3DS eShop News

October2013

  • News Train Simulating Shenanigans Live On With the 3DS in Japan

    If Densha de Go! 64 is out of your price range

    Just recently we published a retro review for Densha de Go! 64, a remarkably tricky and realistic train simulator that even came with a unique controller. If you want to experience the trials, tribulations and challenges of being a train driver, that's a title for you. While slightly quirky simulator...

  • News First Screenshot Of 3DS Title IronFall Emerges, And It Looks Very Pretty

    Title will "push the 3DS to its limits", according to the developer

    C.O.P. The Recruit developer VD-Dev has revealed the first image of its forthcoming 3DS third-person shooter, IronFall. The game has been described by the studio as "pushing the 3DS to its limits". It has been in production for two years and will be the company's first...

  • Nintendo Download 17th October (Europe)

    Sonic arrives, Urban Champion returns (?!), some tasty discounts and more

    While the Monday blues are common, the Nintendo Download update arrives to bring a ray of sunlight to our week. This time around there are a few retro games, including a surprise return, Sonic dashes onto the Wii U and 3DS and we have some encouraging discounts to consider...

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    Review Halloween: Trick or Treat 2

    Another hidden-object game? Now that's scary!

    Halloween: Trick or Treat 2 (the sequel to the abysmal Halloween: Trick or Treat on DSiware) is a collection of games that mostly revolve around hidden-object searches, with a continuous focus on spooky settings and creepy themes; it features pre-rendered, quasi-blurry images loaded with junk, where you...

  • Rumour Shipments of Pokémon X & Y Delayed to U.S. Military Exchanges

    Government shutdown to blame

    The above photo is purportedly taken from a store on a U.S. military base. Although exact details are not known, it is not difficult to believe such a thing could happen, as the partial shutdown of the U.S. government had previously shut down military grocery stores entirely up to 5 days ago and it may take some time to...

  • News Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic Gets Cooking On the 3DS eShop in North America

    Nearly two years after its retail release

    Occasionally Nintendo doesn't include all details in its weekly download updates for each region, and this week there's an extra treat awaiting North America gamers. Nearly two years after its retail release, Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic is available on the 3DS eShop in North America; it's priced at $19.99...

  • News Brunch Panic To Bring Catering Madness to the 3DS eShop

    Bagels! Sandwiches! Panic!

    Circle Entertainment is to continue its record as one of the most prolific developers and publishers on Nintendo Download platforms with Brunch Panic, a resource management / action game that sees you provide lunch — or brunch, we guess — to lots of quirky characters. Developed by FK Digital, this certainly appears to...

  • News Pokemon X & Y Designer: Creature-Making Isn’t Easy

    Many more monsters are rejected than make it in the games

    For anyone who ever doodled up their own Pokémon on their school papers, getting a chance to create real monsters for new games in the series might seem like a dream job. Pokémon X & Y graphic designer lead Hironobu Yoshida doesn’t dispute this, but he doesn’t say it’s an easy...

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    Review Family Bowling 3D

    Pins with kin

    If you were fortunate enough to grow up near a bowling alley, you might have fond memories of family outings full of comically unappealing shoes, embarrassing bowling stances from certain members of your clan, and slipping spectacularly on finely polished floors at least once. You probably didn't get to throw a twelve-pound ball at a...

  • Interview Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson Talks SteamWorld Dig And Working On The eShop

    Critical reaction, the Wii U eShop and picking 3DS over smartphones

    At this year's Eurogamer Expo we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to speak to Image & Form's Brjann Sigurgeirsson about the company's 3DS eShop title, SteamWorld Dig. In the interview, Sigurgeirsson speaks about the development of the game and its lore, its critical...

  • Nintendo Download 10th October (North America)

    Pokémon, retro sports, water racing, lots of zombies and more

    It's Nintendo Download time, North America, with a certain Game Freak title dominating attention this time around. There are some other offerings, retro and new, to consider, including two(!) zombie-themed games on Nintendo's handhelds. Let's stop blabbering and get on with it, shall...

