Nintendo's online plans are still a mystery to many third parties
Despite the launch of the Wii U being just one month away, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 publisher Activision has admitted that it still doesn't know how the online side of Nintendo's new console will work, echoing worrying statements from other areas of the industry. To quote
Online service will be "a very compelling part" of Wii U
With the Wii U launch looming over us, it's rather worrying that we still know relatively little about the online side of the console - even developers are in the dark at present. However, in an interview with IGN, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime provided some assurances that...
Tekken Tag 2 producer admits he doesn't fully understand the online side of Wii U
Nintendo has devulged quite a bit of information on its forthcoming Wii U console lately, but the company is still holding some cards close to its chest. The true extent of its online functionality is one of the things that remains a little fuzzy. Don't feel upset,...
For those loyal subjects
During today's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation Nintendo introduced a new dimension to their online offering, called Nintendo Network Premium. It's a loyalty program similar to "PlayStation Plus" offered on PSN. It is believed that this is only available with the Premium Wii U package, which also benefits from 32GB of...
Project is still "on hold" while Ubisoft focus on PC version
Back in June, we posted a story which attempted to dissuade fears that Ubisoft had completely forgotten about its commitment to bring Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online to Wii U. At the time, Ubisoft's senior vice president of sales and marketing Tony Key stated that the company wanted to...
"We'll absolutely take advantage"
Ubisoft's always a big day-one supporter of any console — it launched six games with 3DS a year ago — and it's one of the few publishers to have announced multiple Wii U projects in the forms of Assassin's Creed III, Killer Freaks from Outer Space and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online. It's not just retail games...
Back in 2005, Microsoft kick-started the HD console era with Xbox 360, at the time a technical marvel with online capabilities that were one of the jewels in its creamy white, far-too-easily overheating crown. However, while online play, reams of downloadable content (DLC) and a single, unified community were indeed admirable...
Careful with that ketchup
Nintendo has today announced more than 5,000 new Wi-Fi Hotspots available through Europe. After previously confirming an equivalent deal for UK airports, this provides further evidence that Nintendo is serious about its promises to provide online 3DS access at a variety of locations. This particular deal has been struck...
Horse armour anybody?
Downloadable content, software updates and microtransactions are not things that owners of Nintendo systems have been hugely exposed to in the past, but things are about to change. With expanded online offering Nintendo Network on the cards for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, third party developers will soon be allowed to sell...
It's a common problem in these days of overly crammed release schedules: wait around for a few weeks and you might find that the game you've just spent your precious pennies on is already considered old hat. The community has already moved on to the next title, nobody wants to talk about it any longer and, while it might still be...
While Xbox 360's Gamertag and PlayStation Network's PSN ID systems have allowed unique online identifiers for some time, Nintendo's 3DS, Wii and DS have lagged behind in the online space. Speaking to investors, president Satoru Iwata revealed Wii U will get individual user accounts for online services. Iwata said: Also for the Wii U, we...
Light or Dark?
Now we have worldwide release dates for Kid Icarus: Uprising, Nintendo is stepping up its pre-release information campaign with details about the game's multiplayer modes. Players will be able to unlock extra weapons from multiplayer skirmishes, taking these into the single player adventure or using them against human opponents...
It's taking off
Nintendo UK has confirmed an agreement with the curiously-named Boingo Wireless to provide free Wi-Fi access in a number of major British airports, a move that will also bring Nintendo Zone to the UK for the first time. This is ideal news for jet-setters who fancy a bit of eShop browsing while waiting for their flight. It's important...
Let's see some skill
Mario Kart 7 is out around the world this week, and to get you all playing together we've set up an official Nintendo Life community for you to join. To make sure everyone finds something to enjoy we've set up a range of game types, all in the 150cc class. To join the Nintendo Life community on Mario Kart 7, follow these steps:...
The online communities function in Mario Kart 7 was originally supposed to be a system-wide function, according to director Kosuke Yabuki in a new Iwata Asks MK7 uses communities to allow players to gather together and share times and progress, somewhat like a clan. According to Yabuki, this feature was supposed to be included in the...
But won't say what they are
EA's chief operating officer Peter Moore has been a vocal supporter of the Wii U already: back in August he appeared totally confident in the console's online features, and in a recent interview with Famitsu he reaffirmed this commitment with some glowing words. Most intriguing are the hints at the Wii U's online...
You might be surprised
The multiplayer mode in Star Fox 64 3D is a lot of fun, but the need to gather four 3DS owners in one place has irritated gamers who'd rather play online with friends far and wide. Why didn't that feature make it into the game? Nintendo's Yusuke Amano recently explained in an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine. Amano...
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...
Digs controller too
Electronic Arts' chief operating officer Peter Moore has been around the block once or twice in this industry. He first came to gamers' attention at SEGA of America before he moved to spearhead Microsoft's Xbox and Xbox 360, and he was recently promoted to COO of the company after being president of its EA Sports division. He's...
