Hard Pokéscience using AI, language processing and bar charts
Update: It appears that we misinterpreted this data in our original story, specifically the ‘sentiment’ analysis. After reviewing the findings again, the zero value tweets that display “no emotion at all” appear to include the #BringBackNationalPokedex example itself, which we...
The devil makes work for idle hands, and in the case of Twitter user @november17, that involves painstakingly removing Mario's facial hair for kicks. A quite innocent use of spare time you might assume, but when the resultant image was posted on Twitter, things went a bit sideways. The post has - at the time of writing - been...
And use the hashtag #Top10SwitchGames
It's all happening this week. First Nintendo drops an announcement for a Nintendo Direct (which takes place tomorrow), then pre-orders for Nintendo Labo go live on the Nintendo UK website. And to top it all off, the big N now wants to know your favour
We're welling up
Ojiro "Moppin" Fumoto - best known for the award-winning mobile title Downwell - has joined Nintendo. Fumoto made the announcement via his Twitter account, and his profile now features the text "Downwell / Nintendo". While "serious" gamers often look down on smartphone titles, Downwell is one of those rare cases of a mobile game...
"How did Arbys predict it though?"
It's fair to say that many of us were taken by surprise when Nintendo Labo was revealed to an unsuspecting world last night. We were lucky enough to get some hands-on time with Nintendo Labo earlier this week, and it is fantastic fun and brimming with potential. However, it will take a bit of time to win everyone...
"For kids and those who are kids at heart"
An interesting tweet has just gone live on Nintendo's Japanese Twitter account which teases a "new way to play". The announcement is coming at 7AM tomorrow morning in Japan, which is 10PM in the UK and 4PM CST. Nintendo UK has also issued a Facebook post, stating that this is for "kids and those who are...
And things are getting weird
Yesterday we reported that Nintendo is currently filing a lawsuit against Japanese mobile game company Colopl, stating that the developer has violated five tech patents in its mobile RPG, Shiro Neko Project. As it often does, and especially at the moment it seems, the world of Twitter soon got involved and things...
He's on fire!
Rumours of a January Nintendo Direct have been circulating for a while now, with hints suggesting that the 11th (that's today, in case you were confused) was the big day. Nintendo usually announces Directs around 24 hours beforehand, so many fans were waiting expectantly for some kind of confirmation yesterday - confirmation which...
Screw you guys, I'm going home
South Park has a long history with Nintendo. The first licensed video game based on the cult TV show was for the Nintendo 64, and several sequels also appeared on the console. However, in recent years the franchise has remained off-limits for Nintendo fans, which is perhaps why the following tweet got people so...
So much potential waiting to be unlocked…
Now that Fire Emblem Heroes is out in the wild, thousands of fans around the globe are no doubt busy training up teams of heroes in an effort to maximize their potential. Of course, unless you're exceedingly lucky, most heroes are probably hovering around the two to four star range, with maybe one or two...
Unless you live under a rock you will no doubt be aware that yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of the Microsoft Xbox. Launched as a rival to the PS2 and GameCube, the system laid down the foundations for the incredibly successful Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, Microsoft's current home console. While Xbox and Sony fans are regularly at...
A dream come true?
To mark the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon on the 3DS Twitter has released some new Pokémon stickers which can be added to photos posted on the popular social network. https://twitter.com/twitter/status/797907230750191617?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Rowlet, Litten, Popplio and a Poké Ball are the options available at present, and...
Sonic turns 25 this year, but Sega has thus far failed to make a big deal out of it. Sure, we've got the (much delayed) Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice to look forward to on 3DS, but what fans really want is a brand-new game which
Like the good old days
Those who grew up in the NES, SNES and Game Boy eras will know that the iconic Nintendo logo was usually a mixture of red and white. During the DS and Wii period the company didn't exactly abandon this logo, but tended to favour to a plainer grey-on-white colour scheme - possibly to reflect a newfound maturity or sense of...
Moving into new regions
The word Pokémon is going to appear a lot in the next few days. Pokémon, Pokémon, Pokémon. Editing tools will have the accented 'e' programmed, and there'll be plenty to keep 'mon fans happy. We have a Pokémon Direct, the releases of the generation 1 originals on the 3DS Virtual Console, and the fact it's the series'...
"Thanks for paving the way"
As we reported yesterday, the NES is now 30 years old. Nintendo's 8-bit console is arguably one of the most important video game hardware releases of all time, as it laid down the third party software licensing framework that still exists today and resorted consumer faith in a console market which had been all but...
Work on those Japanese lessons
Nintendo and its closest partners have gradually become more accustomed to the busy world of social media. Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and various others have been picked up by Nintendo in various regions, and are often used to reveal release dates, special editions and all manner of announcements. HAL...
