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December2012

  • News YouTube Workaround Now Needed For Wii U Web Browser

    It works, but is a fiddle

    Many opinions on the Wii U's dedicated YouTube app agree on one thing — it's not the best. With slow load times and in some cases a bad habit of crashing, it seems ripe for some updates and improvements in the future. Many discovered that, courtesy of the system's speedy Web Browser, it was actually quicker and a far more...

  • News 18-Rated Content on Wii U eShop Only Accessible for Four Hours a Day

    Yes, really

    Earlier this week we received messages from readers that couldn't download ZombiU or Assassin's Creed III from the Wii U eShop. We tested this and received the same error message, which made it seem as if there were botched parental controls on the platform. You cannot view this content. The times during which this content can be...

November2012

  • News Want To Know What It's Like To Drop Your Wii U GamePad?

    Drop it like it's hot

    Those crazy guys over at GizmoSlip are known for their drop tests, testing the durability of expensive new gadgets by dropping them from a maximum height of 6 feet onto a concrete surface with no other aim but to see if it smashes into a million pieces or not. The Wii U GamePad was next on their 'to break' list, plunging it to...

  • Rumour Wii Mini Console Outed By Retailer Release Schedule

    Flying pigs also sighted

    We like a good rumour here at Nintendo Life, but the latest delicious morsel to grace the internet is crazy enough that it might be true. This one's definitely a case of "only Nintendo", we give you... Wii Mini. While "mini" devices are quite the craze right now courtesy of a certain fruit-named tablet device, the concept...

  • News Wii U System Update Can Be Downloaded in the Background

    Play while you wait

    If one complaint drowned out all others among excited Wii U owners on launch day, it was the waiting time to install the system update. Depending on your internet speed and the performance of the Nintendo servers, the download typically seemed to take anything between 45 minutes and three hours, and then you'd have another 10-15...

  • News Microwave 'Artist' Returns to Melt a Wii U

    A deluxe model, no less

    So, plenty of you in North America have a shiny Wii U, and you're possibly cradling the GamePad in your arms between game sessions and telling children with sticky hands to stay away. Or maybe you're just playing a load of games, but we're sure most are you are being quite careful to keep your new console shiny. What you...

  • News Wii Version Of PES 2013 Looks Rather Familiar

    Reduce, reuse, recycle

    The Wii has rather awkwardly come to the end of its product life cycle at around the same time that sports franchise games emerge for their yearly updates. This has meant that companies like EA have had to ponder whether or not to bring games like FIFA to Wii, as well as the other major consoles. Of course EA did decide to...

  • News Nintendo Teams Up With Disney For "Wii U Showdown"

    Get ready to cringe

    With Nintendo's quest to appeal to an extraordinarily wide range of gamers, it'll be susceptible to using marketing or adverts that make the older, jaded or more cynical amongst us gnash our teeth. These celebrity-based adverts can often be categorised as good, bad or cringeworthy, and we think another candidate for the latter...

  • News Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward Bug Infects Save Data

    Uh-oh

    Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is a recent 3DS release that — though unlikely to be a big-seller — will have attracted a committed group of enthusiasts that enjoyed 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors on DS. While a number of gamers are no doubt enjoying the experience and its many, many endings, it's emerged that a save-breaking...

October2012

  • News Super Mario Gangnam Style Flash Mob's Got Some Moves

    It was inevitable

    If you haven't heard of Gangnam Style, maybe you're the lucky one. That might be harsh, but the quirky music video has gone so viral that there's no escape, meaning that lots of people are happily imitating it and looking rather silly. As most will know, meanwhile, the best place to find people dressed in silly outfits with time...

  • News Kevin Butler Actor Seen Near Wii Console... Sony Takes Him to Court

    Yes, really

    Some of you may remember a news article that we posted around a month ago that starred fictional Sony VP Kevin Butler, which we did so with tongue firmly in cheek. We highlighted a Bridgestone tyre advert in which the actor who plays the character, his real name is Jerry Lambert, was seen near a Nintendo Wii, possibly causing indignation...

  • News This Real Life Tanooki Suit is a Bit Strange

    Do it like they do on the Discovery Channel

    If you're the type of person that has absolutely no shame in wearing the most ludicrous clothes, then we have found the perfect item of clothing for you. Say hello to the 'Racanooki' Costume Hoodie! This costume hoodie from 80sTees was inspired by Tanooki Mario in Super Mario Bros. 3, and bizarrely you can...

