E3 2012 - News

July2012

  • First Impressions Wii U Panorama View

    Look around you

    Wii U's ability to output different scenes to television and controller is something truly special, but many of the games we've seen have been content to use the GamePad's extra screen to provide an alternative take on the main display, or an inventory, or a map. Wii U Panorama View is a startling look at the possibilities of the...

  • First Impressions Trine 2: Director's Cut

    Triple trouble

    Three: it's the magic number. It's also the number of playable characters in Trine 2: Director's Cut, a 2D puzzle platformer that sees you regularly switching between a mismatched trio of varying skillsets to traverse beautiful lands. The wizard Amadeus commands bridges and blocks with the tips of his wizened fingers, either...

June2012

  • First Impressions New Super Mario Bros. U

    Mushroom magic?

    It's OK to say you were disappointed that New Super Mario Bros. U is Wii U's first Super Mario game. You may have wanted something groundbreaking like Super Mario 64, and Nintendo revealed a shinier, sharper version of a Wii game from 2009. You're entitled to be disappointed. Your excitement for Mario's next home adventure all...

  • First Impressions Project P-100

    Crowd sourcing

    Tucked away at E3, shielded from the glare of the main presentation for reasons unknown, was Project P-100. It's an all-new superhero action IP by well-lauded developer Platinum Games, due to be published by Nintendo in Wii U's launch window. It's also bonkers. One Mr Hideki Kamiya is at the helm as director, famous for a track...

  • First Impressions ZombiU

    London crawling

    Ubisoft's first-person shooter ZombiU is brutal. Adapted from the ashes of the cancelled Killer Freaks from Outer Space, it sees London overrun by hordes of infected monsters. Your only goal is to survive, but don't expect to do so for very long; battles are desperate, fought with melee weapons or a weak pistol until you can scrape...

  • First Impressions Game & Wario

    No Ware out

    Wario's first Wii U appearance isn't quite what we've come to expect from the garlic-munching gold grabber. Instead of a platformer or a new entry in the micro game-fuelled WarioWare series, Game & Wario is a collection of more fleshed out mini games that shows off what Nintendo's new home console can do with a single GamePad...

  • First Impressions Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition

    Sonar, so good

    Batman's latest crusade through video games has been out on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC for a good eight months now, but that didn't stop Nintendo giving enhanced port Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition plenty of stage time at E3. Escaping the confines of Arkham Asylum, a section of Gotham City has been cordoned off as a...

  • Talking Point Are E3 Conferences a Dying Breed?

    E3 is changing

    9am PDT, Tuesday, E3 week. For Nintendo fans, this time and date is akin to New Year's Day, ringing in the next big batch of games Nintendo has to offer and beginning a week-long celebration of all things gaming. Nintendo’s E3 press conference has created some magical moments over the years, from the reveal of The Legend of Zelda:...

  • First Impressions Scribblenauts Unlimited

    Unlimited indeed

    We've already seen two Scribblenauts releases on Nintendo's DS system, but now the series is making the jump to the home console on Nintendo's upcoming Wii U, in the form of Scribblenauts Unlimited. While the series has never looked better visually, it's the major improvements to the gaming experience itself that really takes this...

  • First Impressions Rayman Legends

    An absolute jaw-dropper

    Ubisoft's Rayman Origins was praised for its amazing 2D visuals, lush environments and solid platforming. So when word leaked out that Ubisoft was working on a possible sequel, fans of the limbless one sat up and took notice. After finding out the game would be shown at E3 on Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console, the thought of...

  • First Impressions Bomb Monkey

    Monkey + bombs = puzzler fun

    When you mention developer Renegade Kid's name, some gamers' minds immediately gravitate towards the spine-chilling first-person shooters the developer has created like Dementium and Moon. So when the group released its retro platformer Mutant Mudds, most were fairly caught by surprise. There's another surprise as...

  • Preview Wii U Hands-On

    Is Wii U for U?

    Any time a company is about to release new gaming hardware there's a certain buzz that comes along with the E3 show that year. We've known for some time that Nintendo was getting set to release its brand new Wii U console this year, and we had a rather short sneak peek of the system at last year's E3. At the time we were unable to...

  • E3 2012 Our View of Nintendo's E3

    Did Nintendo win?

    The E3 displays and demo booths have all been packed up and tired exhibitors have gone home, so now we can reflect on what happened in Los Angeles and contemplate how Nintendo performed. A few members of the team provided a short review of Nintendo's E3 press conference hours after it finished, with a general consensus that while...

  • Reaction What Happened to EA and Nintendo's Unprecedented Partnership?

