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Nintendo Download: 26 April 2010 (North America)

26 April 2010 (North America)

Arcade minis, puzzling and fighting on Wii; driving, tower defence, shooting and more on DSi

Whilst the Wii has the usual 3-release week (two WiiWare and one Virtual Console) the DSi has six new releases this week in North America – whew! Also of note is the next entry in the WarioWare D.I.Y. Big Name Game series, this time from Edmund McMillen of Team Meat, who is behind the upcoming Super Meat..

News: Dedicated Castlevania Fan Beats NES Version With Dance Mat

Dedicated Castlevania Fan Beats NES Version With Dance Mat

Virtual Console port is bested using some smooth moves

Those of you brave enough to have downloaded the Virtual Console port of the original NES Castlevania will be aware that the game is hard. As in tough-as-old-boots hard. Here at Nintendo Life Towers we've lost count of the number of NES pads we've broken over the years attempting to put Drac...

Nintendo Download: 27 & 28 April (Japan)

27 & 28 April (Japan)

World Game Parade comes to a close, bountiful VC and lots of DSiWare, next week in Japan

WiiWareKatamuki Spirits (500pts - Marvelous) – Whilst it may have a fancier sounding name, this is of course DK Games' Equilibrio re-badged as the final entry in Marvelous Entertainment's World Game Parade. We certainly thought it was a fun marble rolling game as seen in our Equilibrio review

Nintendo Download: 23rd April 2010 (EU)

23rd April 2010 (EU)

Doctors for the Wii, worms, fish, notebooks and watches for the DSi this week in Europe

There's only a couple of brand new games for Europe this coming Friday, with most of the DSiWare offerings and the Virtual Console release being catch-up titles with North America - though we welcome them to the European DSi and Wii Shops all the same. DSiWareEarthworm Jim (500pts - Gameloft) -- In the absence..

Nintendo Download: 19th April 2010 (North America)

19th April 2010 (North America)

The Blue Bomber returns to North America, and he's bringing some high school drama, postcards, puzzles and more Game & Watch titles with him

It's another big retro week for North America, with four titles that are either older than you or will make you remember just how old you are. WarioWare D.I.Y. players also have a new Big Name Game coming their way this week as WayForward's Matt Bozon..

Nintendo Download: 20th & 21st April (Japan)

20th & 21st April (Japan)

Ivy the Kiwi makes a multi-platform assault, a new free app for DSi and more all-new games next week in Japan

After last week's slim pickings this week actually provides some choice on both Wii and DSi on the download front, including the first free app from Nintendo on the DSi since the Wii no Ma media viewer was released last May. Better still all...

Talking Point: The Virtual Console's PAL Problem

The Virtual Console's PAL Problem

60Hz and the confusing state of Virtual Console emulation

“Many people don’t know what the difference between 50Hz and 60Hz is, but since most modern TV models support 60Hz it’s definitely worth finding out.” This interesting and illuminative statement, plucked readily from any number of Nintendo Wii game manuals, is fascinating in its...

Nintendo Download: 16th April 2010 (Europe)

16th April 2010 (Europe)

Mega Man, Mr. Driller, gladiators and more

There's a little bit for everyone this week, as all three services get at least one good to great title. DSiWare obviously steals the show again with the usual four releases, while WiiWare gets two and the Virtual Console gets its usual one. Keep in mind these games won't be available until midnight (Central European Time), Nintendo has just revealed the..

Nintendo Download: 13th & 14th April 2010 (Japan)

13th & 14th April 2010 (Japan)

Scribbling and monster fish for Wii, with a bit of zookeeping for the DSi next week in Japan

Japan's release schedule this year has calmed quite a bit from the dozen-plus release weeks seen last year, but even so next week is more akin to some of the droughts seen in Europe and North America in the past with only three downloads across both Wii and DSi next week; two of which are catch-up titles..

Nintendo Download: 5th April 2010 (North America)

5th April 2010 (North America)

Fish, learning and shooting for the Wii, more Game & Watch and Drilling action on the DSi this week in North America

The Virtual Console continues its streak of not being terrible lately with a lovely import that'll shoot right to the top of shmup fans' to-do list for the week, WiiWare goes educational and aquatic, and today's DSiWare offerings could only be more retro if they came with a..

Feature: The Neo Geo Shooters We Need On Virtual Console

The Neo Geo Shooters We Need On Virtual Console

Come on SNK! Less fighting, more shooting!

While it's fairly common knowledge that the Neo Geo system sported a rather sizable library of fighting titles, many people don't realise that the system also featured an extremely impressive assortment of shoot 'em up releases as well. In fact, several of these games rank as some of the best shooters of all time among avid fans of the genre. So why is it..

Nintendo Download: 6th & 7th April 2010 (Japan)

6th & 7th April 2010 (Japan)

Plant barbering, plane piloting, kanji, colouring and adventuring next week in Japan

Next week is pretty much a catch-up week for Japanese Wii and DSi owners, with only a couple of brand-new titles for DSi, neither one of which is a game. WiiWareBonsai Barber (800pts - Nintendo) – It's hard to believe this plant-barbering simulator hasn't already been available in Japan considering it was..

