WiiWare News

April2009

  • News Japanese Sites for Made in Ore and Asobu! Made in Ore Go Live

    With the upcoming release of Made in Ore and its WiiWare counterpart, Nintendo has launched an official site with plenty of screenshots.

    Just over a week ago, Nintendo officially announced a release date for the latest entries in the highly acclaimed WarioWare franchise. With its release date in just a few weeks, information has begun pouring in on Made in Ore and its WiiWare counterpart, Asobu!..

  • News Steel Penny Games Update - Part 2

    Jason Hughes explains what he really meant to say in his last blog entry.

    You might remember that we reported on the rant Jason Hughes of WiiWare developer Steel Penny Games went on during his recent blog post. Well Jason just posted a new entry in an attempt to set the record straight as to exactly what he was trying to get across in his last blog post. It seems his rant wasn't a rant after all..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (15th Apr)

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing.

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can. We compile..

  • News Some WiiWare Developers Won't Get Paid

    It seems that being an independent WiiWare developer isn't all it's cracked up to be for some.

    According to Gamasutra publisher and Independent Game Festival chairman Simon Carless, Nintendo has a threshold in place that determines whether or not an independent developer is paid for their game release. Carless goes on to say that this number is in the neighborhood of mid-quadruple digits for..

  • News Konami Announces Driift for WiiWare

    Konami's fourth WiiWare game is an eight-player overhead racing game.

    Driift seems to be similar to the classic top-down racer Super Off Road, featuring tracks which are only one screen big. The racers all compete for the number one spot and will not just have to use driving skills, but also items to help them achieve that. More from Konami's press release: Konami Driifts on to WiiWare..

  • News Tetris Party Tournament No. 4 Details

    If you want another chance to win free Wii Points with your Tetris skills the time has arrived once again.

    Tetris Online's press release sums it all up nicely: WHAT: Tetris Party Tournament No. 4 is the final opportunity for Tetris Party players around the world to win Wii Points™ by demonstrating their competitive Tetris skills. The top 100 eligible participants from each region (North America..

  • First Impressions Let's Hitchhike!

    Nippon Ichi delivers an oddball game as only the Japanese can.

    It's literally called Let's Zenryoku Hitchihaiku!!!!!!!!! (yes nine exclamations!), which I guess you could translate as Let's Totally Hitchhike, Dude! (the "Dude" is my personal addition) and it's a recent release to the Japanese WiiWare service which I just had to try out after seeing videos of the game in action. Without..

  • Nintendo Download Mixed Messages, Pitfalls, Magic Tricks and Pirates (US)

    This week brings a new western publisher on board - Activision! And they haven't just released one game, but two!

    If you bought a DSi you'll be quite glad to hear that there's already some new games available this week. Of course the Wii Shop gets its usual new WiiWare and VC game as well! Mixed Messages is Activision's first DSiWare game. It's pretty simple - First, you enter a sentence. Then, you..

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    Review Bubble Bobble Plus!

    Space Invaders Get Even proved that drastically changing a classic Taito franchise works very well. Bubble Bobble Plus, however, is more of a flat-out remake - is it a good one?

    Bubble Bobble's one of the most well-known arcade games - If you so much as hum the theme song to someone it's very likely they'll recognize it. As such it's really a...

  • News Steel Penny Games Update

    Steel Penny Games developer Jason Hughes sets the record straight on what his development squad as been up to since the release of their Bruiser & Scratch WiiWare title.

    We haven't heard much from Steel Penny Games lately since the release of their WiiWare puzzler Bruiser & Scratch so it was a bit surprising to see a post from their own Jason...

  • News Telltale Says Strong Bad Game Sales Double, More WiiWare Titles Coming

    Telltale Games, the people behind Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People have had great success recently. Does this mean they'll be pushing quality titles?

    Nintendo’s SD card update announcement at GDC, evidently, has served more than us fans. Telltale Games recently sent out a press release stating that sales of Strong Bad’s Cool game for Attractive People have “more than doubled”..

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    Review Equilibrio

    Equiibrio might not have the flash of a Kororinpa, but you're still getting an enjoyable game at a much cheaper price.

    While we've already seen several 3D ball-rolling titles like Sega's Super Monkey Ball and Hudson's Kororinpa put the tilt function of the Wii Remote to good use, Equilibrio marks the first time this unique gameplay experience has been used in a 2D environment. But while Equilibrio..

