3DS eShop News



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    3DS eShop / GB

    Review Donkey Kong Land III

    Marvellous Monkeys

    In 1997 the fifth generation of video games was well underway (even Europe and Oceania had the N64 by then), but the trusty Game Boy was still the place to go for portable gaming joy. Having successfully brought monkey platforming action to the handheld twice already, Rare produced a third game — the imaginatively titled Donkey...

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    3DS eShop

    Review Woah Dave!

    Working for pennies

    Woah Dave is all about classic arcade action. Taking control of a blocky little guy named Dave Lonuts (who happens to bear a striking resemblance to Bert from Sesame Street), players will do their best to exterminate aliens and collect the change left behind in their wake. There are two modes to choose from, and once you’ve...

  • News Another Minecraft Clone, Cube Creator 3D Coming To 3DS eShop

    Big John Games enters the fray

    The race to create a compelling Minecraft clone for a Nintendo console is on and now Big John Games has revealed that it will be jumping on the blocky bandwagon with Cube Creator 3D for the 3DS eShop. The game is due to hit the eShop early next year, however Big John Games do hope to have a demo ready for December so...

  • News Sounds Like Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai Sure Could Use A Break

    Somebody give this man a medal

    Fans of Super Smash Bros. will already know just how much effort series head Masahiro Sakurai puts into developing Nintendo’s all-star franchise, but that hasn't stopped the passionate game maker from talking about how he balances his private life with the full-force development cycle of the Smash series. In his...

  • News Capcom Offering Spooky Savings In North America On Resident Evil eShop Titles

    Three games available for absolutely killer prices

    If you live in North America and want to ramp up the scare factor this Halloween, then Capcom might have just the offer to get you in the mood. In a special Nintendo Halloween sale, Capcom will be offering three Resident Evil titles at significantly reduced prices across both the Wii U and 3DS...

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    Review The Legend of Dark Witch

    Just short of legendary

    As both a developer and a publisher, CIRCLE Entertainment has been paramount to the rising indie games scene on Nintendo handhelds. Starting on the DSiWare digital service and eventually moving forward to 3DS eShop titles, CIRCLE has managed to have its hand in around 40 releases since 2010. With that many games in its...

  • News Shovel Knight 3DS Theme Coming To Europe And Australia For A Limited Time

    A special treat for patient PAL regions

    While North American Nintendo fans have been enjoying Shovel Knight since June, Wii U and 3DS owners in Europe and Australia have been required to wait until next month for the local release of the medieval side-scroller. To reward these locations that have had to wait patiently whilst the eShop title was...

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    3DS eShop / NES

    Review Mighty Final Fight

    Haggard by time or as mighty as ever?

    Originally released for the NES in 1993, Mighty Final Fight is a home console spin-off of the original arcade classic, Final Fight. Interestingly, it came out a year after the technically superior home console port that appeared on the SNES and, furthermore, is quite a departure from the other games in the...

  • Nintendo Download 30th October (Europe)

    Stealth Inc 2, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Rare DK treats and much more

    With this coming weekend being the spookiest of the year, the latest Nintendo Download Update details for Europe show us that the big N's keen to keep us all entertained in the safety of our own homes, avoiding the ghouls outside. This week is packed with new titles on Wii U and 3DS,...

  • News Nintendo Outlines Generous eShop Publication Policies

    In theory opens the door to games like Binding of Isaac

    It's no secret to those that frequent these pages or that browse the 3DS and Wii U eShop stores on a regular basis, but Nintendo is now open and supportive of all kinds of developers. That's come about through a consistent loosening of its publication rules, making it easier for studios and...

  • News Proun+ is Coming Soon to a 3DS Near You

    SpeedX on speed

    Following the release of the original, the new and updated Proun+ is heading to 3DS for the first time. The game itself is very similar to another game called SpeedX 3D; the objective is to journey along a tubular path and rotate yourself around it so as to avoid the obstacles that are presented to you. The game's style focuses on...

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    Review Donkey Kong Land 2

    Diddy's 8-Bit Quest

    The success of Donkey Kong Country inevitably saw a sequel released. Likewise when Donkey Kong Land proved a similar platforming experience was possible on the Game Boy, it was a no-brainer that Rare would release a second handheld adventure. This time Donkey Kong has gone and gotten himself captured, and so it's up to Diddy and...

