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News: Pokémon Lose the Slots From Their Heart and Soul

Pokémon Lose the Slots From Their Heart and Soul

Risk explosions from Voltorbs instead!

Poké-fans in Europe may remember last year when during their Pokémon journey in Pokémon Platimum they discovered they couldn't play the slots like they could in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. It seems this trend continues with Pokémon SoulSliver and HeartGold as well, though this time instead of simply picking up coins a new minigame called "Voltorb..

News: Pikachu-Coloured Pichu Westward Bound

Pikachu-Coloured Pichu Westward Bound

US and UK get a chance to nab rare ’mons

Way back when Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver was announced in Japan it also turned out a special Pichu was being released for Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum owners to download. The li’l fella is transferable to HeartGold and SoulSilver and will trigger an event to unlock another special Pichu in those remakes, due out in March. Now it’s been..

News: Nintendo of Japan Outlines What It's Up To This Year

Nintendo of Japan Outlines What It's Up To This Year

Metroid: Other M, Xenoblade, Last Story and new Pokemon in the cards

At an investors meeting in Tokyo today, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata was nice enough to outline what the company intended to do with all those funds this year. Included in the outline were Wii RPGs The Last Story from Mistwalker and Nintendo as well as Xenoblade, formerly known as Monado, from Monolith Soft (behind Disaster: Day of..

News: Mega Man Zero Collection Aims Westward

Mega Man Zero Collection Aims Westward

Z-Busting North America in early summer

We knew it was happening at some point, but now Capcom has announced that the upcoming DS release Mega Man Zero Collection is officially on its way out of Japan. The compilation will bring together all four of the GameBoy Advance Mega Man Zero games for "a great price" early this summer in North America. Check out the new screenshots of old games in..

News: Heart Gold/Soul Silver Aussie Release Date Announced

Heart Gold/Soul Silver Aussie Release Date Announced

Later than America, sooner than Europe! Pokewalker included

Nintendo Australia have made the announcement that they will be releasing Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver on March 25th - a whole day before Europe gets it! They've also given the Australians a reason to go out and walk as it's recently been confirmed that the Pokewalker peripheral will indeed come packaged with the game. For those not..

News: BBC Interested In Games Again

BBC Interested In Games Again

Looking to develop Doctor Who, Top Gear, In The Night Garden titles

MCV has revealed that the BBC Worldwide is interested in making games based on key IPs after years of sitting back and watching. The BBC has said that it wants to see its biggest brands like Doctor Who, Top Gear, In The Night Garden and more expand into games for all audiences. The games would appear on a range of different mediums..

News: Glory of Heracles Launch Trailer

Glory of Heracles Launch Trailer

More video of the game in action!

The kind folks over at Nintendo were nice enough to send over the official launch trailer for their brand new DS RPG Glory of Heracles. You can check out the video below along with the official press release information to go along with it. We'll also have a full review of the game up shortly. For centuries, the mighty heroes and wondrous tales of ancient Greek..

News: US Pokémasters: Preorder Now, Get Ho-Oh or Lugia Figures

US Pokémasters: Preorder Now, Get Ho-Oh or Lugia Figures

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..

News: British R4 Card Importer Shipping Off To Prison

British R4 Card Importer Shipping Off To Prison

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..

News: Analyst: Nintendo DS2 to be Launched Next Year

Analyst: Nintendo DS2 to be Launched Next Year

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...

News: Wii, DS Have Record-Breaking Year In US

Wii, DS Have Record-Breaking Year In US

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..

News: DSi XL Gets The Hands-on Video Treatment

DSi XL Gets The Hands-on Video Treatment

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..

News: Nintendo Doubly Outsold Everything Else Combined In US Last Month

Nintendo Doubly Outsold Everything Else Combined In US Last Month

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..

News: Mega Man Zero Collection Coming to DS

Mega Man Zero Collection Coming to DS

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..

News: DSi XL to Hit Europe on March 5th

DSi XL to Hit Europe on March 5th

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...

News: New Glory of Heracles Gameplay Videos

New Glory of Heracles Gameplay Videos

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 we'll also have a full review of the game shortly..

News: Ulala and Crazy Taxi Joining Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing

Ulala and Crazy Taxi Joining Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing

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..

News: Even More Nintendo Titles Get The Axe

Even More Nintendo Titles Get The Axe

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,..

News: Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver UK Date Announced

Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver UK Date Announced

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..

News: DSi Gets Motion Detection

DSi Gets Motion Detection

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..

News: Keep Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' with Sushi Go Round

Keep Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' with Sushi Go Round

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..

News: Nintendo Life Game of the Year Results

Nintendo Life Game of the Year Results

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 bumper year. Staff awardsBest Visuals We saw some..

News: DS Follow-Up to Feature Motion Sensor?

DS Follow-Up to Feature Motion Sensor?

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..

News: US Holiday Wii Sales Top 3 Million

US Holiday Wii Sales Top 3 Million

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..

News: Look out Europe! Picross 3D Coming to Swallow Up Your Time

Look out Europe! Picross 3D Coming to Swallow Up Your Time

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..