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June2009

  • News The Legendary Starfy Avatar Contest

    Your Legendary Starfy avatar could win you a copy of the game!

    We here at Nintendo Life have decided to give away one brand spanking new The Legendary Starfy DS game to one lucky reader who can impress us with their own unique Legendary Starfy avatar. Now the avatar doesn't have to be Starfy himself, but it does have to be related to the game in...

  • News New Nintendo Handheld Dropped Amid DS Success

    Amazing DS sales force Nintendo to reconsider plans for new handheld system.

    Gamers waiting for the true successor to the DS system might be waiting a bit longer than once thought. According to an IGN news article, Nintendo had already completed work on the new handheld, but given the rampant success of the DS system over the past few years, they've decided not to release this new portable game..

  • News New Console Colours to Hit Japan

    Finally, the white Wii's monopoly is over!

    When the Wii was first revealed all those years ago, Nintendo showed off a wide range of colours you'd be able to buy the machine in, ranging from fire red to vomit green. Sadly when it came to launch only the white console was available, but Nintendo Japan are finally ready to deliver on some of that early pigmentary promise by releasing their popular..

  • 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 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...

May2009

  • News Another Legendary Starfy Commercial

    Check out Starfy's second commercial running in theaters.

    The guys at Nintendo were once again kind enough to send us over a second commercial for their Legendary Starfy DS game that hits store shelves on June 8th. This commercial features a little bit of actual Legendary Starfy footage at the end of the spot. The commercial is set to run in movie theaters as an advertisement before Pixar's new..

  • News The Legendary Starfy TV Commercial

    Check out Starfy's brand new TV commercial.

    The guys at Nintendo were kind enough to send us over the brand new commercial for their Legendary Starfy DS game that hits store shelves on June 8th. While there's not any actual Legendary Starfy footage, the commercial is still worth a look. Don't forget to check out the interview with Nintendo/TOSE about the game, as well as our Starfy 101 feature that..

  • First Impressions Personal Trainer: Walking

    We take Nintendo's new DS fitness title for a walk.

    We recently got in the upcoming DS title Personal Trainer: Walking and we've had a chance to spend a little time with it and we think gamers who want to increase their fitness level are in for a treat with this interesting new DS game package. Inside the package you basically get the DS game, two Activity Meters, and two clips for clipping the..

  • News Gameplay Trailer - The Legendary Starfy

    Check out the upcoming DS platformer in action!

    We just got in the official game play trailer for the upcoming DS release The Legendary Starfy. As you can see in the trailer, there's plenty of platforming action and underwater puzzle-solving elements to go around. You can also get a glimpse into some of the amazing boss fights the game features. Don't forget to check our interview with the..

  • Interviews Nintendo/TOSE - The Legendary Starfy

    The Legendary Starfy developers talk about their upcoming DS platformer.

    We were fortunate enough to be invited to take part in a teleconference with several developers of the upcoming DS title The Legendary Starfy today. While there was a Q & A session, it turned out to only be yours truly and one other guy who fired one question and then disappeared. Of course that left the majority of the..

  • Feature Legendary Starfy 101

    A little history lesson on Nintendo's adorable platforming star.

    Since many gamers outside of Japan are not terribly familiar with the Densetsu no Stafi series of games, not to mention the fact that The Legendary Starfy is set to be released in North American on June 9th, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the history of the series complete with some fun facts that might surprise even..

  • First Impressions Mario & Luigi RPG 3

    Mario and Luigi return to the DS in their third humorous adventure.

    Mario and Luigi have been to some pretty bizarre places, but none as weird as where they end up in Mario and Luigi RPG 3. You see, a mysterious epidemic is raging through the Mushroom Kingdom, causing people to inflate many times their normal size. The residents of the kingdom decided to unite in order to confront the disease, only..

  • News Nintendo Ranks 2nd on Develop 100 List

    Blizzard overtakes as 2008's most bankable game studio

    Develop Magazine's annual list of studios' brilliance at taking all of our money has been released, and Nintendo has lost their 2007 top spot to World of Warcraft devs Blizzard. The top studio jumped up an astonishing 46 places from last year's list, mostly due to their $100 million revenue per...

  • News There's a DS Sold For Every One in Five People in Japan

    Lifetime sales data by region revealed

    Nintendo's sales statistics this gen have been impressive across the board (except for Wii Music, which the company admits underwhelmed at retail), but this one is a doozy. The company has released lifetime sales data for the mighty DS, covering all three iterations, and market penetration in the US and Europe hovers just below the 10% mark. In Japan, the DS..

  • News Punch-Out!! lesson with Doc Louis

    Doc Louis steps into the ring for a second live-action commercial.

    A second live-action commercial for the upcoming Punch-Out!! game has surfaced, centred this time on long-time coach Doc Louis. Played by Isiah Whitlock Jr. (best known for his role as Clay Davis on HBO's The Wire), Doc demonstrates the game's motion controls and take a pummelling...

  • News Little Mac in live-action Punch-Out!! commercial

    Conclusive proof that pink jumpsuits make everything cooler.

