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News: AeternoBlade Update Brings Two DLC Options, Including "Super Sexy Bikini"

AeternoBlade Update Brings Two DLC Options, Including "Super Sexy Bikini"

Yes, really...

Arternoblade is exciting in principle — an action platformer with Metroidvania elements — but is arguably a fairly mediocre experience. In some respects we're fortunate it made it out of Japan at all, nevertheless, as it required crowdfunding to make localisation happen. In any case, developer Corecell Technology hasn't given up...

News: Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot Update to Add Online Rankings and New Game Mode

Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot Update to Add Online Rankings and New Game Mode

Hits Europe on 17th July, possibly within a month for North America

Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot has featured in today's European Nintendo Download Update, with a discount and free demo arriving in the region on 17th July. Developer CoderChild has now been in touch to confirm that this is actually part of a promotion accompanying a free...

News: Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures Is Leaping To The Wii U And 3DS "Very Soon"

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures Is Leaping To The Wii U And 3DS "Very Soon"

European release confirmed, too

If you're a fan of the Angry Video Game Nerd series then you'll be pleased to know that the interactive spin-off — Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures — is coming to both the Wii U and 3DS "very soon". Developer FreakZone Games revealed the news at SGC 2014 alongside publisher ScrewAttack and then shared the...

News: Retro-Styled 2D Action Adventure, Midora, Hits Funding Target and Will Come to Wii U and 3DS

Retro-Styled 2D Action Adventure, Midora, Hits Funding Target and Will Come to Wii U and 3DS

Influenced by Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana

Fans of download games inspired by retro titles should perhaps pay attention to Midora, which has hit its funding target on Kickstarter and will, as a result, eventually arrive on the Wii U and 3DS. With under a day of funding to go the project has raised over $67,000 of its $60,000 target; despite...

News: Cave Story 3D to Arrive on 3DS eShop in North America and Europe This Year

Cave Story 3D to Arrive on 3DS eShop in North America and Europe This Year

Yep, Europe has been specifically mentioned, too

How many copies of Cave Story does it take to fill up an SD card? Just one of each version released so far, probably. Some games are particularly memorable and brilliant, with Cave Story arguably a good example, so multiple releases are somewhat tolerated. On Nintendo systems alone Cave Story's been...

News: Renegade Kid Open to Another Kickstarter Campaign, Suggests Demand for Moon Chronicles on Wii U

Renegade Kid Open to Another Kickstarter Campaign, Suggests Demand for Moon Chronicles on Wii U

Not in a hurry, though

Renegade Kid is a popular developer and publisher on Nintendo download stores, enjoying particular success with Mutant Mudds on 3DS, also releasing the deluxe version — previously on Wii U — as a free update this week. Its titles often attract plenty of interest from the Nintendo Life community, for example, with the...

Video: This Retro-Styled Shovel Knight 'VHS' Guide is a Thing of Beauty

This Retro-Styled Shovel Knight 'VHS' Guide is a Thing of Beauty

Entertaining and helpful

Shovel Knight isn't just a terrific game, but part of its appeal is its ability to prompt nostalgia for the 8-bit era. Its visuals are too sharp and detailed to actually be a game on the NES, yet it represents how we remember that era — with retro rose-tinted eyeballs, in other words. It's that combination of excellent...

Nintendo Download: 10th July (North America)

10th July (North America)

ONE PIECE Red x2, Rabi Laby returns, horror on Wii U and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for more treats in the Nintendo Download Update. After the madness of last week's bonanza, we settle back to a smaller number of choices this time around. There's a retail release on both Wii U and 3DS, the continuation of a thoroughly decent...

Parent Trap: Rewriting The Family Gaming Script With Pokémon Art Academy

Rewriting The Family Gaming Script With Pokémon Art Academy

Family Gamer's Andy Robertson gets his crayons out

What most parents think when you say the words “video game” and what gaming families enjoy are two very different things. Far from the shooting and high impact action many mums and dads assume are the driving force behind the hobby, video games actually offer experiences as creative, imaginative...

First Impressions: Breaking Out With Siesta Fiesta on 3DS

Breaking Out With Siesta Fiesta on 3DS

We also chat to Stuart Ryall as release details are pinned down

Siesta Fiesta is a title that we've been keen to play here at Nintendo Life, with the title earning a spot in the Spring Edition of our biggest 3DS games of 2014 feature. A title first profiled — seemingly out of nowhere — by the Nintendo of America booth at IndieCade, it promises...

