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Review: Blockado - Puzzle Island (DSiWare)

Blockado - Puzzle Island (DSiWare)

Too tried-and-true

Bitfield's Blockado series has already enjoyed success on Apple's iOS devices, but now the game is looking to take on Nintendo's DSiWare service with a little sliding-block puzzle action. And while there are a few interesting new twists in Blockado: Puzzle Island, it's still basically the same gameplay idea the series has been riding for some time now and this time with a..

Nintendo Download: 25th August 2011 (Europe)

25th August 2011 (Europe)

Three new titles

A trio of games round out August in Europe, with something on DSiWare, WiiWare and the 3DS Virtual Console as the Wii's Virtual Console drought continues. Here's what's dropping in this week. 3DS Virtual ConsoleGargoyle's Quest (Game Boy, Capcom, €4/£3.60) — The ugly gargoyle appears on Virtual Console in this 2D adventure spin-off from the popular Ghouls and Ghosts series..

Review: My Asian Farm (DSiWare)

My Asian Farm (DSiWare)

Enter Old McDonald-San

Farming comes in many forms. Sometimes it's exotic. Sometimes it's Australian. And sometimes it's just regular, old-fashioned farming. But nothing you've seen in this DSiWare series, consisting of split-up portions of 2009's retail release My Farm Around the World, could have prepared you for this: My Asian Farm

Interview: Firemint - Flight Control (WiiWare)

Firemint - Flight Control (WiiWare)

We talk about the newest iteration of the up-and-coming developer's popular IP

After conquering the iOS, DSiWare and even PlayStation Move platforms, Firemint's addictive air traffic control-based Flight Control is landing today on WiiWare in Europe and North America. We sat down with Writer and Media Liaison Logan Booker to talk about the high-flying title. Nintendo Life: Flight Control has very..

Nintendo Download: 18th August 2011 (North America)

18th August 2011 (North America)

Fighting in the streets

It's that time of the week again: the Nintendo Download is upon us, bestowing a bounty of digital deliciousness, or leaving a sour taste in your mouth. You decide. Here's what's on offer and vying for your currency today. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: Urban Champion (Nintendo, $4.99) — The NES 'classic' is reborn in a third...

Review: GO Series: Fishing Resort (DSiWare)

GO Series: Fishing Resort (DSiWare)

Luring you in…

Fans of both Nintendo and fishing have been given plenty of opportunities to don the virtual wellies and cast the line, on WiiWare. While the Wii Remote is an ideal opportunity to simulate fishing, the humble DSi stylus and touchscreen have largely missed out. As has often been the case, publisher Gamebridge has come to the rescue...

Review: Crazy Hamster (DSiWare)

Crazy Hamster (DSiWare)

Crazy cool

The idea behind this game is simple: Crazy Hamster forgot to store supplies for the coming winter, so now it’s up to you to guide the rushed rodent through each level and collect all of the fruit. Make it safely to the end of the level with these supplies and you’re home free. While there may not be much here in terms of plot, this...

Review: Play & Learn Spanish (DSiWare)

Play & Learn Spanish (DSiWare)

¿Plus ultra?

A good pocket translator can cost hundreds of dollars, so it's no surprise that some smart software studios would see an incentive in offering DSi and 3DS owners an affordable alternative. So far we've only seen the average 4 TRAVELLERS – Play Spanish on the service, so it's good to see a challenger appear. But is this a helpful introduction to a beautiful language and culture, or..

Review: Go Fetch! 2 (DSiWare)

Go Fetch! 2 (DSiWare)

Dog's dinner

With Go Fetch!, ICM took the simple activity of playing fetch with a puppy and added a timer, health bar and obstacles to create a unique racing game-esque experience that was unfortunately let down by imprecise controls, lack of depth and repetitiveness. The developer doggedly returned to the drawing board to remedy these issues and release Go Fetch! 2, but are the improvements enough..

Nintendo Download: 11th August 2011 (North America)

11th August 2011 (North America)

New content on all platforms

Is it Thursday already? With all the excitement around the 3DS price drop — happening tomorrow, remember — this is a crucial week for 3DS, and things just got even more exciting as it's Nintendo Download time. This week we've got a little bit of something for everyone, so let's dive in and see what there is. Virtual...

Review: Go! Go! Kokopolo (DSiWare)

Go! Go! Kokopolo (DSiWare)

Koko-crazy

DSiWare is, quite rightly, well known for providing a diverse range of quirky titles to give DSi owners small downloadable gaming fixes. We’ve seen a few ‘off the wall’ concepts on the service, and Go! Go! Kokopolo deserves its place in this category. The title says it all; this is a game that doesn’t want to be taken seriously...

News: EnjoyUp Promotes DSiWare Games with New Video

EnjoyUp Promotes DSiWare Games with New Video

Also in the eShop

EnjoyUp has a decent array of games available to buy in the DSi Shop and 3DS eShop, but it's no good having them if people don't know about them, right? Good job this new video sums up the company's line-up so neatly, then. Featuring innovative retro shooter 99Bullets, red hot Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ and sibling...

News: Try to Escape from Makatu in North America on 18th August

Try to Escape from Makatu in North America on 18th August

Acclaimed title crosses the pond

DSiWare gets new games every week, but not all of them are worth your hard-earned Points — that's why we review every single one of them, of course. One of the better titles to reach the service this year is Zoonies - Escape from Makatu, which is heading to North America on 18th August in both the DSi Shop and 3DS eShop. We gave the game 8/10 in our Zoonies -..

Nintendo Download: 11th August 2011 (Europe)

11th August 2011 (Europe)

Back with a vengeance

A small download this week with four titles reaching European shores. Wii owners get nothing sadly, with the Wii Virtual Console drought stretching to two months now. 3DS Virtual ConsoleAvenging Spirit (Game Boy, JALECO, £2.70/€3) — You play a murdered gangster out to rescue his girl. Luckily your ghostly form can inhabit other characters to help you along the way: think..

Review: B Team - Episode 2: Ice & Venom (DSiWare)

B Team - Episode 2: Ice & Venom (DSiWare)

New name, same game

May of 2011 saw the DSiWare release of B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel. Now, a short three months later, the gang is back in B Team - Episode 2: Ice & Venom. Anyone who played the first game (or read our Dust & Steel review) will know exactly what to expect here. As this game clearly shows, consistency is not always a good thing. Picking up where the first game left..

Review: Successfully Learning German: Year 5 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning German: Year 5 (DSiWare)

The end of an era?

Another week, another instalment in the venerable Successfully Learning series from Tivola. Successfully Learning German: Year 5 is on DSiWare so young German speakers have another opportunity to return to Freddy the Vampire’s classroom. It’s the final instalment in the series, so prepare to graduate and say goodbye. How does the series end, any exciting changes or variations..