Zen Studios has the balls to support Nintendo's system
An action fighting game?
Looks like it's shaping up nicely
Roughly on par with Breath of the Wild
One bit at a time
Remember when game music was a little less ambitious? When the most impressive creations were achieved with bleeps and bloops in a handful of channels? If you're nodding vigorously — or have no idea what we're talking about — then you might want to check out Rytmik Retrobits. Unlike previous instalments Hip Hop King: Rytmik Edition and Rytmik: Rock Edition, the game isn't..
Bulging muscles in 3D
THQ's WWE All Stars on Wii was a decent attempt at an arcade take on sports entertainment, but despite the game launching on practically every format — even PS2 got a look-in — there was no portable port for Nintendo formats. That'll change later this year though, as THQ has announced WWE All Stars for 3DS. While you might...
Form a line
Remember your first time playing Tetris on Game Boy? You know what would make that experience even better? 3D. Nintendo has just announced that Tetris: Axis will see release in North America on 2nd October, bringing with it 8-player Download Play, Augmented Reality and SpotPass features too. In fact, there are over 20 gameplay modes,...
London Life mode revealed
There's something inexplicably thrilling about getting a new game, but how about getting two new games in one? We bet you're giddy already. The next announcement might just tip you over the edge: Professor Layton and the Last Specter is coming to North America on 17th October and contains a bonus game. Layton's had bonus games before of course, but nothing on this scale..
Earlier in Europe, though
WayForward's homage to the Aliens series should be showing up on your motion trackers soon, as SEGA has announced the game will release in North America on 11th October, with a European release slightly earlier on 30th September. The 2D action shooter boasts WayForward's usual quality artwork, but can the company turn its...
Sleek beat agents
The game with the best name ever — SEGA's Japanese 3DS game Rhythm Phantom Thief R: Inheritance of the Emperor Napoleon — just threw a few new screenshots our way with all the panache of a hat flung across the dance floor before landing perfectly on a hat stand. Blending button, touch screen and motion controls, the game looks to blend story, animation and rhythm gameplay to..
The gang's all here
We're just weeks away from Star Fox 64 3D, and Nintendo is starting to make a big noise about a new feature in its next 3DS game: wireless multiplayer. The new trailer below shows off the game's local multiplayer — sadly no Internet play here — including use of the 3DS's internal camera to show your face to your opponents, grinning and gurning as you go. We'll be putting..
Hint: it's an alpaca
Natsume's next farming adventure is nearly ready to sprout in North America, with Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns coming to DS on 20th September. As is par for the course, the publisher is offering a special pre-order bonus to anyone who puts down money for the game at Gamestop: a cuddly alpaca, celebrating the grazing...
Go Commando: Steel Disaster
SNK's revered Metal Slug series has already made one stop on DS in the form of Metal Slug 7, but there's been no downloadable outing for Marco and crew. While that's not looking likely to change, Cinemax is getting ready to transfer retail game Commando: Steel Disaster across to DSiWare later this year. The run-and-gun title from developer Mana Software was released in..
Demi Moore nowhere in sight
We've seen tattooing in Art of Ink, music creation in Rytmik and cosmetics in Make Up & Style, but DSiWare's appetite for unusual games is insatiable. Surely Infinite Dreams' Thursday release Let's Create! Pottery will go some way to plugging a hole, though. The 500 Point title promises "eye-catching gorgeous 3D graphics" and "tons of relaxing..
It was in the kitchen with the candlestick
Konami's story puzzler Dr. Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights may have missed its summer release — according to Nintendo's 2011 release schedule, it's now down for November — but it's still looking like another interesting addition to the 3DS software line-up. We now have a fresh new trailer from Gamescom 2011, complete with German subtitles, which only..
It's got special vehicles in it
Presumably all the vehicles in Star Fox 64 3D are special — they're flown by animals, after all — but these machines are extra special. Ahead of the game's release in September, Nintendo's put out a trailer to remind you — or teach you, if this is your first go-around with the Star Fox crew — about the...
"A great evil threatens the land..." (probably)
This Tales of the Abyss trailer would be great if it were a little larger, and clearer, and if the sound were louder. But you can't have it all, so squint feast your eyes on the free-flowing combat footage below. Namco Bandai's classic action RPG is making its way to Europe and North America in the...
