But is Nintendo missing a trick here?
'Convergence' is a word that has often been mentioned when it comes to consumer tech, and we've seen firsthand how it can manifest itself; the smartphone that many of you will be reading these words on right now is a wonder of convergence, as it has made the camera, PDA, MP3 player and (for some people) portable...
Mario Kart Wii amazingly makes the list
Retailing giant Amazon has shared a list of the 100 best-selling products under its 'Video Games' category throughout 2018 in the US. Nintendo has an impressively large presence in the list overall, even managing to snag the number one spot. While this list obviously only covers this one particular store,...
French buyers must look elsewhere
It would appear that Nintendo has refused future stock shipments to Amazon France following a number of disagreements over product pricing, meaning customers must now buy their Switch consoles from third-party sellers or shop elsewhere. The French retailer no longer has any stock of the Switch in any variant...
Making the most of it
If you're a regular user of Amazon.com - specifically the US variant of the site - you'll likely be aware that a 20% discount offer automatically applies to any video games pre-ordered with a Prime account. You might also be aware that this discount offer will soon be discontinued, with any orders placed after 28th August being...
In for a penny, in for a - erm hang on
If you're a regular Nintendo eShop visitor, you'll no doubt be aware that countless demos litter the Switch's digital store's pages offering a free taste of a healthy selection of games. These demos act as a way for players to understand what the game is about and, essentially, whether or not they want to part...
Amazon Prime Day kicks off today, giving buyers a whole day (and a half) to grab some crazy deals on the latest and greatest products - usually including lots of gaming goodies. The UK version of Amazon Prime Day started earlier on today - with two Nintendo Switch bundles and lots of games and accessories on offer - so we're hopeful...
Switch bundles, games and Micro SD cards on offer
Love it or loathe it, Amazon Prime Day starts in the UK today at 12 noon and offers a day (and a half) of epic deals for Prime subscribers. If you're in the market for picking up a Nintendo Switch bundle then you're definitely in luck today as two deals are set to go live at 12 noon in the UK. One...
Say it isn't so
A while ago we heard the news that Dark Souls: Remastered - along with that lovely Solaire amiibo - would be delayed on Switch. The game has now been and gone on other platforms and we're still yet to hear anything about the Nintendo version, but retailer Amazon has now taken things to a whole new level. As this tweet below shows -...
We won't dwell too long on the fact that the Virtual Console isn't part of Nintendo's plans for Switch, but the desire for retro games on the console remains as high as ever - which is why the news that a Game Boy game is coming to the system is such big news for the wears of rose-tinted specs. However, before you get too excited,...
The path less travelled?
In the absence of official release dates we often rely on retailer listings to get an idea of when a particular title is launching, and while many of these are usually incorrect guesses, Amazon - by and large - gets things right most of the time. That's why we're willing to believe that a recent listing for Project...
Fill your boots
Amazon has launched a dedicated Pokémon channel for Prime subscribers which grants access to TV shows and movies. At launch the channel offers seasons 2 though to 5 and 10 through to 16. There's also a selection of movies, including Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2006), Pokemon 3: The Movie (2001)...
Did you get the right Mario Kart under your tree?
Christmas 2017 was a bumper one for Nintendo, with the Switch - and its software - selling impressively. However, it would seem that older Nintendo games have benefited from the increased exposure, as Mario Kart Wii - which is almost a decade old - made Amazon's top 100 video game best seller
There's even a Wii U game in there!
Amazon has released its 2017 video game best sellers list and the top three titles are all on Switch, amazingly. Super Mario Odyssey is number one, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Zelda: Breath of the Wild following up in second and third position respectively. Elsewhere, Splatoon 2 is number 7 while
Retail and download price match
Super Mario Odyssey for Switch is not far away now; it's hard to imagine but on 27th October the game will be out in the wild. While collecting the physical version of the game will be nice (who doesn't want this box on their gaming shelf?) - changing the cart in your Switch won't be as much fun. Given that Super...
Then promptly pulls it
Amazon's Spanish site has set chins wagging by posting a listing for Fire Emblem Fates Complete Edition on the Switch, with a proposed release date of November 17th. The listing - which has since been removed - certainly looked legit, and even featured a gorgeous cover. The trouble is, the cover was quickly revealed to be a...
Handful of deals for your consideration
So, unless you've been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you'll probably have heard that it is Amazon Prime Day today. Now in its third year, this is the day when the online retail giant offers you even "greater savings than you might find on Black Friday" - at least that's what they claim. ...
You just need to be a Prime member
If you are based in the US and have been struggling to find a Nintendo Switch, then you might want to be quick to hop on this Amazon deal. If you are a Prime customer you can pick one up today for $299.99, but you'll have to like gray joy-con, as the Neon model is much more expensive. If you are not a Prime...
