The Nintendo Download – 2/7/13

Today’s Nintendo Download has a little something for everyone: Fighting, action, adventure, sports, and even some oldschool platforming in one of the all-time classic greats. Let’s get started!


Kicking things off is this week’s new entry into the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2. Described as a “collaboration” between the popular Fist of the North Star manga and the Warriors video game series, it features an adaptation of tales from the manga and online features for both cooperative and versus play, and downloadable content to come in the future.


You’ve (presumably) tried the demo (now available for free in the Nintendo 3DS eShop), now get the full game! …on February 10th, that is.


Speaking of demos, a free demo of Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan is now available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Upgradeable, customizable skyships, a fully-orchestrated musical score, enhanced 3D graphics and camera control, and more await you in this adventure.


Available at retail and in the Nintendo 3DS eShop on February 12th, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D has incorporated feedback from fans to improve its shooting and first touch controls, and now places a greater emphasis on the individual styles of the world’s best players.


The adventure which made the Blue Bomber a gaming cultural icon is now available on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console for $4.99. In 1989’s Mega Man 2, Dr. Wily has recovered from his first defeat at the hands of Dr. Light’s super fighting robot, Mega Man, and has now unleashed a new army of eight Robot Masters to seize control of the world and exact his revenge!


Originally released at retail in April 2011, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D brings the hit series to the Nintendo 3DS eShop and Sam Fisher into the world of 3D as you use enhanced weapons and infiltration techniques to go behind enemy lines and prevent a third World War from erupting.


Another retail title turned digital download, Rayman 3D is a port of the Dreamcast version of Rayman 2: The Great Escape, though it follows in the footsteps of the iOS version by omitting the Globox Village and mini-games.

What I played of this one honestly didn’t “wow” me; the 3D effect didn’t seem very well implemented, and it was just okay otherwise. Don’t get me wrong; I love me some Rayman, but this one just didn’t do it for me.


Finally, we wrap up with Ah! Heaven, available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $1.99 or Nintendo DSiWare for 200 DSi Points. A rather spiritually-themed game with an Eastern ink painting art style, you must make your way through 24 stages in order to ascend to Heaven.

And that’s it for this week. For more details on any of the above games, just click the relevant links.


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