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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...

News: Wii Mini Is Official And Has No Online Connectivity

Wii Mini Is Official And Has No Online Connectivity

$99 price, December launch in Canada

The leak of the Wii Mini this morning has turned into an official announcement, with Nintendo confirming the existence of the system and launching a dedicated site. The new machine features a fresh two-tone design and retails for $99. At the moment, it looks like being exclusive to Canada, but there's a chance...

News: Wii U Shifts 400K Units in Début Week

Wii U Shifts 400K Units in Début Week

It's "essentially sold out of retail"

Nintendo's revealed its sales results to incorporate the Wii U launch and the Black Friday festivities, with NoA COO Reggie Fils-Aime weighing in with the company's perspective in an interview with CNET. Nintendo's total hardware sales — according to internal data — hit around 1.2 million units in the U.S.,...

Rumour: Wii Mini Console Outed By Retailer Release Schedule

Wii Mini Console Outed  By Retailer Release Schedule

Flying pigs also sighted

We like a good rumour here at Nintendo Life, but the latest delicious morsel to grace the internet is crazy enough that it might be true. This one's definitely a case of "only Nintendo", we give you... Wii Mini. While "mini" devices are quite the craze right now courtesy of a certain fruit-named tablet device, the concept...

News: Bumper Sales Make The Last Story XSEED's Most Successful Title Ever

Bumper Sales Make The Last Story XSEED's Most Successful Title Ever

New print run should continue the positive performance

Publisher XSEED - a specialist in localising Japanese titles for western consumption - has announced that RPG The Last Story is its most popular title yet, although it stopped short of divulging precise figures. The game - which is developed by Hironobu "Final Fantasy" Sakaguchi's studio...

News: Nintendo Has No New Wii Games In The Pipeline

Nintendo Has No New Wii Games In The Pipeline

Focus fully shifts to Wii U

The Wii has been Nintendo’s most successful home console of all time, with close to 100 million units sold worldwide. Now that Wii U has been officially launched many have wondered what will become of its plucky old predecessor, which has served Nintendo so well over the past six years. Well it appears that where first...

Review: Skylanders Giants (Wii)

Skylanders Giants (Wii)

Big friendly giant

Fe, fi, fo, fum, we smell the coins of dads and mums. Since its first release on consoles last year, Skylanders has exploded into a multi-million dollar franchise and a children's favourite. What would have been a fairly standard hack-and-slash game by itself was taken to new heights thanks to a clever reliance on collectable...

News: Official Youtube App Launches On The Wii In North America

Official Youtube App Launches On The Wii In North America

Better late than never?

Just days ahead of the Wii U launch in the US, Google has announced today that it has launched the official YouTube app for the Wii. For the time being, the app will only be available in North America, but Google has plans to bring it to other countries soon. The app has previously been available on the PlayStation 3 and the...

News: Wii Version Of PES 2013 Looks Rather Familiar

Wii Version Of PES 2013 Looks Rather Familiar

Reduce, reuse, recycle

The Wii has rather awkwardly come to the end of its product life cycle at around the same time that sports franchise games emerge for their yearly updates. This has meant that companies like EA have had to ponder whether or not to bring games like FIFA to Wii, as well as the other major consoles. Of course EA did decide to...

News: Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two Receives Collector's Edition Treatment On Wii

Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two Receives Collector's Edition Treatment On Wii

Epic is the word you're looking for

Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is due to release for the Wii on November 23rd, and fans can look forward to a special Collector's Edition of the game as well as the standard retail copy. UK retailer GAME has the exclusive on this bundle, which features a copy of the game, an 8GB Oswald-shaped USB stick...

News: Wii U Holiday Sales Projected to Exceed Wii Launch

Wii U Holiday Sales Projected to Exceed Wii Launch

Four year sales expected to be lower, though

With Wii U set to arrive, and Nintendo needing a strong performance to appease shareholders, market analysts are inevitably checking various sources of data and making their predictions on the system's outlook. The latest to do so is research firm IHS Screen Digest, with projections that bring good and...

News: Wii to Wii U Data Transfer Details Emerge

Wii to Wii U Data Transfer Details Emerge

Pay close attention

One feature pre-occupying the minds of some potential Wii U owners is the process to move their WiiWare and Virtual Console data onto the new console. With backwards compatibility a big part of the system — for some gamers — having access to years' worth of purchases is a welcome bonus. Of course, with Wii not having a user...

News: Nintendo Download Shops Offline For Maintenance This Tuesday

Nintendo Download Shops Offline For Maintenance This Tuesday

Could a surprise be in store?

Nintendo has revealed that its online stores will be temporarily offline on Tuesday for scheduled maintenance. The 3DS eShop, DSi Shop and Wii Shop Channel will all be inaccessible from 10:00 PT to "about" 17:00 PT. What's coming? It could be all manner of things. Nintendo could be preparing its online portals for the...

News: Wii Owners: Microsoft Wants You To Buy The Xbox 360 This Holiday Season

Wii Owners: Microsoft Wants You To Buy The Xbox 360 This Holiday Season

"I can't think of a better console for them to choose" says Microsoft manager

With the Wii U launching this month, you might assume that most Nintendo fans are saving up their pennies and getting very excited indeed about the new console. However, Microsoft's general manager of Interactive Entertainment product marketing Matt Barlow believes that...