Random Move Over Apple, You Can Run Mac OS On The Wii
Old meets older
News Vanillaware President Really Wants A 'Muramasa' Port But Admits "There Are Problems"
"Our priority now is to start on the homework that has been piling up"
News New Super Mario Galaxy 2 Speedrun World Record Set In Thrilling Live Race
Speedrunner Jhay beats his own record
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Random The GameCube & Wii Emulator Dolphin Is Coming To Steam In Q2 2023
"This has been the product of many months of work"
The development team behind the GameCube and Wii emulator Dolphin has shared some surprising news - announcing Dolphin will be "coming soon" to Valve's Steam service in Q2 2023. You can even wishlist the free download right now. When Dolphin launches as an early access game on the Steam Store, the...
News Wii Sports Could Be Inducted Into The Video Game Hall Of Fame
Rare's FPS GoldenEye 007 is also in the running
It's that time of year again when The Strong Museum announces its 'World Video Game Hall of Fame' finalists and for 2023 there's been two Nintendo classics nominated. First up is the 2006 Wii launch title Wii Sports - featuring five motion controller sports in one collection, and next, we've got...
Talking Point 15 Years On, Should Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Subspace Emissary Return?
In Smash Space, no one can hear you brawl
Well blimey, Super Smash Bros. Brawl is celebrating its 15th anniversary in Japan today! That's right, the third entry in what is one of the most iconic Nintendo franchises launched on 31st January 2008, and for many — even with how huge Melee was — this is what created some of the most iconic Smash...
Random You Can Use Your Switch Joy-Cons As A Replacement Wii Sensor Bar
This week, the good folk over on our video team have been looking ahead to the year 2023 and getting down their predictions for what is to come. These thoughts ranged from the likely (more Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC) to the slightly less likely (a Part Time UFO sequel) and we have linked the full video at the bottom of this article for you...
News Vanillaware President Really Wants A 'Muramasa' Port But Admits "There Are Problems"
"Our priority now is to start on the homework that has been piling up"
In a recent interview with Nintenderos, Vanillaware president George Kamitani admitted that he wants to bring Wii Metroidvania Muramasa: The Demon Blade to modern consoles one day. However, there are things stopping it. Vanillaware has been on a bit of a roll lately with Switch...
Random Early Build Footage Of Unreleased DS de Blob Game Surfaces Online
The blob that never was
In a time before Splatoon, de Blob was the big name in spreading colourful ink around town. Unlike Nintendo's inky shooter, the series saw you take control of a colour-absorbing ball which would complete various challenges by spreading paint across a monochromatic landscape. You might remember de Blob on the Wii, its sequel...
Random Twitch Chat Beats "Every Single Sport" In Wii Sports
It even got a home run in baseball
We've seen Twitch chat beat games like Pokémon and even The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but how about a more active game? Over the holiday break, Twitch and variety streamer GappyV decided to invent the ultimate test - creating code that converted basic messages into Wii Remote and Nunchuk inputs to see...
News New Super Mario Galaxy 2 Speedrun World Record Set In Thrilling Live Race
Speedrunner Jhay beats his own record
Update [Wed 11th Jan, 2023 22:30 GMT]: The VOD is now live on YouTube, so you can check out the whole race in the video above! AGDQ 2023 is underway right now, and if you haven't been watching it already, you've been missing some cracking speedruns from the very best runners in the world. And yesterday, a...
News Former Retro Studios Dev Reveals "Rejected" Wii Pitch Metroid Tactics
"It's basically XCOM"
It seems the Metroid Prime series wasn't the only Metroid series being worked on at Retro Studios. Did You Know Gaming has been able to uncover one of the developer's other projects that never saw the light of day. Metroid Tactics was a concept pitched internally by Paul Tozer - a member of the Metroid Prime team. This...
Random Move Over Apple, You Can Run Mac OS On The Wii
Old meets older
The Wii is now 16 years old. That might be enough to set you off on a certain existential crisis, true, but we can all take comfort in the fact that people are still discovering new things that the console is capable of. Take Pierre Dandumont for example, who has finally managed to answer the age-old question - could you get a Wii to...
Video The Wii Is Now Old Enough To Drive
The Wiil of Time
While we were all caught up with the Wii U turning ten over the last week, there was also a big anniversary for the Wii which turned a wrinkle-inducing, hair-greying, grand total of 16 years old! Yep, that's right, the Wii is now old enough to drive. Once you have finished staring off into space at the sudden realisation of how...
Video "This Was My Attempt To Redeem The Story Of Silent Hill 3" - Revisiting Shattered Memories With Sam Barlow
A deep dive into a forgotten classic
When discussing horror games for the Nintendo Wii, there's one in particular that absolutely dominates the coversation thanks to its astounding impact and enduring legacy: Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition. It's such an important game that some of the other horror titles on the Wii often get overlooked - undeservedly...