    The silent treatment

    At last year's E3, EA CEO John Riccitiello shared a stage with Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime to announce that the two companies would join together in an "unprecedented partnership" for the launch of Wii U. Neither party gave any real indication what this would...

  • E3 2012 Probably The Best E3 Video Of All Time

    Prepare yourself

    Nintendo's E3 showing this year gave plenty of stage time to some less familiar faces: Katsuya Eguchi and Scott Moffitt both spoke at length about Wii U and 3DS respectively, while president Satoru Iwata — traditionally the conference mainstay — mostly stayed behind the scenes to tweet. This video is probably his finest ever...

  • E3 2012 Iwata and Friends Enjoy a Job Well Done

    Who was the star performer?

    As the booths at E3 are packed up and taken away, Nintendo's teams and key figures will be going back home for a well-earned rest. For Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto and Reggie Fils-Aime, it'll also be a time to reflect on their respective performances and whether the company as a whole succeeded at the event. Nintendo's...

  • E3 2012 Miyamoto Talks Zelda Wii U Experiments

    Several in the works

    Last year's Zelda HD experience was certainly graphically impressive, but as always Nintendo was keen to stress it was just an example of what's possible; we know from past experience Zelda tech demos often vastly differ from the finished product. Nintendo's main man Shigeru Miyamoto told Entertainment Weekly there are various...

  • Poll Which 3DS Game at E3 Got You Most Excited?

    Only one can triumph

    After we asked which Wii U game got you excited? we want to know how you felt about the line-up for 3DS. Unsurprisingly Nintendo first-party games dominated the poll, but there were good showings from Konami and Square Enix. Paper Mario: Sticker Star — 75 Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon — 62

  • E3 2012 3DS Software Showcase Trailer Round-Up

    Luigi, Mario and more

    If you missed last night's 3DS software showcase you didn't miss a whole lot, to be honest, but we've collated the trailers and bundled them all up into this very post all the same. Each game page has also been updated with new screenshots, artwork and official details, so click through to see what's new. Luigi's Mansion:...

  • E3 2012 Corbie's Photos From the Show - Day Two

    Deeper into the rabbit hole

    Yesterday we brought you the first set of Corbie's photos from E3, and now we've got another batch of shots to shoot your way. The E3 showfloor closes today so Corbie will be running around trying to get his hands on as many games as possible. It's a hard life. We'll have hands-on previews of all the playable E3 games...

  • E3 2012 Rabbids Land is a Wii U Party Board Game

    Baaaaaw-rd

    Ubisoft is making a mischievous play for Mario Party's market in Rabbids Land, a board game infused with mini games that'll be ready for Wii U's launch. The distractions are amusement park-inspired — is this going to become a theme on Wii U? — and mix up competitive and co-operative asymmetric multiplayer. Up to three players will...

  • E3 2012 Project Happiness Trailer is Adorably Wistful

    Pokémon artist on board

    Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada has a new studio and a new game in the works, currently codenamed Project Happiness. TOYBOX, Rising Star Games and Natsume have just released the first teaser trailer for the game and it looks very much like Wada's signature style. The voiceover will sound familiar to Little King's Story...

  • E3 2012 Get to the NA eShop for Some New 3DS Demos

    Try 'em out

    If you're hankering for some new 3DS demos, you're in luck. Last night Nintendo announced that there'll be several new third party demos coming to the North American eShop in the near future. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes should be available right now, but you'll soon also be able to get your paws on trials of The Amazing Spider-Man,...

  • E3 2012 New Super Mario Bros. 2 Gets Co-operative

    Double your money

    Here's a feature everybody's been wanting for New Super Mario Bros. 2 — it has a two player co-operative mode. You can run through the entire 3DS platformer alongside a friend, taking control of a Mario Bro. each. There are a couple of stumbling blocks though: both players need to own a copy of the game, and it's also only...

  • E3 2012 Reggie Confirms Fire Emblem Awakening for America

    Everybody gets a turn

    Although there was no mention of it during last night's 3DS software showcase, Fire Emblem: Awakening is coming to North America. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed to IGN the turns-based strategy RPG will make it across the Atlantic, but at the moment we don't know any more. Nintendo Europe recently...

  • E3 2012 Sports Connection Steps Up to the Plate

    Filling in for Wii Sports

    Wii U's E3 2011 concept video hinted at a new version of Wii Sports. That hasn't been confirmed as a title actually in development so far, but luckily for sports fans Ubisoft is ready to pitch in with Sports Connection. The compilation gives you the chance to win kart races from the comfort of your bathroom, live the...

