It was a very good year
We're seven days away from E3 2012. That's seven days until we see Nintendo's full vision for Wii U, the next round of 3DS games and how our next year of Nintendo gaming is going to look. It's the most exciting time of the year, and it's nearly upon us. Last year was pretty exciting too. We saw Wii U for the first time, got...
A necessary evil
Rumours of Nintendo's new console started circulating before E3, and the system's basic concept leaked out long before Reggie Fils-Aime rolled the tape. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata spoke to investors recently and admitted that the console's big reveal E3 was a little earlier than then company would have liked. Iwata revealed...
Kirby sucks once again
Although Kirby's Epic Yarn was a wonderful experience, there were a lot of diehard Kirby fans who we're a bit put off by its radically-different visual style and gameplay scheme. Now Nintendo is sending Kirby back to his roots and bringing back not only the familiar visual stylings fans have grown to love over the years, but...
Your E3 questions answered
Well the E3 2011 show is in the books and now we thought it might be a good time to sit down and answer some of your questions about what transpired at the show and what we can expect in the coming months as Nintendo gets set to launch their brand new Wii U console next year. So without further ado, let's get to it. Have any games actually been confirmed for Wii U or is..
Taking Nintendo's new console for a spin
After seeing the Wii U and its touchpad controller revealed at Nintendo's E3 Press Conference, it was difficult to get an idea of what the system would hold from a gaming perspective. Sure, the visual power looked good and the controller itself featured a wide array of control functionality, but getting a...
We scouted it for you
With the hustle and bustle of E3 dying down, it's time to catch up on something unrelated to Wii U and 3DS, as we bring you the trailer of the latest instalment in the Dragon Quest Monsters series. The second title in the spin-off series ― Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 will see players scouting and collecting monsters as they build their ultimate battling team. Scouting..
Of course, he's very secretive about them
It's not the first time that Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi Suda (Suda51) has spoken about the possibility of developing a No More Heroes 3, but at E3 2011, the video game designer confirmed that the third instalment in the No More Heroes series is indeed coming to Wii U. Speaking to Destructoid, Suda51...
Pram toppled, toys everywhere
Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has weighed with his thoughts on Nintendo's E3 revelation of Wii U, and it seems Mr Pachter isn't 100% sold on the console. Speaking to Eurogamer last week, Pachter had this to say: Nintendo won with a very cool console innovation and great 3DS software. While he seems sold on...
The thrill of the hunt
After the success of their pOp release on both the WiiWare and DSiWare services, Nnooo took a little time to create some unique applications for DSiWare before getting the urge to create another game. Spirit Hunters Inc. Light/Shadow represents not only a return to gaming for the studio, but also their first dip into the...
BIT.TRIP goes 3D!
To say that the BIT.TRIP series has been a highlight of the WiiWare service would be a gross understatement. Their simplistic design and wildly playable nature have made for some of the most engaging gaming experiences on the service and continue to be among the most popular titles in the catalog. Now, the folks at Gaijin Games are...
A truly stunning upgrade
After enjoying years of success as an indie PC release, Cave Story finally made the transition to the dedicated game systems on both the WiiWare and DSiWare services thanks to the good folks at Nicalis. Now the game is getting a rather thorough 3D makeover on Nintendo's new..
Mario Kart goes 3D!
The Mario Kart titles have become a staple of Nintendo's consoles and handheld systems over the past 19 years, so the fact that a new game is being released for Nintendo's new 3DS system comes as no real surprise. What does come as a surprise is how many new ideas the developers have injected into this newest rendition and the...
Something old and something new
There are some games that just grab you right from the moment you begin playing them and that was exactly the case when I began making my way through the levels of Renegade Kid's upcoming 3DSWare title Mutant Mudds. For those of you not familiar with the game, it actually began life as a free-roaming 3D retail title...
Let the countdown commence!
Nintendo's E3 2011 reveal of Wii U ended with a fairly open-ended "coming to your living room in 2012" which, combined with the company's previous assertion the machine wouldn't see release before April gave us a launch window between May and December. SEGA's Alan Pritchard may have just narrowed that for us. Speaking to Gamespot about the upcoming Sonic..
