Wii News

March2011

  • News Zelda Music Project Raises $19,000 for Twilight Princess Album

    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

  • News Iwata Talks 3DS Expectations and Wii Successor

    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...

  • News Skyward Sword Combat Trailer Shows Plenty of MotionPlus

    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...

  • News Nintendo Names Cynthia Gordon New Corporate Affairs VP

    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,..

February2011

  • News Kirby Casts On a Disappointing UK Chart Debut

    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,...

  • News Kirby, Your New Game Deserves Better Than This

    UK launch is... underwhelming

    It's been out in North America for what seems like forever, but today is Europe's chance to take home Kirby's Epic Yarn, and to celebrate Nintendo went all-out to recreate the game's sugary-sweet atmosphere in London's beautiful Elephant and Castle area. The official press invite promised: For one day only Elephant and...

  • News Ubisoft's Brand Spanking New Party Game is a Sexy Shocker

    A new wave of adult Wii games?

    When thinking of multiplayer games on the Wii, one might go for the easy examples of Wii Sport Resort, and Wii Party as they're enjoyable and played by many. Or, you might go for the obscure ones that are best left forgotten. Either way, you probably weren't thinking of Ubisoft's upcoming party game: We Dare. Developed by Ubisoft Milan, We Dare features a selection of..

  • Feature Retrofitting Your Console for the HD Age

    How to give your Wii and classic hardware a new lease of life

    While the relentless march of progress ensures that modern gaming consoles — and the televisions upon which they are played — are able to offer pin-sharp HD picture quality, it's worth sparing a moment to consider where this leaves older machines, as well as the humble Wii — which...

  • News WayForward Drawing Up Spongebob Game for uDraw and 3DS

    No more Mr Squarepants

    THQ's uDraw GameTablet is causing quite a stir in North America where it's proved hard to find for many, and it's sure to sell bucketloads more once THQ's next title for the tablet, SpongeBob Squigglepants hits the shelves. Developed by WayForward – A Boy and His Blob, Shantae: Risky's Revenge and so on – the game will...

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 Collects 4 BAFTA Nominations

    Whereas DS games dominate the Handheld category

    We recently brought you word that Super Mario Galaxy 2 was nominated for the GAME Award of 2010 at this year's British Academy Video Game Awards. As the only category voted by the public, our readers showed a lot of support for the rotund plumber which should hopefully help him snag the recognition. If you haven't already, make sure you head over to..

  • News Man Arrested for Blackmailing Nintendo with Stolen User Data

    Crime doesn't pay

    Come on, people. It's one thing to steal the data of Nintendo users, but it's another thing to attempt to blackmail Nintendo with it. Police in Spain have arrested a man in the southern province of Malaga suspected of stealing the user data of Nintendo gamers, who allegedly then tried to blackmail Nintendo with the...

  • News Wii Unlikely to Catch a Traditional Pokemon RPG Title

    Home consoles are better for other things

    As part of Nintendo's Q3 Financial Results Briefing last month, it was revealed that the company has several Pokémon projects planned for handheld systems DS and the 3DS, as well as the home console Wii. Exactly what sort of game the latter will be is unclear at the moment, but according to Junichi Masuda,...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 17: Love Fest 2011

    Love is in the air for this Valentine's Day special

    Ho ho ho! Happy Valentine's Day, citizens of Earth! Let Nintendo Life be your love muffin this year with a very special NLFM dedicated to all things lovey-dovey-goo-goo. If the music of this episode doesn't melt your ice-cold heart even a little then we'll only be hurt just a tad. 1. Shōgo Sakai — Theme of Love (Mother 3, GBA)2. Sam Hart —..

  • News Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition Gets an Extra Life

    Retailers restock the limited edition

    What was supposed to be a celebration of Super Mario Bros.'s 25th anniversary was unfortunately met with iffy reviews and sales figures that were both encouraging and disappointing. With Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition topping the Japanes

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 up for BAFTA Game of the Year

    As the only Nintendo platform game up for nomination, do your bit and vote now!

    It's that time of the year again, when gamers have the opportunity to vote which title should win the GAME Award 2010 recognition at the annual British Academy Video Game Awards. The GAME Award is the only category that's open to public voting, so you better make the...

  • News Nintendo Europe Announces Q1 Release Dates for Wii and DS

    Any surprises?

