3DS eShop News

December2013

November2013

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    3DS eShop

    Review Jewel Match 3

    Not particularly valuable

    When it comes to puzzlers, a certain generation of gamers will remember when Tetris was the title that was endlessly cloned, reinterpreted and reinvented, with countless studios and developers trying desperately to recapture the cultural magic of what had to be the simplest idea in gaming yet: slotting shapes together...

  • News Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre Is Region-Free

    Mixed messages

    In the past — and to the outrage of some — Satoru Iwata has made it clear that the days of region-free Nintendo hardware and software are over. Now though, the door has been left slightly ajar. Whilst region-locks were thought to be the future of Nintendo gaming, this theory has now been partially crushed with the announcement of...

  • News Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot is Jumping Onto The 3DS eShop

    The title says it all

    While we may often beat the drum for the upcoming titles on the Wii U eShop, we shouldn't forget that the 3DS eShop has a strong record of serving up fun downloads. Spanish developer CoderChild has been in touch to confirm its next project is targeting release on the portable this year at a budget price, offering up simple...

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    Review 3D Space Harrier

    Welcome to the Fantasy Zone

    Sitting here in 2013, it's almost impossible to fully appreciate the kind of impact Space Harrier had when it hit arcades way back in 1985 — a year when many of today's active gamers weren't even alive. A showcase for Sega's "Super Scaler" technology and the company's skill at creating impressive hydraulically-driven...

  • Nintendo Download 28th November (North America)

    SEGA Classics go 3D, discounted Mario, touring the Louvre and more

    It's Nintendo Download time again, North America, and this week brings a fairly diverse range of options. We have plenty of retro goodies on the Wii U eShop, reduced retro Mario on both Wii U and 3DS, revived SEGA classics on the 3DS as well as a tour of the iconic Louvre museum...

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    Review Ohno Odyssey

    Ohno or Ohyes?

    Everyone loves to play an epic adventure, but there's also a place for lighthearted, bite-sized gaming — especially when it comes to portable titles. Despite its "epic" title, Ohno Odyssey, a physics puzzler from Big John Games, offers a bite-sized experience with addictive trial-and-error gameplay and a fair amount of charm. While...

  • News New Iwata Asks Takes In the Louvre and its 3DS Guide

    A project Miyamoto-san indirectly "worked on for five or six years"

    It arrived somewhat out-of-the-blue today, but Nintendo has released Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre on the 3DS eShop in Europe, a commercial version of the interactive guide that's been available at the Paris museum since Spring 2012; there's even an accompanying Mini Nintendo Direct...

  • News Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre App Released Alongside Mini Nintendo Direct

    Don't mona about the price

    Update Nintendo of America has now confirmed that this app will be released in North America — it'll arrive in the region on 2nd December and cost $19.99. Original Article Way back in Spring 2012 we told you about the official Louvre 3DS tour guide application that was being offered to visitors of the iconic museum...

  • News EDGE 3DS 'Looking Good' For A Pre-Xmas Release

    Passes Nintendo of America's certification checks

    Last week we reported that EDGE would be coming to the 3DS eShop, and it appears we won’t have to wait too long. Earlier today, Two Tribes announced on Twitter that things were looking good for an EDGE 3DS Christmas release, or possibly even sooner. The publisher later confirmed that the title,...

  • News M2: Bringing Space Harrier To 3DS Was "Almost Impossible", But It's "The Definitive Version"

    Who would have thought porting old arcade games could be this hard?

    This week the 3DS eShop will finally be blessed with 3D classics from SEGA — including arcade classic Space Harrier — but getting these titles to run as perfectly as they do on 3DS was no easy task, as the developers have explained in a recent interview. Naoki Horii,...

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    Review Hands On! Tangrams

    All hands on deck?

