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January 29, 2010

Nintendo Releases Lifetime Sales Data

by Andy Goergen - 8:23 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

Their 2009 financial report gives cold hard data on their market domination.

Nintendo has revealed their sales data for the period from April 2009 through December 2009, including lifetime sales of many of their products.

The Nintendo Wii console has sold 67.45 million units worldwide since its 2006 launch. 17.05 million sales occurred between April and December 2009,... Read more...

January 28, 2010

Excitebike Races Onto European WiiWare Wii

by Matthew Blundon - 10:31 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

The Nintendo and Monster Games racer is finally coming to the PAL regions.

While North American Wii owners have been enjoying Excitebike: World Rally for several months now, Europeans have been anxiously awaiting the day when they could join in on all the fun. That day is rapidly approaching as World Rally is hitting the European WiiWare service as Excitebike: World Challenge on February 5.

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January 27, 2010

Nintendo Reveals Mario Tournament Trophy Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 7:22 pm PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Adria Sang

The winner of the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. Wii tournament will receive a golden Mario trophy.

At the start of the year, Nintendo confirmed that they would be holding a special New Super Mario Bros. Wii tournament. The tournament consists of coin collecting battles and will tour Japan throughout the month of February. The player that collects the most coins will be crowned the best NSMB Wii player in Japan and receive a special Golden Mario Trophy.

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Climax Interested In More Silent Hill Titles Wii

by Andy Goergen - 6:03 am PST
Total comments: 24 Source: ONM

The Shattered Memories developer speaks out on their role in the franchise, and the sales of third party games on Wii.

In an interview with the Official Nintendo Magazine, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories developer Climax says that they would be interested in making future Silent Hill games.

Game Director Mark Simmons commented on the possibility. "Absolutely. We've always loved working on the series. Since... Read more...

Creators of Izuna Secretly Working on DS Title DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:50 am PST
Total comments: 3 Source: SiliconEra

The studio that brought us Izuna: Legend of The Unemployed Ninja are quietly working on a new title for the Nintendo DS.

On Ninja Studio's product page they have revealed that they are working on a new, top secret title for the DS.

Ninja Studio is known for their DS efforts which include Izuna: The Legend of the Unemployed Ninja and D3 Publisher's Tactic's Layer. Including this unannounced title, they have created six titles for Nintendo's handheld so far.

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Possible Candidates for Nintendo's New Wii Budget Line Revealed Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:39 am PST
Total comments: 8 Source: SiliconEra

These titles are possible candidates for the "Everyone's Recommendation" series in Japan.

As announced last week, Nintendo will begin a new initiative called "Everyone's Recommendation Selection" in Japan. Nintendo will choose the highest ranking Wii titles according to the votes found on the Nintendo Channel's best games list. Website SiliconEra compiled a list of games fitting this description.

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Iwata Turned Down Natal Technology for Wii Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:21 am PST
Total comments: 16 Source: CVG

A report reveals that Nintendo was offered the opportunity to use Natal technology for Wii.

According to a report by European videogame news site CVG, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata was offered the opportunity to use the technology behind Microsoft's Project Natal on the Wii. Iwata turned it down.

The reason Iwata refused to accept the technology, despite being impressed by the demo... Read more...

January 26, 2010

NSMB Wii Hits Ten Million Sold Worldwide Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 7:35 am PST
Total comments: 27 Source: Edge, Kotaku

The "evergreen", when it comes to Mario, is money.

Last week the NPD Group reported that New Super Mario Bros. Wii had surpassed the U.S. lifetime sales of its 3D brother Super Mario Galaxy. After roughly 45 days on the market, NSMB Wii had moved past Galaxy's 4.1 million copies sold with a tally of 4.2 million.

According to Nikkei (via Kotaku),... Read more...

January 25, 2010

Enterbrain President Disappointed with Monster Hunter 3 Sales Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 7:56 pm PST
Total comments: 10 Source: Adria Sang

Despite the title selling a million copies on Wii, the president believes it could have sold better.

In a recent interview with Japanese website Mainichi.jp, Enterbrain President Hirokazu Hamamura expressed his disappointment over the sales of Capcom's Monster Hunter 3 in Japan. "I thought it would sell more. Crossing the million mark was the passing grade, though. On the Wii, which doesn't have... Read more...

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Gets ESRB Rating Wii

by Jon Lindemann - 7:16 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: ESRB

Looks like Richter and Maria are coming across the pond.

Late last month, a Virtual Console release of Konami's TurboGrafx-16 CD-ROM classic Castlevania: Rondo of Blood made an appearance in the listings of the Australian OFLC ratings board. Fans of the series hoped that this event heralded an imminent North American release, and it seems that their prayers have been answered.

