Nintendo Direct News

November2012

  • News Wii U External Hard Drive Usage Outlined by Satoru Iwata

    Up to 2TB supported

    For those of you that have watched today's Nintendo Direct broadcast — you can check it out here — you'll have seen lots of graphics of external hard drives, Wii U systems and some interesting demonstrations with large science lab-style glass jars. There was some pretty good news from Satoru Iwata, and a few small things that...

  • News Wii U GamePad Will Not Have Backward Compatibility

    Not just yet, anyway...

    We've already argued that backwards compatibility is an important aspect when purchasing a console, and Wii U is no different. The latest Nintendo Direct provides us with new infomation on playing previous software titles — including WiiWare and Virtual Console — and how they will not be playable on the Wii U GamePad,...

  • News Unexpected Wii U Nintendo Direct Details Storage And Online

    Nintendo loves surprises

    Nintendo is always great at surprises, especially when it comes to not letting anybody know about its forthcoming Nintendo Direct presentations. True to form, Nintendo Japan uploaded a new video literally just minutes ago without telling anyone, so excuse us if we seem a little dazed. We'll be breaking down the video and...

  • News Miiverse Explained In Latest Nintendo Direct

    New information for the online social service

    Today's Nintendo Direct's broadcast provided fresh details on Miiverse, the feature many have been waiting to hear more about. It really starts with the WaraWara Plaza — an image can be found at the end of this article — when you power-up the Wii U; this is the first thing you'll see on the TV...

  • News Wii U Chat To Include Drawing on GamePad Screen

    We fear the consequences

    One of the smaller demonstrations in today's Wii U Nintendo Direct was that for Wii U Chat, the feature briefly shown prior to E3. Using the GamePad stand — though simply holding the controller is an option — Satoru Iwata called up Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime for a chat. Reggie did even say a few lines in...

  • Nintendo Direct Watch The Japanese Wii U Presentation Live

    Miiverse time, at last

    So here we are, another Nintendo Direct broadcast to sink our teeth into, with the focus expected to be on Miiverse. The great news is that you can watch it right here: 11am UK time, 12pm Central European time, 6am Eastern, 5am Central and 3am Pacific. It'll be in Japanese, of course, but we'll be watching with you and...

  • News Japanese Nintendo Direct Confirmed For 7th November

    Miiverse will be the main focus

    With Wii U on the horizon, Nintendo has revealed yet another Nintendo Direct broadcast for Japan at short notice. The presentation will focus on Miiverse, which isn't a surprise as we reported last month that this was expected to happen close to the console's launch. The presentation will be approximately 35 minutes...

October2012

September2012

  • News Your Japanese Nintendo Direct Wii U Preview Translation Awaits

    Breaking the language barrier

    This morning, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata held a special Nintendo Direct Wii U Preview. It was, as you might expect, conducted entirely in Japanese. With this in mind, we're here to provide a comprehensive rundown on everything that was revealed during the broadcast, as well as an idea of the message that Iwata was...

  • Live Wii U Preview

    Live updates from today's big event

    At 3PM UK time (10AM if you're in the US), Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime and Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata will deliver simultaneous announcements relating to the new Nintendo Wii U console. We'll be reporting on both events in this live text stream, as well as posting images and...

  • Talking Point Wii U Preview - What To Expect

    Our predictions

    Today is Wii U day, with multiple events and broadcasts for each region lifting the lid on launch details. We've already had an initial broadcast from Japan, which was a rather busy 20 minutes of details about the hardware, as well as confirmation that the system will be released on 8th December in that region. You can read our...

  • News Wii U Arrives in Japan on 8th December

    Two bundles, pricing and hardware details confirmed

    The Wii U preview event in Japan was 20 minutes of flat out information on the Wii U concept, and then a lot of details about the hardware and release details. So, let's get to it. First off, Wii U's release date in Japan is 8th December, and will arrive in two bundles. There's a basic white model...

August2012

  • News We've Got Your Japanese Nintendo Direct Guide Right Here

    Your one-stop resource to yesterday's presentation

    As you may have gathered from our Nintendo Direct live blog yesterday, we don't speak Japanese. Thankfully, Nintendo Life reader and Japanese resident Jeremy Thain (also known as Tsuchinoko) was kind enough to provide this in-depth guide to the presentation. Enjoy! Jeremy Thain: As it is the end of...

