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Interview: Rainy Frog Talks About eShop Publishing in Japan

Rainy Frog Talks About eShop Publishing in Japan

"The Wii U in Japan is more family orientated"

Earlier this year we told you about Rainy Frog, a publisher with ambitions to bring a number of Western download games to the Japanese eShop stores and, in the future, vice versa. Its one of a group of companies that establish offices in Japan — in order to be eligible as publishers in the region...

News: Pokémon Bank Goes Live in Europe and Australia

Pokémon Bank Goes Live in Europe and Australia

Huzzah!

Update 2: Nintendo of America hasn't, at the time of writing, issued any update regarding the arrival of Pokémon Bank in the region. The Pokémon Company, however, has posted the following tweet that vaguely promises the service for the region "soon". Update: The Pokémon Bank has also gone live in Australia, so this appears to be a...

Nintendo Download: 6th February (Europe)

6th February (Europe)

Golf, farming, an expedition and a load of discounts

It's Nintendo Download update time, Europe, and this week's Thursday offerings are perhaps more attractive for the discounts than the new downloads. We do have the arrival of a DSiWare / 3DS eShop series on the Wii U, along with some classic 8-bit sport and a new DSiWare game, but Rising Star...

News: Retro City Rampage: DX Set For February Release on the 3DS eShop

Retro City Rampage: DX Set For February Release on the 3DS eShop

Will be $9.99 in North America

Fans of Retro City Rampage have had plenty of opportunities to buy the game, but there's one more platform to go — the 3DS eShop. The good news is that the freshly-named Retro City Rampage: DX has now been submitted to Nintendo for approval in Europe and has already passed in North America; its progress in the latter...

First Impressions: We Shine A Light On Arc System Works Action RPG Swords & Darkness

We Shine A Light On Arc System Works Action RPG Swords & Darkness

It's not very bright

You can’t beat a bit of side-scrolling beat ‘em up action as far as we’re concerned, but we’ve been left twiddling our thumbs on 3DS since Code of Princess first hit Nintendo’s handheld in 2012. Arc System Works aim to fill that gap in Japan with the eShop exclusive Swords & Darkness, a moody action RPG set in a...

News: Nintendo Still Working On Bringing Game Boy Advance Titles To 3DS Virtual Console, Says Natsume

Nintendo Still Working On Bringing Game Boy Advance Titles To 3DS Virtual Console, Says Natsume

Publisher excited about DS support on Wii U, more GBC on the way

Remember the 3DS Ambassador campaign? Of course you do — it rewarded early adopters by giving them a raft of awesome Game Boy Advance titles for free. At the time, many assumed that the exciting prospect of downloading and playing even more GBA games on the 3DS Virtual Console was...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition Available For Free Right Now in North America

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition Available For Free Right Now in North America

"4 Swords, 4 Free, 4 Days Only"

Hands up if you remember when Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition for free to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the franchise? That was back in 2011, when the Game Boy Advance title was spruced up with local wireless multiplayer and released as DSiWare (on the DSi Shop and 3DS eShop)...

News: Atlus is Bringing Conception II to Europe as a Download-Only Title

Atlus is Bringing Conception II to Europe as a Download-Only Title

A turn up for the books

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars looks to be, like its predecessor, a rather peculiar game. Yet for those that like their localised Japanese titles to be slightly off-the-wall, the Atlus release in North America on 15th April can't come soon enough. In a surprising move, however, Atlus is breaking with convention...

Nintendo Download: 30th January (North America)

30th January (North America)

Link finally revisits his 16-bit past, discounts, new 3DS titles and more

It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week includes a variety of offerings to — hopefully — cater to most tastes. There's a much anticipated Super NES classic on the Wii U Virtual Console, a variety of discounts on both eShop stores and some new titles for...

