Nintendo - News

July2010

  • News Flick Through The History of Nintendo

    The first volume is available for pre-order

    Even if you've never had an interest in history, this upcoming book will surely find its way onto your to-buy list. Penned by Florent Gorges in collaboration with Isao Yamazaki, a prolific voice-actor over in Japan with many roles in video games, The History of Nintendo: Volume 1 has been translated into English so you'd better pre-order yours now because..

  • News These Gaming Figures are Great, But There's a Catch

    Japanese Wonder Festival shows off Nintendo treats

    Japan, video games and figurines go together like bacon, lettuce and tomato, and here's a particularly tasty sandwich of gaming figures from the latest Japanese Wonder Festival. Monster Hunter Tri fans are well-served as always, with series stalwart Rathalos roaring wildly, hunters in sets of Rathalos and Lagiacrus armours and an array of Felynes..

  • News Metroid: Other M & Dragon Quest IX to Take Centre Stage at Nintendo Unleashed

    Sample a present masterpiece and some future fun

    The Nintendo Unleashed tour will be starting this weekend as The Big N gives fans the opportunity to play the latest and biggest titles before they hit the shops. The tour takes its first steps at the London Film and Comic Con on the 17th and 18th of July, where attendees will be able to get their hands on games like Metroid: Other M and Dragon Quest..

  • News Nintendo Admits Advertising for 3DS Will be Tricky

    "Do I need these glasses or don't I?!" exclaims hypothetical customer

    It wouldn't be tough to argue that Nintendo's forgotten child, the Virtual Boy, was doomed from the start. Among the myriad factors that contributed to its downfall was the inability to successfully advertise the product, as we detailed in our Making of the Nintendo Virtual Boy feature. How do you accurately print screenshots..

  • News Wii Games: Summer 2010 Competitions Announced

    Time to get off that couch and get moving!

    Don't let those Summertime blues get you down. Now you can join Olympic champion Shawn Johnson as she teams up with our favourite Italian plumber to help get people up and get in shape. You can check out the official press release below for all of the information you'll need to become a part of the...

  • News Soothe Your WiiWare Bloodlust with Zenquaria's Virtual Aquarium

    Here, fishy fishy

    WiiWare's virtual pet shop is getting fuller all the time, with Zoo Disc Golf, My Zoo and My Aquarium among the animal-filled attractions on offer. Nintendo itself is entering the furry fray this week, with Zenquaria: Virtual Aquarium on the way to Europe for 600 Points. Looking like a combination between Endless Ocean and My...

  • News Miyamoto Brought Coat Hangers to his Job Interview

    Makes perfect sense

    We know that Shigeru Miyamoto likes to do things his own way, and it's safe to say that's got him quite far in this business. Judging from how he approached his first interview at Nintendo, you may be surprised he even got a foot in the door. The traditional props for a job interview tend to be a portfolio of work and a glistening resume, but Mr Miyamoto being Mr Miyamoto..

June2010

  • News Nintendo Doesn't See an Immediate Need for a New Wii

    Cautious, naive, or wise?

    Given the apparent leap the 3DS has taken over the current generation of DS systems, it's understandable that gamers are continuing to wonder if and when a Wii successor will be developed. Nintendo has consistently denied such a system will appear anytime soon and Satoru Iwata has recently confirmed this stance. Speaking at an Analyst Q&A at last week's E3 event, the..

  • News Turns Out Shigeru Miyamoto Does Like Donkey Kong Country

    Miyamoto clears things up once and for all

    Following on from the E3 announcement of Donkey Kong Country Returns, it seems that something Shigeru Miyamoto had said in the past about the SNES original has re-surfaced. In a recent interview with IGN, Miyamoto cleared up the situation surrounding claims that he didn't like Donkey Kong Country, despite his involvement in the game's development. The..

  • E3 2010 Nintendogs and Cats for 3DS

    Snuggle up with new pets on 3DS

    Nintendogs is a worldwide phenomenon, having sold close to 25m units in its lifetime. Shigeru Miyamoto has often spoken of his desire to add felines to the mix, and now he's finally getting his wish as Nintendo announces Nintendogs + Cats on the way for 3DS. Like most of the titles for 3DS at E3 t

  • E3 2010 Kirby's Epic Yarn

    Kirby's journey to the Wii ends in a twist, now with trailer!

    Kirby’s debut on the Wii has been a long, confounding process. In fact, it dates back to the waning days of the GameCube, when a trailer of an untitled Kirby game emerged, with a “2.5-D” sidescrolling style, a la Kirby 64, and abilities, co-op and movesets reminiscent of Kirby Super...

  • E3 2010 Star Fox 64 3D for 3DS

    Jeez Laweez, what is that?! Portable Star Fox 64?

