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  • News 1001 Spikes Hitting 3DS and Wii U on 3rd June

    With a $5 loyalty discount for 3DS owners

    1001 Spikes — formerly known as Aban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes — has been a long time coming for the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores, and Nintendo gamers may have been disappointed when it was announced earlier this week for a 3rd June arrival on Sony systems in North America, with no mention of the...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Arc Style: Baseball 3D

    Take me out to a real ball game...

    Arc System Works' latest casual sports title, Arc Style: Baseball 3D, contains the same extensive customisation options of Arc Style: Soccer!! 3D, but it also retains the sluggish, repetitive gameplay and adds some new issues to boot. There is fun to be had in the local multiplayer and even the single player...

  • Video Comcept's Latest Mighty No. 9 Footage Shows Off Some Tasty Gameplay

    "The pew pew heard you, friends"

    Mighty No. 9 on the Wii U and 3DS eShop is still a good while away, currently planned for Spring 2015. As the result of living up to one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns ever seen, however, developer Comcept has ensured that it's continued to update its Kickstarter page with regular updates. The latest...

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    Review Grinsia

    The trouble with nostalgia

    In 2008, Matrix Software and Red Entertainment teamed up to develop a turn-based Role-playing game for the Nintendo DS appropriately titled Nostalgia. Incorporating classic JRPG gameplay and mechanics with modern visuals, this game was designed to tug at the heart strings of ageing gamers while still managing to provide an...

  • News Steel Diver Version 2.0 Delayed, Now Targeting Early June

    Slow-paced update for the slow-paced FPS

    3DS eShop free-to-play title Steel Diver: Sub Wars has a major update on the way, which was originally planned for release in May. To be called version 2.0, it'll include the following new features and adjustments. Bonuses for consecutive victories online More subs available to unlock for Premium...

  • Nintendo Download 29th May (North America)

    Mario Kart 8, Ittle Dew, Badgers defying gravity, Mega Man and more

    It's that time again, North America, as we go through the download treats on the way to the eShop stores. A certain Wii U retail game is likely to steal the headlines, but there are also some promising new download-only titles and enticing Virtual Console games, along with a few...

  • Interview Goodbye Galaxy Games on Tappingo 2 Improvements, With Hints at What's Next

    Working on an "FPS with guns and blood"

    Just recently we published an interview with Hugo Smits of Goodbye Galaxy Games, discussing the studio's move into self-publishing on the 3DS and exploring the details of the bold 'Gomba' development tool that's in progress. Beyond that, of course, it's a company known for clever, innovative download games on...

  • News Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo! Coming Into The European Frame on 3rd July

    Photo contest confirmed with exclusive costumes up for grabs

    Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder was a rather quirky, fun arrival on the 3DS in North America at the start of 2014. Its appeal can be tricky to explain as you use the system's cameras to find real-world items and colours to solve puzzles for bizarre characters — we gave it a modest...

  • News Pullblox World Puzzling Its Way to Europe on 19th June, Includes Cross-Platform Support

    Price promotion also announced

    In recent hours we told you about a Pullblox / Fallblox sequel confirmed for Wii U in Japan, and now Nintendo of Europe has wasted no time confirming the title for its region, while also unveiling a host of enticing details — it'll arrive on 19th June, just like in Japan, for starters. It will be called Pullblox...

  • Video Nintendo Shows Off Photos With Mario in New Trailer

    Have a Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel video, as a bonus

    Earlier this week we told you about the launch of the official Photos With Mario website, with some tongue-in-cheek comments about Nintendo of America finally remembering that it had released the download in the US. The rather nice web page has demonstration videos, attractive design and details on...

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review Double Dragon II: The Revenge

    Now actually living up to its name

    As one of the first scrolling beat 'em ups ever made, the original Double Dragon became a smash hit when it was released way back in 1987, and like most arcade games at the time quickly received a port to the NES. A single year later, Double Dragon II was released in arcades and, as was to be expected, it was also...

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    3DS eShop / GB

    Review Mega Man V

    There's a Stardroid waiting in the sky

    The handheld Mega Man games, up until now, have been remixed mashups of two NES titles each. Some of them hewed more or less closely to the source material, while others were emboldened to evolve the original ideas is exciting new directions. Mega Man V, however, throws the very concept of "source material"...

