Wii - News

October2011

  • News Kids, Nintendo Wants to Know What Your Super Ability Is

    Kirby will help

    If the recent Kirby's Return to Dream Land artwork inspired you, Nintendo of America has a competition just for you. From today, Nintendo is inviting visitors to Kirby's Super Ability site to submit their own drawings and descriptions of their own Super Abilities, all in support of Starlight Children's Foundation and the upcoming...

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    Review X-Men: Destiny

    XY oh why

    X-Men is the type of comic series that makes it tempting to visualise yourself in a starring role. Its heroes are just like the rest of us, give or take a few chromosomes, and its universe works both as an allegory for coming to terms with your identity as it does for the larger issue of race relations. But does X-Men: Destiny mutate into...

  • News Minigames, Insects and Giant Swords in Skyward Sword Shots

    So much to see

    It's Friday, which means more new screenshots and details from Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gracing your Internet boxes. This week's details show the return of the whip, first seen in Zelda: Spirit Tracks, as well as the Scattershot, potion upgrading, giant swords, bug-catching and so much more. Here's Nintendo to tell you more about it, with the all-important screenshots embedded..

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    Review Spider-Man: Edge of Time

    Here come the Spider-Men

    Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions had a lot going for it last year with its snappy presentation of four incarnations of the webhead powered by a scrappy developer. While not quite in swinging distance of comic game king Batman: Arkham Asylum, Shattered Dimensions brought a massive jolt to a franchise on life support — and...

  • News Kirby's Return to Dream Land Art is What Dreams Are Made Of

    Also pink and cute

    Kirby's Return to Dream Land is nearly here, and Nintendo is celebrating in fine style with a wealth of pink and cute artwork streaming forth from its archives. The artwork shows Kirby in all number of roles and poses: radio presenter Kirby, scuba diving Kirby, ninja Kirby. You name it, Kirby's doing it. Kirby's Return to Dream...

  • Feature Resident Evil's Nintendo History

    Undead on the big N, past, present and future

    The claustrophobic darkness. The creeping undead. The hideous monsters. The Resident Evil series has brought such thrills and chills to our TVs since 1996, and it’s taken quite a unique path when it comes to Nintendo consoles. With the month of All Hallows’ Eve upon us, we decided to take a look at...

  • News More European Christmas Wii Bundles Announced

    How much more can you take?

    Blue reconfigured Wii. White reconfigured Wii. Ready for some more Wii packages? Nintendo of Europe hopes so, with two new bundles on the way before Christmas. On 4th November, Europe will get a white Wii with Wii Party and Wii Sports, titled the "Wii Family Edition" by Nintend

  • News Australia, You Get the Reconfigured Wii Console Too

    Everybody's happy

    The Wii-without-GameCube-bits — still marginally shorter than its official title, "newly reconfigured Wii" — is coming to Europe in various colourful bundles, and a black Mario pack in North America. Australian shoppers who fancy getting in on the Wii action will also get chance to buy the console in the coming months, Nintendo Australia has confirmed. The console..

  • News Centipede Infestation's Weapons Trailer is Old School

    You'll see what we mean

    You can't beat a good top-down shooter, especially when the enemies are giant bugs and you have flamethrowers and laser guns: that's scientific fact. By similar scientific logic, the upcoming Centipede Infestation on 3DS and Wii should be approaching unbeatability, as the new trailer below shows. The game itself might look a...

  • News Reconfigured Black Wii Heads to North America

    Mario in tow too

    The new Wii console without GameCube support is officially coming to North America, Nintendo has confirmed. From 23rd October Nintendo will offer a black Wii with New Super Mario Bros. Wii and an exclusive Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack CD to boot. The deal will cost around $149.99. Will you be picking one up? BLACK WII HOLIDAY...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 21: Curse of the Halloween Hootenanny

    Fear the reaper!

    Since it's not only the single best month of the year and because we had so much fun last time , the NLFM Halloween Hootenanny has returned! More spooky, more sinister and more deathly, this episode is best listened to in a dark castle dungeon while eating raw pumpkins. Failing that, anywhere else will do. 1. Hip Tanaka, Keiichi...

  • News Let There Be No Doubt - The Last Story is Australia-Bound

    Three out of four ain't bad

    Hironobu Sakaguchi's The Last Story will make its way to Europe and Australia next year, as the Australian Classification Board has granted the game an M certificate. That of course leaves North America as the only major English-speaking territory not to be looking forward to the game next year, but there's always hope that could change. No release date yet for PAL..

