3DS eShop - News

July2013

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    Review Shantae

    Whip ya hair

    Just over 11 years since its original release in 2002, Shantae has finally made it onto the 3DS Virtual Console – and it's the first time that it's been available in Europe too. Despite the long wait, WayForward's tricky 2D platformer is sprinkled with enough genie-magic to keep it fresh and interesting for a modern audience. Shantae...

  • Video Flipnote Studio 3D Nintendo Direct Sketched Out in Japan

    Plenty of in-app footage inside

    Fipnote Studio 3D is due to arrive on the 3DS eShop next week in Europe — on 1st August — and early August in North America; it arrives in Japan today. To celebrate the occasion Nintendo has released a new Nintendo Direct video to show off the app and explain its various features. While the video is in...

  • News Hugo Smits Could Bring Super Beefjerks To 3DS eShop if There's Enough Interest

    New team BYTEKRIEGER wants to know if you want it

    Hugo Smits is a game designer and programmer at Goodbye Galaxy Games and has created a range of titles on DSiWare including the excellent Color Commando and the fantastic Ace Mathician. Now he has decided to embark on a new challenge after seeing how much interest there is in Kickstarter projects...

  • News Code of Princess Receives Temporary Price Cut in North America

    It's now in the eShop for just $19.99

    Code of Princess was released in the North American 3DS eShop earlier this year and was given a starting price of $39.99. However, in May it was reduced by 25% to $29.99. It's now received a further reduction, but this time its only temporary. You can now download Code of Princess for $19.99 until 28th July,...

  • News Game Freak's New 3DS eShop Title Combines Horse Racing And Solitaire

    Soriti Horse is hitting Japan at the end of the month

    Following on from the successful HarmoKnight, Pokémon studio Game Freak is preparing to launch another 3DS eShop title in the shape of Soriti Horse. The game is divided into two phases: "Solitaire" and "Control". The former allows you to nurture your relationship with your steed in order to...

  • News Star Wars Pinball Confirmed to be Bringing the Force to 3DS

    Expect '3D' to tag onto the end of the title

    Very recently we shared the news that a PEGI rating had been spotted for Star Wars Pinball on the 3DS, which was pleasing for fans that just can't get enough of the title. Happily, Zen Studios has confirmed to Nintendo Everything that the title is indeed coming to the 3DS, but said nothing else apart...

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    Review Robot Rescue 3D

    Are these the droids you're looking for?

    After two games on the DSiWare service, Teyon's Robot Rescue series, famous for fiendishly difficult maze puzzles and a unique synchronized movement mechanic, has made the jump to the 3DS eShop with this latest instalment, Robot Rescue 3D. Rather than an entirely new entry in the series, Robot Rescue 3D is a...

  • Nintendo Download 25th July (Europe)

    Pikmin 3 at last, lots of retro, BASIC programming and more

    It's another Monday morning, but it's also another Nintendo Download update for Europe. The star of this week's show is undoubtedly an eagerly anticipated Wii U retail release, but we also have a variety of titles — old and new — covering every Nintendo platform. Without further ado,...

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    Review My Farm 3D

    A fowl business

    Both DSiWare and the 3DS eShop have seen their share of sim games, managing a variety of businesses, creatures and a combination of both. My Farm 3D is the latest in a series that delivered a few budget priced options on DSiWare, some playing it straight and others being more off-the-wall. Aside from the odd quirky moment this latest...

  • News PEGI Rating Suggests Star Wars Pinball Is Coming To A 3DS Near You

    We have a good feeling about this

    Star Wars Pinball hit the Wii U eShop earlier this month, but it would appear that the game is also coming to the 3DS. A PEGI rating has surfaced for the game, which shouldn't be confused with the Wii U edtiion, as that has its

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    Review Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale

    Pacific Rim meets The Goonies

    Level-5 saved the best for last in its final Guild02 release with Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale. Designed by Kaz Ayabe, this is a short, very sweet interactive story about a little boy who lives in a small town where mysterious monsters appear on Friday afternoons. The game takes place in rural Tokyo in...

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    Review Spelunker

    Go back to your cave and stay there

    Ask a few western gamers about Spelunker and it's likely that barely any of them will have heard of the game, despite it being originally developed by an American company. Ask Japanese gamers, though, and it's a completely different story — the game is very well known to them and is joked about online all the...

