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News: Big Red Button Explains Its Sonic Boom Character Designs, and Admits They Could Have Been Wackier

Big Red Button Explains Its Sonic Boom Character Designs, and Admits They Could Have Been Wackier

Minus input "the character would have been a lot more alien and different"

When Sonic Boom was announced as a TV show, toy range and — perhaps most importantly — a game for Wii U and 3DS, there was an explosion of interest around the web. Much excitable chatter in those initial hours wasn't so much about the setting of the show of the potential...

Ninterview: Legendary Designer Julian Gollop On Ghost Recon, Fire Emblem And Chaos Reborn

Legendary Designer Julian Gollop On Ghost Recon, Fire Emblem And Chaos Reborn

"Chaos Reborn would actually work really well on the Wii U"

A true veteran of the industry, British developer Julian Gollop has been making games for longer than many of this site's readers have been alive. His career started way back in 1983 with Time Lords, but it was with titles like Rebelstar and Laser Squad that he really made his name;...

News: Yoshi's New Island Makes UK Chart Début in 12th Place

Yoshi's New Island Makes UK Chart Début in 12th Place

Avoids getting egg on its face

Last week brought us the launch of Yoshi's New Island, which was met with a decidedly mixed critical reaction. Despite that its success rests not in reviews but in the final results — its performance at retail and, of course, on the eShop. We have a chance to gauge part of its early performance courtesy of the...

News: Nintendo Highlights Positive February Sales in the U.S. of Bravely Default and Tropical Freeze

Nintendo Highlights Positive February Sales in the U.S. of Bravely Default and Tropical Freeze

Wii U hardware and software increase compared to February 2013

It's that time again, with the NPD results — which cover physical retail sales in the U.S. — for February starting to emerge. Nintendo has, in a surprising twist on previous months, been quick to jump into the fray with its results, no doubt due to the fact it could report positive...

News: One Piece Unlimited World Red Is Sailing To Wii U And 3DS In Europe And Australia

One Piece Unlimited World Red Is Sailing To Wii U And 3DS In Europe And Australia

Prepare to shiver those timbers

Namco Bandai Games has revealed that it is bringing One Piece Unlimited World Red to Wii U and 3DS consoles in Europe and Australia. Based on the massively popular manga and anime series created by Eiichiiro Oda, Unlimited World Red will showcase all the usual nautical action and adventure, fused with co-op play and...

News: Nintendo Comes Up Empty at BAFTA Awards

Nintendo Comes Up Empty at BAFTA Awards

Darn...

Nintendo's been picking up a decent number of awards in recent months, with varied winners such as Super Mario 3D World, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds winning in various ceremonies and multiple categories. The gravy train can't keep running forever, however, as Nintendo has been left empty-handed at...

News: Pure Chess Will Checkmate Your Wii U And 3DS Very Soon Indeed

Pure Chess Will Checkmate Your Wii U And 3DS Very Soon Indeed

Developer VooFoo had to fine-tune the cross-platform multiplayer

There was a bit of a delay making the jump to Nintendo platforms, but Chess nuts need not wait much longer. Pure Chess publisher Ripstone has today announced that the highly anticipated digital title will finally be making its way to the 3DS and Wii U eShops on March 20th. The game...

News: 3DS Faces a Renewed Vita Challenge in Japan as Home Consoles Underperform

3DS Faces a Renewed Vita Challenge in Japan as Home Consoles Underperform

3DS software continues strong run

It's Wednesday, so it's Media Create Japanese charts day. After a 2013 where each week could roughly be summarised as "3DS crushing all in its way", this year is shaping up to be a more competitive, dynamic contest. To begin with software, top spot is taken by PS Vita newcomer Soul Sacrifice Delta, an expanded and...

News: These Nintendo Illustrations to Highlight The Wii U Difference are Just Too Good

These Nintendo Illustrations to Highlight The Wii U Difference are Just Too Good

Hardware advertising, Japanese style

It's little secret that Nintendo will be aiming to up its game, in territories all around the world, in selling the Wii U concept to the masses. We expect that these marketing efforts will retain the hallmark style for which Nintendo is famous — in other words, there'll probably be plenty of light-hearted,...

