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...
Creating your own city isn't nearly as fun as it sounds.
When the Virtual Console launched alongside the Wii in November 2006, SimCity was the flagship title for the SNES. Though the graphical limitations of the SNES resulted in a rather dated experience, the core gameplay held strong and the game managed to show newcomers to the franchise that it remains funeven after almost two decades. That was..
A new Horror Thriller, Cursed Mountain (Wii) and the long missing Duke Nukem (DS) Platforming style
At this year's GDC publisher Deep Silver held a small, exclusive press screening to showcase it's upcoming titles including the new horror title Cursed Mountain (Wii) and Duke Nukem: Critical Mass (DS). Cursed Mountain is a Wii exclusive and a welcome one for those that've been itching for some more..
Shake, shake, shake!
Over the past decade, Wario's platforming adventures have been drastically reduced in order to make way for his journey into the party genre with the much-loved WarioWare franchise. Though many enjoyed these party games, they never came close to achieving the same feeling created by the Wario platform games. When Wario Land:...
For those unable to keep up, an overview of the stories and announcements made during Satoru Iwata's keynote speech.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata dropped more than a few bombshells today during his keynote speech at the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco - some surprising, some predicted months ago, all exciting news for Nintendo fans. Here's a look at all the announcements in brief:..
Is Ready 2 Rumble Revolution capable of getting this brawl started?
Not all games are meant to be great, nor are they supposed to be blockbuster hits in terms of sales. With Ready 2 Rumble Revolution, it's obviously that the developers had high hopes - this is, after all, a sequel to one of the best-selling Sega Dreamcast games - but by toying with the interface they've turned it into a complete..
The long awaited DJ hero sets up shop with a mostly naked website.
DJ hero has been in development for almost 2 years and there are few details, still, but they recently launched a website at www.djhero.com. There's not much to see there yet, but an area to sign up for updates and the platforms it will cover: Wii, PS3, Xbox360. Slated for release later this year the title will include a laptop DJ..
The slippery release date of WiiMotion plus has firmed up as a pack-in title
Since the announcement of Wii motion plus at E3 2008, it was slated to pack in with the eagerly awaited WiiSports Resort. That was supposed to be this spring, and wait... it's spring right now. One delay after another has left us all wondering, but it seems it's not the add-on that's holding things up because now it's..
Pete’s waiting at your door with yet another gift for you.
It’s been a mere week since Nintendo of America started presenting Animal Crossing: City Folk players with gifts, even though other areas of the world have been receiving them for months already. And it’s only been a day since I made mention of our lack of having a Pikmin hat! Well, cheer up Animal Crossing: City Folk lovers, as your..
Run your Virtual Console games from an SD card!
It's the news all Virtual Console fans have been waiting for - you can now run all your downloaded VC games directly from an SD card instead of clogging up your Wii's limited internal memory! As the library of downloadable WiiWare and Virtual Console™ games continues to grow, Wii owners have asked Nintendo to provide easy, expanded storage space..
You came for reviews... we'll give you T-Shirts. The House of the Dead: OVERKILL competition is over, but which one of you lucky readers will win a t-shirt?
Better late than never! To celebrate the fantastic return of House of the Dead we've teamed up with SEGA to give away five of the fabulous "They came for brains, you'll give them bullets" House of the Dead Overkill T-Shirts. All you..
Now don't tell me this doesn't look like big fun.
LucasArts has just released the first gameplay trailer for the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, viewable below. Not only do the motion controls look fun (come on, who doesn't wanna wield the whip as Indy?) but the in-game graphics are of a much higher quality than previous still screenshots might have suggested..
Nintendo Italy lets the cat out of the bag.
Nintendo of Italy today published a press release confirming Wii Balance Board support for the upcoming arcade boxing revival Punch-Out!!. The article, roughly translated, confirms that players will be able to dodge left and right by shifting their weight on the Balance Board. The Board will be used in...
Marble Saga proves that messing with a successful formula can sometimes end up doing more harm than good
The original Marble Mania took the simple idea of rolling a marble around a maze-like level and combined it with the innovative control of the Wii Remote to form one of the most unique and charming third-party Wii releases. The game had this simple yet addictive quality to it that made it..
Outspoken producer mounts swear-tastic attack on the Big N
Peter Wanat, Big Time Games producer and developer behind such titles as Scarface, Chronicles Of Riddick and the upcoming 360/PS3/PC game Wanted: Weapons Of Fate, pulled no punches against the state of third-party development on Nintendo's Wii console during an episode of Gametrailers.com's Invisible Walls segment. You can view the episode..
