Wii - News

June2010

  • Rumour Retro Bringing Back Donkey Kong

    Maybe he's finally coming back to kick some tail

    Most famous for its Metroid Prime series of course, Retro Studios has been rather quiet since completing work on Samus's first person odyssey, with nary a snifter of information slipping from its Texan headquarters. Here's an intriguing rumour courtesy of IGN, however: the studio is working on...

  • E3 2010 Wii Predictions

    What to look for at Nintendo's table next week

    This year's E3 promises to be a big one for the Wii: although the 3DS has taken most of the limelight in recent months, Nintendo will be keen to spell out its plans to keep Wii on top of the home console market in the face of rejuvenated opposition. Chief amongst those plans is the long-awaited...

  • News Conduit 2 Powers Up with MotionPlus Support

    Sega sequel getting extra precision

    Most people's issues with The Conduit didn't focus on the controls which were, in general, pretty good, but High Voltage Software is clearly keen to tidy them up with the sequel, announcing that the follow-up will support the MotionPlus peripheral for even better accuracy. Rather than taking the Red Steel 2 route...

  • Rumour Metroid: Other M to Reach Europe on September 24th

    Just a few weeks after Japan

    We fully expect to hear more about Samus Aran's Wii-bound adventure Metroid: Other M next week, but Spanish site Pikmin Squad has just posted a rumour stating the game may be on its way to Europe before the end of September. Citing an unnamed Nintendo distributor, the site claims that September 24th is the date gamers...

  • News Ivy the Kiwi? to be a Rising Star in Europe

    Home of Japanese Games picks up Yuji Naka's latest

    You've probably only just wiped away your tears of sadness following yesterday's introduction to the story of Ivy the Kiwi?, but you may now start weeping tears of joy with the announcement that Rising Star Games is bringing the title to Europe this Autumn. Developed by former Sonic Team head honcho Yuji Naka's studio PROPE, Ivy the Kiwi? for Wii..

  • Hardware Review VDigi VD-W3 Wii HDMI Upscaler

    We take a look at VDigi's up-scaler device that aims to bring you a step closer to "Wii HD".

    It's well documented that the lack of High-Definition (HD) doesn't affect the majority of Wii gamers, however there is a significant minority who eagerly await Nintendo's step up in the HD realm. VDigi have identified this specific Wii gamer and offer them a...

  • News Ivy the Kiwi? Story Might Make You Cry a Bit

    Poor little lost bird

    You may have heard Nintendo Life staff James Newton and Corbie Dillard discuss this title in the latest episode of the podcast, and Ivy the Kiwi? continues to gain momentum with new screenshots and details about the tiny bird's story hitting the 'net from US publisher XSEED Games. Developed by Let's Tap developer PROPE, headed...

  • News Nintendo Points the Finger at the Wii for the Drop in Handheld Sales

    Lack of big sales due to big games?

    With handheld sales in the UK reaching the lowest level in the last four years, the European MD at Nintendo, Laurent Fischer, has pointed the finger at a rather unexpected culprit. Fischer feels the Wii is responsible for the drop in DS sales, with its range of big releases hogging the limelight. Speaking to MCV, the managing director states that: Whilst..

  • News Sims 3 for Wii Goes Multiplayer, Loses Construction Mode

    Quizzes and preset houses for EA's life sim

    On PC, The Sims games are sprawling simulators of life's big choices: ambitions, careers, a family and how to decorate your life in the most opulent fashion you can afford. The upcoming version of The Sims 3 on Wii will lose the last part as everybody's favourite chore simulator gets a refresh. A GamePro preview reveals that players will be unable to..

  • News Vote for a Conduit Map to Return in Conduit 2

    High Voltage wants your input

    Promising to listen to your fans when revisiting a title and actually listening to them are often two totally different things, so it's cheering to see Conduit 2 developers High Voltage opening up a virtual voting booth, giving fans a chance to revisit their favourite maps from the original Conduit title. Head over to...

  • News Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock to Feature All-New Story Mode

    Activision re-designs the guitar controller (we wouldn't be surprised if it looks like an udder)

    To an extent, as long as gamers are satisfied with the track selection on the Guitar Hero brand of games, they are probably more than happy to carry on buying the continuous stream of new instalments that keep the franchise alive. If you don't mind the...

  • News New Nintendo Video Reminds You Wii has Great Games

    Four minutes full of core titles

    Wii's reputation as a family-friendly, casual gamer's paradise is well-storied and not undeserved; claims it's devoid of great third-party core games, however, are less accurate, and Nintendo UK clearly wants to set the record straight with its new "Play Wii" promo video. Taking in everything from...

