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Video: Figure Out the Online Features of Xenoblade Chronicles X With The Latest Survival Guide

Figure Out the Online Features of Xenoblade Chronicles X With The Latest Survival Guide

Online quests, treasure deals and more

Xenoblade Chronicles X is a game with incredible depth, not just in the solo campaign but also in the various ways you can connect and interact with others online. Shared quests, group battles, recruiting avatars of other players, trading items - it's all in there. It can be confusing, and even after sinking...

News: A Version of the Pokkén Tournament Arcade Controller Will Be Made for the Wii U in Japan

A Version of the Pokkén Tournament Arcade Controller Will Be Made for the Wii U in Japan

You know you want one

Pokkén Tournament is due out in the west sometime in spring and hype for it continues to grow. Just recently, Sceptile was announced as a new fighter, and Electrode and Farfetch'd were announced as Support Fighters. At any rate, it seems that there's a bit of a dearth of modern fighting games on the Wii U, so this should make...

Rumour: Data Miners Leak Some of the Information From Tomorrow's Nintendo Direct

Data Miners Leak Some of the Information From Tomorrow's Nintendo Direct

Here we go

Data miners are notorious for getting ahold of footage and information ahead of the release of major announcements, typically because developers sometimes tend to put out software updates ahead of the announcements themselves. The process doesn't seem to be overly difficult, it just requires a computer and enough technical savvy to know...

News: Terraria Still Planned for Wii U in 'Early 2016', as Greater Detail is Confirmed for 3DS Version

Terraria Still Planned for Wii U in 'Early 2016', as Greater Detail is Confirmed for 3DS Version

New 3DS has a higher framerate, but no 3D

Terraria is on the 3DS eShop already, having arrived in the most recent update. It had been long anticipated, especially by those Nintendo fans seeking a version on the go - the Wii U version hasn't made it out yet. A member of the development team has been clarifying details, however, and the good news for...

Feature: Time to Vote for Your Nintendo Life Game of the Year Awards 2015

Time to Vote for Your Nintendo Life Game of the Year Awards 2015

Nintendo Life reader awards to be decided

As 2015 draws to an end it's that time once again - Game of the Year Awards. We're continuing with tradition (albeit with some improved polls) in having both Staff and Community awards; the latter are entirely in your hands. As in previous years you can vote through a series of polls. We've shaken it up a...

Random: Check Out the Latest Stage From Panga, Super Mario Maker Creator Extraordinaire

Check Out the Latest Stage From Panga, Super Mario Maker Creator Extraordinaire

Skyway to Shell, yatta!

It's been a little while since we've covered Panga, one of the most hardcore Super Mario Maker creators to be found, so it's time for another dose of platforming insanity. Panga has developed a sizeable Twitch and YouTube audience for his extremely complex creations, which typically require pixel-perfect jumps and moves to...

News: Evergreen Nintendo Releases Hang Tough in the UK as Xenoblade Chronicles X Tumbles Out of Top 40

Evergreen Nintendo Releases Hang Tough in the UK as Xenoblade Chronicles X Tumbles Out of Top 40

It deserved better

The UK chart results are out, with these being the penultimate listings issued before the final Christmas list is released next week. It continues the status quo, largely, with a disappointing but inevitable week two drop-off for one of the year's finest games. Xenoblade Chronicles X has unfortunately dropped out of the...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Talks About Fire Emblem Characters in Smash Bros.

Masahiro Sakurai Talks About Fire Emblem Characters in Smash Bros.

It seems to be that he's a big fan of Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem has enjoyed something of a revival in the last few years. Fire Emblem: Awakening was really the big turning point, and it's no exaggeration to say its largescale success literally saved the series. This was somewhat reflected most recently in Smash 4, where Fire Emblem graduated to having...

News: Accusations of Plagiarism Directed at Popular Super Mario Maker Level Creator

Accusations of Plagiarism Directed at Popular Super Mario Maker Level Creator

Copies, similar concepts or coincidence?

Courtesy of its nature as a level creation tool, Super Mario Maker will be a title that can intrigue and keep us interesting for months and maybe years to come. Its popularity is evident in the sheer mass of stages to be found and played, and naturally some demonstrate similar ideas and approaches. One of...

News: Hitoshi Yamagami Talks a Bit About Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem's Conception

Hitoshi Yamagami Talks a Bit About Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem's Conception

Still a bit of a head scratcher

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem is a fascinating upcoming release that aims to cross over both of the popular franchises, though it does appear to be more Shin Megami Tensei than it does Fire Emblem. The game has been confirmed to be coming west, though there's still barely any information surrounding the...

