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  • Developer Interview Yacht Club Games On Shovel Knight And Loving Nintendo

    "We grew up playing Nintendo games on the NES and SNES"

    Yesterday we reported that Yacht Club Games' Kickstarter campaign for Shovel Knight had hit its funding target with two weeks to spare. Fresh from this success, studio founder Sean Velasco kindly took some time out of his busy schedule to speak to us about the split from WayForward...

  • News Colors! 3D Update Available To Download On 5th April

    Colour us excited

    Collecting Smiles has announced its popular artistic application Colors! 3D has finally had its major update approved by Nintendo - it will be available to download from 5th April. The update comes with several new additions. Firstly, you'll be able to follow your favourite artists in the gallery, which will allow you to see their...

  • News Digital Game Sales Growing 33% Year-on-Year in US and EU

    Analysts reveal new data at GDC

    The digital distribution of games has grown substantially in recent years with an increasing number of titles finding themselves in the Nintendo eShop, PSN, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam. Analysts from NPD, iResearch and Digi-Capital presented data at this week's Game Developers Conference on the state of the global...

  • News N++ Announced At GDC

    No news on platforms yet

    Founded in 2001, Metanet Software is an independent developer specialising in fun free-to-play web browser games. It found fame in 2005 with the release of N, a platformer that sees you play as a ninja running through levels avoiding obstacles and collecting gold. A DS version of the game was released in 2008 called N+ and...

  • News Cave Story Approved And Set For Release On The European eShop

    Saints be praised

    When it comes to Nintendo Downloads, wherever you live there are certain releases that are much in demand and mysterious in their delay. They're not actually mysterious in practice, but the result of developers encountering specific issues with the Nintendo organisation in question, securing ratings or, perhaps, not having the...

  • Nintendo Download 28th March 2013 (North America)

    Rhythm heroics, mastering rivers, racing and a price revelation

    It's Nintendo Download time once again, North America, and this week is all about 3DS. Wii U, DSi and Wii all have a week off, though there's a mix of the old, the new and the even older to enjoy on the 3DS eShop. Let's get to the details. 3DS Download Software: HarmoKnight...

  • News Witch & Hero Begins Its 8-Bit Quest on 4th April

    European date set, North America "will be soon"

    Witch & Hero is one of a significant number of download titles being published by CIRCLE Entertainment this year, as it moves increasingly away from DSiWare and onto 3DS download software. This one arrives in Europe in next week's update, with the North American release to follow soon, and promises...

  • Developer Interview Renegade Kid Tells Us More About Cult County

    "It was important to us that our new FPS presented something unique"

    Last week, just before its unveiling at PAX East, Renegade Kid revealed its upcoming 3DS eShop FPS title that had been confirmed earlier in the year. The accompanying logo and screens revealed relatively little, but did make it clear that the aptly-titled Cult County had a rather...

  • News Gunman Clive eShop Sales Surpass Combined Totals on iOS and Android

    That's a bit Mega

    When it comes to high-quality budget offerings on the 3DS eShop, we're not sure that they come any better than Gunman Clive, an action platformer with stylish visuals, multiple playable characters and a number of homages to classic franchises such as Mega Man. Although originally available on Android and iOS devices, with virtual...

  • News Nnooo Announces escapeVektor Sale

    Escape for 50% less

    Nnooo has announced that its 3DS eShop game, escapeVektor, will be sold at a 50% discount over the next three weeks. The critically acclaimed game's soundtrack will also be on sale. From the press release: "You can now grab the full game and original soundtrack for less than the normal price of the game," said Thomson. "Head...

  • News Nicalis Would Like To Bring Monaco or Spelunky To A Nintendo Console

    Fez is "not even a consideration"

    Phil Fish caused a bit of a stir over the weekend when he took to Twitter to say he felt Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate was more suited to the PlayStation Vita than the trusty 3DS. One game that has never made it to a Nintendo console is Fish's biggest creation, Fez. We here at Nintendo Life decided to find out how many...

  • News Harvest Moon Heading to North American 3DS eShop in Late April

    Legend of the River King will be available on 28th March

    As we already know, Europe will be able to download the Game Boy Color version of Harvest Moon from the 3DS eShop on 28th March. However, North American farmers have been left in the dark, with many believing they've been put out to pasture. Well fret not, as Natsume has revealed via its...

