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August2011

  • News Professor Layton's London Life Won't Make It to Europe

    Update: bonus game denied

    Update: Nintendo of Europe has now backtracked on its original statement and told us that London Life isn't coming to Europe. Original story follows: Nintendo of America's Professor Layton and the Last Specter press release yesterday caused some concern for European DS owners as it seemed to imply that the title's bonus...

  • News Tetris: Axis Swings By 3DS on 2nd October

    Form a line

    Remember your first time playing Tetris on Game Boy? You know what would make that experience even better? 3D. Nintendo has just announced that Tetris: Axis will see release in North America on 2nd October, bringing with it 8-player Download Play, Augmented Reality and SpotPass features too. In fact, there are over 20 gameplay modes,...

  • News A Better Look at Those Samus Aran Statues

    Zeroing in

    Last weekend saw some new Metroid: Other M figures revealed, and now we have some decent photos of the statues courtesy of Tomopop and Tokyo Hunter. Zero Suit Samus is stood next to a baby Metroid, whereas the poseable Power Suit version of the heroine just comes as-is ready to save the universe, presumably. We're sure some savv

  • News Star Fox 64 3D Multiplayer Trailer Brings its Friends

    The gang's all here

    We're just weeks away from Star Fox 64 3D, and Nintendo is starting to make a big noise about a new feature in its next 3DS game: wireless multiplayer. The new trailer below shows off the game's local multiplayer — sadly no Internet play here — including use of the 3DS's internal camera to show your face to your opponents, grinning and gurning as you go. We'll be putting..

  • News Inazuma Eleven Finally Makes it to UK Today

    Taking its time

    The DS football RPG from the developers of Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven finally reaches UK shores today after a huge delay. On-the-ball readers may remember it was mistakenly released in small quantities back in January, but it was always Nintendo's plan to release the game properly alongside the cartoon series which just began airing in the Sceptred Isles. You can check out our..

  • News Nintendo Brings Big Name Games to PAX This Week

    Mario, Zelda and more on show

    If you're on your way to PAX in Seattle this week, there's good news: you'll be able to get your hands on some of the biggest games heading to Nintendo consoles later this year. Attendees will be able to play Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 among others. Saturday August 27th will see a Star Fox 64 3D tournament between 7pm and 10pm,..

  • News More Xenoblade Chronicles Let's Play Videos Join the Fray

    See more of the RPG everyone's talking about

    Xenoblade Chronicles landed in the UK charts in seventh place, but if you've not been convinced to pick it up yet — or if you've had trouble locating it — a new set of Let's Play videos hits the game's official YouTube channel this week. One new video launches today, while a second lands on Thursday...

  • News New Wii is No Smaller Than Before

    Just cheaper

    The new look Wii console will lose GameCube compatibility, which prompted some to presume the console will be more compact, but Nintendo has revealed the console is exactly the same size as its predecessor. The Nintendo website listed the box contents, and specifically states: The newly configured Wii console retains the same physical...

  • News Super Smash Bros. Dices with Fan-Made Board Game

    For when a console won't cut it

    Taking all the action of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and turning into a board game is no easy proposition, but that's exactly what one fan has done to prove his skills. James Gabbard is the man responsible for this complicated but awesome-looking Super Smash Bros. Board game, put together to support his application for an unspecified 'awesome job'. The game isn't..

  • News Wii Owners Encounter Xenoblade Disc Read Errors

    Not a good start

    Xenoblade Chronicles released across the UK and Europe today, but some Wii owners are reporting difficulty getting their consoles to recognise the game. Our own Marcel van Duyn has reported disc read errors when attempting to load the game, despite the console only being newly replaced by Nintendo after the notorious Super Smash...

  • News Roll With this New Trailer for Star Fox 64 3D

    It's got special vehicles in it

    Presumably all the vehicles in Star Fox 64 3D are special — they're flown by animals, after all — but these machines are extra special. Ahead of the game's release in September, Nintendo's put out a trailer to remind you — or teach you, if this is your first go-around with the Star Fox crew — about the...

