3DS - News

March2012

  • Feature How 3DS Brings a New Dimension to the DS Family

    Welcome to the 21st Century

    The humble DS and DSi consoles may have been a spectacular commercial success, but they were anything but modern technological devices when they were released. Much like the philosophy behind the Wii, Nintendo eschewed current-day technology in favour of finding a unique angle and putting it forward in old technology...

  • News Five Glorious Minutes of Fire Emblem: Awakening Video

    What more do you need to know?

    It's all in Japanese, but that won't stop you enjoying this video of Fire Emblem: Kakusei (aka Fire Emblem: Awakening), will it? From dialogue and cut scenes to battles and maps, it's got all the daily Fire Emblem nutrition you need. The game's out in Japan next month. Nintendo of Europe has confirmed it'll release the...

  • News First Epic Mickey 3DS Screen Shows Scrooge McDuck

    Colour us interested

    Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion on 3DS is a 2D platformer developed by Monster Tale studio DreamRift, so we knew it was going to look good, but the first scanned screen looks like the team's nailed the Castle of Illusion atmosphere. The still also scores bonus points for including Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales,...

  • Feature The Mistakes of the 3DS Launch

    Lessons for Wii U

    Now that the 3DS is one-year old in most territories – its Australian anniversary hasn’t quite arrived yet – it’s safe to say that Nintendo can look at the handheld’s progress and be reasonably happy. It’s unlikely to be ecstatic and popping open the champagne, however, as the road to the current good times has been...

  • News Nintendo Europe to Host 3D Photo Contest

    Starts Monday

    Budding photographers, take note: Nintendo Europe will launch a 3D photo contest next week. On 2nd April you'll be able to enter Nintendo Europe's 3D photo contest, as long as you live in one of the following countries: United Kingdom Spain Italy France Germany The Netherlands Portugal Head back on Monday for more details.

  • News Epic Mickey on 3DS is a Castle of Illusion Sequel

    To the tower!

    Last year, Disney registered a Castle of Illusion trademark, which many thought would have something to do with the then-unannounced Disney Epic Mickey 2. Turns out those people were (probably) right, as Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion on 3DS is a sequel to the 1990 Mega Drive/Genesis classic. A Nintendo Power preview (via

  • News 3DS, It's Your First Birthday in North America Today

    Celebrate good times

    3DS hit its first anniversary in Europe on Sunday, and today marks the machine's first steps onto North American soil one year ago. 27th March 2011 saw the 3DS launch across North America for $249.99 and got off to a flying start, securing the best first day sales of any Nintendo handheld. We all know how it went from there:...

  • News This Is Your Kid Icarus: Uprising Weapons Bible

    Revelation

    Getting to grips with Kid Icarus: Uprising's weapons can take a while, particularly as there's so many of the things, but Nintendo UK has come to the rescue with a rather large infographic designed to get you up to speed. The image — helpfully linked below — takes you through the different weapon classes, as well as their pros and...

  • Feature Our Favourite 3DS Games So Far

    One year of 3D gaming

    Nintendo’s 3DS has experienced a dramatic first year, no doubt far more eventful than Satoru Iwata and his team could have imagined. Despite all of the twists and turns that the handheld has experienced, it’s nevertheless been a source of some terrific and varied games. The 3DS may have evolved into more than the sum of...

  • 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...

  • News Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Confirmed for 3DS

    Now to fill in the details

    Earlier this week we reported on the rumour that Epic Mickey 2 was coming to 3DS. Although the official sequel, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two was later announced for Wii, it seems that the 3DS rumours were almost completely accurate. The cover of the April issue of Nintendo Power leaves no doubt, showing a preview...

  • News 3DS Celebrates First Birthday in Europe

    It's come a long way

    Today is a big day for Nintendo's latest bid for continued handheld gaming dominance: the 3DS is one year old in Europe. Its North American anniversary arrives on 27th March, so there will surely be plenty of high-fives and Mario style 'wahoo' whoops coming from the famous old company's regional teams. It's been a rather...

