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News: ​Japan Weekly: Bravely Second Jobs Revealed and Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Reviewed

​Japan Weekly: Bravely Second Jobs Revealed and Theatrhythm Dragon Quest Reviewed

Along with a handful of other 3DS and Wii U reviews straight from Japan

Finally — this week's Famitsu has made up for the last couple of disappointing releases when it comes to juicy Nintendo news. While we still haven't heard when Bravely Second: End Layer will make it outside of Japan, that hasn't stopped Famitsu from feeding Japanese gamers...

News: You Can Pre-Order The Official Splatoon Game Guide On Amazon Now

You Can Pre-Order The Official Splatoon Game Guide On Amazon Now

How to make the perfect mess

A Summer release is right around the corner, and anticipation for Nintendo's inky online shooter Splatoon is at an all-time high. With an ocean of unique mechanics to learn and plenty of content, it's good to know that Prima will be releasing a game guide to help you conquer those slimy octopuses. The 240-page paperback...

News: Nintendo Finally Confirms the Super Mario Series Mario amiibo for Individual Sale in North America

Nintendo Finally Confirms the Super Mario Series Mario amiibo for Individual Sale in North America

Breaking out of bundles

The Super Mario series of amiibo toys has, in some cases, been just as hard to find as the Super Smash Bros. run, though gamers in Europe have at least had options with the full range. While the Mario toy has been for sale individually and as part of a Mario Party 10 bundle in PAL territories, in North America this figure has...

Interview: Nintendo and Nd Cube on Bowser, amiibo and the Pure Luck of the Dice in Mario Party 10

Nintendo and Nd Cube on Bowser, amiibo and the Pure Luck of the Dice in Mario Party 10

Part of the goal are "actions that are overflowing with energy"

Mario Party 10, as the name makes very clear, is just the latest in one of Nintendo's most substantial franchises. Especially frequent on the GameCube, it's evidently achieved a good degree of success and remains a mainstay on Nintendo hardware, with the home console entries being...

News: Sony Hardware Takes Charge of Japanese Charts With Flurry of Releases

Sony Hardware Takes Charge of Japanese Charts With Flurry of Releases

Work to do for New Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

For over two years the Japanese market has been a fortress for Nintendo, with the 3DS in particular dominating the hardware and software charts. Recent times have brought a dip, however, especially since the release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D provided a welcome boost in mid-February. In...

Opinion: Splatoon Is to Shooters what Mario Kart Is to Racers

Splatoon Is to Shooters what Mario Kart Is to Racers

Ron and Alex share their thoughts on Nintendo's new IP

Our resident writing aficionado Ron and video guru Alex both got a chance to try their hands at a preview build of Splatoon recently, and despite writing an official preview, they felt they had more to say on a more personal note. We've made them scrawl out a few words to help explain just...

News: Elliot Quest Developer Talks About a 3DS Port

Elliot Quest Developer Talks About a 3DS Port

No plans yet, but the desire is there

Several of you have already played Elliot Quest, the new side scrolling adventure game from Ansimuz Games that takes several design and gameplay cues from the likes of Zelda II and Kid Icarus. We awarded it an 8/10 in our review, citing minor performance issues and frustrating pacing as main issues. Whatever way...

News: Underground Is Coming Stateside Next Week, And Even Has Its Own Exclusive Laparoscopic Controller

Underground Is Coming Stateside Next Week, And Even Has Its Own Exclusive Laparoscopic Controller

Surgical strike

Grendel Games has confirmed that its Wii U title Underground will be hitting the North American eShop on April 2nd, following on from the title's European launch in January. In addition to this news, Grendel Games has also confirmed that it will be releasing a special controller for the game. As we mentioned in our 8/10 review,...

Preview: We Take Aim at Splatoon to See if It Offers the Best of Both Worlds

We Take Aim at Splatoon to See if It Offers the Best of Both Worlds

Catching up with Splatoon's solo and multiplayer modes

During past Nintendo Direct presentations, the main focus of Splatoon has undoubtedly been the multiplayer gameplay, leaving many caught off guard when it was announced that Nintendo's upcoming squad-based shooter would feature a single player campaign as well. Not much has been revealed about...

News: Mysterious Murasame Castle's Takamaru Was Considered For Super Smash Bros.

Mysterious Murasame Castle's Takamaru Was Considered For Super Smash Bros.

But didn't make the cut (no pun intended)

It's been a pretty awesome week for all Smash Bros. fans, all told. A short video has made its way to our screens with an announcement from Masahiro Sakurai, stating that the new Mewtwo DLC for Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS would be on its way "pretty soon". As always, Nintendo has more surprises for its fans, with...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Reportedly Promises That Mewtwo Super Smash Bros. DLC is Coming "Pretty Soon"

Masahiro Sakurai Reportedly Promises That Mewtwo Super Smash Bros. DLC is Coming "Pretty Soon"

Huzzah!

