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  • News USA WiiWare Update: Bonsai Barber

    Horticultural fanatics will be jumping for joy when they see what’s in store on the US WiiWare service this week.

    Bonsai Barber involves giving haircuts to various fruit and vegetable characters to ensure they remain the very height of fashion in their respective part of the garden. Coded by Martin Hollis’ Zoonami studio (of Goldeneye N64 fame), this is certainly something of a departure for..

  • News USA WiiWare Update - Pop 'Em Drop 'Em SameGame

    US WiiWare fans are playing catch-up this week with a Hudson puzzle title that came out in Europe in January.

    The bizarrely titled Pop Them Drop Them SameGame is the sole WiiWare release this week, and for some reason the US title has been subtled altered to Pop 'Em Drop 'Em SameGame. Can you spot the difference? Moniker-related mischief aside, all you really need to know is that Drake quite liked..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Bit.Trip Beat

    Downloading this week’s WiiWare release might cause some of you to make confused grunting sounds and paw angrily at your Wii Remote, because the retro visuals and 8-bit music of Bit.Trip Beat might suggest to some that they’ve accidently downloaded a Virtual Console release.

    However, you should turn that frown upside down because Aksys Games’ latest WiiWare title is a love-letter to the days..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Gradius Rebirth

    It’s been a long time coming but Konami has finally gotten around to releasing Gradius ReBirth on the North American WiiWare service; somewhat ironic when you consider we only just reported on the availability of the soundtrack in Japan!

    A poignant love-letter to fans of the long-running series, ReBirth is less a revolution and more an evolution; those of you expecting a game with the same..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Family & Friends Party

    Thanks to the uncontrollable nature of the internet it’s not often that we’re caught by surprise here at WiiWare World – we usually know well in advance about potential titles because it’s almost impossible for Nintendo to keep news from filtering out of its fortress-like HQ.

    However, this week we’ve been caught with our pants down as Nintendo has made Gammick Entertainment’s Family..

February2009

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Onslaught

    Put those flyswats away and bring out the big guns, because this week’s WiiWare release is the awesome Onslaught, which sees you assuming the role of an intergalactic pest control operative hell-bent on eradicating the numerous insect nasties that threaten to put the willies up highly-sensitive people everywhere.

    Europe was lucky enough to get this excellent game not so long ago and in our 9/10..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Evasive Space

    Today’s solo release for North American WiiWare is Evasive Space. A causal glance at one of the many screenshots in our gallery below might lead you to conclude that this is a shoot-em-up game. In fact the idea in this game is to avoid things instead, which is a novel idea. The game has been developed by High Voltage for newly formed Akinai Games (YUKES of America).

    From what we have seen so far..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: LIT

    Allow us to shed some light (haha!) on this week’s WiiWare release – it’s Wayforward’s angst-em-up LIT, which we first clapped eyes on some time ago.

    Based inside a sinister looking school, you assume the role of Jake as he attempts to locate his girlfriend so they can presumably bunk off lessons and attach fireworks to the tails of local cats, or whatever it is that kids get up to these..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Snowboard Riot & Lonpos

    Great news for snowboarding fans today as Hudson’s Snowboard Riot is up for grabs for 1000 Wii points. This game looks like it has it all, racing action, weapons to slow down your opponents, Balance Board support and most importantly online competition! We think it looks like potentially one of the most exciting WiiWare games of the year, but you’ll have to wait for our review in a couple of days to discover if this is really the case. Until then why not check out the official site to help you decide if you want to take a chance on it before our review?

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January2009

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Niki - Rock 'n' Ball

    The only game today on WiiWare for North America is Niki - Rock ‘n’ Ball by Austrian developers, Bplus. It is a new interpretation of the unforgettable Arcade classics such as Bubble Bobble or Snow Bros, where the only goal is to vanquish all opponents to reach the next stage. Of course there are a few twists to bring the gameplay up to date.

    Those of you with good memories will recall that..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: High Voltage Hot Rod Show & Family Glide Hockey

    Racing fans had better get ready to burn some rubber because the first of this week’s WiiWare release is High Voltage’s Hot Rod Show.

    Looking very much like Codemasters’ top-down racing classic Micro Machines, this game promises a unique ‘stunt’ system that allows players to gain speed boosts. We recently interviewed High Voltage regarding this interesting racing title, so be sure to..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Planet Pachinko and Jungle Speed

    Hold on to your seats, guys – because today’s exciting WiiWare releases have just been confirmed!

