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Review: Break Tactics (DSiWare)

Break Tactics (DSiWare)

Uninspired, but not broken

Strategy games come in many forms, but these days, subgenres like tower defence and resource management are far more commonplace than your traditional turn-based affairs. Break Tactics helps fill the void, and while it's a fine entry in the category, it doesn't innovate much either. The game is reminiscent of Chess and a...

News: Zelda: Four Swords is Out Now in Europe and North America

Zelda: Four Swords is Out Now in Europe and North America

Get downloading

Here's a nice treat to wake up to on a Wednesday morning: Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition is available now in the European and North American 3DS eShop and DSi Shop. The four-player game — which is absolutely free, remember — boasts local multiplayer, new stages and a single player adventure mode too, and is...

Review: Cut the Rope (DSiWare)

Cut the Rope (DSiWare)

This cuts it

There has been much debate in gaming circles about Nintendo’s digital offerings and the competition from smartphones and tablets. Now one of the biggest hits from those rival platforms, Cut the Rope, has finally arrived on DSiWare. The question is, does this title succeed on the DSi, or does it miss out on the candy? The premise of...

Review: Escape Trick: Ninja Castle (DSiWare)

Escape Trick: Ninja Castle (DSiWare)

Escape while you still can

Escape Trick: Ninja Castle is the second game in the Escape Trick series that we've seen here at Nintendo Life. The first game, Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison, failed to really grab us: its ambition was laudable, but its execution consisted of dull visuals, underwhelming gameplay, and nonsensical puzzle...

Nintendo Download: 29th September 2011 (Europe)

29th September 2011 (Europe)

Mario and Zelda together

There's three titles out on the Nintendo Download in Europe this week, but it's certainly a case of quality titles available. Here's what's coming up on Thursday. 3DS Virtual Console: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — This classic portable outing is fondly remembered as one of Mario's...

Review: Defense of the Middle Kingdom (DSiWare)

Defense of the Middle Kingdom (DSiWare)

Middle of the road

Many games take the history of Asian nations as their focus, from the Japanese combat-based Samurai Warriors series to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms games, which use the warring kingdoms of first-century China as their basis. The newest to enter the ring is Defense of the Middle Kingdom, which also focuses on the latter's subject matter, putting a tower defence spin on the..

Nintendo Download: 22nd September 2011 (North America)

22nd September 2011 (North America)

Twinbee, cubes and a ninja

This week's North American download releases once again cover all three of Nintendo's platforms, though fans anticipating a particular release may feel that the titles on offer don't quite cut it. Read on for details. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: TwinBee (Nintendo, $4.99) — The 3D Classics series continues with another...

News: Flush the Goldfish Development Update

Flush the Goldfish Development Update

Flipper sequel is almost here

We just got word from developer GoodbyeGalaxyGames that development of Flush the Goldfish, the sequel to hit DSiWare game Flipper, has officially been completed. Hugo Smits, Director of Flush the Goldfish, was even kind enough to give us a development update on the game: Development is totally done, the game is at...

Nintendo Download: 15th September 2011 (North America)

15th September 2011 (North America)

Mega Heroz this week

Details of this week's North American downloads are sure to please, with a variety of titles on all formats. Without further ado, check below for details. 3DS Virtual ConsoleMega Man: Dr Wily's Revenge (Game Boy, Capcom, $3.99) — Mega Man's first adventure on the Game Boy gets the 3DS Virtual Console treatment. Our review will be ready soon and will let you know whether this..

Nintendo Download: 15th September 2011 (Europe)

15th September 2011 (Europe)

Fab four this week

Whatever your Nintendo console of choice, this week's Europe update has you covered. If you happen to own a Wii and 3DS, then it may be time to pick up some more Nintendo Points and eShop funds. 3DS Virtual ConsoleMega Man: Dr Wily's Revenge (Game Boy, Capcom, €4/£3.60) - Mega Man's first adventure on the Game Boy gets the 3DS Virtual Console treatment. Our review is coming..

