WiiWare - News

November2009

  • News All Rise for the First Phoenix Wright WiiWare Shots

    Court is now in session!

    Looks like the Phoenix Wright steam train is really picking up... er... steam at the moment, with the announcement yesterday and now the first screenshots of the rookie lawyer's transition to WiiWare. One thing you'll notice is that it looks absolutely identical to the GBA/DS versions of the game, with very little in the way of smoothing or consideration for the Wii's..

  • First Impressions Super Meat Boy

    We take Team Meat's upcoming platformer for a spin.

    The guys over at Team Meat were kind enough to send over a preview build of their upcoming PC/WiiWare title Super Meat Boy yesterday and we've spent the past few hours putting it through its paces and snapping a few screenshots in the process. The guys at Team Meat did want us to make sure and remind readers that this is a beta version of the game..

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    Review Pokémon Rumble

    Rumble or fumble?

    One thing we've learned time and again (sometimes painfully) is that when it comes to WiiWare there's no necessary correlation between quality and cost. Of the most expensive games available, for instance, one of them is arguably the best game on the service, and another is ...not. And so when a new release scurries into view...

  • News Phoenix Wright Series Coming To WiiWare

    Courtroom drama will adopt an episodic format

    The latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu has confirmed that Capcom's cult legal video gaming series Phoenix Wright is coming to Nintendo's WiiWare service, with the first instalment hitting the Japanese Wii Store next month. The series, which is known in Japan as "Gyakuten Saiban", has previously been released on the Game Boy Advance and..

  • News Rage of the Gladiator - Master Yee Trailer

    Check out the old wise master in action.

    The nice folks over at Ghostfire Games have just sent over the newest boss gameplay video for their upcoming Rage of the Gladiator WiiWare release. In this video you can see the aged Master Yee and his arsenal of attack moves. You can check out the full Master Yee gameplay trailer below for a taste of what...

  • News WiiWare Demo Service Now Available Worldwide!

    Which games are available? Read on!

    Some exciting news for all you WiiWare fans out there - you can now access free WiiWare demos through the Shop Channel! Yes, pop on your Wii console and you'll be able to download limited trial versions of selected games. You lucky European and Australian Wii owners can access Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord, BIT.TRIP BEAT and NyxQuest:..

  • Nintendo Download Pokémon, Whips, Fighters, Bowling Balls, Robots, Intersections and Demos (US)

    It's like a complete reversal - WiiWare only gets one new game this week, while DSiWare gets three.

    Nintendo would like you to think that they're releasing a whopping 6 WiiWare games today, but the truth is there's only one - The remaining five are all demos of other games, allowing those unsure of their purchase to check them out before spending money. The Virtual Console gets another version of..

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    Review My Zoo

    Bigger animals, bigger features.

    We thought quite highly of Hudson's last WiiWare game based on keeping animals, but we also warned potential buyers that it was not so much a game as an interactive screensaver. My Zoo is meant to expand on the previous game in many ways. Aside from the animals being bigger, there are many new features and things to do with them, meaning you're not just feeding and..

  • News Art of Balance Announced for WiiWare

    Cubic cranium conundrums on the way

    Puzzle games and physics go together like plumbers and mushrooms, so Shin'en Multimedia's announcement that Art of Balance is heading towards WiiWare is welcome news. Here it is in their own words: Shin’en Multimedia announces the development of Art of Balance for WiiWare. Grab your Wii Remote™ and build a balanced stack in this physics-based puzzler! Puzzle..

  • Nintendo Download Ninja Gaiden, My Zoo, Rock N' Roll Climber and Nintendo Touch Golf (EU)

    Things are a bit underwhelming this week.

    There's no doubt that a lot of people are waiting for the European release of Excitebike: World Rally, but it looks like Nintendo is letting us down for now - This week offers us only four new games, and none of them are particularly interesting. WiiWare's the only service with more than one game this time - My Zoo is Hudson Soft's "sequel" to My..

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    Review Excitebike: World Rally

    Will this remake kick the tires out from under the competition?

    Nintendo’s often-overlooked Excite racing series kicks in the turbo and has released not one but two new games this year. This time, the series returns to its roots with a remake of the original NES classic. But with so many other “excite”-ing options to choose from on the Wii, is...

  • News Onteca Announces Monsteca Corral For WiiWare

    Herd monsters away from danger that is more dangerous than monsters

    British developer Onteca yesterday announced their new WiiWare game, Monsteca Corral, and it will be hitting sometime in January. The game puts players in the shoes of a Monster Herder, whose job is to control a herd of monsters called Sdompe's and keep them away from danger and tomfoolery. Onteca said Monsteca Corral incorporates..

