Random Arctic Monkeys Song Potentially Makes Obscure DS City Builder Reference
I Bet That You Look Good On The Dual Screen
News Rating For 'Ghost Trick' Has Been Spotted In Korea
Is the Phantom Detective coming back?
Random Early Build Footage Of Unreleased DS de Blob Game Surfaces Online
The blob that never was
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News SteamWorld Series Creator Admits 3DS eShop Closure Is A Little Bit "Upsetting"
A DSiWare classic is gone
It seems Nintendo's closure of the 3DS eShop has been just as upsetting for game developers and publishers. Speaking to 'Kit & Krysta' recently, SteamWorld series creator and Thunderful Group co-founder Brjann Sigurgeirsson admitted it was sad seeing 3DS owners lose access to the 2010 DSiWare origin title SteamWorld:...
Guide 31 Best DSiWare Games You Should Get Before They're Gone Forever
It’s the final countdown — the 3DS eShop is closing for new purchases today, Monday 27th March, and taking the DSiWare store with it. We’re republishing this guide to highlight some gems you might want to consider snapping up... The demise of the 3DS and Wii U eShops has had many of us reminiscing on the days not too long ago when...
News Sakurai Says Working On DS Puzzler 'Meteos' Was A "Fascinating Challenge"
"I'm really bad at falling-block puzzle games"
Masahiro Sakurai continues to share insights into his storied history in the video game industry along with game design tips and his own philosophy. And today, the creator of the Super Smash Bros. series has pulled back the curtain on one of his first major projects after going freelance — the 2005 DS...
Random Early Build Footage Of Unreleased DS de Blob Game Surfaces Online
The blob that never was
In a time before Splatoon, de Blob was the big name in spreading colourful ink around town. Unlike Nintendo's inky shooter, the series saw you take control of a colour-absorbing ball which would complete various challenges by spreading paint across a monochromatic landscape. You might remember de Blob on the Wii, its sequel...
Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel - Metroid Prime Hunters
Hello folks, welcome to another edition of Box Art Brawl! In our final edition of 2022, we took a look at the GameCube remake of Hideo Kojima's stealth masterpiece: Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. As expected, the Yoji Shinkawa designed cover for the Euopean and Japanese variant took the lion's share of the vote with 78%. That said,...
News Rating For 'Ghost Trick' Has Been Spotted In Korea
Is the Phantom Detective coming back?
A rating for a game called 'Ghost Trick' has been spotted in Korea. Made by The Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea, the rating was filed on 24th August 2022 and accepted on 2nd September 2022, Gematsu reports. If you had a DS and loved detective games (or an iOS or Android), then your ears might...
Random Arctic Monkeys Song Potentially Makes Obscure DS City Builder Reference
I Bet That You Look Good On The Dual Screen
Sheffield-based rock band Arctic Monkeys have released their seventh studio album The Car today. This may have been something playing on the radio (or however the younguns listen to their music nowadays) here at NL Towers, but it's now on our radar for a totally different reason today — it apparently...
Random Original Resident Evil Actors Have Reunited After 26 Years
"Nooo! Don't gooo!"
Cast your mind back to 1996, you might remember the now-iconic opening cinematic for Capcom's Resident Evil, featuring the in-game S.T.A.R.S team in a live-action shoot (for Nintendo gamers specficially, you might have first encountered the cinematic in the 2006 DS release, Resident Evil: Deadly Silence). Even in the mid-'90s, it...
Video Our Video Producer Showcases His Top Five Rarest Games
Yes, "you know what" is one of them
A few months back, our delightful video producer Zion was challenged by Jon Cartwright from Good Vibe Games to showcase the top five rarest games in his collection. While he didn't get around to it right away (hey, we're a busy bunch, okay?) Zion has now fulfilled his oath and produced a new video showcasing the...
Video The Switch Desperately Needs This Nintendo DS Feature
We miss DS Download Play...
We love the Switch. It's a pretty neat piece of kit after all. But that doesn't mean we don't have issues with the console or think it could do with an update or two every so often. And we've come up with another improvement that we think would make multiplayer even easier. Who used Download Play on their DS or 3DS? We...
News Nintendo DS Firmware 'Prototype' Reveals System's Unique Boot Up Sound Effect
It even works on "real hardware"
Nintendo preservation website Forest of Illusion has managed to acquire another rare piece of gaming history. It's been able to archive a Japan prototype of the Nintendo DS X4 firmware - recovered from an X4 prototype unit. According to the source, "just about every aspect of this version is different from the final...
