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News: Feel the Beat at Rhythm Heaven Launch Event in L.A.

Feel the Beat at Rhythm Heaven Launch Event in L.A.

Don't forget your groove

Nintendo has announced a swanky launch event to celebrate the upcoming North American release of Rhythm Heaven Fever. Taking place on Friday 10th February, the evening will include a chance to play the game as well as freebies, food and other entertainment. The launch is open to the public on a first-come, first-served...

News: New Rhythm Heaven Fever Trailer Makes No Sense

New Rhythm Heaven Fever Trailer Makes No Sense

And that's why we love it

Of course the new video for Rhythm Heaven Fever defies explanation: that's a series trademark by now. Dancing lobsters, on-stage baseball and a cryptic message in the final frame all make this one of those trailers you'll tell the grandkids about. North America, you get the game on 13th February.

News: Hironobu Sakaguchi Tours UK to Promote The Last Story

Hironobu Sakaguchi Tours UK to Promote The Last Story

BAFTA be there

The Last Story is one month from launch, and creator Hironobu Sakaguchi is coming to the UK to promote it. Sakaguchi will address the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Thursday 16th February, discussing his lengthy career and demonstrating his latest title. The event is open to the public and press, with tickets costing £5 from Ticketweb. Sakaguchi will also head to the..

News: Mario Kart Wii Races Past 30 Million Sales Milestone

Mario Kart Wii Races Past 30 Million Sales Milestone

No brakes

Mario Kart Wii has sold a whopping 31.9 million units around the world. The Wii racer has shifted 4.9m copies worldwide since April, standing as the biggest-selling Wii game of the financial year so far. It's not the only Mario game hitting milestones: perhaps due to its inclusion in the Nintendo Selects range, Super Mario Galaxy has...

News: PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond Gets European Release Date

PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond Gets European Release Date

Quick, March

Pikachu's next adventure reaches Europe on 23rd March. PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond reaches the continent nearly a month after its North American release of 27th February, landing in Europe on the same day as Kid Icarus: Uprising. We weren't terribly impressed by the original, as our PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure review makes clear, but with the sequel featuring Unova Pokémon..

News: Wii Sales Take Serious Year-on-Year Fall

Wii Sales Take Serious Year-on-Year Fall

Systems and software both tumble

While 3DS is in the ascendancy, Wii's certainly showing its age now, with sales for the year down 35% on the previous year. Globally, Nintendo sold 5.61 million Wii consoles in the months of October to December, taking the system's total financial year sales to 8.96m. At the same point in the previous financial year,...

News: Operation Rainfall Takes Aim at The Last Story

Operation Rainfall Takes Aim at The Last Story

Time for round two

Last year a fan-based group, Operation Rainfall, launched an online campaign to petition Nintendo of America to localise three major Japanese Wii releases: Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower. The news that Xenoblade Chronicles will be released in North America is perhaps due to sales success in Europe, though it's nevertheless a positive result for the..

News: Wahoo, It's a Mario Party 9 Trailer

Wahoo, It's a Mario Party 9 Trailer

You can cry if you want to

The latest Mario Party 9 trailer is in and shows off some of the 80+ minigames you can expect when it launches in March. Long-time Mario fans will pick up on countless references: Super Mario Sunshine's Piantas make an appearance, but there's plenty more to see if you keep your eyes peeled. How many can you spot?

News: Rising Star Explains Rune Factory: Oceans Wii No-Show

Rising Star Explains Rune Factory: Oceans Wii No-Show

"Wasn't on the table"

Rising Star Games just announced its 2012 line-up, but while it's bringing Rune Factory: Oceans on PlayStation 3 to Europe, Rune Factory: Oceans for Wii is missing from the publisher's slate. We asked product marketing manager Yen Hau why Wii owners in Europe won't be able to continue their Rune Factory adventures. Rising Star Games have always had, and continue to

News: The Last Story Limited Edition Officially Confirmed

The Last Story Limited Edition Officially Confirmed

Out February

After the retailer leak of The Last Story's special edition, Nintendo has confirmed the limited edition of the game will be available from 24th February. The limited edition comes with a steelbook case — Nintendo's first in Europe — a seven-track Premium Soundtrack CD and an art booklet titled The Illustrations. It's available to pre-order now at select retailers. PRE-ORDER THE..

News: Europe Joins the Mario Party on 2nd March

Europe Joins the Mario Party on 2nd March

Send your invitations now

Partygoers across Europe get an extra reason to be cheerful on 2nd March when Nintendo releases Mario Party 9 across the continent. The second Wii instalment in the series, MP9 includes new boss battles, 80 minigames and vehicles too. North America gets it on 11th March. WHO WILL YOU INVITE TO YOUR MARIO PARTY? Rivals...

News: More Just Dance 3 DLC Available Now

More Just Dance 3 DLC Available Now

No Luigi DLC, shockingly

It's clear that a title is selling in huge numbers when the publisher offers downloadable content (DLC) on the Wii, as Ubisoft did with its Just Dance 3 Mario DLC last year. The trend is set to continue, with owners of the Wii game now having access to two additional DLC packs. The details from the press release are below...

Review: Duracell Wii Charging Stand

Duracell Wii Charging Stand

It stands, but does it deliver?

