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Download: 'Photos with Animal Crossing' for Nintendo 3DS (UK Only)

'Photos with Animal Crossing' for Nintendo 3DS (UK Only)

We've got 5,000 download codes to give away...

With Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer being one of the major 3DS retail releases of the year, Nintendo has been keen to get the franchise back onto the agenda. In the UK the company has been heavily promoting free 3DS app Photos with Animal Crossing, distributing it at Hyper Japan in London, on its...

News: Amazon Now Offering Nintendo Games For Direct Digital Download

Amazon Now Offering Nintendo Games For Direct Digital Download

"Seamless redemption experience" promised

Online retailer Amazon is now offering digital downloads of "over 50 Nintendo digital game titles" which can be downloaded directly to your 3DS or Wii U console using a "seamless redemption experience". It works like this. You purchase the game on Amazon as you would normally, and then link your Nintendo...

News: See How Plague Knight's Moveset Was Concocted

See How Plague Knight's Moveset Was Concocted

Yacht Club Games gives a crash course in character mobility

When a character controls well, its motion might seem purely natural and intuitive. What we don't often see from the playing side of the experience, however, is all the work and tweaking developers likely did to make it feel that way. With the free Plague of Shadows campaign coming soon to...

Interview: Engine Software and Orangepixel on Bringing Gunslugs 2's Chaos to 3DS

Engine Software and Orangepixel on Bringing Gunslugs 2's Chaos to 3DS

"There's a lot of room for these "oldschool" arcade games on the eShop"

It can seem like the Wii U eShop gets the most attention in the 'Nindie' stakes, which is certainly the case. Nevertheless, there are still some highly promising downloads on the way to the 3DS, with plenty of life in the portable yet. One such example is Gunslugs 2, originally...

Nintendo Download: 3rd September (Europe)

3rd September (Europe)

Runbow! Gunman Clive HD! StarTropics 1 & 2! Sin & Punishment! More!

Another week begins with Nintendo Download Update details for Europe; due to a public holiday in the UK this information came through later than normal (hat tip to Daan Koopman who forwarded the Dutch information to us). This week is particularly good on the Wii U, it must be said,...

News: Pokémon Shuffle Rolls Out on iOS in North America and Europe

Pokémon Shuffle Rolls Out on iOS in North America and Europe

And so it's come to pass

The Pokémon Company has a steady history of iOS and Android releases, but it's not common for titles to be published by Nintendo on the 3DS eShop and to then rock up on smart devices. Pokémon Shuffle has always had the potential to change that, arriving on the 3DS eShop as a free-to-play title with plenty of optional...

Review: Brave Tank Hero (3DS eShop)

Brave Tank Hero (3DS eShop)

As Salvatore from Wind Waker would say… "Splish!"

In Conker's Bad Fur Day, there is a chapter towards the end of the game called War. In that chapter there is one small section in which the protagonist squirrel has to get inside a tank and storm the Tediz's base. Brave Tank Hero is somewhat similar to that section of Conker's BFD, in the sense...

News: SteamWorld Heist Q & A Confirms New Game+, a Typical Playtime and a Silly Number of Hats

SteamWorld Heist Q & A Confirms New Game+, a Typical Playtime and a Silly Number of Hats

"You won't be able to finish in less than 10 hours"

SteamWorld Heist is due in Fall, which means it's not particularly far away. Coming to 3DS first it's the follow-up - not sequel! - to the hugely popular SteamWorld Dig and, as a result, is likely to be one of the portable's biggest download releases this year. As release approaches developer...

News: Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relationship With Indies, Says Nintendo

Shovel Knight amiibo Confirms "Evolving" Relationship With Indies, Says Nintendo

Unlocks content in current - and future - Shovel Knight games

Just in case you still aren't convinced that the Shovel Knight amiibo is a thing, Nintendo of America confirmed its existence alongside a raft of other announcements during a pre-PAX presentation at its Nindies@Night event at EMP Museum in Seattle. Scanning the amiibo on Wii U version of...

Nintendo Download: 27th August (North America)

27th August (North America)

Sin & Punishment (twice), Runbow, FullBlast, Gotcha Racing and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for the latest Nintendo Download Update. This week brings a Treasure double header on Wii U which is tough to resist, along with one of the Wii U eShop's most-anticipated exclusive releases from 13AM Games. Disney Infinity 3.0 is also...

News: Nintendo UK Sends Out Free Photos With Animal Crossing Download Codes

Nintendo UK Sends Out Free Photos With Animal Crossing Download Codes

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Nintendo UK is in the middle of a national tour around shopping malls, promoting current and upcoming releases on Wii U and 3DS. One promotion it's been running at events has been to give out free codes for Photos with Animal Crossing, an AR app for the 3DS that allows you to snap pics with some of your favourite animals. It's the...

News: Super-Hard Platformer Volgarr The Viking Set To Pillage Wii U And 3DS eShops

Super-Hard Platformer Volgarr The Viking Set To Pillage Wii U And 3DS eShops

Faux-retro classic blazing a trail to Nintendo consoles

Indie hit Volgarr the Viking is coming to the Wii U and 3DS, it has been confirmed. A love letter to the tough-as-old-boots 2D action platformers of the '80s and '90s, Volgarr takes a large helping of inspiration from the likes of Rastan and Ghouls 'n Ghosts. Initially arriving on PC, it hit...

News: Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Development Complete, Release Date Coming "Very, Very Soon"

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Development Complete, Release Date Coming "Very, Very Soon"

Challenge Mode will be on show at the Nindies PAX event

Shovel Knight was a gem of a download release in 2014 (2015 in Europe), marking an impressive début for Yacht Club Games. It scooped various Game of the Year awards courtesy of its blend of pixel-based visuals and outstanding gameplay. Of course, it originated on Kickstarter, with the...

Nintendo Download: 27th August (Europe)

27th August (Europe)

Devil's Third! Microtransactions! Senran Kagura! Q.U.B.E! More!

The beginning of another week brings us the European Nintendo Download Update details, with this entry bringing some major releases. We have a much anticipated FPS action game on Wii U, along with a toys-to-life option and some tempting downloads, while the 3DS brings the latest Senran...

Review: I Love my Cats (3DS eShop)

I Love my Cats (3DS eShop)

Weak as a kitten

Pet simulators have certainly come a long way since the days of Tamagotchi. Where once we raised an LCD dinosaur on a screen the size of a digital watch, now we're treated to 3D renditions of cute, fluffy puppies and kittens, so realistically rendered you half expect them to leap from the screen and naively urinate on your lap. The...

Review: 3D Gunstar Heroes (3DS eShop)

3D Gunstar Heroes (3DS eShop)

Holding out for a hero

Gunstar Heroes charged onto the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, significantly marking the début of quirky developer Treasure - having been formed from ex-Konami staff wanting to go it their own way. Often seen floating near to the top of many 'best game ever' lists, Gunstar Heroes is a bona-fide classic of the 16-bit era that's now...