3DS - News

June2011

  • Features A View from Hyrule Field

    We remember why Ocarina of Time is more than just a game

    As we move through life, we will at times look back fondly at memories that we hold dear. And, as gamers, many of us merge recollections of the virtual world with those of reality. Some titles simply bring the right elements together in the perfect way, making this feel natural, normal, important. One game pulled this off better than most..

  • News Iwata: "We've Finally Reached the Digital Sales Starting Line"

    eShop is a fresh start

    The 3DS eShop has been available for a week now, and if you've read our Nintendo 3DS eShop FAQ you'll know there's plenty to discover in Nintendo's new downloadable store front. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata is proud of the company's achievement, as he discussed in a new Iwata Asks article. Speaking to key members of the eShop and 3DS development teams, Iwata revealed his..

  • News Sakurai Talks Connecting Smash Bros 3DS and Wii U

    New experiences planned

    Last week at E3 Satoru Iwata announced that Smash Bros. is coming to Wii U and 3DS, and there was much rejoicing, particularly when Iwata confirmed the two versions would be able to communicate with each other. A new Iwata Asks between the Nintendo President and Smash Bros. head Masuhiro Sakurai has delved a little more into...

  • First Impressions BIT.TRIP SAGA (3DS)

    BIT.TRIP goes 3D!

    To say that the BIT.TRIP series has been a highlight of the WiiWare service would be a gross understatement. Their simplistic design and wildly playable nature have made for some of the most engaging gaming experiences on the service and continue to be among the most popular titles in the catalog. Now, the folks at Gaijin Games are...

  • First Impressions Cave Story (3DS)

    A truly stunning upgrade

    After enjoying years of success as an indie PC release, Cave Story finally made the transition to the dedicated game systems on both the WiiWare and DSiWare services thanks to the good folks at Nicalis. Now the game is getting a rather thorough 3D makeover on Nintendo's new..

  • First Impressions Mario Kart (3DS)

    Mario Kart goes 3D!

    The Mario Kart titles have become a staple of Nintendo's consoles and handheld systems over the past 19 years, so the fact that a new game is being released for Nintendo's new 3DS system comes as no real surprise. What does come as a surprise is how many new ideas the developers have injected into this newest rendition and the...

  • News We May Have 8-Player Online with Mario Kart 3DS

    Bring on the competition!

    There will be a number of new features in the upcoming Mario Kart for 3DS, and if all goes according to plan, an increase in the number of players competing against each other online will be one of them. Mario Kart DS featured four-player online and Nintendo is looking to double this figure with the 3DS instalment. The game will feature eight-player local wireless action..

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    Review BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2

    Keeping the 2D brawlers alive and well

    The catalogue of 3DS launch games has, arguably, been a mixed bag. Unlike the DS before it, however, the 3DS is quickly building a fantastic stable of fighting games with Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition and Dead or Alive: Dimensions; BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II is no exception. Until now, this stylish 2D...

  • News Following Wii U Unveiling, Nintendo Shares Drop 10%

    Iwata: "It's very strange."

    Much like the 3DS, Nintendo is adamant that Wii U has to be seen and experienced first-hand if it is to be understood. Could this be the reason why Nintendo shares took a plunge following the new console's announcement at E3? In the two days following Nintendo's E3 conference on Tuesday, shares dropped by almost 10...

  • First Impressions Luigi's Mansion 2 (3DS)

    Busting makes Luigi feel good

    It's hard to believe that it's been almost a decade since the release of the original Luigi's Mansion, but fans of the game can certainly attest to the lengthy wait. Now, with the announcement of Luigi's Mansion 2, Nintendo is bringing back Mario's spooked brother and this time with a wealth of new gameplay touches and...

  • News Super Mario 3DS Has a Zelda-Style Dungeon Level

    Two legends collide

    You've hopefully watched the trailer for Super Mario on 3DS, but one thing you won't have seen is a level created in honour of The Legend of Zelda's 25th anniversary this year. During the developer roundtable, Super Mario producer Yoshiaki Koizumi revealed a top-down stage that mimics the dungeon layout from Link's first outing. It can be seen briefly in the video below, which..

