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Nintendo Download: 7th March 2011 (North America)

7th March 2011 (North America)

Bomberman Hero!

It's a right royal knees-up on the Nintendo Download front this week, with everything from third-party N64 games to a double helping of Series games — one from G.G and one from GO — and much more. Hold onto your hats! Virtual ConsoleBomberman Hero (Hudson Soft, N64, 1000pts) — A single-player Bomberman game, this one splits opinion right down the middle, but now it's available..

Features: The History of BIT.TRIP, Part 3

The History of BIT.TRIP, Part 3

In this installment, Gaijin explains their carefully laid plan for game four's runaway popularity, go through BIT.TRIP hell and reflect on the end of the series.

Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 of our look at the history of BIT.TRIP and Gaijin Games. EYEBALL REVOLUTION: The team somewhat jokingly chalks RUNNER’s popularity, apart from being very...

Features: The History of BIT.TRIP, Part 2

The History of BIT.TRIP, Part 2

In this installment, Gaijin struggles to find the fun in CORE and crafts what they feel to be a beautiful game in VOID.

Be sure to read part 1 of our history of BIT.TRIP. ON THE MAPLuckily for Gaijin, BEAT was a success; had the game tanked then the series would’ve likely gone ahead as planned, but it ensured them that they were on the right track. “There was talk of whether should we cut it to..

News: High Voltage Cancels Animales de la Muerte for WiiWare

High Voltage Cancels Animales de la Muerte for WiiWare

Another casualty

WiiWare has had a rough time of it these past few months: Super Meat Boy was canned in November, then last week it lost Bloktonik, and now High Voltage's Animales de la Muerte has been cancelled for WiiWare. The game was originally announced back in 2008 as a Wii-exclusive, with its gameplay focusing on shooting undead animals, but now the game will only see release on PC,..

Nintendo Download: 4th March 2011 (Europe)

4th March 2011 (Europe)

Holding out for a Hero?

It's an auspicious day in Virtual Console history, as the service receives only its second third-party N64 game in the West, after Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber. It's certainly the highlight of what is otherwise a rather underwhelming download this week. Virtual ConsoleBomberman Hero (Hudson Soft, N64, 1000pts) — This single-player bomber outing divides players..

News: WiiWare Comes Under Heavy Fire: Black Arms on Monday

WiiWare Comes Under Heavy Fire: Black Arms on Monday

Jungle fever

Monday's Nintendo Download will arrive amid a storm of bullets as Polish developer Teyon has revealed its next title Heavy Fire: Black Arms will land on the service next week. The successor to shoot 'em up Heavy Fire: Special Operations, Black Arms takes the fight out of the desert and into the jungle. There's a launch trailer below which might convince you to part with your 500..

News: Nintendo Names Cynthia Gordon New Corporate Affairs VP

Nintendo Names Cynthia Gordon New Corporate Affairs VP

Denise Kaigler's replacement commences next month

As Nintendo's range of hardware expands, so too does its family of employees. The company has announced the hiring of Cynthia Gordon, a strategic communications professional with over two decades of consumer-brand experience, as Nintendo of America's Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Gordon will officially start her new role on 14 March,..

News: Liight Finally Shines on WiiWare on 14th March

Liight Finally Shines on WiiWare on 14th March

Just 500 Points

It's been a long time coming, but WiiWare puzzle game Liight is finally coming to WiiWare on 14th March for 500 Points. We first heard of the game way back in September 2008, after which we interviewed Studio Walljump, but now years later the colour-matching game is on the way to WiiWare. You can read our Liight First Impressions from June 2010 to get

News: BurgerTime HD Gets a Taste of Being a Multi-Platform Game

BurgerTime HD Gets a Taste of Being a Multi-Platform Game

MonkeyPaw Games' retro title rated by the ESRB

Our Ante Up: Texas Hold'em review showed that a game doesn't need to be flashy in order to be successful, and publisher MonkeyPaw Games has had its upcoming title rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board; a retro title that's sure to follow in the same vein. A recent ESRB rating of BurgerTime HD reveals that the old arcade game ― later ported..

News: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 Likely to have a Bigger Budget

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 Likely to have a Bigger Budget

First episode success gives developer more gold rings

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 marked the welcome return of the blue spiky one's 2D home console adventures after a long hiatus, and now, four months after the release of the debut title in the latest episodic adventure, talk is starting to flow on what we can expect from Episode 2. Brand Manager Ken Balough has been participating in the..

Nintendo Download: 28th February 2011 (North America)

28th February 2011 (North America)

BIT.TRIP's over

CommanderVideo finally reaches the end of his journey as BIT.TRIP FLUX reaches WiiWare, casting a long shadow over this week's download. WiiWareBIT.TRIP FLUX (Aksys Games, 800pts) — Gaijin Games brings the BIT.TRIP series to a close with this sixth title, which contains plenty of elements fans of previous releases will recognise. Our BIT.TRIP FLUX review tips its hat to..

First Impressions: escapeVektor: Chapter 1

escapeVektor: Chapter 1

We take Nnooo's trippy arcade title for a spin

It's now been almost three long years since Nnooo released its first WiiWare title Pop, and now after having turned its attention to DSiWare and its rather unique set of myLifeCollected applications, the company has decided to make a surprising return to WiiWare with the brand new title escapeVektor: Chapter 1. While there are no bubbles to pop this..

