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News Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Physical Edition Has Been Delayed to 18th October
But, at least we get a new theme this week
Earlier this summer, a Gamefly listing outed the existence of a boxed 3DS edition of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. A few days later, it was confirmed that the game would indeed be receiving a physical release with some extra content, and that it would be arriving roughly at the same time that Shantae:...
Reminder Darkrai is Now Being Distributed in North America
This is certainly the year of Pokémon, what with the release of Pokémon GO and the impending release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, but the main games have been getting some love, too. For the past several months, a new Legendary or Mythical Pokémon has been distributed to the 3DS games, offering players a chance to get rare Pokémon...
News Lifetime American Hardware Stats Show The Size Of Nintendo's Task With NX
"The demand for dedicated portables isn't there"
As any long-time Nintendo fan will know, the company's fortunes over the past 30 years have varied wildly. The trailblazing successes of the NES and SNES were tempered by the performance of the N64 and GameCube, while the Wii's incredible market penetration has been followed by the Wii U, one of the...
Review Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (3DS)
Sonic the Hedgehog is a mascot still loved by many, but which is continually fighting to hit top form once again. The Sonic Boom spin-off franchise is an interesting case and point - despite a successful animated series and a reasonable 3DS platformer, in the eyes of some it'll remain tainted by a shoddy Wii U game. That's not entirely...
News Gotta Protectors Was Translated By Just One Person
"Why hasn't this been localized? I want to translate this"
Gotta Protectors has been something of a sleeper hit with North American 3DS owners thanks to its mixture of NES-style visuals, engaging gameplay and the involvement of Japanese company Ancient, perhaps best known as the home of the legendary composer Yuzo "Streets of Rage" Koshiro. While...
Video These Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice Trailers Will Get You Up To Speed
Cold and hot
It's rather sad that Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is the only new Sonic game we're going to get during the character's 25th birthday year, but the 3DS outing is shaping up nicely - as you'll know if you checked out our preview from a short time ago. To keep you interested, a selection of short trailers have been released in Japan - where...
Preview Being Fashionably Late With Mario Party: Star Rush
A good workout for the A button
The Mario Party series has, believe it or not, had a relatively interesting history. Despite being a minigame series that most don't take too seriously, it prompted injuries and glove distributions on N64, was developed by Hudson Soft for a long time until that studio went out of business, and nowadays attracts...
News Dragon Ball Fusions Arrives in North America This Year, Europe Shortly After
Better late than never
Dragon Ball Fusions arrived not too long ago in Japan, and we've been admiring its slightly wacky trailers and footage. Recent ratings and listings pointed to localisation for this one, and now it's official - it'll arrive on 3DS in North America on 13th December, and February 2017 in Europe. In case you're unaware, this...
News 2DS Relaunch Makes Decent Chart Debut in Japan as Persona 5 and PS4 Run Riot
'Slim' model takes PS4 top again
The Media Create chart results are out for Japan, and after some quiet weeks they've brought some notable releases and changes in momentum; not necessarily in Nintendo's favour, either. Persona 5 is the week's biggest success story, taking the top two spots on PS4 and PS3, followed by Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 on...
Review Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse (3DS)
Waiting for the End of the World
Whether you know it from its earliest Famicom days, the immensely popular PlayStation-bound Persona spinoffs, or crossover efforts like Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, ATLUS' Shin Megami Tensei is one of gaming's most enduring and recognizable series, full of top-shelf JRPGs with deep combat systems and intriguing...
News Pokémon Company President Doesn't Think We'll See Mainline Games On Smartphones
"Chance of success" in porting concept to phones "quite low"
Despite the incredible success of Pokémon GO on smartphones, Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara doesn't sound so keen about bringing the mainline RPG series to mobile. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Ishihara was asked if the popularity of Pokémon GO - which has now been...
News Sega 3D Classics Dev M2 Is Developing The Legend Of Dark Witch 3 For 3DS
Consider us interested
The Legend of Dark Witch and its sequel can hardly be considered 3DS eShop classics, but they have their fans, and there's a good chance that the third outing will attract even more followers now that we know who is handling development duties. The Legend of Dark Witch 3 was teased back in August and was recently shown off at...
News Super Mario Maker for 3DS Won't Have 3D Support
A 2D platformer, through and through
One of the surprise announcements from the last 3DS Direct was that Super Mario Maker would be coming to 3DS. It makes sense given the device's renewed importance to the company, and the game could easily take advantage of 3DS features like Streetpass and Download Play. Unfortunately, it seems the game won't have...
