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July2012

  • 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...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Pre-Order Bonus is Golden

    Not real gold, though

    It's a big Mario release, so it's time for retailers to coax us to their stores with some 'collectibles' that, in all likelihood, will be lost behind the furniture within days. Still, extras are always nice, and lucky UK gamers will have the chance to get hold of a gold coin cartridge case — not actually made of gold,...

  • News Monster Hunter 4 Director Says It's All About 'Adventure'

    As opposed to 'grinding', perhaps?

    Plenty of gamers, including various members of the Nintendo Life team, thoroughly enjoyed Monster Hunter Tri, not least because it was a terrific Wii title that had the impressive scale and online functionality often reserved for its HD rivals. There was a nagging feeling amongst some, however, that the story in...

  • News 99Seconds Dodging Its Way to Europe on 12th July

    A bit more than 99 seconds to wait

    99Seconds is a budget DSiWare game that is ideally suited to short, compulsive gaming sessions on the go, or is the equivalent of a coin guzzler at a local arcade. As our 99Seconds review said, 'had 99seconds an arcade cabinet yelling for our attention, we would stroll right on up to it and put in the equivalent of...

  • News Super Smash Bros. Needs A 'Change of Direction'

    Not just about adding new characters

    Nintendo gamers with a fondness for the Super Smash Bros. series can now rest easy as night. Masahiro Sakurai, alongside Namco Bandai, is on the case and directing his full attention to the game. Considering the fact that development hadn't even started when the next entry was announced for Wii U and 3DS, we...

  • Feature Wario is Missing?

    Mario returns with an uncharacteristic greed

    When Nintendo announced New Super Mario Bros. 2, reactions were certainly mixed. Many greeted the news with immediate excitement and anticipation, whereas others were less enthusiastic about what they felt to be underwhelming news of a predictable sequel. Whichever side of the argument you fall on,...

  • News E.X. Troopers May Feature Co-op Multiplayer on 3DS

    New trailer has explosions and mechs

    E.X. Troopers is a spin-off from the Lost Planet series that's coming to 3DS and PS3, an unlikely combination. We first became aware of it in May when it was announced for Japan, but much like Project X Zone it's still not confirmed for worldwide release. During the weekend, as part of its Summer Jam event,...

  • News The Lost Town Finds Its New Trailer

    Shooting and scavenging

    The Lost Town - The Dust was an action/adventure title with RPG elements that was set in 2037, requiring you to guide the mysterious Chilia from an overhead view while exploring, shooting monsters and protecting innocents. The sequel — or perhaps prequel — is called The Lost Town - The Jungle and looks like a continuation...

  • News Petit Computer Lets You Make Games on Your DSi and 3DS

    Coming soon

    Gamebridge has announced it's bringing DSiWare game creation software Petit Computer to North America this summer. The package serves as an introduction to the BASIC programming language that's powered games for decades. If you're not artistically inclined you can use the 512 pre-packed sprites and 256 backgrounds, or using the DSi's...

June2012

  • News Reef Calls In Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D this September

    Use the hose

    While the soggy British summer continues, 3DS owners in Europe will get the chance to experience some real heat in September as Reef announces Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D. The first-person action game gives you all a fireman's tools — hose, axe, saw and more — to rescue survivors and extinguish fires. Reef promises the game's...

  • News Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D Is A Space Recipe For Disaster

    No really, that's its name

    We told you earlier that CIRCLE Entertainment is publishing Tanukii Studios' upcoming eShop game Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D, and now we've got the first details straight from developer Tanukii Studios. Officially titled Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D - Space Recipe for Disaster (an even better subtitle than its predecessor's "Harmonious...

  • News Takuya Matsumoto: 'Nintendo Influence Was Big' on The Last Story

    The Mario Club has tough taskmasters

    Takuya Matsumoto has worked on some high quality SEGA titles in the past, such as NiGHTS and Sonic Adventure on Dreamcast, and was the development lead on The Last Story, the excellent Wii RPG that finally arrives in North America on 10th July. In an interview with Gamasutra, Matsumoto discussed the development...

