Nintendo - News

May2011

  • News Nintendo to Distribute Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D in Europe

    Keeps signing those deals

    Nintendo pledged to give more support to third party publishers on 3DS, signing European distribution and marketing deals for Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Dead or Alive: Dimensions. Now you can add Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D to that list, as Nintendo of Europe has signed on to bring the game to Europe. In a...

  • News Nintendo Confirms Live Stream of E3 2011 Show

    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...

  • News Nintendo Confirms E3 2011 Conference Details

    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 — we'll have the first playtest of the new Nintendo..

  • News Nintendo of America Hires Scott Moffitt as New Executive VP

    Everyone, welcome the new guy

    After Cammie Dunaway's departure from Nintendo in late 2010, Reggie Fils-Aime stood in as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, but now he can step aside as Nintendo of America has announced Cammie's successor: Scott Moffitt. Moffitt comes from a successful sales background, having worked on Dial soap, Right Guard deodorant, Mountain Dew Code Red and AMP..

  • News Super Mario 3D to Use 3DS Gyro Sensor

    No second analogue stick, no problem

    While we currently don't have a lot of concrete information on Nintendo's upcoming Super Mario 3D, we are beginning to see bits and pieces of info trickling out as we near this year's E3 show in Los Angeles. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Miyamoto explained how the game's camera system would be...

  • News Gear Up for Solatorobo's Launch with New Videos

    Publicity push planned

    Namco Bandai's furry mech RPG Solatorobo: Red the Hunter is due to attack European DS consoles on 1st July, courtesy of Nintendo. The publishing team-up has just announced a plan to bring new videos and details on the game every other week as its release date approaches. For the uninitiated, Solatorobo is an action RPG title that strays ever-so-slightly from the usual genre..

  • News Nintendo Reinforcing Western Development for Wii's Successor

    Despite what some might think, Nintendo can't do everything by itself

    Nintendo has a number of things to get right with the successor to the Wii, or else it risks facing more competition from its rivals than it needs to. Aside from setting a new paradigm in video gaming, Nintendo will have to build on the momentum that the launch of the 3DS has created, and if that's not enough to juggle, the..

April2011

  • News You Won't Get a Nintendo Console with a Buttonless Controller

    That satisfyingly soft click is here to stay

    With the introduction of touchscreens and motion controls, the cynical gamer might think it's a matter of time before Nintendo abandons the use of buttons all together. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata assures us that that's not what the company has planned. During an Analyst Meeting earlier this week, Iwata was asked what his opinions of touch control devices..

  • News Nintendo to Promptly Work On 3D Video Service After Upcoming 3DS Update

    Something other than games to enjoy

    Nintendo is definitely trying to flex some of the multi-functional muscles of the 3DS as the company talks about providing something other than just games for its users. At the recent Financial Earnings Briefing, president and CEO Satoru Iwata reiterated Nintendo's plans to provide 3D video content for 3DS users after the scheduled system update in May..

  • News Nintendo Expected Higher 3DS Sales

    Slips from the top of the Japanese hardware chart

    It's been on the Japanese market for a couple of months now and worldwide for about half that time, but the 3DS simply isn't selling as expected by Nintendo. During Satoru Iwata's presentation at Nintendo's Financial Results Briefing, the president admitted that sales of the handheld started to slow...

  • News No Waggle Needed to Master Rhythm Heaven on Wii

    It's all about buttons

    Nintendo's reluctance to reveal much of anything about the tentatively-titled Rhythm Heaven on Wii is a cause of much consternation, but one nugget we can share should enough happiness to unfurrow your brow. Due in the summer, the game will be playable entirely with buttons, meaning no need to use your Wii Remote as a fork,...

  • News Nintendo's Profits Show a Significant Drop, This Year Should Improve

    Decreases in sales explained, and Nintendo's forecast for this fiscal year

    Although Nintendo has claim to notable achievements with its hardware ― the DS has proved to be the best-selling handheld ever and global Wii sales have surpassed the 86 million mark, the company's profit numbers for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2011 show a significant drop. Net sales totaled 1,014.3 billion yen,..

  • Rumour Rare Looking Into 3DS Development

    Banjo-Kazooie 3D a possibility

    The rumour mill has been churning up some pretty exciting stuff lately, and here's a bit that seems plausible considering that Microsoft saw no problem with Rare working on DS games like Viva Piñata and Diddy Kong Racing. Supposedly, the company is in talks with Nintendo to develop games for the 3DS platform,...