News: These Target Renders Reveal Gaijin's BIT.TRIP Visions

These Target Renders Reveal Gaijin's BIT.TRIP Visions

Get a peek at pre-development mock-ups of the first five games

Seeing how games develop over time is always of interest to us here at Nintendo Life, which is why we badgered BIT.TRIP developers Gaijin Games for an exclusive peek at some of their development documentation and how we wound up with these target renders for the first five games. These renders were all created in the earliest stages of..

News: Gaijin Games Acquires Robotube, Bloktonik WiiWare Cancelled

Gaijin Games Acquires Robotube, Bloktonik WiiWare Cancelled

Mixed news, everyone

Famed WiiWare developer Gaijin Games and Robotube Games have worked together in the past – Mr Robotube appears as a cameo character in BIT.TRIP FATE, for example – but the two just got a whole lot closer, as Gaijin announces it has acquired Robotube in an "extremely hostile" takeover. While this means two fine independent developers are now combined, the downside..

News: First Bobby Carrot Forever WiiWare Trailer Sprouts Up

First Bobby Carrot Forever WiiWare Trailer Sprouts Up

Don't soil yourself

WiiWare's Bobby Carrot Forever must be in a Gro-Bag these days: we went for over two years without hearing anything, then this month the exclusive Bobby Carrot WiiWare screenshots and first gameplay trailer have appeared within the space of a few weeks. The video has everything you'd want in a trailer: a cheesy American voice over, golden carrots and a rabbit on a hang-glider..

Nintendo Download: 24th February 2011 (Europe)

24th February 2011 (Europe)

All is FLUX

The critically-acclaimed BIT.TRIP series reaches its sixth instalment today with CommanderVideo's final appearance: BIT.TRIP FLUX. Let's see what else is available this week. WiiWareBIT.TRIP FLUX (Aksys Games, 800pts) – The conclusion to the BIT.TRIP saga, this takes its cues from series-starter BIT.TRIP BEAT with some brand new tricks up its sleeve: new power-ups, new Beat types and..

News: Nnooo Returns to WiiWare with escapeVektor: Chapter 1

Nnooo Returns to WiiWare with escapeVektor: Chapter 1

Arcade action

Australian developer Nnooo has made a name for itself with its DSiWare titles, including myDiary, myNotebook and the upcoming augmented reality game Spirit Hunters Inc. The studio has just announced its first WiiWare title since 2008's Pop in the form of escapeVektor: Chapter 1. The game is set inside the Wii, with players hoping to help Vektor escape the CPU's clutches. Progr

Nintendo Download: 21st February 2011 (North America)

21st February 2011 (North America)

Faxanadu leads the charge

It's been two weeks since we last saw a Virtual Console game, which means it's time for another one, this time in the shapely side-scrolling form of Faxanadu on NES. There's also a couple of WiiWare demos and some DSiWare puzzle games of course, as well as headline WiiWare download... well, we won't spoil it. Virtual ConsoleFaxanadu (NES, Hudson) – A classic..

News: Triple Sports Developer Code Monkeys Closes its Doors

Triple Sports Developer Code Monkeys Closes its Doors

After 23 years

It's always disappointing when a developer chooses to cease trading, and one of the latest casualties is UK studio The Code Monkeys, the team behind Manic Monkey Mayhem and the Triple Sports series on WiiWare. The shareholders and directors took the decision to cease trading on the company's 23rd anniversary, although there has been...

Nintendo Download: 18th February 2011 (Europe)

18th February 2011 (Europe)

Get bowled over

It's an unusual occasion in the Nintendo Download this week: this week's games are all brand new for Europe, with not a single catch-up title for North America. Virtual Console receives its first-ever wrestling title and there's cricket, babies, noodles, monsters and celestial bodies too. Let's get to it. WiiWareCricket Challenge (GameShastra, 500pts) – Only the second incarnation..

Competition Winners: Jam City Rollergirls (North America)

Jam City Rollergirls (North America)

You probably already know if you won

Last week's Jam City Rollergirls contest went down a storm, with retweets pinging around the Internet like a jammer hurled through a crowd of blockers. From such a vast array of entrants we reached out and grabbed two, offering them a free copy of Jam City Rollergirls, and those winners are: bittripfanJimHawkeye Congratulations to both winners. Stay tuned to

News: BIT.TRIP FLUX Reaches WiiWare Before February is Out

BIT.TRIP FLUX Reaches WiiWare Before February is Out

25th for Europe, 28th for America

It's very nearly fluxin' time, as Gaijin Games has announced the sixth part in its BIT.TRIP series will reach WiiWare at the end of this month. BIT.TRIP FLUX hits Europe on February 25th before zapping North America on February 28th. No price has yet been announced, but previous games have come in around the 800 Point mark, so expect a similar cost for this entry..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 17: Love Fest 2011

NLFM Episode 17: Love Fest 2011

Love is in the air for this Valentine's Day special

Ho ho ho! Happy Valentine's Day, citizens of Earth! Let Nintendo Life be your love muffin this year with a very special NLFM dedicated to all things lovey-dovey-goo-goo. If the music of this episode doesn't melt your ice-cold heart even a little then we'll only be hurt just a tad. 1. Shōgo Sakai — Theme of Love (Mother 3, GBA)2. Sam Hart —..