3DS eShop - News

November2011

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    Review BurgerTime Deluxe

    A tasty treat

    When people think of Data East's games, they tend to think of Joe & Mac and Karnov, but one title that's just as much of a classic but never seems to get mentioned that often is BurgerTime. Originally debuting in arcades and being ported to many platforms, it was an endlessly looping, fast-paced game with six levels that required...

  • News Nintendo Promises 3DS DLC for Next Year's Titles

    Will we see any this year?

    The late November 3DS system update will add the ability for developers to release downloadable content for games in the 3DS eShop, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has revealed there'll be no Nintendo DLC until 2012. Speaking to investors after the semi-annual financial report, Iwata said: Nintendo will also offer...

October2011

  • News Excavate the Pyramids Facebook Page for QR Levels and Tips

    Enjoy Gaming celebrates NA release with new stages

    Pyramids released last week on the North American eShop, and publisher Enjoy Gaming is celebrating with a new QR code stage, which you can scan below. The company also let us know that for those players who find themselves stuck in a particularly challenging spot, the team will happily provide...

  • News Iwata Reveals Big New Improvements for eShop

    DLC, web, demos and more

    At the recent financial briefing, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata discussed plenty of interesting new ideas to evolve the company's online strategy, revealing some big initiatives. Extra downloadable content for games will be available to game developers after the late November system update, letting studios and publishers update their releases with additional packs of..

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    Review Pyramids

    An ancient relic

    It may be early days for download content exclusive to the 3DS, but we can confidently say that it's been a slow start. In fact, if you disregard 3D Classics and a free Pokédex 3D produced by Nintendo, Pyramids is only the second game to utilise the capabilities of the 3D screen. This adds a certain level of expectation to this...

  • News ThruSpace Slides Through the 3DS eShop Keyhole

    A game about fitting in

    WiiWare's ThruSpace is in line for a 3DS eShop update, as a sequel has just hit the Japanese download service. The trailer below shows what to expect, but anyone familiar with the WiiWare original should already have a pretty good idea: you fit different shapes through holes. The translation of the Japanese genre is...

  • First Impressions Mighty Switch Force

    The Mighty series just got a lot mightier

    While Shantae will probably always be the series WayForward is best known for, it's also been quite successful on Nintendo's download services, especially with its two previous Mighty releases, Mighty Flip Champs and Mighty Milky Way. Now the developer is looking to continue that success with its first 3DS...

  • News We Have an Exclusive Extra Level for Pyramids

    Scan it below

    3DS download Pyramids just released on the eShop in Europe, with one of its major features the ability to add new levels by scanning a QR code just like the one below. In order to access our exclusive Pyramids level, follow these instructions: Launch Pyramids On the title's front screen, select 'QR CODE' The top screen will show nine...

  • News Eurosport, Red Bull and Aardman 3D Content Coming to 3DS

    The roll out keeps rolling

    While North America prepares to get Hulu Plus for 3DS — it already has Netflix too — Europe is left sadly wanting in the 3D video stakes. That'll soon change though, according to Nintendo's recently revealed plans to release more 3D video content in the coming months. Starting "soon", videos from Red Bull and...

  • News Kid Icarus, Kirby Getting 3D Classics Makeovers

    And PictoChat lives on, sort of

    Following the illustrious lead of Excitebike, Xevious, Twinbee and, uh, Urban Champion, Nintendos of Japan and Europe announced that NES gems Kid Icarus and Kirby's Adventure are next in line

  • News AiRace: SPE3D Racing to 3DS with Online Multiplayer

    Not until next year, though

    DSiWare flight game AiRace and its sequel AiRace Tunnel were two fine titles for DSi, and now publisher QubicGames has revealed exclusively to us its plans for a 3DS eShop sequel. Development work on the follow-up — cleverly titled AiRace: SPE3D — has just begun at the studio, with new tracks, planes and online...

  • News Limited Edition Zelda eShop Cards Confirmed for Europe

    Due before Christmas

    The Zelda 25th anniversary celebrations continue around the world. Next Tuesday sees the Zelda symphony reach London, and Nintendo of Europe has also confirmed it'll release limited edition Zelda eShop cards across the continent. These are the same designs as Japan's eShop cards and will be available later on this year. Remember...

  • News Picture Lives! is Now Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive!

