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News: Bit.Trip Runner is About "What it Means to be Human"

Bit.Trip Runner is About "What it Means to be Human"

Alex Neuse reveals game's story and influences

Have you played Bit.Trip Runner yet? It's rather good and, as we said in our review, "cements Gaijin's reputation as a developer that has repeatedly shown it has a firm grasp on the craft of gaming." You might not actually understand what the game's about though: like previous Bit.Trip titles, it's not abundantly clear at first, but a recent..

News: Zoo Disc Golf Proves That Animals are Competitive When it Comes to Sports

Zoo Disc Golf Proves That Animals are Competitive When it Comes to Sports

New WiiWare game from Sonalysts

Like with many other art-forms, when you're known for creating something that almost becomes a category that hangs over your head, a change of direction may seem like the order of the day. That's what Sonalysts seems to be doing as it prepares for its upcoming new title for WiiWare download. Having already developed four naval warfare modelling and simulation games,..

First Impressions: Bejeweled 2

Bejeweled 2

Crack cocaine comes to Wii

Popcap Games is a modern internet success story. At a time when it was deemed impossible to make money from selling downloadable content on the web, John Vechey, Brien Fiete and Jason Kapalka managed to build a gaming juggernaut on the back of simple, but addictive games like Zuma and Peggle that have gone on to become the bane of office managers everywhere. Bejeweled was..

Nintendo Download: 17th May 2010 (North America)

17th May 2010 (North America)

Running, blood and Kirby for the Wii; frogs, rabbits, upside-down blocks and more blood on DSi

Microgame creator WarioWare D.I.Y. and the hosts of the Nintendo Channel show "Nintendo Week" collide in the Big Name Game for this week, as Allison and Gary each unleash whatever crazy microgame their host brains have done thunk up. WiiWareBit.Trip RUNNER (800pts - Aksys Games) – Europe..

Nintendo Download: 19th May 2010 (Japan)

19th May 2010 (Japan)

Earth Saving, Sengoku strategy and Kanji training on DSi next week in Japan

Although we're unaware of any holidays in Japan this week, it appears the Wii is taking a download break. The DSi is still getting a few titles on Wednesday, so importers still have something new to look forward to. DSiWareEarth Saver Plus: Inseki Bakuha Daisakusen (500 Points – Tom Create) – The original Earth Saver..

Podcast: NLFM Episode 6: Epic

NLFM Episode 6: Epic

Space, monsters and boss battles, oh my

It's been a while, space cats, but NLFM is back with another mighty handsome selection of the finest chip and game music around. This time we're splitting chip tunes and swirling epics right down the middle, with equal parts fantastic on both sides. NLFM generally focuses on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to the..

News: Soccer Bashi is Breakout with Soccer

Soccer Bashi is Breakout with Soccer

Or perhaps it's soccer with Breakout?

Whichever way you slice it, Icon Games' next project Soccer Bashi combines the skill and satisfaction of breaking bricks with the showmanship and balls of soccer and is closing in on the WiiWare goal as we speak. With 90 levels spread over different game modes there should be plenty of variety, but Icon is also throwing in a level editor to allow players to..

News: And Gods vs Humans Said, "Let There Be Screenshots"

And Gods vs Humans Said, "Let There Be Screenshots"

And we saw that they were good

The announcement of Gods vs. Humans was more than a little bit cryptic, with only some rendered artwork and a short trailer to accompany it. Thankfully now we have some in-game screenshots and a press release giving more detail into the gameplay, and it sounds like it could be quite interesting. From the description given it sounds like an odd mix of Final Fantasy..

First Impressions: Dive - The Medes Island Secret

Dive - The Medes Island Secret

Diving for retro pearls

After Cosmonaut Games' "spot the difference" WiiWare debut, 5 Spots Party, you might not have expected anything exciting to come from them. But after some hands-on time with their latest effort, Dive: The Medes Island Secret, we think that opinion may change. We were lucky enough to get to play a pre-release build of the game which, despite a rather slick..

News: Art Style: light trax Smoothly Glides to North America on May 24th

Art Style: light trax Smoothly Glides to North America on May 24th

Ladies and gentlemen, start your Nintendo Points!

It seems like ages since the last Art Style game hit WiiWare as the series' focus shifted to DSiWare, but the drought will soon be over as the next entry is due to hit North America in just ten days' time. European fans itching for some stylish arty Tron-style racing will be disappointed that light trax doesn't even have a page on the Nintendo..

Nintendo Download: 14th May 2010 (Europe)

14th May 2010 (Europe)

Bit.Trip, Phoenix and Ghouls on the Wii, fire-fighting, platforming action and brain busting on the DSi this week in Europa

WiiWareBit.Trip RUNNER (800pts - Aksys Games) -- Europe gets the first try at the latest entry in the minimalist, retro-rhythm game series from Gaijin Games. We loved the time we spent playing the final release version, so if you want to re-up your hype factor re-read our..

News: Build Your Own BIT.TRIP RUNNER Papercraft

Build Your Own BIT.TRIP RUNNER Papercraft

Print, cut, fold and tape

With the official soundtracks to the first three titles in the BIT.TRIP series already rolled out, Gaijin Games has another treat for fans in spirit of the upcoming release of BIT.TRIP RUNNER on WiiWare. Gamers now have another reason to be excited about the game's European release this Friday because the developers have a papercraft diorama that everyone can try out..

