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Nintendo Download Europe: New Super Luigi U


Also, Mario Bros. and Bugs vs. Tanks
Jun 17
// Chris Carter
It feels like we've been waiting forever, but finally, New Super Luigi U is here. This release serves as DLC to New Super Mario Bros. U, until the stand-alone disc arrives. On the Virtual Console, you're getting Mario Bros. (...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mutant Mudds Deluxe


Also, Mighty Switch Force! 2
Jun 13
// Chris Carter
The Wii U and 3DS have at least one new game each on offer today, with the Wii U launching Mutant Mudds Deluxe -- an enhanced port of the 3DS and PC games with new levels. The 3DS is getting the bulk of the offerings however,...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Animal Crossing, Yoshi on the cheap


Also, Spelunker
Jun 06
// Chris Carter
Not a whole lot is on offer this week. On the Wii U side of things, Spelunker is hitting the Wii U Virtual Console, as is Yoshi for a limited time (June 12th to July 11th) at a $0.30 price. Trine 2: Director's Cut is discount...
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Nintendo Download Europe

Nintendo Download Europe: Spelunker, and that's about it


Also, some discounts, specifically a hefty ZombiU reduction
Jun 03
// Chris Carter
You're out of luck if you aren't a fan of Spelunker, as that's pretty much the only real thing on offer today for Europe's Nintendo Download via the Virtual Console. If you're into discounts, Spelunker is €3.49 / £...

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Kirby!

Nintendo Download: Kirby's Dream Land 3, Super Star


Oh, and Kirby's Dream Course
May 23
// Chris Carter
It's a puff ball kind of week, as three Kirby games are hitting the Wii U Virtual Console -- Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby Super Star, and Kirby's Dream Course. If you buy two of the aforementioned titles by May 30th, you'll ge...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download Europe: Kirby and Donkey Kong


Also, Resident Evil Revelations and Project X Zone demo
May 20
// Chris Carter
Europeans have a lot to look forward to today, as Kirby's Dream Course (one of my favorite Kirby games) and Kirby Super Star (one of the best platformers of all time) headline the Wii U Virtual Console. If you own Kirby's Adv...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mega Man 5 and Super Metroid


Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts, it's retro week!
May 16
// Chris Carter
Today is not a particularly shiny Nintendo Download day, as the bulk of it is retro-centric. The Wii U will actually be getting a few things this week, with Super Mario Bros. 2 on the Wii U Virtual Console, as well as Super G...

Review: Color Commando

May 10 // Chris Carter
Color Commando (DSiWare)Developer: Goodbye Galaxy GamesPublisher: CIRCLE EntertainmentReleased: April 25, 2013 (US) / May 9, 2013 (EU)MSRP: $2.00 (200 Points) Despite the latter half the moniker that may imply a heavy emphasis on action, Color Commando is actually a puzzle game. The only "action" you'll be participating in is falling, moving, climbing ladders, and touching the screen to paint. See, Color Commando plays out the same way in nearly every level -- there's three optional coins to grab, and a treasure chest goal somewhere on the map. It's your job to pick up different paint balls (pink, purple, or green) to gain the ability to "paint" the screen by tapping it, which nullifies enemies of the same color in a small square-shaped area. On paper, it makes for some pretty interesting puzzle possibilities, as you essentially have to choose which area to paint (even though there might be multiple enemies of the same color), since you only get one glob per color per map. At first, you start to see the potential in the game as you pick it up, but it quickly goes downhill from there. The main issue with the game is hit detection -- to be blunt, it's off. Many a time I've blotted out an area, making it a safe zone from the same color enemy only to find out that it wasn't, and one pixel wasn't covered, causing me to die and restart the entire level. Some of the puzzles are outright broken as well. For instance, there are a few areas where it's obvious that you're supposed to fall off a ledge into danger to grab a coin -- but in many cases, you can just teeter off the edge and grab the coin without falling. The design of a handful of levels feels unfinished, and unpolished, leading to some really easy 100% victories without much of a challenge. [embed]253377:48585:0[/embed] It's a shame, because the retro veneer is fairly charming, as is one level tune that sounds like it's straight out of the RPG Lunar. But in this case repetition is a curse -- you'll eventually get sick of hearing the same song over and over and seeing the same two enemy variations level after level. There's five worlds with five stages each (one in each set is a bonus level, unlocked by getting every coin in that set). If you're skilled at puzzle platformers, you'll finish it extremely quickly -- basically, for a few bucks, you'll be getting around an hour of entertainment. It took me about 45 minutes to nearly 100% the game. As an aside, it's actually on DSiWare, so you don't necessarily need a 3DS to play. Color Commando has initial shades of fun, but it's basically over before it starts. Despite the cheap-looking enemy designs, there is a decent amount of charm here -- the game just doesn't get an opportunity to develop it. If you're itching for a platform puzzle title and have exhausted all of your choices on both the DS and 3DS, Color Commando is a decent way to spend a couple of bucks, but otherwise, it's skippable beyond a shadow of a doubt.
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Strokes of gray
The combination of puzzle and platforming is one of my favorite hybrid genres of all time. There's something about having to figure out challenges on the fly while testing your twitch capabilities that makes for a unique expe...

