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Nintendo Download: 12th July 2012 (Europe)

12th July 2012 (Europe)

Sparkles and frogs

This week's Nintendo Download is a metaphorical mixed bag, with 3DS add-on content and WiiWare sitting alongside weird eShop applications. Scan the list below for the full lowdown. 3DS Download Software: Sparkle Snapshots 3D (Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — Remember Sparkle Snapshots on DSiWare? How would you like a similar...

Review: Castlevania: The Adventure (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Castlevania: The Adventure (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Belmont's first portable adventure

When the Game Boy hit store shelves in 1989 it didn’t take long for a vast swathe of third-party publishers – many of which had grown fat on the profits generated by Nintendo’s astonishingly popular NES – to sign up to produce software for the device. Konami was one of the first to pledge its allegiance to...

News: Mario & Sonic eShop App Hits the UK

Mario & Sonic eShop App Hits the UK

Scan this

Fancy a free app for your 3DS? Of course you do. Scan the QR code below and you can download the Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics 2012 Virtual Card Album for free. The app lets you collect themed cards based on Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games via SpotPass, StreetPass, connecting to Nintendo Zone hotspots or by...

News: Letter Box Update Adds Coloured Ink

Letter Box Update Adds Coloured Ink

At last

Popular message-swapper Nintendo Letter Box got an update today that lets you write and draw with coloured ink. European 3DS owners can simply scan the QR code below to go straight to the update, which adds five coloured inks to the free application: red, blue, green, purple and orange. Black remains an option too. To scan the QR code...

Review: Marvel Pinball 3D (3DS eShop)

Marvel Pinball 3D (3DS eShop)

Dat Mahvel

Unlike video games based on movies or popular comics, licensed pinball tables have a reputation of being pretty great — The Twilight Zone, The Addams Family, Indiana Jones and Monster Bash are but a sampling of the rich properties that have yielded some of the most popular pins of the past 20 years. Marvel Comic's iconic characters are...

Nintendo Download: 5th July 2012 (Europe)

5th July 2012 (Europe)

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...

News: 99Seconds Dodging Its Way to Europe on 12th July

99Seconds Dodging Its Way to Europe on 12th July

A bit more than 99 seconds to wait

99Seconds is a budget DSiWare game that is ideally suited to short, compulsive gaming sessions on the go, or is the equivalent of a coin guzzler at a local arcade. As our 99Seconds review said, 'had 99seconds an arcade cabinet yelling for our attention, we would stroll right on up to it and put in the equivalent of...

Review: Bomb Monkey (3DS eShop)

Bomb Monkey (3DS eShop)

Enough bang for your buck?

Welcome to Bomb Monkey, which does in fact feature both bombs and a monkey. Whew, that's a relief! Now that we no longer have to worry about false advertising, we can talk about the game itself. As any screenshot will suggest, Bomb Monkey is a colour-based puzzle game. You hold your 3DS book-style, and use either the...

Review: Slitherlink by Nikoli (3DS eShop)

Slitherlink by Nikoli (3DS eShop)

Voldemort's favourite puzzle

Hamster continues to roll out piecemeal the components of its forthcoming retail package Sudoku + 7 Other Complex Puzzles by Nikoli onto the eShop, now breaking out the brain-bender Slitherlink by Nikoli. Unlike past efforts Sudoku by Nikoli and Kakuro by Nikoli, Slitherlink offers a type of teaser seldom seen in digital...

News: Heroes of Ruin Demo Hits North America Next Week

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: CIRCLE Bringing Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D to eShop

CIRCLE Bringing Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D to eShop

Cat scratch fever

CIRCLE Entertainment's prolific output continues with no fewer than 21 titles on the way to the 3DS eShop and DSi Shop in the coming months. One of the most interesting titles is Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D: Space Recipe for Disaster by Tanukii Studios, a follow-up to DSiWare stand-out Go! Go! Kokopolo. We've approached Tanukii for more...

News: Prepare for the Abyss on DSiWare

Prepare for the Abyss on DSiWare

Don't forget a light

EnjoyUp Games has released a lot of download titles, particularly on DSiWare, with Gaia's Moon standing out as an excellent release at 200 Nintendo Points. That word Gaia has appeared once again, this time as a collectible in upcoming DSiWare release Abyss. The purpose of Abyss is to navigate a robot called Nep2no in the depths...

Review: Sonic Blast (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

Sonic Blast (3DS eShop / Game Gear)

From the past, not a blast

Not to be confused with Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Blast only really shares a fondness for rendered sprites with its 16-bit namesake, sticking to more mainline Sonic staples like running, spinning and grabbing Chaos Emeralds. The rendered sprites weren't particularly impressive back in 1996 and they don't stand up too well...

Nintendo Download: 28th June 2012 (Europe)

28th June 2012 (Europe)

Marvel Pinball and more

A motley group of superheroes headlines this week's Nintendo Download, but there's also the second week of the store's anniversary if you're after a bargain. Here's what's up this week. eShop: Marvel Pinball 3D (Zen Studios, £6.30/€7) — The follow-up to the successful (and rather good) Zen Pinball 3D, this brings with...

Review: Order Up!! (3DS eShop)

Order Up!! (3DS eShop)

Finger-licking good

When it comes to real-world occupations that double as compelling experiences in gaming, the list is pretty short. Soldier, of course. Taxi driver. City planner. And, surprisingly enough, restaurant manager. Order Up!! isn't the first game to tap into that particular well of gainful employment, but it certainly is one of the...

News: Ten Games Discounted in European eShop Sale

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...