Konami’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate is set to launch on 8th March as an exclusive Nintendo 3DS title; although the game could’ve easily made it to a rival handheld had it not been for one of the 3DS’s unique selling points. Continue reading
Nintendo has confirmed that it’s set to distribute the upcoming side-scrolling sequel to 2010′s PS3/Xbox 360 game, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Continue reading
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which is set to launch on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 early next year, is the result of a collaboration between the Metal Gear series’ producer, Hideo Kojima, and Platinum Games. However, despite Platinum’s upcoming Nintendo-published Wii U exclusives - Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101 – Korekado from Konami, the game’s publisher, has revealed that a Wii U port of Revengeance is currently not on the cards: Continue reading
This week’s Nintendo downloads have been confirmed, and there’ll be a nice variety of software available to download from Nintendo’s digital stores this Thursday. Continue reading
It was confirmed last week that Konami’s 3DS exclusive Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate has been delayed until next year, having originally been scheduled to launch ahead of its Xbox 360 and PS3 counterpart - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – before the Christmas period. Continue reading
For every Luigi’s Mansion and Castlevania game delayed until next year, there’s, well, a lot of upcoming games – both first and third-party – heading to the Nintendo 3DS before the all-important Holiday period.
So, without further ado, here’s the full line-up of Nintendo 3DS, DS and eShop games arriving in North America later this year – including a previously unannounced Hydroventure/Fluidity sequel: Continue reading
We’re in for a treat on the eShop this week – if you don’t mind paying extortionate prices for retail downloads, that is. The eShop’s come a long way since its original inception in June of last year, but for all of its improvements and new additions, surely not one has been as monumental for Nintendo as the introduction of retail downloads. Read on for the lowdown on this week’s new additions to Nintendo’s digital stores. Continue reading
Following in the footsteps of last week’s great selection of new software on the Nintendo eShop, this week we have an original 3DS app from Nintendo with downloadable content also available, two new DSiWare games and, for the first time in weeks, an original WiiWare download.
3DS Download Software
Sparkle Snapshots 3D
Have fun taking and customising your own unique photos, and see where your imagination leads you! Get snap-happy with the cameras on your Nintendo 3DS system and share your creations with friends wirelessly. You can also connect to the Sparkle SnapShop to purchase new content which is sure to spark your imagination! Please note: photos taken with this software will not display in 3D
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy
The Archyite Steppe (FF13), Matoya’s Cave (FF01), Battle 1 (FF03), The Final Battle (FF05).
Sparkle Snapshots 3D
Mario Core Set, Mario Kart 7 Set.
Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition
1,000 Wii Points
Frogger’s coin-op thrills come with a whole range of customisation options, from the super-modern neon of hyper arcade, to the 8-bit sprites from Castlevania and even Contra. If you want to prove your dodging skills to your friends, find out who’s the top frog in matches with up to four players
£1.80 / 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Control V-99 through the strange and foreboding Bit 8 zone. V-99 can now modify time by slowing it down, stopping it and even going back in time. He’ll need all of these abilities in the battle against the destructive Black Vectors.
Topoloco – crazy about topography
£4.50 / 500 Nintendo DSi Points
For all of the five continents Professor Topoloco covers, there are mini-games to help you do everything from locating cities to dragging flags. The great news is you practice as much as you want before that crucial exam.
Did anyone else notice the loophole in Sparkle Snapshots 3D‘s title? Either way, not a bad week for Nintendo downloads – shall you be purchasing anything?
If you were an early Nintendo 3DS adopter, you may remember an abundance of claims that the system had no third-party support in its launch window; and while Nintendo has said that it’s learned its lesson for the Wii U’s launch, it seems that the Wii U may well be next in line for criticism regarding launch titles.
With Konami bringing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS, there’s plenty of third-party exclusives coming to the handheld. However, the publisher doesn’t seem so sure on Wii U, as it’s focusing on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, with Nintendo’s HD console being snubbed for the time being.
“We have no plans for a Wii U version. It’s a great console, but my team are focused on PS3 and Xbox 360 at the moment.” - Dave Cox, Konami
This news comes after a Wii U version of Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate was cancelled in order for the development team to focus on the 3DS version. Does this indicate that Konami’s development teams are having trouble working with Nintendo’s upcoming console, are they just wary of the system’s success?
If you thought the Wii U’s got a lot of games on the way before Christmas, just wait until you see the 3DS’s line-up… unless you’ve already scrolled down and skimmed through the list already, in which case we’re sure you’ll agree that the 3D handheld has a lot going for it heading into the Christmas period.
The Amazing Spider-Man June 26
Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park October
Transformers Prime October
Skylanders Giants Fall
Code of Princess Fall
Madagascar 3: The Video Game June 5th
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game November 20th
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?! Fall
Ben 10: Omniverse Fall
Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Pixar Finding Nemo September
Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure September
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion Fall
Hotel Transylvania September 18th
Konami Digital Entertainment
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Fall
Hello Kitty Picnic October
50 Classic Games October
Junior Classic Games October
Jett Tailfin November
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning Q4
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Holiday
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Holiday
New Super Mario Bros. 2 August 19th
LEGO City: Undercover (working title) TBA
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure July 10th
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Holiday
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy July 3rd
Heroes of Ruin July 17th
Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] July 31
Storm City Entertainment
Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride August
Old Skool Classics September
Word Wizard 3D September
Classic Games Overload: Card and Puzzle Edition November
Imagine Babyz October 23rd
Imagine Fashion Life October 23rd
Petz Countryside November 6th
Rayman Origins Q3
Rabbids Rumble Holiday
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes June 19th
LEGO Lord of the Rings Fall
Spy Hunter Fall
Scribblenauts Unlimited Holiday
Big John Games
Coaster Creator Fall
SpeedX 3D Fall
Order Up!! June
Planet Crashers June
Cave Story+ Summer
Alban Hawkins & the 1,001 Spikes Fall
Pokédex 3D Pro Fall
Pokémon Dream Radar Fall
Renegade Kid LLC
Bomb Monkey Summer
Prince of Persia Q2
Unchained Blades Summer
Pokémon Conquest June 18th
Pokémon Black Version 2 Fall
Pokémon White Version 2 Fall
It’s worth bearing in mind that this is the American line-up, so don’t be confused when some titles release a little earlier or later than is slated in this list over here in Europe. It’s also worth noting that Pokémon Conquest still hasn’t been confirmed for a European release, Rhythm Thief released over here a few months back, and Heroes of Ruin has been delayed in America.
All in all, though, not a bad line-up for the 3DS this year, with the exception of Ubisoft’s Petz and Imagine games after its phenomal support for the Wii U thus far.