  • News Phalanx Remake Coming to WiiWare

    The Kemco shooter is getting an upgrade.

    Chances are you're familiar with Phalanx one way or the other - Originally released for the Japan-only Sharp X68000 and later ported to the SNES for all regions, the game's somewhat infamous for having some of the most ridiculously inappropriate boxart of all time. Of course, the game itself is actually pretty good, which already led to a Game Boy Advance..

  • News Christmas Clix Coming to WiiWare

    JV Games announce their newest WiiWare title.

    JV Games has just announced that they'll be bringing a unique Christmas-themed puzzler to the WiiWare service on December 7th called Christmas Clix. That means everyone out there in Nintendo Land will have something to play with their families during the Christmas holidays. You can check out the full press release below, along with a host of brand new..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (11th Nov)

    It's Wednesday again and time for the WiiWare Top 20!

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available on the Wii Shop Channel. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop Channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that easy! We compile this list using the USA region..

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    Review Dragon Master Spell Caster

    Dragon Master Spells Disaster

    In Dragon Master Spell Caster, you mount your pet dragon and take to the skies in search of thrilling adventure (or floating balls), engage in epic struggles with (or shake your Wii remote randomly at) elementally-themed opponents, and fly on into your new life of fame and fortune (or...turn your Wii off and think about...

  • Interviews Mecho Wars - Luc Bernard

    Luc talks about his many upcoming projects.

    Well we're constantly seeing new artwork and rumors about what our good friend Luc Bernard is currently working on and with these rumors beginning to mount, we thought it might be time to get in touch with him in order to find out any new information on his plans for the various Nintendo platforms. Of course with any Luc Bernard interview also comes the..

  • News Club Nintendo Japan Adds WiiWare Game Ultrahand

    Cook from afar for 50 points

    Club Nintendo Japan yesterday reminded the other Club Nintendos around the world just how much better it was by adding the first all-member game download to its service. Take that, Mario Party playing cards! Ultrahand is a bit of an oddity and centers around using the titular object to grab meat off a grill; at 50 Club Nintendo points it's one of the cheapest rewards on..

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    Review Frogger Returns

    The return of an arcade legend.

    It cannot be denied that Frogger is one of the original arcade hits. It was ported to pretty much every 8-bit console and computer system in the world, bootlegged numerous times and even immortalised in song on the seminal "Pac-Man Fever" LP by Buckner & Garcia. It's the only Konami arcade game from the...

  • News Hudson Soft Releasing My Zoo in Europe This Week, Shootanto Next Week

    It's been a while since the last Hudson WiiWare game, but now there will be two of them in two weeks.

    Hudson's My Aquarium has seen continuous success - Almost every single week, it is among the top WiiWare downloads. Obviously, they've taken note of that, because this week, they'll be releasing a sequel to it! And to top it off, next week, they'll be releasing a game North America already got a..

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    Review UNO

    Gameloft WiiWare card games, take two!

    Like many American board games, Uno was started by your average Joe making sets in his house and selling them to friends and neighbours before getting picked up by a big outfit and made into a classic. It's a fun social game that's been around for nearly 40 years now and is played around the world. Given the game's enduring popularity it should come as no..

  • News BIT.TRIP BEAT Updated!

    And it's quick and painless.

    If you've taken a look at Gaijin Games' official web site you likely noticed the announcement that their first Bit.Trip release BIT.TRIP BEAT has been updated on the Wii Shop Channel. This update makes a few improvements on the level unlocking scheme and a few other minor improvements. The other good news is that it...

  • Nintendo Download Bikes, Frogs, Dragons, Bombs, Plankton and Cybernoids (US)

    DSiWare gets another big batch of budget titles, WiiWare gets Excitebike.

    There's eleven new games this week, but don't get excited right away - five of them are budget DSiWare versions of commercial disaster Electroplankton. WiiWare gets the previously announced Excitebike and two more games, while Virtual Console gets two rather unremarkable games. Excitebike: World Rally is obviously the biggest..

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    Review Manic Monkey Mayhem

    A monkey barrel beater?

    Manic Monkey Mayhem is a clear attempt by UK-based developers The Code Monkeys to make a straightforward multiplayer shooter that anyone can play. All you need is a Remote and a decent throwing arm to pick this one up, but does it have enough depth to justify laying out 1,000 Points? The controls are very straightforward:...

  • News Pearl Harbor Trilogy Shots Come In To Land

    WiiWare dogfighting game squares up

    Thanks to our chums over at Legendo we've got a few new screenshots of their upcoming aerial ace Pearl Harbor: Episode 1 - Red Sun Rising, the first part of their Pearl Harbor Trilogy expected to hit WiiWare within the next few months. The title seems to be coming nicely, with some pleasing detail on the planes and some excellent concept art backing it all up..