September2012

  • News Pokémon Almost Brought a "Seizure Gun" to the World

    From the U.S. military, of course

    At times we mock video games, particularly those based around war, for their ludicrous ideas and unrealistic scenarios. There's nothing as strange as real life, however, as a report on wired.com has uncovered a U.S. military project from 1998, which was to develop an electromagnetic weapon that would induce seizures...

  • News Super Mario 3D Land Clone Hits iPhone, and Looks Rubbish

    Making Mario mad

    While the iOS and Android platforms have some blockbuster downloads that have been downloaded millions of times, they also have quality control that's as effective as a Power Glove. We present to you 3D Cartoon Land: Safari, which is a rather blatant copy of Super Mario 3D Land, the same in everything except graphics, design, tight...

  • News This New 3DS Stylus Is Handy for Massaging Your Face

    Could be relaxing after a tough level

    Sometimes 3DS accessories are useless pieces of plastic tat, but occasionally they're practical and stylish. We doubt this one qualifies for the latter description, but you can decide for yourself: behold, The Germa Roller Touch Pen. We think the picture says it all, but here are some details. The face roller...

  • Rumour Death's Apprentice Heading to Wii U in, wait for it... 2015

    Stop the press!

    If there's one thing that unites Nintendo fans in their hopes for Wii U, it's that we want big games from third-parties to join the usual batch of Mario, Zelda and Metroid titles. Naturally, a new console is a long-term investment, so you'll be pleased to know that one title is apparently confirmed for release on the system in 2015...

  • News StreetPass Allows You to Look at a Big Mac... in 3D

    Mind-blowing excitement

    Sometimes YouTube provides exciting, funny, or downright goofy Nintendo videos. We'd classify this one as bizarre, and it's just too crazy to not share. We give you the McDonald's Big Mac StreetPass puzzle panel, which is available in Japan through Nintendo Zone. While these puzzle panels often result in neat little dioramas...

August2012

  • News Some Wii U Accessories For Your Christmas Stocking

    Thanks, Atomic!

    If you enjoy playing with plastic swords and shields on the Wii, then you're going to love the Wii U goodies which Atomic Accessories has in store for unsuspecting consumers this coming Christmas. If you're worried about scratching your lovely Wii U GamePad, why not invest in a silicone case? You'll be the envy of all your friends...

  • Feature Classic Gaming Typos, Errors and Translations

    Conglaturations for reading this

    Earlier this week there was a great deal of chortling at a minor grammatical error in New Super Mario Bros. 2, with the initial Coin Rush notification being the offending screen; many of us actually missed it in our eagerness to play the mode itself. There's also a bit of a grammatical slip-up in the North American...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Typo Isn't So Golden

    More grammatical 'revelaitons'

    It can be a pastime of some gamers to chortle at spelling errors or sloppy typos in video games, with many recently enjoying a typo by Capcom in its now infamous Resident Evil Revelaitons packaging for, of course, Revelations. While that version of the packaging became, bizarrely, a collector's item of sorts, it seems...

  • News Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Spooked Into 2013 For North America

    What are you going to play at Halloween now?

    A recent press release from Nintendo of America has revealed that would-be ghostbusters will have to wait until next year to get their grubby mitts on Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. Here’s the official statement from NoA: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will now be available in the first half of 2013 in...

  • Feature Crazy Nintendo Crossovers We'd Like to See

    Insanity X Nintendo

    As strange crossovers go, Pokémon and Nobunaga's Ambition is right up there. Reactions at Pokémon Conquest's announcement ranged from confused mutterings to gasps of wonder at the possibilities. Yet for all the weirdness, it actually turned out brilliantly – whoever came up with the idea of mixing up an old school strategy...

July2012

  • News Legend of Zelda Prototype Cartridge Posted on eBay

    Yours for just $150,000

    When it comes to online purchases, you're unlikely to find any other website with quite the same variety as eBay. You can quite easily buy some custom made birthday cards for a few dollars, or a rare prototype The Legend of Zelda cartridge for just $150,000, which is the price of a small house or expensive sports car. The...

  • News Michael Pachter Admits That Wii U Pro Controller Comments Were an 'Educated Guess'

    Oh dear

    Earlier this week we shared comments from well-known — and polarising — industry analyst Michael Pachter, which were made at the Develop conference in Brighton. Pachter stated that he was unimpressed with the Wii U concept, but most notably claimed that Activision had pressured Nintendo to produce the Wii U Pro Controller, as it may have...

