Wii - News

April2009

  • News Little King's Story available from Club Nintendo

    If you've got 5000 Stars in your account, that is.

    Here's a spot of breaking news for you - highly recommended action-strategy game Little King's Story has only just been released in the UK this very day, but Nintendo Europe are very generously offering a limited number of copies to its Club Nintendo users, at the princely sum of 5,000 Stars a pop...

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    Review Little King's Story

    Fit for a King!

    We've all dreamed of being King or Queen of our own miniature Kingdom: sat upon our thrones, dishing out orders from on high, pleasing our loyal subjects and amassing loads and loads of money. Sadly, for anyone other than the bosses of Nintendo Life, this is destined never to come true, but don't despair, regal wannabes! Little...

  • News Codemasters Announces New Formula One Title for Wii

    The first in a new line of F1 games is hitting the track soon

    Codemasters has officially confirmed that it is releasing a game based on the Formula One 2009 season. The official F1 licence used to be Sony's property but there hasn't been a game for quite some time now. After rumours that EA were considering picking it up, UK publisher Codemasters...

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    Review CID The Dummy

    Crashed and burned…

    CID The Dummy from Oxygen Games is an action platformer that was released earlier in the year on Sony's PSP. The hero is a crash test dummy, CID, given special powers by inventor "Professor B.M. Werken" to go on a mission to save his apparently very beautiful daughter. From the outset the very idea of the game feels...

  • News Patent Images of Nintendo's Wii Controllers

    Ever wanted to see how the various Nintendo Wii controllers started out?

    Patent images have recently surfaced of some of Nintendo's various Wii controller designs. For those who want to see how these controllers took shape, you can check out the images below. The Wii Remote designs are probably the most interesting of the bunch. As you can see, one...

  • News Peter Moore at MI6 Conference: Capturing the Wii Audience with Original Content

    Encouraging words from EA...do they finally get it?

    During the conference keynote address EA Sports head Peter Moore spoke about EA Sports' current philosophy towards the Wii stating that "You can't simply take what you're doing on the PS3 or Xbox 360 and port – that's a dirty word – down to the Wii." New titles like Grand Slam Tennis...

  • News Sony: We Own the Living Room, Nintendo Owns the Closet

    That's fightin' talk where I come from!

    In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America Peter Dille and SCEA Corporate Communications Manager Julie Han let fly with what is likely to become a near-legendary series of quotes: JH: The other point, I think, to what Peter said earlier, is...

  • News Mike Tyson is Entirely Oblivious to New Wii Punch Out!!

    ...and reveals that he's rubbish at the NES original

    Former boxing champ and part-time ear-biter Mike Tyson was in the original NES Punch Out!! - this you probably already know. However, when he went off the rails Nintendo quickly removed him from the game in order to avoid upsetting the wee kiddies. They even scrapped plans for an intergalactic...

  • News Wii Punch-Out!! Head to Head Screenshots

    Check out the Head to Head action in Nintendo's upcoming Wii Punch-Out!! release!

    We were fortunate enough to get our hands on some brand new Wii Punch-Out!! screenshots showing off the game's Head to Head mode in action. As you can see in the shots below, the split-screen action looks solid and offers both players the same fighting perspective...

  • News The Wii is in 8 Million Japanese Homes

    The Japanese simply cannot get enough of this machine

    According to Japanese magazine Famistu, the Nintendo Wii crossed the '8 million sold' mark in Japan on April 19th. Enterbrain has also released the top five selling Wii games in Japan (it's worth pointing out that Wii Sports was not bundled with the console): 1. Wii SportsLaunch:...

  • News Tiger Woods and Grand Slam Tennis Get EU MotionPlus Bundles

    US gamers only getting Tiger bundle love?

    A press released just issued by EA has confirmed what we've expected for a while - the Wii MotionPlus is getting bundled with third-party software. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis will both be packed with the new device, but the press release states that only the former will be getting the...

  • News Oh my, LEGO Rock Band!

    Warner, TT Games and Harmonix join forces to bring you the latest in the new cross-over genre of LEGO and music - LEGO Rock Band!

    Players will become rockers as they embark on a journey to stardom that the whole family can enjoy as they work their way through local venues, stadiums and fantasy locations on Earth and beyond, that mimic the...

