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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..

News: Europe Joins the Mario Party on 2nd March

Europe Joins the Mario Party on 2nd March

Send your invitations now

Partygoers across Europe get an extra reason to be cheerful on 2nd March when Nintendo releases Mario Party 9 across the continent. The second Wii instalment in the series, MP9 includes new boss battles, 80 minigames and vehicles too. North America gets it on 11th March. WHO WILL YOU INVITE TO YOUR MARIO PARTY? Rivals...

News: More Just Dance 3 DLC Available Now

More Just Dance 3 DLC Available Now

No Luigi DLC, shockingly

It's clear that a title is selling in huge numbers when the publisher offers downloadable content (DLC) on the Wii, as Ubisoft did with its Just Dance 3 Mario DLC last year. The trend is set to continue, with owners of the Wii game now having access to two additional DLC packs. The details from the press release are below...

Review: Duracell Wii Charging Stand

Duracell Wii Charging Stand

It stands, but does it deliver?

The Wii has come with a plastic stand for years, but Duracell's effort does more than just support your Wii upright. As the name suggests, the Duracell Wii Charging Stand lets you recharge your Wii Remotes while keeping your Wii in place. It comes bundled with two rechargeable battery packs for your Wii Remote, but...

Feature: Nintendo in 2011 - Part Two

Nintendo in 2011 - Part Two

Disaster and redemption

Following on from Nintendo in 2011 — Part One, it's time to look at the latter half of the year. The gaming world quickly moves on, as the 3DS enjoys positive sales and the Wii U hype begins to build. It’s easy to forget that the tail-end of 2011 was particularly dramatic and eventful for Nintendo, leaving us with plenty...

Review: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Wii)

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Wii)

Let's finish this the way we started it... together

Legend has it that every time Billy Joel drives to a holiday party that has a piano, he knows that he's going to end up playing Piano Man by request. He's played it countless times before, but when he plays it again, people will like it. It won't be surprising or innovative, but it will be...

News: Retailers Leak The Last Story Limited Edition

Retailers Leak The Last Story Limited Edition

Swiss retailer breaks cover

It appears that Nintendo of Europe is preparing a limited edition release for upcoming Japanese RPG The Last Story, due for release on 24th February. Initial rumours started to spread earlier this week, but images of the box art and packaging have since begun to surface. According to a Swiss retailer this release will...

News: Nintendo Reconfirms Wii U Will Not Make Wii Games Sharper

Nintendo Reconfirms Wii U Will Not Make Wii Games Sharper

Hopes dashed

With the Wii U boasting HDMI output and full backwards compatibility with Wii games and accessories, some had hoped the new console would be able to make existing Wii games sharper, but Nintendo has reconfirmed to Wired that it won't. During a hands-on session at CES, Ben Kuchera was told that the Wii U "will not be able to improve...

Review: The Kore Gang (Wii)

The Kore Gang (Wii)

The bore gang

The Kore Gang has been a long time in the making, a fact reflected in the final result. At its best, it’s colourfully innocuous and fun, while at its worst it can be frustrating and infuriating. It’s likely to be divisive as a result, so we’ll do our best to break it down. You know what everyone likes, though? Good intentions,...

News: Zelda: Skyward Sword Misses Wii's 2011 Top Five

Zelda: Skyward Sword Misses Wii's 2011 Top Five

Missing Link

Much-anticipated MotionPlus adventure The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is nowhere to be seen among the UK's five top-selling Wii games of 2011. Topping the chart is fitness phenomenon Zumba Fitness, just ahead of Just Dance 3 and prequel Just Dance 2. Nintendo first-party software occupies the fourth and fifth slots: Mario Kart