We hope you like Mario
Just because 3DS is out doesn't mean the DSi XL is totally dead: Nintendo knows it's onto a good thing with the giant-sized handheld, and has put together two new hardware bundles for North America for the holidays. The packs are available in Metallic Rose or Midnight Blue and both come with a free copy of Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, as well as three..
Dragons, castles and more
Some games we expected to be available today haven't made it, but here's the full list of what's up for your download dollars today including the 3DS's first ever paid video content. 3DS Virtual Console: Double Dragon (Game Boy, Aksys, $3.99) — The classic 2D side-scroller finally makes it to North America, nearly four...
Everything's not lost
Well, maybe that's a bit strong, but we can't help but get a little excited when we hear news of another Virtual Console game heading to Wii, even if it is only Double Dragon II on NES. Aksys confirmed it's taking the 8-bit beat 'em up digital in the near future, though there's no more concrete release window than that. Of...
Cat's out of the bag
A little something for everyone this week — other than Wii Virtual Console fans, that is — from WiiWare demos to forgotten classics. 3DS Virtual ConsoleCatrap (Game Boy, ASK, $2.99) — The original turning-back-time puzzler featuring cats — take that, Blinx the Timesweeper — this game is exactly what Virtual Console is about: a hidden gem given a new lease of life..
Mario in tow too
The new Wii console without GameCube support is officially coming to North America, Nintendo has confirmed. From 23rd October Nintendo will offer a black Wii with New Super Mario Bros. Wii and an exclusive Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack CD to boot. The deal will cost around $149.99. Will you be picking one up? BLACK WII HOLIDAY...
Following on from Baseball and Golf, the Game Boy sports trend continues with this week's Virtual Console release, while WiiWare gets some futuristic shooting action while DSiWare gets medical problems and minesweeping. The Nintendo Download: always varied. 3DS Virtual Console: Side Pocket (Game Boy, G-Mode, $2.99) — Europe...
Nintendo of America has just announced new partnerships with Dreamworks Animation, 3net and the Blue Man Group that will see all three bring new 3D video to the Nintendo Video application on 3DS. The first video from Dreamworks, featuring the characters from Monsters vs. Aliens, will go live today, followed by a second video featuring...
So many 1-Ups
If ever you've sat down to calculate exactly how much you need to spend to secure that must-have item in Club Nintendo, you'll know it's a frightening prospect. Not as frightening as seeing the global totals for Club Nintendo coins in spreadsheet form, though. David Dayton has collated all the facts and figures for Club Nintendo coins:...
Another trip to Super Mario Land
With yesterday's release of Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition you'd be forgiven for thinking there's nothing worth paying for today, but this certainly is not the case. 3DS Virtual Console: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — One of Mario's best portable outings, this...
Twinbee, cubes and a ninja
This week's North American download releases once again cover all three of Nintendo's platforms, though fans anticipating a particular release may feel that the titles on offer don't quite cut it. Read on for details. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: TwinBee (Nintendo, $4.99) — The 3D Classics series continues with another...
Mega Heroz this week
Details of this week's North American downloads are sure to please, with a variety of titles on all formats. Without further ado, check below for details. 3DS Virtual Console: Mega Man: Dr Wily's Revenge (Game Boy, Capcom, $3.99) — Mega Man's first adventure on the Game Boy gets the 3DS Virtual Console treatment. Our review...
Metallic Rose colour to premiere this month in North America
Have you found yourself wishing that you could finally buy that DSi XL if it only were available in your favourite colour? If that colour is metallic pink, you're in luck, as Nintendo recently announced its plans to release such a device on 18th September. The DSi XL, of course, is like...
Another mixed bag
You know the drill by now: today's Nintendo Download spans the good, the not-so-good and the downright baffling. Here's what's available for you today. 3DS Virtual ConsoleGolf (Game Boy, Nintendo, $2.99) — Take to the links in this simple take on a good walk spoiled. Whether it's a better golf game than free Ambassador game NES Open Tournament Golf is a matter for our review to..
Points at the ready
RedLynx's WiiWare racing-platform lovechild MotoHeroz will finally make it to the podium next week, with a confirmed North American and European release date of 15th September. It'll set you back a pretty penny though, costing 1500 Wii Points, putting it amongst the most expensive games on the service. As our exclusive Feature: The Game Modes of MotoHeroz explains, that money..
NES, DSiWare and WiiWare
By now you've probably downloaded the 10 free NES Ambassador games for 3DS but if there's still currency burning a hole in your pocket help is at hand. Here's what's vying for your virtual funds this week. WiiWare: Trenches Generals (Fishing Cactus, 700pts) — This is a strategy war game that some recognise from an earlier...
Free video launches tomorrow
Nintendo is about to throw a whole bunch of free games at you tomorrow — here's the free NES 3DS games for North America — but many of you are already looking ahead to when the Game Boy Advance games will launch later this year. While that date is as-yet unspecified, Nintendo is preparing to launch a download to...
Possibly into your heart
SEGA's new 3DS rhythm game with the rad name is officially hopping flights from Japan to North America and Europe next year under the new moniker of Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure. Playing as the thief Raphael, you attempt to unravel the mystery of what happened to your father through stealing, puzzle solving and, presumably, letting the music take you over in..
London Life mode revealed
There's something inexplicably thrilling about getting a new game, but how about getting two new games in one? We bet you're giddy already. The next announcement might just tip you over the edge: Professor Layton and the Last Specter is coming to North America on 17th October and contains a bonus game. Layton's had bonus games before of course, but nothing on this scale..
Watched over by the Gargoyle
This week in the Nintendo Download there's something new available for almost every downloadable platform, with 3DSWare the only thing missing out. There's even a WiiWare demo, so without any further hesitation let's bring you the rundown. 3DS Virtual ConsoleGargoyle's Quest (Game Boy, Capcom, $3.99) — Play as Firebrand (aka Red Arremer) and take on the creatures of..
More games to follow
Way back last year we broke the news that Back to the Future would not make it to WiiWare, but Telltale has just announced an agreement with Nintendo of America that will see the series reach Wii after all. Back to the Future: The Game will contain all the episodes available digitally on other platforms, and will see release on Wii in October for $19.99. It's the first in a..
North American date confirmed
Natsume has revealed that the the long-awaited second Wii entry in the Rune Factory series, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, will see the light of day in North America on 27th September. The Rune Factory spin-off from the popular Harvest Moon series combines farming elements with more traditional role-playing features, with real-time combat and an epic storyline the..
Demi Moore nowhere in sight
We've seen tattooing in Art of Ink, music creation in Rytmik and cosmetics in Make Up & Style, but DSiWare's appetite for unusual games is insatiable. Surely Infinite Dreams' Thursday release Let's Create! Pottery will go some way to plugging a hole, though. The 500 Point title promises "eye-catching gorgeous 3D graphics" and "tons of relaxing..
Take a deep breath
Wii owners in North America, you don't have to wait until Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is out on 20th November to play something new for your console: Kirby's Return to Dreamland is coming on 24th October. The four-player romp also be playable at the Penny Arcade Expo this week, so if you're in the Seattle area you can go...
Mario, Zelda and more on show
If you're on your way to PAX in Seattle this week, there's good news: you'll be able to get your hands on some of the biggest games heading to Nintendo consoles later this year. Attendees will be able to play Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 among others. Saturday August 27th will see a Star Fox 64 3D tournament between 7pm and 10pm,..
The toolbox is open
Let's get to it: theNintendo 3DS Ambassador program tool for North America is now open and ready to assert if you're in the free games promotion or not. Click the link above and enter your 3DS console's serial number to find out if you're enrolled. Some users have reported you need to leave off the final digit from your serial...
Fighting in the streets
It's that time of the week again: the Nintendo Download is upon us, bestowing a bounty of digital deliciousness, or leaving a sour taste in your mouth. You decide. Here's what's on offer and vying for your currency today. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: Urban Champion (Nintendo, $4.99) — The NES 'classic' is reborn in a third...
More red boxes on 28th August
That recent rumour about new Nintendo Selects games turned out to be true: four new games will slot into North America's budget range on 28th August. Topping the bill is legendary platformer Super Mario Galaxy, alongside papery adventure Super Paper Mario, Mario Strikers Charged Football and the non-Mario game
New content on all platforms
Is it Thursday already? With all the excitement around the 3DS price drop — happening tomorrow, remember — this is a crucial week for 3DS, and things just got even more exciting as it's Nintendo Download time. This week we've got a little bit of something for everyone, so let's dive in and see what there is. Virtual...
You knew it would happen sooner or later: the snazzy Flare Red 3DS console is leaving Japan and coming to North America next month. The new colour machine — renamed to Flame Red — launches on 9th September alongside Star Fox 64 3D, with retailers and publishers re-pledging their support for the console in advance of its price cut. Are...
Won't last forever
On 12th August Nintendo of America officially drops the price of 3DS to $169.99, and is compensating anyone who bought the machine at its earlier, higher price with 20 free Virtual Games from the eShop. What if there was a way to get both — the cheaper console and free games? Could you have your cake and eat it? The answer is...
According to Kotaku's retail sources, the Wii's budget Nintendo Selects range will get boosted with four new titles in the coming weeks. Super Paper Mario, Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Strikers Charged and Punch-Out!! will join the line-up of $19.99 games later this month. We'll have more as we get it.
Just keeps getting better
We continue to update our 3DS Ambassador and free eShop games FAQ but in case you missed it, the latest update is that Club Nintendo members in North America will be able to earn coins from the free Virtual Console games. Nintendo confirmed that anyone who links their 3DS eShop account and Club Nintendo account will be...
Acclaimed title crosses the pond
DSiWare gets new games every week, but not all of them are worth your hard-earned Points — that's why we review every single one of them, of course. One of the better titles to reach the service this year is Zoonies - Escape from Makatu, which is heading to North America on 18th August in both the DSi Shop and 3DS eShop. We gave the game 8/10 in our Zoonies -..
It's Mario's Picross time!
Get out the chisel and get on the grid as the original portable Picross comes to 3DS Virtual Console, alongside some Spanish, black-and-white rubber-burning and plenty more. 3DS Virtual Console: Mario's Picross (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — The classic picture crossword game makes its way across the pond after its 14th...
Farming, shrines and more
In all the excitement about 3DS price drops and free download games, don't forget your old friend the Nintendo Download. Here's what's available in North America later today. 3DS eShop: Let's Golf! 3D (Gameloft, $6.99) — The eShop's first properly new downloadable game, Gameloft's golfing game features six courses, eight...
Official titles revealed
Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 will launch in November and December this year respectively, Nintendo has announced. The company made the decree in the same statement that outlined the new 3DS price drop and Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games
Hoping to stop the rot
Fresh from the announcement of the Japanese 3DS price drop we have news of the North American savings. From 12th August the machine will drop to $169.99, down from $249.99, a huge price drop that Nintendo hopes will set the console up for a profitable holiday season. If you've already picked up your machine, you're eligible...
Giant AR card approaches
Club Nintendo coins burning a hole in the brick you use to store them? Want to set them free but don't fancy bashing your head in? You need a new reward, then. You can now choose from a Metroid: Other M screensaver, a set of three posters charting the history of Donkey Kong or, best of all, a giant double-sided AR card for...
Nintendo Video arrives!
After last week's excitement with the Netflix application coming to 3DS, now everyone gets a taste of free 3D video with the Nintendo Video application to download from the eShop. Elsewhere there's a 3D Classic, some DSiWare and a WiiWare title too. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: Xevious (Nintendo, $5.99) — The second...
Barrel roll with it
Star Fox 64 3D will buck Nintendo of America's regular trend for releasing games on Sunday, and will instead see release on Friday 9th September. We had chance to try the game out at a recent 3DS preview event and can confirm the game is shaping up pretty nicely, with some impressive use of 3D and a pleasing faithfulness to the...
Pixels and Netflix!
3DS gets its first "proper" downloadable application today in the very red form of Netflix. If you want something just a bit more interactive, there's plenty of new games to download too, as you'll read in the beautifully formatted list below. 3DS eShopNetflix (free) — The streaming video app comes to 3DS, and is free for any Netflix members on an unlimited streaming..
Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week...
Tomorrow, Europe gets the Nintendo Video application, as does Japan. Nintendo of America hasn't formally announced its plans yet, but now we have a bit more information and it doesn't sound entirely promising. Nintendo of America informed Joystiq that the service will arrive "later this summer". Granted,...
A strong week?
Another one-two punch of 3DS Virtual Console games this week, as well as a mixed bag of DSiWare and a little musical entertainment on WiiWare. Let's do this. 3DS Virtual ConsoleFortified Zone (Jaleco, Game Boy, $2.99) — Guide a male and female soldier through the fortified zone in this top-down shooter. It may not be the most well-known game from the Game Boy era, but we'll give it..
Have you been doing your surveys?
North American Gold and Platinum Club Nintendo members, here are your hard-earned rewards for this year. Gold members get a 2012 Nintendo desk calendar, while Platinum members can claim 25 limited edition pin badges presented in six puzzle boxes that, when rearranged, create images of Mario, a mushroom and Goomba...
This doesn't suck
Long-awaited Virtual Console games are where it's at today, with Wii and 3DS both receiving quality titles just in time for July. Wii Virtual Console: Final Fantasy III (Super NES, 800pts) — The wait is finally over as another 16-bit Square epic reaches Virtual Console in North America. Check out our Final Fantasy III review to...
Two games, one TRIP to the store
BIT.TRIP COMPLETE is coming on 13th September, but it won't be alone on North American retailer shelves as BIT.TRIP SAGA is landing on the same day. The 3D revamps of the WiiWare originals might lack the extra content of its COMPLETE cousin on Wii, but what it lacks in bonuses it makes up for in portability. And 3D. We got chance to try out the game at E3, so be..
Core fans rejoice!
BIT.TRIP COMPLETE, the disc collection of WiiWare's finest retro-styled musically-themed series, is coming to retail in North America on 13th September. The package contains all six games as well as a soundtrack CD, video gallery, 120 in-game challenges, art gallery, online leaderboards and more. Want to learn more about these games? Check out our BIT.TRIP reviews to see what..
Users make their words heard
Despite a few highlights on the horizon, we can all agree that Wii is in its final throes for hardcore gamers, but there are bright lights waiting to be translated: Pandora's Tower, The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles. Of those three however, only Xenoblade has a Western release confirmed, and even that is currently...
Final nail in the coffin?
Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the most anticipated Wii games of 2011, but while Nintendo of Europe is bringing the game to that territory its American counterpart has been very quiet on that front. Now it seems Nintendo of America will not publish the game, according to French marketing manager Mathieu Minel. Minel...
Anyone for Tennis?
Over in little old London, the Wimbledon Championships are ongoing, so Nintendo is looking to capitalise on it with its 3DS Virtual Console release this week. Let's see what else is available. 3DS Virtual Console: Tennis (Game Boy, $2.99) — A simplistic but moderately enjoyable portable rendition of the sport, this should tide...