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  • Nintendo Download 16th August 2012 (North America)

    Mario, musical DLC and crazy chickens

    Another week, another Nintendo Download update, though we do have to sadly inform you that this week's options are rather limited. A certain plumber makes his retail eShop debut at the weekend and in another discounted classic, but apart from that the options are rather slim and chicken-themed. Without further...

  • News eShop Sees Turnaround For Nintendo's Digital Services

    Is Nintendo finally entering the digital age?

    Earlier this year, we interviewed Trent Oster of Beamdog Studios, who had infamously claimed he would never develop titles for Nintendo again after the issues he came across when using Nintendo's WiiWare service. Since then, Nintendo has improved its gaming download facilities via the 3DS eShop, which...

  • Competition Winners Toki Tori - Game Boy Color Giveaway

    Drumroll, please...

    Last week we ran a competition with our pals at Two Tribes that invited creativity and crazy ideas, and you all delivered. Rather than egg you on — we're sorry — let's get to it. The overall winner gets a sealed copy of Toki Tori for Game Boy Color, a download code for the 3DS Virtual Console version and a Toki Tori t-shirt...

  • News 3D Classics Excitebike Revs Up as Club Nintendo Reward

    It's wheelie rather good

    Pull those leather jackets out of the wardrobe, North American Club Nintendo members — you can now get 3D Classics Excitebike as a reward until 26th August. The 3DS eShop game was free to download for a time last year, but if you missed out you can now grab it for 150 of your shiniest reward coins. Ride on over to our 3D...

  • News There's a Fluidity Sequel Coming to the 3DS eShop

    Go with the flow

    In case you missed it in yesterday's North American release schedule, or overlooked it in favour of squealing about Paper Mario: Sticker Star, there's a sequel to WiiWare game Fluidity on the way to the 3DS eShop. We don't know much aside the title, Fluidity: Spin Cycle, and a vague release date of the fourth quarter of 2012, but...

  • News Nintendo Confirms Its Holiday Hits in North America

    Paper Mario, art, freaky formees and a famous professor

    We've already brought you the disappointing news that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is pushed back to 2013 in North America, but we do have details on some games that most assuredly are confirmed for 2012. In fact, looking at the schedule suggests that Luigi may have been given a breather so that...

  • Nintendo Download 16th August 2012 (Europe)

    Mario, ninjas and viruses

    This week is a landmark one for the Nintendo Download update, with retail titles making their first appearance. 3DS and DSi owners are looked after with new download software, though it's another lonesome week for Wii. Retail Software: New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, £39.99) — Mario's latest 2D adventure arrives,...

  • News New Super Mario Bros. 2 Will Cost £39.99 to Download

    Coin rush

    It's been confirmed by Nintendo UK today that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will cost £39.99 (€50.88) to download when it hits the eShop later this week. As Nintendo's first foray into selling full retail games via its eShop, it's understandable that they have opted to stick to the recommended retail price (RRP) to test the waters. But when...

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    3DS eShop

    Review SpeedX 3D

    Speed demon

    There's always the temptation to be a bit snobbish about games that are ported to traditional consoles from smartphones. Given the enormous success of "casual" experiences on mobiles, many dedicated gamers view even the best titles as vapid, shallow experiences — a perspective which is reinforced by the hordes of clones and rip-offs...

  • News Original Freakyforms to be Removed From European eShop

    Oh dear

    Earlier today we shared the news that New Art Academy and Freakyforms Deluxe will be retail downloads in Europe, arriving on 17th August alongside New Super Mario Bros. 2. Of course, that meant that there could potentially be two Freakyforms titles in the eShop, with the original download version including less content but coming in at a...

  • News New Art Academy and Freakyforms Deluxe Confirmed as Retail Downloads

    'Many more' on the way

    New Super Mario Bros. 2 arrives in Europe on 17th August and will be the first retail download title on 3DS eShop. While this is already underway in Japan and Nintendo of America has revealed details of its distribution, Nintendo of Europe has been relatively quiet on its own plans. In a press release today it's been...

  • News Crazy Chicken: Pirates Flapping To NA eShop And DSiWare Next Week

    Birds of a feather

    Teyon has confirmed that point and shoot action title Crazy Chicken Pirates 3D will launch on the North American eShop next week — August 16th, to be exact. The game — which has sold 15 million copies on other formats — will also be available on DSiWare, minus whatever 3D effects the 3DS version possesses. Here's the...

  • News Abyss Trailer Emerges From The Depths

    EnjoyUp's next DSiWare epic gets the video treatment

    EnjoyUp Games has released a trailer for its forthcoming DSiWare title, Abyss. The game was announced back in June and involves exploring 3024 Earth for the elusive "Gaia" as the robot Nep2no. You can view the trailer below. It's all looking suitably atmospheric, with a unique art style. Expect...

