The Nintendo Download – 6/27/13

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Following last week’s triple-dose of Super Sonic action, there are two more hair-raising Hedgehog titles available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop this week, courtesy of the SEGA Game Gear and Virtual Console.

The first is the Game Gear version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which as of this writing, is not found on Nintendo’s website. As a result, I have no idea what they’re charging. The gist is that Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik has kidnapped Tails, and Sonic needs to find the Chaos Emeralds to help save him.

Truth be told, this game is notorious for its difficulty, which is due in no small part to the smaller screen real estate versus the Master System version, which is available on the Wii’s Virtual Console. That said, if you must play this game, that’s probably the version you’ll want to go with; at the very least, the infamous first boss is said to be considerably easier when you can actually see where his projectiles are going.

The other is Sonic Labyrinth, a somewhat notorious title from early in the Blue Blur’s heroic tenure. The bad Eggman has somehow managed to trick Sonic into putting on a magical pair of sneakers which neutralize his super speed, and the only way to neutralize the neutralizers is to find the Chaos Emeralds scattered throughout the three regular stages and one boss stage which make up the four labyrinth zones. At least Sonic can still spin, if you’re willing to put up the $4.99 to help him get the lead out.

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Spelunker is another enigma as of this writing, with no page on Nintendo’s website to call its own. You’re probably looking around the neighborhood of about five dollars for this one, though.

Then there is Crystal Warriors, a $3.99 strategy role playing game from SEGA for the Game Gear via the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. An evil force has stolen the four elemental crystals which have long protected the kingdom. The game features five classes, and you can engage a second player in combat.

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Rounding out the Virtual Console offerings this week is Vegas Stakes on the Wii U eShop. There’s no price listed, but Super NES games go for about $7.99, so take that as you will. Black jack, slots, poker, craps, and roulette are the five games you’ll be playing through five casinos as you start out with a wad of $1,000 in cash and use your skills (along with a little luck) to make it grow. Plus, you can bring three friends along for the ride, too.

If you get Vegas Stakes, or any Wii U Virtual Console title from June 28th to June 30th, you’ll be eligible to receive 20 bonus coins for Club Nintendo. I really wish I’d known this before dropping 30 cents on Yoshi less than an hour before the deal went live.

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All-new to the Nintendo 3DS eShop is Urban Trial Freestyle, a freestyle motorcycle stunt game. Until 9am PST on July 4th, you can get this one at the introductory price of $5.59, before it goes up to its regular price of… more than $5.59. They weren’t very clear on how much we’re saving here.

Also new is Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove Mini from Natsume, which leads us to another dead end on Nintendo’s website. It’s a stylus-driven rhythm dancing game with three difficulty levels and four stages, each featuring characters such as Vlad the Vampire, Fang the Werewolf, and Robert the Mummy.

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Kokuga for Nintendo 3DS is a $14.99 action-shooter game for up to four players, and boasts local and download play. 12 stages, each with their own boss, await you as you equip your tank with nine different weapons and a variety of power-ups as you take the fight to the enemy.

Crash City Mayhem, which will be available on July 2nd, is a $19.99 racing game which puts you in the role of a spy for a top secret agency, completing missions and destroying everything in your path as you speed through 36 missions with 15 unlockable cars, including monster trucks and F1 racers.

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Finally, a new free demo for Projct X Zone titled “Ghost” hits the Nintendo 3DS eShop on July 2nd. Same deal as before, 50+ characters from across Capcom, SEGA, and Namco Bandai’s finest franchises unite to take part in one big adventure.

And that’s everything for today. Fine more info on each of today’s releases by clicking the appropriate links above, and with any luck, Nintendo will have fixed the broken ones by the time you read this.

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