  • Developer Interview G.rev CEO Hiroyuki Maruyama Talks Kokuga And The State Of The Shooter Market

    Tanks for the memories

    Much to our delight, G.rev's unique 3DS shooter Kokuga recently launched on the 3DS eShop in both North America and Europe. In between blasting enemy tanks and cursing our own lack of skill, we got the chance to chat with the G.rev CEO Hiroyuki Maruyama about the game's development, the future of the mobile gaming industry...

  • News Satoru Iwata Aims for "Critical Mass" of Wii U Owners to Shift Perceptions

    Also talks up the performance of the 3DS and eShop

    Satoru Iwata has fielded plenty of questions about the Wii U and 3DS in recent months, with the latter providing some welcome positivity against what Nintendo itself regards as a poor 2013 for the Wii U. Of course a rough patch doesn't doom a system, as the 3DS demonstrates, and we're approaching...

  • News Picross e2 Set For July Release in North America, e3 Arrives in September

    That e3 release window is for both Europe and North America

    Jupiter Corporation's Picross series is gradually becoming a staple series on the 3DS eShop, providing a crisp, polished set of games based on the popular puzzle style. It's also a series that's had a sketchy release schedule in different regions, something that the publisher seems keen to...

  • Interview WayForward on Shantae's Past, Present and Future

    Some "pretty big surprises" in store for Pirate's Curse this Fall

    With the release of Shantae (originally a Game Boy Color title) this week we touched base with WayForward's Creative Director and founding member, Matt Bozon, and he kindly agreed to a quick-fire interview before he jetted off to Comic-Con. This is a series that, despite being just...

  • News Classic Game Boy Mega Man Titles Coming To 3DS Virtual Console

    Celebrating that 25th anniversary in style

    Nintendo decided to casually drop EarthBound on the Wii U Virtual Console earlier today, ending the years upon years of waiting for North American and European gamers. Well, it seems the 3DS Virtual Console is also basking in the glow of some good news, as Capcom has revealed the Game Boy adaptations of...

  • News Nintendo Direct Mini Reveals SEGA 3D Classics on the Way to Europe

    North America too!

    Update: As spotted by gonintendo, SEGA has now confirmed in its blog that these titles are "coming soon" to both Europe and North America, after the titles were originally confirmed in the European Nintendo Direct. Original Article: We reported back in May this year

  • Nintendo Download 18th July (North America)

    Earthbound at last, Friday monsters, Shantae and more

    So, after a shock Earthbound reveal and Nintendo Direct Mini, here's your Nintendo Download update, North America. We have a good idea what many of you will be downloading right away, but there are some other tempting goodies on the way to both Wii U and 3DS, so let's get to it. Wii U Virtual...

  • News New Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies Trailers Reveal Mature Rating

    It’s “the nature of the various crimes and storylines”

    Capcom has released more info and videos on its Unity site for the anticipated release of Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies. Within those new videos, however, came a new detail that has been surprising to some: for the first time in the series, Phoenix Wright’s new cases have been rated...

  • News New 3DS eShop App Brings Voice and Text Chat to Japan

    Odds of Western release, about a million to one?

    The 3DS is not only a continuing sales success in Japan, topping the weekly hardware charts week after week, but its positioning as a device is arguably a fair bit different. In the West we'd suggest that its role is primarily that of a gaming system — of course — whereas in the Japanese market...

  • Nintendo Download 18th July (Europe)

    Earthbound, Shantae, attacking Guild monsters, reduced Virtue and more

    Update: EARTHBOUND!!! Original Article with updated entry: It's Monday, and as is now tradition Nintendo Download fans in Europe find out what's on the way in this week's update. There are some long awaited and potentially intriguing arrivals this week, along with a few...

  • News Capcom To Share More Details On Upcoming Titles At San Diego Comic Con

    Batman: Arkham Origins and Assassin's Creed IV will also be there

    Comic Con International 2013 will be taking place in San Diego this week and Capcom will have a large presence at the event. The publisher will be showing off a range of titles for a mixture of platforms and will also be holding panels focusing on specific games. Phoenix Wright: Ace...

  • Soapbox Retail Games Cost Too Much To Download From The eShop

    Dazza lets off Steam about the cost to download

    Nintendo has to be applauded for fully embracing the digital age with the launch of the Wii U eShop. Most retail games are available for download from day one (well at least the ones I would consider buying anyway!) and for some, it’s a pretty convenient way to get the latest game. The 3DS has been...

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    Review Super Mario Bros. 2

    Sweet dreams are made of these

    By now we all know the story of Super Mario Bros. 2: concerns about the Japanese sequel to the original Super Mario Bros. kept it from release in North America and Europe. Different reasons have been given over time, from the game being too difficult to it simply not demonstrating enough creativity to keep gamers...