  • News Dead or Alive: Dimensions Pulled from Sale in Australia

    Game knocked out

    So far Dead or Alive: Dimensions hasn't had the best luck: the game was banned in Scandinavia in a child pornography furore, the game has now had its classification revoked in Australia, effectively banning it from sale. The Australian Classification Board removed the game's PG rating after media reports focusing on the game's...

  • Guides 3DS eShop Update FAQ

    Everything you need to know about the 3DS eShop, internet browser and DSi transfer functionality

    For those who bought their 3DS on launch day there was some disappointment. The eShop, internet browser and the ability to transfer DSiWare games and data were unavailable, promised in a ‘late May’ update. The update slid to early June, but it's...

  • News Miyamoto: "3DS Could Be a Convenient Wii U Controller"

    Ah, the possibilities

    With Nintendo considering the prospect of making Wii U games that use more than one of the new controllers, it's apparently possible that we could even be using the 3DS as an additional controller too. During E3 2011, Shigeru Miyamoto was asked by Switched On whether gamers would be able to use two of the touch pad Wii U...

  • News Looks Like That Red 3DS is Releasing in Japan

    Score one for late adopters

    Underwhelmed by the shimmery Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black launch colors of the 3DS? Perhaps you were holding out for a handheld with a little more fire on the outside? Nintendo is set to kill two of your birds with one color by making official the new 3DS colour dubbed Flare Red. The new colour will launch in Japan on 14th July alongside the ludicrously suffixed Star Fox 64..

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  • News Screenshots of Ace Combat 3D Fly Overhead

    Bogey spotted

    Namco Bandai Games is bringing its Ace Combat series to the 3DS and the publisher has now released some initial game details along with a handful of screenshots. The aerial shooter will provide gamers with real-world aircrafts to fly as they take on a wide range of missions. The touch screen is not only used to lock on to enemy planes...

  • News Resident Evil Revelations Introduces Parker Luciani

    Jill Valentine's new partner

    It was a year ago that Capcom released that Resident Evil Revelations trailer showing Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield at odds with each other over some unknown situation. Since then, most of Capcom's focus has understandably been on Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, but thankfully, the wait for more information on the game is now over. Revelations is set in 2005, in

  • News Star Fox 64 3D Lands in North America on 11th September

    That's a Sunday

    You probably heard the cheers when Nintendo's on-stage demo of Star Fox 64 3D featured the immortal words "do a barrel roll!". Expect similar cheers now Nintendo has announced a release date of 11th September 2011 for the game. Nintendo also sent over the latest trailer for the game, which should get you into the spirit of...

  • First Impressions Super Mario 3D (3DS)

    Super Mario comes to life in full 3D

    After the mammoth success of the two Super Mario Galaxy titles on the Wii, we had to know that a new Super Mario title was in the works for Nintendo's new 3DS system. While we received very little in the way of information when the game was first announced, Nintendo wasn't the least bit shy when it came time to...

  • News Discover What Play Modes Await in Tetris for 3DS

    Enough content to host a block party

    It's a little bit of a shame that the upcoming Tetris game for the 3DS didn't make it in time for the handheld's launch as the original Tetris did for the chunkier-than-chunky Game Boy all those years ago. If it's any consolation, we can take solace in the fact that at least it will make it to retail by the end of the year and it looks as fun as ever. Developed..

  • News The Rolling Western Keeps Those Wagons Rolling

    Another 3DS eShop title outed

    There have been a few Western-themed games to download on Nintendo platforms over the years — The Oregon Trail, Fenimore Fillmore "The Westerner" — and 3DS is about to get one of its very own. Nintendo just announced The Rolling Western, coming to the eShop later this year, with the trailer below showing...

  • News Mario Kart 3DS Video Slipstreams Behind Screenshots

    Blue sparks flying

    You've probably already seen the Mario Kart 3DS screenshots, but it'd be better to see the game moving, right? Right. The video below shows the game's customisable karts, aerial and aquatic racing and more. No Blue Shell either, which is a good thing, though there should be no chicken-counting at this stage. Nintendo has promised Mario Kart will see release on 3DS before the year..