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    Review HarmoKnight

    Big beat

    When you think Game Freak, you instinctively think Pokémon. It’s hardly surprising; the Japanese studio has been behind the million-selling franchise since day one, and the evergreen popularity of “catching 'em all” has ensured that the firm has little reason — or time — to explore other avenues. Apart from side-projects like...

  • Talking Point The Download or Disc Dilemma

    Do you download?

    In moving from the Wii Shop and DSi Shop to the Wii U eShop and 3DS eShop, Nintendo has shown a desire to compete head on with the Xbox, PlayStation and Steam online marketplaces and offer full retail downloads. It's amazing to think that downloads from the Wii Shop were limited to a meagre maximum of 40MB, yet now we can download...

  • News Dan Adelman: Nintendo Aims to Make eShop Publishing "as Frictionless as Possible"

    Admires indie scene's "willingness to try out new ideas"

    This is an important week for game developers of all sizes, as the Game Developer's Conference (GDC) gets underway in San Francisco. Nintendo will naturally have important members of the team on the scene, taking the opportunity to weigh up trends, discussion points and, most importantly, meet...

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    Review Jewel Master Atlantis 3D

    A diamond in the rough?

    For years now, Cerasus Media has been pumping out game after game in the Jewel Master series, and very little has changed in that time. Each instalment is usually playable and entertaining enough, but in most instances the gameplay formula and overall presentation have remained the same. And while the classic phrase "If it...

  • Nintendo Download 28th March 2013 (Europe)

    A blocky adventure, heroic rhythm, retail goodies and more

    As always, Europe, news of the download offerings coming to the region in this week's update are already here to start our week with a bang. While there are a few new additions, including a previously unannounced transfer tool, the main headline is the lengthy list of retail downloads...

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    Review Lola's Math Train

    I choo-choo-choose you!

    Lola’s Math Train, the follow-up to the pleasantly surprising Lola’s Alphabet Train, isn’t quite a game as much as it’s a learning application. In this instalment Lola, the jubilant panda, is here to help kids learn about math, numbers and logical problem solving through various interactive challenges. This is a...

  • News Turtle Tale Is Running And Jumping To The 3DS eShop

    Hero in a half shell

    Saturnine Games has revealed its next 3DS eShop title, a platformer by the name Turtle Tale. The game is a 2D platformer which calls to mind classic 8-bit and 16-bit games of yesteryear, and takes advantage of the console's 3D screen. Saturnine Games' Edward Di Geronimo Jr. shared this bit of information with us: You play as...

  • News Original DuckTales Not Coming To Virtual Console

    The remastered version won't be coming to 3DS either

    The gaming world has been buzzing since Capcom announced DuckTales: Remastered and as expected people have been clamoring for information on the upcoming release. Thankfully, senior vice president Christian Svensson has been on hand to give us a few answers to our neverending questions. Earlier...

  • News Renegade Kid Reveals Upcoming 3DS eShop FPS - Cult County

    3D screens to creep you out

    We've know for a good while now that Renegade Kid, probably best known for 3DS eShop — and soon to be enhanced for Wii U eShop — title Mutant Mudds, has been working on a first-person title for the handheld's download store. In fact some may not be aware that the team produced three FPS titles for DS that, at the...

  • News Code Of Princess Picks a Fight With Europe on 28th March

    Coming in at €29.99

    Code of Princess was published in North America by Atlus way back in October last year, but the NA-centric publisher didn't want to do the same in Europe and PAL regions. It did eventually emerge that developer Agatsuma Entertainment was taking up that localisation itself, and that it was releasing the title as a...

  • News Amazon UK Reveals New-Look eShop Cards

    Available in £15, £25 and £50 denominations

    Amazon UK has posted listings for the new-look Nintendo eShop cards. The cards are available in £15 (Toad), £25 (Luigi) and

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    Wii U eShop / NES

    Review Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream

    Heavy Hitter

    Boxing is a fascinating sport. Two human beings enter the ring, then skilfully and tactfully beat the tar out of one another using nothing but their own gloved fists. It’s the perfect fodder for a video game, and that’s exactly why the Punch-Out!! series is such a classic. Originally released in North America as Mike Tyson's...

