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Nintendo Download: 20th December 2010 (North America)

20th December 2010 (North America)

Mario gets the party started!

It's the week before Christmas and plenty is stirring in the Wii Shop Channel, with everything from Virtual Console party games to WiiWare games about killer robots with afros. DSiWare doesn't do without though, with more Christmas carols, dragon's lairs and more. Virtual ConsoleMario Party 2 (Nintendo 64, 1000pts) – A classic multiplayer outing from the plumber's..

News: Put Your Mario Party Hats On This Monday, North America

Put Your Mario Party Hats On This Monday, North America

Get in the festive spirit

Europe is set to receive Mario Party 2 on Christmas Eve but North American Wii owners can sneak in there just a little quicker, as the game is released in the Wii Shop Channel on Monday December 20th. The official Nintendo America Twitter spread the good news today, making the decision of whether to grab a new Wii Points...

Review: Darius Twin (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Darius Twin (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Double the monotony

The Darius series has long taken a backseat to some of the more prominent shoot 'em up series, despite featuring some absolutely amazing releases on the various 32-bit game consoles. Darius Twin still features much of the aquatic-themed shooter action of its brethren, but for some reason the game comes off feeling very stripped-down and lacks much of the intensity other releases..

Nintendo Download: 17th December 2010 (Europe)

17th December 2010 (Europe)

Lots and lots of catchup titles

This week is almost exclusively made up of catchup titles, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it means that there's so many releases. Maybe there's something you'd like in the bunch. WiiWareMy Fireplace (Korner, 500pts) – Secretly the recently released in North America Fireplacing, for some reason, Korner has picked up the title and renamed it..

Nintendo Download: 13th December 2010 (North America)

13th December 2010 (North America)

lilting, shooting, Riding and more

There's a definite musical theme to this week's downloads, with a dubstep racer/puzzler, DSiWare singing, another portable music studio and a violin game (yes, really), as well as plenty of other non-melodic goodies. WiiWare: lilt line (Gaijin Games, 500pts) – It's that rarest of occurrences: an iPhone-to-WiiWare...

Review: Super Bonk (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Bonk (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Bonk moonlights on the Super Nintendo

After becoming a staple and mascot of sorts after 3 platformer releases on NEC's TurboGrafx-16 console, Bonk was given new life on the Super Nintendo system with the release of Super Bonk. The game went unnoticed for the most part, but it's gone on to become a bit of a cult favourite among Super Nintendo fans over the years. While many of the gameplay nuances..

Review: SonSon (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

SonSon (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

A chimp off the old block

Looking for an arcade game that resembles a side-scrolling Ice Climber in which you control a monkey that hurls fireballs at angry dinner plates? Then look no further! Capcom has seen it fit to release 1984's SonSon from its trove of arcade treasures, and while this isn't likely to be the game anybody was particularly waiting for, it offers a pleasant enough diversion as..

Review: Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Commandon't

General William T. Sherman is popularly credited with coining the phrase "War is Hell", but we don't think he ever got the chance to play Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando. If he had, he surely would have said, "War is kind of dull, and a little crappy." Originally released to arcades in 1985, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando (herein referred to as..

News: Nintendo Download - 10th December 2010 (Europe)

Nintendo Download - 10th December 2010 (Europe)

The wait is over, Cave Story is here!

It's been way too long of a wait, but one of WiiWare's greatest games has finally managed to cross over to Europe this week. It's accompanied by a handful of titles for the other services, including yet another VC game. WiiWareCave Story (Nicalis, 1000pts) – Does anything really still need to be said about this game? Regarded as one of the greatest indie..

News: Ready Yourself for a Super Bonk Attack this Friday

Ready Yourself for a Super Bonk Attack this Friday

Back in time for Christmas

If you're up for some Super Bonk action – and you live in Europe – you're in luck, as the game headbashes its way to Virtual Console this Friday. The Super NES classic isn't the only Virtual Console title heading to Europe before Christmas: Mario Party 2 is Nintendo's festive gift to you, launching on Christmas Eve. Will you be grabbing Bonk this Friday?