  • News Star Fox 64 3D is a Newly-Arranged Classic with Motion Controls

    ETA: This summer

    As part of Satoru Iwata's presentation at Nintendo's Financial Results Briefing, the CEO spoke about the upcoming Japanese release of Star Fox 64 3D and what gamers can expect from Fox McCloud's stereoscopic return. Launching in Japan on 14th July, the reworked version of the classic scrolling shooter is described as: ... a newly-arranged version of "Star Fox 64," the..

  • News Big 3DS Release Dates Still Up in the Air

    Lots still to be confirmed

    Shigeru Miyamoto recently assured gamers that Super Mario 3DS will release in 2011, but those hoping to hear more concrete release plans at the recent investors' meeting will be disappointed, as Nintendo hasn't yet given any indications on when its biggest 3DS titles will hit the machine. Super Mario, Mario Kart, Paper Mario and Animal Crossing — all temporary names —..

  • News It's Cafe Time on Nintendo's Development Site

    Update: Images now removed

    Update: The images have now been removed from the development site, but are archived here for reference. Many gamers and media outlets have been snooping around Nintendo's development site Wario World for some time now in the hopes of catching even a morsel of information about Nintendo's upcoming home console. Now it seems like all of that nosing around has finally paid..

  • News Another Zelda Remake for 3DS?

    Miyamoto's 3DS Zelda kick continues

    It seems that the upcoming release of Ocarina of Time might not be the only Legend of Zelda remake we see appearing on 3DS, at least not if Nintendo's head game guru has anything to do with it. In a recent conversation with Edge magazine, Miyamoto talked about Nintendo finally getting back to game development after spending a significant amount of time creating..

  • Rumour Nintendo Stream Coming Sooner Than We Think

    Rumoured name and release details revealed

    According to a report today on IGN, Nintendo is considering Stream as one of the names for their upcoming game console. An IGN source also claims that the console might possibly see a release as soon as late October 2011, although it would seem more likely for Nintendo to wait until early 2012 in an effort...

  • News Miyamoto: "I Will Do My Best to Deliver New Mario This Year"

    Pulling out all the stops

    We haven't seen much of Super Mario on 3DS save for a few early screenshots, causing some to speculate the game won't see release until 2012 at the earliest. However, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto wants to assure fans that he's doing everything to bring a new Mario game out this year. Speaking to GameBlog.fr, Miyamoto said: Je vous promets de tout faire pour vous livrer..

  • Rumour Could This Be the Next Nintendo Console?

    More scrumptious rumours to mull over

    Well the rumour mill marches on with yet another interesting development in the form of some pictures that may or may not be of the actual Wii successor. While it's easy to see that the system and controllers match the descriptions we've already seen popping up around the internet lately, there's absolutely no...

  • News 3DS UK Tour Keeps Rolling On with New Dates Confirmed

    StreetPass opportunities galore

    Nintendo's UK arm keeps on bringing the 3DS to punters up and down the country, with more dates confirmed over the coming months. The press release mentions the thrill of playing new releases before anyone else, including games that aren't even available in this country, though there's no specific titles mentioned. We were to don our speculation caps (which with all..

  • News Zelda 3D Developed by Grezzo Co, Not Nintendo EAD

    Secret of Mana director's studio in charge

    Until now, we had assumed that Nintendo EAD, responsible for most Zelda games, would develop the hotly anticipated 3DS title The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, but an OFLC rating has revealed that the honour instead belongs to little-known Japanese studio Grezzo Co. Grezzo is helmed by Koichi Ishii, who worked on the Final Fantasy series all the way..

  • Rumour We May See a New Nintendo Console at E3

    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...

  • News Star Fox 64 3D Entering Japanese Airspace on 14th July

    The fox that can fly makes his return this summer

    Fox McCloud and his motley crew of wingmen are back this summer as they barrel roll their way into an upcoming Japanese release. Announced back at E3 2010, Star Fox 64 3D is an updated 3DS instalment of Star Fox 64 on the Nintendo 64, and thanks to the depth perception achieved by the handheld's 3D...

  • News Europe, Your Q2 Release Line-Up is Waiting

    Lots to look forward to

    Here's hoping you have plenty of coins in that wallet if you're intending to see most of the games this year has to offer, as Nintendo Europe has released an overview of the games coming to Wii, 3DS and DS in the next three months. Further down the line will see European releases of Wii Play: Motion with a Red Wii Remote Plus controller, Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave..

  • News These Games Are Coming to You Before June is Over

    What lies in store?

    Nintendo's list of games to be released on Wii, DS and 3DS in the next three months contains a few surprises — we already reported on Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D's launch date — but let's not forget the third-parties who continue to support Nintendo consoles. The list below is an overview of the games on the way to North American shops between now and the start of July, so..

