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Review: Family Kart 3D (3DS eShop)

Family Kart 3D (3DS eShop)

A familiar feeling

Fresh off the court from the surprisingly fun Family Tennis 3D, the world's most competitive family returns to the 3DS eShop to hit the racetrack in Family Kart 3D. Developed by Arc System Works - yes, they of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue fame - this is a simple, straightforward kart racer that fails to stand out from the crowd, but...

News: Gory Detail Officially Given 3DS Developer Status

Gory Detail Officially Given 3DS Developer Status

Rusty Pup has already been confirmed for the platform

A couple of months ago we exclusively revealed former Rare staffer Chris Seavor's studio Gory Detail will be bringing The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup to the Wii U and 3DS and it seems the handheld version is well and truly set in stone now as the company has announced it is an officially...

Interview: Ripstone on Pure Chess, Knytt Underground and Joining the eShop

Ripstone on Pure Chess, Knytt Underground and Joining the eShop

Pushing cross-platform play and planning for the future

After a spell of silence and mystery beyond games confirmed earlier in the year, we're now getting a better idea of the range of titles coming to the Wii U eShop in the rest of 2013 and into 2014. More from North American developers is likely to emerge in the coming weeks and months, while...

Nintendo Download: 15th August (North America)

15th August (North America)

Sam Fisher returns, retro shmup action, DLC, discounts and much more

It's Nintendo Download time, North America, with a variety of goodies arriving on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms. There's a blockbuster retail release, some discounts on top-notch download titles, retro goodies and some new titles on the 3DS eShop. Without further ado,...

Exclusive: Pure Chess eShop Releases To Feature Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Pure Chess eShop Releases To Feature Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Wii U and 3DS playable with each other and smartphone / tablet players

Earlier this week Ripstone confirmed details of both Knytt Underground and Pure Chess coming to the Wii U eShop, with the latter also on its way to the 3DS eShop. Ripstone works with various small developers to bring their titles to multiple systems, and is one of a solid...

News: Boulder Dash-XL 3D Digging Its Way to the 3DS eShop

Boulder Dash-XL 3D Digging Its Way to the 3DS eShop

Moving over from retail

Since the 3DS launched we've seen a handful of titles evolve from retail releases — often with budget prices — into download titles. These are often lower-profile titles that can fall under the radar on the high street and therefore seek a second-wind on the download-only platform; Boulder Dash-XL 3D is making that same...

Review: Tangram Style (3DS eShop)

Tangram Style (3DS eShop)

Lots of tangram, not much style

The game of tangram has made the long journey from ancient China to your 21st century 3DS, and despite roughly one thousand years of technological improvement it’s still pretty much the same thing. Seven pieces of varying sizes and shapes must be crammed into a crude silhouette that may resemble a bird, a sailboat,...

News: Ripstone Confirms Details for Knytt Underground and Pure Chess on the Wii U eShop

Ripstone Confirms Details for Knytt Underground and Pure Chess on the Wii U eShop

Pure Chess gets the 3DS eShop in Check, too

Last week's Nintendo Direct "Indie Showcase" sizzle reel included a good number of new releases confirmed for the Wii U eShop. Two of these are being published by Ripstone, Knytt Undergound and Pure Chess, and the publisher has now confirmed that both are targeting a release of late 2013/early 2014...

Out Now: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Awakens in North America

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Awakens in North America

There's also a demo available in the eShop

North American fans who’ve been dreaming of dreaming with Luigi have no longer to wait, as Mario & Luigi: Dream Team has now been incepted into their lives. Both retail and eShop copies of the newest game in the portable action-RPG series are priced at $39.99. If you’re still sitting on the fence...

Review: SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop)

SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop)

A gem to discover

At its best, the 3DS eShop is host to titles with a simple, well-formed idea that's executed with care and skill. SteamWorld Dig, the second in the SteamWorld franchise from developer Image & Form, fits into that mould, incorporating puzzle platforming mechanics within a continuous process of digging and resource management...

News: Nintendo's Digital Sales Revenue Continues Upward Trend With 3DS and Wii U

Nintendo's Digital Sales Revenue Continues Upward Trend With 3DS and Wii U

Still room for improvement

In recent months, whenever Nintendo's financial figures and sales have been making the news, a common thread has been an emphasis on the continuing growth of the company's digital revenues. What began with encouraging but flawed platforms on the Wii and DSi has progressed to more rounded, impressive offerings with the...

Review: Smash Bowling 3D (3DS eShop)

Smash Bowling 3D (3DS eShop)

Bumpier bowling

Smash Bowling 3D, the latest from Big Bass Arcade developer Big John Games, feels like a proof-of-concept for a potentially great bowling game. While the bowling simulation is fun while it lasts, the bare bones presentation and lack of variety in game modes ultimately bring down the experience. Big John Games has touted Smash Bowling...

News: Senran Kagura Burst Confirmed For Physical And 3DS eShop Release In Europe

Senran Kagura Burst Confirmed For Physical And 3DS eShop Release In Europe

Rip off your clothes in joy

It has been confirmed today that Senran Kagura Burst will be receiving a European release on the 3DS next year. Already confirmed for launch on the 3DS eShop in North America, this side-scrolling fighter will be going one better in Europe, where it will also be getting a boxed version as well. European distribution will...

News: 3D Streets Of Rage Will Come With One Hit Deathblow Mode

3D Streets Of Rage Will Come With One Hit Deathblow Mode

Bare Knuckle becomes Fist of the North Star?

Sega's 3D Classics range — which has so far only seen the light of day in Japan but is due to hit the west soon — is a selection of the company's past titles adapted for the 3DS console's auto-stereoscopic display. In the games released so far, Sega has made other enhancements — such as extra game...

Nintendo Download: 8th August (North America)

8th August (North America)

DuckTales returns, Bumpie has a party, Mario & Luigi are dreamy and more

It's that time again, North America, with some juicy Wii U and 3DS options coming your way in this week's Nintendo Download update. There's some nice variety, too, with a platforming remake, quirky mini-game collection and a bonkers RPG among the options. Let's get to the...