WiiWare - News

October2008

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (15th 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 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 High Voltage Interview: High Voltage Hot Rod Show

    We love a good racing game here at WiiWare World. As D2C’s SPOGS Racing failed to deliver the goods we pinned our hopes on another racer to come to WiiWare and save the day. Perhaps High Voltage Hot Rod Show is that game?

    We got in touch with our pals at High Voltage Software, developers of the rather good Gyrostarr and the upcoming awesome...

  • News Tetris Party Released On WiiWare In Japan

    Judging from the Japanese WiiWare releases today it would appear that Tetris Party is about to make its way to other regions sooner than many expected. This is great news for all the Tetris maniacs out there who've waited long and hard for a Tetris title to reach the Nintendo Wii console.

    Update: Tetris Party is now confirmed on the official site to be coming out on the 20th October. That's this..

  • News New Swords & Soldiers Instructional Video

    So far very little information is known about Ronimo Games' upcoming WiiWare strategy title Swords & Soldiers other than the title of the game and a handful of gorgeous screenshots. Several developers at Ronimo Games were responsible for the original PC version of the hit Wii game de Blob and have now set their sights on Nintendo's WiiWare service.

    Ronimo Games has just sent us a brand new..

  • News Get Ready to Brave the Dangers of Planet Pachinko

    A while ago the ESRB rated a mysterious new WiiWare game called Planet Pachinko, indicating it would be released on WiiWare in the west. Pachinko is an unbelievably popular Japanese arcade game in which you throw coins or balls into a machine and hope they bounce off of pegs into certain slots or cups at the bottom.

    Of course we assumed that this game would be just that - Pachinko on WiiWare. The..

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    Review World of Goo

    Will World of Goo leave gamers all warm and gooey inside?

    It's certainly no secret to WiiWare fans that World of Goo has seen more hype than just about any other WiiWare title to date. While this generally leads to unrealistic expectations, every so often a game somehow manages to not only fulfil the hype, but exceed it. Say hello to World of Goo...

  • News Mindware Interview Part 2 - MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade

    Those among our readership with good memories will remember that a few weeks ago we did an interview..

    ...with Micky G. Albert the president of Mindware Corp. in Japan about his WiiWare debut with MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade. So detailed were his answers that we thought it best to run the interview in two parts! Here is the second part of our exclusive WiiWare World interview. We hope you..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: World Of Goo & Art Style: Cubello

    The time has arrived; today you can finally get acquainted with what may well be the best game to hit WiiWare to date. Yes we’re talking about World of Goo of course! The WiiWare World team have been enjoying the PC version of the game all week which the nice chaps at 2D Boy supplied us with. Amazingly it surpassed all our expectations, it’s hard to pick fault with anything, yes it is THAT good!

    Our review will be ready a little later today as we want to try out the WiiWare specific features such as the 4 player co-op and of course how the game controls with the Wii Remote instead of a mouse. We recommend that only the most cautious of our readers wait for the review however, you c..

  • News How to play Plättchen - Twist 'n' Paint

    In case you were one of the ‘lucky’ people to pick up Plättchen - Twist 'n' Paint against our advice, you may be interested to know that the developer Bplus has released a video which explains some of the finer mechanics of the gameplay.

    Maybe if you were not convinced to give this a try yet then maybe this video explanation may change your mind, then again maybe not! As always let us know..

  • News Introducing High Voltage Hot Rod Show for WiiWare

    After High Voltage Software’s success with Gyrostarr on WiiWare, it is good to see them continuing to support the service with a new game simply called High Voltage Hot Rod Show. Unlike Gyrostarr this game will be a full on racing game, it looks like ExciteTruck from a overhead angle.

    There is still no confirmation from the studio on Animales de la Muerte yet, rumours have been flying about that..

  • News Updated Cave Story Artwork Causes Controversy

    It seems that many diehard Cave Story fans have recently become divided over the slightly updated artwork that will be used in the upcoming WiiWare version of Cave Story. Many fans have already expressed their dislike of the more detailed look Daisuke Amaya has given Toroko, feeling that it takes away from the classic old-school look the game has always featured.

    Nicalis recently provided a side-by-side comparison of both the old and new artwork to show these subtle differences. They blew the artwork of Toroko up 800 times to show these changes pixel by pixel. You can take a look at the picture below to see the differences...

  • News Studio Walljump Interview: Liight

    Since we haven't been given much information on Studio Walljump's upcoming WiiWare puzzler Liight, we thought it might be time to go straight to the top to get a bit more information on this unique light-infused puzzle title.

    Thankfully, Nicholas Trahan, owner of development house Studio Walljump, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to take part in an exclusive WiiWare World..

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Midnight Bowling and Potpourrii

    Let's pretend there were no new WiiWare games this week and call it a day. It'd probably be better than what we really got.