  • News Forthcoming 3DS eShop Title Tappingo Promises Picross-Style Puzzle Action

    Goodbye Galaxy Games announces its first 3DS download

    Goodbye Galaxy Games — the studio responsible for DSiWare titles Color Commando, Flipper and Flipper 2: Flush the Goldfish — has announced its first 3DS eShop release. Tappingo is described by Goodbye Galaxy Games founder Hugo Smits as being "like

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    Review Deer Hunting King

    Oh, dear

    Is there something about the 3DS that screams out to developers that it just might be the ideal platform for arcade shooters? Maybe it’s the 3D effect that adds simulated depth to in-game environments, or maybe it’s the touchscreen which is seemingly built for aiming a crosshair? Whatever the case may be, the 3DS has seen at least a...

  • Nintendo Download 11th July (North America)

    A long awaited Atlus sequel, retro goodies, Pinball Wars and more

    Another week, another Nintendo Download update for you, North America. This week brings Atlus RPG fans a 3DS title that's been long craved, one of the most famous film franchises of all time finally gets its pinball fix on Wii U, and some retro goodies join movie licensed games on...

  • News HTR High Tech Racing Will Turn Your 3DS Into A Pocket-Sized Scalextric

    Minus the smell of burning metal, of course

    Back in the days before video games ruled every young child's life, there was Scalextric. Here at the Nintendo Life office — where we're all rather old and wrinkly — we can fondly recall playing with a battered old Scalextric track handed down by older relations, before finally getting our very own...

  • News 8-Bit Titles Nuts & Milk And Mach Rider Hitting Japanese 3DS eShop Next Week

    500 Yen a pop

    Nintendo has confirmed that two new 8-bit titles are coming to the Japanese 3DS eShop next week. The excellently-titled Nuts & Milk was in fact the first third-party game for the Famicom, and launched way back in 1984. It's a curious puzzle / platfomer hybrid which involves linking up Milk with his girlfriend whilst avoiding the...

  • Weirdness Level-5 Flies Straight With its Favourite Character Poll Wallpaper

    Well played

    A little while ago we shared the peculiar news that a load of online pranksters had voted for the Aero Porter plane as their 'favourite' Level-5 character. It was a poll to celebrate the company's 15th anniversary, and pleas for the vote to be taken seriously were clearly ignored — we feel confident saying that these were pranksters,...

  • News Yacht Club Games Reveals Shovel Knight's Partner, Shield Knight

    A couple of tasty new screens, too

    Shovel Knight is the debut game from Yacht Club Games, a studio founded by ex-employees of WayForward and with a goal of producing retro-styled games that live up to modern standards. Its pixel-based 2D action platformer — coming to the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms — has enjoyed rave previews, while a few...

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    Review Sonic Drift 2

    Super Sonic Racing

    Quite a few video game mascots got swept up in the kart racing craze of the 90's, and the world's fastest hedgehog was no exception. Sonic and racing have always seemed like a good fit, and after the success of Super Mario Kart in 1992, SEGA gave the Blue Blur some well-deserved time on the track with Sonic Drift for the Game...

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    Review G-LOC: Air Battle

    Crash and burn

    Around its initial release in the early '90s, Sega launched G-LOC: Air Battle in several different forms, including an arcade cabinet, a Mega Drive port, and eventually crash-landing it on the portable Game Gear console. The series has been mostly absent since then, finally popping back up on the 3DS’s Virtual Console service. Some...

  • Rumour Attack of the Friday Monsters Breaching North American Shores Next Week

    There goes the neighbourhood

    We're not really sure where giant kaiju come from, perhaps they emerge from the depths or fly down from space, either way the North American eShop has listed Level 5’s Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale for arrival on 18th July. The third and final game of the Guild 02 series is currently priced in the eShop...

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    Review Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey

    Submerged in familiarity

    If you’ve never been exposed to a hidden object game before, the concept is as simple to understand as a youthful game of I spy or finding Waldo hidden within the pages of a Where’s Waldo? book. Imagine your bedroom is contained in a snow globe. Someone takes it, shakes it for a minute or two, sets it down, and at that...

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    Review Vampire: Master of Darkness

    Out for the count

    Given its gothic setting, focus on melee combat and inclusion of Dracula as the final boss, it’s little wonder that Vampire: Master of Darkness was compared to the famous Castlevania series when it launched on the Master System and Game Gear back in the early ‘90s. Developed by SIMS — which at the time was a second-party Sega...

