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News: Activision Bringing Skylanders Swap Force And Call of Duty: Ghosts To E3

Activision Bringing Skylanders Swap Force And Call of Duty: Ghosts To E3

"This is obviously a big year"

There has been a lot of confusion surrounding Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest in Activision's long-running franchise. Nobody seems to definitively know if it's coming to Wii U or not. When it was announced in early May, the publisher did not mention Nintendo's home console, however, since then several media outlets...

Feature: The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

How an obscure little N64 title grew into a hit franchise for Nintendo

The hype and excitement for Animal Crossing: New Leaf across the web is reaching a critical level. Hitting North America on 9th June and Europe on 14th June, it begs the question whether some people might literally explode as a result of not being able to contain their...

News: Armature Studios Gains Another Ex-Retro Staff Member

Armature Studios Gains Another Ex-Retro Staff Member

Donkey Kong Country Returns designer Tom Ivey moves on

As we all know, Armature is a company founded by former Retro Studios staff members — and it would appear that they've added another to their ranks. According to his CV on LinkedIn, Tom Ivey — who was one of the designers on Donkey Kong Country Returns, which was recently ported to the 3DS...

Video: Disney's Planes Trailer Flies Into View

Disney's Planes Trailer Flies Into View

Exclusive to Nintendo systems

Earlier this year it was confirmed that Disney's Planes will be coming exclusively to Nintendo systems, covering Wii U, Wii, 3DS and DS. It'll arrive in North America on 6th August, just before the film arrives on 9th August; as most of you probably already know — or will have guessed — this is a follow up to the...

Nintendo Download: 30th May (North America)

30th May (North America)

Legendary Zelda, Mega Man X, free Project X, Denpa Men (X?) and more

It's Nintendo Download time once again, North America, and this week we've got retro goodies for your newest console, some top-notch gaming for the 3DS and a lot of discounted dancing. Let's get right to it. Wii U Virtual Console: Mega Man X (Capcom, $7.99) — The first of the...

News: Zumba Fitness World Party Is Dancing Awkwardly Towards Wii U And Wii This October

Zumba Fitness World Party Is Dancing Awkwardly Towards Wii U And Wii This October

Burning blubber

Majesco has confirmed that the next instalment in its best-selling Zumba Fitness range will be hitting the Wii U and Wii this October. With 40 new songs to get fit to and an "extraordinary" roster of celebrity Zumba instructors, Zumba Fitness World Party is a significant enhancement of what has gone before. On both Wii U and Wii,...

News: Recent Taiko Drum Master Games Ship Over 500,000 in Japan

Recent Taiko Drum Master Games Ship Over 500,000 in Japan

Rhythm games aren't fully dead just yet

While the manic clacking of plastic guitars has largely fallen quiet across the world, Japan still has a place in its rhythm gaming heart for a different instrument: the humble-yet-iconic taiko drum. According to Siliconera, Namco Bandai has announced more than 500,000 combined units shipped for two titles in...

News: Nintendo Wins Appeals Court Ruling In Wii Patent Case

Nintendo Wins Appeals Court Ruling In Wii Patent Case

Previous ITC ruling upheld

The US Court of Appeals has upheld a previous ruling by the International Trade Commission finding that Nintendo did not infringe on patents held by Motiva by importing its Wii console. Motiva held two patents relating to a setup for measuring user movement for the purposes of health and fitness. Back in 2008, the...

News: Capcom Has No Plans To Release Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars On The eShop

Capcom Has No Plans To Release Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars On The eShop

Licensing issues still the major stumbling block

As we're already aware, you can download Wii U retail games directly from the eShop but there are currently no Wii games available and it appears Nintendo does not have any plans to release any in the foreseeable future. Capcom's senior vice president Christian Svensson was recently asked on the...

News: Nintendo "Didn't Know What To Do" With The Wii Vitality Sensor

Nintendo "Didn't Know What To Do" With The Wii Vitality Sensor

Neuro-technology professor gives his take on the vapourware heart monitor

The Wii Vitality Sensor was announced in 2009 but has never seen the light of day — and Professor Roger Quy thinks he knows why. Speaking at the recent NeuroGaming Conference in San Francisco, Quy passed his own opinions on why the strange peripheral never made its way to...

News: Nintendo Sends Direct Wii U Marketing Message To Wii Owners

Nintendo Sends Direct Wii U Marketing Message To Wii Owners

A new step in the Wii U campaign

The Wii U isn't just an upgrade, it's an entirely new console. This is the most important bit of information in a message Nintendo has sent out to Wii owners, emphasizing that there is in fact a difference between the two systems. It's time to discover Wii U. Wii U is the all-new home console from Nintendo. It's...

News: The Monster Hunter Tri Servers Will be Shutdown Today

The Monster Hunter Tri Servers Will be Shutdown Today

The end of hunting season

While a number of gamers can be found lurking on the Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate online Wii U servers at all hours of the day, we feel it's worth paying a humble tribute to its predecessor, Monster Hunter Tri. Why do this? Because today is the last day when the Wii title's servers will be open for online multiplayer —...

News: House Of The Dead: Overkill Rises From The Grave On Mobile Phones

House Of The Dead: Overkill Rises From The Grave On Mobile Phones

Sega's Wii classic makes the jump from consoles to smartphones

Sega's Wii shooter The House of the Dead: Overkill has been ported to iOS and Android. Retailing for $4.99 (approximately £3.90), the game transports the expletive-filled zombie-blasting action of the Nintendo original to the small screen of your iOS or Android device. Here's the full...

News: Nintendo to Pull the Plug on Several Online Wii Channels

Nintendo to Pull the Plug on Several Online Wii Channels

Pour one out for News cat this summer

Better get those last rounds in with the Wii's Channels before Nintendo starts flickering the lights at closing time, as the company has announced that a chunk of the console's quirky online features are shuttering on 28th June. This will effect the Forecast, News, Everybody Votes, Check Mii Out and Nintendo...

News: Cliff Bleszinski Likens The Wii To A "Virus"

Cliff Bleszinski Likens The Wii To A "Virus"

Outspoken designer agrees with earlier comment by ex-Epic colleague

Back in 2008, Epic's Mike Capps described the Wii as a "virus" which infected gamers in the short-term but didn't leave any lasting impression. He said: It's a virus where you buy it and you play it with your friends and they're like, "Oh my God that's so cool, I'm gonna go buy...