Vice president happy with Nintendo's attitude
Nintendo has expressed its own dissatisfaction with its online efforts and it's clearly one area that will need to be tackled with the upcoming Wii U. When Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime spoke to Forbes, he talked about implementing a more flexible online system that will appeal to developers and it now seems that EA Sports might be..
"Be water, my friend."
When Nintendo's CEO and president is vocally unhappy about something, you know it's going to filter down and action will be taken to try to rectify the problem. Speaking at the investor's meeting as part of E3 2010, Satoru Iwata professed Nintendo's dissatisfaction with its own online efforts. That was over a year ago, and...
Wii U online functionality still important
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has in the past expressed the company's dissatisfaction with its online efforts on the Wii, and although it's plausible to think that Nintendo will attempt to pull out all the stops with the upcoming Wii U, Nintendo EAD general manager Shigeru Miyamoto has given some insights...
Nintendo's not revealed much of its online plans for Wii U, other than saying it represents a massive leap forward, but President Satoru Iwata spoke to investors after E3 to reveal a little more about the company's pledge to give developers more freedom in creating online environments. Referring to the company's current model...
PlayStation Network and Xbox Live might want to watch out
Nintendo might feel that it's finally starting to get the hang of digital storekeeping, but what about a console's online presence and functionality? Speaking to Eurogamer, Nintendo marketing manager Rob Lowe explained the importance of having a strong online set-up now as opposed to having...
Straight from the 3D horses' mouth
Nintendo have today announced the final details of the 3DS system along with a price and release date in both US and Europe. The company that changed the world of video games with touch-screen gaming in 2004 and motion-controlled gaming in 2006 now pioneers the next dimensional shift. On March 27 (Europe March...
chick chick BOOM's older brother is coming back as well
If you've been paying attention to Nintendo happenings on the internet for the past few years, you might be familiar with a little game called Mission in Snowdriftland, which was only available for about a month at the tail end of 2006. A conjunction between Nintendo and Extra Toxic, it was basically an advent calendar advertising one Nintendo..
Co-founder Felix Bohatsch explains the issues he has with the Wii Shop Channel
Let's face facts: Nintendo could have implemented a more robust online service for the Wii. If not only for the gamers, then at least for developers and itself. Ironically, limitations are probably what encourages alternative gaming concepts but no one wants to work with...
Wii gets leaderboards too
We knew that Sonic Colours Wii is going to feature cooperative multiplayer, but an IGN interview with Sonic Team lord Takashi Iizuka has revealed the DS version will also feature multiplayer, either through local wireless play or online via Nintendo WiFi Connection. As opposed to the Wii version's cooperative play the DS game will include a head-to-head race mode for..
May have versus mode, may not. Who knows?
We didn't get chance to wrestle with Kid Icarus: Uprising at the 3DS event in London as the game's still being feverishly worked on behind the scenes, and a recent interview with GamesMaster Magazine reveals the game's online modes are still taking shape. Masahiro Sakurai: The online capabilities are...
Company is "not satisfied" with current functionality
When it comes to online functionality, Nintendo doesn't rank particularly high among developers – and they know it. Earlier, Shigeru Miyamoto expressed the company's need to rethink it's online strategy on a macro level. Now, in an investor Q&A session held during E3 last week (via Kotaku), CEO Satoru Iwata explained t
Says a pay service isn't out of the question
Compared to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, the Wii's online service is...somewhat lacking. While functional when put to use by capable hands, the Wii's free online is undoubtedly in last place when it comes to services, ease of use and capabilities offered. But hey, it's free, right? For now it is, at...
Blame it on complicated friend codes or a lack of vauntable trophies and accomplishments, but according to a survey conducted by The Diffusion Group, only 54% of U.S. Wii consoles are connected to the Internet. This makes it the least connected current generation system, trailing behind Playstation 3 (78%) and Xbox 360 (73%). The same report states that one third of U.S. households..
Explore the wonderful world of the web with Wii!
Here at Nintendo Life we pride ourselves on being the web's leading WiiWare and Virtual Console resource, with every single download title reviewed. However, there are still millions of Wii owners unable to get their console online, or not even aware the machine is Internet-enabled right away! If...
Big N considering an "always on" connection for its popular handheld
While Nintendo has always maintained that it doesn't want to compete with mobile phone manufacturers, the company has revealed that it is considering the notion of adding some form of online data connection to its DS console. Chatting to the Financial Times, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata mentioned that he was attracted by the..
LostWinds developer admits that the situation is improving, though
Frontier boss David Braben has stated that he believes many Wii owners aren't even aware of their console's connectivity. Braben, who is currently putting the finishing touches to the LostWinds sequel Winter of the Melodias, had this to say: With online on Wii, it is gradually improving. There are a lot of people out there who..