    Nintendo's E3 website has confirmed a host of upcoming 3DS titles and among them is a graphical update of the classic Star Fox 64, known as Lylat Wars in Europe. Only a handful of screenshots are available at this time, so whether there are additional features remains to be seen. The visual improvement is noticeable, and unlike the series' DS entry,..

  • E3 2010 Donkey Kong Country Returns This Fall

    Retro revival on horizon for DK (updated with trailer)

    Nintendo's E3 conference proved last weekend's rumours true, as viewers saw a trailer for a Retro Studios-developed DK game. Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii looks to be a sidescrolling affair in the style of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat or New Super Mario Bros. Wii. As the name suggests, Retro...

  • News Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Teaser Trailer

    Check out the latest trailer for the upcoming DS RPG.

    The kind folks at Nintendo were kind enough to send over the latest teaser trailer for the upcoming Square-Enix RPG Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies. While there's not a lot of actual gameplay footage in the trailer, there is some very cool animated sequences that should get you prepared for the upcoming North American and European..

  • News Nintendo Sits Us Down for an Art Academy Compilation

    Another one? The ink pot's deeper than we thought

    With the nature of the DS touchscreen and stylus input, it's no wonder developers have tried to emulate the process of putting pen to paper in more ways than one. Whether it's drawing the path in which Link's boomerang will travel in, or more art-orientated implementations, it's certainly a fun and inventive method to play around with. We just got..

  • News Mario Enters the Shuffle with Nintendo Playing Cards

    Super paper Mario

    In recent years, we've seen video game companies harken to their histories with such successful releases as New Super Mario Bros., Mega Man 9 and the Virtual Console itself. Always one to outdo themselves and the competition, Nintendo's set to top all of these by returning to what started it in the first place: playing cards. While seemingly available only in Japan, these three..

  • News Meet Charles Martinet at the Super Mario Galaxy 2 UK Launch Event

    Dress up as Mario and you'll get a goody bag too!

    As Nintendo gets ready for the UK launch of the highly-anticipated Super Mario Galaxy 2, gamers better sharpen their costume-making skills as the company announces a special launch event to be hosted at GAME, Oxford Street in London. As well as being the first people in Europe to play and get their hands on a copy of the critically acclaimed..

  • News You Can Watch Nintendo's E3 Presentation Live

    Official site will stream at 9am PST on June 15th

    You already know we'll have coverage from the E3 showfloor as well as all the news, screenshots and videos of the biggest titles throughout the day. But what if you want to feel closer to the action? Not only will we be running a live text update service to cover the announcements as they happen, Nintendo itself will be running a live stream of the..

May2010

  • News Foxconn's High Suicide Rate to be Investigated by Nintendo

    Outsourcing company has raised concerns that Nintendo are looking into

    If things like Greenpeace eco-surveys don't appear to be on Nintendo's attention radar, it's very clear that employee working conditions are. High suicide rates at a facility operated by one of its outsourcing companies, Foxconn, has prompted Nintendo to start an investigation. Nikkei reports that the facility, situated in..

  • News Nintendo is Clearly Not in Greenpeace's Good Books

    The company has come last again in the Guide to Greener Electronics survey

    For all the positive achievements that Nintendo has earned with its current generation of game systems, it seems that it could be doing more to keep itself as green as possible. In Greenpeace's latest Guide to Greener Electronics survey, Nintendo has not performed so well and has in fact, come last in a list of 18 tech..

  • News Nintendo of Australia Sends DS to School But Don't Get Any Ideas

    "We're not Santa", they may have said

    Here's a heartwarming story for you: a young girl, frustrated at not being bought a DS console by her parents, wrote a letter to Nintendo as part of a school project, praising the company and explaining her situation. Signing off with a polite – if somewhat cheeky – request for a console, she was...

  • News Some Sort of Wii Remote Gets a Recent Approval From the FCC

    What could this mean?

    Three years after the launch of the Wii, Nintendo updated its control method by introducing the MotionPlus accessory with its near 1:1 motion replication. Apparently, it took a few years to get the technology compact enough to work ergonomically as a discreet add-on and with the peripheral's first birthday over the horizon, a recent Federal Communications Commission filing..

  • News New Shots of Xenoblade Look Awesome

    Japanese RPG epic is a real looker

    When the best teams get to work on Wii games, the machine's graphical muscle really shines through: check out Monster Hunter Tri, Endless Ocean 2, Fragile Dreams or Sin and Punishment 2. Pretty, no? Well get ready for the next Best-Looking Wii Game, Nintendo's upcoming RPG

  • News Nintendo and American Heart Association Team Up to Promote Healthy Living

    Collaboration intends to get more people active through physical play

    Nintendo and the American Heart Association have announced a new partnership to help people become more physically active through play. The collaboration aims to get people "motivated, empowered and active." What this means on a surface level is that Nintendo's "active" games, including Wii Fit Plus and Wii..

