Nintendo Reveals Big Holiday Plans for the Nintendo eShop

Nintendo of Canada has issued a press release revealing some big plans in store for the Nintendo 3DS eShop as the holiday season approaches. Starting things off in a big way is the news that four of last year’s biggest retail releases– Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, and Mario Kart 7— will be available as downloadable titles for $39.99 each as of October 18th.

More new additions to the Nintendo eShop include a number of Virtual Console titles, including Mario Golf (10/11), Castlevania: The Adventure (10/25), Ninja Gaiden (11/8), Zelda II – The Adventure of Link (11/22), Wario Land II (12/20), and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (12/27). I’m assuming for now that Ninja Gaiden is the NES game, rather than its Game Boy counterpart, Ninja Gaiden Shadow. In addition, those who already have Zelda II: The Adventure of Link as a part of the Ambassador Program should find some new features added with this release.

Following this week’s release of a demo for Style Savvy: Trendsetters, a second demo for the game will be available on November 1st. Rather than a fashion contest, the second demo “lets players style their clothes and makeup, and then connect to the Internet via Nintendo Network to visit the online Fashion Plaza where they can check out ensembles that actual Style Savvy: Trendsetters players have created. Any items purchased using in-game currency in this demo version can be transferred to the full game,” which will have been released on October 22nd.

Further demos for other titles will be available at as-yet unspecified points throughout the holiday season. These include Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! from D3Publisher, Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion from Disney Interactive, LEGO The Lord of the Rings from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park from Activision, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed from SEGA.

Last, but certainly not least, will be the releases of several new original games on the Nintendo eShop, including sequels to some recent classics:

  • NightSky launches Oct. 25. NightSky is an action-puzzle game that offers an ambient game-play experience with cerebral challenges that fill uniquely designed, picturesque worlds. Each of these worlds is broken into different areas in which the player must maneuver a sphere by using realistic physics to advance.
  • Crashmo launches Nov. 22. Players can embrace the laws of gravity and challenge themselves with a whole new kind of action-puzzle play in this exciting sequel to the critically acclaimed Pushmo. New gravity mechanics and gadgets like floating blocks, doors and move switches await, testing players’ skills as they push, pull and slide each puzzle’s colourful blocks in order to climb to the top. Just be careful where those blocks are moved—unsupported blocks will come crashing down. Crashmo contains lots of puzzles to test your brains, and enhanced puzzle-creation and -sharing features mean that even when all the puzzles are cleared, the fun never has to stop.
  • Fluidity: Spin Cycle arrives on Dec. 27, letting players tilt, turn and even rotate their Nintendo 3DS system 360 degrees to maneuver a puddle of water named Eddy through a maze-like, magical world. Change from liquid to a block of ice or a steam cloud to solve fun, gravity-defying puzzles and defeat Goop monsters. Fluidity: Spin Cycle features a new storybook setting to explore that spans the ages, from a lost world full of dinosaurs to the modern world and beyond.
  • Three original games from LEVEL-5 and several well-known Japanese collaborators will launch in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS before this holiday season. The first of these games, SUDA 51’s LIBERATION MAIDEN, is set 100 years in the future, when the president of Japan boards her Liberator, Kamui, and fights to free her country one region at a time. AERO PORTER by Yoot Saito and Yasumi Matsuno’s CRIMSON SHROUD are also slated for release by the end of the year.
  • Get ready to unleash pedestrian-tossing pandemonium with Grace and Savannah in Tokyo Crash Mobs, a fast-paced action-puzzle game coming to the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS in early 2013. Players will need lightning-fast reflexes and an eye for strategy to survive the three chaotic weeks that lie ahead for our heroines, as they take on anyone and anything that gets in their way.

As the weather takes a turn for the cooler, it’s looking like a good season for downloadable titles as Nintendo is preparing to heat things up. Which games are you most excited to see hit the Nintendo eShop?

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