  • News Project X Zone Hits Japan on 11th October

    Now, about that worldwide release...

    Project X Zone, the RPG mash-up featuring well-known characters from Capcom, SEGA and Namco Bandai franchises, has been generating a lot of hype in Japan. Teasing details about battle mechanics, featured characters and even the in-game music have been coming thick and fast, with the most important reveal so far...

  • News CIRCLE Bringing Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D to eShop

    Cat scratch fever

    CIRCLE Entertainment's prolific output continues with no fewer than 21 titles on the way to the 3DS eShop and DSi Shop in the coming months. One of the most interesting titles is Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D: Space Recipe for Disaster by Tanukii Studios, a follow-up to DSiWare stand-out Go! Go! Kokopolo. We've approached Tanukii for more...

  • News Pokémon Conquest Reaches Europe on 27th July

    To arms!

    Monster mash Pokémon Conquest is already available in Japan, North America and Australia, but European fans can get in on the tactical action in a month when the game hits on 27th July. The combination of Pokémon and Nobunaga's Ambition favours a more strategic flavour of battle, teaming up monsters with Japanese warlords to unite the...

  • News Prepare for the Abyss on DSiWare

    Don't forget a light

    EnjoyUp Games has released a lot of download titles, particularly on DSiWare, with Gaia's Moon standing out as an excellent release at 200 Nintendo Points. That word Gaia has appeared once again, this time as a collectible in upcoming DSiWare release Abyss. The purpose of Abyss is to navigate a robot called Nep2no in the depths...

  • News Rhythm Thief Producer Aims to Revive Music Games

    Hopes to immerse gamers in the story

    We rather liked Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure here at Nintendo Life, which has made the apparently underwhelming sales in Europe a particular disappointment. The title is set for release in North America on 10th July, however, and producer Shun Nakamura — who worked on Samba De Amigo on Dreamcast...

  • News Escape the Swarm on DSiWare This Week

    Viral survival

    Teyon's maintaining its formidable DSiWare output ratio with Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival out in North America this week. The 200 Point download asks you to form the longest DNA chain you can while dodging harmful viruses in Normal mode, or offers a Baby mode where you simply cart the DNA pieces to safety. WiiWare veterans may...

  • News Wreck-It Ralph Confirmed for Wii, 3DS and DS

    Not a surprise

    A little while ago we reported that Bowser would appear in Wreck-It Ralph, an upcoming Disney animated film. It's now been confirmed that Disney Interactive and Activision will collaborate on the game to accompany the movie: it'll be released on Wii, with separate versions for 3DS and DS. The game will be a side-scroller where you...

  • News Kingdom Hearts 3D Trailer Goes With The Flow

    Flashy production values included

    Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is happily aboard the hype train ahead of its EU release on 20th July and North American arrival on 31st July. Alongside mentions on Nintendo Direct and the news that Nintendo will manage distribution in PAL regions, Square Enix has released a demo in Europe and started to...

  • News Dragon Quest X Japanese Bundle Shown Off

    Rest of the world looks on enviously

    Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies was an impressive RPG achievement on DS which was heavily marketed by Nintendo and Square Enix worldwide, with a concerted effort to make the franchise recognisable to a new generation of gamers. The sequel, Dragon Quest X, isn't far away from release in Japan and...

  • News Major Retailers List 3DS XL at £179.99

    Updated prices - GameStop undercuts rivals

    Updated article This morning GameStop.co.uk has entered into the price-war by undercutting its rivals, below. GameStop.co.uk — £169.97 Original article After Friday's announcement of 3DS XL, European gamers faced the standard wait to see how the device would be priced by major retailers. The...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Trailer is Informative

    Gold standard

    After years of competing, it looks like Mario's finally realised that Sonic's better. As New Super Mario Bros. 2 is all about the coins, one of Mario's new ways to earn gold is turning enemies into coins. How does he do this? By grabbing a gold ring, of course. A sneaky hat-tip to Mario's great rival or an out-and-out admission that...