    We know 3DS is just over a month away, but don't forget the Wii and DS are both set to receive more great games this year, with plenty of gems tucked away in Nintendo's Q1 release schedule. Wii owners across Europe can finally get to grips with Kirby's Epic Yarn on February 25th, followed by THQ's innovative uDraw Studio on March 4th...

  • News Heavy Fire Heads to Retail with Heavy Fire: Afghanistan

    WiiWare series gets boxed-in

    So far on WiiWare we've had Heavy Fire: Special Operations and the upcoming Heavy Fire: Black Arms from Teyon, but the series is heading to retail in the form of Heavy Fire: Afghanistan. Publisher Mastiff Games will be bringing the game Stateside, with the official description reading thus: Enemy Contact. Open fire!...

  • Competition Winners Mario Sports Mix (Global)

    Were you one of the lucky ones?

    We recently ran a contest for Mario Sports Mix in conjunction with Gamesbasement, and now's the time to find out if you were one of our lucky winners. We had well over 600 entries, and the three winners drawn from our special MySQL database-in-a-hat were... MasterGraveheartEnry84Smashbro99 Congratulations from...

  • News Rising Star Releases Little King's Story Concept Art Online

    For your eyes ONI

    Wii adventure Little King's Story was a critical, if not commercial success, with countless gamers falling in love with it since it went on sale two years ago. European publisher Rising Star Games realises the game still carries a loyal following, and has released some concept art exclusively for members of its Hoshi club. The art...

  • News Activision Disbands Guitar Hero Business, No Entry in 2011

    DJ Hero suspended this year as well

    There used to be three certainties in life: death, taxes and at least one annual entry in Activision's Guitar Hero franchise, but now that list is back down to two, as the company announces its Guitar Hero business unit is officially disbanded. The announcement came in an earnings report in which Activision...

  • News Nintendogs Nearly Went for a Wii in Your Living Room

    But went outside instead

    DS mega-hit Nintendogs has sold millions of copies worldwide, shifting more DS units than you can shake a stick at, so the revelation that series creator Shigeru Miyamoto considered bringing the series to Wii shouldn't really be a surprise. The latest Iwata Asks finds Miyamoto and colleague Hideki Konno discussing the...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 16: Adventurous Adventures

    Zelda, Dragon Quest, Terranigma and more

    Didn’t we have some fun though? Remember when the podcast was sliding into the fire pit and I said "Goodbye" and you were like "NO WAY!" and then I was all "We pretended we were going to murder you"? That was great. 1. Sick YG — Ain't That Funny (MadWorld, Wii)2. Miyoko Kobayashi and Masanori Hikichi — Underworld..

  • News Mario Sports Mix Launches with Trailer and Press Conference

    Doping allegations yet to be answered

    The latest sporting outing for Mario and friends, Wii's Mario Sports Mix recently launched in Europe and is now available across North America too. To help gamers get in the sporting mood, Nintendo has released a new trailer showing the game's four sports in action. Later on today, at 5pm Pacific Standard Time,...

  • News Sonic Colours Sells 1.85 Million Copies Worldwide

    Turning rings into coins

    Last year's hedgehog outing Sonic Colours on Wii and Sonic Colours were two of the year's better platformers, and certainly the highlight of the blue spiky one's recent career. Sega recently released some provisional sales figures for the game, and although it didn't necessarily set the charts alight it still posted decent...

  • News Brand New Conduit 2 Weapons Trailer Touches Down

    And new screenshots to boot

    It's Conduit 2 overload this week – first came the news that High Voltage is bringing The Conduit to 3DS, now Sega has detonated a new trailer and multiplayer screenshots too. The trailer shows off some of the old and new weapons you'll be causing chaos with in Conduit 2, ranging from the offbeat to the frankly mental...

  • News High Voltage Working on Bringing The Conduit to 3DS

    Already up and running

    First-person shooter Conduit 2 isn't even out on Wii yet, but already developer High Voltage Software is looking at transporting the series across to Nintendo's next console: 3DS. Speaking to Eurogamer, High Voltage's Eric Nofsinger said: Now that we're winding things down a lot of our resources are on pulling this technology...

  • News Last Story Tops the Japanese Sales Charts

    Is there hope for a localisation?

    While Nintendo may not have any concrete localisation plans to announce with regards to Japanese RPG Last Story, but the news it's shot to the top of the all-format charts in its home country can't do its chances of heading Westward any harm. In its first week on sale the game shifted 114,722 copies, according to...

