Wii Features

  • Talking Point The Growing Storm of Operation Rainfall

    Is gaming's biggest consumer advocacy movement a noble cause, or does NoA know best?

    What you see to the right of this text is a poster for Operation Rainfall. It features screen shots and information on Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower, all of which Nintendo has published in Japan to positive reviews and sales, and none of...

  • Features The Game Modes of MotoHeroz

    Wrapping it up

    Over the past months we've brought you exclusive articles from Finnish developer RedLynx, detailing the world, characters, power-ups and vehicles on offer in the WiiWare game. Now we have the most important and final part in the series, explaining exactly how you can play MotoHeroz when it launches

  • Talking Point Should Nintendo Try to Recapture 'Hardcore' Gamers?

    What is hardcore anyway?

    In recent weeks the internet has been overloaded with rumours about Nintendo’s next home console, the successor to the phenomenally successful Wii. The rumours followed the usual pattern; anonymous sources said it was coming, speculation raged, ideas about the console started to find a level of consistency, and finally...

  • Features Re-Examining Zelda: Twilight Princess

    Playing it safe, or changing the game?

    You can tell a lot about a game from its opening scene. In the first few minutes of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time we're shown a sweeping, first-person view of the Kokiri Forest, as Navi flies frantically to awake a hero-to-be. In Zelda: The Wind Waker we're shown, in a beautifully minimalist art style, an...

  • Interviews High Voltage Software - Conduit 2

    We go deep inside the Wii's newest FPS

    A little under a week ago saw the release of the first person shooter Conduit 2, the highly anticipated sequel from High Voltage Software. To take a closer look at the development of the game (as well as a possible hint at future 3DS outings), we went behind the scenes with Kevin Sheller, a senior producer at...

  • Feature Retrofitting Your Console for the HD Age

    How to give your Wii and classic hardware a new lease of life

    While the relentless march of progress ensures that modern gaming consoles — and the televisions upon which they are played — are able to offer pin-sharp HD picture quality, it's worth sparing a moment to consider where this leaves older machines, as well as the humble Wii — which...

  • Features Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Awards 2010

    The top Wii and DS games of the year, as voted by you

    We showed you ours, now it's time for you to show your favorite games of 2010. The categories may have been limited, but your response wasn't. Here are the Wii (including WiiWare), DS (including DSiWare) and overall Reader Games of the Year. Reader Wii Game of the Year: Winner: Super Mario Galaxy...

  • Features Vote For Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Award 2010

    Make sure your favorite game of the year gets the acclaim you feel it deserves

    It wouldn't be too much of an understatement to say that Nintendo platforms had a mammoth year in 2010 with regards to excellent software. But we play by Thunderdome rules here at Nintendo Life around award season, and we're handing over a cache of weapons to you. Which is deserving of your Wii or DS Game of the Year?..

  • Features NES Characters, Then and Now: Part One

    See how some of your favourite characters have evolved over the past 25 years

    The Nintendo Entertainment System was a system that stimulated the imaginations of designers and gamers alike. Whether it was the smiling, dream-like wonderland of the Mushroom Kingdom, the sprawling fantasy world of Hyrule or the atmospheric depths of planet Zebes, the NES gave birth to some of the most brilliant and..

  • Features Don't Touch My Samus: Metroid's Controversial Turn

    Why the latest Metroid game's depiction of Samus isn't a complete departure for the series

    Metroid isn't a franchise that is known to rest upon its laurels. While each entry maintains the same basic elements that made the first game successful, one could hardly say that the series has gotten comfortable over the years. Whether it's adding a...

  • Interviews Epicenter Studios - Rock of the Dead

    House of the Dead meets Rock Band meets Neil Patrick Harris. Thoughts and new screenshots revealed

    Sometimes, a game comes along that makes you say "Why didn't I think of that?" – right after you marvel at how cool it is, of course. Rock of the Dead, the upcoming title from independent studio Epicenter, is just one such game. Imagine, if you will, an experience that combines the..

