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Review: Duracell Wireless Wii Sensor Bar

Duracell Wireless Wii Sensor Bar

Worth a closer look?

You'd have to say the wire on the standard Wii sensor bar is of a reasonably generous length, but the fact it's wired at all irritates some, leaving wires trailing around if you don't have your TV and Wii set up how Nintendo originally envisioned. We took the Duracell wireless Wii sensor bar for a spin to see if it's worth going...

News: Wicked Monsters Blast is WarioWare Meets Point Blank

Wicked Monsters Blast is WarioWare Meets Point Blank

Madness ensues

Budget Wii shooters are almost literally ten-a-penny these days, but PQube's Wicked Monsters Blast might have a little something about it. The four-player family-friendly shooter is already out in North America but is due to reach the UK in February 2012, and judging from the trailer below takes heavy inspiration from Point Blank and even a touch of Nintendo's WarioWare series. Check..

News: Zelda: Skyward Sword Available for £24.99 in UK

Zelda: Skyward Sword Available for £24.99 in UK

Missing Link?

If you haven't got around to picking up The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword yet, or you want to pick it up as a Christmas gift, GAME and Gamestation have just dropped the game's price to a superb £24.99. As you'll know if you've read our Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword review, Link's latest outing is worth every penny. Buy The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword from GAME or, if you..

News: Nintendo Japan Preparing Skyward Sword Save File Fixer

Nintendo Japan Preparing Skyward Sword Save File Fixer

Will it reach the West?

You may remember we posted how to avoid Skyward Sword's game-ending glitch, but if that advice came too late then Nintendo of Japan is preparing a solution in the form of a program to fix glitched save files. Full details aren't available yet but Nintendo will offer two options. Users with internet access will be able to download software that will fix the issue; those..

News: 3DS and Wii Get Frosty with Winter Sports 2012

3DS and Wii Get Frosty with Winter Sports 2012

Out in January

3DS doesn't have a huge number of sports games in its catalogue but you can add one to that number in January, when PQube's Winter Sports 2012 lands across the UK. The 3DS version of the chilly compilation features seven disciplines and 50 challenges to complete, with a character designer and slow motion replay mode too. There's also a Wii version out around the same time with ten..

Feature: Celebrating 10 Years of Animal Crossing

Celebrating 10 Years of Animal Crossing

Population: glowing

Here's a fun game next time you're at a boring social occasion: try explaining the point of Animal Crossing to an elderly family member. Nintendo's genre-defying life series first appeared in Japan in April 2001 as Dobutsu no Mori ("Animal Forest") on Nintendo 64, but it was the enhanced Animal Forest+ for GameCube —...

News: Rhythm Heaven Fever Box Art is Bright and Beautiful

Rhythm Heaven Fever Box Art is Bright and Beautiful

It really is

Now we know that Rhythm Heaven Fever is out in North America on 13th February 2012 it's time to take a look at the shiny art that'll greet you upon arrival at your chosen purveyor of video gaming goods. Nintendo of America's gone for a very different approach to the slightly staid cover on Rhythm Heaven, throwing as much colour and as many bizarre characters as will fit on a Wii box..

News: Club Nintendo Japan Gets Gold Nunchuks

Club Nintendo Japan Gets Gold Nunchuks

Jealous?

GoldenEye 007 has a gold Classic Controller Pro, Club Nintendo members can get a gold Wii Wheel for Mario Kart Wii and of course there's a gold Wii Remote Plus for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but there's not been a gold Nunchuk — until now. Japanese Club Nintendo members can now get a gold Nunchuk to go with their other golden...

News: LEGO Batman 2 Gets Man of Steel, Wonder Woman and More

LEGO Batman 2 Gets Man of Steel, Wonder Woman and More

DC stays current

The LEGO games bandwagon shows no signs of slowing down, with LEGO Batman 2 — Super Heroes the latest blocky action game to be uncovered. According to flyers included in the new LEGO range — as posted by MCV — LEGO Batman 2 gives the Dark Knight two new comrades, with Superman and Wonder Woman both set to appear. The leaflets reveal the game is in development for 3DS and Wii..

News: Mario Party 9 and Rhythm Heaven Fever Release Dates Revealed

Mario Party 9 and Rhythm Heaven Fever Release Dates Revealed

Not long to wait

Nintendo of America's release schedule just confirmed release dates for three Wii games due out in early 2012. Rhythm Heaven Fever is the earliest first-party release, arriving on 13th February — just in time for Valentine's Day. It'll retail at $29.99 too, making it an even better present for that special someone. That's followed...

News: Aonuma: "Future Zelda Games Will Use Motion Controls"

Aonuma: "Future Zelda Games Will Use Motion Controls"

Buttons undone

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's motion controls are here to stay, according to series supremo Eiji Aonuma. Speaking to Official Nintendo Magazine, Aonuma believes using buttons would be a step back: I honestly think we cannot go back to button controls now, so I think that these controls will be used in future Zelda titles, too...

News: Nintendo Crows About November Sales for Wii and 3DS

Nintendo Crows About November Sales for Wii and 3DS

The figures are in

Now November is long gone it's time to review how Nintendo did in the sales front across the United States. We know the 3DS beat the DS first-year sales in just 8 months, that Mario and Skyward Sword set series sales records, but here's Nintendo's official overview. November was a the biggest month yet for 3DS, with 795,000...

News: Just Dance 3 Gets Mario DLC on 14th December

Just Dance 3 Gets Mario DLC on 14th December

Wa-ha!

Just Dance 3 is about to get a whole lot more plumber-y, as Nintendo UK has announced a Mario song is on the way next week. From 14th December you'll be able to download The Mario Song for 250 Nintendo Points, a medley of classics beats and tracks from Mario games past. An on-screen Mario jives to the beat, and the dance marks all wear Mario...

News: Wii Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary in Europe

Wii Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary in Europe

Hasn't it grown?

Five years ago today, the motion control phenomenon started in Europe. The humble Nintendo Wii reached European stores on 8th December 2006, and set sales records in many territories: in the UK, over 105,000 Wii consoles were sold in the opening weekend, beating the previous record of 70,000 sales set by the Xbox 360. That success...

News: Europe Gets The Last Story on 24th February

Europe Gets The Last Story on 24th February

Are you ready?

Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that Wii RPG The Last Story will reach the continent on 24th February 2012. The long-awaited RPG from Final Fantasy legend Hironobu Sakaguchi's Mistwalker studio includes online multiplayer for up to six players simultaneously, with Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Co-operative modes all included...

News: Xenoblade Chronicles is Coming to Canada Too

Xenoblade Chronicles is Coming to Canada Too

More information due "soon"

Last week's announcement that Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to North America actually only specified a United States release, leading those north of the border to wonder if it would see release in Canada. It will. Nintendo of Canada confirmed to Examiner.com that the much-anticipated RPG is on the way to Canada: Xenobla

Talking Point: The Overcrowded Holiday Release Schedule

The Overcrowded Holiday Release Schedule

Time for a congestion charge?

There’s a popular analogy that likens the act of waiting for buses to other everyday occurrences in life: around this time every year we’re all inevitably subjected to the same situation as we were last year, and the year before that, and so on. Picture the scene: you’ve endured summer months of crippling boredom, either prodding half-heartedly at the games you..

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...