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    Review Happy Circus

    When an Otter's happiness means a golden jacket

    It's easy for older gamers to be miserable cynics when edutainment games come around, lazily categorising them as shovelware and stating with unsubstantiated confidence that no one buys these downloads. Except, someone is buying them, as the range of these titles is slowly growing on the 3DS; more...

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    Review Mystery Murders: The Sleeping Palace

    Dead or just resting?

    You won't have to look long to find quite a few hidden-object games on the 3DS eShop, but the Mystery Murders series stands out by attempting to inject a little soul into the I-Spy formual. Equal parts PC-style adventure game and Where's Waldo whodunit, they frame the item-finding with simple puzzles and spooky stories. The...

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    Review Picross e3

    Fun and repetition Picross paths

    There’s a question you must ask yourself before proceeding: do you want to play Picross? There’s been ample time to give the pastime a try, what with all the previous games put out by Jupiter, and the next step in this journey is remarkably similar to the last one. Picross e3 is a finely crafted puzzle game worth...

  • News Ripstone Confirms Plans to Include Sony Systems in Wii U and 3DS Pure Chess Online Multiplayer

    Believes the Wii U audience "has a voracious appetite for content"

    Pure Chess, alongside the Nnooo-published Cubemen 2, is forging ahead on new ground for Nintendo systems by introducing cross-platform online multiplayer. In both cases Wii U players (also on 3DS in the case of Pure Chess) will be able to take on other players that are on smartphone...

  • News Keiji Inafune Won't Rule Out Publishing Mighty No. 9 With Capcom

    Would consider Mega Man options with an "offer we couldn’t refuse"

    Kickstarter is an interesting model, in that a developer can seek investment from the public — or perhaps you think of it as advance pre-orders, donations? — but then still seek a traditional publisher after using crowdfunded money to make the game. In theory there's nothing...

  • News Club Nintendo Rewards are Updated for October

    Karting! Zelda! Other Things!

    Sometimes Club Nintendo sure takes its sweet time, waiting a whole day after the expiry of the last month's game rewards before dishing out a new set. The lovely people behind good old CN in North America may be cheeky scamps, but they have now updated the offerings over which you can mull. This time around we have...

  • Nintendo Download 10th October (Europe)

    Pokémon, Pokémon and more

    It's Monday morning, European Nintendo gamers, which means happy download news to bring smiles to our faces. This week is dominated by a game where you collect creatures and explore a vast land, which has had a teensy bit of hype in recent months. There are also a couple of retro goodies on the Wii U Virtual Console,...

  • News Aqua Moto Racing 3D Splashing Into North America Next Week

    Will be an improved adaptation of the European version

    Zordix is the developer behind the Moto series of games, many of which are found in various smartphone app stores. It made its 3DS eShop debut in June when Aqua Moto Racing 3D swept into Europe, but a North American version has not yet emerged. Well the studio has now confirmed the game will be...

  • News Shovel Knight Now Scheduled For A "Winter" Release

    Yacht Club Games reveals a vague release window

    Shovel Knight is currently tunneling its way towards the Wii U and 3DS eShop. The project is the work of Yacht Club Games, a team made up of former WayForward staff, and started as a humble crowdfunding campaign that spiraled into a major success story. The developer originally stated it was aiming...

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    Review Family Table Tennis 3D

    Family, friendly - fun?

    After developing something of an unenviable reputation on WiiWare, Arc System Works' Family series of sports games has been reborn as a dependably decent option on the 3DS' eShop. Following on from Family Tennis 3D and Family Kart 3D, Family Table Tennis 3D is the latest in the line, and while it isn't quite up to the...

