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Review: Steel Empire photo
Review: Steel Empire
by Chris Carter

Steel Empire is a game that not many people were able to experience, sadly. As a child, you likely only had access to either a Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis, which cut out a ton of potential classics for you to play and cherish as time's cold embrace passed you by.

I was very lucky to experience it for a few brief days attending a friend's house many years ago, and now, thanks to the magic of porting, everyone can give it a go on the 3DS. As long as the price point isn't too rich for your blood, you should jump on this opportunity.

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11:00 AM on 07.31.2014

Nintendo Download: Mega Man Battle Network

It's Mega Man day again! This week, Mega Man Battle Network is hitting the Wii U eShop. If you haven't played the series before, it takes the classic formula and turns it on its head with a card-like grid-based battle sy...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 07.24.2014

Nintendo Download: Blaster Master

Every week, I choose a game to feature in each issue of Nintendo Download, and Blaster Master is very near and dear to my heart. It was one of the first games I really "got" as a kid, and I spent hours learning twitch re...

Chris Carter



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Review: Squids Odyssey
by Darren Nakamura

Splatoon might be getting a lot of hype for Wii U squid battling, but it is not the first game featuring a squid squad to grace the console. Earlier this year, Squids made its jump from iOS to the Wii U with Squids Odyssey, and it even blazed a trail for cross buy on Nintendo systems.

Squids combines two disparate gameplay elements: tactical role-playing and skill-based slingshot physics. Squids Odyssey takes the original game, the sequel Squids Wild West, and adds in even more levels, characters, and hats into an impressively large package. That said, the package seems better suited for mobile than home console.

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8:00 AM on 07.18.2014

Wow, the Cat Mario Show is way more horrible than it sounds

When you see it, you think, "Hey, puppet cat Mario, puppet cat Peach doing a cute puppet show. Cool." And then you hear it and oh my word please stop talking. I feel like companies are quite careful about their characters' p...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Nintendo Download: Mr. Driller 2

The Wii U is taking a week off it seems, as there are only a one game on the menu for today -- Mr. Driller 2 -- a GameBoy Advance Virtual Console title. Little Inferno is discounted by 50% until July 24th....

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 07.10.2014

Nintendo Download: One Piece Unlimited World Red

The big highlight for today on Wii U is One Piece Unlimited World Red, be warned Wii U owners -- the download is roughly 11 GB! On the rest of the Wii U side we have Bases Loaded and The Letter. That's all, folks. The 3DS has...

Chris Carter

2:15 PM on 07.08.2014

Don't worry, Bayonetta 2 will come packaged with the original game as well

Concerned over how you're going to pick up Bayonetta in addition to its sequel when it finally hits the Wii U? Not sure how you want to purchase the game so that you'll get a copy of the first game? Worry no more -- at least,...

Brittany Vincent



This month's Club Nintendo rewards include Paper Mario, Kid Icarus photo
This month's Club Nintendo rewards include Paper Mario, Kid Icarus
by Jordan Devore

The Club Nintendo game rewards for this month are in. Hope you aren't averse to repeats:

  • Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii U) - 200 Coins
  • 3D Classics: Kid Icarus (3DS) - 200 Coins
  • Paper Mario (Wii/Wii U) - 250 Coins
  • Metal Torrent (3DS) - 200 Coins

I'd be all over Paper Mario if it were possible to play on Wii U without using Wii Mode. Like, how sweet would full-on GamePad support be? The sweetest.

Nintendo hasn't yet announced this year's rewards for Elite members who have obtained Gold or Platinum status at Club Nintendo, but that info should be coming before too long.

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2:15 PM on 07.07.2014

Pokémon Trading Card Game comes to 3DS in Europe this week

I had a binder specifically for my collection of Pokémon cards but never knew how to properly play the game. Which was fine, because they were fun enough to look at. I did, however, play a ton of Pokémon Trading...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 07.03.2014

Nintendo Download: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

The headliner this week on Wii U is easily Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, which is a fantastic Metroidvania that any Nintendo fan will love. Check out my full write-up here as well as the original review f...

Chris Carter





3:30 PM on 06.30.2014

Unwind with this Pokémon Art Academy speed painting video

I sometimes watch an episode of Bob Ross' The Joy of Painting to relax before bed. He's just got one of those soothing voices, y'know? This how-to-draw video for Pokémon Art Academy is similar thanks to some laid-back...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 06.30.2014

There's an eShop game that supports cross buy

Paying once to get a game on multiple platforms is a nice gesture. As a platform holder, Sony has been terrific about letting developers support with its Cross-Buy, but Nintendo? Not so much. Progress has been made, maybe, wi...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 06.27.2014

You could be listening to the Shovel Knight soundtrack right now

I'd rather be playing Shovel Knight right now but there's work to be done and the guilt that would ensue would be too much for me to handle. Thankfully, Jake Kaufman's original soundtrack for the game is up on Bandcamp and it...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 06.26.2014

Nintendo Download: Shovel Knight!

The time has finally come for Shovel Knight to hit the Wii U and 3DS! You can check out our review here, the differences between the platforms here, and our tips guide here. As for the rest of Wii U land, there's Castlev...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 06.26.2014

Korg DSN-12 analog synthesizer comes to 3DS this September

The following might be lost on you if you're not a music or sound person. Japan-based Detune Ltd, the folks behind DS and 3DS musical software titles Korg DS-10 and Korg M01, are back with another new musical tool, the Korg ...

Dale North