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Review: Flap Flap (3DS eShop)

Flap Flap (3DS eShop)

Flap off

The success of the free mobile hit, Flappy Bird, was arguably one of the darkest periods in the history of video games. It was a title with questionable assets, a tedious concept and flawed mechanics that was made in just a handful of days. Despite this, it was clearly addictive, going viral with unprecedented downloads and media coverage...

Nintendo Download: 26th February (Europe)

26th February (Europe)

Hyrule Warriors DLC, Pac-Attack, Titan Attacks, Kirby HOME themes and more

It's Monday morning, but that's a good thing if you're a Nintendo fan in Europe, as it brings us the latest Nintendo Download Update news. This week has some typically bonkers Wii U DLC along with a range of rather tempting downloads on both systems. Let's get to it. Wii U...

Review: Flipnote Studio 3D (3DS eShop)

Flipnote Studio 3D (3DS eShop)

Striking a nearly perfect note

From its launch in late 2008 until its eventual discontinuation five years later, Flipnote Studio was a smash hit among both the casual and professional creative types. As an application that assisted in creating flip-book style animations on the DSi, the concept was simple, but the amount of creativity that users put...

Feature: A History of Full Fat Games - From Nintendo Portables to Smartphones and Back Again

A History of Full Fat Games - From Nintendo Portables to Smartphones and Back Again

"I'm just pleased to have a game on the 3DS"

In the past week we brought you the news that Flick Golf 3D is coming to the 3DS eShop, which will be an interesting test to see whether a hugely popular smartphone game can grab a sizeable audience on Nintendo's portable. To those unfamiliar with developer Full Fat Games there could be a perception...

Review: Best of Arcade Games - Air Hockey (3DS eShop)

Best of Arcade Games - Air Hockey (3DS eShop)

Error Hockey

Step into the dimly-lit, sticky-floored interior of any arcade, pizza place, or bowling alley you can find, and there's bound to be at least one air hockey table somewhere. They're an iconic fixture, always ready to lure you and a friend over for just one game, no matter how many hockey pucks you've sent flying across the room in the...

News: Rodea: The Sky Soldier Confirmed For Release In North America And Europe

Rodea: The Sky Soldier Confirmed For Release In North America And Europe

Arriving this fall

After a disjointed development cycle, Rodea: The Sky Soldier has now been officially confirmed for a release in the West. NIS America will handle the digital and physical publishing rights of the game on both the Wii U and 3DS, with the title expected to arrive this fall. A copy of the original Wii game is set to be bundled with...

Nintendo Download: 19th February (North America)

19th February (North America)

Kirby, Axelay, RPG goodness, microtransactions, DSiWare and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for details of this week's download goodies to warm us up for the weekend. There's a tempting Wii U retail release, along with a classic SNES shooter, some interesting RPG options on 3DS, the return of DSiWare and more. If that's got your...

Review: Classic Card Games (3DS eShop)

Classic Card Games (3DS eShop)

Bust

You might think that you can't go far wrong with a good, old-fashioned card game, and you'd be right for the most part. Unfortunately there has never really been a successful transition of those card games that require multiple players into the download format, as much of the game resides in the psychological. Psyching out your opponents or...

Reaction: Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtransaction Hell, But It's Getting There

Pokémon Shuffle Isn't Quite Microtransaction Hell, But It's Getting There

Tom Whitehead scratches his head, waits 30 minutes, then scratches it again

Microtransactions. It's a grubby phrase in the eyes of many, mainly because it represents a concept that thrives on being small and inoffensive, yet has the capability to lead to extravagant costs or to simply wreck a game's momentum. It's worse than 'free-to-play', as a...

Review: Best of Arcade Games - Brick Breaker (3DS eShop)

Best of Arcade Games - Brick Breaker (3DS eShop)

Just Another Brick in the Wall

It takes an extremely exceptional video game to defy the tests of time. Technological advancements coupled with ever shifting consumer attitudes and expectations have often seen classic gaming titles left by the proverbial wayside as the years roll on. The likes of Pac-Man, Tetris and Gradius are prime examples of...

News: SteamWorld Heist to be Playable At Upcoming US and UK Events

SteamWorld Heist to be Playable At Upcoming US and UK Events

PAX East, EXG Rezzed and The Steampunk World’s Fair

SteamWorld Heist is set to be one of the most intriguing download releases of 2015. A follow-up - but not sequel - to the hugely popular SteamWorld Dig, developer Image & Form is aiming to release the title across multiple platforms, including the eShop on Wii U and 3DS. It's a departure for...

Interview: Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop Team, Reaching Out to Indies and Finding Games That Matter

Nintendo's Damon Baker on the eShop Team, Reaching Out to Indies and Finding Games That Matter

Talks self-publishing, New Nintendo 3DS XL and more at Indiecade East

Nintendo recently attended Indiecade East 2015 in New York, where Damon Baker - Senior Manager in Marketing and Licensing - met with fans and developers alike, and led a seminar called "Self-Publishing with Nintendo." Nintendo Life attended the informative seminar and then had a...

News: Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the New Nintendo 3DS XL Decision and Desire to Engage With the Community

Nintendo of America's Damon Baker Explains the New Nintendo 3DS XL Decision and Desire to Engage With the Community

"The core audience... we weren't going to win with them on that decision"

Nintendo of America has been an active supporter of Indiecade in recent years, and recently attended the New York based Indiecade East event to showcase eShop releases and to promote the Wii U and 3DS as valid platforms for small developers of all types. It was in attendance...

Nintendo Download: 19th February (Europe)

19th February (Europe)

Wii downloads return with Kirby, classic Castlevania, GBA goodness and more

Monday morning can be a dreary time, but Nintendo of Europe has sent out the Download Update details for the coming week to bring some sunshine into your life. After a two week absence we see the return of Wii downloads on the eShop, some retro classics, DLC, loads of...

Review: 3D Fantasy Zone (3DS eShop)

3D Fantasy Zone (3DS eShop)

Blow your mind in a fantasy zone

One of the first 'cute 'em ups' following Konami's Twinbee, Fantasy Zone first launched in Japanese arcades in 1986, but is better known in the west for its decent Master System conversion. Iconic protagonist Opa-Opa also sneaks in cameo appearances in many Sega games, most recently as a playable character in Sonic...

Review: Best of Board Games - Mahjong (3DS eShop)

Best of Board Games - Mahjong (3DS eShop)

Matching never felt so adequate

Mahjong is something of a cultural institution in the East, widely played to this day throughout China, Japan, and South Korea. For such an enduring board game, the 3DS eShop has seen no shortage of adaptations - of the basic Solitaire version, in any case. In fact, there's almost an embarrassment of options available...

News: Adventure Bar Story is Your Typical RPG and Pub Management Experience

Adventure Bar Story is Your Typical RPG and Pub Management Experience

Where every party knows your name

There can be the perception that an RPG can be made out of anything, and the upcoming Adventure Bar Story on 3DS is proof of that. Set to arrive in the coming week in North America for $5.99, this eShop game certainly has a quirky premise. It has the usual RPG elements of setting up a Party and venturing out into...

News: A Wild Update on Pokémon Shuffle Appears

A Wild Update on Pokémon Shuffle Appears

Nintendo used Microtransaction!

A surprise announcement in last month's Nintendo Direct was the reveal of Pokémon Shuffle, a free-to-play match-three type game that strongly resembles Pokémon Link: Battle! / Pokémon Battle Trozei. There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the title as it heavily features microtransactions, leading some to...