  • News Zelda: Ocarina of Time Reaches Europe on 17th June

    Two day head start

    Hey, Europeans, your good luck when it comes to getting 3DS-related things before North Americans continues, as Nintendo of Europe has announced that Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will reach Europe on 17th June, two days before its North American launch. The game has been localised into five languages: English, French, German and Spanish and Italian for the very first time,..

  • News Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust Rounds Out a Busy June

    27th June date unearthed

    Wii Play: Motion launches on 13th June and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D isn't far behind, but there's a third Nintendo title on the way in June: Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust on 27th June. The first Wii entry in the super-successful series, this makes use of the console's multiplayer features to allow gamers to team up or face off to hunt for hidden objects in a..

  • News Nintendo to Release Solatorobo: Red the Hunter in Europe

    Update: 1st July release confirmed

    Update: Nintendo has revealed the game will launch in Europe on 1st July. It seems like only last week we asked what's going on with Solatorobo: Red the Hunter?, and now we have the answer: Nintendo will release the Namco Bandai game in Europe later this year. As in similar deals for Super Street Fighter IV 3D...

  • Guides Using QR Codes on Your Nintendo 3DS

    Sharing Miis is fun and easy

    Easily one of the more popular features of the Wii console was the ability to create personalised avatars called Mii characters. Nintendo has brought this unique feature over to the 3DS, with a host of new features that make creating and sharing them not only much easier, but more fun as well. We know that many of you...

  • News Nintendo Wants More Developers Like Retro Studios, Please

    Who doesn't?

    We reported recently that Retro Studios thinks like Nintendo, so it shouldn't be any surprise that Nintendo is keen to find more developers on the same wavelength. Speaking to Edge magazine, Nintendo's US liaison Kensuke Tanabe stressed the importance of fostering stronger relationships with Western developers, in addition to Nintendo's...

  • News Nintendo Said Unto the Patent Office: Let There Be Wii Light

    Another wacky peripheral gets uncovered

    Nintendo's always been one for experimenting with peripheral accessories designed to boost the functionality of its hardware. From football controllers, to inflatable horseback saddles, Nintendo's patented them all. A recent uncovering by Siliconera ha

  • Rumour We May See Big Capcom Announcements Next Week

    Monster press event planned

    Capcom's Captivate event is just a few days away, and Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Andriasang) is reporting the publisher has at least six games to show off. Known titles include Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3Dm Street Fighter X Tekken — a 3DS version of which is rumoured — and non-Nintendo titles Asura's Wrath...

  • News Nintendo Buys Up TheLastStory.com, Points to Nintendo.com

    Announcement on the way?

    Japanese RPG The Last Story has attracted more than a few envious glances from transatlantic gamers eager to delve into Mistwalker's Wii roleplayer, but so far Nintendo has made no concrete announcements about the game heading to the West. Now there's a little glimmer of hope for fans in North America. The domain name TheLastStory.com was recently registered by Nintendo and..

  • News Steel Diver Depth Charges Towards Europe on 6th May

    Sub-tle puns ahoy

    The wait for submarine adventure Steel Diver to reach Europe won't be as long as first feared, as Nintendo confirms the game will hit the continent on 6th May. The game is a combination of styles, with a two-dimensional obstacle course of sorts as well as a gyroscope-powered periscope mode and a Battleships-style strategy minigame...

March2011

  • News Japan's Minna No Theater Channel Closes Its Curtains

    It's a wrap for the WiiWare video rental service

    Since its launch back in January 2009, Japan's Minna No Theater (Everyone's Wii Theater) service allowed users to stream rented video content on their Wii consoles, and half a year later, the service got a boost when homegrown and international films were added to the selection of various television shows. So it's unfortunate to see that the..

  • News Angry Birds Dev Calls Nintendo Games "$49 Pieces of Plastic"

    Ruffles some feathers

    Whether you think Nintendo has nothing to fear from mobile games or not, it's quite a verbal battleground these days as both sides stick up for their pricing and content structure. This time it's the turn of Angry Birds developer Rovio to send a few well-chosen word birds flying through the air to attack the metaphorical green...

  • News Metacritic Career Ratings Pit Aonuma Versus Miyamoto

    But who wins?

    Love it or loathe it, Metacritic is here to stay. The site collates review scores for thousands of films, TV shows and of course video games, but while the site is the source of plenty of debate it has given rise to an entertaining pastime: Metacritic Top Trumps. The site was recently updated to allow you to see average Metacritic...

