Drama - News

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..

  • News Wii Fit Made Me Cry

    It seems that while GTA4 may be edging the sales war at the moment, hot competitor Wii Fit has managed to win the controversy war as it appears to be labelling fat people as "obese". They do say that the truth hurts.

    So the original article is coming from The Sun (we know, we know) who turn some garbage about an 11 year old girl into a full-on assault at the game. Tabea Scott-King weighs 6st 13lb..

April2008

  • News Nintendo Squash "New DS" Rumour

    Well that's no surprise then. What did I tell you? You can't remember. Well, I told you it was too damn early for a new DS.

    And I was right. Following on from our report last week about the possibility of a new DS to be announced at E3. The news came from Hamamura-san (head of Japanese publishing giant Enterbrain) and has been squashed by both Nintendo of Japan's head of PR Ken Toyota and..

  • News "The Most Powerful Engine Available For Wii"

    It's been a bit "will it, won't it" with Nibris' psychological thriller "Sadness" ever since it was announced in April 2006 but according to Official Nintendo Magazine the game is running on "the most powerful engine available for [the] Wii". Blimey.

    After the new screenshot which emerged last week we've all been waiting for the next twist in the...

  • News Wii ‘Fraud Factory’ Raided In UK

    Thousands of Wii chips seized in thrilling swoop on criminal HQ

    A Wii 'Fraud Factory’ has been raided in Leicestershire, with over 2,000 chips recovered by Police. The factory itself was actually a house in the town of Coalville (which, incidentally is a five minute drive from the offices of NintendoLife – although we’ll point out that we had no involvement with this!). Police worked in..

  • News This Is A Pretty Hearty Rumour: DS 2 At E3?

    And it's all down to an article posted by Bloomberg Japan which has caused a whole host of rumours across the nerd-o-sphere.

    According to the article, the president of Japanese magazine publisher "Enterbrain" (which hosts the gaming bible "Famitsu") has commented that Nintendo may (note the emphasis) be announcing a new version of their blow-away success console: the Nintendo..

  • News 360Mote Tentatively Titled The "Newton"

    In a not so dramatic twist Microsoft have (virtually) confirmed speculation that they are indeed ripping off Nintendo's innovation with a product the development team have dubbed "Newton".

    We broke the news that Microsoft are developing their own "Wii Remote" yesterday. Seemingly following on from the media frenzy that such "leaked" information caused in the gaming stratosphere..

  • News Microsoft Working On Wiimote-Style Controller?

    When you run out of ideas, why not steal one from someone else?

    They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and if that is the case then Nintendo must be feeling pretty flattered at the moment. MTV has recently been contacted by a developer who says that Microsoft is working on a Wii-style controller for its 360 console, as well as a version of the ‘Mii’ avatar concept for Xbox..

February2008

  • News Hitachi And Sharp In Illegal DS Screen Cartel?

    Shock! Horror! Hold the front page!

    Scandal has rocked the very foundations of the Japanese consumer electronics industry as Hitachi and Sharp – the two companies tasked with producing those lovely little screens you have on your DS – found their offices raided by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission on suspicion of fixing the price of said displays. Nintendo is pleading ignorance on the matter..

  • News “Everything In Moderation” Says Nintendo

    The Big N responds to internet scare-stories

    Nintendo has responded to negative comments regarding the implications of playing too much Wii by insisting that the machine is perfectly safe, so long as players don’t “overdo it”. The advice came from the lips of Nintendo PR-guru Anka Dolecki and was intended to counter the flood of complaints from Wii owners claiming to suffer from problems such..

  • News Dr Kawashima "Turned Down Brain Training Royalties"

    And he doesn't feel stupid about it, amazingly

    His name adorns one of the best selling games of 2007, but Dr Ryuta Kawashima hasn’t seen a single penny of profits. Nintendo’s Brain Training range has sold millions worldwide and bagged the resurgent company healthy profits, but the Doctor who came up with the ideas on which Brain Training is...

January2008

  • News Tetsuya Mizuguchi "Worries About Wii"

    Former Sega star is wary of Nintendo’s dominance

    He may have been part of Sega’s ‘golden era’ and had a part in such classic titles as Rez, Meteos and Lumines, but it would seem that videogame legend Tetsuya Mizuguchi is being kept up at night by the runaway success of the Wii. In a recently interview with Wired, he was asked about developing for Nintendo’s best-selling console: W: In..