  • News Rare Confirms It is Not Working on Activision's Rumoured GoldenEye Game

    Not what fans want to hear

    Rare was undoubtedly one of the brightest stars back in the Nintendo 64 era and with two top-quality first-person shooters alone tucked under its belt, a selection of compelling 3D platformers and of course, the much-loved Donkey Kong 64; it must have been difficult for Nintendo to let go and eventually sell its stake in the company. It must have been even more difficult..

  • News First Sonic Colours Details Emerge

    And the first "return to form" claim is right behind

    The announcement of Sonic Colours for Wii and DS was a bit of a bolt from the blue (pardon the pun), with just a rendered trailer and short press release to go on. Now with the cat out of the bag the first proper information is starting to trickle through, with a Nintendo Power interview with Sonic honcho Takashi Iizuka revealing plenty about the..

  • News Street Fighter II Designer Bringing Earth Seekers to Wii

    Ex-Capcom talent unveils new game

    Noritaka Funamizu was a key player at Capcom during his time there, working on almost all of the company's biggest games, from Super Street Fighter II to Resident Evil and beyond. Since he left the company he's only really hit our radar with arcade title Super Dragon Ball Z. Well, those days are over as his latest...

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  • News Rising Star to Bring Rune Factory 2 and More to Europe in Autumn

    My World, My Way and Eldar Saga on the way too

    European publisher Rising Star Games is responsible for bringing across some of the more original critically-acclaimed titles, localising feudal side-scrolling slasher Muramasa: The Demon Blade, monarchic masterpiece Little King's Story and most of the Harvest Moon series in recent years. Just before E3...

  • News Hudson Announces E3 Lineup

    To include mysterious secret title...

    Hudson Entertainment recently announced the list of games that it'll be showing off at the upcoming entertainment exposition which we know as E3. Their Wii lineup will feature BEYBLADE: Metal Fusion – Battle Fortress, Deca Sports 3, Oops! Prank Party and Lost in Shadow while for DS it'll be presenting BEYBLADE: Metal Fusion. Additionally, there's to be a..

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    Review Samurai Warriors 3

    Learn some history and have some fun with real-life Japanese super-heroes

    Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu: these are the names of some of the greatest figures of the Sengoku, or "Warring States," period in Japanese history, a time of civil war in which rival daimyo struggled for positions of dominance as they attempted to...

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 Blitzes Original's Launch Sales Figures

    Japanese launch shifts 340,000 copies in 72 hours

    Super Mario Galaxy 2 has already been acclaimed as one of the greatest games of all time and the Japanese game-buying public certainly seems to agree, snapping up over 340,000 copies of the title in just three days. Outstripping the original's first week sales of just over 250,000, the stellar sequel...

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  • News Meet Charles Martinet at the Super Mario Galaxy 2 UK Launch Event

    Dress up as Mario and you'll get a goody bag too!

    As Nintendo gets ready for the UK launch of the highly-anticipated Super Mario Galaxy 2, gamers better sharpen their costume-making skills as the company announces a special launch event to be hosted at GAME, Oxford Street in London. As well as being the first people in Europe to play and get their hands on a copy of the critically acclaimed..

  • News Kapow! New Batman Trailer is Both Brave and Bold

    Holy hand-drawn animation!

    Time to dig out that cape and tiny pants, readers: this new trailer for upcoming Batman adventure The Brave and the Bold is sending out the Batsignal into the night sky. Despite sounding like an American daytime soap opera, Batman: The Brave and the Bold is based on the cartoon series, putting players in control of the...

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    Review Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

    Sand trapped

    Ignoring the free-running, rather mouthy Prince from 2008’s HD Prince of Persia, The Forgotten Sands is set between Sands of Time and Warrior Within, playing as the expected combination of platforming showpieces, close combat and simplistic lever and button puzzles. As the Prince’s first original adventure on Wii, it has to be...

  • News Accio! Two Games Conjured from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Movies

    Last wizard adventure to come in two parts

    We haven't yet had Lego Harry Potter: Years 1 to 4 but fans of the boy wizard and whichever-of-his-friends-you-still-think-is-alive needn't worry about getting short-changed on the magic happenings this year, with EA and Warner Bros. announcing two new Potter titles are on the way. Based on the final two...

  • News Nintendo Connection to Tour Down Under

    Get hands on with Super Mario Galaxy 2 in a few weeks

    Gamers in Australia and New Zealand, we feel your pain: whilst North American gamers have had Mario's latest for a few weeks, and European fans get to play it in ten days time, you must wait a whole month from today to enjoy blasting off. Nintendo wants to ease that stinging feeling by bringing...

  • News Epic Mickey May Get a New Lick of Paint at E3

    Rumours suggest graphics could change

    It's been a few months since we last heard anything about Epic Mickey, the Warren Spector-led reinvention of the little mouse, but apparently that's for good reason. According to the latest Internet rumours, we could be seeing a very different Mickey emerge at E3 this month. Whilst the original artwork showed off a dark, lean look, the first screenshots had a..

