Annihilate your fake family from the comfort of your couch
EA's massively popular life-management Sims franchise is no stranger to Nintendo platforms; the Wii and DS have already seen versions of The Sims 2: Castaways and Pets, not to mention multiple entries in the younger-skewing MySims series. This fall, EA will keep that relationship going by unleashing the hugely successful The Sims 3 onto..
According to several "in the know"
It's been a long time since we first got our hands on a black Wii here at Nintendo Life's European office, but our dear North American cousins are still waiting for the chance to mucky these onyx beauties. According to a new rumour, the wait may soon be over. Allegedly due to arrive in May 9th in the US and two...
A preemptive strike
For a sequel that hasn't been officially announced yet, DJ Shadow sure has no issues talking about DJ Hero 2, effectively beating Activision to the punch. In a recent interview with Zane Lowe, DJ Shadow talks about the appearance of his in-game avatar, and the work going into producing content for the game. Having produced tracks for the first game in the series and made an..
No buckle shall go unswashed
The ESRB recently outed the highly regarded Sid Meier's Pirates! as an upcoming Wii (or, possibly, WiiWare) title. Originally developed for Commodore 64, MicroProse released the PC version in 1987 and, in 2004, Atari published the Firaxis-developed remake. 2K Games then took the reins, porting the title to the Xbox and the PSP in 2007, with Metacritic scoring the..
Recommended titles now have categories
If you live in North America and have been to the Wii Shop channel over the past couple of days, you may have noticed a couple of arrows pointing to the left and right on the opening page before you "start shopping". Whatever could they mean? A simple press of Left and Right buttons on your Wii Remote's D-Pad will slide the screen across, showing..
Metroid: Other M and Sin & Punishment: Star Successor get pushed back
Summer is slowly on its way and with it, brings the annual wave of big releases. Sadly though, the pace at which the tip of this wave is arriving is rubbing off on some highly anticipated games. Nintendo has just informed us that whilst some titles have been marked with release...
Genre-mashing cinematic robot-girly goodness
It might seem surprising that one of Sega's longest-running and most successful franchises would never have seen the light of day outside of Japan, possibly a result of it being perceived as "too Japanese". namely due to a strong adventure game component which is commonly referred to as a "dating sim," because there's a lot of talking..
New trailer reveals Cosmic Guide, cutesy power-ups and Starship Mario
It might seem a long way off, but Super Mario Galaxy 2 is just one month away for lucky North American gamers, whilst European players can pick it up on June 11th. Nintendo has just released a new trailer and screenshots showing off the return of Rosalina, the introduction of...
We previously reported that Monster Hunter series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and director Kaname Fujiok would appear at London's GAME this friday to celebrate the release of Monster Hunter 3 (Tri~). Unfortunately, the Icelandic volcano eruption has suspended their travel and the two have cancelled their appearance at the event. The first fifty in line for the launch will still be able to..
Finally, a controller for the classic professional
The new and improved controller, previously sold only in Japan and Europe, is now available for sale in North America at a suggested retail price of $19.99 USD. It comes in both white and black and features two rows of shoulder buttons and ergonomically designed grips. You can pick these controllers up separately or pacakged with Monster Hunter 3..
Free yourself from the hassle of carrying cables
Although the Wii is meant to be a great living room experience for all the family, sometimes you just want to smuggle it away to a shady corner and indulge in some private gaming time. The only downside is unplugging all the myriad cables and setting it up again though, right? Here comes Nintendo with...
Developers describe it as "the richest LEGO environment we've ever created"
Nothing gets us more excited about a game than a passionate testimonial from its creators. They don't work in public relations, they simply feel strongly about what they do and want to share it with the world. If you agree, are a fan of the LEGO series of video games or have forever fantasized about entering the world of..
