DS - News

July2009

  • News Nostalgia Airship Trailer Released

    Ignition Entertainment shows off the game's airship battles.

    Ignition Entertainment has just sent us the official Airship Trailer for their upcoming air-based RPG Nostalgia coming to Nintendo DS this fall. The trailer shows how you can customize your airship to suit your needs, as well as some of the game's trademark airship battles in action. Below...

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    Review Dementium: The Ward

    A healthy, suspense-ridden shooter, or just another flatliner?

    Due to the limitations of the platform, first-person-shooters are not a common sight on DS. Indie developer Renegade Kid is one of the few out there to fully take advantage of the lack of competitors, but is Dementium good enough on its own merit? Dementium begins with a commonly...

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    Review Moon

    A science fiction FPS on DS? Lunacy!

    The DS’s heritage for first-person shooters has been a little – wait for it! – hit and miss over the years, with Metroid Prime: Hunters singlehandedly flying the flag as titles such as GoldenEye: Rogue Agent drag the poor machine’s name through the dirt. One developer determined to craft the handheld’s...

  • News New Scribblenauts Screenshots

    Check out brand new screens of the game in action!

    Scribblenauts gives the player unprecedented control of how the game unfolds and promises to be one of the most unique DS titles of 2009. We just got our hands on a host of new screenshots of the game in action for you to check out. You can also check out the press release snippet below for a bit...

  • News Rygar and Moon Slip Quietly Onto Euro Shelves

    Rising Star Games release Nintendo duo in The Old World

    Rising Star have been working wonders lately, releasing some real gems of gaming goodness in Europe. Two more titles were launched over the weekend in the shape of Renegade Kid's DS FPS Moon and Tecmo's Rygar: The Battle of Argus. We covered Rygar a while back and were a little disappointed...

  • News Brand New Infinite Space Trailer

    Storyline details galore revealed in this newest trailer.

    We just got in a brand new official trailer from Sega for their upcoming DS RPG space simulation Infinite Space. The video is mostly just cutscene footage taken from the game, but it gives a good amount of actual storyline from the localized version of the game. Below is a snippet from the...

  • News Western Release Date For Infinite Space Confirmed

    Platinum Games-produced space RPG hitting the NA and Europe Spring 2010

    Sega has confirmed that it will be releasing Platinum Games' DS-based sci-fi RPG title Infinite Space in North America and Europe in Spring 2010. The game is currently available only in Japan, where it topped the charts on this release. It features lavish anime cut scenes, a...

  • News Roogoo Twisted Towers and Roogoo Attack Released

    Two new Roogoo titles are in stores now.

    Southpeak Games has recently announced that their two new Roogoo titles are now in stores. Roogoo Twisted Towers is now available for the Nintendo Wii console and Roogoo Attack is available for the Nintendo DS. Both games continue the addictive puzzle gameplay of the original Xbox Live Arcade release and both...

  • News Professor Layton And The "Grand Smash Tournament"?

    Twitter shenanigans drop sequel hints and rumors

    Let's slap a big ol' "Rumor" disclaimer on this one before we go any further, shall we? Just like the rest of the world, Professor Layton has gone and gotten himself an official Twitter account, where probably some intern over at Nintendo posts riddles and other assorted intellectual...

  • News Puzzle Bobble Galaxy Gets August Date For Europe

    Receiving transmission from Bub and Bob's nipple antennae!

    Europe, circle August 28 on your calendar if you're a fan of dinosaurs in space shooting bubbles at other bubbles on your DS, because publisher Square Enix has announced that Taito's Puzzle Bobble Galaxy will be hitting that day. Space? Why are bubbly dinosaurs in space, you say? Well, allow...

  • News Renegade Kid's Moon Finally Getting UK Release

    First person blaster hitting Europe this month

    Renegade Kid may be working on new projects but the developer's highly rated DS FPS Moon is only now getting a European release, thanks to publisher Rising Star Games. American DS owners had the chance to enjoy this technically-advanced game back in January. Shamefully we've yet to review the game here...

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    Review Mario Kart DS

    Let's-a-go!