Video Learn a Little More About Monster Hunter Generations
It gets the Did You Know Gaming? treatment
One of the year's biggest releases on 3DS (in multiple ways) has been Monster Hunter Generations, the latest series entry to be localised to the West. It seems to have achieved decent sales, and it delivers a nice blend of nostalgia and new ideas for series newcomers or veterans. Some may still be on the...
Gallery Check Out Pokémon Refresh, New Z-Moves, Pokémon Bank and More For Sun and Moon
New Pokémon too, obviously
Earlier today The Pokémon Company unveiled plenty of new details for Pokémon Sun and Moon. It's a regular occurrence now, and today's information drop included some new Pokémon, snazzy Z-Moves, update information on Pokémon Bank, the 'Pokémon Refresh' feature and more besides. As always we thought we'd gath
News New Version-Exclusive Pokémon, Pokémon Refresh and More Shown Off for Sun and Moon
Pikachu does a Z-Move dance, too
New details were promised today for Pokémon Sun and Moon, and thankfully they've been delivered. A new trailer unveils some new 'mon, shows off some details previously seen in CoroCoro Magazine and highlights other key features. First of all, the new video is below; if you don't want to see the new Pokémon or...
News Pokémon Bank Update for Sun, Moon and Virtual Console Titles Now Due in January 2017
Makes us feel a bit blue
Well known for launching in Japan and contributing to a Nintendo Network meltdown over the festive period in 2013, Pokémon Bank is a key part of current-gen Pokémon gaming for some; for a small annual fee it allows you to store 'mon online and transfer them between games. Somewhat subtly, The Pokémon Company has now...
News Castlevania Dev MercurySteam Denies It Ever Pitched A New Metroid To Nintendo
"People have a lot of imagination and time to think about stuff"
A while back we reported that Spanish developer MercurySteam - famous for rebooting Konami's Castlevania series - was working on a new Metroid concept for 3DS and Wii U that it was going to pitch to Nintendo. Apparently this project was disclosed during interviews with potential...
News Atlus Issues Apology for SMTIV:A Translation Error
As many of you are no doubt aware, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is a day away from releasing in North America. The hotly anticipated RPG released in Japan months ago, and Atlus has been busy over the past year getting the game ready for Western audiences. In a rare oversight, though, it seems that the localization team accidentally left...
Talking Point Nintendo's Continued Commitment to the 3DS Makes Sense
Sales in the US enjoy a boost as Nintendo keeps the portable going
It wasn't that long ago that we had a rather encouraging 3DS Nintendo Direct, even if the short term memory of some means it may as well have been a decade ago. The reaction to it was generally positive, a reward for the fact that Nintendo revealed some genuine surprises, including...
Video Take a Closer Look at the Cute Shenanigans of Disney Magical World 2
We're not taking the Mickey
We bet you forgot that Disney Magical World 2 is out on 14th October. Go on, admit it, we're all friends here. Well, it's not far away, and it gives marketing types the opportunity to be creative with the 'Whole New World' tagline, in the process making us reminisce about classic Disney movies. This looks set to be a...
News Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past Enjoys a Solid UK Debut
Not quite forgotten
After a long wait, last week brought a notable release for plenty of 3DS gamers in the West - Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past finally made it out of Japan. Based on the UK chart results it's done relatively well. The Square Enix release (with publishing help from Nintendo) has made its UK chart debut in 12th...
News Square Enix Confirms New Dragon Quest Monsters Title At Tokyo Game Show 2016
Call the professionals
Square Enix has announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2016 that it is releasing an updated version of Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3. Dubbed Dragon Quest Monsters: Jokers 3 Professional, the enhanced edition adds new scenarios to the base game as well as characters from previous Joker outings. You'll also meet famous monsters from...
News More Details Emerge On EA's Cancelled 3DS Title MySims Friends
StreetPass connectivity was planned for this "online only" outing
While EA's relationship with Nintendo has cooled in recent years, during the DS and Wii era the two companies were very close, with EA releasing numerous games aimed at families on the consoles. One franchise which really found its feet on Nintendo platforms was MySims, a spin-off of...
Talking Point Nintendo Now Battles for Our Time, Not Just Loyalty
It's a battle it can win
Thanks to technology, skilful developers and consumer demand, gaming has never been so varied. That may be a statement that goes against the sense some have of a gaming scene packed with remasters, sequels and iterations of long-established genres, but it reflects the broader picture. We have consoles, portables, PC / Mac...
