WiiWare - News

August2009

  • News Brand New Rage of the Gladiator Gameplay Video

    Check out the battle with the evil magician Lord Vensors!

    Ed Roman, CEO of Ghostfire Games, has just sent over a brand new gameplay video of their upcoming WiiWare fighting title Rage of the Gladiator in action. This is the battle with the evil magician Lord Vensors and you can see a handful of his magic tricks in action in the new gameplay video below. Ed was also kind enough to send us a batch of..

  • News Earthworm Jim Squiggling Onto WiiWare

    Hitting later this year.

    Party like it's 1994: Gameloft has announced a new Earthworm Jim game for mobiles and all three console's downloadable stores. We're not sure if it's an all-new adventure, as the wording of the press release seems to imply a remake of the first title. Let's hope for a new one, as the Genesis/Mega Drive original is already available on Virtual Console (and soon possibly on..

  • Nintendo Download Ninjas, Picture Books, Slot Cars, Sudoku and Guitars (US)

    Nintendo of America does a bit of catching up.

    There's nothing really unexpected this week - Except for the fact that it seems LucasArts won't be releasing their Super Star Wars games in consecutive weeks, as there's no new one this time. Four of today's five new games have already been released in Europe, so we've already got reviews ready. The Virtual Console has the best new game this week,..

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    Review 3-2-1, Rattle Battle!

    Will this party game keep everyone entertained, or will it just tire you out?

    Another minigame collection - as if the Wii isn't already overflowing with them! When done right, they can be quite entertaining, but Tecmo seems to have missed the whole point of the "minigame" concept by... well, by not offering a lot, really. This game only...

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    Review Family Slot Car Racing

    Slot car racing fun for the whole family...or is it?

    Arc System Works is clearly enjoying some success with the "Family" series of games because they just keep on putting them out. Considering what real life slot-car racing is all about a video game version could offer some improvements, so is it possible that this game is worthwhile?...

  • News Square Enix Drops Some Darklord DLC On Its PALs

    Available now, evil ones.

    Got some extra Wii points burning a hole in your digital pocket, PAL gamers? Square Enix has proposed a solution: buy FFCC: My Life as a Dark Lord DLC! First up is the Darklord Special Forces pack, which takes up 2 blocks and 500 space bucks. Included are six monsters: a melee Ogre, ranged Ahriman, magical Sahagin, some generic Coeurl and Chimera and healer Lamia. For 300..

  • News Official La-Mulana Site Goes Live

    Now you can check out all things La-Mulana!

    We've just received word from Nicalis that their brand new official La-Mulana Website is now live and ready for you to check out! There you'll find everything from the official gameplay trailer to screenshots and even an ongoing blog that will keep you up-to-date on all La-Mulana happenings. The beloved...

  • Nintendo Download Phantasy Star, Flipnote Studio, Sujin Taisen, Rattle Battle and Slot Car Racing (EU)

    2 DSiWare and WiiWare games, and one Virtual Console game.

    For the first time in quite a while, this week brings us two new DSiWare games. Today's other new releases aren't exactly surprising! For DSiWare, there's the previously announced Flipnote Studio, a nifty application which lets you draw your very own animations, which you can then fine-tune in various ways before uploading them to a special..

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    Review Rock N' Roll Climber

    Does this rock climbing simulation really rock?

    When word came down that Giles Goddard, the man who had a hand in creating such legendary game titles as Starfox and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was creating a WiiWare title, speculation began growing as to what type of game it could actually be. So to say it was shocking when it was announced that the game was a rock climbing simulation..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (12th Aug)

    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 Bit.Trip Core Gets European Date

    Prepare to thumb dance on August 21

    European fans waiting to continue the musical and psychadelic journey of Commander Video, the end is nigh. Bit.Trip Core, the second release in Gaijin Games' crazy difficult retro-inspired saga, is slated for an August 21 release in the Old World. For the sequel, you're put literally in the middle of the action...

  • Nintendo Download Kindred Spirits, Rock N' Roll, Star Wars and Different Art (US)

    Well, that didn't take long - Super Star Wars is available today, among other games!

    We only just reported on the ESRB rating a classic Star Wars SNES game less than an hour ago, but it turns out the rating isn't going to be sitting there without the game actually being out for multiple months - Super Star Wars is available today! It's accompanied...

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    Review OVERTURN

    WiiWare's first Mech-based fighting game enters the arena, but is it a champ or a chump?

