Legendary Pokémon spotted at US retailers
The hype machine for Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver is certainly kicking into action now, with the news that select US retailers are offering Ho-Oh and Lugia figurines to preorder customers. If you want Ho-Oh, put your name down for HeartGold. Lugia fan? SoulSilver is the one for you. Here's what Cammie Dunaway had to say about the figurines: These..
Guilty plea nets 12-month sentence
Don't mess with Nintendo. British resident Yun Can Meng clearly didn't get the memo when he was busy importing approximately 26,500 R4 cards, as GamesPolitics reports that Meng has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for pleading guilty to the charge. Meng was sentenced in Hull Crown Court. R4 cards can be used to illegally download and play DS titles. They can..
New console colour complemented by new games
In a move that nobody saw coming, Nintendo today announced the release of a pink DSi console in Europe, available from February 12th. Packaged with Style Boutique (known as Style Savvy in the US), the console is set to win over macho hearts and minds in just a few weeks. That's not all the hardware news Nintendo's latest press announcement has to shout..
Yet another engaging DS Japanese RPG.
There's no denying that Nintendo's DS system has seen quite a few Japanese RPG releases over the years and is quickly becoming the system of choice for fans of the genre. Imageepoch, comprised of former developers of such legendary RPG classics as Xenogears and Grandia, have once again combined their talents to...
According to research firm EEDAR, we could have our hands on the next handheld by April 2011
With the Wii smashing sales last month, it is no surprise to hear that Nintendo is planning on revamping its handheld market. According to EEDAR, a new version of the DS could be available by April 2011. Jesse Divinch, who is the director of the analyst...
Hojillions and hojillions served
According to the NPD sales numbers for December, Nintendo sold more than double the hardware as all of their competitors combined, totaling around 7 million Wii and DS units sold. That's a spicy meatball, but certainly not the only one on top of the company's pile of money-shaped spaghetti that was 2009. In fact, the DS and its various incarnations managed to sell..
Exclusive Nintendo Life moving images contained within
No doubt you've already cast your gaze over Corbie's excellent hands-on impressions of the shiny new Nintendo DSi XL, and as a companion to that feature we've cooked up a little video review of the console, purely because we're nice like that. Thanks go to the friendly people at Nintendo UK for supplying us with the review unit, as well as a..
Wii alone stomped the might of Sony and Microsoft
We had already heard from Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata that the Japanese giant was looking at record December console sales figures this year in the US, but now we've got cold hard NPD sales numbers to see just how many Wiis and DS's were shifted. Turns out that Iwata's "approaching 3M sold" Wii estimate earlier this month was conservative..
More Mega Man goodness for Nintendo fans
Capcom has just announced Mega Man Zero Collection for the DS, featuring the Zero character from the Mega Man X universe. The games were originally released on GBA from 2002 to 2005 and feature a story set a century after the X series (and 200 years before ZX) when Zero gets re-activated and becomes an integral member of a rebel group of reploids against..
Big screens a-comin'
We've already told you what we reckon about the new DSi XL and its mammoth screens, but if you live in Europe then you'll get a chance to try it yourself when the console launches on March 5th, 2010. Nintendo's lovely press department has just sent over the announcement now, although there is no mention of price as yet. It's...
More footage of the game in action!
Nintendo has just sent over two brand new gameplay videos of their upcoming DS RPG Glory of Heracles. The game is set to hit store shelves on January 18th and if you haven't seen the game in action yet, do yourself a favor and check out these two videos. We'll have a set of new screenshots tomorrow and of course...
More characters to be revealed
Sega have released another trailer of the racer being developed by Sumo Digital, showing off Ulala from Dreamcast game Space Channel 5 and Crazy Taxi's BD Joe, which received a rather good GameCube conversion a few years back. It's been announced there will be 24 tracks in total, a healthy amount though just shy of Mario Kart Wii. Sumo Digital have also revealed some..
Shaking stilled, Battalions blasted and walls Charged
Just last week, gaming blog Coffee With Games reported that Nintendo would be ceasing production and distribution of the Metroid Prime Trilogy compilation in the US. Now, several sites are reporting that the company is laying off even more games, some of which haven't even blown out their first birthday candle yet. According to the blog,..
Both UK and US getting Pokewalker
Nintendo Europe has announced this morning that the release date for Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver in the UK is 26th March. In addition they have confirmed that the Pokewalker peripheral is also due for release in Europe (Americans should be getting it too, we would imagine) and they've even been kind enough to give some additional details on how the little..