Review Picross 3D Round 2 (3DS)
A wise gentleman once said that every puzzle has a solution. In Picross 3D Round 2, finding those answers may have players tearing out their hair while simultaneously cracking a smile. Picross 3D Round 2 is a game that is as addictive as they come. Like its predecessor puzzles are in 3D (as the name so helpfully points out) and...
News Sega 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage Adds Thunder Force III
Riding the thunder
Japan is getting its third and final retail collection of Sega 3D Classics this year, and Sega has been teasing the new games which will be included. We recently discovered that Turbo Outrun is making the cut on Sega 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage, but there were still three more unknown games to be confirmed. We now know...
Guide Getting Started In Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
Key early tips for this massive adventure
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past is out now on 3DS in North America and Europe. If you've never experienced this PlayStation RPG classic, you're in for quite an adventure — the game clocks in at around 100 hours just for completing the main story! More importantly,
News Capcom Unveils a Fresh Trailer and Three More Crossovers for Monster Hunter Stories
Putting on a show at TGS
We're still crossing our fingers for a 2017 localisation of Monster Hunter Stories to the West, but while we wait there's plenty to see from the marketing for its October release in Japan. During Tokyo Game Show, Capcom has been showing the game off and announcing new crossover content. First of all, below is a new extended...
News Yo-Kai Watch 2 is Now Available to Pre-Load in North America
Bony Spirits or Fleshy Souls?
With all the good press and attention that the Pokémon franchise has been getting lately, it's easy to forget that Yo-Kai Watch is due to receive its sequel later this month. The Yo-Kai Watch series has always felt like second fiddle to Pokémon, but the original 3DS release was really quite good. It may not seem like...
News Corpse Party is Coming to the 3DS in Europe
For those of you out of the loop, Corpse Party made its initial debut on the PC back in 1996 as a project produced in RPG Maker. Since then, the game received a few ports to different platforms – most notably on the PSP in 2011. When the game was confirmed to be coming to the 3DS, fans in North America rejoiced, but similar news was...
First Impressions Monster Hunter Stories Borrows Liberally From Iconic Nintendo Franchises
And it's not afraid to show it
Nintendo didn't show up to the Tokyo Game Show this year - it rarely does - but that didn't stop Capcom from bringing one if its most popular franchises on the 3DS along. In fact, Monster Hunter Stories was one of the only Nintendo exclusive games prominently displayed. Fitting, because playing the game felt like an...
News "Slow Living Miniscape RPG" Picontier Coming To 3DS, Gives Us Earthbound Feels
From the creators of Fairune
CIRCLE Entertainment is bringing Skipmore's "slow living miniscape RPG" Picontier to the 3DS, it has been revealed. The game features crafting, combat, fishing and dungeons to explore, and its pixel-rich visual style reminds us an awful lot of Earthbound. Here's some info taken from the game's Steam Greenlight page:...
News Turbo Outrun Is The Next Sega 3D Classic In Japan, Three More New Games Coming
Not so long ago we reported that the next Sega 3D Classics retail collection to arrive in Japan would contain a mystery title which had been voted for by fans. Sega has now released a trailer which shows that the game in question is Turbo Outrun, the 1989 sequel to original racing smash hit. The trailer also gives us a tease of what the...
News Metroid Prime: Federation Force Version 1.1 is Now Live
Primarily fixes issues with Blast Ball
Metroid Prime: Federation Force has been out for a few weeks now, offering fans a unique – albeit divisive – take on the world of Metroid Prime. Considering the online-centric gameplay – both in the main game and its extra mode, Blast Ball – one would think that it would be updated fairly regularly, yet...
Video Official Trailer Shows Off More Pokémon Sun and Moon Ultra Beasts
Next batch of information due on 20th September
Earlier this week we had the traditional CoroCoro magazine leaks that included new details around Pokémon Sun and Moon. Now there are official trailers to show off two of the Ultra Beasts that were shown; so, as always, only read on if you want to see them. Sun and Moon will have different 'UB-02'...
Video Check Out the Launch Trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse
The end of the world as we know it
It's rather hard to believe, but Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is only a week away from launching in North America. The hotly anticipated sequel(ish) to Shin Megami Tensei IV is filling an otherwise quiet period for the 3DS, while also giving RPG fans something to root for. In order to generate a little bit...
Interview We Embark On A Dragon Quest With Noriyoshi Fujimoto
"We make sure that the users are able to resonate with the storylines"
This year's PAX West was good to us here at Nintendo Life. We had the chance to play some upcoming games, meet some interesting people, and talk to some of our favourite game developers. Between all of the commotion and excitement, at the top of our list of "best PAX moments" was...
