3DS eShop News

September2013

August2013

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    3DS eShop

    Review Fish On 3D

    Bass On, Bass Off

    The 3DS is no stranger to fishing games, and neither is Agetec — having made a few bass-heavy titles for the Playstation and Playstation 2 — but Fish On 3D marks the first time the Rabi Laby publisher has cast its line into the pool of eShop anglers. It's an all-bass, arcade-style tournament fishing game, with some solid if...

  • Video 3D Streets Of Rage's "One Punch" Mode Is Surprisingly Entertaining

    Perfect for newbies, too

    3D Streets of Rage has just hit the Japanese 3DS eShop — where it's known by the Japanese title of 3D Bare Knuckle — and it features a mode where your character can kill enemies with a single punch. While this makes the game incredibly easy, it doesn't remove any of the enjoyment — in fact, it's surprisingly addictive...

  • News We're Getting Digital Right On 3DS And Wii U, Insists Reggie

    "The consumer is voting with their wallets"

    Plenty of people will happily tell you that Nintendo doesn't understand digital, and that the Japanese giant is late to the party and has been outpaced by rivals Microsoft and Sony, who put their respective weights behind online content much earlier and more effectively. Nintendo certainly has some things...

  • Exclusive Exploring The Mysterious Cities of Gold With Fleur Marty

    We chat about the title's new fundraising campaign and more

    About a month ago Neko Entertainment and Ynnis Interactive announced they will be bringing Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths to Wii U and 3DS this October. It's based on the cult Japanese-French animated series of the same name, which aired in the early eighties and it has recently...

  • Nintendo Download 29th August (North America)

    Pokémon get rumbling, Rayman and Zelda get legendary, Wario and more

    It's that time again, North America, as more downloadable goodies arrive on the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms. There's a new Nintendo-published Wii U eShop title, a return to legendary beginnings and an all new legend with Rayman, while Wario and a discount grace the 3DS. Check...

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    Review Carps & Dragons

    Something smells fishy

    Back in 2009, Abylight released Fish'em All! on WiiWare, an arcade title in which you jump around with giant nets attempting to catch the plethora of fish jumping out of the water. The concept was fine but the execution left something to be desired, as the developers decided it was a smart idea to require a swing of the Wii...

  • News Sonic Generations Hitting The North American 3DS eShop Next Week

    No word on price yet

    Everyone may be getting excited about the impending release of Sonic Lost World on Wii U and 3DS, but that doesn't mean that Sega has forgotten about its past classics — the company is releasing Sonic Generations on the 3DS eShop next Thursday. There's no word on a price as yet, but it's good to see that one of Sonic's better...

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    Review Deer Drive Legends

    Bang bang, he shot the Doe, bang bang...

    When the 3DS was launched, it's perhaps unsurprising that a few developers decided it'd be the perfect platform for what would previously be considered "light gun" games. There's no gun with the portable, of course, but the stylus has been proven again and again as a more than useful alternative, affording...

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    Review Cut The Rope

    Will it rope you in?

    Cut the Rope has been a staggering success for Russian development studio ZeptoLab. Originally released on iOS back in 2010, the title has been downloaded over 100 million times and has spawned two popular sequels. With such impressive accolades tucked underneath its belt, it's not hard to understand why the franchise continues...

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    Review Funfair Party Games

    No Fair

    Taking classic arcade and carnival redemption games as its inspiration, Funfair Party Games combines two things 3DS owners are quite familiar with by now: a collection of mini-games and well-meaning but flawed motion controls. With eleven games of varying quality and some surprisingly solid multiplayer features, the result is a mixed bag -...

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    Review Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos

    Go Ninja, Go Ninja GO!

    Chances are that even if you don’t know much about Ninja Gaiden, you’re at the very least aware that it’s a series synonymous with high difficulty. When the original hit the NES back in 1989, we have to imagine it lead to the demise of many controllers – we vividly recall rage-quitting on at least an occasion or two...

  • News Virtue's Last Reward Glitch Resolved in eShop Version, Maybe

    When in doubt...

    Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is now available on the 3DS eShop in North America, offering another avenue to this well-received visual novel/puzzle adventure. Players of the original physical copy of the game, however, have been wondering whether the download version still contains one grief-bearing issue: a save-corrupting bug...

  • News Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies Will Not Be Getting A Boxed Copy in The West

    All hopes have officially been dashed

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies has been out in Japan for over a month and is not far from being released in the West. While Japan has a physical copy of the game, 3DS owners overseas will need to make do with a download-only version. Western gamers were given a beacon of hope when Christian...

  • News Renegade Kid Unearths More Information on Treasurenauts

    Still on course for a 2013 release, could end up on Wii U

    Earlier this year Renegade Kid announced it is working on a new 2D platformer called Treasurenauts and said it hopes to release it into the 3DS eShop towards the end of this year. Co-founder of Renegade Kid Jools Watsham has been answering a few questions about it on Twitter and more...

