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Feature: A Brief History of Pikmin

A Brief History of Pikmin

Three down, more surely to come

Pikmin 3, after a lengthy development period, is now beginning to grace Wii U systems around the world, and is clearly a source of great pride for Shigeru Miyamoto. The famous Nintendo designer has described it as the "ultimate version of Pikmin 1", and to date it's received substantial critical praise, including a...

News: SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge Confirmed For Wii U, Wii, 3DS And DS

SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge Confirmed For Wii U, Wii, 3DS And DS

Five player co-op will feature on the Wii U version

Activision and Nickelodeon have announced everyone's favourite water-absorbing sea creature will be starring in a new game later this year known as SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge. The game will be released on Wii U, Wii, 3DS and DS - as well as other platforms - and is being...

News: Retailer Listings and Comic-Con Reveal New Figures for Skylanders Swap Force

Retailer Listings and Comic-Con Reveal New Figures for Skylanders Swap Force

Prepare your bank accounts

Skylanders Swap Force, the latest entry in the hugely successful toy-based Activision series, is getting ever closer to its October release on Wii U, Wii, 3DS and other consoles. As it approaches we can look forward to details on what new figures will be available and in what waves, though it seems that a combination of...

News: Shigeru Miyamoto "Wanted to go to HD Sooner" With the Wii

Shigeru Miyamoto "Wanted to go to HD Sooner" With the Wii

Consumer take-up of HD TVs quicker than expected

During the Wii's lifespan there was one unavoidable fact, regardless of wonderful games and innovative experiences; it was a standard-definition system in an increasingly high-definition world. Its limitation to 480p and graphical capabilities that — brilliant art design aside — were struggling...

News: UK Store GAME Now Selling Original Wii Consoles For Just £35

UK Store GAME Now Selling Original Wii Consoles For Just £35

Even less reason to consider picking up a Wii Mini, then

As part of its summer hardware and software sale, UK video game retailer GAME is now selling Wii consoles for just £35 (around $50 / €40). That's a considerable saving on the recently-released Wii Mini, which lacks internet connectivity, doesn't have an SD card slot and won't run on...

News: Satoru Iwata - Tech Limitations Held Wii Vitality Sensor Back, But Launch is Still Possible

Satoru Iwata - Tech Limitations Held Wii Vitality Sensor Back, But Launch is Still Possible

It has a pulse

Ah, the Vitality Sensor. Remember that? It was shown off at E3 2009, leading to the raising of many eyebrows as Nintendo President Satoru Iwata pitched its ability to track the pulse and other readings, and explained how it could be suitable for games of relaxation. It's gone down as one of Nintendo's quirkiest product announcements,...

News: Nintendo Wins Another Patent Battle, This Time Over MotionPlus

Nintendo Wins Another Patent Battle, This Time Over MotionPlus

That legal team is on fire

Nintendo faces its fair share of patent battles, which in most cases — not all, with a notable loss on 3DS screen technology — go the Kyoto company's way. Plenty of these disputes focus on the Wii and its various peripherals, which is more than likely due to the console's phenomenal sales success and its various...

News: Xbox 360 Sales Set to Pass the Wii's in the UK

Xbox 360 Sales Set to Pass the Wii's in the UK

Dem FPS and footie gamez

The Wii has kicked some serious booty in terms of global sales, getting close to 100 million sales and 'winning', at the time of writing, its generation of systems. That impressive success can mask the fact that the diminutive console has seen momentum go off the cliff since early 2012, as games dried up and the Wii U...

News: A Study Suggests the Wii Could be Used to Improve the Balance of Parkinson's Sufferers

A Study Suggests the Wii Could be Used to Improve the Balance of Parkinson's Sufferers

Could reduce fall risks as part of exercise routine

We know the Wii brand has often been promoted to push activity and fitness, but a preliminary study reported in Medpage Today suggests that Wii games, and specifically the Balance Board, can play a role in strengthening the balance of Parkinson’s patients. According to the report, the “use of...

News: Nintendo Succeeds in Wii Fit Balance Board Patent Appeal

Nintendo Succeeds in Wii Fit Balance Board Patent Appeal

Original decision in the company's favour is upheld

Nintendo, and particularly the Wii, have faced a number of patent challenges in recent years. In most cases Nintendo has emerged as the victor, with a loss on the 3DS screen technology being a rare blip. The big N has faced challenges to its Wii Remote, in particular, and various devices and gizmos...

News: Activision Bringing Skylanders Swap Force And Call of Duty: Ghosts To E3

Activision Bringing Skylanders Swap Force And Call of Duty: Ghosts To E3

"This is obviously a big year"

There has been a lot of confusion surrounding Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest in Activision's long-running franchise. Nobody seems to definitively know if it's coming to Wii U or not. When it was announced in early May, the publisher did not mention Nintendo's home console, however, since then several media outlets...

Feature: The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

The Humble Origins of Animal Crossing

How an obscure little N64 title grew into a hit franchise for Nintendo

The hype and excitement for Animal Crossing: New Leaf across the web is reaching a critical level. Hitting North America on 9th June and Europe on 14th June, it begs the question whether some people might literally explode as a result of not being able to contain their...

News: Armature Studios Gains Another Ex-Retro Staff Member

Armature Studios Gains Another Ex-Retro Staff Member

Donkey Kong Country Returns designer Tom Ivey moves on

As we all know, Armature is a company founded by former Retro Studios staff members — and it would appear that they've added another to their ranks. According to his CV on LinkedIn, Tom Ivey — who was one of the designers on Donkey Kong Country Returns, which was recently ported to the 3DS...

Video: Disney's Planes Trailer Flies Into View

Disney's Planes Trailer Flies Into View

Exclusive to Nintendo systems

Earlier this year it was confirmed that Disney's Planes will be coming exclusively to Nintendo systems, covering Wii U, Wii, 3DS and DS. It'll arrive in North America on 6th August, just before the film arrives on 9th August; as most of you probably already know — or will have guessed — this is a follow up to the...

Nintendo Download: 30th May (North America)

30th May (North America)

Legendary Zelda, Mega Man X, free Project X, Denpa Men (X?) and more

It's Nintendo Download time once again, North America, and this week we've got retro goodies for your newest console, some top-notch gaming for the 3DS and a lot of discounted dancing. Let's get right to it. Wii U Virtual Console: Mega Man X (Capcom, $7.99) — The first of the...