The long-awaited Chrono Trigger is finally here!
The wait may have seemed like an eternity for RPG fans, but Square's Chrono Trigger, considered by many gamers to be one of the finest role-playing offerings in video game history, has finally arrived on Nintendo's Virtual Console service. The world can now start spinning again. WiiWareGabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix (Natsume, 500pts) — Wii..
Maniacal. Deadly. Killer.
If we had to sum up Interplay's MDK2 in one word, we would choose "old-school." With a silly sense of humour, unforgiving difficulty and enough bullets to take down a small country — or in this case, alien invasion — MDK2 is a "game for gamers" through and through. And while it shows its age a...
The final chapter
Where's Wally? Fantastic Journey 3 is the last part of retail game Where's Wally? Fantastic Journey, and follows the same pattern as predecessors Where's Wally? Fantastic Journey 1 and Where's Wally? Fantastic Journey 2. If you haven't played one of the previous games there's no need to worry, as this version is entirely self-contained. The aim of the game is to find Wally and..
Adventure returns to the island
There's only one game headline-worthy this week: the long-awaited return of Master Higgins on Virtual Console, with two titles for DSiWare and a blank on WiiWare. Here's the line-up: Virtual ConsoleSuper Adventure Island (Super NES, 800pts) — Unofficial Hudson mascot Mr Higgins returns in the first Super NES entry in the Adventure Island series, skateboarding and..
Two more strategy games headed to Nintendo's digital stores
Originally announced for the DS, Egypt: Engineering an Empire will now be launching on two different platforms. Based on a documentary from The History Channel of the same name, Egypt: Engineering an Empire is a turn-based strategy game from Bloober Team and is already available on iOS devices, PC and the PSP Mini range with releases on..
Europe first past the post
Shin'en's past WiiWare output has been pretty solid — both Art of Balance and Jett Rocket sit near the top of their genres — so hopes are high that upcoming racer FAST — Racing League can continue the studio's hot streak. The developer has just been in touch to let us know the game's European release date is locked in for 27th May 2011 at a price of 1,000 Nintendo..
Mighty Milky Way and MDK 2 mark a good week
Certainly one of the stronger Nintendo Downloads in recent memory, today sees a new DSiWare game from Shantae: Risky's Revenge creators WayForward on the same day a well-respected classic hits WiiWare. WiiWareMDK 2 (Interplay, 1000pts) — Here are some words you don't often see in the Nintendo Download: this BioWare game was originally released on..
Sounds like a blast
MotoHeroz is a WiiWare game being created by Trials HD developer RedLynx, of Helsinki, Finland. We've teamed up with the Finnish developer to bring you a series of exclusive articles, starting with The World of MotoHeroz and The Characters of MotoHeroz. The Power-Ups of MotoHerozWhat's a fun arcade racing game without power-ups? That's like a car without wheels. Of
Plants, pirates and pianos
Puzzle fans are typically well catered-for in this week's update, so let's get down and see what's available tomorrow. DSiWarePlants vs. Zombies (PopCap Games, 800pts) — Essentially a cut-down version of the recent retail release, this is still brimming with horticultural strategy and is well worth your 800 Points. Read our Plants vs. Zombies review for more. Ikibago..
Rival Turf! Hair cuts! BINGO!
The Nintendo Download continues its merry path this week with releases on all formats, though only one genuinely new game in the form of DSiWare's pirate puzzler Ikibago. Read on and see what's in store this week. Virtual ConsoleRival Turf! (Jaleco, Super NES, 800pts) — A relic from the days when scrolling beat 'em ups ruled the Earth, read our Rival Turf! review..
It's hard not to question the practicality of a game like Word Searcher Deluxe. Word search books are almost literally a dime a dozen these days, and even the cheap-o books are becoming a little unnecessary considering the number of free options there are on the Internet and mobile app stores. As if that wasn't enough, Digital Leisure already has a Word Searcher title on WiiWare and..
Will you be the lucky one?