    The Mario Kart series started on the SNES, and it has since become one of Nintendo's best multiplayer options, right alongside the likes of Smash Bros and Mario's many sports outings. With that in mind, Nintendo coded up another Kart game for their highly successful DS system. They could have easily coughed up a Mario Kart that...

  • News Renegade Kid Developing 3-D Platformer for Nintendo DS

    The Nintendo DS FPS specialists take on the platforming genre.

    Renegade Kid, developers of two of the Nintendo DS system's finest FPS titles in Dementium: The Ward and Moon, are currently hard at work on yet another DS release titled Maximillian and the Rise of the Mutant Mudds. Unlike Renegade Kid's previous DS offerings, this time around the...

June2009

  • News Dragon Quest IX Local Multiplayer In Action

    Slay those monsters with the help of your closest pals

    Japan is getting ready to be gripped by Dragon Quest fever with the upcoming launch of the latest instalment in the best-selling series, and as a result we're getting to see more and more of the game in action. One of the most exciting aspects of the RPG title is the multiplayer mode. While it's...

  • News Mega Man Star Force 3 - Boss Trailer

    Check out Capcom's upcoming DS title in action!

    Mega Man Star Force 3 will be released on the DS in two different variations: Red Joker and Black Ace. Each version of the game will have its own distinct cover art and character transformations. Capcom has just recently released the official Boss Trailer showing one of the game's many boss fights in...

  • News Retro Game Challenge Needs to Sell 100,000 Copies to Justify Localizing Sequel

    The guys at XSEED set the record straight regarding Retro Game Challenge 2.

    To say that the original Retro Game Challenge has a loyal following might be the understatement of the year, but unfortunately that following isn't quite large enough to justify XSEED localizing its sequel Retro Game Challenge 2. Of course this hasn't stopped the flood of...

  • News Tingle Gets a New DS Adventure, and a Surprise DSiWare Game

    The Zelda series's unsung hero gets not one, but two new games!

    The last two editions of weekly Japanese magazine Famitsu had mysterious teasers hinting at a sequel to 2006/2007's Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland for the DS. This week's edition has finally spilled the beans! Today just so happens to be the day of Japan's weekly Wii and DSi...

  • News Official Nostalgia Website Launches

    The official site for Nostalgia is now online.

    The official Nostalgia website has now gone live and has some great information about the game, not to mention some great music from the game's official soundtrack. You can also follow Nostalgia on Twitter or check out the Nostalgia Facebook page if you'd like to get a bit more involved in the...

  • News Tomodachi Collection Has a Strong First Day

    Releases shows Japanese keen to buy friends

    It may have taken awhile to be released, but Nintendo's highly-anticipated Tomodachi Collection had a great first day opening in Japan. Out of the 76,000 units that were shipped, 38,000 were sold on the game's first day on the market, which equates to a 50% sell-through rate. That's pretty impressive...

  • News Dragon Quest IX Hits Japan in July

    RPG fans prepare for upcoming Dragon Quest IX release.

    When word came out that Square-Enix was about to make a major announcement regarding their next release in the Dragon Quest series of RPGs, most people assumed the game would be coming to one of the home game consoles. Speculation began as to which console would be the lucky recipient of the...

  • News Drawn to Life Brushes Onto Wii

    Can we expect a Wii Palette accessory?

    The original Drawn to Life games were developed by DS mainstays 5th Cell, and although they're currently busy devouring the whole world's written texts, that doesn't mean the series is going to be erased. Publishers THQ have recently unveiled a sequel, handled by Planet Moon, is heading to the Wii and DS before...

  • News Official Nostalgia Trailer Released

    Ignition Entertainment shows off their epic air-based RPG for Nintendo DS.

    Ignition Entertainment has just sent us the first official gameplay trailer for their upcoming air-based RPG Nostalgia coming to Nintendo DS this fall. The trailer shows the game and its main characters in action and shows off some of the game's amazing air-to-air battles...

  • News Scribblenauts Required Dedicated "Reading Team"

    Five guys spent six months doing nothing but reading.

