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...
Sega's latest hardcore Wii title didn't exactly open with the sales many expected.
While MadWorld certainly has received a lot of praise from the media and many gamers, Sega's latest hardcore Wii title didn't exactly open with the sales many expected. The NPD has confirmed that for the month of March, MadWorld managed to sell 66,000 units, a disappointing return for highly-anticipated hardcore..
Check out Hudson's new Job Island title in action!
Hudson has just released the official game play trailer for their brand new Wii release Job Island. You can check out the official game play trailer below. Job Island has already been released in Japan and Europe, but North American gamers will have to wait until May 13th to get their hands on the game. It's turning out to be an interesting title..
"It prints money!", etc
While the jury is still out on just how significant an update the DSi is over the DS Lite, the American public has voted emphatically with their wallets by snapping up almost half a million of the machines since launch. To put this figure into perspective, the DS Lite sold 226,000 units in the same time frame. Strong DSi sales will only help continue Nintendo’s dominance..
With plenty of blockbuster hits released in March, which games managed to come out on top?
Hardware Sales Nintendo Wii - 601KNintendo DS - 563KXbox 360 - 330KPlayStation 3 - 218KPSP - 168KPlayStation 2 - 112K Software Sales Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360) - 938KPokemon Platinum (Nintendo DS) 805KHalo Wars (Xbox 360) - 639KResident Evil 5 (Playstation 3) - 585KWii Fit (Nintendo Wii) - 541KMLB ‘09: The..
New Play Control: Chibi-Robo, New Play Control: Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, and Friend Connection have all been given June release dates by Nintendo.
Late last year Nintendo of Japan started re-releasing Nintendo Gamecube games on Wii with motion controls, and in some cases, special features. On June 11th though, the New Play Control line will officially come to an end with the release of New Play..
Looks like gamers looking for additional content in The Conduit will have to wait until a sequel.
In a recent interview with Destructoid, High Voltage Software confirmed that their highly anticipated first-person shooter will not have any downloadable content. Destructoid: I know the Wii isn’t known for being DLC friendly, however, could we see...
High Voltage’s ambitious FPS gets some fine-tuning
The Conduit is easily one of the most egarly awaited Wii titles of 2009 but it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer to get our hands on it. Sega has confirmed that the game has been pushed back from Spring to Summer. This might be related to the fact that developer High Voltage is downsizing the multiplayer mode from 16..
There’s a lack of evolution in this revolution.
Pokémon Battle Revolution was first announced back in June of 2006, and it sounded as though it was going to be the ideal console Pokémon game: destructible environments, Wii-DS connectivity, online battling – everything we wanted from the franchise. Satoru Iwata lived up to his promise of...
Sega's private press event doesn't go quite to plan.
The multiplayer component of Sega's highly anticipated Wii-exclusive FPS The Conduit was set to finally be revealed to the press several hours ago at a private event. Unfortunately, things didn't go as smoothly as intended, with Nintendo's own servers going down just minutes before the demo began. Unable to demonstrate The Conduit's online..
You certainly can’t accuse SNK Playmore of ignoring its past. Recently we’ve been blessed with the retro-themed duo of King of Fighters Collection and SNK Arcade Classics, and the Japanese veteran is now following up with yet another compilation of top-notch vintage action. Samurai Shodown Anthology contains six slices of weapon-based...
SEGA want us to compare their upcoming Virtua Tennis 2009 to the real thing.
And I have a little treat for you, it’s some more new footage of Virtua Tennis 2009. Watch and play spot the difference as you compare the similarities between the real life action and the gameplay footage. Taken from the SEGA Europe blog is the following trailer for the game, we have to admit the motion..
Multiplayer Online? Realistic FPS graphics? Is this a Wii game? Rob Nicholls at High Voltage Software says so!
Just looking at screens of the upcoming Wii shooter The Conduit will have your trigger finger itching. It looks like it could be pushing the limits of the Wii. A recent interview with lead designer Rob Nicholls gives us a little more detail about how things are going with this amazing..
Nintendo hoping to make amends for 2008's dire performance
E3 2008 wasn’t a particularly good one for Nintendo. Sure, the company was riding high in the sales charts but the limp presentation (which was essentially geared towards the casual gamer) did little to appease dedicated fans – and after all, they would have been the ones watching. You think your average soccer mom has even heard of E3?..
Square-Enix makes up for lost time with eleven preview videos.
As reported previously, the official website for Square-Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy game Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers launched with a message reading "More Visits, More Movies!" True to form, the site was flooded with visits from the far reaches of the internet, and as such there are now not one but..
