Let us set the scene...
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 is only a few months away you know, and this short but sweet trailer for the game sums up the next Square Enix adventure quite neatly. You crash land on an island and must gather and train an army of monsters to stay alive. It's a little different from the traditional Dragon Quest gameplay, with enough of its own quirks to be worth a look..
Bursting from the chest of secrets
Retail rumours and ESRB age ratings let us know that Aliens: Infestation was approaching, and now SEGA has finally lifted the lid on its upcoming DS title. Developed by WayForward in conjunction with Aliens: Colonial Marines developer Gearbox Software, the game features typically handsome WayForward sprite work and apparently boasts a cast of nearly 20 playable..
18 titles spread across Wii, 3DS and DS
Nintendo is set for its return to Comic-Con in San Diego this year and among other activities, the special Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be set up so that attendees can stop by and try out some of the latest releases. As well as Nintendo's booth (#5135) at Comic-Con, the Nintendo Gaming Lounge situated in the...
Genre among other things revealed
A recent Entertainment Software Rating Board classification has revealed further details regarding Aliens: Infestation for the DS ― the return of the sci-fi horror franchise by publisher SEGA. Developed by WayForward Technologies, the game will be a side-scrolling shooter with plenty of weapons in stock as...
Learn how inside
By now you've hopefully read our Solatorobo: Red the Hunter review, and if the 20-hour story mode isn't long enough for you there's good news: it doesn't end there. Nintendo has just given more details about the game's free downloadable quests that keep the action going after the credits roll. The first quest, available today, puts the canine Red Savarin in full-on Lassie mode,..
This hunter should become the hunted
Solatorobo: Red the Hunter isn’t a game title that is likely to storm to the top of the sales charts. There are no well-known franchise names, no mainstream marketing campaign, and no hint of generic, dull gaming characters and designs. Being a Japanese action RPG, this game is different from the vast majority...
100% complete. Wow.
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is one of the biggest games on DS, but you may not realise exactly how big until you read this. Committed player Steve Tolin has seen all there is to see in the Square Enix RPG: he's defeated every enemy type, grabbed every item and piece of clothing and found every Alchenomicon recipe too. He's finished all the downloadable quests..
United States figures are in
Although The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D launched in the middle of the month, 11 days was all it took for the Zelda remake to establish itself as the second best-selling single-format game for the month of June. According to independent market research company NPD Group, more than 283,000 copies of the game were...
Is the Wii U innovative enough, or just a big DS?
When looked at logically, perhaps there is a valid point to be made about the Wii U. Admittedly, launch is a while away, and further details on the console and its capabilities will no doubt flow in the coming months, but the focus of this article is simple: will Wii U ‘disrupt’ the industry and...
Future prospects of publishing Nintendo titles "very slim"
With Nintendo of America's announcement that it had no plans to release Xenoblade Chronicles or The Last Story coupled with their recent emphasis on bringing more third parties to the table, some hoped that the Big N would allow a smaller Western publisher to do the honours and thus end...
Could it be magic?
The boy wizard might be facing his final adventure at the box office, but he's got at least two more DS games in him, with LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 due later this year. It's not the only magical outing though, as next week sees Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II - The Video Game — surely the best name for a game ever — released on Wii and DS. The game ties-in..
Maybe through the chest
Here's something we didn't see coming: according to UK retailer Gamestation, SEGA is bringing the queen of all sci-fi series to DS in October. The retailer's website lists Aliens: Infestation for DSi and DS Lite, and further digging revealed the game's presence on an in-store pre-order list with a tentative release date of 7th October 2011. In May, the Australian..
Another release list incoming
While the 3DS is receiving most of the limelight, there are still a few interesting titles heading to DS in Europe over the coming months, as Nintendo Europe's most up-to-date release schedule shows. The machine's upcoming catalogue offers a blend of popular and niche projects, from Solatorobo: Red the Hunter to the...