  • News Nintendo Announces Picture Lives! for 3DS eShop

    It's! Exciting!

    Picture Lives! is like the attic-dwelling child of Scribblenauts and Spore, a strange combination of monster creator, animation tool and the rejects of Monsters Inc.. The downloadable title — Nintendo is still yet to use the term 3DSWare, though we'll be using it — will find its way to the 3DS eShop later this year.

  • News The 3DS eShop Sizzles in this New Video

    An appetiser

    Nintendo's new eShop took up a small portion of the company's overall E3 showing, with the announcement that The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX is available now in North America, though European and Australian 3DS owners will have to wait a little longer, we understand. Here's a short video to give you an overview of some of the content that will be available to download in the..

  • News Mario and Sonic Pass the Olympic Games Torch to 3DS

    It burns

    Like watching Magneto and Professor X make friends in X-Men: First Class, it's still strange seeing old rivals Mario and Sonic be all chummy in Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, though it's nothing compared to seeing Metal Sonic wielding a tennis racquet. The 3DS instalment is due early next year, with the Wii release going for sales gold this Christmas.

  • News Mario Kart 3DS Drives, Glides and Dives this Year

    Land, sea and air

    Mario Kart was confirmed for release this Christmas, resulting in much rejoicing, but it's the new additions to the series that will likely get gamers geared up (sorry) for the upcoming 3D racer. Whereas previous games have stuck fairly closely to the standard kart or bike formula, the next instalment will see racers taking to the skies in gliders and diving under the surface of..

  • News Paper Mario in Motion is a Many Splendoured Thing

    See the flat one on the move

    Paper Mario on 3DS looks pretty special in this video below, but having seen it running in 3D we can tell you it looks even better in the thin, papery flesh. While Nintendo didn't have much to tell about the game at its E3 media briefing, the new screenshots and video below should keep you going until we have more solid...

  • News Animal Crossing 3DS Trailer Rings a Few Bells

    Subtle changes afoot

    Animal Crossing for 3DS is unlikely to drastically revamp the series' template established by previous outings on the Gamecube, Wii and DS, but more of the same endearing characters and surprisingly compelling gameplay would go down well with many. Here's this year's footage of the game direct from Nintendo, complete with new...

  • News Briefing on Snake Eater 3D Game Details

    Metal Gear Solid fans will be sneaking around later this year

    Konami is set to publish Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D on the 3DS later in the year, and the publisher has released more details on the remake of the popular PlayStation 2 tactical stealth game. Fans of the original Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater will be familiar with the game's narrative. Those of you that aren't aware of the plot,..

  • News Posting Luigi's Mansion 2 Screenshots Makes Us Feel Good

    Catchy.

    Everyone's second (or third or fourth) plumber is coming back to 3DS, with Luigi's Mansion 2, a tentative name. The original Luigi's Mansion was originally intended to show off the Gamecube's 3D ability, but its hidden dimensions never made it to retail, but Nintendo's never one to let an idea go to waste. The first screenshots are below...

  • News First Super Mario 3DS Screenshots Jump Into View

    See the plumber's next outing

    True to Shigeru Miyamoto's promise, Super Mario for 3DS really does look like a combination of the plumber's best bits from his heritage. We have the first screenshots below showing the combination of 2D and 3D that Nintendo hopes will create one of their portly hero's best ever titles. We'll bring you video footage as it reaches us.

  • Reaction Upcoming 3DS Games

    The list is in

    Here's a list of games coming to 3DS in the coming months, including a few from the eShop right at the bottom. There's some surprises on the list — not all pleasant ones, it must be said — but we'll leave it to you to pick out the diamonds in the rough and tell us what game you're most looking forward to in the comments below.

