Co-owner talks Amazing Brain Train, WiiWare and more!
With The Amazing Brain Train now available across the US, we had a chat with Brent Fox, NinjaBee's Art Director and co-owner. What does he make of WiiWare, and what are NinjaBee's goals for 2010? Here come your answers! Nintendo Life: Introduce us to the concept of The Amazing Brain Train. What are its key features and aims? Brent Fox: As the..
A little bit here and a little bit there...
With as many puzzle games as there are in Nintendo's WiiWare shop it's impressive that companies are still developing more. Even more impressive is how many of them are fun and original, and Unconditional's bittos+ is definitely one to add to the "good" pile. At first glance you might think it's...
Rage of the Gladiator may not be ready to step into the WiiWare ring just yet, but when Ghostfire Games invited us to a little sparring session with their first-person fighter we accepted immediately. We came away battered and bruised, but still very impressed with how Rage is shaping up. Each of the game’s three control methods feels completely different. Holding the Wii Remote..
Flawed by fuzziness
It took Ateam Inc. almost a year to bring their last WiiWare offering to the west after its initial Japanese release, but their next reached our shores within a matter of months. "Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game brings with it the promise of good old-fashioned 'find the hidden object' family fun for up to four players. You'll spend your time here helping aliens to..
A beautiful piece of art or a worthless doodle?
Games involving drawing seem to be incredibly popular nowadays. With the DS's touch screen and Wii Remote's pointer both allowing rather precise drawing, it's pretty obvious to see why. Although it's a bit late to the party, Max & the Magic Marker keeps things pretty basic: it's a fairly straightforward platformer in which you can draw objects to..
Kicking for the Kung Pow of WiiWare party games
Be patient, young grasshopper, for in time you too will be able to get funky with the best of them. Yaks will sing, moves will be danced and parties will be had when Stickmen Studios unleashes Kung Fu Funk upon WiiWare. We've got no screens or a release date outside of "the near future," but what we do have is a press release, artwork and..
Cards, blocks, numbers and ghouls in this week's update
Looks like a decent update from Nintendo of America this week with three for WiiWare (including a long-awaited card game), three for DSiWare and another LucasArts title on the Virtual Console for good measure. WiiWareUNO (1000pts - Gameloft) – A bit overdue perhaps, but finally you can play UNO on your Wii as the rest of the world has been..
More Phoenix Wright, more N64, more DSiWare anime photo frames!
It's still a small update, but after a mini-break WiiWare has returned along with the first new N64 game in nearly a year on the Virtual Console. Not to be left out there are five new releases for Japanese DSiWare -- though only two are games; one being a new puzzler from Nintendo. WiiWareJanken Party Paradise (500pts - Studio Zan) –..
The Virtual Console gets abandoned again.
You've got to wonder what's going on over at Nintendo of Europe. For the second time, we've now gone two weeks in a row without a VC title, despite knowing that there's still plenty of them upcoming. Come on, NoE! Just like last week, there's really only one noteworthy title - The rest is completely...
Dozens of stages, new characters and a special musical guest
Gaijin Games is anything but lazy. Their acclaimed BIT.TRIP series is nary a year old with three entries under its WiiWare-shaped belt. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the Santa Cruz developers are hard at work on the next entry in their retro metaphysical saga: RUNNER. On the latest...
All aboard, kids!
Back in 2008, indie developer Grubby Games created a collection of cute, quirky mini-games for the PC designed to amuse as well as stimulate your brain. It went on to be chosen as a 2008 PAX 10 winner, and though it did not capture the Audience Choice Award as well, it obviously turned enough heads for an eventual console release to be considered. Teaming up with fellow indie..
Check out the zany puzzler/shooter in action!
Sudden Games LLC has just announced its brand new WiiWare puzzler Astro Bugz Revenge that should be hitting the service later this year. They've also been kind enough to send over the first official gameplay trailer of the game in action that you can check out below as well. We'll keep you informed of any new developments with the game and of course..
