Natsume makes waves
Following the acclaimed Rune Factory: Frontier, Natsume is preparing to bring the second instalment in the Wii farming roleplayer to North America, announcing Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny. As well as the series' now-established combination of real-time battle, crop harvesting and animal husbandry, players will be able to take control of Ymir, an enormous golem with mysterious..
Nintendo's director of PR thinks consoles are too unique to die off
Fox News recently ran a story in which it suggests the traditional home console may soon be losing its place in our home as consumer demands evolve and smartphones provide deeper gaming experiences . Well, it starts off with a rather bold statement claiming that "the end is near" for games consoles, which is immediately..
Can a hedgehog ride a horse?
Though many are still processing the raw emotions that comes with such an alliance, Mario and Sonic are friends now: Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games and its summery counterpart Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games showed the plumber and hedgehog could put aside their differences for the sake of sporty minigames and making everyone lots of money. With..
Playing it safe, or changing the game?
You can tell a lot about a game from its opening scene. In the first few minutes of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time we're shown a sweeping, first-person view of the Kokiri Forest, as Navi flies frantically to awake a hero-to-be. In Zelda: The Wind Waker we're shown, in a beautifully minimalist art style, an...
Old no-arms is back
Last year at E3, Ubisoft announced a new 2D platformer starring the hair-helicopter himself, Rayman. Called Rayman Origins, the game was originally only supposed to see the light of day on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Store, but after a long period of silence it's been revealed the game is heading to retail — and Wii. After...
Inside-out art drawn up
Reversible cover art is a great way to show your fans you appreciate their devotion: an extra bonus so secret 90% of people would never think to look for it, with RPG Xenoblade Chronicles set to receive the dual art treatment in Europe. Nintendo of Europe wants your help in picking the inside cover for the game, with a new...
Scoring an epic
Nintendo is localising Xenoblade Chronicles for Europe at least, and players anticipating the game's score might want to read the latest Iwata Asks about the game. Producer Tetsuya Takahashi reveals the reasons behind asking renowned composer Yasunori Mitsuda to write the final track, but it's veteran game musician Yoko Shimomura who...
Chains of love
Wii adventure Pandora's Tower may be Japan-only for now, as neither Nintendo's American or European arms have revealed any plans to bring the game to the West. Whether or not the game stays in Japan, the trailer below is too good not to share. Key to Pandora's Tower is hero Ende's chains, which can be used to attack enemies, scale...
Just a touch whimsical
The MotionPlus-enhanced Wii Remote Plus has plenty of potential uses: as a sword in Red Steel 2 or Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, or any number of sporting implements in Wii Sports Resort, but it's about to get a real workout in Wii Play Motion. Nintendo has published the first screenshots, available below, that reveal a little more about how the controller will be used:..
25 years young
2011 is a busy year of anniversary celebrations: Sonic the Hedgehog reaches 20 and both Legend of Zelda and Metroid turn 25. While SEGA and Nintendo are sure to have some birthday plans in the works, Square Enix doesn't want you to forget about the 25th anniversary of Dragon Quest, as it's releasing a commemorative pack in its native Japan. Containing the 8-bit versions of Dragon..
Strange goings-on afoot
Update: PR firm Reverb Games has responded, clarifying that the second platform is already available. Project Café jets: powering down. Zumba Fitness currently sits atop the UK all-formats chart in the UK, out-selling every other game available, mostly thanks to its recent release on the Wii. The announcement that publisher Majesco is bringing a second instalment to the Wii..
After four years on the market, Nintendo Europe recently dropped the trade price on the Wii, which will allow retailers to offer the console at around £129.99. Naturally many chains are pleased at this new price reduction, with some looking to offer the machine even cheaper at just £99.99. MCV claims retailers may look to offer the machine at the sub-£100 mark either at the..
Console price drop incoming
The Wii is dropping to $149.99 in North America soon, but Europe's not being left out of the fun, as Nintendo of Europe has announced its own line-up of cheap Wii treats. From 20th May, the Wii will drop to £129.99 / €144.99 (approximately) with the launch of a new bundle that removes Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort...
It's all coming true
After some heavy speculation, Nintendo has officially announced Wii is dropping to $149.99 starting on 15th May. The pack-in title will change from Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort to Mario Kart Wii with a Wii Wheel, though the bundle still includes a Wii Remote Plus. Not only that, the Wii Select budget range we revealed...
Coincides with console price drop
Last month we reported that the Wii may drop to $150 this month, but according to the latest rumour it's not just the console dropping in price, as Nintendo is set to introduce a budget line of software along the lines of its past Player's Choice lines. According to Kotaku, this month will see a new range of $19.99...