  • Reaction Nintendo's Complete Press Release

    Soak it in

    Nintendo's Upcoming Wii U Console Features Controller with 6.2-inch Screen Nintendo 3DS Continues its Evolution with Mario Kart, Super Mario and the Nintendo eShop as Nintendo Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda NOTE: Multimedia available hereLOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At the E3 Expo, Nintendo introduced a new paradigm for video games and home entertainment: Wii..

  • News New Smash Bros. Announced for Wii U and 3DS

    Series goes portable at last

    Years of wailing have paid off: Nintendo just announced a new entry in the Super Smash Bros. series is coming to the 3DS. Not only that, it will also launch on Nintendo's next home console, the Wii U. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata made the announcement on stage at E3, where he also revealed that the 3DS and Wii U games...

  • News Mario Kart 3DS Confirmed for This Christmas

    You'll have to shell out

    Reggie Fils-Aime just confirmed that Mario Kart for 3DS will be released this Christmas across the world. The video also showed off the new customisable karts that let you choose a base model, tyres and special ability, showing the karts going underwater, gliding and more. You'll be able to buy this game at Christmas. Are you happy?

  • E3 2011 Nintendo News Conference Live Text

    Get all your news here

    Today's the day Nintendo unveils its new home console for the first time, and we'll be reporting on it all live right here. There's no need to refresh: the page will update automatically, so sit back and let us take you through the most exciting event of the gaming year. Following the press conference — also broadcast live at Nintendo's E3 site — we'll continue to feature..

  • News Here's 60 Pokemon Codes for Pokedex 3D

    Gotta scan 'em all

    Pokédex 3D is out now — and free! — but like all good Pokémon games it requires you to build up your collection rather than handing out all 150 monsters to you. One of the ways you can add more to your stack is to scan an AR/QR code, a compilation of which you can find on this very page. The 60 codes in this image were sent...

  • News 3DS eShop Has Officially Opened Its Doors

    So stop clicking Refresh

    The 3DS eShop update has finally arrived, bringing with it a bevy of new goods to your favourite 3D-enabled console. The update is available to download now and opens up the machine's web browser and shopping experience. For speedy updaters there's a free Excitebike and Pokédex 3D to be had too. We'll keep you up to date on all the E3 2011 news from Nintendo's conference..

  • News Thundering Typhoons, Details Regarding Tintin: The Game

    Ubisoft brings the adaptation to the Wii and 3DS

    If Tintin fans think the upcoming animated film is all they have to look forward to this year, think again. Along with with Steven Spielberg's motion picture adaptation of Hergé comic books featuring Belgium's favourite reporter, fans should also prepare themselves for The Adventures of Tintin: The Game. Ubisoft has unveiled some game details from..

  • News Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure is Truly a Multi-Platform Game

    See the toys come to life

    One of Activision's key titles at E3 this year is Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for it's a game that can be enjoyed across multiple formats, allowing gamers to carry on their progress no matter what system they are playing it on. Available on all three major home consoles, the 3DS, PC and mobile devices, Skylanders: Spyro's...

  • News Connect Your Club Nintendo and eShop Accounts for Benefits

    You'll be seeing Stars

    You've been able to link your Club Nintendo account to Nintendo's downloadable offerings for some time now, so it's no surprise that the upcoming eShop will offer the same option, with Nintendo Europe announcing a bonus 100 VIP Stars for users who link their accounts. The connection can only be made once the eShop goes live...

  • News eShop Update May Cause Crashes in Ridge Racer 3D

    Patch coming soon

    A recent SpotPass message from Nintendo let 3DS owners know about the upcoming eShop update, but right at the bottom lies an interesting statement: the update might cause issues with Ridge Racer 3D. Important notice: Users of Ridge Racer 3D who install this Nintendo 3DS system update may experience gameplay disruption under...

  • News Tetris Slots into Place this October on 3DS

    The Tetris Company has other things planned too

    Since the uncovering of an Entertainment Software Rating Board classification of a 3DS Tetris game, additional details regarding said game have now cleared a couple of things up. Speaking to Gamasutra, a representative from The Tetris Company clarified that the new game known simply as Tetris is being developed by Hudson. Previously announced as..