  • News Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards Now Available on Club Nintendo Europe

    Pay with stars, not cash

    Last week we made sure those of you in North America knew all about the free Kid Icarus: Uprising AR card giveaway, but thankfully European gamers don't need to miss out. If you head on over to the European Stars Catalogue, you may notice that at the top of the list is a set of 12 Kid Icarus: Uprising AR cards, a

  • Feature Kid Icarus: Uprising - What the Review Couldn't Tell You

    Minor spoilers within

    When we published our Kid Icarus: Uprising review, we observed a strict set of guidelines from Nintendo. These embargo criteria were designed to ensure that some features of the title weren’t given away before it hit stores. It’s not an uncommon practice, but in the case of this particular title we feel that it’s...

  • News Pokémon Back on Top of Japanese Charts

    Not exactly a surprise

    While many Pokémon fans are probably busy contemplating the arrival of Pokémon Black and White 2, gamers in Japan have been hitting the shops to buy up cross-over title Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition, propelling it to number one in the charts. Elsewhere in the Media Create software charts, Mario Kart 7 and Monster Hunter 3 G...

  • News Fire Emblem Awakening Wireless Features Revealed

    Taking the battle to the streets

    Fire Emblem Kakusei, or Awakening as it'll be known outside of Japan, is starting to power up the hype generator. Within the latest batch of details revealed to the Japanese press is information about how StreetPass and SpotPass will be used, with some interesting results. As reported by Andriasang, there will be...

  • News Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Confirmed for Western Release

    Feel the rhythm this summer

    Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy has been on our radar for a good while, with the Japanese release being followed by some of the first DLC content on 3DS. For all of you anxious Final Fantasy fans outside of Japan, meanwhile, there's finally some good news. Square Enix has set up a page on Facebook and confirmed that the...

  • News More 3D Music Videos On the Way to 3DS

    Starting today

    3DS owners in North America, observe: your console is about to get a lot more musical. Starting today, the Nintendo Video app will start to offer new 3D music videos, with Sabotage by Wale and So Good by B.o.B the first to land on this very day. After that you can expect videos from Skrillex, OK Go, Death Cab for Cutie and more, all...

  • News Coro Coro Comics 3DS Console Announced

    Japanese gamers win again

    We often tell you about limited edition 3DS consoles being released in Japan, simply because Nintendo's homeland has so many. There have been hardware exclusives dedicated to various themes, games and anniversaries, though the latest is arguably the most attractive. The console shown in this article's image is celebrating...

  • News Gon Paku Paku Paku Paku Adventure Announced for 3DS in Japan

    Now that's a video game name

    We often look at Nintendo console game releases in Japan with some envy, particularly when no localisation details are forthcoming. Titles such as Theatrhythm Final Fantasy are missed because they're part of a major, popular franchise, but in the case of Gon Paku Paku Paku Paku Adventure, we just really like the name. As...

  • News Dynasty Warriors' Samus & Link Costumes Move Like This

    Zero-ing in

    Those Samus and Link costumes in Dynasty Warriors Vs. certainly look nice in stills, but how about in motion? Your wish is Tecmo Koei's command. The trailer below shows small snippets of Dynasty Warriors' characters clad in the garb of Nintendo's famous blond/e hero/ine, plus footage of Dead or Alive: Dimensions' Ryu Hayabusa and Ayane...

  • News Intelligent Systems Rejected Modern-Day Fire Emblem Idea

    Gunfire Emblem?

    As we prepare for Fire Emblem: Awakening to reach the Western world, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata sat down with some of the game's development staff to discuss this latest entry in the tactical fantasy series. Producer Hitoshi Yamagami and project manager Higuchi Masahiro began discussing the 3DS instalment while working on 2010's...

  • News Looks Like Namco Wants to Sell You One Piece SP 2

    Rating out

    Remember the controversy when the localised version of One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP only came with half the content of its Japanese counterpart? People weren't happy. Stand by to relive those emotions. The Australian Classification Board has rated One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP 2 for sale, so it's very likely we'll get the second part...

  • Rumour Epic Mickey 2 Heading for 3DS

    Or is a powerful illusion

    We're almost certainly going to see Disney Epic Mickey 2 revealed next week, but on what platforms? According to the Twitter account of the French Official Nintendo Magazine, the mouse is coming to 3DS. The account tweeted the title Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion for 3DS, saying to look out for more details next week...

  • News Kid Icarus: Uprising Tournament Final Announced

    Get ready to face the light

    With its local and worldwide multiplayer mode, Kid Icarus: Uprising is another Nintendo game perfectly suited to competitive play. As part of the promotion for the release, Nintendo of America has been running regional tournaments for lucky winners to receive a paid trip to a National Championship in New York: we've...