Busting makes Luigi feel good
It's hard to believe that it's been almost a decade since the release of the original Luigi's Mansion, but fans of the game can certainly attest to the lengthy wait. Now, with the announcement of Luigi's Mansion 2, Nintendo is bringing back Mario's spooked brother and this time with a wealth of new gameplay touches and...
Two legends collide
You've hopefully watched the trailer for Super Mario on 3DS, but one thing you won't have seen is a level created in honour of The Legend of Zelda's 25th anniversary this year. During the developer roundtable, Super Mario producer Yoshiaki Koizumi revealed a top-down stage that mimics the dungeon layout from Link's first outing...
Ah, the possibilities
With Nintendo considering the prospect of making Wii U games that use more than one of the new controllers, it's apparently possible that we could even be using the 3DS as an additional controller too. During E3 2011, Shigeru Miyamoto was asked by Switched On whether gamers would be able to use two of the touch pad Wii U...
Up and running already, and looking good
Footage of upcoming third-party Wii U titles shown at E3 may have consisted of content from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games, but that doesn't necessarily mean the end products won't be able to look as good. Developed by Vigil, Darksiders II is up and running on Wii U and has been for about five weeks. THQ Core Games EVP Danny Bilson spoke to Eurogamer and..
The end of the road
We've had a stellar three days at E3 this year with revelation after revelation, but today it all comes to an end. The fun isn't over yet though: Corbie Dillard, our man who can, is still taking in as many games as possible from booths including THQ, Natsume, Tecmo Koei and more. Corbie's opinions will automatically appear below...
New IP for new console
The very first Wii game revealed by a third-party studio was Ubisoft's original first-person shooter Red Steel, and it looks like the company is getting in on the FPS ground floor again when successor console Wii U launches in 2012. Revealed during E3, Killer Freaks from Outer Space centers around the battle between man and an...
Namco Bandai Games is bringing its Ace Combat series to the 3DS and the publisher has now released some initial game details along with a handful of screenshots. The aerial shooter will provide gamers with real-world aircrafts to fly as they take on a wide range of missions. The touch screen is not only used to lock on to enemy planes...
Good news, bad news?
Along with the unveiling of Wii U at E3, Nintendo subsequently revealed further details regarding the technical specifications of the console. There is, however, plenty we still don't know about Wii U and with a scheduled launch in 2012, we can expect these unknowns to be revealed slowly like a season of Lost. A couple of things...
Jill Valentine's new partner
It was a year ago that Capcom released that Resident Evil Revelations trailer showing Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield at odds with each other over some unknown situation. Since then, most of Capcom's focus has understandably been on Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, but thankfully, the wait for more information on the game is now over. Revelations is set in 2005, in
The more the merrier, right?
For all the questions that Nintendo's appearance at E3 2011 answered, many more new ones have arisen. Nintendo EAD designer Katsuya Eguchi is working on a five-player Wii U prototype game that utilises just the one Wii U controller and four regular Wii Remotes and Nunchuks. Is this because the Wii U controller will have a price tag heavy enough to put users off from..
Terms like "core" and "casual" pop up, again
Without getting into semantics, the Nintendo Wii was and still is a huge success. With all the people that the console managed to please, there's naturally a percentage of people it failed to win over. With Nintendo's next console, the company hopes to fix several issues that come as a result of being...
Still life in the DS dog yet
Professor Layton isn't done with DS yet, as his fourth DS outing Professor Layton and the Last Specter is coming to North America later this year. To gear up for the genius and his boy companion's next outing, we've got a trailer showing what you can expect from the final 2D outing in the series. Will you be picking this one up?
Drop it like it's hot
After the excitement of the first day of E3 there's still plenty to see and do in Los Angeles. Today Corbie will be pounding the floors of the Convention Centre to visit booths from Namco Bandai, NIS America, Warner Bros., Nintendo and more. Keep this page open and Corbie will keep updating it with fresh information and opinions throughout the day..
