Controversial custom mod causes outrage online
A complete wash-out
When British mother-of-two Charlotte Moore ordered a Switch console during Amazon's Cyber Monday event she probably felt pretty pleased with herself - Nintendo's hybrid machine is going to be a hot ticket this Christmas, and she'd managed to secure one for a reasonable price for her kids to unwrap on the big day. However, when...
Howard Lincoln's words echo through the decades
Controversial FMV game Night Trap is getting a 25th anniversary remaster, but the game won't be appearing on the Switch - despite the best efforts of the developers. The game - which involves trying to protect a household full of excitable young women from the clutches of some rather unconvincing...
The Switch is very hard to find in its native Japan at present, with stock vanishing from shelves as fast as Nintendo can produce it. The incredible demand for the console in the Land of the Rising Sun has predictably led to people scamming desperate gamers on social media. Several news outlets in the Far East are reporting that these...
App has "alienated thousands and thousands of young people"
Pokémon GO may have captured the hearts and minds of millions of players all over the globe, but like so many elements of popular culture - and the Pokémon craze in general, it should be remembered - it hasn't made fans of everyone. Agence France-Presse reports that Antonio Stagliano,
Controversial custom mod causes outrage online
As if the United States didn't already have enough problems with accidental shootings, a custom firearms manufacturer in Texas has taken it upon itself to fashion a deadly Glock handgun in the guise of a (normally) harmless NES Zapper. Posting on its Facebook page last week, Precision Syndicate of...
"In the end, I am the only one that has lost anything"
The Coleco Chameleon has a history so packed with twists and turns we imagine it would make for a pretty good movie. The venture started life as the Retro VGS, a system which would play games on good, old-fashioned carts and emulate the performance of multiple retro systems. When the...
Aim was to improve the "game experience" and avoid "undue regret"
Earlier this month, we reported on a rumour that the western edition of Bravely Second: End Layer only had "good" endings to optional side quests - a change which, when twinned with alterations to one of the character costumes, triggered quite a stir among fans.
"I know this has been post about before, but I am so angry"
Nintendo appears to be removing user-generated Super Mario Maker levels without warning or reason, and is refusing to comment on the reasons why. Kotaku has reported on various posts online from users who have had their beloved creations taken down despite the absence of any objectionable...
"We wish them luck in the future"
Coleco has announced that it is walking away from the Chameleon console project after reports surfaced that the prototype shown off at the recent New York Toy Fair had a SNES Jr. inside it. The Chameleon was supposed to usher in a new era of cartridge-based gaming, and was billed as being able to emul
Kickstarter on hold pending investigation
The Retro VGS was revealed a while ago and met with a mixture of excitement and skepticism. The system was hyped as an all-in-one solution for games collectors who had become disillusioned with the move towards digital games, and as a bonus it would be able to emulate pretty much any hardware from the past...
"People are calling it censorship. I really see it as localisation"
Xenoblade Chronicles X is now out in the west, and it's great - as you'll know if you've read our review or played it yourself already. However, changes made for the North American and European launch of the game - one of which involved the removal of a revealing costume worn by the...
A disturbing tale of Japan's criminal underworld
You might assume that the only connection that Japanese gangsters have with video gaming is via Sega's popular Yakuza series, but a little digging reveals anecdotes about console shipment times being shifted to avoid criminal interference and even suggestions that Nintendo itself could have historic...
Online technicalities causing tension?
Reports have recently surfaced via Japanese video game blogs that certain clusters of Western Wii U owners do not enjoy playing Nintendo's competitive online squid shooter Splatoon with players from Japan. Some have even taken to social media to demand that Nintendo enforce regional servers for the game. The...
All feedback is good feedback?
Nintendo's Digital Event has been and gone, and to say the reaction has been somewhat mixed would be an understatement. While Star Fox Zero ticked all of the relevant boxes, other announcements didn't get the kind of response Nintendo was possibly looking for. The reaction has been so strong that Nintendo president...
"The next level of mental health risk"
UK mainstream newspaper The Sun has launched an investigation which claims that video games are as addictive as the drug heroin. The report has been published in today's edition of the tabloid, and can be read online here behind a pay wall. The feature puts forward brain scans as evidence that violent titles...
