WiiWare - News

December2008

  • News Evasive Space - New Screens & Trailer

    We recently posted news of a new WiiWare title from YUKE'S Company of America called Evasive Space which featured a ton of new screenshots of the game in action.

    While we don't have quite that many new screens to unload on you today, we have come across 30 new screen shots that show Levels 3 and 4 in action, as well as some new information on these two new levels and Booster Items found in the..

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    Review Hockey Allstar Shootout

    Nevermind hitting the post, this "allstar" barely makes it onto the rink

    It's easy to see why hockey fans will feverishly download Hockey Allstar Shootout. The only alternatives for Wii-toting rink rats are a half-baked port and a few crude NES classics that you had to play back in the day to appreciate now (Blades of Steel and Ice Hockey, in case you were wondering). So, you have to sympathize..

  • News Strong Bad Episode 5 - Screens and Trailer

    The time for Strong Bad's grand finale has almost come - Strong Bad Episode 5: 8-Bit Is Enough will be released on WiiWare very soon. Telltale has just released some screenshots for this final episode of the series, along with a trailer (Which is the same trailer you can see in Episode 4).

    As you can see in the screenshots, the episode will be completely centered around videogames - The "real..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Bruiser & Scratch, Hockey Allstar Shootout

    We’ve had our eye on Bruiser and Scratch for some time now – the game was formally announced ages ago – and today it finally sees release as one of today’s WiiWare titles.

    Clocking in a 1000 Wii points and featuring more puzzles than you can shake a stick at, Bruiser and Scratch certainly looks interesting – and the fact that it’s produced by former members of Naughty Dog bodes well..

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    Review Bang Attack

    Will Engine Software’s WiiWare debut give you much bang for your buck?

    Bang Attack is a puzzle game involving hammers, fruit and other random objects. The concept is very simple. Your screen is loaded with refilling objects: fruit on the first level, seaside objects on the second level, etc. To clear the objects from the screen you must “hammer them” by pointing at them and pressing the..

  • News Bobby Carrot Forever Confirmed For WiiWare

    At it like...

    If you’ve owned a Samsung mobile phone in the past few years then the name Bobby Carrot will probably ring a bell. German developer FDG Entertainment has so far produced five games featuring this insanely popular buck-toothed character, and the company has recently contacted WiiWare World exclusively to confirm that a version of...

  • News World of Goo Makes PC World's Holiday Best List

    2D Boy's World of Goo continues to acquire accolades from video game and technology media sites around the net, but most recently the game had its name mentioned among such video game heavyweights as Gears of War 2, Guitar Hero World Tour, and LittleBigPlanet in PC World's recent "Video Games: The 12 Best Holiday Bets" special.

    World of Goo was the only WiiWare title to garner a mention,..

  • News Swords & Soldiers Officially Delayed

    Swords & Soldiers, an upcoming side-scrolling real time strategy WiiWare title developed by members of the team that created the original PC version of the Wii title de Blob, has now officially been pushed back to a February 2009 release date.

    Joost van Dongen of Ronimo Games has just confirmed the delay after rumblings began popping up around the internet regarding a possible delay. We can..

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Art Style: Rotohex, Bang!, Pit Crew Panic!, and Strong Bad Episode 4: Dangeresque 3

    Nintendo has once again shown some serious love to European Wii owners today with the release of a whopping four WiiWare titles.

    That's right; if you're a Euro Wii owner then you have Art Style: Rotohex, Bang!, Pit Crew Panic!, and Strong Bad Episode 4: Dangeresque 3 to choose from. You lucky ducks! We’ve already covered Art Style: Rotohex, Pit Crew Panic!, and Strong Bad Episode 4: Dangeresque..

  • News Manga Coming To Japanese WiiWare in January

    Sun Denshi has finally announced that their upcoming digital manga service will be coming to the WiiWare service in Japan on January 6, 2009.

    The first release will be their Princess Ai Monogatari manga and will contain the first three chapters of the ongoing story for 500 Wii Points. Readers can then download additional packs of two chapters for...

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    Review Pit Crew Panic!

    Is Hudson's crazy pit crew game a hit or is it the just the pits?

    Pit Crew Panic! marks the sixth WiiWare release from Hudson and easily their most unique release to date. While the title of the game would lead you to believe that you're in for a little auto racing pit crew action, you'll quickly find that you're in for a very different pit crew experience altogether. Instead of whipping tires on..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (3rd Dec)

    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 this list using the USA region Wii Shop channel, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be quite a bit different. Please feel free to post your region's findings below as always. Keep in mind that...

  • News Bplus Gets The Ball Rolling With Niki – Rock 'n' Ball

    Bplus might not have had the most auspicious start to WiiWare publishing, but you have to give this tiny independent developer credit for sticking at it. Today the studio has announced its second WiiWare title, called Niki – Rock 'n' Ball.

