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...
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..
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...
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...
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..
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...
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,...
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 —..
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
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...
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...
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!...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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..
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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: single or co-operative play with a range of famous..
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..
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...
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...
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...
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." Now we have more. During a recent investor..
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...
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 title of Pandora's Tower. Iwata revealed that the..
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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..
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..
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..
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..
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...
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...
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...
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..
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..
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...
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,...
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...
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..
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 is deserving of your Wii or DS Game of the Year?..
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...
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..
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...
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..
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..
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..
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...
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..
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...
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...
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...
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...
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..
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...
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..
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
One VS game only, please
It's a pretty one-sided fight, but even so Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is by far the Wii's greatest fighting game. The main hope for competition came from Capcom's upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3, which regrettably is not heading to Wii. Why? Let Capcom's Christian Svensson explain all. Why isn't MvC3 coming to the Wii? Svensson: The...
Donkey Kong in at 13 though
Plumbing collection Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition just launched in the UK and had an underwhelming first weekend of sales, missing the top 20 altogether and landing at number 22. Simian platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns had a stronger showing, a new entry at number 13 behind strong climber Mario Kart...
Explosive toilet rolls included
Raving Rabbids Travel in Time has probably given historians plenty of bother with its anachronistic view of history, but now it can similarly perplex anyone with a web browser with the official Flash minigame from Ubisoft. The aim of the game is to throw explosive toilet rolls at targets, taking them all out as quickly and with as few throws as possible. It's..
Remember the news that Donkey Kong Country Returns would cost bananas for speedy UK gamers? If you thought it was just a marketing stunt, well, you were right, but it clearly worked as plenty of gamers turned out to swap a bunch of ripe ones for the ape's latest title. Despite the freezing cold weather currently gripping the UK there were eager beavers lined up outside Game..
Should you sign up for Tiger’s swingers club?
Tiger Woods’ games, like the man’s affairs, come with a certain regularity. Once a year you can expect an updated game of golf to come rolling out of publishing giant EA’s headquarters. This is no bad thing mind, as in the case of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 the recent introduction of Wii MotionPlus has revamped the once fading franchise, adding a..