Red the Hunter sniffs out more DS owners
With the European localisation of Solatorobo: Red the Hunter confirmed with a 1st July release, it's now time for North America to get the official word regarding a localisation for that particular region. While Nintendo is in charge with marketing and distributing the title in Europe, XSEED Games will be...
Look for the trailer in this article
All the pieces are in place as Mastertronic gets ready for the release of its upcoming hidden object game, May's Mysteries: The Secret of Dragonville. The puzzle game's central character is a young girl named May who's looking for her brother. Presented in a hand-drawn style, the game will task players with...
Iwata not willing to take the risk, it seems
Nintendo's made it clear that it hasn't been totally satisfied with its online efforts thus far, and the upcoming Wii U will hopefully resolve all that. Although the company hasn't revealed exactly how things will be different with its next home console, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has made one thing clear: Nintendo is not interested in free-to-play..
Way to go, Way-Thor-ward
At a SEGA press event in March this year WayForward’s Director for Thor: God of Thunder, Austin Ivansmith, noted that it is the company's “love letter to the DS” and considering its back catalogue of well received DS and DSiWare titles this game caught the attention of gamers normally hesitant of a movie licenced game...
We scouted it for you
With the hustle and bustle of E3 dying down, it's time to catch up on something unrelated to Wii U and 3DS, as we bring you the trailer of the latest instalment in the Dragon Quest Monsters series. The second title in the spin-off series ― Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 will see players scouting and collecting monsters as they build their ultimate battling team. Scouting..
Iwata: "It's very strange."
Much like the 3DS, Nintendo is adamant that Wii U has to be seen and experienced first-hand if it is to be understood. Could this be the reason why Nintendo shares took a plunge following the new console's announcement at E3? In the two days following Nintendo's E3 conference on Tuesday, shares dropped by almost 10...
Still life in the DS dog yet
Professor Layton isn't done with DS yet, as his fourth DS outing Professor Layton and the Last Specter is coming to North America later this year. To gear up for the genius and his boy companion's next outing, we've got a trailer showing what you can expect from the final 2D outing in the series. Will you be picking this one up?
Dino-fighting returns this holiday season
The Vivosaurs are far from extinct as Nintendo announces the return of the Fossil Fighters series with the upcoming Super Fossil Fighters on the DS. In the RPG sequel, players continue to find and clean up various fossil pieces and by using them to create and revive the Vivosaurs, enter them into the fossil park-sanctioned tournament. Much like the gameplay..
We knew there wouldn't be much on show for DS this year at E3, but Nintendo has managed to scoop the last few remaining titles together and sculpt them into a release schedule for the coming year. There are a few notable releases in there, mainly Professor Layton and the Last Specter and Kirby: Mass Attack, but it's understandably light on major titles. Still, there's some games worth..
Professor still has puzzles to solve
Level 5's multi-million selling Professor Layton series is still going on DS, with Nintendo set to publish the fourth chapter, Professor Layton and the Last Specter, later this year. Expect more puzzles, more mysteries, more animated cut scenes and shedloads more dodgy Cockney accents when the game launches on DS in Fall 2011.
Tough name for a cute game
DS owners, don't think you were forgotten at E3 — Nintendo is rewarding your love of the non-3D dual screen console with a brand new Kirby, called Kirby: Mass Attack. The game sees multiple Kirbies used to overwhelm your enemies, as the press release describes. A New Twist on a Pink Hero One day, an evildoer with a magic cane appears and splits Kirby™ into 10 pieces..
Soak it in
Nintendo's Upcoming Wii U Console Features Controller with 6.2-inch Screen Nintendo 3DS Continues its Evolution with Mario Kart, Super Mario and the Nintendo eShop as Nintendo Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda NOTE: Multimedia available hereLOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At the E3 Expo, Nintendo introduced a new paradigm for video games and home entertainment: Wii..
Take that, Nintendogs
A virtual dog that lives inside a console? It's been done. A robot dog controlled by a video game, though? Now that's exciting. That's the basic idea behind Wappy Dog, a new venture from Activision and SEGA TOYS that's set to mark its territory at Christmas. A combination of DS software and real-life toy, the virtual pet supposedly grows and evolves whether played with at home..
