Halo and Fable are also joining the party
We know, we wish Microsoft didn't own Banjo-Kazooie either, but that's what happens when you buy Rare and (if the rumours are true) even bigger publishers and studios, but that doesn't mean we can't have some form of the much loved bird 'n' bear pairing. We have Playtonic's Yooka-Laylee and now we have some...
And some free puzzles, 'tis the season
Back in the old days new downloads would mostly arrive on Nintendo's stores on a Thursday, with the occasional retail game being special enough for an alternative day. Now we get all sorts of neat arrivals on various days in the week, and today brings a few new releases across North America and Europe. Gaze...
Three in Europe, one in NA
As your humble scribe was checking the European and North American eShop in preparation for the now-traditional 'Out Now' early mini Nintendo Download article on Tuesday, it emerged that three games are out in Europe today, a Monday. With the Switch eShop throwing so many delicious games at us on a weekly basis it makes...
Some enticing new titles to choose from
As is now our routine we have a mini Nintendo Download Update on a Tuesday, due to the crowded Switch eShop line-up now typically bringing us some goodies a little earlier in the week. This time around it's no different, with some rather tempting and even high profile arrivals on the store. Without further...
Games to share with others
In recent weeks we've seen a glut of new Switch eShop titles arrive earlier than the standard download update. With the retail scene now backing off until next year the burden falls on download-only games - though there are less titles making their mark early this time around, those that do arrive today have plenty of...
Time for the early update
Back in the day new downloads would mainly arrive on the eShop on a Thursday, with the occasional cheeky retail game on other dates. In the currently busy world of the Switch eShop, however, new titles arrive early each week, leading to this 'Out Today' series of posts. This week is no different, with multiple titles...
Quite a few goodies on offer
As regulars will know we're now in the habit of sharing mini Download Updates on a Tuesday, with the pleasing support for the Switch prompting some studios to bring a mix of retail and download-only titles out a little earlier each week. Typically there are 4-5 new games on offer at this point each time around, which...
SEGA's latest big push for its mascot
As is now the norm the Switch eShop's release slate for each week typically comes in a couple of batches. Beyond the usual Thursday update we also get retail and download-only titles earlier in the week, and as we've done in recent times we're giving you a reminder of what's out today. After all, we all need to...
The horrors of property rents
In what is now likely to be a regular update, we've been checking out which games are out early in this download week. With solid support for the Switch eShop we have release dates planned to tie-in with retail arrivals or multi-platform downloads; in crowded weekly release schedules 'early' arrivals can therefore fall...
Hard to resist
As we've mentioned previously, eShop release dates are getting a little bit more dynamic than they used to be. This is a good thing, as it reflects the positive third-party support coming the Switch's way, and with crowded weekly schedules and occasional multi-platform launches publishers are more than happy to break the 'release on a...
101 reasons to download a new wallpaper, today!
Every generation there are great games that seem to be overlooked and don't translate into sales success, so is The Wonderful 101 heading for the same end result? Over the past few weeks we've heard rumours of The Wonderful 101 having limited distribution of 30,000 units to retailers in Japan, while...
European gamers, for you the wait is finally over
North American 3DS owners have been enjoying Fire Emblem: Awakening since February, and Japanese fans have had the game even longer — since April last year, in fact. It's only now that European players are getting their hands on one of the 3DS' most accomplished releases, but games of this...
Skip to the beat
Nearly five months after it hit North America, Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise lands in Europe today. The European release lets you choose between the English and Japanese soundtracks, a feature exclusive to Europe, but is otherwise unchanged from its North American release. If you're interested in some Wii-based rhythm, check out...
After a lot of campaigning and complaining, Monolith Soft's epic Xenoblade Chronicles makes it across to North America today. The mammoth RPG is available to buy from GameStop or Nintendo's online store. The regular version is $49.99, while the 'enhanced package' with black Classic Controller Pro will set you back $64.99 (plus tax, of...
Director has the final say
The Last Story is out today in Europe and creator Hironobu Sakaguchi has co-directed a trailer to get you even more excited. The trailer below gives you an idea of the scale you can expect from Sakaguchi's latest Wii RPG, which by our reckoning is rather good. Don't believe us? Our The Last Story review is pretty...