    Those vaunted 10,000 conjurable in-game items in Scribblenauts had to come from somewhere, but we had always assumed they came from the fevered minds of the development team, bouncing ideas off each other and being all "creative". As it turns out, the truth is far less interesting...

  • News Aliens: Colonial Marines For DS: Not 'Game Over' After All

    Work is continuing, according to Gearbox's Randy Pitchford

    A short while ago, we reported that a trailer for what appeared to be an DS-based Aliens game had been leaked onto the net, and that developer WayForward was involved. The video was posted on YouTube with text suggesting that the game itself had been canned due to financial difficulties. The...

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    Review The Legendary Starfy

    The Legendary Starfy ultimately lives up to its name.

    The Starfy series has enjoyed a great deal of success in Japan over the years, but Nintendo's release of The Legendary Starfy in North America marks the first time that many gamers outside of Japan have had the chance to experience the game's unique charm. The developers obviously didn't want to...

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    Review Disgaea DS

    Demons make work for idle thumbs.

    For those unaware, Disgaea DS is a remake of a PS2 turn-based tactical RPG that's gained cult classic status over the years. It follows the story of youthful demon, Laharl – the son of the late overlord – on his quest for dominance in the Netherworld. Held in high regard by many PS2 owners, Disgaea has finally...

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    Review Line Rider: Freestyle

    Line Rider slides from a PC Flash game to the consoles: will it ride to success or crash into failure?

    Line Rider was originally a simple Flash game where players could freely draw slopes for their sledder to ride down. Even though the game had little structure or goals, it gained considerable popularity among PC gamers, which resulted with many...

  • News Another Hint at a New Tingle Game: Teaser Website

    Tingle's next adventure looks to be a sequel to his previous DS outing.

    Nintendo of Japan has launched a teaser website for what is now pretty much confirmed to be an upcoming new Tingle game for DS. There's really not much to do on it yet - You can get Chiko's mum (A character from Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland) to tell you your fortune by...

  • News Doki Majo Plus Set To Interfere With Little Girls

    Avert your eyes - SNK Playmore's worrying sequel gets the trailer treatment.

    Doki Doki Majo Shinpan is a DS title produced by SNK Playmore that revolves around touching little girls in order to see if they're witches. Unsurprisingly, it failed to get a western release. However, the Japanese absolutely lapped it up and a sequel is now inbound...

  • News HISTORY Great Empires: Rome Coming to DS

    Valcon Games announces their new strategy title for Nintendo's DS system.

    Valcon Games has just announced their newest title HISTORY Great Empires: Rome for Nintendo's DS system. The game is a turn-based strategy title that will feature many realistic historical elements and game play options. Below is a copy of the official press release announcing...

  • News XSEED: Retro Game Challenge 2 Isn't Coming To The US

    Publisher replies to personal request regarding the status of the game

    Nintendo Life forum member slapshot82 recently wrote a letter to US publisher XSEED Games asking if the company would relent on its non-committal stance regarding the North American localization of Retro Game Challenge 2. Sadly, the reply was less than positive: Thanks for the...

  • News The Legendary Starfy Avatar Contest Winner

    Find out which Starfy avatar we voted as the best in show!

    Well the time has come to announce the winner of "The Legendary Starfy Avatar Contest" we recently held. We want to first thank everyone for the overwhelming response to the contest. I don't think any of us actually thought we'd see this many unique avatar entries into the contest...

  • News Tingle to Star in Another Game?

    Everybody's favourite green spandex-wearing fairy wannabe might get another game.

    The latest issue of Famitsu has a page-sized teaser for what appears to be a new Tingle game for the DS. Logic assumes that this will be a sequel to his 2007 RPG, Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, which was only released in Japan and Europe. As it's just a teaser...

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    Review Knights in the Nightmare

    Strategy-RPG goes bullet-hell in this unique and thoroughly demanding game

    Let me put a word to you, folks: hardcore. That's right, hardcore. It's a word used to describe something overwhelmingly tough or resilient, something that crosses a perceived threshold of difficulty and endurance and reaches a level that few others can hope to match. Within...

