Try it out!
If you still haven't got round to picking up a copy of Mario Tennis Aces yet, you may want to head to the eShop and download this brand new demo which has appeared today. The Mario Tennis Aces: Special Demo - to give it its full name - is available to download as we speak and runs for a full week until 10am CEST on Friday 3rd May...
Zelda? Who's that?
Though the Switch played host to the groundbreaking The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the new title really doesn’t play very much like other Zelda games, perhaps with the exception of the NES original. Though that certainly isn’t a bad thing, many fans no doubt would like some traditional Zelda action on the Switch, but...
500 codes to giveaway to UK readers
Bravely Second: End Layer is arriving in Europe on 26th February, but the adventure will start early when a special demo launches on 11th February; this will serve as a prelude to the story and transfer data into the full game. The demo will be titled The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers. For some lucky UK gamers,...
Intelligent Systems' latest 3DS effort - Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. - is shaping up rather nicely, and will almost certainly be on the wish list of many a seasoned tactical RPG player. The game launches in March in North America and May in Europe, and if rumours are to be believed it would appear that Nintendo is working with retailer...
Climaxing too soon?
A demo for the forthcoming Wii U action title Bayonetta 2 is now available on the European Wii U eShop. The game doesn't launch until October 24th in North America and Europe, but Nintendo is clearly aiming to build up hype prior to release. A Wii U-exclusive sequel to the 2010 original — which is also coming to Nintendo's...
No objections from us
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is one of our most anticipated 3DS eShop titles, and it was confirmed during today's Nintendo Direct broadcast that a demo is going live in both North America and Europe. The demo went live at the conclusion of the broadcast — which means it's available as we speak. Let us know...
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...
"Just a dash of puzzle solving here"
Have you ever found yourself in that situation when a nearby clown is tangled in balloon strings, and you have to free him in precisely three moves? Well our good friend Hershel Layton is here to help with his latest puzzle-solving adventure, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. To get you in the mood for the...
Get a job
Square Enix has announced that the next Bravely Default: Flying Fairy demo will be heading to the Japanese 3DS eShop on Wednesday. This will be the fourth playable demo available to the public, and is entitled 'Job and Ability Volume'. Those who download the demo will be able to sample five of the jobs on offer in the game: Knight, Mystic...
8-bit summer starts
Nintendo of America kicks off its 8-bit Summer campaign this week with new 3DS Virtual Console games, plus there's a new Wii Virtual Console game and some eShop games too. 3DS Virtual Console: The Legend of Zelda (NES, Nintendo, $4.99, 49 blocks) — This game surely needs no introduction. See where it all started for Link and...
Vampires, zombies, viruses and mutants
This week's European Nintendo Download plays catch-up with North America and includes DLC for a game about to hit stores. Let's get to it. 3DS Virtual Console: Castlevania: The Adventure (Game Boy, Konami, £2.70/€3) — Considering the enthusiasm that normally greets a new Castlevania title from within the...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
Rayman, 99seconds and more
Wait, what? Another 3DS Virtual Console game? And this one's a Game Boy Color release? Well, if that don't just beat all. Here's what's up and at 'em in this week's bunch. 3DS Virtual Console: Rayman (Game Boy Color, Ubisoft, $4.99, 70 blocks) — The limbless hero lands in Europe today too, so it's a big helping of...
This week's Nintendo Download was supposed to come with a demo of Order Up!!, but it didn't. Developer SuperVillain Studios has told Nintendo World Report the demo is still on the way, and should arrive in next week's batch of digital delights. The full game is on the way to the eShop in North America early next month, too.
VC and vampires
After a pretty long nap 3DS Virtual Console wakes up today, and DSiWare swells with a hidden object adventure too. This is much more like it. 3DS Virtual Console: Kirby's Block Ball (Game Boy, Nintendo, $2.99, 40 blocks) — At long last, 3DS gets another Virtual Console game in the rotund form of Kirby. Check out our Kirby's Block...
Kirby and birds
Two games and a demo for 3DS owners this week, while Wii owners get a free slice of gaming too. 3DS Virtual Console: Kirby's Dream Land 2 (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — Witness the debut of Kirby's helpful animal friends in this enjoyable little platformer. We've already got the first Kirby's Dream Land so we'll see if the...
European 3DS owners can give Rayman's next adventure a fair shake when the eShop updates with a Rayman Origins demo this week. Come Thursday you'll be able to try out the portable port of the limbless hero's latest — and some would say greatest — adventure, ahead of the full game's release in a few weeks' time. Is this one you'll be...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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.
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...
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).
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
Turn your console into a veritable warp pipe
At a recent shareholders' Q&A session, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata spoke about introducing new releases to unfamiliar gamers through automatically downloaded demos. Just like agreeing to StreetPass or SpotPass, players would confirm their interest in receiving the content, which would later show...
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...
Console's first demo
Gory team shooter Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D is set to show 3DS owners what their console can do when it's released in a few months, but it'll also give gamers a taste of more traditional Biohazard outing Resident Evil: Revelations in the form of an included playable demo. The demo will take players on board the ocean...
Hideki Konno ponders...
The 3DS has shown a rather cautious side to Nintendo: from the delayed roll out of the eShop, to the sophisticated anti-piracy measures that can't be put into words, to safety warnings for young children, Nintendo has most of the bases covered. So much so, Nintendo is even considering
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...
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..
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...
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...
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..
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...
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..
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...
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...
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...
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...
Which games are available? Read on!
Some exciting news for all you WiiWare fans out there - you can now access free WiiWare demos through the Shop Channel! Yes, pop on your Wii console and you'll be able to download limited trial versions of selected games. You lucky European and Australian Wii owners can access Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My...
It's like a complete reversal - WiiWare only gets one new game this week, while DSiWare gets three.
Nintendo would like you to think that they're releasing a whopping 6 WiiWare games today, but the truth is there's only one - The remaining five are all demos of other games, allowing those unsure of their purchase to check them out before spending money. The Virtual Console gets another version of..
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..
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..
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..
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