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News: Sales Charts, Meet Your Future King: Wii Party

Sales Charts, Meet Your Future King: Wii Party

Marquee game coming sometime before March 2011

In a presentation to investors this week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata filled in the blank for the next marquee "Wii ____" game with the word "Party." As the next entry in the barn-burning series – whose previous games include million-sellers Wii Sports and its follow up Resort, Play, Fit and the less-successful Music – Iwata..

News: Unreal Famicom Games are... Well, Unreal

Unreal Famicom Games are... Well, Unreal

Famicase project shows off 2010 line-up

The humble Famicom cartridge may not seem like the perfect canvas on which to create art, but every year Japanese game shop Meter hosts Famicase, a project aiming to prove just the opposite. Artists are asked to create artwork for a fictitious game and display it on a Famicom cart, and predictably the results range from the brilliant to the bizarre. If you're..

News: Japan to Cool Off with Mario and Animal Crossing Fans

Japan to Cool Off with Mario and Animal Crossing Fans

Club Nintendo Japan gets all the cool stuff - literally

While the rest of the world can satisfy itself with tiny cards and Wii Remote baskets, Japan just got an item to once again pique the rest of the world's envy – Mario and Animal Crossing themed handheld fans for 150 coins a pop at their local Club Nintendo. This is especially distressing news for the rest of the world, who will most likely..

News: Only 8.8% of Japanese Consumers Want to Buy a 3DS

Only 8.8% of Japanese Consumers Want to Buy a 3DS

The next Virtual Boy?

Though Nintendo hasn't released much information on the system itself, a recent survey of 1,059 consumers by Japanese goo Research shows that only 8.8% want to buy Nintendo's next handheld, while 55.8% are interested in it and 35.3% don't want it at all. Perhaps once the system is debuted at this year's E3 as anticipated, people will develop a greater interest in the product..

News: Nintendo's Room Migration Kit Makes it Even Easier to Move a Wii

Nintendo's Room Migration Kit Makes it Even Easier to Move a Wii

Free yourself from the hassle of carrying cables

Although the Wii is meant to be a great living room experience for all the family, sometimes you just want to smuggle it away to a shady corner and indulge in some private gaming time. The only downside is unplugging all the myriad cables and setting it up again though, right? Here comes Nintendo with a helpful idea: a box of exactly those cables to..

News: Google Teams Up with Nintendo to Release Search Engine-Based Game

Google Teams Up with Nintendo to Release Search Engine-Based Game

The world furrows its collective brow

Google is the type of company that makes people feel like their best friends are in charge. They even joke around with their users, playing a creative April Fool's joke on them annually. Lately, though, it seems that Google's gone a little screwy (Buzz, anyone?). And their big April Fool's prank this year was to remove all of the vowels from their GMail..

News: It's Tough at the Top for Nintendo

It's Tough at the Top for Nintendo

Japanese newspaper reveals the strain of being number one

Nintendo's consoles are massive sellers and the company is arguably more successful now than it has ever been, but at what cost? Japanese newspaper Nikkei Sangyou Shimbun has given a brief insight into the strain of being the best of the best. Apparently Nintendo's employees have been under increased pressure lately due to the firm's..

News: Nintendo's 3DS Announcement Wasn't Supposed to Happen Like That

Nintendo's 3DS Announcement Wasn't Supposed to Happen Like That

Analyst: early reveal was meant to prevent further leaks

When a company announces new hardware, especially the successor to a massively popular one, it's usually done with much more pomp than what happened with Nintendo's recent 3DS announcement. The fanfare of the two-sentence press release was only slightly less than if Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata mumbled it to a half-empty room, shrugged and..

First Impressions: Pinball Attack!

Pinball Attack!

Pinball and shooters: two tastes that go great together

ArtePiazza is better recognised for its work on RPGs like Enix's Dragon Quest series and more recently Koei's Wii RPG Opoona, so it's interesting that their freshman effort on DSiWare is a marriage of video pinball and shooter called Pinball Attack! There are currently no other pinball games on the Japanese DSiWare service, but even taking..

News: Final Fantasy Creator Working on Last Story for Wii

Final Fantasy Creator Working on Last Story for Wii

Nintendo trademark is for a new Mistwalker RPG

Remember that mystifying trademark that Nintendo registered a while back? Turns out it's not the subtitle of the next Mario adventure (as we half-jokingly predicted) but an RPG from the creator of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi. Nintendo has confirmed the launch of a new Web site dedicated to the game (alas, in Japanese) which has a logo and little..

