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Nintendo Download: 12th July 2012 (North America)

12th July 2012 (North America)

8-bit summer heats up

Two 3DS Virtual Console games plus new titles on WiiWare, DSiWare, Virtual Console and the eShop make another very strong week for the Nintendo Download in North America. Here's what's going live today. 3DS Virtual Console: Kirby's Pinball Land (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — The little pink ball makes the most of his rotund...

News: Nigoro: Still a Chance for La-Mulana on WiiWare

Nigoro: Still a Chance for La-Mulana on WiiWare

It's never too late

Japanese developer Nigoro has said there's still a possibility we'll see La-Mulana reach WiiWare in the West. The team said on its official blog: To be honest, we don’t give up WiiWare version for overseas. So, we want to let you know in advance, “There is a possibility to release WiiWare version.” It will be without the...

Review: Let's Create! Pottery (WiiWare)

Let's Create! Pottery (WiiWare)

Different console, same game

Every now and again a game gets released that makes its players collectively ask “why? Why did this happen?” Then, inexplicably, the same exact game gets released on a completely different console after it has barely been changed at all. As you may have already guessed, this is exactly the case with Let’s Create!...

Nintendo Download: 12th July 2012 (Europe)

12th July 2012 (Europe)

Sparkles and frogs

This week's Nintendo Download is a metaphorical mixed bag, with 3DS add-on content and WiiWare sitting alongside weird eShop applications. Scan the list below for the full lowdown. 3DS Download Software: Sparkle Snapshots 3D (Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — Remember Sparkle Snapshots on DSiWare? How would you like a similar...

Nintendo Download: 5th July 2012 (North America)

5th July 2012 (North America)

8-bit summer starts

Nintendo of America kicks off its 8-bit Summer campaign this week with new 3DS Virtual Console games, plus there's a new Wii Virtual Console game and some eShop games too. 3DS Virtual Console: The Legend of Zelda (NES, Nintendo, $4.99, 49 blocks) — This game surely needs no introduction. See where it all started for Link and...

News: Sabarasa's Protocol Changing Platforms from WiiWare

Sabarasa's Protocol Changing Platforms from WiiWare

To don't-know-where

Looks like Sabarasa's ambitious first-person shooter Protocol won't make it to WiiWare after all. Sabarasa yesterday updated its site with this message: PROTOCOL TO BE RELEASED IN A NEW TO-BE-CONFIRMED PLATFORM For all those expecting Protocol for WiiWare, we announce that it will be released directly in a new to-be-confirmed...

Review: Save the Furries (WiiWare)

Save the Furries (WiiWare)

Furful

We've seen several WiiWare titles make the jump to other, probably more profitable, platforms, but it happens the other way around too. Save the Furries is one example; it started life as an iOS title, but now the alien-saving puzzler has scurried over to the Nintendo side. The goal is to get the titular helpless creatures from A (their...

Nintendo Download: 21st June 2012 (North America)

21st June 2012 (North America)

Dragons, kitchens and so much more

A very busy week this week with WiiWare, Virtual Console, DSiWare and no fewer than two eShop releases reaching North American shores. Here's what's awaiting your purchase today. 3DS Download Software: Order Up!! (Ignition Entertainment, $9.99, 2,488 blocks) — Released at retail in Europe, North America can try...

Nintendo Download: 21st June 2012 (Europe)

21st June 2012 (Europe)

Mutant Mudds is here

Well, that was a long wait. Renegade Kid's acclaimed platformer gets to Europe this week, along with a 1000 Point WiiWare adventure and a kickabout on DSiWare. Here's what's up this week. 3DS Download Software: Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid, £8.10/€9) — What started life as a DS retail game called Maximillian and the Rise of...

News: Nigoro Receives Offers to Publish La-Mulana in the West

Nigoro Receives Offers to Publish La-Mulana in the West

Keen to show strengths of Japanese indie scene

The recent news that Nicalis had cancelled its release of La-Mulana, from Japanese developer Nigoro, was disappointing for fans of retro-styled platformers and WiiWare. We had the opportunity to interview Takumi Naramura, director of the project, who confirmed that despite the setback the company was...

Interview: Nigoro on La-Mulana's Cancellation

Nigoro on La-Mulana's Cancellation

What happened?

Those waiting for La-Mulana's WiiWare release were left disappointed recently when publisher Nicalis cancelled the game's western launch. Nicalis cited problems with low sales of the WiiWare platform and a protracted development period, leaving no current route overseas for the 2D platformer and developer Nigoro. We spoke to...

News: La-Mulana Director Would Welcome Offers from Publishers

La-Mulana Director Would Welcome Offers from Publishers

Go ahead, make his day

Nicalis won't publish La-Mulana on WiiWare in the West, but that doesn't mean the game is entirely, 100% stone cold dead. We asked La-Mulana director Takumi Naramura if he and the Nigoro team would continue to pursue a western release through another publisher, to which he replied: The game is completed, we welcome the offer...

News: Oster Lays Out WiiWare Criticisms

Oster Lays Out WiiWare Criticisms

Lessons to be learned

There was a lot of controversy recently when Trent Oster — president of Beamdog, the company responsible for MDK2's WiiWare port — said that his company would never develop for Nintendo again: some objected to the tone of his remarks and comments about Wii as a console. In an interview with Nintendo Life, Oster outlines...

News: La-Mulana Canned for North America, Europe

La-Mulana Canned for North America, Europe

Nicalis breaks the news via Twitter

Few WiiWare games have had as public a storied development process as Nicalis' retro-inspired adventure La-Mulana. Today that story seems to have come to a whimpering end for North American and European players, as Nicalis broke the news on Twitter earlier this evening that the game would not be published in those...

Review: Rush Rush Rally Racing (WiiWare)

Rush Rush Rally Racing (WiiWare)

Blast from the 'Cast

Undeserving of such a short lifespan, Dreamcast has continued to play home to the occasional independent development. One such game is Senile Team's Rush Rush Rally Racing (R4). Originally created as an entry for a Dreamcast programming contest back in 2009, the team adapted its work so that it was fit for release on WiiWare...

Nintendo Download: 26th April 2012 (Europe)

26th April 2012 (Europe)

Blocks, worms and Gnomz

There's a definite creative slant to this week's Nintendo Download, with 3DS and DSi owners able to make something for themselves. Here's what's available to download from 2pm this Thursday. 3DS Download Software: Block Factory (Enjoy Gaming, £3.60/€4) — A puzzle game in which you get to make your own variations on the...