It's quite popular then...
Every bit counts
The eShop is a prominent part of the Nintendo Switch's lightweight OS, and for our money, it certainly seems to be more efficient at downloading games than the Wii U or 3DS. Granted, there may be some minor issues with the download interface (i.e. no time estimates), but it does its job exceedingly well. And for those of you that...
Confirmation at last
One of the common complaints about making digital purchases from the eShop on the Wii U or the 3DS is that your games are tied to your hardware rather than your Nintendo Account in the cloud. So unlike Steam, PlayStation or Xbox, you cannot recover your purchases if your device gets stolen or damaged. In many cases you might...
Codes being given away seems to be the issue
It's no secret that Nintendo has been behind the times with online services for quite some time. While the company has made fantastic leaps ahead over this past hardware generation, and the new My Nintendo system points towards a bright future, there's definitely been some glaring issues that will have to...
It's quite popular then...
Miitomo was arguably the second most exciting new thing from Nintendo on 31st March, as much attention among fans was on the My Nintendo loyalty programme. Out in the broader world, however, it's certainly Nintendo and DeNA's first app that's made a significant splash, even trending for a time on Twitter. For starters,...
Increases in downloads don't equal death for discs
Just recently Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water arrived in North America as a download-only game, making it a relatively high-profile retail title to be exclusive to the eShop. It's happened in the past with Ace Attorney titles, yet for fans of the niche horror series - developed by Koei Tecmo -...
We want to know how much it bothers you, if at all...
The most recent download update in North America - at the time of writing - is actually a rather good one. Not all weeks can be counted as such, but this week has some key retail titles and promising download-only games. There's plenty of variety in genres and prices, along with a few demos, so...
We've got 5,000 download codes to give away...
With Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer being one of the major 3DS retail releases of the year, Nintendo has been keen to get the franchise back onto the agenda. In the UK the company has been heavily promoting free 3DS app Photos with Animal Crossing, distributing it at Hyper Japan in London, on its...
Pick your game and DLC, get a unique download code
For some time now, you've been able to walk into your typical European high street games retailer and buy download cards — like the ones shown above — for 3DS and Wii U eShop titles. However, Nintendo is looking to dramatically expand the remit of this in-store service by offering an even more...
$235 million in digital sales gained in the past 12 months
Nintendo has confirmed that digital revenue across its consoles has tripled in the past two years. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata revealed the statistic at the recent investor's briefing, explaining that during the financial period between April 2013 and March 2014, around 24 billion Yen...
New title is available on the Australian Wii U eShop
Wii Party U was released last week, but it bypassed the North American and European Wii U eShops and is available exclusively as a physical purchase at the time of writing. It has been assumed that the game's reliance on physical items — such as a Wii Remote and GamePad stand — has resulted in...
If you take the digital download version, of course
Yesterday we had the scoop on the download size of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, while earlier today we revealed how much space Super Mario 3D World would take up on
Perhaps not as much as you'd expect
Super Mario 3D World is just around the corner, and we can reveal how much space the game will take up if you opt for the digital download route. The eagerly-awaited platforming epic clocks in at 1702MB, which isn't too bad when you consider that Sonic Lost World was a 8475MB download. How has Nintendo managed...
Hope you've invested in a hard drive
It has been revealed that Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut will occupy 13833 MB of space on the Wii U. That's not the largest download game on the system by any means, but it will surely cause headaches to those who have had their console for a while and haven't yet invested in a hard drive for...
Wii hardware and 3DS software sales each pass 100 million units
Nintendo has released its first quarter financial results which delivered a net profit, significant 3DS success and some cringe-worthy Wii U figures. Alongside the main results, Nintendo has released some other tid-bits of information to highlight notable landmarks and game sales over...
Nintendo confirms details, pricing and Nintendo Network Points
Last week we shared the happy news that eager European gamers could download Pikmin 3 early with GAME code purchases, which was great news for those planning to go the eShop retail route. Unfortunately, concern started to spread around the web when some Wii U Premium Pack system owners...