  • News First LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer Walks the Plank

    Shiver me plastic timbers

    Last year Disney and TT Games joined forces to announce LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean for Wii and DS, and now the twosome have brought us the first trailer for the game and some concept art to boot. There's no gameplay footage in the trailer but anyone who's played a previous LEGO game will likely know what to expect:...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 15: They Might Be RPGs

    FInal Fantasy makes its NLFM debut, along with a sweeping Bionic Commando remix

    Gather round, children! Zip it, listen! NLFM is back and bringing the big guns, with a killer Bionic Commando remix, lurvely NES medley by way of PiCTOBiTS, and an almighty power with a huge sword chopping woodland critters. What more could you want? What more??? 1. Star Salzman, Harumi Fujita, Junko Tamiya — Advance..

January2011

  • News Donkey Kong Country Returns Sells Over 4 Million in a Month

    Worldwide sales as strong as DK's ground pounding

    It hasn't been out for long when compared to the other big sellers of last year, but that hasn't stopped Donkey Kong Country Returns from flying off the shelves. The return of the Donkey Kong franchise by way of Retro Studios has been selling like hot cakes ripe bananas since its North American...

  • News Will We See a Zelda 25th Anniversary Collection this Year?

    Link reaches a quarter-century old

    Last year, Nintendo's tubby mascot celebrated his 25th anniversary in the form of Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition, a collection that disappointed some in its paucity of interesting content. This year Nintendo will get a chance to wipe the slate clean and try harder, as its other ageless hero – Link...

  • News Iwata's "Most Important" Wii Title of Last Christmas is Surprising

    He likes to move it, move it

    Nintendo's financial results are always a treasure trove of information – it's how we found out about Pandora's Tower and Kirby on Wii, for example – but while you may come for the announcements, you'll stay for President Iwata's opinions on the period gone by. Looking back at last Christmas, Iwata highlighted one...

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword Getting "Finishing Touches"

    Link's latest looks locked for later this...year

    It's been a while since we heard anything concrete about the highly awaited The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Revealed at E3 2010 with nary a peep afterward, until one day last December, out of nowhere, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto poked his head out to say "it's half-finished, y'all."...

  • News If You're Down Under, Nab an Agent Ford Statue with Conduit 2

    Limited edition goodies inside

    We brought you new Conduit 2 screenshots yesterday, as well as details of the multiplayer modes, and if they put you in a pre-ordering frame of mind – and you live in Australia or New Zealand – you might want to check out the game's Limited Edition. Pre-order the Limited Edition from GAME, JB HiFi or EB Games and...

  • News Launching This Spring is Nintendo's Secretive Title, Pandora's Tower

    It's about death, or something...

    During Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's presentation at the company's Third Quarter Financial Results Briefing, a new Nintendo title for the Wii was announced and should be hitting Japan in the first half of 2011. Not much is known about the game at the moment, with the most solid of facts being the game will carry the...

  • News Sega Lets Loose with New Conduit 2 Screens and Details

    Multiplayer blown wide open

    To get you into the alien-blasting mood ahead of the release of Conduit 2, Sega has furnished us with a stimulus pack of new screenshots and a list of the 14 multiplayer modes that feature in the sequel. There's the usual array of deathmatch and capture the flag gametypes, with other modes inspired by other successful...

  • News Nintendo Reveals New Kirby Platformer for Wii in 2011

    Kirby sucks again

    Europe hasn't even had a chance to tangle with Kirby's Epic Yarn yet, and already Nintendo of Japan has revealed the second proper Wii outing for the pink puffball in a new video on its Japanese website. Developed by HAL Laboratories, the game looks like a more traditional Kirby adventure than its string-based predecessor, with...

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    Review Mario Sports Mix

    Square Enix mixes it up with Mario, but is it any good?

    Mario is one of those annoying people who seems to be good at whatever he turns his hand to: not satisfied with merely being a tennis champion, golf champion, kart racing champion and constant saviour of the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario is trying out four new sports in Mario Sports Mix for Wii and...

  • Competition Mario Sports Mix Giveaway!

    Bag yourself a copy of Mario Sports Mix

    To celebrate the release of upcoming Wii title Mario Sports Mix, a Mario themed sports compilation, Nintendo Life and Games Basement, a leading UK video game online retailer, are proud to offer 3 copies of the game to Nintendo Life readers who live in Europe or North America. All you have to do is answer the...

