The Hanabi Festival kicks off, but sadly not with its most anticipated game.
It seemed quite likely that Nintendo of Europe would be starting the fifth Hanabi Festival with some Castlevania goodness, but as it turns out, this is not the case! At least there's two different import games instead, one of which is another highly recommended title. WiiWare gets the short end of the stick for once with..
Markers, Dracula, Fantasy and Spanish this week
WiiWareMax & the Magic Marker (1000pts – Press Play) – The novel platformer makes its North American debut today. We thought it was a very good addition to the platforming line-up on WiiWare, so if that kind of game floats your boat get your points ready! Dracula: Undead Awakening (1000pts – Chillingo) – Hot on the heels of the Eur
Capcom and Nichibutsu classics on Wii, Gameloft, G.G. Series and Kanji Training on DSi
DSiWare doesn't hold any surprises, but it's nice to see more VCA releases and of course Capcom fueling the retro-fires. WiiWareRockman 10 (1000pts - Capcom) — By now we hope everyone knows this is what we know as Mega Man 10 outside of Japan. We though it was a worthy successor to the franchise crown; no..
"Retro" delights from Capcom, along with plenty of other things.
There's quite a lot to downloads to pick from this week. The Virtual Console makes yet another return after being nowhere in sight the past two weeks, while Capcom has released not one, but two new "retro" games at once. Also finally available in Europe is the third installment in the Bit.Trip series, along with several..
March is Mega Month!
This week Mega Man 10 debuts in North America, much to the delight of retro-gaming fans eager to get more 8-bit styled platforming goodness out of their Wiis. Of course let's not ignore the other WiiWare offerings or the fact that the NEO GEO is back on the Virtual Console following a short hiatus. DSi Owners have a couple of sporting games to choose from, some more adventure..
Another light week for the Wii and the usual assortment for DSi to start the month off
Japan seems to have settled very much into a release schedule like other territories, which will hopefully send some green-eyed monsters off to bed (well, except Virtual Console fans). WiiWareAqualiving: Television de Nagameru Sakana Tachi (800pts - Nintendo) – Nintendo are finally getting in on the virtual..
The Virtual Console is still nowhere in sight, but at least there's Castlevania!
Believe it or not, this is the sixth week of this year in which we haven't gotten any new Virtual Console games. The amount of weeks in which we have is actually lower! Nintendo partially makes up for it by releasing a ton of games on the other services, but the...
Ghost slaying, mouse housing, flight controlling and fish finding this week!
North America is clearly the territory to envy thus far this year with weekly updates featuring a variety of downloads for the Wii and DSi. Whilst retro-gamers will bemoan the absence of any Virtual Console releases this time around, there's still a bevy of budget WiiWare...
Another no-show for the Virtual Console.
Things were looking alright for a while, but Nintendo of Europe has gone back to their old tricks once again, as this week offers us no new Virtual Console titles. Not to worry too much though, because at least there's 7 downloads spread across the other two services! On WiiWare, the biggest release is, no doubt, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice For..
Phoenix Wright, Art of Balance, Spaceball, Sonic and more in another big update!
Nintendo of America is certainly putting out a lot of original content for the Wii and DSi this year. This week we have four downloads for Wii and five for the DSi, so hopefully you'll be able to find something of interest. WiiWarePhoenix Wright Ace Attorney: JUSTICE FOR ALL (1000pts - Capcom) – Another chapter in..
Japanese downloads go on a diet
There's still something being offered in each category next week, but this has to be one of the lightest Japanese download weeks we can remember with only four games on offer across both platforms. WiiWareDiner Dash (1000pts - Hudson) — Hudson is pretty good about doing worldwide releases close together so you should probably expect to see this restaurant game..
Increasing the amount of games ever so slowly.
Nintendo of Europe's planned games for today seemed almost set in stone since last week, but over the past few days we suddenly got a handful of extra games to complement update, bringing the total amount of new things this week up to seven. Still not quite as much as elsewhere, but at least they're...
