Latest News

Video: Nintendo Minute Highlights Its eShop and Wii U Favourites of 2013

Nintendo Minute Highlights Its eShop and Wii U Favourites of 2013

Nintendo Life also makes a very brief cameo...

Not too long ago we told you about the Nintendo Minute show kicking off its Favourites of 2013 with the 3DS. Since then two new episodes have emerged covering the eShop platforms and the Wii U, as it all builds up to the overall favourites that are yet to be published. The eShop list in particular has...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - A Year of Promotions from Nintendo

12 Days of Christmas - A Year of Promotions from Nintendo

Spend a little, get a bit more

While we could argue until the end of days about some aspects of Nintendo pricing, particularly with download retail games, 2013 has been another year where the company has taken positive strides to offer promotions and incentives on key games and their systems. Whether in Europe or North American there are decent...

News: PlayStation Executive Shuhei Yoshida Is Doing His Part to Help Wii U

PlayStation Executive Shuhei Yoshida Is Doing His Part to Help Wii U

Suit loves Super Mario 3D World

Much like the PlayStation Vita, the Wii U hasn’t enjoyed a particularly fruitful first year on the market. It took just 24 hours for the PlayStation 4 to surpass Nintendo’s next generation machine in the UK, and while things aren’t quite as bleak elsewhere, there’s no denying that the device has failed to...

News: Sony's President of Worldwide Studios Actually Has Two Wii U Systems

Sony's President of Worldwide Studios Actually Has Two Wii U Systems

"The latest Mario game is really good, too"

There's pandemonium on the streets, cats and dogs are living together, self-professed hardcore gamers are playing pet sims, and Mario's main power-up is now an AK47. The gaming world has lost its senses, there's no going back. Well, not really, it's just that Sony's President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei...

News: Funky Kong's Return Confirmed for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Funky Kong's Return Confirmed for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Nintendo is being suitably vague on whether he's playable

When quizzed on whether there would be a fifth playable character in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze at the recent VGX awards, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime nudged and winked so enthusiastically — not literally, admittedly — that it was clear more tricks were up...

Feature: The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 18th December Broadcasts

The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 18th December Broadcasts

Hyrule Warriors, NES Remix, Kirby, Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8 and much more

With the Holiday season rapidly approaching, Nintendo took the opportunity to bring us all new Nintendo Direct broadcasts to show us what's to come, throw in a surprise or two and build some buzz around both the Wii U and the 3DS. Broadcasts in Europe and North America —...

News: UK Magazine EDGE Names Nintendo Publisher Of The Year

UK Magazine EDGE Names Nintendo Publisher Of The Year

Fire Emblem and Super Mario 3D World considered two of 2013's best games

Nintendo hasn't had the best year, what with the Wii U underperforming and third party support on the wane, but there have been some incredible highs to consider — including a robust performance by the 3DS and some amazing first-party releases. As if to acknowledge...

News: Nintendo Looking Into "Little Experiences" on Smartphones and Tablets

Nintendo Looking Into "Little Experiences" on Smartphones and Tablets

"It’s largely going to be much more marketing activity-oriented"

When it comes to smartphone and tablet content Nintendo has been painstakingly clear on two points in recent times — it has no plans to release its full games on the platforms, but is looking at ways to utilise the enormous number of smart devices to promote its hardware and games...

News: New Donkey Kong Trailer Grabs Attention as European Release Date is Confirmed

New Donkey Kong Trailer Grabs Attention as European Release Date is Confirmed

21st February, same as in the Americas

We can't help but feel that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been given a tough time by some, by virtue of the fact that it's a Retro Studios game that isn't Metroid. But still, it's a follow-up to the brilliant Donkey Kong Country Returns, so could be an excellent 2D platformer. We will see, in any...

News: Rosalina, Baby Characters, New Courses And Unique Rides All Confirmed For Mario Kart 8

Rosalina, Baby Characters, New Courses And Unique Rides All Confirmed For Mario Kart 8

UFOs, ATV buggies and bikes all inbound

Today's Nintendo Direct broadcast was bursting with new information about a host of Wii U and 3DS titles, and those looking forward to Mario Kart 8 weren't left disappointed. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed a whole host of fresh info about the forthcoming Wii U racer, including new tracks and...

News: Rosalina And Luma Work Their Magic On The Super Smash Bros. Roster

Rosalina And Luma Work Their Magic On The Super Smash Bros. Roster

The gang is getting bigger

It has been revealed during today's Nintendo Direct that Rosalina and Luma will be adding their strength to the Super Smash Bros. line-up on Wii U and 3DS. The announcement came in a rather cheeky video which began with Kirby racing through the Rainbow Road circuit with Kart-riding Mario and Donkey Kong, leading some to...

News: Exclusive Sonic Lost World DLC Now Available For Download On The Wii U eShop

Exclusive Sonic Lost World DLC Now Available For Download On The Wii U eShop

Might we add that it's free?

Sonic is set to embark on an adventure into the world of everyone's favourite green dinosaur Yoshi, as Yoshi's Island Zone becomes the first of two Nintendo-themed levels available for Sonic Lost World on the Wii U. If this news isn't good enough, you'll be pleased to know that's available to download right now on the...

