The Nintendo Download – 10/17/2013

Don’t let the bully of the block push you around; fight for your right to walk the street!

Urban Champion – Kicking things off this week is my secret guilty pleasure. Well, except it’s no secret… and I don’t feel particularly guilty about it, either.

The one or two-player simultaneous action of Urban Champion is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console for $4.99, or a mere dollar if you already own the Wii version. Beat the bullies, evade the cops, and dodge flowerpots from above as you fight for your right to walk the street!

Though this one is a longtime sentimental favorite, I will say that 3D Classics Urban Champion in the Nintendo 3DS eShop is the better version overall. In addition to 3D visuals and even some fun camera angles, you have rankings, a good save feature (better than the one for 3D Classics Kid Icarus, even), and the controls respond a little more quickly, too!


Clu Clu Land – Joining Urban Champion on the Wii U Virtual Console, one or two alternating players can help Bubbles save the underwater kingdom of Clu Clu Land by traversing mazes and retrieving gold bars while avoiding deadly urchins and black holes in this arcade-style puzzle-strategy game.


Mighty Switch Force! 2 – Patricia Wagon is back, but this time, she’s enlisted in the Galactic Fire Brigade! Rather than catching the Hooligan Sisters, they’ve now reformed and need to be saved from the fiery blazes of the Planetary Inferno which threatens to engulf Planet Land! Previously released on the Nintendo 3DS, you can now enjoy WayForward’s latest on your television screen or Wii U GamePad.


Just Dance Kids 2014 – Available on Wii U October 22nd, 30 new dance routines await you with songs from today’s hottest artists, TV shows, and movies.


Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut – Also available October 22nd will be the director’s cut of the hit Deus Ex: Human Revolution. As ex-SWAT specialist Adam Jensen, you’re forced to undergo special surgeries to augment your body with cybernetics if you’re to have a chance to continue living, to say nothing of find out who did this to you and killed the scientists you were charged with protecting. Engage each situation the way you choose, be it by stealthily sneaking past guards, hacking your way through off-limits doors and systems, or just go about it the old-fashioned way, with guns blazing.


101 Penguin Pets 3D – Dogs? Passe. Cats? Pshaw. Dragons? Er, well, you may have something there, but everyone knows that the “cool” new pet to own is a penguin… right? This title allows you over 101 (wait, if they have more than 101, why not just give the actual number?) penguins to adopt, care for, play with, teach, and love, and just as many items to entertain them with!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go apologize to my cats for the slanderous things I just wrote.


Brunch Panic – Are brunch trucks a thing that exist? I know food trucks do, but specifically brunch? Well, apparently they do, as Bonnie’s grandfather got her one of her very own, allowing her to combine her love of travel and adventure with her passion for cooking. Now you can join her on 50 levels’ worth of adventures as she travels to new places, meets new people, and feeds them with speed and accuracy.


Hometown Story – A spin-off of the Harvest Moon series, this Nintendo 3DS title brings you back to your hometown in the lush, green countryside, where you’ve inherited a run-down old shop. A magical sprite named Pochica helps you to get things turned around as you meet and learn about the townsfolk who change and grow over the course of the story.


Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2 – Rebuild the city of Rome in this sequel to the best-selling match-three game! Using your skills, you’ll be able to acquire materials to complete the task at hand, and in the process gain the favor of the gods to unlock trophies and new abilities.


My Vet Practice 3d – In the Country – Deer, lambs, dogs, cats, bunnies, parakeets, and horses are among the patients you’ll treat at your countryside vet clinic. You can also take pictures in 3D, explore the countryside, and visit the townsfolk. Plus, Play Coins earned on your Nintendo 3DS can be converted into a handy in-game currency!


Pinball: Revenge of the Gator – Two alternating players can enjoy this pinball game from none other than HAL Labs, the studio behind The Adventures of Lolo, Kirby, and the first two Super Smash Bros. titles! Progress through the pinball table’s five levels, but be careful not to fall back down– drop into the Gator Stage, and that turn is over!


Snow Moto Racing 3D – Up to six players (including a Download Play option) can participate in this snowmobile competition, wherein you travel to exotic environments and compete to win achievements and unlock 12 snowmobiles.


Deal: SteamWorld Dig – Until 9am PT on October 20th, the hit Nintendo 3DS eShop title SteamWorld Dig is available at a 20 percent discount.

That’s it for this week. As always, click the corresponding links above to learn more information about each of this week’s releases, as well as see more images and videos.


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