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    Review Orion's Odyssey

    A little Odyssey

    Island Officials' Kickstarter-funded puzzler Orion's Odyssey is the spiritual successor to Hands On! Tangrams, a fun but one-note title that had solid gameplay but little variety and was severely lacking in presentation. Island Officials has crafted a more polished experience with a charming presentation and story, but with...

  • News I Am In The Movie Aims To Transform Your Humble Handheld Into A Hollywood Film Studio

    Arnie is sadly not included

    Indie developer Moragami has lifted the lid on its latest DSiWare project, entitled I Am In The Movie. A visual effects application which allows you to create small clips to share with friends, it will be available early next year in North America and Europe for 200 Nintendo points. Here's a run down of the features,...

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    Review Hooked on Bass Fishing

    Clear and shallow waters

    Fishing has never promised to be a thrill-a-minute sport; there is no LeBron James of fishing, as well there shouldn’t be. There are those who take fishing as a very serious and technical endeavour, certainly, but others take a more laid-back approach: just get out there, fiddle with things and see what you can nab! Hooked...

  • Nintendo Download 12th December (North America)

    RUSH, Double (Double) Dragon, 3D Sega and more

    It's Nintendo Download day, North America, and your collection of download treats for the week has been revealed. This week brings a mix of the old and new on both Wii U and 3DS, while DSiWare also makes an appearance. There's certainly decent variety on offer, so check out the details below. Wii U...

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    Review Heathcliff: Spot On

    Off the mark

    The Heathcliff comic strip is a longtime favourite in many funny pages, having remained curled up on its spot for 40 years. If you want to create a spot-the-difference game, then the widespread character recognition and enormous backlog of source material Heathcliff offers would seem to make a good foundation. It certainly may, but...

  • Nintendo Download 5th December (North America)

    3D Sonic and Altered Beast, Classic Goemon, DK galore and more

    It's another download update, North America, and this week is jam packed full of retro offerings, including some that have been spruced up in fancy 3D ways. The 3D Sega series continues, a Konami classic lands on Wii U and it all goes a bit ape with retro Donkey Kong everywhere, plus...

  • Nintendo Download 5th December (Europe)

    Bravely Default, more retro SEGA goodness, Scribblenauts and more

    Another week begins as we creep towards the Holidays, and Nintendo of Europe once again sends us on our way with a fresh download update. This week has some promising offerings, including more 3D SEGA goodies, a long awaited 3DS RPG and a much overdue Wii U and 3DS retail release;...

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  • Feature The Nintendo Life Crypt of Downloadable Horrors II: The Bloodening

    So many ruined SD cards...

    It's the time of year during which a lot of people skulk around yelling "Boo!" As a video games review website, however, we prefer to boo terrible games. After all, isn't it the least bit frightening that these shambling, creeping monstrosities are out there trying to steal your money? We certainly lose sleep over it! In...

  • Nintendo Download 24th October (Europe)

    Phoenix Wright, Mighty Switching on Wii U and a ludicrous range of options

    Some weeks can be rather quiet in the Nintendo Download update; this is not one of those weeks. This may well be the longest list of downloads and promotions that we've seen yet, with some anticipated titles and a few that have rather come out of left-field. There's a...

  • Nintendo Download 17th October (Europe)

    Sonic arrives, Urban Champion returns (?!), some tasty discounts and more

    While the Monday blues are common, the Nintendo Download update arrives to bring a ray of sunlight to our week. This time around there are a few retro games, including a surprise return, Sonic dashes onto the Wii U and 3DS and we have some encouraging discounts to consider...

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    Review Zombie Blaster

    A grave disappointment

    Throughout DSiWare's long and not always distinguished history, we've seen a lot of games come and go. From puzzlers to RPGs to interactive storybooks, we've spent the past several years wading through every single release, doing our best to separate the rare diamonds from the dirt. Zombie Blaster interested us simply because,...

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    Review Tales to Enjoy! The Ugly Duckling

    A load of quack

    Another Tales to Enjoy game? Yep, we regret to inform you that it’s true. But this time it’s the most repulsive of all…The Ugly Duckling. If you haven’t been following along as of late, Tales to Enjoy is a series of games that uses the same exact interface and activities, but swaps out one fairly tale or fable for another...

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    Review Astro

    Lost in space

    Just when you thought that the DSiWare service had nothing left to offer except some word puzzles and interactive children’s books, along comes Astro. It's quite clear that this is intended to pay homage to the Atari classic Asteroids in its design and gameplay, but it falls short of recapturing what continues to make the original a...

  • Nintendo Download 10th October (North America)

    Pokémon, retro sports, water racing, lots of zombies and more

    It's Nintendo Download time, North America, with a certain Game Freak title dominating attention this time around. There are some other offerings, retro and new, to consider, including two(!) zombie-themed games on Nintendo's handhelds. Let's stop blabbering and get on with it, shall...

  • Nintendo Download 3rd October (North America)

    Crazy racing, retro brawling, classy puzzling and much more

    It's Nintendo Download time once again, North America, and just a little later than normal this week. We have a fairly lengthy list for you to pore over, covering content on the Wii U and 3DS eShops as well as one DSiWare title. There's plenty to get through, so let's leap right in. Wii...

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    Review Tales to Enjoy! Three Little Pigs

    A case of swine flu

    If you’ve been hanging around the site during the past two weeks, chances are you’ve at least stumbled onto one Tales to Enjoy review. These games are compilations of activities targeted at kids who are just learning how to read, write, and develop basic problem solving skills. Each one uses an identical interface, but...

