33 posts tagged demo
How forward of you, Cloud!
Some of you might have noticed that after a month of disappointing everyone, eShop was back on point this week with four new releases: Toki Tori (GBC) for Virtual Console, mobile port SpeedX 3D, hippo murdering sim Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D, and Escape the Virus: Shoot ‘Em Up for DSiWare.
Plus a free demo for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy! The trial was long overdue, but to make up for it, the demo has unlimited plays, which is a first for the eShop!
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E3 multiplayer trailer for Heroes of Ruin. This game isn’t set to release in Europe until June 15 and in the U.S. until July 17, but we’ll be able to sample it with a demo.
Square Enix will release a trial for the Diablo-style dungeon crawler in Europe tomorrow (hopefully in the U.S. too?), complete with four-player local and online co-op. I’m pretty sure that’s a first for demos on the eShop!
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Launch trailer for the 3DS version of Rayman Origins, which received an eShop demo (30 playthroughs) today! Game & Watch Gallery 2 (GBC) releases for 3DS Virtual Console next week. eShop is getting awesome again!
There are rumors that when the full version of Rayman Origins releases to stores, it will also have a download version on eShop. It’s all due to this press release text:
"The full version of the game will be available at retailers and online on June 5, 2012."
I think the likely scenario, though, is that “online” refers to sites like Amazon and other online retailers.
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Square Enix director Tetsuya Nomura promising an eShop trial for Kingdom Hearts 3D and a new mystery game, according to a Famitsu Weekly interview.
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Demonstration of what happens when a 3DS demo expires. The Nintendogs demo (added yesterday) is limited to 10 plays, so DMGICE’s Philip Wesley ran it down to see what happened.
Spoiler alert: you get funneled into the eShop to read about the full version.
It’s rare that we know about an eShop release date before it happens, but Konami announced today that the Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D demo will hit the North American eShop this Thursday. This is where I admit that I’m thinking about buying a Circle Pad Pro in advance of this demo…
If it doesn’t work out, at least you can play this rad Metal Gear Pushmo puzzle!
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Several weeks after demos appeared on the 3DS eShop in Japan, the free trials will finally debut in North America and Europe, starting tomorrow with Resident Evil: Revelations (Europe will also get a Cooking Mama 4 demo). The U.S. will receive a Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games demo next week, too.
In press releases sent out today, Nintendo also promised to deliver limited trials for Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Rayman Origins, and Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure — release dates for those will be revealed later.
Meanwhile in Japan, 3DS owners will receive a second demo for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy some time in early February. The final game will have downloadable songs.
Preorder: Resident Evil: Revelations
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While we’re waiting for ANY DEMO EVER to arrive on the US or EU eShops, Japan just got another one, for Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy. If this is anything like Ace Combat: Assault Horizon on consoles, it’s a game that really needs a demo, as it’s hard to convince people to buy a new Ace Combat game in 2011/2012 without giving them a concrete, playable reason.
This is a really restricted demo, unfortunately: it’s limited to just three plays. Is Nintendo/Namco really concerned that people are going to replay a demo over and over instead of buying stuff? Clearly they are…
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With the additional demo infrastructure coming to the 3DS eShop, companies may, possibly, hopefully start actually putting some damn game demos on there. Capcom is already expressing interest.
“We’re in talks with Nintendo about that and I agree, I think that would help sales a lot,” said Capcom’s Christian Svensson, regarding a demo for Resident Evil: Revelations. “For that to happen we need to get permission to use a larger filesize than demos currently are allowed.” So there’s a size restriction on demos, huh?
If Capcom really wants to address fans regarding a Resident Evil 3DS game, it should release a demo of the file management screen, amirite? Unless it’s the same one from before…
Preorder: Resident Evil: Revelations
Want to try out Super Mario 3D Land a few weeks before it ships? You can right now at your local Best Buy, which should have playable demos for Super Mario 3D Land and several already released 3DS games.
Apparently, these are only available at Best Buy’s 3DS public stations, and not as downloads through the retailer’s useless Nintendo Zone service. Will that WiFi 3DS app ever be anything but a disappointment?
Subtitled Bravely Default app, augmented reality, and up-skirt shots. This footage was filmed off the free preview app Square Enix released via the Nintendo 3DS’s eShop in Japan. It starts off by showing the gorgeous Akihiro Hino-designed graphics in a mostly non-interactive area.
Afterward, there’s an augmented reality segment featuring the game’s primary female character asking for your help, Princess Leia-style. Naturally, people are taking advantage of this feature to look at the poor woman’s underwear.
Whoa, remember the Wii’s Nintendo Channel? How, like, you could load up DS demos to stream to your system via Download Play? Well, while we were all busy forgetting about it (and I don’t mean this in a “hurr dust off your Wii” way, only that the Nintendo Channel demo service got into a rut for a really long time), Nintendo has posted a demo of Kirby: Mass Attack.
This is definitely the kind of game that benefits from a demo; after all, you might like Kirby games, but that’s no guarantee you’re going to like a side-scrolling action-strategy game thing.
Preorder: Kirby Mass Attack
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