    First up is the dreadful Midnight Bowling, which was released in the US earlier this week. Not much companies have bothered to make any competition for Wii Sports's bowling minigame yet - This is probably the reason why. Midnight Bowling throws everything Wii Sports did so..

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    Review Midnight Bowling

    How many points does a game score for a gutter ball?

    Gameloft has given Wiiware some of its best titles like Midnight Pool and Wild West Guns, so it was with great anticipation that we sat down to enjoy their latest offering, Midnight Bowling. Although some would argue that Wii Sports renders any other bowling game redundant, we feel that there is room for a more rewarding take on the sport and the..

  • News Marvelous Bringing Discipline To WiiWare

    Marvelous Entertainment has recently announced that they will soon be bringing a game simply entitled Discipline to the WiiWare service.

    Not much is currently known about the title other than a few facts released by the company during their press conference announcing the game. The game takes place inside of a high security prison called "Discipline" and requires the player to take part..

  • News Last Flight - New Screenshots

    After revealing an amusing comic strip and the fact that Last Flight will be in fact a series of episodic games. WiiWare World can now exclusively reveal the latest screenshots from this upcoming WiiWare game.

    We think you’ll agree that the cell shaded style looks particularly good for a downloadable title crammed into 40MB. The news about the pricing is a bit up in the air, the early word on the..

  • News More Bit Generations Games Coming To WiiWare

    After the surprise release of Art Style: Orbient on WiiWare last week the in North America, it will probably come as no surprise to discover that more of the GBA series of bit Generations games should find their way to WiiWare. The question is which ones will make it first?

    Worry not inquisitive reader as the Australian OFLC ratings body has...

  • News Treasure To Support WiiWare?

    Treasure president Masato Maegawa has confirmed that his company is looking at producing games for downloadable content services such as WiiWare and XBLA.

    Speaking to 1up.com, Maegawa commented that he really liked the job fellow Japanese developer IntiCreates did with Mega Man 9. This might suggest that Treasure is looking at doing similar things with its own IP – which should get all serious..

  • News Mega Man 9 Press Kit Fetches $750 on eBay

    Remember those awesome Mega Man 9 press kits we told you about not so long ago? Well one dedicated Blue Bomber fan is soon going to be cozying up to an assets CD in a NES cartridge-shaped case and will find their bank account significantly reduced as a result, because one of these kits has just sold for an eye-watering $750 on auction site eBay.

    Worth every penny? Well, not really – especially..

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

    My how fast Wednesday rolls around. 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! Even we were able to pull it off without much help.

    We compile this..

  • News Strong Bad: Baddest of the Bands Coming In October

    Episode 3 of the Strong Bad series, titled Baddest of the Bands, is coming to the WiiWare service in October. Below is a portion of the press release that was just sent out to the media which gives a little insight into the story line the new game will feature.

    Rock and roll! Hurting for cash, Strong Bad sets out to dominate the Battle Royale of the Bands. Can he rule the stage and win the big..

  • News Brand New Sorcery Blade Screenshots

    It seems that information about the upcoming Kemco WiiWare title Sorcery Blade is slowly beginning to leak out. The game is based on the mobile phone Sorcery Sword series of games and is set on the planet Mars in the year 3000.

    The game will make use of special attacks that can be executed by drawing shapes on the screen using the Wii Remote. You'll also be able to roam around town where you can..

  • News Official Cave Story Site Goes Live

    It's only been a few days since the game's announcement, but the official site for Cave Story is now live.

    At the moment, the site includes some screenshots, wallpapers, information, and even a blog which will be updated regularly with news about Cave Story and other things. The game's creator, Pixel, even responds to some of the blog posts in Japanese! The game is expected to be launched on..

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    Review MadStone

    Is WiiWare collapsing under an avalanche of 'falling block' games?

    If there’s one thing you can learn by looking at the current WiiWare release list it’s that the Wii certainly has no shortage of quick and casual puzzle games. Some might say that there are too many, but can we ever have too much of a good thing? Madstone is, literally, another falling blocks puzzle game in the vein of Tetris..

  • News Confusion Reigns over Mega Man 9 Sales

    Mega Man 9 is easily one of the biggest WiiWare titles so far, but it’s only when you look at the figures recently published by VG Charts that you realize just how big. 140,000 downloads in one week – that’s a lot of cash in your virtual pocket, no matter which way you look at it.

    Well, it would be if Capcom hadn’t debunked the figure almost...

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Midnight Bowling And MadStone

    There is something for everyone today on the Wii Shop. First up is Midnight Bowling, another successful Gameloft cellphone game now brought lovingly to WiiWare. When we reviewed Midnight Pool back in August we quite liked it so there is every chance this might be worth a look too if you have grown tired of Wii Sports bowling.

    If puzzlers are your bag then you might want to check out MadStone. We..

  • News Capcom Releases Two Mega Man 9 Downloadable Content Packs

    For all you Mega Man fans out there who just can't seem to get enough of the classic Blue Bomber, Capcom has just announced the release of the first two Downloadable Content packs for their Mega Man 9 WiiWare title.