The person in charge of the Frostbite Engine Twitter could be in trouble
Yesterday was April Fools Day, that one day of the year when media outlets are allowed to let their imaginations run riot and create some truly outlandish — and totally fictional — news stories. You'll no doubt have seen our Nintendo VR prank, and — to save you the...
"Neither Nintendo or EA gave a s*** about it"
Criterion co-founder Alex Ward recently parted company with the studio to found his new firm, Three Fields Entertainment. Yesterday, he took to Twitter to partly explain the reasons behind this move, as well as highlighting some of the issues he and his staff faced when porting Need for Speed: Most...
"I'd sure regret wasting $100+ on a second-screen that no one uses"
Anyone who has played Nintendo Land will know how much fun the concept of asymmetrical gaming can be, but it's fair to say that too few games have really exploited the potential of the Wii U GamePad's second screen. Clearly, coming up with unique concepts and new ideas takes time...
"This is basically not what we were promised"
Mighty No. 9 creator Comcept appears to have irked some of its fans by appointing a female community manager known for her outspoken personal views on social issues. It has been revealed in a recent update that Dina Abou Karam has taken up the position, and will be in charge of engaging with fans across...
"We heard you. We get it."
Platinum Games Creative Producer JP Kellams has taken to Twitter to voice his displeasure at people who continue to ask when Bayonetta 2 is coming to a Sony or Microsoft console. Bayonetta 2 is currently a Nintendo exclusive, and is likely to remain that way as Nintendo itself has invested money in its development...
Former BigBig Studios staffer Kenny Linder voices his opinion
Nintendo launched Super Mario 3D World in the UK last week, on the same day as Sony released its PS4 console in the country. It was a bold move — no doubt intended to prove that while Sony has the new tech, the Wii U has the best games this Christmas — but it didn't quite go according...
"Nintendo does not restrict which songs are included in the catalogue"
Last week, we broke the news that Wii Karaoke U contains uncensored versions of songs with offensive lyrics, and that these songs can be downloaded and accessed by anyone using a Wii U console. Nintendo of Europe has now given us an official statement regarding this matter,...
Cover your eyes and ears, kiddies
This morning, we reported that Nintendo had disabled Swapnote's SpotPass functionality due to safety concerns. The Japanese giant is clearly mindful of its younger fans, but doesn't seem to have checked the kind of songs which are available through Wii Karaoke U. We've discovered that the Wii U title grants...
Nicky Minaj lyric confused for an "N-Bomb"
Just Dance 2014 launched at the start of October and commercials for the game have been airing recently in the UK. However, these adverts have come under fire for questionable lyrics — watch the video below and listen out around the 10 second mark: You'll hear Nicky Minaj utter the line "My name is...
Best not mention GTA, then
You might assume that time spent in the mythical land of Hyrule is unlikely to cause anybody any undue distress, but according to some, that simply isn't the case. News and entertainment site Salon.com — which has a monthly unique readership of 15 million — has controversially branded The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of...
Says a handheld gaming-only device "doesn't make sense any more"
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has spoken about Nintendo's current situation and admitted that the company finds itself in a "very difficult position". Talking to the BBC at Campus Party Europe — a London-based O2 event involving thousands of developers working on various technology...
Nothing like a bit of fact-checking, right?
Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games — or MMORPGs — are pretty addictive. The allure of a constantly connected world populated by other players and challenges is often too much for some people to resist, leading to gaming sessions which last for days rather than just a few hours. According...
Still better than half of all Internet arguments
Today the Internet brings to you one of the most heated debates of our age: is The Legend of Zelda one of the best franchises in the world, or what? Representing anti-Zelda is HaleytheHedgehog, cooly wielding her observations like a surgeon’s scalpel. She has played Zelda with her 7-year-old cousin...
Famous designer lets it all out in foul-mouthed Twitter rant
Platinum Games designer Hideki Kamiya is renowned for his classic contributions to the world of video gaming, but one thing he doesn't seem to be famous for is his patience. He regularly indulges in rants via his Twitter account, and following numerous requests from Super Smash Bros. fans...
"Whaddaya think of this happy face my husband is making?"
Japanese star Mari Yaguchi used to be in the band Morning Musume, and is no stranger to the world of video games — she starred (virtually) in Sega's Yakuza 4. She's also a regular columnist in the popular Japanese video games magazine Famitsu. Her most recent column was based around the...
