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News: Wii U Hardware Sales Take a Significant Leap in Japan

Wii U Hardware Sales Take a Significant Leap in Japan

A new Dragon Quest X release certainly helps

The Wii U has enjoyed an upward trend of sales in Japan in the last couple of weeks, a welcome respite from troubling figures and disappointing news. This week gives even more cause for optimisim, as Nintendo's home console achieved the sort of numbers we haven't seen since its launch weeks in late 2012;...

News: Side-Scrolling Cyberpunk RPG Dex Is Hacking Into The Wii U eShop

Side-Scrolling Cyberpunk RPG Dex Is Hacking Into The Wii U eShop

Kickstarter campaign reaches Wii U stretch goal with a day remaining

Indie developer Dreadlocks has confirmed that its 2D Cyberpunk RPG Dex has successfully met the Kickstarter stretch goal which secures a Wii U eShop version. The side-scrolling title needed £14,000 of funding initially, and has now reaching almost £27,000 at the time of writing...

News: Sonic Lost World Gets Patched Up On Wii U

Sonic Lost World Gets Patched Up On Wii U

100 rings finally grants an extra life

It's fair to say that we didn't think all that much of Sonic Lost World when it arrived on the Wii U a short while ago. However, you have to give Sega credit for trying to improve things after release, as the company has released a patch which aims to fix some of the title's many problems. Here's the full list...

News: Lobodestroyo Kickstarter Funded, Festival Of Magic Campaign Postponed Until New Year

Lobodestroyo Kickstarter Funded, Festival Of Magic Campaign Postponed Until New Year

Victory and retreat

We report on the latest Kickstarter happenings quite often here at Nintendo Life, and it's great to see so many great projects reach their funding goal purely on the basis of fan interest and support. It's not a guaranteed success for everyone though, so today we have some good news, bad news, and a rescheduling. First off is a...

Rumour: Smash Bros. Heading for a Spring 2014 Release

Smash Bros. Heading for a Spring 2014 Release

Lost in translation?

There have been rumours bouncing around for a few weeks that Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS may arrive during the Spring of 2014, mainly based on retail listings. They've been loose rumours at best, but an interview given by Nintendo Germany's Bernd Fakesch has prompted speculation that Sakurai-san's hotly anticipated...

News: Refurbished Wii Remote Plus / Nunchuk Combos Discounted at Nintendo Online Store

Refurbished Wii Remote Plus / Nunchuk Combos Discounted at Nintendo Online Store

Hagglin' for some wagglin'

Need an extra Wii Remote Plus? Don't want to be caught woefully lacking when friends show up to play Super Mario 3D World? Nintendo's online store has a new price on used but working Remote-and-Nunchuk combos that may interest you. The store has temporarily reduced the price on its refurbished combos from $30 to $20 for...

Video: The LEGO Movie Game Unleashes Its Début Trailer

The LEGO Movie Game Unleashes Its Début Trailer

Batman appears because, why not?

In future years we may look back at this as an era of many things in gaming, but LEGO will surely get an honourable mention. LEGO games are everywhere, with the latest being LEGO Marvel Super Heroes; 2014 is already gearing up to deliver even more. One of these is The LEGO Movie Videogame which, unsurprisingly, is...

News: Super Mario 3D World Drops Down UK Charts in Second Week

Super Mario 3D World Drops Down UK Charts in Second Week

Link Between Worlds is top Nintendo game in 19th place

Last week brought the PS4 to Europe, which made life rather difficult for Super Mario 3D World on its UK charts début. While it had been hoped that the staying power of the franchise may see it enjoy a strong second week in the UK market, today's all-format charts haven't produced the desired...

News: Genius Sonority Reconsidering Denpa Men Direction After Underwhelming Sales In The West

Genius Sonority Reconsidering Denpa Men Direction After Underwhelming Sales In The West

Studio also eyeing a move into Wii U development

Genius Sonority president Manabu Yamana has been speaking to Nintendo Everything about the critically-acclaimed Denpa Men series, and has revealed that the games haven't sold as well in the west as was previously expected — forcing a rethink for the entire franchise: Both “The Denpa Men: They...

News: Super Mario 3D World Picks Up Best Nintendo Game VGX Award

Super Mario 3D World Picks Up Best Nintendo Game VGX Award

Animal Crossing: New Leaf wins Best Casual Game

As a nominee, if not the ultimate winner, of the VGX Game of the Year award, there's an air of inevitability to the news that Super Mario 3D World has scooped the Best Nintendo Game VGX prize. Mario's latest adventure was up against some strong competition from other Wii U releases, in the forms of...

