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Anonymous European developer speaks out on the woes of the eShop


Low sales occur more than you'd think
May 20
// Chris Carter
The Wii U and 3DS eShops (the latter in particular) are a great source of original games. While disc-based titles are often thrown by the wayside by third-parties on the Wii U, there's a ton of exclusive content on there that...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mega Man May continues with Mega Man Battle Network 3


Also, Stretchmo
May 14
// Chris Carter
Mega Man May is still going strong in its second week, which will see the debut of Mega Man Battle Network 3 (Blue and White) on the Wii U Virtual Console. Also on the Wii U is Nihilumbra, Ultratron, Funk of Titans,...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mega Man May begins with Mega Man & Bass


Also, High Strangeness
May 07
// Chris Carter
Mega Man May is a go, and thanks to you guys, my choice of Mega Man & Bass is now available on the Wii U eShop. It's a Virtual Console release of the GBA version, which isn't ideal, but at least it will get it into t...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits


Also, Paper Mario
Apr 30
// Chris Carter
It's a nice week for Nintendo systems, with a mix of new content for both platforms. On the Wii U we have amiibo tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, a demo of sorts that will allow you to play retro games by way of amiibo figures....
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2


Also, Mario Kart DS on Wii U
Apr 23
// Chris Carter
It's a Mario Kart kind of day, with DLC Pack 2 for Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart DS on Wii U. Also on Wii U is Suspension Railroad Simulator and the Mewtwo Smash DLC. I remember when there was a time where typing "DLC...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Donkey Kong 64


Also, two StreetPass games and Mewtwo DLC
Apr 16
// Chris Carter
This week, the Nintendo 64 rides again with Donkey Kong 64 on the Wii U eShop. It's an incredibly bizarre, flawed, and all-around awesome experience that must be seen to be believed. Oh, and Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles ...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Affordable Space Adventures


Also, Pokemon Rumble World
Apr 09
// Chris Carter
The main highlight this week on the Wii U eShop is Affordable Space Adventures, which is getting quite a bit of buzz for making good use of the GamePad. The DS is also invading the Wii U this week with WarioWare Touched! ...
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Elliot Quest Impressions

Elliot Quest's Wii U port is quite buggy


Most bugs are edible, others aren't
Apr 06
// Jed Whitaker
Elliot Quest is a retro-inspired Metroidvania title that feels right at home on the Wii U, as it takes a lot of inspiration from such NES classics as Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Kid Icarus. I'd even venture to ...
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Beard View: BOXBOY!

Beard View: BOXBOY!


"I'm hella fly, I think that is what rappers say."
Apr 02
// Jed Whitaker
HAL Laboratory's BOXBOY! launched today for the Nintendo 3DS via the eshop for $4.99. I purchased BOXBOY! with my hard-earned human dollars to give you all a Beard View! You'll give it a watch, won't you? HAL has p...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Super Mario 64


Also, Story of Seasons
Apr 02
// Chris Carter
The Wii U is getting Nintendo 64 and DS games starting this week, with Super Mario 64 and Yoshi's Island DS respectively. You'll also be able to buy Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, Bubble Gum Popper, Mon Premier K...
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Azure Striker Gunvolt

Azure Striker Gunvolt EU and AUS release date confirmed


It's out today!
Apr 02
// Laura Kate Dale
Rejoice European and Australian 3DS owners, that 3DS game the rest of the world has had for months and months is finally getting a release in our regions. Yes, Azure Striker Gunvolt is finally getting a release on PAL consoles. Releasing 2 April at 2PM UK time, players who purchase the game within the first three months that it is on sale will receive a free download of Mighty Gunvolt.
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Nintendo Direct UK

Pandora's Tower and Sin and Punishment get UK release dates on Wii U


Both release in late April
Apr 01
// Laura Kate Dale
Announced during tonight's UK Nintendo Direct, both Pandora's Tower and Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies will be coming to the Wii U eShop in Europe on 16 April and 30 April respectively. Both titles will be 25% off during their first week on the eShop.
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1001 Spikes

1001 Spikes Wii U off-TV patch finally coming


3DS patch still on the way
Mar 27
// Laura Kate Dale
Are you a Wii U owner who picked up 1001 Spikes and has been disappointed with the inability to play the game entirely on the GamePad screen? Had you almost given up hope that the promised patch to bring that functionality wo...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Dot Arcade


Also, Namco Museum
Mar 26
// Chris Carter
There isn't a whole lot coming to Nintendo systems today, but Dot Arcade definitely highlights the week with its interesting minimalist style. You'll also find Namco Museum on the Virtual Console in addition to a de...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mario Party 10


Also, Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament
Mar 19
// Chris Carter
Tomorrow, the Wii U will get Mario Party 10, which is probably the biggest release this week. Aside from that, you can nab Pentapuzzle, Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament (GBA), Elliot Quest, and Super Destronaut toda...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.


Also, 3D Out Run
Mar 12
// Chris Carter
Although the 3DS is the highlight today, the Wii U is getting a few titles this week. In addition to Trine Enchanted Edition, you'll also find F-Zero GP Legend, Don't Touch Anything Red, and My Style Studio: Notebook. Th...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars


Also, OlliOlli
Mar 05
// Chris Carter
The Wii U and 3DS are getting something interesting today -- two Cross-Buy games. Cross-Buy has existed on Nintendo platfoms for about a year now, but it was very rarely used. Today, it's going to work on Mario vs. Donkey Kon...
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Meme Run leaves eSho

Meme Run pulled from Wii U eShop by Trollface creator


Alanis Morissette would be proud
Mar 04
// Jason Faulkner
In a continued lack of self-awareness, Carlos Ramirez (a.k.a. Wynne), creator of the popular meme "Trollface" has filed a DMCA takedown against Ninja Pig Studios. The filing claims unlicensed usage of the Trollface likeness in their Nintendo Wii U eShop game Meme Run infringes on his copyright of the image.
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Nintendo indies

Nintendo's big release schedule for Never Alone, Don't Starve, and lots of other indies


'Nindies,' if you will (I won't)
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
Klei's wilderness survival game Don't Starve: Giant Edition is headed to the Wii U eShop this spring with a convenient map viewable on the GamePad screen (or Off-TV play, if you'd rather). Great! Also cool: E-Line's charming ...
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Block buds
HAL Laboratories (Super Smash Bros., Mother) has been busying itself with a couple Kirby games recently, but it looks like someone over there had an idea for a lil puzzle game and rolled with it. BOXBOY! (already released on...

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Pokémon

Pokémaniacs! Gold/Silver starters now on Pokémon Bank


Whatcha gonna do, brother?
Feb 27
// Jed Whitaker
Great news for all you Pokémaniacs out there: you can now receive Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr along with their Hidden Abilities from the Pokémon Bank, brother. This comes just after the one year anniver...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Donkey Kong Land and Country!


Also, Ironfall: Invasion
Feb 26
// Chris Carter
This is a huge day for the 3DS and Wii U in terms of the Virtual Console. Not only is the 3DS getting Donkey Kong Land 1-3, but the Wii U is also getting Donkey Kong Country 1-3, which were removed previously from t...
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Stone Shire

Wii U game Stone Shire is clearly not a Minecraft clone


Not a similarity in sight
Feb 26
// Laura Kate Dale
Due to be released on the Wii U eShop some time in March, Stone Shire is a "Minecraft-like experience" from Finger Gun Games.  In Stone Shire, which is very much its own game inspired by Minecraft and not a direct clone...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse


Also, Pokémon Shuffle
Feb 19
// Chris Carter
The Wii U has a bit of eShop life this week with Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, which looks all sorts of cute. It's also getting a Citizens of Earth demo and Axelay, one of my personal favorite SNES shoot-'em-ups. The 3DS ...
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Wii U

Sin and Punishment 2 and Pandora's Tower come out next month for Wii U in Japan


Hopefully overseas in all regions too
Feb 18
// Chris Carter
Sin and Punishment: Star Successor and Pandora's Tower are two of my favorite Wii games, and now they're coming to the Wii U eShop. As per Nintendo's YouTube channel they will both be arriving next month in Japan -- the former has a March 25 date, with the latter coming earlier on March 4. Both games support the Classic Controller, in case you were wondering.
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D


