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News: Nintendo Disables Swapnote's SpotPass Service Due to Online Safety Concerns

Nintendo Disables Swapnote's SpotPass Service Due to Online Safety Concerns

Service was "actively misused"

The SpotPass service that allows the sending and receiving of drawings and photographs in Swapnote (Nintendo Letter Box in Europe) has been indefinitely disabled. The online service had been used to distribute "offensive material" to minors, Nintendo said. The software - downloadable from the 3DS eShop - is designed...

Feature: The Nintendo Life Crypt of Downloadable Horrors II: The Bloodening

The Nintendo Life Crypt of Downloadable Horrors II: The Bloodening

So many ruined SD cards...

It's the time of year during which a lot of people skulk around yelling "Boo!" As a video games review website, however, we prefer to boo terrible games. After all, isn't it the least bit frightening that these shambling, creeping monstrosities are out there trying to steal your money? We certainly lose sleep over it! In...

Nintendo Download: 31st October (North America)

31st October (North America)

Wii Fit U, LEGO heroes, Super retro vampire slaying and much more

It's time for the Nintendo Download update, North America, in which we learn what delights will be infesting the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms this Halloween and beyond. We have a stone-cold classic Super NES title on the Wii U, while one of the most lucrative Wii franchises makes...

News: Nintendo Reveals More Details for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Nintendo Reveals More Details for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Hero mode, new items and a tease at a hidden secret

As the weeks whizz by in the remainder of 2013, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on the 3DS gets ever closer — it arrives in Europe and North America on 22nd November. Nintendo, for its part, has been firing up the hype train, and a press release has now been issued with a number of...

News: SEGA Confirms Western Release Dates and Details of 3D Classics Range

SEGA Confirms Western Release Dates and Details of 3D Classics Range

Rejoice, retro fans!

We've been aware of the 3D range of retro remakes from SEGA for a good while, splashing the cash on our Japanese unit while waiting for their eventual localisation. Of course, that's not an option for everyone, so the pleasing news is that SEGA has now confirmed release details for both Europe and North America, with a total...

News: Phantasm Studios Seeks To Resurrect Ghosts 'N Goblins With Or Without Capcom's Blessing

Phantasm Studios Seeks To Resurrect Ghosts 'N Goblins With Or Without Capcom's Blessing

Ghosts 'N Goblins: Demon World slated for Nintendo eShops

Newly-established Phantasm Studios is looking to bring the legendary Arthur back from the dead with a fresh entry in the Ghosts 'N Goblins series. CEO and founder Monty Singleton has lifted the lid on a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds for development, but there's a catch: he...

Nintendo Download: 31st October (Europe)

31st October (Europe)

Free fitness for U, Castlevania gets super, a lot of discounts and more

This week's download news for Europe arrived a little later than normal, which we'll assume is an attempt to creep us out before they arrive on the creepiest day of the year. This time around we're light on new releases, though a major Wii franchise makes its awaited début on...

News: Zombie Blaster Removed from the 3DS eShop in North America

Zombie Blaster Removed from the 3DS eShop in North America

The undead now seem to be dead

Zombie Blaster, a DSiWare on-rails shooter, shuffled onto the North American 3DS eShop on 10th October. It seemed entirely suitable for the month that features Halloween, of course, though in our review we awarded 3/10 and said "the only way to really win at Zombie Blaster is to not buy it in the first place". That...

News: Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies Proves That Capcom Really Needs To Hire More Proofreaders

Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies Proves That Capcom Really Needs To Hire More Proofreaders

Spell to get well

Not so long ago, Capcom caused a few unintentional guffaws with its Resident Evil: Revelations packaging spelling error. You'd think that dropping such a notable clanger would encourage the firm to subsequently keep a close eye on its spelling, but having spent a while with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies on the 3DS,...

News: Retro City Rampage to Utilise Circle Pad Pro

Retro City Rampage to Utilise Circle Pad Pro

Gunplay just got easier

Retro City Rampage will certainly be a welcome release on the 3DS eShop, making its way to Nintendo's portable after its appearance on WiiWare and a host of other platforms. It's an anarchic game full of energy, so could certainly be ideal for some escapism on the go. With development ongoing the developer, Vblank...

Soapbox: The Wii U Virtual Console Needs to Freshen Up

The Wii U Virtual Console Needs to Freshen Up

Tom Whitehead's frustrated at the untapped potential of the Virtual Console

OK, I'll join the club and say it. The Wii U and, to a degree, the 3DS Virtual Console are becoming rather frustrating, stale affairs. There's something odd that, years after working through the NES library on the Wii, we're now doing it all over again, despite the fact...