  • Competitions Do you feel lucky, punk?

    Well, do ya? It's almost that time of year, the time of giving, we couldn't wait any longer so here's the winners from 4 of our recent fantastic competitions.

    Okay, so let's get started... we've drawn the winners from the 100s of entries using our very faithful rand() function. Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games Giveaway We've once again teamed up with SEGA to celebrate th

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    Review Carnival King

    Is this take on the old-fashioned carnival shooting gallery a hit or miss?

    There have been quite a few games over the years that have made use of various carnival-style shooting galleries. Some have leaned towards an arcade feel while others have gone for a more realistic experience using a light gun. Intelligent Technologies, makers of Target Toss Pro: Bags, has now released its own take on the..

  • Nintendo Download Fighting Street, Bomberman, Sudoku, All Time Classics, UNO and a Double Dose of Monkeys (EU)

    A lot of choices this week!

    A whole bunch of games were already confirmed for release today - But of course, they weren't the only games scheduled, and one of the confirmed games even got delayed at the last moment. WiiWare and DSiWare both get three new games, while the Virtual Console only gets one lonely new one. That loner is Fighting Street, the Turbografx-CD port of the original Street..

  • News Jackal ReBirth - The Next Konami ReBirth Game?

    Prototype screenshots seem to say so.

    Konami's been very busy making new versions of their classic games for WiiWare. With Gradius, Contra and Castlevania already done, and with Life Force apparently also on the way, they've picked some excellent series so far. Their fifth pick now seems to have been revealed as well. If you head over to designer Eric Testroete's site, you'll fi

  • News BIT.TRIP VOID Coming to North America November 23rd

    The third release in the Bit.Trip series coming for Thanksgiving.

    Gaijin Games has just announced that their BIT.TRIP VOID WiiWare title will be available in North America on November 23rd, just in time for Thanksgiving! The game will cost you 600 Wii Points and should give everyone something to do after stuffing down some turkey and dressing. You...

  • News Gaijin Games Releases BIT.TRIP BEAT Soundtrack and Sponsors Blip Festival 2009

    Here's some music for chip tunes fans ears!

    The folks at Gaijin Games have just announced that the official BIT.TRIP BEAT soundtrack is now available for sale via iTunes and CDBaby. The soundtrack features all of the in-game music from BIT.TRIP BEAT from chip-tunes composer BitShifter. You can also check out the press release snippet below for more...

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (4th Nov)

    It's Wednesday again and time for the WiiWare Top 20!

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available on the Wii Shop Channel. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop Channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that easy! We compile this list using the USA region..

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    Review Family Card Games

    The family that plays drinking games together, stays together

    Worn out from extended sessions of Table Tennis, Mini Golf and Slot Car Racing? Feeling like if you have to look at Mommy, Daddy, Billy, or Sarah’s plastic smiling faces one more time you will throw your Wii Remote through the TV? Why not unwind with a few pleasant card games? What’s that? You said “yes”? Then we have good..

  • News Brand New Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH screens

    Feast your eyes on some more screenshots.

    Two Tribes has just released a brand new batch of five screenshots for their upcoming WiIWare puzzler, Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH. The new screens are a bit more zoomed in than the previous ones, to give us a clear view at the game's smooth graphics. The screenshots can be viewed below in the image section - They're the five newest ones, of course! Two..

  • News Iwata: WiiWare Demos Are Coming

    Test program limited to a few titles at first

    It's about time. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed to investors during a Q&A session at a recent earnings briefing that the company would soon roll out a test program for WiiWare: demos. Since this hasn't officially been announced by Nintendo yet there are a lot of details missing, like when it's set to start. At this time it's unknown which..

  • News Manic Monkey Mayhem Set for Friday

    Only a small delay for Code Monkeys' banana 'em up

    Well, that wasn't such a long wait after all - Manic Monkey Mayhem has only slipped by a week, so any European WiiWare owners wanting to check out some simian-on-simian action should head onto the Wii Shop Channel this Friday when the title will be available. If you're not sure what Manic Monkey Mayhem is, be sure to check out our hands-on First..

  • News Stop Stress: A Day of Fury Coming Soon to WiiWare

    Abylight's newest title is on the way.

    The folks at Abylight have just officially announced that their upcoming WiiWare release Stop Stress: A Day of Fury is nearing release. They were also kind enough to send us over a group of new screenshots and gameplay video as well. You can check out the new screenshots below along with the official gameplay trailer showing the game in action. The most..

  • News LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias Takes Top Spot

    Highly-rated platformer goes to No.1 in both Europe and North America

    Frontier's LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias has stormed to the top of the North American and European WiiWare charts. This is hardly an unexpected achievement, when you consider how fantastic the game is. Our very own Marcel Van Duyn gave it a well-deserved 9/10 in his review...