    Endless Attack Content Pack - Test your skills on a stage without end. Try to break the record for getting the farthest. Results will be displayed in the Rankings page. Not compatible..

  • News WiiWare Announcement Blowout - Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands and More

    Shortly ater the recent press conference in Japan, Nintendo released a few lists of upcoming games. While they already announced their new DS and Wii games, they didn't announce any WiiWare games during the conference, which means that the WiiWare list would most likely be very interesting.

    As it turns out, it is - a whopping 50 WiiWare titles by...

  • News Wahoo Studios / NinjaBee Interview: Boingz

    While we don't know a lot about Wahoo Studio's upcoming Wiiware title Boingz, we were lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with Jeremy and Joey from Wahoo Studios to find out a bit more about the game. They were also nice enough to send us over a short game play video of the game in action to further show how the game is played. You can check out the full interview and game play video below.

    WiiWare World: How long has Boingz been in development? Jeremy: About a year. WW: How did you come up with the idea of Boingz in the first place? Jeremy: The idea came from a brain storming session about games..

  • News MadStone Coming To WiiWare On Monday

    Good news for gamers who just can't get enough puzzle goodness from the WiiWare service as RiverMan Media has announced that their new title MadStone is coming to the WiiWare service on Monday, October 6th and will cost 800 Wii Points. We recently previewed the game and were impressed with the game's simple but frantic game play. If you're looking for something a bit different in the puzzle genre, you should definitely consider picking up MadStone when its released. Below is the press release.

    MADSTONE EXPLODES ONTO WIIWARE OCTOBER..

  • News World Of Goo Coming To US WiiWare October 13

    The wait is almost over. 2D Boy has just announced that World of Goo will be coming to the US WiiWare service on Monday, October 13. That means in less than two weeks Wii owners will finally be able to enjoy this much-anticipated WiiWare title. The price has now been finalized and will cost 1500 Wii Points.

    If you want to get more insight into the...

  • News Why You Should Be Excited About Cave Story

    When Cave Story was announced for WiiWare yesterday, a lot of gamers went wild with excitement - Others, however, were left puzzled as to why this news is so great. Let's take a look at the reasons you should be excited about this game coming to WiiWare.

    Cave Story was originally released in 2004 for the PC. It was created over the span of five (!)...

  • News More Informaton On Boingz From RealNetworks

    Although the following press release contains the word 'casual' far too many times for our liking, we have to admit we're pretty optimistic about RealNetworks' Boingz. A WiiWare exclusive that promises to captivate players with bendy little creatures and unique motion sensitive gameplay, this game might just give World of Goo a run for its money. See below the fold for some screenshots from this upcoming game.

    Boingz to soon be available as Real’s first WiiWare title SAN FRANCISCO - October 3, 2008 - From Nintendo’s Fall Media Summit, digital entertainment services provider RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) today announced Boingz, its first WiiWare g..

  • News New WiiWare Game: Let's Catch

    Sega has now gone live with the official site for their upcoming WiiWare title Let's Catch. The game will simulate a real life game of catch in which the player uses the Wii Remote to simulate both the throwing and catching of the ball. The game will also feature several challenges that up to 4 players can take part in that range from trying to throw the ball with the highest velocity to target challenges. There's even a game of Hot Potato where the potato is actually a time bomb. You don't want to be the one to catch the bomb when the timer reaches "0" obviously. According to the official site, the game will feature full Mii support and will retail for 1000 Wii Points.

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  • News New WiiWare Games: Cave Story And Boingz

    We got a pleasant surprise in a recent press release sent to us from Nintendo. Aside from all the other news such as Wii Music, a new Punch-Out!!, and Sin & Punishment 2 which are coming to the Wii there was also some fresh info about WiiWare for a change!

    We knew all about Tetris Party, Strong Bad Episode 3 and World of Goo, but we were surprised to hear confirmation that the rumour that the..

  • News WiiWare Games To Be Directly Downloadable To SD Cards

    At a press conference in Japan today, not only did Nintendo announce a barrage of new DS/Wii games and a new DS, they also announced something Wii fans have been wanting for a long time - A storage solution!

    Sadly, it's not a hard drive like many people assumed. Instead, you'll be able to directly download games to SD cards. At the moment, the only way to get games on SD cards is to download them..

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    Review Art Style: Orbient

    Does this bit generations remake keep the spirit of the original game intact?

    Back in 2006, Nintendo published a series of games on the Game Boy Advance in Japan called bit Generations, which were a sister series to the DS’s Touch Generations games meant to illustrate the beginnings of video games. One of the games released in this interesting series was Orbital. It’s quite clear that Art..

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

    It’s Wednesday again, time to look at what the most popular games are in the Wii Shop. To check for yourself simply log on to your Wii Shop channel, go into the WiiWare section and then view “Popular Games”.

