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News: Nintendo Sending Out amiibo Surveys to Select Club Nintendo Members

Nintendo Sending Out amiibo Surveys to Select Club Nintendo Members

Your input matters

Since its initial launch, Nintendo's amiibo line has received a mixed reception from fans. With issues ranging from limited to allegedly discontinued stock and high sales prices for online figurines - and even ones with manufacturing defects - the whole saga has had positives and negatives.. With this in consideration, Nintendo...

News: Nintendo Dominated Japan During 2014, Despite A Shrinking Market

Nintendo Dominated Japan During 2014, Despite A Shrinking Market

Every single one of Japan's top 10 games for 2014 was on a Nintendo format

Famitsu has just revealed sales data for the Japanese games market in 2014 which illustrates the astounding populairty of the 3DS in that particular region. Nintendo's handheld sold 3,153,045 units during last year, twice the amount that the second-placed system -- the PS...

Video: Remind Yourself Of Nintendo Life's Top Picks For 2014

Remind Yourself Of Nintendo Life's Top Picks For 2014

Our Game of the Year Awards, presented in video form

Before Christmas, we delivered the Nintendo Life Staff Game of the Year Awards for 2014, and the list was predictably packed with amazing software. Just in case you missed it -- or in case you loved it so much that you'd like a recap -- we've put together a video based on the same results. We'll...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Confirms Playable Star Fox for E3, a Future for F-Zero and More

Shigeru Miyamoto Confirms Playable Star Fox for E3, a Future for F-Zero and More

Another major YouTube appearance

During December last year Shigeru Miyamoto and Bill Trinen filmed with some hugely popular YouTube channels, in turn reaching millions of subscribers. The most followed of those was Smosh Games, with over 5.5 million subscribers; Nintendo of America tweeted the appearance on 19th December. The video has now been...

News: Little Mac's amiibo Appears to Have Actually Been Discontinued in North America

Little Mac's amiibo Appears to Have Actually Been Discontinued in North America

KO blow

We've consistently highlighted amiibo stock issues as a failing on Nintendo's part, in actually producing enough stock, communicating clearly and managing expectations or - perhaps most accurately - a mix of those factors. Stock shortages have also led to some inaccurate assumptions about discontinued figures, too, and Nintendo's merely...

News: Curve Studios Talks About The Future Of The Hydroventure Series

Curve Studios Talks About The Future Of The Hydroventure Series

Or Fluidity, if you're in North America

UK-based Curve Studios is the name behind the Hyrdroventure / Fluidity series and the recent Wii U exclusive Stealth Inc 2, and has also broadened its business by moving into publishing -- Thomas Was Alone , The Swapper and Last Survior were all published by the firm on the Wii U eShop. The company has

Video: Hacker Demonstrates Fully Functional Game & Watch amiibo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Hacker Demonstrates Fully Functional Game & Watch amiibo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Creation, editing and levelling

Just recently a YouTube channel titled Mema Haxx posted a video that - very briefly - showed hidden Duck Hunt amiibo data being activated; the basic suggestion reinforces what we half expected, that Nintendo's set up code within the game to support amiibo for still unannounced figures. Considering the fact the company...

News: Toys "R" Us amiibo Pre-Orders Cancelled Again

Toys "R" Us amiibo Pre-Orders Cancelled Again

What now for Lucario?

Late last year Toys "R" Us attracted the wrong kind of attention when it emerged that amiibo pre-orders were being cancelled en-masse, causing justifiable consternation among affected customers. The company promised an update over the festive period and issued coupons to enable customers to re-order their amiibo figures from...

News: Here's a Handy amiibo Compatibility Infographic 

Here's a Handy amiibo Compatibility Infographic 

Fan-produced graph includes Japanese releases

With two waves of amiibo toys available in stores and a number of compatible games out in the wild, we perhaps need an infographic to clarify which figures work with what game. Well, it's not that complicated yet, but we do like a good infographic regardless. Below is an effort from amiibo fan MoldyClay...

Video: Hacker Allegedly Shows Hidden Duck Hunt amiibo Data in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 

Hacker Allegedly Shows Hidden Duck Hunt amiibo Data in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 

Reinforces expectations of toys for the whole cast

Way back during E3 2014 Nintendo stated that it could, potentially, give the whole cast of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS amiibo toys; there's clearly some demand, if the reaction to fake wave 4 amiibo figures is anything to go by. It seems that a hacker has demonstrated that data for...

News: Mario Kart 8 Beats Stern Competition To Become Eurogamer's Game Of 2014

Mario Kart 8 Beats Stern Competition To Become Eurogamer's Game Of 2014

Racing to the finish

The Wii U had a solid 2014 in terms of software, with titles like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros. all gaining high scores and securing plenty of admirers. Nintendo's console also picked up some much-needed momentum in commercial terms, too -- although as many industry analysts will tell...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Legend of Zelda! Star Fox! Splatoon! More!

2015 is here, and for Wii U owners it could be the most exciting year of HD Nintendo gaming yet. The past couple of years have delivered some truly fantastic games, of course, with the just-departed 2014 bringing two of Nintendo's biggest franchises into the current generation. Excitingly, though, the...

Reminder: Redeem Your Nintendo Network Deluxe / Premium Digital Promotion eShop Credit Codes by 31st March

Redeem Your Nintendo Network Deluxe / Premium Digital Promotion eShop Credit Codes by 31st March

You can't earn any more points, though

Just before Christmas we reminded you that the Deluxe Digital Promotion for Wii U owners was set to end on 31st December 2014. That is the case, so Wii U eShop purchases on 32GB units will no longer earn points to redeem for vouchers, but there's evidently been some confusion over a message posted on the...

Weirdness: Diddy Kong amiibo With a Horror Mouth and Dual Wielding Pit Join Defective Ranks

Diddy Kong amiibo With a Horror Mouth and Dual Wielding Pit Join Defective Ranks

Lacking a bit of bite

When amiibo launched in November it didn't take long for attention to be directed towards inevitable manufacturing errors. With millions of units sent out into the world mistakes are inevitable, and for a time silly amounts of money were being paid for 'rare' and defective amiibo; whether they were genuine bids or not, examples...

News: Platinum Hopes to Bring "More From Bayonetta" in 2015

Platinum Hopes to Bring "More From Bayonetta" in 2015

We dream of DLC, may be anime

Bayonetta 2 was one of our favourite releases in 2014, the action exclusive on Wii U providing a frenetic, memorable experience. There are some positive teases ahoy from Platinum Games to excite those that enjoyed the sequel and its predecessor, in that case, courtesy of an update from senior figures that worked on the...

Gallery: Help Yourself to Some Gorgeous Wii U Wallpapers

Help Yourself to Some Gorgeous Wii U Wallpapers

Smash Bros., Hyrule Warriors, Indies and more

While many of us spend plenty of our spare time enjoying Nintendo games and systems, there are reasonable odds that we keep our favourite franchises in mind a lot of the time. Phones, tablets, PCs and laptops - certainly in Nintendo Life HQ - often have some Ninty artwork adorning the screen, so a...

News: Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed Wii U Features and Aims to Improve for Next-Gen Hardware

Satoru Iwata Highlights Frustration at Missed Wii U Features and Aims to Improve for Next-Gen Hardware

More nods and winks about Nintendo's next console

Just recently we shared some translated quotes from a 4Gamer interview with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, in which he talked about his programming days and his role in getting Super Smash Bros. Melee to market. That same thread on NeoGaf has been adding more translations, and the latest excerpts...