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News: Nigoro: Still a Chance for La-Mulana on WiiWare

Nigoro: Still a Chance for La-Mulana on WiiWare

It's never too late

Japanese developer Nigoro has said there's still a possibility we'll see La-Mulana reach WiiWare in the West. The team said on its official blog: To be honest, we don’t give up WiiWare version for overseas. So, we want to let you know in advance, “There is a possibility to release WiiWare version.” It will be without the...

Nintendo Download: 12th July 2012 (Europe)

12th July 2012 (Europe)

Sparkles and frogs

This week's Nintendo Download is a metaphorical mixed bag, with 3DS add-on content and WiiWare sitting alongside weird eShop applications. Scan the list below for the full lowdown. 3DS Download Software: Sparkle Snapshots 3D (Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — Remember Sparkle Snapshots on DSiWare? How would you like a similar...

Nintendo Download: 5th July 2012 (North America)

5th July 2012 (North America)

8-bit summer starts

Nintendo of America kicks off its 8-bit Summer campaign this week with new 3DS Virtual Console games, plus there's a new Wii Virtual Console game and some eShop games too. 3DS Virtual Console: The Legend of Zelda (NES, Nintendo, $4.99, 49 blocks) — This game surely needs no introduction. See where it all started for Link and...

News: Sabarasa's Protocol Changing Platforms from WiiWare

Sabarasa's Protocol Changing Platforms from WiiWare

To don't-know-where

Looks like Sabarasa's ambitious first-person shooter Protocol won't make it to WiiWare after all. Sabarasa yesterday updated its site with this message: PROTOCOL TO BE RELEASED IN A NEW TO-BE-CONFIRMED PLATFORM For all those expecting Protocol for WiiWare, we announce that it will be released directly in a new to-be-confirmed...

Nintendo Download: 21st June 2012 (North America)

21st June 2012 (North America)

Dragons, kitchens and so much more

A very busy week this week with WiiWare, Virtual Console, DSiWare and no fewer than two eShop releases reaching North American shores. Here's what's awaiting your purchase today. 3DS Download Software: Order Up!! (Ignition Entertainment, $9.99, 2,488 blocks) — Released at retail in Europe, North America can try...

Nintendo Download: 21st June 2012 (Europe)

21st June 2012 (Europe)

Mutant Mudds is here

Well, that was a long wait. Renegade Kid's acclaimed platformer gets to Europe this week, along with a 1000 Point WiiWare adventure and a kickabout on DSiWare. Here's what's up this week. 3DS Download Software: Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid, £8.10/€9) — What started life as a DS retail game called Maximillian and the Rise of...

News: Nigoro Receives Offers to Publish La-Mulana in the West

Nigoro Receives Offers to Publish La-Mulana in the West

Keen to show strengths of Japanese indie scene

The recent news that Nicalis had cancelled its release of La-Mulana, from Japanese developer Nigoro, was disappointing for fans of retro-styled platformers and WiiWare. We had the opportunity to interview Takumi Naramura, director of the project, who confirmed that despite the setback the company was...

Interview: Nigoro on La-Mulana's Cancellation

Nigoro on La-Mulana's Cancellation

What happened?

Those waiting for La-Mulana's WiiWare release were left disappointed recently when publisher Nicalis cancelled the game's western launch. Nicalis cited problems with low sales of the WiiWare platform and a protracted development period, leaving no current route overseas for the 2D platformer and developer Nigoro. We spoke to...

News: La-Mulana Director Would Welcome Offers from Publishers

La-Mulana Director Would Welcome Offers from Publishers

Go ahead, make his day

Nicalis won't publish La-Mulana on WiiWare in the West, but that doesn't mean the game is entirely, 100% stone cold dead. We asked La-Mulana director Takumi Naramura if he and the Nigoro team would continue to pursue a western release through another publisher, to which he replied: The game is completed, we welcome the offer...

News: Oster Lays Out WiiWare Criticisms

Oster Lays Out WiiWare Criticisms

Lessons to be learned

There was a lot of controversy recently when Trent Oster — president of Beamdog, the company responsible for MDK2's WiiWare port — said that his company would never develop for Nintendo again: some objected to the tone of his remarks and comments about Wii as a console. In an interview with Nintendo Life, Oster outlines...

