Paint the town red with Mario's latest adventure
We don't have our press copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii yet, but those lucky chaps over at Kotaku do - and they've taken some photos of the packaging to tease us with. Normally we wouldn't report on something as banal as this but the fact is the case for NSMB Wii looks fantastic. It's made of red instead of white plastic, so it's sure to stand out..
Veteran publisher laments "weak" third party sales performance on Nintendo's console
In case you hadn't noticed, EA is pruning its workforce with gay abandon at present, hacking away 1500 jobs in order to reduce its running costs. The fact that many of its Wii titles have underperformed (Dead Space Extraction has reportedly sold a pitiful 9,000...
Death by Natal?
UK electronics retailer Pixmania has compiled a list for The Daily Telegraph of what it deems are "endangered" technologies that "will be lucky to survive by the end of next year," and Nintendo's game-changing Wii Remote is sitting pretty in 6th place. According to them, Microsoft's upcoming motion-sensing,...
Well and truly off its trolley
As the fourth Rabbids game in the Wii’s three-year lifespan, you’d be forgiven for thinking Ubisoft has run out of ideas for its bizarre creations, but Rabbids Go Home is potentially the oddest game in the series yet. Making a clean break from its minigame origins, Rabbids Go Home is an all-new adventure game from...
Melbournians, show your NSMB Wii chops to win!
The Nintendo Experience, EB Games of Swanston St, Melbourne are hosting the only launch event for New Super Mario Bros. Wii in Australia. From 9pm onwards on November 11th, everyone is invited to join in on the fun and have a chance to play the game with others before taking their own purchased copy home. They'll also be hosting competitions with the..
Well, do ya? It's almost that time of year, the time of giving, we couldn't wait any longer so here's the winners from 4 of our recent fantastic competitions.
Okay, so let's get started... we've drawn the winners from the 100s of entries using our very faithful rand() function. Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games Giveaway: We
At least one retailer has Nunchuks for sale already
The black Wii is available on shop shelves across Great Britain today, but we were under the impression that the accessories - black Nunchuks, Remote + MotionPlus bundles and Classic Controller Pros - weren't going to be available until the pan-European launch in two weeks' time. Well, it seems at least one retailer has secured stock of the..
Nintendo's left hand says, "I don't know what my right hand's doing"
Another week, more HD Wii confusion. Last week's Nintendo investors meeting is proving to be a goldmine of quotes and teases, following the cats and WiiWare demo service, and now further translation has revealed an interesting little titbit about the possibility of an upcoming...
The console "didn't work at all"
The paradigm shift from 2D to 3D that game developers faced in the 32/64-bit era was so drastic that not only did developers have to grapple with new tech but also figuring out how on earth their games would work in a new dimension. It didn't always work out so well, but when it did it was magical. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata sat down with members of Treasure's..
UK's biggest games retailer may ignore feudal Japanese epic
Following our story last month where Rising Star Games' MD Martin Defries said some UK retailers weren't interested in Muramasa: The Demon Blade, we decided to do a little ringing around of GAME and Gamestation stores to check on the preorder availability of this fantastic game and were...
In other news: the world is round and water is wet
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 6 months then you'll be aware that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is almost upon us, with everyone and their auntie getting unreasonably excited about the prospect of blowing up generic bad guys and making tiresome "RAT-A-TAT-TAT" noises under their breath. Wii owners are getting a port..
Yes, we've got one.
When Nintendo announced the Limited Edition black Wii was on its way to the UK and Europe this month, our first reaction was a sense of satisfaction - the Wii has been stuck in its whitewash world for too long, so the added choice of another colour is more than welcome. Not all of you were so thrilled though, particularly you poor, forgotten North American readers with naught..
Swordplay and targeting get a boost
Details on the next installment in the Legend of Zelda series have been few and far between since Miyamoto unveiled concept art for the in-development title at E3 in June, depicting a swordless Link back-to-back with a mysterious, sword-like creature. Then we heard that the game wouldn't be radically different from previous entries. Oh, and we heard MotionPlus..