Curious time for a price drop
Like an end of level boss that refuses to be beaten, the DS Lite is still available brand new in the US, where its recommended retail price is about to drop to $99.99. The best-selling console will see its cost cut this Sunday, 5th June, just two days before Nintendo's E3 press conference. It's not the only DS-related happening this Sunday: six Mario DS games will be..
Wait until you see Edgeworth
Japan's appetite for all things Ace Attorney continues, as Capcom and director Takashi Miike announce a joint project to bring the offbeat detective series to the silver screen. The appointment of Miike as director is an interesting choice, as his past work spans everything from Yatterman to the severely gory Ichi the Killer. With Ace Attorney Investigations 2 not..
Trademark application revealed
So far, Professor Layton and the Spectre's Flute has been Japan-only, but a recently-unearthed trademark application shows that the DS adventure will come to North America. Level-5 registered the trademark Professor Layton and the Last Specter recently, spotted by Siliconera, which all-but confirms the fourth DS game is coming to the West later this year. We'll bring..
Indie developer returns
DSi owners might already be familiar with Jason Rohrer's off-beat games, with Primrose and the Jason Rohrer Anthology offering some of the most unique experiences on DSiWare. Publisher Zoo Games just announced the next game from the developer coming to DS later this year: Diamond Trust of London. Maintaining his reputation for sticking to unexpected inspirations, the game..
The rain in this game falls mainly on the lame
The water-based puzzler is an interesting breed – the replication of aquatic physics necessitates a more innovative approach than your average thinking game, the majority of which build on or clone an accepted model like Tetris or Bejeweled. The recent Fluidity is proof that this subgenre can spawn some truly special and unique releases with the..
Rockin' robot or CPUke?
Innovative puzzle games are few and far between, and TINcan! Escape is up there with some of the more interesting concepts we've seen. While it rests on a quality foundation, however, some uneven spots and lacklustre presentation make this rolling robot wobble on its wheels. Two rival scientists compete to have their design become the next model in production, the more..
Do Brits love art?
Nintendo's Create Britain tour kicked off today by the banks of the River Thames with an Art Academy lesson hosted by artist Pam Glew. Passers-by were invited to get involved with the DS art package, with a local primary school also stopping by to try their hand at recreating Canaletto's famous painting of Westminster Bridge. While not everybody's efforts were quite as..
The excitement is building
Fact: LEGO video games sell well. Fact: Harry Potter tie-ins sell well. Fact: Nintendo consoles sell well. Can you see where this is going? Yes, Warner Bros. has announced the official video game of the tail end of the Harry Potter saga, with LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 coming to all current Nintendo formats this year. Wii, DS and 3DS owners will be able to join in the..
Hoping to draw more gamers in, surely?
Easy Interactive has announced its Q2 line-up of upcoming releases, one of which is a WiiWare title that's on its way to getting a retail release. Max & the Magic Marker originally launched on the download service last year and will soon be available to purchase on-disc for the Wii as well as the DS when they launch next month. The game requires players to..
So we Gather
The pink puffball's next appearance is locked down for Japan: Atsumete! Kirby — which roughly translates to Gather! Kirby — is coming to DS on 7th July. Last month we brought you the first Atsumete! Kirby gameplay details, which revealed the player will control multiple Kirbies and use their combined power to overcome puzzles and enemies. Should a Kirby die, it floats up to heaven..
Half RTS, half adventure, halfway fun
2009 saw the release of LEGO Battles to complement the action orientation of the main series titles, with a second iteration now aiming once more to provide a light and accessible real time strategy experience within the LEGO world. Unfortunately, LEGO Battles: Ninjago tries to spread its shallow formula too far...
