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Parent Trap: Woolly Yoshi amiibo Finally Turn Toys To Life Figures Into Actual Toys

Woolly Yoshi amiibo Finally Turn Toys To Life Figures Into Actual Toys

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson has a yarn Yoshi, don't hate him

It may seem that the knitted amiibo for Yoshi's Woolly World are simply a gimmick. However, for children the difference here is more than aesthetic. They mark a new toys to life trend of offering playable toys rather than collectable figurines for the shelf. Of course, historically toys...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Retail Games of 2015 - Summer Edition

The Biggest Wii U Retail Games of 2015 - Summer Edition

E3 has added some new hits

It's the Summer Solstice here at Nintendo Life HQ in the UK, the longest day of the year. That comes at the end of the longest week of the year following E3, at which Nintendo had a mixed showing. What the event did deliver, in addition to some controversy and a clutch of wonderful moments, was a clearer look at the...

First Impressions: Celebrating a Gaming Icon With Super Mario Maker

Celebrating a Gaming Icon With Super Mario Maker

Let's Super Mario!

Super Mario Maker, recently powered-up from its initial moniker of 'Mario Maker', was a huge part of Nintendo's E3 presence both this year and last. Just a few months ahead of its September release it still had plenty of new surprises in store for this year's show, and still managed to captivate attendees' imaginations. The...

First Impressions: Holding Court with Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Holding Court with Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Racquet Riot

A surprise service sent over the net in Nintendo's Digital Event at this year's E3, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for Wii U marks the first home console appearance of this particular Mario Sport in over 10 years. If early impressions are anything to go by, it's one to watch for - the demo we played on the show floor was very simple,...

Poll: How Excited Are You About Nintendo's E3 Games?

How Excited Are You About Nintendo's E3 Games?

Tell us which are must haves, maybes or misses

Now that we've all had a little time to chill out and think about the games we've seen so far at E3, we can think about which Wii U and 3DS games can claim places on our wishlists. There is, once you list the upcoming releases, quite a lot on the way in 2015 and beyond into next year - enough to keep us...

First Impressions: Our Maiden Flight In Star Fox Zero Prompts Mixed Emotions

Our Maiden Flight In Star Fox Zero Prompts Mixed Emotions

You okay over there, Fox?

One of our men on the E3 floor, Alan Lopez, had a first run on Star Fox Zero in a short session. We'll aim to have a longer playthrough - to tackle the GamePad control scheme, in particular - in a separate media session later this week. When I got to the Star Fox Zero kiosk inside the Nintendo media room, the Nintendo...

Talking Point: Super Mario Maker Stole the Show at the Nintendo World Championships 2015

Super Mario Maker Stole the Show at the Nintendo World Championships 2015

A game changer for the franchise

The Nintendo World Championships 2015 was an event that had various similarities to the Super Smash Bros. Invitational from E3 2014 - it was charming, had some flat moments, the occasional hiccup, yet managed to seize momentum at key moments to keep us watching. It was a lengthy event that actually started rather...

Poll: We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do You Stand?

We Need to Talk About amiibo - Where Do You Stand?

Awesome collectibles, source of frustration, a bit of both?

As we approach the 'expo we cannot name' - oh alright, E3 - we can't help but wonder how many times Nintendo will mention amiibo. Will we learn more about the amiibo cards that'll accompany Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer? Will there be more blasted Smash Bros. waves that we'll...

Guide: Use these Splatoon Tricks & Advanced Techniques to Improve your Inking

Use these Splatoon Tricks & Advanced Techniques to Improve your Inking

Think ink

Splatoon has been out for nearly a week and already people have been looking at the inner workings of the game's intricacies in order to give them an edge when it comes to the crunch. We're nothing if not diligent and have compiled a good number of tips that can help give you the upper hand online. This is by no means a complete guide,...

Interview: Splatoon Producer Hisashi Nogami on Claiming New Territory for Wii U

Splatoon Producer Hisashi Nogami on Claiming New Territory for Wii U

Aimed to create "an entirely new form of gameplay"

Though the claims that Nintendo simply doesn't tackle new ideas aren't entirely fair, there's little denying that Splatoon has been a breath of fresh air on Wii U. As a new IP that utilises a genre so rarely entertained by Nintendo - a third-person shooter - it appears to have succeeded in...

Hands On: Checking Out Splatoon's Freshly Unlocked Ranked Battle Mode

Checking Out Splatoon's Freshly Unlocked Ranked Battle Mode

Laying it all on the line

If you booted up Splatoon this morning you might have noticed that without even the need to download an update that you can now play on the new Port Mackerel map. You can also buy the N-ZAP '85, a new weapon which looks suspiciously familiar. Of course what will be most exciting for competitive gamers is the introduction of...

News: Parent Trap: ​Splatoon Gets Family Tested, And Comes Through With Flying Colours

Parent Trap: ​Splatoon Gets Family Tested, And Comes Through With Flying Colours

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson investigates Nintendo's new smash-hit

With Splatoon out in the wild we can get a first proper impression of how the game is going down with families. With this in mind I checked in with the Huo family to see how they'd taken to the local and online components of Nintendo's new shooter. They took a while to get used to...

Guide: Tips On How To Become A Squid Hotshot In Splatoon

Tips On How To Become A Squid Hotshot In Splatoon

Get inked

Today marks the launch of Splatoon, Nintendo's infectious take on the traditional team-based online shooter. While this ink-splattered offering is far more friendly and accessible than your typical web-based blaster, there are still a few key points you might want to keep in mind before dashing - or should that be swimming? - headlong...

Hands On: Disney Infinity 3.0's Twilight Of The Republic Brings The Star Wars Saga To Wii U

Disney Infinity 3.0's Twilight Of The Republic Brings The Star Wars Saga To Wii U

The Force is strong in this one

After much anticipation we finally got our hands on the Star Wars levels in Disney Infinity 3.0 in London last week. There's a little time before launch still but the headline here is that things feel very polished and locked down already - we came away very impressed. Having had a play with the Toy Box game-creator...

Feature: Yoshi's Woolly World, Like Kirby's Epic Yarn Before It, Offers Unique Chill-Out Platforming

Yoshi's Woolly World, Like Kirby's Epic Yarn Before It, Offers Unique Chill-Out Platforming

All platformer fans should want this game

Though its release in Europe is still a month away, Nintendo has certainly been keen to let the media get their hands on Yoshi's Woolly World. We already gave you a written and video preview for the game in late April, but without spoiling too many specifics we thought we'd provide a follow-up to explain...

Reaction: There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

There is a Positive Angle to Nintendo's Splatoon Global Testfire Issues

Lessons learnt

When Nintendo announced the first round of Splatoon Global Testfire sessions we described the idea as a clever Nintendo Direct highlight, as it achieved multiple goals. It created 'event'-style hype, gave curious Wii U owners a look at the game, and also allowed Nintendo to stress-test the online component with an audience of a...