2012 News

News: Big 3DS Release Dates Still to Be Determined

Big 3DS Release Dates Still to Be Determined

TBD strikes again

The latest Nintendo release schedule doesn't narrow the release windows for many highly anticipated 3DS games. Mario Tennis and Luigi's Mansion 2 are both labelled up as 2012 releases. Animal Crossing and Paper Mario are down for 2012 in Japan but are both listed as "to be determined" for North America and Europe which,...

News: Reggie: Wii U to Boast a "Full Range of Entertainment"

Reggie: Wii U to Boast a "Full Range of Entertainment"

The big man speaks

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime's CES "interview" with Spike TV didn't give anything major away — games and dates remain a mystery — but he did speak in very broad terms about Nintendo's vision for its upcoming console. Talking about the plan to continue broadening the Wii install base, Fils-Aime naturally pointed to the controller, hinting at its..

Round Table: Looking Ahead to Nintendo in 2012

Looking Ahead to Nintendo in 2012

Should be a good 'un

It's a new year, with a recovering 3DS and a fresh home console on the way from Nintendo: these are certainly interesting times. We decided to have a chat about the prospects for Nintendo in 2012, including our thoughts on the company's prospects, as well as our hopes, dreams and fears. Joining features editor Thomas Whitehead...

News: Industry Analysts: 3DS is Bouncing Back

Industry Analysts: 3DS is Bouncing Back

But there's still work to be done

We may only just be embarking on a new year, but reports are already surfacing that the 3DS enjoyed a positive holiday period, particularly with the news that over four million 3DS consoles have been sold in the United States. With the recent boom of sales in Japan, it's clear that the handheld is enjoying its most...

Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2012

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2012

What's in store for the year ahead?

2011 is gone. After announcing our Game of the Year 2011 awards we're ready to move on and sink our teeth into all that awaits in 2012. There are of course dozens more games on the way to 3DS in the coming year, but we've picked ten of the most exciting due to crest the 3D horizon before 2013 rolls around. If...

News: Happy New Year from Nintendo Life!

Happy New Year from Nintendo Life!

Here's to 2012

It's the very first day of 2012, and we want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year. 2011 was our best year yet — we were featured in the 3DS eShop, teamed up with Eurogamer and even won a Mario Kart 7 medal — but we wouldn't be able to do any of this without the support of a great number of people

News: Tekken 3D Prime Edition Punches Europe on 17th February

Tekken 3D Prime Edition Punches Europe on 17th February

Just a day after Japan

Talk about your short waits. Nintendo and Namco Bandai have signed a deal to bring Tekken 3D Prime Edition to Europe on 17th February 2012, just 24 hours after its Japanese release. As with other 3DS fighting titles — Dead or Alive: Dimensions and Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition — Nintendo will handle sales, marketing...

News: North America, Expect Xenoblade Chronicles Before May

North America, Expect Xenoblade Chronicles Before May

Pre-order from Nintendo now

Nintendo gave a vague spring 2012 release date for Xenoblade Chronicles in North America, but now you can pre-order the game directly from Nintendo we have a slightly more precise date. The Nintendo store has the game up for pre-order at $49.99 with the following statement: We expect to begin by the end of April 2012. A confirmation email will be sent when your order..

News: Wii U Hands-On for Media Only at CES 2012

Wii U Hands-On for Media Only at CES 2012

Bubble burst

Yesterday's rumour that Nintendo would show off Wii U at CES in January has turned exactly as expected: it just ain't so. 1UP has a statement from Nintendo that confirms the publisher's showing is behind closed doors, with nothing new to reveal over and above what we learnt at E3: Nintendo of America, working with the 2012 International CES management, will offer demos of the upcoming..

News: Nintendo Narrows Wii U Release Date Window

Nintendo Narrows Wii U Release Date Window

Early 2012 goes right out of it

Nintendo's always said Wii U will be launched between April 2012 and the end of next year, but kiss goodbye to dreams of getting the machine before June. Nintendo of America now states the console will be available between the beginning of E3 and the end of 2012, giving us a six month period during which Wii U could...

News: New Pokémon Game to Be Announced in January

New Pokémon Game to Be Announced in January

What could it be?

Pokémon super site Serebii reports that a new Pokémon game is set to be revealed in early 2012. Japanese magazine CoroCoro claims to have the world exclusive on a new Pokémon game in its next issue, due out on 14th January 2012. There are no further hints about what it could be, so feel free to engage your rampant speculation modes and shoot the breeze in the comments below.

News: Mario Party 9 and Rhythm Heaven Fever Release Dates Revealed

Mario Party 9 and Rhythm Heaven Fever Release Dates Revealed

Not long to wait

Nintendo of America's release schedule just confirmed release dates for three Wii games due out in early 2012. Rhythm Heaven Fever is the earliest first-party release, arriving on 13th February — just in time for Valentine's Day. It'll retail at $29.99 too, making it an even better present for that special someone. That's followed...

News: There Are Still Some Games On the Way to DSiWare in 2012

There Are Still Some Games On the Way to DSiWare in 2012

Emerging Victorious

Nintendo Europe's DS release list for 2012 doesn't contain much in the way of retail — apart from the announcement that Inazuma Eleven 2 is on the way to Europe — with the rest of the schedule populated by DSiWare games. One of the new titles announced is Victorious: Hollywood Arts Debut, which has just come out as a full-priced retail release on DS. Pity anyone who paid..

News: Inazuma Eleven 2 Shoots for Europe in 2012

Inazuma Eleven 2 Shoots for Europe in 2012

A game of two halves

Football RPG Inazuma Eleven must have done reasonably well for itself across Europe as Nintendo has announced the sequel is on the way in 2012. The tentatively titled Inazuma Eleven 2 is to be split into two games, currently subtitled Firestorm and Blizzard, as it was in Japan upon its initial release back in 2009. If you're not...

News: Nintendo Europe's 2012 3DS Release Schedule Is In

Nintendo Europe's 2012 3DS Release Schedule Is In

What's on the cards?

Nintendo Europe's seemingly never-ending list of games due out in 2012 includes this list of gems on the way to 3DS in the next 12 months. As well as confirming Professor Layton for 3DS in 2012 and a March release date for Kid Icarus: Uprising, there are a few more gems in here to make 2012 look like a bright year of gaming indeed. Bear in mind Nintendo says these are..