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News: Hyrule Warriors Is The Zelda Game That Eiji Aonuma Could Never Make Himself

Hyrule Warriors Is The Zelda Game That Eiji Aonuma Could Never Make Himself

Developers behind the Wii U action title give some more detail

The core development team behind the forthcoming Hyrule Warriors has spoken to Famitsu about the reasons for combining the hitherto unassociated Warriors and Zelda franchises. The Japanese publication spoke to Tecmo Koei producers Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayashi — as well as Zelda...

News: Mario Will Be Racing In Reality At This Weekend's History 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Mario Will Be Racing In Reality At This Weekend's History 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Not upside down, sadly

Mario Kart 8 may not have much of a grounding in reality, but the game will be getting some welcome real-world exposure at this weekend's History 300 At Charlotte Motor Speedway event. US retailer GameStop has taken over the livery of double Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racer Matt Kenseth's Toyota Camry in...

News: Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

At least a potential E3 reveal won't be a live demonstation

It seems that today is a day of potential E3 leaks, and this one will likely divide Nintendo gamers. We're aware that some of the Nintendo Life community enjoyed Wii Music, so this writer will restrict expressing his feelings of trepidation and fear at this possible reveal — the lead...

News: Here Are Plenty of Lovely Hyrule Warriors Screenshots at Which to Gawk

Here Are Plenty of Lovely Hyrule Warriors Screenshots at Which to Gawk

So pretty...

With Hyrule Warriors doing the rounds in the Japanese media and, by extension, getting Wii U gamers in the West a tad excited as well, Tecmo Koei's enjoying additional interest in its latest Warriors collaboration. Teaming up with one of Nintendo's biggest brands can have that effect. If you're keen to see more, of course, the...

News: The Wii U Version Of Super Smash Bros. Will Utilise The NFC Nintendo Figurine Platform

The Wii U Version Of Super Smash Bros. Will Utilise The NFC Nintendo Figurine Platform

From the mouth of Nintendo of France's managing director Stephan Bole

Update: Nintendo UK has issued us with the following statement: On 8th May 2014, Mr Iwata announced the decision for Nintendo to release character figurines with built-in NFC functionality that are compatible with video games starting from this year-end sales season. There...

Site News: Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Recommended viewing

Those of you with especially good memories will recall that Nintendo Life has been featured on the eShop twice in the past few years — back in 2011, we were asked by Nintendo of Europe to contribute a list of our favourite eShop titles, and a year later we supplied our red-hot summer picks for the North American eShop. We're...

News: Tecmo Koei and Eiji Aonuma Outline Origins of Hyrule Warriors

Tecmo Koei and Eiji Aonuma Outline Origins of Hyrule Warriors

"We have many fans of The Legend of Zelda in our company"

After months of silence following its December 2013 reveal, Hyrule Warriors is undoubtedly a hot topic as a result of its recent Famitsu coverage. Hitting Japan on 14th August, confirmed gameplay details have perhaps contributed to a sense of optimism around this Warriors and Zelda crossover...

News: The Legend Of Zelda: Minish Cap Will Be Sizing Up The Wii U eShop Soon

The Legend Of Zelda: Minish Cap Will Be Sizing Up The Wii U eShop Soon

If you want to get ahead, get a hat

Nintendo has confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap is coming to the western Wii U Virtual Console service in the near future. A page has appeared on the official Nintendo of America site which details the game, but the release date remains "TBC". Minish Cap was first released on the Game Boy Advance...

News: Japanese Retail Sales Struggle as Just 76 Units Separate PS4 and Wii U

Japanese Retail Sales Struggle as Just 76 Units Separate PS4 and Wii U

Yo-kai Watch approaches one million retail sales

The Japanese chart results are in from Media Create, and unfortunately they continue the recent trends of poor sales across software and hardware. There are some bright-spots from a Nintendo perspective, though not necessarily radiant enough to lighten up the overall picture. To start with software,...