Bizarre promotional event pulled following suspected terrorist killing
At the start of the month we reported that Capcom UK was planning a grisly and macabre PR stunt to mark the HD release of Resident Evil: Revelations. The plan was to fill a swimming pool with blood-coloured water and dismembered body parts, as well as employ "zombie" lifeguards...
"I've got to do something about this"
Last last year, Kotaku reported that Silicon Knights was on its last legs, crippled by mismanagement. The blame was laid squarely at the door of founder Denis Dyack, who has since left the company and joined Precursor Games — which is hard at work at the Wii U title Shadow of the Eternals. Dyack was accused...
"Nintendo. You're doing it wrong"
Earlier today we reported on Nintendo's move to gain revenue from user-created "Let's Play" videos on YouTube. The company has apparently been filing content ID claims against certain users, a move which stops short of blocking accounts but means that Nintendo is able to make cash off advertisements which play...
View of fictional character's butt is uncensored, millions rejoice
We recently reported that the latest North American DLC release for Fire Emblem: Awakening contained some strange censorship, with Tharja's dainty behind being covered by a cloth sheet which actually made the situation look ruder than it was in the Japanese original. Thankfully, it...
"I intend to fight Ubisoft vigorously for my rights"
Patrice Désilets has been fired from Ubisoft less than two months after rejoining the company following the collapse of THQ. Désilets was one of the leading figures in the creation of the million-selling Assassin's Creed series, and departed Ubisoft in 2010 in order to take some time out from...
Avert thine eyes, children
We've already seen that the European version of Fire Emblem: Awakening has been subjected to alterations to remove "adult" content, but now it's the turn of the North American version of the game. The recently-released DLC packs — Harvest Scramble, Summer Scramble and Hot Spring Scramble — were created as the result...
UK newspaper investigates guns and violence in best-selling games
Critics have been saying that violent video games have a negative impact on children for decades, but recent fatal shootings in the US have resulted in renewed debate on the topic. UK newspaper The Guardian has decided to investigate the issue by highlighting the violent content of...
In court, no one can hear you scream
When Sega canned the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines it probably hoped that it would draw a line under what has been an especially torrid project for the publisher. The highly-anticipated game launched on other formats to scathing reviews and nightmarish stories from people involved wi
"Actually, the Wii U GamePad is pretty sturdy, so you probably won’t"
Yesterday, we reported that Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya had taken to Twitter to indicate that The Wonderful 101 wasn't a game that would take that long to complete. "If u hate to finish a game the next day u buy it, u better not play TW101," he said. "I focus on how it is fun,...
"We are cooperating with Nintendo about the changes required"
Smartphone clones of popular console titles are nothing new, but Android game Era's Adventure took shameless pillaging to an entirely new level; its lead character — by the developer's own admission — was Yoshi. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo's lawyers have been in touch and Era's...
Forced on the defensive after negative reaction to Wii U title from fans
Frontier Developments has been forced to defend itself following the announcement of Coaster Crazy Deluxe for the Wii U eShop. There's been something of a negative reaction from certain sectors of the gaming public, with some individuals suggesting that Frontier has used...
Comments made regarding TV host Eun Ji Park
Nintendo of Korea is having to deal with an unfortunate piece of bad publicity after its Twitter account was allegedly used to post a derogatory comment about former weather presenter Eun Ji Park. The comment read: "She should have just stayed as a TV Meteorologist. Getting all the work done on her face...
Three UK-based LulzSec hackers have pleaded guilty to charges of hacking various high-profile targets — one of which was Nintendo — and setting up DDoS (distributed denial of services) attacks. The incident involving Nintendo occurred back in 2011. No permanent harm was done, but a configuration file was taken by the group and...
Too good to be true?
Sega Europe has added a disclaimer to its Aliens: Colonial Marines trailers following complaints that the shown footage does not represent the final product. The disclaimer was added after a Reddit user reported Sega to the Advertising Standards Agency. On Sega Europe's channel, the game's trailer now has the text "The...
Fez creator attempts to clarify anti-3DS comments
Yesterday, we reported on FEZ creator Phil Fish's comments regarding Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the 3DS. He posted a rant on Twitter which was quickly picked up by eagle-eyed Nintendo fans, who pounced on his percieved negativity towards the Kyoto company and its dual-screen hardware. Predictably,...
