Wii - News

May2009

  • News Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles Spoilers Leaked?

    Fake or for real? Either way, this game is getting more and more interesting

    We usually avoid posting groundless speculation here at Nintendo Life but a recent post on the GameFAQs forum was just too good to ignore. Posted by forum member GameSpoilerX, the thread in question features information regarding Capcom's upcoming Resident Evil: The Darkside Chonicles game for the Wii. GameSpolierX..

  • News Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) Gets Japanese Release Date

    Capcom finally comes clean with a launch window

    Capcom has confirmed that its long-awaited Monster Hunter 3 (Tri) will be launched in Japan on the 1st of August. A limited edition bundle will be available for collectors to wet themselves over. Capcom has confirmed that a Western release is happening, but given the late arrival of the Japanese version it's probably not going to come out here until..

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    Review New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

    Um Bongo

    Donkey Kong has traded in his bongos for a Wii Remote and nunchuk - will he still be able to collect all of his coveted bananas or will he make a monkey of himself? Prior to Super Mario Galaxy, Nintendo EAD Tokyo had their hands full with Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. This title was quite innovative for its time due to its unique control method...

  • News Exclusive New A Boy and His Blob Screenshots

    Exclusive new screens of WayForward's upcoming Wii title in action!

    Well just when we decided to run the batch of A Boy and His Blob screens that were used in the WayForward interview we did, Sean Velasco, Designer/Director at WayForward, sent Nintendo Life over a brand new batch of 10 exclusive screenshots of the game in action for everyone to...

  • News Capcom: 'Keep Hope Alive' for Tatsunoko

    Second tease in a week hopefully means something's a-brewin'

    The saga in localizing the Wii-exclusive fighter Tatsunoko vs. Capcom continues! Over at the Capcom Unity blog, a new post urges fans to "keep hope alive" for the fighter, and includes a video from Chicago's "Frosty Faustings" tournament using the Japanese version and featuring Viewtiful Joe, Chun Li and Karas, which..

  • News You're Gonna Need Wii MotionPlus To Enjoy Red Steel 2

    Ubisoft makes its high-profile sequel dependant on the new add-on

    The original Red Steel was a great idea that was sadly let down by a terrible control system. While people were quick to blame Ubisoft for coming up with such a half-baked concept, the latest news regarding the sequel might shed some light on why the previous game was so poor: the Wii's control system just wasn't accurate enough..

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    Review Star Trek: Conquest

    It's time to boldly go where no man has gone before...

    Back in the olden days (the nineties) there were a plethora of game choices for Star Trek fans. Most notable for fans of strategy games were Birth of the Federation and Star Trek: Armada. These games were essentially clones of earlier, better games. But they were redesigned with a Star Trek...

  • Interviews Matt Bozon, Adam Tierney, and Sean Velasco of WayForward - Part Two

    Matt, Adam, and Sean talk about their respective projects at WayForward, among other things.

    Here's part two of the WayForward interview where the guys talk a bit more about some of their all-time favorite video game classics, as well as shed some new light on their upcoming A Boy and His Blob game. Q. We saw in the interview with G4TV where Voldi...

  • Interviews Matt Bozon, Adam Tierney, and Sean Velasco of WayForward - Part One

    Matt, Adam, and Sean talk about their respective projects at WayForward, among other things.

    WayForward, the company behind such stand out titles as Shantae and Contra 4, have already released their LIT title on Nintendo's WiiWare serivce, and are currently hard at work on several new projects for Nintendo's Wii console. We recently got the chance to catch up with three of the creative forces..

  • News Details Emerge on Ju-on Game

    Also, developer AQ Interactive increases stake in XSEED

    The onslaught of Wii horror titles continues with Ju-on, a movie game based on the Japanese film that was remade in the US asThe Grudge and which has missed the movie tie-in window by about five years. Can't win 'em all, right? Details about the game have remained somewhat of a mystery; now we at least have an idea of how the game controls..

  • Podcast Episode 3 - The Conduit Interview

    We recently visited SEGA's HQ in London to play The Conduit. Feast your ears on the results!

    As you might have read in the earlier feature on the Conduit Multiplayer event at Sega, Nintendo Life staff member Tom had the opportunity to interview two of the chaps from High Voltage Software – Kerry Ganofsky (CEO) and Eric Nofsinger (CCO). Armed with a couple of questions the community wanted to know..

  • News This Is How Long Wii Play M-Rated Games

    See, people like killing each other on Wii too

    Listmania continues! In a nice addition to last week's reveal of what Wii owner's play, Kotaku has compiled a list using the Nintendo Channel's play data on how much time is spent with M-rated games. Call of Duty: World at War steals the most play time, with the average user unloading 34:28 hours into it, no doubt due to online play. Out of the top 5..

