3DS eShop - News

July2012

  • Nintendo Download 2nd August 2012 (Europe)

    Kung fu, Toki Tori, edutainment and retro fighting

    Once again we have news of this week's download delights in Europe, with something on offer for every system you own. Let's get started. 3DS Download Software: Jonny Kung Fu (UFO Interactive, £5.40/€6) — On paper this sounds full of promise, being an old-school side-scrolling action game with...

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    Review Planet Crashers

    Crash and burn

    On first inspection, Planet Crashers is the cute, warm and whimsical RPG world you would expect from Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid, providing a shot of humour, quirkiness and style to an already crowded and tired genre. However, much like other adventure RPGs lining our shelves at the moment, Planet Crashers is very much a case...

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    Review Mole Mania

    Dig in

    Poor Muddy Mole has returned home to find his family kidnapped by the evil farmer Jinbe. That's the entire plot, and we're happy about that. After all, Mole Mania isn't about storytelling; it's about a massive gauntlet of clever puzzles, and that's exactly why we like it. Divided into eight very large levels, Muddy's adventure finds him...

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    Review Dot Runner: Complete Edition

    On the dot or a runaround?

    Dot Runner: Complete Edition is the latest release from Intense, developer of unique DSiWare RPG GO Series: Picdun. This outing shares the dual perspectives of that title but little else; here you collect dots as a futuristic man-on-a-mission named BOLT in a chase puzzler that's fast and fun, but seriously flawed. While...

  • News Full 3DS Retail Downloads Have Teething Troubles

    Bandwidth buster

    Full retail games can now be downloaded to Nintendo 3DS in Japan, but there was a problem or two early on. Nintendo's online service page reported server troubles on the eShop shortly after launch, though it's now been fixed. Andriasang reports that the eShop issues came between 9:00am and 11:30am on the service's launch day. It...

  • News Toki Tori Hatches on European eShop Next Week

    Is it cheep enough?

    Two Tribes' platform puzzler Toki Tori is chirruping its way into the European 3DS eShop next week. It was originally released on Game Boy Color in 2001; if you missed it back then, here's your chance to see what all the squawking was about. The concept is the same as the WiiWare version. You join the titular chick on a mission...

  • Site News Nintendo Life's "Summer Picks" eShop Shelf

    We're back!

    You might remember that last year Nintendo Life got its very own eShop shelf, and we directed your attention to a variety of DSiWare and 3DS Download gems. It was such a success that Nintendo has decided that we're awesome enough for a second run, so we're back in the store with our recommendations of the hottest games to get you...

  • Nintendo Download 26th July 2012 (North America)

    Planet crashing, Wario, moles and more

    This week we have all three Nintendo consoles catered for, including a long awaited platformer on the 3DS Virtual Console, the latest from Renegade Kid and much more. Let's get right to it. 3DS Virtual Console: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — This has no doubt been on a number...

  • News Mole Mania Burrows onto US eShop Tomorrow

    Can you dig it?

    North America's 8-Bit Summer promotion continues to heat up 3DS' Virtual Console — tomorrow you'll be able to dig into Game Boy puzzler Mole Mania. Mole Mania originally came out in North America in 1997. Shigeru Miyamoto was producer on the puzzle game, in which you push, pull and throw a black ball around to help Muddy Mole work...

  • News Travel Across the Galaxies with Planet Crashers' New Trailer

    That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

    Developer Renegade Kid, of Mutant Mudds fame, has unleashed a brand new trailer to celebrate the release of its latest RPG adventure, due to hit both American and European Nintendo 3DS eShops this Thursday. In Planet Crashers, you must travel across the galaxies to stop an evil force from...

  • Talking Point Nintendo's Digital Pricing

    Is it persuasive enough?

    This week we’ve been given a glimpse of Nintendo’s plans for retail download pricing and incentives, both for Japan and North America. It all begins with New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Demon Training in Japan on 28th July, with North America and Europe joining in with Mario’s title on 19th and 17th August respectively...

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    Review Masyu by Nikoli

    Circle gets the square

    The ...by Nikoli series is nothing new to the eShop, but Masyu by Nikoli stands out for being a puzzle of Nikoli's own creation. This means that if you'd like to play it, more than likely this will be your only option on the service. Therefore the question really boils down to whether or not that puzzle is worth seeking out on...

  • News Retro Mario Discounts Jumping Onto North American eShop

    Celebrating New Super Mario Bros. 2

    When it comes to New Super Mario Bros. 2, you'd have to live in a deep, dark cave to not know about it. Trailers and videos swarm the web and its status as the first retail download being offered by Nintendo has given it even more profile. Still, that won't stop Nintendo of America doing some additional marketing...