  • Nintendo Download 11th July (Europe)

    The flippin' Force, bullet hell, a dreamy RPG and much more

    It's Monday morning, but our week is brightened once again by the European download news. This week brings us plenty to consider, with new and old titles on Wii U, a mixture of retail, video and download-only goodies on 3DS and a match-3 puzzler for DSiWare. So many downloads, so little...

  • Your View The Issues of Collecting and Owning Download-Only Games

    Downloads aren't forever

    At the start of this week we posted a talking point on the questionable collectibility of download-only game libraries, an issue that's yet to come to a head on Nintendo systems. So far its debut download-only platforms, the Wii Shop and DSiWare, have been available in the company's current systems. The approaches have...

  • News European Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney Release Given Some Hope

    Level-5 CEO says something is in the works

    One title many 3DS owners have been yearning for in the West is Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, which has been out in Japan since November last year. The game features two characters that have a proven track record in the Western market so many believe it will one day make it to Europe and North America...

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    Review Crystal Warriors

    Curiously characterless

    One of the Game Gear's earliest RPG titles, Crystal Warriors tries to cherry-pick the best elements of genre classics like Fire Emblem and Shining Force while throwing its own element-driven combat system into the mix, along with the ability to tame monsters and use them in battle. Despite these attempts to do something fresh...

  • News Over 200,000 Gamers Have Bought StreetPass Mii Plaza DLC

    Paid for with real, not Play, coins

    Not too long ago Europe and Japan enjoyed an update to the StreetPass Mii Plaza, which brought a fresh layout and a batch of four new games to choose from. The catch is that these additions come at a price — they're £4.49 / €4.99 each, or there's a Combo pack of all four available for £13.49 / €14.99...

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    Review Urban Trial Freestyle

    Dropping in for a good time

    What is Urban Trial Freestyle? The best way we can think to describe it would be a physics-based platformer – any of you familiar with the Trials series on XBLA should know what to expect here. Think of a 2D sidescroller like Mario, but instead of running around, you’re on a bike, zipping in-and-out of ramps and onto...

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    Review Kokuga

    Challenge accepted

    There is so much that can be said about the legacy that Kokuga brings with it to the 3DS. We can talk about the illustrious Hiroshi Iuchi, and how his work is seminal is shaping the modern shoot ‘em up genre, or we can talk about Ikaruga, the under-sold yet much adored bullet hell shooter that fans will remember fondly. Instead...

  • Nintendo Download 4th July (North America)

    Retro flying and racing, plenty of discounts and more

    It's that time again, North America, when fresh downloads appear on your Nintendo systems vying for your hard-earned funds. This week brings a mixture of the old, the new and the discounted on Wii U and 3DS, along with one or two relative unknowns. Let's get right to the details. Wii U Virtual...

  • News Football Up 3D Goes For Goal on European eShop on 11th July

    Back of the net?

    Soccer Up 3D arrived in North America on 11th April, and EnjoyUp Games has now confirmed that it'll arrive in Europe as Football Up 3D on 11th July, with a confirmed price of €6.99. On paper this light-hearted football title has plenty going for it, with the ability to play as Mii characters and thoughtful multiplayers options...

  • News Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Iwata Asks - Development, Accessibility for All Gamers and More

    Sweet, sweet pixels

    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team — known as Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. in Europe — hits North America on 11th August, while European gamers are lucky enough to get their hands on it from 12th July. We're currently playing through this for review and will simply say that if this isn't on your radar, it should be. Ahead...

  • News Moving Player Bringing Tangram Style To The 3DS eShop This Summer

    Oppa Tangram Style

    Mobile developer Moving Games is bringing its first game to the 3DS eShop this August, and it's called Tangram Style. You'll discover the mysteries of the Mayan people and collect totems along the way in this "cult" puzzler game, which is set to feature over 600 mind-benders and four game modes, so there should be plenty to keep...

  • News Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers Discounted in North American eShop Until 14th July

    Can you summon up the funds?

    While Europeans patiently — or perhaps impatiently — wait for Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers to arrive on 13th September, North American 3DS owners have been enjoying the expanded reboot since April. Not only that, but the eShop download version is now available at a discount. Until 14th July it...

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    Review Aqua Moto Racing 3D

    Choppy waters

    When Zordix announced that it was bringing a smartphone jet-ski title to the 3DS eShop with Aqua Moto Racing 3D, we suspect that quite a few people immediately let their minds drift to certain iconic Nintendo 64 and GameCube games, and applied those expectations to this download title. That would be unfair, but this release still tries...

