The Nintendo Download – 3/7/13


To kick things off in this week’s Nintendo Download, let’s get the one and only console and Wii release out of the way.

With The King of Fighters ’98, you probably have a good idea by now of what to expect from the fifth installment of SNK’s answer to Street Fighter. At a cost of 900 Wii Points, this iteration brings with it 38 characters comprised of 12 teams, as well as two singles fighters. “Some minor changes include higher customizability, much to the fans’ rejoice, and better fighting mechanics.”

With that out of the way, we now move on to Nintendo 3DS.


Kicking things off, we have Kersploosh! for $2.99 from Nintendo. Drop stones, rubber balls, and even iron balls down a really long well full of obstacles to reach the bottom. StreetPass allows you to share your best scores from dodging pizzas and other strangeness with fellow players.


A free demo is available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. Playing as Pikachu, Snivy, Oshawott, Tepig or Axew, you’ll talk to other Pokemon, explore “infinite” mystery dungeons, use the Nintendo 3DS camera to discover Magnagates to more dungeons in the real world, and even play with up to three others as you explore the dungeons together.


This week’s Nintendo 3DS eShop sale is for Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword, a sword-fighting game often likened to Punch-Out!! which is now going for $4.99, two dollars off. You can read my original review for it here.


The Mercenaries mode of recent Resident Evil titles has its own spin-off, and it’s now available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $19.99. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D allows you to play as some of the most popular characters from the series in remastered challenges taken from Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5, and also features online and local co-op.


Originally released in October of 1985, the $4.99 Wrecking Crew is one of the “Black Box” titles from the earliest days of the NES. Mario and Luigi have 100 different buildings to demolish as they avoid Gotcha Wrenches, Eggplant Men, and the dastardly Foreman Spike (who is something of a precursor to Wario and Waluigi), as well as the occasional fireball that winds its way through the buildings. In addition to the 100 levels provided, you can also create your own.

Wrecking Crew was also available as one of the games featured in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program, so if you have that version, you can update to full Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console functionality with this release.


ATV Wild Ride 3D is a $7.99 off-road racing title from Renegade Kid, who is known for such releases as Mutant Mudds and Planet Crashers. Local and internet play allows you to race up to four players across 24 tracks, including the U.S.A., Russia, and China through four different modes of play.


For $14.99, Nano Assault EX promises a fast-paced shooter based on the original retail Nano Assault release, augmented by a new survivor mode, online rankings, Circle Pad Pro support, improved gameplay, updated graphics, “etc.”


Finally, Monster High: Skulltimate Roller Maze will be available on March 13th at retail and in the Nintendo 3DS eShop (as well as retail versions for Wii and Nintendo DS). It’s a team-based race to the finish as you and your friends pick your favorite characters and use power-ups to avoid obstacles and claim victory.

That’s everything for this week. As always, click the relevant link above to learn more about each of this week’s releases.


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