UK retailer Gamestation appears to be preparing for a price rise.
As we reported a month or so ago, Nintendo recently increased the price of Wiis to retailers by up to £20, reflecting the increasing strength of the Yen versus pound sterling. At the time it was unsure whether or not retailers would pass the price increase to customers, but now we’ve seen the first signs that the cost to consumers..
Nintendo of America's press site is updated with some information Wii gamers have been waiting for!
If you live in North America, you'll be pleased to know that Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort have finally been given release dates. Dates? Plural? Correct. Wii MotionPlus has been dated for June 8, 2009 and will carry a MSRP of $19.99, and just a little over a month later on July 26, 2009,..
Show off your tricks to gamers all over the world in this exciting racing game.
You lucky North American gamers! It’s only one more week until Excitebots: Trick Racing goes on sale. I bet you can’t wait to get your hands on this bad boy? In the build up to the Excitebots launch we’ve been sent over some new screenshots from our pals at Nintendo, so you can see for yourselves what the online..
Can the Wii version echo the quality of the DS game it spawned from?
It’s not every day that you hear about a game being ported from console to handheld, let alone the other way around. That’s why when Square Enix announced their plans to do this with Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time many started scratching their heads. For starters, whatever happened to that other Crystal..
Hollenshead isn't sure the Wii is a viable platform
Following on from last week’s worrying report that third party development on the Wii is a risky business, id Software head man Todd Hollenshead has added his own two cents to the debate. Speaking to Gamespot, Hollenshead had this to say: If you look at the data, the Wii is Nintendo—and then...
Bustin' makes him feel good, we guess
Ghostbusters: The video game is coming to every platform imaginable pretty soon. And you know what? The Wii version is sporting a slightly different look to the 360 and PS3 editions. Of course, this occurrence is nothing new – Wii owners are used to getting their own versions of multiplatform titles (they’re usually the same as the PS2 versions, as it..
Takashi Shimizu is working on a game adaption of his classic Ju-On film series
Who doesn’t love having the pants scared off of them? There's nothing more exhilarating than the feeling! That’s why it’s welcome news that Takashi Shimizu is working on a new horror game for the Wii, which is tentatively called 'Feel'. It’s based on his hit horror films of the Ju-On series that included the..
In times of woe THQ is looking to sell off Big Huge Games to stay afloat.
Ok, it’s not huge news that the economy isn’t doing so well, so it’s no surprise that THQ is looking to get rid of extra weight in the form of subsidiary Big Huge Games. Hard to blame them after they posted a $191.8 million loss last quarter. A number of its employees were laid off and THQ spokesperson Julie MacMedan..
Get yourself down to Morrison's this weekend to save £20 on a DSi
Despite the DSi's strong first-week sales, British supermarket chain Morrison's are planning to shift even more of the things by offering them at £130 over the Easter weekend, a saving of £20 on Nintendo's RRP. Wii consoles are also set for a knockdown, available at £150, shaving nearly £30 off the regular shelf price. Of..
Just how many units did the DSi move its opening weekend?
It was announced earlier today by Nintendo's President and CEO Satoru Iwata and Senior Managing Director Shigeru Miyamoto , the DSi had a successful opening weekend overseas and moved over 600,000 units between North America and Europe combined. 300,000 units per territory is a pretty impressive number, especially for only two days of..
Warning for third parties looking to make a quick buck
The Nintendo Wii recently became the fastest selling console of all time and is generally perceived to be doing pretty well right now. However, analyst Doug Creutz from Cowen & Company has commented that third parties looking to make easy money by sinking cash into Wii development may be...
No longer just a rumour!
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata today announced during his address to The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan that Wii Sports Resort would be released in Japan in June, with an overseas release in July. The sequel to Nintendo's hugely successful pack-in title uses the enhanced motion-sensing capabilities of the Motion-Plus peripheral to accurately simulate activities such..
Hitman developer trains assassins of diminutive stature
IO Interactive – the studio behind the best-selling Hitman series of video games – has allowed its latest venture to spring from the shadows. Mini Ninjas is a cute-looking action title that features – yes, you’ve guessed it – vertically-challenged ninjas. It marks something of a radical departure for IO; the company has gained its..
Want some new Wii Punch-Out screenshots? We've got a few!
We were able to get our hands on a group of brand new Punch-Out screenshots for the upcoming Wii release. As you can see, the game is shaping up quite nicely and looking like the Punch-Out game Wii fans have been hoping for. The screens show King Hippo, Von Kaiser, Disco Kid, and Glass Joe...
