The Nintendo Download – 12/27/12

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This week’s Nintendo Download starts with a bang… well, sort of. According to Nintendo’s website, the three Wii U eShop games Chasing Aurora, Little Inferno, and Trine 2: Director’s Cut all went on sale on December 20th– the date of last week’s update, but were never mentioned until now.

No need to worry, however, the deals go on until 9am PST on January 3rd, 4th, and 7th, respectively. Until then, you can get Chasing Aurora for $7.49, Little Inferno for $9.99, and Trine 2: Director’s Cut for $15.99.

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On the Nintendo 3DS eShop, we get two new (so to speak) NES titles in Mega Man and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, known better in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2. Both were highly-challenging games in their day, but thanks to the optional save state feature of the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, that difficulty is mitigated somewhat, thus helping to take a bit of the edge off.

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An all-new title in the Nintendo 3DS eShop comes from Nintendo themselves. Fluidity: Spin Cycle is the sequel to the WiiWare game Fluidity, and features a little more personality this time as you seek to guide and transform your pool of water through the game’s levels to rescue the trapped Rainbow Spirits. Fluidity: Spin Cycle is $10.99, and I’ll try to have a review for you soon.

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The adventures of UFO Interactive’s Johnny continue in their latest release for the Nintendo 3DS eShop, Johnny Impossible, which runs $5.99. The Johnny series is known for having a steep, largely unforgiving challenge; while I gave Johnny Kung Fu an overall positive review, I actually couldn’t review the follow-up, Johnny Hotshot, because it was simply too difficult for me– I couldn’t even get past the first stage (or any of the other opening stages, for that matter)!

That this one is called “Johnny Impossible” just sounds like it’s wearing its difficulty on its sleeve, and that’s alright, but I’d approach this one with caution unless you are seriously hardcore.

Meanwhile, Mahjong 3D: Warriors of the Emperor gives you a 3D virtual version of the classic board game with seven worlds, 80 levels, 90 quickplay puzzles, three difficulty levels, hidden unlockables, and even a custom level creator, all for $9.99.

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Goooooal America presents a different take on the sport, at least among video games, as this is based on the table-top version of soccer/football. It features touchscreen controls and the ability to play against the computer or a friend using 16 national teams who are competing for this year’s championship, all for $4.99 or 500 DSi Points.

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Also on both the Nintendo 3DS eShop and Nintendo DSiWare are Jump Trials Extreme and Wizard Defenders, each for $1.99/200 DSi Points.

In Jump Trials Extreme (do people still really use that term any more?), you have 100 different side-scrolling platforming obstacle courses to clear in just 10 seconds each, using nothing but the left/right and jump buttons.

Wizard Defenders is a match-three puzzle game in which you must line up wizards of matching colors both horizontally and vertically to cast spells against the hordes of approaching monsters.

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Appearing December 30th on Nintendo Video is “A Jam-Packed Year-in-Review!,” which looks back at all the highlights of 2012.

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Finally, the surprising show of late-coming love for the Wii Virtual Console continues with Shock Troopers 2nd Squad, a 900 Wii Point title from 1998 which has you pick one of four different mercenaries with which to jump, shoot, and use different weapons and vehicles to bring down a large corporation threatening to run amok.

And that’s all for this week, and indeed, this year! 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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