SEGA couldn't keep him on the leash any longer...
Better late than never - this review - not Sonic Unleashed. Sonic Team offered us the latest Sonic adventure just before Christmas, we'd like to tell you we've been so busy playing it since then that we're only just getting round to the review, but that's not true. So let's get on with it. Sonic...
The wait is finally over... let's go to the city.
Wii owners have been waiting for quite some time for this new Animal Crossing title to be released on the Wii console, especially given how long ago the game was first announced for the system. It's this long wait that might have actually hurt the game more than helped it since expectations have become overly high given the innovative capabilities..
Need For Speed is back with its latest career adventure, it's time to go Undercover.
You play a wheel man, hired by Federal Agent Chase Linh (played by Maggie Q) who is sent out, undercover, into the world of illegal street racing and other criminal activities. You'll need to progress through events and earn the respect of fellow criminals, getting invited deeper and deeper into the illegal..
Wabbit, wabbit.... wabbit wabbit wabbit... Bwaaaaaaaaah!
Rayman runs for cover as the Rabbids return for a third instalment on Wii in Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party (RRR TV). As the title suggests this latest game has a heavy emphasis on the world of TV and Movies, the title "story" goes something like this: Rayman is being chased through the woods by the pack of crazy raving rabbids,..
Ever wanted to break someone's face? Well now you can!
Legendary names like Hatton and Calzaghe might give you the impression that boxing is a serious sport, however these are not the views of EA Freestyle. So here we are, introducing their new box-em-up descriptively named, FaceBreaker, Knock Out Party for Wii. You'll instantly realise that this isn't a realistic boxing game, far from it..
FIFA returns once again, its time to kick off season 08/09.
FIFA is the longest running video game footballing franchise. Some ten years ago they lost their place on top of the video football pile by new upstart Pro Evolution Soccer (PES). Hard work and innovation have now seen a resurgence in FIFA's critical reception. Testament to this is the ground breaking Wii version that (along with Madden 09..
It's that time of year again, basketball fans get ready for NBA Live 09.
NBA 09 combines EA strong basket balling franchise with their solid controls on the Wii. We see this more clearly than ever with the family friendly controls that, along with FIFA 09 Wii, Madden 09 Wii and Tiger Woods 09 Wii, complete the All Play set for 09. Sports games recreate a wide variety of real life competitive..
EA Freestyle invite some celebrities to come play a Sports Showdown, but who gets embarrassed?
EA sports freestyle want to throw Wii gamers yet another party, this time in the form of Celebrity Sports Showdown, a 12 sport strong mini-games package with the added promise of celebrity glamour. Aimed clearly at the casual, multi-player market EA have created a game with a very minor twist in order to..
Go back to the Old Kent Road, on your Wii!
If you've ever played Monopoly you'll either love the game or loathe it, depending on whether you're any good at it. I generally win, so of course I love playing! I had high expectations of the Wii version of this 70-year old game, and fortunately I wasn't entirely disappointed. Monopoly is one of the...
We know you've heard of it, we know what people think of it - but most of them haven't played it, we have.
Manhunt 2, released in the UK exactly one year after the original US release. The infamous game has made headlines everywhere and is often used as a tool for politicians to empower censorship concerns. We thought it only fair to review this game, not only to see what all the fuss is about but..
Amigo and Linda crack out the maracas, it's time to Samba!
It's a fact that summer is now over, it's getting colder outside and the clocks are going back. However SEGA want to change all that, releasing Samba de Amigo we can cling onto that summer atmosphere allowing us all to samba all winter long. Samba de Amigo is an incredibly sunny, happy, up beat Latin music game which gained a large fan base..
Grab yourself a WiiMote, it's time you became a maestro!
Miyamoto is Nintendo's legendary games developer, he's responsible for the majority of Nintendo's success over the past 30 years and proves a lot of people wrong time and time again. The release of Wii Music takes me back to earlier in the year, when Wii Fit was first released. Wii Fit was...
