Wii U - News
News Reggie Fils-Aime on Why the Wii U Was Misunderstood
"We missed the opportunity to be clear on the concept"
By this point in time, it's safe to say that the Wii U was not the success Nintendo hoped it would be. Though the console has been the host to numerous quality titles over the years, it never caught the mainstream attention that many hoped it would, and has long since been abandoned by most...
News Online Support is Being Cut For Disney Infinity
Looks like it didn't go to infinity and beyond
A couple months ago, it was announced that the ongoing Disney Infinity project is being shut down, its development studio shuttered, and that Disney is exiting the video game publishing business. Evidently, it was ultimately due to issues with turning profits from the overstock of unsold toys. It was...
Weirdness Shadow the Hedgehog is Rather Foul-Mouthed in Mario & Sonic at the Rio Olympics
Won't somebody think of the children?
Here's a perfect end-of-week bit of weirdness for us all - it appears that Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on the Wii U has a bit of a shocking swear in it, and it's fan-favourite (not really) Shadow the Hedgehog that's responsible. It was reported in UK tabloid The Mirror earlier in the week...
News Darksiders: Warmastered Edition Will Run At 30 FPS On Wii U
Half that of PS4 and Xbox One, unsurprisingly
We really liked Wii U launch title Darksiders II; while it pays homage to the Zelda series, it adds its own unique flavour as a grittier take on the action-RPG dungeon crawler. We recently reported that a remastered Darksiders would be coming to the Wii U, too, as Nordic Games have taken over the reigns...
News Yo-kai Watch 3 and New 3DS Continue to Lead the Way in Japan
It's Japanese Media Create charts time, as we see what's hot and what's not in Nintendo's homeland. It's another good week for Level-5 and the 3DS, with a handful of new releases on Sony hardware arriving in the top 20. Dual release Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura comfortably retains top spot, albeit not quite living up to the sales...
News North Americans Get Two New Kirby Games on Wii U VC This Week
Mass Attack and Epic Yarn join the fray
Kirby has always sort of been an experimental franchise for Nintendo. Of course, the power-stealing platforming type of game has always been the foundation, but the Big N hasn't been afraid to branch out with new or weird gameplay ideas featuring the Super-Tuff Pink Puff. Over the years, this has resulted in...
Video Nintendo Wants You to Bask in Some Splatfest Nostalgia
There's a Squid Sisters song for every occasion
This past weekend Splatoon hosted its final Splatfest, the regular events that have allowed teams to put on snazzy virtual outfits and fight over topics such as pizza flavourings and favoured lifestyle choices. For plenty of Wii U owners the events have been a welcome regular routine, and their...
News LEGO Dimensions Expansion Packs Get Solid Release Date
Fantastic Beasts, Sonic The Hedgehog, Gremlins, E.T. and Adventure Time!
LEGO Dimensions continues to get even more amazing in Wave 7 which will arrive on 18th November 2016 to empty your bank account. Including a host of new media franchises and gameplay features, the toys-to-life brand looks like it's going to have quite a big Christmas this year...
News Nindie Favourites Coming To Wii U Disc Under Nintendo eShop Selects Label
FAST Racing NEO and SteamWorld Collection leading the charge
The Wii U eShop has really punched above its weight during its short lifespan with many excellent Nindie games (and a few terrible ones) being made available for lucky gamers to download. Some of our favourites are Shin'en Multimedia's FAST Racing NEO and Image & Form's SteamWorld Dig...
News With Splatfests Finished, Judd Is Now Your Source of Super Sea Snails in Splatoon
You have to earn them, though
The final Splatoon Splatfest ended with Team Marie victorious, with plenty of players taking off their team t-shirts, collecting their winnings and no doubt letting out a disappointed sigh. After more than a year of regular updates and Splatfests, the Wii U's colourful shooter is about to settle down and conclude its...
News Team Marie Triumphs in Splatoon's Final Splatfest
The end of an era
Since its release in May 2015, Splatoon has been a notable success for the Wii U. While the platform has struggled, those that do own the system have embraced Nintendo's colourful third-person shooter in a big way. The cultural impact - especially in Japan - has been significant, with amiibo, merchandise and even live concerts...
News Monster Hunter Generations Holds Top 10 UK Spot as Pokémon Titles Enjoy GO Benefits
A welcome boost in the quiet shopping season
The UK chart results are in, and they bring some positive news for Nintendo UK and also Capcom, with the quiet Summer months not doing too much harm to 3DS releases in particular. Monster Hunter Generations, which had an impressive debut in third place, secures 9th in its second week in the all-format...