Soapbox EA Playground Is A Forgotten Gem And Deserves To Be Remembered With Wii Sports
Playing games in the uncanny valley
Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they've been chewing over. Today, on its 15-year anniversary, Jim pleads the case for a forgotten Wii classic... If there’s one thing that you could always rely on the Wii to achieve, it was...
News Fan Discovers GameCube Dev Kit That Uses Early Wii Menu Build
A sensor of history
Update [Mon 3rd Oct, 2022 16:00]: A previous version of this article reported that a GameCube development kit was found in an early build of the Wii's menu. This was incorrect — a GameCube development unit was discovered to be using an early build of the Wii menu. We have amended the article to reflect this. A GameCube...
Random Wii Music Walked So 'Trombone Champ' Could Run, And We Need A Switch Port
Coming up trumps
If you are unfortunate enough to have not graced Twitter in the past 24 hours (we don't necessarily blame you), then you probably will have missed the meteoric rise of Trombone Champ, and with it's Mii-style visuals, it had us feeling a bit reminiscent. This Guitar Hero-inspired game from Holy Wow Studios is an absolute hoot (or...
News Retro's Mysterious Zelda Spin-Off 'Project X' Apparently Had A Playable Prototype
Described as a "simplified" version of Whack-A-Mole
New details have emerged online today about Retro Studios' mysterious Legend of Zelda title 'Project X'. Although this spin-off never saw the light of day, it seems there was actually a working prototype. In the same 'DidYouKnowGaming?' YouTube video, the gameplay within this title was discussed...
Random First Generation iPad Gives Wii Shop Error Message When Loading Netflix
'Aaaand it’s gone'
Technology has progressed a lot since 2011. It was the year that saw the release of both the original 3DS and Wii Family Edition, while tablet sales began to pick up following the stellar success of the first iPad. Booting up Apple's earliest tablet - running on iOS 5.1.1 no less - yesterday, one user received a blast from the...
Random Xenoblade Chronicles' Shulk Cutscene Was Originally 'A Little Creepy'
One small change saved the day
Xenoblade Chronicles' protagonist Shulk is pretty well known in the Nintendo community as the picture of innocence; a truly noble hero who always puts his friends and allies first. Apparently, however, according to a recent video from Did You Know Gaming, Shulk's actions during one of the game's cutscenes alarmed...
Random Modded Wii Mini Turns It Into A Wi-Fi Capable Homebrew Machine
From Mini to Mighty
The Wii Mini was an odd little system. Released in Canada in 2012 before making its way to other regions in 2013, it was perhaps the most nerfed console we've ever seen. Nintendo pitched it as a cheaper option for customers who had either yet to buy a Wii or wanted an extra one in another location, but in order to reach the lower...
News Nintendo Says To Stop Using Its Wi-Fi USB Connector Due To Security Concerns
"Please switch to a commercially available network device"
Nintendo has taken to Twitter in Japan, warning customers to stop using the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector and the (Japan-only) Wi-Fi Network Adapter due to concerns over the users' safety. The two devices, released in 2005 and 2008 respectively, allowed users to establish a Wi-Fi connection...
Random Want To Drive Your Car Using The Wii Wheel? This Fan Can Do Just That
A Wii convertible
In the hundreds of hours you spent playing Mario Kart Wii with the Wii Wheel, did you ever once dream of driving your own vehicle in real life with that same peripheral? Well, one fan has made this a reality, and gone one step further, by ‘Wii-ifying’ his car. Go Nintendo has shared the work of TikTok star @ttptng – Tyler...
News Rejoice, The Wii Shop Channel And DSi Shop Are Finally Back Up
After months of being down
Yes, your eyes aren't deceiving you — the Wii Shop Channel and DSi shop are finally accessible again after the two were suffering outages for months. The stores were first reported as offline back in March. Then, in May, GameXplain reached out to Nintendo, who stated that it had "nothing to announce", but thanks to
Random Demo For Super Mario Galaxy 2 Mod 'Super Mario Starshine' Now Available
Super Mario Starshine, the fan-made project that brings together the world of Super Mario Sunshine and the gameplay of Super Mario Galaxy, now has a playable demo! As reported by TheGamer, the project is the work of Mario fan @SPG642
Random Mario Kart Tour's Whomps Hide A Face Full Of Pain
And so do Mario Galaxy 2's!
It's got to be painful being a Whomp. That's what we think, anyway. Imagine that your sole purpose in life is to fall flat on your face and body with some kind of force. These towering stone creatures have been serving Bowser to try and turn Mario into a pancake ever since Super Mario 64 in 1996. So you'd think after 26...