  • News pitchWinPLAY Competition Cancelled

    Lack of interest to blame

    In March this year a competition called pitchWinPLAY was announced that'd give creative gamers an opportunity to see their game produced by Renegade Kid, of Mutant Mudds fame, and then released on the 3DS eShop. It was an exciting grand prize, but a lack of interest since launch has brought the contest to an end. Our very...

  • News Genius Sonority's Denpa Ningen no RPG Heading to the West

    You know, the guys behind Pokémon Colosseum

    We at Nintendo Life absolutely loved Pokémon Colosseum. Who didn't? Which is precisely why we are so excited to hear that Colosseum developer Genius Sonority is bringing its latest 3DS eShop game over to the West. Back in January, we introduced you to the utterly absurd-looking Denpa Ningen no RPG...

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    Review The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels

    Hidden gem or a kick in the jewels?

    The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels is an arcade-like game that has you breaking into an assortment of stages, grabbing keycodes, deactivating security systems, and escaping into the night with shiny jewel in hand. As a concept, Phantom Thief is intriguing, but while it can be fun, it's ultimately let down by...

  • Nintendo Download 26th July 2012 (Europe)

    Crashing, pinball, candles and athletics

    It's another Monday, so let's cheer ourselves up in Europe with news of what downloads are coming this week. This week almost every platform is catered for, so let's get to it. 3DS Download Software: Planet Crashers (Ignition, £9/€10) — Planet Crashers is the latest title developed by Renegade Kid, of...

  • Talking Point Another Look at the News - 20th July

    Sonic, retail downloads and a certain analyst

    It's that time again, when a few members of the Nintendo Life team look at recent news and decide that they simply have to give their opinion on it. Last time out things were very serious, with topics such as Nintendo's online services, the number of 'new IPs' on Wii and the continued madness that is...

  • News Nintendo Offering Incentives for Retail Downloads in Japan

    Virtual goodies only

    Retail downloads on the 3DS eShop start, for most of us, with New Super Mario Bros. 2 in mid-August. For Japanese gamers, however, it all starts in just eight days, the same day as the arrival of 3DS XL and Five Minute Demon Training, the next Brain Training entry that's also known as Onitore. A common criticism of the download...

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    Review Wario Land II

    Greed is good

    After the success of the first Wario Land, Nintendo decided to take another shot at putting its beloved new anti-hero in the spotlight. To differentiate it from Mario even further, it removed the "Super Mario Land" prefix and also made a massive gameplay change for Wario Land II. But is it one for the better? Defeated at the end of...

  • News Dot Runner Comes to the US eShop 26th July

    Eat up

    Get ready to devour some dots when Dot Runner: Complete Edition is released on the North American eShop next week. It's a follow-up, of sorts, to the rather excellent DSiWare title GO Series: Picdun; it's known as Dot Eater New Picdun in Japan. You've got to trample through 100 stages gobbling up all the orbs and destroying any enemies in...

  • Nintendo Download 19th July 2012 (North America)

    Kid Icarus, thievery and puzzles

    Update details were slower than normal today, but we do now have a mixture of 3DS VC games, a couple of mystery eShop titles and some good-old DSiWare to look at this week. Let's get right into it. 3DS Virtual Console: Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — Before his high profile 3DS...

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    Review Johnny Kung Fu

    Like a punch to the Wang

    We're on to you, UFO Interactive. You've released these side-scrolling action games every few months now and, we'll admit, each one has had a fairly interesting premise — a samurai slicer with RPG elements and a zombie-flavored rhythm game? We can dig it. Now you roll out what seems like an ode to LCD handheld games...

  • News 8-Bit Summer Brings Myths and Monsters

    Plus tumbling and popping

    We've just got word of the latest titles in Nintendo of America's Virtual Console 8-Bit Summer promotion. We hope you like monsters. If you should log onto the 3DS eShop on Thursday you'll find Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, Pit's second ever outing. Are you up to the task of traversing the underworld, overworld and...

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    Review Sparkle Snapshots 3D

    Take a pretty picture

    It’s easy to forget about all of this multi-functional nonsense and think of 3DS as an all-out gaming machine, but occasionally a new app appears to remind us that, actually, Nintendo intends for the system to offer much more. The arrival of Sparkle Snapshots 3D in the eShop is one such reminder, a camera app designed to...

