Wii Features

Interview: Meet Naked War, The Wii Advance Wars Beater That Never Was

Meet Naked War, The Wii Advance Wars Beater That Never Was

"This was the game that was going to make the blue light really matter!"

Ste and John Pickford have been making video games for decades, starting with humble home micros like the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 before graduating to the NES and SNES as the '90s dawned. Such was the prestigious talent of these skillful siblings that their company Zippo...

Feature: Memories of the Wii and DS Wi-Fi Connection Era

Memories of the Wii and DS Wi-Fi Connection Era

When the Nintendo Network was but a twinkle in Iwata-san's eye

It's finally happened, the Wi-Fi connection on the Wii and DS is gone, disconnected on 20th May. The DSi and Wii Shop platforms are still running, but online multiplayer and content in games is now shut down, prompting the end of an era for the last-gen systems. Regardless of the...

Feature: How A Team Of Dedicated Fans Is Fixing Super Smash Bros. Brawl

How A Team Of Dedicated Fans Is Fixing Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The inside story on Project M

Super Smash Bros. Melee was a love letter from Nintendo to the company’s legion of fans — a fighting game packed to the brim with songs, stages, characters and art from the storied history of the Japanese game company. It’s an accomplishment quite unlike and unmatched by any other. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the...

Soapbox: The Nintendo Wi-Fi Disconnection Reminds Us Why Local Multiplayer Still Matters

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Disconnection Reminds Us Why Local Multiplayer Still Matters

Tom Whitehead goes on about online multiplayer's pitfalls, like an old man

I was disappointed to learn about Nintendo switching off online play on the Wii and DS; at the time I was on a short break spending some time with my family and, funnily enough, getting ready for some memory-jogging multiplayer gaming with my older brother. Growing up...

Matters Of Import: Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

'80s popstar Gary Numan sadly not involved

Nintendo’s Virtual Console service has been a constant treasure trove of classic gaming for many years now, covering hundreds of titles across some of the greatest systems to ever exist. It’s thrown up more than a few unexpected surprises along the way too – including this Japan-only port of the...

Soapbox: The Wii Changed The Face of Gaming, Before The Console Industry Promptly Forgot Its Lessons

The Wii Changed The Face of Gaming, Before The Console Industry Promptly Forgot Its Lessons

Tom Whitehead believes that the Wii's good work has, in part, been wasted

This week the Nintendo Japan website updated the status of Wii production, officially bringing it to an end. We'd previously argued that Nintendo could have ruled the micro console market with Wii and the company, potentially, missed a trick; it seems to be a decision made...

Parent Trap: The Wii Is Still Crucial To Family Game Success

The Wii Is Still Crucial To Family Game Success

Andy Robertson (not pictured) on why Nintendo's old console is still vital

While core players slowly turn their attention to the next generation of consoles, families are still getting a lot of value from the Wii. Families don’t buy as many games for their gaming systems as other demographics — the long tail of family gaming habits means that...

Feature: A Brief History of Pikmin

A Brief History of Pikmin

Three down, more surely to come

Pikmin 3, after a lengthy development period, is now beginning to grace Wii U systems around the world, and is clearly a source of great pride for Shigeru Miyamoto. The famous Nintendo designer has described it as the "ultimate version of Pikmin 1", and to date it's received substantial critical praise, including a...

Feature: The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

How an obscure little N64 title grew into a hit franchise for Nintendo

The hype and excitement for Animal Crossing: New Leaf across the web is reaching a critical level. Hitting North America on 9th June and Europe on 14th June, it begs the question whether some people might literally explode as a result of not being able to contain their...

Feature: Series Reboots That Have Divided Gamers

Series Reboots That Have Divided Gamers

They did WHAT with [insert treasured franchise name here]?

There are some undeniable truths in life, death and taxes being two examples, and the video game industry has its own rules and obligations that can never be avoided. One of these revolves around reboots of treasured franchises — if you're going to "re-imagine" a popular character or...

Feature: Nintendo and Bond Through the Ages

Nintendo and Bond Through the Ages

A license to thrill

While film tie-ins are expected these days, few games can attest to having their origins found in novels, and fewer still can claim to have outgrown those origins and become a success in their own right. But that is exactly what the James Bond franchise has done. What initially began as a series of novels by Sir Ian Fleming,...

Feature: Nintendo in 2012 - Part Two

Nintendo in 2012 - Part Two

Lots of Mario and Wii U's arrival

In the first six months of 2012, which we looked at in the first part of our 2012 retrospective, Nintendo oversaw some major releases on 3DS and announced the XL model, the Wii had a few memorable arrivals and E3 came and went with its own brand of madness. There were also a number of quirky stories that passed by,...

Feature: Nintendo in 2012 - Part One

Nintendo in 2012 - Part One

3DS fought back, hype mode was engaged

Not so long ago it could be argued that Nintendo was having some relaxing times, with DS and Wii systems flying off shelves and console rivals rushing to the platform in order to hop on the motion-control train. Of course, technology and the gaming industry evolve, and in 2011 Nintendo found itself trying to...

Feature: Your Guide to a Nintendo Holiday

Your Guide to a Nintendo Holiday

Christmas time, Mario and Trine...

It's Christmas time, and we all know what that means — rapidly depleting bank accounts, lots of food and merriment, and plenty of video gaming. The Holiday season actually means different things depending on your own perspective, of course, but to many it's a great opportunity to spend time with family and...

Talking Point: Nintendo Shrinks Prices and Consoles

Nintendo Shrinks Prices and Consoles

It's all about the money, mini, money

When we first reported the rumour of a Wii Mini, we made the mistake of including a slightly mocking tagline that referred to flying pigs. With the existing Wii models already selling at such low prices, the concept of Nintendo arranging the manufacturing, packaging and advertising for a new model this late in...

Feature: Halloween Scares on Wii

Halloween Scares on Wii

The cute little console's horrors

The scariest night of the year is now only two days away, a horrifying evening when strange children knock at the door and refuse to leave without a toll of sweets and candy. If you don't hand some tooth-rotting treats over, then you could find out what tricks they have up their sleeve; that's not always a smart...

Feature: Nintendo Life's Quirky Wii Memories

Nintendo Life's Quirky Wii Memories

We all have them

With its successor around the corner and a six year anniversary just a few weeks away, we've shown some love for Wii this week. Despite its modest graphical power and SD output, it's outsold its rivals, made motion gaming a mainstream pastime and given us some terrific games. We've already looked back at six years of Wii and...

Feature: Nintendo Life's Top 20 Wii Games

Nintendo Life's Top 20 Wii Games

The best of Wii

Yesterday we brought you a retrospective for six years of Wii, as we prepare for the not-too-distant future when the system will become Nintendo's "last generation" console. It's an emotional time, to be sure, and nothing touches raw and frayed nerves quite like a top 20 games list. With most of the likely candidates already in...

Feature: Looking Back at Six Years of Wii

Looking Back at Six Years of Wii

Time to say goodbye?

Despite strong first-party support, 2005 marked the beginning of the end for Nintendo’s GameCube, prompting the company to reveal its next system, the Revolution. The next year would see not only the unveiling of the revolutionary Wii Remote, but also the controversial unveiling of Wii; it was perceived by some as outrageous...