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October2011

September2011

  • News New 3DS eShop Puzzler from Fire Emblem Team Revealed

    It's cute and has blocks in it

    Intelligent Systems is best known for its work on tactical games: the Fire Emblem and Advance Wars series have both emerged from the talented team over the years, but the studio has just unveiled its new franchise, a downloadable 3DS game called Hiku-Osu. As you'd expect from Intelligent Systems, it's not a simple case...

  • Nintendo Download 22nd September 2011 (Europe)

    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...

  • First Impressions Zen Pinball 3D

    We take the game for a spin

    Zen Studios has become quite well-known for its pinball simulations released across several gaming platforms in recent years, but now the company is looking to jump into the 3DS eShop pool with the upcoming Zen Pinball 3D. The folks at Zen Studios were kind enough to send over a preview build of the game, which we...

  • News Zen Studios Announces Zen Pinball 3D for 3DS eShop

    Pinball series making Nintendo debut

    Zen Studios has just announced that its Zen Pinball series is set to make an appearance on Nintendo's 3DS eShop later this year. Having already made the rounds on various other gaming platforms, the game will now be presented in full 3D with four unique pinball tables to tackle, as well as a host of different...

  • News Beat More Picture Dungeons in Dot Eater: New Picdun

    DSiWare treat goes 3D

    GO Series: Picdun is something of a DSiWare gem, so it's pleasing to hear it's going to see a downloadable follow-up on 3DS with the aptly named Dot Eater: New Picdun. The game will see release in the 3DS eShop next week for 300 Yen (around $4/£3), with the trailer below showing a new emphasis on picking up pills in a Pac-Man...

  • News Nintendo Europe's Official Statement About eShop Cards

    Read on

    Until now the lack of 3DS eShop cards in Europe has proved a real pain, prompting us to state the eShop card delay proves Nintendo still doesn't get it. Now Nintendo's European arm has released a statement about the cards: Nintendo eShop Cards are now being roll out at various stores across Europe. You have the choice of several denominations for Nintendo eShop Cards. With an increasing..

August2011

  • News Picture Lives! Comes to Japan on 7th September

    Drawing more details

    One of the handful of 3DS downloadable games shown off at E3, Picture Lives! caused a stir with its strange premise: you draw a picture, and it comes to life. The clue's in the name. We haven't heard much about it since that day in June, but we're about to see a lot more as it's reaching Japan on 7th September. Among the new...

  • News NightSky Coming to 3DS eShop

    Long-awaited WiiWare release heads to 3DS

    For those who don't know (or possibly forgot), NightSky was originally planned for release on Nintendo's WiiWare service. And while the game did recently see a release on PC, we haven't seen any new information on the WiiWare version for some time. Thanks to a Tweet by @Nicalis this afternoon, we now know...

  • Nintendo Download 18th August 2011 (North America)

    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...

  • News More Mutant Mudds Screenshots

    New details and world revealed

    With the recent Nintendo news that Renegade Kid's upcoming 3DS eShop game Mutant Mudds is being targeted for a December release, the developer has decided to release a handful of new screenshots to celebrate the occasion. You can check out the five brand new screenshots in the gallery below. Of particular importance in...

  • News These 3DS Download Titles Are On Their Way This Year

    Promise

    So far we've only seen third-party download game in the Nintendo 3DS eShop, the decent but could-do-better Let's Golf! 3D. That offering is set to multiply significantly by year's end though, as Nintendo announces the 3DS download games on the way before 2012. Mighty Switch Force from WayForward will see release this Autumn, followed by...

  • News 3D Classics: Urban Champion Coming to Europe Next Week

    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,...

  • News Colors! 3D to Brighten Up the eShop This Fall

    Don't forget your paintbrush

    3DS owners will soon be able to show off their artistic side when Colors! 3D launches on the Nintendo eShop in Q4 2011. Originally created as a homebrew application for the DS known as Colors! in 2007, the application was then ported over to the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch a year later. The painting application has been...