    Hands On! Tangrams, originally a DS retail game, is now a DSiWare title thanks to developer Island Officials; it's a simple, bare bones affair that is fun while it lasts, but has very little replay value and may prove too simple for more experienced gamers. Still, with the low entry price, there are worse puzzle games with which...

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    Review Senran Kagura Burst

    Fit to Burst

    Fresh from the friendly fields of Rune Factory 4, XSEED returns with another, decidedly more deadly offering from the Land of the Rising Sun in Senran Kagura Burst. Taking its gameplay inspiration from classic side-scrolling beat-'em-ups, and its over-the-top, undergarment-filled style from anime and manga, this is a fun, frenzied...

  • Nintendo Download 28th November (Europe)

    Mario's 3D adventure arrives, 3D SEGA Classics and a lot more

    It's Monday, which means that the European Nintendo Download will give us a pleasing start to the week. On the way, most notably, is Mario's critically acclaimed 3D début on the Wii U, while the 3D classics from SEGA finally arrive in the West for the first time; in addition we also...

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    Review Christmas Wonderland 3

    Another name on the naughty list

    It was a cold night, and the gentle snow was just beginning to fall. All throughout Nintendo Life HQ there was evidence of good cheer. After all, Christmas was coming! Martin and Morgan were decorating the tree, newcomer Liam was introducing the team to his home-made eggnog, and Ron was entertaining the children by...

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    Review Jett Rocket II - The Wrath of Taikai

    A rocketing success?

    It’s crazy to think that it’s been three years since we last saw Jett Rocket. Three years may not seem like it was that long ago, but a lot has changed during this time. As a result, not only is the planetary inspector only just making his handheld début on 3DS, but his creators at Shin’en Multimedia no longer have to...

  • News SteamWorld Dig Coming to PC, But Follow-Up Will Still Arrive "Day One" on 3DS

    "Nintendo has treated us like royalty"

    SteamWorld Dig is a 3DS eShop title that's undoubtedly caused a stir among Nintendo Download gamers, while also receiving bounteous praise throughout its reviews. The work of Image & Form, it's been a title that's retained solid momentum after launch due to positive word of mouth, while Nintendo gave it...

  • News Shovel Knight Digs Up a Few Surprise Features

    Miiverse and Streetpass integration announced

    The crew over at Yacht Clubs Games are still putting their backs into the development of Shovel Knight, according to a recent Kickstarter update. The team has offered a list of some of the current features it's working on, with a couple that'll be exclusive to the Nintendo versions of the game. In...

  • Nintendo Download 21st November (North America)

    Mario, Zelda, Crazy Coasters, EDGE, discounted Mega Man and much more

    It's Nintendo Download update time again, North America, and this week brings two long awaited retail releases on the Wii U and 3DS, a new Mario Party game, plenty of reduced price Mega Man and some promising download-only content on the Wii U, in particular. There's plenty to...

  • News EDGE to Roll Its Way Onto the 3DS eShop

    Published by Two Tribes, ported by Cosmigo

    EDGE arrives on the Wii U eShop in North America and Europe today, the second entry in the Two Tribes Classics series of low-prices releases. We're big fans, too, awarding it 9/10 in our review. Publisher Two Tribes has now confirmed that the title will also be making its way the 3DS eShop, soon, providing...

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    Review World Conqueror 3D

    Tanks, but no tanks

    Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell of the British Army once said that “war is a muddle” and, quite frankly, we couldn’t agree with him more. The conflict he described was that of World War II; that's the very same that World Conqueror 3D strives to simulate, with messy results. No more than an overcomplicated clone of...

  • News SteamWorld Dig Creators to Make "Huge Announcement" Tomorrow

    Is there another SteamWorld game in the works?

