DS - News

June2011

  • News Activision and SEGA Toying with Wappy Dog DS for Christmas

    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..

May2011

  • News DS Lite Drops to $99 in US, Mario DS Games Go Red

    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..

  • News Capcom Announces Live Action Ace Attorney Movie

    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..

  • News Professor Layton and the Last Specter Coming to America

    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..

  • News Jason Rohrer Tackles Blood Diamonds with New DS Game

    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..

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    Review Nanda's Island

    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..

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    Review TINcan! Escape

    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..

  • News Nintendo's Art Appreciation UK Tour Kicked Off Today

    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..

  • News LEGO Onslaught Continues With LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

    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..

  • News Max & the Magic Marker Relaunching on Wii and DS

    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..

  • News Kirby's New DS Game Has a July Date with Japan

    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..

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    Review LEGO Battles: Ninjago

    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...

  • News Nintendo Kicks Off Create Britain with Art Academy Class

    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..

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    Review Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life

    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...

  • News Rising Star Setting Out a Grand Bazaar for European Farmers

    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..

  • News DSi Firmware Gets an Update

    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..

  • News New Video Explains the Differences in Pokemon Black and White

    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..

  • News Gear Up for Solatorobo's Launch with New Videos

    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..

April2011

  • News You Won't Get a Nintendo Console with a Buttonless Controller

    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..

  • News Nintendo's Profits Show a Significant Drop, This Year Should Improve

    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,..

  • Interviews Monster Tale - Dreamrift's Peter Ong

    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..

  • News 3DS UK Tour Keeps Rolling On with New Dates Confirmed

    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..

  • News This Solatorobo Concept Artwork is Pretty, Stunning

    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,...

  • News Pokemon and 3DS Helped Nintendo to a Record-Breaking March

    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..

  • News New Kirby Game Details Gathered, Now Absorb Them

    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

  • Interviews TT Games - LEGO Battles: Ninjago (DS)

    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..

  • News Europe, Your Q2 Release Line-Up is Waiting

    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..

  • News These Games Are Coming to You Before June is Over

    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..

  • News Europe Takes On Dragon Quest VI on 20th May

    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..

  • News Nintendo to Release Solatorobo: Red the Hunter in Europe

    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...

  • News Masuda: Playing Pokémon is All About Being Heroic and Fair

    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..

  • News Capcom Objects to Ace Attorney Investigations 2 Translation Costs

    (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..

  • News Research Firm Predicts 12m 3DS Sales by 2012, 70m by 2015

    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..

  • News Sony CEO Refers to Nintendo Handhelds as "Babysitting Tools"

    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",...

  • News n-Space Has Three 3DS Games Up its Spacious Sleeves

    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...

  • News Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns Coming to DS and 3DS

    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...

  • News What's Going On With Solatorobo: Red the Hunter?

    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..

March2011

  • News DS Has Outsold Xbox 360, PS3 and PSP Combined in Europe

    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...

  • Competition Winners Signed Monster Tale and Soundtrack

    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..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 19: DS Swan Songs

    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..

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    Review 7 Wonders II

    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...

  • News Warner Bros. Announces Green Lantern as Its Debut 3DS Title

    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..

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    Review Okamiden

    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...

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    Review LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

    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..

  • News Summon Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 this Summer

    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..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 18: Rageful Streets and Happy Dinosaurs

    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..

  • News Win a Signed Copy of Monster Tale and Soundtrack (North America)

    Get tweeting!

    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...

  • News See Pokemon Come to Life on the Wall of a Shopping Centre

    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..

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    Review 7 Wonders of the Ancient World

    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..

  • News Art Academy Helps Students Brush Up Their Creative Skills

    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...

  • News 1 Million Copies of Pokémon Black and White Sold in Europe

    European Pokémon install base grows to a monster number

    We recently learnt of the successful launch of the Pokémon Black and White games in the United States, and it seems they haven't been doing too badly in Europe either. Since both Black and White versions of the latest Pokémon adventure were released into the European wilderness on 4th March, the games have sold over 1 million copies in just..

  • News Wii is the Fastest Console in U.S. History to Shift 35 Million Units

    Several Nintendo titles reach new milestones

    If you need proof that the Wii is still going strong, you only need to look at the month of February as Nintendo shifts another 5 million consoles in the United States in less than a year, with several games breaking new milestones to boot. Having sold 30 million Wii consoles back in August, Nintendo has now broken the 35 million barrier in the U.S..

