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News: Mario Was Almost Called Mr Video

Mario Was Almost Called Mr Video

"It's-a me Mr Video" just doesn't have the same ring to it

Legend has it that Super Mario was named after the landlord of Nintendo's North American offices back when the company first started, but in the new 'Iwata Asks' feature it was revealed that our lovable tubby plumber was also going to be called 'Mr Video' at one stage. Shigeru Miyamoto said that he planned to use him in every game he made,..

News: Epic Games: Give Us HD Wii and We'll Talk

Epic Games: Give Us HD Wii and We'll Talk

VP of Epic has admits that a more powerful Wii would interest him

Do you like Epic Games? Sure you do. Do you want them to make games for the Wii? Well tough. At the moment the Wii just isn't powerful enough to handle the Epic's Unreal Engine, according to Mark Rein, VP of the company. Rein recently spoke about the difficulties of porting the engine to Nintendo's machine: You'd just be stretching..

News: Why Silence is Golden for Nintendo

Why Silence is Golden for Nintendo

Nintendo explains the tradition of why their characters rarely speak.

Nintendo's heroes such as Mario, Link and Samus rarely ever speak, aside from the old 'Wahoo' and other grunts. It is rare to find a Nintendo game with recorded speech; however Punch-Out!! on the Wii had it. The game's producer, Nintendo's Kensuke Tanabe had this to say: Nintendo's tradition is that the hero or central character..

News: Klonoa 3? Depends On Wiimake's Sales

Klonoa 3? Depends On Wiimake's Sales

Series creator has ideas for sequel but needs financial incentive.

Cartoony platformer Klonoa's Wiimake has enjoyed critical success, which must make Namco pleased as punch over the decision to resurrect the series. So does that mean sequels are imminent? That one falls under a big fat "maybe," as the series creator, Hideo Yoshizawa, told Nintendo Power that critics ain't everything,..

News: DSiWare to Become Nintendo's App Store?

DSiWare to Become Nintendo's App Store?

Even if you've been living under a rock for the past year or so, you've heard about Apple's iPhone, and the great success they've had with their App Store service.

Providing everything from pocket organizers to virtual beer to the ability to play your iPhone like an ocarina, the App Store has given Apple a great deal of public attention...not to mention impressive revenue. So it might not be..

News: Wisconsin To Tax Digital Downloads

Wisconsin To Tax Digital Downloads

With the popularity of digital downloads at an all-time high, it should come as no surprise that governments are beginning to look at ways to tax them.

The State of Wisconsin just recently signed a bill into law that allows for a 5% tax on all digital downloads spanning music, books, ring tones, and even video games. The state expects to rack up nearly 7 million dollars yearly from the tax once the..

News: Animales de la Muerte Officially NOT Coming To WiiWare

Animales de la Muerte Officially NOT Coming To WiiWare

The cat is finally out of the bag!

High Voltage’s Animales de la Muerte is officially NOT coming to WiiWare anymore. For those not in the know this game is a bloodthirsty comic shooter set in a zoo of all places. Check out the interview we did last year with High Voltage to find out lots more about this game. The fact that it is no longer planned...

News: EA's Peter Moore Likes World of Goo After All

EA's Peter Moore Likes World of Goo After All

Remember when EA bigwig Peter Moore got all confused because he couldn’t fathom why World of Goo ranked so highly in Eurogamer’s top 50 of 2008? Well he’s now redeemed himself by singing the praises of 2D Boy’s awesome WiiWare title on his blog page.

Here's what the big guy said: Before we close the door on one of the lively discussions that was breaking out here over the past couple of..

News: EA's Moore Perplexed by World of Goo Success

EA's Moore Perplexed by World of Goo Success

If you’re a keen fan of the excellent UK-based video game site Eurogamer then you’ll be aware that it recently posted its top 50 games of the past 12 months.

WiiWare gem World of Goo cropped up in a very respectable tenth position, which caused EA’s Peter Moore to scratch his chin in puzzlement and comment that he was ‘surprised’ to see it...

News: Treasure To Support WiiWare?

Treasure To Support WiiWare?

Treasure president Masato Maegawa has confirmed that his company is looking at producing games for downloadable content services such as WiiWare and XBLA.

Speaking to 1up.com, Maegawa commented that he really liked the job fellow Japanese developer IntiCreates did with Mega Man 9. This might suggest that Treasure is looking at doing similar things with its own IP – which should get all serious..

