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News: Xenoblade Artwork and Screenshots Show a Lot of Heart

Xenoblade Artwork and Screenshots Show a Lot of Heart

Affinity mode featured

Having found itself at the centre of a huge operation revolving around its localisation, Xenoblade Chronicles certainly has a lot to prove, but judging from this artwork it's got no fears in that department. New screenshots from Nintendo show the game's party affinity system, showing how well members of your team like each...

Talking Point: Wii U - Revolution or Evolution?

Wii U - Revolution or Evolution?

Is the Wii U innovative enough, or just a big DS?

When looked at logically, perhaps there is a valid point to be made about the Wii U. Admittedly, launch is a while away, and further details on the console and its capabilities will no doubt flow in the coming months, but the focus of this article is simple: will Wii U ‘disrupt’ the industry and...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles is Coming Early, UK & Europe

Xenoblade Chronicles is Coming Early, UK & Europe

August just got a little bit hotter

Xenoblade Chronicles, the greatly anticipated Wii RPG due out this summer in Europe and the UK, is launching two weeks earlier than the previously scheduled date of 2nd September. The game will now launch 19th August. That makes just a little less time to order that sexy preorder package. The game is also scheduled to come to Australia at some point, but there is..

News: Naka and Iizuka Drop Hints at Third NiGHTS Game

Naka and Iizuka Drop Hints at Third NiGHTS Game

Dare to dream

In a year seemingly packed full of anniversaries, yesterday marked 15 years since Sonic Team masterpiece NiGHTS into Dreams released on Sega Saturn, with only disappointing Wii follow-up NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams expanding the series' canon. In a recent interview with leading NiGHTS site NiGHTS into Dreams.com, former Sonic Team head Yuji Naka and current lead Takashi Iizuka discussed..

News: Tales of Graces Wii Will Not Be Released In the West

Tales of Graces Wii Will Not Be Released In the West

More bad news

Japanese RPGs and Wii consoles are like Superman and Clark Kent at the moment: we're sure they're related, but they're rarely seen in the same place at the same time. While Operation Rainfall continues to campaign for Nintendo to bring its infamous three across the Atlantic, Namco has confirmed Tales of Graces won't be making it to the West either. Producer Makoto Yoshizumi delivered..

Review: Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident (Wii)

Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident (Wii)

Worth the search

When Nintendo announced Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident as one of the only Wii titles it planned to publish for the quarter it set itself the lofty task of creating a hidden object puzzle-based game on which the Big N could feel proud to put its name. If such a release fails to stand out in quality, it amounts to yet...

News: Localisation Evidence Grows as Pandora's Tower Demoed at Expo

Localisation Evidence Grows as Pandora's Tower Demoed at Expo

Settle down, North America

The Japan Expo held in Paris, France has come and gone and of the many games that were playable at the event, perhaps the most eyebrow-raising title was Pandora's Tower. Developed by Ganbarion, the action adventure game is one of three major titles that western gamers have been vocal about in light of Nintendo of America having no plans to bring them to its own continent..

Talking Point: The Growing Storm of Operation Rainfall

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 which the company plans to release in North..

News: Metroid Database Translates Other M Artwork for Your Pleasure

Metroid Database Translates Other M Artwork for Your Pleasure

See Samus in a new light

Metroid: Other M certainly had some delicious artwork, most of which was only available in Japanese, but those hard-working folks at the Metroid Database have translated plenty of concept art into English. From sketches of Zero Suit Samus to maps and boss concepts, the artwork is well worth a look over if you're into Samus's most recent adventure. Be warned though: the..

News: Pachter to Operation Rainfall: "I Agree"

Pachter to Operation Rainfall: "I Agree"

Infamous analyst shows his support

The ongoing grassroots project Operation Rainfall, designed to convince Nintendo to publish Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles and Pandora's Tower in North America, has analyst Michael Pachter chiming in via Twitter to voice his opinion. Earlier today, he tweeted: a grass roots movement to convince Nintendo to localize games like Xenoblade. Interesting, if Reggie..

News: High Voltage Explains What Went Wrong With Conduit 2

High Voltage Explains What Went Wrong With Conduit 2

Plenty of mistakes to learn from

Although The Conduit had a lot of hype to live up to, it proved to be a pretty solid first-person shooter despite its flaws. The same can arguably not be said of its sequel, Conduit 2, and senior producer Kevin Sheller explains why the game felt so rough around the edges. As part of a Gamasutra feature, Sheller spoke about the effect of readying demos for shows and..

News: Operation Rainfall Responds to Nintendo's "Never Say Never"

Operation Rainfall Responds to Nintendo's "Never Say Never"

No happy dance at OpRa HQ

Yesterday Nintendo announced it has no plans to bring three sought-after Wii games to North America — Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles and Pandora's Tower. One of the groups responsible for raising awareness of these games, Operation Rainfall, has responded to the disappointing news. While Nintendo's choice not to localise the games for America might sound like a

News: Wii Has a Barren Summer Ahead in Europe

Wii Has a Barren Summer Ahead in Europe

Barebones

Nintendo of Europe's just finished updating its release schedules for 3DS, DS and Wii, and the company's home console still has a few interesting titles on the way. Chief among them is hotly-anticipated RPG Xenoblade Chronicles, out on 2nd September including an exclusive red Classic Controller Pro. Nintendo's other big Wii releases for 2011 — Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Kirby..

Rumour: SEGA Preparing a Third Sonic Storybook Game

SEGA Preparing a Third Sonic Storybook Game

What goes up, must come down

Wii owners are used to getting their own unique Sonic games, and while the much-anticipated Sonic Generations will be skipping the white machine there's still a chance the hedgehog will put in another appearance on Wii this year. A representative of SEGA Mexico recently took part in a webchat and discussed the Storybook series that's so far included Sonic and the Secret..

Features: The Game Modes of MotoHeroz

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

News: NOA: "Never Say Never," But No Plans to Bring Sought-After Wii Games to NA

NOA: "Never Say Never," But No Plans to Bring Sought-After Wii Games to NA

Xenoblade Chronicles, Last Story and Pandora's Tower still not coming

Nintendo has just responded to the public outcry for the epic RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and Last Story and the action RPG Pandora's Tower to see localisation in North America via their Facebook page. The company stated: Thank you for your enthusiasm. We promised an update, so...

News: Zelda is No Longer Royalty in Skyward Sword

Zelda is No Longer Royalty in Skyward Sword

Bombshell

It's only fitting for a legend to be based on a princess, but one of the most famous faces in Nintendo royalty is about to lose her crown, as Eiji Aonuma has revealed that Zelda is no longer a princess in Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. So what is Link's relationship with his long time collaborative partner? Aonuma says: She's a childhood...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles Classic Controller Pack Gets Detailed

Xenoblade Chronicles Classic Controller Pack Gets Detailed

Only at GAME Group

Fancy that delicious looking red Classic Controller Pro pack for the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles? You'll need to place a pre-order at GAME or Gamestation, then. Nintendo just announced the pack is exclusive to GAME Group stores and only for customers who pre-order before 2nd September. The bundle contains the game, red Classic...