December2010

  • News Konami Wants You to Meet Doctor Lautrec on 3DS

    Professor Layton's French cousin, perhaps

    Just because 3DS is seeing an outing from the top hat professor in the form of Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle doesn't mean that Konami won't try to steal a little of the astute one's thunder. This week's Famitsu magazine contains a reveal of Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights, an archaeology-themed game starring a Doctor wearing a top hat..

November2010

  • News Asphalt 3D to Set 3DS Hearts Racing in Spring 2011

    Screenshots screech in

    The Asphalt racing series has had some decent outings on Nintendo handhelds, not least Asphalt 4: Elite Racing on DSiWare, and now Konami is taking over the publishing reins to bring the game to 3DS in Spring 2011. The game's official site has just launched bringing with it a few teaser screenshots showing off some of the licensed cars and shiny graphics that await racing..

October2010

  • News Konami Has a Quartet of Franchises Heading to 3DS

    Contra, PES, Metal Gear Solid and... Frogger

    That long list of third-party 3DS titles contained plenty of mouthwatering prospects from countless publishers, but one title that particularly stood out was the prospect of a new Contra title from Konami. Now the Japanese firm has announced it'll be bringing the run-and-gun epic to Europe, alongside...

  • News StreetPass Being Looked into for Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

    Potentially allowing gamers to "play" the game without actually playing it

    The 3DS is set to offer handheld gamers a variety of functionalities that were previously unavailable. It's easy for the 3D visuals to be stealing the limelight, but what about things like StreetPass? How will developers utilise this subtle yet intriguing feature? Since the unveiling of the Metal Gear Solid 3 tech demo at E3..

September2010

  • News Super Mario Bros. was Gaming's Big Bang, says Kojima

    "One of mankind's greatest creations," says great man

    It's been 25 years since Super Mario Bros. hit the world of gaming, and its influence is still felt widely around the world. Konami legend and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is just one individual whose life was altered by the plumbing adventure. Kojima has said: With the creation of...

  • News PES 2011 Promises a Wii Control Revolution

    Dribbling all over the place

    Last year's PES 2010 offered the Wii's best kick-about yet, with plenty of options and an improved control scheme. This year's entry, which you won't be surprised to hear is called PES 2011, is promising further enhancements to the dribbling mechanics, with full 360º freedom at the top of the list. As well as the...

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June2010

  • E3 2010 Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D for 3DS

    At least the "3D" designation fits in more smoothly here

    The game announcements just keep coming. Next up is the first Metal Gear game for a Nintendo system since Twin Snakes hit the GameCube. Not much is clear about the game, including its title: Nintendo's site calls it Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, while other sources have tacked the subtitle...

May2010

April2010

  • News Dedicated Castlevania Fan Beats NES Version With Dance Mat

    Virtual Console port is bested using some smooth moves

    Those of you brave enough to have downloaded the Virtual Console port of the original NES Castlevania will be aware that the game is hard. As in tough-as-old-boots hard. Here at Nintendo Life Towers we've lost count of the number of NES pads we've broken over the years attempting to put Drac...

  • News Nintendo's Upcoming U.S. Release Schedule Gets Updated

    Metroid: Other M and Sin & Punishment: Star Successor get pushed back

    Summer is slowly on its way and with it, brings the annual wave of big releases. Sadly though, the pace at which the tip of this wave is arriving is rubbing off on some highly anticipated games. Nintendo has just informed us that whilst some titles have been marked with release...

  • News Frogger Takes a Trip to DSiWare

    Carry something slimy and green in your pocket

    Despite his precarious position on the food chain, Konami's Frogger refuses to die, as last year's WiiWare release Frogger Returns proves. It seems his return is returning again, as it's been announced for a conversion to DSiWare later this year. Judging from the few details released so far, it looks like being a pretty faithful port of the big-screen..

  • News Konami Sheds More Light on A Shadow's Tale

    New trailer for the platformer previously known as Tower of Shadow

    It's not often that platform games manifest themselves in a unique hue that illuminates them from their surroundings, and this upcoming Wii title from Hudson Soft could well be the latest example of a game that does. In more ways than one, mind. Since it was announced last August, we still don't know too much about it. Other than..

  • News Be the Master of Ceremonies With Def Jam Rapstar

    Mic check, one two, one two

    We might be getting a taste of what the turntable brings to the whole Hip Hop culture with games like DJ Hero, but evidently, that's not enough. Konami has secured co-distribution rights with Autumn Games for the upcoming "rap game" developed by 4mm Games, Terminal Games, and Def Jam Interactive. So clear your throat and pick up the mic if you have the skills..

March2010

  • Nintendo Download 30th & 31st March 2010 (Japan)

    Bit Boy!! grows up and more MSX on Wii; Sims, role-playing and puzzling for DSi

    Marvelous Entertainment continues its World Game Parade this week on WiiWare, and Virtual Console buffs who're into the import scene may want to check out the MSX titles on offer that have come out of nowhere (we do like VC surprises, yes we do). DSiWare is a bit light this week with three titles, only one of which is..

  • Nintendo Download 23rd & 24th March 2010 (Japan)

    Frogs, romantic sagas, galactic brawling, shogi, mahjong, monsters and prison breaks next week in Japan

    WiiWareFrogger Returns (500pts – Konami) – A Japanese catch-up title that's been out for a few months in North America and just last month in Europe. We thought it was good fun and a nice return to form for a franchise that has spent a lot of time trying to become a platforming game. Virtual..

  • Nintendo Download 15th March 2010 (North America)

    Gladiators, vampires, shooting, dinos, zoos and golf this week

    Fans of the classics will be pleased to see the TG-16 CD entry in the Castlevania series as well as a new take on the Punch-Out formula and a surprise target shooter on Wii, whilst the DSi gets a range of sim-style games: zoo, dino and gangster and a golf game for good measure. WiiWare:...

  • News 5th Hanabi Festival Inbound

    Featuring the mighty Castlevania Rondo of Blood!

    While we speculated on the return of the Hanabi Festival recently, Nintendo were busy putting the finishing touches to the fifth instalment of their import spectacular, due to launch this Friday. Kicking off with the fantastic Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and taking in IronClad, Milon's Secret Castle and, er,

  • News Konami Updates Gradius Rebirth

    Konami's retro Gradius title gets an upgrade.

    Konami has just released an update to their Gradius Rebirth WiiWare release that tosses in a few new twists to the package. Among the new additions are some graphical improvements, remixed soundtrack tunes, and a few other goodies worth checking out for those who own the game already. All you have to do...

February2010