If you didn't win our 3DS giveaway you might want to take a look at Spanish developer Abylight's website on Monday. In a contest to promote the studio's WiiWare game Fish'em All, Abylight will be giving the game away to 150 people between Monday and 27th May. One of those players will be chosen at random to win a Nintendo 3DS console, not a bad prize at all. The contest..
Meet the racers
In anticipation of MotoHeroz's June 2011 release on WiiWare, we've teamed up with Trials HD developer RedLynx to bring you a series of exclusive articles. Last week we brought you The World of MotoHeroz, and now it's time to meet its inhabitants. The Characters of MotoHerozThere are four characters in the story of MotoHeroz, and all four are competing in the Great World Race of..
They should keep it in the Congo
Ubongo is a board game popular in continental Europe, but its video game counterpart doesn't hit the target. The mechanics of the game are simple: up to four players play simultaneously, each with their own "plate", which is a shape that must be completely covered with Tetromino-like objects; imagine Tetris...
Developer talks classic arcade update
With the upcoming release of Burgertime World Tour on the WiiWare service, we thought now might be a good time to get in touch with MonkeyPaw Games and attempt to gain some new information on the title. John Greiner, president of MonkeyPaw Games, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to sit down...
DSiWare gets the lion's share
Put the excitement about the new Nintendo console out of your mind for a while and enjoy the Monday tradition that is the Nintendo Download. Most of the focus is on DSiWare this week, with one title on WiiWare and no Virtual Console outing due to the release of Mega Man X last week. DSiWareInchworm Animation (Flat Black Films, 500pts) — We already have Flipnote..
Time to build some burgers!
If you spent any significant amount of time at arcades during the early 80's, chances are you played BurgerTime at one point. While not as blisteringly popular as Pac-Man or Donkey Kong, the game did gain quite a following and even became a staple in many grocery stores. We've seen quite a few of these classic 80's arcade titles get updated versions many times before, so..
Part one of our exclusive series
MotoHeroz is a new WiiWare game from Finnish developer RedLynx, developers of the highly acclaimed Xbox Live Arcade hit Trials HD. According to RedLynx: The game takes the fun, fast gameplay of physics-based racers, adds it to a frantic rally race, and delivers a fresh new kind of side-scrolling, platform racing game. As MotoHeroz is one of the most promising..
Spot the difference
Where's Wally? Fantastic Journey 2 is the second slice of the stripey one's retail appearance, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to you that it follows the exact same template as previous release Where's Wally? Fantastic Journey 1. Sadly, you can't carry your profile over from the first game, though it wouldn't make much of a difference anyway as the games are all-but..
Is it a good Friday?
It's certainly a quiet Friday, with one new title for WiiWare and a pair for DSiWare. Read on to find out what's vying to take your Nintendo Points away from you this week. WiiWareUbongo (Korner Entertainment, 800pts) — The popular board game comes to WiiWare courtesy of Korner, the same team that brought you Fireplacing. With support for four players and various game modes..
Groove to the beat next month
Considering the overwhelming success of Wii dancing games at retail, it's a wonder that next month's Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix will be one of a select few when it launches next month. Natsume's spooky-themed rump-shaker will land on the download front next month, bringing multiplayer support for four dancers as well as unlockable content as players dance..
Take on Mega Man X
After the news that Mega Man 5 is coming to Virtual Console, we have the unexpected arrival of Super NES Blue Bomber outing Mega Man X. Virtual ConsoleMega Man X (Super NES, 800pts) — Run, jump, blast: it's Mega Man in the 16-bit era, and the first Super NES entry in the series to arrive on Virtual Console. Look out for our fully charged review jumping through doorways later..
That's a cricket term
North American cricket fans frustrated at being unable to purchase Ashes Cricket 2009 on their side of the pond should stay tuned to the Wii Shop Channel in the coming months, as the ESRB has just rated Cricket Challenge. Gameshastra's leather-on-willow title will be the first dedicated representation of the sport to make it across the Atlantic, and although it's not the..