Tekken returns to Nintendo
It's been a long time since Tekken graced a Nintendo console — its last and only appearance was on Game Boy Advance nearly 10 years ago. It's about to make a big return though, coming to both Wii U and 3DS next year. The handheld version is named Tekken 3D Prime Edition and is already shaping up to give current portable pugilists Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition and..
Not pictured: volleyball scene
Ace Combat 3D is like the muscle-bound big brother of Pilotwings Resort: if Pilotwings' sedate island tomfoolery was a little slow for your liking, Ace Combat's Top Gun-inspired aerial chicanery could be right up your street. The upcoming 3DS outing marks the first time the popular series has come to a Nintendo...
Warning: dangerous levels of cuteness
The Sims 3 certainly suffered in its transition to the 3DS, but hopefully EA will fix those issues with the follow-up, The Sims 3 Pets. The company has just released a trailer at Gamescom, and while it contains footage likely exclusively from the Xbox 360, PS3 or PC versions, it should still give you an idea of...
And out in December
Kirby is back to suck at Christmas again, as Nintendo has announced that Kirby's Adventure Wii will reach Europe in December. The game previously known as Kirby Wii and alternatively Kirby's Return to Dream Land is set to pinkify the continent before 2012 arrives. It's part of a two-pronged Kirby attack on Europe, as Kirby Mass Attack is scheduled for release on DS on 28th..
What takes your fancy?
Here's the complete list of upcoming European releases sent through by Nintendo this morning. You'll find future games for 3DS, Wii, DS and digital download games tucked in there too. To pull out some of the interesting dates, MotoHeroz is now scheduled for Quarter 4, alongside the similarly perennially-delayed La-Mulana...
Gargoyle's Quest next week
Capcom has supported Virtual Console on Wii for years, so it's good to see it getting behind the 3DS Virtual Console with the same gusto. The company has just announced its line-up of 3DS Virtual Console games for the rest of the year, with some quality titles in there. Next week in Europe sees the release of Gargoyle's...
The trio completed
Xenoblade Chronicles is out in Europe this Friday, but those gamers who thought it was part of Wii's last hurrah might want to rethink that, as Nintendo has confirmed that both The Last Story and Pandora's Tower will see the light of day in Europe in 2012. There's no word on a specific release date yet so they could arrive any...
Classic doesn't always mean "good"
Resident Evil and voice acting go together like WiiWare and fireplace simulators. This latest trailer for Resident Evil Revelations shows the series has lost none of its love of the ridiculous when it comes to giving voices to its main characters. Chris Redfield and new partner Jessica Sherawat must explore a vast...
Time to tuck those trouser legs into your socks
Before arcade shooter Centipede: Infestation gets released on the Wii and 3DS later this year, Atari would like to open our eyes to the types of bugs we'll be disposing of via a trailer aptly named, "Bugs Trailer". Players will take on the role of Max as they travel the wasteland that the...
For 1000 Points
Update: Nintendo has now changed the release date to "To Be Confirmed". We'll have more news as it arrives. It's been a long road to release for Aya and the Cubes of Light: originally set for distribution last year, developer Object Vision delayed the game to respond to feedback from its audience. Now the company is ready to let its game take off with a European release..
Duck and cover
The adorable pink ball of whatever-he-is, Kirby, is coming back to DS for one last appearance with Kirby Mass Attack. Nintendo has just shot over a hot slice of video footage and some screenshots too, which you can find below. We played the game in July, so if you want to know more you can hurl yourself into our Kirby Mass Attack preview. Kirby reaches North America on 19th..
It's not all plumbing, you know
Nintendo's decision to drop the price of 3DS has reignited interest in the console, but many owners blame the machine's fortunes on a lack of quality software available. These gamers won't have been fully reassured by Nintendo's championing of Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7: while set to be among the best games on the machine, they're three and four months away..
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,...
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...
Activision is the CO around here
When it was announced that the latest instalment in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series will once again make it to a Nintendo handheld, some were left scratching their heads as to why the game was being developed for the DS and not the 3DS. When fans took to the developer's Facebook page and asked why Call of...
