The Binding of Isaac Rebirth

Friends of Runbow sale - announcement trailer, full details

Purchase Runbow on Wii U at full price and you can save 30% on select Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games in the Nintendo eShop!

North America - This week's digital downloads (Oct. 8th)

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash – Our tiny hero, Chibi-Robo, is geared up to save the world’s resources from invading aliens in his own HUGE platformer! Whip and swing Chibi-Robo’s powerful plug and cord to grapple and zip through tricky, trap-ridden corridors.

3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Classic game Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is here … and in 3D! Sonic is ready to save the day, and this time he’s got help from his friend Tails. But don’t forget to take some time off from saving the world to play against your friends in two-player “VS” and “CO-OP” modes using Nintendo 3DS local play. Click here to view a trailer for the game.

The Legend of Legacy – A mysterious island emerges, prompting adventurers to head toward it in hopes of obtaining glory and treasure. Join the seven characters in The Legend of Legacy and unravel the mystery of Avalon’s past. The Legend of Legacy will be available on Oct. 13. Click here to view a trailer for the game.

Virtual Console on Wii U

Pocky & Rocky with Becky – It’s up to Pocky, Rocky the Raccoon and Becky to set out on a fantastical and dangerous journey to seal the Hydra Dragon once more. Choose one of three selectable characters in this Game Boy Advance adventure, and collect magical items and a variety of power-ups that enhance each character’s unique spells and abilities.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Buy or own Runbow on Wii U and save 30 percent on select Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games in the Nintendo eShop until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct 22. Click here to learn more.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Explody Bomb up to 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 29.
Little Inferno is up to 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 15
KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 30.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Funfair Party Games, Jewel Match 3 and more games from JoinDots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 22.
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit and Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends from Majesco are on sale starting at 9 a.m. PT on Oct. 12 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 19.
Darts Up 3D, Soccer Up 3D and more games from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 5.
Retro City Rampage: DX is 40 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 22.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked is more than 60 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $9.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Oct. 12 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 26.
escapeVektor is up to 50 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $3.49) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Oct. 10 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 24.
Real Heroes Firefighter 3D is up to 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 29.
Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $8 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 8.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:

SEGA Game Gear Theme
SEGA Genesis Theme
Chibi-Robo & Friends

Also new this week:

RACE THE SUN (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Whispering Willows (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Perpetual Blast (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Goosebumps: The Game (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) – Available Oct. 13
The Smurfs (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) – Available Oct. 13

Animal Crossing amiibo cards will be compatible with more games in the future

Team Meat strongly hinting at Super Meat Boy release for Wii U

Check out this blurb coming from Team Meat's announcement of Super Meat Boy on PS4/Vita...

To the fan's we're still excluding I'll leave you with this: Wii haven't forgotten about U.

Very clearly a tease of Wii U support. Since it's in a post all about Super Meat Boy, it only makes sense to think the game is coming our way.

Medabots 9 announced for Nintendo 3DS

According to this week's issue of Famitsu, Rocket Company has announced the development of two Medabots games: Medabots 9 Kabuto Version and Medabots 9 Kuwagata Version. These robot battling games shall feature a new protagonist and 3-on-3 battles. 

Super Smash Bros. - Ver. 1.1.2 patch coming soon, fixes Diddy Kong grab glitch

A new update, Ver. 1.1.2, shall soon be arriving for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. This update shall fix a glitch that was created in Ver. 1.1.1, which caused Diddy Kong to become immune to grabs. As a precaution, if you have any replays saved on either version, they will likely be corrupted after this update is released. So, be sure to do whatever you need with them before you update!

Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses to appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

We are excited to announce that The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will perform as the musical guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, October 13th, including highlights from the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes game set to launch October 23.