  • Nintendo Download 14 April 2009 (Japan)

    Another week, another 5 releases for Japan.

    It's true the Japanese have another week with a mix of VC and WiiWare content, but Wii owners in North America and Europe need not feel the usual pangs of jealousy (well, I guess that depends on how much you've been wanting to see a couple of these...). On the WiiWare front we have a couple of things that will likely stay in Japan and something we already..

  • Nintendo Download Bubble Bobble Plus! & More WiiWare Goodies (EU)

    Bub and Bob come to WiiWare today!

    It seems like Nintendo of Europe wants to make up for their single WiiWare release two weeks ago - This week there's not one, not two, but three new games available! Sadly there are no new DSiWare games today, you can’t have everything you want can you? Bubble Bobble Plus! is obviously the biggest release of the bunch - This remake of the original game features..

  • News LIT Officially Headed to Europe

    European gamers can finally breathe a sigh of relief as WayForward's LIT is on its way to the European WiiWare service.

    Although we've already seen hints here and there regarding LIT_'s eventual European WiiWare release, the guys at WayForward decided to make it official today with their announcement that LIT is indeed coming to the European WiiWare...

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (8th Apr)

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing.

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that simple!...

  • News Konami: VC Arcade Support and WiiWare Life Force

    Another big developer jumps on the VCA bandwagon!

    Before publishers rerelease their old games on VC, they're required to renew the trademarks for them - a bunch of classic Konami trademarks appeared today, which seems to indicate they're going to be releasing arcade games as well! Konami has registered these new VC-related trademarks: Green Beret...

  • Talking Point Copyright and Video Games

    What is stopping us from experiencing the entire history of video games?

    Last year Taito issued Space Invaders Get Even on the WiiWare download service as well as multiple versions of the original game on the Japanese, PAL and North American Virtual Consoles. This was in celebration of the 30th annivesary of the release of Space Invaders in arcades worldwide. Similarly Namco is due to celebrate..

  • First Impressions Puzzle Bobble Wii

    Taito delivers another enjoyable update to an arcade franchise.

    For those who aren't familiar Puzzle Bobble is a late-90s arcade puzzle franchise from Taito featuring Baburun and Boburun from Bubble Bobble. Fans in the rest of the world may remember this game better as the ill-titled "Bust-A-Move." It's had five arcade iterations, two of which were ports on the Neo Geo MVS (Bust-A-Move..

  • News Spaceball: Revolution - First Screenshots

    A puzzler that is more than just a load of old balls.

    Yesterday Nintendo of Europe released lots of info about the upcoming Wiiware / DSiWare lineup. Among those games was a title called Spaceball: Revolution by Virtual Toys, the Spanish developer who brought Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam to WiiWare a short while ago. Keen to know more we got in touch and were given the following press release, along..

  • News Robocalypse - Beaver Defense Coming to WiiWare

    Robocalypse - Beaver Defense offers madcap weaponry and uproarious destruction in a "tower defense" style game.

    Vogster Entertainment has just announced their new upcoming title Robocalypse - Beaver Defense that will be coming to the WiiWare service this summer. You can check out the official press release below for more information on the game as well as some of the unique features the game will..

  • News Fish'em All! Game Play Trailer Released

    Fish'em All!, an arcade game with a real "coin-op" flavor!

    We've just received a bit of new information on Abylight's upcoming WiiWare title Fish'em All! that you can check out below. We've also included the brand new game play trailer showing the game in action below as well. Hold on tight to your Wii Remote™ and fish 'em all! Alone, or with your friends, you will have a great time catching..

  • News Nintendo of Europe Announces April-July WiiWare / DSiWare Lineup

    Cave Story and others coming soon!

    For the first time in, uh, well, forever, Nintendo of Europe has decided to give us a small glimpse of what we can look forward to in the next couple of months. Note that list is not complete - For example, Square Enix announced only yesterday that Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands and Crystal Defenders R1 and R2...

  • News Squibs Arcade - LCD Madness From Alten8

    All your game are belong to us!

    Squibs Arcade is certainly one of the more unique upcoming WiiWare titles we have come across. It’s basically a parody of all the top rated titles for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, oh yeah and Assassins Creed too! The trick is all these modern games are stripped down to their core gameplay essentials and presented as a LCD game from yesteryear. Our pals over at Alten8..

  • News Gamebridge Announces European Release of Overturn: Mecha Wars

    Battle it out with robots online, with up to 4 players!

