We recently visited SEGA's HQ in London to play The Conduit. Feast your ears on the results!
As you might have read in the earlier feature on the Conduit Multiplayer event at Sega, Nintendo Life staff member Tom had the opportunity to interview two of the chaps from High Voltage Software – Kerry Ganofsky (CEO) and Eric Nofsinger (CCO). Armed with a couple of questions the community wanted to know..
See, people like killing each other on Wii too
Listmania continues! In a nice addition to last week's reveal of what Wii owner's play, Kotaku has compiled a list using the Nintendo Channel's play data on how much time is spent with M-rated games. Call of Duty: World at War steals the most play time, with the average user unloading 34:28 hours into it, no doubt due to online play. Out of the top 5..
Company also has big plans for the Wii in '09
Although many people had already assumed that it was going to be the case, Capcom has now given actual confimation that Monster Hunter 3 Tri is coming to the West. The company's 2008 financial results state that Monster Hunter 3 Tri will come out in “FY 2009″, which basically means sometime between April 2009 - April 2010. Given that the game has..
Go on, be a sport!
Following quickly after Hudson's Job Island is the sequel to last year’s Deca Sports imaginatively titled Deca Sports 2 (Sports Island 2 in Europe). The follow up is instantly recognisable and extremely similar to the original game with the same visual style but with ten new sports to play. If you haven't heard much of the first game, essentially Deca Sports 2 is another..
Codemasters announce a long awaited Wii Cricket game in the form of Ashes Cricket 2009 will be released later this year.
Ever since the initial Wii release we've heard countless sports fans in the UK want a Cricket game for Wii and we're glad to report that Codemasters has finally fulfilled this dream with Ashes Cricket 2009. The game is currently set for release on PC, XBOX 360 and PS3 this summer..
Multiplayer favourite knocks stablemate Super Mario Bros. off the top spot
Nintendo has revealed that Wii Sports has sold 45.7 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest selling video game in history. The previous number one was the NES classic Super Mario Bros., which made its way into 40.23m households. Both games have been featured in hardware bundles in some countries, which makes the..
Doc Louis steps into the ring for a second live-action commercial.
A second live-action commercial for the upcoming Punch-Out!! game has surfaced, centred this time on long-time coach Doc Louis. Played by Isiah Whitlock Jr. (best known for his role as Clay Davis on HBO's The Wire), Doc demonstrates the game's motion controls and take a pummelling...
Conclusive proof that pink jumpsuits make everything cooler.
Nintendo have released a hilarious new live-action commerical for the upcoming Punch-Out!! game on Wii, featuring real-life professional boxer Paulie Malignaggi in the role of Little Mac. Maybe it's the lack of a focus-group-approved family montage talking, but I'm almost positive that...
Does Namco's Klonoa remake manage to capture the magic of the original Playstation release?
Before true 3D platformers became all the rage, 2.5D platformers began showing up on Sony's Playstation console during the 32-bit era. These games featured 3D visuals, but kept the player on a 2D pathway through the game. This would allow developers the...
Can NASCAR Kart Racing raise the bar previously set by Mario Kart Wii?
Mario Kart Wii has been on the market for over a year now and is regarded by many as the best racer on the platform. Due to its success it’s no surprise that some developers have tried to make their own clone of the game. While many of those clones have ended up pitifully, Electronic Arts’ recent NASCAR effort has finally..
Ten sports in one - too good to be true?
Wii Sports has become a huge success for Nintendo: chances are if you’ve played a Wii, you’ve played Wii Sports, and it even wins our coveted Wii Game Most Likely to be Played at Parties Award. The easy-to-play multiplayer title is enjoyed by all demographics, and after a few quick matches, gamers and non-gamers are hooked on the game and want more..
Avert your eyes, little ones
Unofficial fan-made artwork usually falls into one of two camps - totally amazing or acutely embarrassing. Thankfully, "Shura Momohime” - by the painfully talented Muuten - is firmly in the former category. It's also happens to be a little bit rude, so don't click this link unless you're comfortable with seeing fictional video game characters "nekkid"..