  • E3 2012 Epic Mickey 3DS Daubs Shelves 18th November

    Pretty in paint

    Last night's 3DS Software Showcase wasn't the frenzy of new games that was anticipated, but some good came of it: a US release date for Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. DreamRift's portable take on the series will arrive on North American shores on 18th November 2012. Co-founder / creative director at DreamRift Peter Ong...

  • E3 2012 Nintendo's 3DS Software Showcase Live

    What will we see?

    Nintendo's hosting a 3DS software showcase to spend more time talking about its range of upcoming 3DS games. And you know what? We're going to be covering it live right on this very page. It all kicks off at 6pm Pacific — that's 9pm Eastern and 2am UK time. Don't forget the comments will automatically refresh so kick back,...

  • News Reggie: Retro's Hard at Work, Won't Say More

    Could be a long wait

    We all wanted Nintendo to show what Retro Studios is working on, but we saw nothing of its mysterious project during yesterday's E3 conference. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has assured fans the developer is hard at work, but we probably won't get to see it for quite a while. Speaking to IGN, Fils-Aime said:...

  • E3 2012 Corbie's Photos From the Show - Day One

    Take a journey through LA

    Our man Corbie Dillard has been pounding the LA showfloors this week to go hands-on with some of the most exciting upcoming games you'll be playing later this year. But when his hands haven't been wrapped around a control pad they've been snapping photos left, right and centre. Here's some of Corbie's shots from LA so far...

  • E3 2012 Your Shape Gets U Bending

    Witness the fitness

    Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 is set to go toe-to-toe with Nintendo's own Wii Fit U in Wii U's launch window. Only the strongest will survive: does Ubisoft's exercise-a-thon have a chance of winning the battle with Nintendo's considerable bulge? There's certainly going to be plenty of peer pressure to lose those pounds with a...

  • News Reggie: Wii U Launch Window is Four Months Long

    Talks up first-party

    How long is a piece of string? And how long is a console launch window? Nintendo says it'll publish several games in the Wii U launch window, but how big a span of time is that? Leave it to Reggie Fils-Aime to explain. Fils-Aime told IGN Nintendo sees the launch window as spanning a fairly lengthy period: It's launch plus the...

  • E3 2012 Rayman Legends Trailer Looks Glorious in HD

    Wii U's best looking title?

    Ubisoft's got eight games on the way to Wii U, but few look as beautiful as Rayman Legends. Don't believe us? Here's a five minute gameplay video running in 720p. Rayman Legends is exclusive to Wii U and supports five players: four using Wii Remotes and one using the Wii U GamePad to play as Murphy, a helpful little chap...

  • E3 2012 The Most Gorgeous Wii U Screenshots Yet

    See what Wii U can do

    We might not know exactly what's inside Wii U, but we can show you what comes out of the machine in these HD screenshots. We've pored over Nintendo's screenshots and picked out some of the most impressive shots just for you. Click any of the stills for a bigger view. Pikmin 3 Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Scribblenauts...

  • E3 2012 Skylanders Giants Stomping onto Wii U

    Ground shaking

    Polish up those Skylanders figures; Skylanders Giants is coming to Wii U, and all your old models are compatible. During an interview with GameTrailers, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg confirmed that the sequel will be making its way over to Nintendo's new home console. Having taken toy technology under its wing in the original,...

  • E3 2012 Miyamoto's Small Game is Under Wraps For Now

    Maybe next year

    Shigeru Miyamoto's talked in the past about working on smaller projects, but the only project of his we saw at E3 2012 was Pikmin 3. He's assured Joystiq he is still working on something but we probably won't see it until next year. People like to ask me if I want to do a small project with a small team. I do like working with a...

  • E3 2012 New Super Mario Bros. Wii U Screenshot Comparison

    Then and now

    Last year's reveal of New Super Mario Bros. Mii underwhelmed some last year, but this year's screenshots of New Super Mario Bros. U look a lot better. We've put together a gallery comparing screenshots from last year's technical demonstration to this year's game. The overriding impression we get is that the backgrounds have been most...

  • Reaction Your Opinions on Nintendo's E3 Conference

    A mixed bag

    Nintendo E3 conferences are a funny business, with just 70 minutes to try and please as many people as possible: not an easy task. This year Nintendo went big with Wii U and showed off a variety of first and third party titles, covering a lot of bases. Of course, it's easy to focus on what wasn't revealed, but ultimately we do have big...

