WiiWare - News

April2009

  • News Crystal Defenders R1 and R2 Coming to Europe Soon As Well!

    Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands aren't enough - Square Enix wants complete WiiWare domination the next few weeks!

    It's not just Taito properties that Square Enix will be releasing on WiiWare in April and May - They're also releasing the Final Fantasy spinoff Crystal Defenders, which comes in two parts - Crystal Defenders R1 and Crystal Defenders R2. Crystal Defenders was previously released on..

  • News WiiWare Versions of Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands Coming to Europe Soon

    Bubble Bobble this week, Rainbow Islands next month!

    Ratings for Bubble Bobble Plus! and Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure! have been sitting on the OFLC for quite a while, and as you might know, Japan got the two games quite a while ago. Thankfully they're now coming soon! These two games are not just straight-out remakes of Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands - They feature completely new levels..

  • Nintendo Download DSiWare, Equilibrio & Uncharted Waters (US)

    A monster DSiWare update to kick off the new North American ‘Nintendo Download’. Worry not, Wiiware and VC fans are not completely forgotten this week either.

    As you will see this week’s 'Nintendo Download' update is a bit of a beast as it includes all the DSiWare launch titles (which of course came out on Sunday!). For those thinking about...

  • News Equilibrio Available on WiiWare Today in North America

    Gripping, Gyrating Ball Puzzler That Tests the Old Grey Matter played with either the Wii Remote or Wii Balance Board.

    There were whispers of the WiiWare action puzzler, Equilibrio coming out today in North America over the weekend, but we thought we’d wait until we could show you the full press release. For Balance Board owners this looks set to be a great purchase at the keen price of 500..

  • News New WiiWare Game: Fish'em All

    Get your nets out and prepare to catch yourself some fish for dinner!

    Another day, another WiiWare game to announce to the world! Spanish developers Abylight recently got in touch giving us an exclusive look at their upcoming WiiWare puzzler Fish'em All. As you will see from the screenshots in our gallery below, it certainly looks very nice. We don’t know too much more yet, other than what is..

  • Nintendo Download 7th April 2009 (Japan)

    Another games tsunami hits the Japanese Wii Shop!

    You know I just bought 6000 Wii points for the PAL service expecting a ton of new WiiWare and Virtual Console Arcade titles to appear imminently. I may be somewhat impatient, but it's extra disheartening to see two single-release Fridays in a row and then the nearly non-stop flood of content hitting...

  • News Curve Officially Announces Explodemon!

    Although we posted a news article yesterday about Curve's upcoming WiiWare action/platformer, it's finally been made official with today's press release.

    For those of you who have seen the gameplay trailer for Explodemon, it would seem that this is just the type of game the WiiWare service has been in need of lately. Curve has just sent out the...

  • News Explodemon Coming to WiiWare

    For those of you who've been dying for a solid action/platformer on the WiiWare service, have we got a game for you!

    Curve Studios has just announced that their intense action/platformer Explodemon is headed to the WiiWare service (as well as PC and PSN). As you can see from the video below, the game definitely takes a page out of the Mega Man book...

  • News Official Furry Legends Gameplay Trailer

    If you've been dying to see the upcoming WiiWare title Furry Legends in action, your wait is now officially over.

    Gamelion Studios has just released the official gameplay trailer for their upcoming WiiWare title Furry Legends and we were lucky enough to get our hands on it. As you can see in the gameplay trailer video, the game has quite a few puzzle-solving elements to it that should make it quite..

  • News Two New Swords & Soldiers Gameplay Videos!

    For those of you who are anxiously awaiting Ronimo Games' upcoming WiiWare title Swords & Soldiers, we have a nice little treat for you.

    The guys at Ronimo Games were kind enough to send over two brand new gameplay videos of their upcoming WiiWare title Swords & Soldiers in action. The first video is a gameplay video of the game's Campaign Mode and gives a good indication of exactly how the..

  • News Magnetis - New Magnetising Puzzler for WiiWare

    At Nintendo Life: WiiWare we love to be the first to reveal upcoming WiiWare games – introducing Magnetis!

    Magnetis, you scratch your head, what is this wonderful sounding game? Well folks it’s another puzzler for WiiWare, but this time with a magnetic twist. The game is being developed by a Parisian studio by the name of Yullaby who contacted us recently to spread the word about their upcoming..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (1st Apr)

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing.

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. 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 simple!...

  • News Welcome to the New Look Nintendo Life!

