Wii - News

February2010

  • News Miyamoto Hints Towards Next Console

    Nintendo overlord Shigeru Miyamoto reminds us that Nintendo is indeed working on its next machine

    As reported by Eurogamer (via Andriasang), Mr Miyamoto has recently been quoted confirming the existence of the next console from Nintendo. Obviously he didn't go into any specifics as Nintendo will be keeping any new ideas extremely close to their chest. At the same time Miyamoto also confirmed that..

  • News Sonic Playable in Super Mario Galaxy 2?

    Will Sonic be touring space with his old rival?

    UK magazine Ngamer has posted an interesting tweet on Twitter this afternoon, making a rather bold claim that not only comes right out of the left field and has left us all a bit dazed and confused here at Nintendo Life Towers. We should stress this is currently deep in the realms of rumour territory...

  • News The Grinder Gets a Release Date, Goes Multi-Platform

    No longer Wii exclusive, coming next year

    High Voltage software has revealed a lot of information about anticipated team-based horror FPS The Grinder including a new trailer and the announcement that it will be shown off at this year's Game Developer's Conference. No publisher is mentioned in the interview, but there's some other interesting new titbits including the possible inclusion of versus..

  • First Impressions Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon

    Tri-Crescendo's brooding adventure comes to life

    You may have already heard some impressions about Fragile Dreams in our recent podcast, but there's still much to tell about Tri-Crescendo's upcoming post-apocalyptic adventure. The game begins with the death of your surrogate grandfather, the only human being you've ever had contact with. The world is empty and decaying, seemingly uninhabited, but..

  • News THQ Announces de Blob Sequel for 2011

    Latest earnings report drops reference to franchising of critically acclaimed original IP.

    de Blob was one of THQ's most critically acclaimed new IPs when it was released in the second half of 2008, but despite past rumours of a sequel we've not had anything concrete said on that score until now. There's not much specific about the Wii in THQ's latest earnings report, but de Blob gets mentioned..

  • News LEGO Harry Potter Year 2 Vignette Released

    Get prepared to stab a LEGO diary!

    We've been blessed by the LEGO gods here at Nintendo Life! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have released a new video vignette the upcoming LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, which is due for release on Wii and DS in May of this year. Take a look at the vignette below, it focuses on the second year at Hogwarts and contains new "magic..

  • News MotionPlus Nabs A New Exclusive: Zelda Wii

    Producer hopes to bring a playable build to E3

    Wii Sports Resort is great and all, but if you've stopped playing it for whatever reason then odds are good you've tossed its accompanying MotionPlus dongle into a drawer, waiting for a good reason to pop it back in. Sure, there's Ubisoft's Red Steel 2 on the horizon, but it's not everyone's cup of Kool-Aid. Something that may be, though, is the..

  • First Impressions Monster Hunter Tri

    Nintendo let us get to grips with Capcom's monster offering

    Yesterday we were cordially invited to a guest lecture at the Science Museum in London. The subject? Monster Hunter of course; in fact, it was the very first session of 'Monster Hunter University'. In a lecture led by long-time series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto, the assembled masses were educated on topics ranging from monster ecology to..

  • News Speak Up, Monster Hunters

    Game gets Wii Speak support, bundles of joy

    How many accessories would you like with your copy of Monster Hunter 3, Europe? On its launch in April you'll be able to pick it up in one of three tasty varieties: the vanilla game solo, with the sweet-looking Classic Controller Pro (also confirmed for the US) or in the full-on sensory overload of the...

  • News Cursed Mountain Developer Closed

    A real horror story

    The studio behind Cursed Mountain has been shut down by parent company Koch Media. The game was Deep Silver Vienna's first piece of Wii software and is one of the few third-party titles that was backed by a healthy television advertisement campaign but, although there are no hard sales figures to go on, it is generally regarded...

January2010

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    Review Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep

    What lurks beneath?

    2007’s Endless Ocean was a true original: a diving game that made little attempt to be a game, basing most of its gameplay around just touching fish. As part of the Touch Generations range it clearly appealed to enough aspiring divers to merit a sequel, but it’s certainly changed from the inviting warm waters of the Manaurai...

  • News Nintendo of Japan Outlines What It's Up To This Year

    Metroid: Other M, Xenoblade, Last Story and new Pokemon in the cards

    At an investors meeting in Tokyo today, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata was nice enough to outline what the company intended to do with all those funds this year. Included in the outline were Wii RPGs The Last Story from Mistwalker and Nintendo as well as Xenoblade, formerly known as Monado, from Monolith Soft (behind Disaster: Day of..

