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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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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Gunman Clive 2


Also, Metroid Prime Trilogy
Jan 29
// Chris Carter
The Wii U eShop is getting more exciting today with the release of Metroid Prime Trilogy for $9.99. I still have my lovely hard copy safe with the rest of my Metroid collection, but considering how rare it is, I'm g...
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It's pretty rad
Badland is still one of my favorite iOS games to date, and it looks like it's coming to the Wii U eShop, Xbox One, Vita, PC, PS3, and PS4. Developer Frogmind Games is crafting a new Game of the Year version for the cons...

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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Citizens of Earth


Also, Punch Out!! Wii U
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
The headliner this week is definitely Citizens of Earth on the Wii U eShop. Brittany didn't think it was the second coming of EarthBound, but there were some redeeming qualities -- maybe it's best to wait on the fence fo...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: 3D After Burner II


Also, Lufia: The Legend Returns
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
On the Wii U, we have Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight on the Virtual Console. Nintendo calls this an "NES classic," but I beg to differ. Also on the Wii U eShop, there's Electroic Super Joy: Groove City, Family Tennis SP...
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Digital Wii games

Nintendo Wii games now coming to Wii U eShop


Starting with Super Mario Galaxy 2
Jan 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Wii games are now going digital on the Wii U eShop. The process begins today with Super Mario Galaxy 2 joining the Virtual Console library this afternoon. Punch-Out!! will follow suit on January 22 with the Met...
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Nintendo

Nintendo adds a number of Virtual Console games to its online store


They're learningggggg
Jan 08
// Chris Carter
When I want to buy a digital game or redeem a code online for a Sony or Microsoft system, it's dead simple. I love how quickly I can punch in codes I may have obtained from a contest or a friend while I'm on the go, then have...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mega Man Battle Network 2


Also, Chariot
Jan 08
// Chris Carter
It's not a huge day for Nintendo consoles in terms of the eShop, but I'll take it. On the Wii U we're getting Mega Man Battle Network 2, Maze, Wipeout 3, and Chariot. The latter is a fun little co-op game that can also be pla...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Pokemon Pinball


Also, a Shovel Knight discount
Jan 01
// Chris Carter
Death, taxes, and the Nintendo Download update are always inevitable. Nintendo waits for no holiday -- Christmas, New Year's -- it doesn't matter, they are going to update the eShop on Thursday. Sadly today isn't all that gre...
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Wii U Deluxe reminder

You only have two more days to earn your Wii U Deluxe points


Free money
Dec 30
// Chris Carter
This is your last reminder for 2014 -- if you bought a deluxe version of the Wii U, you were opted into a Deluxe Digital Promotion that Nintendo rarely ever talks about or mentions by name. You'll earn 10% back for ...
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Tetris

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


Grab the classic while you still can
Dec 28
// Jonathan Holmes
[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...

