Latest News

Video: Check Out the Diversity of the Question Block in Super Mario Maker With This Quirky Trailer

Check Out the Diversity of the Question Block in Super Mario Maker With This Quirky Trailer

Level creation meets game show

Those following it closely will already know a great deal about Super Mario Maker, which is making its way to Wii U on 11th September. Beyond its various features, however, is a huge helping of character and quirky presentation. The latest video shared by Nintendo's Japanese YouTube channel highlights that nicely,...

Video: Drench Yourself in Splatoon's New Rainmaker Mode

Drench Yourself in Splatoon's New Rainmaker Mode

Make it rain

Not content to rest on the wealth of free updates already, Nintendo has launched a new mode in Splatoon called Rainmaker. This mode tasks you and your team to carry a giant golden fish known as the Rainmaker into the enemy's base. You won't be defenceless though, charge this titular little number up and you'll unleash a flurry of ink...

Exclusive: MercurySteam Has Been Working On A Metroid Prototype For Wii U And 3DS

MercurySteam Has Been Working On A Metroid Prototype For Wii U And 3DS

Update: Anonymous developer tried to leak the game three months ago

Update: Since we posted the original story, we have since come across this curious post from 4chan's /v/ board (click that link at your own risk) which appears to show a member of Spain's development community attempting to leak the existence of MercurySteam's Metroid. The post...

News: Splatoon Passes Half a Million Copies Sold in the US as Wii U Game Sales Beat 2014 Figures

Splatoon Passes Half a Million Copies Sold in the US as Wii U Game Sales Beat 2014 Figures

3DS hardware results are also up

It's NPD time again - though the figures only represent 'new' sales at physical retail and are therefore limited in scope, they give some insight into the state of the US gaming market. Overall, the market in the July sales is up compared to 2014's equivalent period. From Nintendo's perspective the software top 10 -...

Hands On: Devil's Third - Sampling Online Chaos and Fearing the Devilry of Microtransactions

Devil's Third - Sampling Online Chaos and Fearing the Devilry of Microtransactions

Ironically you can buy Golden Eggs

When we shared our initial first impressions of Devil's Third it turned into a bit of a saga; your humble writer was surprised at the level of feeling that came out in response to an early look at the game. The focus was on the single player campaign at that point, with our general summary being that - while full...

News: Splatoon's Rainmaker Mode Is Coming Tomorrow

Splatoon's Rainmaker Mode Is Coming Tomorrow

Or Saturday morning, if you're in Europe

Splatoon's next ranked battle mode is coming to North America tomorrow night, with a European release arriving on Saturday morning. The new mode involves carrying the Rainmaker item to the enemy's base. The Rainmaker allows the carrier to hurl cyclones of ink, but they're slow moving and will naturally...

News: Super Mario Maker's eShop Pre-Load is Live in North America

Super Mario Maker's eShop Pre-Load is Live in North America

Tough luck, Europe

Super Mario Maker may, for many, fall into the 'must get a physical copy' category. Even download aficionados must be contemplating one of the physical retail options, either with the amiibo or a standard edition that - nevertheless - comes with a lovely 'design ideas' booklet. It's an Anniversary, live a little. For those that...

News: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Leads as Splatoon Passes Half a Million Sales in Japan

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Leads as Splatoon Passes Half a Million Sales in Japan

Wii U sales increase, too

The latest Media Create Japanese charts have arrived, bringing with them more positive news of Summer sales for Nintendo. On the software side Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer stays on top with over 180,000 sales in its second week, pushing it beyond 700,000 retail sales already. The two iterations of Yo-Kai Watch...

News: Here Are Some Handy Tips for Viewing Splatoon Online Rankings, Statistics and Map Schedules

Here Are Some Handy Tips for Viewing Splatoon Online Rankings, Statistics and Map Schedules

Inking in plans

Splatoon is a weekly - even daily - treat for plenty of Wii U owners, and with its glut of items, weapons and maps there's plenty on offer. It turns out there's also a neat resource for viewing online rankings alongside others on your Friend List, statistics on weapon usage and gear, and even the next few cycles of available maps...

