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Review: The Starship Damrey (3DS eShop)

The Starship Damrey (3DS eShop)

A short story adventure

There's a reason that some gamers get excited at the news of Guild01 and Guild02 localisations in the West, as Level-5's collections gather some of the Japanese development community's finest names to produce small titles of, well, whatever genre they feel like trying out. The Starship Damrey is the first of the second...

News: Shantae 3DS Virtual Console Release Date Creeps Ever Closer

Shantae 3DS Virtual Console Release Date Creeps Ever Closer

Check back on Monday, WayForward fans

It says much for how highly some gamers regard Shantae on the Game Boy Color that its arrival on the 3DS Virtual Console can attract serious attention. One of WayForward's original IPs, it combines exploration with action platforming to keep a lot of gamers happy, with the subsequent DSiWare sequel and...

Review: Dress To Play: Magic Bubbles! (3DS eShop)

Dress To Play: Magic Bubbles! (3DS eShop)

Mix and match-three

Late last year, Coder Child's Dress to Play: Cute Witches! flew onto the 3DS eShop with a unique blend of dress-up and side-scrolling soaring, a promising premise that we felt it didn't quite live up to. Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! follows the same format of combining character customisation with simple gameplay, this time...

News: Zelda Oracle Titles To Have an Initial Discount on the 3DS Virtual Console in North America

Zelda Oracle Titles To Have an Initial Discount on the 3DS Virtual Console in North America

The quest begins on 30th May

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons were recently confirmed for the 3DS Virtual Console, certainly welcome news for fans of the Game Boy Color double-act. Nintendo had also confirmed that the link capability of the originals — which back in the day would have set gamers...

Developer Interview: Two Tribes on Toki Tori 2's Adventure So Far, and What's Still to Come

Two Tribes on Toki Tori 2's Adventure So Far, and What's Still to Come

Original Toki Tori may get Wii U re-release

Toki Tori 2 was one of the first titles confirmed for the Wii U eShop, even before it was officially confirmed to be called the eShop. Though it arrived outside of the launch window, that was due to the development team opting to improve key elements that weren't up to the studio's standards ahead of a...

Nintendo Download: 16th May (North America)

16th May (North America)

Super inexpensive Metroid, scares, soldiers, retro classics and more

It's that time, North America, and you've undoubtedly got a particularly meaty lineup this week. All three Virtual Console services have new content, and the region gets a special retro Mario offer on the Wii U. There's also a stone-cold classic for 30 cents, along with quite a...

News: Edgeworth Likely to Appear in Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

Edgeworth Likely to Appear in Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies

Still rocking the cravat

Fans of the Ace Attorney series’ cool, classy and collected prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (you know who you are) should be happy to see he’s an apparent lock for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, according to reportedly leaked images from Famitsu. Edgeworth returns to the courtroom sporting a pair of glasses,...

Developer Interview: Yacht Club Games - Kickstarter Can Show The Demand for Indie Titles

Yacht Club Games - Kickstarter Can Show The Demand for Indie Titles

Sean Velasco shares his thoughts on the crowdfunding platform

Over the weekend you may have seen a feature that we posted considering the increasing relevance of Kickstarter. The crowdfunding website has exploded in popularity in the past year, with many projects subsequently emerging that'll make their way to Wii U and/or 3DS. We spoke to two...

News: Harvest Moon GBC Sows Its Seeds in North America This Week

Harvest Moon GBC Sows Its Seeds in North America This Week

The harvest is ready

Since it was announced earlier this year, and subsequently arrived in Europe at the end of March, a few North American download updates have had at least one polite enquiry along the lines of "where's Harvest Moon?" We haven't had an answer, but thankfully Natsume has confirmed that the Game Boy Color title will hit the 3DS...

Developer Interview: Goodbye Galaxy Games on Developing for Nintendo's Portable Systems

Goodbye Galaxy Games on Developing for Nintendo's Portable Systems

Hugo Smits gives insight into a developer's life

While we'd suggest that he doesn't necessarily get the attention he deserves, Hugo Smit — through his studio Goodbye Galaxy Games — delivered four notable DSiWare experiences. These have all been published by third-parties, but have each had merits and plenty of areas worthy of praise. Of...

News: Hugo Smits: Nintendo of Europe Needs "Somebody Like Dan Adelman"

Hugo Smits: Nintendo of Europe Needs "Somebody Like Dan Adelman"

"It will allow Nintendo to tap this huge pool of developers"

Hugo Smits is the man behind Goodbye Galaxy Games, which has produced two Flipper titles, Nintendo Life's "DSiWare Download of 2012" winner Ace Mathician and, most recently, the rather enjoyable Color Commando — all for DSiWare. We've spoken at some length to Hugo about his history...

News: Squids Wrapping Its Tentacles Around The 3DS and Wii U eShops

Squids Wrapping Its Tentacles Around The 3DS and Wii U eShops

Expected to arrive this summer

If you like your tactical RPGs wet and whimsical, then Squids may be able to serve something up for you on the 3DS and Wii U eShops this summer. Squids, made by The Game Bakers, originally came out for iOS and was later released on other mobile devices and the PC. According to French website Pockett.net, Nintendo’s...

Video: Meet Some Indie Developers and Publishers That Will Shape the eShop Platforms

Meet Some Indie Developers and Publishers That Will Shape the eShop Platforms

Interviews from iDÉAME13 in Madrid

On the 13th/14th April Nintendo took over the iDÉAME Developer's Conference, showcasing the broad range of titles coming to the Wii U and 3DS eShops, while developers of all sizes took part in presentations and talks about the games industry. As we highlighted in an article on Nintendo's Indie Crusade, there...

News: Darts Up 3D Steps Up to the Oche on 3DS eShop

Darts Up 3D Steps Up to the Oche on 3DS eShop

One hundred and Eiiiiiiiiiiiighteeeeeeeeee (and all that)

EnjoyUp Games is a prolific developer and publisher on Nintendo's download platforms, with its Soccer Up releases also representing its own brand of sports games. Whether this one counts as a sport or not is, we think, subjective, but its latest title will be Darts Up 3D for the 3DS eShop...

News: CIRCLE Entertainment Will Make A Publisher Dream Sequel Should It Be Successful

CIRCLE Entertainment Will Make A Publisher Dream Sequel Should It Be Successful

All it needs is 888 "votes"

CIRCLE Entertainment's DSiWare title Publisher Dream is now available in both Europe and North America and it seems there may be a sequel on the way should the game do well. The publisher recently announced on its Twitter account that if the game hits "888 votes" in the US eShop a sequel will "definitely" be lined up for...

Review: SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (3DS eShop)

SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (3DS eShop)

Lightspeed Lite

Last year's SpeedX 3D brought Gamelion's endless tunnel racer from the mobile phone market to the 3DS, adding a third dimension and physical controls and proving that mobile games can make excellent eShop experiences. Now the race returns with SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition, and while it's still a whole lot of fun, it's neither the sequel...