A mini-game too far...
Mini-games. One might say that mini-game (or, more nicely, "party game") collections have a serious presence on the Wii; it is often a fact bemoaned by more "hard-centred" gamers. Some of these titles are amongst the more successful games on the platform: both Carnival Games and Game Party have done quite...
Wiis newest accessory is sure to get your blood pumping.
We all know that exercise bikes are boring; furthermore, they demand an inordinate amount of energy, which ultimately gets you nowhere. As such, it is far better to jump on a real bike, as not only does it move you from A to B it can also be enjoyed with a friend or two. So when Big Ben Interactive announced the upcoming Cyberbike for Wii,..
As expected, the Nintendo version is looking a bit weak compared to the 360/PS3 editions
It might be an exercise in stating the obvious but recent shots posted by Game Informer magazine show the massive graphical gulf between the Wii version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - subtitled "Reflex" - and the original PS3/360 instalments, on...
They said it would never happen... well, sort of
We're all used to our white Remotes and Nunchuks nestling comfortably in our soft gamer's hands, pale plastic glinting in the sunlight, but those days are soon to be over - come November 16th you'll have the choice of a second colour, as Nintendo have announced black Remotes, MotionPlus attachments...
Your Mario hat - or permission to punch Doc Louis in the face - is on its way!
Good news has made its way to the inbox of many in the NA region who qualified for Elite Status this past year: Club Nintendo is getting ready to drop its bagful of goodies. If all goes well, Christmas might come a little early for those fortunate gamers who earned enough coins for a Mario hat or a copy of Doc Louis's..
Character roster updated!
We've had Frank West and Tekkaman Blade join the melee, and now Capcom has continued their accursed teasing by revealing another two characters joining the Western release of über-fighter-mash-up Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars: Mega Man Zero and Joe the Condor! Most gamers will be familiar with Zero, having played him in umpteen spin-offs since his first..
Famitsu reveals new details, with more to come!
Thanks to Nintendo's lovely Virtual Console service, thousands of lucky Western Wii owners have experienced the wonders of Treasure's seminal shooter Sin and Punishment, its first appearance in the West after years out in the Japanese N64 wilderness. Then, as the delicious icing on the cake, a sequel...
The Department of Homeland Security are running a project which will utilise the Balance Board
We all know what travelling through an airport means: any liquid over 100mls being “politely” removed from your person and, if you're unlucky, a strip search. Well, the Department of Homeland Security is not content that this is enough. A new $20...
Hand-drawn artwork for new Disney enemy
Game Informer is primed to reveal a bunch of new Epic Mickey details in its November issue but in the meantime the magazine's website has some interesting video content for you to digest. It's a three-minute time-lapse video (shortened from a half-hour) and showcases a rather traditional-looking Mickey facing off against one of his new enemies - an evil robot..
Ubisoft release another video from the upcoming Red Steel 2 game demonstrating its "accurate" on-screen controls.
Ever since we played the original Red Steel we became overwhelmed with disappointment in the control section, we hoped for "real" one-to-one mapping of our Wiimotes to our swords, alas it wasn't meant to be... That's because they saved that little nugget for Red Steel 2..
Put this in your trolley!
There's only one possible conclusion to be drawn from Rabbids Go Home - it's mental. Anyone involved in its development should probably be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, such is the scale of the crazy acts featured in this first traditional adventure game for the Rabbids. Of course, if you've been following our...
If Mr Kimura's latest idea reaches fruition, that is
Now Little King's Story has successfully conquered all corners of the globe following its release in Japan last month, the game's creator and all-around genius Yoshiro Kimura spoke to Joystiq about his ideas for the potential follow-up we mentioned months ago, and they're as barmy as you'd expect...
Your chance to ask Rising Star Games about their upcoming Japanese epic!
You gamers lucky enough to reside in North America already know how beautiful and generally awesome Muramasa: The Demon Blade is, but over on the other side of the Atlantic gamers have still to discover its wonders, with the game not set for release until November 13th. Don't despair though - we've hooked up with Rising Star..