FIFA City is your home side now
As football fans prepare for the start of the Premier League 2011/12 season, gamers will also be getting ready for this year's instalment of the FIFA series as the game approaches its retail release on the Wii and 3DS. Developed by EA Canada, FIFA 12 will once again allow players to make those all-important transfer decisions in the Manager Mode and earn bonuses by..
Acclaimed title crosses the pond
DSiWare gets new games every week, but not all of them are worth your hard-earned Points — that's why we review every single one of them, of course. One of the better titles to reach the service this year is Zoonies - Escape from Makatu, which is heading to North America on 18th August in both the DSi Shop and 3DS eShop. We gave the game 8/10 in our Zoonies -..
We're not far from Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, so it's time to take a look at the plot that drives Square Enix's spin-off from the ever-popular RPG series. Islands, monsters and statistics are the order of the day as usual, but with a twist: you can recruit monsters to fight alongside you in this sub-series, lending a new twist to the action. Anyway, here's the trailer ahead of the..
Push Button's buttons
Codemasters is known for its racing games, and while it was announced at E3 that the studio's well-respected Dirt rally franchise is on the way to Wii U, its flashier equivalent F1 is racing to the new console too. CEO Rod Cousens told MCV that both its flagship racers will be making the move to Wii U, and gave his support to Nintendo's next console experiment: Nintendo is..
Nintendo just updated its release global release schedule for the remainder of the calendar year, although it's disappointingly light on definitive dates for the company's biggest titles. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is still down for late 2011, Super Mario 3D Land is November and Mario Kart 7 is December. Here's the list of North...
Third DS instalment due
Rising Star Games has just announced its line-up for the rest of the year, and DS RPG Rune Factory 3 is coming to Europe in a few months' time. The third and final DS instalment in the series released in North America last year, bringing with it several big features: co-operative play for up to three players, the ability to bring villagers into battle with you and even..
Official titles revealed
Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 will launch in November and December this year respectively, Nintendo has announced. The company made the decree in the same statement that outlined the new 3DS price drop and Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games We played Super Mario 3D Land recen
It's quite normal
Have you heard of Senran Kagura? It's a new 3DS game from Japanese developer Marvelous, best-known for its Harvest Moon games of course. It's going for a slightly different market than the super-family friendly farming series with its newest title, though. The hack-and-slash game was announced back in April, but now we have a new...
They might take our land...
Some months ago, CIRCLE Entertainment released Castle Conqueror on DSiWare, and it turned out pretty well. There was some room for improvement though, so we're hoping that the newly announced follow-up Castle Conqueror — Revolution is a better big brother. We termed the original game a strategy game for beginners, but Revolution is aiming for a tougher challenge, with..
List is getting longer
Last month's Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D save file debacle might seem a long time ago now, but it's about time it got dredged up again as it appears Namco has stuck the unpopular system in Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions. According to a report from Wired, the cartridge only stores your most recent high score rather than the traditional leaderboard, and that these scores..
WiiWare's next hot title?
Burn the Rope is coming to WiiWare in North America on Thursday with a price tag that's sure to ignite debate. The WiiWare version of the popular iOS puzzler arrives on Thursday with a price of 1,000 Nintendo Points. The same game on iTunes will run you around $0.99, with extra levels available to download for more money of...
Good news if you like arcade and party games
Nordcurrent has just been in touch to let us know it has another two WiiWare releases lined up. Firstly is the continuation of the 101-in-1 series with 101-in-1 Explosive Megamix. A collection of mini-games that was released on the DS back in 2009, Nordcurrent will be serving it up again, this time for WiiWare gamers. With 101 games to choose from,..
Let the inner pinball wizard out
The Marvel Video Games panel revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 that Marvel Pinball will be pinging its way to the Wii U and 3DS. Already available on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network, Marvel Pinball stars numerous superheroes from the Marvel universe and features a number of highly detailed tables on which battles will take place. Players can even..
What, no barrel roll?
Nintendo has released a fresh trailer for the upcoming Star Fox 64 3D, due for release on 9th September in Europe and North America. This new video shows off various parts of the single-player campaign, including linear levels and some dog-fighting (or fox-fighting) action. There are some impressive graphics on show, while various members of the cast are introduced, mostly..
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...