Mario plays rounders
Baseball, a sport that we Europeans don't really care to understand, is the scene for the latest Mario Sports title. Developed by Namco on behalf of Nintendo, can Mario (in probably his last game of 2008) and his buddies do enough to make the game a little more exciting? Anyone who's familiar with previous Mario sports games...
It's golf, but much less boring.
Super Swing Golf: Season 2 (known as simply Super Swing Golf in Europe) is all about the "Pangya!", Korean for "Bang!". It's an over the top, heavily Japanese inspired Wii golf title. Expect some completely unrealistic characters and extravagant locations and courses. Unlike simulation golf games Super Swing Golf actually has a story/adventure..
He's big, he's green and he's made us angry!
Bruce Banner is back in his second major blockbuster, The Incredible Hulk, the movie of which the video game is designed to follow. Hollywood very rarely has a mega blockbuster movie without a tie-in video game, this time the difficult challenge was left with Edge of Reality to try and break the mould and...
Dr Jones! Dr Jones!
Dr Jones cracks his whip and lands on Wii. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures is the latest game to get the "LEGO" makeover coming from TT Games who last year released the acclaimed LEGO Star Wars. The Original Adventures is being released in parallel as the new movie, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and features all three previous movies: Raiders of the Lost..
What can we learn from the success of Wii?
Family games live or die by their controls, and motion controls even more so. Why is it that games like Boom Blox are so instinctive and intuitive, when others like SSX Blur are so forced and laboured? For me it's that one-to-one freeform movement that brings the magic and makes the games come to life...
Spooky goings on in Central Park, would you like to know the truth behind the light?
Atari has taken it upon itself to resurrect Alone in the Dark, the quintessential survival horror game. It's been over 7 years since the last game in the series, not that it matters as this latest incarnation writes an entirely new contemporary story. The game's...
The highly stylised adventure game Okami paints its way onto Wii, but is it a masterpiece?
Okami (Japanese for "wolf"), first released in 2006, was one of the few convincing reasons to still own a PS2. Capcom soon realised that a Wii port would be a good idea, the combination of Wiimote and Nunchuk could perfectly suit the games drawing...
Nintendo UK to become a Gold Partner of this year’s event which takes place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre between Sunday 10th and Tuesday 12th August 2008.
Edinburgh Interactive Festival Chairman Chris Deering added: "Nintendo’s support of Interactive Festival in Edinburgh is great news and demonstrates an understanding of the importance of a cultural games event within..
Spielberg takes time off from resurrecting Indy to bring us the Wii’s very own version of Jenga
When someone like Steven Spielberg puts his name to a product you know you really should sit up and take notice. The world renowned director of Jurassic Park, ET and countless other films that have made a small fortune at the global box office,...
Namco invite us all to Happy Ski mountain for a spot of skiing, Wii style.
We Ski appears speedily from over the cliff face just as Nintendo release Wii Fit with the now infamous Balance Board, which can, and should, be used whilst playing We Ski. At first glance We Ski might sound like just another skiing game with bolted on Balance Board controls, this wouldn't be a fair assessment of a somewhat..
This week with a chance to nab yourself a copy of Metroid Prime 3
First a little Family Gamer business; while clearing the office out, ready for its transformation into Ollie's room, I discovered some Nintendo games to give away. If you fancy winning Metroid Prime on Wii (PAL) just post a 'family gaming moment' on my Facebook wall before the end of...
Iron Man? Pssht. More like Tin Can!
Iron Man is one of those games that is just mediocre in everyway. It’s not broken but instead it’s simply no fun to play. From the mundane level design to the sloppy graphics, Iron Man is playable but no fun at all. It’s almost exactly what we expect from a movie tie-in. Based on the recent movie release,...
We'll explain all...
Are you one of those gamers who suffer from slow-loading, stuttering, scratched-to-hell game discs? d_skin could be saviour. A what? d_skin is a simple, protective cover which snaps onto CDs and DVDs and stops them getting damaged. The transparent film fits over any standard 14cm disc and stays there, so you can load, play or...
