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Nintendo Download: 3rd September (North America)

3rd September (North America)

Gunman Clive! Excitebike! Mario Golf!More!

It's that time again, North American gamers, for the Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings an excellent download option on the Wii U from Hörberg Productions, along with a much-loved Mario sporting spin-off and another retro début in the West. Pickings are slimmer on the 3DS, though there are...

Review: VS. Excitebike (Wii U eShop / NES)

VS. Excitebike (Wii U eShop / NES)

Enjoyable interlude

It's undoubtedly a good thing when Nintendo starts releasing older titles on the eShop that are otherwise fairly difficult to find or play. But does VS. Excitebike, originally only released on the Famicom Disk System in Japan in 1988, offer enough extra content compared to the original to justify a purchase? As the core of the...

News: Wii U Offers "The Best Realisation Of The Second Screen Experience", Says Watchup CEO

Wii U Offers "The Best Realisation Of The Second Screen Experience", Says Watchup CEO

Unique newscasting app now available on Wii U eShop

Earlier this week, news app Watchup appeared on the Wii U eShop without warning or fanfare, and has strangely been missed off this week's download update. Even so, Watchup CEO and Founder Adriano Farano is keen to make some noise about the Nintendo version of the download, which - in its Android...

News: Freedom Planet Wii U Fix Making Progress, GalaxyTrail Aiming to Reveal Release Date Soon

Freedom Planet Wii U Fix Making Progress, GalaxyTrail Aiming to Reveal Release Date Soon

"We believe we’ve found the source of the problem"

Freedom Planet, which has achieved some success on PC, has been on a number of Wii U eShop gamer's wishlists. It started out as a Sonic fan-game, before GalaxyTrail evolved the idea into its own IP; it incorporates some aspect of classic Sonic titles but nevertheless has plenty of different ideas...

News: Assault Android Cactus Still Coming To Wii U, Definitely Maybe

Assault Android Cactus Still Coming To Wii U, Definitely Maybe

Q1 2016 for real this time

We first got our grubby mitts on Assault Android Cactus at EGX in September 2013 and liked what we played of this high octane arcade-style twin stick shooter. In fact, we found ourselves eagerly awaiting its arrival which was said to be Q1 2014 at the time. Australian indie developer Witch Beam may have bitten off a bit...

News: These Disturbing Year Walk Bedtime Stories for Awful Children May Haunt Your Dreams

These Disturbing Year Walk Bedtime Stories for Awful Children May Haunt Your Dreams

"The boy screamed, but before anyone could hear his cries for help..."

Year Walk is now just a couple of weeks away from release on the Wii U eShop, with developer Simogo teaming up with Dakko Dakko to produce a definitive version of the game. As was explained to us in an interview with both studios recently, the "GamePad becomes the link between...

Review: Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop)

Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop)

Meet your new companion Q.U.B.E

A gigantic alien cube is hurtling through space on a collision course with Earth - and you've just woken up within it. As your body shakes off the fatigue, distant memories fail to solidify, leaving you in a state of total confusion and amnesia. Alone, save for a crackling voice over the radio, you're tasked with...

Review: Gunman Clive HD Collection (Wii U eShop)

Gunman Clive HD Collection (Wii U eShop)

​An excellent tribute to retro gaming

Early in 2013, the world was graced with Gunman Clive, a short and sweet action platformer that was praised for its simplistic art style and solid mechanics. Almost exactly two years later we received Gunman Clive 2, a sequel that built upon and expanded the original in nearly every way possible. Now, both...

News: Space Hulk Finally Docking With The Wii U eShop This Christmas

Space Hulk Finally Docking With The Wii U eShop This Christmas

In space, no one can hear you lament slipped release dates

Last we heard, the Wii U version of Space Hulk was due to arrive in May, but that proved to be a false dawn as all of the console editions were pushed back slightly. If you own a Sony machine then the wait is now over, as the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita versions are out this week. Sadly,...

Review: Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Who knew that Genghis Khan was so cool, calculating, and complex?

