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Nintendo Download: 16th April (North America)

16th April (North America)

StreetPass DLC, Smash Bros. DLC, DK 64, 3D Fantasy Zone II and much more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for the Nintendo Download Update to bring more treats to Wii U and 3DS. This week we have some Rare action on the Wii U, Smash Bros. DLC, StreetPass extras, another Sega classic and much more besides. Let's get to the details...

News: Nintendo Has Released This Fabulous 3DS Theme In Japan To Celebrate The Launch Of Girls Mode 3

Nintendo Has Released This Fabulous 3DS Theme In Japan To Celebrate The Launch Of Girls Mode 3

Stunning, darling!

The latest entry in the Girls Mode series (known locally as Style Savvy or New Style Boutique depending on where you live) is now out in Japan.To celebrate the special occasion, Nintendo has released a Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code 3DS theme. The new theme, which can be viewed on the catwalk in the trailer below, is available for...

News: Citizens of Earth Update Halves Wii U Load Times And Adds Retro Soundtrack

Citizens of Earth Update Halves Wii U Load Times And Adds Retro Soundtrack

Also includes improved stability and minor bug fixes

Atlus and Eden Industries have updated the JRPG-inspired role-playing game, Citizens of Earth, with added and improved functionality. The update which applies to both the Wii U and 3DS eShop versions of the game includes the addition of a retro chiptunes soundtrack menu option to relive the glory...

Review: My Pet School 3D (3DS eShop)

My Pet School 3D (3DS eShop)

Plays dead

Do you get the feeling we've barked up this tree before? My Pet School 3D is much like other entries in TREVA's bloated stable of pet sims, such as Me & My Pets 3D and Life with Horses 3D. Each successive instalment comes with the desperate hope that some new tricks have been learned this time around, only to have it stare back at you...

Review: Pazuru (3DS eShop)

Pazuru (3DS eShop)

Not pants-uru

Nintendo handhelds have been graced with many great puzzle games over the years, from the wonderful Tetris on the original Game Boy through to the present day; the Picross series, Pullblox and the Professor Layton titles all being notable recent examples. In fact, a quick filtered search of the 3DS eShop by 'Puzzle' genre reveals no...

News: Streets Of Rage 2, Gunstar Heroes And Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Are Your Next Sega 3D Classics

Streets Of Rage 2, Gunstar Heroes And Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Are Your Next Sega 3D Classics

More 16-bit goodness on your 3DS

Sega has confirmed that Streets of Rage 2, Gunstar Heroes and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 are making their way to the 3DS eShop. This trio of Sega Mega Drive / Genesis titles will be joining the steadily-growing ranks of Sega's retro remasters, which already includes the likes of Space Harrier, Out Ru

News: The Scrappers Will Be Out to Get You in SteamWorld Heist

The Scrappers Will Be Out to Get You in SteamWorld Heist

Details of enemy types are shown off

SteamWorld Heist could be a download highlight of 2015, with the follow-up - not sequel - to SteamWorld Dig heading to Wii U and 3DS alongside a host of other platforms. 2D strategy takes the place of digging and jumping, while steampunk will be heading into outer space. The Image & Form blog is posting...

Interview: Choice Provisions on the Nindie Scene, Future Plans and Why CommanderVideo Should Be in Smash Bros. 

Choice Provisions on the Nindie Scene, Future Plans and Why CommanderVideo Should Be in Smash Bros. 

"Shovel Knight, Meat Boy, and CommanderVideo would hold their own"

Choice Provisions remains one of the most admirably eclectic yet successful developers currently plying their trade in the download scene. After coming to prominence with the BIT.TRIP series on WiiWare and other platforms, the studio changed its name from Gaijin Games and has begun...

News: Zelda-Style Adventure Midora Runs Out Of Kickstarter Cash, Future Of Wii U And 3DS Versions Uncertain

Zelda-Style Adventure Midora Runs Out Of Kickstarter Cash, Future Of Wii U And 3DS Versions Uncertain

De-Minishing Returns

Remember Midora? It's a Zelda-inspired action-adventure which was successfully funded via Kickstarter to the tune of $73,470, and while it didn't meet its Wii U and 3DS stretch goals, developer Epic Minds insisted that it would still come to those machines - it would just take a little longer. However, there are doubts the

Review: Excave II : Wizard of the Underworld (3DS eShop)

Excave II : Wizard of the Underworld (3DS eShop)

Dungeon crawling on a higher budget

Not long ago, the budget-priced dungeon-crawler Excave hit the 3DS eShop, and our review found the experience a technically sound and overall enjoyable experience, despite some minor flaws. This sequel follows a bit more than a month later, and promises more polished hack and slash gameplay, though at an increased...