  • News Rollercoaster Tycoon 3DS Springs Back Into Life

    Out this season

    The appropriately up-again-down-again fortunes of Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D are heading up again: developer n-Space has announced the game should be out this Spring. In fact, as Spring starts today, that gives us a fairly large three month window of expectation. Last month we revealed Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D had hit the skids, but it...

  • News Rayman Origins 3DS Delay Goes Worldwide

    Now everyone has to wait

    We recently found out that Ubisoft was delaying the 3DS version of Rayman Origins until 8th June in Europe and we've now been told that the game's delay will be worldwide. According to the company, Rayman Origins 3DS is now scheduled for a worldwide release in June with the PC release still set for 29th March in North...

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    Review Kid Icarus: Uprising

    Pit’s flying high

    When Nintendo unveiled the 3DS in 2010 it also teased Kid Icarus: Uprising, a return of a franchise that, a few cameos aside, had long remained dormant. While the original NES title was a conventional 2D action platformer, Masahiro Sakurai, most famous for his Super Smash Bros. series, has given Pit new life in an arcade action...

  • News 3DS Stand Set for Solo Sale in Japan

    Going its own way

    As the number of plastic-based add-ons for 3DS starts to grow, keen collectors will be pleased to know that the system's stand, due to be released with Kid Icarus: Uprising, looks set for its own appearance in shops. The Japanese release of the stand-alone peripheral — we apologise for that — is confirmed for 22nd March, and it...

  • 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 Rayman Origins 3DS Pushed Back in Europe

    Summer date

    Ubisoft's pushed the 3DS version of Rayman Origins back to June for Europe. The platformer was originally supposed to be released today but instead Ubi's now put an 8th June release date on the platformer. No reason for the delay has been given. Over in North America, Nintendo.com still lists the game for 20th March but there's no...

  • News Samus and Link Suits Pop Up in Dynasty Warriors Vs.

    Suits you

    Tecmo Koei's next Dynasty Warriors game for 3DS, Dynasty Warriors Vs., features some interesting sartorial options for discerning Nintendo fans. The Japan-only scrapper lets you dress up as Link or Samus in her Zero Suit. They're included on the cart, but you'll have to get far enough in the tutorial mode to unlock them. Note that these...

  • 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...

  • News Transformers Prime Announced For Nintendo Consoles

    Time to transform and roll out

    Activision has announced Transformers Prime, based on the TV show by Hasbro studios. It's described as an 'action brawler', so we can expect lots of button pressing, but other details outside of a 2012 release are in short supply. This title appears to be exclusive to Nintendo consoles, with versions planned for Wii,...

  • News Super Mario 3D Land Director Wanted Cape Mario

    Fluttering in 3D

    Last week's Game Developer's Conference was clearly an ideal opportunity for Nintendo's brightest to talk about the company's main mascot. Koichi Hayashida, a key figure in all things Mario nowadays, revealed that Mario could have had a skateboard, amongst other things, and that he wanted Donkey Kong and Pikmin cameos in Super Mario...

  • Feature The Evolving Role of Swapnote

    More than just a letter box

    Nintendo Letter Box, also known by the catchier title of Swapnote in North America, filled a notable gap in the 3DS’ functionality when it was launched in late December last year. When the handheld launched various features were bare-bone or missing, and one frustrating omission was the lack of any meaningful way to...

  • News Kingdom Hearts 3D Director Promises 35 Hour Campaign

    An RPG with some distance

    If you're looking for a lengthy adventure for your 3DS, then perhaps Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will satisfy that urge. The 3DS debut of the series is expected in both Europe and North America this year, and game director Tetsuya Nomura has promised that it will be a substantial experience. In an interview with...

  • News Kid Icarus: Uprising Won't be Available from GAME/Gamestation

    Nintendo confirms other retail options

    In the past few weeks we've reported that a number of titles on Nintendo consoles weren't going to be stocked by the embattled GAME retail group in the UK: titles such as The Last Story, Mario Party 9 and Tekken 3D Prime Edition have all missed out. The much-hyped Kid Icarus: Uprising can now be added to the...

  • News New Fire Emblem Trailer Raises the Temperature

    Battles, and then more battles

    Upcoming 3DS title Fire Emblem: Kakusei, or Fire Emblem: Awakening as its known outside of Japan, undoubtedly has eager fans clamouring for a release date. With the title due to hit Japanese stores on 19th April specific worldwide details have not yet been forthcoming, though Europe has been confirmed for a 2012...