"Essentially it was an 'I hear you' message"
Nintendo's E3 Digital Event has generated plenty of discussion, not all of it positive. There's been an incredibly downbeat response to the broadcast, with many fans complaining that Nintendo isn't giving them what they want. Things appeared to be so bad that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata
A gaming legend finally speaks
Rare co-founders the Stamper brothers have always been famously reclusive when it comes to interviews - they've given very few over the past couple of decades and since selling Rare to Microsoft have drifted from the public eye altogether. However, Tim Stamper appears to be moving back towards the games industry. Last...
UPDATE: It was all a joke! Arf!
Update: This bizarre bit of trolling from Bill Trinen makes sense in light of the E3 reveals - check out all the details of Nintendo's E3 plans here. Original Article: News has just broken that Bill Trinen - one of video gaming's most recognisable faces and the man so often seen at Shigeru Miyamoto's side - has...
Everyone is on Twitter these days -- even Her Majesty the Queen of England -- but Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country Returns creator Retro Studios has only just jumped on the social media bandwagon. The company kicked off its
"If Nintendo doesn’t say yes, it’s not going to happen"
As has been mentioned several times in the past, Bayonetta 2 simply wouldn't exist if it weren't for Nintendo. The sequel was started with Sega's support, but when that company pulled out, the project almost collapsed before Nintendo stepped in. Despite this knowledge, lots of Sony and...
“If you go to Fukushima you can buy peaches like this"
Earthbound designer Shigesato Itoi who has appeared on a number of Japanese variety shows and commercials, recently came under fire on Twitter when he showed his support of Fukushima peaches to over 600,000 followers. Prior to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the prefecture was known for...
"Kinda breaks the magic"
In these days of rapid fire communication via social media, it's not uncommon for somebody to hastily post something to the world and get themselves into trouble. More often than not these gaffs are made by individuals, not those working on social media teams for multinational video game publishers such as Ubisoft. At 12:17...
He'll never have a potassium deficiency
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has had to take it easy lately after a recent surgery to remove a growth from his bile duct. Twitter users have been taking to the feeds to wish the Nintendo head the best as he recovers but, as this is Twitter, they've been doing so by honoring Iwata's iconic, fruit-based pose...
Setting social media alight
It's fair to say that Nintendo had a pretty successful E3, winning over gamers with its Digital Event, Treehouse sessions and a raft of exciting announcements. As if to illustrate this fact, social media intelligence analytics provider Crimson Hexagon has released stats which show just how much chatter Nintendo generated...
The person in charge of the Frostbite Engine Twitter could be in trouble
Yesterday was April Fools Day, that one day of the year when media outlets are allowed to let their imaginations run riot and create some truly outlandish — and totally fictional — news stories. You'll no doubt have seen our Nintendo VR prank, and — to save you the bother...
More social networking hijinks from Nintendo
During February Cranky Kong took over Nintendo of America's Twitter account for a day in order to promote Wii U release Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Nintendo had made much of the character's inclusion in the game, even officially revealing him at the VGX Awards, and took the opportunity to have a...
Keeping you informed Down Under
With a global business as large as Nintendo's, we're more than used to variations between Nintendo of America, Nintendo of Europe — itself split into smaller divisions — and Nintendo Japan. We also have Nintendo Australia, of course, and that group has now joined its contemporaries in hitting up the biggest social...
More positive words from the former Epic man
Not so long ago we reported that Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski had some very kind words to say about Super Mario 3D World, but the former Epic Games staffer has more positive things to say about Nintendo. He has taken to Twitter to praise the Japanese company's business approach at a time when other...
Number of memorable moments is "staggering", says former Gears of Wars dev
Despite Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski's opinions on the Wii and predictions of a future where Nintendo isn't making hardware, the former Epic Games director is a massive fan of the Japanese company, and has said so several tim
Isn't it better when everybody gets along?
Like so many industries, video gaming inspires some rather competitive behaviour at times. We often see top-ranking executives partaking in very public spats in a misguided attempt to make their respective brand look better than its rivals. However, there are a lot of people in the industry which have an...
Also takes to Twitter to confirm The Wonderful 101 Nintendo Direct
Platinum's Hideki Kamiya is the kind of guy who probably shouldn't be allowed a Twitter account. He's made some pretty strong statements in the past and seems to delight in winding up people who send him inane comments on the popular social network site, often forcing fellow Platinum...
Famous designer lets it all out in foul-mouthed Twitter rant
Platinum Games designer Hideki Kamiya is renowned for his classic contributions to the world of video gaming, but one thing he doesn't seem to be famous for is his patience. He regularly indulges in rants via his Twitter account, and following numerous requests from Super Smash Bros. fans...