  • Interviews Hudson - Oops! Prank Party

    We talk with producer Yukihiro Kobayashi about the new Wii title

    While party games are relatively common today, the one that put the genre on the map is undeniably Hudson's Mario Party, released a little over a decade ago on the Nintendo 64. Now the company's making another foray into the party business with the devious Oops! Prank Party, set for release in the United States on October 5th. We had..

  • Interviews Ryozo Tsujimoto - Monster Hunter Tri

    We chat monsters, quests and gamers clocking 8,000 hours

    Initially scheduled for the week of the game's launch in April, ongoing issues with the Icelandic volcano dust cloud situation meant we had to postpone our interview with Monster Hunter Tri producer Ryozo Tsujimoto, but we're now able to bring you the interview in full. Nintendo Life: Why do you think Monster Hunter been such a massive..

  • Interviews NBA Jam Producer Pete Trenouth

    Yes, the announcer is back

    The upcoming NBA Jam revival for the Wii has been music to the ears of gamers wanting to taste that nostalgic goodness that will see them slam dunking like beasts as if it's easier than breathing, all to the enthusiastic commentary of the in-game announcer. The NBA Jam series is long overdue for a return and with the game's release planned for later in the year, we..

  • Interviews High Voltage Software - Conduit 2

    The sequel's producer talks new multiplayer features, weapons and more

    When it comes to Conduit 2, High Voltage Software's sequel to their debut Wii first-person shooter from 2009, we know a couple of things: that stuff is going to blow up and it will feature a whole host of new multiplayer bells and whistles, including a new co-operative mode...

  • Interviews Namco Bandai Games - Fragile Dreams

    Some interesting insights into the unique Wii release.

    With Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon recently released in North America and hitting Europe today, we thought it would be a good time to get in touch with some of the guys at Namco Bandai in order to find out a little more information about this rather unique Wii title. Kentaro...

  • Interviews Steve Lycett - Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

    Sumo Digital's executive producer talks karts and characters

    Since the release of OutRun 2 back in 2004, Sumo Digital has gone on to become somewhat of a bedfellow with SEGA, having produced several games based on key IP. Following on from the release on Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, we caught up with Steve Lycett, Sumo Digital's executive producer, to chat about the latest game developed for..

  • Talking Point Does Nintendo Need to Exercise More Quality Control on the Wii?

    Are shoddy ports and the tide of cheap cash-in titles putting the Wii at risk of meeting the same end as the Atari 2600?

    Nintendo is right to be proud of the Wii: it has single-handedly put them back at the top of the console stack after two generations of consoles which, whilst not outright disasters, failed to capture the imaginations of the...

  • News Gaming from the Heart

    Games that tug the heartstrings

    Valentine's Day is sometimes derided as a "Hallmark Holiday" - a day created for shops to sell stuff like greeting cards and chocolates due to feelings of obligation. Despite this, it must be said that having a day in which you're expected to express love and devotion to those closest to you can't be all...

  • Guides How to Get Your Wii Online

    Explore the wonderful world of the web with Wii!

    Here at Nintendo Life we pride ourselves on being the web's leading WiiWare and Virtual Console resource, with every single download title reviewed. However, there are still millions of Wii owners unable to get their console online, or not even aware the machine is Internet-enabled right away! If...

  • Interview Climax - Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

    Nintendo Life heads to Konami HQ to talk to the studio behind the storming new Silent Hill title

    UK-based developers Climax are kind of on fire right now. They've just released Silent Hill: Shattered Memories in partnership with Konami, and they're already working on two more projects for the gaming supergiant. Shattered Memories has already been...

  • Feature For Your Consideration - New Super Mario Bros. Wii

    Why the mushroom kingdom needs your help to raise the flag!

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of...

  • Feature For Your Consideration - Punch-Out!!

    Why Little Mac needs your vote to rise to the top!

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of some of...

  • Feature For Your Consideration - Little King's Story

    Why Corobo deserves your vote

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of some of the stellar titles we’ve seen in 2009, we’ll be writing a series of..