News Nintendo Says To Stop Using Its Wi-Fi USB Connector Due To Security Concerns
"Please switch to a commercially available network device"
Nintendo has taken to Twitter in Japan, warning customers to stop using the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector and the (Japan-only) Wi-Fi Network Adapter due to concerns over the users' safety. The two devices, released in 2005 and 2008 respectively, allowed users to establish a Wi-Fi connection...
Random See How The World's Biggest Working Nintendo DS Was Created
We've all heard of the phrase 'go big or go home,' right? Well YouTuber and all-round tech wizard, Bigrig Creates, seems to have fully embodied its message with his latest video in which he assembles the world's biggest Nintendo DS. Sharing the video on his YouTube channel, BigRig assembles the system's iconic dual screens by...
Soapbox Correcting A Horrifying 15-Year Mistake By Finally Playing Elite Beat Agents
They don’t make rhythm games as bizarre as they used to
Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they've got on their minds. Today, Lowell makes amends for a poor life choice and finally gets down with that funky, funky beat... Rewind with me all the way back to...
Random Turns Out Elite Beat Agents Predicted 'Nintendo Pictures' Years Ago
The Agents were right on the money
Having acquired Dynamo Pictures — the production company behind the Pikmin Short Movies — Nintendo recently announced its intention to rebrand, with the studio formally becoming 'Nintendo Pictures Co., Ltd.'. While the name change will be a surprise to many, eagle-eyed fans of Elite Beat Agents may have seen...
Random You Can Now Play The Excellent 3D Platformer 'Demon Turf' On The DS
Download via the game's Discord server
Demon Turf, released back in 2021, may have arrived on multiple platforms, but it's one of those games that just belongs on the Switch, right? It's got that 'Nintendo' flair and this was only solidified early in 2022 when the standalone expansion, Demon Turf: Neon Splash, released to rave reviews (including our...
News Rejoice, The Wii Shop Channel And DSi Shop Are Finally Back Up
After months of being down
Yes, your eyes aren't deceiving you — the Wii Shop Channel and DSi shop are finally accessible again after the two were suffering outages for months. The stores were first reported as offline back in March. Then, in May, GameXplain reached out to Nintendo, who stated that it had "nothing to announce", but thanks to
Memory Pak Becoming The Very Best In Black & White 2's Pokémon World Tournament
Like no one ever was...
Walking out into the arena of Pokémon Black & White 2’s Pokémon World Tournament (PWT) for the first time, I had chills. The lights were dimmed, the crowd was watching, and the commentary was introducing me – my character – as if I were some sort of celebrity. Well, sure, I’d saved Unova and become the Champion...
Feature Need More Turtles After Shredder's Revenge? You Should Check Out These Underrated TMNT Gems
Heroes in a handheld
Hopefully you’re all enjoying the absolutely tremendous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, the latest addition to the TMNT video gaming canon from Dotemu and Tribute games. We know we are. It’s another blistering action game in the tradition of Konami’s NES and SNES beat-’em-ups. And that’s great — we...
News You Can Now Hang Nintendo's Biggest-Selling Console On Your Wall
Don't feel bad, there are 154 million other ones out there
While old-school Nintendo gamers might feel the NES, SNES or Game Boy marked the zenith of the company's commercial powers, it's actually the Nintendo DS which holds the position of the Kyoto firm's most successful hardware release. The entire DS family has sold a staggering 154 million...
Video A Castlevania Game... With Pigs?
Welcome to our 'Game Joy' series!
Here at Nintendo Life, we love video games. Heck, we should do, right? What we love even more, though, is when we discover something that we've never come across before; whether it be a secret in a well-known game, a quirky glitch or trick, or even a completely unknown video game that we just happened to stumble...
News Nintendo Responds To Wii And DSi Shop Channel Outages
Update: Two months on it has "nothing to announce"
Update [Sat 21st May, 2022 18:05 BST]: Two months after the Wii and DSi Shop channel outages, YouTube channel GameXplain has now reached out to Nintendo to see if it could provide any more clarification about what's going on. Unfortunately, the new statement is that it's still got "nothing to...
Random Man Rescues "Abandoned" Nintendogs, Becomes Viral Sensation On TikTok
Update: See how the story ends
Update [Tue 17th May, 2022 01:30 BST]: TikTok user Ben 'bennypvideo' Pollard has now uploaded part four and part five (the final chapter) of this story. In the final part, he decides to rehome the dogs. You can see how the entire story unfolds on YouTube or watch the last segment below: Original story [Wed 4th May,...
Random Another Look At The Super Mario Galaxy DS Fan Project
A "short public demo" has also been released
Super Mario Galaxy is easily one of the best 3D Mario games and was a hit when it was originally released on the Wii in 2007. Have you ever wondered what it would look like if this game was made available on the Nintendo DS instead? While there's been hoaxes and more in the past, as you might recall -...