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf was originally developed by Koei and released for the PC-8801, PC9801, and the MSX in 1992. The following year, Genghis Khan II saw releases for MS-DOS, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, PC Engine CD, NES, and SNES. Five more years later, and the game would...

News: Amazon Now Offering Nintendo Games For Direct Digital Download

Amazon Now Offering Nintendo Games For Direct Digital Download

"Seamless redemption experience" promised

Online retailer Amazon is now offering digital downloads of "over 50 Nintendo digital game titles" which can be downloaded directly to your 3DS or Wii U console using a "seamless redemption experience". It works like this. You purchase the game on Amazon as you would normally, and then link your Nintendo...

Review: Sin and Punishment (Wii U eShop / N64)

Sin and Punishment (Wii U eShop / N64)

On the rails and off the hip

It's no secret that many Japanese titles never see the light of day overseas. Countless games have been unreleased for fear of lack of public interest and fear of bad. This was the initial reason Sin and Punishment, released in 2000, never surfaced on the Nintendo 64 outside of Japan. The hectic shoot'em up only made...

Review: Wario: Master of Disguise (Wii U eShop / DS)

Wario: Master of Disguise (Wii U eShop / DS)

Master of Mediocrity

After WarioWare took off, it seemed like that was all everybody's favourite antihero was up to, save for a Wii instalment of the Wario Land series. In truth, there was also an attempt at a Wario platformer on the DS, though it is quite easy to see why not many seem to remember this outing. Developed by Suzak, the company...

News: See How Plague Knight's Moveset Was Concocted

See How Plague Knight's Moveset Was Concocted

Yacht Club Games gives a crash course in character mobility

When a character controls well, its motion might seem purely natural and intuitive. What we don't often see from the playing side of the experience, however, is all the work and tweaking developers likely did to make it feel that way. With the free Plague of Shadows campaign coming soon to...

Nintendo Download: 3rd September (Europe)

3rd September (Europe)

Runbow! Gunman Clive HD! StarTropics 1 & 2! Sin & Punishment! More!

Another week begins with Nintendo Download Update details for Europe; due to a public holiday in the UK this information came through later than normal (hat tip to Daan Koopman who forwarded the Dutch information to us). This week is particularly good on the Wii U, it must be said,...

News: Sin & Punishment Confirmed to be Blasting it Up on Wii U This Week in Europe

Sin & Punishment Confirmed to be Blasting it Up on Wii U This Week in Europe

An absolute Treasure

Around about this time on a Monday we'd normally be posting the European Nintendo Download Update, but unfortunately for us it's a public Holiday that the big N seems to be observing. It's a bitter pill to swallow, we know, but we'll all just need to wait an extra 24 hours. We do know two games that are coming to Wii U in...

News: Runbow Dashes Across To Europe Later This Week

Runbow Dashes Across To Europe Later This Week

Get ready!

Following the North American release of Runbow last week, 13AM Games has announced the Wii U eShop title will arrive in Europe on 3rd September. The news, as promised, was delivered via the Toronto-based studio’s Twitter page: Users who participated in the Nindies@Home promotion will also receive a 15 percent disco

News: VS. Excitebike Launches Into Some Races Very Soon In North America

VS. Excitebike Launches Into Some Races Very Soon In North America

A Monday treat

At the start of last week Nintendo of America announced that VS. Excitebike was on the way to the Virtual Console. It was clarified that this would be the Famicom Disk version that was previously only released in Japan - in addition to extra tracks and music it has a track editor feature. The release date wasn't announced, as NoA...

News: Gunman Clive HD Collection Will Shoot Its Way to North America, Europe and Australia Next Week

Gunman Clive HD Collection Will Shoot Its Way to North America, Europe and Australia Next Week

We're all winners

Due to the vagaries of localisation it's not always possible for download games to be released simultaneously, though that's something that Bertil Hörberg's successfully done with his next release. Gunman Clive HD Collection combines both of the excellent 3DS games in one Wii U package, and it's landing in North America, Europe...