Professor Layton's French cousin, perhaps
Just because 3DS is seeing an outing from the top hat professor in the form of Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle doesn't mean that Konami won't try to steal a little of the astute one's thunder. This week's Famitsu magazine contains a reveal of Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights, an archaeology-themed game starring a Doctor wearing a top hat..
Screenshots screech in
The Asphalt racing series has had some decent outings on Nintendo handhelds, not least Asphalt 4: Elite Racing on DSiWare, and now Konami is taking over the publishing reins to bring the game to 3DS in Spring 2011. The game's official site has just launched bringing with it a few teaser screenshots showing off some of the licensed cars and shiny graphics that await racing..
Contra, PES, Metal Gear Solid and... Frogger
That long list of third-party 3DS titles contained plenty of mouthwatering prospects from countless publishers, but one title that particularly stood out was the prospect of a new Contra title from Konami. Now the Japanese firm has announced it'll be bringing the run-and-gun epic to Europe, alongside...
Potentially allowing gamers to "play" the game without actually playing it
The 3DS is set to offer handheld gamers a variety of functionalities that were previously unavailable. It's easy for the 3D visuals to be stealing the limelight, but what about things like StreetPass? How will developers utilise this subtle yet intriguing feature? Since the unveiling of the Metal Gear Solid 3 tech demo at E3..
"One of mankind's greatest creations," says great man
It's been 25 years since Super Mario Bros. hit the world of gaming, and its influence is still felt widely around the world. Konami legend and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima is just one individual whose life was altered by the plumbing adventure. Kojima has said: With the creation of...
Dribbling all over the place
Last year's PES 2010 offered the Wii's best kick-about yet, with plenty of options and an improved control scheme. This year's entry, which you won't be surprised to hear is called PES 2011, is promising further enhancements to the dribbling mechanics, with full 360º freedom at the top of the list. As well as the...
Konami's next DSiWare game inbound
It's been a long time since we've heard anything of Reflection, and from now on we won't hear another thing about it, as its name has changed to Divergent Shift ahead of its DSiWare debut on Monday. Developer Intrinsic Games broke the news on its official Twitter account, though there's no word yet on pricing or a release across the pond in Europe. Described as a..
WiiWare and VC releases and four new DSiWare titles next week for Japan.
It's been awhile since we've seen any new WiiWare in Japan, though the drought is only being broken by a single title from Nintendo. The weekly Virtual Console parade is also continuing and the DSi has its usual mix of education and entertainment apps to choose from. WiiWareLine Attack Heroes (1000pts - Nintendo) – This is a..
But will he be involved?
With the recent confirmation that what was shown at E3 was more of a tech demo than work-in-progress, you may be disappointed at the prospect of no Metal Gear Solid at all on the 3DS. Well, you can now breathe a sigh of relief because Hideo Kojima has cleared a few things up with regards to the demo and where it leaves us with an actual final product. The construction of..
At least the "3D" designation fits in more smoothly here
The game announcements just keep coming. Next up is the first Metal Gear game for a Nintendo system since Twin Snakes hit the GameCube. Not much is clear about the game, including its title: Nintendo's site calls it Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D, while other sources have tacked the subtitle...
Tanks, blocks, sudoku and SPARTA! on DSi whilst Ben-10, Dice, Beavers and Wild Guns grace the Wii
It's a pretty good mix of new and catch-up titles this week in North America, so hopefully everyone will find something that takes their fancy. DSiWareX-Scape (800pts - Nintendo) — A sequel to game that was released on the Gameboy a million years ago called "X," complete with slick retro..
Super Castlevania IV's brilliant soundtrack is coming back from the dead
Castlevania producer David Cox has tweeted that the upcoming PS3/360 title Lords of Shadow is to feature classic tunes from older instalments of the series - more specifically the fourth title, which appeared on the SNES in 1991. Here's the tweet: Today I heard the waterfall music from Super Castlevania 4 fully orchestrated..