    WiiWare is very sparse when it comes to games that feature massive, hulking robots battling it out in an enclosed arena. Studio Zan therefore don't have to face much competition in the genre, so with that in mind let's delve into this game and see if they've taken the time to make this one worth owning. Upon..

  • Nintendo Download Bonsai Barber, The Revenge of Shinobi and City Transport Maps (EU)

    Zoonami's hairdressing game is finally out, and it's accompanied by Sega's awesome ninja game. Oh, and some city maps.

    After skipping a week, the Official Nintendo Magazine has once again revealed the Wii/DSi updates in advance. As promised a while ago, today finally sees the European release of Bonsai Barber. Accompanying it is a single Virtual Console game and two DSiWare applications which might..

  • First Impressions Tomenasanner

    Rock rock planet rock, don't stop. Rock rock planet rock - DON'T STOP!

    What Tomenasanner means is anyone's guess (try guessing in the comments - better still, please advise if you know!). It's written in katakana so it's apparently a word of foreign origin (sure sounds it!), but the closest that Google Translate offered was "tomen" which apparently means "bridle" in dutch and..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (5th Aug)

    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 NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits Available in North America Next Monday

    Over the Top Games' awesome puzzle platformer finally crosses the ocean.

    Over the Top Games has finally announced a North American release date for their debut game, NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits. The game was released in Europe back in June, but week after week, did not show up in any North American Wii Shop updates. Thankfully, you can now rest easy knowing that the game will be out next Monday, the..

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    Review Sexy Poker

    Put on your Wii gloves…

    Filling the hole in Wiiware’s library of card games is Gameloft’s Sexy Poker, the self-proclaimed “first sexy poker game on the Wii.” It certainly is unique, but has Gameloft dealt their latest offering a winning hand? The first thing that must be said about Sexy Poker is that this is an M-rated game. For many of...

  • News Bonsai Barber out in Europe this week

    Zoonami celebrate the upcoming Euro launch of Bonsai Barber in style with a big carrot cake!

    Way back in March in North America our pals at Nintendo published a cheeky WiiWare title by the name of Bonsai Barber. The game was quite unique as you get the chance to try out your skills as a barber on a bunch of willing vegetables. Sure, it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but we found..

  • News Rage of the Gladiator Coming to WiiWare

    Ghostfire Games announces their brand new WiiWare title.

    Ed Roman, CEO of Ghostfire Games, has just sent over the official announcement of their brand new WiiWare title Rage of the Gladiator, along with a whole host of goodies to go along with it. See below for the trailer showing footage of the game, along with lots of screenshots. You might remember Ghostfire Games from their first WiiWare..

  • Nintendo Download Mechas, Sexy Poker, Football and Art (US)

    The Virtual Console shows signs of life.

    The past two North American Wii/DSi updates had no new Virtual Console games, but thankfully, there is one this week. It's accompanied by two WiiWare games and the final DSiWare Art Style game (For now). On WiiWare, today brings us the previously announced Overturn. Perhaps taking a bit of inspiration from...

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    Review Driift Mania

    Super Sprint and Super Off-Road had a baby and it's soooo cute!

    If you were a gamer in the mid-late 80s you'll probably remember a couple of arcade games called Super Sprint and Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off-Road, both of which gave 1-3 players the chance to compete in a series of races against human or computer-controlled opponents...

  • News Overturn: Mecha Wars Coming to WiiWare on Monday

    The tournament-based battle title is on its way to North America.

    Studio ZAN has just announced that their tournament-based battle game Overturn: Mecha Wars will be released on the WiiWare service in North America this Monday, August 3rd for 800 Wii Points. They were kind enough to send over a host of new screenshots of the game in action that you can check out below, along with a snippet of..

  • News Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes Announced

    Silent Dreams announce their brand new WiiWare strategy RPG title.

    Silent Dreams has just announced their brand new tactical strategy RPG title Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes that will be coming to the WiiWare service later on this year. You can check out the full press release below which gives loads of details on this new title and what you can expect from it. Fans of roleplaying and strategic..

July2009

  • News Nintendo Download 04-05 August 2009 (JAPAN)

    It's a mega update in the Land of the Rising Sun!

    The release schedules around the world have seen bumper crops of WiiWare releases (and in PAL territories VC ones courtesy of the latest Hanabi Festival); naturally being Nintendo's home territory it should come as no surprise that Japan outdoes even these impressive download service updates. Next...

  • News Telltale Games: 'Wii Audience Is Perfect For Us"

    Developer loves Nintendo's machine, actually

    Despite the fact that one of the company's staff is of the opinion that the iPhone is more powerful than the Wii, Telltale's design director has insisted that he thinks Nintendo's platform is a perfect fit for their games. We think the Wii audience is perfect for the kinds of games we make, orientated towards story and characters and casual play - a..

