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News: Spiffy Mario Kart 8 T-Shirts Arriving 29th May on Club Nintendo Japan

Spiffy Mario Kart 8 T-Shirts Arriving 29th May on Club Nintendo Japan

Get ready to be jealous

A special edition Mario Kart 8 T-shirt will be making its way to Club Nintendo Japan alongside the game on 29th May. The shirts will cost 600 points and, as you can see, feature nifty silhouettes of twelve playable characters on the front and a small tire graphic on the back. They come in both medium and large sizes and are...

Video: These Mario Kart 8 Players Are Getting Rather Immersed in the Experience

These Mario Kart 8 Players Are Getting Rather Immersed in the Experience

Two fresh commercials emerge

Nintendo has released quite a variety of commercials so far for Mario Kart 8, ranging from straight-up gameplay sequences to a quirky series that recreated items and features in a fictional real-world wacky lab. Two fresh commercials go for a mix of both ideas, while also showing off the game's local multiplayer selling...

Poll: A Tale of Two Blockbusters as Mario Kart 8 and Watch Dogs Arrive This Week

A Tale of Two Blockbusters as Mario Kart 8 and Watch Dogs Arrive This Week

How will you spend your cash?

A gaming year is often summed up by crowded, high-profile release windows, typically in November as Holiday shopping and Black Friday insanity sweep stores in multiple territories. While this week isn't quite on that scale, it does see the rather brilliant Mario Kart 8 on Wii U go up against Watch Dogs on, well,...

Interview: Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuki, On Key Features of the Wii U's Blockbuster Release

Mario Kart 8 Director, Kosuke Yabuki, On Key Features of the Wii U's Blockbuster Release

"Not ruling out the possibility" of a Smash Bros. roster approach in future

For Wii U owners this week is about one game, Mario Kart 8. A new arrival in the franchise is always an exciting occasion, and in some respects this entry takes the series forward in more ways than its predecessors — it brings HD visuals to the franchise for the first...

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

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

Assist Trophy Capsule! Mirrored characters! Ike! More!

E3 creeps ever closer, which should mean more information on Super Smash Bros. isn't far away. The past week was actually fairly eventful for the titles, however, with loose comments from Nintendo's French division suggesting that the Wii U version will utilise the NFC Figurine Platform, with...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart's Best Weapon Isn't What You Think

Mario Kart's Best Weapon Isn't What You Think

Green Shells For Pride and Honour

Games in the Mario Kart series — including the forthcoming Mario Kart 8 — are usually referred to as racing games, but we all know that's only half the story — the other half is gladiatorial combat on wheels, battles fought between competitors using whatever Super Mario-themed objects of destruction they can...

News: Digital Foundry Pins Down Mario Kart 8's Resolution and Framerate

Digital Foundry Pins Down Mario Kart 8's Resolution and Framerate

No, not actually native 1080p

After a lengthy build-up, Mario Kart 8 is almost here, the latest entry in the hugely popular franchise. It's been critically acclaimed on multiple fronts, with plenty also lavishing praise on the visuals and performance of the title; in our review we said that visually "MK8 is a stunner, and joins titles such as Super...

Video: Nintendo Minute Unboxes The Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle

Nintendo Minute Unboxes The Mario Kart 8 Wii U Bundle

What's inside the box? Well, a Wii U...

We do rather like the regular Nintendo Minute videos here at Nintendo Life, and the latest is one for all you unboxing fans out there. Don't deny it, don't pretend you're too self aware and mature to enjoy watching someone open a box with a thing inside — we know you like unboxings. It's a secret shame for...

Talking Point: It's Not Too Late for Nintendo to Join the Minecraft Party

It's Not Too Late for Nintendo to Join the Minecraft Party

The blocky horse hasn't bolted, yet

If Minecraft was a conventional video game, its time in the sun would have passed by now, or we'd currently be playing Minecraft 4 and questioning whether Mojang was going 'a bit EA' with its annual releases. That's far from the reality, however, as this is a game that has ignored convention to establish itself...

News: Hyrule Warriors Is The Zelda Game That Eiji Aonuma Could Never Make Himself

Hyrule Warriors Is The Zelda Game That Eiji Aonuma Could Never Make Himself

Developers behind the Wii U action title give some more detail

The core development team behind the forthcoming Hyrule Warriors has spoken to Famitsu about the reasons for combining the hitherto unassociated Warriors and Zelda franchises. The Japanese publication spoke to Tecmo Koei producers Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayashi — as well as Zelda...

News: Mario Will Be Racing In Reality At This Weekend's History 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Mario Will Be Racing In Reality At This Weekend's History 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Not upside down, sadly

Mario Kart 8 may not have much of a grounding in reality, but the game will be getting some welcome real-world exposure at this weekend's History 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway event. US retailer GameStop has taken over the livery of double Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racer Matt Kenseth's Toyota Camry in...

News: Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

At least a potential E3 reveal won't be a live demonstation

It seems that today is a day of potential E3 leaks, and this one will likely divide Nintendo gamers. We're aware that some of the Nintendo Life community enjoyed Wii Music, so this writer will restrict expressing his feelings of trepidation and fear at this possible reveal — the lead...

News: Here Are Plenty of Lovely Hyrule Warriors Screenshots at Which to Gawk

Here Are Plenty of Lovely Hyrule Warriors Screenshots at Which to Gawk

So pretty...

With Hyrule Warriors doing the rounds in the Japanese media and, by extension, getting Wii U gamers in the West a tad excited as well, Tecmo Koei's enjoying additional interest in its latest Warriors collaboration. Teaming up with one of Nintendo's biggest brands can have that effect. If you're keen to see more, of course, the...

News: The Wii U Version Of Super Smash Bros. Will Utilise The NFC Nintendo Figurine Platform

The Wii U Version Of Super Smash Bros. Will Utilise The NFC Nintendo Figurine Platform

From the mouth of Nintendo of France's managing director Stephan Bole

Update: Nintendo UK has issued us with the following statement: On 8th May 2014, Mr Iwata announced the decision for Nintendo to release character figurines with built-in NFC functionality that are compatible with video games starting from this year-end sales season. There...

Site News: Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Recommended viewing

Those of you with especially good memories will recall that Nintendo Life has been featured on the eShop twice in the past few years — back in 2011, we were asked by Nintendo of Europe to contribute a list of our favourite eShop titles, and a year later we supplied our red-hot summer picks for the North American eShop. We're...

News: Tecmo Koei and Eiji Aonuma Outline Origins of Hyrule Warriors

Tecmo Koei and Eiji Aonuma Outline Origins of Hyrule Warriors

"We have many fans of The Legend of Zelda in our company"

After months of silence following its December 2013 reveal, Hyrule Warriors is undoubtedly a hot topic as a result of its recent Famitsu coverage. Hitting Japan on 14th August, confirmed gameplay details have perhaps contributed to a sense of optimism around this Warriors and Zelda crossover...