Thursday26th Jan 2023
"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...
Monday16th Jan 2023
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...
Thursday12th Jan 2023
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...
Wednesday11th Jan 2023
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...
Sunday4th Dec 2022
"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...
Thursday24th Nov 2022
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...
Monday21st Nov 2022
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...
Monday7th Nov 2022
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...
Saturday22nd Oct 2022
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...
Friday30th Sep 2022
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...
Thursday22nd Sep 2022
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...
Sunday4th Sep 2022
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...
Thursday1st Sep 2022
'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...
Monday1st Aug 2022
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...
Friday22nd Jul 2022
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...
Wednesday20th Jul 2022
"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...
Monday18th Jul 2022
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...
Wednesday6th Jul 2022
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
Monday27th Jun 2022
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
Tuesday21st Jun 2022
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...
Monday20th Jun 2022
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...
Saturday21st May 2022
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...
Monday9th May 2022
"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...
Tuesday3rd May 2022
"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...
Monday25th Apr 2022
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...
Wednesday20th Apr 2022
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...
Monday21st Mar 2022
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...
Sunday20th Mar 2022
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...
Saturday12th Mar 2022
"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...
Friday11th Mar 2022
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...