Relive the glory days
Physical and digital releases
The lineup is complete
Following the announcement of the third and final Sega 3D Classics package in Japan, Sega has been drip-feeding details of the new games included in the collection. First up was Turbo OutRun, quickly followed by the sublime 16-bit shooter
Riding the thunder
Japan is getting its third and final retail collection of Sega 3D Classics this year, and Sega has been teasing the new games which will be included. We recently discovered that Turbo Outrun is making the cut on Sega 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage, but there were still three more unknown games to be confirmed. We now know...
Not so long ago we reported that the next Sega 3D Classics retail collection to arrive in Japan would contain a mystery title which had been voted for by fans. Sega has now released a trailer which shows that the game in question is Turbo Outrun, the 1989 sequel to original racing smash hit. The trailer also gives us a tease of what the...
Arrives in Japan on December 22nd
Sega's line of 3D Classics has gone down a storm with 3DS owners thanks to a cunning combination of superb emulation, neat extras and - of course - killer games. While the titles have been released individually on the eShop, Sega has also published collections at retail, and the next helping - the third to arrive...
Relive the glory days
Following last week's European announcement, distributor Five Star Games has confirmed the SEGA 3D Classics Collection will also be released in Australia on 4th November. This is a chance for SEGA fans and 3DS owners down under to finally get their hands on the entire collection of remastered classics in a single transaction...
Physical and digital releases
Earlier in the week SEGA Europe teased the announcement of the region's release date for SEGA 3D Classics Collection, an excellent 3DS title that combines nine (10 with a fun bonus) games from the series. Four of those titles are new to the West, while the remainder have previously had eShop releases. To start with the...
Also worked on Virtual Console emulators for Wii
Japanese developer M2 has revealed that one of its key staffers has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. Akira Saito worked on the Sega 3D Classics range on 3DS as well as the Master System and Genesis/Mega Drive emulators on the Wii Virtual Console. He was 43. M2 president Naoki Horii...
The eShop too, but it's 'exclusive' to the Americas for now
SEGA enthusiasts with a Japanese 3DS likely own the retail release of the initial 3D Classics range, while in the West we've had a number of titles - though not quite all - as download-only eShop titles. SEGA has now confirmed SEGA 3D Classics Collection for a 26th April arrival at both...
"My 3DS has become, you could say, a SEGA Console in its own way"
The 3D SEGA Classics series, produced by the brilliant developers at M2, has been a highlight on the 3DS eShop. A broad range of games have been remastered, ranging from Arcades, to Master System and Mega Drive / Genesis games, with some being among the finest titles of the '80s and...
Yuria'ving a laugh aren't ya?
Take this one with a pinch of salt, but a post has been shared on NeoGaf which could point to even more SEGA classics getting the 3D treatment on the 3DS. If the rumour is to be believed a 3DS user has uncovered some hidden data within the recently released 3D Gunstar Heroes which reveals the names of other titles which...
More M2 magic
The blue blur returns to the Japanese 3DS eShop next week in M2’s 3D revival of the classic 1992 SEGA title, Sonic the Hedgehog 2. To celebrate the special occasion, SEGA has released a trailer of 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on its new microsite. If this alone wasn't already enough, the trailer & microsite also reveal the title will...
A slight delay
Last week the North American 3DS eShop revealed 3D Streets of Rage 2 would arrive on 16th July for $5.99. A week later, and SEGA has informed fans via Twitter that there has been a slight delay, with the second entry in the Streets of Rage series now scheduled to release globally on 23rd July...
In exciting news, 3D Out Run, 3D Thunder Blade, 3D Fantasy Zone and its sequel have now been made available on the Australian 3DS eShop for $6.50 each. Out Run and the original Fantasy Zone were originally expected to launch alongside the wider PAL releases earlier thi
Take to the streets!
Widely regarded as one of the best side-scrolling fighters ever created, the 1992 hit – Streets of Rage 2 – is set to be released locally in both North America and Europe as a part of the SEGA 3D Classics line this July. A new listing on the North American 3DS eShop has now revealed 3D Streets of Rage 2 will be arriving in...
Yesterday we gave you some initial impressions of 3D Streets of Rage 2, the latest entry in Sega's 3D Classics series, which has just been released in Japan. Everything about the game drips class; it's already a wonderful brawler, but developer M2 has added in even more goodness, such as a special "Quartet" mode, various screen filters and...
Bare those knuckles
Streets of Rage 2 - or Bare Knuckle 2 as it is known in Japan - is widely regarded as one of the best side-scrolling fighters ever created, so the fact that its announcement as part of Sega's burgeoning 3D Classics range caused such excitement should come as no great shock. This is one of the defining games of the 16-bit era,...
