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News: Pokémon Black and White Catches a Million Trainers on Launch Day

Pokémon Black and White Catches a Million Trainers on Launch Day

Not the shoe variety

The 3DS may soon overtake its older brother, the DS, as Nintendo's première handheld system, but that's not going to stop its catalogue of games from selling like hot cakes in this stage of the handheld's lifespan. Pokémon Black and White launched this past Sunday in the United States, smashing the previous record for launch day sales for a Pokémon title in the U.S. The..

News: Nintendo Names Cynthia Gordon New Corporate Affairs VP

Nintendo Names Cynthia Gordon New Corporate Affairs VP

Denise Kaigler's replacement commences next month

As Nintendo's range of hardware expands, so too does its family of employees. The company has announced the hiring of Cynthia Gordon, a strategic communications professional with over two decades of consumer-brand experience, as Nintendo of America's Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Gordon will officially start her new role on 14 March,..

News: New York's Pokemon Launch Takes Over Rockefeller Center

New York's Pokemon Launch Takes Over Rockefeller Center

Get your Passport to Unova

UK gamers can meet the Pokémon creators next week, but they still have to wait until launch day to get the game. North American trainers eager to pick up Pokémon Black & White can grab it from 5th March — a day before its release across the territory — by heading over to the game's official launch at New York's Rockefeller Center. As well as grabbing the game..

News: Meet the Pokemon Game Designers at UK Launch

Meet the Pokemon Game Designers at UK Launch

But be quick

Next week sees the long-awaited launch of Pokémon Black & White across the Western hemisphere, and eager trainers who can make it down to the game's official UK launch in London could meet two of the men who made the game possible. Ken Sugimori and Junichi Masuda will be there at GAME's London Oxford Street store next Friday, 4th March to meet fans and sign copies of the game..

News: Sink Your Fangs into the Okamiden Demo Available Now

Sink Your Fangs into the Okamiden Demo Available Now

Fire it up

It's only a matter of weeks before young Chibiterasu graces DS consoles everywhere in Okamiden, with Nintendo and Capcom combining to stoke up the excitement by releasing a new demo on the Nintendo Channel. Released earlier this week in North America and Europe, the demo takes you through a short sample of the gameplay on offer in the...

News: Pokemon DSi Consoles Emerge from Long North American Grass

Pokemon DSi Consoles Emerge from Long North American Grass

They're limited edition, you know

Remember when you heard those awesome limited edition Pokémon DSi consoles were heading to Europe, and how you hoped the same units would reach North American gamers on March 6th? Your wishes just came true, as Nintendo of America has confirmed the black and white machines are making the trip across the pond. The limited edition etched black and white bundles both..

News: Pokemon Director Talks Translations, Names and 3DS Ideas

Pokemon Director Talks Translations, Names and 3DS Ideas

Ahead of new title

The DS console's time is nearly over, but it's certainly going out on a high, with Pokémon Black & White sure to sweep all before it in the sales stakes this year. GameFreak director Junichi Masuda spoke to Eurogamer about the title's Western appearance and where the series might go from here. Masuda revealed that the localisation process was vastly different for this title:..

News: Activision and Sega Combine to Create Wappy Dog for DS

Activision and Sega Combine to Create Wappy Dog for DS

Ruff prototype shown

Sega's not just a beloved games publisher and former hardware king; its Sega Toys division creates physical toys as well, with its latest creation joining forces with Activision for one of the DS's most unusual games yet. Named Wappy Dog, it's a plastic pooch that's essentially a much more evolved form of Sega's previous Poo-Chi toy: you can play with the dog as a toy in its..

News: Here's the Lucky Winner of Nintendo's Dragon Quest Contest

Here's the Lucky Winner of Nintendo's Dragon Quest Contest

His name is Larry

Last week we reported on Nintendo of America's Dragon Quest VI Twitter competition, won by Larry LaHaie of Lansing, MI, who got to meet series creator Yuji Horii. Not only did LaHaie get to shake hands with the respected designer, he also shared lunch with Horii, as well as the game's executive producer, chatting away for two hours. During this chat Horii confirmed that Dragon..

News: UK Gamers Get to Celebi at GAME Stores this Month

UK Gamers Get to Celebi at GAME Stores this Month

Gotta attend 'em all

Pokémon Black and White events are full-steam ahead, with Nintendo throwing a range of legendary monsters at trainers across the world. Aspiring champions from the UK just received a little boost as Nintendo has announced a Celebi event tour across the country, kicking off tomorrow in Sheffield. Attendees will be able to download a Celebi to previous Pokémon DS games as well..

News: Super Mario Galaxy 2 Collects 4 BAFTA Nominations

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Collects 4 BAFTA Nominations

Whereas DS games dominate the Handheld category

We recently brought you word that Super Mario Galaxy 2 was nominated for the GAME Award of 2010 at this year's British Academy Video Game Awards. As the only category voted by the public, our readers showed a lot of support for the rotund plumber which should hopefully help him snag the recognition. If you haven't already, make sure you head over to..

News: Playboy Slip Cases Looking to Sexy Up Nintendo Handhelds

Playboy Slip Cases Looking to Sexy Up Nintendo Handhelds

We wonder how many of these can be found inside the mansion

We'll soon be seeing plenty of rabbits on the upcoming 3DS ― the crazy ones anyways ― but by way of iMP, supplier of video gaming accessories, we'll also be seeing bunnies of the sexier kind in the form of limited edition handheld cases. Officially licensed Playboy slip cases for the DS Lite, DSi and 3DS have been announced by iMP, and..