  • News Photos With Mario Official Website Launches With Details of $10 eShop Cards

    So the AR cards are 'free'

    Last week Photos With Mario launched with no fanfare, as Nintendo of America placed it on the U.S. store and said, "oh, there's a thing for you, if you want it". It didn't even get a mention in the company's official Download Update, simply left on the eShop unloved and alone. Of course, some gamers have shown some love...

  • Feature Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 26th May

    More crowdfunding to consider

    Last week was a rather busy update, with quite a few promising titles hitting their targets and being confirmed for Wii U. This week we've added a few projects requested in the past week, while there's one success and a couple of updates to get through. Without further ado let's get to it. Funded Projects: Red...

  • Nintendo Download 29th May (Europe)

    Mario Kart 8, badgers, a Minish Cap, loads of tasty discounts and more

    It's Monday morning, and Nintendo clearly wants this to be a particularly awesome week for its fans. This week's download update is packed full of options, including one of the biggest releases of the year, some exciting new download options and a whole load of tempting...

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    Review The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll

    Good vibrations

    Before Denpa Ningen no RPG washed up on Western shores as The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave in 2012, it felt like a localisation long-shot: a candy-coloured JRPG with off-the-wall style, an AR-based hook, very little story, and deceptively traditional, grind-heavy gameplay. Even the Denpa Men themselves — colourful and oddly...

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    Review Alien On The Run

    Out of this world

    After a few weeks full of ports and disappointing original titles on the eShop, Japanese studio G-Style's 3DS-exclusive Alien on the Run is a breath of fresh air, a surprisingly addictive "comical escape game" that has arrived on the store at relatively short notice. You play as an alien named Delude who has been abudcted by a UFO,...

  • Interview Goodbye Galaxy Games on Entering the World of Publishing and Opening Up 3DS Development With Gomba

    Outlines Gomba details and release plans

    When it comes to Nintendo's portable download platforms, we think it's fair to say that they've been the home of a number of intriguing, unique titles from a broad spectrum of developers. Unlike the emergence of the Wii U store's expanding library courtesy of its support for off-the-shelf dev tools like...

  • Video Capcom's Mega May Spotlight Shows Off The 3DS Virtual Console Mega Man Releases

    See what's on offer

    If you happen to be a Mega Man fan with a 3DS in North America, then May has potentially been your favourite gaming month in some time. Capcom has been running its Mega May event, which has basically meant releasing the various Game Boy series entries to the Virtual Console, with a couple of Game Boy Color titles thrown in. It's...

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    3DS

    Review Candy Match 3

    How many licks does it take to get to the centre of this game? One.

    Start Candy Match 3 up and its cheery-looking title screen greets you with… complete silence. Your ears may pick up nothing, but your soul should be hearing the dire warning screeched out by the very void: abandon all hopes of creative or original effort, ye who enter here!...

  • News Tappingo 2 Confirmed for a Summer Release on 3DS eShop

    Over 100 puzzles and a new zoom option promised

    Fans of download games on DS and 3DS that also love a gameplay twist or puzzling challenge may be familiar with Goodbye Galaxy Games, which recently brought Tappingo to the eShop. We certainly appreciated its charms, awarding it 7/10 in our review. The good news is that Hugo Smits, the man behind the...

  • Nintendo Download 22nd May (North America)

    Squids, Turtles, Soldiers, Aliens, Street Fighting and more

    It's that time once again, as we have the full details of this week's Nintendo Download offerings in North America. This week brings us retro delights and new games on both the Wii U and 3DS, along with more DSiWare to keep the old portable going. Let's get to it. Want to know what arrives...

  • Site News Check Out Nintendo Life's eShop Picks On Your Wii U And 3DS

    Recommended viewing

    Those of you with especially good memories will recall that Nintendo Life has been featured on the eShop twice in the past few years — back in 2011, we were asked by Nintendo of Europe to contribute a list of our favourite eShop titles, and a year later we supplied our red-hot summer picks for the North American eShop. We're...

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    Review Turtle Tale

    Turtle Recall

    Do you love retro platformers but wish they featured more squirt guns? Not to be confused with the children's animated film A Turtle's Tale from a few years ago, Saturnine Games' Turtle Tale brings Super Soakin' platforming action to the eShop at a budget price, but don't let its colourful graphics fool you: Turtle Tale is a strict...

