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Nintendo Download: 26th June (North America)

26th June (North America)

Shovel Knight, Wii Sports, 5 DSiWare games (yes, really!) and much more

It's time again for your Nintendo download update, North America, and this one is a beauty. There's a double release of an eagerly anticipated action platformer, more Wii Sports shenanigans, discounts and plenty of choices across Wii U, 3DS and even DSiWare. Let's get to it...

Review: Shovel Knight (3DS eShop)

Shovel Knight (3DS eShop)

This is the kind of shovelware we can dig

Shovel Knight is the adventure of Shovel Knight, a knight with a shovel. That simple — and gloriously absurd — premise has somehow resulted in some of the strongest hype the 3DS eShop has seen yet. The good news is that the final product absolutely lives up to the lofty expectations; the even better news...

Review: Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop)

Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop)

Digging for gold

Yacht Club Games' faux-retro platformer Shovel Knight has become one of the most anticipated titles to come out of the crowdfunding craze. It's frightening to think that Shovel Knight might not have come to fruition without Yacht Club Games' highly successful Kickstarter campaign — games like this don't come around often. Yacht...

News: ZaciSa's Last Stand Begins Its Defence on the Wii U eShop on 3rd July

ZaciSa's Last Stand Begins Its Defence on the Wii U eShop on 3rd July

"Coming soon" in Europe

ZaciSa's Last Stand is the début release from ZeNfA Productions, which was founded by Greg Wiggleton; it's the latest in the range of budget releases arriving on the Wii U eShop courtesy of the Nintendo Web Framework support. That platform has opened the door for projects and game engines utilising code such as HTML5 and...

Video: Nintendo Game Developers 'Sing' About Their Upcoming Wii U Releases

Nintendo Game Developers 'Sing' About Their Upcoming Wii U Releases

Splatoon! Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker! Star Fox! More!

So, we admit, that's a cheeky headline, though we trust the 'Sing' and image have tipped you off to what's really going on here. Nintendo has released a rather funny video of its big-name developers singing songs about their current Wii U projects... in Tomodachi Life. One of this game's...

News: The Unreleased Super Mario 64 DD Edition Appears to Have Been Uncovered

The Unreleased Super Mario 64 DD Edition Appears to Have Been Uncovered

Awesome collectable, but imperfect version of the classic

Super Mario 64 is one of the most iconic, important games ever produced, and is treasured by many gamers. It's safe to say that it's in most collections of those rocking a Nintendo 64, so while it's much-loved it's not exactly collectable gold. The unreleased Nintendo 64 DD version, however,...

News: Hyrule Warriors Downloadable Costume Sets Feature Twilight Princess Outfits for Link and Zelda

Hyrule Warriors Downloadable Costume Sets Feature Twilight Princess Outfits for Link and Zelda

Screens for Agitha, Lana, Zant and Argorok also released

Though we have release dates for Hyrule Warriors in the West, one area that's yet to be outlined is whether there'll be multiple retail editions with additional costume sets, as is the case in Japan. At present the official website outlines three offerings, with details as follows. A...

News: Stealth Inc 2 Could Arrive on Wii U as Early as October, Level Editor and Miiverse Details Explained

Stealth Inc 2 Could Arrive on Wii U as Early as October, Level Editor and Miiverse Details Explained

Curve Studios shows us its upcoming exclusive

Stealth Inc 2 was announced not so long ago, and was surprising as it was confirmed to be a Wii U exclusive. It'll certainly be a welcome addition to the eShop, and an intriguing one in light of the fact that the original title never made it to Nintendo hardware. We've just recently had a look at the...

News: Twitter Hashtag Brings Bunches of Well Wishes for Recovering Satoru Iwata

Twitter Hashtag Brings Bunches of Well Wishes for Recovering Satoru Iwata

He'll never have a potassium deficiency

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has had to take it easy lately after a recent surgery to remove a growth from his bile duct. Twitter users have been taking to the feeds to wish the Nintendo head the best as he recovers but, as this is Twitter, they've been doing so by honoring Iwata's iconic, fruit-based pose...

