WiiWare - News

May2009

  • News First Look: Max & the Magic Marker

    Reinventing the humble 2D platformer by throwing in some physics.

    Here’s an interesting looking game from Danish development studio Press Play, who will make their WiiWare debut with a game called Max & the Magic Marker later this year. So far it’s looking pretty good, drawing items which become physical objects to guide Max around the levels looks like a whole heap of fun. This will..

  • News Digital Leisure Announces Copter Crisis for WiiWare

    Use your Wii Remote to fly your helicopter on many challenging missions.

    Digital Leisure has just announced yet another new WiiWare title they have coming up. Copter Crisis puts you in control of your helicopter, where you'll get to use your Wii Remote as your control stick. You'll also have to respond to the various missions the game assigns you...

  • News WiiWare puzzler "Bang!" becomes Bang Attack

    Hey that’s MY name, says daVinci

    Here’s a quick titbit of relatively uninteresting news. Engine Software’s WiiWare puzzle debut “Bang!” has been renamed to Bang Attack following the realisation that an Italian company got there first! More from the press release we received: Doetinchem, May 18th 2009 - Engine Software, developer based in the Netherlands, today announces that its debut..

  • Nintendo Download Masks, Crystals, Chess and Art (US)

    The 300th VC game joins two WiiWare games and a single DSiWare release.

    Many people saw it coming - The amount of Virtual Console games available in North America was nearing 300, so it was logical to assume that Nintendo of America was saving Majora's Mask in order to make it game number 300. That turns out to be true - The Legend of Zelda:...

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    Review Swords & Soldiers

    Has this much-hyped title been worth the wait?

    The strategy genre has gone quite ignored on WiiWare. Aside from the launch title Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King the only other game was the recent Crystal Defenders R1. With Swords & Soldiers, Dutch developer Ronimo Games has taken a stab at bringing the RTS (real-time...

  • Nintendo Download 19 May 2009 (Japan)

    It's VC week!

    Next week is a VC-heavy week for Japan with only one WiiWare title and four Virtual Console titles. The Japanese DSiWare front has been quiet since the 1st of the month which saw the release of the viewer for downloading videos from the latest Nintendo Wii channel: Wii no Ma. Shika Gari (sic) or Deer Hunt is a simple deer-hunting title and the sole WiiWare release for 500 points..

  • News Eternity's Child Status Update

    If you're wondering what ever happened to Eternity's Child, wonder no more.

    You may have noticed that it's been quite awhile since we've heard any news on Alten8's upcoming WiiWare title Eternity's Child. Well we managed to get in contact with Alten8 regarding a status update on the title and CEO Paul Andrews was kind enough to give us a little information regarding the game's current status. Yes..

  • News Namco's Muscle March Possibly Most Bizarre WiiWare Game Yet

    Burly musclemen break through walls in speedos. You read that right.

    Here's one to skyrocket to the top of your most-wanted WiiWare games. We don't know much about Muscle March other than it was announced today, it's from Namco, and it's a Japan-exclusive WiiWare title (for the time being). And it's weird. Oh, and there's an inexplicable polar bear...

  • News Check Out Some Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Gameplay

    Party like it's 1991 in the upcoming WiiWare episodic title

    Wii-owning retro RPG fans have a lot to look forward to in SquEnix's upcoming episodic title Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. Until now, we haven't seen much of the WiiWare port outside of a few screens here and there, but now there's a full-blown trailer on them thar Intarnets to ogle. And, surprise, it looks like a 16-bit Final Fantasy..

  • News Two Tribes Announces Toki Tori Contest

    Find a cool way to promote the game and win a buttload of Wii Points

    Nintendo Life favorite Toki Tori is turning one year old. Hooray! In honor of the plump bird's anniversary and the game's impending iPhone release, Two Tribes and Chillingo have teamed up for a contest to get Tori fans to do all the marketing. To compete, come up with a snazzy way...

  • News Mecho Wars Confirmed For WiiWare and DSiWare Release

    Luc Bernard spills the beans in drunken video preview

    It's been a while since we heard from our old mate Luc Bernard but then he has been a pretty busy chap lately. He's moved to the US, founded his own development studio and is currently putting the finishing touches to the iPhone title Mecho Wars. The game is shaping up nicely and owes a massive debt to the Nintendo classic Advance Wars, which is..

  • News Fugazo Announces Frobot for WiiWare

    Check out Fugazo's upcoming WiiWare title Frobot in action.

    WiiWare developer Fugazo has just announced their upcoming WiiWare title Frobot. We were able to snag a game play video of the first level demo and a handful of screenshots for you to check out. Here's a snippet from the game's official website that gives a little insight into what we can expect from the game. Imagine if Wii Tanks and The..

