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News: Analytics Company Fancensus Rates Major Nintendo Releases and Their Impact in 2015

Analytics Company Fancensus Rates Major Nintendo Releases and Their Impact in 2015

Covering September to 31st December

A debate that often rages in Nintendo-centric forums can be around the company's marketing of major releases; especially if a game struggles, part of the post-mortem looks at the big N's efforts to spread awareness. Nintendo has rapidly grown its influence on social media, in recent years, but how is its promotion...

News: Nintendo Confirms a Short Spell of Network Maintenance for Early February

Nintendo Confirms a Short Spell of Network Maintenance for Early February

Nothing to get down(time) about

Sometimes Nintendo finds something it doesn't like and suddenly drops maintenance and network downtime upon us, and on other occasions it's simply a bit of regular house cleaning. It's the latter that's on the way early next week, so we thought we might as well give you advance warning. On this occasion it should...

Nintendo Download: 28th January (North America)

28th January (North America)

Final Fantasy new and old! LEGO Avengers! Shadow Puppeteer! More!

It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week brings three high profile retail titles (well, one is on both platforms), an intriguing and shadowy Wii U release along with some other interesting download-only arrivals on both systems...

News: Super Mario Maker's Online Features Are Back

Super Mario Maker's Online Features Are Back

Quicker than expected

Earlier this week Super Mario Maker's servers went offline rather unexpectedly, with Nintendo outlining maintenance for a whopping 37.5 hours and stating that they were working to fix a 'bug' in the Create mode. Originally due to finish on Thursday 28th January at 5:00pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 1am UK (29th January) / 2am CET...

News: Hyrule Warriors Legends Secures Third Place in Japanese Charts, With Sales Below Wii U Predecessor

Hyrule Warriors Legends Secures Third Place in Japanese Charts, With Sales Below Wii U Predecessor

New 3DS LL still leads hardware as Wii U dips

Another week, another set of Media Create Japanese charts, and this week brings a few major releases to consider, though hardware sales are only showing minor changes. To kick off with software Yakuza: Kiwami is in the top two positions for PS4 and PS3, making it the most successful new arrival this...

News: Extended Super Mario Maker Network Maintenance to Fix Create Mode 'Bug'

Extended Super Mario Maker Network Maintenance to Fix Create Mode 'Bug'

Down for 37.5 hours

Update: Nintendo has now provided an update on the extended Super Mario Maker fix, issuing the following statement: We are carrying out emergency maintenance to fix a bug that occurs in "Create" mode. During this time, Super Mario Maker's online services will be unavailable. We are currently preparing a software update to fix...

Video: 'Smashified' Adds Krystal To Its Collection of Super Smash Bros. Speed Paintings

'Smashified' Adds Krystal To Its Collection of Super Smash Bros. Speed Paintings

Crystal clear

YouTube account Smashified - a series dedicated to bringing our favourite video-game characters into Super Smash Bros. via the form of graphic art - has added its latest entry to the series; Star Fox's Krystal. The video below shows a sped-up version of the project - which they've said has taken months to complete - and it really is...

Random: This 'Bullet Time' Super Mario Maker Level Uses an Awesome Slow Motion Glitch

This 'Bullet Time' Super Mario Maker Level Uses an Awesome Slow Motion Glitch

Perfect for fans of The Matrix or Max Payne

The Matrix is old-hat now - they use big flip-phones! - and had sequels that tarnished its name (in this writer's opinion) but it set a standard for neat slow-motion action. It's a common feature now and was memorably recreated in Max Payne, but at the time it was totally rad, cool and other assorted...

News: UK Pre-Orders Open for Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad and Bundles, But It's Incompatible With Other Games

UK Pre-Orders Open for Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad and Bundles, But It's Incompatible With Other Games

It's the GameCube Controller Adapter all over again

At launch its stock was rare, but even those that got hold of a unit knew one terrible truth - the GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U is only good for one thing. You can play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U with a GameCube pad, and that's your lot. The HORI-manufactured pad for Pokkén Tournament...

News: Mighty No. 9 Has Been Delayed Once Again as Keiji Inafune Offers Sincere Apologies

Mighty No. 9 Has Been Delayed Once Again as Keiji Inafune Offers Sincere Apologies

Now targeting Spring

Mighty No. 9 began with a spectacularly successful Kickstarter campaign, with the project leadership of Keiji Inafune and the sense of it being a spiritual successor to Mega Man being factors in its popularity. Since that period of hype in mid 2013 it's endured some tougher times, though - the final visual style has been...

Video: Nintendo Minute Takes an Extended Look at The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Nintendo Minute Takes an Extended Look at The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Tap the GamePad to transform Link, which is handy

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is one of the Wii U's biggest titles in the first half of the year, and with its release a little over a month away Nintendo will be showing it off all the more. Nintendo Minute's weekly video is worth a watch for those keeping an eye on this release, then,...

Rumour: Intelligent Systems Is Working On New Paper Mario For Wii U

Intelligent Systems Is Working On New Paper Mario For Wii U

Game is currently being localised and tested

Nintendo fans and miners of insider information Emily Rogers and Liam Robertson (the latter of whom is a regular contributor to Nintendo Life) have apparently uncovered details on a Paper Mario sequel for Wii U. According to the report - which is based on information from five different sources - the...

Talking Point: Splatoon Began With an Early Access Approach, and Has Provided a Valuable Lesson

Splatoon Began With an Early Access Approach, and Has Provided a Valuable Lesson

Free updates that kept on giving

Cast your mind back to launch day Splatoon. Single player campaign? Check. Slightly mediocre local multiplayer mode? Check. Online modes? Well, some of them. Back when we were publishing our Splatoon review, its writer and our video man Alex was gushing in his praise, yet some debate was had within our team about...

Video: Relive the Glorious Madness of The Wonderful 101 With the 60fps Director's Edition Trailer

Relive the Glorious Madness of The Wonderful 101 With the 60fps Director's Edition Trailer

Wii U fans, unite up!

The Wonderful 101, the colourful and crazy Wii U exclusive from PlatinumGames, was a divisive release. Some sang its praises from the rooftops while others struggled to enjoy it, while it's never been reported as much of a sales success. That seems like a pity, and we're certainly fans having awarded it 9/10 in our review; we...

News: 2015 Brought a Decent Year of Sales for Nintendo in France

2015 Brought a Decent Year of Sales for Nintendo in France

The 3DS and Splatoon performed particularly well

The sales indications available for the UK market may be a tad grim from a Nintendo perspective, but the picture is certainly a little improved in other countries in Europe. France seems to be a relatively strong market for the big N, as one example. Figures published by Le Figaro - via Perfectly...

Site News: Retiring Our Super Mario Maker Course Sharer

Retiring Our Super Mario Maker Course Sharer

Super Mario Maker Bookmark takes over...

We were super excited when Super Mario Maker was finally released for Wii U last September. Whilst we were impressed enough with the final product to give it an 'Outstanding' 10/10 in our review, we felt there was one particular thing lacking - a place to share courses with friends online. In the spirit of...