  • Nintendo Download Driift Mania, The Three Musketeers, Monkey Island and Guitar Rock Tour (EU)

    The Virtual Console takes a break after the Hanabi Festival.

    After North America did not get any VC games the last two weeks some people were rightfully worried that Europe would also not get any new ones as soon as the Hanabi Festival was over. Those worries were well warranted, because as it turns out, indeed, there's not one new VC game tonight! Instead, there's a whopping three new WiiWare..

  • News iPhone more powerful than Wii?

    Telltale Games seem to think so!

    Monkey Island hasn't even been out a week yet, and already a storm's brewing over the game's choppy framerate. When a fan complained on the Telltale Games forums about the Wii versions' framerate, a Telltale programmer went on record to say: ..The Wii is just not a powerful console. An iPhone is much more powerful than a Wii, even. Later on this programmer was..

  • News Worms Coming to WiiWare and Possibly DSiWare

    Now here's some good news for all you Worms fans!

    According to a SPOnG interview with Team 17, Worms will be headed to WiiWare, and possibly even DSiWare in the near future. The games have appeared on every major current generation platform at one time or another, but it's nice to hear news of the series making an appearance on Nintendo's WiiWare service. And the possibility of a DSiWare release..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (29th July)

    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 HB Arcade Cards

    You know what this game of Rummy needs? Gin. And lots of it

    HB Arcade Cards has one thing working for it, and three things working against it. Let’s start with the good news: it’s six great games for one low price, but you don’t need to read a review to tell you that. So now on with the bad news. The first problem the game has is that there is...

  • Interviews Night Game - Nicalis

    Nicalis gives us the lowdown on the much anticipated Night Game in this exclusive interview.

    Way back in November last year we interviewed Nicalis about Cave Story, a game which is being anticipated with as much excitement as 2D Boy’s World of Goo by indie fans. There is no question that Nicalis are set to impress with their overhaul of the classic freeware game by Daisuke Amaya. A refreshing..

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    Review The Three Musketeers: One For All!

    This week, Alexandre Dumas makes his WiiWare debut. Next week: Crime and Punishment Party!

    When it was first announced, The Three Musketeers: One For All! was the subject of much anticipation on the part of the WiiWare community, simply because it belonged a mysteriously under-represented genre: the action platformer. This earned it a lot of...

  • News Bonsai Barber Giveaway: Get Your Free Seeds Now

    Live in Europe? Want some free celery, carrot or onion seeds? Act now!

    To celebrate the upcoming August 7th release of Bonsai Barber in Europe, Zoonami Games has started a fitting giveaway promotion for the game. Simply shoot an email to bbseeds@zoonami.com with your name and address, and you will be mailed a..

  • News Nintendo Rep: Virtual Console Being Toned Down

    Supposedly steering towards more original games.

    Bummed about how crappy Nintendo of America seems to treat Channels and the Virtual Console? Aren't we all. The Gamebag was so bummed they emailed Nintendo. When queried about the slowed VC support, a customer service rep replied with what we've all seen coming but hoped wasn't true. We understand...

  • Interviews Driift Mania - Konami

    Konami's European studio spill the beans about their upcoming WiiWare racer!

    With the upcoming July 31st European release of Konami's WiiWare top-down racing game Driift Mania approaching fast, we thought that now might be a good time to get in touch with the developers behind it in order to find out a bit more about the game. Axel de Rougé, the Lead Producer for Driift Mania at Konami, was kind..

  • Interviews Max & the Magic Marker - Press Play

    Press Play talk about their upcoming WiiWare platformer.

    Ole Teglbjærg from Press Play was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer a few of our questions in an interview regarding their upcoming WiiWare platformer Max & the Magic Marker. You can check out the full interview below to find out what he had to say to Nintendo Life. Nintendo Life: Can you tell us a little bit..

  • News La Mulana Creator Addresses Speed Concerns

    No need to worry about the slow speed of the first trailer.

    There have been some readers who've commented about the speed of the WiiWare La Mulana title in the first trailer that was released. Takumi Naramura, La Mulana creator and director of the upcoming WiiWare version of the game saw some of these comments and wanted to set the record straight as far as the concerns voiced regarding the speed..

  • News Brand New Zombie Panic in Wonderland Screenshots

    New screenshots galore!