WiiWare's next big title
Dreamcast adventure MDK 2 was very well regarded in its day for its unique combination of action and puzzles, and is still fondly remembered for introducing many to the joys of sniping. Now Interplay's tale of three unlikely heroes has received a date for WiiWare: 9th May. For 1,000 Points players can jump into the tale of...
Head back to Adventure Island
Hudson hero Master Higgins resurfaces on Virtual Console in Adventure Island II, alongside new titles from Ludia and Tivola. Virtual ConsoleAdventure Island II (Hudson, NES, 500pts) — Master Higgins is back with his trusty axe, four dinosaurs and an evil witch to take down. This NES platformer brings back fond memories for many, so we'll bring you a full and honest..
Are you sitting comfortably?
On a service practically overflowing with niche games, Physiofun: Pelvic Floor Training is the undisputed champion: a game designed to help prevent postnatal urinary incontinence. 99% of you can stop reading now, unless you really want to know how successfully a video game can strengthen your pelvic floor, in which case read on. The game's predecessor Physiofun: Balance..
Your number's up
No sooner did the bell ring to signal the end of Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 4 then it's time to buy a new uniform — figuratively speaking — and sit at the front of the class for Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 5, the final game in this particular series. Continuing to guide you through your numerical education is Freddie the vampire, here once again to hold..
Play with Turds
Last year, the revamped WiiWare version of the beloved indie game La Mulana was delayed upon its submission by publisher Nicalis, as it was deemed "not good enough” by Nintendo's quality control team. Nicalis must have sent Nintendo a dirty diaper with the words “La Mulana” scrawled crudely on the side instead of an actual...
Ink, birds, slingos and prisons
It's that time on a Monday again: here's the delicious downloadable delights dished out today, hoping to separate you from the numeric currency locked away within your DSi and Wii consoles. WiiWare: Play with Birds (Games Farm, 500pts) — A mix of avian-themed minigames that takes you through the life of a cartoon...
A game you can count on?
This is the third entry in Tivola's educational series, representing another year/grade of maths puzzles to help your youngsters pick up the basics. Previous entries haven't been quite up to par, and that sadly continues with Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 4. Freddy the Vampire returns to help guide players through a range of challenges, some of which will look..
Take the bait
Hey there! Do you want to play some WiiWare game called Planet Fish? Didn't think so. Well then, do you want to play a highly original and puzzle-based spin on the fishing genre that's big on fun and creative problem solving? Ah, well then you do want to play Planet Fish, a game that is able to transcend its unappealing title and...
One of the most unique weeks ever
WiiWare has seen some odd releases over the years — step forward Muscle March, Tomena Sanner and Fireplacing — but the bar has been raised with this week's download. Read on in astonishment. WiiWare: Physiofun: Pelvic Floor Training (Kaasa, 1000pts) — Pelvic floor exercises are designed to help strengthen the...
Last year Kaasa released Physio Fun Balance Training to help rehabilitate patients following hip, leg or foot surgery. Many readers rubbed their eyes in disbelief, but you've seen nothing yet. This Friday sees the release of Physiofun: Pelvic Floor Training for 1,000 Nintendo Points. Pelvic floor exercises are chiefly used to help women retain bladder control following pregnancy, but..
Here's your Bonk
Banishing the memory of last week's poor showings on the Nintendo Download, this week offers up a bumper crop of games, with Virtual Console, DSiWare and WiiWare all receiving fresh new games to play. Virtual Console: Super Bonk (Super NES, 800pts) — A platformer so classic it's practically prehistoric, Super Bonk takes the...
The world's most famous stripe-wearing recluse is making his first appearance on WiiWare following a trio of outings on DSiWare. Where's Wally? Fantastic Journey 1 (known as Where's Waldo? in North America) is all-but identical to the DSiWare release Where's Wally? Travel Pack 1, with the same stages and objectives, but it works much...
It's a wrap for the WiiWare video rental service
Since its launch back in January 2009, Japan's Minna No Theater (Everyone's Wii Theater) service allowed users to stream rented video content on their Wii consoles, and half a year later, the service got a boost when homegrown and international films were added to the selection of various television shows. So it's unfortunate to see that the..
Will you be an April fool?