Weird doesn't even begin to describe it
Someone has stolen your stash of muscle-pumping creatine! Quick, assemble the burliest speedo-clad men, women and polar bears in town, chase the thief through walls and bury them under a pile of men! Dash, pose, flex! Muscle March is the kind of game that doesn't really need a review because everything you...
Service needs more promotion, awareness, money
Although Nintendo UK has just started on a high-profile advertising campaign to draw more awareness to the Wii's online features and WiiWare titles, for many developers it's something that should have happened years ago. Until now, Nintendo's efforts to promote the Wii's online capabilities have been...
We take the latest build for a spin.
As the agonizing wait continues for Team Meat's upcoming WiiWare release Super Meat Boy, we can't help but turn into a bunch of giddy schoolgirls each time we're fortunate enough to get our hands on a new preview build of the game. We had only just begun to wipe the grin off of our faces since the last preview when this newest build arrived to us today courtesy..
Cutesy Winter sports ahoy!
The UK may finally have shaken off most of its snow, but there's still time to have some Winter fun, as Teyon announces Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games is heading to WiiWare in the near future. Here comes their press release, rolling down a snowy hill, skating over an icy pond and pirouetting gracefully into view. Your Winter fun is not over! Enter a frosty..
Open call for fan art for next TRIP
Want your art to be featured in a popular video game but lack a game job? Well, you might be able to weasel your way in yet as developers Gaijin Games are taking fan art submissions for use in the upcoming fourth series entry, BIT.TRIP RUNNER. According to Gaijin's Web site, the art in question should be...
Brawn, brains, twins, dogs, ninjas and platform games "risen from the dead" -- this week has it all!
A nice update for North America this week as we see a game many thought would stay in Japan, a new brain teaser and a catch-up title for the Genesis on the Virtual Console. DSiWare is no slouch though with a selection of strategy and platform games...
We get to grips with this blocky beauty
Puzzle games are ten-a-penny on WiiWare, varying from the boring to the brilliant. Attempting to nestle nicely into this overcrowded genre comes Art of Balance, a physics-based block-stacker from the developers of DS shooter Nanostray. Having had chance to sit down with Art of Balance for a few hours it’s clear this is a classy puzzle game that should make..
The excruciating wait is finally over.
Namco Bandai has announced that its quirky WiiWare title Muscle March will be hitting the North American WiiWare service on Monday, January 18th. As if this amazing news wasn't enough, the 800 Wii Point price tag of the Japanese release has been dropped by 300 Points to a very manageable 500 Wii Points. If you...
Hey, you got your MotionPlus in my WiiWare
Everyone with a playful heart has thrown their hands into light and tried to make a shadow figure on the wall at some point in their lives, but few stick around for more than a couple of tries, let alone ever consider paying for the opportunity. Deep Fried Entertainment asks both of players with ShadowPlay, and those who baulk at the idea might miss out on..
We talk to founder Jason Cirillo about Robotube's upcoming WiiWare debut Bloktonik and the Bit Museum.
Nintendo Life: First things first - who and what is Robotube Games? Jason Cirillo: Robotube loves games, Robotube makes games, Robotube wants to support indie gaming and those who want to get into game development. Aside from being stoked about some of the games we're developing, we love to..
The newest bad boys are here!
Capcom has just revealed the 8 robot bosses of their upcoming Mega Man 10 WiiWare release and judging from the pictures, Mega Man fans are in for yet another retro treat. You can check out the official images and descriptions from Capcom's Unity Blog for a taste of what you can expect from this upcoming WiiWare release...
Quirky Japanese WiiWare title comes stateside.
Ateam Inc have just announced that their hit Japanese WiiWare game Aha! I Found It will be released on the North American WiiWare service on January 25th for 500 Wii Points. A MULTIPLAYER HIDDEN OBJECT GAME FOR EVERYONE "Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game is a game that everyone can have fun with. Do your best and try to find 12..
And thus it becomes even harder to say anything positive about Nintendo of Europe.