News: La-Mulana Canned for North America, Europe

La-Mulana Canned for North America, Europe

Nicalis breaks the news via Twitter

Few WiiWare games have had as public a storied development process as Nicalis' retro-inspired adventure La-Mulana. Today that story seems to have come to a whimpering end for North American and European players, as Nicalis broke the news on Twitter earlier this evening that the game would not be published in those...

Nintendo Download: 26th April 2012 (Europe)

26th April 2012 (Europe)

Blocks, worms and Gnomz

There's a definite creative slant to this week's Nintendo Download, with 3DS and DSi owners able to make something for themselves. Here's what's available to download from 2pm this Thursday. 3DS Download Software: Block Factory (Enjoy Gaming, £3.60/€4) — A puzzle game in which you get to make your own variations on the...

Interview: Senile Team - Rush Rush Rally Racing

Senile Team - Rush Rush Rally Racing

Racing to answer

Tomorrow sees the European release of Rush Rush Rally Racing (R4) for WiiWare, nearly 18 months after it was first announced. We sat down with developer Senile Team's Jeroen and Roel van Mastbergen to talk racers, future releases and WiiWare. Nintendo Life: Firstly, please introduce yourself to our readers. Senile Team: Hi readers!...

News: MDK2 Dev Will Never Develop for Nintendo Again

MDK2 Dev Will Never Develop for Nintendo Again

Beamdog out

BioWare's MDK2 was ported to WiiWare by independent studio Beamdog, but you won't be seeing that name on any other Nintendo formats in the future, according to studio president Trent Oster. Asked on Twitter if Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition could come to Wii U, Oster's response was... less than positive: We don't do Nintendo...

Nintendo Download: 19th April 2012 (Europe)

19th April 2012 (Europe)

Colors!, Rush Rush, paid video and more

Europe gets its first taste of paid-for 3D video this week, alongside an art application and a WiiWare racer. Here's what's under starter's orders for this week. 3DS Download Software: Colors! 3D (Collecting Smiles, 231 blocks, £5.40/€6) — An excellent addition to the 3DS suite of creative tools, find out...

News: Vampire's Crystals Co-Op Footage Emerges

Vampire's Crystals Co-Op Footage Emerges

It was a dark and stormy night

Shanblue Interactive — the studio behind Magic Destiny: Astrological Games, of course — has lifted the lid on its upcoming WiiWare outing Vampire's Crystals with a new video. The co-op trailer below shows two players racing around, grabbing crystals and avoiding attacks from the hordes of undead. There doesn't seem...

Nintendo Download: 5th April 2012 (North America)

5th April 2012 (North America)

TNT, Colors and more

A long-awaited 3DS art package, a DSiWare puzzler and a WiiWare racer make up this week's digital downloads in North America. Here's the Nintendo Download: 5th April 2012 for Europe. 3DS Download Software: Colors! 3D (Collecting Smiles, $6.99, 226 blocks) — A much-anticipated release for 3DS, this 3D art software was supposed...

Nintendo Download: 5th April 2012 (Europe)

5th April 2012 (Europe)

Speeding thru

It's an auspicious day when Europe gets a new piece of 3DS download software, and that's exactly what's on the (SD) cards this week as Nintendo itself publishes another digital delight. Elsewhere there's an ages-old WiiWare game, a pretty poor DSiWare game and the world's most exciting demo. 3DS Download Software: SpeedThru: Potzol's...

News: 27 WiiWare Demos Return to Europe

27 WiiWare Demos Return to Europe

As prophesied

Just as we told you a few weeks ago, WiiWare demos have returned to PAL this week. The Wii Shop Channel in Europe now hosts 27 free demos. Here's what's available: 3D Pixel RacingA Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs RobotsAnd Yet It Moves

Nintendo Download: 22nd March 2012 (North America)

22nd March 2012 (North America)

Poker, Math and zombies

Just when you thought it was safe to hang up your mathematical hat, along comes Carmen Sandiego to dash it all. Elsewhere we've got some card games on DSiWare — it's been a while — and zombies. 3DS Download Software: Zombie Slayer Diox (UFO Interactive, $5.99) — The latest 3D game from Samurai Sword Destiny publisher...