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News: Budget Japanese DSiWare Headed to North American Shores

Budget Japanese DSiWare Headed to North American Shores

The land of the rising fun

If you've read some of our coverage of Japanese gaming with forlorn longing, you might want to stifle some of those sighs - a few games from Genterprise and Tasuke Co. are unexpectedly making their way westward. Recently evaluated by the North American ratings board, the ESRB, are G.G. Series: Super Hero Ogre and G.G. Series: Ninja Karakuri Den from Genterprise as well as..

Nintendo Download: 9th July (Europe)

9th July (Europe)

Plenty for everyone

As with every week, DSiWare gets the lion's share of releases this week, although most of it is not too stellar, or at least not likely to be. WiiWare gets a long-awaited fighter plus an interesting Nintendo-published title, while VC gets another ninja action game. WiiWareToribash (1000pts - Nabi Studios) -- A very strange fighting game which is quite popular on PC, you fight as..

News: Download Versions of Ivy the Kiwi? Rated by ESRB

Download Versions of Ivy the Kiwi? Rated by ESRB

Tiny bird to fly to WiiWare and DSiWare

Last month we brought you our First Impressions of upcoming PROPE project Ivy the Kiwi?, as well as an exclusive interview with the game's creator Yuji Naka. In Japan, the game received small versions available via WiiWare and DSiWare, so naturally our intrepid reporter Corbie Dillard asked about the possibility of these games heading to the West, to which Mr..

News: Abylight Tuning Up Music On: Acoustic Guitar

Abylight Tuning Up Music On: Acoustic Guitar

Latest in DSiWare music series on the way

We've already had the chance to tinkle the DSiWare ivories with Music On: Electronic Keyboard and Retro Keyboard, but developer Abylight isn't limiting itself to black-and-white keys and is branching out into stringed instruments with Music On: Acoustic Guitar on the way to the service in the near future. Although little is known about the title so far,..

Nintendo Download: 5th July 2010 (North America)

5th July 2010 (North America)

Dogfighting, vampire slaying and sheep launching this week

Today, the day after the United States blew itself up and Canada wondered what all that racket was about and some people have jobs in the morning, sheesh, the Nintendo Download brings a peace offering of eight titles across WiiWare and DSiWare. Some anticipated, some not so much, and the Virtual Console is stuck in the infirmary after not..

Nintendo Download: 6th & 7th July 2010 (Japan)

6th & 7th July 2010 (Japan)

Neo Geo puzzling for the Wii; Spartans, handwriting and hockey for DSi next week in Japan

The WiiWare drought continues with only the VC to comfort Wii fans next week and things aren't much more exciting on the DSi with only two games and an educational title to start out July. Virtual ConsoleMagical Drop III (900pts Neo Geo - D4 Enterprise) – You might dismiss this game as a rip-off of Puzzle..

News: Enter the Steamy World of Tower Defence

Enter the Steamy World of Tower Defence

Buy, build, blast

We've already seen a number of tower defence games on the DSi, but there's always room for one more. A good job really, as next week sees the release of SteamWorld: Tower Defense from Swedish developers Image and Form. Taking a steampunk-inspired approach to the genre, you're the role of Sheriff of the Cowbots, a robotic race that oversees the gold-rich SteamWorld. When humans..

Nintendo Download: 2nd July (Europe)

2nd July (Europe)

DSiWare galore!

DSiWare gets another massive load of new games today, but they're probably not the things you'll mostly be wanting to pay attention to - Both WiiWare and the Virtual Console only get one game each, but they're both great and more than worthy of a look-see. WiiWareJett Rocket (1000pts - Shin'en Multimedia) -- A 3D platformer with incredible graphics - If you didn't know better you'd..

News: Advanced Circuits Flash Demo Offers Free Wheeling

Advanced Circuits Flash Demo Offers Free Wheeling

DSiWare game sampler available online

You may have seen Advanced Circuits in the DSi Shop and thought to yourself, "would I like this game?" That's something not even our Advanced Circuits review can tell you, but it is a question the new Flash demo of the game can answer. By heading over to the game's official website you can partake in a five level demonstration of the game's..

News: You're Going to Need a Bigger Boat for 101 Shark Pets

You're Going to Need a Bigger Boat for 101 Shark Pets

Portable pets coming to DSiWare

The Teyon DSiWare production line keeps on going: with five DSiWare titles already released from the Polish publisher it's now time to meet the company's next outing, 101 Shark Pets. The game allows you to befriend one of over 100 sharks before customising them with accessories and entering them into beauty competitions. You'll also be able to teach your pet tricks,..

First Impressions: G.G. Series Z・ONE 2

G.G. Series Z・ONE 2

More budget side-scrolling shooting for your Japanese DSi

You might think with the release of the G.G. Series Collection+, Genterprise and Suzak would be done releasing budget games for the DSi. After all, the collection includes all the G.G. Series DSiWare releases to-date, plus another 15 games never released to the DSi Shop, but apparently it's time for sequels as one of the first games,..

News: Ball Fighter Starts Bashing Europe this Friday

Ball Fighter Starts Bashing Europe this Friday

Teyon's puzzle game makes the leap across the pond

It's been available in North America since late 2009, but coloured ball-breaker Ball Fighter from Polish team Teyon is finally heading to DSiWare in Europe this Friday. Priced at 500 Points, the game is a combination of familiar puzzle games, including Puzzle Bobble and Magical Drop, but is overall a solid little game that should please anyone..