    Straight to the point

    Oddball 3DS eShop download Picture Lives! has been rechristened Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! in Australia. The Australian Board of Classification gave the game a G for General rating, you'll be pleased to know. You can check out a Freakyfor

  • News Europe, Your Next Original 3DS eShop Game Launches on 20th October

    Visit Pyramids before the end of the month

    It's been slim pickings as far as 3DS eShop games go, and that counts double for non-3D Classics. That's set to change on 20th October with Pyramids, a puzzler-platformer from Enjoy Gaming and Visual Impact. The publisher has also informed us that it's set to retail for €4, or about £3.60. The game is...

  • Interview Enjoy Gaming - Pyramids (3DS eShop)

    We talk about the eShop's first 3D puzzler-platformer

    We at Nintendo Life love a good puzzle, and Pyramids looks to provide just that. It originally caught our eye as one of the first announced third-party eShop titles, and it's still only one of less than ten in the running so far. We sat down with Enjoy Gaming's Production Manager, Janice...

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    Review Catrap

    Definitely not a trap

    Nintendo's been releasing 3DS Virtual Console games at a very nice pace so far. In just a few months, we've already had classics like Donkey Kong and Gargoyle's Quest. The newest release, Catrap, however, is probably the most obscure title yet. Originally released in Japan under the title Pitman, and based on a game earlier...

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    Review Side Pocket

    Dead ball

    The great thing about the Virtual Console is that it allows people to experience games that they somehow missed out on the first go around and encourages discovery of forgotten and overlooked gems. The flip side is that not everything dug up has aged particularly well, like Data East's portable version of once-esteemed billiards game Side...

  • Interview Collecting Smiles - Colors! 3D

    Take a look at the upcoming 3D painting app along with the first two screenshots

    The 3DS eShop is slowly gaining steam, but most will admit that the download service doesn't quite have the robust library we might hope for four months in, especially when it comes to third-party software. That's set to change soon with the help of Colors! 3D, an art...

  • News Nicalis Announces VVVVVV for 3DS eShop

    VVVVVVery good news

    In the wake of its success bringing Cave Story to DSiWare, Nicalis has announced it's bringing VVVVVV to the 3DS eShop later this year. The gravity-flipping retro platformer has been around the indie scene for a while and is generally regarded as an innovative and very enjoyable ride: it's less about jumping and more about...

  • Talking Point Should Nintendo Regularly Offer Free Games for Download?

    Is continuing in Four Swords' footsteps the answer to the $0.99 download mentality?

    As of last week, every DSiWare gamer can download The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition for free. This was originally a full retail title, now with added wireless connectivity, a new single-player mode and bonus levels. Compare that to Super Mario...

  • Interview Gameloft - Let's Golf! 3D and the State of the eShop

    Talkin' shop

    The 3DS eShop is entering its fourth month, but besides the 3D Classics series and Pokédex 3D, the only original software available for download is Let's Golf! 3D from Gameloft. As we look forward to the future of Nintendo's online shops and back at their predecessors, we decided to sit down with the team and chat about the Big N's...

  • News Pokedex 3D Update Unlocks Content For You

    It's all here

    Free 3DS download Pokédex 3D is one of the more compelling reasons to use SpotPass: new monsters are sent to your console every day, and all you have to do is switch on and collect them. The more monsters you collect, the more you can do with them, with some features locked away until you collect a certain number of character...

September2011

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    Review Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

    Monochrome Mario is back in style

    Nintendo managed to squeeze quite a bit of the Super Mario experience into the original Super Mario Land, but many gamers felt like the game was a bit too scaled down to feel like a true adventure from the series. Nintendo obviously sensed this when they sat down to create Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, as this...

  • News 3DS Trailers Allow You to Receive SpotPass Notifications

    More than just a video

    A set of seven new 3D trailers hit the eShop today, but like the Nintendo Life team they're not just pretty to look at: they serve a higher purpose too. Downloading any of the trailers also allows you in to receive SpotPass notifications for that title in future by playing the video, selecting "Notifications" and...

  • News New 3D Trailers Hit the European eShop Today

    See Mario and more

    Update: Nintendo of America has confirmed these trailers will also be available in North America soon. Nintendo Europe has announced a set of new 3D trailers will reach the European eShop today. Seven trailers in total will reach the eShop, and are likely to be 3D versions of videos that did the rounds before the recent Tokyo...

  • News New 3DS eShop Puzzler from Fire Emblem Team Revealed

    It's cute and has blocks in it

    Intelligent Systems is best known for its work on tactical games: the Fire Emblem and Advance Wars series have both emerged from the talented team over the years, but the studio has just unveiled its new franchise, a downloadable 3DS game called Hiku-Osu. As you'd expect from Intelligent Systems, it's not a simple case...