At last, North American Animal Crossers get some well deserved attention!
Living in North America and being an avid Animal Crossing: City Folk player can be tough. In fact, there is a chance that you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder since you most certainly do not have one of those nifty Pikmin hats, but the times are changing, and after four months, North America receives its first gift from..
His interests include drinking, women, cigarettes and cigars - but not necessarily in that order.
Ever since we saw the first batch of screenshots for MadWorld we've been intrigued by its overwhelming style. Clearly influenced by the dark ink of graphic novels such as Frank Miller's Sin City, MadWorld is presented in supremely pretty ultra...
Sega gave us bullets, Wii owners fire blanks.
Sega's over-the-top rail shooter House Of The Dead: Overkill has managed to sell a modest 45k copies across America in the month of February, according to market research firm NPD Group. NPD analyst Anita Frazier states that Overkill, which saw release on February 10, sat at around the 50th spot on the list of the month's 100 biggest selling SKUs. On..
Is Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast really a blast to play?
Originally a Nintendo Gamcube title, Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast quietly got moved to Wii in late 2006. When Barrel Blast was first announced, it was supposed to use the DK bongo drum accessory. By hitting the left bongo, your character would move right and by hitting the right bongo, your character...
Bungie's third iteration in its console-profiling Halo series has recently been 1upp-ed in sales by Nintendo's calorie-zapping Balance Board title.
As well as topping the NPD charts for last month in the U.S of A for what seems like the gazillionth time, Wii Fit has also reached the milestone selling amount of six million (that's a lot of flab dancing about right now). In comparison, the XBox 360's..
Weaver out, Milano in
Turn-of-the-90's teen heartthrob Alyssa Milano has been tapped to replace Sigourney Weaver as the female lead in Atari's upcoming multi-platform Ghostbusters video game. The 36-year-old actress, best known for her roles in television series "Charmed" and "Who's The Boss?", takes the place of original Ghostbusters cast member Sigourney Weaver, who initially..
Is this mushroom based platformer so good that it will leave you wanting spore?
The humble mushroom seems like an unlikely protagonist to take the lead in a videogame, but our hero Pax is no ordinary fungus. He seems to have somehow gained the ability to absorb precious meteorites, much to his mushroom tribe’s dismay as they keep the giant moles...
Customer survey proposes video-on-demand service for Nintendo's little white box
A recent customer survey from online DVD vendors Netflix suggests that the company may be expanding their service to Nintendo Wii owners in the future. The subscription-based service, available to Xbox 360 owners since late November, would "offer its members the ability to watch movies & TV episodes instantly..
Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga, Steal Princess, Avalon Code and more dated for European release.
Rising Star Games, publisher of such games as Rune Factory, No More Heroes and Bomberman in Europe, has unveiled its full release line-up for 2009. Included in the eleven-game line-up are a whopping ten releases for the Nintendo Wii and DS platforms, hand-picked from the Japanese market for localisation..
The facts are spilled on Nintendo's latest "Excite" racer!
Are you anticipating Excitebots for the Wii? The game seemed to come out of nowhere, and already its fast approaching it's release! Until now details have been fairly sparse, but now the floodgates are open and the details are pouring in. A sequel to Excite Truck, the launch game straight from Nintendo, Excitebots: Trick Racing mixes things..
Nintendo reveals more details as Punch Out!! prepares to enter the ring
Nintendo of Europe has released a few scant details on the upcoming Punch-Out!! sequel for the Wii: The title, developed by Next Level Games (Mario Strikers), will reportedly feature a new two-player mode in which Little Mac can square off against himself. NOE also confirmed...
Sensationalist garbage from The Sun? I know, I'm as shocked as you are!
UK's The Sun, the world's most highly-circulated tabloid, has attacked Sega's latest marketing stunt promoting the release of Platinum Games' Wii-exclusive stylised gorefest MadWorld which saw bloodied prosthetic limbs scattered across London. The prosthetics, coloured to match the game's signature monochromatic style and each..
Wii and DS sales continue to dominate in February. Yes, they still print money!
This past February, Nintendo sure felt the love by the consumers. Selling over seven hundred fifty thousand Wiis, a seventy-four percent increase over the Wii’s 2008 February. The DS reached slightly above five hundred eighty handhelds. Following the ambiguous duo is the Xbox 360 with almost four hundred thousand..
Even spore thoughts from the ‘Mushroom Men’ developer’s diary
It was only a few days ago that we posted the first part of the Mushroom Men developer’s diary which led to a series of dreadful fungi related puns. There won’t be mushroom for that sort of thing today as we learn more about the combat variety in Mushroom Men – The Spore Wars (Wii) from none other than Kain Shin, the Lead..
