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Nintendo Download: 27th September (North America)

27th September (North America)

Two each for WiiWare and DSiWare

This week's release schedule is as varied as usual, taking in potentially fatal sports games to cerebral puzzlers, with two games apiece for WiiWare and DSiWare and the expected break from Virtual Console. WiiWareTarget Toss Pro: Lawn Darts (700pts, Incredible Technologies) – The follow-up to Target Toss Pro: Bags, this puts you in a virtual back garden and lets..

News: Nintendo Power Claims Sonic 4: Episode 1 Will Cost 1500 Points

Nintendo Power Claims Sonic 4: Episode 1 Will Cost 1500 Points

High price for hedgehog heaven

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is one of WiiWare's most anticipated games, either because of or despite the claims it will bring Sonic back to his glory days, depending on your point of view. Flagship WiiWare titles don't come cheap however, and the latest issue of Nintendo Power claims Sonic's next outing will set you back a sizeable 1,500 Wii Points. Considering..

News: My Planetarium Trailer and Screenshots Look Stellar

My Planetarium Trailer and Screenshots Look Stellar

All in Japanese, though

The ESRB outed My Planetarium a month or so ago, and now the Japanese website has been updated with the first screenshots and trailer of Hudson's upcoming gaze 'em up. With three different modes allowing you to view the night sky freely, learn about the history of constellations and search for particular clusters, nebulae and more, the game's development has been overseen by..

Review: Triple Throwing Sports (WiiWare)

Triple Throwing Sports (WiiWare)

It’s not hammer time and it never will be

Please have your Wii Remote and Nunchuk handy. You’ll need them to read this review. Ready? Okay, first, begin by spinning the Nunchuk around in a circular motion. Any direction will do, just spin it really fast, then faster still. Then, when the time is right, press the B button. Are you with us so far? Good, now press the A button while simultaneously..

Nintendo Download: 28th & 29th September 2010 (Japan)

28th & 29th September 2010 (Japan)

Two each for Wii and DSi next week

Could predictions of the death of WiiWare in Japan have been premature? It appears so as there's two new titles coming next week, both from 3rd parties. Import gaming fantatics should reign in their excitement, however as both appear to be "lifestyle" apps rather than games. The DSi offerings are unlikely to engender any excitement either since one of..

Nintendo Download: 24th September (Europe)

24th September (Europe)

More Final Fantasy, robotic boxes, and more

After two Virtual Console-less weeks, the service returns with a bang with another title from Square Enix. It might not be one of the most fondly remembered games they've made, but the more the merrier! It's accompanied by a few interesting WiiWare and DSiWare titles. WiiWareRobox (1000pts, Dreambox Games) – This week's only WiiWare title. From what..

Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar's ABCs (WiiWare)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's ABCs (WiiWare)

Often imitated but never duplicated

Everyone knows that caterpillars are excellent at education by munching, mostly because of the work of Eric Carle. 30 million copies of his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar have been sold worldwide since its release in 1969. Now, the distinct artwork and simple teaching style of the classic come to WiiWare in the...

News: Watch Out for Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts Next Monday

Watch Out for Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts Next Monday

From the makers of Target Toss Pro: Bags

The Wii has played host to countless sports games since the days of Wii Sports, with everything from cricket to compendiums, but WiiWare's about to receive one of the more unusual sporting outings in the form of Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts. From Incredible Technologies, the team behind Target Toss Pro: Bags, Lawn Darts is a recreation of one of the world's..

News: Spot the Differences Marking Its WiiWare Release Very Soon

Spot the Differences Marking Its WiiWare Release Very Soon

Sanuk's latest puzzle game will have you paying close attention

There are certain games that transcend language barriers and Sanuk Games tapped into one particular example when it launched Spot the Differences! on the Sony PSP and PS3, and then later on the Apple Apps Store. With the success it has enjoyed across the platforms, the developer has announced that the WiiWare service will soon be..

News: You Can Stop Waiting for Worms: Battle Islands on WiiWare Now

You Can Stop Waiting for Worms: Battle Islands on WiiWare Now

It's coming out on disc instead

It's been a long old time since we last heard anything about Worms: Battle Islands but we were expecting it to launch on WiiWare this month. Sadly, the downloadable service just got a little duller, as THQ has announced the game is on its way to Wii as a retail release. The game is now scheduled to release in November. AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - Delivering an arsenal..