Review: Xeodrifter

Dec 25 // Jonathan Holmes
[embed]285389:56726:0[/embed] Xeodrifter (PC, 3DS [Reviewed])Developer: Renegade KidPublisher: Renegade KidReleased: December 11, 2014MSRP: $9.99 Feeling trapped on a strange alien world, forced to push forward despite your fear of the unknown. Being rewarded for your bravery and ingenuity with new abilities that allow you to traverse obstacles and overcome challenges that would have been impossible before. The mixture of intimidation and fascination that you feel every time you enter a strange new environment. These are the things that define the Metroid series for me. They are also the core design principals of of Xeodrifter. In case you hadn't picked up on it yet, the game is inspired by the Metroid series. Seriously guys, it really is.  In some ways, it pushes those themes farther than 2D Metroid games have gone before. From the outset, you can explore four different worlds, traveling between them in your broken-down little spaceship. You'll quickly find that you can't get very far in all of them though. Discovering through trial and error which planets to explore after obtaining what upgrade defines the general flow of the game.  The flow may be similar to Metroid, but the details are largely different. The first upgrade you obtain allows you to turn into a little submarine and explore the briny, alien depths. That's something Samus has never done, though it is similar in spirit to the morph ball that she acquires first in many of her 2D titles. Right off the bat, you're given a power-up that inexplicably allows you to transform into something that people generally can't transform into. It's a nice way to set the tone for the rest of the game, establishing that anything is possible in this world of interplanetary exploration.  Some of the power-ups you get later on are a little more similar to those found in the Metroid franchise, though you use them in different ways, often times in tandem. There is a super-run power-up, but instead of using it to destroy blocks and clear rapidly closing doorways, you use it to run across deadly space lava. There is a super jump too, but you don't need to run in order to charge it, and as such it's a little more practical and user friendly.  The ability to jump in and out of the background from Mutant Mudds is here too, and it feels a lot more useful this time around. Assuming there is an inhabitable backdrop to jump into, you can use the ability at any time, making it the most effective method to avoid incoming attacks, though you'll have to deal with the disorientation of suddenly appearing in the distance in the process.  This ability is most useful in boss fights, which follow the Metroid 2 rule of pitting you against the same recurring enemy who gains more attacks and HP with each encounter. These boss fights are also where you acquire your power-ups, adding to the sense of climax each time you discover one. There are very few health pickups and checkpoints in Xeodrifter, which can lead you to feeling desperate and scared quickly. Thankfully, the game has a fine display of "gore-shadowing" that allows you to grab health and soft-save your game before every boss fight. These fights get pretty complex, layered with different patterns, leading you to feel both attached to and daunted by your old foe. While I'd love to see a wider variety of boss encounters in a new Xeodrifter title, I'll always have a soft spot for the giant alien baby crab thing that killed me so many times in this outing. The weapon power-up system in Xeodrifter works as another upgrade/tribute to past Samus adventures. Remember how in Super Metroid you could turn on and off weapons and upgrades after you acquired them? It was a cool idea, but was poorly balanced. One you got a power-up, it was never a good idea to turn it off, unless you just wanted to show off your amazing solo-Spazer skills to family and friends. Xeodrifter takes the option to turn weapons off and on and makes it worth something. Instead of acquiring new guns, you gain upgrade units that you can apply to any of five bullet properties, allowing you to mix and match. For instance, put two units on the wave beam-style upgrade and three on your bigger damage option, and you end up with a beam that's a little wavy that does medium damage. Put all five units on bigger damage, and you have a tougher bullet with no waviness to speak of. Balancing bigger damage with wider range seems to be the best way to go, though I imagine speed runners may find a way to make other combinations more effective. There are still secrets for me to find in Xeodrifter, as I haven't found all the health and bullet upgrades yet. They tend to be found through intangible walls and floors that are strewn about at random, so it will likely just take a bit of hunting before I get them all. Chances are I won't bother, but I'll definitely play through Xeodrifter again in the future, after I've forgotten most of the details about it so that the experience will be fresh in my mind again. Like the Metroid titles that inspired it, the music, graphics, and world/enemy design are more than worth revisiting a few times a year. This may be Renegade Kid's best game yet, despite its relatively short length. I hope this isn't the last time we'll be invited to adventure with this mysterious new space explorer. Were they secretly a girl the whole time? Hopefully we'll find out next mission.  [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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This Metroid tribute does more than suck off its source material
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 video...

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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Duck Hunt


Also, Shantae on Wii U
Dec 25
// Chris Carter
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 ...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mega Man Zero


Also, Natsume Championship Wrestling
Dec 18
// Chris Carter
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...
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Club Nintendo

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


A new 1080° Snowboarding would hit the spot
Dec 15
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy


Also, Xeodrifter
Dec 11
// Chris Carter
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: ...
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Pokémon Pinball GBA

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


More where this came from, please
Dec 08
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Mighty Gunvolt DLC

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


$2.99 for four stages
Dec 04
// Chris Carter
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'...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Captain Toad


Also, Fire Emblem
Dec 04
// Chris Carter
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...
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Nintendeals

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


eShop
Dec 01
// Steven Hansen
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...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth


Also, Mighty Final Fight
Nov 27
// Chris Carter
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...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Super Smash Bros. Wii U!


Also, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Nov 20
// Chris Carter
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...

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