News: Developer Of New Dreamcast Shooter Redux: Dark Matters "Has Plans" For Wii U And 3DS eShops

Developer Of New Dreamcast Shooter Redux: Dark Matters "Has Plans" For Wii U And 3DS eShops

"It will be easy for us to port the game to Nintendo consoles"

The Dreamcast may be dead and buried as far as Sega is concerned, but that doesn't mean that developers have entirely abandoned the console. Back in 2012, NG.DEV.TEAM's Gunlord brought its high-octane, Euro-style platforming action to the "defunct" system, and 2014 has started with...

News: Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Reduced to $19.99 on Both Wii U and 3DS

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Reduced to $19.99 on Both Wii U and 3DS

Hunt those downloads

With Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate confirmed to be on the way to the West in early 2015, Capcom seems keen to use the good news to shift more copies of the excellent Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on both Wii U and 3DS. European gamers can already look forward to some juicy discounts on both versions in this week's download update, but...

Preview: Japanese Gamers Get Their Free Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Download

Japanese Gamers Get Their Free Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Download

Can't grumble at free, right?

European gamers have to wait a few weeks longer yet, but lucky Japanese 3DS owners should have already received their free download codes for this fondly-remembered port of a gaming legend. First impressions of Super Mario Deluxe aren't, however, particularly good – the VS. game mode and print options simply don’t...

News: AiRace Speed Price Also Reduced in North America

AiRace Speed Price Also Reduced in North America

European discount confirmed in previous download update

AiRace Speed is the third title in the handheld download series from QubicGames, adopting a futuristic setting and delivering high speed racing; despite a limited scope we stated that this could be an attractive option for "time trial junkies and aviation enthusiasts" in our review, in which we...

Nintendo Download: 30th January (Europe)

30th January (Europe)

Wii Fit U, hamsters that are brilliant and plenty of discounts

As is now the regular routine, European Nintendo Download fans can kick off the week with an early look at what's to come in Thursday's update. The upcoming week does only feature one new game, rounding off a quiet January for the eShop platforms, but does include a series of tempting...

News: Castle Clout 3D Brings Medieval Destruction to the 3DS eShop on 30th January

Castle Clout 3D Brings Medieval Destruction to the 3DS eShop on 30th January

Will cost $4.99 in North America

Selectsoft and Teyon are both prolific developers and publishers, and have teamed up on a new title to arrive in North America this week — Castle Clout 3D; the former is the primary publisher. This is a physics based action game where you utilise a trebuchet to fire projectiles and destroy enemy castles. It'll...

News: Dragon Fantasy Set To Bring Retro Goodness To The 3DS eShop This Year

Dragon Fantasy Set To Bring Retro Goodness To The 3DS eShop This Year

RPG fans are treated to another handheld adventure

There's quite a lot of nostalgia permeating the gaming industry nowadays, and it's made for some really interesting remakes, prequels and tweaks on classic titles in recent years. Games like NES Remix or even WarioWare play on old conventions, while others revel in their pixel art and tradition...

News: Early Mighty No. 9 Screenshots Blast Into View

Early Mighty No. 9 Screenshots Blast Into View

Looking mighty fine

In September 2013, Mega Man mastermind and creator, Keiji Inafune, teased fans all over the world with the idea of a spiritual successor to the Blue Bomber. He showed off concept art and ambitious plans for his project, but the one thing he lacked was money, and so he turned to Kickstarter to ask fans to provide the necessary...

Nintendo Download: 23rd January (North America)

23rd January (North America)

Jack of Mighty Bombs, a Life Force and some discounts

Another download update is here, North America, yet this week we're left to pick over some discounts and two Virtual Console titles. There's not much more we can say in this pre-amble, so let's get to it. Wii U Virtual Console: Mighty Bomb Jack (Tecmo Koei, $4.99) — This NES 'sequel' to a...

News: Project X Zone Price Slashed To $20 On The North American 3DS eShop

Project X Zone Price Slashed To $20 On The North American 3DS eShop

Role-playing on a budget

Project X Zone is one of those games that isn't for everyone; the unique mixture of JRPG action and fan-service means that it's only going to appeal to a very focused audience. Chances are some of you may have passed on this title when it first released — but the game has just received a permanent price reduction which...