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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...

News: Reggie Fils-Aime Highlights Nintendo's Strength in Franchises, and Goal for Wii U to "Stand Up To Time"

Reggie Fils-Aime Highlights Nintendo's Strength in Franchises, and Goal for Wii U to "Stand Up To Time"

Leading industry analyst also sees "signs of hope" for Wii U

We've said this every year since its launch in November 2012, but this truly is an important period for the Wii U. With 2014 delivering improved momentum but still seeing the system lag behind newer rivals PS4 and Xbox One, the aim for 2015 is for momentum to continually improve and to...

News: First Screens From Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Are Revealed, Kickstarter Coming In May

First Screens From Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Are Revealed, Kickstarter Coming In May

Former Rare developers considering amiibo-style NFC figures

Last month we reported on the news that a group of former Rare developers had formed their own company - Playtonic - and were looking to create a "spiritual successor" to the Banjo-Kazooie series. During this week's EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showed off the first screens from the new game -...

Talking Point: It's Time for a Nintendo Direct to Set the Agenda

It's Time for a Nintendo Direct to Set the Agenda

With two months since the last broadcast, our bodies are ready

Ever since the broadcasts began, Nintendo Direct has given fans a fix of reveals, footage and talking points about upcoming releases; so when a gap opens up between presentations, there's some nervous twitching. When is the next video coming, and will Satoru Iwata appear in front of...

Japan Weekly: Famitsu Gives More Details on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition and Xenoblade Chronicles X

Famitsu Gives More Details on Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition and Xenoblade Chronicles X

Along with a quick look at Stella Glow, the upcoming 3DS RPG

Unlike last week's Famitsu magazine, this week's magazine featured much less information on upcoming Nintendo games. One Famitsu magazine each month serves as a recap magazine for the gaming news of the past month, with some new information peppered throughout. Unfortunately, this means...

News: Nintendo Australia Confirms Fourth Wave of amiibo Locked in for Late April

Nintendo Australia Confirms Fourth Wave of amiibo Locked in for Late April

More New Nintendo 3DS cover plates also on the way

Following on from the replenishment of amiibo supplies locally last month, Nintendo has today locked in the Australian and New Zealand release of the fourth Super Smash Bros. amiibo wave for 25th April, which aligns with the national commemorative occasion, Anzac Day. This could prove a problem...

Video: Nintendo Promotes Mario Party 10 in New Adverts Focused on amiibo and Bowser

Nintendo Promotes Mario Party 10 in New Adverts Focused on amiibo and Bowser

Doesn't mention the 'find amiibo stock' meta-game

Mario Party 10 is the next big-name retail arrival on Wii U, landing in North America and Europe on 20th March. That 10 in the title should tip you off that this franchise has been consistently popular, and Nintendo's marketing has been actively pitching this - unsurprisingly - to families. Could it...

News: Etrian Mystery Dungeon Just Misses Top Spot in Japanese Charts as New 3DS LL Climbs to Second

Etrian Mystery Dungeon Just Misses Top Spot in Japanese Charts as New 3DS LL Climbs to Second

Wii U sales improve a little

After a dominant début for Dragon Quest Heroes in its first week on PS3 and PS4 in Japan, the latest Media Create results bring a new 3DS release into the reckoning, even if it can't seize top-spot; hardware, meanwhile, remains steady for another week. New in the software charts is Etrian Mystery Dungeon, the crossover...

News: Nintendo to Host Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournaments in Japan, but for amiibo Only

Nintendo to Host Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournaments in Japan, but for amiibo Only

Leave your pads at home...

Starting this Saturday (14th March), Nintendo is holding a series of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournaments across Japan, with the first wave of matches being held in video game and toy stores in the Chiba prefecture, Osaka, and Ibaraki prefecture. However, Nintendo has thrown a spanner in the works, for these...