News: Complete Your Living Room: My Fireplace Stoking up WiiWare

Complete Your Living Room: My Fireplace Stoking up WiiWare

It burns, it burns

You've had an aquarium, a dolphin and a zoo in your Wii so far, but how about something even more sedate? How about... a fireplace? That seems to be the thinking over at Korner Entertainment as it's just sent over the press release and first screenshot of My Fireplace, and what a screenshot it is too. Can you see all that virtual wood, virtually burning away into virtual smoke?..

News: Flight Control Cleared for Landing on WiiWare

Flight Control Cleared for Landing on WiiWare

Firemint title rated for release

The world and its dog can't get enough of Firemint's air traffic 'em up Flight Control, as witnessed by its appearances on iPhone, DSiWare and even on iPad. Anyone who's not yet succumbed to its path-plotting charms could get one more chance to try it out, as Australian body the OFLC has rated the game for release on Wii. The body doesn't differentiate between Wii..

News: Experience Cowboy Antics on WiiWare

Experience Cowboy Antics on WiiWare

Western adventure game coming soon to Wiiware

No, we're not talking about our reviewers; rather developer Revistronic has just informed us about its upcoming WiiWare debut The Westerner, the latest entry in a series of adventure games that got its start on the PC over a decade ago. This isn't the first time an adventure game franchise has made the leap from PC to WiiWare and it will be interesting..

Nintendo Download: 10th May 2010 (North America)

10th May 2010 (North America)

Fighting with fists and wits and a little reading on the side this week in North America

The Big Name Games part of WarioWare D.I.Y. keeps on growing, with a new addition from Jason Schreiber of Powerhead Games, the studio behind the excellent DSiWare release Glow Artisan. DSiWarePhoto Dojo (0pts - Nintendo) – As a treat to compensate for getting it last, Norte Americanos can enjoy this fun..

News: Cave Story Confirmed for Australia

Cave Story Confirmed for Australia

Spelunker down under

Attention: Australians! Put that boomerang away and throw some shrimp on the barby! Cave Story was just confirmed by its developer / publisher Nicalis via their Twitter feed. Also, apparently the company thinks that your country is a part of Europe. According to their post: Australia WILL have Cave Story on WiiWare along with the rest of Europe. The new music (.org and..

Feature: The Making of Furry Legends - Video 3

The Making of Furry Legends - Video 3

Get the lowdown on the game's programming

It won't be long before Furry Legends: Chapter One is unleashed upon WiiWare gamers everywhere, so you may be interested in this Making Of video giving more information about how the game was actually programmed. We've already given you videos on the game's design and production, and will bring you more exclusive behind the scenes videos from Gamelion as..

Nintendo Download: 11th and 12th May (Japan)

11th and 12th May (Japan)

Catch-up week for Japan

After the Golden Week break it looks like Nintendo is mostly offering up titles that we've already seen elsewhere around the world. WiiWareSekai no Omoshiro Party Game 2 (500pts - Sims Co., ltd.) – The sequel to last month's Fun World Party Game offering five new games in five new countries: bullfighting in Spain, ziggurat climbing in Mexico, building cleaning in New York,..

Nintendo Download: 7th May 2010 (Europe)

7th May 2010 (Europe)

Darts and Fantasy on the Wii; stories, shooting, bricks and music for DSi this week

Virtual ConsoleFinal Fantasy (600pts NES - Square Enix) --The one that started it all and was never released in Europe has finally arrived on our shores. Of course as a Hanabi Festival release it's 100 Points dearer than what our North American and Japanese cousins have to pay, but if you're itching to play the..

News: Cave Story Confirmed for European Release

Cave Story Confirmed for European Release

Cult platformer getting prepped for overseas launch

We've just had word from Tyrone Rodriguez at Nicalis that the PAL version of Cave Story has started testing internally (not yet submitted to Nintendo) and has had some changes made that will be announced closer to release. We know Nintendo Life staffers based in Europe are keen to get their hands on this game (especially those of us that got to..

News: BIT.TRIP VOID Soundtrack Unleashing a Sonic Attack

BIT.TRIP VOID Soundtrack Unleashing a Sonic Attack

Ten slices of retro bits

Gamers interested in the gradual release of the BIT.TRIP audio gems will be glad to know Gaijin Games has announced that the official soundtrack to BIT.TRIP VOID can now be purchased via download on the CD Baby Web site, and soon to be on Amazon and iTunes. Alex Neuse, founder of Gaijin Games, goes to describe the soundtrack as: A perfect companion for the modern..

News: Dive: The Medes Islands Secret "Like an Underwater Metroid," Says Developer

Dive: The Medes Islands Secret "Like an Underwater Metroid," Says Developer

Comparison holds water, no multiplayer due to size limits

Intriguing concepts on WiiWare are ten-a-penny – or, in US dollars, a dime-a-dozen – but the idea of setting a platformer entirely underwater is a new one on us, and new comparisons to classic Nintendo platform-shooter Metroid pretty much earmark Dive: The Medes Islands Secret as one to watch out for. Speaking to Nintendo World Report,..

News: Lead the Meerkats Through Europe on May 28th

Lead the Meerkats Through Europe on May 28th

North American date still to be announced

As the press release quite rightly states, "Finally a Meerkat game for the Nintendo´s WiiWare Service!" Those Europeans awaiting this auspicious day have but three short weeks to wait, as Lapland Studio's Lead the Meerkats has just been announced for a release on May 28th. Not only can you enjoy all the meerkat-leading fun you've ever dreamt of,..