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Nintendo reveals new IP for 3DS titled Code Name: STEAM photo
Nintendo reveals new IP for 3DS titled Code Name: STEAM
by Kyle MacGregor

Nintendo tipped its hand this evening at E3, revealing a new intellectual property called Code Name: STEAM for 3DS.

A turn-based strategy RPG hybrid with third-person shooter elements, the story follows an elite task force created by Abraham Lincoln to fend off an alien invasion. Yes, really. The upcoming title is said to take inspiration from the work of author H. P. Lovecraft and comic artists such as Jack Kirby and Bruce Timm.

Code Name: STEAM is set in London and features a steampunk aesthetic, complete with airships and all. The perspective brings the vantage point down to the actual units, which Nintendo hopes will help take away the apprehension people have about strategy titles and bring the genre to a wider audience.

It is being developed by Intelligent Systems, the studio behind Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, with assistance from other first-party teams. The producer is none other than Hitoshi Yamagami, overseer of RPG projects at Nintendo and manager of the company's SPD Group 2.

Code Name: STEAM will release for Nintendo 3DS in 2015.

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5:30 PM on 06.04.2014

Tropico 5 off to the best start in the series

Tropico 5 is out on PC (unless you're waiting for the US retail release of June 17) and it's been the best launch in the series, "with worldwide sales reaching over six figures." It was big in Germany and the UK. Xbox 360 and Mac versions are due out this summer with a PS4 version to follow in fall.

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 05.30.2014

City building meets first-person RPG in Northern Shadow

That intro! Northern Shadow is a first-person role-playing game in which you rebuild a lost kingdom, literally, and then go out on adventures while a steward keeps everything running smoothly back home. It's also being made ...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 05.22.2014

Sabotage economies in the next Europa Universalis IV expansion

Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations will be out on May 29. This is the second expansion for the strategy title, and the main focus is all trade. There's going to be new trade and diplomacy features, and plenty of things...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:00 PM on 05.21.2014

Make like the Goo and absorb these Grey Goo screens

One of the major aspects of Grey Goo that's likely to set it apart from other real-time strategy games is the inclusion of the titular Goo -- a race of nanites that can form into and break off from an amorphous blob. Whe...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 05.20.2014

Turn-based fighting game Toribash now available on Steam

Do you know Toribash? It has existed as a free-to-play game for a while now on Mac and PC, and it even came to WiiWare several years ago. The turn-based, muscle micromanagement fighter starring Vectorman's cousins may now ga...

Darren Nakamura



Preview: Sid Meierís Civilization: Beyond Earth photo
Preview: Sid Meierís Civilization: Beyond Earth
by Dale North

I tried to help settlers colonize a new planet (Earth becomes uninhabitable after we screw it up in a big way) in our first hands-on with a pre-alpha build of the upcoming game Civilization: Beyond Earth early last week. I was briefed on how to get around, dig into the new tech tree, and potentially deal with arriving factions, but I kind of glossed over all of that in hopes of taking down a big ol’ Siege Worm or two.

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11:00 AM on 05.19.2014

Worms Battlegrounds to bring annelid anarchy to PS4 and Xbox One on June 3

Since what feels like the dawn of time (or at least shortly after Scorched Earth existed), Worms has been a mainstay of videogames in general. With its odd humor and ridiculous arsenal, it has graced over 25 platforms with i...

Darren Nakamura

1:00 PM on 05.17.2014

Divinity: Original Sin Collector's Edition detailed

Only 3,000 of these Divinity: Original Sin Collector's Editions have been created, and half of them were already claimed by Kickstarter backers. So only 1,500 of these exist if you want to try and get your hands on it. In the...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





8:00 AM on 05.16.2014

Natural Doctrine will have cross-play & cross-save on PS4, PS3, and Vita

Kadokawa Game Studio's inaugural title, Natural Doctrine, is coming to the west thanks to NIS. The SRPG from Patapon director Atsushi li looks pretty interesting, though you can't really judge the game based on a CG trailer....

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 05.13.2014

You should consider getting Desktop Dungeons at half price

My original intention was to inform you that Desktop Dungeons is $7.49 this week on Steam until Friday morning, and that you should play it because it's real good. Hard as hell, but good. That was until I noticed another game...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 05.09.2014

Destroy cities and friendships in Tropico 5's multiplayer

One of the bigger selling points of Tropico 5 is its multiplayer and while I'm sure your imaginations are perfectly capable of visualizing what that might look like, here's a trailer all the same. There's support for up to f...

Jordan Devore

2:15 PM on 05.06.2014

Tactical RPG Eiyuu Senki is coming to North America and Europe

Cute Japanese tactical RPG/visual novel Eiyuu Senki is coming to the PS3 in both North America and Europe. This was developed by Tenco and published in Japan by MAGES (part of 5pb.Games) last year, and now independent localiz...

Dale North

12:15 PM on 05.05.2014

League of Geeks' Armello reaches Kickstarter goal

We recently told you about Armello, a game that creators League of Geeks calls a blend of Magic the Gathering, Final Fantasy Tactics, and board games. When we first mentioned it they were just getting going with a Kickstarter...

Dale North

2:45 PM on 05.02.2014

Space Run is a hexagonal Planet Express sim

Videogames like to get highfalutin with their space concepts. Everyone's a bounty hunter or ace pilot of magic jedi planet saver or whatever. What about the folks just trying to get by that make space the place for all those...

Steven Hansen

2:00 PM on 05.02.2014

20,000 Leagues Above the Clouds hits all the right notes

20,000 Leagues Above the Clouds is the first game from Stockholm, Sweden-based studio That Brain and it's quite the debut at that. As the captain of an airship, you'll assemble a crew, trade, gather resources, and do whateve...

Jordan Devore