    Times they are a-changin'

    In the history of mankind there have been many great moments. The discovery of fire. The invention of the wheel. The harnessing of electricity. Now we can add yet another achievement to that list - the creation of the new-look Nintendo Life! Yes indeed, what you now gaze upon is the culmination of months of hard work and...

  • News Is Game Design Art? Great Designers Say 'Not Really'

    At a GDC 2009 roundtable with renowned designers, Art seems to be a dirty word

    It’s a debate that has raged for centuries: Do video games constitute art? Ok, maybe not centuries, but it seems like a while. Personally, I say ‘yeah, of course it is!’, but I’m not the creator of games that have been hailed as art by so many. At this years...

March2009

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    Review Bonsai Barber

    Has Zoonami assembled the perfect hairstyle for all ages?

    If you were randomly asked which developer had the most well-known franchises under its belt, you’d likely respond by saying Nintendo. With series such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon, it isn’t difficult to see why. It should also be noted that they’re the...

  • News XSEED Games Announces Drill Sergeant Mindstrong for WiiWare

    Ever wanted to play a game in which you get to be ordered around and ridiculed at will?

    If so XSEED's unique new WiiWare entry Drill Sergeant Mindstrong might be just what you've been waiting for. While we don't currently have much information on the game, we did manage to get our hands on XSEED's official press release for the game that you can check out below for a little more insight into this..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Bonsai Barber

    Horticultural fanatics will be jumping for joy when they see what’s in store on the US WiiWare service this week.

    Bonsai Barber involves giving haircuts to various fruit and vegetable characters to ensure they remain the very height of fashion in their respective part of the garden. Coded by Martin Hollis’ Zoonami studio (of Goldeneye N64 fame), this is certainly something of a departure for..

  • News GDC 2009: The Best Of The Rest

    A recap of all the third-party news and announcements for Nintendo consoles from this year's Global Developers' Conference.

    Sotoru Iwata's keynote speech at this year's Global Devopers' Conference revealed more than a couple of exciting projects for Nintendo fans to look forward to in the coming months. It's not just the Big N who came to the party, however; third-party developers both independent..

  • News Kimi to Boku to Ritai Coming To US WiiWare

    It seems Kenji Eno's Japanese WiiWare title Kimi to Boku to Ritai will indeed see a release on the US WiiWare service and possibly on the European WiiWare service as well.

    The recent release of Kenji Eno's first WiiWare title Kimi to Boku to Ritai on the Japanese WiiWare service has stirred up quite a bit of anticipation for a possible release of the game outside of Japan. Thanks to a recent 1UP..

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    Review Texas Hold'em Tournament

    Does Digital Leisure’s latest WiiWare offering fold or make a clean sweep of the table?

    It’s no lie that video game conversions of popular poker card games are few and far between nowadays as online poker has become increasingly more popular and widely regarded. WiiWare developer Digital Leisure has decided to try its luck with an adaption of...

  • First Impressions Kimi to Boku to Rittai (You, Me and Shape)

    Nintendo surprises by publishing this off-beat balance game from Fyto.

    When I saw there was a bonus WiiWare update in Japan for some reason I was intrigued to see both games were from Nintendo. I was even more intrigued with the look of one of them: Kimi to Boku to Rittai (You, Me and Shape). The visual style and sparse soundscape reminded me of Intelligent Cube from the Playstation, but I..

  • News Bonsai Barber Coming To WiiWare This Monday

    It seems we've got yet another surprising WiiWare release on our hands.

    Zoonami, a development studio headed up by former GoldenEye lead developer Martin Hollis, is getting set to release their first WiiWare title Bonsai Barber onto the North American WiiWare service on Monday. The game makes use of the Wii console's internal system clock and enables the player to clip five different plants each..

  • News Japanese Releases 31 March 2009

    More? They get more?!?

    Incredibly after a super Thursday in Japan which saw a six title release on the brand new Virtual Console Arcade and two new WiiWare releases from Nintendo, Japanese Wii owners are still getting two new WiiWare releases and two new VC releases! I hope the rest of the world gets treated equally well for a change. WiiWare releases are: Let's Hitchhike from Nippon 1 for 1000..

  • News Surprise Japanese WiiWare Released Today

    Two new WiiWare releases from Nintendo as well as six releases for the new Virtual Console Arcade

    What's been widely reported is that the Japanese Virtual Console Arcade got six releases today compared to the four released in the rest of the world (Return of Ishtar, Gaplus, Emeraldia, Space Harrier, Star Force and Solvalou). What's not been widely noted is that the Japanese also got two WiiWare..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (25th Mar)

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing.