News: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Picks Up Best Handheld Game VGX Award

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Picks Up Best Handheld Game VGX Award

Disappointment in the Best RPG and GoTY categories

The VGX Awards have finished for another year, in which Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime revealed that Cranky Kong will be playable in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, while also giving the Wii U title an Americas release date of 21st February 2014. It was also an awards ceremony...

News: Reggie Fils-Aime Confirms Playable Cranky Kong and Release Date for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Reggie Fils-Aime Confirms Playable Cranky Kong and Release Date for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Talks up positive Super Mario 3D World sales

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has made his appearance on the VGX Awards, and despite heavy prompts from Geoff Keighley didn't deliver a killer reveal that many would expect. What he did do, however, is confirm Cranky Kong as the fourth playable character in Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze...

News: Digital Foundry Heaps Praise on Super Mario 3D World

Digital Foundry Heaps Praise on Super Mario 3D World

"It [Nintendo] clearly understands what it takes to produce a classic"

Super Mario 3D World has been critically acclaimed, may become a commercial success story in the coming weeks, months and years, and has already played a role in switching up perceptions around what the Wii U can offer gamers. We're yet to see how substantial that impact will be...

News: Festive Monster Hunter UK Meet-Up To Include Awesome Nintendo Prizes

Festive Monster Hunter UK Meet-Up To Include Awesome Nintendo Prizes

Serious hunting ahead

The ongoing absence of Western localisation news for Monster Hunter 4 may be a sore point for fans of the franchise, but it's clear that the series does have a core of dedicated fans outside of Japan. We don't know whether Capcom deems that fanbase to be sufficient as yet, but nevertheless online matches can still be organised...

News: Fit Meter Iwata Asks Outlines Panasonic Partnership and Moving Beyond Pedometers

Fit Meter Iwata Asks Outlines Panasonic Partnership and Moving Beyond Pedometers

Also highlights the game maker's lack of fitness

Wii Fit U's retail release is creeping closer — it hits stores in Europe and North America on 13th December — yet it's been available for over a month as a free trial. In a change from the Wii original that best reflects the stronger distribution options that the eShop gives Nintendo, the trial...

News: Majora's Mask Appears Again, This Time as a New Smash Bros. Assist Trophy

Majora's Mask Appears Again, This Time as a New Smash Bros. Assist Trophy

Sakurai-san strikes again, the big tease

If anyone accuses Nintendo of losing its sense of playful mischief, perhaps we should just mention The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The iconic Nintendo 64 title has been teased on various occasions as potential remake material, while excitable fans have done enough speculation (and mocked up trailers) to...

News: Retail Company Rakuten Highlights the Wii U and iPad as Most Talked About Children's Presents

Retail Company Rakuten Highlights the Wii U and iPad as Most Talked About Children's Presents

Somebody think of the children

A week has passed since the actual Black Friday, and in a slight departure from convention all but Sony have been quiet on firm figures; in that respect we know little (in terms of reliable data) about the Wii U's performance in the festive shopping season to date. It is becoming clear that Nintendo's marketing...

Video: Let This Pikmin 3 DLC Trailer Give You That Festive Feeling

Let This Pikmin 3 DLC Trailer Give You That Festive Feeling

Plus see the new stages in action

We shouldn't forget that, despite the fact it was released in a particularly quiet spell for the Wii U and games market as a whole, Pikmin 3 is a top-notch game; lest we forget, it had been in demand for a number of years. It's also a relatively rare instance — though there are other examples — of Nintendo being...

News: Hideki Kamiya Explains Reasoning For Not Leading Bayonetta 2 Development

Hideki Kamiya Explains Reasoning For Not Leading Bayonetta 2 Development

"It's not that I don't want to make sequels – I really do!"

Although yet to receive a release window beyond a vague "2014", Bayonetta 2 is a highly anticipated arrival on the Wii U; it's also easy to forget that, when confirmed for the system in August 2012, large parts of the internet given up to game forums suffered a meltdown. While the...

News: Extended Nintendo Network System Maintenance Scheduled for 9th December

Extended Nintendo Network System Maintenance Scheduled for 9th December

3DS system update and Miiverse speculation ahoy!

What do you get when you combine a major 3DS system update loosely pegged for December with a lengthy session of system maintenance on the Nintendo Network? Speculation, that's what! Nintendo's network status pages for North America and Europe are showing aligned and extended maintenance scheduled for...

Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox One, I'd Still Pick The Wii U

Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox One, I'd Still Pick The Wii U

Damien McFerran experiences buyer's remorse thanks to a recent purchase

Before we stumble headlong into what will surely be a touchy subject to some, allow me to clarify something. As many of you will be aware, Nintendo Life is but one third of a network of gaming-focused sites. Nestled in the bosom of a growing media empire, this site is flanked...