Another case of some things best left animated.
Santa Monica-based artist Greg de Stefano is, like many others, a fan of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He also seems to be a fan of scaring the willies out of you, if his latest work is any indication. Taking things a bit deeper than the uncanny valley, the off-kilter ensemble cast of the mascot basher is the subject of de Stefano's mildly perturbing new..
Still Rampaging after all these years...
This game is the latest in a series of Rampage games from Midway stretching back to the mid-80s when Rampage was released in the arcades as the first (and practically only) example of the Giant Monsters Wreaking Havoc genre of video games. To many who grew up watching Godzilla, Ultraman and any number of...
Something classic, something new, Namco we love you!
In recent years purveyors old arcade games have seen fit to repackage them into "Greatest Hits" collections. Namco first had their Museum series on the original PlayStation in a series of six volumes (cleverly one for each letter of the name "Namco" and then a Japanese-only...
Check out the upcoming Wii survival horror title in action!
For those of you who don't already know, Hudson is currently working on a new survival horror game called Calling. The first screenshots of the game in action have just been released and as you can see, it's looking pretty creepy. The game is currently on schedule for a Spring 2010 release, so it's still a ways off. You can check out the..
Drink Pepsi and make a virtual bank for your Wii or DSi!
I'm sure some of you have noticed MTV Games' Rock Band franchise has recently teamed up with Pepsi for a new summer promotion across the US. For those who haven't, the promotion is fairly straightforward: look under the cap of specially-marked bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Max and other Pepsi products for a special code, enter it at the..
There's a whole lot of blasting going on, but how does it all work?
User-generated content in games goes all the way back to titles like Bill Budge's Pinball Construction set on 8-bit home computers and first-person shooters like Doom and Quake, but it's not something that's ever really been prominent in console games due to both system storage...
Marvel heroes trapped in a Wiirld they never made!
As the title suggests, this is the ultimate game featuring Marvel super heroes. The storyline resembles many classic Marvel title-spanning events: Doctor Doom has assembled The Masters of Evil to undertake an audacious gambit to assume ultimate power in the universe. Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., has assembled the greatest team of heroes the..
Europeans finally have the chance to get their hands on The Conduit as it releases across the continent today, July 10th.
To celebrate the release of the fantastic The Conduit we've teamed up with SEGA to give away some wonderful The Conduit goodies. One lucky reader will receive the 1st prize of a Signed conduit poster, Concept art book, Portable MP3 speakers and Pocket torch and then two runners..
Those plagued with online problems take heart...
Staff at Nintendo Everything have contacted High Voltage Software to inquire about users reporting problems with the online play in the game and have been assured reported faults are being looked at in consultation with Nintendo: “We have received a few emails from fans regarding multiplayer snags and I assure we’re working hard to fix those..
Designer has big plans for No More Heroes character
No More Heroes was a proper hoot, with intense action, twisted humour and some serious Otaku love. The sequel is inbound, and its creator is hoping that lead Travis Touchdown will go on to become an even bigger star than he is now. No More Heroes designer and Grasshopper Manufacture head Goichi Suda (AKA: Suda 51) had this to say: I love him..
What new features and updates are planned? Read on!
Although the Pro Evolution Soccer games have lost major ground to EA Sport's juggernaut FIFA franchise in recent years, Konami's flagship sporting series has shown remarkable form when turning out for Nintendo's Wii, with 2008 and last year's 2009 release showing off some pretty moves. The only real downside has been the long wait between the..
Can a last generation port based upon a licensed property possibly be any good?
Rebellion and 2000 A.D. are both British veterans of their respective fields: video games and comics, and like Marmite and potato crisps, both go well together. Unlike Marmite crisps, however, Rogue Trooper: Quartz Zone Massacre is a winning combination in anyone's book...
Every arachnophobe's worst nightmare brought to life...
Deadly Creatures got a lot of attention in 2008 due to the novel scenario of putting the player in control of a creepy-crawly arachnid, rather than the usual space marine or swashbuckling hero. Why this hasn't been done more often in the post 8-bit gaming world isn't clear - maybe all the...
