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Nintendo Download: 24th December 2010 (Europe)

24th December 2010 (Europe)

A mix of old and new

This week offers yet more catchup titles, consisting of games released in North America within the past few weeks, as well as the last few months. There's also two new games, however, both of which are for DSiWare and both of which are new instalments in two series which have been going for a while now. WiiWare: Hydroventure...

News: Guilty Gear Spin-Off Known as Towel Slappin' Pro-Jumper in North America

Guilty Gear Spin-Off Known as Towel Slappin' Pro-Jumper in North America

Quirky platformer now rated by the ESRB

Back in August, we reported on the Japanese release of the Guilty Gear spin-off title Arc Style: Furo Jump!! Guilty Gear Gaiden!?, and if this quirky DSiWare title caught your interest then you're in luck as the game has been passed by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Known in North America as Towel...

Nintendo Download: 20th December 2010 (North America)

20th December 2010 (North America)

Mario gets the party started!

It's the week before Christmas and plenty is stirring in the Wii Shop Channel, with everything from Virtual Console party games to WiiWare games about killer robots with afros. DSiWare doesn't do without though, with more Christmas carols, dragon's lairs and more. Virtual ConsoleMario Party 2 (Nintendo 64, 1000pts) – A classic multiplayer outing from the plumber's..

News: Rock Out to the Cosmos X2 Soundtrack, Now With Added Guitar

Rock Out to the Cosmos X2 Soundtrack, Now With Added Guitar

It's electric

Those of you who've dabbled with DSiWare shoot 'em ups may have had a blast to Cosmos X2's soundtrack, and now it's available for you to carry around with you wherever you go. Saturnine Games has just released an alternate version of the soundtrack with the guitar parts performed live, a short sample of which you can hear embedded below. If you want to download the complete..

Nintendo Download: 17th December 2010 (Europe)

17th December 2010 (Europe)

Lots and lots of catchup titles

This week is almost exclusively made up of catchup titles, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it means that there's so many releases. Maybe there's something you'd like in the bunch. WiiWareMy Fireplace (Korner, 500pts) – Secretly the recently released in North America Fireplacing, for some reason, Korner has picked up the title and renamed it..

News: Take on Abylight's DSiWare Cosmo Fighters on Monday

Take on Abylight's DSiWare Cosmo Fighters on Monday

500 Points for cartoon capers

Abylight's not just about music and samurai tower defence games: its next handheld offering is Cosmo Fighters, a 2D "retro-futurist" fighting game. Fans of classic Dreamcast brawler Power Stone may recognise a little of the game's chaotic spirit in the four-player brawling action, with Download Play allowing multiple players to join in the carnage using just..

News: Take the Slots On the Go with Fantasy Slots DSiWare

Take the Slots On the Go with Fantasy Slots DSiWare

All bets are on

We've already had Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games on WiiWare, and now Big John Games is making the title portable with a DSiWare release on December 27th. With two slot machines, five bonus games and unlockable achievements this might not be a bad bet for 500 Points, but it failed to impress on the big screen as you can read in our Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games..

News: Jason Rohrer Anthology Gets DSiWare All Thoughtful on January 3rd

Jason Rohrer Anthology Gets DSiWare All Thoughtful on January 3rd

Alt-Play just 200 Points

Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology isn't the most captivating of names, but to anyone familiar with indie gaming it's an extremely promising title. A DSiWare-bound compilation of design darling Jason Rohrer's titles Passage, Gravitation and Between, it's safe to say these games are unlike anything currently available on the service. The official description states: The deep..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 11: A Holiday Season in FLUX

NLFM Episode 11: A Holiday Season in FLUX

Take a sneak peek at the final BIT.TRIP, sigh at simians, sneak along with a secret agent and get into the spirit of the season

We look to the future here at Nintendo Life. Why, take this episode of NLFM, the little ol' chip and game music podcast we've got going: it's got an exclusive first listen of the soundtrack to Gaijin Games' upcoming BIT.TRIP FLUX and goes simultaneously back and forth in..

News: Lend Your Support to Get Renegade Kid's MUDDS on DSiWare

Lend Your Support to Get Renegade Kid's MUDDS on DSiWare

Only you can make it happen

Renegade Kid's Maximilian and the Rise of the Mutant Mudds (known as MUDDS) was a DS project that failed to find favour with a publisher, but in this age of digital distribution that doesn't mean the project has to fall by the wayside. Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid has opened up the possibility of bringing Maximilian to DSiWare if the game's official blog receives 1,000..

News: WayForward's Next DSiWare Game is Mighty Milky Way

WayForward's Next DSiWare Game is Mighty Milky Way

ESRB outs galactic title

WayForward has created some of DSiWare's finest titles – in fact, Shantae: Risky's Revenge is the only game on the service awarded a 10/10 score – so the ESRB's rating of a new title from the studio should get your thumbs standing to attention. Called Mighty Milky Way, it's an action-puzzle game involving portals,...

Nintendo Download: 13th December 2010 (North America)

13th December 2010 (North America)

lilting, shooting, Riding and more

There's a definite musical theme to this week's downloads, with a dubstep racer/puzzler, DSiWare singing, another portable music studio and a violin game (yes, really), as well as plenty of other non-melodic goodies. WiiWare: lilt line (Gaijin Games, 500pts) – It's that rarest of occurrences: an iPhone-to-WiiWare...

News: Nintendo Download - 10th December 2010 (Europe)

Nintendo Download - 10th December 2010 (Europe)

The wait is over, Cave Story is here!