Console started life three years ago
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, and head of the Entertainment Analysis and Development Shigeru Miyamoto sat down for a wide-ranging interview about Wii U, revealing the machine first reared its head in Nintendo meetings back in 2008. The seven-page chat also addresses the perception that Nintendo's addition of a touch screen controller is an admission of the..
Lost? Let us explain
The 6.2" screen in the centre of the Wii U controller is likely to use the same resistive technology that features in the DS and 3DS consoles, rather than the more advanced capacitive system used in modern smart phones and Apple's iDevices. Hardware images released by Nintendo show a stylus being used on the touch screen,...
Companies hook up again
IBM has been providing chips for Nintendo consoles for years and will continue to do so, as the two are joining forces once again to power next year's Wii U. IBM's Power microprocessor will run the console, though neither IBM nor Nintendo has given any clock speeds or solid figures, other than stating it's a bespoke chip for...
That's a Sunday
You probably heard the cheers when Nintendo's on-stage demo of Star Fox 64 3D featured the immortal words "do a barrel roll!". Expect similar cheers now Nintendo has announced a release date of 11th September 2011 for the game. Nintendo also sent over the latest trailer for the game, which should get you into the spirit of...
No new game, but Samus's presence is felt
We didn't see a new Metroid game during Nintendo's E3 2011 conference, but that doesn't mean heroine Samus Aran was absent from the show. The Wii U press kit shows off a multiplayer game where two Wii Remote wielders must escape from a Wii U controller user, piloting Samus Aran's ship around and presumably...
Darksiders II, Ninja Gaiden and more
We brought you the list of third-party Wii U games yesterday, but if a picture is worth a thousand words then this video could buy and sell the Oxford English Dictionary 40 times over. Showing off games from Darksiders II to Ninja Gaiden III: Razor's Edge, the machine certainly makes those games gleam. While none of this really shows off what the new controller..
New ideas unfold
The Wii U controller is brand new, but as the machine will interface with all existing Wii accessories and games Nintendo has wisely chosen to show off the controller's possibilities with what it could bring to Wii software. The HD video below shows the ideas it could inject into Wii Sports, Wii Fit Plus and more, as well as unique...
Lurking in the shadows
One of the many third-party Wii U games shown off at E3 was SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines, with the company announcing the game is being 'considered' for the next Nintendo console. The footage shown during the E3 conference looked pretty good to us, and the possibilities for the Wii controller with the Aliens franchise are...
You must wait longer for Olimar
Yesterday's developer roundtable gave some interesting nuggets of information, with Shigeru Miyamoto confirming that Pikmin 3 will now launch on the company's new Wii U console, skipping Wii all together. Miyamoto explained the console is just a "much better fit" for the series, and having seen the Wii U...
Super Mario comes to life in full 3D
After the mammoth success of the two Super Mario Galaxy titles on the Wii, we had to know that a new Super Mario title was in the works for Nintendo's new 3DS system. While we received very little in the way of information when the game was first announced, Nintendo wasn't the least bit shy when it came time to...
Dino-fighting returns this holiday season
The Vivosaurs are far from extinct as Nintendo announces the return of the Fossil Fighters series with the upcoming Super Fossil Fighters on the DS. In the RPG sequel, players continue to find and clean up various fossil pieces and by using them to create and revive the Vivosaurs, enter them into the fossil park-sanctioned tournament. Much like the gameplay..
Touch screen, analogue sticks, buttons and all
You wanted a good look at the Nintendo Wii U controller — here it is. The controller does indeed contain a 6" touch screen as well as all the buttons found on the Classic Controller. Here's the full list of gadgetry it contains: New Controller:The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9...
We knew there wouldn't be much on show for DS this year at E3, but Nintendo has managed to scoop the last few remaining titles together and sculpt them into a release schedule for the coming year. There are a few notable releases in there, mainly Professor Layton and the Last Specter and Kirby: Mass Attack, but it's understandably...
Rhythm Heaven (a tentative title for now) is coming to Wii and it looks good. That's our summary of the trailer below, which shows more of the rhythm-based gaming you've come to expect from the original DS instalment. With the precision of button controls — no motion support here — and a line-up of robots, peas, forks and more, this looks to be one of the more interesting titles..
