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Reaction: The Concept of eShop 'Early Access' is Both Exciting and Slightly Terrifying

The Concept of eShop 'Early Access' is Both Exciting and Slightly Terrifying

Tom Whitehead thinks it would be the best of times, and the worst

Nintendo is rapidly disproving the suggestion that it's behind-the-curve or old fashioned in the download gaming space. Aspects of the company's decision-making remain cautious, but the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores have not only brought Nintendo up to speed with a number of modern...

News: Pokémon Shuffle is Heading to Android and iOS, to the Surprise of No-One

Pokémon Shuffle is Heading to Android and iOS, to the Surprise of No-One

Micro-transactions are Super Effective!

Pokémon Shuffle remains a trailblazer on the 3DS, a free-to-play match-three title on the portable reliant upon micro-transactions to actually return the development investment. It's been downloaded about 4.5 million times, though we don't know whether it's actually made Nintendo any notable profit. If...

News: Nintendo Is "Exploring" The Idea Of Early Access Games On Its Consoles

Nintendo Is "Exploring" The Idea Of Early Access Games On Its Consoles

"There could be some benefits there"

Nintendo of America's third-party relations and indie development boss Damon Baker has revealed that the company is currently pondering the idea of "Early Access" games on its consoles. Speaking to Polygon, Baker said: We don't have anything to announce, but I can say that we're certainly exploring options and...

Matters Of Import: 3D Gunstar Heroes Is Hyperactive Run And Gun Action At Its Finest

3D Gunstar Heroes Is Hyperactive Run And Gun Action At Its Finest

Another classic to treasure on your 3DS console

Gunstar Heroes charged onto the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, significantly marking the début of quirky developer Treasure, having been formed from ex-Konami staff wanting to go it their own way. Often seen floating near to the top of many 'best game ever' lists, Gunstar Heroes is a bona-fide classic of...

Nintendo Download: 2nd July (Europe)

2nd July (Europe)

Going rogue, Ocarina of Time, Fire Emblem, Advance Wars and much more

Another week begins, and as usual we have the Nintendo Download Update for Europe to get us started. This week seems to have a pretty strong line-up, with three excellent retro experiences accompanying a retro-style Nindie release on the Wii U. A delayed retail title also lands on...

News: Mercenaries Saga 2 Is The Closest You'll Get To A New Final Fantasy Tactics On 3DS

Mercenaries Saga 2 Is The Closest You'll Get To A New Final Fantasy Tactics On 3DS

Launches this week in North America

Final Fantasy Tactics fans should be interested to know that CIRCLE Entertainment is publishing Rideon Japan's Mercenaries Saga 2: Order Of The Silver Eagle on the North American 3DS eShop. The game - which originally launched on smartphones - looks almost identical to Square Enix's legendary turn-based strategy...

News: There Are Now Over 600 DSiWare Games And Apps

There Are Now Over 600 DSiWare Games And Apps

Not dead yet

The 3DS may be entering its twilight years but that doesn't mean that DSiWare - the downloadable software service which launched with the 3DS console's forerunner, the DSi - is completely dead. In fact, thanks to the large helping of DSiWare games in this week's Download Update, there are now 604 games and apps available for DSiWare...

News: Eight SEGA 3D Classics Get Discounts in North America

Eight SEGA 3D Classics Get Discounts in North America

50% off on some beauties

Earlier today the Nintendo Download Update details for North America promised discounts of SEGA 3D Classics, but only specified two of the games that are in the promotion - now the official eShop offers website has confirmed eight of the series that are available at half price. It's not the full range, and more recent...

Nintendo Download: 25th June (North America)

25th June (North America)

Star Fox and Mario & Luigi DS games! Art Academy! Shiftlings! More!

It's Nintendo Download Update day, and as usual we now have the North American details. It's a busy line-up with three interesting Wii U eShop titles, two popular franchises on the Virtual Console, some discounts and another hefty batch of DSiWare. Yep... DSiWare. So, let's get to...

Review: Comic Workshop 2 (3DS eShop)

Comic Workshop 2 (3DS eShop)

Back to the drawing board

With its built-in touchscreen and dual display, it's no surprise that the Nintendo 3DS is host to a plethora of applications and games based around drawing and creating. Comic Workshop, an application focused on the premise of creating pages for manga comics, is just one example from the selection of well-received products...

News: There Will Only Be One Physical Copy Of Rusty Pup In The Entire Universe

There Will Only Be One Physical Copy Of Rusty Pup In The Entire Universe

You'll have to solve the title-screen codex conundrum to win it

UK studio Gory Detail has revealed during its first devlog that it will be producing just one physical copy of its forthcoming Wii U and 3DS adventure title The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup. The copy - hand-made by Gory Detail's Chris Seavor, the man behind Conker's Bad Fur Day - will...

Exclusive: First Gory Detail Devlog Shows Off More Of The Gorgeous-Looking Rusty Pup

First Gory Detail Devlog Shows Off More Of The Gorgeous-Looking Rusty Pup

Mind the gap

You may recall that a while back we lifted the lid on Gory Detail's new adventure title The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup, which is coming to the Wii U and 3DS eShops in the not-too-distant future. The work of former Rare staffers Chris "Conker" Seavor and Shawn Pile, Rusty Pup is shaping up to be a truly sumptuous 2D brain-teaser with...

Nintendo Download: 25th June (Europe)

25th June (Europe)

Yoshi! Kirby! Art Academy! Samurai Warriors! More!

It's the start of a normal week in the world of the big N, so naturally it kicks off with the Nintendo Download Update details in Europe. This week brings three promising and relatively high profile retail releases, two diverse offerings on the Wii U eShop along with some retro goodies, some...

News: Take More Risks With Your eShop Purchases, Pleads Nintendo's Damon Baker

Take More Risks With Your eShop Purchases, Pleads Nintendo's Damon Baker

"Nintendo fans and consumers...gravitate towards nostalgia"

Nintendo's Damon Baker has lamented the fact that fans don't seem to be leaving their comfort zones when it comes to buying eShop games. The senior manager of marketing in Nintendo of America's licensing department has been speaking to Gamasutra about indie games on Nintendo systems, and...

Interview: Image & Form Discusses SteamWorld Heist And Why It'll Be on 3DS First

Image & Form Discusses SteamWorld Heist And Why It'll Be on 3DS First

"I'm proud to say it's a matter of loyalty"

Image & Form is an established, experience game development studio and publisher, yet it was SteamWorld Dig on the 3DS that gave the company a notable break and turnaround in fortunes. After causing a stir on 3DS it was eventually ported to Wii U and most platforms, so the announcement of follow-up -...

Nintendo Download: 18th June (North America)

18th June (North America)

Classic Fire Emblem! Weird Smash 3DS controller thing! Discounts! More!

Some things don't even change in E3 week, whether it be the underwear of those of us watching everything unfold over three days or the arrival of the Nintendo Download Update. This week's North American update has a treat for Fire Emblem fans, some new eShop-only releases,...

News: Pokémon Shuffle Receives Yet Another Code for More Puzzling Goodness

Pokémon Shuffle Receives Yet Another Code for More Puzzling Goodness

Everyday I'm shuffling

Nintendo has released the third code for its free-to-play puzzler Pokémon Shuffle, via its Pokémon Daisuki Club in Japan. This latest code entitles you - regardless of where you are in the game - to three items that give you an additional five moves. This can seriously help you catch any particularly tricky monster or help...