3DS eShop News

January2015

  • Nintendo Download 15th January (Europe)

    Axelay, 3D After Burner II, Demon's Quest and much more

    It's another Monday morning, but we won't let that get us down as we have the European Nintendo Download Update to cheer us up. There are new titles to enjoy across Wii U and 3DS, some classics on the Virtual Console and a whole load of tempting discounts. Let's get to it. Wii U eShop: Family...

  • News Natsume Thanks Fans for Strong Launch of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley in North America

    Performing beyond expectations in the region

    Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is a diversion for the series, as Natsume took the franchise in some new directions, with the title being the first to go "fully three-dimensional". Story of Seasons, previously released as a Harvest Moon game in Japan but being published under a different name - due to IP...

  • Nintendo Download 8th January (North America)

    Chariot, Mega Man battling, Shantae discount, mazes and more

    It's that time of the week once again, when an assortment of goodies are revealed in the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week brings a variety of titles for Wii U and 3DS, including a particularly stylish effort from Frima Studio; there are also some discounts on both systems...

  • News Nintendo Adds a Bunch of Virtual Console Titles to North American Web Store

    Over 100 retail and VC games across Wii U and 3DS

    Last year Nintendo of America began selling retail downloads on its website, in what we hoped was a baby step towards a future where any game on the eShop can be easily bought online. Utilising the online capabilities of the Wii U and 3DS, it's possible to buy a game directly from the website and...

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    Review Toys vs. Monsters

    Manufacturer refurbished

    If you've ever been disappointed that you can't play a recent and improved version of the hugely successful Plants vs. Zombies on your 3DS - aside from the DS release - you may be intrigued by the shamelessly similarly-named Toys vs. Monsters on the eShop. All of the information about it points to a fun little experience...

  • Video Here Are Your Game Of The Year 2014 Picks, In Video Form

    Last year we asked you — the wonderful Nintendo Life readership — to select your most beloved titles of 2014. The results were truly illuminating, and prove that the past 12 months were pretty darn good for Nintendo fans. Just like we did with yesterday's Staff GOTY video, we've taken the reader results and transformed them into a wonderful...

  • News Undead Storm Nightmare Will Bring The Zombie Apocalypse to 3DS

    A sequel to the terrific DSiWare action shooter

    DSiWare brought us some terrific bite-sized games, and one of the stand-outs was GO Series: Undead Storm - essentially a mindless zombie-shooting action game from a top-down perspective, it included local multiplayer and seemed like a portable spin-off from the Left 4 Dead series. Fans of action games...

  • News Gunman Clive 2 Delayed for a Few Weeks More

    Sharpshooting some serious bugs

    Hopeful townsfolk have been waiting for Gunman Clive 2, the sequel to the stylish, breakout 3DS eShop title, to ride in with the sunrise. It's still slated to come, but one-man development team Bertil Hörberg has pushed the release back to address some troublesome bugs found over Christmas. Hörberg announced the...

  • Video Remind Yourself Of Nintendo Life's Top Picks For 2014

    Our Game of the Year Awards, presented in video form

    Before Christmas, we delivered the Nintendo Life Staff Game of the Year Awards for 2014, and the list was predictably packed with amazing software. Just in case you missed it -- or in case you loved it so much that you'd like a recap -- we've put together a video based on the same results. We'll...

  • News The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Limited-Edition Bundle Confirmed for North America

    Comes with a Skull Kid figurine

    Update: Nintendo's Facebook post specifies this bundle as exclusive to Amazon, GameStop and Fry's Electronics (thanks for the heads up @Ryno). The bundle is already a 'best seller' and sold out on Amazon and GameStop, the latter of which includes an 'ultimate' set with the Prima strategy guide. Based on social...

  • News 3D After Burner II Set to Jet Into Europe on 15th January

    Start your hype engines, Sega fans

    Relatively late last year Sega gave us some news that we'd been waiting for - the second wave of 3D Classics on the eShop are coming to the West. Those with a Japanese 3DS have been enjoying these for a while, but the confirmation that 3D After Burner II would come early this year brought optimism; Sega wasn't...

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    Review MindFeud

    Feud for thought

    The best kinds of board games don't force you to rely on sheer luck to win. There are plenty out there which encourage the use of logic and quick thinking to seize victory, which makes for a more satisfying experience overall as a result. All manner of puzzle games have enjoyed a wide level of success on 3DS, but MindFeud from...

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    Review My First Songs 2

    More of the same

    For those who haven't read our review of the original My First Songs on 3DS, you may want to read that before going any further in this one. My First Songs 2 is the sequel to My First Songs and generally follows the same formula as the original. You have a variety of nursery rhymes which you can tap along to using the touch screen...

  • Nintendo Download 8th January (Europe)

    Chariot, Crunchyroll, Underground, Turtles, discounts and more

    After a quiet start to 2015 in terms of new download releases, we see things ramp up in the most recent European Nintendo Download Update details. The Wii U is the main beneficiary with some promising arrivals, while on 3DS one of our favourite HOME themes previously released in Japan...

