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News: Mario Kart Wii Races Back into UK Charts

Mario Kart Wii Races Back into UK Charts

Olympics still top of the podium

The UK software chart hasn't been the most eventful or successful arena for Nintendo games recently, with 3DS and particularly Wii titles making only modest appearances. That trend continues this week, with the latest results from UKIE now available. Once again the highest flyer is Mario & Sonic at the London...

Podcast: Episode 23 - When We Were Excited About Wii

Episode 23 - When We Were Excited About Wii

Kappa and the captain talk Wii

After looking back at the magic of console launches we decided to hone in the last Nintendo home console launch back in 2006: the good old Wii. What better way to relive those halcyon days than with the return of the Nintendo Life podcast? NL editor and podcast host James Newton is joined by writer Joe Walker for a...

News: Mario Party 9 has Sales to Celebrate in the Japanese Chart

Mario Party 9 has Sales to Celebrate in the Japanese Chart

3DS still having a good time

Although it's been available in PAL regions and North America since March, Mario Party 9 has only just been released in Japan. The Media Create charts, as reported by Andriasang, report that it sold 152,883 copies in its debut week, earning it second place in the charts behind the PS3 version of Resident Evil: Operation...

News: UK Charts Bring More of the Same for Nintendo

UK Charts Bring More of the Same for Nintendo

Not better, not worse

In the coming weeks and months, it's safe to say that Satoru Iwata and the managerial team at Nintendo HQ will be monitoring the progress of UK sales, after telling investors that, for one, Mario's presence in the country is the 'smallest in the world'. It's too early for that to have changed, and the latest top 40 software...

News: Dragon Quest X Wii Lands in Japan on 2nd August

Dragon Quest X Wii Lands in Japan on 2nd August

Wii U version still a secret

Square Enix will release its online RPG Dragon Quest X in Japan this August. The Wii game lands on 2nd August in two editions: the standard game costs ¥6,980, or you can buy it with a USB memory card for ¥8,980. If you buy the solus game, you'll need to provide your own USB memory stick with at least 16GB capacity,...

Feature: Nintendo Banks on Its Old Money Makers

Nintendo Banks on Its Old Money Makers

If in doubt…

Nintendo is set to announce its latest financial results that will cover the past year, and it’s anticipated that, for the first time in its history, the company will record a yearly loss. It’s an obvious blow for Nintendo, particularly as the past five to six years have brought staggering success. Even the results for 2010-2011...

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

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

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: Pikmin 2 Finally Reaches North American Wiis Soon

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: Konami Announces PES 2013 for Wii and 3DS

Konami Announces PES 2013 for Wii and 3DS

No PES for U

Konami's confirmed its next football feast, PES 2013, will, reach Wii and 3DS later this year. Wii's had some pretty good versions of the beautiful game over the years and PES has already had two run-outs on 3DS, so fingers crossed for a quality soccer sim later this year. The press release doesn't mention a Wii U version, which is a...

News: Real Life Skyward Sword Controls Don't Work

Real Life Skyward Sword Controls Don't Work

Though kids have better luck

We rather liked The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, stating that it's 'as good a Zelda game as we've ever played' in our perfect 10 review. We simply felt that everything blended beautifully, including the immersive MotionPlus controls. Not everyone felt the same about the control scheme, however, with some complaining...

News: UK Chart Results Are Less Than Golden for Nintendo

UK Chart Results Are Less Than Golden for Nintendo

Not flying off the shelves

Each week we have two sets of charts to bring you. On the one hand Nintendo's Japanese hardware and software sales are always through the roof and dominating its competitors, while the UK software charts often give a very different impression. Regular hardware sales for the UK aren't provided, but this week's software top...