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News: Download Your Wii U Games Overnight

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

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...

News: Wii U Will Launch With Digital Store

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

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...

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

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..

News: Your Free Antipole Soundtrack Awaits

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

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,..

News: Reggie Defends High Download, Retail Price Point

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...

News: 3DS Shopping Channel Details and First Video Emerge

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..

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

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..

Nintendo Download: 14 December 2009 (North America)

14 December 2009 (North America)

A Sunsoft classic and wormy sequel on Virtual Console; cooking, sims, little pet shops, magic and Bejeweled on DSiWare; and puzzling, racing and retro arcade action on WiiWare this week!

Virtual ConsoleBlaster Master (500pts NES - Sunsoft) -- Regarded by many as amongst the best shooters on the NES, this is apparently the first of many Sunsoft titles to get re-release on the Virtual Console.

Nintendo Download: Rayman, Notebooks, Stress Busting and Ninjas! (US)

Rayman, Notebooks, Stress Busting and Ninjas! (US)

Another bumper crop of downloads for North America

Nintendo continues to flood the North American market with new titles; amongst them a few catch-up releases. WiiWareFlowerworks® and MAGNETIS™ comprise the puzzle contingent on WiiWare this week. We'll be reviewing the former in due course; the latter was reviewed some time ago, so be sure to...

Nintendo Download: 8-9 December 2009 (Japan)

8-9 December 2009 (Japan)

Virtual Console and DSiWare hog the spotlight

A second week in a row with a solo WiiWare entry, but a bumper crop of Virtual Console goodness and a hefty helping of DSiWare downloads help make up for it. WiiWareChokkan! Balance Labyrinth (500pts - Gameloft) - Not a new title from Gameloft, but just them publishing Digital Leisure's The Incredible Maze. We weren't terribly impressed with this when..

Nintendo Download: 24-25 November 2009 (Japan)

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)

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)

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 -..

Nintendo Download: 04 November 2009 (Japan)

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..