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  • News Capcom Confirms Monster Hunter 3 Tri For Western Release

    Company also has big plans for the Wii in '09

    Although many people had already assumed that it was going to be the case, Capcom has now given actual confimation that Monster Hunter 3 Tri is coming to the West. The company's 2008 financial results state that Monster Hunter 3 Tri will come out in “FY 2009″, which basically means sometime between April 2009 - April 2010. Given that the game has..

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    Review Deca Sports 2

    Go on, be a sport!

    Following quickly after Hudson's Job Island is the sequel to last year’s Deca Sports imaginatively titled Deca Sports 2 (Sports Island 2 in Europe). The follow up is instantly recognisable and extremely similar to the original game with the same visual style but with ten new sports to play. If you haven't heard much of the first game, essentially Deca Sports 2 is another..

  • News Wii To Finally Line Up At The Crease

    Codemasters announce a long awaited Wii Cricket game in the form of Ashes Cricket 2009 will be released later this year.

    Ever since the initial Wii release we've heard countless sports fans in the UK want a Cricket game for Wii and we're glad to report that Codemasters has finally fulfilled this dream with Ashes Cricket 2009. The game is currently set for release on PC, XBOX 360 and PS3 this summer..

  • News Wii Sports: The Biggest Selling Video Game Of All Time

    Multiplayer favourite knocks stablemate Super Mario Bros. off the top spot

    Nintendo has revealed that Wii Sports has sold 45.7 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest selling video game in history. The previous number one was the NES classic Super Mario Bros., which made its way into 40.23m households. Both games have been featured in hardware bundles in some countries, which makes the..

  • News Punch-Out!! lesson with Doc Louis

    Doc Louis steps into the ring for a second live-action commercial.

    A second live-action commercial for the upcoming Punch-Out!! game has surfaced, centred this time on long-time coach Doc Louis. Played by Isiah Whitlock Jr. (best known for his role as Clay Davis on HBO's The Wire), Doc demonstrates the game's motion controls and take a pummelling...

  • News Little Mac in live-action Punch-Out!! commercial

    Conclusive proof that pink jumpsuits make everything cooler.

    Nintendo have released a hilarious new live-action commerical for the upcoming Punch-Out!! game on Wii, featuring real-life professional boxer Paulie Malignaggi in the role of Little Mac. Maybe it's the lack of a focus-group-approved family montage talking, but I'm almost positive that...

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    Review Klonoa

    Does Namco's Klonoa remake manage to capture the magic of the original Playstation release?

    Before true 3D platformers became all the rage, 2.5D platformers began showing up on Sony's Playstation console during the 32-bit era. These games featured 3D visuals, but kept the player on a 2D pathway through the game. This would allow developers the...

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    Review NASCAR Kart Racing

    Can NASCAR Kart Racing raise the bar previously set by Mario Kart Wii?

    Mario Kart Wii has been on the market for over a year now and is regarded by many as the best racer on the platform. Due to its success it’s no surprise that some developers have tried to make their own clone of the game. While many of those clones have ended up pitifully, Electronic Arts’ recent NASCAR effort has finally..

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    Review Deca Sports

    Ten sports in one - too good to be true?

    Wii Sports has become a huge success for Nintendo: chances are if you’ve played a Wii, you’ve played Wii Sports, and it even wins our coveted Wii Game Most Likely to be Played at Parties Award. The easy-to-play multiplayer title is enjoyed by all demographics, and after a few quick matches, gamers and non-gamers are hooked on the game and want more..

  • News NSFW: Fan-made Muramasa Artwork Shows Plenty of Crack

    Avert your eyes, little ones

    Unofficial fan-made artwork usually falls into one of two camps - totally amazing or acutely embarrassing. Thankfully, "Shura Momohime” - by the painfully talented Muuten - is firmly in the former category. It's also happens to be a little bit rude, so don't click this link unless you're comfortable with seeing fictional video game characters "nekkid"..

  • News They Sold a Million: Nintendo's Biggest Titles Revealed

    List of top-selling titles puts Sony and Microsoft to shame

    We don't need to tell you that the DS and Wii have been pretty damned successful. However, it's always interesting to see numbers that illustrate just how damned successful the two consoles have performed, so here goes (figures are for worldwide sales): Nintendo DS Brain Training - 17.4 millionNew Super Mario Bros. - 18.4 millionMario Kart..

  • News Glimmer Of Hope For Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom?

    Capcom rep says news might come in "a couple weeks."

    Japan-exclusive Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom may be 13 companies away from at least a US release, but goshdarnit if Capcom aren't trying. IGN got a word in with Christian Svensson, Capcom's vice president of strategic planning and business development, about the possibility of a state-side release and, well, didn't exactly get a "nope." Said..

  • News Contra ReBirth Announced, Approaching

    New WiiWare title set to hit Japan...next week?

    What's old is new again. Again. Capcom kick-started the whole retro-sequel shenanigans last year with the stellar Mega Man 9, and Konami tried it's hand with the awkwardly-capitalized and underwhelming Gradius ReBirth too. Looks like Konami is going to be taking another stab at a retro revival, wheeling out the 16-bit style Contra ReBirth. I don't..

