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Editorial: The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

The eShop's Pricing Dilemma is the Fault of Many, But Damages Creativity and Risk Taking

More for less isn't sensible or fair

There's a worrying trend at present, in which ambitious and creative independent developers announce a sizeable Wii U exclusive, and then have to defend their pricing. That's happened twice in recent times with Affordable Space Adventures and - this week - Swords & Soldiers II. We've also had a reliable...

Exclusive: eShop Publishers Are Dropping Releases In Germany Due To Low Sales And Cost Of USK Rating

eShop Publishers Are Dropping Releases In Germany Due To Low Sales And Cost Of USK Rating

Smaller indies also struggling to make a living on Nintendo systems

We've reported on the less-than-ideal nature of global age ratings in the past, and what they mean for indie developers attempting to make a living on Nintendo's systems. Releasing a game internationally isn't a simple matter of pushing a button; age ratings must be granted in every...

News: Come Up With Witty One-Liners to Become a SteamWorld Heist Ambassador

Come Up With Witty One-Liners to Become a SteamWorld Heist Ambassador

Plagiarising Bender isn't an option

In recent weeks Image & Form has been keeping the fires burning for the planned Fall release of SteamWorld Heist, which is coming to various platforms including Wii U and 3DS. Its mix of 2D strategy, procedurally generated levels and a quirky premise have made it one of our most eagerly watching download...

News: Samurai Defender Aims to Defend the Castle This Week, in North America, on the 3DS eShop

Samurai Defender Aims to Defend the Castle This Week, in North America, on the 3DS eShop

Tap and destroy

CIRCLE Entertainment certainly stays busy on the 3DS eShop, producing a whole range of releases both developed in-house and publishing the work of others, particularly studios based in Japan and the Far East. Some prove to be gems, certainly, while others are a little more modest in what they offer; nevertheless, the portable's...

News: NES Sports Title Tecmo Bowl Rated By The Australian Classification Board

NES Sports Title Tecmo Bowl Rated By The Australian Classification Board

Marks the title's Virtual Console debut in PAL regions

The NFL arcade game originally developed by Tecmo in 1987 and ported to the NES in 1989 is expected to arrive soon on the Virtual Console in PAL regions after it was recently rated by the Australian Classification Board. This will be the first time Tecmo Bowl has been released in this region as...

Nintendo Download: 21st May (Europe)

21st May (Europe)

Swords & Soldiers II, yarn Kirby, Paper Mario, Curve Digital sale and more

It's time for another Monday morning to be brightened up by upcoming download delights, and this week's European Nintendo Download Update has some promising choices. On the Wii U we have an exclusive from Ronimo Games, a soft and cuddly Good-Feel game and a classic N64 title,...

News: You Can Design a New Level for Pazuru and Win a Neat Figurine

You Can Design a New Level for Pazuru and Win a Neat Figurine

Update will add three user-generated stages to full game

The 3DS eShop has a number of high quality and clever puzzle games, and Pazuru is a solid recent addition. It has a neat approach, but also adds to the core content with a level creation tool. Developer Moragami is now aiming to put that lever creator to good use, and is offering up a fairly...

News: Capcom's Spring Sale Offers Up Six eShop Discounts in North America

Capcom's Spring Sale Offers Up Six eShop Discounts in North America

Street Fighter! Resident Evil! DuckTales!

The eShop stores on Wii U and 3DS often have a range of discounts, and Capcom is the latest to cut prices on some of its biggest releases. Details of the current discounts in North America are now available, and match up with equivalent deals that have also arrived in Europe this week. Six games have been...

News: Image & Form Considering SteamWorld Heist DLC, But Not For Day One

Image & Form Considering SteamWorld Heist DLC, But Not For Day One

"It needs to be something more"

SteamWorld Heist is certainly one of the most prominent Indie downloads on the way this year, with Image & Form's 2D strategy title set to come to the eShop on Wii U and 3DS, along with a host of other platforms. The studio's been keeping fans up to date with weekly updates, too, tackling questions and running...

News: The Pokémon Company Wants You To Enjoy Plenty of Pokémon Rumble World Toy Unlock Codes in Europe

The Pokémon Company Wants You To Enjoy Plenty of Pokémon Rumble World Toy Unlock Codes in Europe

Charizard has a Mega Stone, too

Pokémon Rumble World is Nintendo's most recent free-to-play venture on the 3DS, blending button mashing and brawling with strategy to utilise super effective combinations. As with Pokémon Shuffle it's possible to progress without spending any money, though you can speed up progress or improve your chances by buying...

News: Legendary Regirock Rocks The Scene In The Latest Pokemon Shuffle Challenge

Legendary Regirock Rocks The Scene In The Latest Pokemon Shuffle Challenge

Pedra Valley also added to main stages

Pokémon Shuffle continues to expand with the launch of its latest challenge featuring the legendary Regirock Pokémon and the addition of ten new main stages taking the total main stage count from 180 to 190. The Regirock Great Challenge gives players the opportunity to take on the powerful foe over 30 moves...

Nintendo Download: 7th May (North America)

7th May (North America)

Splatoon demo-ish, strangeness, retro Mega Man, Atlus goodness and more

After a delay while the Splatoon Direct festivities were completed, we now have the download update details for North America. There's a much-hoped for demo (sort of), classic Mega Man, platformers on the 3DS, a whole load of discounts, DLC and a particularly quirky Indie...

News: It's Hats Off to the Latest SteamWorld Heist Ambassador Challenge

It's Hats Off to the Latest SteamWorld Heist Ambassador Challenge

For all you doodlers out there

With SteamWorld Heist heading to Wii U, 3DS and a load of other systems later this year, Image & Form is keen to keep its fans busy in the build-up. Part of those efforts are bi-weekly competitions for someone to become a SteamWorld Ambassador; they'll get to play Heist before it comes out and get free copies on...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Idealism should make way for realism

Technologically, the world is busier and noisier than it's ever been before. So many gadgets and screens demand our time and loyalty, from smart TVs with hundreds of channels and streaming apps, to smartphones and tablets and, of course, game systems. Those with a decent amount of spare cash that are anxious to...

Poll: Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Bundles, remixes, subscription services - what's next?

When the Wii launched it had plenty of exciting ideas that contributed to its extraordinary success. One service that appealed to older gamers and / or dedicated fans was the Virtual Console - while relatively niche services had offered older games for download in the past, this was a game...

News: Collavier Corporation Explains How Comic Workshop Miiverse Screenshots Were Disabled, and How They'll Return 

Collavier Corporation Explains How Comic Workshop Miiverse Screenshots Were Disabled, and How They'll Return 

Initial screenshot posting "never was planned"

Miiverse has had its share of community controversies, typically when users have been restricted from posting content they want to share. Comic Workshop fell victim to this problem when screenshot sharing was rapidly removed from the community, frustrating those that wanted a quick and easy way to share...

News: Rynn’s Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest Arrives On The Wii U And 3DS eShops This Fall

Rynn’s Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest Arrives On The Wii U And 3DS eShops This Fall

Defeat an army of reptiles as a fearless fox

Yet another indie title will arrive on the Wii U and 3DS eShops soon, with developer Arcane Four Studios announcing their side-scrolling 2D platform game, Rynn’s Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest, will be released this fall. Players take control of a fox named Rynn as they attempt to take back...