    Here's the glorious details, straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak: Niki – Rock 'n' Ball is a new interpretation of the unforgettable Arcade..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Space Invaders Get Even & Pit Crew Panic!

    Well the US WiiWare releases feature something old and something new. The US finally gets the release of Taito's Space Invaders Get Even, which Japanese and European gamers have already been enjoying, as well as the newest Hudson WiiWare release Pit Crew Panic!

    You can check out WiiWare World's Space Invaders Get Even review if you're still undecided on a purchase and we'll have a full review of..

  • News Eternity’s Child – Still Alive, Coming in 2009

    Luc Bernard’s Eternity’s Child is easily one of the most hyped WiiWare releases of all time and despite months of speculation and chatter, it’s still not available. Having heard about release dates ranging from ‘Christmas 2008’ to ‘sometime in 2009’ we decided to get the official word from publisher Alten8 – who also happen to be handling the coding duties, too.

    We’ve been told that Eternity’s Child is DEFINTELY still being worked on. The horrendous delay is due to Alten8 having to totally re-code the game in order to avoid the same pitfalls that seemed to blight the PC rele...

November2008

  • News Capcom: No Street Fighter II HD or Bionic Commando Rearmed for WiiWare

    Christian Svensson - Capcom’s Corporate Officer/VP of Strategic Planning & Business Development, for those of you that don’t know - has recently explained exactly why the company is failing to port games like Bionic Commando Rearmed and Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix to WiiWare – the file size restrictions are too harsh and the technology isn’t powerful enough.

    Speaking about BCR, he said: It would never fit in the Wiiware filesize so it would have to be disc based and you’d basically have to redo everything for Wii. It would not be an inexpensive process and I’m not sure the r...

  • News Icarian: Kindred Spirits - Kid Icarus In All But Name?

    Those of you that possess a fondness for the NES classic Kid Icarus might be interested to learn that Spanish developer Over The Top Games has announced its first title for the WiiWare service, named Icarian: Kindred Spirits. The game appears to be a 2.5D platforming epic and shares many similarities with Nintendo’s legendary title.

    Visually...

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (26th Nov)

    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 this list using the USA region Wii Shop channel, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be quite a bit different. Please feel free to post your region's findings below as always. Keep in mind that...

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    Review Sudoku Challenge!

    This WiiWare puzzler truly sticks "by the numbers"

    Although books of Sudoku puzzles can be found at your local dollar store, the 100 million puzzles promised in this game will set you up for life and should be enough to tempt any Sudoku fan. But is the game as fun with a Wii Remote as it is with a pencil? For those who don’t know, Sudoku is a relatively new, but extremely popular, puzzle game..

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    Review Boingz

    Does Boingz offer enough unique ideas to stand out from the crowd?

    With the recent success of such innovative titles as World of Goo and the Art Style series, it comes as no surprise to see yet another unique offering pop up on the WiiWare service. Boingz takes the simple Wii Remote-friendly gameplay idea of stretching and flicking and attempts to build an addictive experience around it. But in an..

  • News Space Invaders Get Even Coming To US WiiWare December 1st

    Taito has just announced that Space Invaders Get Even will be hitting the North American WiiWare service on Monday, December 1st. The game is set 30 years after the original Space Invaders title and this time reverses the role putting the player in charge of the invading aliens as they attack Earth in an attempt to destroy humanity.

    While it's not been officially confirmed yet, the title is..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Boingz & Sudoku Challenge!

    Two new WiiWare games join the ranks of the ever growing library today. Perhaps the most interesting is RealArcade’s Boingz which looks like it could be heaps of fun. Be sure and check out the interview with the developers of Boingz which we did last month for more info.

    Digital Leiure’s Sudoku Challenge! is the other game. After not exactly being bowled over by the Incredible Maze we hope this..

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    Review Cue Sports: Snooker Vs Billiards

    Will Hudson’s Cue Sports have you cueing-up to buy it or leave you snookered?

    Hudson’s Cue Sports aims to add a degree of fresh realism in contrast to Gameloft’s Midnight Pool, which is a much more light-hearted affair. Will its boast of Wi-Fi support and extensive game modes give it the edge as the definitive cue sports game on WiiWare? The main mode and attraction of Cue Sports has to be..

  • News Hudson Interview - Alien Crush Returns

    With the recent release of Alien Crush Returns, Hudson continues to breath new life into their classic franchises through both the Wii Virtual Console and WiiWare services. While they've also brought out some great new titles, it's these remakes of their classic titles that seem to grab the most attention from gamers around the world.

    We recently...