Less than ninety days to release and this Wii-exclusive RPG just looks better and better
New footage of the upcoming Wii-exclusive RPG Arc Rise Fantasia has emerged and can be viewed below. From Marvelous Entertainment and Image Epoch, the same tandem that created the strategy RPG Luminous Arc, comes Arc Rise Fantasia, an epic RPG exclusively developed for the Wii. Arc Rise Fantasia is a product..
Hardly the stuff of legend.
Describing Sonic’s early career to young gamers is like discussing dinosaurs, it’s been so long since he was the golden boy of video games whose cheeky blue mug was a bringer of joy in the early Nineties. Since then each new game is touted as a “return to form”, with the Wii’s Sonic and the Secret Rings being...
TMNT comes to the Wii in "Smash-Up" a not-so-subtle clone of another fighter you might remember...in a good way
It’s back to the basics for the new TMNT game on the Wii and this one shows some promising signs of gratuitous coolness in light of their 25th birthday. That’s right - it’s been almost 25 years since that dark, gritty first issue of...
Is demand starting to wane as the credit crunch takes hold?
Ok, maybe the economy really is THAT bad, right now. Or, more likely everyone already has a Wii now. Well if you’re one of the few that doesn’t, than you’re in luck because, for now, the lines are gone so you can sneak in to get one unnoticed by the bullies. Gamestop SVP of Merchandising, Bob McKenzie told Gamasutra recently that..
Sega's gore-filled blaster causes aggro down under
In what seems to be a daily occurence in Australia, the recent classification and release of Sega's pulp-horror lightgun bloodbath House Of The Dead: Overkill has been met with outrage from one of the country's most vocal family lobbyists. Today's Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper reports that Angela Conway, director of conservative parents' group Pro..
Executive producer Steve Papoutsis talks co-op play, controls, characters and carnage
Since being announced in early February, Dead Space: Extraction, the Wii-exclusive prequel to Electronic Arts' "action horror" hit of last year, has become the subject of much discussion, debate and even scepticism. Fans and critics alike are divided on whether the nail-biting atmosphere of the original..
You've got 5 more days to design a House of the Dead: Overkill poster and stand a chance of winning a T-Shirt
Better late than never! To celebrate the fantastic return of House of the Dead we've teamed up with SEGA to give away five of the fabulous "They came for brains, you'll give them bullets" House of the Dead Overkill T-Shirts. All you have to do is go to the Overkill Poster Creator..
Five legendary fighting games for the price of one - surely too good to be true?
Born out of the union of two of SNK’s notable coin-op series – Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting - King of Fighters has always had to live in the shadow of the illustrious Street Fighter franchise here in the west; although it has a cult following, it’s never been anywhere near as popular as Capcom’s title. In..
Fire Emblem is a renowned turn-based tactics series that can be most likened to a combination of Risk and Chess. Following in the wake of the GameCube's Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn sees the story of Tellius develop from several perspectives. As is typical in the series, the world is gearing up for battle: the Laguz (Beastmen) and Beorc...
Change 4 Life may have changed it's tune on the heavy effects of gaming for kids.
You could stop playing any time you want, right? You could just put down the controller and walk away now…if you wanted to. YOU get plenty of exercise. Who are they to tell you that you’re fat and play too many video games? The past year or so has seen an increasingly heated exchange between the UK government and..
Sega's Guns 'n Gore Swear-fest; House of The Dead Overkill, has blasted away all other On-Rails Wii Shooters in the UK Charts, by managing to stay on there the longest out of any of them.
Headstrong Games' Wii Exclusive shooter, which stars series-regular Agent G, and Detective Issac Washington, has been able to stay within the UK All-formats Top 30 chart for 5 consecutive weeks, and in the Top 5..
Can EA's cute MySims get the party started?
Over the past year or so, Electronic Arts has been catering to the casual audience on the Wii and Nintendo DS through the MySims franchise. Since the launch of the series back in September 2007, it has gone on to become a worldwide hit. Given Electronic Arts' previous track record for milking winning concepts, it's hardly surprising to see that we've been..
Traveller's Tales working on new block-based licences
A former employee of UK studio Traveller’s Tales has inadvertently spilled the beans on two of the company’s new projects. Charlotte Parker’s CV claims she was working on new instalments in its long-running partnership with LEGO – namely a Harry Potter game (presumably based on the forthcoming Half Blood Prince film) and Indiana Jones 2:..
