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News Kirby: Planet Robobot Continues Its Decent Sales in Japan
A quiet week sees a small gain in Wii U sales
The Japanese Media Create chart results are out, and this week isn't short of new releases - notably, however, some titles that are major names in the West have only made a modest impression in Japan. Kirby: Planet Robobot is still the best-placed game on Nintendo hardware, showing solid momentum in...
Review Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)
A new technological age for Kirby
While some franchises have a 'one per generation' rule, others seem somewhat more spontaneous - factors such as development progress and sales can be more important to their fate. So when Kirby: Triple Deluxe provided a strong 3DS début as a fairly traditional adventure with the Pink One, HAL Laboratory seemingly...
News Teddy Together Promises Kid-Friendly Confidence Building On 3DS
Oh, and amiibo support
Nintendo UK has just confirmed the existence of Teddy Together, a previously unannounced 3DS title aimed at young children. Building on the virtual pet mechanics seen in the likes of Tamagotchi and Nintendogs, the game introduces the player to a teddy bear who comes to life, asking various questions to learn more about its...
Editorial Fire Emblem Fates and Code Name S.T.E.A.M., Two Very Different Intelligent Systems Ventures
Pushing for new ideas doesn't always pay off
It's not so long ago I mentioned poor old Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. as a game that had been left with little hope of commercial success; it somewhat flopped, in case you'd forgotten . It struggled to make a dent in the West and failed badly in Japan, not even making the top 20 when it launched in the country...
News Fire Emblem Fates Makes a Double Impact on the UK Charts
Birthright outsells Conquest
Fire Emblem Fates has finally arrived in Europe, and as is the norm we can see how Nintendo's latest release(s) have performed in the UK charts. For the Intelligent Systems titles it's been a thoroughly respectable début. For its part Chart-Track is treating the two versions as individual games, which is a fair move...
Reminder The Shiny Yveltal Distribution is Now Available in North America
A sucker punch
In early May The Pokemon Company launched a campaign with three single-week distributions in X / Y / Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire in order to promote the current series of the anime. In case you've missed it so far, it's worth noting that the final distribution in this promotion is running now, and will disappear on 26th May. This...
Competition Win The Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition New 3DS XL and Limited Edition Game
Its fate is sealed
To celebrate the UK release of the latest game in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Fates, we've teamed up with the the awesome guys at Nintendo UK to give away both the Fire Emblem Fates Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL and the Fire Emblem Fates Limited Edition game. Fire Emblem Fates is split across three stories - Birthright,
Guide Which Version Of Fire Emblem Fates Should You Buy?
Claim your birthright or start a conquest? You decide
Fire Emblem Fates is out in Europe today, but picking up a copy isn't as simple a purchasing decision as it was with the previous outing, Fire Emblem: Awakening. While that only had one version, Fates is divided into two retail packages with a third chapter coming on June 9th. Choosing which...
News The Pokémon Company Teases the Teaser For Pokémon Sun and Moon Reveal on 2nd June
Pokémon Sun and Moon will have slow and steady reveals over a number of weeks and months, assuming The Pokémon Company follows the same strategy as it has with past releases. Following the initial reveal of the Starter Pokémon and release dates, it was recently confirmed that more details are coming on 2nd July.
News Monster Hunter Generations, Limited Edition New 3DS XL and More Now Up for Pre-Order From Official UK Store
Sink your teeth into this
Monster Hunter Generations is a little under two months away, and the anticipation for Capcom's potential blockbuster is starting to build. Having recently confirmed limited edition hardware, Nintendo UK has now updated its Official Store with pre-orders for various versions of the game, accessories and that New 3DS XL...
Interview Making the Meowst of Monster Hunter Generations
With Ryozo Tsujimoto and Shintaro Kojima
Monster Hunter Generations is due to drop in the West on the 15th July, but before all that we met up with Executive Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and Producer Shintaro Kojima to discuss the game in proper Nintendo Life style. Check out the video below where we get these two cheeky chaps to spill the beans on the...
Video Poe Dameron Takes Flight in Latest LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
He can fly anything
While it may seem a little odd that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is arriving in June, six months after the movie, there's certainly the hope that it'll be a fun game on Wii U and 3DS - that extra development time has surely been put to good use. With the 28th June arrival getting closer we're seeing more short trailers and...
News Monster Hunter Generations Will Feature Quirky Ghosts 'n Goblins Content
Felyne will feel strongth welling in its body
Monster Hunter Generations isn't too far away, arriving in North America and Europe on 15th July. Capcom has been announcing some rather neat content tie-ins that'll give the game a dash of extra variety, too, most recently with an Okami Felyne outfit. Well, there's more wh
Guide What's New And Different In Fire Emblem Fates?