  • News Muramasa: The Demon Blade Loses North American Publisher

    The NA fate of Vanillaware’s stunning 2D action title hangs in the balance

    XSEED Games – the company that gave North American gamers the superb Retro Game Challenge – has announced that it will no longer be distributing Vanillaware’s upcoming 2D masterpiece Muramasa: The Demon Blade. The statement runs as follows: XSEED Games confirms that...

  • Talking Point Could The Conduit Be in for a Rough Ride at Retail?

    Game designer predicts poor sales performance for high-profile FPS

    With past ‘hardcore’ failures like No More Heroes, House of Dead: Overkill and (more recently) Madworld, the Wii is getting a reputation for being a casual gamers’ machine first and foremost. This certainly doesn’t bode well for Sega’s upcoming FPS title The Conduit...

  • News New Punch-Out!! Details

    With the release of Punch-Out!! rapidly approaching, new details are starting to emerge.

    Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Punch-Out!! is the next big title from Nintendo. With its May release date fast approaching, new details are starting to emerge. With that, our friends at Nintendo Pad have compiled a list of noteworthy data that may appeal to you...

  • News Reggie says "important" Wii titles coming

    Strong sales should follow.

    Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said in an interview with Reuters that the company has a number of important new games on the way for Wii, saying "we’re confident that we’ll continue to see very strong hardware sales behind those launch titles.” What could these key titles be? Wii Fit+ has been...

  • News More Guitar Hero Spin-offs are on the Way

    The German USK ratings board has updated with a listing for Guitar Hero: Van Halen.

    It seems as though gamers can't get enough of the Guitar Hero franchise, and Activision can't get enough of trying to milk the franchise for all its got. Earlier this week, the German USK ratings board updated with a listing for Guitar Hero: Van Halen, presumably a...

  • News New MySims Title Pops Up

    It looks as though Electronic Arts has another MySims title planned for this year.

    With MySims Party released last month on both the Wii and the DS and MySims Kart planned for release this summer, many thought that would be the last time we'd see the MySims this year. Surprisingly though, Electronic Arts has another title planned for this September...

  • News Nintendo’s Stock Drops 7.5%

    Falling Wii sales to blame

    Following the news that Wii sales were 17% down on this point last year, the value of Nintendo’s stock has plummeted by 7.5%. It’s hardly a shocking plunge but considering the general shoddy state of the global economy at present it certainly could have been a lot worse.

  • News Deca Sports 2 fails to score in Japan sales charts

    Foul ball!

    While Deca Sports proved to be a monster hit in terms of sales for Hudson, its sequel - which was released earlier this week in Japan - doesn't look like following in its predecessor's footsteps, at least in Japan. With first day sales of only 2,500, Deca Sports 2 has failed to capture the public's interest quite like its older brother...

  • News March NPD - MadWorld Debuts With Sales of 66,000

    Sega's latest hardcore Wii title didn't exactly open with the sales many expected.

    While MadWorld certainly has received a lot of praise from the media and many gamers, Sega's latest hardcore Wii title didn't exactly open with the sales many expected. The NPD has confirmed that for the month of March, MadWorld managed to sell 66,000 units, a...

  • News Game Play Trailer - Job Island

    Check out Hudson's new Job Island title in action!

    Hudson has just released the official game play trailer for their brand new Wii release Job Island. You can check out the official game play trailer below. Job Island has already been released in Japan and Europe, but North American gamers will have to wait until May 13th to get their hands on the...

  • News DSi Sells 435,000 as Nintendo Dominates US Console Market

    "It prints money!", etc

    While the jury is still out on just how significant an update the DSi is over the DS Lite, the American public has voted emphatically with their wallets by snapping up almost half a million of the machines since launch. To put this figure into perspective, the DS Lite sold 226,000 units in the same time frame. Strong DSi...

  • News NPD Sales Results for March 2009 - Software/Hardware

    With plenty of blockbuster hits released in March, which games managed to come out on top?

    Hardware Sales Nintendo Wii - 601KNintendo DS - 563KXbox 360 - 330KPlayStation 3 - 218KPSP - 168KPlayStation 2 - 112K Software Sales Resident Evil 5 (Xbox 360) - 938KPokemon Platinum (Nintendo DS) 805KHalo Wars (Xbox 360) - 639KResident Evil 5 (Playstation 3)...

  • News Nintendo Sets Down Some New Release Dates

    New Play Control: Chibi-Robo, New Play Control: Metroid Prime 2 Echoes, and Friend Connection have all been given June release dates by Nintendo.

    Late last year Nintendo of Japan started re-releasing Nintendo Gamecube games on Wii with motion controls, and in some cases, special features. On June 11th though, the New Play Control line will...

