Unchained Blades Reaches Nintendo eShop Today

By Ishaan . January 3, 2013 . 8:30am

Nintendo 3DS eShop Update:

This week sees the release of Unchained Blades on the Nintendo 3DS. FuRyu’s dungeon crawler, published by Xseed Games, is available for $29.99, and marks the first download-only release for a retail game on the eShop. Unchained Blades is also available on PSP, and you can read our playtest of it here.


Meanwhile, Atlus are releasing a game on the eShop this week, too. Code of Princess, the multiplayer brawler developed by the Guardian Heroes team, now has a download version. Read our playtest of the game here.


Finally, original releases on the eShop this week include: Gunman Clive, a side-scrolling platformer, for $1.99; and Air Battle Hockey 3D.


Wii U eShop Update:



You can this week’s Nintendo eShop update in its entirety here.


European eShop Update:

Europe sees the release of Capcom’s Ghosts ‘n Goblins on the 3DS Virtual Console this week for €4.99/£4.49. Also available is Circle Entertainment’s Crystal Adventure for DSiWare and eShop for €1.99/£1.79. Finally, Touch Battle Tank 3D by Agetec is available on the 3DS eShop for €4.99/£4.49, along with more DLC for New Art Academy. Two new lessons—Life Drawing and Paint like Turner—are available for download for €1.99/£1.79.

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  • MikeTxn

    I already have the PSP version of Unchained Blade, but I’m tempted to buy this again if only for having a map on the lower screen.

    • Barrylocke89

      See, I KNEW it was smart to just wait for the 3DS version in the end ;)

  • Spirit Macardi

    I know what I’m going to be spending the rest of my Christmas money on :D

    • YourAshyAss_Elbows

      please dont

      • Spirit Macardi

        I’ll buy whatever game I want. Bite me :B

        • M’iau M’iaut

          But all he is doing is giving his ‘opinion’ that you should only spend your money on products and in ways he agrees with. :P

          • YourAshyAss_Elbows


          • M’iau M’iaut

            Yet that really isn’t your business, Sir.

          • YourAshyAss_Elbows

            When it’s online, it’s too bad.

  • Code of Princess is mine soon.

    Seriously, you can’t find this title anywhere near where I live – this is the best option I’ve got sans eBaying/Amazoning for it.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Our niche is one of the places where having that digital price floor can help; for once the print runs are finished, one can be at the mercy of the person willing to spend the most at auction. It may not be the hard copy, but if one wants to play CoP or others like it, one knows what they can always find it for.

  • RaikageV

    So, no Unchained Blades for Europe, huh? :(

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Now we can suffer the grind across two platforms! ;_;
    Its great though

  • Suicunesol

    I don’t know… I wanted Code of Princess… and I was looking for a copy on Ebay for Christmas… but a download version for $39.99… or a physical copy with music CD and artbook for less than $30 from Ebay …

    • Ryos

      And that’s one of the reasons why I don’t do DDL unless I have no other choice, and then I have to think about it. If it costs you less money to put it digitally, why are you charging as much as or more than the retail version?

      • M’iau M’iaut

        One of the beautiful things about digital (for the companies) is that it doesn’t come with the added expenses of hard copies in the retail environment. There’s no need to drop a price to move that dead stock or make room when a 12 ft. section of product is reduced to 6 ft. The cost of printing and shipping is actually among the smallest parts of the retail cost pie.

        • Yet Steam is one of the best places to find cheap games. Figure that one out.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Steam is interesting in that they are storefront making these deals, and not always the pubs alone. When Steam offers one of their 80-90% deals, you won’t always find that price through every digital storefront. Similarly, AMZN will offer deals (almost always through Steam) that are only through them.

      • Suicunesol

        Well, uh, you didn’t really get my point, but okay. My beef is not the price of the digital copy (which is the same as new retail), but more that the Ebay copy has extra goodies. Also, the Ebay copy is preowned so it would naturally be cheaper.

        Companies charge whatever price will maximize their profit margin regardless of how little it costs to create the good. Prices will go down naturally one day if $39.99 really is too much.

  • $29082171

    Huh, 10 bucks cheaper than what I’d have expected.

  • ragingmerifes

    Like I would spend money on a game I have already played on another platform… wait, I will; being a port doesn’t make it less fun.

    And Lapis’ bust in 3D. Oh dear.

  • Farid Belkacemi

    Still waiting for Code of Princess in Europe… Atlus really needs to open something in PAL territories (or find some big partnership) ! I love Ghostlight but they can’t handle everything Atlus-related.

    • Ladius

      Code of Princess was submitted to USK (the German rating board) by Agatsuma, the Japanese developer, which could mean they will be the ones handling the European release (presumably digital-only).

  • I’ll save my eShop money for Senran Kagura.

  • To those getting CoP on the eShop, be advised that the download is a whopping 9185 blocks. On a 2GB standard card you could probably squeeze that in with no other software attached. I had to put my 16 gig in for it to work.

  • Ladius

    It’s sad there’s still no word on an European release, either on PSN or eShop. XSeed was great at handling PAL digital releases some time ago, but lately they’ve skipped a lot of digital games for Vita and PSP, from Sumioni to Orgarhythm and Unchained Blades itself.

  • Hmmmmm, so which version look nicer/is better? Is there a lot of 3D on this? Oh, and how’s the voice acting? I heard they have only English voice

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