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News: CastleStorm's First DLC Expansion, Outcast to Savior, Assaults the Wii U eShop This Week

CastleStorm's First DLC Expansion, Outcast to Savior, Assaults the Wii U eShop This Week

Second add-on "The Warrior Queen" still planned

Update: Mel Kirk of Zen Studios has confirmed that this DLC will cost $2.99 / €2.99 / £2.39. Original Article: The arrival of CastleStorm on the Wii U eShop last year likely delighted Nintendo download gamers that had been eagerly anticipating the Zen Studios title; its blend of tower defence and...

Interview: HullBreach Studios Outlines Its Ambitions for a Wii U Space Epic

HullBreach Studios Outlines Its Ambitions for a Wii U Space Epic

Wants to "give reason to go back to the console day after day"

Earlier this year HullBreach Studios announced HullBreach Uncloaked, a Wii U follow-up and modernisation of a Wii browser-based MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) called HullBreach Online. It's quite possible that many won't have heard of the Wii title due to its...

Video: Nintendo Minute Digs For Details on Shovel Knight With Sean Velasco

Nintendo Minute Digs For Details on Shovel Knight With Sean Velasco

Finding that retro balance

As the weeks pass we're certainly getting closer to some enticing eShop releases, one of which is Shovel Knight on the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Having succeeded in the crowdfunding arena Yacht Club Games is approaching its début, with 31st March the confirmed target release date. There's been plenty of positivity around the...

Nintendo Download: 27th February (Europe)

27th February (Europe)

AeternoBlade, fishy business, retro Wario, Senran Kagura and much more

Monday morning means Download news time in Europe, and this week Nintendo has delivered a fairly lengthy list of options on the way. There are new titles on Wii U and 3DS as well as some retro VC options, while a variety of temporary and permanent discounts also arrive to tempt...

News: Best Buy's 20% eShop Card Discount is Back

Best Buy's 20% eShop Card Discount is Back

Nintendo wants you to know

Late last year Best Buy reduced eShop pre-paid cards by 20% in North America, tempting gamers to go the download option by essentially offering a discount across all games on the download stores. Shoppers had the chance to spend, for example, $40 to receive $50 of credit; as a promotion to encourage more to take the...

Talking Point: The Nintendo Web Framework and the Return of 'Old-School' Indies

The Nintendo Web Framework and the Return of 'Old-School' Indies

The Wii U eShop could have quite a mix of games

Considering the fact that Nintendo Life began in part — through the pre-merger WiiWare World — as a resource dedicated almost exclusively to covering download games, we've seen hundreds come and go in the continually evolving online stores. WiiWare was a big deal when it launched, as for the...

News: Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition Sneaking Onto the Wii U eShop

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition Sneaking Onto the Wii U eShop

A HD re-release of the 3DS title

Last year Nintendo gamers not only had the opportunity to enjoy Batman: Arkham Origins on Wii U, but also Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate on the 3DS, a 2.5D action game from Armature, a studio setup by former Retro Studios employees. Warner Bros. has now announced that the portable release — it was also on Vita...

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...