  • News Final Fantasy Creator Working on Last Story for Wii

    Nintendo trademark is for a new Mistwalker RPG

    Remember that mystifying trademark that Nintendo registered a while back? Turns out it's not the subtitle of the next Mario adventure (as we half-jokingly predicted) but an RPG from the creator of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi. Nintendo has confirmed the launch of a new Web site dedicated to the game (alas, in Japanese) which has a logo and little..

  • News Red Steel 2 Shoots and Slashes in March

    March 23rd for North America, 26th in Europe

    Ubisoft's sales predictions for Red Steel 2 may not be as lofty as they were, but gamers worldwide will have a chance to exchange their hard-earned money for blades and bullets in late March. The game is due to hit North American stores on March 23rd, with the European release date a few days later on the 26th. As well as confirming these release dates,..

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    Review Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

    Crossover chaos at its very finest

    When Capcom’s Versus series burst into arcades in 1996 it was a refreshing change of pace after the seemingly endless stream of copycat brawlers and tired sequels. X-Men vs. Street Fighter also marked a significant new attitude for the veteran developer; it was willing to let its most famous characters duke it...

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    Review No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

    Travis Touchdown is back with a vengeance and better than ever

    The mirrors don’t work. It’s a minor detail and completely inconsequential to gameplay, but when Travis Touchdown meanders into a public restroom to do his deeds and save the game in No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle, he might as well be a vampire. Despite his bloodlust, Travis is...

  • Guides How to Get Your Wii Online

    Explore the wonderful world of the web with Wii!

    Here at Nintendo Life we pride ourselves on being the web's leading WiiWare and Virtual Console resource, with every single download title reviewed. However, there are still millions of Wii owners unable to get their console online, or not even aware the machine is Internet-enabled right away! If...

  • News Monster Hunter and Classic Controller Pro Bundle Coming To North America

    A truly monstrous bundle

    We’re all a little excited about the upcoming release of Monster Hunter 3 Tri, infact some of us are absolutely overflowing with fervour. Now the anticipation has reached melting point with the announcement that the game will be bundled with the Classic Controller Pro when it lands in the States. American gamers have had to resort to importers to get their mitts on one so..

  • News Phoenix Wright May Still Appear in Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom

    The Ace Attorney and other characters may arrive as DLC

    Capcom fans disappointed at Phoenix Wright's exclusion from upcoming brawler Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars may have reason to get their hopes up again, as Destructoid reports that producer Ryota Niitsuma claimed if Nintendo would allow it then extra characters may be added to the game as downloadable content. The much-hyped fighter..

  • News Marvelous Sells Stake in Rising Star Games

    Story updated: Rising Star keep Marvelous rights

    Editorial note: Earlier today we ran a news piece saying Marvelous Entertainment had sold their 50% stake in Rising Star Games to Japanese publisher Intergrow, who also have part-ownership of Gamebridge. We later removed the story as we were seeking additional clarification from Rising Star Games, which we have now received. Although Marvelous are..

  • First Impressions Calling

    One call you might want to take.

    For those of you who love a good scare or just enjoy a playful romp through the latest survival horror title, Hudson's got just the game for you. In fact, they were even kind enough to send us over a preview build of their upcoming horror release Calling to check out and we have to say, this is easily one of the spookiest titles to hit the Wii console to date. As..

  • News BBC Interested In Games Again

    Looking to develop Doctor Who, Top Gear, In The Night Garden titles

    MCV has revealed that the BBC Worldwide is interested in making games based on key IPs after years of sitting back and watching. The BBC has said that it wants to see its biggest brands like Doctor Who, Top Gear, In The Night Garden and more expand into games for all audiences. The games would appear on a range of different mediums..

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    Review de Blob

    ¡Viva la revolución!

    Chroma City has been subjugated by the diabolical INKT Corporation! Can anyone free the formerly colourful Raydians from their grey prison? Enter the members of the Colour Revolution led by legendary Chroma City graffiti artist Blob, whom players control in their quest for colour, funk and freedom! Based upon a game created by...

  • News Japan to Get Wii Budget Range

    Rest of the world left waiting

    Nintendo of Japan have finally introduced the "Minna no Osusume Collection" (or, for us English-speaking folk, the "Everyone's Recommendation Collection"), a range of re-released Wii titles to combat the 360 Classics and PS3 Platinum range. Titles with high user rankings from the Japanese Nintendo Channel seem to be the way Nintendo are going about..

  • News Rumored Zelda Wii Details Spill Online

    Nuggets of rumored goodness hit Japanese forum

    The rumor mill has been cranked to the max as the Nintendo corners of the Internet are abuzz with supposedly leaked details on the next Zelda game. Zelda Informer (via GoNintendo) is reporting a handful of leaks coming out of the Japanese forum site 2chan (of which 4chan is a rough equivalent) regarding...

