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  • News Project Sweat Could Come To Wii U if Stretch Goal is Reached

    Action RPG needs £45,000 to come to Nintendo's system

    Humid Games recently opened up a Kickstarter campaign for an action RPG that goes by the name Project Sweat. It's trying to gather £25,000 so it can release on Windows, Mac and Linux but now the project has new stretch goals to include console versions as well. Should Project Sweat manage to...

  • Rumour Mario Kart 8 Coming To Wii U in April

    Spanish newsletter may have jumped the gun

    During the special E3 Nintendo Direct we caught our first glimpse of Mario Kart 8 and it was revealed the game would be available in Spring 2014. There's been no specific date or month given for its release, however, a newsletter from Nintendo of Europe - which can be seen below - has seemingly let the cat...

  • Video Let's Play Fast & Furious: Showdown

    OH GOD WHY ME

    Fast & Furious: Showdown is a videogame. Sorry, let me try that again. Fast & Furious: Showdown is what Activision calls a videogame. Watch me play some of it.

  • First Impressions Wii Party U

    Let's get it started, in here

    So, Wii Party U's evolved from a Summer Party to a Holiday Party, courtesy of the development delay confirmed by Satoru Iwata at E3. That's fine with us here at Nintendo Life, as we think every day is a party day, so we happily wandered over to the the demo unit at a recent preview event ready for the ultimate digital...

  • News Nintendo - Donkey Kong Series is Adaptable to Fresh Ideas

    Also, getting the ba-BOOM ba-BOOM ba-BOOM rhythm was important

    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze may not have been the Retro Studios project that some fans desired or expected, but nevertheless it is a sequel to one of the finest platformers to grace the Wii. Ultimately, the odds are good at this stage that it'll be a hugely enjoyable experience...

  • News Nintendo Defends Influx of New Mario Titles

    Too much of a good Mario?

    There’s no doubt Nintendo has been putting its world-famous plumber to work. Since New Super Mario Bros. Wii in 2009, there has been at least one new Mario platformer released each year. The pace has felt even faster recently, with the expected December arrival of Super Mario 3D World marking the third Mario platformer...

  • Impressions Multiplayer is a Big Deal in Nintendo's Wii U Lineup

    Get by with a little help from your friends

    Earlier this week various Nintendo Life staffers were lucky enough to attend post-E3 preview events, from which we've been covering games that we didn't go hands-on with at the LA extravaganza — more impressions are on the way, too. Various Wii U games were on show, and one theme that shone through was...

  • News Indie Developer Explains How Nintendo Made Him a Wii U Believer

    Xander Davis now planning CIDER for Wii U

    The Wii U has endured a lot of negative press for various reasons and in some cases, we're sure many would agree, criticism has focused on genuine weaknesses in the system's early days. While various developers and publishers have voiced support and optimism for Nintendo's console, a good number have also...

  • News Pikmin 3 Will Need to Gather 3950MB to Download onto Your Wii U

    That's 31,840 blocks in old money

    Pikmin 3 is getting so close that we can almost smell the flowers, right before we ruthlessly hurl Pikmin at them. It arrives in Europe on 26th July and North America on 4th August, and we shouldn't forget that fans of the GameCube originals have been demanding this new title since the early Wii days. Nintendo's...

  • News Angry Birds Trilogy Flocks to Wii and Wii U in August

    Just when you thought the piggies were safe...

    If by chance you're one of the three people that hasn't yet played Rovio's mega-popular Angry Birds series, or prefer to play your pig-killing physics puzzlers on the big screen, you're in luck — Rovio has announced that Angry Birds Trilogy will launch on both Wii and Wii U in North America as retail...

  • News Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Knocked Off The Top Spot in Japanese Sales Charts

    The 3DS continues to dominate both software and hardware charts

    Last week saw Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D swing into pole position in the Japanese sales charts in its first week of release. The title was one of five 3DS games placed in the top five but that dominance is now over as the PlayStation 3 title The Last of Us fought through the hoards...

  • News Sakurai Explains The Reasoning Behind The New Characters in Super Smash Bros.

    No choice was made "for the sake of cheap novelty"

    Super Smash Bros. was one of the highlights from this year's E3 Nintendo Direct presentation and it gave us all a first glimpse of the new characters joining the fight in the Wii U and 3DS iteration of the popular franchise. Naturally, the inclusion of Mega Man, the Villager and Wii Fit Trainer got...

