E3 2009 - News

August2009

  • News Iwata: We Need To Raise Our Game at E3

    Head honcho admits Nintendo needs to improve their media briefings

    E3 for Nintendo this year was seen by most people as far better than last year's effort, but despite showcasing Super Mario Galaxy 2 and revealing Metroid: Other M, Satoru Iwata feels that there is still room for improvement. As for the media briefing at E3, of course we had many internal discussions after that. Honestly speaking,..

June2009

  • News Reggie: The Future Is Now

    Nintendo's American boss finds Microsoft and Sony's new tech 'ironic'

    In a recent interview with Kotaku president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime passed a few choice comments on some of E3's big developments, most notably Microsoft's Project Natal and Sony's 'Wand' controller: We have been very familiar with that technology. have personally seen a lot of iterations of similar technology..

  • Podcast Episode 4 - E3 Spectacular

    Well, spectacular in an aural sense, you understand.

    E3 may have been and gone but that doesn't mean we're done with it, here at Nintendo Life. Quite the opposite, in fact! We've crammed all the most interesting and exciting E3-related news and announcements into one handy bite-sized podcast, perfect for catching up on anything you might have missed in the free-for-all that always surrounds E3..

  • News Sony And Microsoft Suffering From Wii-nis Envy?

    Copycat motion control systems don't impress industry analyst

    Where would we be with expert analysts telling us what to think, eh? Take Wedbush Morgan chappie Michael Pachter, for example. Following Microsoft and Sony's recently unveiling of motion control systems at this year's E3, Pachter has waded in with his own viewpoint on all this technological advancement: This year’s E3 again focused on..

  • News Miyamoto Unconcerned By Rival Motion Control Systems

    Sony and Microsoft's attempts 'lack depth', says Mario's dad

    This year's E3 was an interesting one for fans of motion-controlled gaming. Not only did Sony unveil it's PS3 'wand' controller, Microsoft went one better with Natal, which doesn't use a controller at all. Naturally, one might wonder what Nintendo - the company that started this particular revoluition - is thinking right now. The BBC..

  • News Online Play And New Characters (Un)confirmed For Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom

    Capcom press release inadvertently lets slip on possible new features for North American release

    Capcom's plans to release the Wii-exclusive all-star versus fighter Tatsunoko vs. Capcom in North America and beyond must have been the worst-kept secret of this year's E3, with websites and blogs reporting the news days in advance. The official press release that coincided with the expo, however,..

  • News Steve Wiebe Fails To Crack Donkey Kong Record At E3

    Legendary gaming icon still manages to clock a respectable 989,400 points, though

    Algebra teacher and King of Kong star Steve Wiebe has failed in his attempt to wrestle the Donkey Kong world high score record from current champion Billy Mitchell. Wiebe made his attempt live at E3, where he had three attempts and chalked up a best score of 989,400 points - which in practically any arcade in the..

  • News Metroid: Other M - Will Samus Get Sexy?

    Is our favourite space bounty hunter about to shed her suit?

    When Nintendo revealed that the next instalment in the massively popular Metroid series would be a collaboration with Japanese 'tits and ass' experts Team Ninja, more than a few eyebrows were raised. Those eyebrows were soon lowered when the trailer started rolling, which displays what...

  • News New Wii Zelda Artwork Leaked?

    Is this is image that Miyamoto showed behind closed doors at E3?

    A new Wii Zelda wasn't mentioned during Nintendo's E3 conference - much to the dismay of fanboys the world over. However, Shigeru Miyamoto later held meetings with the press behind closed doors, where he revealed that work is indeed happening on Link's latest adventure. Nothing was shown other than a piece of concept artwork,..

  • News Classic Controller Pro Heading West?

    Nintendo's new Classic Controller spotted at E3.

    A while ago, it was announced that Japan would be getting a new Classic Controller. This still hasn't happened - it'll be released in August, and they've already announced a differently coloured one for release on the same day - but it's apparently already clear that it will be released elsewhere as well. The Classic Controller Pro has been spotted..