  • News Wii Software Sales Outmuscle Xbox 360

    Life is short - play more

    Wii overtook Xbox 360 for lifetime software sales in the US last year, according to a new report. Point-of-sales data from NPD show that 175m games have been snapped up in the 38 months that the Wii has now been on sale in this region. It is estimated that software for 360 has sold 164m units since that machine came to...

  • News Trauma Team Endoscopy Trailer

    We're going in!

    If you've ever been sitting around and thought, "I wonder what it would be like to travel through an anal cavity?" then Atlus has just the gameplay video for you. Featuring gameplay footage from their upcoming Wii release Trauma Team, you can now see what it's like to perform an actual Endoscopy procedure, all from the comfort (and safety) of your Wii console. When they..

  • News Luigi's Mansion to Get Sequel?

    Nintendo files new trademark

    The Internet rumour mill is whirring up a notch today following the news that Nintendo has filed a new trademark for Luigi’s Mansion. Currently the two most popular theories are that either a sequel of the Gamecube launch title is being made for the Wii or that the game is being re-released as part of the New Play Control! series. Either way, we’re quite excited at..

  • News New Grinder Details Claw Their Way Out

    What does High Voltage have up its sleeve?

    Nintendo Power has gained some interesting new details on The Grinder, the next Wii FPS from developer High Voltage. Perhaps the most exciting tidbit of info being that the game will now support MotionPlus, which is a big... erm... plus. Similar to Valve's popular Left 4 Dead series, you take control of a bunch of characters each widely differing in their..

  • News Wii Play is the US's Best-Selling Game Ever

    Beats Call of Duty, Madden... Namco Museum?!

    NPD recently revealed a list of the best-selling games in the US, and Nintendo's pack-in title Wii Play came out on top, beating every other game of the past fifteen years. That's right - those nine minigames have sold more copies than any title from the Call of Duty, Madden NFL, Grand Theft Auto and...

  • News Sega Wheels Out Sonic All-Stars Racing Pack

    UK racers get blue shells - not the annoying kind, though.

    Judging by the hundreds of thousands of hours spent playing Mario Kart Wii since its release two years ago, those official Wii Wheels must be getting smashed to dust by now. Well, for anyone after a nice new wheel and a character-based driving game to replace it, SEGA has just the thing on...

  • Interview Climax - Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

    Nintendo Life heads to Konami HQ to talk to the studio behind the storming new Silent Hill title

    UK-based developers Climax are kind of on fire right now. They've just released Silent Hill: Shattered Memories in partnership with Konami, and they're already working on two more projects for the gaming supergiant. Shattered Memories has already been...

  • News Pink DSi Slinks Into Nintendo's Europe Release Schedule

    New console colour complemented by new games

    In a move that nobody saw coming, Nintendo today announced the release of a pink DSi console in Europe, available from February 12th. Packaged with Style Boutique (known as Style Savvy in the US), the console is set to win over macho hearts and minds in just a few weeks. That's not all the hardware news Nintendo's latest press announcement has to shout..

  • News Fatal Frame IV Fan Translation Finally Released

    Experience the Japan-only horror game in a language you understand

    Even though it may be denied an official release outside of Japan, fans of Tecmo's creepy-spooky Fatal Frame IV have taken the localization efforts into their own hands to do what Nintendon't and deliver a patch to fully translate the game into English. Yes, Virginia, it's done. All...

  • News Ubisoft Slices Sales Predictions for Red Steel 2 in Two

    500,000 still a big figure, though

    We've been keeping a close eye on Ubisoft's upcoming East-meets-West shooter Red Steel 2 - seriously, we have some of the world's best content on it, y'know - which is now due for launch in March of this year. Perhaps taking on board the recent discussion of mature games on Wii, the company has decided to lower its sales estimate from one million to 500,000 units..

  • News Wii, DS Have Record-Breaking Year In US

    Hojillions and hojillions served

    According to the NPD sales numbers for December, Nintendo sold more than double the hardware as all of their competitors combined, totaling around 7 million Wii and DS units sold. That's a spicy meatball, but certainly not the only one on top of the company's pile of money-shaped spaghetti that was 2009. In fact, the DS and its various incarnations managed to sell..

  • News Nintendo Doubly Outsold Everything Else Combined In US Last Month

    Wii alone stomped the might of Sony and Microsoft

    We had already heard from Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata that the Japanese giant was looking at record December console sales figures this year in the US, but now we've got cold hard NPD sales numbers to see just how many Wiis and DS's were shifted. Turns out that Iwata's "approaching 3M sold" Wii estimate earlier this month was conservative..

