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We have experienced that sensation of regret after trying out a new game for the first time. Luckily, there are plenty of options to return or sell back these stinkers. However, as we move towards a future where physical media no longer exists, our options to combat buyer’s remorse are fading away. Demos attempt to solve these issues, giving gamers a taste of the action before they throw down their hard earned cash. It even gives developers and publishers an opportunity to draw in an audience that might not have been aware or interested in their title.

Yet, Nintendo’s Wii-Ware service has been largely devoid of demos – in a frustrating contrast to all of its competitors. For a brief time Wii owners could enjoy snippets of titles like World of Goo and Bit.Trip Beat, but the idea was scrapped before it even really found its legs. Luckily, Nintendo is bringing demos back to the console.

Hit the jump for the titles you’ll be able to try this Friday.

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It’s November everybody… Why not start the month off right with some downloadable Nintendo games? Hit the jump for this week’s releases.

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Gamer Limit Review: Rock Band 3
By: | October 28th, 2010

[Editor's Note: This review covers the basic Rock Band 3 experience available on the disc, excluding the keyboards, pro guitar, and pro drums. Separate coverage of those instruments and their related modes will be forthcoming.]

There’s a moment that seems to occur with every rhythm game player when he or she begins to wonder, “Am I done with this game?” You know, the setlist has grown boring, you’ve hit a wall with your preferred instrument, or you just don’t feel like whacking around on a plastic drum set anymore. It happens, and it threatens to make you declare, “I’m done with this.”

Enter Rock Band 3, a game more vastly different from the current genre offerings since, well, Rock Band. However, when so many of those additions are expensive and complicated, is the standalone disc experience still worthwhile for players looking for more than a new set of songs?

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Nintendo revealed in a press release today that Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition will be arriving in the United States this December.

The Limited Edition, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Mario, includes Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario Bros. 3The Lost Levels is Japan’s Super Mario Bros. 2, while the original Western Super Mario Bros. 2 is famously a reskin of Doki Doki Panic.

The limited edition also includes a soundtrack CD and a commemorative booklet.  The CD has music from the Super Mario series, and the booklet features 32 pages of behind-the-scenes info and concept art.  The celebratory re-release will be priced at $29.99.

Source: Kotaku

Bit.Trip FATE! Bit.Trip FATE is here! The fifth entry into Gaijin Games’ impressive Wii-Ware series is now ready and available for download on your Wii console.

Hit the jump for the rest of this week’s downloadable titles.

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This is a big week for Nintendo’s downloadable services. Not only is the first episode of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 now available on Wii-Ware, but Ivy the Kiwi? is also making its way to DSi-Ware.  So turn on that Wii and DSi and get downloading!

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It’s the announcement Sonic fans have been craving since its reveal earlier this year: the 2D series reboot Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will finally be launched on current generation consoles this October.

SEGA confirmed the various pricing and release dates for all formats, which are as follows:

  • iTunes App Store (iPhone, iPod Touch): October 7
  • Wii Shop Channel: October 11, 1500 Wii Points (Oct. 15 EMEA)
  • Xbox Live Arcade: October 13, 1200 MSP ($15)
  • PlayStation Network: October 12, $14.99 / £9.99 / €12.99 (Oct. 13 EMEA)

Details of the iPhone version are also said to be coming soon.

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Nintendo DLC Update: 27/9/10
By: | September 27th, 2010

Hey, Nintendo fans! It’s Monday and that means new downloadable titles on a console near you. So, if you look forward to new digital releases every week, here they are. Luckily, most of the titles this week actually look pretty decent.

This week’s update has it all – puzzlers, shmups, RPGs…lawn darts. Okay, three out of four ain’t bad. Hit the jump for more on this week’s games.

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Nintendo DLC Update: 9/20/10
By: | September 21st, 2010

This week’s Nintendo Update is brought to you by power outages. They suck.

Also, everyone’s favourite childhood book is getting a Wii-Ware game this week. How exciting! I wonder which book it it will be. Find out more after the jump.

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Nintendo DLC Update: 9/13/10
By: | September 13th, 2010

Another week, another Nintendo Download, another morning where I wake up only to realize I still have ConSars. If you were the person who sneezed on the controller at Kirby’s Epic Yarn or hacked up all over Killzone 3…you deserve myNotebook Tan.

So, if you are like me and are confined to your bed because someone was selfish and decided to give their germs to 70,000 people in a small room, why not kick back with some new downloadable games?

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For over a year now I’ve been asking myself, what is Metroid: Other M?  Is it a side-scrolling adventure similar to the original games, or is it a first-person adventure/shooter like Metroid Prime?  Even though I’ve played through it, I still can’t definitively answer that question.

What I can say for certain is Metroid: Other M feels like a Metroid game I’ve played before, but also feels like something completely fresh and new.  It’s a bold new take on the series that some people will find refreshing, and others will find frustrating.  Unfortunately, most will probably fall into the latter category. Read more… »

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Nintendo DLC Update 9/6/10
By: | September 6th, 2010

It’s your favourite day of the week! That’s right, it’s Idonthavetogotoworktoday. As much as I would have loved to sleep in and enjoy the government-sanctioned holiday, especially considering the fact that I managed to get less than eight hours of sleep over the entirety of the weekend, I am here to bring you the Nintendo Update.

Seriously, PAX was great. There are plenty of wonderful titles headed to Nintendo’s downloadable services in the coming months. So keep an eye out. Until then, you’ll have to make do with these.

Hit the jump if spending your Labor Day with “peculiar cowboys, deadly samurai and feathered friends” sounds like your idea of a good time.

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