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News: Vote Now for Xenoblade Chronicles' Reversible Cover

Vote Now for Xenoblade Chronicles' Reversible Cover

Inside out

Xenoblade Chronicles is just two months from finally reaching North America, and Nintendo wants you to choose the art displayed on the reverse of the game's cover. Nintendo of Europe held a similar campaign last year, but Nintendo of America has opened up the vote over on its Facebook page. Head over to

Review: Back to the Future: The Game (Wii)

Back to the Future: The Game (Wii)

Make like a tree and read this review

They say that if you were to travel back a million years and step on a butterfly, you could wipe out an entire species and change the world forever with that one seemingly infinitesimal move. When Marty McFly took a shorter excursion, back three decades to 1955, he almost erased his own existence in a similar...

Review: Wicked Monsters Blast (Wii)

Wicked Monsters Blast (Wii)

Monster mash

Cute cartoon creatures; simplistic shooting; a mixture of mini-games. Wicked Monsters Blast is a kids game by-the-numbers, but its charm and heavy nods towards arcade classics such as Point Blank could have youngsters going crackers for these animals despite a slim number of levels. Wicked Monsters Blast is easy to pick up, with scant few concepts to remember. Racing against the clock,..

News: The Last Story Gets New Site and Iwata Asks

The Last Story Gets New Site and Iwata Asks

Getting nearer

Europe's just 18 days away from The Last Story, and Nintendo wants to get you geared up with a new website and Iwata Asks interview. The official The Last Story website has sections dedicated to explaining the multiplayer, item customisation and combat, but an obvious highlight is the music section which contains seven tracks from the game. The limited edition includes a seven-track..

News: Mario & Sonic London Olympics Sprints to 2m Sales

Mario & Sonic London Olympics Sprints to 2m Sales

Going for gold

SEGA's latest — perhaps last — Wii game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games has sold over two million copies since its November release. The mediocre outing reached 2.39m sales in the last quarter, easily dwarfing sales of the far superior Sonic Generations on PS3, 360, PC and stablemate Sonic Generations on 3DS: across all four versions, Generations managed a..

News: Get Jiggy with BIT.TRIP and Nintendisco

Get Jiggy with BIT.TRIP and Nintendisco

Find those dancing shoes

The arrival of BIT.TRIP COMPLETE and BIT.TRIP SAGA has been a long time coming in Europe. Thanks to Rising Star Games there isn't long to wait, with both titles due to release soon. To celebrate the occasion there's to be a free BIT.TRIP themed Nintendisco on 7th February in London. There'll be opportunities to play both games, take part in competitions, enjoy some of the..

News: New Trailer for The Last Story Introduces Characters

New Trailer for The Last Story Introduces Characters

It's all so dramatic

The latest trailer for The Last Story has arrived, introducing the main group of characters and showing off some dramatic moments. There are a lot of grand set-pieces, clashing swords and even a dragon packed into the second half, suggesting that Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi hasn't held back in the storyline. The...

News: Feel the Beat at Rhythm Heaven Launch Event in L.A.

Feel the Beat at Rhythm Heaven Launch Event in L.A.

Don't forget your groove

Nintendo has announced a swanky launch event to celebrate the upcoming North American release of Rhythm Heaven Fever. Taking place on Friday 10th February, the evening will include a chance to play the game as well as freebies, food and other entertainment. The launch is open to the public on a first-come, first-served...

News: New Rhythm Heaven Fever Trailer Makes No Sense

New Rhythm Heaven Fever Trailer Makes No Sense

And that's why we love it

Of course the new video for Rhythm Heaven Fever defies explanation: that's a series trademark by now. Dancing lobsters, on-stage baseball and a cryptic message in the final frame all make this one of those trailers you'll tell the grandkids about. North America, you get the game on 13th February.

Review: Winter Sports 2012: Feel the Spirit (Wii)

Winter Sports 2012: Feel the Spirit (Wii)

Winter blunderland

Another month, and yet another collection of motion controlled recreations of various sports rears its head on Wii, a console that already has sports-based minigame collections in unparalleled abundance. The latest contender to make a foolish bid to overthrow Wii Sports Resort as the undisputed champion of must-have titles for...

News: Hironobu Sakaguchi Tours UK to Promote The Last Story

Hironobu Sakaguchi Tours UK to Promote The Last Story

BAFTA be there

The Last Story is one month from launch, and creator Hironobu Sakaguchi is coming to the UK to promote it. Sakaguchi will address the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Thursday 16th February, discussing his lengthy career and demonstrating his latest title. The event is open to the public and press, with tickets costing £5 from Ticketweb. Sakaguchi will also head to the..

News: Mario Kart Wii Races Past 30 Million Sales Milestone

Mario Kart Wii Races Past 30 Million Sales Milestone

No brakes

Mario Kart Wii has sold a whopping 31.9 million units around the world. The Wii racer has shifted 4.9m copies worldwide since April, standing as the biggest-selling Wii game of the financial year so far. It's not the only Mario game hitting milestones: perhaps due to its inclusion in the Nintendo Selects range, Super Mario Galaxy has...

News: PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond Gets European Release Date

PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond Gets European Release Date

Quick, March

Pikachu's next adventure reaches Europe on 23rd March. PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond reaches the continent nearly a month after its North American release of 27th February, landing in Europe on the same day as Kid Icarus: Uprising. We weren't terribly impressed by the original, as our PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure review makes clear, but with the sequel featuring Unova Pokémon..

News: Wii Sales Take Serious Year-on-Year Fall

Wii Sales Take Serious Year-on-Year Fall

Systems and software both tumble

While 3DS is in the ascendancy, Wii's certainly showing its age now, with sales for the year down 35% on the previous year. Globally, Nintendo sold 5.61 million Wii consoles in the months of October to December, taking the system's total financial year sales to 8.96m. At the same point in the previous financial year,...

News: Operation Rainfall Takes Aim at The Last Story

Operation Rainfall Takes Aim at The Last Story

Time for round two

Last year a fan-based group, Operation Rainfall, launched an online campaign to petition Nintendo of America to localise three major Japanese Wii releases: Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower. The news that Xenoblade Chronicles will be released in North America is perhaps due to sales success in Europe, though it's nevertheless a positive result for the..

News: Wahoo, It's a Mario Party 9 Trailer

Wahoo, It's a Mario Party 9 Trailer

You can cry if you want to

The latest Mario Party 9 trailer is in and shows off some of the 80+ minigames you can expect when it launches in March. Long-time Mario fans will pick up on countless references: Super Mario Sunshine's Piantas make an appearance, but there's plenty more to see if you keep your eyes peeled. How many can you spot?

News: Rising Star Explains Rune Factory: Oceans Wii No-Show

Rising Star Explains Rune Factory: Oceans Wii No-Show

"Wasn't on the table"

Rising Star Games just announced its 2012 line-up, but while it's bringing Rune Factory: Oceans on PlayStation 3 to Europe, Rune Factory: Oceans for Wii is missing from the publisher's slate. We asked product marketing manager Yen Hau why Wii owners in Europe won't be able to continue their Rune Factory adventures. Rising Star Games have always had, and continue to

News: The Last Story Limited Edition Officially Confirmed

The Last Story Limited Edition Officially Confirmed

Out February

After the retailer leak of The Last Story's special edition, Nintendo has confirmed the limited edition of the game will be available from 24th February. The limited edition comes with a steelbook case — Nintendo's first in Europe — a seven-track Premium Soundtrack CD and an art booklet titled The Illustrations. It's available to pre-order now at select retailers. PRE-ORDER THE..