Video Here's The Story Behind The Cancelled Wii Plush Toy Game 'Wiiwaa'
Wii want it
The Wii opened up a world of possibilities and creativity for many developers, and one, in particular, tried to jump on the creativity train with a unique video game that would be controlled with a soft toy. Zoink Games, known for developing unique adventure games with distinctive art styles such as Lost In Random, Flipping Death, and...
News Nintendo Responds To Wii And DSi Shop Channel Outages
Update: Two months on it has "nothing to announce"
Update [Sat 21st May, 2022 18:05 BST]: Two months after the Wii and DSi Shop channel outages, YouTube channel GameXplain has now reached out to Nintendo to see if it could provide any more clarification about what's going on. Unfortunately, the new statement is that it's still got "nothing to...
News Reggie Thought Metroid: Other M Would Be A 'Defining Moment' For The Franchise
"It really didn’t touch the player the way we hoped it would"
Metroid: Other M hasn't has the smoothest of rides since it launched for the Wii back in 2010. Although widely praised for its combat and visuals, heavy criticism was given for Samus's characterisation and the overall narrative. Although the game has earned some positive reprisals from...
News Reggie Had To Fight For Wii Sports As A Pack-In, And Miyamoto Wasn't Happy
"We do not give away our software"
Nintendo has a history of bundling games with hardware, going back to the NES and Game Boy era. Yet it's never been a fixed policy, nor one that's always matched between regions. Take Wii Sports as an example - it became integral bundled in with the Wii offering when it was included in all territories apart from...
Video Wii Sports - What Makes It Iconic?
The legacy of a lovely family game
Wii Sports has a heck of a legacy behind it. Packaged with the Wii console at launch, it's the best-selling single-platform game of all time, as well as the fourth best-selling game ever, behind only Tetris, Gran Theft Auto V, and Minecraft. Wrap your head around that. It's no surprise, really. Being included with...
Video This Game Made One Video Producer's Childhood
The lovely Felix on one of his favourites
We've all got that video game that we played over and over again while growing up that we just absolutely adore. It might be the first game you ever played. It might be a Christmas or birthday gift. Or it might just be something you spent a lot of time playing with your best friend while sitting on your...
Poll Do You Own This Rare Twilight Princess Box?
It's worth a clawshot
We're all collectors here at Nintendo Life, always on the lookout for unusual finds, Japanese-exclusive games, awesome region-exclusive box art, and all sorts of weird and wonderful merchandise. However, this weekend, we came across something that we just cannot find any reliable information about, so we need your help! This...
News Nintendo's Wii Shop Channel Can't Be Accessed Right Now
Is it just an error, or something else?
Update [Wed 23rd Mar, 2022 01:05 GMT]: Nintendo has provided a response. Read more in our latest story: Nintendo Responds To Wii And DSi Shop Channel Outages Original Story [Sun 20th Mar, 2022 01:00 GMT]: If you've tried accessing the Wii Shop Channel over the past few days, you might not have had much...
Random Console Modder Makes "Fake Portable GameCube" Mock-Up A Reality
"It's real now"
Reflect on previous Nintendo generations, and you might remember mock-ups of portable GameCube handhelds inspired by the Game Boy Advance SP. If you've ever wanted a real version of something like this, well...that's exactly what console modder and YouTuber 'GingerOfOz' has created. The modder has been able to shrink this mock-up...
Random No, Your Wii Isn't Going To Self-Destruct
Your system won't "burst into flames" next year
Nintendo has made headlines of late thanks to the impending closure of the Wii U and 3DS eShops, an event that has shell-shocked many members of the Nintendo community. It's easy to see, then, why a story about Wii consoles 'self-destructing' might actually be taken seriously by less well-informed...
Random Somebody's Bought The Silent Hill Domain Just To Troll Konami
I see that troll... Silent Hill
Ah, Silent Hill... We just can't seem to let you go. In what appears to be a direct troll of publisher Konami, the SilentHill.com domain has been bought by an unnamed individual, displaying a single tweet from series veteran Masahiro Ito lamenting the design of the iconic Pyramid Head. The joke comes as a result of...
News Zelda: Majora's Mask Cutscene On Switch Apparently "More Accurate To N64" Than Wii Virtual Console Emulation
See for yourself
Nintendo yesterday added another game to its Switch Online Expansion Pack and updated the N64 library to Version 2.0.0. There have been all sorts of improvements, but this latest update is even better than expected, it seems. According to "Zelda 64 researcher" and Twitter user
Random Here's Steam Deck Running The GameCube And Wii Emulator Dolphin
Valve's new handheld system arrives next week
Valve's handheld gaming computer the Steam Deck launches next week on 25th February. Ahead of the release, Dolphin Emulator's Twitter account has shared a photo showing the software running on the new system's OS. As highlighted in the Reddit post below, it seems the Dolphin team may have been able to...
