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News: Level 5 Draws Ni No Kuni to North America

Level 5 Draws Ni No Kuni to North America

Inazuma Eleven on the way, too

A combination of Professor Layton-developers Level-5 and Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli sounds like a winning mix, and Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madōshi (or "Second Land: The Jet-Black Mage") is certainly shaping up to be another strong addition to the DS's stable of RPGs. Level-5 President Akihiro Hino has some good news for Western gamers..

News: UK DSi Price Goes Down, UK DSi Sales Go Up

UK DSi Price Goes Down, UK DSi Sales Go Up

40% increase every week since cut

About a month ago Nintendo announced it was dropping the cost of DS consoles to retailers, with retailers lowering the cost to consumers. It seems the move has paid off handsomely, as Nintendo has revealed the machine's sales have increased 40 per cent every week since the trade price was cut. A primetime advertising campaign didn't hurt sales either, but being..

News: Dragon Quest IX Event Wants to Tag You With a Special Map

Dragon Quest IX Event Wants to Tag You With a Special Map

Get to Gamestop, get a map

There are just a few more days to go until North American fans can bash slimes all over again in Dragon Quest IX, and within a few weeks GameStops up and down the country will be hosting an event to grant gamers a Special Event Map. To get involved it's very simple. Head to a participating store on the 31st of July between 1pm and 4pm to take part; just make sure you've..

E3 2010: Best of E3 Awards

Best of E3 Awards

Nintendo Life honours the great and the good

The most recent episode of the Nintendo Life podcast revealed the winners of the Reader's Best of E3 Awards, and in case you've not caught the show yet here they are: Reader's Awards: Best Wii Game – Donkey Kong Country Returns.Best Handheld Game – Kid Icarus: Uprising.Best Overall Game –

News: Aussie Child Uses DS to Save Mother's Bacon

Aussie Child Uses DS to Save Mother's Bacon

Nintendo's dual-screen wonder to the rescue

Next time you're in a potentially life-threatening situation you might want to make sure you have a handheld console nearby. A quick-thinking Australian schoolchild - credited only as "Christopher" - found a use for his DS that didn't involve training pocket monsters or defeating Bowser; when his family's car overturned after an attempt to avoid..

News: Prepare Yourself for GoldenEye's "Epic" Tank Level

Prepare Yourself for GoldenEye's "Epic" Tank Level

Bond brings big bangs

We all remember the tank level from the original GoldenEye: the feeling of destructive power at your fingertips was brilliantly realised, and with the recently-announced GoldenEye for Wii on the way Activision is looking to revive this classic level in a big fashion. In a recent interview with the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine, Activision's Tim Coupe describes the tank level..

News: Metacritic Midyear Report Shows Nintendo Consoles Still Rocking

Metacritic Midyear Report Shows Nintendo Consoles Still Rocking

DS had no "bad games", Wii receives best-reviewed game of the year so far

However you feel about Metacritic's methods and impact, it's hard to deny the statistics it generates can make for some interesting reading. With the first six months of 2010 now behind us, the site has released its midyear report, showing how each console stacks up against the opposition. Quality titles see the DS top the..

News: Freddie Flintoff Hits DS for Six

Freddie Flintoff Hits DS for Six

First cricket game heading to the handheld

Last year's Ashes Cricket 2009 on Wii was a huge success for Codemasters, but the lack of a DS version disappointed fans who wanted a bit of leather-on-willow on the move. Thankfully UK developer Fuzzy Frog Games has stepped in to fill the gap with Freddie Flintoff's Power Play Cricket on the way to DS in August. Taking an arcade-style approach to the..

News: Meet the Dragon Quest Creator at this DQIX Launch Event

Meet the Dragon Quest Creator at this DQIX Launch Event

Also featuring a Dragon Quest ice cream truck

Nintendo's desire to get the name Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies on everyone's lips gathers apace. Fresh from the appointment of Seth Green in a series of adverts the Big N has just announced a launch event at Rockefeller Plaza on Saturday July 10th. Guest of honour for the event will be Yuji Horii, creator of the Dragon Quest series,..

News: Dragon Quest IX Gets a Little Help from Seth Green

Dragon Quest IX Gets a Little Help from Seth Green

Contains potentially fatal amounts of geek

Just when you thought your anticipation levels for Dragon Quest IX couldn't get any higher, along comes Nintendo with a new celebrity endorsement to kick your excitement up just another little notch. It may not be quite Beyoncé Knowles advertising Rhythm Paradise, but Seth Green's comical turn in this advert for the upcoming DS RPG may convince a few..

News: Triple Trouble in this New Pokemon Black & White Trailer

Triple Trouble in this New Pokemon Black & White Trailer

Three-on-three battles could mean 50% increase in strategy

Making two captured monsters fight each other is passé: one of the new features of Pokémon Black and White is the ability to take three monsters into battle for even more tactical fighting. Not only does the trailer show off a sextet of battling monsters, it also leaves tantalising hints at a web-based Poképortal for trading monsters, as..

Guides: How to Get Your Musical Creations Off Your DS

How to Get Your Musical Creations Off Your DS

With a lack of Export feature for most music software on the handheld, we show you how to preserve and share your masterpieces

DS-owning music enthusiasts have quite a few tools at their disposal for composing their latest and greatest, laying down that melody that came out of nowhere for use later or just plain old messing around with bleeps and...

