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December2010

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    Review Raving Rabbids Travel in Time

    An historic event for the Raving Rabbids, or time to put them down?

    Whatever happened to poor old Rayman? The armless wonder was there to hold the Rabbids' hands on their Wii launch debut, Rayman Raving Rabbids, way back in 2006. Since then, Ubisoft’s onetime mascot has joined his arms and legs in just fading away, leaving the Rabbids to spread...

  • Features NES Characters, Then and Now: Part One

    See how some of your favourite characters have evolved over the past 25 years

    The Nintendo Entertainment System was a system that stimulated the imaginations of designers and gamers alike. Whether it was the smiling, dream-like wonderland of the Mushroom Kingdom, the sprawling fantasy world of Hyrule or the atmospheric depths of planet Zebes, the NES gave birth to some of the most brilliant and..

  • News Night of the Sacrifice Will Get Hearts Pumping and Feet Walking

    A horror game with a twist

    Earlier this month it was announced that Marvelous would be bringing a horror game to the Wii that utilises the Wii Balance Board. With the peripheral predominantly used for health and fitness games, the idea of using the board for something as unrelated as the horror genre was both interesting and puzzling. Well, Famitsu has now shed some light on how the board will be..

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    Review Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp

    A Scooby Snack's worth of fun

    The latest game based on the hit animated franchise now creeping into its fifth decade, Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp, is a platformer that should feel familiar to fans – as a licensed game, it taps into the huge built-in audience of the show that has, over the years, demonstrated a very high tolerance for unapologetically cheesy stories. But will fans of the show..

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword is Half Finished, says Miyamoto

    So expect it next Christmas

    We got out first look at Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword at E3 this year with Shigeru Miyamoto's admittedly disappointing onstage demonstration, but more disappointing was the announcement the game would land in 2011. Early 2011, we dared to hope; hopes that have now been broken in two. Gaming website Pocket Lint recently...

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    Review Family Feud Decades

    Middling child

    Family Feud's been on the air since 1976, and it's especially unique from other trivia shows as it challenges contestants not to give the correct answer but what they believe others would guess is the correct answer, ranking the choices by how many out of a surveyed group picked them. Both this and its longevity make it uniquely geared for what Ludia and Ubisoft try with Family Feud..

  • News Mario and His Sporty Friends Go to Court in February

    Play ball online

    Four Mario-themed sports are heading to North America on February 7th, as Nintendo announces the release for Mario Sports Mix. Taking on hockey, basketball, volleyball or dodgeball, the game will be playable in offline or online multiplayer enabling you to settle scores with friends all over the world. Like Mario Kart Wii you'll be...

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    Review Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition

    With exclusive bonus item: Dissatisfaction

    Nintendo has a lot to be proud of. Its heritage and stature in the video game industry is unrivalled, and the firm has presided over some truly significant moments in the relatively short lifespan of the medium. It goes without saying that the video gaming landscape would be near-unrecognisable were it not...

  • News EA: Nintendo Needs to Drop Wii Price, Help Third Parties

    Just a couple of suggestions from John Riccitiello

    Whether it's the top priority or not, Nintendo is undoubtedly looking to pick up declining profits with the upcoming 3DS. However, in response to the Move and Kinect peripherals for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 respectively, launching new hardware might not be the only answer if Nintendo is to...

  • News Go Behind the Scenes on Conduit 2 with High Voltage

    Through the wormhole

    Excited about Conduit 2? Want to know more about the game's opening sequence from High Voltage Software's Eric Stoll? If you answered "yes" and "sort of" you might want to check out the official SEGA Europe blog giving a little background to the game's introductory cinematic. If you haven't seen the video yet...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 11: A Holiday Season in FLUX

    Take a sneak peek at the final BIT.TRIP, sigh at simians, sneak along with a secret agent and get into the spirit of the season

    We look to the future here at Nintendo Life. Why, take this episode of NLFM, the little ol' chip and game music podcast we've got going: it's got an exclusive first listen of the soundtrack to Gaijin Games' upcoming BIT.TRIP FLUX and goes simultaneously back and forth in..

  • Features Don't Touch My Samus: Metroid's Controversial Turn

    Why the latest Metroid game's depiction of Samus isn't a complete departure for the series

    Metroid isn't a franchise that is known to rest upon its laurels. While each entry maintains the same basic elements that made the first game successful, one could hardly say that the series has gotten comfortable over the years. Whether it's adding a...