  • News Hudson Considers More Realistic Adventure Island

    Although not quite as well-known or recognized as Shigeru Miyamoto, Takahashi Meijin (Master Higgins) has long been a gaming celebrity in Japan. His amazing ability to press a fire button 16 times a second has long garnered him a reputation among shooter fans around the world, but it's been his unique association with Hudson's Adventure Island series that's been his biggest claim to fame.

    For those..

  • News Gameloft Interview Reveals New WiiWare and DSiWare Details

    In a recent interview with GameDaily BIZ, French game publisher Gameloft revealed a few new tidbits of information regarding their plans for Nintendo's upcoming DSiWare service as well as their future WiiWare offerings.

    According to Gameloft, they're supposed to receive their DSiWare development kits sometime in December, at which time they'll begin to put together their first DSiWare titles for..

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Cubello, Cue Sports, Cooking Jam and Strong Bad 3

    Nintendo clearly has the hots for the European continent today because it has unleashed not one, not two, not three but FOUR new WiiWare titles for download!

    That’s right; if you’re a Euro Wii owner then you have Art Style: Cubello, Cue Sports: Snooker vs Billiards, Strong Bad Episode 3 and Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam to choose from. You lucky things! We’ve already covered Cubello, Yummy Yummy..

  • News More Tetris Party Tournament Details

    You might remember that Tetris Online Inc. announced a Tetris Party Tournament last month to coincide with the release of Tetris Party on the WiiWare service and we've now got additional details on exactly how the contest will work.

    Below is the official press release regarding the tournament, as well as details of the individual contests involved...

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (19th Nov)

    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 this list using the USA region Wii Shop channel, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be quite a bit different. Please feel free to post your region's findings below as always. Keep in mind that...

  • News Evasive Space Is Anything But Evasive When It Comes to Screenshots

    Take cover! Media SPLURGE! YUKE’S may have only announced the promising Evasive Space recently but the company is clearly taking no prisoners when it comes to promoting the title, as this flood of screenshots in our gallery proves.

    YUKE’S also published this rather nice press release: CHICAGO - Nov. 19, 2008 YUKE’S Company of America today revealed the first set of in-game screenshots and..

  • News Wii Firmware Update Makes Transferring to SD Faster

    If you haven’t already seen an inviting blue flashing light emitting from your Wii then you might like to know that Wii firmware version 3.4 is now available.

    This update vastly improves the time taken to transfer WiiWare or Virtual Console games to a SD card. Some have said it is now around 5x faster with a 320 block game such as World of Goo taking around 20 – 30 seconds to transfer..

  • News Wayforward Interview - LIT

    Wayforward Technologies has gained quite a reputation for their quality titles during their years in the video game industry, creating such acclaimed titles as Shantae for the Game Boy Color system as well as Contra 4 for Nintendo's DS system.

    Now the team is getting set to release LIT, their first WiiWare title, and we thought it would be a good...

  • News Exclusive WiiWare Cave Story Screenshot!

    That's right, you saw it on the web here first. Nicalis has sent us a web exclusive screenshot of the actual WiiWare version of Cave Story in action for all to see. In the screen shot below you can see Quote and Toroko meet up with Misery the witch and Balrog for the first time. As you can see, the visuals have a very slick and glossy appearance, but the unique look of the original game is still intact as well.

    And for those who missed it, you can also check out our exclusive Interview with Nicalis to get a bit more insight into this upcoming WiiWare title. We'll have more information on Cave Story as it..

  • News Bruiser & Scratch Coming To WiiWare In December

    Last week we did an interview with Steel Penny Games about their upcoming WiiWare puzzler Bruiser & Scratch.

    Now without further ado Steel Penny have put out a press release stating that their game will be available sometime in December. You can also check out their new Bruiser & Scratch website or see our gallery below to find out more about this upcoming game. The press release follows:..

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    Review Target Toss Pro: Bags

    This is one cornhole you might want to take a closer look at!

    Nintendo’s Wii Remote is truly a marvellous thing. With it you can throw a ball, swing a bat, slash with a sword, or shoot a gun. It can even make even bland, boring games more enjoyable. Thank goodness for the Wii Remote, because it makes games like Target Toss Pro: Bags not only playable, but also fun. Target Toss Pro is based on a..

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    Review Strong Bad Episode 4 - Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective

    Is Dangeresque 3 another box office hit?

    The time has arrived - after 4 years, one of the most anticipated Strong Bad-related things is finally here! In Dangeresque 3, the sequel to Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque, Too? and Dangeresque 2: This Time, It's Not Dangeresque 1, you once again need to search for clues and talk to various characters to advance the plot. This time, though, you don’t really..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Strong Bad Ep 4 & Target Toss Pro: Bags

    Strong Bad enters the world of Hollywood action movies this week with the release of Strong Bad Episode 4: Dangeresque 3 on the North American WiiWare service. As the title suggests this is the fourth entry in Telltale Games’ popular episodic adventure series and will set you back 1000 Wii Points. By all accounts, this is one of Strong Bad’s best appearances yet, but if you'd rather not rely on idle speculation when making your game purchases, our review will be live shortly, so fear not!