Shenmue main man confirmed for racing game!
It's been a long and tearful six years since we last saw Ryo Hazuki on a console (that's Shenmue II on Xbox, fact-fans) but now the face-plastered one is set to return as a playable character in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing! This new video just sent to us by Sega shows Ryo thundering around the game's...
That's a lot of party and sports games
We do our best here at Nintendo Life to cover every game that's lovingly pressed onto disc for Wii consoles, but even with our team of review robots working around the clock for less than a drop of oil, there aren't enough hours in the day. It seems it's not just us straining under the weight of Wii reviews, though - according to industry analyst Jesse..
$50 saving puts more Wiis in American homes
Since the Wii had a tasty $50 knocked off its price, it seems they've been flying off North American shelves quicker than fireworks in July. Nintendo haven't yet released any actual figures - it's only been a few weeks - but everybody's favourite Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime had this to say: The consumer response has been very strong to..
Game Informer spills a few beans
It sure is a good time to be a Disney and Nintendo fan. Not only do DS gamers now have their hands on a new Kingdom Hearts game, Wii owners will be getting in on a new House of Mouse exclusive: Epic Mickey. Not much has been known about this secret Junction Studios project other than it is said to be steampunk-influenced. Based on the latest issue of GameInformer..
Unseen 64 digs up material on the rejected title
Back in 2006, Kuju (now Headstrong Games) the development studio behind the Wii's House of the Dead: Overkill and Battalion Wars 2, liked Sega's Jet Set Radio series. They liked it so much back in 2006 that they tried to convince Sega to let them create a new entry in the graffiti-thon for Nintendo's then-upcoming little white box. Sega's answer was,..
The infamous "Kind Code" could ironically mean tougher challenges
Nintendo's proposed "Kind Code" has had chins wagging for quite some time now, but few people were sure of what it actually meant for gaming. Some jumped to the conclusion that it would make games too easy, while others maintained it was merely a guide that would only help...
Ultimate? Not quite.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance was one of the launch titles for the Wii in 2006 and despite being a port of a game also released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, it was still good fun. As a love letter to Marvel fans over the decades it provided a virtual travelogue of the people and places of the Marvel universe and was a wonderful beat-'em-up-cum-RPG. Three years later you'd think that..
Capcom interview hints at free online play for all!
Capcom's unstoppable sales juggernaut that is Monster Hunter is scheduled to hit our consoles early next year, but one major concern surrounds its online mode, which in Japan requires a monthly subscription charge from anyone wanting to party with friends. With the Western release looming the...
Snag yourself a canine companion or four
Nintendo's brilliant DS puppy simulator Nintendogs has been around for four years now — time sure does fly! To celebrate the special occasion, Nintendo will be offering up some downloadable goodness for the Wii's Animal Crossing: City Folk. For four weeks running you'll have your own pick of the litter for download. Labs are up on October 7th, followed by..
Get your Japanese scares in English soon
Tecmo and Grasshopper Manufacture's scare-fest Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse still isn't officially coming out in the West; Nintendo, holder of the title's publishing rights in North America, still doesn't want to bother, relegating it to the same territorial fate as Disaster: Day of Crisis and...
Australian studio Transmission Games makes unfortunate lay-offs
Despite the sales success of Ashes Cricket 2009 - and the enormous number of emails we receive about it here at Nintendo Life - the game's original developer Transmission Games (the Wii version was ported by UK-based Gusto Games) has just had to let go a third of its staff due to another potential project falling through. It's..
Spawning glitch reportedly a non-issue after System Menu 4.2 update
Players of High Voltage Software's online FPS The Conduit are familiar with this scenario: after waiting up to five minutes to connect to a new multiplayer game, you'd spawn seemingly into a wall and not be able to do anything, not even leave the game without shutting down the console. It was one of those bugs that was as endlessly..