Also, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Feb 12
// Chris Carter
I hope you aren't too excited for the Wii U eShop, because all it's getting is Blek, Breath of Fire, and Paparazzi. Ubisoft is still having that sale for a few more days. Yep, that's it. The 3DS has a killer week yet again th...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo


Also, Hyrule Warriors DLC
Feb 05
// Chris Carter
The Wii U eShop is pretty much dead this week outside of the Majora's Mask Hyrule Warriors DLC. Long live the 3DS! But seriously, all you're getting is Dolphin Up, Puzzle Monkeys, Tri-Strip, Dig Dug, Mappy-Land,&nbs...
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Wii

Nintendo has 'no comment' on third-party Wii games for the Wii U eShop


In the meantime, let's tell them which ones we want
Feb 04
// Jonathan Holmes
Nintendo recently started selling full Wii games on the Wii U eShop, leaving only the GameCube's library off the list of Nintendo's past home console titles that you can play (officially) on the system. Other than faster load...
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Metroid Prime

This damn Morph Ball double jump in Metroid Prime


Anyone else playing through the trilogy on Wii U?
Feb 02
// Jordan Devore
Turns out I'm rustier at Metroid Prime than I thought. I had long forgotten about this tunnel sequence in the fiery Magmoor Caverns. It's sure giving me hell. In order to reach the (entirely optional) ledge above, you have t...

Review: Gunman Clive 2

Jan 30 // Chris Carter
Gunman Clive 2 (3DS)Developer: Hörberg ProductionsPublisher: Hörberg ProductionsReleased: January 29, 2015MSRP: $2.99 Just like in the previous entry you'll have a chance to play as Clive and Ms. Johnson -- the latter of whom employs a Peach-like float ability. They're both relatively similar, emulating Mega Man's style in the first two games with the basic ability to jump and shoot. Clive 2 also adds another character called Chieftan Bob who functions as a hard mode, as his melee-only limitation makes the game twice as difficult. Hardcore fans will also be happy to know that the secret character returns once again, which fundamentally changes the way you approach the entire game. When all was said and done for this review session, I ended up beating the game three times with three different characters without getting bored.That's partially because there are 25 stages in Clive 2, and each of them feels different in its own way. There are even a few new vehicle-based stages that look really cool with the 3D effect on, including a plane, horse, and adorable panda. I also love the subtle progression indicator on the bottom map screen, which lets you know how far you are from completing a level. The transitions from one level to the next are also really cool, like jumping into a drawbridge before a castle stage, and so on. If you're a platforming master and use Clive or Ms. Johnson, some stages will likely only last you a few minutes without any deaths, but some took me roughly 15 minutes to beat. The first dinosaur level is my personal favorite, as it brings back fond memories of the "I Just Can't Wait to be King" SNES Lion King bit. There's also a cool Shadow of the Colossus-esque boss fight, and a Donkey Kong Country mine cart sequence. All in all each playthrough should last roughly one to two hours, with very little boredom throughout. There are also three difficulties to choose from. Having said that, there is a bit of trial and error involved when the camera straight-up doesn't show you what lies ahead. Checkpoints are also non-existent, so if you die you have to restart the level all over again. I'm totally okay with that, since it gives you a real sense of accomplishment when you rise to the occasion. Then again, even classic Mega Man games had mid-level checkpoints. While the thematic elements are fresh at all times within the confines of the game, it doesn't really go far enough with most of its concepts. It's always fun, but never mind-blowing. What is upgraded is the visual style and subtle 3D, which are much more colorful this time around. I also didn't encounter any glitches in Clive 2, which the original game had a few minor problems with. Gunman Clive 2 has a few problems that newer gamers may have issues with, but this retro fan is more than satisfied. The $2.99 pricepoint is the cherry on top of this delicious platforming dessert.
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Clive's your huckleberry
I don't think anyone, including the game's creator, expected Gunman Clive to be such a massive hit. As an homage to retro platformers it was a joy to play, and the ridiculously cheap base price made it easy to take the plunge. Gunman Clive 2 delivers pretty much everything you'd want out of a sequel, even if it doesn't push the envelope.


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