Plus an unconfirmed US release date!
Those lucky Japanese will soon be able to get their hands on Monster Hunter 3 (Tri~), as the game's Japanese release date of August 1st is now less than four weeks away, and Capcom are really stepping up the game's media assault with a new trailer launched within the past few days. Combining the game's ever-impressive CGI intro with in-game footage of brand new..
A blast from the past!
For those among you who are fond of arcade classics such as Robotron 2084, you might have heard of a little title called Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. It was one of the first premier downloadable titles for the Xbox 360, and was later expanded with the Wii/DS-exclusive Geometry Wars: Galaxies created by British game developer...
Rising Star Games release Nintendo duo in The Old World
Rising Star have been working wonders lately, releasing some real gems of gaming goodness in Europe. Two more titles were launched over the weekend in the shape of Renegade Kid's DS FPS Moon and Tecmo's Rygar: The Battle of Argus. We covered Rygar a while back and were a little disappointed that it's little more than the PS2 original with a..
The world's most famous wizard returns for his second Wii adventure
After being so pleasantly surprised by Harry Potter’s previous Wii outing we approached this latest title with a fair degree of expectation. Promises of realistic potion-making, intense Quidditch matches and generally improved presentation echoed through the office as the disc was slotted into the Nintendo Life Wii. While the end..
Shame it's not on the Wii itself, though
Whatever you think of Nintendo's decision not to include HD-support in the Wii, you can't deny that the console's seen some beautiful looking standard-definition titles, prime amongst them Super Mario Galaxy. Now the game's seen a bit of a high definition facelift with the latest iteration of the Dolphin Wii...
Our own Objection_Blaster! gets a question answered!
Recently we invited you guys to submit your questions to Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 development team, and we've just received word that the first round of developer answers has gone live on the official Red Steel 2 forums! One of the questions that caught the community team's eye was from our very own Objection Blaster!, who asked: How does RS2 handle..
360,000 copies sold in first week
The sequel to Nintendo's astonishingly successful Wii Sports has smashed its way to the top of the Japanese sales charts, according to figures released by Media Create. Wii Sports Resort sold a whopping 360,000 copies in its first week on sale. According to Japanese magazine Famitsu, 353,000 of that figure were shifted in its first four days at retail, making it..
Two new Roogoo titles are in stores now.
Southpeak Games has recently announced that their two new Roogoo titles are now in stores. Roogoo Twisted Towers is now available for the Nintendo Wii console and Roogoo Attack is available for the Nintendo DS. Both games continue the addictive puzzle gameplay of the original Xbox Live Arcade release and both offer unique play control twists for the..
Creator says next game will need a new platform.
Grasshopper's stylish No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle promises to be a bigger and badder game than its predecessor, but where does it go from there? Speaking to Edge, series creator Suda51 explained some of his plans for the currently Wii-exclusive franchise's future: I really want to make NMH a big franchise and with this second episode have..
Twitter shenanigans drop sequel hints and rumors
Let's slap a big ol' "Rumor" disclaimer on this one before we go any further, shall we? Just like the rest of the world, Professor Layton has gone and gotten himself an official Twitter account, where probably some intern over at Nintendo posts riddles and other assorted intellectual...
Shaky cam galore in new gameplay video.
For all the hubbub about lightgun games on Wii, Capcom's Resident Evil spinoff sequel Darkside Chronicles looks like it's shaping up to be a pretty impressive piece of software. While the original games didn't typically have their two main characters together for most of the adventure, the reimagining of 2 and Code Veronica looks to up the tension, although..
Check out the Heroes Gamplay Trailer!
The folks at Ignition Entertainment were kind enough to send over their newest gameplay trailer of Muramasa: The Demon Blade in action. This trailer is called the "Heroes Gameplay Trailer" and focuses on the game's two main characters and their varying attacks. Below is a little snippet that...
Service as normal for Hyrule's favourite son, it would seem
So there's an all-new Wii Zelda in the works - this much we know. We also know that Shigeru Miyamoto wants the game to showcase a more 'mature' Link (although the concept art we've seen doesn't suggest as much). Bearing on mind that Twilight Princess had its critics, you'd expect this...