  • News Blue Wii Console Competing for Europe's Christmas Money

    Mario and Sonic bundle revealed

    Nintendo's going all-out on coloured consoles these days: after the red, pink and white 3DS consoles, the company has announced a new blue Wii bundle on the way to Europe before Christmas. The newly announced pack is in honour of Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, out 18th November, and includes a copy...

  • News Feast Your Eyes on Skyward Sword's Intro Movie

    For real this time

    Nintendo has released the superb opening movie for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and it's sure to brighten up your weekend. The opening movie below needs no words to describe it: just watch it and know you'll be playing Link's next epic adventure in just over 40 days. If you've missed one of the many videos Nintendo's released for Zelda so far, catch them all over at our Legend..

  • News Explore Skyward Sword's Skyview Dungeon

    How can a dungeon have a sky view?

    We don't know how the estate agents came up with the name, but Skyview dungeon is the subject of a new trailer for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The dungeon follows on from the Faron Forest featured in yesterday's dowsing trailer, and features swordfighting and an appearance from Lord Ghirahim. It's the same dungeon we played in our Legend of Zelda: Skyward..

  • News Learn All About Dowsing in New Zelda: Skyward Sword Trailer

    It led you here

    Are you ready to start your weekend with new details about the most anticipated Wii game of the year? We strongly advise reading on, then. Nintendo has released a new trailer and details about Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, with the first video below showing off the brand new dowsing ability. The press release promises details about...

  • News Nintendo Takes New Titles to New York Comic Con

    Mario, Zelda and more on hand

    If you want to get your hands on some of Nintendo's biggest upcoming titles and you're heading to New York Comic Con, you're in luck — Nintendo has revealed a 15-strong line-up of games playable at the event next week. Comic Con runs from 13th to 16th October at Manhattan's Javits Center, and sees hands-on time for...

  • News Ubisoft: "Nobody Proved Wii Does FPS Controls Better"

    Many have tried...

    If there's one genre that's really exploded in popularity on consoles over the last five years, it's the first-person shooter, the Call of Duty series in particular experiencing phenomenal growth. While these titles thrive on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, they don't always take advantage of the Wii's qualities, particularly when it comes...

  • News Nintendo Europe Launches Japanese RPG Trio Contest

    Look away, North America

    One of the ways Nintendo of Europe marketed the superb Xenoblade Chronicles was with a series of official Let's Play videos over on YouTube. Depending on your point of view, it either went very well or very badly, as NoE now wants players to create their own Let's Play series as part of a new competition. The videos can be...

  • News Nintendo Reveals Zelda: Skyward Sword Trailer

    Soak it up

    The avalanche of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword videos continues: we've seen the romance trailer and sword tutorial, but here's a trailer showing all sorts of other good stuff. The suitably epic video is embedded below, but be warned: it contains footage of previously unseen boss battles, as well as bamboo, balancing, balls and birds. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is s

  • News Learn to Wield the Master Sword in Skyward Sword Video

    Wii MotionPlus at work

    The deluge of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword videos continues, with the new footage below showing just how accurate the new MotionPlus-powered swordfighting is. The tutorial video below depicts Link slashing in all directions to fell the training logs, developing skills that will come in handy for overcoming the wily enemies throughout the game. We've seen MotionPlus..

September2011

  • News Zelda Gets All Lovey-Dovey in Skyward Sword Trailer

    And it's not even Valentine's Day

    He was a ruffian from the wrong side of the tracks: she was a Princess who longed to explore the world. Their romance flourished, with the help of a talkative genie and a magic carpet. Hold on... we've got something mixed up along the way. The latest trailer for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword plays up the romance...

  • News Let Shigeru Miyamoto Take You Through Skyward Sword

    And in English, too

    If you can't get enough of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, what could be better than an official tutorial from Shigeru Miyamoto himself? How about a video showing Miyamoto in full-on Link mode, swinging his very own Master Sword around like the Hero of Time himself? Now we're talking. The video below is eight minutes of Skyward Sword with an officially translated commentary from..

  • News New Skyward Sword Character and Story Details Revealed

    A few new juicy tidbits of info

    For all of you out there who are waiting anxiously for the November release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Nintendo has just released a few new nuggets of information regarding the game's storyline and characters. It seems the developers are delving a bit deeper into character development in Link's newest...

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword Bundle Costs $115 in Japan

    So be thankful

    Want that awesome gold-but-not-gold Wii Remote Plus with your Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword? Of course you do. Bet you don't want to shell out $115 for it, though. That's the reality facing Japanese gamers, as Nintendo has unveiled the special controller and game will launch for ¥8,800 — that's $114 / £73 / €84. The game alone...

