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Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Thirty Eight

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Thirty Eight

Charizard! Little Mac! The Villager! More!

We may still be waiting on formal release dates — especially for the 3DS version — prior to E3, at least, but we can still keep our hype levels for Super Smash Bros. up by gawking at shiny new screenshots. In last week's efforts Masahiro Sakurai showed off character designs, revealed a Final Smash,...

News: Nintendo Brand Manager Hopes Mario Kart 8 Will Serve as a "Catalyst" for Wii U

Nintendo Brand Manager Hopes Mario Kart 8 Will Serve as a "Catalyst" for Wii U

"Mario Kart is one of our killer titles"

Though no game ever achieves loving praise from 100% of those that play it, Mario Kart 8 has been the recipient of plenty of compliments in reviews to date. What truly matters for Nintendo, however, is that buzz about the release will not only make it a must-buy for Wii U owners, but also entice other gamers...

News: Wii U Reportedly Uses Less Energy to Run Than Wii and Rivals

Wii U Reportedly Uses Less Energy to Run Than Wii and Rivals

Natural Resources Defense Council highlights low energy use

A report by the the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests that the Wii U annually consumes less energy than the Wii, as shown in the graph below: The graph, which is designed to show how much energy your console drains across the year, illustrates that the Wii U is more effective in...

News: Tecmo Koei Hopeful That Hyrule Warriors Will Tap Into Zelda Fanbase and Hit One Million Sales

Tecmo Koei Hopeful That Hyrule Warriors Will Tap Into Zelda Fanbase and Hit One Million Sales

This new screen looks rather tasty

While it's been absent from Nintendo's Direct broadcasts since its shock reveal in late 2013, Hyrule Warriors is a potentially intriguing title on the way to Wii U. The Tecmo Koei-developed title, spinning off from the well known Dynasty Warriors franchise, is due this Summer in Japan and will hopefully not be far...

Video: The Piranha Plant and a "Crazy Plunge" Tested in the Latest Mario Kart 8 Commercials

The Piranha Plant and a "Crazy Plunge" Tested in the Latest Mario Kart 8 Commercials

Advertising with some bite

Over the past week we've shared a few Mario Kart 8 30-second commercial that have been doing the rounds, incorporating some fun live-action sequences with game footage. Nintendo's now uploaded a couple more examples, covering the Piranha Plant — an excellent new item in this entry — and showing a "crazy plunge" that's...

Video: DreamWorks Animator Transforms His Son Into A Shell-Throwing Mario Kart Hero

DreamWorks Animator Transforms His Son Into A Shell-Throwing Mario Kart Hero

Shell shocked

DreamWorks Animator Daniel Hashimoto has created a series of videos which star his son in the role of Action Movie Kid, where movie-standard special effects are applied to make his life look a little more incredible. The latest episode couldn't be more timely with Mario Kart 8 around the corner, as Hashimoto places his son in a...

Reaction: Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales Potential, Ruining Battle Mode And Racism

Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales Potential, Ruining Battle Mode And Racism

Mario Kart Hate

Mario Kart 8 launches at the end of this month, and as you'll know if you've consulted our review, it's well worth looking forward to. It would seem that most of the gaming press agrees with us; the game has scored very highly across the board. However, opinions are like belly buttons — everybody has one — and unsurprisingly,...

Rumour: Wii Sports Club Japanese Retail Bundle Points to July Release for Boxing and Baseball

Wii Sports Club Japanese Retail Bundle Points to July Release for Boxing and Baseball

A knockout for Wii U?

The Wii Sports Club range on the Wii U eShop has offered some decent fun so far, bringing HD, Miiverse and MotionPlus upgrades to three events from the iconic Wii Sports. We're still awaiting Baseball and Boxing, of course, in order to complete the set; if a Japanese retail blog is to be believed, they're not far away. The...

News: Wii U Software Has a Boost in U.S. Sales as LEGO Takes Over

Wii U Software Has a Boost in U.S. Sales as LEGO Takes Over

Decent portable LEGO sales for Nintendo

In what's one of the quietest NPD sales updates of recent times, some limited details have emerged of April physical retail sales in the U.S. There's a relatively minor piece of positive news for the Wii U, while the software top 10 has an air of familiarity and one brand showing continued strong form. In...