  • Nintendo Download Fights, Shooters, Sparkles, Vikings, Dragons, Carnivals, Escapes and Card Games (US)

    A whopping 8 new downloads this week.

    There's nothing really big on DSiWare and WiiWare this week, so instead, Nintendo has chosen to release not 2, but 3 games for both services. The Virtual Console gets two well-known games, but both of them are of debatable quality. Let's start with WiiWare - "Aha! I Got It!" Escape Game is a lot like certain flash games you can find on the internet -..

October2009

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    Review Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 3

    A well-liked classic character returning makes everything better.

    As you might have expected, it's a tad pointless to review this game. It's a direct sequel to the previous chapter, and plays exactly the same way. As it is not recommended to play this before playing the previous two chapters, you should already know what you're getting into when you...

  • Nintendo Download 04 November 2009 (Japan)

    Japan converges the dates and a long lost Virtual Console system returns from the dead!

    Owing to a holiday on Tuesday Nintendo are releasing downloads for both Wii and DSi on Wednesday. Only one WiiWare release and two VC releases appear for the Wii, though Virtual Console fans will be excited to see the first NEO GEO game in ages. 4 DSiWare releases join them including a catch-up Art Style game..

  • News Frobot WiiWare Music Video

    Fear the fro!

    The guys over at Fugazo have put together a little promo video for their upcoming WiiWare release Frobot and they've put it together in a music video format. If you want to see some of the game in action and have a little laugh at the same time, take a look at the funny music video below. We'll have more information on Frobot as it becomes available, as well as a full review of the..

  • News Konami Announces Tomena Sanner For North America

    Dancing onto WiiWare next year

    Konami is just full of download announcements today, this time with one for North America. Previously released in Japan, Tomena Sanner is bringing its odd dance party to us other NTSC gamers early next year. The game has players take on the role of businessman Hitoshi Susumu who is behind schedule and won't stop running until he gets to his ULTIMATE DANCE PARTY. As..

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    Review Doc Louis' Punch-Out!!

    What's your favourite WiiWare download, Mac? Mine's chocolate.

    Before the release of the Wii version of Punch-Out!! earlier this year, rumors began circulating that a few "surprise" fighters would make appearances in the game. One of those rumors was that Mac would have to face his trainer, the rotund and irresistibly optimistic Doc...

  • Interviews Big John Games - Thorium Wars

    Big John Games talk Thorium Wars.

    Earlier this month we saw the release of Thorium Wars on DSiWare. The game was a pleasant (and unexpected) surprise, and we recommend it highly. Needless to say, we were excited by the opportunity to have a few questions answered by the developers. Read on for insight into the retail version that never was, the unfortunate catch-22 of touch-screen control, and..

  • Nintendo Download Zombies, LIT, Ghost Mansion Party, Little Red Riding Hood and Card Classics (EU)

    Get ready for Halloween with today's new download games.

    Nintendo of Europe's gone all out with Halloween-themed releases - 4 of this week's 5 new downloads feature zombies, ghosts and other typical Halloween monsters. Funnily enough, the only game that doesn't fit the bill is published by Nintendo. Zombies is probably much better known under its North American title of Zombies Ate My Neighbors,..

  • News Carnival King Coming to WiiWare on Monday

    Carnival shooting gallery action comes to WiiWare.

    We've just got word from Incredible Technologies that their upcoming WiiWare release Carnival King will be hitting the North American WiiWare service on Monday, November 2nd and will cost 700 Wii Points. Carnival King is an all-ages target shooting game that combines exciting 3D graphics and an enticing carnival sound track to create a fast-paced..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (28th Oct)

    It's Wednesday again and time for the WiiWare Top 20!

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available on the Wii Shop Channel. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop Channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that easy! We compile this list using the USA region..

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    Review Ghost Mansion Party

    Less party, more pooper.

    Mini-game collections are becoming a dime-a-dozen on the Wii console as of late, and with Halloween coming up, it comes as no surprise to see an aptly-themed release that's packed to the gills with yet another round of fairly standard mini-game fare. But at a lofty 1000 Wii Points, is this haunted board game release good enough to scare up some good times? While Ghost..

  • First Impressions Shadow Walker (Japan)

    Unconventional puzzling for the kiddies.

    This game kind of came out of nowhere, but there does seem to be few WiiWare games concerning shadows on the horizon: Nicalis' Night Game and Hudson's Tower of Shadow being the ones that spring immediately to mind. Shadow Walker's story isn't completely clear seeing as it's relayed storybook-style with a lot of Japanese text. There's a boy with yellow hair..