The game finally hits Europe this week, but what's all the fuss about?
After what seems like an eternity, European players will finally get the chance to play Fire Emblem Fates this week. Intelligent Systems' latest turn-based tactical triumph launched in North America back in February, and we awarded it a glowing 9 out of 10 in our review. However,...
Video Get Geared Up for Kirby: Planet Robobot With This Overview Trailer
It has Kirby in a mech, what more could you want?
Kirby: Planet Robobot could, based on our time with it so far, be a bit of a gem for the 3DS this year. Announced rather out of the blue (or pink?) in March, it sees the pink one take on mechanised foes that are disrupting his all-important nap time. Nintendo has been getting to work early with...
Rumour Smash Bros. Update 1.1.6 Only Seems To Impact Bayonetta
"Someone else caught your eye?"
As we reported recently, version 1.1.6 of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS launches soon, and according to Nintendo it will add some additional balance the game. While that might sound like quite a thorough process, it would appear that this update is focused solely on a single fighter: the recently-introduced...
Video English Language Zero Time Dilemma Footage Shows Some Tough Choices Lie Ahead
Playing the odds
Kotaru Uchikoshi's Zero Time Dilemma launches on June 28th, and to drum up some hype over nine minutes of gameplay footage has been released from the English language version of the game. Part of the cult Zero Escape series which also includes Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue's Last Reward, Zero Time Dilemma is an...
News Free Rupees And Fairy Food On Offer To Celebrate Hyrule Warriors Legends DLC Launch
Now that's a weird headline
To mark the release of DLC for Hyrule Warriors Legends Nintendo is giving players free Rupees and fairy food. The download includes a whopping 500,000 Rupees, 10 Delicious Weird Eggs and 10 Delicious Odd Mushrooms. Yum. Fire up your 3DS and you should have a notification pointing you in the general direction of these...
News 7th Dragon III Code: VFD Won't Be Coming to Europe for Now
What else is new?
Atlus is a popular studio for localising niche Japanese games in the west, though it's been somewhat spotty with bringing these games to all territories at once. It seems that North America is the one that usually gets favoured, with games making it over to Europe months later, if at all. The reason for this isn't always made...
News Study Suggests Rising Smartphone Ownership Among Kids Is Hitting Nintendo Hard
Only 24 percent of children take Nintendo handhelds on the road
Market research firm Influence Central has revealed a new study that suggests Nintendo is losing the battle against smartphones and tablets when it comes to winning the hearts and minds of youngsters. The company's latest report states that the average child is given his or her first...
Talking Point Faith In Yo-kai Watch May Pay Off in the West, Though Overthrowing Pokémon is a Long Shot
The spirited Level-5 series needs time
The Yo-kai Watch franchise is enormous in Japan, to the point that in late 2015 Level-5 was able to reference 10 million games in the series being shipped. That number will have also included some sales from the first game's launch in North America, though based upon its absence from NPD's results and...
News Kirby: Planet Robobot Continues Solid Run in Japanese Charts as Hardware Sales Drop
Lack of new releases starts to bite
The Japanese chart results are out, and overall they're relatively low key - one new release has taken number one spot but hardware sales are down. Starting with software, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has made its debut at number one, though Kirby: Planet Robobot is hanging on to second place with lifetimes sales...
Video Puzzle & Dragons X Footage Lines Up Ahead Of Japanese Launch
Thanks to CoroCoro magazine
CoroCoro magazine has published two gameplay videos for the forthcoming 3DS puzzle/RPG hybrid Puzzle & Dragons X, which launches in Japan on July 28th. The first clip shows some combat, while the second illustrates the towns and locations seen in the game. Based on the hit smartphone title - which has just cleared...
News M2 Thinks Sega's Alien Syndrome Would Make A Great 3D Classic
"We did a little test on it to see how it would turn out and it was great"
The amazing Sega 3D Classics Collection is available now in North American and Japan, with a European release coming later this year. Sega has posted an interview with Yosuke Okunari, Kagasei Shimomura and Naoki Horii regarding the compendium, and it has been revealed
News The Pokémon Company Confirms More Sun and Moon Details for 2nd June
There's so much to share
After the silliness of CoroCoro magazine teasing Pokémon Sun and Moon details that delivered very little, series lead Junichi Masuda's subsequent tease was actually worth our time. The Pokémon Company revealed the starters and release dates, firing the starting gun for the gradual trickle of details still to come ahead of...