After not releasing any Virtual Console games for Christmas and the week after, you'd think Nintendo would've learned their lesson when they finally release one last week. But no, they're back to their old tricks again, as this week offers next to nothing all around. The Wii only gets a single new downloadable game..
Beat the devs at their own game
Remember Gravitronix? Of course you do. It was that game that was announced waaaaaay back in the mists of time - in fact it was one of the first WiiWare games to be confirmed. Its development was an especially long and protracted one, and sadly when the game finally became available last year, it hardly set the world alight. In fact, our very own Phil was so shocked..
Double the fun
Quick history lesson: Chronos Twins DX began life as a Game Boy Advance title that was later ported over to the DS. While the game saw release in the UK, it was unable to land a North American publisher – poor UK sales didn't help much. Thankfully, the game is now enjoying a well-deserved second chance on WiiWare and turns out to be quite a nice surprise and uniquely engaging..
The wait is almost over.
Press Play have just announced that their unique WiiWare platformer Max & the Magic Marker will be hitting the European WiiWare service on January 22 at a cost of 1000 Wii Points. Of course, North American gamers need not worry, as a NA release should be coming up shortly thereafter. Players wanted to find out a little more about the game can even try out the free..
Renowned primarily for its storytelling and unique style, it’s hard to say for sure whether the Phoenix Wright series are games at all or rather interactive short stories, but the medium in which they exist lumps them into the game category, and so as a game we must review it. There’s nothing we can say about the Phoenix Wright...
Courtroom drama, temporal shenanigans, shadow play, billiards and board games this week.
Well, it looks like the release schedule in North America is starting out as slow as everywhere else, although three WiiWare releases and a Virtual Console add is pretty impressive even if it is smaller than the release weeks in December. The DSi offerings are a bit on the light side with a couple of games that..
Darts with a unique twist!
JV Games has just announced its newest title Dart Rage will be making its way to WiiWare in late January or early February. Making use of a pixel-perfect accurate, no-button control system, the game promises to produce a dart throwing experience unlike any other on the service. You can check out the official Wii Shop Channel description below for a bit more information on..
“Keep it in your holster!”
Fast Draw Showdown is a game set in the distant past…the year 1994, to be precise. In those days, arcades were lit up with light gun games; even as other genres drifted into console-only territory, there was still a ready supply of them. But where most of these games were frantic on-rails, shoot-everything-that-moves twitch-fests, Fast Draw Showdown was stationary..
Downloadable darts — just as pointless as it sounds
Pub Darts is puzzling. Not that it’s a truly horrid game, but it’s just so basic that you have to wonder why you’d want to spend a lot of time with it. People like to play darts in bars and pubs because it’s a great excuse to get tipsy with your friends and throw sharp objects really fast at the wall. Occasionally there is yelling..
Virtual Console returns!
After two weeks of very few interesting downloadable games, today offers us some potentially good titles. The Virtual Console gets one new game (And a good one, at that) while WiiWare gets two and DSiWare gets three. The first Virtual Console game in 3 weeks is Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi on the Mega Drive. Released...
Now you can whack moles... in space!
Gamebridge seems to love bringing quirky, Japan-exclusive WiiWare games over to the west. Overturn, a fun mech fighting game, was their first, and although for some reason it's not out in Europe yet, we reviewed the North American version and thought it was surprisingly good. Happy Hammerin' is their second WiiWare localisation effort. Based on the simple..
Deep Fried Entertainment gives MotionPlus its first WiiWare appearance
MotionPlus hasn't seen a whole lot of support since it launched last summer; we can count on one disfigured hand how many games out actually use it. Even though the peripheral is supported in a few big names coming down the pipeline, those don't help you now. But Deep Fried Entertainment's upcoming WiiWare release ShadowPlay..
Win a set of gladiator weaponry!
In celebration of the upcoming release of their Rage of the Gladiator WiiWare title, Ghostfire Games is holding a contest for those who've got what it takes to completely finish the game. All those who finish the game can submit their entry and then a winner will then be chosen from all entrants and will be awarded a beautiful set of gladiator weaponry like the one..