    Gamebridge, a new UK-based publisher, has announced that they are planning to bring over the WiiWare game Overturn: Mecha Wars. This was previously released in Japan last December, and was developed by the Japanese developer Studio Zan. The game could prove another worthwhile download for those looking for Wi-Fi multiplayer fun - The game..

  • News Crystal Defenders R1 and R2 Coming to Europe Soon As Well!

    Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands aren't enough - Square Enix wants complete WiiWare domination the next few weeks!

    It's not just Taito properties that Square Enix will be releasing on WiiWare in April and May - They're also releasing the Final Fantasy spinoff Crystal Defenders, which comes in two parts - Crystal Defenders R1 and Crystal Defenders R2. Crystal Defenders was previously released on..

  • News WiiWare Versions of Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands Coming to Europe Soon

    Bubble Bobble this week, Rainbow Islands next month!

    Ratings for Bubble Bobble Plus! and Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure! have been sitting on the OFLC for quite a while, and as you might know, Japan got the two games quite a while ago. Thankfully they're now coming soon! These two games are not just straight-out remakes of Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands - They feature completely new levels..

  • Nintendo Download DSiWare, Equilibrio & Uncharted Waters (US)

    A monster DSiWare update to kick off the new North American ‘Nintendo Download’. Worry not, Wiiware and VC fans are not completely forgotten this week either.

    As you will see this week’s 'Nintendo Download' update is a bit of a beast as it includes all the DSiWare launch titles (which of course came out on Sunday!). For those thinking about...

  • News Equilibrio Available on WiiWare Today in North America

    Gripping, Gyrating Ball Puzzler That Tests the Old Grey Matter played with either the Wii Remote or Wii Balance Board.

    There were whispers of the WiiWare action puzzler, Equilibrio coming out today in North America over the weekend, but we thought we’d wait until we could show you the full press release. For Balance Board owners this looks set to be a great purchase at the keen price of 500..

  • News New WiiWare Game: Fish'em All

    Get your nets out and prepare to catch yourself some fish for dinner!

    Another day, another WiiWare game to announce to the world! Spanish developers Abylight recently got in touch giving us an exclusive look at their upcoming WiiWare puzzler Fish'em All. As you will see from the screenshots in our gallery below, it certainly looks very nice. We don’t know too much more yet, other than what is..

  • Nintendo Download 7th April 2009 (Japan)

    Another games tsunami hits the Japanese Wii Shop!

    You know I just bought 6000 Wii points for the PAL service expecting a ton of new WiiWare and Virtual Console Arcade titles to appear imminently. I may be somewhat impatient, but it's extra disheartening to see two single-release Fridays in a row and then the nearly non-stop flood of content hitting...

  • News Curve Officially Announces Explodemon!

    Although we posted a news article yesterday about Curve's upcoming WiiWare action/platformer, it's finally been made official with today's press release.

    For those of you who have seen the gameplay trailer for Explodemon, it would seem that this is just the type of game the WiiWare service has been in need of lately. Curve has just sent out the...

  • News Explodemon Coming to WiiWare

    For those of you who've been dying for a solid action/platformer on the WiiWare service, have we got a game for you!

    Curve Studios has just announced that their intense action/platformer Explodemon is headed to the WiiWare service (as well as PC and PSN). As you can see from the video below, the game definitely takes a page out of the Mega Man book...

  • News Official Furry Legends Gameplay Trailer

    If you've been dying to see the upcoming WiiWare title Furry Legends in action, your wait is now officially over.

    Gamelion Studios has just released the official gameplay trailer for their upcoming WiiWare title Furry Legends and we were lucky enough to get our hands on it. As you can see in the gameplay trailer video, the game has quite a few puzzle-solving elements to it that should make it quite..

  • News Two New Swords & Soldiers Gameplay Videos!

    For those of you who are anxiously awaiting Ronimo Games' upcoming WiiWare title Swords & Soldiers, we have a nice little treat for you.

    The guys at Ronimo Games were kind enough to send over two brand new gameplay videos of their upcoming WiiWare title Swords & Soldiers in action. The first video is a gameplay video of the game's Campaign Mode and gives a good indication of exactly how the..

  • News Magnetis - New Magnetising Puzzler for WiiWare

    At Nintendo Life: WiiWare we love to be the first to reveal upcoming WiiWare games – introducing Magnetis!

