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Interview: RCMADIAX on BLOK DROP U and Working On the Nintendo Web Framework

RCMADIAX on BLOK DROP U and Working On the Nintendo Web Framework

"At $1.99, that's about the cost of a pack of gum!"

Throughout 2013 Nintendo went to a good deal of effort to spread the work that its platforms, particularly the Wii U, were supportive of small, download-only developers. Much focus and, by extension, confirmed releases fell into the Unity engine camp, with Nintendo offering free tools and usage...

Talking Point: An Unplanned Flash Sale Looked Like Retail Download Genius from Nintendo

An Unplanned Flash Sale Looked Like Retail Download Genius from Nintendo

A flash sale... well, 'flashed' before our eyes

There was a moment this week when, for a brief and glorious moment, Nintendo ran a Steam-like flash sale on retail games. It may have passed plenty of people by, especially as it was for download codes on the official Nintendo UK store, but it was a glimmer of a brave new world where Nintendo creates...

News: A World Of Keflings Now Expected In "The Latter Half" Of Q1 2014

A World Of Keflings Now Expected In "The Latter Half" Of Q1 2014

Will the wait be worth it?

A World of Keflings was supposed to hit the Wii U eShop last year, but the game sadly missed its scheduled launch date. Thankfully, developer NinjaBee Games has addressed the slippage and insists that the title will see the light of day this year: A kingdom-building adventure of epic proportions, A World of Keflings has...

News: BLOK DROP U Developer Shares Perspective on HTML5 Web Framework Development for Wii U

BLOK DROP U Developer Shares Perspective on HTML5 Web Framework Development for Wii U

Also outlines level release plans

BLOK DROP U is approaching release on the Wii U eShop, and is an early representation of a range of games we may see on the platform courtesy of the Nintendo Web Framework. It's a setup that Nintendo began to promote with greater visibility throughout 2013, as it enables game makers utilising code such as HTML5 (as...

News: Club Nintendo Rewards Updated for January

Club Nintendo Rewards Updated for January

Game & Watch! F-Zero! Snowboarding!

2014 is now two weeks old, and we finally have the new North American Club Nintendo rewards to sink our teeth into. Nintendo's kept us in suspense but has now lifted the lid on some DSiWare and retro treats to get the pulses racing. While the DSiWare releases, in particular, may make you stretch your memories...

News: Unepic Begins Its Quest in Europe on 23rd January

Unepic Begins Its Quest in Europe on 23rd January

One week later than North America

Unepic appears to be confirmed as next in line for download-only titles coming to the Wii U eShop, with news of its arrival in North America on 16th January now matched by clarification that it'll land in Europe one week later, on 23rd January. As clarified before, off-TV play will be available while the...

Nintendo Download: 16th January (Europe)

16th January (Europe)

Luigi gets his PhD, F1 gets powered up, a mystical ninja and more

Monday means one thing, European gamers, Nintendo Download update time. News of what to expect on Thursday has arrived promptly this week and delivers a first-party puzzle game, a mini-game extravaganza on 3DS and a variety of racing, retro and discounted treats elsewhere. Let's get...

News: UK Retailer GAME States Ambition to be at the Forefront Of Download Content Sales

UK Retailer GAME States Ambition to be at the Forefront Of Download Content Sales

"The amount of digital content is going to keep growing"

GAME is the prominent specialist video game retailer in the UK, with some stores around Europe, but has endured difficulties in recent history with administration and a transition to new owners in 2012. Since then the company appears to have found a degree of stability, and in an interview...

News: Rainy Frog Launches to Focus on Bringing Western Download Titles to Japan

Rainy Frog Launches to Focus on Bringing Western Download Titles to Japan

Kicks off with a re-named version of Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party

Whenever we refer to the continual growth of the eShop platforms here on Nintendo Life, and in particular the continuing rise of download-only and 'Indie' developers, we're specifically referring to territories outside of Japan. At present a game can only be released in Japan if...