Promises the results are for something "fun."
Oh, Capcom, you're always up to something, aren't you? Over on his Unity blog, community manager Seth Killian wants to know what your favorite characters are from the upcoming Wii fighter Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, but the reason for this isn't so clear. Why vote? It matters to... something fun. I can't...
It'll burrow into your skull like a lamp post.
One of my favorite parts about MadWorld was the soundtrack: stylized hip hop tunes that fit really well with the generally stylish carnage Jack would find himself in. It's probably my most enjoyed game soundtrack since No More Heroes unleashed Pleather For Breakfast on my boss-battling ears. Pictobits was pretty rad, too, but that's a different story..
Virtually beat up strangers every Thursday in New York.
The user-generated bits of Super Smash Bros. Brawl may be getting a big nothankyou.jpeg from Nintendo's servers now, but the fighting never stops. If you're looking for some fresh competition and happen to be in the New York area at some point this month, well, you're in luck! From 2 to 5 p.m. every Thursday in July (first event tomorrow), the..
No rockin' sauce for you
It is with a heavy heart that we have to report that the Wii version of Brutal Legend - the Jack Black-starring rock epic from the guy who did Full Throttle - has been cancelled. Terminated. Buried. DESTROYED. According to Destructoid, the plug was pulled "due to quality and technical concerns". While little solid information exists about the Wii version - it..
Recent retail disappointments haven't dented Sega's confidence
As much as we loved Madworld and House of the Dead: Overkill, neither title sold particularly well, which has led many 'industry experts' to suggest that mature, hardcore games just can't find an audience on Nintendo's console. In the light of two high-profile commercial bombs you'd expect Sega to step back from mature gaming and..
Impress all your friends with The Conduit branded portable speakers
As if to make up for the two week slip with the European release date for The Conduit our pals at SEGA have teamed up with popular UK based etailor Play.com to offer FREE Portable Speakers to those who preorder the game. It may not have escaped your notice that the speakers fold...
It's a wall scroll. No, wait, it's cool.
The beautiful Muramasa: The Demon Blade is set for a North American release this fall. Huzzah! If you've been on the fence about making it a Day 1, maybe this little nugget'll help tip the scales. Over in Japan, pre-order patrons could net themselves a pretty stellar five-foot scroll of character and stage...
The Old World gets JRPG action in 2010
Tri Crescendo's promising adventure title Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon was recently confirmed for US release thanks to publisher XSeed and now European gamers can rest easy as Rising Star Games has announced it will be doing the same in that part of the world, too. The game is expected in 2010, with the US release happening at the end of this year.
Don your proton packs and answer the call.
For years, many of us had childhood dreams of being a Ghostbuster. We longed to don a brown jumpsuit, strap on a proton pack and take down some ghosts - and get paid for it. The days of dreaming are now at an end - besides the getting paid part, Ghostbusters: The Video Game allows us to finally live a day...
Has the Hero of Time’s style withstood the test of time?
Twilight Princess is Nintendo’s last Zelda game for the Gamecube and also the first for the Wii. Although the Wii boasts technical improvements over the Gamecube in terms of its processor and graphics hardware, in this case the Wii version is essentially a port of the Gamecube game and...
Definitely a tap you'll want to leave running
Miyamoto might not see the appeal in playing a game without holding a controller, but ex-Sega genius Yuji Naka can certainly think outside the box – or, more accurately, think on top of the box. For his first game since leaving Sega five years ago, Naka has crafted a game played entirely by tapping a cardboard box. It’s an insane system if you think..
Olimar comes back for second helpings
New Play Control! – a series of games that seems to have sparked many mixed views. Pikmin is probably at the forefront of these debates: Nintendo saw it fit to re-release both the Gamecube Pikmin games with a new series of controls designed for the Wii, and then announce Pikmin 3. The first NPC Pikmin was good...
Will Wii MotionPlus help EA land this golf franchise on the green, or is it just a sand trap for your wallet?
