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Nintendo Download: Jedi, Drills and Bubbles (US)

Jedi, Drills and Bubbles (US)

NoA takes a step back with only one game for each service.

It seems Nintendo of America has finally decided to take it easy for a week - There's only three new games this time. That's not to say they're bad though! For the Virtual Console there's Super Empire Strikes Back, the second game in the Super Star Wars series, which is based on the movie of the same name. Like the first game, it's..

Review: Pilotwings (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Pilotwings (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Soar like an eagle

Sometimes games deserve second chances. Let us tell you a story... A long time ago in a television studio far, far away, a member of our team took part in an episode of Games World, Hewland's Gamesmaster clone shown on Sky 1 in the UK. Everything was going great until the semi-final, when the skydiving stage from Pilotwings came...

News: Nintendo Download 25-26 August 2009 (Japan)

Nintendo Download 25-26 August 2009 (Japan)

The WiiWare party is back on with a load of new downloads for both Wii and DSi!

After taking a couple of week's holiday the Japanese WiiWare service is back in action with five new WiiWare releases (two of them aimed at small children), two Virtual Console titles and five new DSiWare downloads. Yes it does seem terribly unfair, but that's life. If you're fortunate enough to be able to partake of..

News: Japan Gets 20 More Namco Arcade Games

Japan Gets 20 More Namco Arcade Games

As if the lack of Namco arcade game support in the west wasn't bad enough already.

There's still no sign of more Namco games for Virtual Console Arcade outside Japan - We're still stuck with their initial three releases. Meanwhile, Japan has gotten over 20 arcade releases from Namco alone (That's about 2/3 of all the arcade games available in Japan), including classics like Splatterhouse, Rolling..

Nintendo Download: Pilotwings, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Pop Plus, Arkanoid and Bit.Trip (EU)

Pilotwings, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Pop Plus, Arkanoid and Bit.Trip (EU)

An all-star lineup for Europe this week!

There's a total of 5 new releases this week - And all of them are highly regarded games! Among them are two new Nintendo games, which, as Nintendo claims, are both being released because of this week's German Gamescom event. The Virtual Console finally gets a certain SNES launch title which strangely hasn't been made available yet - Pilotwings, a flight sim..

News: Mario vs. Donkey Kong and Pilotwings Out in Europe This Friday

Mario vs. Donkey Kong and Pilotwings Out in Europe This Friday

DSiWare and Virtual Console both get a Nintendo game.

The hotly anticipated Flipnote Studio only just came out, but Nintendo seems to have decided to continue supporting their download services with their own games - They're releasing another two of them later this week. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again is the third game in the Mario vs...

Nintendo Download: Ninjas, Picture Books, Slot Cars, Sudoku and Guitars (US)

Ninjas, Picture Books, Slot Cars, Sudoku and Guitars (US)

Nintendo of America does a bit of catching up.

There's nothing really unexpected this week - Except for the fact that it seems LucasArts won't be releasing their Super Star Wars games in consecutive weeks, as there's no new one this time. Four of today's five new games have already been released in Europe, so we've already got reviews ready. The Virtual Console has the best new game this week,..

Review: Phantasy Star (Virtual Console / Master System)

Phantasy Star (Virtual Console / Master System)

The starting point for a venerable roleplaying legend

Pity the poor Master System. South America and Europe aside, it just could not compete with the unstoppable NES despite superior technology and some cracking games. Among those titles is what could be considered the machine's killer app - a huge game with a matching price tag, which not only tested the hardware but also the boundaries and..

Nintendo Download: Phantasy Star, Flipnote Studio, Sujin Taisen, Rattle Battle and Slot Car Racing (EU)

Phantasy Star, Flipnote Studio, Sujin Taisen, Rattle Battle and Slot Car Racing (EU)

2 DSiWare and WiiWare games, and one Virtual Console game.

For the first time in quite a while, this week brings us two new DSiWare games. Today's other new releases aren't exactly surprising! For DSiWare, there's the previously announced Flipnote Studio, a nifty application which lets you draw your very own animations, which you can then fine-tune in various ways before uploading them to a special..