News: Wii Unlikely to Catch a Traditional Pokemon RPG Title

Wii Unlikely to Catch a Traditional Pokemon RPG Title

Home consoles are better for other things

As part of Nintendo's Q3 Financial Results Briefing last month, it was revealed that the company has several Pokémon projects planned for handheld systems DS and the 3DS, as well as the home console Wii. Exactly what sort of game the latter will be is unclear at the moment, but according to Junichi Masuda,...

Podcast: NLFM Episode 17: Love Fest 2011

NLFM Episode 17: Love Fest 2011

Love is in the air for this Valentine's Day special

Ho ho ho! Happy Valentine's Day, citizens of Earth! Let Nintendo Life be your love muffin this year with a very special NLFM dedicated to all things lovey-dovey-goo-goo. If the music of this episode doesn't melt your ice-cold heart even a little then we'll only be hurt just a tad. 1. Shōgo Sakai — Theme of Love (Mother 3, GBA)2. Sam Hart —..

News: Celebrate Dragon Quest VI's North American Launch with a Video

Celebrate Dragon Quest VI's North American Launch with a Video

Meet the cast

After a wait that threatened never to end, Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation reaches the Western world today on Nintendo's DS. Square Enix and Nintendo have put together a trailer to introduce you to some of the unfamiliar characters you'll meet on your journey through the latest epic RPG. The game was originally released on Super NES in Japan only, so today marks the first time..

News: Europe Gets the Chance to Take Home Victini

Europe Gets the Chance to Take Home Victini

Only early birds need apply

We recently reported about how North American gamers can get their hands on Victini in Nintendo's upcoming Pokémon Black and White, but fear not European gamers: you'll get your chance too. In an almost identical fashion to the North American Victini parade, trainers who pick up the new games between 4th March and 22nd April can connect to Nintendo WiFi Connection and..

News: Nintendo Europe Announces Q1 Release Dates for Wii and DS

Nintendo Europe Announces Q1 Release Dates for Wii and DS

Any surprises?

We know 3DS is just over a month away, but don't forget the Wii and DS are both set to receive more great games this year, with plenty of gems tucked away in Nintendo's Q1 release schedule. Wii owners across Europe can finally get to grips with Kirby's Epic Yarn on February 25th, followed by THQ's innovative uDraw Studio on March 4th...

News: Activision Disbands Guitar Hero Business, No Entry in 2011

Activision Disbands Guitar Hero Business, No Entry in 2011

DJ Hero suspended this year as well

There used to be three certainties in life: death, taxes and at least one annual entry in Activision's Guitar Hero franchise, but now that list is back down to two, as the company announces its Guitar Hero business unit is officially disbanded. The announcement came in an earnings report in which Activision...

News: Nintendogs Nearly Went for a Wii in Your Living Room

Nintendogs Nearly Went for a Wii in Your Living Room

But went outside instead

DS mega-hit Nintendogs has sold millions of copies worldwide, shifting more DS units than you can shake a stick at, so the revelation that series creator Shigeru Miyamoto considered bringing the series to Wii shouldn't really be a surprise. The latest Iwata Asks finds Miyamoto and colleague Hideki Konno discussing the abandoned attempt to transport the cute creatures over..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 16: Adventurous Adventures

NLFM Episode 16: Adventurous Adventures

Zelda, Dragon Quest, Terranigma and more

Didn’t we have some fun though? Remember when the podcast was sliding into the fire pit and I said "Goodbye" and you were like "NO WAY!" and then I was all "We pretended we were going to murder you"? That was great. 1. Sick YG — Ain't That Funny (MadWorld, Wii)2. Miyoko Kobayashi and Masanori Hikichi — Underworld..

News: Prepare for Dragon Quest VI with A New Trailer

Prepare for Dragon Quest VI with A New Trailer

Six appeal

It's just one week until gamers in North America can get their hands on another slice of Japanese RPG action, with the long-awaited release of Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation on Nintendo DS. Previously only available in Japan, the game is making its Western debut in North America on Monday February 14th, and Nintendo has released a new trailer to get you in the mood. While the..

News: Reggie Defends High Download, Retail Price Point

Reggie Defends High Download, Retail Price Point

Calls cheap, "disposable" iOS titles "one of the biggest risks today in our industry"

A common thread among discussions of downloadable DSiWare as it compares to competing platforms, particularly iOS devices, is its relatively high price tag. While games available in the App Store often retail at $1 or $2, the majority of those in the DSi Store come...

News: Sonic Colours Sells 1.85 Million Copies Worldwide

Sonic Colours Sells 1.85 Million Copies Worldwide

Turning rings into coins

Last year's hedgehog outing Sonic Colours on Wii and Sonic Colours were two of the year's better platformers, and certainly the highlight of the blue spiky one's recent career. Sega recently released some provisional sales figures for the game, and although it didn't necessarily set the charts alight it still posted decent...

News: Nintendo: Inazuma Eleven Not Officially Launched in the UK

Nintendo: Inazuma Eleven Not Officially Launched in the UK

Stock released "in error"

Our British copy of Inazuma Eleven arrived recently, flying in the face of general wisdom that the game isn't yet available in the UK. Since then we've been in contact with Nintendo UK, who have been able to clarify the situation. Robert Saunders, Nintendo's head of communications, confirmed that the game has not officially launched in the UK, but that a small number of..