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Super Mario Galaxy

The ESRB has rated Super Mario Galaxy for Wii U


To be released on the eShop?
Dec 14
// Joe Parlock
If an ESRB rating found by Nintendo Life is to be believed, it looks like Super Mario Galaxy is coming to the Wii U. Don't get too excited, because it's more than likely that this won’t be a remake or an HD remastering....
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Fast Racing Neo, Devil's Third NOA snub


Also, SteamWorld Heist
Dec 10
// Chris Carter
It's been a while, but this Nintendo Download week is most definitely highlighted by a few major third-party eShop releases. The Wii U headliner is Fast Racing Neo, which I highly recommend to any Wipeout or F-Zero fans ...
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Zack and Wiki

Zack and Wiki just found its way onto the UK Wii U eShop


Easily one of the best Wii games
Dec 03
// Laura Kate Dale
Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure is one of the true forgotten gems on the Wii. A point and click puzzle adventure game, it focused on using the motion controls the console was based around in really intelligent way...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Xenoblade Chronicles X


Also, Pokemon Picross
Dec 03
// Chris Carter
Both systems are getting big-time releases this week, with the Wii U kicking things off with Xenoblade Chronicles X tomorrow. Also, Trauma Team Wii is coming back from the dead, alongside of Kung Fu Panda: Show...
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Monster Hunter X

Monster Hunter X has outsold Monster Hunter 4G in less than a week on the Japanese eShop


That's a lot of monsters being hunted
Dec 01
// Joe Parlock
Japan likes Monster Hunter. It likes Monster Hunter a lot. The series sometimes doesn’t get the love it deserves in the West, but in Japan it’s a bona fide gaming phenomenon. Japan likes Monster Hunter so much that Monster Hunter X, which only came out a few days ago, has already outsold last year’s Monster Hunter 4G on the Nintendo eShop.
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Cyber Deals


Also, Konami Krazy Racers
Nov 26
// Chris Carter
Well, this is an awkward digital Thanksgiving dinner. Nintendo sent over the main courses for the available 3DS and Wii U eShop downloads today, and they're rather paltry. Wii U will see Konami Krazy Racers and Cutie Pet...
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Nintendo deals

Nintendo's big 3DS and Wii U eShop sale is up


Now I just need storage
Nov 25
// Jordan Devore
Y'all ready for some cyber deals? Nintendo kicked off its big eShop sale on Wii U and 3DS titles today with discounts up to 50 percent off. Wii U The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD ($34.99) Pikmin 3 ($38.99) Captain Toad...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Typoman


Also, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
Nov 19
// Chris Carter
It's a relatively big week for the Wii U eShop, but both of the heavy-hitters haven't reviewed well here at Destructoid. You have Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, and Typoman, the latter of which saw numerous delays in the past. Al...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Nintendo Badge Arcade


Also, Stella Glow
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
This is a pleasant surprise -- the 3DS just got the Nintendo Badge Arcade app, which allows you to play a crane game to obtain icons, which you can customize your home screen with. Also on 3DS is Horse Life 4, as well as...
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Nintendo Download:

Nintendo Download: Yo-Kai Watch


Also, Electronic Super Joy
Nov 05
// Chris Carter
Finally! After two years, Yo-Kai Watch is arriving outside of Japan. It'll be available tomorrow on the 3DS eShop, and it's pretty great. You can also watch the show on YouTube for free starting this week. The rest of th...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Human Resource Machine


Also, a Tri Force Heroes demo
Oct 29
// Chris Carter
It's a relatively low tide for the eShop platform this time around. On the Wii U you'll find Human Resource Machine, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, PictoParty, and Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town. I haven't tried th...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes


Also, Fatal Frame
Oct 22
// Chris Carter
It's another big week for Nintendo platforms, as a new Fatal Frame game is arriving as a Wii U eShop exclusive. Additionally, you'll find Just Dance 2016, Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Ascent of Kings, Color Bombs, Cutie Pets ...
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Sexy bucks for furries

Get nude humanoid deer as stamps for Wii U this week


Cute Pets Pick Berries and I get aroused
Oct 20
// Jed Whitaker
This Thursday, the game with the greatest Miiverse stamps of all time launches on the Wii U. Cutie Pets Pick Berries is an E-rated puzzle game that has hunky humanoid deer -- officially known as Mandeer -- matching berries while smiling intensely. I'm seriously considering buying this game for these stamps. Just look at them:
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden


Also, Yoshi's Woolly World
Oct 15
// Chris Carter
After a string of okay Nintendo Download weeks, this one is really great. On Wii U we have Yoshi's Woolly World hitting tomorrow, as well as Final Fight One, Momonga Pinball Adventures, Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash, and ...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash


Also, Pocky & Rocky With Becky
Oct 08
// Chris Carter
The Wii U side of things is decidedly low key today, with Race the Sun, Whispering Willows, and Perpetual Blast showing up on the eShop. There is a great GBA addition in the form of Pocky & Rocky With Becky, whi...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Freedom Planet


Also, Smash Bros. DLC
Oct 01
// Chris Carter
At last -- Freedom Planet is hitting the Wii U after multiple last-minute delays! If you happened to get the demo during the Nindies@Home promotion you'll get 15% off the full game. Also on Wii U is that last bit of Smas...

Review: Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility

Sep 27 // Jonathan Holmes
Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility (Wii U)Developer: Alkterios GamesPublisher: Alkterios GamesReleased: September 24, 2015MSRP: $1.99 Hold Your Fire's central hook won't be a surprise to most of you. It's right there in the title. Still, the concept itself is sort of interesting. It's a top-down shmup where every spacecraft you encounter could be an enemy, or it might be an innocent passer by. You can't tell until they fire at you first. If you shoot a non-enemy ship, you die instantly. If you let an enemy ship pass you by, you die instantly. If you get shot by an enemy ship, you die instantly. This puts you in a pretty tense position. That tension, along with the amusing text-based dialog and the surprisingly interesting musical score, are the three reasons why I played the game for as long as I did... which was for about 25 minutes. It took maybe five minutes of trial and error to get the hang of how to take out enemy ships. After I had that figured out, it was time for a 20-minute run of pure repetition and absolutely no new ideas. Ships appear at the top of the screen and move straight to the bottom of the screen. Sometimes they fire at you, also straight down. If they fire at you, you should move in front of it after it fires and shoot it. That's it. That the entire game as far as I can tell. If something else happens after twenty minutes of that, then I'll be happy to amend this review, but the game has given me no indication that it ever changes things up. There is a score counter and a death counter (which stopped working once I hit 4/9 deaths), but other than that, it lacks any sense of progression past its first wave or two of enemies.  The success of Canabalt and Flappy Bird may have convinced some lot of game developers that a simple, one-note game design can lead to an acceptable product. That may be true for other games, but in this case, it didn't work out at all. Adding any level of variation to the enemy patterns, bullet patterns, or literally any other potentially fulfilling dynamic to the design could have led to this game being worth a buck, maybe two, but that's not what the developers at Alkterios Games did here, for reasons that only they likely understand. What if a fast food restaurant sold you a new $2 hamburger called "Hold the Fat: A Burger About Eating Responsibly" that was packaged in a regular fast food hamburger box, but when you opened the box, all you got was a small, one-sided, badly drawn picture of a hamburger? That would be funny for exactly as long as it would take for you to realize that you stomach is still empty and you're $2 poorer for having experienced the "joke." This is the game equivalent of that so-called burger. It's nearly impossible to recommend.  [Addendum: I had a hunch that it was impossible that a developer would include this little content in a game for sale on the Wii U eShop, and I'm happy to say that it looks like my hunch was right. It's come to light that issues with my external hard drive may have resulted in me missing out on a large portion of the game. We're looking into the issue as we speak, and hope to have the review amended accordingly soon. In the meantime, do not take this review and review score as a full reflection of what Hold Your Fire has to offer.]
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Hold your purchase
Back when the Nintendo Entertainment System first launched, console games had developed a reputation for being "landmine purchases," meaning that they look safe until you touch them and they blow up in your face. E.T. fo...

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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer


Also, Extreme Exorcism
Sep 24
// Chris Carter
The 3DS is taking the center stage this week, but the Wii U has a few releases to tide you over. First up is Extreme Exorcism, as well as Starwhal, The Ignition Factor, Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility, Beatbuddy, ...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Free Shovel Knight DLC


Also, Skylanders
Sep 17
// Chris Carter
We already have a heads-up on what's going down this week on the Wii U and 3DS eShop, and the headliner is easily the free Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows update. This expansion will be integrated into the game by way o...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Super Mario Maker


Also, Hatsune Miku
Sep 10
// Chris Carter
This is a big week for the Wii U, with Super Mario Maker's release scheduled for tomorrow, both digitally and at retail. Also on Wii U you'll find Tecmo Bowl, Explody Bomb, Funky Physics, Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut, Star Sky, an...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Gunman Clive HD Collection