News: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Included in 'Hexathlon' to Find eSports UK Champion

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Included in 'Hexathlon' to Find eSports UK Champion

Winner of gaming Hexathlon to be crowned at EGX

If you're a regular reader of the site, you'll probably know we really love EGX (formally Eurogamer Expo). This year's expo has moved from its old location at Earls Court, London, which has sadly been demolished to make way for residential apartments; this year from 24th-27th September EGX will be in...

News: Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water's Limited Edition Bundle Now Up for Pre-Order From Nintendo's Official UK Store

Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water's Limited Edition Bundle Now Up for Pre-Order From Nintendo's Official UK Store

Snap it up

As announced last week, Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water - better known as Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden in North America - will only have a limited edition available at retail in Europe. In what's a potentially smart move for a relatively niche release, this release will be joined by a free-to-download version on the

News: Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innovation This Console Cycle, But We Didn't Showcase It Well Enough 

Nintendo: Wii U GamePad Is The Only Real Innovation This Console Cycle, But We Didn't Showcase It Well Enough 

"That's our real secret sauce"

The Wii U may not have gained the same commercial success as the original Wii, but it terms of innovation it arguably does more than its next-gen rivals, thanks largely to the potential of its GamePad controller. That's certainly the opinion of Nintendo of America's Executive VP of Sales Scott Moffitt, who has been...

News: CoroCoro Reveals Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version For Wii U

CoroCoro Reveals Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version For Wii U

A Level-5 & Ubisoft collaboration

After selling millions and becoming a cultural phenomenon in Japan, it has been revealed the popular Yo-Kai Watch series will receive a Just Dance spin-off. The latest issue of Japan’s CoroCoro Magazine explains Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version is on the way to the Wii U courtesy of a surprising...

News: Core Console Market Bigger Than Ever, Despite The Impact Of The "Wii Bubble" 

Core Console Market Bigger Than Ever, Despite The Impact Of The "Wii Bubble" 

Bodes well for Nintendo NX

EEDAR VP of Insights Patrick Walker has pointed out that the core home console market is bigger than ever, citing impressive launch sale figures for the PS4 and Xbox One systems. The news flies in the face of claims that the rise of smartphones and tablets has put the console market in danger. However, sales data points...

News: Splatoon Data Mining Brings More Weapons, a New Stage and Even 'Playable Octolings'

Splatoon Data Mining Brings More Weapons, a New Stage and Even 'Playable Octolings'

Would ruin the Kid / Squid song

As often now happens with a major update to a Nintendo title, pre-prepared future DLC gets data-mined and shared with the world. It's happened, notoriously, with Super Smash Bros.;as a result die-hard fans knew most of the title's pre-E3 reveals before they actually happened. This means, of course, that if you don't...

Poll: We Want Your Views on Splatoon Version 2.0

We Want Your Views on Splatoon Version 2.0

Splatfests, Private Matches, being both a kid and squid

Splatoon changes every week, but the most recent update was one of the biggest yet. It threw in much demanded private matches and the opportunity to team up with friends, while also adding a big batch of new gear, some extra music and boosted level caps. When you add the latest Splatfest round...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Xenoblade Chronicles Arrives on Wii U eShop in Europe

Xenoblade Chronicles Arrives on Wii U eShop in Europe

Now it's Shulk time

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you seems to end up doing everything you don't want to do and end up missing out on all the latest Nintendo happenings? Well we at Nintendo Life have once again slavishly compiled all of the week's doings into one easy to handle video just for you. This week we take a look at a double...

Video: Nintendo Minute Shows Off The Best Facebook Super Mario Maker Hackathon Levels

Nintendo Minute Shows Off The Best Facebook Super Mario Maker Hackathon Levels

Including the winner, 'Ship Love'

Not too long ago Nintendo headed to Facebook's headquarters for a Super Mario Maker Hackathon, in which employees of the company tackled the game to try and create their own levels. The winner, 'Ship Love', will be included with the final game when it's released on 11th September. Nintendo Minute's latest video...

News: Nintendo Scoops Three Gamescom Awards

Nintendo Scoops Three Gamescom Awards

Mario and Legend of Zelda do the trick

Gamescom is now entering the chaotic weekend days, in which a dizzying number of gamers descend on Cologne. Though the event isn't over, a week of industry events has nevertheless culminated in the official Gamescom awards; Nintendo of Europe, which is out in force at the expo, has a few wins to celebrate...