YesterdayMon, 16th Sep 2019
Before the Revolution
Last year a prototype controller for the GameCube came up for auction on Yahoo Japan and shed a little more light on the evolution of the Wii Remote. A grey prototype version of the controller plugged into the console directly, as did a large IR bar similar to the one which would eventually ship with the Wii. A familiar looking...
Friday2nd Aug 2019
Don't throw yours out
Where's your Wii Fit Balance Board? That's a question we asked many years ago when the popularity of Nintendo's fitness-focused peripheral was on the wane, but now, several years later, it fills us with joy to know that this unique interface still has a purpose in the world. That purpose? Weighing gas canisters. Given the...
Sunday21st Jul 2019
More than a decade after its release
Whether you like it or not, Mario Kart Wii is still the best-selling entry in the series to date. As a result, it's got a huge following – even after the more recent success of Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. With this in mind, three new "ultra shortcuts" were recently discovered in the Wii title within...
Thursday11th Jul 2019
"I'm so incredibly proud of her"
The Legend of Zelda is a special series for many of us, mostly thanks to the grand sense of adventure it provides and the memories made playing through its wonderful games. For this gaming grandma, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will no doubt stay in the mind forever - partly thanks to just how much time...
Wednesday10th Jul 2019
In Donkey Kong Country Returns, at least
Let us improve your day dramatically by sharing the most wholesome piece of Nintendo trivia we've stumbled across in recent times. Anyone familiar with the Donkey Kong Country Returns series will likely remember the barrels used to transport DK around each stage; hop into one of these explosive beasts and...
Friday5th Jul 2019
See it in action
As you may well be aware, a number of Nintendo's first-party Wii titles have been ported to the Nvidia Shield in China. The latest to make the jump is Donkey Kong Country Returns, and it's looking just as tasty as you might expect. The Wii game has been treated to the usual upgrades for the Nvidia Shield release, meaning it plays...
Friday21st Jun 2019
That makes sense
Ubisoft might have dropped support for the Wii U, but it continues to release Just Dance games on Nintendo's original Wii device. Why is that? According to a Ubisoft representative who was contacted by Polygon recently, it's simply because there's still demand for the series on this platform: “Just Dance 2020 is coming to the...
Tuesday18th Jun 2019
"There still a lot of fans wanting to play on it"
At E3 this year, Ubisoft revealed Just Dance 2020 for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, the upcoming Google Stadia, and Wii. Yes, an almost 13-year-old console is still being treated to the newest releases of one of gaming's biggest franchises. The Wii first arrived on the scene back in 2006; the original...
Tuesday11th Jun 2019
13 years on, and Nintendo’s waggle-loving system still lives
What were you doing 13 years ago when the Nintendo Wii was first released to an unsuspecting world? It's a long time ago, right? We have fond memories of the time, getting to grips with the motion controls of the Wii Remote with the excellent Wii Sports and waving our arm around with...
Monday10th Jun 2019
Yes, Nintendo Wii!
Ubisoft's latest Just Dance release has been officially confirmed for the Switch, Nintendo Wii and multiple other platforms at the company's 2019 E3 Press Conference. Just Dance 2020 celebrates the series' 10th anniversary and will be filled with 40 new songs from a variety of artists. Here's a taste of what you can expect: God...
Friday7th Jun 2019
Is the 2006 Wii game making a return?
It looks like something really is going on with the Super Monkey Ball series. Following on from Sega filing a trademark for Tabegoro! Super Monkey Ball at the start of May, Gematsu has discovered the company also trademarked Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz in the same month, on 21st May. Whil
Tuesday7th May 2019
Despite being 11 years old
If you need any further proof that Nintendo's evergreen classics are of incredible importance to the company, this little statistic should do very nicely indeed. Towards the end of last month, Nintendo shared its latest financial report. Thanks to this, we were able to share lists of the all-time best-selling games across...
Thursday25th Apr 2019
Spoiler: there's a lot of Mario Kart
So, we've seen Nintendo's latest sales totals for the best-selling Switch games, but what about the company's other most recent consoles? Naturally, sales for games on these systems are rapidly slowing down as new copies start to fade away from retail stores. In fact, the totals for Nintendo DS haven't changed...
Wednesday24th Apr 2019
Wii U information page also taken down
Nintendo's American website has today removed all traces of certain video game generations. To be precise, there are no longer game listings for Wii, WiiWare, DS and DSiWare. The Wii U information page has also been removed. It means you'll have to look elsewhere if you're wanting more information about these...
Thursday14th Mar 2019
A musical homage
The Wii was home to some incredible little tunes; not only did we have the fantastic Wii Shop Channel theme (which truly received the praise it deserved earlier this year when the channel closed down for good), but we also had the equally lovely Mii Channel theme. We vividly remember our first day with the Wii, excitedly creating...
