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..
EA go back to basics with the latest entry in the stunningly successful NFS series - has the company done enough to bring back old fans?
Need for Speed has been with us for over a decade now. Since making its debut on the ill-fated 3DO console, EA’s premier racing franchise has gone from being a fairly inoffensive car fan’s dream to a loud and...
We're too depressed for jokes about sweaty men and spandex
We’ll admit from the start that we truly believe this is the most difficult game this reviewer ever had to rate. Ever. And unfortunately it’s a flaw that comes from the fact that the Wii has been an absolutely massive commercial hit. You see the main problem with WWE Smackdown VS. RAW 2008 (which we’ll be referring to as simply..
Your starter for ten: Is EA's latest franchise worth a look?
Quiz games are something of a pet peeve for me. Being a hot-blooded male I obviously loathe TV quiz shows, and the particularly cynical side of me can see straight through the numerous dial-in competitions that exist purely to generate additional revenue for TV stations. However, the recent emergence of videogame-style quiz titles has me..
If your memories of the school playground feature scary bullies and kiss chase, then you might want to let EA's latest kiddie-friendly title repair the damage.
There was a time when publishers were seen as the trendsetters in this industry. When Rockstar released Grand Theft Auto it tapped into the consciousness of the gaming public, triggering a flood of ‘me-too’ copycat titles and crafting an..
After Twilight Princess fades away Link is back in training and he needs your help!
Our hero Link returns to the Wii rather sooner than expected in the form of Link's Crossbow Training, a shooting game set in the world of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The game has been created by Nintendo to demonstrate the use of the Wii Zapper, the...
Can arcade light gun games really work on Wii? Ghost Squad steps up to the test.
SEGA, one of the masters of arcade shooters, are the first to bring one of their heavyweight light gun titles to the Wii, courtesy of the Wii Zapper- a gun shaped plastic housing for your Wiimote and Nunchuck. The Wii Zapper isn't required, it simply adds a little...
It may just be netball with movement, but basketball is huge with our friends across the pond. Does that result in a decent videogame though?
Reviewing American sports titles is always a difficult proposition when you’re a Brit. Sporting games rely on the player having an understanding or passion for the subject matter, and that is obviously absent when you happen to be a ‘foreigner’ to the..
We know, we know. This review is a little late. I was going to make up some long winded story about how I had the review written out before a bunch of the undead stole my hard drive and took me on a wild goose chase around Raccoon City before I could get it back. I didn't think you'd believe that story though so I'll just come...
Mario & Sonic are all set to fight for the Gold Medal, but is the game worthy of an Olympic accolade?
Hell has officially frozen over; Mario and Sonic appear together for the first time ever. If this idea had been suggested 10 to 15 years ago, you'd probably have been locked up and forgotten about. Times have changed dramatically since then: we now accept that SEGA is purely a developer and..
The Rabbids Are Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!
[screenshot=46cc118319213]Those Charming Rabbids Are Back![/screenshot]If I learnt one thing last Christmas, it was this; Rabbit's Wii Violence = Hilarity. Or to put it another way; I discovered the joys of Rayman Raving Rabbids. With this title Ubisoft gave the world a prime example of how to make a good, fun, energetic game. Plus, they introduced the cutely..
Golf may consist of silly clothing and long walks, but it hasn't stopped EA from releasing yet another edition of its long-running PGA Tour series.
The first Tiger Woods game for the Wii was perfectly enjoyable representation of golf that fully embraced the possibilities of the Wiimote setup. The impact was lessened slightly by the fact that Wii...
Party with the Rabbids...
One of the surprise titles of the Wii's launch was Rayman Raving Rabbids. This bunny infested title took the Rayman franchise in a direction its never been before; away from adventure, and into the realms of mini-games. If you've read my review, you will know I thought highly of this game. So when, almost a year on, I am...
Simply out of this galaxy
Ah, Mario. It's been a while... believe it or not it's been five years since Mario's last personal outing; Super Mario Sunshine on the Gamecube. Our hero has returned for his first Wii outing, in the form of Super Mario Galaxy. Let's get something clear from the start: Galaxy is definitely not a straight forward successor...
The Simpsons make their début appearance on the Wii...
Usually, we start these reviews with an introduction to the game and its history... but we don't think we need to bother this time. We all know who the Simpsons are, and we've enjoyed their humour on more than one occasion. There have been some good games (Hit N' Run), some average games (Road...
"Not another Sims game," Sammy screamed, "When will they ever learn?"
