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Nintendo Download: 20th February (North America)

20th February (North America)

DK is back, NES action, forging weapons, kung fu rabbits and more

The time has come, North America, for details of the goodies that'll be available to download on the eShop stores this week. The latest title from Retro Studios is the headline arrival on Wii U, while two NES games (one on each current Virtual Console) are joined by three promising...

News: Tengami's Wii U eShop Release Set to Unfold in June

Tengami's Wii U eShop Release Set to Unfold in June

Crafty

We've written a lot about Nyamyam's Tengami, as it looks like an intriguing prospect for the Wii U eShop. It incorporates an attractive pop-up book style, promises a relaxing adventure and features music from the highly regarded David Wise, composer of the soundtracks for Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, among...

Interview: Ripstone and Zoink on Prioritising Fun in Stick It To The Man

Ripstone and Zoink on Prioritising Fun in Stick It To The Man

"I just did something I thought looked cool"

Stick It To The Man by Zoink! promises to be an intriguing release when it arrives on the Wii U eShop in Spring. After previously arriving on PS3, PS Vita and PC, its arrival on the Wii U will make use of the GamePad to enhance the mind-reading mechanic, with Zoink! founder Klaus Lyngeled referring to...

News: Namco's Klonoa: Empire of Dreams & Mr. Driller 2 rated by Australian Classification Board

Namco's Klonoa: Empire of Dreams & Mr. Driller 2 rated by Australian Classification Board

Expected to arrive on Wii U VC soon

As reported last week, Game Boy Advance titles will finally be released on the Wii U Virtual Console from April onwards. While there’s still no pricing or release dates beyond the initial month, what we do know is the first batch arriving on the service will include Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar...

Video: These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To See On The Wii U Virtual Console

These Are The Ten DS Games We Want To See On The Wii U Virtual Console

Which one did you vote for?

The news that Nintendo is bringing DS games to the Wii U had us dreaming of all the amazing titles we wanted to see arrive on the eShop. Like some kind of benevolent moving-image god, our resident video guru Rory has transcoded these desires into magical lights and sound, and has lovingly deposited the results onto the...

News: Stick It To The Man on Wii U "Feels Funnier" Thanks to GamePad Functionality

Stick It To The Man on Wii U "Feels Funnier" Thanks to GamePad Functionality

Klaus Lyngeled tells us "it's like you get the gold version"

After a degree of speculation, it was confirmed last week that Stick It To The Man is coming to the Wii U eShop, targeting a Spring release. Currently available on PC, PS3 and PS Vita, it's a distinctive title from Zoink!, with UK publisher Ripstone stepping in to bring the title to...

Developer Interview: PhobosLab on XType Plus, Impact and Why the Nintendo Web Framework Matters

PhobosLab on XType Plus, Impact and Why the Nintendo Web Framework Matters

The HTML5 revolution begins

While there are aspects of the Wii U that can questioned and put under scrutiny, its role in engaging and encouraging download-only developers should be emphasized as a major positive. The support for the widely used Unity engine — with free licensing and tools — has opened the platform up to a number of developers,...

News: HTML5 Impact Engine Developer Talks Up The Value of the Nintendo Web Framework

HTML5 Impact Engine Developer Talks Up The Value of the Nintendo Web Framework

"The NWF can provide a lot of features that a typical Web Browser can't"

Details recently emerged for XType Plus, an arcade shooter with origins as a HTML5 browser game, which is on the way to the Wii U eShop. The original version of this title is technically playable for free via the Wii U web browser, yet performance can be choppy and...

News: Gem Break Aiming to Join the HTML5 Wii U eShop Influx of 2014

Gem Break Aiming to Join the HTML5 Wii U eShop Influx of 2014

Targeting Q4

Although details became public relatively early in 2013, it's taken time for the Nintendo Web Framework to begin delivering results. With titles such as Drop Blok U and others creeping closer, we'll soon see more developers familiar with code such as HTML5 and Javascript arriving on the Wii U eShop. Another to throw their hat into the...

News: SQUIDS Odyssey Trailer and Screenshots Show Potential for This Spring Release

SQUIDS Odyssey Trailer and Screenshots Show Potential for This Spring Release

A Wii U and 3DS eShop release

SQUIDS Odyssey from The Game Bakers was one of a number of promising eShop games recently listed by Nintendo as due in the next few months. Two campaigns for the title have previously been released on PC and mobile platforms, but now arrive as one compilation to be available on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores...

Nintendo Download: 20th February (Europe)

20th February (Europe)

It's on like ..., Retro City Rampages again, tasty discounts and much more

Monday morning means happy times for European download fans, and the latest update is through from Nintendo. This is a rather good week by most standards, with an exciting Wii U retail title being joined by some excellent titles on the 3DS eShop, with some tempting discounts...

Video: Nintendo Minute Catches Up With Two eShop Developers

Nintendo Minute Catches Up With Two eShop Developers

Vblank Entertainment and Nicalis discuss upcoming releases

Nintendo of America's recent Nintendo Direct broadcast included some Indie-download chat, likely taken from a multi-game event held earlier this month. For its part the Nintendo YouTube Channel's 'Nintendo Minute' spoke to more publishers and developers about games on the way to the eShop...