    First up we have Planet Pachinko, which might sound like a simulation of the popular Japanese gambling machine but is in fact a zany shooter where you assume the role of a robot looking for its puppy. Aww. At 500 points this could be quite appealing, and the recent interview we did with Allied..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Sandy Beach

    It’s time to pop on your trunks, grab your bucket and spade and head for the beach – Konami’s Sandy Beach is now available on the North American WiiWare service! For a mere 500 Wii Points you can experience the joy of constructing your own sandcastle from the comfort of your own tatty armchair.

    You can choose to construct the most fantastic sandcastle imaginable or make things a little more..

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  • News USA WiiWare Update: Strong Bad Episode 3 and Art Style: Rotohex

    Not much surprises today - Both released games were pretty much confirmed to be coming!

    Strong Bad Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands is the third installment of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. After Strong Bad's beloved Fun Machine breaks down, he can't play his cool new Limozeen game, so he takes it to Bubs for repairs - The problem is that he asks one big sack of cash as fee, so..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Tetris Party & The Incredible Maze

    Pop the champagne corks and raise a toast because the good times are here to stay. After a cracking few weeks on the WiiWare service which bought us the legendary Mega Man 9, World of Goo, not to mention two awesome Art Style games now it gets even better with the much anticipated Tetris Party entering the halls of greatness.

    That is of course if it is any good, but with Hudson developing it on..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: World Of Goo & Art Style: Cubello

    The time has arrived; today you can finally get acquainted with what may well be the best game to hit WiiWare to date. Yes we’re talking about World of Goo of course! The WiiWare World team have been enjoying the PC version of the game all week which the nice chaps at 2D Boy supplied us with. Amazingly it surpassed all our expectations, it’s hard to pick fault with anything, yes it is THAT good!

    Our review will be ready a little later today as we want to try out the WiiWare specific features such as the 4 player co-op and of course how the game controls with the Wii Remote instead of a mouse. We recommend that only the most cautious of our readers wait for the review however, you c..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Midnight Bowling And MadStone

    There is something for everyone today on the Wii Shop. First up is Midnight Bowling, another successful Gameloft cellphone game now brought lovingly to WiiWare. When we reviewed Midnight Pool back in August we quite liked it so there is every chance this might be worth a look too if you have grown tired of Wii Sports bowling.

    If puzzlers are your bag then you might want to check out MadStone. We..

September2008

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Bomberman Blast And Art Style: Orbient

    Good news for North America this week as Bomberman Blast is finally up for grabs. The gameplay probably doesn’t need much an introduction, but if you are curious to know how the WiiWare version stacks up then you can check out our Bomberman Blast review from when it came out in Europe a few weeks ago.

    A game which does require a bit of an introduction is Nintendo’s Art Style: Orbient. This is..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Mega Man 9 and Plättchen

    The wait is finally over. It’s easily one of the most eagerly awaited games in the short but colourful history of WiiWare and now Mega Man 9 is at long last available for download!

    Don the party hats and pop the cork on that family-sized bottle of fizzy soda, because the good times are here to stay! Well, at least until you break your Wii Remote in a fit of rage because you’ve died at the exact..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Potpourrii and Strong Bad Episode 2

    Two new WiiWare games are up in the Wii shop later today. A cheeky little puzzler by the name of Potpourrii and the second in the Strong Bad episodic series, Strong Badia The Free.

    Everyone will pretty much have a good idea of what to expect with the new Strong Bad game, generally you will only be buying this if you enjoyed the first game Homestar Ruiner. If you liked the first one then this is a..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Groovin' Blocks

    Just one WiiWare title to savour this week and it’s the seriously swingin’ puzzle title Groovin’ Blocks, from Empty Clip Studios.

    A head-spinning puzzle title with a musical twist, Groovin’ Blocks certainly looks interesting but has this rookie developer gotten off to a winning start? As always, our review will reveal all. The game retails for a very reasonable 800 Wii Points, in case you..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: My Aquarium

    Is it just us or is something fishy is going on here? Why, it’s Hudson’s My Aquarium, no less!

    Euro WiiWare fans got to experience this interesting little ‘game’ not so long ago and we gave it a robust 8/10 review. Before you start throwing sharp objects at us and burning our precious livestock, let it be known that this is one seriously entertaining piece of software. To call it a 'game'..

August2008

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Helix

    This week's WiiWare title is the music rhythm game Helix from Ghostfire Games. You'll need to grab two Wii Remotes and get your body moving to the beat if you're going to make it through this unique WiiWare title.