  • News Official Cursed Mountain Site Goes Live

    Deep Silver's cooking up some spookies with their survival horror title Cursed Mountain due out later this year. Or so we think, since little has been shown of the game outside of an Internet trailer. To the trailer's credit, it looks kinda spooky. The game's official Web site just launched, and once you get by the annoying scrolling age-lock page, it's got a bunch of art, creepy wind, some..

  • News More Details on Nintendo's Punch-Out!! Challenge

    Nintendo wants Wii fans to get ready to rumble!

    You might remember that we reported on this Punch-Out!! Challenge earlier this week, but Nintendo has issued a press release that contains a wealth of new information regarding the event. You can check out the full press release below for more details on the event, complete with time, date, and...

  • News Nintendo 2009 Fiscal Year End Figures = Massive Win

    The Big N continues to rake in cash, despite the global credit crunch

    The world economy may be up a creek without a paddle but Nintendo isn't feeling the pinch all that much. For the financial year ending March 31, 2009, the Kyoto-based video game veteran reported record figures for both sales and operating profit. Sales clocked in at 1.83 trillion yen - a rise of 9 percent from last year..

  • News NPC Jungle Beat Gets Euro Date

    Get ready to not-bongo on June 5th

    Donkey Kong Jungle Beat came with bongos on GameCube. Which, at the time, could have been considered "new" play control. Wouldn't putting the game out sans-bongos be like it going back to "old" play control? Regardless of your definition, New Play Control! Jungle Beat hits Europe on June 5th with two new stages, new enemies and new weapons..

  • News Dead Space: Extraction May Be The Biggest Waggle-fest Yet

    Shake to see anything? Hmmm...

    The recently re-christened Visceral Games, formerly EA Redwood Shores and the developers behind Dead Space: Extraction, don't want to make things easy on you. In fact, they might be trying to kill you. Well, maybe not in the sense of actual death, but a digital demise might be in order as well as accompanying real-world arm cramps. The original Dead Space gave you a..

  • News It's My Birthday: Casual Gaming Hits a New Low

    It's my party and I'll cry if I want to

    The 'casual gaming' debate is likely to flare up again with the confirmation that 2K Games is planning to release It's My Birthday for the Nintendo Wii in June of this year. Best described as a 'Birthday party simulator', this title is being billed as a 'party in a box', with support for up to 12 different brats. Now call us old fashioned, but surely the..

  • News New Arc Rise Fantasia Screenshots

    New batch of screenshots show the upcoming Wii RPG in action.

    We just got some Arc Rise Fantasia screenshots of the upcoming Wii RPG from Marvelous Entertainment. The game is a traditional turn-based RPG that features a three member party that all fight in conjunction with each other and share the same AP gauge during battle. This team battle concept is one of the many unique features being touted..

  • News Modern Warfare 2 Wii-bound?

    Amazon listing may have spilled the beans

    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was big. Huge. It also never saw the light of day on Wii, unfortunately. Of course, Activision likes money, and it likes porting games to every platform imaginable, which is why this Amazon UK listing for Modern Warfare 2 Wii doesn't seem so crazy. World at War sold great on...

  • News Rampant Speculation: What's Nintendo Showing Off?

    Mystery game doing the press rounds

    To avoid a crapfest of an E3 show, tons of companies are doing pre-event events to show off their wares to the gaming press. Activision's got one, EA has one coming up, and apparently Nintendo has a card up its sleeve on this front too. According to the latest IGN Nintendo Voice Chat podcast, editor Craig Harris is supposed to be shown a "mystery game"..

  • News EA is Rewarded For Embracing The Wii

    Sales nearly doubled on last year's total

    When the Wii was released super-publisher EA caught a bit of flak for not giving the format the respect it deserved. Thankfully the company has changed its attitude and has been duly rewarded with a massive jump in sales. According to EA's financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2009, 14% of its overall revenue was generated by titles on..

  • News What Wii Owners Play

    Handy-dandy chart action shows where we sink our time

    Stephen Totilo, formerly of MTV Multiplayer and now over at Kotaku, is a very busy man. He writes a lot. He co-created "Hogan Knows Best." And now, he's tracking our Wii-playing stats. Since last September, he's been dutifully snagging the Nintendo Channel play statistics and putting them into convenient chart form to show just how..

  • News Nibris Teases 'E3 2009'

    Honest-to-goodness Sadness info coming?

    Man, E3 this year is set to be massive. Not only will we (hopefully) be getting some more info and debuts of some (hopefully) bangin' new Ninty Wii and DSi titles and third-party efforts, like two new games from High Voltage Software, the LA Convention Center promises to shed some light on the dark Sadness...