Consoles slightly left of centre should be fine, though
The Wii only received its 4.2 update the other day, but already the Internet's alive with reports it's causing machines to stop working completely, with many popping up on our very own forums. The update's major purpose was to remove the Homebrew Channel from consoles, as well as protect the...
There's something sinister online
The 2009 spooky-spooky season is just beginning, and in a timely fashion Hudson Soft has launched a teaser Web site over at kuroeight.com for their upcoming Wii creep-fest Calling. The Web site lets you poke around a suspiciously dark and seedy room, exploring clues and newspaper clippings strewn about. It's somewhat barren, but Hudson promises updates over the..
One of the most polished and immersive Wii titles yet.
Hyperbole is not uncommon on the back of video game boxes; claims that the game you hold in your very hands in the store is the “most exciting” or “mind-blowing” tend to be full of crap. For Dead Space: Extraction, EA studio Visceral Games went with “most cinematic action horror...
Still have room for breakfast
We're getting excited about Red Steel 2 here at Nintendo Life - in fact, we have been ever since our hands-on back in April! Whether it's the super-cool Japan-come-Wild West setting, the tasty graphics or the MotionPlus controls, there's no doubt it's one of the big titles we're dying to play next year. Sadly, all this time not able to play the game is proving a bit..
Or so Koei think, anyway
Yes, Nintendo did have a few Classic Controller Pros in their E3 display cabinets, but without any firm release date or announcements of an intention to bring them to the West we just assumed they were on show to make us salivate even more over the lovely new pads. Even though the Big N's lips are still zipped, Koei recently sent out a fact sheet for their upcoming Samurai..
Demon Blade to pierce Euro souls on November 13th
Just as we were gearing ourselves up not to see Muramasa: The Demon Blade nestling in our European Wiis until April next year, Rising Star Games swoop to the rescue by letting us know it is confirmed for a release on November 13th, just six short weeks away. We've already reviewed it based on the US version but that doesn't mean we'll be stopping..
Nintendo Europe announces their full Winter line-up, and there's some crackers in there
Winter is the perfect time to bombard gamers with great titles - the freezing cold weather makes them even less likely to go outside, meaning they'll spend even more time gaming. Nintendo seems to agree, as they've just sent us a list of their complete Winter...
Addresses "behind-the-scenes" fixes
Little white boxes hooked up to WiiConnect24 in the US should have a little blue light emanating from the front as Nintendo have updated the Wii's System Menu yet again. According to the letter delivered by Nintendo's digital pigeons: This update provides behind-the-scenes fixes that will not affect features but...
Or should that be "Tacky World of Warts"? Maybe...
It’s a well-known fact that the Wii excels at quick-fire games – sports compilations and minigame packages abound, and amongst all those renditions of golf, tennis, boxing and the rest you’d have to assume there’s no sport on Earth yet to be rendered in glorious Wii-o-vision. Well, you would be wrong, as Tabot have proven with this..
Stranger in a strange land...
Would you like to hear a story? Good! This is a story about Opoona and his family: his daddy is a famous Cosmo Guard -- that's right, Opoona and his family are from the planet Tizia. In fact, Opoona's daddy is one of the most famous Cosmo Guards ever! He was recently awarded the title of Startizian -- a rank only a few in thousands of years have achieved -- so he..
Singapore Night Race recreated for the first time ever in an F1 racing title
You may (or may not) be interested to learn that F1 2009 is the first digital representation of the sport to feature a night race, as screenshots published today prove. The official F1 licence has been dormant for a while now, but this new version is promising big things. Interestingly, it's leading on the Wii and PSP,..
Charismatic frontman talks video games in his latest interview.
You might not know it, but the charismatic front man of Nine Inch Nails just happens to be a huge video game fan. Not only that, he's also a huge fan of Nintendo. Joystiq recently caught up with Trent and conducted an interview in which he shared many of his thoughts and stories on the gaming industry and Nintendo in particular. Here's..
