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Nintendo Download: 19th September (Europe)

19th September (Europe)

Wii U gets Mega, intergalactic pinball, AiRacing, gladiators and more

It's Monday morning, Europe, which doesn't mean dreary skies and the beginning of another week's working drudgery, it actually represents Nintendo Download news day. The goodies due to arrive on Thursday this week are all on the Wii U and 3DS, with a Capcom classic on the home...

News: Lilt Line Developer Seeks Crowdfunding for Sequel and Includes a Wii U Stretch Goal

Lilt Line Developer Seeks Crowdfunding for Sequel and Includes a Wii U Stretch Goal

Gaijin Games published the original, from different cloth, on WiiWare

WiiWare enthusiasts among you may remember Lilt Line, the WiiWare title developed by different cloth and published by Gaijin Games, the latter being particularly well-known for its BIT.TRIP series. The concept was simple, as you guided a line down increasingly tricky tracks...

News: Dan Adelman - Nintendo is "Very Much Aware" of Demand for a Unified Account System

Dan Adelman - Nintendo is "Very Much Aware" of Demand for a Unified Account System

Talks up download game quality, emphasizes the pros of the Unity deal

While short term recovery is very much on the agenda for the Wii U, its medium and long-term prospects are also important for the big N. Naturally that revolves around games, as Nintendo will aim to supplement its first and second-party projects with third-party blockbusters...

Review: TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Wii U eShop)

TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Wii U eShop)

An explosive racer with a twist

TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition may feature vehicles, courses and chequered flags, but it’s not your typical racing game. Instead of getting to the finish line first, this one is all about getting to the finish line full stop, as you focus on pummelling your opponents out of the race while staying alive yourself...

Developer Interview: WayForward on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Going to HD and Expanding the Franchise

WayForward on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, Going to HD and Expanding the Franchise

Moving onto bigger screens

WayForward is a company that seems to have two very different representations of itself. There's the contracting company that takes on projects for third-parties, some of which are excellent, crowd-pleasing projects and other movie spin-offs that perhaps aren't, and then there's WayForward the developer of its own...

Review: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii U eShop / NES)

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii U eShop / NES)

Zelda II, have you any tough dungeons? Yes sir, yes sir...

Back in the early days of several franchises the second game in a series tended to be radically different from the first, as developers had not quite pinned down what they wanted the series to become — take a look at Castlevania II or the western Super Mario Bros. 2, for example. Zelda II:...

News: WayForward Initially Planned a Shantae HD Title for the Wii U Launch

WayForward Initially Planned a Shantae HD Title for the Wii U Launch

"Half-Genie Hero could become our Symphony of the Night"

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is a new HD entry in the series currently undergoing a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter; at the time of writing over $260,000 of the $400,000 target has been pledged with 21 days to go. It's an ambitious release from WayForward, which is set for a significant...

Review: Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Forever running to the right

Mario. Say it loud and there's music playing. Say it soft, and it's almost like praying. Super Mario Bros. was, is, and will always be one of gaming's great masterpieces, and its availability on any additional format is a good thing. It's come to the Wii and 3DS Virtual Consoles before, and now jumps onto the Wii U...

Hands On: Toki Tori 2+

Toki Tori 2+

Potential fulfilled

Toki Tori 2 was a bold, ambitious game in its design, and delivered on many fronts. Its deliberately hands-off approach, combined with occasionally ambiguous objectives and awkward backtracking counted against it in the eyes of some — certainly not all — gamers. In our review we awarded 7/10, concluding that a high degree...

Nintendo Download: 12th September (North America)

12th September (North America)

Things get Wonderful, an untold story has a demo, discounts galore and more

It's Nintendo Download time, North America, with a host of new offerings to tempt you this week. We have a wonderful PlatinumGames Wii U retail exclusive, classic Zelda, a promising demo, various sales and more. The DSi even gets some love this week, leaving the Wii as the...

News: Bertil Hörberg Shows Gunman Clive Running on the Wii U

Bertil Hörberg Shows Gunman Clive Running on the Wii U

Undecided on a potential release

Although his one-man studio has only released one game on Nintendo systems, its quality is such that the name Bertil Hörberg is fairly well-known among Nintendo download enthusiasts. Gunman Clive is not only an excellent game at a fantastic budget-price on the 3DS eShop, but its also held up as a notable success...

News: WayForward Fought "Many, Many Battles" to Keep Shantae as a Lead Character

WayForward Fought "Many, Many Battles" to Keep Shantae as a Lead Character

More back-story to be explored in Pirate's Curse and Half-Genie Hero

WayForward seems to be having a rather busy year, producing the much-anticipated DuckTales: Remastered with Capcom, while the studio's name has popped up on some licensed titles. While those projects are part of what keeps the company in business, it's best known for its own IP;...

News: Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND to Threaten Neighbour Relations From 4th October

Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND to Threaten Neighbour Relations From 4th October

Sing your heart out, baby

Wii Karaoke U by JOYSOUND had previously been confirmed for a 2013 in the West, and Nintendo of Europe has been first to step out in its fanciest get up to grab the mic, confirming a release date of 4th October in the region. It'll be a free download initially, which will allow you to browse and become familiar with the...

News: Child of Light Co-Op Element Takes Inspiration From Super Mario Galaxy, Yet Aims For Better

Child of Light Co-Op Element Takes Inspiration From Super Mario Galaxy, Yet Aims For Better

"It's fun to share an adventure"

Ubisoft has confirmed that the visually attractive and conceptually interesting Child of Light will be coming to the Wii U, a welcome inclusion despite a couple of disappointing exclusions elsewhere. One aspect of the early footage and screenshots that shines through is the presence of Igniculus, a blue ball of...

News: Zen Studios Confirms Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force DLC Pack for Fall

Zen Studios Confirms Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force DLC Pack for Fall

Three new tables included

Zen Studios has released details on more tables to fill some of those empty spaces in Star Wars: Pinball; it's a pack of three tables called Balance of the Force. In its press release the developer has promised that the pack "will integrate seamlessly into existing Star Wars Pinball games and Zen Studios pinball platforms...

News: Nintendo of America Highlights Strengths of eShop Platforms, and Plans to Embrace New Ideas

Nintendo of America Highlights Strengths of eShop Platforms, and Plans to Embrace New Ideas

Over 1000 developers have expressed interest in the Wii U

With much talk at the moment surrounding Nintendo's third-party prospects and its positioning to embrace new ideas and changes in the video game market, key figures within the company are taking every opportunity to highlight the positives of its approach. With that in mind, Nintendo of...

Developer Interview: Two Tribes Clarifies Toki Tori 2+ Details and Confirms Classics Coming to Wii U

Two Tribes Clarifies Toki Tori 2+ Details and Confirms Classics Coming to Wii U

A great idea fully hatched?

Toki Tori 2 was always high on a number of Wii U eShop wishlists when it was announced prior to the Wii U's launch. Toki Tori was an early standout on WiiWare, yet developer Two Tribes didn't simply repeat the formula with the sequel, instead opting for a bold approach where puzzles were simply part of a larger world,...