  • First Impressions Contra ReBirth

    BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!

    Remember Contra? After Green Beret (Rush 'N' Attack to Americans) it was the definitive run-and-gun game from Konami which saw two games in the arcade and ports and sequels on home consoles. I cannot say I ever played the latter, but the former I remember well. Despite being punishingly difficult (to me, anyway) there was something compelling about it that caused me to..

  • News Commander Video Confirmed For Super Meat Boy

    Joins Tim from Braid in the butcher-friendly game

    TWG News has a hilarious interview up with Alex Neuse, designer at Bit.Trip factory Gaijin Games, and Edmund McMillen, busy developing Super Meat Boy, in which the dynamic duo talk about Bit.Trip Beat's punishing difficulty and some of the tricks up Super Meat Boy's disgusting sleeve. : TWG News

  • Nintendo Download Swords & Soldiers, Pitfall and Even More Magic Tricks (EU)

    Fight some wars, whip some snakes or learn some more magic this week.

    As announced last week, today sees the release of a certain anticipated WiiWare title. Joining it is a Mega Drive game and yet another set of magic tricks for your DSi! Swords & Soldiers is WiiWare's first RTS game. With its cartoony 2D graphics, fairly deep gameplay and multiple game modes it's certainly one of the more..

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    Review Family Pirate Party

    Does this new party title set sail for glory or is it forced to walk the plank?

    Although some would argue that it flies in the face of common sense, Aksys Games has decided to continue their "Family" franchise with the release of Family Pirate Party. Previous games in the series received unanimous criticism. Unfortunately, Family Pirate Party does little to differentiate itself from its..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (13th May)

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

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

  • News New Magnetis WiiWare Screenshots

    Check out some brand new screenshots of this unique WiiWare puzzler in action.

    We just got in a brand new set of screenshots from Yullaby's upcoming WiiWare puzzler Magnetis. The game play idea behind Magnetis is for the player to connect magnets facing opposite directions together. As you do this, they will contract and everything in between them disappears. The longer the lines in between the..

  • News Details Seep Out on Cave Story, Night Game

    New video of CS' Sand Zone to boot

    Tyrone Rodriguez, producer over at Nicalis, house of Cave Story and Night Game, made a guest appearance on the most recent IGN Nintendo Voice Chat podcast. While he remained silently "concentrating" for most of the hour, he did let slip a few details about his studio's highly anticipated WiiWare titles. We've known for a good while that Cave Story would..

  • News Watch Contra ReBirth In Action

    Explosions, shooting and hilarious-looking storyline accounted for

    Announced mere days ago, the wait for Contra ReBirth could hardly be described as excruciating for owners of a Japanese Wii. Everyone else, on the other hand, will have to make due with excited air-punches and YouTube videos to get their fix until the title is unleashed in their region. Speaking of which, here's a YouTube video of..

  • News All new Icarian: Kindred Spirits screenshots

    Another Nintendo Life exclusive!

    The good folks at Over The Top Games were kind enough to treat us to an exclusive look at some all new, never before seen screenshots from their upcoming WiiWare game, Icarian: Kindred Spirits. These screens show for the first time more variety in the levels as the world and lighting gets darker (all the events in the game take place during one day). Let us know..

  • Interviews Matt Bozon, Adam Tierney, and Sean Velasco of WayForward - Part Two

    Matt, Adam, and Sean talk about their respective projects at WayForward, among other things.

    Here's part two of the WayForward interview where the guys talk a bit more about some of their all-time favorite video game classics, as well as shed some new light on their upcoming A Boy and His Blob game. Q. We saw in the interview with G4TV where Voldi...

  • Interviews Matt Bozon, Adam Tierney, and Sean Velasco of WayForward - Part One

    Matt, Adam, and Sean talk about their respective projects at WayForward, among other things.

    WayForward, the company behind such stand out titles as Shantae and Contra 4, have already released their LIT title on Nintendo's WiiWare serivce, and are currently hard at work on several new projects for Nintendo's Wii console. We recently got the chance to catch up with three of the creative forces..

  • News Happy Birthday WiiWare Service

    Today the WiiWare service is one year old!

    It's hard to believe that it's been a whole year since the WiiWare service first kicked off. We thought it might be nice to take a look back at some of the more memorable events that have taken place in the WiiWare service's first year. Now keep in mind we couldn't include every great event that took place,...

  • News Nintendo Life Exclusive - Bit.Trip Core E3 Trailer

    We get a sneak peek at Gaijin Games' brand new Bit.Trip Core trailer.

    Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games was kind enough to send us over their upcoming E3 Bit.Trip Core game play trailer for everyone to enjoy. If you haven't had a chance to see the game in action yet, this is a good opportunity for you to see exactly how the game will be played and how it...

  • News Toki Tori Merchandise Coming Soon

    Own your very own Toki Tori!

    A while ago Two Tribes expressed their desire to create Toki Tori merchandise. But it was all up to fan demand if they would actually be made. It's now official though, there will be Toki Tori figurines, with perhaps other merchandise to follow. They're not for sale yet, nor has Two Tribes revealed any details on when we can expect them to be, or how much they'll cost,..

  • Interviews Kyle Gray talks Henry Hatsworth & indie plans

    Nintendo Life catches up with the man behind one of the most creative DS games to find out if there is life after EA.

    If you've read our review then you'll know that Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is one of the most creative and fun games you can play on the DS right now; the blissful combination of gorgeous 2D visuals, top-quality platforming action and brain-bending puzzle gaming..

  • Nintendo Download Soccer, Pirates and Galaxies (US)

    One new game for every downloadable service.

    Last week's update wasn't exactly that hot. Unfortunately, the same can probably be said again this week. DSiWare's gone down from two games a week to one this time. At least it's a decent one! Real Soccer 2009 is pretty much a port of the DS game with the same name, which is really quite an achievement...

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    Review Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure!

    Is there a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow?

    So there you are, transformed from a bubble-blowing dinosaur into human form again, ready to start your life afresh – maybe get a flat, a new car and settle into a good routine. But then, before you can say "9 to 5", you gain the ability to fire rainbows and have to use this skill to climb a huge multi-coloured tower. That’s basically..

  • Nintendo Download 12 May 2009 (Japan)

    This week sees some catching up and another Rebirth!

    After last week's focus on the new streaming media channel from Nintendo with no new Japanese WiiWare or VC content, this week we're back to the standard 7 releases. Most of these are catching up with the NA/EU territories, but there's a couple of new titles in there as well including one that...

  • News Swords & Soldiers Wages War in Europe Next Week

    The first WiiWare RTS will be available very soon!

    It's been a long wait since the game was first announced back in August last year, but if you live in Europe, you'll be able to enjoy Dutch developer Ronimo Games's promising strategy title Swords & Soldiers very soon - Next Friday, in fact! With a whole bunch of game modes (Including a campaign, skirmish and local multiplayer), 25 achievements..

  • News Contra ReBirth Announced, Approaching

    New WiiWare title set to hit Japan...next week?

    What's old is new again. Again. Capcom kick-started the whole retro-sequel shenanigans last year with the stellar Mega Man 9, and Konami tried it's hand with the awkwardly-capitalized and underwhelming Gradius ReBirth too. Looks like Konami is going to be taking another stab at a retro revival, wheeling out the 16-bit style Contra ReBirth. I don't..

  • Nintendo Download Fantasy Zone II, Rainbow Islands and More Magic (EU)

    Two hits and one miss this week!

    All the signs were pointing to a new Hanabi Festival starting today - Nintendo of Europe did not reveal today's new games in advance (Unlike the past two weeks) which lead us to believe there'd be something big. On top of that, it's "Golden Week" in Japan at the moment, a national holiday! How much longer are we gonna have to wait? It's not all that bad..

  • News Art Style Games Coming to Japan

    Japanese gamers are finally getting the Art Style WiiWare titles

    Nintendo's unique Art Style WiiWare titles have already been available in North American and Europe for some time now, but Japanese gamers have been left out in the cold. That's all about the change with the announcement that Nintendo is finally bringing its three Art Style titles to the Japanese WiiWare service on May 12th for 600..

  • News Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Coming to WiiWare June 1st

    The brand new Final Fantasy title is set to hit the WiiWare service June 1st.

    According to a Square-Enix ad in the June issue of Nintendo Power magazine, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years will be coming to Nintendo's WiiWare service on June 1, 2009. While we haven't seen a lot of new information on this title lately, it has to be exciting for fans of the Final Fantasy series to hear news of this..

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    Review Penguins & Friends - Hey! That's My Fish!

    Cool as ice or a bit fishy?

    What does a short supply of fish, a continually sinking ice float, and a bunch of greedy penguins have in common? They all star in the board game 'Hey! That's My Fish!' which was originally brought to the gaming scene by Phalanx Games and which is now available for WiiWare under the moniker Penguins & Friends. This abstract strategy title delivered in a deceptively..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (6th May)

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

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

  • News New Screens - Robocalypse: Beaver Defense

    A handful of new screenshots from the upcoming WiiWare tower defense title.

