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Nintendo Download: 15th October (Europe)

15th October (Europe)

Sonic returns, and brings some other stuff

As was previously announced, today sees the anticipated European release of the first episode of Sonic the Hedgehog 4. It's accompanied by the next titles in the GO and Music On series, as well as some other stuff. Unfortunately, there's no Virtual Console game, but that's to be expected now! DSiWareGO Series: Pinball Attack! (Gamebridge, 500pts) – The..

News: You Can Soon Tickle the Ivories in Music On: Playing Piano

You Can Soon Tickle the Ivories in Music On: Playing Piano

Friday for Europe, Monday in North America

Having already learnt the instrument in Music On: Learning Piano, now you can enjoy simply playing it in Music On: Playing Piano. Out in Europe tomorrow and reaching North America on Monday, your 200 Points earns you fifteen songs and knowledge of the necessary notes to play them yourself. The press release plays on the game's hand-eye-ear co-ordination..

Nintendo Download: 11th October 2010 (North America)

11th October 2010 (North America)

Sonic the Hedgehog returns!

A good array of titles this week, with the 2D return of Sonic the Hedgehog taking top billing of course. DSiWare fans can get a pinch of Sonic creator Yuji Naka's latest platforming adventure, Ivy the Kiwi?, but there's also sports and puzzle games if platforming isn't your thing. Let's do it to it! WiiWare: Sonic the...

News: Shantae Soundtrack Doing Great, Thanks to You

Shantae Soundtrack Doing Great, Thanks to You

Yes, you

We may never know if Shantae: Risky's Revenge sells as well as WayForward hoped, what with strict limitations on the discussion of sales figures, but one aspect of the game that's definitely doing better than expected is the original soundtrack. Released at the end of September, the soundtrack by Jake "virt" Kaufman is up there...

Nintendo Download: 12th and 13th October 2010 (Japan)

12th and 13th October 2010 (Japan)

WiiWare and DSiWare together again

It looks like the heady days of surprise Japanese Virtual Console releases are well and truly behind us as there's only one VC release scheduled for the rest of the month and it's not happening next week. Instead there's a pair of WiiWare titles, which were starting to get as rare as hen's teeth. DSiWare is sparse...

Nintendo Download: 8th October 2010 (Europe)

8th October 2010 (Europe)

Three for DSiWare, one each on WiiWare and VC

In an unexpected turn of events, the press release for this week's European Nintendo Download turned up early, but who's complaining? Well, anyone hoping to grapple with Shantae: Risky's Revenge and Cave Story, but at least next week sees the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, so there's a definite bright side. DSiWareDatamine (Enjoy Gaming,..

News: Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe Chooses Champions from October 15th

Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe Chooses Champions from October 15th

DSiWare noughts-and-crosses inbound

Gamelion's Extreme Hangman caused quite a stir when it landed on DSiWare, quickly becoming one of the best-selling games on the service, so the Polish publisher is hoping lightning strikes twice when its next portable outing launches across Europe on Friday October 15th for 200 Points. Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe is, as you might expect, a noughts-and-crosses title..

News: Extinguish DSiWare Fires in Go! Go! Island Rescue!

Extinguish DSiWare Fires in Go! Go! Island Rescue!

Exclamation! Marks! Aplenty!

We're used to seeing ports from mobile phones to DSiWare – take a bow, Gameloft – but when the subject matter in question is an acclaimed puzzler our curiosity is aroused. Connect2Media is about to make its break into the DSiWare arena with its upcoming title Go! Go! Rescue Squad! later this month. Taking the role of Robbie the firefighter your job is to protect the..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 9: Halloween Hootenanny

NLFM Episode 9: Halloween Hootenanny

You don't need to be the master of unlocking to access these horror treasures

Boo! It's a regular fright fest in this episode of NLFM as we queue up some of our favorite horror game tracks. BEHOLD! the wonders of mad science gone wrong! GASP! at the children of the night! WONDER! how Chuck D. Head doesn't need more painkillers! RUN! from the Scissorman! Dare you listen? Dare you not? In case you've..

Nintendo Download: 4th October 2010 (North America)

4th October 2010 (North America)

Shantae arrives!

No messing around this week, let's get straight to the good stuff. DSiWareShantae: Risky's Revenge (WayForward, 1200pts) – The genial genie finally returns in this highly anticipated release. The price point may seem steep, but WayForward assures us this one is packed with enough content to keep you going for ages. Our full review will be up later this week. Rummikub (Games..

News: Multiplayer Brawling Comes to DSiWare with Cosmo Fighters

Multiplayer Brawling Comes to DSiWare with Cosmo Fighters

Download Play battling from Abylight

Taking a break from its array of musical titles, Spanish developer Abylight is bringing some old-fashioned fighting action to DSiWare with its upcoming title Cosmo Fighters. The title's focus is on sharing the game with friends, with Download Play allowing up to four players to face off against each other using just one copy of the game. Cosmo Fighters has just..

