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Nintendo Download: 28-29 July 2009 (Japan)

28-29 July 2009 (Japan)

2 arcade classics, 3 new WiiWare titles and a bumper crop of DSiWare next week.

Looks like we're back to a more familiar release schedule in Japan, but the number of new DSiWare releases is more than normal with 9 new titles (though it has to be admitted two of these are guidebooks). The Virtual Console releases include Tecmo's second offering for the VCA: Ninja Ryukenden, which gamers elsewhere..

Nintendo Download: Kirby's Dream Land 3, Twinbee, ColorZ, Heracles and Sudoku (EU)

Kirby's Dream Land 3, Twinbee, ColorZ, Heracles and Sudoku (EU)

The Hanabi Festival ends with its last two games.

The UK's Official Nintendo Magazine has once again spilled the beans on tomorrow's update in advance, although there's really only one game we didn't know about yet. As was pretty much guaranteed to happen, tomorrow sees the release of the final two Hanabi Festival games. They're accompanied by another two WiiWare games and one DSiWare game. Kirby's..

Nintendo Download: 21-22 July 2009 (Japan)

21-22 July 2009 (Japan)

WiiWare catch-up, another classic Namco arcade game and some simple DSiWare puzzling adventure next week.

Next week's schedule is a little on the light side (though as with previous weeks it's possible that Nintendo of Japan is updating their website piecemeal) with only 1 new WiiWare release, a couple of VC offerings and a single DSiWare release. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (800pts -..

News: What Nintendo games do you want to see on the Virtual Console?

What Nintendo games do you want to see on the Virtual Console?

It's time to let Nintendo know what games you want to see on the Virtual Console.

The Virtual Console release schedule has tapered off quite a bit lately, but we can't help but think that there are still quite a few games that could and should see a release on the service at some point. Nintendo's become one of the most popular game developers in...

Nintendo Download: MUSHA, Smash Table Tennis, My Life as a Darklord and Puzzle League (EU)

MUSHA, Smash Table Tennis, My Life as a Darklord and Puzzle League (EU)

The Hanabi Festival delivers the 300th European VC game.

Nintendo's official UK magazine has once again spilled the beans on the upcoming Wii and DSi update. Surprisingly enough, Nintendo has not chosen to make Kirby's Dream Land 3 the 300th VC game, despite it being a planned Hanabi Festival release. At least the game which is now #300 is a great one! MUSHA, also known as Musha Aleste, is part of..

Nintendo Download: Bits, Tanks, Ants, Commandos, Pulses and Brains (US)

Bits, Tanks, Ants, Commandos, Pulses and Brains (US)

Nintendo of America counters Nintendo of Europe with an import week of their own. Also, more WiiWare!

Nintendo of America sure loves WiiWare all of a sudden. This week sees yet another three new WiiWare releases, along with two VC imports recently released in Europe. DSiWare only gets a single new game. As previously announced, today is the North American release date for Bit Boy!!, Bplus's latest..

News: What Capcom games do you want to see on the Virtual Console?

What Capcom games do you want to see on the Virtual Console?

Let the good people at Capcom know what you want.

Now that the rate of Virtual Console releases has slowed from a flood to a trickle, it is understandable that many VC gamers have given up hope of playing their favourite Capcom games in the comfort of their living room on the Wii with a Classic Controller. Given the overwhelming reader response to our call to let SEGA know what you want we thought..

Nintendo Download: 14-15 July 2009 (JAPAN)

14-15 July 2009 (JAPAN)

Japanese WiiWare is back from holiday with a vengeance, plus Shinobi!

Aside from Electroplankton, last week was possibly the driest Japanese download week in living memory. Nintendo has made up for the WiiWare break last week with five new WiiWare titles in addition to two new Virtual Console Arcade titles and a slew of Game and Watch titles for the DSiWare service. Marcel has already posted the..