Can Captain Rainbow save the day in this quirky action title?
Let's face it; whenever Nintendo announces a new project, we all grow a little skeptical. With Nintendo creating games that are more accessible and aimed at casual gamers, hardcore types end up feeling more and more sidelined. It's for this reason that when Nintendo of Japan announced in July that it would be publishing Captain Rainbow,..
Tecmo's survival-horror title denied a stateside release by Nintendo.
Wii-exclusive survival-horror title Fatal Frame IV: Mask Of The Lunar Eclipse has been out in Japan since late July. Co-developed by Tecmo (Ninja Gaiden, Dead Or Alive) and Grasshopper Manufacture (Killer7, Contact, No More Heroes) and published by Nintendo, many assumed a worldwide release was inevitable. An official statement..
Nintendo caters to Japanese fans via Takt of Magic.
With Nintendo focusing on their new line of New Play Control titles, many thought that their release schedule for original Wii titles would come to a halt. Though those individuals were correct, that period seems to be over - or at least in Japan. According to the latest Shounen Jump, Takt of Magic, a first-party Wii game, is set to launch on May..
The sequel to Ubisoft’s unsung masterpiece has taken inspiration from real-world events.
Five years ago saw the release of Beyond Good and Evil: a game that in many people’s eyes broke convention by having an intelligent female lead character who was a bit of a tomboy. Yet those who played it didn’t just fall in love with the game because of its reluctance to conform: the story was well..
But is Nintendo concerned?
The answer is "not particularly." Nintendo responded to Sony's Playstation 3 outselling the Wii by just under 50,000 units in Japan in March by saying "it is still the first few months of the year when sales are slow for the industry" and that the plan of action is "to line up strong software to support hardware sales in the second half of the..
These are tough times for many people, but apparently not for Nintendo.
According to Credit Suisse analyst Koya Tabata, the cost of manufacturing a Wii console has gone down by 45%. If this number is accurate, that would mean each Wii sold is bringing in nearly twice the profit as in previous years. And yes, the Wii most definitely brings in profit per sale, around $6 USD each actually. If you take..
Is this the definitive version of Trivial Pursuit or does it raise too many questions?
Let’s face it: with the wider and more diverse spectrum of gamers that the console is now catering for, the Wii isn’t short of party-type games. We’ve seen countless conversions of popular board games springing up throughout the Wii’s life so far – many have been cheap cash-ins and blatant attempts to..
Double Fine's gut-busting metal adventure becomes a strong likelihood for the Wii, although not exactly as expected.
For those unaware, Brutal Legend is a game that stars heavy-metal-groupie-turned-hero, Eddie Riggs (voiced by Jack Black), who is pulled into a world of rock ‘n’ roll fantasy where evil reigns most awesomely. Full of heavy riffs,...
Does Guitar Hero: Aerosmith live up to the standards set by other Guitar Hero games?
After the huge amount of attention Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock received after its launch, it’s definitely no surprise that there was going to be a Guitar Hero IV. The most recent installment in the popular Guitar Hero series will not only utilize a guitar, but a microphone and drums as well. Since the game..
Dylan Cuthbert was there when it all started - but he's ruled himself out of McCloud's future adventures
If you asked any hardcore Nintendo fan which key first-party franchise they’d like to see appear next on Wii, you can be pretty sure that amongst F-Zero, Donkey Kong and Kid Icarus the name ‘StarFox’ would crop up. The first game...
11 more tracks this week for Rock Band 2 on Wii.
More classics coming your way this week at the Rock Band 2 in game music store on the Wii as announced today by Harmonix and MTV. Journeys famous uplifter “Don’t Stop Believing”, as well as tracks from Foo Fighters, Oasis, and some family friendly fare from SpongeBob Squarepants. Also the classic “Heartbreaker” from Pat Benetar. What the..
Namco Bandai's RPG series returns to the Wii for another adventure.
Namco Bandai this week announced not one but three new releases in the long-running Tales series by year's end, among them Tales Of Grace, developed exclusively for the Wii. First revealed in late 2008 via an unnamed trailer, Tales Of Grace serves as the latest "mothership" title of the series and shares the same..
Wii Motion Plus tech is almost TOO accurate says Grand Slam Producer
Most of us are eagerly awaiting solid release dates for Wii Motion Plus and games that will use it, many of them sports games but are we really ready? Ok, think back now. When was the last time you went out and played a real tennis match and hit the ball where you wanted it to go after a few minutes of play? That’s what I..
