WiiWare - News

January2010

  • Nintendo Download 15 January 2010 (Europe)

    And thus it becomes even harder to say anything positive about Nintendo of Europe.

    After not releasing any Virtual Console games for Christmas and the week after, you'd think Nintendo would've learned their lesson when they finally release one last week. But no, they're back to their old tricks again, as this week offers next to nothing all around. The Wii only gets a single new downloadable game..

  • News Medaverse Announce $1,000 Gravitronix Tournament

    Beat the devs at their own game

    Remember Gravitronix? Of course you do. It was that game that was announced waaaaaay back in the mists of time - in fact it was one of the first WiiWare games to be confirmed. Its development was an especially long and protracted one, and sadly when the game finally became available last year, it hardly set the world...

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    Review Chronos Twins DX

    Double the fun

    Quick history lesson: Chronos Twins DX began life as a Game Boy Advance title that was later ported over to the DS. While the game saw release in the UK, it was unable to land a North American publisher – poor UK sales didn't help much. Thankfully, the game is now enjoying a well-deserved second chance on WiiWare and turns out to be quite a nice surprise and uniquely engaging..

  • News Max & the Magic Marker Coming to Europe January 22

    The wait is almost over.

    Press Play have just announced that their unique WiiWare platformer Max & the Magic Marker will be hitting the European WiiWare service on January 22 at a cost of 1000 Wii Points. Of course, North American gamers need not worry, as a NA release should be coming up shortly thereafter. Players wanted to find out a little more about the game can even try out the free..

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    Review Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

    “Objection!”

    Renowned primarily for its storytelling and unique style, it’s hard to say for sure whether the Phoenix Wright series are games at all or rather interactive short stories, but the medium in which they exist lumps them into the game category, and so as a game we must review it. There’s nothing we can say about the Phoenix Wright...

  • Nintendo Download 11 January 2010 (North America)

    Courtroom drama, temporal shenanigans, shadow play, billiards and board games this week.

    Well, it looks like the release schedule in North America is starting out as slow as everywhere else, although three WiiWare releases and a Virtual Console add is pretty impressive even if it is smaller than the release weeks in December. The DSi offerings are a bit on the light side with a couple of games that..

  • News JV Games Announce Dart Rage for WiiWare

    Darts with a unique twist!

    JV Games has just announced its newest title Dart Rage will be making its way to WiiWare in late January or early February. Making use of a pixel-perfect accurate, no-button control system, the game promises to produce a dart throwing experience unlike any other on the service. You can check out the official Wii Shop Channel description below for a bit more information on..

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    Review Fast Draw Showdown

    “Keep it in your holster!”

    Fast Draw Showdown is a game set in the distant past…the year 1994, to be precise. In those days, arcades were lit up with light gun games; even as other genres drifted into console-only territory, there was still a ready supply of them. But where most of these games were frantic on-rails, shoot-everything-that-moves twitch-fests, Fast Draw Showdown was stationary..

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    Review Pub Darts

    Downloadable darts — just as pointless as it sounds

    Pub Darts is puzzling. Not that it’s a truly horrid game, but it’s just so basic that you have to wonder why you’d want to spend a lot of time with it. People like to play darts in bars and pubs because it’s a great excuse to get tipsy with your friends and throw sharp objects really fast at the wall. Occasionally there is yelling..

  • Nintendo Download 8 January 2010 (Europe)

    Virtual Console returns!

    After two weeks of very few interesting downloadable games, today offers us some potentially good titles. The Virtual Console gets one new game (And a good one, at that) while WiiWare gets two and DSiWare gets three. The first Virtual Console game in 3 weeks is Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi on the Mega Drive. Released...

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    Review Happy Hammerin'

    Now you can whack moles... in space!

    Gamebridge seems to love bringing quirky, Japan-exclusive WiiWare games over to the west. Overturn, a fun mech fighting game, was their first, and although for some reason it's not out in Europe yet, we reviewed the North American version and thought it was surprisingly good. Happy Hammerin' is their second WiiWare localisation effort. Based on the simple..

  • News Shadows Come Out To Play Next Monday

    Deep Fried Entertainment gives MotionPlus its first WiiWare appearance

    MotionPlus hasn't seen a whole lot of support since it launched last summer; we can count on one disfigured hand how many games out actually use it. Even though the peripheral is supported in a few big names coming down the pipeline, those don't help you now. But Deep Fried Entertainment's upcoming WiiWare release ShadowPlay..

  • News Ghostfire Games Announces Rage of the Gladiator Contest

    Win a set of gladiator weaponry!

    In celebration of the upcoming release of their Rage of the Gladiator WiiWare title, Ghostfire Games is holding a contest for those who've got what it takes to completely finish the game. All those who finish the game can submit their entry and then a winner will then be chosen from all entrants and will be awarded a beautiful set of gladiator weaponry like the one..