    Vogster Entertainment was kind enough to send us four brand new screenshots of their upcoming tower defense WiiWare title Robocalypse: Beaver Defense in action. As you can see from the screenshots, the game is looking pretty sharp and it will be interesting to see what new features the WiiWare version will sport. Below is a..

  • News OFLC Update: Super Mario Kart Finally Coming!

    The OFLC has recently been updated with a few new game listings, including a certain kart racing title Virtual Console fans have been clamoring for.

    It seems the wait for the Super Nintendo hit Super Mario Kart is almost over. The OFLC ratings board has been updated and includes four new titles we're likely to see made available on Nintendo's download services soon. Super Mario Kart is easily the..

  • Nintendo Download Clocks, Calculators, Penguins and Towers (US)

    If you want to pay for something the DSi already has it's your lucky day!

    As in the last few weeks there's two new games available on DSiWare today - But "games" isn't really the right word for them this time. The DSi already has a clock on its menu - The Animal Crossing Clock is really just a slightly more interesting variation. It's...

  • News Chillingo Bringing Rolando Killer to WiiWare

    Leading iPhone publisher sets its sights on WiiWare

    If you’re anything like me then you are holding off buying an iPhone, the temptation is there but somehow you manage to resist and find a way to stay faithful to your crappy mobile phone, well at least for the time being! Seeing games that look as good as Rolando on the App Store makes it harder to resist though, this LocoRoco clone really does..

  • News Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time Remake Coming to XBLA, WiiWare

    Good news for fans of the Turtles!

    If you know anything about TMNT you should know it's their 25th anniversary this year. To celebrate, last week in New York there was an event called Galabunga. Just your average party for fans of the series, you'd imagine, but there was in fact a surprise reveal of a new game as well. That game just so happens to...

April2009

  • News Sexy Poker Headed to WiiWare

    It seems the WiiWare service just got a little sexier

    According to the German USK ratings service, Gameloft's Sexy Poker title is headed to Nintendo's WiiWare service. As you might imagine, the game is basically a video game version of strip poker. The female players place bets using their own clothing instead of money. Since Nintendo is quite...

  • News New WiiWare Screenshots - Karate Phants

    1970's German cartoon inspires new WiiWare fighting title

    We just got our hands on 12 brand new Karate Phants: Gloves of Glory screenshots showing the WiiWare title in action. As you can see, the game looks to be a two-player one-on-one fighting title. The game is based on an old 1970's German cartoon called The Ottifants. Apparently the cartoon was quite popular at one point, at least enough so..

  • Nintendo Download Bit.Trip Beat, Dr. Mario, Magic and Galaxy Force II (EU)

    Alternating Virtual Console and WiiWare weeks come to an end!

    WiiWare's almost been out for a year in Europe, and it seems that because of that, Nintendo of Europe has decided to start using the same schedule North America does - Releasing both VC and WiiWare games every week. Of course there's another DSiWare game as well. None of the games are...

  • News Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Official Website Goes Live

    Square Enix opens the window to one of their latest Wiiware offerings...

    If you're a fan of the Super Nintendo classic, Final Fantasy IV, then prepare to bask in a deep bowl of nostalgia soup. Square Enix's Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is soon to arrive on WiiWare services around the globe, and for a sip of this rich classic gaming stew you can visit the newly launched website dedicated to the..

  • News Come Wish Pixel a Happy Birthday!

    It's the Cave Story creator's birthday

    Guess what? It's Pixel's birthday and the guys at Nicalis would like to request that game fans head over to their blog to wish him a Happy Birthday. For those of you who don't know, Pixel is the creator of the Cave Story games, and is currently working on the WiiWare title as we speak. He's also the guy who decorated the Wii Remotes we reported on recently. So..

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

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

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

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    Review Cocoto Platform Jumper

    Will Cocoto have you jumping for joy or off a cliff?

    It's no big secret that WiiWare could use more platformers, . Cocoto Platform Jumper may count itself lucky then that this genre is relatively underrepresented at this time. Is it worth enough to spend your hard-earned cash, though? It just might be. The player is represented by the whimsical...

  • News Smashmouth Games Announces Ongaku for WiiWare

    Rhythm/action game Ongaku is on its way to WiiWare

    Smashmouth Games has just announced that their flash-based rhythm/action game Ongaku is headed to Nintendo's WiiWare service later this year. With the recent popularity of these rhythm/action games, it comes as no surprise to see them make this announcement. You can check out a snippet of...

  • News Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 in "Not Coming to Wii" Shocker

    Wow, that was unexpected.

