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Video: How to Get a Skell in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Including Locations of Rare Items

How to Get a Skell in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Including Locations of Rare Items

Alex shows the way

We love Xenoblade Chronicles X, yet we're aware that it has a few negatives. The text and user interface could be better, and there are some difficulty spikes and awkward collectathons. The latter is particularly prominent when trying to secure your Skell licence, which you predictably need to get your own cool mech. For those of...

Guide: Here's How To Make That Xenoblade Chronicles X USB Drive More Useful

Here's How To Make That Xenoblade Chronicles X USB Drive More Useful

Hack the planet

The North American collector's edition of Xenoblade Chronicles X comes with a USB drive containing 10 tracks from the game itself. It's a neat little extra, but largely useless once you've listened to the music - which is why Nintendo Life reader Ben "mikey64" Barger has come up with this handy little hack which allows you to turn...

Guide: Getting Started With Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U

Getting Started With Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U

It's a big world out there

Xenoblade Chronicles X is out now in North America and Europe, which is certainly something to celebrate for Wii U owners that enjoy immersive, challenging RPG experiences. We've already shared our view that it's a fantastic game in our review - in that article we describe various key gameplay mechanics, so give that a...

Guide: 8 Tips to Become an Expert Level Designer in Super Mario Maker

8 Tips to Become an Expert Level Designer in Super Mario Maker

Miyamoto. Tezuka. YOU.

With Super Mario Maker now available, there are bound to be many aspiring level designers looking for tips to help them advance their skills. If that sounds like it pertains to you, don't worry – we're here to help. After spending the better part of a month diving deep into the seemingly endless possibilities to be explored...

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,...

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...

Feature: A Nintendo Fan's Guide to E3 2015

A Nintendo Fan's Guide to E3 2015

Plenty to see

The madness is on the way, with Los Angeles all set to host hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees for E3 2015. While technically an expo like any other, it has become far more than that for game companies and their fans. It's a major centrepiece of any gaming year, and an opportunity for major publishers and developers to...

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...

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...

Guide: Tips And Tricks To Get You Started In Bayonetta 2

Tips And Tricks To Get You Started In Bayonetta 2

Struggling to climax? Follow our advice

Bayonetta 2 is out today, and while there are difficulty options that accommodate players of all skill levels, that doesn't mean that you can't benefit from some pointers to help get you started. Below is a guide that should help provide you with an understanding of how to approach even the most-challenging...

Guide: How To Find Every Umbran Crow In Bayonetta 2

How To Find Every Umbran Crow In Bayonetta 2

Catch 'em all to unlock stamps for Miiverse

Umbran Crows are evasive little creatures. Twenty of these dodgy birds are hiding throughout the world of Bayonetta 2, and it's up to you to catch 'em all. Not only can locating each one be a task in itself, but possessing the requisite speed and skill to scoop them up before they're alerted to your...

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...

Guide: Getting Started With Your Wii U

Getting Started With Your Wii U

Nintendo provides some how-to guides for your new console

Unlike most readers at Nintendo Life, not everyone who buys a Wii U will know everything about it before they've even opened the box. Hardware launches such as this are a great time for companies to attract new users, with that in mind Nintendo has released a series of handy videos to get...