Wii Music instrumental in promoting musical arm waving curriculum for U.S. Schools
With the short attention span of so many kids these days, how do we reach out and turn them on to the interactive fun of musical instruments? Give them an interactive video game, of course. In Washington D.C. a new program is trying to entice kids into the music curriculum with Wii Music. On Thursday kids at H.D..
Who would have thought that playing with fungi could be so much fun?
It’s not long now until the hotly anticipated Mushroom Men games hit the Wii and DS in Europe. Both games attracted favorable reviews back in December when they came out in the US. Euro gamers can get their grubby mitts on both Mushroom Men – The Spore Wars (Wii) and Mushroom Men – Rise of the Fungi (DS) on the 27th of..
Looks like We Ski & Snowboard hit a tree before it managed to reach the bottom of the slope
Back in May 2008, Namco Bandai released the first third-party game to incorporate Nintendo’s Wii Balance Board. Though the game was a huge hit for Namco Bandai when it came to sales, it was received rather poorly by many game critics. Many cited the game as...
Sega's zombie-slaying shooter is the most profane game in history, you muthas
When Sega said that House of the Dead Overkill ‘wasn’t for the kiddies’ it certainly wasn’t joking. The game has just been recognized by Guinness World Records as the most swear-happy videogame in existence. Here's the press release in full - ironically, it contains no bad language: London, UK – 9 March, 2009..
The game where you can grab anything... and hit a zombie with it.
It seems that game developers are under the increasing expectation of the great zombie invasion- surely it's only now a matter of time. To help prepare you for the certain apocalypse Capcom decided to bring 2006's Dead Rising to the Wii in the form of Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop. Essentially this is a port, or a..
Time to see if there are any faults in this second serving of the New Play Control! series: Mario Tennis…
Over the years Mario has proven his status as one of the sporting world’s most versatile celebrities. When not saving the Universe, he’s been having a crack at Karting, Football, Golf, Basketball, Baseball, and even competing in the Olympics! It’s no surprise then to see his Tennis..
Nintendo have dated their second wave of New Play Control! titles for Europe, starting with the acclaimed (and bloomin' hard to find on Gamecube) Pikmin 2, and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat not long after.
Gamers will have the opportunity to revisit the Oxygen-packed planet (wonder which one that could be) of Pikmin once again on April 24th, as you take control of both Olimar and his assistant Louie..
Capcom charges Japanese Monster Hunter G fans subscription fees, but does it seem reasonable?
In case you didn’t know, Monster Hunter is a crazy-popular series in Japan and, unlike the US versions, has always been online. So it only seems justified that Capcom would place subscription fees, although fairly hefty, onto the fans. Probably because they know the fans would eat that up. The prices..
SEGA unleash Sonic in 3D yet again across Europe from today, but is it any good? Early reports suggest not...
Created by Sonic Team in Japan, this innovative game takes Sonic into a medieval world and arms him with a sword to aid in his effort to save the day. Sonic and the Black Knight will provide Sonic fans with an irresistible cast of characters and teach them all what it takes to be a true..
To quote Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnell, what’s wrong with being sexy?
Much has been made of Nintendo’s recent success in attracting members of the fairer sex to the world of videogames via its super-popular Wii and DS consoles, but we can’t help but feel that some male members of the community are abusing this sudden influx of girl gamers. Take Dark Oasis Pictures’ forthcoming ‘Oasis Girl..
At last, a little love for Nintendo’s delayed add-on
The Wii’s motion-sensing gameplay has opened up the market to people who wouldn’t normally play videogames, and in this respect it’s nothing short of revolutionary. However, critics will be quick to point out that the technology used isn’t all that accurate; who here hasn’t noticed that Wii Sports tennis can’t tell the difference..
Confirmation of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and also remakes of Gamecube titles, Resident Evil and Resident Evil Zero all Wii bound.
Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced its plans for a big comeback of its multi-million-selling franchise, Resident Evil® to the Wii™ video game system this year. Resident Evil®: The Darkside Chronicles,..
Check out the real life Samus in action
Here at Nintendo Life we’re not that geeky that we spend all of our spare time scowering the net for photos of ladies in videogame themed cosplay costumes, but when something as awesome as this catches our eye it would be remiss of us not to mention it. The lady in this lovely Samus Aran space suit is none other than Thaís Jussim, aka Yuki who is a 26 year..
Nintendo are to increase the price they charge UK retailers for each Wii console by up to £20.
With the Wii still selling like there's no tomorrow, retailers are left with some tough decisions in wake of this announcement from Nintendo. The obvious answer is for retailers to increase the price of each new console by £20, retaining the already slim profit margin on each console. However, when..