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Ace Combat 3D Demo Reportedly Only Playable Thrice

Stunning details have emerged regarding the Japanese demo of Bandai-Namco’s jet fighter 3DS title. Only playable three times? Gracious!

The Japanese eShop has been experiencing 3DS eShop demo downloads for some time now. Whilst we might grumble and gnash our teeth and generally get grumpy about the whole thing, it’s not all sunshine and lollipops in the land of the rising sun. The demos have certain… stipulations, some of which are more stern than others.

Shocking new information has come to light regarding the restrictions placed on the latest of these demos. Andriasang have reported in the past that the majority of eShop demos, such as Monster Hunter 3G and New Love Plus, are playable thirty times before being unable to be activated again.

In The Hangar

A demo that's playable only three times? Hangar your heads in shame! ...Sorry.

Yet for today’s Japanese eShop demo release, Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble, a restriction has been put in place by the developers of the Project Aces team. This restriction means that the demo is only playable three times before expiring.

This information came to light once again via Andriasang, who translated it from the developer’s Japanese Twitter feed.

It’s an interesting and somewhat unprecedented idea, though whether it will leave Japanese gamers itching to get more of the game (and therefore buy it), or instead scowl at their 3DS systems with a mild sense of irateness is as yet unknown.

Also unknown is whether or not this demo will head to the West. If so, will the three-strikes-and-out rule still apply for us?

By on 11 January 2012
Salubriously silly indie-novelist Tony likes Nintendo, doodling cartoons and various rambunctious shenanigans. His handheld of choice is the Cosmo Black 3DS, he tweets nonsense over on @HeyTonyOfficial, and a Norwich coffee shop has named a sandwich after him.

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  1. T.Finland says:

    If the demo itself is quite unrestricted, then this might be a justified decision.

  2. Pseudonymous says:

    While not really nice, having a demo restricted to 3 plays is still better than not having the demo at all. *pokes NoE*

  3. Alf says:

    Just played it like ten times ;D (you can only start the demo for 3 sessions, but it doesn’t seem to be a limit as to how many times you can play it each of those sessions). The flight time itself is also restricted to like 4 minutes, so if you don’t take your enemies down by then you fail the mission and get back to the main menu. In total you only get to fight against 8 enemies, 2 easy ones at the beginning, then 3 more, and then the last three, each wave increasing the difficulty a little bit. It’s basically a tutorial, teaching you the controls. Unfortunately the circle pad pro is not supported, which is a pity, but the plane controls quite well. I guess the circle pad pro would be used for aiming the machine gun in close quarters, but it auto-aims a bit by itself, just enough so you don’t have to be perfectly aligned with the enemy in order to be able to hit him. I believe in America this game was released last month?

  4. 3Dbrains says:

    Good fast review Alf

  5. Alex says:

    I’ll be happy if I get it all! I just had my view on Nintendo dented by this site…

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