  • Nintendo Download 21st March 2013 (North America)

    Luigi goes on a spooky quest, Pokémon go exploring, Zen Pinball and more

    It's Thursday, and time for your Nintendo Download update, North America. This week we have an oft-demanded Wii U download that finally makes it across the Atlantic, two major retail offerings, a couple of discounts and some extra download goodies. Check out all of the details...

  • News Mighty Switch Force! 2 Confirmed For 3DS eShop, Coming This Spring

    Patricia Wagon returns

    WayForward Technologies has confirmed the rumours and announced Mighty Switch Force! 2 for the 3DS eShop. The sequel to the massively popular Mighty Switch Force!, the follow-up once again stars the feisty Patricia Wagon, but this time around she's battling blazes in Tangent City. The game is expected to launch this Spring...

  • News Renegade Kid Confirms Upcoming FPS Will Support Circle Pad Pro

    Name, logo and key imagery to be unveiled at PAX East

    Renegade Kid is a pretty busy developer at the moment. It's recently released ATV Wild Ride 3D on the 3DS eShop and has Mutant Mudds: Deluxe, Mutant Mudds 2 and a new first person shooter for the 3DS in the works. That FPS is to be unveiled at PAX East with Jools Watsham, the developer's...

  • News Another Castle Won't Be Coming To 3DS

    The game's engine doesn't support the handheld

    Last month we exclusively revealed that retro-styled platformer Another Castle would be coming to the Wii U eShop. The colourful 2D platformer is the pride and joy of David Byers, who has developed the game under the guise of Uncade. Uncade has released games for mobile platforms in the past, and...

  • Talking Point Wii U eShop Discounts Show It's a Vibrant Marketplace, Not a Monopoly

    Nintendo's digital strategy continues to evolve

    This week it was confirmed that a sale on Ubisoft's retail Wii U downloads, which arrived in North America in mid-February, will hit Europe this week. It's the latest small landmark in what's become a regular series of subtle evolutions in Nintendo's download platform strategies, and one that...

  • News Castlevania II: Simon's Quest And Donkey Kong 3 Coming To Japanese 3DS eShop

    Arriving next week

    Nintendo has confirmed that NES titles Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and Donkey Kong 3 will both be hitting the Japanese 3DS eShop on March 27th. Simon's Quest is one of the more unique entries in the Castlevania series, as it employs a day and night cycle and has strong RPG elements to it. Donkey Kong 3 is a sequel to the...

  • News Wayforward Teases Mighty Switch Force Sequel, We Think

    Looking a bit apocalyptic

    Wayforward Technologies recently confirmed a Mighty Switch Force sequel for 3DS, stating that it's due to arrive in the first or second quarter of this year; that's, well, any time in the next few months. Not long to wait, in that case, and the studio has taken to Twitter to tease what appears to be a screen from this...

  • News Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez Urges Twitter Users To Pester Studio Pixel For 3DS Gero Blaster

    We can get behind that

    Earlier this month, we reported on Studio Pixel's next game, Gero Blaster. The Cave Story developer's new outing is a 2D side-scrolling action title which places you in the role of a trigger-happy frog. It's being pitched for release on iOS, but around the time of the announcement Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez twee

  • News Super Hang-On 3D Speeding Into The Japanese 3DS eShop Next Week

    Time extension

    Space Harrier 3D was the first of Sega's efforts to give its illustrious arcade portfolio a new lease of life on the Nintendo 3DS, and it's being followed by another beloved coin-op smash-hit: Super Hang-On. Yu Suzuki's motorcycle racing classic is coming to the Japanese 3DS eShop next week for 600 Yen ($6.30 / £4.15 / €4.85)...

  • News FEZ Creator Insists The Game Wouldn't Work On The 3DS

    "It would be kind of pointless"

    Indie smash hit FEZ is coming to other platforms following a period of exclusivity on Xbox Live Arcade, but sadly it doesn't look like the 3DS eShop is going to be one of them. Creator Phil Fish — who caused quite a stir when he voiced his concerns about the Japanese games development industry and has also had...

  • News Shovel Knight Confirmed For Wii U And 3DS

    PAX East promotional banners reveal all

    Last week we reported on Yacht Club Games' first title Shovel Knight, which at the time was only down for a PC release. The developer - formed by ex-WayForward staff members - did say that it hoped to bring the game to Wii U and 3DS as well but made no promises. Well it looks as though the confirmation we...