  • Guides Everything You Need To Know About Importing a Wii

    If you live in a PAL territory and are considering getting a North American Wii (or vice-versa), here's some tips to help you get the most out of it

    Given the pan-Wii coverage on Nintendo Life there's been plenty of opportunity for the green-eyed monster to make himself known on both sides of the Atlantic. You might have considered buying a Wii...

  • Features Metroid's Metal Makeover

    How five guys blasted the series' haunting soundtrack into a whole different genre - without sucking

    The trouble with covering beloved music is that it’s so easy to lose something in the translation. Successfully capturing the original work’s intent and mood is atypical; what most often happens when things go south is the heart and soul of the piece are mangled with good intentions. It’s not..

  • Feature Tending and Feeding Your Japanese Wii

    If you're considering getting a Japanese Wii, here's some tips and suggestions on getting the most out of it.

    Ever since the Japanese took over the home video game console market in the mid-80s there's been a major gulf between game releases in the consoles' country of origin and nations importing them, either because Japanese publishers lacked...

  • First Impressions Virtua Tennis 2009

    MotionPlus, a full online mode AND curly wigs? It's too good to be true, surely...

    Strawberries and cream, Robinson’s fruit squash and appalling curly hair were all out in force for Sega Europe’s Masters Monday event, an invitation-only tournament with some of the best Virtua Tennis players on the circuit – and me – in anticipation of VT2009. There were even two guests of honour - Sumo..

  • Podcast Episode 3 - The Conduit Interview

    We recently visited SEGA's HQ in London to play The Conduit. Feast your ears on the results!

    As you might have read in the earlier feature on the Conduit Multiplayer event at Sega, Nintendo Life staff member Tom had the opportunity to interview two of the chaps from High Voltage Software – Kerry Ganofsky (CEO) and Eric Nofsinger (CCO). Armed with a couple of questions the community wanted to know..

  • Talking Point Could The Conduit Be in for a Rough Ride at Retail?

    Game designer predicts poor sales performance for high-profile FPS

    With past ‘hardcore’ failures like No More Heroes, House of Dead: Overkill and (more recently) Madworld, the Wii is getting a reputation for being a casual gamers’ machine first and foremost. This certainly doesn’t bode well for Sega’s upcoming FPS title The Conduit...

  • News April Fool Jokes – The Dust Settles

    We select our favourite Nintendo-related pranks from the big day

    April 1st is a day feared by regular inhabitants of the internet. It’s the one day of the year when you can practically ignore all amazing and outlandish news stories as rival sites attempt to out-do each other with their attempts at humour. However, putting aside the more pathetic jokes for one moment (anyone here still think the..

  • News 10 Games We'd Like To See On The Wii

    Is it too late to ask Santa for these?

    The runaway success of Nintendo’s Wii has granted many publishers and developers a bit more freedom to experiment with their software. With such a massive installed base of users, software houses can be a little bolder with their ideas because chances are even brave failures will shift a few copies. Here at NintendoLife we applaud fresh and original..

  • News Wii AV Hardware Guide

    Confused by what cable goes where? We dive into the world of AV and try and explain what's hot and what's not.

    Much like the world of computers, the abyss that is AV can be just as confusing. We're going to take you though both audio and video standards and give you an idea of what does what. VideoDisplay technology has exploded over the past 5 years, you'd be living under a rock if you hadn't..

  • News Wii's Competition

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 12 months, you'll probably already know all about the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, if not we've compiled a brief guide to get you started.

    Every single time a new console gets released, the industry gets caught up in the “Next Generation” buzz-phrase. What does it actually mean? Generally...

  • News Exclusive Interview: Opera Talk Wii

    The norwegian software company talk Opera for Nintendo DS and the Wii

    Opera's Berit Hanson was nice enough to answers our questions regarding their web browser currently in development for Wii. Why do you think Nintendo chose Opera for their Wii browser? There are a lot of browsers out there, and some are more popular than Opera? Opera is...