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Remember Etrian Odyssey IV?
That’s still coming out at the end of the month — there’s a free demo available on the 3DS eShop today, which you should give a run if you can manage to pull yourself away from Fire Emblem: Awakening. Doesn’t this art (by mochimochi@tsuuhan hajimashita) make you want to at least load it up to see what the deal is?
To provide extra encouragement, Atlus has made it so you can transer your progress from the demo to the eventual full release, and has even put out QR codes that you can scan for special bonuses in the trial. Here’s a new trailer for the first-person RPG’s Nightseeker class, too.
As for other stuff that hit the eShop today, we got you covered right here.
BUY Etrian Odyssey IV, other upcoming games

Remember Etrian Odyssey IV?

That’s still coming out at the end of the month — there’s a free demo available on the 3DS eShop today, which you should give a run if you can manage to pull yourself away from Fire Emblem: Awakening. Doesn’t this art (by mochimochi@tsuuhan hajimashita) make you want to at least load it up to see what the deal is?

To provide extra encouragement, Atlus has made it so you can transer your progress from the demo to the eventual full release, and has even put out QR codes that you can scan for special bonuses in the trial. Here’s a new trailer for the first-person RPG’s Nightseeker class, too.

As for other stuff that hit the eShop today, we got you covered right here.

BUY Etrian Odyssey IV, other upcoming games
Etrian Odyssey IV demo Feb. 7
Atlus will send out an eShop demo of Etrian Odyssey IV on February 7, with the “Old Forest Mine” mini-dungeon, the “Windy Plains” skyship area, and part of the “Lush Woodlands” dungeon. 
Best of all, any progress you make in this demo carries over to the full game! QR code items and exchanges are also available in the demo.
BUY Etrian Odyssey IV, other upcoming games

Etrian Odyssey IV demo Feb. 7

Atlus will send out an eShop demo of Etrian Odyssey IV on February 7, with the “Old Forest Mine” mini-dungeon, the “Windy Plains” skyship area, and part of the “Lush Woodlands” dungeon. 

Best of all, any progress you make in this demo carries over to the full game! QR code items and exchanges are also available in the demo.

BUY Etrian Odyssey IV, other upcoming games
Come to me, Fire Emblem: Awakening demo
The free demo for Fire Emblem: Awakening hits eShop today!
To see what else hit today, and the million 3DS/eShop release dates Nintendo just announced this morning (no Animal Crossing: New Leaf date :o/ ), check our Upcoming Releases page.
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Come to me, Fire Emblem: Awakening demo

The free demo for Fire Emblem: Awakening hits eShop today!

To see what else hit today, and the million 3DS/eShop release dates Nintendo just announced this morning (no Animal Crossing: New Leaf date :o/ ), check our Upcoming Releases page.

PREORDER Fire Emblem: Awakening (February 4)
Fire Emblem: Awakening demo next week
You won’t have to wait until February 4 to get a taste of Fire Emblem: Awakening — Nintendo will put out a demo for the strategy RPG next week through the 3DS eShop! This free trial will at least give you something to play with on your system until this drought of quality software ends next month.
And when Awakening ships to stores (with a simultaneous eShop release), the game will feature day-one downloadable content, including a free-for-a-limited-time map meant to serve as an intro to the weekly premium DLC packs that will follow.
Players acquire this content through the in-game world map after completing the story campaign’s fifth mission. Nintendo will also distribute free content like maps with new storylines, characters, and items through SpotPass. 
The StreetPass feature sounds hot, too:





"Players can set up a StreetPass Team and exchange certain game data with other players. The StreetPass Team is made up of 10 units from an existing team in story mode. Players can also edit team names and create custom messages for other players to see.
StreetPass characters will randomly appear on the world map, giving players the option to recruit the team leader with gold, buy any weapons or items the team is carrying or battle and win to recruit the leader for free. Like the random battles in the main story mode, the player will have full control of battles in StreetPass mode. Players will also earn ‘renown’ based on battles won. A players’ ‘renown’ is visible to other players through StreetPass.”