Something to worry about, or publicity stunt?
Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada has been working on the franchise for almost two decades, and is one of the most recognisable faces within the walls of Namco Bandai. However, it has been reported by his co-workers that Harada-san hasn't been turning up at work lately — prompting a rather worrying...
"Actually, the Wii U GamePad is pretty sturdy, so you probably won’t"
Yesterday, we reported that Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya had taken to Twitter to indicate that The Wonderful 101 wasn't a game that would take that long to complete. "If u hate to finish a game the next day u buy it, u better not play TW101," he said. "I focus on how it is fun,...
Comments made regarding TV host Eun Ji Park
Nintendo of Korea is having to deal with an unfortunate piece of bad publicity after its Twitter account was allegedly used to post a derogatory comment about former weather presenter Eun Ji Park. The comment read: "She should have just stayed as a TV Meteorologist. Getting all the work done on her face...
We can get behind that
Earlier this month, we reported on Studio Pixel's next game, Gero Blaster. The Cave Story developer's new outing is a 2D side-scrolling action title which places you in the role of a trigger-happy frog. It's being pitched for release on iOS, but around the time of the announcement Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez twee
You've got red on you
We've all heard of life imitating art, but what about art imitating art? That's exactly what has happened with ZombiU, as it gives the player a cricket bat as their only melee option — a loving nod to the seminal 2004 British horror comedy Shaun of the Dead. In case you haven't seen it, the film focuses on one man's quest...
Don't panic, it's still coming
Zen Pinball 2 developer Zen Studios has taken steps to assure fans that the Wii U version of the game is still on course for release. Originally expected back in December, the launch slipped to January - but there's still no sign of the game as yet. We know what you're thinking - delays of this kind can only mean one...
Shuhei Yoshida gets his game on
Although most rabid fanboys would love to think that Sony and Nintendo's employees loathe each other so much that they can't even bring themselves to look at a system created by their rival, that obviously isn't the case. Just like common gamers, individuals within these two great companies will have access to a...
15 copies to give away
We know you love great games, and we know you love competitions, but we bet you love both of them together even more. We've teamed up with Nnooo to give away 15 copies of WiiWare gem escapeVektor: Chapter 1 to readers around the world. We have five copies for North America, five for Europe and five for Australia and New Zealand. Can't say fairer than that, can we? To enter,..
Five copies up for grabs
Ante Up: Texas Hold'em is one of the better poker games available on DSiWare, and now we have five copies of the game to give away to DSi owners in North America, coinciding with the happening-right-now World Series of Poker. If you want to win the game, be sure to follow MonkeyPaw Games on Twitter and follow Nintendo Life...
Get ready to whip it
Frozen Codebase's sporting title Jam City Rollergirls is available on WiiWare in North America now, and as our exclusive Jam City Rollergirls interview revealed there'll be a playable demo in future. However, if you want to go one better and win a free copy of the complete game, read on! Frozen Codebase has kindly furnished us...
Not as ominous as it sounds
Nintendo's agreement to promote Square Enix's upcoming Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation on DS proves both companies are eager to capitalise on the success of last year's Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies. Last year, series creator Yuji Horii attended the DQIX launch to meet fans, but this year you'll have to earn your right to meet him by taking part in..
Cutesy client makes Twitter a game
We can all agree that Super Mario Bros. has made a big influence on gaming, but social networking? Not so much. Until today that is, with a new Mario-inspired Twitter application now on the iPhone. The bunny-hopping Super Twario client launched on the App Store today, turning the social messaging site into a...
Via Twitter, that is
The wait for Shantae: Risky's Revenge is proving too much to bear for some. If you're one of those folks desperate to get their hands on the genie's goods, you might want to direct some of your enthusiasm and impatience to the official Shantae Twitter account. As you'd expect, the genie's first tweets have been explaining...
Ex-Square writer says the iPad marks the beginning of the end for Nintendo's handheld dominace
Although Nintendo's position in the home console market has been contested numerous times over the past few decades, it has always held court over one sector of the video game industry: the humble handheld. With the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy...
Super Castlevania IV's brilliant soundtrack is coming back from the dead
Castlevania producer David Cox has tweeted that the upcoming PS3/360 title Lords of Shadow is to feature classic tunes from older instalments of the series - more specifically the fourth title, which appeared on the SNES in 1991. Here's the tweet: Today I heard the waterfall music from Super Castlevania 4 fully orchestrated..