  • First Impressions Bit.Trip VOID

    Could the third time be yet another charm?

    Gaijin Games has really earned a place in many a retro-gaming fan's heart with their old, old-school Bit.Trip series on WiiWare. It's one of the shining examples of how good download games can really be: updated Atari 8-bit graphics with jazzed-up special effects and a soundtrack that's enhanced by the...

  • News Doc Louis Wants to Fight You

    If you bought it, Doc Louis's Punch-Out!! is now downloadable.

    If you live in North America and chose Doc Louis's Punch-Out!! as your platinum Club Nintendo reward, then you'll be happy to know that Nintendo of America sent out your download code yesterday. After getting the e-mail, simply go to the Wii Shop and enter the code in the correct section (under "Options") to unlock the game..

  • First Impressions Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth

    Worth getting your teeth into?

    The Castlevania series of action platformers is widely regarded as containing some of the best games on the Famicom, and indeed home consoles full-stop, with top-notch instalments on Super Famicom, PC Engine, Playstation and handheld platforms to name a few. Needless to say the news that the first GameBoy game was being given the WiiWare ReBirth treatment by Konami..

  • News Frogger Returns Coming To WiiWare

    Twelve times the size of the original game, says Konami

    Frogger, the little amphibian who has been trying to cross roads with varying success since the early 80's, is coming back for another go this fall. Frogger Returns, slated for a fall release, is being developed by Konami for PlayStation Network and WiiWare. New for this time around are time travel, invincibility and time freeze power-ups and..

  • News Feast Your Eyes On This Castlevania: ReBirth Footage

    Video of the first few levels hits the net, looks fang-tastic

    As you may already be aware, Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth came out in Japan recently. The Western release is still up in the air, so while you're waiting you might want to take a look at this footage, which has been posted up on YouTube by user jodecideion. Be warned - this may spoil your enjoyment of the game if you're the kind of..

  • Competitions Halloween with The Three Musketeers: One for All!

    Our friends at Legendo offer up 20 slices of download adventure in the form of The Three Musketeers: One for All!, open to almost anyone.

    To celebrate Halloween we've teamed up with Legendo to offer you 20 copies of the platform adventure The Three Musketeers: One for All!. The first 10 winners will be picked from our North American readers (that's...

  • News Excitebike: World Rally Coming To WiiWare

    Track editor, online multiplayer and more

    Nintendo's long-dormant Excitebike franchise has seen two entries proper: the original NES release and a 3D sequel in the form of Excitebike 64. Yeah, the Excite name has lived on in the excellent Wii releases Excite Truck and the more recent Excitebots: Trick Racing, but Bike fans know they're just not the same. But good things come to those who wait..

  • Nintendo Download Zombies, Ghosts, Monkeys, Axes, Royal Bluffs and Even More Sudoku (US)

    One of the most requested Virtual Console titles of all time arrives in time for Halloween.

    Halloween's coming up, and as is tradition for Nintendo, that means at least some of this week's downloads are related - It's only two this year, but who honestly cares when one of them is a Virtual Console game which has been on thousands of "most...

  • News More Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth Screenshots

    More gorgeous shots of the upcoming WiiWare release in action.

    Well it's not much, but we were able to get our hands on three additional screenshots of the upcoming WiiWare release Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth in action. As you can see in the screenshots below, the game looks absolutely amazing and should prove to be a great addition to the ever-increasing Rebirth series from Konami. As..

  • Interviews Hudson Entertainment/Pi Studios - Bonk: Brink of Extinction

    Hudson and Pi Studios talk about their new Bonk title.

    With the recent announcement from Hudson that they were creating a brand new adventure for our lovable caveman hero, we knew it was time to get in touch with them and find out more information about their upcoming WiiWare release Bonk: Brink of Extinction. We were lucky enough to catch up with...

  • Interviews The Code Monkeys

    Developers chat about their social simian saga

    Earlier this week we got a chance to visit the guys from The Code Monkeys and root around their upcoming banana 'em up Manic Monkey Mayhem, and you can read our First Impressions here. What you might not realise about The Code Monkeys is they've been around for over twenty years, having started out as conversion specialists back on the Spectrum and..

  • News More Manic Monkey Mayhem Game Modes Revealed

    Try saying that fast three times!

    The folks over at Code Monkeys have just sent out another press release that reveals a few more interesting game modes in their upcoming WiiWare release Manic Monkey Mayhem. You can check out the full press release below, along with a host of brand new screenshots of the game in action. And don't forget to check out our impressions of the game to find out what we..

