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News: Piracy Not to Blame for Poor Software Sales, Says Iwata

Piracy Not to Blame for Poor Software Sales, Says Iwata

Blame must be divvied out more evenly

We know that the DS has suffered a great deal from the impact of piracy, with many titles failing to gain the sales they deserved, in part due to the ease with which software is pirated on the device. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata isn't convinced the blame lies squarely at the feet of pirates however, acknowledging his company has a part to play in promoting..

Rumour: Sonic 20th Birthday Pack Not Just Selling 16-Bit Memories

Sonic 20th Birthday Pack Not Just Selling 16-Bit Memories

Best of Sonic in glorious 3D... wait, come back!

It's a rich old time for fans of classic side-scrolling platformers: Super Mario Bros. celebrated its 25th anniversary recently, and next year – June 23rd, to be precise – is the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. With Nintendo having pushed the boat out to commemorate its iconic hero's 25th...

News: A Duo of Doctor Who Titles Regenerate in November

A Duo of Doctor Who Titles Regenerate in November

One on Wii, one on DS

The announcement of new Doctor Who games on Wii and DS brought more than a ripple of excitement to the gaming world, and now we have official release dates for both games. Fans of the time-travelling Doctor will be able to get their hands on Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth for DS and Doctor Who: Return to Earth for Wii on November 12th. Both titles feature the likeness of current..

News: Surprise! Pikachu DSi Charger Coming to North America

Surprise! Pikachu DSi Charger Coming to North America

Just in time for Christmas

There's no doubt you remember this incredible Pikachu DSi charger that raises questions of exactly how the little electric mouse is charging the console. Well, North American gamers will soon get their chance to inspect the accessory close-up, as Hori is bringing it Stateside. You can currently pre-order it from Amazon for $39.99, with the release set for December 23rd..

News: Namco and Rising Star Team Up to Bring More Harvest Moons to Europe

Namco and Rising Star Team Up to Bring More Harvest Moons to Europe

Animal Parade and Sunshine Islands, to be precise

You wait six months for a Harvest Moon game to reach Europe, and then three come along at once. Rune Factory 2 sprouted across Europe today, and now publisher Rising Star Games has teamed up with Namco Bandai Partners to distribute two more titles before the end of November. Harvest Moon: Animal...

News: Find Chibiterasu in New York, Win a Chibiterasu Plush

Find Chibiterasu in New York, Win a Chibiterasu Plush

Missing: legendary god in wolf form. Reward: toys.

Anyone in the New York area who fancies a bit of a treasure hunt may want to keep their eyes peeled for this poster of a missing Chibiterasu, star of Capcom's Okamiden, for the chance to win a plush keyring of the lupine goddess. The first three people to find the poster, take a photo of themselves next to it and share it via the official Okami..

News: Rune Factory 3 Sprouting Across North America in November

Rune Factory 3 Sprouting Across North America in November

November 9th, to be precise

Whilst budding European horticulturists wait to get their green fingers on Rune Factory 2, due out tomorrow, North American farmers can look forward to the third instalment, the cleverly entitled Rune Factory 3, arriving on November 9th. As well as the usual mixture of farming and fighting, Rune Factory 3 is the first multiplayer title in the series, allowing you and two..

News: Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Hits North America in January Too

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Hits North America in January Too

Only a few days apart

Yesterday we told you that Kingdom Hearts Re:coded will reach Europe on January 14th 2011, with a North American release date yet to be confirmed. Now we've had it confirmed – if only it were always that quick – as launching on January 11th, 2011. Here's the press release in all its Disney/Square Enix crossover glory. LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Inc.,..

News: Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Reaches Europe in January

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Reaches Europe in January

Disney-tastic start to the New Year

The latest collaboration between Square Enix and Disney, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, has just been confirmed for a release across Europe on January 14th. A beefed-up port of a Japan-only mobile game, Re:coded features fan favourite characters from both companies, including Cloud Strife, Mickey Mouse and Hercules, as well as a brand new Tag Mode that lets players..

