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August2012

  • News ZombiU Gets Royally Scary in Buckingham Palace

    The guided tours seem to have been cancelled

    Ubisoft's ZombiU hype machine is well and truly underway, with some new footage just released after its debut at PAX. It's a title that, in concept and use of the GamePad if nothing else at this stage, has us rather intrigued. The latest video takes place within Buckingham Palace, which is looking a bit...

  • News Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 has Wii U in its Sights

    ESRB rating says so

    Recent weeks and months have brought a mixture of good and bad news for those hoping to see Wii U join in with various big-budget multi-platform titles. Of course, developers face the challenge not just to make adjustments to the Wii U hardware, but also to make use of the Wii U GamePad capabilities. It seems we have one more...

  • News Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D Gunning for eShop on 13th September

    If you see it, shoot it

    If you want to shoot stuff on your 3DS, Teyon has you covered. The publisher has recently brought us the light-hearted Crazy Chicken Pirates 3D, and then a title that caused a bit of debate with Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D. But if you've had your fill of shooting cartoon animals and real animals, you can go back to shooting...

  • News Fractured Soul Confirmed For NA eShop Launch September 13th

    Former DS title gets a new lease of life in the 3DS

    Australian developer Endgame Studios has confirmed that it is bringing Fractured Soul to the North American 3DS eShop on 13th September. The game, which was originally intended for the DS and has been in development for quite some time, is an action title which utilises both screens of the...

  • News No Cross Words As Picross E Euro eShop Release Is Confirmed

    Mark 6th September in your calendar, nonogram fans

    Nintendo has confirmed that Picross E will be hitting the European 3DS eShop on 6th September, with a price point of £4.50 / €5.00. The latest in a long line of picture crossword games which can trace its history all the way back to the Game Boy and Super Nintendo, Picross E apparently showcases...

  • News La Mulana European Release Also Confirmed for 20th September

    Rejoice, Europe!

    Yesterday we confirmed that La Mulana is arriving as a WiiWare download in North America on 20th September, after a long saga of release delays and publishing issues. When Nicalis withdrew earlier in the year, EnjoyUp Games stepped in to help Nigoro release the title outside of Japan, and we suggested that a European version was...

  • News Crazy Kangaroo Hopping To 3DS eShop Real Soon

    Struth, mate

    Gamelion has announced that its next title, Crazy Kangaroo, is expected to hit the 3DS eShop in the not-too-distant future. The publisher has confirmed that the game - which has previously met with glowing reviews on iOS and Android - has already passed QA at Nintendo America, and all that remains is for a release date to be confirmed...

  • News Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask To Hit Europe October 26th

    150 brand-new puzzles await

    Nintendo has confirmed that Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (also known as Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle) will hit European shores on the 26th October. The latest in the popular Layton series, Miracle Mask will showcase 150 new puzzles, as well as 365 additional puzzles to be distributed via the Nintendo...

  • News Brain Age: Concentration Training Puts North America to the Test on 3rd December

    Concentrate on the date

    The latest title in the Brain Age series — which we've been calling Demon Training — has now been available in Japan for a little over a month, but the popularity of the series has made localised versions in other regions an inevitability. North America now has details, with Nintendo of America confirming a release date...

  • News La Mulana Adventures Onto North American WiiWare on 20th September

    At long last

    La Mulana has had a torturous existence on the WiiWare service, arriving in Japan over a year ago but running into problems gaining approval in other regions. Earlier in the year publisher Nicalis pulled out of the project, seemingly due to issues between it and developer Nigoro when trying to resolve problems with DLC content and other...

  • News Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D Hits North American eShop This Week

    It's sport, apparently

    Teyon has today confirmed that Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D arrives in the North American eShop tomorrow, priced at $3.99. It's an arcade shooting game with the goal of bringing the "thrilling excitement of becoming a hunter" to 3DS through 35 missions, with over 30 guns and accessories thrown in for good measure. Of course,...

  • News New Professor Layton Title Confirmed for 3DS

    The Professor's final puzzle

    During today's Nintendo Direct in Japan, it was confirmed that a new Professor Layton title will arrive on 3DS, in Japan, some time in 2013. Its title is Professor Layton Choubunmei to A no Isan, which roughly translates to Professor Layton and the Remains of an Advanced Civilisation, though we expect a snappier title...

  • News Rookie Developer Shepherding Mass Effect 3 Onto Wii U

    Read it and reap

    Mass Effect 3 is possibly one of Wii U's biggest launch window titles, or alternatively the port falls way down the pecking order; it's all down to personal perspective. In any case, and much like Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition, the Wii U release won't be put together by the original team but handled by an external development...