  • News 3DS XL With Two Circle Pads Advertised by UK Store

    UPDATE: HMV issues an apology, of sorts

    After this story attracted a lot of attention today, HMV has issued a clarification and apology to Eurogamer.net, confirming that this false information was only shown in one store. It's apparent this was just one particular store being a little over-enthusiastic — and the poster has been removed. If it's...

  • Feature Bizarre Emails Sent to Nintendo Life - Volume 5

    The final frontier

    Since our last Bizarre Emails Sent to Nintendo Life — Volume 4 the number of idiotic missives reaching our inbox has drastically decreased. Perhaps it's due to the fear of being shamed so publicly, or maybe stupidity is a finite resource and the world is running out. Missed a previous round-up of dumbness? Catch up! Bizarre...

  • Feature Bizarre Nintendo Life Search Results - Volume 2

    "But I still haven't found what I'm looking for..."

    In November 2011 we brought you a sample of the most bizarre Nintendo Life search results, and now we're over halfway through the year (and our current editor ready to leave) we think it's time to dive into the log files again to bring you more oddball ideas that have all brought users to Nintendo...

June2012

  • News Photos from Nintendo UK's Another Dimension Events

    Do not adjust your sets

    Your eyes do not deceive you: the gallery below does indeed feature photographs of renowned birdwatcher Bill Oddie and pop group The Saturdays. No, we haven't finally lost it and decided to turn Nintendo Life into a celebrity gossip blog — the famous faces came out to support Nintendo UK's Another Dimension photography...

  • News Amazon UK Lists Wii U at £199.99

    Preorder today! Maybe...

    We've been aware of retailers making speculative Wii U listings, and the latest appears to be from amazon.co.uk. Amazingly, the listing gives a price of £199.99 ($310 USD), is specifically for the black model, and says that it'll be available on 14th July. Elsewhere on the site Amazon lists the white console with no price...

  • News Mario and Kim Cattrall Star in New 3DS Advert

    Run Mario run!

    Advertising in video games is a funny business, and we've seen Nintendo hook up with a lot of different celebrities to promote Wii, DS and 3DS in recent years. The latest team up is with Kim Cattrall, of Sex and the City fame, who appears to promote Super Mario 3D Land and, sorry North Americans, the Ice White 3DS system. It's a...

May2012

  • News The Inflatable Kart Now Works With Your Nintendo 3DS

    Let your joy ring out!

    Those inflatable Wii karts are great, but what are you supposed to do when you migrate from Mario Kart Wii to Mario Kart 7? CTA Digital has you covered, revamping the kart to support 3DS as well as Wii. Slot your 3DS console into the steering wheel and turn away in games that support gyro controls. Interestingly the press...

  • News If Mario vs. King Kong was Created Today

    On Vita, no less

    It's often the subject of chilled-out debate amongst gamers: what if Mario had used a gun like Nintendo originally planned? What if Samus Aran had been a man? What if Kirby was made out of string? Well, not so much the last one any more. Still, it can be entertaining to think about some of our favourite games and wonder what they...

April2012

  • News Real Life Skyward Sword Controls Don't Work

    Though kids have better luck

    We rather liked The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, stating that it's 'as good a Zelda game as we've ever played' in our perfect 10 review. We simply felt that everything blended beautifully, including the immersive MotionPlus controls. Not everyone felt the same about the control scheme, however, with some complaining...

  • News Konami Code Unlocks Extra Votes in the French Presidential Campaign

    Politics and gaming team up at last

    It may seem unlikely, but French Presidential candidate François Bayrou, who is undoubtedly an underdog in the upcoming election, has embedded the famous Konami code into his campaign website. As reported by The Telegraph, all you need to do is visit www.bayrou.fr and enter the famous code with your keyboard —...

  • News Titanic Mystery Sails Onto Wii and DS

    What else?

    Just recently, as some of you may be aware, the 100 year anniversary has passed for the maiden voyage and sinking of the RMS Titanic, a tragedy that has been re-told in television documentaries, a number of books and most notably in one of the most successful Hollywood movies of all time. The centenary hasn't completely passed gaming by,...