Fording rivers and catching cholera has never been so exciting
If you went through public school in the United States, chances are The Oregon Trail was an important part of your childhood. It's already trekked to DSiWare via Gameloft, but now GameFly lists a retail version fording the Wii and 3DS rivers this November. It's coming from Red Wagon...
First screenshots here
We haven't heard anything on Gamelion's Furry Legends: Beginnings, the second volume in the series that began with WiiWare's Furry Legends, for a very long time. But that's all changing right now. Gamelion has just informed us that it has submitted the title to Nintendo's lotcheck, where it'll be tested for bugs and given hopefully given the go-ahead. Gamelion hopes for a..
SEGA announces new release date
Brighton-based Zoë Mode studio head Paul Mottram recently pointed to the lower-than-expected success of the 3DS as the reason for pushing back the release of the studio's upcoming puzzle game CRUSH3D. Now publisher SEGA has stepped in and announced the revised European release date. CRUSH3D has now been scheduled with a release date of 17th February, 2012. Five..
North American release of 24th October announced
We earlier reported on Super Pokémon Rumble, the sequel to WiiWare's Pokémon Rumble headed to the 3DS in Japan. Nintendo has just announced that the game will make its way West as well as Pokémon Rumble Blast, with a North American release date of 24th October announced. The game will see dozens of Toy Pokémon facing off simultaneously from a..
Ubisoft CEO teases what's in store
With the recent news that Assassin's Creed: Lost Legacy for the 3DS has been scrapped, we were left wondering if the Wii U instalment of the popular stealth, action series might follow the same route. In an interview with Swedish website Aftonbladet (as translated by the Swedish branch of
See it all in 3D
Marvelous's popular marriage of farming and action RPG battling Rune Factory is coming to 3DS in the well-rounded form of Rune Factory 4. Whereas previous instalments have jumped you from the "we're in love" stage straight to "marriage, now", Rune Factory 4 wants to slow things down. It's been hurt, you know? Before getting hitched, your character and partner..
Only his third game to do so after Final Fantasy I and VII
The Last Story is coming to Wii via Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy VII, but the titles share another unique similarity as well – Sakaguchi created the gameplay elements first, then the story, for all three. There are... places in games such as the moment when you open a castle door for the first time, when..
Could the Wii U version be the best one?
One of the several third-party titles that were included in the Wii U software line-up at Nintendo's E3 2011 conference was Darksiders II from Vigil Games, and a couple of the studio's staff members have spoken to Game Informer about the process of getting something ready for E3 and what it's like working with Nintendo and its new upcoming home console..
Ubisoft doesn't want anyone to miss out
Rayman Origins sure is full of surprises, and it's not even out yet. First there was the revelation that the once Xbox Live Arcade and Sony PlayStation Network-only 2D platformer was also headed to the Wii. Now, it seems the latest in the Rayman series will also appear on yet another platform. In the latest...
Nintendo of Europe's just finished updating its release schedules for 3DS, DS and Wii, and the company's home console still has a few interesting titles on the way. Chief among them is hotly-anticipated RPG Xenoblade Chronicles, out on 2nd September including an exclusive red Classic Controller Pro. Nintendo's other big Wii releases for 2011 — Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Kirby..
Another release list incoming
While the 3DS is receiving most of the limelight, there are still a few interesting titles heading to DS in Europe over the coming months, as Nintendo Europe's most up-to-date release schedule shows. The machine's upcoming catalogue offers a blend of popular and niche projects, from Solatorobo: Red the Hunter to the...
Your upcoming treats
Nintendo of Europe just sent out an updated release schedule for the next three months, and there are a few pleasant surprises on there. 3DS eShop frequenters will be able to download Mario's Picross next month, alongside the next in the 3D Classics range Xevious. The eShop will also get its first genuinely new content in the...
Two games, one TRIP to the store
BIT.TRIP COMPLETE is coming on 13th September, but it won't be alone on North American retailer shelves as BIT.TRIP SAGA is landing on the same day. The 3D revamps of the WiiWare originals might lack the extra content of its COMPLETE cousin on Wii, but what it lacks in bonuses it makes up for in portability. And 3D. We got chance to try out the game at E3, so be..
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,...
More jumping action for WiiWare
Since Anima Game Studio's Ark of Sinners announcement last November, we haven't heard much on the 2.5D side-scrolling platformer. A recent report by Revogamers has put an end to that quiet spell as the publication has revealed the game will be released some time in July. The main character in Ark of Sinners is a young...