Monster Hunter Tri has a lot resting on its broad warrior’s shoulders. An online-enabled, unashamedly hardcore title for Wii with huge amounts of advertising and hype behind it, anything less than a critical and commercial success would be a huge blow to Capcom, as well as Nintendo’s never-ending crusade to market the Wii as a great...
Blame it on complicated friend codes or a lack of vauntable trophies and accomplishments, but according to a survey conducted by The Diffusion Group, only 54% of U.S. Wii consoles are connected to the Internet. This makes it the least connected current generation system, trailing behind Playstation 3 (78%) and Xbox 360 (73%). The same report states that one third of U.S. households..
Mario leaps over the competition
The independent NPD Group recently assessed March U.S. gaming sales, placing Nintendo systems and games at the top of the list. The DS/DSi and Wii took the top two spots in platform purchases, moving 700.8K and 557.5K units respectively, with Sony's PSP system selling a comparatively unsubstantial 119.9K units. The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 hold the third and..
Gunfire and explosions to occur constantly
Tired of endlessly playing House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return and Ghost Squad over and over again, wishing that the same company would bring more arcade light gun shooters to the Wii because these are the only games that you can enjoy? Your wait is over. The ESRB recently rated Gunblade NY & LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack "Teen", thus..
RRP still the same
It’s been a while since we’ve reported on the price of the Wii following its up down up down charade last year, but the drought stops here. A recent survey by UK trade magazine MCV of 25 retailers has shown the console’s cost to consumers now stands at a measly £155.56, nearly £25 lower
Capcom producer hints at Balance Board title
Since its release with Wii Fit a few years ago, the Balance Board has had all manner of applications: boxing, balls and, of course, the Department of Homeland Security in the US. All those titles are swamped, however, by the number of fitness titles available, and now Capcom may want a sweaty slice of...
Shows off all the gameplay footage you ever wanted... wrapped inside a nightmare
Ubisoft recently premiered a new trailer for the next iteration in its popular Prince of Persia series, The Forgotten Sands, scheduled for release on May 18th. Monsters, magic, captivating narration and some brief bubble-riding are just a few of the things you'll see in the new video, posted at the bottom of this..
Get in line now! You might win a bag of prizes!
Patience is essential to a successful hunt. Those who consider themselves professional monster hunters, then, should have no trouble waiting to meet Monster Hunter series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and director Kaname Fujiok on Friday 23rd April, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, at GAME, Oxford Street. We've just received a press release stating that fans can head there..
Another reason to never leave the couch
It may be late to the party, but Netflix's movie streaming service has arrived on Wii consoles in the U.S. via a free disc for subscribers. Despite being stuck in standard definition, those lamenting the lack of a Wii no Ma or BBC iPlayer equivalent in the US will appreciate the increased functionality. Compared to its console cousins, the service performs..
Get your disc if you haven't already
Back in the day Nintendo announced its intention of focusing the Wii as a straightforward gaming machine in the face of the competition throwing specs around, but we're in a very different situation today. Well, not that the hardware has changed much, but what we can do on it has certainly progressed. As of Monday just gone, members of Netflix can start enjoying..
Hironobu Sakaguchi writes a tantalising blog entry and mentions what we're all waiting for
When you have the creator of the Final Fantasy series working on an RPG for the Wii, you know it's going to be big news. Since the announcement of Last Story's existence earlier in January, all the gaming community has to grab onto are a few pieces of concept artwork. That hasn't stopped gamers showing..
Will include MotionPlus support and online play
Hudson recently announced plans to release the next iteration in its Deca Sports series (known as Sports Island in the UK), Deca Sports 3. According to its press release, Hudson is including Wii MotionPlus support for all ten games, which may pique the interest of those unfamiliar with the series. As you may expect, twenty sports after the original's..
...and what you'll see at the launch event in New York
Following on the recent announcement that Monster Hunter 3 (Tri~) will receive regular online quests that you can partake in, we have more information on the type of quests available and what they will entail. Should you be brave and skilled enough to complete these, you'll be rewarded with rare items to upgrade your weapons and armour with..