Oh, that was easy
One of the earliest third-party games revealed for 3DS James Noir's Hollywood Crimes finally makes it to Europe today, and we have a new launch trailer to show off. Originally called Hollywood 61, the game has one of the most bizarre plots we've ever heard in a game: as a contestant in a 1960s game show, you soon discover a diabolical criminal mastermind is murdering your fellow..
Try to keep up
Sonic Generations is out in Europe today, and what better way to celebrate than a comic strip explaining the game's story? Using still shots from the game's rendered intro — only available in the HD version, sadly — the strip sets up exactly why two eras of Sonic find themselves racing through the same stages. It also contains some very finely detailed digital cookies, if that..
Out this week
SEGA's mascot just hit 3DS in North America today, and to celebrate here's a brand new launch trailer. The video shows off Sonic Generations' stages, bosses, multiplayer and StreetPass mode, so if you've been waiting to see which classic and modern Sonic moments are revisited in the 'hog's first 3DS outing then wait no longer. Sonic...
Talk about good days: Nintendo fans in Europe have a new Mario and a new Zelda to choose from today, as the much-anticipated 3DS release Super Mario 3D Land finally reaches European shores. To celebrate the plumber's first true 3D platforming game we've put together some awesome computer wallpapers to bring a touch of the Mushroom Kingdom to your desktop. If you needed any further..
The wait is over
After five long years, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is finally available across Europe. To celebrate Link's triumphant return we've put together some exclusive Skyward Sword wallpapers that you'll only find here at Nintendo Life. Available in all different sizes to suit your screen size, now you can make your desktop look...
Starting Hallowe'en early
We took our first steps with Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix on WiiWare back in May, and now the spooky series has launched on 3DS as Natsume announces Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D is available across North America from today. The 3DS's first dancing game follows Gabrielle, a poor girl who's sneezed her soul right out of her body, and her attempts to recover it by..
Taking its time
The DS football RPG from the developers of Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven finally reaches UK shores today after a huge delay. On-the-ball readers may remember it was mistakenly released in small quantities back in January, but it was always Nintendo's plan to release the game properly alongside the cartoon series which just began airing in the Sceptred Isles. You can check out our..
Europeans finally have the chance to get their hands on The Conduit as it releases across the continent today, July 10th.
To celebrate the release of the fantastic The Conduit we've teamed up with SEGA to give away some wonderful The Conduit goodies. One lucky reader will receive the 1st prize of a Signed conduit poster, Concept art book, Portable...
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is released today in North America, and on Friday in Europe
Visitors to Nintendo Life this week must need their eyes testing if they haven’t comes across EA’s upcoming DS puzzler Henry Hatsworth in The Puzzling Adventure yet – after all our homepage is bright orange and features the man himself! If you still need any more persuasion to go out and buy..
SEGA unleash Sonic in 3D yet again across Europe from today, but is it any good? Early reports suggest not...
Created by Sonic Team in Japan, this innovative game takes Sonic into a medieval world and arms him with a sword to aid in his effort to save the day. Sonic and the Black Knight will provide Sonic fans with an irresistible cast of characters and teach them all what it takes to be a true..
SEGA's second horror serving, MadWorld, is released across the US today, March 10th.
MADWORLD is an inventive third-person action game exclusively for Wii. Produced by Atsushi Inaba, MADWORLD has a unique black and white style, depicting an incredibly sharp backdrop that straddles graphic novels and 3D worlds. As players battle opponents, they must master the use of various weapons and items found..
Exploding onto stores across the UK is SouthPeak Games' fireworks shooter, Big Bang Mini.
In Big Bang Mini, your objective is to destroy wave upon wave of enemies, which in turn lights up the night sky with bursts of colorful fireworks. Use the stylus to dodge enemy fire and debris while collecting stars. Specifically designed with the Nintendo DS Touch Screen in mind, Big Bang Mini packs a..
US gamers can now get their hands on the slightly unfavourable Dead Rising Wii port from today.
Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, is pleased to announce that Dead Rising™: Chop Till You Drop ships today for the Wii™ home video game system. Taking advantage of the same proven technology that brought Resident Evil® 4 so successfully to Wii, Dead Rising: Chop..
They came for brains, you'll give them bullets! SEGA horror-thon House of the Dead: OVERKILL is out today.
