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Review: Ice Hockey (Wii U eShop / NES)

Ice Hockey (Wii U eShop / NES)

Not that cool any more

Nintendo released a number of sports titles in the NES era, a reflection of a simpler time when having a fancy home console was enough of a novelty that a game simply called Ice Hockey would seem like an awesome prospect. You like Ice Hockey? You've got Nintendo? Get Ice Hockey, which is Ice Hockey on your Nintendo! That...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail Titles Can Benefit From More eShop Trials and Demos

Nintendo's Major Wii U Retail Titles Can Benefit From More eShop Trials and Demos

A taste before taking the plunge

Whether you want to call them free trials or demos, the ongoing absence — for the most part — of these offerings on the Nintendo eShop stores is noticeable. What's peculiar, at least from our perspective, is why that gap exists with some of Nintendo's finest first-party releases; in an increasingly competitive...

News: Nintendo Highlights Over 50 Unity Games on the Way to the Wii U eShop

Nintendo Highlights Over 50 Unity Games on the Way to the Wii U eShop

"We’ve got a lot of Unity content on the way"

It's no secret that the Wii U eShop is set to play a prominent role in delivering a high volume of diverse content to the home console in the coming weeks and months. After much promise of a substantial collection of download-only games the library is starting to grow, with a varied range due in April...

News: Unepic Gets a Fresh Update for Wii U

Unepic Gets a Fresh Update for Wii U

Includes a new "stick and poo" wand

Unepic's arrival early this year gave a solid start to the Wii U's year; we were certainly fans, awarding 8/10 in our Unepic review. A platforming RPG with doses of humour, it certainly provides an experience a little different from its contemporaries on the download store. In good news for fans, developer...

News: Wii Sports Club Free Trial Swings Into Play in Europe and Australia

Wii Sports Club Free Trial Swings Into Play in Europe and Australia

Starting... now

Last week we reported that, in addition to a free worldwide content update that added the Wii Sports Resort Wuhu Island course to Wii Sports Club: Golf, North American gamers were also receiving another free trial weekend, which kicks off today. We enquired at the time whether there'd be an equivalent trial in Europe and Australia,...

Video: Allow This Epic Swords & Soldiers II Trailer To Pillage Your Eyeballs

Allow This Epic Swords & Soldiers II Trailer To Pillage Your Eyeballs

Shaping up to be quite a (Viking) saga

We recently revealed that Swords & Soldiers II is bound for the Wii U eShop, and today we can show you the first full trailer for the game, which comes complete with gameplay footage, a booming soundtrack and electrocuted livestock. You can watch the full trailer below — be sure to let us know what you...

News: Images Emerge of Wii U Mario vs. Donkey Kong Tech Demo Running On Nintendo Web Framework

Images Emerge of Wii U Mario vs. Donkey Kong Tech Demo Running On Nintendo Web Framework

More exciting stuff from Nintendo at GDC 2014

With the annual GDC preparing to close, a lot of cool bits of information regarding the latest game industry happenings and developments are popping up all over the net. Nintendo has already revealed a few things this week – including the fact it’s been able to shift 7.3 million copies of Animal...

News: Nintendo Considering 3DS Build of Unity Engine

Nintendo Considering 3DS Build of Unity Engine

Always room for more tools in the developers' shed

Nintendo's partnership with Unity Technologies has served well in attracting indie developers by making it easier to bring their games to a Wii U-specific build of the popular engine. The fact that Wii U development kits come with a free Unity license is certainly an encouraging gesture as well. So...

News: Keiji Inafune Discusses the Indie Experience in Japan and Shows New Mighty No. 9 Footage

Keiji Inafune Discusses the Indie Experience in Japan and Shows New Mighty No. 9 Footage

"It feels like a return to the golden days"

GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2014 is now approaching its close in San Francisco, and has hosted a variety of games, demonstrations and reveals. As is also the norm there have been presentations from various figures in the games industry, with a particularly high profile example being that given by...

Nintendo Download: 20th March (North America)

20th March (North America)

Pokémon battles, chess, discounts, freebies and more

It's that time, North America, when Nintendo lets you know what download treats await you on the Wii U and 3DS this week. There are new download-only titles on both platforms, while there are also freebies on each through a trial and retail demo. Throw in discounts across the systems and there'll...

Feature: VooFoo Studios and Ripstone on Pure Chess and Opening Up a New World of Cross-Platform Multiplayer

VooFoo Studios and Ripstone on Pure Chess and Opening Up a New World of Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Nintendo was "open minded, forward thinking" with networking challenges

While it may not have been making major headlines across the web, Nintendo's Wii U eShop has been pushing some landmarks in 2014. The first was with Blok Drop U, developer RCMADIAX seizing the crown of being the first developer to release a game through the Nintendo Web...

News: Dead Pixel Entertainment Announces Sync, A Wii U Exclusive FPS Inspired By Metroid Prime

Dead Pixel Entertainment Announces Sync, A Wii U Exclusive FPS Inspired By Metroid Prime

"How can we innovate an otherwise dull genre?"

Indie studio Dead Pixel Entertainment has lifted the lid on Sync, a first person shooter for the Wii U eShop which aims to channel the spirit of Metroid Prime and provide a AAA experience at a budget price. Speaking to Nintendo Enthusiast, Dead Pixel shared some details on this new title, as well as...

News: Nintendo Unleashes Some Awesome Wii U eShop Trailers

Nintendo Unleashes Some Awesome Wii U eShop Trailers

Lots of good stuff on the way

With GDC 2014 well underway and Nintendo taking an active role with presentations and playable games, Nintendo of America has taken the chance to release some new, Wii U-focused trailers for some of the home console's eShop games on show at the event. Five trailers have been posted so far in this burst of activity, and...

News: Pure Chess DLC Will Be Available Day One, And Won't Cost As Much As You Think

Pure Chess DLC Will Be Available Day One, And Won't Cost As Much As You Think

Standard game will still have three sets and environments

This week sees the launch of VooFoo's Pure Chess on Wii U and 3DS, and publisher Ripstone has dropped us a line to confirm that varied DLC for the game — which includes new pieces and locations — will be available from the moment the game goes live on the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores. Two...

Interview: Nocturnal on Flowerworks HD's Blossoming Development for Wii U

Nocturnal on Flowerworks HD's Blossoming Development for Wii U

"The eShop is much improved over the Wii Shop"

In February it emerged that Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure was coming to the Wii U eShop, an updated version of the thoroughly enjoyable Flowerworks on WiiWare. Developer Nocturnal Entertainment, which had been relatively quiet after the WiiWare release, joined the ever-growing list of small...

News: Little Inferno Has Sold A Million But Gamers Didn't Get The Message Behind It, Says Tomorrow Corporation

Little Inferno Has Sold A Million But Gamers Didn't Get The Message Behind It, Says Tomorrow Corporation

Wii U launch gave the chaotic project renewed focus

Little Inferno has sold a million units across all platforms since it launched in 2012, but Tomorrow Corporation's Kyle Gray still thinks he and his company could have done a better job. To that end, he has given a talk at this year's GDC about the many mistakes made during the production of the...

News: Aztez Is MadWorld Meets Empire-Building Strategy, And It's Coming To Wii U

Aztez Is MadWorld Meets Empire-Building Strategy, And It's Coming To Wii U

Monochrome madness

Team Colorblind has announced at this year's GDC that its brawler and strategy hybrid Aztez is coming to the Wii U eShop, as well as the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One. Aztez is described as a game of "conquest and brutality" which combines empire expansion with side-scrolling action sequences. The entire package...