  • News Activision - "We Want to See Nintendo be Successful"

    "They've got some incredible IP that has yet to come"

    With the Wii U's difficult 2013, and the significant efforts from Nintendo to line up a compelling Wii U release schedule for Fall, the Holiday season and beyond, there have been the expected question marks over third-party support, particularly into 2014. If E3 demonstrated one loud point on...

  • Hands On The Wonderful 101

    You know you're playing a Platinum game when...

    Way back in June 2012, we had the chance to play Project P-100, an exuberant new IP from PlatinumGames being published by Nintendo. It's had a name change, and its arrival has been delayed to such an extent that it's done the rounds to appear at this year's preview events; we've gone hands on with...

  • News Miiverse Update Doubles Character Limit for Posts

    Take that, Twitter

    The Wii U's bespoke social network, Miiverse, has seen quite a few changes since its initial launch in North America on 18th November 2012. It's escaped the Wii U hardware with a neat web browser version — though you do need a Nintendo Network ID to use it fully — and has seen various other tweaks and changes to improve the...

  • News EA Outlines Its Reasons for Lack of Wii U Support

    From "unprecedented" to "unsupported"

    To say that EA's lack of support for the Wii U has been to the detriment of the fledgling console would perhaps be an understatement. With the absence of the powerhouse publisher's massive library of big-name franchises, from EA Sports to Battlefield to more casual titles like PopCap's various series, the...

  • First Impressions Sonic Lost World

    Super Sonic

    After a line of games that it would be altogether generous to label a “rough patch”, poor old Sonic is back on his speedy feet. Thanks to the combo of Sonic Unleashed (well, its daytime stages), Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, SEGA's mascot is finally leaning back towards the positive side of the quality spectrum, and it seems...

  • News Watch the Japanese Pikmin 3 Nintendo Direct - Live!

    Look at the pretty graphics, if you don't speak Japanese

    It's that time again — the first occasion since that bombast and noise-making of E3 — for a new Nintendo Direct. This may not be a landmark presentation to enrapture us all — it's focused exclusively on Pikmin 3 and will be in Japanese — but will allow us to see more of the upcoming...

  • Talking Point It's Time for Nintendo to Drop Region Locking

    Microsoft and Sony have moved on

    There are some realities that, despite their annoyances, are part of the typical life of a Nintendo gamer. For the second home console generation in a row Nintendo's offering is less powerful — in terms of raw graphical processing — than its direct upcoming competitors in the PS4 and Xbox One, with a focus on...

  • News Pikmin 3 Featuring In The Latest Japanese Nintendo Direct Broadcast

    Miyamoto will play the game in front of your hungry eyes

    It's been exactly two weeks since the last Nintendo Direct broadcast for this years E3, and now the company has announced that a new presentation will take place tomorrow, the 26th June, focusing primarily on the upcoming Wii U release, Pikmin 3. The stream will take place on Nintendo's...

  • Video Skylanders Swap Force Really Lives Up To Its Name

    Family Gamer's Andy Robertson gets swap-happy

    The clue’s in the name right? Skylanders Swap Force is an interesting proposition this year because of all that switching and swapping you can do with the new figures. What we hadn’t appreciated was quite how varied the new mixed up creations could be, or how much they would feel like fully fledged...

  • News EA: We're Not Writing Off Wii U

    "We’ve launched four games. We’re proud of them"

    Electronic Arts has enjoyed a rather inconsistent relationship with the Wii U since it launched last year. Following promises of "unprecedented support", the publisher has so far delivered four titles for the console and doesn't appear to have any big-name releases on the horizon. However, like...

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    Review New Super Luigi U

    New Super DLC for U

    So, what is New Super Luigi U? It's not straight-up DLC, nor is it sizable enough to justify a full price retail game, so Nintendo has opted for a best of both worlds approach; it's available as either pricey DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U or as an inexpensive standalone retail game to be released at a later date. What does it...

  • News Bethesda Has No Current Plans For Wii U or Handhelds

    Not ruling out future releases, though

    Bethesda has never really been associated with Nintendo. The developer behind the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series can mostly be found making games for PC and other consoles and it seems likely it will stay that way for the foreseeable future. In an interview with Eurogamer, Peter Hines, Vice President of PR...