Random This Disc Will Wipe Your Nintendo Wii Clean
As you'll no doubt know if you've used a games console in the past decade, the process of packing it up for resale or donation to another person is a lengthy one. It's no longer a case of simply unplugging said console and boxing it up for a new lease of life; most modern machines will have game installs, WiFi connection data and perhaps...
News The Wii U Is Getting A New eShop Game In 2022, Will Include Balance Board Support
Silver Falls is a horror game launching "later this year"
If you thought the Wii U was dead - think again! Although the platform has been completely abandoned in terms of first-party and major-third party support, there are indie developers out there keeping its legacy alive. Following on from the launch of the 2D platform 'Captain U' last...
Random Wii Shop Channel Music Browser Extension (Version 2.0) Is Now Available For Mozilla Firefox
More eShop tracks have been added!
One of the best things about the Nintendo Wii generation was its Wii Shop Channel - you could go and buy new and classic games, and listen to some upbeat retro-sounding music at the same time. If you do miss this music while browsing digital stores, you might be interested in the Wii Shop Channel Music extension...
Feature 14 Wii Games That Deserve Switch Ports
It's now 15 years since Wii launched and the world was introduced to the inclusive delights of Wii Sports, waggle gaming, and Wii elbow. That little three-DVD-case-sized box of tricks delivered some real gems over its long life — many of which were tailor-made for the system's innovative remote-style motion controller and nunchuk and...
Random Get Nostalgic For The Wii Days With Nintendo's E3 2006 Conference, Upscaled
Excite Truck ftw
While the last couple of E3s haven't been quite what we're used to for obvious reasons, it's the memories of glorious summers past which keep our enthusiasm for the event alive. Earlier this year we took a look at a handful of Nintendo's most iconic E3 moments, but researching for that article and rewatching Nintendo's conferences...
Random This Dude Fused A Nintendo Wii With A Toaster, For Some Reason
Does all a Wii can do, but doesn't make toast :(
With over 100 million units sold worldwide, there are a lot of Wii consoles out there – many of which, we dare say, are currently languishing inside cupboards and lofts all over the globe, begging to be returned to active service. They say you should always be careful what you wish for, because one...
News Bill Gates Apparently Put "A Lot Of Pressure" On Xbox's Team Leaders To Respond To The Wii Craze
And so Kinect was born
Xbox's new six-part documentary series celebrating the 20 year history of Microsoft's console gaming division has a lot of company secrets and industry insights and one highlight from a Nintendo perspective is a brief segment about motion gaming in Chapter 5. In the holiday 2006, Nintendo launched its new motion-controlled...
Guide 50 Best Wii Games Of All Time
As ranked by you
It's been many years now since Nintendo changed the game with Wii, the little motion-controlled console which broke away from the competition and started a revolution. Its brilliantly compact design (the size of three DVD boxes, remember?) and approachable and accessible controller helped it open up gaming to a whole new audience,...
Video The Wii Turns 15 This Year, And Here Are Our Memories
Wii would like to be young again
Yes, we know that the Wii actually turned 15 a short time ago – November 19th, to be precise – but our video team has since gotten together to chat about the incredible impact of Nintendo's motion-controlled behemoth. It's remarkable to think that this groundbreaking system is 15 years old (that's more than half...
Video Boundary Break Takes Another Look At The "Out Of Bounds Secrets" In Wii Sports
Travel back to 2006
If you played the Wii back in the day, at some point you likely tried out the included launch title Wii Sports. It was a mix of sports that demonstrated the capabilities of the system's Wii Remote and motion controls at the time. If you've ever wondered what's beyond the boundaries of the game, then you might want to take a look...
News Former Metroid Prime Engineer Admits He Was "Disappointed" With The Wii's Specs
Remaining with Nintendo would have meant staying "a bit behind"
The Nintendo Wii is arguably one of the most innovative video game consoles ever released, but when it comes to raw power - at the time, it was well behind the competition. This led to some third-party developers completely skipping the generation, and even certain Nintendo teams were...
Soapbox Wii Sports Wasn't Just Waggle, It Was An Important Gateway To Gaming
The Wii is 15 years old, words to make this writer feel a little bit old. It was an era when HD was a bold new frontier in gaming, and Nintendo decided 'nah, we'll just do something fun instead'. It's extraordinary to consider that the Wii and DS shared the market, creating a boom for Nintendo that even the current Switch success can't...