Exclusive promotion for European buyers who go digital
During Nintendo of Europe's surprise Nintendo Direct Mini broadcast, the company revealed that customers who purchase a download copy of Pikmin 3 will receive a fantastic 30 per cent discount on the highly anticipated The Wonderful 101 on the eShop. Satoru Shibata, President of Nintendo of...
The fresh batch brings giant, talking, castle-impaling swords
It’s that time when Club Nintendo’s North American branch clears its shelf and refreshes its selection of downloadable rewards. Mario’s first foray into the RPG realm is up for the taking on the Wii Shop — which can also be redeemed via the Wii Mode on Wii U — as is a...
Clear your fridge of any loose bananas
Players looking to download Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D from the eShop in May should get a sizable SD card ready. We can confirm that the platformer, a remake of the Retro-developed Wii hit, weighs in at a hefty 17,693 blocks, making it one of the largest downloads in the eShop — for comparison Monster...
Analysts reveal new data at GDC
The digital distribution of games has grown substantially in recent years with an increasing number of titles finding themselves in the Nintendo eShop, PSN, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam. Analysts from NPD, iResearch and Digi-Capital presented data at this week's Game Developers Conference on the state of the global...
Do you download?
In moving from the Wii Shop and DSi Shop to the Wii U eShop and 3DS eShop, Nintendo has shown a desire to compete head on with the Xbox, PlayStation and Steam online marketplaces and offer full retail downloads. It's amazing to think that downloads from the Wii Shop were limited to a meagre maximum of 40MB, yet now we can download...
Adults, now you can browse whenever you want
It seems that the restriction on 18+ content on the Nintendo Wii U eShop — and 3DS eShop, it should be noted — has finally been lifted. Games rated PEGI 18 (USK 18 in Germany) were only accessible during certain hours each day, from 11pm in some European countries until 3am — only giving four hours...
Better start saving those pennies now
A listing for Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight has appeared on the US 3DS eShop, suggesting that the title will go on sale for $14.99 when it releases next month. The rhythm platforming game, developed by Game Freak (famous for the Pokémon games), is a download-only title for the system. While the US price point may...
Quick on the draw
Gunman Clive developer Bertil Hörberg has confirmed via his Twitter account that the 3DS eShop version of the game has now passed the Android edition in terms of units sold. We reported last month that the 3DS eShop version had outsold its iOS sibling, but the Android version was the clear leader. It's amazing that the Nintendo...
Wii U Panorama View remains one of the most impressive demonstrations of Wii U's potential: a collection of videos filmed with a special camera array so that you can look around 360 degrees and see the film from every possible angle by moving the GamePad. It's coming to the Wii U eShop at some point this year – at least in Japan...
When $200 of credit can't replace $400 of downloaded games
As we've spoken about before, Nintendo's current attitude to downloadable games leaves quite a bit to be desired. The Nintendo Network ID system introduced with the Wii U is a step in the right direction, but the fact that purchases remain tied to a single piece of hardware is, in this day...
Download it while it's hot
Trine 2: The Director's Cut has been updated in Europe by developer Frozenbyte. Frozenbyte confirmed the update was coming when we spoke to them last year, and more recently stated that it should be arriving this month. We can confirm that the update is now live in Europe, as we've just downloaded it to our
Tough times ahead?
The past twelve months have shown just how volatile the current market is for retailers. With the global recession taking its toll, several high street businesses are finding it difficult to compete. This week alone saw both HMV and Blockbuster slip into administration in the UK, putting thousands of jobs at risk. Video game...
Following Europe into digital realms
Last week, we revealed that Wii U slugfest Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 would be only available as a digital download in Europe. Today, we've been told that the game will adopt the same distribution platform for North America. That means that Japan is only region to get a physical copy of the game -...
Nice and simple
Amazon has announced today that its video streaming service, Instant Video, has launched today for Wii consoles across the US. The app can be found in the Wii Shop Channel, and subscribers of the service will gain access to over 145,000 movies, TV shows and documentaries. Prime customers are able to watch over 30,000 of these videos...
Becomes first ever download-only Wii U retail title
Tecmo Koei’s Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is a 3D fighter that has you beating your way through countless hoards of enemies. The game is based on the popular manga series Fist of the North Star, which has been running in one form or another since 1983. The game is set to be released on...
