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News: There Are How Many Mii Characters Worldwide?

There Are How Many Mii Characters Worldwide?

Quite a lot, it turns out

Wii launched five years ago, unleashing an army of cheery little caricatures called Mii characters. How many of the little folks have made it across the world though? Nearly 214 million, according to Nintendo, and that's not including Miis on 3DS. The staggering facts don't end there: Nintendo Europe claims that the number...

News: How to Avoid Skyward Sword's Game-Ending Glitch

How to Avoid Skyward Sword's Game-Ending Glitch

Pay attention

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a fantastic game, but if you're not lucky you could encounter a serious bug that completely halts your progress. Now Nintendo has released instructions for how to avoid it — but no word of a fix. The following email comes from Sharon Matheny (via Zelda Informer: We have been made aware of the...

News: Super Mario Galaxy Director Said No to Kuribo's Shoe

Super Mario Galaxy Director Said No to Kuribo's Shoe

Not a wind-up

After Super Mario Bros. 3 it took the Tanooki tail years to make a resurgence, appearing in both Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, but it's not the only retro power-up from the game overdue a revival. IGN recently spoke to Super Mario 3D Land director Koichi Hayashida about the game and asked about the legendary Kuribo's shoe, one...

News: Aonuma: "We'll See" About Zelda Voice Acting

Aonuma: "We'll See" About Zelda Voice Acting

Never say never

There's been much discussion about whether or not The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword should have used voice acting; some appreciate the mute characters, others feel a whole chunk of the game's potential atmosphere is missing. Game Informer recently asked Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma and music maestro Koji Kondo about the possibility of...

Feature: Memorable Zelda Moments

Memorable Zelda Moments

The wonderful world of Hyrule, and beyond

The Legend of Zelda is one of the best loved Nintendo franchises, over 25 years old and still finding new ways to thrill gamers. The significant number of Zelda releases means it boasts an incredible history and reputation, with each new entry’s adventure contributing its part to the lore of the series...

Feature: Nintendo Holiday Gift Guide

Nintendo Holiday Gift Guide

Have a Mario holiday

The festive season is almost upon us, which means that it’s time to lighten our wallets and top up the gift stockings. For those who fancy some Nintendo gaming in the coming holiday, we thought we’d pass on some hints and tips on the games and consoles to buy. We’ll cover some of the console bundles available, as well as...

News: Nintendo America Posts Xenoblade Art on Facebook

Nintendo America Posts Xenoblade Art on Facebook

And Gamestop confirms listing

After the earlier Gamestop rumour we now have more evidence that Xenoblade Chronicles is heading to North America after all. The Nintendo Facebook page just posted up an album of Xenoblade artwork, adding further fuel to speculation the the much-requested Japanese RPG is heading to North America afte

Rumour: Xenoblade Chronicles North America-Bound

Xenoblade Chronicles North America-Bound

Only at Gamestop

Update: A Gamestop representative has confirmed to us that the listing is true. Here's a rumour we can all hope is true: Xenoblade Chronicles could be coming to North America as a Gamestop exclusive. A forum poster on NeoGAF has posted a photo of what's claimed to be a Gamestop release schedule, with Monolith's RPG right down at the bottom with a 3rd April 2012 release date..

News: Explore Above the Clouds in New Skyward Sword Videos

Explore Above the Clouds in New Skyward Sword Videos

Soaring high

The odds are that you've already bought a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and will be well into the adventure. For any remaining doubters or those yet to jump into Nintendo's latest epic, two new videos have been released with details and gorgeous footage of Link and Zelda's home, Skyloft, as well as Thunderhead, also above the clouds. Both videos are below for your viewing..

News: Mario and Skyward Sword Set Series Sales Records

Mario and Skyward Sword Set Series Sales Records

Quick off the mark

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has told USA Today that the latest outings for Mario and Zelda have smashed series sales records. Super Mario 3D Land became the fastest-selling handheld Mario game in history, shifting over 500,000 units since it launched on 13th November. The plumber's long-awaited début gave 3DS sales a boost too: when Mario arrived, system sales..

News: Nintendo Delayed Skyward Sword To Get It Just Right

Nintendo Delayed Skyward Sword To Get It Just Right

The Nintendo way

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword spent five years in the works at Nintendo, but a recent Iwata Asks reveals the game could have seen the light of day last year. Shigeru Miyamoto said it's feasible the game could have been released last Christmas, but that plan wouldn't have been the best move for its quality: If we'd only been thinking about what was most convenient for the..

