Steampunk Shooter Steel Empire Lands On 3DS In March

By Spencer . February 26, 2014 . 10:57pm

Steel Empire was made before steampunk was cool. While this is a 3DS game, it’s actually over 20 years old. Players control a plane that can fire forwards and backwards. You’ll shoot down flying fortresses and giant battleships. You won’t see any of that in this trailer though.


Hot B developed Steel Empire for the Genesis. Starfish, a company run by former Hot B staff, is publishing the 3DS remake. Mebuis, a company that helped Nippon Ichi develop Battle Princess of Arcadia, is in charge of the 3DS version. Steel Empire is slated for release at the end of March as a 2,940 yen eShop download.

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  • hng qtr

    Why is the eShop so shitty everywhere besides Japan?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Um? You crazy?

      • hng qtr

        Take a look at what is avaliable in the japanese eShop and compare to Europe and North America.
        The VC list will be specially painful.

    • Serge

      You should try Fractured Soul.

      • hng qtr

        I tried. It was…meh.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Shitty is quite harsh don’t u think? At least said it bit lacking is better.

      After all, Eshop has been getting gems after gems recently isn’t it?

      Guild 01-02 games.
      Denpamen series.
      Pushmo series
      Sega 3D series
      Shinden games
      Wayforward Shantae’s
      Steamworld Dig
      Game Gear games.^_^(One of my fav)
      Even the recent Inazuma Eleven?

      I don’t think it is lacking here just a bit slow on localization.

    • Julien_N

      You would think that digital distribution would make it easier to export software but there are indeed too many games not released in the West. =/
      For instance, I would like to play Radirgy de Gojaru, Rinko no Rantse or this Steel Empire remake, but it is unlikely I will.
      The NA and EU/AU eShops are not that bad, but they are lacking compared to the JP one.

  • Weeb

    I was wondering what happened to this. It’s been like 6 months since it was revealed and there has been barely any coverage.

  • vincent_vincent

    Something about it reminds me of Metal Slug

  • Göran Isacson

    That is one classy damn commercial, I have to admit. Journalstyle movie, actual backstory with “paper documents” and what not. Real cool stuff here.

    • Julien_N

      The original Steel Empire and its GBA remake also had a lot of details like these and it contributed a lot to its atmosphere. The game really has “soul”.

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