Brush with fame
Bundling DSiWare titles Art Academy: First Semester and Art Academy: Second Semester onto a cartridge and releasing it under the name Art Academy was a stroke of genius on Nintendo's part, with the game now having sold over 1.9 million copies since launch. Now Nintendo UK wants to use the game to launch its new Create Britain campaign with an art class this week. The event takes..
A pleasant, if stumpy, puzzler
Many puzzle games that originated on the PC have made a successful transition to the DS; following their lead is City Interactive's latest handheld release, a scaled down version of Chronicles of Mystery: The Tree of Life from 2009. Especially in the case of one that's as well-crafted as this, there's nothing wrong...
Due to sprout in 2011
Rising Star Games has been bringing Harvest Moon games to European Nintendo fans for years, and the publisher has just confirmed it's continuing this tradition by releasing Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar across Europe this year. The game was released in North America last year, so read through our Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar review to get the lowdown on what to expect from the..
System Menu cranks to 1.4.2
Nintendo has been pretty mum on the firmware update front for quite some time, but today broke that silence by quietly rolling out an update to its DSi line. Nudging the ticker up to version 1.4.2, the update description appears utterly unspectacular at face value by declaring that it brings along behind-the-scenes improvements to performance. However, we'd like to think..
A little late, we know
Pokémon Black and White: still haven't made up your mind which version to go for? Let Nintendo's helpful new video explain a few of the differences between the two games. Each version features an exclusive area and unique monsters to nab, as well as a few other quirks that are best discovered yourself. Find out more by reading our Pokémon Black and White review and checking..
Publicity push planned
Namco Bandai's furry mech RPG Solatorobo: Red the Hunter is due to attack European DS consoles on 1st July, courtesy of Nintendo. The publishing team-up has just announced a plan to bring new videos and details on the game every other week as its release date approaches. For the uninitiated, Solatorobo is an action RPG title that strays ever-so-slightly from the usual genre..
That satisfyingly soft click is here to stay
With the introduction of touchscreens and motion controls, the cynical gamer might think it's a matter of time before Nintendo abandons the use of buttons all together. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata assures us that that's not what the company has planned. During an Analyst Meeting earlier this week, Iwata was asked what his opinions of touch control devices..
Decreases in sales explained, and Nintendo's forecast for this fiscal year
Although Nintendo has claim to notable achievements with its hardware ― the DS has proved to be the best-selling handheld ever and global Wii sales have surpassed the 86 million mark, the company's profit numbers for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2011 show a significant drop. Net sales totaled 1,014.3 billion yen,..
DreamRift's co-founder spins us a tale of two screens
Even though its successor released last month in Europe and North America, the DS was never going to go down without a fight. A new Pokemon generation dominated the handheld's last days as top dog, but right under the radar flew Majesco and DreamRift's excellent platform/pet RPG Monster Tale. We're ridiculously behind on the Nintendo Life review..
StreetPass opportunities galore
Nintendo's UK arm keeps on bringing the 3DS to punters up and down the country, with more dates confirmed over the coming months. The press release mentions the thrill of playing new releases before anyone else, including games that aren't even available in this country, though there's no specific titles mentioned. We were to don our speculation caps (which with all..
Screenshots look good too
We recently brought you the good news that Nintendo will release Solatorobo: Red the Hunter in Europe, but if the first fleeting glimpses of its furry robots didn't stir your interest this motherlode of concept art from Nintendo should seal the deal. Showing floating islands, flying robots and almost everything in between,...
2.4m critters sold
Pokémon Black & White were monster sales successes in March, shifting nearly 2.5m units across North America and raking in the dough for Nintendo. The new games, combined with the 3DS launch, resulted in Nintendo's best March ever for portable gaming. In four days on sale the 3DS sold just under 400,000 units, not far behind the DS family's month-long sales of 460,000..
