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News: PDP Confirms the GameCube-Inspired Wired Fight Pad For Wii and Wii U

PDP Confirms the GameCube-Inspired Wired Fight Pad For Wii and Wii U

Arriving "this Holiday season"

Controller accessories were everywhere in the Wii era, with various companies fighting over a piece of the sizeable, tasty pie of the system's sales. We can expect that trend to continue to some degree with the Wii U, though the uptake has been slower due to its smaller fan-base to date. Fear not, third-party...

Reminder: Nintendo's Wi-Fi Service on Wii and DS Closes on 20th May

Nintendo's Wi-Fi Service on Wii and DS Closes on 20th May

Get in those last online rounds

An era ends on 20th May. Not a glittering golden era that will live on through the ages, but nevertheless a period of time that brought plenty of good times for Nintendo gamers. Nintendo is shutting down its Wi-Fi connection service on Wii and DS, primarily as a result of the closure of the GameSpy infrastructure that...

News: Wii U Reportedly Uses Less Energy to Run Than Wii and Rivals

Wii U Reportedly Uses Less Energy to Run Than Wii and Rivals

Natural Resources Defense Council highlights low energy use

A report by the the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests that the Wii U annually consumes less energy than the Wii, as shown in the graph below: The graph, which is designed to show how much energy your console drains across the year, illustrates that the Wii U is more effective in...

News: Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Dutch electronics giant seeking compensation package, too

Dutch electronics manufacturer Philips is claiming that the Nintendo Wii and Wii U systems infringe on two of its patents — one of which dates back to 1996. According to Dutch site NU, Philips has submitted documents in the United States which call for a ban on selling both systems in that...

News: Here's a Handy Guide to Pokémon Services That'll Stop With Nintendo's Wi-Fi Shutdown

Here's a Handy Guide to Pokémon Services That'll Stop With Nintendo's Wi-Fi Shutdown

Sad times

As switched on DS and Wii owners likely already know, a number of Wi-Fi services will be shut down on 20th May, with high profile examples being the loss of online play in Mario Kart entries on both systems and other examples such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For Pokémon fans, meanwhile, the impact on those last-gen games could be...

News: Here's an Updated Summary of Nintendo's Software Bestsellers

Here's an Updated Summary of Nintendo's Software Bestsellers

Pokémon and Mario lead the way

When Nintendo releases its updated financial reports, it also publishes fresh figures for hardware and software — we've covered the former in our main summary of the year-end results. The software highlights tell their own tale, however, and perhaps help to explain why Nintendo opts for particular franchises and...

News: Expansion of Nintendo Selects Range Confirmed for Europe

Expansion of Nintendo Selects Range Confirmed for Europe

More classics at a budget price

It's common, especially for hugely popular Wii and DS first-party games, for prices to fail to drop even as the years pass by. The enduring popularity of Nintendo's last-gen systems sees to that, but Nintendo of Europe has now confirmed four Wii titles that will join the 'Nintendo Selects' range, with retailers to set...

Video: Behold The Difference Between Skylanders Trap Team On Wii And Wii U

Behold The Difference Between Skylanders Trap Team On Wii And Wii U

Compare and contrast

With Skylanders Trap Team being developed by lead developer Toys for Bob on the Wii and Beenox on the Wii U, choosing the best platform to play it on just got a little harder. Stepping into the breach with more Skylanders Trap Team videos are Family Gamer TV. Here, they compare the visual fidelity of different generations of...

News: Animal Crossing and Metroidvania GDC Talks Now Available For Your Viewing Pleasure

Animal Crossing and Metroidvania GDC Talks Now Available For Your Viewing Pleasure

New Leaf and Castlevania devs discuss the intricacies of game development

Many of the presentations at last month's Game Developers Conference are now available to view for free on the GDC Vault website, including Animal Crossing: New Leaf producer Katsuya Eguchi and co-director Aya Kyogoku's "How to Turn a New Leaf at the Animal Crossing" and...

Play: Mario Kart Wii With Nintendo Life on Twitch - Live!

Mario Kart Wii With Nintendo Life on Twitch - Live!

There will be blue shells

Nintendo Life does Twitch! Hopefully without it crashing, breaking down and basically not working. We're going all modern and trendy — next up an annoying catchphrase to open every stream! Well, maybe not on the catchphrase. We are, however, planning to run regular live streams of various Nintendo games that'll include...

News: Android Game Inspired by Muramasa Takes Some Heat

Android Game Inspired by Muramasa Takes Some Heat

Developer to change any troublesome parts before release

It's true that video games often take inspiration from other games, leaving developers to occasionally answer tough questions over similar assets or design. Take for example the Flappy Bird fiasco that happened a few months back. The developer was attacked for having green pipes that bear a...

Feature: How A Team Of Dedicated Fans Is Fixing Super Smash Bros. Brawl

How A Team Of Dedicated Fans Is Fixing Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The inside story on Project M

Super Smash Bros. Melee was a love letter from Nintendo to the company’s legion of fans — a fighting game packed to the brim with songs, stages, characters and art from the storied history of the Japanese game company. It’s an accomplishment quite unlike and unmatched by any other. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the...

News: Wii Classic Controllers No Longer Being Manufactured By Nintendo

Wii Classic Controllers No Longer Being Manufactured By Nintendo

Both Pro & original models have stopped production

Eagle-eyed Twitter user @kitroplious has spotted an interesting tidbit about Nintendo's Wii Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro. The following message was discovered on Club Nintendo while the user attempted to order a Wii game using his reward credit: Perhaps this is an indication...

Video: Marvel Characters Making Their Way to Disney Infinity

Marvel Characters Making Their Way to Disney Infinity

Interestingly referred to as "version 2.0"

After Disney's acquisition of Marvel in 2009, it seemed fitting that speculation would crop up regarding the usage of the comic book giant's characters in the NFC-driven Disney Infinity. After all, that game's universe-merging crossover potential would only be better served by the appearances of...

News: GameSpy Shutting Down All Online Servers on 31st May, Following Wii and DS Wi-Fi Disconnection

GameSpy Shutting Down All Online Servers on 31st May, Following Wii and DS Wi-Fi Disconnection

End of an era

In late February we had the disappointing news that online multiplayer, online-based communication apps and even some DLC will become unavailable on Wii and DS, due to Nintendo switching off the Wi-Fi connection. This happens on 20th May — though the Wii Shop and DSi Shop will remain open for business — and prompted some to...

Video: What Could The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword Look Like In HD?

What Could The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword Look Like In HD?

Flying High Definition

We've already shown you what Super Mario Galaxy could look like in glorious HD, and now it's the turn of fellow Wii classic The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the game voted for by you — our dear readers — as the next candidate for the comparison treatment. As before, we cannot stress enough that this is a hypothetica