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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...

News: Swords & Soldiers HD Catapulting Its Way Onto The Wii U eShop Next Month

Swords & Soldiers HD Catapulting Its Way Onto The Wii U eShop Next Month

To tide us over until the release of Swords & Soldiers 2

Update: Two Tribes has advised that its original announcement was posted early by accident. As opposed to targeting the end of April, the release window has now been expanded slightly to "April / May". Original Article: Swords & Soldiers — the side scrolling RTS which was originally...

News: Game Boy Classic Donkey Kong Land Is Coming To The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

Game Boy Classic Donkey Kong Land Is Coming To The Japanese 3DS Virtual Console

You'll go bananas about this news

Fans of the naked ape wearing only a tie will be pleased to hear the 1995 Game Boy title Donkey Kong Land is being released in Japan on the 3DS Virtual Console early next month. Released a year after the success of the Super Nintendo original, Donkey Kong Land has the Kongs recapturing their banana hoard when...

News: Animal Crossing's Katsuya Eguchi Explains How the Series Embraces Change

Animal Crossing's Katsuya Eguchi Explains How the Series Embraces Change

Keepin' it fresh

Staying up to date, while at the same time pleasing fans, is quite possibly one of the biggest issues for developers of games in franchises such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. The games have been around for many years and have amassed a huge fan-base that arguably expects Nintendo's popular franchises to...

News: Rusty's Real Deal Baseball Gets Into the Swing of the 3DS eShop on 3rd April

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball Gets Into the Swing of the 3DS eShop on 3rd April

Stepping up to the plate

During the most recent Nintendo Direct broadcast in February, Nintendo announced Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, a quirky take on the "freemium" model coming to the 3DS eShop in North America. It'll come with one free mini-game in the download but will have a number more — incorporating different aspects of the sport such as...

News: Animal Crossing Creator Discusses How Mobile Apps Could Affect Your ''Second Home''

Animal Crossing Creator Discusses How Mobile Apps Could Affect Your ''Second Home''

Don't worry, there's not a microtransaction in sight!

Animal Crossing; New Leaf released over half a year ago on 3DS, but with something new to see and do every single day it has continued to live on as small, relaxing part of many player's daily routine. While attending the Game Developers Conference last week, series creator Katsuya Eguchi and New...

News: Nintendo Underdogs Reorchestrated Will Give Fan-Favourite "Hidden Gems" The Symphonic Treatment

Nintendo Underdogs Reorchestrated Will Give Fan-Favourite "Hidden Gems" The Symphonic Treatment

Using high-quality MIDIs to imitate a live orchestra

Nintendo soundtracks include some of the most celebrated pieces of video game music in the long history of the industry. From the ubiquitous theme of the original Super Mario Bros. to the waterworks-inducing tones of Koji Kondo's wholly epic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time score, nostalgia...

Review: Pure Chess (Wii U eShop)

Pure Chess (Wii U eShop)

This is a review you should check, mate

When Pure Chess was first announced for the Wii U and 3DS, it created a considerable buzz for a game that's based on a relatively niche, high-brow hobby. However, there was good reason for this; developer VooFoo Studios and its publisher Ripstone were not only determined to deliver a graphically rich...

News: New Watch_Dogs Trailer Highlights a Living, Breathing Chicago Game World

New Watch_Dogs Trailer Highlights a Living, Breathing Chicago Game World

Ubisoft boasts about intelligent NPCs populating the Windy City

Ubisoft has revealed a new trailer for its upcoming open-world computer hacking adventure Watch_Dogs today showing off the game's Chicago setting. The open-world urban environment based on the real-life city immediately brings to mind Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series, with hundreds...

Video: We Dash Through the Sonic Lost World Legend of Zelda DLC

We Dash Through the Sonic Lost World Legend of Zelda DLC

Sonic and Legend of Zelda, together at last

As many of you are no doubt aware, Sonic Lost World has more free Nintendo-themed DLC today — The Legend of Zelda Zone. As with the Yoshi equivalent before, it's a special free level that includes two distinct areas. You can't play as much as you want without a bit of effort, however; once you play it...

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...

Nintendo Download: 27th March (North America)

27th March (North America)

Free Sonic DLC, retro puzzling, a skating cat and more

Nintendo of America has been a little later than normal with its download update, but it's finally here. There are retro options on both Wii U and 3DS, free DLC and some additional new options on the portable's store; bizarrely, a couple of older titles have also been included. Throw in some...

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...