  • News Capcom Admits It Can't 'Sugarcoat' Its Revelaitons Typo

    Avoids comment on Mega Man Legends 3 cancellation

    It may have been the first major 3DS title of 2012, but the North American release of Resident Evil Revelations was affected by the horrifying Revelaitons typo. It caused much mirth around the internet as reviewers posted photos of the offending box-art, as well as the strange scenario of some gamers...

  • News Kid Icarus Uprising Gets Perfect Review Score in Famitsu

    Now it's really flying

    The anticipation and hype for Kid Icarus: Uprising seems to be growing with each passing day, with AR card giveaways and regular trailers ensuring a high profile. Despite all of the build-up it's surely the game itself that matters most, and it's received a major boost from renowned Japanese magazine Famitsu. In the latest...

  • 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 Free Kid Icarus: Uprising Cards Fly Onto North American Club Nintendo

    No time to waste

    Lucky Club Nintendo members in North America now have a chance to pick up a free pack of AR cards for the upcoming 3DS release, Kid Icarus: Uprising. For those not in the know, AR cards unique to this title will be used for simulated battles, with the victor apparently earning in-game currency and goodies. With plenty of cards...

  • News Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stone Confirmed for 3DS in Japan

    Time travelling and sports finally together

    The Inazuma Eleven series is unlikely to be well-known outside of Japan due to significant delays in localisation for European releases, while North America has missed out entirely. With the second title's Inazuma Eleven 2 Firestorm and Blizzard dual-release due at the end of this week in Europe, it may...

  • 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...

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    Review Nano Assault

    Tiny ship, big adventure

    There's a new threat to civilization, and this time it's something we can't see: the Nanostray virus, which is deadly enough to serve as an immediate threat to humanity as we know it. The solution? Well, as anyone who's seen Fantastic Voyage (or, erm...Innerspace) knows, it's time to shrink a spacecraft down to microscopic...

  • 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...

  • Rumour Donkey Kong 3D Swinging Into View

    Disclaimer — might not be a real game

    We quite enjoy the occasional rumour here at Nintendo Life, especially on a Monday. With that in mind, we're pleased to bring you the latest speculative news, and that is that Donkey Kong 3D is coming to 3DS this year, or on 25th May if you believe one particularly enthusiastic online retailer. This rumour...

  • News Mega Man Legends 3 Fan Group Launches Weapon Design Contest

    Blast to the prize

    The cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 is still a source of disappointment for some gamers, and we even looked into the background of the project in our 3DS games you'll probably never play feature. The '100,000 Strong' campaign group that formed to press for a return of the game's development is still in action to this day, with...

  • 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...

  • News A Kid Icarus Tournament Winner Is Draenmhar

    First past the post

    Nintendo of America's nationwide Kid Icarus: Uprising tournament kicked off in San Francisco yesterday, with the mysteriously-named Draenmhar D. emerging victorious in the heat to win a trip to New York for the final. As you can see in his photo here he's pretty pleased with his victory, but one thing bothers us Draenmhar: why...

  • News Be Careful When Watching This Kid Icarus Medusa Trailer

    It might turn you to stone

    Haven't had your fill of Kid Icarus: Uprising media after the 3D anime and 3D screenshots, here's some — 2D — footage of the game in action. The Medusa trailer below is one of the better videos Nintendo's released, with new bosses, weapons and wizards of various foods on display. At 4:38 it's got everything you could...

  • News Kid Icarus 3D Anime Hits North America This Week

    Two-parter inbound

    Europe got a Shaun the Sheep 3D episode this week; North America gets a two-part 3D anime based on Kid Icarus: Uprising. We'll leave you to decide who got the better end of the deal. 3DS owners in North America can power up their Nintendo Video applications to find the first (and, depending on when you read this, second) part of...

  • News Inafune Plans to Release King of Pirates Worldwide

    Sailing the seven seas

    Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune's next project, King of Pirates, is only confirmed for Japan at the moment, but if Inafune has his way we'll see it leave the Land of the Rising Sun and come to the West. Speaking to Joystiq, Inafune said that like all his titles, he's aiming King of Pirates for a global release: For all my...