  • Talking Point What If Nintendo Became a Third Party?

    And would it prove a wise move to embrace the smartphone?

    It's no secret that the 3DS sold far below expectations, even after Nintendo wowed us at E3 and promised to clean up its online act. Many are going as far as to suggest that the Ambassador programme and slashed pricing is as good as a death knell, while investors argue that Ninty should do...

  • News Here's the European Release Line-Up for 2011

    What takes your fancy?

    Here's the complete list of upcoming European releases sent through by Nintendo this morning. You'll find future games for 3DS, Wii, DS and digital download games tucked in there too. To pull out some of the interesting dates, MotoHeroz is now scheduled for Quarter 4, alongside the similarly perennially-delayed La-Mulana...

  • News These Pokémon World Champions Are the Very Best

    Like no one was before

    Last weekend saw the Pokémon trading card game and video world championships in San Diego, and now the winners have been crowned it's time to shower them in golden Internet glory. Each game was split into three age categories: Junior, Senior and Master, with the Pokémon video game master crowned as American Ray Rizzo. His...

  • News Wii U Controller Patent Reveals Interesting Features

    Fingers crossed for a mini George Foreman grill

    At this stage in the game, Nintendo has officially revealed relatively little about the specifics behind the upcoming Wii U and its controller technology. Apart from the standard features one would come to expect from any brand of console controller, we know the Wii U's will also sport a 6.2-inch touch...

  • News Download More New Solatorobo DS Quests Now

    And in the coming weeks, too

    If you've been enjoying Solatorobo: Red the Hunter over the past few weeks, you might have had chance to try out its free download content. There's more to come too, as Nintendo outlines the next month's quests available only via download. There's a new quest every week, with today's being the Air GP Pharaoh Cup for all those Grand Prix lovers, with future content..

  • News Kirby Mass Attack Trailer Storms the Stronghold of Your Brain

    Duck and cover

    The adorable pink ball of whatever-he-is, Kirby, is coming back to DS for one last appearance with Kirby Mass Attack. Nintendo has just shot over a hot slice of video footage and some screenshots too, which you can find below. We played the game in July, so if you want to know more you can hurl yourself into our Kirby Mass Attack preview. Kirby reaches North America on 19th..

  • News Investors Urge Nintendo to Develop for Smartphones

    If further alienation is something it wants to avoid

    It's taken just several months for Nintendo to issue the 3DS's first price-cut since the console's launch; a move which Nintendo is hoping will play a part in giving the console a much-needed boost after sales have been less than expected. According to investors, there's another move that Nintendo...

  • News 3D Classics: Urban Champion Coming to Europe Next Week

    Raise your fists

    The 3D Classics series will receive its third instalment next week when 3D Classics: Urban Champion launches in Europe. The 3DS eShop was updated today with the release date and a new 3D trailer for the game, which still depicts two men fighting in front of a snack bar but with all new 3D graphics. It's quite something to behold,...

  • News NOA Will Be Watching European Xenoblade Chronicles Sales Closely

    Nintendo doesn't want to miss out, does it?

    Although Nintendo has no plans to localise sought-after games like the ones at the heart of Operation Rainfall's genesis, that's not to say the situation will necessarily stay the same. For months, fans have been vocal about their desire for Japanese RPGs The Last Story,

  • News Let's Play Xenoblade Chronicles Channel Reaches YouTube

    Rubbing it in some more

    European Wii owners can buy Xenoblade Chronicles next week. They can play it on their Wii consoles, without modification or anything like that: just put the disc in, pick up a pad, off they go. North American gamers though... well, they're not so lucky. You know what would take some of the sting out of that, though? How about an official Let's Play channel for the game,..

  • Feature Staff Roundtable - Metroid's Past, Present and Future

    Primed and ready

    25 years ago, Nintendo released the original Metroid on the world, kicking off a franchise that has hit incredible highs and suffered the odd low point too. Here news editor James Newton is joined by reviewers Jacob Crites and Thomas Whitehead to discuss the series, its heritage and where it might go in the future. James Newton: This week marks the 25th anniversary of the original..