News: Japan to Get Wii Budget Range

Japan to Get Wii Budget Range

Rest of the world left waiting

Nintendo of Japan have finally introduced the "Minna no Osusume Collection" (or, for us English-speaking folk, the "Everyone's Recommendation Collection"), a range of re-released Wii titles to combat the 360 Classics and PS3 Platinum range. Titles with high user rankings from the Japanese Nintendo Channel seem to be the way Nintendo are going about..

News: Two More WiiWare Demos for Lucky Japan

Two More WiiWare Demos for Lucky Japan

Phoenix Wright and Pokémon for Japanese Wiis

It appears that Nintendo are continuing to back the new WiiWare demo service, as they have added two new titles: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Aim! Light Adventure Team and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Although different in nature, both titles offer a massive amount of entertainment, whether it be rescuing those in need using a crack team of Pokémon or..

News: Its-a Me! Fungus Mario!

Its-a Me! Fungus Mario!

Japanese researchers recreate Mario in a petri dish.

Evidentally, Japanese science folk at nanobiological laboratories of the University of Osaka got bored whilst solving real problems and decided to do something significantly more light-hearted to cheer us all up. Here we present Fungus Mario in all his fluorescent glory! Those Osaka University boffins achieved this stunning effect by engineering..

News: Nintendo to Introduce New Touch Screen Kiosks in Japan

Nintendo to Introduce New Touch Screen Kiosks in Japan

Ignorance no longer an excuse when buying games

Nintendo has revealed new kiosks for display in major retail outlets in Japan. They come in two flavours: flat screen devices for counters and retail kiosks for floor display. Both come with wonderfully hi-tech touch screens and cameras. Customers will be able to pick up any DS or Wii game and flash...

News: Just What Is The Nintendo Zii?

Just What Is The Nintendo Zii?

A new trademark registered in Japan is fuelling speculation on the internet

Silicon Era has reported that a new trademark registration has appeared in the Japanese trademark database for the word "Zii." Nintendo submitted the application on the 30th of October, though there's no indication of what it's for. It could be trying to block the sale of any more Wii wannabes trying to cash using..

News: Sunsoft To Release Telenet Titles On Virtual Console

Sunsoft To Release Telenet Titles On Virtual Console

Resurgent publisher confirms acquisition of defunct company's catalogue

If the recent news of Sunsoft's glorious return to the west has whipped you into a frenzy then you might want to take a deep breath before reading the press release below. The company has confirmed that it has bought up the rights to Nihon Telenet's software library. While younger gamers might not recognise the name, veterans..

News: WiiWare Phoenix Wright Makes Most Of Wii Remote

WiiWare Phoenix Wright Makes Most Of Wii Remote

Shouting "Objection" never felt so natural

While some might be grumbling about the fact that the upcoming WiiWare editions of Capcom's Phoenix Wright series are little more than straight ports of the DS/GBA originals, one element is likely to bring a smile to the face of pretty much every fan. As this zany Japanese TV commercial illustrates, it's possible to use the Wii Remote to object to things..

News: Nintendo Cutting Back On Wii Production?

Nintendo Cutting Back On Wii Production?

Has the machine reached its zenith?

The Nintendo Wii may have sold a shed-load of units over the past few weeks but reports from Japan indicate that even this increase in revenue is unlikely to completely turnaround the machine's flagging fortunes. A report issued by Japanese news firm Nikkei has revealed that two Japanese companies involved with the production of the Wii - Mitsumi and Hosiden -..

News: DSi LL Shifts 100K Units In Japan

DSi LL Shifts 100K Units In Japan

Two-day launch sales beat the competition

No matter how much head-scratching came out of the arguably non-portable portable's announcement, we've now learned one thing: it sells. According to Famitsu and sales tracker Enterbrain, the giant handheld sold 103,524 units in two days. While an impressive number, it's still not too surprising given the massive popularity of the DS in Japan. Last year,..

News: New Super Mario Bros. Wii Gets Perfect Score in Famitsu

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Gets Perfect Score in Famitsu

Japanese magazine gives Mario's latest top marks

Print media might be suffering at the moment but that hasn't stopped Japanese magazine Famitsu's influence in the industry. The veteran publication is still seen as something of an authority - both in its native homeland and the West - so the news that it has awarded New Super Mario Bros. Wii a...