  • News Nintendo Considering Cross-Buy eShop Purchases, But Doesn't Have Anything To Announce Yet

    Feature will be added if enough developers demand it

    If you own a PS3 and PC Vita then you'll be aware of the excellent "Cross-Buy" function, which allows you to purchase a game on one system and then download it on the other for free — provided it's available on both in the first place, of course. With so many Virtual Console titles now appearing...

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    Review Milon's Secret Castle

    A secret best kept hidden

    Hudson had many classics in its NES library - Adventure Island, Faxanadu and Bomberman are just a few of the great titles it gave us all back then. Milon's Secret Castle probably shouldn't be counted among those. As the title might reveal, you play as Milon, who has to make his way through a castle filled to the brim with...

  • News Nintendo Reveals Big Plans for Indiecade

    Panel on eShop publishing and lots of playable games

    One of a number of themes that Nintendo's been communicating this year is its support for small 'indie' developers on its eShop platforms. In some respects the big N has faced a challenge moving the message beyond the flaws of the DSi and Wii stores, making clear to developers around the world...

  • Nintendo Download 3rd October (North America)

    Crazy racing, retro brawling, classy puzzling and much more

    It's Nintendo Download time once again, North America, and just a little later than normal this week. We have a fairly lengthy list for you to pore over, covering content on the Wii U and 3DS eShops as well as one DSiWare title. There's plenty to get through, so let's leap right in. Wii...

  • Video Let's Play DuckTales: Remastered - Episode II: The Amazon

    Let's try this again, shall we?

    If you've been keeping up with our Let's Play videos on YouTube, then you'd have seen that a certain Damien McFerran had recently pitted me against the trials and tribulations of DuckTales: Remastered on the Wii U eShop. With a decent amount of retro experience to my name, I felt fairly confident as I stepped up to t

  • Video New Treasurenauts Trailer Filled to the Brim with Booty

    Treasure this footage

    Renegade Kid's co-founder, Jools Watsham, could barely contain his excitement earlier today as he unveiled a brand new trailer for upcoming 3DS eShop title Treasurenauts, a day earlier than scheduled. The 2D platformer follows the mishaps of the famous Treasurenauts, who have been marooned on a uncharted island in the middle...

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    Review AiRace Speed

    Have you the need?

    AiRace Tunnel was a neat little arcade flight obstacle course on DSiWare that felt as if it was a bonus mode ripped out of a larger racing game. A few months later, QubicGames dropped AiRace onto the service, which was that larger game, filled with actual race courses against opponents other than time. That same trajectory...

  • News Blast 'em Bunnies Shooting Its Way to the 3DS eShop

    Watch out for PETA, Nnooo

    Sydney-based developer Nnooo is likely to be a familiar name to Nintendo download enthusiasts, with a number of releases on WiiWare, DSiWare and the excellent escapeVektor on the 3DS eShop. In recent times the company has taken on the role of publisher for two upcoming releases, but has today confirmed its next in-house...

  • News More Mega Man Love Is Coming To Japanese Virtual Console Services

    Game Boy and Super Famicom sequels on the way next week

    Mega Man is 25 this year, and Capcom is wasting no time in pumping out as many of his classic adventures as possible onto Nintendo's Virtual Console services. Next week — October 9th, to be exact — will see the release of Mega Man III on the 3DS eShop and Mega Man X2 on the Wii U eShop...

  • News Mighty No. 9 Confirmed for 3DS

    Wowza

    Mighty No. 9, the project from Keiji Inafune's Comcept studio that, in the eyes of many fans, is a true follow-up to the iconic Mega Man franchise, has been a crowdfunding phenomenon. Despite having a target release of April 2015 gamers have been quick to rush and show support. Having previously hit its Wii U stretch goal with relative ease,...

  • News Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies Demo Is Available Now On The 3DS eShop

    No objections from us

    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is one of our most anticipated 3DS eShop titles, and it was confirmed during today's Nintendo Direct broadcast that a demo is going live in both North America and Europe. The demo went live at the conclusion of the broadcast — which means it's available as we speak. Let us know...

September2013