Anniversary Zelda: Twilight Princess Is Now 15 Years Old (That's 105 In Wolf Years)
Wolf Link is going grey
The Wii is 15 years old this week. That's not too bad, right? It feels like it came out around a decade and a half ago, right? For context, here are some other things that happened in 2006: The first Cars movie, the first Daniel Craig Bond movie, Casino Royale, and we met Dr Kawashima in the very first Brain Training game...
News Zelda: Skyward Sword On Switch Has Already Matched Its Lifetime Wii Sales
The sky is the limit
It seems Nintendo's decision to remaster and port its 2011 Wii release The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD to the Switch has well and truly paid off. In the company's latest financial report, it's been revealed the Nintendo Switch version of the game has already sold 3.60 million units as of 30th September 2021. As...
News The Top Ten Best-Selling Games For Wii U, 3DS, Wii And DS (As Of September 2021)
How many of these do you own?
We've already seen an updated list of the top ten best-selling Nintendo Switch games, but what about the good old Wii and Wii U, and even the DS and 3DS? Naturally, sales for games on these older systems aren't what they used to be, but some copies continue to be picked up thanks to digital stores or the odd bit of...
Random Forget Dread, It's All About Metroid: Other M On Twitter Right Now
Fans are "defending" the Wii entry for all sorts of reasons
Metroid Dread might have just been released for the Nintendo Switch (and it's outstanding by the way), but over on social media, the conversation is all about Team Ninja's 2010 Wii title, Metroid: Other M. While it was mostly well-received back then, as time went on it's fallen out of...
News Retro Studios Scrapped An "Open-World" Idea For Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
It was too ambitious
It's been revealed Retro Studios had rather ambitious plans to make the third entry in the popular Metroid Prime series an open-world game. During an interview with the Kiwi Talkz, Deck Nine Games producer Byran Walker - who was the senior producer on Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, revealed how Metroid...
News The 'Unhackable' Wii Mini Has Been Hacked
A mini marvel
Remember the Nintendo Wii Mini? It arrived on the market in 2012, after the original Wii had sold millions of units all over the world. With the shiny new Wii U hitting store shelves around the same time, the intention was for the Wii Mini to provide a cut-price, $99 option for gamers on a budget. The problem was that in reducing the...
Random Speedrunner Beats Zelda: Ocarina Of Time In Smash Bros. Brawl
And even defeated Ganon in under five minutes
Remember the timed Nintendo demos you were able to play in Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Nintendo Wii? Well, a speedrunner has used this trial to roll the credits in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (yes, you can play through the entire game). The speedrunner and YouTuber known as 'Savestate' used...
News This LEGO Ideas Project Would Be A Great Way To Return To Wii Sports Resort
We really miss Wuhu Island
Lego has already said it wants to create more Nintendo-themed sets in the future - so what could be next? While The Legend of Zelda might seem like an obvious pick, how about one based on Wuhu Island from Wii Sports Resort instead? That sounds pretty relaxing, actually. Lego and Nintendo fan 'Stacked Towels' has submitted...
News Nvidia Shield Shutting Down Nintendo Wii Game Downloads In China
Fortunately the Switch has found success
In 2017, rumours became real when it was confirmed Nintendo would release select Wii ports running at 1080p HD, 60 FPS on the Nvidia Shield in mainland China. It began with the release of Super Mario Galaxy and was followed by other titles like Donkey Kong Country Returns, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight...
News Scrapped Wii "Bulletin Board Channel" Uncovered In Nintendo Gigaleak
And a look at the Wii Shop Channel prior to release
By the time we get our hands on consoles, games, and even apps, there have already been multiple revisions during the design stages. Often, we'll see these concepts shared by the developers in various ways later down the line, but in this particular case, it's via a leak. Yes, the Nintendo...
Random This Wonderful LEGO Wii Build Brings Back Memories Of Simpler Times
'I don't need to use the wrist strap'
The year's 2007. After months of searching for stock up and down the country, your family has finally gotten their hands on Nintendo's new Wii console, complete with a copy of Wii Sports, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz. Remember this? Despite picking up these new...
News Nintendo Leak Reveals Scrapped Wii Games, Including A Metroid Title From Intelligent Systems
The gigaleak strikes again
Remember last year's 'Gigaleak', when all sorts of secret data and information from Nintendo's vaults somehow found its way online? Well, it appears that even more is now being discovered, including a number of Wii projects that were ultimately scrapped. Plenty of these never-released titles are intriguing, but some will...
News Early Wii Remote Concepts Have Been Uncovered In The Nintendo Gigaleak
The leaks are back, baby
Last year, as you might recall, Nintendo was the victim of a massive "Gigaleak" - revealing the company's past secrets, source code, unused assets, characters that had never been seen before, and much more. Now, more than a year later, it seems new findings are still being made and today we present you with an image of some...