  • News Picross E Listing Appears On Euro 3DS eShop

    Complete with a gameplay trailer

    The fact that Picross E is venturing outside of its native Japan isn't news — we reported on the Australian classification in July — but a listing for the game has now gone live on the European eShop, complete with a gameplay video. You can see for yourself by checking out the "Recent Videos" section of the...

  • Nintendo Download 9th August 2012 (North America)

    Much-reduced Mario, Real Bouts and going Commando

    There's quite a heady mixture in this week's North American Nintendo Download report; not only do we have one of the best Mario games at a price so low it's criminal not to own it, but we also have a fine fighting game, a 3D tank simulation and a 2D run-and-gun blaster. Read on for more information!...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Touch Battle Tank 3D

    Bad touch

    Good intentions most certainly pave the road to disappointment in Touch Battle Tank 3D. While it's clear that the 70 levels of non-stop blasting are meant to feel like frantic, satisfying plunges into arcade-style madness, it's also clear that the components simply don't come together the way they need to. Touch Battle Tank 3D simply feels...

  • News Goemon And Ebisumaru Heading To 3DS eShop In Mystical Ninja

    Game Boy classic confirmed for European release

    Konami's classic Mystical Ninja series is getting a new lease of life this month — in Europe, at least — thanks to the launch of the Game Boy version of the game on the 16th August. Originally released in Japan in 1997 under the title Ganbare Goemon: Kurofune Tō no Nazo (Go Goemon: Mystery of the...

  • News Nintendo Hypes 'eShop Heroes' in New Trailer

    Get a load of that music

    Just yesterday we posted a feature arguing that the 3DS eShop deserves big franchises, and that providing a variety of bite-sized download titles with recognisable names or neglected series could be a good thing for the platform. On the flip-side, however, Nintendo has used the store to introduce new characters and IPs to...

  • News Actually, New Super Mario Bros. 2 May Not Take 45 Minutes To Download

    New fastest time submitted

    Yesterday we brought you the harrowing news that it could take upwards of three quarters of an hour to download the digital copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2 on your Nintendo 3DS console. That figure came courtesy of Siliconera, who tested the download using a review code and a US 3DS. Compared to the kind of download times...

  • Talking Point 3DS eShop Deserves Big Franchises

    Boosting digital downloads

    For many Nintendo gamers, we suspect, the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 looms large as the highlight of the next gaming month. Even if the game doesn’t innovate the plumber’s series in any major way, the purchasing options do just that. For 3DS owners it’ll no longer be a case of simply picking up a boxed game...

  • News Mitchell Corp. Prepping Nagerupu Matrix for Japanese 3DS eShop

    Puzz Loop studio is back in the puzzle game

    Mitchell Corp. — possibly best known as the creator of Pang, Polarium and Puzz Loop/Magnetica (which has been cloned as Zuma in the past) — is set to launch a new puzzle title on the Japanese 3DS eShop tomorrow (8th August). Called Nagerupu Matrix — which roughly translates as Action Puzzle Matrix...

  • Nintendo Download 9th August 2012 (Europe)

    High speed action, role-playing adventure and a dose of pool

    It's that time again - time to update you on this week's downloadable goodies for all of your relevant Nintendo systems. eShop: SpeedX 3D (Gamelion Studios, £2.70/€3) — 10 million iOS and Android users can't be wrong - can they? Gamelion's fast-paced tunnel racer has proven to be...

  • News The Sword of Hope II Strikes Europe Next Week

    Hopefully yours

    The Sword of Hope II will arrive on Europe's 3DS Virtual Console next week on 9th August. The Game Boy RPG, which came out on North America's eShop a couple of weeks ago, follows Prince Theo as he tries to retrieve the Sword of Hope, stop an evil spirit and clear his name of murder. All in a day's work. You'll be able to recruit...

  • News Nano Assault EX Blasting Onto 3DS eShop

    Based on the retail release

    Shin'en Multimedia, a development studio that's already shown plenty of enthusiasm for Nintendo platforms, has confirmed that Nano Assault EX is on the way to the 3DS eShop in both North America and Europe. It's less than a year since Nano Assault arrived as a retail title — though it wasn't released in Europe — and...

  • Nintendo Download 2nd August 2012 (North America)

    A lost town, solitaire and reduced Mario

    This week's North American update has relatively slim pickings, with Wii missing out entirely. There's one title each for eShop and DSiWare, a reduced Mario classic and a couple of videos, so let's look at what we have. eShop: 3D Solitaire (Zen Studios, $2.99) — The title tells you almost everything you...

