The Nintendo Download – 7/26/12 & 8/2/12

Okay, so I missed last week’s update. Not a problem, I’ll just fold it in with this week’s update; just look for it down below, after this week’s are laid out.

Interestingly, the offerings this week are surprisingly sparse. The reason this is surprising is that Nintendo’s 8-bit Summer trailer showed off two games, Sonic Blast and Sonic Labyrinth, which have not yet been released. Then again, those were the only two in the trailer not given a release date, so perhaps they’re simply taking a week off?

Anyway, here’s this week’s releases:

This week’s highlight is the Nintendo DSiWare title The Lost Town – The Jungle, an action-adventure game playable on both the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo 3DS for 500 DSi Points/$4.99. Taking place in 1997, your job is to find a meteorite which has landed in the Amazon while surviving, managing resources, and fending off others who seek the fallen treasure for their own.

Or, for $2.99, you can download 3D Solitaire to your Nintendo 3DS from the Nintendo eShop. It’s… solitaire! And it’s cheap! And it looks really nice!

Look, I can only work with what I’ve got. I’m sure it does what it’s meant to do well, but truthfully, it doesn’t seem to be designed to do all that much that you won’t find for free on your phone or even your computer.

Anyway, that’s it, game-wise. If you don’t have Super Mario Land already, then you can get it on sale for $2.99 through August 8th as part of “A Month of Mario.” I certainly recommend it; click the link to see why.

Of course, the reason for the “Month of Mario” is to count down to the release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 on August 19th, and to aid that goal further, they will be releasing videos on the Nintendo 3DS over the next few weeks to show off more of the game. The first one features one of the Rainbow Courses; “If players are lucky enough to discover one of these special courses along their journey, they’ll have an opportunity to earn a colossal amount of coins.”

Finally, for this week, a new Dinosaur Office will be available on Nintendo Video tomorrow at 9am EST/6am PST. What’s worse than extinction? A coffee shortage, apparently.

And now we move on to last week’s releases, which contained some real gems.

7/26/12

First, we have Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 for $3.99 on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in the eShop. While Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (coming up on sale next week as “A Month of Mario” continues) is where Wario made his debut, this game is where he broke out of Mario’s shadow and started to become his own character.

Unique power-ups and an endgame goal more about collecting as much treasure as you can than rescuing princesses help make this one stand out. How grand a castle can you win for Wario?

Another gem is Mole Mania, an oft-overlooked Game Boy title from none other than Shigeru Miyamoto himself. For $2.99, one or two players (simultaneously) can work their way through this puzzle-action game as Muddy Mole plows through the landscape to defeat the evil farmer, Jinbe, and be reunited with his wife and kids.

Planet Crashers is a galaxy-spanning 3D RPG with customizable characters and a mission to stop an evil force from snuffing out the sun. It costs $9.99, and we’ll have a review for you soon.

Dot Runner: Complete Edition is a $3.99 game likened to a 3D version of Pac-Man, as you venture through dungeons while chomping away at dots.

With Olympic fever underway, now is the time for Decathalon 2012 to shine for 500 DSi Points/$4.99 on Nintendo DSiWare and in the Nintendo eShop. One to four players can partake in this series of ten stylus-controlled events.

While the art has an oldschool-styled aesthetic which reminds me of International Track & Field, I have to say that for an Olympic fix, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is definitely worth a look.

Finally, the Wii Virtual Console gets a little love as the 900 Wii Point NEOGEO game World Heroes Perfect arrives. This 1995 game is the fourth in the series, and as with most fighting games, is good for one or two players. This installment does away with the old “hold the button for stronger attacks” approach in favor of a more traditional “weak-medium-strong” control scheme while adding some new tricks to the mix.

There were also sales on Super Mario Bros. and Colors 3D, but since those are over with, no need to go into much detail.

And that does it for this week (and last). For more information on each of this week’s titles, be sure to click on the corresponding links above.

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