  • News Gaia's Moon Flies Into Japan on 25th July

    Into the Land of the Rising Sun

    DSiWare has its share of budget gems, and it's also a service that deprives some regions of excellent titles for long spells: ask a European DSi enthusiast about Cave Story, for example. Japanese gamers are about to have one of their wrongs resolved, however, with confirmation that Gaia's Moon is due on the country's...

  • Nintendo Download 19th July 2012 (Europe)

    Wario, revenge, flipping and learning

    The details for this week's Nintendo Download in Europe are out with 3DS, Wii and DSi all getting some love, as well as the long-awaited return of a favourite edutainment series. Let's get to it. 3DS Virtual Console: Wario Land II (Game Boy Color, Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — While Wario's first appearance on...

  • News Touch Battle Tank 3D Rolls Out Next Month

    Tanks a lot

    North American tank enthusiasts, mark 9th August in your diaries — Touch Battle Tank 3D is on its way to the 3DS eShop. The arcade-style title has you taking control of your very own tank and blasting away any enemy forces that happen to be about. If you've ever played the Tanks! mini-game in Wii Play, you'll know roughly what to...

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    Review The Sword of Hope II

    The great black and white hope

    Poor Prince Theo. Not only is his first game still unavailable in the eShop, but his second adventure begins with all of his previous hard work being undone, an evil spirit being set free by would-be grave robbers, the Sword of Hope being stolen, and a young orphan accusing him of murdering his father. He really can't...

  • News Planet Crashers Smash Down on 26th July

    The power is yours

    Renegade Kid's adventure-RPG Planet Crashers will make impact on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on 26th July in North America. Are you ready to save the universe? An evil force has, for some reason or another, decided that it's nigh on time to destroy the sun. As a rookie of the Planet Crashers Academy, you've been inexplicably chosen to...

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    Review Kirby's Pinball Land

    Less than the sum of its parts

    While primarily known as the star of a reliably charming series of platformers, Kirby has also starred in a fair share of spin-offs. One of those, Kirby's Block Ball, came to the eShop just a few months ago. It's a flawed but fun reimagining of Breakout. It plays to the strengths of both Breakout as a template and...

  • News Mega Man is Going to Blast 3DS Virtual Console

    In Japan at least

    NES classic Mega Man is coming to the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan next week. The Blue Bomber's legendary 8-bit adventure lands in Japan on 18th July for 500 Yen — around £3.99 or $6.30 — but expect the pricing to be slightly different when it reaches the West. If you're interested in playing some Mega Man on the go but...

  • News Picross E Rated for Australian eShop

    So you know what that means

    Fans of numbers and colouring in boxes, rejoice: it looks like Picross E is finally leaving Japan. The Australian Classification Board has rated the eShop game, which says to us it'll come to PAL regions in the coming months or, if we're really lucky, weeks. The last we heard of the Jupiter-developed puzzle game was...

  • Nintendo Download 12th July 2012 (North America)

    8-bit summer heats up

    Two 3DS Virtual Console games plus new titles on WiiWare, DSiWare, Virtual Console and the eShop make another very strong week for the Nintendo Download in North America. Here's what's going live today. 3DS Virtual Console: Kirby's Pinball Land (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — The little pink ball makes the most of his rotund...

  • News 8-Bit Summer Flips Out With Kirby Pinball Tomorrow

    There's also a sword of hope

    Nintendo of America normally releases details of eShop downloads on the morning of the update, but our source has given us a heads-up on the Virtual Console '8-bit summer' titles that you can look forward to this week. As you've no doubt guessed, the headline Game Boy title is Kirby's Pinball Land, which sees the...

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    Review Family Tennis 3D

    A good second service

    Arc System Works, most fondly known for the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of 2D fighting games, also dabbles in the casual sports genre with its Family series for WiiWare. Those titles generally haven't been very well received, but the series' first entry into the eShop, Family Tennis 3D, is a happy reversal of that trend...

  • News Escape! Zombie City Set to Infest Japanese eShop

    The latest from Tom Create

    Tom Create is a Japanese developer that may be familiar to gamers who enjoy a lot of download titles from the GO series. The studio has produced DSiWare titles such as GO Series: Earth Saver and GO Series: Tower of Deus, with many being thoroughly decent downloads at a budget price. It now seems that the developer is...

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    Review Akari by Nikoli

    Spark in the dark

    Hamster is now at the halfway point of chopping up upcoming retail release Sudoku + 7 other Complex Puzzles by Nikoli and selling each puzzle type individually through the eShop. With Sudoku and Kakuro out of the way, the far more interesting chunks have started to hit as evidenced by last month's Slitherlink and now Akari.