  • News Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Steals an OFLC Rating

    Greed is great

    It's a big day for the Game Boy's Mario Land series. The rather splendid Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins became available on the 3DS Virtual Console, and its follow-up has taken the first step towards the same fate thanks to Australia's OFLC ratings board. Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 marks the first leading role for...

  • News Zelda: Four Swords is Out Now in Europe and North America

    Get downloading

    Here's a nice treat to wake up to on a Wednesday morning: Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition is available now in the European and North American 3DS eShop and DSi Shop. The four-player game — which is absolutely free, remember — boasts local multiplayer, new stages and a single player adventure mode too, and is...

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    Review 3D Classics: TwinBee

    Bee very grateful for this one

    Most of our readers could be forgiven for never having played TwinBee: after all, it began life in 1985 as an arcade game that never left Japan. It was later ported to the Famicom, and though some reports state that an NES localisation project was actually completed, for some reason it was never released. In fact,...

  • Talking Point Why No Plans for GBA on 3DS Virtual Console?

    If the Ambassadors are getting them, why not everyone else?

    It's been a few weeks since the first half of the Ambassador Programme titles hit 3DS consoles everywhere, and now we're getting more anxious than ever for the upcoming ten from the Game Boy Advance line-up. So far, Nintendo has announced five of them: Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's...

  • First Impressions Zen Pinball 3D

    We take the game for a spin

    Zen Studios has become quite well-known for its pinball simulations released across several gaming platforms in recent years, but now the company is looking to jump into the 3DS eShop pool with the upcoming Zen Pinball 3D. The folks at Zen Studios were kind enough to send over a preview build of the game, which we...

  • News Zen Studios Announces Zen Pinball 3D for 3DS eShop

    Pinball series making Nintendo debut

    Zen Studios has just announced that its Zen Pinball series is set to make an appearance on Nintendo's 3DS eShop later this year. Having already made the rounds on various other gaming platforms, the game will now be presented in full 3D with four unique pinball tables to tackle, as well as a host of different...

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    Review Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge

    Slightly less than mega

    Back when the Mega Man franchise started with the release of the original NES game, Capcom never thought it would do well — the first game was expected to bomb horribly, as almost nobody at the famous developer thought people would like it. Fast forward to today, and Mega Man has become one of their best-known franchises...

  • Site News Nintendo Life's eShop Appearance

    Check out our faves

    Here at Nintendo Life we're committed to reviewing every title released on Nintendo's download platforms. With over 1,200 download reviews covering WiiWare, Virtual Console, DSiWare and the eShop, we're confident that you won't find a more complete collection of download reviews anywhere else. If you fire up your 3DS today and...

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    Review Golf

    Yep. It's golf.

    Rare is the game that leaves us truly speechless, but the Game Boy version of Golf is certainly one of them. Of course that's just because there's not really much to talk about. Golf, as you might expect, is a golf game. Whatever comes to mind when you hear that, that's what you get. No less, and no more. It consists of two courses...

  • Interview Tanukii Studios - Go! Go! Kokopolo and Beyond

    We sit down with the sole member of the young DSiWare dev

    Here at Nintendo Life, two things we love are creative independent developers and unique game designs. One great example of the latter is the recently released Go! Go! Kokopolo, a quirky, challenging downloadable title that hit the DSi Shop a little while ago and scored an 8/10 in our Go!...

  • Talking Point The Future of No-Frills Emulation on the eShop

    Why should it stop with the Ambassador scheme?

    Before the Virtual Console, emulators provided the only way that people could relive their favourite gaming experiences of years past. Allowing players to download "rom" files and load them onto their personal computers and other platforms, their only real legal application is to allow those...

  • News Better Late Than Never, Europe's 3DS Ambassador Tool is Here

    About time

    Last week 3DS owners all across Europe were feverishly downloading free NES games, except those left out of the 3DS Ambassador programme, disappointed that they weren't eligible for the freebies. Wouldn't it have been useful to have some sort of eligibility verification tool to see who was in and who wasn't? Now — one week after the...

  • News Beat More Picture Dungeons in Dot Eater: New Picdun

    DSiWare treat goes 3D

    GO Series: Picdun is something of a DSiWare gem, so it's pleasing to hear it's going to see a downloadable follow-up on 3DS with the aptly named Dot Eater: New Picdun. The game will see release in the 3DS eShop next week for 300 Yen (around $4/£3), with the trailer below showing a new emphasis on picking up pills in a Pac-Man...