Talking Point: Important Steps to Bring the 3DS and Wii U Closer Together

Important Steps to Bring the 3DS and Wii U Closer Together

Do cross the streams

The Wii U is struggling. It’s a lovely looking console with some great games, but large developers whose names don’t start with “Nin” and end with “Tendo” are hardly queuing up to make software for the system, and there's little publicly visible to change that situation; the download-only scene is, thankfully, much...

News: Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks Tops February Sales in Spain as Tropical Freeze Grabs Seventh

Inazuma Eleven 3: Team Ogre Attacks Tops February Sales in Spain as Tropical Freeze Grabs Seventh

Four Nintendo titles in the top 10

We often report the weekly UK and Japanese chart results here on Nintendo Life, as well as the monthly NPD results for the U.S., but there are a significant number of other valuable territories in which Nintendo is competing. It can also paint a worrying picture for European sales as titles struggle in the UK,...

News: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Pokémon X & Y the Last Nintendo Games Standing in UK Top 40

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Pokémon X & Y the Last Nintendo Games Standing in UK Top 40

Modest performance in multi-platform releases, too

The latest UK software chart results are in, and they make worrying reading for Nintendo. With 2014 well under way and new releases increasingly arriving on multiple platforms, weekly sales of Nintendo titles — and multiplatform titles on Wii U and 3DS — are being increasingly pushed out of the...

News: Extended Nintendo Network Maintenance on Wii U and 3DS Scheduled For 13th March

Extended Nintendo Network Maintenance on Wii U and 3DS Scheduled For 13th March

One month after the last Nintendo Direct...

Nintendo can be accused of many things, often unfairly, but sleeping on the online job surely isn't one of them. The current generation of Wii U and 3DS has seen the company drastically evolve and update its online infrastructure, and system maintenance has been a regular feature of just that. Sometimes...

News: Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues With Releasing Need For Speed On Wii U

Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues With Releasing Need For Speed On Wii U

"Neither Nintendo or EA gave a s*** about it"

Criterion co-founder Alex Ward recently parted company with the studio to found his new firm, Three Fields Entertainment. Yesterday, he took to Twitter to partly explain the reasons behind this move, as well as highlighting some of the issues he and his staff faced when porting Need for Speed: Most...

News: Watch_Dogs Wii U 2014 Release a "Possibility", Bucharest Studio to Make "Good Use" of the System

Watch_Dogs Wii U 2014 Release a "Possibility", Bucharest Studio to Make "Good Use" of the System

"We wanted to be ambitious with it, be able to go full-on"

We suspect the name Watch_Dogs will prompt a similar reaction from some Wii U owners as Rayman Legends, and not in a positive way for Ubisoft. The company's decision to delay the Wii U version to arrive after other platforms unsurprisingly didn't go down well, so confirmation of a 27th May...

News: Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn Wants Your Money

Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn Wants Your Money

What the Fu?!

Last year we brought you the disturbing news that Mine O'Mine, a company owned by Shaquille O'Neal, registered a series of trademarks for possible use in video games. As Shaq Fu on the Super NES is widely regarded as a shockingly bad game, it was news to prompt shudders rather than celebrations. Well, a new game is possibly on the...

News: Nintendo of Europe Confirms Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle

Nintendo of Europe Confirms Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle

The Spiny Shell is back

With Mario Kart 8 set to be a major release for the Wii U on 30th May, Nintendo of Europe has now started its engines on building hype and encouraging pre-orders. Having confirmed Super Mario Kart for the Wii U Virtual Console, along with a tempting eShop discount, it's also outlined physical retail options to tempt you to...

News: SNES Classic Super Mario Kart Is Racing To The Wii U Virtual Console This Month

SNES Classic Super Mario Kart Is Racing To The Wii U Virtual Console This Month

Download and get a discount on the cost of Mario Kart 8

Nintendo UK has announced that Super Mario Kart will be hitting the European Wii U Virtual Console later this month — March 27th, to be precise. What's more, as part of a special promotion in the run up to the release of Mario Kart 8, if you download Super Mario Kart you will receive a...