  • Nintendo Download 21st March 2013 (Europe)

    Monstrous quests, reckless driving, retro boxing, a big sale and more

    It's Monday, so you know what that means Europe. It's time for the Nintendo Download update news, letting us know what'll be dropping onto our systems later this week; we have a lengthy list that includes the latest €0.30 / £0.30 Wii U Virtual Console promotion, some...

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    Review Mega Man 3

    Sibling rivalry

    It's fitting that Mega Man 3 introduces our hero's antagonistic, cocksure older brother Proto Man, as the game itself seems to eternally duke it out with its own brother Mega Man 2 for the coveted title of Best in Series. But wherever you may fall on the question, there's no doubt that this third installment in the classic franchise...

  • Competition Win £100 of Nintendo eShop Credit!

    Plus 10 runners-up each snagging £15 too.

    Want the chance to win some free eShop credit for your 3DS or Wii U? Of course you do — who wouldn't, right? Well now you've got a chance. We've teamed up with Nintendo UK to offer £100 of eShop credit to one lucky winner, plus £15 to ten almost-as-lucky runners-up. All you have to do to be in with a...

  • News SteamWorld Dig Is Burrowing Its Way To The 3DS eShop This Year

    "Not another 3D effect showcase nor a cheap port", according to the developer

    Swedish studio Image & Form has announced SteamWorld Dig, a new title for the 3DS eShop which is expected to launch later this year. Set in the same post-apocalyptic world as SteamWorld: Tower Defense, the game will be a "hardcore platform mining adventure" with...

  • Nintendo Download 14th March 2013 (North America)

    Hunting monsters, going to the City, throwing retro punches, being Mega and much more

    It's Nintendo Download update time, North America, with so much packing the eShops and DSi store that we even had the information earlier than normal — all the more time to soak it up. Quite a few high profile retail downloads are joined by some demo action, a...

  • News Flipnote Studio 3D Drawing to the West, For Free, This Summer

    Localised Nintendo Direct details online and sharing communities

    Earlier today we brought you the news that Flipnote Studio 3D is coming to Japan this summer; the happy update is that it looks set to arrive in the West in the same period, with Europe confirmed and North America very likely to join in. Nintendo of Europe has also released a new...

  • News Nintendo Reveals Flipnote Studio For The 3DS eShop

    Holy flip!

    During a Japanese only mini Nintendo Direct, President Satoru Iwata announced that Flipnote Studio 3D was on the way for the 3DS eShop in Japan. It's said to be more powerful than its predecessor, and the free base application will be available from the eShop this coming Summer. The app will allow users to make 3D animations with up to...

  • News Four Classics Available Now in the Latest Club Nintendo Rewards

    Check your coin balance, North America

    Every month Nintendo of America unveils its latest Club Nintendo offers, giving members a chance to exchange hard-earned coins for download codes. Often the games available are hit and miss, but this month seems to offer a strong line-up to suit various tastes. The following are all available until 7th April...

  • News Pixelscopic Hopes To Bring The Zelda-Inspired Delver's Drop To A Nintendo System

    "Our inspirations come primarily from the Super Nintendo Era, though we're pulling from a lot of other sources as well."

    Delver's Drop is the kind of game you'd get if you combined The Legend of Zelda: Link To The Past with Demon's Souls and added in a pinch of Diablo — and it could be coming to a Nintendo console in 2014, if all goes according...

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    Review Wrecking Crew

    I'm gonna wreck it!

    It’s common knowledge for most gamers that Mario has been in countless games over the years, in which he has taken on a bevy of different roles and occupations. From race-car driver to boxing referee, Mario has done it all. Curiously enough, just about the only job Mario hasn’t performed in a video game is that of a plumber,...

  • News Zelda Game Boy Color Oracle Duo Heading To Western 3DS eShops Before Summer

    Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma gives us new hope

    During last month's Japanese Nintendo Direct, it was announced that Japanese gamers would be able to purchase both The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Seasons on the 3DS eShop from the 27th February — so it was only a matter of time before the classic Game Boy Color...

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    Review Legend of the River King

    Nothing smells fishy here

    Natsume is mostly known for its Harvest Moon games, but what you might not know is that there is another long-running series from the same developer - in fact, its first game predates the first Harvest Moon by 6 years. Legend of the River King is one of only four games in this series released outside Japan, and it's now...