  • News Time Split: Chronos Twins DX Gets A Date

    Time warp platforming hits US WiiWare next week

    Our European readers may remember a little DS game called Chronos Twins. It never made it outside of the Old World borders, but back in June developers EnjoyUp announced their intentions to give the series a new lease of life on WiiWare. Now we have a much more solid time frame: January 11. Also known as next Monday. The game is a split-screen..

  • Nintendo Download 4 January 2010 (North America)

    A quiet start to the new year.

    Nintendo of America seems to have spent the last few weeks compensating for all those two- and three-game release weeks in the rest of the year recently, but for the first update of the New Year we're back to only a handful, some of which have already been released in Europe and Japan -- hopefully not a sign of a return to the old ways! WiiWareHeron: Steam Machine..

  • News Two More WiiWare Demos for Lucky Japan

    Phoenix Wright and Pokémon for Japanese Wiis

    It appears that Nintendo are continuing to back the new WiiWare demo service, as they have added two new titles: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Aim! Light Adventure Team and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Although different in nature, both titles offer a massive amount of entertainment, whether it be rescuing those in need using a crack team of Pokémon or..

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    Review Tomena Sanner

    We don't know why...he's the greatest dancer...that we've ever seen!

    Tomena Sanner is the kind of WiiWare title that gamers expect to come from Japan. You control the destiny of a faceless salaryman named Mr. Susumu (Japanese for "forward" or "continue") using only a single button press to help him navigate obstacles as he runs...

December2009

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    Review The Magic Obelisk

    Running in the shadows

    Whilst most of us would imagine that plants like being in sunlight so they can thrive, the tree spirit Lukus in The Magic Obelisk needs to stay in shadows. That's because he's on a big journey trying to find the right spot to lay down roots. Helping him stay in the shadows until he finds that special place is Popo, the light...

  • Nintendo Download 5th & 6th January 2010 (Japan)

    A quiet start to the new year.

    The Japanese Wii and DSi shops have seen some massive updates this past year much to the envy of 'net-reading Wii owners in other territories, but Nintendo are taking it easy at home with a mere handful of releases to start 2010. WiiWareBoku wa Plarail Untenshi (1000pts - Takara Tomy) -- This is an example of a gaming staple in Japan: the train driving simulator. As..

  • News Early 2010 WiiWare and DSiWare Lineup

    First quarter looking strong for download services.

    Nintendo recently released their list of early 2010 North American releases for their Wii and DS systems and we covered most of the upcoming retail releases, but now it's time to show some love to the downloadable titles that are on the horizon. As great as the retail side of things is looking, Nintendo's download services are looking fairly..

  • First Impressions Kentōshi Furi Furi Boxing

    No robots, but plenty of rock-em, sock-em action!

    You might remember a plastic toy called "Rock'em Sock'em Robots" ("Raving Bonkers Fighting Robots" in the UK) in which two robots were fixed on either side of a platform and pressing buttons caused them to punch each other senseless until one of their heads popped up, only to be reset for another go. That's pretty much the same..

  • News Fast Draw Showdown Un-Holstered This Monday

    Will you Cowboy Up or go sit in the Truck?

    WiiWare has brought us some oddities during 2009, from vegetable hairdressing to zoo-keeping and even a little game of catch in-between. This trend looks set to continue in 2010, with the release of quirky light-gun game Fast Draw Showdown this Monday. Offering a unique twist on the light-gun game -...

  • Nintendo Download Tomena Sanner, Happy Hammerin', Dragon's Lair, Miami Nights and Texas Hold'em (EU)

    Nintendo of Europe seems to have forgotten Virtual Console still exists.

    Yes, we didn't get any Virtual Console games in the final update of 2009, and now it looks like we're not getting any in the first update of 2010 either. Nintendo of Europe has just sent out a press release listing Friday's new downloadables, with a measly selection of 5 games compared to the 10+ North America's consistently..

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    Review Castlevania The Adventure ReBirth

    Vampire killing with a nostalgic twist!

    We've already seen Konami resurrect two of their most popular gaming franchises with WiiWare’s Gradius and Contra ReBirth, so it comes as no real surprise to see them giving the same treatment to yet another much-loved classic series: Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth. Despite its title, this actually has...

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    Review The Mystery of Whiterock Castle

    Can you solve the mystery?

    With a solid sim offering on the Wii behind them, Keen Games have decided to use a similar setting to Anno: Create a New World for their first self-published WiiWare title, The Mystery of Whiterock Castle: a good-looking "find the hidden object" game that should provide entertainment for the whole family. The...

