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Nintendo Download: 9th January (Europe)

9th January (Europe)

Contra goes to war, Mario's début, Korg creativity and more

Over a day later than expected, we now have this week's Nintendo Download details for Europe. This week brings us one game each on the Virtual Console platforms, some cooking and musical creativity as well as a few discounts. Let's get to it. Wii U Virtual Console: Contra III: The Alien...

First Impressions: 3D After Burner II

3D After Burner II


Japanese code-shop M2’s range of Sega 3D Classics consistently puts everyone else’s retro remaster efforts in the shade, and the time we've spent with the Japanese version of 3D After Burner II yet again shows that the studio simply cannot be beaten when it comes to getting an arcade-accurate port running smoothly on the relatively...

Matters of Import: Dessert-Based Adventures With Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru

Dessert-Based Adventures With Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru

That Zelda-ish game with the frog guy

Twenty one years ago, Game Boy fans were graced with the wonderful Link’s Awakening, an action-adventure classic that has quite rightfully taken its place in gaming history as one of the greatest games in both the Game Boy’s library and The Legend of Zelda series. But a year before that, Japanese gamers...

Review: EDGE (3DS eShop)

EDGE (3DS eShop)

A different side of the same cube

We are already big fans of EDGE on the Wii U eShop, a release in which it was one-third of the Two Tribes Classics trilogy. Its arrival on the 3DS is as a solo flyer, and perhaps on a screen size that'll be more familiar to veterans of the mobigame title that Two Tribes has so effectively promoted to gamers of all...

News: Renegade Kid Teases Announcement for "FPS Lovers and 3DS Owners"

Renegade Kid Teases Announcement for "FPS Lovers and 3DS Owners"

Engage speculation mode

We do like a good tease here on Nintendo Life, as developers dangle an announcement in front of our noses before snatching it away, with a wink and cheeky smile all we have to go on. Jools Watsham — co-founder of Renegade Kid — knows that some like a little bit of mystery, and has given us a taster with confirmation that...

Review: Mario Tennis (3DS eShop)

Mario Tennis (3DS eShop)

Courts of Appeal

For whatever its name is worth, Mario Tennis doesn’t feature a lot of the red guy — at least at first. That may come as an initial disappointment to some who were drawn to the M-word. Now if you came for the “tennis” part, well, that’s a whole different story. Mario Tennis will let you get into a game right off the...

Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014

2013 set a high standard

2013 was a terrific year for the 3DS, when the recovery of 2012 was consolidated into a year of substantial sales and critical acclaim from gamers. The line-up of games throughout the year probably wasn't as substantial as popular perception would suggest, but it was a case of a small quantity delivering excellent quality,...

Nintendo Download: 2nd January (North America)

2nd January (North America)

It's déjà vu, plus some additional treats

This week's Nintendo Download update for North America is in, though it prompts a distinct feeling of déjà vu due to it being almost identical to last week's update; just two new downloads make an appearance. Our suspicion is that the details are reiterated to compensate for any confusion or loss of...

Review: Bird Mania Christmas (3DS eShop)

Bird Mania Christmas (3DS eShop)

Making holiday travel fun

We loved Bird Mania 3D. Its superficial simplicity hid a surprising gem of a game that sunk its talons into us and never let go; news of Bird Mania Christmas, as you might expect, got us very excited indeed. The fact that it missed release in time for the holiday is unfortunate, but the game itself is no worse for the...

News: Nintendo Apologises for Nintendo Network Issues as Full eShop Services Return

Nintendo Apologises for Nintendo Network Issues as Full eShop Services Return

Information on Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter "as soon as possible"

As most eager Nintendo gamers will be aware, the Nintendo Network suffered extensive problems and downtime on 25th / 26th December, with a gradual but limited return to services — particularly the eShop stores — on 27th / 28th December. It seems that all is now fully up and...

News: Gunman Clive Sells Quarter Of A Million Copies Across All Formats, "Vast Majority" On 3DS

Gunman Clive Sells Quarter Of A Million Copies Across All Formats, "Vast Majority" On 3DS

Japanese eShop sales have been "very good", too

Bertil Hörberg — the talented fellow behind the excellent Gunman Clive — has already revealed that the 3DS version of the game has sold better than its smartphone counterparts. However, he now has more good news to share — the game has been downloaded 250,000 times across all formats, with most...

Review: Banana Bliss: Jungle Puzzles (3DS eShop)

Banana Bliss: Jungle Puzzles (3DS eShop)

A jungle trek that won't break the bank

Simplicity isn't always a bad thing. Handheld titles are inherently more limited in technical scope than their more advanced home console contemporaries, but that doesn't necessarily make them lesser games. The 3DS eShop has had no shortage of downloadable beauties in 2013, ranging from simple to sublime, and...

News: Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter Releases Delayed in the West

Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter Releases Delayed in the West

Nintendo Network issues cited as the cause

Boxing Day was an odd day in the world of Nintendo Downloads. Issues with the Nintendo Network continued, while Nintendo disabled Pokémon Bank and withdrew it from the eShop in Japan; it emerged that the launch of the app on 25th December in the company's homeland had contributed to the issues we've...

Review: Life with Horses 3D (3DS eShop)

Life with Horses 3D (3DS eShop)

Say neigh

Horses are magnificent creatures. Whether humble labourers or prize-winning performers, each is a complex creature that can be both challenging and rewarding to care for and understand. Life with Horses 3D manages to portray the aspect of hard work in raising horses, but puts the whole “rewarding” part out to pasture. Players in the...

Nintendo Download: 26th December (North America)

26th December (North America)

Dr. Luigi, CastleStorm, Pokémon Bank, many discounts and more

Update: Perhaps unsurprisingly, Nintendo has now confirmed that the release of Pokémon Bank is delayed, contrary to the Download Update issued on Boxing Day. Original Article: Nintendo is yet to update its official press site, but the latest Download Update details have been...

News: Pokémon Bank Withdrawn From 3DS eShop in Japan as Nintendo Network Issues Continue

Pokémon Bank Withdrawn From 3DS eShop in Japan as Nintendo Network Issues Continue

Western release on 27th December in doubt

Since Christmas Day there have been serious problems with the Nintendo Network, with the big N assuring gamers that its working hard to resolve the issue. At the time of writing various online games are functional, but there are still problems with both eShop platforms and the 3DS version of Miiverse across...

Feature: A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

Life in the FAST lane

In our third Year in Development feature we have a guest article from Shin'en Multimedia's Manfred Linzner. The eShop developer has, over a number of years, forged a reputation for developing high-quality, polished games on Nintendo's download platforms. In this article Linzner summarises the studio's 2013, including surprise...

Review: Orion's Odyssey (DSiWare)

Orion's Odyssey (DSiWare)

A little Odyssey

Island Officials' Kickstarter-funded puzzler Orion's Odyssey is the spiritual successor to Hands On! Tangrams, a fun but one-note title that had solid gameplay but little variety and was severely lacking in presentation. Island Officials has crafted a more polished experience with a charming presentation and story, but with...