  • News High Voltage: No DLC for The Conduit, More WiiWare on the Way

    Looks like gamers looking for additional content in The Conduit will have to wait until a sequel.

    In a recent interview with Destructoid, High Voltage Software confirmed that their highly anticipated first-person shooter will not have any downloadable content. Destructoid: I know the Wii isn’t known for being DLC friendly, however, could we see...

  • News The Conduit Slips, Multiplayer Gets Downsized

    High Voltage’s ambitious FPS gets some fine-tuning

    The Conduit is easily one of the most egarly awaited Wii titles of 2009 but it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer to get our hands on it. Sega has confirmed that the game has been pushed back from Spring to Summer. This might be related to the fact that developer High...

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    Review Pokémon Battle Revolution

    There’s a lack of evolution in this revolution.

    Pokémon Battle Revolution was first announced back in June of 2006, and it sounded as though it was going to be the ideal console Pokémon game: destructible environments, Wii-DS connectivity, online battling – everything we wanted from the franchise. Satoru Iwata lived up to his promise of...

  • News Conduit Multiplayer Reveal Falls Victim to Server Issues

    Sega's private press event doesn't go quite to plan.

    The multiplayer component of Sega's highly anticipated Wii-exclusive FPS The Conduit was set to finally be revealed to the press several hours ago at a private event. Unfortunately, things didn't go as smoothly as intended, with Nintendo's own servers going down just minutes before the demo began...

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    Review Samurai Shodown Anthology

    Victoly!

    You certainly can’t accuse SNK Playmore of ignoring its past. Recently we’ve been blessed with the retro-themed duo of King of Fighters Collection and SNK Arcade Classics, and the Japanese veteran is now following up with yet another compilation of top-notch vintage action. Samurai Shodown Anthology contains six slices of weapon-based...

  • News Virtua Tennis 2009 - Better than t'real thing?

    SEGA want us to compare their upcoming Virtua Tennis 2009 to the real thing.

    And I have a little treat for you, it’s some more new footage of Virtua Tennis 2009. Watch and play spot the difference as you compare the similarities between the real life action and the gameplay footage. Taken from the SEGA Europe blog is the following trailer for the...

  • News Online MultiPlayer talk with The Conduits' Rob Nicholls

    Multiplayer Online? Realistic FPS graphics? Is this a Wii game? Rob Nicholls at High Voltage Software says so!

    Just looking at screens of the upcoming Wii shooter The Conduit will have your trigger finger itching. It looks like it could be pushing the limits of the Wii. A recent interview with lead designer Rob Nicholls gives us a little more...

  • News Reggie: We’ll Be Better at E3 This Year

    Nintendo hoping to make amends for 2008's dire performance

    E3 2008 wasn’t a particularly good one for Nintendo. Sure, the company was riding high in the sales charts but the limp presentation (which was essentially geared towards the casual gamer) did little to appease dedicated fans – and after all, they would have been the ones watching. You...

  • News Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers trailers

    Square-Enix makes up for lost time with eleven preview videos.

    As reported previously, the official website for Square-Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy game Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers launched with a message reading "More Visits, More Movies!" True to form, the site was flooded with visits from the far reaches of...

  • News Wii to increase by £20 in UK?

    UK retailer Gamestation appears to be preparing for a price rise.

    As we reported a month or so ago, Nintendo recently increased the price of Wiis to retailers by up to £20, reflecting the increasing strength of the Yen versus pound sterling. At the time it was unsure whether or not retailers would pass the price increase to customers, but now...

  • News Wii Sports Resort & MotionPlus: Prices and Dates Confirmed

    Nintendo of America's press site is updated with some information Wii gamers have been waiting for!

    If you live in North America, you'll be pleased to know that Wii MotionPlus and Wii Sports Resort have finally been given release dates. Dates? Plural? Correct. Wii MotionPlus has been dated for June 8, 2009 and will carry a MSRP of $19.99, and just a...

  • News Excitebots - Online Mode Info & Screenshots

    Show off your tricks to gamers all over the world in this exciting racing game.

    You lucky North American gamers! It’s only one more week until Excitebots: Trick Racing goes on sale. I bet you can’t wait to get your hands on this bad boy? In the build up to the Excitebots launch we’ve been sent over some new screenshots from our pals at...

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    Review Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time

    Can the Wii version echo the quality of the DS game it spawned from?