  • News Reggie: No New Console Successor Anytime Soon

    Wii will prevail

    Be it an upgrade to the existing hardware or a brand new console, there have been many rumours and forum chit-chat over the last year concerning Nintendo’s plan to release a successor to the Wii. However, Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed the continued support to current hardware in an interview with Bloomberg Business Week. Reggie...

  • News Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Shooters

    Upcoming brawler to feature 2D scrolling shoot-'em-up minigame

    You heard right - Capcom are including an old-school shoot-'em-up in their anticipated fighter Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. The minigame, set in the landscapes of Lost Planet, will let up to four players loose in what promises to be some crazy blasting action. Playable characters include Ryu and PTX-40A from the Capcom side..

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    Review Avatar: The Game

    The sum of its parts

    There's no doubt that James Cameron's Avatar in all its 3D blue-and-green beauty is a worldwide phenomenon, grossing millions upon millions of dollars and becoming a word of mouth sensation. With such a wave of success comes James Cameron's Avatar: The Game from Ubisoft, with its oft-heard promises of being an interactive experience to complement the movie, expanding the story..

  • News Netflix on Wii confirmed

    Movie-streaming service becomes available this spring — UPDATE

    Thank goodness for that! An end to the incessant rumours — Netflix will be making it to the Wii in the next few months, according to The New York Times (and now both companies in a joint statement). You'll be able to subscribe to the service for the humble sum of $9 per month. Once you're a member it's a simple matter of whacking..

  • News Ulala and Crazy Taxi Joining Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing

    More characters to be revealed

    Sega have released another trailer of the racer being developed by Sumo Digital, showing off Ulala from Dreamcast game Space Channel 5 and Crazy Taxi's BD Joe, which received a rather good GameCube conversion a few years back. It's been announced there will be 24 tracks in total, a healthy amount though just shy of Mario Kart Wii. Sumo Digital have also revealed some..

  • News Even More Nintendo Titles Get The Axe

    Shaking stilled, Battalions blasted and walls Charged

    Just last week, gaming blog Coffee With Games reported that Nintendo would be ceasing production and distribution of the Metroid Prime Trilogy compilation in the US. Now, several sites are reporting that the company is laying off even more games, some of which haven't even blown out their first birthday candle yet. According to the blog,..

  • News Near Five Year Development Cycle for Zelda Wii?

    2010's most anticipated game has reportedly been in production since 2006

    According to Zelda Informer, the highly anticipated Zelda Wii has been in production since early 2006, meaning that if released in 2010 as promised it will have had nearly a five year development cycle. The previous record of three years held by

  • News MadWorld Director Interested In Stab At Sequel

    Thinks mature-rated game was very well received

    With all the whining and bellyaching over mature-rated games on Wii lately, it's interesting to hear about a studio so unfazed, even keen on the prospect of doing more in the area. And that studio is Platinum Games. Their first-ever release, the hyper-violent monochrome brawler M

  • News Netflix Might Make It To Wii Yet

    CEO says movie-streaming service has an "excellent" chance of appearing on a Nintendo console

    In his answer to an on-stage question at CES in Las Vegas, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings stated that the popular online-streaming service for movies has an "excellent" chance of coming to a Nintendo console. Rumours of such a tie-in have been flying around for several months now, and this seems to..

  • News Nintendo: Hey, We're Green, Honest!

    Company responds to damning environmental report

    Nintendo has responded to the recent Greenpeace report in which it was awarded just 1.4 out of 10 for its chemical, e-waste and energy policies. In a statement made to Eurogamer, Nintendo points out that the Wii is the most energy efficient of this generation’s consoles and that it considers the...

  • News EA Makes NBA Jam Wii Officially Official

    From downtown, etc!

    'Twas but one week ago a little birdie told ESPN that NBA Jam would be making a comeback, so color us not-so-surprised to hear that EA has made it official that they've got a new Jam in the pipes for this year. Apart from the obvious graphical overhaul, which is said to bring "visible player emotion" to the table (e.g. eye popping), expect new modes and characters on..

  • News Sega: Nintendo Should Support Mature Gamers

    Bloody Mario...

    Speaking after the news that Sega is starting to have second thoughts at attempts to target older Wii gamers, following slow sales of other publishers' software and its own mature titles, the company believes that Nintendo should be trying to widen the market with its own 18 certificate games. James Rebours, the CEO of Sega for France and Spain, has spoken about the lack of support..

  • News Nintendo No Longer Publishing Metroid Prime Trilogy in US

    Get it while you still can!

