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June2012

  • E3 2012 Project P-100 Unites Platinum Games with Nintendo

    Mass attack

    Hidden away on Nintendo's E3 press site lies Project P-100 (working title), a 'mass-hero action' title developed by Platinum Games. If bizarre superheroes, gigantic robots and defending Earth all interest you, you've come to the right game. The planet is under attack from swarms of aliens, and your job is to trot around each stage...

  • E3 2012 Game & Wario is Like Wario Ware, But On Wii U

    He's-a gonna ween

    Nintendo just pulled the cover off Game & Wario (temporary title), a Wii U compilation that's like WarioWare blended with Game & Watch. The title's minigames use only the Wii U GamePad, so we'll hopefully see some very smart uses of that new touch screen controller. One screenshot shows Jimmy, on skis, in HD. What more do...

  • E3 2012 LEGO City Undercover Infiltrates Wii U, 3DS

    Building blocks

    LEGO City Undercover is essentially Grand Theft Auto LEGO. Consider it bought. Rather than causing trouble, you'll be stopping crime as a blocky cop. It looks to play up the parody factor quite high: we spied The Matrix, some very OTT takes on kung fu action films and the ability to build up a very familiar green pipe. Once known...

  • E3 2012 New Super Mario Bros. 2 Jumps onto 3DS 19th August

    Get your fire flowers ready

    Hold onto your hats: New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be coming to Nintendo 3DS in the US on 19th August. The latest pillar of the 2D Mario revival was scheduled at Nintendo's E3 press conference. We'll learn more about the game tomorrow at a show just for 3DS tomorrow night. It'll be broadcast live on e3.nintendo.com at 6pm...

  • E3 2012 Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon to Launch This Christmas

    Multiple mansions await Mario's bro

    Nintendo has confirmed that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon - which has a new subtitle in the form of Dark Moon - will be putting the willies up 3DS owners this Christmas. A sequel to the GameCube launch title Luigi's Mansion, Dark Moon features more ghost-busting action, but this time Luigi has more than one building...

  • E3 2012 Wii Fit U Will Burn the Fat

    Is your body ready?

    Wii Fit was a phenomenal success on Wii, and Nintendo is aiming to bring keen exercise-enthusiasts to Wii U. Wii Fit U will make use of the GamePad on occasion, and the good-old Wii Balance Board will get more living room time. There's some new exercises, of course, and the GamePad will also be used to carry on with the game...

  • E3 2012 Mass Effect 3 Lands On Wii U

    Normandy X Nintendo

    Mass Effect 3 has been announced for Wii U. EA's space epic was included in a third party games reel. We're unsure as yet if there are any enhancements for the Nintendo version; we're sure we'll find out soon. Are you interesting in boarding the Normandy on Wii U?

  • E3 2012 Scribblenauts Unlimited Drawn Into Wii U and 3DS

    Fantabulistic

    The Scribblenauts series had two entries on DS, earning praise for its creativity and charm. It's been confirmed that the series is coming not only to 3DS, but also in glorious HD on Wii U with Scribblenauts Unlimited. It'll include a multiplayer mode, with one player customising the characters and objects on the GamePad while the...

  • E3 2012 Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition Swoops Onto Wii U

    Back in bat

    Batman will be swooping onto Wii U in expanded form in Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition. This is no quick port: Wii U GamePad will be used to access Detective Mode to scan the room, or mess around with The Bat's extensive tool belt. The Batarang can be remote controlled with the GamePad's gyroscopes. You can also hold the controller...

  • E3 2012 New Super Mario Bros. U Hopping Onto Wii U

    Miiverse will be a big part

    Nintendo has confirmed New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U, boasting that it will be the first social Mario game, making significant use of Miiverse. The trailer showed Yoshi, a flying 'squirrel' suit, and there's once again an emphasis on co-op multiplayer with Wii Remotes, while there's also a 'boost' mode that brings the...

  • E3 2012 Wii U Supports Two GamePads

    Double the fun

    Good news, multiplayers: Wii U supports two GamePads. During Nintendo's E3 press conference, Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that the system will be able to use two GamePads at once. The frame rate, however, will be halved when using two. That'll be one less person complaining of being left with a Wii Remote. Are you glad that Nintendo...

  • E3 2012 Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube Confirmed for Wii U

    'Revolutionising your TV'

    Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube will all feature on Wii U, picking up on the progress started on Wii. It's part of a philosophy to make media and social resources available and accessible on the new system. Looking beyond these three, this suggests that custom apps may become an important...

