The Nintendo Download – 7/4/13


This week’s Nintendo Download kicks off by taking to the skies with the Super NES classic Pilotwings, which is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console for $7.99, or $1.50 if you’re upgrading your Wii Virtual Console download. Learn how to fly an airplane, ride a hang glider, control a rocket pack, and more as you prepare for a special secret mission at the game’s finale.

Now to just hope that when the Nintendo 64 downloads roll around, we’ll finally see Pilotwings 64.


It’s another triple-header of Game Gear goodness this week, as Sonic Drift 2 ($3.99), Vampire Master of Darkness ($4.99), and G-LOC Air Battle ($3.99) all land on the the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.

Before Sonic was racing All-Stars from SEGA and beyond, he had to learn to drift. Sonic Drift 2 allows you to play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Fang/Nack in a race to collect the Chaos Emeralds and square off against Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, whereas playing as Eggman or Metal Sonic leads to a showdown with the Blue Blur himself. Truth be told, word is that this one isn’t nearly as polished as the Sonic & All-Stars Racing titles, but may still be fun for the Sonic completionist.

Vampire Master of Darkness (seems like there should be a colon or something in there somewhere) is basically a Castlevania-styled game which puts you in the shoes of Dr. Social as he attempts to bring down Dracula, who has been committing murders throughout Victorian England which have been attributed to Jack the Ripper.

Two alternating players can take part in G-LOC Air Battle, a fighter plane game with nine missions and a system which allows you to gain experience and equip more powerful weapons as you move to take down the Future World Army.


Deer Hunting King is a $4.99 action/first-person shooter in the Nintendo 3DS eShop which allows you to not only hunt deer, but bear, raptors, and more. There are four modes, including instant, mission, a local versus mode, and an AR mode for hunting in the real world.


Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey, a $4.99 hidden object game, sees you take on the role of a young marine biologist named Jennifer as she seeks to win the Best Aquarium Award. To do so, you’ll dive to the bottom of the sea in order to find over 1,000 different items you can sell to get money for sea creatures and assorted ornaments to make the best aquarium you can.


That’s all of this week’s new releases, but wait! There’s more, as four deals are going on, plus a free demo of the previously released Crazy Construction.


To celebrate the release of Mighty Switch Force! 2, WayForward has marked down both versions of the original until 9am PST on July 11th. You can get the Nintendo 3DS game for $3.99, while the Wii U’s Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition is $6.67. You can find my review of the original Nintendo 3DS game here, and know that the Wii U version is every bit as good.


Also on sale is the duo of Order Up!! and Planet Crashers, each $4.99 from 9am PST on July 8th until 9am PST on July 22nd.

Order Up!! puts you in the apron of a top-notch chef who is out to build his own culinary empire from the ground up, offering a balance of humor with its reflexive gameplay. A free demo is already available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop for those who would like to try before they buy.

Planet Crashers, I reviewed here, and I really don’t have much more to say about it than what’s already there.

And that’s everything for this week! Click on the corresponding links above for more details, images, and videos on each of this week’s releases.


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