WiiWare News

July2010

  • News Show Your Love for Bit.Trip with Commander Video Videos

    Superimpose the running man into your world

    You can't fault the fans of Gaijin's Bit.Trip series – from fanart to papercraft, they know how to show their love for Commander Video and friends. One ardent fan thinks there's more that can be done, and has created a YouTube 'call to arms' for other fans of the series. The idea is to superimpose...

  • News Look Out, There's a New Pearl Harbor Video on Your Six

    Do a barrel roll, of course

    It's already available in North America and Europe of course, but those of you who want to see just one more video of Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising before taking the download plunge are in luck today. Check out the video below and be sure to read our Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising review to find out if this downloadable slice of digital..

  • News Jett Rocket's Return May Not be in Platform Form

    Shin'en interview hints at branching out

    Graphically resplendent and rather enjoyable WiiWare platformer Jett Rocket has been making waves since landing in June, and those who've clocked the adventure may have already seen this closing screen that hints at a reappearance for the jumpsuited Jett. Well, don't expect to see him repeating his...

  • Nintendo Download 23rd July (Europe)

    Acrobats, skaters and more

    While North America has now suffered three consecutive weeks without a new retro game available for download, we're about to get another. It's accompanied by a bunch of DSiWare and WiiWare games that might not be to the liking of everybody. WiiWareArcade Sports Air Hockey, Bowling, Pool, Snooker (800pts - Icon Games) – A collection of "arcade" games, but not..

  • News Dive: The Medes Islands Secret to Surface on WiiWare Next Week

    For gamers on both sides of the Atlantic

    Cosmonaut Games has just confirmed the North American release date of its next outing, the WiiWare title that one of its designers described as "an underwater Metroid". The company has also released a batch of new screenshots to coincide with the announcement. Launching on the download service in North America next week on the 26th July and in..

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    Review Balloon Pop Festival

    Good enough to pop open your wallet?

    With the increasing number of puzzle games furiously leaping to Nintendo’s online stores, it makes for a pretty fascinating battle for supremacy. The latest to make the jump is Balloon Pop Festival, an interesting combination of Bejewled and Puyo Puyo with a family friendly presentation and enjoyable gameplay...

  • Nintendo Download 19th July 2010 (North America)

    The kittenpocalypse begins!

    Let's just not talk about the Virtual Console this week. Instead, let's talk about furry things, like legends and kitties and selling things to unsuspecting animals. WiiWareAquaSpace (Nintendo, 600 Points) – This fish tank...thing hit Europe recently under the name Zenquaria: Virtual Aquarium. The most notable difference between this and Hudson's serene My Aquarium is..

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 7: User-Generated Content

    Listener contributions, confusing homophones and Team Fortress 2 secrets revealed!

    Oh hi, didn't see you come in there. Stay a while, and listen! Turns out we've got some fine musicians in the audience as we take a look to some listener-created tunes. We've also got a few select choices from The Megas, The World Ends With You, and the song that Akira Yamaoka would like blaring as he leaves this..

  • Interviews Takumi Naramura - La Mulana

    La Mulana creator talks about new WiiWare remake

    Nicalis have already released one hit indie PC title on the WiiWare service with the release of Cave Story and are now putting the finishing touches on their second WiiWare release La Mulana. Since it's been awhile since we've heard any new information..

  • News Exclusive Mecho Wars WiiWare Screenshots

    Check out the WiiWare version of the iPhone classic.

    Our good friend Luc Bernard was nice enough to send over a batch of brand new Mecho Wars WiiWare screenshots for everyone to peruse in the screenshot gallery. Luc has informed us that development on the game is completed, but no release date has been set currently. There's also a WiiWare version soundtrack available for download for $9.99 for..

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    Review Zenquaria: Virtual Aquarium

    Not too deep

    With a rather good and successful aquarium simulator already available and a sequel underway, it seems rather futile of Nintendo to release a version themselves at a slightly higher price. Created by Paon of DK King of Swing, Jungle Climber and Barrel Blast fame, Zenquaria's primarily toted feature is the ability to swim around an aqu

  • First Impressions Heavy Fire: Special Operations

    We enlist for Teyon's war shooter

    We've been bringing you regular field updates on Teyon's WiiWare lightgun shooter Heavy Fire: Special Operations since its announcement in April, and we recently got the chance to sit down and blast through two missions from the completed game. Played out entirely on-rails, Heavy Fire is immediately reminiscent of arcade light gun shooters such as Operation Wolf..