  • E3 2012 Pikmin 3 Sprouts On Wii U

    Planting the seed

    We've had to be very patient, but Pikmin 3 has finally been announced for Wii U. Shigeru Miyamoto, Pikmin leaf poking out of his jacket pocket, announced the real time strategy game for the HD console. Miyamoto was happy to note that you can see the movement of each Pikmin. There's a new Pikmin type too — the rock Pikmin can be...

  • E3 2012 Watch the Nintendo Press Conference Live Here

    It's nearly time

    The most exciting day of the gaming year is nearly upon us. Nintendo's E3 2012 press conference kicks off on Tuesday 5th June. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you'll be able to watch the whole show right here, so bookmark this page and come back on Tuesday. Can't say fairer than that, can you? If you can't watch ustream for...

  • News Nintendo Gets Busy With URL Buys

    Wii U is all covered

    It's common practice for big announcements to be followed up by multiple URL purchases, and Nintendo is making sure that it will have us all covered with information about Wii U's functions and capabilities. Nintendo of America has added five new URLs, which accounts for the major reveals from Sunday's pre-E3 Nintendo Direct...

  • E3 2012 Yes, We Will See New 3DS Games Today

    Which is nice

    All this talk of Wii U and the most recent Nintendo Direct has put poor 3DS in the shade. Well don't worry, the little handheld that can will get its chance to shine again during Nintendo's E3 press conference today. Despite saying it'll focus on Wii U software, Nintendo confirmed it will reveal new games for 3DS today, promising a...

  • News Nintendo Denies 3DS Redesign, Wii U Price Revelation

    So there you are

    Nintendo Japan has issued a statement denying the earlier rumours of a redesigned 3DS and Wii U price information. The strongly-worded statement says Nikkei's story isn't based on information released by Nintendo and is full of mistakes, which both sort of mean the same thing. Guess we'll find out the real truth tomorrow (or...

  • E3 2012 Pre-E3 Nintendo Direct Round Up

    Wii U re-revealed

    Satoru Iwata opened the pre-E3 Nintendo Direct show with a declaration of Nintendo's intent to continue being unique — and a half hour long web show dedicated to its new console days before the start of E3 certainly fits into that category. Iwata promised that Tuesday's conference would focus "almost entirely on Wii U games",...

  • E3 2012 Prepare to Enter the Miiverse

    Get yourself connected

    Nintendo has offered a tantalising peek at Wii U's menu and online systems at its pre-E3 Nintendo Direct. Dubbed Miiverse, it's a bit like a Mii-based social network that is always online, allowing you to chat with your friends and others online about all the games you're playing. The Miiverse Plaza is the first thing that...

  • E3 2012 Wii U Pro Controller Offers More Options

    For the traditionalist

    Worried about playing your Wii U games with that big screen controller all the time? Have some jealous friends who don't want to use Wii Remotes for asymmetrical multiplayer? Nintendo has you covered with the Wii U Pro Controller. The Wii U Pro Controller is more standard in form than the main Wii U GamePad. There's no touch...

  • E3 2012 Meet The Wii U GamePad

    Sticky thumbs

    The Wii U controller has a new name — it's now called Wii U GamePad. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has revealed the redesigned controller, which now features two clickable analogue sticks rather than the sliders previously seen. It was decided that analogue sliders were better suited to handheld devices. Iwata also revealed that...

  • E3 2012 E3 Starts Early With Nintendo Direct

    The party starts now

    Nintendo is kicking off E3 a bit sooner than expected — it's just announced a surprise Nintendo Direct show for tomorrow, 3rd June. Even more excitingly, it's to talk about Wii U. There'll still be plenty to tune into the main E3 press conference for, though, as this is all about the console. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata...

  • News Nintendo UK and British Film Institute Team Up on 3DS

    Competition and 3D content on the way

    In recent weeks Nintendo UK has been making an effort to encourage 3DS gamers to make use of the camera on the system, expanding its photo competition with celebrity events in the 'Another Dimension' initiative. It's now going even further to promote use of the 3D video recorder, with a competition for budding...

  • News Nintendo Unleashed Joins Games Britannia in July

    Get thee to Sheffield

    It's not often games events venture north of Watford, so it's very good news that the Nintendo Unleashed tour is joining Sheffield event Games Britannia. Nintendo UK will be bringing recent and upcoming releases to Sheffield's Magna Science Adventure Centre on 7th and 8th July. The Big N joins other industry forces like Namco...