Feature What We Know, and Think We Know, From the Pokémon Sun & Moon Reveal Trailers
Picking through the clues
As we approach a new generation, we have now had a first look at the seventh generation of Pokémon games, Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon. These games are the second generation of Pokémon games on the Nintendo 3DS, so while things may look the same on the surface there are some interesting changes that have come. While...
Video Court Is In Session For Ten Minutes Of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice
Following the very welcome news that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is headed to the west this September as a download exclusive, Capcom has submitted another piece of compelling evidence - over ten minutes of footage from the game itself. The video - which is in Japanese - shows the trademark courtroom action that has made...
News Super Smash Bros. 1.1.6 Patch Is Landing Soon On Wii U And 3DS
Nintendo has confirmed that version 1.1.6 of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS will launch soon. The patch - which will require 61 MB of space on the Wii U and 325 MB on 3DS - will balance the characters in the game. Once the patch is applied, existing replays will no longer be viewable, so be sure to backup any special ones you're...
News Monster Hunter Set To Overtake Street Fighter In Lifetime Sales This Year
36 million and counting
Capcom's Monster Hunter series has been a massive commercial success for the company, and this year it will leapfrog stablemate Street Fighter in terms of lifetime units sold - despite the fact that Street Fighter as a franchise has been around for much, much longer. The data comes from esteemed video game analyst ZhugeEX:...
News Five More 3DS Games Will Join the European Nintendo Selects Range in June
Ocarina of Time 3D! Mario & Luigi! LEGO City! More!
Whatever region you're in Nintendo has been gradually increasing the 'Nintendo Selects' range of budget retail titles. Another batch of five 3DS games has now been confirmed for Europe, due to arrive on 25th June with a price tag of €19,99 / £15.99. The new additions do a mix of catching up...
News Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls Arrive in North America on 30th September
More toys and TV episodes also on the way
Level 5's bid for global domination with the Yo-kai Watch brand is going to continue later this year, with Nintendo of America confirming that the second entry in the series is heading to North America on 30th September. It is, as is all the rage at the moment, a dual release - Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits...
News Yacht Club Games Still Open To A Nintendo Character Appearing In Shovel Knight
Nintendo has made some canny moves when it comes to collaborations in recent years. When it became clear that Puzzle & Dragons was a big deal, the veteran firm worked with the developer to create a Mario-themed offering for the 3DS, and more recently it has teamed up with Mojang to give Minecraft an injection of Nintendo goodness...
Video Potential Pokémon Sun & Moon Starter Evolution Types Revealed
It was only a matter of time
It's been a big deal for Pokéfanatics, as last week we were given a couple of new trailers for the upcoming installations of the handheld series - Pokémon Sun and Moon. From these two glorious pieces of footage, we learned what our fates would hold - and that's who and what the new Starter Pokémon are. In case you've...
Video CoroCoro Releases Its Own Pokémon Sun and Moon Trailer
With some tiny differences
Are you getting tired of Pokémon Sun and Moon yet? Thought not. For those of you that like to focus on small details and expand them into a 300 page fan-fiction eBook there's great news - CoroCoro has released its own trailer for Sun & Moon. For the most part it uses the same footage as the official trailers from...
Video These Fresh Character Trailers For Etrian Odyssey V Will Boost Your "Excitement" Stat
Say hello to Masurao and Cestus
Atlus has released two new character trailers for the forthcoming Etrian Odyssey V, which is due to launch in Japan this August. Masurao and Cestus are the characters in question, and each clip shows off some artwork as well as gameplay footage. There's no word on a western release as yet, but given that previous...
News Star Fox Zero And Bravely Second Make NPD's April Best Sellers List
It's not all doom and gloom
The NPD Group has issued its April data and while Nintendo's products might not be as abundant as the company would hope, Star Fox Zero and Bravely Second have both made the cut. Star Fox Zero made it to number 5 in the single-format list, with Bravely Second coming in at number 9. In the NPD's overall list - which...
News CoroCoro Has A Pokémon Sun And Moon Exclusive Lined Up For Its Next Issue
Such a tease
Japanese magazine CoroCoro often gets handed exclusive information relating to upcoming games, and this week the publication is teasing that it has exclusive news on Pokémon Sun And Moon coming in its next issue. The news is accompanied by some artwork from the latest movie, Volcanion & The Ingenious Magearna. Beyond that,...