  • News Nintendo DS Sales Figures Make Wii's Look Tiny

    More big numbers

    The Nintendo Annual Report Wii sales figures were impressive, weren't they? 86m Wii consoles sold with over 716m games sold as well. The DS sales figures dwarf those big numbers, though. Worldwide, the DS family of consoles — that's DS, DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL/LL of course — has shifted a massive 146.42m units. An estimated...

  • News Nintendo Won't Keep Miis Cooped Up in the Plaza

    More 3DS software coming

    Seeing all those Mii characters shuffling about in the 3DS Mii Plaza with little to do might be a little disheartening to watch, which is why impending first-party software that will utilise players' Miis will be good news for many. At the financial results briefing for the first quarter of this fiscal year, an investor...

  • News Nintendo's Annual Report Continues Incredible Wii Figures

    More corporate intrigue

    It's a busy time at Nintendo following the company's first quarter results for this financial year, and it's also just released its annual report for the year just gone that contains lots and lots of numbers. While many of them won't mean anything to anyone without a head for figures, there are some phenomenal numbers in...

  • News Zelda Symphony Concert Hits London on 25th October

    Europe's only show

    Nintendo's Legend of Zelda anniversary celebrations reach Europe with a symphony concert in London on 25th October. This is the only Zelda concert that will reach Europe, so if you want to see Zelda music played live, you need to get to London in October. Tickets start from £33.75 (plus booking fees) and will be available from 8th August. Will you be attending? NINTENDO..

  • Feature The Future of Nintendo Gaming - 2D or Not 2D?

    That is the question

    It’s been a busy year for Nintendo as it seeks to move onto a new generation of consoles. The 3DS is already here and, despite a sluggish start, has some big releases ahead. Then of course there is the Wii U, boasting a unique touch screen controller and the promise of much greater processing power than the Wii. Both devices...

  • News Nintendo Social Responsibility Report Makes Fascinating Reading

    "Putting smiles on faces" paramount

    Nintendo is all about creating games, but it's also a huge company with all the business stuff that entails: shareholders, finance sheets and stacks of paperwork. Business documents can be exceedingly boring, but when Nintendo's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report starts with a message of "Bringing...

  • News You Can Buy Your Zelda Symphony Tickets Today

    You know, if you want to

    The Zelda 25th Anniversary tribute concerts kick off in Los Angeles later this year, and tickets for the LA show are on sale today. There are three tiers of tickets: the bog-standard ticket at $35, the next level at $125 and a set of 200 VIP packages at $128.50. It's worth pointing out that none of these include booking...

July2011

  • News Iwata Shoulders Blame for Low 3DS Sales, Cuts Salary in Half

    "Very, very sorry"

    As the 3DS only shifted 710,000 units worldwide between 1st April and 30th June, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is feeling the hit in his own pocket, cutting his own salary in half. Iwata isn't the only high level Nintendo executive taking a hit: Shigeru Miyamoto's salary will drop by around 30%, as will fellow that of managing...

  • News Here's Nintendo's Most Up to Date Release Schedule

    No surprises

    Nintendo just updated its release global release schedule for the remainder of the calendar year, although it's disappointingly light on definitive dates for the company's biggest titles. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is still down for late 2011, Super Mario 3D Land is November and Mario Kart 7 is December. Here's the list of North...

  • News Catch Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 in October, Europe

    Nearly slime time

    We originally thought that Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 was going to make it next month, but now Nintendo Europe has dashed those hopes by announcing a release date of 7th October. The monster-catching spin-off from the main Dragon Quest series communicates with the most recent DS releases, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies and Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation,..

  • News Nintendo Gets Around to Releasing Inazuma Eleven in UK

    About time

    In January, Nintendo did something unusual: it accidentally released a video game. A small number of copies of DS football RPG Inazuma Eleven from Level-5 deftly dodged the tackles of Nintendo's distribution system and scored a few goals with customers before Nintendo blew the half-time whistle and the error was corrected. Now the game of two halves is properly coming to the UK, with a..