Spelunker down under
Attention: Australians! Put that boomerang away and throw some shrimp on the barby! Cave Story was just confirmed by its developer / publisher Nicalis via their Twitter feed. Also, apparently the company thinks that your country is a part of Europe. According to their post: Australia WILL have Cave Story on WiiWare along with...
And there's even a fun contest to go along with it!
Ghostfire Games has just announced that their WiiWare fighting release Rage of the Gladiator will be coming to the European WiiWare service this Friday. To further sweeten things up a bit, they're even going to be giving away a free copy of the game to one lucky European gamer each and every day to celebrate the release. You can check out the..
Win your very own copy of the game
Ghostfire Games have just announced that they're running a contest to give 15 lucky gamers a free copy of their newest WiiWare release Rage of the Gladiator. All you have to do is Twitter their account with your Wii Code and one winner will be chosen each day to receive a copy of the game. You can check out the...
Industry veteran hints he's familiar with new tech
File this strictly under "rumour," but industry stalwart Dave Perry, famous for Earthworm Jim, has dropped a hint on Twitter that he may know something we don't regarding the mysterious Nintendo 3DS. Perry recently tweeted that he was: Excited about the Nintendo 3DS. I've got the Fuji 3D...
God of War producer would like to re-design his flagship series with more “Zelda 64” elements
David Jaffe, producer of the hit PlayStation-exclusive series God of War has revealed on his Twitter account that if he were to remake the series now he would like to include more elements inspired by “Zelda 64.” If I were to do GOW now, I would do GOW meets ZELDA 64 structure. Much more..
Developer Gamelion extends Twitter competition
Gamelion have extended their online competition - which offers one lucky gamer the chance to have their actual, real-life name inserted into their upcoming WiiWare title Furry Legends - into the New Year. To enter, just follow the development team on Twitter and come January 31st they'll randomly select...
Spread the love...
Yes, it’s true that we’re a bit late to jump on the Facebook bandwagon (only by three years!) but that’s cool – due to popular demand we finally got around to creating our very own Facebook page. If you're a Facebook fan then this will be a good place to chat to other Nintendo Life readers, the staff and even developers. If Facebook isn’t your thing, then it’s worth..
Charles Martinet reckons so...
A Twitter account purporting to belong to one Charles Martinet - none other than the wonderful voice of our favorite plumber - has recently been posting about an as-yet unspecified new Mario title. Read this tweet from a few days ago: Mama Mia!!!! I'm going to Seattle this week to record a new Mario game! Followed by this one two days later: Big day tomorrow!..
Twitter shenanigans drop sequel hints and rumors
Let's slap a big ol' "Rumor" disclaimer on this one before we go any further, shall we? Just like the rest of the world, Professor Layton has gone and gotten himself an official Twitter account, where probably some intern over at Nintendo posts riddles and other assorted intellectual...
We could only pick one!
So our recent Twitter-based competition has come to an end and we can announce that ejamer has been crowned the winner and will find 2000 lovely Nintendo Points heading his way shortly. Here's the winning entry in all its chucklesome glory: Thanks to everyone who took part! Don't forget to follow nintendolife on Twitter if...
Win 2000 Nintendo points by giving nintendolife a shout out!
Here’s an easy competition that could win you 2000 Nintendo points to spend on downloadable games of your choosing. Simply follow us on Twitter and tweet the following phrase to your personal Twitterverse: "Follow @nintendolife because they ................." Obviously you fill...
So who made us chuckle the most?
Our recent ‘send us a joke on Twitter’ competition seems to have been very popular as a quick Twitter search will demonstrate. The jokes ranged from very funny to plain awful. We certainly admired the persistence of some readers such as BulbasaurusRex, but didn’t anyone ever tell you that less is more? :-p...
Tell us a joke and be in for a chance to win 2000 Nintendo points.
Here’s an easy competition for all you crazy kids who are down with Twitter. Simply follow nintendolife and tweet us with a funny joke using no more than 140 characters. The tweet which makes us chuckle the most will win the prize – it couldn’t be simpler! We promise to follow...
iPhone GTA clone could be making the jump to Nintendo's handheld
Mobile phone developer Tag Games has posted an entry on its Twitter account which reveals that its Car Jack Streets title is coming to the Nintendo DSi. The Grand Theft Auto clone - which has previously appeared on mobile phones and the iPhone, to much critical and commercial acclaim - would be a pretty good fit for DSiWare, although..
Series creator has ideas for sequel but needs financial incentive.
Cartoony platformer Klonoa's Wiimake has enjoyed critical success, which must make Namco pleased as punch over the decision to resurrect the series. So does that mean sequels are imminent? That one falls under a big fat "maybe," as the series creator, Hideo Yoshizawa, told...
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