Nintendo Download: Bomberman '94, StarTropics II, 5 Spots Party, Karate Phants and BOXLIFE (EU)

Bomberman '94, StarTropics II, 5 Spots Party, Karate Phants and BOXLIFE (EU)

The Hanabi Festival continues with two more imports on VC, two WiiWare games and one DSiWare game.

Last week brought us the excellent Pulseman and Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen as the first two imports of the fourth Hanabi Festival. This week brings us two more imports, and again, both of them are great! Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II is the second and, sadly, last StarTropics game. You..

News: What SEGA games do you want to see on the Virtual Console?

What SEGA games do you want to see on the Virtual Console?

Let the good people at SEGA know what you want.

Now that the rate of Virtual Console releases has slowed from a flood to a trickle, it is understandable that many VC gamers have given up hope of playing their favourite SEGA games in the comfort of their living room on the Wii with a Classic Controller. SEGA are now releasing their classic arcade...

Nintendo Download: Cores, Bubbles, Chariots, Sports, Numbers and Cars (US)

Cores, Bubbles, Chariots, Sports, Numbers and Cars (US)

Three more WiiWare games, including the 100th WiiWare release!

Today sees the release of yet another 3 WiiWare games! They're accompanied by two new DSiWare games and one Virtual Console game. Bit.Trip: Core is the second game in Gaijin Games' Bit.Trip series and officially the 100th WiiWare game. The big difference between it and Bit.Trip: Beat is...

News: Nintendo of Europe Announces Upcoming Hanabi Games

Nintendo of Europe Announces Upcoming Hanabi Games

6 more imports to be released this month.

Nintendo of Europe is going all out for the fourth Hanabi Festival - Including this week's 2 import games, there will be a total of 8 released this month. You might've already noticed this list on the Wii Shop earlier today, but NoE has now also posted it on their website. They have also supplied a large image (Which you can see here) through a press email..

Nintendo Download: 07-08 July 2009 (JAPAN)

07-08 July 2009 (JAPAN)

A couple of classics on the Wii and a whole lot of Electro-Plankton for the DSi next week in Japan.

Well it looks like Japan is having a WiiWare holiday next week with no new titles having been announced via the website or the shop news bulletin. The two Virtual Console releases offer a catch-up title in the form of Super Punch Out for the Super Famicom (800pts) and yet another Virtual Console..

Nintendo Download: Hanabi Festival 4, Gradius Rebirth, Bit Boy!!, Brain Challenge and Mario Apps (EU)

Hanabi Festival 4, Gradius Rebirth, Bit Boy!!, Brain Challenge and Mario Apps (EU)

It's a fantastic week for Europe, with a total of 7 new downloadable games across all services!

As Hudson revealed last week, this month brings us the 4th Hanabi Festival! And what luck, it's already started in the very first week of the month - There's two new imports up for grabs right now! Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is the first game in the now seemingly dead Ogre Battle series,..

News: The OFLC Rates More Capcom and Sega Classics for Virtual Console

The OFLC Rates More Capcom and Sega Classics for Virtual Console

Expect more Final Fight, Phantasy Star and Shinobi in the near future.

The OFLC had a decently-sized update today, in which they added some new games rated in the past few weeks. These ratings have revealed a few new VC games for future release in PAL regions. First up is Final Fight 2, the second in the Final Fight series which was, and still is,...

Nintendo Download: 30th June - 1st July 2009 addendum (JAPAN)

30th June - 1st July 2009 addendum (JAPAN)

Two more WiiWare titles coming Tuesday aimed at younger gamers and an extra DSiWare title on the 1st.

Looks like the mock tears for Japan were premature last week as some additional releases mean Japan has a 3-2-2 week it turns out. Thanks to Nintendo Life reader Ratengo for noting that the Japanese Shop news item for this week's releases had two additional WiiWare titles that weren't detailed on..

Nintendo Download: Fantasies, Fishing, Warfare, Reversi and Sudoku (US)

Fantasies, Fishing, Warfare, Reversi and Sudoku (US)

NoA's sudden WiiWare push continues, with yet another 3 WiiWare games and 1 game for both DSiWare and Virtual Console.