  • Nintendo Download 12th July 2012 (Europe)

    Sparkles and frogs

    This week's Nintendo Download is a metaphorical mixed bag, with 3DS add-on content and WiiWare sitting alongside weird eShop applications. Scan the list below for the full lowdown. 3DS Download Software: Sparkle Snapshots 3D (Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — Remember Sparkle Snapshots on DSiWare? How would you like a similar...

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    Review NES Open Tournament Golf

    Retro golf gaming at its finest

    While the eShop already has Golf for the Game Boy available, anyone who purchased that game may now start to wish they had saved their money. NES Open Tournament Golf is a superior experience in every way. Perhaps not substantially so, but it's certainly a more rewarding way to spend a day on the links. NES Open...

  • News Ice Climber Now Has Download Play Multiplayer in Japan

    Double the fun

    With a steady increase of retro titles on 3DS Virtual Console, including those from NES and Game Boy Advance for 3DS Ambassadors, notable omissions from most re-releases have been multiplayer modes. For those hoping to recreate nostalgic days of 8-bit goodness with a friend, 3DS iterations have been a disappointment. It seems to be...

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    Review Castlevania: The Adventure

    Belmont's first portable adventure

    When the Game Boy hit store shelves in 1989 it didn’t take long for a vast swathe of third-party publishers – many of which had grown fat on the profits generated by Nintendo’s astonishingly popular NES – to sign up to produce software for the device. Konami was one of the first to pledge its allegiance to...

  • News Mario & Sonic eShop App Hits the UK

    Scan this

    Fancy a free app for your 3DS? Of course you do. Scan the QR code below and you can download the Mario and Sonic at the London Olympics 2012 Virtual Card Album for free. The app lets you collect themed cards based on Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games via SpotPass, StreetPass, connecting to Nintendo Zone hotspots or by...

  • News Letter Box Update Adds Coloured Ink

    At last

    Popular message-swapper Nintendo Letter Box got an update today that lets you write and draw with coloured ink. European 3DS owners can simply scan the QR code below to go straight to the update, which adds five coloured inks to the free application: red, blue, green, purple and orange. Black remains an option too. To scan the QR code...

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    Review Marvel Pinball 3D

    Dat Mahvel

    Unlike video games based on movies or popular comics, licensed pinball tables have a reputation of being pretty great — The Twilight Zone, The Addams Family, Indiana Jones and Monster Bash are but a sampling of the rich properties that have yielded some of the most popular pins of the past 20 years. Marvel Comic's iconic characters are...

  • Nintendo Download 5th July 2012 (Europe)

    Vampires, zombies, viruses and mutants

    This week's European Nintendo Download plays catch-up with North America and includes DLC for a game about to hit stores. Let's get to it. 3DS Virtual Console: Castlevania: The Adventure (Game Boy, Konami, £2.70/€3) — Considering the enthusiasm that normally greets a new Castlevania title from within the...

  • News 99Seconds Dodging Its Way to Europe on 12th July

    A bit more than 99 seconds to wait

    99Seconds is a budget DSiWare game that is ideally suited to short, compulsive gaming sessions on the go, or is the equivalent of a coin guzzler at a local arcade. As our 99Seconds review said, 'had 99seconds an arcade cabinet yelling for our attention, we would stroll right on up to it and put in the equivalent of...

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    Review Bomb Monkey

    Enough bang for your buck?

    Welcome to Bomb Monkey, which does in fact feature both bombs and a monkey. Whew, that's a relief! Now that we no longer have to worry about false advertising, we can talk about the game itself. As any screenshot will suggest, Bomb Monkey is a colour-based puzzle game. You hold your 3DS book-style, and use either the...

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    Review Slitherlink by Nikoli

    Voldemort's favourite puzzle

    Hamster continues to roll out piecemeal the components of its forthcoming retail package Sudoku + 7 Other Complex Puzzles by Nikoli onto the eShop, now breaking out the brain-bender Slitherlink by Nikoli. Unlike past efforts Sudoku by Nikoli and Kakuro by Nikoli, Slitherlink offers a type of teaser seldom seen in digital...

  • Nintendo Download 28th June 2012 (North America)

    Monkeys, marvels and more

    Some quality original content on 3DS and DSi reaches North America this week, with two free demos to pick up as well. Here's what's out this week. Nintendo 3DS Download Software: Marvel Pinball 3D (Zen Studios, $7.99, 661 blocks) — Take four Marvel-themed tables for a spin in Zen Studios' follow-up to its very good Zen...