  • News Sonic Colours Soundtrack Racing to iTunes

    Grab some sonic satisfaction

    Wii platformer Sonic Colours (or Sonic Colors, if you prefer) was praised for its soundtrack, and iTunes users will be able to download the game's audio stylings across North America, Europe and Japan from January 26th. At $1.29 / £0.99 a track it's likely to mount up, with 82 tracks spread across three discs, but you...

  • News Sakaguchi: To Succeed Internationally, JRPGs Need to Change

    Will Last Story lead the way by example?

    There have been many Japanese games that never made it out of their own country but far from publishers being lazy or concerned that localisations won't be profitable enough for the hassle, perhaps the reason genres like Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs) sometimes struggle to find success in the Western...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 14: The Past and Future, Remixed

    Check out some of our favourite remixes of classic franchises coming to 3DS

    We're absolutely killing 2011 with our new weekly schedule, even if we're a little late in the day from time to time. As in every episode so far. This episode we're inspired by the 3DS line-up and looking towards both the future and past by checking out some excellent remixes of classic tunes from franchises headed to the..

  • News Rodea the Sky Soldier Flying to Wii and 3DS

    Check out Yuji Naka's newest project in action

    We recently heard word that Yuji Naka, former head honcho of Sega's Sonic Team, was working on a brand new and highly secret project for both the Nintendo Wii and 3DS systems, but so far we've seen very little in the way of screenshots and absolutely no video of the game in action at all. Well the wait is finally over as the first official gameplay..

  • News Sega Announces PAL Region Release Dates for Conduit 2

    New weapons trailer to check out too

    Eurocom made sure 2010 went out with a bang by chipping in with its Wii version of GoldenEye 007, securing itself as one of the top first-person shooters on the console. High Voltage Software has yet to release its upcoming shooter though, but at least the dates have been set as to when gamers can get their hands on the anticipated sequel to 2009's The Conduit..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 13: Yep, Still Weekly

    Storms can't hold this podcast back

    Your eyes doth not deceive you: NLFM is back with another episode a mere week after the last one. And man, did we almost not make it thanks to an impending snowstorm and travel arrangements. But lo and behold, here is a delicious ear scoop for you. We couldn't bail on our weekly promise one week after making it, now could we? 1. Yuka Tsujiyoko — Fire Emblem..

  • News Wow, Disney Epic Mickey Sold 1.3m Copies in North America

    Good start for the mouse

    It may have divided players and critics, but Disney Epic Mickey did the business at the cash registers, shifting 1.3 million copies across North America in December. According to figures from the NPD Group, the game was the sixth best-selling title across all formats last month, just behind Donkey Kong Country Returns...

  • News Fan-Made Petition to Bring Last Story Westward Gains Steam

    6,800 signatures and growing

    The other day we brought you news that Nintendo has no plans to bring Last Story Westward, and naturally it gave rise to plenty of ire amongst Wii gamers. Keen to do something about it, one fan created a petition to bring the game to North America and Europe, and it's already gained close to 7,000 signatures. If you want...

  • News Nintendo Has "No Plans" to Bring Last Story Westward

    Mistwalker title stuck in limbo

    Wii roleplayer Last Story has attracted plenty of interest all over the world due to the involvement of Final Fantasy honcho Hironobu Sakaguchi and the game's impressive graphical showing, but hopes of seeing it make the journey to Western shores have just taken a dent. A Nintendo representative told VG247 the company...

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    Review Deca Sports 3

    Steeeeeeerrrrrike three!

    Say what you will about Hudson's Deca Sports series... it at least keeps trying to get things right. Each release makes at least some small attempt at forging the way forward, whether it's something as simple as a refined gaming experience or a complete reimagining on a totally different platform. We've had two prior releases on the Wii, one on the DS, and there's even been..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 12: Ch-ch-changes

    New year, new podcast

    Changes are a-brewin' with NLFM this year as the show enters its second season. First of all, we're shrinking and growing at the same time. Is your mind blown yet? Tell the rest of the goo in your skull to stay calm, as what this means is that while the average episode will shrink in length, we're ditching the whole monthly schedule shenanigans and going weekly. Yes, weekly..

  • Features Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Awards 2010

    The top Wii and DS games of the year, as voted by you

    We showed you ours, now it's time for you to show your favorite games of 2010. The categories may have been limited, but your response wasn't. Here are the Wii (including WiiWare), DS (including DSiWare) and overall Reader Games of the Year. Reader Wii Game of the Year: Winner: Super Mario Galaxy...