    We are checking the list for the USA region, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be a lot different. Feel free to post your findings below as always. Remember the list below..

September2008

  • News BPM Racing Gets the Green Light For WiiWare

    Here’s an interesting press release we received today from a company called YUKE’s Company of America about their upcoming WiiWare game BPM Racing:

    BPM Racing Gets the Green Light YUKE'S Company of America To Bring Innovative Rhythm Racing Title To WiiWare CHICAGO - Sept. 30, 2008 YUKE'S Company of America, the U.S. publishing arm of Japanese game developer YUKE'S Company Limited, today..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Bomberman Blast And Art Style: Orbient

    Good news for North America this week as Bomberman Blast is finally up for grabs. The gameplay probably doesn’t need much an introduction, but if you are curious to know how the WiiWare version stacks up then you can check out our Bomberman Blast review from when it came out in Europe a few weeks ago.

    A game which does require a bit of an introduction is Nintendo’s Art Style: Orbient. This is..

  • News Eternity's Child Delayed - Sequel Announced!

    Our good friend Luc Bernard has just sent word that the WiiWare version of Eternity's Child will be slightly delayed due to difficulty in porting the game over from the PC version. Luc has told us that Alten8, the publisher of the WiiWare version of the game, has someone working on the project full time in order to get it ready for release hopefully by the end of the year.

    He's also told us that the WiiWare version of Eternity's Child will have an added Challenge Mode where players can play through levels that were created by gamers using the PC version's level...

  • News Mega Man 9 - Proto Man Details Revealed

    For those of you out there who just can't get enough Mega Man 9 goodness, it seems the fun will continue. In fact, if you're one of those who thinks Mega Man 9 just isn't tough enough, Capcom is about to remedy that situation.

    On October 6th you can pony up 200 Wii Points and download the Proto Man downloadable content. You'll then have full access to the yellow-scarfed character and all of his new..

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Mega Man 9, Strong Bad Ep 2 and Helix

    You'd better have some Wii Points ready as there are three new games are available today, and all of them are good! All three have already been out in North America for a short time, so it can be considered somewhat of a catch-up update.

    Mega Man 9 needs no introduction unless you have been living in a cave for the past few months! The game has been designed by Capcom to look, sound and play just..

  • News Mindware Interview Part 1 - MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade

    When we first saw some screenshots of MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade, we didn’t know what to expect.

    However upon playing it following its release in late August all our reservations were swept aside and it was promptly awarded an 8/10 in our review. We wanted to know more about how this intriguing game came to pass so we set about contacting the...

  • News Major League Eating Coming to Japan, With New Characters

    Did anybody really expect Major League Eating: The Game to be released outside of the US? We certainly didn't, but apparently the game is heading to Japan next month!

    The game is set to be released in the land of the rising sun on October 14th. It comes with a change specifically for Japan: The characters representing Rich LeFevre and Juliet Lee will be replaced in favour of the Japanese Noboyuki..

  • News Helix Coming To Europe This Friday

    Ed Roman, CEO of Austin-based game developer Ghostfire Games has just informed us that their WiiWare title Helix is coming to the European WiiWare service this Friday, September 26 for 1000 Wii Points. Now European gamers can enjoy the same unique music/rhythm game that US gamers have been enjoying for the past few weeks.

    You can check out our full review of Helix, along with our exclusive..

  • News Mega Man 9 T-Shirts Now On Sale

    Capcom are never shy of making a quick buck here and there. Not only do they have the best selling WiiWare game this week (and dare we say for the whole month of October too probably!) they are now selling the famous Mega Man 9 t-shirt which you can today preorder from their online store for a reasonable price of $24.95.

    Get your order in soon and be the envy on all your friends! If you are feeling..

  • News World Of Goo Submitted To Nintendo For Approval

    Good news for all you Goo fans out there. 2D Boy has just announced that they've submitted their upcoming WiiWare title World of Goo to Nintendo for approval. If the game passes approval, they should have a release date soon. It would seem that the game is still on track for an October release date.

    There's been no more word yet on the possibility of a European retail release of World of Goo, but..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (24th Sept)

    It’s Wednesday again, time to look at what the most popular games are in the Wii Shop. To check for yourself simply log on to your Wii Shop channel, go into the WiiWare section and then view “Popular Games”.

    We are checking the list for the USA region, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be a lot different. Feel free to post your findings below as always. Remember the list below..

  • News Wii Chess Comes to WiiWare in Japan

    If you keep up with retail Wii games, you're probably aware that way back in January, Europe got the game Wii Chess, which was basically just chess (With Wi-Fi) at the price of a budget title. Nintendo never announced the title for release in any other region - Not even Australia - Until now!

    Next week, Japanese players can download the renamed World Chess on WiiWare - This is exactly the same as..

