The Nintendo Download – 2/21/13


The Nintendo Download kicks off strong this week with a free demo for Capcom’s upcoming retail title, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. You can partake in quests (over 200 in the full game) with two AI companions, or join with up to three friends in online multiplayer hunts. As you slay various monsters and creatures, you’ll be able to forge new weapons and armor to help in future hunts.


What’s more, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is also coming to the Nintendo 3DS and has its own free demo in its respective eShop. The game will also be able to continue your progress from the console version and vice-versa, allowing you to continue the adventure on the go. In addition, players with the 3DS version can join with a Wii U owner and all play together in a single game.


Continuing the 30th anniversary of the Famicom is this jewel from the Super Famicom, aka the Super NES. F-Zero is the futuristic racing game starring Captain Falcon and three other racers as they speed towards the finish line of 15 courses in their high-tech hovercars. Best of all, for one month, the game will only be 30 cents– who can resist that?


Another free demo is available in the Wii U eShop for Trine 2: Director’s Cut. Up to three players can take on the role of one of the Three Heroes– a wizard, a knight, and a thief– who take on stages full of platforming, goblin-fighting action, and physics puzzles solved through the use of fire, water, gravity, and even magic.


Another free demo is now available, but in the Nintendo 3DS eShop. I’ve talked about Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed at great length on this site before, and while the other versions have proven popular, the Nintendo 3DS iteration has met with more of a mixed reaction; some love it, others hate it. With this free demo, you can now decide for yourself.


The latest Virtual Console release in the Nintendo 3DS eShop is Yoshi, a $4.99 puzzle game from the NES. Stack as many of Mario’s enemies between the halves of Yoshi’s eggshell as you can, and the whole thing will compress, hatching a new Yoshi. The size of the dino and the accompanying score depends on how big your stack is, but don’t let it grow too big for the screen, or else it’s game over!

Early Nintendo 3DS adopters received this as part of the Ambassador Program, but with this full release, it can be updated to take advantage of full Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console functionality.


Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan is a single-player role playing game which will be available in the Nintendo eShop on February 26th. In the meantime, you can enjoy a free demo, also available in the eShop.


Picdun 2: Witch’s Curse is a $4.99 “3D Dungeon RPG” in which you pair up with one of three female adventurers– the Archer, the Whipper, and the Spellcaster– and venture together through the 60 stages of the dungeon. As you complete each stage, a part of your map will light up, ultimately revealing a picture hidden underneath.


Finally, we have Viking Invasion 2 – Tower Defense for $7.99. The name pretty much says it all: It’s a tower defense game, and sequel to Viking Invasion. Make your way through 12 maps with 30 different types of enemy as you fortify eight different types of tower with over 90 upgrades, all to prevent Olaf and his viking horde from conquering and pillaging all that lies before them.

And that’s everything for this week. For more information, screens, and videos on each of this week’s releases, just click the corresponding link above.


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