  • News The Legendary Starfy Avatar Contest

    Your Legendary Starfy avatar could win you a copy of the game!

    We here at Nintendo Life have decided to give away one brand spanking new The Legendary Starfy DS game to one lucky reader who can impress us with their own unique Legendary Starfy avatar. Now the avatar doesn't have to be Starfy himself, but it does have to be related to the game in...

  • News Upcoming DS Titles Get Dates

    Yes, even the ugly ones.

    Although the DS's showing at E3 was nowhere near as expansive as some of us would have liked, Nintendo still came out of it with a few nice treats lined up for us in the next twelve months. Well, today they got a little more specific with their timings, letting us know exactly when we can buy those mouthwatering new pocket...

  • News Pokémon Heart Gold/Soul Silver "PokeWalker" unveiled

    Pedometer accessory to ship with copies of upcoming Pokémon DS games in Japan.

    Today's episode of the Japanese Pokémon Sunday officially revealed the "PokeWalker", a pedometer-like accessory that will come bundled with copies of the upcoming Pokémon remakes, Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver The Poke Ball-shaped device allows you to...

  • News Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Trailer

    Check out the upcoming Kingdom Hearts DS title in action!

    Kingdom Hearts fans have been anticipating this new DS release for some time now, so it should come as good news that we finally have the official promotional trailer for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days to show you. You can check out the trailer below along with a snippet taken directly from the...

  • News New Nintendo Handheld Dropped Amid DS Success

    Amazing DS sales force Nintendo to reconsider plans for new handheld system.

    Gamers waiting for the true successor to the DS system might be waiting a bit longer than once thought. According to an IGN news article, Nintendo had already completed work on the new handheld, but given the rampant success of the DS system over the past few years, they've...

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    Review PDC World Championship Darts 2009

    Bullseye? Perhaps not.

    PDC World Championship Darts 2009 from Oxygen Games brings all the, ahem, "excitement" of darts to the Nintendo DS, offering four different modes of gameplay as well as a local tournament mode. Being a game based on arguably not the most active of sports, and indeed one which is most often associated with an older...

  • News New Wii Zelda Game in the Works

    Famed game designer Shigeru Miyamoto sits down and talks about some of Nintendo's upcoming titles, including a new Wii Zelda title.

    Shigeru Miyamoto has held a roundtable session to speak to the media regarding some of his own personal projects so we thought we'd talk about some of the highlights here. Miyamoto-san is quite excited about New Super...

  • News Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story E3 Trailer

    The Mario Bros. are back for their second DS RPG adventure.

    Nintendo finally showed some footage of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story this morning at E3 and it looked as amazing as ever. This time the Mario Bros. find themselves inside of the evil Bowser and controlling him from the inside out. Below is the official E3 press release for the...

  • News House Finds A Home On DS

    Hugh Laurie's genius doctor makes a house call to Nintendo's handheld

    Legacy Interactive and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group have joined forces to bring DS owners the chance to play everybody's favourite cantankerous physician (that's the only way House can be described: it's the law) with their upcoming game House, M.D., announced today...

  • E3 2009 Nintendo's Announcements

    New games announced for Wii include Wii Fit Plus, New Super Mario Bros, Metroid, and Super Mario Galaxy 2, for DS we'll be seeing the new Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and WarioWare DIY.

    Reggie and co took the stage earlier today to announce the latest games and gizmos that we'll be yearning over for the coming twelve months. Wii Fit Plus...

  • News Golden Sun Coming to DS

    The classic GBA RPG series is headed to DS!

    It's been over 6 years since we've seen a Golden Sun release, but the series, consisting of two releases on Nintendo's Game Boy Advance system, is now officially coming to Nintendo's DS system with the announcement of Golden Sun DS. In the brief promo video shown at Nintendo's Press Conference, we got to...

  • News DSi Selling Like Hot Cakes In Europe

    One million served since launch

    Nintendo has confirmed that its DSi console has shifted a million units since it's European launch at the start of April. It's taken a mere eight weeks for the new hardware to clock up this impressive amount of sales. To put this success into perspective, its predecessor the DS Lite took 13 weeks to hit the same...