News: Ubisoft Makes Little Mention of Nintendo in Plans for Financial Year, Sales Show Why

Ubisoft Makes Little Mention of Nintendo in Plans for Financial Year, Sales Show Why

Just 3% of sales on Wii U, zero on 3DS

Ubisoft has published its financial results and reports, and having reported losses has been outlining plans and expectations for a successful coming year; pre-orders for Watch_Dogs and other major releases are cited as positives, though despite Just Dance 2014 hitting six million sell-in units and evidently...

Talking Point: For Better Or For Worse, The Wii U GamePad Is Here To Stay

For Better Or For Worse, The Wii U GamePad Is Here To Stay

Don't expect a Microsoft-style U-turn from Nintendo

The brief lifespan of Microsoft's Xbox One has been overshadowed by a series of embarrassing turnarounds. First, the company was forced to bow to popular opinion and alter its policy on having an "always on" internet connection, then it quickly changed its stance on indie self-publishing. More...

News: Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Dutch electronics giant seeking compensation package, too

Dutch electronics manufacturer Philips is claiming that the Nintendo Wii and Wii U systems infringe on two of its patents — one of which dates back to 1996. According to Dutch site NU, Philips has submitted documents in the United States which call for a ban on selling both systems in that...

Talking Point: The Nintendo Figurine Platform Could be a Vital Money-Spinner

The Nintendo Figurine Platform Could be a Vital Money-Spinner

A '90s approach that can still work

The Nintendo brand used to be everywhere. In the late '80s and early '90s the big N's brand, particularly in North America, was ever-present and dominant in the market. Mario and his fellow mascots had TV shows, cereal brands, toys and assorted paraphernalia all over store shelves. If you grew up in that era and...

Video: Behold The Incredible Destructive Power Of The Mario Kart 8 Super Horn

Behold The Incredible Destructive Power Of The Mario Kart 8 Super Horn

Spiny blue shells, begone!

A short time ago we posted a video of Nintendo's new TV spot for Mario Kart 8, which gives a humourous spin (no pun intended) to the game's use of anti-gravity. Nintendo has now posted this video — along with two others — to its YouTube channel, and you can watch them in glorious HD quality below. The most amusing...

Video: Musician Lindsey Stirling Dresses Up As Aurora From Child Of Light, Because Why Not?

Musician Lindsey Stirling Dresses Up As Aurora From Child Of Light, Because Why Not?

Popular artist channels Ubisoft's RPG hit for unique video performance

We love Lindsey Stirling here at Nintendo Life — not only does she play a mean fiddle (OK, violin), but she's absolutely potty about video games and never misses an opportunity to cover the soundtrack of a famous title or dress up as a popular character. Her latest video —...

Video: This "Upside-Down Test" Mario Kart 8 Commercial is a Bit Awesome

This "Upside-Down Test" Mario Kart 8 Commercial is a Bit Awesome

"It's Flipping Fun"

Nintendo has expressed its desire to heavily promote Mario Kart 8 in the coming weeks and months, no doubt hoping to tempt a lot of gamers on the fence regarding the Wii U to take the plunge. In-store ads and a Mario Kart TV web app will play roles, though we should expect the company to spend some marketing money on good-old TV...

News: Here Are Five New Retail Titles Coming to Wii U

Here Are Five New Retail Titles Coming to Wii U

BOOM

We have a confession to make. There are five new retail games coming to the Wii U and (probably) its eShop, but here's an advance warning. Lower your expectations. Push them down so low so all that remains is a jaded, cynical gamer that trusts no-one and nothing. Have you done that? Good. Now, in fairness, the five games on the way have their...

News: Final Skylanders SWAP Force Figure, Doom Stone, Makes Début At Toys "R" Us On 13th May

Final Skylanders SWAP Force Figure, Doom Stone, Makes Début At Toys "R" Us On 13th May

A solid finale

Portal Masters in the US should plan on clearing some space for a final addition to their Skylanders SWAP Force army, when the mighty Doom Stone arrives this week. From Tuesday, 13th May, Toys "R" Us stores nationwide will be the first to stock this glorious golem in limited quantities, which hopefully shouldn't result in too many...