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Nintendo Download: 9th July (Europe)

9th July (Europe)

Mega Man goodness, Never Alone, Bike Rider DX2, 'Epic Indie Sale' and more

Another week begins, and as per our custom in Europe that means we can get warmed up with news of the download treats on the way later this week. We have a few new Nindie efforts on Wii U and 3DS, Mega Man RPG goodness, and also some tempting discounts in the Wii U eShop...

Review: Kirby Squeak Squad (Wii U eShop / DS)

Kirby Squeak Squad (Wii U eShop / DS)

Squeaky Clean Fun

For a company so often associated as being at the forefront of innovative thinking in the video game industry, Nintendo can have a tendency to stick with a tried and tested formula. The Mario, Zelda and Pokémon franchises have all received their share of criticism for not drastically changing their instalments over the years, and...

News: FreezeME, Coming to Wii U, Looks Rather Similar to Super Mario Galaxy

FreezeME, Coming to Wii U, Looks Rather Similar to Super Mario Galaxy

From indie dev Rainy Night Creations

There are plenty of new development studios that have chosen the Wii U eShop for their début release, and Rainy Night Creations is another with FreezeME, a 3D platformer that's still planned for the system despite a failed Kickstarter campaign earlier in the year. A couple of years in the works (a mix of part-...

News: F-Zero 'Spiritual Successor' Kickstarter Makes Classic Crowdfunding Mistakes

F-Zero 'Spiritual Successor' Kickstarter Makes Classic Crowdfunding Mistakes

No video pitch, uses a Blue Falcon model that won't be in the game

F-Zero fans have had little to cheer them in recent times, thought the barnstorming - but brief - showing of FAST Racing NEO on the Nintendo Treehouse broadcast during E3 was a positive; it's not F-Zero and has its own style, but it is super fast futuristic racing that's looking...

Review: Solitaire Dungeon Escape (Wii U eShop)

Solitaire Dungeon Escape (Wii U eShop)

Fortress of solitaire

Since the introduction of Windows, most PC owners have had the ability play Solitaire for free. A simple, addictive game of strategy and luck, there's a reason it continues to be available for free in various forms, so releasing a paid version of the game is an uphill battle from the beginning. Jose Varela Games' Solitaire...

Review: Life of Pixel (Wii U eShop)

Life of Pixel (Wii U eShop)

A passionate pastiche of pixels past

Independent games are well-known for reaching into the early days of the industry for inspiration. Many indies borrow the retro style of chiptunes and pixel art, being an aesthetic that's easily created on a smaller budget, and titles like Shovel Knight have even elevated the look beyond its original form. Life...

News: We Can't Release Virtual Console Games Any Faster As It Would Impact New Development, Says Iwata

We Can't Release Virtual Console Games Any Faster As It Would Impact New Development, Says Iwata

"Development of Virtual Console titles require detailed manual work"

The Virtual Console promised so much when it launched alongside the original Wii all those years ago. Indeed, on that particular console it became something of a goldmine of amazing retro titles, and when Nintendo announced that the service would carry over to the Wii U, many...

Nintendo Download: 2nd July (North America)

2nd July (North America)

Ocarina of Time, Roving Rogue, Samurai Warriors, discounts and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, for a look over this week's Nintendo Download Update goodies. One of the greatest games of all time is up for grabs, while there's a mix of Nindie and major third-party options through the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores. Throw in a load of...

News: Cypronia to Offer Future Release for Free as Celebration of Cube Life: Island Survival Sales

Cypronia to Offer Future Release for Free as Celebration of Cube Life: Island Survival Sales

Early sales show promise in Europe

It's no secret that a number of developers have been producing variations on the theme of Minecraft for the eShop stores, filling a gap in the market. They've enjoyed some success doing this, and Cypronia has been in touch to state that its entry - Cube Life: Island Survival - is doing rather well since its launch...

Reaction: The Concept of eShop 'Early Access' is Both Exciting and Slightly Terrifying

The Concept of eShop 'Early Access' is Both Exciting and Slightly Terrifying

Tom Whitehead thinks it would be the best of times, and the worst

Nintendo is rapidly disproving the suggestion that it's behind-the-curve or old fashioned in the download gaming space. Aspects of the company's decision-making remain cautious, but the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores have not only brought Nintendo up to speed with a number of modern...

News: Nintendo Is "Exploring" The Idea Of Early Access Games On Its Consoles

Nintendo Is "Exploring" The Idea Of Early Access Games On Its Consoles

"There could be some benefits there"

Nintendo of America's third-party relations and indie development boss Damon Baker has revealed that the company is currently pondering the idea of "Early Access" games on its consoles. Speaking to Polygon, Baker said: We don't have anything to announce, but I can say that we're certainly exploring options and...

Nintendo Download: 2nd July (Europe)

2nd July (Europe)

Going rogue, Ocarina of Time, Fire Emblem, Advance Wars and much more

Another week begins, and as usual we have the Nintendo Download Update for Europe to get us started. This week seems to have a pretty strong line-up, with three excellent retro experiences accompanying a retro-style Nindie release on the Wii U. A delayed retail title also lands on...

News: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Hitting the Wii U Virtual Console Very Soon

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is Hitting the Wii U Virtual Console Very Soon

Confirmed for Europe, NA surely not far behind

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is, by popular concensus, one of the finest video games of all time. Following its original Nintendo 64 release it's appeared on GameCube and the Wii Virtual Console, while also having a fabulous remastered version on 3DS. For fans who simply can't get enough of it,...

Video: New Factotum Trailer Feels Like Red Dwarf Meets Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

New Factotum Trailer Feels Like Red Dwarf Meets Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

Forthcoming Wii U eShop release is lost in space

Indie developer TACS Games has kindly sent us a brand new trailer for his upcoming Wii U eShop title Factotum, and we're really digging the "BBC Sci-Fi" vibe. Looking and sounding like a cross between the cult sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf and the equally funny Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Factotum...

News: Co-Op Teleporting Platformer Roving Rogue Releases On Wii U eShop July 2nd

Co-Op Teleporting Platformer Roving Rogue Releases On Wii U eShop July 2nd

What's left to do after the final boss?

Roving Rogue is a unique take on a classic formula. Players control an adventurer named Kurt who has just defeated the final boss in a castle. Traditionally the reward is a kiss from a princess, but on this particular occasion, the hero has forgotten why he’s even in this castle in the first place. This...