When it was announced Japan would be getting a game starring the Zelda series' strangest character, Tingle, everybody pretty much agreed on one thing - it would never leave Japan. But, in a very surprising move, Nintendo decided to take the gamble and localise the game. Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland takes place before every Zelda game he's...
Console tilt-sensitive without attachments
Satoru Iwata may say the DS's successor will be motion sensitive, but the team at Engine Software has beaten him to the punch, creating full motion sensitivity with no attachments needed. To demonstrate the technology in action, Engine Software has released a video of TILT, a prototype marble-rolling simulation. Check it out below. The developers are keen..
Upcoming Wii and DS food-'em-ups get March release dates
Sushi rolling might not seem like the most obvious premise for a video game, but throw in some time-management gameplay and some frantic score-beating action and developers Asylum Entertainment might just have cooked up something rather tasty. We're only a few months away from finding out for sure, as Southpeak games have announced a North..
Ten awards, hundreds of votes - the results are right here!
In this month's podcast we revealed the Nintendo Life Game of the Year Awards winners, showcasing the very best games that 2009 bestowed upon us. If you didn't get chance to listen to the show yet, be sure to check it out, but here for posterity are all the categories and winners from a...
Wii design ethos to influence future handheld
Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun recently carried an interview with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, discussing the company's hopes for the year ahead, and he discussed a few very brief titbits about the possible DS successor and its features. It will have highly detailed graphics, and it will be necessary to have a sensor with the ability to read the..
Nintendo systems no slouches in Europe either
Official NPD numbers for December aren't revealed until January 14, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata from tooting the company's money-making horn. According to Iwata, Nintendo managed to sell over 3 million Wii's last month in the US, beating last year's 2.15 million and toppling the previous home console record held by the PlayStation..
3D chiseling goodness due on February 5th
Picross 3D was released all the way back in March for our Japanese friends. Since then Nintendo announced it for more Western shores during E3 in June, and then things went a bit quiet on the block-chiseling front. However, now Nintendo of Europe have piped up saying Picross 3D is now due for Europe on February 5th. The puzzler will feature over 350 new 3D..
Sega’s African adventure bagged and tagged.
Jambo! Safari: Animal Rescue is a bold attempt at converting the popular Arcade title to something more palatable for the home audience. Quite obviously aimed at younger gamers, this conversion basically boils down to a few veterinary minigames tacked on to the central animal-wrangling gameplay sections. But is Jambo! Safari the big-game catch we were..
Musical discussions and a few curious tidbits
In Japan on 28th October 2009, the soundtrack for the newest Pokémon titles, Heart Gold and Soul Silver, was released. The three CD set came with a booklet containing various details and a six page interview with the sound team. Pokémon fansite Dogasu's Backpack has translated the interview in full along with various members of the Pokémon community..
Stricter rules in place in light of recent terror scare
Various reports have been filtering through the Internet since a failed terror attack in Detroit, MI on Christmas Day, that there has been some major clamping down on security. People have reported online there have been more pat-downs and some airlines are enforcing stricter restrictions on flights. This includes, on some flights, bans on all..
Family Game Delight?
Connect 4, Operation, Battleship and Bop It – games that have become household names with which we are all familiar. Translating Battleship and Connect 4 into digital versions for the Nintendo DS was always going to be an easy task; the challenge for EA was to digitize Operation and Bop It to try and emulate the success of their real-life counterparts. A further challenge was..
Last, but certainly not least...
Aardman Animation, the forces behind Wallace & Gromit, have just released the final video in their Zelda: Spirit Tracks series and we've got it for you. This final video has a little bit of a humorous spin to it, and once again is quite an impressive Flipnote feat. And for those of you who haven't yet read our Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks review, don't forget..
Wii dominates the charts despite being overshadowed by Modern Warfare 2
At the beginning of time (the 80s), man created video game consoles, and he rested partially content. After creating games, marketing, public outcry, double digits' worth of bits and CDs, man rested slightly more content. Then came sales tracking, and who knew when the first sales tracked and charted that in 2009 a game would..
Cheer or bust!
Welcome to another handsome episode of NLFM, the chip and game music podcast from Nintendo Life. This month we succumb to the holiday spirit and explore the seasonal chip music landscape in this holiday spectacular spectacular! NLFM will generally focus on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to...
Cryp-ticks all the right boxes.
It's very rare for Nintendo to be beaten to the punch by other developers, but some of their recent DS releases certainly seem to be playing catch-up to the wealth of third-party support on the machine. Style Boutique (known as Style Savvy in the US) resembles any number of other titles, and now with Nintendo Presents: Crossword Collection they've got another product..
Why you should vote for Hatsworth's jolly good show
As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of some of the stellar titles we’ve seen in 2009, we’ll be..
