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  • News Fire Emblem: Awakening Demo Questing To Europe On March 28th

    You're having a Marth

    Nintendo has confirmed that Europe will be getting a demo of Fire Emblem: Awakening on March 28th. Intelligent Systems' insanely popular turn-based strategy title has already been released in Japan and North America. The US release has been the most successful in the history of the franchise for that particular region. The...

September2012

July2012

June2012

  • Nintendo Download 28th June 2012 (North America)

    Monkeys, marvels and more

    Some quality original content on 3DS and DSi reaches North America this week, with two free demos to pick up as well. Here's what's out this week. Nintendo 3DS Download Software: Marvel Pinball 3D (Zen Studios, $7.99, 661 blocks) — Take four Marvel-themed tables for a spin in Zen Studios' follow-up to its very good Zen...

  • News Heroes of Ruin Demo Hits North America Next Week

    Out 5th July

    North American 3DS owners can try out upcoming action adventure Heroes of Ruin with a free demo on 5th July. The trial will be playable in single-player or multiplayer, both on and offline, and serves as a neat introduction to n-Space's ambitious 3DS game. If you're keen to know more, check out our Heroes of Ruin review for details.

  • News Ten Games Discounted in European eShop Sale

    Demos and free apps, too

    During this morning's Nintendo Direct broadcast in Europe it was announced that there would be a sale promotion on the platform, to celebrate its one year anniversary. Ten titles will be available at 20% off, with half being reduced this week and the others next week: details are below. 22/06/2012 — 14:59 CET 28/06/2012...

  • Nintendo Download 7th June 2012 (Europe)

    Online Heroes of Ruin demo and more

    Talk about a first: tomorrow you can try Heroes of Ruin's multiplayer mode either in local or online play. Here's what else is up for Europeans tomorrow. 3DS Demos: Heroes of Ruin (Square Enix) — Try out one of four classes and play online or in local multiplayer with three others. The game hits Europe next...

  • News Heroes of Ruin Demo Available This Week

    In Europe, at least

    While the summer may traditionally be a quiet period for new releases, 3DS has some promising titles on the way. One of these, Heroes of Ruin, arrives in Europe on 15th June, while it's hitting North America a bit later on 17th July. According to Eurogamer.net, this week's download update in Europe will include a Heroes of Ruin...

May2012

April2012

  • Nintendo Download 5th April 2012 (Europe)

    Speeding thru

    It's an auspicious day when Europe gets a new piece of 3DS download software, and that's exactly what's on the (SD) cards this week as Nintendo itself publishes another digital delight. Elsewhere there's an ages-old WiiWare game, a pretty poor DSiWare game and the world's most exciting demo. 3DS Download Software: SpeedThru: Potzol's...

  • News Get a Free Farming Simulator 3DS Demo, Europe

    Our excitement is too much

    On the fence about picking up Farming Simulator 2012 for 3DS? Would a free demo win you over? European 3DS owners, you can play a free sample of the must-have farming title this week when the eShop updates with a downloadable demo. The official description is almost too exciting to publish: Put on your boots, grab your...

March2012

  • News 27 WiiWare Demos Return to Europe

    As prophesied

    Just as we told you a few weeks ago, WiiWare demos have returned to PAL this week. The Wii Shop Channel in Europe now hosts 27 free demos. Here's what's available: 3D Pixel RacingA Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs RobotsAnd Yet It Moves

  • Nintendo Download 29th March 2012 (North America)

    Sporty special

    Digital balls and cues make up the bulk of this week's downloads, with a few titles vying to catch your eye with their take on established sports. There's also a brace of demos for indecisive gamers. 3DS Download Software: Arc Style: Soccer!! 3D (Arc System Works, $6.99) — Arc dabbles with digital goalposts in this super-cute take...

  • Exclusive Tons of PAL WiiWare Demos to Return This Month

    And they're here to stay

    In January Nintendo of America reinstated all previous WiiWare demos while Europe looked on enviously. Well, readers in PAL regions, your time is coming. An inside source has confirmed to us that previously removed WiiWare demos will be reinstated for users in PAL regions before the end of the month. Not only that, whereas...

  • News Dead or Alive: Dimensions Demo Punches Europe This Week

    On guard

    Tecmo Koei scrapper Dead or Alive: Dimensions is the latest 3DS game to get a playable demo in Europe this week. The fighter gets a free trial version in this week's eShop update, due as always on Thursday. You can always read our Dead or Alive: Dimensions review to see if this is 3DS's king of fighters or just a jobber.