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This Week in Nintendo Downloads

by Andy Goergen - 12:48 pm PST
Total comments: 2

There are seven games to choose from this week, starting with numero Uno.

There are seven new titles to choose from this week in Nintendo downloads.

First up on WiiWare is Uno, published by Gameloft. The classic card game has been brought to Wii with single-player, local multiplayer, and online multiplayer options. Uno is available on the Wii Shop Channel for 1,000 Wii Points ($10).

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Classic Controller Pro Announced for North America Wii

by Andy Goergen - 7:27 am PST
Total comments: 72

The modified controller will be bundled with Monster Hunter Tri.

Today Capcom and Nintendo announced that the Classic Controller Pro, the redesigned version of the current Classic Controller, will be bundled in North America with Monster Hunter Tri. The controller was previously only available in Japan and Europe. The game is set to launch in America sometime after April 1, 2010 but no firm launch date has been announced.

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January 22, 2010

Nintendo to Publish Digital Romance Novels in Japan DS

by Matthew Blundon - 1:17 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: Adriasang

Nintendo and Genius Sonority team up to bring a wide variety of novels to the Nintendo DS.

In the past, whenever Genius Sonority had partnered with Nintendo, the games were usually about Pokémon. While they did develop the well-received 100 Classic Book Collection for the Nintendo DS, their efforts with Nintendo have been somewhat limited to the Pokémon franchise.

Their latest title... Read more...

Nintendo Color-Codes Mature Game Boxes in Japan Wii

by Matthew Blundon - 7:54 am PST
Total comments: 9 Source: SiliconEra

Zangeki no Reginleiv is the first game to get this special treatment.

Starting next month, all games published in Japan by Nintendo that receive a rating of CERO C or above will hit retailers in a special black box designed to warn parents of the mature nature of the title.

The first game to receive this special treatment will be Zangeki no Reginleiv, which is... Read more...

January 21, 2010

Nintendo Officially Announces First Quarter Releases for Europe

by Andy Goergen - 5:28 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo

Pokemon and the Nintendo DSi XL highlight the release list for Europe.

Nintendo has announced their first quarter plans for Europe. The highlight of these releases is the Nintendo DSi XL, an updated model of the DSi featuring bigger screens and a brown/wine color case. It will be released on March 5. In addition to the DSi XL, another DSi bundle has been announced. The... Read more...

Nintendo Starts Wii Greatest Hits Line in Japan

by Matthew Blundon - 2:33 pm PST
Total comments: 41 Source: Andriasang

Seven games, including Muramasa: The Demon Blade and Arc Rise Fantasia, will kick it off in late February.

Starting late next month, Nintendo will kick off their new budget line of Wii titles in Japan. Called the Minna no Osusume Selection, which roughly translates to "Everyone's Recommendation Selection," the line will focus on rereleasing quality third-party software at budget prices.

In order to... Read more...

First Bit.Trip Runner Details Revealed Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 1:40 pm PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Nintendo Life

The fourth Bit.Trip game will be a rhythm platformer game starring Commander Video.

Gaijin Games' Alex Neuse revealed the first details of the fourth Bit.Trip game, Bit.Trip Runner.

Originally teased during the credits of Bit.Trip Void, Runner will be a rhythm platforming title inspired by Sony's PlayStation game Vib-Ribbon, according to Neuse, who spoke about the game on Nintendo... Read more...

Samurai Pizza Cats Were Considered for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 12:31 pm PST
Total comments: 12 Source: Silicon Era

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom's producer talks about the characters that they wanted in the game.

In a web chat hosted by Capcom, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom producer Ryota Niitsuma talked about some of the Tatsunoko characters that were considered to be in the game.

The first of these were the Samurai Pizza Cats. Known as Catto Ninden Teyandee in Japan, Capcom were in talks with Tatsunoko about their inclusion, but ultimately fell through.

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EA Sports Keeping the Tiger Woods License Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 12:21 pm PST
Total comments: 23 Source: Press Release

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 will hit stores this summer for Wii and other systems.

EA Sports announced Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 for Wii, confirming that they will be sticking with the famous golfer who has recently come under scrutiny and is on an indefinite leave from the sport of golf.

"We stand by Tiger as an athlete – AP's greatest athlete of the decade," said Peter Moore,... Read more...

A Boy And His Blob Director Wants Sequel Wii

by Andy Goergen - 12:19 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: ONM

A second helping of Blob may be on the way.

In an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, WayFoward's Sean Velasco stated that he would be interested in returning to A Boy And His Blob for a future project.

"Personally, I want to make a few small and crazy titles next," said Velasco, who directed the Majesco-published game. "Maybe some downloadable games? Another A Boy And His Blob game would also be amazing as the first one was such a great experience."

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