  • News Nintendo Clarifies Stance on Garage Developers

    Loves them really

    There was something of a storm in a teacup around Reggie Fils-Aime's recent comments that Nintendo isn't interested in garage developers. As long-time fans of WiiWare and DSiWare will know, some of the services' better titles have originated from semi-professional coders or small development teams. Now Nintendo of America's...

  • News 3DS Launch Title Sales Chart (UK)

    Capcom's brawler flies off store shelves

    Well the Nintendo 3DS system has now been available in the UK for a mere four days, but the launch title sales figures have already started rolling in and there are actually a few surprises to be found. It's not often that we see a third-party offering manage to beat out Nintendo's first-party titles, but it...

  • News Nintendo Europe Beating Up Dead or Alive Dimensions in May

    The great fight begins

    Nintendo Europe clearly has faith in the fighting skills of its 3DS handheld: not only is it taking care of marketing and distribution for Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, it's going to do the same thing for Tecmo Koei's Dead or Alive Dimensions in May. While Tecmo Koei will maintain publishing privileges, Nintendo's...

  • News Nintendo Uncertain Whether 3DS Demos will be Worth the Effort

    Hideki Konno ponders...

    The 3DS has shown a rather cautious side to Nintendo: from the delayed roll out of the eShop, to the sophisticated anti-piracy measures that can't be put into words, to safety warnings for young children, Nintendo has most of the bases covered. So much so, Nintendo is even considering

  • News Konno: 3DS Won't Compete with Mobile Gaming Prices

    Project leader distinguishes the two separate markets

    With development costs for 3DS software as much as triple that of DS games, does mobile gaming pose a threat to Nintendo's business plans? Following Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's comments on mobile phone manufacturers and popular social utility networks at this year's Game Developers Conference, 3DS p

  • News 1 Million Copies of Pokémon Black and White Sold in Europe

    European Pokémon install base grows to a monster number

    We recently learnt of the successful launch of the Pokémon Black and White games in the United States, and it seems they haven't been doing too badly in Europe either. Since both Black and White versions of the latest Pokémon adventure were released into the European wilderness on 4th March, the games have sold over 1 million copies in just..

  • Talking Point To 3D or Not to 3D?

    That is the question

    With the release of the 3DS in Japan, gamers have finally been able to sit down with the system and play it for extended periods of time. While this has led to a lot of excitement and rave reviews, it's also brought up a lot of complaints about headaches, motion sickness and blurred vision. Given that there are a huge number of gamers outside of Japan who have yet to experience..

  • News Wii is the Fastest Console in U.S. History to Shift 35 Million Units

    Several Nintendo titles reach new milestones

    If you need proof that the Wii is still going strong, you only need to look at the month of February as Nintendo shifts another 5 million consoles in the United States in less than a year, with several games breaking new milestones to boot. Having sold 30 million Wii consoles back in August, Nintendo has now broken the 35 million barrier in the U.S..

  • Hardware Review Nintendo 3DS

    We take Nintendo's 3D portable wonder for a spin

    To say that the buzz surrounding the upcoming Nintendo 3DS system is insane would probably be the understatement of the century. The system has garnered an incredible amount of hype and anticipation over the past year since it was announced and now that we've had a hefty dose of playing time on the...

  • News Nintendo Begins Its U.S. 3DS Demo Tour This Weekend

    Four major cities playing host

    Ahead of the North American launch of the 3DS on 27th March, Nintendo has announced details on its United States demo tour where members of the public can try the system out and experience its unique 3D effects. Demo Pods and mobile Demo Squads will be spread across 40 locations in cities across the U.S. starting from...

  • News Mario Kart Without Items Isn't Mario Kart, That Includes the Blue Shell

    Hideki Konno explains the importance of its inclusion

    We can't expect franchises to stay the same forever, but when the crowd-dividing Blue Shell was introduced to the Mario Kart series back in Mario Kart 64, maybe not all of us expected it to stay through to the modern day instalments. Hideki Konno is one of the main players behind the series,...

  • News Nintendo Hasn't Forgotten About the Wii, Don't Worry

    More titles to be elaborated on in the coming weeks

    Gamers might be forgiven to assume the DS is reaching the end of its lifespan since the 3DS is almost available worldwide, but perhaps we should be a bit more optimistic about the Wii? In terms of titles that are developed or published by Nintendo, things are looking rather quiet for this coming year; with Europe finally getting Kirby's Epic Yarn..

  • News An Old School Look at The Reginator

    Our favourite Nintendo president in his prime

    Have you ever sat there watching Nintendo's E3 press conference and wondered what The Reginator looked like in his younger days? If so, have we got a picture for you. While we have no idea at exactly what age this photo of Reggie was snapped, we can definitely tell that people were still frequenting...