This week's North American Nintendo Download was underwhelming to say the least, and its European counterpart absolutely blows it out of the water. Let's see what treats await. Virtual Console: Brawl Brothers (JALECO, Super NES, 800pts) — We've already got Rival Turf on Virtual Console, and now its successor reaches the...
Game submitted for lotcheck
It's been a long road for FDG Entertainment in getting Bobby Carrot Forever ready for release on the WiiWare service, and the end of that road is finally in sight. We've brought you exclusive screenshots of the latest instalment in the puzzle series, which also launched on iOS devices, we then brought you the trailer and
A whopper to relish
Retro remakes and WiiWare go together like bleeps and bloops, like gloomy arcades and sticky floors, like burgers and relish. How appropriate then that MonkeyPaw Games and Frozen Codebase are bringing BurgerTime HD to Nintendo's download service this summer. A game about creating a giant and delicious burger, when a press release...
Hence the cursing
Love it, hate it, WiiWare divides opinions even among the most ardent Wii fans. Its polarising effect goes much farther though, splitting developers down the middle like a samurai sword through a ripe watermelon. Falling on the juicy — if bitter — side is Phil Fish, developer of Xbox Live Arcade title Fez. Fish told Destructoid...
Loves them really
There was something of a storm in a teacup around Reggie Fils-Aime's recent comments that Nintendo isn't interested in garage developers. As long-time fans of WiiWare and DSiWare will know, some of the services' better titles have originated from semi-professional coders or small development teams. Now Nintendo of America's...
No new WiiWare this week
We often talk about rarities in the Nintendo Download, but here's a truly surprising event: this week's download sees no new WiiWare title available for download. There's a pair of demos, two DSiWare titles and no Virtual Console outing, making a pretty underwhelming week for those with Nintendo Points. WiiWare Demos: Dart...
Last week we shared news that River City Ransom 2 had been announced, but at the time it was still up in the air whether the game would come to WiiWare. Will it? Won't it? It will, says Miracle Kidz. Andriasang pegs the game for a release on WiiWare this summer, though that's likely to be a Japanese release only at this stage, so don't expect a localised version this side of Autumn. This..
Dodos, Wallies, maths
It's new game overload in this week's Nintendo Download, with no fewer than four brand new titles appearing on European shores, a stark contrast to the most recent North American Nintendo Download. What's on offer for European download fans? Scroll down and don't waste another second waiting. DSiWare: DodoGo! Robo (Neko...
Missed weeks? What?
Remember when we said NLFM was going to be weekly? Well, we kind of fudged that for the past couple of weeks. Sorry! But we're back with a fiery fever in this episode, where gangsters are punched, pianos diddled and dinosaurs remembered. 1. MONSTER! MONSTER! — Penny Arcade2. Yuzo Koshiro — Go Straight (Streets of Rage 2, Genesis/Mega Drive) 3. Naoki Kodaka — Aflorious..
Developers Ateam Inc have seen a gap in the download game market: bingo. For those who thought this pastime was restricted to bingo halls and retirement homes, think again. Bingo Party Deluxe is now available on WiiWare; does it succeed and scream ‘house’ at the top of its voice, or frustratingly bemoan the drawing of all the wrong...
Playing catch up
A rare occurrence in this week's Nintendo Download for our North American chums: all the games in the line-up are already available in Europe, so you'll likely already know if you're after any of the new titles or not. Let's delve in and see what's available. Virtual Console: Natsume Championship Wrestling (SNES, 800pts) — Step...
Updated and aiming for your head
Originally developed for the arcades and the NES in the late '80s, Super Dodge Ball is making a return as Miracle Kidz announces more details on the remake set for WiiWare release this year. Known in Japan as Downtown Nekketsu Dodgeball, the game will be taking after Nekketsu Koko Dodgeball Bu (known as Super Dodge...
Only wants proper indies, thanks
Whether or not Nintendo has nothing to fear from mobile games, or whether Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's comments about low value games were accurate, the debate about Nintendo's relationship with small game developers is ripe for analysis. What's the company's official stance the matter, though? Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime clarified in an..