    Leading up the rear (oo-er) on WiiWare today is Target..

  • News Tiki Towers Coming to WiiWare in December

    Details for a mysterious new WiiWare game called Tiki Towers have been exclusively given to us by RealNetworks along with 10 screenshots which you can see below in our gallery.

    It does appear that this game has a hint of World of Goo about it as it also involves construction. Here is the game description: Tiki Towers is a game of construction, destruction, problem solving, and monkeys! You must..

  • News LostWinds Coming To Japanese WiiWare In December

    While the US, Europe, and Australia have been enjoying Frontier's amazing WiiWare launch title LostWinds for quite some time now, Japanese gamers have had to sit back and wait in anticipation that eventually the game might see a release in Japan.

    Now thanks to famed rpg giant Square-Enix, the game will finally see a release in the land of the rising sun. The game is set for release in Japan..

  • News Incredible Technologies Interview: Target Toss Pro Bags

    Target Toss Pro Bags is coming out on WiiWare this coming Monday (17th November) in North America for the mid-range price of 700 Wii Points.

    With this in mind what better time to catch up with Gary Colabuono, the marketing director at Incredible Technologies to find out more about this sports game aimed squarely at the causal market? WiiWare World: Can you tell us a bit more about Incredible..

  • News High Voltage Confirms Evasive Space For WiiWare

    YUKE’S of America and High Voltage Software are kicking off their working relationship by announcing a new WiiWare game called Evasive Space.

    In the game it will be your task to guide Konki through 20 stages of mazes and obstacles in five different environments. Predictably there will be more than a few obstacles along the way, including treacherous landmarks and hostile enemies. A multiplayer..

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

    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 this list using the USA region Wii Shop channel, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be quite a bit different. Please feel free to post your region's findings below as always. Keep in mind that...

  • News Strong Bad Episode 4: Dangeresque 3 Coming To US WiiWare On Monday

    Telltale Games has just announced that Strong Bad Episode 4: Dangeresque 3 will be hitting the US WiiWare service on Monday, November 17th for 1000 Wii Points. They've also included a brand new gameplay video and a whole new set of screen shots that you can check out as well.

    We don't currently have much in the way of information on this fifth installment yet, but Telltale Games has has said that..

  • News World of Goo Coming to WiiWare in Europe!

    It is no secret that the World of Goo is our favourite WiiWare game to date here at WiiWare World. Indeed when we reviewed it last month it achieved the unthinkable and obtained WiiWare World’s first 10/10 score!

    The only downside was that our friends at 2D Boy signed up to a deal with RTL Games for the European distribution and they were not...

  • News Hudson announce Pool Revolution: Cue Sports for WiiWare

    Last week we exclusively revealed Hudson’s latest batch of WiiWare games as given to us by Hudson’s European rep. Now it is the turn of Hudson USA who have just released a press release about Pool Revolution: Cue Sports, which is also known as Cue Sports: Snooker vs Billards in Europe.

    See below for our screenshot gallery. Are you ready for a little billiards action? The Only Pool Game For..

  • News Hudson announce Pit Crew Panic! for WiiWare

    Last week we exclusively revealed Hudson’s latest batch of WiiWare games as given to us by Hudson’s European rep. Now it is the turn of Hudson USA who have just released a press release about Pit Crew Panic!.

    See below for our screenshot gallery. So who is game for fixing a giant toilet? Fix a Variety of Wacky "WHATSITS" With Your All-Female Pit Crew REDWOOD CITY, CA. - November 11,..

  • News Hudson announce Snowboard Riot for WiiWare

    Last week we exclusively revealed Hudson’s latest batch of WiiWare games as given to us by Hudson’s European rep. Now it is the turn of Hudson USA who have just released a press release about Snowboard Riot.

    See below for our screenshot gallery. Après-ski anyone? A Unique Twist on Snowboarding Using Weapons! REDWOOD CITY, CA - November 11,...

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    Review Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam

    Is this Cooking Jam crummy rather than yummy?

    Cooking is certainly not what you would consider a common theme among video games, but with the success of Cooking Mama it would seem that the unique control functions of the Wii Remote would lend themselves heavily to the type of gameplay you'd expect from a cooking simulation. Having said that, those who are expecting a standard cooking experience..

  • News Target Toss Pro Bags Coming To US WiiWare On Monday

    Well we've just received word from Incredible Technologies that their upcoming WiiWare title Target Toss Pro Bags will be coming to the WiiWare service on Monday, November 17th. The game will be available for download at a cost of 700 Wii Points.

