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News: Reggie Wonders Where Metroid: Other M Sales Went Wrong

Reggie Wonders Where Metroid: Other M Sales Went Wrong

Why did Samus underperform?

Metroid: Other M divided gamers: many loved its combination of action, exploration and conversation, whilst others hated the new portrayal of traditionally less vocal heroine Samus Aran, amongst other things. All this equated to disappointing sales for Nintendo, the title sitting at around the half-million mark in the US...

News: Nintendo Expecting Consumers to Buy Ho-Ho-Hardware This Christmas

Nintendo Expecting Consumers to Buy Ho-Ho-Hardware This Christmas

NPD sales figures show Nintendo's dominance in the U.S.

It's approaching the season of giving but, for the most part, that giving requires some buying at some point and the President at Nintendo of America is confident that consumers will be buying a lot of Nintendo hardware this Christmas as the Holiday season is more important to the company than its rivals. Apparently. Speaking at the BMO..

News: Limited Edition Mario Kart Wii Bundle Under Starter's Orders

Limited Edition Mario Kart Wii Bundle Under Starter's Orders

Wii, Remote Plus and the game

Want a Wii this Christmas but not interested in the red machine with New Super Mario Bros. Wii? This dark beauty might be of interest to you, then. Nintendo Europe has just announced a limited edition black Wii bundle featuring racer Mario Kart Wii, a black Wii Wheel, Wii Sports and Donkey Kong pre-installed on the system. The package also includes the new Wii Remote..

News: Mario Sports Mix Gets a Little Square Enix Boost

Mario Sports Mix Gets a Little Square Enix Boost

Famous faces face-off

Square Enix's next Mario sports title, Mario Sports Mix, isn't just about characters from the Mushroom Kingdom: the company has just confirmed it'll be bringing some of its own most popular characters to the title as well. Joining Mario and chums will be characters from the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series, with a Moogle, Cactuar, ninja, and White and Black Mages already..

News: Miyamoto Hints at Wii Music Sequel to Change Things Up

Miyamoto Hints at Wii Music Sequel to Change Things Up

Could Mario pop up as a session player?

It's been almost two years since Nintendo launched its creative take on the rhythm/music genre with Wii Music and Shigeru Miyamoto has hinted that a sequel could be in the works, or at least some point in the future. Talking to Techland, Miyamoto spoke about the use of Mii characters in connecting players in...

News: Sega Creates an Animal Crossing to Promote Sonic Colours

Sega Creates an Animal Crossing to Promote Sonic Colours

Wordplay!

Okay, so Sega isn't really creating an instalment in Nintendo's happiest franchise Animal Crossing, but the blue and white company did create a safe hedgehog crossing point in London to promote this Friday's release of Sonic Colours for Wii and DS. With 50,000 hedgehogs a year lacking the speed to cross British roads safely, Sega dedicated a stretch of London asphalt to educating the..

News: Dive into Conduit 2's Special Edition Only at Gamestop

Dive into Conduit 2's Special Edition Only at Gamestop

Art, skins and extra in-game goodies

If you're excited about Conduit 2 this Gamestop-exclusive special edition package might just ramp up your giddy-o-meter just a notch or two. Available online or in-store at $49.99, the bundle includes a 44-page art book, an enhancement for the All Seeing Eye and an exclusive multiplayer skin, which isn't a bad little package all told. Conduit 2 is due for..

Competition Winners: Call of Duty: Black Ops (UK)

Call of Duty: Black Ops (UK)

And the three lucky winners are...

To celebrate the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops for Wii Nintendo Life together with our friends at Argos were proud to offer a copy of the game to three lucky readers. As with most Nintendo Life competitions all you had to do was answer the cryptic question: During which war does Black Ops take place? Of course the answer was the Cold War. So, using our..

Rumour: House of the Dead: Overkill Sequel on the Way

House of the Dead: Overkill Sequel on the Way

Zombies beware, a follow-up to the 2009 Wii title may be in the works

Sources close to SEGA have revealed to Nintendo Life that a follow-up to SEGA's House of the Dead: Overkill is well under way and should be released sometime early or mid-2011. Details on the game are still undisclosed, but what we've been told is that a title codenamed "House of the Dead: Overkill 2" is being worked..

News: Get Your First Look at Black Ops Campaign Mode on Wii

Get Your First Look at Black Ops Campaign Mode on Wii

Updated: Campaign and multiplayer footage

There's been close to radio silence on Call of Duty: Black Ops for Wii, but now the game is available in the wild the first direct feed footage of the campaign mode has arrived courtesy of Official Nintendo Magazine. The 18-rated footage focuses on a three-man team attempting to take down Fidel Castro in a hideout. Graphically the game doesn't look too bad..

News: If Donkey Kong Country Returns is Too Hard, Use Super Guide

If Donkey Kong Country Returns is Too Hard, Use Super Guide

Like the Force, only more monkey-like

Remember the controversial Super Guide from New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2? If not, it's one of Nintendo's newest software features to keep gamers interested by allowing them to proceed past difficult parts of stages if they lose too many lives there. Whether you liked it or not it's here to...

