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News: First Passcode Released for Pokémon Shuffle

First Passcode Released for Pokémon Shuffle

Megagift

Perhaps you've been tapping around the menus in Pokémon Shuffle, maybe while waiting for that clock to tick agonizingly down, second by second, so you can get another shot at that Espeon because you need it but hey no it's not like you're addicted or anything haha that would just be totally ridiculous ahahahaha! Anyway, you might have...

News: Euro Release Of BLOK DROP X Twisted Fusion Sells Almost Twice Its North American Launch Day Total

Euro Release Of BLOK DROP X Twisted Fusion Sells Almost Twice Its North American Launch Day Total

"Europe is a unique opportunity"

BLOK DROP X Twisted Fusion developer RCMADIAX has taken to Twitter to report that European sales of the game have surpassed expectations, with the title being downloaded almost twice as many times on its day of launch than it did in North America. Launching a game in Europe isn't as easy as it is in North America,...

News: Nintendo Confirms Wil Wheaton as Voice Actor for Abraham Lincoln in Code Name S.T.E.A.M.

Nintendo Confirms Wil Wheaton as Voice Actor for Abraham Lincoln in Code Name S.T.E.A.M.

From Ensign to President

Nintendo doesn't often hire celebrities to be voice actors in its games - in fact, fully voiced dialogue simply isn't particularly common in the big N's titles. Kid Icarus: Uprising was a recent exception, along with the likes of Metroid: Other M, but we're normally just treated to occasional catch phrases and gibberish...

News: 3D Out Run Developers Talk Over Bringing Classic Racing Back to the 3DS

3D Out Run Developers Talk Over Bringing Classic Racing Back to the 3DS

Back on the road

Sega is putting the rubber to the road again with Out Run coming to the Nintendo 3DS. The arcade title was originally released in 1986 featuring an arcade cabinet that had the appearance of the game's slick sports car; it's the third in the 3D remaster project's second series and the eleventh overall. In an interview with Sega Blog,...

Feature: Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Watch on Wii U and 3DS

Ten Upcoming Nindie eShop Games to Watch on Wii U and 3DS

And more besides...

The Wii U and 3DS eShop stores have become notable improvements on their Wii and DSi predecessors, and a range of familiar and new download developers have pitched up with their wares in recent times. The last couple of years in particular have brought some fantastic games, and as Nintendo's GDC announcement made clear there's...

Nintendo Download: 5th March (North America)

5th March (North America)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong and OlliOlli x2, Proun+ and much more

It's time for more Nintendo Download Update treats, North American gamers, and this week brings the region its first cross-buy options on Nintendo's systems. We have Mario toys puzzling their way through levels and some rad pixelated skateboarding across Wii U and 3DS, while there are also...

News: Don't Seethe Too Much Over Xbox One Shovel Knight Getting Battletoads, We Might Get A Cool Crossover, Too

Don't Seethe Too Much Over Xbox One Shovel Knight Getting Battletoads, We Might Get A Cool Crossover, Too

Yacht Club Games "keeping an eye out" for Nintendo possibilities

Remember when Shovel Knight was a Nintendo console exclusive? Nice, wasn't it? Those days are long past now, with developer Yacht Club Games confirming that the faux-retro platformer is headed to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. To rub a bit more salt into the wound, it was confirmed...

News: Nintendo Executive Discusses the eShop, Indies, and Their Relationship With Nintendo

Nintendo Executive Discusses the eShop, Indies, and Their Relationship With Nintendo

"There's so much talent that's coming out of it"

It's no secret that Indie games play a much larger role in the lineup and promotion of Nintendo's consoles than they have ever before, with a number of triple-A third party companies being largely inactive on Wii U. Indeed, Nintendo has come a long way from the days of the DSiware and Wiiware...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Nintendo's Right to Take Its Time With 'Digitalization' in Gaming, But Should Revolutionise the eShop Now

Create a platform exciting enough to match its Indie games

In recent weeks Satoru Iwata addressed shareholders in an Investor Briefing Q & A, tackling a range of issues around Nintendo's business. An issue that came up was the "digitalization" that we're seeing, with more and more gamers opting to download their games, and also seeking new...

News: Indie Developers Praise Nintendo's Policies and "Wave the Banner" for the eShop

Indie Developers Praise Nintendo's Policies and "Wave the Banner" for the eShop

2015 could be hugely exciting on the stores

With GDC 2015 (Game Developers Conference) in full swing, Nintendo has taken the opportunity to pitch an exciting and extensive line-up of eShop games that are coming to both Wii U and 3DS this year. Its announcements included new games, release dates for others and information on GamePad features for some...