Monday through Friday, 11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT

(*Denotes changes and/or additions to previous schedule
(n) Denotes new broadcast)

Monday, Oct. 5
Senator John McCain; Cellist Yo-Yo Ma; interview with and performance by ballerina Misty Copeland (n)

Tuesday, Oct. 6:
Former President Bill Clinton; Comedian Billy Eichner; musical performance by Florence and the Machine (n)

Wednesday, Oct. 7
Actress Gina Rodriguez; Economist Ben Bernanke; musical performance by Tame Impala (n)

*Thursday, Oct. 8
Actress Cate Blanchett; CEO of Airbnb Brian Chesky; Dartmouth University Football Dummy (n)

Friday, Oct. 9
James Corden, host of the CBS's "The Late Late Show"; Co-Founder and CEO of Vice Media Shane Smith; musical performance by Halsey (n)

*Monday, Oct. 12
Actress Carey Mulligan; Elvis Costello; musical performance by Darlene Love (n)

*Tuesday, Oct. 13
Sarah Silverman; Actor Elijah Wood; musical performance by The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses (n)

*Wednesday, Oct. 14
Actor Jack Black; CEO of Go Pro Nick Woodman; performance by tap dancer Michelle Dorrance (n)

*Thursday, Oct. 15
Oprah Winfrey; Creators of "Welcome to Night Vale" Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor; musical performance by Judith Hill (n)

*Friday, Oct. 16
The cast and director of "Crimson Peak": Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Guillermo Del Toro; musical performance by Beach House (n)

NPD reveals most anticipated games for this holiday season

Nielsen's data comes from a survey of more than 4,800 gamers age 7 to 54 between August and September.

"[Nintendo] has a surplus of high-profile exclusives, with a total of seven highly anticipated games on Wii U or 3DS due out in the coming months. U.S. gamers are keen to jump into Yoshi's Woolly World (91 percent) on Wii U after the publisher released the title in the U.K. earlier this year, and the combination of Animal Crossing and Amiibo is generating a great deal of excitement among many Wii U gamers for Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival (84 percent).

Nintendo's console will also see exclusive releases of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (80 percent) and a relatively rare M-rated exclusive with the new action title Devil's Third (76 percent). Gamers on the 3DS are looking forward to The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (86 percent) and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (77 percent), new titles that build on two of Nintendo's biggest franchises. The 3DS will also welcome a third-party exclusive that gamers are enthusiastic for; fighting game Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (88 percent) from Bandai Namco."

This week's European downloads - October 8 (Starwhal, tons of VC games and more)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Starwhal (Breakfall) - €9.99/£8.99

This Digital Entertainment Object for Home Console Hardware is all about love, respect, and ALL-OUT MAYHEM. Inspired by countless couch-gaming gatherings over the decades, Breakfall developed something competitive, creative, and immediately fun. STARWHAL is the number one local multiplayer couch gaming experience featuring marine mammals in outer space.

Mario Sports Mix (Nintendo, Wii DL) - €14.99/£13.49 (Ends October 15, normally €19.99/£17.99)
Pick characters from the worlds of both Nintendo and Square Enix or your favourite Mii characters as up to four players enjoy zany versions of Volleyball, Dodgeball, Hockey and Basketball. Use the Wii Remote to pull off special moves as you tackle challenges the whole family will find intuitive to get to grips with. Let the games begin!

Whispering Willows (Abstraction Games) - €9.99/£7.99
In Whispering Willows, you take on the role of Elena, a determined young girl with the extraordinary ability to project her spirit outside of her body. In her spectral form, Elena can interact with the benevolent spirits and wicked wraiths that used to dwell within the walls of the sinister Willows Mansion - lost souls, stuck in time and space, who hold the secrets that Elena will need to traverse the terrifying old manor. Players need to make use of Elena’s corporeal and ethereal forms to overcome obstacles, solve the riddles of the mansion’s enigmatic spectres, and find Elena’s lost father.

Mario Golf (Nintendo, N64 VC) - €9.99/£8.99
Tee off with Mario and friends as they put a new spin on golf! Choose from 14 different characters, each with their own power and swing styles. You can even taunt opponents to break their concentration! Mario Golf is packed with features, including 10 different modes (such as Tournament, Speed Golf and even Mini-Golf), and six different courses to play through by earning Experience Points to progress. With easy-to-learn gameplay and a four-player competitive mode, anyone can get into the swing of Mario Golf!

Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (BANDAI NAMCO Games, SNES VC) - €7.99/£5.49
Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures is an innovative interactive cartoon centred around the classic game star and his hilarious escapades. However Pac-Man has a mind of his own, and is prone to wandering into danger, so make sure you guide him safely: whether you’re just hanging out in the arcade, hang-gliding or minecart riding! Also there are two full, classic Pac-Man games to discover and enjoy: the original arcade Pac-Man and its sequel Ms. Pac-Man.