News Darksiders is Coming to Wii U
Before Death, there is War
Last month, Nordic Games mentioned how they had a game coming that Action/Adventure fans would appreciate. Many made the guess that this would be a port of Darksiders, considering that Darksiders II already came to the console early on. It appears that this turned out to be true, as Nordic Games has confirmed that they are...
Hands On Painting a Clearer Picture of Paper Mario: Color Splash
"This is more of an adventure game"
There was an elephant in the room inside of Nintendo's off-site Comic-Con Nintendo Play Lounge. Not to be confused with a small stage shaped like an oversized Nintendo 3DS console, or the mammoth, room-sized inflatable Kirby set up to greet guests, this elephant took the shape of a video game kiosk. The game was...
Gallery Nintendo's Favourites in the Art Academy "Splatfest Memories" Event
Over the past few weeks Nintendo has been running an Art Academy event on Miiverse to celebrate Splatoon, encouraging fans to show off their skills in honour of the Wii U title. Plenty evidently did, and Nintendo has picked out some favourites to show off just how talented some Wii U owners are. The big N's Miiverse team has picked out...
News Yo-kai Watch 3 and New 3DS LL Lead The Charts in Japan
Level-5's latest release struggles to match its predecessors, however
This week's Media Create chart results for Japan tell an interesting tale of one enormous hit overshadowing a number of older, struggling titles. Only two games managed to sell unit numbers above five figures, with Nintendo being one beneficiary of the week's one smash hit...
News The Stages for the Final Splatfest Have Been Announced
Kelp Dome! Moray Towers! Walleye Warehouse!
A couple weeks ago, it was announced that the final Splatfest for Splatoon would be taking place later this month. The news was disappointing to many, but it seems like Nintendo wants to make sure that it goes all out with this final celebration. As a result, fans were allowed to vote on what three stages...
News Here's What Darkrai Looks Like In Pokkén Tournament
Aren't Pokémon supposed to be cute?
The fearsome Darkrai may not be confirmed for the Wii U version of Pokkén Tournament just yet, but it's coming to the arcade version - as these lovely new screenshots attest. The update goes live in arcades today in Japan. Darkrai - along with Scizor and Empoleon - is referenced in the Wii U game code, so it's...
Video The Squid Sisters Stay Fresh In These Splatoon Music Clips
Callie and Marie do their funky thing
Here's a friendly reminder that the final Splatfest happens this weekend from the Squid Sisters - Callie and Marie. Making sure that Splatoon stays fresh in your minds, Nintendo of Japan has released two videos with each sister performing their signature solo songs: Those were some funky moves. Will you be...
News Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Delays Partly Due To Developers "Breaking" The Game, Says Eiji Aonuma
"I learned that, when it's good, I have to say so"
The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma has been spilling the beans about the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U and Nintendo NX in a recent interview in issue 296 of UK magazine Edge. The title - which was originally expected to arrive on the Wii U this year but...
News LEGO Dimensions Second Year Goodies Include More Detailed Worlds
Supergirl to the rescue
Disney Infinity might have been canned, but that doesn't mean toys-to-life is going anywhere soon. The talented team behind LEGO Dimensions have a lot of confidence in the future of their brand and have been talking to our chums at Eurogamer.net about plans for Second Year content. Speaking to game director Jimmy
Gallery A Look At HYPER JAPAN 2016
Nintendo out in full force
HYPER JAPAN is a wonderful cultural festival that celebrates everything Japanese, and returned to Olympia in London, UK for its three day summer showcase this past weekend. We've been to the show a couple of times before but this was our first time visiting the Olympia West Hall. Nintendo had a host of activities
News Racing Apex Fuses Virtua Racing With Mario Kart Combat, And It's Racing Towards Wii U
Death on the track
Gamers of an advanced age will no doubt get a warm, fuzzy feeling inside when the name "Virtua Racing" is mentioned. One of the first genuinely effective demonstrations of 3D graphics in an arcade setting, this slick title followed on from the likes of OutRun and Super Monaco GP and paved the way for future Sega classics such as...
Hands On How Will the "Open World" Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Suit a Traditional Gamer?
Anthony Dickens feels too old to play in a sandbox
I'd consider myself to be quite a traditional gamer; I tend to prefer games that have a simple core structure and a finite length. Now in my 30's I've found that whilst getting older has many benefits it has also restricted the amount of time I spent playing games, typically an hour or two here and...