News Monster Hunter Generations Launches on 15th July With a Limited Edition New 3DS XL
A demo is also on the way
Well, the wait is over, we have a release date for Monster Hunter Generations - it'll be gracing our 3DS systems on 15th July. In addition Europe and North America will also have their own special edition New Nintendo 3DS XL models alongside the main game. In Europe the special edition hardware will be red and have the...
Reminder The Shiny Xerneas Distribution is Available Now in North America
Shining so bright...
Back in early May, The Pokemon Company kicked off a run of three single-week distributions in X / Y / Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire. We're now into the second distribution which is running from 11th to 17th May. This time around it's a Shiny Xerneas up for grabs in the 'Mystery Gift' area of the game; you can see its details...
News SEGA 3D Classics Collection is Confirmed for Europe
Details should come soon
SEGA 3D Classics Collection on 3DS is, in our view, a bit of a gem. It has 9 core games included - and a neat 10th to unlock - and provides a lot of M2-developed retro goodness on the portable. We've always been advocates for the download series, and this retail bundle has done little to reduce our enthusiasm. The catch, of...
Poll Did The First Pokémon: Sun and Moon Trailers and Starter Pokémon Get You Excited?
Which Starter will you choose?
Well, Pokémon is still a very big deal. Following the announcement of the Starter Pokémon through a debut trailer the franchise was trending on social media, and at the time of writing the trailer on the official Pokémon channel has amassed over 4.4 million views in a little over one day. Pokémon Sun and Moon had...
News Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice to Arrive on the 3DS eShop in September
Court is in session
Earlier today we reported on a discovery by a homebrew user on 3DS that suggested a Western name for Ace Attorney 6. It turns out that was right, as Capcom has now officially confirmed that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is coming to the 3DS eShop in September, priced at $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99 across North...
News Kirby: Planet Robobot Stays on Top in the Japanese Charts
A quiet week sees Wii U sales back in four figures
It's that mid-week point of the Media Create chart results out of Japan, and a week with no new releases in the top 20 sees familiar favourites still leading the charge. Kirby: Planet Robobot has followed up its number one debut with a second week at number one, nearly hitting a quarter of a...
News Ace Attorney 6 May Be Called "Spirit of Justice" in the West
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6 is heading to Japan in early June - it's definitely coming to the West but, as yet, no release window has been given. We may have an idea of what it'll be called, however, thanks to a cheeky 3DS Homebrew user that made a copy of the recently released demo in Japan. By dumping the demo a user on
News Style Savvy: Fashion Forward Will Finally Bring Its Glamour to North America in August
Time to be fabulous
It's been a while coming, but Nintendo of America has confirmed that Style Savvy: Fashion Forward is coming to North America on 19th August - it's been available in Europe since November 2015 with the name Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward. In many ways the sequel takes the strong points of the original...
News Disney Magical World 2 Heads To North America This October
Has Frozen in it, prints money
Nintendo has confirmed that Disney Magical World 2 will arrive in the west later this year. The follow up to the likeable Disney Magical World will allow players to explore worlds themed around famous Disney franchises - including the super-popular Frozen - as well as interact with characters such as Olaf, Elsa,...
News 2DS Gets a Price Cut to $79.99 in North America
Including options with Mario Kart 7
The Nintendo 2DS has been a smart product, targeting parents with young children in particular. By taking away the age-restricted 3D screen and utilising a tough-as-nails slab shape, it's been a welcome affordable (and durable) option in the market. Nintendo of America is now moving to make it even more...
Live Blog Ease Your Curiosity and Watch the Culdcept Revolt Nintendo Direct - Live!
Let's see what cards we're dealt
This is the very definition of a title that may be a big deal in Japan but seems unlikely to make it to the West, which adds a bit of extra intrigue. Culdcept is a strategy series driven by card collecting and deck management, a video game take on a popular real-world game genre. Culdcept Revolt will be the first...
Video A Snappy Analysis of the Pokémon Sun and Moon Trailers
Hala! Character customisation! Other stuff!
Unless you've spent the day in outer space you'll be more than aware that The Pokémon Company unleashed the first gameplay trailers for Pokémon Sun and Moon, with the main reveal being the starter Pokémon - Rowlet, Litten and Popplio. We've shared a Gallery with va
News The Pokémon Company Confirms Live Streams of National Championships Events in Europe
Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire have passed three million sales in EU
We're stepping into the big leagues in the year's competitive Pokémon tournament circuit, with key National Championships happening over the next few weeks throughout Europe. The Pokémon Company has confirmed that there'll be three new Twitch channels to show the events live,...