  • News Heroes of Ruin Demo Hits North America Next Week

    Out 5th July

    North American 3DS owners can try out upcoming action adventure Heroes of Ruin with a free demo on 5th July. The trial will be playable in single-player or multiplayer, both on and offline, and serves as a neat introduction to n-Space's ambitious 3DS game. If you're keen to know more, check out our Heroes of Ruin review for details.

  • News Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D Is A Space Recipe For Disaster

    No really, that's its name

    We told you earlier that CIRCLE Entertainment is publishing Tanukii Studios' upcoming eShop game Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D, and now we've got the first details straight from developer Tanukii Studios. Officially titled Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D - Space Recipe for Disaster (an even better subtitle than its predecessor's "Harmonious...

  • News CIRCLE Bringing Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D to eShop

    Cat scratch fever

    CIRCLE Entertainment's prolific output continues with no fewer than 21 titles on the way to the 3DS eShop and DSi Shop in the coming months. One of the most interesting titles is Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D: Space Recipe for Disaster by Tanukii Studios, a follow-up to DSiWare stand-out Go! Go! Kokopolo. We've approached Tanukii for more...

  • News Prepare for the Abyss on DSiWare

    Don't forget a light

    EnjoyUp Games has released a lot of download titles, particularly on DSiWare, with Gaia's Moon standing out as an excellent release at 200 Nintendo Points. That word Gaia has appeared once again, this time as a collectible in upcoming DSiWare release Abyss. The purpose of Abyss is to navigate a robot called Nep2no in the depths...

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    Review Sonic Blast

    From the past, not a blast

    Not to be confused with Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Blast only really shares a fondness for rendered sprites with its 16-bit namesake, sticking to more mainline Sonic staples like running, spinning and grabbing Chaos Emeralds. The rendered sprites weren't particularly impressive back in 1996 and they don't stand up too well...

  • Nintendo Download 28th June 2012 (Europe)

    Marvel Pinball and more

    A motley group of superheroes headlines this week's Nintendo Download, but there's also the second week of the store's anniversary if you're after a bargain. Here's what's up this week. eShop: Marvel Pinball 3D (Zen Studios, £6.30/€7) — The follow-up to the successful (and rather good) Zen Pinball 3D, this brings with...

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    Review Order Up!!

    Finger-licking good

    When it comes to real-world occupations that double as compelling experiences in gaming, the list is pretty short. Soldier, of course. Taxi driver. City planner. And, surprisingly enough, restaurant manager. Order Up!! isn't the first game to tap into that particular well of gainful employment, but it certainly is one of the...

  • News Ten Games Discounted in European eShop Sale

    Demos and free apps, too

    During this morning's Nintendo Direct broadcast in Europe it was announced that there would be a sale promotion on the platform, to celebrate its one year anniversary. Ten titles will be available at 20% off, with half being reduced this week and the others next week: details are below. 22/06/2012 — 14:59 CET 28/06/2012...

  • News 3DS Virtual Console Gets Big Push in North America

    Two new games every week

    If you live in North America and you're fed up of getting the brown end of the 3DS Virtual Console stick, there's very good news on the way. From 5th July to 1st August, Nintendo will release two 3DS Virtual Console games in the eShop every week. That covers four Nintendo Downloads — 1st August is a Wednesday — so...

  • Feature The Future of GameCube on Wii U

    Including the 'Cube

    When Wii U is released, you'll be able to play games from each of Nintendo's home consoles thanks to a mixture of backwards compatibility and the Virtual Console. With one exception. No, not Virtual Boy. Currently GameCube has no place on Nintendo's first high definition console, that we know of: only games on systems up to...

  • News Bomb Monkey Blows Up Real Big Next Week

    North American date confirmed

    Just as today European 3DS owners get to sample Mutant Mudds, next week North American eShop fans can try out Renegade Kid's next title, Bomb Monkey. Renegade Kid's just told us the eShop puzzler will reach North America next week for $4.99. We went hands-on with the game during E3, so make sure you read our Bomb...

  • Nintendo Download 21st June 2012 (North America)

    Dragons, kitchens and so much more

    A very busy week this week with WiiWare, Virtual Console, DSiWare and no fewer than two eShop releases reaching North American shores. Here's what's awaiting your purchase today. 3DS Download Software: Order Up!! (Ignition Entertainment, $9.99, 2,488 blocks) — Released at retail in Europe, North America can try...

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    Review Mad Dog McCree

    Send it to the pound

    Remember back when Laserdisc games were king and everyone loved them and we were all playing them at home? No? Well, that’s probably because it was never the case, and the really great news is that Laserdisc games quickly came and went before they could do any real lasting damage to the future of gaming. With that in mind,...

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    Review Tumble Pop

    Tumble Pop and lock

    In the future, nests of hornets will be the least of pest control's worries. Tumble Pop is filled with strange beasts, from living skeletons to little grey aliens, manic clowns and Sweetums from The Muppets. In this arcade platformer, it's your job to clean them up with nothing more than a trusty – and presumably engine-powered...

  • News Bomb Monkey Gets Explosive New Site

    North American release may be this month

    Renegade Kid has already brought us the highly-rated Mutant Mudds on the 3DS eShop recently, with European gamers finally getting the chance to download it this week. A little while ago the developer announced a new title hot-on-the-heels of its retro platformer, with puzzler Bomb Monkey bringing an entirely...

  • Nintendo Download 21st June 2012 (Europe)

    Mutant Mudds is here

    Well, that was a long wait. Renegade Kid's acclaimed platformer gets to Europe this week, along with a 1000 Point WiiWare adventure and a kickabout on DSiWare. Here's what's up this week. 3DS Download Software: Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid, £8.10/€9) — What started life as a DS retail game called Maximillian and the Rise of...

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    Review Donkey Kong Jr.

    Defeat the villainous Mario!

    Donkey Kong Jr. was the inevitable sequel to the massively popular arcade smash Donkey Kong. Surprisingly — and rewardingly — it inverted the formula, casting Mario as the villain to be defeated, and Donkey Kong's diaper-clad son as the avenging hero. Is there any wonder Nintendo released this one just in time for...

  • Round Table Let's Talk About a Year of the 3DS eShop

    Filling up those SD cards

    This week we've celebrated one year of the 3DS eShop, with our own top ten eShop games and a retrospective on a year of the platform. To round off the week a few members of the team discuss the eShop's first year and consider the positives so far, and where it can improve. Joining features editor Thomas Whitehead are...

  • Nintendo Download 14th June 2012 (North America)

    Mad dogs, spider-men, mega men and more

    A good all-round week for North America: 3DS gets an ageing arcade game, a demo and a 3DS Virtual Console game, DSiWare is graced with a music-themed take on the Plants vs. Zombies formula and Wii owners get a VC game too. 3DS Virtual Console: Donkey Kong Jr. (NES, Nintendo, $4.99) — A rare appearance from...

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    Review 3D Solitaire

    The title says it all

    Nintendo’s digital stores have given us plenty of titles based on old-fashioned games of cards, for those who no longer play with real decks or other people. The thing about solitaire, or course, is that it’s a card game for just one player, and anyone’s who owned a Windows PC in the last 15 years is likely to have played...

  • Feature One Year of the 3DS eShop

    Happy birthday!

    You might not have noticed with a little thing called E3 going on, but last week the Nintendo 3DS eShop turned one year old. Though the service started slowly, not even making it to the system's launch, it has morphed over the course of the last 12 months to become the decent digital portal that DSiWare and WiiWare should always...

  • News Balloon Pop Remix Rated for 3DS

    Extra 3D popping included?

    Nintendo's download platforms haven't been lacking for match-3 puzzle titles, and Balloon Pop Festival from UFO Interactive was one of quite a few on WiiWare. That said, it was a thoroughly decent, colourful title that earned a respectable 7/10 in our Balloon Pop Festival review, though it seems that it was only released...

  • First Impressions Bomb Monkey

    Monkey + bombs = puzzler fun

    When you mention developer Renegade Kid's name, some gamers' minds immediately gravitate towards the spine-chilling first-person shooters the developer has created like Dementium and Moon. So when the group released its retro platformer Mutant Mudds, most were fairly caught by surprise. There's another surprise as...

  • Feature Our Top Ten eShop Games

    A year of old and new

    The Nintendo 3DS eShop recently turned one year old, a year that's seen updates, a new look and a broad range of games. In its early weeks it struggled with a lack of exclusive releases, but after a year we've seen a number of developers pitching in on the service with high quality titles. The 3DS Virtual Console has also...

  • Nintendo Download 14th June 2012 (Europe)

    Sonic, tattoos and a samurai sword

    After all the E3 excitement last week it's back down to Earth with a bump this week, with a Game Gear Sonic game and European releases of decent, if long overdue games. Here's what's available this week. 3DS Virtual Console: Sonic Blast (Game Gear, SEGA, £4.50/€5) — Sonic's last adventure on Game Gear (in...

