The Nintendo Download – 3/14/13

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This week’s Nintendo Download is nothing if not a bit unusual. You see, the bulk of the titles announced today… aren’t available yet. Rather, they’ll be available next week, with LEGO City Undercover for Wii U arriving on Monday, March 18th, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions), Need for Speed: Most Wanted U for Wii U (no screenshot available), and The Croods: Prehistoric Party! (for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) arriving in their respective eShops on Tuesday, March 19th.

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In addition, the next release to the Wii U Virtual Console is Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, which will be available beginning on Wednesday, March 20th for 30 cents as part of Nintendo’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Famicom. Until then, you can still get F-Zero for 30 cents, after which it gets bumped up to regular price.

So long as we’re on the subject of Nintendo Download announcements we can’t play yet, Nintendo is also promoting a free download of Flipnote Studio 3D, a free download coming to take the place of the original Flipnote Studio in Summer 2013. You can learn more about it in the latest Nintendo Direct Mini.

That’s eight titles we can look at, but can’t touch as of this writing. So what’s left?

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First up is a free demo version of Chasing Aurora for the Wii U. Up to five players can “experience the dream of flight” through 16 levels and four game modes using five playable characters.

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A new demo is available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop as well, this one allowing you a free sampling of HarmoKnight, a rhythm-based action game from Pokémon creator GAME FREAK Inc.

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Ketzal’s Corridors is the latest Nintendo 3DS eShop item on sale, marked down to $4.99 from its normal $6.99 price tag. If you’ve played ThruSpace on WiiWare, you have a good idea of what to expect here, though Ketzal’s Corridors offers more in the way of premise and setting.

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Retail title Rayman Origins blasts its way into the Nintendo 3DS eShop, complete with a free demo. It may be wise to take advantage of that demo, as some people feel the game just isn’t the same without the multiplayer madness available in other versions of the title.

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Of the games available today, Mega Man 3 stands at the top as one of the best games in the series, often in contention with Mega Man 2 as to which one is considered the best. It’s $4.99, and worth every penny.

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Reel Fishing Paradise 3D is another retail title now available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop, and features a variety of fishing techniques, 15 stages, 40 fish, and over 100 pieces of tackle, plus two customizable aquariums to keep your catches in.

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Wrapping things up, we have two new releases for Nintendo DSi owners, as well as those with a Nintendo 3DS.

Forgotten Legions ($4.99 on Nintendo 3DS, 500 DSi Points on DSiWare) is a real-time side-scrolling strategy game with two distinct sides to choose from as you command 18 units through 30 missions and boss fights.

Goony ($1.99 on Nintendo 3DS, 200 DSi Points on DSiWare), on the other hand, is a one-button arcade-styled game in which you move Goony left or right along a randomly-generated endless pathway for as long as you can, with the number of steps you take indicating your final score. You can also create and share your own custom “blocks” and race against a friend on the same system in multiplayer mode.

And that’s everything for this week… and a good chunk of the next, too! As always, click the corresponding links above to gain more info on each title.

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