He isn't a massive fan of the 3DS...
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is out right now on Wii U and 3DS and many gamers out there are having a great time tracking down monsters. One person who doesn't appear to be enjoying himself however is Phil Fish, founder of Polytron Corporation and creator of Fez. After picking up the 3DS version, Fish took to...
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider Distinguished Warfare Medal
Last month, the Distinguished Warfare Medal was unveiled by the US military. The medal is awarded to US troops who make "extraordinary achievements directly impacting combat operations...regardless of the member’s physical location or domain". This includes those involved in...
Not a joke this time, presumably?
Animal rights orgnaisation PETA is no stranger to using video games to further its cause — it infamously attacked Mario for wearing a Tanooki suit, but later admitted that it was just a joke. Now, the group has its sights set on Ubisoft's recently-annoinced Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag for "glorifying" the...
"Oh, Yay, Another Mario Game."
U mad bro? This week, Sony is expected to unveil its next home console, which may (or may not) be called the PlayStation 4, but is currently being referred to by many sites by its codename, Orbis. Not wanting to miss the chance to have a cheap dig at one of its rivals, Sony has taken out online adverts like the one...
ASA concluded it was "misleading"
A few weeks before Wii U launched in the UK, Nintendo ran an advert showing off a few of the new system's features. One of the elements displayed was the ability to switch the action from the television to the GamePad – the advert showed how a gamer allowed his girlfriend to watch TV while he happily played New...
Upholding the law
Nintendo has confirmed that the time-based age restriction on the Wii U eShop - which prevents 18+ titles being purchased outside of a four-hour window at night - is down to German law. Speaking to Eurogamer, a Nintendo Europe spokesperson had this to say: At Nintendo we always aim to provide a safe gaming experience for fans of...
Botched parental restrictions in EU to blame?
Update: Despite testing this issue throughout the day we've now discovered, thanks to prompts from readers who've encountered the issue with some videos on 3DS systems, that this issue is caused by a restriction to accessing 18-rated content before a specific time. A test after 11pm UK time brought us...
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell doesn't think Nintendo's console will be a success
When you're considering the history of the video game industry, the name Nolan Bushnell is almost certain to crop up. Bushnell founded Atari back in 1972 and enjoyed incredible success with arcade hits like Pong and the Atari VCS home console. Although he's not been...
UPDATED: It was only a "mock up" area, says Nintendo
EDIT: As many of you have pointed out, since the publication of this article Nintendo has revealed to GamesIndustry International that the menu accessed by the 'hacker' was in fact a mocked-up test menu and was not linked to the main Miiverse system. Nintendo's official line is as follows: It...
You can't swing a cat in there
Gamers will have two choices when the Wii U is released, they can either take home a Premium Pack which has 32GB of memory, or the Basic Pack which comes with a relatively meagre 8GB. However, once the internal drives have been formatted and other built-in data requirements are taken into account these figures nosedive...
X-Men Destiny May Become A Collector's Item
A while back we reported that Eternal Darkness developer Silicon Knights was effectively on the ropes, with less than five staff members remaining in the company. The outlook has just gotten significantly worse, as it has transpired that the Canadian studio has been ordered to recall most of its recent...
Veteran developer thinks consoles have a tough time ahead
Former Bullfrog and Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux has given a frank and somewhat revealing interview with IGN where he states in no uncertain terms how sceptical he is about the Wii U's chances - as well as his worry for dedicated consoles in general. Over the course of his glittering...
Mother Nature takes no heed of hardware launch hype
We reported a few days ago that Isaiah Triforce Johnson was already queuing for his Wii U outside the Nintendo World Store in New York City, almost a month before the system was due to be released. Sadly, Johnson has had to abandon his vigil due to the incoming threat of Hurricane Sandy, which is...
Racism, greed, Nazis and spoon-bending
To celebrate the recent launch of the excellent Pokémon Black and White 2 on the Nintendo DS, we thought it would be entertaining to throw open the history books and take a look back at the shadowy past of this massively successful monster-catching series. Like all elements of popular culture, Pokémon has...