  • Nintendo Download 23rd October (North America)

    Double Bayonetta, Aria of Sorrow, Fantasy Life, Pokémon, Shantae and more

    It's Nintendo Download news time, North America, and this week has some seriously tempting options on both Wii U and 3DS to test your eShop funds to the limit. There's intense action on Wii U, retro Castlevania goodness, along with retail and download goodness on the 3DS...

  • News Football Up Online to Kick Off in Europe Soon

    Discounted price for those that own its predecessor

    EnjoyUp Games is a prolific download game developer on Nintendo hardware, and is revisiting one of its releases for an online update on 3DS — Football Up Online will arrive as a successor to Soccer Up 3D / Football Up 3D on the eShop. In terms of features, much seems to remain unchanged from the...

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    Review Ninja Battle Heroes

    Kawaii katana

    Tom Create, known for its contributions to the DSiWare GO Series, as well as games dating back to the Super Famicom era, has created a little gem in Ninja Battle Heroes, an action brawler bursting with adorable personality and surprisingly deep gameplay. Despite a generic title that describes little about the experience other than that...

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    Review Shantae And The Pirate's Curse

    A pirate’s life for me

    It’s interesting to track the progression that WayForward's Shantae series has undergone over the past decade. Beginning in 2002, the original title was released on the Game Boy Color, an unfortunately timed release that was mostly overshadowed by the recent introduction of the Game Boy Advance. Despite an attempted sequel...

  • News Castle Conqueror EX Invades the North American 3DS eShop on 23rd October

    Are you ready to do battle against The Empire?

    CIRCLE Entertainment’s latest title, Castle Conquerors EX, for the 3DS eShop was teased in August as the sixth release in the real-time strategy series, with plenty of improvements promised over the DSiWare original. Now, the prolific digital developer has revealed Castle Conqueror EX is invading th

  • News Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version US Distribution Details Revealed

    Lots of chances to catch a code

    The demand for the Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version has been truly extraordinary, with our own UK giveaway drawing numbers of applicants well into five figures. We produced a guide on how to grab a code in different countries, though

  • News Atlus Discounts 3DS eShop Titles in North America

    In other news, the sun rose this morning

    It'd be awfully bitter to complain about Atlus providing deals on its 3DS eShop lineup, but the frequency has gotten to a point where it might be more efficient to tell you when their games are not on sale. A couple of these discounts were noted in last week's Nintendo Download for North America, but here's...

  • News Two Pokémon Game Boy Color Titles Dated For North American 3DS eShop

    Nintendo's trading on your nostalgia

    Nintendo of America has decided that November will be the month of Pokémon on the 3DS eShop, with two Game Boy Color titles heading to the store before the latest releases arrive at retail. Nintendo's official website has updated listings to show what's coming and, in one simple page, has confirmed a release...

  • News Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Launch Trailer Whips Into Action

    Wii U version coming this Winter

    Shantae and the Pirate's Curse arrives in the 3DS eShop in North America this week for $19.99 — it's due in Europe "as soon as possible" — and WayForward is gearing up for the long awaited release. The IP is still very much the studio's main event, with this third entry having endured a number of delays; it's now...

  • News Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX to Quicken Pulses on 30th October

    Shoot anything scary

    Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX, an updated and enhanced version of the WiiWare original has been confirmed for 30th October in Europe, with the developer also aiming to confirm a North American release this week; we suspect it'll hope for the same Halloween window. You can see the studio's breezy confirmation, via Twitter,...

  • Nintendo Download 23rd October (Europe)

    A Bayonetta double discount, Disney magic, more Rare DK, Themes and more

    It's time to brighten up our Monday with the European Nintendo Download Update, and this week's line-up is full of fantastic titles. We have a double-helping of Platinum Games action on Wii U, some Disney magic on 3DS, some classic retro games across both systems, a new 3DS...

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    Review Riding Star 3D


    Horses are supposed to be noble, herd-based creatures with personality and spirit. A simulation of caring for and riding one should be an intricate, rewarding experience as a bond is formed between rider and animal. Riding Star 3D does not worry itself with any of this. It botches the majesty of the horse so badly that one starts to wonder...

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    Review Pyramids 2

    Make your own pyramid scheme

    Almost three years ago to the day, Enjoy Gaming’s Pyramids had the honor of becoming the second independently-published eShop title to utilize the stereoscopic 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS. While it didn't quite blow anyone away in that regard, with its simplistic graphics making negligible use of the effect, it...

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    Review Donkey Kong Land

    Mobile monkey magic

    Donkey Kong Country was a fun and popular platformer for the SNES, but not everyone thought it was great. Some people (possibly Mega Drive / Genesis owners) said the game was in fact quite poor and any fans were deluded fools drawn to it for reasons other than gameplay – or, as Cranky Kong says, “put a few fancy graphics and...