  • News Nintendo DSiWare Promo Video

    Nintendo looks to show off some of their first-party DSiWare titles.

    Nintendo didn't want to ignore their new DSiWare service at E3, so they put together a promo video to show off some of their upcoming first-party DSiWare titles. Now a few of these games have already seen a release on the DSiWare service, but the video does show a bit of Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! as well as the..

  • News Miyamoto Keeps Check On The Opposition

    Nintendo's number one gets up close and personal with the PSP Go at E3

    No matter how proud you are of your own achievements, there's nothing wrong with checking out what the competition has to offer. That's clearly the thinking of Nintendo game design guru Shigeru Miyamoto as he was recently spotted getting intimate with Sony's shiny new PSP Go handheld. The new device is basically a redesigned PSP..

  • News More Than One Metroid In The Pipeline?

    Metroid series director confirms existence of another Samus-based adventure

    Rumours regarding an all-new side-scrolling Metroid adventure have been doing the rounds pretty much since Metroid Prime 3: Corruption hit store shelves. Entitled Metroid Dread, this near-mythical game seemed to come into focus after Nintendo revealed Metroid: Other M at this year's E3. Other M - which has been in..

  • E3 2009 Wii Vitality Sensor is Revealed

    Nintendo - inventing ways to play that you never knew you wanted.

    If like Master Higgins you find yourself constantly running low on vitality then this might be a must-have Wii Remote add-on for you. For everyone else it might seem a little pointless. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed the contraption at this year’s E3 but he neglected to reveal what application it would be used for, he..

  • News Miyamoto: Why Pikmin 3 Was Absent From E3 This Year

    We're still working on it: honest guvnor!

    With all the excitement at E3 this year surrounding the new Super Mario games and Team Ninja’s take on Metroid it would be easy to forget about Shigsy’s plans for Pikmin 3. Could it be that the project has been forgotten about? Thankfully the good fellows over at Kotaku were able to get a bit of one on one time with the famed producer yesterday at E3 to..

  • News Miyamoto: Mario Galaxy 2 Is All-New, Baby

    Famed developer promises some cool new features in freshly-announced sequel

    Speaking behind closed doors at E3, Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that Super Mario Galaxy 2 is based on "about 90 percent" new content. Speaking about the development of the original title, Miyamoto said: There was so much more gameplay we weren't able to use, and we were a little disappointed. So we thought what..

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii To Feature Gamer Assistance?

    Miyamoto lets it slip in E3 interview

    Last year, it was reported that Nintendo had filed a patent for an in-game system that would make its titles easier for less-experienced players. As time passed the patent was largely forgotten about - until now. The intention of this concept is to make sure that everyone is able to enjoy Nintendo's games. This basically means that both younger and older..

  • News New Wii Zelda Game in the Works

    Famed game designer Shigeru Miyamoto sits down and talks about some of Nintendo's upcoming titles, including a new Wii Zelda title.

    Shigeru Miyamoto has held a roundtable session to speak to the media regarding some of his own personal projects so we thought we'd talk about some of the highlights here. Miyamoto-san is quite excited about New Super...

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 E3 Trailer

    Check out Nintendo's Super Mario Galaxy 2 in action!

    One of the biggest announcements to come out of the Nintendo camp at E3 had to be the announcement that Super Mario Galaxy 2 was coming to the Wii in 2010. Most of us assumed a new Super Mario game was coming, but it took some of us off guard a bit that it was an actual Super Mario Galaxy sequel...

  • News Metroid: Other M E3 Trailer

    Check out Team Ninja's upcoming Metroid title in action!

    While we don't have much to go on, we were able to get our hands on the official E3 trailer for Team Ninja's very own Metroid: Other M Wii title. We've also uploaded three promo screenshots of the game in action as well. Below is a snippet taken from the official Nintendo press kit for the...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii E3 Trailer

    Check out the New Super Mario Bros. Wii title in action!

