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Nintendo Download: 8th November 2012 (North America)

8th November 2012 (North America)

Paper Mario, Pokédex, dress up witches and dragons

It's that time again, when we drop everything we're doing to fire up the 3DS eShop, DSi Shop and maybe, on occasion, the Wii Shop. Yes, it's the Nintendo Download update, and this week has a mixture of retail treats, a demo and some lesser known download titles. Let's get to it. 3DS Download...

Review: Shock Troopers (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Shock Troopers (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Don't think, just shoot!

While the run-and-gun genre generally evolved into the side-scrolling blast-a-thons we all know and love, there were a few titles during the early arcade days that took a more overhead perspective like Capcom's popular Commando arcade release. It was this direction that developer Saurus took when it came time to put together...

Nintendo Download: 1st November 2012 (North America)

1st November 2012 (North America)

Freakiness, fast gnomz, hidden objects and cake slicing

While some Nintendo Download updates, particularly in recent weeks, are full of juicy and exciting options, we're not sure that this is one of those occasions. Both DSi and 3DS are covered with a mixture of titles, but Wii is left out entirely; no, there isn't even a Neo Geo fighter to keep the...

News: The Famicom's Biggest Rival Is 25 Years Old

The Famicom's Biggest Rival Is 25 Years Old

NEC's groundbreaking PC Engine comes of age

It makes us feel very old to say it, but NEC's popular 8-bit PC Engine console turned 25 yesterday. Better known in the US as the TurboGrafx-16, the system launched in Japan on October 30th, 1987 (yes, we know we're a day late with this) - a time when the Famicom was enjoying a period of total and utter...

Nintendo Download: 25th October 2012 (North America)

25th October 2012 (North America)

Liberation, a NightSky, puzzles, free extras and plenty of monsters

The Nintendo Download update has had some good weeks in recent times, and following today's Nintendo Direct we finally have the information on today's offerings; it looks like this is another one that'll have something for everyone. With DLC, a demo, a retail release and a number of...

Review: The Last Blade 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The Last Blade 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Last Blade Part Deux

When the original Last Blade title was released it took weapons-based fighting in 2D to new heights with its fluid play controls and intense fighting action. Not wanting to rest on its laurels, SNK soon put together a sequel that didn't try to really overhaul anything, but rather stuck to tweaking a few minor aspects of the...

Nintendo Download: 18th October 2012 (North America)

18th October 2012 (North America)

Time to get stylish, pose for the camera, go fishing, fly a spaceship and more

North America has enjoyed some busy Nintendo Download updates of late, with plenty of variety to choose from. This week is no exception with something for everyone, and the odd surprise, so let's get on with it. 3DS Download: Sparkle Snapshots 3D (Nintendo, $5.99) —...

Nintendo Download: 18th October 2012 (Europe)

18th October 2012 (Europe)

Mega Man goes portable, Mad Dogs, free Mutant Mudds DLC and more

While last week brought Pokémon dreaming and long-awaited samurai action to Europe, this week's update aims for the surprise factor. The upcoming 25th Anniversary of a certain Blue Bomber is celebrated, sort of, a retro light-gun game get's a second chance on the 3DS eShop, while the...

News: Capcom Responds To The Lack Of Mega Man On 3DS

Capcom Responds To The Lack Of Mega Man On 3DS

Too good to be true?

If we were to choose one franchise that is disappointingly absent from the 3DS library, it would have to be Mega Man. Following the soul-shattering decision to cancel Mega Man Legends 3, Capcom released Mega Man 1-3 on the 3DS eShop, but these Virtual Console titles have been limited to Japan. With fans clamoring for a Western...

Rumour: GameCube Coming to Wii U Virtual Console

GameCube Coming to Wii U Virtual Console

It's bound to happen, right?

The Wii U eShop is still a mystery, to the extent that we're assuming that it'll be branded as "eShop" on the basis of new pre-paid funding cards spotted in North America. Another mystery is the Virtual Console, as we've only been introduced to new download titles scheduled for the launch period, with few clues as to...

Review: Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Fair and balanced

Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers marks the seventh release in the series and the third and final release in the Real Bout sub-series. While there has always been a lot of debate about whether this game or Real Bout Fatal Fury Special is the better overall fighting game, it's nice to see SNK-Playmore giving Virtual Console fans...

News: Sorry, But GBA Games Aren't Coming To The 3DS Virtual Console After All

Sorry, But GBA Games Aren't Coming To The 3DS Virtual Console After All

Nintendo Australia issues 'corrective statement'

Remember that Dr. Mario GBA page we told you about on the Nintendo of Australia website? The one that made us think that GBA games may be on their way to the 3DS Virtual Console? Sadly, it was all just a big mistake. The page was listed 'in error' and Nintendo's Aussie department has issued the...

News: You'll Be Able To Play Your WiiWare and Virtual Console Games On Wii U

You'll Be Able To Play Your WiiWare and Virtual Console Games On Wii U

Put down those pitchforks

Today's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation was packed full of cool new information, but one item that will prove especially interesting for hardcore Wii downloaders is the news that digital Wii purchases will be transferable to the Wii U. That means you'll be able to re-download all of your existing WiiWare and Virtual...

Nintendo Download: 13th September 2012 (Europe)

13th September 2012 (Europe)

Zelda II, some bookworms and a metallic slug - it's all happening in this week's Euro Nintendo Download

3DS Virtual Console: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo, £4.50) — Arguably one of the most controversial games in the Zelda bloodline, this second NES outing combines side-scrolling action with top-down adventuring to create a heady mix...

News: Reward Yourself With Smash Bros. on NA Club Nintendo

Reward Yourself With Smash Bros. on NA Club Nintendo

Smashing

If you're yet to experience the very beginnings of the Super Smash Bros. franchise, you might be interested in the latest North American Club Nintendo reward: the original Super Smash Bros. on Virtual Console. The classic Nintendo 64 fighter is available as a prize until 16th September. It's a bit pricier than usual at 200 reward coins,...