News: Europe Awakes to a Golden Sun on December 10th

Europe Awakes to a Golden Sun on December 10th

Dark Dawn dated

We had our fears that Golden Sun: Dark Dawn would land in 2011, but Nintendo's latest release schedule pins the game down for launch on Friday December 10th. If you want to catch up on our coverage in anticipation of what's sure to be one of DS's finest RPGs of the year, you can read our First Impressions and check out some Golden...

Podcast: NLFM Episode 9: Halloween Hootenanny

NLFM Episode 9: Halloween Hootenanny

You don't need to be the master of unlocking to access these horror treasures

Boo! It's a regular fright fest in this episode of NLFM as we queue up some of our favorite horror game tracks. BEHOLD! the wonders of mad science gone wrong! GASP! at the children of the night! WONDER! how Chuck D. Head doesn't need more painkillers! RUN! from the Scissorman! Dare you listen? Dare you not? In case you've..

News: Prepare for Celebrity Overload in Nintendo's Christmas Campaign

Prepare for Celebrity Overload in Nintendo's Christmas Campaign

It doesn't stop at Jedward

Nintendo of Europe is very fond of having familiar faces present its campaigns: Ant and Dec represented the brand for years, and Irish nightmare twins Jedward were recently brought on board for the coming Christmas period. That's only the tip of the superstar iceberg however, with the full range of personalities now unveiled. Top of the bill is twinkly-eyed Irish charmer..

News: Capcom's Okamiden Limps to Retail in Japan

Capcom's Okamiden Limps to Retail in Japan

DS sequel lags behind PS2 and Wii versions in day one sales

We're absolute suckers for cute animals here at Nintendo Life so the high expectations we hold for Capcom's DS title Okamiden are entirely understandable - it's just a shame that Japan doesn't seem to feel the same way. First-day sales figures for the Okami sequel suggest that only 10,000 copies have made their way into the sweaty palms of..

News: Mario and Sonic Olympics was Yuji Naka's Idea, says Yuji Naka

Mario and Sonic Olympics was Yuji Naka's Idea, says Yuji Naka

Idea pitched before he left Sega

The man behind Sonic the Hedgehog, Yuji Naka, had left Sega by the time Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games was underway, but Mr Naka has said that he came up with the concept before his departure. Speaking to the audience at this year's Eurogamer Expo in London, Mr Naka said: It was actually my idea, and I was the one who approached Nintendo about it. I thought..

Review: Pang: Magical Michael (DS)

Pang: Magical Michael (DS)

It's showtime!

Everyone loves Magical Michael, 'cause the tricks that he does are ever so cool. However, at the moment, no one is particularly loving him, as a failed experiment on his part has caused hundreds of dangerous bubbles to be released across the world. Now it's his task to venture across the planet and eliminate the threat. If you've played Pang or Mighty! Pang in the arcades, many of..

News: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light Crown Job System Trailer

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light Crown Job System Trailer

Unique character customisation system explained

The folks at Square-Enix have just sent over the newest video for Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light which shows how to use the game's unique Crown Job System. As you can see in the video, there is a huge degree of customisation made available to the player by wearing and upgrading the various Crowns, not to mention a wealth of new abilities that..

News: Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem Launches Next Month

Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem Launches Next Month

The fourth in the series aims to be more user-friendly

When Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! was announced at this year's E3, we knew we'd be seeing its release sometime in the holiday season, but now Nintendo has confirmed that a North American release will go ahead next month. When the fourth title in the Mario Vs. Donkey Kong series launches on 14th November, players will once again take..

News: Ivy the Kiwi? Emerges from its European Egg on October 29th

Ivy the Kiwi? Emerges from its European Egg on October 29th

Yuji Naka's latest opus nearly hatched

Ivy the Kiwi? for Wii and DS is the latest game from Yuji Naka, best known for his involvement in the creation of Sonic the Hedgehog. It's been out in North America for some time, but a European release is just around the corner, with publisher Rising Star Games announcing the game will launch on Friday, October 29th. You can read our Ivy the Kiwi? Wii review..