Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. piles on the pressure

Gamers often say that Nintendo recycles their properties too often, yet when presented with something different and new the reception isn’t always a warm one. Case point – Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

Intelligent Systems could have easily knocked up a new Advance Wars, but instead chose to craft an original experience – a steampunk era strategy game starring Abraham Lincoln. As soon as being announced gamers proclaimed that the comic book-style art direction was ugly, and since then levels of anticipation have only worsened with each and every new trailer.


The turn-based adventure hits the 3DS eShop this Friday, in addition to making a retail appearance. The digital version is set to cost £34.99, while the physical release is nearer the £30 mark from online retailers. The eShop release does include a free theme, but still, you’d be better off heading down to your local supermaket or buying it from Amazon.

American gamers received Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. a couple of months ago and as such reviews are bountiful. Unfortunately for anybody still in two minds, they were pretty mixed – US Gamer, GamesRadar and The Telegraph each gave it 4/5 while GameSpot’s 4/10 and Digital Spy’s 2/5 sit at the lower end of the score spectrum.

Polygon meanwhile originally gave it 3.5/10 before increasing their score to 6/10 after the game’s first update rolled out. This allowed enemy phase animations to be fast-forwarded, improving the overall pace somewhat and making retries of the tougher missions less of a chore.

We suggest giving the demo ago before opening your wallet. This too has received the aforementioned update, handily.

The 3DS also sees the release of SEGA’s 3D Thunder Blade (£4.49) this week, complete with Circle Pad Pro/C-Stick support, remixed music and more. As for Virtual Console releases, Capcom are back once again with more Mega Man – Mega Man Zero 4 and Mega Man Battle Network 2 both hit Wii U VC, priced at £6.29 each.

After making an appearance on Xbox One last Friday, psychedelic top-down shooter Ultratron makes its way to Wii U. We struggle to find a single review, but don’t let that put you off – Steam user reviews are mostly glowing. It’s £6.50 until 28th May, increasing to £7.99 thereafter.


2D platform puzzler Nihilumbra has a similar temporary price cut – £5.49 until 28th May, and £6.99 thereafter. Again, when it launched on Steam user reviews were very positive. It sounds like it has a lot going for it, including a co-op mode and the natty ability to manipulate environments with paint.

Sticking with price drops and such, the Wii U is in line for some decent discounts. The following all receive a drop this Thursday: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (£5.99), Ducktales: Remastered (£5.39), Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (£4.79), Resident Evil Revelations (£11.99), Guac’ a Mole (£2.39) and Wooden Sen’SeY (£2.39).

The 3DS meanwhile sees the following cuts from Capcom: Resident Evil Revelations (£8.24), Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (£3.59) and Super Street Fighter IV 3D (£7.19).

Rising Star are cutting their back catalogue in price too, including BIT.TRIP SAGA (£4.49), Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (£11.99), Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (£8.99), Hometown Story (£14.99) and Virtue’s Last Reward (£7.99).

Now seems as good as time as any to stock up on 3DS software for this summer’s holiday.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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  • The reaction is’t warm when the game doesn’t appeal to your audience.The solution is to make games that appeal to your audience. Recycling IPs just shows Nintendo to be risk averse. This is why they aren’t on par with Sony.

  • Throwing something different at us isn’t going to immediately garner our attention or praise, it also has to be good and appealing. I’m sorry, but a steampunk game starring Abraham Lincoln certainly isn’t that appealing, not for me at least.

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