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Nintendo Download: 22nd August (Europe)

22nd August (Europe)

A Wonderful download, Giana Sisters, Street Fighting and much more

It's Monday morning, but shake off those new week blues, Europeans, as the Nintendo Download update news is here. We have two major retail releases on Wii U, a new download-only game, retro goodies and a lot of new offerings on the 3DS, so let's get right to it. Wii U eShop:...

Review: Cute Witch! Runner (DSiWare)

Cute Witch! Runner (DSiWare)

Magical Nights

With last year's Dress to Play: Cute Witches!, developer Coder Child channeled both Cotton and cosplay into a unique mix of dress-up and side-scrolling flight, a solid concept that we felt was let down by poor execution on the fashion side of the equation. We found plenty to like about the airborne action, however, and that's the main...

Nintendo Download: 25th July (North America)

25th July (North America)

Kid Icarus, chain blasting, Picross puzzling and more

It's that time again, North America, and after releasing a long awaited cult classic last week, the Nintendo Download Update is fairly reserved this week. There are some goodies to enjoy, nevertheless, so let's get to the details. Wii U Virtual Console: Kid Icarus (Nintendo, $4.99) — Not...

Review: Fashion Tycoon (DSiWare)

Fashion Tycoon (DSiWare)

Fashion disaster

If there's one thing that Fashion Tycoon truly achieves, it's the way in which it makes you appreciate just how hard retail workers have it at times. Much like in real life, demanding customers, stock shortages and a lack of staff are just some of the problems you find yourself up against in this game — it's a nightmarish...

Review: Rhythm Core Alpha 2 (DSiWare)

Rhythm Core Alpha 2 (DSiWare)

Bring life back to music

Musicians both aspiring and experienced have had copious opportunities to break out into song with their DSi thanks to a cornucopia of software suites, including 2010's Rhythm Core Alpha that brought an emphasis on live performances to the table. Developer SoftEgg's sequel Rhythm Core Alpha 2 is the most advanced one yet to...

Review: Lost Treasures of Alexandria (DSiWare)

Lost Treasures of Alexandria (DSiWare)

The perfect match?

Lost Treasures Of Alexandria's release on the DSi Shop comes as something of a surprise. That's because it's the first game in a short while to break the trend of poor Match-3 games to which the service has been cruelly subjected. In fact, this latest game rectifies many of the issues that plagued publisher MSL's other recent...

Your View: The Issues of Collecting and Owning Download-Only Games

The Issues of Collecting and Owning Download-Only Games

Downloads aren't forever

At the start of this week we posted a talking point on the questionable collectibility of download-only game libraries, an issue that's yet to come to a head on Nintendo systems. So far its debut download-only platforms, the Wii Shop and DSiWare, have been available in the company's current systems. The approaches have...

Talking Point: The Uncertain Collectible Future of Download-Only Game Libraries

The Uncertain Collectible Future of Download-Only Game Libraries

Servers will surely shut down, but what about the games?

Just before the weekend, a number of Wii Channels were shut down. On 28th June most of the online enabled channels and services — such as Weather, News, Everyone Votes and Wii Connect 24 — went off air; low participation rates more than likely caused Nintendo to deem them an expense not...

Review: Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleepless Star (DSiWare)

Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleepless Star (DSiWare)

Jewel Identity

We often complain about the lack of innovation in today's games industry. Publishers and developers tend to take the safe and easy route, making games that stick closely to a tried-and-tested template with the odd tweak here and there. While there's nothing wrong with making a sequel to a popular game, it's not unreasonable for us...

Nintendo Download: 20th June (North America)

20th June (North America)

Luigi, Wario, tanks fighting bugs, X Zone craziness and much more

It's that time again, North America, when your Nintendo systems groan under the weight of new download offerings cramming up virtual servers. That's not always strictly accurate, but is this week, with plenty of new titles available on Wii U and 3DS, with a sequel even gracing...

Review: Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (DSiWare)

Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (DSiWare)

Losing its shine

It seems like the Match-3 genre never stops growing, with some new form of the popular puzzle games appearing what feels like every other week. It's a genre that has seen hundreds upon hundreds of releases, and there's little sign of it slowing down. If anything, it's baffling that so many of these games are still being made. Very...