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News: Miyamoto Confirms Next Wii U System Update Is Already In Development

Miyamoto Confirms Next Wii U System Update Is Already In Development

More improvements coming to the Wii U

It's fair to say that the last Wii U System Update was a bit special. The Quick Start menu is fantastic, offering the chance to get into your games with less waiting time. It was certainly encouraging to see Nintendo thoughtfully augment the abilities of the console and add something that is of genuine benefit...

News: Free Copy of Bayonetta Comes as a Separate Disc With Bayonetta 2 in Japan

Free Copy of Bayonetta Comes as a Separate Disc With Bayonetta 2 in Japan

Let's be having you, physical media fans

An E3 announcement from Nintendo that flashed by but nevertheless raised eyebrows in the Nintendo Life office was confirmation that a Wii U version of Bayonetta will be included with copies of Bayonetta 2, a welcome bonus that'll give Nintendo gamers the opportunity to jump into the sequel with all the...

News: Developers Weigh In On The Way Forward For Wii U

Developers Weigh In On The Way Forward For Wii U

"The system plays host to a bunch of great, very unique games"

Following Nintendo's E3 exploits, we now have a greater idea of what content is coming to the Wii U in the remainder of 2014 and beyond. It was an event with some genuine surprises, combined with expected details, and laid out the path for the system — GamePad included — for the...

News: Mario Kart 8 and Tomodachi Life Hold Firm in UK Charts

Mario Kart 8 and Tomodachi Life Hold Firm in UK Charts

There's this thing called the World Cup, it apparently affects sales

The latest UK chart results are in, and they bring reasonable news for Nintendo's two main entries in the top 40, reflecting a quiet spell for game sales but also early signs of hope for the company's current plucky, yet bizarre, 3DS title. To start at the top end, Mario Kart 8,...

News: FIFA 15 Is Lacing Its Boots For A Wii And 3DS Appearance, But Is Skipping The Wii U

FIFA 15 Is Lacing Its Boots For A Wii And 3DS Appearance, But Is Skipping The Wii U

Foul play

EA has revealed that it is releasing a stripped-down version of FIFA 15 for the Wii and 3DS, but won't be bringing its best-selling soccer series to the Wii U. FIFA 15 will hit next-generation machines with a host of new features, but the publisher has stated that versions for older systems won't come with the same amount of content: A...

News: Mii Swordfighter Characters Show Off Their Moves in Super Smash Bros.

Mii Swordfighter Characters Show Off Their Moves in Super Smash Bros.

Shurikens of Light! Chakrams! Gale Strikes!

The first reveal from Nintendo in its E3 Digital Event was Mii characters for Super Smash Bros., an inclusion that means — in theory — almost anyone can be a challenger. You want to fight as Reggie Fils-Aime or Satoru Iwata? Import or create their Mii characters onto your system, and they're good to...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines His Work Routine and Highlights Splatoon Development Team

Shigeru Miyamoto Outlines His Work Routine and Highlights Splatoon Development Team

Also says Virtual Reality gives him "quite a bit of pause"

Shigeru Miyamoto's role at Nintendo has changed a great deal in recent years, with the legendary game designer now one of the most senior managers in the company and responsible for far more than developing a game or two a year. Rumours of retirement a couple of years ago transpired to be a...

News: Eiji Aonuma Plans To Shake Up the Puzzle Formula in The Legend of Zelda for Wii U

Eiji Aonuma Plans To Shake Up the Puzzle Formula in The Legend of Zelda for Wii U

"I wanna kinda rethink or maybe reconstruct the idea of puzzle-solving"

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U was probably, for quite a few devoted Nintendo fans, the highlight of the company's E3 Digital Event. Series producer Eiji Aonuma presented a vision of a large, open world before we were treated to a highly stylised action sequence. Finding a blend...

First Impressions: Solving the Puzzle of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Solving the Puzzle of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Toad Captain! My Captain!

Sometimes games play host to smaller experiences so fun they could easily stand as full-fledged titles of their own. Kirby games are famous for this, of course, with Kirby Fighters & Dedede’s Drum Dash on offer in the pink puffball’s latest outing, though Mario’s also been known to get in on the act — Super...