  • First Impressions MadStone

    It's no secret that the WiiWare service has seen quite a long line of puzzle releases since its inception, so news of yet another upcoming puzzler will likely draw more than a few sighs from Wii owners. But after playing a preview build of RiverMan Media's upcoming WiiWare puzzler MadStone, we have to say that you might want to give this game a try before you write it off as just another lame attempt to cash in on the WiiWare service.

    The premise of MadStone revolves around the idea of smashing through piles of crumbling ruins in an attempt to get your Madstones into the Energy Pool located beneath the ruins. You hold the Wii Remote sideways and use th..

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    Review Mega Man 9

    The Blue Bomber is back - but has this trip down memory lane been worth the wait?

    There's no denying that the NES Mega Man series was a huge hit for Capcom during the 8-bit era. The games enjoyed mammoth success for Capcom and probably single-handedly sold many an NES console in the process. Although the series and its spinoffs have continued to...

  • News Mega Man 9 Challenge List

    To those of you that have downloaded Mega Man 9: are you guys feeling the burn yet? Capcom's latest WiiWare title is certainly a game that likes to challenge the player, and the developer has even included a range of tasks that you must complete to finish the game with a 100% progress rating.

    The full list is as follows: 01 Waltz - Clear the game in...

  • News Mega Man 9 Downloadable Content List

    The eagle eyed amongst our readers will have noticed that in the Mega Man 9 operation guide it lists the upcoming downloadable content which you can get your grubby mitts on for a few spare Wii points next month. Sign me up for a slice of Proto Man action! :-p

    Endless AttackTest your skills on a stage without end. Try to break the record for getting the farthest. Results will be displayed in the..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Mega Man 9 and Plättchen

    The wait is finally over. It’s easily one of the most eagerly awaited games in the short but colourful history of WiiWare and now Mega Man 9 is at long last available for download!

    Don the party hats and pop the cork on that family-sized bottle of fizzy soda, because the good times are here to stay! Well, at least until you break your Wii Remote in a fit of rage because you’ve died at the exact..

  • News Plättchen: Twist 'n' Paint Going Up Against Mega Man 9

    After lacklustre reviews in Europe the overpriced Plättchen: Twist 'n' Paint is now heading to the USA. According to N-Europe it will be out this Monday alongside Mega Man 9!

    Since our unfavourable review last week we haven’t seen WiiBoy AKA Bplus post here again. After getting an ex-employee to register here to leave ridiculously over the top...

  • News Mega Man 9 Confirmed For US Release On Monday!

    The wait is almost over! Capcom has announced the US release of their highly-anticipated Mega Man 9 WiiWare title this coming Monday, September 22. This also means that WiiWare will see a release of the game before any other download service on the competing consoles.

    As if this good news wasn't enough, Capcom has also announced a bit of downloadable content for Mega Man 9 in the form of the Proto..

  • News Snakes On A Plane - Last Flight Comic Teaser

    Today we can reveal a cheeky little comic strip teaser from the game which pokes fun at the Snakes on a Plane B movie of 2006. Our Polish friends must have been knocking back on the vodkas pretty hard when they came up with this latest artwork.

    It turns out that Last Flight will be episodic in nature with each new episode being released 3-4 months...

  • News English Alien Crush Returns Website Launches

    It looks like Alien Crush Returns is the next Hudson title to be released (US - You've got to wait for Bomberman Blast first!). Today, Hudson launched the official European and US sites for the game.

    Although the trailer hasn't been translated into English yet, you can look through the site for a lot of information about the game. For example, maybe you didn't yet know that you're able to download..

  • News Bomberman Blast Coming Soon To North America

    It seems that Bomberman Blast isn't far away from a North American release, at least according to Hudson's Fan Club Insider newsletter.

    Bomberman Blast has already seen a release in Europe, so we've pretty much assumed that it wasn't far away from release in the other regions. This new information basically solidifies that assumption. Maybe North American gamers will get lucky and get the game this..

  • News Mobile Phone RPG Coming To WiiWare

    It would seem from the current issue of Famitsu magazine that Kemco is in the process of bringing their popular mobile phone rpg series Sorcery Sword over to the WiiWare service. The game is tentatively titled Sorcery Blade and has a radically different look to it than previous mobile releases in the series.

    As you can see from the screenshots, the game shares some similarities to the Monster..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (17th Sept)

    It’s Wednesday again, time to look at what the most popular games are in the Wii Shop. To check for yourself simply log on to your Wii Shop channel, go into the WiiWare section and then view “Popular Games”.

    We are checking the list for the USA region, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be a lot different. Feel free to post your findings below as always. Remember the list below..

  • News Capcom's Mega Man 9 Press Kit Goes Retro

    In a move to further add even more 8-bit goodness to the upcoming release of their Mega Man 9 WiiWare title, Capcom is sending out a limited number of retro-themed press kits to various media organizations.

