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Nintendo Download: 8th September 2011 (Europe)

8th September 2011 (Europe)

Two to tango

Most kids have gone back to school, so perhaps that's why this week's Nintendo Download is so slim, to minimise distractions from the very serious studying going on. Or there's simply nothing good to release this week and any proximity to children returning to full-time education is merely coincidental. Whichever it is, here's your two to choose from this week. WiiWare3D Pixel Racing..

Nintendo Download: 1st September 2011 (North America)

1st September 2011 (North America)

NES, DSiWare and WiiWare

By now you've probably downloaded the 10 free NES Ambassador games for 3DS but if there's still currency burning a hole in your pocket help is at hand. Here's what's vying for your virtual funds this week. WiiWare: Trenches Generals (Fishing Cactus, 700pts) — This is a strategy war game that some recognise from an earlier...

News: escapeVektor Zig-Zags Worldwide on 29th September

escapeVektor Zig-Zags Worldwide on 29th September

Nnooo's latest gets dated

escapeVektor: Chapter 1 is heading towards a worldwide launch later this month, as developer Nnooo has announced it's due on 29th September. The retro-themed shooter/puzzler will cost just 500 Nintendo Points when it lands on WiiWare in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand at the end of the month. We played it back in February and rather liked what we saw, so..

Nintendo Download: 25th August 2011 (North America)

25th August 2011 (North America)

Watched over by the Gargoyle

This week in the Nintendo Download there's something new available for almost every downloadable platform, with 3DSWare the only thing missing out. There's even a WiiWare demo, so without any further hesitation let's bring you the rundown. 3DS Virtual ConsoleGargoyle's Quest (Game Boy, Capcom, $3.99) — Play as Firebrand (aka Red Arremer) and take on the creatures of..

News: Japan Gets Cool Zelda-Themed Prepaid Cards

Japan Gets Cool Zelda-Themed Prepaid Cards

Grab the Skyward Sword

Over in Japan, Nintendo releases all kinds of themed cards for its digital stores, from Mario and Link eShop cards to a new range of Zelda 25th Anniversary eShop cards. The cards each focus on a different game, from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to the latest design promoting Skyward Sword. Each costs 1,000 Yen. There's a third, mystery card still to be revealed next month..

News: Sonic 4: Episode II Not Due Until 2012

Sonic 4: Episode II Not Due Until 2012

Will it still hit WiiWare?

Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka has revealed that the follow-up to 2010 platformer Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 won't launch until 2012 at the earliest. Iizuka cited the anniversary celebrations surrounding Sonic Generations as one of the reasons we won't see the 2D game until next year: This year, 2011, is the...

Nintendo Download: 25th August 2011 (Europe)

25th August 2011 (Europe)

Three new titles

A trio of games round out August in Europe, with something on DSiWare, WiiWare and the 3DS Virtual Console as the Wii's Virtual Console drought continues. Here's what's dropping in this week. 3DS Virtual ConsoleGargoyle's Quest (Game Boy, Capcom, €4/£3.60) — The ugly gargoyle appears on Virtual Console in this 2D adventure spin-off from the popular Ghouls and Ghosts series..

Interview: Microforum - Kyotokei and the Future of the eShop

Microforum - Kyotokei and the Future of the eShop

We take the new horizontal shmup head-on

We love when something a little out of the ordinary pops up on WiiWare, and one such game is Kyotokei, an original horizontal shoot-em-up that recently launched in North America and garnered an impressive 7/10 in our Kyotokei review. Our own Corbie Dillard and Zach Kaplan sat down with Giovanni Simotti, CTO of developer/publisher Microforum, to discuss the..

Interview: Firemint - Flight Control (WiiWare)

Firemint - Flight Control (WiiWare)

We talk about the newest iteration of the up-and-coming developer's popular IP

After conquering the iOS, DSiWare and even PlayStation Move platforms, Firemint's addictive air traffic control-based Flight Control is landing today on WiiWare in Europe and North America. We sat down with Writer and Media Liaison Logan Booker to talk about the high-flying title. Nintendo Life: Flight Control has very..

Nintendo Download: 18th August 2011 (North America)

18th August 2011 (North America)

Fighting in the streets

It's that time of the week again: the Nintendo Download is upon us, bestowing a bounty of digital deliciousness, or leaving a sour taste in your mouth. You decide. Here's what's on offer and vying for your currency today. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: Urban Champion (Nintendo, $4.99) — The NES 'classic' is reborn in a third...

News: Square Up to Aya and the Cubes of Light on 25th August

Square Up to Aya and the Cubes of Light on 25th August

For 1000 Points

Update: Nintendo has now changed the release date to "To Be Confirmed". We'll have more news as it arrives. It's been a long road to release for Aya and the Cubes of Light: originally set for distribution last year, developer Object Vision delayed the game to respond to feedback from its audience. Now the company is ready to let its game take off with a European release..