Trying out Oops! Prank Party may not be a mistake
Don't let the Wii's over-saturation with party games fool you: not every casual collection is meant for the discount rack and your gullible grandmother's shopping list. Face it – back when it was still cool, you were sanding down your analogue stick in Mario Party like the rest of us. Now the same developer that brought you that experience,..
Gaming god also suggests that Star Fox may be blasting his way onto Wii
See that smoke on the horizon, son? That's the rumour mill starting. The gaming public notoriously gets its hopes up when Miyamoto opens his mouth: it gives us permission to dream once more, like kids on Christmas Eve. Only a fool would think that Nintendo isn't working on their...
...which will reward you with goodies
What makes an online multiplayer RPG even more exciting? Well, how about if the game is periodically updated with unique quests which you can embark on online? Yep, we think that hits the spot too. Monster Hunter 3 (Tri~) is set to be supported by the creative team well beyond its release. For limited time periods, new event and arena quests will be rolled out..
New trailer for the platformer previously known as Tower of Shadow
It's not often that platform games manifest themselves in a unique hue that illuminates them from their surroundings, and this upcoming Wii title from Hudson Soft could well be the latest example of a game that does. In more ways than one, mind. Since it was announced last August, we still don't know too much about it. Other than..
The sequel's producer talks new multiplayer features, weapons and more
When it comes to Conduit 2, High Voltage Software's sequel to their debut Wii first-person shooter from 2009, we know a couple of things: that stuff is going to blow up and it will feature a whole host of new multiplayer bells and whistles, including a new co-operative mode...
Everyone could use a good plough
If there’s one thing guaranteed to liven up a good hack-and-slash dungeon crawler, it’s a bit of farming. There’s many a Zelda game that could have been saved with a bit of ploughing, yet the combination has been mostly ignored by cultivators of digital goods, with only the snack-sized Rune Factory on DS reaching fruition. Now European gamers may chow down on..
Mic check, one two, one two
We might be getting a taste of what the turntable brings to the whole Hip Hop culture with games like DJ Hero, but evidently, that's not enough. Konami has secured co-distribution rights with Autumn Games for the upcoming "rap game" developed by 4mm Games, Terminal Games, and Def Jam Interactive. So clear your throat and pick up the mic if you have the skills..
The world furrows its collective brow
Google is the type of company that makes people feel like their best friends are in charge. They even joke around with their users, playing a creative April Fool's joke on them annually. Lately, though, it seems that Google's gone a little screwy (Buzz, anyone?). And their big April Fool's prank this year was to remove all of the vowels from their GMail..
Few surprises, but No More Heroes 2 coming sooner than expected
In case you were wondering what would be hitting Wii and DS this spring in the UK, Nintendo's little ol' list right here will come in handy. The dates of big games like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Monster Hunter 3 Tri were already confirmed, so there are few surprises for notable game...
New crossover fighter in the works?
You can file this one under rumour for the time being but there are a few interesting signs which indicate that Capcom may be working on a third title in the popular Marvel Vs. Capcom series. According to a source at Team Spooky, Capcom is going to announce the game this year. Your gut instinct may be to call BS on such a prediction, but you should know that this..
Forthcoming robot title gets a more kiddie-friendly name change for Nintendo's platform
It almost goes without saying that the Wii is a family-friendly console, offering a wide selection of experiences which are suitable for all ages. However, this latest piece of news makes us wonder if this perception of the platform has possibly gone a little too far. Activision's upcoming Transformers title War..
Travis Touchdown's stories weren't the only things that came thick and fast
Grasshopper Manufacture has successfully established itself as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to developing compelling games with stylistic artistry. It also seems that the studio's CEO, Goichi Suda, possesses the same kind of flair when articulating his perception of video games. Speaking to The Guardian, the..