  • News Columns Coming to 3DS Virtual Console with Local Multiplayer

    Link up

    The Japanese eShop is getting a Columns-shaped treat soon. The Game Gear version of SEGA's addictive puzzler will join the 3DS Virtual Console line-up on 8th August. It'll also have a function that we've rarely seen so far on 3DS Virtual Console: you'll be able to play in local multiplayer, provided that both users have a copy of the game...

  • News Golf Tees Up as a US Club Nintendo Reward

    Worth a swing?

    3DS Virtual Console title Golf is the latest game up for grabs as a US Club Nintendo reward. It's on the green until 12th August for 150 coins. Golf replaces Starship Defense, which has now blasted off out of orbit. Is it above par and worth your virtual reward money? Read our Golf review to find out. Don't forget that WiiWare's...

  • News 3D Solitaire Hits North American eShop on 2nd August

    It's Solitaire, with 3D

    Occasionally a game title can be mysterious or confusing, but Zen Studios kept it simple with 3D Solitaire. It's a basic app for the popular card game with some pretty stereoscopic 3D backgrounds, and that's all it is; it couldn't be simpler. It did hit Europe at a budget price, and the good news for North America is that...

  • News SpeedX 3D Races Onto eShop on 9th August

    PAL regions only for now

    Gamelion Studios, the developer behind plenty of Nintendo download titles including the Carmen Sandiego series, has confirmed that SpeedX 3D will hit the 3DS eShop in PAL regions on 9th August. It's the developer's first title on the handheld and will come in at the budget price of £2.70/€3, though it doesn't yet have a...

  • Nintendo Download 2nd August 2012 (Europe)

    Kung fu, Toki Tori, edutainment and retro fighting

    Once again we have news of this week's download delights in Europe, with something on offer for every system you own. Let's get started. 3DS Download Software: Jonny Kung Fu (UFO Interactive, £5.40/€6) — On paper this sounds full of promise, being an old-school side-scrolling action game with...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Planet Crashers

    Crash and burn

    On first inspection, Planet Crashers is the cute, warm and whimsical RPG world you would expect from Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid, providing a shot of humour, quirkiness and style to an already crowded and tired genre. However, much like other adventure RPGs lining our shelves at the moment, Planet Crashers is very much a case...

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    3DS eShop / GB

    Review Mole Mania

    Dig in

    Poor Muddy Mole has returned home to find his family kidnapped by the evil farmer Jinbe. That's the entire plot, and we're happy about that. After all, Mole Mania isn't about storytelling; it's about a massive gauntlet of clever puzzles, and that's exactly why we like it. Divided into eight very large levels, Muddy's adventure finds him...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Dot Runner: Complete Edition

    On the dot or a runaround?

    Dot Runner: Complete Edition is the latest release from Intense, developer of unique DSiWare RPG GO Series: Picdun. This outing shares the dual perspectives of that title but little else; here you collect dots as a futuristic man-on-a-mission named BOLT in a chase puzzler that's fast and fun, but seriously flawed. While...

  • News Full 3DS Retail Downloads Have Teething Troubles

    Bandwidth buster

    Full retail games can now be downloaded to Nintendo 3DS in Japan, but there was a problem or two early on. Nintendo's online service page reported server troubles on the eShop shortly after launch, though it's now been fixed. Andriasang reports that the eShop issues came between 9:00am and 11:30am on the service's launch day. It...

  • News Toki Tori Hatches on European eShop Next Week

    Is it cheep enough?

    Two Tribes' platform puzzler Toki Tori is chirruping its way into the European 3DS eShop next week. It was originally released on Game Boy Color in 2001; if you missed it back then, here's your chance to see what all the squawking was about. The concept is the same as the WiiWare version. You join the titular chick on a mission...

  • Site News Nintendo Life's "Summer Picks" eShop Shelf

    We're back!

    You might remember that last year Nintendo Life got its very own eShop shelf, and we directed your attention to a variety of DSiWare and 3DS Download gems. It was such a success that Nintendo has decided that we're awesome enough for a second run, so we're back in the store with our recommendations of the hottest games to get you through...

  • Nintendo Download 26th July 2012 (North America)

    Planet crashing, Wario, moles and more

    This week we have all three Nintendo consoles catered for, including a long awaited platformer on the 3DS Virtual Console, the latest from Renegade Kid and much more. Let's get right to it. 3DS Virtual Console: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — This has no doubt been on a number...

  • News Mole Mania Burrows onto US eShop Tomorrow

    Can you dig it?