  • News Check Out This Fan-Made Portable GameCube

    It actually works, you know

    One thing that technically-minded gamers occasionally indulge in is creating unique versions of their favourite consoles. Thankfully for us these creations are often shared with the world on YouTube, and courtesy of CKmods we can take a look at a portable GameCube. The original GameCube console, famously, had its own...

March2012

  • News Wait, There's a Spectrum Emulator in GoldenEye?

    Secret agent

    Of all the cheats and secrets tucked away in GoldenEye 007, we never suspected Rare's N64 classic harboured a fully functioning ZX Spectrum 48k emulator. Rare began a coding experiment to see if the N64 could support a Spectrum emulator, even embedding old-school Rare games Sabre Wulf, Jetpac and more in the code. Clearly the experiment...

  • News There's a Chuck E. Cheese Game Coming to DSiWare

    What more can we say?

    "Chuck E. Cheese's Arcade Room is a fun and exciting video game that digitally recreates the magic of being at a Chuck E. Cheese's!" We'd love to leave the story at that, to be honest. Chuck E. Cheese's Arcade Room is a DSiWare game from UFO Interactive due to reach North America on 26th April for 500 Points. It's a...

  • News These PokéPark Trailers are Too Silly Not to Share

    Music maestro

    The only thing better than a Pokémon theme tune? Three Pokémon theme tunes, of course. Nintendo UK's hit the jackpot with this trio of tunes to celebrate the upcoming European release of PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond this Friday. The videos even have lyrics so you can happily sing along to tunes of unbelievable heroism from the...

  • News 3D Beauty Clock Timing a Release on 3DS in Japan

    And it's free

    Nintendo's download services have seen some peculiar releases in their time, with the 3DS eShop slowly joining in the fun. Today, courtesy of Andriasang, we bring you Beauty Clock 3D. From the creatively-named publisher Beauty Clock Co., this is a free app due for release on the Japanese eShop next week. A total of 360 women pose with...

  • News Pokémon Champion Stripped of Title After Hotel Incident

    Update: Puig tells his side

    After the unsavoury hotel incident at the Pokémon Video Game Championships this past weekend, it seems Masters champion Rubén Puig Lecegui has had his title taken off him. Puig was allegedly involved in the incident that threatened to overshadow the tournament, and although he emerged victorious in his division the...

  • News Spanish Pokémon Team Disgraced

    Pokémon Brown

    This past weekend saw the Pokémon Video Game Championships hit Birmingham, UK, with teams travelling from all over Europe for a shot at the prize. While the event itself went off without a hitch, Ruben Puis Lecegui defending his title to secure a trip to Hawaii, we've heard rumblings of an unpleasant occurrence along the way...

  • News Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Celebrates Japanese Launch at Hooters

    Where else?

    Here at Nintendo Life we often attend or read news of launch events, some of them quirky and full of character. The Japanese press reception to celebrate the release of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, however, may have seized the crown for the most unusual launch party yet. As reported by Andriasang, game journalists in Japan attended...

  • News Here's a Dog Playing Nintendogs + Cats

    Barking mad

    Nintendo's first "spokesdog", Uggie from Oscar-winning movie The Artist, is chilling out after his success by playing Nintendogs + Cats on a pink 3DS. The canine actor's career hits a new high in these photos as he pretends to understand the console's autostereoscopic display and touch screen interface. We know the dog's smart,...

  • News Capcom Japan Reprints GameCube Game Gotcha Force

    No, we don't know either

    Think back to Capcom's GameCube classics: Viewtiful Joe. Killer 7. Resident Evil 4. Good games, one and all, making it all the more baffling the publisher has reprinted Gotcha Force for Japan. The 2003 action RPG didn't review too well and never flourished into a full-on franchise, but Capcom's giving it another shot with a...

February2012

  • News Wii Sensor Bar Works Using Heat, Claims UK Newspaper

    WTF mode: engaged

    UK newspaper Metro is renowned for its loose grip on reality — who can forget its 2010 story video gaming leads to surge in rickets? — but it's excelled itself again today. The paper reports an 8-year old boy suffered "severe burns" from two tea light candles. Hardly newsworthy in itself, but the boy was attempting to...

  • News Nintendo Appoints a Celebrity 'Spokesdog'

    It's barking mad

    Nintendo has shown that it's not afraid of seeking celebrity endorsements for its consoles, with a particularly cringeworthy Justin Bieber Christmas advert used to promote 3DS last year. The latest famous icon to lend their support to Nintendo is Uggie the dog, famous for his performance in popular movie The Artist. Naturally, Uggie's interested in Nintendogs + Cats, not to mention..

