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Review: Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Great Gateway Grab (WiiWare)

Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Great Gateway Grab (WiiWare)

Not so great

Last time we checked in on her, Carmen Sandiego had sent her minions out to steal St. Basil’s cathedral in Russia. This week, Sandiego has made her way over to India in Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Great Gateway Grab. With her eyes set on the Gateway of India, it’s up to you as an agent of ACME to solve the mystery and stop Sandiego’s V.I.L.E. minions before it’s..

Review: TNT Racers (WiiWare)

TNT Racers (WiiWare)

Keep on truckin'

It’s not about the winning, it’s about the taking part. Though it’s technically of the racing genre, TNT Racers often encourages you to do all but grab the chequered flag first. Far more important is the ability to unleash timely havoc upon competitors to send them sputtering off-screen; consider it the driver’s guide to...

Nintendo Download: 9th February 2012 (Europe)

9th February 2012 (Europe)

Demos, burgers and VC returns

This week Europe's got one of the best-looking download slates in a long time — though no, there's no VVVVVV or Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword — with strong titles left, right and centre. Let's get to it. Wii Virtual ConsoleThe King of Fighters '97 (Neo Geo, D4 Enterprise, 900pts) — The legendary fighting series returns to Virtual Console. The first Neo Geo..

Nintendo Download: 2nd February 2012 (North America)

2nd February 2012 (North America)

eShop comes into bloom

Today sees the release of a much-anticipated 3DS samurai game, a DSiWare zombie shooter and the next instalment in a globe-trotting maths series. What could be better? 3DS Download Software: Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (Nintendo, $6.99) — It's like Punch-Out!!, only with swords instead of boxing gloves. It's a solid...

Review: Newton Vs The Horde (WiiWare)

Newton Vs The Horde (WiiWare)

An experiment to be ab-horde

We're going to say this up front because there won't be much room to say nice things later on in the review: Newton Vs The Horde has an utterly fantastic concept. The idea is to destroy approaching zombie-like creatures by using physics puzzles either found in your environment or created by you. That's an interesting...

Nintendo Download: 26th January 2012 (North America)

26th January 2012 (North America)

Mutant Mudds invade

Renegade Kid's much-anticipated platformer comes to the 3DS eShop alongside some quality DSiWare releases. Let's jump in and see what's available today. 3DS Download Software: Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid, $8.99) — This cutesy 2D platformer is a bit of a belter, netting a 9/10 in our Mutant Mudds review. Don't be put off by the...

Review: Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Case of the Crumbling Cathedral (WiiWare)

Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Case of the Crumbling Cathedral (WiiWare)

In Russia, game disappoints you

If you’re wondering where in the world Carmen Sandiego is this week, or what in the world she’s up to, look no further than Moscow, capital city of Russia. As is generally the case, Sandiego is busy using one of her goons from the criminal organization V.I.L.E. to abscond with with a precious landmark. This time, St. Basil’s Cathedral has been turned to sand,..

Review: Stonekeep: Bones of the Ancestors (WiiWare)

Stonekeep: Bones of the Ancestors (WiiWare)

Rock-solid or balderdash?

Stonekeep: Bones of the Ancestors, a remake of Interplay's mid-90's first-person dungeon crawler, sounds pretty good on paper. The Wii is a bit short on quality RPGs — especially on WiiWare — and Stonekeep was a decent-looking, competent RPG back in its day. But pre-rendered 2D environments and FMV characters are no...

Nintendo Download: 26th January 2012 (Europe)

26th January 2012 (Europe)

Balloons and caterpillars

It's time to look ahead to Thursday and see what games lucky European residents can download, with Wii, 3DS Virtual Console and DSiWare all represented this week. 3DS Virtual ConsoleBalloon Kid (Game Boy, Nintendo, £2.70/€3) — A sequel to Balloon Fight, this hasn't aged particularly well, sadly: our Balloon Kid review explains why. WiiWare

Nintendo Download: 19th January 2012 (North America)

19th January 2012 (North America)

The first 3DS demo lands

While there's some good games available to buy this week, we're pretty sure the most downloaded software this week will be the free Resident Evil Revelations demo, available from 9am PST/12pm EST today. 3DS DemoResident Evil Revelations (Capcom, free) — The first trial game comes to the eShop with this playable sample of Capcom's upcoming fright fest. We'll have a full..