News Listing Points to Darksiders Heading to Wii U
Still a deathly silence from Nordic Games
Back before E3 Reinhard Pollice, Business & Product Development Director and Executive Producer at Nordic Games, did something a bit unfashionable - he said the publisher was working on another Wii U release. His precise words were "I think Action Adventure fans will enjoy this a lot..." In that article...
News Darkrai Is Coming To Pokkén Tournament
Only confirmed for the arcade version so far
Bandai Namco has revealed that Darkrai is coming to the arcade version of its crossover brawler Pokkén Tournament. The news came during a livestream to promote the coin-op version of the game, which has also been ported to the Wii U. There's no word on whether or not Darkrai will also be coming to the...
Review Terraria (Wii U eShop / Wii U)
Now more complete
After a half-year wait, Terraria is now also available on the 3DS's big brother system. The handheld release suffered from some annoying issues, mostly related to hardware limitations, so does the Wii U version fare any better? For those who weren't really interested in the game up until this point, Terraria is a 2D sandbox game...
Video Take a Look at the Awesome Splatoon - Squid Sisters Concert from Japan Expo 2016
Here's hoping Nintendo inks in more concert dates
Splatoon's success isn't just judged on unit sales, which are nevertheless impressive on the Wii U, but by its broader cultural impact. It's a new Nintendo IP that, it's safe to say, has struck a chord with the public and is likely to become a regular part of Nintendo's library in the future. Along...
Guide Amazon Prime Day 2016 - Nintendo Deals
Quality rather than quantity?
Today is Amazon Prime Day 2016, in which the retail giant tries to tempt those that are part of that membership with tasty deals. From a Nintendo perspective it's a short line-up, but there could be some enticing deals in the US - if you're in the UK, sadly there's nothing there for big N fans. As a result we've also...
News Nexis Games Hopes Wii U FPS Draw The Line Will Help Speed Up UCraft's Development
Minecraft clone still in production, despite Kickstarter failure
Indie developer Nexis Games is releasing a Call of Duty-style shooter on the Wii U eShop in the hope that the revenue generated will speed up the completion of its Minecraft-inspired title UCraft. Taking more than a little inspiration from Mojang's phenomenally successful title,...
News Nintendo UK Offers Some HYPER JAPAN Attendees a Chance to Play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
30 places to be won
Nintendo UK is putting quite a lot of effort into HYPER JAPAN, the cultural expo that takes place at Olympia, London from 15th - 17th July. With plenty of playable games and events attendees at Nintendo's booth should have plenty to do, but now there's an opportunity for a small number to be the first members of the UK public to...
Video Latest Trailer For The Girl And The Robot Has The ICO And Studio Ghibli Feels
Coming to the Wii U eShop later this year
We covered The Girl and the Robot's Kickstarter campaign way back in 2013 when it was confirmed that the game was coming to the Wii U eShop. It's been awhile since we last heard anything about it, but developer Flying Carpet Games has just released the launch trailer, and it gives us a pretty comprehensive...
News Nintendo Issues Patch To Prevent Splatoon Players From Becoming Invisible
Update 2.10.0 available now to squash strange bug
Glitches are commonplace in modern games due to their size and complexity, and Splatoon has seen its fair share of bugs which have subsequently been busted by patches. However, it looks like the last patch introduced a glitch of its own. Players are discovering that in certain situations their...
News Nintendo UK Announces The Summer of Splat And The Great British Splat-Off
...as well as The Splatoon Fan Fest
Nintendo UK is giving Splatoon a renewed push with The Summer of Splat, a series of events which will take place between 16th July and 7th August. Part of this campaign will involve The Great British Splat-Off, a selection of online tournaments for players of various skill levels which they can sign up to now...
News Playtonic On Yooka-Laylee's Non-Linear Structure And Retaining That Trademark Rare Humour
"It's almost like Banjo-Tooie was yesterday and Yooka-Laylee was today"
Yooka-Laylee may have been cruelly pushed in 2017, but the game remains one of the most eagerly-anticipated titles of recent memory - and with good reason. It's being made by Playtonic Games, a studio formed almost entirely from ex-Rare staff, and it raised a massive amoun
News Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Co-Director Was Initially "Disappointed" With Western Localisation
But now he's glad to see "passionate support" from fans
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE has been largely well-recieved by western players, but there has been some controversy over the changes made from the Japanese version of the title. Elements of the title have been altered, removed or replaced with more "family-friendly" content, and this has caused...
