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  • Video Remembering 10 Years Of Wii U

    Looking back on the console's launch and legacy

    The Wii U is now ten years old. Crazy, right? The successor to the WIi launched back in November 2012 to - shall we say - lukewarm reception. Nevertheless, for fans of Nintendo, it remains a quaint and beloved entry to the company's console line-up, introducing the likes of Splatoon, Xenoblade...









  • Feature Game Of The Decade Staff Picks - Splatoon


    Following on from our reader-voted Top 50 Games of the Decade, Nintendo Life staff members will be picking their personal favourite Nintendo games between the years 2010-2019. Today, Alex recalls the growing pains of his first major step into his career, and how one squid and/or kid-based shooter made all the difference... “These controls...







  • News Nintendo Reveals Splatoon’s Original Prototypes At GDC

    How different things could’ve been

    Splatoon is the most notable new IP to come out of Nintendo in recent times, blending ink-blasting action with a bizarre sense of style to make for a memorable experience that’s unlike any other. Of course, the project was a long time coming, and went through numerous iterations and prototypes before arriving...



  • Feature Take A Look At The Awesome NES Splatoon We Never Got To Play

    "I caught them when they were probably very busy finishing the game"

    Splatoon is fantastic in 3D, but what exactly would it look like in 2D? That's what former Vitei (Steel Diver, Tank Troopers) staffer Nathan Heckel pondered last year. "While I was at Vitei wrapping up work on Tank Troopers as a gameplay programmer, I wanted to start my...


  • News Nintendo Is Ending SplatNet for Splatoon Next Month

    Don’t worry, the game servers will still be up

    Splatoon was a landmark moment for Nintendo, marking its first major online multiplayer focused game and in a new genre for the company, too. The game was a smash hit (or at least as much as one could be on Wii U), but it’s been inevitable since day one that this online game would eventually see a...




  • News The Splatoon U.S. Inkling Open Has a Trip to E3 Up for Grabs

    Splatting it old school

    A lot of the talk in the past week has been around Splatoon 2, but let's not forget that the original Splatoon is still very much active and a hoot to play. Now Nintendo of America has teamed up with Battlefy to promote an online tournament in the original with a cool prize - a trip for four to this year's E3. Battlefy is a...

  • News ESL Go4Splatoon Europe Grand Final to be Broadcast Live on 1st April

    Splatoon 2 exhibition match also confirmed

    Over a number of months Nintendo has been teamed up with ESL in a search for the best Splatoon team in Europe, a contest designed to boost the eSports credentials and popularity of the IP. There have been monthly events and contests at expos, and now we're gearing up for the grand final in Paris in which...




  • News Splatoon Showdown Series On the Way in North America

    Battlefy hosts an online spin on eSports

    It's evident that Nintendo is eager to make steps into eSports. We've seen the company improve its support for the Super Smash Bros. and Pokkén Tournament scenes, and the recent Nintendo Switch preview trailer featured a Splatoon-centric competitive scenario at the end. It's a growing industry, and Nintendo...

  • News Splatoon Producer Reflects on the Game's Popularity

    A successfully launched IP

    When Splatoon was announced at E3 2014, the game seemed to have been met with warm reception. Though there were some concerns over how online play would be handled, the game represented a refreshing new idea from Nintendo, and seemed like it would be an ideal killer app for the struggling Wii U. Now, nearly a year and a...


  • News Splatoon Version 2.12 is Now Live

    Splatting those pesky bugs

    Though the online community for Splatoon is still going strong, it's safe to say that the game has passed its prime. It got its last hurrah with the release of the new Callie and Marie amiibo this summer, and now that Splatfests are over, it seems that Nintendo has moved on (hopefully to make the sequel). That being said,...

  • News ESL Go4Splatoon Tournament Winners Will Get A Nintendo NX Console

    The ultimate splatfest

    This Sunday sees the start of the ESL Go4Splatoon Tournament, a six-month event which will end in a 2017 grand final to decide Europe's best Splatoon team. As if being recognised as one of the best Splatoon players in the world wasn't enough, the overall winners of this tournament will each receive a shiny new Nintendo NX...


  • Reminder The Splatoon Summer Testfire Demo is Now Live

    If you're yet to ink in a purchase

    We suspect that most with an interest in Splatoon bought it long ago, yet Nintendo is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to get as many Wii U owners as possible on board. A little while ago we shared the news that the Splatoon Testfire demo is returning for a Summer fling, so here's a reminder that it's live...

  • News Nintendo And ESL Team Up For Splatoon Online Tournaments In Europe

    Prep those paint rollers once more

    If you were sad about Splatoon Splatfest events coming to an end, then we have some good news for you - if you live in Europe, that is. Nintendo have teamed up with ESL, the world's largest esports company, to bring 6 months of Splatoon online tournaments for Euro gamers. At gamescom in Cologne, the top four...

  • News The Splatoon Testfire Demo is Coming Back for a Summer Fling

    Another push for the inky shooter

    Who remembers the Splatoon Testfire Demo? Released ahead of the main game, it gave eager fans an early look at the game's online play, while the timed windows gave Nintendo the opportunity to stress-test its servers. Surprising, the Testfire Demo is back, with multiple sessions planned during 25th to 28th August,...

  • Feature Ten Ideal Launch Year Nintendo NX Games

    In one writer's humble opinion, at least

    Just recently we ran a poll asking you which Nintendo games / franchises you'd like to see in the NX launch window, assuming that to be a period of around six months. Plenty of you pitched in, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a 3D Mario title being the leaders, with a new Metroid Prime title...