  • News Capcom Will Replace Evil Typo

    Their resident proofreader saves the day

    You may remember the discovery that the North American packaging was wrong for Capcom's latest, Resident Evil: Revelations. Or should we say 'Revelaitons'. According to a blog entry on Capcom Unity you'll have to be quick if you want a copy with the infamous typo, as it's essentially a limited edition. Capcom has confirmed that the

January2012

  • Feature The Wonder of Ugly Add-Ons

    Only their creators love them

    For those who hadn’t noticed, we recently posted our 3DS Circle Pad Pro review, which unsurprisingly prompted a broad range of opinions and comments. While the reaction to the add-on has undoubtedly been diverse, most agree on one thing: it’s ugly. Or, to quote our review, it "makes the console look like it's...

  • News New Rhythm Heaven Fever Trailer Makes No Sense

    And that's why we love it

    Of course the new video for Rhythm Heaven Fever defies explanation: that's a series trademark by now. Dancing lobsters, on-stage baseball and a cryptic message in the final frame all make this one of those trailers you'll tell the grandkids about. North America, you get the game on 13th February.

  • News North American Resident Evil Packaging is Wrong

    Scary spelling error

    Update: A Capcom spokesperson has acknowledged the error in a statement to Eurogamer: It has come to our attention that there was a misspelling on the Resident Evil: Revelations packaging. We apologise for the mistake, which will be corrected for subsequent productions of the game. We are working on a solution to provide...

  • News Yet Another Zelda Timeline Proposed

    An alternative perspective

    Late last year it emerged that Nintendo had finally produced an official timeline for The Legend of Zelda series, though the final result didn't necessarily make sense to everyone. Any timeline that splits three ways is always going to cause plenty of debate. An artist called Zac Gorman decided that, official timeline or...

December2011

  • Feature Bizarre Emails Sent to Nintendo Life - Volume 4

    Merry Christmas, everyone

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, and in the spirit of gift-giving we've got a sackful of incredible, baffling and downright idiotic emails, all sent to Nintendo Life (or our sister sites) throughout the past few months. If you've missed a previous instalment in the series, consider them stocking fillers before the...

  • News That Zelda Timeline Makes a Bit More Sense Now

    But not much more

    Brace yourselves folks: your grey matter and perception of time is about to get seriously twisted. Again. New Nintendo has a fuller translation of the Legend of Zelda timeline we posted the other day. This has been translated from the Hyrule Historia art book, but as usual remember it's a fan translation so don't take it as 100%...

  • News Miyamoto Sure Has Some Weird Game Ideas

    Baby-raising and family struggles

    Shigeru Miyamoto's ideas come from all angles. Pikmin came from gardening; Wii Fit from his wife bringing home a new set of bathroom scales. We're almost afraid to ask about the inspiration of an idea revealed in a recently translated discussion all the way from 1989 (thanks to Siliconera.) The discussion in question takes place between Miyamoto and Dragon Quest..

November2011

  • Feature The Most Bizarre Nintendo Life Search Results

    You won't believe your eyes

    We get around 300,000 referrals from search engines every month, but while you won't be surprised by the most popular searches — turns out around 50,000 people find it hard to remember the address nintendolife.com — some of the bottom-ranked searches will certainly raise your eyebrows. Here — in the spirit of our...

  • News Nintendo Reacts to PETA's Tanooki Campaign

    Telling tails

    Yesterday's controversial PETA campaign against Mario's Tanooki suit certainly stirred up some heated discussion about the power-up's inclusion in Super Mario 3D Land. Now Nintendo has responded to PETA's claim that the Tanooki suit encourages people to wear fur with an official statement to Eurogamer: Mario often takes the app

  • News PETA Launches Campaign Against Mario

    We're not kidding

    If there was any doubt that Super Mario 3D Land is a high-profile game release, that has now been banished. It has emerged today that PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — has launched a campaign against Mario. The complaint revolves around the Tanooki suit, with the PETA website stating the following: When on a...

  • News Super Mario Galaxy Orbits London 2012 Olympic Games

    It'll make sense

    Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games takes inspiration from all corners of both companies' history: screenshots have reminded us of Yoshi Story, Sonic Adventure and more. But we've just received more screenshots showing the most universe-shaking crossover yet. Despite earlier rumours that Sonic would appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, the two universes have now

  • News A Video of Link Rapping on a Beach

    What more do you need?

