3DS eShop - News

April2012

  • News Shining Force and Defenders of Oasis Rated for 3DS VC

    Prayers answered

    The Australian Classification Board is a treasure trove of hints at which games are waiting in the Virtual Console wings, and it's come up trumps again today with two more Game Gear games rated for 3DS. Shining Force: Sword of Hajya and Defenders of Oasis are both approved for sale on 3DS, and should hopefully hit the service later...

  • News Hi-Ya! It's Johnny Kung Fu Trailer Number Two

    This time it's personal

    eShop scrapper Johnny Kung Fu caught our attention with its Game & Watch-inspired stages, and there's a further glimpse of the old-timey presentation in this second trailer below. UFO Interactive hasn't given a date for Johnny Kung Fu yet but when it does, we'll pass it on.

  • News Get a Free Farming Simulator 3DS Demo, Europe

    Our excitement is too much

    On the fence about picking up Farming Simulator 2012 for 3DS? Would a free demo win you over? European 3DS owners, you can play a free sample of the must-have farming title this week when the eShop updates with a downloadable demo. The official description is almost too exciting to publish: Put on your boots, grab your...

March2012

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    Review Arc Style: Soccer!! 3D

    Like real soccer, it's better with friends

    Hoping against hope to sweep the award for most cumbersomely titled game in the eShop, Arc Style: Soccer!! 3D is here, and it's brought with it a slew of impressive options for customisation. Unfortunately, the gameplay seems to have been sacrificed on their behalf. As with just about any sports game, Arc...

  • Nintendo Download 29th March 2012 (North America)

    Sporty special

    Digital balls and cues make up the bulk of this week's downloads, with a few titles vying to catch your eye with their take on established sports. There's also a brace of demos for indecisive gamers. 3DS Download Software: Arc Style: Soccer!! 3D (Arc System Works, $6.99) — Arc dabbles with digital goalposts in this super-cute take...

  • News XSEED Reveals Unchained Blades for 3DS eShop

    A link for the future

    XSEED Games is known for bringing top drawer RPGs to North America — it's publishing The Last Story after all — and it's just revealed another role player for Nintendo fans to get their hands on: Unchained Blades. The Japanese dungeon-crawler — known as Unchained Blades Rexx in the Land of the Rising Sun — will get a...

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    Review Dr. Mario

    The doctor’s out

    If there’s one thing the 3DS eShop has plenty of, it’s puzzle games. It’s a genre that's always been commonplace on Nintendo handhelds, with Tetris probably the best known example. It’s hardly surprising that Nintendo’s mascot extraordinaire, Mario, invaded Game Boy with his own puzzle title, Dr. Mario. Does it make us...

  • News Wario Land 2 is Japan-Bound

    Stolen treasure recovered

    Japanese 3DS owners can continue their journey through Wario's wicked world next week when Wario Land II reaches the Virtual Console. While here in the West we got two versions of Wario's sophomore outing — one for Game Boy and a revamped Game Boy Color release — Japan only got the colour game, so that's the version...

  • News GameStop to Sell 3D Classics: Kid Icarus Too

    For $5.99

    Didn't pre-order Kid Icarus: Uprising to get your free code for 3D Classics: Kid Icarus, and worried you've missed out on the downloadable game for good? Not to worry, as GameStop will sell redeem codes for the game online. Last week we reported GameStop is selling eShop games for download, and that range of two games will expand soon with...

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    Review Zombie Slayer Diox

    Dead to us

    It's too late. The zombie apocalypse has not only begun, it's already over. The zombies have won, and there are few — if any — survivors other than Diox, who continues to roam the streets, slashing away at the undead with his guitar. Diox is on a mission: if he can find the magical amp, he just might be able to destroy all the...

  • News Colors! 3D Brightens North America on 5th April

    Brush with fate

    Colors! 3D was supposed to hit the eShop late last year, but it was pushed back for further work. Now developer Collecting Smiles has revealed an official release date for North America: 5th April. The announcement came via Twitter, though no word on a price or release date for outside the Americas just yet. Still, you'll be painting...

  • Nintendo Download 22nd March 2012 (North America)

    Poker, Math and zombies

    Just when you thought it was safe to hang up your mathematical hat, along comes Carmen Sandiego to dash it all. Elsewhere we've got some card games on DSiWare — it's been a while — and zombies. 3DS Download Software: Zombie Slayer Diox (UFO Interactive, $5.99) — The latest 3D game from Samurai Sword Destiny publisher...