    It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. 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 simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can. We compile..

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Texas Hold'em Tournament

    It seems like Nintendo of Europe thought that four arcade games were more than enough for this week, because today brings only one new WiiWare title to the table.

    Texas Hold'em Tournament is the newest game from Digital Leisure, who already released The Incredible Maze and Sudoku Challenge! on WiiWare. We didn't think much of their previous efforts,...

  • News First Military Madness Screenshots!

    Well all of you Military Madness fans out there can now officially jump for joy. Although Hudson's Military Madness WiiWare title was only recently even announced, the first group of screenshots from this new version of the game is now in our midst.

    Apparently, the game is quite a bit further along in development than many originally thought, which is certainly good news for those of us who are..

  • News Square-Enix Announces Two New Final Fantasy WiiWare Titles

    Final Fantasy fans are in for a real treat with the announcement today from Square-Enix that they have not one, but two new Final Fantasy titles headed to the WiiWare service later this year.

    Below is the announcement from the official press release handed out at the Game Developers Conference. Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) announced today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), the..

  • News Wii Storage Solution Solved - Finally A Use For The SD Card Slot!

    Finally after lots of debate about if Nintendo would ever do anything about the Wii’s lack of internal storage space for WiiWare and Virtual Console games a solution has arrived!

    With the Wii’s puny internal storage space (2050 blocks or so) getting completely filled up by downloading only a handful of WiiWare games with larger file sizes, it was clear that something needed to be done. Many..

  • News Video - The Making of Bit.Trip Beat

    Ever wanted to know how Bit.Trip Beat was created and hear it straight from the guys that did it? Well you're in luck. Alex Neuse, CEO of Gaijin games and designer of Bit.Trip Beat, has put together a video giving fans a look inside the creation of one of the most creative WiiWare titles we've seen from the service.

    You can take a look at the video...

  • News 2D Boy's Ron Carmel Talks About Indie Game Development

    For those of you out there who are curious as to just what it takes to create a video game from scratch, Ron Carmel, co-creator of World of Goo, recently sat down at the Game Developers Conference and gave some specifics as to what it cost to create their hit WiiWare title.

    Below are a few dollar amounts Ron gave out regarding the development of World of Goo. $4000 on hardware $1000 on..

  • News Indie Developers Enjoy Great Success in 2008

    We've already seen some outstanding indie games for the WiiWare service, and with the prospect of the DSiWare service coming soon, there seems to be no end in sight for the new level of creativity we're seeing from these small game developers.

    With far less overhead when compared to developing a retail release, we're seeing more developers take chances and try something new without being afraid of..

  • News Legendo Announces The Three Musketeers: One For All!

    Yet another developer has decided to bring some games to WiiWare - Legendo has announced that they are bringing The Three Musketeers: One For All!, previously released for PC, to WiiWare.

    This will be a platformer/action game in which you take control of Porthos, one of the famous three musketeers, as you try to rescue your partners Athos and Aramis, and your friend d'Artagnan. You can read the..

  • News Akinai Games Announces NEVES Plus

    Akinai Games, the guys who published Evasive Space, have announced their next WiiWare project! It's going to be a sequel to their DS game NEVES, in which you are presented with a number of shapes, which you have to flip and fit together in a certain way to form a picture.

    Aside from new puzzles and gameplay modes there's also a major graphical overhaul - The DS game was very basic graphics-wise,..

  • News Major League Eating Coming to Japan Next Week

    Looks like Nintendo Japan has been feeling a little awkward by showering download titles upon the Japanese population whilst Europe and North America have to make due with what's slowly rationed out to them. At last the jealousy can ease a little!

    Next week only two releases, both of them WiiWare: Major League Eating -- 500pts (half the price of the US release!). This has already been released..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (18th Mar)

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing. It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. 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 simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can.

    We compile..

  • News ColorZ - New WiiWare Puzzler

    We recently came across ESRB and USK ratings for a new WiiWare game simply entitled Colorz by French developers Exkee so we contacted them to find out a little more about their game.

    Aside from the screenshot below, here’s what they had to tell us: ColorZ is an original Action/Puzzle that brings a totally new experience of gameplay thanks to Wii Capacities. The game takes place in an alternative..

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    Review BIT.TRIP BEAT

    Feel the beat!