    Magnetis, you scratch your head, what is this wonderful sounding game? Well folks it’s another puzzler for WiiWare, but this time with a magnetic twist. The game is being developed by a Parisian studio by the name of Yullaby who contacted us recently to spread the word about their upcoming..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (1st Apr)

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing.

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that simple!...

  • News Welcome to the New Look Nintendo Life!

    Times they are a-changin'

    In the history of mankind there have been many great moments. The discovery of fire. The invention of the wheel. The harnessing of electricity. Now we can add yet another achievement to that list - the creation of the new-look Nintendo Life! Yes indeed, what you now gaze upon is the culmination of months of hard work and...

  • News Is Game Design Art? Great Designers Say 'Not Really'

    At a GDC 2009 roundtable with renowned designers, Art seems to be a dirty word

    It’s a debate that has raged for centuries: Do video games constitute art? Ok, maybe not centuries, but it seems like a while. Personally, I say ‘yeah, of course it is!’, but I’m not the creator of games that have been hailed as art by so many. At this years...

March2009

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    Review Bonsai Barber

    Has Zoonami assembled the perfect hairstyle for all ages?

    If you were randomly asked which developer had the most well-known franchises under its belt, you’d likely respond by saying Nintendo. With series such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon, it isn’t difficult to see why. It should also be noted that they’re the...

  • News XSEED Games Announces Drill Sergeant Mindstrong for WiiWare

    Ever wanted to play a game in which you get to be ordered around and ridiculed at will?

    If so XSEED's unique new WiiWare entry Drill Sergeant Mindstrong might be just what you've been waiting for. While we don't currently have much information on the game, we did manage to get our hands on XSEED's official press release for the game that you can check out below for a little more insight into this..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Bonsai Barber

    Horticultural fanatics will be jumping for joy when they see what’s in store on the US WiiWare service this week.

    Bonsai Barber involves giving haircuts to various fruit and vegetable characters to ensure they remain the very height of fashion in their respective part of the garden. Coded by Martin Hollis’ Zoonami studio (of Goldeneye N64 fame), this is certainly something of a departure for..

  • News GDC 2009: The Best Of The Rest

    A recap of all the third-party news and announcements for Nintendo consoles from this year's Global Developers' Conference.

    Sotoru Iwata's keynote speech at this year's Global Devopers' Conference revealed more than a couple of exciting projects for Nintendo fans to look forward to in the coming months. It's not just the Big N who came to the party, however; third-party developers both independent..

  • News Kimi to Boku to Ritai Coming To US WiiWare

    It seems Kenji Eno's Japanese WiiWare title Kimi to Boku to Ritai will indeed see a release on the US WiiWare service and possibly on the European WiiWare service as well.

    The recent release of Kenji Eno's first WiiWare title Kimi to Boku to Ritai on the Japanese WiiWare service has stirred up quite a bit of anticipation for a possible release of the game outside of Japan. Thanks to a recent 1UP..

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    Review Texas Hold'em Tournament

    Does Digital Leisure’s latest WiiWare offering fold or make a clean sweep of the table?

    It’s no lie that video game conversions of popular poker card games are few and far between nowadays as online poker has become increasingly more popular and widely regarded. WiiWare developer Digital Leisure has decided to try its luck with an adaption of...

  • First Impressions Kimi to Boku to Rittai (You, Me and Shape)

    Nintendo surprises by publishing this off-beat balance game from Fyto.

    When I saw there was a bonus WiiWare update in Japan for some reason I was intrigued to see both games were from Nintendo. I was even more intrigued with the look of one of them: Kimi to Boku to Rittai (You, Me and Shape). The visual style and sparse soundscape reminded me of Intelligent Cube from the Playstation, but I..

  • News Bonsai Barber Coming To WiiWare This Monday

    It seems we've got yet another surprising WiiWare release on our hands.

    Zoonami, a development studio headed up by former GoldenEye lead developer Martin Hollis, is getting set to release their first WiiWare title Bonsai Barber onto the North American WiiWare service on Monday. The game makes use of the Wii console's internal system clock and enables the player to clip five different plants each..

  • News Japanese Releases 31 March 2009

    More? They get more?!?

    Incredibly after a super Thursday in Japan which saw a six title release on the brand new Virtual Console Arcade and two new WiiWare releases from Nintendo, Japanese Wii owners are still getting two new WiiWare releases and two new VC releases! I hope the rest of the world gets treated equally well for a change. WiiWare releases are: Let's Hitchhike from Nippon 1 for 1000..

