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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...

Nintendo Download: Blaster Master

Jul 16 // 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 Blaster Master. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
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Also, Tiny Galaxy
Although this week's downloads are pretty boring, Blaster Master is headlining the Wii U releases. It already existed in Virtual Console form, but now you can play it without going to the poopy Wii emulation mode. Also o...

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3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2's trailer confirms Tails co-op support


Two copies of the game
Jul 15
// Chris Carter
Sega has released a trailer for 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the Japanese eShop (which is posted above, courtesy of NintenDaan), and it evidently confirms two-player co-op in the shop listing and at the end of the video itself...

Nintendo Download: Mario Tennis

Jul 09 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, nothing for me this week. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.  
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Also, Asteroid Quarry
Wow, this is one of the most barren Nintendo Downloads I've seen in some time! The Wii U's heavy hitter today is Mario Tennis, a Virtual Console rendition of the original Nintendo 64 game. The Wii U is also getting Asteroid Q...

Nintendo Download: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Jul 02 // Chris Carter
If you missed last week's edition, here it is. As for what I'm getting, I can't resist another playthrough of Ocarina of Time, even if I already have the N64 cart, the 3DS remake, and the GameCube compilation disc. For those who are interested, sales are going on for both the Wii U and 3DS.
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Also, Roving Rogue
It's an odd day for the Wii U eShop, as the only big update is Ocarina of Time, which now can be played natively on the platform without going through Wii emulation. The Wii U is also getting Roving Rogue and Quadco...

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Virtual Console

Lucky! Europe gets Advance Wars 2 on Wii U


Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, too
Jul 01
// Jordan Devore
One of my most-played Wii U games is, I kid you not, Advance Wars. That's not a judgment on the quality of the console's (lovely) exclusives, it's just that the game is really damn good. I'm dying for the sequel, my favorite ...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Art Academy: Home Studio


Also, Star Fox Command
Jun 25
// Chris Carter
Brace yourselves -- Art Academy: Home Studio is hitting the Wii U eShop today. If you own SketchPad, you'll net $4.00 off Home Studio. Also on Wii U is a Never Alone port, Shiftlings, Star Fox Command, and Mario &am...
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Fatal Frame Wii U

Fatal Frame for Wii U might be eShop only in North America


Speculation based on Nintendo listing
Jun 23
// Jordan Devore
I was relieved to hear that Nintendo had picked up Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water for release outside of Japan, but there might still be cause for concern. The newly updated page for the Wii U ghost game on Nintendo.com s...
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Never Alone

Never Alone dated on Wii U for June 25


Just for North America so far
Jun 22
// Chris Carter
If you've wanted to get your mitts on Never Alone and only have a Wii U, you'll get your chance soon enough, as developer Upper One Games has announced a release date of June 25 -- right on time for the next Nintendo Download...
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Nintendo

Nintendo talks Humble Bundle performance, indie strategy


Good news
Jun 22
// Chris Carter
Nintendo of America's senior manager of marketing, Damon Baker, had a chance to chat with Gamasutra recently, and talked a bit about how the publisher is doing in the indie department -- in short, it's pretty much all good ne...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: EarthBound Beginnings


Also, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Jun 18
// Chris Carter
The Wii U had a surprise release earlier this week with EarthBound Beginnings, which is the first time the original Mother game has been released in the US. Nintendo also dropped Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, in addition to...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure


Also, LEGO Jurassic World
Jun 11
// Chris Carter
It's not a terribly interesting week for Nintendo Download. On the Wii U we have Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town hitting the eShop, as well as LEGO Jurassic World.... and that's literally it. The 3DS is gettin...
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Antipole

Oh yeah, Antipole is getting a DX remake this year


From DSi to eShop
Jun 09
// Chris Carter
Many years back, Antipole was released on DSiWare, PC, and Xbox 360. It was a neat little platformer, featuring gravity shifts as its core mechanic. This year, it's set to come to both the 3DS and Wii U in the form of A...
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$100 Steam Wallet, PSN, Nintendo eShop gift cards on sale for $85


Its like free money!
Jun 08
// Dealzon
How's this for a nice weekend deal? eBay has a Fathers Day sale promotion, where if you spend $100 over anything tech, sports, and tools related -- you can grab $15 off by using a coupon. Its just like free money! (Except for...
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Nintendo Video

Say goodbye to the Nintendo Video app


Moving to the eShop
Jun 05
// Chris Carter
It looks like the Nintendo Video app is going to go away soon. You remember, that app, right? That thing that lets you watch videos on it? Wait, you've downloaded pretty much every recent video on the eShop instead? Yeah, me ...

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