  • News Mario Kart Without Items Isn't Mario Kart, That Includes the Blue Shell

    Hideki Konno explains the importance of its inclusion

    We can't expect franchises to stay the same forever, but when the crowd-dividing Blue Shell was introduced to the Mario Kart series back in Mario Kart 64, maybe not all of us expected it to stay through to the modern day instalments. Hideki Konno is one of the main players behind the series,...

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    Review The Sims 3

    Third time the charm?

    When the original PC title The Sims saw release, Maxis treated it as a spin-off of their popular SimCity franchise, the 3000 edition of which included a teaser for upcoming title SimMars. Before Will Wright could say "(insert Sim gibberish here)," though, it proved a sensational success both critically and...

  • News Walk the Plank with this LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer

    Plastic Captain Jack in action

    If you're a fan of a popular film franchise, you can bet that sooner or later, TT Games will make a slapstick-infused LEGO video game adaptation of it. The next scheduled to receive the treatment is Disney's blockbusting, swashbuckling series in LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean for 3DS, Wii and DS. The game will feature all four films including the upcoming On Stranger..

  • News 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..

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    Review Inazuma Eleven

    Ready to score

    Football (or soccer to our American readers) and role playing: it's not a combination that instantly springs to mind as the basis for a video game, but that's exactly what's on offer with Level 5's latest creation, Inazuma Eleven. Despite sounding like an odd mix that frankly should never be considered, the concept works incredibly...

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    Review Pokémon Black and White

    Black and White and good all over

    Last year’s Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver were just stopgap games to tide eager trainers over until the launch of Generation Five: Pokémon Black and White. Now the latest iterations in the series are here to eat up DS gamers’ spare time once again with a stack of new monsters and features. Set in the...

  • News 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,..

February2011

  • News 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...

  • News 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...

  • News 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

    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

    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...

  • News 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..

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    Review Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation

    It's about slime!

    It's certainly no secret that Nintendo made the right move in choosing to publish Dragon Quest IX outside of Japan as the game not only drew rave reviews from the gaming media, but also broke numerous sales records along the way as well. Now in an effort to keep the momentum rolling, it's decided to help Square-Enix resurrect one...

  • News 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...

  • News 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

    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 Man Arrested for Blackmailing Nintendo with Stolen User Data

    Crime doesn't pay

    Come on, people. It's one thing to steal the data of Nintendo users, but it's another thing to attempt to blackmail Nintendo with it. Police in Spain have arrested a man in the southern province of Malaga suspected of stealing the user data of Nintendo gamers, who allegedly then tried to blackmail Nintendo with the...

  • News 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..

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    Review Jewels of the Tropical Lost Island

    It's no gem but neither is it fool's gold

    Puzzle games are ten a penny on the DS and when it's a match-three type like the popular Bejeweled series, you have to wonder about the relevance of yet another addition to the already plentiful stock of match-three titles on the DS. Jewels of the Tropical Lost Island is City Interactive's contribution to...

  • News 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

    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

    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..

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    Review Kingdom Hearts Re:coded

    Some bugs in the system

    The DS is no stranger to the Kingdom Hearts series, having previously seen Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days back in 2009, which proved to be a rather enjoyable adventure. Now we have Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, a remake of Japan only mobile-phone title Kingdom Hearts Coded. Taking place after Kingdom Hearts 2, Jiminy finds a new,...

  • News 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...

  • News 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

    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

    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...

  • Podcast 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

    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...

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    Review Crime Lab: Body of Evidence

    A scene worth investigating

    The DS has been a popular platform for graphic adventure games in its lifetime thanks to its touchscreen interface, seeing a number of great titles such as Hotel Dusk: Room 215 & Time Hollow. This time around we have Crime Lab: Body of Evidence, a new entry in the Art of Murder adventure series from City Interactive...

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    Review Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

    Your days are numbered

    Kingdom Hearts is a series which will need little introduction to many gamers. First seeing release in 2002 for the PS2, it centres around the adventures of Sora and his friends as they battle the Heartless across the different worlds. Highly noted for the crossover of Disney and Final Fantasy elements, mixed together into an...

  • News 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

    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

    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..

  • News Purchase Pokemon Black or White Promptly for an Easy Victini

    Eager beavers get a Liberty Pass

    Pokémon Black and White reaches North America on March 6th, and if the Pokémon preorder bonuses haven't convinced you to get the game straight away then Nintendo is hoping its new giveaway will seal the deal. Pokémon trainers who purchase the game in North America between March 6th and April 10th can receive a...

