Turtle Tale

Turtle Tale

Digital Release:Nintendo 3DS
May 22, 2014 (EU, US)
September 17, 2014 (JP)
February 05, 2016 (AU)

Nintendo Wii U
October 09, 2014 (EU, US)
February 05, 2016 (AU)
Delisting:September 29, 2018 (US)
September 30, 2018 (EU)
October 10, 2018 (JP)
Developer:Saturnine Games
Publisher:Saturnine Games
Available On:None
Links:Saturnine Games page
Nintendo.com page (Wii U, 3DS)


Saturnine Games announced on September 17th, 2018 that all of their 3DS and Wii U eShop releases would be removed from sale between September 29th and October 10th in various territories. This includes Turtle Tale, Antipole, and Cosmos X2. The full post from the team read:

“All games from Saturnine Games are going to be removed from the Nintendo eShop for both the 3DS and Wii U platforms.

In the Americas, Turtle Tale, Antipole, and Cosmos X2 will be removed from the Shop on September 29. In Europe, the games will remain available through September 30th. In both regions, Turtle Tale will be on sale for 33% off from September 20th until it’s removal.

In Japan, Turtle Tale will be available through October 10th.”

No direct explanation was given. In reply to the condolences and backlash on Twitter, the team only offered that “there are many issues involved in our decisions. We have no interest in discussing any more of it in public than is necessary.”

One of those issues could have been Saturnine’s dissatisfaction with Nintendo’s approval or support processes. It could also have been that Saturnine Games no longer met Nintendo’s criteria to maintain their developer or publisher status. As of this writing, no further explanation has been given and all three titles are considered Extinct.


About the Game

Turtle Island has been invaded by Captain O’Haire and his gang of pirates. It’s up to Shelldon to defeat Captain O’Haire and reclaim the island. Armed with his trusty water gun, Shelldon jumps and shoots his way across the island in classic 2D platforming action. Colorful 2D graphics give an amazing sense of depth with stereoscopic 3D on the Nintendo 3DS.


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