Grand Theft Auto (GTA) IV and Wii-Fit, two of the biggest games of the year, were released to critical acclaim and not a little media circus. Although these two share top billing they couldn't be more different. One game is marketed squarely at the twenty something hardcore gamer whilst the other sets its sights on the family gaming market...
I feel like Jerry Maguire today
In the words of the man himself "Let us work less hard to the that we know won't matter in the long run, and work twice as hard to the ones who will." So I'll be here every other week for these Family Gamer articles, trying to get down in words the things that matter to me as a family gamer. They say start with...
The most difficult game we’ll ever have to review
Why? Simply because there are a number of angles and routes we could take to determine the final verdict. Those different routes would end up giving extremely different verdicts and so it is from this point of the review that we have to pick our destination carefully. To get straight to the point:...
Thousands of Wii chips seized in thrilling swoop on criminal HQ
A Wii 'Fraud Factory’ has been raided in Leicestershire, with over 2,000 chips recovered by Police. The factory itself was actually a house in the town of Coalville (which, incidentally is a five minute drive from the offices of NintendoLife – although we’ll point out that we had no involvement with this!). Police worked in..
Grab your rods boys, it's time to fish.
SEGA invite you back once again into the world of arcade rehashes, bringing one of its more bizarre titles of the 90s onto the Wii. SEGA Bass Fishing which landed on Dreamcast in 1999 was a direct port of the some-what successful arcade game of the same name. With the appealing control possibilities of Wii, it doesn't come as a surprise that SEGA have us back..
Highly-respected French site seems to think so
According to leading French website JeuxFrance.com, Nintendo France is looking to reduce the price of the Wii in that territory. This has sparked rumours that a European price cut in on the way, which of course would logically lead to a global reduction in the price of the console. The current pack retails for 249 Euros in France. The new ‘Sports’..
The way of the warrior is one of balance and harmony.
Wolf-san! EA invite us to join them in the secret ancient world of the Japanese Ninja. Bringing together a handful of mini games, the developers aim to train your senses in the martial art to help you reach a higher power. The way of the warrior is one of "balance and harmony". The ninja's aim is not destruction, but rather to preserve..
Right on target, or way off the mark?
Konami's flagship Pro Evolution Soccer (Winning Eleven in other territories) series really caught the gaming world's attention with its fourth release, a beautifully playable and engrossing take on football. Since then it's become even more popular, and now rivals EA's FIFA brand in the sales stakes. However,...
Make sure you've got your Classic Controller handy for this one
Few genres possess the stubborn nature of the 2D fighter. Whereas other game types evolve over time and strive to incorporate new and innovative features that not only make them easier to play but also more enjoyable, the 2D brawler is perfectly content to remain static. But before you start to moan that we’re somehow biased against..
THQ give you the opportunity to win yourself a copy of the upcoming Worms: A Space Oddity for the Wii.
In Worms: A Space Oddity, players will enjoy the ultimate blend of classic Worms game modes and re-invented single-player missions, as well as multiplayer modes that include a host of all-new party games and even more customization options. The game takes advantage of the Wii’s intuitive..
Ah House of the Dead, welcome to the Wii.
Since it's inception in back in the 90s SEGA's "House of the Dead" has arguably become the next biggest zombie series behind Capcom's infamous Resident Evil. SEGA's decision to bring the zombie-fest to the Wii comes as no real surprise since recent successful releases of other "light gun"...
Sega’s next sporting smash hit?
It seems his recent athletic clash with Mario has rubbed off on Sonic: here he is with fifteen friends in a brightly coloured, special move-filled variation on good old lawn tennis, not unlike the plumber’s N64, Game Boy Advance and Gamecube outings, on the surface at least. This isn’t a simple formula rip, however: this is pure Sega through and through, from..
Otaku assassin Travis Touchdown finally lands on European shores - has the wait been worthwhile?
When you fire up a game and see that the loading screen proudly proclaims that ‘Punk’s not dead’, you know you’re in for something of an unorthodox experience. The enigmatic Suda 51 and his team at Grasshopper Manufacture are arguably one of the...