  • News Nintendo Preparing A New Chapter For eBooks On 3DS This Fall

    300 titles expected at Japanese launch

    According to a report by Japanese business publication Nikkei, Nintendo is getting ready to launch an eBook service on its 3DS console. The service will be limited to Japan initially, and is expected to cover around 300 titles — mainly aimed at children. There's no word on whether or not a similar approach...

  • News Club Nintendo Rewards Updated for July

    Do a barrel throw!

    A sky-climbing star, a rank-climbing boxer, barrel rollers and a barrel thrower are all up as Club Nintendo rewards this month in North America, if you have the coins. The following titles will be available until 4th August: Aura-Aura Climber — 100 Coins Donkey Kong ‘94 — 100 Coins Super Punch-Out!! — 150 Coins Star Fox...

  • Talking Point The Uncertain Collectible Future of Download-Only Game Libraries

    Servers will surely shut down, but what about the games?

    Just before the weekend, a number of Wii Channels were shut down. On 28th June most of the online enabled channels and services — such as Weather, News, Everyone Votes and Wii Connect 24 — went off air; low participation rates more than likely caused Nintendo to deem them an expense not...

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    Review Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    Saving your Tails

    A year after the runaway success of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, SEGA followed up with a sequel that introduced Miles 'Tails' Prower and the iconic Casino Night Zone to the gaming world. This, however, is not that sequel. Rather than leaving its Master System and Game Gear-owning fans with a simple, downsized port of Sonic the...

  • Nintendo Download 4th July (Europe)

    Pilotwings returns, X Zone madness, Game Gear goodies and more

    It's Monday morning, and it's that time again for European download gamers. This week's download goodies are confirmed, including a Super NES title that we think will be popular, a chaotic retail release on 3DS and plenty more besides. Let's get down to the details, shall we? Wii U...

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    Review BUGS vs. TANKS!

    Repellant

    The Guild01 series brought 3DS owners three completely different, off-the-wall, and well-received games. The second iteration of this series, appropriately named Guild02, is already off to another fantastic start with the recent release of The Starship Damrey, a story-heavy science fiction adventure. Now, we’re lucky enough to experience...

  • News Kokuga Blasting Its Way To Europe On 11th July

    But Canada is still missing out

    Kokuga developer G.Rev has confirmed to us that the game will be hitting the European 3DS eShop on 11th July. The game launched in North America last week. Oddly, Canadian 3DS owners have missed out on Hiroshi "Ikaruga" Iuchi's action-packed title. Here's what G.Rev had to say about the matter: Unfortunately, the...

June2013

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    Review Farming Simulator 3D

    A field of dreams or a load of crop?

    Say it with us…Farm-ing Sim-u-la-tor. How does that make you feel? Are you intrigued, or does it sound about as fun as, well, an exhausting day of work on the farm? If you’re questioning whether you’d personally find enjoyment in a game like this, then you should probably keep on truckin’. However, if the...

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    Review Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove Mini

    A lot less gabby

    We at Nintendo Life have enjoyed the various Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove games, but so far we've tended to like them more for their charm and visual appeal than for their gameplay or for anything they do particularly well. This is a trend that goes back to the WiiWare incarnation of the series, Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster...

  • News 3D Versions Of Shinobi III And Streets Of Rage Coming To 3DS eShop

    Another dimension

    Japan got 3D Ecco the Dolphin this week, but Sega isn't done with its 3D re-releases just yet. A PEGI rating has been spotted for Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (Super Shinobi II in Japan), and the

  • News Boxed Copies of Mutant Mudds May Be Possible

    Renegade Kid seeking information from Nintendo

    Mutant Mudds on the 3DS eShop has an obvious retro charm, but you know what’s really retro? Getting your game in a good old, hold-it-in-your-hands box; not magically downloaded from invisible pieces screaming through the ether from all this newfangled alien wireless technology we have these days...

  • News Aqua Moto Racing 3D Developer Keen to Bring it to Wii U

    "It would be a dream"

    Aqua Moto Racing 3D arrived in the European 3DS eShop this week, with the North American release to arrive relatively soon. We're currently working on our review, but it's a title — and series — that's achieved notable success on smartphones, and from video footage alone may remind some of the Wave Race titles that graced...

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    Review Defenders of Oasis

    Water way to go

    Given the staggering popularity of the RPG genre, it’s amazing that so few titles have broken free of the seemingly obligatory European fantasy setting. Most notable entries tend to feature swords, knights, dragons and all the usual medieval trappings, and as a result some old-school role-playing titles are genuinely difficult to...

