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Review: Pac-Attack (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Pac-Attack (Wii U eShop / SNES)

When worlds collide

Originally a multi-platform release in 1993, Pac-Attack – otherwise known as Pac-Panic – was derived from Namco's arcade game released in the previous year, Cosmo Gang the Puzzle. On first glance, Pac-Attack may appear to be an average run-of-the-mill puzzle game with one of the prominent videogame characters of the time...

First Impressions: Contemplating the Long Con in The Swindle

Contemplating the Long Con in The Swindle

Steampunk hijinks

The Swindle is primarily the work of Dan Marshall and some close colleagues through Size Five Games, but due to the efforts of UK publisher Curve Digital has rapidly changed up from being another intriguing PC release to plotting a multi-platform arrival. The inclusion of the Wii U eShop is promising, as this is shaping up to be...

News: Mario Kart 8 DLC Still Set for May as Online eShop Purchases are Offered in Japan

Mario Kart 8 DLC Still Set for May as Online eShop Purchases are Offered in Japan

Mario Kart.tv now linking to an eShop portal

Nintendo's taken notable strides in recent times with its online services and the eShop, particularly in the area of improving convenience for those buying download games when away from their console. In North America it's now possible to buy a decent collection of games via the company's official website...

Nintendo Download: 5th March (Europe)

5th March (Europe)

OlliOlli, Proun+, BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION, Retro newcomers and more

Another week begins, and Nintendo of Europe has served up its Download Update details with some promising releases on the way. We have some rad cross-buy for Wii U and 3DS gamers, mash-ups, retro games making their first appearances in Europe and much more. Let's get to it. Wii...

Review: Mappy-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mappy-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Cats vs. Mouse

Mappy, a plucky mouse detective, is one of many arcade game mascots lost to time, having only starred in a few games over the years. While the character has guest-starred in various Namco games over the years (and makes a clever cameo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS), the biggest role Mappy's had is in a web series from the...

News: Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria Adventuring to 3DS and Wii U This Year

Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria Adventuring to 3DS and Wii U This Year

An updated entry including the original Book I and Book II

Last year it looked like Muteki Corp would be bringing its retro-style RPGs Dragon Fantasy Books I and II to the 3DS eShop, titles that both arrived on PS Vita and PS3 in 2013. That never transpired, but now Choice Provisions - formerly Gaijin Games - is publishing the titles in an updated...

News: OlliOlli Arrives on Wii U and 3DS Next Week, Cross-Buy Confirmed in All Regions

OlliOlli Arrives on Wii U and 3DS Next Week, Cross-Buy Confirmed in All Regions

As it was on PSN

OlliOlli is the next eShop release from publisher Curve Digital, bringing Roll7's excellent title to Nintendo gamers. With attractive pixel-based visuals and addictive gameplay this could certainly be an attractive option, and the good news is that this will arrive on 5th March with Cross-Buy in both Europe and North America, making...

Video: Watch Us Fumble Through The Opening Minutes Of Affordable Space Adventures

Watch Us Fumble Through The Opening Minutes Of Affordable Space Adventures

I always wanted you to go into space, man

Affordable Space Adventures - a forthcoming collaboration between KnapNok Games and Nifflas - is on a crash-course with the Wii U eShop, and we've been lucky enough to have a mess around with the latest build of the title. As you can see from the footage below - which, be warned, contains somewhat unrelated...

News: Masahiro Sakurai Praises the Achievements of Steam, Isn't Content With Other Download Services

Masahiro Sakurai Praises the Achievements of Steam, Isn't Content With Other Download Services

Not quite Smash ready

In his most recent column in Famitsu Weekly, Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai shared his views on digital services in gaming; his comments suggest that he feels console stores - by extension including the eShop platforms - could learn a lot from PC gaming. Sakurai-san said the following. It's become mandatory that...

Preview: Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Puzzling Our Way through Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Tips go in the jar, mate

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is just a few days away for North American fans, and those in Europe will only have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on it. With the release date rapidly approaching, we've put together a short video to show you what you can expect to see in the game when it hits the 3DS and...

Nintendo Download: 26th February (North America)

26th February (North America)

Donkey Kong Country bonanza! Titan Attacks! IRONFALL Invasion! More!

We suspect this week's Nintendo Download Update for North America will be rather popular with retro and Rare fans, making up for Nintendo of America's slight delay in issuing the details. Alongside these Rare classics are some attractive new download options on both systems, too -...

News: Woah Dave! Getting Free Deluxe Update On 3DS, Also Coming To Wii U

Woah Dave! Getting Free Deluxe Update On 3DS, Also Coming To Wii U

New levels and characters promised

Woah Dave! developer Choice Provisions has revealed that the game is getting a "Deluxe" update on the 3DS. Woah Dave! Deluxe - which has just hit Steam - features two new levels, a host of new characters, boss battles, fresh enemy types, UFOs you can ride, a "classic" mode which returns everything to how it was in...

News: Dot Arcade is an Intriguing Vintage Title Heading to Wii U

Dot Arcade is an Intriguing Vintage Title Heading to Wii U

We mean pre-Donkey Kong arcade vintage

Indie developers drawing inspiration from retro games is extremely common, but not many eShop releases pre-date the era that brought us the Donkey Kong arcade, for example. Dot Arcade is doing just that, as it'll recreate the light-based games of generations long since gone on the Wii U. Taking us back to the...

News: Scram Kitty Developer Praises the Wii U and Mentions New Project

Scram Kitty Developer Praises the Wii U and Mentions New Project

“It always brings a lot of new potential to gameplay”

Many of you may remember Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails. The crazy rail shooter took its name rather literally and featured a gunner that moved along physical rails, with the goal being to shoot all the evil mice in a space station and save all the cats. It was a pretty strange setting;...

Review: Paparazzi (Wii U eShop)

Paparazzi (Wii U eShop)

Snap judgement

Indie developers seem to be doing a great job of delivering games with local multiplayer to the Wii U eShop as of late. From Chariot to GetClose: A Game for RIVALS, Sportsball to Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, affordable — and quality — entertainment with the intention of livening up a living room is readily...

News: Satoru Iwata Highlights the Crisis and Opportunity With Digital Content, Defends Slow and Steady Approach

Satoru Iwata Highlights the Crisis and Opportunity With Digital Content, Defends Slow and Steady Approach

"If we find the right answer, Nintendo will prosper as a company"

Nintendo has finally published its official translations of the recent Investor Q & A that Satoru Iwata hosted, and while it's light on reveals it does have a variety of answers that provide insight into the company's approach. The overall tone is one of certainty, with Iwata-san...

News: Clive 'N' Wrench Aims to Bring Back Those Rare 3D Platforming Memories on Wii U

Clive 'N' Wrench Aims to Bring Back Those Rare 3D Platforming Memories on Wii U

Inspired by Banjo-Kazooie et al

If you owned a Nintendo 64 in its heyday, or have familiarised yourself with its library in recent times, you'll have done a lot of 3D platforming and collecting. It may seem old-hat now, but the concept of running around in a 3D world collecting trinkets was somewhat mind-blowing, and Rare was prolific - titles like...