    We got a look at the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. Wii title during Nintendo's E3 Press conference this morning and it looked fantastic. The game will support up to four players playing the game at one time and has a very similar look to the DS New Super Mario Bros. release. Below is the official E3 trailer showing the game in action and..

  • News Wii Sports Resort E3 Trailer

    A look at the upcoming Wii Sports Resort title.

    We got a really good in-depth look at the upcoming Wii Sports Resort today during Nintendo's Press Conference and we were also fortunate enough to get our hands on the official E3 trailer and press release as well. We saw how intricate the movements of the Wii Motion Plus are inside the game during the Archery mode demonstration. It's clear that this..

  • News Exclusive Red Steel 2 footage

    Get your eyes on the real-time opening for Ubi's new title.

    If you've read our exclusive hands-on preview of Red Steel 2, you'll know I came away very impressed by the game's cel-shaded graphics. Nothing beats the ability to watch them in action yourself though, and earlier today Ubisoft revealed the game's opening scene to the public. Until the fade-to-black this is all in-game footage, with the..

  • News Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story E3 Trailer

    The Mario Bros. are back for their second DS RPG adventure.

    Nintendo finally showed some footage of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story this morning at E3 and it looked as amazing as ever. This time the Mario Bros. find themselves inside of the evil Bowser and controlling him from the inside out. Below is the official E3 press release for the game along with the official E3 trailer. Mario..

  • News House Finds A Home On DS

    Hugh Laurie's genius doctor makes a house call to Nintendo's handheld

    Legacy Interactive and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group have joined forces to bring DS owners the chance to play everybody's favourite cantankerous physician (that's the only way House can be described: it's the law) with their upcoming game House, M.D., announced today. The Legacy Interactive press release goes like..

  • E3 2009 Nintendo's Announcements

    New games announced for Wii include Wii Fit Plus, New Super Mario Bros, Metroid, and Super Mario Galaxy 2, for DS we'll be seeing the new Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and WarioWare DIY.

    Reggie and co took the stage earlier today to announce the latest games and gizmos that we'll be yearning over for the coming twelve months. Wii Fit Plus...

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 Announced for Wii

    A sequel to the mega-hit original Super Mario Galaxy is coming to Wii.

    With the success of the original Super Mario Galaxy, it should come as no surprise that a sequel is already in the works. Say hello to Super Mario Galaxy 2. Judging from the game play trailer shown at Nintendo's E3 press conference, the game takes quite a few more classic Super Mario elements from the past titles and..

  • News Golden Sun Coming to DS

    The classic GBA RPG series is headed to DS!

    It's been over 6 years since we've seen a Golden Sun release, but the series, consisting of two releases on Nintendo's Game Boy Advance system, is now officially coming to Nintendo's DS system with the announcement of Golden Sun DS. In the brief promo video shown at Nintendo's Press Conference, we got to...

  • News Confirmed: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

    The rumours were true!

    Nintendo's Cammie Dunaway has just confirmed that a new Mario game is coming to the Wii. At Nintendo's E3 conference - which is taking place as we type - she said this: The number four is the key to Mario's next surprise. For the last 15 years, Mr Miyamoto has been thinking about one new way to let you play a Mario game that's never been possible before. Today here's his..

  • News Nintendo's E3 Conference: Predictions

    What we think the Japanese giant will announce

    Nintendo's E3 conference is due to take place today at 9am PST (5pm GMT) and after the pretty amazing show that Microsoft put on yesterday, it's going to take something truly special to astonish the assembled throng. We've already heard pretty solid rumours that a new Mario game is due to be announced, with the signs pointing to it being on the Wii..

  • News Super Mario Logo Spotted At E3?

    The rumours would seem to be true, people

    Posted on the Twitter account of Eurogamer's Johnny Minkley, this image appears to show the famous Super Mario Bros. logo under a sheet on Nintendo's E3 stand. Most of the gaming world seems to be expecting a new Mario game to be unveiled...Nintendo's E3 conference starts in less than an hour, so we'll soon know.