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    Review Letter Challenge

    Missing the mark

    There isn’t really an interesting or unique way to introduce Letter Challenge, but that might be the point. There are plenty of word-based puzzle games available in the world, and so many of them already exist in one form or another on the Nintendo eShop, but that wasn’t enough to stop Enjoy Gaming from throwing another one...

  • Nintendo Download 26th September (North America)

    An epic tale is revisited, crazy fishing, a running discount and much more

    It's Nintendo Download time, North America, with this week bringing new offerings to Wii U, 3DS and even DSiWare — it's the latest handheld that has the most content. A particularly enticing first-person RPG features in the retail downloads, while some sequels and WiiWare...

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    Review Tales to Enjoy! Puss In Boots

    Give it the boot

    Tales to Enjoy! Puss in Boots is a compilation of activities and games geared towards the youngest audience, ages 3-6 years old. If you’ve taken notice of our review for Tales to Enjoy! Little Red Riding Hood, then you should know exactly what to expect here – exactly. The activities and interface are identical, but the...

  • News Banking Dream and Cafe Dream Will Come To The 3DS eShop Next Year

    CIRCLE Entertainment cancels the DSiWare development

    CIRCLE Entertainment is behind the DSiWare titles Publisher Dream and Bookstore Dream and not too long ago it confirmed it would be bringing Banking Dream and Cafe Dream to the platform. However, it has now confirmed both these games have been cancelled, although it won't be the last we see of...

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    Review Tales to Enjoy! Little Red Riding Hood

    You should probably stay out of the woods.

    Tales to Enjoy! Little Red Riding Hood is a collection of activities and games designed to be accessible to young children, ages 3-6 year old. With eight modes in all – which consist of puzzles, games of memory, a digital colouring book, and of course a re-telling of the classic fairy tale – there’s...

  • Nintendo Download 19th September (North America)

    A legendary HD release, monstrous discounts, classic Mario and much more

    We have a bumper Nintendo Download week for you, North America, with over a dozen games gracing the Wii U, 3DS and even the DSi. A certain Zelda title is headlining, but we also have terrific — but brief — Monster Hunter discounts, some retro goodies and enough new 3DS...

  • Nintendo Download 12th September (North America)

    Things get Wonderful, an untold story has a demo, discounts galore and more

    It's Nintendo Download time, North America, with a host of new offerings to tempt you this week. We have a wonderful PlatinumGames Wii U retail exclusive, classic Zelda, a promising demo, various sales and more. The DSi even gets some love this week, leaving the Wii as the...

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    Review Jewel Adventures

    Woo-hoo, glitchy woman

    Jewel Adventures is a puzzle game that’s partially familiar due to its match three gameplay, but freshened up by a few extra layers of depth. A sense of story, enemy battles, world (re)building and various gameplay goals are the glue that gives this puzzler a bit more substance than most like it. Much of it is only fluff –...

  • Nintendo Download 5th September (North America)

    Dungeons & dragons, twisted dreams, rare retro shooting and much more

    It's Nintendo Download update day, North America, and there are some real goodies on offer this week. We have long awaited Wii U eShop games, a rare NES shoot 'em up on the 3DS Virtual Console and various other treats. Without further ado, here are the details. Wii U eShop:...

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    Review Cute Witch! Runner

    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)

    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...

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    Review Fashion Tycoon

    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...

  • Nintendo Download 25th July (Europe)

    Pikmin 3 at last, lots of retro, BASIC programming and more

    It's another Monday morning, but it's also another Nintendo Download update for Europe. The star of this week's show is undoubtedly an eagerly anticipated Wii U retail release, but we also have a variety of titles — old and new — covering every Nintendo platform. Without further ado,...

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    Review Rhythm Core Alpha 2

    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...

  • Nintendo Download 18th July (Europe)

    Earthbound, Shantae, attacking Guild monsters, reduced Virtue and more

    Update: EARTHBOUND!!! Original Article with updated entry: It's Monday, and as is now tradition Nintendo Download fans in Europe find out what's on the way in this week's update. There are some long awaited and potentially intriguing arrivals this week, along with a few...

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    Review Lost Treasures of Alexandria

    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...

  • Nintendo Download 11th July (Europe)

    The flippin' Force, bullet hell, a dreamy RPG and much more

    It's Monday morning, but our week is brightened once again by the European download news. This week brings us plenty to consider, with new and old titles on Wii U, a mixture of retail, video and download-only goodies on 3DS and a match-3 puzzler for DSiWare. So many downloads, so little...

  • Your View 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...

  • News Money Talks In CIRCLE Entertainment's DSiWare Title Banking Dream

    Mo money, mo problems

    CIRCLE Entertainment has announced that it is bringing another of its "Dream" titles to DSiWare this year, this time focused on the wacky world of finance. Banking Dream places you in the bank manager's chair, where you're expected to grow your bank's cash mountain whilst dabbling in stocks and shares to inflate your own...

  • News Cute Witch! Runner Flies Onto North American DSiWare on 4th July

    Like Dress to Play equivalent, but without the fashion

    Dress to Play: Cute Witches was a title targeting young gamers that combined basic fashion dress-up with a flying runner-style mini-game; ultimately it felt like neither was truly optimised and fleshed out to bear much scrutiny. Developer CoderChild is bringing the flying game back, at least it...

  • Talking Point 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...

  • Nintendo Download 4th July (Europe)

    Pilotwings returns, X Zone madness, Game Gear goodies and more

    It's Monday morning, and it's that time again for European download gamers. This week's download goodies are confirmed, including a Super NES title that we think will be popular, a chaotic retail release on 3DS and plenty more besides. Let's get down to the details, shall we? Wii U...

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