I think it’s pretty bloody important to state at the start of this review that I hate The Sims. I always have done and I always will do. It’s unstructured, overly pointless and just straight up dull. However I have to admit that the AI on the PC versions (at the time) was something that shouldn’t be scoffed at. The way..
Ninjabread Man brings some much needed platforming action to our Wii's, but is it any good?
With a name like Ninjabread Man, it was hard to ignore this one. Just look at our hero, its a Gingerbread man that can do Ninja stuff- you don't get much cooler than that. I was a little nervous of what Ninjabread Man would be like- after all it is from a...
The head honcho of Nintendo talks to the developers of Super Mario Galaxy in a series of interviews.
Following on from the 'Iwata asks' series of interviews around the launch of the Wii, the top dog of Nintendo talks to the developers of Super Mario Galaxy about the latest Mario game. Here's a short extract: Shimizu:So we had quite a few members of the public play test Super Mario Galaxy, and in a..
The much-maligned FIFA franchise finally hits the Wii. Does this latest instalment do enough to step out of the shadow of the excellent Mario Strikers: Charged?
There was a time when the latest FIFA release would send most self-respecting football fans running for the hills in dismay. Although the series started brightly with a wonderful debut on the Sega Megadrive, it kind of lost its way in the..
EA's astonishingly successful Sims series is given a lick of 'cute' paint. The result is MySims - but is it any good?
Electronic Arts is a company that can make or break a videogames console. Although the publisher’s output isn’t always associated with quality, the popularity of its franchises can prove vital when it comes to winning the console war. When EA famously shunned the Sega Dreamcast,..
Wii is for everyone, that includes your grand parents. Last Nintendo went to The Carter Burden Center for the Aging to show us exactly whats replacing shuffle board.
In this photo provided by Nintendo, Lillian Faybik, 87, of Manhattan, plays baseball on the Wii from Nintendo, Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at The Carter Burden Center for the Aging in New York. Nintendo visited the center to show off..
It's time to grab the mic and shake your money-maker, because EA's Boogie is about to hit the dancefloor...
Music-based games – often assigned the rather auspicious genre title of ‘rhythm action’ – are big business these days. Titles like SingStar, Dancing Stage and Guitar Hero are massive sellers, attracting thousands upon thousands of rabid fans with each new update. It’s therefore..
We Brits may see it as 'Rugby with padding' but American Football is as popular as ever and the latest Madden release from EA Sports is promising big things. Does it deliver?
Devout patrons of NintendoLife will no doubt recall that we quite liked Madden NFL 07; the unique use of motion-sensitive gestures lent the game an incredibly intuitive and refreshing feel – something that was badly needed..
Bandai's virtual pet franchise has now made the leap to the Wii and is attempting to steal Wario Ware's mini-game crown...has it succeeded?
Exploitation of children is a terrible thing. It’s a sad fact that in some parts of the world nefarious employers will think nothing of paying youngsters a pittance to work in poorly ventilated sweat shops in order to produce badly-made tat that is sold for..
Samus' gunship finally lands on Wii, should you believe the hype? Are the controls as good as we hoped?
Samus is finally unleashed on Wii. Originally a title pegged for launch, Metroid fans have been drooling almost a year longer than expected. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is billed as the final part of the Metroid Prime trilogy and somewhat carries...
Is there 'more than meets the eye' when it comes to Activision's latest movie tie-in, or does it replicate the slightly disappointing feel of the big-budget movie it's based on?
If you happen to be a child of the 80s then the appeal of Transformers shouldn’t need any explanation. The seminal early morning cartoon series - coupled with a...
The Boy Who Lived makes his debut on the Nintendo Wii. Has the shift to new hardware reinvigorated the young spell caster or will this movie tie-in share the same lamentable fate as previous instalments?
Since the very early days of videogames, publishers have seen the advantages a popular movie license can bring. Throughout the years we’ve witnessed hundreds of titles based on hundreds of..
Big Brother; noun. (1) an authoritarian leader and invader of privacy; (2) an older brother; (3) a dire commercial television series fuelling Channel 4 with ample funds to screen “Top 100” countdowns for the remaining ten months of the year when the show isn’t airing.
I think my loathing of Big Brother rubbed off on my will to play such games as The Sims as it took me until late 2001 before I..
The quarter 3 Nintendo release dates are in and there is still quite a long haul until Super Paper Mario finally hits UK stores.
Q3 Wii Release Schedule * Resident Evil: 4 Wii edition (Capcom) 29th June 2007 * Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix (EA) 29th June 2007 * Scarface (Vivendi Games) 30th June 2007 * Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Midway Games) June 2007 * Mario Party 8..