News: Sorry Kids – You're Not Allowed To Share Your Nintendo Points

Sorry Kids – You're Not Allowed To Share Your Nintendo Points

What with the shiny new DSi Store on the way and the promise of ‘DS Ware’ floating in the air like some captivating butterfly, Nintendo has recently announced that Wii Points will be rebranded as ‘Nintendo Points’. The idea being that you simply purchase a points card and then use it on either machine. Easy, eh?

Sadly not. Nintendo has also confirmed that points will not be transferable..

News: WiiWare Games To Be Directly Downloadable To SD Cards

WiiWare Games To Be Directly Downloadable To SD Cards

At a press conference in Japan today, not only did Nintendo announce a barrage of new DS/Wii games and a new DS, they also announced something Wii fans have been wanting for a long time - A storage solution!

Sadly, it's not a hard drive like many people assumed. Instead, you'll be able to directly download games to SD cards. At the moment, the only way to get games on SD cards is to download them..

News: Nintendo’s Storage Solution: Better Than HDD, Expected Soon

Nintendo’s Storage Solution: Better Than HDD, Expected Soon

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that the company is looking into the age-old Wii memory storage issue and has even gone as far as to say the solution they’ve come up with is ‘better’ than a hard drive.

What this could mean is anyone’s guess but as we’ve said in the past it’s doubtful that Nintendo will just allow you to plug any old hard drive in via the USB..

News: Penny Arcade Adventures Too Big For WiiWare

Penny Arcade Adventures Too Big For WiiWare

Kotaku recently interviewed Hothead Games, who are the developers of Penny Arcade Adventures. The interview was mostly about why this game still wasn’t available on the Playstation Network when XBLA has had it for a while, but the question of the possibility of this series coming to WiiWare also came up:

While they would love to bring the...

News: Keiji Inafune Reveals More About Mega Man 9

Keiji Inafune Reveals More About Mega Man 9

In a recent interview with MTV Multiplayer, the creator of the Mega Man series, Keiji Inafune and his partner in crime, Hironobu Takeshita, producer of Mega Man 9 reveal a few more nuggets of information about this upcoming retro styled game.

Here are some of the choice bits of the interview: Multiplayer: When you guys decided to make “Mega Man 9″ in this style, I assume nobody at Capcom had..

News: Where In The World Is Strong Bad?

Where In The World Is Strong Bad?

Bad news for Strong Bad fans today. It seems that SBCGFAP will NOT be coming out in July after all! Emily Morganti, the marketing coordinator over at Telltale Games explains the dealio on their game forum:

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the game is not coming out tomorrow. What IGN said is true - we have submitted the game to Nintendo, and as soon as we get approval from them, it will be..

News: Reggie Says Storage Issue Isn't Only For Geeks And Otaku!

Reggie Says Storage Issue Isn't Only For Geeks And Otaku!

Good old Reggie Fils-Aime, he’s the man. The president of Nintendo of America is launching a one man war on the terror that is the lack of internal storage on the Wii. Europe's Laurent Fischer might think that only "geeks and otaku" are bothered about having no space left to store all the lovely WiiWare games and other downloadable content you have bought, but worry not because Reggie is on your side!

Speaking to MTV, Reggie revealed they consider the storage issue to be of wide importance now. It’s not just the hardcore demographic who are..

News: Retro Styled Castlevania Coming To WiiWare?

Retro Styled Castlevania Coming To WiiWare?

In an interview with Wired, the current Castlevania series producer, Koji Igarashi (who you might know as the man who nearly always wears a black cowboy hat and carries around a whip) was asked what he thinks about Mega Man 9. He responded as follows:

I'm watching that very closely to see how it does. Myself, I'm a big retro gaming fan, so if it is successful that definitely opens up doors for..

News: Mega Man 9 T-shirts To Go On Sale Soon!

Mega Man 9 T-shirts To Go On Sale Soon!

Do you remember a few days ago when we posted about the retro themed Mega Man 9 box art as featured on a T-shirt which a lucky 1up staffer won at E3? Well the good news is now you too could own one of these fashionable garments!

Check out Kramez’s blog at Capcom for more info: It was quickly decided by the marketing group that if we were going to release a game that looked like it came from 1987..

E3 2008: Miyamoto Discusses Limited Storage Space On Wii

Miyamoto Discusses Limited Storage Space On Wii

We haven’t exactly been bombarded with WiiWare news at E3 2008 yet. Well in fact, no news to speak of yet! So you can forgive us for raising the sticky wicket of the lack of a storage solution on the Wii yet again.

Hopefully there will be a breakthrough on the horizon soon. IGN caught up with Miyamoto about this ever increasing problem and here’s what he had to say: There isn't anything that..