  • News Pokémon Typing Adventure Announced for DS

    Gotta type 'em all?

    Satoru Shibata's European Nintendo Direct broadcast had a few moments of charm and Nintendo quirkiness, none more so than the announcement of Pokémon Typing Adventure for DS, which arrives in September. It's Pokémon played by typing, just what we all expected. It will come bundled with a rather sleek wireless keyboard —...

  • News Inazuma Eleven Strikers Scores in Europe

    Arrives 28th September

    European fans of the Inazuma Eleven franchise have so far had to be patient when waiting for localisation, with a number of releases yet to make it outside of Japan. The good news is that Inazuma Eleven Strikers is on the way to European Wii owners on 28th September, though we did think it was a possibility after spotting a...

  • News Ten Games Discounted in European eShop Sale

    Demos and free apps, too

    During this morning's Nintendo Direct broadcast in Europe it was announced that there would be a sale promotion on the platform, to celebrate its one year anniversary. Ten titles will be available at 20% off, with half being reduced this week and the others next week: details are below. 22/06/2012 — 14:59 CET 28/06/2012...

  • News Freakyforms Deluxe Announced for Europe

    Arrives 28th July

    Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! was one of Nintendo's earliest releases on the 3DS eShop, and during today's European Nintendo Direct broadcast Satoru Shibata confirmed that a full retail title in the series, Freakyforms Deluxe, will arrive on 28th July: the same day that the 3DS XL/LL hits. The retail title will offer a lot...

  • News 3DS Virtual Console Gets Big Push in North America

    Two new games every week

    If you live in North America and you're fed up of getting the brown end of the 3DS Virtual Console stick, there's very good news on the way. From 5th July to 1st August, Nintendo will release two 3DS Virtual Console games in the eShop every week. That covers four Nintendo Downloads — 1st August is a Wednesday — so...

  • News Animal Crossing 3DS and Fire Emblem Hit Europe in 2013

    Lazy days

    Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata just confirmed two much-anticipated Nintendo 3DS titles, Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem: Awakening, will not reach 3DS until next year. Nintendo had previously announced Fire Emblem for 2012, but Shibata said Nintendo wants to work hard on developing the best games possible. Animal Crossing and...

  • News Bomb Monkey Blows Up Real Big Next Week

    North American date confirmed

    Just as today European 3DS owners get to sample Mutant Mudds, next week North American eShop fans can try out Renegade Kid's next title, Bomb Monkey. Renegade Kid's just told us the eShop puzzler will reach North America next week for $4.99. We went hands-on with the game during E3, so make sure you read our Bomb...

  • News Looks Like La-Mulana Will Reach Europe After All

    PEGI power

    Update: PEGI has since removed the rating. Long suffering La-Mulana fans: there is light at the end of the tunnel. The European ratings board PEGI has taken another look at the WiiWare adventure, rating it a 12. The game was rated once before back in 2010 with the same rating, but there's one important difference: the publisher. At the...

  • News Nintendo and Square Enix Sign Kingdom Hearts Deal

    Sales ahoy

    Nintendo's signed an arrangement with Square Enix that means the Big N will handle sales, marketing and distribution for Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. KH3D:DDD is released in PAL territories on 20th July, 11 days before North American players can sample its Disney delights. Nintendo has...

  • News Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns European Release Date

    Start farming on 29th June

    A while back we reported that Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns 3D was on its way to PAL regions, which seemed more than likely considering the support that Rising Star Games had shown for localising the franchise in previous years. This well-known secret has now been confirmed through a press release, for Europe anyway,...

  • News LEGO Batman 2 Launch Trailer is Super

    A true blockbuster

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes arrives today on Wii and 3DS in North America, with Europe only having to wait until the end of this week. The LEGO titles are prolific and consistently similar, but clearly have something going for them with the sheer range of franchises and sequels released. As the name suggests, this is the...