Enough content to host a block party
It's a little bit of a shame that the upcoming Tetris game for the 3DS didn't make it in time for the handheld's launch as the original Tetris did for the chunkier-than-chunky Game Boy all those years ago. If it's any consolation, we can take solace in the fact that at least it will make it to retail by the end of the year and it looks as fun as ever. Developed..
Professor still has puzzles to solve
Level 5's multi-million selling Professor Layton series is still going on DS, with Nintendo set to publish the fourth chapter, Professor Layton and the Last Specter, later this year. Expect more puzzles, more mysteries, more animated cut scenes and shedloads more dodgy Cockney accents when the game launches on DS in Fall 2011.
Another 3DS eShop title outed
There have been a few Western-themed games to download on Nintendo platforms over the years — The Oregon Trail, Fenimore Fillmore "The Westerner" — and 3DS is about to get one of its very own. Nintendo just announced The Rolling Western, coming to the eShop later this year, with the trailer below showing...
Blue sparks flying
You've probably already seen the Mario Kart 3DS screenshots, but it'd be better to see the game moving, right? Right. The video below shows the game's customisable karts, aerial and aquatic racing and more. No Blue Shell either, which is a good thing, though there should be no chicken-counting at this stage. Nintendo has promised...
Not at all
Last year's Kirby's Epic Yarn was good and all, but removing the pink puff ball's iconic sucking ability put some gamers off. The video for the new Kirby Wii (tentative title), then, will draw many more players in, featuring as it does a huge amount of sucking. We don't know much about the plot at the moment but we'd imagine something to...
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.
Consider Square Enix as your business partner
Square Enix has announced that a board game for the Wii that was previously only available in Japan will be making its western debut by the end of the year. Developed by Square Enix, Fortune Street is a board game that features Nintendo and Dragon Quest characters. The concept isn't too far away from Monopoly as players race around the board in an..
Like watching Magneto and Professor X make friends in X-Men: First Class, it's still strange seeing old rivals Mario and Sonic be all chummy in Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, though it's nothing compared to seeing Metal Sonic wielding a tennis racquet. The 3DS instalment is due early next year, with the Wii release going for sales gold this Christmas.
Land, sea and air
Mario Kart was confirmed for release this Christmas, resulting in much rejoicing, but it's the new additions to the series that will likely get gamers geared up (sorry) for the upcoming 3D racer. Whereas previous games have stuck fairly closely to the standard kart or bike formula, the next instalment will see racers taking to the...
See the flat one on the move
Paper Mario on 3DS looks pretty special in this video below, but having seen it running in 3D we can tell you it looks even better in the thin, papery flesh. While Nintendo didn't have much to tell about the game at its E3 media briefing, the new screenshots and video below should keep you going until we have more solid...
Drop it like it's hot
So you've heard all the announcements from Nintendo's news conference, but now you're waiting to hear exactly how these games look and play in the flesh. Our man Corbie Dillard is live in Los Angeles and will be updating this page frequently with his thoughts on Nintendo's new console, the games available to play and the whole E3 experience. Keep your browser locked here and..
Nintendo started its E3 2011 show with a thank you to Zelda fans for supporting the series for 25 years, and Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the company's Christmas gift to gamers this year. The brand new trailer shows off more of the game's MotionPlus-powered action, but you've probably already stopped reading and have clicked Play...
Subtle changes afoot
Animal Crossing for 3DS is unlikely to drastically revamp the series' template established by previous outings on the Gamecube, Wii and DS, but more of the same endearing characters and surprisingly compelling gameplay would go down well with many. Here's this year's footage of the game direct from Nintendo, complete with new...
Time to roll the dice once more
The logo for Mario Party 9 was glimpsed right at the end of Nintendo's E3 conference, with some expecting the game to see release on Wii U, but the game is coming to the current platform as these screenshots show. The usual array of new game boards and minigames feature, with levels based on New Super Mario Bros. Wii...
Are you ready?
