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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...

News: Satoru Iwata Announces 'Nintendo Figurine Platform' to Utilise NFC for Wii U and 3DS

Satoru Iwata Announces 'Nintendo Figurine Platform' to Utilise NFC for Wii U and 3DS

Like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, but with Nintendo characters

Update: The translated English investor briefing has now been posted, confirming the details outlined below. The provisional names for this range — or 'platform' — of figurines are 'NFC Featured Platform' and 'Nintendo Figurine Platform'. Original Article: With the continuing...

News: Mario Kart 8 Smart Device Website or App on the Way

Mario Kart 8 Smart Device Website or App on the Way

To provide services such as ranking checks

Mario Kart 8 is already forging new ground on the Wii U, with Nintendo having confirmed not only the Mario Kart TV feature, but the ability to upload those highlights reels directly to YouTube from within the game. It also seems set to represent Nintendo's first move into producing an accompanying smart...

News: Hyrule Warriors Set for Summer 2014 Release in Japan, Tecmo Koei Teases Another Major Collaboration

Hyrule Warriors Set for Summer 2014 Release in Japan, Tecmo Koei Teases Another Major Collaboration

If it's on Wii U, that'd make us happy

Quite a few major gaming companies are revealing their financial results today, one of which is Tecmo Koei. It had some positive news all around, and in an update likely to bring sighs of relief from Japanese Wii U owners confirmed that Hyrule Warriors — a name that may yet change — is set for a Summer...

News: Here's an Updated Summary of Nintendo's Software Bestsellers

Here's an Updated Summary of Nintendo's Software Bestsellers

Pokémon and Mario lead the way

When Nintendo releases its updated financial reports, it also publishes fresh figures for hardware and software — we've covered the former in our main summary of the year-end results. The software highlights tell their own tale, however, and perhaps help to explain why Nintendo opts for particular franchises and...

News: Research Firm IDC Anticipates Worldwide Wii U Price Cut in Late 2014 to 2015, Increase in Retail Downloads

Research Firm IDC Anticipates Worldwide Wii U Price Cut in Late 2014 to 2015, Increase in Retail Downloads

System predicted to stay behind PS4 and Xbox One in generation sales

We're now well and truly into a fresh generation of home consoles, with Nintendo's 2012 Wii U release now joined by the late 2013 arrivals of PS4 and Xbox One. The previous Wii / PS3 / Xbox 360 era brought impressive sales all around, though a continually evolving market and...

Video: We Blast Around Five Of Our Favourite New Tracks In Mario Kart 8

We Blast Around Five Of Our Favourite New Tracks In Mario Kart 8

Mii spotted in rather tight racing leathers

Mario Kart 8 is creeping ever closer, bringing with it plenty of excitement for Wii U owners. Nintendo produced a rather entertaining Mario Kart 8 Direct recently, and there's plenty of buzz about this one online. Like many others we're planning quite a few videos ahead of release to show you what it's...

News: Red Goddess Kickstarter Campaign Brings Gorgeous 2.5D Metroidvania to Wii U

Red Goddess Kickstarter Campaign Brings Gorgeous 2.5D Metroidvania to Wii U

$30,000 target and Wii U as a main goal

Spanish developer Yanim Studio has just launched the Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming Metroidvania action-adventure title, Red Goddess: Inner World, set for a March 2015 release on Wii U, PC, PS4, and PS Vita. The goal is a realistic $30,000, with just over $5,000 already pledged and a whole month to go...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Mo' Babies, Mo' Problems

Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles: Mo' Babies, Mo' Problems

Imagine: Karting Babyz

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 Dry Bowsers from your Honey Queens? Have no fear: Nintendo Life is here to help you with handy character profiles on every racer in this May's...

Mario Kart Month: Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles - The Veterans

Mario Kart 8 Character Profiles - The Veterans

It's a Mario (Kart) Party!

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 Petey Piranhas from your Ludwig von Koopas? Have no fear: Nintendo Life is here to help you with handy character profiles on every racer in...

News: Curve Studios And Dakko Dakko Heap Praise On The "Inspirational" Wii U

Curve Studios And Dakko Dakko Heap Praise On The "Inspirational" Wii U

"The Wii U is a perfect system for indie development right now"

While big-name publishers such as EA, 2K Games and Bethesda are happy to ignore the Wii U, Nintendo's console isn't short of support from indie developers. Smaller studios are usually faster and keener to pounce on new ideas, and the concept of second-screen play has clearly captured...

News: The Awesome Hori Mario Kart 8 Accessories Seem To Hit The Final Straight For North America

The Awesome Hori Mario Kart 8 Accessories Seem To Hit The Final Straight For North America

Happy times

Not so long ago we had the happy news that Hori's rather attractive Mario Kart 8-themed GamePad skins and wheels to Europe. It seems that the accessory company — likely with distribution assistance from Nintendo — is also bringing its goodies to North America, too. The Mario and Luigi themed Wii wheels and GamePad skins have popped...

News: Brave, Maleficent, Lilo & Stitch and Guardians Of The Galaxy Spotted In Disney Infinity 2.0 Trailer

Brave, Maleficent, Lilo & Stitch and Guardians Of The Galaxy Spotted In Disney Infinity 2.0 Trailer

Coming to the new game, too?

As we all know, Disney Infinity 2.0 will feature a large helping of Marvel characters. However, families with children who aren't as excited by the idea of a game based all around superheroes can take solace in the glimpses of a few non-Marvel characters we see in the trailer, along with the promise made from the...

News: Activision Enlists Kevin Spacey To Sell Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare's New Brand Of Combat

Activision Enlists Kevin Spacey To Sell Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare's New Brand Of Combat

Last gen versions are coming, but will Wii U be included?

Activision has shown off the reveal trailer for the latest entry in its massively popular Call of Duty series, and this time you'll be playing with even more futuristic toys. The footage for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare shows exo-suits, hoverbikes and special gloves which allow the wearer...

News: Ubisoft Now "Fully Focused" On Making The Wii U Version Of Watch_Dogs "The Best It Can Be"

Ubisoft Now "Fully Focused" On Making The Wii U Version Of Watch_Dogs "The Best It Can Be"

Still no word on when it's actually coming, though

As we all know, Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs is shipping on May 27th — but not on the Wii U. Following the widespread delay of the game last year, the French publisher held back the Nintendo version in order to ensure that the other editions are as good as they can be — much to the chagrin

News: Mario Kart 8 Bundle Dips Below £200 In The UK, Includes Additional Free Game Offer

Mario Kart 8 Bundle Dips Below £200 In The UK, Includes Additional Free Game Offer

Grab yourself a bargain

With Mario Kart 8 hitting the streets later this month, there has never been a better time to take the plunge and buy a Wii U console. Of course Nintendo are handily bundled together their Triple-A kart racer with the system, but where is the best place to buy it from? We'd recommend that you consider slapping in a preorder...