  • News NYC Nintendo World Store Hosting Punch-Out!! Bonanza

    Buy your copy early and watch arcade pugilism at its finest

    Finally, a reason to get out of the house! Fake boxing gets serious at the NYC Nintendo World Store from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, as the shop will host a Punch-Out!! tourney. Thirty-two competitors will duke it out for the World Video Boxing Association title and custom trophy,...

  • News First Red Steel 2 In-Game Footage

    Shooting and sword-play shown in seemingly leaked trailer

    While the original Red Steel may have sold gangbusters for a non-Nintendo launch title, it certainly remains one of the most divisive games in the console's short life-span, centering essentially around what many consider to be wonky controls and pre-launch Wiimote promises that didn't really turn out as advertised. For the sequel, Ubisoft..

  • News NSFW: Manhunt 2 Wishes It Was This Hardcore

    Tokyo Gore Police has the bloodiest Wii cameo yet

    I watched Tokyo Gore Police last night via Netflix after having it sit on my desk for about two weeks. Or rather, I should say tried to watch it, as I shut it off about halfway through after a particularly nasty appendage-removal scene. For those that don't know about the movie, it's a Japanese Troma-style gorefest about bio-enhanced bad guys and..

  • News Gun-shaped Wiimote Announced

    Soon you can play all your games gangsta-style

    Peripherals! Between the Wii Wheel, Balance Board, Perfect Shot and those useless plastic bits you snap onto the Wiimote to make playing Wii Sports even more embarrassing in front of a crowd, Nintendo's casual-friendly console can't seem to get enough. For those big into lightgun games and that arcade feeling, or if you want to pretend to shoot Pikmin..

  • News "Wii Smile" Not Smiling Much Anymore

    Swedish Dentist is forced to change name by Nintendo's crack team of lawyers

    It's a classic "David vs. Goliath" battle. A small dental surgery in Malmö, Sweden up against a multi-million dollar video game giant. Sadly, in this case, Goliath won. Nintendo has taken legal action to force the surgery in question to change its name - which was previously "Wii Smile". Before you..

  • News OFLC Update: Super Mario Kart Finally Coming!

    The OFLC has recently been updated with a few new game listings, including a certain kart racing title Virtual Console fans have been clamoring for.

    It seems the wait for the Super Nintendo hit Super Mario Kart is almost over. The OFLC ratings board has been updated and includes four new titles we're likely to see made available on Nintendo's download services soon. Super Mario Kart is easily the..

  • News The Conduit: Special Edition At Play.com

    Slap in your preorders now folks!

    If you’re not exclusively a Nintendo gamer you’ll be used to coming across special edition game releases. Heck almost every game on the Xbox 360 seems to get them now. If you’re a fan of the franchise having all the extra stuff can make you feel quite smug when you know the average man on the street will just have the bog standard green DVD case, you know it..

  • First Impressions The Conduit Multiplayer Madness

    Tom ventures to Sega’s London HQ to play the game that is on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

    To say that The Conduit is eagerly anticipated would be a serious understatement – this is potentially the title that could be the next best thing since sliced Goldeneye. Imagine then the excitement I felt at the opportunity to visit Sega’s London offices to not only give the Conduit’s multiplayer..

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    Review Excitebots: Trick Racing

    Excitebots is everything a great sequel should be - and then some!

    When Excite Truck launched alongside the Nintendo Wii console it was the perfect showpiece for showing off the Wii console's motion controls while still providing a true arcade racing experience for gamers to sink their teeth into. While the game lacked the real-life physics and game...

  • News Monster Hunter G Gives Wii a Sales Boost In Japan

    But it's still not enough to catch the 'reborn' PS3

    Capcom's Monster Hunter G has given Wii a much-needed kick up the arse in Japan, where the console is currently being outsold by Sony's resurgent PS3. Sony's machine has been enjoying a rare period of sales supremacy thanks largely to killer titles such as Resident Evil 5, Yakuza 3 and - although it's not actually a video game - Final Fantasy VII:..

  • News Sony to Reveal Copycat Motion Controller at E3?

    If you can't beat them, join them

    Ok, before we start let's get one thing clear - this is piece of news is still trapped in rumour-ville for the time being. With that out of the way, we can get down to business. We've heard word that Sony is set to reveal details of its own 'motion-sensing' controller for the PS3 at E3 this year. "But the PS3 already has that" I hear you cry - in the form..

April2009

  • News Williams Pinball EU Release Date Confirmed for September

    Finally the collection pinball fans in Europe have been waiting for!

    System 3 Software, the UK-based publisher of Williams Pinball Classics in Europe, has not only created a brand-new website featuring all of their products but also seen fit to put forward a new release date of 11th September 2009 for it. Whilst we have no idea what has caused the delay from spring to fall, this is the first..

  • News Namco Bandai Turns Up The Heat With Cook Or Be Cooked

    A realistic Cooking Mama?