  • News Alley-Oop! Hoopworld Slams WiiWare's Backboard on 19th July

    That's our basketball knowledge exhausted

    Virtual Toys has been absent from the world of WiiWare for quite a while, but it's ready to return on Monday with Hoopworld, 1000 Point, 3-on-3 basketball game with tons of fighting. Promising plenty of arcade action, an online leaderboard, offline two-player modes and plenty of the sport's trademark...

  • News Nintendo's European Release Schedule Offers Few Surprises

    Unless you love Scooby-Doo

    The news of Last Window: The Secret of Cape West heading to Europe is just one nugget from the latest Nintendo Europe press release outlining its schedule from now until the end of September. While this means that there's no sight of its big 2010 titles like Kirby's Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, it's

  • Nintendo Download 16th July 2010 (Europe)

    Flying and fighting on Wii; French, Darkness, solitaire and 3D tanks on DSi

    Another Virtual Console holiday, but WiiWare gets Pearl Harbored and then engages in some funky fighting. Conspicuous by its absence is Furry Legends, previously believed to be released this Friday but Gamelion has confirmed to us there will be an announcement of its new release date in the near future. WiiWarePearl Harbor..

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    Review Toribash

    Worth a bash

    Already freely available for PC, Toribash has landed on WiiWare with a 1,000 point price tag and a lot to live up to. A turn-based fighting game, this title is seemingly impenetrable at first despite a series of tutorials that teach you your first basic moves: how to jump, to kick and to decapitate your opponent and throw their head out of the ring. You select a joint or muscle with..

  • Nintendo Download 12th July (North America)

    Bashing and balloons for Wii; puzzles, paper and playing French for DSiWare

    A pretty varied platter for North America today, with Virtual Console again absent but WiiWare gaining two games and DSiWare letting five more passengers onto the download bus. WiiWare: Toribash (1000pts - Nabi Studios) – A turn-based fighting game that's big on physics,...

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    Review Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising

    The dawn of a promising new WiiWare franchise

    Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising, one of the most anticipated WiiWare games of the year, wowed observers with screenshots that seemed far too impressive to be possible in a downloadable Wii title. In a field mostly populated by mini-game collections with simplistic graphics, Pearl Harbor...

  • Nintendo Download 9th July (Europe)

    Plenty for everyone

    As with every week, DSiWare gets the lion's share of releases this week, although most of it is not too stellar, or at least not likely to be. WiiWare gets a long-awaited fighter plus an interesting Nintendo-published title, while VC gets another ninja action game. WiiWareToribash (1000pts - Nabi Studios) -- A very strange fighting game which is quite popular on PC, you fight as..

  • News Prepare Yourself Well for this Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts Trailer

    The world's most dangerous game, apparently

    Did you find the soft, clothy corners of Target Toss Pro: Bags to be a bit lacking in danger? Would you rather have something sharp and pointy to throw into something soft and loamy? It sounds as though Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts is for you, then. But be warned: it's dangerous. With 16-player tournaments...

  • News Soothe Your WiiWare Bloodlust with Zenquaria's Virtual Aquarium

    Here, fishy fishy

    WiiWare's virtual pet shop is getting fuller all the time, with Zoo Disc Golf, My Zoo and My Aquarium among the animal-filled attractions on offer. Nintendo itself is entering the furry fray this week, with Zenquaria: Virtual Aquarium on the way to Europe for 600 Points. Looking like a combination between Endless Ocean and My...

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    Review Cruise Party

    Party pooper

    Enjoy Gaming’s Cruise Party is a collection of four gambling games: video poker, blackjack, roulette and slots. In Video Poker, each player’s five-card hand is visible to all, with the exception of the Bank’s hand, of which you are only privy to one card. Your one and only goal is to wager whether your hand will be better than the...