    Image & Form, the Swedish development studio behind 3DS eShop title SteamWorld Dig, stated on Twitter earlier today that it will be making a huge announcement tomorrow. Seeing as the tweet — which is shown below — tells us to speculate about what this could be, we thought it'd be rude not to...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Secret Mysteries in New York

    Find every object, for great justice

    There's a real puzzle afoot in Secret Mysteries in New York, and it has to do with the game's title itself. No, it's not our attempt to figure out whether or not the phrase "secret mysteries" qualifies as redundant; it's why the developers bothered to rename Secret Mysteries in London for its eShop release. The...

  • News Aussie Rating Reveals The Title Of Nintendo's First Free-To-Play Effort

    Steel Diver: Sub Wars breaks the surface

    It was revealed some time ago that a version of Steel Diver would be Nintendo's first free-to-play offering, but we've now got a solid title thanks to The Australian Classification Board.

  • Interview KORG M01D Creator Nobuyoshi Sano Talks About Making Sweet Music On The 3DS eShop

    Detune's Sano talks about turning 3DS consoles into music-making tools

    To celebrate the release of KORG M01D on the 3DS eShop and the publication of our review, we present to you an exclusive interview with its creator Nobuyoshi Sano, conducted by dedicated fan Graham Ellaby. Since its launch in December 2010 on the Nintendo DS, KORG M01 has...

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    Review KORG M01D

    Blast from the past

    3DS has amassed a curiously robust library of music creation software for a chunk of hardware built to play video games. The KORG brand in particular has made itself comfy on Nintendo's handhelds in the past few years, starting with an emulation of the classic MS-10 synth in KORG DS-10, and now the M1 gets the software treatment...

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    Review Word Wizard 3D

    Dark wizard

    Word games can be fun, addictive brain teasers, but they can also be tedious, unintuitive and shallow. Word Wizard 3D unfortunately falls squarely into the latter category. Though there are plenty of game modes, and none are fundamentally broken, there's nothing in Word Wizard 3D that justifies its purchase over various alternatives that...

  • Nintendo Download 21st November (Europe)

    Zelda arrives, Sonic demos, discounted Rayman, Wii U EDGE and much more

    It's a full on Nintendo Download week, Europe, with the lineup kicking off our Monday with a bewildering range of options. We have some big-name retail titles arriving, three intriguing Wii U eShop download-only releases, a hugely attractive Rayman discount and a lot more...

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review City Connection

    Crash and burn

    Originally released as an arcade game, City Connection puts you in the shoes of a man who wants to travel all over the world in order to paint its roads white, thus proving that he's travelled across the globe. Sounds like vandalism to us, but that's the '80s for you! Of course, this would be rather difficult to accomplish on foot, so...

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    3DS eShop

    Review 4 Elements

    Not a perfect storm

    Engine Software's 4 Elements is a fun match-3 puzzler weighed down by unnecessary seek-and-find sequences and occasionally frustrating level design. Originally a PC game, 4 Elements' generic fantasy presentation hides an addictive game that will appeal to fans of Bejeweled and other "casual" puzzle titles. There's nothing wrong...

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    Review My Baby Pet Hotel 3D

    A pile of shih tzu

    We'll say this at the outset: pet sims are not for everybody. We know that much, and while the popularity of certain genres might baffle us at times, we'd never dream of holding a game's genre against it. While we may or may not get swept up in any particular enthusiasm ourselves, we'd like to think that we can distance ourselves...

  • News Pokémon Bank Pricing Revealed For Australia And New Zealand

    A reasonable sum

    Game, technology, and software pricing may not be such of an issue in certain parts of the world, but in Australia and New Zealand it is the complete opposite. Pricing is so expensive, in fact, that the Australian Government is currently looking into how to solve the problem. With that in mind, this news will come as a relief to...

  • News Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths Will Find Its Way Onto the Wii U eShop on 21st November

    Will arrive on the 3DS store "a couple of weeks later"

    During the Summer we told you about Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths, which is based on the popular Japanese / French animated series of the same name; its popularity is on the rise again since its '80s glory days, and the game will be updated with free DLC to match up with new episodes...