  • Talking Point The Five Remaining GBA Ambassador Games

    What could they be?

    With the NES half of the Ambassador titles hitting the eShop last week, it's only a matter of time before the ten Game Boy Advance games launch. So far Nintendo has announced only half: Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, Mario vs. Donkey Kong and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$...

  • News Nintendo Europe's Official Statement About eShop Cards

    Read on

    Until now the lack of 3DS eShop cards in Europe has proved a real pain, prompting us to state the eShop card delay proves Nintendo still doesn't get it. Now Nintendo's European arm has released a statement about the cards: Nintendo eShop Cards are now being roll out at various stores across Europe. You have the choice of several denominations for Nintendo eShop Cards. With an increasing..

August2011

  • News NES Ambassador Games for North America Available Now

    Get to it!

    Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador program has just gone live in North America with 10 free NES games available to download. The games — which were scheduled to be released tomorrow — are available to download for eligible 3DS owners. As a reminder, here's what's available: Super Mario Bros. The Legend of Zelda Ice Climber Balloon...

  • News 3DS Ambassador Certificate Will Keep You Informed

    Free video launches tomorrow

    Nintendo is about to throw a whole bunch of free games at you tomorrow — here's the free NES 3DS games for North America — but many of you are already looking ahead to when the Game Boy Advance games will launch later this year. While that date is as-yet unspecified, Nintendo is preparing to launch a download to...

  • News Picture Lives! Comes to Japan on 7th September

    Drawing more details

    One of the handful of 3DS downloadable games shown off at E3, Picture Lives! caused a stir with its strange premise: you draw a picture, and it comes to life. The clue's in the name. We haven't heard much about it since that day in June, but we're about to see a lot more as it's reaching Japan on 7th September. Among the new...

  • News North American NES Ambassador Games Announced

    Same as Japan's

    In just two days, early 3DS adopters will have the chance to download 10 free NES games from the eShop with an additional 10 Game Boy Advance titles to follow later in the year. We announced the Japanese Ambassador titles earlier, and now Nintendo has published the North American list as well. No surprises here; in fact, the...

  • Talking Point eShop Card Delay Proves Nintendo Still Doesn't Get It

    Why the wait?

    The Nintendo 3DS eShop was supposed to be available at the console's launch, but was delayed by nearly three months. It promised to improve on the company's so-far lacklustre efforts at building a digital presence for itself, but until recently it's struggled to impress, with one of the main problems being a total lack of payment cards at retail in Europe. When the eShop launched in..

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    Review Gargoyle's Quest

    Firebrand is so hot right now

    The Game Boy enjoyed one of the longest lifespans of any system to date, outlasting rivals and finding its way into the hearts of gamers the world over. Following a very basic logic, a system with a long lifespan will typically have a large amount of titles worth your time. In fact, games were being released for the...

  • News NightSky Coming to 3DS eShop

    Long-awaited WiiWare release heads to 3DS

    For those who don't know (or possibly forgot), NightSky was originally planned for release on Nintendo's WiiWare service. And while the game did recently see a release on PC, we haven't seen any new information on the WiiWare version for some time. Thanks to a Tweet by @Nicalis this afternoon, we now know...

  • News Japan Gets Cool Zelda-Themed Prepaid Cards

    Grab the Skyward Sword

    Over in Japan, Nintendo releases all kinds of themed cards for its digital stores, from Mario and Link eShop cards to a new range of Zelda 25th Anniversary eShop cards. The cards each focus on a different game, from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to the latest design promoting Skyward Sword. Each costs 1,000 Yen. There's a third, mystery card still to be revealed next month..

  • News Nintendo eShop Cards Make it Down Under

    Slowly spreading out

    Australian outlets of EB Games have started stocking eShop cards for the 3DS, with Mario and Zelda-themed cards now available. As with Nintendo Points, you can use these new cards on the Wii Shop Channel, DSi Shop or 3DS eShop, though the points can't be distributed between the three: you must put the full value into one of...

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    Review 3D Classics: Urban Champion

    3D Classic, huh? Well, they're half right...

    You really have to feel bad for the team assigned to updating Urban Champion. After all, it's not a game that's very fondly remembered; in fact, you're unlikely to find many positive reviews at all, even from when it was new. It's also a stretch to say that it set the framework for fighting games to...