The Tiger Woods games are the current ‘serious’ golf games for PCs and consoles, but let's be honest: how seriously can you take a game of golf that you play with a keyboard or analogue sticks? Tiger Woods 10, (the 12th game in the Tiger...
Nintendo adds two new videos to their Nintendo Channel.
The nice folks at Nintendo were kind enough to send over two brand new videos of upcoming releases. These videos were just added to the Nintendo Channel as well, and more are on the way. The first video is of Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 with charismatic Creative Director Jason Vandenberghe on hand to give you some insight into their upcoming Wii..
Take a look at the delicious Collector’s edition
Our good pals over at Nintendo just sent over some sweet images of the box art for the upcoming Metroid Prime Trilogy: Collector’s Edition which you can see in our gallery below. Exclusive bonus content includes: Collector’s edition metal packaging Special Metroid Prime Trilogy art booklet 16x9...
Check out the jaw-dropping Muramasa in action!
No matter how many times we see Muramasa: The Demon Blade in action, it never ceases to amaze us. This has got to be one of the best looking 2D games in existence and features some of the most breathtaking backdrops ever seen in a video game and it has the E3 awards to prove it. Ignition Entertainment,...
Remember to pick up a copy of the game when it launches in Europe this Friday.
For those currently unaware, the sequel to Another Code: Two Memories (Trace Memory in North America), Another Code R: A Journey Into Lost Memories, lands in European stores later this week. Set two years after the events of the original, a now sixteen-year-old Ashley is invited by her father to visit the campground of..
Tranformers actor not a big fan of the Wii or its fans.
It seems that actor Shia LaBeouf isn't much of a Nintendo Wii fan. In fact, it appears he's not even that fond of Wii gamers in general. Below is a snippet taken from the Big Download interview with Shia LaBeouf, in which he's asked about the Wii Transformers game and then decides to unload on...
Claymation shows softer side of lethal Wyverns
It may be one of the most anticipated hardcore releases for Wii this year, but Monster Hunter 3 (Tri~) isn't afraid to show its sillier side, with the latest video from Capcom introducing would-be Hunters to their new best friend - Chacha (yes, really.) The short claymation video shows the little acorn-headed Chacha exploring the world and hunting down..
It's got the courts, it's got the players and it's got MotionPlus support. Does Grand Slam Tennis provide the definitive Wii tennis experience?
It's here, people. After months of feverish anticipation, Wii MotionPlus is upon us. Finally, Wii owners the world over will have access to the kind of precise, fluid and nuanced motion controls that countless developers and games have promised and failed..
Can we expect a Wii Palette accessory?
The original Drawn to Life games were developed by DS mainstays 5th Cell, and although they're currently busy devouring the whole world's written texts, that doesn't mean the series is going to be erased. Publishers THQ have recently unveiled a sequel, handled by Planet Moon, is heading to the Wii and DS before...
Quick, spam Nintendo with F-Zero requests!
So that Team Ninja/Metroid unveil at E3 was a huge surprise, right? Nintendo hasn't been too shy about letting other developers take on their classic franchises in recent years, with Capcom getting a couple cracks at portable Zelda, Namco doing Star Fox and SEGA cooking up F-Zero, not to mention the rumored...
Says writers are appealing to their own audience, not a game's intended crowd.
The issue of review scores for casual games rumbles on. David Braben, head honcho of Frontier Developments, the folks behind the critically acclaimed WiiWare title Lost Winds, doesn't find it wise to discount Metacritic scores for Wii, unlike a certain Mr. Moore recently claimed. The problem is not the games, it's the..
CEO finds the prospect "intriguing."
With an install base of 50 million people world-wise, the Wii has become an increasingly difficult market for developers to ignore. Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3 devs Bethesda Softworks recently declared their interest in a game for Ninty's machine, and now another big dev is eyeing the potential money train. BioWare, known action role-playing heavy hitters like..
Lawsuit reveals a Rogue Squadron Wii game was in the works.