Iwata reveals that smartphones have played a huge part in the game's success
Animal Crossing: New Leaf has become something of a smash hit in its native Japan; as of December, it has sold 2 million copies, becoming one of the most popular 3DS games yet and illustrating just how massive Nintendo's console is in the far east. Download sales haven't...
We've already reported (and ranted) about the absurd mature content restrictions which impact the Wii U eShop in Europe. Games like ZombiU cannot be purchased outside of a four-hour window thanks to German law regardin
eShop release incoming for 3DS classic
Atlus' Code of Princess is getting a North American 3DS eShop release in January, as indicated by the game's eShop page. The 2D fighter/RPG hybrid launched at North American retail in October, and met with a positive response from critics and consumers alike. The game still hasn't made its way to Europe. As...
New game also in development at Pwnee
We reported last month that Wii U eShop title Cloudberry Kingdom wouldn't be available for download in the Wii U's launch month in Europe and North America. Developer Pwnee Studios has confirmed that the game - apparently set to be the Wii U's most insanely difficult download title - is now set for a March 2013...
Earlier this week we received messages from readers that couldn't download ZombiU or Assassin's Creed III from the Wii U eShop. We tested this and received the same error message, which made it seem as if there were botched parental controls on the platform. You cannot view this content. The times during which this content can be...
Botched parental restrictions in EU to blame?
Update: Despite testing this issue throughout the day we've now discovered, thanks to prompts from readers who've encountered the issue with some videos on 3DS systems, that this issue is caused by a restriction to accessing 18-rated content before a specific time. A test after 11pm UK time brought us...
"Further improvements to overall system stability"
Nintendo has pushed out firmware updates to its Wii U and 3DS consoles. In the case of both updates, Nintendo states that they offer "further improvements to overall system stability". This is the second update for the Wii U, following the 1GB install which occurs when new systems are switched on...
Nintendo hands over the reins
When it comes to download game platforms, Nintendo's had to evolve rapidly. The arrival of the DSi and Wii online stores brought the famous company into the realm of the download market for the first time; both services have produced a number of top-notch gaming experiences, and in some cases proved to be the making of...
Nintendo delves deeper into its Deluxe Set promotion
We already knew that Nintendo had mentioned a digital promotion for those who purchased the Wii U Deluxe Bundle - buyers of said bundle who purchase a game from the Nintendo eShop will receive 10% of their value back in the form of points. This in turn allows users to purchase more content from...
Great for scares
It's Halloween: a time for ghosts and goblins, a time for tricks and treats, and a time for monsters and mashing. But mainly it's a time for good, solid scares. Horror movies run on every channel, children dress as demons and beasts, and macabre decorations taunt us with our own mortality. We get chills just thinking about it...
Research also shows the growth of digital downloads
Everywhere you look, there seems to be a story about how traditional consoles are under threat from social gaming, and that the console market as we know it is all but doomed. However, new research from Analyst firm Piper Jaffray reveals that attitudes towards social gaming are changing, with teen...
Get Donkey Kong: Original Edition for free
As more retail games gradually make their way to 3DS eShop, we're sure to see a steady stream of promotions and incentives to tempt gamers into going digital. Today sees two more joining the ranks, with Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! and Crosswords Plus both arriving at a price of $29.99. Both will be...
Put down those pitchforks
Today's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation was packed full of cool new information, but one item that will prove especially interesting for hardcore Wii downloaders is the news that digital Wii purchases will be transferable to the Wii U. That means you'll be able to re-download all of your existing WiiWare and Virtual...
'Many more' on the way
New Super Mario Bros. 2 arrives in Europe on 17th August and will be the first retail download title on 3DS eShop. While this is already underway in Japan and Nintendo of America has revealed details of its distribution, Nintendo of Europe has been relatively quiet on its own plans. In a press release today it's been...
Value perception is key
When retail games hit the 3DS eShop in August, they'll cost around the same as they do in stores, a practice many believe is counter-intuitive: without the costs of physical manufacturing and distribution, digital games sidestep many costs. But Nintendo president Satoru Iwata disagrees, claiming download games have a...