It's been way too long of a wait, but one of WiiWare's greatest games has finally managed to cross over to Europe this week. It's accompanied by a handful of titles for the other services, including yet another VC game. WiiWareCave Story (Nicalis, 1000pts) – Does anything really still need to be said about this game? Regarded as one of the greatest indie..

News: Final List of Indie Games Advent Calendar Titles is a WiiWare Who's Who

Final List of Indie Games Advent Calendar Titles is a WiiWare Who's Who

Who's behind the doors?

Mission in Snowdriftland's list of indie games participants just grew a little bigger, now standing at a sizeable 17 studios bringing exclusive content to the advent calendar. Yesterday Gaijin Games released a BIT.TRIP FLUX teaser image through the advent calendar, so WiiWare and DSiWare fans would be well advised to keep checking what's behind the doors in the coming days..

News: Zombie BBQ Chews on DSiWare in North America Next Monday

Zombie BBQ Chews on DSiWare in North America Next Monday

What big teeth you have

Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ has been out in Europe for well over a year but fear not, North America: Nintendo has not forgotten about you. In fact, you'll get your chance next Monday, as EnjoyUp has just shared the news the game is on the way at long last. To celebrate the company has also sent over a new introduction video for you to watch below, and you can read..

Nintendo Download: 6th December 2010 (North America)

6th December 2010 (North America)

Water, fire and much, much more

Never let it be said that the Nintendo Download lacks variety. On the same day that Nintendo launches new water-based puzzle game Fluidity, Korner Entertainment conquers completely the opposite end of the scale with virtual fireplace simulator Fireplacing. DSiWare is equally varied, with portable music studio Rytmik:...

News: Dairojo! Samurai Defenders Attacks DSiWare on Monday

Dairojo! Samurai Defenders Attacks DSiWare on Monday

800 Points for Oriental-themed tower defence

Spanish publisher Abylight is taking a break from its Music On series of melodic outings to bring something altogether different to DSiWare: Dairojo! Samurai Defenders, a tower defence title developed by Japanese firm Kawamoto Industrial. Featuring a Far East slant on the familiar tower defence genre, the game sees players defending one of six Japanese..

News: Mission in Snowdriftland Opens for Christmas Business

Mission in Snowdriftland Opens for Christmas Business

With a host of treats to come

Online advent calendar Mission in Snowdriftland just opened its first door, playable online now as a Flash game, but it's the calendar's team-ups with indie developers that will bring the most cheer to hearts this Christmas. Top WiiWare and DSiWare developers have all collaborated on the project, with exclusive...

Nintendo Download: 3rd December 2010 (Europe)

3rd December 2010 (Europe)

Tetris, soccer and a VC double whammy!

Brace yourself for a truly rare week: Virtual Console receives two games today, putting it level-pegging with WiiWare and DSiWare for the first time in ages. What's occurring this week? Read on and find out. Virtual ConsoleMagical Drop II (NeoGeo, 900pts) – A cutesy colour-coded puzzler from way back, this one found its way to North America first so we'll..

Nintendo Download: 29th November 2010 (North America)

29th November 2010 (North America)

Cave Story DSiWare is here

A little delayed but still delicious, it's this week's Nintendo Download for North America and a cracking week it is too. Let's get on with it. DSiWareCave Story (Nicalis, 1000pts) – The portable version of WiiWare's top notch Cave Story, this can hopefully live up to the standard of its home console predecessor whilst making some much-needed improvements. Our resident..

News: Frenzic Lands Today with a Fresh New Trailer

Frenzic Lands Today with a Fresh New Trailer

200 Points for portable puzzler

Two Tribes' latest release, Frenzic, launches on European DSiWare today with a North American release to follow on Monday, and we have the official launch trailer to fill in some of the details in case you're not sure whether to take the 200 Point plunge or not. If the press release and following trailer still don't answer your questions, our Frenzic interview will..

News: Gamelion Bringing the Boom Boom to DSiWare

Gamelion Bringing the Boom Boom to DSiWare

New title on the way next year

WiiWare's Furry Legends may not have quite lived up to all our expectations, but Gamelion clearly thinks the characters and setting is a recipe for success, as it's using elements of its rolling platformer in upcoming DSiWare game Boom Boom Squaries. Currently awaiting approval at Nintendo, with a release expected for early 2011, Boom Boom Squaries is a chain-reaction..

News: Rytmik: Rock Edition Just 200 Points in North America

Rytmik: Rock Edition Just 200 Points in North America

Out on December 6th

Rytmik: Rock Edition is a good buy for European musicians at 800 Points, but its upcoming North American release on Monday December 6th is about to get a lot better value. Cinemax has just got in touch with us to say the portable studio will launch at just 200 Nintendo Points, an absolute steal. Boasting all the features of predecessor Rytmik with some news included too it's a..

Nintendo Download: 26th November 2010 (Europe)

26th November 2010 (Europe)

Bloody beaches, dying dodos and Faxanadu

As Advent draws near, it's truly the season of giving, with Nintendo joining in the festive spirit by giving Nintendo download fans 50% price cuts on two WiiWare titles finally making their way across from North America. Elsewhere, fans of NES side-scrolling RPGs are well catered for, and DSiWare gets the week's only genuinely new releases. WiiWareBlood..

Interviews: Two Tribes - Frenzic

Two Tribes - Frenzic

Promising puzzler gets it in the Q&A

DSiWare puzzler Frenzic is nearly upon us – released this Friday in Europe and Monday for North America at 200 Points, in fact. Publisher Two Tribes graciously granted us time for an interview to find out more about the process of bringing Frenzic to DSiWare. Nintendo Life: Can you tell us a bit about Frenzic? Collin van Ginkel: Frenzic is a game that was..