  • News Surprise Japanese WiiWare Released Today

    Two new WiiWare releases from Nintendo as well as six releases for the new Virtual Console Arcade

    What's been widely reported is that the Japanese Virtual Console Arcade got six releases today compared to the four released in the rest of the world (Return of Ishtar, Gaplus, Emeraldia, Space Harrier, Star Force and Solvalou). What's not been widely noted is that the Japanese also got two WiiWare..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (25th Mar)

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing.

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can. We compile..

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Texas Hold'em Tournament

    It seems like Nintendo of Europe thought that four arcade games were more than enough for this week, because today brings only one new WiiWare title to the table.

    Texas Hold'em Tournament is the newest game from Digital Leisure, who already released The Incredible Maze and Sudoku Challenge! on WiiWare. We didn't think much of their previous efforts,...

  • News First Military Madness Screenshots!

    Well all of you Military Madness fans out there can now officially jump for joy. Although Hudson's Military Madness WiiWare title was only recently even announced, the first group of screenshots from this new version of the game is now in our midst.

    Apparently, the game is quite a bit further along in development than many originally thought, which is certainly good news for those of us who are..

  • News Square-Enix Announces Two New Final Fantasy WiiWare Titles

    Final Fantasy fans are in for a real treat with the announcement today from Square-Enix that they have not one, but two new Final Fantasy titles headed to the WiiWare service later this year.

    Below is the announcement from the official press release handed out at the Game Developers Conference. Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) announced today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), the..

  • News Wii Storage Solution Solved - Finally A Use For The SD Card Slot!

    Finally after lots of debate about if Nintendo would ever do anything about the Wii’s lack of internal storage space for WiiWare and Virtual Console games a solution has arrived!

    With the Wii’s puny internal storage space (2050 blocks or so) getting completely filled up by downloading only a handful of WiiWare games with larger file sizes, it was clear that something needed to be done. Many..

  • News Video - The Making of Bit.Trip Beat

    Ever wanted to know how Bit.Trip Beat was created and hear it straight from the guys that did it? Well you're in luck. Alex Neuse, CEO of Gaijin games and designer of Bit.Trip Beat, has put together a video giving fans a look inside the creation of one of the most creative WiiWare titles we've seen from the service.

    You can take a look at the video...

  • News 2D Boy's Ron Carmel Talks About Indie Game Development

    For those of you out there who are curious as to just what it takes to create a video game from scratch, Ron Carmel, co-creator of World of Goo, recently sat down at the Game Developers Conference and gave some specifics as to what it cost to create their hit WiiWare title.

    Below are a few dollar amounts Ron gave out regarding the development of World of Goo. $4000 on hardware $1000 on..

  • News Indie Developers Enjoy Great Success in 2008

    We've already seen some outstanding indie games for the WiiWare service, and with the prospect of the DSiWare service coming soon, there seems to be no end in sight for the new level of creativity we're seeing from these small game developers.

    With far less overhead when compared to developing a retail release, we're seeing more developers take chances and try something new without being afraid of..

  • News Legendo Announces The Three Musketeers: One For All!

    Yet another developer has decided to bring some games to WiiWare - Legendo has announced that they are bringing The Three Musketeers: One For All!, previously released for PC, to WiiWare.

    This will be a platformer/action game in which you take control of Porthos, one of the famous three musketeers, as you try to rescue your partners Athos and Aramis, and your friend d'Artagnan. You can read the..

  • News Akinai Games Announces NEVES Plus

    Akinai Games, the guys who published Evasive Space, have announced their next WiiWare project! It's going to be a sequel to their DS game NEVES, in which you are presented with a number of shapes, which you have to flip and fit together in a certain way to form a picture.

    Aside from new puzzles and gameplay modes there's also a major graphical overhaul - The DS game was very basic graphics-wise,..

  • News Major League Eating Coming to Japan Next Week

    Looks like Nintendo Japan has been feeling a little awkward by showering download titles upon the Japanese population whilst Europe and North America have to make due with what's slowly rationed out to them. At last the jealousy can ease a little!

    Next week only two releases, both of them WiiWare: Major League Eating -- 500pts (half the price of the US release!). This has already been released..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (18th Mar)

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing. It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can.

    We compile..

  • News ColorZ - New WiiWare Puzzler

    We recently came across ESRB and USK ratings for a new WiiWare game simply entitled Colorz by French developers Exkee so we contacted them to find out a little more about their game.