May2010

  • News NHL Slapshot Includes Wii's First Dinky Hockey Stick

    See Wayne Gretsky hold it and smile

    In a move that's caused someone, somewhere to curse why they didn't think of it first, the next NHL Slapshot game is coming to Wii complete with a very fetching mini hockey stick peripheral, as modelled by Wayne Gretsky and family here. As EA's first foray into Wii ice hockey you'd expect it to take on the more...

  • News Get Your Travis Touchdown Clothes on in Carnaby Street

    No More Heroes tie-in with British fashion label

    No More Heroes and clothing go together like beams and katanas: Australian gamers can look forward to an exclusive Bizarre Jelly t-shirt, last week saw the announcement of No More Heroes lingerie and now a British fashion retailer has had a complete makeover to become a real-life Airport 51. Chateau Roux, on London's famous fashion epicentre Carnaby..

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    Review The Beatles: Rock Band

    Here comes the fun

    We've seen the market quite saturated with numerous Rock Bands and Guitar Heroes, and at this point we’d need something extra special to pique our interest in the genre. The Beatles are happily just the right thing. They’re the perfect band for a music emulation game to take as its focus, their repertoire being one of the most...

  • News Pokemon Returns to European Wiis in July with PokePark: Pikachu's Adventure

    Yellow mouse and friends in cutesy adventure shocker

    You wait ages for one Wii game starring a gaming icon set in a theme park and before you know it, a second one has come along. Yesterday we found out about Sonic Colours, today we get confirmation that PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure is heading to European Wii consoles on July 9th. It's almost...

  • News First Details of de Blob: The Underground Revealed

    Nintendo Power gets first look at sparkly sequel

    De Blob was pretty special: smart design, a great atmosphere and a huge amount of fun mark it out as one of the Wii's finest titles. When THQ announced it would be bringing the title back for a release in 2011 we all had a smile on our collective faces, and now the first small details have surfaced we're even happier. In development for Wii as well..

  • News Sonic Colours to Brighten Up DS and Wii

    New hog outing announced!

    We at Nintendo Life Towers had mixed feelings recently when Sega announced it was delaying the promising Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 for WiiWare as we were looking forward to getting stuck into the hog's latest. Still, always one to bounce back from his disappointments – let's face it, he's had enough practice – Sonic's next adventure has just been announced by..

  • News Find Out More About Super Mario Galaxy 2's Creation

    Yoshiaki Koizumi reflects on latest outing

    That didn't take long: Super Mario Galaxy 2 producer Yoshiaki Koizumi was interviewed by Famitsu Magazine about his feelings towards the newly-released sequel and its production. Covering everything from the game's conception as Super Mario Galaxy 1.5 to their awareness of not alienating Mario veterans,...

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the Second Highest Rated Game Ever

    Ocarina of Time still number one

    It seems the plumber's latest adventure can do no wrong, scoring top marks at many well-respected publications around the world. In fact, it's got so many high scores that reviews aggregator Metacritic places it at second spot in the list of the highest-rated games of all time with a score if 98, level with Grand...

  • News Sony Doesn't Want Failed Wii Games on Move, Thank You Very Much

    VP of publisher relations puts foot down

    Reaction to Sony's PlayStation Move controller has been a little mixed among Nintendo fans, not to mention the response to its initial launch line-up which looks to repeat some of the Wii's success in bringing motion control to the masses. Sony aren't interested in making another Wii though, going out of its...

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 Players Already Super-Skilled and Super-Fast

    Debate opens: is this a glitch or just a skill?

    This one will probably divide opinion, but this video of a Super Mario Galaxy 2 speedrun exploits a trick for extending Yoshi's flutter jump to previously unheard-of lengths. It doesn't appear to be a glitch but rather a combination of moves that allows Yoshi to repeat his hover ability, but we'll let...

  • News Man Who Sold Modded Wiis Was In It for the Money

    Not a story from The Onion, we promise

    It may not be a huge deal but Japanese police have arrested a 52-year old man for selling modified Wii consoles and copied games after he made over £20,000 (about $28,000) selling the units over a two-year period. Selling the consoles for around ¥32,000 – ¥12,000 more than a standard Wii – the man reportedly made over ¥3,000,000 through the sale of..

  • News Conduit 2 to Big Up Offline Multiplayer with Four-Player Splitscreen

    Also includes free arm-punching ability for screen-peekers

    In the clamour to get as many titles online as possible, the simple pleasures of sitting down with a few friends to blast each other to smithereens has been lost on Wii somewhat. Josh Olson, senior producer of shooter sequel Conduit 2, wants to bring those days back by promising offline...