Nintendo President asks Capcom producers about bringing the popular franchise to the Wii
In the current edition of "Iwata Asks" – a series of interviews that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has conducted with colleagues to give fans insight into the creative processes at Nintendo – Monster Hunter 3 Tri director Kaname Fujioka and producer Ryozo Tsujimoto discuss the process of..
Travis Touchdown will have his revenge on Santa Destroy
Rising Star Games has announced that they're lining up Grasshopper Manufacture's No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle for an Old World release on May 28. That's smack-dab in between Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies' early May release and Super Mario Galaxy 2's early June date. Desperate Struggle takes place three years after Travis..
Shake your plumber bootie
It's been a while, space cats, but NLFM is back with another mighty handsome selection of the finest chip and game music around. This time we're going to listen in on what makes Mario groove, go East/West (who knows?!) with the Kusagari and see just how epic one man can make the NES. NLFM generally focuses on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds,..
...as well as their "slam dunk" faces
Gamers were delighted when the beloved NBA Jam series was announced to be making a return to consoles; specifically, the Wii. With game details and screenshots being fed to us carefully and slowly, it's time to call "timeout" and sit back to watch the latest development video. Creative director Trey Smith and art director Rob Hilson talk about how the..
Includes five new activities
With summer just around the corner, it's about time that we're greeted with a plethora of sports titles. With Wii Sports Resort taking the limelight last summer, THQ hopes to kick things off with their sequel to 2008's Big Beach Sports. Developed by Jet Black Games, Big Beach Sports 2 sees gamers taking part in the annual Coconut Cup Championship which takes place on..
Hot on the heels of the new Metroid: Other M trailer comes a new one for our good friend Mario
We've already seen quite a lot of footage from Super Mario Galaxy 2, however it always leaves us wanting more. Nintendo has published this new trailer with even deeper glimpses into the game that promises to be even better than the original. Here's the trailer:
And a whole lot more new stuff for multiplayer
Hot off its Nintendo Power reveal come a few screenshots for High Voltage Software's upcoming Conduit 2. Not The Conduit 2, oddly enough, but judging from what's happening in these shots it's likely the definite article just blew up in the mayhem. Apart from explosions, Conduit 2 plans on beefing things up all around, from a more distinct art direction..
Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid and Zelda should keep everyone happy
The Wii may be getting a little long in the tooth now but that hasn't stopped Shigeru Miyamoto from commenting that 2010 is likely to be one of the best years yet for the format. Speaking to UK site CVG, the highly-respected games designer references several key titles, including the new Wii Zelda and Pikmin - although they may not..
Top-down shooter iteration is HD-only
Things were looking shaky for High Voltage Software's upcoming horror-fest The Grinder. What was supposed to be a Wii-exclusive first-person shooter in the vein of Valve's Left 4 Dead turned out to go the multiplatform route, and then oddly enough seemed to transform into a colorful top-down shooter along the...
Nintendo throw us a bone with a new gameplay trailer of Samus' latest adventure
Nintendo has today updated the Metroid.com Web site with a brand new trailer featuring gameplay from the upcoming Wii game Metroid: Other M. You can check out the trailer here: Only a few months to go until the game is released in the US followed by Europe later in the year.
We go hands on with EA's upcoming footie title
Last week, Nintendo Life headed over to EA's UK headquarters for a kick-about with their impending blockbuster 2010 FIFA World Cup. With the world's biggest sporting tournament only a few months away, gamers have been keen to see how they can grab a slice of World Cup glory from their living rooms, and...
Would be "very interested" if the opportunity arose
When you think about it, Nintendo games are ****ing crazy insane. You've got foxes and amphibians piloting starships, pink shapeshifting blobs, and space bounty hunters more focused on eradicating entire species and blowing up planets than collecting bounties. Not to mention Italian plumbers from Brooklyn who eat "power" mushrooms to do..