  • News Download Versions of Ivy the Kiwi? Rated by ESRB

    Tiny bird to fly to WiiWare and DSiWare

    Last month we brought you our First Impressions of upcoming PROPE project Ivy the Kiwi?, as well as an exclusive interview with the game's creator Yuji Naka. In Japan, the game received small versions available via WiiWare and DSiWare, so naturally our intrepid reporter Corbie Dillard asked about the possibility of these games heading to the West, to which Mr..

  • News Horizon Riders Sets its Sights on WiiWare

    Teaser trailer for Sabarasa's next project

    The Wii has played host to some great shooters in its time, from arcade hits to brand new titles from genre masters Treasure, and Sabarasa is preparing to bring one more to WiiWare in the form of Horizon Riders. Although the company's released little information so far, the teaser trailer below shows an...

  • Nintendo Download 5th July 2010 (North America)

    Dogfighting, vampire slaying and sheep launching this week

    Today, the day after the United States blew itself up and Canada wondered what all that racket was about and some people have jobs in the morning, sheesh, the Nintendo Download brings a peace offering of eight titles across WiiWare and DSiWare. Some anticipated, some not so much, and the Virtual Console is stuck in the infirmary after not..

  • News Get Physical Next Friday with Toribash: Violence Perfected

    1,000 Points for stop-motion fighter

    It's been a long old while since we've heard anything about Nabi Studios' fighter Toribash: Violence Perfected, but it's emerged from the silence cocoon with the news it will hit Europe next Friday, July 9th for 1,000 Points. If you're unfamiliar with the admittedly odd concept, Toribash is a turns-based fighting game where extending and contracting muscles..

  • News Furry Legends Delayed in North America

    WiiWare roll 'em up simply "coming soon"

    Those of you expecting to download Furry Legends: Chapter One on Monday might want to put those Nintendo Points away for a short time as the game has been delayed. Developer Gamelion Studios has said that Nintendo has changed the game's release date to "coming soon", and that they expect the new release date to be announced next week. Nintendo of..

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    Review Jett Rocket

    WiiWare gets pushed to the limit in this fun 3D platformer

    It’s clear that Shin’en Multimedia knows their way around WiiWare. After delivering the lovely Art of Balance, the German studio’s follow-up is a platformer with unparallelled looks on the service. Jett Rocket looks excellent, yes, and we’re happy to say that it plays well too and...

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    Review Pong Toss Pro - Frat Party Games

    The drunker you are, the better.

    Nothing compliments a good buzz like tossing tiny ping pong balls into a group of plastic cups. In fact, Beer Pong has become quite the popular party game over the years, so much so that JV Games released their own version of the game for the WiiWare service back in 2008. Despite receiving extremely low review scores...

  • Nintendo Download 2nd July (Europe)

    DSiWare galore!

    DSiWare gets another massive load of new games today, but they're probably not the things you'll mostly be wanting to pay attention to - Both WiiWare and the Virtual Console only get one game each, but they're both great and more than worthy of a look-see. WiiWare: Jett Rocket (1000pts - Shin'en Multimedia) -- A 3D platformer with...

  • News And Here's Your 2010 Club Nintendo Awards, North America

    Delectable collectables

    So the Club Nintendo North America year came to an end yesterday, and along with the beginning of a new one today the Big N has revealed what super special exclusive awards members who reached Gold or Platinum status are eligible for. The suspense is murderous! In a repeat of last year, Gold status members get a 2011 desk...

June2010

  • News This Mega Man 10 Concept Art is Awesome

    Blue Bomber backgrounds in black and white

    Although you might think Mega Man 10's retro graphical style is easy, a Japanese site has published some concept art showing the amount of work that went into bringing the game to life. From futuristic transport systems to buildings shaped like grenades, the art shows the detail required to create something even as seemingly simple as Mega Man 10. Check..

  • News Get Cute and Fluffy with Miffy's World on WiiWare

    Such cold black eyes...

    Miffy, so the song goes, is a sweet little bunny, and Wii owners will soon get the chance to meet the cute rodent as Miffy's World is on the way to WiiWare. Taking the popular character and her friends, Miffy's World is billed as a simulation game that lets young children and their parents explore the world through quests and...

