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Your View: The Issues of Collecting and Owning Download-Only Games

The Issues of Collecting and Owning Download-Only Games

Downloads aren't forever

At the start of this week we posted a talking point on the questionable collectibility of download-only game libraries, an issue that's yet to come to a head on Nintendo systems. So far its debut download-only platforms, the Wii Shop and DSiWare, have been available in the company's current systems. The approaches have...

Talking Point: The Uncertain Collectible Future of Download-Only Game Libraries

The Uncertain Collectible Future of Download-Only Game Libraries

Servers will surely shut down, but what about the games?

Just before the weekend, a number of Wii Channels were shut down. On 28th June most of the online enabled channels and services — such as Weather, News, Everyone Votes and Wii Connect 24 — went off air; low participation rates more than likely caused Nintendo to deem them an expense not...

Nintendo Download: 20th June (North America)

20th June (North America)

Luigi, Wario, tanks fighting bugs, X Zone craziness and much more

It's that time again, North America, when your Nintendo systems groan under the weight of new download offerings cramming up virtual servers. That's not always strictly accurate, but is this week, with plenty of new titles available on Wii U and 3DS, with a sequel even gracing...

News: CIRCLE Entertainment Hopes To Release Castle Conqueror Dark Age This Year

CIRCLE Entertainment Hopes To Release Castle Conqueror Dark Age This Year

It's taken 18 months to develop

CIRCLE Entertainment is behind the Castle Conqueror series on DSiWare and has now confirmed there is to be another iteration in the form of Castle Conqueror Dark Age. According to a tweet from the company, it's a sequel to Castle Conqueror Heroes 2, which means it could be set to feature the turn based combat found...

News: Club Nintendo's June Rewards Bring Out More Retro Goodies

Club Nintendo's June Rewards Bring Out More Retro Goodies

Including one of the greatest platformers ever made

It's that time again, North America, when you're tempted to part with your hard-earned Nintendo coins in exchange for a free download game, and for Europeans to unite as one and say "why don't we get monthly game offers?" In any case, there are four new games to consider if you have a Wii U, Wii...

News: Flipnote Hatena Data to be Automatically Switched to Flipnote Studio 3D World Gallery

Flipnote Hatena Data to be Automatically Switched to Flipnote Studio 3D World Gallery

Unless you opt out

As announced earlier in this year, Flipnote Studio 3D is coming to the 3DS eShop as a free app this Summer, finally taking the place of the DSiWare title that's been non-transferable to the new hardware. As explained with that announcement, the new and free app will split the online sharing component of your creations into two...

Nintendo Download: 16th May (North America)

16th May (North America)

Super inexpensive Metroid, scares, soldiers, retro classics and more

It's that time, North America, and you've undoubtedly got a particularly meaty lineup this week. All three Virtual Console services have new content, and the region gets a special retro Mario offer on the Wii U. There's also a stone-cold classic for 30 cents, along with quite a...

Developer Interview: Goodbye Galaxy Games on Developing for Nintendo's Portable Systems

Goodbye Galaxy Games on Developing for Nintendo's Portable Systems

Hugo Smits gives insight into a developer's life

While we'd suggest that he doesn't necessarily get the attention he deserves, Hugo Smit — through his studio Goodbye Galaxy Games — delivered four notable DSiWare experiences. These have all been published by third-parties, but have each had merits and plenty of areas worthy of praise. Of...

News: Hugo Smits: Nintendo of Europe Needs "Somebody Like Dan Adelman"

Hugo Smits: Nintendo of Europe Needs "Somebody Like Dan Adelman"

"It will allow Nintendo to tap this huge pool of developers"

Hugo Smits is the man behind Goodbye Galaxy Games, which has produced two Flipper titles, Nintendo Life's "DSiWare Download of 2012" winner Ace Mathician and, most recently, the rather enjoyable Color Commando — all for DSiWare. We've spoken at some length to Hugo about his history...