Random Build Your Own Nintendo DS With Joy-Cons And A Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
That's flippin' amazing!
We all remember the Nintendo DS fondly, right? The chunky grey thing that had two screens and let you play Super Mario 64 in the palm of your hands from day one? The handheld that brought us hundreds of classics such as Pokémon Black and White, Ghost Trick, Radiant Historia, and
News Metroid Prime Hunters Designer Would Love To See The Game Remade Today
"It would be great to see those guys at full resolution"
When you consider how beloved the Metroid series is, it's remarkable that more people don't talk about Metroid Prime Hunters. One of the key early titles for the Nintendo DS (a demo was memorably bundled with the console at launch), Hunters was a spin-off of a spin-off; it formed part of the...
Random Remember When Nintendo Tried To Sell The DS To Metal Heads?
Nintendo DS + heavy metal fans + open mic = amusing results
Nintendo has always has a reputation of being a family-friendly brand, right from the days of the NES when the firm would painstakingly censor many of its games to ensure there was zero chance of them causing offence. While the company's stance arguably softened during the GameCube years,...
News Fans Have Discovered A Neat Mario Party 3 Reference Hidden Inside Mario Party DS
A familiar tune
If you were lucky enough to have had a copy of Mario Party DS back in the day, you might well remember Toadette’s Music Room, one of the game's unique boards. What we're willing to bet you didn't know, however, is that the board actually contains a cool little easter egg relating to an older game in the series. Toadette’s Music...
Random Get Nostalgic For The Wii Days With Nintendo's E3 2006 Conference, Upscaled
Excite Truck ftw
While the last couple of E3s haven't been quite what we're used to for obvious reasons, it's the memories of glorious summers past which keep our enthusiasm for the event alive. Earlier this year we took a look at a handful of Nintendo's most iconic E3 moments, but researching for that article and rewatching Nintendo's conferences...
Talking Point New Super Mario Bros. Is 15 Years Old, And It's Still Fantastic
Celebrating Mario's big 2D comeback on its anniversary
It’s quite funny to consider that the highest-selling Nintendo DS game of all time - shifting in excess of 30 million copies worldwide – is still a title I’d consider to be under-rated. If anything, it’s respected as the formative entry in a divisive series that’s considered to never...
News Check Out This Never-Before-Seen Intro To BioWare's Now-Decanonized Sonic Brotherhood
Brothers in arms
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is over a decade old now, and represents a unique entry in the Sonic series. Developed by RPG specialists BioWare – responsible for the likes of Mass Effect and Dragon Age – Sonic Chronicles sadly never got a sequel. Now, video game animation expert and author Jonathan Cooper has shared...
News Gamers Vote Nintendo DS As The Console They'd Most Like To See Make A Modern Comeback
Do you agree?
If you could see the return of any classic video games console, what would you choose? That was the question put to 1,000 UK gamers in a recent study by Hyperoptic, all in a bid to see which system holds the highest nostalgia value. Sitting right at the very top of the votes is Nintendo's own DS, closely followed by both the...
News The Elusive McDonald's Nintendo DS Has Made Another Appearance Online
Full eSmart 2.0 manual shared for our viewing pleasure
There have been plenty of rare and elusive Nintendo consoles over the past few decades, either released as one-offs or under limited circumstances, and the 'McDonald's DS' is right up there as one of the more quirky system variants. You might know about it already – McDonald's-branded...
News The Top Ten Best-Selling Games For Wii U, 3DS, Wii And DS (As Of September 2021)
How many of these do you own?
We've already seen an updated list of the top ten best-selling Nintendo Switch games, but what about the good old Wii and Wii U, and even the DS and 3DS? Naturally, sales for games on these older systems aren't what they used to be, but some copies continue to be picked up thanks to digital stores or the odd bit of...
News Modders Are Reimagining Mario Kart: Double Dash On DS
Chunky DS sprite nostalgia
A few notable gaming systems have a look; for the Game Boy - as one example - that look is pea green. We also think the DS has a look, those chunky character models that are sort of like the N64 but not quite, and the fact that it had such an extraordinarily varied library with these aesthetics. DS mods of well known...
Random Check Out This Game Boy Color And Nintendo DS Mash-Up
We've seen plenty of cool retro mods over the years, but this latest effort from Game Boy Custom really stands out – mainly because it's fusing together a Game Boy Color with a Game Boy Advance and the internals of a Nintendo DS. Still with us? Good. The Aussie modder has sent a proof-of-concept prototype to our friends at Retro Dodo,...
News Did You Know That Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Borrows Its Most Ingenious Puzzle From Another Game?