Random A Keen Wii Fit Grandmother Has Reached 4,784 Days In The Game
Putting the rest of us to shame
It's fair to say that a number of us have some dusty Ring Fit Adventure Ring-Con controllers hiding in corners, wondering if they'll ever be used again. It's the curse of the fitness game - initial enthusiasm can easily make way for apathy within a matter of weeks. Well, not so in one particular case, which is a...
Video Yuji Naka Actually Made This Hidden Gem During The Wii Generation
Earlier this week, it was discovered Balan Wonderworld creator Yuji Naka had left Square Enix. In an update on social media, Naka confirmed he had resigned and is now considering calling time on his career. While it's sad he may end on this note, Naka has actually had quite a wonderful career - working on Sega games like Nights into...
Video 100 Amazing Wii Games In 20 Minutes
We're wagging our remotes like happy dogs
The Nintendo Wii, now that's a console. No need for HD, 4K, HDR or gigaflops - Nintendo just shrunk and boosted a GameCube, added clever motion controls, then sat back and watched the world have fun. It had some amazing games, and not just the usual contenders but also lesser known titles that are still...
Random Say Hello To The Wii SPii Portable, A GBA-Sized Console
The modding community strikes again
The Wii is a much-loved console, and was actually rather cute and dinky back in the day when compared to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Nevertheless, current-day modders and hackers often look for new ways to play the system, with last year's WiiBoy Color being a good example. The market for shrinking the console...
Random Feeling Flush? The Queen's 24 Karat Golden Wii Has Popped Up On Ebay
Royal Family Games
You may remember an old PR stunt pulled by publisher THQ around the 2009 launch of Big Family Games (known in the US as Neighborhood Games) which involved sending a gold-plated Wii to Buckingham Palace as a present for HRH Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen isn't in the habit of opening unsolicited gifts, so she almost certainly never...
Talking Point Wii Features We'd Love To See On Nintendo Switch
Apart from 'managing the fridge', that wasn't fun
The Nintendo Switch has been a hugely successful and profitable system — and we're evidently huge fans of it — so it might seem a tad churlish to highlight areas it could be better. Yet one aspect where the system is arguably lacking is in personality, especially when compared directly to its...
Video Here's Zelda: Twilight Princess Running On An Xbox Series X
Because why not?
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has already been given the remaster treatment thanks to its HD Wii U port, but that hasn't stopped fans wishing for a Switch version this year as the series celebrates its 35th anniversary. Until such a thing exists (if it ever exists), we'll just have to make do with seeing it be played on an...
Random Did You Know Wii's 'Why Not Take A Break' Screen Was Inspired By EarthBound?
It's all thanks to the 'Two-hour Dad'
Thanks to the launch of Ask Iwata: Words of Wisdom from Satoru Iwata, Nintendo's Legendary CEO, a new book that pulls together various Iwata Asks interviews and touching words from Iwata's colleagues at Nintendo, fans are discovering (and rediscovering) all sorts of fascinating facts about the company. Over the...
News Mistwalker Boss Not Interested In Reviving Studio's Older Games
Would rather "build something new"
Earlier this week, we heard how the mobile exclusive Fantasian could potentially be the last project for Final Fantasy creator and Mistwalker Boss, Hironobu Sakaguchi, before he steps back or at least takes a break. In the same interview with VGC, Sakaguchi was asked if his company would be up for remasters or...
News This 1999 Interview Suggests Miyamoto Was Thinking About The Wii During The N64 Era
"Games are becoming unfriendly for beginners"
Nintendo is a company that famously doesn't play by the rules. During its time in the video game arena, the Kyoto firm has been a trend-setter rather than a follower of fashion, and no machine sums up this unique approach more clearly than the Wii. Released at a time when Sony and Microsoft were engaged...