  • News 3DS Arrives at Nintendo Life

    And we've got the pics to prove it

    Well after months of anticipation, the Nintendo 3DS system has finally arrived at Nintendo Life Towers, with more units still on the way. As you can see from the picture at the right, we got the Aqua Blue color, along with Super Street Figher IV 3D Edition and Ridge Racer 3D to go with it. You can also get a look...

  • News Iwata: Monthly 3G Fees Will Decrease the NGP Userbase

    We wouldn't want that to happen with the 3DS, would we?

    He may think that the 3DS and Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) will appeal to different demographics, but intrinsically, the two systems share more in common with each other than the rivals let on. One difference however, is the inclusion of a 3G service on the NGP, and Iwata has shared his thoughts on the possible implications of..

  • News Nintendo Names Cynthia Gordon New Corporate Affairs VP

    Denise Kaigler's replacement commences next month

    As Nintendo's range of hardware expands, so too does its family of employees. The company has announced the hiring of Cynthia Gordon, a strategic communications professional with over two decades of consumer-brand experience, as Nintendo of America's Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Gordon will officially start her new role on 14 March,..

February2011

  • Feature Nintendo Life 3DS FAQ

    Everything you want to know about Nintendo's new 3DS console

    With an absolute barrage of information swarming around as we approach the upcoming release of the Nintendo 3DS system, we thought now might be a good time to sit down and sift through the mess and try to add some answers to the many questions that have been floating around. Rather than...

  • Talking Point Why Nintendo and Rare Should Reunite

    Is now the right time for Rare to come back home?

    Last week wasn't the best of times for the UK games industry. We reported that indie dev The Code Monkeys shut its doors after 23 years and on Friday Bizarre Creations – who produced the brilliant Project Gotham Racing for Microsoft, as well as the criminally underrated Blur – finally closed...

  • News Here's the Lucky Winner of Nintendo's Dragon Quest Contest

    His name is Larry

    Last week we reported on Nintendo of America's Dragon Quest VI Twitter competition, won by Larry LaHaie of Lansing, MI, who got to meet series creator Yuji Horii. Not only did LaHaie get to shake hands with the respected designer, he also shared lunch with Horii, as well as the game's executive producer, chatting away for two...

  • News Man Arrested for Blackmailing Nintendo with Stolen User Data

    Crime doesn't pay

    Come on, people. It's one thing to steal the data of Nintendo users, but it's another thing to attempt to blackmail Nintendo with it. Police in Spain have arrested a man in the southern province of Malaga suspected of stealing the user data of Nintendo gamers, who allegedly then tried to blackmail Nintendo with the...

  • News 3DS Audio Features Aren't Exactly Out of Tune

    From soundtracks to voice chat, the handheld holds the note pretty well

    Don't let the visual side of things take all the limelight with the upcoming 3DS: the aural tricks that the handheld console can play aren't too shabby either. Nintendo of America recently responded to gamers' questions on the wonder machine and the answers were more than interesting. It seems the 3DS allows developers to..

  • News Hudson Entertainment Closes its Doors, Cancels its Projects

    US office shuts up shop

    Hudson Entertainment, the North American localisation arm of Japanese firm Hudson Soft, is to close its doors for the last time. A blog post by product manager Morgan Haro has revealed the Western distributor of Hudson games has been disbanded, with all Hudson's previously planned projects hitting the skids as well, meaning...

  • News Prepare for Dragon Quest VI with A New Trailer

    Six appeal

    It's just one week until gamers in North America can get their hands on another slice of Japanese RPG action, with the long-awaited release of Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation on Nintendo DS. Previously only available in Japan, the game is making its Western debut in North America on Monday February 14th, and Nintendo has released a...

  • News Nintendo: Inazuma Eleven Not Officially Launched in the UK

    Stock released "in error"

    Our British copy of Inazuma Eleven arrived recently, flying in the face of general wisdom that the game isn't yet available in the UK. Since then we've been in contact with Nintendo UK, who have been able to clarify the situation. Robert Saunders, Nintendo's head of communications, confirmed that the game has not officially launched in the UK, but that a small number of..

  • News Proof that Inazuma Eleven Really Is Out in the UK

    Update: Nintendo speaks!

    The Inazuma Eleven saga continues. Launched in Europe on January 28th, the game's been absent from the vast majority of retailers, causing many sites to speculate the game isn't available. In fact, a Nintendo customer service representative told N-Europe: Unfortunately, this game has been delayed slightly within the UK. We should have further information available about..