News Pokémon Sun and Moon Themed Solgaleo Lunala New Nintendo 3DS XL Model Confirmed for North America
Dual Pack also confirmed, with extra Poké Balls
A lot of focus will go to Pokémon Sun and Moon as we head towards November, with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company likely to go big with their arrival on 3DS. In good news for North American gamers a limited edition hardware iteration previously confirmed for Europe and Japan is now definitely coming...
Review Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS)
Islands in the Sun
Whether you know it as Dragon Quest or Dragon Warrior, Yuji Horii's enduring role-playing series has been delighting fans and inspiring adventurers consistently since 1986. Like its Square-Enix stablemate Final Fantasy, each Dragon Quest is a standalone story, with shared elements and lore connecting it to other entries; in...
News Capcom Working On New Monster Hunter To "Aggressively" Increase Sales
But of course
Capcom has confirmed that it is working on a new Monster Hunter title as part of its plan to "aggressively" speed up the number of mainline games it releases. Monster Hunter Generations was the last mainline game in the franchise, while Monster Hunter Stories - which launches in Japan soon - is considered a spin-off. The new Monster...
News 3DS Update 11.1.0-34 Brings Even More Stability To Nintendo's Incredibly Stable Handheld
None more stable
A new 3DS firmware update has just gone live, and yes - you guessed it - it's all about the stability. In fact, there's nothing else included with this update: Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience. Just how much more stable can the 3DS get...
News Animal Crossing: New Leaf's Fall Update Will Handle The Weeding So You Don't Have To
Animal Crossing: New Leaf may be getting on a bit these days but the game is set to get a new lease of life thanks to an update this November which adds amiibo functionality. As if being able to use your amiibo toys and cards with the game wasn't enough of a bonus, the free update will also rid your village of pesky weeds - something...
News CoroCoro Reveals Rockruff's Evolution & New Ultra Beasts for Pokémon Sun and Moon
Night and Day, Beauty and Expansion
The newest batch of information about Pokémon Sun and Moon has come from CoroCoro, with leaked scans making their way online as per tradition. If you don't want to know more, then we do wonder why you clicked on this article; if you do want to know and see more, read on. For a start, Rockruff's evolved form has...
News Snazzy Japanese Pokémon Sun and Moon Trailer Showcases Fresh Footage
More reveals due on 14th September
Earlier this week there was a glut of new information related to Pokémon Sun and Moon, which are all set to keep 3DS owners busy later this year. The Pokémon Company is eager to ensure that the hype train doesn't slow down, either, as another set of reveal details is due on 14th September at the now-usual time of...
News River City: Tokyo Rumble Will Be Roughhousing 3DS Consoles At The End Of This Month
Digital and physical releases planned
Natsume has confirmed that River City: Tokyo Rumble will launch on the 3DS in North America on September 27th. Developed by Arc System Works, the game will be released in physical and digital formats, and those who order a copy from Natsume's new Amazon store will receive a limited edition Kunio keychain. Here
Video Check Out Monster Hunter Stories' Zelda Crossover Content
Crossover content has been pretty popular in the world of Monster Hunter, and Capcom is continuing that trend by introducing elements from Nintendo's famous Legend of Zelda series. A new trailer has just been issued which shows off the Zelda content that will be included in Monster Hunter Stories. You'll be able to dress up the main...
News Kirby: Planet Robobot Director Discusses How Copy Abilities Are Chosen
Balancing is key
Though the Kirby series is well known for branching out frequently into new and different gameplay styles, the core platforming series still firmly remains centered around Kirby's cope abilities. Ever since Kirby's Adventure, dozens of copy abilities have made their debut, though many have a tendency to disappear for a few games...
News New 3DS LL Stays on Top in Japan as Wii U Leads Home Consoles Courtesy of PS4 Drop
Strange circumstances as new PS4 models are on the way
The Media Create charts are out in Japan, as expected, and the surprises mostly come in the hardware stakes; there's only one major newcomer in the software top 20. Starting with software, Yo-kai Watch 3 - in two versions - continues to lead and accumulate a decent number of sales. It's closely...
Gallery A Closer Look At The Aether Foundation, Ultra Beasts and More in Pokémon Sun and Moon
Also the Poké Finder and reasons for the time split between versions
Earlier today The Pokémon Company unveiled more details on Pokémon Sun and Moon. Somewhat appropriately considering the fact these entries are kickstarting a new generation, there were entirely new features, a notable nod to a retro classic, all-new Pokémon and some surprises...