News Xbox's Phil Spencer: 'I Could Have Never Designed The Wii... It Was Just Amazing To See'
And he 'still doesn't get' the N64's controller
Executive Vice-President of Gaming at Microsoft, Phil Spencer. Phil Spencer hasn't been shy about showing his respect for Nintendo in recent times, and now, as part of Crackle’s 'Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story' series, Xbox's gaming boss has been at it again. As noted by
Random Seriously, You Have To Witness This Funk-Tastic Mii Channel Jam Session
It's getting funky in here
You may have come across Alex Moukala previously. Working as a composer, musician and YouTuber, Alex has developed a significant fanbase with his takes on gaming OSTs. Between reacting to Octopath Traveler and making Kirby music sound like One-Winged Angel, he recently took aim at the Mii Channel t
News This Wii Sports Glitch Lets You Golf From Out-Of-Bounds Locations
Wii love to see it
We didn't think we'd be writing about new Wii Sports discoveries in 2021, but even the oldest games retain dedicated communities. After unseen E3 2006 footage came to light several weeks back, a new Wii Sports Golf glitch has just been discovered. Found on February 18th, this was uploaded by YouTube account
Random WandaVision's Latest Episode Sneaks In Some Nintendo References
A trip back in time
We've seen a Nintendo Switch in the new Karate Kid series Cobra Kai, and now we've got GameCube controllers and Wii Remotes in Marvel's new show WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. In this particular series, the pair travel through the ages of television history. This week's episode (episode seven)
News Unseen E3 2006 Demo Footage Showcases Early Gameplay For Super Mario Galaxy And More
Wii Series was also prominently featured
E3 2006 was a big event for Nintendo. Having formally revealed its GameCube successor in 2005 under codename "Revolution", E3 marked the first time press were formally allowed to try the Nintendo Wii. If you were ever curious to see how that looked, several videos have now made their way online. Released by...
Video 10 Times Nintendo Characters Appeared In Third-Party Games
Peach Panda will never be forgotten
Nintendo has historically been rather careful with whom they lend out their characters and properties, which is why the likes of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda are such a recent breath of fresh air. That's not to say there were...
Random YouTube Musician Charles Cornell Did A Deep-Dive On The Mii Channel Theme
Boop-ba-doop-boop, ba-doop-doop-doop (ᵈᵒᵒᵖ ᵈᵒᵒᵖ ᵈᵒᵒᵖ)
You've got it in your head now, don't you? The Mii Channel music is iconic, and for good reason: it's a banger. We've seen freestyle raps, remixes with dances,
News After 13 Years, Mario Kart Wii's Rainbow Road Finally Gives Up Its "Impossible" Ultra Shortcut
Fancy a 22-second lap?
Mario Kart Tour and Home Circuit might be Nintendo's focus these days (We still love you too, Deluxe), but there remains a dedicated player base out there for Mario Kart Wii. Despite being almost 13 years old, it was still pulling in
News Nintendo's Share Value On Tokyo Stock Exchange Hits Highest Level Since The Wii's Glory Days
Switch demand pushes stock to highest level since December 2007
Despite the arrival of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, demand for the Switch is higher than ever – and it has caused Nintendo's share value to jump to the highest level since December 2007 – a period when the Wii was king of the living room. Nintendo's share value rose 6.6% on...
Soapbox 10 Years On, We Need More Brave, Worthwhile Experiments Like Epic Mickey
The Brave Little 'Failure'
In some ways, the Wii era feels further away than it actually is. The modern gaming landscape, though certainly influenced by Nintendo's approachable little console, seems so laser focused on pixel counts, framerates and raytracing that Wii feels incredibly old-school in 2020. The idea that just ten years ago we were still...
News Pokémon Designer James Turner Shares Original Pokémon Battle Revolution Art
Ah, the nostalgia
It's not often that we get to see behind-the-scenes looks at original concepts or early designs, but Pokémon designer James Turner has given fans of the series a small treat on social media. Turner, who recently served as art director on Pokémon Sword and Shield, has shared a couple of his designs from 2006 Wii title Pokémon...
News The Top Ten Best-Selling Games For Wii U, 3DS, Wii And DS (As Of September 2020)
Mario Kart still reigns supreme
Earlier today, we shared an updated list of the top ten best-selling Nintendo Switch games of all time, but how are the likes of the Wii U and 3DS doing, and even the Wii and DS before those? Well, it just so happens that Nintendo has also provided up-to-date figures for its best-selling games on those platforms. As...
Reminder Rate Your Favourite Wii Games
Help us assemble the top 50 Wii games ever
Reminder: This is a final call to rate your favourite Wii games before we publish the top 50 very soon. You'll still be able to rate the games and affect the ranking after the list goes live, of course, but there's nothing quite like the moment of anticipation, is there? We've added several games that were...
Random This Prototype Sega Mega Drive Controller Is Giving Us Serious Wii Nunchuk Vibes
The development name for Nintendo's Wii — the 'Revolution' — was arguably the most apt codename for any console ever. Nintendo turned the traditional spec-chasing console model on its head with its accessible little system, and a huge part of its success came from its unconventional controller design with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. As...
Anniversary Dig Out The Plastic And Reform The Band - Rock Band 3 Turns 10 Today
Let there be Rock (Band)
Time continues to tick on mercilessly and brings with it wave after wave of video game anniversaries designed (we're certain) to make us feel older than our years. Majora's Mask launched in North America two decades ago this very day — how can that be? Another game celebrating a significant birthday today is Rock Band 3...