    We just got in a bunch of brand new screenshots of the upcoming WiiWare release Zombie Panic in Wonderland in action! You can check out the game description below along with the all-new set of screenshots of the game. Enjoy! Blast all the zombies! The game is a first-player shooter game with a very simple system. The player controls the character´s movements with the..

  • News Want Your Name in Furry Legends?

    Here's your chance!

    Have you ever played a video game and thought your name would look good in there somewhere? If so, you're going to get your shot at fame and fortune. Okay, maybe just the fame part. Gamelion Studios, developers of the upcoming WiiWare release Furry Legends are giving one or two gamers the chance to have their names placed inside...

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    Review Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1

    Guybrush Threepwood’s first new adventure in almost 9 years. Is he still the wannabe pirate king of adventure games?

    The 'point and click' adventure has been clinically dead for quite a while now, largely because it seemed impossible to make a good example of the genre in 3D. Many developers tried, but almost all of them failed, mostly due to...

  • Nintendo Download Monkeys, Musketeers, Cards and Sudoku (US)

    Virtual Console sits out again.

    We're really wondering what's going on over at Nintendo of America - Last week didn't have any VC games, but this week doesn't either! For about the 7th time in a row, there are 3 new WiiWare games, though. Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal is the first episode in Telltale's new...

  • News La Mulana Announcement and Trailer

    See the WiiWare version of La Mulana in action!

    You might remember that Nigoro and Nicalis recently announced their new partnership. Well, these two companies have now officially announced their new WiiWare title La Mulana and have released the first trailer showing the game in action. You can check out the brand new trailer below, along with the official press release announcing the game. Nigoro,..

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    Review ColorZ

    It’s a colourful world we live in.

    ColorZ is a game whose trailer captured the attentions of many with its vibrant colours against light backgrounds and novel colour fusion mechanic. The sight of gently drifting UFOs floating through groups of stationary enemies accompanied by an ambient/trance techno soundtrack and no shooting in sight created the impression it was the kind of game you could..

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    Review Battle Poker

    Battle Poker? I hardly battle know her!

    There are a few things about Battle Poker that you will notice as soon as you start playing the game, and one of them is that at no point do you actually play any poker. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not, but it does lead to a slightly schizophrenic experience. Basically, Battle Poker is a collection of puzzle-based minigames (all but two of which are..

  • News Tales of Monkey Island Coming to WiiWare on Monday

    The premier episode is almost upon us.

    Good news for fans of the Tales of Monkey Island titles, the first episode, "Launch of the Screaming Narwhals", is set to hit the North American WiiWare service on Monday, July 27th at a cost 1000 Wii Points. We've also been informed that information regarding a European release should be coming soon as well. We'll have more information on Tales of..

  • Nintendo Download 28-29 July 2009 (Japan)

    2 arcade classics, 3 new WiiWare titles and a bumper crop of DSiWare next week.

    Looks like we're back to a more familiar release schedule in Japan, but the number of new DSiWare releases is more than normal with 9 new titles (though it has to be admitted two of these are guidebooks). The Virtual Console releases include Tecmo's second offering for the VCA: Ninja Ryukenden, which gamers elsewhere..

  • News Brand New Stunt Cars Screenshots

    Check out the newest screens of the game in action!

    We just got in a bunch of brand new screenshots of the upcoming WiiWare release Stunt Cars for you to check out. As you can see, the game is really shaping up and should be worth keeping an eye on between now and its WiiWare release. We'll keep you posted on any new developments, and we'll have a full review of the game when it hits the WiiWare..

  • News Nicalis and Nigoro Join Forces

    Cave Story and La Mulana publishers form a partnership!

    You might remember that we ran a news story yesterday on the indie platformer La Mulana coming to the WiiWare serice. Well, we now know who's going to be responsible for bringing this amazing game to WiiWare. It seems that these two indie companies have joined forces to co-develop and publish the same La Mulana title we wrote about yesterday..

  • Nintendo Download Kirby's Dream Land 3, Twinbee, ColorZ, Heracles and Sudoku (EU)

    The Hanabi Festival ends with its last two games.

    The UK's Official Nintendo Magazine has once again spilled the beans on tomorrow's update in advance, although there's really only one game we didn't know about yet. As was pretty much guaranteed to happen, tomorrow sees the release of the final two Hanabi Festival games. They're accompanied by another two WiiWare games and one DSiWare game. Kirby's..

  • News La-Mulana Coming to WiiWare

    The amazing indie release is headed to WiiWare.