Nintendo Download: 5th & 6th October 2010 (Japan)

5th & 6th October 2010 (Japan)

October begins with Virtual Console and DSiWare

WiiWare's alternating weeks continue, but at least there's the Virtual Console to keep Wii owners happy – even better when the releases include classic arcade games! The DSi has a trio of actual games for a change with nary a lifestyle download in sight. Virtual ConsoleCommando (800pts Arcade, Capcom) – This is the first VCA release from Capcom..

Nintendo Download: 1st October (Europe)

1st October (Europe)

Plenty of PooYoos, Petz, Gods and Humans

Hopefully the exciting news about upcoming Virtual Console releases for Europe will be enough to satisfy retro fans for now, while this week there's two WiiWare and three DSiWare titles to quench your thirst. WiiWareGods vs. Humans (1500pts, Zallag) – We've been looking forward to this comical strategic combat title, which will hopefully set publisher..

News: 3DS To Get Revamped Online Shop

3DS To Get Revamped Online Shop

Better interface, faster menus and a new Virtual Console

Nintendo's Wii Shop Channel and DSiWare Shop may have some great games on them, but browsing the services for content could be a bit easier. Unless you go in there knowing what you want, finding something new and interesting can be a bit cumbersome, as sifting through menu after menu can take some time. With the 3DS, Nintendo hopes to change..

News: Yes, You Can Transfer DSiWare to 3DS

Yes, You Can Transfer DSiWare to 3DS

Software you've bought can be saved

One of the worries about the 3DS was whether the DSiWare that you'd lavished your hard-earned Nintendo Points on would make the jump across to the new console. According to a Nintendo PDF, the answer is "yes, but with limitations." Those limitations seem to be that some software simply won't be transferable at all, though there were no indications of..

Nintendo Download: 27th September (North America)

27th September (North America)

Two each for WiiWare and DSiWare

This week's release schedule is as varied as usual, taking in potentially fatal sports games to cerebral puzzlers, with two games apiece for WiiWare and DSiWare and the expected break from Virtual Console. WiiWareTarget Toss Pro: Lawn Darts (700pts, Incredible Technologies) – The follow-up to Target Toss Pro: Bags, this puts you in a virtual back garden and lets..

News: Thorium Wars Blasts European DSiWare After Twelve Month Wait

Thorium Wars Blasts European DSiWare After Twelve Month Wait

Better late than never

Thorium Wars, believe it or not, was released in North America in October 2009, and until now hadn't troubled European gamers' radars. Now the space adventure is set to land on European DSi consoles on Friday, October 8th, for a cheaper-than-in-North-America 800 Nintendo Points. You can read our Thorium Wars review to find out more about this extremely polished and enjoyable..

News: Exclusive Sneak Peek at Shantae Fan Club Mailer

Exclusive Sneak Peek at Shantae Fan Club Mailer

WayForward also confirms that DSiWare release is the complete game!

The nice folks at WayForward Technologies were kind enough to give Nintendo Life an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming Shantae Fan Club mailer that will be sent out soon. It seems gamers who already own Mighty Flip Champs are in for a little treat when they purchase Shantae:...

Nintendo Download: 28th & 29th September 2010 (Japan)

28th & 29th September 2010 (Japan)

Two each for Wii and DSi next week

Could predictions of the death of WiiWare in Japan have been premature? It appears so as there's two new titles coming next week, both from 3rd parties. Import gaming fantatics should reign in their excitement, however as both appear to be "lifestyle" apps rather than games. The DSi offerings are unlikely to engender any excitement either since one of..

News: Spirit Hunters Inc. Trailer Shows Augmented Reality in Action

Spirit Hunters Inc. Trailer Shows Augmented Reality in Action

Get into the party, spirit

Nnooo has made a name for itself on the downloadable Nintendo scene, with titles as varied as Pop+ Solo and myDiary, and now it's ready to show off the latest game in its line-up, the spirit-hunting DSiWare title Spirit Hunters Inc. Shadow/Light. Using the DSi's camera to perform augmented reality actions, where in-game graphics merge with the real world, the first..

News: Black Lantern Studios' Enchanting Fairy Tale Release

Black Lantern Studios' Enchanting Fairy Tale Release

Gather round and watch the announcement trailer with us

It must be a fairly busy period for Lemon Team and Reflexive Entertainment at the moment; with the recent announcement that the collaborative release of Airport Mania: First Flight will soon be launching on the WiiWare service, and with the DSi getting its own Airport Mania too, it's never too bustling to be bringing out one more game. Black..