List of top-selling titles puts Sony and Microsoft to shame
We don't need to tell you that the DS and Wii have been pretty damned successful. However, it's always interesting to see numbers that illustrate just how damned successful the two consoles have performed, so here goes (figures are for worldwide sales): Nintendo DS Brain Training - 17.4 millionNew Super Mario Bros. - 18.4 millionMario Kart..
Capcom rep says news might come in "a couple weeks."
Japan-exclusive Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom may be 13 companies away from at least a US release, but goshdarnit if Capcom aren't trying. IGN got a word in with Christian Svensson, Capcom's vice president of strategic planning and business development, about the possibility of a state-side release and, well, didn't exactly get a "nope." Said..
New WiiWare title set to hit Japan...next week?
What's old is new again. Again. Capcom kick-started the whole retro-sequel shenanigans last year with the stellar Mega Man 9, and Konami tried it's hand with the awkwardly-capitalized and underwhelming Gradius ReBirth too. Looks like Konami is going to be taking another stab at a retro revival, wheeling out the 16-bit style Contra ReBirth. I don't..
Deep Silver's cooking up some spookies with their survival horror title Cursed Mountain due out later this year. Or so we think, since little has been shown of the game outside of an Internet trailer. To the trailer's credit, it looks kinda spooky. The game's official Web site just launched, and once you get by the annoying scrolling age-lock page, it's got a bunch of art, creepy wind, some..
Nintendo wants Wii fans to get ready to rumble!
You might remember that we reported on this Punch-Out!! Challenge earlier this week, but Nintendo has issued a press release that contains a wealth of new information regarding the event. You can check out the full press release below for more details on the event, complete with time, date, and...
The Big N continues to rake in cash, despite the global credit crunch
The world economy may be up a creek without a paddle but Nintendo isn't feeling the pinch all that much. For the financial year ending March 31, 2009, the Kyoto-based video game veteran reported record figures for both sales and operating profit. Sales clocked in at 1.83 trillion yen - a rise of 9 percent from last year..
Get ready to not-bongo on June 5th
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat came with bongos on GameCube. Which, at the time, could have been considered "new" play control. Wouldn't putting the game out sans-bongos be like it going back to "old" play control? Regardless of your definition, New Play Control! Jungle Beat hits Europe on June 5th with two new stages, new enemies and new weapons..
Shake to see anything? Hmmm...
The recently re-christened Visceral Games, formerly EA Redwood Shores and the developers behind Dead Space: Extraction, don't want to make things easy on you. In fact, they might be trying to kill you. Well, maybe not in the sense of actual death, but a digital demise might be in order as well as accompanying real-world arm cramps. The original Dead Space gave you a..
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
The 'casual gaming' debate is likely to flare up again with the confirmation that 2K Games is planning to release It's My Birthday for the Nintendo Wii in June of this year. Best described as a 'Birthday party simulator', this title is being billed as a 'party in a box', with support for up to 12 different brats. Now call us old fashioned, but surely the..
New batch of screenshots show the upcoming Wii RPG in action.
We just got some Arc Rise Fantasia screenshots of the upcoming Wii RPG from Marvelous Entertainment. The game is a traditional turn-based RPG that features a three member party that all fight in conjunction with each other and share the same AP gauge during battle. This team battle concept is one of the many unique features being touted..
Amazon listing may have spilled the beans
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was big. Huge. It also never saw the light of day on Wii, unfortunately. Of course, Activision likes money, and it likes porting games to every platform imaginable, which is why this Amazon UK listing for Modern Warfare 2 Wii doesn't seem so crazy. World at War sold great on...
Mystery game doing the press rounds
To avoid a crapfest of an E3 show, tons of companies are doing pre-event events to show off their wares to the gaming press. Activision's got one, EA has one coming up, and apparently Nintendo has a card up its sleeve on this front too. According to the latest IGN Nintendo Voice Chat podcast, editor Craig Harris is supposed to be shown a "mystery game"..
Sales nearly doubled on last year's total
When the Wii was released super-publisher EA caught a bit of flak for not giving the format the respect it deserved. Thankfully the company has changed its attitude and has been duly rewarded with a massive jump in sales. According to EA's financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2009, 14% of its overall revenue was generated by titles on..
