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Feature: VooFoo Studios and Ripstone on Pure Chess and Opening Up a New World of Cross-Platform Multiplayer

VooFoo Studios and Ripstone on Pure Chess and Opening Up a New World of Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Nintendo was "open minded, forward thinking" with networking challenges

While it may not have been making major headlines across the web, Nintendo's Wii U eShop has been pushing some landmarks in 2014. The first was with Blok Drop U, developer RCMADIAX seizing the crown of being the first developer to release a game through the Nintendo Web...

News: Pure Chess DLC Will Be Available Day One, And Won't Cost As Much As You Think

Pure Chess DLC Will Be Available Day One, And Won't Cost As Much As You Think

Standard game will still have three sets and environments

This week sees the launch of VooFoo's Pure Chess on Wii U and 3DS, and publisher Ripstone has dropped us a line to confirm that varied DLC for the game — which includes new pieces and locations — will be available from the moment the game goes live on the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores. Two...

News: Level-5 Has No Plans To Launch The eShop Version Of Inazuma Eleven In The UK

Level-5 Has No Plans To Launch The eShop Version Of Inazuma Eleven In The UK

"Established" nature of the franchise to blame

The recent release of Inazuma Eleven on the North American 3DS eShop got many UK gamers wondering if they'd also get to see an updated edition of the Nintendo DS classic on their machines. However, Level-5 has issued a statement explaining why this new version of the game will remain exclusive to the...

News: Ace Attorney Creator Wanted to End Series at Original Trilogy

Ace Attorney Creator Wanted to End Series at Original Trilogy

Court continued against his initial wishes

There has always been debate within various forms of entertainment over whether a series or story idea has overstayed its welcome. People may cry out for more, but is it worth the risk of a weakened narrative or overall impact? In an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine, Ace Attorney series creator...

News: Tyrone Rodriguez Continues to Lobby Nintendo to Approve The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Tyrone Rodriguez Continues to Lobby Nintendo to Approve The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

We have no objections...

Some may remember that, way back in 2012, Nintendo rejected The Binding of Isaac, a title developed by Edmund McMillen who is well known as one half of Team Meat. The rejection was due to "questionable religious content", though when talking about an improved version of the game in development shortly after McMillen...

Nintendo Download: 13th March (North America)

13th March (North America)

Yoshi, retro Mario, Cubes, Bubbles, Discounts and more

It's Nintendo Download update time, North America, and this week brings you a major retail release on 3DS, some retro treats and three new download-only games on 3DS. There are also some tasty discounts, including one of the must-have eShop releases from 2013; you can check out all of the...

News: Strike Force Foxx Screens and Details Fly Into View

Strike Force Foxx Screens and Details Fly Into View

Sadly A-Team style doesn't let you build a chopper with tape and paper

Not too long ago we told you about Strike Force Foxx, a new title coming to the 3DS eShop from Big John Games that brings back memories of 1982 title Choplifter. Big John Games president Ken Patterson promised "over the top" 2D action, and the company has now revealed more...

News: Pure Chess Will Checkmate Your Wii U And 3DS Very Soon Indeed

Pure Chess Will Checkmate Your Wii U And 3DS Very Soon Indeed

Developer VooFoo had to fine-tune the cross-platform multiplayer

There was a bit of a delay making the jump to Nintendo platforms, but Chess nuts need not wait much longer. Pure Chess publisher Ripstone has today announced that the highly anticipated digital title will finally be making its way to the 3DS and Wii U eShops on March 20th. The game...

News: Sega's Classic Shooter Fantasy Zone Is Blasting Onto Japanese 3DS eShop This Month

Sega's Classic Shooter Fantasy Zone Is Blasting Onto Japanese 3DS eShop This Month

Welcome to the... ah, you know

If you're a fan of Sega's 3D Classics range then you'll be pleased to know that the company has revealed that a new version of Fantasy Zone — entitled 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa Opa Brothers — will hit the Japanese 3DS eShop on the 19th of March. As with all previous 3D re-releases, the usual Sega love is on show —...

News: Nintendo of America Releases Snaps of Young Celebrities Plugging Yoshi's New Island

Nintendo of America Releases Snaps of Young Celebrities Plugging Yoshi's New Island

Egging them on

When new games are on the horizon Nintendo occasionally reels out some celebrities to pose with the product in question, to give them an extra cool factor. We imagine that's the intention anyway, some of us older gamers have to consult Wikipedia to find out who these stars are, but we suspect that's not the case for the target...

News: Californian Mobile Developer Robot Invader Expresses Interest In Wii U and 3DS Development

Californian Mobile Developer Robot Invader Expresses Interest In Wii U and 3DS Development

"Maybe someday" for Wind-up Knight

Californian game studio Robot Invader has recently expressed interest in bringing its medieval platform runner Wind-up Knight to the Wii U and 3DS. A question posed to the Android and iOS developer via its official Twitter account asked if it had any plans to bring Wind-up Knight to the 3DS or Wii U in the near...

Feature: Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Developers and publishers give us the details

In recent weeks some headlines have been made by the ratings agencies and processes for getting eShop games from development studios and onto our Nintendo consoles. An early shot was fired by Renegade Kid in an interview with us late last year, in which co-founder Jools Watsham explained why, to this...

Video: This Steel Empire Footage Makes Us Jealous of Those With a Japanese 3DS

This Steel Empire Footage Makes Us Jealous of Those With a Japanese 3DS

Gosh...

Our past coverage of Steel Empire, a 3DS conversion of the cult Mega Drive / Genesis shooter, may have betrayed the fact that some of the Nintendo Life team have fond — and increasingly distant — memories of Sega's 16-bit machine. More importantly, however, this shooter was loved by those who played it because it's rather good, so the...

News: Keiji Inafune And Inti Creates Announce Azure Striker Gunvolt For Nintendo 3DS

Keiji Inafune And Inti Creates Announce Azure Striker Gunvolt For Nintendo 3DS

Releases this summer on the Japanese 3DS eShop

If you’re a fan of Mega Man franchise creator Keiji Inafune, you'll probably be aware of the fact that he’s currently busy with the upcoming Wii U and 3DS eShop title, Mighty no. 9. Despite this, it appears Mr Inafune still has time for other projects. He's working with Japanese developer Inti...