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News: Club Nintendo Rewards Updated for January

Club Nintendo Rewards Updated for January

Game & Watch! F-Zero! Snowboarding!

2014 is now two weeks old, and we finally have the new North American Club Nintendo rewards to sink our teeth into. Nintendo's kept us in suspense but has now lifted the lid on some DSiWare and retro treats to get the pulses racing. While the DSiWare releases, in particular, may make you stretch your memories...

News: Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai Update Goes Live

Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai Update Goes Live

Applies quite a few improvements

Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai is the latest 3DS eShop title from Shin'en Multimedia, and was certainly eagerly anticipated by fans of the WiiWare original. Although a solid title, there were some aspects that weren't quite on the money, with our review highlighting issues such as the rather slow movement of the...

Nintendo Download: 16th January (Europe)

16th January (Europe)

Luigi gets his PhD, F1 gets powered up, a mystical ninja and more

Monday means one thing, European gamers, Nintendo Download update time. News of what to expect on Thursday has arrived promptly this week and delivers a first-party puzzle game, a mini-game extravaganza on 3DS and a variety of racing, retro and discounted treats elsewhere. Let's get...

News: UK Retailer GAME States Ambition to be at the Forefront Of Download Content Sales

UK Retailer GAME States Ambition to be at the Forefront Of Download Content Sales

"The amount of digital content is going to keep growing"

GAME is the prominent specialist video game retailer in the UK, with some stores around Europe, but has endured difficulties in recent history with administration and a transition to new owners in 2012. Since then the company appears to have found a degree of stability, and in an interview...

News: Rainy Frog Launches to Focus on Bringing Western Download Titles to Japan

Rainy Frog Launches to Focus on Bringing Western Download Titles to Japan

Kicks off with a re-named version of Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party

Whenever we refer to the continual growth of the eShop platforms here on Nintendo Life, and in particular the continuing rise of download-only and 'Indie' developers, we're specifically referring to territories outside of Japan. At present a game can only be released in Japan if...

Weirdness: Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder Has a Virtual Butt Removed in North America

Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder Has a Virtual Butt Removed in North America

Won't somebody think of the children!

Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder is out now on the 3DS eShop in North America, and is certainly a title full of charm and potential. It utilises the device's camera for a quirky object finding quest, bringing back the franchise that began on GameCube and had two DS releases, one of which was Japan-only. As has proven...

Nintendo Download: 9th January (North America)

9th January (North America)

Chibi-Robo!, retro shooting and some 3DS discounts

It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week brings a potentially terrific 3DS eShop game, some retro shooting on the Wii U Virtual Console and a variety of discounts. It's a thin list, but may have something for everyone — let's get to it. Wii U Virtual Console: Gradius (Konami,...

News: Two Tribes Development Studio Shuts Down and New, Smaller Company is Formed

Two Tribes Development Studio Shuts Down and New, Smaller Company is Formed

Two Tribes Publishing B.V. remains unaffected

Two Tribes, the development studio best-known for games such as Toki Tori and Toki Tori 2+, has entered bankruptcy, with the original owners Martijn Reuvers and Collin van Ginkel now forming a new, smaller company. Two Tribes as a development studio was a separate business from Two Tribes Publishing...

Nintendo Download: 9th January (Europe)

9th January (Europe)

Contra goes to war, Mario's début, Korg creativity and more

Over a day later than expected, we now have this week's Nintendo Download details for Europe. This week brings us one game each on the Virtual Console platforms, some cooking and musical creativity as well as a few discounts. Let's get to it. Wii U Virtual Console: Contra III: The Alien...

First Impressions: 3D After Burner II

3D After Burner II

GET READY!

Japanese code-shop M2’s range of Sega 3D Classics consistently puts everyone else’s retro remaster efforts in the shade, and the time we've spent with the Japanese version of 3D After Burner II yet again shows that the studio simply cannot be beaten when it comes to getting an arcade-accurate port running smoothly on the relatively...

Matters of Import: Dessert-Based Adventures With Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru

Dessert-Based Adventures With Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru

That Zelda-ish game with the frog guy

Twenty one years ago, Game Boy fans were graced with the wonderful Link’s Awakening, an action-adventure classic that has quite rightfully taken its place in gaming history as one of the greatest games in both the Game Boy’s library and The Legend of Zelda series. But a year before that, Japanese gamers...

