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Nintendo Download: 21st May 2010 (Europe)

21st May 2010 (Europe)

The Virtual Console takes a break, while WiiWare and DSiWare get a total of six games.

It's that dreaded time again - The Virtual Console is skipping another week in Europe. WiiWare and DSiWare don't exactly make up for the lack of retro goodness either, because there seems to be nothing truly special available this time. WiiWare: Phoenix Wright:...

News: Advanced Circuits Rolls into North America on May 24th

Advanced Circuits Rolls into North America on May 24th

DSiWare automotive puzzler out on Monday

There aren't enough train games on DS: this is a fact. With the exception of the terrible Lionel Trains and Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, there's barely a good choo-choo title for the console. With that in mind, we're rather looking forward to BiP Media's upcoming DSiWare puzzler Advanced Circuits, pledging to reverse the vehicle's gaming misfortunes from..

News: Struggling With Your Rytmik Masterpiece? This Video Wants to Help

Struggling With Your Rytmik Masterpiece? This Video Wants to Help

Let Cinemax take you through the basics

DSiWare music production tool Rytmik is surprisingly powerful for a portable package costing less than a tenner, but learning its intricacies can be a little daunting at first. That's why we thought we'd share with you this introduction to Rytmik from Cinemax, showing you how to craft an annoyingly catchy bass loop from scratch. Don't forget that you can..

News: Sharpen Your Stylus as Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro Approaches Its Launch

Sharpen Your Stylus as Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro Approaches Its Launch

Includes the classic way of playing, and more

Want more Sudoku? You got it. Telegraph Media Group is working together with Sanuk Games to bring DSi owners more puzzling fun as Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro is nearing its American release on the handheld's download service. Get ready to kill more brain cells in the name of critical-thinking. The game features over 500 Sudoku puzzles from the..

News: Odenis Studio Shows Interest in Returning to Its Glory Days

Odenis Studio Shows Interest in Returning to Its Glory Days

Hoping to turn those award nominations into wins

There's something quite appealing about playing strategy games on a handheld. Maybe because they're on a portable format and resemble more of what a high-tech 'battle device' might feel like in the hands of a war general. Maybe it's something else. Either way, DS owners might want to ready themselves for a potential return to odenis Studio's strategy..

Nintendo Download: 17th May 2010 (North America)

17th May 2010 (North America)

Running, blood and Kirby for the Wii; frogs, rabbits, upside-down blocks and more blood on DSi

Microgame creator WarioWare D.I.Y. and the hosts of the Nintendo Channel show "Nintendo Week" collide in the Big Name Game for this week, as Allison and Gary each unleash whatever crazy microgame their host brains have done thunk up. WiiWareBit.Trip RUNNER (800pts - Aksys Games) – Europe..

Nintendo Download: 19th May 2010 (Japan)

19th May 2010 (Japan)

Earth Saving, Sengoku strategy and Kanji training on DSi next week in Japan

Although we're unaware of any holidays in Japan this week, it appears the Wii is taking a download break. The DSi is still getting a few titles on Wednesday, so importers still have something new to look forward to. DSiWareEarth Saver Plus: Inseki Bakuha Daisakusen (500 Points – Tom Create) – The original Earth Saver..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 6: Epic

NLFM Episode 6: Epic

Space, monsters and boss battles, oh my

It's been a while, space cats, but NLFM is back with another mighty handsome selection of the finest chip and game music around. This time we're splitting chip tunes and swirling epics right down the middle, with equal parts fantastic on both sides. NLFM generally focuses on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to the..

News: Primrose to Bring Colour and Relaxation to DSiWare

Primrose to Bring Colour and Relaxation to DSiWare

New puzzler from Sabarasa

As if the opportunity to Save the Turtles wasn't enough, soon you can colour in the squares with Sabarasa's upcoming puzzler Primrose, just announced for DSiWare. Taking inspiration from classic puzzler Othello and perhaps a dash of Wakugumi, Primrose also includes a thoughtful colourblind mode and has already been rated for release in North America, Europe and Australia..

News: Make Beautiful Music, Win Nintendo Points with this Rytmik Contest

Make Beautiful Music, Win Nintendo Points with this Rytmik Contest

Get those toes tapping, Europe

After a lot of tinkering with Cinemax's Rytmik we came away with a pocket full of awesome songs and gave the game a deserved 9/10 rating. Hopefully those of you who've used it agree it's something pretty special, but the time has come to put your money where your mouth is with Cinemax's competition. With a total prize fund of 30,000 Nintendo Points there's a lot up..

News: Nintendo Swashes Even More Pirates' Buckles

Nintendo Swashes Even More Pirates' Buckles

After giving them fair warning, too

Nintendo filed a lawsuit on May 11th against the owner of Queens-based NXPGAME, the company behind a website that gave its customers access to illegally copied DS and DSi software. Not that the Big N didn't give them a chance - after repeated communications between their legal department and the defendant, the crooks shut down their website, only to swiftly..

News: Necromancer 2 Lurches onto DSiWare in Japan Next Month

Necromancer 2 Lurches onto DSiWare in Japan Next Month

Western release currently uncertain

Hudson Soft's Necromancer probably isn't on your list of Top Ten Games for a DSiWare Revival. Released on the TurboGrafx-16 over twenty years ago, it's a decent RPG that received a sequel for mobile devices last year. Guess which version DSiWare is receiving? Titled Necromancer: Nightmare Reborn, it's a beefed-up conversion of the mobile title promising enhanced..

