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News: Wii Party U Can Be Downloaded Digitally Down Under

Wii Party U Can Be Downloaded Digitally Down Under

New title is available on the Australian Wii U eShop

Wii Party U was released last week, but it bypassed the North American and European Wii U eShops and is available exclusively as a physical purchase at the time of writing. It has been assumed that the game's reliance on physical items — such as a Wii Remote and GamePad stand — has resulted in...

News: This Is How Much Space Super Mario 3D World Will Gobble Up On Your Wii U

This Is How Much Space Super Mario 3D World Will Gobble Up On Your Wii U

Perhaps not as much as you'd expect

Super Mario 3D World is just around the corner, and we can reveal how much space the game will take up if you opt for the digital download route. The eagerly-awaited platforming epic clocks in at 1702MB, which isn't too bad when you consider that Sonic Lost World was a 8475MB download. How has Nintendo managed...

News: Nintendo Reports 150% Download Revenue Increase Over Equivalent Quarter Last Year

Nintendo Reports 150% Download Revenue Increase Over Equivalent Quarter Last Year

Wii hardware and 3DS software sales each pass 100 million units

Nintendo has released its first quarter financial results which delivered a net profit, significant 3DS success and some cringe-worthy Wii U figures. Alongside the main results, Nintendo has released some other tid-bits of information to highlight notable landmarks and game sales over...

News: Don't Worry, Those Early Pikmin 3 Downloads Are Eligible For The Wonderful 101 Promotion

Don't Worry, Those Early Pikmin 3 Downloads Are Eligible For The Wonderful 101 Promotion

Nintendo confirms details, pricing and Nintendo Network Points

Last week we shared the happy news that eager European gamers could download Pikmin 3 early with GAME code purchases, which was great news for those planning to go the eShop retail route. Unfortunately, concern started to spread around the web when some Wii U Premium Pack system owners...

News: Purchase Pikmin 3 And Receive A 30% eShop Discount On The Wonderful 101

Purchase Pikmin 3 And Receive A 30% eShop Discount On The Wonderful 101

Exclusive promotion for European buyers who go digital

During Nintendo of Europe's surprise Nintendo Direct Mini broadcast, the company revealed that customers who purchase a download copy of Pikmin 3 will receive a fantastic 30 per cent discount on the highly anticipated The Wonderful 101 on the eShop. Satoru Shibata, President of Nintendo of...

News: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D's Beastly Block Size Revealed

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D's Beastly Block Size Revealed

Clear your fridge of any loose bananas

Players looking to download Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D from the eShop in May should get a sizable SD card ready. We can confirm that the platformer, a remake of the Retro-developed Wii hit, weighs in at a hefty 17,693 blocks, making it one of the largest downloads in the eShop — for comparison Monster...

News: Digital Game Sales Growing 33% Year-on-Year in US and EU

Digital Game Sales Growing 33% Year-on-Year in US and EU

Analysts reveal new data at GDC

The digital distribution of games has grown substantially in recent years with an increasing number of titles finding themselves in the Nintendo eShop, PSN, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam. Analysts from NPD, iResearch and Digi-Capital presented data at this week's Game Developers Conference on the state of the global...

Talking Point: The Download or Disc Dilemma

The Download or Disc Dilemma

Do you download?

In moving from the Wii Shop and DSi Shop to the Wii U eShop and 3DS eShop, Nintendo has shown a desire to compete head on with the Xbox, PlayStation and Steam online marketplaces and offer full retail downloads. It's amazing to think that downloads from the Wii Shop were limited to a meagre maximum of 40MB, yet now we can download...

News: Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight's US Price Is Revealed

Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight's US Price Is Revealed

Better start saving those pennies now

A listing for Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight has appeared on the US 3DS eShop, suggesting that the title will go on sale for $14.99 when it releases next month. The rhythm platforming game, developed by Game Freak (famous for the Pokémon games), is a download-only title for the system. While the US price point may...

News: 3DS eShop Version Of Gunman Clive Outsells Android Edition

3DS eShop Version Of Gunman Clive Outsells Android Edition

Quick on the draw

Gunman Clive developer Bertil Hörberg has confirmed via his Twitter account that the 3DS eShop version of the game has now passed the Android edition in terms of units sold. We reported last month that the 3DS eShop version had outsold its iOS sibling, but the Android version was the clear leader. It's amazing that the Nintendo...

Review: Travelling the World with Wii Street U

Travelling the World with Wii Street U

Quality streets

Wii U Panorama View remains one of the most impressive demonstrations of Wii U's potential: a collection of videos filmed with a special camera array so that you can look around 360 degrees and see the film from every possible angle by moving the GamePad. It's coming to the Wii U eShop at some point this year – at least in Japan...

Talking Point: This Fan's Tragic Tale Highlights The Problem With Nintendo's Approach To Download Purchases

This Fan's Tragic Tale Highlights The Problem With Nintendo's Approach To Download Purchases

When $200 of credit can't replace $400 of downloaded games

As we've spoken about before, Nintendo's current attitude to downloadable games leaves quite a bit to be desired. The Nintendo Network ID system introduced with the Wii U is a step in the right direction, but the fact that purchases remain tied to a single piece of hardware is, in this day...

News: Trine 2: Director's Cut Update Now Live In Europe

Trine 2: Director's Cut Update Now Live In Europe

Download it while it's hot

Trine 2: The Director's Cut has been updated in Europe by developer Frozenbyte. Frozenbyte confirmed the update was coming when we spoke to them last year, and more recently stated that it should be arriving this month. We can confirm that the update is now live in Europe, as we've just downloaded it to our

News: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 Is Download-Only In North America, Too

Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 Is Download-Only In North America, Too

Following Europe into digital realms

Last week, we revealed that Wii U slugfest Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 would be only available as a digital download in Europe. Today, we've been told that the game will adopt the same distribution platform for North America. That means that Japan is only region to get a physical copy of the game -...