Nintendo Life Weekly: Final Smash Bros. Direct, Minecraft on Wii U and More

Final Smash Bros. Direct, Minecraft on Wii U and More

The end of an era approaches

It was a busy week in the world of Nintendo, with two announcements standing out above all others and a couple of corking eShop releases that were reviewed. As is now tradition we've decided to make life easy for you if you're trying to keep up, collating the best news of the week as well as all of the releases and...

Video: The Zink Mini Splatling Comes to Life on the Battlefield

The Zink Mini Splatling Comes to Life on the Battlefield

Zink-capable of failure

Splatoon is the gift that keeps on giving, and this week the arsenal has been expanded to include the Zink Mini Splatling! This little beastie is strikingly similar to its non-Zink counterpart as you might expect, but this thing comes bundled with disruptors for keeping your prey still as well as a bubbler to save you from...

News: Zink Mini Splatling Weapon Coming To Splatoon Later Today

Zink Mini Splatling Weapon Coming To Splatoon Later Today

Or early tomorrow, if you're in Europe

The Splatoon weapon drop continues with the launch of the Zink Mini Splatling. This compact yet deadly firearm will be available later today in North America, with the European launch coming tomorrow morning. Are you keen to get your hands on this new weapon? Is the drip-feed maintaining your interest in...

News: The November NPD Results are in, Nintendo Exclusives Fail to Crack the Top Ten

The November NPD Results are in, Nintendo Exclusives Fail to Crack the Top Ten

Tough month for Nintendo

The NPD Group is an independent market research company that tracks sales across various industries and how they perform in North America. Naturally, the game industry is tracked by this group and each month's results are based off of new games sold at retailers. Be sure to note, NPD does not track digital or second hand...

Guide: Here's How To Make That Xenoblade Chronicles X USB Drive More Useful

Here's How To Make That Xenoblade Chronicles X USB Drive More Useful

Hack the planet

The North American collector's edition of Xenoblade Chronicles X comes with a USB drive containing 10 tracks from the game itself. It's a neat little extra, but largely useless once you've listened to the music - which is why Nintendo Life reader Ben "mikey64" Barger has come up with this handy little hack which allows you to turn...

Nintendo Download: 10th December (North America)

10th December (North America)

SteamWorld Heist! FAST Racing NEO! Terraria! Devil's Third! More!

It's time for the North American Nintendo Download Update, once again, and this week is full of enticing options. Two much-anticipated and terrific 'Nindie' download-only releases arrive on Wii U and 3DS, while each system also has a high profile retail release to consider. There are...

Video: Soothe Your Soul With Some of the Calmer Music from Xenoblade Chronicles X

Soothe Your Soul With Some of the Calmer Music from Xenoblade Chronicles X

With some nice quotes about its composition, too

We rate Xenoblade Chronicles X very highly here at Nintendo Life, and the odds are good that many others with the game now do likewise. It's a hugely impressive achievement from Monolith Soft and a strong showcase for Wii U in many respects, including its soundtrack. We think the soundtrack for this...

Video: Sceptile Has Been Confirmed as a Fighter in Pokkén Tournament

Sceptile Has Been Confirmed as a Fighter in Pokkén Tournament

Electrode and Farfetch'd are also in, as support characters

As some of you may remember, a new Pokkén Tournament fighter was due to be revealed on the 10th, with new support Pokémon due to be announced, too. The announcement was supposedly leaked a couple days ago by accident on a Japanese Pokémon show, where a display was spotted that outed the...

News: Mercedes Arrives in Super Mario Maker With a Course and Mystery Mushroom Outfit

Mercedes Arrives in Super Mario Maker With a Course and Mystery Mushroom Outfit

Yes, really!

Yes, that is a Mercedes 'outfit' in Super Mario Maker. No, we haven't faked this in Photoshop. Yes, this is actually happening. Mario Kart 8 fans may recall when free Mercedes DLC - with three karts in total - arrived in the racer; it was a bit tacky, but ultimately you could ignore the cars and pretend they didn't exist. After all,...

News: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Makes Underwhelming Debut in Japan, Yet Wii U Hardware Shows Impressive Growth

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Makes Underwhelming Debut in Japan, Yet Wii U Hardware Shows Impressive Growth

Monster Hunter X (Cross) is still dominant

The Media Create results for Japan are out, and this week has a few interesting talking points to consider in terms of both hardware and software. Starting with the latter, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam makes its debut in second place with just under 50,000 sales; its launch numbers are actually a little...