Another big update for North America: blasting, dancing, balloons, rockets and more this week!
The big North American updates keep on coming. This week there's four new WiiWare releases, five new DSiWare releases and a quirky NES adventure game. WiiWare: Blaster Master: Overdrive (1000pts - Sunsoft) -- The announcement of the original NES classic...
A revamped PC Engine game comes to WiiWare, more Mega Man on the VC and a DSiWare gaming assault next week in Japan!
The Wii only has two downloads next Tuesday, but they're both hotly anticipated releases for strategy and retro fans. DSiWare is where the real download action is though, with no less than seven releases - all of which appear to be bona fide games this time! WiiWareNectaris (1000pts..
Two anticipated titles finally arrive.
The Virtual Console seems to be in full swing in Europe again, after a rather lackluster period - We got Street Fighter Alpha 2 last week, and we're getting Sonic & Knuckles the next. The space inbetween isn't empty either, because Capcom has chosen to release two games in a row. Meanwhile, on WiiWare, we've finally gotten a certain racing game from..
Cards, golf, adventures and bug puzzles this week
Looks like the download scene in North America is ramping back up again with a hefty five new titles on DSiWare, and four downloads on Wii including a new Virtual Console release. WiiWare: Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 (1000pts - Telltale Games) - The saga of Guybrush Threepwood comes to a...
WiiWare catch-up, a couple MSX ports and a sprinkling of DSiWare in Japan next week
The slow start to the year continues to be slow, but at least there's some quality releases to be had. WiiWareExcitebike World Race (1000pts - Nintendo) – Better late than never for this well received update to the Famicom classic. Virtual ConsoleQuarth (800pts MSX - Konami) – Some gamers outside of Japan might..
One single Virtual Console game in three weeks. Again.
But don't feel let down again, because it's actually quite a solid week this time. With DSiWare still being almost completely taken up by Electroplankton rereleases, there's only one real "new" game for each service, but all of them are (or seem to be) good picks. Possibly to tie in with today's release of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Capcom..
Cards, blocks, numbers and ghouls in this week's update
Looks like a decent update from Nintendo of America this week with three for WiiWare (including a long-awaited card game), three for DSiWare and another LucasArts title on the Virtual Console for good measure. WiiWareUNO (1000pts - Gameloft) – A bit overdue perhaps, but finally you can play UNO on your Wii as the rest of the world has been..
More Phoenix Wright, more N64, more DSiWare anime photo frames!
It's still a small update, but after a mini-break WiiWare has returned along with the first new N64 game in nearly a year on the Virtual Console. Not to be left out there are five new releases for Japanese DSiWare -- though only two are games; one being a new puzzler from Nintendo...
The Virtual Console gets abandoned again.
You've got to wonder what's going on over at Nintendo of Europe. For the second time, we've now gone two weeks in a row without a VC title, despite knowing that there's still plenty of them upcoming. Come on, NoE! Just like last week, there's really only one noteworthy title - The rest is completely...
Brawn, brains, twins, dogs, ninjas and platform games "risen from the dead" -- this week has it all!
A nice update for North America this week as we see a game many thought would stay in Japan, a new brain teaser and a catch-up title for the Genesis on the Virtual Console. DSiWare is no slouch though with a selection of strategy and platform games...
Another light week for Japanese downloads.
Nintendo corporate seems to be imitating the European division when it comes to the Wii in Japan with a second week of VC-only downloads: only one title this week for the little white box. The DSi fares a little better with five new releases, some of which are actually games! Virtual ConsoleSalad no Kuni no Tomato Hime (500pts Famicom - Hudson) - Known..
And thus it becomes even harder to say anything positive about Nintendo of Europe.
After not releasing any Virtual Console games for Christmas and the week after, you'd think Nintendo would've learned their lesson when they finally release one last week. But no, they're back to their old tricks again, as this week offers next to nothing all around. The Wii only gets a single new downloadable game..