Random Here's 9 Mighty Reasons Mighty No. 9 Is Only Just Better than Nothing
Not our words
Mighty No. 9 may have created waves upon its release, but they probably weren't the waves Comcept were hoping for. In order to better illustrate why fans of its spiritual predecessor Mega Man feel a bit let down, we might have 9 mighty reasons why this mighty title may not be so mighty and might have failed to prove its mighty might.
Reminder Splatoon Gets an eShop Discount in Europe as Warm-Up for Final Splatfest
Super Mario Maker course is around the corner, too
Splatoon has had an impressive run on the Wii U since its 2015 launch, from its 'kid now / squid now' song becoming a bit of a meme to critical and public acclaim for its gameplay. There have also been lots of updates, new content and Splatfests of various kinds. An era is now sort of ending,...
News Someone At Nintendo Expected The Wii U To Shift 100 Million Units
"The thinking was that because Wii sold well, Wii U would follow suit"
The Wii U has sold just over 12.5 million units to date, and will go down as one of Nintendo's most disappointing hardware releases - from a purely commercial perspective, at least. However, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima - a man who has previously revealed that he was...
News Nintendo Producer Highlights How Paper Mario: Color Splash Improves on Sticker Star
No more aimless wandering?
It's no secret that Paper Mario: Sticker Star wasn't the best received Paper Mario game to date. Taking a different approach to the established and much-beloved RPG system, Sticker Star came under fire for the somewhat removal of experience points and stats, necessity of using "Thing" stickers to progress further, and...
News The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Scoops Major Best of Show Award from E3
Three gongs in total
E3 is ancient news now, by the standards of the internet, but the LA extravaganza has one more bit of news to share. It comes in the form of the Game Critics Awards, which is brought together from the votes of 40 different media outlets. The outcome reflects much of what we saw in social media and traditional media coverage of...
Feature The Biggest Wii U and 3DS Games of 2016 - Summer Edition
Yes, we're combining the lists...
Summer is pouncing upon us and at the time of writing it's Independence Day in the US and a tad drizzly in this writer's part of the UK. It seems like a typical early July day, but we are shaking things up a little in this latest quarterly entry of the 'Biggest Games' series. We're combining the Wii U and 3DS...
Review The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (Wii U)
Let us tell you a story...
Nordic Games' The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 revisits the point-and-click adventure glory days known for titles such as Monkey Island and Simon the Sorceror. Although there are still some great adventure games out there, not many arrive on console (and even less on the Wii U), so it's always exciting to see how these titles...
News Shigeru Miyamoto Thinks You Should Give Star Fox Zero Another Try
Star Fox Zero is a great game - we gave it 8 out of 10 - but it possibly didn't make the impact that Nintendo had hoped for. Following a disappointing delay which robbed the Wii U of its biggest festive hit, the game met with a mixed reaction online, with many citing the awkward controls and short length as reasons for their
Japan Weekly Previews and Reviews as Famitsu Continues to Play Catch-Up with E3
Puzzle & Dragons X sees more coverage as well
With so much news coming out of E3 a few weeks ago and only so many pages in a magazine, Famitsu has struggled to keep up with it all. Like last week, ample E3 news buried a few shining gems of information about upcoming Nintendo games, along with a couple obscure titles that will likely never see the...
Video XSEED Shows Off Some Promising Titles in Post-E3 Showcase
Three promising Wii U / 3DS games feature
As we head into the Summer months we can expect some quieter times, but the recent E3 LA extravaganza also set us up for some promising releases in the coming months; XSEED happens to be publishing a few of these that are coming to Wii U and 3DS. The publisher has now shared a 3.5 hour stream showcasing a...
News Watch Day Two of the 2016 Pokémon US National Championships - Live!
Now it's getting serious
With places in the Worlds up for grabs, top Pokémon players of various kinds have been competing at The Pokémon US National Championships. Day one is now out of the way, so there'll be a lot of competitors dreaming of the big prize as they head into the middle day of the event. As before there's plenty to enjoy with...
Video Digital Foundry Produces Extended Breath of the Wild Technical Analysis
Testing the world's systems, visual techniques and more
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is certainly one of Nintendo's most ambitious projects of recent years, pushing the Wii U to the limit and hopefully in line to showcase what the NX can do. Digital Foundry, which specialises in technical analysis of games, has now produced the most...