  • News Castlevania: Mirror of Fate "Definitely Not Metroidvania"

    Back and forth

    The first part of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate's subtitle should be enough to tip you off that this is very much part of the series' modern lineage, linking as it does to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on PS3. Series supremo Dave Cox has told Siliconera while there's plenty of ex

  • News New Super Mario Bros. U is 'Accessible and Intuitive'

    Keeps the 'building blocks' of the series

    The extended unveiling of New Super Mario Bros. U at E3 this year prompted a number of reactions from viewers. In our office there were comments that it looked exceptionally pretty, graphics-wise, but also that it looked extremely similar to its 'New' series predecessors on DS and Wii. Whether that's...

  • News Bomb Monkey Gets Explosive New Site

    North American release may be this month

    Renegade Kid has already brought us the highly-rated Mutant Mudds on the 3DS eShop recently, with European gamers finally getting the chance to download it this week. A little while ago the developer announced a new title hot-on-the-heels of its retro platformer, with puzzler Bomb Monkey bringing an entirely...

  • News Mercury Steam Talks Up 3DS for Castlevania: Mirror of Fate

    Would like to work on Contra

    One of the third-party titles that caught the eye ahead of and during E3 was Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate on 3DS, with a trailer boasting impressive graphics and the prospect of 2.5D monster-whipping action. The developer, Mercury Steam, has already suggested that it'll combine a focus of action with...

  • News Project X Zone Rocking Over 45 Music Tracks

    Suggestion of 90 characters, too

    Project X Zone, the intriguing RPG-strategy title that features a crossover of characters from Capcom, SEGA and Namco Bandai, appears to be getting plenty of hype ahead of its release in Japan this year. Information is slowly being revealed through the title's blog page, and the lovely people over at Andriasang have...

  • News Pinball Arcade: The Twilight Zone Hits Kickstarter Target

    Flipping for an extra Star Trek table

    A few weeks ago we learned that Pinball Arcade is on the way to 3DS and Wii U, and also that developer FarSight Studios had launched a Kickstarter funding page to gain the license, at a cost of $55,000, to digitize the highly-regarded table for The Twilight Zone. The positive news is that the target has been...

  • News Just Dance Greatest Hits Gets on the Dance Floor

    If you just can't get enough

    Just Dance is a franchise that has become unstoppable, swallowing up the Wii charts for weeks at a time and being responsible for adverts of attractive, rhythmic people jigging around with a Wii Remote in their hand. We've had three titles so far and know that Just Dance 4 is on the way, so it's not going anywhere. Back...

  • News Gaijin Games: Wii U is a 'New Canvas to Paint On'

    Running with its ideas

    Gaijin Games is a well-known supporter of Nintendo systems and services, bringing its six game Bit.Trip series to WiiWare and then as retail compilations on Wii and 3DS. There was a dark time, however, when it looked like Bit.Trip Runner spin-off Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien wouldn't arrive on a Nintendo system...

  • News Balloon Pop Remix Rated for 3DS

    Extra 3D popping included?

    Nintendo's download platforms haven't been lacking for match-3 puzzle titles, and Balloon Pop Festival from UFO Interactive was one of quite a few on WiiWare. That said, it was a thoroughly decent, colourful title that earned a respectable 7/10 in our Balloon Pop Festival review, though it seems that it was only released...

  • News Ubisoft 'Not Really Saying' That Rayman Legends is Wii U Exclusive

    Could have fooled us

    While EA was the major partner of Nintendo at E3 2011, Ubisoft undoubtedly assumed that role this year, showing off its Wii U content in its own press conference before appearing on stage with Reggie Fils-Aime the following day. One title that looked attractive and made good use of the Wii U's GamePad and graphical capabilities,...

  • News Pikmin 3 Will Not Include Online Multiplayer

    Local co-op is included

    It shows how eagerly anticipated Pikmin 3 has been that Nintendo wasted no time opening its show with the title at E3: the regular teases over a number of years meant that it was always going to be a high profile reveal. More details on the Wii U title are starting to emerge, and one negative is that the multiplayer component...