The numbers game
It's now year 3, and Successfully Learning Mathematics to offer more maths-related madness with Freddy the Vampire. Previous games saw a competent mix of maths puzzles for the younger generation, with some bonus games thrown in. Year 3, for better or for worse, changes little in updating the series. Freddy the Vampire, an avatar with what will be an insanely irritating voice to..
WiiWare adventure Bobby Carrot Forever is coming along at a fair old clip now, having spent a few years in the WiiWare wilderness. The latest updates comes in the form of a new trailer and confirmed gameplay details too. Apparently the game will offer 15 hours of gameplay across more than 70 levels, with further levels to be made...
Take on Final Fantasy III
As we revealed recently, SquareEnix is backing Virtual Console with a pair of classic RPGs, kicking off this week with the one and only Final Fantasy III, also known as Final Fantasy VI. Virtual ConsoleFinal Fantasy III (Super NES, 900pts) — This is an excellent chance for Wii owners in Europe to play Square's well-regarded RPG, which was never
Iit's veery goood!
Announced as it was all the way back in 2008, gamers can be forgiven for suspecting that Liight might, like so much vapourware before it, never have graced our Wii consoles. But this week, the long-awaited and oft-discussed game finally got its chance to shine. The good news is that the extended development time actually seemed...
Kill 'em all
Remember Heavy Fire: Special Operations, that on-rails military shooter that was kind of not good at all? Well, it got a sequel. Don't ask us how, but somehow it convinced enough people to plunk down their cash to be worth another go for developer Teyon. While it does delight us to say that there have indeed been a few tweaks for the...
It seems North America is getting quite the variety of download releases this week, although the Virtual Console is taking a vacation. The mulltiformat smash hit Plants vs. Zombies finally arrives on DSiWare and the extremely long-awaited WiiWare puzzler Liight has finally made its way to a release. There's also yet another WiiWare...
Here comes the Lilt man... LILT!
It's Friday again, and as usual there is a veritable smorgasborg of downloadable goodies for you to consider including Gaijin Games' lilt line on WiiWare. There are no Virtual Console games this week, but you can look forward to Final Fantasy III next week. Oh yus! WiiWare: lilt line (Gaijin Games, 500pts) —...
Do the math
For many years, even before the heady days of Mario is Missing, gaming has given something back to the community in the form of educational titles. Whilst rarely excellent in the traditional entertainment sense, they aim to integrate fun challenges with learning, thus creating the edutainment sub-genre. Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 2 leans far more toward the educational side..
$5.99 for music to go
Now that WiiWare has bid a teary-eyed farewell to the BIT.TRIP series with BIT.TRIP FLUX it's the perfect time to sit in the dark, on your own, and cry to some of the finest music to have graced WiiWare. The soundtrack for BIT.TRIP FLUX is now available to download from CD Baby, as a 10-track album for $5.99. Not only that,...
It's a right royal knees-up on the Nintendo Download front this week, with everything from third-party N64 games to a double helping of Series games — one from G.G and one from GO — and much more. Hold onto your hats! Virtual Console: Bomberman Hero (Hudson Soft, N64, 1000pts) — A single-player Bomberman game, this one splits...
In this installment, Gaijin explains their carefully laid plan for game four's runaway popularity, go through BIT.TRIP hell and reflect on the end of the series.
Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 of our look at the history of BIT.TRIP and Gaijin Games. EYEBALL REVOLUTION: The team somewhat jokingly chalks RUNNER’s popularity, apart from being very...
In this installment, Gaijin struggles to find the fun in CORE and crafts what they feel to be a beautiful game in VOID.
Be sure to read part 1 of our history of BIT.TRIP. ON THE MAP: Luckily for Gaijin, BEAT was a success; had the game tanked then the series would’ve likely gone ahead as planned, but it ensured them that they were on the right...
In the first part of our look at how the BIT.TRIP series was made, learn how its developer, Gaijin Games, crashed and burned on its first go, how the series formed and why level 3 of BEAT is so visually messed up.
