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Nintendo Download: 4th August 2011 (North America)

4th August 2011 (North America)

It's Mario's Picross time!

Get out the chisel and get on the grid as the original portable Picross comes to 3DS Virtual Console, alongside some Spanish, black-and-white rubber-burning and plenty more. 3DS Virtual Console: Mario's Picross (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — The classic picture crossword game makes its way across the pond after its 14th...

Review: GO Series: Portable Shrine Wars (DSiWare)

GO Series: Portable Shrine Wars (DSiWare)

Shinto to go

What do you get when you mix Mikoshi (portable Shinto shrines) and top-down shooters? Oddly enough, you come up with Gamebridge’s newest DSiWare release, GO Series: Portable Shrine Wars. But is this bizarre combination a match made in yomi, or is it just too weird to work? The goal in Portable Shrine Wars is to race your Mikoshi...

Review: Oscar's World Tour (DSiWare)

Oscar's World Tour (DSiWare)

Around the world, around the world

Oscar's World Tour marks the fourth instalment of the series on DSiWare, and once again finds Oscar in the familiar situation of tracking down Baby Oscars and heading for the Pig Stop. While the game stays very close to its predecessors in terms of gameplay, the developer has tossed in a few new visual twists to give it a fresh new look. But are these cosmetic..

Nintendo Download: 4th August 2011 (Europe)

4th August 2011 (Europe)

Wakka wakka wakka

The maze craze comes to 3DS with the world's most famous yellow pill-muncher landing on Virtual Console this week. Elsewhere there's a catch-up on DSiWare and a new WiiWare game, though sadly Wii Virtual Console is left lacking again. 3DS Virtual ConsolePac-Man (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — The ever-hungry blob is back again, revisiting his Game Boy outing from the early..

Nintendo Download: 28th July 2011 (North America)

28th July 2011 (North America)

Farming, shrines and more

In all the excitement about 3DS price drops and free download games, don't forget your old friend the Nintendo Download. Here's what's available in North America later today. 3DS eShop: Let's Golf! 3D (Gameloft, $6.99) — The eShop's first properly new downloadable game, Gameloft's golfing game features six courses, eight...

Review: Antipole (DSiWare)

Antipole (DSiWare)

Rock you like a Hurricane

While it may be difficult to achieve the recognition and greatness of Shantae: Risky’s Revenge or Cave Story, platform adventure games are still very welcome on DSiWare. Antipole, the newest title from Saturnine Games, might not be the most original genre entry in the universe, it is still a very gravitating game with a...

News: Castle Conqueror Sequel Starts a Revolution

Castle Conqueror Sequel Starts a Revolution

They might take our land...

Some months ago, CIRCLE Entertainment released Castle Conqueror on DSiWare, and it turned out pretty well. There was some room for improvement though, so we're hoping that the newly announced follow-up Castle Conqueror — Revolution is a better big brother. We termed the original game a strategy game for beginners, but Revolution is aiming for a tougher challenge, with..

Review: Jagged Alliance (DSiWare)

Jagged Alliance (DSiWare)

Watch out for sharp edges

On paper, Jagged Alliance looks like a must-have for fans of tactical role-playing games. A mid 90s PC classic that was originally distributed as a DS retail release in 2009, now available at a significantly lower price of 500 Nintendo Points – it’s a win-win, right? Well, two areas that hit the mark are storyline and tactical depth. The original was highly regarded on..

News: Crazy Hamster Swaps Pet Shop for DSi Shop in August

Crazy Hamster Swaps Pet Shop for DSi Shop in August

Part of the DSiWare genus

Having passed Nintendo's lotcheck earlier this month, Gamelion's Crazy Hamster will gnaw its way to the DSi Shop early August. Players will help the little hamster get from one part of the level to another via a selection of tools that will help the little fella navigate the terrain as if it was Bear Grylls. Gamelion has...

Review: Kung Fu Dragon (DSiWare)

Kung Fu Dragon (DSiWare)

Since you're climbing a waterfall, you're more of a Kung Fu Salmon

If there's one thing we can say about Kung Fu Dragon, it's that there's really not much to say about Kung Fu Dragon. It's a game that's content to limit itself in nearly every respect, and that's going to earn it its share of detractors, but it's also a game that makes surprisingly effective use of its simplicity. There will be..

Review: Extreme Hangman 2 (DSiWare)

Extreme Hangman 2 (DSiWare)

Extreme Sequel

If you’ve played the first Extreme Hangman game, then you know exactly what to expect with Extreme Hangman 2. While the word categories and visuals may have changed a bit, the core gameplay remains exactly the same. Though there is little different between the two games, that doesn’t necessarily detract from what Extreme Hangman 2 has to offer — it's still a fun and..

Review: AfterZoom (DSiWare)

AfterZoom (DSiWare)

As good as Bill Nye, or would it make him cry?

Pokémon and its ilk channel a sense of wonder as players explore new worlds to learn about their inhabitants. It seems that someone over at Abylight had the revelation that our own planet is filled with fantastic creatures as well – they're just too small to see. AfterZoom has you go about collecting...

Nintendo Download: 21st July 2011 (Europe)

21st July 2011 (Europe)

3D Classics Xevious is here!

Now everyone's had their fill of the first game in the 3D Classics series, the NES favourite 3D Classics: Excitebike, it's time to kick it into second gear with the next instalment. Elsewhere there's a 3DS VC game and a trio on DSiWare, though WiiWare and the Wii Virtual Console take the week off. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics:...

News: Furry Legends DSiWare Sent to Lotcheck

Furry Legends DSiWare Sent to Lotcheck

First screenshots here

We haven't heard anything on Gamelion's Furry Legends: Beginnings, the second volume in the series that began with WiiWare's Furry Legends, for a very long time. But that's all changing right now. Gamelion has just informed us that it has submitted the title to Nintendo's lotcheck, where it'll be tested for bugs and given hopefully given the go-ahead. Gamelion hopes for a..

Review: Successfully Learning German: Year 4 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning German: Year 4 (DSiWare)

What’s the German for deja-vu?

Successfully Learning German: Year 4 has arrived, looming on the DSiWare landscape with a sense of inevitability. The decision by Tivola to convert a retail release into multiple downloads means that fans of edutainment titles have been spending a lot of money on their DSi. Moving on from Year 3, Freddy the Vampire pledges to help young student continue their..

Review: Jewel Keepers: Easter Island (DSiWare)

Jewel Keepers: Easter Island (DSiWare)

Semi-precious stones

No one knows what it is that makes match-three puzzle games so fun and addictive to play, but it’s unavoidable. Wherever you turn, match-three puzzles exist, and it’s clear that DSiWare is no exception to that rule. With games such as Bejeweled Twist and Ikibago already available, Jewel Keepers: Easter Island is in good...

News: Your Free Antipole Soundtrack Awaits

Your Free Antipole Soundtrack Awaits

Game out this Thursday

Antipole is ready for release in North America this Thursday, and to get you in the mood Saturnine Games has released the game's soundtrack for free via its website. The nine-track aural accompaniment was composed by Cosmos X2 musician Zack Parrish, with tracks ranging from retro tunes to pieces like You Think You're Tough? that combine rock, choral and orchestral..