News: Moon Chronicles to Hit Europe in Q4 This Year, Including All Episodes in One

Moon Chronicles to Hit Europe in Q4 This Year, Including All Episodes in One

No episodic approach outside North America

Renegade Kid's Moon Chronicles: Episode 1 has been available in North America since mid-May, with episode two on the way relatively soon — this episodic remake of DS retail game Moon will ultimately arrive in four parts. Its arrival in Europe has been held back to date, however, with the developer telling...

Review: 2048 (3DS eShop)

2048 (3DS eShop)

4x4 for fun

It should not be surprising any more when a mobile game gets ported over to a Nintendo platform. It happened with high-profile smart device mainstays Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, and we've also seen it with several lesser-known

News: Pokémon Art Academy Sneaks Top Spot in Japanese Charts as Console Sales Dip

Pokémon Art Academy Sneaks Top Spot in Japanese Charts as Console Sales Dip

3DS still top, Wii U remains as number one console

It's time once again for the Media Create Japanese chart results, and this week tells a tale of modest sales across the board. Though the numbers are low Nintendo still has plenty to cheer. Pokémon Art Academy makes its début this week and sneaks into top spot, narrowly out-selling more...

Guide: Forming Your Own StreetPass Meet-Up Group

Forming Your Own StreetPass Meet-Up Group

Make the most of your 3DS

Just recently we brought you an interview with StreetPass Liverpool's Anthony Boyd, to learn a little more about how these events and groups come together to share a passion for 3DS. Now we have a guide from James Parker, who created and runs the StreetPass Metro Detroit group along with other keen gamers. Shortly after...

News: Miiverse Update Adds Post Embed Option, Activity Feed Customisation and More

Miiverse Update Adds Post Embed Option, Activity Feed Customisation and More

Say "meh" to Yeahs

Nintendo's ever-evolving Miiverse social network has had another update today, tweaking the experience in customising your Activity Feed, improving the browser-based User Page and adding an option to embed posts on websites. The latter option is a simple button at the end of a post that gives you some embed code, though it should...

Interview: Bertil Hörberg Jumps Back Into the Saddle With Gunman Clive 2

Bertil Hörberg Jumps Back Into the Saddle With Gunman Clive 2

"I felt I needed a bit more colour this time"

When it arrived with relatively little fanfare in December 2012, Gunman Clive appeared to be a cheap and cheerful Holiday title. Then we played it. What had seemed like a modest download game transpired to be a short slice of finely crafted fun with a charming aesthetic, which combined with a budget...

News: Save The Universe From Evil Vegetables In Upcoming Wii U eShop title, Ice Cream Surfer

Save The Universe From Evil Vegetables In Upcoming Wii U eShop title, Ice Cream Surfer

I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ice cream!

You love ice cream and hate broccoli. This is a classic childhood scenario at its best. And now – gamers will be able to fight for their love of their favourite desert in the upcoming Wii U eShop title – Ice Cream Surfer. According to recently spotted rating listings on PEGI and the USK,...

News: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Metro: Last Light Developers Aiming to Bring Areal to Wii U

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Metro: Last Light Developers Aiming to Bring Areal to Wii U

Blasting towards crowdfunding target

For Wii U gamers hoping for a shooter on the system that also aims to innovate the genre and provide a compelling post-apocalyptic atmosphere, Areal should perhaps be on their radar. It's a project by West Games, comprised of team members that worked on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series and Metro: Last Light. Presented...

News: Culture Cal Hopes to Celebrate The Holidays With This Majora's Mask Advent Calendar

Culture Cal Hopes to Celebrate The Holidays With This Majora's Mask Advent Calendar

A wooden board with an etched map of Termina and 24 'mask tokens'

Our dreams of a remake reveal for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask may have gone unfulfilled during E3, but the iconic Nintendo 64 title still lives on in various fan projects and products. One example is currently seeking crowdfunding support — it's a rather charming advent...