May2009

  • News Another Legendary Starfy Commercial

    Check out Starfy's second commercial running in theaters.

    The guys at Nintendo were once again kind enough to send us over a second commercial for their Legendary Starfy DS game that hits store shelves on June 8th. This commercial features a little bit of actual Legendary Starfy footage at the end of the spot. The commercial is set to run in movie...

  • News Hey, You Got Your Rhythm Heaven In My iTunes!

    Quirky visualizer makes your trippy music even more so.

    Music and visualizers go together like caramel and apples, chocolate and peanut butter, and apple sauce and chocolate chip cookies (don't knock it till you try it!). iTunes users have been blessed with a series of excellent ones built right in, and now you can add another one to your arsenal of...

  • News The Legendary Starfy TV Commercial

    Check out Starfy's brand new TV commercial.

    The guys at Nintendo were kind enough to send us over the brand new commercial for their Legendary Starfy DS game that hits store shelves on June 8th. While there's not any actual Legendary Starfy footage, the commercial is still worth a look. Don't forget to check out the interview with Nintendo/TOSE...

  • News Introducing Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

    SEGA to try their hand at Mario Kart with Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing powering our way in early 2010 on Wii, DS, PS3 and Xbox 360.

    In a frantic battle to the chequered flag, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing sees Sonic and friends speed around tracks set in mediaeval castle ramparts, lush rainforests and bustling cities, all taken from the...

  • News EU Club Nintendo Gets Giratina DS Lite

    Further proof that the US offers the worst gifts.

    Club Nintendo in the US has been the last one to really get off the ground. Launched last December, it has a couple DS cases, some Hanafuda cards and a DS compilation of Game & Watch games. They're not terrible, per se, but certainly no Zelda statue or Mario Galaxy kite that you Europeans have...

  • News Taito Announces More Retro-tastic Games

    New-old versions of Arkanoid, Space Invaders and Bust-A-Move coming to WiiWare

    Did you like Bubble Bobble Plus!? Taito is banking on a big ol' "yes" to that one, because the company has announced it'll be unleashing five more new-old games for WiiWare and DS. Bust-A-Move Plus!, Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure and Arkanoid Plus! will be...

  • News Aliens: Colonial Marines DS Trailer Leaked?

    Could this be Wayforward's spiritual follow-up to Contra 4?

    A mysterious trailer has hit YouTube recently that appears to show footage from Aliens: Colonial Marines for the Nintendo DS. The previously unheard of game appears to have been coded by highly respected developer Wayforward. While we're not entirely convinced this is a 100% official video,...

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    Review Personal Trainer: Walking

    Nintendo brings fitness gaming to their portable DS system.

    With the success of Nintendo's Wii Fit release for their Wii console last year, it comes as no big surprise to see them release a fitness title on the DS system as well. Personal Trainer: Walking takes the simple task of walking and builds an entire DS title around it, allowing you to...

  • First Impressions Personal Trainer: Walking

    We take Nintendo's new DS fitness title for a walk.

    We recently got in the upcoming DS title Personal Trainer: Walking and we've had a chance to spend a little time with it and we think gamers who want to increase their fitness level are in for a treat with this interesting new DS game package. Inside the package you basically get the DS game, two...

  • News Gameplay Trailer - The Legendary Starfy

    Check out the upcoming DS platformer in action!

    We just got in the official game play trailer for the upcoming DS release The Legendary Starfy. As you can see in the trailer, there's plenty of platforming action and underwater puzzle-solving elements to go around. You can also get a glimpse into some of the amazing boss fights the game features...

  • Interviews Nintendo/TOSE - The Legendary Starfy

    The Legendary Starfy developers talk about their upcoming DS platformer.

    We were fortunate enough to be invited to take part in a teleconference with several developers of the upcoming DS title The Legendary Starfy today. While there was a Q & A session, it turned out to only be yours truly and one other guy who fired one question and then...

  • Feature Legendary Starfy 101

    A little history lesson on Nintendo's adorable platforming star.