  • Feature The State of WiiWare

    Where can Wii go from here?

    Let's not beat around the bush here: WiiWare hasn't been a runaway success. Many Wii owners are unaware the service exists, what it offers and why they would want to use it, and those console owners who are familiar with the Wii Shop Channel are just as conscious of its myriad problems: poor content, dull presentation...

  • News Dr. Mario Cures Japanese Virtual Console Next Week

    Say "ahhh"

    Japan's about to come down with a fever, and Dr. Mario is the cure. The medicinally-minded Game Boy puzzle game comes to the console next week for 400 Yen. DSiWare fans might already be familiar with the game from Dr. Mario Express, but interestingly this is the first time we've seen the original released on Virtual Console — the NES...

  • News First Zelda Concert Takes LA in October, Tour Starts in 2012

    Ticket prices inside

    Nintendo's orchestral tribute to the Legend of Zelda series will kick off on 21st October at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, ahead of a full tour in 2012. The 70-piece orchestra and choir will play pieces picked by Koji Kondo and the Nintendo sound team and will be produced by the team behind the PLAY! A Video Game Symphony series of concerts. Tickets for the LA event go..

  • News Nintendo UK's Metroid Hub is Open to Visitors

    Come in, take a seat

    As if to prove that Nintendo hasn't forgotten about the 25th anniversary of Metroid that kicks off early next month, the company's UK wing has just launched an official hub to celebrate Samus's space adventures. The Metroid Portal contains information on most of Miss Aran's adventures, with the only omission being Game Boy outing Metroid II: Return of Samus, most likely as it's..

  • News New Zelda: Skyward Sword Trailer is Right on Target

    The strongest Link?

    While we anxiously await a release date for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, have a new trailer for the game straight from San Diego Comic-Con. The trailer is 1:45 of pure gameplay footage and shows the return of the Gorons, the evil (and goth-tastic) Lord Ghirahim and plenty more aspects of the game we haven't seen yet. We got to...

  • News Nintendo Trademarks Mii U, WiiWare U, Wii U Music and More

    Oh, the possibilities...

    A smorgasbord of trademarks that Nintendo of Japan reserved approaching the unveiling of the Wii U at E3 has just been revealed. Most of these are likely to end up as unused protective placeholders, a usual practice for the Big N, but it's still neat to see what the company might have up its sleeves. It's also worth noting that Virtual Console U, or some equivalent, is..

  • News Nintendo Returns to Comic-Con with Multiple Playable Games

    18 titles spread across Wii, 3DS and DS

    Nintendo is set for its return to Comic-Con in San Diego this year and among other activities, the special Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be set up so that attendees can stop by and try out some of the latest releases. As well as Nintendo's booth (#5135) at Comic-Con, the Nintendo Gaming Lounge situated in the...

  • News Hunt Down New Solatorobo Quests Every Week

    Learn how inside

    By now you've hopefully read our Solatorobo: Red the Hunter review, and if the 20-hour story mode isn't long enough for you there's good news: it doesn't end there. Nintendo has just given more details about the game's free downloadable quests that keep the action going after the credits roll. The first quest, available today, puts the canine Red Savarin in full-on Lassie mode,..

  • News Ocarina of Time 3D was Second Best-Selling Game of June

    United States figures are in

    Although The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D launched in the middle of the month, 11 days was all it took for the Zelda remake to establish itself as the second best-selling single-format game for the month of June. According to independent market research company NPD Group, more than 283,000 copies of the game were...

  • News EA Founder Criticises Nintendo's "Feudal Dark Age"

    Evil overlords clash

    EA founder Trip Hawkins isn't afraid to speak his mind, doing just that at a recent games conference in San Francisco. Hawkins criticised Nintendo for ushering in a "feudal dark age" with its hardware, in which "developers don't own the land they're tilling," a reference to Nintendo's licensing and...