Control details and much more - GET
Nintendo has issued a press release regarding the forthcoming Wii megahit Mario Kart Wii, confirming that the game will offer a wide range of control options (just in case you find the bundled Wii Wheel too silly to even consider using) and that online play will offer Mii support. Here's the official info-steam direct to your goggle-box: This year, the typical..
Perhaps the greatest game of this generation? Hmm... maybe, just maybe.
Smash Bros.? What's Smash Bros.? If you are a Wii owner asking that question, you'll get many funny looks from other gamers that wonder where you have been the past ten years. Super Smash Bros. is perhaps Nintendo's most successful franchise (in terms of sales per game) in the...
Celeb Moans About Carrying Additional Baggage During Wii Sessions
She may have her 'knockers' but former HollyOaks star Gemma Atkinson maintains she enjoys a good session on the Wii just as much as anyone else. The busty starlet – who is arguably more famous for posing in her underwear than her acting skills – will be present at the upcoming...
In a move that has thrilled Nintendo Life, THQ CEO Brian Farrel has announced that a cheerleading game is in development for the Wii which takes full advantage of the Balance Board. No further details were given but we presume it will work in a similar style to games like Dance Dance Revolution but involving chants and short skirts (or tight tights for the boys). According to Kotaku Farrel..
Death Gods, Swords, and Lots of Hair Gel- Yes, its Bleach!
Its not very often you see a game where the main character is a bad-ass orange haired Death God- who's Japanese name, correct me if I am wrong, is 'Strawberry'- wielding a sword embedded with a soul. And its not very often that you see me create such a poor lead-in to a review. So let me cut...
What an odd craze that swept the gaming world...
Guitar Hero has led the way for music games into the mainstream and has shown there's more to this genre than Dance Dance Revolution and StepMania. Harmonix, previously working with RedOctane and Activision, developed Guitar Hero for the PlayStation 2 oblivious to the incredible amount of popularity the game would receive. Guitar Hero II for both the..
Sonic, grab your hoverboard there's a race to win!
Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off racing series, Sonic Riders, returns in the form of "Zero Gravity", a sequel to the 2006 original. Unlike your standard racing game, SRZG actually has quite alot of story. Sonic and friends have been alerted about crazed robots from "MeteorTech"...
Asterix joins the race for Olympic glory, can he and Obelix gain the gold medal?
With Beijing hosting this years summer Olympic games it was no surprise that a number of Olympic themed games have appeared on this years calendar. Atari must of been kicking themselves when SEGA released Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, pretty much claiming all the Olympic medals in one fellow swoop. Does..
Julian Eggebrecht spills the beans, but still no name as yet
They won’t reveal the name of the top secret project they’re working on, but those fine chaps at Factor 5 have still given us a few juicy pieces of information to chew on for the time being. Speaking to IGN, Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht shed a little light on this mysterious Wii title. We want to push the hardware. I think..
More encouraging news for Nintendo
It may not have been Nintendo’s greatest console but the GameCube still managed to shift modest 21.72 million units over its lifespan. However, to put the recent success of the Wii in sharp perspective, the console is about to surpass the GameCube’s lifetime sales despite only having been on the market for just over a year. Nintendo’s figures state that as..
US store Target's internal stock control system may indicate so
When the Wii was first announced Nintendo practically bombarded the general public with tantalizing product imagery, the most striking of which was the promise of different coloured Wii consoles. More than a year later and we’re still stuck with the bog-standard (but admittedly lovely) white version. So what happened to the black,..
Does it sink or swim?
It might seem an unlikely premise for a game, but Endless Ocean fits perfectly with Nintendo’s “Touch Generations” label by being cerebral as well as entertaining and offering experiences many people dream about: floating among tropical fish in beautiful coral reefs, or bounding through the wide ocean with bottlenose...
Mario and company might not be kicking ass as soon as you expected
Those of you looking forward to the release of Super Smash Bros Brawl (that's pretty much everyone, then) will no doubt be upset to know that rumours are currently doing the rounds that the game has been delayed yet again. SPOnG reports: GameFly, a games rental service in the States, now has the game's release date down as..