Time warp platforming hits US WiiWare next week
Our European readers may remember a little DS game called Chronos Twins. It never made it outside of the Old World borders, but back in June developers EnjoyUp announced their intentions to give the series a new lease of life on WiiWare. Now we have a much more solid time frame: January 11. Also known as next Monday. The game is a split-screen..
A quiet start to the new year.
Nintendo of America seems to have spent the last few weeks compensating for all those two- and three-game release weeks in the rest of the year recently, but for the first update of the New Year we're back to only a handful, some of which have already been released in Europe and Japan -- hopefully not a sign of a return to the old ways! WiiWareHeron: Steam Machine..
Phoenix Wright and Pokémon for Japanese Wiis
It appears that Nintendo are continuing to back the new WiiWare demo service, as they have added two new titles: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Aim! Light Adventure Team and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Although different in nature, both titles offer a massive amount of entertainment, whether it be rescuing those in need using a crack team of Pokémon or..
We don't know why...he's the greatest dancer...that we've ever seen!
Tomena Sanner is the kind of WiiWare title that gamers expect to come from Japan. You control the destiny of a faceless salaryman named Mr. Susumu (Japanese for "forward" or "continue") using only a single button press to help him navigate obstacles as he runs...
Running in the shadows
Whilst most of us would imagine that plants like being in sunlight so they can thrive, the tree spirit Lukus in The Magic Obelisk needs to stay in shadows. That's because he's on a big journey trying to find the right spot to lay down roots. Helping him stay in the shadows until he finds that special place is Popo, the light...
A quiet start to the new year.
The Japanese Wii and DSi shops have seen some massive updates this past year much to the envy of 'net-reading Wii owners in other territories, but Nintendo are taking it easy at home with a mere handful of releases to start 2010. WiiWareBoku wa Plarail Untenshi (1000pts - Takara Tomy) -- This is an example of a gaming staple in Japan: the train driving simulator. As..
First quarter looking strong for download services.
Nintendo recently released their list of early 2010 North American releases for their Wii and DS systems and we covered most of the upcoming retail releases, but now it's time to show some love to the downloadable titles that are on the horizon. As great as the retail side of things is looking, Nintendo's download services are looking fairly..
No robots, but plenty of rock-em, sock-em action!
You might remember a plastic toy called "Rock'em Sock'em Robots" ("Raving Bonkers Fighting Robots" in the UK) in which two robots were fixed on either side of a platform and pressing buttons caused them to punch each other senseless until one of their heads popped up, only to be reset for another go. That's pretty much the same..
Will you Cowboy Up or go sit in the Truck?
WiiWare has brought us some oddities during 2009, from vegetable hairdressing to zoo-keeping and even a little game of catch in-between. This trend looks set to continue in 2010, with the release of quirky light-gun game Fast Draw Showdown this Monday. Offering a unique twist on the light-gun game -...
Nintendo of Europe seems to have forgotten Virtual Console still exists.
Yes, we didn't get any Virtual Console games in the final update of 2009, and now it looks like we're not getting any in the first update of 2010 either. Nintendo of Europe has just sent out a press release listing Friday's new downloadables, with a measly selection of 5 games compared to the 10+ North America's consistently..
Vampire killing with a nostalgic twist!
We've already seen Konami resurrect two of their most popular gaming franchises with WiiWare’s Gradius and Contra ReBirth, so it comes as no real surprise to see them giving the same treatment to yet another much-loved classic series: Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth. Despite its title, this actually has...
Can you solve the mystery?
With a solid sim offering on the Wii behind them, Keen Games have decided to use a similar setting to Anno: Create a New World for their first self-published WiiWare title, The Mystery of Whiterock Castle: a good-looking "find the hidden object" game that should provide entertainment for the whole family. The...
Developer Gamelion extends Twitter competition
Gamelion have extended their online competition - which offers one lucky gamer the chance to have their actual, real-life name inserted into their upcoming WiiWare title Furry Legends - into the New Year. To enter, just follow the development team on Twitter and come January 31st they'll randomly select...