  • News Get In The Mix Featuring Armin van Buuren Hitting European Eardrums

    Transgaming Technologies' DJ sim on the Wii-ls of steel

    If someone should utter the words "DJ sim" at you, you'll probably do one of two things: wonder why they said "DJ sim" at you and nothing else, or think of DJ Hero. You might do both, to be fair. We just got word that Easy Interactive has launched Transgaming Technologies' own take on the DJ sim genre with In The Mix..

  • News Nintendo Sold a Boatload of Hardware in November

    2.7m served

    While hardware sales for Wii and DS are definitely tailing off compared to their glory years, this time of year has always been kind to both consoles and it looks like this year is no different. According to numbers from the NPD group, Nintendo sold a total of 2.7m Wii and DS systems across North America last month, with DS just shading...

  • News There May Never Be Another Smash Bros. as Hardcore as Melee

    So says Sakurai

    Super Smash Bros. Melee holds a special place in the hearts of many Nintendo fans, but creator Masuhiro Sakurai regrets aiming the game so strongly towards hardcore gamers, saying it's a mistake he wouldn't repeat again. Claiming to have created Smash Bros. to counteract the industry-wide move towards making the fighting game genre...

  • News Wii Balance Board Gets its First Horror Title Next Year

    From Marvelous Entertainment, surprisingly

    Fitness, physiotherapy, monkeys: that's largely the array of gaming styles you can play with the Wii Balance Board, but Marvelous Entertainment is about to introduce the horror genre to the board's repertoire with next year's Ikenie no Yoru, or Night of the Sacrifice. Players will be using the Wii Remote...

  • News Warren Spector Defends Mickey's Maligned Camera System

    Everybody makes mistakes

    Junction Point's Disney Epic Mickey is finally out and racking up some favourable reviews, but one bugbear appears in the majority of reviews: the camera system, which has drawn the criticism of many. Not studio head Warren Spector, though: he's proud of his team's accomplishment. Speaking to Eurogamer, Spector claims: It...

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    Review Disney Epic Mickey

    A well painted canvas or a thin premise?

    The very trademark of Disney itself, Mickey Mouse personifies the company's library of cartoon characters. How ironic then, that over the years Mickey himself has at times teetered on the brink of falling into the “Wasteland” of seemingly forgotten Disney characters no longer in use. In an effort to...

  • News Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Blocked Marvel vs Capcom 3's Wii Attack

    One VS game only, please

    It's a pretty one-sided fight, but even so Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is by far the Wii's greatest fighting game. The main hope for competition came from Capcom's upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3, which regrettably is not heading to Wii. Why? Let Capcom's Christian Svensson explain all. Why isn't MvC3 coming to the Wii? Svensson: The...

  • News No Love for Super Mario All-Stars in UK Top 20 Chart

    Donkey Kong in at 13 though

    Plumbing collection Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition just launched in the UK and had an underwhelming first weekend of sales, missing the top 20 altogether and landing at number 22. Simian platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns had a stronger showing, a new entry at number 13 behind strong climber Mario Kart...

  • News Say Hello to this Addictive Rabbids Travel in Time Flash Minigame

    Explosive toilet rolls included

    Raving Rabbids Travel in Time has probably given historians plenty of bother with its anachronistic view of history, but now it can similarly perplex anyone with a web browser with the official Flash minigame from Ubisoft. The aim of the game is to throw explosive toilet rolls at targets, taking them all out as quickly and with as few throws as possible. It's..

  • News Yes, People Really Did Buy Donkey Kong Country Returns with Bananas

    Photographic proof!

    Remember the news that Donkey Kong Country Returns would cost bananas for speedy UK gamers? If you thought it was just a marketing stunt, well, you were right, but it clearly worked as plenty of gamers turned out to swap a bunch of ripe ones for the ape's latest title. Despite the freezing cold weather currently gripping the UK there were eager beavers lined up outside Game..

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    Review Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

    Should you sign up for Tiger’s swingers club?

    Tiger Woods’ games, like the man’s affairs, come with a certain regularity. Once a year you can expect an updated game of golf to come rolling out of publishing giant EA’s headquarters. This is no bad thing mind, as in the case of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 the recent introduction of Wii MotionPlus has revamped the once fading franchise, adding a..

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    Review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

    Worthy of a life-long Azkaban sentence

    Without doubt, Harry Potter has become a huge cultural phenomenon over the last decade. The series, created by J.K Rowling, spanned seven main books and a successful set of films set around the various adventures of the wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, students at...

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    Review FlingSmash

    FacePalm

    We really hope people don't judge the Wii RemotePlus based solely on this, because it's really capable of so much more. FlingSmash is a take on the paddle-and-ball genre that has you assuming the role of Zip, a dull yellow dot creature. Your mission is to liberate Suthon Island from a bad guy named Omminus and yes, the entire story uses...

