Wednesday, March 4, 2015

3DS eShop Releases Flood Out Of GDC

To coincide with the Game Developers Conference, Nintendo released a large list of indie games coming out over the next few months. Although most of the listed games were on the Wii U, there were plenty of choice cuts for the 3DS as well.

Starting on March 5, crossbuy comes to Nintendo platforms with Curve Digital's 3DS port of the Vita-breaking skateboard game OlliOlli and Nintendo's own Mario vs Donkey Kong Tipping Stars. Although Tipping Stars will give a code for buying the 3DS or Wii U version that works to download on the other platform, OlliOlli will be made free as a download on the other platform as long as the same Nintendo Network ID is linked.

Also on March 5, Engine Software will release the 3DS version of Proun+. Originally an iOS game, the game features a very abstract art style and smooth jazz-rock music as you race a ball through a series of race modes. Online leaderboards and ghost racing is also featured.

Although not on the release list, Nintendo's website revealed that the next Sega 3D Classic series game, 3D Classics OutRun, will be out on March 12. One of the most eagerly anticipated games in the series, OutRun is a 3rd person "driving game" that in its original arcade form used a moving cabinet to simulate driving a Ferrari. Although the 3D Classics version won't feature that much movement, the same look and feel M2 added to the previous 3D Classics will be joined by a great soundtrack.

The spring sees a major get from Japan, as HAL Labs's Hako Boy will come to North America as Box Boy. Originally shown in the Japanese Nintendo Direct from January, the puzzle platformer features perhaps the most stylish monochrome box you'll ever see run through some mind-bending challenges with only a short hop and a few boxes.

PUMO's phone platformer DOOORS will come to the 3DS in the spring as well. The iOS/Android puzzle game uses tilt and touch controls to puzzle through a series of, well, doors.

Big John Games has a couple of constructive games coming to the 3DS in the 2nd quarter (April to June). The first is Cube Creator 3D, which aims to fill the Minecraft-shaped hole in the 3DS library. For those who prefer their construction to fly off the rails, Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails gives you a chance to create the rail system of your dreams or nightmares.

Neon Deity Games's Shutshimi, the PC and Xbox Live Independent Games shooter about a hyper-manly fish will come to 3DS (and Vita) with the help of BitTrip mavens Choice Provisions. It's the horizontal shooter with some of the shortest levels in history - thanks to some short term memory issues, the levels last ten seconds.

Renegade Kid will have a couple of remasters of their previous hits in the second quarter as well. Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is platforming for those who think Super Meat Boy is for wusses, and Dementium: The Ward is a 3DS remake of the 2007 DS first-person horror shooter. Renegade Kid has confirmed that in contrast to the Moon Chronicles remake, the game will be sold in full at launch.

Image and Form's follow-up to the wildly popular SteamWorld Dig, SteamWorld Heist, will launch in August, two years to the month after SteamWorld Dig. SteamWorld Heist is a 2D, turn-based strategy game that offers randomly generated heists and mid-mission ally recruitment, coupled with the western artstyle that contributed to SteamWorld Dig's popularity.

The 3rd quarter will see a couple of remakes of popular DSiWare games. Antipole DX from Saturnine Games is a new version of Antipole, a gravity-based platform game that appears to be even harder than VVVVVV. WayForward will also bring the director's cut of Shantae: Risky's Revenge to the 3DS after its successful run as DSiWare's most expensive - and yet most popular - release.

Check out some videos for most of the releases:

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