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Nintendo Download: 26th July 2012 (North America)

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

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

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

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...

Review: Masyu by Nikoli (3DS eShop)

Masyu by Nikoli (3DS eShop)

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

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

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

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...

Review: The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels (3DS eShop)

The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels (3DS eShop)

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)

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...

Review: Wario Land II (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Wario Land II (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

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

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...

Nintendo Download: 19th July 2012 (North America)

19th July 2012 (North America)

Kid Icarus, thievery and puzzles

Update details were slower than normal today, but we do now have a mixture of 3DS VC games, a couple of mystery eShop titles and some good-old DSiWare to look at this week. Let's get right into it. 3DS Virtual Console: Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — Before his high profile 3DS...

Review: Johnny Kung Fu (3DS eShop)

Johnny Kung Fu (3DS eShop)

Like a punch to the Wang

We're on to you, UFO Interactive. You've released these side-scrolling action games every few months now and, we'll admit, each one has had a fairly interesting premise — a samurai slicer with RPG elements and a zombie-flavored rhythm game? We can dig it. Now you roll out what seems like an ode to LCD handheld games...

Review: Sparkle Snapshots 3D (3DS eShop)

Sparkle Snapshots 3D (3DS eShop)

Take a pretty picture

It’s easy to forget about all of this multi-functional nonsense and think of 3DS as an all-out gaming machine, but occasionally a new app appears to remind us that, actually, Nintendo intends for the system to offer much more. The arrival of Sparkle Snapshots 3D in the eShop is one such reminder, a camera app designed to...

News: Gaia's Moon Flies Into Japan on 25th July

Gaia's Moon Flies Into Japan on 25th July

Into the Land of the Rising Sun

DSiWare has its share of budget gems, and it's also a service that deprives some regions of excellent titles for long spells: ask a European DSi enthusiast about Cave Story, for example. Japanese gamers are about to have one of their wrongs resolved, however, with confirmation that Gaia's Moon is due on the country's...

Nintendo Download: 19th July 2012 (Europe)

19th July 2012 (Europe)

Wario, revenge, flipping and learning

The details for this week's Nintendo Download in Europe are out with 3DS, Wii and DSi all getting some love, as well as the long-awaited return of a favourite edutainment series. Let's get to it. 3DS Virtual Console: Wario Land II (Game Boy Color, Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — While Wario's first appearance on...