    We've just added a couple of new screenshots to the game page and we'll have more information as it becomes available, as well as a full review of the..

  • News Art Style Series Coming To Europe Soon

    European WiiWare fans who have jealously been coveting the recent Art Style games which North America has been spoilt with will soon be put out of their misery. The initial three games will be coming to Europe soon thankfully.

    All three games Cubello, Rotohex and Orbient have received solid reviews from WiiWare World, each attracting a score of...

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Brain Challenge and Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam

    Attention brain boxes and prospective chefs - this week’s North American WiiWare releases are likely to get you thinking and cooking!

    GameLoft’s Brain Challenge is a lot like Nintendo’s Brain Training series – which is no bad thing when you consider how stupidly popular they are. It was released in Europe last week so you can check out our review here – we quite liked it, actually. It..

  • News Steel Penny Games Interview: Bruiser and Scratch

    Will this upcoming WiiWare game by naughty or nice?

    Back in the rolling mists of time we ran an interview with Steel Penny Games - the chaps behind the upcoming WiiWare puzzler Bruiser and Scratch in the Case of the Puzzling Paw. Formed by ex-Naughty Dog staff, Steel Penny Games is headed up by Jason Hughes, who agreed to a second interview after...

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    Review Space Invaders Get Even

    Finally the roles are reversed and those fiendish Space Invaders can get their own back!

    After the excellent Space Invaders Extreme, released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of original arcade game of Space Invaders in 1978, it seemed that Taito had finally brought the franchise back after a series of half hearted cash-ins and remakes over the...

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    Review Brain Challenge

    It's time to dust off the old grey matter and challenge your brain

    If a WiiWare review can be judged on the sheer amount of notes taken then Brain Challenge deserves an award. We tried hard to fit everything on two sheets of A4 and still failed. While essentially being a copy-cat of Nintendo’s immensely popular Brain Age games; Brain Challenge is a comprehensive package that should not be..

  • News Hudson's Upcoming WiiWare Games Revealed

    News splurge! We’d only just finished our morning cup of coffee here at WiiWare World towers when our good friends at Hudson gave us exclusive screenshots and information for their upcoming WiiWare line-up for Europe (and hopefully North America at roughly the same time).

    After the excellent Alien Crush Returns which came out this week for both North America and Europe it seems that Hudson can do..

  • News Family Glide Hockey Coming To WiiWare

    Aksys Games has announced yet another unique sports title they have coming to the WiiWare service as the follow-up to their first WiiWare offering Family Table Tennis. Family Glide Hockey brings all the fun of air hockey to WiiWare complete with 4 player action and a wealth of engaging mini-games.

    Below is the official press release from Aksys Games regarding the announcement, as well as a few key..

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Alien Crush Returns, Brain Challenge and Space Invaders Get Even

    This week doesn't just bring us one game from a high-profile developer - It brings us two! They come together with yet another game from one of WiiWare's strongest supporters, Gameloft.

    The release of Alien Crush Returns shouldn't really come as a surprise if you keep an eye on every region's releases - The US got it earlier this week. Alien Crush...

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

    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 Nicalis Interview: Cave Story

    The news that the legendary PC freeware game Cave Story is making its way to WiiWare has made many people very happy indeed - us included.

    Created by Japanese programmer Daisuke Amaya (better known as Pixel), the game is being ported by Tyrone Rodriguez and his team at Nicalis. Keen to know more about the historic conversion, we tracked Rodriguez...

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    Review Alien Crush Returns

    Crushing nefarious xenomorphs with your trusty pinball - welcome to the gloriously deranged world of Alien Crush Returns

    Over the years, the original Turbografx-16 Alien Crush title has become quite the cult favourite among classic game fans, so it certainly comes as no surprise that Hudson's decided to give this classic a fresh new look and feel in...

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Alien Crush Returns and Home Sweet Home

    If you’re a fan of WiiWare then you have two very different moral choices this week. On one hand you can vanquish disgusting demonic hordes and on the other you can vanquish disgusting demonic interior design.

    That’s right – today marks the release of Alien Crush Returns and Home Sweet Home on the North American WiiWare service! So if you’re...

  • News Gradius Rebirth Gets ESRB Rated

    Here's a bit of good news for all you shooter fans out there who've been anxiously awaiting word that Konami's hit WiiWare shooter Gradius Rebirth would be seeing a release outside of Japan.

    According the the ESRB website, Gradius Rebirth has now been officially ESRB rated E for Everyone, which means it could be hitting the US WiiWare service soon. Time to get those trigger fingers loosened up and..

October2008

  • News Slot Car Racing Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    Well it looks like the folks who brought us Family Table Tennis have been quite busy lately cooking up several new titles for Nintendo's WiiWare service. We just recently brought you news about their new mini-golf title Okiraku Putter Golf and now news of yet another title has been announced called Slot Car Racing.

