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Nintendo unveils Code Name: S.T.E.A.M strategy game for 3DS

Nintendo has unveiled Code Name: S.T.E.A.M, a new take on strategy games for its 3DS system which the company claims is unlike anything it has done before.

The title, which is an exclusive Nintendo hopes will inject some more desirability into its flagging handheld – the 3DS is certainly suffering at the hands of smartphone gaming – comes from the Intelligent Systems stable, the makers of the Advance Wars series.

The game has a steampunk setting with comic book-style visuals, and pits a team of steam-powered special forces – comprising of "absolutely wild and wholly unexpected characters" no less – against an alien menace in a third-person perspective strategy battle game carried out on a fully 3D battlefield.

The player's four member squad will be fully customisable, and a character can be moved and/or take actions until their steam gauge is depleted (action points, by any other name). Nintendo notes that canny play will be required to defeat the extra-terrestrial bad guys, such as planning ambushes and setting up traps with crossfire.

And of course the usual shiny loot will be on hand, with new items and weapons to be picked up along the way.

The game will apparently feel somewhat like a third-person shooter, but obviously with the heavy emphasis on strategy.

Does an accessible strategy game in 3D tempt you, at all? Code Name: S.T.E.A.M is expected to burst onto the scene in 2015.