  • News Jett Rocket Sequel May Already be Firing Up its Boosters

    Spoilers potentially contained within

    Jett Rocket has only been out in North America for a few days, but already talk of a sequel has hit the Internet, with the game's end sequence dropping some fairly large hints that a follow-up is on the way. Those of you who've already clocked Jett's adventure may have seen this screen, adorned with the familiar...

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    Review The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages

    A beary good game

    We've already seen the first Tales of Bearsworth Mansion release make use of a tower defence-style gameplay mechanic, but now Square-Enix is mixing things up a bit with Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages, the second game in the series and a game that uses the same bear-tossing element of the first release but takes things into a more puzzle-oriented direction. The main goal..

  • News Jett Rocket Gameplay Trailer - Toxic Swamps

    More amazing footage!

    The folks at Shin'en were kind enough to send over another jaw-dropping gameplay trailer of their upcoming WiiWare title Jett Rocket! in action. In this video you can check out the "Toxic Swamps" area of the game, along with a host of cool gameplay mechanics demonstrated throughout the video. Just three more days until North American gamers can get their hands on..

  • News Take Off with Pearl Harbor on July 5th

    Only 700 Points for Legendo's first airborne adventure

    It won't be long until you can get your hands on Pearl Harbor Trilogy – 1941: Red Sun Rising as Legendo has just confirmed the game will take off from North American WiiWare servers on Monday, July 5th for a rather reasonable 700 Points. Here's the official press release: Gothenburg, Sweden, June 25th, 2010 – Legendo Entertainment, an..

  • Nintendo Download 29th & 30th June 2010 (Japan)

    WiiWare returns, Meta Fighting on the VC; X Returns and other stuff on DSi.

    WiiWareBoku mo Sekai o Sukuitai (1000pts - Poisoft) – If we're understanding Poisoft's website and the description on the Nintendo WiiWare page this is a combination of a sim and an RPG where players get to create multiple elves, dwarves, etc. with stats and skill trees to adventure with. Virtual ConsoleMeta Fight (500pts..

  • Nintendo Download 25th June (Europe)

    Hidden gems galore?

    A lot of today's game titles might not say much to some people, but rest assured there's some good picks in this bunch. WiiWare gets three games, two of them great, and one not-yet-reviewed-but-very-likely-also-great. DSiWare's got five new titles of which the only reviewed one is good as well. The rest of the bunch could be more sleeper hits - Or not! The Virtual Console sadly..

  • News Tales of Bearsworth Manor Additional Content

    A rundown of the downloadable content and what it will cost you

    Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflicts and Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages have only just hit the WiiWare service in North America and we've already received the list of all additional content that will be made available for both titles in the coming weeks. You can take a look at the listing below for a price list of..

  • News Murder, Death, Kill Again as MDK2 Comes to WiiWare

    Classic adventure on the way

    MDK2 is a game about a six-legged dog and a mad professor – that should guarantee your attention even if you haven't played the game in question. Developed by BioWare and released on Dreamcast, PC and PlayStation 2, the game was highly acclaimed but mostly forgotten, but publisher Interplay is set to revive the title...

  • News Furry Legends Coughs Up 100,000 Wii Points

    Gamelion Studios offers fortune via Facebook

    It's not long until Gamelion Studio's first entry in the Furry Legends saga will be available to download from the Wii Shop Channel, and the company is ensuring it lands with a bang by offering a total prize fund of 100,000 Nintendo Points in a sweepstake, divided neatly into 1,000 Point portions for...

  • News Win One of 100 Digital Copies of Groovin' Blocks

    Empty Clip Studio launching giveaway for North America

    We've just had an email from Francois over at Empty Clip Studios, asking us to let you know about an upcoming competition for North American readers only to win one of 100 copies of Groovin' Blocks, the company's rather enjoyable WiiWare puzzler. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is send your 16-digit Wii code to..