    Blogger Coffeewithgames recently noticed that Amazon US had stopped stocking Metroid Prime Trilogy a few weeks back. He fired off an email of enquiry to Nintendo about the status of the title and got a response from Nintendo. "Unfortunately, Metroid Prime Trilogy is no longer being shipped. Having said that, you...

  • News Nintendo Hits Rock Bottom In Greenpeace Rankings

    Veteran video game company needs to clean up its act

    Nintendo has scored just 1.4 out of a possible 10 for its chemical, e-waste and energy policies in Greenpeace’s annual Guide to Greener Electronics, the lowest score of the eighteen companies tested. Despite last year pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and e-waste, Nintendo has failed...

  • News Endless Ocean 2 Comes Up For Air in February

    Europeans get to dive again on February 5th

    You won't have to hold your breath too much longer for Nintendo's next dive 'em up, as Nintendo announce the game will see a release across Europe on February 5th, 2010. Promising new features over the acclaimed original, including Wii Speak support and a new Pulsar gun that sounds like it was made for multiplayer deathmatches, Endless Ocean 2: Adventures..

  • News Nyko Bringing Wii MotionPlus to Wand+

    No more plug-ins for you

    If you're fed up of clicking that MotionPlus accessory into the bottom of your Wii Remote, you might want to consider picking up Nyko's new Wand+, which features the accessory built inside the controller itself. Arcane magic indeed. Here's what Nyko has to say about its new creation. By building the technology into the controller, the Wand + provides all the functionality..

  • News Capcom Reaffirms Wii Commitment

    Press release puts worrywarts at ease

    We reported a few days ago that Capcom isn't too pleased with the performance of their hardcore titles on Wii, and may be focusing more on the HD consoles in the coming year. Naturally we Wii owners became a little anxious, but it appears we needn't have worried, as the company has issued a press release to assure us everything's okay. Further to comments made..

  • News Keep Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' with Sushi Go Round

    Upcoming Wii and DS food-'em-ups get March release dates

    Sushi rolling might not seem like the most obvious premise for a video game, but throw in some time-management gameplay and some frantic score-beating action and developers Asylum Entertainment might just have cooked up something rather tasty. We're only a few months away from finding out for sure, as Southpeak games have announced a North..

  • News Konami Readying Castlevania Collection For Wii?

    Listen to them - the children of the net. What rumours they make

    This is probably one to file under “rumour” for the time being but we’ve gotten wind from an anonymous source that Konami is currently working away on a Castlevania collection, which apparently will be released on the Wii and Sony PSP this year. Details are predictably sketchy...

  • News Miis Race to the Finish in Sonic Racing

    Fed up with Sonic? Use your own face, then

    Whilst Avatar support was confirmed for Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing for some other formats, SEGA has just confirmed you'll be able to use your Mii characters to race through the Wii version. Mii racers will have an exclusive All-Stars move to tear up the track, giving them a fight chance against all the motorbike-driving martial artists and other..

  • News New Zelda for Wii Confirmed for Release in 2010

    Dust off your tunic, you'll be playing a new Zelda game on your Wii before the year is out.

    You are now less than 365 days away from a new console Zelda game. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata confirmed to Japan's Asahi Shimbun daily today that the Wii Zelda sequel, first revealed at last year's E3, will be released this year. Truth be told we weren't sure...

  • News Capcom Growing Less Keen on Wii?

    Company focusing on HD consoles in future

    Capcom have developed some of the greatest games on Wii - Resident Evil 4, Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure, Okami and more - but they haven't always been greeted by the sales they deserve. Sadly it seems Capcom may be growing tired of underwhelming returns on their products, if a recent interview...

  • News Nintendo Life Game of the Year Results

    Ten awards, hundreds of votes - the results are right here!

    In this month's podcast we revealed the Nintendo Life Game of the Year Awards winners, showcasing the very best games that 2009 bestowed upon us. If you didn't get chance to listen to the show yet, be sure to check it out, but here for posterity are all the categories and winners from a...

  • News More Epic Mickey Details: Inspired by Mario and Zelda

    Also includes a dash of Okami and a pinch of Deus Ex

    Epic Mickey was announced back in November but information has been a bit scarce until now. Game Informer had an in-depth preview in the US but details were for their readers' eyes only, but the UK's Official Nintendo Magazine recently got a chance to look at this game and kindly shared their thoughts. Warren Spector is a big Disney fan, but as..

  • News Monster Hunter Tri Eats Your Spare Time in April

    Game licks lips, straightens napkin

    We recently reported that Monster Hunter Tri's stomping beasts had been repelled until later in the year, but a recent press release from Capcom has shone a little light on the matter, putting the game down for an April release. In a similar deal to one made with Sony to promote PSP's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Nintendo will handle the game's sales, marketing..