  • News Balance Board Goes Black in UK and Ireland on 7th October

    Wii Fit Plus set for relaunch

    Nintendo will launch a black Balance Board and Wii Fit Plus in the UK and Ireland next month. The package hits on 7th October and includes the Wii Fit Plus software and a nifty noir Balance Board This isn't the first time the board has been available in black: it was released with the black Wii console in December 2010, but it is the first time it's been available..

  • News Can't Afford a Holiday Trip? Go Vacation for Wii May Be the Answer

    Release dates, trailer and screenshots inside

    If you're having trouble planning a trip this winter, Namco Bandai Games may have the answer for you. The company's upcoming Wii title Go Vacation has players explore Kawawii Island in an open-ended fashion, racing, scuba diving, playing volleyball and more, as you can see in the screenshots and trailer...

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    Review We Dance

    Don't touch this

    When a genre of game saturates a market it's fair to expect that any new title coming out within that style of play must do a good impression of the leaders in the field, in the very least aping what made the forerunners successful, hopefully providing an interesting alternative. As the number of first person shooters, mini-game...

  • News Yuji Naka's Rodea the Sky Soldier is Finished

    What's keeping it?

    One of the most promising Wii games still to see release is Rodea the Sky Soldier from Yuji Naka's PROPE studio. We haven't seen much of the game since January, but the good news is that development work has finished. The bad news is that publisher Kadokawa Games is yet to tell Naka its plans for releasing his latest game, including any localisation plans for outside of Japan, as..

  • News Fresh Dragon Quest X Screenshots and Trailer Inside

    See more

    Square Enix's announcement of Dragon Quest X certainly ignited discussion among Nintendo fans: the news it will strongly rely on online multiplayer split players, but considering the popularity of multiplayer in Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies it should be at least worth a look. Now the publisher has released a fresh set of...

  • News 3DS Reclaims Top Spot in Japan

    A return to form

    There's been some positive news for Nintendo in Japan with the 3DS reclaiming top spot in the Hardware charts, according to Media Create weekly sales charts. The 3DS sold 58,837 units to seize the crown, an increase on the previous week: with no major new releases on the handheld last week it is a reasonably impressive showing. It could be argued that the modest bump in sales is a..

  • News Super Mario Galaxy and Twilight Princess Now Cheap in Europe

    Available right now

    Missed out on Super Mario Galaxy and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in their original versions? Frustrated at the relative lack of reprints and subsequently inflated price? Like the colour red? If you can answer yes to all these questions, you'll be pleased to know that Nintendo just rereleased the two games in Europe as part...

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword Video is a Real Treasure

    You'll see

    Arguably one of the best bits of Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was the treasure-hunting sections that made a thrill out of exploring the expansive ocean, and the idea returned again in Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Even without so much water everywhere, treasure is just as important in Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, as the video...

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    Review We Sing: UK Hits

    Great Britain, average game

    Is it OK to be competent? Is it OK, not to excel, not to push the boundaries, but just to be totally fine? It's fair to say that we all want this medium to drive forward and provide us an experience you can't find elsewhere, but when a product doesn't claim to be groundbreaking should we really expect a revolution in game design? Probably not, which is what Nordic Games..

  • News This Is How You Upgrade Items in Skyward Sword

    Pay attention

    It's a generally accepted fact that if you're off on a long adventure, the things you find at the start won't be as good as the things you find at the end. If only the shopkeepers realised this and relocated to the smallest town possible, they could make a killing from young adventurers. Anyway, that aside, this new trailer for Legend...

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    Review BIT.TRIP COMPLETE

    Aptly titled

    The BIT.TRIP titles have been wildly popular on WiiWare, but despite being able to purchase the games individually, fans of the series have been clamoring for a Wii compilation disc release since the series was completed. With the release of BIT.TRIP COMPLETE, fans not only get the collection they've wanted, but also a wealth of brand...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 20: It's Alive!

    Thanks for hanging on to those RSS feeds

    Had you going there for a while, didn't we? Weekly. Ha! Sorry for the absence, fearless listeners, but Nintendo Life's chip and game music podcast NLFM is back on track after a too-long hiatus. And boy do we have some doozies for your ears! 1. Shiryu — The Goddamn Batman (Shiryu’s Arcade vol. 4)2. Yoko Shimomura, Manami Kiyota, Yasunori Mitsuda —..

  • News More Titles Announced at 3DS Conference

    Dynasty Warriors Vs, Friend Collection, online soccer and more

    Along with announcements of Monster Hunter 4, Style Savvy and Fire Emblem, a few other noteworthy titles are making their way to the handheld as well. The first is an entry in the Dynasty Warriors series, Dynasty Warriors Vs. It'll support four-player combat and should hit the 3DS in...