    Nintendo have released a hilarious new live-action commerical for the upcoming Punch-Out!! game on Wii, featuring real-life professional boxer Paulie Malignaggi in the role of Little Mac. Maybe it's the lack of a focus-group-approved family montage talking, but I'm almost positive that...

  • News More Details on Nintendo's Punch-Out!! Challenge

    Nintendo wants Wii fans to get ready to rumble!

    You might remember that we reported on this Punch-Out!! Challenge earlier this week, but Nintendo has issued a press release that contains a wealth of new information regarding the event. You can check out the full press release below for more details on the event, complete with time, date, and...

  • News Rampant Speculation: What's Nintendo Showing Off?

    Mystery game doing the press rounds

    To avoid a crapfest of an E3 show, tons of companies are doing pre-event events to show off their wares to the gaming press. Activision's got one, EA has one coming up, and apparently Nintendo has a card up its sleeve on this front too. According to the latest IGN Nintendo Voice Chat podcast, editor Craig Harris is supposed to be shown a "mystery game"..

  • News NYC Nintendo World Store Hosting Punch-Out!! Bonanza

    Buy your copy early and watch arcade pugilism at its finest

    Finally, a reason to get out of the house! Fake boxing gets serious at the NYC Nintendo World Store from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, as the shop will host a Punch-Out!! tourney. Thirty-two competitors will duke it out for the World Video Boxing Association title and custom trophy,...

April2009

  • News New Punch-Out!! Details

    With the release of Punch-Out!! rapidly approaching, new details are starting to emerge.

    Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Punch-Out!! is the next big title from Nintendo. With its May release date fast approaching, new details are starting to emerge. With that, our friends at Nintendo Pad have compiled a list of noteworthy data that may appeal to you...

  • News Miyamoto's Unused Touch Screen RPG

    Interesting new game design patent appears

    The Nintendo DS certainly has had its share of unique RPGs, but Miyamoto's take on the genre is certainly one of the best. In another Miyamoto patent that popped up recently, we see another game idea that Nintendo has to use. An RPG idea for the DS in which enemies appear on the touch screen, and players have to tap them to beat them. The enemies move..

  • News Nintendo comments on GTA: Chinatown Wars sales

    Despite the somewhat lackluster first month sales of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Take-Two is going to continue supporting Nintendo's handheld.

    It seems as though almost everybody is disappointed with the first month sales of Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. We reported earlier this week that the game managed to shift a tame 88,000 units in the month of March, significantly lower..

  • News March NPD - MadWorld Debuts With Sales of 66,000

    Sega's latest hardcore Wii title didn't exactly open with the sales many expected.

    While MadWorld certainly has received a lot of praise from the media and many gamers, Sega's latest hardcore Wii title didn't exactly open with the sales many expected. The NPD has confirmed that for the month of March, MadWorld managed to sell 66,000 units, a disappointing return for highly-anticipated hardcore..

  • News Made in Ore Gameplay Videos

    For those who are a little confused as to what to expect with the latest WarioWare title, Nintendo has released plenty of videos to help explain things a little better.

    Over the past week, we've done plenty of coverage on Made in Ore and its WiiWare counterpart, Asobu! Made in Ore. Thoiugh we've given you plenty of details on these upcoming titles, we haven't exactly been able to show you any..

  • News Nintendo Sets Down Some New Release Dates

    New Play Control: Chibi-Robo, New Play Control: Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, and Friend Connection have all been given June release dates by Nintendo.

    Late last year Nintendo of Japan started re-releasing Nintendo Gamecube games on Wii with motion controls, and in some cases, special features. On June 11th though, the New Play Control line will officially come to an end with the release of New Play..

  • News Nintendo Looking to "Re-energize" Game Market

    Could a slowing market and a boost in "core" game sales have us swimming in great releases this year?

    Wii and DS sales are slowing down in Japan causing an uncomfortable disturbance in the force that is Nintendo's cash flow. This has also highlighted a boost in “hardcore” game sales there. Does this mean that to get the more “hardcore” titles here in the NA and EU regions we need to just..

  • News Wii Sports Resort to Launch Internationally in July

    No longer just a rumour!

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata today announced during his address to The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan that Wii Sports Resort would be released in Japan in June, with an overseas release in July. The sequel to Nintendo's hugely successful pack-in title uses the enhanced motion-sensing capabilities of the Motion-Plus peripheral to accurately simulate activities such..

  • News New Wii Punch-Out Screenshots

    Want some new Wii Punch-Out screenshots? We've got a few!

    We were able to get our hands on a group of brand new Punch-Out screenshots for the upcoming Wii release. As you can see, the game is shaping up quite nicely and looking like the Punch-Out game Wii fans have been hoping for. The screens show King Hippo, Von Kaiser, Disco Kid, and Glass Joe...

  • News Takt of Magic on track for a May release

    Nintendo caters to Japanese fans via Takt of Magic.

    With Nintendo focusing on their new line of New Play Control titles, many thought that their release schedule for original Wii titles would come to a halt. Though those individuals were correct, that period seems to be over - or at least in Japan. According to the latest Shounen Jump, Takt of Magic, a first-party Wii game, is set to launch on May..

