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Nintendo Download: 12th November (Europe)

12th November (Europe)

Rodea the Sky Soldier! SEGA 3DS HOME Themes! Discounts! More!

With the start of a fresh week comes the European Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings a relatively rare case of cross platform retail release action, with two versions of a Yuji Naka title that some have been rather looking forward to. Beyond that we have some light-hearted...

Review: Wild Gunman (Wii U eShop / NES)

Wild Gunman (Wii U eShop / NES)

You mean you have to use your hands?

Just like Duck Hunt and Hogan's Alley, Wild Gunman was one of the first games released to take full advantage of the NES Zapper, and can now be played on the Wii U by using the Wii Remote's pointer instead. Based on Nintendo's light gun arcade machine, you might even remember seeing it in the Cafe 80's in Back to...

Nintendo Download: 5th November (North America)

5th November (North America)

Yo-Kai Watch! Rodea! Stinger! Electronic Super Joy! More!

It's time for more Nintendo Download Update goodness, and this week gamers in North America have a high-profile retail arrival on 3DS to consider alongside a long-awaited dual release on the portable and Wii U. There are some promising download-only games on offer too, so let's get to the...

Review: Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Wii U eShop)

Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Wii U eShop)

Octo-Sad

Back in 2010 a little known freeware title by the name of Octodad was developed by a group of students. Built using the ever-evolving game development software Unity, Octodad was a fine example o­­f what small development teams could conjure up just by using their home computers. Since then a sequel was born, with its appearance on the...

Review: Electronic Super Joy (Wii U eShop)

Electronic Super Joy (Wii U eShop)

Get out the glow sticks

A key question often lobbed at reviewers is "did you completely finish the game?" We'll answer that one straight away here - no. The reason? Because we can't, but the fact we'll keep trying says much about why we're happy to recommend Electronic Super Joy to Wii U owners. Originally developed by Michael Todd Games and ported...

News: Fatal Frame Developers on Why Water was a Central Theme and How Ayane Came to be Included

Fatal Frame Developers on Why Water was a Central Theme and How Ayane Came to be Included

Evidently, ghosts are less likely to appear in dry climates

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water released only a couple weeks ago to generally positive acclaim. While the game may be a bit repetitive in some places, its integration of the GamePad as the Camera Obscura was a clever move that really added a whole new layer of immersion to the...

News: Swapnote's Nikki is Revived as a Fan-Created Character in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Swapnote's Nikki is Revived as a Fan-Created Character in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Now known as 'Ikki' for copyright reasons, we suspect

We're still awaiting a release date for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the crowdfunded HD entry in the series that'll arrive either late this year or early in 2016, though WayForward is still ticking along and maintaining interest in the release. While doing so it's also fulfilling its duties to...

Review: Konami Krazy Racers (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Konami Krazy Racers (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Super Konami Kart

Konami Krazy Racers (AKA Konami Wai Wai Racing Advance in Japan) is a largely forgotten Mario Kart clone that was also one of the original launch games for GBA. If you can imagine Mario Kart Super Circuit with Konami-themed characters and courses, you'll be on the right track with what to expect from this decent little kart racer...

Feature: Finding Top Speed in FAST Racing NEO

Finding Top Speed in FAST Racing NEO

"It's been the biggest production for us. We're sure it'll pay off"

FAST Racing NEO, still due this year, is almost certainly among the most highly anticipated Wii U eShop releases of the next two months. In fact, among the hardier and most dedicated band of Wii U devotees it may be one of the most exciting upcoming releases on the system full...

Review: PictoParty (Wii U eShop)

PictoParty (Wii U eShop)

Bad drawings are funny

Drawing with a time limit is a great recipe for laughter, especially among friends. PictoParty channels your inner terrible artist, letting you poorly draw cupcakes, skyscrapers and lamps as your friends desperately try to guess what it is you're trying to create. It's a simple party game that you may have seen before and is...

Review: Hogan's Alley (Wii U eShop / NES)

Hogan's Alley (Wii U eShop / NES)

Not exactly a bullseye

One of the earliest NES games released, Hogan's Alley is also possibly the most well-known Zapper game after the classic Duck Hunt. But does it hold up as well as its lightgun game partner? The premise of Hogan's Alley is fairly simple. You are (seemingly) some sort of police officer or soldier doing shooting practice, with...

Nintendo Download: 5th November (Europe)

5th November (Europe)

Chibi-Robo! Electronic Super Joy! Contra! Toki Tori 3D! More!

Another week begins, and Nintendo of Europe has the task of setting off some virtual fireworks in its Download Update. It does succeed in terms of delivering a first-party retail title on 3DS, while we think the download-only scene on Wii U is looking pretty encouraging this week. Throw...

Review: Human Resource Machine (Wii U eShop)

Human Resource Machine (Wii U eShop)

Conundrums for coders

If you thought Human Resource Machine would be about a robot who hires and fires people, nobody would blame you, but you'd be wrong. Instead, you're put in the shoes of a drone at a mega corporation, helping to sort their mail using the unlikeliest of methods: computer programming. Human Resource Machine features a single...

Review: Ascent of Kings (Wii U eShop)

Ascent of Kings (Wii U eShop)

A quick burst of old-school adventure platforming

Although Ascent of Kings, developed by Nostatic Software, has been available for a few years on other platforms (Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Xbox Live), it has only recently graced the Nintendo Wii U. It's built as a side-scrolling adventure-platformer (in the vein of Metroid or Castlevania) and...

News: RCMADIAX Is Bringing Its Entire eShop Back Catalogue To Europe And Australia

RCMADIAX Is Bringing Its Entire eShop Back Catalogue To Europe And Australia

New IARC rating system to thank

Indie studio RCMADIAX has revealed that it is bringing its entire back catalogue of titles to Europe and Australia. It would appear that the mooted adoption of the IARC (International Age Rating Coalition) system is to thank for this news, as RCMADIAX Michael Aschenbrenner boss hints in the official PR: Thanks to...

Review: COLOR BOMBS (Wii U eShop)

COLOR BOMBS (Wii U eShop)

Bombs away

It can be disappointing to realize that you've just lost precious time that could've been spent in a better way. If you would like to avoid experiencing this feeling, we would recommend that you stay well away from COLOR BOMBS. This title is excessively simplistic in all ways, and while it may be available for dirt cheap you're getting...

Nintendo Download: 29th October (North America)

29th October (North America)

Human Resource Machine! Octodad! Harvest Moon! Spooky discounts! More!

It's that time once again, North American gamers, to look at the download goodies on the way this week. There are a few tempting options on Wii U, a whole load of discounts and a high profile retail demo among other offerings. Let's get to it. Missed the European Download Update...