Dig Dug II (BANDAI NAMCO Games, NES VC) - €4.99/£3.49
After Dig Dug’s hero decides to take a well-earned vacation, there’s soon trouble in paradise as his old enemies return to wreak havoc with his holiday. It’s up to you to get rid of these irritating intruders and bring some tranquillity back to the idyllic island. Dig Dug II transports the action from underground to the surface, as you defeat enemies by inflating them with your trusty pump, or use your new jackhammer to drill fault lines to create cracks and sink parts of the island into the water – taking enemies with them!

Pocky & Rocky with Becky (Natsume Inc., GBA VC) - €6.99/£6.29
When an evil hydra monster is awakened from its long slumber, fearsome mythical creatures are unleashed across the land. It’s up to the heroine Pocky, her racoon pal Rocky and their new friend Becky to stop the evil hydra’s plans! Choose from one of three characters and embark on a fantastical but dangerous adventure. Collect magical items and power-ups to battle your way through fearsome bosses and finally to the ultimate showdown with the dreaded hydra!

Special offers
Citizens of Earth (Atlus) - €4.99/£4.00 (Ends October 22, normally €11.99/£9.99)
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends October 15, normally €9.99/£8.99)

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA) - €4.99/£4.49

Sonic is here to save the day, and this time he’s got help from his friend Tails! Dr. Eggman (AKA Dr. Robotnik) is back and is planning on building his ultimate weapon: the Death Egg. To do so, he’s going to turn the animal inhabitants of Mobius into his own personal army of Badniks. Can Sonic obtain the 7 Chaos Emeralds and stop him once and for all? 3D Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is remastered in 3D and full of new features! Is the Chemical Plant Zone your favourite stage? Use “Stage Select” and start running wherever you want! Run fast without worrying about your rings. Cut your losses by choosing Ring Keeper Mode – only half your rings will be lost after taking damage! Keeping your rings and stopping Dr. Eggman’s evil scheme is important, but don’t forget to take some time off from saving the world to play against your friends in the 2 Player VS and CO-OP Mode using Local Play!

Special offers
Citizens of Earth (Atlus) - €4.99/£4.00 (Ends October 22, normally €11.99/£9.99)
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends October 22, normally €8.99/£7.99)
Secret Agent Files: Miami (Joindots) - €5.99/£4.49 (Ends October 22, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots) - €4.99/£3.99 (Ends October 22, normally €6.99/£4.99)
Funfair Party Games (Joindots) - €4.99/£3.69 (Ends October 22, normally €6.99/£4.99)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB) - €4.99/£4.49 (Ends October 29, normally €9.99/£8.99)
Toy Stunt Bike (Woobly Tooth) - €2.99/£2.99 (Permanent, was €4.99/£4.49)

Miyamoto, Tezuka discuss the struggle of finding the right amount of challenge for Mario games

Coming from a GamesTM feature with Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka...

On designing the challenge and difficulty of Mario games:

“For me one of the things was maybe the gap between the really advanced players and the first-time players. The difficulty balance is always something that I hear frustrations about from the public, whichever way we decide to go. We always have the testing team test our game, but whatever they say is really fun, the first-time players might consider to be very difficult. One of the things I do sometimes at the later phases of development is go in and hear the testing team’s requests and actually pull that away and lower the barrier or change what it is they want. Sometimes I even hear from the testing team, ‘You’re destroying the fun’, but on the other hand, the flipside is you hear the first-time players saying ‘If I can’t clear a level it’s not fun for me. If I can’t complete a game it’s not fun for me’. The more years that have passed, the gap between advanced and first-time players has become wider.” - Miyamoto

“Even though we put a lot of time and effort into trying to balance the difficulty, when we actually release there are a good group of people who can’t complete the whole game, and so we always have that internal struggle of the gap between the advanced and first-time players. That’s why one of the things we’re trying with Yoshi’s Woolly World is to have two different versions of events for the advanced and the beginner players. We changed the performance of it, but then even in the beginner mode we did put a lot of stuff in there so that advanced players can still have fun. We put a lot of time and effort into trying to balance that out.” - Tezuka