The Wii has come with a plastic stand for years, but Duracell's effort does more than just support your Wii upright. As the name suggests, the Duracell Wii Charging Stand lets you recharge your Wii Remotes while keeping your Wii in place. It comes bundled with two rechargeable battery packs for your Wii Remote, but...

Feature: Nintendo in 2011 - Part Two

Nintendo in 2011 - Part Two

Disaster and redemption

Following on from Nintendo in 2011 — Part One, it's time to look at the latter half of the year. The gaming world quickly moves on, as the 3DS enjoys positive sales and the Wii U hype begins to build. It’s easy to forget that the tail-end of 2011 was particularly dramatic and eventful for Nintendo, leaving us with plenty...

News: Retailers Leak The Last Story Limited Edition

Retailers Leak The Last Story Limited Edition

Swiss retailer breaks cover

It appears that Nintendo of Europe is preparing a limited edition release for upcoming Japanese RPG The Last Story, due for release on 24th February. Initial rumours started to spread earlier this week, but images of the box art and packaging have since begun to surface. According to a Swiss retailer this release will...

News: Nintendo Reconfirms Wii U Will Not Make Wii Games Sharper

Nintendo Reconfirms Wii U Will Not Make Wii Games Sharper

Hopes dashed

With the Wii U boasting HDMI output and full backwards compatibility with Wii games and accessories, some had hoped the new console would be able to make existing Wii games sharper, but Nintendo has reconfirmed to Wired that it won't. During a hands-on session at CES, Ben Kuchera was told that the Wii U "will not be able to improve...

News: Zelda: Skyward Sword Misses Wii's 2011 Top Five

Zelda: Skyward Sword Misses Wii's 2011 Top Five

Missing Link

Much-anticipated MotionPlus adventure The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is nowhere to be seen among the UK's five top-selling Wii games of 2011. Topping the chart is fitness phenomenon Zumba Fitness, just ahead of Just Dance 3 and prequel Just Dance 2. Nintendo first-party software occupies the fourth and fifth slots: Mario Kart

News: Tiger Woods, Your Time on Wii is Over

Tiger Woods, Your Time on Wii is Over

Wii can't play PGA Tour 13

After several excellent outings on Wii, EA Sports has confirmed upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 won't release on Nintendo's current home console. While Xbox 360 owners can play Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 on Kinect, and PlayStation Move fans have been enjoying motion controls since 2010, Wii is being passed over for this...

News: Get Into this Rhythm Heaven Fever Teaser Trailer

Get Into this Rhythm Heaven Fever Teaser Trailer

Contains a lot of monkeys

Rhythm Heaven Fever is just one month away in North America, and Nintendo is upping the tempo with a new teaser trailer. Showing off a selection of bizarre games — our favourite is the high-fiving monkeys on a clock face — the game's certainly lost none of its imagination in the transition to Wii. Here's the trailer to get you amped up for its 13th February release.

News: Wii Balance Board Enters Record Books

Wii Balance Board Enters Record Books

Wii European sales also announced

Nintendo have confirmed that the Wii Balance Board has officially achieved a Guinness World Record for the 'best-selling personal weighing device'. The record was initially broken back in November 2010 when just over 32 million units had been sold worldwide as part of Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus bundles, though this...

News: Netflix Reaches Wii Shop Channel in UK and Ireland

Netflix Reaches Wii Shop Channel in UK and Ireland

Merrily down the stream

Netflix has launched in the UK and Ireland — and it's available on Wii. The Wii Shop Channel offers a free Netflix Channel for download, enabling subscribers to stream TV and movies through the console. You can sign up for a free trial and account through the Channel, with a flat rate of £5.99/€6.99 per month. In North...

Round Table: Looking Ahead to Nintendo in 2012

Looking Ahead to Nintendo in 2012

Should be a good 'un

It's a new year, with a recovering 3DS and a fresh home console on the way from Nintendo: these are certainly interesting times. We decided to have a chat about the prospects for Nintendo in 2012, including our thoughts on the company's prospects, as well as our hopes, dreams and fears. Joining features editor Thomas Whitehead...

News: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Coming to Wii, 3DS and DS

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Coming to Wii, 3DS and DS

Look who's in tow

After the LEGO Batman 2 leak last month, it was always a matter of time before Warner Bros. confirmed LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and indeed the publisher just revealed the sequel is due this summer. Coming to Wii, 3DS and DS, as the title suggests LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes' cast includes more than just the Dark Knight,...

News: Millions of Wii Games Pirated in 2011

Millions of Wii Games Pirated in 2011

Mario left all at sea

The Wii may be in its twilight years, but a large number of its retail titles are still being being downloaded and played illegally. Website TorrentFreak compiled figures of downloads in 2011 from a number of sources and trackers, providing results for three major formats, though these are estimates rather than official...

News: Skyward Sword is Wii's 45th Million Seller in U.S.

Skyward Sword is Wii's 45th Million Seller in U.S.

Latest in a long line

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has sold over 1 million copies in the United States since its release on 20th November, Nintendo of America has announced. Link's airborne adventure sold 535,000 copies in its first eight days on sale to become the fastest-selling Zelda game ever, and has since reached the major milestone of 1m copies in just over two months. It's the 45th..