EarthBound Beginnings, BlastBall and more outed at the Nintendo World Championships 2015

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EarthBound Beginnings is out now in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. It’s a Virtual Console re-release of the previously Japan-only NES RPG, Mother, marking the first time it’s been made legitimately available in the English language. Producer Shigesato Itoi left a video message for fans, which you can check out below: Continue reading

Re-live six classic platformers with Mega Man Legacy Collection on 3DS this winter

Mega Man games are a rarity these days, and when a new one’s announced, it’s often a Virtual Console re-release. While Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 garners millions in Kickstarter pledges, Capcom’s 8-bit hero has taken a back-seat, with the controversial Mega Man Legends 3 cancellation remaining a sore subject in some gamers’ eyes.

For fans that love to double-dip, or for those looking for a cheap entry point to the Mega Man franchise, Capcom will release Mega Man Legacy Collection on Nintendo 3DS late this year – following HD versions on PS4, Xbox One and PC in the summer. Continue reading

Gintendo Namer Review: Elliot Quest (Wii U eShop)

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The folks at Gintendo Namer are at it again, with yet another fantastic review of an indie Wii U eShop release. This time, Simon “Zero” Jones takes on the role of Elliot Quest’s Elliot, adventuring through – and delivering his verdict on – Ansimuz Games’ retro throwback:

Elliot Quest keeps playing it old-school with an almost complete lack of signposting… Fortunately, the game is always fun, even in the midst of vastly frustrating sections of powerful enemies. It demands to be played.”

Read the full Elliot Quest at Gintendo Namer.

Gintendo Namer Review: Nihilumbra (Wii U eShop)

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Two years in the making, BeautiFun’s Wii U port of its stylish puzzle-platformer arrived last week, following mobile, PC and PS Vita versions of the game. As Gintendo Namer‘s Luke Summerhayes points out in his review, the game holds up well with the addition of physical controls and high-definition graphics.

“Look at the screenshots and you can see the gorgeous hand drawn backgrounds and characters but there’s a lot more to it than that. The animation, the music, even the narration creates an incredible atmosphere all the way from the first time you press start until the final credits roll.”

Read the full Gintendo Namer review of Nihilumbra here.

Emily Rogers discusses the challenges faced by Yooka-Laylee devs, Playtonic Games

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Yooka-Laylee’s immediate Kickstarter success must have come as a surprise to the guys at Playtonic Games, raising over £1 million in less than twenty-four hours.

Having smashed its funding goals, the UK-based studio now faces further challenges as it strives to deliver on the early promises – as Emily Rogers argues over on her blog Continue reading

Gintendo Namer Review: Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U eShop)

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Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren and Knapnok Games have teamed up for an exclusive Wii U eShop title, combining the two developers’ trademark approaches to game design. Affordable Space Adventures is the end result, and Gintendo Namer‘s Simon “Zero” Ball delivers his verdict at the link below:

Affordable Space Adventures review | Gintendo Namer

“It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, which kind of automatically makes it worth the entry fee. All in all, we’re looking at something approaching a classic.”

Frozenbyte confirms Trine 3 is heading to PC later this year

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If you think back to 2012, Trine 2: Director’s Cut was one of the more impressive Wii U launch titles, despite being an eShop-exclusive from a small independent studio.

Having gone back and updated the original Trine with an Enchanted Edition – which us Wii U owners are still waiting for! – Frozenbyte’s started work on a third game in the series: Trine 3: The Artifacts Power. Continue reading

PSA: Get the entire Bit.Trip series on 3DS for less than a fiver

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If you’ve somehow missed out on the genre-hopping BIT.TRIP series from Gaijin Games – be it the WiiWare originals, or the series’ many PC and mobile ports – there’s never been a better time to catch up.

BIT.TRIP SAGA was a retail compilation that launched on 3DS back in 2012, and it’s currently available via the Nintendo eShop for a mere £4.49. That’s six unique retro-inspired games, updated with new content and 3D visuals, for less than each game’s original launch price on the Wii Shop Channel.

For me, a portable copy of BIT.TRIP RUNNER is worth the asking price alone.

For you retro fanatics, Curve Digital’s 3DS port of Titan Attacks! arrived earlier today, too. We posted a review this morning.

Review: Titan Attacks! (3DS eShop)

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If Titan Attacks! launched forty years earlier, this very review may well have been published on a site called Nintendo Titan. Almost every aspect of Puppy Games’ modern arcade-style shooter is built upon Atari’s Space Invaders – but a plethora of additions and modernisations keep Titan Attacks! relevant on 3DS, even though it wasn’t designed for Nintendo’s hardware.

Developer: Puppy Games
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PS4 & PS Vita
Price: £7.99 | €9.99
3DS Release Date: 26/02/15
Genre: Arcade shooter
File Size: 241 blocks

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