Zelda: Phantom Hourglass was the first entry in the Zelda series to arrive on DS, and pleased a lot of people in the process. It's also home to one of the most memorable puzzles in the franchise, which (spoiler alert!) involves physically closing the DS console itself to transfer an image from the top screen to the bottom screen. This...
Random Someone's Transformed A Pokédex Toy Into A Fully-Working Nintendo DS
Complete with the original GBA slot
We've seen our fair share of clever hardware mods in our time, but here's a design that's so perfect we're amazed Nintendo and The Pokémon Company haven't already gone ahead and made one themselves. Instagram user @tomvdcr has transformed a Pokédex toy into a fully-functioning Nintendo DS, enabling it to play...
News Tomb Raider Team Shares Early Development Footage Of Tomb Raider: Legend For GBA And DS
Early concept art and storyboards, too
In an industry where early development footage, scrapped plans, and early concept art are usually only made public thanks to datamine efforts or questionable leaks, it's incredibly refreshing to be treated to some never-before-seen footage of a game in its early stages direct from the source itself. Yes, Tomb...
News Nintendo Gigaleak Reveals Scrapped DS Projects, Including A New Pokémon Pinball Game
And much more...
As you've likely seen this week, the Nintendo 'Gigaleak' dating back to last year has resurfaced. The second round of leaks over the past few days have revealed early Wii Remote concepts, confirmed
News BioWare Had Plans For A First-Person Mass Effect Game On Nintendo DS
But cartridge costs and sales forecasts got in the way
In 2012, Electronic Arts released BioWare's third entry in the Mass Effect series on the Wii U. While we've not seen Commander Shepard appear on a Nintendo platform since then, there were apparently plans prior to this for a spin-off on the Nintendo DS. Ex-BioWare producer, Mark Darrah,...
Random Fan Project Is Making Super Mario Galaxy DS A Reality
What sorcery is this?
Super Mario Galaxy is a classic, and certainly in the conversation when debating the best ever Mario games; it shone on its Wii debut, and more recently looked rather nice as part of the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection. Imagine, though, if it was playable on Nintendo DS. That's what a group of four talented homebrew...
Random We're Getting Major 'Nintendo DS' Vibes From Microsoft's Surface Duo Running Xbox Game Pass
This week, Microsoft pushed a new update to its Android-based Surface Duo which allows owners to run Xbox games via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. So far, 50 titles are available, but the really cool thing about this is that it effectively turns the Surface Duo into a Nintendo DS-style games console. The catch here is that the Duo...
Random Someone Is Trying To Recreate Counter-Strike On The Nintendo DS
If you were one of the many people enjoying PC gaming in the year 2000 (the same year we saw the release of Rare's Perfect Dark on the Nintendo 64), one of the titles you might have played is Valve's original online team-based FPS, Counter-Strike. Although this game never got released on a Nintendo platform, French YouTuber...
Random This Rare Accessory Lets You Play Modern Consoles Through Your Nintendo DS
4K, 120fps output has never looked so good
We've seen some pretty crazy console setups in our time, but we didn't expect to see an Xbox Series X running on a Nintendo DS when we woke up this morning. YouTube channel The Retro Future has shared a new video (above) that showcases Microsoft's latest machine – claimed by the company to be the world's...
PSA Yes, Your DS And 3DS Cartridges Will Eventually Deteriorate, But Don't Panic
Update: A possible fix appears...
In book preservation, processes are established and closely followed. Manuscripts and first editions are kept in carefully managed vault-like facilities, where humidity and access is carefully managed. There are also extensive projects to digitise these materials, creating permanent backups in cloud storage so that...
News Mistwalker Boss Not Interested In Reviving Studio's Older Games
Would rather "build something new"
Earlier this week, we heard how the mobile exclusive Fantasian could potentially be the last project for Final Fantasy creator and Mistwalker Boss, Hironobu Sakaguchi, before he steps back or at least takes a break. In the same interview with VGC, Sakaguchi was asked if his company would be up for remasters or...
The Nintendo DS is one of the most successful games consoles in the history of the industry, so as you might imagine, it's pretty well-stocked when it comes to RPGs. During its glorious lifespan, this dual-screen wonder played host to some of the best role-playing epics the genre has ever seen – and we've compiled a list...
Random This Unused DS Lite Feature Would've Effectively Turned The Console Into A Switch
Nintendo may have been planning the hybrid concept for over a decade
The Nintendo DS Lite was a necessary refinement back in 2006. Contributing to around 94 million of the DS family's 154 million sales, this slimline variant proved highly successful, but 15 years later, we didn't expect to still be finding out about unused features. Outlined by the...
News Did The Official Pokémon Twitter Account Just Tease A Diamond And Pearl Return?
"Let's go, Sinnoh!"