News: Hyrule Warriors Is Zelda Meets Dynasty Warriors, And It's Coming To Wii U In 2014

Hyrule Warriors Is Zelda Meets Dynasty Warriors, And It's Coming To Wii U In 2014

New crossover title announced during today's Nintendo Direct

Nintendo and Tecmo Koei have announced during today's Nintendo Direct a brand-new title which unifies the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors. Hyrule Warriors — that's a working title, by the way — takes the combat-heavy gameplay of Tecmo Koei's popular Warriors...

News: Wii U Sales Jump Again as Nintendo Maintains Hardware Dominance in Japan

Wii U Sales Jump Again as Nintendo Maintains Hardware Dominance in Japan

It's the most wonderful time of the year

After a year of enjoying the triumph of 3DS in Japan while wincing at Wii U sales, it seems both of Nintendo's systems are now showing strong form in Japan. This week's results see another major leap for the Wii U, while the 3DS has an outstanding week along with the highest selling software titles. To start...

Nintendo Direct: Watch The North American Presentation Live

Watch The North American Presentation Live

Spring 2014 titles for Wii U and 3DS expected

Today's Nintendo Direct broadcast is due to air at 6AM PT (9AM ET) and will focus on Wii U and 3DS games set to launch in Spring 2014. You can watch the entire thing right here on Nintendo Life. Make sure you tune in and post your thoughts in the live chat area to tell us what you think about the...

News: Ender's Game Star Asa Butterfield Cut His Teeth On The Nintendo GameCube

Ender's Game Star Asa Butterfield Cut His Teeth On The Nintendo GameCube

"The HD version of Wind Waker makes me want to get a Wii U"

British actor Asa Butterfield may only be a tender 16 years of age, but he's already got a pretty impressive CV. He starred in the harrowing World War II drama The Boy in the Striped Pajamas back in 2008 before hooking up with legendary director Martin Scorsese for the dream-like Hugo. More...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Wii Fit U Steps Up a Level While the Trainer Gets Ready to Brawl

12 Days of Christmas - Wii Fit U Steps Up a Level While the Trainer Gets Ready to Brawl

Feel the burn

Wii Fit U has had an odd history to date, with little mention for much of 2013 before Nintendo then announced a terrific trial download offer. We knew it was still a project very much on the way, however, because it was part of quite possibly the oddest E3 reveal in recent memory — to the point that we initially thought it was a...

News: PC Engine And MSX Games Coming To Japanese 3DS And Wii U Virtual Console Services

PC Engine And MSX Games Coming To Japanese 3DS And Wii U Virtual Console Services

Retro goodies promised for next week

Nintendo has confirmed that it is expanding both the 3DS and Wii U Virtual Console services in Japan to cover additional systems. On the 25th December, PC Genjin (600 Yen) and Parodius (800 Yen) will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console — titles which originally released on the PC Engine and MSX respectively...

News: Wii Fit U Retail Release Pushed Back to 10th January 2014 in North America

Wii Fit U Retail Release Pushed Back to 10th January 2014 in North America

Lose those excess pounds

Wii Fit U has had an odd history to date, arriving with a neat download trial and Wii Fit Meter offer, but having issues making it to the retail market. The retail disc version was delayed to 6th December in Europe and failed to make an impact on the charts, while in North America alternative official Nintendo websites cited...

News: System Maintenance Targeting Wii Sports Club Shortly After Nintendo Direct

System Maintenance Targeting Wii Sports Club Shortly After Nintendo Direct

What a coincidence

As many Nintendo enthusiasts likely already know, tomorrow will bring another Nintendo Direct broadcast to capture our attention. Coincidentally — or not, as the case may be — a short burst of system maintenance will affect Wii Sports Club online play and rankings shortly after that broadcast. Below are the compiled details...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - Animal Crossing Helped 3DS Turn Over a New Leaf

12 Days of Christmas - Animal Crossing Helped 3DS Turn Over a New Leaf

A game for all

While a number of 3DS titles have performed well for Nintendo in 2013, Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been a notable success story. While its core sales numbers have been impressive, it's perhaps been the cultural impact of New Leaf that's been the most pleasing for those keen to see 3DS success. To give some context of how well...

News: Nintendo Direct Focusing On Wii U And 3DS Games Coming Spring 2014 To Air Tomorrow

Nintendo Direct Focusing On Wii U And 3DS Games Coming Spring 2014 To Air Tomorrow

Could we see some new titles?

Nintendo has just confirmed that a Nintendo Direct broadcast devoted to Wii U and 3DS titles coming in "Spring 2014" will air tomorrow — that's Wednesday 18th December, just in case you're confused. The video will go live at 6AM PT / 9AM ET / 2PM UK, and you'll be able to watch it right here on Nintendo Life. Expect...

Video: Lycra-Clad Promo Insists That Wii Fit U Is "Fitness That Fits"

Lycra-Clad Promo Insists That Wii Fit U Is "Fitness That Fits"

Working up a sweat doesn't have to be that hard

Wii Fit U is available for download from the eShop right now, and aims to expand on the massive global success of Wii Fit and Wit Fit Plus. In order to spread the word and educate the masses, Nintendo has released a promotional video which illustrates how versatile the game is and shows the benefits of...