Nintendo Download: 9th January (North America)

9th January (North America)

Chibi-Robo!, retro shooting and some 3DS discounts

It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week brings a potentially terrific 3DS eShop game, some retro shooting on the Wii U Virtual Console and a variety of discounts. It's a thin list, but may have something for everyone — let's get to it. Wii U Virtual Console: Gradius (Konami,...

News: Shin'en Multimedia Clarifies Control Options For FAST Racing NEO

Shin'en Multimedia Clarifies Control Options For FAST Racing NEO

Doesn't rule out alternative platforms

FAST Racing NEO is due this year and is sure to be on the radar of those that enjoyed FAST Racing League on WiiWare. To date its developer, Shin'en Multimedia, has kept details close, but gave some tid-bits in a recent interview with Nintendo News. Tilt controls for steering were confirmed, as it was clarified...

News: Two Tribes Development Studio Shuts Down and New, Smaller Company is Formed

Two Tribes Development Studio Shuts Down and New, Smaller Company is Formed

Two Tribes Publishing B.V. remains unaffected

Two Tribes, the development studio best-known for games such as Toki Tori and Toki Tori 2+, has entered bankruptcy, with the original owners Martijn Reuvers and Collin van Ginkel now forming a new, smaller company. Two Tribes as a development studio was a separate business from Two Tribes Publishing...

News: Flavoured Cats Is Inspired By Super Mario 3D World, And Is Stalking Its Way To The Wii U

Flavoured Cats Is Inspired By Super Mario 3D World, And Is Stalking Its Way To The Wii U

Could this be a purrrfect platform adventure?

If you liked Super Mario 3D World's feline transformation then you'll be like the cat who got the cream when you hear about CW Games' new title. The indie studio has revealed that it is bringing its furry 3D adventure Flavoured Cats to the Wii U eShop, a game inspired by Super Mario 3D World and Super...

News: NES Remix Miiverse Contest Cancelled Due To Emergence Of Exploit

NES Remix Miiverse Contest Cancelled Due To Emergence Of Exploit

Cheaters never prosper, but ruin it for everyone else

Remember that NES Remix Time Attack Challenge contest we told you about not so long ago? Turns out Nintendo has discovered an exploit within the game which allows players to post a faster time. Director Koichi Hayashida has therefore issued a statement via Miiverse regarding the termination of...

Nintendo Download: 2nd January (North America)

2nd January (North America)

It's déjà vu, plus some additional treats

This week's Nintendo Download update for North America is in, though it prompts a distinct feeling of déjà vu due to it being almost identical to last week's update; just two new downloads make an appearance. Our suspicion is that the details are reiterated to compensate for any confusion or loss of...

Feature: The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014

The Biggest Wii U Games of 2014

Some good 'uns are on the way

A new year is here, and with it comes the opportunity for Nintendo and its partners to excite Wii U owners in the best possible way — with great games. We've decided to list some of the most anticipated and exciting games coming to the Wii U in 2014, all as a taste of what's to come. Our aim with this list is to...

Video: This Dr. Luigi Trailer May Be The Perfect Remedy

This Dr. Luigi Trailer May Be The Perfect Remedy

Available now in North America

It may have slipped the attention due to its release date, but Dr. Luigi arrived on the Wii U eShop in North America on 31st December 2013 for $14.99, with its arrival in Europe set for 15th January. It continues the popular falling block puzzling well-known with Luigi's brother, introducing some new modes and also...

News: Nintendo Apologises for Nintendo Network Issues as Full eShop Services Return

Nintendo Apologises for Nintendo Network Issues as Full eShop Services Return

Information on Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter "as soon as possible"

As most eager Nintendo gamers will be aware, the Nintendo Network suffered extensive problems and downtime on 25th / 26th December, with a gradual but limited return to services — particularly the eShop stores — on 27th / 28th December. It seems that all is now fully up and...

Nintendo Download: 26th December (North America)

26th December (North America)

Dr. Luigi, CastleStorm, Pokémon Bank, many discounts and more

Update: Perhaps unsurprisingly, Nintendo has now confirmed that the release of Pokémon Bank is delayed, contrary to the Download Update issued on Boxing Day. Original Article: Nintendo is yet to update its official press site, but the latest Download Update details have been...

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...