Feature: Catch Up With Ten of the Nintendo Treehouse E3 Demonstrations

Catch Up With Ten of the Nintendo Treehouse E3 Demonstrations

Essential viewing

Nintendo's multi-faceted approach to E3 this year did much to earn praise, as it ignored convention and produced a series of videos and events that played up to its strengths. The Digital Event was stylish, the Super Smash Bros. Invitational was raucous fun, and there were two roundtable events that generated plenty of buzz. That...

First Impressions: Enjoying the Craft of Yoshi's Woolly World

Enjoying the Craft of Yoshi's Woolly World

A purled gem

For fans who have been anxiously awaiting news of Yarn Yoshi since it was first announced in January 2013, seeing Nintendo’s Takashi Tezuka and Good-Feel’s Etsunobu Ebisu walk into a yarn shop during the E3 Digital Event was enough to send hopeful hearts flutter-jumping in anticipation. Now sporting a new name and a launch window...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto Hints at Star Fox for Wii U Structure, Explains Background of Mario Maker

Shigeru Miyamoto Hints at Star Fox for Wii U Structure, Explains Background of Mario Maker

Potential link between Project Guard and Star Fox

Now that the E3 LA extravaganza is finished, we're starting to learn a little more about projects that were shown by Nintendo during the event. Shigeru Miyamoto has been doing the rounds, for example, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly has given a little more context for his GamePad...

News: Here's Another Huge Batch of Hyrule Warriors Screens to Enjoy

Here's Another Huge Batch of Hyrule Warriors Screens to Enjoy

Spare no-one

Hyrule Warriors is no longer a Japanese title that we hope to eventually see in the West, as Tecmo Koei's extravagant Dynasty Warriors / Zelda mash-up has been confirmed for a September arrival. It'll be all about wiping out hundreds of enemies, taking on a boss, and then doing that all over again, all within a world full of...

Poll: What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3?

What Did You Think of Nintendo's E3?

It's actually finished, you know

E3 is over, finished, done for another year. It was three days (four if you consider the 'day zero' press conferences) of gaming madness, with information overload and the main console manufacturers, publishers and developers doing the equivalent of jumping around screaming "look at me, please!" for a sustained...

News: Mario Maker to Include Additional Graphical Styles, Sharing Levels is "Really The Whole Point"

Mario Maker to Include Additional Graphical Styles, Sharing Levels is "Really The Whole Point"

"I'd also like to include other graphics that aren't Mario"

Mario Maker on Wii U may have been leaked before E3, but its formal reveal was still a delight to see in action. Though it's certainly possible to mod Mario levels in various unofficial ways, the prospect of an accessible and official editing app from Nintendo is particularly enticing. Many...

E3 2014: Amiibo Figures Will Have A Price Tag Comparable To Skylanders And Disney Infinity Toys

Amiibo Figures Will Have A Price Tag Comparable To Skylanders And Disney Infinity Toys

Reggie shares some details

Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime has revealed that Amiibo (or "amiibo", if you want to be fussy) NFC figures will be priced around the same level as the toys seen in the Skylanders and Disney Infinity ranges. Speaking to the Seattle Times, Fils-Aime said: You can expect them to be comparable to the Disney and...

News: Wii Owners Are Upgrading To PlayStation 4, Claims Sony

Wii Owners Are Upgrading To PlayStation 4, Claims Sony

Lies, damn lies and statistics?

Sony Worldwide Studios senior VP of product development Scott Rohde has made the bold claim that Wii and Xbox 360 owners are choosing the PS4 as their next system. Using stats collected by industry tracker Nielsen, Rohde explained that many new PS4 owners did not previously own a PS3, and instead upgraded from a...

News: Bayonetta Download Code Included With Retail and eShop Copies of Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta Download Code Included With Retail and eShop Copies of Bayonetta 2

So, calm your horses

During E3 Nintendo made the rather pleasing announcement that upcoming system exclusive Bayonetta 2 will come with a copy of the original Bayonetta. As demonstrated through the company's Treehouse broadcast, meanwhile, the Wii U version of the first title in the series will also include GamePad touch controls and Nintendo-themed...