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Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - The Legend of Zelda's Legacy Continues

12 Days of Christmas - The Legend of Zelda's Legacy Continues

Plenty to enjoy for 3DS and Wii U owners

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's most powerful and iconic brands, a franchise capable of exciting a legion of fans with little more than a subtle hint of a teaser. In pure sales numbers it doesn't always match up to the mighty Mario, but its impact has arguably been as great as the plumber's in...

Talking Point: Miiverse Can Promote System Unity And Serve As A Powerful Wii U Advertisement

Miiverse Can Promote System Unity And Serve As A Powerful Wii U Advertisement

Tens of millions of Nintendo fans can now interact

This week Nintendo finally delivered Miiverse, along with the Nintendo Network ID and shared eShop fund support, to the 3DS. While it has its flaws — which we'll cover to some degree this weekend — that's to be expected with any launch, especially one such as this that fundamentally shakes up...

Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox One, I'd Still Pick The Wii U

Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox One, I'd Still Pick The Wii U

Damien McFerran experiences buyer's remorse thanks to a recent purchase

Before we stumble headlong into what will surely be a touchy subject to some, allow me to clarify something. As many of you will be aware, Nintendo Life is but one third of a network of gaming-focused sites. Nestled in the bosom of a growing media empire, this site is flanked...

Talking Point: Moving To Smartphones Is Not The Answer For Nintendo

Moving To Smartphones Is Not The Answer For Nintendo

The numbers don't add up

It seems that a month can't pass by — in the past couple of years — when investment analysts, games industry figures and Nintendo's own investors aren't saying that Nintendo needs to expand and release games on alternative platforms. It's creeping into discourse around the Wii U due to the hardware's struggles to date,...

Poll: Nintendo and the Wii U Fight For Your Attention in This Busiest of Gaming Months

Nintendo and the Wii U Fight For Your Attention in This Busiest of Gaming Months

Will Nintendo's platform and games succeed this December?

We're now approaching — or in some places have reached — the end of the madness of the Black Friday shopping weekend, an annual fixture in North America and to a lesser extent elsewhere. Of course, the Holiday shopping gig isn't up, and as we enter December we kick off a vital few weeks...

Feature: More Miiverse Favourites From Art Academy: SketchPad

More Miiverse Favourites From Art Academy: SketchPad

Mario, Link, Pikmin and lots of lovely art

Back in August Nintendo released Art Academy: SketchPad on the Wii U eShop, a budget-priced drawing tool that utilises the GamePad touch screen and allows full colour image posts to Miiverse. For artistically minded Wii U owners it's certainly a terrific option that can deliver impressive results; not long...

Soapbox: Super Mario 3D World's Playful Whimsy is Refreshing, But Faces a Vital Commercial Test

Super Mario 3D World's Playful Whimsy is Refreshing, But Faces a Vital Commercial Test

Will an overwhelmingly positive critical response and buzz deliver success?

Something slightly surprising, to me at least, happened yesterday. Super Mario 3D World had a wonderful series of reviews that went live, on any major outlet you'd care to name, bang on the embargo. I'm not talking about the scores — which were excellent — but the...

Poll: As the PS4 Arrives, What Do You Think of the 'New Gen' Environment for Wii U?

As the PS4 Arrives, What Do You Think of the 'New Gen' Environment for Wii U?

It ain't about 'next-gen' any more

So can everyone stop talking about 'next gen" now, or do we have to wait for the One to complete the Triforce of systems? No doubt there'll still be talk of "next gen" experiences and bickering over resolutions and framerates, all while Mario casually says hi with 3D World. There's arguably a sense that the more...

Talking Point: The Nintendo Network ID Creeps Ever Closer to Being Fit for the Modern Age

The Nintendo Network ID Creeps Ever Closer to Being Fit for the Modern Age

There's still some distance to go

Since the Wii U launched with its shiny new Nintendo Network ID system, we've been both pleased and frustrated with its implementation. The fact it's tied to the home console hardware has led us to be critical, on occasion, to the point where we once rather cruelly equated it to the abomination of its equivalent...

Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 13th November Broadcasts

The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 13th November Broadcasts

Big news for 3DS and a whole load of release dates and details

So, another Nintendo Direct broadcast has come and gone. The reaction online seemed to be, as is now standard, rather mixed. Some have expressed disappointment, while others (such as this writer) thought the broadcasts did a rather good job. Primarily announced as providing details on...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Resilience Against Wii U Criticism Emphasizes Its Longevity

Nintendo's Resilience Against Wii U Criticism Emphasizes Its Longevity

As the critics attack, Satoru Iwata simply looks ahead

It's been, overall, a tough couple of weeks for the Wii U's image in the online land of gaming enthusiasts. The focused attention of many outlets is, unsurprisingly and quite correctly, on the upcoming launches of the PS4 and the Xbox One, with Super Mario 3D World just about grabbing some...

Feature: Why Nintendo Isn't Popular in Poland

Why Nintendo Isn't Popular in Poland

Rob Burgess explains how a country with 40 million people has been missed

Earlier this year we posted an article based on a Nintendo fan's blog, which explained how difficult it was to buy a Wii U in Poland, a large European country. Rob Burgess, the author of that blog, has since written a follow up article in which he explains in a little more...

Poll: Is Nintendo's Wii U Advertising and Marketing Doing Enough?

Is Nintendo's Wii U Advertising and Marketing Doing Enough?

It's safe to say the 3DS messaging is doing fine

It's a common refrain for critics of Nintendo to state that it doesn't do marketing well. Some may see adverts featuring celebrities or colourful trailers of smiling children and despair, as there's often a sense that in targeting families and young gamers with much of its advertising the company...

Feature: Ten Wii U and 3DS Games To Play This Halloween

Ten Wii U and 3DS Games To Play This Halloween

Zombies, vampires, desolation, isolation and all that good stuff

It's that night, dear readers, when ghouls and monsters emerge from their pits of despair to torment the living. Or, another way of looking at it, children in rather inexpensive outfits come out to threaten adults with a good egging if they don't hand over sweets and candies. What a...

Feature: Where Is Your Wii Balance Board?

Where Is Your Wii Balance Board?

Time to dust off that slab of plastic in preparation for Wii Fit U

Wii Fit U's special trial deal begins this Friday, and will no doubt trigger a fitness frenzy amongst flabby Wii U owners all over the globe. However, a lot of time has elapsed between the incredible popularity of the Wii original and the launch of this new title, and like so many...

Feature: The Madness That Is Super Mario 3D World's Multiplayer Mode

The Madness That Is Super Mario 3D World's Multiplayer Mode

One crown to rule them all

In this personal reminiscence, Martin Watts describes his experience of playing Super Mario 3D World in multiplayer, and how it exposes our greatest flaws of character... Last week, Features Editor Thomas Whitehead and I were invited along to Nintendo UK's offices for a bit of hands-on time with one of Nintendo's most...

Preview: Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World

A brave new world

Some things in life are unavoidable. Death, taxes, and disappointing Wii U sales in its first nine months of life. Nintendo has a plan for the rest of 2013, however, which is encouraging for its fans — we've had the enthusiast's favourite The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and soon we'll have the return of styles and...

Soapbox: The Wii Changed The Face of Gaming, Before The Console Industry Promptly Forgot Its Lessons

The Wii Changed The Face of Gaming, Before The Console Industry Promptly Forgot Its Lessons

Tom Whitehead believes that the Wii's good work has, in part, been wasted

This week the Nintendo Japan website updated the status of Wii production, officially bringing it to an end. We'd previously argued that Nintendo could have ruled the micro console market with Wii and the company, potentially, missed a trick; it seems to be a decision made...

First Impressions: Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight

We dig it

Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight for Wii U, which made waves with an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, was on display at the recent New York Comic-Con. While more mainstream releases were generating huge lines and impatient parents, the deceptively simple-looking Shovel Knight was something of a hidden gem, making a great...

Interview: Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson Talks SteamWorld Dig And Working On The eShop

Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson Talks SteamWorld Dig And Working On The eShop

Critical reaction, the Wii U eShop and picking 3DS over smartphones

At this year's Eurogamer Expo we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to speak to Image & Form's Brjann Sigurgeirsson about the company's 3DS eShop title, SteamWorld Dig. In the interview, Sigurgeirsson speaks about the development of the game and its lore, its critical...

Hands On: An Evening With Wii Karaoke U By Joysound

An Evening With Wii Karaoke U By Joysound

Take On Mii

Nintendo has previously stated that one of its main objectives with the Wii U is to provide experiences that can’t be done on other video game systems. In addition to this rather admirable quest, the company has also been keen to emphasise the fun that can be had with the system in local multiplayer. So far it hasn't had a great...