...with a 2030 release date
Does Amazon know something we don't? The online retailer has listed Pokémon Stars for Nintendo Switch, a title was previously rumoured to be coming to the console. Many expected the recent
While Splatoon has been a success for Nintendo in the Western world, with strong sales on the Wii U and lots of anticipation for the upcoming release of Splatoon 2 on the Switch, it's fair to say Japan has gone absolutely crazy for the franchise, even prompting a Splatoon manga serialisation. This Japanese love for the squid-themed...
Boost that storage
As is the norm with Nintendo hardware, the Switch has enough internal memory for a decent number of Indie downloads and one or two retail games, but it can fill up quickly. Those looking for affordable storage upgrades may be interested in some limited period deals on Amazon, as they should help keep download fans well stocked for...
Pushed back to the end of the year
It looks like Switch racer Redout has been hit with a delay, as retailer Amazon has pushed its release date back to the end of the year. The game was scheduled for a Q2 release but we've not heard anything else since the launch of the console. Amazon now lists the North American release date as December 29th.
Retailer refunding the cost of replacements
Update: Since this report went live we've been told of several other cases. These were all offered the same refund - the price of a new pair of Joy-Cons - but replacement systems were offered initially; each person turned this option down due to lack of available stock. A 15 percent refund - around £40 -...
Stranger Things could happen
One of the key features that some Nintendo Switch owners would like to see is the inclusion of apps for their favourite streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. While the Wii U supports a whole host of these now, the apps appeared over time as and when Nintendo could work this out with the various...
UPDATE: Amazon now cancelling orders
UPDATE #2: Amazon is now sending out emails saying the digital price was incorrect and that orders are now cancelled: The price for 1-2 Switch (ASIN: B06WP39XBN) was displayed incorrectly when you placed your order XXXXXXXXXXXXX. Despite our best efforts, with the millions of items available on our website,...
Oh la vache!
When it comes to Nintendo Switch there's been a fair amount of hype, but also some question marks over the ideal pricing to truly get it flying off shelves. Early pre-order allocations have been selling out in various territories, but in some countries the system still isn't too hard to find. In fact, it seems that Amazon France is...
Don't miss out to the eBay scalpers!
The Nintendo Switch is going to be released on the 3rd of March in North America and Europe, and preorders are now beginning to open. We're fully expecting it to sell out at launch, so do yourself a favour and slap in a preorder today so you can avoid lining the pockets of eBay scalpers later. We've rounded up...
Christmas might be saved
The saga surrounding NES Classic Mini stock shortages continues as many have resorted to paying over the odds to scalpers on eBay to secure a unit before Christmas. However it appears from a recent tweet by Amazon US that lucky American customers might get another chance to buy one at MSRP: What we have learnt about these...
Gotta pre-order em all
This article was originally published on 1st November, and with release now just one week away in North America (and slightly longer in Europe) we thought we'd share it with you once again. In case you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you'll most likely be aware that Pokémon Sun and Moon will finally be...
Very limited quantities at Amazon US
We have to admit it, we're a tiny bit in love with the NES Classic Edition, and so far it seems to have been a smash hit for Nintendo with preorders filling up almost immediately. If you live in North America and missed out on a preorder (there weren't many), there is no need to despair. Amazon US says it has...
Shoppers seem happy on the whole
Despite the fact that the upcoming Nintendo Switch was only revealed yesterday and won't go on sale until March 2017, that hasn't stopped Amazon UK customers from having their say on the site's Nintendo Switch landing page, where you can currently only register for an email when it becomes available for pre-order...
Grab yourself a bargain
Everyone loves a good bargain, so we've rounded up some of the hottest pre-orders and deals of the week for your consideration. For the sake of simplicity we've used Amazon for listing pre-orders, simply because they serve both the UK and US; this time around we're focused on those two countries, though we'll try to look...
Now you're carrying with power!
The upcoming Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is already about as retro as retro can be, but if you want to take things to the next level you'll need a carrying case. No self respecting gamer in the late '80s would have been caught transporting their beloved consoles without adequate protection...
Amazon UK has put pre-orders live for the four new Zelda-themed amiibo figures which launch later this year. The Legend of Zelda amiibo collection includes Ocarina of Time Link, Wind Waker Link, Wind Waker Zelda and the "classic" Link
When the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System was announced - called Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition in North America - it caused quite a stir. Its cute form-factor (it can fit in the palm of a hand) and pre-installed list of 30 games got gamers of various kinds rather excited. As pre-orders are live...
Save up that cash now
EGX 2016 takes place between the 22nd and 25th of September at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, and if you're attending then you'll be pleased to know that your retail needs during those four days will be fulfilled by online giant Amazon - so bring plenty of pennies, basically. Thanks to the new deal, attendees "will have the...
A bit hard to read though...
