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News: Pokémon Back on Top of Japanese Charts

Pokémon Back on Top of Japanese Charts

Not exactly a surprise

While many Pokémon fans are probably busy contemplating the arrival of Pokémon Black and White 2, gamers in Japan have been hitting the shops to buy up cross-over title Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition, propelling it to number one in the charts. Elsewhere in the Media Create software charts, Mario Kart 7 and Monster Hunter 3 G...

News: A New Pandora's Tower Trailer Is Here

A New Pandora's Tower Trailer Is Here

Contains classic witch voice over

Upcoming — for Europe, anyway — Wii RPG Pandora's Tower is just a few weeks from launch, so Nintendo has some footage from the English version of the game to show off. The trailer below is a little lighter on the English accents than we've come to expect from recent RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story,...

News: Surprise! Disney Announces Epic Mickey 2 for Wii

Surprise! Disney Announces Epic Mickey 2 for Wii

Never saw it coming

After months of speculation, Junction Point's Warren Spector has revealed Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. Coming to Wii as well as PS3 and Xbox 360, the sequel is described as a 'musical', with characters regularly bursting into song. There's co-op play between Mickey and long-lost Disney character Oswald the Lucky...

News: These PokéPark Trailers are Too Silly Not to Share

These PokéPark Trailers are Too Silly Not to Share

Music maestro

The only thing better than a Pokémon theme tune? Three Pokémon theme tunes, of course. Nintendo UK's hit the jackpot with this trio of tunes to celebrate the upcoming European release of PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond this Friday. The videos even have lyrics so you can happily sing along to tunes of unbelievable heroism from the...

News: UK PokéPark Treasure Hunt Set for Saturday

UK PokéPark Treasure Hunt Set for Saturday

Toys 'r' you

PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond launches in Europe this week, and Nintendo UK is kicking off the party with a treasure hunt this Saturday. The Toys 'R' Us store at Brents Cross will host the expedition on 24th March, starting at 10am. Be one of the first 25 people to find toys of the game's four playable Pokémon — that's Oshawott, Tepig,...

News: Transformers Prime Announced For Nintendo Consoles

Transformers Prime Announced For Nintendo Consoles

Time to transform and roll out

Activision has announced Transformers Prime, based on the TV show by Hasbro studios. It's described as an 'action brawler', so we can expect lots of button pressing, but other details outside of a 2012 release are in short supply. This title appears to be exclusive to Nintendo consoles, with versions planned for Wii,...

News: Donkey Kong and Pikmin Could Have Had Cameos in Super Mario Galaxy 2

Donkey Kong and Pikmin Could Have Had Cameos in Super Mario Galaxy 2

Yoshi would have enjoyed the company

There was a lot of talk about Mario at this year's GDC — Game Developer's Conference — including the revelation that Super Mario 3D Land could have had skateboarding. Koichi Hayashida, a leading figure in recent Mario titles, revealed that particular piece of information when on stage, but in an interview...

News: Wii Remotes Can Help Diagnose Eye Disorder

Wii Remotes Can Help Diagnose Eye Disorder

No, really

The humble Wii has been a lot of things in its lifespan beyond a simple gaming machine. It's become an alternative exercise centre, dance studio, artist's easel and, of course, a games console. The Wii Remote, meanwhile, has been possibly the most creatively-used game controller in the industry's history, with its motion capabilities...

News: New PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond Trailers Arrive

New PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond Trailers Arrive

Cute and deadly

PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond has already arrived in North America, with the European release on the way, and promises to bring more typically colourful and cute gaming to the franchise. The latest trailers released by Nintendo UK show all four playable characters in action, giving you an idea of how the action unfolds and the sheer...

Feature: Nintendo's Motion Revolution

Nintendo's Motion Revolution

Gaming for everyone

The release of the Famicom is often regarded as one of the biggest moments in gaming history, as it not only brought Nintendo into the home console arena, but it also introduced the world to a plumber named Mario. The console, as we know, proved to be an incredible success and has helped create the industry we have today, but...

News: Super Mario Galaxy Blasts Past 5 Million Milestone

Super Mario Galaxy Blasts Past 5 Million Milestone

Come in, number nine

Super Mario Galaxy just became the ninth Wii game to pass 5 million units in the United States after just four years on sale. Mario's first intergalactic adventure joins an auspicious list of other games sitting above the 5m mark in the U.S.: Wii Play (13.06 million) Mario Kart Wii (11.3 million) New Super Mario Bros.