The highly anticipated RPG is headed down under
The OFLC, Australia's ratings classification board, has just rated Xenoblade Chronicles, awarding the title an M for fantasy violence. With this news, it's likely that an announcement of a North American release will be next, and you can rest assured that we'll keep our eyes peeled on the ESRB's new...
Buttons still in fashion
Last year saw the release of Microsoft's button-free Kinect, and many analysts predicted the sensor would bring an end to Wii's sales dominance in the West. That's not how Nintendo president Satoru Iwata feels however, as revealed at the recent goldmine of information that is the company's end of financial year results...
Or 99% of people anyway
Nintendo recently assured everyone that the Vitality Sensor is still in development, but if you've been wondering what's taking so long, let Nintendo president Satoru Iwata explain. Speaking at a recent financial results briefing, Iwata clarified that the sensor is still on the way but won't reach the market until it's suitable for everyone. This is a totally new type of..
The truth, or a goof?
It wouldn't be the first time that a voice actor has revealed a game's localisation plans. Apparently Xenoblade Chronicles is headed to the U.S. after all, according to the official website of voice actor Peter Dickson, who is cast in the English translation of the upcoming highly anticipated title. Additionally, his Twitter,...
$2 a night across the U.S.
Last October, when we announced that Redbox was beginning to expand their video game rental service, including Wii titles, to a much greater market, many of you asked, "When will it come to me?" Now we have the answer, if your Redbox is one of more than 21,000 locations – June 17th. Redbox offers dvd, Blu-Ray...
Start your engines
Last year's Wii version of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit didn't go down brilliantly with gamers, but hopefully EA can atone for its errors with this year's entry Need for Speed: The Run on Wii. It's not just Wii getting a look in though, as Need for Speed: The Run is coming to 3DS as well. Promising "immersive storytelling" the game will see players racing across the..
A master stroke?
The seasoned PGA Tour Golf series shoves Tiger out of the way this year, instead choosing to put “The Masters” tournament front and center. The case, promotion and advertising for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters are all Masters-centric, perhaps in a first step toward abandoning the long-running Tiger Woods branding entirely. But has EA taken a mulligan to start the..
That satisfyingly soft click is here to stay
With the introduction of touchscreens and motion controls, the cynical gamer might think it's a matter of time before Nintendo abandons the use of buttons all together. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata assures us that that's not what the company has planned. During an Analyst Meeting earlier this week, Iwata was asked what his opinions of touch control devices..
Minigames detailed too
The announcement of new MotionPlus-toting minigame collection Wii Play: Motion came out of the blue for many, but it's very real and heading to Europe on 24th June, Nintendo has announced. The game will be packaged with a red Wii Remote Plus across Europe, marking the first opportunity for gamers to get their hands on the crimson controller since the red Nintendo Wii console..
It's all about buttons
Nintendo's reluctance to reveal much of anything about the tentatively-titled Rhythm Heaven on Wii is a cause of much consternation, but one nugget we can share should enough happiness to unfurrow your brow. Due in the summer, the game will be playable entirely with buttons, meaning no need to use your Wii Remote as a fork,...
Life in the old dog yet
Just because Nintendo is nearly ready to show off a new console doesn't mean incumbent home console the Wii is dead and buried. President Satoru Iwata is keen to keep the console alive, telling investors there are new games on the way every month of this year, with some unannounced titles too. In Japan, Nintendo has only...
Decreases in sales explained, and Nintendo's forecast for this fiscal year
Although Nintendo has claim to notable achievements with its hardware ― the DS has proved to be the best-selling handheld ever and global Wii sales have surpassed the 86 million mark, the company's profit numbers for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2011 show a significant drop. Net sales totaled 1,014.3 billion yen,..
We go deep inside the Wii's newest FPS
A little under a week ago saw the release of the first person shooter Conduit 2, the highly anticipated sequel from High Voltage Software. To take a closer look at the development of the game (as well as a possible hint at future 3DS outings), we went behind the scenes with Kevin Sheller, a senior producer at...
In future, things will be done differently
The Nintendo Wii is approaching its fifth year on the market now, enough time has passed in that Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata can now reflect on how the console has performed and how he wishes its future performance will play out. Speaking to investors and analysts, Iwata expressed his regrets towards the way...
Joins a long list of million sellers
It may have just been a glorified Super NES game, but that didn't stop Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition from doing the business at retail, selling 2.24 million copies around the world since its release. Other Nintendo-published Wii titles hitting the million sales mark in the past twelve months were the lovable Kirby's Epic Yarn, Retro reboot party..