10GB? No problem
Wii U will launch with a digital store offering downloads of retail games, but with the Wii U disc holding up to 25GB you could probably learn a sport to an Olympic standard in the time it'll take to download Pikmin 3. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata knows this, so Wii U will let you download games overnight. Iwata told investors:...
Nothing to announce yet
We know the majority of Nintendo games will be released digitally once the retail download service kicks off in August, but Nintendo's confirmed it's preparing a service for third parties to release their packaged games digitally too. A Nintendo spokesperson told IGN: We are currently preparing a program for third parties...
Mario out of thin air
Now that Nintendo’s got the announcement of financial losses out of the way, it can look ahead to plans for the coming year. As expected, follow-up statements to investors revealed some interesting insights into the company’s plans, with the biggest news that Nintendo's 3DS retail games will be available to download later...
And full retail downloads
One of the biggest criticisms levelled against 3DS was the lack of a digital store at launch, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has assured investors Wii U will land with a full download store. Iwata didn't discuss the available types of software — Virtual Console, WiiWare etc. — but did confirm that Wii U owners can...
A while to wait
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed that New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be the first 3DS retail game to be available for download. Iwata spoke to investors at a financial results briefing and said that with user eShop connectivity at a good level — as much as 70% of 3DS owners in Japan and the U.S. have connected to the...
The figures are in
Nintendo does not release sale statistics for its digital content, leaving us with no real idea of how the company's download sales are doing. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime did give away one intriguing nugget of information in a recent interview with Time, however: The packaged content gets all the buzz and the...
Game out this Thursday
Antipole is ready for release in North America this Thursday, and to get you in the mood Saturnine Games has released the game's soundtrack for free via its website. The nine-track aural accompaniment was composed by Cosmos X2 musician Zack Parrish, with tracks ranging from retro tunes to pieces like You Think You're Tough? that combine rock, choral and orchestral..
Learn how inside
By now you've hopefully read our Solatorobo: Red the Hunter review, and if the 20-hour story mode isn't long enough for you there's good news: it doesn't end there. Nintendo has just given more details about the game's free downloadable quests that keep the action going after the credits roll. The first quest, available today, puts the canine Red Savarin in full-on Lassie mode,..
Calls cheap, "disposable" iOS titles "one of the biggest risks today in our industry"
A common thread among discussions of downloadable DSiWare as it compares to competing platforms, particularly iOS devices, is its relatively high price tag. While games available in the App Store often retail at $1 or $2, the majority of those in the DSi Store come...
Demos and better organisation inside
We got our first glimpse of the 3DS's Shop Channel today courtesy of a Nintendo investors' meeting, and it looks like it'll offer a far better experience than its predecessors on DSi and Wii. Satoru Iwata explained the new shopfront as a cross between the Wii Shop Channel and the Nintendo Channel, combining...
Even more microgames to download!
It seems fans will not be the only ones to get in on creating their own micrograms using Nintendo's upcoming WarioWare D.I.Y. release on Nintendo DS. Nintendo has just announced that some big name video game developers are getting involved and creating some brand new microgames that fans with a wireless broadband connection will be able to download and play. You..
A Sunsoft classic and wormy sequel on Virtual Console; cooking, sims, little pet shops, magic and Bejeweled on DSiWare; and puzzling, racing and retro arcade action on WiiWare this week!
Virtual ConsoleBlaster Master (500pts NES - Sunsoft) -- Regarded by many as amongst the best shooters on the NES, this is apparently the first of many Sunsoft titles to get re-release on the Virtual Console.
Another bumper crop of downloads for North America
Nintendo continues to flood the North American market with new titles; amongst them a few catch-up releases. WiiWareFlowerworks® and MAGNETIS™ comprise the puzzle contingent on WiiWare this week. We'll be reviewing the former in due course; the latter was reviewed some time ago, so be sure to...