Infographics. Ah, the marketing of the Gods, where nice art assets are aligned with some quirky facts and details. They're rather popular, which is why large companies task employees with creating them on a regular basis. Despite a rather peculiar and sketchy history with Amazon, the retail giant, Nintendo of America...
20% off pre-orders and new games in the US
In an increasingly tough retail market, both online and on the high street, big brands are continually switching up their methods to win our custom. Some just shoot for the lowest prices, others prioritise rapid delivery, or special editions may be the focus - the most successful retailers blend all three...
Now, if only Amazon US stocked the system properly
We're not sure what the 'thing' is between Nintendo of America and Amazon US, but the retailer in the region primarily sells Wii U hardware through third-party vendors, often at bizarre prices compared to other stores. Games are stocked and sold by Amazon, but not the systems directly; it's a...
Friday's the day
Though amiibo can still be tricky to obtain, a number of retailers have been improving the way they sell the cheeky little figures over the past few months. With first-come-first-served policies that avoid pre-orders, 1-per-limit customers and other ideas, it's generally a better process to get hold of the toys. Amazon has been one...
"Seamless redemption experience" promised
Online retailer Amazon is now offering digital downloads of "over 50 Nintendo digital game titles" which can be downloaded directly to your 3DS or Wii U console using a "seamless redemption experience". It works like this. You purchase the game on Amazon as you would normally, and then link your Nintendo...
2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern
Whether you're an amiibo collector going for the full set or a Kid Icarus fan in North America with a bit of spare cash, you'll need to get yourself to your Amazon account today. As announced earlier this week, Amazon is running a timed order window to give eager fans the best chance of getting hold of the Palutena amiibo,...
Now it's time to fight! (Over stock)
Double check that internet connection, sort out your Amazon login details - a date and time has been given for the Palutena amiibo going on sale in North America. As previously reported, Palutena and Dark Pit are retailer exclusives in the region. Dark Pit is a Best Buy exclusive and will only be available in...
Those cheeky scamps
If you're not a Reddit regular it can be a slightly baffling place, but it's an important home for plenty of serious gaming fans. That applies to amiibo enthusiasts, of course, and Amazon is using the platform to tease an announcement related to the figurines for Monday 13th July. The following message and image was posted by...
Our salt is ready
Rumours are always around with Nintendo, and as E3 taught us (again) it's a case of picking the sources you trust carefully. While not right on everything, Revogamers has been on the ball with rumours occasionally in the past, so with a bucket of salt handy it's worth considering what it has to say. The site's latest dollop of...
Pre-orders opening soon
Yesterday Nintendo hosted a pretty action-packed Nintendo Direct, followed by a really entertaining Treehouse session solely based around the forthcoming Wii U title Splatoon. This Nintendo Direct was absolutely bursting with amiibo fun. With a brand new wave of arriving later this year and the first images of a
"Our supplier has informed us that this item is no longer available"
Amazon UK is cancelling orders for the Wii U GameCube Adapter due to a reported lack of stock. We've had multiple reports of this happening to buyers in the UK, with our own Anthony Dickens receiving the exact same notification from the online retailer. The email reads as...
There's even a Smash Bros. deal
Back in November 2012 we had a few debates in Nintendo Life HQ around the merits of the Basic (8GB) and Premium / Deluxe (32GB) Wii U models. With just 3GB of that white system's memory surviving a launch day update it seemed downright pointless to buy a system with such a small amount of space, as it made a hard...
Being published by Bandai Namco, for some unknown reason
ZombiU 2 isn't happening for several reasons, the first being that the original game — while providing a superb demonstration of the Wii U's potential as well as many excellent jump-scares — didn't sell particularly well. With Watch Dogs looking like Ubisoft's last truly seriou
Amazon Wii U pre-orders jump more than for PS4 and Xbox One games
While Sony and Microsoft provided live press conferences and a sustained bombardment of news, interviews and reveals during last week's Gamescom event in Germany, Nintendo of Europe adopted its usual strategy of focusing on its booth and some online promotion. Its most notable effort...
Over 700 episodes across 16 seasons!
Pokémon TV, which débuted on iOS and Android platforms in 2013, is available on Amazon's Kindle Fire devices as of today. The app allows Pokémon fans to catch up on over 700 episodes of the popular anime series starring Ash Ketchum and his perpetual Poké-pal Pikachu. It comes as no surprise that Pokémon TV...
You can win if you dare?
While it's always worth taking listings on Amazon with a pinch of salt, when one comes out of the blue — and appears on multiple platforms to boot — there's probably an element of truth in there. Listings have appeared on the popular online retailer for Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, the next instalment in the...
"Everyone thinks it’s a dying format. It’s absolutely not"
Nintendo has been getting a lot of downbeat press recently thanks to the poor performance of the Wii U and dismal financial results, but Amazon.co.uk’s category leader of video games and software Ketu Patel feels that the Japanese giant is long way from throwing in the towel — and...