Get your magnifying glass and deerstalker
European Wii owners, you're getting a dose of object finding in September. Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident is an exclusive Wii instalment in the popular hidden object series, and it's coming to Europe on 9th September. While the game launches in North America on 27th June, so Europeans have a bit of a wait ahead to open the case of mystery files..
Look for the trailer in this article
All the pieces are in place as Mastertronic gets ready for the release of its upcoming hidden object game, May's Mysteries: The Secret of Dragonville. The puzzle game's central character is a young girl named May who's looking for her brother. Presented in a hand-drawn style, the game will task players with...
That settles it
You may remember Nintendo announcing that The Legend of Zelda multiplayer game Four Swords will be available for free for DSiWare. Further clarification from the company has cleared up which version it will be. Nintendo has now verified that the freebie will be the version that came with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for...
Of course, he's very secretive about them
It's not the first time that Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi Suda (Suda51) has spoken about the possibility of developing a No More Heroes 3, but at E3 2011, the video game designer confirmed that the third instalment in the No More Heroes series is indeed coming to Wii U. Speaking to Destructoid, Suda51...
Bring on the competition!
There will be a number of new features in the upcoming Mario Kart for 3DS, and if all goes according to plan, an increase in the number of players competing against each other online will be one of them. Mario Kart DS featured four-player online and Nintendo is looking to double this figure with the 3DS instalment. The game will feature eight-player local wireless action..
Up and running already, and looking good
Footage of upcoming third-party Wii U titles shown at E3 may have consisted of content from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games, but that doesn't necessarily mean the end products won't be able to look as good. Developed by Vigil, Darksiders II is up and running on Wii U and has been for about five weeks. THQ Core Games EVP Danny Bilson spoke to Eurogamer and..
Jill Valentine's new partner
It was a year ago that Capcom released that Resident Evil Revelations trailer showing Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield at odds with each other over some unknown situation. Since then, most of Capcom's focus has understandably been on Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, but thankfully, the wait for more information on the game is now over. Revelations is set in 2005, in
We knew there wouldn't be much on show for DS this year at E3, but Nintendo has managed to scoop the last few remaining titles together and sculpt them into a release schedule for the coming year. There are a few notable releases in there, mainly Professor Layton and the Last Specter and Kirby: Mass Attack, but it's understandably light on major titles. Still, there's some games worth..
Professor still has puzzles to solve
Level 5's multi-million selling Professor Layton series is still going on DS, with Nintendo set to publish the fourth chapter, Professor Layton and the Last Specter, later this year. Expect more puzzles, more mysteries, more animated cut scenes and shedloads more dodgy Cockney accents when the game launches on DS in Fall 2011.
The list is in
Here's a list of games coming to 3DS in the coming months, including a few from the eShop right at the bottom. There's some surprises on the list — not all pleasant ones, it must be said — but we'll leave it to you to pick out the diamonds in the rough and tell us what game you're most looking forward to in the comments below.
You'll have to shell out
Reggie Fils-Aime just confirmed that Mario Kart for 3DS will be released this Christmas across the world. The video also showed off the new customisable karts that let you choose a base model, tyres and special ability, showing the karts going underwater, gliding and more. You'll be able to buy this game at Christmas. Are you happy?
The Tetris Company has other things planned too
Since the uncovering of an Entertainment Software Rating Board classification of a 3DS Tetris game, additional details regarding said game have now cleared a couple of things up. Speaking to Gamasutra, a representative from The Tetris Company clarified that the new game known simply as Tetris is being developed by Hudson. Previously announced as..
30 years of being run over hasn't killed him
Cats are supposed to have nine lives, and if that's the case, then frogs probably have just as many. At least, Konami's flagship frog has done a pretty good job of avoiding the Grim Reaper of video game franchises. Frogger 3D is set for an Autumn release on the 3DS, 30 years after Konami developed the...
You can count the number of interesting looking games coming to DSiWare on your fingers, but it might be time to break out a toe as Intrinsic Games announces Amoebattle coming to the download service later this year. The team behind Divergent Shift is bringing a new real-time strategy title to DSi, putting you in charge of an army of single-celled organisms to defeat an evil (presumably)..