  • E3 2012 Animal Crossing Wii U Gets More Friendly with Miiverse

    Friend finder

    It's no surprise that Katsuya Eguchi, the creator of Animal Crossing and hardware producer on Wii U, is already thinking about how to combine the two. Speaking at last night's developer roundtable, Eguchi mused on how Wii U's Miiverse social network could enhance Animal Crossing's community. Eguchi said in the past people have had a...

  • E3 2012 Nintendo Land is More Expansive Than You Thought

    Not another Wii Play

    Nintendo Land is intended as a Wii U equivalent of Wii Sports, but so far it looks more like a new Wii Play. Not so, says Nintendo. Each of the attractions will be deeper than the games found in Wii Play, with multiple stages, modes and adjusting difficulty levels. Wii U hardware producer Katsuya Eguchi took to the stage at...

  • E3 2012 Wii U to Launch in White, Black Available "Later"

    All white on the night

    We saw a whole lot of the black Wii U console during yesterday's E3 conference, but according to a Nintendo representative the dark shade might not be available at launch. Destructoid reports a booth representative as saying the system will launch in white, with the black option available "someday". It took years for the...

  • E3 2012 F-Zero is Coming to Wii U

    ...As part of Nintendo Land

    Nintendo has heard all the pleas for a new F-Zero game and finally done something about it. Well, sort of. It's going to be one of the attractions in Nintendo Land. It was announced at last night's developer discussion that the futuristic racer will make an appearance as one of the 12 mini games in Nintendo's virtual...

  • E3 2012 Transfer Wii Save Data and Shop Purchases to Wii U

    Keep it flowing

    Nintendo's confirmed it's working on a system to transfer Wii save data, WiiWare and Virtual Console purchases from your Wii console to the new Wii U. The good news came during last night's developer roundtable in a Q&A section, a Nintendo producer saying: We are readying the system to be able to transfer saves and everything...

  • News You Can Transfer Wii VC Games to Wii U

    Rejoice!

    Nintendo of America has confirmed you can transfer your Wii Virtual Console purchases to the Wii U. Executive Scott Moffitt told ABC News you'll be able to move across past VC purchases and play them on the Wii U. Moffitt said there'll be a lot of restructuring necessary — Wii U will support multiple online user accounts for instance —...

  • Talking Point Reviewing Nintendo's E3 Press Conference

    7/10?

    The dust has settled on Nintendo's E3 2012 press conference. Here in the Nintendo Life offices the pizza boxes have been pushed to one side and we've taken a few minutes to collect our thoughts and summarise how we think it went. James Newton, editor: I wouldn't say this was a classic show for Nintendo — a lot of the right components were...

  • E3 2012 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Stands Alone on Wii U

    Waiting for a new challenger

    When 3DS was announced, it seemed like publishers rushed to announce their fighting games for the system, but Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is something of a lone wolf on Wii U. While Warner Bros.' Injustice: Gods Among Us takes a serious look at DC Comics characters, TTT2 went a bit tongue-in-cheek with its trailer, showing...

  • E3 2012 LEGO City Undercover Exposed

    Mystery solved

    Last year's LEGO City Stories is now LEGO City Undercover, and judging from the first gameplay trailer below it could be quite special. The open world genre might be the preserve of the more adult titles these days, but LEGO City Undercover keeps things distinctly family-friendly by having you solve crimes instead of committing them...

  • Reaction On First Glance, Nintendo Land is No Wii Sports

    System seller?

    Nintendo made claims that it had a Wii U title that matches Wii Sports in appeal; a title that sells their new console, both conceptually and literally, just as well as the motion sports game did for Wii. At E3 it presented the proposed title: Nintendo Land, a virtual theme park which incorporates Miis, Miiverse and mini games...

  • E3 2012 SiNG is Nintendo's All-Singing, All-Dancing Wii U Game

    So it might be good

    Wii was heaven for people who like singing and dancing games, and it looks like Nintendo wants to keep that trend rolling with SiNG (temporary title) on Wii U. Developed by FreeStyleGames (the DJ Hero people) it's a cross between karaoke and dancing. The Wii U GamePad displays lyrics during karaoke, and can be used as an audio...

  • E3 2012 Every 3DS Game Announced So Far

    Plus three Pokémon DS games

    We're yet to have a genuine 3DS fix at this year's E3, with the handheld only having the briefest of mentions in the main press conference. It does have its own showcase lined up, but until that arrives we have full list of confirmed titles for you. Check them out below. 3DS:

  • E3 2012 Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Published by Nintendo

    Ryurama

    Nintendo will publish Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, reuniting the Big N with Team Ninja. Ryu Hayabusa's adventures come to a Nintendo home console for the first time since the Super NES days. Ninja Gaiden III on PS3 and Xbox 360 didn't get the best reviews, so we'll be interested to see if Nintendo asks Team Ninja to make any big...