Running, blood and Kirby for the Wii; frogs, rabbits, upside-down blocks and more blood on DSi
Microgame creator WarioWare D.I.Y. and the hosts of the Nintendo Channel show "Nintendo Week" collide in the Big Name Game for this week, as Allison and Gary each unleash whatever crazy microgame their host brains have done thunk up. WiiWare:...
Virtual Console port is bested using some smooth moves
Those of you brave enough to have downloaded the Virtual Console port of the original NES Castlevania will be aware that the game is hard. As in tough-as-old-boots hard. Here at Nintendo Life Towers we've lost count of the number of NES pads we've broken over the years attempting to put Drac...
Metroid: Other M and Sin & Punishment: Star Successor get pushed back
Summer is slowly on its way and with it, brings the annual wave of big releases. Sadly though, the pace at which the tip of this wave is arriving is rubbing off on some highly anticipated games. Nintendo has just informed us that whilst some titles have been marked with release...
Carry something slimy and green in your pocket
Despite his precarious position on the food chain, Konami's Frogger refuses to die, as last year's WiiWare release Frogger Returns proves. It seems his return is returning again, as it's been announced for a conversion to DSiWare later this year. Judging from the few details released so far, it looks like being a pretty faithful port of the big-screen..
New trailer for the platformer previously known as Tower of Shadow
It's not often that platform games manifest themselves in a unique hue that illuminates them from their surroundings, and this upcoming Wii title from Hudson Soft could well be the latest example of a game that does. In more ways than one, mind. Since it was announced last August, we still don't know too much about it. Other than..
Mic check, one two, one two
We might be getting a taste of what the turntable brings to the whole Hip Hop culture with games like DJ Hero, but evidently, that's not enough. Konami has secured co-distribution rights with Autumn Games for the upcoming "rap game" developed by 4mm Games, Terminal Games, and Def Jam Interactive. So clear your throat and pick up the mic if you have the skills..
Bit Boy!! grows up and more MSX on Wii; Sims, role-playing and puzzling for DSi
Marvelous Entertainment continues its World Game Parade this week on WiiWare, and Virtual Console buffs who're into the import scene may want to check out the MSX titles on offer that have come out of nowhere (we do like VC surprises, yes we do). DSiWare is a bit light this week with three titles, only one of which is..
Frogs, romantic sagas, galactic brawling, shogi, mahjong, monsters and prison breaks next week in Japan
WiiWareFrogger Returns (500pts – Konami) – A Japanese catch-up title that's been out for a few months in North America and just last month in Europe. We thought it was good fun and a nice return to form for a franchise that has spent a lot of time trying to become a platforming game. Virtual..
Gladiators, vampires, shooting, dinos, zoos and golf this week
Fans of the classics will be pleased to see the TG-16 CD entry in the Castlevania series as well as a new take on the Punch-Out formula and a surprise target shooter on Wii, whilst the DSi gets a range of sim-style games: zoo, dino and gangster and a golf game for good measure. WiiWare:...
Featuring the mighty Castlevania Rondo of Blood!
While we speculated on the return of the Hanabi Festival recently, Nintendo were busy putting the finishing touches to the fifth instalment of their import spectacular, due to launch this Friday. Kicking off with the fantastic Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and taking in IronClad, Milon's Secret Castle and, er,
Konami's retro Gradius title gets an upgrade.
Konami has just released an update to their Gradius Rebirth WiiWare release that tosses in a few new twists to the package. Among the new additions are some graphical improvements, remixed soundtrack tunes, and a few other goodies worth checking out for those who own the game already. All you have to do...
Get your Belmont on
Good news, vampire slayers. The release date for Konami's WiiWare undead party Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth has snuck onto the Nintendo Channel in Europe (spotted by Nintendaan), revealing that you'll be able to take on Dracula and his cronies on February 26 for 1000 Wii points. Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth is the...
Another big update for North America: blasting, dancing, balloons, rockets and more this week!
The big North American updates keep on coming. This week there's four new WiiWare releases, five new DSiWare releases and a quirky NES adventure game. WiiWare: Blaster Master: Overdrive (1000pts - Sunsoft) -- The announcement of the original NES classic...