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Nintendo Download: 4th March 2011 (Europe)

4th March 2011 (Europe)

Holding out for a Hero?

It's an auspicious day in Virtual Console history, as the service receives only its second third-party N64 game in the West, after Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber. It's certainly the highlight of what is otherwise a rather underwhelming download this week. Virtual ConsoleBomberman Hero (Hudson Soft, N64, 1000pts) — This single-player bomber outing divides players..

News: Nintendo Names Cynthia Gordon New Corporate Affairs VP

Nintendo Names Cynthia Gordon New Corporate Affairs VP

Denise Kaigler's replacement commences next month

As Nintendo's range of hardware expands, so too does its family of employees. The company has announced the hiring of Cynthia Gordon, a strategic communications professional with over two decades of consumer-brand experience, as Nintendo of America's Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Gordon will officially start her new role on 14 March,..

Nintendo Download: 28th February 2011 (North America)

28th February 2011 (North America)

BIT.TRIP's over

CommanderVideo finally reaches the end of his journey as BIT.TRIP FLUX reaches WiiWare, casting a long shadow over this week's download. WiiWareBIT.TRIP FLUX (Aksys Games, 800pts) — Gaijin Games brings the BIT.TRIP series to a close with this sixth title, which contains plenty of elements fans of previous releases will recognise. Our BIT.TRIP FLUX review tips its hat to..

News: DSiWare Users Going Back to BASIC with PetitComputer

DSiWare Users Going Back to BASIC with PetitComputer

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DSiWare releases have not only included the traditional games we expected to see, but also the growth of design-orientated applications aimed at users who enjoy creating as much as they do playing. From music applications to animation software, DSi owners have enough creative input to work on relatively advanced projects, but it seems Japanese developer SmileBoom's..

Nintendo Download: 24th February 2011 (Europe)

24th February 2011 (Europe)

All is FLUX

The critically-acclaimed BIT.TRIP series reaches its sixth instalment today with CommanderVideo's final appearance: BIT.TRIP FLUX. Let's see what else is available this week. WiiWareBIT.TRIP FLUX (Aksys Games, 800pts) – The conclusion to the BIT.TRIP saga, this takes its cues from series-starter BIT.TRIP BEAT with some brand new tricks up its sleeve: new power-ups, new Beat types and..

Nintendo Download: 21st February 2011 (North America)

21st February 2011 (North America)

Faxanadu leads the charge

It's been two weeks since we last saw a Virtual Console game, which means it's time for another one, this time in the shapely side-scrolling form of Faxanadu on NES. There's also a couple of WiiWare demos and some DSiWare puzzle games of course, as well as headline WiiWare download... well, we won't spoil it. Virtual ConsoleFaxanadu (NES, Hudson) – A classic..

News: Push Your Parking Skills to the Limit in Valet Parking 1989

Push Your Parking Skills to the Limit in Valet Parking 1989

We're not making this up

Monday sees the release of Remote Racers, a 3D racing game on DSiWare that joins the likes of Asphalt 4: Elite Racing, Ferrari GT Evolution and more in bringing speed to the service. If you're one of the few gamers who thinks you'd have more fun parking cars than driving them, hold onto your Nintendo Points until Valet...

News: Rev Up for Remote Racers on DSiWare Next Monday

Rev Up for Remote Racers on DSiWare Next Monday

Vroom vroom indeed

QubicGames, the team behind AiRace and sequel AiRace: Tunnel, is bringing a land-based racer to DSiWare next week in the form of Remote Racers. The official PR calls it "the greatest 3D racing game in some time", which isn't necessary a tough feat on DSiWare considering the last racing game to hit the shop was Ferrari GT Evolution in April 2010, but the trailer below..

Nintendo Download: 18th February 2011 (Europe)

18th February 2011 (Europe)

Get bowled over

It's an unusual occasion in the Nintendo Download this week: this week's games are all brand new for Europe, with not a single catch-up title for North America. Virtual Console receives its first-ever wrestling title and there's cricket, babies, noodles, monsters and celestial bodies too. Let's get to it. WiiWareCricket Challenge (GameShastra, 500pts) – Only the second incarnation..

News: Teyon Plots an Arctic Escape for DSiWare on Monday

Teyon Plots an Arctic Escape for DSiWare on Monday

500 Point penguin puzzler

Picture the scene: you want to set out on an exciting journey with zany penguins, but international law prohibits you entering the animals' habitat, even if it is in order to lead them safely through 100 frosty levels by issuing commands such as walking, jumping or waiting. You know that without you they have no chance of survival, and that you must guide them to avoid..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 17: Love Fest 2011

NLFM Episode 17: Love Fest 2011

Love is in the air for this Valentine's Day special

Ho ho ho! Happy Valentine's Day, citizens of Earth! Let Nintendo Life be your love muffin this year with a very special NLFM dedicated to all things lovey-dovey-goo-goo. If the music of this episode doesn't melt your ice-cold heart even a little then we'll only be hurt just a tad. 1. Shōgo Sakai — Theme of Love (Mother 3, GBA)2. Sam Hart —..

