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  • News The Nintendo Switch Downloads Faster in Sleep Mode

    Every bit counts

    The eShop is a prominent part of the Nintendo Switch's lightweight OS, and for our money, it certainly seems to be more efficient at downloading games than the Wii U or 3DS. Granted, there may be some minor issues with the download interface (i.e. no time estimates), but it does its job exceedingly well. And for those of you that...

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  • News 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

    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 Nintendo Removes Restriction On 18+ Content For the Nintendo eShop

    Adults, now you can browse whenever you want

    It seems that the restriction on 18+ content on the Nintendo Wii U eShop — and 3DS eShop, it should be noted — has finally been lifted. Games rated PEGI 18 (USK 18 in Germany) were only accessible during certain hours each day, from 11pm in some European countries until 3am — only giving four hours...

  • News 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...

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  • News Wii U Digital Promotion Giving You More Bang For Your Buck

    Nintendo delves deeper into its Deluxe Set promotion

    We already knew that Nintendo had mentioned a digital promotion for those who purchased the Wii U Deluxe Bundle - buyers of said bundle who purchase a game from the Nintendo eShop will receive 10% of their value back in the form of points. This in turn allows users to purchase more content from...

  • Feature The Nintendo Life Crypt of Downloadable Horrors

    Great for scares

    It's Halloween: a time for ghosts and goblins, a time for tricks and treats, and a time for monsters and mashing. But mainly it's a time for good, solid scares. Horror movies run on every channel, children dress as demons and beasts, and macabre decorations taunt us with our own mortality. We get chills just thinking about it...

  • News Teens Losing Interest In Social Gaming, Turning To Traditional Consoles

    Research also shows the growth of digital downloads

    Everywhere you look, there seems to be a story about how traditional consoles are under threat from social gaming, and that the console market as we know it is all but doomed. However, new research from Analyst firm Piper Jaffray reveals that attitudes towards social gaming are changing, with teen...

  • News Two More Retail Releases Arrive in 3DS eShop in North America

    Get Donkey Kong: Original Edition for free

    As more retail games gradually make their way to 3DS eShop, we're sure to see a steady stream of promotions and incentives to tempt gamers into going digital. Today sees two more joining the ranks, with Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! and Crosswords Plus both arriving at a price of $29.99. Both will be...

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  • News Iwata Defends Identical Digital and Retail Prices

    Value perception is key

    When retail games hit the 3DS eShop in August, they'll cost around the same as they do in stores, a practice many believe is counter-intuitive: without the costs of physical manufacturing and distribution, digital games sidestep many costs. But Nintendo president Satoru Iwata disagrees, claiming download games have a...

  • News Download Your Wii U Games Overnight

    10GB? No problem

    Wii U will launch with a digital store offering downloads of retail games, but with the Wii U disc holding up to 25GB you could probably learn a sport to an Olympic standard in the time it'll take to download Pikmin 3. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata knows this, so Wii U will let you download games overnight. Iwata told investors:...

  • News Nintendo Readying Third Party Retail Downloads Too

    Nothing to announce yet

    We know the majority of Nintendo games will be released digitally once the retail download service kicks off in August, but Nintendo's confirmed it's preparing a service for third parties to release their packaged games digitally too. A Nintendo spokesperson told IGN: We are currently preparing a program for third parties...

April2012

  • Talking Point Does Nintendo Finally 'Get' Digital?

    Mario out of thin air

    Now that Nintendo’s got the announcement of financial losses out of the way, it can look ahead to plans for the coming year. As expected, follow-up statements to investors revealed some interesting insights into the company’s plans, with the biggest news that Nintendo's 3DS retail games will be available to download later...

  • News Wii U Will Launch With Digital Store

    And full retail downloads

    One of the biggest criticisms levelled against 3DS was the lack of a digital store at launch, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has assured investors Wii U will land with a full download store. Iwata didn't discuss the available types of software — Virtual Console, WiiWare etc. — but did confirm that Wii U owners can...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 to Kick Off Retail Downloads

    A while to wait

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be the first 3DS retail game to be available for download. Iwata spoke to investors at a financial results briefing and said that with user eShop connectivity at a good level — as much as 70% of 3DS owners in Japan and the U.S. have connected to the...

December2011

  • News Digital Makes Up 14% of Key Nintendo Franchise Sales

    The figures are in

    Nintendo does not release sale statistics for its digital content, leaving us with no real idea of how the company's download sales are doing. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime did give away one intriguing nugget of information in a recent interview with Time, however: The packaged content gets all the buzz and the noise, but in the last 12 months when you look at..

July2011

  • News Your Free Antipole Soundtrack Awaits

    Game out this Thursday

    Antipole is ready for release in North America this Thursday, and to get you in the mood Saturnine Games has released the game's soundtrack for free via its website. The nine-track aural accompaniment was composed by Cosmos X2 musician Zack Parrish, with tracks ranging from retro tunes to pieces like You Think You're Tough? that combine rock, choral and orchestral..

  • News Hunt Down New Solatorobo Quests Every Week

    Learn how inside

    By now you've hopefully read our Solatorobo: Red the Hunter review, and if the 20-hour story mode isn't long enough for you there's good news: it doesn't end there. Nintendo has just given more details about the game's free downloadable quests that keep the action going after the credits roll. The first quest, available today, puts the canine Red Savarin in full-on Lassie mode,..

February2011

  • News Reggie Defends High Download, Retail Price Point

    Calls cheap, "disposable" iOS titles "one of the biggest risks today in our industry"

    A common thread among discussions of downloadable DSiWare as it compares to competing platforms, particularly iOS devices, is its relatively high price tag. While games available in the App Store often retail at $1 or $2, the majority of those in the DSi Store come...