  • Interviews Renegade Kid - Mutant Mudds

    Developer talks platforming

    When developer Renegade Kid first showed off some early footage of its Maximillian and the Rise of the Mutant Mudds 3D platform title, many gamers were a bit shocked at the radical departure from many of its previous efforts like Moon and Dementium: The Ward. The game's cartoon looks and light-hearted theme were a far cry...

  • News WayForward Releases New Mighty Switch Force Screenshots

    Check out the game in action!

    All of you 'Mighty' fans out there are in for a real treat as WayForward has just posted a brand new batch of screenshots of its upcoming 3DS eShop game Mighty Switch Force in action on its official Facebook page. We'll be taking the game for a spin in the coming weeks and we'll have a full preview of the game shortly...

  • News Twinbee is Your Next 3D Classic on 3DS

    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...

July2011

  • Nintendo Download 28th July 2011 (Europe)

    Go on, let's golf

    After a long wait we finally have the first new game to buy in Nintendo's 3DS software (download) category, as well as plenty of other downloadable content too. Let's see what's coming to Europe this week. 3DS eShop: Let's Golf! 3D (Gameloft, €6 / £5.40) — This isn't the first tee-off for Gameloft's sporting series, as we've...

  • Nintendo Download 28th July 2011 (North America)

    Farming, shrines and more

    In all the excitement about 3DS price drops and free download games, don't forget your old friend the Nintendo Download. Here's what's available in North America later today. 3DS eShop: Let's Golf! 3D (Gameloft, $6.99) — The eShop's first properly new downloadable game, Gameloft's golfing game features six courses, eight...

  • News Jupiter Creating Picross E for Nintendo 3DS eShop

    Okay, now this is exciting

    Picross DS is still one of our favourite reasons to power up the DS these days, so the news that developer Jupiter is working on a sequel for the 3DS eShop is reason to rejoice indeed. Titled Picross E, the game is heading to Japanese 3DS consoles on 27th July for just 500 Yen. While we can't imagine it making the most...

  • News You'll Get Your First 3DSWare Game Next Week

    What will it be?

    Let's Golf! 3D will be the first new downloadable game for 3DS, and it's out next week. Gameloft's 3D version of a good walk ruined launches in Europe on 28th July for £5.40, with six courses, eight characters and two player modes confirmed too. Will this be a swing and a miss or a great teeing-off point for the future of...

  • Nintendo Download 21st July 2011 (North America)

    Nintendo Video arrives!

    After last week's excitement with the Netflix application coming to 3DS, now everyone gets a taste of free 3D video with the Nintendo Video application to download from the eShop. Elsewhere there's a 3D Classic, some DSiWare and a WiiWare title too. 3DS eShop: 3D Classics: Xevious (Nintendo, $5.99) — The second...

  • News Pyramids is a New Game Coming to the 3DS eShop

    So be happy!

    We know you're bored of not being able to download any new 3D games to your beloved 3DS, and that any announcement of future 3DS downloads is like a faraway carrot, but indulge us anyway. Enjoy Gaming has just announced Pyramids, a puzzle-platform adventure coming to download later this year. You play a fearless adventurer — wearing a...

  • News Mega Man Legends 3 Cancelled

    Goodbye, devroom

    Mega Man Legends 3 has easily become one of the more interesting projects in development for the 3DS, with its influence on fan input in the form of an interactive online devroom, votes to decide character designs and more and an announced Prototype Version, once planned to launch alongside the eShop, which would showcase the game...

  • News Tennis As a 3D Classics Release Was Way Out

    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...

  • News 3D Classics Urban Champion Coming to Brawl on eShop Soon

    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...

  • News We Could See Inchworm Animation Come to 3DS

    Inching closer

    DSiWare animation suite Inchworm Animation is certainly an accomplished package, but already developer Bob Sabiston is looking to the future for the series. Talking to Joystiq, Sabiston discussed a potential outing for the series on 3DS, revealing some of the features omitted from the DSiWare original: People are asking a lot about a...