  • News Toki Tori Flying Over To North American 3DS eShop This Week

    Feathered friend

    Developer Two Tribes has confirmed via its Twitter account that Game Boy Color puzzle platformer Toki Tori will be flapping its way to the 3DS Virtual Console this Thursday (30th August). The game, which was originally released back in 2001, is already available on the European 3DS Virtual Console. Check out our

  • News Prince of Persia Creator Is Bringing His Karateka Remake To Wii U

    Jordan Mechner's martial arts classic is coming to Nintendo's new console

    You may have heard of Jordan Mechner. He's the man behind a little game called Prince of Persia, one of the most successful and enduring video game franchises of all time. He also created a title called Karateka in 1984, an action game which involves plenty of martial arts...

  • News Crazy Hunter is Announced for DSiWare and is Suitably Bonkers

    It's a crocodile using goats to reach hens in the sky

    EnjoyUp Games has given us plenty of fun and inexpensive downloads on DSiWare, and has clearly decided to try a concept so wacky that the actual idea is fun on its own. We present to you Crazy Hunter, and crazy seems to be the right word. In summary you play as Dundee the Mad Crocodile, who...

  • News Nicalis Bringing The Fight to eShop With Yatagarasu

    Cue custom rock music

    Nicalis is one of the most well-known publishers on Nintendo's download services, and has already weighed in on the 3DS eShop with indie classic VVVVVV, which we voted as our favourite eShop game back in June. The developer and publisher is also well known by Nintendo download enthusiasts for producing three separate versions...

  • Video See The Brains Behind ZombiU in This Dev Diary

    Release due 'this Christmas'

    ZombiU is arguably one of the most intriguing Wii U launch titles announced so far, eschewing the bright and colourful approach of certain high-profile rivals and promising dark, frightening survival horror in a zombie-infested London. During E3 it also showed off some clever uses of the Wii U GamePad, by making it a key...

  • News Bookstore Dream In Final Chapter of DSiWare Approval

    eBook support not confirmed

    Bookstore Dream for DSiWare was confirmed earlier this year by CIRCLE Entertainment, a simulation game where you get to run your own book store from scratch and develop it into a successful business. The good news for literary-minded gamers who also want to make some sim-cash is that the title has now been approved in...

  • News SEGA Declares Wii U Graphical Capabilities to be "On Par" or Better Than PS3

    Steady on now

    Update: Following an update to the source article, we have amended the headline to absolutely clarify that sections of this article are referring to Wii U's graphical capabilities, specifically, based on comments made by SEGA Marketing Executive Ben Finch at Gamescom. Original Article The capabilities of Wii U, from the perspective...

  • News Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Brings Series Back to the Hardcore on Wii U

    "It's kind of the hardcore fan package of Ninja Gaiden 3"

    When Ninja Gaiden 3 arrived on the HD systems, it divided critics due to its attempts to shift the focus of the series towards a mainstream-friendly style, alienating long term fans in the process. Our Ninja Gaiden 3 review on Push Square matched the opinions of some other critics, arguing...

  • News Disney Epic Mickey 2's Characters Explained

    Cast out

    It's time for a new Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two trailer, and this time Warren Spector and company have characters on the mind. The video explains the reasoning behind some of the game's cast and their abilities. Good old Oswald the Lucky Rabbit has electrical powers which can be used in puzzles and to stun enemies into...

  • News New Spy Hunter Trailer Revs Up The Action

    Explosions, lots of explosions

    The original Spy Hunter game was released in 1983, a simply time when everything was 2D, pixel-based and no-one had enjoyed the pleasure of playing a Nintendo console. Back in May we heard of a reboot from Warner Bros. Interactive, and now we have a new Spy Hunter trailer from Gamescom to show off the action. It has...

  • News Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate Pushed to 2013

    A monstrous development

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate is one of the most intriguing third-party titles confirmed for 3DS, blending 2D and 3D perspectives and facing the challenge of living up to the previous trilogies on GBA and DS. We didn't think there'd be long to wait, with footage shown in the Nintendo 3DS E3 showcase...

  • News There's a Fluidity Sequel Coming to the 3DS eShop

    Go with the flow

    In case you missed it in yesterday's North American release schedule, or overlooked it in favour of squealing about Paper Mario: Sticker Star, there's a sequel to WiiWare game Fluidity on the way to the 3DS eShop. We don't know much aside the title, Fluidity: Spin Cycle, and a vague release date of the fourth quarter of 2012, but...