    You want to make a rap video for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but you haven't got access to a world above the clouds or a nearby volcano. What do you do instead? You dress up as Link, go down to the beach and film it there. The video below might not be the most faithful tribute to the series we've ever seen, but it's...

September2011

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword Bundle Costs $115 in Japan

    So be thankful

    Want that awesome gold-but-not-gold Wii Remote Plus with your Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword? Of course you do. Bet you don't want to shell out $115 for it, though. That's the reality facing Japanese gamers, as Nintendo has unveiled the special controller and game will launch for ¥8,800 — that's $114 / £73 / €84. The game alone...

August2011

  • News Inflatable Wii Karts Finally Blow Up In Europe

    What you've been missing!

    Oh, Nintendo. When you created the Wii Remote and wowed us with its universal applications — a tennis racquet! A chopping knife! A fishing rod! — did you have any idea you'd just opened the Pandora's Box of appalling accessories? In the years Wii has been on the market we've seen exercise bikes, lightsaber holsters and more, but one of the most notorious is the..

July2011

June2011

  • News RE Mercenaries 3D Save Data Will Not Die

    Lives on and on like so many zombies

    Once you progress in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, out tomorrow in the US and on Friday in UK/EU, the way you play will forever be changed. That's because the game does not allow you to reset your save data. That's right – if you buy the game used or from a friend, you'll forever remain stuck with the...

  • News After 1980s Valet Parking Comes 1950s Lawn Mower Kids

    We're not making this up

    DSiWare's one and only valet parking game, Valet Parking 1989, certainly doesn't lack style: set in a world of big hair, shoulder pads and neon lights, it's like nothing on DSiWare. Where do you go from there? The world of grass-cutting in the 1950s, of course. 1950s Lawn Mower Kids — which we're not entirely sure isn't a joke — is the next downloadable offering from..

  • News Dead or Alive: Dimensions Pulled from Sale in Australia

    Game knocked out

    So far Dead or Alive: Dimensions hasn't had the best luck: the game was banned in Scandinavia in a child pornography furore, the game has now had its classification revoked in Australia, effectively banning it from sale. The Australian Classification Board removed the game's PG rating after media reports focusing on the game's...

  • News Nintendo Announces Picture Lives! for 3DS eShop

    It's! Exciting!

    Picture Lives! is like the attic-dwelling child of Scribblenauts and Spore, a strange combination of monster creator, animation tool and the rejects of Monsters Inc.. The downloadable title — Nintendo is still yet to use the term 3DSWare, though we'll be using it — will find its way to the 3DS eShop later this year.

  • News Activision and SEGA Toying with Wappy Dog DS for Christmas

    Take that, Nintendogs

    A virtual dog that lives inside a console? It's been done. A robot dog controlled by a video game, though? Now that's exciting. That's the basic idea behind Wappy Dog, a new venture from Activision and SEGA TOYS that's set to mark its territory at Christmas. A combination of DS software and real-life toy, the virtual pet supposedly grows and evolves whether played with at home..

  • News Games Do More Damage Than Passive Smoking, says Doctor

    Excuse us while we smoke a Wii Remote

    Despite the best efforts of Nintendo to turn gaming into a healthy pastime, the potential link between poor health and video games will be mined for countless years to come, with one such study claiming the negative effect of video games are more widespread than first thought. Craig A. Anderson, PhD's article...

May2011

  • News Child Pornography Law TKOs DOAD Release in Sweden, Denmark and Norway

    Disqualified!

    Much of the world is currently enjoying the hot new 3DS fighter Dead or Alive: Dimensions, but thanks to a child pornography scare, fans in Sweden, Denmark and Norway are forced to miss out. Nintendo of Europe's official explanation for not releasing the game in Sweden, made jointly with official distributor Bergsala, is as follows:...

  • News High Voltage Responds Badly to Scathing Conduit 2 Review

    Empty pram – toys everywhere

    Conduit 2 received some pretty unfavourable review scores, including a 5/10 in our own Conduit 2 review, but Joystiq was especially venomous, their reviewer T. Michael Murdock giving the game a 1/5 score. High Voltage's response will shock you. The studio has admitted it advised staff to write reader reviews of...