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    Review The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflicts

    A bear-knuckle ball

    For anyone that's played video games for an extended span of time, the name Square-Enix has long been synonymous with epic role-playing adventures and in-depth strategy battles. So when you see the company release a rather offbeat spooky-themed storybook adventure on WiiWare, your first reaction is likely one of bewilderment. But with the release of Tales of Bearsworth Mansion:..

  • News North American Club Nintendo Year Coming to an End Next Week

    Might want to hurry up with that Gold or Platinum status

    How's your Club Nintendo account looking, North Americans? Did you register enough Nintendo Product™ since last July to qualify for a neat-o Gold or Platinum badge? If not, you might want to scrape your game collection for stray Coins as the second Club Nintendo year winds down on June 30 to...

  • Nintendo Download 21st June 2010 (North America)

    Spin some tentacles, strategize against dinsoaurs, and puzzle puzzle puzzle

    Nintendo hopes you like puzzle games, because that's five of the eight games released this week across WiiWare and DSiWare. To nobody's surprise, the Virtual Console has yet again been left out on a hill to die or something. But look, puzzlers! WiiWareArt Style: Rotozoa (Nintendo, 600 Points) – This entry in the Art Style..

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    Review Bejeweled 2

    Swap 'til you drop

    If you've gone anywhere near an electronic device capable of playing games in the past decade, odds are you've heard of PopCap's addictive puzzle series Bejeweled. This WiiWare release of the sequel marks the developer's first foray onto a Nintendo home console and is a worthy version, but it doesn't bring a lot new to the table...

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    Review Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville

    A good find

    Hidden object puzzles are big money these days, drawing in unsuspecting players with tales of relaxing but addictive gameplay. WiiWare has already seen the disappointing "Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game but now Konami is here with a new challenger, Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville, and it's got a few tricks up its...

  • Nintendo Download 18th June (Europe)

    Nintendo serves up a certain ace

    It's the week of E3, and what better way to celebrate than by finally releasing another N64 Virtual Console game? And an extremely well-liked one, at that? WiiWare gets one great and one good game as well, but DSiWare seems fairly uninteresting this time. WiiWareAnt Nation (700pts - Konami) -- A simulation title from Konami in which you manage a colony of ants, this..

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    Review Arcade Sports

    Jack-of-all-trades, master of none

    Perhaps better named, “Bowling Alley Sports”, Arcade Sports is a collection featuring pool, air hockey, and of course bowling. All of these games are available elsewhere on your Wii, but here you can get all three for one download. We’ve seen plenty of minigame collections on the Wii before, but is this...

  • Nintendo Download 14th June 2010 (North America)

    Bejeweled, sports and yard sales on WiiWare; Kappas, crosswords, keyboards and watches on DSiWare; ninjas on Virtual Console

    WiiWare: Bejeweled 2 (1,000 Points - PopCap) The notorious gem-swapping gameplay hits WiiWare, complete with Mii support and online leaderboards. Check out our interview with producer Ty Roberts and our First Impressions of...

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    Review Mister Bumblebee Racing Champion

    Buzz kill

    With a few exceptions – Excitebike: World Rally and Heracles: Chariot Racing chief among them – WiiWare is pretty thin on family-friendly, well-received racing titles, so the thinking behind Mister Bumblebee Racing Champion is clear. Sadly, the best thing about this game is likely to be its title. The key twist here is that all the...

  • News Back to Basics With Family Games - Pen & Paper Edition

    Icon Games unveils its latest family-friendly title

    What's better than playing pen and paper games with actual pen and paper? According to Icon Games, playing them on a living room television. The reasoning? It's fun as well as environmentally friendly, saving on all that wasted paper. Well, except the electricity you'll be using. From the makers of Stunt Cars comes a WiiWare collection of games..

  • News Overdrive Your Master Blaster on June 18th, Europe

    Much anticipated title out next week

    It's been a few months since WiiWare shooter Blaster Master: Overdrive hit the North American Wii Shop Channel, but Europeans are a patient bunch, waiting quietly for their turn to play. That wait is nearly over, as the game will be waiting for you on the Shop Channel next week, priced at 1,000 Points. Here's the...