  • News Nintendo Confirms Its Holiday Hits in North America

    Paper Mario, art, freaky formees and a famous professor

    We've already brought you the disappointing news that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is pushed back to 2013 in North America, but we do have details on some games that most assuredly are confirmed for 2012. In fact, looking at the schedule suggests that Luigi may have been given a breather so that...

  • News Maxwell Goes a Bit Mario in Scribblenauts Unlimited

    Doesn't have to rescue Princess Peach, thankfully

    Scribblenauts Unlimited was one of the most charming reveals at E3 2012, with the good news being that it's coming to both Wii U and 3DS. As a follow-up to the DS titles that focus on the gamer's creativity to make the experience even more fun, we're already cooking up some bizarre scenarios to try...

  • News Inazuma Eleven Compilation Kicking Off on 3DS

    Europe may get it this decade

    For European fans of the Inazuma Eleven franchise it's been a slow process to get hold of the first two DS titles, especially considering the fact that Japan is already into a 3DS spin-off series; North American soccer fans have been completely deprived. If you're in Japan, however, there's almost too much crazy...

  • News Crazy Chicken: Pirates Flapping To NA eShop And DSiWare Next Week

    Birds of a feather

    Teyon has confirmed that point and shoot action title Crazy Chicken Pirates 3D will launch on the North American eShop next week — August 16th, to be exact. The game — which has sold 15 million copies on other formats — will also be available on DSiWare, minus whatever 3D effects the 3DS version possesses. Here's the...

  • News Abyss Trailer Emerges From The Depths

    EnjoyUp's next DSiWare epic gets the video treatment

    EnjoyUp Games has released a trailer for its forthcoming DSiWare title, Abyss. The game was announced back in June and involves exploring 3024 Earth for the elusive "Gaia" as the robot Nep2no. You can view the trailer below. It's all looking suitably atmospheric, with a unique art style. Expect...

  • News Picross E Listing Appears On Euro 3DS eShop

    Complete with a gameplay trailer

    The fact that Picross E is venturing outside of its native Japan isn't news — we reported on the Australian classification in July — but a listing for the game has now gone live on the European eShop, complete with a gameplay video. You can see for yourself by checking out the "Recent Videos" section of the...

  • News Toki Tori 2 Trailer Flutters Into View

    Wii U exclusive Tokidex confirmed

    We've known for a little while that Two Tribes is bringing Toki Tori 2 to Wii U as a download title, and the developer has today released a new trailer and news on one way the GamePad will be used. The trailer shows off some of the puzzles and the use of a stomp move, which can manipulate creatures as items as well...

  • News Konami Admits That Castlevania Mirror of Fate Isn't Metroidvania, But It's Going To Be Close

    Konami and MercuryStream aiming for plenty of exploration in 3DS instalment

    Konami producer Dave Cox has spoken to ONM about the forthcoming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate, and as usual, the term "Metroidvania" has once again reared its ugly head. Cox has stated several times that the new 3

  • News Goemon And Ebisumaru Heading To 3DS eShop In Mystical Ninja

    Game Boy classic confirmed for European release

    Konami's classic Mystical Ninja series is getting a new lease of life this month — in Europe, at least — thanks to the launch of the Game Boy version of the game on the 16th August. Originally released in Japan in 1997 under the title Ganbare Goemon: Kurofune Tō no Nazo (Go Goemon: Mystery of the...

  • News Fresh Animal Crossing 3DS Details Emerge

    Gardening store confirmed

    The latest issue of Famitsu magazine is packed with details relating to the forthcoming 3DS installment of Animal Crossing, including news that the game will showcase a gardening store, thrift outlet and raccoon housing project — the latter being run by everyone's favourite exploitative landowner, Tom Nook. You'll also...

  • News EA: Wii U Will Have The Best FIFA 13

    Nintendo version to offer enhancements over its console rivals

    EA producer Matt Prior has told Official Nintendo Magazine that the Wii U edition of FIFA 13 will boast the best visuals out of all of the console editions. Having previously stated that the Nintendo version would be visually superior to its PS3 and Xbox 360 counterparts, Prior elab

  • News Yes, Scribblenauts Unlimited 3DS Will Have StreetPass

    Used to peek at the objects created by other players

    The latest issue of Nintendo Power has something of a scoop relating to the 3DS version of Scribblenauts Unlimited — you'll be able to use the console's StreetPass capability to look at the objects created by your fellow players, thereby revealing how to overcome some of the game's trickier...