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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Mario and Donkey Kong


Resident Evil Revelations Wii U demo
May 09
// Chris Carter
Headlining this week's Nintendo Download is Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move ($9.99), which got a rave review from our own Tony Ponce. Also, SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition ($2.99) is set for the 3DS eShop, as well as the DSi...
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Nintendo Download: Tank! Tank! Tank! for free


Kung Fu Rabbit, Pac-Man, and Mega Man
May 02
// Chris Carter
Today is a pretty lively day on the Wii U and 3DS eShop storefronts, even if pretty much everything is a re-release. In a strange turn of events, Tank! Tank! Tank! will be free on the Wii U eShop, with paid DLC in tow. Kung F...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Free Rayman challenges!


Also, Mega Man 4
Apr 25
// Chris Carter
Today is a happy day for Wii U Rayman fans, as the Rayman Legends Challenge App is live today on the eShop. It features a challenge mode that can be played either solo or co-op, and it'll have daily and weekly challenges, as ...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: LEGO City 3DS, Guild 01 sales


Also, lots of Puzzler games
Apr 18
// Chris Carter
There's a pretty weird mix of offerings today, all of which are 3DS related. Starting this afternoon, you can pick up Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns (research this old retail title before you buy it), Mystery Murders:...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Soul Hackers, Dillon's, Injustice


Also, Kirby's Adventure for the Wii U VC on April 17th
Apr 11
// Chris Carter
It's a decent week ahead of us in terms of Nintendo downloads, as the 3DS and Wii U are getting a few games each this week. On the 3DS front, we have Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers coming April 16th on the e...
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Nintendo Download: Toki Tori 2, Castlevania


Also, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity DLC
Apr 04
// Chris Carter
There's quite a bit of diversity today on the Nintendo Download front, as the Wii U, 3DS, and Wii are all getting content. The Wii U will front Toki Tori 2 (Wii U eShop, $13.49 until April 25th), which I'll have a review up f...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: HarmoKnight and not much else


Also, Legend of the River King
Mar 28
// Chris Carter
The 3DS continues it's streak of original, exclusive games as it gets HarmoKnight ($14.99) today. In other 3DS news, Legend of the River King (3DS VC, $4.99, an and awesome fishing title, by the way) is available, as are full...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Luigi's Mansion, Zen Pinball 2


Also, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon with free DLC
Mar 21
// Chris Carter
The 3DS is red hot again this week with Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, which are both available on March 24th. Gates to Infinity will have a free DLC dungeon, the Poké...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: LEGO City Undercover, Monster Hunter


Also, a HarmoKnight demo
Mar 14
// Chris Carter
The Wii U is getting a decent amount of full retail downloads this week, with LEGO City Undercover ($49.99, March 18), Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate ($59.99, March 19), Need for Speed Most Wanted U ($59.99, March 19), and Croods:...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Kersploosh!, Wrecking Crew


Also, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity demo, ATV Wild Ride 3D
Mar 07
// Chris Carter
It's a 3DS kind of day, as basically every update in today's edition of Nintendo Download is eShop related. First off there's the brand new Kersploosh!, which I'll have a review for later today. The rest of the offerings are ...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Bit.Trip, Retro City, Etrian Odyssey