January2011

  • News Donkey Kong Country Returns Sells Over 4 Million in a Month

    Worldwide sales as strong as DK's ground pounding

    It hasn't been out for long when compared to the other big sellers of last year, but that hasn't stopped Donkey Kong Country Returns from flying off the shelves. The return of the Donkey Kong franchise by way of Retro Studios has been selling like hot cakes ripe bananas since its North American...

  • News Iwata: 3DS and NGP will Appeal to Different Target Audiences

    "The customers will decide which is correct"

    Nintendo isn't the only company with new portable hardware coming out soon as Sony has recently announced details of its follow-up to the PSP range of models in the form of the Next Generation Portable (NGP). Speaking to Bloomberg, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata spoke about the upcoming Sony handheld device...

  • News Launching This Spring is Nintendo's Secretive Title, Pandora's Tower

    It's about death, or something...

    During Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's presentation at the company's Third Quarter Financial Results Briefing, a new Nintendo title for the Wii was announced and should be hitting Japan in the first half of 2011. Not much is known about the game at the moment, with the most solid of facts being the game will carry the title of Pandora's Tower. Iwata revealed that the..

  • News 3DS Update in May Includes eShop and Other Applications

    Better late than never

    Recent reports of the Nintendo eShop being ready when the 3DS launches have now been countered by Nintendo's Q3 financial results briefing. The report states that the download store won't be available until the system's first update which will be rolled out towards the end of May, and that will be the case for other markets...

  • News There'll be Plenty of 3DS Consoles at Launch, UK

    Nintendo beefing up supply chain

    With pre-orders reportedly outpacing the pre-release demand for Wii in 2006, gamers and retailers across the UK might be worried there won't be enough stock after March 25th to keep up with demand. Nintendo doesn't want you to have to ring around stores, refresh websites and chase delivery vans to get your hands on a console: it wants you to stay at home in comfort,..

  • News Reggie Explains Why Nintendo Stuck With Friend Codes For 3DS

    Easier now for gamers, but is it the most convenient overall method?

    Nintendo knows that one area it needs to improve on is its online strategy, and in particular, the online functionality of its range of hardware. With the upcoming 3DS, the company is hoping to improve on several areas that its been lacking in in recent years: one example is a more...

  • News Profits Down 46% As Nintendo Makes $1.3 Billion

    Cuts sales projections for Wii and DS

    The accounting period just before launching a new console is always a tough one: who's likely to shell out for a machine when a newer, shinier model is on the horizon? Perhaps that's partly to blame for a sharp decrease in Nintendo's third-quarter profits which saw the company's operating profit drop to $1.3...

  • News Inazuma Eleven Looking to Score in Europe on Friday

    But where's the marketing?

    You'd think a football game from the creators of the Professor Layton games would be enough to pique the interest of games retailers, but judging from the complete lack of awareness and availability in the marketplace you'd be greatly mistaken. Inazuma Eleven for Nintendo DS launches across the UK and Europe this Friday, but Nintendo has made next-to no noise about the..

  • News Australian 3DS Event Set for February 8th

    Release date and price likely to be revealed

    Nintendo Australia has announced that they'll be holding an event on February 8th in Sydney to discuss their launch plans for Nintendo's upcoming 3DS system. While no specifics of the event have been detailed so far, speculation points to an Australian release date and price point being revealed to the...

  • News European 3DS Launch Line-up Close to Being Finalised

    To be revealed a lot sooner than the Japanese launch

    Seven weeks prior to the upcoming Japanese launch of the 3DS, Nintendo was in a position where it officially revealed the launch titles that will be released in conjunction with the console. Whilst Nintendo of Europe isn't quite ready to announce what titles will be available on 25th March, the company is confident the final line-up will be..

  • News The Official 3DS UK Tour Starts Next Month

    Four cities announced so far

    You have to see it to be believe it. That's what Nintendo thinks consumers ought to do with the upcoming 3DS anyways, and if that's the ethos that Nintendo is going by, then what better way is there to let the public know about the 3DS than a nationwide UK tour? That's exactly what Nintendo has up its sleeves and to date, the company has announced the first four dates..

  • News Why the 3DS Will Not Use an Achievement System

    Nintendo appeals to gamers' sense of discovery

    Across the current generation of game systems, all but Nintendo's have one thing in common – some sort of Achievement scheme. This is a feature that tracks certain actions performed and points reached across titles, tallying it all into one cumulative score. Nintendo's Bill Trinen has said that even...

  • News Nintendo Defends European Retailers' Pricing of the 3DS

    There's nothing else like it on the market

    Nintendo's launch announcement of the upcoming 3DS was bittersweet yesterday as the release date and schedule of games were missing the all-important price tag of the system itself. With no final pricing currently determined for the U.K. and the rest of Europe, the majority of retailers have listed the...