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    Review Nano Assault EX


    Shin'en is certainly no stranger to the shoot 'em up genre, having already had some solid success with its Iridion releases on Game Boy Advance and Nanostray titles on DS. For those who don't remember, it was just a little over a year ago when the developer released Nano Assault on Nintendo's 3DS system and showed just how amazing the...

  • Nintendo Download 14th March 2013 (Europe)

    Flying for less, stopping invaders, mastering jewels and more

    It's Monday morning, so once again Nintendo of Europe is starting the week with the news of what we can expect in this week's Download Update. There's a demo and sale of a recently updated launch release on Wii U, various 3DS offerings and a one-button runner from CIRCLE Entertainment...

  • News Mega Man 3 Hitting 3DS Virtual Console Next Week

    4, 5 and 6 to follow in April, May and June

    Capcom has confirmed that Mega Man 3 will be coming to the North American 3DS Virtual Console next week — March 14th, to be precise. Furthermore, the company has confirmed that Mega Man 4, 5 and 6 will launch in April, May and June respectively. We've no confirmation that the game will be hitting...

  • News Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya's New Title, Gero Blaster, Looks Set for 3DS

    Nicalis seems to be stepping in once again

    Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya is quite a favourite among some gamers, particularly those with a taste for retro-styled graphics. Best known for Cave Story and for his origins developing games as PC shareware, new releases from the one-man developer have been less forthcoming. Fans with a 3DS in North America have...

  • News Capcom's Gun.Smoke Rated For 3DS eShop Release

    This town ain't big enough for the both of us

    As we reported a short time ago, Capcom looks set to bring its Capcom Arcade Cabinet releases to the Nintendo 3DS as stand-alone downloads. 1943 got rated by the ESRB recently, and the vertically-scrolling shooter has now be joined by wild west blaster Gun.Smoke. Interestingly, Gun.Smoke is actually...

  • News U.S. Trademarks Suggest Guild02 eShop Localisations

    Hopefully, anyway

    In a recent Nintendo Direct focused on the Japanese market, Guild02 was confirmed for the region, a trio of eShop downloads — as opposed to the retail release of Guild01 — published by Level-5 and produced by some of the most respected names in the industry. With three of the four Guild01 titles arriving in the West as...

  • News Game Freak Reveals The Origins of Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight

    A demo will be in the 3DS eShop soon

    Rhythm-based platformer Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight is a new IP from Game Freak, the developer behind the Pokémon series. It was released in Japan last August and will be jiving on over to North America and Europe in March. As the release is almost upon us, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has put on his...

  • Nintendo Download 7th March 2013 (North America)

    A Nano Assault, falling down a well, wild ATV racing and much more

    It's Nintendo Download day, North America, which is particularly good news if you own a 3DS or like a bit of Neo Geo retro action on Wii — if you only have a DSi or Wii U, never mind. It's a packed lineup for the big N's current handheld, with a broad range of download-only and...

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    Review ATV Wild Ride 3D

    A game of hills and valleys

    Bringing online racing to the 3DS eShop in any form is a pretty ambitious undertaking, but we'll say up front that ATV Wild Ride 3D gets that part exactly right. In our experience the online racing is fast, smooth, and reliable. As far as that goes, we genuinely couldn't ask for anything more, and the simple fact that it...

  • News Liberation Maiden Takes Flight to iOS

    Flying solo from 3DS

    In a surprising development, former Guild01 compilation game and current eShop download, Liberation Maiden, has made the jump to Apple's iOS platform. We say that this is surprising, but it's now just one of a number of 3DS titles that have gone in either direction between the Nintendo handheld and smartphone/tablet devices...

  • News Tails Adventure And Crystal Warriors Get Rated For Western Release

    More Game Gear goodness on the way

    Game Gear titles Tails Adventure and Crystal Warriors have both received ratings from the Australian OFLC. The former is a spin-off from the Sonic the Hedgehog series which stars cute sidekick Tails, while the latter is a turn-based RPG in the same mould as Shining Force. The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console received...

  • News Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Price Slashed For North American eShop Release

    Digital copy will cost just $20, releases March 7th

    Capcom has confirmed that Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will be hitting the North American 3DS eShop on March 7th, and will cost just $20 to download. Originally released as a retail title in 2011, the game has already been made available for download in Japan. As you'll know if you read...

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