  • News 3DS Hardware and Software Still Dominating Charts in Japan

    Another week, same story

    In recent weeks there has been one trend that has been impeccably reliable: that the 3DS is outselling its competitors in Japan. Its software has also invariably sold well, with multiple titles camped out in the top 10. As reported by Andriasang, 3DS is once again the top selling hardware in The Land of the Rising Sun with...

  • News Kid Icarus: Uprising 3D Screenshots Swoop Into View

    While you wait for the real thing

    The hype is starting to build for Kid Icarus: Uprising, with launch now just over two weeks away. In order to get you ready for some 3D arcade-shooting action, Siliconera has bundled together a rather large batch of 3D screenshots to view on your 3DS. In order to view these images, you'll need to

  • News Resident Evil Revelations Almost Had Campaign Co-Op

    Killer shrimp were also considered

    Resident Evil Revelations was the first major release on 3DS this year, and it's pushed a lot of buttons with an impressive campaign and online co-op mode. Like all video game projects, however, the final product doesn't include everything that the developers initially intended, as producer Masachika Kawata and...

  • News Super Mario 3D Land Could Have Had Skateboarding

    Cockroaches too

    Super Mario 3D Land director Koichi Hayashida took to the stage at Game Developers Conference and revealed some of the stranger ideas Nintendo's EAD team cooked up but ultimately left out of last year's platformer. Among the oddball ideas were a pro skater Mario, where the plumber rode a Koopa shell around a half pipe; an elongated...

  • 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...

  • Talking Point The Inevitability of Digital Retail Games

    How will it affect our gaming?

    For Nintendo gamers, the video game market is currently a simple, relatively traditional place. If you want to buy a retail title, you hit the high street or visit your online retailer of choice and pick up a box with a disc or game cart inside. Pop that media into your Wii, 3DS or DS and you’re immediately playing...

  • 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 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.

  • News Hideki Konno Discusses Mario Kart 7 and its Development

    Blue shells aren't going anywhere

    Mario Kart 7 is now well established as one of the games to own on 3DS, contributing to an important revival for the handheld in the Holiday period. We'd wager a lot of gamers are still revving up their karts for some racing, which says a lot for the series' appeal to gamers of varying experience levels. IGN has...

  • News Nothing Says "Marry Me" Like Swapnote

    Romance is alive

    Communication freebie Nintendo Letter Box/Swapnote is ideal for sketchy doodles and sharing glorious 3D photos of your dinner, but could it have a higher purpose? Could it be used to bring about a life of blissful matrimony? Yes. The video below is simultaneously the nerdiest and most heartwarming video we've seen all year. Call us...

  • News 3DS Notches Up 4.5 Million U.S. Sales So Far

    Outstrips DS

    3DS recently hit 4m console sales in the United States, and Nintendo of America has just revealed the system sales now stand at over 4.5m in the U.S. alone. By comparison, the Nintendo DS sold 2.4m units in the United States in its first 12 months, so 3DS has had a pretty good opening year. Nintendo's other figures for comparison make...

  • News Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Celebrates Japanese Launch at Hooters

    Where else?

    Here at Nintendo Life we often attend or read news of launch events, some of them quirky and full of character. The Japanese press reception to celebrate the release of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, however, may have seized the crown for the most unusual launch party yet. As reported by Andriasang, game journalists in Japan attended...

  • News Shaun the Sheep Comes to Europe This Wednesday

    Only on 3DS

    Those long-awaited episodes of Shaun the Sheep make their way to 3DS in Europe this week, with the first episode available on Wednesday. The first of 15 episodes launches on 7th March, with a new episode due every week through SpotPass. They're all free and exclusive to 3DS through the Nintendo Video application. FIRST 3D SHAUN THE...

  • Game of the Month February 2012 - Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

    Snaaaaaaake!

    In a new regular feature, Nintendo Life's editors choose the best game reviewed in the previous month for your reading pleasure. Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D: Konami's PS2 remastering was revealed alongside the 3DS way back at E3 2010, and while it seems to have taken an age to materialise it's important to remember 3DS isn't even

  • News Here's a Dog Playing Nintendogs + Cats

    Barking mad

    Nintendo's first "spokesdog", Uggie from Oscar-winning movie The Artist, is chilling out after his success by playing Nintendogs + Cats on a pink 3DS. The canine actor's career hits a new high in these photos as he pretends to understand the console's autostereoscopic display and touch screen interface. We know the dog's smart,...