A worthwhile upgrade or just Nintendo milking its new cash cow?
Wii Fit's runaway success seemed to take even Nintendo by surprise given the number of times Satoru Iwata has publicly stated he never thought he could sell millions of bathroom scales as a new kind of fitness product. It's probably not much of a surprise to see them testing whether not...
New build, new features, new joy
Since our first hands-on play with Red Steel 2 all the way back in June - yes, it really was that long ago - we've had two more chances to get to grips with the game, the most recent at this week's Eurogamer EXPO where a new build was on display. How's the title coming along? Very, very nicely. Our play-through was...
Plumbing new heights
Now we've had chance to play the final version of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, it's time to tell you the hard truth about Nintendo's latest plumbing escapades. Well, the hard truth is, it's a lot of fun and impossible to play without a smile on your face. Although a lot of emphasis has been put on the series-first multiplayer, solo play is still possible and feels exactly like..
North America, Europe and Japan get tentative release schedules
In case you were wondering about a release window for Metroid: Other M or any other Nintendo-published title, lo and behold, we have a list. Read with your eyes (or voice software) and mark your calendar with your hand (or voice software). Hey look, Japan is getting a Kirby game. North...
Top-flight soccer action this way comes
Konami has released a new trailer for the latest edition of PES for Wii, PES 2010, currently set for European release on November 20th. Here's the company's official take: The trailer showcases some of the new gameplay features - including the Play Energy element and the "Call for the Ball" play - that will be evident in gaming's most realistic..
But slowly, to avoid pulling a muscle
Publisher JoWood may be best known for adventure games like the Sam & Max Collection and Agatha Christie titles - the latest of which they've just announced for DS - but they're taking a step into the expanding world of fitness gaming with the launch of Yoga for Wii. Vienna, Austria, October 20th 2009; The world’s first 100% Yoga gaming experience is to..
Deus Ex creator also massive Mouse fan
When Disney revealed their forthcoming Wii exclusive Epic Mickey, one of the most surprising revelations was that it's headed up by industry legend Warren Spector, renowned for his extremely serious and profound adventure games. However, in a recent interview with Game Informer Spector revealed his enormous love for the character as well as the difficulties he..
Leader of the pack?
There are very few serious driving games of note on Wii - the machine is undoubtedly missing its Forza Motorsport, Gran Turismo or Race Driver: Grid - and EA's latest in the Need for Speed franchise does little to address this problem. Whilst 360 and PS3 owners can play the generally well-received NFS: Shift, Nintendo gamers are being given a very different racer in the form of..
Another gaming revolution from Archer Maclean?
Wheelspin is an unashamedly old-school arcade racer, with exaggerated physics, rollercoaster-style tracks and an emphasis on enormous speed. Its influences are clear - F-Zero and San Francisco Rush 2049 are the strongest - but sadly Wheelspin never feels more than the sum of its parts. The single-player campaign asks you to fulfill certain objectives..
Game engine powers Resident Evil 5, Lost Planet 2 on HD consoles
According to a report from today's edition of Japanese newspaper Nikkei Industrial, Capcom has plans to bring over a game engine normally used for Xbox 360 and PS3 to Wii with the hopes of shrinking development costs and time; specifically, developing simultaneously on all platforms...
SEGA UK offer up some official Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games goodies for our European AND Australian readers.
We've once again teamed up with SEGA to celebrate the launch of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games giving you lucky readers the chance to win some official Mario & Sonic goodies. We've got 5x Packs up for grabs...
Ex-Eurocom staffer says he's worked on it
Rare's GoldenEye 007 is often regarded as one of the finest video games of all time, so when EA attempted to cash-in on the name with the lackluster GoldenEye: Rogue Agent a few years back, it hardly came as a massive shock. Now, it would seem that new Bond license-holder Activision is trying the same trick. A former Eurocom staff member has unwittingly..