  • News Black Ops 2 Coming to Wii U

    Scan of Nintendo Gamer says so

    E3 came and went without much talk of Activision's contribution to Wii U, and with no news of the inevitable blockbuster, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Of course the Los Angeles event doesn't cover everything, and it looks like the yearly shooting-fest will indeed make its way onto Nintendo's new system. News has spread...

  • News Project Happiness to Put a Smile on 3DS Owners' Faces

    Open the TOYBOX

    That Project Happiness trailer we showed you last week certainly looked cute, but we didn't know if it would definitely come to Nintendo platforms. And now we know it will, we have an excuse to show it again. Publisher Rising Star Games confirmed the game will reach Nintendo 3DS and mobile platforms. Project Happiness is the new...

  • News Ghost Recon Online Still Planning Wii U Assault

    PC first, then Wii U

    Last year Ubisoft announced Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online for Wii U, but with no mention of it at this year's E3 we wondered if it had slipped off the publisher's plate. Ubi's senior vice president of sales and marketing, Tony Key, has put such speculation to bed by saying a Wii U version is still planned. Key told IGN the...

  • News Shantae eShop Release Gets Closer

    WayForward waiting for ESRB rating

    Shantae: Risky's Revenge is one of the best-rated DSiWare releases, but it may not be well-known to all that it was actually a sequel to Shantae on Game Boy Color, which was developed by WayForward Technologies and published by Capcom. Now that we have the 3DS Virtual Console, fans of the original naturally wonder...

  • News Tomb Raider Not Coming to Wii U

    Game Informer issues correction

    Earlier this week we reported on a Tomb Raider Wii U listing in Game Informer magazine, which was contrary to comments from the developer that it wasn't working on a port for Nintendo's new system. We highlighted the possibilities that the developer had changed its mind or that Game Informer had made an honest...

  • News Reggie: Wii U Launch Window is Four Months Long

    Talks up first-party

    How long is a piece of string? And how long is a console launch window? Nintendo says it'll publish several games in the Wii U launch window, but how big a span of time is that? Leave it to Reggie Fils-Aime to explain. Fils-Aime told IGN Nintendo sees the launch window as spanning a fairly lengthy period: It's launch plus the...

  • News Heroes of Ruin Demo Available This Week

    In Europe, at least

    While the summer may traditionally be a quiet period for new releases, 3DS has some promising titles on the way. One of these, Heroes of Ruin, arrives in Europe on 15th June, while it's hitting North America a bit later on 17th July. According to Eurogamer.net, this week's download update in Europe will include a Heroes of Ruin...

  • Poll Which Nintendo E3 Wii U Game Got You Excited?

    The results are in

    Yesterday, during the madness of the Nintendo press conference, we asked our Facebook followers which Wii U game they were most excited about. We had around 300 votes, and below are the results. Pikmin 3 — 112 New Super Mario Bros. U — 66 Zombi U — 57

  • E3 2012 Every 3DS Game Announced So Far

    Plus three Pokémon DS games

    We're yet to have a genuine 3DS fix at this year's E3, with the handheld only having the briefest of mentions in the main press conference. It does have its own showcase lined up, but until that arrives we have full list of confirmed titles for you. Check them out below. 3DS:

  • E3 2012 3DS Downloads on the Way

    Plenty for all tastes

    Nintendo has unveiled a list of upcoming download titles on the 3DS eShop with some release periods for us to take in. There aren't any specific dates, but we at least have an idea of when we can expect the titles to arrive. These are all North American details, but we'll optimistically hope that PAL region releases won't be...

  • E3 2012 Every Wii U Game Announced So Far

    They're all here

    Nintendo promised a "massive lineup" of Wii U first and third-party games, and sent over a list of titles in the works for the system. Reggie Fils-Aime said there are seven more first-party titles in development — hopefully we'll hear more about them soon. Retail: eShop:

  • E3 2012 Download Titles Confirmed for Wii U

    A good start for Wii U eShop?

