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News: The Last Story Hits North America on 14th August

The Last Story Hits North America on 14th August

Operation Rainfall yet to claim release date responsibility

We've known for a good while that The Last Story will arrive in North America this summer, and publisher XSeed has finally confirmed the details to IGN. The date for your diaries is 14th August, and there are a number of goodies awaiting eager buyers. It's been confirmed that all...

News: Warren Spector Proud That Epic Mickey 'Polarised People'

Warren Spector Proud That Epic Mickey 'Polarised People'

Key improvements made to Epic Mickey 2

The upcoming release of Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two may be coming at the end of the Wii's lifespan, but is probably worth more focus than it's currently attracting. It's worth consideration simply because the original Disney Epic Mickey on Wii was praised for its many positive features, but suffered...

Out Today: Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise (Europe)

Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise (Europe)

Skip to the beat

Nearly five months after it hit North America, Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise lands in Europe today. The European release lets you choose between the English and Japanese soundtracks, a feature exclusive to Europe, but is otherwise unchanged from its North American release. If you're interested in some Wii-based rhythm, check out...

Feature: The Best Soundtracks on Wii

The Best Soundtracks on Wii

Wii music

Often overlooked in favour of graphics, music can elevate gaming from the memorable to the unforgettable. Since 2006 the Wii has provided players with some truly incredible music, from humble chip tunes to fully orchestrated epics. Here’s a selection of the most gratifying experiences to delight your ears, all thanks to the humble Wii...

News: Wii Has Featured Fewer New IPs Than Rivals

Wii Has Featured Fewer New IPs Than Rivals

Is anyone surprised?

It's a fairly common perception that Nintendo is typically happy to reproduce its existing IPs rather than develop new characters or franchises. That theory was put to the test over at Gamespot, where the numbers of new franchises per year were calculated for Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3, restricted to each company's own developed or...

News: New Documentary Tells The Last Story

New Documentary Tells The Last Story

Fan service

The Last Story finally hits North America this month, so it's a good time to learn a little more about the game's development. This documentary by French site Sidekick.fr explains more about Mistwalker's background, The Last Story's original concept as a much darker game called Lost World and more. It's well researched and slick, and...

News: Takuya Matsumoto: 'Nintendo Influence Was Big' on The Last Story

Takuya Matsumoto: 'Nintendo Influence Was Big' on The Last Story

The Mario Club has tough taskmasters

Takuya Matsumoto has worked on some high quality SEGA titles in the past, such as NiGHTS and Sonic Adventure on Dreamcast, and was the development lead on The Last Story, the excellent Wii RPG that finally arrives in North America on 10th July. In an interview with Gamasutra, Matsumoto discussed the development...

News: Wreck-It Ralph Confirmed for Wii, 3DS and DS

Wreck-It Ralph Confirmed for Wii, 3DS and DS

Not a surprise

A little while ago we reported that Bowser would appear in Wreck-It Ralph, an upcoming Disney animated film. It's now been confirmed that Disney Interactive and Activision will collaborate on the game to accompany the movie: it'll be released on Wii, with separate versions for 3DS and DS. The game will be a side-scroller where you...

News: Dragon Quest X Japanese Bundle Shown Off

Dragon Quest X Japanese Bundle Shown Off

Rest of the world looks on enviously

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies was an impressive RPG achievement on DS which was heavily marketed by Nintendo and Square Enix worldwide, with a concerted effort to make the franchise recognisable to a new generation of gamers. The sequel, Dragon Quest X, isn't far away from release in Japan and...

Feature: Summer Sizzlers

Summer Sizzlers

Hot stuff

Dust off your swimming trunks and stock up on sun cream because summer is upon us. While this may not be completely true if you live in a certain southern hemisphere (or a country like Great Britain, where meteorological conditions defy all logic and expectations), here are some games that will bring you that warm, fuzzy feeling of the hot...