  • News Latest Iwata Asks Opens Eyes to Nintendo's Tough Standards

    Retro Studios in the hot seat

    Donkey Kong Country Returns developer Retro Studios recently sat down with Nintendo top man Satoru Iwata to discuss the game's development and the difficulties of long-distance relationships. The Texas-based studio spoke of the inherent troubles of 5am teleconferences with Japanese producer Risa Tabata, who often would...

  • News Nintendo Takes Wii Party Out and About with American Tour

    West coast only, though

    If you live on the West coast of North America and fancy playing a bit of Wii Party, Nintendo has you covered with the Wii Party Airstream West Coast Tour. Get down to San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Seattle this month and you can indulge in some party action, with the chance to win a brand new Wii and a copy of the...

  • News New Study to Investigate Benefits of Wii for Parkinson's Sufferers

    £35,000 grant to fund research

    Can playing Wii games help to combat Parkinson's? That's the question being asked by Queen's University Belfast's Dr Cathy Craig, who's just received a grant of nearly £35,000 to investigate the console's possible benefits to sufferers of Parkinson's. In a recent survey of Parkinson's sufferers, 68% of respondents claimed they felt the console helped them manage..

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    Review We Sing! Robbie Williams

    Somethin' stupid

    Over the years, the Wii has seen a lot of karaoke games in the vein of Sony's SingStar series: Boogie, Disney Sing It, We Sing. Published by Nordic games, We Sing: Robbie Williams marks the third entry in the series after We Sing and We Sing: Encore, with the release being timed to coincide with the title star's new greatest hits...

  • News First Thor Wii Screenshot Takes the Bull by the Horns

    Or whatever you'd call that creature

    Sega's Thor: God of Thunder is the next title in the Japanese publisher's collaboration with Marvel Comics, following previous tie-ins for The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, with the game heading to Wii and DS next year. Sega has just revealed the first screenshot of the game showing the God of Thunder tackling an enormous beast, so it's business as usual in..

  • News Unravel Kirby's Epic Yarn in Europe on February 25th

    Nearly three months to the pink fluffy one

    While fortunate North American gamers have been digging into Kirby's Epic Yarn since October 17th, European Wii owners could only cast jealous glances across the Atlantic as the game languished without a release date. Now Nintendo of Europe has spoken: February 25th 2011 is the day Kirby comes to Europe...

  • News You Can Buy Donkey Kong Country Returns with Bananas

    Strange but true

    Gamers in the UK wanting to get Donkey Kong Country Returns for a steal might want to head down to selected Gamestation stores this Friday where the game will cost them... a bunch of bananas. The first 20 customers in line at Game Oxford Street, Game Merry Hill or Gamestation Hull can exchange a bunch of the yellow fruit for a brand...

November2010

  • News Japanese Retailer Sells Wii & Entire Games Catalogue Dirt Cheap

    Although some will be second hand copies

    Ever wondered what it would be like to own a console and every single game available for that system? Sankei News has reported that Japanese retailer Enterking will be making that a reality for someone as part of the fukubukuro tradition this New Year's. Fukubukuro is a custom in Japan where retailers offer...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii Smashes 4 Million Units Block in Japan

    Now the country's biggest seller

    New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a global sales sensation, having racked up over 16 million sales worldwide since its release just one year ago, with four million of those sales in Japan alone, making it the territory's biggest selling Wii title. New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the first title to pass the four million...

  • News Here's the Midna and Wolf Link Statue Photos You Wanted

    Looking good

    We reported on this Midna and Wolf Link statue the other day, and now anyone wanting to pre-order the pair from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess can see what their money is getting them, with the release of the first photos. Available in two flavours – "exclusive" and "normal" – the only real difference seems...

  • News Nintendo Shifts 1.5 Million Consoles During Black Friday Week

    Almost a million DS systems alone

    Black Friday proved to be a very prosperous period for Nintendo as the various bundle packs that have been rolled out helped the company shift an impressive number of units in less than a week. Between Sunday 21st November and Saturday 27th November, consumers snapped up 900,000 units of the DS range of handhelds...

  • News Pre-Order the Midna & Wolf Link Statue From Next Tuesday

    The second model in the Twilight Princess "Master Arts" series

    About two months ago, First 4 Figures released the first model from the Twilight Princess "Master Arts" series in the form of a 1/4th scale statue of Zant ― the antagonist from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Now, the officially-licensed maker of video game figures has announced that the second model will soon be..

