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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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Poor old Sonic. Two decades ago he was a leading mascot figure on the face of every lunch box, defining SEGA and spawning one of the greatest rivalries in the industry. Since then, teary-eyed fans have watched as their beloved blue hedgehog became a shadow of his former self in the transition to 3D, resulting in a seemingly endless supply of dismal games that didn’t do the license justice.

It’s only taken them 16 years too long, but SEGA has finally seen sense and are gladly dismissing that anything after the original Sonic trilogy ever existed. Enter Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, a high definition revamp of the classic 2D formula that aims to finally redeem the faltering franchise. Is this the game that Sonic fans have been patiently yearning for?

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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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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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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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Let’s face it, there have been a handful of downloadable games for consoles each year where we raise our eyebrows at the price. Whether it is the fact that the game feels unfinished, is downright awful, or is far too short, there are a myriad of reasons why the current pricing structure of downloadable games on consoles just doesn’t work. In fact, there are plenty of recent releases that I can think of – and I’m sure you can as well.

Being upfront, I do consider myself to be a huge fan of Apple products. However, I am more than able to realize the problems with the App Store. What I can’t disagree with though is its pricing structure. More so than any other downloadable market out there, the games available on the App Store either seem just right or feel like a downright bargain. I rarely, if ever see that on XBL, PSN, and Wii marketplaces. Overpriced games are an abomination. Stop it! Read more… »

It’s Monday again and I’m here with another week of “fun” and “innovative” things for you to play on your Wii an DSi. This week it’s your usual assortment of things you, honestly, probably won’t want to give a second look. However, a cool little shmup called Cosmos X2 just hit the DSiWare store and it definitely looks promising.

Hit the jump for the scoop on this week’s update and a Cosmos X2 trailer.

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