Review: DotMan (DSiWare)

DotMan (DSiWare)

Not quite on point

Welcome to DotMan, the game of driving in circles. And that's it, basically. There's also a small amount of strategy, along with boredom and frustration, but we'll deal with those shortly. DotMan has its roots in classic games like Dodge 'Em and Pac-Man, but that's a bit like saying Twilight has its roots in Bram Stoker's Dracula: it's a thematic comparison only, and says nothing..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 20: It's Alive!

NLFM Episode 20: It's Alive!

Thanks for hanging on to those RSS feeds

Had you going there for a while, didn't we? Weekly. Ha! Sorry for the absence, fearless listeners, but Nintendo Life's chip and game music podcast NLFM is back on track after a too-long hiatus. And boy do we have some doozies for your ears! 1. Shiryu — The Goddamn Batman (Shiryu’s Arcade vol. 4)2. Yoko Shimomura, Manami Kiyota, Yasunori Mitsuda —..

News: Four Swords Anniversary Edition Details Announced

Four Swords Anniversary Edition Details Announced

Multiplayer Zelda isn't far away

As part of today's media blitz from Nintendo, a press release has confirmed the release date of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition as 28th September in the EU and North America. For those of you who haven't heard, this title was originally released on the Game Boy Advance and will be completely free...

News: Cut the Rope to Slice Up EU DSiWare on 22nd September

Cut the Rope to Slice Up EU DSiWare on 22nd September

When it comes to quality downloads, will this make the cut?

Among the best-received iOS titles is Cut the Rope, which represents along with others like Angry Birds that quality gaming is possible on smartphones, iPads and the like. We've just learned via the European Nintendo Channel that it's heading to DSiWare on 22nd September from Chillingo for 500 Points. Originally developed by ZeptoLab, it's..

Review: House, M.D. - Episode 2: Blue Meanie (DSiWare)

House, M.D. - Episode 2: Blue Meanie (DSiWare)

Blue all over

Earlier this summer saw the release of Legacy Interactive’s first DSiWare game, House, M.D. - Episode 1: Globetrotting. If you played the game, or simply read our review, then you’ll know that this maiden voyage was not a very successful one for the company. Now, several months later, the series continues with House M.D. - Episode 2: Blue Meanie, the second instalment in the..

Interview: Tanukii Studios - Go! Go! Kokopolo and Beyond

Tanukii Studios - Go! Go! Kokopolo and Beyond

We sit down with the sole member of the young DSiWare dev

Here at Nintendo Life, two things we love are creative independent developers and unique game designs. One great example of the latter is the recently released Go! Go! Kokopolo, a quirky, challenging downloadable title that hit the DSi Shop a little while ago and scored an 8/10 in our Go!...

Nintendo Download: 8th September 2011 (North America)

8th September 2011 (North America)

Another mixed bag

You know the drill by now: today's Nintendo Download spans the good, the not-so-good and the downright baffling. Here's what's available for you today. 3DS Virtual ConsoleGolf (Game Boy, Nintendo, $2.99) — Take to the links in this simple take on a good walk spoiled. Whether it's a better golf game than free Ambassador game NES Open Tournament Golf is a matter for our review to..

Review: 1950s Lawn Mower Kids (DSiWare)

1950s Lawn Mower Kids (DSiWare)

A bit of a chore

When it comes to attempts to turn boring, low-paid jobs into exciting DSiWare downloads, Zordix AB jumped to the fore with Valet Parking 1989. It was an intriguing but flawed game, jam packed with nostalgia and 80’s humour. The developer is now continuing the theme of decade-specific chore simulation with 1950s Lawn Mower Kids. The very idea of turning grass cutting into a full..

Nintendo Download: 8th September 2011 (Europe)

8th September 2011 (Europe)

Two to tango

Most kids have gone back to school, so perhaps that's why this week's Nintendo Download is so slim, to minimise distractions from the very serious studying going on. Or there's simply nothing good to release this week and any proximity to children returning to full-time education is merely coincidental. Whichever it is, here's your two to choose from this week. WiiWare3D Pixel Racing..