  • News New Conduit 2 Trailer Heavy on Talk, Light on Action

    A little less conversation, a little more action, please

    Whilst previous trailers for Conduit 2 have focused on the game's massive amounts of bullets, bangs, booms and bombs, this latest trailer shows off the game's cinematic leanings. New voice actors take up the story after the final events of The Conduit, with Agent Ford drawn deeper into the...

  • News Mario Sports Mix Serves, Sets and Spikes Europe in January

    Make your own ball jokes inside

    Sport and Mario is a classic combination, so we have high hopes for Square Enix's Mario Sports Mix, which just received a confirmed European release date of 28th January 2011. Update: The UK release is set for Friday, February 4th. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini Land Mayhem is also due for release on the same day, making...

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    Review Michael Jackson: The Experience

    It's good to be the King

    Ubisoft struck gold last year with Just Dance, a light-hearted game that didn't really care about hardcore talent as much as it did good times and booty shakin'. Its runaway success explains the improved sequel, Broadway number and kid-centric titles we've seen only one year into the franchise, so it was really only a matter...

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    Review A Shadow's Tale

    See the light

    Even a cursory look at Hudson's A Shadow's Tale (known as Lost in Shadow in North America) should be enough to convince you it's not just another 2D platformer. Whilst New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Donkey Kong Country Returns hark back to those series' 2D glory days, A Shadow's Tale is more forward-thinking, combining platforming and...

  • News Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary is 50Hz Only

    Bad news for Europe

    If you've been crossing your fingers for Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition in the expectation of it receiving a PAL-optimised conversion, you can unbend them and start using them to type vitriolic comments now – the package will not be 60Hz compatible. Below is the response reader XD375 received when enquiring with...

  • News Price Slashing Helps Sonic Colours Jump to UK Top 20

    That's better

    Whilst the first week of sales for Sonic Colours on DS and Wii resulted in a disappointing 36th place for the hedgehog's latest outings, his second week on sale has seen significant gains, breaking into the UK Top 20 at number 18. Whilst we like to think our Sonic Colours DS review and Sonic Colours Wii review helped boost his sales figures, the truth

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    Review Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

    Crash and burn

    Until last year, the Need For Speed series on Wii was synonymous with crap from day one. And while Need For Speed: Nitro had its issues, it at least showed that EA’s heart was in the right place: instead of trying to shoehorn a game developed for HD platforms onto the Wii’s lesser hardware to the benefit of no one, it went out and...

  • News The DK Rap Isn't the Greatest Donkey Kong Song Any More

    If it ever was, in fact

    Lucky American readers can get their simian fingers on Donkey Kong Country Returns today, but to give your gaming thumbs a rest have a listen to this Donkey Kong song. Put together by Chad Nikolaus and Angie Griffin, the song takes more than a bit of inspiration from Taio Cruz's Dynamite but with a distinctly DK twist. It's a...

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    Review Donkey Kong Country Returns

    Retro Studios resurrects a classic

    When Rare created the original Donkey Kong Country titles for the Super Nintendo console, the games basically took the system's visuals capabilities to new heights and also offered up one of the best platforming experiences the console had to offer. Now, having spent the past few years resurrecting the Metroid...

  • News Black Wii Fit Plus Bundle Steps Up to UK on December 3rd

    Another week, another bundle

    Nintendo's already released or announced limited edition Wii consoles in red and black, but if you bet on the next package announced being red you just lost your chips. Launching in the UK on December 3rd, this new package includes a black Wii, Wii Fit Plus and an exclusive black Balance Board as well as Wii Sports. The...

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    Review Sonic Colours

    All things wise and wonderful

    One lament accompanied 2008’s lacklustre Sonic Unleashed more loudly than others – "why can’t Sega ditch the werehog and make the daytime stages into a complete game?" A few years later and in rushes Sonic Colours with all the usual fanfare and expectation around a new 3D Sonic game, except this time –...

  • News Shopping Malls to Bring Gamers Together as Part of Nintendo's Tour

    Sample some of the top Wii and DS games of the year

    With Christmas only a few weeks away, shopping malls are already getting crammed with people wearing a ridiculous amount of layers and all rushing about, reluctantly spending an amount of money that's even more ridiculous. Well, if you want to take a break from all that gift-buying, or even if you have nothing else to do, why not see if there's a..

  • News Dive Into Lego Pirates of the Caribbean Next Year

    TT Games raids Davy Jones' Locker

    Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Batman: some of the world's biggest film franchises have received the Lego treatment, and now it's time for Disney's popular pirates to walk the bricky plank, as Disney announces Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game out next year. Heading to Wii and DS as well as other current-gen platforms – i.e. everything except..