Nintendo Download: 16th April (Europe)

16th April (Europe)

StreetPass extras, Elliot Quest, SEGA 3D goodness, Smash DLC and much more

Another week begins, and that means Nintendo Download Update news for European gamers. This week has plenty to offer, with Super Smash Bros. DLC arriving on 3DS and Wii U, a high profile indie effort on the home console, a SEGA 3D Classic, demos, another Wii title and much...

News: Nintendo's Super Spring Sale Shines Light on Some Top Wii U and 3DS eShop Deals 

Nintendo's Super Spring Sale Shines Light on Some Top Wii U and 3DS eShop Deals 

If you're in North America check them out

In addition to discounts announced as part of Nintendo's Download Update for North America, there are a range of enticing offers also available as part of a 'Super Spring Sale' in the region. It's Spring Break season, so there's that bit more time for games. The discounts stretch across Wii U and 3DS retail...

Review: Jet Dog (3DS eShop)

Jet Dog (3DS eShop)

A bit ruff

Here's a quick generalisation: There are huge differences between mobile games and Nintendo 3DS games. The best mobile games take advantage of the host platform with regards to touch controls, usage of the screen and gameplay. It's also fair to say that for every great mobile game, there's a shed load of dross, but at least they're...

News: 3DS eShop Title Titan Run Is Attack On Titan In Bite-Sized Form

3DS eShop Title Titan Run Is Attack On Titan In Bite-Sized Form

Smash up a city for the highest score

D3Publisher's Japan-only Simple Series has been running for quite a few years now, offering engaging experiences for reasonable prices. The latest entry - developed by E-Trek - is inspired by the anime and manga franchise Attack on Titan and sees you dashing through the crowded city of Tokyo causing as much...

Nintendo Download: 9th April (North America)

9th April (North America)

Xenoblade, Etrian Dungeons, Affordable Space Adventures, DS treats and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for the Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings a Wii U exclusive that makes interesting use of the GamePad, major retail releases on the New Nintendo 3DS XL and wider 3DS 'family', more free-to-play Pokémon on 3DS,...

News: Iron Combat: War in the Air Starts the Battle in Europe on 16th April

Iron Combat: War in the Air Starts the Battle in Europe on 16th April

Fire it up

There aren't many 3D futuristic flying action games on the 3DS eShop, which makes Iron Combat: War in the Air one to consider. Developed by Amzy and published by Teyon, this blends in-air shooting with some melee action thrown in; already out in North America, the good news for European portable players is that it's now dated for a 16th...

News: Pokémon Rumble World Available Now, as Nintendo Releases a New Launch Trailer

Pokémon Rumble World Available Now, as Nintendo Releases a New Launch Trailer

A day earlier than most downloads

Pokémon Rumble World, Nintendo's latest dalliance with free-to-play on the 3DS, arrives today - 8th April. Just recently announced, it takes the button mashing brawling series into microtransaction territory and is set to include all Pokémon that we've seen to date, including many Mega Evolutions. It's already...

Nintendo Download: 9th April (Europe)

9th April (Europe)

Affordable Space Adventures, free Pokémon Rumble, Quell Memento and more

A day later than normal courtesy of a public holiday, we now have this week's full Nintendo Download Update details for Europe. There's a Wii U eShop exclusive, the next free-to-play Pokémon title on 3DS, an excellent 'zen' puzzle experience and more. Let's get to the...

News: Mega Blastoise Event Launches in Pokémon Shuffle, as Free-to-Play Title Passes Three Million Downloads

Mega Blastoise Event Launches in Pokémon Shuffle, as Free-to-Play Title Passes Three Million Downloads

Be quick to win a Blastoisinite

Pokémon Shuffle is the highest profile free-to-play release yet from Nintendo, mainly due to its use of microtransactions to try and get players to spend money in order to accelerate progress. Evidently Pokémon is the franchise for these experiments, as the upcoming Pokémon Rumble World will also have a similar...