Nintendo Download: 14th May 2010 (Europe)

14th May 2010 (Europe)

Bit.Trip, Phoenix and Ghouls on the Wii, fire-fighting, platforming action and brain busting on the DSi this week in Europa

WiiWareBit.Trip RUNNER (800pts - Aksys Games) -- Europe gets the first try at the latest entry in the minimalist, retro-rhythm game series from Gaijin Games. We loved the time we spent playing the final release version, so if you want to re-up your hype factor re-read our..

News: This is Hero of Sparta!!

This is Hero of Sparta!!

Gameloft's new DSiWare title exposed

You can't knock Gameloft's commitment to DSiWare, with a constant supply of titles since the format launched in April 2009. The publisher's newest outing Hero of Sparta was originally a mobile title but is receiving the DSi treatment with all-new features and some pretty good graphics. There's not much information other than the expected slaying of mythical..

Nintendo Download: 10th May 2010 (North America)

10th May 2010 (North America)

Fighting with fists and wits and a little reading on the side this week in North America

The Big Name Games part of WarioWare D.I.Y. keeps on growing, with a new addition from Jason Schreiber of Powerhead Games, the studio behind the excellent DSiWare release Glow Artisan. DSiWarePhoto Dojo (0pts - Nintendo) – As a treat to compensate for getting it last, Norte Americanos can enjoy this fun..

News: Nintendo's Next Winning DSiWare Combination: Monkeys and Music

Nintendo's Next Winning DSiWare Combination: Monkeys and Music

Mickey Dolenz not included

This one may have got lost in the recent maelstrom of financial reports and Kirby sightings, but a new DSiWare game featuring monkeys playing instruments deserves your full attention. Titled Make and Sing: Monkey Band, it's a pseudo-music creation game that writes songs for you based on certain themes and musical styles. If you've always dreamt of having a band of super..

First Impressions: Illust Logic

Illust Logic

Downloadable picross? Yes, please!

Although video game versions of nonograms (better known to Nintendo gamers as Picross) were originally controlled with a D-Pad and buttons like any other game, it's clearly a genre that benefits massively from the touchscreen interface of Nintendo's DS family of handhelds. No surprise then that Hudson has seen fit to release a version of their own picross game,..

Nintendo Download: 11th and 12th May (Japan)

11th and 12th May (Japan)

Catch-up week for Japan

After the Golden Week break it looks like Nintendo is mostly offering up titles that we've already seen elsewhere around the world. WiiWareSekai no Omoshiro Party Game 2 (500pts - Sims Co., ltd.) – The sequel to last month's Fun World Party Game offering five new games in five new countries: bullfighting in Spain, ziggurat climbing in Mexico, building cleaning in New York,..

News: Indies Join Forces to Bring Advanced Circuits to DSiWare

Indies Join Forces to Bring Advanced Circuits to DSiWare

Vehicle-based puzzler now full steam ahead

French publisher Zallag is a hotbed of download activity recently, having announced Gods vs. Humans and Racers Island: Crazy Racers within the last month or so. Now the company has announced its Creatips marketing tool will be put to good work marketing the upcoming Advanced Circuits from BiP Media. The press release makes this seemingly dry announcement..

Nintendo Download: 7th May 2010 (Europe)

7th May 2010 (Europe)

Darts and Fantasy on the Wii; stories, shooting, bricks and music for DSi this week

Virtual ConsoleFinal Fantasy (600pts NES - Square Enix) --The one that started it all and was never released in Europe has finally arrived on our shores. Of course as a Hanabi Festival release it's 100 Points dearer than what our North American and Japanese cousins have to pay, but if you're itching to play the..

News: Animal Color Cross coming to DSiWare

Animal Color Cross coming to DSiWare

French based developer Little Worlds Studio announces upcoming 'draw-em-up' scheduled for release this 'Spring'

Animal Color Cross offers accessible and addictive entertainment for gamers, nongamers, and sharp-witted puzzle solvers alike! The goal of the game is to reconstruct a mysterious animal image that lies beneath the grid. Players simply need to fill in each square of the grid with one of..

First Impressions: 10 Second Run

10 Second Run

Running on the run

Whilst the Japanese DSi Shop features some fairly robust gaming experiences it has to be said that there's a place for quick games that can be played in a few seconds. G-Mode's 10 Second Run is a perfect example, essentially a collection of dozens of short platforming levels for when you need a quick bit of running and jumping on the go. There are 50 levels to be played in three..

News: DSiWare to get Hacked and Slashed by Zenonia

DSiWare to get Hacked and Slashed by Zenonia

New OFLC rating reveals iPhone RPG on the way

It may not be a rare occurrence these days, but a recent rating reveals that an iPhone title is heading over to DSiWare in the near future. Action RPG Zenonia, a blend between Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana, is a pretty decent romp that features the classic elements of swords, oddly-named characters and evil slimes. Oh and there's some scantily glad..

Podcast: Episode 15 - This Nintendo Life

Episode 15 - This Nintendo Life

Brand new segment debuts!

It's been a longer gap than usual between podcasts but May's episode is now available, fresh from the oven and made with only the freshest ingredients. Chop up a delicious arrangement of news and reviews, add a dash of Kim Wild's Wii Fit Plus and mix in Zach Kaplan's new retro feature This Nintendo Life. Bake for thirty minutes and serve with fresh bread and plenty of..