Earlier today we had the pleasure of telling you that Steel Empire was coming to the US eShop, and now we can add to that exciting announcement with freshly-captured video footage of the Japanese version of the game.

Steel Empire originally released on the Mega Drive over twenty years ago, and a GBA remake followed in 2004 (but sadly didn't make its way to North America). Steampunk-themed shoot 'em ups are unfortunately not as common as we'd like them to be, so seeing this classic turn up on 3DS in any form would have been a real treat — it's even better to see it spruced up with the care and polish a game of this calibre deserves.

We'll have a full Matters of Import preview up soon, but for now you can prepare yourself for some steampunk shooting action by watching the video of the first level below.