Nintendo Download: 6th December 2010 (North America)

6th December 2010 (North America)

Water, fire and much, much more

Never let it be said that the Nintendo Download lacks variety. On the same day that Nintendo launches new water-based puzzle game Fluidity, Korner Entertainment conquers completely the opposite end of the scale with virtual fireplace simulator Fireplacing. DSiWare is equally varied, with portable music studio Rytmik:...

Review: Karnov's Revenge (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Karnov's Revenge (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Karnov should stick to side-scrollers

To say that there were a wealth of Street Fighter 2 clones during its reign of popularity in arcades would be an understatement, but none were quite as blatant as Data East's Karnov's Revenge. In fact, the game was so similar in many respects that it drew the ire of Capcom, not to mention a failed lawsuit...

Review: Magical Drop II (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Magical Drop II (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

As intense as it is addictive

We've seen a wealth of "falling object" puzzlers since Tetris hit the scene in the 80's, some better than others. Data East's Magical Drop introduced a few new tricks to introduce a fun puzzler experience into arcades that turned quite a few heads during the time. As a follow-up, the company created two sequels on SNK's Neo Geo arcade system and the result..

Nintendo Download: 3rd December 2010 (Europe)

3rd December 2010 (Europe)

Tetris, soccer and a VC double whammy!

Brace yourself for a truly rare week: Virtual Console receives two games today, putting it level-pegging with WiiWare and DSiWare for the first time in ages. What's occurring this week? Read on and find out. Virtual ConsoleMagical Drop II (NeoGeo, 900pts) – A cutesy colour-coded puzzler from way back, this one found its way to North America first so we'll..

Nintendo Download: 29th November 2010 (North America)

29th November 2010 (North America)

Cave Story DSiWare is here

A little delayed but still delicious, it's this week's Nintendo Download for North America and a cracking week it is too. Let's get on with it. DSiWareCave Story (Nicalis, 1000pts) – The portable version of WiiWare's top notch Cave Story, this can hopefully live up to the standard of its home console predecessor whilst making some much-needed improvements. Our resident..

Review: Faxanadu (Virtual Console / NES)

Faxanadu (Virtual Console / NES)

Zelda II's spiritual successor

Not many people outside Japan are familiar with the Dragon Slayer series. Created by Nihon Falcom, the great minds behind Ys, the first game enjoyed a good deal of popularity and got many sequels, though unfortunately, almost all of them remained exclusive to Japan. The second Dragon Slayer game, Xanadu, actually branched off into a seperate series of its own and also..

News: Japanese Virtual Console List - December 2010

Japanese Virtual Console List - December 2010

Hudson and Capcom serve up some more games

Japan maintains a small lead on the rest of the world next month, by both catching up on two titles that were already released in Europe, and releasing three new games which everybody else will also likely see. There's nothing really surprising here this time! The games Japan will be getting next month are:...

Nintendo Download: 26th November 2010 (Europe)

26th November 2010 (Europe)

Bloody beaches, dying dodos and Faxanadu

As Advent draws near, it's truly the season of giving, with Nintendo joining in the festive spirit by giving Nintendo download fans 50% price cuts on two WiiWare titles finally making their way across from North America. Elsewhere, fans of NES side-scrolling RPGs are well catered for, and DSiWare gets the week's only genuinely new releases. WiiWareBlood..

News: Taito's Trademark Applications Suggest the Return of SNES Titles

Taito's Trademark Applications Suggest the Return of SNES Titles

Darius Twin, and two Lufia games if you must know

If Taito's latest filings at the United States Patents and Trademarks Office are anything to go by, we might well see a number of its Super NES titles on their way to the Wii Shop Channel. Darius Twin, Lufia & The Fortress of Doom, and Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals have all had trademarks applied for recently, suggesting they might appear on..

Nintendo Download: 22nd November 2010 (North America)

22nd November 2010 (North America)

Demos, penguins, portable Tetris and VC

Getting in there early to beat the cold weather, here's this week's Nintendo Download complete with list of downloadable demos at long last. WiiWareSnowpack Park (Nintendo, 800pts) – Befriend penguins in this left-field release from Nintendo. A cross between the pet and adventure genres, Snowpack Park sees you exploring a range of islands in order to rescue..