Not sure how I’m going to make time to play Etrian Odyssey IV later that month, once Awakening sinks its hooks into me.
PREORDER Fire Emblem: Awakening, other upcoming games

Fire Emblem: Awakening demo next week

You won’t have to wait until February 4 to get a taste of Fire Emblem: Awakening — Nintendo will put out a demo for the strategy RPG next week through the 3DS eShop! This free trial will at least give you something to play with on your system until this drought of quality software ends next month.

And when Awakening ships to stores (with a simultaneous eShop release), the game will feature day-one downloadable content, including a free-for-a-limited-time map meant to serve as an intro to the weekly premium DLC packs that will follow.

Players acquire this content through the in-game world map after completing the story campaign’s fifth mission. Nintendo will also distribute free content like maps with new storylines, characters, and items through SpotPass. 

The StreetPass feature sounds hot, too:

"Players can set up a StreetPass Team and exchange certain game data with other players. The StreetPass Team is made up of 10 units from an existing team in story mode. Players can also edit team names and create custom messages for other players to see.

StreetPass characters will randomly appear on the world map, giving players the option to recruit the team leader with gold, buy any weapons or items the team is carrying or battle and win to recruit the leader for free. Like the random battles in the main story mode, the player will have full control of battles in StreetPass mode. Players will also earn ‘renown’ based on battles won. A players’ ‘renown’ is visible to other players through StreetPass.”

Not sure how I’m going to make time to play Etrian Odyssey IV later that month, once Awakening sinks its hooks into me.

PREORDER Fire Emblem: Awakening, other upcoming games
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The 3DS eShop now has a demo for Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! It’s been almost a month since the game released to stores, but better late than never. Also, you can buy the full version as a digital copy on eShop, which is nice. Wait, the trial has a limit of five plays? Unacceptable!
eShop really went HAM today! Look at all these downloadable releases (and the release dates for other upcoming physical and digital games).
BUY Adventure Time for DS and 3DS

The 3DS eShop now has a demo for Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! It’s been almost a month since the game released to stores, but better late than never. Also, you can buy the full version as a digital copy on eShop, which is nice. Wait, the trial has a limit of five plays? Unacceptable!

eShop really went HAM today! Look at all these downloadable releases (and the release dates for other upcoming physical and digital games).

BUY Adventure Time for DS and 3DS
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Today (Smashing Pumpkins) - Anamanaguchi

Today (Smashing Pumpkins)

Anamanaguchi • Scott Pilgrim Demos

The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today” covered by Anamanaguchi. This isn’t a full song unfortunately, just a rare Scott Pilgrim demo the chiptune group was asked to put together. Perhaps in an alternate world, there is a better, happier version of me listening to a completed version of the track.

Even if this cuts short, this is just the best — it makes today feel like the greatest day. There should be a song about that feeling.

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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!
Buy: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
See also: More Theatrhythm Final Fantasy news, media
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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!

Buy: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
See also: More Theatrhythm Final Fantasy news, media
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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!

Preorder: Heroes of Ruin (July 17)
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more
See also: More of Tiny Cartridge's E3 coverage

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.

Buy: Rayman Origins
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more
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We’ve decided to distribute a KH3D demo in North America as well as Japan. You can play part of Sora’s scenario in Traverse Town. So if your friends haven’t played it yet, you can recommend it to them. And of course, give the co-op mini game Flick Rush a try.

Also, an unannounced title is being prepared as well, though it’s something lighter.

Square Enix director Tetsuya Nomura promising an eShop trial for Kingdom Hearts 3D and a new mystery game, according to a Famitsu Weekly interview.

Preorder: Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more
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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. 


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Metal Gear Solid 3D demo this Thursday

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!

Preorder: Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more
See also: More Metal Gear Solid posts