  • News Corecell Turns To Crowdfunding To Bring AeternoBlade To The West

    There's even the chance of a Wii U version

    Corecell Technology is a relatively small developer that has been operating in Thailand for almost a decade now. It's developed a few titles for Nintendo systems in the past, including Wicked Monsters Blast, which is a shooting-based selection of mini-games for Wii. It's been developing a 3DS title for...

  • Nintendo Download 27th June (North America)

    Sonic returns, urban style, shmup action, grooving and more

    It's that time again, North America, when downloadable goodies arrive for your delight on Nintendo's systems. The 3DS shines with a variety of experiences this week, while the Wii U Virtual Console get an underwhelming retro release but a decent Virtual Console promotion; Wii and DSi are...

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    Review Tails Adventure

    Foxtales

    Miles 'Tails' Prower has come a long way since his debut as a silent, second-player-controlled sidekick in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, becoming one of SEGA's most beloved mascots and appearing in dozens of games over the past twenty years. It's a bit surprising then that he's only had headlining roles in two titles, both on the Game Gear: the...

  • Weirdness Level-5's Favourite Character Poll Doesn't Go to Plan

    And the winner is...

    As part of the celebrations for its 15 year anniversary, well-known Japanese developer Level-5 recently held an online poll to allow gamers to vote for their favourite characters from the company's lineup. With franchises such as Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven in its portfolio, some would have expected the voting to be...

  • News Kokuga Confirmed For North American Release on 27th June

    Yes, that's this week's update

    In happy news for action top-down shooter fans in North America, the intriguing Kokuga is now confirmed for this week's update, at least it's listed as such on the game's official website. This title is from Ikaruga creator Hiroshi Iuchi, and will include local multiplayer alongside options to determine how long...

  • Hands On StreetPass Plaza's Downloadable Content

    Play Coin guzzlers

    A few days ago, Nintendo launched a surprise update to the 3DS's StreetPass Plaza in Europe and Japan. Previously home to Puzzle Swap and StreetPass Quest alone, users can now purchase a further four games to play with any Miis that they encounter when out and about. As with the other Plaza games, you can use the Mii of anybody...

  • Nintendo Download 27th June (Europe)

    Dillon returns, Mighty Switchin', Wario madness and much more

    A day later than normal, we have the European download news to enjoy, and it's a packed lineup this week. We have various new and old goodies on Wii U and 3DS, even if the Wii and DSi miss out once again. Whatever your budget or favoured genre, you have decent odds of finding something...

  • News Game Gear Mega Man Could be Destined for the 3DS Virtual Console

    Seems likely thanks to ESRB rating

    We've sure had a lot of retro Mega Man on Nintendo systems recently, with both the 3DS and Wii U Virtual Consoles bringing us fresh experiences that we hadn't enjoyed since the Wii Virtual Console; sarcasm aside, they've been additional opportunities for newcomers to the series to see what fans have been banging on...

  • News Aqua Moto Racing 3D Hopes to Make Waves in the eShop on 27th June

    Attempting to replicate smartphone success

    Update: Zordix AB has confirmed that, contrary to the impression given earlier, this title is only confirmed for 27th June in Europe, with a North American date yet to be confirmed. Original Article: Zordix is a developer that's enjoyed some success in the smartphone market with its Moto games, while...

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    Review Big Bass Arcade: No Limit

    Fish it to the limit

    Two years ago, Big John Games angled two fishing simulators towards Wii and DSi owners on the then current gen gaming consoles. It's now decided to take a leap upstream, diving headfirst onto the 3DS with Big Bass Arcade: No Limit. While this third entry in the series does well to live up to those that came before i, does it...

  • News Kokuga Officially Confirmed for Western Release

    Lingering doubts, begone!

    Kokuga, the 3DS shmup from Ikaruga creator Hiroshi Iuchi, has now been officially confirmed as an eShop release in the West. It's not unexpected, with classifications in Australia and Germany suggesting that localisation of the Japanese title was already well underway. Publisher G.rev Ltd has now launched an English site

  • Nintendo Download 20th June (North America)

    Luigi, Wario, tanks fighting bugs, X Zone craziness and much more

    It's that time again, North America, when your Nintendo systems groan under the weight of new download offerings cramming up virtual servers. That's not always strictly accurate, but is this week, with plenty of new titles available on Wii U and 3DS, with a sequel even gracing...