  • E3 2012 Paper Mario: Sticker Star Shots and Details

    Sticker round

    After a long wait, Nintendo finally brought Paper Mario: Sticker Star out of the cupboard and slapped a holiday release date on the box. Mario's thin adventure has a sticky addition with — predictably — stickers, which can be used both in and out of battle. Intelligent Systems — surely having a busy time with Game & Wario in...

  • E3 2012 3DS Downloads on the Way

    Plenty for all tastes

    Nintendo has unveiled a list of upcoming download titles on the 3DS eShop with some release periods for us to take in. There aren't any specific dates, but we at least have an idea of when we can expect the titles to arrive. These are all North American details, but we'll optimistically hope that PAL region releases won't be...

  • E3 2012 Iwata Asks Eguchi About Wii U

    The ideals of Wii U

    Satoru Iwata has conducted another of his famous Iwata Asks interviews. The lucky guy on the receiving end of the questions this time is one Katsuya Eguchi, the general software producer of Wii U. Eguchi is perhaps best known as the creator of Animal Crossing and the producer of Wii Sports. During the 18 minute chat, Eguchi...

  • E3 2012 Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Shots and Details

    Boo

    Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is finally coming to 3DS this holiday season, and while there's no new trailer to share with you we do have some new screenshots and details to share with you. There'll be multiple mansions to explore, each with unique ghosts and puzzles to solve. It's out for 3DS before Christmas. Ghostly Adventures Await in...

  • E3 2012 Pikmin 3 Wii U Trailer is Plucky

    But one-player only

    We finally saw Pikmin 3 today, and now you can relive that moment below. Shigeru Miyamoto's garden simulator comes to HD for the first time with four new leaders, but sadly it's only a single-player experience, a missed opportunity considering the potential for co-operative play. Still, after years of waiting, at least we have...

  • E3 2012 New Super Mario Bros. 2 Trailer Goes for Gold

    Believe in your soul

    New Super Mario Bros. 2 was one of just three 3DS games shown off during Nintendo's E3 conference, but the publisher clearly hopes it'll set a new gold standard as the precious metal is all over the place. The new Golden Flower power-up gives Mario the ability to fire golden balls that turn blocks and enemies into coins, and...

  • E3 2012 Every Wii U Game Announced So Far

    They're all here

    Nintendo promised a "massive lineup" of Wii U first and third-party games, and sent over a list of titles in the works for the system. Reggie Fils-Aime said there are seven more first-party titles in development — hopefully we'll hear more about them soon. Retail: eShop:

  • E3 2012 New Super Mario Bros. U Media Blowout

    Screenshots and video, we got it!

    Those already familar with New Super Mario Bros. Wii will know exactly what to expect from the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U. Aside from the usual multiplayer mayhem Mario and his friends will enjoy a spot of flying squirrel suit gliding and messing about with Baby Yoshis, and all in glorious 1080p...

  • E3 2012 Download Titles Confirmed for Wii U

    A good start for Wii U eShop?

    They weren't mentioned in the press conference, but a group of download games have been formally confirmed for Holiday launches on Wii U, though it's unclear whether any will be available at launch. We've already covered Trine 2: Director's Cut and Chasing Aurora, so now we'll show you the rest. Runner2: Future Legend...

  • E3 2012 Nintendo Land's Zelda Game Has Us in Stitches

    Link's never looked cuter

    Nintendo Land combines several key Nintendo franchises — Zelda, Animal Crossing and more — into a theme park-style minigame compilation. Each title has its own new graphical style, and the super-cutesy hand-stitched Zelda game certainly tickles our fancy. The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest game features archery and...

  • Reaction James, Tom and Mike React to E3 2012

    What did we make of it?

    Nintendo's E3 2012 press conference is over, and our editorial team James Newton, Tom Whitehead and Mike Mason sat down to dissect and discuss the biggest announcements and speak freely about what we made of it. What's your take on the conference — did it exceed your expectations or leave you cold?

  • E3 2012 Project P-100 Unites Platinum Games with Nintendo

    Mass attack

    Hidden away on Nintendo's E3 press site lies Project P-100 (working title), a 'mass-hero action' title developed by Platinum Games. If bizarre superheroes, gigantic robots and defending Earth all interest you, you've come to the right game. The planet is under attack from swarms of aliens, and your job is to trot around each stage...