  • News Latest Jett Rocket Video Gives Us a Frosty Reception

    North Pole level looks ice cool

    Now we know there's only a few weeks left until Jett Rocket's finished form lands on WiiWare we're all the more eager to take it for another spin following our recent First Impressions preview. Understandably unable to speed up the passage of time, Shin'en Multimedia has instead sent over a new video of the title to...

  • Nintendo Download 11th June 2010 (Europe)

    Plenty of puzzling, some strategy and racing, and an import

    Despite the release of Super Mario Galaxy 2 today, Nintendo of Europe isn't neglecting their download services. The Virtual Console gets a new one-off import game while WiiWare and DSiWare get a whole bunch of catchup titles, plus one completely new game. WiiWareNEVES Plus: Pantheon of Tangrams (500pts - Abylight) -- It took almost a year..

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    Review Reel Fishing Challenge II

    Hook, line and stinker

    Reel Fishing Challenge II is, by definition, the follow-up to Reel Fishing Challenge that hit WiiWare last year and as such is basically just more of the same. Fans of staring at full-motion video backgrounds and boring, lame fishing mechanics, rejoice! Everything about it just feels lazy, and the fact that it's essentially a rehash of a PlayStation One game doesn't help..

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    Review Zoo Disc Golf

    A discgrace

    Let's get this out of the way immediately: Zoo Disc Golf is a game that should not be played by anyone under any circumstances. Zoo animals playing disc golf may sound like a pretty awesome idea, but Zoo Disc Golf is a mess from top to bottom. It takes your ten dollars, chews it up, regurgitates it and spits back at you one of the worst...

  • News Great Scott! Telltale Bringing Back to the Future to WiiWare

    Our excitement level hits 1.21 Gigowatts

    Telltale is a busy place to be at the moment: not only is it working on the recently unveiled Puzzle Agent, it recently acquired the rights to produce episodic Jurassic Park games, not yet confirmed for WiiWare but a good probability considering the company's past. Now we've learnt that the studio is also...

  • News Final Furry Legends Trailer Wants to Scare You

    It's not all cutesy furballs and spherical cows, you know

    Fresh from yesterday's announcement that Furry Legends: Chapter One will be launching worldwide in July, Gamelion has sent over the final trailer to get your juices well and truly flowing. Whereas previous videos focused on the cutesy, more humorous elements, this final video makes you well aware there's plenty of danger awaiting you. With..

  • First Impressions Jett Rocket

    Shiny 3D platforming comes to WiiWare

    Everyone was impressed by the initial videos of Jett Rocket when they first came out, but they don't prepare you for the experience of playing the game itself. We were lucky enough to play a preview build consisting of the first area and it's probably safe to say that based upon our experience this could be the definitive 3D platformer for WiiWare. The..

  • News Furry Legends Fluffs Up WiiWare from July 5th

    Updated: Worldwide launch planned for July at 1,000 Points

    We've brought you plenty of Furry Legends content over the past few months, with our exclusive First Impressions from Poland and behind-the-scenes developer videos as well. If all this has whipped you into a furry frenzy, you'll soon be able to satiate that flufflust as the game will hit the North American WiiWare shop on July 5th for 1,000..

  • News Jett Rocket Comes into Land Soon for 1000 Points

    June 28th for North America, July 2nd in Europe

    Yesterday we brought you the latest part of the Jett Rocket developer's blog and soon we'll have our First Impressions of the title, but until then tide yourself over with the news that the game is due for a release within the next few weeks for 1,000 Nintendo Points. Reaching North America on June...

  • News Official Dive: The Medes Islands Secret Gameplay Video

    New footage of the game in action.

    The kind folks over at Cosmonaut Games have just sent over the newest gameplay video of their upcoming WiiWare title Dive: The Medes Islands Secret in action. As you can see from this new video, the gameplay looks quite fluid and there seem to be quite a few different areas to explore throughout the game. You can check out the press release snippet below for a bit..

  • News Get Your European Tangram on with Neves Plus Next Friday

    Puzzle game finds its way across the pond at last

    It's been so long since Neves Plus was released in North America – nearly a year, in fact – that we'd almost given up hope of ever seeing it reach Europe. It seems our faith needn't have wavered though, as Abylight has announced it's bringing the game, along with new subtitle Pantheon of Tangrams...

