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News: Pokémon Bank Withdrawn From 3DS eShop in Japan as Nintendo Network Issues Continue

Pokémon Bank Withdrawn From 3DS eShop in Japan as Nintendo Network Issues Continue

Western release on 27th December in doubt

Since Christmas Day there have been serious problems with the Nintendo Network, with the big N assuring gamers that its working hard to resolve the issue. At the time of writing various online games are functional, but there are still problems with both eShop platforms and the 3DS version of Miiverse across...

Feature: A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

Life in the FAST lane

In our third Year in Development feature we have a guest article from Shin'en Multimedia's Manfred Linzner. The eShop developer has, over a number of years, forged a reputation for developing high-quality, polished games on Nintendo's download platforms. In this article Linzner summarises the studio's 2013, including surprise...

Nintendo Download: 26th December and 2nd January (Europe)

26th December and 2nd January (Europe)

Storming castles, classic Mario, Pokémon banking, EDGE and much more

Update: Nintendo of Europe issued details for two full weeks of downloads previously, so a fresh update isn't expected. Please note that Pokémon Bank has been delayed due to the Nintendo Network server issues encountered during the festive season. Original Article: With this...

Feature: A Year in Development - Renegade Kid

A Year in Development - Renegade Kid

A Q & A with Jools Watsham on 2013

In the second of our "Year in Development" mini-series, we sit down for a Q & A with Jools Watsham, co-founder and main spokesman for Renegade Kid. We already reported on confirmation of Mutant Mudds Deluxe content as a free update on 3DS, and below is the full manuscript that focuses on the studio's year,...

Feature: 12 Days of Christmas - EarthBound Escaped The Wilderness

12 Days of Christmas - EarthBound Escaped The Wilderness

Fans rejoiced

If you tell a non-interested observer that the release of a Super NES game on the Wii U caused a frenzy of excitement online, they may raise an eyebrow or, more likely, give you a quizzical look. Why would a game from so long ago be thrilling, when we have all of these highly cinematic HD experiences to enjoy? Of course, being a...

Video: This Atmospheric Tengami Trailer Makes The Wait For The Wii U Version Even Harder

This Atmospheric Tengami Trailer Makes The Wait For The Wii U Version Even Harder

Turning the page

Tengami is certainly one of the most unique games we've seen in quite some time, and is one we've been keeping a watchful eye on ever since we broke the news that it's coming to the Wii U eShop. Developed by former Rare staffers Phil Tossell and Jennifer Schneidereit, Tengami is an adventure where you can interact with parts of the...

Video: Nintendo Minute Highlights Its eShop and Wii U Favourites of 2013

Nintendo Minute Highlights Its eShop and Wii U Favourites of 2013

Nintendo Life also makes a very brief cameo...

Not too long ago we told you about the Nintendo Minute show kicking off its Favourites of 2013 with the 3DS. Since then two new episodes have emerged covering the eShop platforms and the Wii U, as it all builds up to the overall favourites that are yet to be published. The eShop list in particular has...

News: Nintendo Launches NES Remix Contest on Miiverse

Nintendo Launches NES Remix Contest on Miiverse

Regular tips are also on the way

NES Remix was a surprise release from the most recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts, serving up bite-sized challenges and twists on 16 games from the iconic 8-bit system. We were big fans in our NES Remix review, and we certainly hope that more NES games — or perhaps those from other retro systems — will get the...

News: Nintendo of Europe's Ed Valiente Highlights the Creative Value of Indie Developers

Nintendo of Europe's Ed Valiente Highlights the Creative Value of Indie Developers

"If there are interesting, creative... and fun games, consumers will come"

In what's surely been one of the most notable shifts of power in recent years, download and 'Indie' developers have gone from being underdogs struggling to release games to being central in a home console battleground. The continuing and extravagant growth of the PC Steam...

Nintendo Download: 19th December (North America)

19th December (North America)

Knytt Underground, Classic Konami, 3D Sega and more

It's that time again, North America, when we can calm down from Nintendo Direct madness and consider the week's download options; this is the last pre-Christmas update, too. This week brings us new offerings on the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms, with plenty of diversity and styles to choose from...

News: Nintendo of Europe Confirms Upcoming eShop Discounts

Nintendo of Europe Confirms Upcoming eShop Discounts

Top up those funds

Yesterday's Nintendo Direct broadcasts were certainly full of surprises, with some reveals also coming in as little as 10 seconds of video. One announcement that's worth pointing out for those that missed it in Europe is that there's an extensive range of discounts coming over the next few weeks, covering retail and download-only...