  • News Hideous Yellow Glasses Reduce 3DS Fatigue, Apparently

    But make you uglier in the process

    We've all read — and most likely ignored — the many safety warnings that come with the 3DS, but if you're suffering from headaches or eye strain from using your device you may want to check out these phenomenally tasteful new glasses from Newbie Gaming. The special yellow lenses contained in the ClearOptix glasses supposedly prevent headaches and vision..

  • News This NES Pad is the Biggest Game Controller in the World

    Forget sore thumbs

    The trend for steadily increasing variants of the iconic NES controller is approaching critical mass, as Dutch students have just set a new record for the largest functioning game controller with an NES pad measuring nearly four metres wide. The pad measures 3.6 metres by 1.6 metres, which is around 11.8 feet by 5.2 feet, which...

  • News Alabama Hotel Transforming Into a Nintendo Theme Park

    Taking the warp pipe

    Nintendo fans who've always dreamt of becoming their favourite 8- and 16-bit characters may have their wishes granted soon, as a hotel in Alabama is preparing to combine a theme park with cosplay in July. The Radisson hotel in Huntsville, AL will play host to the strictly unofficial "attraction experience" during PersaCon, a cosplay convention taking place between..

  • News Ever Seen Professional Ice Skaters Do a Super Mario Routine?

    You can soon

    Do not underestimate the impact of Super Mario Bros. — it's inspired beatboxers, flautists, orchestras, artists and plenty more in its 25 year history, but it's rarely hit the limelight for its influence on the world of professional ice skating. Today, that injustice ends. Top skaters Tatiana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov took to the...

April2011

  • News Nintendo Refutes Claims of Widespread 3DS Headaches

    Responds to refunds, too

    Lynchpin of tabloid sensationalism The Sun has recently kicked up a fuss over the Nintendo 3DS, claiming thousands of users have suffered headaches and dizziness as a result of using the machine, but have been refused refunds at retailers. Now Nintendo UK has stepped in to respond, a spokesperson stating: Recent reports are incorrect. The number of calls and emails with..

  • News WiiWare Gets Weirder with Pelvic Floor Training on Friday

    Deal clencher

    Last year Kaasa released Physio Fun Balance Training to help rehabilitate patients following hip, leg or foot surgery. Many readers rubbed their eyes in disbelief, but you've seen nothing yet. This Friday sees the release of Physiofun: Pelvic Floor Training for 1,000 Nintendo Points. Pelvic floor exercises are chiefly used to help women retain bladder control following pregnancy, but..

February2011

  • News Kirby, Your New Game Deserves Better Than This

    UK launch is... underwhelming

    It's been out in North America for what seems like forever, but today is Europe's chance to take home Kirby's Epic Yarn, and to celebrate Nintendo went all-out to recreate the game's sugary-sweet atmosphere in London's beautiful Elephant and Castle area. The official press invite promised: For one day only Elephant and...

  • News Push Your Parking Skills to the Limit in Valet Parking 1989

    We're not making this up

    Monday sees the release of Remote Racers, a 3D racing game on DSiWare that joins the likes of Asphalt 4: Elite Racing, Ferrari GT Evolution and more in bringing speed to the service. If you're one of the few gamers who thinks you'd have more fun parking cars than driving them, hold onto your Nintendo Points until Valet...

  • News Curl Up Around this Cosy Fire on Friday, Europe

    It's another fireplace simulator

    WiiWare's already had log burning simulator Fireplacing, but if that wasn't enough to satiate your desire to pretend to stoke a virtual fire you're in luck, as Cosy Fire is landing on WiiWare this week. Boasting a whopping six types of fire, realistic PhysX-powered physics and "cosy fireplace sounds", the...

January2011

  • News New Pokemon DS Game Comes With... A Keyboard?

    Or Pokéboard, if you will

    The "games that teach you to type" genre has made one notable contribution to the gaming world: Typing of the Dead, Sega's bizarre typing/zombie title from the Dreamcast days. Right at the opposite end of the zombie spectrum comes this next title, Nintendo's Battle Get! Pokémon Typing for DS. "How can you...

  • News Pachter: Nintendo Should Charge More for 3DS

    $250 is just too cheap

    Industry analyst Michael Pachter's already thrown his weight behind 3DS to defeat Sony's forthcoming PSP2 in the next generation of the handheld wars, but he'd certainly feel happier about the machine if it were, you know, just a little more costly. In an interview with Industry Gamers, Pachter stated he believes Nintendo is...