Multiplayer Online? Realistic FPS graphics? Is this a Wii game? Rob Nicholls at High Voltage Software says so!
Just looking at screens of the upcoming Wii shooter The Conduit will have your trigger finger itching. It looks like it could be pushing the limits of the Wii. A recent interview with lead designer Rob Nicholls gives us a little more detail about how things are going with this amazing..
Capcom charges Japanese Monster Hunter G fans subscription fees, but does it seem reasonable?
In case you didn’t know, Monster Hunter is a crazy-popular series in Japan and, unlike the US versions, has always been online. So it only seems justified that Capcom would place subscription fees, although fairly hefty, onto the fans. Probably because they know the fans would eat that up. The prices..
The people over at wiipicross.com have updated their site and want you to come back for another play.
Wii Picross is a top ranking destination for curious and dedicated logic art puzzlers alike, with over 1.3 million puzzles already served in a wide variety of difficulties. Continuing with Quest Engine's friendly, 'free to play', 'user driven content' approach, you can now become a Wii Picross..
Prepare for a worldwide brawl on the Wii.
We had suspected for months but today it is 100% concrete; we will be able to play each other on the sequel to the Gamecube's most praised fighting game. The Smash Bros. Dojo did not only confirm the presence of an online mode in Super Bros. Smash Brawl, but additionally went in to further detail explaining how the process will work. The two modes shared so..
Trade Pokémon all around the world.
Nintendo have launched a new site that will help trade Pokémon all around the world. The website named Pokémon Global Trade Station is compatible with both Diamond and Pearl versions of the game. If you like Pokémon and are having trouble locating that level 100 Snorlax you may want to read on for the...
Nintendo today announced that FIFA 08 will be playable online and use EA's league and ranking system.
"FIFA Soccer 08 on the Wii™ makes it easy for the whole family to play and enjoy soccer with a flick of the wrist. Featuring superstar Ronaldinho as the first soccer player created as a unique and playable mini character, you’ll experience soccer in a videogame like you never have before..
You learn something new every day, it seems last month Google quietly released a special Wii UI for Google Reader.
"Google quietly launched Google Reader specifically designed for the Wii last night — the new interface even makes use of the buttons found on your Wiimote. On my initial digging, I cannot find a similar interface designed specifically for the PS3 browser." We've only just spotted..
Next Level games let it slip that Mario Strikers Charged Online matches might be region specific to help lag issues.
"Mike Inglehart of Next Level, the company developing the title for Nintendo, explained in an interview with the UK’s Official Nintendo Magazine that due to their desire to get a “quality gameplay experience”, online matches will be region-specific. “The game is very twitch..
Details emerge of Nintendo's approach to online games for Wii, like the DS but even worse.
From a recent preview posted on British Gaming Blog we learn that Mario Strikers Charged (Wii's first online game in the West) will adopt the painful friendcode system, not only this but each Mii will have their own friendcode. "You import your Mii in Strikers, and get a friend code per Mii. This way, you..
Opera have spilt the beans on their updated Wii Browser, including a new "Living Room" feature the first browser to have a multi-player mode!
"Today Opera Software and Nintendo released the much-anticipated full version of the Internet Channel, powered by the Opera browser. The Internet Channel can now be downloaded directly from the Wii Shop Channel on any connected Wii™ console. Nintendo and..
As promised Nintendo has released the final version of the Opera browser and is free to download
Just a quick note to inform you that the Opera web browser is available to download from the Wii Shop now, but before you can get surfing the internet you are required to do a system update first. The new full version of the browser remains a free download until June 30, 2007, and once downloaded is..
Nintendo have today announced that "Mario Strikers: Charged Football" will be online multiplayer and released on May 25th in Europe!
Get your reading glasses ready, because today's press release is rather long! "Now’s your chance to bend it like Beckham, score like Shevchenko and hit it like Henry or, failing that, floor the opposition with a well aimed Blue Shell! What’s more, with Mario..
Nintendo announce that the final version of the Opera Web Browser for Wii will launch next month and be free until the end of June.
"Since late December, Wii owners have been able to download a trial version of the Opera Internet browser. After receiving substantial and helpful feedback from consumers, friends and family members, Nintendo developers have made a number of improvements to the final..
Today marks the release of the DS remake Diddy Kong Racing DS which expands upon the classic N64 title.
Possibily the finest karting game of its generation, Diddy Kong Racing was one of the many classic titles that came out of Rare in the late 90's. Nintendo have teamed up once more with Rare to bring this 10 year old classic to the portable DS console. "Racing games have always been a popular..
Possible Mario Kart beater with four all new tracks, six player online action AND a track builder.
One game has been sleeping, sleeping until now. Nintendo have finally revealed all the goods on their upcoming remake of the N64 classic Diddy Kong Racing, hitting the DS in the US next month. Fact Sheet:A bloated space pig has taken control of Diddy...