Some shops not interested in swords and beautiful animation
Although we love Muramasa: The Demon Blade around here, it seems UK retailers are less than optimistic about the game's success, with some stores refusing to stock it completely. Martin Defries, managing director and general head honcho of the game's UK publisher Rising Star Games, wrote into UK trade mag MCV recently to highlight the..
An enjoyable way to make time disappear
While adventure games are becoming more and more popular over recent years, there has been a new entrance to the arena: the Hidden Object Game. This new breed has inundated the PC with numerous variations on the theme, taking place in fairgrounds, lost temples, mysterious locations and even haunted houses, and naturally they all vary in quality. It was only a..
A withering flower
Tree of Tranquility is the first game in the main Harvest Moon series designed exclusively for Wii, following 2007’s disastrous Gamecube port Magical Melody. It’s been available in the US for over a year, but now it’s finally available in PAL territories it’s time to see how it measures up. You’ll either be relieved or...
With a boss named 'Windy Pants', you know this game was made for the kiddies
The developers at IO Interactive - previously known for such mature titles as Hitman, Kane & Lynch, and Freedom Fighters - decided to switch things up this time around and try to create a game that they could play with their children; thus, the story and gameplay in...
Promotion now available in PAL territories
On October 21st, Nintendo's Connection Ambassador Promotion launched in Europe and Australia. The idea behind it is to reward those loyal fans who can get their friends to connect their Wii to the Internet. The ambassador and the person they help will both receive 500 free Wii Points when someone connects...
Be one of the first to try out New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Australians! Nintendo of Australia are offering you the chance to give a couple of very anticipated Nintendo games a spin before they are released. It's not often that Aussies get the chance to do stuff like this, so if you live in the Sydney or Melbourne areas, why not make an appearance? Nintendo will have the two..
North American readers finally get the chance to win a copy of the recently released Spore Hero game by EA.
Along with our friends at EA we're giving you the chance to win a US copy of Spore Hero for Nintendo Wii to celebrate its recent release. The competition is open to US readers only this time, to give yourself a chance of wining Spore Hero just...
Check out the details on the upcoming Wii RPG exclusive.
Ignition Entertainment and Marvelous Entertainment have just announced that they'll be bringing the hit Japanese RPG Arc Rise Fantasia to US gamers sometime in summer 2010. The game has already garnered much praise at this year's E3 Expo and looks to be a great turn-based RPG addition to the...
If you're into eating human flesh but also like playing video games, head down to London on the 31st
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles hits the Nintendo Wii any day now and to promote the game in the UK Capcom is planning to flood central London with mindless, slavering zombies. The company is offering a free Nintendo Wii and a copy of the new game to the best dressed flesh-eater, with a two..
If you purchased the Internet Channel, your NES game is waiting
Last night Nintendo updated the Shop Channel on Wii, paving the way for anyone who spent 500 Points on the Internet Channel to claim their free NES game, as we reported on way back when. If you're entitled, you'll need to connect to the Wii Shop Channel and run the update, then reconnect and look out for the onscreen help to get you..
New colour to hit next month!
We've speculated, pontificated and downright invented when territories outside of Japan would see the majestic yet shadowy form of the black Wii console, but finally Nintendo have put us out of our misery by announcing the new console colour will be available across continental Europe on November 20th. The even better...
Phantom Hourglass sequel more advanced, says Mr Miyamoto
Of course, with a release date set for December it's going to be a long time before we can vouch for what Mr Miyamoto says, but in a recent - and very short - interview with MTV he did speak very briefly about Link's upcoming adventures on DS and Wii. Speaking about Spirit Tracks, he says that...