More 16-bit goodness on your 3DS
Sega has confirmed that Streets of Rage 2, Gunstar Heroes and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 are making their way to the 3DS eShop. This trio of Sega Mega Drive / Genesis titles will be joining the steadily-growing ranks of Sega's retro remasters, which already includes the likes of Space Harrier, Out Ru
More SEGA 3D Classics are on the way
After a short delay, it appears SEGA’s most recent 3D Classics – 3D Out Run and 3D Fantasy Zone – have now been rated by the Australian Classification Board. The arcade helicopter shooter, 3D Thunder Blade and the sequel to Fantasy Zone,
We make dreams into realities!
Now that the New Nintendo 3DS is here, everyone wants to see SNES games hit the Virtual Console. But why stop there? Why can't we have some 3D Classics based on SNES games? After all, we already have some excellent Mega Drive games, so 16-bit 3D remakes are already a possibility. Using a very painstaking process,...
Yet another fantastic addition to SEGA's 3D Classics range
SEGA’s 3D Classics range has been well-received since it arrived here in the West in 2013. With a mixture of Mega Drive / Genesis and Arcade re-releases such as 3D Super Hang-On and 3D Streets of Rage, developer M2 eventually revealed a second batch of 3D Classics would be coming to the...
Start your hype engines, Sega fans
Relatively late last year Sega gave us some news that we'd been waiting for - the second wave of 3D Classics on the eShop are coming to the West. Those with a Japanese 3DS have been enjoying these for a while, but the confirmation that 3D After Burner II would come early this year brought optimism; Sega wasn't...
Includes an array of retro experiences
While 3DS owners in the West are still anticipating the release of the second batch of SEGA 3D Classics on the eShop in 2015, Japan is already being treated to a boxed collection of the series, including 6 of the 12 games currently ported, enhanced and released by developer M2. Announced in September as Sega...
Five on the way in 2015
In 2013 SEGA began to release its 3D Classics range in the West, and we enjoyed a mix of Mega Drive / Genesis and Arcade re-releases such as 3D Super Hang-On and 3D Streets of Rage. A second wave of these games, primarily arcade classics, hit Japan; unfortunately the prospect of Western releases seemed distant with each...
Release these games, the 3DS prints money
The 3DS is a wonderful handheld console and over its short lifespan we've seen 3D remasters of the excellent Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 64. The eShop library has delivered the goods with 3D Classics releases of NES games Excitebike,
We want it yesterday
The 3D series of classics from Sega were, in the Nintendo Life office at least, among the highlights on the 3DS late last year. With a mix of arcade and Mega Drive / Genesis games getting the impressive remastering treatment from M2, it was pleasing that Sega had made the investment to localise that first run outside of Japan...
M2, please take note
Sega's range of 3D Classics has finally hit the west, and with the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Harrier, Super Hang-On and Galaxy Force II already thrilling 3DS owners, this fine selection of reheated vintage legends proves beyond all doubt that good, old-fashioned gamepl
A sense of Super Scale
Galaxy Force II has something of a bad reputation with many players, purely because the domestic ports of the game which followed the arcade release way back in 1988 were, by and large, abysmal. Many fans base their opinion of this on-rails space shooter on the Mega Drive / Genesis version, which was downright unplayable...
Missiles locked on
Take a moment to reflect on the gaming days of yesteryear, and no doubt there’ll be some fond memories of Sega’s jet fighter classic, After Burner. Originally released in 1987 — and following on from Sega’s equally successful arcade racer Out Run in 1986 — After Burner placed the player in the seat of an F-14 Tomcat...
Buy Kid Icarus
If you didn't register two 3DS games to get your free download code for Pit's remastered adventure, you can save yourself a heck of a lot of money by picking it up this week for €6. Here's the European download for this week. 3DS Download Software: 3D Classics: Kid Icarus (Nintendo, €6/£5.40) — Pit's very first outing gets a...
Free 3D Classics: Kid Icarus for some pre-orders
Kid Icarus: Uprising isn't far away, and as one of the first titles to be teased for the 3DS all the way back in 2010, it's been a while coming. Nintendo of America is starting to crank up the hype generator and have issued the following press release, with a number of details about the title. Some of...
Club Nintendo members in Europe who register 2 3DS games could win a Mario 3DS, with everyone who registers getting a free download code for 3D Classics: Kid Icarus. Want to see what the game looks like before you go rushing out and buy two 3DS games? Here's the first trailer. As you can tell the game adopts the same aspect ratio as 3D...
Get 3D Classics: Kid Icarus free, too
Nintendo Europe has just announced a new sweepstakes contest to encourage 3DS owners to purchase and register select 3DS software titles. Club Nintendo members who register two selected 3DS games between 1st November and 31st January 2012 will receive a free download of 3D Classics: Kid Icarus, and will also be...
The pink one's back
A little something for everyone this week — apart from you, Virtual Console fans — with titles on DSi, WiiWare and 3DS to download. The headline act is undoubtedly the timely appearance of the pink puffball on 3DS, but let's see what else is competing for your money. 3DS Download Software: 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure...
A trio of new downloads this week, with one long overdue game on WiiWare sitting alongside a much anticipated 3D Classic on 3DS. Let's see what's competing for your money this week. 3DS Download Software: 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure (Nintendo, €6/£5.40) — Kirby's legendary NES adventure gets the 3D Classics makeover, adding a...