  • E3 2012 Wii U Tech Specs Revealed

    1080p, NFC, powered by IBM and AMD chips

    Nintendo has officially revealed the final tech specs for its Wii U console, many of which confirm what we've already heard about the system. The Wii U will be powered by an IBM multi-core CPU and AMD Radeon HD GPU combo. Sadly, the data falls short of supplying the amount of RAM inside Nintendo's new box...

  • E3 2012 Game & Wario is Like Wario Ware, But On Wii U

    He's-a gonna ween

    Nintendo just pulled the cover off Game & Wario (temporary title), a Wii U compilation that's like WarioWare blended with Game & Watch. The title's minigames use only the Wii U GamePad, so we'll hopefully see some very smart uses of that new touch screen controller. One screenshot shows Jimmy, on skis, in HD. What more do...

  • E3 2012 Trine 2 On the Way to Wii U

    Coming to the eShop

    As you'd expect in a press conference limited to little over an hour, not all upcoming titles were shown off in the main event. One of these was Trine 2: Director's Cut, which sounds like an extended edition of the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade version of the title. It wasn't clear from the very brief appearance in an...

  • E3 2012 LEGO City Undercover Infiltrates Wii U, 3DS

    Building blocks

    LEGO City Undercover is essentially Grand Theft Auto LEGO. Consider it bought. Rather than causing trouble, you'll be stopping crime as a blocky cop. It looks to play up the parody factor quite high: we spied The Matrix, some very OTT takes on kung fu action films and the ability to build up a very familiar green pipe. Once known...

  • E3 2012 Paper Mario Sticker Star Out This Holiday Season

    Flat and 3D at once

    Paper Mario Sticker Star, after a long period of silence, has been confirmed for a Holiday release on 3DS. As the title suggests, there'll be plenty of sticker collecting involved, which will then be used as items and attacks. It's also confirmed that it'll be available as both physical and digital downloads, which is as we...

  • E3 2012 New Super Mario Bros. 2 Jumps onto 3DS 19th August

    Get your fire flowers ready

    Hold onto your hats: New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be coming to Nintendo 3DS in the US on 19th August. The latest pillar of the 2D Mario revival was scheduled at Nintendo's E3 press conference. We'll learn more about the game tomorrow at a show just for 3DS tomorrow night. It'll be broadcast live on e3.nintendo.com at 6pm...

  • E3 2012 Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon to Launch This Christmas

    Multiple mansions await Mario's bro

    Nintendo has confirmed that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon - which has a new subtitle in the form of Dark Moon - will be putting the willies up 3DS owners this Christmas. A sequel to the GameCube launch title Luigi's Mansion, Dark Moon features more ghost-busting action, but this time Luigi has more than one building...

  • E3 2012 Wii Fit U Will Burn the Fat

    Is your body ready?

    Wii Fit was a phenomenal success on Wii, and Nintendo is aiming to bring keen exercise-enthusiasts to Wii U. Wii Fit U will make use of the GamePad on occasion, and the good-old Wii Balance Board will get more living room time. There's some new exercises, of course, and the GamePad will also be used to carry on with the game...

  • E3 2012 Mass Effect 3 Lands On Wii U

    Normandy X Nintendo

    Mass Effect 3 has been announced for Wii U. EA's space epic was included in a third party games reel. We're unsure as yet if there are any enhancements for the Nintendo version; we're sure we'll find out soon. Are you interesting in boarding the Normandy on Wii U?

  • E3 2012 Scribblenauts Unlimited Drawn Into Wii U and 3DS

    Fantabulistic

    The Scribblenauts series had two entries on DS, earning praise for its creativity and charm. It's been confirmed that the series is coming not only to 3DS, but also in glorious HD on Wii U with Scribblenauts Unlimited. It'll include a multiplayer mode, with one player customising the characters and objects on the GamePad while the...

  • E3 2012 Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition Swoops Onto Wii U

    Back in bat

    Batman will be swooping onto Wii U in expanded form in Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition. This is no quick port: Wii U GamePad will be used to access Detective Mode to scan the room, or mess around with The Bat's extensive tool belt. The Batarang can be remote controlled with the GamePad's gyroscopes. You can also hold the controller...

  • E3 2012 New Super Mario Bros. U Hopping Onto Wii U

    Miiverse will be a big part

    Nintendo has confirmed New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U, boasting that it will be the first social Mario game, making significant use of Miiverse. The trailer showed Yoshi, a flying 'squirrel' suit, and there's once again an emphasis on co-op multiplayer with Wii Remotes, while there's also a 'boost' mode that brings the...

  • E3 2012 Wii U Supports Two GamePads

    Double the fun

    Good news, multiplayers: Wii U supports two GamePads. During Nintendo's E3 press conference, Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that the system will be able to use two GamePads at once. The frame rate, however, will be halved when using two. That'll be one less person complaining of being left with a Wii Remote. Are you glad that Nintendo...

