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News: Extended Nintendo Network System Maintenance Scheduled for 9th December

Extended Nintendo Network System Maintenance Scheduled for 9th December

3DS system update and Miiverse speculation ahoy!

What do you get when you combine a major 3DS system update loosely pegged for December with a lengthy session of system maintenance on the Nintendo Network? Speculation, that's what! Nintendo's network status pages for North America and Europe are showing aligned and extended maintenance scheduled for...

Soapbox: Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox One, I'd Still Pick The Wii U

Even With The Arrival Of PS4 And Xbox One, I'd Still Pick The Wii U

Damien McFerran experiences buyer's remorse thanks to a recent purchase

Before we stumble headlong into what will surely be a touchy subject to some, allow me to clarify something. As many of you will be aware, Nintendo Life is but one third of a network of gaming-focused sites. Nestled in the bosom of a growing media empire, this site is flanked...

News: TIME Lists Its Reasons For Picking Wii U Over PS4 And Xbox One

TIME Lists Its Reasons For Picking Wii U Over PS4 And Xbox One

Is the tide finally turning?

Yesterday, we reported on story which was published on by The Financial Post which stated that the Wii U was the "best bet" for gamers this Christmas. Today, there's more good news for Nintendo — TIME's tech portal has given 10 very convincing reasons to pick Nintendo's console over the PS4 and Xbox One. Penned by...

Video: Wii Fit Trainer Is Captivating In This Funky Animated Music Clip

Wii Fit Trainer Is Captivating In This Funky Animated Music Clip

One gamer’s love of the Wii Fit Trainer

Inspired by the Bruno Mars song Treasure, Hidden Block has put together a new music video titled "Lovely Wii Fit Trainer." The animated clip follows the story of a Nintendo gamer's infatuation with the Wii Fit Trainer who stars as one of the playable characters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros.* for the Wii...

News: RUSH Confirmed for 12th December Release on Wii U eShop

RUSH Confirmed for 12th December Release on Wii U eShop

The Two Tribes Classics Trilogy comes to an end

For those looking at low-cost additions for their Wii U download library, the Two Tribes Classics have certainly been tempting options — Toki Tori and EDGE have arrived so far. The final of the three releases now has a confirmed release date, with RUSH arriving in Europe and North America on 12th...

Talking Point: Moving To Smartphones Is Not The Answer For Nintendo

Moving To Smartphones Is Not The Answer For Nintendo

The numbers don't add up

It seems that a month can't pass by — in the past couple of years — when investment analysts, games industry figures and Nintendo's own investors aren't saying that Nintendo needs to expand and release games on alternative platforms. It's creeping into discourse around the Wii U due to the hardware's struggles to date,...

News: The Financial Post Thinks Wii U And 3DS Could Be The "Best Bets" This Christmas

The Financial Post Thinks Wii U And 3DS Could Be The "Best Bets" This Christmas

At last, some positive mainstream reporting

There's a lot of Nintendo-related doom and gloom floating around at the moment — some of which we feel it is our duty to report — but today we've got a little bit of positive news. The Financial Post has stated what we knew all along: Nintendo's two systems are the best option for prospective buyers...

News: VGX Award Ceremony To Include New Footage of an Upcoming Wii U Game

VGX Award Ceremony To Include New Footage of an Upcoming Wii U Game

Reggie Fils-Aime will be on hand to introduce it

The upcoming VGX 2013 ceremony — formerly the Video Game Awards — is expected to bring its usual flurry of world premiere trailers for major upcoming games. In previous years the awards have been known for their rather bombastic presentation, though the VGX rebranding is apparently going to be...

News: Epic Vice President Mark Rein Remains Unconvinced By Second Screen Gaming

Epic Vice President Mark Rein Remains Unconvinced By Second Screen Gaming

“I think we’ve yet to see the real value of the second screen idea"

The Wii U has taken quite a beating in the last few days — first being outsold by Xbox One and PS4 — and then Super Mario 3D World under-performing at retail despite critical acclaim. With the PS4 and Xbox One currently doing rather well, what exactly is the Wii U doing...

Rumour: Cranky Kong to be Fourth Playable Character in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Cranky Kong to be Fourth Playable Character in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Joining the young whippersnappers

With much noise around the Wii U currently focused on Super Mario 3D World, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is coming in early 2014, given a release period of February for North America. Considering it's the follow up to the outstanding Donkey Kong Country Returns and...

Video: Batman: Arkham Origins Initiation DLC Trailer Shows Off Challenge Maps With Story Elements

Batman: Arkham Origins Initiation DLC Trailer Shows Off Challenge Maps With Story Elements

Video game Bruce Wayne has a better beard than Christian Bale

It was only days ago that we were reporting on new DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins, with Skins and a Challenge Pack released. They were to keep players busy until the arrival of the Initiation DLC, which is a set of Challenge Maps with story elements, taking in the early days of Bruce...

News: GAME's Wii U Cyber Monday Console Deals Should Shift Some Units

GAME's Wii U Cyber Monday Console Deals Should Shift Some Units

Hurry up!

We've had to share some relatively grisly UK Wii U sales news today, but there's nothing like a Cyber Monday promotion to push some buttons and shift some units. Retailer GAME is offering the following bundles for £199.99. Black 32GB The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD bundle — this includes the rather attractive limited edition...

News: PS4 and Xbox One Surpass Wii U Lifetime Sales in the UK

PS4 and Xbox One Surpass Wii U Lifetime Sales in the UK

Back to square one

We don't always have the opportunity to share happy news here on Nintendo Life, so let's just suck it up and say it — the PS4 and Xbox One have already surpassed the lifetime Wii U sales in the UK. It was already reported last week that the Xbox One's launch weekend sales of 150,000 units had almost taken it past the Wii U's...

Poll: Nintendo and the Wii U Fight For Your Attention in This Busiest of Gaming Months

Nintendo and the Wii U Fight For Your Attention in This Busiest of Gaming Months

Will Nintendo's platform and games succeed this December?

We're now approaching — or in some places have reached — the end of the madness of the Black Friday shopping weekend, an annual fixture in North America and to a lesser extent elsewhere. Of course, the Holiday shopping gig isn't up, and as we enter December we kick off a vital few weeks...

News: Super Mario 3D World Sells 57% of Its Initial Shipment in Japan

Super Mario 3D World Sells 57% of Its Initial Shipment in Japan

Roughly 175,000 copies shipped at launch

Last week we reported that Super Mario 3D World had sold 99,588 copies in its first week in Japan, making it the lowest debut for a 3D Mario platformer, although this does not take into account eShop download sales. The game came in at number 2 in the Japanese charts behind Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy...