Wii News

September2010

  • Hands On PlayOn

    Because there's no Hulu streaming disc

    We recently had the opportunity to try out the video-streaming application PlayOn from MediaMall Technologies, which acts as a conduit between your Wii and the countless number of videos locked away on the Internet. It turns out there's a lot more than YouTube out there, and while the program's appeal clearly once was built on providing access to Netflix..

  • News You Can Stop Waiting for Worms: Battle Islands on WiiWare Now

    It's coming out on disc instead

    It's been a long old time since we last heard anything about Worms: Battle Islands but we were expecting it to launch on WiiWare this month. Sadly, the downloadable service just got a little duller, as THQ has announced the game is on its way to Wii as a retail release. The game is now scheduled to release in November. AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - Delivering an arsenal..

  • News Sakamoto Wants to Know Your Metroid: Other M Thoughts

    Could sculpt future Aran outings

    Metroid: Other M has divided gamers; some love the blend of action and story, others are less impressed. Whatever your thoughts, Metroid creator Yoshio Sakamoto wants to hear them: they could very well hold the key to Samus's future adventures. Speaking to Gamespot about the continued evolution of Metroid, Sakamoto...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii Named Game of the Year in CESA Awards

    Top Japanese designers give Mario the nod

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii was Nintendo's big Christmas hit of 2009, sweeping all before it in a multi-coloured wave of shells, fire flowers and multiplayer rage. It wasn't just a big hit with consumers though, netting a range of awards, the latest being the Grand Award from Japan's Computer Entertainment...

  • News Sonic Colours Gets Special Edition Figures in PAL Regions

    Grab a batch of toys with the game

    North American hedgehog fans will be able to keep their heads warm with this pre-order Sonic hat, but gamers Down Under are heading towards a warmer time of year. What will they get to honour the release of Sonic Colours? Some figurines, that's what. EB Games Australia lists special editions for both the Wii and DS versions of Sonic Colours, both of which include..

  • News Itagaki Makes Curious Remark about Nintendo's Next Console

    Not 3DS either

    Wii is approaching its fourth birthday across the world, with no announced successor currently on the horizon. We know it's in development but there's been no clue as to its form or any such thing. So when an industry figure such as Tomonobu Itagaki, former head of Team Ninja, makes cryptic comments about the company's next home console it makes interesting reading. Itagaki, whose..

  • Rumour Sadness Still in Development With Update by the End of the Year

    Will it? Won't it? The mystery continues...

    Since it was something that was much-talked about many years ago, let us refresh your memory a little. Remember that spooky-looking game for the Wii that was in development by Nibris? What was it called, again? Ah yes, Sadness. Well, the game that no one's seen seems to be making a bit of a resurgence as the latest rumour suggests. The Nibris YouTube..

  • News New Trailer for NBA Jam Remix Modes is Nothing But Net

    What crazy play modes await us?

    When we caught up with Pete Trenouth, a producer of NBA Jam for the Wii, he was wasn't quite ready to spill the beans on the upcoming Remix Modes, but now EA has released a trailer that showcases the weird and wonderful play modes that we'll be slammin' and jammin' to when the iconic basketball game makes its return next month. As well as the classic two-on-two,..

  • News The Latest GoldenEye Vignette Shows a Lot of Character

    Ah yes. There's the vertically-challenged little...

    Back in the days of GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64, choosing your character had the potential to be as strategic as the choice of weapons or the place of combat. Well, when we say strategic, we actually mean questionably unsportsmanlike. Okay, let's just say it. Anyone who chose Oddjob was a bit annoying. Activision has just released a trailer..

  • News Serious Metroid: Other M Bug Requires Total Restart

    Nintendo aware of issue

    A rather serious bug in Metroid: Other M has come to light that requires players who encounter it to load a previous save file or, in dreaded circumstances, start their save file over again. The issue is a single door on the far side of a lava pit in Sector 3, right after moving on from the desert refinery. If that door is...

  • News Rising Star Games Talks About PANG and Localisation Grapples

    Gamers will have to continue to wait for certain games to get localised

    Gamers old enough to remember destroying bouncing balloons in the 1989 two-player arcade game Pang might also be aware that due to its popularity, instalments on the SNES and Game Boy were eventually released, and Rising Star Games is continuing to entertain gamers by launching PANG: Magical Michael on the DS today. In a recent..

  • News Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Nets a Best Audio Award

    Beats some stiff competition too

    Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was a brave and very successful attempt to produce a psychological horror game that used the Wii's unique capabilities, grabbing some excellent review scores if not the sales it deserved. The game's audio design has received a deserved nod in the form of a Best Audio Design award at the fifth Milthon Awards. A jury of eight, presided..

  • News Activision Announces Six More DJs to Feature in DJ Hero 2

    ...and the mixes that they'll be bringing to the turntable

    It's not long before DJ Hero 2 drops and when it does, it's going to bring with it a staggering amount of remixes and mash-ups that players will scratch and beat-juggle to. A while ago, DJ Shadow let it slip that he would return in some form or another, and now Activision has confirmed that he will at the very least be providing two mixes..

  • News Peter Moore Disappointed With Tiger Woods 11 Sales on Wii

    Has EA shot itself in the foot?

    EA is one of the industry's juggernauts, thanks to its array of sports franchises that release a game a year across all platforms. Whilst that is potentially lucrative, it's also a double-edged sword as each instalment needs to have significant improvements over the last, otherwise gamers won't have any incentive to...

  • News Brand New Kirby's Epic Yarn Trailer

    More video of the silky side-scroller in action!

    With only about a month left until the North American release of Kirby's Epic Yarn, Nintendo have shifted their marketing machine into high gear and have just sent out a host of brand new assets for the game. You can check out the brand new gameplay trailer below, along with a batch of 8 new...

  • News Prove Your Sin and Punishment 2 Skills in New Official Competition

    Prizes and pride at stake

    Sin & Punishment: Star Successor is a classic: hugely difficult, but a classic nonetheless. Anyone currently honing their best scores may want to take a look at this new official Nintendo competition for North America – sorry, rest of the world! – to prove they're the best. The challenge asks players to score as...

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    Review Batman: The Brave and the Bold

    Cartoon crime never sleeps in Gotham City. Good thing bats are nocturnal.

    As far as pop culture is concerned, there are two types of Batman. Batmen, if you will. One is the gritty, serious Dark Knight that’s been Chris Nolan’s Hollywood blockbuster success of late and the star of Rocksteady’s excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum. Then there’s the...

  • News Expect More Sonic Games Like Sonic Colours

    Series no longer so serious, says producer

    Whether you're an old-school Sonic fan or one who's new to the hog's adventures, Sonic Colours looks set to cut fans' feelings right down the middle with its blend of high-speed platforming, multiplayer action and range of power-ups. The game's producer and head of Sonic Team, Takashi Iizuka, has said in an interview the game is an indication of the future..

  • News Lost in Shadow Documentary Sheds Light on the Game's Creation

    Our well of shadow puns is running dry

    It may have been pushed back until 2011 in North America, but Lost in Shadow is still looking like one of the Wii's brightest upcoming releases. This behind-the-scenes documentary is in keeping with the game's unique graphical style, projecting the game's development team as shadows rather than the usual...

  • News Australia Throws a Wii Party to Get Gamers in the Mood

    Check out one of Nintendo's flagship titles of the year

    Ahead of its 7th October release, Nintendo of Australia is throwing a Wii Party... er... party at a selection of shopping centres where the public can try out the game that's surely going to be one of the big-sellers this year. Various locations across Australia will be hosting the get-togethers and the celebrations start this Saturday on the..

  • News GoldenEye Online to Keep You Addicted with Killstreaks, Perks and More

    GoldenEye feels the hand of CoD

    Ah, Activision: we should have known you'd come up with this. Whilst its Call of Duty series continues to devour gaming hours like nobody's business, the publisher has taken some of the series' winning elements and slotted them neatly into upcoming Bond 'em up GoldenEye. Not only will the game feature an online experience system opening up new perks and killstreaks..

  • News Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock to Expand Wii and DS Connectivity

    Now with double the cross-platform players

    It seems Vicarious Visions and Activision are trying to add a much-needed key-change to the Guitar Hero melody, and as if a new story mode isn't enough, the creators are expanding the connectivity between Wii and DS players with a selection of play modes and multiplayer functions. The Roadie Battle mode from Guitar Hero 5 makes a beefier return for DS..

  • News Super Mario Collection Special Pack Revealed

    Game details, box art, promo video and more

    We've been bringing you all the news regarding the enticing yet vague announcement of the Japan-exclusive Super Mario Collection Special Pack, including a posting from an online retailer somewhat obliquely detailing its contents. Now comes the definitive announcement regardin

  • News Suda51 Talks About No More Heroes 3, 3DS Game Ideas and More

    Find out what qualities are important to him as a game designer

    When you have an unorthodox game designer like Goichi Suda and a wonder machine like the 3DS that's sure to ignite a few sparks in developers' creative minds, we as consumers could very well be in for a treat. The CEO at Grasshopper Manufacture, more commonly known as Suda51, recently spoke to Revogamers about ideas he's considering..

  • News Sega Emits a Spectrum of Sonic Colours Information

    Little flecks of detail

    From manoeuvres that the little blue hedgehog can perform, as showcased in an early gameplay trailer, to hints of new characters, information on Sonic Colours for the Wii and DS has slowly been released from Sega's grasp, although all will not be mentioned in your typical news articles. In similar fashion

  • News Nintendo Shows Who's Boss of the August Sales Chart

    It's them, taking ten of the top U.S. spots

    The month of July saw Nintendo dominating the U.S. sales charts, shifting more machines than its competition and moving over 192,000 happy homes for copies of Super Mario Galaxy 2. Additionally, nearly 142,000 copies of Lego Harry Potter: Years 1 to 4 were sold, making it the top-selling handheld title. So how was the month of August? Once again, Mario's..

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    Review Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

    Four dimensions, one disc

    Making a superhero game suddenly became a lot more of a challenge last year, thanks to Rocksteady’s excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum. Activities tangential to what these characters are, like flying through rings and grabbing lost balloons for dumb kids, just doesn’t cut it anymore after roaming the terrifying asylum...

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    Review Despicable Me: The Game

    When you wish upon a moon

    Ever since George Bailey promised Mary in It's A Wonderful Life that if she said the word, he'd throw a lasso around the moon, people have plotted to steal that thing. Despicable Me: The Game tells the tale of one such dreamer, Gru, as he heists parts to build a combination rocketship/shrink ray. It's up to you to guide him, with the help of his endless army of loyal,..

  • News Mario Collection Special Pack Coming to Japan

    It's-a-me, the rest of the world's envy!

    Online retailer Play-Asia has just added a title to their catalogue that confirms our earlier speculation: this generation will indeed see its own Super Mario All-Stars in the form of Super Mario Collection Special Pack, which is set to come with a bonus booklet of artwork an

  • News Shaun White Showcases His Skateboarding Skills in the Latest Trailer

    Ubisoft's latest instalment swaps snow for concrete

    With Tony Hawk: Shred already confirmed to feature the Birdman taking on the snow slopes as well as the concrete parks, now it's snowboarding giant Shaun White's turn to make his own crossover of sorts with his upcoming Ubisoft title, Shaun White Skateboarding for the Wii. Gamers will be treated to an empty city which they basically modify into a..

  • News PES 2011 Promises a Wii Control Revolution

    Dribbling all over the place

    Last year's PES 2010 offered the Wii's best kick-about yet, with plenty of options and an improved control scheme. This year's entry, which you won't be surprised to hear is called PES 2011, is promising further enhancements to the dribbling mechanics, with full 360º freedom at the top of the list. As well as the...

  • News Even a Wii Remote or a DS Stylus Can Be a Sonic Device

    Pretend you're The Doctor even when you're not playing his games

    Every fan of Doctor Who (or, simply, The Doctor) knows that he'd have a lot more trouble fighting Cybermen and Daleks without his trusty Sonic Screwdriver. It seems that no matter what the problem is, it can be solved by him pointing the device at it and acting like he's concentrating really hard as the Time Lord tool shines a light..

  • News Rejected! No Online Play for NBA Jam

    Couch multiplayer only

    When we interviewed NBA Jam producer Pete Trenouth earlier this year, he wasn't sure if online play would make it into the final release. Regrettably EA Sports' Community Manager Alain Quinto has confirmed via Twitter that the game will not ship with online play. Q: Will NBA Jam have an online multiplayer mode on the Wii? If...

  • News Metroid Co-Creator: Next Nintendo Console Will "Leave Your Mouth Open"

    Try not to drool

    All it takes is a cursory glance at the company's history to see that Nintendo is not one to hold back a good ol' curveball when need be. The unconventional Wii and DS took the world by storm, and the forthcoming 3DS looks set to bring the portable wows. But what about the company's next home console? If Metroid co-creator Yoshio...

  • News Last Chance to Like Lost in Shadow and Raise Money for Charity

    Your thumbs still worth 10 cents to Child's Play

    Hudson's promising Lost in Shadow (A Shadow's Tale in Europe) may have been delayed until 2011 but there's no need to cry about it: it's all for a good cause, in fact. Every "Like" of the game's official Facebook page between August 30th and 4pm PST today will raise 10 cents for Child's Play, leaving you with just a few hours to log on and..

  • News Wii Games: Summer 2010 Winners Announced

    Warning: contains Super Adult material

    Nintendo's first attempt at a national Wii tournament, Wii Games: Summer 2010, drew to a close in California this weekend to see which US gamers had the best Wii skills. Olympic gold medallist Shawn Johnson kept the finalists warmed-up with some Wii Fit Plus hula hooping before diving into the competitive...

  • News Metroid: Other M Struggles to Ignite UK Sales Charts

    Debut at #12 for bounty hunter

    Despite getting off to a flying sales start elsewhere around the world, Metroid: Other M has faltered in its first week on sale in the UK, coming in at number 12. With a high-profile advertising campaign, generally positive reviews – including our 9/10 rating – and the always-reliable Metroid name, it's hard to see where things went wrong. Fellow new release

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    Review Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack

    Blasts from the past

    Once upon a time, on-rails shooters ruled the arcades, and arguably no company did the genre better than Sega. Whether blasting criminals in Virtua Cop, gunning down zombies in House of the Dead or taking down dinosaurs, aliens or whatever else strays in front of your barrel, Sega brought a rich collection of shooters to arcade cabinets everywhere. Now the company's ported the..

  • News Disney Epic Mickey Intro Video - Part 2

    Mickey finds his weapon of choice

    Well the Disney Epic Mickey train is rolling along at full steam now and the folks over at Disney Interactive have just sent over Part 2 of their Intro series of videos for everyone to check out. You can check out the newest Intro video below and if you somehow missed it, you can go back and check out the first one...

  • News Original GoldenEye Designer Suspicious of Wii Publisher's Eye for Gold

    Though developer Eurocom is in his good books

    Whether Activision is all about the money isn't really for us to say, but one thing most will agree on is that it has several franchises in its pockets into which at any given time the company can reach, pulling out a sequel or spin-off. So with the upcoming revival of the GoldenEye name, the publisher's motivation is being questioned by one of the..

  • News RZA Joins the DJ Hero 2 Clan as a Playable Character

    Head of the Wu-Tang to mix things up

    With the full tracklisting of DJ Hero 2 now revealed, Activision has gone a step further and announced another playable character and the mash-ups that this producer will bring to the turntable. RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan is the latest in a lineup of contemporary artists to lend their likeness and production skills to FreeStyleGames's upcoming sequel. RZA will be..

  • News Double Up in Sonic Colours Co-Op Multiplayer

    Wii version gets team play

    When screenshots of Sonic Colours Wii leaked recently showing grey Sonics with antennae, it was hard to know what to make of them. It's considerably easier now though, as Sega has revealed the first information of the game's multiplayer element. Unlocked through collecting hidden special rings in the single-player game, the two-player mode is focused on players using Wisp..

  • News Kapow! It's the Batman: The Brave and the Bold Release Dates

    Holy crimefighting in September, Batman!

    The masked defenders of hand-drawn 2D animation, WayForward Technologies, are set for a Wii and DS return this month as Batman: The Brave and the Bold crusades its way to stores around the world. Launching in North America on September 7th and with a European release following on September 24th, the new game...

  • News Conduit 2 Hits Intergalactic Turbulence, Delayed Until 2011

    But Classic Controller support is in

    Any discussion of Conduit 2 is always shrouded in an air of muted excitement, hopes tempered by past experience as some gamers felt disappointed by The Conduit. The breaking news today that the sequel has been delayed until early 2011, then, will likely be met with similarly mixed feelings. Not only does it grant...

  • News Metroid: Other M Tops Wii Sales Charts Worldwide

    Released in Europe today

    Samus's latest adventure Metroid: Other M finally finished charging this week, blowing a hole in wallets across both North America and Japan. According to sales data compiled by Gamasutra, the bounty hunter struck gold, topping the Wii charts in both territories. Based on sales information collated from Amazon's sites for North America, Japan and Europe – where the game..

  • News King Dedede Returns in Latest Kirby's Epic Yarn Trailer

    It's hammer time

    The news that Kirby's Epic Yarn won't reach Europe until 2011 tore our woollen hearts in two, but now this trailer has come along to cheer us back up again with more threadful antics. Showing King Dedede in woolly form for the first time as well as brand new levels featuring everything from dinosaurs to huge crushing balls, it also...

  • News Mama to Pick Up Two More Hobbies

    She can craft and babysit too, and with this baby doll so can you

    We've just added some newly released screenshots for Majesco's upcoming showcases of Mama's versatility, Babysitting Mama for Wii and Crafting Mama for DS. Interestingly, the former will hit stores in a special box the likes of which we've never seen before; the game comes in a crib...

  • Rumour Nintendo Japan Celebrating Mario's Birthday with Super Mario Collection

    Super Mario All-Stars may be Wii-bound after all

    It's a source of constant frustration to Virtual Console fans that Super Mario All-Stars isn't available on the download platform: the inability to enjoy some of Mario's greatest adventures with improved Super NES graphics and sound has annoyed many, but fear not, for an end to the frustration may be...

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    Review Metroid: Other M

    Samus speaks up in her most explosive adventure yet

    Metroid: Other M is a lot of things. It's the second translation of the series into 3D, one that ditches the first-person mould that the Metroid Prime trilogy used to cast such acclaimed titles in favour of a new hybrid of 2D and 3D gameplay. It's a game whose co-developer, Team Ninja, both...

  • News Epic Mickey Gets Collectable with Special Edition

    With a figure, DVD and Remote faceplate

    With so much interest in Disney Epic Mickey it's no surprise Disney wants to offer fans something more than the standard vanilla release, which is why it's put together a Collector's Edition for the forthcoming mouse outing. Inside the special packaging sits a 5" vinyl figure of Mickey wielding his...

  • News Wii Party Could be One of Nintendo's Top Earners

    Game to be bundled with Wii Remote

    With recently slow but top-of-the-week sales numbers in Japan, it's interesting but not surprising that Nintendo has taken a majority stake in the developer behind Wii Party, which sold more than 23,000 copies last week. The game had a particularly strong performance during its sixth week after release, shifting an...

  • News Nintendo Lays Out PAX Showing

    Some big guns to be on display

    As many of you already know, the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is coming up September 3rd - 5th in Seattle, WA and Nintendo is gearing up for the show by releasing a list of titles that will be playable during the expo. The majority of the games to be shown by Nintendo were recently on display at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles,...

  • News Nintendo Rolls Its Sleeves Up With GoldenEye 007 Development

    Activision talks about Nintendo's "extremely helpful" approach

    With the original GoldenEye 007 a beloved moment in the N64 era, it's no wonder Nintendo is making sure the upcoming Wii instalment receives a substantial amount of love during the development stages. Speaking to Gamerzines, associate producer James Lodato speaks about the partnership between Activision and The Big N, in bringing the..

  • News DJ Hero 2 Pumping Out of Your Speakers From 22nd October

    Activision launches its "Name That Mix" challenge with prizes to be won

    One of the best qualities that the original DJ Hero possessed was undoubtedly the soundtrack; with its eclectic make-up of various genres moulded together to give something familiar yet all together fresh. When its upcoming sequel lands in UK shops on 22nd October, you can be sure to find mash-ups that will instantly send you..

  • News Gandalf Joins Aragorn's Quest in Co-operative Gameplay Video

    Magical attacks from the white wizard

    In development at Headstrong Games of Battalion Wars and House of the Dead: Overkill fame, Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest takes the titular bearded hero through a series of trials. What could be better than one bearded hero? Two bearded heroes of course, as this video shows Gandalf fighting side-by-side with Aragorn. Gandalf naturally has access to powers..

  • News Sid Meier's Pirates! Walks the Wii Plank on October 8th

    Anchors aweigh and all that

    Although the popularity of pirates took a sharp increase with the Pirates of the Caribbean films, discerning gamers will know it was cool to be a pirate way as far back as 1987 with the release of Sid Meier's Pirates!. Earlier this year, Wii owners danced a merry jig at the announcement that the game is on the way to their favourite machine, and the revelry can continue..

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    Review We Sing Encore

    Encore? But we didn't hear anyone clapping...

    We Sing Encore is a game about singing. It is not, however, a game about singing well. The game is a sequel to 2009's We Sing, and as the new title suggests, it is really just more of the same, meaning more competitive karaoke for up to four players with 40 new tracks. The game sees you singing along to...

  • Rumour Nintendo Developing Two Titles for uDraw GameTablet

    But what could they be?

    Nintendo and THQ teamed up to create the uDraw GameTablet, the upcoming peripheral for Wii that offers gamers and families the chance to draw on their Wii. Currently only THQ has announced solid software plans, with Pictionary and Dood's Big Adventure confirmed for the peripheral, but there are already rumours surfacing that...

  • News Grab a Cheap Wii at Target This Week

    $150 for so-called "Legacy" pack

    Remember a time when Wii consoles didn't come with Wii Sports Resort and MotionPlus? So does Target, as it's still got enough stock of the old "Legacy" packs to advertise at a new low price of $150. The chain is also selling Wii Remotes with MotionPlus attachments at $29.99, so even if you've already got a...

  • News Monster Hunter Tri Soundtrack Rolls Out to Stores and Download

    $9.99 to download, price in Zennies uncertain

    Monster Hunter 3 (~Tri) is still receiving a lot of love online and offline, but many hardcore hunters long for a way to take a piece of their favourite series on the go without having to bother with UMDs and the like. Now fearless hunters can accompany even their most mundane daily ritual with the...

  • News Doctor Who to Land the TARDIS on Wii & DS

    Allons-y!

    Like bowties and time travel? Then you should be excited to hear that the hit BBC programme Doctor Who is zooming to the DS and Wii with Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth for the former and Doctor Who: Return to Earth for the latter, both set for release in the coming months from Asylum Entertainment. The program stars The Doctor, a 907 year old Time Lord who, with his companion, winds up in..

  • News Ivy the Kiwi? Contest Winner!

    The envelope please

    We'd like to congratulate Acerocksyourworld on being the lucky winner of our Ivy the Kiwi? Competition. You'll soon be receiving your very own copy of the Wii release along with an autographed piece of Ivy the Kiwi? artwork taken directly from XSEED's E3 2010 booth. We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered the contest as the sheer number of entries..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 8: Have You Heard Captain Falcon's Theme Song?

    If you haven't then you're in for a real treat

    Some video game themes are so iconic that it's impossible to not recognize where they're from, even if you haven't touched the game in years. Tetris. Super Mario Bros. Captain Falcon? While we're not saying his theme song is up there in the annals of game music legend, after this episode of NLFM, we're pretty confident that you won't look at the..

  • News European Developers get Their Games Nominated for Milthon Awards

    The 4th Milthon Awards has selected four titles on Nintendo systems across four categories

    With the BAFTA Video Game Awards done and dusted, gamers hoping to see their favourite titles get some sort of golden trophy need only wait a few more weeks as this September marks the fourth annual Milthon Awards; recognising European video game studios and the art production that goes into their respective..

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    Review Ivy the Kiwi?

    Ivy the Ki-Wii

    No matter how many video game titles Yuji Naka creates, he'll likely always be best remembered for his work during his days at Sega's Sonic Team. Even despite his new development company Prope's greater emphasis on creating video games with a much broader scope and appeal, there's obviously still a lot of desire among his fans to see...

  • News Nintendo and THQ Teamed Up on uDraw GameTablet

    Mighty team unites

    THQ's uDraw Studio created quite a buzz at Gamescom, but had Nintendo not stepped in the reaction could have been quite different. Director Luis Gigliotti of THQ spoke to Joystiq about how the original board earned the nickname "Frankenstein" among the team before Nintendo got involved: was a like bunch of lasers and...

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    Review LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

    The Order of the Fun-ix

    Imagine that in just one day you found out that not only are you destined for greatness, but that magic is real, you can perform it, and that instead of ever having to go to regular school again, you get to live in a castle with John Cleese. These things – well, most of them, anyway – are what every child dreams of, and that's the appeal of Harry Potter. To be immersed..

  • News New Sonic Wisp Power-Ups Help Sonic Hover and More

    Green and pink Wisps unveiled

    With generally positive impressions of Sonic Colours for DS following E3, Sega isn't about to let you forget about Sonic Colours for Wii, announcing two new power-ups for the game this week. The first is the Pink Wisp, which galvanises Sonic's spikes to allow him to stick to walls and ceilings, allowing him to explore new routes in certain levels of the game. Exclusive..

  • News This Video Wants You to Know uDraw Studio is for Artists Too

    David Kassan makes a masterpiece

    THQ's uDraw Studio may have been revealed as an art game for all the family, but that's not to say it can't be used to create impressively detailed portraits when used by experienced and talented professional artists. American painter David Kassan got to grips with the uDraw GameTablet and uDraw Studio software at Gamescom in Cologne, and the results are undeniably..

  • News Samus Narrates a Trip Down Metroid Memory Lane

    Get your plot details in order before the next adventure

    Well, now that Nintendo has gone ahead and hired a voice actor for the traditionally silent Metroid: Other M star Samus Aran, we suppose it makes sense that they want to make the most of her talents. What better than to let the now-verbose heroine narrate a retrospective of her adventures with space jellyfish? Not only is it a nice summary of..

  • News GoldenEye Multiplayer Doubles-Up but Loses its Voice

    Eight players, no voices

    James Bond always manages to take down megalomaniacal scientists, gamblers and supernationalists with just a few gadgets and some sharp one-liners, but the upcoming GoldenEye will test his wits in multiplayer as it will support up to eight players online. Bond will have to stay silent on his upcoming multiplayer mission...

  • News Epic Mickey Cinematic Intro is Suitably Cinematic

    In a world where one mouse can make a difference...

    Are we tired of Disney Epic Mickey yet? No, we're not. Although Nintendo's latest release schedule didn't pin down the mouse for a solid release date, this first part of the game's introductory movie should take out the sting a little. Showing the mouse in full mischief mode, the video shows how...

  • News Nintendo's Q4 Schedule Outs BIT.TRIP FATE

    Plus dates for Kirby, DK and more

    Gaijin Games let the first detail of its upcoming BIT.TRIP title slip last week with the revelation it'll be playable with the Wii Zapper, but a new Nintendo press release has confirmed the name as BIT.TRIP FATE with a release date pencilled in for this Fall. The press release also gives vague "holiday...

  • News THQ Brings Art Alive on Wii with uDraw Studio

    Graphics tablet on the way to Wii

    Over the years, many companies have tried to make enjoyable, engaging artistic products for home consoles, but for every Mario Paint there's Art Alive. THQ, however, is certain it's onto a winning formula with its newly announced uDraw GameTablet and uDraw Studio. Not just your standard graphics tablet, the press release for the GameTablet mentions tilt and roll..

  • News Ghost Recon Shows Different Strategy to Invade Wii

    Tom Clancy's latest instalment built from the ground up

    A couple of months ago at E3, it was made known that amongst the strong third-party support for the upcoming 3DS, numerous games were in the planning stages and two Tom Clancy titles were just a couple of examples. Today, Ubisoft has announced that Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon will also be released on the Wii, with a scheduled North American..