    If you've kept your ear to the ground you'll know that Capcom has recently announced that Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 is coming to Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network. This is very much a BIG DEAL because the game is a 2D masterpiece. Sadly, the Wii is getting the cold shoulder. Capcom won't be bringing Marvel Vs. Capcom 2...

  • News New Bit.Trip Game Teaser Image

    Check out the new teaser image for Gaijin Games' new upcoming Bit.Tip WiiWare title.

    Gaijin Games has sent us over a new teaser image for their upcoming Bit.Trip title. While we'd love to tell you the name of the game, Gaijin Games has asked us to keep it under our hats until they have a chance to make a formal announcement of the game. It shouldn't...

  • News Bit.Trip Beat Coming to Europe on Friday

    Time for European gamers to get a dose of Bit.Trip Beat!

    It seems the wait for Bit.Trip Beat is almost over. Alex Neuse, CEO of Gaijin Games has just announced that their unique retro WiiWare title will be released on the European WiiWare service this coming Friday. Bit.Trip Beat takes the classic idea of Pong and injects a whole new level of frantic intensity to the experience. If you're still on..

  • News New Game Play Video - Toribash

    Nabi Studios releases new game play video of their upcoming WiiWare title Toribash in action.

    The main goal behind Toribash is to give players unprecedented freedom by providing them with total control over their fighter's bodies. The developers have said that they hope this will provide a unique experience on the WiiWare service for gamers who have been looking for something new and original. The..

  • Interviews Cocoto Platform Jumper - Neko Entertainment

    Neko Entertainment spills the beans on their latest Wiiware game.

    Coinciding with the release of Cocoto Platform Jumper for Wiiware in North America, comes our chat with the folks who brought it to us. So sit back, relax, and open the floodgates of knowledge which shall pour forth from the minds of Neko Entertainment! Nlife: First off, what can you tell us about the game? What makes Cocoto Platform..

  • Nintendo Download Clubhouse Games, Paper Planes, Platforms and Warring States (US)

    Nintendo of America's DSiWare push continues.

    The pattern continues this week - Two new DSiWare games and one new game each for WiiWare and VC are available once again. Both DSiWare games are cut down versions of already existing games. Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics includes five card games from Nintendo's DS game Clubhouse Games, but be...

  • News Controversial Super Meat Boy Advertisement

    Team Meat attempts to stir up some interest in their upcoming WiiWare title.

    As far as advertising goes, there are several ways to draw attention to your product. You can pay thousands of dollars to an advertising firm to come up with an extremely catchy slogan or jingle that will make your product instantly recognizable to consumers, or you can do...

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    Review Adventure Island: The Beginning

    Higgins is back after a 15-year break. Is he still the master?

    As you might know, Adventure Island is a bit of an odd series. The main character Master Higgins is actually a real person, although he's only well known in Japan. Ask anybody there about Takahashi Meijin (Master Takahashi) though and they'll know him for sure - he's a legend over there, down to his ability to press a button 16 times a..

  • News Need Some Tetris Lessons?

    We know a man who can help you master those pesky Tetriminoes.

    In these troubled economic times it is great to see some entrepreneurial spirit looking for an opportunity to turn their skills into cash. A good example of this ability to think outside of the box would be the chap from Vancouver who posted the following ad on Craigslist: In response to the economic downturn, I am offering personal..

  • News Pixel Customizes Wii Remotes

    Pixel turns standard Wii Remotes into works of art!

    Pixel, artist extraordinaire and lead artistic designer on the upcoming WiiWare release Cave Story, has taken it upon himself to decorate a few Wii Remotes to make them a little more interesting. While the designs are black & white, they're certainly no less eye-catching. Nicalis plans to give these Wii Remotes away to fans at some point and..

  • News Game Play Trailer - ColorZ

    Check out Exkee's colorful WiiWare puzzler in action!

    Exkee was kinda enough to send us over the brand new official game play trailer for their upcoming WiiWare title ColorZ. The game is basically an action-style puzzler that uses basic color changes as the premise for how you're able to navigate through the game's many levels. Below is a copy of the official game overview sheet sent to us along..

  • Nintendo Download 28 April 2009 (Japan)

    Another six releases for our Japanese friends.

    I'm sure many in the PAL/NA territories will be green with envy and I've got to say I'm going to have a hard decision to make here. You see amongst the three WiiWare releases coming to Japan next week is Bit.Trip.Beat. Given that there's no projected release date for Europe whatsoever, can I resist temptation, especially when the game is only 500..

