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News: Nintendo Executive Discusses the eShop, Indies, and Their Relationship With Nintendo

Nintendo Executive Discusses the eShop, Indies, and Their Relationship With Nintendo

"There's so much talent that's coming out of it"

It's no secret that Indie games play a much larger role in the lineup and promotion of Nintendo's consoles than they have ever before, with a number of triple-A third party companies being largely inactive on Wii U. Indeed, Nintendo has come a long way from the days of the DSiware and Wiiware...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Create a platform exciting enough to match its Indie games

In recent weeks Satoru Iwata addressed shareholders in an Investor Briefing Q & A, tackling a range of issues around Nintendo's business. An issue that came up was the "digitalization" that we're seeing, with more and more gamers opting to download their games, and also seeking new...

News: Indie Developers Praise Nintendo's Policies and "Wave the Banner" for the eShop

Indie Developers Praise Nintendo's Policies and "Wave the Banner" for the eShop

2015 could be hugely exciting on the stores

With GDC 2015 (Game Developers Conference) in full swing, Nintendo has taken the opportunity to pitch an exciting and extensive line-up of eShop games that are coming to both Wii U and 3DS this year. Its announcements included new games, release dates for others and information on GamePad features for some...

News: Nintendo Announces Fresh Release Details on a Host of Exciting eShop Games

Nintendo Announces Fresh Release Details on a Host of Exciting eShop Games

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut! BOXBOY! Dates! Surprises!

We're big advocates of the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores here at Nintendo Life, and both have delivered some fantastic games in recent times. Nintendo of America has now issued fresh details on a range of new titles on the way, with some truly exciting news to keep download fans busy...

News: WayForward to Celebrate 25th Anniversary With eShop Discounts

WayForward to Celebrate 25th Anniversary With eShop Discounts

Mighty and Shantae sales on the way

WayForward celebrates it 25th Anniversary this year; the company has established a reputation for high-class first-party games such as the Mighty and Shantae IPs, and has also produced some excellent licensed titles. It's got quite a track record. The company will likely be celebrating the landmark for much of...

News: Yacht Club Games Announces Free Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows DLC Expansion

Yacht Club Games Announces Free Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows DLC Expansion

Plague Knight seizes the spotlight

It's doubtless that many of you have probably already played Shovel Knight, the old-school indie smash hit. Inspired by series such as Mega Man, Castlevania, and The Legend of Zelda, this was a classic styled game done right. Featuring vibrant pixel art, a stellar soundtrack, loot, collectibles, and that good old...

News: Pokémon Shuffle Hits One Million Downloads

Pokémon Shuffle Hits One Million Downloads

Is anyone buying Jewels, though?

Pokémon Shuffle is Nintendo's most notable attempt to-date at utilising microtransactions - unlike previous free-to-play downloads it doesn't unlock content for fixed amounts, but uses an in-game economy that encourages you to pay-to-play on a continual basis. It's had a mixed response, and our early reaction was...

Nintendo Download: 5th March (Europe)

5th March (Europe)

OlliOlli, Proun+, BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION, Retro newcomers and more

Another week begins, and Nintendo of Europe has served up its Download Update details with some promising releases on the way. We have some rad cross-buy for Wii U and 3DS gamers, mash-ups, retro games making their first appearances in Europe and much more. Let's get to it. Wii...

News: Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 Confirmed for 3DS

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 Confirmed for 3DS

Mega news

Inti Creates is a developer with a terrific reputation, specialising in pixel-art and action games, playing a vital role in the development of Mighty No. 9 but more notably releasing the brilliant Azure Striker Gunvolt on the 3DS eShop. We admired this title for its classic approach but also its innovative approach to the action...

News: Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria Adventuring to 3DS and Wii U This Year

Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria Adventuring to 3DS and Wii U This Year

An updated entry including the original Book I and Book II

Last year it looked like Muteki Corp would be bringing its retro-style RPGs Dragon Fantasy Books I and II to the 3DS eShop, titles that both arrived on PS Vita and PS3 in 2013. That never transpired, but now Choice Provisions - formerly Gaijin Games - is publishing the titles in an updated...