Video Latest Pokémon Sun And Moon 'Train On' Featurette Tests The Limits Of Friendship
Try not to fall out over Pokémon battles
Part of the promotional activity for Pokémon Sun and Moon includes a mini-series of featurettes which focus on a Japanese boy making friends in a new country. The first episode showed how the power of Pokémon can build bridges, and now we've got a sequel which focuses on the game's ability to mend battered...
News Different Time Periods, New Pokémon and Snap-style Mode Confirmed for Pokémon Sun and Moon
Allies and interesting story focus also revealed
Pokémon Sun and Moon now have their latest trailer full of reveals, and it's a goodie. It packs a lot into a short video, and even includes a few surprising revelations that not many (outside of coming across leaks) would have predicted. If you want to see it all for yourself, check out the trailer...
Preview Taking the Temperature of Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice
It's not a bust
When you say 'Sonic Boom' to a Wii U owner that wants the best for SEGA's veteran mascot, they may react in any number of ways - they could turn red and embark on an explosive rant, they may quietly cry in a corner, or potentially just stare vacantly into the distance, their gaze devoid of all hope. That's the fault of Sonic Boom:...
News Gurumin 3D Price Revealed, Free 3DS Theme To Be Included With Purchase
Could release as early as the end of this month
Mastiff has confirmed to us that Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure will cost $14.99 when it launches on the 3DS eShop. The publisher has also revealed that the download will come with a free 3DS theme. The action RPG title is developed by Nihon Falcom Corporation and was originally released on PC back...
News Metroid Prime: Federation Force Flops on UK Debut
A long way off the top 40
Recently we reported on Metroid Prime: Federation Force enduring a poor launch in Japan, missing the country's top 20. Unfortunately, today's Chart-Track UK charts don't bring any better news. The Next Level Games-developed title is absent from the all- and single-format top 40 charts for the country, and the picture is...
News Mario Sports Superstars Is A Collaboration Between Camelot And Bandai Namco
Last week's Nintendo Direct gave us some nice 3DS-sized surprises, one of which was the previously-unannounced Mario Sports Superstars. The next entry in the long-running Mario Sports series of games, it aims to pull together several different disciplines into one package. Now, thanks to the Australian Board of Classification, we have...
News Hello Kitty And Friends Are Linking Up With Animal Crossing: New Leaf
New amiibo+ cards will unlock themed furniture in the game
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is getting an amiibo-style facelift later this year, and Nintendo has just revealed that a collaboration with Sanrio will see some of its most beloved characters appear in the game. Scanning the new range of amiibo+ cards will grant access to items of furniture...
Feature Looking for Hits in the Latest StreetPass Games
From capitalism to near-naked Ninjas
The most recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts had a number of pleasing reveals, but one of the most satisfying for eager explorers and walkers was confirmation of a major StreetPass update. The update does multiple things; it introduces the Quick Plaza / SwiftPlay Plaza, designed to shave time off playing games and...
Talking Point The 2017 Role of the 3DS Was Established in its Nintendo Direct
Ports, updates and occasional big-hitters to keep it ticking
It's not uncommon that, with new hardware around the corner, console manufacturers keep some content trickling onto the soon-to-be last-gen hardware. Often they rely upon third-party multi-platform titles, as we saw with PS3 and Xbox 360 after the arrival of their successors, though in...
News Monster Hunter Generations September DLC Includes Star Fox and Strider Gear
Monster Hunter Generations is likely still keeping plenty of players busy, and Capcom has now rolled out the second batch of free monthly DLC to add a little extra to the game. The headline additions this time tie into the Star Fox and Strider franchises, though there's more to pick up as well. The Fox McCloud Felyne outfit and...
Poll Did the 3DS Nintendo Direct Boost Your Hype for the Portable's Line-Up?
From Wii U game ports to all-new reveals
It was nearly six months between Nintendo Directs, with E3 and a smattering of reveals and extended commercials in between (and some Japan-only Directs). It had ben quite a wait, though it seemed that Nintendo did a pretty good job with its 3DS Nintendo Direct on 1st September, albeit with some caveats. As...
Video Awesome Japanese Trailer Localised for Pokémon Sun and Moon 'Train On' Series
Charm is super effective
Way back when Pokémon Sun and Moon had their full unveiling - through full commercials after an initial tease weeks earlier - we saw different marketing approaches. The Western reveal trailers featured familiar music and lots of clips of the game, while in Japan there was a video with a short narrative. We rather liked the...
News Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack Has Been Delayed to 4th October
Digital release date remains the same
As many fans are no doubt aware, Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is due to launch later this month. The action platformer looks set to deliver a worthy follow up to the excellent Azure Striker Gunvolt, and those who haven't played the original will have an opportunity to pick both up physically with the Azure Striker...
News Mythical Pokémon Victini Now Available in Latest Anniversary Distribution
This is what winning feels like, Pokémon fans
With Pokémon in its 20th Anniversary year we've been getting one Mythical Pokémon every month for the current-gen games, each available for a few weeks. This month's offering is Victini, which is available until 24th September through the Nintendo Network; it originally appeared in Pokémon Black and...
Feature The Big Nintendo Direct Summary - 1st September
Surprises, ports and a fake beard
We had to wait nearly six months, but we finally had another Nintendo Direct to sink our teeth into. This time around the focus was primarily on the 3DS, with a couple of relatively minor Wii U details sneaking in. There were most certainly some surprises, and Nintendo of America maintained its recent record of...
Video Take a Look at More Modes and Features in Mario Party: Star Rush
Mario Party: Star Rush, the mini-game bonanza arriving later this year, had a relatively brief segment in today's Nintendo Direct. Nintendo showed off some additional modes, which will offer different spins on the usual mayhem. The trailer below is a decent showcase, also giving a brief glimpse of amiibo play. A key announcement...
News Animal Crossing Mini Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 2nd November in Japan
Details on New Leaf's free amiibo-centric update expected
As part of today's Nintendo Direct broadcast, we were shown a little more of the upcoming free update to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The update will introduce amiibo support and also be accompanied by a new wave of amiibo cards and a new retail edition of the game; the goal is clearly to give...
News Rhythm Paradise Megamix Demo Arrives in Europe Today
Feel the beat
Today's Nintendo Direct had a few 'out today' moments to get us logging into the eShop, and in Europe we've received a demo for Rhythm Paradise Megamix, which hits the region on 21st October. In today's presentation Nintendo pointed out that it'll be possible, with quite a lot of the content in the game, to switch between English and...
News Hyrule Warriors Legends Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks DLC Pack is Out Today
Koei Tecmo kept it on track
Hyrule Warriors Legends owners (and those with the Wii U original) have been waiting for the third DLC pack, and it was thrown in as part of the Nintendo Direct shenanigans - it's out today. As you'd expect the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks riffs on the character designs from those two games, with the official...
News Demo Of Yo-Kai Watch 2 Arrives On The North American eShop Soon
Try before you buy
If you live in North America and were a fan of the original Yo-Kai Watch game on the 3DS, you'll probably already be aware the dual release sequel launches later this month on the 30th September. In the latest Nintendo Direct it was also revealed a free demo for Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls will arrive on the...
News Alolan Rattata and Special Z-Moves Revealed for Pokémon Sun and Moon
Who knew Snorlax could move so fast?
Among some of the first news out of today's 3DS-focused Nintendo Direct was some new information about the upcoming Pokémon Sun and Moon, including some interesting insights about Z-Moves. Truly one of the most ubiquitous Pokémon, Rattata seems to now have an Alolan form. Alolan Rattata is Dark/Normal type and...
News StreetPass Update Adds New Minigames and Premium Option to Hold 100 Hits
Go premium or go home
For those of us still carrying our 3DS systems around with us every day, it's possible that the existing StreetPass games have run their course. An update going live today, though, adds new minigames and a couple of enhancements. For starters, it's adding Quick Plaza / SwiftPlay Plaza (as always North American and European...
News New Legend of Zelda amiibo Are Coming In December
Nintendo has announced in its latest Nintendo 3DS Direct that in honour of the franchise's 30th anniversary, a "special series" of classic Legend of Zelda amiibo figures are set to hit the shelves on December 2nd; that date is for both North America and Europe. The figures will work as standard Link and Zelda amiibo respectively, but...
News Mario Sports Superstars Is A Collection Of Five Games In One
Arrives Spring 2017
Mario sports titles have been a staple of Nintendo gaming since the days of the NES. From Mario Golf to Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games in more recent times, these titles are known to provide fun for the whole family. It appears the house of Mario is raising the bar for this specific genre in Spring 2017, with the...
News Yoshi's Woolly World Will Soften Up Your 3DS In 2017, Poochy amiibo Also Incoming
A ripping yarn
During today's Nintendo Direct it was confirmed that the Wii U classic Yoshi's Woolly World will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS alongside a Poochy Yarn amiibo. The portable version - known as Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World - will also showcase a new "Poochy mode" where Poochy Pups act as a guide to aid your progress. To support...