    'Casual' gaming on the Wii is currently big business so we probably shouldn't be surprised that Namco Bandai - along with Ghostbusters developer Red Fly Studios - is working on a 'serious' cooking title. Food Network: Cook or be Cooked contains a fully-stocked kitchen and will attempt to give a more true-to-life...

  • News Peter Moore: "EA Needs To Do Better On Wii"

    Former Microsoft man comes clean about EA's poor Wii performance

    EA Sports boss Peter Moore has admitted to Eurogamer that his company isn't doing as well as it could be when it comes to the Nintendo Wii. Speaking in an exclusive interview with the UK-based website, Moore had this to say: I think we need to continue to work on the Wii. When I look at the attach rate on the Wii of our software to..

  • News Klonoa Remake Coming to US Next Week

    The remake of the classic Playstation platformer is coming to Wii

    Playstation fans might remember that Klonoa: Door to Phantomile first made its appearance back on the original Playstation console in 1998. The game was a 2.5D side-scrolling platform title that featured a floppy-eared protagonist named Klonoa. The game featured some beautiful polygon...

  • News Madden NFL 10 Wii to Showcase Stylized Look

    EA reveals new shots of its best-selling sports franchise

    After a few attempts to create next-gen visuals on the Wii, Electronic Arts has finally come to its senses and has given the latest version of Madden NFL a light-hearted visual sheen. The new shots show the unique caricatured players, which the developer promises will boast amusing animations and exaggerated movements. While some fans will..

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    Review Job Island: Hard Working People

    In the words of Sir Alan, You're hired!

    After Hudson’s relative success with Sports Island, last June, comes the first of two new titles; Job Island: Hard Working People and Sports Island 2. Job Island (aka Help Wanted) has to be one of the most bizarre ideas for a mini-games title yet, working! Job Island has 3 main game modes: Employment office,...

  • News East Meets West In Red Steel 2

    Details on the newly emerged action title begin to spill...

    Although Wii launch title Red Steel received a mixed response from the critics, its sequel is deep in the works and presents more than a little promise. The motion sensitive Wii Remote seems an uncanny representative for both shooting and sword fighting games, and Red Steel 2 promises to deliver both in full force. The original attempted..

  • News Toss Some Tuna in Sega's Wacky World of Sports

    "Mind boggling sports action" is coming to the Wii!

    Flush from the success of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Sega has today announced the rather strange-looking Wacky World of Sports. Containing such dubious 'sports' as Tuna Tossing, Extreme Ironing and The Mud Slide, this off-the-wall title is obviously aimed at party play. Here's the press release in full: Wacky World of Sports takes..

  • News No Madden NFL On DS This Year

    EA's Gridiron franchise is Wii only for '10

    EA has confirmed that its best-selling Madden NFL franchise will be skipping the DS for the 2010 edition. Rumours started to circulate when EA revealed the cover artwork for Madden NFL 10 and the DS version was missing, but EA Sports' Senior PR Manager Rob Semsey has confirmed what DS-owning American Football fans had feared: We set extremely high..

  • News Nintendo Power Reveals New Red Steel 2 Artwork

    Game to showcase a Wild West theme?

    US magazine Nintendo Power has published some new imagery from Ubisoft's upcoming Red Steel 2. The new artwork appears to show some kind of katana-welding cowboy. The images shown so far are merely snippets from the final print magazine, and we'll have to wait until the physical issue hits the news stands before...

  • News New Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles Trailer Shows More Gameplay

    At Captivate '09, Capcom released a new trailer for the upcoming Umbrella Chronicles sequel.

    The game looks fantastic for a Wii game - although this is no real surprise, because the previous game The Umbrella Chronicles was one of the better-looking Wii games. Still focusing on the game's Resident Evil 2 scenario, the trailer shows many familiar faces and places from the original game. See if you..

  • News Mr. T and Will Wright Vs. The Nazis?

    Okay, we didn't see this one coming...

    ZootFly, developers of action games for the PC and Xbox have turned their attention to licensed properties and after completing a game based upon hit TV show Prison Break are going to tackle the Mr. T graphic novel license. Not only are they planning on doing a Mr. T game, but apparently a series of Mr. T games according to the press release on their website:..

  • News The Conduit: More Multiplayer Details Revealed

    Hopefully this will save a lot of tooth enamel...

    IGN blogger gamingmaster42 had many questions about the multiplayer aspects of The Conduit (as do many of our own forumites) and decided to send off a missive to get the straight story from High Voltage regarding ranking/achievements, friend codes and WiiSpeak. Here is the response from Josh Olson, the game's producer: Proximity voice only applies..

  • News Official Punch Out!! Site Reveals New Brawler

    Nintendo is being SUCH a tease, you guys!

    We already know that many familiar faces will be returning in the Wii version of Punch Out!!, but Nintendo has confirmed that new characters will be present also. The Punch Out!! website now has a little teaser online which shows the outline of a new challenger, along with the words 'Coming Soon'. Could Iron...