  • News Nintendo's New Redmond HQ is Rather Spiffing

    But they won't let you see inside

    Nintendo's Seattle HQ has been doing them proud for years now, but you know they love to tinker with a good thing. Their new headquarters, built next to their old building, is less of a slight upgrade and more of a next-generation revelation, though. With an energy-efficient data centre, recharging stations for electric vehicles and 75,000 square feet of plants..

  • News Nintendo Unlikely to Invite Apple to Parties Anytime Soon

    Satoru Iwata apparently singles out iPhone & iPad as 'enemies'

    In the world of console gaming, we've gotten used to the status quo that has Nintendo competing against the likes of Sony and Microsoft, with only the former in possession of any experience and success in the portable market. Now it can no longer be denied that Apple has bagged itself a...

  • News Sales Charts, Meet Your Future King: Wii Party

    Marquee game coming sometime before March 2011

    In a presentation to investors this week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata filled in the blank for the next marquee "Wii ____" game with the word "Party." As the next entry in the barn-burning series – whose previous games include million-sellers Wii Sports and its follow up Resort, Play, Fit and the less-successful Music – Iwata..

  • News Nintendo DS Now Best-Selling Handheld

    Record-setting Game Boy drops to second place

    Nintendo recently released its current earnings report, and it's now safe to say that the Nintendo DS system has become the best-selling handheld video game system of all time. According to Nintendo, the DS line of systems sold approximately 27.11 million units worldwide this year, bringing the total number of DS systems sold across the globe to 128.89..

  • News Monster Hunter 3 a Roaring Sales Success in UK

    Enters the charts at number five

    For all the hype, hands-on experiences and glowing reviews, the success of Monster Hunter Tri always rested with the buyers: could such a hardcore and still relatively obscure title sell on Wii? For UK owners, the answer is yes, as the game has entered the UK All-Format Charts at number five. That might seem a...

  • News Japan to Cool Off with Mario and Animal Crossing Fans

    Club Nintendo Japan gets all the cool stuff - literally

    While the rest of the world can satisfy itself with tiny cards and Wii Remote baskets, Japan just got an item to once again pique the rest of the world's envy – Mario and Animal Crossing themed handheld fans for 150 coins a pop at their local Club Nintendo. This is especially distressing news for the rest of the world, who will most likely..

April2010

  • News Nintendo Relicenses SC Texture Technology

    Unwilling to let GameCube compression tech go

    Nintendo recently renewed their license with S3 Graphics to continue using their S3 Texture Compression technology. They explain the tech as follows: S3TC texture compression uses an advanced compression algorithm that achieves up to six-fold compression of complex textures and images that are used in today's hardware accelerated gaming titles. This..

  • News Jam With the Band Calls Europe on Stage on 21st May

    "About time", say hecklers

    It's been a long old time since Daigasso! Band Brothers DX was launched in Japan, but Nintendo seems to be taking a "better late than never" approach by announcing a European release for May 21st 2010. With an extensive track listing including gamer favourites such as Chariots of Fire, Walking On Sunshine and...

  • News Google Teams Up with Nintendo to Release Search Engine-Based Game

    The world furrows its collective brow

    Google is the type of company that makes people feel like their best friends are in charge. They even joke around with their users, playing a creative April Fool's joke on them annually. Lately, though, it seems that Google's gone a little screwy (Buzz, anyone?). And their big April Fool's prank this year was to remove all of the vowels from their GMail..

March2010

  • News Famous Developers to Create WarioWare D.I.Y. Microgames

    Even more microgames to download!

    It seems fans will not be the only ones to get in on creating their own micrograms using Nintendo's upcoming WarioWare D.I.Y. release on Nintendo DS. Nintendo has just announced that some big name video game developers are getting involved and creating some brand new microgames that fans with a wireless broadband connection will be able to download and play. You..

  • News Cave Story Promotional Painting

    A little Cave Story swag arrives!

    The kind folks over at Nintendo are trying to do a little extra to promote the upcoming release of Cave Story from Nicalis - so much so that they sent out a promotional kit today to various media sites. We were lucky enough to be one of the sites to receive this kit and inside we found an absolutely beautiful canvas painting featuring some very cool Cave Story..

  • News WarioWare D.I.Y. Tutorial Videos 1 & 2

    Learn how to create your own micro games!

    The folks at Nintendo were kind enough to send over two brand new WarioWare D.I.Y. Tutorial Videos to help you gain a better understanding of how to create your own micro games using the game's intuitive interface. This title is really shaping up to be a great addition to the series and with the ability to create and share your own micro games, what's not..