May2012

  • News 3DS Patent Covers Vibrating Stylus, New Kinds of Control

    The plot thickens

    Nintendo's filed a patent for a new kind of input on 3DS — one that requires no physical contact with the console at all. The application uses the 3DS console's inner-facing camera along with a stylus to manipulate 3D images on the top screen without the need for buttons, touch screen or moving the console. The inward-facing...

  • Feature How Nintendo Can Win E3

    Drop the bomb

    The time is nearly here. In just a few days, Nintendo has to make the presentation of its lifetime at E3 2012. After being hit by the first losses in the company's history in recent months, and with the weight of proving a brand new home console's worth on its shoulders, there's no doubt that nailing this conference is crucial...

  • News Nintendo Teases Wii U Launch Line-Up

    How much more waiting?

    Today's Thursday. Nintendo will show off Wii U games on Tuesday. Want to make that wait seem even longer? Start guessing what these teased Wii U launch games are. The official Wii U Facebook page posted the following teaser last night: Guess what the initial game releases will be for Nintendo’s new home console, Wii U?...

  • Feature Games We'd Love to See at E3

    We're dreaming

    This year’s Nintendo E3 conference is drawing a lot of attention because of Wii U, with the new console giving the company a big chance to seize the day. When it comes to the showcase press conference, however, there’s always one thing that is guaranteed to get the fans excited: games, games and more games. Give Reggie...

  • News UK 3D Photography Fans to Enter Another Dimension

    It's a competition you see

    Nintendo UK just announced a new 3D photography initiative called Another Dimension, heading to the UK from next week. Interested 3DS owners can head out on special photography field trips with celebrities, like pop group The Saturdays or bird-botherer Bill Oddie, with their 3D snaps displayed as part of an installation...

  • Feature Why EA and Nintendo's Partnership Is Big News

    Crowd pleaser

    Last year at E3, Nintendo promised a lot to core gamers. "Wii U will be right just for you," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said, playing a showreel of hardcore shooters and action games to win over the crowd. Talking heads from big publishers all crowed about the machine's capabilities and its new controller — top...

  • Feature The Full E3 2012 Schedule

    Bookmark this (updated 31st May)

    With one week to go, we've put together a complete guide to this year's E3 show so you know exactly what's on offer, when and how to watch it. We've compiled a list of the major press conferences and live events and converted them into a range of time zones so you know exactly when to come to Nintendo Life to get...

  • News We May Yet See Inazuma Eleven Strikers in Europe

    Better late than never

    Europe's got two Inazuma Eleven games for DS but not the Wii entry Inazuma Eleven Strikers that came out in Japan in July 2011. Well, never say never, as Level-5's registered a trademark for the game in Europe. The Wii version follows the DS game's lead by blending football with RPG elements, but naturally with polygon...

  • News Play Upcoming Nintendo Titles at MCM Expo

    Prepare to dance

    This weekend's MCM Expo will give UK Nintendo fans the chance to play some upcoming titles for 3DS and Wii for the first time. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise are the headliners, but there's also Heroes of Ruin, Mario Tennis Open and

  • Feature The Evolution of Nintendo's Controllers

    From NES to Wii U

    In over 25 years of home consoles, Nintendo's done more than just produce ever-improving gaming systems that give us more complex, better-looking games: it's also been a major influence on how we play our games. The company has often been responsible for bringing new control schemes to the mainstream, or adapting ideas from others...

  • News Shigeru Miyamoto Awarded Prestigious Spanish Prize

    For communications and humanities

    Shigeru Miyamoto has won a few major awards over the years as recognition for his exemplary contribution to the gaming industry. He's been awarded a BAFTA fellowship and was the first inductee into the Spike VGA Video Game Hall of Fame, to name just two honours. He's now been confirmed as the recipient of this...

  • Talking Point Should Zelda Go Episodic?

    "Next time on The Legend of Zelda..."

    For more than 25 years, The Legend of Zelda series has grapple-hooked the hearts of gamers across the globe. Thanks to the consistent quality of its library of titles, the Zelda brand has generated a worldwide recognition that few games achieve and has become the standard by which all other action-adventure...

  • News 3DS Nears 1 Million Units Sold in UK

    But slower than DS

    According to Pocket Gamer, 3DS is on the cusp of hitting the 1 million sales mark in the United Kingdom. The site claims the console sits just below 950k units after 61 weeks on shelves. By comparison, the original DS sold its first million after 51 weeks, so 3DS clearly still has some ground to make up. Last year Nintendo of...