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    Review Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya

    Shine on, you crazy portable diamond

    The Shining Force series may have retreated from the west of late, but back in the early 1990s it was incredibly popular in both the US and Europe, managing to attract a large audience while Nintendo's rival Fire Emblem franchise remained Japan-exclusive. As well as scoring critically-acclaimed entries on the...

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    Review Mega Man 6

    Mega Man's NES swan song

    In 1993, the SNES was already out and Capcom was about to release Mega Man X, but they just couldn't let themselves to say goodbye to the NES and made one last 8-bit Mega Man game for the beloved system. Mega Man 6 was released so late into the system's life that Capcom decided to not even publish the game in Europe — this...

  • News 3D Ecco The Dolphin Splashing Onto 3DS eShop, Galaxy Force II Coming Soon

    They're doing this on porpoise

    Sega has confirmed that the next entry in its 3D range will be Ecco The Dolphin. A port of the Mega Drive / Genesis original, the game will feature a 3D effect, save states, international editions of the game and some custom screen filters. Ecco will splash into the Japanese 3DS eShop on June 26th, with a retail price...

  • News Want A Boxed Copy Of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies? Pester Capcom

    Christian Svensson makes no promises but says it's possible

    Last month Capcom announced Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies was coming to the West later on this year. However, it will only be released as a digital download on the 3DS eShop, while Japan will receive a fully fledged boxed copy. This was naturally good news for fans of the...

  • News Capcom Reveals More on Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies

    Edgeworth ranks up, Maya remains a secret

    Capcom recently divulged more details on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies in a Q&A session hosted on TwitchTV, placing more on the title’s characters and settings into the court record. According to the video, Dual Destinies will be set a year after Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. The theme...

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    Review Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

    Emphasis on the “mean”

    Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is somewhat of an anomaly. It's a Puyo Puyo puzzle game that takes place in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog - a short lived but wildly popular television series from the mid-90s - universe, but the blue blur is completely absent. Instead, the only hero here is you, a presumably...

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    Review Columns

    Supporting a good time

    Way back in the days when video games in general were often referred to as 'Nintendo' games, a little gem called Tetris was packaged-in with the Game Boy, and it helped catapult the handheld to dominating heights. A couple of years later SEGA released the Game Gear, and in what can only be seen as an attempt to capitalize on...

  • Nintendo Download 20th June (Europe)

    Luigi steps up, the Guild returns, some retro goodies and much more

    So E3 is now but a fading memory, but at least we have a lot of Wii U and 3DS games on the way to keep us entertained for the rest of the year. One of those lands as Wii U DLC today, while the 3DS is pretty much overflowing with varied offerings, including the second entry from...

  • News Shin'en Ponders Over HD Version of Jett Rocket II

    Could it come to Wii U too?

    Shin'en Multimedia is currently working on Jett Rockett II - The Wrath of Taikai, the sequel to the fun little WiiWare title that was released back in 2010. This new iteration is headed to the 3DS eShop and should be with us later on in the year. It appears the developer is contemplating the idea of releasing an HD...

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    Review Sonic the Hedgehog

    Put a ring on it

    As one of gaming's most iconic mammals, Sonic the Hedgehog needs no introduction; he's graced consoles, comic books, crossovers and clothing lines in his double-decade career, and this is where it all began. Well, nearly — Sonic the Hedgehog on the Game Gear isn't a port of the Mega Drive / Genesis classic, but rather of the 8-bit...

  • News Pay What You Want For The Mighty Switch Force! 2 OST

    Set fire to the club (then put it out)

    Mighty Switch Force! is one of our top 10 third-party titles for the 3DS so far and a big factor in that decision might just be the bouncy, soaring soundtrack provided by Jake “virt” Kaufman. Now that Mighty Switch Force 2! is out in the world, Kaufman has put the full soundtrack to the sequel up online to...

  • Nintendo Download 13th June (North America)

    Mudds, mighty switching, Game Gear goodies and more

    As the E3 madness settles down to daily regular madness, we have the reliable and steady Nintendo Download news to enjoy. This week is a strong one in North America, with both the Wii U and 3DS eShop services hosting games from Renegade Kid and WayForward, while the Game Gear also returns on the...

  • News Shantae Virtual Console Release Pushed Back To July

    Classic Game Boy Color title won't make it this month

    Shantae was set to be released on 20th June on the 3DS Virtual Console but this now won't be happening as WayForward, the game's developer, has bumped it back to an unspecified date in July. Creative director at WayForward Matt Bozon announced the sad news on Twitter: [tweet...