  • News New Professor Layton Title Confirmed for 3DS

    The Professor's final puzzle

    During today's Nintendo Direct in Japan, it was confirmed that a new Professor Layton title will arrive on 3DS, in Japan, some time in 2013. Its title is Professor Layton Choubunmei to A no Isan, which roughly translates to Professor Layton and the Remains of an Advanced Civilisation, though we expect a snappier title...

  • News Get In Touch With Your Feminine Side With The Pink 3DS XL

    Sink the pink

    Nintendo has confirmed the release of a pink and white 3DS XL console. The system was announced during today's Nintendo Direct video. Called the 3DS LL in Japan, the new hardware is due to launch on 27th September, along with the excellently-titled Wagamama Fashion Girls. Admit it - you want one.

  • Watch Japanese Nintendo Direct Live

    Now updated with the video to watch at your leisure

    Nintendo of Japan will host a new Nintendo Direct presentation today at 8PM JST (around 4AM PST for North American readers, and 12PM BST for those of you in UK). EDIT: Here's the video in full. The presentation will focus on 3DS and Wii. Nothing on Wii U, I'm afraid. The video is expected to...

  • Nintendo Direct Expect 3DS and Wii Announcements This Week

    Nothing for Wii U, though

    Nintendo has confirmed the date and time of its next Nintendo Direct presentation in Japan, as well as divulging what goodies will be revealed within. August 29th - this Wednesday, no less - is the magical date, with 8PM JST being the time (around 4AM PST for North American readers, and 12PM BST for those of you in UK)...

July2012

  • News Nintendo Talks Dragon Quest X in Latest Direct Broadcast

    Spot the Treevil

    Nintendo has published its latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, this time focusing on the upcoming Japanese release Dragon Quest X. The broadcast began with an introduction from Satoru Iwata, and then included gameplay commentary from Dragon Quest designer Yuji Horii, series producer Yousuke Saito and director Jin Fujisawa, who you...

  • News Dragon Quest X Nintendo Direct Confirmed

    Free 3DS app on 22nd August in Japan

    Dragon Quest X is being shown a lot of love in Japan at the moment, and Nintendo has confirmed that there'll be another short Nintendo Direct broadcast focused on the title on 30th July at 8pm Japanese time, which is 12pm British standard time, 1pm central European time and 7am U.S. eastern. This is the second...

  • News Demon Training Demo Heads to the Japanese 3DS eShop

    Get a first look at Dr Kawashima's demonic floating head

    Last week we reported that Nintendo would be broadcasting a short Nintendo Direct conference dedicated entirely to the upcoming 3DS game, Dr Kawashima's Demon Training. The broadcast featured examples of some of the puzzles on offer, which can be seen listed below, as well as some disturbing...

  • News Nintendo Direct Channel Arrives on YouTube

    In Japanese, of course

    Nintendo Direct has been a regular event in 2012, with game reveals and major announcements served up at regular intervals. It's a strategy that Nintendo is taking seriously, even unveiling 3DS XL in one of the broadcasts, and after the first presentation in February we even argued that it was all part of Nintendo joining the...

  • News Nintendo Direct Next Week Focused on Demon Training

    10 minutes in hell with Demon Kawashima

    Get out your diaries and Japanese dictionaries, as Nintendo will be hosting a 'mini' Nintendo Direct conference on 18th July, next week. The broadcast will only be ten minutes long and will centre entirely around the upcoming 3DS game, Dr Kawashima's Demon Training, a sequel to the hugely successful Dr...

June2012

  • News North American Nintendo Direct Round-Up (22nd June)

    Quick shots

    Didn't catch the most recent Nintendo Direct show? Let us summarise everything for you. Nintendo 3DS XL: After plenty of speculation, Nintendo revealed a bigger 3DS. The 3DS XL hits North America on 19th August for $199.99 in red or blue, and comes with a 4GB card.

  • News Watch the European Nintendo Direct Here

    Pull up a chair and stay a while!

    Nintendo of Europe will host a new Nintendo Direct presentation today at 5am UK time/6am Central European time. The video will focus on 3DS, DS and Wii and will feature announcements and content specifically tailored for Europe. It's hosted by Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata. Yes, we know it's early...

  • News Catch the North American Nintendo Direct Live Here

    Updated with live video!

    Kicking off at 9pm Pacific and 12 midnight Eastern tonight is a Nintendo Direct presentation all about 3DS, DS and Wii. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime is once again in the host's chair. You can keep up with all the live happenings right here in our live blog hosted by Nintendo Life editor James Newton. It's...

