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Nintendo Download: 22nd January (North America)

22nd January (North America)

Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth, S.C.A.T., discounts and more

As another week heads to a conclusion Nintendo of America is serving up its next batch of eShop treats, and there's certainly decent variety this time around. We have another Wii title on the eShop, the latest Atlus-published releases, some other intriguing Wii U downloads, a Virtual...

News: Former Nintendo Indie Champion Discusses the Company's Decision Making and the eShop Gender Divide

Former Nintendo Indie Champion Discusses the Company's Decision Making and the eShop Gender Divide

"Risk taking is generally not really rewarded"

Dan Adelman's former title at Nintendo - Nintendo of America's Head of Digital Content and Development - doesn't necessarily emphasize the importance of his role at the company. He did integral work in helping to develop and improve how Nintendo dealt with download game developers, and was largely...

News: Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse For Wii U & 3DS eShop Releases In Europe And Australia On 5th February

Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse For Wii U & 3DS eShop Releases In Europe And Australia On 5th February

Exclusive cross-buy discount offer also announced

The last we heard from WayForward about the PAL localisation of Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse was in December with the announcement that the title had been delayed until early 2015. With the New Year now here, WayForward has delivered on its promise, announcing that the latest entry in the...

Review: Battleminer (3DS eShop)

Battleminer (3DS eShop)

Like stepping on a landmine

Mojang's Minecraft, a small indie title that has become a pop culture phenomenon, would seem like a perfect fit for Nintendo platforms, with a large sense of wonder and creative gameplay. Unfortunately, Nintendo is the only major gaming platform without a version of the venerable franchise. At first glance, Wobbly Tooth...

Review: Kemonomix+ (3DS eShop)

Kemonomix+ (3DS eShop)

Double-plus-ungood

One of the quirkier titles to hit the 3DS eShop recently, Rocket Studios' Kemonomix+ is the sequel to a Japan-only DSiWare game from 2010: a streamlined simulation featuring a combination of exploration, time-management and monster rearing set on a faraway pastel planet. It borrows good ideas from excellent influences, but leaves...

News: Gunman Clive 2 Shooting for 29th January Release

Gunman Clive 2 Shooting for 29th January Release

Quite the turnaround

Earlier this month, Gunman Clive developer Bertil Hörberg stated over Twitter that the awaited sequel to his eShop cult hit would have to wait a bit as he battled some recently discovered bugs--and what sounded like a nasty cold as well. It seems Hörberg made good time, though, and Gunman Clive 2 has received approval for...

News: Kirby Fighters Deluxe & Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe Hitting European 3DS eShop on 13th February

Kirby Fighters Deluxe & Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe Hitting European 3DS eShop on 13th February

Suck it up

Kirby: Triple Deluxe was a fun arrival on 3DS last year, and later in 2014 Nintendo - in North America and Japan - released Kirby Fighters Deluxe and Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe on the eShop as extended versions of the title's minigames. Nintendo of Europe has now announced that these downloads will be arriving in its region on 13th...

News: Flipnote Studio 3D Free Download Details Point to a Stripped Back and Offline Experience

Flipnote Studio 3D Free Download Details Point to a Stripped Back and Offline Experience

You can download your own DS creations from Flipnote Hatena, though

Nintendo has recently announced the surprise discontinuation of Club Nintendo in the coming months, with a replacement loyalty programme to take its place later in 2015. While new catalogue items are promised in multiple regions to help us dispose of leftover stars and coins,...

News: Woah Dave! May Become a Real NES Cartridge Release

Woah Dave! May Become a Real NES Cartridge Release

Woah!

Woah Dave!, a 3DS eShop title that we reviewed late last year, may just be arriving on the console that inspired the game's alien-exterminating mechanics, as well as gaming as a whole - the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Tiny Cartridge has spoken with Choice Provisions Director Jason Cirillo and learned that the company has tentative...

Nintendo Download: 22nd January (Europe)

22nd January (Europe)

Triple Donkey Kong, Citizens of Earth, Hazumi, NES themes and more

It's Monday again, but it's time to turn that frown upside down as we have the European Nintendo Download Update, promising some goodies for later in the week. We have a dual Wii U and 3DS release published by Atlus, three Donkey Kong games including one of the last generation's best...

