The 3DS eShop gets its first download-only retail release

It's quite a big week for the Nintendo Download, as it sees the arrival of the first "retail" download in the shape of XSEED Games' Unchained Blades. That's not the only reason to be cheerful though, as you can see from the selection of games below.

3DS download software

Unchained Blades (XSEED Games, $29.99) - It has taken its sweet time getting here, but this lush dungeon-based RPG is finally available on the 3DS eShop. Its appearance is significant in other ways, as its the first download-only 3DS retail title - hence the high price. We'll be casting our eye over the game shortly, so stay tuned for a review.

Gunman Clive (Hörberg Productions, $1.99) - A cowboy-themed tribute to classic action platformers like Mega Man, Gunman Clive has been ported from mobile phones to the 3DS with amazing success. In our Gunman Clive review we decided that it offered "terrific run and gun action at a steady tempo, with distinctive and gorgeous audio and visual presentation". You can't say fairer than that, really.

Air Battle Hockey 3D (Agetec) - This futuristic sports title has come out of nowhere and taken us a little by surprise. It looks a lot like the Dreamcast cult classic Cosmic Smash and boasts a head-to-head two-player mode. We'll have a review live on the site as soon as we've put it through its paces.

3DS Retail Software

Code of Princess (ATLUS) - Created by some of the same talented chaps behind the Sega Saturn fighter Guardian Heroes, this amazing 2D title has already thrilled 3DS owners at retail - something you'll be acutely aware of if you've consulted our glowing Code of Princess review. Needless to say, if you haven't sampled this already then now is the perfect time to remedy that oversight.


Galaxy Saver (G-Style, $1.99 / 200 points) - Fans of 2D vertical shooters will want to check this one out. With several gameplay modes and some eye-catching visuals, this could be another DSiWare gem. Expect a review in the very near future.

Snowboard Xtreme (EnjoyUp Games, $1.99 / 200 points) - This appears to be quite a simplistic snowboarding simulation, with various courses to negotiate and hazards to avoid. Our review will be taking to the slopes as soon as it's ready.

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So will you be spending $29.99 on Unchained Blades, or does the more reasonably-priced Gunman Clive take your fancy? Vote in the poll below to let us know.

What will you be downloading first this week? (233 votes)

  1. Unchained Blades (3DS eShop)26%
  2. Code of Princess (3DS retail)9%
  3. Gunman Clive (3DS eShop)27%
  4. Air Battle Hockey 3D (3DS eShop)  0%
  5. Galaxy Saver (DSiWare)1%
  6. Snowboard Xtreme (DSiWare)  0%
  7. Nothing for me this week37%

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