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Nintendo Download: 12th March 2010 (Europe)

12th March 2010 (Europe)

The Hanabi Festival kicks off, but sadly not with its most anticipated game.

It seemed quite likely that Nintendo of Europe would be starting the fifth Hanabi Festival with some Castlevania goodness, but as it turns out, this is not the case! At least there's two different import games instead, one of which is another highly recommended title. WiiWare gets the short end of the stick for once with..

News: Tomorrow's World of Goo

Tomorrow's World of Goo

The future is announced

While some developers are churning out WiiWare ad nauseum, the developers of the critically acclaimed World of Goo have yet to treat us to another game since the release way back in 2008, leaving the corporations free to gobble up most of those Nintendo Points. All this is now set to change, with the announcement of a new independent studio formed by the co-founders of..

News: Help Icon Games Develop Stunt Cars 2

Help Icon Games Develop Stunt Cars 2

Enter their competition where you can have your suggestions implemented and win a collection of prizes

For game developers, striking that balance between keeping the idea as close to their conception as possible whilst also taking gamer feedback and suggestions into consideration must be a difficult thing to achieve. Logically thinking, obtaining...

Interviews: Akaoni - Zombie Panic in Wonderland

Akaoni - Zombie Panic in Wonderland

They'll huff and they'll puff and they'll eat your brains

Spanish developers Akaoni Studio are hard at work on their WiiWare debut Zombie Panic in Wonderland, a promising shooter that couldn't possibly have a more self-explanatory name. We caught up with Jose Manuel of Akaoni to see how the game is shaping up, if zombies can love and whether fast zombies are just a load of shenanigans, among other..

Nintendo Download: 8th March 2010 (North America)

8th March 2010 (North America)

Markers, Dracula, Fantasy and Spanish this week

WiiWareMax & the Magic Marker (1000pts – Press Play) – The novel platformer makes its North American debut today. We thought it was a very good addition to the platforming line-up on WiiWare, so if that kind of game floats your boat get your points ready! Dracula: Undead Awakening (1000pts – Chillingo) – Hot on the heels of the Eur

First Impressions: Astro Bugz Revenge

Astro Bugz Revenge

Buggle Bobble

Please note that these impressions are based upon playing an alpha version of the game code. Changes are certain to be made prior to the final game release. If a developer is going to make a puzzle game that uses a well-established mechanic – such as matching three objects of the same colour – it's important to put a new spin on things, and thankfully that's what Sudden Games has..

Interviews: Dreambox Games - Robox

Dreambox Games - Robox

New details and screens on this gorgeous WiiWare platformer

Spanish developer Dreambox's first release, Robox, was revealed just last week and has already captured our attention with its lush visual style and interesting concept. We tracked down Dreambox art director Julio Romon to learn a little more about their upcoming platformer, and he was...

Nintendo Download: 9th & 10th March 2010 (Japan)

9th & 10th March 2010 (Japan)

Capcom and Nichibutsu classics on Wii, Gameloft, G.G. Series and Kanji Training on DSi

DSiWare doesn't hold any surprises, but it's nice to see more VCA releases and of course Capcom fueling the retro-fires. WiiWareRockman 10 (1000pts - Capcom) — By now we hope everyone knows this is what we know as Mega Man 10 outside of Japan. We though it was a worthy successor to the franchise crown; no..

News: BIT.TRIP RUNNER Gameplay Trailer

BIT.TRIP RUNNER Gameplay Trailer

Check out that platforming action!

Gaijin Games has just announced that they now have an official YouTube channel and to kick things off they've uploaded the brand new trailer for their upcoming WiiWare title BIT.TRIP RUNNER. You can check out the full trailer below and don't forget to keep an eye on their YouTube page from time to time to see what other goodies they decide to unleash. You can also..

First Impressions: Cave Story

Cave Story

The seminal indie game finally comes to Nintendo

Cave Story is like a Cinderella tale of indie game development, arriving at a time when the conventional wisdom was that the days of a lone programmer creating a complex and compelling game were behind us; it proved that the old spirit of the 8-bit era is still alive and well in the 21st century. Independent studio Nicalis has been fortunate enough..

Nintendo Download: 5th March 2010 (Europe)

5th March 2010 (Europe)

"Retro" delights from Capcom, along with plenty of other things.

There's quite a lot to downloads to pick from this week. The Virtual Console makes yet another return after being nowhere in sight the past two weeks, while Capcom has released not one, but two new "retro" games at once. Also finally available in Europe is the third installment in the Bit.Trip series, along with several..

First Impressions: Bit.Trip RUNNER

Bit.Trip RUNNER

8-bit run amok!

RUNNER is the fourth and next entry in Gaijin Games' six-part Bit.Trip series and we've been fortunate enough to spend some time with the latest build, which has just been sent off to Nintendo for final approval. Though this preview is based on the "final" version of RUNNER, we want to emphasise that changes are still...

News: Triple Shot Sports Hits The WiiWare Bullseye

Triple Shot Sports Hits The WiiWare Bullseye

Represent your home country in three Olympic disciplines

Every now and again, we'll see a title that was once an exclusive to a particular platform make the jump onto another. The latest example of this is The Code Monkeys' shooting game, which launched on the iPhone a couple of weeks ago, and is now scheduled for release on WiiWare. Triple Shot Sports immerses the player in the world of..