  • Report Monster Hunter Tri Event Australia

    Fun, rumours and food abound!

    We were lucky enough to score a visit to Nintendo Australia's launch of Monster Hunter Tri on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. While there, we got a chance to play the new game, eat lots of food, and hear a few interesting things come up in conversation, none of which is to be taken as official, and currently only to be taken as rumour of course. We were greeted..

  • News Reggie: Innovation Is Still Nintendo's Priority

    Reggie Fils-Aime talks about the life that the Wii has ahead of itself, and Nintendo's competitors

    Nintendo representatives don't usually pay much attention to any smack talk that might come from their competitors, but in a recent interview with Kotaku, the President at Nintendo of America seems to have been doing a bit of trash talking himself!...

February2010

  • News Metroid: Other M Hits June 27th

    Team Ninja's take on the series almost ready for take-off – UPDATED: Hear Samus speak (we think)!

    Metroid fans had better brace themselves, as Nintendo has just announced that Metroid: Other M, their brand new collaboration with Team Ninja, is set to hit North American store shelves on June 27th. Metroid™: Other M, the incredible new Metroid game developed for Wii through a collaboration by..

  • News Nintendo to Publish Dragon Quest IX in North America

    Set to hit stores this summer!

    Nintendo and Square-Enix have just announced that Nintendo will be publishing the much-anticipated Dragon Quest IX in North America. The game is set for a summer 2010 release and is looking to be one of the biggest DS releases of the year, especially for eager RPG fans who've been waiting to get their hands on the game. You can check out the press release snippet..

  • News Sin & Punishment 2 Coming June 7th

    Sequel to Nintendo 64 classic is on its way

    Nintendo and Treasure have just announced that the sequel to the cult classic Nintendo 64 shooter will be hitting North American store shelves on June 7th. Sin and Punishment: Star Successor will use the Wii Remote to create an unprecedented level of play control and interaction within the game. You can check out the official press release information..

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 Hits May 23

    Nintendo's newest Mario adventure is not far away!

    Nintendo has just announced that Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be hitting North American store shelves on May 23. That gives Nintendo fans exactly 3 months to save up for what is sure to be one of the biggest releases of 2010 and a much-anticipated sequel for Wii owners. So get that money saved, as this Summer could be a wallet-busting frenzy for..

  • News BAFTA Awarding Miyamoto With Fellowship

    Let's hope it doesn't go to his head

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced this week their choice of the next honoree of the BAFTA Fellowship award, and it is none other than legendary Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and more fun than a monkey barrel could ever dream of being. The Fellowship is the esteemed Academy's..

  • News Super Mario Bros. 3 Turns Twenty

    One of the greatest games ever celebrates a milestone.

    For those unaware, today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Super Mario Bros. 3 in North America. Having sold over 18 million copies worldwide, it still stands as one of the best-selling video games of all time - and that's not even accounting for the various remakes and re-releases of...

  • News Big Nintendo News Incoming

    But what could it be?

    Sometimes it seems that looking forward to upcoming games is more exciting than playing what’s on the shelf. The anticipation of a new instalment in a favourite franchise is enough to drive many to stalker like tendencies as the internet is scoured for any nugget of new information. Nintendo knows how crazy we can all get,...

  • Talking Point Nintendo Arcade Games on Virtual Console?

    Should these arcade wonders get a re-release?

    While we've already seen four of these arcade classics released as NES titles on the Virtual Console, we've yet to see Nintendo bring their own arcade games to the Virtual Console Arcade, despite many third party companies already doing so. So why exactly is Nintendo dragging its feet on these arcade...

January2010

  • News Luigi's Mansion to Get Sequel?

    Nintendo files new trademark

    The Internet rumour mill is whirring up a notch today following the news that Nintendo has filed a new trademark for Luigi’s Mansion. Currently the two most popular theories are that either a sequel of the Gamecube launch title is being made for the Wii or that the game is being re-released as part of the New Play Control! series. Either way, we’re quite excited at..

  • News Glory of Heracles Launch Trailer

    More video of the game in action!

    The kind folks over at Nintendo were nice enough to send over the official launch trailer for their brand new DS RPG Glory of Heracles. You can check out the video below along with the official press release information to go along with it. We'll also have a full review of the game up shortly. For centuries, the mighty heroes and wondrous tales of ancient Greek..

  • News Reggie: No New Console Successor Anytime Soon

    Wii will prevail

    Be it an upgrade to the existing hardware or a brand new console, there have been many rumours and forum chit-chat over the last year concerning Nintendo’s plan to release a successor to the Wii. However, Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed the continued support to current hardware in an interview with Bloomberg Business Week. Reggie...

  • News New Glory of Heracles Gameplay Videos

    More footage of the game in action!