But they have no idea who he is
One of the many advantages of being a video game voice actor is that you can walk down the street without anyone giving you so much as a second look. However, when you're the voice actor of one of the most iconic characters in gaming, it's a different story altogether - which is why we were very surprised to see...
"We take our responsibilities as a global company very seriously"
Yesterday, allegations surfaced online that Chinese manufacturer Foxconn - which counts Nintendo, Sony and Apple as some of its clients - was employing children in its factories. Foxconn has since admitted guilt, issuing the following statement: We recognize that full...
Would you pay $1,550 for Nintendo's new console this Christmas?
Unless you count the Virtual Boy, pretty much every new Nintendo console has experienced incredible demand in the first month of its release. Millions of people want to upgrade but stock is usually limited - hardly surprising with brand new hardware. Sadly, this situation allows...
"This week, I'm going to blow up Nintendo headquarters"
A rather worrying computer virus has hit Japan which allows hackers to take control of another person's machine and use it for whatever means they wish. This virus has already claimed its first high-profile victim in the shape of animator Masaki Kitamura, who was arrested (and subsequently...
Are you sick of hearing people saying that Nintendo should start making games for smartphones? Yes? Well prepare yourself for more nausea, because a new pressure group - with the snappy title of Nintendo Go Mobile - has been created to achieve just that goal. Here's what they have to say, spelling errors and all: Nintendo go...
Hands-on time reveals potential issue
Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft has voiced his opinion on the Wii U Pro Controller, and it's not pretty. Ashcraft has stated in no uncertain terms that he "hates" the pad, which bares a strong resemblance to the Xbox 360 controller. He said: The Wii U Controller...feels, well, cheap. There's a nice gloss coating,...
Right place, right time
The announcment of Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U sent shockwaves through the gaming world, causing lovers of the original to cry foul and forcing Platinum Games to publish a statement which insisted that the release was not an attempt to snub existing fans. Card-carrying Otaku may wish to look away now, as the developer has...
Twitter mistake creates storm in a teacup
Twitter can be a valuable tool when it comes to connecting with the world around you, but it can also prove to be a curse - as Two Tribes co-founder Collin van Ginkel found recently. He replied to a tweet regarding Wii U third party development support, but instead of using his personal account, he did so...
Platinum Games defend decision to make anticipated sequel Wii U-only
Yesterday's announcement of Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U was arguably one of the biggest talking points of Nintendo's Wii U Preview event. Although the original game was released on the 360 and PS3 - seen by many as systems owned by 'core' gamers - developer Platinum Games has taken...
Poké us if you have an answer
iOS gamers will be used to the endless production line of clones on the App Store by now; for every Angry Birds and New Star Soccer, there are countless derivative works which simply rip off the efforts of others for easy gain. It's one of the main reasons why mobile gaming leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many...
...despite his studio doing the Wii version of Samba de Amigo
Gearbox head guy Randy Pitchford has spoken to Gamasutra about the future of the gaming hardware industry, and has revealed that he's not all that bothered about motion control 'gimmicks': Different people make different stabs. Some of these stabs folks make become standards. Most of...
Won't somebody please think of the children?
When the Wii was first launched there was practically a media frenzy regarding the supposed flood of waggle-related mishaps. People reported cut hands, broken TV sets and black eyes, among other issues. Nintendo duly issued rubber jackets for the Wii Remote and took measures to strengthen the fabric wrist strap, and all was seemingly well with the world..
Nintendo's dual-screen wonder to the rescue
Next time you're in a potentially life-threatening situation you might want to make sure you have a handheld console nearby. A quick-thinking Australian schoolchild - credited only as "Christopher" - found a use for his DS that didn't involve training pocket monsters or defeating Bowser; when his family's car overturned after an attempt to avoid..
Ex-Square writer says the iPad marks the beginning of the end for Nintendo's handheld dominace
Although Nintendo's position in the home console market has been contested numerous times over the past few decades, it has always held court over one sector of the video game industry: the humble handheld. With the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, the veteran firm has seen off..
Japanese newspaper reveals the strain of being number one
Nintendo's consoles are massive sellers and the company is arguably more successful now than it has ever been, but at what cost? Japanese newspaper Nikkei Sangyou Shimbun has given a brief insight into the strain of being the best of the best. Apparently Nintendo's employees have been under increased pressure lately due to the firm's..