Here comes the Greek squad!
Nintendo's upcoming RPG Glory of Heracles has flown under the radar for the most part, but with the game's upcoming January 18th release in North America, we thought it might be time to get some information up on the unique title. You can check out the official press release below for a little more information on the game and we'll have more screenshots and some video of..
Clean pants recommended
Renegade Kid are responsible for some of the more innovative and undeniably horrific first-person experiences on DS, having already given us Dementium: The Ward as well as the excellent Moon. Dementium II was recently announced for release in 2010, hitting North America on February 16th and reaching Europe a few weeks later on March 5th. We recently got chance to have a sit..
The middle part of Aardman's Spirit Tracks trilogy has just arrived on our desk(top) here at Nintendo Life, and naturally we wanted to share it with you. Don't forget our review of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is already available if you're in any doubt of whether or not you need this latest lovely slice of handheld gaming. Don't forget to check out our YouTube channel for..
Ignorance no longer an excuse when buying games
Nintendo has revealed new kiosks for display in major retail outlets in Japan. They come in two flavours: flat screen devices for counters and retail kiosks for floor display. Both come with wonderfully hi-tech touch screens and cameras. Customers will be able to pick up any DS or Wii game and flash...
Tolkien fans upset: initial trailer well under four hours long
Even though the final Lord of the Rings film was well over five years ago, the movie trilogy obviously sparked a furious lusting for Middle Earth-related games, something EA did their best to capitalise on with mixed results. Now the licence is back with studio Warner Bros., who just sent over the latest update on their new game Lord of..
Not quite out of this world...
Well, by now you'd have already seen our review for Planet 51 on the Wii, so it's time to see how the dual-screen version of the new extra-terrestrial flick fares. Did Sega manage to blast this out of the stratosphere of gaming delight or did its cargo jettison somewhere in the atmosphere of the mundane? Just like the Wii version, Planet 51 revolves loosely around the..
According to review aggregator Metacritic, that is
For all the talk of fantastic games released on Nintendo formats this year - including, y'know, Little King's Story - keeper of the review scores crypt Metacritic claims that the DS and Wii had the worst all-around software of 2009. Collating review scores from hundreds of sources on countless games...
Company "extremely disappointed" with ruling
DS flash card manufacturer Divineo won big in France earlier this week, and Nintendo is not happy about it. A lawsuit filed by Nintendo against the company was thrown out in Paris’ Criminal Court earlier this week, with the judge saying that Nintendo should adopt a more open development system to allow anyone to create applications – like a PC, where..
In translation: ker-ching!
Famitsu have reported the Wii's sales figures have risen from 46,674 units to 101,000 units over the week ending 6th December, boosted by the launch of Super Mario Bros. Wii in the homeland. The notion that the Japanese only like small devices continues to be thwarted however by the DSi LL, with sales of over 62,000 in the same week, making up over half of the total..
Handheld machine tops the 10 million mark in Britain
We all know that the DS is only rivalled in popularity by lollipops and puppies, but perhaps we underestimated its appeal until Nintendo announced it's sold over ten million units in the UK alone, making it the most-bought console these Sceptred Isles have ever seen. Considering the population of the UK is estimated at 61 million that's a..
Secret influence revealed!
It's practically raining Spirit Tracks stories today, but this story actually pre-dates Link's latest - it's the children's book that inspired Nintendo to create Spirit Tracks. Called "The Tracks Go On", it's a story where cute kids build the tracks for a train as it explores the land, with cutesy animals and all sorts of steam-based shenanigans along the way..
"Weatherman is last Aardman Flipnote" statement proves erroneous
Contrary to our earlier reports that The Weatherman was Aardman's final Flipnote creation, we've just had word about this rather cool Zelda animation from those talented Brits. Obviously a neat way to promote the new Zelda: Spirit Tracks game, it's just as cute as the title itself and well worth a watch, if just for the payoff at the..
Not what you'd expect from a Spirit Tracks commercial
Nintendo has just been in touch with a video of the extended version of the Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks commercial being run in the US currently, and it's certainly not your average Zelda commercial. Staying away from the cutesy cartoon characters that typify the game itself, it takes place in...
Hudson announce their brand new point & click adventures.
Hudson has just announced a brand new point & click adventure for the Wii and DS systems called Rooms: The Main Building. Combining unique puzzle-solving elements with the point & click controls of the Wii and DS systems, the game offers gamers an immersive experience unlike any other. You can check out the full press release below..
On the right track or running out of steam?
Link's last outing, 2007's Phantom Hourglass, was a piece of portable paradise, showcasing all the DS's features with some wildly imaginative puzzles and unforgettable moments, and still remains one of the console's best titles. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks takes all that was good about Phantom...