This weekend, on 27th February, the Pokémon series celebrates 25 years since the launch of the original Game Boy titles. There have already been rumours floating about and now the official Pokémon Twitter account seems to be joining in on the fun. It's currently doing a countdown featuring different generations of pocket...
News Footage Of The Cancelled Nintendo DS Game Black & White Surfaces Online
Presenting Black & White Creatures
Following on from the surprise leak of Dinosaur Planet last weekend, footage of the cancelled Nintendo DS project Black & White has now surfaced online. If the name doesn't ring a bell, this is a handheld entry of the god video game series created by the famous video game designer Peter Molyneux (Populous,...
News Nintendo Registers New Trademark For The Legend Of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Is it time to set sail again?
There's been a lot of talk about Nintendo potentially re-releasing a bunch of Link's older games in an All-Star style collection similar to the Mario one released last year, but Nintendo itself hasn't actually said a thing just yet about what it has planned for Zelda's big anniversary. Now though, we do have some news...
News A 2019 Rumour About Gen IV Pokémon Remakes Might Be Coming True
Could possibly include "let's go catching" mechanics
Next month marks 25 years since the release of the first Pokémon titles on the original Game Boy. One of the biggest rumours currently doing the rounds is the possible return of the 2006 Nintendo DS entries, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. It's believable enough when you look at the current timeline...
Rumour Pokémon Diamond And Pearl Remakes Will Be Revealed For Switch Next Month
Just in time for Pokémon's 25th anniversary
Next month, on 27th February, it will have been 25 years since the launch of the original Pokémon Game Boy titles. This also happens to line up with "Pokémon Day", and as usual, there'll likely be a special presentation to go with it. So what can trainers around the world possibly expect, if there are...
News Nintendo DS Platformer Monster Tale Is Making A Comeback On Modern Consoles
Years after an 'Ultimate' version was promised
Majesco Entertainment has announced that it will be giving Nintendo DS platformer Monster Tale a fresh spin on current hardware. Currently only teased for "modern game platforms" – although, you'd imagine Switch is a safe bet with the original being a Nintendo exclusive – Monster Tale will be...
News NPD: Switch Sold More Units In Q3 2020 Than Any Platform Since The DS In Q3 2009 (US)
It's been another massive year for the Switch. Last week, Nintendo's latest financial earnings report revealed how the hybrid system had shifted 12.53 million units worldwide in six months between April and September this year. We've now got even more good news to share about the system. According to NPD's video game industry analyst,...
Random Did You Know Mario Kart DS Loads Differently Depending On Your Chosen Console?
Well, here's an interesting little fact for you: Mario Kart DS actually behaves slightly differently depending on which Nintendo DS system you use to play it on. The DS classic, which has now been available for almost 15 years, features a different loading sequence if you play the game on an original Nintendo DS system, rather than any...
News The Top Ten Best-Selling Games For Wii U, 3DS, Wii And DS (As Of September 2020)
Mario Kart still reigns supreme
Earlier today, we shared an updated list of the top ten best-selling Nintendo Switch games of all time, but how are the likes of the Wii U and 3DS doing, and even the Wii and DS before those? Well, it just so happens that Nintendo has also provided up-to-date figures for its best-selling games on those platforms. As...
Poll Box Art Brawl: Duel #63 - Advance Wars: Dual Strike
What is it good for?
Welcome to Box Art Brawl, the contest which pits regional box art variants from across the globe against each other in a deadly duel to the death. Well, not really — you just vote for your favourite, like. It's a bit of fun, see? Last time we witnessed Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest give itself a sound thrashing as...
Random Zelda Fan Pens Heartwarming Message To The Person Who Bought Their Beloved DS
"I got this DS as a birthday gift when I was 10"
One of the really wonderful things about handheld gaming is the tangible connection the player makes with the console. Sure, home systems have iconic controllers we learn to love, but with a handheld, the entire system is in the palm of your hand – and the fact you can take it with you everywhere...
News Nintendo Applies For Pokémon HeartGold And SoulSilver Trademarks, But Don't Get Your Hopes Up
A wild trademark appeared!
Nintendo has applied for Pokémon HeartGold And SoulSilver trademarks in its home country of Japan, reports Japanese Nintendo. Both trademarks are said to cover 50 different types of products and services – including video games, as you might expect. The trademarks were filed on 7th September 2020, with both...
Anniversary Pokémon Black And White Are Now 10 Years Old
We're ready to return to Unova
This week marks the 10 year anniversary of Pokémon Black and White on the Nintendo DS (aka the fifth generation of Pokémon games). Both titles were originally released on 18th September 2010 in Japan - with the western launch following in March 2011. These entries were some of the top-selling games on the DS,...