A gang of Kirbies embark on their latest DS adventure
Since Nintendo announced the development of a new Kirby game at a conference it held last September, things have been rather quiet until now. As reported by 1UP, Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has detailed some initial game info on Atsumete! Kirby (roughly translated as Gather! Kirby.) Fruit will be dotted across the stages and as players con
We talk about ninjas and studs
LEGO Battles: Ninjago is bringing its own brand of Spinjitzu to North America and Europe this week. TT Games producer Vince Grogan appeared in a puff of smoke, so we hurled shuriken-sharp questions in his direction until he fled. Nintendo Life: What's the first thing we should know about LEGO Battles: Ninjago? Vince Grogan: LEGO Battles: Ninjago is the sequel to the..
Lots to look forward to
Here's hoping you have plenty of coins in that wallet if you're intending to see most of the games this year has to offer, as Nintendo Europe has released an overview of the games coming to Wii, 3DS and DS in the next three months. Further down the line will see European releases of Wii Play: Motion with a Red Wii Remote Plus controller, Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave..
What lies in store?
Nintendo's list of games to be released on Wii, DS and 3DS in the next three months contains a few surprises — we already reported on Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D's launch date — but let's not forget the third-parties who continue to support Nintendo consoles. The list below is an overview of the games on the way to North American shops between now and the start of July, so..
Start the reverie
Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation launched on Valentine's Day in North America, but with the slushy holiday out of the way it's coming to Europe on the less puntastic date of 20th May. Receiving a name change to Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie — that's "absentminded dreaming while awake", linguaphiles — this DS version is the first time the sixth entry in the..
Update: 1st July release confirmed
Update: Nintendo has revealed the game will launch in Europe on 1st July. It seems like only last week we asked what's going on with Solatorobo: Red the Hunter?, and now we have the answer: Nintendo will release the Namco Bandai game in Europe later this year. As in similar deals for Super Street Fighter IV 3D...
Gaining membership at Team Rocket just got tougher
As fun as it might sometimes be to play as the antagonist, Pokémon is one franchise where that prospect seems unlikely according to the series director. Official Nintendo Magazine caught up with Junichi Masuda recently and asked whether there would ever be a game where players could take on the role of Team Rocket, the infamous organisation that..
(Not) Coming to America
Capcom's spiky-haired Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney has enjoyed considerable critical success since his first DS appearance several years ago, but it seems the latest outing for his nemesis/friend Miles Edgeworth won't see the light of day in the Western world. Capcom's corporate officer Christian Svensson recently revealed the publisher had decided not to localise the game..
But won't beat the DS
IHS Screen Digest has predicted the 3DS will sell well in the coming years but believes the original DS line will still reign supreme as the top-selling Nintendo handheld. The company's research suggests 3DS will shift 11.6m units worldwide by the end of 2011, compared to the DS's first-year sales of 13.1m. Screen Digest estimates the new handheld will sell 70m machines across..
Don't get him started on the issue of self-respect
Some Sony executives have positive things to say about the company's rivals, and some don't. Sony president and CEO Jack Tretton is without doubt a person that falls into the latter category. Speaking to Fortune, Tretton refers to Nintendo's handheld offerings as the "Game Boy experience",...
And a DS game too
Studio n-Space has had a hand in all sorts of games over the past 15 years, from Geist right up to GoldenEye 007 and Call of Duty: Black Ops on DS. It's proven itself extremely adept at handling the DS architecture, so the news that the team has a trio of 3DS games under wraps should please some. The official n-Space blog recently...
Double farming joy
Natsume, the house that Harvest Moon built, has announced plans to bring Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns over to North America for both Nintendo DS and 3DS, according to a Facebook post. While the company explained this isn't the 3DS Harvest Moon game originally announced at E3 2010, leaving us to wonder if the mention of 3DS...
Trademarks and ratings emerge
As if screaming "don't forget about me!", the humble Nintendo DS has given gamers a glimmer of hope that at least one more intriguing title will make it to the handheld; in Europe, at least. Namco Bandai recently trademarked Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, presumably a localised version of its currently Japan-only adventure game Solatorobo. Don't go getting too..