Nothing to get worked up about
The Wii Vitality Sensor made waves at E3 2009 as one of the most bizarre Nintendo add-ons of recent times, then all-but disappeared from gaming radars as Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and the 3DS drew all the focus in last year's show. The sensor's invisibility caused many to suggest Nintendo had quietly ditched the device, but president Satoru Iwata has confirmed..
It'll take more than a new lick of paint to save this franchise
When High Voltage Software first decided to enter the Wii first-person shooter space, competition wasn’t exactly something they really had to worry about. Sure, there had been a few half-hearted ports of popular franchises, but The Conduit was the first proper FPS developed...
The trailer has already burrowed deep inside
Atari has just announced its partnership with developer WayForward Technologies in bringing gamers the return of an old arcade classic from the '80s, beginning with Centipede: Infestation. The gameplay in Centipede: Infestation has been updated from the original but one thing remains: players will have to...
Wii and 3DS on the podium
Sonic Generations may not be heading to Nintendo platforms but fans of the spiky one won't be without a new game to buy this year, as SEGA has announced Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games for Wii and Nintendo 3DS. The game will contain 50 Olympic-themed events, some of which will be familiar from past entries — table tennis, athletics and aquatic sports all..
Ready for another batch of Wii 2/"Project Café" rumours? Of course you are. The latest round comes from Gameolosophy — no, us neither — who have gone all-out with claims of fan-favourite developers, third-party loving, storage solutions and more. The most interesting nugget of a rumour hidden at the bottom of the story is that Retro Studios is already working on a game for..
StreetPass opportunities galore
Nintendo's UK arm keeps on bringing the 3DS to punters up and down the country, with more dates confirmed over the coming months. The press release mentions the thrill of playing new releases before anyone else, including games that aren't even available in this country, though there's no specific titles mentioned. We were to don our speculation caps (which with all..
The price cleaver comes down again
The rumour that Wii may drop to $150 in May caused an avalanche of Wii 2 rumours, so the announcement that Wii Sports Resort and Wii Party are dropping to $39.99 could add to the landslide. From 25th April Wii owners in North America will be able to grab the Wii Sports Resort with a MotionPlus accessory, or Wii Party on its own, for $39.99. If yo
The rumour that Nintendo may unveil a new console at E3 has sprouted legs and run away with the Internet rumour mill today, with reports of various levels of believability hitting the web. French site 01.net has allegedly leaked the system's specifications. According to the site (which scooped the specs on Sony's NGP before its...
2.4m critters sold
Pokémon Black & White were monster sales successes in March, shifting nearly 2.5m units across North America and raking in the dough for Nintendo. The new games, combined with the 3DS launch, resulted in Nintendo's best March ever for portable gaming. In four days on sale the 3DS sold just under 400,000 units, not far behind the DS family's month-long sales of 460,000..
It's for a noble cause
With the recent Pandora's Tower trailer hitting our computer screens, gamers are finally catching a glimpse of what the game is all about. Thanks to tidbits gleaned from Japanese retailers, we now know a little bit more. The central character is Ende, equipped with a chain as seen in the trailer. As he progresses through the...
Swinging the cost cleaver
Should you have held off from buying a Nintendo Wii for cost reasons, you may get your time next month if this latest rumour is to be believed. Engadget has claimed a "trusted source" has informed them the Wii will drop to $150 on 15th May as an attempt to improve the console's fortunes in North America. The website also hints that evergreen hit Mario Kart Wii..
Lots to look forward to
Here's hoping you have plenty of coins in that wallet if you're intending to see most of the games this year has to offer, as Nintendo Europe has released an overview of the games coming to Wii, 3DS and DS in the next three months. Further down the line will see European releases of Wii Play: Motion with a Red Wii Remote Plus controller, Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave..
What lies in store?
Nintendo's list of games to be released on Wii, DS and 3DS in the next three months contains a few surprises — we already reported on Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D's launch date — but let's not forget the third-parties who continue to support Nintendo consoles. The list below is an overview of the games on the way to North American shops between now and the start of July, so..
27th June date unearthed
Wii Play: Motion launches on 13th June and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D isn't far behind, but there's a third Nintendo title on the way in June: Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust on 27th June. The first Wii entry in the super-successful series, this makes use of the console's multiplayer features to allow gamers to team up or face off to hunt for hidden objects in a..
A sequel after all this time
2006's Wii Play was once the best-selling game in the US ever, so the only surprise is that it's taken Nintendo so long to announce a sequel. Wii Play: Motion is Nintendo's new pack-in title for the Wii Remote Plus, heading to North America on 13th June. Containing 12 minigames that all require the MotionPlus — or...