    Slot Car Racing is set for release on the Japanese WiiWare service later this year..

  • News Mega Man 9 Stop-Motion Video is Great Beyond Words

    Ok, so this isn't strictly WiiWare news but we just had to share this totally radical video with you - and it must be worth watching because we haven't used the expression 'radical' since we were 12.

    Hardcore Blue Bomber fan Nicolas Ménard has constructed this amazing stop-motion animation video which sees Mega Man navigating his way through a whole range of real-world situations. And it rocks!..

  • News Everybody's Theater Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    It seems Japanese Wii owners are getting yet another perk not likely to be seen outside of Japan in the form of FujiSoft's Minna no Theater (Everybody's Theater) this December.

    Minna no Theater will allow Japanese Wii owners to stream television shows, anime, and movies on their Wii consoles. The downside is that the software alone will cost 500 Wii Points to download and then an additional cost..

  • News Weekly WiiWare Round Up (29th Oct)

    Nintendo's WiiWare shop has 5 new releases this week, Art Style: Rotohex, Tetris Party, Strong Bad Episode 3 - Baddest of the Bands, Home Sweet Home, The Incredible Maze.

    Art Style: RotohexRelease Date: Mon 27th Oct (US) Use colored triangular panels to create a vibrant mosaic of stained glass in Art Style: Rotohex. As triangles fall from the top of the screen, rotate them to group six panels of..

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

    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 Mega Man 9 DLC Round-up

    As of last week, all Mega Man 9 DLC is available. With some people still having doubts on what to buy, we've taken a look at which of the new modes and stages are most worth your hard-earned money.

    Here are our thoughts on the value of the DLC on offer: Special Stage - 100 Wii points A whole new stage? Yes please! The Special Stage is pretty much just like any stage in the regular game, but much..

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    Review Art Style: Rotohex

    Is this hexagonal puzzler a welcome addition to the Art Style series?

    The one constant of the three Art Style games that have seen release on the WiiWare service so far has been their simplicity. There are no fancy visuals, no epic musical tracks, and no complicated play control schemes to tarnish the "less is more" theme of these unique...

  • News Okiraku Putter Golf Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    It seems that the Arc System Works, the creators of Family Table Tennis have another game heading to the WiiWare service soon. Okiraku Putter Golf has just been announced for WiiWare and is due out for release in Japan before the end of 2008 at the bargain price of only 500 Wii Points.

    Not much information was released alongside this announcement other than the fact that it will make use of the Wii..

  • News Pong Toss Coming To Europe With Added Beer!

    Yesterday, the OFLC revealed that Lonpos would be coming to WiiWare in Europe. Today offers a bit more shocking news.

    The USK has rated Frat Party Games: Beer Pong. As you might be aware, this was the original title for Pong Toss, but it got changed, because an alcohol themed game upset some people who forgot that the prohibition ended in the 1930’s! Europe of course has a much more mature attitu

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    Review Strong Bad Episode 3 - Baddest of the Bands

    Does Strong Bad’s third WiiWare outing rock as much as the plot?

    The third part of Strong Bad’s episodic series is pretty much the same as the previous two. You’ll visit various locations and obtain a variety of items, which you must use on the correct objects to advance the plot. The plot in this episode is just what you’d expect from the web cartoon - Strong Bad’s beloved Fun Machine..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Strong Bad Episode 3 and Art Style: Rotohex

    Not much surprises today - Both released games were pretty much confirmed to be coming!

    Strong Bad Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands is the third installment of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. After Strong Bad's beloved Fun Machine breaks down, he can't play his cool new Limozeen game, so he takes it to Bubs for repairs - The problem is that he asks one big sack of cash as fee, so..

  • News Lonpos Comes to Europe

    Australia's OFLC has revealed yet another upcoming WiiWare game for PAL regions - Lonpos.

    The game, developed by Genki, was released in Japan way back in March as one of the WiiWare launch titles. It's a pretty simple puzzle game where you try to fit oddly-shaped puzzle pieces into a board - There's only one solution though, as the pieces will end up being a tight fit, filling the entire board..

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    Review Home Sweet Home

    Does Home Sweet Home have a strong enough foundation or does it totally collapse?

    If you are a sucker for those home improvement shows that clog up television schedules so much these days, then perhaps this game is the one for you. Home Sweet Home started out life as a downloadable PC game but now it's seeking to expand its audience by making its way to WiiWare. The gameplay concept is fairly..

  • News MadStone Savant Challenge Contest

    Those of you who've been putting a little overtime into Riverman Media's WiiWare puzzler MadStone will be happy to know that all that hard work is about to pay off. Literally! If you're one of the first to complete the game in the hidden Savant Mode you can score yourself some much-needed Wii Points in the official MadStone Savant Challenge Contest.