  • News Nintendo Confirms 3DS Will Be Region-Locked

    To what extent?

    Back at E3 2010, Nintendo revealed that the decision on whether the 3DS will be region-locked hadn't been made yet, and just earlier this month, an alleged portion of a Nintendo support email spoke of "region codes" being built into the 3DS system and its games. Ahead of Nintendo's dual 3DS conference tomorrow, the company...

  • News Iwata Hints at 3D Video Recording with Future 3DS Updates

    Another string to the 3DS's bow

    Along with the games that are in production for the upcoming 3DS, it seems Nintendo has allowed itself enough room to experiment with other uses and applications for the device. In a 3DS edition of Iwata Asks, the President of Nintendo Japan Satoru Iwata talks about the popularity of 3D cameras and hints at the...

  • News Nintendo Has "No Plans" to Bring Last Story Westward

    Mistwalker title stuck in limbo

    Wii roleplayer Last Story has attracted plenty of interest all over the world due to the involvement of Final Fantasy honcho Hironobu Sakaguchi and the game's impressive graphical showing, but hopes of seeing it make the journey to Western shores have just taken a dent. A Nintendo representative told VG247 the company...

  • News Nintendo Praises Sony and Microsoft's Contributions to Gaming Industry

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

    Gone are the days when you could call Nintendo a big fish in a small pond. Modern gaming has undoubtedly expanded the size of the waters, and there are once again, several big fish that inhabit said pond. Speaking at the Learning Without Frontiers conference yesterday in London, General Manager of...

  • News More Kid Icarus: Uprising Gameplay Videos

    Check out the mythical shooter in action

    Kid Icarus: Uprising features the unique distinction of being not only one of the most anticipated 3DS titles, but also one of the first-party games we know the least about so far. The game features a unique split-style of gameplay that will change between aerial combat sequences coupled together with...

  • News Four Million 3DS Systems Available Worldwide for Launch Window

    Will it be enough?

    When Nintendo of Japan's Satoru Iwata recently sat down with the Wall Street Journal, he let it be known that Nintendo would have four million 3DS systems available to consumers worldwide through the end of the fiscal year on March 31. Of these four million units, 1.5 million will be allocated to Japan with the remaining 2.5 million systems left over for distribution throughout..

  • News 3DS May Be Beneficial to Young Players' Eyes, Actually

    Could help with diagnoses

    Nintendo's no doubt covering itself with its recommendation that kids under 6 don't play 3DS, but the American Optometric Association has issued a press release stating the machine could actually have benefits. In fact, optometrists, professional health care providers committed to children's vision and eye health, say 3D viewing may actually help uncover subtle disorders..

  • News Nintendo Issues Warning on 3D Image Safety for Kids

    Kids under 6, stick to 2D

    We've heard plenty of times over recent months that 3DS could cause eye problems in later life, and now Nintendo is taking no chances by issuing a formal statement aimed at parents of young children, advising them to play with the 3D effect turned off. Nintendo quotes vision researchers who claim: There is a possibility that 3D images which send different images to the..

  • Features Five Nintendo Games to Thrill You in 2011

    Gaze into our crystal ball

    Were you happy with how 2010 panned out? We're guessing many of you had at least one eye on the future, as 2011 promises to be another twelve months full of exciting revelations, unexpected announcements and surprise appearances. When it comes to the titles we already know about, we've picked five that should definitely be on your radar. BIT.TRIP FLUXThe final part in a..

December2010

  • Talking Point Your Nintendo Moment of 2010

    Pick one. Just one.

    As we all recover from yesterday's festive extravagances and pledge to do more on Wii Fit Plus next year, we're in a serenely reflective mood here at Nintendo Life. Talk has turned to the best Nintendo moment of 2010, and we want to hear your thoughts. Was it the revelation of the 3DS? Stepping foot into Throwback Galaxy in Super...

  • Talking Point Your Nintendo Christmas Presents

    Celebrate the gift of giving

    If Father Christmas brought you everything you asked for this year, then a) you're very lucky and b) you probably want to crow about it here. That's why we've opened up the comments for you to brag, boast and bray about your Nintendo-related Christmas presents. Whether you got the DSi XL you've been asking for, that...

  • Talking Point Your Favourite Nintendo Christmas Memories

    Gather round, gather round

    For many gamers, Nintendo is as big a part of Christmas as tinsel, turkey and too-tight trousers, the company's magic helping to make the festive season just a little more joyful. With that in mind, we want to hear from you, our beloved Nintendo Life readers, about your favourite Nintendo Christmas memories. Perhaps it was...