Bored of companies cashing in on the Wii craze by lazily tacking on motion sensing control? So are we. However, Ignition Banbury buck the trend in spectacular fashion by giving us a title that is so perfectly realized it’s hard to imagine it was ever available on any other machine.
Even the most stubbornly loyal Sony fanboy would admit, albeit begrudgingly, that the PSP has a less then stellar..
Another frantic season of arcade style football action
Some of you will remember Mario Smash Football on the Gamecube, Mario Strikers: Charged Football simply builds on that original concept, adding a few new features and ideas but is generally the same game updated for Wii. One of the big additions that has been heavily promoted by Nintendo is...
Surprisingly still playing it months later, we decided to revisit this war game to see what lessons can be learnt for furture first person shooters.
What to say about the game that has already been extensively put through the media machine. As a major Wii title, you will find tens of reviews about the game all over the internet and popular game...
Super Swing Golf. A hole in one, or a double bogey?
[screenshot=45ed93df615da]Now Lads, Keep Your Eye On The Ball[/screenshot]It is inevitable that we have started to see a large amount of interactive sports games on the Wii- Wii Sports ensured this. Naturally it will be the case that some of these games will be fantastic, while others will be shameless cash-ins. Being the sceptical person that I..
Wooden Snail. Concrete Spider. Papier Maché Butterfly. Metal Slug. One of these is the moniker of a near-legendary platform-action series that is celebrating a glorious decade in the spotlight. The others are nonsense names made up merely to justify this rather pointless opening paragraph. Can you guess which is which?
Give your average next...
Need For Speed comes to the Wii, does it rush into pole position as the Wii's first real racer?
I must admit I was pretty skeptical about how well this game was gonna play before I'd even opened the box. I'd never played any of the Need for Speeds before, and have never been the boy-racer pimp-my-fiesta type. But I do love a good driving game, and...
Mario dusts off his cap and sets out on his first proper adventure on Wii.
Now, I say proper adventure, but really Super Paper Mario is something new, something different and something you've never played before. Essentially the game looks like any other classic Mario game, however there is one big twist, it's flippin' 3D! For once it isn't Bowser...
Snowboarding; Literally one of the coolest sports on the planet. Can EA transfer the experience onto the Wii?
Electronic Arts' SSX series has been around for a while. Starting on the Playstation 2 with plain old "SSX" it has spanned console platforms with varying success. Four sequels and 6 years later, EA release SSX Blur for the Wii. This time you will be snowboarding or skiing using the Wii..
Wii's first Pinball title, does it actually contain anything unique or is it just another port?
Being a pinball-head meant a key Wii launch game for me was Gottlieb Pinball Classics. The game received only moderate coverage in both print and online media, it was simply eclipsed by the likes of Zelda and Red Steel. However, as I will go on to discuss here, there is much to enjoy in what at first..
EA Take One Of The Most Renowned Movie Franchises And Turn It Into A Game. Success Or Failure? Read On...
[screenshot=46128b9f9b431]You Respect Him, You Respect The Family The Godfather Blackhand Edition is based upon the events from The Godfather movie. It holds true to its roots, even though you play as Aldo; a new character to the story. The game...
Rabbits With Plungers, What Else Is There To Say?
[screenshot=44d320f1eb8b3]Rayman Is Back... er, Just As Before!It's been a while since a Rayman title last graced any console, and never before has one been any more that a platformer. So it came as a surprise to find that the latest installment was actually a mini-game compilation. The story of...
Get behind the wheel of a monstrous turbo-charged 4x4 and let rip across a variety of harsh terrains taking on all manner of fiendish opponents. Sounds great doesn’t it?
Nintendo’s Excitebike is a bit of a cult classic. It’s never been a massive selling series but true Nintendo fans have a very special place for it in their hearts. When...
Brits take on multi player Madden madness.
Without much competition in the American Football genre, EA have often been accused of complacency. However, with the upcoming All Pro Football 2K8 from 2k sports, they show clear signs of raising their game. In addition to reservations about the market dominating product, there are the issues that surround porting an existing game to the Wii. Wii-mote..
Nintendo's Perrin Kaplan seems to think so according to one of her responses to a Game Daily interview.
When asked if the Wii would see a relaunch similar to the DS or GBA he said: Sure, absolutely. You'll see the ways in which we do that. The response is overwhelmingly definitive yet it is not yet clear in what context the console will be relaunched. There has been talk of DVD compatible Wii's and..
Allow me to pose you with a question. You are armed with a Katana blade and a shotgun. Your enemy is armed with just a sword. Would you have a sword fight with him or would you blow his brains out with your shotgun? Exactly.