  • Nintendo Download Adventure Island, Crystal Defenders R1 & Real Football 2009 (EU)

    Another lovely lump of downloadable goodness lands in Europe

    It's Nintendo Download time again folks! This week we've got a tasty trio of European gaming greatness to tell you about. Adventure Island: The Beginning (WiiWare, 1000 points) is Hudson's latest instalment in its long-running Adventure Island series. This 2.5 platform title - which stars legendary Hudson employee Takahashi Meijin - is..

  • News Europe Gets Adventure Island: The Beginning On WiiWare Tomorrow

    Master Higgins rides again!

    For any of our Euro / Aussie readers who are patiently waiting for Hudson Soft’s Adventure Island: The Beginning we can gladly tell you that your wait will soon be over. It will be on sale in the Wii Shop at midnight tonight for 1000 Nintendo points (GMT of course!). This installment of Adventure Island will return gamers back to the good old days of platforming..

  • News Game Play Trailer - Icarian: Kindred Spirits

    Check out the new game play trailer for the upcoming WiiWare title Icarian: Kindred Spirits!

    We just managed to get our hands on the brand new official Icarian: Kindred Spirits game play trailer. The game follows the adventures of Nyx, an enigmatic winged girl, who must descend from the heavens in search of her missing friend Icarus. The game is controlled using the Wii Remote, by using easy,..

  • News New Swords & Soldiers Faction: The Chinese Empire

    The third army of Ronimo Games' upcoming WiiWare epic is revealed

    Ronimo Games has announced details of the third faction in its highly promising WiiWare title Swords & Soldiers. As you may already be aware, Swords & Soldiers is a 2D sidescrolling real-time strategy game. Ronimo has been slowly drip-feeding information about the title over the past few months and with the release only weeks..

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

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

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

  • News WiiWare Games Now Available On Amazon

    More power to the customer or missing the point entirely?

    If you head on over to the popular online store Amazon and look around a little you can find something pretty weird: A listing for World of Goo on the Wii. Reading the item description reveals that this is not actually the game, but rather a code you can enter in the Wii Shop to get the game (Presumably, you have to enter it instead of a Wii..

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    Review Crystal Defenders R1

    Break out the safe box.

    Trailing off the coattails of Final Fantasy Tactics comes Crystal Defenders, Square's take on the incredibly popular 'Tower Defense' genre. Instead of methodically leveling units, using items, and strategizing your way through battle, you’ll be tasked with defending a set of crystals by means of brute force. Some may be familiar with the name due to its counterpart on the..

  • News WiiWare Threshold Is Really About Quality Control

    It’s all about stomping down on shovelware declares mysterious WiiWare developer.

    Following this morning’s revelation about WiiWare sales targets as told to Kotaku the mysterious NDA breaking WiiWare developer has contacted Eurogamer in order to set the record straight: I'm concerned this recent threshold news is generating an artificially negative wave of press. The spirit of the threshold..

  • News WiiWare Sales Targets: More Details Emerge

    Solid figures quoted by WiiWare developer

    We recently heard about Nintendo’s sales targets for WiiWare games, and it didn’t make particularly pretty reading if you’re a developer. In a new twist, Kotaku has apparently been contacted by a developer “familiar with the subject” and they’ve given what appear to be fairly solid numbers: North America If game is over 16MB - 6,000 unitsIf..

  • Nintendo Download Dr. Mario, Wonder Boy, More Magic Tricks and Crystal Defenders (US)

    Yes, it's yet another update with two DSiWare games!

    Art Style: CODE and Paper Plane are still absent - But don't worry too much, because you're now able to download Dr. Mario to your DSi. Dr. Mario Express is a simple portable version of Dr. Mario. But beware - You can only play the classic mode or Vs. CPU, there's no multiplayer mode! Naturally...

  • Nintendo Download 21 April 2009 (Japan)

    Green shades anyone?

    In Japan you simply cannot have a download release list that's less than four games and next week will be no exception with a mixed total of six. Only two WiiWare releases: World of Goo published by Nintendo themselves for 1500 points -- I think everyone knows what this game is by now! Hajiite Block Rush from Agenda for 500 points -- this one looks very pretty, but I'm not..

  • News Hudson Launches Official Adventure Island: The Beginning Website

    Hudson's official Adventure Island: The Beginning website is now open for business.

    It seems the wait for Hudson's upcoming WiiWare title Adventure Island: The Beginning might be just about over. Hudson has just announced that their Official Adventure Island website is now live. You can check out the site for some new tidbits of information on the game and don't forget to check out our exclusive..

  • News High Voltage: No DLC for The Conduit, More WiiWare on the Way

    Looks like gamers looking for additional content in The Conduit will have to wait until a sequel.

    In a recent interview with Destructoid, High Voltage Software confirmed that their highly anticipated first-person shooter will not have any downloadable content. Destructoid: I know the Wii isn’t known for being DLC friendly, however, could we see...

  • News Japanese Sites for Made in Ore and Asobu! Made in Ore Go Live

    With the upcoming release of Made in Ore and its WiiWare counterpart, Nintendo has launched an official site with plenty of screenshots.

    Just over a week ago, Nintendo officially announced a release date for the latest entries in the highly acclaimed WarioWare franchise. With its release date in just a few weeks, information has begun pouring in on Made in Ore and its WiiWare counterpart, Asobu!..

  • News Steel Penny Games Update - Part 2

    Jason Hughes explains what he really meant to say in his last blog entry.

    You might remember that we reported on the rant Jason Hughes of WiiWare developer Steel Penny Games went on during his recent blog post. Well Jason just posted a new entry in an attempt to set the record straight as to exactly what he was trying to get across in his last blog post. It seems his rant wasn't a rant after all..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (15th 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! Trust us, if we can do it, anyone can. We compile..

  • News Some WiiWare Developers Won't Get Paid

    It seems that being an independent WiiWare developer isn't all it's cracked up to be for some.

    According to Gamasutra publisher and Independent Game Festival chairman Simon Carless, Nintendo has a threshold in place that determines whether or not an independent developer is paid for their game release. Carless goes on to say that this number is in the neighborhood of mid-quadruple digits for..

  • News Konami Announces Driift for WiiWare

    Konami's fourth WiiWare game is an eight-player overhead racing game.

    Driift seems to be similar to the classic top-down racer Super Off Road, featuring tracks which are only one screen big. The racers all compete for the number one spot and will not just have to use driving skills, but also items to help them achieve that. More from Konami's press release: Konami Driifts on to WiiWare..

  • News Tetris Party Tournament No. 4 Details

    If you want another chance to win free Wii Points with your Tetris skills the time has arrived once again.

    Tetris Online's press release sums it all up nicely: WHAT: Tetris Party Tournament No. 4 is the final opportunity for Tetris Party players around the world to win Wii Points™ by demonstrating their competitive Tetris skills. The top 100 eligible participants from each region (North America..

  • First Impressions Let's Hitchhike!

    Nippon Ichi delivers an oddball game as only the Japanese can.

    It's literally called Let's Zenryoku Hitchihaiku!!!!!!!!! (yes nine exclamations!), which I guess you could translate as Let's Totally Hitchhike, Dude! (the "Dude" is my personal addition) and it's a recent release to the Japanese WiiWare service which I just had to try out after seeing videos of the game in action. Without..

  • Nintendo Download Mixed Messages, Pitfalls, Magic Tricks and Pirates (US)

    This week brings a new western publisher on board - Activision! And they haven't just released one game, but two!

    If you bought a DSi you'll be quite glad to hear that there's already some new games available this week. Of course the Wii Shop gets its usual new WiiWare and VC game as well! Mixed Messages is Activision's first DSiWare game. It's pretty simple - First, you enter a sentence. Then, you..

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    Review Bubble Bobble Plus!

    Space Invaders Get Even proved that drastically changing a classic Taito franchise works very well. Bubble Bobble Plus, however, is more of a flat-out remake - is it a good one?

    Bubble Bobble's one of the most well-known arcade games - If you so much as hum the theme song to someone it's very likely they'll recognize it. As such it's really a...

  • News Steel Penny Games Update

    Steel Penny Games developer Jason Hughes sets the record straight on what his development squad as been up to since the release of their Bruiser & Scratch WiiWare title.

    We haven't heard much from Steel Penny Games lately since the release of their WiiWare puzzler Bruiser & Scratch so it was a bit surprising to see a post from their own Jason...

  • News Telltale Says Strong Bad Game Sales Double, More WiiWare Titles Coming

    Telltale Games, the people behind Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People have had great success recently. Does this mean they'll be pushing quality titles?

    Nintendo’s SD card update announcement at GDC, evidently, has served more than us fans. Telltale Games recently sent out a press release stating that sales of Strong Bad’s Cool game for Attractive People have “more than doubled”..

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    Review Equilibrio

    Equiibrio might not have the flash of a Kororinpa, but you're still getting an enjoyable game at a much cheaper price.

    While we've already seen several 3D ball-rolling titles like Sega's Super Monkey Ball and Hudson's Kororinpa put the tilt function of the Wii Remote to good use, Equilibrio marks the first time this unique gameplay experience has been used in a 2D environment. But while Equilibrio..

  • Nintendo Download 14 April 2009 (Japan)

    Another week, another 5 releases for Japan.