  • News Tennis As a 3D Classics Release Was Way Out

    Don't need Hawk-Eye to tell us it's no good

    Tennis for the NES has already been released via the Wii Shop Channel as a Virtual Console game, but at one point, it was also in the process of being brought over to the 3DS as part of the 3D Classics range. The latest Iwata Asks centres on the Nintendo eShop and reveals why that re-release never came to...

  • Talking Point Wii U - Revolution or Evolution?

    Is the Wii U innovative enough, or just a big DS?

    When looked at logically, perhaps there is a valid point to be made about the Wii U. Admittedly, launch is a while away, and further details on the console and its capabilities will no doubt flow in the coming months, but the focus of this article is simple: will Wii U ‘disrupt’ the industry and...

  • News Nintendo Researching Mobile Phone Possibilities

    Don't rule it out

    In the days of the Game Boy, the idea of a portable telephonic device that also contained a powerful games console was a complete pipe dream, but here in the 21st Century the smartphone market undeniably overlaps with Nintendo's handheld consoles. Never one to be bullied out of its own game, Nintendo has conducted considerable...

  • News Awesome Nintendo Hip-Hop Starts Your Weekend Right

    Block-bashing beats

    We love a bit of Nintendo-inspired music, and it's testament to the company's creativity that it inspires artists over a wide range of genres, from Japanese beatboxers to Mario Kart jazz. Hip hop artist Heath McNease is a new favourite here at Nintendo Life Towers, waxing lyrical about Tanooki suits, the Konami code and...

  • News Nintendo Considering Automatic Demo Downloads for 3DS & Wii U

    Turn your console into a veritable warp pipe

    At a recent shareholders' Q&A session, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata spoke about introducing new releases to unfamiliar gamers through automatically downloaded demos. Just like agreeing to StreetPass or SpotPass, players would confirm their interest in receiving the content, which would later show...

  • News Nintendo Collaborating with Third-Parties to Make Hits

    We don't hear the 3DS or Wii U complaining

    At this year's E3, Nintendo showed that having strong support from third-parties is definitely something that the Wii U is striving for, and at the post event shareholders' meeting, Satoru Iwata spoke briefly about the kind of titles we'll see the company produce in the coming years. Keen to show that the 3DS and the upcoming Wii U are platforms that..

  • News 3DS Could Be Your Ticket to International Museums

    Console's educational uses being explored

    There's been some interesting dialogue being had within Nintendo. As part of the 3DS's remit to offer unique experiences, it appears Nintendo executives have been exploring ideas that fall outside of the video game category and more within the interactive educational school of thinking. Educational software...

  • News Iwata: "Difficult to Launch Hardware Close to Its Announcement"

    The timing of the 3DS and Wii U is certainly debatable

    Everyone loves a bit of gossip, and what better gossip is there in the video game industry than what new consoles are capable of? That appears to be one of Nintendo's main problems when it's in the process of unveiling new hardware. Like the company and its products or not, many are interested in the way Nintendo moves. During the 71st annual..

  • News Wii U is Technically 3D-Ready

    Check that off the list

    While it may have taken Nintendo a few years to jump on the HD bandwagon, it seems the company doesn't want to be in a position where it finds itself being left behind again when it comes to the latest trend in consumer technology. In an interview conducted by Mercury News, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata clarified the focus of the company and the Wii U's 3D capabilities:..

  • News Nintendo Still Not Heading into iPhone Games

    Pokémon app out of their hands

    The announcement of an official Pokémon game for the iPhone and iPod Touch caused some news outlets to speculate that Nintendo was testing the App Store water for its other major properties. This isn't the case of course, as the company clarified. Nintendo shares rose as much as 4.9% after the announcement of...

  • Talking Point The Growing Storm of Operation Rainfall

    Is gaming's biggest consumer advocacy movement a noble cause, or does NoA know best?

    What you see to the right of this text is a poster for Operation Rainfall. It features screen shots and information on Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower, all of which Nintendo has published in Japan to positive reviews and sales, and none of...

  • News Nintendo Invests 16 Billion Yen in Kyoto R&D Building

    Got to spend money to make money!

