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Nintendo Download: 3rd January 2013 (North America)

Posted by Damien McFerran

Welcoming in the new year with some downloadable goodies

It's quite a big week for the Nintendo Download, as it sees the arrival of the first "retail" download in the shape of XSEED Games' Unchained Blades. That's not the only reason to be cheerful though, as you can see from the selection of games below.

3DS download software

Unchained Blades (XSEED Games, $29.99) - It has taken its sweet time getting here, but this lush dungeon-based RPG is finally available on the 3DS eShop. Its appearance is significant in other ways, as its the first download-only 3DS retail title - hence the high price. We'll be casting our eye over the game shortly, so stay tuned for a review.

Gunman Clive (Hörberg Productions, $1.99) - A cowboy-themed tribute to classic action platformers like Mega Man, Gunman Clive has been ported from mobile phones to the 3DS with amazing success. In our Gunman Clive review we decided that it offered "terrific run and gun action at a steady tempo, with distinctive and gorgeous audio and visual presentation". You can't say fairer than that, really.

Air Battle Hockey 3D (Agetec) - This futuristic sports title has come out of nowhere and taken us a little by surprise. It looks a lot like the Dreamcast cult classic Cosmic Smash and boasts a head-to-head two-player mode. We'll have a review live on the site as soon as we've put it through its paces.

3DS Retail Software

Code of Princess (ATLUS) - Created by some of the same talented chaps behind the Sega Saturn fighter Guardian Heroes, this amazing 2D title has already thrilled 3DS owners at retail - something you'll be acutely aware of if you've consulted our glowing Code of Princess review. Needless to say, if you haven't sampled this already then now is the perfect time to remedy that oversight.


Galaxy Saver (G-Style, $1.99 / 200 points) - Fans of 2D vertical shooters will want to check this one out. With several gameplay modes and some eye-catching visuals, this could be another DSiWare gem. Expect a review in the very near future.

Snowboard Xtreme (EnjoyUp Games, $1.99 / 200 points) - This appears to be quite a simplistic snowboarding simulation, with various courses to negotiate and hazards to avoid. Our review will be taking to the slopes as soon as it's ready.

Nintendo Video

Best of 2012 - To quote Nintendo: "Nintendo Video is bringing you the very best comedy and music videos from 2012. Don't miss special re-airings of your favorite 3D videos!"

So will you be spending $29.99 on Unchained Blades, or does the more reasonably-priced Gunman Clive take your fancy? Vote in the poll below to let us know.

What will you be downloading first this week? (242 votes)

Unchained Blades (3DS eShop)


Code of Princess (3DS retail)


Gunman Clive (3DS eShop)


Air Battle Hockey 3D (3DS eShop)


Galaxy Saver (DSiWare)


Snowboard Xtreme (DSiWare)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (104)



Birdman said:

Gunman Clive for me, eventually. Maybe Unchained Blades and/or Code of Princess later when I don't have a mountain of games to go through.



Yogsoggoth said:

Well, I guess everyone can stop complaining about Unchained Blades now. On second thought, they'll start complaining about $30 for an uninspired, mess of a JRPG that wasn't worth the wait.

Good to see Nintendo is off to a great start supporting the WiiU. Oh, wait.......



Spoony_Tech said:

Anyone know how much CoP is going to be yet? I'll think about it at 30$ but not 40$. I'll just wait for it to come down at retail if that's the case.



sinsalaca said:

Clive it is for me. Already played the retail version of Code of Princess. Very nice hack-n-slash title. Would love to get Unchained Blades, but will need to come up with $30 first. So will probably have to push that off til a later date.



New_3DaSh_XL said:

No new Wii U titles because developers are working on it, they put all they had into launch day already.



New_3DaSh_XL said:

I might get Unchained Blades, but there's 2 things holding me back.
1) Price, regardless of how long it is.
2) I just got like 10 games for Xmas, and 2 of them are RPGs.



LittleIrves said:

Love that a $2 3DS game actually looks to be interesting and worthwhile. Gunman Clive, I'll be trying your chaps on soon.



CanisWolfred said:

Unchained Blades is all I'm interested in, and even then, it'll be a while before I get that.



kitroplious said:

@Damo : Air Battle Hockey 3D is published by Agetec. Nintendo made an error on the publisher. If you go to the official website, it brings you to the product page on Agetec's website.