    It seems nowadays if you want to revive a classic videogame idea, you only need add in some pulsing musical beats and some flashy background visuals in order to do so. The creators of Lumines managed to revive the stale "falling blocks" puzzler of the 80's with this formula, so what's to stop someone from doing the same thing for a game that's widely considered to be the..

  • News Defend Your Castle receives 2009 ELAN Awards nomination

    When Defend Your Castle was first released on WiiWare, many people scoffed at what they believed to be nothing more than a Flash title with improved visuals and an unwelcome price tag. However, XGen Studios must have been onto something as the game has been nominated in the 2009 ELAN Awards.

    Here's the official word, in full: Having been consistently ranked among the top-selling titles on..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Bit.Trip Beat

    Downloading this week’s WiiWare release might cause some of you to make confused grunting sounds and paw angrily at your Wii Remote, because the retro visuals and 8-bit music of Bit.Trip Beat might suggest to some that they’ve accidently downloaded a Virtual Console release.

    However, you should turn that frown upside down because Aksys Games’ latest WiiWare title is a love-letter to the days..

  • News Adventure Island: The Beginning - First Video

    It was only a few days ago that we revealed our exclusive interview with Takahashi Meijin about Hudson’s upcoming WiiWare game Adventure Island: The Beginning. He told us we could expect to get our hands on the game in May, but it looks like Japan will get it sooner as the official website has now launched, and it lists their release date as "April".

    In the game you can collect special..

  • News WiiWare to Support Flash Soon

    The Official Cave Story Blog has revealed that soon WiiWare developers will be able to code games using Flash, which opens up a world of exciting (and possibly not so exciting) gaming experiences for Wii owners.

    Games like Defend Your Castle originally started life as free PC-based Flash titles, and recent Xbox Live Arcade hits such as Castle...

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Family Table Tennis and Jungle Speed

    It's another catch-up week for Europe, with one game the US has had forever and a game they got about two months ago.

    Family Table Tennis came out two weeks after WiiWare's launch in the US, so they've almost had it for an entire year! It's the true first game in the "Family" series, but like the rest it's not really spectacular in any way...

  • News Bit.Trip.Beat Coming To WiiWare On Monday

    Are you ready to get your funk on? You'd better be, because Aksys Game's Bit.Trip.Beat is coming to the North American WiiWare service on Monday, March 16th.

    Much like Pong, you still move your paddle around by tilting the Wii Remote, but in this unique WiiWare title you'll have to bounce the blocks off your paddle in rhythm with the pumping musical beats the game makes use of. The sound of the..

  • News Rock N' Roll Climber Coming To WiiWare

    Vitei, the developer behind such games as 1080 Snowboarding and Doshin the Giant, are currently working on a new WiiWare title called Rock N' Roll Climber. Giles Goddard, who was a developer on Nintendo's mega-hit Nintendo 64 title Super Mario 64, is involved in the development of the title.

    Not much is currently known about the game other than the brief description from the ESRB website below..

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

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing. It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. 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 simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can.

    We compile..

  • News Atari 2600 Version of LIT?

    For those of you out there who are old enough to be familiar with the beloved Atari 2600 console, here's an interesting little article for you.

    It seems that one of the developers from Wayforward believes that any game design worth its weight in gold should be able to be executed on the old Atari 2600 game console. He even goes so far as to work up...

  • News Takahashi Meijin Interview - Hudson's Adventure Island

    Takahashi Meijin is something of a legend in his native Japan. You might know him as '16 Shot' thanks to his famed ability to hit a controller button 16 times in a second.

    However, if you're a keen fan of Hudson's output then you might also know him as the inspiration for Master Higgins from Adventure Island. However, these days he's given up on skateboarding in a loincloth and is content with..

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    Review Gradius ReBirth

    Does Konami's old-school Gradius formula still hold up all these years later?

    The original Gradius arcade release was one of the first truly great side-scrolling shooters and, along with R-Type, spawned a legion of copycat video games back in the 80s and 90s. The Gradius titles have been copied and cloned more times than can be counted and, much...

  • News Eximion Interview - Cube: Gardens of Zen

    With the recent announcement of Cube: Gardens of Zen coming to the WiiWare service, we wanted to get in touch with its creators to find out a little bit more about the game and what we can expect from the WiiWare release.

    Chris van der Linden, Creative Director at Eximion, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to take part in an exclusive interview with WiiWare World. He was also..

  • News Brand New Harvest Moon Series: Ranch Store Screenshots

    We've just gotten our hands on a brand new set of Harvest Moon Series: Ranch Store screenshots. As you can see from the new shots, the game has a very different look from the previous Harvest Moon titles, so this game should prove to be quite interesting.