Nintendo Download: 14th February 2011 (North America)

14th February 2011 (North America)

From Redmond with love

According to corporate thinking, today's the day you're supposed to show your special somebody how much you love them. That seems to be the thinking behind this week's Nintendo Download too, with the Big N showering you with the gaming equivalent of chocolate, roses and a Hugh Grant movie. WiiWarePucca's Kisses Game (BigBen Interactive, 500pts) – A sweet platformer where..

Interviews: WayForward - Mighty Milky Way

WayForward - Mighty Milky Way

Sean Velasco talks Mighty Milky Way

We've already seen WayForward release some of the best DSiWare titles the service has seen to date, but now the company is getting set to release the pseudo-sequel to their first DSiWare hit Mighty Flip Champs. And while Mighty Milky Way shares many of the traits of its predecessor, it's actually a completely...

News: EnjoyUp's 99Bullets Blasting DSiWare, Retro Style

EnjoyUp's 99Bullets Blasting DSiWare, Retro Style

8-bit bang

DSiWare has a decent array of shooters, ranging from bizarre baby blaster Paul's Shooting Adventure to classic outing X-Scape, and EnjoyUp Games wants to get a piece of the gunplay action with its own handheld take on the genre: 99Bullets. There's a definite retro feel to the game that'll be familiar to players reared on arcade shooters, but the game's innovation is set to come from the..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 16: Adventurous Adventures

NLFM Episode 16: Adventurous Adventures

Zelda, Dragon Quest, Terranigma and more

Didn’t we have some fun though? Remember when the podcast was sliding into the fire pit and I said "Goodbye" and you were like "NO WAY!" and then I was all "We pretended we were going to murder you"? That was great. 1. Sick YG — Ain't That Funny (MadWorld, Wii)2. Miyoko Kobayashi and Masanori Hikichi — Underworld..

Nintendo Download: 7th February 2011 (North America)

7th February 2011 (North America)

Things that make you go... hmmm

Another week and another download to entice you to part with your hard-earned Nintendo Points. What wonders await in the world of WiiWare and beyond? Let's find out. WiiWareSpot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 500pts) – A pleasingly to-the-point title for this WiiWare release, it does what it says on the tin, and is a passable way to spend 500 Points. Our Spot the..

News: Reggie Defends High Download, Retail Price Point

Reggie Defends High Download, Retail Price Point

Calls cheap, "disposable" iOS titles "one of the biggest risks today in our industry"

A common thread among discussions of downloadable DSiWare as it compares to competing platforms, particularly iOS devices, is its relatively high price tag. While games available in the App Store often retail at $1 or $2, the majority of those in the DSi Store come...

News: Shantae Not Coming to Australian DSiWare Next Week

Shantae Not Coming to Australian DSiWare Next Week

Down, under, over and out

The other day we reported on Shantae's European release date but we were unsure if that release date applied to Australia. Now we are sure: it doesn't. The official Shantae Twitter account broke the bad news that the game will not reach Australia on Friday, February 11th, the date the download hits European download stores...

Nintendo Download: 4th February 2011 (Europe)

4th February 2011 (Europe)

DSiWare abound

It's another clearly DSiWare-oriented week this time, with four new titles released on the service. WiiWare and Virtual Console only get one game each, along with another WiiWare demo. WiiWarePucca's Kisses Game (Bigben Interactive, 1000pts) – What seems to be a platformer game, based on the surprisingly popular franchise which has its own animated series and tons of merchandise,..

News: Second Spirit Hunters Inc. Developer Diary Burns Brightly

Second Spirit Hunters Inc. Developer Diary Burns Brightly

Do want?

It's been a while since we saw anything of Nnooo's upcoming augmented reality spirit-catcher Spirit Hunters Inc., but now the Aussie developer has unleashed a second developer diary revealing more about the game's battle mode. The video goes in-depth on the different moves, statuses and abilities you'll be able to find in the game, but rather than explain it ourselves, we'll let Nnooo's..

News: Hip Hop King Brings the Beats Back on February 11th

Hip Hop King Brings the Beats Back on February 11th

800 Points for Rytmik 3

Rytmik covered dance, Rytmik: Rock Edition was – you guessed it – based on rock, and the third entry in the series has a similarly self-explanatory name. Rytmik: Hip Hop King is set to drop on European DSiWare on February 11th, for 800 Nintendo Points, with a North American release to be announced. Like previous releases, it allows you to create your own tracks by lining..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 15: They Might Be RPGs

NLFM Episode 15: They Might Be RPGs

FInal Fantasy makes its NLFM debut, along with a sweeping Bionic Commando remix

Gather round, children! Zip it, listen! NLFM is back and bringing the big guns, with a killer Bionic Commando remix, lurvely NES medley by way of PiCTOBiTS, and an almighty power with a huge sword chopping woodland critters. What more could you want? What more??? 1. Star Salzman, Harumi Fujita, Junko Tamiya — Advance..