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Mario Kart Month: Clones And Alternatives to Nintendo's Classic Series

Clones And Alternatives to Nintendo's Classic Series

Lagging behind?

Every time a Nintendo device is released, it’s a pretty safe bet that Mario Kart isn’t far around the corner. Each new addition to the series further solidifies its well-earned reputation as the party game of choice, bringing together both the masters and the first-timers to join in on the madness and enjoy it regardless of their...

Mario Kart Month: Nintendo Life's Team Shares Its Early Thoughts on Mario Kart 8

Nintendo Life's Team Shares Its Early Thoughts on Mario Kart 8

Share your impressions, too

Mario Kart 8 is now well and truly settled in on plenty of Wii U systems around the world. It seems that Friend Lists have never been busier, too, as a quick glance at almost any time of the day shows most are actively blasting around tracks. If you're a Wii U owner, there are decent odds this applies to you. That's...

Talking Point: The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Should Open Some Doors

The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U Should Open Some Doors

Such a simple idea, but perfect for pleasing dedicated fans

Let's kick this off with a remark that may, when read with fire in the belly, be interpreted as a tad controversial. The GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U, unveiled by Nintendo in a video advertising its upcoming Super Smash Bros. E3 Invitational event, is unlikely to excite or even...

Guide: Getting Started in Mario Kart 8

Getting Started in Mario Kart 8

Don't drive into the deep end

As some of the Nintendo Life team still like discs that come in boxes, our original plan was to release a getting started guide on 30th May; then we remembered some of you trendy types may download the title as soon as it pops up on the Wii U eShop, which may or may not be at midnight. You just can't wait, right? So...

Mario Kart Month: A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: Mighty Mushroom

A Brief History Of Mario Kart Item Evolution: Mighty Mushroom

There’s a shroom for every occasion

You wouldn’t normally associate a mushroom with speed, but just look at Toad with his white and red polka dot head – he’s always zipping about. Clearly he’s got a need for speed after excessive use of the mighty mushroom out on the track. Actually, it’s hard to imagine what’s even under that...

Poll: A Tale of Two Blockbusters as Mario Kart 8 and Watch Dogs Arrive This Week

A Tale of Two Blockbusters as Mario Kart 8 and Watch Dogs Arrive This Week

How will you spend your cash?

A gaming year is often summed up by crowded, high-profile release windows, typically in November as Holiday shopping and Black Friday insanity sweep stores in multiple territories. While this week isn't quite on that scale, it does see the rather brilliant Mario Kart 8 on Wii U go up against Watch Dogs on, well,...

Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuki, On Key Features of the Wii U's Blockbuster Release

Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuki, On Key Features of the Wii U's Blockbuster Release

"Not ruling out the possibility" of a Smash Bros. roster approach in future

For Wii U owners this week is about one game, Mario Kart 8. A new arrival in the franchise is always an exciting occasion, and in some respects this entry takes the series forward in more ways than its predecessors — it brings HD visuals to the franchise for the first...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Thirty Nine

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Thirty Nine

Assist Trophy Capsule! Mirrored characters! Ike! More!

E3 creeps ever closer, which should mean more information on Super Smash Bros. isn't far away. The past week was actually fairly eventful for the titles, however, with loose comments from Nintendo's French division suggesting that the Wii U version will utilise the NFC Figurine Platform, with...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart's Best Weapon Isn't What You Think

Mario Kart's Best Weapon Isn't What You Think

Green Shells For Pride and Honour

Games in the Mario Kart series — including the forthcoming Mario Kart 8 — are usually referred to as racing games, but we all know that's only half the story — the other half is gladiatorial combat on wheels, battles fought between competitors using whatever Super Mario-themed objects of destruction they can...

Talking Point: It's Not Too Late for Nintendo to Join the Minecraft Party

It's Not Too Late for Nintendo to Join the Minecraft Party

The blocky horse hasn't bolted, yet

If Minecraft was a conventional video game, its time in the sun would have passed by now, or we'd currently be playing Minecraft 4 and questioning whether Mojang was going 'a bit EA' with its annual releases. That's far from the reality, however, as this is a game that has ignored convention to establish itself...