Video Watch Us Experiment With Your Ideas in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
You asked, we delivered
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild features a whole host of new gameplay features, chief among them being the new dynamic physics engine. Being the loveable souls that we think we are we decided earlier in the week to reach out to you lovely people and see what you wanted to see happen in this fresh new title. You asked...
News Catch Some Day One Action From The 2016 Pokémon US National Championships - Live!
Video Game, Trading Card Game and Pokkén masters go to battle
The competitive Pokémon gaming scene has been up and running for a few months already in 2016, with players around the world battling it out to qualify for the World Championships later this year. One of the most notable precursors for that event is running this weekend - The Pokémon...
News This Is What Sonic The Hedgehog Looks Like In Lego Dimensions
Gotta go fast
We've know that Sonic the Hedgehog is coming to Lego Dimensions, but only now are we getting our first look at the figure itself. The image has shared by Mark Warburton, who is the Producer at TT Games on Lego Dimensions. It shows Sonic on his special NFC base, holding one of his iconic golden rings. Sonic is expected to launch as...
News Nintendo Outlines Splatoon Update Details Along With Callie and Marie's Super Mario Maker Arrival
New amiibo support included, of course
Splatoon is heading towards a grand finale, of sorts, as Nintendo prepares for the last ever Splatfest which will be shared across regions and pit Callie and Marie against each other. In addition, of course, the singing duo have new amiibo that are due to arrive very soon, and with them
News A New Fighter is Due to be Announced for Pokkén Tournament on July 14th
Who's that Pokémon?
Pokkén Tournament was a fun and quirky new fighter released in March, merging the 3D fighter action of the Tekken Series with the pocket monsters of Pokémon. We absolutely loved it, praising the accessible, yet deep, nature of the gameplay. The character roster is one of the game's many strengths featuring a diverse array of...
Video Digital Foundry Puts Mighty No. 9's Wii U Framerate and Performance to the Test
It's not mighty, sadly
Mighty No. 9, it's fair to say, wasn't exactly greeted with glowing recommendations and open arms when it arrived recently. After an extended and troubled development the final result underwhelmed, and we decided it was more like Mediocre No. 9 in our review. Playable and with some good moments, it also has flaws that aren't...
News Splatoon's Last Splatfest is Next Month
Team Callie or Team Marie?
One of the most popular and enjoyable aspects of Splatoon has been the semi-monthly Splatfests. These day-long, team based competitions took the core idea of Splatoon and expanded on it a bit, allowing players to pledge allegiance to a certain team, with a winning team decided at the end of it all based on popularity and...
FAQ The GamePad Screen is, Tellingly, Largely Redundant in Breath of the Wild's Demo
Pinning down how the inventory and game map work
An area of confusion popped up within the comments section of an article related to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a while ago, centred primarily around the use of the GamePad and whether it features a dynamic map as expected. One of our E3 previewers had, in the hubbub of the show floor,...
News Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Needs To Sell 2 Million Copies To Make A Profit
Resources created during development could speed up other titles
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild needs to sell 2 million copies worldwide to recoup its development costs and turn a profit, according to Shigeru Miyamoto. Speaking at a recent investors meeting - which has been superbly translated bit-by-bit by Twitter user Cheesemeister3k -...
Editorial An Ode To The Wii U GamePad, Nintendo's Mad But Brilliant Controller
Big, unwieldy, but occasionally innovative and exciting
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. In hindsight the GamePad has been a problem for the Wii U, a system that has stumbled as a result of multiple issues. It contributed to a higher-than-ideal launch price for the hardware, and has been largely underutilised for most of this generation. The Wii U,...
News Wonder Boy: Dragon's Trap Remake Appears To Be Wii U-Bound
According to its BitSummit 2016 listing, anyway
DotEmu and Lizardcube recently lifted the lid on a HD remake of Sega and Westone's excellent Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap. At the time of the reveal it was confirmed for consoles and PC, and neither publisher nor developer would commit to the title coming to a Nintendo platform. However, according to...
News Fans Create Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Patch Which Uncensors Western Censorship
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE might not be the AAA smash-hit that saves Nintendo's struggling home console, but it's a welcome release in a year which is proving to be pretty short on quality Wii U games - as you'll know if you've consulted our review. However, changes made to the game caused some to grumble.
News 'Makers of Mario' Website Aims to Show Nintendo's Bookmark Functionality The Way Forward
Detailed searches, levels bundled into 'Worlds' and 'Games', plus more
Super Mario Maker proved to be a success for Nintendo and Wii U in 2015, handing over the keys to 2D Mario gaming for players to create their own masterpieces. The in-game searches and the web-based Bookmark service have also made it easier to try new levels and discover new...