February2012

  • News North America, You Get the MGS 3D Demo Tomorrow Too

    No-one left behind

    It's a Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D demo free-for-all this week, as Konami has confirmed North American 3DS owners can try out the game for free with an eShop demo tomorrow. The demo's timely as the full game releases in North America on Tuesday, 21st February, giving you a few days to get to grips with Snake. Is this another...

  • News CRUSH3D Demo to Hit Europe's eShop This Week

    In your dreams

    We mean it: this week sees a demo of SEGA puzzler CRUSH3D hit the 3DS eShop in Europe. We recently took on the game and gave it a respectable 7/10 in our CRUSH3D review, but you'll be able to see what you think when the demo hits Europe this Thursday. You can check out the full Nintendo Download for 9th February 2012 (Europe).

January2012

  • Guide Nintendo 3DS eShop Demos

    Get your information here!

    Today sees the much-anticipated downloadable demos hit the 3DS eShop, so we've put together a very handy guide to help you get the most from your free demo experience. What Demos Are Available?: New demos will be announced throughout the year but here are the ones we know about so far: 19th January 2012 Resident Evil...

  • News North America Gets 3DS eShop Demo Tomorrow

    Everybody's happy

    North America: you get the first 3DS demo tomorrow. The service launches with a free demo of Resident Evil Revelations, with Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games due next week. Nintendo of America also confirms future demos for Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and Rayman Origin

  • News 3DS Demos Launch in Europe eShop Tomorrow

    Revelations afoot

    European eShop users can get a free demo of Resident Evil Revelations tomorrow. The eShop was updated to allow demos in late December but tomorrow sees the launch of the service outside of Japan. Resi is also joined by a demo of the slightly less exciting Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic. Future demos include Metal Gear Solid: Snake...

  • News Wii U Panorama View Demo is Awesome

    How do they do that?

    We all saw the Shield Pose, Chase Mii, Battle Mii and Zelda HD Experience Wii U demos from E3, but one we didn't get to see was Panorama View, recently shown off at CES. The 360º video experience shown below is unlike anything Nintendo showed off before. Using the Wii U controller you can look around the space as you like, even...

  • News Your Favourite WiiWare Demos Are Now Back

    Fire up your Wii

    In an act of unprecedented generosity, Nintendo of America has reinstated a ton of WiiWare demos in the Wii Shop Channel, which now bulges with nearly 50 demos of some of WiiWare's brightest and best games. Europe, you have just the two demos still: MotoHeroz and Gnomz. Here's the full list for North American Wii owners: 3D Pixel RacingA Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. RobotsAnd Yet..

December2011

  • News Japan's eShop Gets Its First Demos

    Try before you buy

    The 3DS system update paves the way for paid add-on content and free demos to reach the eShop, but while Europe and North America has to wait a little while for demos Japan's store has a few to choose from. Owners of Japanese consoles can choose free trials of the following games: Dead or Alive: Dimensions Monster Hunter 3 G Co

November2011

  • News Monster Hunter 3 G Demo Stomping to Japan's eShop

    You asked for it

    3DS-enhanced monster mash Monster Hunter 3 G is set to be one of the first 3DS games to offer a downloadable demo in Japan. The 169MB demo contains two quests and a choice of 12 weapons, with quests lasting around 20 minutes. Most interesting is Capcom's confirmation the demo is playable a maximum of 30 times before it becomes...

July2011

April2011

  • News Fan-Made Metroid Game Miniaturises Our Beloved Heroine

    Minitroid tech demo now available

    It must be one of those enigmatic laws of the universe, that if you shrink something, anything, then it instantly becomes cute. Thanks to three Metroid fans, that's exactly what they've done in their interpretation of the retro platforming series. The Metroid Database has unveiled the Minitroid tech demo, developed...

March2011

February2011

  • News Sink Your Fangs into the Okamiden Demo Available Now

    Fire it up

    It's only a matter of weeks before young Chibiterasu graces DS consoles everywhere in Okamiden, with Nintendo and Capcom combining to stoke up the excitement by releasing a new demo on the Nintendo Channel. Released earlier this week in North America and Europe, the demo takes you through a short sample of the gameplay on offer in the...

December2010

  • News Get Your Hands On a Ghost Trick DS Demo Right Now

    Update: Now live in Europe

    Not content with offering a free Flash demo of upcoming supernatural puzzler Ghost Trick, Capcom is now giving DS owners in North America a chance to try out the title with a downloadable demo. To get your stylus on the new demo, fire up your Wii and head over to the Nintendo Channel, and be sure to let us know what you make of it. Today, Capcom is excited to let you..