    We'll have more information on Harvest Moon Series: Ranch Store as it becomes available, as well as a full review when the game hits the WiiWare..

  • News The Making of World of Goo

    2D Boy is currently working on a seven-part series on their blog that will chronicle the development of their hugely popular WiiWare hit World of Goo.

    Part one of the series recently went up and includes a nice little bonus for those who would like to see World of Goo in its infancy. In fact fans can even download a prototype version of the game that was only a mere week old. Now keep in mind the..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Gradius Rebirth

    It’s been a long time coming but Konami has finally gotten around to releasing Gradius ReBirth on the North American WiiWare service; somewhat ironic when you consider we only just reported on the availability of the soundtrack in Japan!

    A poignant love-letter to fans of the long-running series, ReBirth is less a revolution and more an evolution; those of you expecting a game with the same..

  • News Cave Story Development Nearing Completion

    Judging from the newest entry in the Nicalis Blog, the WiiWare version of Cave Story seems to be nearing completion.

    According to the blog, Cave Story fans will likely be playing the game by the end of April or early May if all goes according to plans. The team is currently putting the finishing touches on the game and the online manual that will accompany it when it's released on the WiiWare..

  • News Gradius ReBirth Soundtrack Released

    Konami has recently released the full soundtrack to their WiiWare shooter Gradius ReBirth in Japan. If you've got $38.90 laying around and can't live without your fix of Gradius tunes, Play-Asia has the soundtrack for the taking.

    It's worth mentioning that this soundtrack isn't likely to see a release outside of Japan, so if you want one, you'd better grab it now as these video game soundtracks..

  • News New Golf Game Coming To Japanese WiiWare Next Week

    Arc System Works is bringing out what appears to be the sole new WiiWare release on the Japanese service next Tuesday, a game centred around golf putting called Okiraku Pata-Gorufu (Family Golf Putter). You're able to choose from four characters (a cute anime family rendered in cel-animation style) and try to putt your ball into a series of holes doing various trick shots. Wiimote control only with use of a simple arm swing after setting shot power to get the ball rolling appears to be the interface. The game will be 500 points, we expect Aksys Games will publish this in North America and Europe sometime later this year.

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  • News Cube: Gardens of Zen Coming To WiiWare

    Kalydo Games has just announced that their new web browser-based game Cube: Gardens of Zen is headed to Nintendo's WiiWare service.

    While we don't currently have many details on the upcoming WiiWare version, I was able to spend a couple of hours with the PC version of the game and you can check out my impressions below along with the official PC game play trailer for the game. Impressions:The basic..

  • News Gamelion Studios Interview - Furry Legends

    With the recent release of new screenshots of Gamelion Studios' first WiiWare title Furry Legends, we felt like now might be a good time to get in touch with them in an effort to find out more information on their upcoming release.

    Lukasz Szczepanski, producer of Furry Legends at Gamelion Studios in Poland, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for WiiWare..

  • News Harvest Moon Coming To WiiWare

    According to the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, the Harvest Moon series will soon be making an appearance on Nintendo's WiiWare service, at least in Japan. The game will be titled Harvest Moon Series: Ranch Store and will focus primarily on shop management.

    You'll still be able to play as either a boy or a girl and you'll have the opportunity to create your own shop from various types of stores..

  • News Capcom: Mega Man 9 is Best Selling WiiWare Title

    As WiiWare games go, Mega Man 9 was pretty bloody special. It also sold a ton! But we would never have thought it would be the best selling WiiWare release thus far; a quick glance at the top 20 games shows it’s in the lower reaches of the chart right now, whereas other strong titles are still doing well.

    Anyway, regardless of cold, hard facts, Capcom seems pretty pleased with the retail..

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

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing. It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. 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 simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can.

    We compile..

  • First Impressions Rainbow Islands Towering Adventure!

    Rainbow Islands has been selected as the 3rd of Taito's Collection on WiiWare; it seems natural given that it's the arcade sequel to Bubble Bobble, the previous release

    I'm old enough to have seen the arcade game, but I guess I frequented the wrong arcades because I never laid eyes on this game until I bought the Bubble Bobble collection on the original Playstation. It's a rather unique..

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    Review Family & Friends Party

    Will WiiWare newcomer Gammick Entertainment get this party started?

