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Nintendo Download: 9th February 2012 (North America)

9th February 2012 (North America)

Megamixes, burgers and Maru's Mission

A relatively quiet download this week, with just three titles on offer, one of which came from absolutely nowhere. 3DS Virtual Console: Maru's Mission (Game Boy, Hamster Corporation, $2.99) — Here's a title you don't hear of very often. A side-scrolling action platformer — what else? — Maru's Mission puts...

Nintendo Download: 9th February 2012 (Europe)

9th February 2012 (Europe)

Demos, burgers and VC returns

This week Europe's got one of the best-looking download slates in a long time — though no, there's no VVVVVV or Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword — with strong titles left, right and centre. Let's get to it. Wii Virtual ConsoleThe King of Fighters '97 (Neo Geo, D4 Enterprise, 900pts) — The legendary fighting series returns to Virtual Console. The first Neo Geo..

Nintendo Download: 2nd February 2012 (North America)

2nd February 2012 (North America)

eShop comes into bloom

Today sees the release of a much-anticipated 3DS samurai game, a DSiWare zombie shooter and the next instalment in a globe-trotting maths series. What could be better? 3DS Download Software: Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (Nintendo, $6.99) — It's like Punch-Out!!, only with swords instead of boxing gloves. It's a solid...

Nintendo Download: 26th January 2012 (North America)

26th January 2012 (North America)

Mutant Mudds invade

Renegade Kid's much-anticipated platformer comes to the 3DS eShop alongside some quality DSiWare releases. Let's jump in and see what's available today. 3DS Download Software: Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid, $8.99) — This cutesy 2D platformer is a bit of a belter, netting a 9/10 in our Mutant Mudds review. Don't be put off by the...

Nintendo Download: 26th January 2012 (Europe)

26th January 2012 (Europe)

Balloons and caterpillars

It's time to look ahead to Thursday and see what games lucky European residents can download, with Wii, 3DS Virtual Console and DSiWare all represented this week. 3DS Virtual ConsoleBalloon Kid (Game Boy, Nintendo, £2.70/€3) — A sequel to Balloon Fight, this hasn't aged particularly well, sadly: our Balloon Kid review explains why. WiiWare

Nintendo Download: 19th January 2012 (North America)

19th January 2012 (North America)

The first 3DS demo lands

While there's some good games available to buy this week, we're pretty sure the most downloaded software this week will be the free Resident Evil Revelations demo, available from 9am PST/12pm EST today. 3DS DemoResident Evil Revelations (Capcom, free) — The first trial game comes to the eShop with this playable sample of Capcom's upcoming fright fest. We'll have a full..

News: TIGA Calls for Clarification on Download Sales Secrecy

TIGA Calls for Clarification on Download Sales Secrecy

The debate continues

In early January we reported that Icon Games broke its silence on WiiWare sales, breaching Nintendo's non-disclosure agreement in the process. It didn't take long for Nintendo to request that the figures be removed, prompting the developer to suggest that secretive Nintendo policies put jobs at risk. TIGA, the trade body that represents UK game developers, has released its own..

News: Your Favourite WiiWare Demos Are Now Back

Your Favourite WiiWare Demos Are Now Back

Fire up your Wii

In an act of unprecedented generosity, Nintendo of America has reinstated a ton of WiiWare demos in the Wii Shop Channel, which now bulges with nearly 50 demos of some of WiiWare's brightest and best games. Europe, you have just the two demos still: MotoHeroz and Gnomz. Here's the full list for North American Wii owners: 3D Pixel RacingA Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. RobotsAnd Yet..

News: Gaijin Games Explains Why RUNNER2 Won't Reach Wii

Gaijin Games Explains Why RUNNER2 Won't Reach Wii

Talks Wii U too

Gaijin Games' BIT.TRIP series started life on Wii and has appeared on 3DS in the form of BIT.TRIP SAGA, but the next instalment, RUNNER2, won't come to WiiWare. Why not? Artist Chris Meyer explained: This game is too big and too detailed to work on Wii. We need the Xbox power in order for it to work. If you actually think about it,...

Nintendo Download: 12th January 2012 (North America)

12th January 2012 (North America)

Reach a state of Zen

After a few weeks' wait from its European release, the 3DS eShop in North America gets a piece of portable pinball, with DSi owners getting some balls and bumper action too. Elsewhere there's a little music and some more maths. Nintendo 3DS Download Software: Zen Pinball 3D (Zen Studios, $6.99) — An excellent pinball title in...