  • News Get Your Name in Furry Legends

    Developer Gamelion extends Twitter competition

    Gamelion have extended their online competition - which offers one lucky gamer the chance to have their actual, real-life name inserted into their upcoming WiiWare title Furry Legends - into the New Year. To enter, just follow the development team on Twitter and come January 31st they'll randomly select...

  • Nintendo Download 28 December 2009 (North America)

    Ten new games to celebrate the advent of 2010!

    Nintendo have updated their weekly North American downloads for the last time in 2009, and the year is going out with a corker of an update! Not only is Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth out today but also PilotWings to boot for Virtual Console fans. This is in addition to eight other ones released today, which seem to be a bit of a grab bag..

  • News New La-Mulana Test Play Video

    Check out brand new footage of the game in action!

    Tyrone Rodriguez of Nicalis has just sent over a link to their brand new Test Play 2 video showing their upcoming WiiWare title La-Mulana in action. In this brand new video you can see quite a large number of levels found throughout the game, along with some amazing in-game music being played in the...

  • News Cave Story Development Update

    Nicalis release some new information on the game.

    The guys at Nicalis have just posted a new post on their official blog that gives a bunch of new details about their upcoming WiiWare title Cave Story. As many of you know, the game will now slip into 2010, but the game is now completed and ready to go when Nintendo decides to release it on the WiiWare service. We'll just have to be patient for the..

  • Interviews Legendo's Pearl Harbor: Red Sun Rising

    We have a chat with Legendo's Bjorn Larsson about their upcoming WWII dogfighting game, Pearl Harbor: Red Sun Rising

    Nintendo Life: Pearl Harbor: Red Sun Rising is Legendo's second WiiWare release and it's another PC conversion. Did Three Musketeers perform as well as hoped and were lessons learned from the first game that made translating the second one easier? Bjorn: What we learned from The..

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    Review TV Show King 2

    A significant improvement over a trivial predecessor.

    One of the very first Wiiware titles at launch gets a much-needed sequel in TV Show King 2. The original was a decent trivia vehicle that we thought was okay, if somewhat overpriced for what it offered. There was so much room for improvement that we were glad this got a second chance. But is...

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    Review Eco Shooter: Plant 530

    A shooter with can-do attitude!

    Without question, lightgun games have become a Wii staple. Between standalone disc releases, original WiiWare titles and mini-game compilations you've really got your pick when it comes to games you can play whilst pretending your remote is a gun. Now developer Intelligent Systems, of Fire Emblem and WarioWare fame,...

  • First Impressions Phalanx

    Another great old-school shooter for WiiWare

    Most of you will probably remember Phalanx as a SNES game, however that was just a port of a game that was developed for the Sharp X68000, a home computer sold exclusively in Japan from 1987-1993. The Sharp X68k (as it was commonly known) used hardware similar to arcade systems of the time; as a result it was capable of running some quite impressive..

  • Nintendo Download 25 December 2009 (EU)

    Not much in the Wii's stocking this year, but DSiWare users must have been very good indeed!

    Well, after North America's big release Monday this week, it has to be said that Nintendo of Europe are coming off a little like Ebenezer Scrooge with this week's European download offerings on the Wii: just two WiiWare offerings and no Virtual Console content for Christmas. The DSiWare stocking is fuller..

  • News Magic Obelisk Raises Up on December 28th

    Just 500 Points for GameArts' latest

    A couple of months ago we brought you First Impressions of a cute and very cool WiiWare title called Shadow Walker, but at the time there was uncertainty of whether it would reach Western shores. Well, thanks to the latest press release from GameArts, we can confirm it's heading to the US On December 28th, under...

  • Podcast NLFM Episode 2 - Holiday Spectacular Spectacular

    Cheer or bust!

    Welcome to another handsome episode of NLFM, the chip and game music podcast from Nintendo Life. This month we succumb to the holiday spirit and explore the seasonal chip music landscape in this holiday spectacular spectacular! NLFM will generally focus on music from games playable on Nintendo consoles and handhelds, which, thanks to...

  • Nintendo Download 21 December 2009 (North America)

    Eco-shooting, arcade ninjas, Super Smash Bros., Dragon's Lair and more in this week's download offering.

    Nintendo are putting out a decent number of titles in North America with the end of the year rapidly approaching, with a nice mix of new and catch-up titles on offer. Todays VC and WiiWare offerings mean that there's now 500 titles to choose...

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    Review Eat! Fat! FIGHT!

    Sumo-riffic!

    It has been more than 20 years since Tecmo released the first sumo video game on the Famicom, so whilst this goofily named WiiWare update (we guess the original Japanese "Tsuppari Big Sumo Wii Stable" didn't have enough pizzazz) seems a bit overdue, it has most certainly been worth the wait. Your life as a sumo starts when you select your wrestler: you choose the gender..