Pikmin squad is surpisingly good in a scrap
He may not top your list of videogame characters that you’d like to have on your side in a fight, but Pikmin’s Captain Olimar has nevertheless been confirmed for Nintendo's Super Smash Bros Brawl. His attacks would appear to involve picking up the various Pikmin and hurling them towards enemies, but aside from a few screens Nintendo hasn't given any..
Who are these idiots and what are they doing with their Wiimotes?
Everyone loves a good scare story, don’t they? I’m sure we all recall the tales of SNES games making kids have fits in the early ‘90s and the relatively flimsy evidence supplied to support this theory. Well, it seems that history is repeating itself. The Wii has been so popular and successful a backlash was almost inevitable..
Ruler of the Land likes to swing a Wiimote every now and then
Nintendo’s cup runneth over. Not only is the company riding high in terms of worldwide hardware and software sales, it would appear that it also has fans in very lofty places. UK tabloid The People has reported that Her Majesty The Queen of England has recently become hooked on the Nintendo Wii purchased for her grandson Prince..
Lt. Berg must defeat those ever-baddies the Nazis in this latest from the Medal of Honor series.
EA bring another Medal Of Honor title to Wii, this time built from the ground up for the system and features the oh-so familiar style of the series. Although Medal of Honor might be a minor side-note on the CV of a certain Steven Spielberg the series has...
Lots of shaking and dribbling involved
Konami of Japan has released a gameplay video for the upcoming Winning Eleven: Play Maker 2008. The more astute amongst you will know that Winning Eleven is the Japanese title for the Pro Evolution Soccer series. The video shows us two things: firstly, the game is looking mighty fine graphically and secondly, the controls are going to make those heated..
Videogame giant is unstoppable on home soil
Early figures from Famitsu magazine indicate that Nintendo has dominated the Japanese sales charts over the Christmas period. Although a PS2 title (Super Robot Taisen Original Generation Gaiden) took the number one position, a quick glance at the rest of the top 20 shows that the Big N is firmly in control; 7 of the top 10 titles are for Nintendo consoles..
The legal team of Lucasarts may have something to say about these
Cheap plastic holsters for your Wiimote are nothing new and third party peripheral manufacturers are practically falling over themselves to produce even more outlandish (and ultimately pointless) pieces of ‘controller clothing’. However, one item that did impress us in a thoroughly superficial way was the lightsaber attachment..
Promising survival horror is something of a phantom
Sadness is a game that many Wii owners got excited about when it was first ‘announced’ by developer Nibris quite some time ago. The concept of a stylish black & white survival horror positively dripped tension and foreboding, and the production artwork looked extremely intriguing. However, following on from rumours that the game had been..
Shame on you all!
Zack & Wiki, otherwise known as Capcom’s ode to the classic ‘point and click’ adventures of old, is a fantastic game. It’s heartening to see a developer like Capcom putting so much effort into brand new intellectual property and it’s even more encouraging when the end product is so wonderfully polished and enjoyable...
Thanks to Nintendo, the promise of a God-like physique is almost with us
Japanese magazine Famitsu has just published a pretty in-depth guide to all things Wii Fit. The game has done impressive business over in Japan and looks certain to repeat this performance when it’s released alongside the Wii balance board controller in the West this year. Check out the scans by clicking the link below. We..
For the time being, it would appear not
EA’s Rock Band has been thrilling music loving gamers on the PS3, PS2 and 360, but EA doesn’t seem too keen on bringing the game to the Wii – at least not yet, anyway. Back in April 2007, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos got everyone’s hopes up with a series of comments that seemed to indicate Rock Band was Wii-bound. He said in one interview: We will, at..
Reggie speaks about the upcoming game download service on the DS
The rumours have been circulating for quite some time but the concept of downloading ‘complete’ games to your Nintendo DS is becoming a reality, if a recent interview with Reggie is anything to go by. Nintendo’s main man spoke to the New York Times recently about the new ‘Everybody’s Nintendo’ channel and how DS owners..