    Japanese news publication Nikkan has recently reported on Nintendo's new Kyoto, Japan facility and the amount of investment the company has put into the project. As translated by Andriasang, Nintendo is investing ¥16billion (approximately $204million or £127million) into the new building which will be situated at Kyoto's Minami Ward, occupying a 40,582 square..

  • News Super Mario Galaxy Director was Kept in the Dark About Wii U

    Koizumi left guessing

    Nintendo unveiled Wii U at E3 in June without a single official first-party game to demonstrate it — attendees had to make do with tech demos like New Super Mario Bros. Mii and Zelda Wii U. If you were wondering why there wasn't a more concrete showing of upcoming games, it could be because Nintendo's legendary secrecy extended even to its own top employees. Super Mario..

June2011

  • News Pachter to Operation Rainfall: "I Agree"

    Infamous analyst shows his support

    The ongoing grassroots project Operation Rainfall, designed to convince Nintendo to publish Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles and Pandora's Tower in North America, has analyst Michael Pachter chiming in via Twitter to voice his opinion. Earlier today, he tweeted: a grass roots movement to convince Nintendo to localize games like Xenoblade. Interesting, if Reggie..

  • News Ocarina of Time at One Point Confined Within Ganon's Castle

    Could have turned out very different yet still familiar

    One of the things that we love about The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is how easy it is to just take Epona out for a ride; whether it's a quick boost from point A to B, or just making prints in Hyrule Field to past the time, horse riding has now become a staple of main Zelda games. As the...

  • News Xenoblade Chronicles Bundle Pack is Beautiful

    Even more incentive to pre-order now

    Deciding whether to buy a Classic Controller Pro? Planning on getting Xenoblade Chronicles? Nintendo might have made your purchasing decisions a little easier to make. With the RPG getting its European retail release on 2nd September, gamers will be able to buy a special pre-order bundle pack that comes with a...

  • News Nintendo 3DS Playable at Vans Warped Tour '11

    Music, sports and video games

    The Vans Warped Tour '11 has already kicked off and attendees won't only be enjoying the live music and sports as Nintendo has something of its own that people will be able to experience too. As a sponsor of the music and extreme sports festival, Nintendo will have its own interactive demo areas on-site. If in need of a break from live acts like Pepper, Less Than Jake,..

  • News Nintendo has no Desire to be Number One in Online Gaming

    Wii U online functionality still important

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has in the past expressed the company's dissatisfaction with its online efforts on the Wii, and although it's plausible to think that Nintendo will attempt to pull out all the stops with the upcoming Wii U, Nintendo EAD general manager Shigeru Miyamoto has given some insights...

  • News Mystery Case Files Investigates Europe on 9th September

    Get your magnifying glass and deerstalker

    European Wii owners, you're getting a dose of object finding in September. Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident is an exclusive Wii instalment in the popular hidden object series, and it's coming to Europe on 9th September. While the game launches in North America on 27th June, so Europeans have a bit of a wait ahead to open the case of mystery files..

  • News Ocarina of Time 3D Soundtrack Coming to Australasia

    Club Nintendo members get ready

    Not to miss out on the soundtrack promotion for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, gamers down under will also be able to register the 3DS title and get their hands on that special CD. The remake of Link's classic Nintendo 64 adventure is scheduled for release in Australia and New Zealand on 30th June. Club Nintendo members who register their copy of the game..

  • News Wii U Striking Balance Between Performance and Price

    Won't "dramatically" outperform PS3 and 360

    With rumours of the Wii U's technical specs being significantly higher than those of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it's easy to pin our hopes up too high and expect something that simply isn't. After Shigeru Miyamoto's conversation with GameSpot at E3, it only sounds even more realistic that we should...

  • News Fils-Aime: "3DS Didn't Launch Prematurely"

    Lower than expected sales because of...?