  • News Ubisoft Announces Racquet Sports for Wii

    Get into the swing of things!

    Ubisoft has just announced that they'll be releasing a brand new title for North American Wii owners called Racquet Sports. The game will be targeted at families looking to enjoy a little Wii playing time together by allowing them to take part in five different racquet sports games. You can check out a snippet from the...

  • News US Holiday Wii Sales Top 3 Million

    Nintendo systems no slouches in Europe either

    Official NPD numbers for December aren't revealed until January 14, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata from tooting the company's money-making horn. According to Iwata, Nintendo managed to sell over 3 million Wii's last month in the US, beating last year's 2.15 million and toppling the previous home console record held by the PlayStation..

  • News Wii Getting Attacked By Movies In 3D

    You know, the kind with glasses

    Ever seen a movie in 3D and wished you could shoot the crap out of everything on screen? Developed for Wii by Panic Button Games and published by Majesco, Attack of the Movies 3D wants to put you right in the thick of the action of your favorite types of movies. Want to shoot aliens? Boom! Fight the machine army? Ka-pow! Battle underwater critters? Torped-ouch! It..

  • News Broadmoor Inmates Receive Wiis

    Inmates of UK-based Broadmoor Hospital receive Wii consoles and games to aid their rehabilitation

    As gamers we’re well aware of the bad press our hobby often receives from the mainstream media but you can’t help but laugh at The Sun’s recent headline “Resident Wii-vil” and their accompanying picture caption “Yorkshire Ripper… Bowling Fun”. The story relates to Broadmoor Hospital,..

  • News NBA Jam Might Be Making A Comeback

    Only on Wii, says ESPN

    Last month, eyebrows were raised and speculation began when EA Sports Community Manager Alain Quinto tweeted last month that the company had plans to announce a new game in January. Seems fairly pointless to announce a new Madden or FIFA in January, so it had to be something good. A quick check of the calendar shows that it is now January, and it looks like the mystery game..

  • News Wii Dominates 2009 Sales

    Amazon reveal the bestselling video games products of last year

    Amazon.com have revealed the best selling products in the field of video games for 2009 and hardcore Mario fans will be pleased to learn that the Nintendo Wii has taken the top spot. 2009 was clearly Nintendo’s year with the Wii taking the top eight positions and nine of the top ten...

  • News Sega to Abandon Mature Wii Audience?

    Dead Space sales scare publisher

    Sega has been one of the forerunners when it comes to pushing mature games on the Wii. Unfortunately, it appears that poor sales of EA’s Dead Space Extraction - coupled with disappointing commercial performance of its own titles, such as MadWorld and House of the Dead: Overkill - has given Sega second thoughts on...

  • News EA to Release NFL Training Game?

    To be used with yet another attachment...

    Not too long ago here at Nintendo Life, we reported the patent of an odd looking American Football peripheral. Well it appears that this strange contraption may come to market with a rumour that EA Sports are to announce an NFL training game this month. Unlike a traditional Madden game, it is said that NFL Trainer will be some kind of edutainment product..

December2009

  • News Ultraman Fights his Way onto the Wii

    "Here he comes from the sky!" -- Namco Bandai are planning to release a new Ultraman fighting game on the Wii in 2010.

    Ultraman is the silver-suited hero who stars in the television program: Ultra Q: Ultraman: Special Effects Fantasy Series, which was a spin-off of the television series Ultra Q. Due to its initial popularity in Japan the show has...

  • News And The Most Pirated Wii Games Of 2009 Are...

    Plumbers, boxers, islands and zombies top the list

    BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak has compiled a list of the most pirated PC, Xbox 360 and Wii games of 2009. Modern Warfare 2 takes the overall scurvy cake at over five million downloads, with four of those on the PC side. But how about Wii? Unsurprisingly, the biggest Wii game of the year happens...

  • News Online Mario Multiplayer May Happen Down the Line

    Miyamoto not ruling it out

    A feature requested by fans and ultimately denied for New Super Mario Bros. Wii was online multiplayer, which would have been a potential new way to get angry at your friends for stealing all of the stupid Ice Flowers when they clearly don't need more than one. Official Nintendo Magazine UK asked series creator Shigeru...

  • News Zelda Producer Could Use More Crossbow Training Action

    Wanted to "intensify the multiplayer" in sequel

    One of the upsides of buying a Wii Zapper, besides being a nice +1 to your collection of somewhat useless bits of plastic, was getting your hands on Link's Crossbow Training. We daresay that was the only reason a lot of people bought the peripheral [cough -Ed.] as Link is as powerful an endorsement to Nintendo fans as Billy Mays is/was to home..