  • Nintendo Download 27-28 October 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare is back with a vengeance and Japan gets its teeth into Castlevania: Rebirth

    After a hiatus Japanese download services are back in top form with 4 new WiiWare releases, 4 new VC releases and (only) 3 DSiWare titles - not too shabby! WiiWareSimple Series Vol. 5: The Judo (700pts - D3Publisher) -- A first-person judo game featuring local...

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    Review Shootanto: Evolutionary Mayhem

    An evolutionary step for light gun shooters?

    In the grand tradition of so-called “light gun” games, Shootanto uses the pointer function of the Wii remote to task the player with shooting targets onscreen as quickly as possible. Given the strengths of the Wii remote in this regard, the Wii should provide fertile ground for this genre. But is Shootanto the right fertilizer, or is it just..

  • Nintendo Download Shinobi, Brain Training, Combat of Giants, Protöthea and PictureBook Games (EU)

    WiiWare plays catchup, DSiWare gets more miniature retail titles

    Things are a bit disappointing on the download front for Europe this week - only the Virtual Console release can really be recommended. What's most interesting about this update is that we've finally gotten a WiiWare game North America has had for over a year - if only it was any good! It's taken a while, but the original Shinobi is..

  • News Rage of the Gladiator - Gargadan Trailer

    Take a look at yet another ferocious Gladiator opponent.

    Ed Roman, CEO of Ghostfire Games, has just sent over the latest video for their upcoming WiiWare fighter Rage of the Gladiator. In this newest trailer, you'll be introduced to yet another beastly fighter in the form of Gargadan, a twisted and ferocious Chimera who's size matches its appetite for blood. Gargadan’s Story: Gargadan is a..

  • News Solitary Castlevania Rebirth Screenshot Rises From Its Grave

    But it's a lovely screenshot nonetheless

    Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth comes out in Japan on the 27th of this month, but aside from a few images in Famitsu, we've seen precious little of the game thus far. That's changed somewhat, but not by much. A single screen from the game has been released onto the net, and while we'd rather have a few images to gaze longingly at, it's nice enough. The..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (21st Oct)

    It's Wednesday again and time for the WiiWare Top 20!

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available on the Wii Shop Channel. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop Channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that easy! We compile this list using the USA region..

  • News Muscle March Marches Westward

    Namco Bandai's crazy WiiWare game gets a USK rating.

    There's a whole lot of Japan-exclusive WiiWare games we'd love to see released elsewhere, as unlikely as some of them are. However, the USK has rated a certain game which is a real shocker - We thought it would be the absolute least likely game to be brought over. Muscle March was released on WiiWare in Japan last May, after being scrapped for..

  • First Impressions Manic Monkey Mayhem

    How do we like these bananas?

    It's a well-known fact that monkeys like to fling things at each other, so it should come as no surprise that UK developers The Code Monkeys have taken this concept and applied it to their first title for the WiiWare and DSiWare services, in the form of does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Manic Monkey Mayhem. MMM is a refreshing change from the regular crowd of party games as..

  • Nintendo Download Winds, Warriors, Dinosaurs and Domo-kun (US)

    A whopping five new DSi games.

    This week's a mixture of catch-up games and new ones - Who would've thought that all five announced Domo-kun games for DSiWare would be released at the same time? Of course, today also sees the North American release of LostWinds 2, the fantastic sequel to the WiiWare launch game, as previously announced. LostWinds:...

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    Review Little Tournament Over Yonder

    It can stay over yonder for all we care!

    The strategy genre is not a very popular one on WiiWare - aside from the RTS game Swords & Soldiers, there's no real "traditional" offerings available. Little Tournament Over Yonder finally gives us a turn-based strategy game, although it has some action genre elements as well. A match in Little Tournament consists of two "modes",..

  • Nintendo Download 20-21 October 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare returns, Dig Dug and more Tower DS!

    After a two-week hiatus WiiWare returns, though given we're getting a card game, it's a bit anti-climactic. WiiWareUNO (800pts - Gameloft) -- Gameloft again honours Japan with the first look at a WiiWare title (their last entry, Ghost Mansion Party still hasn't seen release in other territories). Online UNO could be fun (judging from screens it has Mii..

  • News IGA Involved With Castlevania: Rebirth; Next Project Top Secret

    Don't fret - Koji Igarashi is still alive and well, Konami confirms

    When Konami revealed its Castlevania series reboot Lords of Shadow at this year's E3, the absence of Koji "IGA" Igarashi raised some eyebrows. The legendary producer - who has been the Castlevania franchise head man since the days of Symphony of the Night - didn't seem to...

  • News LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias Coming to North America on Monday

    It seems the wait for a North American release wasn't as long as expected.

    Frontier has just announced that their brand new WiiWare sequel LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias will be released on the North American WiiWare service on Monday, October 19th for 1000 Wii Points. You can check out the official press release detailing the game's release below for more information. Frontier Developments..