  • News UK Gamers, Choose Your Donkey Kong Pre-Order Bonus Now

    T-shirts, figures, in-store credit and more

    North America gets a banana, whilst Australian gamers receive a plush DK, but UK gamers have the luxury of choice when it comes to their free pre-order item. Stick your name down against Donkey Kong Country Returns at

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    Review Call of Duty: Black Ops

    Back in black

    The Call of Duty series has come a long way from its humble origins as a Medal of Honor competitor, now standing as a world-conquering video game superpower able to clear release calendars with the mere threat of its presence in a month. On HD platforms, that is, with Nintendo's little white box relegated to answering the call in a...

  • News Ant and Dec's Jungle Romp Kick Starts Donkey Kong Campaign

    In multiplayer they're both Diddy

    Diminutive Geordie rascals Ant and Dec have been a staple of Nintendo's advertising campaigns for a while now, so it's no surprise to see them turn up again to promote Donkey Kong Country Returns with a series of web videos. With the latest series of jungle-based endurance test (for all concerned) I'm A Celebrity,...

  • News Wii Speak's Time is Officially Over

    Update: or is it?

    Update: Nintendo UK has contacted Eurogamer to state that, in fact, Wii Speak has not been discontinued. Nintendo's Wii Speak room microphone may not have been the most well-supported of peripherals in its time on the market, and now the machine has an official headset it seems the time to lay Wii Speak to rest is at hand...

  • News GoldenEye's Success "Proves Core Games Sell on Wii"

    Bond does the business

    GoldenEye 007 had a strong start to its campaign across the UK, selling twice as many units as Blood Stone, and naturally Nintendo is quick to champion the game as proof that core games can succeed on Wii. Rob Saunders, Nintendo UK's head of communications, spoke to MCV about the game's success, saying: The sales of GoldenEye...

  • News Lots of Monkey Business in New Donkey Kong Country Returns Trailer

    Ape escapade

    It's not long until Donkey Kong Country Returns bashes its way into the paths of Wii owners, riding their hearts like a minecart through a cave filled with nostalgic memories. This new trailer should help to stir up recollections of those 16-bit glory days, filled as it is with 2D platforming capers, catchy music and the series'...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 10: Fear Your Tears

    From Kirby to 80's synthpop chip covers, this month's episode is all encompassing

    Variety is the spice of life, and thanks to the insane variety of this 10th episode of our chip and game music podcast NLFM you'll be feeling that spice for hours after consumption. It's so spicy that we think we've got flavor for every mood, whether you're in the market for bathroom fisticuffs, looking to revisit the..

  • Competition Winners Rabbids Sleep Over (UK)

    Chickens, eggs, arcades and cake

    To celebrate the release of upcoming Raving Rabbids In Time for Wii Ubisoft and Nintendo Life were proud to present a very special competition, with three sets of tickets available, each set lets one winner plus two friends and a parent to attend a special Rabbids sleep over in the Science Museum. Contestants had to answer the following question: Where would you..

  • News Reggie Wonders Where Metroid: Other M Sales Went Wrong

    Why did Samus underperform?

    Metroid: Other M divided gamers: many loved its combination of action, exploration and conversation, whilst others hated the new portrayal of traditionally less vocal heroine Samus Aran, amongst other things. All this equated to disappointing sales for Nintendo, the title sitting at around the half-million mark in the US...

  • News Nintendo Expecting Consumers to Buy Ho-Ho-Hardware This Christmas

    NPD sales figures show Nintendo's dominance in the U.S.

    It's approaching the season of giving but, for the most part, that giving requires some buying at some point and the President at Nintendo of America is confident that consumers will be buying a lot of Nintendo hardware this Christmas as the Holiday season is more important to the company than its rivals. Apparently. Speaking at the BMO..

  • News Limited Edition Mario Kart Wii Bundle Under Starter's Orders

    Wii, Remote Plus and the game

    Want a Wii this Christmas but not interested in the red machine with New Super Mario Bros. Wii? This dark beauty might be of interest to you, then. Nintendo Europe has just announced a limited edition black Wii bundle featuring racer Mario Kart Wii, a black Wii Wheel, Wii Sports and Donkey Kong pre-installed on the...

  • News Mario Sports Mix Gets a Little Square Enix Boost

    Famous faces face-off

    Square Enix's next Mario sports title, Mario Sports Mix, isn't just about characters from the Mushroom Kingdom: the company has just confirmed it'll be bringing some of its own most popular characters to the title as well. Joining Mario and chums will be characters from the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series, with a Moogle, Cactuar, ninja, and White and Black Mages already..

  • News Miyamoto Hints at Wii Music Sequel to Change Things Up

    Could Mario pop up as a session player?

