The Nintendo Download – 6/13/13


Kicking things off with the Nintendo Download this week is Mutant Mudds Deluxe, a platforming game which boasts a “12-bit” style and is now available in the Wii U eShop. If you don’t know what Mutant Mudds is all about, you can read my review of the Nintendo 3DS version here. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t do much for me; however, other people seem to like it a lot.


Mighty Switch Force, on the other hand, was a joy, and I’m happy to see its fire-fighting sequel arrive on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for just $5.99.


Mighty Switch Force! 2 is joined by Big Bass Arcade: No Limit, a $6.99 fishing game with seven species to catch in ten lakes across over 40 challenges, tournaments, or a free mode.


The last all-new release to the Nintendo 3DS eShop is Picross e, a $5.99 picture puzzle game which boasts an “easier to play” style.

sonic1gamegear3DSvc shiningforceswordofhayja3DSvc

That isn’t to say there aren’t more new releases in the Nintendo 3DS eShop, though; let’s talk retro. Four titles from the SEGA Game Gear library have now been added to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, including an 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog with levels distinct from the SEGA Genesis hit and a $4.99 price tag.

Then there is Shining Force: Sword of Hajya, a $3.99 role playing game with 18 classes to utilize, including Warriors, Mages, Healers, Archers, Birdmen, and Centaurs. What’s more, you can control 12 of them at once!

columns3DSvc drrobotnikmeanbeanmachine3DSvc

Then there are two newly-added puzzle games from the Game Gear library. Columns is a $3.99 falling block-styled game in which you try to match gems vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.

Similarly, you want to match colors in the $2.99 Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, which allows for two alternating players and stars Sonic the Hedgehog’s old nemesis, better known these days as Dr. Eggman. As it happens, this game is actually a modified version of another popular puzzle game, Puyo Puyo.


Finally, and rather mysteriously, Nintendo added three Mega Man titles to the Wii U Virtual Console on Tuesday, following the big reveal of the Blue Bomber as a new character in the next Super Smash Bros. game.

The NES titles Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, and Mega Man 4 can now be downloaded for $4.99 each, or $1 if you’ve already transferred them from your Wii Virtual Console to your Wii U. With the upgrade, you get off-TV play on the GamePad, customizable controls, save states, and the ability to participate with each game’s corresponding Miiverse directly from the game.

And that’s everything for this week. For more information on each of this week’s titles, just click on the corresponding links above.


About the author

David Oxford

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you're interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at)