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News: Zoonami: Nintendo Not Generating Enough Interest in Downloads

Zoonami: Nintendo Not Generating Enough Interest in Downloads

Bonsai Barber studio disappointed

Martin Hollis was director and producer on N64 shooters GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark, but in more recent times his Zoonami studio created WiiWare hit Bonsai Barber, published by Nintendo. In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Hollis speaks out about the support received from Nintendo, the service's fine points and its biggest downfall: the lack of..

News: How Telltale Games Approached Back to the Future: Episode I

How Telltale Games Approached Back to the Future: Episode I

Behind-the-scenes part III talks discusses new narrative ideas

Telltale Games is continuing the release of its behind-the-scenes videos on the upcoming Back to the Future series for WiiWare and the latest talks about how the production team stays true to the franchise yet strive to offer something that people who have yet to see the films will still enjoy. Dennis Lenart, director of Back to the..

Nintendo Download: 25th October 2010 (North America)

25th October 2010 (North America)

Meet your FATE!

October has been a good month for fans of downloadable games, with Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and now BIT.TRIP FATE to round out the month with a bang. WiiWare: BIT.TRIP FATE (Aksys Games, 800pts) – The fifth BIT.TRIP title takes on another new genre: the shoot 'em up. With more of the same chiptunes,...

News: Meet the New Voice of Marty McFly

Meet the New Voice of Marty McFly

Hello, butthead!

Telltale's Back to the Future game has the likenesses of Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, but only the latter was able to lend his voice to the game too. The second behind-the-scenes documentary from Telltale explains how the company came to recast the role of Marty McFly. Well, sort of: it introduces you to the voice actor AJ LoCascio, but it's never really explained how he..

News: Go Behind the Scenes with Back to the Future: Episode I

Go Behind the Scenes with Back to the Future: Episode I

Part one of the making of Episode I

Telltale's Back to the Future game captured the imagination as soon as it was announced, and now we have the first behind the scenes footage to reveal concept art, character models and a little bit about the game's plot. This is just the first part of a series of behind the scenes videos, with the promise of...

News: chick chick BOOM Blows Up WiiWare Next Week

chick chick BOOM Blows Up WiiWare Next Week

Costs 800 Points

It looks like chick chick BOOM is just about ready to hatch, as developer tons of bits has announced the game will take flight on WiiWare next Friday, October 29th, for 800 Points. To celebrate the announcement, there's a brand new trailer showing off the game's ship environment including a giant enemy crab, making it a winner in our book. If you want to know more about the game,..

News: Soccer Up! Revives Arcade Football for WiiWare

Soccer Up! Revives Arcade Football for WiiWare

Like Sensible Soccer, but with Miis

There's a real shortage of sports games on WiiWare, or quality ones at least, but the real surprise is that there's not a single soccer game available on the service so far. EnjoyUp wants to change that, with its upcoming Soccer Up! bringing fast-paced football to the service for the first time. Formerly known as EnjoyUp Soccer, Soccer Up! takes its cues from..

Nintendo Download: 22nd October 2010 (Europe)

22nd October 2010 (Europe)

Nice and early this week

Europe comes through with a bumper crop of downloadable delights for release this Friday. Shall we see what they are? WiiWareMy Starry Night (Hudson, 500pts) – Known as My Planetarium in North America, this is essentially My Aquarium for stargazers, with around 20,000 stars, planets, asteroids and more for your observation, education and maybe even a little entertainment..

News: Broken Rules Feels Let Down by Nintendo's Online Strategy

Broken Rules Feels Let Down by Nintendo's Online Strategy

Co-founder Felix Bohatsch explains the issues he has with the Wii Shop Channel

Let's face facts: Nintendo could have implemented a more robust online service for the Wii. If not only for the gamers, then at least for developers and itself. Ironically, limitations are probably what encourages alternative gaming concepts but no one wants to work with...

Features: NES Homebrew Is Where The Heart Is

NES Homebrew Is Where The Heart Is

How two indie developers are keeping the system kicking after all these years

It’s nigh impossible to overstate the importance of the Nintendo Entertainment System in video game history: its popularity pretty much single-handedly revived the home game console market in the US, which had crashed a few years before the NES’s October 18th, 1985...

Interviews: Frozen Codebase - Jam City Rollergirls

Frozen Codebase - Jam City Rollergirls

Jammers, blue shells and water bombs - welcome to roller derby

Some games have thrilling stories of inspiration: a childhood nightmare overcome, fresh eyes on a new hobby. Jam City Rollergirls does not have quite such noble origins: it's the offspring of the fast-paced sport of roller derby and lots of drinking. We chatted to developer Frozen Codebase about the game, its fans and hitting players..