Twitter-based outburst pours cold water on Nintendo handheld's chances
Q Entertainment's James Mielke has tweeted regarding the recent announcement of the Nintendo 3DS, and what he had to say doesn't sound too positive from where we're sitting. Mielke used the popular social networking portal to state that he believes the 3DS will be 'impossible for anyone other than Nintendo to make money on'. He..
Says PS3 is picking up speed, Wii flagging
Sony Europe exec Andrew House has a history of mouthing off about his company's chances so his latest little outburst is hardly suprising. In an interview with Games Industry.biz, House touched upon the current surge in PS3 sales and compared it with Nintendo's recent struggles with Wii hardware: I think at a time when we're seeing one of the major..
Official video shows SNES emulator in operation, complete with ROMz
Let's not beat about the bush - the Nokia N900 is a supremely powerful piece of kit and we want one here at Nintendo Life Towers. The Finnish manufacturer's latest handset is going head-to-head with Apple's iPhone and Motorola's Droid, and has an amazing amount of tricks up its sleeve - one of which is playing SNES games, if a..
If your title is in direct competition with a Nintendo one, you may be screwed
If you like to moan about the apparent lack of quality titles coming to the Virtual Console then you may wish to direct your anger at Nintendo itself rather than third party publishers, if this recent piece of news is anything to go by. A poster on NTSC-UK forum has replied to a thread about the upcoming release of Super..
UPDATED - Recall not happening says Ubisoft, official statement on its way
We've just received some early reports that Ubisoft is recalling Rabbids Go Home from UK stores due to it containing "language that some users may find offensive". Actual details are hard to come by, but we'd hazard a guess that the line in question is "No penetration allowed in this zone". We could be..
UK's biggest games retailer may ignore feudal Japanese epic
Following our story last month where Rising Star Games' MD Martin Defries said some UK retailers weren't interested in Muramasa: The Demon Blade, we decided to do a little ringing around of GAME and Gamestation stores to check on the preorder availability of this fantastic game and were...
In other news: the world is round and water is wet
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 6 months then you'll be aware that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is almost upon us, with everyone and their auntie getting unreasonably excited about the prospect of blowing up generic bad guys and making tiresome "RAT-A-TAT-TAT" noises under their breath. Wii owners are getting a port..
As expected, the Nintendo version is looking a bit weak compared to the 360/PS3 editions
It might be an exercise in stating the obvious but recent shots posted by Game Informer magazine show the massive graphical gulf between the Wii version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - subtitled "Reflex" - and the original PS3/360 instalments, on...
NoA chief doesn't know who the machine is aimed at
You might have noticed that the PSPgo - Sony's attempt to plant its flag in the soil of digital distribution before anyone else - has recently launched. It's hardly been the most positive hardware release of all time, with reports that stores are refusing to stock it and industry experts writing it off as an expensive and ultimately pointless..
Sony's American boss tells it like it is
Sony Computer Entertainment America boss Jack Tretton has been passing his own unique brand of judgement on his company's rivals and unsurprisingly, Sony comes out on top in his eyes. Speaking to Forbes, Tretton had this to say: Nintendo know what they do well and they stick to it. They deliver a casual,...
UK developer sees little chance of a Virtual Console release
A while back we got rather excited about the prospect of seeing the N64 classic Goldeneye on the Virtual Console. Such enthusiasm was perfectly understandable - it's still one of the best FPS games you're ever likely to play - but sadly legal wrangles between Nintendo, Microsoft and current Bond license holder Activision seemed to scupper..
Footage seems to suggest as much
Before this turns into a mud-slinging match, let's just point out that Metroid Prime Trilogy is fantastic. Being able to play all three games on one disc is a godsend and we rightly awarded it a whopping 10/10 when we reviewed it recently. With that out of the way, it's time to face up to an inconvenient truth - the...
Japanese TV show compares the current consoles to four-wheeled vehicles for no good reason
Wii owners are used to being told by their PS3 and 360-owning buddies that their console is underpowered, but such insults usually backfire thanks to the fact that Sony and Microsoft's machines don't have anything as awesome as Super Mario Galaxy. It also helps that Wii is outselling its competitors and..