    Four million 3DS consoles were shipped prior to its launch and like any other company, Nintendo was hoping every unit would be sold by the end of the fiscal year. Missing that target by about 400,000 units, Nintendo conceded that 3DS sales had been lower than expected. Although the 3DS broke multiple

  • News Sony: Wii U is No Threat, Says "Welcome to 2006, Nintendo"

    Jack Tretton not impressed

    The Wii U was a big ace up Nintendo's sleeve at this year's E3, but president of Sony Computer Entertainment America Jack Tretton doesn't see the console as much of a threat to its current generation PlayStation 3. Tretton spoke to Forbes about the E3 reveal of Nintendo's new console and had this to say: I didn’t see...

  • News Nintendo Directors Have Spent 285 Years Shaping the Industry

    EXP off the charts

    Nintendo's joint position as the venerable grandfather of gaming and constant innovator is a combination of imagination, intelligence and experience, and the latter is something the company's guiding lights certainly are not short of. Nintendo's annual general meeting is coming up next week, and the company will be electing ten directors, a slight slimming down from its current..

  • First Impressions Kirby Wii

    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 also the classic gameplay system as well. From the..

  • News Nintendo Europe Site Returns to Full Capacity

    Security beefed-up

    Last week reported that the European Nintendo website may have been a victim of a phishing scam, with Nintendo closing down certain sections of the site for security reasons. Now the site is back up and fully operational. This means if you're picking up Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D today, you'll have to be quick to register it on Club Nintendo for a chance to win one of..

  • News There Will Be No Zelda 25th Anniversary Collection

    Good news, bad news?

    Nintendo is celebrating 25 years since the very first Legend of Zelda, but whereas last year the company celebrated Mario's quarter-century with the much-maligned Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition, the Hero of Time will receive no such compendium. According to the latest Japanese Iwata Asks article (via Nintendo World Report) Nintendo of America suggested a 25th..

  • News Nintendo Not Interested in Producing Free-To-Play Software

    Iwata not willing to take the risk, it seems

    Nintendo's made it clear that it hasn't been totally satisfied with its online efforts thus far, and the upcoming Wii U will hopefully resolve all that. Although the company hasn't revealed exactly how things will be different with its next home console, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has made one thing clear: Nintendo is not interested in free-to-play..

  • E3 2011 Reader Questions

    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..

  • News Four Swords Freebie is the Game Boy Advance Version

    That settles it

    You may remember Nintendo announcing that The Legend of Zelda multiplayer game Four Swords will be available for free for DSiWare. Further clarification from the company has cleared up which version it will be. Nintendo has now verified that the freebie will be the version that came with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for...

  • First Impressions Nintendo Wii U

    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 feel for what the system could do from a practical..

  • News Wii U Won't Support Blu-ray or DVD Playback

    So don't bother trying

    With news that the Wii U won't be compatible with GameCube games, and that the console's proprietary disc format is able to hold an amount of data that rivals the PlayStation 3, we naturally wonder if the console will be able to play Blu-ray Discs, or even DVDs. At this year's E3 analyst Q&A session, hopes of being able to play the aforementioned formats on the Wii U have..

  • News Nintendo Buys Up Domains for WiiUWare, Wii U Sports and More

    It's all coming up Wii U

    The best thing about Nintendo's new console being called Wii U is it's easy for the company to think up domain names. The latest batch below show the Big N has gone all-out to register several high-profile domains, and although they're not all likely to be used there are some interesting registrations. WiiUWare.com is one of the more interesting names, particularly as..

  • News Nintendo Taking "Massive Leap" with Wii U's Online Set-Up

    PlayStation Network and Xbox Live might want to watch out

    Nintendo might feel that it's finally starting to get the hang of digital storekeeping, but what about a console's online presence and functionality? Speaking to Eurogamer, Nintendo marketing manager Rob Lowe explained the importance of having a strong online set-up now as opposed to having...

  • News Wii U and Its Controller Near Their Final Form Factor

    Reggie Fils-Aime talks design and tablet trend

    Although the aesthetic design of the Wii U controller may look similar to tablet devices, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime points out that the company is not trying to tap into the tablet market. During a VentureBeat interview, Fils-Aime spoke about Wii U's development and how it took place before tablet devices gained the popularity we..