News: Miiverse Update Changes Profiles in New User Page, Adds a Couple of Extra Features

Miiverse Update Changes Profiles in New User Page, Adds a Couple of Extra Features

Set favourite posts and 'Yeah' comments

Miiverse, Nintendo's continually evolving bespoke social network, has had another update applied today. This time around there are improvements — at least we think they are — to all three versions across Wii U, 3DS and web browsers. To start with, there's now a revamped User Page, with the User Menu of...

News: PDP Confirms the GameCube-Inspired Wired Fight Pad For Wii and Wii U

PDP Confirms the GameCube-Inspired Wired Fight Pad For Wii and Wii U

Arriving "this Holiday season"

Controller accessories were everywhere in the Wii era, with various companies fighting over a piece of the sizeable, tasty pie of the system's sales. We can expect that trend to continue to some degree with the Wii U, though the uptake has been slower due to its smaller fan-base to date. Fear not, third-party...

News: This Foul-Mouthed Bomberman Clone Is Blowing Up The Wii U eShop Soon

This Foul-Mouthed Bomberman Clone Is Blowing Up The Wii U eShop Soon

Tick, tick, tick, tick, BOOM

Fans of explosive destruction and naughty swears will be pleased to hear that Sanuk Games has announced that its next game is due to hit the Wii U eShop in the coming months. Bombing Bastards is an attractive arcade action title which is clearly inspired by Hudson's iconic Bomberman series, and features the vocal talents...

Video: The Latest Mario Kart 8 Commercial is Possibly the Strangest Yet

The Latest Mario Kart 8 Commercial is Possibly the Strangest Yet

Weird is good, right?

It's the opinion of some, including this writer, that Nintendo's renewed focus on seizing attention in the face of tougher times has reminded the company of key parts of its identity. After bland lifestyle adverts in the Wii and DS era as Nintendo merely needed to release something to make big bucks, we're now seeing the...

News: Hyrule Warriors Confirmed for 14th August in Japan, Producer Roles for Team Ninja Staff are Revealed

Hyrule Warriors Confirmed for 14th August in Japan, Producer Roles for Team Ninja Staff are Revealed

Eiji Aonuma is supervising

With Hyrule Warriors recently given a release window of Summer for Japan, details of the action mash-up are starting to emerge. It's been announced in Famitsu magazine that the Tecmo Koei Wii U title will hit Japan on 14th August, with some other snippets of information also emerging. In terms of the teams working on the...

News: Nintendo To Welcome 3000 Fans For Live Super Smash Bros. Invitational Event at E3

Nintendo To Welcome 3000 Fans For Live Super Smash Bros. Invitational Event at E3

First come, first served

Nintendo is, once again, approaching the upcoming E3 extravaganza in its own way. It will be broadcasting a Nintendo Digital Event, live demo booths at Best Buy stores around the U.S. and streaming live demonstrations from the famous Treehouse team. Plenty to enjoy, then, but it'll also show off Super Smash Bros. on Wii U...

Feature: A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Thirty Eight

A Week of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS Screens - Issue Thirty Eight

Charizard! Little Mac! The Villager! More!

We may still be waiting on formal release dates — especially for the 3DS version — prior to E3, at least, but we can still keep our hype levels for Super Smash Bros. up by gawking at shiny new screenshots. In last week's efforts Masahiro Sakurai showed off character designs, revealed a Final Smash,...

News: Nintendo Brand Manager Hopes Mario Kart 8 Will Serve as a "Catalyst" for Wii U

Nintendo Brand Manager Hopes Mario Kart 8 Will Serve as a "Catalyst" for Wii U

"Mario Kart is one of our killer titles"

Though no game ever achieves loving praise from 100% of those that play it, Mario Kart 8 has been the recipient of plenty of compliments in reviews to date. What truly matters for Nintendo, however, is that buzz about the release will not only make it a must-buy for Wii U owners, but also entice other gamers...

News: Wii U Reportedly Uses Less Energy to Run Than Wii and Rivals

Wii U Reportedly Uses Less Energy to Run Than Wii and Rivals

Natural Resources Defense Council highlights low energy use

A report by the the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests that the Wii U annually consumes less energy than the Wii, as shown in the graph below: The graph, which is designed to show how much energy your console drains across the year, illustrates that the Wii U is more effective in...