  • News World Conqueror 3D Will Satisfy 3DS eShop Tyrants Soon

    "You have to think how to defend your land and swallow neighbour countries"

    CIRCLE Entertainment was particularly active on the DSi Shop, and it's already kicking into gear on the 3DS eShop. Earlier in the year we brought you a rather lengthy list of planned releases from the company, and World Conquest has now emerged as World Conqueror 3D. A port...

  • Nintendo Download 29th August (Europe)

    Legendary Zelda and Rayman tales are told, Ninja-tough NES action and more

    Another Monday is brightened up by the Nintendo Download Update that brings a mix of Wii U and 3DS titles, while a DSiWare release also sneaks in. It's a true mix of the old and new once again, so let's get to the details. Wii U Virtual Console: The Legend of Zelda...

  • News Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo! Rated In Australia

    The photographic app may make it to PAL regions

    A few months back Chibi-Robo Live Action! was released in Japan but there has been little word on a Western adaptation for the 3DS eShop application. However, the Australian Classification Board has now rated a title called Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo!, indicating the game may come to PAL

  • News New Trademarks Hint at Pokémon Tretta Localisation

    Pokéfigure Arena could be a thing, too

    Some of you may recall our reports on the 3DS download Pokémon Tretta Lab, an app in Japan that mimics Tretta arcades. These are Pokémon battling games that require collectible plastic discs, which are detected by a reader and turned into a 'mon on screen. In the case of the arcades winning a battle awards...

  • Developer Interview Brian Provinciano on Retro City Rampage for 3DS, WiiWare Misunderstandings and Wii U

    "NOA and NOE, the people at both feel like family"

    Brian Provinciano, the founder and main man of Vblank Entertainment, has had an interesting one-game history with Nintendo. The original form of the Retro City Rampage project was a technical challenge to push the boundaries of what was possible on the 8-bit NES. What became the full game was...

  • News SEGA Genesis Shooter, Steel Empire, to Get the 3DS eShop Remake Treatment

    Steampunk shooting

    We may have reported this week that the publisher of Kokuga sees "difficult crossroads" for the shoot-em-'up genre in Japan, but that hasn't deterred others from flying into the market. One upcoming release is promising to bring back a side-scrolling shooter from the 16-bit era, as Japanese developers Starfish are preparing...

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    Review Solomon's Key

    You'll need the wisdom of Solomon for this one

    In Solomon's Key – an action / puzzler from Tecmo – you take command of a wizard named Dana as he searches for a magical formula that's said to banish all evil from the world. It began life in arcades back in 1986, finding its way to NES a year later, and now it's resurfaced on the 3DS Virtual...

  • Video This Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies DLC Case Intro is Glorious to Behold

    One whale of a scene

    Youtube user MasterOfRayquaza has been kind enough to upload the opening of Turnabout Return, the DLC case for the upcoming Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies, and it’s something to see. The footage comes from the Japanese version, so those of us who don’t know the language won’t understand the text or voice...

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    Review Jewel Quest 4 Heritage

    Attack of the clones

    The Jewel Quest series is fast becoming something of a recurring negative on Nintendo's handheld systems. Ignoring the fact that each entry has been generically dull, the alarming rate at which each new instalment is being released is certainly a cause for concern. Forget Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed with their yearly...

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    Review Summer Carnival '92 RECCA

    For shoot 'em up experts only

    The release of this game on the 3DS eShop is a bit of a strange occurrence. Summer Carnival '92 Recca was, as you might guess from its odd name, created for a shoot 'em up game competition held in 1992, exclusively in Japan. It was only available from those competitions, so the supply was quite limited and, as a result,...

  • Nintendo Download 22nd August (North America)

    Retro fighting and ninja skills, soothing portable puzzles and more

    It's Nintendo Download Update time, North America, and this week serves up plenty of new and old games on 3DS, alongside some discounts, as well as a lot of 16-bit fighting on the Wii U. Let's get right to the details. Wii U Virtual Console: The Wii U Virtual Console is offering...

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    Review Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D

    War is garbage

    If there’s one distinguishing feature that makes Teyon’s Heavy Fire series stand out from video gaming’s crowd of military shooters, it’s that it has no distinguishing features. Like, zero. It has features, sure, but nary an original idea nor even a whiff of one. Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D continues the series’ tradition of...

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    Review Wakedas

    Easy to learn, difficult to pronounce

    What if the Rubik’s Cube only had one side? It seems this question has kept the ironically named developers at CIRCLE Entertainment up all night, and those sleepless hours have resulted in a quality puzzle game that relaxes and taxes simultaneously. Wakedas is a straightforward affair that slowly ramps up the...

  • News Petit Computer Looks Set for the 3DS

    Let's all code a smiley face pixel

    While not necessarily a blockbuster hit, DSiWare title Petit Computer has earned a loyal, dedicated group of programmers around the world. Using BASIC code, it provides a surprisingly robust, powerful tool to create small games and share them online, even if it wasn't quite perfect in its execution. Of course,...