  • News Dragon Quest X Requires Online Connection

    Subscription confirmed too

    The revelation of Dragon Quest X for Wii and Wii U came with some uncertainty: will the game be fully playable offline, and will it require a subscription fee to play online? Now a Square Enix FAQ has answered the questions, with mixed results. According to AndriaSang, the document claims that you'll need an Internet...

  • News BIT.TRIP COMPLETE and SAGA Trailer is Hard to BEAT

    Fills a VOID, too

    Gaijin Games' double-whammy of retail BIT.TRIP compilations — BIT.TRIP COMPLETE on Wii and BIT.TRIP SAGA on 3DS — is about to hit retail across North America, so what better time to indulge in a brand new trailer showing the games off? In case you weren't sure which version to pick up, our handy Feature: BIT.TRIP SAGA vs. BIT.TRIP COMPLETE should help out. We'll have full..

  • News Dragon Quest X Goes Online for Wii and Wii U

    New game revealed

    Square Enix's press conference in Japan has been and gone, and now we finally have information about Dragon Quest X. Officially titled Dragon Quest X Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online — roughly meaning Dragon Quest X: The Wake of the Five Tribes Online — the game will see release on Wii in 2012, with an enhanced Wii U version...

  • News PDP Returns to Combat with Wii Modern Warfare Headset

    Head bang again

    Last year's release of Call of Duty: Black Ops came with a nice surprise: support for the new PDP Headbanger headset for online play, a notable improvement over Wii Speak's use in previous online games. PDP and Activision obviously both believe they were onto a good thing, as the headset will be making a return for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in November. From the information..

  • Feature BIT.TRIP SAGA vs. BIT.TRIP COMPLETE

    We'll help you decide

    When Gaijin Games released its first BIT.TRIP title BIT.TRIP BEAT back in 2009, the game took many players by surprise not only with its unique musical and visual presentation, but also with its extremely addictive gameplay. And as beloved as BEAT would become, the series would only get more interesting as each new release took...

August2011

  • News Europe Gets Zelda: Skyward Sword CD and Bundle Too

    All inside

    Nintendo Europe has reassured customers across the continent that the snazzy Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword special edition bundle with the gold Wii Remote Plus and music CD will make it to those shores in November. You'll need to pre-order at a participating retailer to secure yourself one of the limited edition controller packs, though the music CD and game will be available to early..

  • News Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Limited Edition Details

    The music, the controller, the lot

    Can't wait for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword but want to know more about the limited edition gold Wii Remote Plus? Today is your lucky day. Nintendo has announced that the game and gold controller will be available in North America from 20th November, retailing at $69.99. The game will be available on its own for...

  • News A Better Look at Those Samus Aran Statues

    Zeroing in

    Last weekend saw some new Metroid: Other M figures revealed, and now we have some decent photos of the statues courtesy of Tomopop and Tokyo Hunter. Zero Suit Samus is stood next to a baby Metroid, whereas the poseable Power Suit version of the heroine just comes as-is ready to save the universe, presumably. We're sure some savv

  • Feature Wii Controllers - What Could Have Been

    Wii never knew...

    Part of our mission at Nintendo Life is to highlight parts of the gaming world that were previously unknown. To that end, our experienced researchers have been rooting around the archives of Wii history and discovered the original patent application for the Wii Remote. Reading patent documentation isn’t the most stimulating of...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - September 2011

    Japan keeps getting the goodies

    The Wii Virtual Console might barely be getting any games in the West now — Europe hasn't had any new ones for almost three months — but that isn't stopping Japan from continuing at the same pace as always. This month Japanese Wii owners will get another four new titles to download. Atlus keeps supporting the service with another Megami Tensei title, while the..

  • News New Wii Design Could Go As Low as £80

    Retailers gear up for Christmas

    The new look Wii is coming to Europe, and comes with Wii Sports and Wii Party but no GameCube support. It's now come to light that Nintendo isn't expected to drastically reduce the console's trade price, but that retailers may still drop the machine to as low as £79.99 in the run-up to Christmas. A Nintendo...

  • News Inflatable Wii Karts Finally Blow Up In Europe

    What you've been missing!

    Oh, Nintendo. When you created the Wii Remote and wowed us with its universal applications — a tennis racquet! A chopping knife! A fishing rod! — did you have any idea you'd just opened the Pandora's Box of appalling accessories? In the years Wii has been on the market we've seen exercise bikes, lightsaber holsters and more, but one of the most notorious is the..

