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News: Unconventional Camera Work will Capture the Action in Last Story

Unconventional Camera Work will Capture the Action in Last Story

Making sure the game remains exciting

Following the revelation that Mistwalker's latest game – Last Story for the Wii – will be hitting Japanese shops in January 2011, the second half of the Iwata Asks column dedicated to the RPG has now been published on Nintendo's Japanese site. The game's director and Misterwalker CEO Hironobu Sakaguchi, and the concept artist and character designer Kimihiko..

News: Black Ops Wii Headset Beats Game to Retail Shelves

Black Ops Wii Headset Beats Game to Retail Shelves

PDP Headbanger gets Black Ops upgrade

Remember the PDP Headbanger USB headset, the Wii's first? Due to coincide with the release of Conduit 2 this month – the game now sadly delayed until 2011 – the headset is now getting a black lick of paint to promote the upcoming charts steamroller Call of Duty: Black Ops. The headset itself is identical to the white Headbanger, except branded with the Call..

News: This Lego Wii Remote Won't Brick Your Wii

This Lego Wii Remote Won't Brick Your Wii

Build it up, tear it down

Wii Remotes are coming in all colours and configurations these days: the Wii Remote Plus with MotionPlus built-in, the red Remote with this red Wii, this upcoming Tron Remote. What if none of these take your fancy, though: what are you supposed to do then? Build your own out of Lego bricks? Well, yes. The famous

News: New Sonic Colours Wii Trailer Shows Off Multiplayer Action

New Sonic Colours Wii Trailer Shows Off Multiplayer Action

Two player 2D action on the way

Wii's Sonic Colours (or Sonic Colors if you're of that persuasion) is set to feature a multiplayer game where two hedgehog fans can team up to overcome specially-designed levels. But why do the characters have antennae on their heads? They're part of Dr Eggman's Sonic Simulator, of course. This new gameplay trailer...

Rumour: Cell Chip Could Power Wii Successor

Cell Chip Could Power Wii Successor

IBM still in the console game

The Wii is powered by IBM's custom "Broadway" CPU along with ATI's "Hollywood" GPU, but what of the inevitable Wii successor – what silicon army might power its architecture? MCV has suggested it could be IBM's mighty Cell processor. Chief technical officer of IBM's systems and technology group Jai Menon has said: I think you'll see integrated..

News: Sonic Colours DS Includes Leaderboards and Online Multiplayer

Sonic Colours DS Includes Leaderboards and Online Multiplayer

Wii gets leaderboards too

We knew that Sonic Colours Wii is going to feature cooperative multiplayer, but an IGN interview with Sonic Team lord Takashi Iizuka has revealed the DS version will also feature multiplayer, either through local wireless play or online via Nintendo WiFi Connection. As opposed to the Wii version's cooperative play the DS game will include a head-to-head race mode for..

News: n-Space CEO Describes the Games Industry as a Mess

n-Space CEO Describes the Games Industry as a Mess

"n-Space is down, but definitely not out"

It seems n-Space – the company behind several DS instalments of home console titles – is one of the latest development studios that's resorted to reducing its staff numbers due to the pressure of the economic climate of the last several years. Last Friday's undisclosed number of lay-offs has had the company CEO, Dan O'Leary, updating n-Space's official..

News: Wii Party Enters UK Charts at Number Ten

Wii Party Enters UK Charts at Number Ten

Decent showing for party title

Wii Party is likely to be one of Nintendo's sleeper hits this Christmas, its deadly combination of Mii characters and a bundled Wii Remote all-but assuring it'll sell shedloads in the run-up to the Yuletide season. Its first weekend on sale in the UK has seen the game take a respectable 10th position on the charts, just behind perennial groover Just Dance. With..

News: NBA Jam Man Disappointed by Gamers' Negative Attitudes

NBA Jam Man Disappointed by Gamers' Negative Attitudes

Try to contain your surprise

Trey Smith, Creative Director of recent Wii slam-a-jamma NBA Jam, is an old head in this industry, having been working on games for the best part of a decade. He must have seen his fair share of problems in his team, but when quizzed by the MTV Multiplayer blog what did he state as the number one biggest problem affecting the games industry? Gamers with bad attitudes..

News: Confirmed: Red Wii and DSi XL Consoles Reach Europe This Month

Confirmed: Red Wii and DSi XL Consoles Reach Europe This Month

Rejoice!

We brought you news of a rumour that a red Wii was coming to Europe, but now we can officially confirm that lucky Europeans will be able to buy the console before the month was out. Not a home console kind of gamer? Then you'll be pleased that the red DSi XL is on the way too. The red Wii will be available from October 29th and comes bundled with Wii Remote Plus, meaning it has MotionPlus..

News: Redbox Rental Kiosks to Begin Distributing Wii Games

Redbox Rental Kiosks to Begin Distributing Wii Games

Just $2 a night expanding to more cities this month

While online rental services like GameFly, Netflix and LoveFilm have largely taken the place of the in-person video store, viewers who've missed the quick fix of an instant pick-up have seen their needs met in part by services such as Redbox, which offers a small variety of DVDs and, recently, Blu-Ray discs via computerised vending machines..