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    Review Dragon Crystal

    Manageable masochism

    For a system known for its incredible appetite for AA batteries, the Game Gear makes quite a strange home for the hardcore, permadeath-filled roguelike Dragon Crystal. With absolutely no save option or password system, the game must have caused some incredible bouts of rage when those last spurts of juice ran out. Dragon Crystal...

  • News Potzol's Puzzle SpeedsThru Europe on 5th April

    Block it out

    SpeedThru: Potzol's Puzzle — known as Ketzal's Corridors in North America — will reach Europe on 5th April, Nintendo's announced. The 3D puzzler is a follow-up to WiiWare title ThruSpace, with 90 stages and multiplayer included in the digital download. European 3DS owners can check out a 3D trailer in the eShop later today to get...

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    Review Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble

    Need for speed

    While SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog series pulled in monstrous sales on the Mega Drive/Genesis, many gamers aren't aware that Sonic also enjoyed a number of releases on the Master System and Game Gear. Sonic Triple Trouble is the follow-up to Sonic Chaos and while the game still suffered from the hardware limitations of the Game Gear's...

  • News GameStop Starts Selling eShop Download Codes

    Lots in store

    Want to download Pushmo or Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins but don't want to type your credit card details into the 3DS? GameStop has started selling DLC codes for both games through its website and stores. GameStop.com lets you purchase a digital redeem code for either game at exactly the same price it'd cost you through the eShop...

  • News Johnny Kung Fu for eShop Goes All Game & Watch

    Bleep blorp

    UFO Interactive's supporting the 3DS eShop pretty heavily: it's already released Samurai Sword Destiny and has Zombie Slayer Diox lined up for this week. It's got another project in the works in the old-school shape of Johnny Kung Fu. The side-scrolling beat 'em up has a stage based on the classic Game & Watch LCD display, where...

  • Nintendo Download 22nd March 2012 (Europe)

    The doctor is in

    No Game Gear games for Europe this week sadly as we have a truly paltry selection available to download. Here's what's on offer. 3DS Virtual Console: Dr. Mario (Game Boy, Nintendo, £2.70/€3) — The monochromatic medicinal puzzler slots in to the 3DS Virtual Console line-up this week. Is it good for what ails you? Our review soon...

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    Review Shinobi

    On-the-go ninja, go ninja, go.

    The Shinobi series has been sneaking about the gaming world for over two decades, and the 1987 original arcade entry remains a classic to this day. The 1991 Game Gear instalment — also called Shinobi — has now infiltrated the 3DS eShop, and we're happy to say that it's aged better than we would have expected. You...

  • News Arc Style: Soccer!! 3D Shoots, Scores on 29th March

    3D dribbling

    Arc System Works' Arc Style: Soccer!! 3D is two weeks away from slotting its first effort past the eShop goalkeeper. Or, in English, the 3D soccer game will hit the 3DS eShop in North America on 29th March. The sporty download will set you back $6.99 and includes the ability to customise players and kits, use your own photograph for a...

  • News Game & Watch Gallery 2 Coming to Japan

    Having a ball

    What comes after Game & Watch Gallery? If you said Game & Watch Gallery 2, you get a cookie. The Japanese Virtual Console service gets the second compilation next week, retailing for 400 Yen. The original game was released on Game Boy and later revamped for Game Boy Color in the West, but as Japan only got the black and white...

  • News eShop Welcomes You With Update Notifications

    Come in, sit down

    Those exhausting days of opening the eShop, heading over to settings and scrolling through your download list to see if any of your purchased games have received updates are over. Power up the eShop now and, if any updates for your games are available, you'll be met with a message telling you exactly that; it's then a simple tap to...

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    Review Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH!

    Put some putt in your strut

    The second 3D golf title to hit the eShop, Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! offers a miniaturized approach compared to its counterpart Let’s Golf! 3D, but promises at least three times the level of exclamation points. A close cousin to the pricier WiiWare game Fun! Fun! Minigolf, this title delivers short, simple courses...

  • Nintendo Download 15th March 2012 (North America)

    Time to get into Game Gear

    The long wait for Game Gear titles on the eShop is finally over, with three releases arriving as expected. The DSi and Wii aren't entirely forgotten, while there's some anime on Nintendo Video: let's get right to it. 3DS Virtual Console: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Game Gear, SEGA, $4.99) — Before Sonic and Mario...

  • News 3D Beauty Clock Timing a Release on 3DS in Japan

    And it's free

    Nintendo's download services have seen some peculiar releases in their time, with the 3DS eShop slowly joining in the fun. Today, courtesy of Andriasang, we bring you Beauty Clock 3D. From the creatively-named publisher Beauty Clock Co., this is a free app due for release on the Japanese eShop next week. A total of 360 women pose with...

