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11:00 AM on 12.28.2014

Gameboy Tetris being taken off the 3DS eShop at the end of the year

[Update: Looks like Tetris Axis is also getting yanked. We can guess that the retail version of the game is also going the way of the dodo. Interested parties would do well to snatch it up quick.] Nintendo UK's Twitter accoun...

Jonathan Holmes



Review: Xeodrifter photo
Review: Xeodrifter
by Jonathan Holmes

A lot of the kids who grew up with Metroid, Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda are now older than than their creators were when those legendary Nintendo franchises were first released. Some of those kids are now videogame developers themselves. Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid is one example. He created Xeodrifter in five months, fueled by financial stress, time constraints, and a raw love of Super Metroid. You can read about his process here

Showing your Metroid DNA on your sleeve is a blessing and a curse. It instantly communicates to the relatively large Metroid fan base that your game was made for them. It also sets the bar incredibly high. Begging for a comparison to Super Metroid is a dangerous thing. As we saw with the reaction to Other M, a disappointed Metroid fan can be an intensely spiteful force. 

My guess is Xeodrifter won't inspire that kind of caustic reaction in the Metroid faithful. If it were an official Metroid game, it would rank near or above many of the other games in the franchise. As long as you go into it expecting something short and sweet, it's hard to imagine that Metroid fans will be disappointed. 

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9:45 AM on 12.25.2014

Nintendo Download: Duck Hunt

In an interesting turn, Nintendo has a great Nintendo Download week for us on Christmas Day. On the Wii U there's Shantae and the Pirate's Curse with a few extra upgrades like off-TV play. Additionally there's Duck ...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 12.18.2014

Nintendo Download: Mega Man Zero

If you aren't into old games, this may be a pass week for you. On the Virtual Console for Wii U comes Natsume Championship Wrestling, and the always great Mega Man Zero. Also on the Wii you'll find 99Moves, Blok Drop X T...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 12.15.2014

Club Nintendo adds Super Mario Kart, Kirby's Dream Land 3

The last three times I've written about Club Nintendo rewards, Kirby made his way onto the list. That trend continues today with the new set of game offers available until January 19, 2015: Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii U) - 200...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Nintendo Download: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

The Wii U isn't looking good this week. All you're getting is Lucadian Chronicles, Angry Birds Star Wars, and Angry Birds Trilogy. Yep. Seriously. The 3DS however is rocking it as usual. The big drops include Phoenix Wright: ...

Chris Carter





5:30 PM on 12.08.2014

Europe gets Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire on Wii U this week

A new pinball game out of Nintendo sure would be delightful. The time is right (because the time is always right for well-made pinball spinoff games). I don't see that happening anytime soon, granted, but there's always Pok&e...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Mighty Gunvolt's DLC levels are worth the few bucks they cost

Mighty Gunvolt has just acquired some DLC and it's cheap, ringing in at $2.99. So what do you get? Four stages, and subsequently, four boss battles. That's it. There's no fanfare for the new levels or new story -- they'...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 12.04.2014

Nintendo Download: Captain Toad

Nintendo is delivering with a heavy-hitting first party title this week -- Captain Toad. It will hit the Wii U eShop and retail tomorrow for $39.99. Also on the Wii U is Fire Emblem, Lode Runner, and a Sonic Boom de...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 12.01.2014

Nintendeals: Gunvolt, baby-making RPG & other cheap 3DS and Wii U games

Plenty of 3DS videogames are on sale on the Nintendo eShop.  Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is $25 (down from $40, Amazon has physical copies for both Vita and 3DS for a few bucks less). Code of Princess...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 11.27.2014

Nintendo Download: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

The Nintendo 3DS is the champion this week, as it's getting a few pretty awesome releases to pad out that gigantic library. On the Wii U though you can pick up Mighty Final Fight, Mario Pinball Land, Thomas Was Alone, GetClos...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 11.20.2014

Nintendo Download: Super Smash Bros. Wii U!

This is easily one of the biggest weeks of 2014 for Nintendo. Both systems have some heavy hitters, but the crown jewel is no doubt Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U, which is out tomorrow. The console is also getting Watch...

Chris Carter

4:30 PM on 11.17.2014

Fresh Club Nintendo rewards: Metroid II, Kirby's Pinball Land, Pilotwings

Do you have any Club Nintendo currency left this late in the year? I do not. I'm not even sure where my Coins went. I only have two remaining low-value surveys to fill out (though Super Smash Bros. is on the way), and that's ...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 11.15.2014

Xavier inspires so many questions

When I heard there was a new game called Xavier on the Wii U eShop, I got pretty excited. I've been patiently staring at my computer monitor, waiting for the announcement of a Xavier: Renegade Angel game for many years ...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 11.13.2014

Nintendo Download: Mario Kart 8's first DLC pack

The big name this week is definitely Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, but with late review copies I wouldn't make haste to pick it up. Also on the Wii U there's Xavier, A World of Keflings, Tengami, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and L...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 11.06.2014

Nintendo Download: Pokemon Puzzle Challenge

It's an interesting week for Nintendo Download, which a mix of just about everything. On Wii U we have Sportsball, as well as The Swapper, Disney infinity 2.0 (download edition), Super Mario Advance, Flapp & Zegeta, ...

Chris Carter