...

Poll: Who'll Be Your Main amiibo Buddy?

Who'll Be Your Main amiibo Buddy?

For Smash Bros. training, more games and picnics

Nothing says it's Friday like some nice, relaxing polls, so we thought we'd take one of the big topics of the week — amiibo — and gauge how you'll be enjoying — or not as the case may be — the upcoming range of toys. It's all very well looking at the attention Nintendo's directing towards...

Hands On: Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter

Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter

Party like it’s 2001

The GameCube controller has become the community gold-standard for playing Super Smash Bros. So much so that Nintendo has wheeled out an adapter to make the controller released in 2001 compatible with its home console released in 2012. All for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The adapter is about as thick as two retail game cases...

Talking Point: The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

The amiibo Range Grows, Yet Key Questions Remain

Its ambition is both a strength and a curse

Back in August we outlined amiibo pros and cons, mainly within the context that Nintendo had revealed little about the figures over the course of the summer months. Many questions have since been answered in terms of how the figures will be used in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, in addition to their minor...

Preview: Power Sliding Around The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC

Power Sliding Around The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC

The great just got even greater!

Recently we were invited to Nintendo's UK headquarters to have a go at The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC that's arriving on 13th November, and naturally we just had to tell you what we thought of it. This is the first time a Mario Kart game has had DLC, so Nintendo has to make an impact to convince buyers to...

Talking Point: The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Showed Nintendo Can Still Surprise and Delight

The Majora's Mask 3D Reveal Showed Nintendo Can Still Surprise and Delight

It was a S.T.E.A.M.Y Direct

This week Nintendo produced a rather traditional Direct broadcast — there was no animation, relatively little flashy presentation beyond trailers, and a diverse range of announcements. It was back to type and rather like those that we'd seen throughout 2013; that's not a criticism, as Nintendo has diversified its...

Parent Trap: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Is Shaping Up To Be Another Family-Friendly Classic

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Is Shaping Up To Be Another Family-Friendly Classic

Family Gamer TV checks out Toad's latest adventure

If you’ve played through Super Mario 3D World you’ll already know the intricate puzzle treat of the Captain Toad levels. Looking initially simple, these fixed isometric worlds presented a substantial and layered challenge to those wanting to find every last coin. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker...

Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 5th November

The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 5th November

There were fireworks

There haven't been many full-on "old-fashioned" Nintendo Direct broadcasts in 2014, as the company has focused on game-specific presentations and an alternative Digital Event approach at E3. While variety is welcome, there was something reassuring about a live video featuring Satoru Iwata in front of a white backdrop; the...

Feature: Does Super Smash Bros. Wii U's Smash Tour Live Up To Expectations?

Does Super Smash Bros. Wii U's Smash Tour Live Up To Expectations?

Mario & chums party hard

Whilst at Nintendo UK’s headquarters, we were lucky enough to get a go on the brand new mode exclusive to the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.: Smash Tour. Going in we didn't really know too much about the mode beyond that it was a Mario Party-esque affair with a Smash Bros. flavour. After a short debriefing we managed...

Preview: Using amiibo with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Using amiibo with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

We’ve got amiibo all figured out

This holiday period is arguably Nintendo’s most crucial since the Wii U launched back in late 2012. The company's banking on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U not only attracting a lot of sales but, more specifically, system sales from those yet to pick up the console. Moreover, Nintendo’s new range of NFC (near...

Preview: Having a Brawl With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Having a Brawl With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Extended time with Nintendo's biggest game this holiday season

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the most anticipated Nintendo title this holiday season, and with good reason. Whether it's the intricate and deep gameplay mechanics, the sheer amount of content reported to be on offer or the crossover Nintendo theme and the fan service that comes with...

Feature: Breaking Down Over 50 Must-See Things in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Breaking Down Over 50 Must-See Things in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Step by glorious step

Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Nintendo Direct delivered what it promised — 50 'Must-See Things'. In fairness to the 'New Things' wording deployed on multiple occasions by Nintendo of America, meanwhile, it wasn't far off that target either, even if that would require a little more slack and an absence of cynicism...