Random eBay User Makes Small Fortune Selling Old Pokémon Game Boxes And Manuals In 'Good' Condition
"Games not included"
Want to make some easy money, but don't want to part with your precious video games? Well, at least not entirely. Then just sell the boxes and manuals separately. They don't even need to be in top condition. An eBay user, located in the US, has just banked $1375.00 selling an assorted bunch of Pokémon boxes and manuals dating...
Guide 50 Best Nintendo DS Games Of All Time
As voted for by you
This ranked reader-voted list of the 50 best Nintendo DS games is governed by Nintendo Life User Ratings and can change depending on those scores. Feel free to rate your favourites and, perhaps, rejig the ranking below. Enjoy! One of the joys of Nintendo's Switch is how it marries the company's home console heritage with its...
Random In Japan, You Can Buy A Nintendo Wii For 50 Cents
And DS consoles are under a dollar
The Wii and DS were phenomenally successful consoles, selling over 250 million units between them worldwide. That's great news when a system is 'alive' and still getting new games, but when it's a decade down the line, the software has dried up (well, almost dried up) and
News Someone Bought A Duke Nukem Prototype For Nintendo DS On eBay
Dev cart of a previously unknown game
If you're anything like us, you may well peruse eBay every so often in the hopes of picking up a cheeky bargain. Complete-In-Box copy of Wave Race 64 starting at 99p, eh? That's got to be worth a speculative bid, no? However, it's rare that anything we bid on doesn't get sniped at the last minute, and even the...
News The Top Ten Best-Selling Games For Wii U, 3DS, Wii And DS (As Of March 2020)
Did someone say Mario Kart?
We've already received an updated list of the top ten best-selling Nintendo Switch games today, but how about the 3DS, the Wii U, and even the Wii and DS? Well, as it happens, Nintendo has also provided updated lists for each of these consoles, and while the standings below have seen very little change over the past few...
Video Magician's Quest - The Animal Crossing Clone You've Probably Never Heard Of
Harry Potter meets Animal Crossing?
If you’ve played an Animal Crossing game, we bet you’d probably agree that there’s nothing else out there truly like it. From the way you can interact with the animal villagers to the way the game syncs up to the internal clock in your system to make the wild world that much more immersive, it’s truly a...
News You Can Now Stream Songs From Pokémon Mystery Dungeon's OST For Free On YouTube
A very welcome surprise
In what is a very unusual move from The Pokémon Company, a selection of music from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team has been shared to YouTube for free streaming. The uploads are almost certainly in place to celebrate the recent launch of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon:...
Video Fan Beats Pokémon Platinum Without Taking Any Damage
After more than 138 hours' playtime
Beating Pokémon games might feel a little easier to accomplish these days, but fans have been coming up with ways to make each game tougher for years. The latest intriguing attempt to catch our attention is this one by Smallant1, who decided to try and complete Pokémon Platinum without taking any damage. Now,...
News New Gen 4 Pokémon Leak Supposedly Shows Lots Of Scrapped Gender Differences
Almost every 'mon redesigned
If the contents of this recent Pokémon leak are to be believed, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl - and every game thereafter - could have been very different indeed. Dr. Lava, known for sharing and dissecting cut content from a wide variety of Nintendo games, has shared an article exploring a supposed leak that first...
News Solatorobo Developer Open To The Idea Of Remaking Nintendo DS Exclusive
"the possibility is there"
Reflect on the Nintendo DS generation and you might remember the system exclusive Solatorobo: Red the Hunter. The action-RPG by CyberConnect2 was well-received across all regions but only sold around 100,000 copies worldwide. Is there a chance of the game ever getting a remake, though? CyberConnect2 boss Hiroshi Matsuyama...
Music Pokémon Diamond And Pearl Are Getting A Fanmade Orchestral Makeover
A Gen 4 remake at last!
For years now, Pokémon fans have been desperately hoping for a remake of the series' fourth generation games, Diamond and Pearl. While we can't offer you that, we do have news of the next best thing. Pokémon fan and musical marvel Braxton Burks is back with another orchestral take on the beloved franchise, this time with a...
News The Top Ten Best-Selling Games For Wii U, 3DS, Wii And DS (As Of September 2019)
People really love Mario Kart
Earlier today, a new earnings report from Nintendo revealed an updated list of the top ten best-selling Nintendo Switch games, but what about the 3DS, the Wii U, and even consoles earlier than those? As part of the report, Nintendo has also provided updated figures for these older systems, and while software sales for...
News Decade-Old DS Game Dragon Quest V Re-Entered The Japanese Charts This Week
Almost 2,000 copies were sold
Despite being just over ten years old (or way older than that when you consider its original release on the Super Famicom), Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride managed to leap right up into the top 30 best-selling games in Japan this week. The game sold 1,905 copies to make it into 28th position, and as you can...