If you can't wait until next Thursday to see 3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure in motion, the 3DS eShop in Europe just updated with a brief video of Kirby's updated outing. As you'd expect, the game looks remarkably faithful to its 8-bit origins, with the 3D adding a seemingly subtle layer of depth to its still-impressive graphics. The original...
It could happen
The 3D Classics has taken in arcade games and 8-bit classics, but the potential for 3D remakes of games from the 16-bit era is mouthwatering. In a recent GamesRadar interview, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma revealed that he and Shigeru Miyamoto have discussed bringing the 3D treatment to Super Nintendo classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: Well actually, even Mr. Miyamoto..
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
Twinbee, cubes and a ninja
This week's North American download releases once again cover all three of Nintendo's platforms, though fans anticipating a particular release may feel that the titles on offer don't quite cut it. Read on for details. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: TwinBee (Nintendo, $4.99) — The 3D Classics series continues with another...
TwinBee rides again
Wii owners aren't tremendously well catered-for this week but 3DS owners get to play a new 3D Classic, so as usual it's easy come, easy go here at the Nintendo Download. Let's see what lucky Europeans will get to pick up on Thursday. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: TwinBee (Nintendo, €5/£4.50) — The 3D Classics range continues to...
Fighting in the streets
It's that time of the week again: the Nintendo Download is upon us, bestowing a bounty of digital deliciousness, or leaving a sour taste in your mouth. You decide. Here's what's on offer and vying for your currency today. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: Urban Champion (Nintendo, $4.99) — The NES 'classic' is reborn in a third...
Stretching the word "classic"
Europe gets its third 3D Classic this week, letting console owners indulge in a little three-dimensional fighting in the street. Elsewhere there's a bit of air traffic control, some Asian farming and extreme off-roading. Come with us, but look out for any manholes. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: Urban Champion (Nintendo, €5)...
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,...
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...
3D Classics Xevious is here!
Now everyone's had their fill of the first game in the 3D Classics series, the NES favourite 3D Classics: Excitebike, it's time to kick it into second gear with the next instalment. Elsewhere there's a 3DS VC game and a trio on DSiWare, though WiiWare and the Wii Virtual Console take the week off. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics:...
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...
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...
Another 3D Classic on the way?
Masahiro Sakurai's long-awaited Kid Icarus: Uprising is coming to 3DS around Christmas this year, and impatient gamers are looking towards Pit's previous outings to plug the gap. Wii owners can already play Kid Icarus on Virtual Console, but will 3DS owners get a downloadable slice of Pit too? A recent IGN interview with Masahiro Sakurai pitched readers' questions to..
Everything you need to know about the 3DS eShop, internet browser and DSi transfer functionality
For those who bought their 3DS on launch day there was some disappointment. The eShop, internet browser and the ability to transfer DSiWare games and data were unavailable, promised in a ‘late May’ update. The update slid to early June, but it's...
So stop clicking Refresh
The 3DS eShop update has finally arrived, bringing with it a bevy of new goods to your favourite 3D-enabled console. The update is available to download now and opens up the machine's web browser and shopping experience. For speedy updaters there's a free Excitebike and Pokédex 3D to be had too. We'll keep you up to date on all the E3 2011 news from Nintendo's conference..
What's on the cards?
If you're a 3DS owner anxiously awaiting the launch of the eShop in North America, here's what will be available to buy when the service launches on Monday 6th June. The free Pokédex 3D application will allow users to look at monsters from Pokémon Black and White in full 3D, with Augmented Reality, SpotPass and StreetPass functions all included. North American owners will..
What's on offer on 7th June
The speculation can cease: Nintendo of Europe has announced the games you'll be playing next week when the eShop launches. As we reported the other day, European 3DS users will be able to download the free Pokédex 3D application, which takes players through the 150 new monsters in Pokémon Black & White in glorious 3D. Users will also get a free download of..
3D classics and 3DSWare abound
The eShop launches next week, and Nintendo Japan has revealed the games that will get the ball rolling. In the 3D Classics stakes, there's the already-confirmed Excitebike as well as a new 3D version of classic top-down shooter Xevious. Both games will sell for 600 Yen in Japan, though Excitebike is free for a limited time, as it will be in the West. For Virtual..
It keeps coming
In Japan, the eShop will launch with Excitebike for free, and it seems the North American shop will follow. Nintendo World Report claims the eShop will launch with a free 3D Classics version of the NES Excitebike, complete with a track editor and save space for 32 tracks. Of course, Nintendo is yet to announce its launch line-up for...
Expected "late May"
Excited by the upcoming release of the 3DS eShop? Of course you are, but we bet there's room for your excitement-o-meter to jump up a few notches when you hear the service will apparently launch with a free game. As part of Nintendo's 3D Classics range that will see older games re-released with a lick of three-dimensional paint, Excitebike will hit the service on day one for..
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