Survival horror as it’s never been seen before! A pulp-style take on the classic SEGA light-gun shooter series. Back when the famous Agent G was still fresh out of the academy, he teamed up with hard-boiled bad-ass Agent Washington to investigate stories of mysterious disappearances in..
505 Games announce that Namco's We Cheer is out today in UK/Europe, apparently the girls of "Sheffield Storm All-star Team" are dead impressed.
“We’re more than happy to be involved with a game which will hopefully give more publicity to our sport, which is always growing in popularity in this country,” commented Coral Head, Storm All-stars founder. “I’m a bit of a gamer myself but this..
US gamers can now get their hands on the new Tenchu game, Tenchu: Shadow Assassins developed exclusively for Wii.
Tenchu: Shadow Assassins continues the saga of elite ninjas, Rikimaru and Ayame, who must use their lethal skills to keep the peace in feudal Japan. Playing as both stealthy Rikimaru and aggressive and acrobatic Ayame, players will fight their way through more than 10 missions and 50..
We didn't know he was leashed, but Sonic is finally Unleashed, ready to stop Dr Eggman one more time!
Sonic Unleashed will launch players on a revolutionary high-speed adventure through a world torn by chaos. Powered by the all-new “Hedgehog Engine,” Sonic Unleashed merges classic Sonic gameplay with the latest in next-generation innovation. It launches players on a journey across the globe and..
Lara Croft returns because there are yet more tombs to raid, out today across Europe on all formats.
Tomb Raider: Underworld™ seamlessly blends exploration, grand scale puzzle solving and combat, taking players on an archeological journey to the ancient netherworlds of the Mediterranean, Thailand, Mexico, the Arctic Sea and more. As fearless adventurer Lara Croft, gamers uncover proof of the..
SEGA today release the updated Wii incarnation of the Dreamcast original maraca madness known as Samba de Amigo across Europe.
The samba-inspired rhythm music game made popular in the arcades is shaking its way onto the Wii™! Keeping the beat with over 40 songs on a Samba-inspired sound track, players shake the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ like maracas and compete with friends to see who has the..
Activision's slippery fishing game is out now in the US, coming with a spiffy fishing rod attachment.
Activision has worked closely with developer Fun Labs and Rapala, the world's largest manufacturer of fishing lures and #1 fishing brand in the world, to create an angling title that appeals to fishermen and gamers of all abilities. Rapala Fishing Frenzy represents an evolution of the perennially..
505 Games announce the launch of more sports related budgetware for Wii, this time in the format of Table Football.
To celebrate the start of the football season, 505 Games is pleased to announce that Table Football for Nintendo Wii™ is heading on to the pitch today. Table Football uses the motion-sensing abilities of the Wii Remote to make it feel just like you’re playing a fast-paced game of..
For European gamers today has been a very long time coming as Super Smash Bros. Brawl was finally released across Europe.
This action-packed fighting game features a ridiculous number of characters that have appeared on Nintendo platforms, from Mario to Link to Pikachu ... to Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog! As they square off in famous locales drawn from the rich history of Nintendo, literally..
Top Spin 3 the game previously rated fairly high on the X360 & PS3 has arrived on the Wii just in time for Wimbledon.
The reaction to the game so far has varied: it has recieved a high 81 out of 100 in the Official Nintendo Magazine but just 60% from the less biased NGamer UK magazine. However some gamers have critisced the graphics and a general sense of it being watered down from the X360..
Atari's latest incarnation of Alone in the Dark is released today across Europe on Wii, hurray.
The versions for Wii and PS2 have been developed in parallel specifically to take full advantage of each console’s capabilities. Both games push the hardware hard, incorporating many of the gameplay features found in the Xbox 360 version. On the Wii, the control system is specially adapted to make full..
Sonic's latest Wii adventure blasts onto our screens in the form of Sonic Riders sequel, Zero Gravity.
"In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, Sonic takes on to futuristic-inspired tracks and travels as far as outer space to push the limits of speed even further. Two new unique gravity control moves will allow players to outrace opponents while navigating walls, drops, and hairpin turns. Innovative..
Scrub up its time to play doctors and nurses for the second time on Wii, Atlus release the sequel to hospital-tastic Trauma Center: Second Opinion.