  • Interviews Sean Beeson - Composer

    The man behind the music.

    For those of you who aren't familiar with his work, Sean Beeson is quickly becoming a name among video game composers around the industry. He's created musical scores for such games as Eternity's Child, Mecho Wars, and the upcoming WiiWare title Rage of the Gladiator, to name just a few. He's even scoring another one of Luc Bernard's upcoming iPhone/PSPmini titles called..

  • News Square Enix to Publish LIT in Japan

    Spooky adventure headed to Japan.

    No sooner did news of Square Enix publishing LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias in Japan come out that now we have news of yet another title coming to the Japanese WiiWare service courtesy of the RPG giant. WayForward has just announced that Square Enix will be publishing their LIT WiiWare title in Japan under the...

  • News Furry Legends coming to WiiWare in 2010

    Fuzzy platformer getting final polish

    Gamelion have kindly informed us that their colourful platformer Furry Legends is being submitted to Nintendo for approval for a 2010 release in both North America and Europe. They could have submitted it earlier, but they're keen to ensure a quality presentation and are doing some more playtesting to squash any lingering bugs in order to make their WiiWare..

  • Nintendo Download 22, 24 December 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare catch-up and more MSX games for the Virtual Console.

    The Wii gets the lion's share of Japanese downloads next week with four new WiiWare and three new VC titles. DSiWare gets a couple of games and two more Rurubu travel guides to round things out. Note that the DSiWare releases will be on Thursday the 24th rather than Wednesday due to the...

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    Review Pole's Big Adventure

    Big, crazy, amazing

    This game has garnered some attention - partly because it's from Sega and it's an 8-bit retro platformer, but mostly because it's filled with the wacky humour the Japanese have come to be known for. Despite having a large amount of Japanese audio text, the humour is mostly in the form of visual video game gags that should be...

  • Nintendo Download Blobs, Fighters, Sumo, Magic, Pets, Starships and One Last Notebook (EU)

    Finally more than one game for Virtual Console again.

    This week's releases aren't too surprising, with many games that have been out in North America for some time. One game, however, that might be noteworthy, can be found on DSiWare. For Virtual Console, there's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, the game that inspired a recent, rather good franchise revival. Unfortunately, time has not..

  • News Mega Man 10 Set for March 2010

    New story details, screenshots and trailer released

    Mega Man 10 has been confirmed for a WiiWare release in March of this coming year, and it's looking to be absolutely ace. We're able to divulge a few of the details on the game's story fresh from today's press release: "The year is 20XX and a suspicious outbreak of Roboenza, a Robot Flu, has broken out. It spreads through the world like..

  • News GameShastra to Support WiiWare

    Two new titles on the way!

    You may not have heard of them, but GameShastra are apparently India's largest games services company, and they've recently revealed a list of upcoming titles including two new releases for WiiWare. Here's the announcement in their own words: India's largest games services company [I told you so! - Editor] has today revealed its forthcoming line-up for PSP Go, WiiWare,..

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    Review Moki Moki

    Murky Moki jokey

    If there's a common complaint heard in these parts it's that there's too many puzzle games on the WiiWare service. Well, we take issue with that. Yes there are lots of puzzle games, but as long as a game has merit there cannot really be too many, can there? Moki Moki is a game that suggests maybe there can be too many puzzle games - at least puzzle games that are overly simplistic..

  • News All Aboard the Amazing Brain Train!

    Get some mental steam-ulation!

    Fed up of being told you’ve got the brain of an 82 year old? Well at long last, you'll be able to prove that your brain is really quite amazing, with NinjaBee’s The Amazing Brain Train. It may be bold to title a game with the word ‘amazing’ but NinjaBee are confident that they can supply us with an experience unlike any “ordinary brain game” with the..

  • News Tales of Monkey Island Promotion

    Complete a survey and get a free game!

    Telltale Games has just announced a new promotion for US Wii owners in which they'll be giving gamers a free download of their second Tales of Monkey Island release Siege of Spinner Cay in exchange for them completing a very short five question survey. All you have to do is click here to fill out the survey. Upon completion of the survey, you'll be given..

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    Review Diatomic

    Diabolic.

    The first time many saw images from Diatomic one word was in their head: Geometry Wars (okay, that's two). The similarities in appearance are definitely there: closed-border shooter (attention: new term coinage alert!) and old-school wire-frame graphics. This isn't a bad thing though, with imitation being the best form of flattery and all that. Certainly history is littered with..

  • News New Super Meat Boy Details

    Team Meat let loose a few new details.

    I was fortunate enough to get the chance to speak to Edmund McMillen from Team Meat today and he let me in on some new information about their upcoming WiiWare platformer Super Meat Boy. So without further ado, let's get to it. We mentioned in past news items that the game will feature quite a few hidden characters from other independent game titles. Some have..

