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Review: LEGO Battles: Ninjago (DS)

LEGO Battles: Ninjago (DS)

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

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..

Review: Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life (DS)

Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life (DS)

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

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

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

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

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..

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

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

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

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

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

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, the artwork shows the attention to detail that..

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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 Edition and Dead or Alive: Dimensions, Nintendo will..

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

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..