A few months back San-Rafael-based Factor 5 (the studio behind the popular Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series) was declared bankrupt with between $1 million to $10 million in unpaid debts. In addition to this, the company was also faced with 69 claims for unpaid wages totaling more than $900,000. As you can imagine, much wailing and gnashing..
The new world number one
The first question you might ask when playing Virtua Tennis 2009 is “why has it taken so long to make a great tennis game on Wii?”. Ever since we saw the first videos all those years ago it seemed the console was destined to become better than the real thing when it comes to sports, yet it’s taken years for anyone to...
Game designer speaks of Animal Crossing and lots of drinking
We're huge fans of Little King's Story here at NintendoLife, partly because of its phenomenally addictive gameplay but also its bizarre vision of the world and the citizens and enemies that inhabit it. When the game's designer Yoshiro Kimura spoke to N-Sider recently about his inspiration for the game, there was no mention of the obvious..
Overseas price cuts hitting Japanese publisher hard; company "feels like crying."
Fact: The world economy is in dire straits. Do you have any money? I don't have any money. Marvelous Entertainment, publishers of the upcoming Little King's Story and Muramasa: The Demon Blade as well as the Harvest Moon series, No More Heroes and Rune Factory...
Expected 10 July.
The Conduit, everyone's favourite fantastic-looking first-person shooter featuring the All-Seeing Eye, was due to be released next Friday, completing a triumvirate of top Sega titles within the next ten days with Virtua Tennis 2009, Let's Tap, but sadly it's just been pushed back until Friday, July 10th. Apparently the delay is due to localisation issues, although Sega reported to..
Industry bigwigs all agree: review scores are immaterial on Wii
The Wii's well into its life cycle now, but it seems some people in the industry are still cottoning onto what makes a Wii game sell like there's no tomorrow - the magic word of "marketing". Speaking to Eurogamer recently, one undisclosed "high profile member of an industry-leading developer" stated: It's fool's..
Stream Tom Cruise into your living room.
Video services are breaking through on consoles in the West: Netflix is up and running on Xbox 360 in the US, with SkyTV coming soon for the UK, and Sony has their own iTunes-like video store. Nintendo? Not so much over here, but in the company's homeland it's a totally different story. In addition to the Nintendo's own quirky Wii no Ma service, Fuji Soft..
If you're considering getting a Japanese Wii, here's some tips and suggestions on getting the most out of it.
Ever since the Japanese took over the home video game console market in the mid-80s there's been a major gulf between game releases in the consoles' country of origin and nations importing them, either because Japanese publishers lacked...
Mario's dad isn't sure Project Natal is a step forward
Microsoft is pretty smug with itself right now. Project Natal has gone down a storm at E3 and the company clearly sees it as the 'next step' in motion control; holding controllers in your hand is so last year, dude. However, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto isn't so sure and insists that for true immersion you need to have something in your hand..
New trademark application in the US suggests so.
There are some combinations in the world that just seem natural: fish and chips, ham and eggs, plumbers and magical kingdoms. Chief amongst all these blessed unions is that of monkeys and balls, but even that holiest of pairings could get even better if the newly-uncovered trademark application for "Super Monkey Ball Step & Roll" lives..
Doesn't want it to weigh down the game's fun feeling.
Traditionally, the core Mario games have never been heavy on story. The Princess gets herself into Bowser's clutches somehow, collect stars, yada yada yada. It's a classic formula, and one that series creator Shigeru Miyamoto finds to be good enough to get the game going. During E3, Wired caught up with Miyamoto about whether Super Mario Galaxy..
The health benefits of games like Wii Fit have been the topic for debate, but use in physical therapy looks more and more viable.
A researcher at the Medical College of Georgia in the United States has recently released initial results of trials using Wii Sports in physical therapy sessions with sufferers of Parkinson's disease (a degenerative disease that affects motor skills) with some extremely..
So says Miyamoto
Nintendo game design legend Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that the new Wii Zelda - which was announced at this year's E3 - is being built with the intention of exploiting the newly-released Wii MotionPlus accessory. For those of you that don't know, MotionPlus bolts onto the base of the Wii Remote and offers a more accurate detection of movement. Speaking to Wired, Miyamoto said:..