News Tell Us What to Do in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Pants or no pants
The response from our wonderful US team to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been outstanding, but now it's the turn of the home-grown UK team to get our mitts on the game, and we want to bring you along for the ride. We've been invited to demo this incredibly promising foray in the Zelda series, and considering how few...
Review Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U)
Taking home the bronze
Although carnivale looms neon bright on the horizon, the party may already be winding down for Sonic and Mario. From snowy peaks to sandy shores, these former rivals are back for another collection of sporting mini-games in celebration of the Rio 2016 Olympics, and while they won't have to deal with the political turmoil or...
News Nintendo Outlines a Fresh Approach to Storytelling in The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Ifs, buts, and maybes...
With all the hype that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is generating, it's no wonder that fans are clinging onto every piece of information received about the latest Zelda adventure. Whether details are learned from E3 gameplay or developer interviews, the Breath of the Wild puzzle is slowly unravelling - but we're...
News Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Secures Top 20 Place in UK Charts
Mario & Sonic at the Olympics and Ocarina of Time 3D also hit top 40
After a couple of weeks with limited top 40 games in the UK, Nintendo has a few different titles making their mark in the most recent chart results in the country. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE made its debut last week and secured a top 20 position, landing in 18th place in the...
Video Unexpected Rupees Cause Excitement for Players of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Demo
You can take that to the bank - the money bank
Rupees have been part of the Zelda series from the very beginning. Found in long grass, pots and chests, Hyrule's currency is vital when it comes to purchasing new items and other goods. However, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's move towards scavenging and collecting weapons, the humble...
Mediocre No. 9, more like
There are few Kickstarter projects that have gained as much attention as Keiji Inafune and Comcept's Mighty No. 9. Billed as a spiritual successor to Capcom's seemingly dormant Mega Man series - a lineage Inafune is closely connected with - this new project was supposed to bring back everything fans loved about the Blue...
Japan Weekly Shovel Knight Impresses Famitsu as Puzzle & Dragons X Follows in Pokemon's Footsteps
Zero Time Dilemma's review and a ninja brawler also make an appearance
It's been a while since Nintendo Life covered Famitsu magazine, but because it consistently features world-first previews and reviews of many Japanese Nintendo titles, we decided to bring it back for your reading pleasure. This week's magazine featured a double-page spread on...
News See Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Pokkén Tournament Champions Crowned at CEO 2016 - Live!
The final day
This weekend a number of top competitive gamers have been in Orlando to battle it out at CEO 2016. The Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament finished off in front of a huge crowd on 25th June, with Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma seeing off Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman with final score of 3-1. Now it's the turn of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and...
News Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Switched Development Direction After Six Months
It was Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem at first, after all
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is now out in stores and on the eShop in the West following a positive critical reception - we also gave it a strong recommendation in our review. It had an interesting development history, unveiled with few details as Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem before an...
Video Get Warmed Up for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE With This Launch Trailer
Save the world like a superstar
The list of major retail releases on Wii U due in 2016 is rather short, which makes the launch of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE rather enticing. It's had some positive reviews, and for our part we gave it a strong recommendation; now it's down to how many copies it can sell in stores and on the eShop. For RPG fans with a...
News Patch For Minecraft Battle Mini-Game Rolling Out Now
Fixes issue that prevented people from joining public games
4J Studios has confirmed that a patch to fix issues with the newly-released Minecraft Battle Mini-Game is rolling out now. Released on the 21st June, the new mode crashed when players attempted to join public games. Have you have the patch yet? Let us know if it has solved the problem...
News Eiji Aonuma Would Like to Make Another Multiplayer Zelda Game
Tri Force Heroes 2?
Co-op in The Legend of Zelda is one of those things that sounds good on paper, but really doesn't seem to always take the best shape in reality. The latest multiplayer Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, wasn't necessarily a bad game, but it didn't quite live up to the high standards set by other game in the...
Reminder Splatoon's Next Splatfest Will Settle The Score Between Early Birds And Night Owls Once And For All
An event worth tweeting about
They say that the early bird catches the worm, but then again night owls can swivel their heads up to 270 degrees and get to see the latest episode of Game of Thrones before everyone else. It's stiff competition! Following on from the success of the recent SpongeBob SquarePants Splatfest, the next event in North...