    Helix is one of the most innovative music-rhythm games ever designed for the Wii console. Use the Wii Remote™ controller to do dozens of exciting moves, including punches, circles,..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Midnight Pool

    This week’s WiiWare release took us by surprise – we knew that Midnight Pool was coming out eventually, but had no idea it would be this soon - very little has been seen or heard about this game. What we do know is that it’s based on Gameloft’s mobile phone version, which could be a good or bad thing, depending on your opinion of mobile phone games!

    If you’re a fan of hitting shiny balls..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Strong Bad Episode One

    Rejoice North American Wii owners! One of WiiWare's most eagerly awaited titles is released today. Strong Bad Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner has been on our radar for quite some time now and looks like being one of the finest games on Nintendo’s download service so far.

    Based on a side-splittingly hilarious web flash cartoon, Homestar Ruiner is from the guys who brought us the excellent Sam and Max..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Wild West Guns

    As predicted Wild West Guns is up for grabs today on WiiWare in North America. If you like Zapper games such as Link's Crossbow Training you could do a lot worse than checking out this game. You don't need a Wii Zapper to play it of course! The action is a little short lived, but it’s great fun with two players. For 1000 Wii points it represents a solid buy for anyone who likes the genre.

    Check..

July2008

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Pong Toss

    If the concept of tossing pongs appeals to you then this week’s WiiWare release will probably have you crying tears of ecstasy. Frat Party Games: Pong Toss (previously known as Beer Pong before Nintendo got a bit moody about the connection with alcohol) is a digital representation of the popular college pastime and certainly looks amusing enough, but as always we will reserve judgment until we’ve actually had chance to sit down with a cool six pack and review it – which should be very shortly.

    Here’s the press release: Pong Toss - Frat Party Games™ (JV Games,..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Pirates - The Key of Dreams

    Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Pirates: The Key of Dreams has made it across from Europe and is up for grabs today. Sadly it didn’t impress us so much as you can read in our review, but that’s not to say you might not get some enjoyment out this game even if it is a bit short-lived.

    More from Nintendo’s Wii-kly update: Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Major League Eating

    The moment you were all dreading (or possibly looking forward to!) is finally upon us. Today Major League Eating: The Game is up on WiiWare for North America as promised the other day!

    We’re going to try and keep an open mind about this game until Alex’s review pops up in a day or so, but we sense that many of our readers will have dismissed this in their minds already. It would be easy to..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: SPOGS Racing

    A bit of a surprise this week as SPOGS Racing is up for grabs on WiiWare. This actually looks like it could be quite good fun if you like racing games. It doesn’t take itself too seriously from what we can tell. Comparisons to Mario Kart have even been made, so it has a lot to live up to! How will it fare we wonder?

    Our review will be up within the next couple of days, so if you are on the fence..

  • News Final Fantasy: My Life as a King Downloadable Content

    Here’s some good news for those of you that are fond of pretending to be a monarch in a lush fantasy environment: lucky US Wii owners will be able to access additional content for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King this week.

    Interested? Of course you are! The new content is as follows: • The Infinity Spire pack for 300...

June2008

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Magnetica Twist

    If you are a puzzle game fan then you are in for a treat this week as Magnetica Twist is up for grabs. Anyone who is familiar with PopCap's Zuma will know exactly what is on offer here. There should be no complaints about this being a cheap copy of Zuma however, it is the other way around if anything – Mitchell got there first in 1998 with their arcade game Puzz Loop, or Ballistic as it came to be known outside of Japan.

    Europe got this a few weeks ago under the guise of Actionloop Twist so our review is all ready and waiting to help you decide if you should spend your precious Wii points on this or not..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Gyrostarr

    As promised in the press release the other day, Gyrostarr is indeed out today in North America. For the bargain price of 700 Wii points this should be well worth a look we think.

    For the more cautious, we’ll aim to get our review ready soon to let you know if this lives up to the expectations or not. Watch this space! More from Nintendo’s Wii-kly update: Nintendo adds new and classic games to..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Block Breaker Deluxe and Cocoto Fishing Master

    North America’s WiiWare catalogue has been swelled by two new releases today.

    The first is Block Breaker Deluxe, which retails for 800 points and is an enhanced version of an old mobile phone game. But don’t let that put you off – by all accounts the title is jolly good fun. As always, our review will follow shortly after we’ve play tested it to destruction. The second game is a rather more..

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