Not without trouble from a bridge
E3 2011 is nearly upon us, and Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima is busy getting Konami's upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D ready for this year's expo extravaganza. Kojima recently posted a few updates on his Japanese Twitter account, revealing that he has just finished checking through the playable...
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
Metal Gear Solid assigned with a 3DS release this year
In Hideo Kojima's latest podcast, a new segment sees the Metal Gear series creator simply answering "Yes" or "No" to various rumours that are currently floating about, one of which pertains to the release of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D. One of the rumours that Kojima's co-host read out: "MGS 3DS will go on sale by..
Find out why Barry is in the game and Leon isn't
When the playable characters in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D were revealed with Barry Burton being the eighth and final member; some were left wondering why other characters were left out, in particular, Resident Evil 2 protagonist Leon Kennedy. Speaking to
Not all 3DS features have made it into the first-team
We already know what's going to be included in FIFA 12 on the 3DS, now it's time to find out what's been left out of the game and why. With the Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA brands leading the way in football (or what is known as soccer in the U.S.) games, it's interesting to see what FIFA 12 is willing to provide considering Pro Evolution..
Gaming in a snip
Chillingo's portable sales hit Cut the Rope is on its way to DSiWare, according to DS-X2. Last year we reported that Chillingo and Rovio were in the process of bringing Angry Birds to DS and WiiWare too, hopefully joining their rope-snipping brethren on the download services later this year. We'll bring you more news of when you can expect Cut
Hoping to draw more gamers in, surely?
Easy Interactive has announced its Q2 line-up of upcoming releases, one of which is a WiiWare title that's on its way to getting a retail release. Max & the Magic Marker originally launched on the download service last year and will soon be available to purchase on-disc for the Wii as well as the DS when they launch next month. The game requires players to..
He doesn't know what it is
Capcom has released some new screenshots of upcoming Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and with them, confirms the last of the eight characters we'll be playing as in the game. As you can see, the newest member of the mercenaries team is Barry Burton, one of the original characters from the first Resident Evil game...
So we Gather
The pink puffball's next appearance is locked down for Japan: Atsumete! Kirby — which roughly translates to Gather! Kirby — is coming to DS on 7th July. Last month we brought you the first Atsumete! Kirby gameplay details, which revealed the player will control multiple Kirbies and use their combined power to overcome puzzles and enemies. Should a Kirby die, it floats up to heaven..
Financial statement reveals supportive pledge
When a publisher declares to have up to 20 titles on a games console by the time it celebrates its first birthday, most can agree that's a pretty ambitious goal to set for yourself. In SEGA's financial statement for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2011, it is stated that the interim plan is to release up to 9 titles on the 3DS by the end of the..
Not long to wait now
Legendary Super NES RPG Chrono Trigger was never released on the system in Europe, so its impending Virtual Console release on Friday is cause for much celebration. As the game was never officially released in Europe its VC appearance carries a small premium, selling for 900 Nintendo Points instead of 800, but what's an extra 100 Points between friends? The game also hits North..
Old no-arms is back
Last year at E3, Ubisoft announced a new 2D platformer starring the hair-helicopter himself, Rayman. Called Rayman Origins, the game was originally only supposed to see the light of day on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Store, but after a long period of silence it's been revealed the game is heading to retail — and Wii. After...
The only thing not taking to the skies are Wi-Fi signals
Those of you hoping to blast it out with friends on Star Fox 64 3D, can, but you'll all have to be in the same room to do so. During the retailer meetings in Japan this week, people in attendance were treated to playable 3DS titles such as the aforementioned Star Fox game, and an attendee from the Tsutaya retailer in Shibuya has shared some..
Ready your Points
Good things come to those who wait, as Virtual Console fans can attest: Square Enix has just announced that Super NES classic Chrono Trigger will launch on Virtual Console in North America on Monday 16th May. The 16-bit classic will sell for 800 Nintendo Points, a steal whichever way you slice it. Come back next week for our review, an abridged version of which might read..
Locked in the box
Expecting to pick up Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and rush straight into the Master Quest mode? Hold your horses, as the harder difficulty won't be available from the start. Players must finish the regular quest before being able to take on the tougher enemies, dungeons and puzzles of the Master Quest mode, which will either delight or frustrate those intending to pick up..