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    Review Heron: Steam Machine

    WiiWare: the home of arcade puzzling goodness

    Many people ask "don't we have enough puzzle games on the Wii already?" Triangle Studios answers "no!" and it's hard to disagree with them - especially given the quality of recent releases including their own Heron: Steam Machine. A little animated introduction tells the game's back story of a rubber duck factory taken over by the..

  • Nintendo Download Star Wars, Little Tournament, Heron, Monochrome Puzzle and Viking Invasion (EU)

    Nintendo of Europe reveals Friday's download games two days in advance!

    Bumped for the Thursday night visitors! We believe this is a first - NoE regularly announces the weekly new downloadable releases one day in advance, on Thursday, but this time they've chosen to do it two days in advance instead. This week has the nice amount of five new games, but keep in mind that they will not be available..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (14th Oct)

    It's Wednesday again and time for the WiiWare Top 20!

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available on the Wii Shop Channel. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop Channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that easy! We compile this list using the USA region..

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    Review Gravitronix

    One of the first titles announced for WiiWare finally sees the light of day.

    Among the very first games announced for WiiWare, we might have expected to review Gravitronix around two years ago. But, as they say, life gets in the way. Plans change, things don't work out the way we expect them to, and release dates slip further and further away. It happens, and it's not infrequently to the benefit..

  • News Christmas in November? Club Nintendo Prepares to Ship Rewards

    Your Mario hat - or permission to punch Doc Louis in the face - is on its way!

    Good news has made its way to the inbox of many in the NA region who qualified for Elite Status this past year: Club Nintendo is getting ready to drop its bagful of goodies. If all goes well, Christmas might come a little early for those fortunate gamers who earned enough coins for a Mario hat or a copy of Doc Louis's..

  • News Manic Monkey Mayhem Swings in on October 30th

    The monkey madness is about to begin!

    Code Monkeys has just announced that their brand new WiiWare release Manic Monkey Mayhem will be hitting the European WiiWare service on October 30th. You can check out the official press release below for more information on the title, along with a batch of brand new screenshots on the game page. The Code Monkeys, an independent videogame development studio,..

  • News First Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth Screens Appear

    Latest issue of Famitsu provides a closer look at the highly-anticipated dose of retro goodness.

    Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has provided the world with a first look at Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth. The screens show the typical Gothic look we've come to love and expect from Konami's vintage series. The game appears to follow the...

  • News Heron: Steam Machine Available on WiiWare this Friday

    Yet another Dutch developer joins the party.

    Triangle Studios have announced that their upcoming puzzler Heron: Steam Machine will be available on WiiWare in Europe this Friday. Remniscent of the classic Pipe Mania/Pipe Dream, in this game you move around sections of pipe in order to stop a steam machine from overflowing. There is also multiplayer support for up to 4 players. For 500 Wii Points it..

  • Nintendo Download Pinballs, Fights and Gravity (US)

    One for each service, again

    With two games already previously announced, this week's new releases aren't very surprising, although many will no doubt be disappointed that a certain major WiiWare title Europe got last Friday is not part of the lineup. Final Fight 2 is arguably today's biggest new game, as it's really the only one we know a lot about. This SNES-exclusive sequel to the arcade classic..

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    Review LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias

    Is this Winter warmer as good as Toku’s first adventure?

    LostWinds was one of WiiWare's launch titles, and is still one of the best games on the service. Now, almost a year and a half later, it has finally gotten its long-awaited sequel. For the uninitiated, in LostWinds you took control of Toku, a young boy who found a magical crystal containing the spirit of wind, Enril. Using Enril, Toku could..

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    Review Happy Holidays: Halloween

    Take your holiday elsewhere!

    The idea of sending greeting cards to your Wii friends isn't a bad one - after all you can already send messages with photos - so as a concept a cheap and cheerful greeting card program could easily have a place on your Wii, but a Halloween-focused one? Creating an application that will only be used once a year seems...

  • News Hudson Bringing Shootanto: Evolutionary Mayhem to WiiWare

    Prehistoric shooting action set to hit the WiiWare service.

    Hudson Entertainment has just announced that they'll be publishing Shootanto: Evolutionary Mayhem on Nintendo's WiiWare service. You can check out the official press release below for more information on this upcoming WiiWare shooter release. You can also check out the screenshots of the game in action below as well. Wii™ owners will..

  • Nintendo Download 13-14 October 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare keeps on resting with VC and DSiWare action for Japanese downloaders next week.

    Incredibly it appears we're having a second consecutive week with no WiiWare releases in Japan, but with three more VC titles (including a much-loved Kirby release) and five DSiWare releases, it's hard to complain. Virtual ConsoleKirby Super Deluxe (800pts Super...