  • News Wii U Box Art Breaks Cover

    Possible final design spotted on Amazon

    It seems almost childish to get excited about box artwork in this age of digital downloads and on-demand gaming, but we're not going to let that stop us from squealing with delight at the supposed final designs posted up on the Canadian arm of Amazon. Listings for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III and

  • News Mysterious Trademark Appears for The Last Ranger

    Potential new Nintendo IP on the way?

    As many Nintendo critics will delight in telling you, the company rarely seems to indulge in the creation of new franchises these days. Bearing this in mind, the news that Nintendo Europe has trademarked The Last Ranger — a few months after Nintendo of Japan did the same — is quite exciting indeed...

  • News Shifting World Shuffles into Europe in September

    Black or white

    3DS platform puzzler Shifting World is getting a European release in September, courtesy of Rising Star Games. Set in a black and white world, you have to make your way through over 60 levels by switching between 2D and 3D to access different platforms and sink through floors to reach locked off areas. As well as the main adventure...

  • News The Sword of Hope II Strikes Europe Next Week

    Hopefully yours

    The Sword of Hope II will arrive on Europe's 3DS Virtual Console next week on 9th August. The Game Boy RPG, which came out on North America's eShop a couple of weeks ago, follows Prince Theo as he tries to retrieve the Sword of Hope, stop an evil spirit and clear his name of murder. All in a day's work. You'll be able to recruit...

  • News Go for Goal with These FIFA 13 Wii U Shots

    Golden boots

    FIFA 13 was confirmed for release on Wii U yesterday, and after a brief run out at EA's Summer Showcase here are the first screenshots. They show off several of the new functions, such as lifting the GamePad to take direct control of set pieces, on the fly stat checking and those all-important touch screen management options. Remember:...

  • News Wii U's Madden NFL 13 is Only Coming Out in North America

    Undrafted

    If you're a non-North American fan of American football, you might want to fling a coloured flag in EA's direction: the Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 is only being released in North America. Madden NFL 13 on Wii U was officially confirmed last night at EA's Summer Showcase, scheduled for release at the console's launch. However, it was...

  • News Nano Assault EX Blasting Onto 3DS eShop

    Based on the retail release

    Shin'en Multimedia, a development studio that's already shown plenty of enthusiasm for Nintendo platforms, has confirmed that Nano Assault EX is on the way to the 3DS eShop in both North America and Europe. It's less than a year since Nano Assault arrived as a retail title — though it wasn't released in Europe — and...

  • News New E.X. Troopers Promo Video Sets The Mood

    Release date and limited edition confirmed for Japan

    It's been getting teased for a number of months, but Capcom has finally confirmed a Japanese release date for upcoming 3DS Lost Planet spin-off E.X. Troopers: it'll hit stores on 22nd November and the standard version will cost ¥5,990 — just under £50 and a little over $75. Capcom has also...

  • News JAY Z Named As Executive Producer of NBA 2K13

    Oh, he's gonna run this game

    If you want to gain some street credibility for your new game, maybe the way to go is to hire a multi-million selling hip-hop star as executive producer: yep, that might do it. It's been confirmed that executive producer of upcoming Wii and Wii U title NBA 2K13 will be rap royalty JAY Z, who's had almost as many hits as...

  • News Catch Pokédex 3D Pro in North America on 8th November

    Update: New trailer and Black & White 2 features released

    Ahead of its October release, Nintendo has release more details about Pokémon Black and White 2, and also confirmed the release date of the accompanying 3DS eShop app, Pokédex 3D Pro. The new paid Pokédex arrives in North America on 8th November, promising detailed information on more than...

  • News FIFA 13 Confirmed for Wii U

    Extensive GamePad controls detailed

    As we wait for more big developers and franchises to commit to Wii U, we have one more that we can tick off the list today. FIFA 13 has been confirmed for Nintendo's upcoming console, with no solid release date but a variety of details being shared as part of the announcement in the Official Nintendo Magazine. To...

July2012

  • News Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical: Sing & Dance Confirmed for Wii

    Don't cry for Wii, Ninty gamers

    Before Wii shuffles off to the back room to be replaced by its more modern, flashy and powerful successor, it has a few more months as Nintendo's current generation home console. While the release schedule is looking rather bare, fans of singing and dancing on the console may have one final curtain call before the...

  • News Pre-Order Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, Get a Plush Yak

    Yakety yak

    It's time to welcome a new animal to your Harvest Moon plush farm. Having previously unleashed adorable dogs, chickens, alpacas and more on the world, Natsume has announced that the latest addition to the family will be a not-so-traditionally-cuddly yak. You'll be able to get your hands on the beast if you pre-order upcoming 3DS game...