Courtroom drama, temporal shenanigans, shadow play, billiards and board games this week.
Well, it looks like the release schedule in North America is starting out as slow as everywhere else, although three WiiWare releases and a Virtual Console add is pretty impressive even if it is smaller than the release weeks in December. The DSi offerings are a bit on the light side with a couple of games that..
WiiWare takes a back seat, more MSX and the usual load of DSiWare.
Well, the WiiWare releases have been sparse recently and next week there will be none. Wii owners will at least get a Virtual Console update; though with a couple of Konami shooters that frankly looked better in other incarnations elsewhere, it will be small comfort. The DSi, on the other hand seems to be back to true form with six..
Virtual Console returns!
After two weeks of very few interesting downloadable games, today offers us some potentially good titles. The Virtual Console gets one new game (And a good one, at that) while WiiWare gets two and DSiWare gets three. The first Virtual Console game in 3 weeks is Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi on the Mega Drive. Released...
A quiet start to the new year.
Nintendo of America seems to have spent the last few weeks compensating for all those two- and three-game release weeks in the rest of the year recently, but for the first update of the New Year we're back to only a handful, some of which have already been released in Europe and Japan -- hopefully not a sign of a return to the old ways! WiiWareHeron: Steam Machine..
A quiet start to the new year.
The Japanese Wii and DSi shops have seen some massive updates this past year much to the envy of 'net-reading Wii owners in other territories, but Nintendo are taking it easy at home with a mere handful of releases to start 2010. WiiWareBoku wa Plarail Untenshi (1000pts - Takara Tomy) -- This is an example of a gaming staple in Japan: the train driving simulator. As..
Nintendo of Europe seems to have forgotten Virtual Console still exists.
Yes, we didn't get any Virtual Console games in the final update of 2009, and now it looks like we're not getting any in the first update of 2010 either. Nintendo of Europe has just sent out a press release listing Friday's new downloadables, with a measly selection of 5 games compared to the 10+ North America's consistently..
Ten new games to celebrate the advent of 2010!
Nintendo have updated their weekly North American downloads for the last time in 2009, and the year is going out with a corker of an update! Not only is Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth out today but also PilotWings to boot for Virtual Console fans. This is in addition to eight other ones released...
Not much in the Wii's stocking this year, but DSiWare users must have been very good indeed!
Well, after North America's big release Monday this week, it has to be said that Nintendo of Europe are coming off a little like Ebenezer Scrooge with this week's European download offerings on the Wii: just two WiiWare offerings and no Virtual Console content for Christmas. The DSiWare stocking is fuller..
Eco-shooting, arcade ninjas, Super Smash Bros., Dragon's Lair and more in this week's download offering.
Nintendo are putting out a decent number of titles in North America with the end of the year rapidly approaching, with a nice mix of new and catch-up titles on offer. Todays VC and WiiWare offerings mean that there's now 500 titles to choose...
WiiWare catch-up and more MSX games for the Virtual Console.
The Wii gets the lion's share of Japanese downloads next week with four new WiiWare and three new VC titles. DSiWare gets a couple of games and two more Rurubu travel guides to round things out. Note that the DSiWare releases will be on Thursday the 24th rather than Wednesday due to the...
Finally more than one game for Virtual Console again.
This week's releases aren't too surprising, with many games that have been out in North America for some time. One game, however, that might be noteworthy, can be found on DSiWare. For Virtual Console, there's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, the game that inspired a recent, rather good...
The focus is on DSiWare this week
After bumper crops of WiiWare and Virtual Console titles on the Wii in Japan recently, this week will only see one for each service. The DSiWare service, however, will have a fairly typical seven releases to choose from. WiiWare: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (900pts - Capcom) - Everyone's favourite trial lawyer...
Exactly as promised.
The observant ones probably already noticed, but in a change of pace, Nintendo of Europe already updated their website with all of this week's releases over the past few days. The games in question make up the entire update, as there's no surprises this time. Alex Kidd in Shinobi World on the Master System was the last Alex Kidd game ever made. As you can guess, it's an attempt..