Also, Mario Golf 64
Sep 03
// Chris Carter
The Gunman Clive HD Collection is easily the highlight today for the Wii U eShop, and you can get a full look at what to expect here. Also on Wii U is Vs. Excitebike, and Mario Golf 64. That Excitebike rel...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Sin & Punishment (Wii U)


Also, Runbow
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
The Wii U is getting a lot of awesome stuff this week, including Runbow, Sin & Punishment, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor. You'll also find Brave Tank Hero, FullBlast, and Pixel Slime U. Disney Infinity 3.0 wil...
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Fatal Frame Wii U

Fatal Frame Wii U is an eShop exclusive in North America


'Free-to-start'
Aug 24
// Jordan Devore
Fans speculated that Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water would be a digital-only release on the Wii U eShop in North America. Unfortunately, they were correct. Nintendo confirmed its launch plans (October 22, $49.99) in a 2015...

Nintendo Download: 3D Gunstar Heroes

Aug 20 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, I'll stick with 3D Gunstar Heroes. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.  
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Also, Advance Wars 2
We're only a few weeks away from the launch of Super Mario Maker, but for now we'll have to make due with the eShop. This week, the Wii U is getting Crab Cakes Rescue, Factotum, Mortar Melon, Woah Dave!, The Bridge, and ...

Nintendo Download: Pandora's Tower

Aug 13 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, I can't resist the call of Pandora's Tower again. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.  
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Also, Garfield Kart
Pandora's Tower is awesome. It's also coming out on the Wii U today for $19.99. In addition, you'll find Wind-up Knight 2 on the eShop. That's basically all she wrote for the Wii U. It seems as if Freedom Planet has been...

Nintendo Download: Super Smash Bros. N64 DLC

Aug 06 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, it's the N64 levels all the way. I also enjoyed Astral Breakers for the most part, despite some issues. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
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Also, Astral Breakers
It's an interesting week for the eShop, especially after a few poor showings these past few weeks. As of a few days ago, players were able to snag Super Smash Bros. DLC for both Wii U and 3DS, including Peach Castle and Hyrul...

Nintendo Download: Kirby's Return to Dreamland Wii U

Jul 30 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, I think I'll re-buy Return to Dreamland because of how great it is, and to add to the ever-growing collection of Kirby games on my Wii U. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.  
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Also, Xeodrifter Wii U
While the last few months haven't been particularly exciting for the eShop, Nintendo decided to bring out the big guns today. On Wii U we have Badland: Game of the Year Edition, Xeodrifter (with Cross-Buy for 3DS), Kirby Sque...

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Kirby's Birthday Partay!!

Three of the best Kirby games on Wii U Virtual Console in NA today


And arguably the best Wii game
Jul 30
// Jed Whitaker
Nintendo teased that the Wii U Virtual Console would be getting three titles added for Kirby's birthday today, and an ESRB leak has confirmed what those titles are: DS's Kirby: Squeak Squad, N64's Kirby 64: The Crystal S...

Woah Dave! is a success, Space Dave! coming soon

Jul 26 // Jonathan Holmes
You'd think that success was what motivated the studio to create Dave's all-new, upcoming outer-space adventure Space Dave!, but that's not actually the case. Jason went on to say he thinks "...Space Dave! would most likely still have happened even if Woah Dave! hadn't done well. The reason being is that MiniVisions games are largely driven, in all honesty, by us making games that we want to play ourselves. They're all kinds of experimental." "We're never sure if everyone else will be as in to these ideas as we are, but the passion on our end to make it is there, so we kinda roll with that. Also, probably worth nothing that Space Dave! is a surprisingly different formula, but still 100% a 'Dave' game." Choice Provisions is planning to reveal Space Dave! to the world at PAX Prime this August.
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Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it
[Space Dave! Box in progress box art by GLIΓCH RIΓUΛL] Woah Dave! is a gaming underdog story if ever there was one. Inspired by his young son's passion of the original Mario Bros., developer Jason Cirillo's...

Nintendo Download: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

Jul 23 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, Isaac on 3DS seems pretty rad. It's been a long time coming, and I use my New 3DS quite a bit, so I'll easily be up for doing a few runs every now and then on it. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
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Also, 3D Streets of Rage 2
The time has finally come -- The Binding of Isaac is hitting Nintendo platforms, on both the Wii U and New 3DS. Also on Wii U is Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria, Canvaleon, The Quiet Collection, DK Jungle Climber...


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