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First Impressions: Bit.Trip VOID

Bit.Trip VOID

Could the third time be yet another charm?

Gaijin Games has really earned a place in many a retro-gaming fan's heart with their old, old-school Bit.Trip series on WiiWare. It's one of the shining examples of how good download games can really be: updated Atari 8-bit graphics with jazzed-up special effects and a soundtrack that's enhanced by the...

First Impressions: Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth

Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth

Worth getting your teeth into?

The Castlevania series of action platformers is widely regarded as containing some of the best games on the Famicom, and indeed home consoles full-stop, with top-notch instalments on Super Famicom, PC Engine, Playstation and handheld platforms to name a few. Needless to say the news that the first GameBoy game was being given the WiiWare ReBirth treatment by Konami..

First Impressions: Need for Speed Nitro

Need for Speed Nitro

Leader of the pack?

There are very few serious driving games of note on Wii - the machine is undoubtedly missing its Forza Motorsport, Gran Turismo or Race Driver: Grid - and EA's latest in the Need for Speed franchise does little to address this problem. Whilst 360 and PS3 owners can play the generally well-received NFS: Shift, Nintendo gamers are being given a very different racer in the form of..

First Impressions: Wheelspin

Wheelspin

Another gaming revolution from Archer Maclean?

Wheelspin is an unashamedly old-school arcade racer, with exaggerated physics, rollercoaster-style tracks and an emphasis on enormous speed. Its influences are clear - F-Zero and San Francisco Rush 2049 are the strongest - but sadly Wheelspin never feels more than the sum of its parts. The single-player campaign asks you to fulfill certain objectives..

First Impressions: Manic Monkey Mayhem

Manic Monkey Mayhem

How do we like these bananas?

It's a well-known fact that monkeys like to fling things at each other, so it should come as no surprise that UK developers The Code Monkeys have taken this concept and applied it to their first title for the WiiWare and DSiWare services, in the form of does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Manic Monkey Mayhem. MMM is a refreshing change from the regular crowd of party games as..

First Impressions: Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes

Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes

Might and magic and myths and... Meteos?!

The DS has loads of good puzzle games - Picross, Tetris, Meteos - and some fantastic strategy titles too - Fire Emblem and Advance Wars chief among them. But it could certainly do with more great puzzle strategy games; titles that blend the addictive action of matching coloured objects with the cerebral challenge of conquering enemies and planning attacks..

First Impressions: C.O.P. The Recruit

C.O.P. The Recruit

Take the beat to the streets

C.O.P. The Recruit was announced back at E3 in June, and quickly marked itself out as one to watch by promising an open world experience unlike anything on DS. Now we've had chance to grab a few minutes with the title, does it live up to the hype or is it lagging behind Chinatown Wars? The first thing you'll notice on loading up C.O.P. is that it looks pretty. Very,..

First Impressions: Rabbids Go Home

Rabbids Go Home

Put this in your trolley!

There's only one possible conclusion to be drawn from Rabbids Go Home - it's mental. Anyone involved in its development should probably be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, such is the scale of the crazy acts featured in this first traditional adventure game for the Rabbids. Of course, if you've been following our exclusive Behind the Scenes Developer's Blog you'll..

News: WiiWare & DSiWare London Event - DSiWare Coverage

WiiWare & DSiWare London Event - DSiWare Coverage

We get to grips with the DSiWare games at Nintendo's media summit held in London, 16th September

Well, as if the landslide of WiiWare information from Wednesday’s media summit wasn’t enough, we now have summaries of the DSiWare titles on show. And while the selection on Nintendo's portable machine may not have been as high profile as its console counterpart, the DSi still had a lot to shout..

First Impressions: Derby Dog (WiiWare)

Derby Dog (WiiWare)

This breed needs a little more refinement.

Pet sims have been all the rage with the "yoof" for some time; especially on the Nintendo DS with scads of games having words ending with "Z" instead of the more grammatically correct "S." Derby Dog for the Japanese WiiWare service is clearly designed to cash-in on this trend, however instead of simply raising a happy pet to..