June2011

  • News Mighty Switch Force to Release on 3DS eShop

    Switching things up

    WayForward Technologies' digital releases have scored very well here at Nintendo Life, which is why it's undoubtedly positive news that puzzle game Mighty Flip Champs! and the action platformer Mighty Milky Way will be followed by a third title in the studio's Mighty series. In an interviewed conducted by Nintendo Power,...

  • News Bplus Wants your Input in Developing Three 3DS eShop Games

    Vektor Tank+ creators open their forums to comments and criticism

    Bplus, the developer of such titles as Bit Boy!! and the upcoming Vektor Tank 3D+ wants your help in creating three in situ 3DS eShop titles. Following in Capcom's fan-centred footsteps, they've recently posted the following on their forums: These three game concepts are chosen to be...

  • First Impressions Mutant Mudds (3DSWare)

    Something old and something new

    There are some games that just grab you right from the moment you begin playing them and that was exactly the case when I began making my way through the levels of Renegade Kid's upcoming 3DSWare title Mutant Mudds. For those of you not familiar with the game, it actually began life as a free-roaming 3D retail title...

  • Guides 3DS eShop Update FAQ

    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...

  • News The Rolling Western Keeps Those Wagons Rolling

    Another 3DS eShop title outed

    There have been a few Western-themed games to download on Nintendo platforms over the years — The Oregon Trail, Fenimore Fillmore "The Westerner" — and 3DS is about to get one of its very own. Nintendo just announced The Rolling Western, coming to the eShop later this year, with the trailer below showing...

  • News Nintendo Announces Picture Lives! for 3DS eShop

    It's! Exciting!

    Picture Lives! is like the attic-dwelling child of Scribblenauts and Spore, a strange combination of monster creator, animation tool and the rejects of Monsters Inc.. The downloadable title — Nintendo is still yet to use the term 3DSWare, though we'll be using it — will find its way to the 3DS eShop later this year.

  • News The 3DS eShop Sizzles in this New Video

    An appetiser

    Nintendo's new eShop took up a small portion of the company's overall E3 showing, with the announcement that The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX is available now in North America, though European and Australian 3DS owners will have to wait a little longer, we understand. Here's a short video to give you an overview of some of the content that will be available to download in the..

  • News Here's 60 Pokemon Codes for Pokedex 3D

    Gotta scan 'em all

    Pokédex 3D is out now — and free! — but like all good Pokémon games it requires you to build up your collection rather than handing out all 150 monsters to you. One of the ways you can add more to your stack is to scan an AR/QR code, a compilation of which you can find on this very page. The 60 codes in this image were sent...

  • News 3DS eShop Has Officially Opened Its Doors

    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..

  • Talking Point Where Nintendo Went Wrong with the DSi Shop

    And how the eShop can fix it

    The imminent launch of the eShop on the 3DS is eagerly anticipated, especially as it is arriving over two months after the launch of the device. Nintendo has gone to great effort to emphasise that the delay will be worth it, with assurances of compelling content and a high quality interface. There has been...

  • News Tetris Gets an ESRB Rating for the 3DS

    The blocks just keep on falling

    Gamers still can't get enough of Tetris games. At least that's what Tetris Online seems to think, because a recent classification from the Entertainment Software Rating Board reveals we're in for more screen-filling tetromino fun that's as challenging as it is addictive. The ESRB rating shows that Tetris is coming to the 3DS by way of Tetris Online ― who also..

  • News More Details on Pokedex 3D Come into Focus

    Yes, it's still free

    Pokédex 3D is one of the free applications you'll be able to download next week, and Nintendo Europe has revealed a few more details about what the monster encyclopedia will include. The free download comes online early next week, when you'll be able to download your very own portable Pokédex of the monsters from Pokémon...