    It's been almost two years since Nintendo launched its creative take on the rhythm/music genre with Wii Music and Shigeru Miyamoto has hinted that a sequel could be in the works, or at least some point in the future. Talking to Techland, Miyamoto spoke about the use of Mii characters in connecting players in...

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    Review Oops! Prank Party

    Is the joke on us?

    We should all cherish the moments we have with our families. Life is short, and it can get so hectic that we can neglect spending time with the ones we love in favour of work or sleep. Not to mention that some of the greatest Nintendo games are only single player! Thank goodness for the party game craze, right? Problem solved...

  • News Sega Creates an Animal Crossing to Promote Sonic Colours

    Wordplay!

    Okay, so Sega isn't really creating an instalment in Nintendo's happiest franchise Animal Crossing, but the blue and white company did create a safe hedgehog crossing point in London to promote this Friday's release of Sonic Colours for Wii and DS. With 50,000 hedgehogs a year lacking the speed to cross British roads safely, Sega dedicated a stretch of London asphalt to educating the..

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    Review Monopoly Streets

    Does it pass Go or should it go directly to jail?

    Ah, Monopoly, the classic board game we all know and love, where you attempt to become the dominant force across the market and can become a rich tycoon living the high life in Mayfair or end up in the dumps of Old Kent Road. Starting back in 1903, it has since become one of the most successful board...

  • News Dive into Conduit 2's Special Edition Only at Gamestop

    Art, skins and extra in-game goodies

    If you're excited about Conduit 2 this Gamestop-exclusive special edition package might just ramp up your giddy-o-meter just a notch or two. Available online or in-store at $49.99, the bundle includes a 44-page art book, an enhancement for the All Seeing Eye and an exclusive multiplayer skin, which isn't a bad...

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    Review Disney Guilty Party

    Crime and funishment

    The ideal Wii experience, as advertised, is that of friends and family members gathering around their sets and swinging their Remotes, no matter how old or young, and doing so together. It's unfortunate then that some developers seem content to target the desirable non-traditional players not as a legitimate, equally deserving audience but as gullible gaming rubes more likely..

  • Competition Winners Call of Duty: Black Ops (UK)

    And the three lucky winners are...

    To celebrate the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops for Wii Nintendo Life together with our friends at Argos were proud to offer a copy of the game to three lucky readers. As with most Nintendo Life competitions all you had to do was answer the cryptic question: During which war does Black Ops take place? Of course the answer was the Cold War. So, using our..

  • Rumour House of the Dead: Overkill Sequel on the Way

    Zombies beware, a follow-up to the 2009 Wii title may be in the works

    Sources close to SEGA have revealed to Nintendo Life that a follow-up to SEGA's House of the Dead: Overkill is well under way and should be released sometime early or mid-2011. Details on the game are still undisclosed, but what we've been told is that a title codenamed "House of the Dead: Overkill 2" is being worked..

  • News Get Your First Look at Black Ops Campaign Mode on Wii

    Updated: Campaign and multiplayer footage

    There's been close to radio silence on Call of Duty: Black Ops for Wii, but now the game is available in the wild the first direct feed footage of the campaign mode has arrived courtesy of Official Nintendo Magazine. The 18-rated footage focuses on a three-man team attempting to take down Fidel Castro in a hideout. Graphically the game doesn't look too bad..

  • News If Donkey Kong Country Returns is Too Hard, Use Super Guide

    Like the Force, only more monkey-like

    Remember the controversial Super Guide from New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy 2? If not, it's one of Nintendo's newest software features to keep gamers interested by allowing them to proceed past difficult parts of stages if they lose too many lives there. Whether you liked it or not it's here to...

  • News GoldenEye's Return Sells Twice As Well As HD Bond Outings

    Still only debuts at number 13

    It's not very often a Nintendo-exclusive title outsells a similar game on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but the GoldenEye name clearly still carries appeal for UK gamers as the game comprehensively outsold HD 007 outing James Bond 007: Blood Stone. Although the Wii and DS game landed outside the UK Top Ten at number 13,...

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    Review DJ Hero 2

    Online modes headline the evening's event

    Activision might be an easy target for gamers who feel certain franchises have been milked beyond recognition (Tony Hawk: SHRED, we're looking at you) and with DJ Hero's first annual sequel out now, you'd be forgiven in wondering if this will be another franchise we'll get sick of seeing. Thankfully, the...

  • News You Can Gaze At This Super Mario 25th Anniversary Box Now

    But you can't buy it just yet

    Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Collection is on the way to the West, and here's the box art for the collection when it lands on North American shelves on December 12th. Containing Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and

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    Review GoldenEye 007

    The N64 is not enough

    Ah, GoldenEye 007. A remarkable game on the ol’ Nintendo 64, no doubt about it. Countless hours of planting proximity mines in Basement and Facility for your friends to run into, scream and punch you on the arm is enough to earn a hall of fame spot in any player’s heart. So when Activision and Eurocom — who first became...