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    Review Pallurikio

    Rolling, rolling, rolling, keep that ball rolling...

    Nintendo's WiiWare service has had some good platforming games on it right from the start and Pallurikio is the latest entry in the genre. While it's certainly a well-constructed game featuring a round protagonist without legs, it lacks sufficient personality to stand out in an increasingly crowded WiiWare marketplace. When you first fire up the..

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    Review Stunt Cars

    Crash and burn.

    We've already seen a few racing titles released on the WiiWare service, although, to be fair, many of them have been fairly substandard. So any time a new racing title is released, it's generally met with not only a small degree of anticipation, but also a solid helping of caution and scepticism as well. Stunt Cars brings yet another...

  • News Solve the Mystery of Whiterock Castle for Christmas!

    New WiiWare title lands on Christmas Day

    If your Christmas Day preparations look like they're missing a certain je ne sais quoi that can only be provided by an enchanting medieval adventure, you may just be in luck. We've just received the latest news from Playtainment that their upcoming hidden object game The Mystery of Whiterock Castle will be hitting the European WiiWare servers on December..

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    Review Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH

    You should all RUSH to buy this charming WiiWare puzzler.

    After the excellent WiiWare launch title Toki Tori, everybody was hoping Two Tribes would create more games for the service. It took a while, but their second title is now finally available! Based on just one part of their retail Wii title Rubik's Puzzle World, the gameplay is not unlike that...

  • Nintendo Download 14 December 2009 (North America)

    A Sunsoft classic and wormy sequel on Virtual Console; cooking, sims, little pet shops, magic and Bejeweled on DSiWare; and puzzling, racing and retro arcade action on WiiWare this week!

    Virtual ConsoleBlaster Master (500pts NES - Sunsoft) -- Regarded by many as amongst the best shooters on the NES, this is apparently the first of many Sunsoft titles to get re-release on the Virtual Console.

  • Feature For Your Consideration - LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias

    Why Toku and Enril need your vote!

    As part of our Game of the Year Awards, Nintendo Life is inviting you to choose one game as your Reader’s Game of the Year. You can vote for anything released on a Nintendo platform in 2009, be it WiiWare, DSiWare, Wii or DS, but you only get one vote, so use it wisely! To remind you of some of the stellar titles we’ve seen in 2009, we’ll be writing a series..

  • Nintendo Download 15-16 December 2009 (Japan)

    The focus is on DSiWare this week

    After bumper crops of WiiWare and Virtual Console titles on the Wii in Japan recently, this week will only see one for each service. The DSiWare service, however, will have a fairly typical seven releases to choose from. WiiWarePhoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (900pts - Capcom) - Everyone's favourite trial lawyer debuts on the Wii! This appears to be the first four..

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    Review Stop Stress: A Day of Fury

    Stop Stress and cause stress at the same time!

    If you've ever had a job interview, you know that one of the most popular questions employers like to ask is "how do you respond to stressful situations?" Odds are good if you answered "run amok with an axe until everything in the entire building was destroyed!" you probably...

  • Interviews Nocturnal Entertainment's Flowerworks

    We chat with Nocturnal Entertainment CEO about its WiiWare debut, Flowerworks.

    We recently reviewed Flowerworks, a strange but very enjoyable gardening-and-fireworks combination, but we wanted to find out more about the game and its developer, Nocturnal Entertainment. So we got chance to sit down with Nocturnal's CEO Michael Shamgar and pitched him some questions about the game, the studio and..

  • News See in the New Year with Happy Hammerin'

    January 1st is the date for some sweet, sweet hammering

    New Year's Day is traditionally the only day all year everyone truly commits to New Year's resolutions, and if your aim for 2010 is to play a WiiWare game featuring a squeaky hammer then it just might be your year. Gamebridge has just let us know that the European release date for Happy Hammerin' is confirmed as being January 1st 2010, so you..

  • News Diatomic Lands on US WiiWare Next Week

    Not long to go for Grendel Games' latest

    Those lovely chaps over at Grendel Games have just been in touch to let us know that their upcoming WiiWare title Diatomic has had a final spit and polish and is ready to head out into US Wii consoles everywhere from Monday, December 14th. If you're not sure what Diatomic actually entails, a picture paints a thousand words, so observe this YouTube trailer..

  • News Viral Survival: NIS America's Next WiiWare Project?

    ESRB listing reveals what could be another downloadable gem from the highly-esteemed firm

    NIS - or Nippon Ichi Software to close friends - is no stranger to WiiWare. The company, which is famous for the best-selling Disgaea series, has already dipped its toe in the WiiWare waters with the bizarre Let's Hitchhike, which is out in Japan now. However, more downloadable goodness could be on its way..

