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Nintendo Download: 4th September (Europe)

4th September (Europe)

Cubemen, Xtreme Mega Man, Gargoyle's Quest II, Zelda discounts and more

It's Monday, which means it's Nintendo Download Update news for Europe. There are quite a few offerings on the way this week, with games on both Wii U and 3DS along with a rather good DSiWare app; in addition there are a host of Zelda-themed discounts, joined by some other price...

Review: Life Force (Wii U eShop / NES)

Life Force (Wii U eShop / NES)

Forcefully fun

Konami's 1985 hit Gradius is one of the most influential scrolling shooters of all time, so it was pretty tough to follow up. Rather than make Gradius II right away, the company decided to create a spin-off; Life Force — originally known in Japan as Salamander — hit arcades in 1986 and the NES two years later. Space shooters were...

News: Nintendo Confirms Two More Virtual Console Titles Coming in the Next Week

Nintendo Confirms Two More Virtual Console Titles Coming in the Next Week

'Street Fighter' with an odd release date and Nobunaga's Ambition

As is now the norm, Nintendo of America's most recent Nintendo Download Update also confirmed two additional titles on the way soon. In this case there are a couple of surprises and an uncommon release date. Both of the confirmed releases are for the Wii U Virtual Console, and...

Nintendo Download: 28th August (North America)

28th August (North America)

SteamWorld, The Fall, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Mega Man X3 and much more

It's that time again, North American gamers, as we learn what download treats will be joining the eShop stores today. There's plenty on offer, too, with enticing new titles on both Wii U and 3DS, alongside a range of DLC and discounts. There's a lot to consider, so let's get on...

News: EarthBound Celebrates 20 Very Strange Years of Existence

EarthBound Celebrates 20 Very Strange Years of Existence

Proving that fighting piles of puke only gets better with age

It's almost hard to believe that EarthBound (Mother 2) is 20 years old with the way it continues to pop up nowadays. The 27th of August marks the RPG's 1994 release in Japan, however, and paved the way for its strange journey through other parts of the world. Brought to North America in...

Nintendo Download: 28th August (Europe)

28th August (Europe)

SteamWorld, Mercedes, Zen pinball DLC, Advance Golf and more

It's Monday, which means the start of another week, though European Nintendo fans at least have the benefit of the Nintendo Download Update news to brighten the day. This week brings us some excellent titles, old and new, across both the Wii U and 3DS, while there's a major game update...

Nintendo Download: 21st August (North America)

21st August (North America)

Free Disney Infinity, Mega Man, Demon's Box, BlazBlue, Discounts and more

That time has come once again, North American gamers, for details of the downloadable treats coming to Wii U and 3DS this week. There's a major surprise with a retail freebie on Wii U, while there are a couple of new titles on the 3DS eShop and some excellent Virtual Console...

Talking Point: A Virtual Console Revival Could Be Just a Pricing Revolution Away

A Virtual Console Revival Could Be Just a Pricing Revolution Away

Time for some of those new pricing structures promised by Satoru Iwata

When the Virtual Console arrived on the Wii Shop it was a revelation, an official and guilt-free way to download and play classics from across the history of Nintendo systems and even former rivals from Sega and Commodore. It was an opportunity to sample games from consoles...

News: Fire Emblem Bringing The Battle to the Wii U in Europe This Week

Fire Emblem Bringing The Battle to the Wii U in Europe This Week

Launches at discount price

The growing Game Boy Advance library on the Wii U Virtual Console has already brought us some excellent titles, but the latest announcement will no doubt have strategy fans rather excited. Fire Emblem — the Game Boy Advance version that was the first in the series released outside Japan — will arrive in this week's...

Nintendo Download: 21st August (Europe)

21st August (Europe)

Double Dragon's back, classic portable Mega Man, demos, discounts and more

Monday morning can be a slightly bleak time, but it is brightened up by the European Nintendo Download Update that shows us what's on the way in the coming week. It seems like a fairly modest line-up this week, though there are some enticing retro options, demos and some...

News: Donkey Kong Jr. Math Arriving on the Wii U Virtual Console on 28th August

Donkey Kong Jr. Math Arriving on the Wii U Virtual Console on 28th August

Layton vs. Ace Attorney is the day after, remember

Last week Nintendo of America changed things up by giving a preview of a couple of choice Virtual Console releases on the way, highlighting Double Dragon II and Life Force as arrivals over the following two weeks. Thanks to that we already know Life Force is due on 21st August, yet the latest

Nintendo Download: 14th August (North America)

14th August (North America)

XType Plus, GAIABREAKER, Mega Man, Double Dragon and more

It's time again for the Nintendo Download Update news, and this week's North American list brings us multiple new titles on the Wii U, along with some retro goodies to consider. There's also a free demo on 3DS, a host of discounts across both current-gen systems and even a DSiWare game. Let's...

Nintendo Download: 14th August (Europe)

14th August (Europe)

More Mega Man, Pets and a whole load of discounts

It's time for our regular Monday fix of Nintendo Download Update news for Europe, with this week's releases not bursting at the seams with new content. We do have a particularly good Game Boy title on offer, however, while there are some tasty discounts including some of the best games for Wii U and...

News: Nintendo of America Confirms Wii U Virtual Console Titles For Next Two Weeks

Nintendo of America Confirms Wii U Virtual Console Titles For Next Two Weeks

Fighting and shooting, NES style

Nintendo of America has taken the opportunity, in its standard Download Update details, to confirm two games that'll be arriving on the Wii U Virtual Console in the next two weeks. They're both familiar NES titles, though with Capcom keeping the lid on the running order for its month of Mega Man releases this doesn't...

Nintendo Download: 7th August (North America)

7th August (North America)

Super Mario Kart, Mega Man, Murasame, Cybernator and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, to see what treats are in store in this week's Nintendo Download update. There are plenty of enticing retro options, with three quality entries on Wii U and a North American début on 3DS; elsewhere there are two new download titles on the home...

News: SNES Classic Cybernator Is Suiting Up For An Assault On The Wii U Virtual Console Tomorrow

SNES Classic Cybernator Is Suiting Up For An Assault On The Wii U Virtual Console Tomorrow

In North America, that is

The SNES was a system which was lucky enough to enjoy amazing support from the best publishers and developers of its era, and one of the console's best third-party releases is set to stomp its way to the North American Virtual Console tomorrow. Cybernator — also known as Assault Suit Valken in Japan — was launched by...

News: Super Mario Kart Speeds Onto the North American Wii U eShop

Super Mario Kart Speeds Onto the North American Wii U eShop

At last!

Earlier today Nintendo confirmed release details for a Mario Kart 8 update and the free Mercedes DLC, with the content arriving on 27th August. That was European confirmation, but now Nintendo of America has confirmed the same date and changes to the game, along with an extra treat. A day before the standard Download Update, Super Mario...

News: One Classic Mega Man Game Is Coming to Wii U Every Week in August

One Classic Mega Man Game Is Coming to Wii U Every Week in August

A Mega Man in every North American home

Update: The Capcom Unity blog has now confirmed the titles that will be included in this August promotion (thanks to Ryan Millar for the heads up). The release order is remaining a mystery for now, but the following four games are all coming to the Wii U eShop in the next month. Mega Man 5 (NES)

Nintendo Download: 31st July (North America)

31st July (North America)

XType, music, Mega Man battles, Steel Empire and more

It's Nintendo Download Update time, North America, and this week serves up a decent number of new games on both Wii U and 3DS, along with a Game Boy Advance Mega Man title. Throw in some discounts and a free demo and there's a decent selection this week, so let's get to it. Missed the European...