Last call for animation wizardry
If you've got a DSi, you should really have Flipnote Studio, the brilliant (and free) flip-book animation program that lets you doodle away, add sound and then share your creation with the world. Whilst the efforts among Nintendo Life staff are far too crude to show to the public, master animators Aardman Animation of Wallace and Gromit fame put together a series of..
Massively popular JRPG series gets its first release outside Japan
You can't beat the Japanese when it comes to taking a classic myth and putting a entirely new spin on it, as the popular "Heracles" series - which kicked off in 1987 on the Famicom - proves. The good news is that the latest instalment has been confirmed for release in North American this coming January. If you need any..
Over 1.5 million units bought between bites of turkey
Last week was yet another good time to be Nintendo as the company reports on selling around a hojillion hardware units in the US. According to the company's internal tracking numbers, over 1.5 million Wii and DS/i systems combined were sold during Thanksgiving Week. If you want to get all micro,...
Is it possible to have too many Sonic the Hedgehog compendiums?
Sega has announced that it will be bringing the first four Sonic the Hedgehog games to the Nintendo DS in March 2010. The Sonic Classic Collection will feature Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. All four games originally appeared on...
The DS has seen some fantastic RPGs released this year, with Valkyrie Profile, Nostalgia and of course Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, and Luminous Arc II keeps the standard high with a quality Japanese RPG package that is sure to please anyone looking for a tactical fix. The game’s story takes place in the kingdom of...
Thank goodness for Nintendo consoles making it easy for gamers to pick a range of moustachioed characters from various spheres of the employment world. If you fancy something a bit more cerebral than plumbing in your portable plaything you might want to check out Agatha Christie’s ABC Murders, in which you play the world’s only famous Belgian, Hercule Poirot. Based on super..
Two-day launch sales beat the competition
No matter how much head-scratching came out of the arguably non-portable portable's announcement, we've now learned one thing: it sells. According to Famitsu and sales tracker Enterbrain, the giant handheld sold 103,524 units in two days. While an impressive number, it's still not too surprising given the massive popularity of the DS in Japan. Last year,..
Definitely not the life of the party.
Coming in the wake of its below average-rated predecessor, Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter is a game that not only has a lot of potential but also a lot to make up for. As a concept it’s a good one: you get to draw your very own character as well as various in-game elements including platforms, falling blocks...
Is bigger really better?
It would be accurate to say that more than a few heads were scratched when Nintendo announced that they were releasing yet another new model of their DS system called the DSi XL, especially considering that their DSi system had only been on the market for less than eight months. And to make things even more odd, instead of...
Role shifting since the DS
Shigeru Miyamoto is known for creating some of the best games ever made, some of which necessitated a few revolutionary hardware designs to even be able to play them properly. While his game-making style hasn't changed too much over the years (still mining those hobbies), Miyamoto explained to Edge that over the years his role on the hardware side of things has increased..
Blue and white handhelds get Mario and Brain bonuses
Nintendo is making the DSi an even more attractive purchase this Friday to coincide with American Shopping Day by bundling in over $20 in downloadable software with certain models. The metallic blue DSi (a new color) will come loaded with five Mario-themed games and apps, namely Dr. Mario Express, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again,..
Cop a load of this.
With the DS now nearly five years old, you’d think there’d be no surprises left inside that flip-top wonder box, but here comes Ubisoft with something we probably didn’t even realise was possible on DS, under the rather off-putting title of C.O.P. The Recruit. The very talented (if unfortunately named) V.D. Dev have...
A little insight into the Spirit Tracks.
The nice folks at Nintendo have just sent over the newest trailer for their upcoming DS release Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. The game is set to hit North American store shelves on December 7th and Europe retail shelves on December 11th. You can check out the new gameplay video that shows off the game's...
View some of the game's boss fights.
If our very positive review didn't yet convince you that the vertical zombie shoot 'em up is worth your time and money, then maybe these recently released videos will. However, they feature the first three boss battles in the game, so if you don't want the strategies to beat them spoiled, it might actually be wise not to watch. The videos are in the same order..
Developer interview teases possible DS outing for Samus
We may still be recovering from the majesty of Metroid Prime Trilogy, but a recent interview with the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine has unearthed an even more exciting titbit: there may be more Metroid Prime games on the way. Speaking to the magazine, Kensuke Tanabe of Nintendo said: We are always planning to make new games in the Metroid..
To arms! To arms! Lego Battles storms onto the DS in the very first Lego RTS, but is it a battling success?