  • News Add These Dates and Times to Your E3 Schedule

    Straight from the horse's mouth

    You might think your E3 experience starts and ends with Nintendo's press conference on 5th June? Not so, with two more dates and times to add to your diary. As well as streaming the press conference itself, Nintendo will also offer two exclusive videos at http://e3.nintendo.com. Here's the full rundown, in order...

  • News Watch E3 Live Online, On TV and On the Go

    Watch everywhere, really

    Nintendo will once again stream its E3 press conference online at http://e3.nintendo.com, as well as via Facebook and on TV on Spike or MTV2. There'll also be game footage and developer interviews on Nintendo's YouTube channels. Of course we'll be bringing you live coverage, news, media and more as it happens so make sure...

  • News Scour the UK for Mario Tennis Open Yoshi QR Codes

    Smash and grab

    Mario Tennis Open launches in the UK next week, and Nintendo is launching a nationwide treasure hunt for you to grab multicoloured Yoshis. On 25th and 26th May select Asda stores will give away the Black Yoshi via a special in-store QR code: scan it with your 3DS and Black Yoshi is yours to keep. Nintendo will release white, blue and...

  • News Colour-Based AR Patent is Hot Stuff

    You'll see what we mean

    The augmented reality games bundled with the 3DS are all well and good, but many of you want more. Nintendo's applied for a patent on a new colour-based AR concept that would make a very welcome addition to the system's AR suite. The document refers to using colour to influence the game world, giving several intriguing...

  • News Nintendo Patent Reveals Wii U and Remote Interactivity

    Drag and drop

    So far a lot of the Wii U video and technology has focused on how one player will use the Wii U controller and others will use Wii Remotes, but a new patent shows the potential for a single player using both controllers together. The patent outlines how a player could use the Wii Remote to interact with both the TV and Wii U...

  • News Organise a Big Kid Icarus Event, Win Prizes

    Nintendo lays down shiny gauntlets

    Every time Nintendo announces an event somewhere in the world, the response is always the same: "why couldn't it be where I live?" That won't be a problem on 19th May, as Nintendo is encouraging fans all over the world to hold their own events for Kid Icarus: Uprising. Designating 19th May as...

  • News Mario Kart 7 Update Available Now

    Commence updating!

    The exploit-fixing update for Mario Kart 7 is available now. It patches up glaring shortcuts in the game's Wuhu Island Loop, Wuhu Mountain Loop and GBA Bowser Castle 1 courses. You won't be able to play online if you don't download the update, so hopefully this'll level the online playing field. Here's how to update your game: 1)...

  • News Aqua Blue 3DS Discontinuation Only Affects Japan

    So cheer up

    Last week we learnt that Nintendo Japan is discontinuing the Aqua Blue 3DS, and we anxiously wondered what it might mean for us in the West. We've heard back from Nintendo Europe now and it's good news. The official line is that "this announcement is only for the Japanese market", meaning there should be a steady stream of Aqua...

  • News These Are the UK's Biggest Selling Virtual Console Games

    Mario makes a clean sweep

    Nintendo UK has just revealed all-time sales charts for Wii's Virtual Console, and it contains a sum total of zero surprises. On NES, legendary platformer Super Mario Bros. 3 sits atop the chart, just above Super Mario Bros. and, strangely, Pac-Man. SNES players favour Super Mario World over all others, with

  • News Nintendo Applies for Patent on Wii U Golf Tech

    Taking a swing

    Remember Nintendo's bold new vision for sports games on Wii U, shown off at E3 last year? It's dead serious about making it a reality, applying for a patent on its concept for golf. The patent pertains to using the new controller on the ground to see the lie of the ball, but it goes into more detail, revealing it's possible to 'miss'...

  • News Japanese Charts Bring Golden Results for Nintendo

    Holiday week brings extra sales

    It's time for the weekly Japanese charts update, and if you've been reading these articles for the past couple of months you'll already know the story: Nintendo dominates sales in its homeland. The company's performance around the world may be a mixed bag at present, but results in Japan rarely let Satoru Iwata and...

  • News Felt Sew Good Sells Cushions of Your Favourite Consoles

    Soft sell

    An NES controller coffee table is all well and good, but we'd rather have something softer in our living room, wouldn't you? Online store Felt Sew Good just opened up and sells a range of cute cushions based on retro gaming consoles and controllers. NES, SNES, Game Boy and more are all represented in adorable form; there's even a Speak...

  • Feature The Magic of Console Launches

    It’s all about day one

    In the coming weeks, as we build up to the excitement and madness of E3 2012, we’re going to reflect on some major Nintendo console launches from the past. We won’t necessarily cover them all in this series, but we’ll be looking at some notable console arrivals and thinking about why these system launches were...

