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Nintendo Download: 22nd April 2011 (Europe)

22nd April 2011 (Europe)

Is it a good Friday?

It's certainly a quiet Friday, with one new title for WiiWare and a pair for DSiWare. Read on to find out what's vying to take your Nintendo Points away from you this week. WiiWareUbongo (Korner Entertainment, 800pts) — The popular board game comes to WiiWare courtesy of Korner, the same team that brought you Fireplacing. With support for four players and various game modes..

News: This Zoonies - Escape from Makatu Trailer is the Mane Attraction

This Zoonies - Escape from Makatu Trailer is the Mane Attraction

We're not lion

Zoonies - Escape from Makatu is coming to DSiWare next week, and anyone wanting to see the game in action will be pleased to find the official launch trailer below. The physics-based puzzle platformer finds Leo the lion stranded in the jungle after a plane crash, after which he must escape from the dangerous Tubas warriors and their leader Makatu. Zoonies - Escape from Makatu comes..

Nintendo Download: 18th April 2011 (North America)

18th April 2011 (North America)

Take on Mega Man X

After the news that Mega Man 5 is coming to Virtual Console, we have the unexpected arrival of Super NES Blue Bomber outing Mega Man X. Virtual ConsoleMega Man X (Super NES, 800pts) — Run, jump, blast: it's Mega Man in the 16-bit era, and the first Super NES entry in the series to arrive on Virtual Console. Look out for our fully charged review jumping through doorways later..

Nintendo Download: 15th April 2011 (Europe)

15th April 2011 (Europe)

Head back to Adventure Island

Hudson hero Master Higgins resurfaces on Virtual Console in Adventure Island II, alongside new titles from Ludia and Tivola. Virtual ConsoleAdventure Island II (Hudson, NES, 500pts) — Master Higgins is back with his trusty axe, four dinosaurs and an evil witch to take down. This NES platformer brings back fond memories for many, so we'll bring you a full and honest..

News: We Just Hooked a Big Bass Arcade Trailer

We Just Hooked a Big Bass Arcade Trailer

You should see the one that got away

Big John Games has just dropped us a line (sorry) to let us know its frantic fishing game Big Bass Arcade has passed Nintendo lotcheck and is swimming its way upstream to the DSiWare shop. The creators of Thorium Wars have changed theme slightly to create a pick-up-and-play fishing title, with a range of locales, lures and lots of bass, of course. To whet your..

Nintendo Download: 11th April 2011 (North America)

11th April 2011 (North America)

Ink, birds, slingos and prisons

It's that time on a Monday again: here's the delicious downloadable delights dished out today, hoping to separate you from the numeric currency locked away within your DSi and Wii consoles. WiiWarePlay with Birds (Games Farm, 500pts) — A mix of avian-themed minigames that takes you through the life of a cartoon bird that moves to a city, finds a partner and settles..

News: Get Animated at Inchworm Animation's Impending Release

Get Animated at Inchworm Animation's Impending Release

Approved, dated and priced

Five years in the making, Flat Black Films' animation software Inchworm Animation is finally approved and penned with a release date. A hot contender to Flipnote Studio's reputation as the premier animation application available at the DSi Shop, Inchworm Animation certainly packs a punch in the functionality department, supplying users with a large proverbial canvas on..

News: Sony CEO Refers to Nintendo Handhelds as "Babysitting Tools"

Sony CEO Refers to Nintendo Handhelds as "Babysitting Tools"

Don't get him started on the issue of self-respect

Some Sony executives have positive things to say about the company's rivals, and some don't. Sony president and CEO Jack Tretton is without doubt a person that falls into the latter category. Speaking to Fortune, Tretton refers to Nintendo's handheld offerings as the "Game Boy experience",...

News: There's a Touch of Virtual On to this New DSiWare Game

There's a Touch of Virtual On to this New DSiWare Game

Called "Battle of Elemental"

There aren't enough games that pit giant weapon-packed robots against each other and there never will be, but even after several years we've still got a soft spot for Sega's Virtual On series. This arena-based robot combat title has never quite conquered the mainstream, but its influence is keenly felt in several titles, not least of which is the upcoming DSiWare game..

Nintendo Download: 8th April 2011 (Europe)

8th April 2011 (Europe)

One of the most unique weeks ever

WiiWare has seen some odd releases over the years — step forward Muscle March, Tomena Sanner and Fireplacing — but the bar has been raised with this week's download. Read on in astonishment. WiiWarePhysiofun: Pelvic Floor Training (Kaasa, 1000pts) — Pelvic floor exercises are designed to help strengthen the pelvic muscles following childbirth, but have also..

News: Zoonies - Escape from Makatu Breaks Out on 29th April

Zoonies - Escape from Makatu Breaks Out on 29th April

Zoological platformer for DSiWare

Kiloo Games just got in touch to announce the European release date for Zoonies - Escape from Makatu, a new puzzle-platformer for DSiWare. Leo the lion will touch down on 29th April for 500 Nintendo Points. After bailing out of his crashed plane deep in the jungle, Leo finds himself hunted down by the Tuba tribe and its evil leader Makatu. Players must use the..