  • News Jett Rocket II Delayed Down Under, Will Be Released "As Quick As Possible"

    Aussies will just have to wait

    While the rest of the world is enjoying Jett Rocket II: The Wraith of Taikai on the 3DS, the game is yet to be released — or even rated by the Australian Classification Board — Down Under. The information was delivered via a post on the official Facebook page of the game’s developer, Shin'en Multimedia. The...

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    Review Secret Agent Files: Miami

    Cold case

    Hidden object games are a relatively new genre descended from “point and click” classics like King’s Quest, Broken Sword and others. Secret Agent Files: Miami strives to combine hidden object gameplay with more traditional point/click puzzle solving and attempts to make good use of the 3DS’ features along the way; yet the end...

  • Nintendo Download 14th November (North America)

    Mario & Sonic, cheaper Zelda, busty brawling and much more

    The Nintendo Download news has come in later than usual today, and no wonder. It's another lengthy list to get through this week, with some major retail releases joining a host of download-only options. With further preamble, let's get to it. Wii U Virtual Console: Uncharted Waters: New...

  • News Nintendo of America Launches Weekly eShop Price Promotions

    This week is all about the Zelda franchise

    While many announcements in today's regional Nintendo Direct broadcasts were largely similar in both North America and Europe, one promotion confirmed by Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime may make some European gamers jealous. It's been confirmed that there'll be weekly eShop promotions covering the...

  • News Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies DLC Priced and Dated

    A well orca-strated case

    The previously announced DLC case for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is set to take the stand next week in the West — you know, the one where Phoenix might just have the awesomest client ever? According to

  • News Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai Available Now on the 3DS eShop

    Flying in early as a Nintendo Direct treat

    With Jett Rocket being a stand-out on WiiWare and developer Shin'en Multimedia building an increasingly positive reputation on Nintendo's platforms, there's been a good degree of anticipation for Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai among Nintendo Download enthusiasts. With a promise of a silky smooth 60...

  • News Nintendo Delivers Another eShop Sizzle Reel to Hype Some Download Treats

    Wii U and 3DS eShop releases featured

    During its August Nintendo Direct broadcast Nintendo of Europe released a rather awesome eShop sizzle reel. Such is the nature of development that plenty of those titles are yet to grace the download platforms, but today's Nintendo Direct broadcasts did include a fresh video that highlighted upcoming releases...

  • News Get Tactical With Nintendo Pocket Football Club on the 3DS eShop Next Year

    Football Manager, Nintendo style

    Previously released in Japan as Pocket Soccer League: Calciobit in 2012, Nintendo has announced that Nintendo Pocket Football Club will hit the back of the net on the 3DS eShop in Europe next year. You can presumably attempt to become the next Sir Alex Ferguson as you take full control of your own football club by...

  • News System Update Will Allow You To Share eShop Balances Across Wii U And 3DS

    The first step towards a single account system?

    During today's Nintendo Direct broadcast it was announced that players will be able to combine and share their eShop credit across their 3DS and Wii U systems. By signing into the 3DS with your Nintendo Network ID, you will be able to spend credit you have attached to that account. Likewise, any...

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    Review Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut 3D

    Straight to DVD

    Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut 3D is an odd title, in that it's unashamedly simplistic yet reliant on gamers that perhaps have a hint of obsessive compulsive behaviour or, alternatively, those that cherish retro games that do little more than give you the same task repeatedly and stick your name on a leaderboard. What this does do is...

  • News Senran Kagura Burst Will Brawl Its Way Onto the North American eShop on 14th November

    It's a download-only release in the region

    Fans of anime brawlers have no doubt been keeping an eye on Senran Kagura Burst, which includes the Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows and the opposing Senran Kagura: Crimson Girls storylines in one package. As is almost standard for the genre, it's also attracted attention for its busty young protagonists...