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    Review My Dolphin

    Now you’re playing with power. Dolphin power.

    My Dolphin is the dolphin training simulator for the Wii for which everyone's been clamouring for years. Using the Wii Remote, players guide their aquatic pal through a performance to carry out jumps, spins, back flips and other tricks in order to perform for your audience like…well, like a trained dolphin. So, is this simulation good enough to..

  • Nintendo Download Alex Kidd, Rubik, Pallurikio, Monkey Island, Hell's Kitchen and PictureBook Games (EU)

    Exactly as promised.

    The observant ones probably already noticed, but in a change of pace, Nintendo of Europe already updated their website with all of this week's releases over the past few days. The games in question make up the entire update, as there's no surprises this time. Alex Kidd in Shinobi World on the Master System was the last Alex Kidd game ever made. As you can guess, it's an attempt..

  • News Pallurikio Release Dates Announced

    Action-platformer arrives on WiiWare service in time for the holidays.

    Playstos Entertainment has just announced that their action platformer Pallurikio is coming to the European WiiWare service today for 1000 Wii Points. They've also announced that the game will be hitting the North American WiiWare service at that same price point on December 21st. You can check out the official gameplay trailer..

  • News WiiWare Phoenix Wright Makes Most Of Wii Remote

    Shouting "Objection" never felt so natural

    While some might be grumbling about the fact that the upcoming WiiWare editions of Capcom's Phoenix Wright series are little more than straight ports of the DS/GBA originals, one element is likely to bring a smile to the face of pretty much every fan. As this zany Japanese TV commercial illustrates, it's possible to use the Wii Remote to object to things..

  • News Mega Man 10 Heading to WiiWare!

    New Nintendo Power announces upcoming Capcom epic!

    It seems 90% of the people who bought Mega Man 9 haven't finished it yet, but there's still plenty of time to whip those last levels into submission as Mega Man 10 will be launched in 2010. The latest issue of Nintendo Power carries the exclusive reveal of the blue blaster's latest escapade, and...

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    Review Flowerworks

    Gardening and fireworks combine in an orgy of floral destruction!

    Normally, flower gardens and fireworks don't mix - unless you're trying to destroy the neighbour's petunia beds with roman candles - but Aussie developers Nocturnal have managed to turn what could have been a horticultural nightmare into a fun, happy game about making pretty (explosive) gardens. At its heart Flowerworks is a puzzle..

  • News Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: Rush Coming to Euro WiiWare This Friday

    North American release to follow on the 14th

    We've just been informed that Rubik's Cube-inspired puzzler Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: Rush is coming to European WiiWare (and presumably other PAL territories) this Friday (11th). The North American launch is scheduled for 14th. We'll naturally be reviewing this as soon as possible but in the meantime here's the full press release as well as a link to a new..

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    Review Happy Holidays: Christmas

    We must have been very naughty indeed...

    The holiday greeting card is normally innocuous enough. Often purchased with a feeling of obligation to declare one's genuinely heartfelt feelings via a mass-produced combination of sentimental/humorous messages and art/photos, they've been a staple of the holiday season for decades. For nearly as long as the World Wide Web has existed they've been in the..

  • Nintendo Download Rayman, Notebooks, Stress Busting and Ninjas! (US)

    Another bumper crop of downloads for North America

    Nintendo continues to flood the North American market with new titles; amongst them a few catch-up releases. WiiWareFlowerworks® and MAGNETIS™ comprise the puzzle contingent on WiiWare this week. We'll be reviewing the former in due course; the latter was reviewed some time ago, so be sure to...

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    Review Mahjong

    A decent first effort at a classic patience game

    If you saw the name of this game and thought it was going to be that game your grandmother played with her friends a la "The Joy Luck Club" you'll probably be disappointed to find that this is just a solitaire matching game. The blame lies with the fact that the programmer who first created a computerised version of the Chinese children's..

  • News Stop Stress This Monday

    Ease yourself into your week with Abylight's latest

    We've just received an email from Abylight to let us know that their upcoming stress-a-thon, Stop Stress: A Day of Fury, is confirmed for release on the US WiiWare service on Monday, for a grand total of 800 Nintendo Points. Telling the story of a man who seems to have the most uncontrollable rage, Stop Stress lets you use the Wii Remote to take..

  • News Magnetis Coming to North America on Monday

    Better get those puzzler skills warmed up.

    The folks over at Yullaby have just announced that their WiiWare puzzler Magnetis will finally be released in North America on December 7th for 500 Wii Points. You might remember that the game was released in Europe back in September on the WiiWare service. If you're still on the fence about this interesting puzzler, you can check out our full review of..

  • Nintendo Download Earthworm Jim 2, Mahjong, Happy Holidays, Foto Face, Karaoke, Magic and Another Notebook (EU)

    We are spared of another no VC week!

