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Reaction: Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reveals, and Was Delightful and Confusing in Equal Measure

Nintendo Direct Went Crazy With Reveals, and Was Delightful and Confusing in Equal Measure

Tom Whitehead tries to make sense of 2015's first Nintendo Direct vids

Aside from a few small details that will be saved for a wrap-up article in the very near future, I reckon we've covered most of the important news and reveals from the recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts. It was an absolute bombardment of details, and after quite a few hours and...

Feature: Five Key Reveals We Want in 2015's First Nintendo Direct

Five Key Reveals We Want in 2015's First Nintendo Direct

New 3DS! Wii U release dates! Reward Scheme!

While January 2014 became entwined in fluctuating share prices and worrying financial results, Nintendo has shown its intent to kick off 2015 in a far more positive light. The year's first Nintendo Direct will be broadcast on 14th January at 6am Pacific / 9am Eastern / 2pm UK / 3pm CET, confirming a focus...

Guide: Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 3

Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 3

Episode 3: Return of the Toad

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available in North America and Europe, adding another excellent title to the Wii U library. In this game the goal for Captain Toad and Toadette isn't simply nabbing the star at the end of each stage, but also picking up three gems hidden throughout each level. These become vital in...

Guide: Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 2

Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 2

Episode 2: Wingo Strikes Back

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available in North America and Europe, adding another excellent title to the Wii U library. In this game the goal for Captain Toad and Toadette isn't simply nabbing the star at the end of each stage, but also picking up three gems hidden throughout each level. These become vital in...

Guide: Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 1

Collecting All the Gems in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Episode 1

Episode 1: A New Toad

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is now available in North America and Europe, adding another excellent title to the Wii U library. In this game the goal for Captain Toad and Toadette isn't simply nabbing the star at the end of each stage, but also picking up three gems hidden throughout each level. These become vital in...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Legend of Zelda! Star Fox! Splatoon! More!

2015 is here, and for Wii U owners it could be the most exciting year of HD Nintendo gaming yet. The past couple of years have delivered some truly fantastic games, of course, with the just-departed 2014 bringing two of Nintendo's biggest franchises into the current generation. Excitingly, though, the...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014

Nintendo Life's Reader Awards 2014

Your favourites of the year

2014 is drawing to a close, and the festive spirit is no doubt getting plenty into the gaming mood. We've already revealed our Game of the Year Staff Awards, but now it's time to see which titles have most excited the Nintendo Life community over the past year. We opened voting for the Game of the Year Reader Awards on...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2014

Nintendo Life's Staff Awards 2014

2014 has served up some classics

It's hard to believe that another year of gaming has passed, yet here we are. 2014 was a busy year for Nintendo, and the company certainly delivered a lot of thoroughly enjoyable games on the Wii U and 3DS. We also saw both eShop platforms grow further, particularly on the Wii U, with high quality downloadable...

Talking Point: Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Super Smash Bros. and amiibo Have Enjoyed Success, But Nintendo Could Have Done More

Communication, stock and implementation could have been better

For Nintendo fans and Wii U owners, we feel that the last few months have been a terrific period — there's been excitement and buzz around 2015 games and, more importantly, a selection of high quality and hugely enjoyable games that are in stores now. There's been a perceivable shift...

Poll: Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smash Bros. Controller, GameCube Adapter and amiibo You Want?

Have You Been Able to Buy the Super Smash Bros. Controller, GameCube Adapter and amiibo You Want?

Stock issues have been ongoing since launch

Since late November there have been a few key products that Nintendo has used to drive sales of the Wii U, all related to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The main product has been the amiibo range, now into its second wave, while alongside that there's been the GameCube Controller Adapter and a related...

Developer Interview: Aurelien Regard Talks About Mixing F-Zero, Star Fox And Micro Machines In The Next Penelope

Aurelien Regard Talks About Mixing F-Zero, Star Fox And Micro Machines In The Next Penelope

Re-telling Greek legends on the Wii U eShop

Aurelien Regard isn't perhaps a name which will be instantly familiar with gamers. While fellow countrymen like Éric Chahi and Michel Ancel attract plenty of attention thanks to their famous titles, Regard has been dutifully plugging away in the shadows. Formerly of the now-defunct French studio Arkedo...

Interview: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's Developers Talk Over Origins and the Contents of Toad's Backpack

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's Developers Talk Over Origins and the Contents of Toad's Backpack

"I’m curious about this too so let’s have a look"

The release of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in North America — it hits Europe on 2nd January — is sure to tempt a few into adding the retail release as a stocking filler. Bursting with charm and providing a substantial spin-off from the popular bonus stages in Super Mario 3D World, it...

Talking Point: The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Steals The Show and Raises Expectations

The Legend of Zelda on Wii U Steals The Show and Raises Expectations

With Star Fox apparently progressing well, 2015 could be thrilling

During E3 this year Eiji Aonuma introduced The Legend of Zelda on Wii U, the long awaited main-series entry on Nintendo's latest home console. We were shown an art style that shared some similarities with Skyward Sword, but with a slightly more nuanced, cel-shaded and detailed...

Live: Watch The Game Awards 2014 From Las Vegas

Watch The Game Awards 2014 From Las Vegas

Nintendo games and exclusives vying for 11 awards

The time has arrived, when we find out whether the glitzy Game Awards 2014 will successfully lay the ghost of VGX 2013 to rest, or simply bring the horror back once again. We hope for the former, and Nintendo's an active partner also up for plenty of awards; join us live for the show#TheGameAwards

Guide: The Best Cyber Monday Nintendo Deals in the US

The Best Cyber Monday Nintendo Deals in the US

Because Black Friday isn't enough

Last week's Black Friday shenanigans weren't enough for retailers, it seems, as the efforts to separate us from our cash continue on 'Cyber Monday'. The name suggests online deals, naturally, though there are still promotions running within stores too, with GameStop and Target already stating that their deals will...

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...