Nintendo Download: 11th August 2011 (North America)

11th August 2011 (North America)

New content on all platforms

Is it Thursday already? With all the excitement around the 3DS price drop — happening tomorrow, remember — this is a crucial week for 3DS, and things just got even more exciting as it's Nintendo Download time. This week we've got a little bit of something for everyone, so let's dive in and see what there is. Virtual...

News: Nigoro Wants Your Input on a La-Mulana Soundtrack Release

Nigoro Wants Your Input on a La-Mulana Soundtrack Release

You get to decide what it should have

If you've been keeping an eye on the La-Mulana blog, you should be aware that Nigoro is very much in touch with its fans. When the game was still in development, the team asked its fanbase about music, potential censoring and many other things. With a USK rating in tow and a final lotcheck all that remains, the game's release should — at last — be with us..

Nintendo Download: 4th August 2011 (North America)

4th August 2011 (North America)

It's Mario's Picross time!

Get out the chisel and get on the grid as the original portable Picross comes to 3DS Virtual Console, alongside some Spanish, black-and-white rubber-burning and plenty more. 3DS Virtual Console: Mario's Picross (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — The classic picture crossword game makes its way across the pond after its 14th...

Nintendo Download: 4th August 2011 (Europe)

4th August 2011 (Europe)

Wakka wakka wakka

The maze craze comes to 3DS with the world's most famous yellow pill-muncher landing on Virtual Console this week. Elsewhere there's a catch-up on DSiWare and a new WiiWare game, though sadly Wii Virtual Console is left lacking again. 3DS Virtual ConsolePac-Man (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — The ever-hungry blob is back again, revisiting his Game Boy outing from the early..

Nintendo Download: 28th July 2011 (North America)

28th July 2011 (North America)

Farming, shrines and more

In all the excitement about 3DS price drops and free download games, don't forget your old friend the Nintendo Download. Here's what's available in North America later today. 3DS eShop: Let's Golf! 3D (Gameloft, $6.99) — The eShop's first properly new downloadable game, Gameloft's golfing game features six courses, eight...

News: Just Why Is La-Mulana Taking So Long?

Just Why Is La-Mulana Taking So Long?

Explained inside

La-Mulana on WiiWare: it's not a myth, it's a real thing. Despite believing the game would be out months — if not years — ago, we're still waiting on the adventure game here, even with its recent appearance in Japan. What's the hold up? It seems the game has fallen foul of the ratings boards here in the West, according to the...

News: Points Burning a Hole in Your Pocket? Try Burn the Rope

Points Burning a Hole in Your Pocket? Try Burn the Rope

WiiWare's next hot title?

Burn the Rope is coming to WiiWare in North America on Thursday with a price tag that's sure to ignite debate. The WiiWare version of the popular iOS puzzler arrives on Thursday with a price of 1,000 Nintendo Points. The same game on iTunes will run you around $0.99, with extra levels available to download for more money of course. Naturally the Wii release will feature..

News: Two More WiiWare Compilations from Nordcurrent

Two More WiiWare Compilations from Nordcurrent

Good news if you like arcade and party games

Nordcurrent has just been in touch to let us know it has another two WiiWare releases lined up. Firstly is the continuation of the 101-in-1 series with 101-in-1 Explosive Megamix. A collection of mini-games that was released on the DS back in 2009, Nordcurrent will be serving it up again, this time for WiiWare gamers. With 101 games to choose from,..

Feature: The State of WiiWare

The State of WiiWare

Where can Wii go from here?

Let's not beat around the bush here: WiiWare hasn't been a runaway success. Many Wii owners are unaware the service exists, what it offers and why they would want to use it, and those console owners who are familiar with the Wii Shop Channel are just as conscious of its myriad problems: poor content, dull presentation...

News: Check Out the First Just JAM DLC in These Trailers

Check Out the First Just JAM DLC in These Trailers

100 Points a pop

Just JAM, the music-based WiiWare game from Big John and Zivix Interactive, released earlier this month, and now the first two batches of downloadable content have gone live. You can preview the first selection in the trailer below, which includes Soar by Roster McCabe, Shadow Godz by The Alpha Centauri and Let's Dance To This by Apollo Cobra. The second trailer showcases the next..

News: La-Mulana DLC Announced

La-Mulana DLC Announced

If you like difficult levels, it's for you

The game has still not been released in Europe and North America, but details of the upcoming DLC for La-Mulana have now been revealed. Downloading the 300 Nintendo Point package will unlock a boss rush mode, which comes with a timer so you can try to beat your best times on it. But any La-Mulana veterans will know that the next feature's the most..