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News: DSiWare Goes Commando in Steel Disaster on 22nd December

DSiWare Goes Commando in Steel Disaster on 22nd December

Ten-hut!

Cinemax is best known for its Rytmik games but it's got something entirely different lined up for Europe in the next few weeks. Commando: Steel Disaster is an old-fashioned run-and-gun shooter that saw a retail release in North America several years ago, but Cinemax and developer Mana Software are taking another shot at it with a DSiWare release. The Metal Slug-like shooter arrives in..

Nintendo Download: 8th December 2011 (Europe)

8th December 2011 (Europe)

Pull those blox!

The big release this week is the new puzzler from Intelligent Systems, but we should also highlight this week sees only the second Game Boy Color game to hit the 3DS Virtual Console after The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX in June. Let's see what's on the platter this week. Nintendo 3DS Download Software: Pullblox (Nintendo,...

Charts: 5th December 2011 (UK)

5th December 2011 (UK)

Serving up eShop eCharts

It's Monday morning again and that only means one thing in these parts: eShop charts. Accidental poetry aside, here's the list of everything that's selling well in the world of 3DS digital downloads, as collated and published by Nintendo itself. denotes last week's position. indicates game is a new entry. indicates a non-mover. Popular Last Week — All DownloadsZen..

Review: Double Bloob (DSiWare)

Double Bloob (DSiWare)

Bloobin' boring

For those who aren't aware, Double Bloob was actually announced over four years ago as a DS retail title. After disappearing for a few of those years, the game has now resurfaced on DSiWare. It'd be easy to assume that those four years of development time were used to make sure that the game was polished and enjoyable. That assumption would be dead wrong. Double Bloob allows you to..

Review: Play & Learn Chinese (DSiWare)

Play & Learn Chinese (DSiWare)

Might leave you hungry for more a few hours later

DSiWare isn’t just for games, you know. Comprising a small, inconspicuous corner of the market, a handful of language applications serve to assist those who can’t quite afford a pocket translator or a class at the civic centre. So far we’ve seen entries in German, French and Spanish, and now...

Review: Battle of the Elements (DSiWare)

Battle of the Elements (DSiWare)

Elementary, dear Watson

Lists. Who needs 'em? Whether it's a shopping list or a year-end "Best Of" list, you just know when you're writing it that you'll end up forgetting something important. When the year ends, Battle of the Elements probably won't be on our Best Of list. If you're the kind of person that makes lists of games to buy,...

Nintendo Download: 1st December 2011 (North America)

1st December 2011 (North America)

First of the month and no returns

After today there are just four more Nintendo Downloads left in 2011, so let's see what Nintendo has in store to kick off this final month of the year. 3DS Virtual ConsoleAdventure Island (Game Boy, Hudson, $3.99) — Master Higgins makes it across the pond four weeks after his European appearance. Read our Adventure Island review to see how the little chap holds..

Review: Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 3 (DSiWare)

Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 3 (DSiWare)

Ho! Ho! Oh…

The festive season is almost upon us, so that means presents, sparkly lights, too much food to eat and another entry in the Just Sing! series. Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 3 has arrived, the third festive entry in DTP Entertainment’s karaoke franchise. As this particular set of games is now in its third year we can look forward to some...

Nintendo Download: 1st December 2011 (Europe)

1st December 2011 (Europe)

A bumper crop

There's plenty to choose from this week, with WiiWare, 3DS download software, DSiWare and 3DS Virtual Console all represented, though there's no sign of resurrection on Wii's Virtual Console. Here's what's available this coming Thursday. 3DS Download Software: Zen Pinball 3D (Zen Studios, €5/£4.50) — The first downloadable pinball...

Review: Come On! Heroes (DSiWare)

Come On! Heroes (DSiWare)

Arrowsmith

Hot on the heels of the similarly named Castle Conqueror - Heroes comes CIRCLE Entertainment's Come On! Heroes. It's similar in title only, however, as the gameplay and presentation hearken most closely back to the first Castle Conqueror game. This isn't a bad thing but, unfortunately, a lack of variety really lets this release down...

Charts: 28th November 2011 (UK)

28th November 2011 (UK)

What's hot and what's not

Last week Nintendo of Europe added charts to the 3DS eShop, letting you see what's selling well among fellow digital download fans. You'll find below this week's charts for what's been popular in the UK for the last seven days, as well as what's leading the field in all-time sales. denotes last week's position for Top 10...

Nintendo Download: 24th November 2011 (North America)

24th November 2011 (North America)

Samus is back!

The headline story this week: intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran returns to Nintendo 3DS, battling Metroids — but definitely not Space Pirates — in a portable adventure that paves the way for Super Metroid. In other news, DSiWare continues to swell with puzzle games and there's definitely something fishy going on in WiiWare...

Nintendo Download: 24th November 2011 (Europe)

24th November 2011 (Europe)

Samus returns

Four titles on the download front this week, with a bit of a mish-mash of styles: shooting, singing, escaping and bounty hunting. Of course there's only one title we're really interested in, so let's just dive in and introduce you to this week's contestants. 3DS Virtual ConsoleMetroid II: Return of Samus (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — Samus is playable on 3DS for the second..

Review: Escape Trick: Convenience Store (DSiWare)

Escape Trick: Convenience Store (DSiWare)

Convenience snore

We've already seen two Escape Trick releases on DSiWare, each taking place in a unique environment ranging from a musty prison to a oriental-themed castle. And while the games feature a point-and-click gameplay system that would seem to fit the DS touch screen quite perfectly, the execution in both titles has been severely lacking. Now Intense Co. is going for a third outing and..

Review: The Aquarium of Luck (DSiWare)

The Aquarium of Luck (DSiWare)

Not so lucky

One genre that has seen plenty of releases on the DS family of consoles is that of pet simulation: all the fun of owning an animal without the expense, smells and responsibility. Next in line via DSiWare is The Aquarium of Luck, bringing the job of fish ownership to two screens. The title itself is strange, and we’d advise young...

Nintendo Download: 17th November 2011 (North America)

17th November 2011 (North America)

The pink one's back

A little something for everyone this week — apart from you, Virtual Console fans — with titles on DSi, WiiWare and 3DS to download. The headline act is undoubtedly the timely appearance of the pink puffball on 3DS, but let's see what else is competing for your money. 3DS Download Software: 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure...

Review: Bloons TD (DSiWare)

Bloons TD (DSiWare)

Full of hot air?

There are few things more terrifying than sentient balloons. Just close your eyes and picture them: living, moving latex orbs, floating down a path in your direction. Such is the basic premise of Bloons TD, which takes the charming, monkey-populated world of puzzler Bloons and moulds it to a tower defence formula. And, like its...

Review: Castle Conqueror - Heroes (DSiWare)

Castle Conqueror - Heroes (DSiWare)

We can beat them, for ever and ever

About a year ago, Circle Entertainment released Castle Conqueror, a quirky and simple RTS that was also very addictive and fun. If we had any real complaints about it, it was that the charming simplicity somewhat prevented it from achieving any substantial depth. It was an excellent experience, but it felt as...

Review: House, M.D. - Episode 4: Crashed (DSiWare)

House, M.D. - Episode 4: Crashed (DSiWare)

Crash and burn

Dr. Gregory House is back this month with yet another instalment of House M.D. If you’ve played the previous games in the series, then you know exactly what to expect from this one. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience any of these games, then feel free to continue reading. You’re in for a real treat. Like the previous three episodes, this game features an all..