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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..

Nintendo Download: 5th January 2012 (North America)

5th January 2012 (North America)

Meet your (samurai) destiny

For the fourth time in five weeks, the 3DS gets new Download Software. Elsewhere there's a spot of DSiWare and a WiiWare game back from the dead. Nintendo 3DS Download Software: Samurai Sword Destiny (UFO Interactive, $5.99) — A side-scrolling slasher with a Japanese bent, your heroine Akane must defeat all in her path...

News: Icon Games Breaks WiiWare Sales Figures Silence

Icon Games Breaks WiiWare Sales Figures Silence

Dev speaks out

All developers who sign up to work on Nintendo's download services have to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that forbids them from discussing sales numbers for their own games, among other things. However, British studio Icon Games has revealed sales figures for its WiiWare titles. The company's biggest-seller is Family Games,...

Review: Soccer Up! (WiiWare)

Soccer Up! (WiiWare)

Shoots too narrow

On the Wii Shop Channel, EnjoyUp! Games describes Soccer Up! as being "a funny soccer game." We're willing to bet you and EnjoyUp! Games have different senses of humour. But we're also willing to bet you have different definitions of "total control," "inertia" and "soccer." Indeed, much of...

Nintendo Download: 29th December 2011 (North America)

29th December 2011 (North America)

VVVVVVery exciting

The last batch of downloads for 2011 brings with it some more goodies, including a gravity-flipping eShop game and a certain game starring a guy with a bionic arm. 3DS Download Software: VVVVVV (Nicalis, $7.99) — The well-known indie platformer has made its way to the eShop. It seems to be identical to the PC release, including...

News: Sonic 4: Episode II Teaser Trailer Due Tomorrow

Sonic 4: Episode II Teaser Trailer Due Tomorrow

It's got a nice ring to it

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I seems all but a distant memory now, but SEGA is ready to revitalise your nostalgia for 2D Sonic games by officially revealing Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II tomorrow. Gamespot will have the exclusive teaser trailer tomorrow, with SEGA brand manager Ken Balough keen to emphasise its...

Nintendo Download: 29th December 2011 (Europe)

29th December 2011 (Europe)

Bionic Commando!

Just because the Christmas celebrations are winding down doesn't mean we can't feel all festive and excited about the final Nintendo Download of 2011. What choice delights does Nintendo Europe have lined up for excited eShoppers this week? Read on, dear reader, and find out. 3DS Virtual ConsoleBionic Commando (Game Boy, Capcom, £3.60/€4) — The grappling hook-toting hero comes..

Review: Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Lady Liberty Larceny (WiiWare)

Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Lady Liberty Larceny (WiiWare)

Where in the world is the rest of the game?

Remember Carmen Sandiego? That mysterious woman in red who would steal precious and historical items from throughout the world all while teaching kids about history and geography? Well, she’s finally back and up to her old tricks. Except this time, rather than geography, it’s going to take all of your best math skills to stop her crimes in Carmen..

Nintendo Download: 22nd December 2011 (North America)

22nd December 2011 (North America)

Swapnote is here!

It's the Christmas edition of the Nintendo Download, as we deck the halls with digital delights and wonder if we've been good enough boys and girls to get what we've asked Santa for. 3DS Download Software: Swapnote (Nintendo, free) — It wasn't on the website or press release but open your eShop and you'll find Swapnote waiting...

Nintendo Download: 22nd December 2011 (Europe)

22nd December 2011 (Europe)

Droppin' blocks and mailin' letters

It's a bumper download for Europe this week — though no, there's no Wii Virtual Console present. Here's what Nintendo's digital departments has to offer this Christmas week. Nintendo 3DS Download Software: Nintendo Letter Box (Nintendo, free) — The 3DS finally gets its messaging application with Nintendo...

Review: Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder (WiiWare)

Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder (WiiWare)

Not the worst game ever

At the back of every game shelf, at the bottom of every YouTube favourites list, in the dark recesses of every gamer's heart, they live. Games with which we are far too familiar, games that some of us have taken a near-masochistic pride in seeking out. Superman. E.T. Super Noah's Ark 3D. These are some of the worst games ever made. And now comes Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder,..

Nintendo Download: 15th December 2011 (Europe)

15th December 2011 (Europe)

Better late than never edition

No press release from Nintendo of Europe this week but here's what's available to buy on the download services this week. 3DS eShopEurosport application (free) — This new video application is part of a new partnership between Nintendo and Eurosport. Featuring clips from the WATTS series it's set to get new content every week well into next year. DSiWareElite For

Nintendo Download: 15th December 2011 (North America)

15th December 2011 (North America)

Blaster Master and more

It's a rather average week for the Nintendo Download this week, except for one title, which is the often overlooked Game Boy Color sequel to Blaster Master. No new 3DS Download Software this time, though you're probably still too busy playing Pushmo to care much. 3DS Virtual Console: Blaster Master: Enemy Below (Sunsoft,...