  • News 3D Solitaire Hits North American eShop on 2nd August

    It's Solitaire, with 3D

    Occasionally a game title can be mysterious or confusing, but Zen Studios kept it simple with 3D Solitaire. It's a basic app for the popular card game with some pretty stereoscopic 3D backgrounds, and that's all it is; it couldn't be simpler. It did hit Europe at a budget price, and the good news for North America is that...

  • News SpeedX 3D Races Onto eShop on 9th August

    PAL regions only for now

    Gamelion Studios, the developer behind plenty of Nintendo download titles including the Carmen Sandiego series, has confirmed that SpeedX 3D will hit the 3DS eShop in PAL regions on 9th August. It's the developer's first title on the handheld and will come in at the budget price of £2.70/€3, though it doesn't yet have a...

  • First Impressions New Super Mario Bros. 2

    Master of coin

    New Super Mario Bros. 2 feels like any of the other games in the New sub-series. The look of it, the audio, the themes of the worlds – they're all safe, familiar comfort blankets that hit the same beats as the rest of the family. That is, until you encounter the central focus that Nintendo is betting its coin on: this time, Mario...

  • News Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Races to Over 20 Characters

    Number will vary per platform

    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed hits 3DS in Europe on 16th November — we expect the North American release to be similar — and promises to offer a different experience from Nintendo's own Mario Kart 7, with flying and underwater stages having their own vibe. When it come to kart-racing style titles,...

  • News Toki Tori Hatches on European eShop Next Week

    Is it cheep enough?

    Two Tribes' platform puzzler Toki Tori is chirruping its way into the European 3DS eShop next week. It was originally released on Game Boy Color in 2001; if you missed it back then, here's your chance to see what all the squawking was about. The concept is the same as the WiiWare version. You join the titular chick on a mission...

  • News Here's a Freakyforms Deluxe Launch Trailer

    I told you I was freaky

    If the mere idea of creating hilarious beasts doesn't entice you to try Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!, maybe this launch trailer will help. The expanded retail version of the 3DS eShop game is arriving alongside 3DS XL on 28th July in Europe. Just like the download-only original, you'll be able to play at Dr...

  • News Travel Across the Galaxies with Planet Crashers' New Trailer

    That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

    Developer Renegade Kid, of Mutant Mudds fame, has unleashed a brand new trailer to celebrate the release of its latest RPG adventure, due to hit both American and European Nintendo 3DS eShops this Thursday. In Planet Crashers, you must travel across the galaxies to stop an evil force from...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 was Once Called NSMB Gold

    Gold digger

    The latest edition of Iwata Asks is out now, and it focuses on 3DS's next goldmine: New Super Mario Bros. 2. This time Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata is joined by director Yusuke Amano, art director Masaaki Ishikawa and, arriving fashionably late, EAD general manager Takashi Tezuka. Apparently Mario's latest adventure is so...

  • News Go Behind the Scenes of Disney Epic Mickey 2's Story

    Power paintbrush

    Disney Interactive has given us a peek at the story writing process behind Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. But just a little one — you wouldn't want any surprises spoiled now, would you? Junction Point creative director Warren Spector and senior designer Brian Freyermuth speak of their excitement at Marv Wolfman joining...

  • News Get a Double Helping of Cooking Mama With New Combo Packs

    Well done

    Sometimes just one serving isn't enough. Majesco understands that, so it's pulled together a few Cooking Mama double-game packs for Wii and DS. They're currently only announced for North America. For starters there's a pair of DS appetisers. Mama’s Combo Pack Volume 1 is a stew of the original Cooking Mama and Camping Mama: Outdoor...

  • News Project X Zone Unveils Yet More New Characters

    Crossed over with a crossover

    When it comes to crossover titles, Project X Zone is pushing the boat out by merging three universes: SEGA, Capcom and Namco Bandai. One issue that won't affect this game is a shortage of characters, with plenty of them lined up already and more just announced. Famitsu has revealed (via Andriasang) that Tron and...

  • News Retail Download Cards in Japan Set For Small Discount

    And we mean small

    Last week we shared the news that Japanese gamers will be offered incentives for retail downloads, and that there'll be a Club Nintendo bonus in North America: this is against a context of the eShop downloads being full retail price. Purchases from the eShop aren't the only retail download option, of course, with download codes on...

