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  • Weirdness Two Kids Debate The Legend of Zelda

    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...

June2013

  • News Platinum's Hideki Kamiya Gives Smash Bros. Fans Both Barrels

    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...

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  • News Phil Fish: I Love Nintendo In Ways It Probably Doesn't Deserve

    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...

  • News Fez Creator Believes Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is More Suited To Vita

    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...

  • News Pentagon To Review Controversial New "Nintendo" Medal

    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...

  • News PETA Starts "Whaling" About Assassin's Creed IV's Animal Cruelty

    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...

February2013

  • News Sony Trolls Nintendo Ahead of PlayStation 4 Announcement

    "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...

January2013

  • News Wii U Advert Banned In The UK

    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...

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  • News Randy Pitchford Isn't All That Into Motion Controls

    ...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...

October2010

  • News Wii Responsible for Worrying Wave of Bystander Injuries

    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..

July2010

  • News Aussie Child Uses DS to Save Mother's Bacon

    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..

May2010

  • News The Nintendo Era is Over, Tweets Former Final Fantasy Scribe

    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..

March2010

  • News It's Tough at the Top for Nintendo

    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..

  • News Lumines Dev Not Impressed With 3DS

    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..

November2009

  • News Sony Boss: All Your Sales Are Belong To Us, Nintendo

    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..

  • News Naughty Nokia Boasts About Nintendo Games On N900

    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..

  • News Nintendo Blocking Third Party Releases On Virtual Console?

    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..

  • News Rabbids Go Home Recalled Due to Offensive Language?

    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..

  • Rumour GAME Group Not Stocking Muramasa?

    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...

  • News Infinity Ward Unhappy With Wii's Power

    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..

October2009

  • News Call of Duty Comparison Shots Don't Do The Wii Any Favours

    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 which the game is based. Still, if the developers..

  • News Reggie Trash-Talks the PSPgo

    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..

  • News Sony: We Take More Risks Than Nintendo

    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,...

September2009

  • News Rare: Fate Was Against Us With Goldeneye

    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..

  • News Metroid Prime Trilogy: Visually Worse Than Original Releases?

    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...

August2009

  • News If the PS3 is an F1 Car, the Wii is a Go-Kart

    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..

  • News DS Look-a-like Disappears From iTunes App Store

    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..

  • News Cyber-Squatter Uses PSPgo's Web Domain to Pimp DSi

    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..

  • News Japanese Monster Hunter 3 Sales Slump

    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..

June2009

  • News Factor 5 Being Sued By Ex-Employees

    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..

May2009

  • News "Wii Smile" Not Smiling Much Anymore

    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..

  • News Nintendo EU Price Fixing Fine is Reduced

    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..

April2009

  • News Sony: We Own the Living Room, Nintendo Owns the Closet

    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...

  • News WiiWare Threshold Is Really About Quality Control

    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..

  • News WiiWare Sales Targets: More Details Emerge

    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..

  • News Sony: PSP is Better Than The DSi

    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..

  • News StarFox Developer Not Interested in Wii Sequel

    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...

March2009

  • News Arc Rise Fantasia – Now with 100% Less Underboob

    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..

  • News Wanted producer unwilling to "get on his knees" for Nintendo

    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..

  • News US Police: DSi Could Lead To Child Abuse

    Advanced features open the door to evil-doers, says Arkansas Sergeant

    Nothing generates column inches better than a good old scare story, and with the DSi some sectors of society are having a field day. Take Arkansas police from the good old US of A, for example. Sergeant Adam Holland (who has the rather unenviable task of investigating internet crimes against children) has a bee in his bonnet over..

June2008

  • News Nyko Wireless Nunchuk - OBJECTION!

    Nintendo isn't best pleased with "rip-off" design

    We covered Nyko’s innovative wireless Nunchuk controller in a news piece some time ago and were generally pleased by the fact that a peripheral manufacturer had decided to fix one of the key problems with the Wii’s control setup – the pesky wire that keeps hitting you in the face as you furiously fling the Wiimote and Nunchuk around. However,..

May2008

  • News Nintendo To Shun 2008 Leipzig Games Convention

    "Too busy washing hair" rumour is currently unfounded

    It may have attracted 185,000 people last year and now ranks as the number one gaming expo in Europe but Nintendo has today confirmed that it wouldn’t be attending the Leipzig Games Convention 2008. The Japanese giant has commented that events such as road shows and small-scale local events have proven to be tremendously successful, and that..