  • News Nintendo to Launch First Free-To-Play Game By March 2014

    What could it be?

    At an analyst briefing during E3, Nintendo has confirmed that it plans to launch its first free-to-play title at some point during the current fiscal year — that's the end of March 2014. There's no confirmation of platform or title just yet, so we'll have to wait to find out if it's Wii U or 3DS that will be home to Nintendo's...

  • News Pac-Man Museum Announced For Wii U And 3DS eShops

    Downloadable title coming this Winter

    Those who can’t get enough power pellets in their gaming diets may want to keep an eye toward the end of the year. Namco Bandai Games Europe has announced that Pac-Man Museum, a collection of the iconic yellow puck’s games from the original 1980s classic to more recent titles including Pac-Man Championship...

  • News Mega Man 6 Up Now on the 3DS Virtual Console in Europe

    Gotta run, gotta run now!

    Classic NES platformer Mega Man 6 is available to download now from the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in Europe. As is the norm for eShop releases, Rockman's 1994 adventure was originally scheduled for release this Thursday, but seems to have been released early in celebration of the 'Mega Man Special' currently featured on...

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    Review Mighty Switch Force! 2

    The sequel, the sequel, the sequel's on fire

    In late 2011, WayForward released Mighty Switch Force!, one of the first eShop titles to make significant use of the 3DS's capabilities. You took control of Patricia Wagon, a cop in search of the ostensibly criminal Hooligan sisters, and the puzzles were all based in some way around the 3D effect, popping...

  • News Picross e Finally Releasing This Week In North America

    It'll be in the 3DS eShop on Thursday

    Picross e3, which has nothing to do with a certain expo by the way, will be released in Japan tomorrow, while North America still waits on the first two titles in the 'e' series. Europe's has Picross e for quite some time now and it looks as though North America will finally be able to join the party from...

  • News It's "Safe to Assume" That Mutant Mudds 2 Will Be On The Wii U eShop

    It'll be on the 3DS eShop too, of course

    At the start of January this year, Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham confirmed that a sequel to Mutant Mudds is in the works, titled Mutant Mudds 2. In a recent interview with Cubed3, Watsham was asked if the game would appear on both the 3DS and Wii U eShop, and responded positively: Yes, I think it...

  • News The Hand of Panda Has Just Over a Day to Reach its Fundraising Goal

    Not far to go

    At the end of last month we reported that martial arts style game, The Hand of Panda, was to chop its way onto the 3DS eShop if it successfully reaches its Kickstarter goal. The campaign is coming to a close with just over a day left and an asking price of $3,000. It's been doing pretty well, having reached $2,456 at the time of...

  • News Capybara: Nintendo Is Making A "Big Move" For Indie Developers

    “They have a really great team there"

    There once was a time when Nintendo was seen to be somewhat ignorant of indie developers, but that certainly isn't the case these days, as is evidenced by comments made by Capybara's Nathan Vella. Vella — who was speaking at recent independent gaming showcase — had nothing but praise for Nintendo's recent...

  • Nintendo Download 13th June (Europe)

    Animal Crossing arrives, along with Game Gear goodies and more

    It's Monday, so it's time to see what we have lined up for this week's Nintendo Download update in Europe, minus any E3 surprises, of course. One of the year's most anticipated 3DS retail titles finally lands, along with the latest Famicom Anniversary Promotion game and a lot of Game...

  • News WayForward Will Consider HD Edition of Mighty Switch Force! 2

    "We'll certainly look into it"

    Patricia Wagon is bringing the heat to North America this week with the release of Mighty Switch Force! 2 on the 3DS eShop. It'll be available on 13th June in North America and in Europe on 27th June. The first title, Mighty Switch Force!, also made its way to the Wii U in a HD version known as Mighty Switch Force!...

  • Developer Interview WayForward Talks Mighty Switch Force! 2

    This girl is on fire

    WayForward is one of the best known developers on Nintendo's download stores, making its name most prominently on portable platforms. It's a studio with many strings to its bow, including numerous retail releases on various platforms for other publishers, but it's arguably the company's own self-published IPs that have...

  • News Flipnote Studio 3D Confirmed for European Release on 1st August

    Hand-drawn GIFs creep closer

    Not so long ago we reported that Flipnote Studio 3D is set for an early August release in North America, as an official website was launched revealing various details on the galleries and features, including the $0.99 30-day license for access to the World gallery. Nintendo UK has launched its own website and gone a...