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News: The Year of Wii

The Year of Wii

We take a look back at Wii on its official first birthday...

Well, would you believe it? The Wii has been out for a year already. And what a turn-around it's been for Nintendo! In celebration of Nintendo's remarkable achievement; we present you with NintendoLife's 'Year of Wii' The Build UpA couple of years ago Nintendo were almost written off as one of the console giants: Many people were..

News: A Year Of Wii

A Year Of Wii

Well, would you believe it? The Wii has been out for a year already. And what a turn-around it's been for Nintendo!

So here at NintendoLife we thought it would be good to discuss the highs, and lows, of this past year of Wii. So without further ado, I present you NintendoLife's 'Year of Wii'- a collaboration of opinions from our reviewers and writers: Spanning from the Wii's US birthday to the PAL..

News: Nintendo Criticise Developers

Nintendo Criticise Developers

Nintendo of America executive has hit out at all companies producing quick cash-in products for the console, insisting poor quality titles look bad on the format.

"Certainly there's a strong line-up of third party titles, and we're trying to encourage them to make them," Harrison stated. "But, we're also trying to encourage third parties to take the time and effort to make something unique, not..

News: Nintendo Doubles Its Profits

Nintendo Doubles Its Profits

Soaring Wii and DS sales have sky rocketed Nintendo's profits, doubling those of last year.

The success of the Wii has helped Nintendo to double its profit in the six months to the end of September. Demand for the console has outstripped that for Sony's Playstation 3 and Microsoft's XBox 360 - selling about 7.3 million units. The Japanese firm made a net profit of 132.4bn yen ($1.16bn; £506m)..

News: Dealing With THQ

Dealing With THQ

THQ have signed a license deal with Nintendo allowing the publisher to create games based on Nintendo IP's.

Okay so this actually happened last month, but we've only just noticed. It's quite an interesting move by both parties, here's the details: Video-game software publisher THQ Inc. said Wednesday it has signed a license agreement with Nintendo last week that will allow it to continue to use..

News: The Hardcasual Gamer

The Hardcasual Gamer

Interesting article posted on the "Level Up" section of the Newsweek website, entertaining the idea of the "hardcasual" gamer.

In my opinion game developers are neglecting the audience upon which this industry was built. Gamers like myself, who are now grown up with careers, families and other responsibilities simply no longer have the time to battle their way through 40 hours of game play to save..

News: Nintendo Raid Hong Kong Pirates

Nintendo Raid Hong Kong Pirates

Nintendo go Kung Fu Hustyle over "Supreme Factory Limited" in Hong Kong, seizing over 10,000 products in one go.

At Nintendo's request, the Hong Kong High Court has intervened to help stop a global distribution operation involving game copying devices and modification chips ("mod chips") that violate its copyrights and trademarks in the Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ systems. On Oct. 8th, the court..

News: Reggie Promises More Wiis

Reggie Promises More Wiis

A lot more units are being manufactured but will there be enough?

At the Wii launch we all had problems obtaining the motion-sensing console which left desperate parents paying over the odds trying to get their loved ones a shiny new Wii. Unfortunately, it looks like to be more of the same towards the end of this year. In an interview with Mercury News Reggie Fils-Aime answered questions about the..

News: Wii Top Selling Next-Gen Console

Wii Top Selling Next-Gen Console

The Wii keeps on selling more and more...than other consoles.

The Financial Times has reported that the Wii has overtaken the Xbox 360 in the ongoing console war. Excluding sales from August the totals have the Wii at 9 million units sold compared to 8.9m Xbox 360s and 3.7m PS3s. Additionally and more recently VideoGameChartz, a website that tracks the number of consoles and games sold around the..

News: Wii Smashes UK Records

Wii Smashes UK Records

Nintendo announce that Wii is the fastest selling console in UK history with over 1 million Wii's sold across the land in a mere 38 weeks.

"Figures released today courtesy of the UK’s leading independent music, video and software performance and sales tracking company, Chart Track, show Nintendo’s home console ‘Wii’ is now being enjoyed by over one million people in the UK, becoming the..