    It's true the Japanese have another week with a mix of VC and WiiWare content, but Wii owners in North America and Europe need not feel the usual pangs of jealousy (well, I guess that depends on how much you've been wanting to see a couple of these...). On the WiiWare front we have a couple of things that will likely stay in Japan and something we already..

  • Nintendo Download Bubble Bobble Plus! & More WiiWare Goodies (EU)

    Bub and Bob come to WiiWare today!

    It seems like Nintendo of Europe wants to make up for their single WiiWare release two weeks ago - This week there's not one, not two, but three new games available! Sadly there are no new DSiWare games today, you can’t have everything you want can you? Bubble Bobble Plus! is obviously the biggest release of the bunch - This remake of the original game features..

  • News LIT Officially Headed to Europe

    European gamers can finally breathe a sigh of relief as WayForward's LIT is on its way to the European WiiWare service.

    Although we've already seen hints here and there regarding LIT_'s eventual European WiiWare release, the guys at WayForward decided to make it official today with their announcement that LIT is indeed coming to the European WiiWare...

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (8th 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 Konami: VC Arcade Support and WiiWare Life Force

    Another big developer jumps on the VCA bandwagon!

    Before publishers rerelease their old games on VC, they're required to renew the trademarks for them - a bunch of classic Konami trademarks appeared today, which seems to indicate they're going to be releasing arcade games as well! Konami has registered these new VC-related trademarks: Green Beret...

  • Talking Point Copyright and Video Games

    What is stopping us from experiencing the entire history of video games?

    Last year Taito issued Space Invaders Get Even on the WiiWare download service as well as multiple versions of the original game on the Japanese, PAL and North American Virtual Consoles. This was in celebration of the 30th annivesary of the release of Space Invaders in arcades worldwide. Similarly Namco is due to celebrate..

  • First Impressions Puzzle Bobble Wii

    Taito delivers another enjoyable update to an arcade franchise.

    For those who aren't familiar Puzzle Bobble is a late-90s arcade puzzle franchise from Taito featuring Baburun and Boburun from Bubble Bobble. Fans in the rest of the world may remember this game better as the ill-titled "Bust-A-Move." It's had five arcade iterations, two of which were ports on the Neo Geo MVS (Bust-A-Move..

  • News Spaceball: Revolution - First Screenshots

    A puzzler that is more than just a load of old balls.

    Yesterday Nintendo of Europe released lots of info about the upcoming Wiiware / DSiWare lineup. Among those games was a title called Spaceball: Revolution by Virtual Toys, the Spanish developer who brought Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam to WiiWare a short while ago. Keen to know more we got in touch and were given the following press release, along..

  • News Robocalypse - Beaver Defense Coming to WiiWare

    Robocalypse - Beaver Defense offers madcap weaponry and uproarious destruction in a "tower defense" style game.

    Vogster Entertainment has just announced their new upcoming title Robocalypse - Beaver Defense that will be coming to the WiiWare service this summer. You can check out the official press release below for more information on the game as well as some of the unique features the game will..

  • News Fish'em All! Game Play Trailer Released

    Fish'em All!, an arcade game with a real "coin-op" flavor!

    We've just received a bit of new information on Abylight's upcoming WiiWare title Fish'em All! that you can check out below. We've also included the brand new game play trailer showing the game in action below as well. Hold on tight to your Wii Remote™ and fish 'em all! Alone, or with your friends, you will have a great time catching..

  • News Nintendo of Europe Announces April-July WiiWare / DSiWare Lineup

    Cave Story and others coming soon!

    For the first time in, uh, well, forever, Nintendo of Europe has decided to give us a small glimpse of what we can look forward to in the next couple of months. Note that list is not complete - For example, Square Enix announced only yesterday that Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands and Crystal Defenders R1 and R2...

  • News Squibs Arcade - LCD Madness From Alten8

    All your game are belong to us!

    Squibs Arcade is certainly one of the more unique upcoming WiiWare titles we have come across. It’s basically a parody of all the top rated titles for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, oh yeah and Assassins Creed too! The trick is all these modern games are stripped down to their core gameplay essentials and presented as a LCD game from yesteryear. Our pals over at Alten8..

  • News Gamebridge Announces European Release of Overturn: Mecha Wars

    Battle it out with robots online, with up to 4 players!

    Gamebridge, a new UK-based publisher, has announced that they are planning to bring over the WiiWare game Overturn: Mecha Wars. This was previously released in Japan last December, and was developed by the Japanese developer Studio Zan. The game could prove another worthwhile download for those looking for Wi-Fi multiplayer fun - The game..