Nintendo Download: 18-19 August (Japan)

18-19 August (Japan)

VC and DSiWare on offer next week whilst the WiiWare holiday continues.

After the mega update preceding the Oban Festival holiday this week it looks like things are returning to normal with 4 VC releases and 7 DSi releases for next week, though nothing new in the WiiWare pipeline. Virtual ConsoleIke lke! Nekketsu Hockey-bu (500pts - Technos) -- A...

News: Buy Metroid Prime Trilogy, Get the Original Metroid Free

Buy Metroid Prime Trilogy, Get the Original Metroid Free

Nintendo of Europe offers a free VC game to those quick to the punch.

Two years ago, the original Metroid was made available on the Virtual Console in order to generate some hype for the release of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption a few months later. It seems only fitting that there is now yet another promotion featuring the original NES game, as Metroid Prime Trilogy will be released in Europe early..

Review: Super Star Wars (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Star Wars (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Is the force strong with this one?

When Super Star Wars was released in 1992, it was an instant success. Offering old-school platforming but set in the Star Wars universe and culminating in the destruction of the Death Star, the video game format fit the movies like Harrison Ford fits the role of a roguish scoundrel. At the time, video game critics...

News: LucasArts Bringing Classic Games to Virtual Console

LucasArts Bringing Classic Games to Virtual Console

The ESRB has rated one of LucasArts' classic SNES games. Update: And more are on the way too!

If you've been keeping up with LucasArts lately, you might've noticed that recently, they've begun to rerelease many of their classic games, after years of seemingly not listening to the cries of fans asking them to do so. Online download service Steam recently got a bunch of games from their back..

Nintendo Download: Kindred Spirits, Rock N' Roll, Star Wars and Different Art (US)

Kindred Spirits, Rock N' Roll, Star Wars and Different Art (US)

Well, that didn't take long - Super Star Wars is available today, among other games!

We only just reported on the ESRB rating a classic Star Wars SNES game less than an hour ago, but it turns out the rating isn't going to be sitting there without the game actually being out for multiple months - Super Star Wars is available today! It's accompanied by the long-awaited North American releases of..

News: Spidey goes pink in The Revenge of Shinobi

Spidey goes pink in The Revenge of Shinobi

Peter Parker might have something to say about this.

Hardcore SEGA fans will no doubt be aware that The Revenge of Shinobi on the Mega Drive / Genesis had a few incarnations during its lifetime due to copyright issues. It’s a proud person who still owns the original Mega Drive cart which features boss characters such as The Hulk, The Terminator,...

Review: Tecmo Bowl (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Tecmo Bowl (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Older. Prettier. Just not wiser.

In every genre there is one game that stands as a pinnacle to which other games in that genre aspire. Final Fantasy VII, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Sexy Poker. In their respective genres, these games are the standard by which other games are judged. Tecmo Bowl for the NES is often cited as that standard for classic American rules football games. But..

Nintendo Download: Bonsai Barber, The Revenge of Shinobi and City Transport Maps (EU)

Bonsai Barber, The Revenge of Shinobi and City Transport Maps (EU)

Zoonami's hairdressing game is finally out, and it's accompanied by Sega's awesome ninja game. Oh, and some city maps.

After skipping a week, the Official Nintendo Magazine has once again revealed the Wii/DSi updates in advance. As promised a while ago, today finally sees the European release of Bonsai Barber. Accompanying it is a single Virtual Console game and two DSiWare applications which might..

Nintendo Download: Mechas, Sexy Poker, Football and Art (US)

Mechas, Sexy Poker, Football and Art (US)

The Virtual Console shows signs of life.

The past two North American Wii/DSi updates had no new Virtual Console games, but thankfully, there is one this week. It's accompanied by two WiiWare games and the final DSiWare Art Style game (For now). On WiiWare, today brings us the previously announced Overturn. Perhaps taking a bit of inspiration from Nintendo's Custom Robo series, you must customize..