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    Review Puzzle Series 2: Illust Logic + Colourful Logic

    We just died and went to picross heaven...

    Nonograms (you may recognise them by the Nintendo trademark "Picross") are relatively recent to the puzzle world, first appearing in Japanese puzzle magazines in the late 1980s. Nintendo quickly popularised them by publishing titles for Game Boy and the Super Famicom and have continued to do so on the DS. Hudson has released their own DS..

  • News NOA Show They Care with Pink and Blue Remotes for Valentines: Includes Early 2010 Lineup

    Endless Ocean 2, Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver and Warioware D.I.Y dates and more!

    What with all the Christmas rush and such, things have been a little hectic here at Nintendo Life Towers recently. In our eagerness to get the tree and tinsel up we plumb forgot about the New Year and Nintendo of America's early 2010 lineup, but we found it in the end underneath the baubles! Colour fans among..

  • News No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Web Site Launched

    It's official: Henry wears "a right natty vest"

    Here at Nintendo Life we’re very excited about the imminent release of No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle and it seems Ubisoft have been reading our Christmas wish lists as they have now launched a dedicated web site (not to be visited by those who are easily offended!) The site is really rather good if a little low on content just yet though..

  • News Sin and Punishment 2: New Video and Preview from Official Nintendo Magazine

    You wait half a year for some information and suddenly a video and preview show up all at once

    Sin and Punishment 2 was announced as far back as October last year, despite that screens and information about the sequel to the N64 shooter have been a little thin on the ground. However for this months Christmas Issue, Official Nintendo Magazine in the UK was able to snag a preview and some video of..

  • News Merry Christmas from Nintendo Life

    A festive treat for our loyal readers, in which a young boy gets a Wii from Santa

    Picture the scene: it’s Christmas morning and you’ve sat through the socks and questionable knitwear from your granny and mastered the “oh thanks, that’s great” response. It’s been worth it though, because next up is the family gift… It takes a couple of seconds for the enormity of the gift to sink in,..

  • News Metroid is the Citizen Kane of Games

    Comparison confuses design director

    Outside of the gaming media, videogames rarely find much airspace, and at times suffer large-scale ‘video nasty’ shock stories. However, when ABC News ran a favourable webcast, comparing Metroid Prime Trilogy to Orson Welles' renowned cinematic classic Citizen Kane, Mark Pacini, the series' design director,...

  • News Sega Rolls Out Super Monkey Ball: Step And Roll Minigame Video

    Will it have you rolling about in laughter?

    Sega have released a new video for Super Monkey Ball: Step and Roll showing gameplay footage of the much-loved Monkey Ball minigames. The trailer confirms the return of fan-favourite Monkey Target, as well as glimpses of new minigames built around the use of the Balance Board. It’s safe to say we can...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Tri Delayed In North America

    Capcom pushes major titles into next fiscal year

    That T-Rex America planned on hunting ran a little bit further away today as Capcom has announced that it'll be pushing Monster Hunter 3 Tri's release date back into the next fiscal year. Monster Hunter 3 is among four titles Capcom has pushed, the others being PS3- and Xbox 360-bound Lost Planet 2,...

  • News Celebrate The Holidays With Cheaper Sega Virtual Console Titles

    Select games marked down to 500 points

    Sales are rare on the Virtual Console, so chalk this one up to a Christmas miracle. Starting Dec. 24 and running through Jan. 6 in both Europe and North America, Sega is knocking 40% off the price for its best-selling Genesis/Mega Drive Virtual Console releases. In space-buck terms, that means the usual 800...

  • News Christmas-themed Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing Trailer

    It's SEGA's festive gift to you this winter

    Set in Billy Hatcher's Blizzard Castle level, this trailer not only showcases an entire level, but gives away a few of the racer power-ups we can expect to see in the final game. Check it out for yourself below, but expect to see Aiai doling out punishment in his signature Monkey Ball er... ball - and of course Sonic becoming Super Sonic and tearing up..

  • News Ogle These New Sakura Wars: So Long My Love Screens

    Japanese hit reaching the West for the first time

    It only took until the fifth game in the series, but Sakura Wars is finally making its way outside of Japan. And we've got the screenshots to prove it! Part dating sim, part fighting game, Sakura Wars has enjoyed massive success in Japan, spawning tons of manga, anime and, of all things, a musical. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love hits Europe and North..