Though the wait of a few months may have tempered expectations for a while, it's easy to forget that Super Smash Bros. isn't yet complete - the Wii U version is yet to receive Tournies, while Mewtwo DLC is also hotly anticipated. That DLC fighter will be free to those who register both versions on Club Nintendo by 31st May, before later...

Live: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Invitational Tournament - MCM Birmingham

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Invitational Tournament - MCM Birmingham

Battling at the tech show

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has been around for a good few months, but it's still very much a go-to game for plenty of Wii U owners. It's a big-draw at expos and events, too, and Nintendo UK is streaming a special Invitational tournament from the massive MCM Comic Con event in Birmingham today. Kicking off at 7am Pacific /...

News: Zelda Lookalike Oceanhorn: Monster Of Uncharted Seas Could Be Sailing To Consoles

Zelda Lookalike Oceanhorn: Monster Of Uncharted Seas Could Be Sailing To Consoles

Game shares a link with the Sega classic Landstalker, too

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is an iOS adventure title which has recently crossed over to PCs, and is clearly influenced by Nintendo's Legend of Zelda - more specifically, the Wind Waker instalment which came to GameCube and - much later - Wii U. With the game branching out to other...

News: Nintendo to Lead Design and Development of Smart Device Games, But Shigeru Miyamoto's Priority Remains the Wii U

Nintendo to Lead Design and Development of Smart Device Games, But Shigeru Miyamoto's Priority Remains the Wii U

"We are forming a joint development structure with DeNA"

Following this week's dramatic announcement of Nintendo's partnership with DeNA to greatly expand its move into smart device gaming and services, utilising core IP in the process, there have been plenty of questions around how the partnership will work and how, in practical terms, it'll affect...

News: République's Creator Worked On Metal Gear Solid And Halo, And Says The Game Could Come To Wii U

République's Creator Worked On Metal Gear Solid And Halo, And Says The Game Could Come To Wii U

Unity 5-powered adventure may find its way to Nintendo's system

Ryan Payton is a man with a pretty impressive CV. He started his career at Microsoft in Japan before joining Konami and working alongside Hideo Kojima on Metal Gear Solid 4. From there, he became the creator director on Halo 4, and has since gone independent with Camouflaj, his own...

News: Pokémon Rumble World Rated By the Australian Classification Board

Pokémon Rumble World Rated By the Australian Classification Board

Get ready to rumble

The Pokémon Rumble series is one of the Pokémon brand’s more successful spin-offs. The whole thing is based around the premise of Pokémon toys coming to life and battling it out in arenas. Real-time beat ‘em up gameplay keeps things fresh and interesting, though the games are admittedly fairly easy. Up till now, there have...

Reaction: The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think a Unified Platform is the Future

The Nintendo 'NX', and Why We Think a Unified Platform is the Future

Better, together

When Nintendo today announced its partnership with DeNA, which focuses on "smart devices" (mobile phones and tablets), it was wise to also include a statement of intent around its current business - dedicated game systems. As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm...

Video: Nintendo of America Unveils Commercial for Mario Party 10 Tie-In With Kids Choice Awards

Nintendo of America Unveils Commercial for Mario Party 10 Tie-In With Kids Choice Awards

Have a PAX East Puzzle & Dragons video as a bonus...

It may not be an official Year of Bowser, but March is certainly the Month of Bowser courtesy of Mario Party 10 arriving on Wii U. With the Bowser Mode being an integral part in distinguishing this entry from its many predecessors, it's little surprise that marketing in Japan, Europe and North...

News: Nintendo Set To License All IP to Mobile Publisher DeNA

Nintendo Set To License All IP to Mobile Publisher DeNA

Apps and games (yes, games) coming to smart devices globally

Breaking news this morning is a "Business and Capital Alliance" between Nintendo and fellow Japanese firm DeNA. Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7974) and DeNA Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 2432) today entered into a business and capital alliance to develop and operate new game apps for smart devices and...

News: Nintendo of America to Run a 'Virtual Launch Party' for Mario Party 10 This Week

Nintendo of America to Run a 'Virtual Launch Party' for Mario Party 10 This Week

Seems to mean Twitter comps, not video streams

Mario Party 10 is Nintendo's big retail release in both North America and Europe this week, so we can expect the big N to make a lot of noise ahead of the 20th March arrival. Nintendo of America, for its part, has announced some social networking shenanigans in the form of a 'Virtual Launch Party' on...

Video: New LEGO Jurassic World Trailer Builds Dinosaur-Sized Hype

New LEGO Jurassic World Trailer Builds Dinosaur-Sized Hype

Dat music

We won't deny it, there's some serious nostalgia-driven anticipation for LEGO Jurassic World on Wii U and 3DS here in Nintendo Life HQ. Since it was announced that the title will arrive to accompany the new movie - Jurassic World - and cover all four films in one package, there's certainly been plenty of anticipation. It's all been teaser...