  • News Get Behind the Scenes at Grasshopper this Friday

    Chat live with developers online

    It's not every day you get the chance to have a nosey around barmy Japanese developer Grasshopper Manufacture, home of Suda51's No More Heroes, but this Friday you'll get just that chance as the company is hosting a live web broadcast to celebrate the European and Australian release of No More Heroes: Desperate...

  • News Chicago Blackhawks Prepare for Stanley Cup with a Little Mario Kart

    Blue shells part of team's mental readiness

    Competitive team sports are all about bonding as a unit: maximising each other's unique abilities, communicating well and working together towards a common goal. Pretty much the opposite of Mario Kart Wii then, but tell that to the Chicago Blackhawks who like to chill out with the game as part of their...

  • News Miyamoto Loves it When Games Resonate

    Latest Iwata Asks translated

    It's been well-documented that the development of Super Mario Galaxy 2 posed a few tricky decisions for the team: starting out as Super Mario Galaxy 1.5, the role of the story was much-discussed inside Nintendo, with different team members arguing for more or less story. All this led Shigeru Miyamoto to a realisation: he...

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    Review Super Mario Galaxy 2

    Absolutely spectacular!

    Where do you begin when talking about the Super Mario franchise and what it's brought to video gaming over the years? The series has single-handedly defined Nintendo and its consoles over the past 25 years and is showing no signs of slowing down at this point. The original Super Mario Galaxy introduced so many new gameplay...

  • News Some Sort of Wii Remote Gets a Recent Approval From the FCC

    What could this mean?

    Three years after the launch of the Wii, Nintendo updated its control method by introducing the MotionPlus accessory with its near 1:1 motion replication. Apparently, it took a few years to get the technology compact enough to work ergonomically as a discreet add-on and with the peripheral's first birthday over the horizon, a...

  • Interviews Ryozo Tsujimoto - Monster Hunter Tri

    We chat monsters, quests and gamers clocking 8,000 hours

    Initially scheduled for the week of the game's launch in April, ongoing issues with the Icelandic volcano dust cloud situation meant we had to postpone our interview with Monster Hunter Tri producer Ryozo Tsujimoto, but we're now able to bring you the interview in full. Nintendo Life: Why do...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Online is Staying Region Locked

    Capcom producer Ryozo Tsujimoto breaks the bad news

    Recently we got chance to interview Monster Hunter Tri's producer Mr Ryozo Tsujimoto and had to ask him about the continent-specific servers that prevent monster hunters from opposite sides of the Atlantic from playing with each other. Although there was initially hope that the region lock-out...

  • News New Shots of Xenoblade Look Awesome

    Japanese RPG epic is a real looker

    When the best teams get to work on Wii games, the machine's graphical muscle really shines through: check out Monster Hunter Tri, Endless Ocean 2, Fragile Dreams or Sin and Punishment 2. Pretty, no? Well get ready for the next Best-Looking Wii Game, Nintendo's upcoming RPG

  • News Classic Controller Support Comes to Android Wii Remote App

    Finally, SNES games play like a dream

    We few days ago we covered the release of Ryan Frawley's excellent Wii Controller IME app for Google's Android mobile platform. The app allows Android users to connect a Wii Remote to their phone via Bluetooth and play games on with it. Frawley hinted at Classic Controller support when he launched the first...

  • News You're Probably Not Good Enough to Beat Sin and Punishment 2 on Hard

    So say the game's developers

    In a recent interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies producer Masato Maegawa claims his new game is so unrelentingly difficult that he doesn't expect anybody to finish it on the most difficult setting. I think that the Easy Mode is the perfect difficulty for anybody to be able to play the game to the end without having to..

  • News Mario's Second Galaxy Romp Coming to Australia in July

    Bringing along the helpful DVD as well

    We just got word from Nintendo of Australia that gamers in the land down under will have to wait a little bit longer for their dose of Super Mario Galaxy 2 goodness. Instead of hitting store shelves on June 10th, the game will now make its Australian debut on July 1st. The good news is that the helpful DVD that Europe and Japan are getting is coming along for..

  • News Australia, Only You Can Own this Awesome Travis Touchdown T-Shirt

    The rest of the world will stare on enviously

    Suda51's No More Heroes 2 is hands-down one of the most stylish titles on any format, and our lucky antipodean readers can clothe themselves in a little bit of that style with this awesome t-shirt. Preorder Travis Touchdown's new adventure over at GAME and you can grab this Bizarre Jelly t-shirt as worn by Travis in-game. It doesn't get much cooler than..

  • News Wii Fit Helped Injured Soldier to Recover

    University study finds balance board works out

    It may not be quite the exercise package some had come to expect, but it appears Wii Fit may have benefits in other applications. A recent study by Kansas State University found that use of the game in the recovery programme of an injured soldier helped to improve his balance after a serious brain...