  • News Even Mercenaries Need a Fresh Change of Clothes

    Capcom reveals alternative costumes

    With Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D having just launched in Japan, the rest of the world will have several weeks to wait before the game makes it their way. Luckily, Capcom is still in the mood for teasing as the mercenaries' alternative costumes have now been revealed. The ability to unlock new garbs is nothing new to the franchise, so fans shouldn't be so..

  • Talking Point Where Nintendo Went Wrong with the DSi Shop

    And how the eShop can fix it

    The imminent launch of the eShop on the 3DS is eagerly anticipated, especially as it is arriving over two months after the launch of the device. Nintendo has gone to great effort to emphasise that the delay will be worth it, with assurances of compelling content and a high quality interface. There has been...

  • News Frogger 3D Trailer Shows the Frog's Still Alive

    30 years of being run over hasn't killed him

    Cats are supposed to have nine lives, and if that's the case, then frogs probably have just as many. At least, Konami's flagship frog has done a pretty good job of avoiding the Grim Reaper of video game franchises. Frogger 3D is set for an Autumn release on the 3DS, 30 years after Konami developed the...

  • News Nintendo Updates DSiWare to 3DS Transfer List with More Titles

    Better than first thought

    IGN recently published a list of 19 DSiWare games that cannot be moved to 3DS, but now Nintendo has released an official list of non-transferrable games that runs to just 11 titles. The list of games stuck forever on your DSi are: Asphalt 4: Elite Racing Earthworm Jim

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    Review SpongeBob SquigglePants 3D

    Are you ready, kids?

    Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? So begins the theme song to one of the longest-lasting cartoons to come along in some time, SpongeBob SquarePants, enjoyed by kids and adults alike for 12 years and running. But a license is only as good as the developer handling it, and luckily SpongeBob SquigglePants 3D comes to us...

  • News Tetris Gets an ESRB Rating for the 3DS

    The blocks just keep on falling

    Gamers still can't get enough of Tetris games. At least that's what Tetris Online seems to think, because a recent classification from the Entertainment Software Rating Board reveals we're in for more screen-filling tetromino fun that's as challenging as it is addictive. The ESRB rating shows that Tetris is coming to the 3DS by way of Tetris Online ― who also..

  • News Delve Into the Developer Diary Behind Cartoon Network 3DS

    Punch Time Explosion explained

    After a few delays, Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion is finally due out on Tuesday, and developer Papaya Studio has opened its doors to reveal more about the game's creation. The diary goes into more depth on the gameplay, stages and characters available in the 3DS brawler, which pits Ben 10 against Dexter in a...

  • News More Details on Pokedex 3D Come into Focus

    Yes, it's still free

    Pokédex 3D is one of the free applications you'll be able to download next week, and Nintendo Europe has revealed a few more details about what the monster encyclopedia will include. The free download comes online early next week, when you'll be able to download your very own portable Pokédex of the monsters from Pokémon...

  • News Sony President Thinks 3DS is Just an Updated DS

    Aside from the 3D, same old same old, apparently

    It seems Sony executives still don't appear too wowed by Nintendo's 3DS, despite both sides acknowledging that different demographics are being targeted by each company's handheld system. Is this a lack of sportsmanship, or a genuine lack of excitement? Sony Computer Entertainment president Shuhei...

  • News 3DS Users Will Soon Have 25,000 Hotspots to Connect To

    Wi-Fi coverage gets super-sized in the United States

    Remember when Nintendo said that thanks to its collaboration with communications firm AT&T, there would be 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots available throughout the United States? Well, that number just got even higher. Through an extended agreement with AT&T, 3DS users will have access to nearly...

  • News Wii and 3DS Hunted Down by Jaws: Ultimate Predator

    We've got a boat and the size is perfect

    It's probably not surprising to see old franchises being resurrected on the 3DS, nor is it to see classic films getting the video game adaptation treatment, the latter of which is exactly what Majesco Entertainment has up its sleeve. The publisher has announced that a new game based on the 1975 Steven Spielberg film Jaws is in the works, due to be released..