  • News Genius Sonority's Denpa Ningen no RPG Heading to the West

    You know, the guys behind Pokémon Colosseum

    We at Nintendo Life absolutely loved Pokémon Colosseum. Who didn't? Which is precisely why we are so excited to hear that Colosseum developer Genius Sonority is bringing its latest 3DS eShop game over to the West. Back in January, we introduced you to the utterly absurd-looking Denpa Ningen no RPG...

  • News WayForward is Making a Hotel Transylvania Tie-In Game

    Such a lovely place

    To coincide with the upcoming release of Sony Pictures Animation's animated comedy Hotel Transylvania, GameMill Entertainment has announced a 3DS / DS game of the same name. Don't look so terrified — WayForward is on development duties. We're promised a wide variety of locations, puzzles and boss battles, but that's about all...

  • News Vigil: Darksiders II Uses Wii U GamePad in "Interesting Ways"

    But deathly silent for now

    We're all a bit in the dark about just what Darksiders II will be doing with Wii U GamePad. So far we only know that it'll be used for an easy access inventory — but according to the game's lead designer, there's more to come. Speaking to our sister site Push Square this weekend, Vigil Games' Haydn Dalton implied that...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 eShop Bonus Confirmed for North America

    Double the coins for digital

    Nintendo's efforts to tempt gamers into an eShop purchase of New Super Mario Bros. 2 instead of the boxed alternative is now kicking in outside of Japan. We've already reported on retail download incentives in Japan, but Nintendo of America is joining in with its own offer, and like Mario's new adventure it's all about...

  • News Level-5's Fantasy Life Living it up With Official Website

    What a life

    The official website for Level-5 / Brownie Brown RPG Fantasy Life has finally burst into existence. The website can be found here. It's all in Japanese, but if you pop over there you can at least see some new screens and artwork that show off the town and avatar system. Much of the information was also published in Japanese magazine...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Official Website Reveals Complex Plot

    Kidding, but 'world coin total' will use SpotPass

    As it's a Friday, and because we've just learnt about it through the wonders of the internet, we've checked out the official New Super Mario Bros. 2 website and discovered a couple of interesting details. First up, here's a summary of the complexities that the plot will offer in Mario's newest...

  • News Nintendo Offering Incentives for Retail Downloads in Japan

    Virtual goodies only

    Retail downloads on the 3DS eShop start, for most of us, with New Super Mario Bros. 2 in mid-August. For Japanese gamers, however, it all starts in just eight days, the same day as the arrival of 3DS XL and Five Minute Demon Training, the next Brain Training entry that's also known as Onitore. A common criticism of the download...

  • News Dot Runner Comes to the US eShop 26th July

    Eat up

    Get ready to devour some dots when Dot Runner: Complete Edition is released on the North American eShop next week. It's a follow-up, of sorts, to the rather excellent DSiWare title GO Series: Picdun; it's known as Dot Eater New Picdun in Japan. You've got to trample through 100 stages gobbling up all the orbs and destroying any enemies in...

  • News Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on Wii U to Have 'Nintendo Like' Features

    The E3 sizzle-reel didn't lie

    Sometimes we see reveals and footage at E3, allow ourselves to get intrigued and excited before an inevitable disappointment, weeks later, when we find out it was all a big tease. It happened to an extent at E3 2011, when a third-party Wii U sizzle reel showed off games that have since been withdrawn from the console;...

  • News First Kart Krashers DSiWare Trailer Skids In

    Krash out

    Big John Games' Kart Krashers is speeding onto DSiWare and the 3DS eShop later this summer. Unlike many kart racers it's a single player affair; your aim is to charge through 10 courses looking for stars and smashing up any obstacles in your way. Grab enough points and you might just earn some Golden Wheels. Check out the first trailer...

  • News NetherRealm Still Unsure About Injustice's Wii U Features

    Indecision

    NetherRealm's DC Universe fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us has already been confirmed for Wii U — but the team isn't yet sure what to do with the unique features of Wii U GamePad. Speaking to Polygon, creative director and Mortal Kombat master Ed Boon said that the game will share the same features across every platform, but also...

  • News New Mario Bros. 2 Footage Hops Over From Japan

    Giant Boo and boulders

    Japanese gamers are getting a double treat on 28th July, as they'll not only be able to pick up a shiny new 3DS XL but also a copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2. The rest of us need to wait until mid-August, but we can still cast our eyes over the latest trailers for the plumber's new adventure. Although some of this footage may...

  • News Check Out Kingdom Hearts 3D Worlds in the Latest Trailer

    A virtual Disney World

    Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance hits EU stores this week, and at the end of the month in North America, so Square Enix is duly winding up the hype-generator. How does it do that? With a flashy trailer showing off cool bits of the game, of course. This latest trailer, below, shares a number of environments and areas,...