  • News Dress Up and Win at Kid Icarus Event

    Even if you don't go you can still dress up

    Nintendo UK is currently in the middle of a Kid Icarus: Uprising event tour, giving plucky gamers a chance to take on a 'battle squad' of professional gamers in multiplayer. Participants at the first event at HMV Oxford Circus in London received limited edition posters, while those who triumphed over the...

  • Feature Three Reasons Why Mario's Next Adventure Should Visit Subcon

    It's from Super Mario Bros. 2, if you didn’t know

    By the mid 1980s the world had fallen in love with a stocky Italian plumber named Mario. With the release of Super Mario Bros. on NES, the gaming icon left an indelible boot-shaped impression on the minds of gamers around the world and forever changed the landscape of the video game industry...

  • News Pokémon Conquest Details Revealed by Nintendo

    Lots of kingdoms to conquer

    Pokémon Conquest, a translated version of Japanese title Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition, is getting ever closer for gamers in North America. With the 18th June release date approaching, Nintendo has started to release details about the title and what 'mon fans can expect. With 17 kingdoms to conquer, and these being...

  • News Nintendo Confirms E3 2012 Press Conference Date & Time

    It's coming

    Nintendo will host its E3 press conference on Tuesday 5th June. It'll be our first look at Nintendo's Wii U games including Pikmin 3 and Super Mario Bros., plus new games for 3DS. It all kicks off at 9am Pacific Daylight Time, which we've handily converted into these time zones for you: 9am — Pacific12 midday — Eastern5pm — UK6pm...

  • News Wii U Designed to Do The Impossible

    Nintendoes what Nintendidn't

    While Nintendo may have struggled to explain adequately the Wii U's unique charms at E3, the machine was created with one principle in mind: to do what Wii can't. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors that while being an improved Wii — it does full HD output for a start — it's designed to be a brand new...

  • News Nintendo Games Back in Force at Game Stores

    Back in One Piece

    Nintendo-published games have returned to the shelves of UK retailers Game and Gamestation. Tekken 3D Prime Edition was the first game to skip the retailer in February, but is now available to buy in store or online. It's joined by fellow 3DS outing One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP and DS sequel Inazuma Eleven 2, plus Pandora

  • News Nintendo "Very Eager" to Help Third Party 3DS Developers

    Mi casa es su casa

    As we all expected, so far Nintendo's arguably made the best use of the 3DS's stereoscopic screen, but it's not all high and mighty about it — it wants to help third party developers get up to the same level. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors the company would happily pass on knowledge of how to leverage the 3DS...

  • News Iwata Won't Promise "Overwhelmingly Rich" Wii U Launch Line-Up

    Has "several proposals"

    The 3DS had a lacklustre line-up of games. You know it, we know it and Nintendo knows it. The real question is how the company will avoid a similar situation with Wii U when it launches later this year. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors that it has plans in place but that it pledges to create...

  • News GameStop Won't Be Selling Spirit Camera Second-Hand

    Frightening

    Hoping to grab a cheap pre-owned copy of Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir from GameStop? Sorry, your luck is out — the chain won't be trading in Nintendo's augmented reality experience. The reason is the game relies on an intricate book bundled with new copies; without the book, the software's useless. Even a missing page could halt...

April2012

  • News Brain Training 3DS Confirmed for Worldwide Release

    Available in both physical and digital formats

    In its February Nintendo Direct broadcast Nintendo unveiled Onitore — basically Brain Training 3DS — which will focus on testing your concentration and working memory. Already confirmed for Japan this summer, the success of the DS titles in the series made a worldwide release inevitable; Satoru...

  • Rumour Midnight Purple 3DS Spotted on Retail Site

    Prince nowhere to be seen

    Update: Midnight Purple 3DS hits North America on 20th May. Retailer Sam's Club has listed a Midnight Purple 3DS — a colour Nintendo hasn't announced. Joystiq spotted the listing this past weekend. Purple was among the colours first shown off when 3DS w

  • News We'll Probably See Some New Nintendo Characters Soon

    Who will they be?

    Shigeru Miyamoto — creator of Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong and more, of course — has dropped a seriously big hint we'll see new characters from Nintendo very soon. The Guardian asked Miyamoto if there was a particular game or style he wanted to work on, to which he replied: I don't have a big list of ideas I want to realise, I...

  • Talking Point Does Nintendo Finally 'Get' Digital?

