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Matters Of Import: Steel Empire Is Flying High On Nintendo 3DS

Steel Empire Is Flying High On Nintendo 3DS

Chocks away!

First released on the Mega Drive over twenty years ago and then remade for the GBA in 2004, Steel Empire is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up with a distinctive visual twist. Looking like a cross between Jules Verne’s imagination, a Hayao Miyazaki anime and World War I archive footage; Steel Empire’s biplanes, zeppelins and steam...

News: Yoshinori Satake Lifts Steel Empire's Iron Curtain And Teases Possible Sequel, Burning Steel

Yoshinori Satake Lifts Steel Empire's Iron Curtain And Teases Possible Sequel, Burning Steel

Developer talks about steam engines, outer space and Dragon Quest

Over the past few days we’ve been relentlessly tweeting, videoing and generally getting ourselves lost in playing Steel Empire in every format it’s available on. But as enjoyable as the game is, experiencing it in its final form doesn’t give much insight into all the hard work...

Video: We've Compared All Three Versions Of Steel Empire So You Don't Have To

We've Compared All Three Versions Of Steel Empire So You Don't Have To

Mega Drive, Game Boy Advance or 3DS - which is best?

In case you hadn't noticed from the amount of coverage we've been giving it, steampunk shooter Steel Empire recently launched on the 3DS eShop in Japan. A port of a 1992 Sega Mega Drive / Genesis blaster, the game is possibly best known for its eye-catching visuals, with massive steam-powered...

News: Mario Party: Island Tour Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

Mario Party: Island Tour Makes Japanese Chart Début at Number One

3DS and Wii U enjoy hardware bumps

It somewhat flew under our radar due to its previous release in Western territories, but Mario Party: Island Tour arrived in Japan only last week — proof that it's not always North America and PAL regions kept waiting. With that release the 3DS enjoyed an increase in sales, while the Wii U has crept closer to...

Video: Steel Empire Proves Sega Aren't The Only 3DS Remake Experts

Steel Empire Proves Sega Aren't The Only 3DS Remake Experts

Let battle commence!

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...

Matters of Import: 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Powers Up A Sega Classic

3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Powers Up A Sega Classic

This colourful classic is tougher than it looks

Sega’s enthusiasm for the 3DS continues unabated, which means that gamers have another excellent port-with-extras from the technical wizards at M2 available on the Japanese eShop: the twenty eight year-old Fantasy Zone. As we've now come to expect, this 3D remake is a port of the arcade version of...

News: Knights Of The Round Joins The Fray In Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Knights Of The Round Joins The Fray In Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Thankfully the summon sequence is much shorter in this game

Much like last time, Square Enix has once again released a few tantalising images of the characters and summons we can look forward to using in the awkwardly-named Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call. As before there's a selection of old and new characters to ogle, this time from...

Video: 3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Shoots Down The Competition

3D Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers Shoots Down The Competition

Pastel coloured pew-pew

We gave you a brief overview of Sega's latest 3D Classic Fantasy Zone: Opa-Opa Brothers last week, but now we've finally got our hands on it we can show you some real footage of our own. It should come as no surprise at this point to hear that M2 has once again produced an exceptional port, arcade accurate in the most minute...

News: Capcom Shows Off Graphical Improvements In Ace Attorney 3DS Trilogy

Capcom Shows Off Graphical Improvements In Ace Attorney 3DS Trilogy

You won't object to this

The Ace Attorney trilogy coming to Japanese 3DS owners next month appears to be shaping up nicely, with Capcom sharing images of how the 3DS version compares to the original GBA release and Nintendo DS follow-up. The above image shows off Phoenix at his best in court – sprite art and all. From left to right is footage of...

News: Keiji Inafune Discusses the Indie Experience in Japan and Shows New Mighty No. 9 Footage

Keiji Inafune Discusses the Indie Experience in Japan and Shows New Mighty No. 9 Footage

"It feels like a return to the golden days"

GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2014 is now approaching its close in San Francisco, and has hosted a variety of games, demonstrations and reveals. As is also the norm there have been presentations from various figures in the games industry, with a particularly high profile example being that given by...

News: Yo-kai Watch Maintains Strong Run in Japan as 3DS Continues Battle with Vita

Yo-kai Watch Maintains Strong Run in Japan as 3DS Continues Battle with Vita

PS4 dips below 30,000, Wii U remains in four figures

It's Media Create charts time once again, our weekly insight into what's hot and not in Nintendo's homeland. It's a quiet week in terms of earth shattering revelations, but does continue some trends that have begun in the past few weeks. The software top 20 has a strong 3DS contingent as always,...

News: Strategic Card Battler Gundam: Try Age SP Announced For The Nintendo 3DS

Strategic Card Battler Gundam: Try Age SP Announced For The Nintendo 3DS

Suit up, soldier

It's no secret that we love Gundam here at Nintendo Life — our resident import expert Kerry has a collection of scale-model Mobile Suits that would make even the most seasoned Otaku green with envy. Taking this into account, you can imagine how excited we are by reports that the latest issue of Japanese magazine Famitsu carries an...

News: Japanese Persona Q Limited Edition 3DS Revealed

Japanese Persona Q Limited Edition 3DS Revealed

Velvety smooth

It feels like a long wait for Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Atlus' fascinating mix of Persona fan-favourites with the dungeon crawling of the Etrian Odyssey series, but as that 5th June Japanese release date draws nearer — it's a Fall arrival in North America — more details continue to be unveiled. Today's treat is a...

News: 3DS Faces a Renewed Vita Challenge in Japan as Home Consoles Underperform

3DS Faces a Renewed Vita Challenge in Japan as Home Consoles Underperform

3DS software continues strong run

It's Wednesday, so it's Media Create Japanese charts day. After a 2013 where each week could roughly be summarised as "3DS crushing all in its way", this year is shaping up to be a more competitive, dynamic contest. To begin with software, top spot is taken by PS Vita newcomer Soul Sacrifice Delta, an expanded and...

News: These Nintendo Illustrations to Highlight The Wii U Difference are Just Too Good

These Nintendo Illustrations to Highlight The Wii U Difference are Just Too Good

Hardware advertising, Japanese style

It's little secret that Nintendo will be aiming to up its game, in territories all around the world, in selling the Wii U concept to the masses. We expect that these marketing efforts will retain the hallmark style for which Nintendo is famous — in other words, there'll probably be plenty of light-hearted,...