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Nintendo Download: 18th December (Europe)

18th December (Europe)

99Moves, retro fighting, 3DS battles, puzzling sums and more

It's the final download update before a Christmas Day line-up, and it may be best to consider it a calm before a storm. There are some relatively promising new downloads on both Wii U and 3DS, along with discounts and demos, so there may be some games to part you from some cash before the...

News: Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Again, Why a Wii U Release Won’t Be Happening

Developer of Retro City Rampage Explains, Again, Why a Wii U Release Won’t Be Happening

“You can already purchase and play the WiiWare version”

If you were still hoping to see the eventual release of Retro City Rampage on the Wii U eShop in the near future, it’s probably best you erase any thought of it from your mind now. In a post on the game's official website, Vblank Entertainment's Brian Provinciano has spoken out once...

Nintendo Download: 11th December (North America)

11th December (North America)

Ace Attorney trilogy, Xeodrifter, Lucadian Chronicles and much more

It's that time again, North America, for a whole load of download goodies to arrive on Wii U and 3DS. This week brings a high profile Capcom arrival and some promising options on the 3DS, while free-to-play appears (sort of) on the Wii U; both Virtual Console platforms get a game,...

News: Shantae And The Pirate's Curse Delayed Into 2015 For Europe

Shantae And The Pirate's Curse Delayed Into 2015 For Europe

Wii U version also set for late January / early February

WayForward's Shantae And The Pirate's Curse is already out in North America on the 3DS eShop, and we think it's fantastic, but it's been a frustrating wait for localisation in PAL countries. Unfortunately, it's been confirmed that the previous goal to get the 2D action adventure game out this...

News: Hollow Knight is a Bit Like Shovel Knight, Except the Knight is Hollow Instead of Carrying a Shovel

Hollow Knight is a Bit Like Shovel Knight, Except the Knight is Hollow Instead of Carrying a Shovel

More action adventure than platformer, however

As the video game industry gets older, we see less mind-blowing new concepts and more clever variations on established ideas. While pummelling foes with the downward shovel attack in Shovel Knight — the hugely successful title now also heading to Sony systems — we were reminded of DuckTales; that's...

News: UCraft Wii U Beta Plans Outlined as New Trailer Makes The Case for Upcoming Release

UCraft Wii U Beta Plans Outlined as New Trailer Makes The Case for Upcoming Release

Beta download to be available before full release

UCraft has had a mixed history to date, as it's a project with bold ambition that's also endured a failed Kickstarter campaign and a move to PC that ended its planned exclusivity to Wii U. It's endured its share of criticism, as a result. The aspirational feature-set is still front and centre of the...

Nintendo Download: 11th December (Europe)

11th December (Europe)

Ace Attorney trilogy, Rune Factory 4, Pokémon Pinball, discounts and more

It's the start of another week, and Nintendo of Europe has served up what must be one of the lengthiest download updates we've seen to date. There are some new titles, including a couple of big hitters on the 3DS, while there's plenty of pinball of various types gracing the...

News: Animal Crossing Plaza Service Stops At the End of This Month

Animal Crossing Plaza Service Stops At the End of This Month

More related news to arrive in 2015

With the Animal Crossing Plaza service ending this month, New Leaf Director, Aya Kyogoku, has issued a reminder and a message of thanks to loyal fans of the service. The plaza remains available on the Wii U eShop until 22nd December 2014, and when this year comes to a close, monthly surveys and the ability to...

News: Shovel Knight Digs For Victory With 300,000 Copies Sold

Shovel Knight Digs For Victory With 300,000 Copies Sold

That's across all formats

Yacht Club Games has revealed that Shovel Knight has sold 300,000 copies since launch. The Kickstarter-funded faux-retro platformer is available on PC, Wii U and 3DS. Back in August, Yacht Club Games revealed sales figures for the game, with 180,000 units sold at that point. Its crowd-funding goal was set at $75,000, but...

News: Curve Studios Announces Titan Attacks for 3DS and Ultratron for Wii U

Curve Studios Announces Titan Attacks for 3DS and Ultratron for Wii U

More "insane announcements" coming in the next few weeks

Curve Studios is already one of the most prolific publishers on the Wii U eShop in the latter half of 2014, but has now announced yet more projects coming to Nintendo hardware; this is hot on the heels of OlliOlli being confirmed for Wii U and 3DS in early 2015. As per that previous...

News: Lucadian Chronicles is the Latest Free-to-Play Game Coming to Wii U

Lucadian Chronicles is the Latest Free-to-Play Game Coming to Wii U

$7.99 for full game, micro-transactions won't be a factor

While Nintendo still prefers conventional approaches to selling games — you pay a price and receive the full game — it has, in recent times, shown an increasing willingness to explore areas such as DLC. It's also, to a lesser degree, explored and supported free-to-play — Steel Diver:...