    Nintendo of Europe already had all DSiWare and WiiWare releases for today listed on their site or a while, but curiously enough, there was no Virtual Console game. Thankfully, they've chosen to release one anyway! Earthworm Jim 2 offers more crazy platforming action with everybody's favourite worm in a suit, and it does so pretty well. However, the developers..

  • News Mahjong Coming To WiiWare On Friday

    Relax your mind with the ancient game of tiles.

    Who enjoyed playing Solitaire on WiiWare last week? Clearly our card game loving reviewer Sean Aaron did, he awarded it a mighty 8/10. No doubt inspired by this success our new found friends at GameOn are set to release Mahjong this coming Friday (4th December) in Europe. You may not be too familiar with this game, but we hear it’s all the rage in..

  • News Flowerworks Blasts Onto US WiiWare Monday

    Flowers and fireworks, unite!

    Nocturnal has announced that they've lit the fuse on their WiiWare release Flowerworks, now set to launch on Monday in the United States. Take control of Follie, a friendly (but confused!) alien who crash lands on a strange planet. Help her rebuild her confidence, shake remotes at gnomes and transform the planet from...

  • First Impressions 530 Eco-Shooter

    Recycling - with a vengeance!

    Intelligent Systems has a reputation of being one of Nintendo's better first-party development teams, with an impressive resume including the Fire Emblem games, Tetris Attack, the Paper Mario series, the WarioWare games and Super Metroid. Seeing a WiiWare title from them naturally raised our curiosity, and that curiosity was rewarded by a challenging lightgun shooter..

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    Review Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 4

    Setting up for the grand finale.

    The Monkey Island games have never really been dark. There's been some grim moments here and there, but they always had their fair share of humour and weren't really depressing or anything. Well, if you play this chapter, prepare to have your mind blown! As goes without saying now, this chapter is a no-no unless you've played all three previous ones. It is, yet..

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    Review Christmas Clix

    Will Clix click with puzzler fans?

    With the holidays fast approaching, we always seem to see at least a handful of aptly-themed games to go along with them. This year is no different on the WiiWare service with the release of JV Games' new puzzler Christmas Clix. Christmas Clix takes the classic "falling blocks" idea and combines it with a...

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    Review Rabbids Lab

    Take this one back to the lab

    Here at Nintendo Life Towers we are quite partial to those Raving Rabbids: those mindless jabbering critters remind us of ourselves. Seeing the release of a scaled-down version of Rabbids Go Home’s In Ze Remote feature, however, gave us cause for concern: could this dress-up game justify the 500 Point price tag? For those of you unaware, Rabbids Lab is actually a..

  • Nintendo Download Monkey Island, Zoos, 'Copters, Face Stealing and Puzzles! (US)

    A mix of catch-up and new titles in another big update for Wii and DSi.

    There's a mix of new and catch-up titles in the update this week including the penultimate chapter in the new Tales of Monkey Island series: Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4. Copter Crisis and My Zoo were both recently released in PAL territories. Reviewer Tommy Bowskill...

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    Review Copter Crisis

    What a load of cop(ter)!

    There's something appealing about being a helicopter rescue pilot: it's one of those aspirations we have when we're children of what we'd like to grow up to be. Sitting at home pretending to be one via Digital Leisure's latest WiiWare instalment certainly doesn't sound the full realisation of such childhood pipedreams, but Copter Crisis does have the potential to provide..

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    Review Solitaire

    Loners rejoice!

    It would be proper to regard any WiiWare program consisting of a game that's already pre-installed on every Windows PC in the universe as a complete waste of everyone's time. It would be about as pointless as releasing a poker game with rules for only one version of poker. The only way you could possibly justify putting out a...

  • Interviews Christmas Clix - JV Games

    JV Games talk Christmas Clix.

    With the upcoming release of their WiiWare holiday puzzler Christmas Clix this coming Monday in North America, we thought now would be a good time to get in touch with JV Games in order to find out a bit more information about the game. Jag Jaeger, CEO of JV Games, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to sit down with us for an interview. You can find..

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    Review Harvest Moon: My Little Shop

    Work sucks.

    Farm life has always been the focus of the Harvest Moon series, and My Little Shop technically continues that tradition. You do live on a farm and have to knock out the daily rituals of watering crops, feeding the chickens and petting the cows, but that’s pretty much it and is accomplished in about one minute. Which leaves you plenty of time to deal with the game’s namesake farm..

  • Nintendo Download 1-2 December 2009 (Japan)

    A light download selection next week after this week's mega releases.

    This week's update was full to bursting, so it's just as well that next week is a little on the light side with only a few downloads for both Wii and DSi. WiiWarePonjan (1000pts - Tomy) -- The Wii counterpart to the DSiWare release of the kiddy version of mahjong (real mahjong -- not the matching game). Virtual ConsoleKing of..