News: Wii Sports Club: Golf Swings Onto the Wii U eShop

Wii Sports Club: Golf Swings Onto the Wii U eShop

Available now and includes an extra retro-inspired course

Rumoured yesterday due to system maintenance targeting its app, Nintendo today used its Nintendo Direct broadcasts to confirm that Wii Sports Club: Golf is available right now in Europe and North America. When you log into the game (or download it for the first time) you should automatically...

News: PC Engine And MSX Games Coming To Japanese 3DS And Wii U Virtual Console Services

PC Engine And MSX Games Coming To Japanese 3DS And Wii U Virtual Console Services

Retro goodies promised for next week

Nintendo has confirmed that it is expanding both the 3DS and Wii U Virtual Console services in Japan to cover additional systems. On the 25th December, PC Genjin (600 Yen) and Parodius (800 Yen) will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console — titles which originally released on the PC Engine and MSX respectively...

News: System Maintenance Targeting Wii Sports Club Shortly After Nintendo Direct

System Maintenance Targeting Wii Sports Club Shortly After Nintendo Direct

What a coincidence

As many Nintendo enthusiasts likely already know, tomorrow will bring another Nintendo Direct broadcast to capture our attention. Coincidentally — or not, as the case may be — a short burst of system maintenance will affect Wii Sports Club online play and rankings shortly after that broadcast. Below are the compiled details...

Video: Lycra-Clad Promo Insists That Wii Fit U Is "Fitness That Fits"

Lycra-Clad Promo Insists That Wii Fit U Is "Fitness That Fits"

Working up a sweat doesn't have to be that hard

Wii Fit U is available for download from the eShop right now, and aims to expand on the massive global success of Wii Fit and Wit Fit Plus. In order to spread the word and educate the masses, Nintendo has released a promotional video which illustrates how versatile the game is and shows the benefits of...

News: Physics-Based Puzzler BLOK DROP U Is Slotting Into Place On Wii U In 2014

Physics-Based Puzzler BLOK DROP U Is Slotting Into Place On Wii U In 2014

Drop it like it's hot

BLOK DROP U — one of the first Nintendo Web Framework titles — will be hitting the Wii eShop early next year. Developer Michael Aschenbrenner got in touch with us to confirm the release date, as well as deliver a few details about the game. BLOK DROP U is a physics-based puzzle title where the objective is to guide a red...

News: Wii U Version Of How To Survive Will Be Reanimated Next Year

Wii U Version Of How To Survive Will Be Reanimated Next Year

Zombie title launched on other formats in October

Remember How to Survive, the zombie-infused action title which hit Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Windows in October? The game was due to see release on the Wii U eShop as well, but we've heard nothing about it since then. Thankfully, publisher 505 Games hasn't totally forgotten about the...

Nintendo Download: 19th December (Europe)

19th December (Europe)

Knytt Underground, more 3D Sega goodness, discounts galore and more

It's the start of another week as 2013 draws to a close, dear readers, and it seems that various download publishers have decided to get into the festive spirit with a lot of discounts available on both the Wii U and 3DS stores. We have new games, too, with Knytt Underground on Wii...

Nintendo Download: 12th December (North America)

12th December (North America)

RUSH, Double (Double) Dragon, 3D Sega and more

It's Nintendo Download day, North America, and your collection of download treats for the week has been revealed. This week brings a mix of the old and new on both Wii U and 3DS, while DSiWare also makes an appearance. There's certainly decent variety on offer, so check out the details below. Wii U...

News: Proposed Ghosts 'N Goblins Reboot Is Cancelled Following An Intellectual Property Dispute

Proposed Ghosts 'N Goblins Reboot Is Cancelled Following An Intellectual Property Dispute

Not all that shocking, really

Remember the Kickstarter campaign we reported on a while back about a possible reboot of Capcom's Ghosts 'n Goblins? The team behind the project stated that they would try and produce the game with or without Capcom's blessing, but did say that even if the Japanese giant refused to become involved, the name of the title...

News: SNES Inspired 'Super World Karts GP' Adds Wii U to Funding Goal

SNES Inspired 'Super World Karts GP' Adds Wii U to Funding Goal

Mode-7 inspired kart racer adds Wii U funding goal to Kickstarter campaign

With Mario Kart 8 on the horizon, you wouldn't be judged for wiping away a lone tear when thinking of some of the many great kart games of yesteryear. But as with any retro-binge, we are sometimes faced with a terrible realisation after a race down memory lane – these...