  • News Shantae eShop Release Gets Closer

    WayForward waiting for ESRB rating

    Shantae: Risky's Revenge is one of the best-rated DSiWare releases, but it may not be well-known to all that it was actually a sequel to Shantae on Game Boy Color, which was developed by WayForward Technologies and published by Capcom. Now that we have the 3DS Virtual Console, fans of the original naturally wonder...

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    Review Kakuro by Nikoli

    4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42

    There's certainly no shortage of number puzzles lurking around the dark, damp corners of the eShop. Sudoku is a prime culprit, and we wouldn't be at all surprised if there was a degree of puzzle overlap between them all, however mathematically unlikely that may be. Kakuro, on the other hand, is much less of a bruised dead horse...

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    Review Sweet Memories Blackjack

    Not fond memories

    Sweet Memories Blackjack is a strange arrival on the 3DS eShop, with a Japanese concept and style that typically doesn’t make it outside of the Land of the Rising Sun. While card games are common on DSiWare, this 3DS exclusive follows a different approach that aims to bring a relationship dynamic to proceedings. This title may...

  • Nintendo Download 7th June 2012 (North America)

    Bats, cats, balance and curling

    It's a bumper week for North America with new 3DS Download Software, demos, DSiWare, 3D videos and more. Here's what's available today. 3DS Download Software: Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia, $6.99) — An excellent puzzle game that tasks you to create a balanced stack of blocks. It's tougher than it...

  • Nintendo Download 7th June 2012 (Europe)

    Online Heroes of Ruin demo and more

    Talk about a first: tomorrow you can try Heroes of Ruin's multiplayer mode either in local or online play. Here's what else is up for Europeans tomorrow. 3DS Demos: Heroes of Ruin (Square Enix) — Try out one of four classes and play online or in local multiplayer with three others. The game hits Europe next...

  • News Heroes of Ruin Demo Available This Week

    In Europe, at least

    While the summer may traditionally be a quiet period for new releases, 3DS has some promising titles on the way. One of these, Heroes of Ruin, arrives in Europe on 15th June, while it's hitting North America a bit later on 17th July. According to Eurogamer.net, this week's download update in Europe will include a Heroes of Ruin...

  • E3 2012 3DS Downloads on the Way

    Plenty for all tastes

    Nintendo has unveiled a list of upcoming download titles on the 3DS eShop with some release periods for us to take in. There aren't any specific dates, but we at least have an idea of when we can expect the titles to arrive. These are all North American details, but we'll optimistically hope that PAL region releases won't be...

  • News Mole Mania Digging Its Way to 3DS Virtual Console

    Another outing

    The 3DS Virtual Console already has a good amount of great Nintendo games, but there's plenty more where that came from, as the Australia's ratings board has rated yet another classic Game Boy game which should be making its way to the service soon Mole Mania is an often forgotten Shigeru Miyamoto game, in which you play as Muddy the...

  • News Mutant Mudds Closer to European Release

    21st June is a possibility

    The eShop release schedule can be unpredictable. Sometimes North America and Europe get titles on the same day, sometimes there's a brief delay in one region, while on other occasions one side is left waiting for far too long. For European 3DS gamers, Mutant Mudds definitely falls into that last category. It arrived in...

  • News NightSky Rated for North America

    On its way at long last

    NightSky has had a long, drawn out history in the eyes of many eager Nintendo gamers. The attractive action-physics puzzler was in the works for WiiWare way back in 2009, but then the updates went silent and we heard very little about it, the Wii release drifting away. The good news is that the 3DS eShop appears to be going...

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    Review Rayman

    Rayman, fighter of the Night Man

    In 1995, the platformer Rayman was released to great critical acclaim on the PlayStation. It was the first entry in a hugely successful franchise that also spawned an entirely separate sub-franchise along the way. Rayman had charm, class and above all a tremendous sense of fun. Five years later, the game was still...

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  • News Mad Dog McCree Takes Aim at eShop on 14th June

    Barking mad

    "Classic" FMV-based arcade gunslinger Mad Dog McCree is coming to the 3DS eShop in North America on 14th June for $7.99. The handheld port will include remastered footage, though we very much doubt it's been post-processed into 3D, so expect the heads-up display to be your only taste of stereoscopic glory. Here's the trailer. Now...

  • News Zen Studios Reveals CastleStorm for "Nintendo Digital Platforms"

    Including eShop

    3DS owners, it's a good job you like castles. Yesterday we had Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate confirmed and today Zen Studios — yes, the pinball guys — announced CastleStorm for "Nintendo digital platforms". The tower defence/strategy hybrid was officially confirmed for the 3DS eShop but Zen has said it's in...