Ten new games to celebrate the advent of 2010!
Nintendo have updated their weekly North American downloads for the last time in 2009, and the year is going out with a corker of an update! Not only is Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth out today but also PilotWings to boot for Virtual Console fans. This is in addition to eight other ones released today, which seem to be a bit of a grab bag..
Check out brand new footage of the game in action!
Tyrone Rodriguez of Nicalis has just sent over a link to their brand new Test Play 2 video showing their upcoming WiiWare title La-Mulana in action. In this brand new video you can see quite a large number of levels found throughout the game, along with some amazing in-game music being played in the...
Nicalis release some new information on the game.
The guys at Nicalis have just posted a new post on their official blog that gives a bunch of new details about their upcoming WiiWare title Cave Story. As many of you know, the game will now slip into 2010, but the game is now completed and ready to go when Nintendo decides to release it on the WiiWare service. We'll just have to be patient for the..
We have a chat with Legendo's Bjorn Larsson about their upcoming WWII dogfighting game, Pearl Harbor: Red Sun Rising
Nintendo Life: Pearl Harbor: Red Sun Rising is Legendo's second WiiWare release and it's another PC conversion. Did Three Musketeers perform as well as hoped and were lessons learned from the first game that made translating the second one easier? Bjorn: What we learned from The..
A significant improvement over a trivial predecessor.
One of the very first Wiiware titles at launch gets a much-needed sequel in TV Show King 2. The original was a decent trivia vehicle that we thought was okay, if somewhat overpriced for what it offered. There was so much room for improvement that we were glad this got a second chance. But is...
A shooter with can-do attitude!
Without question, lightgun games have become a Wii staple. Between standalone disc releases, original WiiWare titles and mini-game compilations you've really got your pick when it comes to games you can play whilst pretending your remote is a gun. Now developer Intelligent Systems, of Fire Emblem and WarioWare fame,...
Another great old-school shooter for WiiWare
Most of you will probably remember Phalanx as a SNES game, however that was just a port of a game that was developed for the Sharp X68000, a home computer sold exclusively in Japan from 1987-1993. The Sharp X68k (as it was commonly known) used hardware similar to arcade systems of the time; as a result it was capable of running some quite impressive..
Not much in the Wii's stocking this year, but DSiWare users must have been very good indeed!
Well, after North America's big release Monday this week, it has to be said that Nintendo of Europe are coming off a little like Ebenezer Scrooge with this week's European download offerings on the Wii: just two WiiWare offerings and no Virtual Console content for Christmas. The DSiWare stocking is fuller..
Just 500 Points for GameArts' latest
A couple of months ago we brought you First Impressions of a cute and very cool WiiWare title called Shadow Walker, but at the time there was uncertainty of whether it would reach Western shores. Well, thanks to the latest press release from GameArts, we can confirm it's heading to the US On December 28th, under...
Cheer or bust!
Welcome to another handsome episode of NLFM, the chip and game music podcast from Nintendo Life. This month we succumb to the holiday spirit and explore the seasonal chip music landscape in this holiday spectacular spectacular! NLFM will generally focus on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to...
Eco-shooting, arcade ninjas, Super Smash Bros., Dragon's Lair and more in this week's download offering.
Nintendo are putting out a decent number of titles in North America with the end of the year rapidly approaching, with a nice mix of new and catch-up titles on offer. Todays VC and WiiWare offerings mean that there's now 500 titles to choose...
It has been more than 20 years since Tecmo released the first sumo video game on the Famicom, so whilst this goofily named WiiWare update (we guess the original Japanese "Tsuppari Big Sumo Wii Stable" didn't have enough pizzazz) seems a bit overdue, it has most certainly been worth the wait. Your life as a sumo starts when you select your wrestler: you choose the gender..
The man behind the music.