News: Mario Party 9 is Coming Up the UK Charts

Mario Party 9 is Coming Up the UK Charts

So you better get it started

Mario Party 9 may be trying a few new things, but it still knows how to keep a crowd happy. In this week's UK software charts the latest entry in the series has secured a very respectable third place, grabbing it a useful stash of mini-stars in the process. This is apparently the highest debut UK chart position for the...

News: Nintendo: "We Refuse to Succumb to Patent Trolls"

Nintendo: "We Refuse to Succumb to Patent Trolls"

Wii Fit patent case dismissed

Rick Flamm, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of Legal & General Counsel, has spoken out against "patent trolls" after winning a third litigation case this year. Californian firm IA Labs claimed that the Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit software infringed on U.S. Patent No. 7,121,982. IA Labs'...

News: 3DS Continues to Dominate in Japan

3DS Continues to Dominate in Japan

Outselling all the rest

Any suspicion that the 3DS revival in Japan was a temporary improvement is still being disproven, with the latest Japanese charts showing another strong showing for the handheld. With 3DS software also prominent, the handheld is still on a roll in its homeland. The latest Media Create results, as reported by Andriasang, show...

News: GAME Not Selling Mario Party 9

GAME Not Selling Mario Party 9

Not available online either

It's emerged today that UK retailer GAME will not be stocking Mario Party 9 when it's released this coming Friday. In a Nintendo statement GAME and Gamestation, which are both part of GAME Group plc., were omitted from a list of retailers where the title will be available. At the current time the retail group doesn't have...

News: What's New in Mario Party 9? This Trailer Knows

What's New in Mario Party 9? This Trailer Knows

Star of the show

Nintendo's Mario Party 9 is out this week in Europe with a North American release to follow, but if you're not sure what's new in this 11th instalment in the series — don't forget Mario Party DS and Mario Party Advance — Nintendo's put together a video to explain. The trailer highlights some of the brand new boss fights with...

News: Pandora's Tower Limited Edition Laid Bare

Pandora's Tower Limited Edition Laid Bare

Book, box and beyond

Nintendo of Europe has released a clearer image of what you can expect when the Pandora's Tower limited edition releases in Europe on 13th April. Like The Last Story before it, the special bundle includes steelbook packaging and an art book, though there's no soundtrack this time. All these special editions of Japanese games...

News: Wii Motion Gaming Won't Guarantee Better Fitness

Wii Motion Gaming Won't Guarantee Better Fitness

According to research in the U.S.

Since the arrival of Wii in 2006 the concept of motion gaming has not only became mainstream, but has arguably dominated the so-called 'casual' gaming scene. Not to be distracted by the term, it's safe to say that a fair proportion of Wii sales can be attributed to families and people new to gaming who have been...

News: Sakaguchi's The Last Story Launch Trailer is In

Sakaguchi's The Last Story Launch Trailer is In

Director has the final say

The Last Story is out today in Europe and creator Hironobu Sakaguchi has co-directed a trailer to get you even more excited. The trailer below gives you an idea of the scale you can expect from Sakaguchi's latest Wii RPG, which by our reckoning is rather good. Don't believe us? Our The Last Story review is pretty...

News: Now GAME Pulls The Last Story Completely

Now GAME Pulls The Last Story Completely

No stock at all

Yesterday we reported that GAME won't stock The Last Story limited edition but now it's dropped the game completely. A Nintendo Life reader received this email about his pre-order: Unfortunately we are no longer stocking The Last Story on Wii. If you return to the store they will be happy to refund your £5.00 deposit. I apologise...

News: Mega Man X the Highlight of Europe's Wii Schedule

Mega Man X the Highlight of Europe's Wii Schedule

Notable absences, though

Capcom will finally release Super Nintendo classic Mega Man X in Europe next month, nearly a whole year after its North American début in April 2011. The 16-bit blaster isn't the only Virtual Console game present in Nintendo's release list for early 2012 — while there's no Strider or Super Street Fighter II with online...

News: Watch the US Nintendo Direct Here

Watch the US Nintendo Direct Here

We've got it all

Reggie Fils-Aime's Nintendo Direct is up on YouTube now and you can watch it all right here. Why not share your comments with our other users in the discussion section below? Talk about the latest release dates, revelations and more with fellow 3DS and Wii fans.