A drab 0-0 draw
Over the years there have been some really enjoyable and innovative takes on the game of football (or soccer to our overseas chums) – Nintendo brought us the Mario Strikers series of course and Sega released the stereotype-laden but still enjoyable Sega Soccer Slam on Gamecube. Now Ubisoft are after a piece of the half-time meat pie with Academy of Champions Football, but does it..
Nintendo releasing boyish blue and prim pink in Japan
We've only just reported on the news that the US is receiving a black Remote and Nunchuk on November 16th, but Japan is already bracing itself for another two colours in a few weeks. Yes, Japan will be receiving pink and blue Remotes on December 3rd, priced at ¥3,800, an equivalent of about $42...
Now this is how you're supposed to update a classic
Originally released in 1989 on the NES console, A Boy and His Blob was quickly praised for its originality and unique gameplay ideas. Unfortunately, it was also criticized for its often sluggish control system and sometimes confusing level designs. Over the years several developers have created...
New Super Mario Bros. Wii special edition tin revealed
Nintendo are really ramping-up the promotion for what they undoubtedly see as the must-have Wii game for Christmas, New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In fact, they're going further than usual, announcing a limited edition version of the game available from UK retailers. Of course, it seems hardly a...
Showing you Nintendo's finest in action!
Consider yourself a Mario veteran do you? Then watch the best players on Nintendo’s development team turn all your platforming hopes and dreams to dust. These guys are good. Don't believe us? Watch and learn. On a slightly different note the game looks like it's going to be fantastic fun, and it's really...
For once, there's no bad puns - snow joke!
A few years ago, the unthinkable happened – Sega announced that Mario and Sonic were to put aside their 16-bit rivalry and join forces in an officially licensed Olympic game. Clocks ran backwards, dogs barked uncontrollably in the street and the whole world lay in danger. Then we played it, and saw that...
A mini-game too far...
Mini-games. One might say that mini-game (or, more nicely, "party game") collections have a serious presence on the Wii; it is often a fact bemoaned by more "hard-centred" gamers. Some of these titles are amongst the more successful games on the platform: both Carnival Games and Game Party have done quite...
Wiis newest accessory is sure to get your blood pumping.
We all know that exercise bikes are boring; furthermore, they demand an inordinate amount of energy, which ultimately gets you nowhere. As such, it is far better to jump on a real bike, as not only does it move you from A to B it can also be enjoyed with a friend or two. So when Big Ben Interactive announced the upcoming Cyberbike for Wii,..
As expected, the Nintendo version is looking a bit weak compared to the 360/PS3 editions
It might be an exercise in stating the obvious but recent shots posted by Game Informer magazine show the massive graphical gulf between the Wii version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - subtitled "Reflex" - and the original PS3/360 instalments, on...
They said it would never happen... well, sort of
We're all used to our white Remotes and Nunchuks nestling comfortably in our soft gamer's hands, pale plastic glinting in the sunlight, but those days are soon to be over - come November 16th you'll have the choice of a second colour, as Nintendo have announced black Remotes, MotionPlus attachments...
Your Mario hat - or permission to punch Doc Louis in the face - is on its way!
Good news has made its way to the inbox of many in the NA region who qualified for Elite Status this past year: Club Nintendo is getting ready to drop its bagful of goodies. If all goes well, Christmas might come a little early for those fortunate gamers who earned enough coins for a Mario hat or a copy of Doc Louis's..
Character roster updated!
We've had Frank West and Tekkaman Blade join the melee, and now Capcom has continued their accursed teasing by revealing another two characters joining the Western release of über-fighter-mash-up Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars: Mega Man Zero and Joe the Condor! Most gamers will be familiar with Zero, having played him in umpteen spin-offs since his first..
Famitsu reveals new details, with more to come!
Thanks to Nintendo's lovely Virtual Console service, thousands of lucky Western Wii owners have experienced the wonders of Treasure's seminal shooter Sin and Punishment, its first appearance in the West after years out in the Japanese N64 wilderness. Then, as the delicious icing on the cake, a sequel...