Nintendo Download: 4th December (North America)

4th December (North America)

Fire Emblem, Captain Toad, Running Lodes, discounts and more

Feeling festive? Then get ready for a generous helping of downloadable delights courtesy of Nintendo. Wii U title Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is leading the pack, with retro favourite Fire Emblem also arriving on Wii U. It's a slightly slimmer overall offering, though some discounts may...

Video: Nintendo Minute Kicks Off Its Game of the Year Series, and Wants Your Votes

Nintendo Minute Kicks Off Its Game of the Year Series, and Wants Your Votes

The eShop starts us off

It's that time of year again, when we all look back and think about our favourite games of the past 12 months. Official video series Nintendo Minute is naturally joining in, and has kicked off a run of videos that'll work through and award the host's Game of the Year nominees and winners. In this first video series hosts —...

News: Fire Emblem Looks Set to Arrive on the North American Wii U Virtual Console This Week

Fire Emblem Looks Set to Arrive on the North American Wii U Virtual Console This Week

Finally...

When the Game Boy Advance library started to arrive on the Wii U Virtual Console, some franchises and titles will have immediately leapt to the top of quite a few wishlists; with the relatively recent success on 3DS of Fire Emblem: Awakening, we suspect that the first entry from the GBA era — simply titled Fire Emblem — would have...

News: Rad Skating Game OlliOlli is Tricking Its Way Onto Wii U and 3DS in Early 2015

Rad Skating Game OlliOlli is Tricking Its Way Onto Wii U and 3DS in Early 2015

Totally audacious, dude

Curve Studios has shown a great deal of support for the Wii U eShop recently, and has history with the 3DS eShop (and WiiWare before that) in developing Nintendo's Hydroventure: Spin Cycle / Fluidity; the company has also expressed its interest in bringing more content to the eShop should its recent titles — including...

Interview: Shin'en Multimedia on FAST Racing NEO and its Development Approach

Shin'en Multimedia on FAST Racing NEO and its Development Approach

"We hope we can deliver the best eShop title"

Shin'en Multimedia is a name that'll be familiar to keen Nintendo download gamers, releasing a series of highly regarded titles across WiiWare, the 3DS eShop and the Wii U eShop. The studio is typically praised for extracting impressive performance from Nintendo's hardware, producing some of the...

News: South Park Tables Available Soon in Zen Pinball 2 for Wii U

South Park Tables Available Soon in Zen Pinball 2 for Wii U

Canadian thrills

Zen Studios have announced that their highly enjoyable Wii U eShop game Zen Pinball 2 will soon have its very own pair of tables modelled after South Park. One of the tables in based around the main programme, and the other is specifically themed around the character Butters. These two tables will be available internationally from...

News: Warhammer 40,000's Seminal Space Hulk Is Drifting Towards The Wii U eShop In 2015

Warhammer 40,000's Seminal Space Hulk Is Drifting Towards The Wii U eShop In 2015

Based on the PC version which launched last year

Games Workshop's tabletop battle game Space Hulk has enjoyed a proud connection with video games. The first interactive adaptations arrived soon after the launch of the boardgame in 1989, with home computers like the Commodore Amiga getting an excellent real-time tactical action title courtesy of...

News: Life of Pixel Is A 2D Trip Through Gaming History, And It's Coming To The Wii U eShop

Life of Pixel Is A 2D Trip Through Gaming History, And It's Coming To The Wii U eShop

Pixel power

Super Icon's Life of Pixel is a 2D action platformer which aims to celebrate the days when the pixel was king. Placing the player in the role of the titular green hero, you must travel through gaming history and aid Pixel's quest of self-discovery. The title is already available on PC and Mac, and has a unique selling point — each...

Nintendo Download: 4th December (Europe)

4th December (Europe)

Legend of Dark Witch, S.C.A.T., Mindfeud, loads of discounts and more

It's the first download update of December in Europe, and it brings a host of new games, decent Virtual Console options and plenty of discounts. There are also a couple of seasonal arrivals that need to improve a lot over previous entries, but overall there's a fair amount of...

Video: Curve Studios Demonstrates Stealth Inc 2's Level Editor

Curve Studios Demonstrates Stealth Inc 2's Level Editor

Do your worst (by which we mean best)

In recent weeks we've been sharing a series of videos from Curve Studios which show off the various features of Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones. It's a title that we rate very highly, not least because it includes a lot of excellent features that flesh out the experience. One of these features is the Level...