Nintendo seems to be focusing on WiiWare a lot lately. Perhaps they're just trying to stir up excitement for upcoming big releases? It mostly seems to be a Europe catchup week - Only two WiiWare games are new for the west and neither seems very interesting. Water Warfare is..

Podcast: Episode 5 - June's Download Round-up!

Episode 5 - June's Download Round-up!

Round-up of June's downloads plus: YOUR voices!

This episode brings you more of a download-focused approach, rounding up some of the best titles you can download released in the last month. Plus you can hear the voices of some of your favourite Nintendo Life commenters! If you want to get involved in the next episode or leave your feedback, you can call us on +44 (0)20 8144 8216, Skype us at..

Nintendo Download: 30th June - 1st July 2009 (JAPAN)

30th June - 1st July 2009 (JAPAN)

An unusually light release week for Japan with 1 WiiWare, 2 Virtual Console and 1 DSiWare release.

After weeks of mass software dowloading we see a release week that would look at home in PAL territories or North America -- maybe it's going to be Japan's turn for light release weeks for a change? On the WiiWare front we have Final Fantasy Crystal...

News: The Hanabi Festival Returns to Europe Next Month

The Hanabi Festival Returns to Europe Next Month

Finally, more import games!

We've been expecting another Hanabi Festival for quite a while now - A whole bunch of import titles are already rated and completely ready for release in PAL regions, but month after month, we were met with disappointment. It finally ends next month though! If you take a quick look at Hudson's Virtual Console site, you'll notice that Bomberman '94 and Detana!! Twinbee..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - July 2009

Japanese Virtual Console list - July 2009

Just three non-Namco games the entire month!

Japan is getting less and less games every month, but this has got to be the month with the least releases yet - Aside from the yet to be announced Namco arcade games, there will only be three games released in the entire month, meaning over half the VC systems will be ignored! The only good thing about it is that all three are high-profile games, but..

Nintendo Download: Puzzle Bobble, Water Warfare, SimEarth, Altered Beast and More Sudoku (EU)

Puzzle Bobble, Water Warfare, SimEarth, Altered Beast and More Sudoku (EU)

DSiWare takes a bit of a break to give the spotlight to the Wii releases this week.

A large part of today's update isn't very surprising - Three of the games are published by Hudson Soft and were already announced for release earlier this week. The two unannounced releases are quite nice surprises though! On WiiWare, we've gotten Puzzle Bobble Plus!, the third Bubble Bobble series WiiWare remake by..

News: Hudson Releasing Water Warfare, SimEarth and Sudoku 50! For Beginners This Friday

Hudson Releasing Water Warfare, SimEarth and Sudoku 50! For Beginners This Friday

The first family-friendly FPS, a planet-maintaining game and more sudoku puzzles will be available on Friday.

Hudson has announced the release of three new downloadable games in Europe this Friday. Water Warfare was released in Japan only yesterday, so you'll have a chance to jump in before the Japanese players get too much practice and crush us all online! The game is exclusively based around the..

Nintendo Download: Drill Sergeants, Puzzles, Golf, Art Styles and Planets (US)

Drill Sergeants, Puzzles, Golf, Art Styles and Planets (US)

Three more WiiWare games accompanied by one each for DSiWare and Virtual Console.

There seems to be a resurgence in Nintendo's focus on WiiWare - There were three new WiiWare games last week and there's three more this week. They're probably not the titles most people were waiting for, though... It should also be noted that every single game this week is new to western shores, so we don't have any..

Nintendo Download: 23-24 June 2009 (Japan)

23-24 June 2009 (Japan)

A feast of DSiWare titles to end the drought, an anticipated WiiWare title from Hudson and *two* arcade classics next week!

Well, after weeks without a new DSiWare release in Japan the storm gates have been opened and next Wednesday is serving up a bumper crop of titles for the portable download service. Chuugakku Kihon Hana Tango Word Puzzle (200pts) from I.E. Institute, Ltd. is a word puzzle game..