  • News "Third Party Games Don't Sell"

    Killer 7 and No More Heroes director voices his concerns about the current state of the Wii software market

    Goichi Suda (AKA Suda 51) has claimed that third party software is failing to find an audience in Japan while Nintendo's own games steal all the limelight. We reported not long ago that Suda's No More Heroes was a bit of a flop in Japan. In a recent interview he had this to say: Whilst the..

  • News Nintendo Breaking Patent Law With The Wiimote?

    The latest courtroom drama from the US

    It seems that both Sony and Nintendo may have a fight on their hands thanks to a patent dispute currently doing the rounds in the US. This follows on from Sony’s humiliating courtroom defeat at the hands of Immersion Corporation, which effectively cost the Japanese giant $100 million in damages and forced them to remove controversial rumble technology from..

  • News No More Heroes - Another Wii Flop?

    More doom and gloom for third party publishers

    Regular readers of NintendoLife would be forgiven for thinking that we’ve been getting out of the wrong side of the bed for the past week or so. The number of downbeat and negative news stories appearing is on the rise and sadly we’re about to add yet another. Although we’re a bit on the late side with this news it appears that Grasshopper..

  • News "Wii 2 May Appear Sooner Than You Think"

    More Nintendo bashing on the cards

    It seems that everyone wants to have a dig at Nintendo these days. First there was former Sensible Software boss Jon Hare having a good old rant, and now Codemasters CEO Rod Cousens has waded in with his own unique brand of criticism, even going as far as to suggest that the Wii’s dominance isn’t as assured as many people believe. In an interview with..

  • News "Nintendo Must Treat Developers Better"

    The man behind Cannon Fodder and Sensible Soccer hits out at Nintendo's less than impressive relationship with third party software houses

    We’re now pretty much accustomed to hearing stories about Nintendo’s incredible worldwide success over the past year or so. The Wii and DS are performing admirably at retail and Nintendo’s resurgence from the grim days of the Gamecube is all but complete..

  • News Painful Wii Injuries Shocker

    Who are these idiots and what are they doing with their Wiimotes?

    Everyone loves a good scare story, don’t they? I’m sure we all recall the tales of SNES games making kids have fits in the early ‘90s and the relatively flimsy evidence supplied to support this theory. Well, it seems that history is repeating itself. The Wii has been so popular and successful a backlash was almost inevitable..

  • News The Queen Says: "Wii ARE Amused"

    Ruler of the Land likes to swing a Wiimote every now and then

    Nintendo’s cup runneth over. Not only is the company riding high in terms of worldwide hardware and software sales, it would appear that it also has fans in very lofty places. UK tabloid The People has reported that Her Majesty The Queen of England has recently become hooked on the Nintendo Wii purchased for her grandson Prince..

  • News Zack & Wiki Sinks Without Trace At Retail

    Shame on you all!

    Zack & Wiki, otherwise known as Capcom’s ode to the classic ‘point and click’ adventures of old, is a fantastic game. It’s heartening to see a developer like Capcom putting so much effort into brand new intellectual property and it’s even more encouraging when the end product is so wonderfully polished and enjoyable...

  • News Boffins Brand Nicole Kidman A Dirty Liar

    Claims that Brain Training can boost intelligence may not be true after all - well, duh

    You might have seen Nintendo's Brain Training adverts, in which well-known celebrities like Patrick Stewart and Nicole Kidman gleefully promote the software like it’s a one-stop miracle solution to being a bumbling thickie. "I have quickly found that...

December2007

  • News Stars Points For Wii Points Debacle

    The Wii points exchange dream is slowly turning into a nightmare...

    A few days ago we reported on the news that long suffering PAL Wii owners had wanted to hear since the machine hit European stores: Nintendo had at long last given us the chance to trade our (generally useless) Stars/VIP points for Wii points! The result? Nintendo's new-look site promptly collapsed under the rush of gamers hoping..

July2007

  • News Mario Party 8 Recalled

    It was a Friday 13th to remember yesterday as Nintendo's latest Wii game, Mario Party 8, was recalled from the shelves.

    Apparently a "wrong" version of the software was ditributed around the country containing a politically incorrect term ("spastic"). The new release date of the game has not yet been announced but we will keep you updated on developments. This is the official word from Nintendo:..