  • News These DSiWare Games Cannot Be Moved to 3DS

    Leaving old friends behind

    Update: Nintendo has released an official list of the 11 DSiWare games that cannot be moved to 3DS, superseding this list. Original post: Nintendo always maintained that "most" DSiWare games would be transferable to the 3DS, but naturally not all have made the grade. According to IGN, these are the 19 games...

  • News eShop Games Start from $1.99 and Other Interesting Information

    Ready to learn more?

    So now we know the North American 3DS eShop launch games, it's time to find out a little more about the shop itself. Wired.com got a guided tour of the store from Nintendo's David Wharton, director of eShop operations, a Nintendo group set up in April to handle digital sales. Wharton states the lowest price any 3DS software will sell for is $1.99, just like the DSiWare 200..

  • News North America, These eShop Games Await You Next Week

    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..

  • News Europe, This Is Your eShop Launch Day Line-Up

    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..

  • News Here's Japan's 3DS eShop Launch Day Line-Up

    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..

  • Rumour 3D Classic Excitebike Free for North America Too

    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...

  • Rumour 3DS eShop to Open with 3D Pokedex Application

    Looking at monsters from all angles

    Nintendo is yet to announce the line-up for the 3DS eShop's launch next week, but according to Nintendo World Report, one of the titles from the Big N will be a 3D Pokédex. The site went live with the first screenshots of the rumoured title, showing the ability to observe your monsters from all angles, as well as...

May2011

  • News Mario and Link Make eShop Cards Look Good

    Is this to trick us into buying more?

    With the worldwide 3DS system update just around the corner, Nintendo still hasn't officially announced what the new prepaid cards will look like, and as Japanese gamers start snapping theirs up, we can't help but think: "The eShop Cards in Japan look cool!" In revamping its virtual currency system,...

  • News Mutant Mudds Now Launching on the eShop

    Renegade Kid planning a 2011 release

    Maximilian and the Rise of the Mutant Mudds, Renegade Kid's platformer title has had a bit of a rough ride since its announcement back in 2009. Originally planned as a DS game, MUDDS was then looking for a digital release due to a lack of publisher willing to go through with a retail r

  • Talking Point Should Nintendo Have Made the 3DS Download-only?

    By sticking with physical media as the primary form of software delivery, Nintendo may have handicapped its new handheld challenger

    Earlier this year, Sony finally closed the book on the PSPgo, the company's ill-fated attempt at releasing a console based entirely on the concept of digital media. Although Sony's failure was the subject of much mirth...

  • News Miyamoto: We Want to Create Meaningful Download Games

    How much they'll cost still undecided

    With Nintendo's announcement that the eShop and other services will be available to download from 6th June came a sense of relief that the date had finally been finalised. Besides, even if it is a little bit later than originally planned, what's another week or so? The kind of software and features we'll be...

  • News Nintendo Announces eShop Update for 6th June

    Patience is a virtue

    Nintendo of America has just confirmed the long-awaited eShop update for the Nintendo 3DS will hit on 6th June, missing its anticipated late May release. The company has not announced the reason behind the delay, nor exactly what will be included in the update, but considering 6th June is the day before Nintendo's E3 2011 news...

  • Rumour Famitsu Details 3DS eShop Launch Line-Up

    What have we here?

    Everyone's still waiting for details of the 3DS eShop launch: when, what, when, how, when. Apparently a translation by The Magic Box of this week's Famitsu Magazine contains the details of what Japanese gamers will be able to play when the eShop goes live. The firmware update — a date for which was not given — will include several 3D Classics, as well as 3DSWare and Virtual..

  • Rumour 3DS Developer Conference Next Tuesday

    Hopefully a particular date will get decided

    Whatever the reason is for delaying the system update on the 3DS, an update that will enable the Nintendo eShop as well as other functionalities, gamers are past caring now and just want to know when it will be available. According to a message supposedly posted on Nintendo's development site Wario World,...