  • News Drool Over This Donkey Kong Country Returns Concept Art

    Then throw a barrel maybe

    The art style in Donkey Kong Country Returns is pitch-perfect, showing respect to the gorilla's history and containing countless tiny references to his previous outings as well as other Retro Studios titles. The concept art that went into producing this unique art style is every bit as impressive as you'd expect,...

  • News Charge Your Wii Remotes with Sonic Induction Power

    Sit them down, charge them up

    There's truly no more stylish way to charge your Wii Remote's exhausted batteries than this Sonic the Hedgehog induction charger, but there are plenty of cheaper ones: this baby will set you back a hefty $49.99. Powering your Remotes by the magic of induction, you can replenish their battery power without removing their...

  • News Enter The Masters Tournament in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12

    Golf franchise makes a return with some new features

    EA Sports President, Peter Moore, made it clear that he was disappointed with the sales performance of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 on the Wii, even though it was a critically-acclaimed title. Whatever the cause of the sales numbers was, it was evident that EA Sports would have to do something special if interest is to bounce back up on the golfing..

  • Features Vote For Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Award 2010

    Make sure your favorite game of the year gets the acclaim you feel it deserves

    It wouldn't be too much of an understatement to say that Nintendo platforms had a mammoth year in 2010 with regards to excellent software. But we play by Thunderdome rules here at Nintendo Life around award season, and we're handing over a cache of weapons to you. Which...

  • Talking Point Zelda: Skyward Sword is 2011's Biggest Game

    Link to the future

    Earlier today we brought you a list of five Nintendo games to thrill you in 2011, but one big name was absent: Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, as it wasn't really fair to put arguably this year's biggest title against anything else. Link's previous adventure on Wii, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, was never developed with Wii...

December2010

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    Review I SPY Spooky Mansion

    A mansion any youngster would enjoy haunting

    Seek-and-find video games have become commonplace these days, arriving in every form from the kid-focused Adventure on Lost Island: Hidden Object Game to the dark but educational Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper. These probably got their start, however, when an unknown group of bored friends decided to pass the time by challenging each other to spot what..

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    Review Raving Rabbids Travel in Time

    An historic event for the Raving Rabbids, or time to put them down?

    Whatever happened to poor old Rayman? The armless wonder was there to hold the Rabbids' hands on their Wii launch debut, Rayman Raving Rabbids, way back in 2006. Since then, Ubisoft’s onetime mascot has joined his arms and legs in just fading away, leaving the Rabbids to spread...

  • Features NES Characters, Then and Now: Part One

    See how some of your favourite characters have evolved over the past 25 years

    The Nintendo Entertainment System was a system that stimulated the imaginations of designers and gamers alike. Whether it was the smiling, dream-like wonderland of the Mushroom Kingdom, the sprawling fantasy world of Hyrule or the atmospheric depths of planet Zebes, the NES gave birth to some of the most brilliant and..

  • News Night of the Sacrifice Will Get Hearts Pumping and Feet Walking

    A horror game with a twist

    Earlier this month it was announced that Marvelous would be bringing a horror game to the Wii that utilises the Wii Balance Board. With the peripheral predominantly used for health and fitness games, the idea of using the board for something as unrelated as the horror genre was both interesting and puzzling. Well, Famitsu has now shed some light on how the board will be..

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    Review Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp

    A Scooby Snack's worth of fun

    The latest game based on the hit animated franchise now creeping into its fifth decade, Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp, is a platformer that should feel familiar to fans – as a licensed game, it taps into the huge built-in audience of the show that has, over the years, demonstrated a very high tolerance for unapologetically cheesy stories. But will fans of the show..

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword is Half Finished, says Miyamoto

    So expect it next Christmas

    We got out first look at Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword at E3 this year with Shigeru Miyamoto's admittedly disappointing onstage demonstration, but more disappointing was the announcement the game would land in 2011. Early 2011, we dared to hope; hopes that have now been broken in two. Gaming website Pocket Lint recently...

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    Review Family Feud Decades

    Middling child

    Family Feud's been on the air since 1976, and it's especially unique from other trivia shows as it challenges contestants not to give the correct answer but what they believe others would guess is the correct answer, ranking the choices by how many out of a surveyed group picked them. Both this and its longevity make it uniquely geared for what Ludia and Ubisoft try with Family Feud..