  • E3 2012 Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube Confirmed for Wii U

    'Revolutionising your TV'

    Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube will all feature on Wii U, picking up on the progress started on Wii. It's part of a philosophy to make media and social resources available and accessible on the new system. Looking beyond these three, this suggests that custom apps may become an important...

  • E3 2012 Pikmin 3 Sprouts On Wii U

    Planting the seed

    We've had to be very patient, but Pikmin 3 has finally been announced for Wii U. Shigeru Miyamoto, Pikmin leaf poking out of his jacket pocket, announced the real time strategy game for the HD console. Miyamoto was happy to note that you can see the movement of each Pikmin. There's a new Pikmin type too — the rock Pikmin can be...

  • E3 2012 Mad Catz Has Got Wii U Covered

    The accessories begin

    You won't have to wait too long to get your Wii U accessories. Mad Catz has just announced a range of useful plastic, all ready for the launch of Nintendo's new home console. There's a fancy headset, a charging dock and an iPad-style protective screen cover. There's also a new Wii Remote charging station. Costs haven't been...

  • E3 2012 German Mass Effect Team Wants You to Watch Nintendo Conference

    Why could that be?

    The Nintendo press conference is almost upon us, and the German Mass Effect Facebook page has simply advised its followers to watch Nintendo's E3 press conference. It doesn't say why, which means we can all indulge in some fun speculation. Due to the power limitations of Wii the Mass Effect series has been a miss for Nintendo...

  • E3 2012 Watch the Nintendo Press Conference Live Here

    It's nearly time

    The most exciting day of the gaming year is nearly upon us. Nintendo's E3 2012 press conference kicks off on Tuesday 5th June. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you'll be able to watch the whole show right here, so bookmark this page and come back on Tuesday. Can't say fairer than that, can you? If you can't watch ustream for...

  • News Nyko Tries to Make Circle Pad Pro Pretty

    Extends battery life, tries to stay out of ugly tree

    The 3DS Circle Pad Pro isn't widely loved, it's safe to say, with comments around the peripheral ranging from 'it's OK and works' to 'OMG WTF!!!'. Much of the attention when it released was around arguments that 3DS should have included two Circle Pads in its design, and also that it was...

  • Rumour Tomodachi Collection 3DS Coming to the West

    With a brand new name

    We've just heard an interesting pre-E3 rumour: Nintendo could announce a localisation of Tomodachi Collection for 3DS. We've heard whispers a Nintendo game known as Communicator Gamers Collection is on the way to the West, which would certainly fit as Tomodachi Collection's new title. Nintendo has said we'll hear about new...

  • News ZombiU Is Really a Blast from the Past

    Did you know Zombi was Ubisoft's first game?

    ZombiU was one of the major Wii U announcements yesterday as part of Ubisoft's press conference, with a CG-filled trailer that showed plenty of zombie chaos. Our interesting fact of the day is that Ubisoft's first ever game release was called Zombi, which was an icon-driven adventure game released in...

  • E3 2012 Yes, We Will See New 3DS Games Today

    Which is nice

    All this talk of Wii U and the most recent Nintendo Direct has put poor 3DS in the shade. Well don't worry, the little handheld that can will get its chance to shine again during Nintendo's E3 press conference today. Despite saying it'll focus on Wii U software, Nintendo confirmed it will reveal new games for 3DS today, promising a...

  • E3 2012 Castlevania: Mirror of Fate Gameplay Whips Into Action

    The Belmont clan are back

    The Belmont clan is synonymous with the Castlevania franchise, with descendants often picking up the mantle of defeating Dracula and saving the world. In Nintendo handheld entries you haven't always necessarily been in charge of an iconic Belmont vampire-slayer, something that the upcoming 3DS title Castlevania: Lords of...

  • Reaction Ubisoft Bets Big On Wii U

    Will it be legendary?

    Ubisoft has now finished its E3 conference extravaganza, and unlike EA dedicated a section to Wii U, underlining support for Nintendo's next gen console. In total the publisher unveiled eight titles, not all necessarily for launch day, but in any case representing a broad variety of styles and experiences. So, what stood out?...

  • E3 2012 Assassin's Creed III Trailer

    Shhh...

    Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III was one of the publisher's biggest titles of its E3 conference this year, and while we didn't see any Wii U-specific footage the game is shaping up very nicely indeed. The trailer might all be CGI but it should give you a taste of what to expect from Connor's trip onto Wii U later this year. It's one of eight...