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    Review Sumico

    To sum up

    Puzzle games are ten-a-penny these days and usually take the form of a clone of an existing puzzle game – most notably Bejeweled – so it's nice to see new ideas sprouting forth from developers such as those found in Sumico for the 3DS. Does its shiny new gameplay offer something fresh and enjoyable, or is it puzzle pitfall? The basic...

  • Feature The Biggest 3DS Games of 2015

    Majora's Mask 3D! Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate! Code Name: S.T.E.A.M! More!

    We've now kicked off into a New Year, and to get us going we've already published our feature for ten of the biggest Wii U games of 2015; now it's the turn of the 3DS. While Nintendo has been going all out to emphasize a relatively busy 2015 line-up for Wii U, it's been a lot...

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    Review Brutus & Futée

    Et tu, Futée

    You'd be forgiven for not being especially inspired by the title of Brutus and Futée, as two unknown character's names doesn't really strike that much confidence in consumers. The title also doesn't give anything away in regards to the gameplay itself, so is this strangely named game worth your time? The two titular characters in...

  • News Two Tetris Titles Pulled From the 3DS eShop in North America

    Just like in Europe, but without the warning

    In late November Nintendo posted a notification on the 3DS eShop to advise that the Game Boy Virtual Console version of Tetris and the retail game of the same name would be withdrawn at the end of 2014. No reason was given, but we'd bet it's down to licensing rights, as this coincidentally happened...

  • Nintendo Download 1st January (North America)

    Pokémon Pinball, Bionic Commando, discounted Shovel Knight and more

    It's the start of 2015, and Nintendo of America's first Download Update is a fairly slim affair, with each system enjoying a Virtual Console arrival alongside a few tempting discounts. Let's get to the details. Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the...

December2014

November2014

  • News Toys vs. Monsters Brings Childhood Battles to 3DS on 18th December

    Our money's on the rubber duck...

    Whether publishing or developing, EnjoyUp Games continues to bring plenty of budget download games — some rather good — to the eShop platforms. The company has now announced a festive release date for its next title on 3DS, Toys vs. Monsters — it'll arrive in North America and Europe on 18th December. This is...

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    Review Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness

    Little monsters

    It might not be too off kilter to think that, in some alternate universe, things could have shaken out differently in Capcom’s stable and Firebrand the Red Arremer/Gargoyle would have become a bigger star. The company could have been associated more with crimson than true blue, and fans today could be crying out over the absence of...

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    Review Talking Phrasebook

    It's translation time

    Call us pessimistic, but we think it's fair to say that travelling abroad can be a pretty stressful experience. Sure, the exotic locales and sunny weather is always worth it in the end, but making the trip often takes no shortage of patience and more than a few embarrassing attempts to drag up half-remembered phrases in the...

  • News Nintendo eShop Maintenance Planned for 1st December

    Get your shopping done

    While perusing the 3DS eShop notifications and wondering why on Earth Tetris is being removed from the store, we saw a far more helpful message outlining that the download platform has a hefty chunk of maintenance on the way. There'll be a little over seven hours of downtime, though maintenance taking down the eShop stores is...

  • News Two Tetris Downloads to be Removed from the 3DS eShop in Europe

    Blocks dropped

    Occasionally we see some enjoyable titles disappear from Nintendo's download stores, often retro titles and likely the result of a licensing issue. We're a little surprised by the latest victims, however, which are set to disappear from the European 3DS eShop after 31st December. Following that date the store will lose the Game Boy...

  • News Let's Summarise the Remaining eShop Deals on Wii U and 3DS

    As Nintendo decided not to share...

    Earlier this week a host of titles went on discount in North America, some of which were outlined in last week's download update without firm prices, and a whole load of others that came as surprises. We held off believing they'd all be covered in today's download update only to be foiled; there are plenty of...

  • Nintendo Download 27th November (North America)

    Persona Q, Thomas Was Alone, Hyrule Warriors DLC, discounts galore and more

    For those of you in the US celebrating it today, here we have the Thanksgiving edition of the Nintendo Download Update, while for everyone else in North America it's simply the 'wow look at all the discounts' edition. Alongside more price reductions than you could shake a...

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    Review Chat-A-Lot

    Textual healing or vocal underperformity?

    Want to turn your 3DS into a social device that allows you and your friends to exchange text messages and partake in voice chat while collaborating on doodles? That’s the experience that Chat-A-Lot advertises, and while it delivers in some regards, overall this simple application falls very flat. Part of...

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    Review Picross e5

    Another pack of Picross

    While the first few Picross e games mixed things up a little with slightly different modes each time, the previous game in the series — Picross e4 — didn't do anything unique; it simply brought back all of those previous special modes. Picross e5 also plays it safe and is essentially an expansion of the previous game,...