News: This Christmas is Critical for Wii, Admits Iwata

This Christmas is Critical for Wii, Admits Iwata

Console's fortunes need a boost

This Christmas will be the Wii's fifth holiday at retail, and there's no doubt demand for the console has cooled in recent times. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is keenly aware of this, and knows the machine needs a strong Christmas this year or it could find itself in trouble. In a discussion with investors, Iwata observed that a higher percentage of the machine's..

Rumour: Sonic 20th Birthday Pack Not Just Selling 16-Bit Memories

Sonic 20th Birthday Pack Not Just Selling 16-Bit Memories

Best of Sonic in glorious 3D... wait, come back!

It's a rich old time for fans of classic side-scrolling platformers: Super Mario Bros. celebrated its 25th anniversary recently, and next year – June 23rd, to be precise – is the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. With Nintendo having pushed the boat out to commemorate its iconic hero's 25th...

News: A Duo of Doctor Who Titles Regenerate in November

A Duo of Doctor Who Titles Regenerate in November

One on Wii, one on DS

The announcement of new Doctor Who games on Wii and DS brought more than a ripple of excitement to the gaming world, and now we have official release dates for both games. Fans of the time-travelling Doctor will be able to get their hands on Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth for DS and Doctor Who: Return to Earth for Wii on November 12th. Both titles feature the likeness of current..

News: Vitality Sensor Details and Game Ideas Emerge in Patent Application

Vitality Sensor Details and Game Ideas Emerge in Patent Application

It's all about haemoglobin, apparently

E3 2010, TGS 2010 and Nintendo's Conference all came and went without even so much as a snifter of new information about the Vitality Sensor. Although Nintendo is still keeping the device behind closed doors, Siliconera has uncovered patent applications that reveal more about how the sensor works as well as its potential applications. Essentially, the..

News: Namco and Rising Star Team Up to Bring More Harvest Moons to Europe

Namco and Rising Star Team Up to Bring More Harvest Moons to Europe

Animal Parade and Sunshine Islands, to be precise

You wait six months for a Harvest Moon game to reach Europe, and then three come along at once. Rune Factory 2 sprouted across Europe today, and now publisher Rising Star Games has teamed up with Namco Bandai Partners to distribute two more titles before the end of November. Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for Wii and Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands for..

News: Wii Remote With MotionPlus Built-In Launches in Japan Next Month

Wii Remote With MotionPlus Built-In Launches in Japan Next Month

Five colours to choose from, and a new Nunchuk too

Last week's Nintendo conference was undoubtedly all about the 3DS but with all the new standards the handheld is about to set, what about the other pieces of hardware that Nintendo's working on? Since the rather puzzling box-art of FlingSmash was added to Gamestop's product page, we've been waiting for official word from Nintendo and now it's come..

News: Super Mario Collection Heading to Europe in December

Super Mario Collection Heading to Europe in December

Rejoice!

We've just had news from Nintendo of Europe that the limited edition Super Mario Bros. Collection, previously Japan-only, will be coming to Europe in December. Containing the History of Mario booklet and soundtrack CD spanning the plumber's audio history, the collection is most notable for containing Super Mario All-Stars. The mouthful title of Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary..

News: Japan Receives Red Wii in Honour of Mario's 25th

Japan Receives Red Wii in Honour of Mario's 25th

Super special limited edition on the way

Nintendo already announced a limited edition red DSi XL to celebrate Mario's anniversary, but it's also put together a very special edition Wii console for Japan only. Not only is the Wii itself in the plumber's favourite hue of red, the Wii Remote is one of the new Wii Remote Plus designs containing MotionPlus built-in. The machine also comes with classic..

News: Wii Responsible for Worrying Wave of Bystander Injuries

Wii Responsible for Worrying Wave of Bystander Injuries

Won't somebody please think of the children?

When the Wii was first launched there was practically a media frenzy regarding the supposed flood of waggle-related mishaps. People reported cut hands, broken TV sets and black eyes, among other issues. Nintendo duly issued rubber jackets for the Wii Remote and took measures to strengthen the fabric wrist strap, and all was seemingly well with the world..

News: Captain America Bringing Justice to Wii and DS Next Year

Captain America Bringing Justice to Wii and DS Next Year

The latest in Sega's comic book titles

Sega's rather busy on the old Marvel Comics licence these days, having brought Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk to Wii and DS, with another title based on the upcoming Thor movie currently in development. The company has also just announced it's bringing Captain America: Super Soldier to Wii and DS next year. Blending combat and platforming,..

News: GoldenEye Maps Trailer Shows Where We'll be Spraying Our Bullets

GoldenEye Maps Trailer Shows Where We'll be Spraying Our Bullets

Which one will you dominate in?

There's been a steady stream of GoldenEye trailers coming our way as we close in on its Nov. 2 launch in North America, and Activision has released another in the form of a maps vignette. So let's take a quick look at their names as a few will undoubtedly sound very familiar indeed. The video is short but sweet as glimpses of Archives, Facility, Nightclub, Jungle,..

News: Marvelous "Working to Meet Needs" of Little King's Story Fans

Marvelous "Working to Meet Needs" of Little King's Story Fans

But what does that mean?

Little King's Story may have been our joint Game of the Year 2009 but that didn't translate into massive sales at the tills, and things got worse for fans when co-developer Cing went into administration in early 2010. It looked as though Corobo's story stopped there, but an interview with Tomio Kanazawa, Marvelous Entertainment's Group Manager, may reignite that tiny flame..