News Splatoon VR Hack Involves A GamePad On Your Back And A Customised Water Pistol
Just like being there
Ever wonder what Splatoon would play like if it used VR? Well ponder no more, as Japanese researchers have created their own version using custom parts, a little imagination and a cheap plastic water gun. The setup uses a Sony HMZ-T1 head-mounted display for immersion, while the aforementioned water gun has been modded for...
News Devil's Third Online Servers To Close At The End Of The Year
Nintendo has confirmed that it will be shutting down the Devil's Third multiplayer servers at the end of 2016 - a year after they went live. The servers will shut on December 29th at 1PM local time in Japan. However, things are going to be winding down sooner than that; players will no longer be able to purchase Golden Eggs - in-game...
News Miyamoto and Bill Trinen Discuss Why Breath of the Wild is Called an "Open Air Adventure"
Basically, it means open world
In the modern game industry, it making games into open world adventures seems to be all the rage. Sometimes it makes sense and sometimes it was obviously just done to hop on the bandwagon, so there's obviously a lot of oscillation in the quality of each open world. That being said, it could be argued that The Legend of...
News Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Fortissimo Edition Available to Pre-Order, Again, From Official Nintendo UK Store
Making a song and dance about it
Whenever Nintendo announces a limited edition version of a game there's the inevitable fear that stock will disappear rather quickly. That happened with the Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE 'Fortissimo Edition' when the Official Nintendo UK Store opened up pre-orders, with the dreaded 'sold out' status eventually appearing...
Review Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Wii U)
When you hit the main menu of Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, there's no start button. Instead the bright, rainbow-coloured visuals invite the player to debut, a seemingly minor change of wording that nonetheless sets the tone for the entire game. In this candy-coated world heroes are showbiz sensations, dungeons are department...
News Mighty No. 9 Problems "Totally My Fault", Admits Creator Keiji Inafune
"I'm the key creator. I will own that responsibility"
Mighty No. 9's launch hasn't exactly been a success. The title has shipped to middling reviews and performance problems, and a live stream to promote the game
News Eiji Aonuma Talks Voice Acting and Sci-Fi in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Boldly going where no Link has gone before
It's no secret that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be tossing plenty of series' tradition out the window in favor of a new future for the iconic adventure franchise. Apart from the positively massive open world that allows for more player choice than ever before, there will also be the...
News There's an Early Patch Inbound for Mighty No. 9 on Wii U
Hopefully not a mighty file size
Mighty No. 9 on Wii U has been in a quirky situation, with Kickstarter backers and early buyers in North America getting stuck into the release while publisher Deep Silver has been slow to roll-out review code for the Nintendo system's iteration. We've had some highlight to us on social media that on Wii U the game...
Editorial Mighty No. 9 and High Profile Disappointments Don't Invalidate Crowdfunding
Kickstarter and others bring risks, but sometimes they're worth it
I'm yet to play Mighty No. 9, but I've been following the chatter around it with a sense of weary resignation. It's been getting a lukewarm response in PS4 reviews, and the publisher hasn't exactly been rushing to get Wii U code out to anyone other than those who have paid for it...
News Digital Foundry Assesses the Technology and Framerate in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Overall, it's looking rather impressive
We saw plenty of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild during E3, with Nintendo making it the focus of its first day of live streaming and also earning a lot of media coverage for the playable demo on the show floor. Overall the response was extremely positive, with the game arguably being Nintendo's most...
News Even If It’s Not Perfect, It’s Better Than Nothing, Says Mighty No. 9 Creator Keiji Inafune
UPDATE: Translator's comments could have been attributed to Inafune
Update: We've been pointed to a debate around who said 'it's better than nothing' in this context, whether translator Ben Judd added it as an aside or whether it was part of his translation for Keiji Inafune. In the context of the stream both men were encountering a lot of negative...
News Cat Mario Figurine Coming To UK This Month, Costs A Lot Of Gold Coins
That's authentic polystone resin, that is
If you've got a spare £150 to burn and you fancy having a statue of portly Italian dressed in a catsuit sitting on your mantelpiece, then head over to the Official Nintendo UK Store and lay down some cash on the Cat Mario figurine, which arrives later this month. Based on the cat transformation seen in...
Rumour Someone Tried To Steal The Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Demo, And Failed
Hack the planet
Nintendo went big on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at this year's E3. There were demo pods everywhere, each one running the game as it stands at this present moment in time. With so much unreleased code floating around, it's perhaps unsurprising that a rumour has begun circulating online that a hacker targeted the event in...