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    Review Word Searcher

    Words fail to impress

    Digital Leisure and Aksys seem locked in a fight to the death to see which company can release more generic, public domain games on the WiiWare service. Following up on their release of Sudoku Challenge earlier this year, which we found to be about as barebones a presentation of that game as you could get, DL now brings us ‘Word Searcher’. That’s the genre and the..

  • News Rage of the Gladiator - Sea Witch Trailer

    Here's another ferocious fighter from the upcoming WiiWare release.

    Ed Roman, CEO of Ghostfire Games, has just sent over another brand new gameplay video from their upcoming Rage of the Gladiator WiiWare release for everyone to check out. You can check out a snippet of information that accompanied the video along with the Sea Witch gameplay video itself below. The Sea Witch’s Story: The Sea..

  • News Bloober Team Unveils New Last Flight Screens

    Oh, I'm ready for it, come on, bring it.

    It's been a while since we last heard about Bloober Team's episodic WiiWare action-adventure horror title Last Flight, but fret not! The undead are still the greatest threat to aviation this side of snakes and we've got some fresh screens to prove it. The cel-shaded chop-'em-up stars Larry Adelman, a portly culinary critic with terrible luck. See, this..

  • News LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias Blows in on 9th October

    Frontier's latest opus set to become the 100th WiiWare release!

    We've just received word from Frontier that their follow-up to the critically-acclaimed LostWinds, subtitled Winter of the Melodias, will become the 100th game to launch on the WiiWare service when it hits on October 9th. Here's the official press release letting you know all about the upcoming windy goodness. David Braben,..

  • Nintendo Download LostWinds, Happy Holidays, Final Fight, Wonder Boy, Dragon Quest and Photo Clock (EU)

    Nintendo celebrates the 100th WiiWare release in style.

    Last week saw the release of a single WiiWare game in Europe, which happened to be the 99th - Logically, we all assumed that this meant Nintendo of Europe was saving something special as 100th release. Thankfully, we were right - One of today's new WiiWare games is a sequel to a launch game...

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (7th Oct)

    It's Wednesday again and time for the WiiWare Top 20!

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available on the Wii Shop Channel. If you're feeling adventurous you can even take a look for yourself by simply logging on to your Wii Shop Channel, heading into the WiiWare section and then viewing "Popular Games". It's that easy! We compile this list using the USA region..

  • News Gravitronix Hits WiiWare October 12th

    Hopefully this release date will stick this time.

    Well you might remember that last week Medaverse Studios announced that there would be a slight delay with the release of their upcoming WiiWare title Gravitronix due to some paperwork snafu. Well they've just informed us that the game has a new release date and will be available on the North American WiiWare service on October 12th for 500 Wii..

  • News Super Meat Boy Developer Hospitalized

    Edmund McMillen recovers but faces tough bills.

    Despite Team Meat's penchant for heavy doses of tomfoolery, this is no joke or lame "Viral Marketing" technique: Team Meat Developer Edmund McMillen was hospitalized Sunday night with gall bladder inflammation. He required surgery to have it removed. Making matters complicated is the fact that Edmund is one of the estimated 46 million..

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    Review "Aha! I Got It!" Escape Game

    Will you want to escape from this game as fast as possible?

    "Escape the room" games have been quite popular on the internet for a while — a quick Google search will yield a number of creative flash-based puzzlers in which the aim is to solve a number of puzzles within a single room in order to escape. With "Aha! I Got It!" Escape Game, developer Ateam has attempted to bring..

  • Nintendo Download Fantasies, Wars and Words (US)

    Square's original RPG classic is finally here.

    Just three games this week, but that doesn't mean they're not interesting - Especially not when one of them is the first game in Square's Final Fantasy seies. Final Fantasy on the NES was remade for the Game Boy Advance a while ago, which is possibly the reason Square held off on adding the game to...

  • News LIT Arrives in Europe on October 30th

    European gamers will get the game just in time for Halloween.

    Wayforward has just announced that their WiiWare horror title LIT will be released on the European WiiWare service on October 30th for 800 Wii Points. The wait has been long, but European gamers will finally get the opportunity to experience the spooky title for themselves. You can check...

  • News Fight Stress With Abylight's New WiiWare Title

    Stop Stress: A Day of Fury promises relaxation aplenty

    Abylight first caught our attention not so long ago with their decent WiiWare title Fish 'Em All, and now they're back on the scene with their next title, Stop Stress: A Day of Fury. Very little is known about the game at the moment, but Abylight have shared a video of its premiere at the Tokyo Games Show. It seems to be a first-person..

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