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Nintendo Download: 13th June (Europe)

13th June (Europe)

Animal Crossing arrives, along with Game Gear goodies and more

It's Monday, so it's time to see what we have lined up for this week's Nintendo Download update in Europe, minus any E3 surprises, of course. One of the year's most anticipated 3DS retail titles finally lands, along with the latest Famicom Anniversary Promotion game and a lot of Game...

Nintendo Download: 6th June (North America)

6th June (North America)

A New Leaf is turned, Wii U goes retro, discounts and Neo Geo goodness

It's Nintendo Download time once again, North America, with your goodies a little scaled back compared to the extravagances of last week. Alongside confirmation that there'll be extensive footage and coverage from the upcoming E3 Nintendo Direct on the eShop platforms, we have...

News: Club Nintendo's June Rewards Bring Out More Retro Goodies

Club Nintendo's June Rewards Bring Out More Retro Goodies

Including one of the greatest platformers ever made

It's that time again, North America, when you're tempted to part with your hard-earned Nintendo coins in exchange for a free download game, and for Europeans to unite as one and say "why don't we get monthly game offers?" In any case, there are four new games to consider if you have a Wii U, Wii...

Review: The King of Fighters '99 (Wii / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '99 (Wii / Neo Geo)

Different, but still impressive

The King of Fighters is a series that's long been a staple of the Neo Geo platform. But with a few new twists and added bells and whistles, the developers have kicked things up a notch. While not as revered as its predecessor, considered by many to be the pinnacle of the series, King of Fighters '99 still adds enough...

Nintendo Download: 16th May (North America)

16th May (North America)

Super inexpensive Metroid, scares, soldiers, retro classics and more

It's that time, North America, and you've undoubtedly got a particularly meaty lineup this week. All three Virtual Console services have new content, and the region gets a special retro Mario offer on the Wii U. There's also a stone-cold classic for 30 cents, along with quite a...

Nintendo Download: 9th May 2013 (Europe)

9th May 2013 (Europe)

Moving Minis, an adventurous starship, a commando, retro goodies and more

It may be a Bank Holiday in some parts, but the European Nintendo Download waits for no-one, with this week's update being a fairly meaty offering featuring every current platform. We have some high-profile arrivals on the 3DS eShop, an assortment of retro treats and even a...

Review: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Everybody wants to rule the World

Right from the six-note melody that opens the first stage, you can tell there's something special about Super Mario World. This is the Super Nintendo launch title that set the bar impossibly high for day-one releases, created the magic that games such as Super Mario 64, Sonic Adventure, and Luigi's Mansion have...

Review: Sengoku (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Sengoku (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

An interesting twist on the beat 'em up genre

Given the popularity of arcade titles like Final Fight and Double Dragon, the beat 'em up genre was a big draw in arcades during the late eighties and early nineties. Hoping to cash in on some of this success, SNK created its own unique take on the genre with Sengoku for its Neo Geo system. While the...

Review: Ice Climber (Wii U eShop / NES)

Ice Climber (Wii U eShop / NES)

Slippery controls are on thin ice

Ice Climber, despite the self-explanatory title, is more complex than a cursory glance would suggest. Popo the parka-toting lad (and identical twin Nana in the multiplayer mode) must scale thirty-two vertically scrolling mountains to rescue a large number of delicious eggplants, using only wits and indestructible...

Nintendo Download: 25th April 2013 (North America)

25th April 2013 (North America)

Free Rayman, Mega Man, a colourful commando and more

It's that time, Nintendo Download fans in North America, when you can cast your gaze over the downloadable treats coming your way. After last week's somewhat epic list, this week we have a much smaller range of options to chew over. One of them is a free part of a rather awesome looking Wii U...

Nintendo Download: 25th April 2013 (Europe)

25th April 2013 (Europe)

A legendary Rayman freebie, brawling gods, Mega Man and more

A little later than normal this week, Nintendo of Europe has told us what to expect in this week's Nintendo Download update. No news of any Wii U Virtual Console games — though that doesn't necessarily mean they're not coming — but plenty of titles to choose from including some free,...

News: Wii U Virtual Console Will Arrive Shortly After Next Week's System Update

Wii U Virtual Console Will Arrive Shortly After Next Week's System Update

Time for the real deal

So far we've seen glimpses of the Wii U Virtual Console, courtesy of the Famicom Anniversary celebrations bringing us one classic a month for just £0.30/$0.30. And yet, following next week's system update, the real thing will arrive and bring regular retro downloads to the system. As we've already experienced, the VC...

Review: NAM-1975 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

NAM-1975 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

War is heaven

Although NAM-1975 was an early Neo Geo release, it's certainly not short on fun. Released in 1990, it took a simple shooting approach and built an interesting war theme around it. Simple mechanics and a level of playability that wasn't too common in the genre made for an amazing gameplay experience. Now SNK Playmore is bringing back...