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News: Nintendo Taking No Prisoners At PAX Prime

Nintendo Taking No Prisoners At PAX Prime

Wii U and 3DS presence, plus bubble-blowing and Kid Icarus multiplayer

Nintendo has confirmed that it is bringing its Wii U and 3DS lineup to this year's PAX Prime, due to take place at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center from August 31st through to September 2nd. A whole raft of games and events are planned, including a Kid Icarus:...

Nintendo Direct: Expect 3DS and Wii Announcements This Week

Expect 3DS and Wii Announcements This Week

Nothing for Wii U, though

Nintendo has confirmed the date and time of its next Nintendo Direct presentation in Japan, as well as divulging what goodies will be revealed within. August 29th - this Wednesday, no less - is the magical date, with 8PM JST being the time (around 4AM PST for North American readers, and 12PM BST for those of you in UK)...

News: Nintendo Plans to Blow Away World Record in Honour of Kirby

Nintendo Plans to Blow Away World Record in Honour of Kirby

Forever blowing bubbles

Celebrating anniversaries can be a tricky business: how do you do it? You can buy a nice cake, a bottle of champagne, or perhaps a nice bunch of flowers. Alternatively, if you're Nintendo celebrating Kirby's 20th anniversary with Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition, you also arrange to try and break the world record for...

News: Nintendo's Hardware and Related Software Hits 70% Market Share in Japan

Nintendo's Hardware and Related Software Hits 70% Market Share in Japan

The highest in five years

Earlier this week we brought you the news that Nintendo was not only continuing to enjoy a good run with 3DS hardware sales in its homeland, but that the top ten in the software charts were all on Nintendo systems. Chart masters Media Create have now produced some follow-up information that makes even more good reading for...

News: Nintendo In The Game For Golden Joystick Awards

Nintendo In The Game For Golden Joystick Awards

Your votes can help

It's awards season, once again, with nominations for the 30th Golden Joystick Awards now confirmed and Nintendo games or exclusives featuring in a number of categories. These awards are decided entirely by the public, so if you feel that the big N deserves a chance to win you can have your say. Below are the nominations for...

News: Nintendo Grabs Lots of Coins in Japanese Charts

Nintendo Grabs Lots of Coins in Japanese Charts

1-ups for everyone

Japan is currently enjoying its summer break, which often represents a peak shopping period and, hopefully, plenty of Yen for gaming companies. The chart results for last week have come out rather well for Nintendo, continuing a positive spell of sales for the Kyoto-based company. In terms of software, the entire top ten consists...

News: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Finishes Second in UK Charts

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Finishes Second in UK Charts

Letting Sleeping Dogs lie

New Super Mario Bros. 2 hit UK stores last Friday, and today's all-format chart shows the plumber's latest platforming adventure making its debut at number two. While we may instinctively wonder why it didn't make it to number one, that placing actually matches the performance of the original New Super Mario Bros on DS. It...

News: Disney Epic Mickey 2's Characters Explained

Disney Epic Mickey 2's Characters Explained

Cast out

It's time for a new Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two trailer, and this time Warren Spector and company have characters on the mind. The video explains the reasoning behind some of the game's cast and their abilities. Good old Oswald the Lucky Rabbit has electrical powers which can be used in puzzles and to stun enemies into...

News: Take a Ride in the New Dragon Quest 'Slime Car'

Take a Ride in the New Dragon Quest 'Slime Car'

Nissan gets Slimey

Today Japanese automaker, Nissan, has announced its partnership with Square Enix in creating a special Dragon Quest themed car, the Serena S-Hybrid mini van 'Slime Car'. The collaboration was unveiled at the DQ-themed restaurant, Luida's Cafe in Roppongi. If you happen to be a Dragon Quest fanatic, then you might be out of luck...

News: Dragon Quest X Storms to Number One in Japan

Dragon Quest X Storms to Number One in Japan

3DS and Wii sell big, too

Last week's Japanese charts brought big sales for New Super Mario Bros. 2 and 3DS, with the XL model contributing over 190,000 sales on its own. The good times keep coming for Nintendo in its homeland this week, with the latest results from Enterbrain showing strong performances in both software and hardware. The big...

News: Namco Bandai Hooks a Trophy for Family Fishing Sales

Namco Bandai Hooks a Trophy for Family Fishing Sales

Prize catch

Namco Bandai's Family Fishing — known in North America as Fishing Resort — has proven itself a keeper. The Wii game has surpassed 200,000 shipped units in Japan during its first year, and as a reward Nintendo has sent the team a snazzy trophy. Developed by Yuji Naka's Prope and published by XSEED in North America, Fishing Resort...