News: Nintendo Announces Fresh Release Details on a Host of Exciting eShop Games

Nintendo Announces Fresh Release Details on a Host of Exciting eShop Games

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut! BOXBOY! Dates! Surprises!

We're big advocates of the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores here at Nintendo Life, and both have delivered some fantastic games in recent times. Nintendo of America has now issued fresh details on a range of new titles on the way, with some truly exciting news to keep download fans busy...

News: WayForward to Celebrate 25th Anniversary With eShop Discounts

WayForward to Celebrate 25th Anniversary With eShop Discounts

Mighty and Shantae sales on the way

WayForward celebrates it 25th Anniversary this year; the company has established a reputation for high-class first-party games such as the Mighty and Shantae IPs, and has also produced some excellent licensed titles. It's got quite a track record. The company will likely be celebrating the landmark for much of...

News: Yacht Club Games Announces Free Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows DLC Expansion

Yacht Club Games Announces Free Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows DLC Expansion

Plague Knight seizes the spotlight

It's doubtless that many of you have probably already played Shovel Knight, the old-school indie smash hit. Inspired by series such as Mega Man, Castlevania, and The Legend of Zelda, this was a classic styled game done right. Featuring vibrant pixel art, a stellar soundtrack, loot, collectibles, and that good old...

News: Pokémon Shuffle Hits One Million Downloads

Pokémon Shuffle Hits One Million Downloads

Is anyone buying Jewels, though?

Pokémon Shuffle is Nintendo's most notable attempt to-date at utilising microtransactions - unlike previous free-to-play downloads it doesn't unlock content for fixed amounts, but uses an in-game economy that encourages you to pay-to-play on a continual basis. It's had a mixed response, and our early reaction was...

Nintendo Download: 5th March (Europe)

5th March (Europe)

OlliOlli, Proun+, BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION, Retro newcomers and more

Another week begins, and Nintendo of Europe has served up its Download Update details with some promising releases on the way. We have some rad cross-buy for Wii U and 3DS gamers, mash-ups, retro games making their first appearances in Europe and much more. Let's get to it. Wii...

News: Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 Confirmed for 3DS

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 Confirmed for 3DS

Mega news

Inti Creates is a developer with a terrific reputation, specialising in pixel-art and action games, playing a vital role in the development of Mighty No. 9 but more notably releasing the brilliant Azure Striker Gunvolt on the 3DS eShop. We admired this title for its classic approach but also its innovative approach to the action...

News: Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria Adventuring to 3DS and Wii U This Year

Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria Adventuring to 3DS and Wii U This Year

An updated entry including the original Book I and Book II

Last year it looked like Muteki Corp would be bringing its retro-style RPGs Dragon Fantasy Books I and II to the 3DS eShop, titles that both arrived on PS Vita and PS3 in 2013. That never transpired, but now Choice Provisions - formerly Gaijin Games - is publishing the titles in an updated...

News: OlliOlli Arrives on Wii U and 3DS Next Week, Cross-Buy Confirmed in All Regions

OlliOlli Arrives on Wii U and 3DS Next Week, Cross-Buy Confirmed in All Regions

As it was on PSN

OlliOlli is the next eShop release from publisher Curve Digital, bringing Roll7's excellent title to Nintendo gamers. With attractive pixel-based visuals and addictive gameplay this could certainly be an attractive option, and the good news is that this will arrive on 5th March with Cross-Buy in both Europe and North America, making...

News: Fresh Bravely Second Details Highlight StreetPass and Base Features

Fresh Bravely Second Details Highlight StreetPass and Base Features

Hopefully the West won't be passed up

Bravely Second is rapidly approaching release in Japan, the long-awaiting sequel to the 3DS Square Enix RPG; due to the success of that first title localisation does seem like a reasonable bet. A relatively popular part of the first title was management of the town Norende - through StreetPass and uploading...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Praises the Achievements of Steam, Isn't Content With Other Download Services

Masahiro Sakurai Praises the Achievements of Steam, Isn't Content With Other Download Services

Not quite Smash ready

In his most recent column in Famitsu Weekly, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai shared his views on digital services in gaming; his comments suggest that he feels console stores - by extension including the eShop platforms - could learn a lot from PC gaming. Sakurai-san said the following. It's become mandatory that...