The Nintendo Download – 2/28/13

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This week’s Nintendo Download kicks things off in style with the free downloadable demo of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, which will be available at retail and in the Nintendo 3DS eShop on March 5th. Taking place a quarter-century after the events of the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, we get to see what this newly-rebooted universe has in store for such fan favorites of Castlevania lore as Trevor Belmont, Alucard, and of course, Simon Belmont, who may finally get his due.

For my thoughts on the game based on the demo presented at E3 last year (which may or may not be similar to this one [Update: It’s pretty much the exact same one]), click here.

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Another item which may warrant your attention on the Nintendo 3DS eShop is Fractured Soul, a side-scrolling platformer which makes the most of the two screens of the Nintendo 3DS. Normally $11.99, it’s currently on sale at $7.99 for a “limited time.” Click here to see my review.

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One more “grab it before it’s gone” deal is the free Fire Emblem Awakening downloadable “Champions of Yore 1” map. It’s free only until March 6th, however, so be sure to visit the in-game “Outrealm Gate” in order to take advantage.

In addition, the second installment of the Golden Pack, the “EXPonential Growth” map, is now available. It is said to “grant tremendous experience to those who defeat the Entomed, a rare variety of Risen soldiers,” and it can be yours for $2.50.

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Also on the Nintendo 3DS eShop is Coaster Creator 3D, a roller coaster design simulator with touchscreen track editing and sharing of tracks through QR codes. $9.99 allows you to experience the thrill for yourself.

Then there is Mahjong Mysteries: Ancient Athena for $4.99. Two modes (Adventure and Classic), 10 game variations, and 300 new levels in Classic Mode promise plenty to do for the Mahjong enthusiast.

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The last handheld offering is available for both the Nintendo 3DS ($4.99) and Nintendo DSiWare (500 Points). In Easter Eggztravaganza, you’ll partake in different Easter-themed mini-games such as “spot the difference,” jigsaw puzzles, and more.

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On the home console side of things, BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is described as “a rhythm-based, auto-running platformer with five exciting worlds, 125 tantalizing levels and five death-defying boss battles.” Using one of eight different characters (with hidden costumes found by accessing secret areas), you’ll run through 125 levels spread across five worlds, each of which is guarded by its own boss.

Both the full game and a free demo are now available in the Wii U eShop.

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Finally, the long awaited chaos of Retro City Rampage has arrived on the platform it was originally made for (well, barring the NES version). For 1,000 Wii Points, you get some Grand Theft Auto-styled action set in a retro-riffic world featuring a pseudo-8-bit art style and tons of references from the 80s and 90s. Plus, the WiiWare version features prototype “ROM” version of the game from when it was originally designed as an NES title.

That’s everything this week. As always, click on the corresponding links above to find more images, information, and even some videos regarding this week’s releases.

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