The Department of Homeland Security are running a project which will utilise the Balance Board
We all know what travelling through an airport means: any liquid over 100mls being “politely” removed from your person and, if you're unlucky, a strip search. Well, the Department of Homeland Security is not content that this is enough. A new $20...
Hand-drawn artwork for new Disney enemy
Game Informer is primed to reveal a bunch of new Epic Mickey details in its November issue but in the meantime the magazine's website has some interesting video content for you to digest. It's a three-minute time-lapse video (shortened from a half-hour) and showcases a rather traditional-looking Mickey facing off against one of his new enemies - an evil robot..
Ubisoft release another video from the upcoming Red Steel 2 game demonstrating its "accurate" on-screen controls.
Ever since we played the original Red Steel we became overwhelmed with disappointment in the control section, we hoped for "real" one-to-one mapping of our Wiimotes to our swords, alas it wasn't meant to be... That's because they saved that little nugget for Red Steel 2..
Put this in your trolley!
There's only one possible conclusion to be drawn from Rabbids Go Home - it's mental. Anyone involved in its development should probably be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, such is the scale of the crazy acts featured in this first traditional adventure game for the Rabbids. Of course, if you've been following our...
If Mr Kimura's latest idea reaches fruition, that is
Now Little King's Story has successfully conquered all corners of the globe following its release in Japan last month, the game's creator and all-around genius Yoshiro Kimura spoke to Joystiq about his ideas for the potential follow-up we mentioned months ago, and they're as barmy as you'd expect...
Your chance to ask Rising Star Games about their upcoming Japanese epic!
You gamers lucky enough to reside in North America already know how beautiful and generally awesome Muramasa: The Demon Blade is, but over on the other side of the Atlantic gamers have still to discover its wonders, with the game not set for release until November 13th. Don't despair though - we've hooked up with Rising Star..
Shenmue main man confirmed for racing game!
It's been a long and tearful six years since we last saw Ryo Hazuki on a console (that's Shenmue II on Xbox, fact-fans) but now the face-plastered one is set to return as a playable character in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing! This new video just sent to us by Sega shows Ryo thundering around the game's...
That's a lot of party and sports games
We do our best here at Nintendo Life to cover every game that's lovingly pressed onto disc for Wii consoles, but even with our team of review robots working around the clock for less than a drop of oil, there aren't enough hours in the day. It seems it's not just us straining under the weight of Wii reviews,...
$50 saving puts more Wiis in American homes
Since the Wii had a tasty $50 knocked off its price, it seems they've been flying off North American shelves quicker than fireworks in July. Nintendo haven't yet released any actual figures - it's only been a few weeks - but everybody's favourite Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime had this to...
Game Informer spills a few beans
It sure is a good time to be a Disney and Nintendo fan. Not only do DS gamers now have their hands on a new Kingdom Hearts game, Wii owners will be getting in on a new House of Mouse exclusive: Epic Mickey. Not much has been known about this secret Junction Studios project other than it is said to be steampunk-influenced. Based on the latest issue of GameInformer..
Unseen 64 digs up material on the rejected title
Back in 2006, Kuju (now Headstrong Games) the development studio behind the Wii's House of the Dead: Overkill and Battalion Wars 2, liked Sega's Jet Set Radio series. They liked it so much back in 2006 that they tried to convince Sega to let them create a new entry in the graffiti-thon for Nintendo's then-upcoming little white box. Sega's answer was,..
The infamous "Kind Code" could ironically mean tougher challenges
Nintendo's proposed "Kind Code" has had chins wagging for quite some time now, but few people were sure of what it actually meant for gaming. Some jumped to the conclusion that it would make games too easy, while others maintained it was merely a guide that would only help...
Ultimate? Not quite.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance was one of the launch titles for the Wii in 2006 and despite being a port of a game also released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, it was still good fun. As a love letter to Marvel fans over the decades it provided a virtual travelogue of the people and places of the Marvel universe and was a wonderful beat-'em-up-cum-RPG. Three years later you'd think that..