We reported recently that Retro Studios thinks like Nintendo, so it shouldn't be any surprise that Nintendo is keen to find more developers on the same wavelength. Speaking to Edge magazine, Nintendo's US liaison Kensuke Tanabe stressed the importance of fostering stronger relationships with Western developers, in addition to Nintendo's...
“It is but a shadow and a thought that you love. I cannot give you what you seek.”
As a hack-'n-slash game based on the famous movie franchise, Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest enters a field that is already well-plowed by earlier releases. But with it's unusual twist on storytelling, is there something here worthwhile to nudge burned-out fans...
In a video game, that is
Ultimate Fighting Championship-licensed video games have traditionally been combat-based, but THQ's latest UFC title will be a multi-platform health and fitness game, focusing on providing high-intensity workouts. UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System features some of the world's most renowned mixed martial arts trainers like Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson, and..
Another wacky peripheral gets uncovered
Nintendo's always been one for experimenting with peripheral accessories designed to boost the functionality of its hardware. From football controllers, to inflatable horseback saddles, Nintendo's patented them all. A recent uncovering by Siliconera ha
Open the box
Nintendo's financial report in January this year unearthed all sorts of interesting bits of news, including Pandora's Tower on Wii. The game stayed hidden atop a lofty tower until now, as Nintendo has released the first trailer for its Wii adventure. The game appears to be a story-driven action game, with cutscenes spliced between footage of the heroine smashing enemies together with..
Announcement on the way?
Japanese RPG The Last Story has attracted more than a few envious glances from transatlantic gamers eager to delve into Mistwalker's Wii roleplayer, but so far Nintendo has made no concrete announcements about the game heading to the West. Now there's a little glimmer of hope for fans in North America. The domain name TheLastStory.com was recently registered by Nintendo and..
Two companies "share a vision"
While many of us would love to work 10,000km away from your boss, when you're creating new instalments in some of Nintendo's best-loved series, it's not ideal. That's the situation at Texas-based Retro Studios, but after years of working with Nintendo's Japanese headquarters the developer has learnt a valuable skill:...
Sega's Marvel-lous double team
Cards on the table here: Sega's comic book movie tie-ins have not been fantastic. Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk; none of these games have set the world of Wii alight. But hey, we have new trailers for Thor: God of Thunder and Captain America: Super Soldier to make things better. Both tie-ins for upcoming Marvel movies to be released this summer and both..
There's something undeniably special about a wrestling match. Combining colourful characters, high-flying acrobatics and riveting rivalries, it's an exciting spectacle that too often gets the shaft for being a fake sport than a real piece of theatre. At least, that's the sentiment you might share at a live event, your enthusiasm and energy mixing with that of hundreds of fans around..
At long last!
Fans of Japanese RPGs have been gazing longingly at Xenoblade for a long time now, but those soppy eyes are about to cheer up as Nintendo of Europe announces the game will find release there under the name Xenoblade Chronicles. Featuring new English voiceovers as well as the original Japanese actors, the game will also include English,...
Are you bothered?
Nintendo's taken handheld gaming by the ankles and slung it into the 3D pool, so it's long been a question whether the successor to the Wii will also be capable of pumping out 3D visuals too. According to the president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime, it doesn't look likely. Speaking to CNN, 3DS producer Hideki Konno spoke...
New patents unearthed
It's been a while since we saw a Nintendo-published game that uses the Balance Board, surprising considering the number of boards sat in living rooms around the world, but a new patent filing has revealed a motorcycle game could be in the works at Nintendo Software Technology. The application shows a first-person motorcycle...
The Silver Age is returning
Last summer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that it would be bringing video game adaptations of the new Green Lantern film to the Wii and DS. Now it seems there's a slight change of plan as Warner Bros. has revealed that the 3DS will also be getting its own instalment, making it the company's debut title on the system. Green Lantern: Rise of the..
Not just a clone
A long time ago in a development studio not terribly far away, the idea was hatched to combine a beloved children's toy with a paradigm-shifting film franchise to make one of the most innovative licensed games to date. Since then the LEGO train has kept chugging along, claiming series after series as it goes to which to add its...
Missed weeks? What?
Remember when we said NLFM was going to be weekly? Well, we kind of fudged that for the past couple of weeks. Sorry! But we're back with a fiery fever in this episode, where gangsters are punched, pianos diddled and dinosaurs remembered. 1. MONSTER! MONSTER! — Penny Arcade2. Yuzo Koshiro — Go Straight (Streets of Rage 2, Genesis/Mega Drive) 3. Naoki Kodaka — Aflorious..
Where will Agent Ford's mission take him?
