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News: Nintendo Profits Fall for the First Time Since 2004

Nintendo Profits Fall for the First Time Since 2004

Still made a few billion, though

Associated Press recently reported the Big N's earnings for the fiscal year, which ended on March 31st. The company forecasts their first drop in profit in six years, at 230 billion yen (2.4 billion USD) profit, down from 279.1 billion yen (2.96 billion USD) profit in 2009. Analysts say that this is most likely due to the company's slashing of the Wii's pricetag as..

News: Yuji Naka's Ivy the Kiwi? to XSEED Expectations

Yuji Naka's Ivy the Kiwi? to XSEED Expectations

The storybook-style aims to enchant Wii and DS gamers this Summer

Following on the Japanese retail and download release a couple of weeks ago, the creators of Let's Tap and Let's Catch are about to bring their latest title to an American audience. Yuji Naka – one of the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog – has unveiled more on the rather different-looking platform game, developed by his o

Nintendo Download: 3rd May 2010 (North America)

3rd May 2010 (North America)

Zombies, funk, but sadly no funk zombies for WiiWare; and five more for DSiWare. Virtual Console, where art thou?

WiiWare brings the funk and sees some long-awaited zombie killing action, and DSiWare has a bumper week with five titles full of crazy, balloons, mazes and other stuff we're not entirely sure of. Virtual Console fans can resume the weekly tradition of crying in the corner as the service..

News: Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow Poo Facts

Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow Poo Facts

D3Publisher talks a little sh*t about their upcoming DS RPG.

D3Publisher has just sent over the newest bit of news on their upcoming DS release Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow. It seems they felt the need to set the record straight on the Poo Facts and they've put together a few of the more important ones below for your reading pleasure. Poo Facts: Poo Snakes are made of piles of poo that have been..

News: Final Fantasy V and VI Technical Problems Prevent DS Conversions

Final Fantasy V and VI Technical Problems Prevent DS Conversions

Fantasy not quite final

Those of you who have enjoyed Final Fantasy's previous reinventions on the DS may be dismayed to read a recent Twitter tweet from Square Enix producer Shinji Hashimoto regarding the (hopefully) upcoming remakes of the fifth and sixth outings: For FF5 and 6, there are technical issues as well, so at present these are also undecided. We're not sure exactly what technical..

News: Mega Man Zero Collection Announced for June Release

Mega Man Zero Collection Announced for June Release

Spend $30, get Zero (now with trailer!)

We previously reported that this game was to be released in Japan, and Capcom just announced its Western debut on June 8th. You can preorder it now and pick it up for just $29.99. Mega Man Zero Collection encompasses all four releases in the Game Boy Advance series, originally introduced in 2002. Additional features include both the games' original difficulty..

News: Intellivision to Be Reborn on DS

Intellivision to Be Reborn on DS

It's still alive!

Earlier this year we quite favourably reviewed the GameCube release Intellivision Lives!, a collection of over sixty games from the presumed dead retro system. Among its catalogue were not only nostalgia-inducing favorites but demos and prototypes as well, including everything from Bomb Squad to Baseball and Thunder Castle to Crosswords and much more. The ESRB recently outed the..

News: The Sims 3 Coming to Wii, DS with Exclusive Features

The Sims 3 Coming to Wii, DS with Exclusive Features

Annihilate your fake family from the comfort of your couch

EA's massively popular life-management Sims franchise is no stranger to Nintendo platforms; the Wii and DS have already seen versions of The Sims 2: Castaways and Pets, not to mention multiple entries in the younger-skewing MySims series. This fall, EA will keep that relationship going by unleashing the hugely successful The Sims 3 onto..

News: Ghost Trick to Haunt the West This Winter

Ghost Trick to Haunt the West This Winter

Capcom unveils a new Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

We previously reported in 2009 that this new game from the original director of the Ace Attorney franchise was in production and planned for a Japanese release. Even then, Capcom had translated the name into English, so it may not come as much of a surprise that the company recently confirmed its impending Western release. The DS title will be..

News: BBC Study Suggests Brain Training Games are Ineffective

BBC Study Suggests Brain Training Games are Ineffective

Grey (doesn't) matter

Have you been playing Brain Training (known as Brain Age in the U.S.) or its sequel on your way to work, feeling good about yourself as you utilise your DS for something useful? Have you outsmarted your friends recently and thought, "there's that grey matter at work!"? According to a study recently published by the...

News: Okamiden is Set to be Released Into the Wild in 2011

Okamiden is Set to be Released Into the Wild in 2011

Capcom reveals game details and two trailers of the upcoming sequel to Okami

It took a couple of years to materialise, but when Okami got ported over to the Wii, it was certainly a welcomed gesture from one of Nintendo's oldest collaborators. Now, Capcom is bringing a second cel-shaded adventure to Nintendo gamers but this time it's on the DS. With international press gathering in Hawaii at the..

News: Nintendo Leads U.S. Sales for March

Nintendo Leads U.S. Sales for March

Mario leaps over the competition

The independent NPD Group recently assessed March U.S. gaming sales, placing Nintendo systems and games at the top of the list. The DS/DSi and Wii took the top two spots in platform purchases, moving 700.8K and 557.5K units respectively, with Sony's PSP system selling a comparatively unsubstantial 119.9K units. The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 hold the third and..