News The Man Behind Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Is Working On A Follow-Up, But There's A Catch
"The market has hit a point where these kinds of games actually make sense"
Sam Barlow's stock has risen sharply in recent years thanks to the award-winning FMV titles Her Story and Telling Lies, but back in 2009, he was employed at Climax UK as the lead writer and designer on Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, a horror title which has since gone down...
Video There Are Changes In Super Mario 3D All-Stars, And We've Found 35 Of Them
"Hoo-hoo" in A minor
Different versions of games always have subtle differences between them; if a developer has an opportunity to improve something or make something more relevant to a new audience, they'll take it. That's just what Nintendo did in Super Mario 3D All-Stars, tweaking the controls, adjusting textures, changing words, it's all game...
News Dataminer Shares New Details About The Emulation In Super Mario 3D All-Stars
"Perhaps a sign of more to come?"
In the short time-frame since the leak and release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, dataminers have been discovering more and more about this 35th-anniversary collection each day. The latest finding once again comes from OatmealDome. This time, they believe they've uncovered additional "GPU features" in the GameCube...
Random Fan Transforms A Real Nintendo Wii Into A Game Boy Color-Sized Handheld
And the games look better than ever before
The Switch has shown us what it's like to feel the power of a home console in the palm of your hands, but what if you could take some old Nintendo classics from the GameCube and Wii era and play them on a handheld reminiscent of the iconic Game Boy? Well, you can! GingerOfMods has transformed a real,...
Random Astronomical Discovery In Super Mario Galaxy's Logo
Get your telescope out
This probably isn't the sort of Super Mario Galaxy article you were hoping or expecting to see around the time of the Nintendo mascot's 35th-anniversary celebrations but here we are...Twitter user and "starboy" CometMedal has been closely inspecting the 2007 Wii entry's logo. So what have they found? An edited image of the...
News Taiwanese Rating Suggests That The Original No More Heroes Is Heading To Switch
Could an official announcement be imminent?
A newly-spotted Taiwanese rating suggests that the original No More Heroes could soon be arriving on Nintendo Switch. The game, which first launched on Wii back in 2008 in the west, has been a contender for Switch for some time now. Back in 2018, series director Goichi 'Suda51' Suda said that he'd been...
Random Have Super Smash Bros. Boxes Been Teasing Future Games All Along?
What are the chances?
Ever since Melee arrived in 2001, the Super Smash Bros. games have all been treated to a subtitle in their name, rather than following any sort of numerical sequel-style system. After the original Super Smash Bros. on N64, we had Melee on GameCube, Brawl on Wii, the less-imaginative for Wii U and
News No, Seriously, The Wii And Wii U Are Getting Physical Versions Of Shakedown: Hawaii This Year
We kid you not
Vblank Entertainment is bringing physical versions of Shakedown: Hawaii to the Wii and Wii U this summer. Yes, you read that correctly. Originally released on the 3DS and Switch, the game will include all of the latest updates, including The Mogul Update, the Full Tank Update and "many other little tweaks, improvements and...
News Nintendo's Wii Is Still A Hit In Care Homes 13 Years Later
Residents are "hooked"
If you can believe it, it's now been around 13-and-a-half years since the Wii first burst into our living rooms, taking the world by storm thanks to its virtual takes on tennis, bowling and the like. If you were old enough at the time, you'll likely remember the stories that would circulate around the time of the console's...
Feature Game Of The Decade Staff Picks - Xenoblade Chronicles
The game the fans asked for
Xenoblade Chronicles is 10 years old today, so we thought it a perfect time to republish this personal account from our Games of the Decade series back in January. We recently revisited the game with the excellent Definitive Edition on Switch, of course, but here Mitch discusses his experience with the original version,...
News Monolith Soft Celebrates 10 Years Of Xenoblade Chronicles With Some Special Artwork
Here's to another decade!
The original Xenoblade Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii today celebrates its 10th anniversary in Japan. Yep, believe it or not, but the first entry in this open-world RPG series by Tetsuya Takahashi was released on 10th June 2010. It arrived roughly a year later in the west. To mark this anniversary, Monolith Soft's...
Soapbox Wii Party Is 10 Years Old, And I Really Want A Switch Version
This is a (Wii) Party political broadcast
The party game is a seriously underrated genre. Unfairly written off as overly simplistic or even shovelware by some gamers, party games can, in fact, be immensely enjoyable for casual players and hardcore gamers alike. After all, I’ve 100% completed numerous Zelda and Resident Evil
Random In Japan, You Can Buy A Nintendo Wii For 50 Cents
And DS consoles are under a dollar
The Wii and DS were phenomenally successful consoles, selling over 250 million units between them worldwide. That's great news when a system is 'alive' and still getting new games, but when it's a decade down the line, the software has dried up (well, almost dried up) and