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2:00 PM on 04.16.2015

Nintendo Download: Donkey Kong 64

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 ...

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 04.09.2015

Nintendo Download: Affordable Space Adventures

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! ...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 04.06.2015

Elliot Quest's Wii U port is quite buggy

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 ...

Jed Whitaker

8:30 PM on 04.02.2015

Beard View: BOXBOY!

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...

Jed Whitaker


11:00 AM on 04.02.2015

Nintendo Download: Super Mario 64

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...

Chris Carter

5:00 AM on 04.02.2015

Azure Striker Gunvolt EU and AUS release date confirmed

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.

Laura Kate Dale

6:30 PM on 04.01.2015

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

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.

Laura Kate Dale

5:00 AM on 03.27.2015

1001 Spikes Wii U off-TV patch finally coming

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...

Laura Kate Dale

11:30 AM on 03.26.2015

Nintendo Download: Dot Arcade

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...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 03.19.2015

Nintendo Download: Mario Party 10

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...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 03.12.2015

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

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...

Chris Carter





11:00 AM on 03.05.2015

Nintendo Download: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

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...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Meme Run pulled from Wii U eShop by Trollface creator

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.

Jason Faulkner

12:45 PM on 03.04.2015

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

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 ...

Jordan Devore



Smash Bros. dev bringing blocky puzzler BOXBOY! to 3DS photo
Smash Bros. dev bringing blocky puzzler BOXBOY! to 3DS
by Steven Hansen

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 the 3DS eShop in Japan) is minimal outside of its charming animations. It is black, white, and mostly made of squares. You can walk Qbby left and right in an overworld with a Ms. Pac-Man-esque bowtied Qbby trailing behind. Enter doors to start a world, most of which seem to be designed around a particular technique. Five worlds (with around seven levels each) were playable during my GDC demo. There are 17 in total.

Aside from running and jumping, Qbby can bud blocks from his body. Each level gives you a limit to how many blocks you can produce at any given time, while there is also an overall number of blocks you can use on a stage. Getting to the end while collecting one or two black crowns will net you a "perfect" rating (and give you currency to unlock fun extras).

When you start, you can produce one block from your body and usually throw it to use as a step to reach a higher platform. As the levels go on and the block limit gets higher, you use new techniques. One section is themed around using blocks as a hook. That is, you produce three stacked blocks straight up, followed one to the right, forming a hook atop your head. You can then latch that last block onto a high ledge and have Qbby contract up to that latched block like folding in one side of the accordion.

I'm fine with the absentee art style (and Qbby's dumb lil feet as you move the box back and forth), but I never felt stumped throughout the first five worlds. It was more relaxing than puzzling. Maybe that's the point. Or maybe the later worlds will combine the various techniques a bit more, or make it so the limit of blocks you can produce per stage actually feels like a restriction; I never ran out.

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Pokémaniacs! Gold/Silver starters now on Pokémon Bank photo
Pokémaniacs! Gold/Silver starters now on Pokémon Bank
by 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 anniversary of the Pokémon Bank, meaning your subscription probably just ran out. Unlike the currently sold-out golden Mario amiibo, these will be available through the end of November this year. 

Pokémon News [Pokémon]

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