News: WiiWare & DSiWare London Event - WiiWare Coverage

WiiWare & DSiWare London Event - WiiWare Coverage

London, 16th September: Nintendo hold their WiiWare and DSiWare media summit, and we’re lucky enough to have been invited…

Well, those of you who scan our site on a regular basis will know that today - in London - Nintendo made a few announcements regarding the WiiWare and DSiWare service: first of all, they gave us the release schedule for a lot of upcoming games and then dropped a great piece..

First Impressions: Minna de Tobikome! Penguin Diving Hooper Looper

Minna de Tobikome!  Penguin Diving Hooper Looper

Jumping off a cliff can be fun!

"Everybody dive!" is part of the title of Agenda's newest WiiWare game to hit the Japanese Wii Shop, and that is what this game is all about: diving off cliffs – as penguins are known to do – for big points! Of course this isn't March of the Penguins, so the penguins in this game aren't dropping off little icebergs, but plummeting off of cliffs so high..

First Impressions: Discipline (WiiWare - Japan)

Discipline (WiiWare - Japan)

Art-house gaming comes to WiiWare.

Discipline is a WiiWare game long-rumoured and only recently revealed. As possibly the most unusual game to yet grace the service, it game centres around a prison called Discipline, wherein you control a character apparently posing as an inmate. It's difficult to tell what exactly is happening because text plays a huge part in the game, with a lot of written..

First Impressions: Simple Series Vol. 4 - The Misshitsu Kara no Dasshutsu (WiiWare - Japan)

Simple Series Vol. 4 - The Misshitsu Kara no Dasshutsu (WiiWare - Japan)

Not quite Steve McQueen...

Well, Simple Series Vol. 4 - The Misshitsu Kara no Dasshutsu is quite a mouthful, so for the purpose of these impressions please forgive the re-titling of this game with the shorter, but still thematically correct name Room Escape. D3 Publisher is known as a publisher of budget games and has pushed out dozens of them for the PS2 and other platforms over the years for the..

First Impressions: Ninja Captains

Ninja Captains

We get our claws into Nordcurrent's latest

As much as it dents our hardcore gamer image to say it, we love a good minigame compilation here at Nintendo Life. When we're not blasting through Space Pirates or springing to the rescue of princesses for the thousandth time, you'll often catch us waggling away to a batch of minigames, so it was with great excitement we placed our preview copy of Ninja..

First Impressions: Tomenasanner

Tomenasanner

Rock rock planet rock, don't stop. Rock rock planet rock - DON'T STOP!

What Tomenasanner means is anyone's guess (try guessing in the comments - better still, please advise if you know!). It's written in katakana so it's apparently a word of foreign origin (sure sounds it!), but the closest that Google Translate offered was "tomen" which apparently means "bridle" in dutch and..

First Impressions: Japanese Nintendo Channel Update

Japanese Nintendo Channel Update

Along with the 4.1J Wii system update, Japanese Wii owners have also received an updated Nintendo Channel!

The Nintendo Channel has long been a mixed bag: it provides Nintendo with a gateway into player's play habits (though you'd have thought this would be possible from the basic system given that the Wii has built-in networking capability) and also provides players with game trailers, short..

First Impressions: Water Warfare

Water Warfare

We head to the playground to see if there's enough water in its soaker to keep gamers occupied

Earlier this month, Hudson took a gamble and decided to release a first-person shooter on WiiWare. Due to it being the first of its kind on the platform and a new IP, some thought that Hudson would regret making such a bold decision. In the end, though, everything paid off, as not only did Onslaught..

First Impressions: Escape Virus

Escape Virus

A fun little mobile game for WiiWare

Escape Virus is the freshman effort from Peakvox - an iPhone and mobile game developer - with the focus being on pick-up-and-play arcade gaming and ascending to the top of the world ranking in each of five game modes. The menus throughout the game look like metal car number plates which drop onto a titled plane with a nice clanging sound. It's a bold and..

First Impressions: Red Steel 2 Exclusive!

Red Steel 2 Exclusive!

The game you've been waiting for.

When Red Steel launched way back in December 2006 it promised so much, with its mix of bullets and blades and intuitive motion controls, but was clearly rushed to meet the Wii's launch date and ended up a disappointment in many gamers' eyes. A few months after release, the development team sat down to create the game they had always intended, and on Friday I was..