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Nintendo Download: 18th September (North America)

18th September (North America)

Smash Bros. demo, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Cooking Mama and SPIKEY WALLS!

It's time once again for the Nintendo Download Update, North American gamers, and this week brings a variety of treats to the Wii U and 3DS. Let's get to it! Missed the Nintendo Download Update for Europe earlier in the week? No problem, all of the details are right here...

Interview: Dan Adelman on the Indie Scene, the Nintendo Years and His New Venture

Dan Adelman on the Indie Scene, the Nintendo Years and His New Venture

Still in the indie's corner

Dan Adelman's official job title at Nintendo of America used to be Head of Digital Content and Development, but in practice he was regarded by many as Nintendo's most recognisable ambassador for download and 'indie' games. Well known and liked among developers, he's widely attributed as helping to drive Nintendo towards...

Site News: Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

Recommended viewing

Those of you with especially good memories will recall that Nintendo Life has been featured on the eShop twice in the past few years — back in 2011, we were asked by Nintendo of Europe to contribute a list of our favourite eShop titles, and a year later we supplied our red-hot summer picks for the North American eShop. We're...

News: The Nintendo eShop Is Like Paradise, Says Image & Form's Brjann Sigurgeirsson

The Nintendo eShop Is Like Paradise, Says Image & Form's Brjann Sigurgeirsson

"The gamers are REAL gamers who pay for quality"

As we're all well aware, the Nintendo eShop isn't the only digital marketplace out there right now. Sony and Microsoft have their own storefronts for downloadable titles, and the iOS App Store and Google Play market offer developers to chance to reach millions of potential customers. However, for...

Review: 101 Penguin Pets 3D (3DS eShop)

101 Penguin Pets 3D (3DS eShop)

These penguins might leave you cold

When was the last time you met someone who distinctly disliked nature’s own best-dressed Antarctic fowl, the penguin? The answer is probably “never”, and Teyon is here to capitalize on that fact with its newest virtual pet product — 101 Penguin Pets 3D. Aimed directly at unsuspecting children and designed...

Review: Wakedas (3DS eShop)

Wakedas (3DS eShop)

Easy to learn, difficult to pronounce

What if the Rubik’s Cube only had one side? It seems this question has kept the ironically named developers at CIRCLE Entertainment up all night, and those sleepless hours have resulted in a quality puzzle game that relaxes and taxes simultaneously. Wakedas is a straightforward affair that slowly ramps up the...

Review: Tangram Style (3DS eShop)

Tangram Style (3DS eShop)

Lots of tangram, not much style

The game of tangram has made the long journey from ancient China to your 21st century 3DS, and despite roughly one thousand years of technological improvement it’s still pretty much the same thing. Seven pieces of varying sizes and shapes must be crammed into a crude silhouette that may resemble a bird, a sailboat,...

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...

Review: Columns (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Columns (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Supporting a good time

Way back in the days when video games in general were often referred to as 'Nintendo' games, a little gem called Tetris was packaged-in with the Game Boy, and it helped catapult the handheld to dominating heights. A couple of years later SEGA released the Game Gear, and in what can only be seen as an attempt to capitalize on...

News: Nintendo Has Plans to Deliver "New Offers" In Download Stores

Nintendo Has Plans to Deliver "New Offers" In Download Stores

Free-to-play and subscription-based services are on the agenda

Following last week's annual financial results and the President's Presentation, Satoru Iwata faced the music in an investor Q&A to address important issues for Nintendo's prospective return to substantial profits. This was published promptly in Japanese, but we now have the...

Review: Puzzler World 2013 (3DS)

Puzzler World 2013 (3DS)

Worldly goodness

There’s a good chance that you already know whether or not you're going to purchase Puzzler World 2013. Whether it's because you’ve played a previous game in the series, you’ve read our review of the DS version – which is, for all intents and purposes, the same game – that released in Europe late last year, or if it’s...

Review: Puzzler Brain Games (3DS)

Puzzler Brain Games (3DS)

Brain candy

Like Nintendo’s Brain Age series, Puzzler Brain Games is a collection of daily brain training activities designed to stimulate the mind and keep you mentally alert. Though instead of feeling like a curriculum of exercises you’d learn in school, Brain Games is presented in a game show-like format and is a more light-hearted affair...

Review: Crazy Construction (3DS eShop)

Crazy Construction (3DS eShop)

More like Crazy FUN-struction

On the surface, Crazy Construction sounds like the epitome of shovelware; a generic puzzle game that slaps together tired ideas and a dash of zany alliteration to garner enough sales to crank out the next one. Take a closer look, however, and you’ll discover a cleverly designed arcade-style title that boasts a fun,...

Review: Soccer Up 3D (3DS eShop)

Soccer Up 3D (3DS eShop)

Own goal

These days, soccer games tend to fall on one of two ends of a spectrum: there's the relatively realistic sports simulation found in annual FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer instalments, and then there's the zany over-the-top action of the Super Mario Strikers and FIFA Street series. In the golden days of the Amiga, however, there were other...