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WiiWare

Spin the Bottle: illicit touching on Wii-U

Spin the Bottle: illicit touching on Wii-U
The rise of the game hardware-driven parlour game continues apace with Spin the Bottle, an 8-player Wii-U party game that follows in the slipstream of indie party favourites Johann Sebastian Joust and B.U.T.T.O.N.

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Have we short-changed games by comparing them to movies?

Have we short-changed games by comparing them to movies?
Games are always being compared to films – but is this doing most of them an enormous disservice? Do films really have anything to say about Drop7 or Tetris? And if they don't, what does? Does poetry have the answer

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Attention Olympic ceremony kid: what to play on your 3DS

Attention Olympic ceremony kid: what to play on your 3DS
One participant in Saturday night's dazzling Olympic ceremony wasn't quite so enamored by the spectacle, instead choosing to watch videos of fake games on his 3DS.

Parkin picks out some of the best DSWare titles he could be enjoying instead.

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Eight things all indie developers should do when they talk to the press

Eight things all indie developers should do when they talk to the press

How should indie studios talk to publications like Eurogamer, Edge and Touch Arcade? What are the secrets of getting your game covered? Here's everything I've been telling young studios for the past few years. Hopefully, this will help...

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Soil yourself with Hookshot Inc’s most diggable games

Soil yourself with Hookshot Inc's most diggable games
Spelunky, Derek Yu's randomly-generating, perma-death wielding spelunking indie game adventure, is out on Xbox Live Arcade today.

This - combined with Independence Day - got us thinking: what are our favourite dig 'em ups?

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Ste Pickford on why indie studios should promote each other’s games

Ste Pickford on why indie studios should promote each other's games

Industry veterans, the Pickford brothers, have today asked indie studios to promote brilliant titles produced by other developers. Here, Ste Pickford tells us why they came up with the scheme, and how it's gone down with the indie community.

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Animal Crossing Sweet Day – Game of E3 2012

Animal Crossing Sweet Day – Game of E3 2012
E3 2012 is over, the vast majority of the blockbuster games we can look forward to over the next 12 months revealed.

Parkin takes a look at his favourite title of the show, a minigame (gasp) for the unreleased Wii-U in which you eat sweets and run away.

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Swords & Soldiers adds sausages, fests

Swords & Soldiers adds sausages, fests
Man, when do Ronimo get to sleep these days? Do they take it in shifts? Have they weened themselves off the habit entirely? Do they administer little electrical shocks to themselves every thirty seconds like Moscow Metro drivers? Hopefully not. Anyway, alongside work on Awesomenauts, they've also released DLC for Swords & Soldiers. Rad.

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Go Left: The joys of Mario 3, 5-3

Go Left: The joys of Mario 3, 5-3
Have you seen Go Right? It's a blend of Michael Nyman music and every platformer you ever played as a kid, and it's been doing the rounds on Twitter pretty heavily this weekend.

Check it out after the jump, and then read some rubbish I wrote about Mario 3.

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Snapshot: Bonsai Barber

Snapshot: Bonsai Barber
The thing that you must never, ever forget about Zoonami’s powerfully loveable hairdresser sim is that it’s a powerfully realistic hairdresser sim, too. Okay, maybe 'realism' is the wrong term for a game starring a chatty radish. Let’s try exacting instead: Bonsai Barber is exacting.

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Hotshot: Zombie Panic In Wonderland Plus

Hotshot: Zombie Panic In Wonderland Plus
Akaoni Studio’s ninja + guns + fairytales + zombies WiiWare title lands on iOS in a strong and impressive port.

Hookshot Inc. takes a look at one of the most technically-impressive free downloads currently on the App Store.

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FROGGER. IS. BACK.

FROGGER. IS. BACK.
Who knew that the short, sometimes too short, sweet tale of a frog dodging traffic and then forgetting how to swim would endure this long? More than thirty years after its inception, Frogger still isn’t roadkill. What’s more, it’s now got the extraordinary tag of being a ‘Hyper Arcade Edition’ – which seems to be the Japanese for ‘now with kitchen sink’.

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