News: First Pokémon Black and White Screens Captured

First Pokémon Black and White Screens Captured

They're actually in colour

We know that new Pokémon games are coming, but do we know what they're going to look like? Actually, yes we do now, as Nintendo has revealed the first handful of screenshots of the upcoming critter-catching adventure. Most intriguing is the screenshot showing off the new 3D city, perhaps hinting that no longer will all towns in the world of Pokémon run in strict grid..

News: DSi Gets Price Drop in Australia

DSi Gets Price Drop in Australia

Now cheaper than the XL

If you recall a couple of weeks back, we shared the news that Australia will be getting the DSi XL at $299.95 at launch. As the regular DSi was the exact same price at the time of the announcement, it makes sense that Nintendo of Australia have just made the announcement that the original DSi will be getting a price drop of $50 AUD, effective immediately, bringing it down to..

News: Bowser's Inside Story Gets a DSi Bundle

Bowser's Inside Story Gets a DSi Bundle

Pick up a white DSi and the game from April 25th

You've hopefully already bought Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, Nintendo's superb portable RPG, but if you were waiting until it was hard-bundled with a white DSi to take the plunge then do we have news for you. Starting on April 25th, gamers in North America will able to pick up a white DSi and Bowser's Inside Story for $169.99. Sadly it..

News: Jam With the Band Calls Europe on Stage on 21st May

Jam With the Band Calls Europe on Stage on 21st May

"About time", say hecklers

It's been a long old time since Daigasso! Band Brothers DX was launched in Japan, but Nintendo seems to be taking a "better late than never" approach by announcing a European release for May 21st 2010. With an extensive track listing including gamer favourites such as Chariots of Fire, Walking On Sunshine and...

News: Black and White are the Next Gen of Pokemon Games

Black and White are the Next Gen of Pokemon Games

Coming to Japan this fall

Not-Japan may have just gotten their hands on the excellent remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver, but that doesn't mean the Pokemans are taking a break. Far from it, in fact, as the names of the first 5th generation of games has been revealed: Black and White. It's certainly been a while since we've seen brand-new Pokémon...

News: 50,000 Hearts and Souls Poured into Australian Homes

50,000 Hearts and Souls Poured into Australian Homes

A tremendous first week for the Pokemon franchise down under

Live in Australia? Like Pokemon? Apparently you do, because the new series releases Heart Gold and Soul Silver, have already sold more than 50,000 copies. That makes up approximately 0.2% of the population, which as small as it sounds, is quite an achievement for only one week on sale. The Pokemon train seems to be going as strong as..

News: Nintendo UK Wheels Out Spring Wii, DS Line-Up

Nintendo UK Wheels Out Spring Wii, DS Line-Up

Few surprises, but No More Heroes 2 coming sooner than expected

In case you were wondering what would be hitting Wii and DS this spring in the UK, Nintendo's little ol' list right here will come in handy. The dates of big games like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Monster Hunter 3 Tri were already confirmed, so there are few surprises for notable game dates here. That isn't to say there aren't any:..

News: Manga to Release Professor Layton Film in the UK

Manga to Release Professor Layton Film in the UK

Perhaps the Professor can crack the code for a good game movie

The only thing worse than a video game based on a movie is a movie based on a video game, right? Sure, some are so bad they're good, but in our opinion, there really hasn't been a true high-quality game-to-film adaptation to date. Perhaps, though, just perhaps, someone may have solved the cinematic adaptation puzzle. Professor Layton,..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 5: Dark Side of the Mario

NLFM Episode 5: Dark Side of the Mario

Shake your plumber bootie

It's been a while, space cats, but NLFM is back with another mighty handsome selection of the finest chip and game music around. This time we're going to listen in on what makes Mario groove, go East/West (who knows?!) with the Kusagari and see just how epic one man can make the NES. NLFM generally focuses on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds,..

News: Nintendo's 3DS Announcement Wasn't Supposed to Happen Like That

Nintendo's 3DS Announcement Wasn't Supposed to Happen Like That

Analyst: early reveal was meant to prevent further leaks

When a company announces new hardware, especially the successor to a massively popular one, it's usually done with much more pomp than what happened with Nintendo's recent 3DS announcement. The fanfare of the two-sentence press release was only slightly less than if Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata mumbled it to a half-empty room, shrugged and..

News: Suda51 Keen on Making Game With Nintendo

Suda51 Keen on Making Game With Nintendo

Would be "very interested" if the opportunity arose

When you think about it, Nintendo games are ****ing crazy insane. You've got foxes and amphibians piloting starships, pink shapeshifting blobs, and space bounty hunters more focused on eradicating entire species and blowing up planets than collecting bounties. Not to mention Italian plumbers from Brooklyn who eat "power" mushrooms to do..

News: April 15th - Australian DSi XL Retails for AU$299.95

April 15th - Australian DSi XL Retails for AU$299.95

Aussies still not PALs with Nintendo on pricing

The good news is that our friends down under don't have to wait too much longer for the DSi XL, however they're going to have to pay more than any other region. Currently you can pick-up a DSi XL in the US for $189.99 ( ~£125), in the UK for as low as £139.71 and Europeans for around €166 ( ~£149)...