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First Impressions: Taking Sonic Boom for a Spin on Wii U and 3DS

Taking Sonic Boom for a Spin on Wii U and 3DS

Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)

Back in May 2013 Nintendo announced that it had entered into a partnership with Sega to bring a series of three Sonic games exclusively to its systems. Sonic Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games were the first products of that arrangement, and the upcoming Sonic Boom games...

Video: Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See How Nintendo Silenced Its Critics At E3 2014

Watch Our Handy Highlight Video To See How Nintendo Silenced Its Critics At E3 2014

Zelda! Amiibo! Splatoon!

It's fair to say that many people in the industry who are deemed to be "experts" didn't give Nintendo much of a chance at this year's E3. The company's decision to not hold a traditional press conference for the second year running — coupled with the well-publicised struggles of the Wii U — resulted in many dire...

Talking Point: Nintendo Should Beware the Slippery Slope of Sponsored DLC

Nintendo Should Beware the Slippery Slope of Sponsored DLC

A harmless way to make money, or guaranteed alienation of fans?

This week Nintendo confirmed the inevitable, and that was Mercedes DLC coming to Mario Kart 8 in the West, after it had previously been announced for the Japanese market. It'll be free in Nintendo's homeland and, we expect, everywhere else in the world, though Nintendo's refusal to use...

Talking Point: Nintendo Successfully Wooed Some Wii U Doubters at E3

Nintendo Successfully Wooed Some Wii U Doubters at E3

Its message of fun and innovation gets through

As a Nintendo-centric site, it's pretty obvious where the interests of our team and the community lie. While we'll be critical of Nintendo, its games, systems or policies when we feel such a stance is warranted, we are inevitably 'rooting' for the company. To nick the big N's slogan of choice right...

First Impressions: Solving the Puzzle of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Solving the Puzzle of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Toad Captain! My Captain!

Sometimes games play host to smaller experiences so fun they could easily stand as full-fledged titles of their own. Kirby games are famous for this, of course, with Kirby Fighters & Dedede’s Drum Dash on offer in the pink puffball’s latest outing, though Mario’s also been known to get in on the act — Super...

Feature: Catch Up With Ten of the Nintendo Treehouse E3 Demonstrations

Catch Up With Ten of the Nintendo Treehouse E3 Demonstrations

Essential viewing

Nintendo's multi-faceted approach to E3 this year did much to earn praise, as it ignored convention and produced a series of videos and events that played up to its strengths. The Digital Event was stylish, the Super Smash Bros. Invitational was raucous fun, and there were two roundtable events that generated plenty of buzz. That...

First Impressions: Enjoying the Craft of Yoshi's Woolly World

Enjoying the Craft of Yoshi's Woolly World

A purled gem

For fans who have been anxiously awaiting news of Yarn Yoshi since it was first announced in January 2013, seeing Nintendo’s Takashi Tezuka and Good-Feel’s Etsunobu Ebisu walk into a yarn shop during the E3 Digital Event was enough to send hopeful hearts flutter-jumping in anticipation. Now sporting a new name and a launch window...

Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3?

What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3?

It's actually finished, you know

E3 is over, finished, done for another year. It was three days (four if you consider the 'day zero' press conferences) of gaming madness, with information overload and the main console manufacturers, publishers and developers doing the equivalent of jumping around screaming "look at me, please!" for a sustained...

First Impressions: Taking Aim With Nintendo's New Online Shooter IP, Splatoon

Taking Aim With Nintendo's New Online Shooter IP, Splatoon

Colour us ink-pressed

Whatever your expectations for Nintendo's Digital Event at E3 this year, it's safe to say that they probably didn't include squid-girls flinging ink at each other across a cityscape in team-based battles. A surprise in every sense of the word, Splatoon came out of nowhere to significant fanfare as one of Nintendo’s flagship...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Innovative E3 Approach is a Breath of a Fresh Air

Nintendo's Innovative E3 Approach is a Breath of a Fresh Air

Going its own way

As this article goes live Nintendo's Treehouse team will be well into its second day of live demonstrations, showing off projects and titles revealed in the Nintendo Digital Event. It's an approach from Nintendo to offer rolling coverage and continually seize attention, while the company has fulfilled an obligation for a major...

Feature: All Of The Vital Super Smash Bros. Roundtable Details, As Pac-Man Joins The Fight

All Of The Vital Super Smash Bros. Roundtable Details, As Pac-Man Joins The Fight

Our man at E3 on Mii customisation, Amiibo and more

Below is a detailed summary from the recently held Super Smash Bros. roundtable, presented by Masahiro Sakurai, as we highlight the most important details and question answers. Once Masahiro Sakurai took to the stage to begin the roundtable, it didn't take long for him to drop the biggest news...

Talking Point: What We Expect From Nintendo at E3 2014

What We Expect From Nintendo at E3 2014

Hype train incoming

The Nintendo Digital Event is just hours away, which means forged MK8 DLC images and many more besides that we've ignored will be consigned to another year of irrelevance. Nintendo will lay out its major projects for the remainder of 2014 and, we suspect, one or two of the biggest titles of 2015. With its current gen rivals in a...

Feature: Our Hopes and Dreams for E3 2014

Our Hopes and Dreams for E3 2014

Let's be optimists

With E3 mania well and truly underway, it's time to get some predictions out of our systems. We'll be pulling together a 'realistic' set of expectations before the main event, but in this article three members of our team based in HQ share what they want to see from Nintendo this year. Some of these hopes are realistic, others...

Feature: Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Summer 2014

Our Top 10 Wii U Retail Games - Summer 2014

Our favourites so far

With E3 2014 right around the corner, Nintendo seems set to prioritise the Wii U in its Digital Event, subsequent coverage and, of course, the Super Smash Bros. Invitational. The 3DS will have a role to play, of course, but many eyes are on Nintendo's home console to see how it'll capitalise on the recent success of Mario Kart...

Play: Mario Kart 8 With Nintendo Life in a 10 Hour Community Tournament

Mario Kart 8 With Nintendo Life in a 10 Hour Community Tournament

Bring it on

As you may have seen recently, we've opened the round-the-clock Nintendo Life GP in Wii U racer Mario Kart 8, and since its launch two days ago hundreds of players have jumped in for some races. That's a rolling tournament with no real rules or winners, it's just for fun. We've decided that an old-fashioned Community session is needed,...

Talking Point: Nintendo's System Updates Bring The Wii U to Another Level

Nintendo's System Updates Bring The Wii U to Another Level

A major leap from day one

For those that owned the Wii U since day one, cast your mind back to its UI (user interface) and OS (operating system) when you fired up the system for the first time. It was, to be rather blunt, a mediocre experience, mainly due to its excessively slow performance. Don't forget that a popular video of a Japanese fan...