Nintendo Download: 4th April 2011 (North America)

4th April 2011 (North America)

Here's your Bonk

Banishing the memory of last week's poor showings on the Nintendo Download, this week offers up a bumper crop of games, with Virtual Console, DSiWare and WiiWare all receiving fresh new games to play. Virtual ConsoleSuper Bonk (Super NES, 800pts) — A platformer so classic it's practically prehistoric, Super Bonk takes the bone-headed hero through another adventure full of..

Nintendo Download: 1st April 2011 (Europe)

1st April 2011 (Europe)

Will you be an April fool?

This week's North American Nintendo Download was underwhelming to say the least, and its European counterpart absolutely blows it out of the water. Let's see what treats await. Virtual ConsoleBrawl Brothers (JALECO, Super NES, 800pts) — We've already got Rival Turf on Virtual Console, and now its successor reaches the download service, with all the head-punching and..

News: Nintendo Clarifies Stance on Garage Developers

Nintendo Clarifies Stance on Garage Developers

Loves them really

There was something of a storm in a teacup around Reggie Fils-Aime's recent comments that Nintendo isn't interested in garage developers. As long-time fans of WiiWare and DSiWare will know, some of the services' better titles have originated from semi-professional coders or small development teams. Now Nintendo of America's director of PR Marc Franklin has stepped in to explain..

Nintendo Download: 25th March 2011 (Europe)

25th March 2011 (Europe)

Dodos, Wallies, maths

It's new game overload in this week's Nintendo Download, with no fewer than four brand new titles appearing on European shores, a stark contrast to the most recent North American Nintendo Download. What's on offer for European download fans? Scroll down and don't waste another second waiting. DSiWareDodoGo! Robo (Neko Entertainment, 200pts) — Following previous enjoyable..

News: 99Bullets Trailer Pops In, Blows Up DSiWare

99Bullets Trailer Pops In, Blows Up DSiWare

DSiWare gets blasted

EnjoyUp's forthcoming retro shooter 99Bullets intrigues with its combination of limited lives and bullets, and now you can see the game in action thanks to the first trailer. Each time you take a shot, you lose a life but the game continues until your stock of 99 bullets/lives is fully depleted. It's an intriguing take on the retro shooter genre, and one that looks like it..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 18: Rageful Streets and Happy Dinosaurs

NLFM Episode 18: Rageful Streets and Happy Dinosaurs

Missed weeks? What?

Remember when we said NLFM was going to be weekly? Well, we kind of fudged that for the past couple of weeks. Sorry! But we're back with a fiery fever in this episode, where gangsters are punched, pianos diddled and dinosaurs remembered. 1. MONSTER! MONSTER! — Penny Arcade2. Yuzo Koshiro — Go Straight (Streets of Rage 2, Genesis/Mega Drive) 3. Naoki Kodaka — Aflorious..

Nintendo Download: 21st March 2011 (North America)

21st March 2011 (North America)

Playing catch up

A rare occurrence in this week's Nintendo Download for our North American chums: all the games in the line-up are already available in Europe, so you'll likely already know if you're after any of the new titles or not. Let's delve in and see what's available. Virtual ConsoleNatsume Championship Wrestling (SNES, 800pts) — Step into the ring with Natsume's take on the sweaty sport,..

News: Reggie: We're Not Interested in "Garage Developers"

Reggie: We're Not Interested in "Garage Developers"

Only wants proper indies, thanks

Whether or not Nintendo has nothing to fear from mobile games, or whether Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's comments about low value games were accurate, the debate about Nintendo's relationship with small game developers is ripe for analysis. What's the company's official stance the matter, though? Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime clarified in an..

Nintendo Download: 18th March 2011 (Europe)

18th March 2011 (Europe)

Take on Final Fantasy III

As we revealed recently, SquareEnix is backing Virtual Console with a pair of classic RPGs, kicking off this week with the one and only Final Fantasy III, also known as Final Fantasy VI. Virtual ConsoleFinal Fantasy III (Super NES, 900pts) — This is an excellent chance for Wii owners in Europe to play Square's well-regarded RPG, which was never

Nintendo Download: 14th March 2011 (North America)

14th March 2011 (North America)

They're coming!

It seems North America is getting quite the variety of download releases this week, although the Virtual Console is taking a vacation. The mulltiformat smash hit Plants vs. Zombies finally arrives on DSiWare and the extremely long-awaited WiiWare puzzler Liight has finally made its way to a release. There's also yet another WiiWare...

Nintendo Download: 11th March 2011 (Europe)

11th March 2011 (Europe)

Here comes the Lilt man... LILT!

It's Friday again, and as usual there is a veritable smorgasborg of downloadable goodies for you to consider including Gaijin Games' lilt line on WiiWare. There are no Virtual Console games this week, but you can look forward to Final Fantasy III next week. Oh yus! WiiWarelilt line (Gaijin Games, 500pts) — Somewhat similar to the BIT.TRIP series, this is another..