We suggest designing them to look like propeller blocks
As technology advances, those slightly silly sci-fi ideas we see in video games start to creep into real life. Following an announcement today it looks like, within a couple of years, you will have a little drone aircraft fly your Amazon deliveries to your house. It's awesome and slightly scary...
The buzz and hype clearly help
Yesterday saw an influx of very positive assessments of Super Mario 3D World, including our very own 10/10 review. These reviews seem to of had an impact on the game’s sales on Amazon, where the title is the number one best seller in the video game category in North America, at the time of writing. Considering the...
UPDATED: Codemasters responds, DiRT Wii U "not part of its product slate"
UPDATE: Codemasters has given us this response regarding this news story: We’re unsure of the source for the Amazon US listing as Codemasters does not have a DiRT title for Wii U listed as part of its product slate. ORIGINAL STORY: The DiRT series of racing games has...
One of Amazon UK's biggest movers and shakers
It’s no secret that the Xbox One reveal did not go as smoothly as Microsoft might have hoped. For some, the idea of buying a giant Betamax-styled brick that blocks used games and requires the Kinect camera to function was a big turn-off — even if it does make changing the TV channel a fraction of a...
You know there's also this "Vita" thing...?
Kotaku’s Jason Schreier has long been intrigued by Amazon.com’s lack of direct supply when it comes to Nintendo consoles. Now he has reported on another unusual habit: the advertising of other brand names on Nintendo consoles’ product pages. Looking up Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles on Amazon shows...
Nintendo taking the full-price route?
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is an updated version of the GameCube classic, which may lead you to assume that Nintendo will follow the example set by HD remakes on other consoles and give the game a lower-than-usual retail price. Of course, that isn't how Nintendo works - recent 3DS remakes for The...
Nice and simple
Amazon has announced today that its video streaming service, Instant Video, has launched today for Wii consoles across the US. The app can be found in the Wii Shop Channel, and subscribers of the service will gain access to over 145,000 movies, TV shows and documentaries. Prime customers are able to watch over 30,000 of these videos...
More than a games console
Nintendo has been busy with Wii U promotion in recent weeks, with E3 at the core of a number of interviews and reveals about the system and what it will offer on the day it hits stores. Satoru Iwata has spoken about the console and its GamePad controller becoming the centre of the family living room. An image of four family...
Update: Pre-orders cancelled
Update: Amazon has cancelled pre-orders for the Wii U, saying "the product was listed in error". Bad luck, everyone. We had a feeling that Amazon listing Wii U for £199.99 was too good to be true, and now the retailer's taken down its cheap listing. The Wii U product page now generates a 404 error, with the
Update: All is well
Second Update: The 3DS is back on sale at Amazon, with no explanation of how the problem was solved. As you were, then. First Update: An Amazon representative had this to say on the matter: “The reason why this is under a review : The flip-screen is loose when its opened, please inform them that Nintendo has confirmed as long...
Most preordered console in the history of Amazon.co.uk
3DS preorders have not only been record-breaking for Nintendo, because that kind of impact filters down to retailers too. With about a week left to go until the 3DS launches outside of Japan, online retailer Amazon.co.uk has announced that the system has become the most pre-ordered console of...
Update: or is it?
Update: Nintendo UK has contacted Eurogamer to state that, in fact, Wii Speak has not been discontinued. Nintendo's Wii Speak room microphone may not have been the most well-supported of peripherals in its time on the market, and now the machine has an official headset it seems the time to lay Wii Speak to rest is at hand...
Eternal Diva BluRay and DVD in one box
The top hat professor and his cheery chum Luke aren't just busy conquering the world of gaming: their first feature film Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva is on the way to Europe later this year, and this triple-disc boxset wants you to know about it. Featuring the film on BluRay and standard definition DVD...
Amazon presumably thrilled
You might have an Amazon Kindle e-reader, but chances are you probably don't: all that reading is understandably off-putting. You know what might brighten it up? Some Mario, of course. That was seemingly the thought process over at Klab, a Japanese company behind a NES emulator for Kindle. Although it's perhaps best not to consider the usefulness of such a programme,..
Amazon reveal the bestselling video games products of last year
Amazon.com have revealed the best selling products in the field of video games for 2009 and hardcore Mario fans will be pleased to learn that the Nintendo Wii has taken the top spot. 2009 was clearly Nintendo’s year with the Wii taking the top eight positions and nine of the top ten...
British gamers will be having a Zelda-themed Christmas, according to retailer
Nintendo has yet to confirm the exact release window for its upcoming DS epic The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks but that hasn't stopped online retail giant Amazon from picking the date anyway. The important day for UK gamers is 4th December, with Amazon selling Link's latest caper for £24.95 (down from a RRP of..
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