302 posts tagged eshop
First look at Treasurenauts
Here’s the next eShop platformer from Renegade Kid, the the Austin studio that brought Mutant Mudds. Slated for a fourth quarter release this year, Treasurenauts features local multiplayer (with download play), a Super Mario World-esque world map, and it looks like at least eight playable characters.
The treasure you pick up act as your health (you lose some when you’re hit, Sonic-style), and you can get different endings depending on how much you hoard. The latest issue of Nintendo Force has more details on Treasurenauts.
Hey, this is out today! I thought it looked interesting when it was released in Japan as Peakvox Lilirhythm, and I speculated that Teyon could potentially publish it here. That’s the kind of spot-on industry analysis you can expect from Tiny Cartridge.
I still have no idea if this is any good, but I love experimental rhythm games, and for $4 I don’t mind taking the risk!
eShop sale for The Denpa Men
This week’s list of 3DS downloadable releases in the U.S. is weak, but there’s a decent sale for Genius Sonority’s whimsical RPG The Denpa Men that cuts its price from $9.99 to $7.99. Now’s a great time to pick it up if you haven’t yet, as its sequel releases in a week and you can carry over your hero’s data.
Meanwhile Wii U’s Virtual Console is holding a buy 2 Kirby games get 1 free sale, and Europe’s 3DS eShop gets a demo for Project X Zone. And on the retail side, Amazon is still selling New Super Mario Bros. 2, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for $29.99 each.
Altered Beast welcomed to
its doom the 3DS
Hey, it’s another classic from Sega enhanced and thrown onto the eShop — Altered Beast! The game will add a lot of the features we saw in 3D Sonic the Hedgehog, like a CRT emulation mode, button remapping, options to play JP/Western versions, depth and zoom 3D options, etc.
Sega will put out 3D Altered Beast next week to Japan. There’s no word about a Western release, but the publisher has announced that it’s bringing 3D Space Harrier to Europe, so maybe the rest of the series is on the way too.
Original Shantae hits eShop on June 20
A month from now, you’ll be able to buy cult Game Boy Color platformer Shantae — the first original property from WayForward, and the first release that got people to really start noticing the studio — on 3DS’s Virtual Console in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
WayForward is putting out so much on the 3DS this year: this release, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Mighty Switch Force! 2, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!, and Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby In 8-Bit Land. I wouldn’t be surprised if we heard more announcements for 2013 either.
Nintendo Direct’s 3DS highlights
There was a minimal amount of 3DS news in this morning’s Nintendo Direct (you could say the same about interesting Wii U announcements), but I was happy to hear a couple minor but nice items about the eShop.
First, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will sell for only $4.99 each during its first three weeks on the storefront (starting May 30). After that, the Game Boy Color releases will go for $5.99 each.
And there’s over a dozen more Game Gear titles coming to 3DS Virtual Console:
- Crystal Warriors
- Defenders of Oasis
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- G-LOC: Air Battles
- Shining Force II: The Sword of Hajya
- Sonic Blast
- Sonic Drift 2
- Sonic Labyrinth
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Tails Adventure
- Vampire: Master of Darkness
The other 3DS announcements today:
The Starship Damrey delivers the HAM to eShop
This Guild02 horror/adventure is out in North America and Europe today, priced at $7.99. It’ll take you only 1-2 hours to get through, but that might be a plus to some people. Apparently if you’ve downloaded any Guild01 games in the past (they’re all on sale!), you’ll be able to unlock a bonus scenario.
If visual novels aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other new downloads you can check out — seriously this week is loaded, offering two 3DS Virtual Console titles and at least one quality eShop game. Wii U’s Virtual Console also went HAM, throwing out Super Ghouls’n Ghosts and Super Metroid.
Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies will be a digital-only release this fall
Capcom announced that its newest Phoenix Wright game will release to the U.S. and Europe this autumn, but only as an eShop game! The company’s SVP Christian Svensson explains:
“Sorry guys, but a physical release is not in the cards.
Historically it’s been tough to attract long term retail support for Ace Attorney titles. With the release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies we wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the game for as long as possible. With that in mind we have opted for a digital-only release via the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
I understand that this decision may upset fans who wanted to have a physical version of the title to add to their collection but we believe this direction is the best to take.
We will be confirming details on the price point in the not-so-distant future which I hope will also shed more light on the strategy at play here.”
At least the publisher didn’t just skip the Western release altogether (like it did with Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2), I guess? Anyway, watch the first English trailer past the break:
3D Sonic the Hedgehog coming to eShop
Sega’s 3DS series of remakes for its classic games will bring an enhanced edition of the original Sonic the Hedgehog to Japan next week!
This release includes nice extras like the spin dashing that you can turn on or off, button remapping, normal and CRT modes, and the ability to switch between the Japanese and Western versions of the game to experience their differences. You can even set the audio to emulate the original Sega Genesis or the Sega Genesis model 2, and adjust the stereoscopic 3D to emphasize either depth or pop-out effects similar to Super Mario 3D Land.
I’ve no idea why Sega hasn’t brought its 3D series to the U.S. yet…
The Starship Damrey releases on May 16
Guild02’s horror/adventure game from Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Abiko, two fellows who worked together on the acclaimed but Japan-only Kamaitachi no Yoru, will release to 3DS’s eShop soon.
And in related news, Level-5 has registered several trademarks in Japan that suggest a batch of Guild03 games, according to Siliconera. Those trademarks include Wonderflick, Rare Drop Adventurer Note, and Earth Devastating B-rank Girlfriend.
Can’t say enough how much more interesting the eShop is thanks to Level-5’s Guild series. These volumes have made it possible for notable Japanese developers to bring so many small but curious titles to the storefront, and even release them in the West. Other than Nintendo, no other publisher is putting the eShop on the map like Level-5.
The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves trailer
This sequel to Genius Sonority’s cute Dragon Quest-style RPG will release to the eShop on May 30, bringing with it online battles and the ability to import your hero’s data from the original game.
Speaking of the eShop, you can see today’s new handheld games and sales (Marvel Pinball 3D is now half off) on our releases page.
Transfer Flipnotes to Flipnote Studio 3D
If you have animated masterpieces you want to keep working on when Flipnote Studio goes offline (May 31!) and Flipnote Studio 3D arrives (I dunno!) you can. You just gotta transfer them to the new Flipnote Gallery: World community.
Click here to get the process started (requires Hatena ID). Obviously, you should do this before May 31!
Or maybe not: Nintendo says “Please note, unless you indicate otherwise by 31st May 2013, all Flipnotes will be automatically transferred to the Nintendo DSi Library.” I think I’d still prefer to do the process manually, just to be super sure.