  • News Mario and His Sporty Friends Go to Court in February

    Play ball online

    Four Mario-themed sports are heading to North America on February 7th, as Nintendo announces the release for Mario Sports Mix. Taking on hockey, basketball, volleyball or dodgeball, the game will be playable in offline or online multiplayer enabling you to settle scores with friends all over the world. Like Mario Kart Wii you'll be...

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    Review Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition

    With exclusive bonus item: Dissatisfaction

    Nintendo has a lot to be proud of. Its heritage and stature in the video game industry is unrivalled, and the firm has presided over some truly significant moments in the relatively short lifespan of the medium. It goes without saying that the video gaming landscape would be near-unrecognisable were it not...

  • News EA: Nintendo Needs to Drop Wii Price, Help Third Parties

    Just a couple of suggestions from John Riccitiello

    Whether it's the top priority or not, Nintendo is undoubtedly looking to pick up declining profits with the upcoming 3DS. However, in response to the Move and Kinect peripherals for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively, launching new hardware might not be the only answer if Nintendo is to...

  • News Go Behind the Scenes on Conduit 2 with High Voltage

    Through the wormhole

    Excited about Conduit 2? Want to know more about the game's opening sequence from High Voltage Software's Eric Stoll? If you answered "yes" and "sort of" you might want to check out the official SEGA Europe blog giving a little background to the game's introductory cinematic. If you haven't seen the video yet...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 11: A Holiday Season in FLUX

    Take a sneak peek at the final BIT.TRIP, sigh at simians, sneak along with a secret agent and get into the spirit of the season

    We look to the future here at Nintendo Life. Why, take this episode of NLFM, the little ol' chip and game music podcast we've got going: it's got an exclusive first listen of the soundtrack to Gaijin Games' upcoming BIT.TRIP FLUX and goes simultaneously back and forth in..

  • Features Don't Touch My Samus: Metroid's Controversial Turn

    Why the latest Metroid game's depiction of Samus isn't a complete departure

    Metroid isn't a franchise that is known to rest upon its laurels. While each entry maintains the same basic elements that made the first game successful, one could hardly say that the series has gotten comfortable over the years. Whether it's adding a narrative, introducing...

  • News Get In The Mix Featuring Armin van Buuren Hitting European Eardrums

    Transgaming Technologies' DJ sim on the Wii-ls of steel

    If someone should utter the words "DJ sim" at you, you'll probably do one of two things: wonder why they said "DJ sim" at you and nothing else, or think of DJ Hero. You might do both, to be fair. We just got word that Easy Interactive has launched Transgaming Technologies' own take on the DJ sim genre with In The Mix..

  • News Nintendo Sold a Boatload of Hardware in November

    2.7m served

    While hardware sales for Wii and DS are definitely tailing off compared to their glory years, this time of year has always been kind to both consoles and it looks like this year is no different. According to numbers from the NPD group, Nintendo sold a total of 2.7m Wii and DS systems across North America last month, with DS just shading...

  • News There May Never Be Another Smash Bros. as Hardcore as Melee

    So says Sakurai

    Super Smash Bros. Melee holds a special place in the hearts of many Nintendo fans, but creator Masuhiro Sakurai regrets aiming the game so strongly towards hardcore gamers, saying it's a mistake he wouldn't repeat again. Claiming to have created Smash Bros. to counteract the industry-wide move towards making the fighting game genre...

  • News Wii Balance Board Gets its First Horror Title Next Year

    From Marvelous Entertainment, surprisingly

    Fitness, physiotherapy, monkeys: that's largely the array of gaming styles you can play with the Wii Balance Board, but Marvelous Entertainment is about to introduce the horror genre to the board's repertoire with next year's Ikenie no Yoru, or Night of the Sacrifice. Players will be using the Wii Remote...

  • News Warren Spector Defends Mickey's Maligned Camera System

    Everybody makes mistakes

    Junction Point's Disney Epic Mickey is finally out and racking up some favourable reviews, but one bugbear appears in the majority of reviews: the camera system, which has drawn the criticism of many. Not studio head Warren Spector, though: he's proud of his team's accomplishment. Speaking to Eurogamer, Spector claims: It...

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    Review Disney Epic Mickey

    A well painted canvas or a thin premise?

    The very trademark of Disney itself, Mickey Mouse personifies the company's library of cartoon characters. How ironic then, that over the years Mickey himself has at times teetered on the brink of falling into the “Wasteland” of seemingly forgotten Disney characters no longer in use. In an effort to...