Virtual Console and DSiWare hog the spotlight
A second week in a row with a solo WiiWare entry, but a bumper crop of Virtual Console goodness and a hefty helping of DSiWare downloads help make up for it. WiiWareChokkan! Balance Labyrinth (500pts - Gameloft) - Not a new title from Gameloft, but just them publishing Digital Leisure's The Incredible Maze. We weren't terribly impressed with this when..
WiiWare is back and the MSX returns with a vengeance, plus DSiWare and more Namco Arcade games!
Japan gets a lot of downloads ordinarily, but next week must be setting some kind of record - and there's not even a public holiday to account for it! WiiWareOkiraku Kart Wii (500pts - Arc System Works) - You cannot keep the Family down, especially if there's a chance to attempt to ride Mario Kart's..
More Namco arcade games and DSiWare next week.
Another WiiWare holiday and only two Virtual Console releases - both Namco arcade games. Hardly seems possible given the number of announced Virtual Console titles for November yet to be released, unless the 24th is going to break all previous records! Virtual Console Bosconian (800pts Arcade - Namco) - This is one of the first games to feature speech..
WiiWare takes a holiday, but that's okay because we've got Arcade action and DSiWare!
Well, after this week's Japanese holiday, it looks like we're back to Wii downloads on Tuesdays and DSiWare on Wednesdays for next week. No WiiWare is coming, but that's probably okay after the bumper crop of titles released in October! Virtual ConsoleStreet Fighter II: Champion Edition (600pts, PC Engine -..
Japan converges the dates and a long lost Virtual Console system returns from the dead!
Owing to a holiday on Tuesday Nintendo are releasing downloads for both Wii and DSi on Wednesday. Only one WiiWare release and two VC releases appear for the Wii, though Virtual Console fans will be excited to see the first NEO GEO game in ages. 4 DSiWare releases join them including a catch-up Art Style game..
WiiWare is back with a vengeance and Japan gets its teeth into Castlevania: Rebirth
After a hiatus Japanese download services are back in top form with 4 new WiiWare releases, 4 new VC releases and (only) 3 DSiWare titles - not too shabby! WiiWareSimple Series Vol. 5: The Judo (700pts - D3Publisher) -- A first-person judo game featuring local...
WiiWare returns, Dig Dug and more Tower DS!
After a two-week hiatus WiiWare returns, though given we're getting a card game, it's a bit anti-climactic. WiiWareUNO (800pts - Gameloft) -- Gameloft again honours Japan with the first look at a WiiWare title (their last entry, Ghost Mansion Party still hasn't seen release in other territories). Online UNO could be fun (judging from screens it has Mii..
WiiWare keeps on resting with VC and DSiWare action for Japanese downloaders next week.
Incredibly it appears we're having a second consecutive week with no WiiWare releases in Japan, but with three more VC titles (including a much-loved Kirby release) and five DSiWare releases, it's hard to complain. Virtual ConsoleKirby Super Deluxe (800pts Super...
Snag yourself a canine companion or four
Nintendo's brilliant DS puppy simulator Nintendogs has been around for four years now — time sure does fly! To celebrate the special occasion, Nintendo will be offering up some downloadable goodness for the Wii's Animal Crossing: City Folk. For four weeks running you'll have your own pick of the litter for download. Labs are up on October 7th, followed by..
Things are back on track with a 2-4-7 week!
After another download holiday Japanese downloaders (and their importing compatriots) are having a week that's more VC than WiiWare and more DSiWare than anything else. WiiWareHamekomi Lucky Puzzle Wii Returns (500pts - Tryfirst) -- This is the sequel to the game known as NEVES Plus elsewhere: a puzzle game where you need to use geometric shapes to fill..
The magic numbers next week are 3-3-4 as WiiWare makes a reappearance in Japan.
After a wee holiday from the Japanese download service, WiiWare has come back with three new titles along with three Virtual Console titles and four DSiWare titles for happy downloaders everywhere. WiiWareMinna de Tobikome Penguin Diving Hooper Looper (500pts -...
Another WiiWare holiday, but a few VC games and some DSiWare makes up for it.
After last month's WiiWare windfall it shouldn't be a surprise that Japan is taking a little break from the service. Don't feel too bad for them, because there's three VC titles to tide over Wii downloaders and a few DSiWare titles from Nintendo as well. Virtual ConsoleTaikoo Risshinden (Super Famicom 800pts - Koei) -- A..