Boo_Buster said:

The Wii U just came out two months ago people, relax. I am sure Zen Pinball and Toki Tori 2 are on the way sooner rather than later. Why don't you all just get in a line so I can slap you in one fell swoop, please? Idiocy reigns supreme these days, and patience is nowhere to be found. What ever happened to being grateful for what you have, instead of acting like a child saying something along the lines of "What? No Wii U eShop games? I want them NOW!". Please be smarter about having kids people

Having said that, I might have to try out Gunman Clive since the price is so friendly and the game seems solid enough.



kitroplious said:

@Dazza No problem. I'm sorry if I was a bit hard on this. It's been showing that publisher on Nintendo of America's website for the last week and a half at least.



Freelance said:

Galaxy Saver looks kinda like Missile Command in space. May get it. Nice visuals. Not intereseted in anything else.



eirikr said:

This week I'll get Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (I did not download it last week). Wondering if they going to release some Art Style series games in eShop like Wii, those are extremely good games and I'd be glad of having that series in my 3DS (new games of course).



ShadJV said:

Waiting for the reviews on Unchained Blades. It's pretty pricey to just impulse buy, but if it's as good as I expect then I'll get it.



Knuckles said:

Finally Unchained Blades is out! I've had the money in my account since it was announced just for it!



Zemus-DJ said:

I'll be downloading unchained blades (about time), code of princess (been waiting), gunman clave, air battle hockey 3d....and maybe galaxy saver =]



Zhanglot said:

Please review Unchained Blades soon! I trust Nintendolife and I need a good opinion on this game.



Shiromikio said:

Possibly Unchained Blade, will have to find out what the RPG mechanics are like first.

Already got the retail version of CoP and pre-order was $39.99, my guess is the download version would be around that price. That said, the retail version came with a soundtrack CD/art booklet, with any luck it might be a slightly lower price for the downloadable version without the extra content.



TheRavingTimes said:

I'll have to see if I have enough room in my 3DS. I still have to finish Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracles and Pokemon Conquest hasn't been giving me too much of a chance to play due to it lengthy episodes.



Aerona said:

Nothing for me this week... I was initially interested in Unchained Blades but after all the negative response I think I'll have to wait for some more reviews.



Freelance said:


If you have a PSP, Vita or PS3, get Elminage Original. It's a really cool dungeon crawler with some shoddy menu translations. The gameplay is solid though. Lots of classes and professions. Lots of dungeons and it's pretty hard. I spent a lot of time on it already and barely got anywhere.



Tasuki said:

Going to pick up Code of Princess today, but I will be heading out to the store to get a physical copy of that. So as far as downloading goes nothing for me this week.



Tasuki said:

@divinealpha: I dont think importing a game from Japan is the answer, unless you have a Japanese 3DS since the 3DS is region locked.



AVahne said:

I've been waiting far too long for Unchained Blades to release on 3DS. Now I can't afford to buy it anymore due to FE and MH and simply needing to budget a little better. Maybe next year.



KnightRider666 said:

@retro_player_22: I totally agree. I'm not paying full retail price for a download(with the exception of Crosswords 3D because it was the only way to get DKOE, damn you Nintendo!). I, like many others; like to have something to show for what I paid for(the box, instructions, & the cartridge). Besides, I need the space on my SD card for download only games. When and if it's released in its physical form, I will wait for a used copy for an even better deal. Oh yeah, and Gunman Clive all the way!



XFsWorld said:

Yall should watch the gameplay of Gunman Clive, its looks too cool to be a $2 game!! -grabs my 3ds prepaid card- XD



Flowerlark said:

Yes! Been waiting months for Unchained Blades! Ugggh, but why is it downloading so slow?? I bought it right after the e-shop updated at 12 and it's still downloading at 1:30. But it'll be worth the wait!



Sir_Teabag said:

nothing for me this week, my wallet thanks me, but unchained blades looks great tho i dont have the space for it anyway.



kitroplious said:

Code of Princess is $39.99; Air Battle Hockey 3D is $4.99 (just in case for those that haven't checked yet).



Freelance said:


I've seen lots of negativity mentioned in other forums, although I don't remember the specifics.

One of the reasons I'm not getting it though is the fact the game uses preset characters. To me, one of the best things about dungeon crawlers is being able to create your own band of warriors in their quest for adventure and danger. I honestly don't know any other dungeon crawler that doesn't let you make your own character so this game is a definite oddity.



