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Review: My Pets (3DS eShop)

My Pets (3DS eShop)

Your pets are better than mine

If you've ever considered owning a pet, the 3DS game My Pets is a great way to dissuade you. It's not due to the fact that spending time taking care of virtual animals can never truly replicate the warm, fuzzy feelings of a pet's unconditional love. It's that this game highlights a lot of the seedier, dirtier sides of...

Review: Slice It! (3DS eShop)

Slice It! (3DS eShop)

Clean cut

Do you consider yourself a samurai among slicers? Do you leave no pizza asymmetrically divided in your wake? Then Slice It! might have a challenge made for you. The goal of Slice It! is straightforward. Each puzzle provides a shape or design that the player must cut into a certain number of separate pieces using full cuts from one side to...

News: Another 17 Games Get North American eShop Discounts in the Winter Warm-Up Sale

Another 17 Games Get North American eShop Discounts in the Winter Warm-Up Sale

Super Mario 3D World! Freedom Planet! Runner 2! More!

This week's Nintendo Download Update for North America includes some high profile releases, but the good news is that the second week of 'Winter Warm-Up' sales brings some more enticing discounts. This is the middle week of the three week promotion across the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores, with...

Review: The Legend of Dark Witch - Episode 2: The Price of Desire (3DS eShop)

The Legend of Dark Witch - Episode 2: The Price of Desire (3DS eShop)

Unbewitching sequel

Episodic gaming isn't a new or very interesting concept anymore. The idea of partitioning a game's release into episodes for the sake of providing better content at the sacrifice of instant gratification is good in theory, but that's just a theory. In practice, this only works when a developer stays true to its promise of...

Nintendo Download: 21st January (North America)

21st January (North America)

Minecraft: Story Mode! Mario & Luigi! Zack & Wiki! Classic Mario! More!

It's that time once again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings a high-profile retail release on 3DS, an episodic Minecraft experience, some tempting Virtual Console arrivals and other offerings that include demos and discounts...

Review: Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails (3DS eShop)

Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails (3DS eShop)

A smooth ride

Oddly enough, there's a small trend of train simulator games coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Why developers prefer to put these on the portable console is anyone's guess, but there's a surprisingly large selection in the 3DS library considering the niche appeal of the genre. Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails is the latest arrival...

News: Rynn's Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest is Heading to Wii U Soon

Rynn's Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest is Heading to Wii U Soon

A 3DS release is also planned

The eShop isn't exactly short of platformers, on both Wii U and 3DS, yet it's a genre that's pretty much always welcome. Running and jumping is still rather popular when done well, and Nintendo's systems have delivered some gems on this score. It's also a genre that provides a good jumping off point for young studios...

Nintendo Download: 21st January (Europe)

21st January (Europe)

Mario Kart 64! Adventures of Pip! Radiohammer! Themes galore! More!

Another week begins with the Nintendo Download Update details in Europe, and this time around we have a Nintendo 64 classic joined by a long-awaited retro-styled new release on the home console. Beyond that we have an exciting demo, 3DS Home Themes galore and a few discounts; let's...

News: 17 Games Get North American eShop Discounts in the Winter Warm-Up Sale

17 Games Get North American eShop Discounts in the Winter Warm-Up Sale

Star Fox 64 3D! Gunman Clive 2! Punch-Out! More!

This week's Nintendo Download Update for North America had plenty of information, yet as expected Nintendo of America has followed it up with the first week of its 'Winter Warm-Up' sales. For three weeks there'll be themed discounts across the eShop on Wii U and 3DS, with the first batch coming...

Nintendo Download: 14th January (North America)

14th January (North America)

Metroid: Zero Mission! Space Hulk! Slice It! Discounts! More!

It's Nintendo Download Update time once again, with this week's North American offerings bringing a mix of old and new treats. The Wii U Virtual Console catches up with a long-demanded Game Boy Advance title, while there's also some strategy, gallery shooting and more coming to the home...