    Mario out of thin air

    Now that Nintendo’s got the announcement of financial losses out of the way, it can look ahead to plans for the coming year. As expected, follow-up statements to investors revealed some interesting insights into the company’s plans, with the biggest news that Nintendo's 3DS retail games will be available to download later...

  • News Nintendo Still Has Secret 3DS Games to Reveal

    Who knew?

    Nintendo's got more 3DS games coming your way this financial year, but it's not saying what they are. Satoru Iwata — Nintendo president, of course — told investors the company has several unannounced 3DS games on the way before we flip our calendars over to April 2013. Referring to a list of announced first-party games due in the...

  • News Iwata: "Animal Crossing 3DS Won't Rely on Add-On Content"

    Get what you pay for

    To some, Animal Crossing on 3DS sounds like the ideal opportunity to sell as much digital add-on content as possible, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has again stated the company's strong opposition to this model. Iwata told investors Nintendo will stick to its ethos of not selling products that consumers would deem...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 to Kick Off Retail Downloads

    A while to wait

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be the first 3DS retail game to be available for download. Iwata spoke to investors at a financial results briefing and said that with user eShop connectivity at a good level — as much as 70% of 3DS owners in Japan and the U.S. have connected to the...

  • News Wii U Release Date and Price Announcements to Come After E3

    Surprised?

    Nintendo will reveal the release date and price for Wii U after its E3 show, president Satoru Iwata has revealed. Speaking at a financial results briefing, Iwata didn't reveal much about Wii U, other than emphasising that Nintendo would reveal the system's final format and software lineup during E3. Iwata then said: Please also be...

  • News Analyst Calls for Mario on Non-Nintendo Platforms

    Is that a flying pig?

    After today's financial reports confirmed major losses for Nintendo, there are once again calls for the company to take its greatest IP treasures onto other platforms, such as smartphones and tablets. We've heard this all before, with investors saying similar things when Nintendo dropped the 3DS retail price. It's as likely now...

  • Talking Point A Big Year for Nintendo

    Time for a transition

    Today Nintendo announced its annual financial results, and the big headline is that it made a loss of 43 billion Yen, roughly $529m USD or £327m GBP. While we don't need to fear for the future of the company at this stage due to its significant stockpiles of cash and assets, it’s nevertheless a blow for the big N. The loss...

  • News Remixed Pilotwings Soundtrack Takes Flight

    Music to your ears?

    SNES classic Pilotwings had a pretty good soundtrack, and it sounds better now it's been remixed. Pilotwings: Take Flight is a seven track project from OCRemix-ers halc and group Insert Rupee, available for free download now. We'd recommend it on the strength of its track names alone — You Don't Talk About Flight Club and The...

  • News Nintendo Reveals Console and Software Sales Statistics

    DS top of the pile

    Nintendo's released updated sales figures for all its consoles, and it's certainly a lot of numbers. The company's three current platforms — 3DS, Wii and the DS family — sit at a combined global sales figure of 264.5 million consoles sold. That figure's dwarfed by the software statistic: over 1.76 billion games have been sold...

  • News Nintendo Still Envisions Selling Retail Games Digitally

    On the way

    Nintendo is sticking to its plan of putting full retail games on its digital storefronts, but hasn't given any further information of when the switch might occur. The company just posted its first ever annual loss and is keen to convince investors it can move with the times, stressing the importance of its digital functions for 3DS and...

  • News Nintendo Sets 10.5 Million Wii U Sales Target

    The power of two

    Nintendo expects to sell as many as 10.5 million Wii U consoles in the machine's first financial year. The company provided combined sales targets for Wii and Wii U for the upcoming financial year, targeting combined sales of 10.5m consoles and 70m software units across both machines. It hasn't revealed precisely how many Wii U...

  • News Worldwide 3DS Sales Reach 17 Million

    Nintendo wants that number doubled

    Since its Japanese release on 26th February 2011, Nintendo has sold 17.13 million 3DS consoles around the world, a number it wants to beat in the next financial year. Between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2012, Nintendo sold 13.52m consoles worldwide, missing its target of 14m. Originally the company set a target...

  • News Nintendo Posts First Annual Loss in 30 Years

    But lower than expected

    Nintendo made a 43 billion Yen net loss in the past financial year. A straight currency conversion puts the loss at $529m USD or £327m GBP. The company had originally predicted a 65 billion Yen net loss, but clawed back some of the deficit with strong software, particularly in Japan. The Yen also devalued compared to the...