Gallery Take a Closer Look at the Pokémon Sun and Moon Box Art and Starter Pokémon
Learn more about your new companion's moves and abilities
We were promised news on Pokémon Sun and Moon today and, thankfully, it was delivered. The Pokémon Company confirmed release dates and the starters, along with a shiny new trailer. There have also been updates to the official website, including some pleasing details on Rowlet, Litten and...
News Pokémon Sun and Moon Debut Trailer Confirms Starter Pokemon and Release Dates
Please welcome Rowlet, Litten and Popplio
Just recently Junichi Masuda promised new information on Pokémon Sun and Moon, and has been good to his word. A new trailer has been revealed which gives us a first look at the new titles and their setting - the Alola Region. In addition we have the release dates - 18th November in North America and 23rd...
News Homebrew Vulnerability Discovered In 3DS Version Of Citizens Of Earth
Dubbed "Humblehax" thanks to Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle
Another homebrew vulnerability has been discovered on 3DS, this time related to the eShop title Citizens of Earth. Christened "Humblehax" due to the game's inclusion in the recent Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle, this exploit allows you to run unsigned code on your 3DS console but...
News Bravely Second 3DS Theme Added To My Nintendo Rewards
100 platinum coins to you, squire
A new Bravely Second 3DS theme has gone live on the My Nintendo rewards site. Costing 100 platinum coins, the theme is called "New Faces" and shows off the various characters you'll meet in the popular RPG - both good and bad. The reward will be available until 30th June. Will you be investing those valuable...
News 3DS System Version 11.0.0-33 is Now Available
All the way to eleven
It's been a couple months now since the last update went out for the 3DS, and fans around the world have no doubt been wondering what the hold-up has been. After all, the system surely won't become any more stable by itself. Fortunately, the tech wizards at Nintendo have worked their magic and figured out, yet again, how to...
News Some Unlucky Fire Emblem Fates Customer Have Their Special Edition Pre-Orders Cancelled
Sometimes fate can be a cruel thing
Fire Emblem Fates is now close to its European release, which is great news for fans of the franchise that are ready for a lot of strategy RPG action. Unfortunately the rather handsome Special Edition appears to have some stock issues in the UK, with some seeing their pre-order cancelled rather late in the day...
News Kirby: Planet Robobot Secures Top Spot in Japan as Hardware Sales Enjoy Holiday Boost
Wii U clambers back into five figures
There have been a few observed Holidays in Japan this week, which has accounted for later-than-usual Media Create chart results. They have now emerged, however, and bring some good news for Nintendo. Kirby: Planet Robobot was the biggest arrival this week, with the 3DS title securing top spot - its sales of...
News Culdcept Revolt Will Have Its Own Nintendo Direct in Japan
We're seeing a lot more unity in global releases - albeit with localisation delays - than in past years, with a number of intriguing titles making their way out of Japan to the West. Nevertheless a number of titles are still mysteries to all but the most enthusiastic importers, and one such 3DS release is even getting its own Nintendo...
News New Pokémon Sun and Moon Information is Coming on 10th May
Junichi Masuda makes the promise
Eager fans have been waiting on news for Pokémon Sun and Moon since it was revealed - with practically no details - earlier this year. These games are not only vital for the 3DS's fortunes this year, but also bring the hype that only new Pokémon titles can. The wait for information is coming to an end, however. We...
News European Pricing For Fire Emblem Fates DLC Is Revealed
Get that gold ready
Following on from the confirmation of the North American prices for Fire Emblem Fates' DLC, Nintendo of Europe has now revealed how much all of this lovely content is going to cost on the other side of the pond. As is the case in North America, all of the content outlined below can be purchased for a one-off fee - the Map Pack 1...
Random Watch Bowser Perform Rhythmic Gymnastics
Shh... Just let it wash over you
So the Nintendo UK Twitter account up and posted this video from Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games recently. No rhyme, no warning. Such is art. [tweet 727875893700403200] In your most desperate moment, when your back is against the wall and the light of hope is but a dim, warmless dot, may you...
News Latest Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Features Everyone's Favourite Admiral
"This had better not be a trap"
The latest trailer for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just hit the web, and it goes into detail regarding some of the all-new content that will be featured in the game. Six new missions are showcased which augment the storyline seen in the movie: Rathtar Hunting – Follows Han Solo and Chewbacca's voyage to...
News SEGA 3D Classics Collection Has a Tenth Game to Unlock and Play
SEGA 3D Classics Collection has been out in North America for a short while - let's have a brief moment of consideration for deprived PAL gamers, please... - and has nine excellent games on one cartridge (or download). Well, actually, it has ten. Our glowing recommendation in our review was based on the nine formal games included, but...