  • News You Can Now Pre-Order a Copy of Soul Saga on Wii U For Only $15

    Update: Wii U stretch goal reduced to $80,000

    Since we posted this exciting news, Disastercake has been in touch with us to let us know it has reduced the Wii U stretch goal to $80,000. Here's what Mike Gale has just told us: I wanted to let you know that I reduced the stretch goal for the Wii U down to $80,000. I really want to see Soul Saga on...

  • News Kickstarter J-RPG Soul Saga: Episode I Heading to the Wii U, if Funded

    We catch up with the developer for more details

    The one-man-band behind Indie development studio, Disastercake, is hoping to bring its J-RPG style Kickstarter project to the Wii U eShop in Q4 2014. Described as a "love letter to J-RPG classics from the Playstation era like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden, and Persona", Soul Saga: Episode I...

  • Poll Are You in the DLC Brigade?

    More and more is on offer

    The arrival of New Super Luigi U — our review of which will be posted this weekend — is, as we've argued, a potential evolution of paid-DLC and budget retail titles, as Nintendo seeks to produce a package significant enough to be a fairly expensive (comparatively) piece of add-on software and, on the flipside, a...

  • Video Reggie Shows Off Wii U to Jimmy Fallon, Hilarity Ensues

    COME ON!!! BANG BANG!!!

    It's been video game week on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, with various executives making an appearance and various game-related shenanigans, including an awesome Mario rap by The Roots. Wrapping up the week, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime made his customary appearance to show off the Wii U. Rather...

  • News Shigeru Miyamoto Explains Structure To Ensure First-Party Quality From Subsidiaries

    "We want to leverage the capabilities of Retro Studios further"

    With third-party support for Wii U, beyond the Winter at least, practically on hold as companies wait to see a bump in the system's sales, Nintendo is stepping into the breach with an extensive range of first-party games. Some are from Nintendo's internal teams in Japan, some are from...

  • News Indie Point And Click Adventure Armikrog May Hit Wii U

    It needs to reach its Kickstarter goal first

    Pencil Test Studios has announced on the Kickstarter page for its upcoming adventure Armikrog that Nintendo of America reached out to them at E3 and expressed interest in the title coming to Wii U. While there are no concrete details or plans yet, here's what Pencil Test Studios had to say: After E3 we...

  • News Super Smash Bros. Will Have The Same Character Roster On Both Wii U And 3DS

    Both versions share the same character experiences

    Gamers who are torn between picking up Super Smash Bros. for Wii U or the 3DS can rest easy. Masahiro Sakurai, creator and designer of the Nintendo crossover series, confirmed that the playable character roster will be the same for both versions. In an interview with NowGamer Sakurai said:...

  • News Arc System Works Keen To Know How Badly You Want Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- On Wii U

    Sign the petition to make your feelings known

    Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is the latest instalment in the long-running fighting game franchise, and is currently slated to hit arcades in the near future. Set one year after the events of Guilty Gear 2: Overtune, the game will make use of Epic's Unreal 3 Engine. A petition has been set up by hopeful fans...

  • News Miyamoto Unsure Nintendo Can Make Another "Great" F-Zero Game

    "I certainly understand that people want a new F-Zero game"

    Shigeru Miyamoto has acknowledged the fan demand for a new F-Zero entry, but has revealed to IGN that he doesn't feel Nintendo could do the concept justice at this moment in time. When quizzed about the future of the racing series, Miyamoto replied: I certainly understand that people...

  • News Fils-Aime - With the Upcoming Wii U Lineup Third-Party "Development Dollars are Starting to Shift"

    Satoru Iwata recognises the importance of third-party content

    One thing was painfully evident during E3 — third-party developers, even those that have previously been full-on with support, are backing off from the Wii U until its fortunes improve. Ubisoft, which has been keen to bring multi-platform blockbusters to the system, tellingly left Wii U...

  • Video Nintendo Life Plays Game & Wario

    Launch your Fronks!

    During E3 week, we all got together and played some videogames. As well as the Nintendo Land video that we posted up last Thursday, we also caught some Game & Wario footage, but we've not been able to share it with you. Until now! Check out the video to see how we got on with Intelligent Systems' latest menagerie of...