    Since many gamers outside of Japan are not terribly familiar with the Densetsu no Stafi series of games, not to mention the fact that The Legendary Starfy is set to be released in North American on June 9th, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the history of the series...

  • News Nostalgia Coming to Nintendo DS in September

    Tecmo and Ignition Entertainment bring some new JRPG goodness to Nintendo's DS.

    Tecmo and Ignition Entertainment will be bringing a brand new Japanese RPG experience to Nintendo's DS system in September called Nostalgia and they were kind enough to send us over some brand new screenshots of the game in action. As you can see, the game has quite a...

  • First Impressions Mario & Luigi RPG 3

    Mario and Luigi return to the DS in their third humorous adventure.

    Mario and Luigi have been to some pretty bizarre places, but none as weird as where they end up in Mario and Luigi RPG 3. You see, a mysterious epidemic is raging through the Mushroom Kingdom, causing people to inflate many times their normal size. The residents of the kingdom...

  • News Ragnarok Online DS slashes its way out of Japan

    XSEED Games announces a winter release schedule for the online dungeon-crawler.

    Out in Japan since December of last year, it seemed extremely unlikely that the co-operative hack-and-slash RPG Ragnarok Online DS would ever see an international release. Thankfully for North American gamers, XSEED Games have just announced plans via press release to...

  • News Nintendo DS: Over A Million Served In NA During April

    The plucky handheld is truly unstoppable

    The world's economy might be in the dumps but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from selling hardware like it's going out of fashion. The company's massively successful DS range shifted 1.04 million units in the United States during the month of April. The DSi clocked up 827,000 sales while the older DS Lite...

  • News There's a DS Sold For Every One in Five People in Japan

    Lifetime sales data by region revealed

    Nintendo's sales statistics this gen have been impressive across the board (except for Wii Music, which the company admits underwhelmed at retail), but this one is a doozy. The company has released lifetime sales data for the mighty DS, covering all three iterations, and market penetration in the US and Europe...

  • Interviews Kyle Gray talks Henry Hatsworth & indie plans

    Nintendo Life catches up with the man behind one of the most creative DS games to find out if there is life after EA.

    If you've read our review then you'll know that Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is one of the most creative and fun games you can play on the DS right now; the blissful combination of gorgeous 2D visuals, top-quality...

  • News First Pokémon Heart Gold & Soul Silver footage appears

    Japanese television show debuts in-game footage of the upcoming DS remakes.

    Viewers of the Japanese television show Pokémon Sunday were greeted with a welcome surprise yesterday - new, exclusive in-game video of the recently-announced Pokémon games, Heart Gold and Soul Silver! Along with the announcement that the games were in development and due...

  • News Infinite Space Gameplay Trailer

    Sega shows off some battle footage from its upcoming space-sim/RPG.

    Just weeks away from release in Japan, Sega has finally released some combat footage from the upcoming DS space opera Infinite Space (known as Infinite Line in Japan). The top screen displays the action via a cinematic battle camera, with the touch screen used to give commands and...

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

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

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

  • News Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver officially announced

    Classic GBC Pokemon games reborn, ten years on.

    Nintendo of Japan has been hinting at it recently, but now the news is official - Pokemon Gold and Silver are being remade for the Nintendo DS! Set for a Japanese release this Fall to co-incide with the original games' ten-year anniversary, the remakes (dubbed Heart Gold and Soul Silver) will be remade...

  • News Zelda: Spirit Tracks To Appeal To a Wider Age Group?

    Will Nintendo dumb down Link's latest adventure?

    As you may have noticed, Nintendo has released its sales figures for the fiscal year end 2009. In the document there's plenty of predictions for the coming year, and one small item that has caught the eye of Nintendo fans worldwide. The report states that: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks...will...

  • News Nintendo 2009 Fiscal Year End Figures = Massive Win

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

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

  • News Creator of Henry Hatsworth Had A Big Day

    Kyle Gray left his job at EA on his wedding day

    April 15 is a big, lurching deadline for many Americans: it's tax day! While half the country is left scrambling to file and avoid an audit, Henry Hatsworth creator Kyle Gray had other plans this year, like quitting his job and getting married. Kotaku writes that Gray, adorned in bowler hat and suit,...