    It’s not every day that you hear about a game being ported from console to handheld, let alone the other way around. That’s why when Square Enix announced their plans to do this with Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time many started scratching their heads. For...

  • News id Chief: "Show Me Why I Should Develop For Wii"

    Hollenshead isn't sure the Wii is a viable platform

    Following on from last week’s worrying report that third party development on the Wii is a risky business, id Software head man Todd Hollenshead has added his own two cents to the debate. Speaking to Gamespot, Hollenshead had this to say: If you look at the data, the Wii is Nintendo—and then...

  • News Dan Aykroyd is Loving His Wii-based Alter-ego

    Bustin' makes him feel good, we guess

    Ghostbusters: The video game is coming to every platform imaginable pretty soon. And you know what? The Wii version is sporting a slightly different look to the 360 and PS3 editions. Of course, this occurrence is nothing new – Wii owners are used to getting their own versions of multiplatform titles (they’re...

  • News More Wii horror from Grudge director Shimizu

    Takashi Shimizu is working on a game adaption of his classic Ju-On film series

    Who doesn’t love having the pants scared off of them? There's nothing more exhilarating than the feeling! That’s why it’s welcome news that Takashi Shimizu is working on a new horror game for the Wii, which is tentatively called 'Feel'. It’s based on his hit...

  • News THQ is having a Big Huge sale; God: The Game in Limbo

    In times of woe THQ is looking to sell off Big Huge Games to stay afloat.

    Ok, it’s not huge news that the economy isn’t doing so well, so it’s no surprise that THQ is looking to get rid of extra weight in the form of subsidiary Big Huge Games. Hard to blame them after they posted a $191.8 million loss last quarter. A number of its employees...

  • News Morrison's offering DSi on the cheap

    Get yourself down to Morrison's this weekend to save £20 on a DSi

    Despite the DSi's strong first-week sales, British supermarket chain Morrison's are planning to shift even more of the things by offering them at £130 over the Easter weekend, a saving of £20 on Nintendo's RRP. Wii consoles are also set for a knockdown, available at £150, shaving...

  • News DSi Has a Strong Opening Weekend

    Just how many units did the DSi move its opening weekend?

    It was announced earlier today by Nintendo's President and CEO Satoru Iwata and Senior Managing Director Shigeru Miyamoto , the DSi had a successful opening weekend overseas and moved over 600,000 units between North America and Europe combined. 300,000 units per territory is a pretty...

  • News Analyst Reckons Wii Investment is "Fools Gold"

    Warning for third parties looking to make a quick buck

    The Nintendo Wii recently became the fastest selling console of all time and is generally perceived to be doing pretty well right now. However, analyst Doug Creutz from Cowen & Company has commented that third parties looking to make easy money by sinking cash into Wii development may be...

  • News Wii Sports Resort to Launch Internationally in July

    No longer just a rumour!

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata today announced during his address to The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan that Wii Sports Resort would be released in Japan in June, with an overseas release in July. The sequel to Nintendo's hugely successful pack-in title uses the enhanced motion-sensing capabilities of the Motion-Plus...

  • News Mini Ninjas Set To Invade DS and Wii

    Hitman developer trains assassins of diminutive stature

    IO Interactive – the studio behind the best-selling Hitman series of video games – has allowed its latest venture to spring from the shadows. Mini Ninjas is a cute-looking action title that features – yes, you’ve guessed it – vertically-challenged ninjas. It marks something of a...

  • News New Wii Punch-Out Screenshots

    Want some new Wii Punch-Out screenshots? We've got a few!

    We were able to get our hands on a group of brand new Punch-Out screenshots for the upcoming Wii release. As you can see, the game is shaping up quite nicely and looking like the Punch-Out game Wii fans have been hoping for. The screens show King Hippo, Von Kaiser, Disco Kid, and Glass Joe...

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    Review Captain Rainbow

    Can Captain Rainbow save the day in this quirky action title?

    Let's face it; whenever Nintendo announces a new project, we all grow a little skeptical. With Nintendo creating games that are more accessible and aimed at casual gamers, hardcore types end up feeling more and more sidelined. It's for this reason that when Nintendo of Japan announced in...

  • News No Fatal Frame IV for North America

    Tecmo's survival-horror title denied a stateside release by Nintendo.

    Wii-exclusive survival-horror title Fatal Frame IV: Mask Of The Lunar Eclipse has been out in Japan since late July. Co-developed by Tecmo (Ninja Gaiden, Dead Or Alive) and Grasshopper Manufacture (Killer7, Contact, No More Heroes) and published by Nintendo, many assumed a...