Reminder Vote For Your Favourite Nintendo DS Games
We need your help to rate the finest Dual Screen games
Update: A big thank you to everybody who has already voted when this went live over the weekend - to anyone who missed it, feel free to dive in below and help us rank the top 50 Nintendo DS games ever. Carry on! Later this year we'll be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Nintendo DS, a...
Video Explore The Musical History Of The Elite Beat Agents
Agents are... GOne?
If you have fond memories of the Elite Beat Agents or are yet to discover the delights of this male cheerleader series which was localised in 2006, the latest 'Did You Know Gaming?' video by Nintendo Life contributor Liam Robertson is definitely worth a watch. Over roughly half an hour, Robertson investigates the entire history...
Random Flip Grip Inventor Creates "New Nintendo Switch DS"
What will he think of next?
Shmup enthusiasts will no doubt remember the Flip Grip – a vertical grip accessory designed for the Switch and launched on Kickstarter in June last year. The product made TATE-enabled games an absolute joy to play. At the end of last month, the engineer behind this creation – Mike "Mechachoi" Choi – also came up...
News The Top 10 Best-Selling Games For Wii U, 3DS, Wii And Nintendo DS (As Of March 2019)
Spoiler: there's a lot of Mario Kart
So, we've seen Nintendo's latest sales totals for the best-selling Switch games, but what about the company's other most recent consoles? Naturally, sales for games on these systems are rapidly slowing down as new copies start to fade away from retail stores. In fact, the totals for Nintendo DS haven't changed...
News Nintendo Removes Seventh Generation Games From Its Official Website
Wii U information page also taken down
Nintendo's American website has today removed all traces of certain video game generations. To be precise, there are no longer game listings for Wii, WiiWare, DS and DSiWare. The Wii U information page has also been removed. It means you'll have to look elsewhere if you're wanting more information about these...
Random Rocco The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Gives A Whole New Meaning To 'Nintendogs'
Don't try this at home
We all used to love a bit of Nintendogs on the Nintendo DS back in the day, looking after our favourite digital doggos while they bounced around the screen in pure joy, but this story gives the word 'Nintendog' a whole new meaning. STV News has shared the story of Rocco, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who was taken to a...
News US Government Spices Up Its Flash Game With Yoshi's Island DS Music
Uncle Sam's a Yoshi fan
Where would Mario be without Yoshi, his trusty steed ever since Super Mario World? We're big fans of the dinosaur's work, and can't wait to raid the art room in the upcoming Yoshi's Crafted World. It seems somebody working for the US government is also a fan; as noted on Twitter by The Fore
News Here Are The Top 10 Best-Selling Games For Wii U, 3DS, Wii And Nintendo DS (As Of September 2018)
Four lists, forty great games
While much of the attention has unsurprisingly been given to the Switch, Nintendo's recent avalanche of financial data has also given us an updated look at sales across other recent systems. We wouldn't blame you for thinking that these consoles mustn't generate any software sales these days, but with Mario Kart Wii...
Random Father Steals "Gameboy DS" From Prize Machine With Help Of His Daughter
Role model parenting
You know those arcade machines filled with expensive prizes that require you to complete some seemingly impossible task? Well, a man in the US got so sick of trying to beat the odds, he got his own daughter to hop inside his local mall's machine to retrieve all of the goodies on offer. According to Kotaku, the man is now wanted...
News Nihon Falcom Dealt With "Online Flaming" For Years Because It Didn't Release Games On Nintendo DS
During a recent interview with DenFamiNicoGamer, the president of Nihom Falcom - Toshihiro Kondo - revealed how the company has dealt with “online flaming” for many years due to the misconception the Japanese developer did not like Nintendo. Even prior to the release of Ys VIII on the Nintendo Switch, the president...
Video Let's Revel in Nintendo's Best E3 Moments from History
It's mostly 2004, we're not going to lie
Nintendo has had a mixed bag of E3 moments. High and low points are to be expected, and as we've already looked at some of the more embarrassing instances, we thought in the run up to E3 2018 it was time to take a more positive look at things, to bring balance to the universe in an arguably more constructive...
Feature How One Man Is Turning Dead DS Lites Into Gorgeous Game Boy Advance Systems
Say hello to the Neon Advance
Humanity has been troubled by many great questions during its time on Earth. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Where do all those bloody odd socks go? However, none of these perplexing quandaries is more troubling than the ultimate question: which is the best Nintendo handheld for playing Game Boy Advance...