    Nintendo has just sent over two brand new gameplay videos of their upcoming DS RPG Glory of Heracles. The game is set to hit store shelves on January 18th and if you haven't seen the game in action yet, do yourself a favor and check out these two videos. We'll have a set of new screenshots tomorrow and of course...

  • News Netflix on Wii confirmed

    Movie-streaming service becomes available this spring — UPDATE

    Thank goodness for that! An end to the incessant rumours — Netflix will be making it to the Wii in the next few months, according to The New York Times (and now both companies in a joint statement). You'll be able to subscribe to the service for the humble sum of $9 per month. Once you're a member it's a simple matter of whacking..

  • News Nintendo: Hey, We're Green, Honest!

    Company responds to damning environmental report

    Nintendo has responded to the recent Greenpeace report in which it was awarded just 1.4 out of 10 for its chemical, e-waste and energy policies. In a statement made to Eurogamer, Nintendo points out that the Wii is the most energy efficient of this generation’s consoles and that it considers the environmental impact at every stage of development..

  • News Sega: Nintendo Should Support Mature Gamers

    Bloody Mario...

    Speaking after the news that Sega is starting to have second thoughts at attempts to target older Wii gamers, following slow sales of other publishers' software and its own mature titles, the company believes that Nintendo should be trying to widen the market with its own 18 certificate games. James Rebours, the CEO of Sega for France and Spain, has spoken about the lack of support..

  • News Nintendo Hits Rock Bottom In Greenpeace Rankings

    Veteran video game company needs to clean up its act

    Nintendo has scored just 1.4 out of a possible 10 for its chemical, e-waste and energy policies in Greenpeace’s annual Guide to Greener Electronics, the lowest score of the eighteen companies tested. Despite last year pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and e-waste, Nintendo has failed to score a single point in these categories. It’s..

  • News Endless Ocean 2 Comes Up For Air in February

    Europeans get to dive again on February 5th

    You won't have to hold your breath too much longer for Nintendo's next dive 'em up, as Nintendo announce the game will see a release across Europe on February 5th, 2010. Promising new features over the acclaimed original, including Wii Speak support and a new Pulsar gun that sounds like it was made for multiplayer deathmatches, Endless Ocean 2: Adventures..

  • News Monster Hunter Tri Eats Your Spare Time in April

    Game licks lips, straightens napkin

    We recently reported that Monster Hunter Tri's stomping beasts had been repelled until later in the year, but a recent press release from Capcom has shone a little light on the matter, putting the game down for an April release. In a similar deal to one made with Sony to promote PSP's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Nintendo will handle the game's sales, marketing..

  • News Nintendo Silence Talking Link

    Nintendo issue take down notice for fan-made Zelda film

    A Zelda film created by fans has been removed from the Internet at Nintendo’s request. The film, The Legend of Zelda: Hero of Time, is based loosely on Ocarina of Time, is around two hours long and features a number of Zelda favourites including Gorons, Saria and of course Link. Following the take down notice, the film’s producers released..

December2009

  • News Intel in Talks with Nintendo

    Hope to build Larrabee into next-generation console

    Intel are in discussions with Nintendo about the use of the Larrabee processor for the next-generation Nintendo console. It is rumoured that a power efficient processor with modest specifications is desired, with power consumption and cost being main drivers for Nintendo. Consequently, it's likely that the microarchitecture of the Larrabee..

  • News Reggie Fils-Aime Speaks with Fox News

    Nintendo of America CEO discusses sales, consumers and gambling

    Earlier this week, Nintendo of America CEO, Reggie Fils-Aime, appeared on Fox News’ Business programme and discussed amongst other things sales, consumers and gambling. The interview, which features game footage and the presenter failing at Zelda, states that Nintendo will struggle to beat last years Wii sales: The third year in a..

  • News Metroid is the Citizen Kane of Games

    Comparison confuses design director

    Outside of the gaming media, videogames rarely find much airspace, and at times suffer large-scale ‘video nasty’ shock stories. However, when ABC News ran a favourable webcast, comparing Metroid Prime Trilogy to Orson Welles' renowned cinematic classic Citizen Kane, Mark Pacini, the series' design director,...

  • News Glory of Heracles Coming to DS in January

    Here comes the Greek squad!

    Nintendo's upcoming RPG Glory of Heracles has flown under the radar for the most part, but with the game's upcoming January 18th release in North America, we thought it might be time to get some information up on the unique title. You can check out the official press release below for a little more information on the game and we'll have more screenshots and some video of..

  • News Nintendo Trademarks "WiiRelax"

    Could this be the Vitality Sensor's first game?

    There's a lot Nintendo still needs to explain about their upcoming Vitality Sensor peripheral, which was announced at E3 and then plunged into media darkness. Like how it'll be implemented in a game, or what upcoming games will even support the device. During some European trademark probing, Siliconera...