A mix of catch-up and new titles in another big update for Wii and DSi.
There's a mix of new and catch-up titles in the update this week including the penultimate chapter in the new Tales of Monkey Island series: Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4. Copter Crisis and My Zoo were both recently released in PAL territories. Reviewer Tommy Bowskill...
A light download selection next week after this week's mega releases.
This week's update was full to bursting, so it's just as well that next week is a little on the light side with only a few downloads for both Wii and DSi. WiiWarePonjan (1000pts - Tomy) -- The Wii counterpart to the DSiWare release of the kiddy version of mahjong (real mahjong -- not the matching game). Virtual ConsoleKing of..
The Virtual Console does not bring us what most of us wanted.
After a week with no Virtual Console game, and the recent North American releases of Indiana Jones and Super Mario Kart, one would think that one or both of them would've been released in PAL regions this week - After all, either would've been the 300th VC game for Australia. Sadly,...
Another mega update for North America.
Multiple games were already announced for release this week, but they don't even make up half of the total releases. Each service gets more than one new game, and almost all of them are (or seem to be) good. The Virtual Console steals the show this time though - Super Mario Kart on the SNES is the long-awaited original game in Nintendo's famous racing series..
Virtual Console takes a week off.
It's an all-new game affair this week - There's not a single retro game in sight. WiiWare gets a mighty 4 new releases, but don't be fooled too much - Two of them are just demos North America got Monday but we didn't yet. DSiWare gets 4 games too, but there's no tomfoolery going around there. Arguably the biggest...
It's like a complete reversal - WiiWare only gets one new game this week, while DSiWare gets three.
Nintendo would like you to think that they're releasing a whopping 6 WiiWare games today, but the truth is there's only one - The remaining five are all demos of other games, allowing those unsure of their purchase to check them out before spending money. The Virtual Console gets another version of..
Things are a bit underwhelming this week.
There's no doubt that a lot of people are waiting for the European release of Excitebike: World Rally, but it looks like Nintendo is letting us down for now - This week offers us only four new games, and none of them are particularly interesting. WiiWare's the only service with more than one game this time - My Zoo is Hudson Soft's "sequel" to My..
DSiWare gets another big batch of budget titles, WiiWare gets Excitebike.
There's eleven new games this week, but don't get excited right away - five of them are budget DSiWare versions of commercial disaster Electroplankton. WiiWare gets the previously announced Excitebike and two more games, while Virtual Console gets two rather unremarkable games. Excitebike: World Rally is obviously the biggest..
A lot of choices this week!
A whole bunch of games were already confirmed for release today - But of course, they weren't the only games scheduled, and one of the confirmed games even got delayed at the last moment. WiiWare and DSiWare both get three new games, while the Virtual Console only gets one lonely new one. That loner is Fighting Street,...
A whopping 8 new downloads this week.
There's nothing really big on DSiWare and WiiWare this week, so instead, Nintendo has chosen to release not 2, but 3 games for both services. The Virtual Console gets two well-known games, but both of them are of debatable quality. Let's start with WiiWare - "Aha! I Got It!" Escape Game is a lot like certain flash games you can find on the internet -..
The Neo Geo and MSX make their triumphant return to Virtual Console!
Nintendo, Hudson and even Namco all seem to be taking a bit of a step back this month - Not too surprising when there's 2 new Neo Geo and 5 new MSX games after over a year of nothing! And it's not just small titles either - Nintendo's releasing another Fire Emblem, D4 Enterprise is releasing another Fatal Fury while Konami is..
Get ready for Halloween with today's new download games.
Nintendo of Europe's gone all out with Halloween-themed releases - 4 of this week's 5 new downloads feature zombies, ghosts and other typical Halloween monsters. Funnily enough, the only game that doesn't fit the bill is published by Nintendo. Zombies is probably much better known under its North American title of Zombies Ate My Neighbors,..