Nintendo Download: 28th June 2010 (North America)

28th June 2010 (North America)

Jett Rocket and Mario Tennis N64 headline this week's 10 releases

Mario and Camelot breathe some life into the Virtual Console's N64 offerings, Shin'en shows the power of WiiWare and DSiWare keeps up its flood of titles. WiiWareJett Rocket (Shin'en, 1000 Points) – This platformer from the creators of the excellent Art of Balance blasts onto WiiWare this week, bringing some of the sharpest..

Interviews: Dancing Dots - QuickPick Farmer

Dancing Dots - QuickPick Farmer

The independent French studio talks about its upcoming release, downloadable gaming, humour and more

On July 5th, North American DSi owners will be able to download QuickPick Farmer, the first DSiWare release from independent developer Dancing Dots (not to be confused with Dippin' Dots, the ice cream of the future). We spoke to managing director Martial Hesse-Dréville and QuickPick Farmer game..

Nintendo Download: 29th & 30th June 2010 (Japan)

29th & 30th June 2010 (Japan)

WiiWare returns, Meta Fighting on the VC; X Returns and other stuff on DSi.

WiiWareBoku mo Sekai o Sukuitai (1000pts - Poisoft) – If we're understanding Poisoft's website and the description on the Nintendo WiiWare page this is a combination of a sim and an RPG where players get to create multiple elves, dwarves, etc. with stats and skill trees to adventure with. Virtual ConsoleMeta Fight (500pts..

Nintendo Download: 25th June (Europe)

25th June (Europe)

Hidden gems galore?

A lot of today's game titles might not say much to some people, but rest assured there's some good picks in this bunch. WiiWare gets three games, two of them great, and one not-yet-reviewed-but-very-likely-also-great. DSiWare's got five new titles of which the only reviewed one is good as well. The rest of the bunch could be more sleeper hits - Or not! The Virtual Console sadly..

News: Say Hello Flower to this Hello Flowerz Trailer

Say Hello Flower to this Hello Flowerz Trailer

Virtual Toys shows its green fingers

There's a real shortage of gardening games in the world, so thank Virtual Toys for doing its bit to redress the horticultural balance with its upcoming Hello Flowerz for DSiWare. Played out in real-time, the game asks you to tend to virtual plants, feeding and watering them for a few minutes a day whilst the passage of time helps them to grow and flower. With a..

News: North American Club Nintendo Year Coming to an End Next Week

North American Club Nintendo Year Coming to an End Next Week

Might want to hurry up with that Gold or Platinum status

How's your Club Nintendo account looking, North Americans? Did you register enough Nintendo Product™ since last July to qualify for a neat-o Gold or Platinum badge? If not, you might want to scrape your game collection for stray Coins as the second Club Nintendo year winds down on June 30 to ensure your reward. To qualify for Gold status..

News: DSiWare Will Not Be Transferable Unless Nintendo Makes Changes

DSiWare Will Not Be Transferable Unless Nintendo Makes Changes

Reggie's comments may worry some

One of the major questions arising from Nintendo's unveiling of the 3DS, other than "when?" and "how much?", was "will I be able to transfer my DSiWare content?" As the content is currently locked to each device rather than an overall account, it's not currently possible to transfer the games between two DSi systems, prompting the..

Nintendo Download: 22nd & 23rd June 2010 (Japan)

22nd & 23rd June 2010 (Japan)

The WiiWare drought continues; VC and DSiWare releases only this week

The Japanese WiiWare scene has been pretty quiet over the last month or so with only a couple of titles from Squaresoft. Given the past schedule with one release minimum per week, it does seem to imply a slowdown in development; whether or not that will be the case in other territories remains to be seen though it may account for..

Nintendo Download: 21st June 2010 (North America)

21st June 2010 (North America)

Spin some tentacles, strategize against dinsoaurs, and puzzle puzzle puzzle

Nintendo hopes you like puzzle games, because that's five of the eight games released this week across WiiWare and DSiWare. To nobody's surprise, the Virtual Console has yet again been left out on a hill to die or something. But look, puzzlers! WiiWareArt Style: Rotozoa (Nintendo, 600 Points) – This entry in the Art Style..

News: Music On: Retro Keyboard Takes You Back in Musical Time

Music On: Retro Keyboard Takes You Back in Musical Time

Get tuned into retro gaming sounds

European DSi owners have already had the chance to tinker with the first entry in Abylight's 'Music On' series, the straightforwardly-named Music On: Electronic Keyboard, but the Spanish developer-publisher is ready to unleash a second bout of musical noodling with the imminent arrival of Music On: Retro Keyboard. Boasting all the main features of Electronic..

News: A Flock of Info About QuickPick Farmer

A Flock of Info About QuickPick Farmer

A game that looks to provide shear amusement

We've just received word from French development studio Dancing Dots that their DSiWare debut QuickPick Farmer will hit the North American download service on the 5th of July for the low asking price of just 200 Nintendo points. They've also put together a website for the game as well as uploading a trailer, which you can view at the bottom of this..