  • News Retro City Rampage is Totally Coming to the 3DS eShop

    Will be playable at PAX Prime

    Update 2: Brian Provinciano has now posted an official update to confirm the 3DS release. The target release window is the Holiday season, and below is part of the statement. The 3DS version is the first that's required significant development work. While all previous versions were nearly pixel-for-pixel identical,...

  • Video New Trailer Blasts Away Confusion Over Summer Carnival '92 RECCA

    Bullet heaven?

    It's entirely possible that many saw the arrival of Summer Carnival '92 RECCA in last week's European download update, for the 3DS Virtual Console, and would have been none the wiser on what it actually is. We're currently working on our review, but when explaining that this is actually a shoot-em-‘up, it's understandable that...

  • Developer Interview Shin'en Multimedia Talks About Jett Rocket II, New Modes and Sticking with Nintendo

    "We already talk about Jett Rocket 3"

    When Jett Rocket was released on WiiWare it was impressive on a number of levels. Most importantly, it was fun, a 3D action platformer that was not only a new IP but also enjoyable to play, earning 8/10 in our review. On another level it was an accomplished technical effort, with attractive visuals...

  • News BIT.TRIP SAGA Will be Just $5 in the North American eShop From 1st September

    A special price for two weeks

    It seems to be promotional silly-season right now, and Aksys Games is leaping into the fray with a series of download offers coming to the 3DS eShop and, for the most part, the PlayStation Network. The offer coming to the 3DS eShop, however, is an absolute beauty. From 1st - 15th September BIT.TRIP SAGA will be...

  • News Six Ubisoft Games Get a 30% Discount on the 3DS eShop

    For one week only

    Yesterday we brought the happy news that Atlus has applied discounts to various titles on the 3DS eShop in North America, and not to be left out Ubisoft has now joined in. Six retail downloads have a 30% discount from 20th - 27th August, and the offer appears to be covering both North America and Europe. Below are the games and...

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review Star Soldier

    I got soul, but I'm not the best Star Soldier

    We may as well stop playing games en masse right now, because we all suck. That may sound harsh, but this 3DS eShop release of Hudson Soft’s vertically scrolling NES shoot-em-‘up will either make or break you. Unfortunately, if you play Star Soldier on the smaller screen of an original 3DS, the tiny...

  • News Atlus Knocks 10 Bucks Off Code of Princess, Soul Hackers and Etrian Odyssey IV in The North American 3DS eShop

    The games will be discounted until the end of August

    Atlus has amassed quite a catalogue of games on the 3DS and the publisher has now announced three of them will be put on sale in the North American eShop until the end of August. Code of Princess, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers and Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan will...

  • News GAME Expands Its Range of 3DS eShop Codes to Include Virtual Console and Download-Only Games

    A useful alternative

    Earlier in the year we reported that the GAME retail group had exclusive European rights on eShop download codes, making it the go-to retailer for those that wanted to get their download games by paying with cash or keen to accumulate further loyalty points for the stores. The initial range covered Wii U and 3DS eShop retail...

  • News Jett Rocket II Planned for 3DS eShop Submission Next Week

    Some new screens look rather tasty

    Shin'en Games' Jett Rocket was, despite the odd nagging issue, a standout WiiWare title, delivering fun 3D platforming to the download platform. With that legacy, and the developer's consistent high quality in its titles, we're certainly curious and hopeful for 3DS eShop sequel Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of...

  • Nintendo Download 22nd August (Europe)

    A Wonderful download, Giana Sisters, Street Fighting and much more

    It's Monday morning, but shake off those new week blues, Europeans, as the Nintendo Download update news is here. We have two major retail releases on Wii U, a new download-only game, retro goodies and a lot of new offerings on the 3DS, so let's get right to it. Wii U eShop:...

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    Review Donkey Kong

    It's on like Donkey Kong

    This year marked the 30th anniversary of the initial Japanese launch of the Nintendo Family Computer, more popularly known around the world as the Famicom. Among the landmark console’s launch titles was Donkey Kong, a port of the arcade hit that began Nintendo’s launch into video game history. Now, in the year of the...

  • News Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers Suffers Slight Delay in Europe

    It'll still arrive in September, though

    North American 3DS owners have been enjoying Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers for a good few months now and the game is getting closer to being released in Europe, with NIS America taking on the publishing duties. Unfortunately, it has been delayed slightly, but only by a week, which is a...

  • News Game Freak Devs Explain the Origins of Soliti Horse

    Just horsing around

    When Game Freak teased a new game that featured a franchise popular worldwide, it's safe to say that no-one really thought "that looks like a horse silhouette, so it'll be a horse racing and Solitaire mashup". Yet that's what it is and, perhaps oddly, Soliti Horse looks like a lot of fun. Already released in Japan, its odds for...

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    Review Family Kart 3D

    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

    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...