  • Hands On Photos with Mario and AR Card Fun

    Koopa Troopas invade your living room!

    How long has it been since you thought about AR (augmented reality) gaming on your 3DS? If the stack of AR cards that came with your system is gathering dust in a corner somewhere, go dig 'em out, because Nintendo has finally released a new AR game; it doesn't even seem to want you to know about it. Photos with...

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    3DS eShop / GB

    Review Mega Man IV

    Great things in small packages

    With one exception, which is also making its way to the 3DS Virtual Console, all of the Game Boy Mega Man games take two of the NES titles and rework them a bit. Some old faces in new places, so to speak. A sprinkling of unique bosses and weapons help to carve out identities for these portable experiences but, by and...

  • Feature Kickstarter's Wii U and 3DS Campaigns - 19th May

    Yet more games make the cut for Wii U

    It's been a busy week in the world of Kickstarter funding, with plenty of positive news for Nintendo gamers. There are three projects that have hit Wii U targets, a new entry that looks promising for the 3DS, and unfortunately some that have failed to make their mark. Plenty to consider, then, so let's get to...

  • News Photos With Mario Available for Free Now in North American eShop

    Not exactly a high profile launch

    Photos With Mario, previously released in Japan alongside AR cards sold at retail, has dropped onto the 3DS eShop in North America; it's free, so no complaints here. This is rather like a dedicated and improved version of the original AR card app, as you simply pose and snap pics of various characters for your...

  • Nintendo Download 22nd May (Europe)

    A SQUIDS Odyssey, Swords, Klonoa and much more

    It's another Monday morning, which means we have a juicy Nintendo Download update for European gamers. This week includes plenty of options on both Wii U and 3DS, with brand new and Virtual Console titles on both systems. Without further ado, let's get to the details. Wii U eShop: SQUIDS Odyssey (The...

  • Nintendo Download 15th May (North America)

    Wii Party U(?!), Scram Kitty, Chronicles of the Moon and much more

    It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week certainly brings decent variety and some much anticipated games. There are two exclusives across Wii U and 3DS that stand out, along with some other downloads and Virtual Console entries on both current systems. Let's get to...

  • News HTR High Tech Racing 3DS Development Update Brings Good News

    Vroom vroom

    In summer 2013 we told you about HTR High Tech Racing, which aims to recreate Scalextric-style fun on the 3DS eShop. It's not a concept that's particularly common in the video game market, which may mean it'll be unique and fun enough to grab the attention of download game fans. There's a '+' version approaching release on PC and Mac,...

  • News Goodbye Galaxy Games Now An Approved Nintendo Publisher

    Studio aims to self-publish and support other indie developers

    Goodbye Galaxy Games, a name possibly familiar to download fans of the DSi Shop and 3DS eShop, has confirmed that it's now in possession of a publishing license from Nintendo. Previously the studio has worked with publishers such as CIRCLE Entertainment and others to bring games such as...

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    Review Parking Star 3D

    Back it up and dump it!

    There are so many driving games on the market today, we've been oversaturated with choice; whether you want a hardcore racing sim, a lighthearted arcade game, a futuristic hovercraft racer, or all your favourite corporate characters go-karting together, there's something out there for you. But you know what the driving game...

  • News The Band of Thieves & 1000 Pokémon is a Free 3DS eShop Title Coming to Japan

    Uses StreetPass and ties into upcoming movie

    Pokémon XY The Movie - The Cocoon of Destruction & Diancie is coming to Japan in July, and CoroCoro magazine (via Serebii has announced that a free 3DS eShop game will be released to tie in with the film. The Band of Thieves & 1000 Pokémon is due on 5th June in Japan and will only be available...

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    3DS eShop / GB

    Review Mega Man III

    Third time's the charm

    After the fun but flawed Dr. Wily's Revenge and the almost thoroughly disappointing Mega Man II on Game Boy, Capcom made a serious and substantial course correction. The result is Mega Man III, and we couldn't be happier about that. Retaining the template from Dr. Wily's Revenge (two sets of Robot Masters, a new Mega Man...