Best week ever?
Feb 28
// Kyle MacGregor
This week's Nintendo Download has something for just about everyone. Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 is fantastic and it's available now via the Wii U eShop. Also on the console side of things, Retro City Rampage has arrived o...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: F-Zero and Monster Hunter demo


Also, Yoshi, Etrian Odyssey IV
Feb 21
// Chris Carter
The Wii U will be getting something today, in the form of F-Zero for 30 cents (Wii U Virtual Console), and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Trine 2: Director's Cut demos. Likewise, the 3DS will also be getting a Monster Hunter d...
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Nintendo Download: Wii Street U Edition


Also, Dig Dug, Naruto, and Moke Moke
Feb 14
// Chris Carter
Today is one of the most boring episodes of Nintendo Download yet, as the featured app is Wii Street U -- a program that lets you view virtual streets via Google Maps, like a billion other devices that you can actually take o...
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Club Nintendo

Four new Club Nintendo rewards surface


Birds & Beans, Metal Torrent, Paper Mario, and Kirby
Feb 11
// Chris Carter
If you have some coins to spare, you can grab four new games right now from Club Nintendo: Birds & Beans (DSiWare, 100 Coins), Metal Torrent (DSiWare, 150 Coins), Paper Mario (Wii Virtual Console/Nintendo 64, 200 Coins), ...
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Nintendo Download: Mega Man 2 Edition


Ken's Rage 2 on Wii U, Etrian Odyssey IV demo
Feb 07
// Chris Carter
Be prepared for a load of non-exciting news on the Nintendo front this week. The Wii U is getting its first ever digital-download only release in Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 ($59.99). Before you pick it up, make sure...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Fire Emblem Edition


Also, Ikachan, Puddle, and Ice Climber
Jan 31
// Chris Carter
The Wii U is getting something this week in the form of a game that was released on PC, Mac, Xbox Live Arcade, and the PlayStation Network last year -- Puddle. If you haven't tried the wonderful game The Cave yet, check out C...
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Nintendo Download: Reel Fishing 3D Edition


Biorhythm and a ZombiU demo
Jan 10
// Chris Carter
Frogs are my favorite animal. Yep, that's what I'm choosing to focus on in today's issue of Nintendo Download, because this week is one of the weakest offerings yet, and it features tons of animal games. That's alright though...
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Nintendo Download: 1/3/13: New Years Unchained Edition


It's Django -- the D is silent
Jan 03
// Chris Carter
It's kind of a "meh" week for Nintendo Download fans, but it's far from worthless. Unchained Blades (which came out last year on the PSP in Japan, and this year in the US) leads the way today as the big full retail release on...
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Nintendo Download: 12/27/12: Mega Man Edition


I can't resist the Mega
Dec 27
// Chris Carter
Mega Man 1 is finally hitting the 3DS Virtual Console, as is Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Outside of those two classics, Fluidity: Spin Cycle is ready to go for the 3DS eShop, as is Johnny Impossible and Mahjong 3D - W...
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Nintendo Download: 12/20/12: Alex Trebek Edition


The Wii U is getting some HOT downloads
Dec 20
// Chris Carter
Things are kind of low key in this week's Nintendo Download, as there's a ton of old releases and some extremely dull new ones. On the 3DS, you can grab Wario Land 2, escapeVektor, New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC, Mario Tennis Op...
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Nintendo Download: 12/13/12: Shroud of Chuck E. Edition


The 3DS has another good showing
Dec 13
// Chris Carter
Nintendo Download isn't looking bad this week, especially if you're a fan of Guild 01 and Chuck E. Cheese's. In the portable arena, you can pick up Crimson Shroud (3DS eShop), Art of Balance TOUCH! (3DS eShop), Ninja Gaiden (...
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Nintendo Download: 12/6/12: 3DS > Wii U Edition


The 3DS has a pretty big day today
Dec 06
// Chris Carter
Even if nothing on offer this week is truly remarkable, the sheer volume of content is impressive in this week's Nintendo Download. For the 3DS, you can pick up Scribblenauts Unlimited (3DS eShop), LEGO Lord of the Rings (3DS...

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