  • News Capcom Open to More 3DS Resident Evils

    Might take a while, though

    After Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Resident Evil Revelations both hit 3DS within the machine's first year on sale, Capcom's keen to keep the survival horror series juggernaut going on 3DS. Series producer Masachika Kawata spoke to IGN about the possibility of more 3D entries in the franchise, and signs are looking...

  • News 3DS Continues to Dominate in Japan

    Outselling all the rest

    Any suspicion that the 3DS revival in Japan was a temporary improvement is still being disproven, with the latest Japanese charts showing another strong showing for the handheld. With 3DS software also prominent, the handheld is still on a roll in its homeland. The latest Media Create results, as reported by Andriasang, show...

  • News Two New MH3G 3DS Bundles to Hit Japan

    Roar power

    Not content with releasing a cobalt blue 3DS console this month, Nintendo of Japan is also putting together two more hardware bundles for Monster Hunter 3 G. Japanese consumers can pick a red or black 3DS console packaged with a copy of the game and an official MH3G cleaning cloth, all for 19,800 Yen — about £153 / $244 / €183. Has...

  • News Nintendo Japan Reveals Cobalt Blue 3DS Console

    More colour coming

    Nintendo of Japan just pulled the sheet off its newest 3DS colour: Cobalt Blue. The darker blue — which you may remember from a DS Lite that hit Japan and North America — is scheduled to go on sale across the country from 22nd March, the same day Kid Icarus: Uprising goes on sale. Even more beautiful is the special edition...

February2012

  • News Dragon Quest Monsters 3D Bundle on the Way to Japan

    Quest begins on 31st May

    Japanese release details for Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D have emerged, with Andriasang reporting that two retail options will be available from 31st May. As well as a standard game release there is also a 3DS console bundle on the way, adding yet another design for the handheld in its homeland. Clearly based...

  • News Nate Stehley Looks Happy With His Real-Life Mario Kart

    Who wouldn't be?

    Nate Stehley, winner of the Mario Kart 7 real-life kart, certainly looks thrilled in this new video showing his prize rolling up at his front door. Stehley can barely contain his excitement as the actual real Mario knocks on his front door and escorts him down to his new electric-powered kart, built by West Coast Customs. If you're...

  • News There's Zero Escape from Aksys Games' New 3DS Adventure

    That's 999-2, to you

    Aksys Games has confirmed it will bring the 3DS sequel to 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors to North America. Newly titled Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, the adventure game will come with English and Japanese language options and 24 endings, with fully-voiced story scenes too. Aksys pledges to release the game before...

  • News Nintendo Rejects The Binding of Isaac

    Playing it safe

    At the start of the year we reported that approval was being sought for The Binding of Isaac on 3DS, a game co-created and developed by Edmund McMillen, one half of Super Meat Boy creators Team Meat. It's a title with its share of mature, controversial themes, while the plot references and re-tells a well known bible story. The...

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    Review Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

    Not for honor, but for 3DS

    Every so often a game comes along that makes you appreciate just how clever it is, a feat that creator Hideo Kojima pulls off every time he steps up to direct an entry in his Metal Gear Solid series. From fourth-wall-shattering boss battles to hiding key information in plain sight, they tend to raise the question of why...

  • News SEGA AM2's First 3DS Project is Not Virtua Fighter

    No, it's not Daytona or OutRun either

    Legendary SEGA development team AM2 has created some of the greatest arcade games ever: Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, OutRun and more. So the studio's first game for 3DS has to be something really exciting, right? Well, it is if you like super-deformed vocaloids with blue hair. That's not to say that Hatsune Miku...

  • News Kid Icarus: Uprising Launches with Multiplayer Tournament

    US versus them

    Nintendo of America will take Kid Icarus: Uprising's multiplayer mode on tour ahead of the game's 23rd March release with a nationwide tournament. GameStop stores in San Francisco, Orlando, Los Angeles and New York will play host to Nintendo-run multiplayer tournaments, with winners from each area in the running for exclusive Kid...

  • 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 Fire Emblem: Kakusei Cover Art Released

    Bringing the heat

    The Fire Emblem series has been around for 22 years, though it only became well known outside of Japan with the arrival of Game Boy Advance. Since that time there have been plenty of new titles, remakes and Virtual Console appearances released worldwide, so the announcement of Fire Emblem: Kakusei last year came as little surprise...