News Animal Crossing: New Leaf's amiibo Update Coming Later This Year Along With Fresh amiibo Cards
Animal Crossing Direct also on the way this year
Nintendo has just confirmed that Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be getting a fresh lease of life this year thanks to a free update which will enable amiibo support in the million-selling 3DS title. While this isn't news in itself - we knew about this a while back - the game will also be getting a...
News A New Pikmin Game is Coming to 3DS
2017 can't come soon enough
The 3DS Direct carried a lot of big surprises with it, one of which was the confirmation of a new Pikmin game for 3DS. Word's been floating around for a while about there being a Pikmin 4 on the way, and – unless there's another Pikmin in development – it seems likely that this is what Miyamoto was talking about. The...
News Super Mario Maker Is Coming To 3DS
Released this December
Nintendo has confirmed that Super Mario Maker is making the jump from Wii U to 3DS. This portable version is focused on creating local connections rather than sharing online, with StreetPass being used to exchange courses with close friends. It will include access to some Wii U courses to play, but not every level from the...
Live Blog Watch the North American 3DS Nintendo Direct - Live!
It's been quite a while since the last full Nintendo Direct, so it's great news that we'll now get a good look at a whole load of 3DS games and goodies. We're hopeful of surprises, and expect Reggie Fils-Aime and Bill Trinen to be our hosts, though if we're lucky a certain Miyamoto-san could feature as he did back in March...
Live Blog Watch the European 3DS Nintendo Direct - Live!
Shibata-san has some treats to share
It's been quite a long wait for a Nintendo Direct, but now Nintendo of Europe President Satoru Shibata and his colleague Ed Valiente will be outlining details on what 3DS owners have to look forward to in the region. Join us for all of the action live! <liveblog...
News Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse And 7th Dragon III Code: VFD Confirmed For Euro Winter 2016 Release
Better tell Santa
Atlus and Sega's publishing partnership with Deep Silver was confirmed a while back and came as incredibly positive news for European fans, as it means they should be getting access to all of the lovely RPGs produced by those two firms. 3DS titles Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse and 7th Dragon III Code: VFD were both confirmed...
Feature What We Expect From the 3DS Nintendo Direct - 1st September
That says '3DS', not NX
It feels like an age and a day since we last had a Nintendo Direct - at E3 the big N opted for a Treehouse Live approach, while if we ignore some Japanese Culdcept Revolt broadcasts we need to go back to 3rd March for the last 'typical' Direct. Crikey. It's nice to have it back, then, and this one is set to be focused on the...
News Metroid Prime: Federation Force Power Bombs in Japan
A grim outcome for the spin-off
Metroid Prime: Federation Force arrived in North America first and is due in Europe this week, but it made its debut in Japan on 25th August. As a result we can see how it's performed in the Media Create chart results; the outcome is not good. Metroid isn't always a huge-seller in Japan; for example Metroid: Other M...
News Brazilian Listing Gives Hope for Western Release of Dragon Ball Fusions
Is it our turn?
Dragon Ball Fusions is a title we've followed with some curiosity out of Japan. The latest 3DS title utilising the popular IP offers turn-based gameplay, but a key hook is the ability to fuse characters together for interesting results. So far it's arrived in Japan but there's been little solid indication of a Western release, but...
Exclusive Exploring The Unlikely Legend Of Rusty Pup
"Three years is a good cycle for what we're doing"
When we last visited Gory Detail it was way back in 2013 when we exclusively revealed that ex-Rare staffers Chris Seavor and Shawn Pile had begun work on their next project - The Unlikely Legend of Rusty Pup. While the team have issued various developer vlogs in the subsequent years, they've largely...
News 3DS Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 1st September
"NX will not be discussed or revealed in this broadcast", so there
Sound the klaxon, there's a Nintendo Direct coming! Huzzah, break out the bunting! What's that? It's a '3DS' Nintendo Direct. Oh, but there must be the potential for NX to feature? ""NX will not be discussed or revealed in this broadcast". Oh... Well, dry those eyes, as there is a...
News Sega 3D Classics Collection 3: Final Stage To Include Mystery Title Picked By Fans
Arrives in Japan on December 22nd
Sega's line of 3D Classics has gone down a storm with 3DS owners thanks to a cunning combination of superb emulation, neat extras and - of course - killer games. While the titles have been released individually on the eShop, Sega has also published collections at retail, and the next helping - the third to arrive...
Weirdness Homebrew Programmer Emulates a Macintosh Plus on 3DS
Because they can...