  • News Red Steel 2 To Be Bundled With Wii MotionPlus

    Yet another non-Nintendo release gets the WMP pack-in treatment, plus more story details are revealed

    A while back, Ubisoft dropped the bombshell that its upcoming Wii title Red Steel 2 would require the Wii MotionPlus to play. It was a risky statement, as sales of the game would depend on how well the new accessory sold. However, Ubisoft has today confirmed that the game will be bundled with Wii..

  • E3 New Wii Mario Game In The Works?

    Plus more Wii Fit for you old timers

    The E3 rumour-mill is in full swing now and one of the more interesting bits of speculation is related to an all-new Mario adventure on the Wii. Japanese news service Nikkei has reported that everyone's favourite Italian plumber will be returning to the Wii before the year is out. The report also claims that a new version of Wii Fit is on the way which promises..

May2009

  • News First Footage Of The Grinder Unleashed

    At this rate of trailer reveals, who needs E3?

    E3 is so close that you can almost smell the sweaty masses huddled together in the LA Convention Center, but that isn't stopping developers from getting the hype train rolling for their wares. High Voltage's second new IP revealed mere days ago, The Grinder, promises a Left 4 Dead-type experience for Wii-ers with all the online bells and whistles found..

  • News Watch The No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle E3 Trailer!

    Luchador accompanies first gameplay footage.

    Is Grasshopper's No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle a tale about happiness? Cuddling? High-fiving strangers and giving sandwiches to the homeless? No. It's about revenge, as mentioned in the game's E3 trailer. Repeatedly. Outside of the teaser trailer from TGS last year, the general public hasn't seen any footage of the game, or any details really for..

  • News Atlus Expands The Trauma Center Series With Trauma Team

    Remember, there's no 'I' in team

    Atlus has announced the next entry in the massively popular medical gaming series Trauma Center. Entitled Trauma Team, the game will expand the remit of the franchise by enabling players to assume a whole range of medical roles, not just just performing high-risk operations. So if you've ever had a craving to be an orthopedic surgeon, here's your chance. More..

  • News Oh, So That's The E3 Dead Space: Extraction Demo

    First level walkthrough, release dates and control scheme revealed.

    We've heard details about "guided first-person experience" Dead Space: Extraction, but so far not all that much in the way of actual gameplay footage outside of the game's teaser trailer a while back. Lucky day then, because a video walkthrough of the E3 demo has hit the intarnets, along with the game's control scheme and..

  • News Famitsu Brings Us Desperate Struggle Updates

    In the latest Famitsu, we were given new details on No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle. How much has it change from the first installment?

    Other than told that the game is "nearly finished", news about upcoming Suda 51 game, No More Heroes: Desperate struggle, has been thin. In the latest Famitsu, fans were lucky enough to get scans and info on the new game. Desperate Struggle takes up..

  • News The Grinder Is High Voltage's Second New IP

    Online co-op FPS puts you up against vampires, werewolves and the undead.

    Yesterday, IGN had the exclusive unveiling of High Voltage Software's new IP, the bloody arena-fighter Gladiator A.D. Today, IGN has the scoop yet again on the second of HVS' games slated for an E3 unveil, and it's another looker with high ambitions. Yeah, E3 is next week, but I think we can forgive whoever oversees the HVS..

  • News High Voltage Unveils Gladiator A.D.

    Ultraviolent fighting game takes a cue or two from the movie 300.

    Remember that new "hardcore" title that IGN teased a while ago? You know, the one with all the blood and the mystery fuzzy image. Well, cat's out of the bag now, as it turns out it was one of High Voltage's new IPs set for an E3 reveal. Gladiator A.D. is a one-on-one (mostly) arena fighter inspired by the movie adaptation..

  • News No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle Is "Nearly Finished"

    Grasshopper's oddball sequel to be shown off at E3 in video form only

    Although Suda51's bizarre "Johnny Knoxville with a lightsaber" concept for No More Heroes divided players between those who thought it was divinely inspired, and others who thought it hellishly contrived, it obviously did well enough for developers Grasshopper...

