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Review: LEGO The Hobbit (Wii U)

LEGO The Hobbit (Wii U)

We hates it forever

The LEGO series of games is a sales phenomenon, now established to a degree that it seems no matter how many releases are churned out on a yearly basis the sales flow, and steady praise flows its way. That's to the credit of TT Games and Warner Bros., but it's always a franchise at risk of spreading itself too thinly — as Bilbo...

News: Official Twitch E3 Schedule Features Four Extra Nintendo Demonstrations, Including an "Unannounced Title"

Official Twitch E3 Schedule Features Four Extra Nintendo Demonstrations, Including an "Unannounced Title"

Set hype mode to max

E3 is now around a week away, which means it's sweaty palm time for excited gamers and Nintendo's executives. Nintendo is no doubt hoping to make an impact this year that'll earn both attention and praise, with features such as the Wii U's GamePad and NFC — along with new games — set to be prominent. The company's official...

News: Wii U System Update 5.0.0 Now Live, Adds Quick Start Menu And GamePad Notifications

Wii U System Update 5.0.0 Now Live, Adds Quick Start Menu And GamePad Notifications

As well as the usual improvements to system stability, naturally

The latest system update for the Wii U is now available for download, and it brings with it the previously announced ability to "Quick Start" the console to swiftly jump into a game without the prolonged wait. Another new addition is GamePad alerts and notifications, which allow the...

News: Tactical Strategy RPG Based on Sci-Fi TV Series Falling Skies to Invade Wii U

Tactical Strategy RPG Based on Sci-Fi TV Series Falling Skies to Invade Wii U

Third-party release is an alien concept

Publisher Little Orbit has announced that it's planning to release a new Wii U game based on sci-fi TV drama Falling Skies this autumn. Known simply as Falling Skies: The Game and described as a tactical strategy RPG, the game is set within the post-apocalyptic world of the series, in which an alien race...

News: Sonic Boom Titles Given New Names and Gameplay Details

Sonic Boom Titles Given New Names and Gameplay Details

Will be on show at E3

With E3 around the corner, Sega has confirmed that demo builds of its Sonic Boom titles will be playable at the event, and has revealed their final titles — we'll have Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on 3DS. Each title will have a separate storyline and wildly different play style. To...

News: Nintendo Game Seminar Confirmed for Japan, Focused on 2D Unity Games

Nintendo Game Seminar Confirmed for Japan, Focused on 2D Unity Games

An opportunity for students to learn from the best

Through the Wii U eShop, in particular, Nintendo has been doing a good job of accommodating and supporting smaller developers. Its Nintendo Web Framework allows for games produced through code such as HTML5, while supporting and offering a free Unity License can certainly be credited as bringing a...

Review: Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (Wii U)

Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (Wii U)

Luv Me Don't

The Luv Me Buddies seem to do a number of things right when creating a new children’s brand. A menagerie of cute and cuddly characters? Check. A silly but charming origin story? Check. Hints of personality? Check. A lovable, entertaining game that introduces characters to new fans? No check. Uncheck. An idea vacuum in which the...

Video: Here's a Charming Mario Kart 8 Song to Start Your Week

Here's a Charming Mario Kart 8 Song to Start Your Week

Goodbye Blue Shell by Ryan Craddock

A good number among the Nintendo Life community have, we suspect, emerged blinking into the daylight after Mario Kart 8's arrival last week — a full weekend of racing can be a tiring endeavour. As such we may need a pick-me-up to get through the start of another week. This song from budding YouTube artist Ryan...

News: Mario Kart 8 Drives Wii U Sales In The UK, Claims Second Place Behind Watch Dogs

Mario Kart 8 Drives Wii U Sales In The UK, Claims Second Place Behind Watch Dogs

Hardware sales up 666 percent

To the surprise of pretty much nobody, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs has claimed the top spot in the UK multiformat chart — but Mario Kart 8 has sped into second place, causing a massive spike in Wii U console sales. According to Chart Track, the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Watch Dogs claimed the top two spots, with Mario...

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...

Play: Mario Kart 8 With Nintendo Life on Twitch - Live!

Mario Kart 8 With Nintendo Life on Twitch - Live!

It is time

Earlier this week we told you about the Tournament we've launched for Mario Kart 8's opening weekend, and as promised we'll be hitting up Twitch for some fun races in Nintendo's Wii U blockbuster. This writer and Anthony Dickens will be your hosts and victims, as we'll be jumping into the Tournament to race, well, whoever shows up. If...

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...

News: Pikmin 3 Update Adds New Stylus Control Style

Pikmin 3 Update Adds New Stylus Control Style

Fling away, Merrill

An update to Pikmin 3 has arrived just in time for its inclusion in the Mario Kart 8 free game promotion, introducing a new way to send your minions hither and yon. In addition to the original GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, and Wii Remote/Nunchuk options, planetary explorers can now use the stylus and GamePad's touch screen to...