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    Review Pic Pic

    The best puzzler on the DS?

    Puzzles have always been an ideal fit for the DS, with its touch screen capabilities and the portable nature of the console means that is perfect to dip in and out of a puzzle for a few minutes in between waiting for a phone call or the dinner to emerge unscathed from the oven. As a result, there have been numerous puzzle...

  • News Retro Game Challenge Sequel Localization Looking Dire

    Sales not up to snuff for XSEED

    Things just ain't what they used to be for niche-localizer XSeed. First they lose the gorgeous Muramasa: The Demon Blade to publisher Ignition due to financial woes, and now another promising gem is stripped from them. Yes, Virginia, Retro Game Challenge 2 for DS (Game Center CX 2 as it's known in the motherland)...

April2009

  • News Capcom Announces Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth for Western Release

    Play as Phoenix's rival in the newest Ace Attorney game.

    If you've been following the game since it was announced for Japan (As Gyakuten Kenji) you should already know what Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth is like - It focuses far more on the investigation aspect of the previous Ace Attorney games, leaving out the court scenes entirely...

  • News No Madden NFL On DS This Year

    EA's Gridiron franchise is Wii only for '10

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

  • News Henry Hatsworth Gives Australia a Miss

    Our tea-drinking hero won't be making the trip Down Under

    Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is certainly one of the freshest games to emerge from EA in quite some time. Featuring a unique brand of 2D visuals and old-school puzzle/platform gameplay, we awarded it a very respectable 8/10 when we reviewed it not so long ago. Bearing this in...

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    Review Jewel Quest Solitaire

    Is this puzzle game a hidden gem or a useless trinket?

    If there's one thing you could say about Nintendo’s DS console it's that it certainly isn't short of puzzle titles. Over the years we’ve seen many good (and not so good) games that reside within that particular genre, and in Jewel Quest we have another to add to the ever-expanding ranks. The...

  • News Nintendo Throws Rhythm Heaven Events

    If you're a fan of Rhythm Heaven, we've got the events for you.

    For all of you Rhythm Heaven fans out there, Nintendo is throwing a few Rhythm Heaven events today and tomorrow. They'll be setting up these Rhythm Heaven 'lounges' at various major hubs across the US. You can check out the specific dates and locations below as well as a short snippet...

  • News Hollow Victory for Nintendo as Latest Pokémon Title Tops Japanese Charts

    Oh noes! Mystery Dungeon sales down!

    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky (AKA: Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai) was recently released in Japan and promptly sold 141,000 copies, which equates to around a 30% sell-through. This retail performance was enough to place it at the top of the Japanese multi format games chart...

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    Review Moto Racer DS

    More than just a quick thrill?

    Looking at the library of DS games it is evident that racing is a scarce genre, with motorbike racing being even more so; such games tend to generate little excitement due to the DS’s restricted graphics capabilities and potentially awkward controls. Despite this, will Moto Racer DS – the first outing of the series...

  • News Oh my, LEGO Rock Band!

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

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

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    Review Magnetica

    How does Nintendo's ball-flicking puzzle game stand up to their other efforts?

    Some games are destined to sink into obscurity, and unfortunately, Nintendo’s ball-flinging puzzler Magnetica was one of them. When the game was first released it was met with rather positive reviews but even such high critical praise wasn't enough to make a dent in the...

  • News Starfy Finally Coming to North America!

    Nintendo's unique platformer is finally making its North American debut in June!

    For those of you who don't already know, Nintendo is finally bringing their cute little starfish Stafi to North American with the upcoming release of The Legendary Starfy on Nintendo DS. As you can tell, they've changed the little guy's name a bit, but he's still the...

  • News Colour Me Bad With These New DSi Hori Protect Cases

    Want one of those fancy new colours that Japan has, but don't want to import?

    In Japan, in addition to the current White and Black models, the DSi was recently released in three brand new colors: Pink, Lime Green, and Metallic Blue. If you want one of these new colors, you could always import, but this complicates things - language barrier,...