    North America's 8-Bit Summer promotion continues to heat up 3DS' Virtual Console — tomorrow you'll be able to dig into Game Boy puzzler Mole Mania. Mole Mania originally came out in North America in 1997. Shigeru Miyamoto was producer on the puzzle game, in which you push, pull and throw a black ball around to help Muddy Mole work...

  • News Travel Across the Galaxies with Planet Crashers' New Trailer

    That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

    Developer Renegade Kid, of Mutant Mudds fame, has unleashed a brand new trailer to celebrate the release of its latest RPG adventure, due to hit both American and European Nintendo 3DS eShops this Thursday. In Planet Crashers, you must travel across the galaxies to stop an evil force from...

  • Talking Point Nintendo's Digital Pricing

    Is it persuasive enough?

    This week we’ve been given a glimpse of Nintendo’s plans for retail download pricing and incentives, both for Japan and North America. It all begins with New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Demon Training in Japan on 28th July, with North America and Europe joining in with Mario’s title on 19th and 17th August respectively...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Masyu by Nikoli

    Circle gets the square

    The ...by Nikoli series is nothing new to the eShop, but Masyu by Nikoli stands out for being a puzzle of Nikoli's own creation. This means that if you'd like to play it, more than likely this will be your only option on the service. Therefore the question really boils down to whether or not that puzzle is worth seeking out on...

  • News Retro Mario Discounts Jumping Onto North American eShop

    Celebrating New Super Mario Bros. 2

    When it comes to New Super Mario Bros. 2, you'd have to live in a deep, dark cave to not know about it. Trailers and videos swarm the web and its status as the first retail download being offered by Nintendo has given it even more profile. Still, that won't stop Nintendo of America doing some additional marketing...

  • News pitchWinPLAY Competition Cancelled

    Lack of interest to blame

    In March this year a competition called pitchWinPLAY was announced that'd give creative gamers an opportunity to see their game produced by Renegade Kid, of Mutant Mudds fame, and then released on the 3DS eShop. It was an exciting grand prize, but a lack of interest since launch has brought the contest to an end. Our very...

  • News Genius Sonority's Denpa Ningen no RPG Heading to the West

    You know, the guys behind Pokémon Colosseum

    We at Nintendo Life absolutely loved Pokémon Colosseum. Who didn't? Which is precisely why we are so excited to hear that Colosseum developer Genius Sonority is bringing its latest 3DS eShop game over to the West. Back in January, we introduced you to the utterly absurd-looking Denpa Ningen no RPG...

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    3DS eShop

    Review The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels

    Hidden gem or a kick in the jewels?

    The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels is an arcade-like game that has you breaking into an assortment of stages, grabbing keycodes, deactivating security systems, and escaping into the night with shiny jewel in hand. As a concept, Phantom Thief is intriguing, but while it can be fun, it's ultimately let down by...

  • Nintendo Download 26th July 2012 (Europe)

    Crashing, pinball, candles and athletics

    It's another Monday, so let's cheer ourselves up in Europe with news of what downloads are coming this week. This week almost every platform is catered for, so let's get to it. 3DS Download Software: Planet Crashers (Ignition, £9/€10) — Planet Crashers is the latest title developed by Renegade Kid, of...

  • Talking Point Another Look at the News - 20th July

    Sonic, retail downloads and a certain analyst

    It's that time again, when a few members of the Nintendo Life team look at recent news and decide that they simply have to give their opinion on it. Last time out things were very serious, with topics such as Nintendo's online services, the number of 'new IPs' on Wii and the continued madness that is...

  • News Nintendo Offering Incentives for Retail Downloads in Japan

    Virtual goodies only

    Retail downloads on the 3DS eShop start, for most of us, with New Super Mario Bros. 2 in mid-August. For Japanese gamers, however, it all starts in just eight days, the same day as the arrival of 3DS XL and Five Minute Demon Training, the next Brain Training entry that's also known as Onitore. A common criticism of the download...

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    3DS eShop / Game Boy

    Review Wario Land II

    Greed is good

    After the success of the first Wario Land, Nintendo decided to take another shot at putting its beloved new anti-hero in the spotlight. To differentiate it from Mario even further, it removed the "Super Mario Land" prefix and also made a massive gameplay change for Wario Land II. But is it one for the better? Defeated at the end of...

  • News Dot Runner Comes to the US eShop 26th July

    Eat up

    Get ready to devour some dots when Dot Runner: Complete Edition is released on the North American eShop next week. It's a follow-up, of sorts, to the rather excellent DSiWare title GO Series: Picdun; it's known as Dot Eater New Picdun in Japan. You've got to trample through 100 stages gobbling up all the orbs and destroying any enemies in...