    Now here's some fantastic news for those of you who can appreciate an old-school platformer. The Japanese indie platformer La-Mulana is headed to the WiiWare service! This news has officially been confirmed by Nintendo Power magazine, but any further details are a bit sketchy at the moment. You can check out the indie classic in all its glory below..

  • News The Three Musketeers: One for All! Coming to North America on Monday

    The unique new WiiWare platformer is almost here!

    Well we originally expected The Three Musketeers: One for All! to land on the European WiiWare service first, but it seems that's not going to be the case. Legendo Entertainment has just put out a press release announcing a July 27th North American release for the game for a price of 900 Wii Points. Of course the game is still also on tap for a July..

  • First Impressions Magnetis

    We put the upcoming WiiWare puzzler through its paces!

    The guys over at Yullaby were kind enough to send over a preview build of their upcoming WiiWare puzzler Magnetis for us to try out. I got to spend a few hours with the game today and I have to say, it's really surprised me. Now I expected it to be a good puzzler, but the game has a very unique feel to it and some very challenging game play to..

  • News Icon Games Announce Plans for Wiiware

    Arcade Darts, Arcade Sports & Stuntcars coming later this year.

    You may have noticed recently that we added 3 mysterious WiiWare games to our ‘coming soon’ list: Arcade Darts, Arcade Sports and Stunt Cars. These games are all in development by UK based developer Icon Games. Naturally we got in touch to find out more. Here is what Richard Hill-Whittall (Head of Development) had to say about..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (22nd July)

    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..

  • Interviews Tales of Monkey Island - Telltale Games

    We asked Telltale some questions about the legendary series which has finally come to a Nintendo platform.

    Who hasn't heard of the Monkey Island series? Although it has never been on any Nintendo platform until now, most people still know that it's one of the greatest point and click adventure series ever made, but after Escape from Monkey Island, released in 2000, it sadly seemed to have died..

  • News Brand New Liight Gameplay Trailers Released

    Check out Liight in action!

    Studio Walljump have just updated us on the progress of their long-awaited WiiWare release Liight. They were also kind enough to send us three brand new gameplay videos of the game in action that you can check out below as well. It's worth mentioning that Liight was recently announced as a PAX 10 selection and will be in playable form at the upcoming Penny Arcade Expo..

  • News The Mystery of Whiterock Castle coming to WiiWare soon

    Can you solve the mystery within?

    We just received a press release from German publisher RTL Playtainment along with two screenshots about a new WiiWare game by the name of The Mystery of Whiterock Castle. It appears to be a medieval version of ‘Where’s Wally’ (Waldo), where the player has to search for items in the landscape. The pedantic among you may have picked up on the bold claim “The..

  • Nintendo Download Art, Cards and Crystals Have Gamers Seeing Spots (US)

    Mostly a catch up week for North America!

    Nintendo of America is playing catch up this week with the release of three titles that have already been released in Europe. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord (WiiWare - 1000 Points) was just recently released in Europe and you can check out our review of the game to find out what we thought about it. It's the sequel to My Life as a..

  • News Sexy Poker - ESRB Rated Sans Nudity

    But it still manages to pull an "M" rating.

    Well the Sexy Poker ESRB rating saga continues on, and this time the game gets through with an "M" rating. Of course there is no more nudity - only sexy lingerie to stare at. Below is the official content rating entry for Sexy Poker for the WiiWare service that gives some details on why the game received an "M" rating. SEXY POKER..

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    Review Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord

    Here's your chance to try out life as a Darklord!

    As a launch title for the WiiWare service in all regions, the long-titled Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King was highly anticipated by fans of the famous series and city-building enthusiasts alike. Having received positive critical acclaim from the gaming world, which appeared to...

  • News My Life as a Darklord Coming to North America on Monday

    Better get those Nintendo Points ready. Lots of them!

    According to the official Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord web site, the game is set to hit the North American WiiWare service on Monday, July 20th for 1000 Nintendo Points. Below is a list of all the available downloadable content and you can also check out the official trailer for the game on the official web site..

  • Interviews Magnetis - Yullaby

    Yullaby talk about their upcoming WiiWare puzzler.

    We were recently lucky enough to catch up with Etienne and Romain of Yullaby to talk a little bit about their upcoming WiiWare puzzler Magnetis. Etienne Périn is the main 2D/3D artist and lead game designer of Magnetis and Romain Gauthier is the music composer and sound designer of the game. You can find out what they had to say to Nintendo Life..

  • News Max & the Magic Marker Trailer and Screenshots

    Check out the game in action!