Soapbox Game Reviews Always Need a Final Score
Alex explains why it's all a numbers game
The traditional notion of giving a game a score out of five, ten, or any amount is falling out of fashion with many outlets rapidly adopting more arbitrary systems for one reason or another. Personally I feel this is a step in the wrong direction, and a score based on a finite scale is paramount in promoting...
News Three Legendary Pokémon Birds Are Now Available Through the Pokémon Trainer Club Newsletter
Check that inbox
A while ago The Pokémon Company began some tentative distributions of Articuno, Zapdos or Moltres, all with their hidden abilities. In some countries, including the US, it was confirmed that the only way to get hold of these 'mon for X, Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire would be to sign-up to the Pokémon Trainer Club Newsletter,...
News VVVVVV Pulled From North American 3DS eShop Following Discovery Of Homebrew Exploit
Super-hard indie platformer VVVVVV has been removed from the North American 3DS eShop following the publication of a homebrew exploit. The vulnerability - exploited by ShinyQuagsire's (v*)hax - is apparently only available in digital version of the game. It requires a "primary" entry point to function - that means another hack in order to...
News Medabots Studio Delta Arts Has Closed Its Doors
Also responsible for Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle on 3DS
Japanese studio Delta Arts has closed, it has been announced. The company has been responsible for the major instalments in the Medabots series since 2010, and also created Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle on 3DS. The last Medabots release it worked on was Medabots 9, which launched in Japan...
News Limited Run Games Would Like to Distribute Physical Copies of Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies
Possibly Fatal Frame, too
This generation in particular has seen the rise of more games being released in a digital-only format, something that has more or less been a double edged sword. On one hand, this has enabled publishers to localise titles that would otherwise have been deemed too risky to release in western markets, but this also has no...
News Legendary Pokémon Zygarde, Shiny Xerneas and Shiny Yveltal All Coming to the US as Gifts
Grab Zygarde now
Just recently we shared the news that Legendary Pokémon Zygarde was released as a gift in Europe; now it's arrived in North America, with more to come as special rewards in May. The Pokémon Company is releasing three enticing Pokémon in the US this month as Mystery Gifts through the Nintendo Network, to be found in Pokémon X/Y...
Talking Point The 3DS Faces the Challenge of Taking Nintendo Through 2016
Fan-pleasing releases should help
This isn't really how it was supposed to turn out. A lot of expectations, from fans, to writers, to tech-industry analysts that are paid a lot of money for their opinions, reckoned the NX - in some form - would land for the Holiday season this year. The industry changes rapidly, however. In the last couple of months...
Reminder Distribution is Underway for Mythical Pokémon Darkrai
Time to hit the shops
Players of Pokémon X & Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have been given regular goodies by The Pokémon Company this year. On a monthly basis there have been new Mythical Pokémon available, and now Darkrai is up for grabs until 24th May. This time around it's all down to distributions, however, so you'll need to head...
Nintendo Life Weekly New Splatoon amiibo Burst Forth, 3DS Games in HD, and More
Hold on to your wallets
It feels like we've been bombarded with little more than rumours for the past few weeks, but now that Nintendo has finally blessed us with some substantial new happenings we wouldn't be at all surprised if you'd not kept track of all that's happened. Luckily for you we've once more been hard at work bringing what is quite...
Talking Point What Would You Like to See From Pokémon Sun and Moon?
Louisa Bhairam outlines her hopes for the new Pokémon titles
Details of the next instalment in the Pokémon franchise should start to come out very soon, and we're interested in what you would like to see from the newest addition to the Pokémon family, or just the future of the series in general. To get you thinking, I've thought of some areas...
Poll Are You Confident About Nintendo's 3DS Focus for 2016?
The portable's still vital at five years old
The headlines earlier this week often focused on 2017. The NX and the new Legend of Zelda are both due next year, and in the nearer future there are particularly low Wii U sales forecasts; as a result the 3DS is going to be central to Nintendo's 2016. The portable has done the job of carrying Nintendo to...
News Legendary Pokémon Zygarde is Now Available as a Special Gift in Europe
The 50% Forme has just landed
The Pokémon Company and Game Freak like to keep gamers on their toes, and appears to have done so with a surprise Nintendo Network gift for Pokémon X & Y as well as Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Seemingly the Legendary Pokémon Zygarde has arrived in Europe, dropping in as a gift with little warning...
Parent Trap Welcoming A Yo-Kai Into The Family
Family Gamer's Andy Robertson catches some spooks
With the European launch of Yo-Kai Watch taking place today the families I work with have been discovering how good a fit the world of Yo-Kai is for them. I was expecting it to be pretty popular with the strong collecting and character aspects of the game, but I hadn't realised how much substance...