Following the unquestionable success of the various Lego games of the past few years, Lego Battles is something of an oddity in the ever-growing stable of generally very good, solid adventure titles (and one rhythm game) from the Lego brand...
Goes by the name of Last Window
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 was a great little mystery game for the DS. Set in a hotel in 1979 Los Angeles, developer CING combined mystery text adventure with a graphic novel style while crafting a decidedly DS experience. And now it's getting a sequel. Quietly announced by Nintendo, Last Window: Midnight Promise takes place yet again in LA one year after the first game..
Fun for the entire family
The DS XL - known as the DS LL in Japan - is something of a monster. Want proof? Check out this official promotional video, which has been released by Nintendo to advertise the impending Japanese launch of the console. The footage shows an almost unbearably happy Japanese family fawning over their new DS LL, and gives a good impression of just how chunky the new console..
Can you believe the game is out in just one month?
The holiday season's coming up, so Nintendo is gearing up to release some of the biggest titles this year. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is out next week, and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is out in December. In anticipation of the latter, Nintendo has released one more trailer which should quell...
Too sexy for its shirt
When word leaked out that Sega's Sonic Team was working on a minigame collection for Nintendo's new DS system, many wondered why such a talented development group would be wasting their time creating something as trivial as a minigame compilation. Gamers got their answer with the release of Feel the Magic XX/YY (known as Project Rub in Europe), a game that was hands-down one..
Get your Arceus down there!
Those of you Pokémon Platinum owners in the US who can haul off to a Toys 'R' Us before November 14th can snag themselves the ultimate Pokemon of all: Arceus. Those who receive this rare beast will discover it has already been levelled up to lvl.100, and has some pretty unique stats that can only be found on this version. This Arceus will come with a Classic Ribbon,..
Does the series’ DS debut rock or roll over and die?
DS music game fans have a pretty good selection for a portable, with Nintendo’s own stellar Rhythm Heaven and Activision’s Guitar Hero and Band Hero outings eager to put your rhythm skills to work. Harmonix’s Rock Band series has now taken the handheld’s stage for the first time in the bricked-out form of Lego Rock Band; should it stay..
Limited preorder bonus still available
You may remember a few weeks ago we reported that Gamestation was stocking a limited edition figurine and tin set for Zelda: Spirit Tracks, but that they quickly sold out. Well, it seems they sold out because all the rest of the stock went to their parent company GAME. Yes, the pink-hued retailer are offering the figurines of Link and the Phantom as well as..
Well, do ya? It's almost that time of year, the time of giving, we couldn't wait any longer so here's the winners from 4 of our recent fantastic competitions.
Okay, so let's get started... we've drawn the winners from the 100s of entries using our very faithful rand() function. Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games Giveaway We've once again teamed up with SEGA to celebrate th
Pretend you're Beethoven on the bus next year
Publisher Valcon Games has announced that they'll be bringing Game Life's new music game Easy Piano to the DS, complete with a 13-key, full-octave keyboard peripheral. The game hopes to be an introductory teaching tool for playing the real piano, similar to how Art Academy wants to teach you how to draw fruit bowls. There's also a mode that prompts you..
See the monster handheld rolling
The Nintendo DSi XL (known as the Nintendo DSi LL in Japan) is the newest edition in the DS family and is slated for release in Japan on November 21st 2009. Europe and North America are to follow in the first quarter of 2010, with pricing still to be confirmed. The new console - which is essentially a bigger version of the DSi - hasn't had the best of receptions,..
Big N considering an "always on" connection for its popular handheld
While Nintendo has always maintained that it doesn't want to compete with mobile phone manufacturers, the company has revealed that it is considering the notion of adding some form of online data connection to its DS console. Chatting to the Financial Times, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata mentioned that he was attracted by the..
Release dates and windows for Europe, North America and Japan announced
Since the Wii release list was such a hit, Nintendo has followed up with a sequel in the form of a DS release list for the near future. There has been some fan backlash to this new list, with certain gamers upset that Nintendo has dared release a new list so shortly after the...
One day only!
Sure, you can conjure up vampires, werewolves, witches and pumpkins in developer 5TH Cell's DS write-em-up Scribblenauts, but you can't summon this freebie in-game. On Halloween, also known as this Saturday, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will be giving away a macabre level to all those who dare enter London Dungeon and seek out "its scariest..
Nintendo's surprise confirmation of the DSi LL is proof that the company is willing to change the way it operates; normally, such a launch would be hyped to high heaven, but here's a machine that we knew little about yesterday - other than rumours - and it's going to be with Japanese gamers in less than a month. However, this isn't the only way in which the DSi LL bucks current..