The Nintendo Download – 1/3/13

This week’s Nintendo Download is short but sweet. That is, if you’re a Nintendo 3DS owner; if you’re a Nintendo DSi owner, it’s a bit shorter and less sweet, and if you’re looking for something on either Wii or Wii U, then you’ll find it incredibly short– as in nonexistent– and lacking in any sweetness whatsoever, save for if you were wishing to save money or go back and get something you overlooked previously.

But, I digress– here’s what’s on tap to kick off the new year this week.

unchainedblades

Starting things off on Nintendo 3DS is one whopper of a title from XSEED Games. 14 talented artists have come together to provide the art direction for Unchained Blades, a $29.99 role playing game with classic dungeon crawling, turn-based encounters, and a four-person party with customizable characters.

Voiceovers help guide the story-driven narrative which follows Fang, a warrior so powerful that he arrogantly challenges the goddess Clunea to find him a worthy opponent. Offended, she strips him of his power and casts him down to the land below, where he must fight his way through the goddess’s living “Titan” temples to face her once more.

codeofprincess

You might recognize Code of Princess from retail, where it retails for $39.99 (I suspect the Nintendo eShop price is no different). This game blends the characteristics of RPGs and arcade-style side-scrolling beat ’em ups, including cooperative and competitive multiplayer. Throw in over 50 playable characters, over 100 quests, and ranked internet battles, and there is plenty to see in this one.

gunmanclive

If either of those two titles are too pricy for your tastes, then perhaps Gunman Clive has what you’re looking for. $1.99 gets you an oldschool side-scroller set in the old west– 18XX, to be precise.

As you jump and shoot your way to rescuing the mayor’s daughter and running the bandits out of town, you’ll can experience a unique sketch-shaded art style, viewable in two dimensions or three. Check out the official website for a better look.

airbattle3dhockey

Another new addition today is Air Battle Hockey 3D for $4.99. Basically, despite naming itself for air hockey, it seems more like a 3D version of Pong, though they probably couldn’t use that name. Skills and Targets help you score goals, and while it does offer two-player, it’s alternating.

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Today’s Nintendo Video update is “Nintendo Video Best of 2012,” which brings you “the very best comedy and music videos from 2012. Don’t miss special re-airings of your favorite 3D videos.”

galaxysaver

Available for $1.99 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop and 200 DSiPoints on Nintendo DSiWare is Galaxy Saver, an arcade-style shooter action game for one or two players (alternating). Rather than moving around the screen, you are instead bound to guard the mothership by moving around the fixed radius of its shields, offering an interesting take on a classic form of gameplay.

snowboardxtreme

Finally, we have Snowboard Xtreme, which also commands $1.99 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop and 200 DSiPoints on Nintendo DSiWare. Despite a name that makes me want to slap myself for ever having had the nerve to be 16, the game appears to be a potentially decent arcade-style snowboarding game which plays on both screens and features a local ranking system.

And that’s it 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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