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
Wednesday13th May 2020
We're all guilty of seeing some of the past through rose-tinted spectacles, and that's definitely the case with Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii. After seeing Shulk in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Friday8th May 2020
Any discoveries made expected to be "very minor"
Last weekend, there was news doing the rounds about a "massive" Nintendo leak revealing all about the Wii generation. It was believed to be a game-changer – with a user on ResetEra explaining how the information contained within the leak could be potentially used to "learn how every single piece of...
Thursday7th May 2020
Did someone say Mario Kart?
We've already received an updated list of the top ten best-selling Nintendo Switch games today, but how about the 3DS, the Wii U, and even the Wii and DS? Well, as it happens, Nintendo has also provided updated lists for each of these consoles, and while the standings below have seen very little change over the past few...
Monday4th May 2020
Nintendo's reasoning explained
One of the more noticeable differences when playing online on a Nintendo console as opposed to a rival system is the former's lack of screen names. Whereas any Xbox lobby will be full to the brim with people called XoX_DarkDestroyer1782 and the like, Nintendo's players are forced to remain rather plain with a Friend...
Sunday3rd May 2020
Footage of N64 demos have also surfaced online
There's apparently been another "massive" Nintendo leak, but there's no need to worry about it spoiling the surprise for anyone as the findings have nothing to do with the Japanese company's current generation of gaming. A ResetEra user by the name of Atheerios explains what exactly all the fuss is...
Wednesday8th Apr 2020
Celebrating the 2008 Wii entry
Years before Masahiro Sakurai and his talented team released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch, they created Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This game saw the introduction of characters like Sonic the Hedgehog, and was the first entry in the series to include online play. Now, to celebrate this title, which...
Monday6th Apr 2020
Prices have been rising since Feb
This November, Wii Sports will turn 14 years old, but the game is seeing a sudden spike in interest and resale value. The game, which had people all around the world swinging their arms about to play tennis, golf and more in their front rooms back in 2006, has been rising in price on resale websites since February...
Wednesday25th Mar 2020
But Wii's worldwide total remains on top
The Nintendo Switch had a hugely successful week in Japan last week, shifting a massive 392,576 units according to Famitsu data. This places the console at an estimated 12.8 million sales over its relatively short lifetime, which means Nintendo's latest machine has just hit a new, significant milestone. As...
Tuesday28th Jan 2020
Well, Wii Sports Bowling at least
As a freebie that came with the Wii, Wii Sports probably isn't the type of game that immediately jumps to mind as a Nintendo highlight, but thinking back it was immensely fun. Oddly, the Switch is rather lacking in the Wii Sports-style department (Go Vacation is perhaps the closest thing we can think of), but...
Monday27th Jan 2020
Farewell, old friend
The Nintendo Wii is quite a machine – not only did it usher in a new era of motion-based gaming and turn millions of non-gamers into dedicated players (only for them to arguably drift away towards smart devices not long afterwards), it also sold a staggering 101.63 million units globally, making it Nintendo's most successful...
Sunday26th Jan 2020
"and set the stage for all of the great products"
Nintendo might be one of the largest and most successful video game companies, but in certain parts of the world, it has often struggled with its brand image. During an appearance on the Present Value podcast recently, the former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé touched on a time when...