  • News New Kirby Wii Shots Brighten Up Our Day

    See his return to Dreamland

    Good old Kirby, always getting along with everyone for the good of the world. That's surely the reason he's teaming up with King Dedede, Meta Knight and Waddle Dee in Kirby's Return to Dreamland, coming to Wii in North America on 24th October. Nintendo just released some suitably colourful new screenshots of the pink...

  • News Rhythm Heaven Wii & 3DS Take Japan Chart Top Spots

    A good week

    Last week 3DS sales leapt in Japan after the console dropped from 25,000 Yen to 15,000 Yen, and it's still ruling the roost this week according to Media Create's figures. The console sold 105,639 units to sit pretty at the top of the chart, outselling all other consoles combined. It was still a sharp decline from the previous week though, when Nintendo shifted nearly 200,000 consoles..

  • News Telltale Bringing Back to the Future Wii to Retail

    More games to follow

    Way back last year we broke the news that Back to the Future would not make it to WiiWare, but Telltale has just announced an agreement with Nintendo of America that will see the series reach Wii after all. Back to the Future: The Game will contain all the episodes available digitally on other platforms, and will see release on Wii in October for $19.99. It's the first in a..

  • News Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny Crashes In Next Month

    North American date confirmed

    Natsume has revealed that the the long-awaited second Wii entry in the Rune Factory series, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, will see the light of day in North America on 27th September. The Rune Factory spin-off from the popular Harvest Moon series combines farming elements with more traditional role-playing features, with real-time combat and an epic storyline the..

  • News Kirby Makes His Return to Dreamland on 24th October

    Take a deep breath

    Wii owners in North America, you don't have to wait until Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is out on 20th November to play something new for your console: Kirby's Return to Dreamland is coming on 24th October. The four-player romp also be playable at the Penny Arcade Expo this week, so if you're in the Seattle area you can go...

  • News More Xenoblade Chronicles Let's Play Videos Join the Fray

    See more of the RPG everyone's talking about

    Xenoblade Chronicles landed in the UK charts in seventh place, but if you've not been convinced to pick it up yet — or if you've had trouble locating it — a new set of Let's Play videos hits the game's official YouTube channel this week. One new video launches today, while a second lands on Thursday...

  • News New Wii is No Smaller Than Before

    Just cheaper

    The new look Wii console will lose GameCube compatibility, which prompted some to presume the console will be more compact, but Nintendo has revealed the console is exactly the same size as its predecessor. The Nintendo website listed the box contents, and specifically states: The newly configured Wii console retains the same physical...

  • News Xenoblade Chronicles Assaults UK Top 10

    In at seven

    In a turn-up for the books, Japanese RPG Xenoblade Chronicles has sold well enough to make it to seventh place in the official UK charts. It wasn't the only Nintendo title to make it into the top 10 though: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D continued its post-3DS price cut rise up the charts to make it to number 4, its highest position...

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    Review Xenoblade Chronicles

    A true epic

    It's been a strange year for the Nintendo Wii, with a sparse release schedule and many proclaiming the death of the console. Yet here we have Xenoblade Chronicles, which debuted in Japan simply as Xenoblade in June 2010. This current release is only available in Europe and PAL regions, prompting fan-group protests in North America. To be...

  • News Wii Owners Encounter Xenoblade Disc Read Errors

    Not a good start

    Xenoblade Chronicles released across the UK and Europe today, but some Wii owners are reporting difficulty getting their consoles to recognise the game. Our own Marcel van Duyn has reported disc read errors when attempting to load the game, despite the console only being newly replaced by Nintendo after the notorious Super Smash...

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword Soars to North America 20th November

    Your next epic Wii game lands in just over three months

    Hot on the heels of Nintendo's 18th November announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's European release comes the North American date: just two days later on 20th November. You can now pre-order the game and read more about it below in the full press release. Nintendo’s...

  • News Zelda: Skyward Sword Hits Europe on 18th November

    Date finally announced

    The wait is nearly over: European Wii owners will be able to play Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in just over three months' time. It's out on 18th November Nintendo Europe just sent over its latest release schedule and Link's latest sits pretty at the top, due out across Europe just over a month before Christmas. Before that,...

  • News Chain of Pandora's Tower Shots Show Big Weapons, Bigger Explosions

    Just in time for your summer BBQ

    Along with today's confirmation that Japanese RPG The Last Story and the more action-focused Pandora's Tower will release in Europe sometime next year comes a meaty chunk of new screenshots for the latter title. The game centers around the chain-equipped Ende and his journey to rescue Ceres from succumbing to a curse that is transforming her into a literal monster..