    The Wii is no stranger to party games or mini-game compilations; in fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that the machine’s success is largely due to the brilliance of multiplayer titles like Wii Sports and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. However, familiarity breeds contempt and Gammick Entertainment's first offering..

  • News New Furry Legends Screenshots

    Gamelion Studios Poland has just informed us that they've started a development blog for their upcoming WiiWare title Furry Legends. We were also able to get our hands on a bunch of new screenshots of the game in action as well. Below is a snippet from Gamelion Studio's new blog that gives a little insight into their rather unique upcoming WiiWare title.

    Furry Legends is a platforming game, within..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Family & Friends Party

    Thanks to the uncontrollable nature of the internet it’s not often that we’re caught by surprise here at WiiWare World – we usually know well in advance about potential titles because it’s almost impossible for Nintendo to keep news from filtering out of its fortress-like HQ.

    However, this week we’ve been caught with our pants down as Nintendo has made Gammick Entertainment’s Family..

  • News Rainbow Islands Out in Japan Tomorrow

    I'm pretty sure a lot of people expected a WiiWare update of this game after Bubble Bobble Wii (Plus outside of Japan) came out, but who could have suspected it would be released only a few weeks later? Well, it's coming out in Japan tomorrow for 800 points and I don't think I need to tell you I'll be downloading this and providing my impressions soon.

    The game is titled Rainbow Islands: Towering..

  • News Night Game - New Game Play Video

    Having only recently announced their newest WiiWare title Night Game, Nicalis took us by surprise this week with the unexpected release of the game's official game play trailer.

    As you can see in the trailer below, the game looks like a bedtime version of Loco Roco with its soothing colors and hypnotic musical score. Let's hope gamers can stay awake long enough to finish the levels as this is..

February2009

  • News Batten Down The Hatches For Family Pirate Party

    Avast ya li'ly libbered land lubbers! Aksys Games have put out a press release to let us know that Daddy, Mommy, Sarah and Billy are bored of playing Table Tennis even more bored of air hockey!.

    Batten down the hatches and prepare to embark on a nautical themed adventure – ya’argh! Clearly we haven’t been too impressed with the ‘Family’ series from Aksys so far, but who knows, it could..

  • News ESRB Update: Four New WiiWare Games on the Way

    The ESRB has updated with a whopping four new WiiWare ratings! Three of these games have already been released in Japan, but have now gotten their first sign of a release elsewhere. The other's quite a surprise!

    Crystal Defenders R1 and Crystal Defenders R2 are the first two parts of Square's Crystal Defenders. As you might remember, the game was...

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Beer Pong and Snowboard Riot

    It had to happen some day. We’d been hoping and praying that it would pass us by; that maybe Nintendo, in its infinite mercy would deem us Europeans likeable enough to avoid such digital garbage, but sadly it wasn’t to be. We’re sorry to report that the lamentable Beer Pong! Frat Party Games – the game that proved that quality and popularity don’t always go hand-in-hand by topping the US WiiWare charts for God knows how long - is now available on the EU WiiWare service.

    The video game equivalent of watching paint dry (only not as exciting)..

  • News Hudson Interview - Onslaught

    When the release of Onslaught looked like it was still a few weeks away Amar Gavhane, the associate brand manager over at Hudson kindly agreed to do an interview with us answering all our questions about game modes, weapons, etc. It would have made for a fascinating read, except for just one small snag, before we could publish the interview the game surprised everyone and came out in Europe!

    As we..

  • News Diatomic Update

    The good folks at Grendel Games have just sent us an update on the progress of their upcoming WiiWare title Diatomic.

    We've been informed that we can expect screenshots and in-game footage sometime next week. They go on to say that the official web site for the game will also launch within the next week or so that will contain quite a bit of information regarding how the game is played. We'll keep..

  • News Wisconsin To Tax Digital Downloads

    With the popularity of digital downloads at an all-time high, it should come as no surprise that governments are beginning to look at ways to tax them.

    The State of Wisconsin just recently signed a bill into law that allows for a 5% tax on all digital downloads spanning music, books, ring tones, and even video games. The state expects to rack up nearly 7 million dollars yearly from the tax once the..

  • News Night Game - New WiiWare Release From Nicalis

    A recently released lineup of forthcoming games for Nintendo systems has thrown up a brand new WiiWare release called Night Game. Produced by the same team behind the upcoming Cave Story WiiWare port, this title is apparently ‘part action, part puzzler’.

    Here’s the press release: Night Game, developed and published by Nicalis: Exclusively for...