Wednesday13th Mar 2019
"Even among our developers there are often doubts!"
Amongst the many things that make Nintendo truly stand out in the gaming world, perhaps the most obvious is its approach to hardware design. Where others aim to offer the most powerful systems on the planet, serving as a one-stop platform for all of one's entertainment needs, Nintendo has taken a...
Monday4th Mar 2019
More racers, more fun
If 12 racers in Mario Kart wasn't already infuriating enough, how would you feel about 24? A video game modder named MrBean35000vr has been able to get 24 karts up and running in Mario Kart Wii. As he explains in the above video, his mod can handle between 24-29 racers, but the game crashes when 30 or more karts are added...
Monday25th Feb 2019
You won't be surprised to hear that we're rather fond of video games here at Nintendo Life, with many of us boasting frankly ridiculous playtime hour totals on some of our favourite games, but not one of us has ever managed to achieve the levels of dedication shown by this grandma. Shared by Super Rare Games boss George Perkins, the tweet...
Wednesday30th Jan 2019
Closing down after more than 12 years
Today sees the discontinuation of the Wii Shop Channel, an online service for the Wii which has hosted a wonderful and quirky collection of digital games since December 2006. Back in September 2017, Nintendo announced that the Wii Shop Channel would be closing in 2019. The closure would mean that players would...
Thursday17th Jan 2019
The truth revealed
Just under a decade ago, publisher THQ released Big Family Games, a Wii title which hoped to follow in the famous footsteps of Wii Sports with its own family-friendly, motion control minigames. If you haven't heard of it before, that's likely because it never reached those high levels of success, but there's a rather comical PR...
Redownload your games ASAP
On 30th January, all online services for the Wii including all functions associated with the Wii Shop Channel will be closed down. That means you have exactly two weeks to get all of your Wii-based affairs in order. Of course, Nintendo has now released two new home consoles since the hugely popular Wii first launched back...
Wednesday2nd Jan 2019
Play Virtual Console with a real Game Boy
Ever played an old Game Boy classic on the Wii's Virtual Console and thought, "hey, this is great, but it still doesn't feel quite like it used to in the good old days"? Well, this custom cartridge could well solve that dilemma as it allows players to use any Game Boy system as a controller for your GameCube...
But you can't buy it
Portable Wii consoles aren't a new thing – we've seen one that fits inside a coat, lest we forget – but few fan-made mods come as elegantly packaged as this one. The PiiWii Pocket is the creation of YouTuber Shank Mods, and uses actual Wii internals rather than emulation. It comes with a suite of controls, internal cooling...
Sunday23rd Dec 2018
Unused levels also uncovered
There's apparently been a recent and slightly odd discovery in the Wii release, Super Paper Mario. It's all tied to the 2009 South Korean version of the game. YouTube channel GamingIntus, which was able to sift through the files, found unused levels and content that had no resemblance to anythin
Wednesday28th Nov 2018
Standard definition Groose it is!
Over the last few days, the Nintendo community has been bubbling with excitement (or in some cases, mild indifference) over the idea of an HD re-release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately for those who wanted to see it happen, however, it would appear that no such project is in...
Friday9th Nov 2018
The end of an era
Netflix recently sent out an email notifying users Nintendo will be suspending all video streaming services on the Wii - including the Netflix Channel - at the end of January 2019. Here's the full message below, courtesy of a post on Reddit: Unfortunately, Nintendo will suspend all video streaming services on Wii—including the...
Wednesday31st Oct 2018
Four lists, forty great games
While much of the attention has unsurprisingly been given to the Switch, Nintendo's recent avalanche of financial data has also given us an updated look at sales across other recent systems. We wouldn't blame you for thinking that these consoles mustn't generate any software sales these days, but with Mario Kart Wii...
Nintendo's latest financial results have revealed the Switch has now shifted 22.86 million units worldwide. The system has done so well, it has already outsold the lifetime sales of the GameCube. While revenue for the company is predominantly coming from its new hybrid device released early last year, there's a certain...
Sunday28th Oct 2018
Paving the way
Over the years, there have been plenty of prototype Nintendo systems, controllers and accessories publicly revealed. If you think you've seen them all, perhaps not. Ars Technica reports how a recent listing on a Japanese auction site has shed light on a rare Wii Remote prototype designed for the GameCube. The controller sold for...
Sunday21st Oct 2018
No more dancing
This year's Ubisoft conference at E3 revealed Just Dance 2019 was on its way to the Wii and Wii U. Despite the success of the Switch, the older Nintendo systems have remained relevant enough for the French publisher to continue releasing its latest entries in the series on. While it's been a good run for these systems over the...