    The kit comes in a cardboard case that's shaped like a classic NES cartridge box and features an actual replica of an NES cart that will house the cd-rom disc. It's worth noting that while this..

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    Review Potpourrii

    A puzzler for all seasons?

    While many of our readers bemoan the reality of the increasing abundance of puzzlers on WiiWare, we at WiiWare World welcome any games that try something new and original like Potpourrii does. That said, even original and innovative games have to offer decent gameplay. So where does this latest puzzler stand? As with most puzzlers that sport a story, Potpourri's plot is..

  • News My Pokémon Ranch To Be Updated For Platinum

    Fans of Pokémon who have already purchased Pokémon Platinum (An update of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl), which was released in Japan a few days ago, may have noticed something - It's not compatible with My Pokémon Ranch.

    Not to worry however, as Nintendo has already announced that they'll fix this. They will soon release an update for My Pokémon Ranch that will allow it to be linked to Platinum,..

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    Review Strong Bad Episode 2 - Strong Badia the Free

    Strong Bad is placed under house arrest. Can you still handle his style?

    If you're a fan of Homestar Runner and you downloaded the first episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People, Homestar Ruiner, you probably enjoyed it. It was hard not to notice a few minor flaws though; some solutions were a bit strange (you had to use certain items on stuff you’d never think to use them on), the..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Potpourrii and Strong Bad Episode 2

    Two new WiiWare games are up in the Wii shop later today. A cheeky little puzzler by the name of Potpourrii and the second in the Strong Bad episodic series, Strong Badia The Free.

    Everyone will pretty much have a good idea of what to expect with the new Strong Bad game, generally you will only be buying this if you enjoyed the first game Homestar Ruiner. If you liked the first one then this is a..

  • News Gameloft's Brain Challenge Comes To WiiWare

    A while ago we noticed that the OFLC and the USK rated Gameloft's Brain Challenge for the Wii. Unsure if it was a WiiWare game or not, we decided to hold off on adding it to the site.

    The PEGI has now rated the game as well, however, and they've revealed that it is actually for WiiWare. Brain Challenge is similar to games like Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for the DS - Basically, you take a few..

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    Review Plättchen: Twist 'n' Paint

    Does Plättchen have the unique twists puzzle fans are looking for?

    Plättchen: Twist 'n Paint is certainly one of the more mysterious WiiWare games to date. It was the very first title to be announced last year before the WiiWare service went live but has been plagued with several delays. Aside from the fact that it was a "puzzle shooter"...

  • News Tetris Party - Japanese Trailer

    We just got our hands on the brand new Japanese trailer for the upcoming WiiWare puzzler Tetris Party. The official Japanese Tetris Party site has also been launched and has some great information on the various playing modes found in the game. For those who can't read Japanese, you can always surf over to Google Translate and use it to translate the various pages of the site.

    Tetris Party is set..

  • News Sandy Beach Coming To WiiWare Soon

    With the summer coming to an end, it is rather thoughtful of Konami to provide a WiiWare game which lets the player enjoy all the fun of the seaside without even stepping out of their front door! Sandy Beach is a 3D sandcastle simulation which lets players use the Wii Remote to sculpt their own miniature structure.

    Vermin may seek to destroy your castle but you can enter “crab mode” to inflict..

  • News Strong Bad Episode 2 Out This Monday

    Good news for Strong Bad fans, our friends at Telltale Games have just confirmed to us that Strong Bad Episode 2 is due to be released in the USA on Monday 15th September on WiiWare.

    There is no news on the European / Australian date yet, technically it should be the 26th September in the next fortnightly WiiWare update unless NoE change their recent pattern. Following on from Homestar Ruiner,..

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    Review Bomberman Blast

    Everyone's favourite arsonist is back with a blast from the past!

    Of all well-known videogame characters, Bomberman has got to be the one who has stayed the closest to his roots. Almost every single Bomberman game features the exact same goal: grab power-ups, avoid the blasts of your opponents' (and your own!) bombs and then blow them up! While some...

  • News Mega Man 9 Release Dated For Japan

    We are getting ever closer to the release of the greatly anticipated Mega Man 9 on WiiWare. Capcom have officially dated it’s release as the 24th of September in Japan now as confirmed by Famitsu. For the reasonable asking price of 1000 Wii points we are all in for a treat with this retro sequel.

    Rumours have been flying around about the American release date on WiiWare, it looks likely that it..

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Plättchen, Bomberman Blast, and Midnight Pool!

    It seems that European gamers have hit the jackpot today with an unprecedented three WiiWare releases. Plättchen: Twist 'n' Paint, Bomberman Blast, and Midnight Pool have all been added to the European WiiWare service for you to enjoy!

    Midnight Pool (800 Wii Points) has already seen a release in the US, but European gamers are the first to get a taste of Bomberman Blast (1000 Wii Points) and..