News: Shin'en Introduce Jett Rocket for WiiWare

Shin'en Introduce Jett Rocket for WiiWare

Shin'en announce their next WiiWare project, taking to the skies with Jett Rocket

Jump and run and fly! Let Jett Rocket explore the beautiful planet of Yoroppa and find out why it has been attacked by the evil 'Power Plant Posse'. Ride the ocean on your Jet Boat, parachute from giant cliffs, speed through arctic regions on your Jet Snowboard or skyrocket with your Jet Pack. Just be Jett Rocket in..

News: Cosmonaut Take The Plunge With "Dive"

Cosmonaut Take The Plunge With "Dive"

Dive: The Medes Islands Secret will be the second WiiWare title from Spanish developer Cosmonaut Games (5 Spots Party)

“It was in the Great Medes Monastery, in 1412, where Martin I “The Human”, leader of an Order of the Temple and long-time resident of the island, was buried. The secrets of the Order were also buried with him, where they would be sealed in the same crypt and kept through the..

News: Rage of the Gladiator to Cost 1000 Wii Points

Rage of the Gladiator to Cost 1000 Wii Points

The game goes on sale before it's even released!

You might recall that we posted an article about the upcoming release of Ghostfire Games' Rage of the Gladiator WiiWare title being released on March 15th and costing 1500 Wii Points. Well Ed Roman, CEO of Ghostfire Games has just told us that they've spoken to Nintendo and managed to convince them to drop the price down to 1000 Wii Points when the..

News: Bass Coming to Mega Man 10

Bass Coming to Mega Man 10

New playable character is on the way

Capcom has just announced that a new playable character for Mega Man 10 will be available for download on April 5th for 200 Wii Points. The game already has Mega Man and Proto Man available as playable characters, but those looking for a little something else can drop 200 Wii Points and add a whole new edge to...

News: Rage of the Gladiator Coming March 15th

Rage of the Gladiator Coming March 15th

Get your gladiator gear ready!

Ghostfire Games has just announced that their upcoming WiiWare fighter Rage of the Gladiator will be released on the North American WiiWare service on March 15th for 1500 1000 Wii Points. We'll keep you posted on any new developments with the game and of course we'll have a full review of the title shortly after its release. Update: Ghostfire Games has spoken to..

News: Konami Updates Gradius Rebirth

Konami Updates Gradius Rebirth

Konami's retro Gradius title gets an upgrade.

Konami has just released an update to their Gradius Rebirth WiiWare release that tosses in a few new twists to the package. Among the new additions are some graphical improvements, remixed soundtrack tunes, and a few other goodies worth checking out for those who own the game already. All you have to do...

News: Gods vs Humans Strikes WiiWare

Gods vs Humans Strikes WiiWare

Out of the heavens and into the Shopping Channel

It can be quite fun to be human, what with all the guilty pleasures it entails. Then again, being an all-powerful God could be a little more satisfying, given the ability to crush lands and slay man without the fear of arrest. Well, all these dark fantasies can soon be fulfilled with Zallag’s upcoming WiiWare download. Gods vs Humans will allow us..

News: Creating La Mulana Room Guardians

Creating La Mulana Room Guardians

Find out where bosses really come from.

The official La Mulana Blog has just released a new post regarding the creation of Room Guardians for the game that should be of interest to fans of the game and those who are curious about the upcoming WiiWare release of La Mulana. If you've ever wondered how..

News: Nintendo Download 1st March 2010 (North America)

Nintendo Download 1st March 2010 (North America)

March is Mega Month!

This week Mega Man 10 debuts in North America, much to the delight of retro-gaming fans eager to get more 8-bit styled platforming goodness out of their Wiis. Of course let's not ignore the other WiiWare offerings or the fact that the NEO GEO is back on the Virtual Console following a short hiatus. DSi Owners have a couple of sporting games to choose from, some more adventure..

News: WiiWare Leads Indie Awards Category

WiiWare Leads Indie Awards Category

Three out of five ain't bad

Direct2Drive has announced the five finalists for the 12th Annual Independent Games Festival, to be held March 11th at the Games Developers Conference, with three of the games being WiiWare titles. Max and the Magic Marker, NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits and Super Meat Boy have all been nominated for the Direct2Drive Vision Award, which aims to celebrate games that present..

News: Dreambox Games Unveils its Debut Title

Dreambox Games Unveils its Debut Title

See the first screenshots from the upcoming WiiWare title Robox

Freshly cut screenshots of Robox have been released, and it certainly looks like a compelling platformer from the creative team based in Valencia, Spain. If the various layers of background look as good in-motion as they do stationary, we should be in for a real treat. Our protagonist is sent on a probe to explore a strange planet; and..

First Impressions: Fantasic Cube

Fantasic Cube

Hey, you got your Columns in my Quarth!

Fantasic Cube is very much an old-school puzzle game, but a decent one and more full-featured than most of the puzzlers we've seen lately. There are three single player game modes on offer and two-way multiplayer either locally or over Wi-Fi connection with friends or random strangers. The primary game mode is your typical Story Mode: the little witch girl..