Gone the way of the Duck Hunt clone
In a move that is bound to surprise nobody, a search from CNET revealed that the DS App - which had a 3D model of a DS, with full functionality (minus games) of a DS - has disappeared from the iTunes App store. At the time of writing, there's no word if app developer ZM2 Dev even knows of its removal as their website is still promoting its strong sales, and..
Valuable domain name is nabbed from under Sony's nose
The practice of 'cyber-squatting' - which basically means buying a domain name in the hope that it will one day become valuable - has been commonplace for a while now, but this is one of the more amusing episodes we've witnessed. An industrious Chinese person has registered the domain name www.pspgo.co.uk, probably thinking that Sony will open..
Is Capcom's mega-hit running out of steam?
The Monster Hunter series is massive in Japan. Stupidly massive. The Japanese simply cannot seem to get enough of it...or so we thought. Latest reports from the Land of the Rising Sun appear to indicate that Monster Hunter 3 - which saw release earlier this month - has stalled at retail. The game sold a staggering one million copies in its first week and..
Lawsuit reveals a Rogue Squadron Wii game was in the works.
A few months back San-Rafael-based Factor 5 (the studio behind the popular Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series) was declared bankrupt with between $1 million to $10 million in unpaid debts. In addition to this, the company was also faced with 69 claims for unpaid wages totaling more than $900,000. As you can imagine, much wailing and gnashing..
Swedish Dentist is forced to change name by Nintendo's crack team of lawyers
It's a classic "David vs. Goliath" battle. A small dental surgery in Malmö, Sweden up against a multi-million dollar video game giant. Sadly, in this case, Goliath won. Nintendo has taken legal action to force the surgery in question to change its name - which was previously "Wii Smile". Before you..
They still have £107,000,000 left to pay, however
Back in 2002 it was revealed that during the 1990s Nintendo's European operation had been colluding with retailers to keep the price of its software and hardware artificially high. Such naughty-type action was brought to the attention of the European Commission and Nintendo was promptly slapped with a whopping £134,000,000 ($199,000,000) fine..
That's fightin' talk where I come from!
In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America Peter Dille and SCEA Corporate Communications Manager Julie Han let fly with what is likely to become a near-legendary series of quotes: JH: The other point, I think, to what Peter said earlier, is...
It’s all about stomping down on shovelware declares mysterious WiiWare developer.
Following this morning’s revelation about WiiWare sales targets as told to Kotaku the mysterious NDA breaking WiiWare developer has contacted Eurogamer in order to set the record straight: I'm concerned this recent threshold news is generating an artificially negative wave of press. The spirit of the threshold..
Solid figures quoted by WiiWare developer
We recently heard about Nintendo’s sales targets for WiiWare games, and it didn’t make particularly pretty reading if you’re a developer. In a new twist, Kotaku has apparently been contacted by a developer “familiar with the subject” and they’ve given what appear to be fairly solid numbers: North America If game is over 16MB - 6,000 unitsIf..
Wow, that was unexpected
You can’t beat a good console war, but with Nintendo’s current dominance of the both the home and portable video game industries it feels like years since we had a good, close fight between two major hardware manufacturers; the glory days of the 16-bit console war seem like an eternity ago. Thankfully, it looks as if Sony is slipping on its boxing gloves and getting..
Dylan Cuthbert was there when it all started - but he's ruled himself out of McCloud's future adventures
If you asked any hardcore Nintendo fan which key first-party franchise they’d like to see appear next on Wii, you can be pretty sure that amongst F-Zero, Donkey Kong and Kid Icarus the name ‘StarFox’ would crop up. The first game...
Marvelous covers up its latest RPG
Since seeing it in action, we’ve been keeping a keen eye on Marvelous Interactive’s upcoming Wii RPG Arc Rise Fantasia. With the talents of director Hiroyuki Kanemaru and composer Yasunori Mitsuda, this Wii-exclusive title is shaping up to be a fine role-player. However, putting the impressive staff roster aside for one moment, we have to admit that one of the..
Outspoken producer mounts swear-tastic attack on the Big N
Peter Wanat, Big Time Games producer and developer behind such titles as Scarface, Chronicles Of Riddick and the upcoming 360/PS3/PC game Wanted: Weapons Of Fate, pulled no punches against the state of third-party development on Nintendo's Wii console during an episode of Gametrailers.com's Invisible Walls segment. You can view the episode..
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