  • Impressions Max & the Magic Marker

    We take the unique WiiWare title for a spin.

    The kind folks over at Press Play were nice enough to send over a preview build of their upcoming WiiWare puzzle platformer Max & the Magic Marker for us to try out. Now that we've spent several hours playing through the game's 15 levels, we'll give you an idea of what you can expect from this rather unique WiiWare title. Please keep in mind that..

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    Review BIT.TRIP VOID

    Don't avoid the VOID

    The third release (of six) in Gaijin Games' BIT.TRIP series has quite a bit in common with its predecessors. And that is a good thing. Even better, though, is just how much VOID manages to stand apart from its popular older brothers. Rather than striving to recapture their specific glories, VOID charts territory of its own. And...

  • Nintendo Download Flip Champs, Missiles, Shanghai II, Copter Crisis, Dragon Master, Rabbids Lab and Solitaire (EU)

    The Virtual Console does not bring us what most of us wanted.

    After a week with no Virtual Console game, and the recent North American releases of Indiana Jones and Super Mario Kart, one would think that one or both of them would've been released in PAL regions this week - After all, either would've been the 300th VC game for Australia. Sadly, neither has been released, but we have finally gotten a..

  • News New Copter Crisis Gameplay Trailer

    Check out new footage of the game in action.

    The good folks at Digitial Leisure were kind enough to send over the brand new trailer for their upcoming helicopter simulation Copter Crisis that will be hitting the WiiWare service in Europe on November 27th and in North America on November 30th. You can check out the snippet of information on the game below, along with the brand new gameplay trailer..

  • News WiiWare Demo Program Proving Successful

    Sales boost seen for all games with free trials

    During an early november earnings meeting, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata explained how the company wants to get more people to visit the Wii and DSi Shop Channels and browse around, instead of going in already knowing what they want to get. Iwata then announced the company’s plans to roll out a temporary...

  • News Christmas Clix Coming November 30th

    Christmas comes early!

    You might remember that we recently reported that JV Games' new holiday puzzler Christmas Clix would be hitting the North American WiiWare service on December 7th. Well there's been a change of plans. JV Games today announced that Nintendo has bumped up the release of Christmas Clix one week to November 30th in North America...

  • Nintendo Download Karts, Blobs, Bits, Shops, Tournaments, PooYoos, Castles, Notebooks and More Plankton (US)

    Another mega update for North America.

    Multiple games were already announced for release this week, but they don't even make up half of the total releases. Each service gets more than one new game, and almost all of them are (or seem to be) good. The Virtual Console steals the show this time though - Super Mario Kart on the SNES is the long-awaited original game in Nintendo's famous racing series..

  • Nintendo Download 24-25 November 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare is back and the MSX returns with a vengeance, plus DSiWare and more Namco Arcade games!

    Japan gets a lot of downloads ordinarily, but next week must be setting some kind of record - and there's not even a public holiday to account for it! WiiWareOkiraku Kart Wii (500pts - Arc System Works) - You cannot keep the Family down, especially if there's a chance to attempt to ride Mario Kart's..

  • News BIT.TRIP VOID Coming This Monday

    Don't avoid the Void!

    Well all of you BIT.TRIP fans can rejoice now, as Gaijin Games has just Tweeted that their newest entry in the series, BIT.TRIP VOID will be hitting the North American WiiWare service on Monday, November 23 for 600 Wii Points. How's that for good news? You can check out the official press information on the game below, as well...

  • Nintendo Download Pokémon, Shootanto, All Time Classics, Army Defender, myNotebook and UNO (EU)

    Virtual Console takes a week off.

    It's an all-new game affair this week - There's not a single retro game in sight. WiiWare gets a mighty 4 new releases, but don't be fooled too much - Two of them are just demos North America got Monday but we didn't yet. DSiWare gets 4 games too, but there's no tomfoolery going around there. Arguably the biggest...

  • Guides Everything You Need To Know About Importing a Wii

    If you live in a PAL territory and are considering getting a North American Wii (or vice-versa), here's some tips to help you get the most out of it

    Given the pan-Wii coverage on Nintendo Life there's been plenty of opportunity for the green-eyed monster to make himself known on both sides of the Atlantic. You might have considered buying a Wii...

  • News Copter Crisis Gets Release Dates

    WiiWare helicopter sim is on its way.

    Digital Leisure has just announced that their Copter Crisis WiiWare title will be coming to Europe on November 27th and North America on November 30th. You can check out the official game description below for a taste of what you can expect from this unique helicopter title. You're in the pilot seat now! Copter Crisis puts you in the pilot’s seat! As a..