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (25th Feb)

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing. It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. 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 simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can.

    We compile..

  • First Impressions Mr. Driller World

    The plucky arcade star comes to WiiWare!

    The gameplay is so simple you would be right to wonder why a game like this wasn't released for the Atari 2600, and this is a large part of the attraction and part of the novelty: the idea of what is essentially a classic arcade game being released in 1999 when arcade games were almost exclusively lightgun shooters and driving games seems bizarre..

  • News Sega's Let's Catch Gets OFLC Rated

    Australia's OFLC ratings board has just recently given Sega's Let's Catch WiiWare title a "G" rating, which would lead us to believe that the game could be coming out there very soon and most likely worldwide shortly thereafter.

    Let's Catch is basically a Wii Remote-infused game of catch that features both single-player and multiplayer modes for game fans to enjoy. While the prospect of a..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Onslaught

    Put those flyswats away and bring out the big guns, because this week’s WiiWare release is the awesome Onslaught, which sees you assuming the role of an intergalactic pest control operative hell-bent on eradicating the numerous insect nasties that threaten to put the willies up highly-sensitive people everywhere.

    Europe was lucky enough to get this excellent game not so long ago and in our 9/10..

  • News First Screens of Adventure Island: The Beginning Revealed

    Hudson has revealed the first screenshots of their upcoming new Adventure Island game for WiiWare, Adventure Island: The Beginning which you can see below in our gallery.

    From the screens you can see that the game will have gameplay very similar to earlier games in the series, with all of the unique gameplay elements we've come to know and love such...

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (18th Feb)

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing. It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. 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 simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can.

    We compile..

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    Review Evasive Space

    Will Akinai Games’ WiiWare debut live up to expectations, or is it better off being lost in space?

    Let’s face it, when we first saw Evasive Space, we all thought it was going to be something quite special. Developed by High Voltage for Akinai Games, many gamers were expecting this WiiWare release to be nothing less than fantastic, and for good reason too. With some reasonable WiiWare titles..

  • News More Details About Swords & Soldiers

    As Swords & Soldiers nears its expected Q1 release date, it's only natural that Dutch developer Ronimo Games is trying to stir up some more hype for the game.

    Today they've released a whole bunch of new things - Aside from a whole bunch of new screens which can be found below in our gallery, they've released a new trailer, and an official website for the game, which can be found here. On the..

  • News Eternity's Child Nominated for GANG Award

    Eternity’s Child may have had its critics but that hasn’t prevented it from picking up a Game Audio Network Guild nomination for Best Soundtrack.

    The music was crafted by the very talented Sean Beeson and is well worth a listen. You can check out samples - as well as read about how the soundtrack was created – by visiting Sean’s own site here. However, despite such accolades, Mr Bernard is..

  • News Diatomic: Microscopic Arcade Action Madness

    Dutch development studio, Grendel Games recently got in touch with us regarding an intriguing new arcade action game called Diatomic which they plan to bring to WiiWare soon. Here’s what they told us:

    Diatomic is a hectic arcade action title that focuses on making choices between defensive or offensive play. The player controls a diatomic protagonist equipped with a deadly tail that can be used..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Evasive Space

    Today’s solo release for North American WiiWare is Evasive Space. A causal glance at one of the many screenshots in our gallery below might lead you to conclude that this is a shoot-em-up game. In fact the idea in this game is to avoid things instead, which is a novel idea. The game has been developed by High Voltage for newly formed Akinai Games (YUKES of America).

    From what we have seen so far..

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    Review Onslaught

    Can Hudson really pull off an FPS game on WiiWare?

    Japanese developers are not known for creating first person shooters. After all it is far from being a popular genre in the land of the rising sun. The few Japanese FPS games that spring to mind failed to compete with their Western counterparts. Considering the limitations of the WiiWare service,...

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    Review Pop-Up Pirate!

    Pop-Up Pirate! - a barrel of fun or a total wash-out?

    Many of us will remember Tomy’s successful ‘board’ game, Pop-Up Pirate, from our childhoods. Cautiously inserting mini-daggers into the pirate’s unsuspecting torso in an attempt to avoid murdering the poor one-eyed soul – that’s what being a kid is all about! Well, perhaps not, but it sure was an entertaining activity during heavy..

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Onslaught and Pop-Up Pirate!

    This week brings an unexpected release! You were probably expecting Snowboard Riot to be Hudson's next WiiWare game in Europe. Surprise surprise, because they have instead chosen to release Onslaught!

