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Nintendo Download: 28th January (North America)

28th January (North America)

Final Fantasy new and old! LEGO Avengers! Shadow Puppeteer! More!

It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week brings three high profile retail titles (well, one is on both platforms), an intriguing and shadowy Wii U release along with some other interesting download-only arrivals on both systems...

Review: Shadow Puppeteer (Wii U eShop)

Shadow Puppeteer (Wii U eShop)

Missing the light touch

The Wii U eShop, courtesy of its support for Unity and web framework technology, has become home to a broad range of titles. There are some exclusives that put the hardware's unique capabilities to work, while there's also a significant percentage of titles that are multi-platform, helping Nintendo gamers get a sense of the...

News: Shadow Puppeteer Publisher Suggests Installing Directly to Wii U Memory, Imminent Patch Planned for External Drive Issue

Shadow Puppeteer Publisher Suggests Installing Directly to Wii U Memory, Imminent Patch Planned for External Drive Issue

Slow-down is sped-up on internal memory

Shadow Puppeteer is out today in North America and Europe, the first console version of the title that previously arrived on PC. Our review will be with you shortly before the Download Update goes live, but in any case we thought this tip on improving its performance should have its own clear article rather...

News: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Pegged for North American Release on 28th January

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Pegged for North American Release on 28th January

Europe and North America, sharing the goods

The Virtual Console can be a strange sub-platform, as Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America sit huffily on different sides of the room and rarely agree which games to release. Months can pass between regions with some releases, but thanks to the imminent Final Fantasy Explorers we seem to have...

News: Dual Core Aims to Blend Twin Stick Shooting, Co-Op and a "Dash of RPG Elements" on Wii U

Dual Core Aims to Blend Twin Stick Shooting, Co-Op and a "Dash of RPG Elements" on Wii U

Gray Fin Studios prepares to make its console debut

The Wii U eShop has attracted a range of new developers into the console space, and now we can add Gray Fin Studios to the list. A family-run studio with prior experience in the triple-A scene, it's planning to make its console and PC debut with Dual Core; the Wii U will be the first console to get...

Review: Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone (Wii U eShop)

Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone (Wii U eShop)

Gather around

While it's a fairly common trend for Nintendo games to be focused around the gameplay first and foremost, there are other games that go in a completely different direction. Some aren't so much about the gameplay as they are about the story or the experience, and while this is certainly different from a conventional video game, it's not...

News: Gunscape, the Level Creator and Cross-Platform FPS, is Now Due on Wii U in Q2

Gunscape, the Level Creator and Cross-Platform FPS, is Now Due on Wii U in Q2

It's like Minecraft and Quake II had a baby

Last year we told you about Gunscape, which is a retro-styled FPS in which players can design their own stages on which to do battle. If you think of the building blocks approach of Minecraft, then blend it with the cross-platform sharing and play of Cubemen 2, you'll have an idea of what it has to offer...

News: Typoman Update Improves Performance, Demo on the Way

Typoman Update Improves Performance, Demo on the Way

Spelling out the changes

Update: Brainseed Factory has been in touch to outline why the update may not be triggering automatically for everyone, therefore stopping some of us from enjoying its improvements. The studio's passed on the following information. We noticed that the updated version isn't triggered automatically, apparently related to...

Review: Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U eShop / GBA)

It's a'me, Mario 3! (again)

We all know about Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. It was a fantastic game worthy of all the praise that it received, and that remains true to this day. So, this review won't discuss all the merits of the original game. Instead, it will focus on the unique features of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, released...

News: Shutshimi Will Bring Shmup Mayhem to Wii U in North America on 4th February

Shutshimi Will Bring Shmup Mayhem to Wii U in North America on 4th February

Don't shoot these fish in a barrel

We've been looking forward to Shutshimi for quite some time - developed by Neon Deity Games and published by Choice Provisions, it's a shoot 'em up in a WarioWare style with extremely short levels and plenty of chaos on screen. It's previously arrived on PSN but has taken a little while to make it over to the Wii...

Review: SKEASY (Wii U eShop)

SKEASY (Wii U eShop)

White noise

This is not meant to be taken as an insult, but SKEASY could be a good game for winding down before bed. As with many titles from RCMADIAX, the design of SKEASY is very simple: guide your little skiing icon left and right down a never-ending slope, avoiding trees to last as long and attain as high a score as possible. There are no...

Nintendo Download: 28th January (Europe)

28th January (Europe)

LEGO Avengers! Final Fantasy Explorers + a VC game! Shadow Puppeteer! More!

Another week begins with the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe, and this batch is certainly promising. We have major retail releases on Wii U and 3DS leading the way, while there are also some highly promising download-only options to consider along with DLC,...

Review: Mario Kart 64 (Wii U eShop / N64)

Mario Kart 64 (Wii U eShop / N64)

More karting fun for U

Taking a bunch of Mario characters and having them speed around race circuits using a range of special items to rush or smash past each other is something that has worked very well since the Mario Kart series began in 1992. The games are amongst the most enjoyable on whatever platform they turn up on, and many people buying...

News: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! Has Been Approved for Release on Wii U

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! Has Been Approved for Release on Wii U

Release date impending

About a week ago, it was stated that Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! was 'literally in the final steps' to completion. It wasn't stated exactly what this meant, but the implication was that there would be more news in the near future. It appears that this was indeed the case, as a new post recently went up on the game's website that...

News: Here's a Breakdown of the Extra e-Reader Levels in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 on the Wii U

Here's a Breakdown of the Extra e-Reader Levels in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 on the Wii U

38 clever levels, just for you

Occasionally there's frustration at the slow roll-out of Virtual Console games, sometimes with good reason, but there are also occasions where Nintendo goes the extra mile and does far more than simply spruce up a ROM. In the case of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, which is now on the Wii U Virtual Console...

News: Mario Kart 64 on Wii U VC Doesn't Have Support for Ghost Data

Mario Kart 64 on Wii U VC Doesn't Have Support for Ghost Data

Controller Pak emulation seems to be the issue

Some of you from around the earlier days of the Nintendo 64 may remember the Controller Pak. This add-on slotted into the back of the controller and acted as a means of saving or transferring data between consoles. While it wasn't absolutely necessary in every N64 game, many used it to include features...