  • News Mike Tyson Tops Nintendo-tastic Tree

    Punch Out's Tyson is the crowning glory of this brilliantly decorated Christmas tree

    This gaming-themed Christmas tree features plenty of beloved characters from the world of Nintendo including Birdo, Mario, Peach, Goomba and Link. The crowning glory however is Mike Tyson as perhaps the least fairy-like fairy possible! Surely there are better options for your festive tree-topper? Navi, Zelda, Peach..

  • News Just What Is The Nintendo Zii?

    A new trademark registered in Japan is fuelling speculation on the internet

    Silicon Era has reported that a new trademark registration has appeared in the Japanese trademark database for the word "Zii." Nintendo submitted the application on the 30th of October, though there's no indication of what it's for. It could be trying to block the sale of any more Wii wannabes trying to cash using..

November2009

  • News Mario Was Almost Called Mr Video

    "It's-a me Mr Video" just doesn't have the same ring to it

    Legend has it that Super Mario was named after the landlord of Nintendo's North American offices back when the company first started, but in the new 'Iwata Asks' feature it was revealed that our lovable tubby plumber was also going to be called 'Mr Video' at one stage. Shigeru Miyamoto said that he planned to use him in every game he made,..

  • Hardware Review Nintendo DSi XL

    Is bigger really better?

    It would be accurate to say that more than a few heads were scratched when Nintendo announced that they were releasing yet another new model of their DS system called the DSi XL, especially considering that their DSi system had only been on the market for less than eight months. And to make things even more odd, instead of...

  • News Super Mario Kart Hits Virtual Console on Monday

    The wait is finally over.

    Well Super Mario Kart fans have waited long and hard for the Super Nintendo classic to make an appearance on the North American Virtual Console service, but it seems the wait is finally about to be over. Gamespot has just announced that Nintendo has confirmed to them that Super Mario Kart will be released on the North American Virtual Console service on Monday, November 23..

  • News Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Intro Video

    A little insight into the Spirit Tracks.

    The nice folks at Nintendo have just sent over the newest trailer for their upcoming DS release Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. The game is set to hit North American store shelves on December 7th and Europe retail shelves on December 11th. You can check out the new gameplay video that shows off the game's...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii Strategy Video

    Check out some useful tips from the pros.

    The kind folks over at Nintendo were kind enough to send over a brand new gameplay video for their upcoming Wii console release New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In this video you can check out some of the helpful strategies the guys over at Treehouse have put together to help you get the most out of the game. You can check out the full New Super Mario Bros. Wii..

  • News Check Out the Final Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Trailer

    Can you believe the game is out in just one month?

    The holiday season's coming up, so Nintendo is gearing up to release some of the biggest titles this year. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is out next week, and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is out in December. In anticipation of the latter, Nintendo has released one more trailer which should quell...

  • News DSi XL Footage For Your Viewing Pleasure

    See the monster handheld rolling

    The Nintendo DSi XL (known as the Nintendo DSi LL in Japan) is the newest edition in the DS family and is slated for release in Japan on November 21st 2009. Europe and North America are to follow in the first quarter of 2010, with pricing still to be confirmed. The new console - which is essentially a bigger version of the DSi - hasn't had the best of receptions,..

October2009

  • News Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Strategy/Tips

    Need a little help? Here are some tips to get you started.

    The folks at Nintendo were kind enough to send over a strategy tip sheet for their brand new Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky DS release. You can check out the strategy tips below and we'll have a full review of the game up soon. 1. Once the Croagunk Swap Shop is open, be sure to...

  • Rumour New Mario In the Works?

    Charles Martinet reckons so...

    A Twitter account purporting to belong to one Charles Martinet - none other than the wonderful voice of our favorite plumber - has recently been posting about an as-yet unspecified new Mario title. Read this tweet from a few days ago: Mama Mia!!!! I'm going to Seattle this week to record a new Mario game! Followed by this one two days later: Big day tomorrow!..

  • News Spread the Handheld Joy With a "Discover DS" Party!

    Rope in nine mates and host a party with Nintendo!

    It may seem odd, but it's a fact of life that there are people out there with no clue of what a Nintendo DS is. Well, Nintendo has come up with a clever idea to tempt such people out from underneath their rocks, with their "Discover DS" parties. Yes, the Big N are offering party games and costumes (yes, really) to UK residents over the..

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii 'Super Skills' trailer

    Showing you Nintendo's finest in action!

    Consider yourself a Mario veteran do you? Then watch the best players on Nintendo’s development team turn all your platforming hopes and dreams to dust. These guys are good. Don't believe us? Watch and learn. On a slightly different note the game looks like it's going to be fantastic fun, and it's really got us here at Nintendo Life pumped for this game..