  • News DSiWare Launch Titles in Australia (and elsewhere...?)

    The Australian DSi Shop is open for business. Could its contents hint at identical launch titles for EU and NA?

    Just a quick run-through of the launch titles that Australia is now able to access and download on their brand-spankin'-new DSi units! Not really a very surprising launch as very similar rumors have been circulating for the past week or so, but this may be an indication of what other..

  • News DSi Launch Party in Los Angeles

    Nintendo will be holding a DSi launch party in LA, which of you mad cats will be attending this sweet scene?

    Nintendo’s DSi launches in the United States April fifth. Hold your suspense, yes, that’s this week. If you’ve got your calendar set on this event, and if you also happen to be in Los Angeles, you’ll have the chance to attend a launch party hosted by none other than Nintendo. The..

March2009

  • News Surprise Japanese WiiWare Released Today

    Two new WiiWare releases from Nintendo as well as six releases for the new Virtual Console Arcade

    What's been widely reported is that the Japanese Virtual Console Arcade got six releases today compared to the four released in the rest of the world (Return of Ishtar, Gaplus, Emeraldia, Space Harrier, Star Force and Solvalou). What's not been widely noted is that the Japanese also got two WiiWare..

  • News 6 New DSiWare Titles Coming to Japan

    The beginning of April will see the release of the DSi in three regions, and a whole load of new releases in a fourth.

    The good news: Japan is getting six releases at once, which might (underline might) suggest that DSiWare won't suffer as easily from the one-per-week schedules that sometimes affect WiiWare and the Virtual Console. Perhaps the smaller files and lower price points are encouraging..

  • News Rejoice! The DSi Gets a Virtual Console After All

    It finally looks like we have unofficial confirmation of the DSi's virtual console.

    Check out Kombo for the whole story, but the highlight --as we can all agree, is the revelation that the DSi will allow you to download Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games. Yes, you read that right. But feel free to go back and read it another few times; this news is that good. Also nice the news that the DSi lets..

  • News Halo 3 Gets Wii-Fitted

    Bungie's third iteration in its console-profiling Halo series has recently been 1upp-ed in sales by Nintendo's calorie-zapping Balance Board title.

    As well as topping the NPD charts for last month in the U.S of A for what seems like the gazillionth time, Wii Fit has also reached the milestone selling amount of six million (that's a lot of flab dancing about right now). In comparison, the XBox 360's..

  • News Game Boy Legacy Revived Via DSi?

    A recent hands-on event for the DSi yielded some interesting tidbits; who's up for downloadable Game Boy & GBA games to play on the go?

    The event was aimed primarily at Gold and Platinum Club Nintendo Members, and a few details on Nintendo's third DS iteration have been re-confirmed; 0, 500, or 800 Nintendo Point costs for games and applications; A...

  • News New Info Surfaces On Punch-Out!! Wii

    Nintendo reveals more details as Punch Out!! prepares to enter the ring

    Nintendo of Europe has released a few scant details on the upcoming Punch-Out!! sequel for the Wii: The title, developed by Next Level Games (Mario Strikers), will reportedly feature a new two-player mode in which Little Mac can square off against himself. NOE also confirmed...

  • News DSiWare Wants You to Mind Your Manners

    Another DSiWare game is coming to Japan this spring, and it looks...interesting.

    Kuukiyomi is the name of the game, although it seems more like an interactive etiquette course than a proper game. That's not to say it's a bad idea; watch the trailer. It's positively fascinating. And if they can actually make the lessons in good manners fun (it's tough to tell from the trailer, but certainly it can..

February2009

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Snowboard Riot & Lonpos

    Great news for snowboarding fans today as Hudson’s Snowboard Riot is up for grabs for 1000 Wii points. This game looks like it has it all, racing action, weapons to slow down your opponents, Balance Board support and most importantly online competition! We think it looks like potentially one of the most exciting WiiWare games of the year, but you’ll have to wait for our review in a couple of days to discover if this is really the case. Until then why not check out the official site to help you decide if you want to take a chance on it before our review?

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January2009

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Lonpos

    Seemingly following up to last week's rather sub-par VC update, this week doesn't really bring many exciting games to WiiWare! There's just one lone new game available today - The first WiiWare update since WiiWare launched to only have one game.

    That game is Lonpos, which has been available in Japan since WiiWare launched for them! Lonpos is yet...

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  • News USA WiiWare Update: Bomberman Blast And Art Style: Orbient

    Good news for North America this week as Bomberman Blast is finally up for grabs. The gameplay probably doesn’t need much an introduction, but if you are curious to know how the WiiWare version stacks up then you can check out our Bomberman Blast review from when it came out in Europe a few weeks ago.

    A game which does require a bit of an introduction is Nintendo’s Art Style: Orbient. This is..

  • News My Pokémon Ranch To Be Updated For Platinum

    Fans of Pokémon who have already purchased Pokémon Platinum (An update of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl), which was released in Japan a few days ago, may have noticed something - It's not compatible with My Pokémon Ranch.

    Not to worry however, as Nintendo has already announced that they'll fix this. They will soon release an update for My Pokémon Ranch that will allow it to be linked to Platinum,..

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