Sunday28th Mar 2021
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...
Monday22nd Mar 2021
"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...
Friday5th Mar 2021
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
Wednesday24th Feb 2021
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
Monday22nd Feb 2021
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
Friday19th Feb 2021
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)
Monday8th Feb 2021
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...
Tuesday2nd Feb 2021
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...
Wednesday20th Jan 2021
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,
Friday15th Jan 2021
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
Thursday17th Dec 2020
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...
Wednesday25th Nov 2020
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...
Thursday12th Nov 2020
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...
Thursday5th Nov 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...
Monday2nd Nov 2020
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...
Wednesday28th Oct 2020
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...
Monday26th Oct 2020
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...
Friday9th Oct 2020
"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...
Wednesday23rd Sep 2020
"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...
Sunday20th Sep 2020
"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...
Friday28th Aug 2020
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,...
Saturday22nd Aug 2020
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...
Monday3rd Aug 2020
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...
Friday3rd Jul 2020
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
Friday26th Jun 2020
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...
Wednesday17th Jun 2020
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...
Wednesday10th Jun 2020
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,...
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...
Monday8th Jun 2020
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
Wednesday27th May 2020
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