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News: Nintendo Canada Announces an Awesome Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Contest

Nintendo Canada Announces an Awesome Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Contest

Where's Rain Man when we need him?

Calling all Canadian Nintendo Lifers! Nintendo of Canada Ltd. is currently running a special contest for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The contest, aptly named "Banana Mania," is open only to Canadian residents and offers one Grand Prize and five second place prizes, both including a copy of Retro Studios'...

News: Nintendo Scoops Two Awards at D.I.C.E

Nintendo Scoops Two Awards at D.I.C.E

Well, it's better than none

Earlier this year we reported that Nintendo games had picked up multiple nomination in the D.I.C.E Awards, which act as the closing event of the summit with the same name — it stands for Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain. In total five Nintendo games were nominated across seven different categories; the awards...

News: Ubisoft's Updated Line-Up Still Includes Watch_Dogs as an Upcoming Release on Wii U

Ubisoft's Updated Line-Up Still Includes Watch_Dogs as an Upcoming Release on Wii U

Due in Spring, but after 1st April

Ubisoft's bold new IP, Watch_Dogs, is having a tricky route to release. Originally planned to make a splash in 2013, development progress appeared to slow down — playable demos weren't appearing as we'd expect at gaming events and expos — and the title was pushed back to allow extra development time. There was...

News: Sonic Lost World Sales Reached 640,000 in 2013

Sonic Lost World Sales Reached 640,000 in 2013

In just over two months

Sonic Lost World was one of a small batch of major Holiday season releases to push the Wii U in the retail market, though the Nintendo-exclusive title was also available on the 3DS. Both games were different experiences — as is likely to also be the case with Sonic Boom and its separate development teams — and Sega...

News: Sega Has "No Plans" To Release Sonic Boom In Japan, Sonic Team Will Continue To Work On The Franchise

Sega Has "No Plans" To Release Sonic Boom In Japan, Sonic Team Will Continue To Work On The Franchise

Sonic veteran Takashi Iizuka speaks out

Sonic Boom is the big news in the world of Nintendo at the moment, with Sega's new plan of attack covering TV, toys and games — the latter of which will be exclusive to Wii U and 3DS. Thrusting its most prized possession into the hands of a western developers is risky, and Sega's move has had many fans...

News: Big Red Button's Bob Rafei Spills More Details On Sonic Boom For Wii U And 3DS

Big Red Button's Bob Rafei Spills More Details On Sonic Boom For Wii U And 3DS

Reveals Sonic Team is involved and explains THOSE new character designs

Yesterday's news that Sega's next Sonic title would be a cross-media extravaganza complete with re-imagined characters, CGI cartoon series and Nintendo-exclusive video game outings sent the web into overdrive, with the reaction from fans ranging from delighted to highly...

News: Mother Brain Revealed As An Enormous Super Smash Bros. Assist Trophy

Mother Brain Revealed As An Enormous Super Smash Bros. Assist Trophy

Mother NO!

If Samus in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. is ultimately going to be heavily influenced by the design from Metroid: Other M, then perhaps she'll be less the silent and deadly hunter from the Metroid Prime Trilogy and more prone to flashbacks, fearing the past and generally being full of angst. The latest assist trophy may, then, send our...

News: Nintendo Publishes a "New to Wii U?" Guide

Nintendo Publishes a "New to Wii U?" Guide

Links galore

With Nintendo preparing to push the Wii U throughout 2014, promising major releases, system updates and features to boost the role of the GamePad, it's only natural that newcomers will seek out some advice and tips for making the most of the system. Nintendo of Europe is doing its part with a new guide article to point readers towards...

News: Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to Slide Down With a 30% Discount in Europe

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to Slide Down With a 30% Discount in Europe

A 'cool' offer on the eShop? (We're so sorry)

The snappily titled Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games may have been released on the Wii U last year, but the actual event it's licensed for is only now getting ready to kick off. To celebrate Nintendo of Europe is running a 30% discount on the Wii U eShop from tomorrow (7th...

Play: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate With Nintendo Life

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate With Nintendo Life

Grab your weapons

Some games are more fun when played with others, and just recently we revived the Mario Kart 7 community event, which will return for more laps in the not-too-distant future. Naturally we like a bit of variety in our online multiplayer, however, so we're delighted to confirm the first Nintendo Life Hunting Expedition — it'll be...