  • News Pink DS Lite Consoles Bite the Dust

    Yet another colour out of production in Great Britain

    The DS has been available in more colours than there are fish in the sea, but survival of the fittest dictates that some must be struck from the gene pool, so it's with regret we inform you that the pink DS Lite console will soon no longer be available within the UK. Okay, so it's probably not the worst news you've had all day, but considering..

  • News Captain Lou Albano Passes Away

    One of the greatest Mario actors there ever was has passed away.

    This year's already had a lot of crazy celebrity deaths, but the person we lost today will probably hit the hardest for any Nintendo fan - Captain Lou Albano, who played the live-action version of Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and also provided Mario's voice for the cartoon segments, died earlier today. With his crazy..

  • News Nintendo vs R4: The Lawsuit and the Snitch

    A very un-Harry Potter like snitch website opens to combat R4 and their brethren

    A while ago Nintendo won a lawsuit against retailers that sold and distributed R4 and R4-like devices. In case you didn't know, these are essentially carts which allow consumers to pirate DS games. Since then, those retailers were sent notices updating them on the situation and were told to immediately stop selling..

  • News Nintendogs Coming As DLC To Animal Crossing

    Snag yourself a canine companion or four

    Nintendo's brilliant DS puppy simulator Nintendogs has been around for four years now — time sure does fly! To celebrate the special occasion, Nintendo will be offering up some downloadable goodness for the Wii's Animal Crossing: City Folk. For four weeks running you'll have your own pick of the litter for download. Labs are up on October 7th, followed by..

  • News Mario and Link to Warm Your Winter

    Nintendo Europe announces their full Winter line-up, and there's some crackers in there

    Winter is the perfect time to bombard gamers with great titles - the freezing cold weather makes them even less likely to go outside, meaning they'll spend even more time gaming. Nintendo seems to agree, as they've just sent us a list of their complete Winter line-up, with confirmed release dates for New Super..

September2009

  • News Trent Reznor Big Fan of Nintendo

    Charismatic frontman talks video games in his latest interview.

    You might not know it, but the charismatic front man of Nine Inch Nails just happens to be a huge video game fan. Not only that, he's also a huge fan of Nintendo. Joystiq recently caught up with Trent and conducted an interview in which he shared many of his thoughts and stories on the gaming industry and Nintendo in particular. Here's..

  • News Limited Edition Wii Sports Resort Bundle to Feature Two Wii MotionPlus Accessories

    For a limited time you can get an extra Wii MotionPlus add-on for half the price.

    Nintendo has just announced that they'll be releasing a limited edition version of their best-selling Wii Sports Resort title that will come with two Wii MotionPlus Accessories for only $59.99. You can check out the details of the offer in the official press release below. Wii Sports Resort™ is all about getting..

  • News Meet the 'Real' Professor Layton

    Answer his riddles and you shall receive his gifts

    Ever wanted to meet a real-life Professor Layton and have a chat? Well, now you can — so long as you live in America that is. Nintendo are sending out the good old Professor (or at least someone dressed as him) to cities across the country and if you can discover where he is, you'll be asked to solve a puzzle. Solve it correctly and you just..

  • News Starfox: To be, or not to be?

    When will the furry hero return?

    New Starfox this, new Starfox that; there's been a lot of talk about the series recently, so here's a little filler in for the people who haven't been closely following. You may have read the articles back a few weeks claiming that in the next Nintendo Power issue, a new Starfox game for Wii would be revealed. The...

  • News Help People Get Their Wii Consoles Online, Get Free Games

    Nintendo of Europe announces their upcoming promotion.

    Not too long ago, Nintendo of Japan announced a new promotion - those who helped enough people connect their Wii consoles to the Internet would receive free Wii Points and the ability to download a multitude of Virtual Console games absolutely free. Nintendo of Europe has now announced that they will be doing exactly the same. Starting next..

  • News The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks dated

    Just in time to fill your stocking!

    Pull out your Christmas wish-lists everybody! The latest game in the Legend of Zelda series has been dated by Nintendo of America through their holiday line-up announcement for a December 7 release. There's no word as of yet when it will be out in European/Australasian territories. Though we don’t know a lot about the game, we know it involves a steam train..

  • News Nintendo Trademarks "The Last Story"

    What has The Big N got planned?

    It's been revealed that Nintendo has registered the title "The Last Story" as a trademark in Japan. The title is registered in English - which might not come as a massive shock, but Nintendo normally files its names in Japanese. Could this mean we're looking at an international release for the mysterious upcoming game? Other than that though there's not..

  • News Wii Internet Channel Now Free!

    Nintendo backtrack on it's "Internet Channel" making the latest version free (again) and includes an updated version of Flash.