Two more strategy games headed to Nintendo's digital stores
Originally announced for the DS, Egypt: Engineering an Empire will now be launching on two different platforms. Based on a documentary from The History Channel of the same name, Egypt: Engineering an Empire is a turn-based strategy game from Bloober Team and is already available on iOS devices, PC and the PSP Mini range with releases on..
Top Gun high-fives all around
Namco Bandai has announced its action-packed aerial combat series Ace Combat is coming to 3DS. The news came at the same Dubai conference that confirmed Tales of The Abyss 3DS is going global. Developed by series stalwarts Project Aces, little is known about the game yet, other than that the idea of shooting down planes in three dimensions is undeniably appealing, and..
EA sticks the boot in
EA was always going to follow Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D with its own football game, so it's no surprise the smartly named FIFA 12 is coming to 3DS later this year. Where Pro Evo claimed the title of "first 3D football game", FIFA 12 nabs the slightly less auspicious "first 3D street football mode" award, bringing FIFA Street-like gameplay to the..
Europe first past the post
Shin'en's past WiiWare output has been pretty solid — both Art of Balance and Jett Rocket sit near the top of their genres — so hopes are high that upcoming racer FAST — Racing League can continue the studio's hot streak. The developer has just been in touch to let us know the game's European release date is locked in for 27th May 2011 at a price of 1,000 Nintendo..
Here's mud in your eyes
3DS has already proven itself capable of handling accomplished racing games, with Ridge Racer 3D a highlight of the console's launch line-up, and Ubisoft is preparing its own four-wheel outing with World Rally Championship 2011. The game will be the first fruit of Ubi's recent acquisition of the WRC licence, meaning a full array of real-life cars, drivers and courses all..
Target: Locked on
When it was announced popular ninja anime series Naruto Shippuden would receive a 3DS makeover fans were thrilled, but judging from the trailer below some may be disappointed at how the game is shaping up. Although the game's subtle cel-shaded graphics do a decent job of capturing the series' artistic style, there's a few rough...
Is this what you were hoping?
With the exact release date of Mario Kart on the 3DS still undetermined, we can at least take solace in that fact that when it does launch, we'll be experiencing a somewhat refreshed franchise. In an interview conducted by Nintendo Power magazine, 3DS producer Hideki Konno spoke about how Nintendo wants to introduce...
Publicity push planned
Namco Bandai's furry mech RPG Solatorobo: Red the Hunter is due to attack European DS consoles on 1st July, courtesy of Nintendo. The publishing team-up has just announced a plan to bring new videos and details on the game every other week as its release date approaches. For the uninitiated, Solatorobo is an action RPG title that strays ever-so-slightly from the usual genre..
Producer talks about sequel possibilities
There's a reason why there are similarities between Level-5's Professor Layton games and the upcoming Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights from Konami, as the game's producer Noriaki Okamura explains. Speaking to Planet3DS, Okamura acknowledges superficial similarities such as the main character's top...
Long wait on the cards
Dear European readers. Remember how left out you felt when we revealed that Tales of the Abyss is coming to North America? You can wipe those tears from your eyes now, as according to NGamer (via 3DS Tribe) the game is heading to Europe. The bad news, however, is that Tales of the Abyss might not make it to European shores...
Submitted to lotcheck now
Topsy-turvy DSiWare outing Antipole is on its way to the download service in the coming months, as developer Saturnine Games has announced the game's submission to Nintendo's lotcheck. Any players who've picked up Saturnine's DSiWare shooter Cosmos X2 can expect a special surprise too, with a bonus mode included that's only available to owners of both games. Antipole is..
Start your engines
Last year's Wii version of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit didn't go down brilliantly with gamers, but hopefully EA can atone for its errors with this year's entry Need for Speed: The Run on Wii. It's not just Wii getting a look in though, as Need for Speed: The Run is coming to 3DS as well. Promising "immersive storytelling" the game will see players racing across the..
Acclaimed WiiWare franchise returning this summer
The BIT.TRIP series is a favourite around here, with the 8/10-scoring CORE, the 9/10 BEAT, VOID, FATE and FLUX and the perfect 10 RUNNER. Aksys and Gaijin h
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