  • Nintendo Download 14th November (Europe)

    Picross, Mega Man returns, unpronounceable puzzles, discounts and more

    It's just another manic Monday, dear readers, but Europeans can once again take solace in the week's download offerings. This time around we have the continuation of a popular puzzle series, a new puzzle IP, some rather fun 16-bit Mega Man and a scattering of other goodies...

  • News Are You Fast Enough to Enter the SteamWorld Dig Perfect Run Contest?

    Be the best digger

    In the months following the release of the excellent SteamWorld Dig on the 3DS eShop, our friends at Image & Form have had varying reports from fans about how quickly were able to complete the game. Some of these were so impressive that they have even caused CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson to question his own skill at playing the...

  • Nintendo Download 7th November (North America)

    Wii Sports is back, Toki Tori returns, retro Wario and more

    Arriving later than normal today, we have the Nintendo Download news for all of you gamers in North America. This week serves up a couple of options within Wii Sports Club, while we have the return of a popular WiiWare game, retail options and a number of download-only offerings. Let's...

  • News Tappingo! Details Puzzle Their Way Into View

    Picross-ing over to the 3DS eShop

    A good while ago the main man behind Goodbye Galaxy Games, Hugo Smits, confirmed that his first 3DS eShop title would be Tappingo, a puzzle title that aims to incorporate popular ideas in a fresh way. The game maker has now been in touch with further details and screenshots, saying the following. Solve pixel art...

  • News Shin Megami Tensei IV DLC Joins Game in 25% eShop Discount Until 11th November

    Don't worry wallets, there are only 11 DLC packs

    Last week's Nintendo Download update for North America brought the news that Atlus was offering a temporary discount on RPG epic Shin Megami Tensei IV, with the price reduced to $39.99 from $49.99; that offer runs until 11th November. The publisher has now confirmed that in-game DLC is also part of...

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    Review Arcade Classics 3D

    Six terrible games for the price of one terrible game

    Mini-game collections have always run the quality gamut, but it's fair to say that the numbers are weighted much more heavily towards the negative end of the spectrum. For every Game & Watch Gallery there's a seemingly infinite number of Chuck E. Cheese's Arcade Rooms. So if we really wanted...

  • Nintendo Download 7th November (Europe)

    Wii Sports returns, Layton's legacy, Olympics, Batman and much more

    The download details for Europe arrived a little later than usual this week, possibly because it's a rather lengthy release list. We have high profile retail games on Wii U and 3DS, along with some interesting download-only options and discounts both permanent and temporary...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Angry Bunnies

    Rotten egg

    Whenever a new game, franchise or genre becomes mega-successful, countless similar titles and rip-offs are bound to emerge. Rovio's now-iconic Angry Birds series is one of the most successful mobile franchises of all time, and for good reason — the simple, physics-based gameplay is quick and addictive, the birds and pigs have...

  • Video This IronFall Tech Demo is Rather Impressive

    Hopefully the game itself will match up well

    Recently we've brought you some coverage of IronFall, a third-person shooter from developer VD-Dev that's making its way to the 3DS eShop. It's a project with plenty of ambition, including a goal of running at a silky smooth 60 frames-per-second. While screens and bold declarations have brought some...

  • News Flipnote Studio 3D Friends Gallery Disabled in Japan

    Paid service World Gallery remains

    Yesterday we reported that Nintendo had halted the Swapnote / Nintendo Letter Box SpotPass service due to some users utilising it to "exchange offensive material". The direct exchange of photos, and minors actively sharing their friend codes and photos, were both highlighted as issues that drove the decision to...

  • News Nintendo Disables Swapnote's SpotPass Service Due to Online Safety Concerns

    Service was "actively misused"

    The SpotPass service that allows the sending and receiving of drawings and photographs in Swapnote (Nintendo Letter Box in Europe) has been indefinitely disabled. The online service had been used to distribute "offensive material" to minors, Nintendo said. The software - downloadable from the 3DS eShop - is designed...

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