  • News Help WiiWare Demos Get a Time Extension and Win BIT.TRIP FATE

    Do your BIT (updated)

    Broken Rules and Gaijin Games have teamed up to offer one generous gamer a free copy of BIT.TRIP FATE. How does one go about earning this prize? By letting other users know how great And Yet It Moves and FATE are. We'll let Broken Rules explain: As you know, both And Yet it Moves and BIT.TRIP FATE have demos available on the...

  • News Get a Taste of Ghost Trick With Free Flash Demo

    Who did the killing?

    Ghost Trick isn't far away now, so if your excitement is reaching supernatural heights you might want to check out this free Flash demo from Capcom that will help ease you into the game's unique universe. With plenty of cheeky dialogue and some moderately mind-bending puzzles it's well worth a play even if you're not...

November2010

  • News North America Gets In On WiiWare Demo Action Next Week

    Four games lined up for initial offering

    Had your eye on a few WiiWare games but have been hesitant to take the plunge? Want to try before you buy? If you live in Europe then you've probably been enjoying the new demo service for WiiWare. Anywhere else? Not so much. Next week is a different story though, as Nintendo of America has announced that the demo program will return to the New World. Demos..

  • News Chrono Twins DX Joins the Demo Ranks on Friday

    One more for the pile

    The return of WiiWare demos to Europe is truly a reason to be cheerful, but even more so when it receives new trials like this Friday. Accompanying the update this week is a playable demo of Chronos Twins DX from EnjoyUp. We gave the game a thorough shake and came up with our Chronos Twins DX review, but if you've missed the...

  • News WiiWare Demos Launch This Week with Four New Downloads

    Exclusive to Europe for now

    Last night we brought you the exclusive news that Nintendo is bringing back WiiWare demos, and now we can reveal that they will return to Europe this Friday. The previous demo offering was only a trial, but now Nintendo has pledged that this new service will provide "ongoing" demos, hopefully extending the service longer than the three months its predecessor..

  • Exclusive Nintendo Bringing Back WiiWare Demos

    Updated: Nintendo confirms return

    Last November Nintendo ran a brief trial of WiiWare demos, offering free trials to Wii Shop Channel users, but the service ended at the end of January. Now Nintendo Life can exclusively reveal that demos will be returning to the Wii Shop Channel in the near future. We've spoken to several WiiWare developers who have confirmed that Nintendo has just started..

July2010

  • News Nintendo to Show Off Other M and Dragon Quest IX at San Diego Comic-Con

    Get a free treasure map!

    Of all the conventions, one stands staunchly above the others in nerd notoriety: Comic-Con International in San Diego, California (July 22 to July 25 at the San Diego Convention Centre). Nintendo's announced that it's to have a featured exhibit for the first time since 2006, complete with tantalizing playables and super cool dragon swag. Attendees will get access to a..

  • News Advanced Circuits Flash Demo Offers Free Wheeling

    DSiWare game sampler available online

    You may have seen Advanced Circuits in the DSi Shop and thought to yourself, "would I like this game?" That's something not even our Advanced Circuits review can tell you, but it is a question the new Flash demo of the game can answer. By heading over to the game's official website you can partake in a five level demonstration of the game's..

January2010

  • News WiiWare Demo Program Demo Ending This Month

    Hurry hurry hurry!

    It had a good run, but Nintendo's temporary WiiWare demo program is coming to an end on January 31st. If you haven't got ahold of the freebies yet then you'd better act fast. According to Official Nintendo Magazine UK, Nintendo sent out a message to online Wii owners that the temporary program will end in three days. Originally...

November2009

September2009

  • News Frobot Tutorial Video and Demos Released

    See and experience Fugazo's upcoming WiiWare title for yourself.

    Fugazo have just sent over the official press release for their upcoming WiiWare title Frobot, along with a tutorial demo and links to PC and Mac demos of the game. If you've been wanting to see more of what the game has to offer, you'd be hard-pressed to find more information or insight than you will here. You can check out the..

January2009

  • News Big Bang Mini Demo available on the Nintendo Channel

    Just in case you couldn't wait another two weeks, SouthPeak games have throw up a demo of their latest game, Big Bang Mini, onto the Nintendo Channel.

    SouthPeak Games is pleased to announce that a demo of Arkedo Studio’s Big Bang Mini for Nintendo DS™ is now available as a free download via the Nintendo Channel on Wii™. The explosive demo gives players a first taste of the unique..

January2008

  • News Apollo Justice Demo Released

    And the best thing is, no DS is required to play it

    Capcom has released a rather neat Flash-based demo for its upcoming legal sim Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. http://static.capcom.com/apollojustice/embed.swf[/flash] The game is the next in the Phoenix Wright series of games, although Phoenix himself has stepped down and made way for the up and coming Apollo Justice. Now there’s an excellent name..