Nintendo Download: 2nd April 2010 (Europe)

2nd April 2010 (Europe)

The original Mario Kart! Oh, and some other stuff.

It took quite a while, but one of the most wanted Virtual Console games has finally been released in Europe, after hitting both North America and Japan last year. This week's WiiWare and DSiWare releases consist almost exclusively of games already released in North America as well, with just one DSiWare title being "new"! Super Mario Kart..

News: Virtual Console Confirmed for DSiWare

Virtual Console Confirmed for DSiWare

This was an April Fool's joke. It is not real.

It's been a long time coming folks: ever since the DSi launched in April last year Nintendo fans worldwide have been clamouring for the ability to download past handheld titles in a similar fashion to the Wii's Virtual Console feature. Time and again Nintendo denied the existence of the service, but we can exclusively reveal Virtual Handheld will be..

Nintendo Download: 29th March 2010 (North America)

29th March 2010 (North America)

Wario, cafe table waiting and medieval battles on Wii; fireworks, turtles, fruity puzzles and music tuners for DSi

Another Monday, another handful of games vying for your hard-earned Nintendo Points! The offerings are all across the board today with new DSiWare apps for musicians and a much-anticipated N64 release on Virtual Console. While not...

News: Super Mario Kart Races to Europe on Friday

Super Mario Kart Races to Europe on Friday

Virtual Console owners, start your Points cards!

It's been a long wait for European gamers to race around those classic 16-bit courses in the original Super Mario Kart: out in North America since November last year, and Japan since June, there's been barely a sniff of it outside those territories. The wait is nearly over though, as Nintendo has confirmed the game will be available to download on..

News: Select Downloadable Games Available for Purchase on Nintendo's Web Site

Select Downloadable Games Available for Purchase on Nintendo's Web Site

Bypass the spacebucks for select titles

If you've done any game downloading on your Wii or DSi then odds are you've wound up spending more up front than what your game cost thanks to Nintendo's own Point currency. If you're not a fan of having spare points rattling around in your account, or perhaps just prefer having honest-to-goodness real money prices on your games, then Nintendo's latest..

Nintendo Download: 30th & 31st March 2010 (Japan)

30th & 31st March 2010 (Japan)

Bit Boy!! grows up and more MSX on Wii; Sims, role-playing and puzzling for DSi

Marvelous Entertainment continues its World Game Parade this week on WiiWare, and Virtual Console buffs who're into the import scene may want to check out the MSX titles on offer that have come out of nowhere (we do like VC surprises, yes we do). DSiWare is a bit light this week with three titles, only one of which is..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2010

Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2010

Great games all around.

It is once again the final Friday of the month, and that means Nintendo has revealed their plans for Japan's Virtual Console this coming month. It looked like there were no more games remaining for the final update this month (Next week), but Konami has generously provided two more MSX games just for it. Next month sees two Neo Geo and Super Famicom games, in addition to one..

Nintendo Download: 26th March 2010 (Europe)

26th March 2010 (Europe)

This Hanabi Festival's final game, with some nice things on WiiWare and DSiWare as well.

As previously announced by Nintendo, the Hanabi Festival wasn't over just yet. This week brings us one last import game, and it's quite a highly anticipated one, at that. They could've just left it at that and called it a day, but they've also added a second, non-import Virtual Console game, just to keep the..

News: Ogre Battle 64 Hits Europe This Friday

Ogre Battle 64 Hits Europe This Friday

One last Hanabi surprise.

Nintendo almost had everybody fooled. They only announced four games for release in this month's Hanabi Festival, and then proceeded to release all of them in two weeks, despite Hanabi Festivals usually lasting three or four weeks. But if you take a look at the Wii Shop Channel right now, you can see that they have one more...

Nintendo Download: 23rd & 24th March 2010 (Japan)

23rd & 24th March 2010 (Japan)

Frogs, romantic sagas, galactic brawling, shogi, mahjong, monsters and prison breaks next week in Japan

WiiWareFrogger Returns (500pts – Konami) – A Japanese catch-up title that's been out for a few months in North America and just last month in Europe. We thought it was good fun and a nice return to form for a franchise that has spent a lot of time trying to become a platforming game. Virtual..

Nintendo Download: 19th March 2010 (Europe)

19th March 2010 (Europe)

More Hanabi Festival, plenty of DSiWare and one lonely WiiWare game

Several people were disappointed Nintendo of Europe didn't start off the latest Hanabi Festival with a certain vampire-slaying game last week, but there's no need to complain any more - It's out now! It brings with it a rather tedious little NES import, which might also mean this is already the final week of the Festival, as there..

Nintendo Download: 15th March 2010 (North America)

15th March 2010 (North America)

Gladiators, vampires, shooting, dinos, zoos and golf this week

Fans of the classics will be pleased to see the TG-16 CD entry in the Castlevania series as well as a new take on the Punch-Out formula and a surprise target shooter on Wii, whilst the DSi gets a range of sim-style games: zoo, dino and gangster and a golf game for good measure. WiiWareRage of the Gladiator (1000pts - Ghostfire Games)..