  • News Takt of Magic on track for a May release

    Nintendo caters to Japanese fans via Takt of Magic.

    With Nintendo focusing on their new line of New Play Control titles, many thought that their release schedule for original Wii titles would come to a halt. Though those individuals were correct, that period seems to be over - or at least in Japan. According to the latest Shounen Jump, Takt of...

  • News Beyond Good and Evil 2: Now More Topical!

    The sequel to Ubisoft’s unsung masterpiece has taken inspiration from real-world events.

    Five years ago saw the release of Beyond Good and Evil: a game that in many people’s eyes broke convention by having an intelligent female lead character who was a bit of a tomboy. Yet those who played it didn’t just fall in love with the game because of...

  • News PS3 Outsells the Wii in Japan

    But is Nintendo concerned?

    The answer is "not particularly." Nintendo responded to Sony's Playstation 3 outselling the Wii by just under 50,000 units in Japan in March by saying "it is still the first few months of the year when sales are slow for the industry" and that the plan of action is "to line up strong software to...

  • News Wii Manufacturing Cost Reduced by 45%

    These are tough times for many people, but apparently not for Nintendo.

    According to Credit Suisse analyst Koya Tabata, the cost of manufacturing a Wii console has gone down by 45%. If this number is accurate, that would mean each Wii sold is bringing in nearly twice the profit as in previous years. And yes, the Wii most definitely brings in profit...

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    Review Trivial Pursuit

    Is this the definitive version of Trivial Pursuit or does it raise too many questions?

    Let’s face it: with the wider and more diverse spectrum of gamers that the console is now catering for, the Wii isn’t short of party-type games. We’ve seen countless conversions of popular board games springing up throughout the Wii’s life so far – many...

  • News The Wii Gets Its Own Brutal Legend

    Double Fine's gut-busting metal adventure becomes a strong likelihood for the Wii

    For those unaware, Brutal Legend is a game that stars heavy-metal-groupie-turned-hero, Eddie Riggs (voiced by Jack Black), who is pulled into a world of rock ‘n’ roll fantasy where evil reigns most awesomely. Full of heavy riffs, babes and headbanging, Brutal...

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    Review Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

    Does Guitar Hero: Aerosmith live up to the standards set by other Guitar Hero games?

    After the huge amount of attention Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock received after its launch, it’s definitely no surprise that there was going to be a Guitar Hero IV. The most recent installment in the popular Guitar Hero series will not only utilize a guitar,...

  • News StarFox Developer Not Interested in Wii Sequel

    Dylan Cuthbert was there when it all started - but he's ruled himself out of McCloud's future adventures

    If you asked any hardcore Nintendo fan which key first-party franchise they’d like to see appear next on Wii, you can be pretty sure that amongst F-Zero, Donkey Kong and Kid Icarus the name ‘StarFox’ would crop up. The first game...

  • News Don’t Stop Believing In More Downloadable Tracks For Rock Band

    11 more tracks this week for Rock Band 2 on Wii.

    More classics coming your way this week at the Rock Band 2 in game music store on the Wii as announced today by Harmonix and MTV. Journeys famous uplifter “Don’t Stop Believing”, as well as tracks from Foo Fighters, Oasis, and some family friendly fare from SpongeBob Squarepants. Also the...

  • News Tales Of Graces Unveiled for Wii

    Namco Bandai's RPG series returns to the Wii for another adventure.

    Namco Bandai this week announced not one but three new releases in the long-running Tales series by year's end, among them Tales Of Grace, developed exclusively for the Wii. First revealed in late 2008 via an unnamed trailer, Tales Of Grace serves as the latest...

  • News More Accuracy Than You Can Shake a Wii Remote At

    Wii Motion Plus tech is almost TOO accurate says Grand Slam Producer

    Most of us are eagerly awaiting solid release dates for Wii Motion Plus and games that will use it, many of them sports games but are we really ready? Ok, think back now. When was the last time you went out and played a real tennis match and hit the ball where you wanted it to go...

  • News Wii Sports Resort With MotionPlus Coming in July?

    Could Wii MotionPlus finally have a release date?

    A picture was taken at an Amsterdam gaming retailer which shows a much-hyped Wii Sports Resort coming bundled with the Wii MotionPlus accessory being released on July 10, 2009. It also shows the Wii Motion Plus “Controller” being sold as a separate item as well. This could mean that it would be...

