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Nintendo Download: Shinobi, Brain Training, Combat of Giants, Protöthea and PictureBook Games (EU)

Shinobi, Brain Training, Combat of Giants, Protöthea and PictureBook Games (EU)

WiiWare plays catchup, DSiWare gets more miniature retail titles

Things are a bit disappointing on the download front for Europe this week - only the Virtual Console release can really be recommended. What's most interesting about this update is that we've finally gotten a WiiWare game North America has had for over a year - if only it was any good! It's taken a while, but the original Shinobi is..

News: Free NES Game Offer Now Available!

Free NES Game Offer Now Available!

If you purchased the Internet Channel, your NES game is waiting

Last night Nintendo updated the Shop Channel on Wii, paving the way for anyone who spent 500 Points on the Internet Channel to claim their free NES game, as we reported on way back when. If you're entitled, you'll need to connect to the Wii Shop Channel and run the update, then reconnect and look out for the onscreen help to get you..

Nintendo Download: Winds, Warriors, Dinosaurs and Domo-kun (US)

Winds, Warriors, Dinosaurs and Domo-kun (US)

A whopping five new DSi games.

This week's a mixture of catch-up games and new ones - Who would've thought that all five announced Domo-kun games for DSiWare would be released at the same time? Of course, today also sees the North American release of LostWinds 2, the fantastic sequel to the WiiWare launch game, as previously announced. LostWinds:...

Nintendo Download: 20-21 October 2009 (Japan)

20-21 October 2009 (Japan)

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..

Nintendo Download: Star Wars, Little Tournament, Heron, Monochrome Puzzle and Viking Invasion (EU)

Star Wars, Little Tournament, Heron, Monochrome Puzzle and Viking Invasion (EU)

Nintendo of Europe reveals Friday's download games two days in advance!

Bumped for the Thursday night visitors! We believe this is a first - NoE regularly announces the weekly new downloadable releases one day in advance, on Thursday, but this time they've chosen to do it two days in advance instead. This week has the nice amount of five new games, but keep in mind that they will not be available..

Nintendo Download: Pinballs, Fights and Gravity (US)

Pinballs, Fights and Gravity (US)

One for each service, again

With two games already previously announced, this week's new releases aren't very surprising, although many will no doubt be disappointed that a certain major WiiWare title Europe got last Friday is not part of the lineup. Final Fight 2 is arguably today's biggest new game, as it's really the only one we know a lot about. This SNES-exclusive sequel to the arcade classic..

Nintendo Download: 13-14 October 2009 (Japan)

13-14 October 2009 (Japan)

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 Famicom - Nintendo) -- Known in North America as..

Review: Final Fight 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight for two

The Mad Gear gang are back and out for revenge. This time they’ve kidnapped Guy’s fiancée Rena and her farther, so it falls to Haggar and friends to rescue them from the gang’s evil clutches. The original Final Fight was a classic side-scrolling brawler which received two paltry SNES ports, the first of which is already...

Nintendo Download: LostWinds, Happy Holidays, Final Fight, Wonder Boy, Dragon Quest and Photo Clock (EU)

LostWinds, Happy Holidays, Final Fight, Wonder Boy, Dragon Quest and Photo Clock (EU)

Nintendo celebrates the 100th WiiWare release in style.

Last week saw the release of a single WiiWare game in Europe, which happened to be the 99th - Logically, we all assumed that this meant Nintendo of Europe was saving something special as 100th release. Thankfully, we were right - One of today's new WiiWare games is a sequel to a launch game...

Review: Final Fantasy (Virtual Console / NES)

Final Fantasy (Virtual Console / NES)

The game that kicked off the most popular RPG series in existence.

Role-playing games began their climb to popularity during the early 80's on the many personal computers of the time period. These turn-based titles brought a more strategic element to gaming for those looking to use their minds more than their reflexes. Square obviously saw the...

Nintendo Download: Fantasies, Wars and Words (US)

Fantasies, Wars and Words (US)

Square's original RPG classic is finally here.

Just three games this week, but that doesn't mean they're not interesting - Especially not when one of them is the first game in Square's Final Fantasy seies. Final Fantasy on the NES was remade for the Game Boy Advance a while ago, which is possibly the reason Square held off on adding the game to...

Nintendo Download: 06-07 October 2009 (Japan)

06-07 October 2009 (Japan)

Another WiiWare holiday, three VC Releases and six DSiWare titles for next week!

Apparently there's been so much WiiWare released in Japan recently that they had to take a break next week, but there's three Virtual Console releases to make up for it and the DSi gets the lion's share of downloads again with six titles across all price points. Virtual...

News: Fight in the Street on Virtual Console Later This Month

Fight in the Street on Virtual Console Later This Month

The TurboGrafx-CD version of the original Street Fighter will be available in all territories soon.

As on every other Friday, Nintendo of Japan today revealed their download plans for next week, and among the games to be released is Fighting Street, a port of the original Street Fighter that is quite close to the arcade version. We already reported that the game had been rated by the OFLC a while..

Nintendo Download: Star Wars, Art Style and Escape Game (EU)

Star Wars, Art Style and Escape Game (EU)

One new game for each service

Just three new games this week, but the offerings are quite good - Virtual Console and DSiWare get two new games in familiar series while WiiWare gets a puzzle game Japan has had since December last year. Of course the biggest release of the week is Super Empire Strikes Back, the second SNES Star Wars game. As you can probably guess, it's based on Episode V of the..

Nintendo Download: Art, Beasts, Cars, Paddles and Wars (US)

Art, Beasts, Cars, Paddles and Wars (US)

Catchup on the Wii, new games on the DSi.

Yes, it's that time again - time to release a few WiiWare and Virtual Console games Europe has already had for some time! The WiiWare side of things is quite decent, but most people will likely pass on this week's single new VC offering. DSiWare gets a certain anticipated strategy title from Square Enix and a new Art Academy game from Nintendo. Taito has..

Review: R-Type (Virtual Console / Master System)

R-Type (Virtual Console / Master System)

Blast off and attack the evil Bydo Empire once again in 8-bit!

While we applaud Sega for bringing some of its most fondly remembered Master System games to the Virtual Console, we can’t help feeling that on this occasion it is a little bit pointless. After all, we’ve had a near arcade perfect port of R-Type on the TurboGrafx-16 since 2006, which humbles the Sega Master System version by..

News: Nintendo Download 29-30 September 2009 (Japan)

Nintendo Download 29-30 September 2009 (Japan)

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..

News: Japanese Virtual Console List - October 2009

Japanese Virtual Console List - October 2009

Two Nintendo games which recently got DS remakes are coming to VC.

Next month's Japanese Virtual Console lineup is quite surprising - Two games which weren't expected to be released on the VC anytime soon, because they just got DS remakes, will be released anyway! Both of them are from Nintendo. Perhaps they're trying to convince other companies to put their recently remade games on VC as well -..

Nintendo Download: R-Type, Cubes, Monkey Island, Poker and Cookery (EU)

R-Type, Cubes, Monkey Island, Poker and Cookery (EU)

WiiWare plays catchup to North America while VC and DSiWare both get one new game.

WiiWare this week is mostly predictable - All three games have been out in North America for some time, and two of them were even specifically announced for release today. VC and DSiWare are a bit more surprising, although neither of them has really gotten something great. You, Me and the Cubes is Nintendo's latest..