SEGA back on-board to publish a second outing for Agent Ford
According to IGN and a few other places, High Voltage Software's Conduit sequel has an 8-page spread in upcoming May edition of Nintendo Power. Official (confirmed) details are thin on the ground at the moment, but we do know that SEGA is set to publish the title in the US and Europe. We've heard the online play will be enhanced, with far..
A sky full of aces
Air combat games are a rarity on the Wii, which is quite surprising considering the tilt sensors on the Remote and Nunchuk have been demonstrated to be the most reliable form of motion control available on the Wii. Thankfully Namco Bandai have decided to step into the breach with Project Aces' excellent movie tie-in Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces. Being a game based upon any film..
Ubi's first big Wii release of 2010 fails to get the tills ringing
Remember the old "hardcore games don't sell on Wii" debate we had all those months ago? Well get ready to dust it off again because the retail figures for the UK launch of Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 are in, and it's not pretty reading. The sword-swinging action title - which we thought was pretty great - limped into the UK..
First-person shooter coming to Wii
When it comes to first-person shooters set in wartime, there's a couple of franchises that immediately spring to mind. With titles like the Call of Duty and Medal of Honor franchises already firmly established with extensive fan-bases, is there room for more? Marines: Modern Urban Combat is set on the deadly streets of Beirut and has the player taking the role of..
Time to shoot and slice some bros
Ubisoft promised the sky for their Wii launch game Red Steel; since nobody had used the Remote before, plenty of gamers drank the kool-aid and had high hopes for its swordplay potential. The concept was interesting, but the execution left a gross aftertaste. It's telling that the idea was never emulated in the way...
Fantasy book series gets video game treatment to coincide with film release
With several anticipated Summer blockbuster films ahead of us, we can expect to see video game spin-offs to start appearing our consoles and handhelds if they haven't already. Krome Studios and Tantalus Media, two companies that have given us video game adaptations of Star Wars and Cars are currently working on another..
Diamond in the rough
There’s a sincerity to Fragile Dreams that’s very appealing, but that weighs heavily on the game over time. After burying his grandfather in his front garden, main character Seto explores the post-apocalyptic world with a heaviness of step that should make clear this isn’t a game full of sunshine and rainbows. If you like...
And the world is now a better place
What was once just a glimmer of Nintendo patent tomfoolery has all of a sudden turned itself into a real product, but not by the hands of The Big N. Seems somebody else has beaten them to it! That someone is CTA Digital, who are also notably behind the Wii Bowling Ball controller and a skate/snowboard shell for...
Do the "Katamari Twist"
Tornado Outbreak is another example of a game being hung out to dry by a major publisher. Released at a budget price in the last quarter of 2009, it wouldn't be surprising if you had no clue it existed – despite being published by Konami – because it had little to no launch promotion and wasn't even stocked by major retailers on store shelves. It's a bit of a shame..
Miyamoto: New tech with existing gameplay is pretty rad
The Nintendo Wii isn't exactly short of peripheral hardware. While the Balance Board and MotionPlus are relatively self-explanatory and their uses pretty easy to comprehend, the Vitality Sensor has left a question mark over gamers' heads. Since its flagship game was announced last summer, things have gone quiet again. That is until now, when..
More information on the limited edition, too
If, like us, you're busy counting down the days and stitching up your armour in anticipation of the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 (~Tri), you’ll probably be interested in the announcement of a European preorder incentive in the form of a Rathalos head figurine. Not only that, the final piece of the European-exclusive limited edition pack is revealed as a..
Some interesting insights into the unique Wii release.
With Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon recently released in North America and hitting Europe today, we thought it would be a good time to get in touch with some of the guys at Namco Bandai in order to find out a little more information about this rather unique Wii title. Kentaro...
Hironobu Sakaguchi's new project is certainly a looker
We have to admit that Mistwalker's forthcoming Wii RPG is getting us pretty excited, despite the fact that we haven't actually seen a single screenshot yet. What we have seen is some particularly lovely concept artwork, and if the game can capture the same feel of these images then Wii fans are going to be in for a visual treat. For those of..
