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News: Young Justice to Clean Up Wii and DS

Young Justice to Clean Up Wii and DS

Holy licensing, Batman

For those of you in North America that enjoy some cartoons on a Saturday morning, you may be looking forward to the upcoming second series of the Young Justice series, which follows teenage superheroes and sidekicks from the DC Universe as they fight crime. A series like this is also ripe for a video game, and it seems that...

News: Nintendo Japan Hosts Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

Nintendo Japan Hosts Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

Why tomorrow..?

Nintendo Japan will host another of its Nintendo Direct internet broadcasts tomorrow at 8pm Japan time (11am GMT / 6am EST / 3am PST). Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will discuss the latest Wii and 3DS developments, so you never know what we might see. The last broadcast, on 27th December, showcased Fire Emblem: Kakusei and Kid...

Feature: Hironobu Sakaguchi's BAFTA Presentation

Hironobu Sakaguchi's BAFTA Presentation

Final Fantasy creator speaks up

Last night Nintendo Life editor James Newton attended a presentation by Final Fantasy creator and The Last Story director Hironobu Sakaguchi at London's BAFTA HQ. The famous developer reflected on his 25+ years of industry experience and his latest project, answering questions from the packed-out audience. The night...

News: BIT.TRIP Collections Come to Europe on 16th March

BIT.TRIP Collections Come to Europe on 16th March

Quicker than we thought

Rising Star Games has revealed it's accelerating the release of BIT.TRIP COMPLETE and BIT.TRIP SAGA by seven Earth days. The compilations will now reach European shores on 16th March 2012 instead of the widely advertised 23rd March release date. If you're not sure which game to get, try out BIT.TRIP SAGA review paired with...

News: Hulu Plus Arrives on Wii

Hulu Plus Arrives on Wii

Two weeks free for non-subscribers

There has been plenty of focus on the potential arrival of Hulu Plus on 3DS, though details of a launch date have been in short supply. It seems that the Wii has snapped up the service first, with a new app appearing today on the Wii Shop Channel in the U.S. Subscribers to Hulu Plus can start streaming TV shows and...

News: Wii Sensor Bar Works Using Heat, Claims UK Newspaper

Wii Sensor Bar Works Using Heat, Claims UK Newspaper

WTF mode: engaged

UK newspaper Metro is renowned for its loose grip on reality — who can forget its 2010 story video gaming leads to surge in rickets? — but it's excelled itself again today. The paper reports an 8-year old boy suffered "severe burns" from two tea light candles. Hardly newsworthy in itself, but the boy was attempting to...

News: New Trailer for The Last Story Teams Up for Battle

New Trailer for The Last Story Teams Up for Battle

Magic and swords galore

There's now little over a week until The Last Story is released in Europe, and Nintendo has released a new trailer to show off some of the game mechanics. After an introduction to Lazulis City, an important location in the game, the action quickly moves to battle mechanics: a variety of enemies and attack strategies are...

News: Pandora's Tower Reaches Europe on 13th April

Pandora's Tower Reaches Europe on 13th April

Action a-go-go, baby

Nintendo Europe just confirmed it'll release Japanese action RPG Pandora's Tower in just under two months' time The action game with a dark heart will launch across Europe on 13th April, giving you plenty of time to finish The Last Story, which is released on 24th February. The announcement also came with this rather delightful...

News: 3DS Software Struggles in UK Charts

3DS Software Struggles in UK Charts

Hot in Japan, winter chills in old blighty

While we've been happy to report the continuing resurgence of 3DS sales in Japan, it looks like success in the UK is proving to be more difficult to achieve. In the latest software charts published by UKIE only one 3DS exclusive, Mario Kart 7, has managed to steer its way into the top 20, sneaking in at...

Feature: Zelda and Link's Romance in Skyward Sword

Zelda and Link's Romance in Skyward Sword

Zelda likes the silent type

It’s that time of year again, when couples around the world buy each other chocolates and tacky heart shaped gifts. Soon it will be Valentine’s Day, the most loved-up day of the year, and it’s got us thinking about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword: a worrying indication that our priorities aren’t matching the...

News: Skyward Sword Up for BAFTA Game of 2011

Skyward Sword Up for BAFTA Game of 2011

You can make it happen

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been nominated for the BAFTA GAME Award 2011, the only award determined by a public vote. Link's latest is the only Nintendo-exclusive game on the shortlist, but if you want to support it you can vote for Skyward Sword. You don't even need to be a UK resident, so go nuts. Here's the...

News: Fee Fi Fo Fum, Activision Announces Skylanders Giants

Fee Fi Fo Fum, Activision Announces Skylanders Giants

Out this fall

After the runaway success of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure it's no surprise Activision is already planning another instalment, revealing Skylanders Giants at the American International Toy Fair. The next game — fully compatible with previous toys, kids — features figures twice the size of their predecessors that light up. You know...

News: Vote Now for Xenoblade Chronicles' Reversible Cover

Vote Now for Xenoblade Chronicles' Reversible Cover

Inside out

Xenoblade Chronicles is just two months from finally reaching North America, and Nintendo wants you to choose the art displayed on the reverse of the game's cover. Nintendo of Europe held a similar campaign last year, but Nintendo of America has opened up the vote over on its Facebook page. Head over to

News: The Last Story Gets New Site and Iwata Asks

The Last Story Gets New Site and Iwata Asks

Getting nearer

Europe's just 18 days away from The Last Story, and Nintendo wants to get you geared up with a new website and Iwata Asks interview. The official The Last Story website has sections dedicated to explaining the multiplayer, item customisation and combat, but an obvious highlight is the music section which contains seven tracks from the game. The limited edition includes a seven-track..

News: Mario & Sonic London Olympics Sprints to 2m Sales

Mario & Sonic London Olympics Sprints to 2m Sales

Going for gold

SEGA's latest — perhaps last — Wii game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games has sold over two million copies since its November release. The mediocre outing reached 2.39m sales in the last quarter, easily dwarfing sales of the far superior Sonic Generations on PS3, 360, PC and stablemate Sonic Generations on 3DS: across all four versions, Generations managed a..

News: Get Jiggy with BIT.TRIP and Nintendisco

Get Jiggy with BIT.TRIP and Nintendisco

Find those dancing shoes

The arrival of BIT.TRIP COMPLETE and BIT.TRIP SAGA has been a long time coming in Europe. Thanks to Rising Star Games there isn't long to wait, with both titles due to release soon. To celebrate the occasion there's to be a free BIT.TRIP themed Nintendisco on 7th February in London. There'll be opportunities to play both games, take part in competitions, enjoy some of the..

News: New Trailer for The Last Story Introduces Characters

New Trailer for The Last Story Introduces Characters

It's all so dramatic

The latest trailer for The Last Story has arrived, introducing the main group of characters and showing off some dramatic moments. There are a lot of grand set-pieces, clashing swords and even a dragon packed into the second half, suggesting that Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi hasn't held back in the storyline. The...

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,...