Review: 3D After Burner II (3DS eShop)

3D After Burner II (3DS eShop)

The need for speed

Classic ports always fare better when handled by a team that approaches the source game's legacy with the utmost respect, and without a hint of hyperbole 3D After Burner II is a truly exceptional retread. Developer M2 has worked wonders with this re-release of Sega's 1987 arcade cabinet, presenting a faithful port that captures...

Review: Best of Solitaire (3DS eShop)

Best of Solitaire (3DS eShop)

All by myself

Who doesn't love a good old card game? They're enjoyable, relaxing and you can even play them by yourself if you're socially lacking at the time. Best of Solitaire may seem like a tempting purchase if you're a fan of the solo four-suit adventure, but is it worth spending your money on? Best of Solitaire loads up almost instantly after...

News: Retro City Rampage DX Update Will Bring Dual Stick Aiming Support on New Nintendo 3DS

Retro City Rampage DX Update Will Bring Dual Stick Aiming Support on New Nintendo 3DS

Even more glorious chaos

We're pretty big fans of Retro City Rampage DX here at Nintendo Life, as its blend of chaotic retro GTA-style action and a whole load of '80s and '90s references come together into a hugely entertaining package. Though excellent on WiiWare, the DX edition on the 3DS eShop is the most feature and content-packed version on...

Review: PUZZLEBOX setup (3DS eShop)

PUZZLEBOX setup (3DS eShop)

Flip the script

It's always refreshing when a game comes along that challenges norms and makes its players rethink the standards of a genre. The modern gaming market is so abundant that even the least common genres are saturated with new titles, making it even more appreciated when something that feels new makes its way onto consoles. As Nintendo...

Nintendo Download: 15th January (North America)

15th January (North America)

3D After Burner II, Super Mario Galaxy 2, tempting discounts and much more

In this rather exciting week there's still time for our traditional Nintendo Download Update fix. This latest offering from Nintendo of America is pretty strong, with a variety of titles on Wii U and 3DS full of potential, in addition to some classics and discounts. Let's get...

News: Nintendo Kicks Off a "Throwback Sale" on the eShop in North America

Nintendo Kicks Off a "Throwback Sale" on the eShop in North America

Six games discounted until 22nd January

Following yesterday's reveal of Wii retail games on the Wii U eShop, plenty will have been tempted courtesy of the reduced prices in launch week. Nintendo of America's gone beyond that to use the first Wii release as an excuse for a "Throwback Sale", with six games discounted following today's update until...

News: Elliot Quest and Blek Bringing More Indie Charm to the Wii U eShop

Elliot Quest and Blek Bringing More Indie Charm to the Wii U eShop

Gunman Clive 2 pegged for January

In a segment unique to the North American Nintendo Direct, we had a brief look at some upcoming releases for the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores. Some details reiterated what we already knew, including release information for the concluding parts of Moon Chronicles and others, but there were some fresh games to take in...

News: Pokémon Shuffle is a Match-Three Game With Slightly Worrying Micro-Transactions

Pokémon Shuffle is a Match-Three Game With Slightly Worrying Micro-Transactions

It'll be all about the balancing

Today's Nintendo Direct broadcasts were packed with details, and a large percentage of the reveals and footage went down rather well. This humble writer did have his head in his hands at the announcement of Pokémon Shuffle for the 3DS eShop, however, for multiple reasons. For one thing it immediately followed the...

News: Nintendo Anime Channel Will Bring Free Streamed Shows to 3DS in Europe

Nintendo Anime Channel Will Bring Free Streamed Shows to 3DS in Europe

Pokémon! Kirby! Inazuma Eleven!

In the early days of the 3DS, Nintendo was keen to push the device as a video multimedia device, with the Nintendo Video channel providing a few short videos every week. That approach fizzled out for a while until Nintendo released the Pikmin Short Movies late last year, and now Nintendo of Europe is following that...

News: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Due in March and Will be Cross-Buy on Wii U and 3DS

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Due in March and Will be Cross-Buy on Wii U and 3DS

We tip our hats to Nintendo for that one

In today's Nintendo Direct it was revealed that the title of the upcoming Mario vs DK game will be Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, and it will be an eShop only download for both Wii U and 3DS. Most interestingly the game will be Nintendo's first cross-buy title - if you buy the Wii U version you'll get...