News: CIRCLE Entertainment Will Make A Publisher Dream Sequel Should It Be Successful

CIRCLE Entertainment Will Make A Publisher Dream Sequel Should It Be Successful

All it needs is 888 "votes"

CIRCLE Entertainment's DSiWare title Publisher Dream is now available in both Europe and North America and it seems there may be a sequel on the way should the game do well. The publisher recently announced on its Twitter account that if the game hits "888 votes" in the US eShop a sequel will "definitely" be lined up for...

Developer Interview: Island Officials on Kickstarting "Orion's Odyssey"

Island Officials on Kickstarting "Orion's Odyssey"

"Nintendo has been nothing but supportive"

You may not have heard of Island Officials, but this New Jersey-based development studio has been supporting Nintendo handhelds for years, and is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its DSiWare puzzler, Orion's Odyssey: A Pattern Blocks Adventure. We chatted with Island Officials' Ryan Morrison...

Nintendo Download: 9th May 2013 (North America)

9th May 2013 (North America)

Mario and DK team up, X-rated speed, game development dreams and more

It's that time again, North America, when your Nintendo systems are updated with new downloadable delights to sample. The humble Wii is the only platform to miss out, and overall you have Virtual Console titles to consider, a retail demo and some fresh games to contemplate...

News: Orion's Odyssey: A Pattern Blocks Adventure Reboots Kickstarter Campaign

Orion's Odyssey: A Pattern Blocks Adventure Reboots Kickstarter Campaign

If at first you don't succeed...

A few weeks ago, we reported on a DS Kickstarter project from developer Island Officials called Orion's Odyssey: A Pattern Blocks Adventure. The ambitious Kickstarter goal was to raise enough funds to release a limited run retail edition of the unreleased, finished puzzle title. For various reasons, the lofty goal...

Nintendo Download: 9th May 2013 (Europe)

9th May 2013 (Europe)

Moving Minis, an adventurous starship, a commando, retro goodies and more

It may be a Bank Holiday in some parts, but the European Nintendo Download waits for no-one, with this week's update being a fairly meaty offering featuring every current platform. We have some high-profile arrivals on the 3DS eShop, an assortment of retro treats and even a...

News: Publisher Dream Set For A DSiWare Release Next Week In North America

Publisher Dream Set For A DSiWare Release Next Week In North America

Europe's also getting Color Commando

Last year, CIRCLE Entertainment brought Bookstore Dream to DSiWare, a management sim which saw you run your own bookstore. Next week North Americans will be able to download the next title in the series: Publisher Dream. CIRCLE Entertainment posted the following tweet confirming the game will be available on 9th...

Nintendo Download: 2nd May 2013 (North America)

2nd May 2013 (North America)

Retro goodies, discounts galore, rabbits, tanks and much more

It's that time again, North America, for more Nintendo Download goodies to grace your systems, with all but the Wii being treated to something new this week. There's a lot to get through, so let's not waste too much effort on this pre-amble. Wii U eShop: Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko...

Nintendo Download: 2nd May 2013 (Europe)

2nd May 2013 (Europe)

Virtual Console goodies, discounts, a game developer's dream and more

So we're back to normal with our Monday morning Nintendo Download fix here in Europe. We're treated to a host of classics in the 3DS and Wii U Virtual Consoles this week, along with a small batch of new portable offerings and some discounted pinball on both platforms. Let's get to...

News: Armageddon Operation Dragon Is Bringing Sexy Swimsuit Elves To DSiWare

Armageddon Operation Dragon Is Bringing Sexy Swimsuit Elves To DSiWare

And not before time, some might say

EnjoyUp has announced a new title for Nintendo's DSiWare service called Armageddon Operation Dragon. Boasting "runner playability", "easy handling", "innovative graphics" and — wait for it — "local ranking" (like we used to have back in the '80s!), the game sees you assuming the role of a sexy cartoon elf in...