  • News Mad Dog McCree Coming To The Wii?

    Crusty old FMV shooter gets rated by the ESRB

    Chances are many of you won't have been alive when the FMV gaming craze happened in the late '80s/early '90s; the storage power of formats like LaserDisc and CD-ROM caused game developers to go a little crazy, creating titles with live action footage that had all the depth of a shallow puddle. One such...

  • News Dead Space: Extraction Screens Emerge From The Shadows

    New shots from EA's on-rails scare-em-up

    EA has unleashed more shots of its upcoming Wii-exclusive title Dead Space: Extraction. Based on the same universe seen in the 360/PS3 original, Extraction is an on-rails shooter which sees the player fighting off alien monsters called Necromorphs. These rather nasty creatures inhabit dead bodies and reanimate them, creating some truly horrible enemies..

  • News EA thrilled with MotionPlus

    The producer of Grand Slam Tennis at Giganto-Company EA had quite a bit to say on the subject of Nintendo's Remote-enhancer, and a quick whisper of new in-game characters too.

    Producer Tommy Singleton has the enviable honour of being in charge of one of the first MotionPlus-supported games (and the expectations that come with it), but quite luckily the add-on won him over from Day One; In certain..

  • News Little King's Story available from Club Nintendo

    If you've got 5000 Stars in your account, that is.

    Here's a spot of breaking news for you - highly recommended action-strategy game Little King's Story has only just been released in the UK this very day, but Nintendo Europe are very generously offering a limited number of copies to its Club Nintendo users, at the princely sum of 5,000 Stars a pop. If you've got a spare 5,000 Stars and fancy..

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    Review Little King's Story

    Fit for a King!

    We've all dreamed of being King or Queen of our own miniature Kingdom: sat upon our thrones, dishing out orders from on high, pleasing our loyal subjects and amassing loads and loads of money. Sadly, for anyone other than the bosses of Nintendo Life, this is destined never to come true, but don't despair, regal wannabes! Little...

  • News Codemasters Announces New Formula One Title for Wii

    The first in a new line of F1 games is hitting the track soon

    Codemasters has officially confirmed that it is releasing a game based on the Formula One 2009 season. The official F1 licence used to be Sony's property but there hasn't been a game for quite some time now. After rumours that EA were considering picking it up, UK publisher Codemasters has stepped in and aquired the rights. Here's the..

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    Review CID The Dummy

    Crashed and burned…

    CID The Dummy from Oxygen Games is an action platformer that was released earlier in the year on Sony's PSP. The hero is a crash test dummy, CID, given special powers by inventor "Professor B.M. Werken" to go on a mission to save his apparently very beautiful daughter. From the outset the very idea of the game feels just a little contrived. Beginning with a very odd..

  • News Patent Images of Nintendo's Wii Controllers

    Ever wanted to see how the various Nintendo Wii controllers started out?

    Patent images have recently surfaced of some of Nintendo's various Wii controller designs. For those who want to see how these controllers took shape, you can check out the images below. The Wii Remote designs are probably the most interesting of the bunch. As you can see, one design features an analog stick where the D-pad is..

  • News Peter Moore at MI6 Conference: Capturing the Wii Audience with Original Content

    Encouraging words from EA...do they finally get it?

    During the conference keynote address EA Sports head Peter Moore spoke about EA Sports' current philosophy towards the Wii stating that "You can't simply take what you're doing on the PS3 or Xbox 360 and port – that's a dirty word – down to the Wii." New titles like Grand Slam Tennis (EA's first tennis game) and the new Tiger Woods..

  • News Sony: We Own the Living Room, Nintendo Owns the Closet

    That's fightin' talk where I come from!

    In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America Peter Dille and SCEA Corporate Communications Manager Julie Han let fly with what is likely to become a near-legendary series of quotes: JH: The other point, I think, to what Peter said earlier, is...

  • News Mike Tyson is Entirely Oblivious to New Wii Punch Out!!

    ...and reveals that he's rubbish at the NES original

    Former boxing champ and part-time ear-biter Mike Tyson was in the original NES Punch Out!! - this you probably already know. However, when he went off the rails Nintendo quickly removed him from the game in order to avoid upsetting the wee kiddies. They even scrapped plans for an intergalactic...

  • News Wii Punch-Out!! Head to Head Screenshots

    Check out the Head to Head action in Nintendo's upcoming Wii Punch-Out!! release!

    We were fortunate enough to get our hands on some brand new Wii Punch-Out!! screenshots showing off the game's Head to Head mode in action. As you can see in the shots below, the split-screen action looks solid and offers both players the same fighting perspective...