We've been treated to a brief weapons preview in High Voltage Software's first-person shooter Conduit 2, now it's time to take a peak at the in-game environments that we'll be utilising said weapons in via SEGA's new trailer. At just over a minute in duration, the trailer is indeed a short one but long enough to show some of the exotic places gamers will be..
The only award that counts
Nintendo's jewel in its Wii crown, Super Mario Galaxy 2, was honoured at the BAFTA Video Games Awards last night, taking home the award for Best Gameplay. The plumber beat competition from Heavy Rain, God of War III, Mass Effect 2 and more, though Mario's space sequel lost to BioWare's space sequel in the Best Game...
What will gamers pack next month?
It's a shame that Conduit 2 from High Voltage Software has been plagued by several delays, but if in-game improvements come as a result, then it's probably worth it. While we wait for the first-person shooter sequel to hit both sides of the Atlantic next month, producer Keith Hladik and six-year veteran at HVS releases a brief preview of weapons that will be at..
Several Nintendo titles reach new milestones
If you need proof that the Wii is still going strong, you only need to look at the month of February as Nintendo shifts another 5 million consoles in the United States in less than a year, with several games breaking new milestones to boot. Having sold 30 million Wii consoles back in August, Nintendo has now broken the 35 million barrier in the U.S..
Hideki Konno explains the importance of its inclusion
We can't expect franchises to stay the same forever, but when the crowd-dividing Blue Shell was introduced to the Mario Kart series back in Mario Kart 64, maybe not all of us expected it to stay through to the modern day instalments. Hideki Konno is one of the main players behind the series,...
That's two regions now not getting the game
Remember that announcement trailer of We Dare from Ubisoft? No? You know... the one with all the suggestive flirting and bottom-spanking? Yeah, now you remember. Well, despite all the attention that the kinky party game received, it seems the French publisher is very selective in which regions the game...
Tied to the rail tracks
Rango is a new CGI movie coming to a cinema near you. You gamers all know what that means, a video game tie-in! Rango is a chameleon that becomes stranded as the sheriff of a mini Wild West town populated by animals of the desert; snakes, lizards, rabbits and a mariachi band of owls. So far, so typical of a CGI movie. The...
More titles to be elaborated on in the coming weeks
Gamers might be forgiven to assume the DS is reaching the end of its lifespan since the 3DS is almost available worldwide, but perhaps we should be a bit more optimistic about the Wii? In terms of titles that are developed or published by Nintendo, things are looking rather quiet for this coming year; with Europe finally getting Kirby's Epic Yarn..
Plastic Captain Jack in action
If you're a fan of a popular film franchise, you can bet that sooner or later, TT Games will make a slapstick-infused LEGO video game adaptation of it. The next scheduled to receive the treatment is Disney's blockbusting, swashbuckling series in LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean for 3DS, Wii and DS. The game will feature all four films including the upcoming On Stranger..
Part of experiments
Nintendo's experiments with 3D go right back in time: there was 3D Hot Rally on the Famicom Disk System, a 3D GameBoy Advance SP and every GameCube has 3D-capable circuitry inside it. Despite the company's dabbling, not everyone was convinced that the new 3DS would be a success, so Nintendo set about changing their minds. 3DS...
More than a few rupees
Last year saw the release of Zelda Reorchestrated's Ocarina of Time album, and now the pioneering group has moved onto the most recent home console Link adventure: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The project has so far raised over $19,000, which will be used to record the game's soundtrack with a live Hollywood-calibre choir. The Zelda Reo
Both systems sure to have plenty riding on them
With the 3DS having just launched in Japan, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has expressed the company's hopes for the handheld system and the stance Nintendo is taking towards the eventual successor to the Wii. During an interview conducted by Yomiuri Online (as translated by AndriaSang), Iwata hopes that...
It's not just for combat, you know
This year's Game Developers Conference might yield some tasty pieces of information about the 3DS, but let's not forget about the titles that are bound for our home consoles. One prime example is the upcoming and anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. A combat trailer was showcased at GDC 2011 and it shows...
Denise Kaigler's replacement commences next month
As Nintendo's range of hardware expands, so too does its family of employees. The company has announced the hiring of Cynthia Gordon, a strategic communications professional with over two decades of consumer-brand experience, as Nintendo of America's Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Gordon will officially start her new role on 14 March,..
Did delay hurt sales?
Kirby's Epic Yarn finally made its way to Europe last week, having been available in North America since the end of October, but its first weekend of sales in the UK don't make a strong case for the delay helping sales. The game completely failed to dent the all-formats top 40, landing in the Wii-specific charts at number 9,...