  • News These DSiWare Games Cannot Be Moved to 3DS

    Leaving old friends behind

    Update: Nintendo has released an official list of the 11 DSiWare games that cannot be moved to 3DS, superseding this list. Original post: Nintendo always maintained that "most" DSiWare games would be transferable to the 3DS, but naturally not all have made the grade. According to IGN, these are the 19 games...

  • News eShop Games Start from $1.99 and Other Interesting Information

    Ready to learn more?

    So now we know the North American 3DS eShop launch games, it's time to find out a little more about the shop itself. Wired.com got a guided tour of the store from Nintendo's David Wharton, director of eShop operations, a Nintendo group set up in April to handle digital sales. Wharton states the lowest price any 3DS software will sell for is $1.99, just like the DSiWare 200..

  • News North America, These eShop Games Await You Next Week

    What's on the cards?

    If you're a 3DS owner anxiously awaiting the launch of the eShop in North America, here's what will be available to buy when the service launches on Monday 6th June. The free Pokédex 3D application will allow users to look at monsters from Pokémon Black and White in full 3D, with Augmented Reality, SpotPass and StreetPass functions all included. North American owners will..

  • News Europe, This Is Your eShop Launch Day Line-Up

    What's on offer on 7th June

    The speculation can cease: Nintendo of Europe has announced the games you'll be playing next week when the eShop launches. As we reported the other day, European 3DS users will be able to download the free Pokédex 3D application, which takes players through the 150 new monsters in Pokémon Black & White in glorious 3D. Users will also get a free download of..

  • News Here's Japan's 3DS eShop Launch Day Line-Up

    3D classics and 3DSWare abound

    The eShop launches next week, and Nintendo Japan has revealed the games that will get the ball rolling. In the 3D Classics stakes, there's the already-confirmed Excitebike as well as a new 3D version of classic top-down shooter Xevious. Both games will sell for 600 Yen in Japan, though Excitebike is free for a limited time, as it will be in the West. For Virtual..

  • News Sonic Generations 3DS to Spin Dash Stores in November

    SEGA announces first details

    SEGA has finally come out and confirmed what we've known for a while now: Sonic Generations is coming to 3DS, and it'll be out in November. The publisher also confirmed new details of the game, which it says will be set across "three defining eras" from the hedgehog's history, with all-new levels exclusively...

  • News Hideo Kojima Busy Getting Snake Eater 3D Ready for E3

    Not without trouble from a bridge

    E3 2011 is nearly upon us, and Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima is busy getting Konami's upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D ready for this year's expo extravaganza. Kojima recently posted a few updates on his Japanese Twitter account, revealing that he has just finished checking through the playable...

  • News Ubisoft and Nintendo to Team Up for New 3DS Bundle

    Out in October

    UK industry magazine MCV reports that Ubisoft and Nintendo will offer a 3DS hardware bundle in October this year. The console will be available in Cosmos Black or Aqua Blue and come packed with Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D and Driver Renegade 3D. There's currently no price for the packages. This isn't the first time Nintendo and...

  • News Alleyway Bouncing to 3DS VC

    ESRB rating outs eShop release

    Nintendo and Intelligent Systems's 1989 Game Boy-based Breakout clone Alleyway is making its way to the 3DS Virtual Console, outed by a recent ESRB rating. If you've ever played Arkanoid or any number of brick-breaker games, you should know what to expect here. The ESRB's descripton is as follows: This is an action...

  • News Nintendo of America Announces National StreetPass Day

    Finally finish Find Mii

    While some users in big cities and built-up areas are racking up StreetPass hits, others are less fortunate, denied the joy of a blinking green light. Of course, Nintendo wants to change this, so it's kicking off a new initiative with StreetPass Day on 25th June. That's the date Nintendo is using to encourage 3DS owners to organise their own meet-ups and social gatherings,..

  • News Japanese Gamers Put Off by High Price of 3DS

    Are you the same?

    3DS had a decent start in Japan but its sales have notably fallen behind the Monster Hunter-powered juggernaut that is the PSP. Japanese survey firm Goo Research quizzed over 1,000 Japanese citizens about why they haven't bought the console yet, with the most common reason simply being "it's too expensive". Other reasons...