  • News New Lord of the Rings Game is, You Know, For Kids

    Warner Bros. turns the cute factor up to eleven

    As you may already be aware, EA's ownership of the LotR movie licence has recently expired and the rights have now reverted to Warner Bros. Given the nature of the subject matter one would naturally assume that Warner would play it safe and create an epic action adventure with lots of orc-slaying and plenty of gore; after all, this is a property based..

  • News UPDATE! New Features Rumored For Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

    Online mode may be added for western versions; European release also confirmed!

    That issue of Nintendo Power that spilled the beans on Tatsunoko vs. Capcom's US release still has a few tricks up it's sleeve, if articles do in fact have sleeves. According to producer Ryota Niitsuma, new stuff is going in. Hooray! Stuff like possible new characters, a tentative release window (winter-ish) and the..

  • News High Voltage To Reveal New IP At E3

    Promise to deliver experiences "beyond jaw-dropping."

    High Voltage Software, behind the much-touted FPS The Conduit, are busy, busy bees. So busy, in fact, that before they've even released one retail Wii game, they're already working on more. "I won't say much about our new property until we unveil it at E3," said High Voltage Software chief creative officer Eric Nofsinger. "But I..

  • News Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom Coming to US, Says Nintendo Power

    Nintendo Power spills the beans on Capcom's elusive fighter

    U.S. fighting fans and non-Japanese speakers, rejoice, as the Japan-exclusive Capcom fighter Tatsunoko vs. Capcom may grace your non-modded console yet! A scan from the latest issue of Nintendo Power via Kotaku via a NeoGAF poster reveals that the game is indeed breaking out of the...

  • News Don't Toss Those Old Controllers Yet

    Adapter announced that will allow you to use your old Nintendo pads on Wii

    Sometimes, you come across a Virtual Console game that you just don't think fits snugly onto a Classic controller or a GameCube pad. I've had this problem with Sin and Punishment myself; I hate the Cube controller for it, and the Classic feels weird to me with it's too-close...

  • News Rampant Speculation: IGN Teases New 'Hardcore' Title

    It's blurry, but it's apparently 'mature'

    Here's one to keep you up at night: Matt Casamassina over at IGN has teased on his blog of a new, exclusive, ground-up Wii game with a very blurry picture. I'm not a photographic scientist or anything -- not sure the profession even exists, and if not, it should -- but at the very least, there seems to be a...

  • News Nibris Teases 'E3 2009'

    Honest-to-goodness Sadness info coming?

    Man, E3 this year is set to be massive. Not only will we (hopefully) be getting some more info and debuts of some (hopefully) bangin' new Ninty Wii and DSi titles and third-party efforts, like two new games from High Voltage Software, the LA Convention Center promises to shed some light on the dark Sadness. GoNintendo has uncovered Polish developer Nibris'..

April2009

  • News Reggie: We’ll Be Better at E3 This Year

    Nintendo hoping to make amends for 2008's dire performance

    E3 2008 wasn’t a particularly good one for Nintendo. Sure, the company was riding high in the sales charts but the limp presentation (which was essentially geared towards the casual gamer) did little to appease dedicated fans – and after all, they would have been the ones watching. You think your average soccer mom has even heard of E3?..

  • News Dunaway: No E3 Snowboarding This Time

    NOA exec says it will be ‘all about the games’

    Last year’s Nintendo E3 press conference was mildly painful to experience. Cammie Dunaway, NOA’s executive VP of sales and marketing, made a somewhat misguided attempt to ‘sell’ the Balance Board, and ended up looking a bit silly. Dunaway is back for this year’s event, but you’ll be glad to know she will resist the urge to replicate the..

  • News Former King of Kong to Appear at E3

    Steve Wiebe to make another record attempt this year

    For those of you that haven’t seen the brilliant King of Kong yet, stop reading this post, grab your coat and run down to your DVD store. Purchase the film, watch it, and then resume reading. Done that? Good. Steve Wiebe – the ‘good guy’ of the movie who triumphed by beating the ‘evil guy’ Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong world record..

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