The WiiWare party is back on with a load of new downloads for both Wii and DSi!
After taking a couple of week's holiday the Japanese WiiWare service is back in action with five new WiiWare releases (two of them aimed at small children), two Virtual Console titles and five new DSiWare downloads. Yes it does seem terribly unfair, but that's life. If you're fortunate enough to be able to partake of..
VC and DSiWare on offer next week whilst the WiiWare holiday continues.
After the mega update preceding the Oban Festival holiday this week it looks like things are returning to normal with 4 VC releases and 7 DSi releases for next week, though nothing new in the WiiWare pipeline. Virtual ConsoleIke lke! Nekketsu Hockey-bu (500pts - Technos) -- A...
It's a mega update in the Land of the Rising Sun!
The release schedules around the world have seen bumper crops of WiiWare releases (and in PAL territories VC ones courtesy of the latest Hanabi Festival); naturally being Nintendo's home territory it should come as no surprise that Japan outdoes even these impressive download service updates. Next...
A couple of classics on the Wii and a whole lot of Electro-Plankton for the DSi next week in Japan.
Well it looks like Japan is having a WiiWare holiday next week with no new titles having been announced via the website or the shop news bulletin. The two Virtual Console releases offer a catch-up title in the form of Super Punch Out for the Super...
Two more WiiWare titles coming Tuesday aimed at younger gamers and an extra DSiWare title on the 1st.
Looks like the mock tears for Japan were premature last week as some additional releases mean Japan has a 3-2-2 week it turns out. Thanks to Nintendo Life reader Ratengo for noting that the Japanese Shop news item for this week's releases had two additional WiiWare titles that weren't detailed on..
An unusually light release week for Japan with 1 WiiWare, 2 Virtual Console and 1 DSiWare release.
After weeks of mass software dowloading we see a release week that would look at home in PAL territories or North America -- maybe it's going to be Japan's turn for light release weeks for a change? On the WiiWare front we have Final Fantasy Crystal...
A feast of DSiWare titles to end the drought, an anticipated WiiWare title from Hudson and *two* arcade classics next week!
Well, after weeks without a new DSiWare release in Japan the storm gates have been opened and next Wednesday is serving up a bumper crop of titles for the portable download service. Chuugakku Kihon Hana Tango Word Puzzle (200pts) from I.E. Institute, Ltd. is a word puzzle game..
2+2 on the Wii; DSiWare takes a break.
Next week we have four downloads on the Japanese Wii and nothing new to download for the Japanese DSi. Mochi Mochi Q looks to be part Equilibrio and part World of Goo with cute little pink blob aliens trying to escape being eaten by cute big purple ones using the Wii remote NES-style and presumably some form of motion control. 800 points from Natsume Soft..
A 3+3 week for the Wii and another break for the DSiWare service.
The DSiWare service seems to be taking another holiday next week, but the Wii gets another six downloads with three new WiiWare titles and three new VC titles. No real surprises here as these games have been forecast in the press previously (the VC ones only today!). WiiWare titles for the 2nd of June: Okiraku Daifugoo (500pts.) -- a..
A little bit of madness and some exciting Arcade Classic surprises coming to the Japanese Wii next week, whilst the Japanese DSiWare service comes out of a dry spell.
On the WiiWare front we have four titles coming out next Tuesday: Muscle March from Namco Bandai for 800 points features body builders and a...polar bear...trying to catch the people...
If you have Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City and WiiConnect24, expect a little surprise...
For those of you who picked up Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City on Wii and have been waiting for extra content to beef it up over its DS predecessor, Nintendo are about to wing you a (very small) present with not one but two downloadable presents. To celebrate the release of New Play Control!..
A simple case of crossed wires?
It seems that our man Reggie was misunderstood in a recent interview with the New York Times. As we (and pretty much the rest of the internet) reported a few days back, his interview with the well known newspaper seemed to indicate that ‘full’ DS titles would be made available for download in the future. However, Nintendo has now released a statement clearing up..
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