News: Majora's Mask and Dr. Mario Join Club Nintendo Rewards

Majora's Mask and Dr. Mario Join Club Nintendo Rewards

Coins at the ready

North America's Club Nintendo site lets you buy downloadable games with your hard-earned coins. After the success of 3D Classics: Xevious and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again, there are four new games available to buy between now and 31st January. Here's what's available: 150 Coins: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Ma

Nintendo Download: 12th January 2012 (Europe)

12th January 2012 (Europe)

Three for the choosing

Nothing unique for 3DS owners this week as 3DSWare and Virtual Console take holidays, but WiiWare and DSiWare have the centre stage. WiiWareBobby Carrot Forever (FDG Entertainment, 800pts) — In development for years and years, little rabbit Bobby finally left the warren in July last year and brought a pretty good game with him. Check out our Bobby Carrot Forever review for..

News: Icon Games: "Nintendo's Policies Put Jobs at Risk"

Icon Games: "Nintendo's Policies Put Jobs at Risk"

Former WiiWare dev strikes out

A few days ago, Icon Games revealed its WiiWare sales figures, showing just how its games had fared on the service, breaching Nintendo's non-disclosure agreement in the process. Nintendo responded by asking Icon to remove the WiiWare sales figures from its post, prompting Icon boss Richard Hill-Whittall to slate Nintendo's "negative, damaging" policies..

Nintendo Download: 5th January 2012 (North America)

5th January 2012 (North America)

Meet your (samurai) destiny

For the fourth time in five weeks, the 3DS gets new Download Software. Elsewhere there's a spot of DSiWare and a WiiWare game back from the dead. Nintendo 3DS Download Software: Samurai Sword Destiny (UFO Interactive, $5.99) — A side-scrolling slasher with a Japanese bent, your heroine Akane must defeat all in her path...

News: Icon Games Breaks WiiWare Sales Figures Silence

Icon Games Breaks WiiWare Sales Figures Silence

Dev speaks out

All developers who sign up to work on Nintendo's download services have to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that forbids them from discussing sales numbers for their own games, among other things. However, British studio Icon Games has revealed sales figures for its WiiWare titles. The company's biggest-seller is Family Games,...

Nintendo Download: 29th December 2011 (North America)

29th December 2011 (North America)

VVVVVVery exciting

The last batch of downloads for 2011 brings with it some more goodies, including a gravity-flipping eShop game and a certain game starring a guy with a bionic arm. 3DS Download Software: VVVVVV (Nicalis, $7.99) — The well-known indie platformer has made its way to the eShop. It seems to be identical to the PC release, including...

News: Sonic 4: Episode II Teaser Trailer Due Tomorrow

Sonic 4: Episode II Teaser Trailer Due Tomorrow

It's got a nice ring to it

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I seems all but a distant memory now, but SEGA is ready to revitalise your nostalgia for 2D Sonic games by officially revealing Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II tomorrow. Gamespot will have the exclusive teaser trailer tomorrow, with SEGA brand manager Ken Balough keen to emphasise its...

Nintendo Download: 29th December 2011 (Europe)

29th December 2011 (Europe)

Bionic Commando!

Just because the Christmas celebrations are winding down doesn't mean we can't feel all festive and excited about the final Nintendo Download of 2011. What choice delights does Nintendo Europe have lined up for excited eShoppers this week? Read on, dear reader, and find out. 3DS Virtual ConsoleBionic Commando (Game Boy, Capcom, £3.60/€4) — The grappling hook-toting hero comes..

Nintendo Download: 22nd December 2011 (North America)

22nd December 2011 (North America)

Swapnote is here!

It's the Christmas edition of the Nintendo Download, as we deck the halls with digital delights and wonder if we've been good enough boys and girls to get what we've asked Santa for. 3DS Download Software: Swapnote (Nintendo, free) — It wasn't on the website or press release but open your eShop and you'll find Swapnote waiting...

Nintendo Download: 22nd December 2011 (Europe)

22nd December 2011 (Europe)

Droppin' blocks and mailin' letters

It's a bumper download for Europe this week — though no, there's no Wii Virtual Console present. Here's what Nintendo's digital departments has to offer this Christmas week. Nintendo 3DS Download Software: Nintendo Letter Box (Nintendo, free) — The 3DS finally gets its messaging application with Nintendo...