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Nintendo Download: 22nd November 2010 (North America)

22nd November 2010 (North America)

Demos, penguins, portable Tetris and VC

Getting in there early to beat the cold weather, here's this week's Nintendo Download complete with list of downloadable demos at long last. WiiWareSnowpack Park (Nintendo, 800pts) – Befriend penguins in this left-field release from Nintendo. A cross between the pet and adventure genres, Snowpack Park sees you exploring a range of islands in order to rescue..

News: Flowerworks Comes to Europe Next Week at Half Price

Flowerworks Comes to Europe Next Week at Half Price

Better late than never

It's been a long old wait for European gamers to get their green fingers on Flowerworks as it's been out in North America for nearly a year, but publisher Nocturnal has just let us know the wait is nearly over, with the game sprouting up next week. In even better news, the game will launch in European and Australasian territories for the bargain price of 500 Points, half its..

Nintendo Download: 19th November 2010 (Europe)

19th November 2010 (Europe)

One more demo

This week's download arrives with four new titles and one more demo available to download. There's no Virtual Console game, but with one practically confirmed for next week and another confirmed for the week after, there's not too much reason to complain. This week you can get... WiiWareBIT.TRIP FATE (Aksys Games, 800pts) – The fifth BIT.TRIP game, this one mixes things up once..

News: North America Gets In On WiiWare Demo Action Next Week

North America Gets In On WiiWare Demo Action Next Week

Four games lined up for initial offering

Had your eye on a few WiiWare games but have been hesitant to take the plunge? Want to try before you buy? If you live in Europe then you've probably been enjoying the new demo service for WiiWare. Anywhere else? Not so much. Next week is a different story though, as Nintendo of America has announced that the demo program will return to the New World. Demos..

News: WiiWare Developers Take On WarioWare: DIY

WiiWare Developers Take On WarioWare: DIY

Big and little names lined up

If you've hit a plateau with your game-making inspiration in WarioWare: DIY for DS, Nintendo's next series of downloadable minigames might put the spark back into your ideas. A string of WiiWare developers will be bringing their ideas to life in the coming weeks, kicking off on Friday with a game from Max and the Magic...

Podcast: NLFM Episode 10: Fear Your Tears

NLFM Episode 10: Fear Your Tears

From Kirby to 80's synthpop chip covers, this month's episode is all encompassing

Variety is the spice of life, and thanks to the insane variety of this 10th episode of our chip and game music podcast NLFM you'll be feeling that spice for hours after consumption. It's so spicy that we think we've got flavor for every mood, whether you're in the market for bathroom fisticuffs, looking to revisit the..

Nintendo Download: 15th November 2010 (North America)

15th November 2010 (North America)

Need for Speed Nitro-X, puppies and cards

EA's high-octane racer Need for Speed: Nitro-X should have seen the light of day back in September according to an early release schedule, but delay caused it to burn rubber in November instead. It's easily the highlight of this week's release, which seem to show WiiWare and DSiWare have gone to the dogs. DSiWareNeed for Speed: Nitro-X (EA, 800pts) – 24..

News: Multiplayer in Angry Birds Will Resemble "Old School Worms"

Multiplayer in Angry Birds Will Resemble "Old School Worms"

So don't lose your temper, the game is still migrating to WiiWare

An ESRB rating back in August revealed that Chillingo was in the process of bringing Angry Birds from the iOS App Store to the Wii Shop Channel, and speaking at the Virtual Goods Summit in London, Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka has reaffirmed that the WiiWare instalment is being worked...

News: Fluidity Flows to North America on December 6th

Fluidity Flows to North America on December 6th

Wet your appetite

Whilst Europeans can experience Hydroventure on Christmas Eve, WiiWare fans in North America get a small headstart, as the game will be released on December 6th under the name Fluidity. Priced at 1200 Points, the game is a physics-based platformer based on the three states of water: steam, liquid and ice. Players have to master...

Nintendo Download: 12th November 2010 (Europe)

12th November 2010 (Europe)

A little bit more for every service, plus a new demo

With five new games and a demo on offer this week, you'd think that it would be pretty good overall. Unfortunately, only the Virtual Console game and the demo make up most of this week's goodness - The other four are all games North America already got, and none of them were very good. WiiWareCruise Party (Enjoy Gaming, 800pts) – A small..

News: Hydroventure Guarantees a Wet Christmas for Europe

Hydroventure Guarantees a Wet Christmas for Europe

Lands on Christmas Eve

Fluidity, known as Hydroventure in Europe, is set to make a splash on the European WiiWare servers on December 24th, priced at 1200 Points, with a free demo dropping in on the same day. Developed and published by Nintendo, Hydroventure is one of the most anticipated WiiWare releases of the next few months. Essentially the game...

News: Chrono Twins DX Joins the Demo Ranks on Friday

Chrono Twins DX Joins the Demo Ranks on Friday

One more for the pile

The return of WiiWare demos to Europe is truly a reason to be cheerful, but even more so when it receives new trials like this Friday. Accompanying the update this week is a playable demo of Chronos Twins DX from EnjoyUp. We gave the game a thorough shake and came up with our Chronos Twins DX review, but if you've missed the game in its WiiWare, DSiWare or even DS..