I guess Ubisoft thought that sword fighting might be something a bit different – particularly in a first person shooter game – unfortunately while I commend Ubisoft’s..
Smooth like butter
Just the other day I was contemplating how I would feel if my mother walked in on me being intimate with my girlfriend. Horrified would probably be an understatement. I guess it would be a feeling of embarrassment. Those of you that have suffered such a terrible feat feel free to concur with me. See, thing is, although my mother...
Let's first clarify that we're big Super Monkey Ball fans. Ever since playing the original on the GameCube we've been totally convinced of the varied and addictive gameplay the series had to offer. We thoroughly enjoyed the minigames such as Monkey Target and thought that the game provided the perfect balance between both solid gameplay and...
Activision extend their support for the Wii with at least four new games.
TheGameFeed have reported that Guitar Hero II will be coming to the Wii in Activisions next "fiscal year". This effectively means April 2007 to March 2008. The launch window is quite large but heres hoping it will be nearer to the earlier date, even if a late 2007 release is more likely. As well as keeping us guessing to the..
Would you like to use a device that could lift up objects beyond your reach? Konami thought you would..
It's an interesting concept, an anti-gravity 'gun' that can lift heavy objects and throw them about the place. In Konami's first game for the Wii, you can cause havoc in a house and then start trashing the streets! In the game's world, there are no energy sources other than Elebits. Strange..
Doctor, vitals are dropping. Its time to dissect Atlus' new medical drama, lets start the operation..
Only in Japan. Trauma Center: Second Opinion is something you wouldn't expect, over the past 20 years the majority of video games have been about killing things, Trauma Center is one of the many few that is all about saving things, saving peoples lives, Holby City style. Second Opinion is a..
Cable not long enough?
No problem! Some clever little spark has managed to create a wireless sensor bar for Wii. Remember all those people that complained that the Wii's sensor bar was too short? Now there's a easy solution, wireless sensor bar, just what all those Projector types were after! "The Wireless Sensor Bar™ can be used with any...
The game that exists so exclusively to introduce you to the Wii Remote, it even gives you one free
Wii Play is developed by Nintendo and its main purpose is to introduce players who have never used a Wii Remote before to the device. It even says so on the back of the box. Yes you can learn the basics by playing any other game until you get the hang...
Things are looking up for fans of Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64, this might actually see a release on the Wii's Virtual Console
MTV has recently had the chance to interview Nintendo of Americas president Reggie and they grilled up on a few facts about the console. One of the questions asked was whether Goldeneye will see the light of day on the Wii's Virtual Console Reggie seemed happy to show that..
Confused by what cable goes where? We dive into the world of AV and try and explain what's hot and what's not.
Much like the world of computers, the abyss that is AV can be just as confusing. We're going to take you though both audio and video standards and give you an idea of what does what. VideoDisplay technology has exploded over the past 5 years, you'd be living under a rock if you hadn't..
Nintendo's first pack-in title in nearly over a decade is a lot of fun. Period.
A great launch title for the Nintendo Wii has proven to be Wii Sports, not only because it's fun even among non-gamers, but it comes free packaged with the Wii (except in Japan). Wii Sports isn't the most complex game, but it isn't meant to be the detailed, highly...
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 12 months, you'll probably already know all about the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, if not we've compiled a brief guide to get you started.
Every single time a new console gets released, the industry gets caught up in the “Next Generation” buzz-phrase. What does it actually mean? Generally...
The norwegian software company talk Opera for Nintendo DS and the Wii
Opera's Berit Hanson was nice enough to answers our questions regarding their web browser currently in development for Wii. Why do you think Nintendo chose Opera for their Wii browser? There are a lot of browsers out there, and some are more popular than Opera? Opera is...
It's that time of year again, only one post today and that's to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
We can imagine all of you having the same disappointment on your face this morning, not because it wasn't a white Christmas, but because Santa didn't leave you a Nintendo Revolution. Shame on you, Santa. Hopefully he brought you something else Nintendo, maybe Mario Kart DS, maybe Mario Smash..
Rumours surface that the "extra" features being put into Twilight Princess might be Revolutionary features.
With us all wondering how long its going to take for us to get our greasy paws on both Nintendo Revolution and Zelda: Twilight Princess some news appears involving both. According to UK based NGC Magazine the upcoming Zelda title will be compatible with the unique Revolution controller,..
IGN.com today have posted details of what they think, from various sources, the Revolution technical specification might be.
Two lengthy news article on the IGN site over the past couple of days have indicated what we could expect from the upcoming Revolution console. The articles are sourced by asking a handful of developers what information they...