  • News Nintendo's 3DS Preview Events Scheduled for 19th January

    One in Amsterdam, one in New York City

    Nintendo's presence at this year's Consumer Electronics Show will unfortunately be missed, certainly on the show floor at least. However, that doesn't mean Nintendo is ignoring western gamers' thirst for 3DS details because the company has scheduled two press events to take place in the United States and Europe early next year. On 19th January, previews will..

  • News Dragon Quest VI is Nintendo's Valentine's Gift to You, North America

    Western debut for classic RPG

    Following on from the success of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Nintendo has confirmed it'll bring predecessor Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation to North America on February 14th 2011. The game was originally released in Japan on the Super Famicom back in 1995 and never saw a release in the Western...

  • News EA: Nintendo Needs to Drop Wii Price, Help Third Parties

    Just a couple of suggestions from John Riccitiello

    Whether it's the top priority or not, Nintendo is undoubtedly looking to pick up declining profits with the upcoming 3DS. However, in response to the Move and Kinect peripherals for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively, launching new hardware might not be the only answer if Nintendo is to...

  • News Yes, People Really Did Buy Donkey Kong Country Returns with Bananas

    Photographic proof!

    Remember the news that Donkey Kong Country Returns would cost bananas for speedy UK gamers? If you thought it was just a marketing stunt, well, you were right, but it clearly worked as plenty of gamers turned out to swap a bunch of ripe ones for the ape's latest title. Despite the freezing cold weather currently gripping the UK there were eager beavers lined up outside Game..

  • News Unravel Kirby's Epic Yarn in Europe on February 25th

    Nearly three months to the pink fluffy one

    While fortunate North American gamers have been digging into Kirby's Epic Yarn since October 17th, European Wii owners could only cast jealous glances across the Atlantic as the game languished without a release date. Now Nintendo of Europe has spoken: February 25th 2011 is the day Kirby comes to Europe...

November2010

  • News A New Appointment With the Brain Training Series Has Been Booked

    Kawashima and Iwata conducting their "special idea" in a new game

    The Brain Training (also known as Brain Age) series is making a return after a long hiatus as Prof. Ryuta Kawashima confirms in his new book, Saraba Nou Game. Translated as "Farewell Brain Games", the book talks about the development of the third title in the popular puzzle...

  • News Nintendo Shifts 1.5 Million Consoles During Black Friday Week

    Almost a million DS systems alone

    Black Friday proved to be a very prosperous period for Nintendo as the various bundle packs that have been rolled out helped the company shift an impressive number of units in less than a week. Between Sunday 21st November and Saturday 27th November, consumers snapped up 900,000 units of the DS range of handhelds...

  • News Don't Expect Announcements From Nintendo at CES 2011

    What exactly is the purpose of attending, then?

    First, there was the exciting news that Nintendo would be attending the Consumer Electronics Show for the first time in 16 years. Then, there was the disappointing mix-up that mistakenly listed Nintendo as an exhibitor with a public display. Now, hopes of announcements ― even behind closed doors ― have also been dashed as Nintendo officially..

  • News Japanese Public Get to Play the 3DS at Nintendo World 2011

    Might a similar demo event be planned for the West?

    With the 3DS only months away from release, Nintendo of Japan has announced its upcoming Nintendo World 2011 event where members of the public can finally get their hands on the handheld system and see the wonder machine in all its glory. The Japanese site has launched and reveals the demo event will run from 8th January to 10th January 2011 in..

  • News This Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Trailer is Bursting with Psynergy

    Through the fire and flames

    There's not too long to wait until Golden Sun: Dark Dawn materialises on North American shores, so now's as good a time as any to take a look at the new Psynergy powers the Adepts will be using on their journey. Most of the spells on show in this new trailer will be familiar to gamers who've played previous titles in the...

  • Features Celebrating Super Famicom's 20th Anniversary

    Nintendo's Mode-7 machine turns 20

    For those who aren't aware, the Super Famicom console is celebrating its 20th birthday today. On this day in 1990, Nintendo released the much-anticipated follow-up to its immensely popular Famicom system onto the eager Japanese gaming world. The Super Famicom became an instant hit in Japan and a North American...

  • News Shopping Malls to Bring Gamers Together as Part of Nintendo's Tour

    Sample some of the top Wii and DS games of the year

    With Christmas only a few weeks away, shopping malls are already getting crammed with people wearing a ridiculous amount of layers and all rushing about, reluctantly spending an amount of money that's even more ridiculous. Well, if you want to take a break from all that gift-buying, or even if you have nothing else to do, why not see if there's a..

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