    Below is the official contest announcement from..

  • News JoJu Games Interview: Mart Racer

    Since we don't have a lot of information regarding the upcoming shopping spree-infused racing title Mart Racer from JoJu Games, we decided to get in touch with the company to try to find out a little more information on the game. Lead Development Director Juan Gril was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to take part in an exclusive interview for WiiWare World and here's what he had to tell us...

    WiiWare World: Can you tell us a little bit about JoJu Games? Juan Gril: We started Joju 3 years and a half ago. We are mostly guys and girls who've been raised playing videogames. A lot of us had a lot of fun playing games during..

  • News Cue Sports: Snooker vs. Billiards Coming To WiiWare In November

    Hudson hopes to continue their successful run of WiiWare titles with the upcoming release of their Cue Sports: Snooker vs. Billiards WiiWare title. The official Japanese site is now live for anyone that wants to check it out, but keep in mind the majority of the site is in Japanese.

    Hudson have told us that they expect the game to see a US and European release sometime in November. They've also..

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Tetris Party, The Incredible Maze and Home Sweet Home

    Today's European releases aren't very surprising - It's basically Monday's American update, plus one more game which was expected to be coming out soon.

    Tetris Party is the latest installment of the endlessly entertaining Tetris series. With 18 different gameplay modes and an online versus mode, this is yet another refreshing take on the series and...

  • News Baddest of the Bands Launches 27th Oct On WiiWare

    Our friends at Telltale Games have just confirmed what we probably already all suspected anyway – Yes that’s right Strong Bad Episode 3 will hit North America this coming Monday! Yay!

    We expect that the third Strong Bad outing is likely to be more of the same, but if you were a fan of episodes 1 & 2 then it is likely that this will rock your...

  • News Overturn Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    The official web site for Studio Zan's upcoming WiiWare title Overturn has gone live, although portions of the site are still labeled as "Coming Soon" on various pages.

    The game is due out on the WiiWare service in Japan sometime in November. No price has been set as of yet, but the game will contain three different modes of play including: Story Mode, Local VS. Mode, and Wifi Mode. Wifi..

  • News Want a Castlevania Remake? Tough, You Get Castlevania Judgment Instead

    In a recent interview with website Kikizo, Castlevania series producer Koji ‘IGA’ Igarashi (you know, that chap who is rather fond of wearing cowboy hats and carrying whips around with him) has spoken about his frustration at being told he should focus on new Castlevania games – such as the impending train-wreck that is Castlevania Judgment – rather than remake classic entries in the franchise.

    When innocently asked if he had any plans to ‘re-imagine’ older titles for services like WiiWare or Xbox Live Arcade, IGA lamented: Castlevania has a lengthy legacy of great games, and I’m definitely interested in revisiting them if I get a chance. However, ever..

  • News Toki Tori Invades Japan

    Remember Toki Tori? Of course you do – it’s the best Dutch export since the clog, as was clearly stated in our glowing review. It may be one of the earlier WiiWare releases but it remains a true classic that you really should download if you haven’t done so already.

    Anyway, our friends over at developer Two Tribes have gotten in touch to let us know about Toki Tori’s appearance at the..

  • News Tecmo's Latest WiiWare Project is a Monkey-Spanking Simulator

    The Toyko Game Show was so full of glitz and glamour that many titles fell by the wayside and probably didn't get the attention they deserved. Tecmo's Playshake would appear to be one such title.

    From what we can gather it's a collection of mini games (which appear to have online ranking modes) that focus on waggling the Wii Remote like a fool. Footage of one mode - where players are asked to see..

  • News Boom Tapper Coming To Japanese WiiWare

    With the severe lack of puzzle titles available for the WiiWare service (yeah, right), it's obviously going to be quite refreshing to see a new entry come to light. Developer Alpha Unit is currently getting ready to release their new boom box-infused puzzler Boom Tapper in Japan on November 11th for 500 Wii Points.

    In Boom Tapper your job is to...

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    Review The Incredible Maze

    This WiiWare maze game certainly is incredible - incredibly bad, that is

    Let's cut straight to the chase here - The Incredible Maze follows in the tradition of virtual labyrinth adaptations like Super Monkey Ball and Kororinpa, but utterly lacks any of the creativity or polish that make those games fun and rewarding. At a mere 500 points this should...

  • News Brand New Sorcery Blade Game Play Video

    The information on the upcoming Japanese RPG Sorcery Blade is finally beginning to trickle out. We just got our hands on a brand new game play video from Kemco showing the game in action and so far it doesn't disappoint.

    As you can see in the video, this looks more like a retail release than what we've seen from the WiiWare service so far. This could be just the RPG experience the WiiWare service..