    Onslaught was only announced for European/American release about a week ago, but it's already available now! The game is, shockingly enough, a first person shooter - The first on WiiWare. In fact,..

  • News Evasive Space - Best Evasive Skills Competition

    To coincide with the North American release of Evasive Space this coming Monday we’ve teamed up with Akinai Games to give you the opportunity to win a copy of the game by sharing with us your best example of evading something.

    The object being evaded could be anything: a random projectile; the horror of kissing a great aunt with a hairy chin; a...

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

    It's Wednesday again which can only mean one thing. It's time to take a look at the most popular WiiWare titles available in the Wii Shop. 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 simple! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can.

    We compile..

  • First Impressions Bubble Bobble Plus!

    Bub and Bob hit the WiiWare service in style.

    I've got a confession to make, and it's not that I don't like Bubble Bobble, because I do like it and the two arcade follow-ups: Bubble Symphony and Bubble Memories. No, I actually want to confess that I didn't want to buy or play this game tonight. Now, like everyone else I saw the announcement which came out of the blue and thought: wow, a new..

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    Review LIT

    Is LIT a light in the dark or just running up the electricity bill?

    Turn off the lights and grab your controller because it’s up to you to - erm - turn them back on. That’s the basic premise behind WayForward’s spooky puzzle game LIT. LIT puts you in the shoes of Jake, your regular pale-faced emo teenager, whose girlfriend is missing in a school that has become overrun with a mysterious..

  • News Tetris Party Tournament No. 3 Details

    If you missed your chance to compete in the last Tetris Party tournament then here is yet another chance for you to show off your skills to an unsuspecting world:

    WHAT: Tetris Party Tournament No. 3 for WiiWare Players HOW: Tetris Party Tournament No. 3 will feature four rounds – Marathon, Field Climber, Shadow and Stage Racer. Rounds one and two will feature the Marathon and Field Climber..

  • News New Cave Story Graveyard Screenshot

    As usual, Nicalis is releasing Cave Story screenshots one at a time. This time we get a look at one of the graveyard shots of the game. Once again the game looks fantastic and our anticipation level for the game is at an all-time high.

    Tyrone Rodriguez, of developer Nicalis, has recently flown to Kyoto to meet with Pixel about something top secret. While there's already been rampant speculation..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: LIT

    Allow us to shed some light (haha!) on this week’s WiiWare release – it’s Wayforward’s angst-em-up LIT, which we first clapped eyes on some time ago.

    Based inside a sinister looking school, you assume the role of Jake as he attempts to locate his girlfriend so they can presumably bunk off lessons and attach fireworks to the tails of local cats, or whatever it is that kids get up to these..

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    Review Snowboard Riot

    Is Hudson's Snowboard Riot a riot to play, or just a wipe-out?

    There's no denying that Hudson is one of the more talented developers on WiiWare. All of their games to date have done much to impress and show other devs how it’s done. In Snowboard Riot they have turned their hand to creating a racing game with the added bonus that you can use items...

  • News Animales de la Muerte Officially NOT Coming To WiiWare

    The cat is finally out of the bag!

    High Voltage’s Animales de la Muerte is officially NOT coming to WiiWare anymore. For those not in the know this game is a bloodthirsty comic shooter set in a zoo of all places. Check out the interview we did last year with High Voltage to find out lots more about this game. The fact that it is no longer planned...

  • First Impressions Overturn

    Whilst many of us are used to WiiWare games consisting of puzzle games and the very odd platformer, we are starting to see some more ambitious games.

    Overturn is one of these, a 3D arena-based robot fighting game which features not only 2-player split screen and a single player story (tournament) mode, but online play with up to four players -- truly impressive considering the game fits in only 200..

  • News Even More Onslaught Screens Break Cover

    Hudson certainly doesn’t waste any time when it comes to promoting its upcoming games; we only dropped the news bomb on the company’s impending FPS title Onslaught a few days ago, closely following with 6 screenshots which we nabbed off Hudson's website.

    It doesn't stop there folks as our pals at Hudson sent over a whole lot more images today for you to marvel at. Our Onslaught gallery has been..

  • News Bubble Bobble Plus Out On WiiWare Next Week

    ...If you are in Japan of course! Yes that’s right, no sooner than Bubble Bobble Wii was announced now it is dated for release on Tuesday, 10th February on Nintendo of Japan’s website.

    The game will have 200 maps, 100 for the original game and another 100 in the arrange mode. Taking into account the two difficulty settings this makes a mighty...