Interviews: Brian Provinciano - Retro City Rampage

Brian Provinciano - Retro City Rampage

Vblank Entertainment's open-world game looks set to hijack your 8-bit heart

Grand Theftendo may have started out as a pet project of Vblank Entertainment's Brian Provinciano, but eight years later it's turned into one of the most intriguing games slated to hit WiiWare in the form of Retro City Rampage. The novelty of an 8-bit open-world game was enough to put it on our radar, and the amount of..

News: New Robox Trailer as Game Launches this Friday

New Robox Trailer as Game Launches this Friday

1,000 Points for mechanical marvel

Dreambox Games has been hard at work on Robox, polishing the little robotic box for his big debut, and that date is fast approaching. The game launches across Europe this Friday, September 24th, for 1,000 Nintendo Points. To celebrate, Dreambox has released a new trailer showing off some more of the game's beautiful hand-drawn art and classic 2D gameplay. There's..

Nintendo Download: 20th September 2010 (North America)

20th September 2010 (North America)

Throwing and Caterpillars on WiiWare; Aero 2 on VC; Soccer, Go Series and Countdown on DSiWare

The world of Nintendo Downloads is often surprising, even for aficionados such as ourselves. Sometimes a long-awaited title appears; others come from out of the blue. Enjoy this week's line-up. WiiWareTriple Throwing Sports (Code Monkeys, 500pts) – The follow-up to previous WiiWare release Triple Shot..

First Impressions: Surinuke Anatōsu

Surinuke Anatōsu

Thrill-seeking for puzzler fans

One doesn't often think of thrills and puzzles as belonging in the same sentence. You can get a bit of excitement from kicking off a combo in a fast-paced game, but to actually get a rush in the same sense as riding a rollercoaster is something else entirely. Whilst it might be an exaggeration to say Surinuke Anatōsu is the equivalent of an amusement park ride, the..

News: Expect La Mulana to be Really, Really Hard

Expect La Mulana to be Really, Really Hard

No Easy Mode in sight

La Mulana is coming to WiiWare – yes, we promise – with improved graphics but no alterations made to the game's notorious difficulty level. Designer Takumi Naramura has said there'll be no Easy Mode in the game, for one very simple reason: We made the game difficult so players can die. According to Naramura, it can take up to 30 hours to complete La Mulana, most of which..

News: Airport Mania: First Flight Approaches the Runway with a Trailer

Airport Mania: First Flight Approaches the Runway with a Trailer

Take an eagle-eyed look at the new WiiWare air traffic control game

If you enjoyed playing Firemint's Flight Control, then you might want to take note of the upcoming WiiWare title Airport Mania: First Flight and check out the first trailer for the air traffic control game from Reflexive Entertainment and South Winds Games. Originally published on the PC by Reflexive and later ported over to the..

News: Monsteca Corral Competition Winners

Monsteca Corral Competition Winners

Drumroll please...

Last week we ran a cheeky little competition to let 10 lucky Euro/Aussie readers win a copy of A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots on WiiWare. Everyone likes a freebie, and competition here was fierce. We had 199 entries! However only 10 could win, so we punched the button on the magical Nintendo Life bingo machine and can now reveal the lucky winners: paulnumber9y0ss4ri4n

Nintendo Download: 17th September (Europe)

17th September (Europe)

Not a whole lot of excitement

Nintendo of Europe has chosen not to release a Virtual Console game, instead giving you the choice of several games that will likely not appeal to many hardcore gamers out there. You have been warned! WiiWareAdventure on LOST ISLAND - Hidden Object Game (Ateam Inc., 500 Points) — More similar to "Aha! I Found it!" Hidden Object Game rather than Ateam's..

Review: Adventure on Lost Island: Hidden Object Game (WiiWare)

Adventure on Lost Island: Hidden Object Game (WiiWare)

Short and sugary sweet

Playing Adventure on Lost Island: Hidden Object Game is a lot like eating a doughnut – it looks good, is very sweet and the experience feels nice. Before you know it, though, it's gone. ATeam definitely had a young audience in mind when making this game, with its winsome tone, brightly coloured graphics and simple gameplay, but while some players may be turned off by all..