  • News Zombie Slayer Diox Trailer is Dead Musical

    A rhythmic slash-fest

    UFO Interactive has officially confirmed that its next eShop title, Zombie Slayer Diox, will be released in North America on 22nd March. It's a rhythm-action game that sees the hero slashing through waves of zombies to a hard-rock soundtrack: not your typical eShop release. The developer has wasted little time since its last...

  • News Mad Dog McCree Takes Aim at 3DS

    Strictly old-school

    In its relatively short existence so far, the 3DS eShop has already enjoyed its fair share of vintage download titles. The latest to emerge — somewhat unexpectedly — is Mad Dog McCree, a full motion video (FMV) arcade shooter. Originally an arcade machine, this simple point-and-shoot title made its way to different disc-based...

  • News Bomb Monkey Aiming for a Spring Explosion

    Renegade Kid co-founder hopes so

    Last week we brought you the news that Renegade Kid had teased a new game for eShop, Bomb Monkey. There were no significant details on the title's web page, but we made a guess that its a puzzle game that involves using the monkey to blow up blocks in an aztec setting. The lack of details, however, doesn't...

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    Review Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters

    Heavenly

    When the original Kid Icarus hit the NES, many gamers weren't sure exactly what to think of it. For starters the game's protagonist was a cute little winged angel (at least we thought so) who ran around shooting tiny arrows at mythological enemies. Of course it didn't help matters that the game was released around the same time Nintendo's...

  • Nintendo Download 8th March 2012 (North America)

    Minigolf and Mr Dream

    Next week sees Game Gear games come to North America, but until then you can engage in some sporting digital delights, with golf and boxing represented in this week's download leaderboard. Here's what's competing for your cash. 3DS Download Software: Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (Shin'en, $4.99) — A much-enhanced version of...

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream

    Dreamy

    With ten NES titles originally released on the 3DS for Ambassadors only, it wasn't much of a stretch to expect the first ten put up for sale to be the same games. But we've already received a title that actually wasn't part of the Ambassador batch, and Nintendo has picked one of the best possible games. Originally released in 1987,...

  • News Take a Good Look at Ketzal's Corridors

    They're through here

    It's not long until you'll be able to download Ketzal's Corridors for 3DS, and Nintendo has released a new trailer for the game showing what you can expect. It'll all look pretty familiar to anyone who's played ThruSpace on WiiWare, but hopefully the 3D screen will add something fresh to the experience. Nintendo of America's...

  • News Castlevania: The Adventure Whips Japan Next Week

    3DS VC gets spooky

    Castlevania: The Adventure will take a bite out of the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan next week. The Game Boy game reaches Japan on 14th March alongside the previously-announced launch of Game Gear. Christopher Belmont's solo outing will cost ¥400, and while it's not the best 'vania title on Nintendo's humble black and white...

  • News Renegade Kid Teases New eShop Game

    No Mutant Mudds here

    Renegade Kid, developer of the critically acclaimed Mutant Mudds, has launched a teaser website for its next game, Bomb Monkey. The image in this article is the whole website, a one page image of a monkey with a bomb on its head standing on aztec-style blocks, with the word 'puzzling' in place of a normal Flash loading bar. So,...

  • News Two More Sonic Game Gear Games Rated

    Have a Blast

    The Australian Classifications Board has rated two more Sonic the Hedgehog games for 3DS Virtual Console. The Game Gear titles Sonic Blast and Sonic Labyrinth have both been rated for 3DS Virtual Console, indicating we'll see them somewhere further down the line. While neither is fondly remembered as a classic title in the Sonic canon...

  • News Game Gear Hits North American eShop on 15th March

    Treble trouble?

    When the eShop was announced, SEGA aficionados welcomed the news that Game Gear titles would arrive on the platform. Famous for guzzling batteries and offering a high-tech alternative to the humble Game Boy, this was a handheld that took many console favourites on the go. The wait is almost over with confirmation that three titles...

  • News North America, These Are Your Upcoming eShop Games

    Lots on the horizon

    While Europe is celebrating something of a Virtual Console revival this month, North America has a stack of 3DS eShop content on the way in the coming weeks and months. For a start, Game Gear games hit the North American eShop on 15th March, but there's more. Here's what's on the cards according to Nintendo's latest press...

  • News Dead or Alive: Dimensions Demo Punches Europe This Week

    On guard

    Tecmo Koei scrapper Dead or Alive: Dimensions is the latest 3DS game to get a playable demo in Europe this week. The fighter gets a free trial version in this week's eShop update, due as always on Thursday. You can always read our Dead or Alive: Dimensions review to see if this is 3DS's king of fighters or just a jobber.

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    Review Metroid

    The classic that inspired so many still holds up today

    The NES section of the 3DS's Virtual Console expands by another notch with the addition of Metroid, regarded by many as one of the best entries that amazing series has to offer. The great news is that it's every bit as wonderful as you remember; the bad news is that it's no more interested in...

  • News Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! Rattles into 3DS Cup Next Week

    Well, in Europe anyway

    Shin'en's first eShop game Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! is coming to Europe next week. 3DS owners in the continent can fire up their consoles, head over to the eShop and watch a 3D video of the game in action. If you're on a computer you can read our First Impressions: Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! and anticipate all the Fun! Fun!...

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    Review Super Mario Bros.

    Yet another way to experience a masterpiece

    Mario. Say it loud and there's music playing. Say it soft, and it's almost like praying. Super Mario Bros. was, is, and will always be one of gaming's great masterpieces, and its availability on any additional format is a good thing. Now it's come to the 3DS Virtual Console, and we couldn't be happier. For...

February2012

  • News Team Meat: "We Never Said eShop Limit is 2GB"

    "Don't know what it is!

    Yesterday we reported that the eShop game size limit is 2GB, but Team Meat's Tommy Refenes has taken to Twitter to say he never claimed it was 2GB. Refenes, via the Super Meat Boy account, said: Never said that 2GB was the size restriction on eShop. I do not know what it is. Reset button hit.

  • News eShop Game Size Limit is 2GB

    Dwarfing WiiWare

    Update: Team Meat has now denied it said the limit is 2GB. Original story: We know that eShop downloads are far larger than the meagre 40MB allowed on WiiWare or DSiWare's paltry 16MB limit, but Team Meat's Tommy Refenes has told Nintendo Gamer (via Nintendo Everything) the 3DS's digital download limit is a very healthy 2GB. Looking...

  • News Nnooo Reveals escapeVektor for 3DS

    Bit player

    Australian developer Nnooo has announced it's bringing escapeVektor to 3DS in late 2012. escapeVektor: Chapter 1 on WiiWare released in 2011 to positive review scores, and Nnooo will certainly hope the 3DS version meets with the same success. Nnooo's Nic Watt says: We were delighted by the reception the WiiWare version of the game...

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    Review Dillon's Rolling Western

    On a roll

    After an initial launch period when the 3DS eShop was struggling for exclusive software, it’s now gaining genuine momentum. As well as some excellent third-party efforts, Nintendo itself has jumped into the fray with its latest title, Dillon’s Rolling Western, arriving to some fanfare. This title continues the trend set by Pullblox,...

  • Nintendo Download 23rd February 2012 (North America)

    Boxes and more

    The download is in and it includes gnomes, armadillos, puppies, kittens and... boxes. Who said games characters can't have personality any more? DSiWare: Box Pusher (GameOn, 500pts) — You're the box pusher. Pushing boxes is what you do, and you do it well. In fact, you're the greatest box pusher this town's ever seen. Make and share...

  • News This is How Game Gear Games Will Look on 3DS

    Better than before, naturally

    Now we know that Game Gear games are coming to 3DS in March, SEGA has revealed how the titles will actually look on the console. The games use their own Virtual Console menu with options for screen mode, system colour, "performance" and control over after-image/ghosting, a common facet of the original Game...

  • News Marvel Pinball 3D a Separate eShop Game, not DLC

    Cleared up

    Nintendo Europe's list of eShop games coming soon contains Marvel Pinball 3D from Zen Studios on the way in the second quarter of this year. While Zen Studios has released the tables as DLC for Zen Pinball on PlayStation Network, 3DS will get the Marvel tables as a standalone game, not add-on content for Zen Pinball 3D, the studio...

  • News Get a Load of Two Dillon's Rolling Western Trailers

    Cool, armadillio

    Dillon's Rolling Western is out in the eShop now, but if you want to see a bit more of the game before dropping your £9 / €10 / $9.99 we have two new videos from Nintendo. The first is the simple launch trailer while the other gives some useful tips for mastering the game's tower defence leanings. If you've picked the game up yet...

  • News Dillon's Rolling Western Has Arrived in North America

    Hitting the Wild West

    European gamers celebrating the release of Dillon's Rolling Western today can be joined by their North American friends, as it's been confirmed that the title is now available in the eShop. Footage of the title with some information on features and gameplay can be found on Reggie Fils-Aime's Nintendo Direct broadcast, which you...

  • News Dr. Mario and Toki Tori Join the 3DS VC This Year

    Is there a Dr, Duck in the house?

    Fresh from the list of upcoming 3DS eShop games for Europe comes some new announcements of Virtual Console games you can expect to see too. Here's the list of digital delights on the way to the VC in Europe this year: Punch-Out!!™ (NES) — 1st March 2012Super Mario Bros™ (NES) — 1st March 2012Dr Mario™...

  • News Picross e and Art of Balance Touch Among New eShop Games

    Plenty more in there

    Nintendo of Europe has just revealed some of the brand new content coming to the 3DS eShop this year, with original games from Shin'en Multimedia, Jupiter and more on the way. Here's the line-up of original Download Software on the way to Europe in 2012: Dillon’s Rolling Western (Nintendo) — 22nd February 2012Fun! Fun!...

  • News Nintendo Using Swapnote for Marketing Messages

    Your inbox is about to bulge

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced during his Nintendo Direct conference that the company will use Nintendo Letter Box to send game-related messages to 3DS owners. Interestingly the service can target players of specific games — indeed, players of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D in Europe should keep...

  • News Dillon's Rolling Western Out Now in Europe

    On your marks

    So that's why Dillon's Rolling Western didn't appear in the Nintendo Download for Europe this week — it's out today. The action tower defence game is out in the European 3DS eShop now. It costs £9.00/€10. Here's hoping North America gets the game after its own Nintendo Direct show, due to start in just over an hour.

  • News European 3DS VC Gets Game Gear Next Month, Too

    Double trouble

    Just like Japan, Europe's 3DS Virtual Console will get Game Gear games in the middle of March. Satoru Iwata made the announcement today at Nintendo Direct. We expect Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble, Shinobi and Dragon Crystal to come to the service, with more to follow.

  • News Nintendogs + Cats Demo Hits Europe on Thursday

    Thought for paws

    Cuddly pet 'em up Nintendogs + Cats is the next 3DS demo to land in Europe, due this Thursday. It's a bit of a change of pace from last week's demo of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D but then variety is the spice of life. We'll have the full download for you in just a few minutes.

  • News WayForward: "eShop a Major Part of Our Plan"

    3DS downloads the way forward

    WayForward has a rare knack for delivering enjoyable download games for Nintendo formats, with its DSiWare Mighty games and, of course, Shantae: Risky's Revenge helping the company make a profit on DSi downloads. The studio's now moved onto 3DS eShop titles, with its latest title Mighty Switch Force! getting it off to a...

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    Review Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

    Third time’s a charm?

    While Nintendo kept things fairly standard with the first two Super Mario Land releases, it obviously decided to make some changes when it got ready to create this third title in the series on Game Boy. Instead of featuring Mario, it decided to give players a chance to shake things up and take on the role of its newest bad...

  • News Bit Boy!! ARCADE for eShop is Halfway Done

    Bplus returns

    After Bit Boy!! on WiiWare, download developer Bplus is bringing the series to 3DS with Bit Boy!! ARCADE on the way to the eShop in 2012. This portable version has several additions over its WiiWare brother, with new stages, weapons and blocks, plus the ability to buy continues with Play Coins. Bit Boy!! ARCADE is 50% complete...

  • Nintendo Download 16th February 2012 (North America)

    Strider is here!

    Update: Looks like this is the full list, dudes and dudettes. 3DS Virtual Console: Super Mario Bros. (NES, $4.99) — Yes, the earlier 3DS Ambassador update was just a prelude to Nintendo releasing Super Mario Bros. on 3DS for non-Ambassadors. Do you really need a review to know if this is worth getting? We'll write one anyway.

  • News Dillon's Rolling Western Spins to Europe Next Week

    Armadillo adventure inbound

    Update: It now seems Dillon's Rolling Western will not release in Europe on 23rd February.* 3DS eShop title Dillon's Rolling Western is coming to Europe next week, according to MCV (via Pocket Gamer.) The tower defence game was revealed at E3 last year under the title The Rolling Western, and later announced for a release...

  • News Super Mario Bros. Ambassador Update Hits North America

    You're in

    3DS Ambassadors in North America can now download the update for Super Mario Bros. that adds Virtual Console restore points to the experience. Head over to the eShop, select Titles You've Downloaded and scroll to find the game; tap Update and you're on your way. As you know, Nintendo's ultimate plan is to add wireless multiplayer, restore...