For a limited time you can get an extra Wii MotionPlus add-on for half the price.
Nintendo has just announced that they'll be releasing a limited edition version of their best-selling Wii Sports Resort title that will come with two Wii MotionPlus Accessories for only $59.99. You can check out the details of the offer in the official press release below. Wii Sports Resort™ is all about getting..
Sega has announced at Tokyo Games Show that the next instalment in the Super Monkey Ball franchise will hit the Wii in February 2010, and also provided us with a few more details about the game itself. We already know the monkeys will be controlled via the Balance Board, although the game will still support the Remote and Nunchuk controls. Sega also revealed that the story mode will be..
On November 20th - just 5 days after the North American release - Mario fans in Europe will be playing New Super Mario Bros. Wii
This comes as very welcome news to European Wii fans - no stupidly long PAL-wait™ this time around, here's what Nintendo Europe had to say about the upcoming Mario adventure: A classic 2D adventure, the game follows the...
New Wii and DS titles revealed at TGS 2009
Capcom has already dropped the Frank-bomb on Tatsunoko vs. Capcom at this year's TGS but there's more fun to be had with two new announcements. First up is the next instalment in the massively popular (at least in Japan, anyway) of the Sengoku Basara series (which has previously been known as Devil Kings here in the West). Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes is..
First look at the special events of Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games
Sega Europe has released a trailer that details the "Dream Events" featured in the forthcoming Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games. As fans of the original game will tell you, these events are a little bit on the zany side, and as a result they're often more fun than the more "normal"..
Mark the 15th down in your diary, North American Nintendo fans
Nintendo has officially confirmed that New Super Mario Bros. Wii will be hitting store shelves in North America on the 15th November. The actual announcement comes as little surprise; a pre-Christmas release had been fully expected by many sectors of the industry and some had even ventured to guess that November would be the magic..
Grab yourself all sorts of new gubbins for £180
Yes, we've just reported that the Wii's trade price has dropped, but that's not all the good news we have for those Brits yet to take the plunge and buy one of those Wii machines. That's right - biding your time and sitting on the fence may just have got you a good deal, as Nintendo has let slip that the new standard UK Wii hardware bundle is about..
Is it up or down today?
You may recall a few short weeks ago we reported that one UK games retailer had decided to increase the price of Wii consoles, as a result of the increased costs of buying the consoles from Nintendo (something else we covered!). However, we've just learnt that Nintendo are now set to decrease the unit cost of Wii consoles to all retailers, and although we have no exact..
Will be $199 starting this Sunday
After days of alleged price drop sightings in upcoming American store circular ads, it's officially official: Nintendo will drop the price of the Wii in the U.S. to $199 on Sunday, Sept. 27. That's this Sunday. Marked down from $250, the best-selling system will retain it's original Wii Sports bundle. The new price is on par with the Xbox 360 Arcade and $100..
Zombie killer channels Mega Man
Looks like that leaked list of new Tatsunoko vs. Capcom characters is spot-on in at least one regard, as Capcom has revealed at the Tokyo Game Show that Frank West has been added to the Western and Japanese rerelease of the fighter. West made his first appearance in Capcom's Xbox 360 game Dead Rising, which later received a bland Wii port. His fighting moves seem to..
Company blog wants you to submit your dream crossover idea
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is just around the corner for Western fighting fans but Capcom is already thinking about future instalments in its insanely popular "Versus" series. Posting on the Capcom Unity blog, team member Snow has asked fans to submit their own ideas for the next...
Thoughts also passed on motion control
Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has opened his mouth and allowed various predictions to spew forth, some of which were collected and bottled during an interview with The Financial Times. Wada has foretold that Nintendo's successor to the Wii will be available in 2011, and is likely to be closer to the PS3/360...
Developer interview hints that the series is far from over
When Retro Studios put the finishing touches to Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, it stated that it would be the final game in the series. The announcement of Metroid: Other M - which is being handled by Tecmo's Team Ninja - seemed to confirm this, despite the recent repackaging of all three...
