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First Impressions: The Next Penelope is Futuristic Retro Racing at its Best

The Next Penelope is Futuristic Retro Racing at its Best

A fast-paced odyssey

We've seen a number of HTML-based games come to the Wii U eShop, but few have succeeded in defying their humble code origins to stand alongside more complex offerings on the store - Construct 2 project The Next Penelope looks set to deliver new standards, however. The work of solo developer Aurelien Regard, we were naturally...

Review: Underground (Wii U eShop)

Underground (Wii U eShop)

Overground, Wombling free

It's not often that games have a professional, legitimate use outside of entertainment, but in the case of Underground that's exactly what you get. Not only is it a puzzle game, but it is also designed to teach the skills required for laparoscopic surgery, more commonly known as keyhole surgery. Educational tools are all...

Video: Here Are Your Game Of The Year 2014 Picks, In Video Form

Here Are Your Game Of The Year 2014 Picks, In Video Form

Last year we asked you — the wonderful Nintendo Life readership — to select your most beloved titles of 2014. The results were truly illuminating, and prove that the past 12 months were pretty darn good for Nintendo fans. Just like we did with yesterday's Staff GOTY video, we've taken the reader results and transformed them into a wonderful...

News: 2D Puzzle Platformer Midnight Arrives On North American Wii U eShop Later This Month

2D Puzzle Platformer Midnight Arrives On North American Wii U eShop Later This Month

From the creator of Toon Tanks

If you enjoy simple but challenging gameplay experiences, Petite Games' upcoming Wii U eShop title Midnight is one to keep an eye on when it launches 22nd January. The news was delivered via the indie developer's Twitter account, and follows in the footsteps of the previous Wii U eShop release, Toon Tanks. Midnight...

Review: Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

A world in no need of change

Having Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World exist on the same Virtual Console as the original Super Mario World is like having two legit copies of the Mona Lisa hanging in the Louvre: each is fundamentally a masterpiece, and any attempt to compare the two is mostly going to come down to nitpicking about the way each...

Video: Remind Yourself Of Nintendo Life's Top Picks For 2014

Remind Yourself Of Nintendo Life's Top Picks For 2014

Our Game of the Year Awards, presented in video form

Before Christmas, we delivered the Nintendo Life Staff Game of the Year Awards for 2014, and the list was predictably packed with amazing software. Just in case you missed it -- or in case you loved it so much that you'd like a recap -- we've put together a video based on the same results. We'll...

Review: Spy Chameleon (Wii U eShop)

Spy Chameleon (Wii U eShop)

Incog-neato

Spanish developer EnjoyUp games has had a steady stream of titles arrive on Nintendo's digital platforms in recent times, including Darts Up, 99Moves and Rock Zombie, although arguably these games have yet to set the eShop alight. However, this port of Unfinished Pixel's PC game, Spy Chameleon

News: Curve Studios Talks About The Future Of The Hydroventure Series

Curve Studios Talks About The Future Of The Hydroventure Series

Or Fluidity, if you're in North America

UK-based Curve Studios is the name behind the Hyrdroventure / Fluidity series and the recent Wii U exclusive Stealth Inc 2, and has also broadened its business by moving into publishing -- Thomas Was Alone , The Swapper and Last Survior were all published by the firm on the Wii U eShop. The company has

Nintendo Download: 8th January (Europe)

8th January (Europe)

Chariot, Crunchyroll, Underground, Turtles, discounts and more

After a quiet start to 2015 in terms of new download releases, we see things ramp up in the most recent European Nintendo Download Update details. The Wii U is the main beneficiary with some promising arrivals, while on 3DS one of our favourite HOME themes previously released in Japan...

Review: BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (Wii U eShop)

BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (Wii U eShop)

A twist to a solid formula

Crossovers can sometimes make for odd bedfellows. In the case of BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (BDXTF), the minimalist-styled puzzle formula of BLOK DROP U has received a few tinkerings and a fresh coat of paint from Twisted Fusion, a title that has not yet been released at the time of this review. It's hard to say many were...

Review: 99Moves (Wii U eShop)

99Moves (Wii U eShop)

Show me your 99Moves

Hot on the heels of October's 99Seconds comes a Wii U eShop version of 99Moves, which like its predecessor had origins as an EnjoyUp Games DSiWare title. For the most part, this is a simple port, but what changes there are offer mixed results — some of them are definitively positive, such as the improved resolution and frame...

News: Keiji Inafune's New Year's Message Includes Fresh Mighty No. 9 Stage Footage

Keiji Inafune's New Year's Message Includes Fresh Mighty No. 9 Stage Footage

"We're pretty much finished"

Mega Man and Mighty No. 9 creator Keiji Inafune has posted a New Year's greeting in which he reveals that production on his latest epic is almost complete -- as well as showing off a hitherto unseen level. He refers to the development of the game as a "pleasure" and states that he can't wait for players to experience...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2015

The Legend of Zelda! Star Fox! Splatoon! More!

2015 is here, and for Wii U owners it could be the most exciting year of HD Nintendo gaming yet. The past couple of years have delivered some truly fantastic games, of course, with the just-departed 2014 bringing two of Nintendo's biggest franchises into the current generation. Excitingly, though, the...

Nintendo Download: 1st January (North America)

1st January (North America)

Pokémon Pinball, Bionic Commando, discounted Shovel Knight and more

It's the start of 2015, and Nintendo of America's first Download Update is a fairly slim affair, with each system enjoying a Virtual Console arrival alongside a few tempting discounts. Let's get to the details. Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the...

Reminder: Redeem Your Nintendo Network Deluxe / Premium Digital Promotion eShop Credit Codes by 31st March

Redeem Your Nintendo Network Deluxe / Premium Digital Promotion eShop Credit Codes by 31st March

You can't earn any more points, though

Just before Christmas we reminded you that the Deluxe Digital Promotion for Wii U owners was set to end on 31st December 2014. That is the case, so Wii U eShop purchases on 32GB units will no longer earn points to redeem for vouchers, but there's evidently been some confusion over a message posted on the...

Review: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (Wii U eShop)

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (Wii U eShop)

More like a blessing

While WayForward has been working away on the crowd-funded Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which will be released on every platform under the sun, it hasn't forgotten its Nintendo roots. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, the final game of the "original" series, wraps up the storyline started in the original Game Boy Color title and...

News: No Protests Against this Holiday-themed Citizens of Earth Trailer

No Protests Against this Holiday-themed Citizens of Earth Trailer

Like a good fruitcake, it's still sturdy past its date

The holidays are all but over and it's time to move on to 2015... but wait, what's that? Behind the desk, against the wall over there. Why don't you go check it out? Why, it's a new trailer for the upcoming RPG Citizens of Earth! It must've been sitting here since Christmas Eve but got lost in...