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Nintendo Download: 28th February 2013 (Europe)

28th February 2013 (Europe)

Splashing and crashing, new and old retro and fishing

Nintendo's well and truly on the ball this week, Europe, bringing us our download news nice and early. This week sees the Wii and DSi rejoin the party with 3DS, while Wii U drops out for a bit of a rest. The offerings include a recently unveiled game from 3DS Direct, as well as a long awaited...

Talking Point: WiiWare's Vital Role in a Retro Revival

WiiWare's Vital Role in a Retro Revival

Introducing bits and pixels to a new generation

The upcoming release of Retro City Rampage on WiiWare arguably represents two important trends for the service — it could be the last notable release on the platform, and it's also yet another "retro" themed release. We'll consider the possible swansong and end of WiiWare in the near future, but...

Video: Grab a Sneak Peak of WiiWare Console-Exclusive "ROM City Rampage"

Grab a Sneak Peak of WiiWare Console-Exclusive "ROM City Rampage"

15 seconds of glorious pixels

A few days ago we were relieved to confirm that Retro City Rampage arrives on WiiWare on 28th February, a long-awaited and delayed retro homage to the original GTA titles. That description may sell it a little short, as it's packed with pop-culture references and diversions that are set to distract gamers on a regular...

News: Yes, Retro City Rampage Has A Release Date

Yes, Retro City Rampage Has A Release Date

The WiiWare wait will finally be over

Retro City Rampage has been eluding us for as long as we can remember. It sees you play as the bad guy in an open-world 8-bit environment and has been out on PC and PlayStation Network for a while now. Unfortunately the WiiWare version has been delayed more than a few times, leaving some to speculate that it...

News: You, Me, and the Cubes Designer Dies Ages 42

You, Me, and the Cubes Designer Dies Ages 42

Kenji Eno passes away

Respected game designer and musician Kenji Eno passed away yesterday. Cause of death was heart failure induced by high blood pressure. He was 42 years old. Best known for founding the game studio WARP, Inc. and creating the Sega Saturn RPG adventure D, Eno was also involved in the WiiWare title You, Me, and the Cubes. He...

Rumour: eShop Developers No Longer Required To Have A Physical Office

eShop Developers No Longer Required To Have A Physical Office

Dan Adelman drops a hint on Twitter

One of the early rules put in place by Nintendo for developers on its digital platforms was the need for a physical office - a move which was no doubt intended to ensure a certain "quality" of developer. However, since the days of WiiWare the playing field has shifted - the number of professional coders...

Nintendo Download: 3rd January 2013 (Europe)

3rd January 2013 (Europe)

Ghosts 'n stuff, tanks, crystals and vampires

As 2013 slowly cranks into gear, Nintendo of Europe has released details of what Europeans can expect in this week's download update. It's another week with no additions on the Wii U eShop, but the 3DS, DSi and Wii equivalents all have some content to consider. Is any of it going to get your year started...

Nintendo Download: 27th December 2012 (Europe)

27th December 2012 (Europe)

Mario returns, chess galore and heroes of the world

Most of the world is currently in a vague fuzz of lazy relaxation, but not the download team at Nintendo. It's the usual update, this time incorporating every system with the exception of Wii U, so barring a surprise a certain pinball series isn't going to make it to the new system this year...

News: Retro City Rampage Looks Set For A January Release on WiiWare

Retro City Rampage Looks Set For A January Release on WiiWare

Don't worry, it'll arrive... eventually

It seems like forever and an age since Retro City Rampage was announced for the Wii Shop Channel - the title has had a delay or two since then. We reported earlier this month that an updated version of the 8-bit action-adventure game would be heading to Europe and North America 'soon', but no specific date was...

News: Vampire Crystals Cuts A Bloody Path To December Release In NA

Vampire Crystals Cuts A Bloody Path To December Release In NA

European launch for WiiWare title to follow in January

Shanblue Interactive has confirmed that its WiiWare action title Vampire Crystals will launch this month in North America. The date to look out for is December 20th, with a European release following on January 3rd, 2013. The top-down shooter has been in development for quite a while - we first...

News: Retro City Rampage Storming Onto WiiWare Soon

Retro City Rampage Storming Onto WiiWare Soon

Updated version coming to European shores

Popular download title Retro City Rampage has been available on PC, Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita for a while now in North America. The game has recently been tweaked and updated to give the player a better experience, and now it's coming to a multitude of platforms in Europe, including WiiWare. For...

News: Retro City Rampage Isn't Headed Down Under

Retro City Rampage Isn't Headed Down Under

"Ratings are expensive and time consuming", says developer

VBlank Entertainment has revealed that the WiiWare version of Retro City Rampage won't be released in Australia. Posting on Twitter, the developer cited the expensive process of age rating approval as the reason for the no-show. The Xbox Live Arcade and PSN versions are also impacted by the...

News: River City Ransom 2 On Hold Indefinitely

River City Ransom 2 On Hold Indefinitely

WiiWare release wasn't worth saving

River City Ransom 2 was announced for WiiWare and PC over a year ago, and was slated for release in 2012. Developer Miracle Kidz, however, has now confirmed via Twitter that this on hold indefinitely; this means it may never see the light of day at all. The developer has said that it will continue to focus on...

News: Retro City Rampage Trailer is Full of Old-School Cool

Retro City Rampage Trailer is Full of Old-School Cool

Spot the references

Retro City Rampage arrives on PC and PS Vita today, which may draw some envious glances from Wii owners that were promised this title so long ago. The good news is that developer VBlank has already confirmed that the title is rampaging onto WiiWare later this year, so the wait is hopefully not going to be too long. On the plus...

News: Retro City Rampaging To WiiWare Later This Year

Retro City Rampaging To WiiWare Later This Year

We've not been forgotten about

With WiiWare entering the final stages of its life, you might assume that developer support is going to dry up massively. However, we've recently been given one of the best games ever seen on the platform in the shape of La-Mulana. Thankfully, it would appear that it's not going to be WiiWare's final notable release,...