    Press Play has just released a brand new trailer for their upcoming WiiWare release Max & the Magic Marker. Below is a bit of information about the game and you can also check out the first world of the game in action in the trailer below. Max & the Magic Marker is a physics based 2D platform game, in which the player controls the boy Max and his Magic Marker..

  • News Tomenasanner Mad New Title from Konami for WiiWare

    More mental game stylings as only the Japanese can deliver them!

    It's not really apparent why Japanese game developers have such a penchant for wacky game ideas that provide a draw for many curious Westerners: it could be a reaction to growing up in a culture of overwork and is an explosive expression of repressed id. Whatever the reason, it's welcome by many who regard games such as Muscle March..

  • News Nyx goes on a Furry Quest

    More cross-pollination in the crazy world of WiiWare!

    Not to be outdone by Commander Video's Meat Makeover we have now learnt that the upcoming WiiWare game, Furry Legends will feature a cameo from none other than Nyx from the rather excellent NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits! Here’s what the guys at Gamelion had to say on their Twitter page today: Hidden character in Furry Legends! Nyx from NyxQuest..

  • News Commander Video's Meat Makeover

    Bit.Trip protagonist gets a fresh coat of beef for his Super Meat Boy appearance.

    This story has been out for a few days, and Team Meat let it slip awhile ago that Commander Video would make a cameo, but we're just so anxious for Super Meat Boy that we couldn't help but to devote another post to it: Edmund McMillen recently posted a design of the...

  • Nintendo Download 21-22 July 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare catch-up, another classic Namco arcade game and some simple DSiWare puzzling adventure next week.

    Next week's schedule is a little on the light side (though as with previous weeks it's possible that Nintendo of Japan is updating their website piecemeal) with only 1 new WiiWare release, a couple of VC offerings and a single DSiWare release. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (800pts -..

  • News Brand New Chronos Twins DX Screenshots

    Check out the upcoming WiiWare title in action!

    The good folks over at EnjoyUp just sent us a fresh batch of Chronos Twins DX screenshots for you to enjoy. The more we see screenshots of the game in action, the more we want to try it out for ourselves. Maybe the wait won't be too much longer. Until then you can check out the ten brand new screenshots below for a taste of what's to come with this..

  • Nintendo Download MUSHA, Smash Table Tennis, My Life as a Darklord and Puzzle League (EU)

    The Hanabi Festival delivers the 300th European VC game.

    Nintendo's official UK magazine has once again spilled the beans on the upcoming Wii and DSi update. Surprisingly enough, Nintendo has not chosen to make Kirby's Dream Land 3 the 300th VC game, despite it being a planned Hanabi Festival release. At least the game which is now #300 is a great one! MUSHA, also known as Musha Aleste, is part of..

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    Review Ant Nation

    An antagonizingly good game.

    Konami returns to Wiiware with another semi-strategy game. This time instead of reactively fending off crabs, you’ll be proactively leading a nation of ants in a war of senseless aggression. Finally, those ladybugs will get what they deserve. But is this nation worthy of a leader such as you? Ant Nation is...

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (15th July)

    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 The Three Musketeers: One For All European/Australian Release Date Revealed

    It's time to gear up for The Three Musketeers: One For All!

    Legendo Entertainment has just announced that their upcoming WiiWare release The Three Musketeers: One For All! will be coming to the European and Australian WiiWare service on Friday, July 31st. The game will cost 900 Wii Points and and you can check out the official press release below for a full rundown on what you can expect from this..

  • News Gaijin Games Releases BIT.TRIP Teaser

    Can you figure this one out?

    Gaijin Games has dropped off another coded message via this months Nintendo Power magazine for gamers to begin speculating about. You can check out the message below to see if you can make heads or tails of it. Those guys at Gaijin Games sure like to play with our heads, don't they? :D...

  • News Doc Louis's Punch-Out!! - First Screenshots

    Two screenshots show off Doc Louis's return to the ring.

    Nintendo has released two screenshots of Doc Louis's Punch-Out!! to show people what they can expect from the Club Nintendo exclusive WiiWare game. Keep in mind that right now this will be exclusive to North Americans who have achieved a platinum member status! As expected, it's pretty much an extra fight for the retail Wii game, in which you..

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    Review Incoming!

    Beware of incoming duds.

    Welcome to Incoming!, a game of projectile combat. You command a tank (or a small group of tanks), and you will be expected to demolish the other tank (or small group of tanks) by adjusting the angle and velocity of each shot. You've played games like this before, and you've probably enjoyed them. In fact, the first time you play this game, you'll take one look at the..