  • News Iwata Asks for Super Mario Galaxy 2 Reveals Many, Many Informative Nuggets

    Too many for this tagline to contain

    Always informative and surprising, the Iwata Asks series of articles is a treasure trove of Nintendo experience and and information, so you won't be surprised to hear that the latest article, covering Super Mario Galaxy 2, is chock-full of interesting facts. Yoshi was originally planned for the first Super Mario...

  • News Red Steel 2 Met Ubi's Sales Expectations

    More accurate figures sadly lacking

    It may have failed to set the charts alight but Red Steel 2 still performed in line with Ubisoft's sales estimates. In its end of year financial report, the company failed to give more exact sales figures but did say it had performed in line with revised estimates, a reference to the halving of expectations just...

  • News Need Help in Monster Hunter? Consult the Encyclopedia Trigantica

    Very long name for a very big resource

    Struggling to make much headway against some of the monumental beasties in Capcom's stunning Monster Hunter Tri but don't fancy shelling out for a strategy guide? Soak in the beauty of this, then: the game's official, and online, encyclopedia. Taking its cues from Monster Hunter Freedom Unite's Encyclopedia...

  • News New Zelda Aims for Easier Controls, Big Surprises

    Miyamoto surprisingly clarifies neither

    There's still a sleepless four weeks between us and the new Zelda game for Wii, set to be unveiled at E3. We don't know what it'll look, sound or play like, but a recent interview with Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed it should control more simply than previous Link outings. For us, it is important to the to...

  • News Nintendo and American Heart Association Team Up to Promote Healthy Living

    Collaboration intends to get more people active through physical play

    Nintendo and the American Heart Association have announced a new partnership to help people become more physically active through play. The collaboration aims to get people "motivated, empowered and active." What this means on a surface level is that Nintendo's "active" games, including Wii Fit Plus and Wii..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 6: Epic

    Space, monsters and boss battles, oh my

    It's been a while, space cats, but NLFM is back with another mighty handsome selection of the finest chip and game music around. This time we're splitting chip tunes and swirling epics right down the middle, with equal parts fantastic on both sides. NLFM generally focuses on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to the..

  • News Preorder Sin and Punishment, Get Bonus Points and Poster

    That's a sweet deal

    Although Treasure fans the length and breadth of Europe are already enjoying the company's latest blasterpiece, those of you across the pond in North America are probably cursing Nintendo's decision to delay to Sin and Punishment: Star Successor. It might be time to reconsider however, as Gamestop is giving not one but two bonuses to preorder customers. As with Monster Hunter..

  • News Plan Your Life with this Monster Hunter Event Calendar

    Never miss an important quest again

    Capcom is certainly sticking to its commitment to support Monster Hunter Tri with post-launch DLC, so much so that it's devised a calendar tool to help you organise your sessions in advance. Detailing the dates, minimum HR and reward – hey, you can get the Tenebra from the end of the month – you can...

  • Interviews NBA Jam Producer Pete Trenouth

    Yes, the announcer is back

    The upcoming NBA Jam revival for the Wii has been music to the ears of gamers wanting to taste that nostalgic goodness that will see them slam dunking like beasts as if it's easier than breathing, all to the enthusiastic commentary of the in-game announcer. The NBA Jam series is long overdue for a return and with the...

  • News Sticking a Laser Projector to a Wii Zapper Brings us Closer to Virtual Reality

    Odd combination creates very cool effect

    Remember those first Wii trailers showing people jumping across their living rooms, blasting at the screen, so immersed in the game it's like they were actually in it? Their minds would be blown by this video, as were ours. Strapping a laser projector to the Wii Zapper and harnessing the power of a gyrometer, talented modder Nirav Patel's creation almost..

  • News Tournament of Legends Trailer Smacks Us With a Multi-hit Combo

    See High Voltage Software's beat 'em up in action

    Beat 'em up gamers will be glad to know that Sega has released another gameplay trailer for the upcoming Tournament of Legends, developed by High Voltage Software for the Wii. Looking slick and action-packed, feast your eyes on it below. Using characters with a mythical undertone, players can wield up to two weapons, one in each hand using the Wii..

  • News Hudson Enlightens Us with Lost In Shadow Teaser

    Lose yourself in this intriguing new video

    Hudson Entertainment recently debuted a teaser for its upcoming Wii title Lost in Shadow (otherwise known as Tower of Shadow and A Shadow's Tale), starring a shadow and his Sylph companion. The latter will manipulate the light source and the former will utilize the dynamics of luminescence to climb a...

  • News Nintendo Ranked World's Most Bankable Game Studio

    Miyamoto rumoured to plan purchase of monocle, cane

    Up from last year's runner-up ranking on the Develop 100 list of the most successful game developers, Nintendo this year took the top spot while former titleholder Blizzard Entertainment plummeted to number 80. The current champ's most profitable release this past year was Wii Fit. Eating the big N's pixellated dust are the rest of the top ten..

