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Let’s be honest, Nintendo pretty much blew its load last year. We usually see sequels to beloved Nintendo franchises evenly distributed throughout a console’s life cycle. For whatever reason (the 3DS launch perhaps?) Nintendo decided to do it in six months.

So now that we’ve had our fix of Kirby, Samus, Donkey Kong, and Mario; what’s left before we throw our “dusty Wiis” into the proverbial closet for good? Well aside from the obvious answerThe Last Story. Nintendo of America recently registered a domain for Mistwalker’s Wii RPG. While that’s a far cry from an official announcement for a Western release, I’ll take it.

Don’t burn us again Nintendo; I’m still bitter about Disaster: Day of Crisis and Fatal Frame IV.

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Hudson was founded in 1973 by Yuji and Hiroshi Kudo. The company went on to produce hit series such as Mario Party, Adventure Island and, of course, Bomberman. While Konami acquired a  majority share of Hudson Soft in 2005, it wasn’t until last week that the merger was complete and Hudson became a fully absorbed entity. The developer left with these parting words via Twitter.

“Dear Hudson fans. Thanks for your support for all these years! We’ll be closing our account tomorrow. Please follow our titles @Konami”

To bid them a fond farewell, Hudson’s SNES title Super Bonk landed on Nintendo’s Virtual Console this morning.

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No More Heroes 3?
By: | March 31st, 2011

Are you a fan of  No More Heroes? Well, in that case it might excite you to know that Suda 51 is definitely interested in producing a sequel to No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. During the Grasstream earthquake relief event where Frog Minutes, Grasshopper Manufacture’s new iOS charity title, Suda 51 spoke about the possibility of a third game.

The Grasshopper CEO said that while “it won’t happen soon, [he'd] like to do it at some point”. Series character designer, Yusuke Kozaki, added that he’s created so many characters that didn’t make the final cut in the first two games, that there are enough left over for another two No More Heroes titles.

Well, that’s not exactly the best of news for those of us yearning for more Travis Touchdown. If you really need your fix, an HD version of the original game has recently been re-released under the title No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise. As of now its only available in Japan but should be gearing up for a Western release shortly.

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With only two WiiWare demos and a couple of two buck DSiWare titles, this week’s update is a bit on the scant side. While that might not be the most exciting thing in the world, perhaps that is Nintendo’s intention. With the North American 3DS launch underway, Nintendo would probably rather you spent your money on a new portable than convert it into moon bucks for downloadable titles.

If you’re fortunate enough to already have got your hands on Nintendo’s newest portable, let us know what you think in the comments below. If not, this week’s update awaits you after the break.

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Today independent film studio The Weinstein Company announced that it is launching its own videogame label. Dubbed TWC Games, the new division will work closely with developers and publisher to help create mobile, social, and console games based off of intellectual properties owned by The Weinstein Company and its subsidiarity Dimension Films.

While the press release did not mention any specific titles that TWC has in the works, it did make a point to list off some of it’s popular IPs, such as: Scream, Hellraiser, Scary Movie, and Children of the Corn. Read more… »

Good morning internets! It’s Monday, Monday, gotta download on Monday. Everybody lookin’ forward to the Wii games. Party, and party, and yeah! Party, and party, and yeah! Fun, fun, fun, fun, lookin’ forward to the Wii games.

Virtual Console

  • Natsume Championship Wrestling [SNES] (Natsume Inc, 1-4 players, 800 Wii Points)

WiiWare

  • Arcade Essentials (Nordcurrent, 1 player, 500 Wii Points)
  • Dive: The Medes Islands Secret [demo version] (Cosmonaut Games, 1 player, 0 Wii Points; full version available for 1,000 Wii Points)

Nintendo DSiWare

  • G.G Series D-TANK (Genterprise Inc, 1 player, 200 DSi Points)
  • Shapo (Tik Games, LLC, 1 player, 500 DSi Points)

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It’s Monday and that means another offering on Nintendo’s downloadable services. Usually we see more interesting titles hitting WiiWare while things like clocks and card games wind up on the DSi, but this week’s update bucks that trend. PopCap’s well-known tower defense title Plants vs. Zombies is now available on DSiWare. I suppose they need to do something to keep people interested in the DSi with the 3DS looming on the horizon.

Hit the jump for the rest of this week’s games.

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The Bit.Trip series began nearly two years ago on Nintendo’s WiiWare service with a little title called Bit.Trip BEAT – a colourful and trippy take on Atari’s hit classic Pong. Little did I know it, but that title that I so hesitantly purchased would soon introduce me to one of my favourite series of all time.

In the twilight hours of my time with the series it became apparent to me that this epic finale has been a long time in the planning.

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It’s Monday and that means another smattering of downloadable games on your respective current-generation Nintendo console of choice. My top pick for this week is Bomberman Hero for the N64…despite the fact that it doesn’t have a multiplayer mode. That may be a deal breaker for some, but I really remember having fun with this one back in the day.

The rest of this week’s games await you after the break.

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Nintendo revealed a brand new trailer for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword today during Iwata’s keynote address. While they maintain that the game isn’t quite finished yet, it sure is looking good to me.

During the keynote Iwata also spoke briefly about Zelda’s upcoming 25th anniversary, but didn’t reveal any specific details about how Nintendo would be commemorating the event. If you have any ideas in how you’d like to see them do that, take it to the comments.

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I have good news and I have bad news.

Two years ago  Gaijin Games gave us Bit. Trip Beat. That little retro-rhythm title gave birth to one of my favourite series’ of all time. Sadly, the saga of Commander Video ends today. The sixth and final title in the series, Bit.Trip FLUX, landed on WiiWare earlier today. While, I am happy that Gaijin Games will be moving on to what will hopefully be bigger and brighter things, it will certainly sadden me to download the final title in this series.

A demo for Pong Toss Pro – Frat Party Games has also landed on the White Box O’Waggle’s online service. Let me just say that while I’m certain it is going to be terrible, I am unbelievably stoked there is a Beer Pong videogame available -for free- that I can share with all my “frat bros” for a good laugh. Hit the jump for the rest of this week’s downloadables.

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The Bit.Trip series may be on its way out, but that isn’t slowing Gaijin Games down in the slightest. In just a few short years, the studio has gone from developer, to publisher, and now parent company. Gaijin has now announced their “extremely hostile takeover” of Jason Cirillo’s Robotube Games.

Robotube is best known for their series of educational videos - Bit Museam, they are also the studio behind web-based puzzle games such as Bloktonik and Zyrx. During Blip Festival 2009, the two developers teamed to create a game in less than 24 hours. Let’s hope they make many more wonderful games together.

[Via Gaijin Games]

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