  • News Take on Doc Louis in a Club Nintendo Exclusive Punch-Out!! Game

    North American platinum Club Nintendo members get an exclusive download.

    Live in North America? Registered a bunch of Nintendo games and/or systems before June 30th? Then you should've gotten an email a few weeks ago saying that you achieved platinum (Or gold) membership status. Nintendo of America has now revealed what rewards this will get you. If you've only achieved gold status prepare for..

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    One for all and all for one, Legendo are always ready (for an interview that is!)

    With the release of Legendo’s The Three Musketeers: One For All! drawing ever closer, we thought it was about time to get in touch with Bjorn Larsson, the CEO and Executive Producer at Legendo, to find out what we can expect from their WiiWare debut. Thankfully he was able to take a few moments out of his busy..

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    Review 5 Spots Party

    Can you spot the difference?

    5 Spots Party is based upon the tried and true pen and paper game "Spot the Difference," a staple of children's activity magazines since forever where the object is to compare two pictures (usually drawings) and identify a set number of differences between them as a means of passing the time. This game originally appeared on the PC where it had the top spot..

  • Nintendo Download Bits, Tanks, Ants, Commandos, Pulses and Brains (US)

    Nintendo of America counters Nintendo of Europe with an import week of their own. Also, more WiiWare!

    Nintendo of America sure loves WiiWare all of a sudden. This week sees yet another three new WiiWare releases, along with two VC imports recently released in Europe. DSiWare only gets a single new game. As previously announced, today is the North...

  • News Bit Boy!! and Tales of Monkey Island Coming to North American on Monday

    Two WiiWare releases already confirmed for a Monday release.

    Bernd Geiblinger has confirmed via the Bplus Forums that their newest WiiWare release Bit Boy!! is coming to the North American WiiWare service on Monday, July 13th. Also confirmed for release by IGN this Monday is Telltales's Tales of Monkey Island EP 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal WiiWare title. You can check out our Bit Boy!!..

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    Review Karate Phants: Gloves of Glory

    A fighting game based upon a licensed property -- what could possibly go wrong?

    As a general rule video games based upon licensed properties tend to be bad. For every decent game you'll find dozens of hastily churned out movie show tie-ins where the license is more important than the underlying game. The fighting genre has had some notable exceptions to this rule of course, with the VS Capcom..

  • News Incoming Trailer and Screenshots

    Check out JV Games' upcoming WiiWare title in action!

    JV Games has just recently announced their newest WiiWare title Incoming and we've gotten our hands on the official gameplay trailer showing the game in action. The kind folks at JV Games were also nice enough to send over some artwork and screenshots of the game as well for everyone to check out. Incoming is a fast-paced strategic combat game..

  • Nintendo Download 14-15 July 2009 (JAPAN)

    Japanese WiiWare is back from holiday with a vengeance, plus Shinobi!

    Aside from Electroplankton, last week was possibly the driest Japanese download week in living memory. Nintendo has made up for the WiiWare break last week with five new WiiWare titles in addition to two new Virtual Console Arcade titles and a slew of Game and Watch titles for the DSiWare service. Marcel has already posted the..

  • Interviews ColorZ - Exkee

    We talk to Exkee about their upcoming WiiWare release.

    With the upcoming July 24th release of Exkee's first WiiWare offering ColorZ, we thought it might be a good time to get in touch with the developers in order to find out a bit more about the game. Romain Streichemberger, Production Director at Exkee, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer some of our questions. You can..

  • Nintendo Download Bomberman '94, StarTropics II, 5 Spots Party, Karate Phants and BOXLIFE (EU)

    The Hanabi Festival continues with two more imports on VC, two WiiWare games and one DSiWare game.

    Last week brought us the excellent Pulseman and Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen as the first two imports of the fourth Hanabi Festival. This week brings us two more imports, and again, both of them are great! Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II is the second and, sadly, last StarTropics game. You..

  • News Hudson possibly bringing Shootanto Kakohen overseas

    Arcade-style shooter may be Hudson's first outing as a WiiWare licensor.

    Siliconera have found a US Trademark filing which appears to indicate that Hudson are undertaking the localisation of Grand Prix's 2008 arcade-style shooter Shootanto: Kakohen in what is sure to please folk curious about this currently Japanese-only title. The game was released in December 2008 and got some attention due to..

  • News WiiWare and DSiWare Mecho Wars Games Approved by Nintendo

    Mecho Wars headed to the Wii and DSi within the next few months.