“Who is the Commander?” The question posed by IGN as the headline for a Dec. 19, 2008 news post on their Wii channel was modest,...
WiiWare has had a rough time of it these past few months: Super Meat Boy was canned in November, then last week it lost Bloktonik, and now High Voltage's Animales de la Muerte has been cancelled for WiiWare. The game was originally announced back in 2008 as a Wii-exclusive, with its gameplay focusing on shooting undead animals, but...
Holding out for a Hero?
It's an auspicious day in Virtual Console history, as the service receives only its second third-party N64 game in the West, after Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber. It's certainly the highlight of what is otherwise a rather underwhelming download this week. Virtual Console: Bomberman Hero (Hudson Soft, N64, 1000pts)...
Monday's Nintendo Download will arrive amid a storm of bullets as Polish developer Teyon has revealed its next title Heavy Fire: Black Arms will land on the service next week. The successor to shoot 'em up Heavy Fire: Special Operations, Black Arms takes the fight out of the desert and into the jungle. There's a launch trailer below...
We’re gaming like it’s 1979
Before the modern era of electronic entertainment, a major venue for any gamer was the local arcade. These establishments were noisy fun factories featuring enough flashing lights to cause fits, homes to huge game machines that were simple and addictive – the perfect combination for separating you from your pocket...
Denise Kaigler's replacement commences next month
As Nintendo's range of hardware expands, so too does its family of employees. The company has announced the hiring of Cynthia Gordon, a strategic communications professional with over two decades of consumer-brand experience, as Nintendo of America's Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Gordon will officially start her new role on 14 March,..
Just 500 Points
It's been a long time coming, but WiiWare puzzle game Liight is finally coming to WiiWare on 14th March for 500 Points. We first heard of the game way back in September 2008, after which we interviewed Studio Walljump, but now years later the colour-matching game is on the way to WiiWare. You can read our Liight First Impressions from June 2010 to get
MonkeyPaw Games' retro title rated by the ESRB
Our Ante Up: Texas Hold'em review showed that a game doesn't need to be flashy in order to be successful, and publisher MonkeyPaw Games has had its upcoming title rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board; a retro title that's sure to follow in the same vein. A recent ESRB rating of BurgerTime HD reveals that the old arcade game ― later ported..
First episode success gives developer more gold rings
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 marked the welcome return of the blue spiky one's 2D home console adventures after a long hiatus, and now, four months after the release of the debut title in the latest episodic adventure, talk is starting to flow on what we can expect from Episode 2. Brand Manager Ken Balough has been participating in the..
CommanderVideo finally reaches the end of his journey as BIT.TRIP FLUX reaches WiiWare, casting a long shadow over this week's download. WiiWare: BIT.TRIP FLUX (Aksys Games, 800pts) — Gaijin Games brings the BIT.TRIP series to a close with this sixth title, which contains plenty of elements fans of previous releases will recognise...
We take Nnooo's trippy arcade title for a spin
It's now been almost three long years since Nnooo released its first WiiWare title Pop, and now after having turned its attention to DSiWare and its rather unique set of myLifeCollected applications, the company has decided to make a surprising return to WiiWare with the brand new title escapeVektor: Chapter 1. While there are no bubbles to pop this..
Needs a time out
Simulation titles have come in all shapes and forms, from home decoration with Home Sweet Home to virtual fireplaces with Cosy Fire and many more. This time around we have My Little Baby, a simplified version of the DS retail title of the same name, where your aim is to raise and care for a baby. While it tries to present this...
Get a peek at pre-development mock-ups of the first five games
Seeing how games develop over time is always of interest to us here at Nintendo Life, which is why we badgered BIT.TRIP developers Gaijin Games for an exclusive peek at some of their development documentation and how we wound up with these target renders for the first five games. These...
Mixed news, everyone
Famed WiiWare developer Gaijin Games and Robotube Games have worked together in the past – Mr Robotube appears as a cameo character in BIT.TRIP FATE, for example – but the two just got a whole lot closer, as Gaijin announces it has acquired Robotube in an "extremely hostile" takeover. While this means two fine...