  • First Impressions Mario Kart (3DS)

    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...

  • News We May Have 8-Player Online with Mario Kart 3DS

    Bring on the competition!

    There will be a number of new features in the upcoming Mario Kart for 3DS, and if all goes according to plan, an increase in the number of players competing against each other online will be one of them. Mario Kart DS featured four-player online and Nintendo is looking to double this figure with the 3DS instalment. The game will feature eight-player local wireless action..

  • News Nintendo Website May Be Victim of Phishing Scam

    Nothing to do with overpaying for haddock

    Nintendo's European website may be the victim of a phishing scam as investigations are underway to determine the severity of the situation. Until further notice, certain parts of the site have been shut down while Nintendo investigates. Taken from the online notice that's posted on the website, Nintendo...

  • News Following Wii U Unveiling, Nintendo Shares Drop 10%

    Iwata: "It's very strange."

    Much like the 3DS, Nintendo is adamant that Wii U has to be seen and experienced first-hand if it is to be understood. Could this be the reason why Nintendo shares took a plunge following the new console's announcement at E3? In the two days following Nintendo's E3 conference on Tuesday, shares dropped by almost 10...

  • First Impressions Luigi's Mansion 2 (3DS)

    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...

  • News Wii U Games Using Two New Controllers Being Considered

    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..

  • First Impressions Super Mario 3D (3DS)

    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...

  • News The DS is About to Enter the Super Fossil Fighters Age

    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..

  • News Mario Kart 3DS Video Slipstreams Behind Screenshots

    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 Mario Kart will see release on 3DS before the year..

  • 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 Mario Kart 3DS Drives, Glides and Dives this Year

    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 skies in gliders and diving under the surface of..

  • News Paper Mario in Motion is a Many Splendoured Thing

    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...

  • News First Super Mario 3DS Screenshots Jump Into View

    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 it reaches us.

  • Reaction Upcoming 3DS Games

    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.

  • News 3DS Users Will Soon Have 25,000 Hotspots to Connect To

    Wi-Fi coverage gets super-sized in the United States

    Remember when Nintendo said that thanks to its collaboration with communications firm AT&T, there would be 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots available throughout the United States? Well, that number just got even higher. Through an extended agreement with AT&T, 3DS users will have access to nearly...

  • 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...

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  • News Xenoblade Chronicles' Alternative Cover has been Decided

    Is it the one you chose?

    It's a shame that companies don't decorate games with alternative sleeve covers more often as it's a great way to introduce more artwork and a level of customisation to gamers. It's a good thing that Nintendo and Monolith Soft are into that sort of thing. Nintendo of Europe recently supplied four pieces of artwork for gamers...

  • News We Found a Trailer for Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident

    It was beneath the bookcase

    Wii find 'em adventure Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident (formerly known as Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust) is out in a month, but you can gear yourself up for the hidden object action with the game's opening video. The story centres on Malgrave Island, home to a "magically powerful dust", with two players able to team up to find the objects hidden..

  • 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 Resi: Mercenaries Goes Gunning for Europe on 1st July

    Clips at the ready

    Now we know the starting cast for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, with Barry Burton rounding-off the cast, and now we know when Europeans will be able to get their hands on the game: 1st July. We played the game back in January, so be sure to read our First Impressions: Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Capcom's sho

  • News Feast Your Eyes on Zelda: Ocarina of Time Artwork

    Link's never looked better

    As you'll have read in our Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D preview, Link's rarely looked better than in his next appearance. It's not just the 3DS's advanced graphics technology making the game look so good, though: it all goes back to the original artwork, as Nintendo has released a series of images showing how Link's...

  • News Are We Nearing the End of Consoles? Nintendo Thinks Not

    Nintendo's director of PR thinks consoles are too unique to die off

    Fox News recently ran a story in which it suggests the traditional home console may soon be losing its place in our home as consumer demands evolve and smartphones provide deeper gaming experiences . Well, it starts off with a rather bold statement claiming that "the end is near" for games consoles, which is immediately..

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