  • News Nintendo to Distribute Heroes of Ruin Across Europe

    Once more, to arms

    Nintendo's sales, marketing and distribution teams are getting a good run-out with third-party support on 3DS, having already lent their support to Resident Evil Revelations, Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and more. The platform-holder's just signed a similar deal with Square Enix to promote...

  • News Nintendo Dominates UK's All-Time Top 10

    Mario Kart on the podium

    Trade and industry magazine MCV has posted a top ten of the biggest-selling single SKUs of all time, and Nintendo's on top. An SKU is a "stock-keeping unit" — a product with a unique barcode — and is used to separate the same game on multiple formats. MCV's list looks at the biggest-selling SKUs in UK history,...

  • News Peek Between Your Fingers at a Project Zero 2 Trailer

    Horror story

    Tecmo Koei's enhanced Project Zero 2: Wii Edition is coming to Europe this June, but Nintendo is starting the scares early with a new trailer. What starts out all sweet and lovely eventually gives way to the kind of twisted sights we've come to associate with the Project Zero (aka Fatal Frame) series over the years. It's also got plenty...

  • News Nintendo America Registers Fire Emblem 3DS Domain

    And relax

    So far only Nintendo Japan and Nintendo Europe have confirmed their plans for Fire Emblem Kakusei (aka Fire Emblem: Awakening), but it looks like Nintendo of America will be right behind them. The North American arm registered the domain FireEmblemAwakening.com, which currently redirects to Nintendo.com. The wing also registered domains...

  • News Europe, What Do You Make Of Your Beat the Beat Box Art?

    It's certainly... yellow

    The North American release of Rhythm Heaven Fever has one of the most deliriously colourful box arts we've ever seen, but Nintendo of Europe has taken a very different approach with its cover, as you can see. Art for the European version — known as Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise — tones down the golden theme of the...

  • News Take On Kid Icarus Multiplayer Masters at HMV Stores

    Consoles up for grabs

    Can't get enough of that wonderful Kid Icarus: Uprising multiplayer? Get thee to a select HMV store and take on Nintendo's team of crack players, and you could win a set of AR cards. The participating stores are: hmv Oxford Circus – Saturday 28th Aprilhmv Reading Oracle – Saturday 5th Mayhmv Birmingham Bullring – Saturday...

  • Talking Point Could AR Games Drive eShop Sales?

    Augmenting profit

    Nintendo made a big deal of augmented reality at 3DS' launch, but it's all gone a bit quiet on the gaming-on-your-table front aside from scant appearances as extra modes in titles like Kid Icarus: Uprising, or in its various uses in horror games that don't cut it. The 3D overlay technology, through which games and avatars can...

  • News Pikmin 2 Finally Reaches North American Wiis Soon

    About time

    Hey, New Play Control! Pikmin 2 — what took you so long? The latest issue of Nintendo Power claims the motion-controlled strategy game is finally going to reach North America later this year, presumably to tide you over until Pikmin 3 and remind gamers who Olimar and Louie actually are. The enhanced Pikmin 2 originally hit Europe...

  • News Nintendo UK Launches Repair Website

    One stop shop

    Nintendo console owners in the UK have a new resource at their disposal: Nintendo Service Centre. The website offers troubleshooting tips and also allows users to book in consoles for repair. Video tutorials also talk you through things like setting up parental controls, spending Nintendo Points and browsing digital stores. So there...

  • News Animal Crossing Tobidase Reaches Japan This Fall

    Come inside

    Animal Crossing 3DS has an official title and release window for Japan, those lucky blighters. Its full Japanese title is Doubutsu no Mori: Tobidase. Tobidase means 'jumping out' of something, a phrase often used to describe the 3DS's 3D capabilities but which Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says also refers to the game's wireless...

  • News Mario Kart 7 To Get Shortcut-Fixing Patch

    Part of new update

    Nintendo will add the ability to patch software later this month, with Mario Kart 7 due to get an update in July. Satoru Iwata revealed that Nintendo will release a patch to fix issues with shortcuts that cause problems with online play, though didn't specify which shortcuts would be affected. Previously Nintendo has said it has...

  • News MDK2 Dev Will Never Develop for Nintendo Again

    Beamdog out

    BioWare's MDK2 was ported to WiiWare by independent studio Beamdog, but you won't be seeing that name on any other Nintendo formats in the future, according to studio president Trent Oster. Asked on Twitter if Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition could come to Wii U, Oster's response was... less than positive: We don't do Nintendo...

  • Feature The Odd One Out in Operation Rainfall

    Time to open Pandora’s Limited Edition box?

