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News: Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Dutch electronics giant seeking compensation package, too

Dutch electronics manufacturer Philips is claiming that the Nintendo Wii and Wii U systems infringe on two of its patents — one of which dates back to 1996. According to Dutch site NU, Philips has submitted documents in the United States which call for a ban on selling both systems in that...

Review: Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

8th Wonder of the World

Since the Super NES every Nintendo system — apart from the Game Boy Color and the doomed Virtual Boy — has been boosted by an entry in the iconic Mario Kart series. Despite its drastic evolution throughout the generations of hardware it nevertheless feels familiar each time around, while other entries in the kart racing...

Talking Point: The Nintendo Figurine Platform Could be a Vital Money-Spinner

The Nintendo Figurine Platform Could be a Vital Money-Spinner

A '90s approach that can still work

The Nintendo brand used to be everywhere. In the late '80s and early '90s the big N's brand, particularly in North America, was ever-present and dominant in the market. Mario and his fellow mascots had TV shows, cereal brands, toys and assorted paraphernalia all over store shelves. If you grew up in that era and...

Video: Behold The Incredible Destructive Power Of The Mario Kart 8 Super Horn

Behold The Incredible Destructive Power Of The Mario Kart 8 Super Horn

Spiny blue shells, begone!

A short time ago we posted a video of Nintendo's new TV spot for Mario Kart 8, which gives a humourous spin (no pun intended) to the game's use of anti-gravity. Nintendo has now posted this video — along with two others — to its YouTube channel, and you can watch them in glorious HD quality below. The most amusing...

Video: Musician Lindsey Stirling Dresses Up As Aurora From Child Of Light, Because Why Not?

Musician Lindsey Stirling Dresses Up As Aurora From Child Of Light, Because Why Not?

Popular artist channels Ubisoft's RPG hit for unique video performance

We love Lindsey Stirling here at Nintendo Life — not only does she play a mean fiddle (OK, violin), but she's absolutely potty about video games and never misses an opportunity to cover the soundtrack of a famous title or dress up as a popular character. Her latest video —...

Video: This "Upside-Down Test" Mario Kart 8 Commercial is a Bit Awesome

This "Upside-Down Test" Mario Kart 8 Commercial is a Bit Awesome

"It's Flipping Fun"

Nintendo has expressed its desire to heavily promote Mario Kart 8 in the coming weeks and months, no doubt hoping to tempt a lot of gamers on the fence regarding the Wii U to take the plunge. In-store ads and a Mario Kart TV web app will play roles, though we should expect the company to spend some marketing money on good-old TV...

News: Here Are Five New Retail Titles Coming to Wii U

Here Are Five New Retail Titles Coming to Wii U

BOOM

We have a confession to make. There are five new retail games coming to the Wii U and (probably) its eShop, but here's an advance warning. Lower your expectations. Push them down so low so all that remains is a jaded, cynical gamer that trusts no-one and nothing. Have you done that? Good. Now, in fairness, the five games on the way have their...

News: Final Skylanders SWAP Force Figure, Doom Stone, Makes Début At Toys "R" Us On 13th May

Final Skylanders SWAP Force Figure, Doom Stone, Makes Début At Toys "R" Us On 13th May

A solid finale

Portal Masters in the US should plan on clearing some space for a final addition to their Skylanders SWAP Force army, when the mighty Doom Stone arrives this week. From Tuesday, 13th May, Toys "R" Us stores nationwide will be the first to stock this glorious golem in limited quantities, which hopefully shouldn't result in too many...

News: Nintendo Announces "Mario Kart 8 Test Drive Days" At Over 2700 GameStop Stores

Nintendo Announces "Mario Kart 8 Test Drive Days" At Over 2700 GameStop Stores

Pre-orders to get a special poster, too

It's pretty clear that plenty of Wii U owners are now impatiently awaiting Mario Kart 8, while others may be tempted to dive in and buy a system for the latest entry in the iconic series. Nintendo's cranking up the hype, meanwhile, with public-access demos now confirmed to be on the way to more than 2,700...

News: Kosuke Yabuki Explains That Every Mario Kart is Made "From Scratch"

Kosuke Yabuki Explains That Every Mario Kart is Made "From Scratch"

Explains retro course design and Battle mode's lack of arenas in MK8

Mario Kart 8 is now just a few weeks away, and the secrets of its modes and design have been stripped away in favour of anticipation as Wii U owners become keen to get their hands on the latest racer in the series. In a mini-interview with EDGE magazine, Kosuke Yabuki took the...

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Wii U)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Wii U)

This reboot of a reboot could use another reboot

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is exactly the video game that the film deserves. Sony and Activision couldn’t have planned it better if they tried. Nowadays, Spider-Man’s existence outside of comic books isn’t for creative purposes, and the accepted level of quality is appalling on all fronts...

Video: This New Insanity's Blade Trailer Cuts A Gory Swathe Through The Web

This New Insanity's Blade Trailer Cuts A Gory Swathe Through The Web

PC release confirmed for later this month, Wii U version coming later

We've been following the progress of Insanity's Blade closely over the past few months and can't wait to see what the game looks like when it finally hits the Wii U eShop. Causal Bit Games successfully kickstarted its unique take on the side-scrolling action platformer at the end...

Interview: Yanim Studio on its Kickstarter-Funded Wii U Adventure, Red Goddess: Inner World

Yanim Studio on its Kickstarter-Funded Wii U Adventure, Red Goddess: Inner World

"Nintendo's audience will love what this game has to offer."

On Tuesday we reported on Red Goddess: Inner World, a beautiful new Kickstarter-funded Metroidvania-style title headed to Wii U, PS4, PS Vita, and PC next year if the campaign reaches its funding goal. If you haven't checked it out yet, take a gander at the Kickstarter trailer:...

Video: Join Us For A Relaxing Weekend Drive Around Mario Kart 8's Vintage Circuits

Join Us For A Relaxing Weekend Drive Around Mario Kart 8's Vintage Circuits

A blast from the past

In keeping with previous entries in the series, Mario Kart 8 resurrects popular tracks from past games. These are far from being lazy upgrades, though — many have been retooled to take advantage of the game's anti-gravity focus, and all of them naturally benefit from a luscious HD lick of paint. In the video below, intrepid...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Koopalings Galore

Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Koopalings Galore

Our profile series concludes with the new MK8 contestants

With Mario Kart's ever-expanding roster of eligible drivers, it can be tough to keep track of them all. When you're out there on the crowded raceway, how are you supposed to tell your Birdos from your Koopa Paratroopas? Have no fear: Nintendo Life is here to help you with handy character...