Soundtrack that fuses the two flavours together
The sound design can ofter get overlooked in video games, whether it be in development or the appreciation from the gamer. Ubisoft is careful not to let the audio side of things disappoint when Red Steel 2 attacks our senses next week. The highly-anticipated Wii MotionPlus title will contain several original scores by renowned composer, Tom Salta,..
Sumo Digital's executive producer talks karts and characters
Since the release of OutRun 2 back in 2004, Sumo Digital has gone on to become somewhat of a bedfellow with SEGA, having produced several games based on key IP. Following on from the release on Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, we caught up with Steve Lycett, Sumo Digital's executive producer, to chat about the latest game developed for..
Fun, rumours and food abound!
We were lucky enough to score a visit to Nintendo Australia's launch of Monster Hunter Tri on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. While there, we got a chance to play the new game, eat lots of food, and hear a few interesting things come up in conversation, none of which is to be taken as official, and currently only to be taken as rumour of course. We were greeted..
Let the machine get it
Boo! Did we scare you? No? Well then, there's a pretty good chance Hudson's horror game Calling won't either. Try as it might, the game never really goes beyond that three-letter interjection in its mysterious tale of ghosts and the supernatural. It's not horrible, but there are only so many times you can be snuck up on until...
Reggie Fils-Aime talks about the life that the Wii has ahead of itself, and Nintendo's competitors
Nintendo representatives don't usually pay much attention to any smack talk that might come from their competitors, but in a recent interview with Kotaku, the President at Nintendo of America seems to have been doing a bit of trash talking himself!...
Nintendo producer says "yo, speak up"
There's a huge list of classic Nintendo properties crying out for current-gen remakes, but one ever-present feature on the list is Kid Icarus. Absent from Nintendo systems for years, with the exception of a very cool appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Pit has been all-but forgotten. You want that to change...
Two different bundles available.
It was revealed to us last night at the Monster Hunter Tri event in Sydney last night that Monster Hunter Tri will be coming to Australian shores on the 29th of April, 2010 as a standalone game, or in a bundle with the newly released black Classic Controller Pro. One of the best games visually on the Wii, Monster Hunter Tri contains an ecosystem where humans..
Says technology enables fun, but is not the means itself
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé has spoken about a successor to the Wii, be it Wii 2 or Wii HD, in a recent interview with Forbes. Talking about plans for a new platform and high definition, Reggie reveals that Nintendo is not thinking seriously about the next system and that...
"You're a shining star, no matter who you are..."
Sakura Wars is a rather interesting series of games and one of Sega's biggest franchises in Japan, though oddly only the spin-off anime has been seen elsewhere – until now. The fifth Sakura Taisen game (as the series is known in Japan), So Long, My Love is the first to get localised for Western markets and as such is a rare treat. We were lucky..
Publisher and community work together as one
The Wii's upcoming near-apocalyptic adventure Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon is on course for a European release on March 19th, with plenty of intriguing characters and a rather moving script all painstakingly translated from its original Japanese. Naturally such translations are huge, costly productions that don't always include every..
The first hour or so you spend with Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing, your brain rejects it, telling you it isn’t Mario Kart enough, or it isn’t Sega enough. You’ll wrestle with the wheel and tell yourself you could be playing Mario Kart Wii instead, but once you learn to go with it you find yourself having a blast...
Comes in the best-looking box you have ever seen
It's one thing to own what is surely going to be one of the top games of 2010, but it's quite another to buy it in a limited edition bundle that comes with every peripheral you'll need to get the most out of the game. If you are not familiar with the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 (Tri~), be sure to check out our first impressions when Luke Westaway..
Twin Galaxies has recently verified a new official Twin Galaxies World Record score for New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The score-keeping network has received numerous submissions for the game since release, with the record changing hands dozens of times between gamers from the US, Canada and Holland, and is now logging scores of significant...