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News: Look Out Fireplacing, You've Got Competition

Look Out Fireplacing, You've Got Competition

Let the flaming commence

Still recovering from all the thrills and spills of maintaining a virtual fire in Fireplacing on WiiWare? Well you might be in for a second thrilling instalment of fireplace action, as the ESRB has rated a new title: Cozy Fire. In this non-stop action adventure you must tend to virtual fireplaces and, in a first on the...

Podcast: NLFM Episode 12: Ch-ch-changes

NLFM Episode 12: Ch-ch-changes

New year, new podcast

Changes are a-brewin' with NLFM this year as the show enters its second season. First of all, we're shrinking and growing at the same time. Is your mind blown yet? Tell the rest of the goo in your skull to stay calm, as what this means is that while the average episode will shrink in length, we're ditching the whole monthly schedule shenanigans and going weekly. Yes, weekly..

Nintendo Download: 10th January 2011 (North America)

10th January 2011 (North America)

A scoop of fun with a dash of soul-crushing

WiiWare: JellyCar 2 (Disney Interactive Studios, 500 Points) - The sequel to the popular iOS game hits WiiWare, promising even more driving platforming fun(ing). We'll give this one a proper whirl and let you know if it's a joyride or if it melts in the sun. Soccer Bashi (Icon Games, 500 Points) - A...

Features: Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Awards 2010

Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Awards 2010

The top Wii and DS games of the year, as voted by you

We showed you ours, now it's time for you to show your favorite games of 2010. The categories may have been limited, but your response wasn't. Here are the Wii (including WiiWare), DS (including DSiWare) and overall Reader Games of the Year. Reader Wii Game of the Year: Winner: Super Mario Galaxy...

Nintendo Download: 7th January 2011 (Europe)

7th January 2011 (Europe)

More Capcom arcade classics, plus a bunch of catch-up titles

Capcom is continuing their Virtual Console Arcade support with another two games, both of which were of course announced some time ago. At this rate they'll run out of games before we hit February! They're accompanied by a mixture of completely new games and games North America already got, most of which are fairly low-key. WiiWareGhost..

Features: Vote For Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Award 2010

Vote For Nintendo Life Reader's Choice Award 2010

Make sure your favorite game of the year gets the acclaim you feel it deserves

It wouldn't be too much of an understatement to say that Nintendo platforms had a mammoth year in 2010 with regards to excellent software. But we play by Thunderdome rules here at Nintendo Life around award season, and we're handing over a cache of weapons to you. Which is deserving of your Wii or DS Game of the Year?..

Nintendo Download: 3rd January 2011 (North America)

3rd January 2011 (North America)

Kick off with the first download of the year

The first Nintendo Download of the year isn't a classic, but it brings some notable titles to DSiWare and a new WiiWare demo as well. Let's get this show on the road. WiiWare: Sneezies (Chillingo, 500pts) - A cutesy puzzler that began life on the iPhone, Sneezies is a decent enough title but doesn't do...

Nintendo Download: 31st December 2010 (Europe)

31st December 2010 (Europe)

Catch-up titles, art and astrology, plus a BIT.TRIP demo

If you plan on ringing in the new year with downloadable titles, you've got more than your fair share of options in this Nintendo Download update. Whether you want to adventure through the stars or read them to predict your future, play a sequel to Bejeweled or Nintendo's own take on the title's style, look back at BIT.TRIP's past or play a..

News: BIT.TRIP FLUX Gameplay Revealed, More or Less

BIT.TRIP FLUX Gameplay Revealed, More or Less

ESRB description is less cryptic than Alex Neuse's clues

Until now, we've only had a set of screenshots and a mysterious statement from Gaijin Games's Alex Neuse to help us figure out what BIT.TRIP FLUX, the sixth and final title in the musical WiiWare series, is all about. The game has just received an ESRB rating, however, and the board describes it as follows: This is a musical paddle game in..

Nintendo Download: 27th December 2010 (North America)

27th December 2010 (North America)

Catch-up titles and more

There are plenty of ways to ring in the new year in this Nintendo Download update, including a quality WiiWare demo, a couple of NeoGeo titles for virtual console, a portable slot machine and the newest entry in the G.G Series. Will you spend your holiday cash on any of these titles? Virtual ConsoleFighter's History Dynamite (NeoGeo, 900pts) – Also known as Karnov's..

News: WiiWare Super Meat Boy Gets Canned

WiiWare Super Meat Boy Gets Canned

You might want to sit down for this one

It seems Team Meat has decided that WiiWare is not a good fit for Super Meat Boy and have officially cancelled the game's development for the service. They've also let it be known that a Wii retail release is also looking grim, which pretty much lays to rest any semblance of hope that we'll see the boy of meat...

News: Brian Provinciano Addresses Retro City Rampage WiiWare Delay

Brian Provinciano Addresses Retro City Rampage WiiWare Delay

Stresses that it will be the "entire game" in spite of XBLA additions

With the recent announcement that the once WiiWare-exclusive Retro City Rampage will now be launching on the Xbox Live Arcade service first, the WiiWare version following several months later, developer Brian Provinciano wants gamers to know that he apologises for the delay...