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    Review Game & Wario

    Wario party

    Going back a few years, it was something of a tradition for Nintendo to launch a new platform with a WarioWare title in hot pursuit. Charming bundles of micro-games that packed as much personality and gameplay as possible into seconds-long chunks, and perfect for demonstrating the unique capabilities of new hardware, the WarioWare games...

  • News Ashes Cricket 2013 Pushed Back To July

    Knocked for six

    A few months ago 505 Games announced Ashes Cricket 2013 for Wii U, which was set to coincide with this Summer's Ashes series. Bizarrely, considering the sport is quite niche in gaming terms, cricket titles in the past have received quite a cult following and you would not believe how many requests we've had here at Nintendo Life...

  • Talking Point New Super Luigi U Opens The Door For Quick Expansions in Other Franchises

    DLC and boxed copies can satisfy everyone

    After a bit of a wait and a release lineup that, apart from the odd exception, has been drier than the Sahara desert in recent weeks, Luigi jumps to the rescue with New Super Luigi U. It's arrived in this week's Nintendo Download update as DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U, but will have a life of its own as a...

  • News Sakurai Aiming To Please "The Silent Majority" With New Smash Bros.

    Series director no longer considers Smash to be just a fighting game

    As we all know, there's a new Smash Bros. title coming to the Wii U and 3DS next year. It looks amazing, has Mega Man in it, and is driving its creator to the point of

  • News Animal Crossing StreetPass Event Being Held In Manchester On 29th June

    There's even going to be a Wii U

    Europe finally has its paws on Animal Crossing: New Leaf and now 3DS owners across the world are enjoying all the endless frolicking, bug catching and turnip buying the game has to offer. To celebrate the release of the game in the UK a massive StreetPass event is being held in Manchester on Saturday 29th June by...

  • News Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Swings In At Number One In Japanese Sales Charts

    Nintendo celebrating an all 3DS top five

    Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D has only just made it over to Japan and the 3DS title has swung right into number one position in the sales charts after shifting 104,569 units. It takes the place of Tomodachi Collection: New Life, which has been a consistent seller for Nintendo in the Land of the Rising Sun...

  • News Not All Super Smash Bros. Characters Will Make The Leap To Wii U And 3DS

    There's simply not enough time

    The Super Smash Bros. series has had a fair few characters join the fight over the three released titles. However, while some characters, such as Mario, Donkey Kong and Pikachu have been in all games, some of the new Melee additions did not make it over to Brawl, with the likes of Mewtwo, Roy and Dr Mario all falling...

  • News Reggie Unmoved By The Threat Of $400 PlayStation 4

    Holiday season will put Nintendo in a "very good position"

    Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has been speaking to Kotaku about the current state of the Wii U, and has delivered some typically bullish predictions — as well as admitting that the console has struggled to satisfy core gamers. Talking about the "next-gen verses current...

  • News Super Mario 3D World Producer Teases New Annoucement

    What could it be?

    Were you one of the people left slightly underwhelmed by the announcement of Super Mario 3D World at this year's E3? Then you should be interested to know that Nintendo's Tokyo EAD team might be hard at work on a second title. Super Mario 3D World Producer Yoshiaki Koizumi was asked by Spain's El País what his next project would...

  • News Epic Mickey 2's Eventual Arrival in Japan to be Nintendo Exclusive

    An interesting choice

    We doubt that Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will go down in the gaming history books as a release to remember, as it fell short of its predecessor's success (despite being released on more platforms), received various poor reviews and saw to the closure of the Warren Spector-led development studio Junction Point. It was a...

  • News Iwata: We Are To Blame For Poor Wii U Sales

    Nintendo CEO owns up

    With sales flagging and third-party support very thin on the ground, the Wii U is certainly having a hard time of late. It's only been on the market for half a year, yet many within the industry are ready to write it off completely. Coming off the back of the incredible success of the original Wii, the new console's failure to...

  • News Ubisoft Delayed Rayman Legends On Wii U In Fear Of Low Sales

    Honesty is the best policy

    It's fair to say it's not been an easy ride for Rayman Legends and the Wii U. Starting off with the delightful news last year that the game would be a Wii U exclusive, to the unfortunate announcement in February this year that it was no longer confined to Nintendo's latest console, but being released on the PlayStat

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