  • News Mikami and Suda51's "Mad Genius Horror" Game 50% Complete

    Collaboration still working hard, but secretly

    A few years ago, the creators of Killer7 and Resident Evil got together and decided to start work on a game. But what genre should this new game enter into? Well, according to EA's David DeMartini, it's "mad genius in the horror genre." Although Mr DeMartini didn't reveal much else about the...

  • News Kid Adventures: Sky Captain Has Lift-Off

    Jude Law nowhere to be seen

    It seems that flying games for Wii are going to hit us pretty thick and fast in the coming months, with Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 just announced and now the decidedly more kid-friendly Kid Adventures: Sky Captain heading to Wii this Summer. Doesn't the titular Capitan look pretty happy in his plane? That's because he's in: An action flight game designed for both children and..

  • News MadWorld Director's Tango Appointment Has Nothing to Do with Dancing

    The Capcom vein runs deep

    It's always sad when a developer leaves a company responsible for giving us one of the more original and much-needed shake-ups in the Wii's library of games, but it's also interesting to see where they end up going. Shigenori Nishikawa, director of MadWorld, is to leave Platinum Games for a position at Tango, Shiji Mikami's Tokyo-based development studio. Mikami was one of..

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops Confirmed for Wii

    Latest update in massive series is heading Wii-ward

    Whew, we were worried there for a minute. Activision's upcoming entry in the Call of Duty series, the currently-mysterious Black Ops, wasn't initially confirmed for a Wii release, leading to some consternation and brow-furrowing amongst the machine's owners. Now you can relax those brows: it is on the way to Wii. It's not currently known whether..

  • News Five Minutes of Super Mario Galaxy 2 Better Than Five Minutes of Most Other Games

    Extra-terrestrial epic nearly here!

    The footage of Super Mario Galaxy 2 is flooding out of Nintendo lately, with regular transmissions showing off new elements from the upcoming adventure. If all this spectacular footage still hasn't given you Mario on Wii ennui, this five minute trailer will have you bouncing off the walls and gnawing your...

  • News Capcom Will Give You 22 Games Before April

    16 for DS, 6 on Wii

    Capcom's had a pretty good start to this financial year, with Monster Hunter Tri for Wii and Super Street Fighter IV and Lost Planet 2 on the HD consoles. Hopefully you haven't had enough of the blue-and-yellow publisher yet, as they have a boatload of titles for you over the next year. Aiming to bring half a dozen Wii titles to...

  • News Monster Hunter Tri, Sin and Punishment Nowhere to Be Seen in UK Charts

    Disappointing results for great white hopes

    Although it got off to a flyer with a top-five position in its first few days on sale, Monster Hunter Tri is sadly absent from the latest UK sales charts. More disappointing – though of absolutely no real surprise to anybody – is the total lack of Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies, failing to...

  • News Wii Controller App For Android Goes Live

    We put the new app through its paces in an exclusive video

    Last week we reported that developer Ryan Frawley had released a "proof of concept" demo which allowed Android phone users to interact with a Nintendo Wii Remote. There's barely been enough time to get fully excited about this tantalising prospect because Frawley has launched the...

  • News This is the Greatest Wii Controller You'll See Today

    Dragon Quest kicks it up a notch

    Versatile though it is, the Wii Remote sometimes just doesn't – excuse the pun – cut it when it comes to game input. Monster Hunter Tri was built around the Classic Controller Pro and Wii Sports Resort obviously revolved around MotionPlus, but neither of those add-ons were anywhere near as outlandish as this...

  • News These Games Sold Over a Million Copies Last Year

    But which sold more, Mario or Nintendogs?

    Crunching numbers from financial reports isn't just for accountants and financial consultants: when a company like Nintendo releases its figures, even the humble gamer sits up to take notice. A list of the top-selling Nintendo games for the past financial year, then, is like sweet nectar to numeric nerds...

  • News Galaxy 2 Bonus DVD Detailed, Definitely Won't Play on Wii

    It's like a manual, only it moves

    Although early reviews suggest that Super Mario Galaxy 2 could well be the best thing since Super Mario Galaxy, Nintendo is well aware that some players didn't enjoy the original as much, finding it confusing and tough to control. That's why, as we previously reported, the highly anticipated follow-up will release...

  • News MySims Head Ever Skyward with SkyHeroes

    Copter no longer necessary

    Those MySims sure do get into some scrapes, and their latest adventure MySims SkyHeroes is set to debut on Wii and DS. According to Scott Evans, General Manager of the The Sims Studio: We are thrilled to have many firsts with MySims SkyHeroes, like introducing epic boss battles, cooperative gameplay missions and online multiplayer, all available for the very first time..