October2010

  • News 3DS Shopping Channel Details and First Video Emerge

    Demos and better organisation inside

    We got our first glimpse of the 3DS's Shop Channel today courtesy of a Nintendo investors' meeting, and it looks like it'll offer a far better experience than its predecessors on DSi and Wii. Satoru Iwata explained the new shopfront as a cross between the Wii Shop Channel and the Nintendo Channel, combining shopping with browsing the store for information. Games..

March2010

  • News Famous Developers to Create WarioWare D.I.Y. Microgames

    Even more microgames to download!

    It seems fans will not be the only ones to get in on creating their own micrograms using Nintendo's upcoming WarioWare D.I.Y. release on Nintendo DS. Nintendo has just announced that some big name video game developers are getting involved and creating some brand new microgames that fans with a wireless broadband connection will be able to download and play. You..

December2009

November2009

  • Nintendo Download 24-25 November 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare is back and the MSX returns with a vengeance, plus DSiWare and more Namco Arcade games!

    Japan gets a lot of downloads ordinarily, but next week must be setting some kind of record - and there's not even a public holiday to account for it! WiiWareOkiraku Kart Wii (500pts - Arc System Works) - You cannot keep the Family down, especially if there's a chance to attempt to ride Mario Kart's..

  • Nintendo Download 17-18 November 2009 (Japan)

    More Namco arcade games and DSiWare next week.

    Another WiiWare holiday and only two Virtual Console releases - both Namco arcade games. Hardly seems possible given the number of announced Virtual Console titles for November yet to be released, unless the 24th is going to break all previous records! Virtual Console Bosconian (800pts Arcade - Namco) - This is one of the first games to feature speech..

  • Nintendo Download 10-11 November 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare takes a holiday, but that's okay because we've got Arcade action and DSiWare!

    Well, after this week's Japanese holiday, it looks like we're back to Wii downloads on Tuesdays and DSiWare on Wednesdays for next week. No WiiWare is coming, but that's probably okay after the bumper crop of titles released in October! Virtual ConsoleStreet Fighter II: Champion Edition (600pts, PC Engine -..

October2009

  • Nintendo Download 04 November 2009 (Japan)

    Japan converges the dates and a long lost Virtual Console system returns from the dead!

    Owing to a holiday on Tuesday Nintendo are releasing downloads for both Wii and DSi on Wednesday. Only one WiiWare release and two VC releases appear for the Wii, though Virtual Console fans will be excited to see the first NEO GEO game in ages. 4 DSiWare releases join them including a catch-up Art Style game..

  • Nintendo Download 27-28 October 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare is back with a vengeance and Japan gets its teeth into Castlevania: Rebirth

    After a hiatus Japanese download services are back in top form with 4 new WiiWare releases, 4 new VC releases and (only) 3 DSiWare titles - not too shabby! WiiWareSimple Series Vol. 5: The Judo (700pts - D3Publisher) -- A first-person judo game featuring local...

  • Nintendo Download 20-21 October 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare returns, Dig Dug and more Tower DS!

    After a two-week hiatus WiiWare returns, though given we're getting a card game, it's a bit anti-climactic. WiiWareUNO (800pts - Gameloft) -- Gameloft again honours Japan with the first look at a WiiWare title (their last entry, Ghost Mansion Party still hasn't seen release in other territories). Online UNO could be fun (judging from screens it has Mii..

  • Nintendo Download 13-14 October 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare keeps on resting with VC and DSiWare action for Japanese downloaders next week.

    Incredibly it appears we're having a second consecutive week with no WiiWare releases in Japan, but with three more VC titles (including a much-loved Kirby release) and five DSiWare releases, it's hard to complain. Virtual ConsoleKirby Super Deluxe (800pts Super...

  • News Nintendogs Coming As DLC To Animal Crossing

    Snag yourself a canine companion or four

    Nintendo's brilliant DS puppy simulator Nintendogs has been around for four years now — time sure does fly! To celebrate the special occasion, Nintendo will be offering up some downloadable goodness for the Wii's Animal Crossing: City Folk. For four weeks running you'll have your own pick of the litter for download. Labs are up on October 7th, followed by..

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  • Nintendo Download 2 June 2009 (Japan)

    A 3+3 week for the Wii and another break for the DSiWare service.

    The DSiWare service seems to be taking another holiday next week, but the Wii gets another six downloads with three new WiiWare titles and three new VC titles. No real surprises here as these games have been forecast in the press previously (the VC ones only today!). WiiWare titles for the 2nd of June: Okiraku Daifugoo (500pts.) -- a..

  • Nintendo Download 26 May 2009 (Japan)

    A little bit of madness and some exciting Arcade Classic surprises coming to the Japanese Wii next week, whilst the Japanese DSiWare service comes out of a dry spell.

    On the WiiWare front we have four titles coming out next Tuesday: Muscle March from Namco Bandai for 800 points features body builders and a...polar bear...trying to catch the people...

February2009

  • News Nintendo wants to give you a Valentine's gift

    If you have Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City and WiiConnect24, expect a little surprise...

    For those of you who picked up Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City on Wii and have been waiting for extra content to beef it up over its DS predecessor, Nintendo are about to wing you a (very small) present with not one but two downloadable presents. To celebrate the release of New Play Control!..

January2008

  • News Full Game DS Downloads NOT Coming After All

    A simple case of crossed wires?

    It seems that our man Reggie was misunderstood in a recent interview with the New York Times. As we (and pretty much the rest of the internet) reported a few days back, his interview with the well known newspaper seemed to indicate that ‘full’ DS titles would be made available for download in the future. However, Nintendo has now released a statement clearing up..

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