    It looks like the wait for the WiiWare and DSiWare versions of Luc Bernard's Mecho Wars won't be too much longer. According to Oyaji Games' web site news section, both games have passed approval at Nintendo and are ready to go. Below is the news snippet from Oyaji Games' official web site. Mecho Wars on WiiWare and DSiWare have both..

  • News Official Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord Trailer

    Check out the official English trailer of the game in action!

    We got our hands on the official English trailer for the upcoming Square-Enix WiiWare release FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord for everyone to check out. As you can see from the trailer, the game is a very different gameplay experience from the original FINAL...

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (8th July)

    It's Wednesday (sort of) 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..

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    Review Heracles: Chariot Racing

    Will Heracles slay the Titan of Nintendo racing games?

    Due to the space constraints that Nintendo places on WiiWare games, most games on the service are short, simple, and lacking in the graphics department. One certainly would not expect a complete port of a PlayStation 2 game on the service. But that is exactly what developer Neko Entertainment has given us here, and at a price point equivalent..

  • Interviews Super Meat Boy - Team Meat

    The insane guys at Team Meat lay it all out for your viewing pleasure.

    We recently caught up with Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes of Team Meat and took the opportunity to get a progress report on the development of their upcoming WiiWare title Super Meat Boy. Now before we proceed with the interview, it's worth mentioning that this little Q&A...

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    Review Bit.Trip Core

    Gaijin Games are back with the second game in the BIT.TRIP saga

    The original BIT.TRIP BEAT took the old-school play control of Pong and created a unique and more modern spin on it. It was a bit like the original Pong games, but with far more charm and visual flair. Now Gaijin Games has taken that successful formula and bumped it up a level to give...

  • Talking Point Bit Boy!! Took 50 Times More Work Than Bit.Trip?

    It did according to Bernd Geiblinger of BPlus!

    Over on the official BPlus forums, Bernd Geiblinger, Art Director at Bplus (AKA WiiBoy) posted the following: Now - we fought for the 'PADING'-GameBoy sound on the game start. For the PukiPuki-Sound like you know it from original tetris and Super Mario Land including the hearts in 'PAUSE'. Complete...

  • News FFCC: My Life as a Dark Lord Coming to Europe July 17th

    The sequel to My Life as a King is headed to Europe soon.

    FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King was one of the original launch titles for the WiiWare service and fans have been clamoring for a sequel ever since. Well the wait is almost over as the game has just been announced for release on the European WiiWare service on July 17th. FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Dark..

  • Nintendo Download Cores, Bubbles, Chariots, Sports, Numbers and Cars (US)

    Three more WiiWare games, including the 100th WiiWare release!

    Today sees the release of yet another 3 WiiWare games! They're accompanied by two new DSiWare games and one Virtual Console game. Bit.Trip: Core is the second game in Gaijin Games' Bit.Trip series and officially the 100th WiiWare game. The big difference between it and Bit.Trip: Beat is...

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    Review Bit Boy!!

    Will you want to join Kubi on this totally crazy pixellated retro journey?

    There has been a fair amount of hype surrounding the release of Bplus’ Bit Boy!! which is understandable as it taps into our love of retro gaming in much the same way as Mega Man 9 and Bit.Trip Beat did. Bit Boy!! offers a puzzling experience not unlike Pac-Man and adds a...

  • News Konami Announces WiiWare Plans for Europe

    DRiiFT MANIA this month, Contra Rebirth in August.

    Konami already released Gradius Rebirth in Europe yesterday, but that won't stop them from releasing another game this month! To top things off, next month they'll be releasing a completely new Contra game which Japan has already been enjoying for a while. DRiiFT MANIA, which will be released later this month, is an overhead racing game similar to..

  • News Incoming! Coming to WiiWare in July

    JV Games' strategy-combat game headed to WiiWare soon.

    JV Games Inc., creators of Frat Party Games Pong Toss, are getting set to release their second WiiWare title onto the service in July. Incoming! will make its North American WiiWare debut sometime in July. You can check out the official press release below for more information on this interesting WiiWare title. JV Games Inc. is pleased to..

  • Interviews BIT.TRIP CORE - Gaijin Games

    Gaijin Games talk about their upcoming BIT.TRIP CORE release.

    With the upcoming release of Gajin Games' BIT.TRIP CORE WiiWare title on Monday, we thought it was time to get in touch with the ever-insightful CommanderVideo, aka Alex Neuse, CEO of Gaijin Games, to find out what we can expect from their second BIT.TRIP release. As usual, Alex was as...

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