Reminder Minecraft: Wii U Edition is Out Now in North American Stores
Its original release date got blocked out
As a sign that Microsoft Studios, Mojang and Nintendo didn't quite think it through with the 17th June retail release of Minecraft: Wii U Edition in North America (E3 and all that), it's sent out a press release today as a reminder that it's now in stores. The title's been available as a download since late...
Video Bayonetta 2 Is Just Too Darn Sexy, Even For Hormone-Addled Teens
"This just got weirdly sexual"
Bayonetta 2 is one of the Wii U's best exclusives, offering some amazing visuals and deeply rewarding action. It's also pretty sexy, with the protagonist bouncing provocatively on enemies and shedding her hair-like clothing with her more powerful attacks. It's trademark PlatinumGames, of course - and plenty of people...
News Xenoblade Studio Monolith Soft Is Helping Make Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
Team of "over 100" mucking in, according to Miyamoto
Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Xenoblade Chronicles X studio Monolith Soft is helping to develop The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. According to the veteran designer, "over 100" staff from the firm are chipping in to ensure the forthcoming Wii U and NX title is as good as it pos
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Family Gamer TV's Andy Robertson gets back in touch with a gaming icon
Getting hands on with Skylanders Imaginators at E3 was something of a revelation. We had heard a lot about the character creator before the event but it wasn't until we tried it for ourselves that it became apparent just how in-depth and flexible this is. The interface works...
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Mighty No. 9 was supposed to be one of Kickstarter's real success stories. After smashing its original funding total the game looked set to become the true spiritual successor to the largely dormant Mega Man franchise, but a series of embarrassing delays took the shine off proceedings. To ma
Random Fans Decode Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Hylian Text, Find Funnies
Seems like the ancient ones have a sense of humour
Hyrule may be a fictional place, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from piling layer upon layer of detail to make it appear real - and that includes coming up with a unique language and alphabet for the mystical kingdom. The recent showing of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at E3 gave...
News Delays With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Due to Physics Engine and Dual Release Decision
"There was a lot of struggle with using the physics engine"
Rather like the early days of the Wii U when Nintendo cited challenges in shifting to HD development, the ambition behind The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild appears to have been the cause of its multiple delays. Originally announced for a 2015 release, it was pushed back to '2016'...
Video See Even More of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild With Eiji Aonuma and Nintendo Minute
Come for the footage, stay for Aonuma-san howling
If you followed E3 closely you'll have seen a lot of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with the Treehouse team providing a combined 8 hours+ of demonstrations. Yet there's always more to see, as the latest Nintendo Minute proves. The usual presenting duo of Kit and Krysta are joined by series...
News Nintendo Outlines Key Goals to Ensure NX Success
Also says to "grab a Wii U while you can"
Following an E3 in which Nintendo won the day in terms of social media buzz, courtesy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, focus is shifting to the future once again. Even that title, showcased on the Wii U, has the sub-context of being a key NX release in 2017, a point of view reinforced by Nintendo...
Hands On Embracing Freedom in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Where even the smallest details can surprise Zelda veterans
In our third and final hands on preview of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild from E3, Alan Lopez breaks down what makes it a unique new direction for the series. Links to our previous write-ups by Morgan Sleeper and Mitch Vogel can be found at the end. To really understand the...
Hands On Whipping Hair Back and Forth in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Half-genie, all hero
WayForward's popular half-genie mascot hasn't starred in a game in since 2014's Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, and now the wait for her next adventure is nearly over. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is due to arrive both digitally and physically this Fall, kicking off something of a new beginning for the series. Given that the...
E3 2016 Hideki Kamiya Has "Spent A Lot Of Time" Thinking About Bayonetta 3
"I’ve got ideas in my head for Okami 2 as well"
Bayonetta and its Wii U-exclusive sequel are two of PlatinumGames' most beloved releases. The first title was a cult classic that sold moderately well, but it took Nintendo's involvement to make the second a reality. While Bayonetta 2 was a critical success, only being available on one console (and...
E3 2016 Sony Boss Shuhei Yoshida Seems Pretty Hyped About Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
"I can not wait to play Zelda again when it comes out"
Nintendo's presence at E3 2016 may have been somewhat reduced with the company only showing off a handful of games, but the buzz around one of those titles has eclipsed everything else. So much so in fact that Sony's Shuhei Yoshida has publicly voiced his feelings about The Legend of Zelda:...
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