  • News Games Basement Nabs Exclusive PDP Wii Headsets in UK

    Limited stock of Headbangers nationwide

    We've received numerous emails from worried Brits about the availability of PDP's upcoming Headbanger USB headset for Wii. Already available in North America, there's good news for gamers in the British Isles wanting to pick one up soon. The headset itself will only reach UK shores in very limited quantities, but we can reveal that retailer Games Basement..

  • News Former Pussycat Doll Brings Glamour to GoldenEye Soundtrack

    Pussy(cat) Galore

    Aside Famke Janssen's deadly Xenia Onatopp and the N64 game, the next best thing about GoldenEye was Tina Turner's brassy theme tune, a classic slice of slinky yet bombastic Bond music that's as good as any theme in the series. Now it's getting a modern touch-up thanks to former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. Activision's latest...

  • News Super Meat Boy May Skip WiiWare and Head to Retail

    Would you buy it on disc for $20?

    The ongoing struggles of Super Meat Boy's WiiWare existence are well-documented, but here's a quick recap. Originally available on PC, the game was slated to be a WiiWare-exclusive on consoles before announced as heading to Xbox Live Arcade, where it landed several weeks ago. Just the other day Team Meat announced...

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    Review Family Party: Fitness Fun

    Witness fun, but not much fitness

    Hang around any Nintendo-themed internet forum, and you're bound to find similar posts over and over, all declaring the same thing: The Wii needs more party games! Alright, obviously that's not the case. The poor little Wii has more party games than it knows what to do with, making it difficult for new entries in the genre to get a gamer's attention. After all,..

  • News Disney Epic Mickey Music "Will Make You Cry" says Warren Spector

    But it'll make you smile too

    It's not long until you can see if Disney Epic Mickey lives up to the promise of its title, and this latest behind-the-scenes video might sway you one way or the other as it discusses the game's musical score. Composed by Jim Dooley, the man behind countless scores including The Simpsons Movie and Madagascar, has created...

  • News We Love this Michael Jackson Wii Glove, It's So Bad

    Shamone!

    Step aside, Power Glove: there's a new ultimate glove-based peripheral in town. When Michael Jackson: The Experience ships later this month, dedicated King of Pop fans can pick up the special edition containing the game and a single white sparkly glove. That's right: you can finally live out your ultimate Michael Jackson fantasies in your...

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  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops Wii to Get Online Co-Op and Zombie Modes

    Activision interview opens up

    Call of Duty: Black Ops on Wii has been shrouded in secrecy for months, with next-to nothing concrete revealed, but now the game's senior producer Anna Donlan has spilled the beans on what gamers can expect on November 9th. The biggest news is arguably that the game will feature online co-operative play, including the console's debut of the amazingly popular zombies..

  • News Super Mario All-Stars Warps Straight to the Top of the Japanese Charts

    25th Anniversary Edition starts off strong

    While gamers in North America and Europe have to wait a little while longer before they can start snapping up copies of Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition, the game received its Japanese launch last week and has got off to a superb start. For the week ending 24th October, the game managed to...

  • News Grab a Blue Classic Controller with Sonic Colours Down Under

    And the figures too

    The Sonic Colours Special Edition with the Wisp figures is all well and good, but what it's really lacking is an awesome blue Classic Controller. Thankfully now gamers down under can grab themselves a branded Classic Controller when the game launches later this year. Retailer JB Hi-Fi has the bundle available for AU$89.00, pretty cheap compared to the AU$115 being asked for..

  • News New Donkey Kong Country Returns Trailer Shows Mine Cart Madness

    And plenty of other madness too, in fact

    Two gorillas walking on a whale, hopping on hippos and riding a rocket barrel: it's all here in this new trailer for Donkey Kong Country Returns. Retro Studio's upcoming revival is looking pretty sweet, and it's not long until gamers can tussle with the apes: Donkey Kong returns on November 21st in North...

  • Competition Rabbids Travel in Time Science Adventure (UK)

    Rabbids. Science Museum. Sleep over. WIN.

    To celebrate the release of upcoming Raving Rabbids In Time for Wii Ubisoft and Nintendo Life are proud to present a very special competition, we have three sets of tickets available, each set lets one winner plus two friends and a parent to attend a special Rabbids sleep over in the Science Museum. During...

  • News Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition Coming to U.S.