April2011

  • News Flipnote Memo Coming to 3DS eShop

    Updated Flipnote Studio application to be available for free download

    So far 3DS lacks a programme to compare to the DSi's Flipnote Studio, but Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has recently announced that Nintendo is working on an updated version of the title called Flipnote Memo. Not much information was given other than that it would be available for a...

  • News BestBuy Lists $20 3DS Cash Card for the eShop's eWallet

    Pre-order virtual currency... now!

    The 3DS eShop is set to launch next month, and global retailer BestBuy is gearing up for the launch by listing the first 3DS Cash Card. As noted in our mammoth 3DS FAQ, the eShop will ditch Nintendo Points in favour of a cash-based system, where game prices will be displayed in the region's local currency. Best Buy...

  • News Get Your First Look at 3DS eShop's Mega Man Game Now

    Join the Project

    Capcom's ready to bring something new to the Nintendo 3DS eShop next month, with Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version offering a taste of the upcoming Mega Man Legends 3. We now have the first footage of the downloadable game, and it's shaping up pretty nicely. At the moment we have no firm word on when the eShop will launch, game...

  • News Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version to Hit 3DS eShop at Launch

    3DSWare to start off with a bang

    Soon after Mega Man Legends 3 was announced for 3DS, Capcom made it clear that they wanted to take fan input seriously and design a game for the players. They opened the Devroom to let gamers connect with the development team and vote on aspects of the title, but now they've taken things one step further, announcing...

  • News 3DSWare File Size May Be Bigger Than WiiWare

    Let's hope so

    WiiWare's restrictive 40MB file size has caused a few casualties in its time, with promising projects making the jump across to other formats where there's a little more room to breathe. While we still don't know much about 3DSWare, other than this fetching (if temporary) 3DSWare logo, a new interview with Nnooo's Nic Watt suggests we may see a larger limitation on the handheld's..

March2011

  • News Here's the 3DSWare Logo You'll Spend Years Looking At

    Update: Or will you?

    The WiiWare and DSiWare logos are like old friends, with their slanty, curvy letters, so it's no surprise Nintendo decided to stick to exactly the same design style with the logo for 3DSWare. Nintendo of Greece uploaded the logo to its website recently, although there's nothing else to see in the section: no confirmed games,...

  • News Nintendo Likely to Retain Price Control in 3DS eShop

    Still no price cuts?

    In many other digital store fronts, the content provider gets to choose the prices, but Nintendo sets the price of all content on its WiiWare and DSiWare stores. With the company promising the 3DS eShop will be better, it appears we'll still see games priced by Nintendo, rather than the publisher. In an interview with Wired, 3DS hardware man Hideki Konno revealed it's unlikely..

  • News 3DS eShop's May Launch to Ensure it Beats Wii and DS Shops

    Needs more polish

    The 3DS eShop, one of the console's most anticipated functions, won't be available until May, and Nintendo's hardware head honcho Hideki Konno wants to assure you it's for a good reason: so it's good. Speaking to Gamasutra, Konno admitted previous digital shopfronts for the Wii and DS haven't been up to the standard required, and...

February2011

  • News Current Nintendo Points will be Useless on the 3DS

    Compatible prepaid point cards coming later

    Although the 3DS will provide gamers with a less cumbersome Friend Codes system than what is currently in place, the eShop might be a different story altogether. According to Nintendo, the 3DS will utilise a different virtual currency than the Nintendo Points we are already using for our WiiWare and...

  • News Multiple Angry Birds Launching Themselves at 3DSWare

    Digital downloads confirmed

    The relentless onslaught of Angry Birds to conquer all mankind's free time continues apace, with the game heading to WiiWare and DS, but the avian domination doesn't stop there, with the title flocking to 3DSWare in future too. Developer Rovio Mobile confirmed via Twitter that three Angry Birds games – presumably Angry...

January2011