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Nintendo Download: 12th March (North America)

12th March (North America)

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Trine, 3D Out Run, retro F-Zero, discounts and more

It's that time, North American gamers, for the weekly news on the download goodies coming to Wii U and 3DS. This week brings the latest retail offering from Intelligent Systems, retro F-Zero, a much-anticipated Wii U eShop adventure platformer and a stone-cold classic in the...

Review: 3D Out Run (3DS eShop)

3D Out Run (3DS eShop)

The beautiful journey

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. For people of a certain age Out Run represents days long past, a wonderful era when arcades reigned supreme and home systems paled in comparison. During this time, many valiant attempts were made to produce a home version of Yu Suzuki's 1986 driving masterpiece. However, the 'Super Scaler'...

Review: Proun+ (3DS eShop)

Proun+ (3DS eShop)

You spin me right Pround, baby

A Russian artist named El Lissitzky coined the term "Proun" for use as a title to describe his series of abstract paintings, which challenged traditional views on geometry and perspective. Though the exact meaning of the word was never fully explained, his Proun works evolved to fit new mediums, and spanned over half a...

News: Nintendo Australia Calling On Aussie Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Players For A Community Hunt

Nintendo Australia Calling On Aussie Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Players For A Community Hunt

Announced for Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne

It’s been all quiet on the Nintendo front so far this year in Australia, nothing particularly big has been announced just yet, but we’re sure Nintendo Australia’s Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate gathering will be the first of many community-driven events held. To celebrate the release of Monster Hunter 4...

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...