For those of you who aren't familiar with his work, Sean Beeson is quickly becoming a name among video game composers around the industry. He's created musical scores for such games as Eternity's Child, Mecho Wars, and the upcoming WiiWare title Rage of the Gladiator, to name just a few. He's even scoring another one of Luc Bernard's upcoming iPhone/PSPmini titles called..
Spooky adventure headed to Japan.
No sooner did news of Square Enix publishing LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias in Japan come out that now we have news of yet another title coming to the Japanese WiiWare service courtesy of the RPG giant. WayForward has just announced that Square Enix will be publishing their LIT WiiWare title in Japan under the...
Fuzzy platformer getting final polish
Gamelion have kindly informed us that their colourful platformer Furry Legends is being submitted to Nintendo for approval for a 2010 release in both North America and Europe. They could have submitted it earlier, but they're keen to ensure a quality presentation and are doing some more playtesting to squash any lingering bugs in order to make their WiiWare..
WiiWare catch-up and more MSX games for the Virtual Console.
The Wii gets the lion's share of Japanese downloads next week with four new WiiWare and three new VC titles. DSiWare gets a couple of games and two more Rurubu travel guides to round things out. Note that the DSiWare releases will be on Thursday the 24th rather than Wednesday due to the...
Big, crazy, amazing
This game has garnered some attention - partly because it's from Sega and it's an 8-bit retro platformer, but mostly because it's filled with the wacky humour the Japanese have come to be known for. Despite having a large amount of Japanese audio text, the humour is mostly in the form of visual video game gags that should be...
Finally more than one game for Virtual Console again.
This week's releases aren't too surprising, with many games that have been out in North America for some time. One game, however, that might be noteworthy, can be found on DSiWare. For Virtual Console, there's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, the game that inspired a recent, rather good franchise revival. Unfortunately, time has not..
New story details, screenshots and trailer released
Mega Man 10 has been confirmed for a WiiWare release in March of this coming year, and it's looking to be absolutely ace. We're able to divulge a few of the details on the game's story fresh from today's press release: "The year is 20XX and a suspicious outbreak of Roboenza, a Robot Flu, has broken out. It spreads through the world like..
Two new titles on the way!
You may not have heard of them, but GameShastra are apparently India's largest games services company, and they've recently revealed a list of upcoming titles including two new releases for WiiWare. Here's the announcement in their own words: India's largest games services company [I told you so! - Editor] has today revealed its forthcoming line-up for PSP Go, WiiWare,..
Murky Moki jokey
If there's a common complaint heard in these parts it's that there's too many puzzle games on the WiiWare service. Well, we take issue with that. Yes there are lots of puzzle games, but as long as a game has merit there cannot really be too many, can there? Moki Moki is a game that suggests maybe there can be too many puzzle games - at least puzzle games that are overly simplistic..
Get some mental steam-ulation!
Fed up of being told you’ve got the brain of an 82 year old? Well at long last, you'll be able to prove that your brain is really quite amazing, with NinjaBee’s The Amazing Brain Train. It may be bold to title a game with the word ‘amazing’ but NinjaBee are confident that they can supply us with an experience unlike any “ordinary brain game” with the..
Complete a survey and get a free game!
Telltale Games has just announced a new promotion for US Wii owners in which they'll be giving gamers a free download of their second Tales of Monkey Island release Siege of Spinner Cay in exchange for them completing a very short five question survey. All you have to do is click here to fill out the survey. Upon completion of the survey, you'll be given..
The first time many saw images from Diatomic one word was in their head: Geometry Wars (okay, that's two). The similarities in appearance are definitely there: closed-border shooter (attention: new term coinage alert!) and old-school wire-frame graphics. This isn't a bad thing though, with imitation being the best form of flattery and all that. Certainly history is littered with..
Team Meat let loose a few new details.
I was fortunate enough to get the chance to speak to Edmund McMillen from Team Meat today and he let me in on some new information about their upcoming WiiWare platformer Super Meat Boy. So without further ado, let's get to it. We mentioned in past news items that the game will feature quite a few hidden characters from other independent game titles. Some have..