The Nintendo Download – 2/14/13

Despite all the great news to come out of Nintendo Direct, this week’s Nintendo Download feels a little thin. Even so, there’s some free fun to be had through new apps and demos, and that’s never a bad thing.


The highlight of the night has to be the new Wii Street U application, which is powered by Google Maps. By entering where you want to go, you can use the Wii U GamePad controller’s screen as a sort of window to that location, allowing you to look around as if you were there. Best of all, it’s free, though only for an unspecified limited time.


Also free is a demo of the retail title Naruto: Powerful Shippuden in the Nintendo 3DS eShop. This 3DS-exclusive sidescroller features a more cartoony style, and is designed to be easy for fans of all ages to pick up and play.


On Virtual Console for the Nintendo 3DS is the NES version of Namco’s arcade classic, Dig Dug. For $3.99, you can journey underground and use your pump to eliminate the vicious Pookas and Fygars which dwell beneath. And remember to grab vegetables for extra points!


Two retail titles from Ubisoft have been added to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. In PETZ Fantasy 3D, you have the opportunity to discover and care for 20 magical creatures. Rabbids Travel in Time 3D, on the other hand, is a platforming adventure which takes the mischievous bunnies to key points in time… where they proceed to rewrite/ruin (or maybe improve?) history.


Moke Moke is available on both the Nintendo 3DS eShop ($1.99) and Nintendo DSiWare (200 DSi Points), and is an arcade action platformer for up to four players to see who can collect the most treasure scattered throughout the forest.


Finally, the Wii Virtual Console sees a little more love from SNK courtesy of D4 Enterprises by way of 1994’s World Heroes 2 Jet. for 900 Wii Points, get in on some arcade-style fighting action with 16 characters, two game modes, plus the addition of some new moves and techniques added since the previous versions.

And that’s everything for today. For more information, screens, and video on each title, just click the corresponding links above.


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