At a remote hospital in Alaska, Dr. Markus Vaughn quietly toils, a surgeon who has forsaken the politics and power struggles of his former ward. He is content to use the power he has discovered within himself, the Healing Touch, to positively affect..
SEGA's first Arcade-to-Wii-Zapper translation hits the stores today in the form of "Ghost Squad".
Set in a world overrun with terrorism where the U.N. has been forced into creating the Global Humanitarian-Operation and Special Tactics Squad aka “Ghost Squad.” This team of elite soldiers comprise of the best of the best from both domestic and foreign military and special operations forces..
Nintendo release "Mario Party DS" the first portable version of the popular Mario Party series of games.
The latest installment in the wildly popular Mario Party game series introduces five new boards and more than 70 awesome minigames, playable for the first time ever on the super-portable Nintendo DS. It's a great value, since up to four DS owners can compete via local wireless using only one..
Nintendo's Wii Zapper is out now allowing for arcade shooting action in your living room... well almost.
Nov. 19, 2007 – Today, Nintendo's new Wii Zapper™ brings the precision and thrill of arcade-style targeting games right into your home. Made exclusively for Nintendo's Wii™ system, the Wii Zapper houses a Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ to provide a better feel in games where pinpoint..
The first zombie-fest Wii Zapper action is released today in the US, later this month in Europe.
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is a brand new game in the Resident Evil franchise, with familiar locales from the entire series, created specifically for the unique characteristics of the Wii console. This action/shooter hybrid reveals the back story behind the fall of the Umbrella Corporation..
Today see's the launch of Mario's first solo outing on the Wii, believe the hype, go and buy this game.
"Become Mario™ as he traverses gravity-bending galaxies, traveling in and out of gravitational fields by blasting from planet to planet. Players experience dizzying perspective shifts as they run upside down through wild alien worlds that need to be seen to be believed. Whether you're surfing..
Today see's the release of Nintendo's latest offering, Battalion Wars 2, the war battler, for the Wii.
This week's launch of Nintendo's new Battalion Wars™ 2 game for the Wii™ system lets players take complete command of soldiers and vehicles to help turn the tide of war and defeat the foes. In this sequel to the well-received original, players can connect with friends and opponents from all..
Today marks the release of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption in Europe, go and buy this game right now... trust us!
Set six months on from the events of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes on planet Aether, which saw the confrontation between Dark Samus, the Galactic Federation’s computer network has been hit by something which resembles a crippling virus, and only quick action will save the entire network from..
Yesterday marked the release of Zack & Wiki by Capcom in the US, perhaps the sleeper hit of the winter?
Early reviews have been extremely positive towards the pirate themed adventure game with well known media giants IGN giving the game a impressive 9.0/10. Every once in a while we stumble upon a surprisingly excellent videogame - a title whose...
Nintendo have today seen the release of Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for the DS, excellent!
Get ready for an iconic debut as Link and the world famous Legend of Zelda series, makes its very first appearance on the Nintendo DS! Retaining the elements which have made the Zelda series such a worldwide hit, having sold over a staggering 52 million units globally, this latest full-scale adventure..
Rockstar unleash their Tennis-em-up thriller onto the Wii console, out now in the US and in Europe from Friday.
Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., is pleased to announce that Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis for the Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo is now available at North American retail stores for the suggested retail price of $39.99..
October 1st marks the US release of Link's first proper adventure on the DS, The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker closed with Link and Tetra setting sail for waters unknown ... but their story was just beginning, and it continues on the Nintendo DS. When a mysterious fog waylays their band of pirates and leaves Link alone on an unfamiliar island, a new..
Almost a year late, Metroid Prime 3 finally hits the shelves in the US and is ready for all to see, Reggie has Corrupted us all!
Originally a launch title for Wii, Metroid Prime 3 is the 3rd (duh) and deemed last in the Metroid Prime trilogy. "The trilogy ends ... with a bang! Six months have passed since the events on the planet Aether. The Galactic Federation's network computers, Aurora Units,..
Not only golden balls is doing soccer proud in America, today sees the US launch of Mario Strikers Charged, the frantic arcade alternative to football.
"Mario Strikers Charged introduces nine sensational new stadiums, plus a host of new characters with their own special abilities and power moves. Players create their own teams by mixing and matching captains and sidekicks, then use the Wii..
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