Retro_on_theGo said:

Want Code of Princess but since it's same price as retail I think I'll just finally get off my butt and see if I can find a physical copy. Definitely picking up Galaxy Saver too and maybe Gunman Clive later.



KnightRider666 said:

@Flowerlark: It took almost 15 minutes to download Gunman Clive onto my system(The game was only 252 blocks I believe)! I was wondering if it was my internet or something...



Zemus-DJ said:

@KnightRider666: took me less then 1min to DL gunman clave, galaxy saver & air battle hockey. Took me 12mins for unchained blades and still DLing code of princess which is "OVER 9000" blocks ( lol had to of said it) but guessing that will take me around 25mins =]



Raylax said:

Download-only retail titles? Oh god, I hope that idea doesn't catch on with the prices Nintendo charge.



Azikira said:

@Raylax: I agree, it seems Nintendo doesn't know the meaning of SALE, especially when Trine 2 is on sale on Wii U for $15.99, and it was on sale on Steam for $3.74 and the Goblin add on for $2.49.



FarukoSH said:

@Azikira Steam is a rare beast actually, you think WiiU sales are bad ? What about XBL with sales of 50% of a game that was released like 5 years ago ? (no kidding)

Stea its the only one doing "real" sales actually...



Freelance said:

PC games get really cheap sales because of competition. I mean, there's a lot of different websites you can go to to buy PC games digitally and it's not just Steam. There's Amazon, Good Old Gamers, Green Man Gaming, Gamefly and Gamersgate plus several others. The competition drives prices down. I've seen plenty of good deals from all these websites and no, Steam isn't the -only- website that has awesome sales. I've purchased games that were cheaper than Steam. You just have to look.

On PSN or say the 3DS Eshop, you can't buy those games anywhere else. For example, you can only buy Tokyo Jungle on PSN and Star Fox 64 3D on the Eshop. The lack of competition means Sony, MS and Nintendo can charge whatever they want and people buy them because it's the only way to get them. There's no other options.



odd69 said:

The wii u store is looking bare, i figured something new would release.Its cool and all that its new, but have some stuff ready to be pepperd to keep our interest up.



gojiguy said:

How much is Code of Princess? Free? I'd like to know the price. If it is $20 or less then I'll dip in. Otherwise I'll wait until I can pick up a physical copy...



Kellx78 said:

How very disappointing. No retro city rampage and nothing for wii U. Again!



Skotski said:

Code of Princess. I already have two copies of it (to play multiplayer with the gf). I just need one of them now, and I desire one for on-and-off play.

Sending my other copy to a friend in another State~

Oh... and I might get Crimson Shroud (I didn't get it last time) and Unchained Blades too. :3
Good week for me, at least.



AVahne said:

Nintendo no longer sets the prices on their 8th generation downloadable platforms for third party games, at least with Wii U. With 3DS, they negotiate price with the publishers, so the publishers still have some control over pricing (unless 3DS eshop has been made to match Wii U now). With Wii U, publishers have full control on pricing and sales. So now that you know, don't blame Nintendo.



AVahne said:

Nintendo has nothing to do with the sales prices nor do they not know how to do sales. Publishers have full control on pricing and sales on the Wii U eShop according to indie devs. So now that you know, don't make uninformed assumptions and accusations again.
Besides, sales on PC are much more common and tend to have a much bigger audience to sell to. Not just Steam, but Amazon and Gamersgate do game sales nowadays, so the amount of people to do sales for on PC is much bigger on Wii U.



slidecage said:


Almost 4200 blocks (think it was 4176)



sweetiepiejonus said:

Don't you know that if it wasn't for porn, the internet would be solely used for making uninformed assumptions.

We would also miss out on some of the comical comments that people make that are usually just regurgitated bs. Some things I hear my son's friends say are hilarious.

Plus, angry people who seem like someone crapped in their cereal wouldn't have much purpose in life.

As for me I got Unchained Blades. It's been a while since I've played a game where the B button has been the primary 'action' button.



daveh30 said:

I was expecting things to be a little slow for the Wii U eShop starting out, while things are under development, but i'm surprised they would let 2 weeks go by with nothing at all for the Wii U. Even a couple of new demos would be nice...