News Jin Fujisawa, The Director Of Dragon Quest IX, Leaves Square Enix
He's now working for a different, undisclosed firm
One of the Dragon Quest franchise's most influential developers has parted ways with the publisher. Jin Fujisawa, who worked on nine entries on the series (from Dragon Quest VII on PS1 to Dragon Quest X Online) has moved onto pastures new and is now working with a different company on an...
News The Creator Of Seaman Worked On A DS Title Called Mario Motors
He also provided the inspiration for StreetPass
Yutaka "Yoot" Saito is one of Japan's most unique game designers, having creating titles such as Seaman and Odama. Over the years he has enjoyed a close relationship with Nintendo, and was on very friendly terms with the late Satoru Iwata. Speaking at Reboot Develop 2018, Saito revealed...
News Nintendo's Response To Blind Rhythm Heaven Fan Will Warm Even The Coldest Of Hearts
"I will always support you, Nintendo"
Japanese boy Hibiki Sakai was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in both eyes at the age of one and a half, and following the surgical procedures necessary to save his life has been completely blind since the age of two. That hasn't stopped him indulging in many passions; he's a talented drummer and, like many...
Retrospective The Awkward Birth of the DS, Nintendo's Most Successful System
How a third pillar became a golden goose
With 154.02 million consoles sold to date, the Nintendo DS is the company's most successful hardware platform, the world's best-selling dedicated handheld games console and the second most popular video games system of all time. Not a bad set of achievements for a handheld which, prior to launch, was debated,...
News Atlus Launches a Teaser Site Hinting at a New Radiant Historia
Relatively late in the life of the Nintendo DS, Atlus released a fascinating RPG called Radiant Historia which was quite well received. Borrowing heavily from Chrono Trigger, Radiant Historia similarly revolved around time travel, with the main draw being that you could travel along the timeline and cause different effects which resulted...
Retro Check Out These Early Prototype Pictures of the Nintendo DS
The start of a new era
The Nintendo DS represented a bold new direction for Nintendo, kicking off an extremely lucrative period for the company's handheld line; this "third pillar" to Nintendo's strategy wasn't originally supposed to replace the Game Boy line, but it ended up doing so anyway. The original "Phat" model was rather hideous in...
News EA Had Plans To Create Its Own Pokémon Competitor
Even long before Pokémon GO, rival games companies looked on enviously at the Pokémon franchise and wanted to get a slice of the action for themselves. Who can forget Invizimals on the Sony PSP? OK, bad example! Australian indie developer Nic Watt, from Nnooo which has published multiple Nintendo eShop titles, recently revealed on the...
News Super Mario 64 DS Heading to the North American Wii U Virtual Console This Week
As is now the norm, Nintendo has updated its official website with one of the games that's coming in the North American Download Update - this time around it's Super Mario 64 DS on the Wii U Virtual Console. Regular NL tipster Ryan Millar got in touch earlier today to highlight an ESRB rating for this title, and sure enough its game page now...
Review Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Wii U eShop / DS)
New features and more circle-capture adventures
The Oblivia region has tidy beaches, clear seas and lots of sunshine; it's a pleasant place to be whether a human or one of the many free-roaming Pokémon. Things have changed recently, however, with many Pokémon abducted by a villainous gang known as the Pokémon Pinchers (no, really) and it's up to...
News Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Treble Heading to the North American eShop This Week
GBA and DS goodness
Nintendo of America has confirmed that there's plenty of Pokémon goodness on the way in this week's Download Update on 23rd June; three releases are coming to the Wii U Virtual Console. The three games due will give Pokémon spin-off fans plenty to do, with a mix of GBA and DS gaming on the home console: Pokémon Mystery...
Review Mario Hoops 3 on 3 (Wii U eShop / DS)
Going for a slam dunk
From his first venture into Karting through to competing in the Olympics, Mario has been spending plenty of time taking part in activities other than Princess saving. In 2007 (European release) Mario and his mates tried their hands at shooting a few hoops on Nintendo DS in Mario Slam Basketball (aka Mario Hoops 3-on-3 in the...
News The CEO of Level-5 Had a Hand in Dragon Quest IX Appearing on the DS
Who would've thought?
The Professor Layton series made its grand entrance on the Nintendo DS and quickly made a name for itself as one of the great franchises on the portable. Of course, the widespread sales success of the DS likely had a hand in propelling the series to popularity, so there was something of a mutually beneficial relationship...
Anniversary New Super Mario Bros. is Now a Decade Old
Forever 'New' thanks to clever (or not) branding
When you put 'New' in the name of something, it's inevitable that around a decade later someone will smarmily say "it's not new any more", and you just have to accept that putting an adjective like that in a name isn't a long term solution. Yet, when New Super Mario Bros. was released on DS it was...