News: Roll Up For An Exciting Fortune Street Trailer

Roll Up For An Exciting Fortune Street Trailer

Mario and friends take stock

Property board game Fortune Street (Boom Street to Europeans) might not sound like the most exciting upcoming game for Wii, but if this video below doesn't have you jumping for joy when Mario increases his net worth and is able to purchase the bank... well, there's a good chance you're not even human. Genuinely interesting, however, is the presence of classic Mario and..

Feature: The Revolution of the Wii

The Revolution of the Wii

Five years on

We’ve just passed the fifth anniversary of the Wii, Nintendo’s current generation console. With the Wii U likely to arrive in late 2012 these are the final months for the Wii at the forefront of Nintendo gaming in the home, with the recent release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword providing a much needed boost to the ageing machine. To talk about the Wii as an ageing console..

News: Japan Gets His 'n' Hers Wii Remote Plus Bundle This Month

Japan Gets His 'n' Hers Wii Remote Plus Bundle This Month

The perfect match

While the rest of the world rejoices in the gold Wii Remote Plus included in the limited edition of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Japan is also getting a double pack of MotionPlus-packing controllers this month. The set of two controllers — one pink, one blue — launches across the country for a pretty reasonable ¥5,800, equivalent to around £48, $75 or €56. Plus, you..

News: Zelda and Mario Break Into UK Top Ten

Zelda and Mario Break Into UK Top Ten

Strong showing

In one of the most crowded release weeks in the gaming calendar, Nintendo's key players have performed well to enter the UK top ten chart. Super Mario 3D Land leapt into ninth place, while The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword grabbed seventh position. Further down the chart, the latest crossover between plumber and hedgehog, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, got one..

Round Table: Let's Talk About the GameCube and Wii

Let's Talk About the GameCube and Wii

From a cube to the revolution

With the GameCube recently reaching its tenth anniversary and the Wii five years old, we decided to get together to discuss both consoles, assessing their impact and legacy. These two consoles are in an interesting position of being relatively close in terms of graphical technology, yet wildly different in gaming...

News: Classic and Modern Mario Stages Step Onto Fortune Street

Classic and Modern Mario Stages Step Onto Fortune Street

World 1 awaits

Nintendo and Square Enix team-up Fortune Street is bringing the best of both franchises to its world of board games, with new screenshots showing some of the familiar sights you'll be trying to conquer with the upcoming Wii game. The game takes in spots of Mario history, starting from the classic World 1 from Super Mario Bros. and going right up to Starship Mario from Super Mario..

News: 100 Link Lookalikes to Get Free Copies of Skyward Sword

100 Link Lookalikes to Get Free Copies of Skyward Sword

UK launch event revealed

We're just two days away from the European release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Nintendo UK has a plan to give away 100 copies of the game to the most committed fans at the official launch event. From 9am this Friday at GAME Oxford Street, the first 100 customers dressed as Link will each receive a free copy of the legendary hero's next adventure. It's a touch..

News: Penny Arcade and Nintendo Team Up for Zelda Comic

Penny Arcade and Nintendo Team Up for Zelda Comic

Out this week

After the announcement of Nintendo's collaboration with West Coast Customs, here's another, only slightly less unexpected team-up. Nintendo and Penny Arcade are joining forces to create a series of webcomics for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, starting this week. According to Nintendo: The comics include characters and themes from...

News: Take a Trip Down Boom Street on 6th January

Take a Trip Down Boom Street on 6th January

The streets are paved with gold

Traditionally January isn't the best month for new game releases, but Nintendo of Europe is bucking that trend by releasing Boom Street — known as Fortune Street in North America — on 6th January. The party game will miss the lucrative Christmas and New Year party season but Nintendo is still hoping its cast of...

News: Pandora's Tower Makes European Trailer Debut

Pandora's Tower Makes European Trailer Debut

Action RPG on the way

One of Wii's brightest lights for 2012, Pandora's Tower just got its first European trailer showing just what to expect when the game's released next year. Although the trailer isn't localised into English (or any other European language, for that matter) at least Nintendo of Europe is giving you a little peek into the game's...

Feature: The Best Games on GameCube and Wii

The Best Games on GameCube and Wii

Celebrating the cube and the waggle

This week presents a rather unique opportunity, as we’ll be celebrating major anniversaries for two consoles. The GameCube celebrates the tenth anniversary of its North American release on November 18th, while November 19th is the fifth anniversary for the Wii in the same territory. Not only does this dual...