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

    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 New Screenshots for Bang!

    We just got word from the guys at Engine Software regarding their upcoming WiiWare puzzler known simply as Bang! The game is now in the final stages of being checked by Nintendo so it should not be too long before we can all get to check it out for ourselves.

    We have been informed that there were some delays due to improve the 2-player mode and add other refinements to make for a better game..

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    Review Tetris Party

    Hudson grants us yet another version of the famous Russian puzzler, but how does this one stack up?

    Tetris may be 23 years old, but the game is still going strong even after all this time. While some versions have been better than others, people still can't seem to get enough of this addictive puzzler. With this in mind, is this latest instalment...

  • News Digital Leisure Announces Sudoku Challenge!

    Fresh off the release of their first WiiWare title The Incredible Maze comes an announcement from Digital Leisure of yet another title they have coming to the WiiWare service later this year. Sudoku Challenge! will be the next title from the company and is set to be released sometime in November 2008 at a tentative cost of 500 Wii Points.

    Sudoku Challenge! will feature: Three Difficulty..

  • News Tetris Party Hits Europe Friday

    Good news for Europeans wanting a Tetris fix - You won't have to wait long for Tetris Party!

    Tetris Online, Inc. revealed earlier today that the game will be released in Europe this Friday. That's just a 4 day wait - Thankfully this means the online skill difference between the US and Europe won't be that big! With a ton of both old and new modes, and online battles, this certainly seems like one..

  • News Mart Racer To Bring Supermarket Sweep Excitement To WiiWare

    Ever wished that you could take part in a trolley dash like on that old TV game show Supermarket Sweep? If so, all your dreams have come true because Joju Games have created such a game just for you!

    Yes friends, Mart Racer is the game you have been waiting for! Here are more details from the guys at Joju Games: Mart Racer is an upcoming game for WiiWare. Compete against your friends to see who..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Tetris Party & The Incredible Maze

    Pop the champagne corks and raise a toast because the good times are here to stay. After a cracking few weeks on the WiiWare service which bought us the legendary Mega Man 9, World of Goo, not to mention two awesome Art Style games now it gets even better with the much anticipated Tetris Party entering the halls of greatness.

    That is of course if it is any good, but with Hudson developing it on..

  • News Second Wave of Mega Man 9 DLC Released!

    A quick press release from Capcom about today's Mega Man 9 DLC update packs:

    We’re proud to announce that the second of Downloadable Content packs for Mega Man 9 will be available this week. Here’s the run down on what’s coming out. Hard Mode – Dubbed Hero Mode in Japan, this mode enables you to play the entire game on an increased difficulty level with alternate enemy distribution and..

  • News Tetris Party Tournament Announced

    To further enhance the Tetris Party experience that's coming soon to the WiiWare service, Hudson has announced a Tetris Party Tournament for North American gamers that will kick off on the first of December.

    Tetris Party will hit the WiiWare service later today, which is good news for those who want to get in a little early practice for the tournament. Below is the official statement as well as a..

  • News World of Goo is Officially the Best Wii Game Ever

    It seems that the world is going crazy for the World of Goo. We were so impressed by the beautiful looking physics themed action puzzler that we did the unthinkable and awarded it a mighty 10/10, the first game we have reviewed to receive that impressive accolade.

    It seems this is not only our opinion as the most popular review rating comparison site Metacritic reveals. 1up, NintendoWorldReport,..

  • News Fake Man Content Pack Coming To WiiWare Next Week?

    According to an interview with Mega Man 9 producer Hironobu Takeshita, the second downloadable content pack is due for release on the WiiWare service next week. You'll remember that the first set of downloadable Mega Man 9 Content Packs were made available earlier this month and now Mega Man 9 fans who still haven't gotten enough Mega Man retro goodness are in for yet another treat.

    In an interview..

  • News Is WayForward's LIT Going To Light Up Our Lives Soon?

    Before the WiiWare service kicked off back in May we picked up on a whole list of games, some which finally came out such as Plattchen and others which just seem to be in development hell like Gravitronix. WayForward Technologies were another company who let a few things slip on their future intentions with a interesting sounding title called LIT and a remake of their Game Boy Color game Shantae. After that there was silence!

    The silence has finally been broken as this month’s Nintendo Power features some exclusive info about LIT as detailed below. Our contact at WayForward (of Contra 4 DS fame) told us we would start to see m..

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    Review Art Style: Cubello

    Is Nintendo's latest Art Style game a triumph of style over substance?

    When it launched, WiiWare signalled a shift in Nintendo’s attitude toward developers and gamers. After Dr. Mario and My Pokémon Ranch hinted that it was really just another outlet for them to spawn pedestrian versions of their tremendously popular franchises, many gamers lost...

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