Could Wii MotionPlus finally have a release date?
A picture was taken at an Amsterdam gaming retailer which shows a much-hyped Wii Sports Resort coming bundled with the Wii MotionPlus accessory being released on July 10, 2009. It also shows the Wii Motion Plus “Controller” being sold as a separate item as well. This could mean that it would be a stand-alone accessory, or that it could be..
Bplus turns their attention to Wii retail with their upcoming title Vektor Tank.
Having gotten their feet wet on Nintendo's WiiWare service with the releases of their Plättchen and Niki Rock 'n Ball titles, developer Bplus have now turned their focus towards Wii retail titles with the announcement of their forthcoming Wii game Vektor Tank. Bplus has stated that the game was originally inspired by..
Split-screen multiplayer allows Wii owners to cross streams and much, much more.
The latest blog entry from Red Fly Studios, developers of the Wii version of the upcoming Ghostbusters game, offers up some details on the game's exclusive co-operative multiplayer features. Wii owners will be able to enjoy the entirety of the single-player experience with a friend via a co-operative split-screen mode..
The more people that visit, the more we see!
Just like the site implies, the more visits the site has, the more content that is shown. In just two days since we reported on the Crystal Bearers' new webpage, even more content has been revealed - with more teasers to come! If you head over to the Crystal Bearers site, you'll now see new gameplay footage under "It's Gonna Be a Long Night"..
The Wii Rock Band 2 music store adds Classic Jam and a few others
The Wii’s Rock Band 2 music store has recently added Pearl Jam’s classic debut album “Ten”. As part of weekly additions it’s also added songs from Devo, Faith No More and Fall Out Boy. All songs are master tracks and run 200 Wii Points each. The update includes the entire Pearl Jam Ten album as separate tracks (sorry, still..
Greenpeace puts Nintendo in last place for green practices, but are any waggling hands listening?
On March 31st Greenpeace released its annual “guide to Greener Electronics” in an adorable easy to read meter format, which lists from 1 (worst) to 10 (best) a rating for the most green of the market leading electronics companies. Guess who came in 1st place? Oops, that’s not first place that’s..
Sega of Japan's "Project Ringo" has finally been revealed in this week's Famitsu magazine. To the surprise of very few here at Nintendo Life, it's an all-new Puyo Puyo game! Imaginately titled Puyo Puyo 7, the latest entry in Sega's classic falling-block puzzler series appears quite similar to previous Puyo games, with the majority of the basic rules remaining intact. As..
A fun spin-off in the highly acclaimed Final Fantasy series
When you think of Wii, you may think of very vibrant family friendly games – games that are very easy to pick up and play, as well as those that have little or no challenge. In other words, games that appeal to non-gamers more so than the hardcore veterans. Though Wii holds host to some 'hardcore' franchises, yet most of these have been..
We select our favourite Nintendo-related pranks from the big day
April 1st is a day feared by regular inhabitants of the internet. It’s the one day of the year when you can practically ignore all amazing and outlandish news stories as rival sites attempt to out-do each other with their attempts at humour. However, putting aside the more pathetic jokes for one moment (anyone here still think the..
Konami lifts the lid on a radical re-imagining of a horror classic
The latest issue of US magazine Nintendo Power has exclusive details relating to Konami's rumoured remake of its 32-bit Playstation horror classic Silent Hill. Entitled Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, the game will make use of the Wii's unique controls and according to Konami producer Tomm Hulett, it's going to be much more than..
Can the Dokapon Kingdom host a party for all ages?
In general, the Wii isn’t well-known for epic role-playing titles, nor is it famous for hardcore games. Though gamers are having fun playing Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, there hasn't been very much to quench gamer's thirst for RPG's. While Japanese Wii owners are getting a several neat looking role players, these is always some..
Tecmo's legendary warrior returns for another outing, but is this more than just a re-heated port?
Back in May of 2007, Tecmo stated that it had plans to port Rygar: The Legendary Adventure (a seven year-old PS2 game) to the Wii. Predictably, many gamers were very vocal with their opinion of this move. For starters, why would they want to port such...
One million copies sold to make a profit sounds ridiculous? It is!
Earlier it was noted that in order for a Wii title to actually make a profit, one million copies of that title must be sold, and as many were quick to point out, that number just didn't seem right. Well, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, it isn't. Reggie says "the fact is, there's no single magic..