Nintendo Download: 18th October 2010 (North America)

18th October 2010 (North America)

Happy holidays and mystic quests

The past two weeks have seen high profile downloadable releases in both shapely and spiny forms, so whilst this week lacks a true flagship title it does offer two new Nintendo-published titles and the scheduled Virtual Console download. WiiWareThruSpace (Nintendo, 800pts) – Formerly known as the far more descriptive ThruSpace: High Velocity 3D Puzzle, this is all..

More Impressions: Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy

A game with a lot of Meat on its bone!

For anyone that's followed the independent gaming scene over the years, you know all too well how much talent and creativity many of these games feature. And now with digital download services like Nintendo's WiiWare and Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade, many of these indie developers are finally getting the chance to shine and offer up their wares to console..

Nintendo Download: 15th October (Europe)

15th October (Europe)

Sonic returns, and brings some other stuff

As was previously announced, today sees the anticipated European release of the first episode of Sonic the Hedgehog 4. It's accompanied by the next titles in the GO and Music On series, as well as some other stuff. Unfortunately, there's no Virtual Console game, but that's to be expected now! DSiWareGO Series: Pinball Attack! (Gamebridge, 500pts) – The..

News: Cave Story Update Now Available

Cave Story Update Now Available

Bugs in WiiWare platformer have been zapped

Owners of Cave Story might remember that the game had a few minor glitches in its original release, but the nice folks at Nicalis have addressed these issues and the game can now be updated via the Wii Shop Channel. Some of the issues addressed are: Menu..

News: Racers' Islands: Crazy Arenas Takes Aim at WiiWare Next Week

Racers' Islands: Crazy Arenas Takes Aim at WiiWare Next Week

Zallag's driving follow-up on the way

Okay, so Racers' Island: Crazy Racers didn't quite live up to our expectations, but next week sees combative successor Racers' Islands: Crazy Arenas swerve to Europe for a more reasonable 800 Points. Essentially transplanting the game's drive-and-shoot gameplay to an arena setting, it still supports 8 player action via sharing the Remote and Nunchuk between..

News: BIT.TRIP FATE Coming October 25th

BIT.TRIP FATE Coming October 25th

CommanderVideo fires up for fifth entry in the series

The nice folks at Gaijin Games have just announced that their fifth entry in the popular BIT.TRIP series BIT.TRIP FATE will be hitting the North American WiiWare service on October 25th and will only set you back a paltry 800 Wii Points. "BIT.TRIP FATE is like the Empire Strikes Back of the BIT.TRIP series." said Alex Neuse, CEO of..

News: Enter Miffy's World for 1000 Points this Friday

Enter Miffy's World for 1000 Points this Friday

Cute little bunny gives WiiWare a hug

That lovable white bunny Miffy is about to give us a glimpse into what life's like as an adorable children's character when Miffy's World comes to WiiWare this Friday for 1000 Nintendo Points. Players control Miffy, of course, undertaking a range of errands including delivering party invitations, building a bird house and more. There's also a number of puzzles..

News: Stand Back, This chick chick BOOM Video is About to Go Off

Stand Back, This chick chick BOOM Video is About to Go Off

Duck and cover

chick chick BOOM is notable for two things: one, a fast-and-loose approach to capital letters, and secondly for offering the cutest virtual chicks this side of Sexy Poker. Developer tons of bits has just sent over the first gameplay video that shows off the intriguing turns-based battle system in action. Taking a few cues from Worms, chick chick BOOM changes things up by including..

Nintendo Download: 11th October 2010 (North America)

11th October 2010 (North America)

Sonic the Hedgehog returns!

A good array of titles this week, with the 2D return of Sonic the Hedgehog taking top billing of course. DSiWare fans can get a pinch of Sonic creator Yuji Naka's latest platforming adventure, Ivy the Kiwi?, but there's also sports and puzzle games if platforming isn't your thing. Let's do it to it! WiiWare: Sonic the...

Nintendo Download: 12th and 13th October 2010 (Japan)

12th and 13th October 2010 (Japan)

WiiWare and DSiWare together again

It looks like the heady days of surprise Japanese Virtual Console releases are well and truly behind us as there's only one VC release scheduled for the rest of the month and it's not happening next week. Instead there's a pair of WiiWare titles, which were starting to get as rare as hen's teeth. DSiWare is sparse...

Nintendo Download: 8th October 2010 (Europe)

8th October 2010 (Europe)

Three for DSiWare, one each on WiiWare and VC

In an unexpected turn of events, the press release for this week's European Nintendo Download turned up early, but who's complaining? Well, anyone hoping to grapple with Shantae: Risky's Revenge and Cave Story, but at least next week sees the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, so there's a definite bright side. DSiWareDatamine (Enjoy Gaming,..