One of the most requested Virtual Console titles of all time arrives in time for Halloween.
Halloween's coming up, and as is tradition for Nintendo, that means at least some of this week's downloads are related - It's only two this year, but who honestly cares when one of them is a Virtual Console game which has been on thousands of "most...
WiiWare plays catchup, DSiWare gets more miniature retail titles
Things are a bit disappointing on the download front for Europe this week - only the Virtual Console release can really be recommended. What's most interesting about this update is that we've finally gotten a WiiWare game North America has had for over a year - if only it was any good! It's taken a while, but the original Shinobi is..
A whopping five new DSi games.
This week's a mixture of catch-up games and new ones - Who would've thought that all five announced Domo-kun games for DSiWare would be released at the same time? Of course, today also sees the North American release of LostWinds 2, the fantastic sequel to the WiiWare launch game, as previously announced. LostWinds:...
Nintendo of Europe reveals Friday's download games two days in advance!
Bumped for the Thursday night visitors! We believe this is a first - NoE regularly announces the weekly new downloadable releases one day in advance, on Thursday, but this time they've chosen to do it two days in advance instead. This week has the nice amount of five new games, but keep in mind that they will not be available..
One for each service, again
With two games already previously announced, this week's new releases aren't very surprising, although many will no doubt be disappointed that a certain major WiiWare title Europe got last Friday is not part of the lineup. Final Fight 2 is arguably today's biggest new game, as it's really the only one we know a lot about. This SNES-exclusive sequel to the arcade classic..
Nintendo celebrates the 100th WiiWare release in style.
Last week saw the release of a single WiiWare game in Europe, which happened to be the 99th - Logically, we all assumed that this meant Nintendo of Europe was saving something special as 100th release. Thankfully, we were right - One of today's new WiiWare games is a sequel to a launch game...
Square's original RPG classic is finally here.
Just three games this week, but that doesn't mean they're not interesting - Especially not when one of them is the first game in Square's Final Fantasy seies. Final Fantasy on the NES was remade for the Game Boy Advance a while ago, which is possibly the reason Square held off on adding the game to...
Another WiiWare holiday, three VC Releases and six DSiWare titles for next week!
Apparently there's been so much WiiWare released in Japan recently that they had to take a break next week, but there's three Virtual Console releases to make up for it and the DSi gets the lion's share of downloads again with six titles across all price points. Virtual...
One new game for each service
Just three new games this week, but the offerings are quite good - Virtual Console and DSiWare get two new games in familiar series while WiiWare gets a puzzle game Japan has had since December last year. Of course the biggest release of the week is Super Empire Strikes Back, the second SNES Star Wars game. As you can probably guess, it's based on Episode V of the..
Catchup on the Wii, new games on the DSi.
Yes, it's that time again - time to release a few WiiWare and Virtual Console games Europe has already had for some time! The WiiWare side of things is quite decent, but most people will likely pass on this week's single new VC offering. DSiWare gets a certain anticipated strategy title from Square Enix and a new Art Academy game from Nintendo. Taito has..
WiiWare plays catchup to North America while VC and DSiWare both get one new game.
WiiWare this week is mostly predictable - All three games have been out in North America for some time, and two of them were even specifically announced for release today. VC and DSiWare are a bit more surprising, although neither of them has really gotten something...
Nintendo finally releases their quirky new WiiWare game.
As it was already announced some time ago that Nintendo's latest WiiWare offering, You, Me and the Cubes would be released in North America during the summer, it was pretty much a given it would come out this week - This week has the last update of the summer, after all. It's accompanied by some relatively uninteresting other WiiWare and..
Something for people of all ages.
Although WiiWare and DSiWare have a lot of games left to get this year, if everything on Nintendo's list actually comes out, that doesn't mean the Virtual Console is going to suffer from it (At least not yet) - Today sees the release of two new retro games, just like last week. WiiWare gets two games as well, while DSiWare gets a single application. For most..
