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News: Nintendo Europe Announces Q1 Release Dates for Wii and DS

Nintendo Europe Announces Q1 Release Dates for Wii and DS

Any surprises?

We know 3DS is just over a month away, but don't forget the Wii and DS are both set to receive more great games this year, with plenty of gems tucked away in Nintendo's Q1 release schedule. Wii owners across Europe can finally get to grips with Kirby's Epic Yarn on February 25th, followed by THQ's innovative uDraw Studio on March 4th...

News: Heavy Fire Heads to Retail with Heavy Fire: Afghanistan

Heavy Fire Heads to Retail with Heavy Fire: Afghanistan

WiiWare series gets boxed-in

So far on WiiWare we've had Heavy Fire: Special Operations and the upcoming Heavy Fire: Black Arms from Teyon, but the series is heading to retail in the form of Heavy Fire: Afghanistan. Publisher Mastiff Games will be bringing the game Stateside, with the official description reading thus: Enemy Contact. Open fire! Defend the base. Lock down the streets of the local..

Competition Winners: Mario Sports Mix (Global)

Mario Sports Mix (Global)

Were you one of the lucky ones?

We recently ran a contest for Mario Sports Mix in conjunction with Gamesbasement, and now's the time to find out if you were one of our lucky winners. We had well over 600 entries, and the three winners drawn from our special MySQL database-in-a-hat were... MasterGraveheartEnry84Smashbro99 Congratulations from everyone at Nintendo Life. You'll soon be contacted to..

News: Rising Star Releases Little King's Story Concept Art Online

Rising Star Releases Little King's Story Concept Art Online

For your eyes ONI

Wii adventure Little King's Story was a critical, if not commercial success, with countless gamers falling in love with it since it went on sale two years ago. European publisher Rising Star Games realises the game still carries a loyal following, and has released some concept art exclusively for members of its Hoshi club. The art depicts dragons, mushrooms, snails and more, all..

News: Activision Disbands Guitar Hero Business, No Entry in 2011

Activision Disbands Guitar Hero Business, No Entry in 2011

DJ Hero suspended this year as well

There used to be three certainties in life: death, taxes and at least one annual entry in Activision's Guitar Hero franchise, but now that list is back down to two, as the company announces its Guitar Hero business unit is officially disbanded. The announcement came in an earnings report in which Activision...

News: Nintendogs Nearly Went for a Wii in Your Living Room

Nintendogs Nearly Went for a Wii in Your Living Room

But went outside instead

DS mega-hit Nintendogs has sold millions of copies worldwide, shifting more DS units than you can shake a stick at, so the revelation that series creator Shigeru Miyamoto considered bringing the series to Wii shouldn't really be a surprise. The latest Iwata Asks finds Miyamoto and colleague Hideki Konno discussing the abandoned attempt to transport the cute creatures over..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 16: Adventurous Adventures

NLFM Episode 16: Adventurous Adventures

Zelda, Dragon Quest, Terranigma and more

Didn’t we have some fun though? Remember when the podcast was sliding into the fire pit and I said "Goodbye" and you were like "NO WAY!" and then I was all "We pretended we were going to murder you"? That was great. 1. Sick YG — Ain't That Funny (MadWorld, Wii)2. Miyoko Kobayashi and Masanori Hikichi — Underworld..

News: Mario Sports Mix Launches with Trailer and Press Conference

Mario Sports Mix Launches with Trailer and Press Conference

Doping allegations yet to be answered

The latest sporting outing for Mario and friends, Wii's Mario Sports Mix recently launched in Europe and is now available across North America too. To help gamers get in the sporting mood, Nintendo has released a new trailer showing the game's four sports in action. Later on today, at 5pm Pacific Standard Time, Mario himself will take to the Internet in a..

News: Sonic Colours Sells 1.85 Million Copies Worldwide

Sonic Colours Sells 1.85 Million Copies Worldwide

Turning rings into coins

Last year's hedgehog outing Sonic Colours on Wii and Sonic Colours were two of the year's better platformers, and certainly the highlight of the blue spiky one's recent career. Sega recently released some provisional sales figures for the game, and although it didn't necessarily set the charts alight it still posted decent...

News: Brand New Conduit 2 Weapons Trailer Touches Down

Brand New Conduit 2 Weapons Trailer Touches Down

And new screenshots to boot

It's Conduit 2 overload this week – first came the news that High Voltage is bringing The Conduit to 3DS, now Sega has detonated a new trailer and multiplayer screenshots too. The trailer shows off some of the old and new weapons you'll be causing chaos with in Conduit 2, ranging from the offbeat to the frankly mental. Turrets, guns that make you invisible, a cannon..

News: High Voltage Working on Bringing The Conduit to 3DS

High Voltage Working on Bringing The Conduit to 3DS

Already up and running

First-person shooter Conduit 2 isn't even out on Wii yet, but already developer High Voltage Software is looking at transporting the series across to Nintendo's next console: 3DS. Speaking to Eurogamer, High Voltage's Eric Nofsinger said: Now that we're winding things down a lot of our resources are on pulling this technology over to 3DS. We're still early. The resolution is..