Handy-dandy chart action shows where we sink our time
Stephen Totilo, formerly of MTV Multiplayer and now over at Kotaku, is a very busy man. He writes a lot. He co-created "Hogan Knows Best." And now, he's tracking our Wii-playing stats. Since last September, he's been dutifully snagging the Nintendo Channel play statistics and putting them into convenient chart form to show just how..
Honest-to-goodness Sadness info coming?
Man, E3 this year is set to be massive. Not only will we (hopefully) be getting some more info and debuts of some (hopefully) bangin' new Ninty Wii and DSi titles and third-party efforts, like two new games from High Voltage Software, the LA Convention Center promises to shed some light on the dark Sadness. GoNintendo has uncovered Polish developer Nibris'..
Buy your copy early and watch arcade pugilism at its finest
Finally, a reason to get out of the house! Fake boxing gets serious at the NYC Nintendo World Store from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, as the shop will host a Punch-Out!! tourney. Thirty-two competitors will duke it out for the World Video Boxing Association title and custom trophy,...
Shooting and sword-play shown in seemingly leaked trailer
While the original Red Steel may have sold gangbusters for a non-Nintendo launch title, it certainly remains one of the most divisive games in the console's short life-span, centering essentially around what many consider to be wonky controls and pre-launch Wiimote promises that didn't really turn out as advertised. For the sequel, Ubisoft..
Tokyo Gore Police has the bloodiest Wii cameo yet
I watched Tokyo Gore Police last night via Netflix after having it sit on my desk for about two weeks. Or rather, I should say tried to watch it, as I shut it off about halfway through after a particularly nasty appendage-removal scene. For those that don't know about the movie, it's a Japanese Troma-style gorefest about bio-enhanced bad guys and..
Soon you can play all your games gangsta-style
Peripherals! Between the Wii Wheel, Balance Board, Perfect Shot and those useless plastic bits you snap onto the Wiimote to make playing Wii Sports even more embarrassing in front of a crowd, Nintendo's casual-friendly console can't seem to get enough. For those big into lightgun games and that arcade feeling, or if you want to pretend to shoot Pikmin..
Swedish Dentist is forced to change name by Nintendo's crack team of lawyers
It's a classic "David vs. Goliath" battle. A small dental surgery in Malmö, Sweden up against a multi-million dollar video game giant. Sadly, in this case, Goliath won. Nintendo has taken legal action to force the surgery in question to change its name - which was previously "Wii Smile". Before you..
The OFLC has recently been updated with a few new game listings, including a certain kart racing title Virtual Console fans have been clamoring for.
It seems the wait for the Super Nintendo hit Super Mario Kart is almost over. The OFLC ratings board has been updated and includes four new titles we're likely to see made available on Nintendo's download services soon. Super Mario Kart is easily the..
Slap in your preorders now folks!
If you’re not exclusively a Nintendo gamer you’ll be used to coming across special edition game releases. Heck almost every game on the Xbox 360 seems to get them now. If you’re a fan of the franchise having all the extra stuff can make you feel quite smug when you know the average man on the street will just have the bog standard green DVD case, you know it..
Tom ventures to Sega’s London HQ to play the game that is on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
To say that The Conduit is eagerly anticipated would be a serious understatement – this is potentially the title that could be the next best thing since sliced Goldeneye. Imagine then the excitement I felt at the opportunity to visit Sega’s London offices to not only give the Conduit’s multiplayer..
Excitebots is everything a great sequel should be - and then some!
When Excite Truck launched alongside the Nintendo Wii console it was the perfect showpiece for showing off the Wii console's motion controls while still providing a true arcade racing experience for gamers to sink their teeth into. While the game lacked the real-life physics and game...
But it's still not enough to catch the 'reborn' PS3
Capcom's Monster Hunter G has given Wii a much-needed kick up the arse in Japan, where the console is currently being outsold by Sony's resurgent PS3. Sony's machine has been enjoying a rare period of sales supremacy thanks largely to killer titles such as Resident Evil 5, Yakuza 3 and - although it's not actually a video game - Final Fantasy VII:..
