First Impressions: New Nintendo 3DS XL

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There comes a time in almost every 3DS owner’s life where they push the 3D slider down, removing the glassless 3D image, and never adjust it back. The vast majority of games for the system don’t utilize the 3D in a meaningful way, and articles about the 3DS and its games are plagued with comments from users about the gimmicky nature of the system. The 3D has become useless enough that Nintendo even released an entirely new 3DS with the 3D component completely removed, cleverly titled the 2DS.

With 2015 came another revision for the Nintendo 3DS family, but with this system, it finally feels like Nintendo made the system they wanted to release in 2011. Continue reading

PSA: Get the entire Bit.Trip series on 3DS for less than a fiver

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If you’ve somehow missed out on the genre-hopping BIT.TRIP series from Gaijin Games – be it the WiiWare originals, or the series’ many PC and mobile ports – there’s never been a better time to catch up.

BIT.TRIP SAGA was a retail compilation that launched on 3DS back in 2012, and it’s currently available via the Nintendo eShop for a mere £4.49. That’s six unique retro-inspired games, updated with new content and 3D visuals, for less than each game’s original launch price on the Wii Shop Channel.

For me, a portable copy of BIT.TRIP RUNNER is worth the asking price alone.

For you retro fanatics, Curve Digital’s 3DS port of Titan Attacks! arrived earlier today, too. We posted a review this morning.

Review: Titan Attacks! (3DS eShop)

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If Titan Attacks! launched forty years earlier, this very review may well have been published on a site called Nintendo Titan. Almost every aspect of Puppy Games’ modern arcade-style shooter is built upon Atari’s Space Invaders – but a plethora of additions and modernisations keep Titan Attacks! relevant on 3DS, even though it wasn’t designed for Nintendo’s hardware.

Developer: Puppy Games
Publisher: Curve Studios
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PS4 & PS Vita
Price: £7.99 | €9.99
3DS Release Date: 26/02/15
Genre: Arcade shooter
File Size: 241 blocks

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New Nintendo 3DS hardware now available for purchase for selected Club Nintendo members

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The New Nintendo 3DS handheld is now available to selected Club Nintendo members across Europe, until 12th January.

Nintendo of Europe sent out a confirmation e-mail to eligible members earlier today:

“We’d like to thank you, one of our most loyal customers, for all your support. To show our appreciation, we’re offering you the chance to purchase New Nintendo 3DS now, and get it before the official European launch”

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Review: Rune Factory 4 (3DS eShop)

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Rune Factory 4 is an open ended RPG/simulator, the ‘open’ and ‘ended’ parts being a product of its Harvest Moon origins. You’ll spend in-game time crafting and cooking, farming and fishing, all while advancing a central plot from which its RPG elements lie.

Developer: Neverland
Publisher: XSEED Games
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: N/A
EU Release Date: 11/12/14
NA Release Date: 01/11/13
Players: 1
Price: £24.99

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Review: Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Wii U eShop)

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With the success of the mobile giant Angry Birds series, it’s no surprise that countless developers have since tried to replicate the popularity of Rovio’s flagship series. Originally released on the 3DS over a year ago, Cypronia has ported the game over to Wii U as the newly-subtitled ‘Colossal Carrot Crusade’. But is it really worth flinging your money at, or just another shameless cash-grab?

Developer: Cypronia
Publisher: Cypronia
Review Platform: Wii U eShop
Also Available on: 3DS eShop
Price: £5.99, $8.99 €6.99
EU/NA Release Date: 25/09/14
Genre: Action, Puzzle
Players: 1 Player
File-Size: 183.1MB
PEGI: 3

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Celebrate Halloween with a free Pumpkaboo for Pokémon X and Y

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As we all wait impatiently for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Nintendo’s distributing a Pumpkaboo – via XY’s Mystery Gift – for the duration of October.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, it’ll know the moves Trick-or-Treat and Scary Face, and arrive holding the Rocky Helmet item. Continue reading

Nintendo announces Transparent Red and Blue 2DS systems and Pokémon bundles

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After almost a year since its launch, Nintendo of Europe has announced two brand-new colours for the 2DS console. On 7th November, the Transparent Red and Transparent Blue 2DS models will be available as standalone systems. These will later become available as bundles following Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire‘s release on 28th November. Continue reading

Review: Tappingo 2 (3DS eShop)

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Tappingo 2 isn’t very deep. There aren’t any unlockables, no stats to raise or levels to gain. It’s just a simple puzzle game that gets more difficult, bit by bit, as you progress. And it’s unnaturally fun.

Developer: Goodbye Galaxy Games
Publisher: Goodbye Galaxy Games
Review Platform: 3DS eShop
Also Available on: N/A
Price: $2.99
NA Release Date: 04/09/14
Genre: Puzzle
Players: 1
PEGI: 3

Your objective in Tappingo 2, exactly like its predecessor, is to fill in various pixel art with your stylus. Imagine Picross, except that when you drag your stylus, your line doesn’t stop until it hits something. At a basic level, that may seem… boring. But for some reason, Tappingo 2 has its own way of keeping you playing. Maybe it’s the minimal amount of time you can spend playing. Maybe it’s catering to the “completionist” lifestyle. In any case, finishing puzzles just feels good, and that’s the best thing Tappingo 2 has going for itself.

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Image & Form announces SteamWorld Heist for a Spring 2015 release

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Indie game studio Image & Form has just announced the third game in its SteamWorld series – sub-titled Heist. Having tackled the tower defence genre on DSiWare, and more recently explored the depths of vertical platforming in the critically acclaimed SteamWorld Dig, SteamWorld Heist is a turn-based strategy game based in space. Continue reading