Prepare for big numbers
DS is Europe's undoubted sales champion, according to recent data from GameStop and technology research firm IDG. In fact, such is the console's success, its sales are more than triple any other non-Nintendo console on the market. With an estimated 114m current generation consoles in homes around Europe, the Nintendo DS makes...
Were you the lucky one?
We recently gave you the chance to win a signed copy of Monster Tale and soundtrack, and we were overwhelmed by the response, with countless entries flooding into the Nintendo Life Twitter account. We tossed all the qualifying entrants into an empty 3DS box and drew a single winning name... Congratulations to NRLegge! Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and stay..
Not with a whimper, but a bang!
So 3DS is out in places other than Japan now, hooray! But just because its successor is stealing the spotlight, that doesn't mean the DS is content with resting on its two-dimensional laurels. Why, it's not even April yet and it's already seen at least five fantastic games this year with some fantastic music to go along with them. In this episode, we celebrate those..
Not much of a sequel
A few years ago, MumboJumbo published the Hot Lava-developed 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, a very average Bejeweled clone. Since then, our standards for DS puzzle fare have gotten a little bit higher, and MumboJumbo has updated its previous release to hopefully meet these standards. Enter 7 Wonders II. The formula remains the...
The Silver Age is returning
Last summer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that it would be bringing video game adaptations of the new Green Lantern film to the Wii and DS. Now it seems there's a slight change of plan as Warner Bros. has revealed that the 3DS will also be getting its own instalment, making it the company's debut title on the system. Green Lantern: Rise of the..
A celestial pup worthy of your praise
Back in 2008, a two year old PS2 ‘game of the year’ was ported to the Wii amid much critical acclaim. Okami, an epic adventure boasting a glorious art style, was perfectly suited to the Wii’s capabilities, and Capcom has once again embraced a Nintendo console for a follow-up adventure on the DS. With such...
A little too familiar
For whatever reason, LEGO games on Nintendo handhelds are never as good as their home console counterparts. Rather than harness the handheld's unique strengths from the ground up, they too often opt for creating a more compact version of the larger adventure. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is no exception, providing an all-around fun experience but cutting back on..
Atlus' RPG sequel is almost complete
In the latest issue of Famitsu, details have emerged on the upcoming sequel to the 2009 tactical role-playing game, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 is currently under development for the DS by Atlus and once again features a 7-day attack on Earth by an outside force; if the threat isn't neutralised within a week, the game..
Missed weeks? What?
Remember when we said NLFM was going to be weekly? Well, we kind of fudged that for the past couple of weeks. Sorry! But we're back with a fiery fever in this episode, where gangsters are punched, pianos diddled and dinosaurs remembered. 1. MONSTER! MONSTER! — Penny Arcade2. Yuzo Koshiro — Go Straight (Streets of Rage 2, Genesis/Mega Drive) 3. Naoki Kodaka — Aflorious..
DS adventure Monster Tale is available in North America now, so we've teamed up with publisher Majesco to bring you an exclusive contest for DreamRift's outing. Created by the key leads behind superlative DS puzzle-platformer Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure, the game merges a top-screen platformer with a pet-raising simulator...
Don't use Rock Smash
Pokémon games work best in the palm of your hand: built for portable gaming, they're suited to the small screen, but that doesn't mean we can't see the creatures on a much grander scale. Over at Berlin's Wilmersdorfer Arcaden shopping centre, the pocket monsters broke free of the confines of the small screen to terrorise passers-by with a light projection display. The..
Don't be fooled
There are many ways to play Bejeweled on the go, though when it comes to the DS catalogue, you're mostly looking at clones rather than the real deal. 7 Wonders of the Ancient World is one of those clones. It does more than just imitate the gold standard, however – it attempts to innovate as well. But what it adds to the mix takes away from the game's inherent symbol-swapping..
A bit of class
DS paint programme Art Academy has been out for a good while now, starting off on DSiWare as Art Academy: First Semester and Art Academy: Second Semester, and now Nintendo is bringing the cartridge compilation to select schools across North America to help students express their creative side. In conjunction with the National Art...