  • News The Wii is in 8 Million Japanese Homes

    The Japanese simply cannot get enough of this machine

    According to Japanese magazine Famistu, the Nintendo Wii crossed the '8 million sold' mark in Japan on April 19th. Enterbrain has also released the top five selling Wii games in Japan (it's worth pointing out that Wii Sports was not bundled with the console): 1. Wii SportsLaunch: 12/2/06Life-to-date: 3,481,469 copies 2. Wii FitLaunch:..

  • News Tiger Woods and Grand Slam Tennis Get EU MotionPlus Bundles

    US gamers only getting Tiger bundle love?

    A press released just issued by EA has confirmed what we've expected for a while - the Wii MotionPlus is getting bundled with third-party software. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis will both be packed with the new device, but the press release states that only the former will be getting the same treatment in the US. EA SPORTS™, a label of..

  • News Oh my, LEGO Rock Band!

    Warner, TT Games and Harmonix join forces to bring you the latest in the new cross-over genre of LEGO and music - LEGO Rock Band!

    Players will become rockers as they embark on a journey to stardom that the whole family can enjoy as they work their way through local venues, stadiums and fantasy locations on Earth and beyond, that mimic the imaginative settings that the LEGO world offers. Also..

  • News Muramasa: The Demon Blade Loses North American Publisher

    The NA fate of Vanillaware’s stunning 2D action title hangs in the balance

    XSEED Games – the company that gave North American gamers the superb Retro Game Challenge – has announced that it will no longer be distributing Vanillaware’s upcoming 2D masterpiece Muramasa: The Demon Blade. The statement runs as follows: XSEED Games confirms that it is no longer involved with the North American..

  • Talking Point Could The Conduit Be in for a Rough Ride at Retail?

    Game designer predicts poor sales performance for high-profile FPS

    With past ‘hardcore’ failures like No More Heroes, House of Dead: Overkill and (more recently) Madworld, the Wii is getting a reputation for being a casual gamers’ machine first and foremost. This certainly doesn’t bode well for Sega’s upcoming FPS title The Conduit...

  • News New Punch-Out!! Details

    With the release of Punch-Out!! rapidly approaching, new details are starting to emerge.

    Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Punch-Out!! is the next big title from Nintendo. With its May release date fast approaching, new details are starting to emerge. With that, our friends at Nintendo Pad have compiled a list of noteworthy data that may appeal to you...

  • News Reggie says "important" Wii titles coming

    Strong sales should follow.

    Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in an interview with Reuters that the company has a number of important new games on the way for Wii, saying "we’re confident that we’ll continue to see very strong hardware sales behind those launch titles.” What could these key titles be? Wii Fit+ has been...

  • News More Guitar Hero Spin-offs are on the Way

    The German USK ratings board has updated with a listing for Guitar Hero: Van Halen.

    It seems as though gamers can't get enough of the Guitar Hero franchise, and Activision can't get enough of trying to milk the franchise for all its got. Earlier this week, the German USK ratings board updated with a listing for Guitar Hero: Van Halen, presumably a title along similar lines to previous compilations..

  • News New MySims Title Pops Up

    It looks as though Electronic Arts has another MySims title planned for this year.

    With MySims Party released last month on both the Wii and the DS and MySims Kart planned for release this summer, many thought that would be the last time we'd see the MySims this year. Surprisingly though, Electronic Arts has another title planned for this September. While details remain scarce, GameStop has added a..

  • News Nintendo’s Stock Drops 7.5%

    Falling Wii sales to blame

    Following the news that Wii sales were 17% down on this point last year, the value of Nintendo’s stock has plummeted by 7.5%. It’s hardly a shocking plunge but considering the general shoddy state of the global economy at present it certainly could have been a lot worse.

  • News Deca Sports 2 fails to score in Japan sales charts

    Foul ball!

    While Deca Sports proved to be a monster hit in terms of sales for Hudson, its sequel - which was released earlier this week in Japan - doesn't look like following in its predecessor's footsteps, at least in Japan. With first day sales of only 2,500, Deca Sports 2 has failed to capture the public's interest quite like its older brother...

  • News March NPD - MadWorld Debuts With Sales of 66,000

    Sega's latest hardcore Wii title didn't exactly open with the sales many expected.

    While MadWorld certainly has received a lot of praise from the media and many gamers, Sega's latest hardcore Wii title didn't exactly open with the sales many expected. The NPD has confirmed that for the month of March, MadWorld managed to sell 66,000 units, a disappointing return for highly-anticipated hardcore..

  • News Game Play Trailer - Job Island

    Check out Hudson's new Job Island title in action!

    Hudson has just released the official game play trailer for their brand new Wii release Job Island. You can check out the official game play trailer below. Job Island has already been released in Japan and Europe, but North American gamers will have to wait until May 13th to get their hands on the game. It's turning out to be an interesting title..

  • News DSi Sells 435,000 as Nintendo Dominates US Console Market

    "It prints money!", etc

    While the jury is still out on just how significant an update the DSi is over the DS Lite, the American public has voted emphatically with their wallets by snapping up almost half a million of the machines since launch. To put this figure into perspective, the DS Lite sold 226,000 units in the same time frame. Strong DSi sales will only help continue Nintendo’s dominance..