Is it too late to ask Santa for these?
The runaway success of Nintendo’s Wii has granted many publishers and developers a bit more freedom to experiment with their software. With such a massive installed base of users, software houses can be a little bolder with their ideas because chances are even brave failures will shift a few copies. Here at NintendoLife we applaud fresh and original..
If your life is haunted by the flaps on your Wii, salvation may be at hand...
The Wii is a lovely looking machine with a superb design. However, there’s one element that lets the console down – the bloody flaps that covers the Gamecube ports and memory card slots. They're flimsy at the best of times and often fail to close correctly, causing minutes of annoyed fumbling as you try to click them..
Disney's unstoppable High School Musical franchise may represent permission to print money, but has the toe-tapping magic of the movies been retained for this Wii release?
In order to bring you the best Nintendo coverage we possibly can here at NintendoLife, we sometimes have to bite the bullet, pull up our socks and make some painful sacrifices. Reviewing Disney’s High School Musical: Sign It!..
The FPS expert is bringing the Dreamcast classic bang up to date, so dust off your maracas, people
Brothers in Arms developer Gearbox Software may not be a name that instantly springs to mind when considering which software house should be tasked with updating the Sega classic Samba de Amiga, but the company has nevertheless been awarded that opportunity and recently spoke to Kotaku about the..
After waiting over a decade it seems that Sega are willing to milk the franchise for all it's worth
It may not have lived up to the expectations of many fans, but Sega’s NiGHTS: Journey into Dreams has obviously performed well enough at retail for its developers to be considering future titles and it would appear that the Wii is the favoured platform to receive them. In a recent interview Takashi..
Umbrella have since been defeated, but how exactly did it all happen?
Resident Evil, one of the biggest gaming series around today, has already landed on Wii with a port of the ever-popular Resident Evil 4. Capcom no doubt saw the innovative Wiimote and impressive sales figures as a new opportunity to expand the series even more. The Umbrella...
Ah NiGHTS.. you're finally here, it's been a long time coming, so how does it measure up?
Journey of dreams, the sequel SEGA Saturn fanboys have been waiting 10 years for, after all those rumours its finally here, but was it ever going to live up to the cult following surrounding the original, NiGHTS Into Dreams? Our hero is NiGHTS, a Nightopian who...
Sony and Microsoft struggle to get a look in
Sony’s Gran Turismo 5 Prologue may have entered the Japanese sales charts in the top 5 but a cursory glace at the rest of the chart should make depressing reading for anyone not affiliated with Nintendo. The Wii and DS continue to dominate the Japanese market in a way that hasn’t been seen since the days of the Famicom and Gameboy. Here's the lowdown..
Cunning stunts are now included!
UK site Eurogamer has recently picked up on some more Mario Kart Wii details, thanks to US magazine Nintendo Power. We already know that the game will feature online play for up to 12 participants, but the big news here is that some kind of stunt system will also be included to spice up proceedings. Performing tricks during the race should also result in some kind..
Living the rock and roll lifestyle doesn't always pay off, it would seem.
This rather amusing ebay auction has recently come to our attention here at NintendoLife. Turns out that one parent, annoyed by the fact that he caught his good-for-nothing son smoking weed in his backyard, decided to teach him a lesson by selling his Christmas present on ebay. The gift in question was Guitar Hero III for the..
Why did adventure games disappear?
Innovation is a big reason that I play games. Playing the same game rehashed over and over again bores me senseless. So when a new idea for a game comes along, like Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure, I turn into a kid at a theme park, running to buy it. The story behind the game deals with Zack and...
Shape-changing sprites, death-dealing polar bears and lots of snow. Shiny Entertainment attempts to transform one of this year's biggest films into a half-decent videogame. Has the company succeeded? Read on...
Where would videogame developers be without the humble Christmas Hollywood blockbuster? At the end of each year we witness a raft of kiddy-friendly cinematic hits, each fighting for the..