If you can't beat them, join them
Ok, before we start let's get one thing clear - this is piece of news is still trapped in rumour-ville for the time being. With that out of the way, we can get down to business. We've heard word that Sony is set to reveal details of its own 'motion-sensing' controller for the PS3 at E3 this year. "But the PS3 already has that" I hear you cry - in the form..
Finally the collection pinball fans in Europe have been waiting for!
System 3 Software, the UK-based publisher of Williams Pinball Classics in Europe, has not only created a brand-new website featuring all of their products but also seen fit to put forward a new release date of 11th September 2009 for it. Whilst we have no idea what has caused the delay from spring to fall, this is the first..
A realistic Cooking Mama?
'Casual' gaming on the Wii is currently big business so we probably shouldn't be surprised that Namco Bandai - along with Ghostbusters developer Red Fly Studios - is working on a 'serious' cooking title. Food Network: Cook or be Cooked contains a fully-stocked kitchen and will attempt to give a more true-to-life...
Former Microsoft man comes clean about EA's poor Wii performance
EA Sports boss Peter Moore has admitted to Eurogamer that his company isn't doing as well as it could be when it comes to the Nintendo Wii. Speaking in an exclusive interview with the UK-based website, Moore had this to say: I think we need to continue to work on the Wii. When I look at the attach rate on the Wii of our software to..
The remake of the classic Playstation platformer is coming to Wii
Playstation fans might remember that Klonoa: Door to Phantomile first made its appearance back on the original Playstation console in 1998. The game was a 2.5D side-scrolling platform title that featured a floppy-eared protagonist named Klonoa. The game featured some beautiful polygon...
EA reveals new shots of its best-selling sports franchise
After a few attempts to create next-gen visuals on the Wii, Electronic Arts has finally come to its senses and has given the latest version of Madden NFL a light-hearted visual sheen. The new shots show the unique caricatured players, which the developer promises will boast amusing animations and exaggerated movements. While some fans will..
In the words of Sir Alan, You're hired!
After Hudson’s relative success with Sports Island, last June, comes the first of two new titles; Job Island: Hard Working People and Sports Island 2. Job Island (aka Help Wanted) has to be one of the most bizarre ideas for a mini-games title yet, working! Job Island has 3 main game modes: Employment office,...
Details on the newly emerged action title begin to spill...
Although Wii launch title Red Steel received a mixed response from the critics, its sequel is deep in the works and presents more than a little promise. The motion sensitive Wii Remote seems an uncanny representative for both shooting and sword fighting games, and Red Steel 2 promises to deliver both in full force. The original attempted..
"Mind boggling sports action" is coming to the Wii!
Flush from the success of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Sega has today announced the rather strange-looking Wacky World of Sports. Containing such dubious 'sports' as Tuna Tossing, Extreme Ironing and The Mud Slide, this off-the-wall title is obviously aimed at party play. Here's the press release in full: Wacky World of Sports takes..
EA's Gridiron franchise is Wii only for '10
EA has confirmed that its best-selling Madden NFL franchise will be skipping the DS for the 2010 edition. Rumours started to circulate when EA revealed the cover artwork for Madden NFL 10 and the DS version was missing, but EA Sports' Senior PR Manager Rob Semsey has confirmed what DS-owning American Football fans had feared: We set extremely high..
Game to showcase a Wild West theme?
US magazine Nintendo Power has published some new imagery from Ubisoft's upcoming Red Steel 2. The new artwork appears to show some kind of katana-welding cowboy. The images shown so far are merely snippets from the final print magazine, and we'll have to wait until the physical issue hits the news stands before...
At Captivate '09, Capcom released a new trailer for the upcoming Umbrella Chronicles sequel.
The game looks fantastic for a Wii game - although this is no real surprise, because the previous game The Umbrella Chronicles was one of the better-looking Wii games. Still focusing on the game's Resident Evil 2 scenario, the trailer shows many familiar faces and places from the original game. See if you..
Okay, we didn't see this one coming...