Another WiiWare boost with three new games.
For some reason, Nintendo chose not to reveal today's releases in advance - Not only did they not put a press release on their press site, but they didn't even send one to journalists through email! We have no idea why, because this is actually a relatively solid week - Definitely not as bad as some past...
The last two weeks had no new Virtual Console games, but this time there's two.
Finally, some more Virtual Console Arcade support from a publisher other than Sega! It's not Namco, with their gigantic catalogue of arcade games already available in Japan, but rather Tecmo, who has chosen to release two more of their coin-op classics. Rygar is very...
Contra and Star Wars return, and bring along two other games.
Not many surprises this week - Both WiiWare releases were already announced in advance, and the Virtual Console game was expected to be released this week as well. The only surprise is the sole DSiWare release, but we can't imagine anyone being genuinely excited for it! Contra ReBirth is...
More arcade classics for the Virtual Console and DSiWare gets the spotlight as WiiWare takes another holiday
For a second week running there's no new WiiWare titles for Japan, but at least there's two VCA titles for the Virtual Console on the way next Tuesday. DSiWare definitely gets the spotlight next week with multiple releases, though the...
A very underwhelming week for Europe.
Aside from the previously announced Contra Rebirth things in Europe this week are pretty abysmal - Just one other new downloadable thing and it's another DSiWare application with highly limited use! Contra Rebirth is almost bound to be a great pick - It seems very similar to Contra III/Super Probotector on the...
Another catch-up week for North America.
There's a fairly diverse offer of new games this week - An adventure game, a party game, an RPG and a puzzler. All of them are also catch-up games - Europe has already had 3 of them on VC/WiiWare/DSiWare for a few weeks, while the final game was already released on PC two weeks ago. At least they're finally...
The Virtual Console takes another break.
No huge surprises this week - WiiWare sees a game North America got earlier this week, along with Gameloft's latest, while DSiWare gets a single game already previously announced. Mr. Driller W is the latest in Namco's now quite well-known Mr. Driller series - A spin-off of the Dig Dug series, you play as the...
NoA takes a step back with only one game for each service.
It seems Nintendo of America has finally decided to take it easy for a week - There's only three new games this time. That's not to say they're bad though! For the Virtual Console there's Super Empire Strikes Back, the second game in the Super Star Wars series, which is based on the movie of the same name. Like the first game, it's..
An all-star lineup for Europe this week!
There's a total of 5 new releases this week - And all of them are highly regarded games! Among them are two new Nintendo games, which, as Nintendo claims, are both being released because of this week's German Gamescom event. The Virtual Console finally gets a certain SNES launch title which strangely hasn't been made available yet - Pilotwings, a flight sim..
Nintendo of America does a bit of catching up.
There's nothing really unexpected this week - Except for the fact that it seems LucasArts won't be releasing their Super Star Wars games in consecutive weeks, as there's no new one this time. Four of today's five new games have already been released in Europe, so we've already got reviews ready. The Virtual Console has the best new game this week,..
2 DSiWare and WiiWare games, and one Virtual Console game.
For the first time in quite a while, this week brings us two new DSiWare games. Today's other new releases aren't exactly surprising! For DSiWare, there's the previously announced Flipnote Studio, a nifty application which lets you draw your very own animations, which you can then fine-tune...
Well, that didn't take long - Super Star Wars is available today, among other games!
We only just reported on the ESRB rating a classic Star Wars SNES game less than an hour ago, but it turns out the rating isn't going to be sitting there without the game actually being out for multiple months - Super Star Wars is available today! It's accompanied...
Zoonami's hairdressing game is finally out, and it's accompanied by Sega's awesome ninja game. Oh, and some city maps.
After skipping a week, the Official Nintendo Magazine has once again revealed the Wii/DSi updates in advance. As promised a while ago, today finally sees the European release of Bonsai Barber. Accompanying it is a single Virtual Console game and two DSiWare applications which might..