  • News Bplus Bringing Vektor Tank to Wii

    Bplus turns their attention to Wii retail with their upcoming title Vektor Tank.

    Having gotten their feet wet on Nintendo's WiiWare service with the releases of their Plättchen and Niki Rock 'n Ball titles, developer Bplus have now turned their focus towards Wii retail titles with the announcement of their forthcoming Wii game Vektor Tank. Bplus...

  • News Ghostbusters Wii to feature exclusive co-op play

    Split-screen multiplayer allows Wii owners to cross streams and much, much more.

    The latest blog entry from Red Fly Studios, developers of the Wii version of the upcoming Ghostbusters game, offers up some details on the game's exclusive co-operative multiplayer features. Wii owners will be able to enjoy the entirety of the single-player experience...

  • News Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Crystal Bearers - Site Updates

    The more people that visit, the more we see!

    Just like the site implies, the more visits the site has, the more content that is shown. In just two days since we reported on the Crystal Bearers' new webpage, even more content has been revealed - with more teasers to come! If you head over to the Crystal Bearers site, you'll now see new gameplay...

  • News Rock Band 2 drops Pearl Jam's Ten

    The Wii Rock Band 2 music store adds Classic Jam and a few others

    The Wii’s Rock Band 2 music store has recently added Pearl Jam’s classic debut album “Ten”. As part of weekly additions it’s also added songs from Devo, Faith No More and Fall Out Boy. All songs are master tracks and run 200 Wii Points each. The update includes the entire...

  • News Nintendo 'Not So Green' Based on Environmental Report

    Greenpeace puts Nintendo in last place for green practices, but are any waggling hands listening?

    On March 31st Greenpeace released its annual “guide to Greener Electronics” in an adorable easy to read meter format, which lists from 1 (worst) to 10 (best) a rating for the most green of the market leading electronics companies. Guess who came in...

  • News Sega's "Project Ringo" revealed!

    Called it.

    Sega of Japan's "Project Ringo" has finally been revealed in this week's Famitsu magazine. To the surprise of very few here at Nintendo Life, it's an all-new Puyo Puyo game! Imaginately titled Puyo Puyo 7, the latest entry in Sega's classic falling-block puzzler series appears quite similar to previous Puyo games, with the majority of...

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    Review Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon

    A fun spin-off in the highly acclaimed Final Fantasy series

    When you think of Wii, you may think of very vibrant family friendly games – games that are very easy to pick up and play, as well as those that have little or no challenge. In other words, games that appeal to non-gamers more so than the hardcore veterans. Though Wii holds host to some...

  • Feature April Fool Jokes – The Dust Settles

    We select our favourite Nintendo-related pranks from the big day

    April 1st is a day feared by regular inhabitants of the internet. It’s the one day of the year when you can practically ignore all amazing and outlandish news stories as rival sites attempt to out-do each other with their attempts at humour. However, putting aside the more pathetic...

  • News Silent Hill Wii-make Will Make You Wet Your Pants All Over Again

    Konami lifts the lid on a radical re-imagining of a horror classic

    The latest issue of US magazine Nintendo Power has exclusive details relating to Konami's rumoured remake of its 32-bit Playstation horror classic Silent Hill. Entitled Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, the game will make use of the Wii's unique controls and according to Konami...

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    Review Dokapon Kingdom

    Can the Dokapon Kingdom host a party for all ages?

    In general, the Wii isn’t well-known for epic role-playing titles, nor is it famous for hardcore games. Though gamers are having fun playing Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, there hasn't been very much to quench gamer's thirst for RPG's. While Japanese Wii owners are getting a several...

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    Review Rygar: The Battle of Argus

    Tecmo's legendary warrior returns for another outing, but is this more than just a re-heated port?

    Back in May of 2007, Tecmo stated that it had plans to port Rygar: The Legendary Adventure (a seven year-old PS2 game) to the Wii. Predictably, many gamers were very vocal with their opinion of this move. For starters, why would they want to port such...

  • News Reggie Clarifies: There is No "Magic Number."

    One million copies sold to make a profit sounds ridiculous? It is!

    Earlier it was noted that in order for a Wii title to actually make a profit, one million copies of that title must be sold, and as many were quick to point out, that number just didn't seem right. Well, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, it isn't. Reggie...