Capcom interview hints at free online play for all!
Capcom's unstoppable sales juggernaut that is Monster Hunter is scheduled to hit our consoles early next year, but one major concern surrounds its online mode, which in Japan requires a monthly subscription charge from anyone wanting to party with friends. With the Western release looming the...
Snag yourself a canine companion or four
Nintendo's brilliant DS puppy simulator Nintendogs has been around for four years now — time sure does fly! To celebrate the special occasion, Nintendo will be offering up some downloadable goodness for the Wii's Animal Crossing: City Folk. For four weeks running you'll have your own pick of the litter for...
Get your Japanese scares in English soon
Tecmo and Grasshopper Manufacture's scare-fest Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse still isn't officially coming out in the West; Nintendo, holder of the title's publishing rights in North America, still doesn't want to bother, relegating it to the same territorial fate as Disaster: Day of Crisis and...
Australian studio Transmission Games makes unfortunate lay-offs
Despite the sales success of Ashes Cricket 2009 - and the enormous number of emails we receive about it here at Nintendo Life - the game's original developer Transmission Games (the Wii version was ported by UK-based Gusto Games) has just had to let go a third of its staff due to another potential project falling through. It's..
Spawning glitch reportedly a non-issue after System Menu 4.2 update
Players of High Voltage Software's online FPS The Conduit are familiar with this scenario: after waiting up to five minutes to connect to a new multiplayer game, you'd spawn seemingly into a wall and not be able to do anything, not even leave the game without shutting down the console. It was one of those bugs that was as endlessly..
Consoles slightly left of centre should be fine, though
The Wii only received its 4.2 update the other day, but already the Internet's alive with reports it's causing machines to stop working completely, with many popping up on our very own forums. The update's major purpose was to remove the Homebrew Channel from consoles, as well as protect the...
There's something sinister online
The 2009 spooky-spooky season is just beginning, and in a timely fashion Hudson Soft has launched a teaser Web site over at kuroeight.com for their upcoming Wii creep-fest Calling. The Web site lets you poke around a suspiciously dark and seedy room, exploring clues and newspaper clippings strewn about. It's somewhat barren, but Hudson promises updates over the..
One of the most polished and immersive Wii titles yet.
Hyperbole is not uncommon on the back of video game boxes; claims that the game you hold in your very hands in the store is the “most exciting” or “mind-blowing” tend to be full of crap. For Dead Space: Extraction, EA studio Visceral Games went with “most cinematic action horror...
Still have room for breakfast
We're getting excited about Red Steel 2 here at Nintendo Life - in fact, we have been ever since our hands-on back in April! Whether it's the super-cool Japan-come-Wild West setting, the tasty graphics or the MotionPlus controls, there's no doubt it's one of the big titles we're dying to play next year. Sadly, all this time not able to play the game is proving a bit..
Or so Koei think, anyway
Yes, Nintendo did have a few Classic Controller Pros in their E3 display cabinets, but without any firm release date or announcements of an intention to bring them to the West we just assumed they were on show to make us salivate even more over the lovely new pads. Even though the Big N's lips are still zipped, Koei recently sent out a fact sheet for their upcoming Samurai..
Demon Blade to pierce Euro souls on November 13th
Just as we were gearing ourselves up not to see Muramasa: The Demon Blade nestling in our European Wiis until April next year, Rising Star Games swoop to the rescue by letting us know it is confirmed for a release on November 13th, just six short weeks away. We've already reviewed it based on the US version but that doesn't mean we'll be stopping..
Nintendo Europe announces their full Winter line-up, and there's some crackers in there
Winter is the perfect time to bombard gamers with great titles - the freezing cold weather makes them even less likely to go outside, meaning they'll spend even more time gaming. Nintendo seems to agree, as they've just sent us a list of their complete Winter...