News: Last Story Tops the Japanese Sales Charts

Last Story Tops the Japanese Sales Charts

Is there hope for a localisation?

While Nintendo may not have any concrete localisation plans to announce with regards to Japanese RPG Last Story, but the news it's shot to the top of the all-format charts in its home country can't do its chances of heading Westward any harm. In its first week on sale the game shifted 114,722 copies, according to...

News: First LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer Walks the Plank

First LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer Walks the Plank

Shiver me plastic timbers

Last year Disney and TT Games joined forces to announce LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean for Wii and DS, and now the twosome have brought us the first trailer for the game and some concept art to boot. There's no gameplay footage in the trailer but anyone who's played a previous LEGO game will likely know what to expect: single or co-operative play with a range of famous..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 15: They Might Be RPGs

NLFM Episode 15: They Might Be RPGs

FInal Fantasy makes its NLFM debut, along with a sweeping Bionic Commando remix

Gather round, children! Zip it, listen! NLFM is back and bringing the big guns, with a killer Bionic Commando remix, lurvely NES medley by way of PiCTOBiTS, and an almighty power with a huge sword chopping woodland critters. What more could you want? What more??? 1. Star Salzman, Harumi Fujita, Junko Tamiya — Advance..

News: Will We See a Zelda 25th Anniversary Collection this Year?

Will We See a Zelda 25th Anniversary Collection this Year?

Link reaches a quarter-century old

Last year, Nintendo's tubby mascot celebrated his 25th anniversary in the form of Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition, a collection that disappointed some in its paucity of interesting content. This year Nintendo will get a chance to wipe the slate clean and try harder, as its other ageless hero – Link – turns 25. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata..

News: Zelda: Skyward Sword Getting "Finishing Touches"

Zelda: Skyward Sword Getting "Finishing Touches"

Link's latest looks locked for later this...year

It's been a while since we heard anything concrete about the highly awaited The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Revealed at E3 2010 with nary a peep afterward, until one day last December, out of nowhere, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto poked his head out to say "it's half-finished, y'all." Now we have more. During a recent investor..

News: Launching This Spring is Nintendo's Secretive Title, Pandora's Tower

Launching This Spring is Nintendo's Secretive Title, Pandora's Tower

It's about death, or something...

During Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's presentation at the company's Third Quarter Financial Results Briefing, a new Nintendo title for the Wii was announced and should be hitting Japan in the first half of 2011. Not much is known about the game at the moment, with the most solid of facts being the game will carry the title of Pandora's Tower. Iwata revealed that the..

News: Sega Lets Loose with New Conduit 2 Screens and Details

Sega Lets Loose with New Conduit 2 Screens and Details

Multiplayer blown wide open

To get you into the alien-blasting mood ahead of the release of Conduit 2, Sega has furnished us with a stimulus pack of new screenshots and a list of the 14 multiplayer modes that feature in the sequel. There's the usual array of deathmatch and capture the flag gametypes, with other modes inspired by other successful multiplayer titles: Balloon Battle takes its cues..

News: Nintendo Reveals New Kirby Platformer for Wii in 2011

Nintendo Reveals New Kirby Platformer for Wii in 2011

Kirby sucks again

Europe hasn't even had a chance to tangle with Kirby's Epic Yarn yet, and already Nintendo of Japan has revealed the second proper Wii outing for the pink puffball in a new video on its Japanese website. Developed by HAL Laboratories, the game looks like a more traditional Kirby adventure than its string-based predecessor, with...

News: Sonic Colours Soundtrack Racing to iTunes

Sonic Colours Soundtrack Racing to iTunes

Grab some sonic satisfaction

Wii platformer Sonic Colours (or Sonic Colors, if you prefer) was praised for its soundtrack, and iTunes users will be able to download the game's audio stylings across North America, Europe and Japan from January 26th. At $1.29 / £0.99 a track it's likely to mount up, with 82 tracks spread across three discs, but you...

News: Sakaguchi: To Succeed Internationally, JRPGs Need to Change

Sakaguchi: To Succeed Internationally, JRPGs Need to Change

Will Last Story lead the way by example?

There have been many Japanese games that never made it out of their own country but far from publishers being lazy or concerned that localisations won't be profitable enough for the hassle, perhaps the reason genres like Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs) sometimes struggle to find success in the Western...

Podcast: NLFM Episode 14: The Past and Future, Remixed

NLFM Episode 14: The Past and Future, Remixed

Check out some of our favourite remixes of classic franchises coming to 3DS

We're absolutely killing 2011 with our new weekly schedule, even if we're a little late in the day from time to time. As in every episode so far. This episode we're inspired by the 3DS line-up and looking towards both the future and past by checking out some excellent remixes of classic tunes from franchises headed to the..