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Feature: Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Lifting the Curtain on Game Ratings and the Headache of Worldwide Releases

Developers and publishers give us the details

In recent weeks some headlines have been made by the ratings agencies and processes for getting eShop games from development studios and onto our Nintendo consoles. An early shot was fired by Renegade Kid in an interview with us late last year, in which co-founder Jools Watsham explained why, to this...

Video: This Steel Empire Footage Makes Us Jealous of Those With a Japanese 3DS

This Steel Empire Footage Makes Us Jealous of Those With a Japanese 3DS

Gosh...

Our past coverage of Steel Empire, a 3DS conversion of the cult Mega Drive / Genesis shooter, may have betrayed the fact that some of the Nintendo Life team have fond — and increasingly distant — memories of Sega's 16-bit machine. More importantly, however, this shooter was loved by those who played it because it's rather good, so the...

News: Keiji Inafune And Inti Creates Announce Azure Striker Gunvolt For Nintendo 3DS

Keiji Inafune And Inti Creates Announce Azure Striker Gunvolt For Nintendo 3DS

Releases this summer on the Japanese 3DS eShop

If you’re a fan of Mega Man franchise creator Keiji Inafune, you'll probably be aware of the fact that he’s currently busy with the upcoming Wii U and 3DS eShop title, Mighty no. 9. Despite this, it appears Mr Inafune still has time for other projects. He's working with Japanese developer Inti...

News: Cube Tactics Is Storming American And European 3DS eShops On March 13th

Cube Tactics Is Storming American And European 3DS eShops On March 13th

Tactical cube warfare just got serious

Polish online game publisher Teyon, in collaboration with Japanese developer and publisher Fun Unit, will release Cube Tactics on the American and European 3DS eShop next Thursday for $4.99 and €4.99 respectively. Players will embark on an epic journey to become the ultimate cube master and defeat all evil...

News: Yumi's Odd Odyssey Casting Into North American Waters this 20th March

Yumi's Odd Odyssey Casting Into North American Waters this 20th March

Catch this release

It's been a long journey, but puzzle platformer Yumi's Odd Odyssey, known as Farewell Umihara Kawase in Japan, will finally be available on the North American 3DS eShop on March 20th, according to publisher Natsume: Natsume also confirmed a $29.99 price tag for the title. This is the first time the series has ever ventured...

Nintendo Download: 6th March (North America)

6th March (North America)

Retro golf, dropping Bloks, golden cities, discounted Running and more

It's that time, North America, with another batch of downloads arriving on the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms. This week brings new and Virtual Console games to both systems, as well as a discount to celebrate the one year anniversary of one of the finest Wii U eShop titles to...

Talking Point: Steel Diver: Sub Wars Proves That Nintendo Can Make Free-To-Play Work

Steel Diver: Sub Wars Proves That Nintendo Can Make Free-To-Play Work

Nintendo's first freemium game scores a direct hit

Let's all be brutally honest here — when Nintendo announced that its first foray into the wild and wacky world of free-to-play gaming was going to be an update of 3DS launch title Steel Diver, it was hardly the most heart-stopping news ever. Steel Diver was — and still is — a nice enough...

News: Inti Creates Explains the Development Processes Behind Mighty No. 9

Inti Creates Explains the Development Processes Behind Mighty No. 9

Keiji Inafune gets at least one fresh build every month

In terms of Kickstarter success stories, Mighty No. 9 is undoubtedly in the top tier. With last year being an anniversary year for the Blue Bomber and Capcom making no moves to produce an official game, Keiji Inafune rather cleverly gauged the mood and seized the moment. As the figurehead well...

News: Pokémon Link: Battle! Is Priced for Next Week's European Release

Pokémon Link: Battle! Is Priced for Next Week's European Release

In line with North American equivalent

Announced during the most recent Nintendo Direct broadcast, Pokémon Link: Battle! — known as Pokémon Battle Trozei in North America — will arrive on the 3DS eShop in Europe on 13th March, which is next week's download update. It hits North America on 20th March for $7.99, and Nintendo of Europe and...

Nintendo Download: 6th March (Europe)

6th March (Europe)

Pac-Man, Tappingo, Luigi discounts and more

A day later than normal — probably due to a public Holiday in Nintendo of Europe's homeland in Germany — we now have details of what will be gracing the Nintendo download platforms this week. There are some retail options on both Wii U and 3DS, the latest title from Goodbye Galaxy Games, the return of...