ZootFly, developers of action games for the PC and Xbox have turned their attention to licensed properties and after completing a game based upon hit TV show Prison Break are going to tackle the Mr. T graphic novel license. Not only are they planning on doing a Mr. T game, but apparently a series of Mr. T games according to the press release on their website:..
Hopefully this will save a lot of tooth enamel...
IGN blogger gamingmaster42 had many questions about the multiplayer aspects of The Conduit (as do many of our own forumites) and decided to send off a missive to get the straight story from High Voltage regarding ranking/achievements, friend codes and WiiSpeak. Here is the response from Josh Olson, the game's producer: Proximity voice only applies..
Nintendo is being SUCH a tease, you guys!
We already know that many familiar faces will be returning in the Wii version of Punch Out!!, but Nintendo has confirmed that new characters will be present also. The Punch Out!! website now has a little teaser online which shows the outline of a new challenger, along with the words 'Coming Soon'. Could Iron...
Crusty old FMV shooter gets rated by the ESRB
Chances are many of you won't have been alive when the FMV gaming craze happened in the late '80s/early '90s; the storage power of formats like LaserDisc and CD-ROM caused game developers to go a little crazy, creating titles with live action footage that had all the depth of a shallow puddle. One such...
New shots from EA's on-rails scare-em-up
EA has unleashed more shots of its upcoming Wii-exclusive title Dead Space: Extraction. Based on the same universe seen in the 360/PS3 original, Extraction is an on-rails shooter which sees the player fighting off alien monsters called Necromorphs. These rather nasty creatures inhabit dead bodies and reanimate them, creating some truly horrible enemies..
The producer of Grand Slam Tennis at Giganto-Company EA had quite a bit to say on the subject of Nintendo's Remote-enhancer, and a quick whisper of new in-game characters too.
Producer Tommy Singleton has the enviable honour of being in charge of one of the first MotionPlus-supported games (and the expectations that come with it), but quite luckily the add-on won him over from Day One; In certain..
If you've got 5000 Stars in your account, that is.
Here's a spot of breaking news for you - highly recommended action-strategy game Little King's Story has only just been released in the UK this very day, but Nintendo Europe are very generously offering a limited number of copies to its Club Nintendo users, at the princely sum of 5,000 Stars a pop. If you've got a spare 5,000 Stars and fancy..
Fit for a King!
We've all dreamed of being King or Queen of our own miniature Kingdom: sat upon our thrones, dishing out orders from on high, pleasing our loyal subjects and amassing loads and loads of money. Sadly, for anyone other than the bosses of Nintendo Life, this is destined never to come true, but don't despair, regal wannabes! Little...
The first in a new line of F1 games is hitting the track soon
Codemasters has officially confirmed that it is releasing a game based on the Formula One 2009 season. The official F1 licence used to be Sony's property but there hasn't been a game for quite some time now. After rumours that EA were considering picking it up, UK publisher Codemasters has stepped in and aquired the rights. Here's the..
Crashed and burned…
CID The Dummy from Oxygen Games is an action platformer that was released earlier in the year on Sony's PSP. The hero is a crash test dummy, CID, given special powers by inventor "Professor B.M. Werken" to go on a mission to save his apparently very beautiful daughter. From the outset the very idea of the game feels just a little contrived. Beginning with a very odd..
Ever wanted to see how the various Nintendo Wii controllers started out?
Patent images have recently surfaced of some of Nintendo's various Wii controller designs. For those who want to see how these controllers took shape, you can check out the images below. The Wii Remote designs are probably the most interesting of the bunch. As you can see, one design features an analog stick where the D-pad is..
Encouraging words from EA...do they finally get it?
During the conference keynote address EA Sports head Peter Moore spoke about EA Sports' current philosophy towards the Wii stating that "You can't simply take what you're doing on the PS3 or Xbox 360 and port – that's a dirty word – down to the Wii." New titles like Grand Slam Tennis (EA's first tennis game) and the new Tiger Woods..
That's fightin' talk where I come from!
