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News: Tappingo 2 Close to European Release

Tappingo 2 Close to European Release

Aiming for June

Puzzle games and the 3DS eShop are old, familiar allies - small screens suit leisurely puzzling, and there are some clever titles that scratch that itch on the system. Tappingo is one, which provides its own twist on a Picross-esque formula. Of course Tappingo 2 has been out in North America for a while, and we rather liked it in...

News: Natsume Is Bringing Two Arc System Works Titles To North America In July & August

Natsume Is Bringing Two Arc System Works Titles To North America In July & August

More love for the eShop

Publisher of the Harvest Moon series, Natsume, has announced it has partnered with Arc System Works to release two titles for Nintendo's eShop platform in North America over the coming months. Gotcha Racing, coming to the 3DS this July, is a top-down racing game where players gather parts from capsule machines to build a...

Nintendo Download: 21st May (North America)

21st May (North America)

Swords & Soldiers II, classic Mega Man, Puzzle & Dragons and much more

It's that time again, slightly later than normal, for the North American Download Update details. This week brings a range of new options on Wii U, a number of which are exclusives, along with a 3DS retail release, the latest from CIRCLE Entertainment and a whole load of...

Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

More for less isn't sensible or fair

There's a worrying trend at present, in which ambitious and creative independent developers announce a sizeable Wii U exclusive, and then have to defend their pricing. That's happened twice in recent times with Affordable Space Adventures and - this week - Swords & Soldiers II. We've also had a reliable...

Exclusive: eShop Publishers Are Dropping Releases In Germany Due To Low Sales And Cost Of USK Rating

eShop Publishers Are Dropping Releases In Germany Due To Low Sales And Cost Of USK Rating

Smaller indies also struggling to make a living on Nintendo systems

We've reported on the less-than-ideal nature of global age ratings in the past, and what they mean for indie developers attempting to make a living on Nintendo's systems. Releasing a game internationally isn't a simple matter of pushing a button; age ratings must be granted in every...

News: Come Up With Witty One-Liners to Become a SteamWorld Heist Ambassador

Come Up With Witty One-Liners to Become a SteamWorld Heist Ambassador

Plagiarising Bender isn't an option

In recent weeks Image & Form has been keeping the fires burning for the planned Fall release of SteamWorld Heist, which is coming to various platforms including Wii U and 3DS. Its mix of 2D strategy, procedurally generated levels and a quirky premise have made it one of our most eagerly watching download...

News: Samurai Defender Aims to Defend the Castle This Week, in North America, on the 3DS eShop

Samurai Defender Aims to Defend the Castle This Week, in North America, on the 3DS eShop

Tap and destroy

CIRCLE Entertainment certainly stays busy on the 3DS eShop, producing a whole range of releases both developed in-house and publishing the work of others, particularly studios based in Japan and the Far East. Some prove to be gems, certainly, while others are a little more modest in what they offer; nevertheless, the portable's...

News: NES Sports Title Tecmo Bowl Rated By The Australian Classification Board

NES Sports Title Tecmo Bowl Rated By The Australian Classification Board

Marks the title's Virtual Console debut in PAL regions

The NFL arcade game originally developed by Tecmo in 1987 and ported to the NES in 1989 is expected to arrive soon on the Virtual Console in PAL regions after it was recently rated by the Australian Classification Board. This will be the first time Tecmo Bowl has been released in this region as...

Review: Fullblox (3DS eShop)

Fullblox (3DS eShop)

Pulling the blocks into place

It's arguably one of the key gaming experiences to indulge in some light puzzling on a handheld system. Whether it's Tetris or Picross, nothing makes a morning commute or quiet evening more relaxing than letting grey matter and opposable thumbs work together to solve a problem. Pullblox / Pushmo is one Nintendo 3DS...

Review: 3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop)

3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop)

Get to the chopper!

There was a time in the late '80s when Thunder Blade machines were a fairly common sight in amusement arcades. Yet even with a decent amount of distribution it was never in the same league as its close cousins; the instant visual assault from Sega's flashier and more exciting looking games such as Out Run, After Burner and Space...

Nintendo Download: 21st May (Europe)

21st May (Europe)

Swords & Soldiers II, yarn Kirby, Paper Mario, Curve Digital sale and more

It's time for another Monday morning to be brightened up by upcoming download delights, and this week's European Nintendo Download Update has some promising choices. On the Wii U we have an exclusive from Ronimo Games, a soft and cuddly Good-Feel game and a classic N64 title,...

News: You Can Design a New Level for Pazuru and Win a Neat Figurine

You Can Design a New Level for Pazuru and Win a Neat Figurine

Update will add three user-generated stages to full game

The 3DS eShop has a number of high quality and clever puzzle games, and Pazuru is a solid recent addition. It has a neat approach, but also adds to the core content with a level creation tool. Developer Moragami is now aiming to put that lever creator to good use, and is offering up a fairly...

News: Capcom's Spring Sale Offers Up Six eShop Discounts in North America

Capcom's Spring Sale Offers Up Six eShop Discounts in North America

Street Fighter! Resident Evil! DuckTales!

The eShop stores on Wii U and 3DS often have a range of discounts, and Capcom is the latest to cut prices on some of its biggest releases. Details of the current discounts in North America are now available, and match up with equivalent deals that have also arrived in Europe this week. Six games have been...

Review: Johnny Dynamite (3DS eShop)

Johnny Dynamite (3DS eShop)

Defused

Imagine a 2D game with a simple premise: collect all pieces of dynamite in each stage without taking any damage. Instead of running and jumping around like you would in a traditional platformer, you thrust freely throughout the bite-sized stages with a trusty jetpack. With unlimited use of this ability, along with an endless supply of...

News: Image & Form Considering SteamWorld Heist DLC, But Not For Day One

Image & Form Considering SteamWorld Heist DLC, But Not For Day One

"It needs to be something more"

SteamWorld Heist is certainly one of the most prominent Indie downloads on the way this year, with Image & Form's 2D strategy title set to come to the eShop on Wii U and 3DS, along with a host of other platforms. The studio's been keeping fans up to date with weekly updates, too, tackling questions and running...

News: The Pokémon Company Wants You To Enjoy Plenty of Pokémon Rumble World Toy Unlock Codes in Europe

The Pokémon Company Wants You To Enjoy Plenty of Pokémon Rumble World Toy Unlock Codes in Europe

Charizard has a Mega Stone, too

Pokémon Rumble World is Nintendo's most recent free-to-play venture on the 3DS, blending button mashing and brawling with strategy to utilise super effective combinations. As with Pokémon Shuffle it's possible to progress without spending any money, though you can speed up progress or improve your chances by buying...