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  • Nintendo Download 31st January 2013 (North America)

    An awakening, a puddle, underwater exploration and more

    While this week's Nintendo download update for Europe is rather modest, albeit with a long-awaited Wii U release, you lucky North Americans have a broad range of content across every platform. There are demos, retail downloads and some interesting new and retro options, so let's get right to...

  • News NBA 2K13 Demo Now Available In The Euro Wii U eShop

    Hoopin' and hollerin'

    NBA 2K13 has been available in North America since the very start of the Wii U's existence. Europe had to wait a little longer to shoot some hoops, with the game being released earlier this month. Europe has also had to wait longer for a demo, something that's been in the North American Wii U eShop for a while. Well worry not...

  • News Oliver and Spike: Dimension Jumpers Pencilled In For Wii U

    "Ratchet & Clank meets Zelda meets Uncharted"

    Norwegian developer Rock Pocket Games is working on a new project called Oliver and Spike: Dimension Jumpers, and it intends to bring it to Wii U as well as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The colourful 3D exploration puzzler features a world full of dimensions, and the happenings in each one influences...

  • News Zen Studios Confirms Zen Pinball 2 Launch Tables

    25 either bundled or on individual sale

    Ahead of its release in Europe this week and its arrival "very soon" in North America, Zen Studios has published the list of day one content for Zen Pinball 2 on the Wii U eShop. As expected, with the format following that seen on other consoles — a free download with demos of tables and DLC packages —...

  • News The 90's Arcade Racer Speeds Closer to Wii U

    Update hints at exciting developments ahead

    A little over a week ago we told you about The 90's Arcade Racer, a project from one-man Greek developer Pelikan13 with the goal of creating a new experience inspired by classic arcade racers such as Daytona USA and Sega Rally. In order to get the project over the finishing line for a release this year...

  • News Pinball Games Contribute to a Revival of Real Tables

    A new generation is getting interested

    While it's often easy for veteran gamers — some of which are part of the Nintendo Life team — to bemoan the loss of some video game traditions, there are occasions where modern trends are good for those with old-fashioned sensibilities. We see old titles given new life on download platforms, for example,...

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    Review Balloon Fight

    Float on

    To mark the arrival of the Virtual Console on the Wii U, Nintendo has launched a very generous promotion to mark the 30th anniversary of the Famicom (the Japanese version of the NES, in case you were wondering). What this promotion entails is the release of seven classic Nintendo games on the Wii U over a period of seven months for the...

  • Nintendo Download 31st January 2013 (Europe)

    Pinball at last, downloadable Batman and a video

    While there's a common saying — at least in the rainy old UK — that "when it rains, it pours", we're not sure that can be applied to the Nintendo Download this week. There's an eagerly anticipated release on the Wii U eShop — making it the second download-only release on the console in as many...

  • News Puddle Given Release Date In North America

    It'll be in the eShop before February

    Water-based puzzle game Puddle has been making a splash in the Wii U eShop in Europe since the day the new system launched way back in November. North Americans, meanwhile, had their spirits dampened as they were forced to wait a little while longer for it. Information seemed to be drying up, but fortunately...

  • News Nintendo Reveals Specific Dates For Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign

    Each of the seven games dated

    During last week's information-packed Wii U Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata revealed there would be a special promotion coming to the Wii U eShop to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Famicon - the Nintendo Entertainment System in the West - called the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign. The promotion will release a...

  • News Zen Pinball 2 Release Date Arriving "Any Day Now"

    Don't panic, it's still coming

    Zen Pinball 2 developer Zen Studios has taken steps to assure fans that the Wii U version of the game is still on course for release. Originally expected back in December, the launch slipped to January - but there's still no sign of the game as yet. We know what you're thinking - delays of this kind can only mean one...

  • News Trine 2: Director's Cut Update Now Live In Europe

    Download it while it's hot

    Trine 2: The Director's Cut has been updated in Europe by developer Frozenbyte. Frozenbyte confirmed the update was coming when we spoke to them last year, and more recently stated that it should be arriving this month. We can confirm that the update is now live in Europe, as we've just downloaded it to our

  • Talking Point The Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign's Advertising Role

    Simple but effective

    Among the many announcements in yesterday's Wii U Direct, only one had an immediate impact on console owners, with the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign launching right after the broadcast. Balloon Fight is now available to download with some Wii U-exclusive features — which we'll get to later — and the release schedule...

  • News Balloon Fight On Wii U Reportedly Running At 50Hz in Europe

    Oh, Nintendo

    So, Balloon Fight is available in exchange for some loose change right now on the Wii U eShop. That's good. The download in Europe is apparently continuing the trend seen on Wii and is running at 50 Hz. That's most definitely bad. For those of you outside of Europe and unaware, back in the old days — prior to the GameCube era —...

  • Nintendo Download 24th January 2013 (North America)

    Fighting with balloons and guns, cave exploration, getting funky and more

    It's Nintendo download time, North America, and this week brings you various goodies for your latest systems. The Wii U eShop features a new downloadable title that you probably spotted two days ago, the first Virtual Console release — sort of — on the system, and 3DS has...

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