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Feature: Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part Two

Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part Two

Tom, Dave and Lewis share their favourite 2013 memories

In the slightly delayed second part of this series, three more members of the Nintendo Life team share their favourite moments and memories from 2013. This time around we have features editor Tom Whitehead, US reviewer Dave Letcavage and news hound Lewis Childs. Tom Whitehead: 2013 has...

News: Notch "Not Aware of Any Plans" for Minecraft on Wii U

Notch "Not Aware of Any Plans" for Minecraft on Wii U

That'll be that, then...

Earlier this week we shared a rumour that Minecraft was in development for Wii U, but urged that you take it with a bucket of salt. It originated from a claim based on an unnamed retail source, and while we wondered how a retailer would know that Mojang was working on Minecraft on Wii U development kits, it was certainly...

News: Nintendo Dominates Festive Hardware Charts in Japan

Nintendo Dominates Festive Hardware Charts in Japan

Wii U sales increase to over 100,000 units

The most recent Japanese Media Create game charts were revealed on Christmas Day, and will have certainly brought festive cheer to Nintendo HQ. In the last full shopping week before the big day there were major successes for the company in terms of both hardware and software, with the 3DS dominant and the...

News: Zelda Unveiled as New Smash Bros. Challenger

Zelda Unveiled as New Smash Bros. Challenger

The legendary Princess is back

It seems that even the festive season doesn't stop Masahiro Sakurai and his team from bringing us more Super Smash Bros. goodness. The official website for the game is once again causing buzz with the unveiling of a new challenger, and it's the return of another favourite. Zelda has been revealed this time, once...

Feature: Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part One

Our Nintendo Moments of 2013 - Part One

Ron, Morgan and Lee share Nintendo memories

In the first of a festive two-part series, some of your humble Nintendo Life writers share their favourite Nintendo gaming memories of 2013. In this first part we have three of our U.S. reviewers and news hounds, Ron DelVillano, Morgan Sleeper and Lee Meyer. Ron DelVillano: One of the strangest...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Super Mario 3D World Captures Hearts

12 Days of Christmas - Super Mario 3D World Captures Hearts

A perfect Christmas Day game

Over the past two weeks we've covered eleven games, trends or events from the year that we feel represent some of the best of Nintendo in 2013; we'll have a lot more 2013 reminiscences and Game of The Year awards in the coming week, too. Yet it seemed appropriate to end this series on potentially the biggest high for...

Rumour: Minecraft Is Already In Development For Wii U, GamePad Said To Be The Focus

Minecraft Is Already In Development For Wii U, GamePad Said To Be The Focus

Could be released by the end of 2014

Minecraft is something of a smash hit, having sold over 30 million copies since its launch a few years back. The game is currently being ported to the PS3, PS4, PS Vita and Xbox One — and, if a new rumour is to be believed, the Wii U. The source is a retailer who has previously shared inside information with...

News: Animal Crossing: New Leaf Climbs Back Into the UK Top 20

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Climbs Back Into the UK Top 20

Remainder hold firm or drop slightly

The last UK chart results before Christmas are in, and they show a largely steady week with minimal changes, albeit with some discounts or last minute rushes moving some positions around. The best story from Nintendo's perspective is Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which climbed eight places in the all-format charts...

News: Wii U "More Than Capable" Of Providing The Core Project CARS Experience, Says Developer

Wii U "More Than Capable" Of Providing The Core Project CARS Experience, Says Developer

Slightly Mad's Andy Tudor says Wii U version is "extremely promising"

Project CARS is a unique game in more ways than one. A rival to the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza, the racer has been crowd-funded and is being developed with the assistance of more than 35,000 backers. Alongside Kickstarter, Slightly Mad's Worlds of Mass Development platform...

News: Nintendo Reiterates Confidence That the Wii U Can Compete

Nintendo Reiterates Confidence That the Wii U Can Compete

"We’re standing apart offering variety and value"

The Wii U's year to date, though undoubtedly showing upward momentum of late, hasn't yet hit the targets that Nintendo has set. It's looking like a statistical long shot that it'll come particularly close to the company's nine million sales target for the financial year, which will have Satoru...

News: GamePad High Capacity Battery Now Available in North America

GamePad High Capacity Battery Now Available in North America

From the Nintendo Store

Earlier this year Nintendo finally released an official high capacity Wii U GamePad battery, which promises to boost a typical charge from around 3-5 hours of playtime to roughly eight hours. Aside from the case of the most dedicated marathon gamers, the battery can potentially make the blinking red light of doom a thing of...

News: Mario Kart 8 Jump Festa Impressions

Mario Kart 8 Jump Festa Impressions

They're floaty light!

Over in Japan gamers attending the Jump Festa 2014 show are getting to grips with Mario Kart 8, lucky things. Reports so far tell us that there are three tracks for attendees to play — "Circuit", "Resort" and "Ghost House", which sound the same as the demo builds we've enjoyed in the West — and the game allows two players...

Video: This Atmospheric Tengami Trailer Makes The Wait For The Wii U Version Even Harder

This Atmospheric Tengami Trailer Makes The Wait For The Wii U Version Even Harder

Turning the page

Tengami is certainly one of the most unique games we've seen in quite some time, and is one we've been keeping a watchful eye on ever since we broke the news that it's coming to the Wii U eShop. Developed by former Rare staffers Phil Tossell and Jennifer Schneidereit, Tengami is an adventure where you can interact with parts of the...

Video: Just Look For The U On The Box, Nintendo's New Wii U Promotion Helpfully Suggests

Just Look For The U On The Box, Nintendo's New Wii U Promotion Helpfully Suggests

Nintendo finally gives the console the commercial it deserves

Nintendo itself will be the first to admit that it hasn't done the best job of communicating exactly what Wii U is all about, and that has led to confused costumers all over the globe. Is it a new system? Is it an add-on? Is it more powerful than the original Wii? These are all questions...

Video: Nintendo Minute Highlights Its eShop and Wii U Favourites of 2013

Nintendo Minute Highlights Its eShop and Wii U Favourites of 2013

Nintendo Life also makes a very brief cameo...

Not too long ago we told you about the Nintendo Minute show kicking off its Favourites of 2013 with the 3DS. Since then two new episodes have emerged covering the eShop platforms and the Wii U, as it all builds up to the overall favourites that are yet to be published. The eShop list in particular has...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - A Year of Promotions from Nintendo

12 Days of Christmas - A Year of Promotions from Nintendo

Spend a little, get a bit more

While we could argue until the end of days about some aspects of Nintendo pricing, particularly with download retail games, 2013 has been another year where the company has taken positive strides to offer promotions and incentives on key games and their systems. Whether in Europe or North American there are decent...

News: PlayStation Executive Shuhei Yoshida Is Doing His Part to Help Wii U

PlayStation Executive Shuhei Yoshida Is Doing His Part to Help Wii U

Suit loves Super Mario 3D World

Much like the PlayStation Vita, the Wii U hasn’t enjoyed a particularly fruitful first year on the market. It took just 24 hours for the PlayStation 4 to surpass Nintendo’s next generation machine in the UK, and while things aren’t quite as bleak elsewhere, there’s no denying that the device has failed to...

News: Sony's President of Worldwide Studios Actually Has Two Wii U Systems

Sony's President of Worldwide Studios Actually Has Two Wii U Systems

"The latest Mario game is really good, too"

There's pandemonium on the streets, cats and dogs are living together, self-professed hardcore gamers are playing pet sims, and Mario's main power-up is now an AK47. The gaming world has lost its senses, there's no going back. Well, not really, it's just that Sony's President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei...