He's got a Yo-Kai Watch
Yo-Kai Watch 2 has already been confirmed for a North American release, but now we have the first confirmation that the ghost-catching title will also be making its way to Europe. The game's two versions -
Could be a big deal in the Nindie scene
It's common for eShop gamers in different territories to have differing game line-ups to choose from, with some titles taking a while to make their way around different regions. There are multiple factors such as localisation with languages, and the fact that Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America operate...
Should help developers to release globally quicker
We've highlighted in the past how obtaining age ratings can be a complicated and expensive process for Indie developers on tight budgets. While the ESRB service in North America is free and based online, complaints over the slower processes in PAL territories - which also cost a fair amount of money...
Smaller indies also struggling to make a living on Nintendo systems
We've reported on the less-than-ideal nature of global age ratings in the past, and what they mean for indie developers attempting to make a living on Nintendo's systems. Releasing a game internationally isn't a simple matter of pushing a button; age ratings must be granted in every...
Developers and publishers give us the details
In recent weeks some headlines have been made by the ratings agencies and the related processes for getting eShop games from development studios and onto our Nintendo consoles. An early shot was fired by Renegade Kid in an interview with us late last year, in which co-founder Jools Watsham explained why,...
Tyrone Rodriguez talks about regional differences
Nicalis is the publisher behind eShop classics like Cave Story, Ikachan and NightSky, and the company will be helping Pelikan13 launch the fabulous-looking '90s Arcade Racer on the Wii U later this year
Blood on the dancefloor
A German rating for the Zen Studios "experimental rhythm game" KickBeat suggests that the downloadable PS3 and PS Vita title is headed to the Wii U eShop. This unique brawler combines music with combat action, and boasts a soundtrack packed with songs by artists such as Pendulum, Marilyn Manson, Celldweller, Blue Stahli,...
The only question now is which one
The Australian Classification Board has revealed that Konami's Pop'n Twinbee is coming to the Virtual Console. The vertically-scrolling shooter is the sequel to the original Twinbee, and takes place in a cartoon-like world where you pilot a ship with arms. However, before you get too excited about the prospect of...
A multiplatform release by Nintendo - but what is it?
A mysterious rating has appeared on the Australian Classification Board site for a Nintendo title by the name of NES Remix. Listed as a "multiplatform" release — which would suggest both Wii U and 3DS — the game has been awarded a "G" rating, with the level of violence listed as having a...
Steel Diver: Sub Wars breaks the surface
It was revealed some time ago that a version of Steel Diver would be Nintendo's first free-to-play offering, but we've now got a solid title thanks to The Australian Classification Board.
A story set to be told on European shores
Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl was released in North America earlier in the month and it appears the popular 3DS RPG may be making it to Europe too as it has been rated by the USK classifications board. The Etrian Odyssey series has seen a few titles released in Europe, including Etrian Odyssey...
The photographic app may make it to PAL regions
A few months back Chibi-Robo Live Action! was released in Japan but there has been little word on a Western adaptation for the 3DS eShop application. However, the Australian Classification Board has now rated a title called Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo!, indicating the game may come to PAL
Could be infecting the Wii U eShop after all
At the end of May 505 Games announced it will be publishing a new IP in the form of How to Survive, a zombified survival action game. At the time it stated the downloadable release would be made available for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 but there is now evidence that it could be coming to Wii U as...
We have a good feeling about this
Star Wars Pinball hit the Wii U eShop earlier this month, but it would appear that the game is also coming to the 3DS. A PEGI rating has surfaced for the game, which shouldn't be confused with the Wii U edtiion, as that has its
Following in its predecessor's footsteps?
Mighty Switch Force! 2 was let loose into the 3DS eShop last month and there have already been murmurs about the 2D platformer making its way to the Wii U in the same way its predecessor did. WayForward's creative director Matt Bozon recently said the studio would certainly look into the prospect of making...
