Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire Is Flying To North American 3DS Consoles This Summer

Taking to the skies

Steel Empire has just launched in Japan, and you'll be pleased to know that our resident import expert Kerry is already dodging shrapnel in order to bring you a hands-on preview very soon. In the meantime we have more good news — publisher Starfish SD has confirmed that it is coming to North America later this year.

Based on the Mega Drive / Genesis shooter of the same name, Steel Empire is a horizontally-scrolling blaster set in a steampunk universe not entirely dissimilar to that seen in the legendary anime movie Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Its engaging gameplay and distinctive visual style have helped it carve out quite a niche — this isn't the first remake we've seen, as the Game Boy Advance got a port a few years back.

We'll bring you some hands-on impressions very soon — as well as exclusive gameplay footage — but while you're waiting, be sure to let us know if you plan on buying this when it hits the North American eShop this summer. We've no word on a European release, but we'll let you know the moment we hear something.