News: TIGA Calls for Clarification on Download Sales Secrecy

TIGA Calls for Clarification on Download Sales Secrecy

The debate continues

In early January we reported that Icon Games broke its silence on WiiWare sales, breaching Nintendo's non-disclosure agreement in the process. It didn't take long for Nintendo to request that the figures be removed, prompting the developer to suggest that secretive Nintendo policies put jobs at risk. TIGA, the trade body that represents UK game developers, has released its own..

News: Your Favourite WiiWare Demos Are Now Back

Your Favourite WiiWare Demos Are Now Back

Fire up your Wii

In an act of unprecedented generosity, Nintendo of America has reinstated a ton of WiiWare demos in the Wii Shop Channel, which now bulges with nearly 50 demos of some of WiiWare's brightest and best games. Europe, you have just the two demos still: MotoHeroz and Gnomz. Here's the full list for North American Wii owners: 3D Pixel RacingA Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. RobotsAnd Yet..

News: Gaijin Games Explains Why RUNNER2 Won't Reach Wii

Gaijin Games Explains Why RUNNER2 Won't Reach Wii

Talks Wii U too

Gaijin Games' BIT.TRIP series started life on Wii and has appeared on 3DS in the form of BIT.TRIP SAGA, but the next instalment, RUNNER2, won't come to WiiWare. Why not? Artist Chris Meyer explained: This game is too big and too detailed to work on Wii. We need the Xbox power in order for it to work. If you actually think about it,...

Review: Zombii Attack (WiiWare)

Zombii Attack (WiiWare)

iinsufferable

Zombii Attack is a very silly game. Its main mechanic — firing zombies out of a giant slingshot — is strange enough, but even more preposterous is the fact that this game actually got published on WiiWare. The game is so horrendous that the campy feel and OK music don't even come close to saving it from its abominable controls and...

Nintendo Download: 12th January 2012 (North America)

12th January 2012 (North America)

Reach a state of Zen

After a few weeks' wait from its European release, the 3DS eShop in North America gets a piece of portable pinball, with DSi owners getting some balls and bumper action too. Elsewhere there's a little music and some more maths. Nintendo 3DS Download Software: Zen Pinball 3D (Zen Studios, $6.99) — An excellent pinball title in...

News: Majora's Mask and Dr. Mario Join Club Nintendo Rewards

Majora's Mask and Dr. Mario Join Club Nintendo Rewards

Coins at the ready

North America's Club Nintendo site lets you buy downloadable games with your hard-earned coins. After the success of 3D Classics: Xevious and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again, there are four new games available to buy between now and 31st January. Here's what's available: 150 Coins: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Ma

Review: Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Big Ben Burglary (WiiWare)

Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Big Ben Burglary (WiiWare)

Big Ben brain buster

Episodic gaming is becoming a regular occurrence on the Wii and DSiWare services, and whether that’s a good or bad thing is completely up to the individual. It is true, however, that if the first episode in a series isn’t very good, then there’s a chance that it won’t get much better moving forward. Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Big Ben Burglary is a perfect..

Nintendo Download: 12th January 2012 (Europe)

12th January 2012 (Europe)

Three for the choosing

Nothing unique for 3DS owners this week as 3DSWare and Virtual Console take holidays, but WiiWare and DSiWare have the centre stage. WiiWareBobby Carrot Forever (FDG Entertainment, 800pts) — In development for years and years, little rabbit Bobby finally left the warren in July last year and brought a pretty good game with him. Check out our Bobby Carrot Forever review for..

News: Icon Games: "Nintendo's Policies Put Jobs at Risk"

Icon Games: "Nintendo's Policies Put Jobs at Risk"

Former WiiWare dev strikes out

A few days ago, Icon Games revealed its WiiWare sales figures, showing just how its games had fared on the service, breaching Nintendo's non-disclosure agreement in the process. Nintendo responded by asking Icon to remove the WiiWare sales figures from its post, prompting Icon boss Richard Hill-Whittall to slate Nintendo's "negative, damaging" policies..