  • News Plättchen: Twist 'n' Paint Wants To Be Your Fantasy

    The guys at Bplus were kind enough to supply us with some new screenshots for Plättchen: Twist 'n' Paint which you can find in our gallery below. In addition to that you can discover more about the various ‘fantasies’ on offer in this interesting looking puzzler coming soon to WiiWare.

    Haunted Wood Fantasy The haunted wood is a scary place full of creepy things that gives you a healthy amount..

  • News Ronimo Games Interview: Swords and Soldiers

    The recently announced Swords and Soldiers is shaping up to be one of the more interesting WiiWare titles we've seen.

    An unusual mix of RTS and side-scrolling action, the gorgeous 2D visuals should ensure the game stands out from the rest of the WiiWare crowd. In order to learn a little more about the title itself, we got in touch with Fabian Akker of developer Ronimo Games. Nintendo Life: Can you..

  • First Impressions Space Invaders Get Even

    Players across the globe have been shooting aliens in the Space Invaders series for 30 years now but Taito has decided to put the shoe on the other foot this time as Space Invaders Get Even puts you in control of the Alien UFO, and your goal is to crush mankind once and for all!

    Now that this game is out on the Japanese WiiWare service we took it upon ourselves to give you the inside scoop - is..

  • News World of Goo To Hit WiiWare In October?

    Woot!

    World of Goo has been one of the most heavily-anticipated WiiWare titles since it was first announced. 2-D Boy has just released a news item on their official web site stating that the PC version of the game has just gone gold and will likely see a release during the first week of November. What's great about this news is that they have also...

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (10th Sept)

    It’s Wednesday again, time to look at what the most popular games are in the Wii Shop. To check for yourself simply log on to your Wii Shop channel, go into the WiiWare section and then view “Popular Games”.

    We are checking the list for the USA region, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be a lot different. Feel free to post your findings below as always. Remember the list below..

  • News Bomberman Blasting Into Japan This Month

    Hudson Soft has released a new trailer for the Japanese version of Bomberman Blast on the Nintendo Channel, which will be released in the land of the rising sun on the 25th of this month.

    The video shows some of the new features the game will have, such as the new weapons - If you ever wanted to actually block the fire from bombs, or use a rocket backpack to go skyward in order to avoid a blast,..

  • News Nintendo’s Storage Solution: Better Than HDD, Expected Soon

    Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed that the company is looking into the age-old Wii memory storage issue and has even gone as far as to say the solution they’ve come up with is ‘better’ than a hard drive.

    What this could mean is anyone’s guess but as we’ve said in the past it’s doubtful that Nintendo will just allow you to plug any old hard drive in via the USB..

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    Review Groovin' Blocks

    Is Groovin' Blocks really that groovy or is it more of a square?

    Unless you've been stuck on a deserted island or in a coma for the past few months, you know that there's been a barrage of puzzle games released on the WiiWare service during its short time in existence. You can now add one more puzzler to the list with the release of Empty Clip...

  • News Potpourrii Coming To US WiiWare Next Monday!

    It looks like another puzzler will be making its way onto the WiiWare service next week. Ralph Egas of Abstraction Games has personally told WiiWare World that their first WiiWare title Potpourrii will be released on the US WiiWare service on Monday, September 15 and will cost 800 Wii points.

    You can also check out the interview we recently...

  • News USA WiiWare Update: Groovin' Blocks

    Just one WiiWare title to savour this week and it’s the seriously swingin’ puzzle title Groovin’ Blocks, from Empty Clip Studios.

    A head-spinning puzzle title with a musical twist, Groovin’ Blocks certainly looks interesting but has this rookie developer gotten off to a winning start? As always, our review will reveal all. The game retails for a very reasonable 800 Wii Points, in case you..

  • News Shin'en Interview - Fun! Fun! Minigolf

    We're massive fans of Shin'en here at WiiWare World, having enjoyed the output of the German developer for many years now. Iridion II is easily one of our favourite GBA shooters and Nanostray 2 recently rocked our socks off on the DS.

    So as you might imagine the news that Shin'en are to produce titles for Nintendo's WiiWare service understandably got us very excited indeed, and we therefore..

  • News RiverMan Media Interview - MadStone

    MadStone was confirmed back in June and it appears to be shaping up to be a pretty solid puzzle title for the WiiWare service. Keen to know more about the mysterious developers RiverMan Media, we tracked down brothers Jacob Stevens and Paul Stevens and asked them nicely if they wouldn't mind answering a few questions about the soon to be released game. Happily for us they were only too happy to oblige...

    WiiWare World: Can you tell our readers a bit about how Riverman Media got formed? Jacob Stevens: It may sound sentimental, but from the moment our grandfather gave us an NES for Christmas, my brother Paul and I knew we wanted to create games..

  • News Empty Clip Studios Interview - Groovin' Blocks

    After the surprise announcement of an intriguing new action/puzzle game with the funky name of Groovin’ Blocks we really wanted to know a bit more. Could this fusion of Rock Band and Lumines be one to look out for when it hits the WiiWare service tomorrow in the USA?

