Last month XSEED confirmed via Facebook that it was struggling to get the artistic dungeon crawling RPG Unchained Blades onto the 3DS eShop in North America, but said it hoped the game would make it before the New Year.

Well there's good news, and there's bad news. The good news is that Unchained Blades will be heading onto the 3DS eShop very soon; the bad news is that it'll be coming after we've all finished singing Auld Lang Syne. The game will be made available to download on 3rd January 2013.

What may surprise you is the price of the game: $29.99. It seems a little costly for an eShop title but this is because the game is a full retail title; it just comes without a box and a cartridge. This makes Unchained Blades the first download only retail title on the 3DS and represents a big milestone in the downloadable games market.

There's no news yet on whether or not Unchained Blades will make it to Europe in some shape or form, but we can remain hopeful seeing as North America will soon be downloading it.

What are you thoughts on this? Are you looking forward to picking this one up in the eShop? As always let us know in the comments section below.