Nintendo Download: 28th June 2010 (North America)

28th June 2010 (North America)

Jett Rocket and Mario Tennis N64 headline this week's 10 releases

Mario and Camelot breathe some life into the Virtual Console's N64 offerings, Shin'en shows the power of WiiWare and DSiWare keeps up its flood of titles. WiiWareJett Rocket (Shin'en, 1000 Points) – This platformer from the creators of the excellent Art of Balance blasts onto WiiWare this week, bringing some of the sharpest..

News: Kingdom Hearts DS Release Re:coded to Tease 3DS Title

Kingdom Hearts DS Release Re:coded to Tease 3DS Title

Nomura tells all!

According to a recent interview with Square Enix director Tetsuya Nomura, the 3DS Kingdom Hearts game will be a brand new adventure in which characters Soru and Riku explore worlds previously unforeseen in the series (no Pixar characters, though). If you want any more tidbits, though, it might do you well to check out the upcoming...

News: North American Club Nintendo Year Coming to an End Next Week

North American Club Nintendo Year Coming to an End Next Week

Might want to hurry up with that Gold or Platinum status

How's your Club Nintendo account looking, North Americans? Did you register enough Nintendo Product™ since last July to qualify for a neat-o Gold or Platinum badge? If not, you might want to scrape your game collection for stray Coins as the second Club Nintendo year winds down on June 30 to ensure your reward. To qualify for Gold status..

E3 2010: Your Chance to Salute the Best of E3

Your Chance to Salute the Best of E3

Reader's vote returns!

So E3 is over for another year, now a distant memory as we look to the future to anticipate when we might all be able to join Corbie in appreciating the 3DS for ourselves. It's not time to forget just yet; in fact, quite the opposite: it's time to celebrate the best of E3 in our imaginatively titled Nintendo Life Best of E3 Awards! Not only will the staff here at Nintendo..

News: Iwata: Nintendo Looking to Improve Online Efforts

Iwata: Nintendo Looking to Improve Online Efforts

Company is "not satisfied" with current functionality

When it comes to online functionality, Nintendo doesn't rank particularly high among developers – and they know it. Earlier, Shigeru Miyamoto expressed the company's need to rethink it's online strategy on a macro level. Now, in an investor Q&A session held during E3 last week (via Kotaku), CEO Satoru Iwata explained t

E3 2010: Interviews: Okamiden - Capcom

Interviews: Okamiden - Capcom

Okamiden producer answers a few of our questions

Okamiden has remained under the radar for the most part as of late, so it was nice to see the game on display at E3 2010. After spending a bit of time with the game, it's clear that it continues the tradition of beautiful oriental-style artwork and scenery, not to mention the same unique gameplay of the original Okami release. Since the game is being..

Nintendo Download: 21st June 2010 (North America)

21st June 2010 (North America)

Spin some tentacles, strategize against dinsoaurs, and puzzle puzzle puzzle

Nintendo hopes you like puzzle games, because that's five of the eight games released this week across WiiWare and DSiWare. To nobody's surprise, the Virtual Console has yet again been left out on a hill to die or something. But look, puzzlers! WiiWareArt Style: Rotozoa (Nintendo, 600 Points) – This entry in the Art Style..

E3 2010: First Impressions: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light

First Impressions: Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light

Something old and something new

With so many great games on the E3 show floor, it was difficult to find the time to get in some solid playing time on them all. But of all the titles I was fortunate enough to get to play during the E3 show, it was Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light that I found myself going back to time and time again whenever I had a free moment in between booth visits. I think I..

News: Secret of Mana On the Way to iPhone, Not DSi

Secret of Mana On the Way to iPhone, Not DSi

Square classic misses DS transfer

It's a classic entry in the pantheon of RPGs: Square's Secret of Mana for Super Nintendo is widely regarded as one of the finest games in the genre, even after all these years, but other than the less well-received Children of Mana and Heroes of Mana we haven't seen the series reach the DS. It looks as though that injustice isn't about to be rectified any time..

E3 2010: Okamiden Trailer

Okamiden Trailer

Brush with destiny

The focus might be on 3DS at this year's E3, but that doesn't mean the DS's life is about to reach an abrupt end. With Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective and Super Scribblenauts, the mac

E3 2010: Super Scribblenauts Trailer

Super Scribblenauts Trailer

Warner Bros is bringing sketchy back

We already know that Warner Bros' sequel to last year's Scribblenauts lets you use adjectives to customise your world, so here's a few to customise this E3 trailer: shiny, new, luscious. With promises of fixed controls, new challenges and even more words to be added, there's good reason to be hopeful that this second helping of wordplay can fulfil the idea's..

E3 2010: More Clues to the Inner-Workings of Ghost Trick Phantom Detective

More Clues to the Inner-Workings of Ghost Trick Phantom Detective

New trailers introduce us to a mysterious man

This year's E3 event saw Capcom unveiling some anticipated titles, as well as revealing some new and unexpected ones. A game that has grabbed our attention is the ghostly puzzle game known as Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective for the DS and the company has recently released the third episode video, along with a gameplay trailer. Not a lot more has been..