News: Bravely Second: End Layer Demo Arrives in Europe on 11th February

Bravely Second: End Layer Demo Arrives in Europe on 11th February

A "prelude to the adventure"

Bravely Default was a popular arrival when it was localised in Europe and North America, and also had a demo that served as a prelude to the main game. With Bravely Second: End Layer approaching in Europe the same strategy is being revisited. With the game due on 26th February, including a gorgeous Collector's Edition

News: Yes, You Can Scan The Shovel Knight amiibo While It's Still In Its Box

Yes, You Can Scan The Shovel Knight amiibo While It's Still In Its Box

"We got a lot of feedback from fans before release"

Collecting amiibo is a full-time obsession for some Nintendo fans, and there will be a great many out there who are kept up at night by the eternal question - should you open the packaging and reduce the value of the figure in order to use it in the manner Nintendo intended? The reason collectors...

News: ​Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Launches in Japan This Month

​Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge Launches in Japan This Month

Could this be NST's rumoured project?

It's interesting to see how the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games have slowly changed over time. While the first game was a 2D platformer that echoed the philosophy of the classic Donkey Kong arcade game, each successive entry focused more and more on the miniature toy versions of characters. Now, it's become a...

News: Word Puzzles by POWGI is Heading to Europe on 28th January, Including a Wii U Release

Word Puzzles by POWGI is Heading to Europe on 28th January, Including a Wii U Release

Supports all amiibo for extra puzzles

European fans of puzzles and word games have a double release on the way this month, with Lightwood Games confirming a release date of 28th January for Word Puzzles by POWGI in the region. Already confirmed for 3DS, the title is also heading to the Wii U eShop on the same day. These titles will provide a...

Nintendo Download: 14th January (Europe)

14th January (Europe)

Mega Man Battles! Final Fantasy Explorers pre-load! DLC! Discounts!

Another week begins and we have a modest batch of games to consider in the European Nintendo Download Update. There are the two versions of the final Mega Man Battle Network title on the Wii U Virtual Console, a neat demo on 3DS, DLC and the option to pre-purchase a major retail...

Nintendo Download: 7th January (North America)

7th January (North America)

Light gun games! Ocean Runner! Discovery! More!

The time has come for the first North America Nintendo Download Update of 2016, and it includes a variety of options. The Wii U Virtual Console plays catch up with three light gun games, while new download offerings include a creative Minecraft-a-like, two RCMADIAX games and the return of Ninja Pig...

Review: Ocean Runner (3DS eShop)

Ocean Runner (3DS eShop)

Shallow Waters

Deep within the vast, mysterious waters of our blue planet, the endless-runner genre is surprisingly still alive and well. As the name might suggest, Ocean Runner combines mobile friendly arcade gameplay with a nautical theme, perhaps creating the eShop's first endless swimmer title in the process, but is there enough here to keep our...

News: ​BOXBOY! is Getting a Sequel

​BOXBOY! is Getting a Sequel

It's time for round two

Many of you will no doubt remember BOXBOY!, a quirky puzzle platformer from HAL Laboratories that came out last spring. We gave it a 6/10, noting that it's a solid game, but it plays things a little too safe. Nonetheless, it apparently was a fairly popular title, as Nintendo has just announced a sequel. The new game will be...

Nintendo Download: 7th January (Europe)

7th January (Europe)

New Super Mario Bros. Wii! Temple of Yog! Drill Dozer! More!

It's the first Nintendo Download Update of the year, kicking off with the European arrivals that are on the way. This week we have an enjoyable platformer from the Wii era and the EU debut of a Game Freak GBA title, along with a few varied fresh releases on both Wii U and 3DS. There are a...

News: Alien Dinosaurs Will Be Invading The Wii U And 3DS eShops Soon

Alien Dinosaurs Will Be Invading The Wii U And 3DS eShops Soon

Do the dinosaur

Indie developer Ratalaika Games is bringing its action title Alien Dinosaurs to Nintendo platforms. The run-and-gun shooter - which wouldn't look out of place on the Game Boy - sees the player character getting abducted by alien reptiles who then set up a gauntlet of challenges to ascertain if the planet Earth is ripe for conquest...