  • News Mario & Sonic London 2012 Trailer is Suitably Rousing

    But who put those Flickies on a bus?!

    Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is racing towards the Wii finish line later this year, with a 3DS version due out — perhaps more appropriately — in early 2012. We now have a new trailer for the game, likely to be the introductory video getting you all into the Olympic spirit. Showing off events from volleyball to synchronised swimming,..

  • News Current Wii Model to be Discontinued

    Wave goodbye to your GameCube ports, forever.

    Earlier today Nintendo announced that a new Wii design would be available before Christmas in the UK and Europe. Part of the redesign was to lose GameCube support including both the backwards compatibility to play GameCube games and use of the GameCube controllers for Wii titles. Nintendo has now...

  • News Kirby Wii Officially Renamed Kirby's Adventure Wii for Europe

    And out in December

    Kirby is back to suck at Christmas again, as Nintendo has announced that Kirby's Adventure Wii will reach Europe in December. The game previously known as Kirby Wii and alternatively Kirby's Return to Dream Land is set to pinkify the continent before 2012 arrives. It's part of a two-pronged Kirby attack on Europe, as Kirby Mass Attack is scheduled for release on DS on 28th..

  • News First Photo of New Look Wii Console

    Not really much different

    Anyone expecting a huge change for the upcoming Wii redesign might be disappointed that the console has only undergone a slight alteration, as Eurogamer's first image proves. The console's box art shows the machine lying horizontal for the first time on a Wii hardware box, with the console logo displayed on the front too...

  • News The Last Story and Pandora's Tower Grace Europe in 2012

    The trio completed

    Xenoblade Chronicles is out in Europe this Friday, but those gamers who thought it was part of Wii's last hurrah might want to rethink that, as Nintendo has confirmed that both The Last Story and Pandora's Tower will see the light of day in Europe in 2012. There's no word on a specific release date yet so they could arrive any...

  • News New Look Wii Released This Christmas

    Backwards compatibility for Gamecube cut

    Nintendo will release a new-look Wii console in the UK this Christmas, reports Official Nintendo Magazine. The console will be part of a new package that includes Wii Party and Wii Sports, and will be a white Wii slightly redesigned to sit horizontally rather than vertically. Nintendo has also revealed it'll...

  • News Super Mario Galaxy and Twilight Princess Go Budget in Europe

    Two new titles next month

    Earlier we reported on North America's next Nintendo Selects games, and now we know that two titles will join the range in Europe too. Super Mario Galaxy and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will both drop to a budget price from 16th September. Will you be picking either of these games up when they go cheaply?

  • News Wii Budget Range Grows with Super Mario Galaxy and More

    More red boxes on 28th August

    That recent rumour about new Nintendo Selects games turned out to be true: four new games will slot into North America's budget range on 28th August. Topping the bill is legendary platformer Super Mario Galaxy, alongside papery adventure Super Paper Mario, Mario Strikers Charged Football and the non-Mario game

  • News Something Bugs Us About This Centipede: Infestation Trailer

    Time to tuck those trouser legs into your socks

    Before arcade shooter Centipede: Infestation gets released on the Wii and 3DS later this year, Atari would like to open our eyes to the types of bugs we'll be disposing of via a trailer aptly named, "Bugs Trailer". Players will take on the role of Max as they travel the wasteland that the...

  • Talking Point How Much Fan Influence Should Game Studios Allow?

    What's the magic formula?

    There was a time not too long ago when the origins of the games we play were somewhat mysterious. We knew the company names and could view credit sequences until the cows came home and magazine readers could gain some extra insight, but by and large the thought processes, discarded ideas and development stages that went...

  • News Just Dance 2 is 8th Wii Game to Top 5 Million in US

    First from a third-party

    Ubisoft's Just Dance 2 might not be your idea of a good time, but that hasn't stopped over five million Americans picking up the game since it launched last October. The game enters an illustrious group of five-million-sellers, and is the first non-Nintendo game to reach the milestone on Wii. The other members of the 5m+ clan are Wii Play, Mario Kart Wii, New Super Mario..

  • News NOA Will Be Watching European Xenoblade Chronicles Sales Closely

    Nintendo doesn't want to miss out, does it?

    Although Nintendo has no plans to localise sought-after games like the ones at the heart of Operation Rainfall's genesis, that's not to say the situation will necessarily stay the same. For months, fans have been vocal about their desire for Japanese RPGs The Last Story,

  • Feature Samus Aran, Gaming's Leading Lady

    We take a look at the famous female bounty hunter

    Historically, just about every form of media has seen itself dominated by men, and gaming is as guilty as the rest. You could chalk it up to the playing population remaining largely scant of females for reasons too complex and debatable to delve into here, but that's only half the story. The...

