The Nintendo Download – 10/31/2013 – Halloween Edition

Colorful costumed crusaders, creepy castles, and ghost gobbling galore!

It’s Halloween, and what better way to celebrate than with colorful costumed crusaders, creepy castles, and ghost gobbling galore?

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes for Wii U – LEGO’s trademark humor and block smashing/building gameplay finally meets the Marvel Universe in this title. And when you’ve got a Hulk on your hands, you can only imagine that the LEGO version of New York City will smash real good as you assemble to stop Loki and other Marvel villains from building a weapon that can destroy the world.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril for Nintendo 3DS – Featuring the same premise as its console big-brother, this version also features a free demo, so that you can try before you buy. That’s a deal that even Tony Stark would be proud of!

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Super Castlevania IV – This Super NES remake of the original Castlevania expands greatly on the groundwork established by the original, bringing an atmospheric action game to you with a glorious soundtrack in 16 wonderful bits. With the Wii U version, you get offscreen play on the GamePad, Restore Points, and can even petition the Miiverse for help as you take the legendary Simon Belmont deep into the heart of Dracula’s castle for an epic, climactic encounter.

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Milon’s Secret Castle – If hunting Dracula is a little too intense for you, perhaps this castle will be more to your liking. One of the earliest games for the NES from Hudson, this game has no lack of challenge as you blast away at the castle brick by brick to find your way through its maze-like interior. Fortunately, players of this version have the benefit of Restore Points, something gamers in 1986 weren’t able to take advantage of!

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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures – The Pac came back last week on Wii U, and a separate, all-new adventure awaits on Nintendo 3DS starting November 5th! With his friends Spiral and Cylindria by his side, Pac-Man fights to protect their home from a ghostly invasion in an original story inspired by the cartoon, which was produced by acclaimed director and Marvel Studios founder Avi Arad.

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Saban’s Power Rangers Megaforce – Go Go Megaforce! Gosei’s chosen team of Power Rangers works to defend the Earth from the invading forces of evil aliens. The trailer says you can play as all of the Rangers, but fans of Robo Knight may be left wanting, as there’s nothing so far to indicate he’s included here. This one will also be available on November 5th.

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Wii Fit U – Trial Version – After chowing down on Halloween candy and treats, what better way to work off some of that extra weight than by partaking in the trial version of Wii Fit U? Free for 31 days to those who already own a Wii U and Wii Balance Board beginning November 1st, the trial version gives you the full experience through January 2014, after which a retail version will be made available. Prior to that, the purchase of a $19.99 Fit Meter allows you to keep using the game for as long as you like at no additional charge.

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BeyBlade Evolution – The fun of BeyBlade is enhanced by the Nintendo 3DS’ motion controls, and you can collect a number of different parts to build the ultimate top. However, if you get the retail Collector’s Edition, you’ll get an exclusive AR card and a Winged Pegasus 90WF Beyblade, which won’t be available to purchase anywhere else.

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Angry Bunnies – This looks to be exactly what it sounds like: Angry Birds with bunnies instead of birds, and with foxes instead of pigs. This might be a viable alternative for those who feel that the retail price of Angry Birds Trilogy is a complete and total rip-off (ProTip: It is), but for $8.99, it’s hard to say this is really a better value.

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Arcade Classics 3D – Six generic versions of such arcade classics as Breakout, Asteroids, Bust a Move, and most surprisingly, Tetris. It’s $2.99, so about fifty cents a game– you could probably do worse.

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AiRace Speed – Demo Version – If you weren’t sure about this jet-racing game released a few weeks ago, now’s your time to put any doubts to rest.

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Nintendo eShop Sale: Shin Megami Tensei IV – From November 4th to 11th, you can get what critics are calling the best entry point into this franchise of demon-fighting and recruiting RPG adventures for $10 off.

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Nintendo eShop Sale: BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – Five worlds, 125 levels, and five bosses await CommanderVideo, and you can take part at a price reduction of 33 percent until 9am on November 7th.

Nintendo’s press page also makes note of a release of Ben 10 Omniverse 2 on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops, yet there are no pics included in their assets, nor does the link to either version of the game work. Are they real? Or are they just an illusion? Spooky~!

For everything else, though, you can click the corresponding links above to check out more screens, videos, and information on each title.

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