In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America Peter Dille and SCEA Corporate Communications Manager Julie Han let fly with what is likely to become a near-legendary series of quotes: JH: The other point, I think, to what Peter said earlier, is...
...and reveals that he's rubbish at the NES original
Former boxing champ and part-time ear-biter Mike Tyson was in the original NES Punch Out!! - this you probably already know. However, when he went off the rails Nintendo quickly removed him from the game in order to avoid upsetting the wee kiddies. They even scrapped plans for an intergalactic...
Check out the Head to Head action in Nintendo's upcoming Wii Punch-Out!! release!
We were fortunate enough to get our hands on some brand new Wii Punch-Out!! screenshots showing off the game's Head to Head mode in action. As you can see in the shots below, the split-screen action looks solid and offers both players the same fighting perspective...
The Japanese simply cannot get enough of this machine
According to Japanese magazine Famistu, the Nintendo Wii crossed the '8 million sold' mark in Japan on April 19th. Enterbrain has also released the top five selling Wii games in Japan (it's worth pointing out that Wii Sports was not bundled with the console): 1. Wii SportsLaunch: 12/2/06Life-to-date: 3,481,469 copies 2. Wii FitLaunch:..
US gamers only getting Tiger bundle love?
A press released just issued by EA has confirmed what we've expected for a while - the Wii MotionPlus is getting bundled with third-party software. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis will both be packed with the new device, but the press release states that only the former will be getting the same treatment in the US. EA SPORTS™, a label of..
Warner, TT Games and Harmonix join forces to bring you the latest in the new cross-over genre of LEGO and music - LEGO Rock Band!
Players will become rockers as they embark on a journey to stardom that the whole family can enjoy as they work their way through local venues, stadiums and fantasy locations on Earth and beyond, that mimic the imaginative settings that the LEGO world offers. Also..
The NA fate of Vanillaware’s stunning 2D action title hangs in the balance
XSEED Games – the company that gave North American gamers the superb Retro Game Challenge – has announced that it will no longer be distributing Vanillaware’s upcoming 2D masterpiece Muramasa: The Demon Blade. The statement runs as follows: XSEED Games confirms that it is no longer involved with the North American..
Game designer predicts poor sales performance for high-profile FPS
With past ‘hardcore’ failures like No More Heroes, House of Dead: Overkill and (more recently) Madworld, the Wii is getting a reputation for being a casual gamers’ machine first and foremost. This certainly doesn’t bode well for Sega’s upcoming FPS title The Conduit...
With the release of Punch-Out!! rapidly approaching, new details are starting to emerge.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Punch-Out!! is the next big title from Nintendo. With its May release date fast approaching, new details are starting to emerge. With that, our friends at Nintendo Pad have compiled a list of noteworthy data that may appeal to you...
Strong sales should follow.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in an interview with Reuters that the company has a number of important new games on the way for Wii, saying "we’re confident that we’ll continue to see very strong hardware sales behind those launch titles.” What could these key titles be? Wii Fit+ has been...
The German USK ratings board has updated with a listing for Guitar Hero: Van Halen.
It seems as though gamers can't get enough of the Guitar Hero franchise, and Activision can't get enough of trying to milk the franchise for all its got. Earlier this week, the German USK ratings board updated with a listing for Guitar Hero: Van Halen, presumably a title along similar lines to previous compilations..
It looks as though Electronic Arts has another MySims title planned for this year.
With MySims Party released last month on both the Wii and the DS and MySims Kart planned for release this summer, many thought that would be the last time we'd see the MySims this year. Surprisingly though, Electronic Arts has another title planned for this September. While details remain scarce, GameStop has added a..
Falling Wii sales to blame
Following the news that Wii sales were 17% down on this point last year, the value of Nintendo’s stock has plummeted by 7.5%. It’s hardly a shocking plunge but considering the general shoddy state of the global economy at present it certainly could have been a lot worse.
While Deca Sports proved to be a monster hit in terms of sales for Hudson, its sequel - which was released earlier this week in Japan - doesn't look like following in its predecessor's footsteps, at least in Japan. With first day sales of only 2,500, Deca Sports 2 has failed to capture the public's interest quite like its older brother...