News: Square Enix Targets Ten Years of Support for Dragon Quest X

Square Enix Targets Ten Years of Support for Dragon Quest X

X marks the content

Dragon Quest X has now arrived on Wii in Japan, with a Wii U version also said to be on the way in the future, and publisher Square Enix will no doubt be hoping that the substantial online play will attract a lot of loyal gamers. Any title like this with a focus of online play needs consistent and new content to keep gamers...

News: Nintendo Wins Judgement in Wii Patent Lawsuit

Nintendo Wins Judgement in Wii Patent Lawsuit

Talking 'bout a revolution

Nintendo has confirmed that it's seen off yet another patent lawsuit in the U.S., with this one perhaps being the most significant victory so far. A company called Copper Innovations Group, LLC had claimed that both Wii and its controllers had infringed one of its patents, but a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the case...

News: This is Why New Little King's Story Isn't on Wii

This is Why New Little King's Story Isn't on Wii

Royal pardon

Little King's Story remains a firm Wii favourite here at Nintendo Life. After all, how could you not love a game about a tiny king that deals with unemployment by day and bashes in gigantic mushrooms by night? It made us royal blue, then, that a sequel never came to Nintendo's system; in fact, follow up New Little King's Story chose to...

News: 3DS Hardware Dominates Japanese Charts

3DS Hardware Dominates Japanese Charts

Demon Training has a modest start

We already know that 3DS XL and New Super Mario Bros. 2 have been able to boast of big launch sales in Japan, but we now have access to the full charts for a wider picture. The Enterbrain software figures (via Andriasang), show that six of the top ten games are found on Nintendo systems, though Demon Training only...

News: Check Out This Beautiful Okami Papercraft

Check Out This Beautiful Okami Papercraft

Godly beauty

We've seen some impressive game-related art over the years, but surely if two games are ideally suited to artistic recreations they're Okami and Okamiden. Both of these titles were designed to actually look like watercolour paintings in motion, but one set of artistic creations opts for a different approach. The attached image (click...

News: Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical: Sing & Dance Confirmed for Wii

Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical: Sing & Dance Confirmed for Wii

Don't cry for Wii, Ninty gamers

Before Wii shuffles off to the back room to be replaced by its more modern, flashy and powerful successor, it has a few more months as Nintendo's current generation home console. While the release schedule is looking rather bare, fans of singing and dancing on the console may have one final curtain call before the...

Feature: Olympics Fever on Nintendo Systems

Olympics Fever on Nintendo Systems

Button mashing for gold

If you’ve been living in a cave and isolated from the world for the past couple of weeks, then you may not have been bombarded with coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It’s now well under way, and thousands of athletes are running, cycling, swimming and more in the name of winning a shiny gold medal. None of the...

News: Mario & Sonic Win Olympic Bronze in UK Charts

Mario & Sonic Win Olympic Bronze in UK Charts

Coming through the field

You'd expect a title released 38 and 25 weeks ago on Wii and 3DS, respectively, to have left the UK charts long ago, especially as it's not available on other platforms. Yet Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games has achieved just that, consistently sitting in the top ten of the all-format software chart. Thanks...

News: Skylanders: Giants Introduces Swarm the Super-Sized Bee

Skylanders: Giants Introduces Swarm the Super-Sized Bee

UPDATE: Release dates confirmed

Activision has now confirmed the release dates for Skylanders: Giants, set to arrive on Wii and 3DS on 19th October in Europe and 21st October in North America. Original article Skylanders: Giants, the sequel to the rather successful original, is confirmed for 3DS, Wii and Wii U. That means whatever your console of...

News: Nintendo Financial Results: Console and Software Sales

Nintendo Financial Results: Console and Software Sales

How are they all doing?

Earlier on today we brought you the headline news that Nintendo reported a financial loss for the first quarter, which was very much expected. Despite some pre-results whispers, Nintendo didn't adjust its projections for returning a profit this financial year, showing a degree of confidence in the process. The financial...

News: Kirby's 20th Anniversary Collection Tops Japanese Charts

Kirby's 20th Anniversary Collection Tops Japanese Charts

The pink one's still got it

Kirby may be little more than a pink blob with arms and legs, but he's become a beloved Nintendo mascot with a legion of dedicated fans. It's unsurprising that his anniversary is being celebrated, and it seems that plenty of Japanese gamers have shown their support by picking up Kirby's 20th Anniversary Special Collection...

News: Dragon Quest X Nintendo Direct Confirmed

Dragon Quest X Nintendo Direct Confirmed

Free 3DS app on 22nd August in Japan

Dragon Quest X is being shown a lot of love in Japan at the moment, and Nintendo has confirmed that there'll be another short Nintendo Direct broadcast focused on the title on 30th July at 8pm Japanese time, which is 12pm British standard time, 1pm central European time and 7am U.S. eastern. This is the second...