  • News Is Game Design Art? Great Designers Say 'Not Really'

    At a GDC 2009 roundtable with renowned designers, Art seems to be a dirty word

    It’s a debate that has raged for centuries: Do video games constitute art? Ok, maybe not centuries, but it seems like a while. Personally, I say ‘yeah, of course it is!’, but I’m not the creator of games that have been hailed as art by so many. At this years...

March2009

  • News Okami Price Slashed at Capcom Store

    Twice the Zelda for half the price!

    Capcom's epic action-adventure game Okami has received a significant price-cut on Capcom US' online store. Developed by Clover Studios (God Hand, Viewtiful Joe) Okami combines Zelda-esque action-adventure game-play with the style and setting of classic Japanese mythology. Using the Celesital Brush, players can...

  • News New Muramasa: The Demon Blade Gameplay Trailer

    More in-game footage of Vanillaware's stunning Wii-exclusive action-RPG.

    Japanese publishers Marvelous have released a new trailer for the upcoming 2D action-RPG Muramasa: The Demon Blade. Designed and developed by Vanillaware (Princess Crown, Odin Sphere), Muramasa is set for release in Japan on April 9. North American readers can expect the game...

  • News Excite Bots Preview - Not a Truck in Sight

    Excite Bots looking like Trucks. If it ain’t broken just add Robots.

    Is there anyone else out there who still plays Excite Truck for the sheer…excitement? The crazy loose physics that practically have you flying over tracks? Excite Bots: Trick Racing looks like a little more of the same with some added antics in the form of robot machines. This...

  • News Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers site opens up

    Not much there yet, but it’s still worth bookmarking!

    The Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers website is finally up, and fans of the the series now have a new place to look for information on the highly anticipated Square Enix title. The site is still very new and upon entering you will be greeted a slight variation of Final...

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    Review SimAnimals

    The Sims franchise enters the animal kingdom

    The forest is tranquil. The birds are flying peacefully in the sky and the bears are patrolling the ground. Swans swim swiftly downstream and rabbits hop around in the meadow. What could possibly go wrong in a paradise like this? But wait, the predator levels are increasing in the area, outnumbering its...

  • News Reggie: Wii Games Must Sell a Million to Make a Profit

    That’s a lot of copies, how many have made the cut?

    Unfortunately, not that many. In fact, most games typically sell less than 150,000 copies according to a New York Times article, where Nintendo of America’s head honcho Reggie Fils-Aime shared this interesting information. Fils-Aime said “[one million titles] was a lower threshold than for...

  • News Arc Rise Fantasia – Now with 100% Less Underboob

    Marvelous covers up its latest RPG

    Since seeing it in action, we’ve been keeping a keen eye on Marvelous Interactive’s upcoming Wii RPG Arc Rise Fantasia. With the talents of director Hiroyuki Kanemaru and composer Yasunori Mitsuda, this Wii-exclusive title is shaping up to be a fine role-player. However, putting the impressive staff roster...

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    Review Wii Fit

    Get fit the Nintendo way!

    Wii Fit isn't the first fitness application made for video game consoles, but it's unquestionably the biggest selling one. It's Exhibit A in Nintendo's case for the business logic behind expanding the gaming market and the message has been heard loud and clear. Much of the success must be down to the fact that the...

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    Review SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1

    One of the arcade world's most respected brands touches down on Wii with a 16-hit combo of a collection

    Back when it was first released in the early ‘90s SNK’s Neo-Geo Advanced Entertainment System (or AES for short) was the undisputed Rolls Royce of video game consoles. Because the Japanese firm had decided to base the machine on the exact same...

  • News GDC 2009: The Best Of The Rest

    A recap of all the third-party news and announcements for Nintendo consoles from this year's Global Developers' Conference.

    Sotoru Iwata's keynote speech at this year's Global Devopers' Conference revealed more than a couple of exciting projects for Nintendo fans to look forward to in the coming months. It's not just the Big N who came to the party,...

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    Review Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director’s Cut

    The Broken Sword murder mystery adventure comes to Wii, but is this the definitive version?

    It is with some fond memories that we review Broken Sword: The Director's Cut on the Wii. The original game proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable mystery adventure, with a tantalizing storyline, memorable characters and logical puzzles. This new release is more...

  • News Aussie Classification Board website hacked

    Government website falls victim to satirical prank

    The website of Australia's Classification Board has been hacked by an unknown individual in opposition to plans to "control and sheepify the nation". The site's regular introductory text was replaced with a satiricial message likening the Board's conduct to that of the Chinese government...