Third installment will be for Nintendo's eventual next console
In early July, punk game designer Goicha Suda, perhaps better known as Suda51, commented on future games in developer Grasshopper's No More Heroes series, saying that he believed sequel Desperate Struggle would be the last one on Wii. It appears that the gaming media, Nintendo Life included, were a bit shortsighted on what he meant and..
Gorgeous, engrossing, flawed.
A lot of Muramasa: The Demon Blade's pre-release hype hinged on its art; while you could get a good impression of the beauty of the game, it isn’t until you have it in motion on your own screen that it hits you. Vanillaware has delivered a visual and aural feast in its portrayal of feudal Japan; Muramasa is truly a...
"Wii-hab" proving useful for sufferers
A hope of improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease could very well lie in an unlikely source! Over the course of summer, the Medical College of Georgia researched the effects of “Wii-hab” on people with the disease. 18 people were asked to play Wii Sports for an hour a day, three times a week for four weeks. The results have shown that all..
Introducing Payne, your new best friend
Red Steel 2 is looking more and more exciting with every piece of new media. You'll be pleased to hear then that this latest piece doesn't disappoint. The trailer showcases the first boss of the game, and who doesn't like bosses? If you remember during one of the previous trailers the protagonist of the game...
The Director answers a few questions for us about the past, present and future of Virtual Toys.
After reviewing their most recent game Spaceball Revolution, it seemed a good time to find out a little more about veteran developer Virtual Toys. Corporate Director Fabriciano Bayo was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and give us some insight into the history of the company and where..
LostWinds developer admits that the situation is improving, though
Frontier boss David Braben has stated that he believes many Wii owners aren't even aware of their console's connectivity. Braben, who is currently putting the finishing touches to the LostWinds sequel Winter of the Melodias, had this to say: With online on Wii, it is gradually improving. There are a lot of people out there who..
Classic in, Motion Plus out
Despite designer Suda 51 expressing interest in implementing Motion Plus support for his awaited sequel No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle, it looks like that ain't happening any more. Instead, developer Grasshopper is opting for a more old-school approach. 1UP reports that instead of improved motion controls, Classic...
Print ad indicates forthcoming price drop for North America
First Wal-Mart, now Toys R Us. We're still officially sticking with rumor for now, but maybe something is in the cards after all? A scan of a circular ad for the big ol' toy store due to hit the week of Sept. 27 indicates that the console/Wii Sports bundle will be dropped to $199, putting...
Easier to navigate and prettier to boot
Nintendo has rolled out the update that hit the Japanese Nintendo Channel a little while ago to North America today. The channel now includes a much-improved navigation system, the option to stream "high-quality" video, reworked game recommendation setup, a better statistics presentation and a whole...
Worldwide price cut may be on the cards - but will UK gamers see the benefit?
It's a funny time in retail at present. The global economy is still reeling from the worldwide recession and in the UK - where the value of the Pound has plummeted - Nintendo has been forced to push up the trade price of its Wii console, which in turn has resulted in some...
Have your prayers been answered?
Cursed Mountain, like its ghostly enemies, came out of nowhere to surprise us: a bona fide adult game, where the phrase doesn't equate to gratuitous swearing, gore and nudity, designed exclusively for Wii. With a story heavy on Buddhist philosophies, a combat system that requires prayer gestures and plenty of other...
Is the first gun-shaped Wiimote a sharp-shooter or full of blanks? We put it to the test.
Thanks to the built-in pointer capabilities of the Wiimote, light gun games have seen a renaissance of sorts on Nintendo’s little white box. Connoisseurs of this genre have a load of accessory options in the shape of plastic shells a la Nyko’s lauded Perfect Shot, or Nintendo’s own Zapper. But those are..
Wii owners are not feeling the love for Madden 10.