    Friday 13th April saw the final part of the Operation Rainfall JRPG trilogy hit European shelves, with Pandora’s Tower following in the footsteps of Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story. Pandora’s Tower does feel like a rather odd member of what has become, in the eyes of most, a linked trio of...

  • News Super Mario 3D Land Director Shares Level Design Inspirations

    Similar to four-panel 'Kishōtenketsu' comics

    Super Mario 3D Land has been the recipient of critical acclaim and big sales figures. It was also the first 3D Super Mario title developed exclusively for a handheld, posing interesting challenges for Director Koichi Hayashida and his team, such as finding a way to provide short levels that are also...

  • News Double Spooky Photo Action Hits Europe on 29th June

    Wii and 3DS owners beware

    Nintendo's planning a double dose of ghostly goings-on on 29th June, as augmented reality fright fest Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir and Wii spooker Project Zero 2: Wii Edition will both reach Europe. Nintendo UK slipped the Wii release date at the bottom of a press release about Spirit Camera — out today in North...

  • News Nintendo Back in the GAME with Pandora's Tower

    Back to business

    Pandora's Tower is the first Nintendo-published game to come back to the newly reformed GAME. The Wii action RPG is available online for £49.99, with GAME claiming it's "very limited and the last print run." GAME hasn't stocked a Nintendo-published or distributed title since Resident Evil Revelations way back in January,...

  • News Sing Along to The History of Nintendo

    Start Friday right

    The talented folks at long-running webcomic Brawl in the Family have used their 400th strip to celebrate Nintendo's life and times in a catchy tune. From hanafuda cards to Wii U, it crams some good detail into its 3:42 running time and will no doubt get stuck in your head for a good few hours. It also scores bonus points for...

  • News Pandora's Tower Inspired By Lunch on a Train

    Don't eat the sandwiches

    The final part of Nintendo's RPG trio, Pandora's Tower, reaches Europe this Friday. Developer Ganbarion recently spoke to Official Nintendo Magazine about the game's creation and revealed the inspiration for its disgusting monster meat system. Director Toru Haga revealed the idea came to him while eating his lunch on the...

  • News Rhythm Thief Misses UK Charts

    Oh, Raphael...

    Funky Parisian 3DS game Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure has failed to land a foothold in the UK Top 40 charts in its first week. Price cuts and Easter promotions led to increased sales of older titles, which may have contributed to keeping Raphael's groove on the down low. Top of the charts was the much-hyped Kinect Star...

  • News Nintendo Buys Supermario4.com Web Domain

    An intriguing choice, yes?

    The news that Nintendo recently purchased a Mario related web domain is not always interesting, especially as big companies often buy web addresses just to prevent others using them. When we saw that supermario4.com was a recent acquisition for Nintendo, however, we were definitely intrigued. It may be rampant speculation,...

  • Feature The Super Mario Renaissance

    We've never had it so good

    When we think about Mario's glory years, it's easy to get lost in nostalgia. We might think back to the first time we played Super Mario Bros. and learned what a platform game was really capable of. We might think back to Super Mario World, which expanded upon the ideas of its predecessors in so many ways that felt...

  • News Add Tennis Balls to the List of Things Goombas Hate

    Everything's a weapon

    It's not just feet that pose a serious threat to eternal whipping boys the Goombas; tennis balls cause them serious harm too. Nintendo's new trailer for Mario Tennis Open showcases some of the new special games, from a Super Mario Bros.-inspired romp through World 1-1 and 1-2 to a Super Mario Galaxy face-off against a Luma. You...

  • News Nintendo UK Unleashes 2012 Tour Dates

    Try before you buy

    It's that time of year when Nintendo takes its wares on the road across the UK, with the first three events dated. Visitors to the tour can try out Mario Tennis Open, battle and trade AR cards for Kid Icarus: Uprising and play Pandora's Tower. The first three people into the show — steady on, Nintendo — will each take home a...

  • News Let the Pokémon Conquest Trailers Begin

    Strategise open

    Yesterday's announcement of Pokémon Conquest — that's the English name for Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition — for North America now brings with it a brace of trailers. The first is the opening movie you can expect to watch on your DS come 18th June, while the other is an introduction to the gameplay mash-up of grid-based strategy,...

  • News Nintendo: "Experience of Playing", Not Tech Specs, Key to Wii U

    It worked for Wii

    As the release of Wii U approaches, much focus seems to be on its technical capabilities, particularly its graphical prowess. Comments from anonymous developers that Wii U is less powerful than PS3 and Xbox 360 have raised the issue about how capable the machine 'needs' to be in terms of the graphics it's producing: we've already...

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