The Nintendo Download – 8/9/12

This week’s Nintendo Download opens on an interesting note. Much like yesterday’s Xbox LIVE Marketplace update, the top feature is for something not about gaming.

But whereas Canada does get Netflix (still not sure on that specific feature– anyone tried it?), we do not get Hulu (as per their website’s FAQ). So the free one month of Hulu Plus Family Section is pretty much lost on us.

Continuing the video theme, Nintendo Video does not have the rights to air footage from the Olympics, so they’re doing the next best thing: Presenting highlights through stop-motion footage using LEGO people and bricks. Heck, some might even argue that’s still better than what’s on television.

Moving on to actual video game news, Commando: Steel Disaster is this week’s big game release. Available through both Nintendo DSiWare (800 DSi Points) and the Nintendo eShop ($7.99), this shoot-em-up features a futuristic military theme and gameplay, and looks like just the kind of game that fans of Contra, Metal Slug, or Gunstar Heroes should be at home with.

Exclusive to the Nintendo eShop for $4.99 is Touch Battle Tank 3D, and appears to be a 3D touchscreen version of such classic games as Tank and Combat.

No one seems to love the Wii Virtual Console the way SNK does any more. Another 900 Wii Point NEOGEO release is added to the library this week in the form of Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special. This 1997 release is the sixth installment in the Fatal Fury series, and does away with the ring-out system of previous games while adding enhancements to such features as the two-line battle and power gauge system.

Finally, we wrap things up with a bit of “A Month of Mario,” as Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins is on sale for the for the low, low price of $2.99 until August 15th. While I love both Super Mario Land games (and wish Nintendo would give us more unique Mario games like them), Super Mario Land 2 is essentially the Super Mario World to Super Mario Land‘s Super Mario Bros. So even if the first didn’t do anything for you, you should still give this one a look, unless you just don’t like Mario games.

Finally, the Nintendo eShop also has a free video preview of New Super Mario Bros. 2‘s “Warp Cannon Course.” According to the description, “When Mario gets blasted from a huge cannon in this special course, he sprints automatically toward the goal. In order to succeed, all players need to do is jump. Sounds easy, right?”

And that’s it for this week, folks. All in all, not too bad– nothing stands head-and-shoulders above the rest, but it all looks decent for what it is (whether they play decent is another matter). For more information on each of this week’s titles, be sure to click on the corresponding links above.


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