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Review: Retro City Rampage (WiiWare)

Retro City Rampage (WiiWare)

Rack up those combos, Player!

Retro City Rampage is a lot of things, but subtle isn't one of them. One of the first screens — with the title "Common Sense Warning!" — informs you that the game is packed with parodies, and it continues to bludgeon you over the head as you play. You may be a pixellated character given some freedom to romp around a...

Interview: Vblank Entertainment On Bringing a Retro Rampage to WiiWare

Vblank Entertainment On Bringing a Retro Rampage to WiiWare

"It’s a twenty layer dip with something for everyone"

After a lengthy wait and a lingering suspicion that it would never come, Retro City Rampage has arrived on WiiWare, bringing its own blend of old-school game mechanics with a chaotic storytelling style. There are enough parodies and in-jokes to fill a dozen games, and it arrives on the...

Interview: Vblank Entertainment On Bringing a Retro Rampage to WiiWare

Vblank Entertainment On Bringing a Retro Rampage to WiiWare

"It’s a twenty layer dip with something for everyone"

After a lengthy wait and a lingering suspicion that it would never come, Retro City Rampage has arrived on WiiWare, bringing its own blend of old-school game mechanics with a chaotic storytelling style. There are enough parodies and in-jokes to fill a dozen games, and it arrives on the...

News: Vblank Entertainment: Retro City Rampage on WiiWare is a "$20,000 Gift to the Fans"

Vblank Entertainment: Retro City Rampage on WiiWare is a "$20,000 Gift to the Fans"

Shares praise for eShop improvements, but Wii Shop threshold will make profits unlikely

Retro City Rampage is available now on the Wii Shop or, if you've long since moved onto a Wii U, on the same platform in the new system's Wii Mode. A manic, parody-heavy flashback to the original GTA and with pop-culture references from further back in time, it's...

Nintendo Download: 28th February 2013 (North America)

28th February 2013 (North America)

Running, gunning, creating coasters and more

It's Nintendo Download time again, North America, and this week all four of Nintendo's online platforms have content to choose from; you lucky gamers. Some are long-awaited and in one case probably already keeping some of you very busy, while others will no doubt also have an audience to snap them up...

News: Vblank Entertainment: Nintendo is "Great To Work With"

Vblank Entertainment: Nintendo is "Great To Work With"

Retro City Rampage developer says Nintendo is welcoming to small developers

Retro City Rampage will most likely be WiiWare's swansong when it finally becomes available for download on 28th February, and its developer Vblank Entertainment seems to have enjoyed working with Nintendo while making it. Speaking on Twitter Brian Provinciano, the game's...

Nintendo Download: 28th February 2013 (Europe)

28th February 2013 (Europe)

Splashing and crashing, new and old retro and fishing

Nintendo's well and truly on the ball this week, Europe, bringing us our download news nice and early. This week sees the Wii and DSi rejoin the party with 3DS, while Wii U drops out for a bit of a rest. The offerings include a recently unveiled game from 3DS Direct, as well as a long awaited...

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...