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Feature: The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014

The Biggest 3DS Games of 2014

2013 set a high standard

2013 was a terrific year for the 3DS, when the recovery of 2012 was consolidated into a year of substantial sales and critical acclaim from gamers. The line-up of games throughout the year probably wasn't as substantial as popular perception would suggest, but it was a case of a small quantity delivering excellent quality,...

Nintendo Download: 2nd January (North America)

2nd January (North America)

It's déjà vu, plus some additional treats

This week's Nintendo Download update for North America is in, though it prompts a distinct feeling of déjà vu due to it being almost identical to last week's update; just two new downloads make an appearance. Our suspicion is that the details are reiterated to compensate for any confusion or loss of...

Review: Bird Mania Christmas (3DS eShop)

Bird Mania Christmas (3DS eShop)

Making holiday travel fun

We loved Bird Mania 3D. Its superficial simplicity hid a surprising gem of a game that sunk its talons into us and never let go; news of Bird Mania Christmas, as you might expect, got us very excited indeed. The fact that it missed release in time for the holiday is unfortunate, but the game itself is no worse for the...

News: Nintendo Apologises for Nintendo Network Issues as Full eShop Services Return

Nintendo Apologises for Nintendo Network Issues as Full eShop Services Return

Information on Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter "as soon as possible"

As most eager Nintendo gamers will be aware, the Nintendo Network suffered extensive problems and downtime on 25th / 26th December, with a gradual but limited return to services — particularly the eShop stores — on 27th / 28th December. It seems that all is now fully up and...

News: Gunman Clive Sells Quarter Of A Million Copies Across All Formats, "Vast Majority" On 3DS

Gunman Clive Sells Quarter Of A Million Copies Across All Formats, "Vast Majority" On 3DS

Japanese eShop sales have been "very good", too

Bertil Hörberg — the talented fellow behind the excellent Gunman Clive — has already revealed that the 3DS version of the game has sold better than its smartphone counterparts. However, he now has more good news to share — the game has been downloaded 250,000 times across all formats, with most...

Review: Banana Bliss: Jungle Puzzles (3DS eShop)

Banana Bliss: Jungle Puzzles (3DS eShop)

A jungle trek that won't break the bank

Simplicity isn't always a bad thing. Handheld titles are inherently more limited in technical scope than their more advanced home console contemporaries, but that doesn't necessarily make them lesser games. The 3DS eShop has had no shortage of downloadable beauties in 2013, ranging from simple to sublime, and...

News: Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter Releases Delayed in the West

Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter Releases Delayed in the West

Nintendo Network issues cited as the cause

Boxing Day was an odd day in the world of Nintendo Downloads. Issues with the Nintendo Network continued, while Nintendo disabled Pokémon Bank and withdrew it from the eShop in Japan; it emerged that the launch of the app on 25th December in the company's homeland had contributed to the issues we've...

Review: Life with Horses 3D (3DS eShop)

Life with Horses 3D (3DS eShop)

Say neigh

Horses are magnificent creatures. Whether humble labourers or prize-winning performers, each is a complex creature that can be both challenging and rewarding to care for and understand. Life with Horses 3D manages to portray the aspect of hard work in raising horses, but puts the whole “rewarding” part out to pasture. Players in the...

Nintendo Download: 26th December (North America)

26th December (North America)

Dr. Luigi, CastleStorm, Pokémon Bank, many discounts and more

Update: Perhaps unsurprisingly, Nintendo has now confirmed that the release of Pokémon Bank is delayed, contrary to the Download Update issued on Boxing Day. Original Article: Nintendo is yet to update its official press site, but the latest Download Update details have been...

News: Pokémon Bank Withdrawn From 3DS eShop in Japan as Nintendo Network Issues Continue

Pokémon Bank Withdrawn From 3DS eShop in Japan as Nintendo Network Issues Continue

Western release on 27th December in doubt

Since Christmas Day there have been serious problems with the Nintendo Network, with the big N assuring gamers that its working hard to resolve the issue. At the time of writing various online games are functional, but there are still problems with both eShop platforms and the 3DS version of Miiverse across...

Feature: A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

A Year in Development - Shin'en Multimedia

Life in the FAST lane

In our third Year in Development feature we have a guest article from Shin'en Multimedia's Manfred Linzner. The eShop developer has, over a number of years, forged a reputation for developing high-quality, polished games on Nintendo's download platforms. In this article Linzner summarises the studio's 2013, including surprise...

Review: Orion's Odyssey (DSiWare)

Orion's Odyssey (DSiWare)

A little Odyssey

Island Officials' Kickstarter-funded puzzler Orion's Odyssey is the spiritual successor to Hands On! Tangrams, a fun but one-note title that had solid gameplay but little variety and was severely lacking in presentation. Island Officials has crafted a more polished experience with a charming presentation and story, but with...

Nintendo Download: 26th December and 2nd January (Europe)

26th December and 2nd January (Europe)

Storming castles, classic Mario, Pokémon banking, EDGE and much more

Update: Nintendo of Europe issued details for two full weeks of downloads previously, so a fresh update isn't expected. Please note that Pokémon Bank has been delayed due to the Nintendo Network server issues encountered during the festive season. Original Article: With this...

Review: Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (3DS eShop / NES)

Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (3DS eShop / NES)

Challenge accepted

What do you get when you combine the River City Ransom theme with Track and Field-style gameplay? You get Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge. The game takes the street gang theme and creates some fitting Olympic-style events to go along with it. It sounds like a mouth-watering proposition, but sadly while the unique urban...

Feature: A Year in Development - Renegade Kid

A Year in Development - Renegade Kid

A Q & A with Jools Watsham on 2013

In the second of our "Year in Development" mini-series, we sit down for a Q & A with Jools Watsham, co-founder and main spokesman for Renegade Kid. We already reported on confirmation of Mutant Mudds Deluxe content as a free update on 3DS, and below is the full manuscript that focuses on the studio's year,...

Review: My Style Studio: Hair Salon (3DS eShop)

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (3DS eShop)

Crimped style

Remember that toy where you used a magnetic wand to move iron filings over a drawing of a guy’s head, creating hair, moustaches, and eyebrows? My Style Studio: Hair Salon feels a bit like that, except with less personality and sense of joy. The Hair Salon does offer you more options, in certain ways. There are five “customers”...

Review: Jump Trials Supreme (3DS eShop)

Jump Trials Supreme (3DS eShop)

Might as well jump!

On DSiWare, G-Style's Jump Trials games followed in the fleet footsteps of 10 Second Run, providing short bursts of one-track, one-button gameplay with no fuss and few frills; if Super Mario Bros. is an epic platforming poem, Jump Trials is a list of words that rhyme with "cat". There's certainly a place for the simpler things in...

Feature: A Year in Development - Image & Form

A Year in Development - Image & Form

The SteamWorld Dig developer shares its 2013 experience

In the first of a mini-series here on Nintendo Life, some of the most respected eShop developers share their experiences of 2013. First up we have Brjann Sigurgeirsson of Image & Form, which brought us the terrific SteamWorld Dig on the 3DS eShop. Below is the studio's 2013, in...