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Talking Point: WiiWare's Vital Role in a Retro Revival

WiiWare's Vital Role in a Retro Revival

Introducing bits and pixels to a new generation

The upcoming release of Retro City Rampage on WiiWare arguably represents two important trends for the service — it could be the last notable release on the platform, and it's also yet another "retro" themed release. We'll consider the possible swansong and end of WiiWare in the near future, but...

Video: Grab a Sneak Peak of WiiWare Console-Exclusive "ROM City Rampage"

Grab a Sneak Peak of WiiWare Console-Exclusive "ROM City Rampage"

15 seconds of glorious pixels

A few days ago we were relieved to confirm that Retro City Rampage arrives on WiiWare on 28th February, a long-awaited and delayed retro homage to the original GTA titles. That description may sell it a little short, as it's packed with pop-culture references and diversions that are set to distract gamers on a regular...

News: Yes, Retro City Rampage Has A Release Date

Yes, Retro City Rampage Has A Release Date

The WiiWare wait will finally be over

Retro City Rampage has been eluding us for as long as we can remember. It sees you play as the bad guy in an open-world 8-bit environment and has been out on PC and PlayStation Network for a while now. Unfortunately the WiiWare version has been delayed more than a few times, leaving some to speculate that it...

News: You, Me, and the Cubes Designer Dies Ages 42

You, Me, and the Cubes Designer Dies Ages 42

Kenji Eno passes away

Respected game designer and musician Kenji Eno passed away yesterday. Cause of death was heart failure induced by high blood pressure. He was 42 years old. Best known for founding the game studio WARP, Inc. and creating the Sega Saturn RPG adventure D, Eno was also involved in the WiiWare title You, Me, and the Cubes. He...

Review: Babel Rising (WiiWare)

Babel Rising (WiiWare)

Bad religion

God games are usually about protecting people, not condemning them. Babel Rising, however, tears a page or two out of the Book of Genesis and sees you, as the heavenly overseer himself, casting down any subjects that dare to defy. Hundreds of heretics are constructing a gigantic tower to reach the skies, but by smiting them and their...

Rumour: eShop Developers No Longer Required To Have A Physical Office

eShop Developers No Longer Required To Have A Physical Office

Dan Adelman drops a hint on Twitter

One of the early rules put in place by Nintendo for developers on its digital platforms was the need for a physical office - a move which was no doubt intended to ensure a certain "quality" of developer. However, since the days of WiiWare the playing field has shifted - the number of professional coders...

Nintendo Download: 3rd January 2013 (Europe)

3rd January 2013 (Europe)

Ghosts 'n stuff, tanks, crystals and vampires

As 2013 slowly cranks into gear, Nintendo of Europe has released details of what Europeans can expect in this week's download update. It's another week with no additions on the Wii U eShop, but the 3DS, DSi and Wii equivalents all have some content to consider. Is any of it going to get your year started...

Review: Vampire Crystals (WiiWare)

Vampire Crystals (WiiWare)

Vampires, they don’t always suck

One fact that we all need to face is that fast-paced and frantic video games will never go out of style. Whether they’re classics being played on an arcade cabinet or new entries on a home console, intense action coupled with multiplayer mayhem can be downright addictive. Another fact that we all need to face is...

Nintendo Download: 27th December 2012 (Europe)

27th December 2012 (Europe)

Mario returns, chess galore and heroes of the world

Most of the world is currently in a vague fuzz of lazy relaxation, but not the download team at Nintendo. It's the usual update, this time incorporating every system with the exception of Wii U, so barring a surprise a certain pinball series isn't going to make it to the new system this year...

News: Retro City Rampage Looks Set For A January Release on WiiWare

Retro City Rampage Looks Set For A January Release on WiiWare

Don't worry, it'll arrive... eventually

It seems like forever and an age since Retro City Rampage was announced for the Wii Shop Channel - the title has had a delay or two since then. We reported earlier this month that an updated version of the 8-bit action-adventure game would be heading to Europe and North America 'soon', but no specific date was...

News: Vampire Crystals Cuts A Bloody Path To December Release In NA

Vampire Crystals Cuts A Bloody Path To December Release In NA

European launch for WiiWare title to follow in January

Shanblue Interactive has confirmed that its WiiWare action title Vampire Crystals will launch this month in North America. The date to look out for is December 20th, with a European release following on January 3rd, 2013. The top-down shooter has been in development for quite a while - we first...

News: Retro City Rampage Storming Onto WiiWare Soon

Retro City Rampage Storming Onto WiiWare Soon

Updated version coming to European shores

Popular download title Retro City Rampage has been available on PC, Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita for a while now in North America. The game has recently been tweaked and updated to give the player a better experience, and now it's coming to a multitude of platforms in Europe, including WiiWare. For...