Sunday1st Aug 2021
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...
Saturday31st Jul 2021
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...
Monday26th Jul 2021
'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...
Wednesday21st Jul 2021
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...
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...
Tuesday8th Jun 2021
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...
Sunday6th Jun 2021
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...
Monday31st May 2021
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...
Friday7th May 2021
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...
Wednesday28th Apr 2021
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...
Monday26th Apr 2021
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...
Monday19th Apr 2021
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...
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...
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...