  • News 8-Bit Summer Brings Myths and Monsters

    Plus tumbling and popping

    We've just got word of the latest titles in Nintendo of America's Virtual Console 8-Bit Summer promotion. We hope you like monsters. If you should log onto the 3DS eShop on Thursday you'll find Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, Pit's second ever outing. Are you up to the task of traversing the underworld, overworld and...

  • News Put Your Trivia Knowledge to the Test in Quiz Party

    Let's get quizzical

    Nintendo is encouraging Wii owners to party smartly with Quiz Party. It's out in the UK on 27th July and is hosted by none other than television quiz show legend Roy Walker of Catchphrase fame. Say what you see! Using just one Wii Remote, an unlimited number of competitors can take part and answer questions about history,...

  • News World of Goo Developers Returning With Little Inferno

    Wii U release may be console-exclusive

    When WiiWare was still relatively fresh and home to some excellent indie games, World of Goo was a high profile arrival that charmed with its intuitive physics puzzles, attractive visuals and quirky sense of humour. It seems that 2D Boy — developer of that title — is now Tomorrow Corporation, with Allan...

  • News Zombi U Trailer Takes in the London Sights

    Not quite the holiday season

    Last week's Comic Con expo had plenty of games coverage, and Ubisoft took the opportunity to show two new trailers for its launch window Wii U title, Zombi U. The footage gives more insight into the basic premise of being a survivor stranded in a zombie-infested London, scavenging for whatever resources can be found,...

  • News Adventure Time Collector's Edition is Full of Goodies

    Land of Ooohh?

    The snappily titled Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! is on the way this fall, and some retailers are listing the collector's edition on both DS and 3DS, knowing how tempted us gamers can get by extra bits 'n bobs. At the moment Amazon.com and

  • News Mass Effect 3 Extended Ending on Disc for Wii U

    If you don't like it, tough

    Mass Effect 3 will be one of the big-name HD ports to come to Wii U and it's easy to forget that, when it was originally released, fans of the series were exceptionally hyped and excited. As a finale to the epic trilogy, however, some didn't like the ending, making such a noise online that developer Bioware felt compelled...

  • News Rise of the Guardians Set to Protect the Holidays on Wii U

    Tying into Wii, 3DS and DS too

    Some things stay the same in every year's Holiday season: lots of money is spent on gifts and merriment, too much food is eaten, and a CG movie based around festive characters arrives in cinemas and theatres worldwide. One of these movies will be Rise of The Guardians from DreamWorks Animations, and we all know what...

  • News Mario Explores New Environments in Latest Trailer

    Or should we say, 'New'

    The hype train seems to have truly left the station in the case of New Super Mario Bros. 2, hitting 3DS in just under a month's time. Late last week we brought you the latest trailer featuring Gold Boo and more, and as it's Monday we thought a bit more Mario may make the start of the week feel a bit better. This shorter...

  • News Wreck-It Ralph is in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

    Sonic'll still win

    SEGA and Disney have collaborated to make Wreck-It Ralph's dreams come true: he's going to be a playable character in upcoming kart racer Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The character, who will star in Disney's computer animated movie Wreck-It Ralph, will rev up on the starting line alongside SEGA all-stars including...

  • News Touch Battle Tank 3D Rolls Out Next Month

    Tanks a lot

    North American tank enthusiasts, mark 9th August in your diaries — Touch Battle Tank 3D is on its way to the 3DS eShop. The arcade-style title has you taking control of your very own tank and blasting away any enemy forces that happen to be about. If you've ever played the Tanks! mini-game in Wii Play, you'll know roughly what to...

  • News Planet Crashers Smash Down on 26th July

    The power is yours

    Renegade Kid's adventure-RPG Planet Crashers will make impact on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on 26th July in North America. Are you ready to save the universe? An evil force has, for some reason or another, decided that it's nigh on time to destroy the sun. As a rookie of the Planet Crashers Academy, you've been inexplicably chosen to...

  • News Get Down With The Hip Hop Dance Experience

    Gettin' jiggy wit it

    You love dancing games, right? Good, because Ubisoft has announced a new one. The Hip Hop Dance Experience hopes to have you jumping around to some of the biggest names in hip hop when it comes out on Wii in November. Following in the two-steps of Michael Jackson: The Experience and The Black Eyed Peas Experience, it's being...

