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Image & Form, who developed and released the smash hit SteamWorld Dig, has teased their latest game project, and it’s a little bit different than you might expect.

SteamWorld Heist is a game about space adventures and survival. Recruit a team of ragtag robots to explore and scavenge the remains of a destroyed world. Board enemy ships and command your crew in a unique variety of turn-based combat.

Taking place some time after SteamWorld Dig, a cataclysmic event has shattered the planet and forced its population into steam-driven spaceships. It’s a robot-eat-robot world out there, and water is desperately hard to come by. Heisting other ships and bases – bad guys fortunately, the lot of them – is their only way to remain in operation.

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On Friday, Club Nintendo members who have achieved Platinum status between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014 received an email containing four download codes for the demo of Super Smash Bros.

The Club Nintendo demo features an unlimited play count, five playable characters (Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager and Mega Man), one stage (Battlefield) and the ability to compete in local multiplayer matches with fellow Nintendo 3DS owners who have downloaded the demo to their systems.

The Club Nintendo demo codes must be redeemed before September 19th.

All Nintendo 3DS owners can download a free demo for the all-star fighting game from the Nintendo eShop starting on September 19th This demo includes the same content and features as the Club Nintendo demo that select members will receive one week earlier, but can be opened from the Nintendo 3DS Home Menu a maximum of 30 times. A Nintendo Network ID is required to download either the Club Nintendo or Nintendo eShop demo.

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Nintendo announced three new special editions of the Nintendo 3DS yesterday.

Nintendo announced the three special-edition Nintendo 3DS XL systems during the GameStop EXPO in Anaheim, California. The new systems include a red or blue Super Smash Bros. edition, a special NES edition as well as a Persona Q Edition, which is being released in conjunction with Atlus’ new game Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth.

“More than 12 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family have been sold in the U.S. alone,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “These new models give shoppers even more choices during the holiday shopping season. Based on past experience, these special editions likely won’t stay on shelves for very long.”

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Teslagrad – Put your sense of logic to the test and cleverly manipulate the world around you using electricity and magnetism. Teslagrad is a 2D puzzle-platformer with more than 100 beautifully hand-drawn environments to explore as you journey into (and beyond) Tesla Tower. Take up the mantle of the Teslamancer in your quest to reveal a great injustice and overthrow a tyrant. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

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The Keep is a breath of fresh air on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, a statement riddled with irony considering the setting of the game. The game brings the classic dungeon crawler role playing game genre and definitely hits all of the right notes.

In The Keep you embark on a quest to explore caves and mines filled with monsters. You are trying to find your way out while also trying to solve puzzles get yourself to freedom. The story unfolds in story narration in between floors. Here is a bit of the plot of the game and then we’ll get to how the game plays and why I love it.

Many have been mesmerized by the blue depths of the Crystals. Those who tried to control them became their slaves. The weak were killed and the strong broken. With ancient knowledge of magic rediscovered old terrors found their way into the Realm and a new nefarious wizard came into being. While the Council hides behind thick stone walls and ignores the Darkness sweeping across the Realm a young warrior comes to face the wizard. He is certainly not the first one to do so…

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The Verdict

9Amazing

The Good: Outstanding music and sound | Great use of 3D | Challenging

The Bad: No checkpoints in each level, so save often

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Electronic Arts announced today that they are making a mobile version of SimCity for iOS and Android called SimCity BuildIt. The game will be coming soon to iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. The release states that this will be an all-new SimCity game like you’ve never seen before, designed for gamers on the go.

Whether you’re a savvy city planner or a strategic mastermind, you can take control and have fun wherever you are. The choices you make evolve your city in a variety of ways. Meet your citizens’ needs to keep them happy, or make questionable choices and feel your citizens’ wrath.

Pinch, zoom, and rotate 360 degrees as you manage your city in the palm of your hand. With countless buildings and vivid, 3D-quality graphics, it’s the most advanced mobile building simulation game.

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Nintendo released a demo for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS. In Japan, anyway.

In the demo, gamers can pick among 5 fighters with which to play. The stage is Battlefield, and the rules are fixed. There will be a few items and assist trophies available too. You can also battle via local wireless.

In a Miiverse post, Masahiro Sakurai told users outside of Japan to stay tuned for more news about the demo for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Could we see the demo in tomorrow’s Nintendo download?

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call takes all of the beloved music from the Final Fantasy games and mashes them with a rhythm game and the result is pretty great, and pretty tough. The demo has released last week and I downloaded it to give it a whirl. I’ve been a longtime fan of Final Fantasy and love the music. How could I go wrong here.

Playing the game is simple enough. As with similar music rhythm games, the goal is to follow a melody line and tap or swipe at the right times. This is easier said than done, at least in the harder difficulties. Circles and lines pass from the left to the right of the screen. When you are presented with a circle on the screen, you tap when it reaches a certain circle mark on the screen. If you time it right you will get points, if you miss it then you will lose HP in your life bar. Run out of HP and the level is over.

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The Cooking Mama series has been around on the Nintendo DS and 3DS for a few years now, but I haven’t really tried the game before now. I tried a demo of one a few years ago but that’s about it. So I’ve taken to downloading the demo for the latest game in the series, Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit!, to see what’s cooking.

So first off this game has the cute factor cranked up. The game has kid appeal for sure, with bright colours, peppy music and a cute main character … Mama. When you complete the tasks you will be greeted with encouragement, even if you do mess up a bit.

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