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News: 50 Pinch Barrage!! Offers Many Ways To Die, And It's Coming To The North American 3DS eShop This Week 

50 Pinch Barrage!! Offers Many Ways To Die, And It's Coming To The North American 3DS eShop This Week 

In a pinch

50 Pinch Barrage!! is coming to the North American 3DS eShop this week, and it's bringing with it some truly deadly situations. Boasting a simplistic visual style but some incredibly epic situations, 50 Pinch Barrage!! is all about cheating death by the skin of your teeth. The hook is that you're offered no hints or help in the game -...

Review: OlliOlli (3DS eShop)

OlliOlli (3DS eShop)

Not at all sketchy

OlliOlli, as we've said before, isn't really a skateboarding game. The aesthetic provides a lovely minimalist visual style to navigate the tiny pixel skateboarder through, but there's no open world to explore and experiment in, nor is it filled with free-form choices. Mechanically rock-solid, OlliOlli is a 2D on-rails experience...

Review: Best of Arcade Games - Bubble Buster (3DS eShop)

Best of Arcade Games - Bubble Buster (3DS eShop)

Bubble Burster

Anyone used to scrolling through the recent reviews section of Nintendo Life should be familiar with the name Bigben Interactive. Best of Arcade Games - Bubble Buster is the latest in a series of puzzlers, card games and arcade greats to be released by the developer, in an attempt to give these classics a "definitive" version on the...

News: First Passcode Released for Pokémon Shuffle

First Passcode Released for Pokémon Shuffle

Megagift

Perhaps you've been tapping around the menus in Pokémon Shuffle, maybe while waiting for that clock to tick agonizingly down, second by second, so you can get another shot at that Espeon because you need it but hey no it's not like you're addicted or anything haha that would just be totally ridiculous ahahahaha! Anyway, you might have...

News: Euro Release Of BLOK DROP X Twisted Fusion Sells Almost Twice Its North American Launch Day Total

Euro Release Of BLOK DROP X Twisted Fusion Sells Almost Twice Its North American Launch Day Total

"Europe is a unique opportunity"

BLOK DROP X Twisted Fusion developer RCMADIAX has taken to Twitter to report that European sales of the game have surpassed expectations, with the title being downloaded almost twice as many times on its day of launch than it did in North America. Launching a game in Europe isn't as easy as it is in North America,...

News: Nintendo Confirms Wil Wheaton as Voice Actor for Abraham Lincoln in Code Name S.T.E.A.M.

Nintendo Confirms Wil Wheaton as Voice Actor for Abraham Lincoln in Code Name S.T.E.A.M.

From Ensign to President

Nintendo doesn't often hire celebrities to be voice actors in its games - in fact, fully voiced dialogue simply isn't particularly common in the big N's titles. Kid Icarus: Uprising was a recent exception, along with the likes of Metroid: Other M, but we're normally just treated to occasional catch phrases and gibberish...

News: 3D Out Run Developers Talk Over Bringing Classic Racing Back to the 3DS

3D Out Run Developers Talk Over Bringing Classic Racing Back to the 3DS

Back on the road

Sega is putting the rubber to the road again with Out Run coming to the Nintendo 3DS. The arcade title was originally released in 1986 featuring an arcade cabinet that had the appearance of the game's slick sports car; it's the third in the 3D remaster project's second series and the eleventh overall. In an interview with Sega Blog,...

Feature: Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Watch on Wii U and 3DS

Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Watch on Wii U and 3DS

And more besides...

The Wii U and 3DS eShop stores have become notable improvements on their Wii and DSi predecessors, and a range of familiar and new download developers have pitched up with their wares in recent times. The last couple of years in particular have brought some fantastic games, and as Nintendo's GDC announcement made clear there's...

Nintendo Download: 5th March (North America)

5th March (North America)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong and OlliOlli x2, Proun+ and much more

It's time for more Nintendo Download Update treats, North American gamers, and this week brings the region its first cross-buy options on Nintendo's systems. We have Mario toys puzzling their way through levels and some rad pixelated skateboarding across Wii U and 3DS, while there are also...

Review: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (3DS eShop)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (3DS eShop)

Tipping the balance

The differences between the 3DS and Wii U versions of Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars are few and far between, but the 3DS version does feature some differences of note. You can read our thoughts on the Wii U version of the game here. The 3DS version takes full advantage of the SpotPass and StreetPass functionality of the...

Review: Pong Pong Candy (3DS eShop)

Pong Pong Candy (3DS eShop)

Hard candy

The puzzle genre has been represented quite well on the eShop, with plenty of addictive and clever titles eating up hours and hours of playtime. The sheer volume, however, means that in order to stand out a new release has to have some kind of special hook to grab players, be it personality, gameplay mechanics, or some other defining...

News: Don't Seethe Too Much Over Xbox One Shovel Knight Getting Battletoads, We Might Get A Cool Crossover, Too

Don't Seethe Too Much Over Xbox One Shovel Knight Getting Battletoads, We Might Get A Cool Crossover, Too

Yacht Club Games "keeping an eye out" for Nintendo possibilities

Remember when Shovel Knight was a Nintendo console exclusive? Nice, wasn't it? Those days are long past now, with developer Yacht Club Games confirming that the faux-retro platformer is headed to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. To rub a bit more salt into the wound, it was confirmed...

News: Nintendo Executive Discusses the eShop, Indies, and Their Relationship With Nintendo

Nintendo Executive Discusses the eShop, Indies, and Their Relationship With Nintendo

"There's so much talent that's coming out of it"

It's no secret that Indie games play a much larger role in the lineup and promotion of Nintendo's consoles than they have ever before, with a number of triple-A third party companies being largely inactive on Wii U. Indeed, Nintendo has come a long way from the days of the DSiware and Wiiware...

Review: KAMI (3DS eShop)

KAMI (3DS eShop)

Paper play

We don't all claim to be linguists or experts on Japanese language or culture here at Nintendo Life, but being the dedicated journalists that we are, we're always willing to do a bit of research. It turns out that origami, the art of paper folding, has a very interesting linguistic background. When broken down, "ori" means to fold or...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Create a platform exciting enough to match its Indie games

In recent weeks Satoru Iwata addressed shareholders in an Investor Briefing Q & A, tackling a range of issues around Nintendo's business. An issue that came up was the "digitalization" that we're seeing, with more and more gamers opting to download their games, and also seeking new...