  • Interview Firemint - Flight Control (WiiWare)

    We talk about the newest iteration of the up-and-coming developer's popular IP

    After conquering the iOS, DSiWare and even PlayStation Move platforms, Firemint's addictive air traffic control-based Flight Control is landing today on WiiWare in Europe and North America. We sat down with Writer and Media Liaison Logan Booker to talk about the high-flying title. Nintendo Life: Flight Control has very..

  • News More Mutant Mudds Screenshots

    New details and world revealed

    With the recent Nintendo news that Renegade Kid's upcoming 3DS eShop game Mutant Mudds is being targeted for a December release, the developer has decided to release a handful of new screenshots to celebrate the occasion. You can check out the five brand new screenshots in the gallery below. Of particular importance in...

  • Talking Point What If Nintendo Became a Third Party?

    And would it prove a wise move to embrace the smartphone?

    It's no secret that the 3DS sold far below expectations, even after Nintendo wowed us at E3 and promised to clean up its online act. Many are going as far as to suggest that the Ambassador programme and slashed pricing is as good as a death knell, while investors argue that Ninty should do...

  • News Capcom Sets Three Game Boy Games Onto 3DS VC

    Gargoyle's Quest next week

    Capcom has supported Virtual Console on Wii for years, so it's good to see it getting behind the 3DS Virtual Console with the same gusto. The company has just announced its line-up of 3DS Virtual Console games for the rest of the year, with some quality titles in there. Next week in Europe sees the release of Gargoyle's...

  • News These 3DS Download Titles Are On Their Way This Year

    Promise

    So far we've only seen third-party download game in the Nintendo 3DS eShop, the decent but could-do-better Let's Golf! 3D. That offering is set to multiply significantly by year's end though, as Nintendo announces the 3DS download games on the way before 2012. Mighty Switch Force from WayForward will see release this Autumn, followed by...

  • News Super Mario Land 2 and Metroid II Heading to 3DS Virtual Console

    GB sequels confirmed

    Nintendo just announced two more classic Game Boy outings on their way to the 3DS Virtual Console in the coming months: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Metroid II: Return of Samus. Both games are down for a vague "Quarter 4" release date so don't expect to see them long before Christmas. Will you be picking up...

  • Talking Point How Much Fan Influence Should Game Studios Allow?

    What's the magic formula?

    There was a time not too long ago when the origins of the games we play were somewhat mysterious. We knew the company names and could view credit sequences until the cows came home and magazine readers could gain some extra insight, but by and large the thought processes, discarded ideas and development stages that went...

  • News Nintendo 3DS eShop Cards Sneak Out in the UK

    Spotted at Sainsbury's

    It's been a long and arduous path to this moment, but we can reveal that Nintendo eShop cards are finally making their way out to stores in the UK. User BMagwood769 sent us this photo of a £15 Nintendo 3DS eShop card purchased in his local Sainsbury's supermarket. We've contacted Nintendo for further information, but hopefully this is the start of the long-awaited roll-out..

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    Review Avenging Spirit

    Like Kirby... if Kirby were SERIOUSLY TERRIFYING

    It's a story as old as time itself: boy meets girl, boy takes girl out for a walk, boy is murdered by mobsters who kidnap girl, boy possesses vampires and kangaroos to get her back. Jaleco not only provides us with a bizarre and attention-grabbing backstory for the game, but they made sure to craft a...

  • News Nintendo Europe Offers New Way Into 3DS Ambassador Program

    Not a scheme

    If you bought your 3DS before 11th August but were unable to register it in the eShop for whatever reason, you're probably all bummed out that you won't be able to claim your 20 free games starting on 1st September. If you're in Europe however there's light at the end of the tunnel, as Nintendo is offering you another way into the free...

  • News 3D Classics: Urban Champion Coming to Europe Next Week

    Raise your fists

    The 3D Classics series will receive its third instalment next week when 3D Classics: Urban Champion launches in Europe. The 3DS eShop was updated today with the release date and a new 3D trailer for the game, which still depicts two men fighting in front of a snack bar but with all new 3D graphics. It's quite something to behold,...

  • News Colors! 3D to Brighten Up the eShop This Fall

    Don't forget your paintbrush

    3DS owners will soon be able to show off their artistic side when Colors! 3D launches on the Nintendo eShop in Q4 2011. Originally created as a homebrew application for the DS known as Colors! in 2007, the application was then ported over to the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch a year later. The painting application has been...

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    Review Pac-Man

    Pac's back to steal your money

    Everybody knows Pac-Man. The game's been ported to just about every platform under the sun, including the NES version on the Wii Virtual Console. It's now being released yet again on the 3DS Virtual Console, but is it worth another investment? Of course, there is absolutely nothing different about the gameplay in this...

  • News EnjoyUp Promotes DSiWare Games with New Video

    Also in the eShop

    EnjoyUp has a decent array of games available to buy in the DSi Shop and 3DS eShop, but it's no good having them if people don't know about them, right? Good job this new video sums up the company's line-up so neatly, then. Featuring innovative retro shooter 99Bullets, red hot Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ and sibling...

  • News 3DS Ambassador Titles Earn You Club Nintendo Coins Too

    Just keeps getting better

    We continue to update our 3DS Ambassador and free eShop games FAQ but in case you missed it, the latest update is that Club Nintendo members in North America will be able to earn coins from the free Virtual Console games. Nintendo confirmed that anyone who links their 3DS eShop account and Club Nintendo account will be...

  • Interviews Renegade Kid - Mutant Mudds

    Developer talks platforming

    When developer Renegade Kid first showed off some early footage of its Maximillian and the Rise of the Mutant Mudds 3D platform title, many gamers were a bit shocked at the radical departure from many of its previous efforts like Moon and Dementium: The Ward. The game's cartoon looks and light-hearted theme were a far cry...

  • News Europe, Your Spirit Will Avenge on 3DS VC Soon

    Get your dollface

    Jaleco's Avenging Spirit is the next 3DS Virtual Console game to hit Europe; its spectre will inhabit the service and start knocking things over on 11th August. For £2.70/€3,00 you'll be able to relive the story of a murdered mobster out for revenge in ghostly form, taking hold of 20 different creatures as you try to rescue your...

  • News WayForward Releases New Mighty Switch Force Screenshots

    Check out the game in action!

    All of you 'Mighty' fans out there are in for a real treat as WayForward has just posted a brand new batch of screenshots of its upcoming 3DS eShop game Mighty Switch Force in action on its official Facebook page. We'll be taking the game for a spin in the coming weeks and we'll have a full preview of the game shortly...

  • News Nintendo Rep Backpedals on Game Boy Advance Kirby

    Sad.

    Last week we heard a rumour that Kirby and the Amazing Mirror made up part of the Game Boy Advance section of the 3DS Ambassador program. We marked this as a rumour, and now it seems that rumour may not be true. Nintendo customer service sent out a follow-up email to Brandon Drumheller, correcting the earlier information that put Kirby and the...

  • News Twinbee is Your Next 3D Classic on 3DS

    What do you mean, 'what's Twinbee?'

    Top-down shooters are ripe for resurrection in Nintendo's 3D Classics line: recent release 3D Classics Xevious did a decent job, and next it's Konami's turn with a version of classic arcade shooter Twinbee. The revamped game takes flight to Japan on 10th August for 600 Yen, the same price as Xevious. Interestingly...

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    Review Let's Golf! 3D

    Pitch perfect?

    Gameloft's Let's Golf! 3D may be the first third-party 3DSWare title to download, but it's not the company's first swing at portable pitching and putting: DSiWare has the original Let's Golf!, so this new outing has to bring more to the table. In some ways it delivers, but it doesn't quite hit the pin. For one thing, you're getting a...

  • Rumour Kirby's Amazing Mirror for 3DS GBA Virtual Console

    You never know

    The list of confirmed Game Boy Advance games for the 3DS Ambassador scheme so far contains five classic titles: Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Mario Kart: Super Circuit Metroid Fusion Mario vs. Donkey Kong WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ Now we're hearing rumours of two more titles to be added to the line-up: Kirby and the...

July2011

  • FAQ Nintendo Ambassador Program and Free eShop Games

    We have answers

    The announcement of global 3DS price drops and free eShop games might have you confused, which is why we've put together this FAQ to help you make sense of the issues. This FAQ is a work in progress and we'll update it when new information comes in. If you have questions, post them in the comments below and we'll do our best to...

  • Talking Point The NES Games You Want on 3DS Virtual Console

    By popular demand

    We've already heard about the GBA games you want on 3DS Virtual Console, but that's only half the equation: Nintendo will also be giving away 10 free NES games to 3DS users too. The NES games announced so far are: Super Mario Bros.Donkey Kong Jr.Balloon FightIce Climber

  • Talking Point The GBA Games You Want on 3DS Virtual Console

    Go on, push our buttons

    By now you've probably had chance to digest our Nintendo Ambassador program and free eShop games FAQ which explains the 20 free games current 3DS owners are entitled to, starting 1st September. All 20 games will be Virtual Console downloads — 10 from NES, 10 from Game Boy Advance — but so far only half the games have been...

  • News NES and Game Boy Advance Games Coming to 3DS Virtual Console

    But there's a catch

    It's official: Nintendo's 3DS Virtual Console service is getting Game Boy Advance games. However, they will not be available to anyone who buys a console after the 3DS price drop on 12th August. Here's the deal. Any North American 3DS owner who picked up the console before 11th August and accessed the eShop will be classed as an...

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    Review 3D Classics: Xevious

    Xevious goes 3D

    When Xevious first hit arcades back in 1982, it became known for its odd visual style and unique sound effects. Now, after a number of releases on various platforms over the past 30 years, the game now makes an appearance on Nintendo's 3DS system via the eShop. While being able to take the game with you on the go for those quick...

  • News Jupiter Creating Picross E for Nintendo 3DS eShop

    Okay, now this is exciting

    Picross DS is still one of our favourite reasons to power up the DS these days, so the news that developer Jupiter is working on a sequel for the 3DS eShop is reason to rejoice indeed. Titled Picross E, the game is heading to Japanese 3DS consoles on 27th July for just 500 Yen. While we can't imagine it making the most...

  • News You'll Get Your First 3DSWare Game Next Week

    What will it be?

    Let's Golf! 3D will be the first new downloadable game for 3DS, and it's out next week. Gameloft's 3D version of a good walk ruined launches in Europe on 28th July for £5.40, with six courses, eight characters and two player modes confirmed too. Will this be a swing and a miss or a great teeing-off point for the future of...

  • News Dr. Mario Cures Japanese Virtual Console Next Week

    Say "ahhh"

    Japan's about to come down with a fever, and Dr. Mario is the cure. The medicinally-minded Game Boy puzzle game comes to the console next week for 400 Yen. DSiWare fans might already be familiar with the game from Dr. Mario Express, but interestingly this is the first time we've seen the original released on Virtual Console — the NES...

  • Nintendo Download 21st July 2011 (North America)

    Nintendo Video arrives!

    After last week's excitement with the Netflix application coming to 3DS, now everyone gets a taste of free 3D video with the Nintendo Video application to download from the eShop. Elsewhere there's a 3D Classic, some DSiWare and a WiiWare title too. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: Xevious (Nintendo, $5.99) — The second...

  • News Pyramids is a New Game Coming to the 3DS eShop

    So be happy!

    We know you're bored of not being able to download any new 3D games to your beloved 3DS, and that any announcement of future 3DS downloads is like a faraway carrot, but indulge us anyway. Enjoy Gaming has just announced Pyramids, a puzzle-platform adventure coming to download later this year. You play a fearless adventurer — wearing a...

  • News It's OK Mega Man Fans, Dr Wily's Revenge is Imminent

    Some light at the end of the tunnel

    Disappointed that Mega Man Legends 3 is cancelled? You'll still get to try some Mega Man goodness on your 3DS this year at least, as the ESRB has rated Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge. While of course age ratings aren't cast-iron release confirmations — PEGI rated Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version after all —...

  • News Mega Man Legends 3 Cancelled

    Goodbye, devroom

    Mega Man Legends 3 has easily become one of the more interesting projects in development for the 3DS, with its influence on fan input in the form of an interactive online devroom, votes to decide character designs and more and an announced Prototype Version, once planned to launch alongside the eShop, which would showcase the game...

  • News 3DS Virtual Console Lands On Its Feet with Catrap

    Another game rated

    What do you mean you don't remember Game Boy puzzle game Catrap? Well, the Australian ratings board doesn't want you to forget, as it's just announced a rating for the cutesy block-pushing game — also known as Pitman in Japan — with a 3DS Virtual Console release looking likely. Game historians might be interested to know the...

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    Review Game & Watch Gallery

    More than a fresh coat of paint

    Most fans of the Game & Watch series likely enjoy it for its simplicity. The nature of the original devices meant that certain allowances had to be made for the primitive visuals, sounds and rigid controls. All three of these things are charming in their own right, but what really made people fall in love was the...

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    Review Baseball

    The Babe Ruth of bad games

    Hey, kids! How would you like to revisit a game from the Game Boy's early years that wasn't very good to begin with and, in addition, has aged horribly? Sounds exciting, we know, but it gets better: the only marginally redeeming feature of the game – the ability to play it with your friends – has been disabled,...

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    Review Mario's Picross

    Fun with numbers

    Picross has always been one of the weirder puzzle games at which Mario has tried his hand. It seems very boring to slowly create a picture using nothing but numbers, but once you get the hang of it the time simply flies by and you'll find yourself playing for hours on end. Mario's Picross was the first game in which Mario attempted...

  • News Nintendo Video Application Live in Europe Right Now

    It's waiting for you

    Fed up of waiting for the Nintendo Video application, Europe? Then wait no longer — it's available now. It should have its own little space on the 3DS eShop main screen, but if not it'll turn up if you simply search for "video". It appears different countries will receive unique videos, so content available in your...

  • News North America Nintendo Video Service Due "Later This Summer"

    Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week...

    Tomorrow, Europe gets the Nintendo Video application, as does Japan. Nintendo of America hasn't formally announced its plans yet, but now we have a bit more information and it doesn't sound entirely promising. Nintendo of America informed Joystiq that the service will arrive "later this summer". Granted, any date between now and the end of next month..

  • News Tennis As a 3D Classics Release Was Way Out

    Don't need Hawk-Eye to tell us it's no good

    Tennis for the NES has already been released via the Wii Shop Channel as a Virtual Console game, but at one point, it was also in the process of being brought over to the 3DS as part of the 3D Classics range. The latest Iwata Asks centres on the Nintendo eShop and reveals why that re-release never came to...

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    Review Fortified Zone

    Link goes Commando

    Jaleco seems to be good at making a game of just about any genre. We've seen fighters, sports games, a firefighting game and more, and this one can probably be best described as a mix of The Legend of Zelda and Commando, similarly to the original Metal Gear, in a way. Like many old games there's not much of a story. You play as...

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    Review QIX

    Get your QIX fix, dudes and chix!

    QIX is the story of... aw, forget it. The eShop download screen has more of a story than QIX does, but that's a good thing. It means that the game can be played over and over again without feeling even slightly repetitive. The gameplay isn't just pushed to the forefront in QIX... the gameplay is all there is. QIX...

  • News Nintendo Considering Automatic Demo Downloads for 3DS & Wii U

    Turn your console into a veritable warp pipe

    At a recent shareholders' Q&A session, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata spoke about introducing new releases to unfamiliar gamers through automatically downloaded demos. Just like agreeing to StreetPass or SpotPass, players would confirm their interest in receiving the content, which would later show...

  • News 3D Classics Urban Champion Coming to Brawl on eShop Soon

    The NES 'classic' which no one asked for in 3D!

    While we wait for some original 3D games to arrive in the eShop, we’re more than happy to enjoy some classic NES remakes. 3D Classics Excitebike was warmly received, especially as it was a free download to coincide with the delayed eShop launch. We’re also looking forward to 3D Classics Xevious in...

  • News European eShop Updated with More 3D E3 Trailers

    Collect them all!

    After all that waiting for 3D E3 trailers to hit the European 3DS eShop, Nintendo has made good and uploaded the second batch of videos, bringing the total number available to 10. You can now download to your 3DS videos for: Paper Mario Animal Crossing Luigi's Mansion 2 Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Kid Icarus: Uprising

  • News We Could See Inchworm Animation Come to 3DS

    Inching closer

    DSiWare animation suite Inchworm Animation is certainly an accomplished package, but already developer Bob Sabiston is looking to the future for the series. Talking to Joystiq, Sabiston discussed a potential outing for the series on 3DS, revealing some of the features omitted from the DSiWare original: People are asking a lot about a...

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    Review Kirby's Dream Land

    Is Kirby's debut adventure worth getting sucked into?

    Kirby's debut adventure has been around the block a couple of times now, having been remade and mechanically enhanced for both Kirby Super Star on SNES as well as the DS version of that release called Kirby Super Star Ultra. Stripped down and monochromatic in comparison, this original Game Boy...

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  • News European 3DS eShop Gets 3D Trailers Tomorrow

    Rejoice!

    Earlier this month we invited you to share your thoughts on Europe's 3DS eShop content, particularly the disparity between North American video content and that available across Europe. As always you did not disappoint and your voices were heard, as from tomorrow you'll be able to watch 3D game footage on the eShop. The trailers will be...