  • News Nintendo's 2010 Release Schedule is Predictably Vague

    Zelda, Golden Sun for 2010, Famicom Wars DS 2 and Kirby there too

    Some of the recent doom and gloom surrounding Nintendo's recent and projected sales results may have put some fans in a melancholic state, but the company's upcoming release schedule should provide a welcome bit of optimism, though as always it's tempered with calls for caution. Big...

  • News Ivy the Kiwi Story - Chapter One

    It's story time!

    Xseed have just sent over some more information on their upcoming Ivy the Kiwi releases for Nintendo Wii and DS due to hit store shelves this summer. They've also sent the first part of their ongoing story for the games that will be released in parts between now and the official release date. You can check out Chapter One below and...

  • News Miyamoto: Nintendo May Need to Rethink its Online Approach

    Says a pay service isn't out of the question

    Compared to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, the Wii's online service is...somewhat lacking. While functional when put to use by capable hands, the Wii's free online is undoubtedly in last place when it comes to services, ease of use and capabilities offered. But hey, it's free, right? For now it is, at...

  • News Hey Now, Kirby Wii Might Actually Be Happening This Time

    Mythical platformer shows signs of life

    It's been a long time coming, but it looks like a Kirby adventure might actually make it onto Wii yet. According to Official Nintendo Magazine UK, a list of upcoming Nintendo releases attached to the company's Financial Results Briefing document includes the elusive Hoshi no Kirby, or Kirby of the Stars as the Queen would say. Unsurprisingly, the entry..

  • News Sales Charts, Meet Your Future King: Wii Party

    Marquee game coming sometime before March 2011

    In a presentation to investors this week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata filled in the blank for the next marquee "Wii ____" game with the word "Party." As the next entry in the barn-burning series – whose previous games include million-sellers Wii Sports and its follow up Resort, Play, Fit and the less-successful Music – Iwata..

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    Review Sin and Punishment: Star Successor

    Treasure's cult classic returns for a second helping of laser death

    When the original Sin and Punishment was passed over for Western release back in 2000 it marked one of the cruellest injustices video gaming has ever experienced. Thankfully this crime has now been partially rectified by the release of Treasure's gloriously chaotic cult classic on...

  • News 71 Million Wiis Sold Worldwide

    Question mark block still full of coins

    Though Nintendo's seeing its first profit decline in six years as we previously reported, their fiscal report isn't all bad news. Their home console hit a worldwide total of 70.93 million sales in its lifetime. Compare this to the 21.72 million units of GameCubes that sold before its time passed and just how big of a feat this is comes into focus. According..

  • News E3 Promises Over 30 Nintendo Titles

    Surprises not included

    The run-up to E3 is almost as exciting as the event itself, with half the fun in predicting exactly what Nintendo will show. Not every company is as secretive however, as a recently published list reveals the show will play host to at least fifteen DS games and twenty titles for Wii. That may not seem like a huge amount, but bear in mind this list doesn't include SEGA,..

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 Gets Bundled

    Edge magazine gives 10/10, UK preorder bonus too

    Despite pretty much universal acclaim for the first Super Mario Galaxy, it wasn't the biggest-selling game in the Wii's library, its sales eclipsed very early on by New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Clearly Nintendo thinks the upcoming sequel will shift more units, as stories have appeared on the Internet...

  • News Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 Will Buzz Wii Owners

    The next best thing to Top Gun

    If you dream of flying virtual modern-day fighter jets, the Wii probably isn't the console for you, but its line-up just got a little bit brighter with the announcement that a follow-up to last year's mega-selling Tom Clancy's HAWX will arrive on Wii later this year. Although little is known about the game, it's currently in development at Ubisoft Bucharest and will..

  • News Team6 Reaching for the Finish Line With FlatOut Wii

    FlatOut (working title) racing along with four play modes announced

    Team6 has brought many racing games to the Wii in the past, such as Monster Trucks: Ultra Mega Extreme!!!, Glacier 2 and the aptly-named Speed. It seems the smell of petrol fumes is too difficult to walk away from, as the game studio has announced that it will be bringing a brand new instalment of the FlatOut series to the Wii. Not..

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    Review 2010 FIFA World Cup

    A semi-final runner-up

    FIFA used to be the console equivalent of a 0-0 draw, but the past few years have seen it emerge again as the dominant football game on the market. Last year's FIFA 10 was an enjoyable arcade-style take on the sport, and 2010 FIFA World Cup is a very similar game but featuring all the teams, arenas and pageantry of the...

  • News Sid Meier's Pirates! Sets Sail in Autumn

    Avast ye mateys!

    The ESRB outed this title just a few weeks ago, but 2K Games has just sent over the official announcement and first screenshots for Sid Meier's Pirates!, heading to Wii this Autumn. Promising all the danger and adventure of the classic original as well as – batten down the hatches! – two Wii-exclusive minigames, there's also the addition of new character and ship customisation..