News: Renegade Kid Teases Announcement for "FPS Lovers and 3DS Owners"

Renegade Kid Teases Announcement for "FPS Lovers and 3DS Owners"

Engage speculation mode

We do like a good tease here on Nintendo Life, as developers dangle an announcement in front of our noses before snatching it away, with a wink and cheeky smile all we have to go on. Jools Watsham — co-founder of Renegade Kid — knows that some like a little bit of mystery, and has given us a taster with confirmation that...

Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014

2013 set a high standard

2013 was a terrific year for the 3DS, when the recovery of 2012 was consolidated into a year of substantial sales and critical acclaim from gamers. The line-up of games throughout the year probably wasn't as substantial as popular perception would suggest, but it was a case of a small quantity delivering excellent quality,...

Nintendo Download: 2nd January (North America)

2nd January (North America)

It's déjà vu, plus some additional treats

This week's Nintendo Download update for North America is in, though it prompts a distinct feeling of déjà vu due to it being almost identical to last week's update; just two new downloads make an appearance. Our suspicion is that the details are reiterated to compensate for any confusion or loss of...

News: Nintendo Apologises for Nintendo Network Issues as Full eShop Services Return

Nintendo Apologises for Nintendo Network Issues as Full eShop Services Return

Information on Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter "as soon as possible"

As most eager Nintendo gamers will be aware, the Nintendo Network suffered extensive problems and downtime on 25th / 26th December, with a gradual but limited return to services — particularly the eShop stores — on 27th / 28th December. It seems that all is now fully up and...

News: Gunman Clive Sells Quarter Of A Million Copies Across All Formats, "Vast Majority" On 3DS

Gunman Clive Sells Quarter Of A Million Copies Across All Formats, "Vast Majority" On 3DS

Japanese eShop sales have been "very good", too

Bertil Hörberg — the talented fellow behind the excellent Gunman Clive — has already revealed that the 3DS version of the game has sold better than its smartphone counterparts. However, he now has more good news to share — the game has been downloaded 250,000 times across all formats, with most...

News: Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter Releases Delayed in the West

Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter Releases Delayed in the West

Nintendo Network issues cited as the cause

Boxing Day was an odd day in the world of Nintendo Downloads. Issues with the Nintendo Network continued, while Nintendo disabled Pokémon Bank and withdrew it from the eShop in Japan; it emerged that the launch of the app on 25th December in the company's homeland had contributed to the issues we've...

Nintendo Download: 26th December (North America)

26th December (North America)

Dr. Luigi, CastleStorm, Pokémon Bank, many discounts and more

Update: Perhaps unsurprisingly, Nintendo has now confirmed that the release of Pokémon Bank is delayed, contrary to the Download Update issued on Boxing Day. Original Article: Nintendo is yet to update its official press site, but the latest Download Update details have been...

News: Pokémon Bank Withdrawn From 3DS eShop in Japan as Nintendo Network Issues Continue

Pokémon Bank Withdrawn From 3DS eShop in Japan as Nintendo Network Issues Continue

Western release on 27th December in doubt

Since Christmas Day there have been serious problems with the Nintendo Network, with the big N assuring gamers that its working hard to resolve the issue. At the time of writing various online games are functional, but there are still problems with both eShop platforms and the 3DS version of Miiverse across...

Feature: A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

Life in the FAST lane

In our third Year in Development feature we have a guest article from Shin'en Multimedia's Manfred Linzner. The eShop developer has, over a number of years, forged a reputation for developing high-quality, polished games on Nintendo's download platforms. In this article Linzner summarises the studio's 2013, including surprise...

Nintendo Download: 26th December and 2nd January (Europe)

26th December and 2nd January (Europe)

Storming castles, classic Mario, Pokémon banking, EDGE and much more

Update: Nintendo of Europe issued details for two full weeks of downloads previously, so a fresh update isn't expected. Please note that Pokémon Bank has been delayed due to the Nintendo Network server issues encountered during the festive season. Original Article: With this...

Feature: A Year in Development - Renegade Kid

A Year in Development - Renegade Kid

A Q & A with Jools Watsham on 2013

In the second of our "Year in Development" mini-series, we sit down for a Q & A with Jools Watsham, co-founder and main spokesman for Renegade Kid. We already reported on confirmation of Mutant Mudds Deluxe content as a free update on 3DS, and below is the full manuscript that focuses on the studio's year,...

Feature: A Year in Development - Image & Form

A Year in Development - Image & Form

The SteamWorld Dig developer shares its 2013 experience

In the first of a mini-series here on Nintendo Life, some of the most respected eShop developers share their experiences of 2013. First up we have Brjann Sigurgeirsson of Image & Form, which brought us the terrific SteamWorld Dig on the 3DS eShop. Below is the studio's 2013, in...