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    Review Dream Trigger 3D

    A bad dream

    Given the anaemic flow of 3DS games as of late, the mere fact that Dream Trigger 3D was a new release for the system after the initial launch caused a lot of gamers to sit up and take notice; toss in the fact that the game was a shooting title and things got even more interesting. While it looks like a wealth of unique ideas on paper, Dream Trigger ends up being a bit too frantic and..

  • News Canadian 3DS Summer Tour Details

    Join in the fun

    Nintendo is about to kick off its 3DS Summer Tour this month in Canada, allowing attendees to try out the console and sample a variety of new titles. Trucks kitted out with 3DS consoles will be stopping by Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario where gamers can have a go on the 3DS built-in software like Face Raiders, the AR games and the Mii Maker. Games such as Pilotwings..

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  • News Keep FIFA 12 Up-To-Date with SpotPass

    Extra content off the bench and warming up

    EA Canada won't be pulling out all the stops with its upcoming FIFA 12 effort on the 3DS, but gamers will be glad that at least the game can be kept relatively up-to-date via the console's SpotPass feature. Producer Matt Prior has elaborated on how FIFA 12 will utilise selected 3DS features and reiterated how the studio plans to get the fundamentals right..

  • News Square Enix Officially Announces Heroes of Ruin 3DS

    Yes, it's real

    Last week, developer n-Space leaked the first details of Heroes of Ruin, and now publisher Square Enix has made the game official. The multiplayer action-RPG will make use of StreetPass to let players exchange and trade weapons, armour and useful items, with new challenges and rare items sent through SpotPass. Drop-in, drop-out...

  • News First BIT.TRIP SAGA Screens Incoming

    Including one in 3D!

    Aksys Games has just published the box art and first four screen shots of their upcoming title BIT.TRIP SAGA, and they've done what we've hoped publishers would do since we first saw the words "2D image of a Nintendo 3DS game" – they've released a 3D image of a Nintendo 3DS game. Hopefully the early June system...

  • News A Closer Look at UK's Pre-Order Ocarina 3D Bonus Gift

    Gold and shiny video

    Readers who follow our own James Newton on Twitter may have seen this Tweet last weekend, which implied our hard-working and handsome News Editor (Okay, that's enough — Ed) was already in possession of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. As it happens, the mystery box in his hand was not Link's upcoming four-dimensional...

  • News Ubisoft Expects 3DS to Take Off this Christmas

    Predicts big system sales

    Ubisoft was quick out of the gate on 3DS, with six games out for the machine within its first two weeks on sale. It will have felt the console's slower-than-expected sales almost as keenly as Nintendo itself then, but the publisher still expects the handheld to sweep all before it in the all-important Christmas period. Ubi...

  • News Heroes of Ruin Details Start Trickling In

    3DS is attracting a lot of mercenary activity

    With the recent blunder n-Space might or might not have made, it now seems that gaming magazine Nintendo Power was supposed to reveal to the world the first chunk of game details regarding Heroes of Ruin on the 3DS, which it still is, but perhaps the artwork was supposed to debut in print and not on a Facebook page. As detailed in an entry at the..

  • News Artwork for Heroes of Ruin Revealed and Removed

    Square-Enix and n-Space's collaboration reverts back to secrecy

    Since the European branch of Square-Enix trademarked Heroes of Ruin earlier this year, it hasn't taken long for details to emerge on the publisher's upcoming title; although nothing more than a few words and a piece of artwork, even all that seemed like it was a case of "too much information". A reveal that Heroes of Ruin is..

  • Talking Point Should Nintendo Have Made the 3DS Download-only?

    By sticking with physical media as the primary form of software delivery, Nintendo may have handicapped its new handheld challenger

    Earlier this year, Sony finally closed the book on the PSPgo, the company's ill-fated attempt at releasing a console based entirely on the concept of digital media. Although Sony's failure was the subject of much mirth...