News: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Taking a Couple More Months for "Finishing Touches"

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Taking a Couple More Months for "Finishing Touches"

Winter's no weather for her getup, anyway

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a jaunty number many fans have been wishing patiently for, but that patience might have to hold out just a little bit longer. Although developer WayForward originally delayed the game into a Q1 timeframe, a tweet from the company's account today points toward a post-March...

News: Strike Force Foxx Is What You Get When You Mix Choplifter With The A-Team

Strike Force Foxx Is What You Get When You Mix Choplifter With The A-Team

Big John Games is putting the finishing touches to its next 3DS eShop game

Big John Games has revealed some details about its next 3DS eShop venture, entitled Strike Force Foxx. Described by company president Ken Patterson as an "over the top" action title which "harkens back to '80s action style television shows" like Airwolf and The A-Team,...

News: Picross e4 Is Coming To Western 3DS eShops This April

Picross e4 Is Coming To Western 3DS eShops This April

North American and European releases confirmed

Picross e4 developer Jupiter has confirmed to Nintendo Everything that the game will be coming to the west in April. The game launched in Japan in November last year, and is the latest in a long line of Picross e titles. Jupiter has also confirmed that the North American and European releases will...

News: Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire Hits The Japanese 3DS eShop Later This Month

Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire Hits The Japanese 3DS eShop Later This Month

The 16-bit Sega release is getting a new lease of life

We first told you about the 3DS eShop conversion of the cult Mega Drive / Genesis shooter Steel Empire in August last year, but things have been pretty quiet since then. Thankfully, we can now update you with some more info — the game hits Japan later this month and will retail for 2940 yen...

Nintendo Download: 27th February (North America)

27th February (North America)

Professor Layton, Renegade, Tappingo and farming

The time has come, North America, for details of the goodies that'll be available to download on the eShop stores this week. The latest Professor Layton title makes it's arrival on the 3DS, along with some other VC classics and downloadable delights. Without further ado, let's get to it. Missed the...

News: Upcoming Retro City Rampage: DX Update Will Add Music Jukebox

Upcoming Retro City Rampage: DX Update Will Add Music Jukebox

Almost 3 hours of music to go with your mayhem

Retro City Rampage: DX on 3DS has worked hard to earn its deluxe subtitle with a slew of additional features not seen in other versions of the top-down action game. Even further bonuses and tweaks are set to come in future updates, and as the title is one big love-letter to the '80s and '90s, it's only...

Video: Nintendo Minute Digs For Details on Shovel Knight With Sean Velasco

Nintendo Minute Digs For Details on Shovel Knight With Sean Velasco

Finding that retro balance

As the weeks pass we're certainly getting closer to some enticing eShop releases, one of which is Shovel Knight on the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Having succeeded in the crowdfunding arena Yacht Club Games is approaching its début, with 31st March the confirmed target release date. There's been plenty of positivity around the...

News: Retro City Rampage DX is "Doing Great" on 3DS

Retro City Rampage DX is "Doing Great" on 3DS

Vblank Entertainment shows interest in a future 3DS release

It's no secret that of the income Vblank Entertainment and its founder has earned from Retro City Rampage, the WiiWare version has contributed little, potentially nothing. When we last raised the topic with the studio's founder Brian Provinciano he reiterated that he'd earned nothing from...

Nintendo Download: 27th February (Europe)

27th February (Europe)

AeternoBlade, fishy business, retro Wario, Senran Kagura and much more

Monday morning means Download news time in Europe, and this week Nintendo has delivered a fairly lengthy list of options on the way. There are new titles on Wii U and 3DS as well as some retro VC options, while a variety of temporary and permanent discounts also arrive to tempt...

Video: Nintendo Minute and Jools Watsham Catch Up On Treasurenauts and Moon Chronicles

Nintendo Minute and Jools Watsham Catch Up On Treasurenauts and Moon Chronicles

Renegade releases

During the relatively recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts, the North American version included snapshots of 'Nintendo Minute' interviews with eShop developers that have, slowly and surely, been released in full. This weekend brings us the interview with Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham, discussing upcoming 3DS eShop titles Treasurenauts...