The Nintendo Download – 12/13/12

This week, we have a Nintendo Download which is rich and filling, but not so much as to be overwhelming. Everyone gets a little bit of love, including the Wii, albeit from the usual suspects. There’s plenty to cover, so let’s get started with the Wii U!

Starting things off, we have a pair of great demos for retail titles, made greater by the fact that they’re free. Platforming fans should definitely be sure to check out Rayman Legends, which is on-track for a February 26th release next year (you can read my hands-on impressions from earlier this year, though they’re not the same demo, here). This demo has 30 uses before it expires.

The other demo this week is for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which I’ve covered quite a bit here, including my recent interview with the game’s Producer, Steve Lycett. This demo has only 15 uses before it expires, and features the same content as the Xbox 360 demo. However, I found I did far better on the challenge stage here than in that version.

One new retail title has been added to the Wii U eShop, Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition. The MSRP is $59.99 for this version of the Dark Knight’s latest adventure.

Moving on to the Nintendo 3DS eShop, we have Adventure Time: Hey Ice King why’d you steal our garbage?!!, which goes at retail for $29.99 at retail. Or, if you’re uncertain about it, there is a free demo available as of this writing.

Speaking of free demos, there is one in the eShop now for Art of Balance TOUCH!, whose link doesn’t appear to be working at the moment. If you’re interested in the full version, that will run you $6.99.

Next is Crimson Shroud for $7.99, which is a tribute to tabletop role playing games by Professor Layton developer LEVEL-5 and Vagrant Story creator Yasumi Matsuno.

Gardenscapes, whose link also appears not to be working, is a garden-managing building strategy game which will run you… some amount. Sorry, but several of these links aren’t working, and that’s where the prices are displayed. Hopefully you’ll have better luck than I am when you need them.

Hard-as-nails NES classic Ninja Gaiden is available on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console today, and I’ll bet it’s $4.99. Download it to see the original tale of Ryu Hayabusa, whose latest adventure in the rebooted Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is now available for the Wii U, and to see where the cutscene craze really seemed to take off.

Wrapping up the Nintendo 3DS-exclusive fare this week is the Meat or Die episode “Linda,” where Yans and Gans find their biggest prize to date. But will they have the teamwork necessary to reach their goal?

On Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi alike are three new titles this week. Chuck E. Cheese’s Alien Defense Force is $4.99/500 DSi Points respectively, and is basically a shooting gallery-styled game.

$7.99/800 DSi Points gets you Rytmik World Music, a pocket music station with over 180 samples.

And then there is Zombie Skape (say it aloud) for $1.99/200 DSi Points. This one has you putting your skateboard skills to the test as you race to avoid the oncoming hordes of zombies.

Finally, there is Real Bout Fatal Fury on the Wii Virtual Console. Again, the page doesn’t work, but if it’s like SNK’s other offerings, it should be about 900 Wii Points and contain more of the same Fatal Fury fighting action and characters that you know and love.

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


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