News Sega Wanted To Work With Capcom And Bandai Namco On Virtual Console Releases
Negotiations didn't happen, sadly
The recent western release of Sega 3D Classics Collection is a reminder not only of how amazing some retro titles are, but also of the incredible talent of Japanese studio M2, which worked alongside Sega's Yosuke Okunari to port and enhance some of its most famous arcade and domestic games on the 3DS. M2 has also...
News New DLC Maps Are Coming To Fire Emblem Fates Next Month
Timings and prices detailed
Next month Fire Emblem Fates will receive a generous helping of DLC content in the form of various maps which present fresh challenges and new stories. From May 5th until June 9th, a series of new maps will go live which can be purchased in special bundles. The first map will be available for just 49 cents. Here's the...
News Unannounced First And Third-Party 3DS Games In Development, States Nintendo
"Sparking discussion" and "maintaining momentum" are key goals in 2016
Nintendo's latest financial briefing took place yesterday, and it dropped the bombshell that NX won't be launching until March next year. That means that the Wii U and 3DS will be expected to keep cash flowing into Nintendo's coffers this holiday season, although the company's...
News Nintendo 3DS Games Sure Look Pretty In High Definition
While it's impossible to escape the somewhat shady nature of emulation - especially when you're talking about modern-day systems - we've kept a keen eye on developments in recent years. Wii emulation is at the point where games can be given a lush HD lick of paint, while Wii U emulation is progressing at a respectable pace as well...
News Star Fox Zero Makes Modest Debut in Japanese Charts as 3DS Holds Steady
Terraria on 3DS also has a low key arrival
The Media Create charts for Japan have emerged once again, and this week includes a couple of fresh arrivals on Nintendo hardware. Star Fox Zero is the most high-profile new entry, though it loses out to One Piece: Burning Blood on PS4 and Vita. Combining the double pack (which includes Star Fox Guard)...
News 14 Titles Across Wii U and 3DS Were Million Sellers in the Last Year
Happy news! Yes, really!
Well, it's not been a particularly happy time for Nintendo fans since the company announced its financial results and gave various updates - mainly delays. Yet it's not all bad, it really isn't! In fact, the last financial year brought some pleasing successes on the software front for both the Wii U and 3DS. The usual list...
News Nintendo Financial Results Deliver Profits but Predict Severe Drops in Expected Wii U and 3DS Sales
Wii U estimated to sell just 800,000 units over financial year
With the reveal of its financial results for the year Nintendo has certainly caused some shocks, such as The Legend of Zelda for Wii U being the only playable Nintendo game at E3 (also delayed to 2017 for both Wii U and NX),
Rumour Xbox Store Listing Indicates That Mighty No. 9 Has Been Delayed Until December
UPDATE: Or perhaps not...
UPDATE: Well, this is embarrassing. Thanks to kindly people on Twitter like Prof.9, it has come to our attention that "12/02/16" is actually using the European date system (12th February 2016) and not the American system (2nd December 2016). The 12th was the original launch date for the game in Europe. It would appear that...
News Nintendo Reportedly Secures Victory over Tomita Technologies in 3DS Patent Row
Therefore avoids potentially costly penalties
Update: Nintendo of America has issued a statement confirmed the company's success in this patent case - Ajay Singh, Nintendo of America's Director of Litigation and Compliance, is quoted as follows. We are very pleased with the court's finding that Nintendo does not infringe. Nintendo has a long...
News NIS America No Longer Publishing Atlus Games In Europe
"Difficult" for NIS America to maintain "an equal-partnership with Atlus"
Publisher NIS America will no longer be releasing games from Japanese firm Atlus in Europe, MCV has reported. The news come from NIS America Managing Director Takuro Yamashita, who claims that Sega's recent purchase of Atlus has made it tricky for the two to work together on...
News Distribution Details Emerge for Mythical Pokémon Darkrai
It'll be your May treat
Eager players of Pokémon X & Y, in addition to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, have been receiving monthly gifts of Mythical Pokémon this year. So far we've had Jirachi, Mew and Celebi, and next up - as you can see in the image above - is Darkrai. The Pokémon Company has done a mix of online and serial code...
News Star Fox Zero Makes a Positive Start in the UK Charts
Guess we should be thankful
Last week brought Star Fox Zero to the Wii U, the first new entry in the franchise in a number of years. Some early indications on its performance have come through with the UK charts, and the result is reasonably good. The number one and another arrival this week is Ratchet & Clank on PS4, which had a substantial...