    Thankfully Francois Bertrand, the co-founder of Empty Clip Studios managed to take time out of his busy schedule to give WiiWare..

  • News Get Your Groove On With Groovin' Blocks

    Prepare to be amazed - Groovin' Blocks was announced for WiiWare today, but is already being released in the US next Monday.

    The game, developed by Empty Clip Studios, is a music-based puzzle game. Combining the rhythm genre (Judging by the song selection screenshot, it will have indie songs) with a falling block puzzler (It seems to be in the style of Columns, with three-part vertical blocks) it..

  • News Japan Can 'Play With Kappa' In September

    Here’s an interesting looking game heading to Japan later this month. Play with Kappa: Kappa and his Forest Friends is an educational game by Cable Entertainment for WiiWare. The story is about a young kappa and his quest to become human.

    The game takes the form of an animated picture book which is narrated. There are quizzes which the kiddies can partake in to test if they have been paying..

  • First Impressions Alien Crush Returns

    Alien Crush Returns has been on our radar for some time now. We're massive fans of the original game here at WiiWare World and the idea of a 3D update has us very excited indeed. It's out in Japan as we speak and we've had a quick blast to see if this lives up to expectations.

    Alien Crush Returns is a pinball game with a difference. Set in an alien world and based on the much loved PC Engine /..

  • News Studio Walljump Announces Liight For WiiWare

    Studio Walljump, a start-up developer recently contacted us about their upcoming WiiWare game, called Liight. And no, that's not a typo in the title.

    The studio is apparently founded by a former Nintendo artist, which should grab your attention. Liight appears to be some kind of puzzle game, and the developer is pretty confident that it will find favour with both casual and hardcore gamers alike..

  • News Fun! Fun! Minigolf - Screenshots And Info

    Shin'en Multimedia, developers of acclaimed titles such as Nanostray 1&2 on the DS have provided WiiWare World with 9 screenshots of their upcoming WiiWare game Fun! Fun! Minigolf.

    It’s all looking pretty snazzy we have to say, this is on our watch-with-interest list. See below the fold for the screenshots. Here’s more info about the game: 1-4 Players. Fun! Fun! features Golf courses in..

  • First Impressions Gradius Rebirth

    Gradius Rebirth is out now in Japan and the guys at Konami have done a good job bringing the classic series back for another outing, this time on WiiWare.

    ReBirth isn’t an all new game, more of a remix of past Gradius titles, all presented in a lovely retro style. The first thing that hits you is the charming 16-bit graphics and sound, which are very much like what you would expect from a SNES..

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

    It’s Wednesday again, time to look at what the most popular games are in the Wii Shop. To check for yourself simply log on to your Wii Shop channel, go into the WiiWare section and then view “Popular Games”.

    We are checking the list for the USA region, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be a lot different. Feel free to post your findings below as always. Remember the list below..

  • News USA WiiWare Update: My Aquarium

    Is it just us or is something fishy is going on here? Why, it’s Hudson’s My Aquarium, no less!

    Euro WiiWare fans got to experience this interesting little ‘game’ not so long ago and we gave it a robust 8/10 review. Before you start throwing sharp objects at us and burning our precious livestock, let it be known that this is one seriously entertaining piece of software. To call it a 'game'..

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    Review MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade

    Three games in one - Triple the fun or triple the terror?

    MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade is a rather unique game from Mindware, a company that's relatively unknown outside of Japan. As the title suggests, MaBoShi is based around three shapes - Circle, Stick and Square. The gameplay comprises three mini-games based on these shapes, which all challenge you to the simple objective of beating the..

  • News Gradius ReBirth Hitting Japan Next Week

    Here’s a pleasant surprise – it only seems like five minutes ago that we were able to announce the development of Gradius ReBirth for WiiWare, and now the game is almost with us!

    The 2D shooter will be arriving on the Japanese WiiWare service next Tuesday (alongside Midnight Bowling and what appears to be some kind of Othello variant), which means it will beat the similarly retro-themed Mega..

  • News EU WiiWare Update: Critter Round-Up & MaBoShi

    Europe finally gets chance to sample the ‘delights’ of Konami's Critter Round-Up thanks to this week’s WiiWare update.

    Although it’s nice to see EU gamers catching up with their North American counterparts (Critter Round-Up came out in the US in May) it’s a shame that the actual game is so uninspiring. We didn’t think much to it – feel free to check out our review. It costs 1000 Wii..

  • News Top 20 WiiWare Games in USA (27th August)

    It’s Wednesday again, time to look at what the most popular games are in the Wii Shop. To check for yourself simply log on to your Wii Shop channel, go into the WiiWare section and then view “Popular Games”.

    We are checking the list for the USA region, so if you live elsewhere your list will probably be a lot different. Feel free to post your findings below as always. Remember the list below..