    They weren't mentioned in the press conference, but a group of download games have been formally confirmed for Holiday launches on Wii U, though it's unclear whether any will be available at launch. We've already covered Trine 2: Director's Cut and Chasing Aurora, so now we'll show you the rest. Runner2: Future Legend...

  • E3 2012 Trine 2 On the Way to Wii U

    Coming to the eShop

    As you'd expect in a press conference limited to little over an hour, not all upcoming titles were shown off in the main event. One of these was Trine 2: Director's Cut, which sounds like an extended edition of the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade version of the title. It wasn't clear from the very brief appearance in an...

  • E3 2012 Nintendo Land to Show Off the GamePad

    A theme park of well-known attractions

    Nintendo Land will arrive on Wii U, which will primarily aim to make use of the GamePad for innovative gameplay through a compilation of themed mini-game experiences. It'll feature game areas based on three big franchises: Zelda Battle Quest, Animal Crossing Sweet Day and Luigi's Mansion Ghost Mansion. It'll...

  • E3 2012 Paper Mario Sticker Star Out This Holiday Season

    Flat and 3D at once

    Paper Mario Sticker Star, after a long period of silence, has been confirmed for a Holiday release on 3DS. As the title suggests, there'll be plenty of sticker collecting involved, which will then be used as items and attacks. It's also confirmed that it'll be available as both physical and digital downloads, which is as we...

  • News ZombiU Is Really a Blast from the Past

    Did you know Zombi was Ubisoft's first game?

    ZombiU was one of the major Wii U announcements yesterday as part of Ubisoft's press conference, with a CG-filled trailer that showed plenty of zombie chaos. Our interesting fact of the day is that Ubisoft's first ever game release was called Zombi, which was an icon-driven adventure game released in...

  • News Mole Mania Digging Its Way to 3DS Virtual Console

    Another outing

    The 3DS Virtual Console already has a good amount of great Nintendo games, but there's plenty more where that came from, as the Australia's ratings board has rated yet another classic Game Boy game which should be making its way to the service soon Mole Mania is an often forgotten Shigeru Miyamoto game, in which you play as Muddy the...

  • E3 2012 Castlevania: Mirror of Fate Gameplay Whips Into Action

    The Belmont clan are back

    The Belmont clan is synonymous with the Castlevania franchise, with descendants often picking up the mantle of defeating Dracula and saving the world. In Nintendo handheld entries you haven't always necessarily been in charge of an iconic Belmont vampire-slayer, something that the upcoming 3DS title Castlevania: Lords of...

  • News Mutant Mudds Closer to European Release

    21st June is a possibility

    The eShop release schedule can be unpredictable. Sometimes North America and Europe get titles on the same day, sometimes there's a brief delay in one region, while on other occasions one side is left waiting for far too long. For European 3DS gamers, Mutant Mudds definitely falls into that last category. It arrived in...

  • News NightSky Rated for North America

    On its way at long last

    NightSky has had a long, drawn out history in the eyes of many eager Nintendo gamers. The attractive action-physics puzzler was in the works for WiiWare way back in 2009, but then the updates went silent and we heard very little about it, the Wii release drifting away. The good news is that the 3DS eShop appears to be going...

  • News Sakaguchi - 'Certain Ideas' Missed in The Last Story Due to SD Resolution

    Arrives in North America on 10th July

    The Last Story has been available in Europe for a while now, and received warm critical praise. It was the first game directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi — the creator of the Final Fantasy series — in quite some time, and it was a title with impressive scope and attractive visuals that made the most of Wii. The...

  • News Shinobi Joins Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed

    New tracks too

    Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed for 3DS — and, in all likelihood, Wii U — isn't just about boats, cars and planes. It's about ninjas and air pirates and axe-wielding dwarves, too. SEGA's just confirmed that Shinobi legend Joe Musashi will be a playable character, following-up his appearance as a bonus character in last...

