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Nintendo Download: 13th November (Europe)

13th November (Europe)

Mario Kart 8 DLC, Golden Sun, Tengami, LEGO, Castlevania and more

It's another Monday morning, which means we have Nintendo Download news for European gamers. It's a packed week with a major retail release, eagerly anticipated DLC, some high-profile Virtual Console games and enticing download-only titles to consider. There's a lot to get through, so...

Review: Flapp & Zegeta (Wii U eShop)

Flapp & Zegeta (Wii U eShop)

What the Flapp?

On Denysoft's official website, Flapp & Zegeta comes with a disclaimer reproduced here verbatim: "Warning: this may be one of the most challenging games of all times it may require a high level of intelligence and reflexes to get through." Rest assured, Flapp & Zegeta is challenging. In fact, it probably does meet its lofty...

Review: Rock Zombie (Wii U eShop)

Rock Zombie (Wii U eShop)

B movie beat 'em up

It's always a pleasant surprise when a game surpasses your expectations. Suffice it to say, this reviewer's expectations were modest going into Rock Zombie — the goofy synthesized guitars, expressionless character models and mangled English dialogue all seemed to lead in one direction: pain. But you can't go into every game...

Video: Take a Closer Look at the Awesome GamePad and Co-Op Features of Stealth Inc 2

Take a Closer Look at the Awesome GamePad and Co-Op Features of Stealth Inc 2

Be stealthy together

We're big fans of Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones here at Nintendo Life, a Wii U eShop exclusive that combines solid platforming, a Metroidvania world and terrific level design; we awarded it a handsome 9 out of 10 in our review. A key feature that we appreciated in that review is the local co-op, which utilises the GamePad...

Review: Falling Skies: The Game (Wii U eShop)

Falling Skies: The Game (Wii U eShop)

Falling to pieces

Video games have relied on the standard 'alien invasion' plot since the very beginning. It takes a unique twist to make it work in this day and age, whether it's a new gameplay style or a refreshingly original storyline, and that isn't an easy task. Falling Skies: The Game takes fun, tactical gameplay and blends it with the...

Review: Pixel Paint (Wii U eShop)

Pixel Paint (Wii U eShop)

Almost pixel-perfect

Let’s face it: at some point, every gamer has been caught off guard by the alluring retro beauty of pixel art. Say what you will about its overuse in today’s onslaught of independent games — chances are you still love it. There’s something majestic about the way tens, hundreds, or thousands of tiny dots come together to...

Review: Tetrobot & Co (Wii U eShop)

Tetrobot & Co (Wii U eShop)

Acute brain-bending pleasure

Many puzzle games – particularly on mobile devices – can be argued as being insultingly easy or too mind-numbingly obtuse to even be comprehended by human minds. Luckily *Tetrobot & Co. doesn’t fit into either of these categories. The story of this game revolves around an intelligent young lady who spends her...

Nintendo Download: 6th November (North America)

6th November (North America)

Sportsball, The Swapper, Pikmin movies, GBA Mario, Sonic discounts and more

It's that time again, North American gamers, as we have more downloadable treats to consider. Some arrivals dropped onto the eShop stores following this week's Nintendo Direct broadcast, while there are a host of additional attractive options for Wii U and 3DS landing today...

News: Pikmin Short Movies Available to Buy Now on Wii U and 3DS

Pikmin Short Movies Available to Buy Now on Wii U and 3DS

Pikmin 3 demo also released

Pikmin 3 has clearly been a title of great personal importance to Shigeru Miyamoto, a point highlighted by the recent Tokyo International Film Festival première of three short films that the legendary game designer has overseen. These animated shorts allowed Miyamoto-san to step away from games and work on a fresh...

News: Nintendo Highlights Huge Indie Line-up for Winter and Beyond

Nintendo Highlights Huge Indie Line-up for Winter and Beyond

Lots and lots of games

It's little secret to Nintendo gamers that the eShop platforms on Wii U and 3DS — particularly the former — have picked up a lot of steam in 2014. Both Nintendo of America and Europe (in their respective Direct broadcasts) took the opportunity to highlight just that, showing off games out now and on the way. In Europe...

News: The Original NES Duck Hunt Is Coming Soon To The Virtual Console On Wii U

The Original NES Duck Hunt Is Coming Soon To The Virtual Console On Wii U

No dogs laughing at this

Since Duck Hunt Duo — simply known as Duck Hunt in North America — emerged as a part of the character line-up in the latest Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS, fans have been holding out for the return of the classic pairing in some other way or form; now that very day has arrived. Nintendo has revealed the 1984...

News: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Now Launching In Europe On 2nd January 2015

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Now Launching In Europe On 2nd January 2015

70 stages also showcased

The latest Nintendo Direct has revealed that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will now launch across Europe on 2nd January 2015. The release date previously listed for this region was the 9th, so this will no doubt come as welcome news for Wii U owners located in PAL regions who were eager to get stuck into what appears to be...

Review: Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Wii U eShop)

Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Wii U eShop)

Build me up and tear me down

While playing Pier Solar and the Great Architects, it’s important to consider what a labour of love the title really is. With origins as a Sega CD homebrew project from the now-defunct Sega fansite Eidolon’s Inn, it was originally meant to star members of that website’s "Tavern" message board before evolving into a...

News: Shovel Knight Now Available In Europe On The Wii U And 3DS eShops

Shovel Knight Now Available In Europe On The Wii U And 3DS eShops

Release day has arrived!

While North American Nintendo fans have been enjoying Shovel Knight since June, Wii U and 3DS owners in Europe have been waiting for the release of the title in their own region for some time now. With what's likely to be the final Nintendo Direct presentation for the year now out of the way, European Wii U and 3DS owners...

News: Paper Monsters Recut Now Pencilled In For 13th November in Europe

Paper Monsters Recut Now Pencilled In For 13th November in Europe

Another download fighting for your eShop credit

The Wii U eShop has had its share of enjoyable releases recently, and another to make its presence felt is Paper Monsters Recut, a platformer originally released on smart devices that has been re-purposed and improved for the home console. It arrived in North America in mid-October, though publisher...

Review: Devil World (Wii U eShop / NES)

Devil World (Wii U eShop / NES)

Heaven a good time

As far as obscure releases within the NES library go, Devil World is certainly one of the most interesting. Originally released in Japan in 1984 and in Europe in 1987, this is a title that to this day has never been available to purchase in North America — not even through the wonders of Nintendo’s Virtual Console service...

Review: My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Wii U eShop)

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Wii U eShop)

Bad hair day

In the grand scheme of things, hairdressers can seem pretty insignificant, but deep down they hold the secret, terrible capacity to utterly ruin your entire week. You put your faith into them and trust that they know what they're doing, or else just one bad haircut will stick with you for a month. If a new generation of these stylistic...