  • News Firebrand Would Love to Develop an F-Zero Game

    Hopes Nintendo is listening

    Having already brought the TrackMania and Need For Speed franchises to the Wii and DS, it's fairly clear that Firebrand Games has an interest in developing racing games. In fact, there's a particular racing series that creative director Pete Shea would love to have Firebrand Games work on. Speaking to Cubed3, Firebrand Games CEO Mark Greenshields commented on the..

  • News There's Nothing Sneaky About Snake Eater 3D's 2011 Release

    Metal Gear Solid assigned with a 3DS release this year

    In Hideo Kojima's latest podcast, a new segment sees the Metal Gear series creator simply answering "Yes" or "No" to various rumours that are currently floating about, one of which pertains to the release of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D. One of the rumours that Kojima's co-host read out: "MGS 3DS will go on sale by..

  • News This Zelda: Ocarina 3D Trailer Would Make a Great Advert

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    Handheld twist on the series

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    Not just a port

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    Both visually and control-wise

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    Sit back and relax

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    Music to your ears

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    Joe Musashi returns!

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    Two great games that play great together

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    Get your Shuriken ready

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    How good does it look?

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    Disqualified!

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    Will you be green around the gills?

    Ryan Reynolds is getting his chance to show the world he can do superheroes with the upcoming Green Lantern movie, and developer Griptonite is hoping to show it can do the same with the 3DS release Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters. We have the first trailer below, showing the game's expected blend of platforming, fighting and superpowers. Check it out..

  • News Strap Yourself In for Exclusive E3 Content at Nintendo E3 Site

    Watch it all happen live

    We're just two weeks away from the cavalcade of announcements that is E3, and we here at Nintendo Life will be reporting on everything as it happens: the revelation of Nintendo's new console, new games and everything else that goes down. Nintendo will be helping out too, live streaming its press conference and making plenty of extra content on the Nintendo Network too. For..

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    Dead on arrival

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  • News Hideous Yellow Glasses Reduce 3DS Fatigue, Apparently

    But make you uglier in the process

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  • News City Interactive Moving Towards 3DS

    3DS puzzler fans might want to take note

    City Interactive has already released several DS puzzle games in various forms of the genre and all have received good reviews here at Nintendo Life. With the likes of Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life, Vampire Moon: The Mystery of the Hidden Sun and Crime Lab: Body of Evidence, it's certainly worth finding out what the publisher has planned for..

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    What the Big N should do at this year's expo

    A little less than one year ago, as E3 2010 approached, one question was on everyone's mind: would the 3DS work? Surely our bodies were not ready for the futuristic glasses-free technology Nintendo promised. As we all know, it wasn't long before Reggie put our fears to rest: yes, it works, and it works well. Before we could even articulate our next..

  • News Listen Up, Capcom's 3D Sound Adventure Launches in August

    In Japan, that is

    Capcom's experimentation with 3D sound in its upcoming adventure game Nazo Waku Yakata (roughly translated as Nazo Waku Mansion) certainly gathered interest when initial game details were revealed in March. Now courtesy of the game's official website, the Japanese release date has been announced, a move that's sure to remind some...

  • News Customise Your Skills in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

    Find out why Barry is in the game and Leon isn't

    When the playable characters in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D were revealed with Barry Burton being the eighth and final member; some were left wondering why other characters were left out, in particular, Resident Evil 2 protagonist Leon Kennedy. Speaking to

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    Not all 3DS features have made it into the first-team

    We already know what's going to be included in FIFA 12 on the 3DS, now it's time to find out what's been left out of the game and why. With the Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA brands leading the way in football (or what is known as soccer in the U.S.) games, it's interesting to see what FIFA 12 is willing to provide considering Pro Evolution..

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    Interesting happenings afoot

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    And more scheduled to arrive

    Dead or Alive: Dimensions releases today in the UK and Europe, and it's already taking advantage of the SpotPass service with downloadable content available today. Once you pick up your copy, head to a hotspot or your own home Wi-Fi broadband connection to receive a brand new costume for Kasumi. You can also face Kasumi as controlled by a CPU replication of Team Ninja..

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