Nintendo Download: 24th December 2010 (Europe)

24th December 2010 (Europe)

A mix of old and new

This week offers yet more catchup titles, consisting of games released in North America within the past few weeks, as well as the last few months. There's also two new games, however, both of which are for DSiWare and both of which are new instalments in two series which have been going for a while now. WiiWare: Hydroventure...

News: Documentary About Muscle March's Creator Explains So Much

Documentary About Muscle March's Creator Explains So Much

Learn about his inspirations

Muscle March is still probably the oddest game on WiiWare, to the extent you probably wouldn't want to meet its creator in a dark alley. But a short documentary? Sure, that's harmless enough. Shinya Satake, the game's producer, and Keita Takahashi of Katamari fame both feature in this short documentary called Electric Dreamers, detailing how the two talented gents got..

News: Heavy Fire: Special Operations Targeting Europe on New Year's Eve

Heavy Fire: Special Operations Targeting Europe on New Year's Eve

Teyon deploys series debut for 500 points

Teyon's first instalment in the Heavy Fire series might not have done much to convince us that it's a compelling on-rails shooter, but if you're brave enough to lay down the points for it, you'll be glad to know that it launches in Europe on 31st December. Heavy Fire: Special Operations will be available to download from next Friday for 500 points, five..

Nintendo Download: 20th December 2010 (North America)

20th December 2010 (North America)

Mario gets the party started!

It's the week before Christmas and plenty is stirring in the Wii Shop Channel, with everything from Virtual Console party games to WiiWare games about killer robots with afros. DSiWare doesn't do without though, with more Christmas carols, dragon's lairs and more. Virtual ConsoleMario Party 2 (Nintendo 64, 1000pts) – A classic multiplayer outing from the plumber's..

News: Cross Shanblue's Palms With Silver for a WiiWare Astrology Game

Cross Shanblue's Palms With Silver for a WiiWare Astrology Game

Discover your Magic Destiny on December 31st

My Starry Night has already educated WiiWare owners about the wonders of astronomy, but Shanblue's upcoming Magic Destiny wants to teach you about the very different celestial practice of astrology. There'll of course be the obligatory minigames, as well as a glossary for those who don't know their tarot from their biorhythms from their Bach flower..

News: Heavy Fire: Black Arms Invades with New Trailer

Heavy Fire: Black Arms Invades with New Trailer

Pow pow pow

Teyon has just released a new trailer for its upcoming WiiWare title Heavy Fire: Black Arms, a light-gun shooter that puts you in the jungles of South America where you'll take on the illegal arms trade. It follows the previous release Heavy Fire: Special Operations, which debuted in North America last July. You can rock out to the trailer below and check back at Nintendo Life for a..

Nintendo Download: 17th December 2010 (Europe)

17th December 2010 (Europe)

Lots and lots of catchup titles

This week is almost exclusively made up of catchup titles, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it means that there's so many releases. Maybe there's something you'd like in the bunch. WiiWareMy Fireplace (Korner, 500pts) – Secretly the recently released in North America Fireplacing, for some reason, Korner has picked up the title and renamed it..

News: First BIT.TRIP FLUX Screenshots

First BIT.TRIP FLUX Screenshots

Check out the game in action!

Thanks to those who've completed Level 17 of Mission in Snowdriftland, we now have some of the first ever screenshots of Gaijin Games' upcoming BIT.TRIP finale BIT.TRIP FLUX in action. You can check out the gallery of eight screenshots below and we'll have more information about the game coming soon. Special thanks to...

News: Mix Superstar Will Be a European Christmas Present

Mix Superstar Will Be a European Christmas Present

US release gets DLC too

WiiWare scratch 'em up Mix Superstar is heading to Europe and Australasia on Christmas Eve for 500 Points, and the next round of downloadable content will release in North America on Saturday. The DLC will feature R'n'B-style samples to help you craft your latest hit, and will set you back 300 Points. You can read our Mix Superstar review to find out why this 500 Point..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 11: A Holiday Season in FLUX

NLFM Episode 11: A Holiday Season in FLUX

Take a sneak peek at the final BIT.TRIP, sigh at simians, sneak along with a secret agent and get into the spirit of the season

We look to the future here at Nintendo Life. Why, take this episode of NLFM, the little ol' chip and game music podcast we've got going: it's got an exclusive first listen of the soundtrack to Gaijin Games' upcoming BIT.TRIP FLUX and goes simultaneously back and forth in..

Nintendo Download: 13th December 2010 (North America)

13th December 2010 (North America)

lilting, shooting, Riding and more

There's a definite musical theme to this week's downloads, with a dubstep racer/puzzler, DSiWare singing, another portable music studio and a violin game (yes, really), as well as plenty of other non-melodic goodies. WiiWare: lilt line (Gaijin Games, 500pts) – It's that rarest of occurrences: an iPhone-to-WiiWare...