News: Adventure Thru 8-Bit Land is Another Wii U eShop Title From a New Developer

Adventure Thru 8-Bit Land is Another Wii U eShop Title From a New Developer

A side-scroller with homages to the classics

Barely a day passes at the moment without more download-only games being confirmed as in the works for the Wii U eShop, as Nintendo's indie-friendly policy continues to bear fruit. The store seems to be a destination for newcomers, too, with Adventure Thru 8-Bit Land currently in development by R & P...

News: Flowerworks HD to Burst Into Life on the Wii U eShop

Flowerworks HD to Burst Into Life on the Wii U eShop

Undergoing approval with Nintendo

Veteran Nintendo download gamers may remember Flowerworks on WiiWare, a title we described as "a bit goofy, cute and colourful and a lot of fun" as we awarded it 8/10 in our review. Its peculiar premise of pollinating plants for spectacular visual fireworks was charming, with pointer controls that were perfect at...

News: Mario Kart 8 Accelerates to Number One on Amazon Japan

Mario Kart 8 Accelerates to Number One on Amazon Japan

Top 10 in the UK

After confirming a May release in late January, Nintendo used its latest Direct broadcasts to announce that Mario Kart 8 will arrive on 30th May in North America and Europe, with it arriving one day earlier in Japan. That official date has seen retailers start to open pre-orders, and Nintendo is no doubt watching to see whether the...

Feature: What We Want to See in SNES Remix

What We Want to See in SNES Remix

Because it must be on the cards...

Following on from this week's Nintendo Direct where NES Remix 2 was revealed, our hopes were raised for a SNES Remix to be announced in the near future. It's got to only be a matter of time, right? With this in mind we devised a likely list of candidates for a 16-bit remix mash-up. These are all Nintendo-published...

News: AE Games Reveals Mad Men Football, High Impact Gridiron With "An Historical Twist"

AE Games Reveals Mad Men Football, High Impact Gridiron With "An Historical Twist"

Would George Washington have made a tasty quarterback?

AE Games — the indie studio which caused a few ripples when it announced its support of the Wii U earlier this week — has now confirmed its first title: Mad Men Football. Described as American Football with "an historical twist", the game will take notable figures from world history and...

News: A Radiant New trailer For Child of Light Emerges, With A Slight Change To The Euro Release Date

A Radiant New trailer For Child of Light Emerges, With A Slight Change To The Euro Release Date

Burning brighter with every glimpse we get

Ubisoft's artistic action-RPG Child of Light has been drawing plenty of attention since its announcement last year, and yesterday's Nintendo Direct has treated us to yet another gorgeous trailer. There's plenty of gameplay brought to light as the young Princess Aurora battles, explores, and puzzles her way...

News: Game Boy Advance Titles To Hit Wii U Virtual Console From April Onwards

Game Boy Advance Titles To Hit Wii U Virtual Console From April Onwards

Metroid Fusion and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga are early highlights

Whether it's the desired platform for the portable's games or not, Nintendo today used its latest Direct broadcast to provide an update on progress bringing Game Boy Advance titles to the Wii U Virtual Console; after a fairly lengthy delay, we know they'll start to arrive in...

News: NES Remix 2 Will Bring Even More 8-Bit Favourites To Your Wii U

NES Remix 2 Will Bring Even More 8-Bit Favourites To Your Wii U

Also comes with Super Luigi Bros.

When the original NES Remix hit the Wii U eShop late last year, it took us all by surprise. Thankfully it was a nice surprise and is still a firm favourite in the Nintendo Life office. Who could resist a second helping? During tonight's Nintendo Direct broadcast it was revealed that NES Remix 2 will be released on...

News: Stick It To The Man Confirmed For Spring Release on Wii U eShop

Stick It To The Man Confirmed For Spring Release on Wii U eShop

It's like they were reading our minds

UK publisher Ripstone has already worked with download game developers such as Nifflas to bring us Knytt Underground on Wii U, while Pure Chess is on the way to both Wii U and 3DS. The publisher is continuing to target the home console's store, however, with confirmation today that Zoink's Stick It To The Man is...

Nintendo Download: 13th February (North America)

13th February (North America)

Spinning bottles, Contra and Spotting Differences

Here are the downloadable delights winging their way to North America this week: Wii U eShop: Spin the Bottle (KnapNok Games, $8.99) — This title's unique pricing scheme kicks off this week with the arrival of additional minigames. Existing owners will receive a free update, yet those buying for...

News: Nintendo Versions Of Mutant Mudds Have Sold Better Than Those On Other Systems

Nintendo Versions Of Mutant Mudds Have Sold Better Than Those On Other Systems

Sales of Wii U and 3DS editions beat Steam, PS Vita and PS3

Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham has divulged an interesting piece of sales data via his Twitter account — the Wii U and 3DS editions of Mutant Mudds are selling better than those on other systems. Watsham first revealed that the Wii U eShop version of the game has sold more than...