  • News NPD Sales Results for March 2009 - Software/Hardware

    With plenty of blockbuster hits released in March, which games managed to come out on top?

    Hardware Sales Nintendo Wii - 601KNintendo DS - 563KXbox 360 - 330KPlayStation 3 - 218KPSP - 168KPlayStation 2 - 112K Software Sales Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360) - 938KPokemon Platinum (Nintendo DS) 805KHalo Wars (Xbox 360) - 639KResident Evil 5 (Playstation 3) - 585KWii Fit (Nintendo Wii) - 541KMLB ‘09: The..

  • News Nintendo Sets Down Some New Release Dates

    New Play Control: Chibi-Robo, New Play Control: Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, and Friend Connection have all been given June release dates by Nintendo.

    Late last year Nintendo of Japan started re-releasing Nintendo Gamecube games on Wii with motion controls, and in some cases, special features. On June 11th though, the New Play Control line will officially come to an end with the release of New Play..

  • News High Voltage: No DLC for The Conduit, More WiiWare on the Way

    Looks like gamers looking for additional content in The Conduit will have to wait until a sequel.

    In a recent interview with Destructoid, High Voltage Software confirmed that their highly anticipated first-person shooter will not have any downloadable content. Destructoid: I know the Wii isn’t known for being DLC friendly, however, could we see...

  • News The Conduit Slips, Multiplayer Gets Downsized

    High Voltage’s ambitious FPS gets some fine-tuning

    The Conduit is easily one of the most egarly awaited Wii titles of 2009 but it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer to get our hands on it. Sega has confirmed that the game has been pushed back from Spring to Summer. This might be related to the fact that developer High Voltage is downsizing the multiplayer mode from 16..

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    Review Pokémon Battle Revolution

    There’s a lack of evolution in this revolution.

    Pokémon Battle Revolution was first announced back in June of 2006, and it sounded as though it was going to be the ideal console Pokémon game: destructible environments, Wii-DS connectivity, online battling – everything we wanted from the franchise. Satoru Iwata lived up to his promise of...

  • News Conduit Multiplayer Reveal Falls Victim to Server Issues

    Sega's private press event doesn't go quite to plan.

    The multiplayer component of Sega's highly anticipated Wii-exclusive FPS The Conduit was set to finally be revealed to the press several hours ago at a private event. Unfortunately, things didn't go as smoothly as intended, with Nintendo's own servers going down just minutes before the demo began. Unable to demonstrate The Conduit's online..

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    Review Samurai Shodown Anthology

    Victoly!

    You certainly can’t accuse SNK Playmore of ignoring its past. Recently we’ve been blessed with the retro-themed duo of King of Fighters Collection and SNK Arcade Classics, and the Japanese veteran is now following up with yet another compilation of top-notch vintage action. Samurai Shodown Anthology contains six slices of weapon-based...

  • News Virtua Tennis 2009 - Better than t'real thing?

    SEGA want us to compare their upcoming Virtua Tennis 2009 to the real thing.

    And I have a little treat for you, it’s some more new footage of Virtua Tennis 2009. Watch and play spot the difference as you compare the similarities between the real life action and the gameplay footage. Taken from the SEGA Europe blog is the following trailer for the game, we have to admit the motion..

  • News Online MultiPlayer talk with The Conduits' Rob Nicholls

    Multiplayer Online? Realistic FPS graphics? Is this a Wii game? Rob Nicholls at High Voltage Software says so!

    Just looking at screens of the upcoming Wii shooter The Conduit will have your trigger finger itching. It looks like it could be pushing the limits of the Wii. A recent interview with lead designer Rob Nicholls gives us a little more detail about how things are going with this amazing..

  • News Reggie: We’ll Be Better at E3 This Year

    Nintendo hoping to make amends for 2008's dire performance

    E3 2008 wasn’t a particularly good one for Nintendo. Sure, the company was riding high in the sales charts but the limp presentation (which was essentially geared towards the casual gamer) did little to appease dedicated fans – and after all, they would have been the ones watching. You think your average soccer mom has even heard of E3?..

  • News Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers trailers

    Square-Enix makes up for lost time with eleven preview videos.

    As reported previously, the official website for Square-Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy game Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers launched with a message reading "More Visits, More Movies!" True to form, the site was flooded with visits from the far reaches of the internet, and as such there are now not one but..

  • News Wii to increase by £20 in UK?

    UK retailer Gamestation appears to be preparing for a price rise.

    As we reported a month or so ago, Nintendo recently increased the price of Wiis to retailers by up to £20, reflecting the increasing strength of the Yen versus pound sterling. At the time it was unsure whether or not retailers would pass the price increase to customers, but now we’ve seen the first signs that the cost to consumers..

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