December2010

  • News You Can Buy Donkey Kong Country Returns with Bananas

    Strange but true

    Gamers in the UK wanting to get Donkey Kong Country Returns for a steal might want to head down to selected Gamestation stores this Friday where the game will cost them... a bunch of bananas. The first 20 customers in line at Game Oxford Street, Game Merry Hill or Gamestation Hull can exchange a bunch of the yellow fruit for a brand...

November2010

  • News We Want Skinless Mr Science to Reach the Western World

    DS's oddest game ever

    You don't need to have a very vivid imagination to guess what a skinless chap named Mr Science might look like, and you'd probably be right. Japanese TV show Tobidase! Kagaku-kun features the muscular man going on adventures and teaching kids about science, the perfect basis for a DS game, of course. Roughly translated as Fly...

  • News This Jedward Dragon Quest Promotion is Getting Too Much

    Bonkers video inside

    Part of Jedward's joint role as face of Nintendo UK is, naturally, to draw attention to the company's fantastic line-up of games from users who might not normally be into gaming. This video below is a perfect example. At a recent canvassing event for Dragon Quest IX, the talented twins took to the stage dressed as their Dragon Quest characters to the sound of screaming teenage..

  • News We Love this Michael Jackson Wii Glove, It's So Bad

    Shamone!

    Step aside, Power Glove: there's a new ultimate glove-based peripheral in town. When Michael Jackson: The Experience ships later this month, dedicated King of Pop fans can pick up the special edition containing the game and a single white sparkly glove. That's right: you can finally live out your ultimate Michael Jackson fantasies in your...

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  • News Hey WiiWare, Enjoy Your Massage

    New muscle manipulation game inbound

    Whilst we have a pretty good handle on Nintendo's download front these days, sometimes a company throws a curveball from so far out of left field it stuns even us, and it doesn't get much crazier than a massage game from the publisher of mobile pseudo-erotic title Emmanuelle Erotic Massages. Titled Enjoy Your...

February2010

  • News Note: How Not to Play Sonic & Mario at the Olympic Winter Games

    Watch out if there's a camera behind you!

    The 7pm Project (an Australian comedic take on the news) have noticed something strange about the way that the hosts of another certain popular Australian show were showcasing the controls of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. Judge for yourself! Let this be advice to all of you aspiring...

December2009

  • News Merry Christmas from Nintendo Life

    A festive treat for our loyal readers, in which a young boy gets a Wii from Santa

    Picture the scene: it’s Christmas morning and you’ve sat through the socks and questionable knitwear from your granny and mastered the “oh thanks, that’s great” response. It’s been worth it though, because next up is the family gift… It takes a couple of seconds for the enormity of the gift to sink in,..

November2009

  • News We Pray - Coming To A Console Near You?

    Wii is getting cross...

    File this one under "Huh?", "What?", and...you know what? Let's not file this one at all. We Pray is set to be the motion-controlled minigame-based church simulator to end all motion-controlled minigame-based church simulators. If, of course, it really exists... Check out the trailer below. According to the Prayer Works Interactive official site it's..

  • News Pixmania: Wiimote Tech Is "Endangered"

    Death by Natal?

    UK electronics retailer Pixmania has compiled a list for The Daily Telegraph of what it deems are "endangered" technologies that "will be lucky to survive by the end of next year," and Nintendo's game-changing Wii Remote is sitting pretty in 6th place. According to them, Microsoft's upcoming motion-sensing,...

August2009

  • News Nintendo Patents Inflatable Horseback Riding Peripheral

    Yep.

    Well, this was unexpected. A European patent held by Nintendo (discovered by Siliconera) shows the company isn't content with just having peripherals like the Balance Board, Vitality Sensor, Zapper, Wheel, MotionPlus and the Nunchuck. No, Nintendo wants to peripheralize your badonkadonk as well. An inflatable horse saddle is the latest innovation patented by the company. The seat would have be..

May2009

  • News Namco's Muscle March Possibly Most Bizarre WiiWare Game Yet

    Burly musclemen break through walls in speedos. You read that right.

    Here's one to skyrocket to the top of your most-wanted WiiWare games. We don't know much about Muscle March other than it was announced today, it's from Namco, and it's a Japan-exclusive WiiWare title (for the time being). And it's weird. Oh, and there's an inexplicable polar bear...