    Aside from the screenshot below, here’s what they had to tell us: ColorZ is an original Action/Puzzle that brings a totally new experience of gameplay thanks to Wii Capacities. The game takes place in an alternative..

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    Review BIT.TRIP BEAT

    Feel the beat!

    It seems nowadays if you want to revive a classic videogame idea, you only need add in some pulsing musical beats and some flashy background visuals in order to do so. The creators of Lumines managed to revive the stale "falling blocks" puzzler of the 80's with this formula, so what's to stop someone from doing the same thing for a game that's widely considered to be the..

  • News Defend Your Castle receives 2009 ELAN Awards nomination

    When Defend Your Castle was first released on WiiWare, many people scoffed at what they believed to be nothing more than a Flash title with improved visuals and an unwelcome price tag. However, XGen Studios must have been onto something as the game has been nominated in the 2009 ELAN Awards.

    Here's the official word, in full: Having been consistently ranked among the top-selling titles on..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Bit.Trip Beat

    Downloading this week’s WiiWare release might cause some of you to make confused grunting sounds and paw angrily at your Wii Remote, because the retro visuals and 8-bit music of Bit.Trip Beat might suggest to some that they’ve accidently downloaded a Virtual Console release.

    However, you should turn that frown upside down because Aksys Games’ latest WiiWare title is a love-letter to the days..

  • News Adventure Island: The Beginning - First Video

    It was only a few days ago that we revealed our exclusive interview with Takahashi Meijin about Hudson’s upcoming WiiWare game Adventure Island: The Beginning. He told us we could expect to get our hands on the game in May, but it looks like Japan will get it sooner as the official website has now launched, and it lists their release date as "April".

    In the game you can collect special..

  • News WiiWare to Support Flash Soon

    The Official Cave Story Blog has revealed that soon WiiWare developers will be able to code games using Flash, which opens up a world of exciting (and possibly not so exciting) gaming experiences for Wii owners.

    Games like Defend Your Castle originally started life as free PC-based Flash titles, and recent Xbox Live Arcade hits such as Castle...

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Family Table Tennis and Jungle Speed

    It's another catch-up week for Europe, with one game the US has had forever and a game they got about two months ago.

    Family Table Tennis came out two weeks after WiiWare's launch in the US, so they've almost had it for an entire year! It's the true first game in the "Family" series, but like the rest it's not really spectacular in any way...

  • News Bit.Trip.Beat Coming To WiiWare On Monday

    Are you ready to get your funk on? You'd better be, because Aksys Game's Bit.Trip.Beat is coming to the North American WiiWare service on Monday, March 16th.

    Much like Pong, you still move your paddle around by tilting the Wii Remote, but in this unique WiiWare title you'll have to bounce the blocks off your paddle in rhythm with the pumping musical beats the game makes use of. The sound of the..

  • News Rock N' Roll Climber Coming To WiiWare

    Vitei, the developer behind such games as 1080 Snowboarding and Doshin the Giant, are currently working on a new WiiWare title called Rock N' Roll Climber. Giles Goddard, who was a developer on Nintendo's mega-hit Nintendo 64 title Super Mario 64, is involved in the development of the title.

    Not much is currently known about the game other than the brief description from the ESRB website below..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (11th Mar)

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing. It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can.

    We compile..

  • News Atari 2600 Version of LIT?

    For those of you out there who are old enough to be familiar with the beloved Atari 2600 console, here's an interesting little article for you.

    It seems that one of the developers from Wayforward believes that any game design worth its weight in gold should be able to be executed on the old Atari 2600 game console. He even goes so far as to work up...

  • News Takahashi Meijin Interview - Hudson's Adventure Island

    Takahashi Meijin is something of a legend in his native Japan. You might know him as '16 Shot' thanks to his famed ability to hit a controller button 16 times in a second.

    However, if you're a keen fan of Hudson's output then you might also know him as the inspiration for Master Higgins from Adventure Island. However, these days he's given up on skateboarding in a loincloth and is content with..

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    Review Gradius ReBirth

    Does Konami's old-school Gradius formula still hold up all these years later?

    The original Gradius arcade release was one of the first truly great side-scrolling shooters and, along with R-Type, spawned a legion of copycat video games back in the 80s and 90s. The Gradius titles have been copied and cloned more times than can be counted and, much...

  • News Eximion Interview - Cube: Gardens of Zen

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