News: Scram Kitty And His Buddy On Rails Is Blasting To The Wii U This April

Scram Kitty And His Buddy On Rails Is Blasting To The Wii U This April

New gameplay trailer unleashed, too

Dakko Dakko has confirmed to us that Scram Kitty and hid Buddy On Rails will be hitting the Wii U eShop this April. The unique blaster — which promises to make convincing use of the GamePad controller — was announced some time ago, and hasn't had a solid release window — until now. The studio hasn't got a...

Matters of Import: Bahamut Lagoon Roars Onto The Japanese Wii U eShop

Bahamut Lagoon Roars Onto The Japanese Wii U eShop

Here be dragons

Due for re-release on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console service today, Bahamut Lagoon is (another) one of Squaresoft’s lost RPG treasures, a game that eighteen years after its original release still doesn’t officially exist to those of us living outside Japan. The game most closely resembles a strategy RPG, similar to Shining...

News: Miiverse Gets a Minor Update for Wii U

Miiverse Gets a Minor Update for Wii U

Buttons now do different things!

Updates to the Wii U and 3DS are a far cry from the days of the Wii and DS, when system updates were comparatively rare and tweaks and improvements to individual apps clearly weren't high on Nintendo's list of priorities. Nowadays the 3DS has frequent system updates — many of which boost "system stability" to...

News: Nintendo Finally Appoints a New Distributor in Poland

Nintendo Finally Appoints a New Distributor in Poland

It only took six months...

Those of you that are eagle-eyed and have good memories may recall a couple of articles that we posted last year focused on the fortunes of Nintendo in Poland. We published a guest post by a teacher called Rob Burgess, a Nintendo fan living in the country that had a tough time finding a Wii U and up to date content from...

Soapbox: A Monster Hunter Obsession, and Why the Franchise Could Take Off in the West

A Monster Hunter Obsession, and Why the Franchise Could Take Off in the West

Tom Whitehead argues the case for the divisive, demanding series

I'll put it out there right from the off — I'm no Monster Hunter veteran. Not by a long way, and in fact my first experience with the series was Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii. I played the campaign to completion and enjoyed it a lot, but it wasn't until Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate...

News: Nintendo Completes Share Buyback, Including Some Holdings of Hiroshi Yamauchi's Family

Nintendo Completes Share Buyback, Including Some Holdings of Hiroshi Yamauchi's Family

$1.1 billion of shares purchased

Yesterday we reported that Hiroshi Yamauchi's heirs had expressed a desire to sell some Nintendo shares, with the inheritance from the former Nintendo President set to bring related taxes upon the family. This tied in with Nintendo's previous announcement that it was planning to acquire up to 10 million of its own...

News: Capcom Reportedly Planning Western Release of Monster Hunter Frontier G

Capcom Reportedly Planning Western Release of Monster Hunter Frontier G

It's massive, multiplayer, and online

Monster Hunter Frontier G is currently gracing the Wii U, and a host of other platforms, in Japan. While not exactly part of the main series and certainly not enjoying the same commercial success, it's intriguing as it applies the Monster Hunter setting to a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing...

Video: A Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze TV Commercial Swings Into North America

A Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze TV Commercial Swings Into North America

"Donkey Kong and friends got your back"

Nintendo of America, for a good while now, has opted to mix real-life actors with CG characters in its commercials, sometimes to excellent effect. A stand-out example was the North American advert for Pikmin 3, but now it's the turn of Donkey Kong and his companions to help out photogenic humans in need. The...

News: Nintendo Still Seeking a Product to Define the GamePad, With Hopes of Sales Driving Third-Party Support

Nintendo Still Seeking a Product to Define the GamePad, With Hopes of Sales Driving Third-Party Support

"We first need to create a strong foundation in areas Nintendo excels at"

With the Wii U currently enduring a tough run in the marketplace, finding answers to the conundrum of enticing consumers is becoming increasingly challenging. The system is struggling for third-party support, yet that becomes less likely with each poor set of sales results,...