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Charts: 1st January 2012 (UK)

1st January 2012 (UK)

Happy New Year edition

It's the first chart of 2012 and a watermark for the coming year. One day we'll look back at this chart and laugh — were we ever so young? — but for now let's see what we all bought at the end of 2011. denotes last week's position. indicates game is a new entry. indicates a non-mover. Popular Last Week — All DownloadsThe top two stays the same but there's a little..

Nintendo Download: 29th December 2011 (North America)

29th December 2011 (North America)

VVVVVVery exciting

The last batch of downloads for 2011 brings with it some more goodies, including a gravity-flipping eShop game and a certain game starring a guy with a bionic arm. 3DS Download Software: VVVVVV (Nicalis, $7.99) — The well-known indie platformer has made its way to the eShop. It seems to be identical to the PC release, including...

Charts: 27th December 2011 (UK)

27th December 2011 (UK)

Check out the Christmas sellers

It's the last time to take a look at 2011's 3DS eShop charts, so savour the numbers below; they may very well hold the secret to the future. At the very least, they explain how well games sell relative to each other. Let's just get on with it, shall we? denotes last week's position. indicates game is a new entry. indicates a non-mover. Popular Last Week — All..

News: VVVVVV eShop Release Date Revealed for North America

VVVVVV eShop Release Date Revealed for North America

Price too

VVVVVV lands in the 3DS eShop across North America next week for $7.99. Terry Cavanagh's retro-styled action platformer lands on the service courtesy of Cave Story publisher Nicalis, and arrives with its original stages, music and art style all intact. Nicalis also promises "future content updates" — could this be the first 3DS...

Nintendo Download: 22nd December 2011 (North America)

22nd December 2011 (North America)

Swapnote is here!

It's the Christmas edition of the Nintendo Download, as we deck the halls with digital delights and wonder if we've been good enough boys and girls to get what we've asked Santa for. 3DS Download Software: Swapnote (Nintendo, free) — It wasn't on the website or press release but open your eShop and you'll find Swapnote waiting...

News: Japanese eShop Gets Picross e Sequel Next Week

Japanese eShop Gets Picross e Sequel Next Week

Picture this

Japanese puzzle fans are well catered-for already on the 3DS eShop, with Mario's Picross on Virtual Console and the eShop-exclusive Picross e available too. Next week sees another picture puzzle crossword added to the store: Picross e2. The 500 Yen download includes another 150 puzzles and a new Micross mode, where you're given a series...

News: Nintendo Japan's Website Has Swapnote Videos

Nintendo Japan's Website Has Swapnote Videos

You should watch them

Swapnote — aka Nintendo Letter Box — is the 3DS messaging service, and it's out in Japan today. Nintendo Japan's website has videos of the application in motion, and now we have a better understanding of how it'll work. You can create notes of up to four pages long to be sent to a friend over the Internet (i.e. SpotPass) or...

News: 3DS Finally Gets Messaging with Nintendo Letter Box This Week

3DS Finally Gets Messaging with Nintendo Letter Box This Week

Merry Christmas

Nintendo 3DS owners in Europe can download the free Nintendo Letter Box application on the eShop from this Thursday. The messaging application arrives as part of the Nintendo Download and lets you send messages via StreetPass and SpotPass. You can write or draw in 2D or 3D and include sound effects and photos too. We'll have news on...

Charts: 20th December 2011 (North America)

20th December 2011 (North America)

What's filling digital stockings this week?

With just a few days until Christmas here's what 3DS eShop users have been purchasing in the past seven days. Popular Last Week — All DownloadsBuoyed by its appearance as a Club Nintendo reward, 3D Classics: Xevious shoots up to second, just behind Intelligent Systems' adorable puzzler. The Club Nintendo effect also applies to Mario vs. Donkey Kong, now..

Charts: 19th December 2011 (UK)

19th December 2011 (UK)

What's Christmas number one?

Hard to believe we stand at the beginning of Christmas week, yet here we are, eagerly unwrapping UK's 3DS eShop charts to find out what's the star on top of the download Christmas tree. More mixed metaphors in the charts below. denotes last week's position. indicates game is a new entry. indicates a non-mover. Popular Last Week — All DownloadsPullblox was the..

News: Watch a Slice of Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword

Watch a Slice of Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword

Looking sharp

Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword was on Nintendo's eShop Q1 2012 release schedule, and now we have the first English language trailer. As well as timing-based sword fighting the game also features a little bit of exploration as you walk around talking to villagers and learning that throwing frogs at your opponents "gives them the...

News: Roll Up, Roll Up, It's the Dillon's Rolling Western Trailer

Roll Up, Roll Up, It's the Dillon's Rolling Western Trailer

Towering above all

Dillon's Rolling Western has one of the weirder set-ups of any 3DS download game: you're an armadillo in the Wild West who has to spin into enemies and build towers. It's odd, but as it's developed by Nintendo it's probably going to be pretty good. We reported yesterday that Nintendo America put new 3D trailers in the eShop but...

News: Mighty Switch Force Gets Release Date

Mighty Switch Force Gets Release Date

Get ready to switch!

We've just gotten word from WayForward that its upcoming 3DS eShop platformer Mighty Switch Force is coming to Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America, Europe and Australia on 22nd December. The game will also only set you back a paltry $5.99 (€6 in Europe). If you're somehow still on the fence, you can check out our Mighty Switch...

News: 3DS eShop Has All These Games Launching in Quarter 1

3DS eShop Has All These Games Launching in Quarter 1

It's a good list

The 3DS eShop is picking up steam lately, what with the recent update and excellent software like Pushmo, and Nintendo wants to keep that momentum going into early 2012. The company just released a broad outline of its release schedule for the eShop in the first quarter of next year, with some good titles in the mix. Sadly there's...