    Nintendo has released a long-awaited update to the Internet Channel; best of all it's free again, just as it was when it was first released. To compensate those who may have purchased it a free NES game on the Virtual...

  • News Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Launch Trailer

    Nintendo releases the official launch trailer for their brand new DS release.

    Well Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box has just recently hit store shelves in North America and to celebrate Nintendo has released a brand new Launch Trailer for you to check out. Puzzle master Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke, have stumbled upon another mystery. It’s up to them to navigate their way..

August2009

  • News New Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Videos

    Check out two of the latest videos of the upcoming DS RPG in action!

    Nintendo was kind enough to send us over two brand new videos of their upcoming DS RPG Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story in action. You can check out the Bowser Gameplay and Belly Laughs videos below for a taste of what you can expect from the game when it hits store shelves this fall. As usual, we'll have more information..

  • News Mario, Luigi and Bowser Hit Europe in October

    Hear Bowser's Inside Story on October 9th!

    Some exciting news here: Nintendo has just confirmed that Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story will be in your hands on Friday, 9th of October. The third in the respected Mario and Luigi RPG series, Bowser's Inside Story revolves around a mysterious infection called "The Blorbs" taking over the Mushroom Kingdom, causing Toads to inflate to..

  • News Wii Sports Resort Sales Go Through The Roof

    Who'da thunk?

    It'll come as no surprise to know that the recently released Wii Sports Resort is selling by the bucket load. Today, Nintendo has revealed that the game has now broken the million mark in sold copies across Europe. In case you didn't know, Wii Sports Resort is a collection of sports games that showcases the Wii MotionPlus peripheral; it's also the sequel to the best selling game ever,..

  • Competitions Flipnote Studio - Amazing Giveaway Winners

    Check out the winners of the Flipnote Studio - Amazing Giveaway.

    To coincide with the release of the painfully addictive Flipnote Studio on DSiWare, we teamed up with our good friends at Nintendo UK to offer lucky Nintendo Life readers the opportunity to win some great prizes. After carefully going through the very hefty amount of submissions for the contest, we all got together here at Nintendo..

  • News Flipnote Studio available for download in North America NOW!

    Hatena launches Flipnote Studio website too...

    Many of our readers have eagerly been anticipating the release of Flipnote Studio for DSiWare. For those not in the know this is a FREE application that allows you to create your own notepad style animations and upload them for others to see on the web. The good news is for North American DSi owners is that is it available for download NOW! Go check..

  • News Fossil Fighters Comes to DS

    Can you dig it?

    Nintendo will launch their newest DS title today in North American with the release of Fossil Fighters. Not only do you get to search for and dig up tons of fossils, but you also get to clean them and revive them for use in battle. Your vivosaur's strength depends on how well you clean the fossil, not to mention how many of the various body parts you're able to locate for each..

  • News Iwata: We Need To Raise Our Game at E3

    Head honcho admits Nintendo needs to improve their media briefings

    E3 for Nintendo this year was seen by most people as far better than last year's effort, but despite showcasing Super Mario Galaxy 2 and revealing Metroid: Other M, Satoru Iwata feels that there is still room for improvement. As for the media briefing at E3, of course we had many internal discussions after that. Honestly speaking,..

  • News New Metroid Prime Trilogy Artwork

    Check out the new eye candy for the upcoming trilogy release.

    Nintendo has just sent over a bunch of new Metroid Prime Trilogy artwork and we have to admit, the more we see these Metroid Prime Trilogy goodies, the more we want to get our hands on the game. You can check out all of these new pieces of artwork below and as usual, we'll have more information on Metroid Prime Trilogy as it becomes..

  • News Miyamoto: Have Confidence in Us

    Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto has urged fans to keep the faith

    In an interview with Mercury News, Miyamoto has reasserted that the company has plenty of ideas with the much-maligned Wii Vitality Sensor. For those of you that don't know, the Vitality Sensor is a fingertip pulse oximeter sensor that connects through the Wii Remote and was announced...

  • News Nintendo are 'very impressed' with Monster Hunter 3's Graphics

    Big N's designers admit that MH3 is visually stunning

    It was clear when the first few screenshots of Monster Hunter 3 emerged that the game was stunning, and even Nintendo's best have spelt that out for us. In an 'Iwata Asks' the team behind Zelda said that they really felt the pressure after seeing Monster Hunter 3 in motion; Capcom apparently put...

  • News Brand New Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Gameplay Videos

    Check out the latest videos of the game in action!

    Nintendo were kind enough to send us over two brand new gameplay videos of their upcoming DS release Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story in action. As you can see in the videos below, the game looks absolutely amazing. The first video is Mario & Luigi Gameplay and shows off the two Mario bros. working as a team to take out enemies in the..

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