  • News Proof that Inazuma Eleven Really Is Out in the UK

    Update: Nintendo speaks!

    The Inazuma Eleven saga continues. Launched in Europe on January 28th, the game's been absent from the vast majority of retailers, causing many sites to speculate the game isn't available. In fact, a Nintendo customer service representative told N-Europe: Unfortunately, this game has been delayed slightly within the UK. We should have further information available about..

  • News Observe the Flow of Battle in Pokemon Black & White Video

    Master the new moves

    The countdown to Pokémon Black & White is ticking on, and Nintendo has just released a new video showing off the raging battles to be had when you pit new monster against new monster in the upcoming DS release. Here at Nintendo Life we're currently sinking our teeth into the latest gotta-catch-'em-all-a-thon and we're...

  • News First LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer Walks the Plank

    Shiver me plastic timbers

    Last year Disney and TT Games joined forces to announce LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean for Wii and DS, and now the twosome have brought us the first trailer for the game and some concept art to boot. There's no gameplay footage in the trailer but anyone who's played a previous LEGO game will likely know what to expect: single or co-operative play with a range of famous..

  • News Plants vs. Zombies is On the Way to UK After All

    So put your brain fork away

    When Plants vs. Zombies was announced for DS last year, developer PopCap said it had no plans to bring the game across to reach European gamers. With the title now sat on store shelves across North America, UK publisher Mastertronic has announced a partnership with PopCap to bring the game to British gamers. The partnership doesn't refer to any other Nintendo titles, nor..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 15: They Might Be RPGs

    FInal Fantasy makes its NLFM debut, along with a sweeping Bionic Commando remix

    Gather round, children! Zip it, listen! NLFM is back and bringing the big guns, with a killer Bionic Commando remix, lurvely NES medley by way of PiCTOBiTS, and an almighty power with a huge sword chopping woodland critters. What more could you want? What more??? 1. Star Salzman, Harumi Fujita, Junko Tamiya — Advance..

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  • News If You Know Dragon Quest Trivia, You Could Meet the Creator

    Not as ominous as it sounds

    Nintendo's agreement to promote Square Enix's upcoming Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation on DS proves both companies are eager to capitalise on the success of last year's Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies. Last year, series creator Yuji Horii attended the DQIX launch to meet fans, but this year you'll have to earn your right to meet him by taking part in..

  • Talking Point Is the DS Dead at Retail?

    Console's heyday is over

    Nintendo's DS has had unprecedented success at retail, becoming the world's biggest-selling handheld and shifting millions of copies of unusual titles including Nintendogs, Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? and the Professor Layton series. Now, however, with the 3DS on the horizon it looks like the machine's head

  • News New Pokemon DS Game Comes With... A Keyboard?

    Or Pokéboard, if you will

    The "games that teach you to type" genre has made one notable contribution to the gaming world: Typing of the Dead, Sega's bizarre typing/zombie title from the Dreamcast days. Right at the opposite end of the zombie spectrum comes this next title, Nintendo's Battle Get! Pokémon Typing for DS. "How can you...

  • News Pokemon Designer Explains New Legendary Monsters

    Strong, sharp, lots of lines

    Pokémon Black & White aren't just offering new features like online video chat, three-on-three battles and seasonal gameplay: two of the biggest new additions are slapped right on the front of the box. Legendary Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom take centre stage on the game's box art, but how did Pokémon master Ken Sugimori craft the two new titans? Contemplating..

  • News Sakaguchi: To Succeed Internationally, JRPGs Need to Change

    Will Last Story lead the way by example?

    There have been many Japanese games that never made it out of their own country but far from publishers being lazy or concerned that localisations won't be profitable enough for the hassle, perhaps the reason genres like Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs) sometimes struggle to find success in the Western...

  • News Inazuma Eleven Looking to Score in Europe on Friday

    But where's the marketing?

    You'd think a football game from the creators of the Professor Layton games would be enough to pique the interest of games retailers, but judging from the complete lack of awareness and availability in the marketplace you'd be greatly mistaken. Inazuma Eleven for Nintendo DS launches across the UK and Europe this Friday, but Nintendo has made next-to no noise about the..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 14: The Past and Future, Remixed

    Check out some of our favourite remixes of classic franchises coming to 3DS

    We're absolutely killing 2011 with our new weekly schedule, even if we're a little late in the day from time to time. As in every episode so far. This episode we're inspired by the 3DS line-up and looking towards both the future and past by checking out some excellent remixes of classic tunes from franchises headed to the..