It's certainly no surprise that EA's newest Madden release Madden NFL 10 is selling like hotcakes at retail, but it seems this sales success doesn't include the Nintendo Wii version of the game. Although the game has sold nearly 2 million copies since its launch two weeks ago, the Wii version of the...
I wouldn't answer that if I were you
Hudson's new survival horror game Calling seems dead-set on making you develop a fear of phones, at least if the new trailer they've just kicked over to us is any indication. Here's the scoop: The space-between-space where the Calling revolves around is made up by the memory of dead characters and various...
Slide your way to freedom
Wii and DS owners looking to get some puzzle-y chamber sliding action on are in for a treat, as Hudson has announced their new title Rooms: The Main Building is all up in that business. Players find themselves swept into a world of mystery that proves to be unwilling to just let you waltz right on home again; instead, you'll have to work your way out slide-puzzle style..
Rumor: Other new characters leaked?
Capcom has said that they would explore adding new features and characters to the Western release of the anticipated Wii fighter Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, but until now they've been pretty cagey about what those shiny new features actually are. Well, besides online play, we know they're pushing hard for that. This week, Famitsu revealed that Tekkaman Blade (Teknoman..
We've got two fantastic competitions running at the moment, we've extended them both another couple of days, get your entry in before midnight Saturday.
Generally we're nice people and we like to give things away (when they're given to us). Both Nintendo and Ubisoft have offered up some great prizes to our UK readers, we urge you to login and give yourself a chance of winning... you've got to be in..
Sword mystery to be revealed?
Rumor. Rumor rumor rumor rumor rumor. According to an anonymous insider source of Infendo's, a trailer for the new Wii Zelda title is being prepared by Nintendo to be shown at an October event. The trailer will supposedly reveal more on why Link didn't have a sword in the E3 teaser image and is said to showcase a working build of the game. Nintendo will be holding a..
We don't like cricket... but we don't love it that much, either!
With the recent Ashes series over, the sport of cricket is buzzing with popularity, so it’s no real surprise to see the Wii get its first ‘proper’ cricket game. Codemasters have taken it upon themselves to create Ashes Cricket, but have they done enough to faithfully recreate the...
We've teamed up with Ubisoft to bring you an insight into their latest Rabbid action, Rabbids Go Home, set for release on Wii later this year.
"You can’t work on a Rabbids game without being a little bit mad yourself. We decided that the whole world needs to see quite what goes into making a 100% mental game experience like Rabbids Go Home, so we’ve setup a developer blog with Nintendo..
Far from the Madden crowd...
Taking its graphical cues from the recent Grand Slam Tennis, Madden NFL 10 on Wii eschews the hi-def emphasis on recreating every detail of the game, favouring a more stylised - though hardly cartoony - approach to the presentation. Defensive backs are bulky chunks of muscle, wide receivers are gangly running machines...
Check out the official Launch Trailer of the game.
As most of you already know, Muramasa: The Demon Blade has already been released to retailers, but we were able to get the final trailer release from the guys at Ignition Entertainment today. This is the official Launch Trailer for the game and does a nice job of showing off the game's strong points...
We go thumbs-on to determine whether it's for pros or schmoes
Launched in Japan alongside Monster Hunter 3 Tri and the Dark World Wii, the Classic Controller Pro is Nintendo's attempt at righting the wrongs of its original old-school pad. The good news is, it largely does. The bad news? It's got a few quirks of its own. We snagged a shiny black one: so shiny, in fact, that our first thought went..
New free Wii Channel launches in Europe tomorrow.
Japan's gotten a number of Wii Channels the past two or so years which the rest of the world has yet to see - Still nothing has been said about a western release of the TV Guide channel, the Wii no Ma channel and others. Well, except for one of them - Since late 2008, Japan has had a channel with...
The first trailer is online now, and it looks rather tasty...
We're big fans of A Boy and His Blob here at Nintendo Life - in fact, you may remember a recent podcast featured an exclusive interview with creators WayForward! - so we were very excited to see the first trailer metamorphasise into view. As you can see, the game's 2D animation is...