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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..

Nintendo Download: 22nd November 2010 (North America)

22nd November 2010 (North America)

Demos, penguins, portable Tetris and VC

Getting in there early to beat the cold weather, here's this week's Nintendo Download complete with list of downloadable demos at long last. WiiWareSnowpack Park (Nintendo, 800pts) – Befriend penguins in this left-field release from Nintendo. A cross between the pet and adventure genres, Snowpack Park sees you exploring a range of islands in order to rescue..

News: Learn to Draw Mario with Nintendo's Official Flipnote Tutorial

Learn to Draw Mario with Nintendo's Official Flipnote Tutorial

It's for a competition you see

The North American Mario Flipnote competition ended today, but Nintendo UK is now offering it to users of its free animation software Flipnote Studio. As before, entrants must use the provided soundtrack to accompany a short animation including Mario characters, but this time the judges will be none other than Nintendo legends Takashi Tezuka, Yoshiaki Koizumi and..

News: Cave Story Hits DSiWare November 29th

Cave Story Hits DSiWare November 29th

And this time you can take it with you

Nicalis has just announced that the portable rendition of its WiiWare hit Cave Story is set to make its appearance on the North American DSiWare service on November 29th. Gamers can enjoy a little portable Cave Story goodness after they've woofed down their turkey on Thanksgiving. No word yet on a price, but...

Nintendo Download: 19th November 2010 (Europe)

19th November 2010 (Europe)

One more demo

This week's download arrives with four new titles and one more demo available to download. There's no Virtual Console game, but with one practically confirmed for next week and another confirmed for the week after, there's not too much reason to complain. This week you can get... WiiWareBIT.TRIP FATE (Aksys Games, 800pts) – The fifth BIT.TRIP game, this one mixes things up once..

News: Take a Stroll Through Miyamoto's DSiWare Audio Guide

Take a Stroll Through Miyamoto's DSiWare Audio Guide

Free app for Japan

Based on his previous games, Shigeru Miyamoto's first DSiWare application could have been a handy guide for finding a local plumber, gardener or dog-walker, but instead it's a handy tool for creating and listening audio guides for museums, journeys and almost anything else. A free download available in Japan today, Make It Yourself: Nintendo DS Guide lets DSi owners take..

News: DSi Shop Getting Stormed by Dairojo! Samurai Defenders

DSi Shop Getting Stormed by Dairojo! Samurai Defenders

New tower defence game on the way

Following its recent medley of musical releases, Abylight is getting ready to publish its upcoming tower defence game that's developed for the DSiWare service by Japanese studio Kawamoto Industrial, and we have the official trailer that shows the kind of multi-tasking gamers will have to perform when it launches later in the year. Dairojo! Samurai Defenders is set..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 10: Fear Your Tears

NLFM Episode 10: Fear Your Tears

From Kirby to 80's synthpop chip covers, this month's episode is all encompassing

Variety is the spice of life, and thanks to the insane variety of this 10th episode of our chip and game music podcast NLFM you'll be feeling that spice for hours after consumption. It's so spicy that we think we've got flavor for every mood, whether you're in the market for bathroom fisticuffs, looking to revisit the..

Nintendo Download: 15th November 2010 (North America)

15th November 2010 (North America)

Need for Speed Nitro-X, puppies and cards

EA's high-octane racer Need for Speed: Nitro-X should have seen the light of day back in September according to an early release schedule, but delay caused it to burn rubber in November instead. It's easily the highlight of this week's release, which seem to show WiiWare and DSiWare have gone to the dogs. DSiWareNeed for Speed: Nitro-X (EA, 800pts) – 24..

News: Two Tribes has a Frenzic Release Planned for This Month

Two Tribes has a Frenzic Release Planned for This Month

Another puzzler under its belt

Two Tribes has carved out a nice position for itself in the download market with its selection of puzzle games on the WiiWare service. Having already brought Toki Tori and Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH to release, the developer is getting ready to launch its upcoming port of The Iconfactory's puzzle game Frenzic from the App Store to the DSi Shop. Screenshots of the..

Nintendo Download: 12th November 2010 (Europe)

12th November 2010 (Europe)

A little bit more for every service, plus a new demo

With five new games and a demo on offer this week, you'd think that it would be pretty good overall. Unfortunately, only the Virtual Console game and the demo make up most of this week's goodness - The other four are all games North America already got, and none of them were very good. WiiWareCruise Party (Enjoy Gaming, 800pts) – A small..