At a GDC 2009 roundtable with renowned designers, Art seems to be a dirty word
It’s a debate that has raged for centuries: Do video games constitute art? Ok, maybe not centuries, but it seems like a while. Personally, I say ‘yeah, of course it is!’, but I’m not the creator of games that have been hailed as art by so many. At this years...
Twice the Zelda for half the price!
Capcom's epic action-adventure game Okami has received a significant price-cut on Capcom US' online store. Developed by Clover Studios (God Hand, Viewtiful Joe) Okami combines Zelda-esque action-adventure game-play with the style and setting of classic Japanese mythology. Using the Celesital Brush, players can draw symbols and objects on the screen via the..
More in-game footage of Vanillaware's stunning Wii-exclusive action-RPG.
Japanese publishers Marvelous have released a new trailer for the upcoming 2D action-RPG Muramasa: The Demon Blade. Designed and developed by Vanillaware (Princess Crown, Odin Sphere), Muramasa is set for release in Japan on April 9. North American readers can expect the game...
Excite Bots looking like Trucks. If it ain’t broken just add Robots.
Is there anyone else out there who still plays Excite Truck for the sheer…excitement? The crazy loose physics that practically have you flying over tracks? Excite Bots: Trick Racing looks like a little more of the same with some added antics in the form of robot machines. This could be all it needed. True, no one wants to play..
Not much there yet, but it’s still worth bookmarking!
The Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers website is finally up, and fans of the the series now have a new place to look for information on the highly anticipated Square Enix title. The site is still very new and upon entering you will be greeted a slight variation of Final Fantasy IV's prologue music. So far crystalbearers.com..
The Sims franchise enters the animal kingdom
The forest is tranquil. The birds are flying peacefully in the sky and the bears are patrolling the ground. Swans swim swiftly downstream and rabbits hop around in the meadow. What could possibly go wrong in a paradise like this? But wait, the predator levels are increasing in the area, outnumbering its prey. What are you going to do? One of the rabbits..
That’s a lot of copies, how many have made the cut?
Unfortunately, not that many. In fact, most games typically sell less than 150,000 copies according to a New York Times article, where Nintendo of America’s head honcho Reggie Fils-Aime shared this interesting information. Fils-Aime said “[one million titles] was a lower threshold than for the other consoles,” and to make that number..
Marvelous covers up its latest RPG
Since seeing it in action, we’ve been keeping a keen eye on Marvelous Interactive’s upcoming Wii RPG Arc Rise Fantasia. With the talents of director Hiroyuki Kanemaru and composer Yasunori Mitsuda, this Wii-exclusive title is shaping up to be a fine role-player. However, putting the impressive staff roster aside for one moment, we have to admit that one of the..
Get fit the Nintendo way!
Wii Fit isn't the first fitness application made for video game consoles, but it's unquestionably the biggest selling one. It's Exhibit A in Nintendo's case for the business logic behind expanding the gaming market and the message has been heard loud and clear. Much of the success must be down to the fact that the peripheral and the pack-in software are well-designed and..
One of the arcade world's most respected brands touches down on Wii with a 16-hit combo of a collection
Back when it was first released in the early ‘90s SNK’s Neo-Geo Advanced Entertainment System (or AES for short) was the undisputed Rolls Royce of video game consoles. Because the Japanese firm had decided to base the machine on the exact same specification boasted by its arcade hardware..
A recap of all the third-party news and announcements for Nintendo consoles from this year's Global Developers' Conference.
Sotoru Iwata's keynote speech at this year's Global Devopers' Conference revealed more than a couple of exciting projects for Nintendo fans to look forward to in the coming months. It's not just the Big N who came to the party, however; third-party developers both independent..
The Broken Sword murder mystery adventure comes to Wii, but is this the definitive version?
It is with some fond memories that we review Broken Sword: The Director's Cut on the Wii. The original game proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable mystery adventure, with a tantalizing storyline, memorable characters and logical puzzles. This new release is more...
Government website falls victim to satirical prank
The website of Australia's Classification Board has been hacked by an unknown individual in opposition to plans to "control and sheepify the nation". The site's regular introductory text was replaced with a satiricial message likening the Board's conduct to that of the Chinese government and threatening the Board's critics with death by..
Battalion Wars advances onto the Wii…
Calling the first Battalion Wars an anti-climatic experience wouldn’t be too far off the mark: the spin-off from the highly acclaimed Advance Wars series was expected to be a smash hit success. Unfortunately, the distinct lack of tactical depth brought the game short of the mark in many people's eyes...