  • News Rayman Arrives on North American eShop This Week

    Not just in Europe

    We normally find out about the North American download offerings on Thursday each week, but we've been advised ahead of time that Rayman will be hitting the 3DS Virtual Console stateside. Europe gets the Game Boy Color title this week too, so gamers on both sides of the Atlantic will have the chance to warm up ahead of the...

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    Review Art of Balance TOUCH!

    Art of brilliance

    WiiWare puzzler Art of Balance is one of the best games on the service: instinctive and addictive, it made the well-worn act of stacking shapes feel fresh again. Now on the 3DS eShop, Art of Balance TOUCH! keeps the winning formula going. The premise to Art of Balance is simple. In each stage you're given blocks of various shapes,...

  • Nintendo Download 31st May 2012 (Europe)

    Mega Man, Rayman and blackjack with a girl

    Europe gets a trio of new titles this week including a couple of but goodies. Here's what's up for you EUers this week. Virtual Console: Mega Man X2 (Super Nintendo, Capcom, 800pts) — Back in the day this made use of Capcom's new "C4" chip for fancy 3D effects and the like. Now you can buy it...

  • News Rayman Hits 3DS VC in Europe Next Week

    Gear up for Origins

    With a Rayman Origins demo last week and Rayman on 3DS Virtual Console next week — not to mention a proper look at Rayman Legends for Wii U the week after — Ubisoft's hero is working harder than he has done in years. Rayman's Game Boy Color adventure lands in Europe next Thursday for £4.50, and is only the second VC title...

  • News Order Up!! Demo On the Back Burner Until Next Week

    Well done

    This week's Nintendo Download was supposed to come with a demo of Order Up!!, but it didn't. Developer SuperVillain Studios has told Nintendo World Report the demo is still on the way, and should arrive in next week's batch of digital delights. The full game is on the way to the eShop in North America early next month, too.

  • Nintendo Download 24th May 2012 (North America)

    Galleries and snakes

    North America gets its third Game Boy Color game today, which is nice. There's some DSiWare too and an update for an eShop favourite. 3DS Virtual Console: Game & Watch Gallery 2 (Game Boy Color, Nintendo, $3.99) — No, your eyes do not deceive you: this is two consecutive weeks of 3DS Virtual Console games in North America...

  • News Mighty Switch Force Update to Remaster All Levels

    Free is the magic word

    We already know that WayForward Technologies is entering into the world of eShop DLC with five additional levels in Europe this week, available for free if you already own the game or included with new purchases. The developer has now posted a new entry on its website blog stating that the updated version will have more to...

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    Review Kirby's Dream Land 2

    Dreamy

    Dream Land's peaceful moniker is surely false advertising. There are constant problems with invasions and takeovers, the bad guys are apparently impossible to evict, based on how often they show up and the fact that some buffoon keeps dumping huge piles of those star blocks in everybody's way. It's an absolute nightmare. You wouldn't get that...

  • Nintendo Download 24th May 2012 (Europe)

    Balancing, metal slugging and free mighty switching

    This week brings us a 3DS sequel to an excellent WiiWare title, a free update with new content from WayForward, and some Neo Geo goodness on Wii. Let's get to it. 3DS Download Software: Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin’en Multimedia, £6.30/€7) — A sequel to a high-quality physics puzzler on...

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    Review Sudoku by Nikoli

    SuDDDoku

    Given the volume of the genre found in the eShop, we expect a lot from new digital sudoku games. If someone is going to go ahead and plunk down some cash, a game really needs to bring the thunder compared to the free versions found online and on other devices, or even one of those end-all puzzle books down at the five and dime. Sudoku by...

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    Review Sonic Labyrinth

    Maze craze

    Failed game pitches from the 1990s: Madden without the ball. Mario without the jumping. Sonic without the speed. Except someone at SEGA must have thought the last one was a good idea, and gave Minato Giken the go-ahead to develop Sonic Labyrinth for Game Gear. As the story goes, Dr. Robotnik has tricked Sonic into wearing special shoes...

  • News Two Pokémon Apps Bound for eShop in the West

    Go pro

    Nintendo's confirmed that we'll see two pieces of Pokémon software hit the eShop this autumn. Pokémon Dream Radar and Pokédex 3D Pro will come to Europe and North America later this year, just ahead of the release of Pokémon Black & White 2 for DS. Dream Radar is a Face Raiders-like experience that sees you catch Pokémon in the real...

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