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News: Nintendo Wanted To Make Its Humble Bundle A Global Offer, Expects To Do So "Eventually"

Nintendo Wanted To Make Its Humble Bundle A Global Offer, Expects To Do So "Eventually"

"Tried for months to make it global"

Nintendo surprised pretty much everyone by announcing its own Humble Bundle yesterday, albeit one which is sadly limited to North America. Non-American players are already making their displeasure felt on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, and while the disappointment of missing out on this amazing...

News: Developer Pleased with Sales of Retro City Rampage: DX on 3DS

Developer Pleased with Sales of Retro City Rampage: DX on 3DS

The "best-selling-at-full-price port"

With Nintendo platform indie games taking an unprecedented place on the Humble Bundle in North America, attention has focused on deals. Developer Vblank Entertainment, however, is expressing happiness with how their game sells at full price. The Twitter account for Retro City Rampage states that, even though...

News: Humble Nindie Bundle Allows Wii U and 3DS eShop Gamers in North America to Pay What They Want

Humble Nindie Bundle Allows Wii U and 3DS eShop Gamers in North America to Pay What They Want

It's happened

Well, it's happened, and it's quite a landmark for the Wii U and 3DS eShop and a few key developers. The latest Humble Bundle - which groups games together and allows you to pay what you want to unlock some or all of what's on offer - is currently offering up the Humble Nindie Bundle in the Americas; unfortunately gamers in other...

Gallery: Check Out Another Three Exclusive 3DS Screens for SteamWorld Heist

Check Out Another Three Exclusive 3DS Screens for SteamWorld Heist

Including a Swab Hat, which is swell

Earlier today Image & Form unveiled the first 3DS screenshots for SteamWorld Heist, showing how the 2D strategy title will shrink down onto the portable. First impressions are pretty positive - we think, anyway - and we can see how the bottom screen will be utilised for control tips, swapping between team...

News: Image & Form Unveils the First Screenshots of SteamWorld Heist on 3DS

Image & Form Unveils the First Screenshots of SteamWorld Heist on 3DS

Steamy

SteamWorld Heist is the eagerly anticipated next release from Image & Form, which is heading to Wii U, 3DS and practically every format available. All of the screens and footage shown to date have been for the HD version, yet now the studio's unveiled the first screens for the portable iteration on 3DS. The big positive is that, just...

Nintendo Download: 28th May (Europe)

28th May (Europe)

Splatoon, Fossil Fighters, Strangeness, an imported retro treat and more

Much later than normal due to a public Holiday, we finally have this week's Nintendo Download Update details for Europe. There's a hotly anticipated Wii U retail exclusive, of course, while there's also a retail arrival on 3DS. Wii U owners have more options with an intriguing...

News: Pokémon Shuffle Hits Four Million Downloads and Launches Shaymin Event

Pokémon Shuffle Hits Four Million Downloads and Launches Shaymin Event

Keep on shuffling

We don't know how much money Pokémon Shuffle is earning for Nintendo, but it's certainly tempting a decent number of 3DS owners to try it out for free. The tile-matching game has now reached 4 million downloads, which certainly isn't a number to be sniffed at. The game is celebrating through new events - on the one hand it's...

News: Tappingo 2 Close to European Release

Tappingo 2 Close to European Release

Aiming for June

Puzzle games and the 3DS eShop are old, familiar allies - small screens suit leisurely puzzling, and there are some clever titles that scratch that itch on the system. Tappingo is one, which provides its own twist on a Picross-esque formula. Of course Tappingo 2 has been out in North America for a while, and we rather liked it in...

News: Natsume Is Bringing Two Arc System Works Titles To North America In July & August

Natsume Is Bringing Two Arc System Works Titles To North America In July & August

More love for the eShop

Publisher of the Harvest Moon series, Natsume, has announced it has partnered with Arc System Works to release two titles for Nintendo’s eShop platform in North America over the coming months. Gotcha Racing, coming to the 3DS this July, is a top-down racing game where players gather parts from capsule machines to build a...

Nintendo Download: 21st May (North America)

21st May (North America)

Swords & Soldiers II, classic Mega Man, Puzzle & Dragons and much more

It's that time again, slightly later than normal, for the North American Download Update details. This week brings a range of new options on Wii U, a number of which are exclusives, along with a 3DS retail release, the latest from CIRCLE Entertainment and a whole load of...

Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

More for less isn't sensible or fair

There's a worrying trend at present, in which ambitious and creative independent developers announce a sizeable Wii U exclusive, and then have to defend their pricing. That's happened twice in recent times with Affordable Space Adventures and - this week - Swords & Soldiers II. We've also had a reliable...

Exclusive: eShop Publishers Are Dropping Releases In Germany Due To Low Sales And Cost Of USK Rating

eShop Publishers Are Dropping Releases In Germany Due To Low Sales And Cost Of USK Rating

Smaller indies also struggling to make a living on Nintendo systems

We've reported on the less-than-ideal nature of global age ratings in the past, and what they mean for indie developers attempting to make a living on Nintendo's systems. Releasing a game internationally isn't a simple matter of pushing a button; age ratings must be granted in every...

News: Come Up With Witty One-Liners to Become a SteamWorld Heist Ambassador

Come Up With Witty One-Liners to Become a SteamWorld Heist Ambassador

Plagiarising Bender isn't an option

In recent weeks Image & Form has been keeping the fires burning for the planned Fall release of SteamWorld Heist, which is coming to various platforms including Wii U and 3DS. Its mix of 2D strategy, procedurally generated levels and a quirky premise have made it one of our most eagerly watching download...

News: Samurai Defender Aims to Defend the Castle This Week, in North America, on the 3DS eShop

Samurai Defender Aims to Defend the Castle This Week, in North America, on the 3DS eShop

Tap and destroy

CIRCLE Entertainment certainly stays busy on the 3DS eShop, producing a whole range of releases both developed in-house and publishing the work of others, particularly studios based in Japan and the Far East. Some prove to be gems, certainly, while others are a little more modest in what they offer; nevertheless, the portable's...

News: NES Sports Title Tecmo Bowl Rated By The Australian Classification Board

NES Sports Title Tecmo Bowl Rated By The Australian Classification Board

Marks the title's Virtual Console debut in PAL regions

The NFL arcade game originally developed by Tecmo in 1987 and ported to the NES in 1989 is expected to arrive soon on the Virtual Console in PAL regions after it was recently rated by the Australian Classification Board. This will be the first time Tecmo Bowl has been released in this region as...

Review: Fullblox (3DS eShop)

Fullblox (3DS eShop)

Pulling the blocks into place

It's arguably one of the key gaming experiences to indulge in some light puzzling on a handheld system. Whether it's Tetris or Picross, nothing makes a morning commute or quiet evening more relaxing than letting grey matter and opposable thumbs work together to solve a problem. Pullblox / Pushmo is one Nintendo 3DS...

Review: 3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop)

3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop)

Get to the chopper!

There was a time in the late '80s when Thunder Blade machines were a fairly common sight in amusement arcades. Yet even with a decent amount of distribution it was never in the same league as its close cousins; the instant visual assault from Sega's flashier and more exciting looking games such as Out Run, After Burner and Space...