TheDreamingHawk said:

Good week considering the limitations. I at least wish we would get a estimated release period for Zen Pinball 2 though, since it's missed it's promised deadline and moved to another one (January). Toki Tori 2 didn't look finished back then anyway so I'm not concerned about that.

And I'm also glad we got a break from the Neo geo spam going on right now... Yes I know Shock troopers 2 is not a fighting game, but could we PLEASE get Crystalis or some games on OTHER VC systems?

And you got your facts wrong about the First digital retail download game- That was Best in breed 3D, which came out in the UK as a retail but in the US as a (Crappy) DL only game two weeks ago. But still, Unchained blades, Yay! Now the next major DL game on the list for the 3DS Is PMD: Gates to infinity, since it'll have a demo (And fire emblem, which I'm DDing)

So I got gunman clive this week and enjoy it so far, and will get Unchained blades for my birthday (In 20 days!)



JaythekidRS said:

wow is all i have to say about the second girl in the picture. It's incredible how inappropiate some people make certain female characters...



sweetiepiejonus said:


True, but what gets me is the amount of violence that is accepted, as long as there is no nudity or even sexual themes/innuendo. When I was a kid, of course my friends found their parents' dirty magazines and stuff, and maybe it was the small town I lived in, but we didn't have obsessions or even the slightest fascination with guns.

Yes there was plenty of violence in NES games, but I can't think of anything other than Bionic Commando that even had a hint of blood or gore in it.



Windy said:

Gunman Clive is very nice. Im going to skip Unchained Blades since there are no 3d pics or video in the item description.



Shane904 said:

Air Battle Hockey 3D is pretty good unless you're a lefty (the control scheme). They could have easily fixed this... Anyway, it's like a 3d version of the flash minigame "Curve Ball", with special powerups added.



Windy said:

@slidecage yeah I know its in 3d but I put up a red flag on a 3d game that doesnt post a 3d pic or video in the item description it kinda doesnt look good as a selling point



GamerFromJump said:

Picked up Unchained Blades, Galaxy Saver and Gunman Clive. Code of Princess went into the "later" list after a period of consideration between it and Blades.

I hope a future update allows the playing of DS titles off the SD card, like the Wii. My internal memory is starting to fill with DS titles.



LztheQuack said:

@Raylax Publishers set the prices on their games.

Also, Code of Princess is amazing!! I highly recommend it (and I'm not even a big fan of hack and slashers)



datamonkey said:

I completed Gunman Clive on 3DS last week. Definitely worth $2 and much better playing with real buttons compared to the iphone touch controls.

Recommended, especially if you like Mario, MegaMan, Donkey Kong Country etc



Zombie_Barioth said:

Finally, we get Unchained Blades! Not sure I'll get it on 3DS though, $30 is still a lot of money for a game I could loose if something happens to my system. There are other games I have my eye on anyway, plus a backlog.



Samholy said:

get code of princess. totally worth it.
cheezy voice acting, but superb quality.



scrubbyscum999 said:

Code of Princess is a really good game for just playing for fun and honing your skills. If anyone is on the fence I would recommend it.



sweetiepiejonus said:

I may be wrong, but I think it's supposed to be that way. It's a very campy vibe and not to be taken seriously.

Unchained Blades is awesome. It's a bit of a stripped down more story driven Etrian Odyssey without having to draw the map yourself. That's not to say it's not deep itself. You get tons of followers, huge numbers of enemies and a simplified FFX Sphere Grid progression. Definitely worth it.



meltendo said:

The retail version of CoP netted me a soundrack CD and mini artbook... a week after the release date. Charging retail price for a download is insane.



GreenDream said:

@meltendo I agree. I still want to get Code of Princess, but charging an amount which accounts for physical middlemen, instead of an amount which accounts for digital distribution, is exactly the reason why the online console shops don't get more business than they currently do. $30 is the right price, not $40 or more. At least XSEED realizes this... But I can forgive Atlus, since they are so faithful in bringing us the good stuff.



GreenDream said:

It's sad that Code of Princess is not being displayed nor advertised under the new retail releases in the eShop this week in the USA, it's hidden... It's pathetic that we Americans are apparently still so paranoid about "mature sexual themes" in computer games that a little skin showing prevents adequate advertising for game products, yet there's no problem when it comes to Victoria's Secret, movies, and celebrity TV shows...

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