  • News Christmas UK Sales Charts - Surprisingly Unsurprising Edition

    Wii dominates the charts despite being overshadowed by Modern Warfare 2

    At the beginning of time (the 80s), man created video game consoles, and he rested partially content. After creating games, marketing, public outcry, double digits' worth of bits and CDs, man rested slightly more content. Then came sales tracking, and who knew when the first sales tracked and charted that in 2009 a game would..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 2 - Holiday Spectacular Spectacular

    Cheer or bust!

    Welcome to another handsome episode of NLFM, the chip and game music podcast from Nintendo Life. This month we succumb to the holiday spirit and explore the seasonal chip music landscape in this holiday spectacular spectacular! NLFM will generally focus on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to...

  • News Wii Fit Doesn't Improve Fitness?

    New study reveals it has little impact on increasing fitness levels.

    It appears that a few extra minutes on the Balance Board won’t make up for that extra mince pie or second helping of Christmas pudding, according to new research made available by the University of Mississippi. The purpose of the research was to ascertain how effective Nintendo’s Wii Fit was at increasing the fitness levels of..

  • News Golden Wii An Exercise In Excess

    Apparently consoles made of plastic just aren't enough

    Stuart Hughes, a gentleman from Liverpool, happened to become rather bored with his white plastic Wii. Rather than sitting at home whining about it, he decided to put his skills as a jeweller to work and create something rather different. The results of his labours? This rather fine golden Wii,...

  • News Monster Hunter 3 Made Just For You

    Game built from the ground up for Western users

    Capcom's latest behemoth-slaying epic still doesn't have a confirmed Western release date according to the latest Nintendo release schedule, giving us plenty of time to get excited about getting our hands on the series' first appearance on a Nintendo console. Notoriously popular in Japan, the game's producer Ryozo Tsujimoto reveals in a recent..

  • Feature For Your Consideration - New Super Mario Bros. Wii

    Why the mushroom kingdom needs your help to raise the flag!

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of...

  • News Nintendo Trademarks "WiiRelax"

    Could this be the Vitality Sensor's first game?

    There's a lot Nintendo still needs to explain about their upcoming Vitality Sensor peripheral, which was announced at E3 and then plunged into media darkness. Like how it'll be implemented in a game, or what upcoming games will even support the device. During some European trademark probing, Siliconera...

  • News Nintendo to Introduce New Touch Screen Kiosks in Japan

    Ignorance no longer an excuse when buying games

    Nintendo has revealed new kiosks for display in major retail outlets in Japan. They come in two flavours: flat screen devices for counters and retail kiosks for floor display. Both come with wonderfully hi-tech touch screens and cameras. Customers will be able to pick up any DS or Wii game and flash...

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    Review Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

    Hill hath frozen over

    Harry Mason is not having a good day. After crashing his car in a freak snowstorm, he wakes up to find his daughter missing with nary a trace. Determined to find her, Harry sets out into the night with a flashlight to explore the town of Silent Hill in this reimagining of the series’ original entry. Yes, reimagining, not...

  • News New Sky Crawlers Screens Promise High-Flying Adventure

    Developers XSEED Games set their sights on the Western market

    Although it's been out for over a year in Japan, The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Ages for the Wii has so far failed to drum up much excitement over on Western shores. However, with a North American release date now set for January 5th 2010 and a European release planned for February, that could all be about to change. Looking at these latest..

  • News New Super Mario Bros. Wii Twenty Years In The Making

    Well, not literally

    Revelations afoot in the Iwata Asks interview for New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Toshihiko Nakago, currently the President of SRD2, reveals that Miyamoto’s dream of a multiplayer Mario was born during the development of Super Mario Bros. 3. Ultimately hardware limitations scuppered the plan, leaving the team to step back their...

  • Feature For Your Consideration - Punch-Out!!

    Why Little Mac needs your vote to rise to the top!

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of some of...

  • News See Aragorn's Quest In Motion

    Tolkien fans upset: initial trailer well under four hours long

    Even though the final Lord of the Rings film was well over five years ago, the movie trilogy obviously sparked a furious lusting for Middle Earth-related games, something EA did their best to capitalise on with mixed results. Now the licence is back with studio Warner Bros., who just sent over the latest update on their new game Lord of..

  • Feature For Your Consideration - Little King's Story

    Why Corobo deserves your vote

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of some of the stellar titles we’ve seen in 2009, we’ll be writing a series of..

  • News Twilight Princess "Starting Point" for New Wii Zelda

    Aonuma continues cryptic discussion of new title

    With all the secrecy surrounding the new Zelda title - for which we still don't have so much as a title or even anything other than a single piece of artwork - it wouldn't be a surprise to see it feature a minigame requiring you to get blood out of a stone. Eiji Aonuma continues to talk in tongues about his upcoming project, with an interview with..

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