UK newspaper investigates guns and violence in best-selling games
Critics have been saying that violent video games have a negative impact on children for decades, but recent fatal shootings in the US have resulted in renewed debate on the topic. UK newspaper The Guardian has decided to investigate the issue by highlighting the violent content of...
Could Namco Bandai's brawler be fighting to the Wii U or 3DS?
The Australian Classification Board has rated Tekken Revolution, a hitherto unheard of entry in the long-running fighting game franchise. This follows the news that Namco Bandai has also rated Tekken Arena in Europe — could we be looking at two entirely new instalments, or is this a...
Classification finally comes through
Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition has been available almost everywhere since the launch of the Wii U, but poor old Australia has been missing out. Thankfully, the wait is almost over — the Australian Classification Board has just rated the game, meaning that it'
So you know what that means
Fans of numbers and colouring in boxes, rejoice: it looks like Picross E is finally leaving Japan. The Australian Classification Board has rated the eShop game, which says to us it'll come to PAL regions in the coming months or, if we're really lucky, weeks. The last we heard of the Jupiter-developed puzzle game was...
No sooner has the Australian Classification Board tipped us off to a future appearance from Castlevania: The Adventure on 3DS Virtual Console than it's told us about Vampire: Master of Darkness (simply Master of Darkness in PAL territories) coming to VC too. Developed by SIMS Co. — who later went on to specialise in fishing games,...
Ratings board whips it out
3DS Virtual Console fans have a spooky treat to look forward to, as the Australian Classification Board has rated Castlevania: The Adventure. Well, we say 'treat', but The Adventure is generally regarded as one of the weaker entries in the series, particularly compared to follow-up Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge. Still,...
No, not Pokémon Conquest — the Australian Board of Classification (who we love) has rated Nintendo's feudal Pokémon crossover under its original Japanese title Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition. The rating appeared earlier today and seems to guarantee a PAL territories release for the next Pok
The Australian Classification Board is a treasure trove of hints at which games are waiting in the Virtual Console wings, and it's come up trumps again today with two more Game Gear games rated for 3DS. Shining Force: Sword of Hajya and Defenders of Oasis are both approved for sale on 3DS, and should hopefully hit the service later...
Rated Down Under
Fed up with never completing the epic storyline of SEGA's Vectorman series on Virtual Console? You may be able to play series closer Vectorman 2 on Virtual Console in the near future. The good old Australian Classification Board has rated Vectorman 2 for "multiple platforms". Virtual Console may be included in that — we...
Remember the controversy when the localised version of One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP only came with half the content of its Japanese counterpart? People weren't happy. Stand by to relive those emotions. The Australian Classification Board has rated One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP 2 for sale, so it's very likely we'll get the second part...
Have a Blast
The Australian Classifications Board has rated two more Sonic the Hedgehog games for 3DS Virtual Console. The Game Gear titles Sonic Blast and Sonic Labyrinth have both been rated for 3DS Virtual Console, indicating we'll see them somewhere further down the line. While neither is fondly remembered as a classic title in the Sonic canon...
Slice of the action
The Australian classifications board has rated Neo Geo scrapper Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge for Wii's Virtual Console service. Amakusa's Revenge introduced brothers Sogetsu and Kazuki Kazama, an "honorable death" move and even featured fatalities under certain conditions. We've already got Samurai Shodown, Samurai Shodown II and Samurai Shodown III on Virtual..
Ripe for the plucking?
The Australian Classification board has turned up a rating for Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns. The official rating calls the publisher "RISING STARS", though undoubtedly this refers to Rising Star Games, the publisher responsible for the Harvest Moon brand outside of America and Japan. As HM is Rising Star's biggest series it's highly likely it'll bring the..
Shoot to thrill
While we're still in the middle of a Virtual Console drought, there's no shortage of Virtual Console games ratings, at least. The latest title to join the likes of Super Street Fighter II and Strider on the waiting list is fellow Capcom title Mega Man 5. The NES outing for the Blue Bomber is already available in North America and Japan but has skipped out on PAL regions so far..
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