News: OlliOlli Arrives on Wii U and 3DS Next Week, Cross-Buy Confirmed in All Regions

OlliOlli Arrives on Wii U and 3DS Next Week, Cross-Buy Confirmed in All Regions

As it was on PSN

OlliOlli is the next eShop release from publisher Curve Digital, bringing Roll7's excellent title to Nintendo gamers. With attractive pixel-based visuals and addictive gameplay this could certainly be an attractive option, and the good news is that this will arrive on 5th March with Cross-Buy in both Europe and North America, making...

News: Fresh Bravely Second Details Highlight StreetPass and Base Features

Fresh Bravely Second Details Highlight StreetPass and Base Features

Hopefully the West won't be passed up

Bravely Second is rapidly approaching release in Japan, the long-awaiting sequel to the 3DS Square Enix RPG; due to the success of that first title localisation does seem like a reasonable bet. A relatively popular part of the first title was management of the town Norende - through StreetPass and uploading...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Praises the Achievements of Steam, Isn't Content With Other Download Services

Masahiro Sakurai Praises the Achievements of Steam, Isn't Content With Other Download Services

Not quite Smash ready

In his most recent column in Famitsu Weekly, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai shared his views on digital services in gaming; his comments suggest that he feels console stores - by extension including the eShop platforms - could learn a lot from PC gaming. Sakurai-san said the following. It's become mandatory that...

Preview: Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Tips go in the jar, mate

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is just a few days away for North American fans, and those in Europe will only have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on it. With the release date rapidly approaching, we've put together a short video to show you what you can expect to see in the game when it hits the 3DS and...

Nintendo Download: 26th February (North America)

26th February (North America)

Donkey Kong Country bonanza! Titan Attacks! IRONFALL Invasion! More!

We suspect this week's Nintendo Download Update for North America will be rather popular with retro and Rare fans, making up for Nintendo of America's slight delay in issuing the details. Alongside these Rare classics are some attractive new download options on both systems, too -...

News: Woah Dave! Getting Free Deluxe Update On 3DS, Also Coming To Wii U

Woah Dave! Getting Free Deluxe Update On 3DS, Also Coming To Wii U

New levels and characters promised

Woah Dave! developer Choice Provisions has revealed that the game is getting a "Deluxe" update on the 3DS. Woah Dave! Deluxe - which has just hit Steam - features two new levels, a host of new characters, boss battles, fresh enemy types, UFOs you can ride, a "classic" mode which returns everything to how it was in...

News: 3DS Browser Exploit Hackers Bypass Pokémon Shuffle Microtransactions

3DS Browser Exploit Hackers Bypass Pokémon Shuffle Microtransactions

Actually free-to-play

Pokémon Shuffle has endured a mixed reception among vocal Nintendo fans since its recent release on the 3DS eShop; the free-to-play title is quite heavily reliant on microtransactions, which can be a sticking point for a number of gamers. That monetisation is being bypassed by some, however, with hackers utilising a loophole...

News: Satoru Iwata Highlights the Crisis and Opportunity With Digital Content, Defends Slow and Steady Approach

Satoru Iwata Highlights the Crisis and Opportunity With Digital Content, Defends Slow and Steady Approach

"If we find the right answer, Nintendo will prosper as a company"

Nintendo has finally published its official translations of the recent Investor Q & A that Satoru Iwata hosted, and while it's light on reveals it does have a variety of answers that provide insight into the company's approach. The overall tone is one of certainty, with Iwata-san...

Interview: IRONFALL Invasion's Developers on Bringing Third-Person Shooting to the 3DS Masses

IRONFALL Invasion's Developers on Bringing Third-Person Shooting to the 3DS Masses

"We love doing games for Nintendo's handheld consoles"

IRONFALL Invasion was a notable arrival in Europe on 13th February, heavily promoted as the eShop accompaniment for the region's #Nintendo3DSDay social media campaign. Though pitched as a game to show off the New Nintendo 3DS, it supports all versions of Nintendo's portable hardware and breaks...

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...

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...

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...