News: Inazuma Eleven Strikers Scores in Europe

Inazuma Eleven Strikers Scores in Europe

Arrives 28th September

European fans of the Inazuma Eleven franchise have so far had to be patient when waiting for localisation, with a number of releases yet to make it outside of Japan. The good news is that Inazuma Eleven Strikers is on the way to European Wii owners on 28th September, though we did think it was a possibility after spotting a...

News: There'll Be a New Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

There'll Be a New Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

Times inside

Nintendo of Japan's announced a new Nintendo Direct presentation for tomorrow, focusing on 3DS and Wii. The show starts on 22nd June at 12 midday Japan time. Europe will get its own show from Satoru Shibata at 5am UK time/6am Central European Time (12 midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific.) This show for Europe will focus mostly on Nintendo...

News: LEGO Batman 2 Launch Trailer is Super

LEGO Batman 2 Launch Trailer is Super

A true blockbuster

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes arrives today on Wii and 3DS in North America, with Europe only having to wait until the end of this week. The LEGO titles are prolific and consistently similar, but clearly have something going for them with the sheer range of franchises and sequels released. As the name suggests, this is the...

News: Nintendo Continues Software Dominance in Japan

Nintendo Continues Software Dominance in Japan

But struggles in UK

Today brings mixed news on software sales for Nintendo, though perhaps it's a positive in the market that brings the big N the most success. In Japan, Andriasang has translated results published by Enterbrain and Famitsu that show Nintendo as the biggest selling software publisher for May. Covering the period for 30th April to...

News: Kirby's 20th Anniversary Special Collection Doesn't Suck

Kirby's 20th Anniversary Special Collection Doesn't Suck

Even if Kirby has to

A little under two months ago we brought you the happy news that Nintendo is planning a 20th Anniversary Kirby compilation for Wii, ensuring that fans of the pink one will have a chance to celebrate the landmark with a collection of classic games and other goodies. Courtesy of Andriasang we now know what will be included in the...

News: Just Dance Greatest Hits Gets on the Dance Floor

Just Dance Greatest Hits Gets on the Dance Floor

If you just can't get enough

Just Dance is a franchise that has become unstoppable, swallowing up the Wii charts for weeks at a time and being responsible for adverts of attractive, rhythmic people jigging around with a Wii Remote in their hand. We've had three titles so far and know that Just Dance 4 is on the way, so it's not going anywhere. Back...

E3 2012: Transfer Wii Save Data and Shop Purchases to Wii U

Transfer Wii Save Data and Shop Purchases to Wii U

Keep it flowing

Nintendo's confirmed it's working on a system to transfer Wii save data, WiiWare and Virtual Console purchases from your Wii console to the new Wii U. The good news came during last night's developer roundtable in a Q&A section, a Nintendo producer saying: We are readying the system to be able to transfer saves and everything...

News: The Inflatable Kart Now Works With Your Nintendo 3DS

The Inflatable Kart Now Works With Your Nintendo 3DS

Let your joy ring out!

Those inflatable Wii karts are great, but what are you supposed to do when you migrate from Mario Kart Wii to Mario Kart 7? CTA Digital has you covered, revamping the kart to support 3DS as well as Wii. Slot your 3DS console into the steering wheel and turn away in games that support gyro controls. Interestingly the press...

News: Mario Tennis Takes Second in Japanese Charts

Mario Tennis Takes Second in Japanese Charts

3DS on top, again

The most recent Media Create results for the Japanese charts are in, and Nintendo can be quite pleased with the outcome. The software results are slightly less impressive than normal due to a glut of new releases on other platforms, though Mario Tennis Open made a solid debut at number two, coming in behind Capcom's Dragon's Dogma...

News: Go To Mensa Academy to Train Your Brain

Go To Mensa Academy to Train Your Brain

On its way to PAL regions

The Brain Training series has been big business for Nintendo, and has therefore seen rival titles emerge to compete for our brain time. The latest to enter the fray is Square Enix — collaborating with IQ specialists Mensa — to try and help us make the most of our grey matter. Mensa Academy is set to arrive in Europe...