Interview: Mojo Bones on Bringing Siesta Fiesta to the 3DS eShop and Venturing Beyond Smartphones

Mojo Bones on Bringing Siesta Fiesta to the 3DS eShop and Venturing Beyond Smartphones

"We’ve always been keen to work on 3DS"

While much recent attention has focused on titles on the way to the Wii U eShop, we shouldn't forget that the 3DS store has a prominent role to play in the coming months and years. We've gradually seen the library grow, with plenty of developers using the portable system as their point of entry into...

News: SEGA's Retro Remakes Down to Fans for "Next Lineup"

SEGA's Retro Remakes Down to Fans for "Next Lineup"

Europe and North America still awaits retro 3D series on the eShop

While now a software developer and publisher with other major interests in entertainment such as Pachinko machines in Japan, for some SEGA will always be the hardware and arcade company that brought joy to their early gaming years. It's a strong legacy, and the company often shows a...

News: Resident Evil Revelations And Mercenaries Are Half Price On The eShop Over Halloween

Resident Evil Revelations And Mercenaries Are Half Price On The eShop Over Halloween

A nice treat for North American Wii U and 3DS owners

It's that time of year again where people dress as werewolves and other spooky monsters, carve scary faces into pumpkins and dish out candy on Animal Crossing. Yes, it's Halloween and there are plenty of frightful franchises out there to get stuck into over the season, with Resident Evil being...

Nintendo Download: 24th October (North America)

24th October (North America)

Destinies are fulfilled, retail big-hitters arrive and more

It's taken a little longer than normal to receive confirmation, but we finally have the North American download information for the week. This time around the focus is truly on retail downloads, though a much-anticipated download-only title arrives from Capcom. Let's get to it. Wii U...

News: The Mystery of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy's File Size is Solved

The Mystery of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy's File Size is Solved

Every puzzle has an answer!

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is the final iteration in the current trilogy and is due to arrive on 8th November in Europe, while North America will get puzzling next year. The 3DS title will of course be available in the eShop and will be a fair sized download. You'll need to have 7,309 blocks available in order...

News: Bravely Default To Feature Optional Special Attack Abilities as Microtransactions

Bravely Default To Feature Optional Special Attack Abilities as Microtransactions

Can also be obtained by eight hours in 3DS sleep mode

After a fair bit of waiting, 3DS RPG fans in the West are no doubt looking forward to getting their hands on Bravely Default — it's based on the updated version known as Bravely Default: For the Sequel in Japan. The goal of the fresh iteration is to improve and react to feedback on the...

News: VD-Dev Aiming For 60 Frames Per Second For Gears Of War-Style 3DS Shooter IronFall

VD-Dev Aiming For 60 Frames Per Second For Gears Of War-Style 3DS Shooter IronFall

Third person action title uses a custom game engine

VD-Dev may not have revealed a great deal about its forthcoming 3DS shooter IronFall but the game is already causing quite a stir with Nintendo fans. The indie studio — which was responsible for the technically impressive DS title C.O.P. The Recruit — has been speaking to Nintendo Everything...

Nintendo Download: 24th October (Europe)

24th October (Europe)

Phoenix Wright, Mighty Switching on Wii U and a ludicrous range of options

Some weeks can be rather quiet in the Nintendo Download update; this is not one of those weeks. This may well be the longest list of downloads and promotions that we've seen yet, with some anticipated titles and a few that have rather come out of left-field. There's a...

News: Zen Studios Releases A Patch For Star Wars Pinball On 3DS

Zen Studios Releases A Patch For Star Wars Pinball On 3DS

Those crashing issues should now be no more

Star Wars Pinball was released on Wii U and 3DS earlier this year but unfortunately the handheld version was liable to crash at certain points. Indeed, as we detailed in our review when you head over to the leaderboards the game simply stalls and throws you to the 3DS menu. It's fair to say we were a...

News: Capcom Issues Update On Game Boy Mega Man Titles Heading To 3DS Virtual Console

Capcom Issues Update On Game Boy Mega Man Titles Heading To 3DS Virtual Console

They're on the way, Mega Man X2 could also be possible

Capcom is celebrating a lot this year, with the company itself reaching its 30th anniversary and Mega Man hitting his 25th birthday. While the Blue Bomber hasn't had a new game to celebrate the occasion, he is to be a playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS and...

Nintendo Download: 17th October (North America)

17th October (North America)

A Mighty sequel, retro 'goodies', retail options, racing on snow and more

It's that time again, North America, for the Nintendo Download update to brighten up your week and get you through to the weekend. There's a fairly lengthy list of options on the Wii U and 3DS, incorporating the new, the old and the very old; with plenty of diverse options...