The Nintendo Download – 10/18/12

This week’s big news is the release of four Nintendo 3DS retail hits to the Nintendo eShop. Super Mario 3D Land (review), Star Fox 64 3D (review), Mario Kart 7 (review), and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D are each available at a cost of $39.99. In addition, Nintendo notes “select Nintendo 3DS software that is currently available at retail stores will become available in the Nintendo eShop in the future.”

In addition, October 22nd will see the retail and Nintendo eShop release of Style Savvy: Trendsetters (probably for the same cost).

Other releases exclusive to the Nintendo eShop include Sparkle Snapshots 3D, a photo-editing program for $5.99 which uses a variety of 3D props and effects to enhance 2D pictures, and a free demo of Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park. Can you find all 60 of the Moshlings lost in the theme park?

Another Nintendo eShop release is Konami’s NES classic Gradius for the Virtual Console for $4.99. Two players can take on the Bacterion simultaneously, or you can fly solo (unless the 2-player part is in error).

Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi owners alike can download and enjoy Puzzle World XL for $4.99/500 DSi Points, respectively. 1,800 puzzles await you, along with Achievements and Player Trophies as you solve a host of puzzles including Crosswords, Wordsearch, Fitword, Pieceword, Backwords, Silhouette, Hide and Seek, Link-A-Pix, Sudoku, Hang-man, Add Up, Colour-In, Chain Letters, Picture Quiz, Jigsaw, Sum Up, and Splitwords.

A new episode of CollegeHumor’s Dinosaur Office will be available on Nintendo Video come Wednesday, October 24th. A haunted printer, a creepy janitor, and Craig dressed like a pumpkin all await in this “Halloween Spooktacular!

Finally, WiiWare gets a surprise update this week with Reel Fishing Ocean Challenge. It’s only 500 Wii Points, and promises a true-to-life fishing experience with lots of tackle, salt-water fish, and exotic locales.

That’s everything for this week. Click each of the relevant links above to find more screens, videos, and information on each of this week’s releases.


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