Never say never!
When Street Fighter IV dropped earlier this year, Wii owners once again felt the void of a major multiplatform non-release. But in the crazy upside-down world of evergreen sales patterns and delayed ports of HD games, that's not to say the game'll never see a Wii port. Over at the Capcom-Unity boards, a member questioned whether or not a version of SFIV would, or could, ever hit..
Rising Star Games bumps up the release schedule for their Wii-exclusive 2D action-RPG.
Publisher Rising Star Games has revised the release schedule for Vanillaware's stunning 2D action-RPG Muramasa: The Demon Blade, bumping the game from the previously reported timeframe of "Spring 2010" to "Winter 2009". Presumably the game's...
Concedes the nature of trailers is to show off the 'splody action.
Team Ninja, known for their not-so-stealthy Ninja Gaiden series and huge boobs, are the newest developer to take on the Metroid saga. The unveil trailer at E3 looked, well, kinda un-Metroid-y in that it was so action-packed, like shoving her beam canon down a baddie's mouth. During...
Developer says it's up to the publisher.
With neither game even close to being out yet, High Voltage's Russell Crowe-fest Gladiator A.D. and horror co-op shooter The Grinder look to be two promising Wii-exclusive titles to satiate those looking for a bit of the ol' ultraviolence. Well, exclusive at the moment at least. Speaking to Destructoid at E3 last week, HVS design director Dave Pellas said..
Nintendo's American boss finds Microsoft and Sony's new tech 'ironic'
In a recent interview with Kotaku president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime passed a few choice comments on some of E3's big developments, most notably Microsoft's Project Natal and Sony's 'Wand' controller: We have been very familiar with that technology. have personally seen a lot of iterations of similar technology..
But don't get your hopes too high...
Let's face it - even if Wii Sports Resort was just a half-baked version of pétanque it'd still sell amazingly well based on the Wii Sports name alone. Still, those of you who are planning to pick this one up for its MotionPlus ability might be interested to know that the game is set to feature WiiConnect24 capabilities. Browsing the Nintendo Channel and seeking..
Worldwide shock at name "Wii Vitality"
You certainly can't argue with Nintendo's branding department when it comes to game names. Back in my day, it used to be a "Super" here or a "64" there, but these days the Wii name is even stronger than Nintendo's, with the big N keen to slap it on every game they release, including the recently hinted-at "Wii Vitality". The..
Nintendo's big boss warns rivals after motion-control announcements at E3
This year's E3 was all about motion control as both Sony and Microsoft decided to jump on the bandwagon that Nintendo got rolling when the Wii was released some time ago. However, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata - speaking in an interview with British newspaper The Times - revealed that he actually expected rival firms to..
Capcom and Nintendo sure do like money.
There's no doubt that the newfangled black Wii will light up the charts when it hits Japan. And it wouldn't be much of a stretch to predict that Monster Hunter 3 will print money, too. Capcom's planned bundle must surely be some kind of impending supernova then, because this much star power is sure to light up the charts. Out on August 1, the bundle will..
Copycat motion control systems don't impress industry analyst
Where would we be with expert analysts telling us what to think, eh? Take Wedbush Morgan chappie Michael Pachter, for example. Following Microsoft and Sony's recently unveiling of motion control systems at this year's E3, Pachter has waded in with his own viewpoint on all this technological advancement: This year’s E3 again focused on..
Another overconfident prediction from the creator of Betamax
For those of you that have any interest in this kind of thing, Sony Europe boss David Reeves stepped down recently and was succeeded by a fellow called Andrew House. This year's E3 was House's first as president of Sony Europe, so it's unsurprising that he wasted no time in chiming in with a typically brash Sony-style sound-bite when Edge..
Who would have thought eating your fruits and vegetables would be so much fun?
We've already seen some strange stuff from Namco-Bandai in the past with their Katamari Damacy releases, but they appear to have outdone even themselves with their latest oddball outing for the Nintendo Wii console. The Munchables carefully weaves a zany world full of...