News: GoldenEye's Return Sells Twice As Well As HD Bond Outings

GoldenEye's Return Sells Twice As Well As HD Bond Outings

Still only debuts at number 13

It's not very often a Nintendo-exclusive title outsells a similar game on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but the GoldenEye name clearly still carries appeal for UK gamers as the game comprehensively outsold HD 007 outing James Bond 007: Blood Stone. Although the Wii and DS game landed outside the UK Top Ten at number 13, it sold around twice the number of copies as Blood..

News: Games Basement Nabs Exclusive PDP Wii Headsets in UK

Games Basement Nabs Exclusive PDP Wii Headsets in UK

Limited stock of Headbangers nationwide

We've received numerous emails from worried Brits about the availability of PDP's upcoming Headbanger USB headset for Wii. Already available in North America, there's good news for gamers in the British Isles wanting to pick one up soon. The headset itself will only reach UK shores in very limited quantities, but we can reveal that retailer Games Basement..

News: Super Meat Boy May Skip WiiWare and Head to Retail

Super Meat Boy May Skip WiiWare and Head to Retail

Would you buy it on disc for $20?

The ongoing struggles of Super Meat Boy's WiiWare existence are well-documented, but here's a quick recap. Originally available on PC, the game was slated to be a WiiWare-exclusive on consoles before announced as heading to Xbox Live Arcade, where it landed several weeks ago. Just the other day Team Meat announced...

News: Disney Epic Mickey Music "Will Make You Cry" says Warren Spector

Disney Epic Mickey Music "Will Make You Cry" says Warren Spector

But it'll make you smile too

It's not long until you can see if Disney Epic Mickey lives up to the promise of its title, and this latest behind-the-scenes video might sway you one way or the other as it discusses the game's musical score. Composed by Jim Dooley, the man behind countless scores including The Simpsons Movie and Madagascar, has created a soundtrack that's already been nominated for..

News: We Love this Michael Jackson Wii Glove, It's So Bad

We Love this Michael Jackson Wii Glove, It's So Bad

Shamone!

Step aside, Power Glove: there's a new ultimate glove-based peripheral in town. When Michael Jackson: The Experience ships later this month, dedicated King of Pop fans can pick up the special edition containing the game and a single white sparkly glove. That's right: you can finally live out your ultimate Michael Jackson fantasies in your...

News: Call of Duty: Black Ops Wii to Get Online Co-Op and Zombie Modes

Call of Duty: Black Ops Wii to Get Online Co-Op and Zombie Modes

Activision interview opens up

Call of Duty: Black Ops on Wii has been shrouded in secrecy for months, with next-to nothing concrete revealed, but now the game's senior producer Anna Donlan has spilled the beans on what gamers can expect on November 9th. The biggest news is arguably that the game will feature online co-operative play, including the console's debut of the amazingly popular zombies..

News: Super Mario All-Stars Warps Straight to the Top of the Japanese Charts

Super Mario All-Stars Warps Straight to the Top of the Japanese Charts

25th Anniversary Edition starts off strong

While gamers in North America and Europe have to wait a little while longer before they can start snapping up copies of Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition, the game received its Japanese launch last week and has got off to a superb start. For the week ending 24th October, the game managed to...

News: Grab a Blue Classic Controller with Sonic Colours Down Under

Grab a Blue Classic Controller with Sonic Colours Down Under

And the figures too

The Sonic Colours Special Edition with the Wisp figures is all well and good, but what it's really lacking is an awesome blue Classic Controller. Thankfully now gamers down under can grab themselves a branded Classic Controller when the game launches later this year. Retailer JB Hi-Fi has the bundle available for AU$89.00, pretty cheap compared to the AU$115 being asked for..

News: New Donkey Kong Country Returns Trailer Shows Mine Cart Madness

New Donkey Kong Country Returns Trailer Shows Mine Cart Madness

And plenty of other madness too, in fact

Two gorillas walking on a whale, hopping on hippos and riding a rocket barrel: it's all here in this new trailer for Donkey Kong Country Returns. Retro Studio's upcoming revival is looking pretty sweet, and it's not long until gamers can tussle with the apes: Donkey Kong returns on November 21st in North...

News: Buying Ivy the Kiwi? Helps Save Real Kiwis

Buying Ivy the Kiwi? Helps Save Real Kiwis

10p donated to Save the Kiwi Trust

You don't see many video games about kiwis, though this is Rising Star Games' second game to feature the flightless bird following DS romp New Zealand Story. The lack of kiwi-based games might be due to the increasing danger of extinction faced by its real-life counterpart, but if you want to do something about that – and we know you do – there is something..

News: Top Smash Bros. Players Accused of Fixing MLG Match

Top Smash Bros. Players Accused of Fixing MLG Match

Thrown out of tournament too

Playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl can be pretty competitive even if you're just playing with your friends, so imagine the pressure surrounding a match in the Major League Gaming circuit, the pinnacle of competitive gaming. The most recent MLG event saw two players supposedly succumb to such pressure, as Mew2King and ADHD...