  • News New Tekken Trailer Tags In

    Team spirit

    Namco Bandai has released a new trailer for its upcoming Wii U fighter Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Featuring over 50 fighters, including punchy Panda, wooden man Mokujin and dozens of slightly less absurd characters, it boasts brawling a-plenty and a Snoop Dogg collaboration. At E3 we saw that Mario power-ups are in the Wii U version too...

  • News Limber Up for Decathlon 2012 on 26th July

    In time for the opening ceremony

    Cinemax is ready to wrap up its sporting summer with Decathlon 2012 in Europe and North America on 26th July, the day before the London 2012 Olympic Games' opening ceremony. The DSiWare download mimics the official decathlon events — that's 100 metres, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 metres, 110 metre hurdles,...

  • News FIFA 13 3DS Takes to the Streets

    Curb stomping

    Soccer fans, get ready to pile up those jumpers for goalposts. An ESRB listing has revealed that FIFA 12 3DS's Streets mode will return in the portable version of FIFA 13. It's likely to take inspiration from off-shoot series FIFA Street, which focuses on five-a-side matches and fancy footwork. EA got in touch with

  • News Disney Epic Mickey 2 Trailer Sets the Scene

    Comic-Con appearance also confirmed

    It seems to be a week of news about Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Two, due to arrive on Wii this November. Yesterday Warren Spector said he was proud that Epic Mickey 'polarised people'; he'll no doubt share his thoughts on the original, sequel and 3DS spin-off Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion when he...

  • News Angry Birds Trilogy to Cost $29.99

    Plucky dip

    The recently announced Angry Birds Trilogy will retail at $29.99 in the U.S., Activision has announced. The compilation of digital releases Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons will have exclusive 3DS features like StreetPass and stereoscopic 3D. It'll also have extra content over and above its iOS origins, but Activision...

  • News The Last Story Hits North America on 14th August

    Operation Rainfall yet to claim release date responsibility

    We've known for a good while that The Last Story will arrive in North America this summer, and publisher XSeed has finally confirmed the details to IGN. The date for your diaries is 14th August, and there are a number of goodies awaiting eager buyers. It's been confirmed that all...

  • News 8-Bit Summer Flips Out With Kirby Pinball Tomorrow

    There's also a sword of hope

    Nintendo of America normally releases details of eShop downloads on the morning of the update, but our source has given us a heads-up on the Virtual Console '8-bit summer' titles that you can look forward to this week. As you've no doubt guessed, the headline Game Boy title is Kirby's Pinball Land, which sees the...

  • News Warren Spector Proud That Epic Mickey 'Polarised People'

    Key improvements made to Epic Mickey 2

    The upcoming release of Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two may be coming at the end of the Wii's lifespan, but is probably worth more focus than it's currently attracting. It's worth consideration simply because the original Disney Epic Mickey on Wii was praised for its many positive features, but suffered...

  • News White Raccoon Mario to The Rescue in New Super Mario Bros. 2

    No platformer left behind

    Super Mario 3D Land may not have tested series veterans in its early worlds, but by the time we got to the later levels — the real later levels — various members of the Nintendo Life team were faced with the temptation of White Raccoon Suit Mario. Dying five times in the same area made this power up appear, and Mario...

  • News Escape! Zombie City Set to Infest Japanese eShop

    The latest from Tom Create

    Tom Create is a Japanese developer that may be familiar to gamers who enjoy a lot of download titles from the GO series. The studio has produced DSiWare titles such as GO Series: Earth Saver and GO Series: Tower of Deus, with many being thoroughly decent downloads at a budget price. It now seems that the developer is...

  • News Angry Birds Trilogy Takes Aim at 3DS

    Golden eggs

    Rovio has finally announced Angry Birds Trilogy for 3DS, on the way in 2012. The retail release combines the first three Angry Birds games — Angry Birds, Rio and Seasons — on one cartridge with new StreetPass features. Sadly the gravity-based Angry Birds Space doesn't feature, but three games in one isn't too bad. We haven't got...

  • News Enter the Pokémon World Tournament in Black & White 2

    Pokémon Black & White 2 comes with a few new features to boost it over its predecessor, with Nintendo recently talking more about the Pokémon World Tournament mode. Here you'll be able to take on gym leaders and champions from past games — Lance and Volkner both return — while using moves and battle tactics from Black and White 2. If...

  • News Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Keeping it Simple on Wii U GamePad

    Second screen can be 'distracting'

    We've already read and heard much about the Wii U GamePad, with its screen and various control methods set to be explored and tested by developers. While these features are likely to be prominent in a number of launch window titles, it seems that one in particular will be keeping it simple. Tekken Tag Tournament 2...

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