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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 Steel...

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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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    3DS eShop / NES

    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 some...

  • 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 impressively...

  • 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 reduced...

  • 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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    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 Taikai...

  • 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: Giana...

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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...

  • Interview Ripstone on Pure Chess, Knytt Underground and Joining the eShop

    Pushing cross-platform play and planning for the future

    After a spell of silence and mystery beyond games confirmed earlier in the year, we're now getting a better idea of the range of titles coming to the Wii U eShop in the rest of 2013 and into 2014. More from North American developers is likely to emerge in the coming weeks and months, while...

  • Nintendo Download 15th August (North America)

    Sam Fisher returns, retro shmup action, DLC, discounts and much more

    It's Nintendo Download time, North America, with a variety of goodies arriving on both the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms. There's a blockbuster retail release, some discounts on top-notch download titles, retro goodies and some new titles on the 3DS eShop. Without further ado,...

  • Exclusive Pure Chess eShop Releases To Feature Cross-Platform Multiplayer

    Wii U and 3DS playable with each other and smartphone / tablet players

    Earlier this week Ripstone confirmed details of both Knytt Underground and Pure Chess coming to the Wii U eShop, with the latter also on its way to the 3DS eShop. Ripstone works with various small developers to bring their titles to multiple systems, and is one of a solid number...

  • News Boulder Dash-XL 3D Digging Its Way to the 3DS eShop

    Moving over from retail

    Since the 3DS launched we've seen a handful of titles evolve from retail releases — often with budget prices — into download titles. These are often lower-profile titles that can fall under the radar on the high street and therefore seek a second-wind on the download-only platform; Boulder Dash-XL 3D is making that same...

  • News Wakedas Puzzling Its Way to the 3DS eShop on 22nd August

    "A contemplative and thoughtful shape shifting puzzle game"

    Since Nintendo raised eyebrows with the original DS, we've never lacked for puzzle games. They keep on coming, and in a lot of cases are compelling brain-teasers, perfect for reminding working out the old grey matter. CIRCLE Entertainment, which has been a particularly active publisher on...

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    Review Tangram Style

    Lots of tangram, not much style

    The game of tangram has made the long journey from ancient China to your 21st century 3DS, and despite roughly one thousand years of technological improvement it’s still pretty much the same thing. Seven pieces of varying sizes and shapes must be crammed into a crude silhouette that may resemble a bird, a sailboat,...

  • News Ripstone Confirms Details for Knytt Underground and Pure Chess on the Wii U eShop

    Pure Chess gets the 3DS eShop in Check, too

    Last week's Nintendo Direct "Indie Showcase" sizzle reel included a good number of new releases confirmed for the Wii U eShop. Two of these are being published by Ripstone, Knytt Undergound and Pure Chess, and the publisher has now confirmed that both are targeting a release of late 2013/early 2014. Pure...

  • News Two More Inazuma Eleven GO Titles Confirmed for Japan

    Out of this world

    European gamers have become used to slow and steady localisations of Level-5's Inazuma Eleven games, with the lengthy process meaning the region is well behind Japan; football / soccer fans in North America have unfortunately been entirely left out of the franchise. It seems a pity, especially as the main entries are typically...

  • Nintendo Download 15th August (Europe)

    DuckTales returns, 'mon rumble, extreme bike riding and much more

    It's time for the European Nintendo Download news to wipe away our Monday morning blues, and this week is one of the most packed line-ups in recent memory. There are two heavy-hitting Wii U releases, and plenty of others spread throughout the 3DS, DSi and Wii. There are some discounts...

  • Out Now Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Awakens in North America

    There's also a demo available in the eShop

    North American fans who’ve been dreaming of dreaming with Luigi have no longer to wait, as Mario & Luigi: Dream Team has now been incepted into their lives. Both retail and eShop copies of the newest game in the portable action-RPG series are priced at $39.99. If you’re still sitting on the fence...

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    Review SteamWorld Dig

    A gem to discover

    At its best, the 3DS eShop is host to titles with a simple, well-formed idea that's executed with care and skill. SteamWorld Dig, the second in the SteamWorld franchise from developer Image & Form, fits into that mould, incorporating puzzle platforming mechanics within a continuous process of digging and resource management...

  • News Nintendo's Digital Sales Revenue Continues Upward Trend With 3DS and Wii U

    Still room for improvement

    In recent months, whenever Nintendo's financial figures and sales have been making the news, a common thread has been an emphasis on the continuing growth of the company's digital revenues. What began with encouraging but flawed platforms on the Wii and DSi has progressed to more rounded, impressive offerings with the Wii...

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    Review Smash Bowling 3D

    Bumpier bowling

    Smash Bowling 3D, the latest from Big Bass Arcade developer Big John Games, feels like a proof-of-concept for a potentially great bowling game. While the bowling simulation is fun while it lasts, the bare bones presentation and lack of variety in game modes ultimately bring down the experience. Big John Games has touted Smash Bowling...

  • News Senran Kagura Burst Confirmed For Physical And 3DS eShop Release In Europe

    Rip off your clothes in joy

    It has been confirmed today that Senran Kagura Burst will be receiving a European release on the 3DS next year. Already confirmed for launch on the 3DS eShop in North America, this side-scrolling fighter will be going one better in Europe, where it will also be getting a boxed version as well. European distribution will...

  • News 3D Streets Of Rage Will Come With One Hit Deathblow Mode

    Bare Knuckle becomes Fist of the North Star?

    Sega's 3D Classics range — which has so far only seen the light of day in Japan but is due to hit the west soon — is a selection of the company's past titles adapted for the 3DS console's auto-stereoscopic display. In the games released so far, Sega has made other enhancements — such as extra game...

  • Nintendo Download 8th August (North America)

    DuckTales returns, Bumpie has a party, Mario & Luigi are dreamy and more

    It's that time again, North America, with some juicy Wii U and 3DS options coming your way in this week's Nintendo Download update. There's some nice variety, too, with a platforming remake, quirky mini-game collection and a bonkers RPG among the options. Let's get to the...

  • News Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D Blasting To The 3DS eShop Next Week

    Duck and cover

    Teyon has revealed that Heavy Fire: Black Arms is marching to the 3DS following its tour of duty on WiiWare. Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D will hit both the North American and European 3DS eShops next week — that's August 15th, in case you were wondering. Black Arms follows Heavy Fire: Special Operations, which also made the leap from...

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    Review 10-in-1: Arcade Collection

    Is it worth your hard-earned quarters?

    Retro enthusiasts may be disappointed to learn that 10-in-1 Arcade Collection doesn't actually include any arcade greats of yesteryear. Luck would have it that Atari — despite decades of financial turmoil and even bankruptcy — still holds the rights to most of its impressive back catalogue. It's a similar...

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review River City Ransom


    River City Ransom — or Street Gangs as it was known upon release in Europe — is arguably one of the most famous fighting titles for Nintendo's 8-bit NES console. Ported from the Japanese Famicom title Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari, the game combined the pugilistic focus of Double Dragon (which was created by the same company, Technōs...