  • News North American Nintendo Direct Set for Tonight

    Nobody's left out

    North America gets a Nintendo Direct presentation tonight, focusing on games for 3DS, DS and Wii. The show kicks off tonight at 9pm Pacific time/12am Eastern time. That's the same time as Europe's Nintendo Direct. You can watch it at the Nintendo Direct site.

  • News There'll Be a New Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

    Times inside

    Nintendo of Japan's announced a new Nintendo Direct presentation for tomorrow, focusing on 3DS and Wii. The show starts on 22nd June at 12 midday Japan time. Europe will get its own show from Satoru Shibata at 5am UK time/6am Central European Time (12 midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific.) This show for Europe will focus mostly on Nintendo...

  • Podcast Episode 24 - Nintendo Direct and E3 Predictions

    Join the party

    Missed last night's Nintendo Direct excitement? Want a recap and to find out what we think is coming up tomorrow? We've got you covered in audio format. Nintendo Life editor James Newton and features editor Thomas Whitehead got together to chew the fat about last night's show and what we expect tomorrow. Listen in and join the...

  • E3 2012 Pre-E3 Nintendo Direct Round Up

    Wii U re-revealed

    Satoru Iwata opened the pre-E3 Nintendo Direct show with a declaration of Nintendo's intent to continue being unique — and a half hour long web show dedicated to its new console days before the start of E3 certainly fits into that category. Iwata promised that Tuesday's conference would focus "almost entirely on Wii U games", so...

  • E3 2012 Nintendo Direct Live

    Watch it again inside

    Can't wait to find out more about Wii U? Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will bring you brand new information about the upcoming console right here tonight. We've got the embedded video below so you can watch it here, plus we'll be doing live text updates throughout the show too so you won't miss a thing. Remember: this is...

  • E3 2012 E3 Starts Early With Nintendo Direct

    The party starts now

    Nintendo is kicking off E3 a bit sooner than expected — it's just announced a surprise Nintendo Direct show for tomorrow, 3rd June. Even more excitingly, it's to talk about Wii U. There'll still be plenty to tune into the main E3 press conference for, though, as this is all about the console. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata...

April2012

  • News Nintendo Europe Boss Goes Direct With Swapnote

    Europeans, you have mail

    Nintendo Letter Box, or Swapnote to use its snappier title, has already been used by Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime to remind 3DS owners about upcoming Nintendo Direct events, while Eiji Aonuma dropped a note to tease more Zelda games. Now it's the turn of Nintendo Europe boss Satoru Shibata, spreading the news with a...

  • News Europe, Your Next Nintendo Direct Show is Tomorrow

    Meet Mr Shibata

    Nintendo Europe's regular series of Nintendo Direct online broadcasts gets another run out tomorrow afternoon at 1pm Central European Time/12pm midday UK Time. Whereas February's show was a translated version of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's Japanese presentation, this time around it'll be a unique broadcast hosted by Nintendo...

February2012

  • Reaction Nintendo Direct - Nintendo Joins the Modern Age

    Bringing the hype

    Yesterday, on the same day that rival Sony launched PlayStation Vita in Europe and North America, Nintendo hosted three online broadcasts designed to reveal and publicise upcoming services and titles. It was the second time Nintendo Direct had taken place, though the timing and execution of this second run showed that the company...

  • News Watch the US Nintendo Direct Here

    We've got it all

    Reggie Fils-Aime's Nintendo Direct is up on YouTube now and you can watch it all right here. Why not share your comments with our other users in the discussion section below? Talk about the latest release dates, revelations and more with fellow 3DS and Wii fans.

  • News Nintendo Europe Holds its Own Nintendo Direct

    In on the act

    If your Japanese isn't good enough to keep up with Nintendo Japan's Nintendo Direct show tomorrow you'll be pleased that Nintendo Europe will be hosting a localised version of the online conferences. The kicks off at 1pm CET/midday UK time at Nintendo Europe, with Nintendo promising English subtitles and "extra European...

  • News Reggie Also Presenting Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

    Time for some fevered speculation

    Earlier today we reported that Nintendo Japan is hosting Nintendo Direct tomorrow, but it transpires that this will be a triple act, with Europe and North America in on the act too. As some have already pointed out in the previous article, Reggie Fil-Aime will be hosting his own presentation tomorrow after Satoru...

  • News Nintendo Japan Hosts Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

    Why tomorrow..?

    Nintendo Japan will host another of its Nintendo Direct internet broadcasts tomorrow at 8pm Japan time (11am GMT / 6am EST / 3am PST). Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will discuss the latest Wii and 3DS developments, so you never know what we might see. The last broadcast, on 27th December, showcased Fire Emblem: Kakusei and Kid...