News: Japanese 3DS Owners Can Enter Sega's Fantasy Zone Again Next Week

Japanese 3DS Owners Can Enter Sega's Fantasy Zone Again Next Week

Another Sega 3D Classic inbound

We may not have been blessed with 3D Fantasy Zone here in the west yet, but lucky Japanese players will be able to get their hands on the sequel when it launches on the 3DS eShop next week. 3D Fantasy Zone II will be released on July 16th for 762 yen, including tax. The package includes the arcade version, the Master...

News: Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Stand-Alone Kirby Fighters And DeDeDe's Drum Dash Headed To The Japanese 3DS eShop

Both feature new content, both out this month

Those of you wise enough to have purchased the rather excellent Kirby: Triple Deluxe will be aware that the mini-games included with the title — Kirby Fighters and DeDeDe's Drum Dash — are jolly good fun, and stand-out releases in their own right. It would appear that Nintendo agrees, because the...

News: The Club Nintendo Rewards Are Now Updated for July

The Club Nintendo Rewards Are Now Updated for July

Kid Icarus! Metal Torrent! Donkey Kong Jr.! Paper Mario!

It's that time once again, as Club Nintendo in North America updates its rewards with a fresh batch of downloads to consider; retro games are the focus in this month's efforts to separate you from your hard-earned coins. We have a 3D Classic on 3DS, a rather fun DSiWare game and two Virtual...

News: Independent Retailers in the UK Will Be Able to Sell Nintendo Download Games

Independent Retailers in the UK Will Be Able to Sell Nintendo Download Games

Retail and download-only eShop cards coming to smaller retailers

It's been said often enough that the eShop platforms will become even more important for Nintendo in the coming months and years, particularly as competition for shelf space and an increasingly download-happy public look for alternatives to physical media. Traditional retail still...

News: Mighty No. 9 Has Another Crowdfunding Campaign, in Addition to Pre-Orders

Mighty No. 9 Has Another Crowdfunding Campaign, in Addition to Pre-Orders

"For this new funding campaign we are looking to add new content"

Mighty No. 9 caused a lot of buzz when announced in summer 2013, with its Kickstarter campaign proving to be one of the most successful to date. What began with a $900,000 goal rapidly stormed past that target to close on $3,845,170; with PayPal contributions added the total reached...

News: If Your Free Mutant Mudds 3DS Update Causes Issues, Just Beat the First Ghost Level

If Your Free Mutant Mudds 3DS Update Causes Issues, Just Beat the First Ghost Level

Don't panic!

As you may be aware, your 3DS eShop copy of Mutant Mudds now has a free update waiting for installation — this adds the 20 Ghost levels previously included in Mutant Mudds Deluxe on the Wii U; in fact, the update even rebrands your game on the front screen to have that Deluxe title. This is particularly great news in PAL regio

News: Nintendo Highlights Hundreds of Developers Working on Games for Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo Highlights Hundreds of Developers Working on Games for Wii U and 3DS

The Wii U eShop is strongest in the US

As you may be aware, Nintendo recently hosted The 74th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, in which company management provides presentations to its shareholders and answers a number of questions — Satoru Iwata was unable to attend. The official transcript of that meeting has been published, which...

Nintendo Download: 3rd July (North America)

3rd July (North America)

Guacamelee! Armillo! GBA Mario Tennis! WiiWare?! Much more!

It's Nintendo Download Update time, North America, and this week is full of new downloads to try and part you from your funds. Some are highly anticipated on both Wii U and 3DS, while others are rather out of left-field. There's a lot to choose from, so let's stop stalling and get to the...

News: The Denpa Men Are Going Free-To-Play In Japan

The Denpa Men Are Going Free-To-Play In Japan

A reaction to low sales in the west?

The next entry in the popular RPG series The Denpa Men will be a free-to-play title. Denpa Ningen no RPG Free! will launch in Japan on July 23rd, and will feature items which can only be obtained by spending real-world cash. Aside from the teaser trailer below and the rather spare website, we don't have any more...

News: Tomodachi Life Demo Hitting The North American 3DS eShop Today

Tomodachi Life Demo Hitting The North American 3DS eShop Today

Limit of 20 plays, no Panda suit

Have you picked up Tomodachi Life yet? Just in case you're still on the fence, Nintendo of America is releasing a free demo on the 3DS eShop today which will allow you to get a small taste of what the game is all about. It's pretty much the same deal as the Move-In / Welcome version of the game, but the demo will be...

First Impressions: The Thieves And The 1000 Pokémon Steals Its Way Onto 3DS In Japan

The Thieves And The 1000 Pokémon Steals Its Way Onto 3DS In Japan

But is it Robin Hood or Dick Turpin?

We've taken a look at The Thieves and the 1000 Pokémon before, but now the free eShop title has been released in Japan we can share some more info and screenshots of this delightfully bonkers little game. You start out by picking one of the three initial Pokémon from Pokémon X and Y, and then you basically...