Ubisoft has revealed a handful of titles it will be developing for the Nintendo Wii U. Along with some familiar franchises, the publisher has also announced that new IPs will be worked on for the system. Gamers can look forward to popular franchises like Assassin's Creed, Rabbids and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online to hit the Wii U, but even more exciting is the impending arrival of..
Tough name for a cute game
DS owners, don't think you were forgotten at E3 — Nintendo is rewarding your love of the non-3D dual screen console with a brand new Kirby, called Kirby: Mass Attack. The game sees multiple Kirbies used to overwhelm your enemies, as the press release describes. A New Twist on a Pink Hero One day, an evildoer with a...
In our imaginations anyway
It's still not got an official name or a release date in the West, but Rhythm Heaven does have some new screenshots to look at, so that's something. Nintendo posted a few new shots of the game — which is controlled entirely with buttons — and will have it in playable form at the show, so look out for Corbie's hands-on impressions in the near future. Let's hope we all..
Metal Gear Solid fans will be sneaking around later this year
Konami is set to publish Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D on the 3DS later in the year, and the publisher has released more details on the remake of the popular PlayStation 2 tactical stealth game. Fans of the original Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater will be familiar with the game's narrative. Those of you that aren't aware of the plot,..
Everyone's second (or third or fourth) plumber is coming back to 3DS, with Luigi's Mansion 2, a tentative name. The original Luigi's Mansion was originally intended to show off the Gamecube's 3D ability, but its hidden dimensions never made it to retail, but Nintendo's never one to let an idea go to waste. The first screenshots are below...
See the plumber's next outing
True to Shigeru Miyamoto's promise, Super Mario for 3DS really does look like a combination of the plumber's best bits from his heritage. We have the first screenshots below showing the combination of 2D and 3D that Nintendo hopes will create one of their portly hero's best ever titles. We'll bring you video footage as...
The list is in
Here's a list of games coming to 3DS in the coming months, including a few from the eShop right at the bottom. There's some surprises on the list — not all pleasant ones, it must be said — but we'll leave it to you to pick out the diamonds in the rough and tell us what game you're most looking forward to in the comments below.
Here it is
We've seen plenty of shots and video of the controller itself, but nothing so far of the actual Wii U console. That's all changed now, as Nintendo has revealed the first shot of the machine. It looks rather like the original Wii, only more rounded, and not quite like the Super NES design some rumours pointed towards. Do you like the look...
Soak it in
Nintendo's Upcoming Wii U Console Features Controller with 6.2-inch Screen Nintendo 3DS Continues its Evolution with Mario Kart, Super Mario and the Nintendo eShop as Nintendo Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda NOTE: Multimedia available hereLOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At the E3 Expo, Nintendo introduced a new paradigm for video games and home entertainment: Wii..
There's a lot to cover
Nintendo made a big song and dance about its new Wii U console reaching out to all gamers, and a big part of that is going to be support from third party publishers. Through an on-stage video we already know about several third-party games on the way to Nintendo's new home console: Ninja Gaiden 3 Darksiders II Tom Clancy's...
Series goes portable at last
Years of wailing have paid off: Nintendo just announced a new entry in the Super Smash Bros. series is coming to the 3DS. Not only that, it will also launch on Nintendo's next home console, the Wii U. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata made the announcement on stage at E3, where he also revealed that the 3DS and Wii U games...
Nintendo's new console is called Wii U. The console comes with a touch screen sensitive controller and will allow streaming of games from the console to the portable controller. Users can play games on the controller without the need to have the TV on, or completely independently, but the two can be combined: Nintendo showed the user...
You'll have to shell out
Reggie Fils-Aime just confirmed that Mario Kart for 3DS will be released this Christmas across the world. The video also showed off the new customisable karts that let you choose a base model, tyres and special ability, showing the karts going underwater, gliding and more. You'll be able to buy this game at Christmas. Are...
Nintendo just announced as part of its Zelda: 25th Anniversary package the release of Legend of Zelda: Four Swords for DSiWare in September this year. The four-player game will be a free download to all DSiWare users, presumably meaning it'll be available for nothing in the 3DS eShop too. Are you excited about playing more Zelda: Four Swords on DSiWare?