News: Wii Could Outsell PS2

Wii Could Outsell PS2

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata believes that within good time the Nintendo Wii could overtake Sony's Playstation 2 platform and become the best selling video games console of all time.

"Sony's PS2 sales of 100 million units is an extraordinary number that our home game console business has not achieved, But if we can make our bid to expand the gaming population a continued success, we could..

News: E3 2007 Has Landed

E3 2007 Has Landed

It's E3 Jim, but not as we know it. The new streamline E3 kicks off in Santa Monica, USA and of course, Nintendo will be there.

To a somewhat surprised games industry, the E3Expo announced a change last year and told the world that from now on E3 was no longer the big glitzy showcase we had come to expect, E3 2007 is the "E3 Media & Business Summit", swanky. "The world of interactive..

News: PS3 Price Drop Makes No Difference

PS3 Price Drop Makes No Difference

Yesterday Sony slashed the price of the PS3 by a whopping $100 (that's about £50 over here at the moment) to $499 in the US region as they prepare to unleash the 80gb model.

According to George Harrison, Nintendo isn't bothered: "A $100 price drop won't make a difference," said the senior Nintendo VP. "Can Sony afford a $200 price drop? I don't think so," he added. Hmmm... Can they indeed? A..

News: Wii Sales Eclipse 8 Million

Wii Sales Eclipse 8 Million

It seems that Nintendo's Wii console has now sold a staggering 8,000,000 units in under 7 months, fast approaching the target of the Xbox 360.

Of course numbers are just numbers and they differ depending on who your talking too, for instance the NexGenWars site tells a slightly different story.. There's one fact that comes into play here and that's the Wii train is still selling at an impressive..

News: Manhunt 2 Rejected By BBFC

Manhunt 2 Rejected By BBFC

British Board of Film Classifications have spoken, Manhunt 2 is too violent for you, you can't play it, shame on you for even thinking it.

As announced by the BBFC today Manhunt 2 has been rejected classification meaning it is ineligible for release in its current form. The director of the BBFC, David Cooke, has issued the following statement trying to clear things up abit. "Rejecting a work is a..

News: Wii: Your Personal Murder Training Device

Wii: Your Personal Murder Training Device

American comedian Jack Thompson has done it again, apparently the Wii acts as a training device that might prepare us for committing an offence.

"Florida retailers are scheduled to sell a very violent video game called Manhunt 2 which will be available, remarkably, for “play” on the kids-friendly Nintendo Wii gaming platform. The Wii device does not utilize traditional push button game..

News: Wii + Dr. Pepper = £££

Wii + Dr. Pepper = £££

Can you honestly think of anything better than Dr. Pepper and Nintendo Wii? Ok, so it could be Pepsi Max but seriously it's a pretty good combination.

The Nintendo Wii will be promoted on 182 million packs of Fanta, Sprite and Dr. Pepper thanks to a marketing partnership with soft drink monsters Coca-Cola. The campaign is set to run across TV and other media for around a month and is sure to help..

News: GAME Aquires Gamestation

GAME Aquires Gamestation

Leading gaming store GAME buys its rival Gamestation and seeks to takeover the high-street gaming market in the UK.

It was announced yesterday that GAME had bought the entire Gamestation stores for a total of £74 million. Whilst this comes as abit of a surprise, all is not lost as GAME promise to develop the brands independently. GAME - Mainstream model, appealing to the “mass market”,..

News: Sony's Decapitated Goat Swindle

Sony's Decapitated Goat Swindle

Quite possibly the weirdest game launch party ever has sparked huge media attention. Sony's pure exploitation of a dead goat has left animal rights activists infuriated.

"Electronics giant Sony has sparked a major row over animal cruelty and the ethics of the computer industry by using a freshly slaughtered goat to promote a violent video game. The corpse of the decapitated animal was the..

News: Miyamoto, The Influential

Miyamoto, The Influential

Shigeru Miyamoto is being highly considered by Time for the publication’s annual 100 Most Influential People list.

"Besides the retail reality, Miyamoto and Nintendo played a large part in the success of their most recent console. Although it hardly pushes the graphical limits set by Sony or Microsoft, the Wii features gameplay simple enough that it ushers in the much-sought after casual gamer..