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    Review DJ Hero

    Definitely worthy of a rewind

    Whether you like them or not, the Guitar Hero series has done a lot to popularise the rhythm genre in contemporary gaming, and although the premise of hitting buttons to the beat isn't exactly new, you have to give them credit for the success they have garnished. However, after years of seeing essentially the same game repeating itself, players want something more than..

  • News Nintendo Profits Fall for the First Time Since 2004

    Still made a few billion, though

    Associated Press recently reported the Big N's earnings for the fiscal year, which ended on March 31st. The company forecasts their first drop in profit in six years, at 230 billion yen (2.4 billion USD) profit, down from 279.1 billion yen (2.96 billion USD) profit in 2009. Analysts say that this is most likely due to the company's slashing of the Wii's pricetag as..

  • News Swords Announced, Supports MotionPlus, Content Remains a Mystery

    Early rumours suggest swordfighting contained

    You have to hand it to Majesco and its knack for coming up with le mot juste when it comes to naming games. A Boy and His Blob hit the squishy nail on the head, and now comes Swords, a brand-new swordfighting game for Wii. With MotionPlus support included this is in admittedly well-worn territory, with...

  • News Yuji Naka's Ivy the Kiwi? to XSEED Expectations

    The storybook-style aims to enchant Wii and DS gamers this Summer

    Following on the Japanese retail and download release a couple of weeks ago, the creators of Let's Tap and Let's Catch are about to bring their latest title to an American audience. Yuji Naka – one of the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog – has unveiled more on the rather different-looking platform game, developed by his o

  • Nintendo Download 3rd May 2010 (North America)

    Zombies, funk, but sadly no funk zombies for WiiWare; and five more for DSiWare. Virtual Console, where art thou?

    WiiWare brings the funk and sees some long-awaited zombie killing action, and DSiWare has a bumper week with five titles full of crazy, balloons, mazes and other stuff we're not entirely sure of. Virtual Console fans can resume the weekly tradition of crying in the corner as the service..

  • News Monster Hunter 3 a Roaring Sales Success in UK

    Enters the charts at number five

    For all the hype, hands-on experiences and glowing reviews, the success of Monster Hunter Tri always rested with the buyers: could such a hardcore and still relatively obscure title sell on Wii? For UK owners, the answer is yes, as the game has entered the UK All-Format Charts at number five. That might seem a...

  • News Nintendo Brings Black Wii to North America on May 9th

    All Wiis to include Wii Sports Resort too

    We first brought you this news the other day, but now Nintendo has followed-up with the first official announcement that North American gamers will soon be able to enjoy their Wii consoles in a darker shade, with the machine heading to stores on May 9th. As we saw in Europe last year, the basic Wii package will also be revamped to include Wii Sports Resort..

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops for Wii in Doubt

    GameStop pre-order listing omits Nintendo's console

    Those who have enjoyed the Call of Duty franchise's previous outings on Nintendo platforms will surely be disappointed to learn of retail outlet GameStop's omission of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops' Wii incarnation on its pre-order listing. Activision has yet to officially announce which systems will carry the title, so it's all speculation..

  • News Super Mario Galaxy 2 Lands with Bonus DVD

    Learn advanced tricks with second disc

    Counting down the days until Super Mario Galaxy 2? Although the game is reputedly much more difficult than its predecessor, Nintendo still wants everyone to enjoy it, so the European release will contain a DVD containing helpful videos and tutorials of advanced moves. Assuming it's a standard DVD, the disc of...

  • News Lifting the Bonnet on TrackMania's Track Editor

    Wii racer that lets you create as well as race

    When a game allows you to edit and create your own levels, it's perhaps its most enticing selling point. A feature that is more commonly found on PC games, the number of console titles that offer this level of customisation is understandably lower in comparison. Firebrand Games' upcoming racing game will offer gamers that very feature and it's looking..

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  • News Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 to Offer More Authenticity to Your Game

    With features old and new

    Last season's Tiger Woods instalment offered gamers an intuitive and engaging golf game with very little to be disappointed at; and if you're not familiar with it, you can read our Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 review to find out why. Given all that the game has accomplished, what new features can EA implement this season? Let's find out as we go over some game details and soak..

  • News Earthworm Jim Creator Says "Hey Wait, That's Not What I Said"

    Earthworm Jim 4 not coming to Wii. Or is it?

    Colour us confused. Earlier today, it seemed that Earthworm Jim 4 was coming to Wii judging by a reported conversation between creator Doug TenNapel and website 34th Dimension. Now, Mr TenNapel has gone on-record to say that's not what he said. Here's what he had to say: In our early discussions about the game, we had tentatively brainstormed ideas for..

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