Or 3DS, maybe
We're just one hour away from Nintendo's E3 2011 press conference and Epic Games CEO Mark Rein has dropped a small hint that his company might be bringing support to Nintendo platforms for the first time. Rein tweeted: We have another pretty cool announcement coming today at around 10AM PST Nintendo's press conference will be on its way to winding down by that point, and with the..
Get all your news here
Today's the day Nintendo unveils its new home console for the first time, and we'll be reporting on it all live right here. There's no need to refresh: the page will update automatically, so sit back and let us take you through the most exciting event of the gaming year. Following the press conference — also broadcast live...
The hairy hero returns
It's been a long time since Rayman appeared in an original platformer — around 15 years, in fact — so it's very welcome news that he's coming back to Wii in Rayman Origins. The game will feature four-player co-operative play over 60 brand new side-scrolling stages, harking back to the floppy-haired hero's original adventures. The video below shows the on-stage..
Ubisoft brings the adaptation to the Wii and 3DS
If Tintin fans think the upcoming animated film is all they have to look forward to this year, think again. Along with with Steven Spielberg's motion picture adaptation of Hergé comic books featuring Belgium's favourite reporter, fans should also prepare themselves for The Adventures of Tintin: The Game. Ubisoft has unveiled some game details from..
See the toys come to life
One of Activision's key titles at E3 this year is Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for it's a game that can be enjoyed across multiple formats, allowing gamers to carry on their progress no matter what system they are playing it on. Available on all three major home consoles, the 3DS, PC and mobile devices, Skylanders: Spyro's...
Will it be for Café?
Plenty of things in life get lost in translation, but hopefully this isn't one of them. French website Power-Nintendo has a correspondent in Japan, who recently attended a live event for Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. According to the website, Zelda overlord Eiji Aonuma let slip a big secret slip: we'll see a new Zelda at...
Not without trouble from a bridge
E3 2011 is nearly upon us, and Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima is busy getting Konami's upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D ready for this year's expo extravaganza. Kojima recently posted a few updates on his Japanese Twitter account, revealing that he has just finished checking through the playable...
Expects to be wowed
In one week we will get our first look at Nintendo's new home console, with all sorts of rumours circulating about its controller, horsepower and games line-up. One thing we should all keep in mind, according to Ubisoft UK Boss Rob Cooper, is what makes Nintendo stand out from its opposition: originality. What you always get...
Watch it all happen live
We're just two weeks away from the cavalcade of announcements that is E3, and we here at Nintendo Life will be reporting on everything as it happens: the revelation of Nintendo's new console, new games and everything else that goes down. Nintendo will be helping out too, live streaming its press conference and making plenty...
What the Big N should do at this year's expo
A little less than one year ago, as E3 2010 approached, one question was on everyone's mind: would the 3DS work? Surely our bodies were not ready for the futuristic glasses-free technology Nintendo promised. As we all know, it wasn't long before Reggie put our fears to rest: yes, it works, and it works...
Start bookmarking now
Yesterday we brought you Nintendo's E3 2011 conference details, but the real question on everyone's lips — other than "why are British and American Smarties so different? — was "will Nintendo be streaming the event live?" Well the good news is that you'll be able to get that new console smell beamed right to...
Where will you be?
One of the most exciting days in the gaming calendar is just four weeks away, as Nintendo has announced the date, time and location of its E3 press conference. The big event kicks off on Tuesday 7th June at 9am Pacific Time at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. As always, Nintendo Life will be bringing you all the news live —...
The rumour that Nintendo may unveil a new console at E3 has sprouted legs and run away with the Internet rumour mill today, with reports of various levels of believability hitting the web. French site 01.net has allegedly leaked the system's specifications. According to the site (which scooped the specs on Sony's NGP before its...
Sources say Nintendo set to announce new home console
Well it seems that our little hint about a new console possibly coming from Nintendo in our recent article about the Wii price cut might be coming true after all. Game Informer has just let loose with what could be the biggest E3 rumour to date: according to multiple sources, Nintendo is getting...
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