Site News: Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Recommended viewing

Those of you with especially good memories will recall that Nintendo Life has been featured on the eShop twice in the past few years — back in 2011, we were asked by Nintendo of Europe to contribute a list of our favourite eShop titles, and a year later we supplied our red-hot summer picks for the North American eShop. We're...

Talking Point: For Better Or For Worse, The Wii U GamePad Is Here To Stay

For Better Or For Worse, The Wii U GamePad Is Here To Stay

Don't expect a Microsoft-style U-turn from Nintendo

The brief lifespan of Microsoft's Xbox One has been overshadowed by a series of embarrassing turnarounds. First, the company was forced to bow to popular opinion and alter its policy on having an "always on" internet connection, then it quickly changed its stance on indie self-publishing. More...

Talking Point: The Nintendo Figurine Platform Could be a Vital Money-Spinner

The Nintendo Figurine Platform Could be a Vital Money-Spinner

A '90s approach that can still work

The Nintendo brand used to be everywhere. In the late '80s and early '90s the big N's brand, particularly in North America, was ever-present and dominant in the market. Mario and his fellow mascots had TV shows, cereal brands, toys and assorted paraphernalia all over store shelves. If you grew up in that era and...

Interview: Yanim Studio on its Kickstarter-Funded Wii U Adventure, Red Goddess: Inner World

Yanim Studio on its Kickstarter-Funded Wii U Adventure, Red Goddess: Inner World

"Nintendo's audience will love what this game has to offer."

On Tuesday we reported on Red Goddess: Inner World, a beautiful new Kickstarter-funded Metroidvania-style title headed to Wii U, PS4, PS Vita, and PC next year if the campaign reaches its funding goal. If you haven't checked it out yet, take a gander at the Kickstarter trailer:...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Koopalings Galore

Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Koopalings Galore

Our profile series concludes with the new MK8 contestants

With Mario Kart's ever-expanding roster of eligible drivers, it can be tough to keep track of them all. When you're out there on the crowded raceway, how are you supposed to tell your Birdos from your Koopa Paratroopas? Have no fear: Nintendo Life is here to help you with handy character...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles - The Veterans

Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles - The Veterans

It's a Mario (Kart) Party!

With Mario Kart's ever-expanding roster of eligible drivers, it can be tough to keep track of them all. When you're out there on the crowded raceway, how are you supposed to tell your Petey Piranhas from your Ludwig von Koopas? Have no fear: Nintendo Life is here to help you with handy character profiles on every racer in...

Feature: All the Important Details From the Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct Broadcasts

All the Important Details From the Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct Broadcasts

A perfect boost

Nintendo has pulled another Nintendo Direct rabbit out of the hat with its Mario Kart 8 videos, which were released straight onto YouTube. There were subtle regional differences, including the range of titles available in the undoubtedly attractive free Wii U game Club Nintendo promotion, while the North American broadcast had a...

Talking Point: Nintendo Must Take Careful Steps Into Paid DLC and Free-to-Play

Nintendo Must Take Careful Steps Into Paid DLC and Free-to-Play

The balance seems reasonable, so far

As more first-party games arrive on the Wii U and 3DS, we may need to stop thinking of paid DLC and free-to-play models as exotic rarities on Nintendo systems. To an extent they still are, in that there's a degree of surprise whenever either emerges in a Nintendo title, but it's quickly becoming the norm, with...

Talking Point: Amazon Fire TV is an Early Warning for Console Heavyweights

Amazon Fire TV is an Early Warning for Console Heavyweights

Unlikely to kill consoles, but its successors may try

When the Ouya was successfully crowdfunded, its executives talked it up as a revolution in living room gaming, promising a wonderland of fun experiences available for free or costing less than a cup of coffee; the world would move on from pricier game consoles flogging retail priced games. Like...

Feature: Time For a Super Smash Bros. New Challenger Screenshot Blowout

Time For a Super Smash Bros. New Challenger Screenshot Blowout

Pick a favourite between Zero Suit Samus, Sheik, Yoshi, Charizard, Greninja

It's been a crazy week for Nintendo fans, with an impressive Super Smash Bros. Direct revealing plenty of details on the upcoming 3DS and Wii U releases being followed by an unexpected and utterly bonkers Tomodachi Life Nintendo Direct. They were particularly exciting...