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    Review Battalion Wars 2

    Battalion Wars advances onto the Wii…

    Calling the first Battalion Wars an anti-climatic experience wouldn’t be too far off the mark: the spin-off from the highly acclaimed Advance Wars series was expected to be a smash hit success. Unfortunately, the distinct lack of tactical depth brought the game short of the mark in many people's eyes...

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    Review SimCity Creator

    Creating your own city isn't nearly as fun as it sounds.

    When the Virtual Console launched alongside the Wii in November 2006, SimCity was the flagship title for the SNES. Though the graphical limitations of the SNES resulted in a rather dated experience, the core gameplay held strong and the game managed to show newcomers to the franchise that it...

  • News Publisher Deep Silver shows the Adult fare we've been itching for

    A new Horror Thriller, Cursed Mountain (Wii) and the long missing Duke Nukem (DS) Platforming style

    At this year's GDC publisher Deep Silver held a small, exclusive press screening to showcase it's upcoming titles including the new horror title Cursed Mountain (Wii) and Duke Nukem: Critical Mass (DS). Cursed Mountain is a Wii exclusive and a...

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    Review Wario Land: Shake It!

    Shake, shake, shake!

    Over the past decade, Wario's platforming adventures have been drastically reduced in order to make way for his journey into the party genre with the much-loved WarioWare franchise. Though many enjoyed these party games, they never came close to achieving the same feeling created by the Wario platform games. When Wario Land:...

  • News Nintendo's GDC '09 Keynote At-A-Glance

    For those unable to keep up, an overview of the stories and announcements made during Satoru Iwata's keynote speech.

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata dropped more than a few bombshells today during his keynote speech at the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco - some surprising, some predicted months ago, all exciting news for Nintendo fans...

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    Review Ready 2 Rumble: Revolution

    Is Ready 2 Rumble Revolution capable of getting this brawl started?

    Not all games are meant to be great, nor are they supposed to be blockbuster hits in terms of sales. With Ready 2 Rumble Revolution, it's obviously that the developers had high hopes - this is, after all, a sequel to one of the best-selling Sega Dreamcast games - but by toying with...

  • News DJ Hero launches website

    The long awaited DJ hero sets up shop with a mostly naked website.

    DJ hero has been in development for almost 2 years and there are few details, still, but they recently launched a website at www.djhero.com. There's not much to see there yet, but an area to sign up for updates and the platforms it will cover: Wii, PS3, Xbox360. Slated for release...

  • News Motion Plus finally gets a date

    The slippery release date of WiiMotion plus has firmed up as a pack-in title

    Since the announcement of Wii motion plus at E3 2008, it was slated to pack in with the eagerly awaited WiiSports Resort. That was supposed to be this spring, and wait... it's spring right now. One delay after another has left us all wondering, but it seems it's not the...

  • News New Pikmin hat available in Animal Crossing: City Folk!

    Pete’s waiting at your door with yet another gift for you.

    It’s been a mere week since Nintendo of America started presenting Animal Crossing: City Folk players with gifts, even though other areas of the world have been receiving them for months already. And it’s only been a day since I made mention of our lack of having a Pikmin hat! Well,...

  • News Nintendo confirms "play from SD" feature

    Run your Virtual Console games from an SD card!

    It's the news all Virtual Console fans have been waiting for - you can now run all your downloaded VC games directly from an SD card instead of clogging up your Wii's limited internal memory! As the library of downloadable WiiWare and Virtual Console™ games continues to grow, Wii owners have asked...

  • Competition And The Winner Is...?

    You came for reviews... we'll give you T-Shirts. The House of the Dead: OVERKILL competition is over, but which one of you lucky readers will win a t-shirt?

    Better late than never! To celebrate the fantastic return of House of the Dead we've teamed up with SEGA to give away five of the fabulous "They came for brains, you'll give them...

  • News Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings gameplay trailer uncovered

    Now don't tell me this doesn't look like big fun.

    LucasArts has just released the first gameplay trailer for the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, viewable below. Not only do the motion controls look fun (come on, who doesn't wanna wield the whip as Indy?) but the in-game graphics are of a much higher quality than previous still...

  • News Balance Board support confirmed for Punch-Out!!

    Nintendo Italy lets the cat out of the bag.

    Nintendo of Italy today published a press release confirming Wii Balance Board support for the upcoming arcade boxing revival Punch-Out!!. The article, roughly translated, confirms that players will be able to dodge left and right by shifting their weight on the Balance Board. The Board will be used in...