    Cue the fireworks

    It came to Japan. It came to Europe. Now, Nintendo has announced that the Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition will be heading to the United States on December 12th for a suggested retail price of $29.99. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., which

  • News Buying Ivy the Kiwi? Helps Save Real Kiwis

    10p donated to Save the Kiwi Trust

    You don't see many video games about kiwis, though this is Rising Star Games' second game to feature the flightless bird following DS romp New Zealand Story. The lack of kiwi-based games might be due to the increasing danger of extinction faced by its real-life counterpart, but if you want to do something about that – and we know you do – there is something..

  • News Top Smash Bros. Players Accused of Fixing MLG Match

    Thrown out of tournament too

    Playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl can be pretty competitive even if you're just playing with your friends, so imagine the pressure surrounding a match in the Major League Gaming circuit, the pinnacle of competitive gaming. The most recent MLG event saw two players supposedly succumb to such pressure, as Mew2King and ADHD...

  • News GoldenEye's New Tank Stage Goes Big on the Bangs

    It turns out that St. Petersburg is more than a foggy maze

    Only one more week to go before Eurocom's re-imagining of GoldenEye 007 hits North American shelves, and few things should get the hype train a-rollin' like watching Bond blow up the entire planet in a tank. The developers certainly aren't messing around when it comes to updating the tank stage of the original, having taken that clunky,..

  • News Nintendo Declares the Best Sin and Punishment Player Ever

    Or something like that anyway

    What better game to use in determining who can score the highest than one of the more difficult shooters available? Last month, Nintendo of America launched the official competition to find the nation's gamer who can score the highest on Sin and Punishment: Star Successor's third level on difficult using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk setu

  • Exclusive Just Dance 3 to Land "Holiday 2011"

    Try to contain your surprise

    Have you been enjoying the recently released Just Dance 2? Then you'll be pleased to know that we've learned from an anonymous source that Ubisoft is already working on the follow-up, Just Dance 3, set for release in the holiday season of 2011. The game has been in planning since before Just Dance 2 was released,...

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    Review Just Dance 2

    You can't stop the beat

    Ubisoft's Just Dance came out of nowhere last year and was promptly the target of filth and excrement flung by the core gamer contingent, decrying it as yet another casual suck-fest as they put their controllers down between rounds of the Call of Duty. And that crowd wasn't entirely off base; to them, Just Dance seemed to offer virtually nothing of interest. But Just Dance..

  • News Fils-Aime: Nintendo's Biggest Current Threat is Apple

    Could Nintendo be taking Sony and Microsoft too lightly, or over-reacting to Apple?

    It's strange that Nintendo would see Apple and its range of iOS devices as more of a threat than Sony or Microsoft and their stake in the home console and handheld markets. Reggie Fils-Aime, President at Nintendo of America has echoed the concerns of Satoru Iwata and...

  • News 65.3 Million Wii Remotes Waggling in the United States Alone

    Averaging two for every Wii owner

    It might well be the games that define a console, but where would we be without the controllers themselves? With the Wii Remote Plus and its built-in MotionPlus capabilities becoming the standard from 7th November, Nintendo has sent us a reminder of how well its predecessor has sold and we in turn want to let you...

  • News Professor Layton Unwinds in UK Chart Top Five

    Lost Future found

    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future made its way to UK shores last Friday and enjoyed a strong launch weekend as the second-highest new entry in the chart at number 4. Wii Party slipped a pair of places to number 6, sandwiching Just Dance 2 at number 5. Super Smash Bros. Brawl made a surprise re-entry in the charts at number...

  • News Tell Nintendo Europe a Story and Win a Trip to Kyoto

    Share your love in video form

    If you're a European Club Nintendo member and you want to share your love of Nintendo games with the world, you might want to grab your video camera and create a piece for Tell Your Nintendo Story, a new competition from Nintendo itself. You can record a video straight from your webcam or upload any pre-recorded video on your PC about any game or system you've..

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    Review Sengoku BASARA Samurai Heroes

    So many bad guys, so little fun

    It's easy to think all hack & slash games are mindless and repetative in nature, but it doesn't have to be that way, as fans of the genre will know. Unfortunately, "mindless" and "repetitive" are the very words that spring to mind when writing this review, not because it's a hack & slash...

  • News THQ Expects Wii & DS Markets to Have a Strong Christmas Performance

    Publisher to offer "Great Games, Great Value"

    THQ recently showed its support for Nintendo's upcoming 3DS but it's not forgetting about the Wii or the DS in doing so. Jon Rooke, THQ's UK Managing Director has told GamesIndustry.biz that the company is confident that the Wii and DS market will bounce back from slumps in sales with a strong Christmas season this

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