Rumour Linkedin Profile Hints At Unannounced Racing Title From Excitebots Studio Monster Games
With "championship" and "career" modes
Ah, Linkedin. A site which allows professionals to connect, proclaim their achievements and even seek new adventures in employment - but also a place where job descriptions can unwittingly reveal hidden gaming projects. Take the profile of Monster Games software engineer Joshua Ruis, for example; he's been...
Nintendo Life Weekly NX Rumour Denied by New NX Rumour, Preorder the Prettiest New 3DS XL, and More
We're reaching critical mass
As E3 draws ever closer, the Nintendo NX rumour mill continues to churn out "information" at an alarming rate. We wouldn't blame you if you hadn't been able to keep up with all that's happened, so once again we've squashed all the week's happenings down into one convenient video. This week we look at an NX rumour that...
Review SEGA 3D Classics Collection (3DS)
New Age nostalgia
For millions of kids around the world in the late '80s through the '90s, there was no greater debate than SEGA vs Nintendo. Schoolyards were home to impassioned debates about which company's box was the best. Everyone knows who won the war long term, but few know of some of the truly classic titles SEGA fans enjoyed during those...
News Monster Hunter Generations Will Have an Okami Felyne Outfit
Okami is now 10 years old, a classic title developed by Clover Studio for Capcom; though the studio would close and see its staff move on to found development houses such as PlatinumGames, in some cases, Okami is regarded fondly by many. This writer will continue to espouse its merits until the end-times, and its Wii release made excellent...
News You Can Now Pre-Order The Most Gorgeous New Nintendo 3DS XL Console Ever Made
A short time ago, Nintendo revealed that it is releasing a special Super Famicom-flavoured version of its New Nintendo 3DS XL system exclusively in Japan. Based on the classic Super Famicom system (SNES in the west), this edition of the machine will come with a unique design and packaging
News Natsume Is Bringing River City: Tokyo Rumble To North America This Year
So happy we could BARF
Publisher Natsume has announced that it is bringing the 3DS title Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun SP: Rantou Kyousoukyoku stateside as River City: Tokyo Rumble. The RPG brawler - which features the famous character Kunio-kun - will be playable at this year's E3. No solid launch date has been revealed so far. River City: Tokyo...
News Fire Emblem Fates' Witches' Trial DLC is Now Live
'Tis the witching hour
Like with Fire Emblem: Awakening, Nintendo has pledged to support Fire Emblem Fates with a generous amount of post-launch DLC to keep the game going long after the end credits have finally rolled. Of course, this DLC can be bought at any time during the game, leading to some controversy over how it upsets the game's balance...
Live Blog Take a Look at HR3 Quests in Monster Hunter Generations - Live!
Going up a level
Monster Hunter Generations is coming this Summer, and that's just one reason to look favourably towards the warmer months. Capcom's social team has been running regular live streams to show it off, and this time around the dynamic duo of Dr8kHunt6r and Arekkz will be tackling HR3 quests for our entertainment. <liveblog...
News Trademarks Lead to Speculation Over Pokémon Sun & Moon Legendaries
Pokémon The Series: XYZ episodes also available via official app
Pokémon Sun and Moon are still rather mysterious, with The Pokémon Company keeping details on the 3DS games under wraps so far. We're expecting a decent batch of information in the May issue of CoroCoro magazine, if not before. Nevertheless eager fans believe they may have dug up...
News Yo-kai Watch and Dragon Quest Continue to Lead in Japan as Wii U Has a Small Boost
All other systems show declining sales
The Japanese games market is pleasingly different to the West, with its own trends and patterns alongside some unique releases. We get a look at this courtesy of the weekly Media Create results, though the updated data shows that old favourites continue to lead as last week's new arrivals struggle. Starting...
Video Meet the Cast of Zero Time Dilemma in This New Trailer
Such drama... in Japanese
Update: Now there's a localised version of the trailer, below: Original Article: Zero Time Dilemma is one of our most anticipated 3DS games this year, arriving on 3DS in North America and Europe on 28th June; the third volume of the 'Zero Escape' series promises to clarify and explain story aspects from its brilliant...
News Nintendo Confirms PAX East Line-Up and Bravely Second: End Layer Panel
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE and Monster Hunter Generations will be playable
PAX East is landing in Boston from 22nd-24th April, which is making the city a hot destination for the coming weekend. Nintendo will be there, of course, and it's outlined what it'll have to offer. In terms of games there'll be the first chance (outside of Japan) for the...
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