While we've bemoaned aspects of the 3DS homebrew and modding community, namely hacks that cause eShop games to get taken down, some of the work done by intrepid programmers is downright fascinating. For example, do you remember when someone got Windows 95 working on a 3DS? There's another cool example now doing the rounds, with...
News Samus is the Latest Hero to Get a My Nintendo 3DS HOME Theme
Orange is certainly a theme
The My Nintendo rewards to date have had some high-points, but it's probably fair to say that the loyalty programme is yet to blow the doors off and excite loyal members. Nevertheless, there is a little extra treat on offer in exchange for 200 Platinum Points. Currently available in Europe (and Japan), with a North...
News New Nintendo 3DS Stays on Top in Japan Despite Tales of Berseria Release
Wii U dips back below 5000 units
It's Media Create chart time, in which we see what's hot and what's not in Nintendo's homeland. This week brings a new release on Sony hardware to the top of the software chart, though Nintendo hardware continues its recent lead. Bandai Namco's Tales of Berseria is the newcomer, with its PS4 and PS3 releases pushing...
Video Nintendo of America Maintains a Marketing Focus on Evergreen 3DS Titles
The 3DS Summer commercial pitches some classics
It's pretty clear that, outside of some game-specific promotions, the Wii U is sitting quietly in the corner. A lot of Nintendo's marketing efforts have been on the 3DS, with company President Tatsumi Kimishima emphasizing on more than one occasion the desire to continue building the audience for the...
News The Nintendo 3DS Is Getting A New RPG Maker Game
85 percent complete, online features promised
Famitsu has revealed that the popular RPG Maker series is finally coming to the Nintendo 3DS. RPG Maker Festival is apparently 85 percent complete and should see release later this year in Japan. The series can chart its history all the way back to the late '80s, and has appeared on a wide range of...
Random Love is a Just a Game Thanks to This Charming StreetPass Proposal
"So, what do you say?"
We've seen successful and doomed romances through Nintendo apps in the past, from marriage proposals made via Swapnote to a love that died too soon on Miiverse. Just recently, though, a rather charming example has emerged through StreetPass, as the big question was asked from one 3DS owner to another. Shared by Nint
Watch The Final Day of the 2016 Pokémon World Championships - Live!
Champions will be crowned
After two days of battles, particularly of the Trading Card and video game variety, the best Pokémon players in the world will go head to head for World Championship titles. Now it's serious. There's going to be a full day of live coverage for the Trading Card Game and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. You can catch...
Review Zero Time Dilemma (3DS)
Imagine you're out jogging, near home, on your usual route. You come to a fork in the path where you always turn right, but just before you do you spot a snail making its way across the sidewalk. You swerve left to avoid it, and head down the left route for the first time. What would you find there? What could happen to you? How could...
Watch The Action Heats Up in the 2016 Pokémon World Championships - Live!
Now it's getting serious
For competitive Pokémon players this is the weekend that matters the most - the Pokémon World Championships. The 2016 event has had a first day in which competitors have battled to make progress, and now it's ramping up towards Sunday's grand finale. As always there's plenty of live coverage for the Trading Card Game,...
News We Almost Got A Pokémon And Fire Emblem Crossover Game
Pokémon Conquest and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE got made instead
Pokémon is a real money-maker for all concerned right now, but the franchise has a strong commercial history behind it, and that has led to some interesting spin-off titles - Pokémon Conquest being one notable example. However, had that particular release not happened we could well...
News Four New Pokémon Revealed For Pokémon Sun And Moon
The roster continues to grow
The Pokémon Company has just revealed four brand new Pocket Monsters for Pokémon Sun and Moon, which is due to arrive on the 3DS later this year. The new monsters were shown off at the ongoing 2016 Pokémon World Championships and their names are Crabawler, Sandygast, Palossand and Stufful. Crabawler is a...
Guide Meching Sweet Chaos In Metroid Prime: Federation Force
The Bermuda System Campaign Field Manual
Look at you, fresh from boot camp standing tall and proud beside your shiny Project Golem Mech. Don't think this campaign will be a walk in the park; whether you fight alone or in a squad, the Bermuda System will be far from stable until we are done here cleaning up every single speck of Space Pirate scum...
Round Up Metroid Prime: Federation Force Predictably Divides Opinion
A force to be reckoned with?
Ever since Metroid Prime: Federation Force was first unveiled at E3 2015 it's proved to be somewhat of a controversial entry into the Metroid franchise - even more so than Other M if that were possible. Some bemoaned the lack of Samus, others weren't a fan of the chibi-style characters, yet some were cautiously...
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