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  • News Spy Hunter Set to Burn Rubber on 3DS

    Start your engines

    Warner Bros. is set to have another go at refuelling its Spy Hunter franchise with the smartly named Spy Hunter for 3DS later this year. It ticks all the right boxes so far — you play the "Agent" and must use a car and weapons to overthrow a terrorist organisation — but of course we all want to know how it'll use the 3DS...

  • News Go To Mensa Academy to Train Your Brain

    On its way to PAL regions

    The Brain Training series has been big business for Nintendo, and has therefore seen rival titles emerge to compete for our brain time. The latest to enter the fray is Square Enix — collaborating with IQ specialists Mensa — to try and help us make the most of our grey matter. Mensa Academy is set to arrive in Europe...

  • News Nintendo Shares More on Pokémon Conquest

    Gotta get a perfect link

    Pokémon Conquest is set to hit North American stores on 18th June, rebranding Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition for those of us that don't fully appreciate the cross-over. As a spin-off developed by TECMO KOEI GAMES it's not enjoying the same attention as Pokémon Black and White 2, for example, but it may have enough to...

  • News Rayman Arrives on North American eShop This Week

    Not just in Europe

    We normally find out about the North American download offerings on Thursday each week, but we've been advised ahead of time that Rayman will be hitting the 3DS Virtual Console stateside. Europe gets the Game Boy Color title this week too, so gamers on both sides of the Atlantic will have the chance to warm up ahead of the...

  • News New Castlevania Title Confirmed for 3DS

    Nintendo Power with big reveal

    Last week we shared a rumour that a new Castlevania title was in development for 3DS: it seems that the rumour was true, as it's now been revealed in Nintendo Power. It's to be called Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate, which isn't the snappiest game title that we've heard. Details from the magazine,...

  • News Natsume Stops Teasing, Reveals Harvest Moon: A New Beginning

    So we can all stop guessing

    You can stop scratching your head now: Natsume's finally announced that Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is coming to North America. After nine teasers that had fans guessing everything from Lufia to Medabots, Natsume confirmed the new name for Japanese hit Bokujou Monogatari: Haijmari no Daichi (roughly "First...

  • News Doubts About Monster Hunter 3 G Worldwide Release

    We're still hoping

    Monster Hunter 3 G has been, as expected, a success since its Japanese release in late 2011, surpassing 1.5 million sales. We've been waiting for news of a confirmed worldwide release, but have only had rumours and speculation in place of formal announcements. Some on the ground in Japan seem to doubt that the release will come at..

  • News Metro: Last Light Trailer Keeps it Real

    Live-action short film sets the tone

    Metro: Last Light was one of a variety of third-party titles unveiled at E3 2011 as a game in development for Wii U. It's not due to arrive, on Xbox 360 and PS3 at least, until early next year, but like with a lot of potential Wii U games details of a release period on Nintendo's system are a mystery. THQ has now...

  • News Rayman Hits 3DS VC in Europe Next Week

    Gear up for Origins

    With a Rayman Origins demo last week and Rayman on 3DS Virtual Console next week — not to mention a proper look at Rayman Legends for Wii U the week after — Ubisoft's hero is working harder than he has done in years. Rayman's Game Boy Color adventure lands in Europe next Thursday for £4.50, and is only the second VC title...

  • News Gearbox: "Wii U is a Powerful, Powerful Machine"

    Top gear

    Gearbox Software, the team behind Aliens: Colonial Marines on Wii U, has been a vocal supporter of the machine so far. Comments from chief creative officer Brian Martell sit at the top of our Wii U power thermometer and Randy Pitchford said the Wii U's A:CM will be the best-looking version. Now we can add senior producer Brian Burleson's...

  • News Support Redux: Dark Matters Kickstarter and it Could Come to 3DS

    Dreamcast version could bankroll a Nintendo release

    Kickstarter campaigns are certainly in fashion right now, with everyone and their auntie turning up cap in hand to plead for your support and cash. However, while we're not massively keen on seeing developers we respect begging for financial aid, there are more than a few campaigns out there that...

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