  • News de Blob Developer Blue Tongue Shuts Up Shop

    This is sad

    Australian studio Blue Tongue Entertainment — creators of the ludicrously enjoyable de Blob games — has been closed by owner THQ. The original Wii-exclusive adventure was critically and commercially well-received — it scored an 8/10 in our de Blob review — and the team moved on to produce a sequel for Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360. de...

  • Rumour Punch-Out!! and Three Marios Join Nintendo Selects

    Range extended

    According to Kotaku's retail sources, the Wii's budget Nintendo Selects range will get boosted with four new titles in the coming weeks. Super Paper Mario, Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Strikers Charged and Punch-Out!! will join the line-up of $19.99 games later this month. We'll have more as we get it.

  • News Let's Play Xenoblade Chronicles Channel Reaches YouTube

    Rubbing it in some more

    European Wii owners can buy Xenoblade Chronicles next week. They can play it on their Wii consoles, without modification or anything like that: just put the disc in, pick up a pad, off they go. North American gamers though... well, they're not so lucky. You know what would take some of the sting out of that, though? How about an official Let's Play channel for the game,..

  • News Kicking Off With Some FIFA 12 Wii Details

    FIFA City is your home side now

    As football fans prepare for the start of the Premier League 2011/12 season, gamers will also be getting ready for this year's instalment of the FIFA series as the game approaches its retail release on the Wii and 3DS. Developed by EA Canada, FIFA 12 will once again allow players to make those all-important transfer decisions in the Manager Mode and earn bonuses by..

  • News Nintendo's Annual Report Continues Incredible Wii Figures

    More corporate intrigue

    It's a busy time at Nintendo following the company's first quarter results for this financial year, and it's also just released its annual report for the year just gone that contains lots and lots of numbers. While many of them won't mean anything to anyone without a head for figures, there are some phenomenal numbers in...

  • News Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is Wii-Bound

    Going out with a bang?

    There's been a lot of talk about the Call of Duty series on Wii over the years, even though the only title missing from the console since launch is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. History won't be repeating itself though, as Activision has confirmed in an investor call that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is coming to Wii. Nothing else was given away about the game so expect..

  • Feature The Future of Nintendo Gaming - 2D or Not 2D?

    That is the question

    It’s been a busy year for Nintendo as it seeks to move onto a new generation of consoles. The 3DS is already here and, despite a sluggish start, has some big releases ahead. Then of course there is the Wii U, boasting a unique touch screen controller and the promise of much greater processing power than the Wii. Both devices...

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    Review Wii Play: Motion

    Too little, too late

    What do Arzest, ChunSoft, Good-Feel Co, Mitchell Corporation, Prope, Skip Ltd, Vanpool, NdCUBE and Nintendo have in common? They all worked as developers on Wii Play: Motion, which acts as a companion to the Wii Remote Plus. It also serves as a sequel to Wii Play, a compilation largely criticised for its mediocre mix of...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - August 2011

    Three more classics

    We've reached the start of a new month again, which means Nintendo of Japan has once again revealed its upcoming plans for the Wii Virtual Console. There are just three new games this August, with the Neo Geo still enjoying a good bit of a resurgence. All three games are pretty good, though there's no particular surprises this time. The full list of games Japan will get next..

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  • News Here's Nintendo's Most Up to Date Release Schedule

    No surprises

    Nintendo just updated its release global release schedule for the remainder of the calendar year, although it's disappointingly light on definitive dates for the company's biggest titles. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is still down for late 2011, Super Mario 3D Land is November and Mario Kart 7 is December. Here's the list of North...

  • News Mario and Sonic 2012 Gets Release Dates, Yellow Box

    3DS version due February

    Like or loathe the sporting combination of plumber and hedgehog, SEGA's preparing to unleash another round of Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games to coincide with next year's English medal-a-thon. The Wii version hits North America on 15th November and Europe on 18th November, with the 3DS version a little behind in February. For some reason the Wii version..

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    Review Captain America: Super Soldier

    Shield your eyes...

    There's been a fair amount of hyperbole thrown around for Captain America: Super Soldier in the gaming community, with many people making wild claims that SEGA has done for The First Avenger what Rocksteady did for The Dark Knight. While there are definite hints of Batman: Arkham Asylum in High Voltage's Wii outing for Cap', the title still falls far short of the title it..

  • News Combat Wings Readying a Wii Air Raid in September

    Will it bomb?