  • First Impressions Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (3DS eShop)

    Shin'en star?

    Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! might lay it on a bit thick with its overly exclamatory title, but it does a decent job of summing up the first 3DS eShop game from long-time Nintendo supporter Shin'en Multimedia. It's worth saying right off the bat this isn't a portable version of WiiWare original Fun! Fun! Minigolf: while that was intended...

  • News North America, You Get the MGS 3D Demo Tomorrow Too

    No-one left behind

    It's a Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D demo free-for-all this week, as Konami has confirmed North American 3DS owners can try out the game for free with an eShop demo tomorrow. The demo's timely as the full game releases in North America on Tuesday, 21st February, giving you a few days to get to grips with Snake. Is this another...

  • News VVVVVV Flip Fix Submitted to Nintendo

    Isaac still waiting for word

    Last week we reported that the European release of VVVVVV was getting nearer with Nicalis confirming, via Twitter, that the title had been given a PEGI rating. Once again the publisher has been tweeting good news, with confirmation that the final bug fix in the European version is complete and the game is being sent to...

  • News Analyst Claims eShop Made $11 Million in 2011

    Staggering statistics

    Nintendo is extremely protective when it comes to releasing sales figures for its downloadable games, insisting developers and publishers sign non-disclosure agreements that prohibit them from discussing revenues and unit sales. Digital analysis firm FADE LLC is in the business of releasing digital sales figures and revenues,...

  • News Super Mario Bros. for Ambassadors Just Got VC Features

    Suspend points are in!

    If you're a 3DS Ambassador, the NES upgrades just started rolling in. Super Mario Bros. now comes with Suspend Points, allowing you to suspend your play mid-game and reload it as often as you like. Should make those speed runs a whole lot easier. Other games have updates available but from our quick flick through it doesn't...

  • News Metal Gear Solid 3D Demo Heads to Europe This Week

    Snaaaaaaaaaaake!

    Want to try out Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D before its European launch? Head to the eShop this week for a trial downloadable demo. The demo lands on Thursday as part of the regular eShop update alongside an old Game Boy favourite. We'll have the full Nintendo Download for you in a few minutes, but in the meantime, are you...

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    Review Kirby's Block Ball

    Ball breaker

    Outside of the popular platformers for which he was first known, Nintendo is always more than happy to take advantage of Kirby’s robust, rotund appearance for spin-offs. In the past the happy little chap has been flipped and lobbed about in Kirby’s Pinball Land and abused with golf clubs in Kirby’s Dream Course. It was never a...

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    Review Maru's Mission

    Mission: Unbearable

    Several months ago, the eShop saw the release of Avenging Spirit, a gleefully eccentric title that made us all sorry we missed it the first time around. Lightning doesn't strike twice for Jaleco with Maru's Mission, however, as this time the publisher has dusted off a forgotten title that really should have stayed that way. The...

  • First Impressions Block Factory (3DS eShop)

    Bricking it

    Upcoming 3DS eShop title Block Factory — from the makers of Pyramids — is trying to do something a little different with the puzzle genre. Instead of sticking resolutely to one kind of block-dropper, you can create your own take on the genre with its built-in creative tools. While the game comes with four preset games that ape famous...

  • Exclusive SpeedX 3D Racing to 3DS eShop

    Start your engines

    Gamelion Studios is bringing its popular mobile game SpeedX 3D to the 3DS eShop. The tunnel racer has racked up over 10 million downloads on iOS, Android and other operating systems, and a new version is on the way to 3DS later this year. The concept is simple: race as far as possible down a brightly coloured — psychedelic, even...

  • News Kirby's Dream Land 2 On the Way to Japanese eShop

    Sweet dreams

    Kirby's Dream Land is one of the best-selling Virtual Console games on 3DS, so it's no surprise Nintendo is preparing 1995 follow-up Kirby's Dream Land 2 for Japan's eShop next week. The portable platformer heads to Japan's store on 15th February, and will hopefully bound its way over to Europe and North America before too long. In the...

  • News Nicalis: "The eShop Has Turned Things Around for Nintendo"

    Full steam ahead

    Nintendo Download favourite Nicalis is happy with the eShop so far, with president Tyrone Rodriguez telling Destructoid he feels the eShop is a great stride forward for the company. Speaking on the decision to feature particular games and themes instead of give all games equal billing, Rodriguez said: The eShop, I feel, has really...

  • News Kirby's Block Ball Bounds to Europe on 9th February

    Question: what's pink and blocky?

    Kirby's Block Ball, of course, down for a European release on 3DS Virtual Console next week. The little pink thing's second appearance on 3DS VC after Kirby's Dream Land, Block Ball is a Breakout-like game with Kirby in it. It's not complex. No price yet but expect it around the £3.60 mark.

  • News Swapnote Could Have Been Released on DSiWare

    Development detailed

    Popular 3DS app Nintendo Letter Box (aka Swapnote) could have been the light of day on DSi, a new Iwata Asks reveals. Members of the development team reveal the game was originally in the works as DSiWare and had entered the debug phase at the tail-end of 2009, but several limitations imposed by the console's firmware held it...

  • News Mario Party 2 Joins the Club Nintendo Rewards Gang

    It'll cry if it wants to

    North America, your Club Nintendo rewards have been updated today, with two download games available to buy with your hard-earned coins. Art Academy: First Semester (3DS, DSiWare) — 150 Coins Mario Party 2 (N64, Wii Virtual Console) — 150 Coins These rewards are available until 29th February. Remember if you want to get...

January2012

  • News Genius Sonority's eShop AR RPG Looks Mad

    Cute, though

    Japanese developer Genius Sonority — best known for its work on various Pokémon spin-offs over the years — has revealed its next title, due out in the Japanese eShop next week. Called Denpa Ningen RPG — or Electric Wave Person RPG, believe it or not — is an augmented reality RPG where you use the 3DS's cameras to reveal hidden...

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    Review Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword

    Patience, young grasshopper

    We're only a month into 2012 and the eShop's offerings this year are already weighted heavily with samurai-themed games. In truth, the two couldn't be more different: whereas UFO Interactive's Samurai Sword Destiny favours the straightforward button-mashing approach, Nintendo's own Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword puts...

  • Charts 26th January 2012 (UK)

    Is the Prince of Persia the chart king?

    The biggest 3DS release on 19th January was Ubisoft's first-ever foray into the world of Virtual Console, but how did the Game Boy Color game fare? denotes last week's position. indicates game is a new entry. indicates a non-mover. Popular Last Week — All Downloads: Prince of Persia barely scrapes into...

  • Charts 26th January 2012 (North America)

    Lock'd in

    Let's see how the eShop releases for 19th January 2012 did in this week's 3DS charts. denotes last week's position. indicates game is a new entry. indicates a non-mover. Popular Last Week — All Downloads: Kirby's still top but Pushmo drops a place under significant medical pressure from Dr. Mario. Is that ethical? 1. Kirby's Dream...

  • News Punch-Out!! is Japan's Next NES 3DS VC Game

    OK?

    NES pugilist title Punch-Out!! is the next game coming to Japan's 3DS Virtual Console. Due next week for 500 Yen, it's the third NES game to join the service but the first that wasn't released to 3DS Ambassadors: both Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda are available to buy in Japan. Looks like hopes for a 3D Classics: Punch-Out!! just...

  • News Mutant Mudds OST Tracks Now Available

    A little Mudd mood music

    For those of you who are gearing up for the Mudds invasion on Thursday in North America, Renegade Kid has just the thing to put you in the mood. The developer has already added 11 tracks from the official Mutant Mudds OST on its bandcamp page and the good news is that you get to choose the price you pay for the soundtrack...

  • News Brighten Up Your Day with Colors! 3D Screenshots

    Palette cleanser

    While we wait for a release date for Colors! 3D, the developer Collecting Smiles has released the first 3D screenshots of the game online. The shots are available at 3DS Screenshot, though you'll find one 3D shot embedded in the post below: simply load up this page in your 3DS web browser and tap the image below to open it up in 3D...

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    3DS eShop / GBC

    Review Prince of Persia

    Lowly servant of Persia

    There's no question the original Prince of Persia is a classic game, with its iconic realistic movements, precision platforming and time limit. It's been ported to many, many platforms over the years, but does this handheld version hold up as well as other versions? In the transition to Game Boy Color, most of the game has...

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    Review Mutant Mudds

    Here's Mudd in your eye

    Mutant Mudds started out as a 3D polygonal platformer called Maximillian and the Rise of the Mutant Mudds intended as a retail title for the DS. Sadly, this retail release and a pitched DSiWare rendition never got off the ground. Not ones to let a good concept die, Renegade Kid instead decided to morph and move the project...

  • Feature Nintendo Life Presents... Pullblox Levels

    Give 'em a try

    Not only is Pullblox — or Pushmo in North America — one of the finest titles available on the 3DS eShop, but it also features a rather nifty level creator. It's quickly become a favourite feature amongst 3DS gamers, so our staff decided that they'd join the fun and produce some levels, just for you. Four members of the team have...

  • News Unsheath Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword on 2nd February

    $6.99 to pay

    Nintendo has revealed the North American release date for Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword — 2nd February. The Nintendo-developed sword fighting game will cost you $6.99. No European release details have been revealed yet, so sit tight. Here's a recent trailer to get you ready. Thanks to Twitter follower @franklero for the tip!

  • News Mutant Mudds Hits eShop on 26th January

    The wait is nearly over

    Renegade Kid has just announced that its upcoming eShop platformer Mutant Mudds will be released on 26th January in North America and will set you back $8.99. We'll have a full review of the game up shortly, but in the meantime, you can check out the screenshots gallery below for a taste of what you can expect from the game...

  • Charts 19th January 2012 (North America)

    Order, order

    How did the new releases on 12th January 2012 fare? Let's find out with your charts for the week denotes last week's position. indicates game is a new entry. indicates a non-mover. Popular Last Week — All Downloads: To everybody's surprise, the Club Nintendo rewards rise up the charts. Can they hold off the competition until the...

  • Guide Nintendo 3DS eShop Demos

    Get your information here!

    Today sees the much-anticipated downloadable demos hit the 3DS eShop, so we've put together a very handy guide to help you get the most from your free demo experience. What Demos Are Available?: New demos will be announced throughout the year but here are the ones we know about so far: 19th January 2012 Resident Evil...

  • Charts 19th January 2012 (UK)

    Gotta get down on Thursday

    The 12th January Nintendo Download brought two new DSiWare games to the eShop: let's see how they performed. denotes last week's position. indicates game is a new entry. indicates a non-mover. Popular Last Week — All Downloads: Doodle Fit joins the top ten and Zen Pinball 3D jumps a few places, perhaps due to an...

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    3DS eShop / GBA

    Review Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

    Once more, to arms!

    For such a long-running series, it's hard to believe Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones was only the second game to leave Japan after GBA predecessor Fire Emblem. Since then the series has had a far bigger presence in the West, a fact underlined by Sacred Stones' status as a 3DS Ambassador title. If Sacred Stones is your first Fire...

  • News North America Gets 3DS eShop Demo Tomorrow

    Everybody's happy

    North America: you get the first 3DS demo tomorrow. The service launches with a free demo of Resident Evil Revelations, with Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games due next week. Nintendo of America also confirms future demos for Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and Rayman Origin

  • News 3DS Demos Launch in Europe eShop Tomorrow

    Revelations afoot

    European eShop users can get a free demo of Resident Evil Revelations tomorrow. The eShop was updated to allow demos in late December but tomorrow sees the launch of the service outside of Japan. Resi is also joined by a demo of the slightly less exciting Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic. Future demos include Metal Gear Solid: Snake...

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    3DS eShop / GBA

    Review Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island

    Drawing you in

    Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island joined a Nintendo tradition of re-releasing classic titles for a new audience. Bringing an iconic Super Nintendo platformer to the Game Boy Advance seemed perfectly apt, with the handheld more than capable of 16-bit standard visuals. The question remains, is this port worth playing today?...

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    3DS eShop / GB

    Review Trip World

    Bad trip?

    Sunsoft made a ton of great games for Nintendo systems back in the day. Everybody knows the likes of Blaster Master and the NES Batman game, but they also had a ton of equally great games which people simply didn't find out about. We've already had some, like Ufouria: The Saga and Lock 'N Chase, but thankfully it's continuing its support,...

  • Charts 12th January 2012 (North America)

    Feel the chart beat

    eShop charts have a permanent home here on Thursday now — that's when the new games arrive so it makes the most sense to see how last week's batch have done. Here's your lists for the week. denotes last week's position. indicates game is a new entry. indicates a non-mover. Popular Last Week — All Downloads: A lot of change...

  • News 3D Screenshots of Mutant Mudds Available

    Fire up that 3DS browser

    You may have seen our news article earlier in the week with launch details for a new Mutant Mudds website. It's got plenty of content to whet your appetite for the game, but as some readers have already spotted there's a neat sub-site that's worth a look. Renegade Kid has set up a page specifically designed for viewing on...

  • Charts 12th January 2012 (UK)

    Now at home on Thursday

    When are new games added to the 3DS eShop? Thursday. When does it make most sense to update the charts? Thursday. That's a long way of saying "look for 3DS eShop charts every Thursday", starting today. Let's see how last week's new releases fared in the UK chart. denotes last week's position. indicates game is a...

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