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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...

News: Nintendo Announces "Mario Kart 8 Test Drive Days" At Over 2700 GameStop Stores

Nintendo Announces "Mario Kart 8 Test Drive Days" At Over 2700 GameStop Stores

Pre-orders to get a special poster, too

It's pretty clear that plenty of Wii U owners are now impatiently awaiting Mario Kart 8, while others may be tempted to dive in and buy a system for the latest entry in the iconic series. Nintendo's cranking up the hype, meanwhile, with public-access demos now confirmed to be on the way to more than 2,700...

News: Kosuke Yabuki Explains That Every Mario Kart is Made "From Scratch"

Kosuke Yabuki Explains That Every Mario Kart is Made "From Scratch"

Explains retro course design and Battle mode's lack of arenas in MK8

Mario Kart 8 is now just a few weeks away, and the secrets of its modes and design have been stripped away in favour of anticipation as Wii U owners become keen to get their hands on the latest racer in the series. In a mini-interview with EDGE magazine, Kosuke Yabuki took the...

Video: This New Insanity's Blade Trailer Cuts A Gory Swathe Through The Web

This New Insanity's Blade Trailer Cuts A Gory Swathe Through The Web

PC release confirmed for later this month, Wii U version coming later

We've been following the progress of Insanity's Blade closely over the past few months and can't wait to see what the game looks like when it finally hits the Wii U eShop. Causal Bit Games successfully kickstarted its unique take on the side-scrolling action platformer at the end...

Interview: Yanim Studio on its Kickstarter-Funded Wii U Adventure, Red Goddess: Inner World

Yanim Studio on its Kickstarter-Funded Wii U Adventure, Red Goddess: Inner World

"Nintendo's audience will love what this game has to offer."

On Tuesday we reported on Red Goddess: Inner World, a beautiful new Kickstarter-funded Metroidvania-style title headed to Wii U, PS4, PS Vita, and PC next year if the campaign reaches its funding goal. If you haven't checked it out yet, take a gander at the Kickstarter trailer:...

Video: Join Us For A Relaxing Weekend Drive Around Mario Kart 8's Vintage Circuits

Join Us For A Relaxing Weekend Drive Around Mario Kart 8's Vintage Circuits

A blast from the past

In keeping with previous entries in the series, Mario Kart 8 resurrects popular tracks from past games. These are far from being lazy upgrades, though — many have been retooled to take advantage of the game's anti-gravity focus, and all of them naturally benefit from a luscious HD lick of paint. In the video below, intrepid...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Koopalings Galore

Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Koopalings Galore

Our profile series concludes with the new MK8 contestants

With Mario Kart's ever-expanding roster of eligible drivers, it can be tough to keep track of them all. When you're out there on the crowded raceway, how are you supposed to tell your Birdos from your Koopa Paratroopas? Have no fear: Nintendo Life is here to help you with handy character...

News: Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle Coming To North America

Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Software Bundle Coming To North America

But will only be available from the Nintendo World store in New York

When the Mario Kart 8 limited edition software bundle – containing a copy of the game and a Blue Shell figurine – was announced for Europe, many Nintendo fans across North America feared they would be missing out on a collectable item. Fortunately, for those wanting something...

News: Amazon Germany Offers an Exclusive Steelbook Edition of Mario Kart 8

Amazon Germany Offers an Exclusive Steelbook Edition of Mario Kart 8

Check this beauty out

Whenever the phrase 'steelbook' appears in relation to a limited edition game release, our interest is immediately piqued. Some of team Nintendo Life are still insanely jealous of the Metroid Prime Trilogy steelbook that was released in North America but not in Europe, for example. Metal is lovely for game packaging. It...

News: Download Sales On Nintendo Formats Have Trebled In The Last Two Years

Download Sales On Nintendo Formats Have Trebled In The Last Two Years

$235 million in digital sales gained in the past 12 months

Nintendo has confirmed that digital revenue across its consoles has tripled in the past two years. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed the statistic at the recent investor's briefing, explaining that during the financial period between April 2013 and March 2014, around 24 billion Yen...

News: Infinity Ward Merges With Neversoft To Form Super Studio, Retains Infinity Ward Name

Infinity Ward Merges With Neversoft To Form Super Studio, Retains Infinity Ward Name

Still no official word on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Wii U

Neversoft, the developer behind the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, has merged with Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward to form a brand new "super studio". A memo written by CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg — and subsequently obtained by Giant Bomb — outlines the deal:...

Video: Witness The Intolerable Cruelty Of Mario Kart 8

Witness The Intolerable Cruelty Of Mario Kart 8

All thanks to Mario Kart TV's awesome slow-mo feature

Mario Kart TV is one of the biggest additions to Mario Kart 8, and will allow players to save, edit and share their finest on-track moments. It's also great for messing about with and creating daft little videos, such as the one we present to you below. The game's slow-mo feature makes even the...

News: Bayonetta 2 Listed for Summer Release in Japan

Bayonetta 2 Listed for Summer Release in Japan

PlatinumGames title and Hyrule Warriors still just '2014' for the West

Following its recent financial results report, Nintendo has issued some supplementary information that includes release dates and windows of major upcoming titles. Following the trend of the last quarterly update juicy dates are held back, presumably in favour of later reveals,...

News: Nintendo Reveals 'Mario Kart TV' Web App in Financial Results Briefing

Nintendo Reveals 'Mario Kart TV' Web App in Financial Results Briefing

Connecting with NNID will provide extra features

Earlier today we shared a report from Nikkei announcing a Mario Kart 8 website or app in translated comments from a Satoru Iwata press conference. Now that the translated investor briefing has been released we have some more firm details and a screen of the service in action. This will be a web...