  • Weirdness Sony Fan Creates Petition In Hope Of Bringing Super Smash Bros. To The PS Vita

    "Nintendo needs to port this game to the PSVita."

    A Sony PlayStation fan by the name of David Smith, who resides in Florida City, has created a petition on Change.org demanding Nintendo port Super Smash Bros. for 3DS to the PS Vita. His reasoning — Sony fans do not want to buy an ‘underpowered console’ but would gladly buy a quality title...

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    Review Horse Vet 3D

    Horse pucky

    Two things became apparent during Nintendo Life's time with TREVA's Horse Vet 3D. The first is that, apparently, everyone owns a horse; the second is that these horses needed a lecture in safe mating, as nearly all the horses treated had scabies at one point or another. Horse Vet 3D, like TREVA's recent offerings Top Model 3D and Outback...

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    Review Secret Empires of the Ancient World

    Trash as old as time

    Do you have too much money and space on your SD card? Are you the type of person who enjoys finding objects hidden in low-resolution images? Do you adore games with lengthy and misleading titles? Then we've got just the thing for you! Welcome to the depressing experience that is Secret Empires of the Ancient World! This is the...

  • Nintendo Download 16th October (North America)

    Harmony of Dissonance, Lone Survivor, Ballpoint Universe and much more

    It's that time again, North American gamers, for Nintendo Download Update details to brighten your day and lighten your wallet. This week sees a collection of promising new download games across Wii U and 3DS, along with high quality retro options on both systems. Throw in a...

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    Review Painting Workshop

    Digital canvas

    The 3DS has continued to thrive as a result of its varied and expansive software catalogue, providing a one-stop-shop for RPG, platforming, and even action fans to find some really solid titles. It's not only that though, as the eShop has opened the door for smaller developers to release more subdued or technical affairs, be it music...

  • Guide How to Catch a Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Demo Code

    Including North American details

    Nintendo has now launched its Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire - Special Demo Version in Japan and PAL territories, which includes unique gameplay and Mega Evolutions that can then be transferred to the full game when it's released; North American details are also coming through. As you may have seen, we're...

  • News Shovel Knight For Wii U & 3DS Launches In Europe And Australia This November


    Whilst North American Nintendo fans have been enjoying Shovel Knight for what feels like an eternity now, Wii U and 3DS owners in other parts of the world are still yet to experience the joys of this medieval side-scroller. Thankfully, the wait is nearly finally over for these remaining locations, with developer Yacht Club Games today...

  • News The Club Nintendo Rewards for October Have Been Confirmed

    Kersploosh! 3D Classics: Kid Icarus! StarTropics II! More!

    It's that time again, North American Club Nintendo fans, for the monthly rewards update that will try to separate you from your hard-earned virtual coins. This batch shakes things up a little from the last two months, with two 3DS eShop releases included in the portable offerings along with...

  • News Inquisitive Gamers Stumble Across Potential eShop Web Store

    It already works, apparently

    Nintendo has consistently maintained that it would explore options to make the eShop easily accessible in web browsers, a policy that's brought us Miiverse and Mario Kart TV on PC, Mac and mobile devices. With the eShop platforms on Wii U and 3DS becoming increasingly important to Nintendo, it's unsurprising that calls...

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    3DS eShop / GBC

    Review Legend of the River King 2

    Return of the King

    As an extra, easter egg or background element, fishing seems to pop up everywhere in video games; from side-angle angling in Link’s Awakening and Rumble Pak-reeling in Ocarina of Time to museum-filling in Animal Crossing and fly-rod flinging in Yum

  • Nintendo Download 16th October (Europe)

    DK delights and discounts, Lone Survivor, themes, PAC-MAN and more

    The start of a fresh week can be a happy occasion for European Nintendo gamers, as it means Nintendo Download Update news. While it doesn't always provide thrills and spills, this week's selection certainly has some tempting options, including a new title on Wii U, some retro...

  • News Collavier Corporation's Monster Combine TD Is Battling Its Way Onto The 3DS eShop

    Summon a range of mythical creatures & beasts and enter the fray

    Japanese publisher and developer Collavier Corporation, founded in 2008, has announced it is bringing Monster Combine TD exclusively to the 3DS eShop. Monster Combine TD aims to bring fresh and intuitive gameplay to the tower defence genre. Players will embark on an adventure to a...