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Feature: Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Three

Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Three

Pokémon goes Mega, 2DS, Wii U price cut and other shenanigans

We've so far covered the first six months of Nintendo in 2013, taking in various 3DS successes, ups and downs for the Wii U and some E3 madness. As is also the norm, there were weird moments, as well as the near-monthly delight of Nintendo Direct broadcasts. We now cover the latter...

News: Pokémon X & Y Return to Top of Japanese Charts as 3DS Leads in Hardware

Pokémon X & Y Return to Top of Japanese Charts as 3DS Leads in Hardware

Wii U sales drop to 60,548

Update: Our original Japanese Charts post cited Media Create results from 4Gamer, but these appear to be incorrect. Our apologies for the error, and as an alternative below are the latest results from Famitsu. Earlier this week we found out how Nintendo had performed over the festive period in Japan, with 3DS and Wii U...

News: Kensuke Tanabe Highlights Potential Return of 3D Donkey Kong Games

Kensuke Tanabe Highlights Potential Return of 3D Donkey Kong Games

Retro Studios used the Metroid Prime engine for Returns on Wii

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze arrives on 21st February, and combines the established skills of Retro Studios with many of the outstanding foundations laid down in Donkey Kong Country Returns on Wii. It may not be the game or franchise that some of the most vocal of Nintendo fans...

News: Sega Has No Plans To Bring Alien: Isolation To The Wii U

Sega Has No Plans To Bring Alien: Isolation To The Wii U

Game over, man

Yesterday, Sega dropped the news that The Creative Assembly is working on Alien: Isolation, a new title in the long-running series of games based on the famous movie franchise. The title has been leaked several times recently and focuses on Ellen Ripley's daughter, Amanda. It has been confirmed for PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One and...

News: Nintendo Left Online Out Of Super Mario 3D World To Deliver The "NES" Experience

Nintendo Left Online Out Of Super Mario 3D World To Deliver The "NES" Experience

Keeping things local

Remember the days before online gaming when you used to huddle around the NES, SNES or N64 with friends and relatives for a competitive multiplayer session? Being able to test your skills against people all over the world is all well and good, but you can't beat the experience of playing someone who is within punching distance...

Feature: Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Two

Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part Two

Some highs, lows, and E3 madness

Yesterday we brought you the first part of our 2013 summary, which contained the thrills and spills of three Nintendo Direct broadcasts and a handful of major game releases. We did miss out on the story of Ubisoft delaying Rayman Legends in order to facilitate a multi-platform release, as was correctly pointed out to...

News: Pokemon X and Y Come Out on Top in Japanese Software Rankings for 2013

Pokemon X and Y Come Out on Top in Japanese Software Rankings for 2013

Hardware figures for 3DS and Wii U also revealed

Famitsu is reporting that Nintendo didn't just dominate the Japanese Christmas charts, but it almost cleaned up the entire year too, taking nine out of the top ten total sales spots for the year. The only game to break that hold over Japanese gamers was Grand Theft Auto V on Playstation 3, and even...

News: Flavoured Cats Is Inspired By Super Mario 3D World, And Is Stalking Its Way To The Wii U

Flavoured Cats Is Inspired By Super Mario 3D World, And Is Stalking Its Way To The Wii U

Could this be a purrrfect platform adventure?

If you liked Super Mario 3D World's feline transformation then you'll be like the cat who got the cream when you hear about CW Games' new title. The indie studio has revealed that it is bringing its furry 3D adventure Flavoured Cats to the Wii U eShop, a game inspired by Super Mario 3D World and Super...

Feature: Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part One

Looking Back at Nintendo in 2013 - Part One

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

We're already looking forward to the coming year here at Nintendo Life, picking some of our most anticipated Wii U and 3DS of 2014, while hoping for good times and another year of excellent gaming. Yet still, part of looking forward is understanding what's happened before, and as is our yearly...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Confirms Separate Super Smash Bros. Trophies for Wii U and 3DS

Masahiro Sakurai Confirms Separate Super Smash Bros. Trophies for Wii U and 3DS

Even more of them to collect

Masahiro Sakurai took a short break from posting daily Super Smash Bros. screens over the festive period, but has today made his triumphant return to the Miiverse Director's Room community. We'll be resuming our weekly summary from next week, but it may interest you to know that Sakurai-san has used his first post of...

News: Nintendo Dominates Japanese Charts At Christmas

Nintendo Dominates Japanese Charts At Christmas

Not bad

Famitsu has released its multi-format sales figures for Japan, covering 23rd to 29th December. The title of this news post has given away who "won", but can you guess by how much? Wii U and 3DS games took eight out of the top ten positions, with the only non-Nintendo game to break it up being the Vita and Playstation 3 releases of Final...

News: NES Remix Miiverse Contest Cancelled Due To Emergence Of Exploit

NES Remix Miiverse Contest Cancelled Due To Emergence Of Exploit

Cheaters never prosper, but ruin it for everyone else

Remember that NES Remix Time Attack Challenge contest we told you about not so long ago? Turns out Nintendo has discovered an exploit within the game which allows players to post a faster time. Director Koichi Hayashida has therefore issued a statement via Miiverse regarding the termination of...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014

Some good 'uns are on the way

A new year is here, and with it comes the opportunity for Nintendo and its partners to excite Wii U owners in the best possible way — with great games. We've decided to list some of the most anticipated and exciting games coming to the Wii U in 2014, all as a taste of what's to come. Our aim with this list is to...

Talking Point: New Year Resolutions for Nintendo

New Year Resolutions for Nintendo

We can all improve

With 2014 now here, it provides an opportunity to take stock and consider ambitions for the year, as well as identify areas of improvement. We can all do better things and improve ourselves, but what of major corporations? The same rule applies to them, so below are some suggestions for Nintendo, which brought us so much to enjoy...

Site News: How was 2013 for Nintendo Life?

How was 2013 for Nintendo Life?

Killed it

Whilst 2013 might not go down in history as a vintage year for Nintendo, it draws to a close with Wii U sales seemingly on the increase and 3DS still holding its firm dominance of the handheld market. For us, here at Nintendo Life, 2013 has been a fantastic year - our best yet. If I had to choose a single highlight of running a gaming...

Game of the Year: Nintendo Life Readers' Awards 2013

Nintendo Life Readers' Awards 2013

You have spoken

On Christmas Day we asked you to choose your Game of the Year winners, and we've been delighted by your enthusiasm to do just that. We received thousands of votes across all categories as you had your say on the best gaming that was on offer with Nintendo's systems. The categories were the same as for our Staff choices, yet you...

News: Eurogamer's Game of the Year is a Nintendo Winner

Eurogamer's Game of the Year is a Nintendo Winner

A purrfect result?

Later today we'll publish the results of our staff votes for Game of the Year, in a whole host of categories, with the Reader votes to be counted and shared tomorrow for the Community Awards. We're fascinated to see which games come out as winners in various categories, but while we collate votes we thought we'd share the overall...

Round Table: Let's Talk About Nintendo in 2013 - Wii U and Favourites of the Year

Let's Talk About Nintendo in 2013 - Wii U and Favourites of the Year

There were some awesome Wii U games this year, you know...

In the second part of our round table, covering 2013 — part one's discussion of the 3DS is right here — we talk over the Wii U and its biggest games. We also look ahead to what's coming, list some random favourite games and, somehow, return the subject to Altered Beast, as is now...