  • News Miyamoto's Unused Touch Screen RPG

    Interesting new game design patent appears

    The Nintendo DS certainly has had its share of unique RPGs, but Miyamoto's take on the genre is certainly one of the best. In another Miyamoto patent that popped up recently, we see another game idea that Nintendo has to use. An RPG idea for the DS in which enemies appear on the touch screen, and players...

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

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

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

  • News Nintendo comments on GTA: Chinatown Wars sales

    Despite the somewhat lackluster first month sales of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Take-Two is going to continue supporting Nintendo's handheld.

    It seems as though almost everybody is disappointed with the first month sales of Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. We reported earlier this week that the game managed to shift a tame 88,000...

  • News Nintendo’s Stock Drops 7.5%

    Falling Wii sales to blame

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

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

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

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

  • News Game Play Trailer - Bomberman 2 DS

    Check out Hudson's new Bomberman 2 DS title in action!

    Hudson has just released the official game play trailer for their brand new Bomberman 2 DS title. You can check out the official game play trailer below. Bomberman 2 DS has already been released in Japan and Europe, but there's currently no word on a US release for the game at this time. We'll...

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    Review Challenge Me: Brain Puzzles

    A challenging brainteaser or a couple of mindless puzzles?

    If someone had told you a few years ago that a videogame which trained your brain through a series of puzzles and mini games would be one of the biggest sellers on the DS, well, you probably wouldn’t have believed a word of it. However, fast-forward a couple of years and the Brain Training...

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    Review Trace Memory

    Is Trace Memory worth remembering?

    Ten years after her parents’ presumed deaths, thirteen year-old Ashley Robbins receives a mysterious package – apparently sent by her father – that contains a small device coincidentally resembling a Nintendo DS. Tracing this package to the deserted Blood Edward Island, Ashley sets out on an adventure to...

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    Review Pass Your Driving Theory Test

    A pass, with a few minors.

    Here in UK before you can attempt the practical driving test you must pass the Theory test. Pass Your Driving Theory Test by LDC aims to get you through the theory test. The game, if you can call it that, is played with the DS on its side. The questions are on the normal screen and the answers are on the touch screen. When...

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    Review Kirby Super Star Ultra

    Can Kirby prove that his latest DS adventure is a super offering?

    It’s not at all hard to love Kirby – after all, he’s an adorable little puff ball! Nethertheless, despite being cute and on the short side, he packs a powerful punch and is not scared to dish out pain. This gives Kirby the appeal to satisfy young and old gamers alike, which has...

  • News Retail Success Eludes GTA: Chinatown Wars

    A case of the right game on the wrong platform?

    It might be the highest-rated game in the history of the Nintendo DS, but critical success hasn’t translated into commercial victory for Rockstar’s GTA: Chinatown Wars. The game failed to make the top 10 or 20 best-selling games for the month, and has sold well below the 200,000 copies that...

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    Review Kirby: Canvas Curse

    Paint the town red. And orange, and yellow, and green, and blue...

    Creative freedom has become an essential element of game design. Without it players are left following the path developer have set, and where is the fun in that? Worry not however; Kirby: Canvas Curse allows players to express themselves in ways you probably wouldn't expect. Forget...

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

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

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

  • News Made in Ore Gameplay Videos

    For those who are a little confused as to what to expect with the latest WarioWare title, Nintendo has released plenty of videos to help explain things a little better.

    Over the past week, we've done plenty of coverage on Made in Ore and its WiiWare counterpart, Asobu! Made in Ore. Thoiugh we've given you plenty of details on these upcoming titles,...

  • News Nintendo Sets Down Some New Release Dates

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

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

  • News Japanese Sites for Made in Ore and Asobu! Made in Ore Go Live

    With the upcoming release of Made in Ore and its WiiWare counterpart, Nintendo has launched an official site with plenty of screenshots.

    Just over a week ago, Nintendo officially announced a release date for the latest entries in the highly acclaimed WarioWare franchise. With its release date in just a few weeks, information has begun pouring in on...