  • News 3DS Celebrates First Birthday in Japan

    Our card was delayed in the post

    Nintendo probably had a bit of a party yesterday, as its 3DS celebrated being one-year old in Japan. Released on 26th February 2011 to much hype, the handheld has since had an eventful first year, though has been burning up the charts in its homeland in recent months. It's being reported, meanwhile, that 3DS owners...

  • Rumour Kingdom Hearts 3D European Release Date Leaked

    27th July, in case you wondered

    Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance is a title that many fans are anticipating on 3DS this year, though release details outside of Japan haven't been forthcoming. Apparently there's been a slip-up at Square Enix, however, and we may now know the European release date. As reported by IGN, Square Enix's French store...

  • 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 Nintendo Sends Out New StreetPass Puzzle

    Pick up the pieces

    Puzzle Swap is one of the most compelling reasons to take your 3DS out and about, but if you've completed all the puzzle panels — yes, even the ones in the November update — you'll be pleased to know Nintendo has just released a new puzzle via SpotPass. 3DS owners with their consoles connected to the internet will receive a...

  • Feature 3DS Games You'll Probably Never Play

    Cancelled!

    The 3DS has endured some trying times in its short lifespan, among these being a number of cancellations of high-profile games by third-party publishers and developers. We've decided to highlight five of the biggest titles to get the chop in the past year, why they were cancelled and the likelihood of these games being resurrected...

  • News Aonuma Drops a Note About More Zelda Titles

    You have mail, maybe

    It's not a surprise to hear that Eiji Aonuma, producer of The Legend of Zelda series, is once again teasing more releases on 3DS. We've heard rumours of a 3D remastering of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the possibility of a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and Aonuma himself referring to a continuation o

  • News Mario and Luigi 3DS Pouches Hit Club Nintendo Japan

    Hats off

    The Japanese Club Nintendo rewards just got a little cooler, with Mario and Luigi hats added to the roster. They're not just normal hats though — in fact, they fail to fulfil the primary function of a hat by not staying on your head — but they can be used to hold a 3DS console. These pocket pouches have actually been around before when...

  • 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...

  • Reaction Nintendo Direct - Nintendo Joins the Modern Age

    Bringing the hype

    Yesterday, on the same day that rival Sony launched PlayStation Vita in Europe and North America, Nintendo hosted three online broadcasts designed to reveal and publicise upcoming services and titles. It was the second time Nintendo Direct had taken place, though the timing and execution of this second run showed that the company...

  • News Xenoblade Chronicles Team Recruiting for 3DS Game

    Is that a Monolith in your pocket or..?

    Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft is recruiting for an unannounced 3DS project. The Japanese developer has several positions available, including motion designers, 3D CG designers and motion designers. The title doesn't have a name, but considering the jobs specifically mention monsters, maps and...

  • 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 Nintendo Lets Rip with Kid Icarus: Uprising Multiplayer Info

    New video inside

    Kid Icarus: Uprising got the lion's share of attention during today's Nintendo Direct broadcasts, with the game's online multiplayer the subject of much discussion. The video below shows most of them in action but if you're more of a reading person — which, as you're on a gaming website, we imagine you might be — there's...

  • News Mario Tennis Opens Up with New Gameplay Video

    Another Camelot smash hit?

    Now we know Mario Tennis Open is out in May it's time to feast your eyes on some fresh gameplay footage, showing off the new multiplayer and touch screen functions. You'll be able to use the 3DS console's built-in gyrometer to move your system around to take a look around the court, though we're not quite sure of the...

  • News Rhythm Thief Arrives in Europe on 5th April

    Time to feel the beat

    It's been confirmed today that Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure will hit 3DS in Europe on 5th April. In good news for the title's hopes for success, Nintendo of Europe will be teaming up with SEGA for its distribution. With a combination of mystery and touch-screen rhythm-based controls, this is one of the more..

  • News Mario Tennis Open for North America on 20th May

    Tightly packed

    Mario Tennis Open's global release dates are in, and it's a tight grouping. North America gets the game first on 20th May, before Japan on 24th May and Europe on 25th May. Camelot's first online game in the series includes head-to-head multiplayer with skill-based matchmaking. Nintendo has also revealed you'll also be able to pick up...

  • 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...

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