  • News Jett Rocket Blog Reassures You It's Not All About the Graphics

    Jett's moves and why 60fps is key

    The thrill of watching Jett Rocket in action is still very much present, but now we know the engine is in good shape it's time to delve a little deeper into what kinds of gameplay will await gamers when the game hits WiiWare in the near future. The latest developer's blog has just been posted to shed some light on...

  • Nintendo Download 7th June 2010 (North America)

    Disc golf, meerkat leading and fishing on the Wii; flames flips and lines on DSi this week in North America

    DSiWareFlametail (500pts - Nintendo) -- Originally featured as the "square" game in MaBoShi, Flametail expands the gameplay centred around touching blocks to burn them up by adding power-ups and different modes of play. We'll work on getting a review up right away, but in the..

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    Review Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex

    Even Steven

    The idea of a boy capable of transforming into wildly different forms, each with special abilities, is ideal fodder for game design: Kid Chameleon did it nearly twenty years ago, but Ben 10 Alien Force: Rise of Hex revives the template with a few welcome tweaks. In case you're unfamiliar with the titular hero, Ben Tennyson possesses a...

  • First Impressions Liight

    Put those backstage lighting skills to work!

    Although some may argue that there are too many puzzle games on the Wii's download service, it's always nice when a developer shows us a fresh concept in the genre. Studio Walljump recently treated us to a near-release version of its upcoming WiiWare title Liight and after a bit of time exploring what it has to offer we're happy to report that it looks..

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    Review Robocalypse: Beaver Defense

    Dam good

    Robocalypse: Beaver Defense has all the red flags of a stinker: a "crude humour" warning right when you boot up, a cartoony theme possibly chosen to draw in unsuspecting youths and a genre in which it's easy to cut corners. You might want to think twice before passing this one up, however, as this dam's actually quite sturdy. The...

  • Nintendo Download 8th & 9th June 2010 (Japan)

    WiiWare returns, yet another Neo Geo fighting game, DSi baseball and Ferraris next week in Japan

    WiiWareKuma Nage ・Puzzle Hen: Piina no Suki na Akai Candy & Kuma Nage ・Puzzle Hen: Kiina no Kirai na Aoi Hōseki (1000pts - Square-Enix) -- Two related games which seem to be set in some kind of storybook world. From the description it's hard to tell what you're supposed to do and the..

  • News Hey WiiWare, Enjoy Your Massage

    New muscle manipulation game inbound

    Whilst we have a pretty good handle on Nintendo's download front these days, sometimes a company throws a curveball from so far out of left field it stuns even us, and it doesn't get much crazier than a massage game from the publisher of mobile pseudo-erotic title Emmanuelle Erotic Massages. Titled Enjoy Your...

  • News Retro City Rampage to Cause Havoc on WiiWare This Fall

    If you don't mind the time, go ahead and do the crime

    Gamers have already had a taste of a Grand Theft Auto-style adventure game on DSiWare in the form of Car Jack Streets, and now it's time for its bigger brother to get a piece of the criminal pie as Vblank Entertainment has the release of its upcoming Retro City Rampage on WiiWare in sight. Set in an open world, Retro City Rampage is billed as..

  • Nintendo Download 4th June 2010 (Europe)

    Beavers and Brains on Wii, Books, Music, Upside-Down Puzzling and still more Sudoku on DSi this week in Europe.

    Retro fans will be disappointed at another week without a Virtual Console release, but hopefully we'll be seeing Wild Guns here soon. Otherwise it's mainly a catch-up week for Europe on Wii and DSi. WiiWareRobocalypse: Beaver Defense (600pts - Vogster) -- This tongue-in-cheek tower..

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    Review Art Style: Penta Tentacles

    Tentacular spectacular

    The Art Style series certainly stands out as one of the safer bets in Nintendo's stable of downloadable software. These are puzzle games with a minimalist aesthetic and focus on simple gameplay; it's like the Tate Modern of gaming only with content and a price point that's accessible by everyone. Though given an unfortunate...