  • E3 2012 Ubisoft Reveals Wii U Line-Up

    Something for everyone?

    Ubisoft's just lifted the lid on its full line-up of Wii U titles. Some we knew about already, others we didn't. Here's what's heading to Wii U: Assassin's Creed III Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth Rayman Legends Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013

  • E3 2012 Ubi's Wii U-Exclusive Zombie Shooter ZombiU

    Braainnss

    Not content with showing off more of Rayman Legends for Wii U, Ubisoft's also lifted the lid on ZombiU, a Wii U-exclusive zombie-based survival horror. It's actually an evolution of last year's Killer Freaks from Outer Space, but with zombies instead of aliens. The publisher showed off a very lengthy trailer showing Dead Rising-style...

  • E3 2012 Ubisoft Shows Off Rayman Legends for Wii U

    Supports Pro Controller

    Ubisoft's shown off more about Rayman Legends including how it'll work with the Wii U GamePad. In co-op play, the player using the GamePad controls a new character, Murphy, who's more of a support character instead of playing a regular role: Murphy can interact with ropes, platforms and enemies on screen to make life easier...

  • E3 2012 Ubisoft Announces Just Dance 4 for Wii U

    Out in October, apparently

    Ubisoft's done what EA hasn't and shown off a game for Wii U. Just Dance 4 kicked off Ubisoft's press conference with a performance from Flo-Rida and some dancers. The video in the background showed a player placing the Wii U GamePad into the cradle and dancing. As you would. Ubisoft has confirmed Wii U will support up...

  • E3 2012 Watch Ubisoft's Wii U Games Live Right Here

    It's true

    Want to watch Ubisoft's Wii U games? Then keep it here as we bring you the live video of its E3 press conference. Can't get YouTube working for whatever reason? We'll have updates for you on new games, technology and anything else interesting Ubisoft has to show. Hopefully there's no Mr Caffeine. Ubisoft's conference is just part of the...

  • Reaction Tom and James Discuss the Big 3DS Rumour

    Sizing it up

    If Nikkei is right, tomorrow we'll see a 3DS console redesign as Nintendo unveils a 3DS console with a 4.5" screen, 1.5 times bigger than the current model. Our editor James Newton and features editor Tom Whitehead — yes, they of the Nintendo Life podcast! — sat down in video form to chat about what the rumour could mean for...

  • Podcast Episode 24 - Nintendo Direct and E3 Predictions

    Join the party

    Missed last night's Nintendo Direct excitement? Want a recap and to find out what we think is coming up tomorrow? We've got you covered in audio format. Nintendo Life editor James Newton and features editor Thomas Whitehead got together to chew the fat about last night's show and what we expect tomorrow. Listen in and join the...

  • E3 2012 Watch EA's Press Conference Here

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    Get the lowdown on all EA's upcoming games right here with the company's E3 press conference. Last year EA CEO John Riccitello came on stage at Nintendo's press conference and spoke of an 'unprecedented partnership' in relation to Wii U. We'd expect more in Nintendo's event tomorrow, but we may get some reveals and insights in EA's press...

  • Rumour Nintendo to Announce Bigger 3DS Tomorrow

    Nikkei at it again

    Update: Nintendo has denied the rumour. Japanese newspaper Nikkei — which has proven right about Nintendo rumours on many occasions — is reporting we'll see a new 3DS model announced tomorrow. The paper claims we'll see a 3DS redesign boasting a 4.3 inch screen, approximately 1.5 times larger than the current machine. Nikkei...

  • Rumour Wii U Price Reveal Coming Tomorrow

    Wallets at the ready

    Nintendo has said that the Wii U release date and price announcements will come after E3, but Japanese newspaper Nikkei (via Andriasang) believes we could hear as soon as tomorrow. The paper — which has a proven track record in getting this information right — claims the machine will sell for 30,000 Yen. That's around...

  • News Chasing Aurora Announced for Wii U eShop

    From the makers of And Yet It Moves

    Broken Rules — the team behind WiiWare gem And Yet It Moves — has just confirmed Chasing Aurora is coming to the Wii U eShop in late 2012. The game aims to recreate the sensation of flight using the Wii U GamePad, with a single player story mode told without dialogue. This puts us in mind of SEGA Saturn...

  • News Kingdom Hearts 3D Gets New E3 Trailer

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    Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is out next month, but the publisher doesn't want you to forget about it in the upcoming E3 rush, so it's put out a new trailer to keep it fresh in your mind. Mickey, Donald and friends reach Nintendo 3DS in late July, and you can get a taste for their upcoming adventure in the video...