    City Interactive's arcade dogfight game Combat Wings is approaching the Wii runway later this year, and the latest screenshots of the game don't look too shabby. The game was originally due for release last year but was delayed to make way for a release on other formats including PlayStation Move. Hopefully its arcade gameplay will help it stand out in the field of Wii dogfighting..

  • News Gremlins Gizmo Trailer Spotted at Comic-Con

    Unleashed on North America this year

    During this year's San Diego Comic-Con event, a small booth was spotted showing a trailer for an upcoming video game adaptation of the Gremlins franchise. Before you get too excited, it appears to be a collection of mini-games that are making their way to the Wii and DS. The trailer for Gremlins Gizmo showed a mixture of mini-games and virtual pet gameplay, with..

  • News Aonuma Opens a Treasure Chest of Skyward Sword Details

    Dun-dun-dun-dunnnn!

    In a recent interview, veteran Nintendo developer Eiji Aonuma revealed some interesting details about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, on which he's currently working. If you're not a fan of spoilers stop reading now! Ganon, Link's adversary since the early days, will not appear in the game. In fact, the odd-looking Lord...

  • News Fishing Resort Tugging on a North American Line

    Prope's fishing game reeled in this Fall

    From hedgehogs to kiwis, Yuji Naka has been involved with games that star somewhat uncommon animals and his studio Prope is getting ready for the release of its upcoming Wii game that follows a similar trend: this time, it's fish. Since leaving SEGA in 2006, Naka went on to found Prope and along with fellow ex-staff members from Sonic Team, Naka began..

  • First Impressions Rayman Origins (Wii)

    Back to his best?

    Rayman Origins is the long awaited return to 2D platforming for Ubisoft's chopper-haired hero. While the version we played at a recent preview event was running on Xbox 360, we were told the team is aiming to make the Wii version as similar as possible. Running on Ubisoft's new UbiArt framework, the game is extremely beautiful —...

  • News Check Out the First Just JAM DLC in These Trailers

    100 Points a pop

    Just JAM, the music-based WiiWare game from Big John and Zivix Interactive, released earlier this month, and now the first two batches of downloadable content have gone live. You can preview the first selection in the trailer below, which includes Soar by Roster McCabe, Shadow Godz by The Alpha Centauri and Let's Dance To This by Apollo Cobra. The second trailer showcases the next..

  • Preview The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Hands-on once more with the Hero of Time

    In all the Wii U commotion at E3 this year, Link's next and final outing on Wii was rather lost, but we were able to reconnect with the Hero of Time at a recent preview event in the UK. Three levels in total were playable: an aerial bird race, a dungeon and a face-off against Lord Ghirahim. With Wii Remote...

  • News New Zelda: Skyward Sword Trailer is Right on Target

    The strongest Link?

    While we anxiously await a release date for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, have a new trailer for the game straight from San Diego Comic-Con. The trailer is 1:45 of pure gameplay footage and shows the return of the Gorons, the evil (and goth-tastic) Lord Ghirahim and plenty more aspects of the game we haven't seen yet. We got to...

  • News The Oregon Trail to Settle Down on Wii & 3DS

    Fording rivers and catching cholera has never been so exciting

    If you went through public school in the United States, chances are The Oregon Trail was an important part of your childhood. It's already trekked to DSiWare via Gameloft, but now GameFly lists a retail version fording the Wii and 3DS rivers this November. It's coming from Red Wagon...

  • News Pachter Thinks Nintendo has Superior First-Party Software

    Despite what Xbox CFO thinks

    In response to what Xbox chief financial officer Dennis Durkin said about Microsoft's first-party software line-up being "superior" to that of Sony and Nintendo's (as reported by Industry Gamers), Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has shared his two cents. Speaking to Industry Gamers, Durkin was asked whether Microsoft needed to increase the number..

  • News Yuji Naka's Haunted Tower Never Made it to Wii

    Never will

    Yuji Naka, the father of Sonic the Hedgehog, has released a few games on Wii since starting up Prope: Let's Tap and accompanying WiiWare condiment Let's Catch, as well as the cutesy Ivy the Kiwi?. As with all developers however he's not had a 100% release record, and one of the projects that never made it to release came to light in a recent Iwata Asks discussion for Wii Play Motion..

  • News Nintendo Returns to Comic-Con with Multiple Playable Games

    18 titles spread across Wii, 3DS and DS

    Nintendo is set for its return to Comic-Con in San Diego this year and among other activities, the special Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be set up so that attendees can stop by and try out some of the latest releases. As well as Nintendo's booth (#5135) at Comic-Con, the Nintendo Gaming Lounge situated in the...

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