News: Europe's FATE is Dated for November 19th

Europe's FATE is Dated for November 19th

That's a week on Friday, folks

The latest entry in the BIT.TRIP series, BIT.TRIP FATE, is blasting its way to WiiWare next Friday, November 19th. The first out-and-out shooter in the series, FATE still revels in the customary retro aesthetics for which Gaijin Games is now famous. You can read our BIT.TRIP FATE review to get geared up for this one.

News: La-Mulana Fails Nintendo Approval Process

La-Mulana Fails Nintendo Approval Process

Unlikely to make it this year

When we heard that La-Mulana was finished, submitted and out this year we did a little jump for joy at the prospect of playing the underground adventure before 2011 rolls around. Now that seems unlikely, as the game has failed Nintendo's submission process. LA-MULANA was said “No good” by Nintendo, then it has...

Competition: chick chick BOOM (All PAL Regions)

chick chick BOOM (All PAL Regions)

Win one of 10 copies and personalised artwork!

chick chick BOOM is a tactical action game for WiiWare from developer tons of bits. With a unique sense of humour, great artwork and plenty of action, it gained an impressive 8/10 in our review last week, and now we've teamed up with tons of bits to bring you a very special competition. We're offering 10 copies of chick chick BOOM as well as the chance..

Nintendo Download: 8th November 2010 (North America)

8th November 2010 (North America)

No demos here

Whilst Europe welcomed the return of WiiWare demos last week, there's no such luck for North American gamers, who are demo-less for at least one more week. There's still a decent mix however with five games in total, if you could call Discolight a game. WiiWareGods vs. Humans (Zallag, 1200pts) – This deity-based strategy game receives a lower price in the States, dropping from 1500..

News: Gothic Action Heads to WiiWare in Ark of Sinners

Gothic Action Heads to WiiWare in Ark of Sinners

Like Castlevania, only Spanish

Here's a WiiWare game you can sink your teeth into: Ark of Sinners is a Castlevania-style 2D romp, mixing classic gameplay with modern graphics. Played with the Wii Remote held NES-style, with 1 button to attack and 2 to jump, there'll be multiple moves, combos and even special air combos too. The first part of a...

News: Digital Leisure's Mix Superstar Decks WiiWare on Monday

Digital Leisure's Mix Superstar Decks WiiWare on Monday

Get musical for 500 Points

Whilst DSiWare enjoys a fine array of musical downloads, including Rytmik, Rhythm Core Alpha and Abylight's Music On series, but WiiWare is completely devoid of tuneful tools. Not for long however, as Digital Leisure is bringing Mix Superstar to the wheels of steel on Monday. Unlike those DS games, however, Mix Superstar will allow you to share your music with the world..

News: WiiWare Gets Second Round of Heavy Fire with Black Arms

WiiWare Gets Second Round of Heavy Fire with Black Arms

Shooter follow-up inbound

We may not have been completely blown away by wartime shooter Heavy Fire: Special Operations, but it obviously did the business for Teyon as the Polish publisher has announced it's bringing sequel Heavy Fire: Black Arms to WiiWare in the near future. There's no doubt the game looks graphically impressive, as evident in the trailer below, but we're hoping for a little more..

News: Frontier Preparing to Blow You Away With More LostWinds

Frontier Preparing to Blow You Away With More LostWinds

Good news, everyone

LostWinds and its sequel, LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, have been two of WiiWare's most notable hits, so it's good to hear that David Braben's Frontier team is preparing to release more titles in the series Braben confirmed to Eurogamer that the series was "far from done and dusted", saying: There are still many more stories to tell from [game world] Mistralis..

News: Super Meat Boy May Skip WiiWare and Head to Retail

Super Meat Boy May Skip WiiWare and Head to Retail

Would you buy it on disc for $20?

The ongoing struggles of Super Meat Boy's WiiWare existence are well-documented, but here's a quick recap. Originally available on PC, the game was slated to be a WiiWare-exclusive on consoles before announced as heading to Xbox Live Arcade, where it landed several weeks ago. Just the other day Team Meat announced...

Nintendo Download: 5th November 2010 (Europe)

5th November 2010 (Europe)

Bonfire Night goes with a bang

As well as the revelation that four WiiWare demos will launch across Europe this week, we also have brand new games for DSiWare and WiiWare as well. WiiWareThruSpace (Nintendo, 800pts) – A Nintendo-published puzzle game, this is the first ever WiiWare game to launch with a free playable demo. It's been out in America for a while, so you can read our ThruSpace..

News: WiiWare Demos Launch This Week with Four New Downloads

WiiWare Demos Launch This Week with Four New Downloads

Exclusive to Europe for now

Last night we brought you the exclusive news that Nintendo is bringing back WiiWare demos, and now we can reveal that they will return to Europe this Friday. The previous demo offering was only a trial, but now Nintendo has pledged that this new service will provide "ongoing" demos, hopefully extending the service longer than the three months its predecessor..