The Nintendo Download – 11/14/2013

Mario & Sonic, Finn & Jake, Link & Zelda, Barbie & Ken…

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – Available November 15th, Mario, Sonic, and all their friends (and a few foes) go for the gold in a number of Olympic events based on the 2014 Winter Games from Sochi. Aside from everything you could already figure out by reading the name of the game, there are new events and new control schemes, some of which take advantage of the Wii U GamePad. And for the first time ever, you can take the competition online!

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Zumba Fitness World Party – On November 19th, you can take your workout to Brazil, Hawaii, and beyond! With 40 high-energy routines, 30 calorie-burning dance styles, and a red-hot soundtrack, you can make your home workout into a globetrotting fitness adventure!

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Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS On November 19th, join Finn, Jake, and numerous others (with up to four players at once in the Wii U version) venture deep into Princess Bubblegum’s Secret Royal Dungeon, where the nastiest monsters and criminals are locked up. But could some of them have escaped, leading to the upswing in thefts and kidnappings which now plague the Candy Kingdom? If so, that means the entire Land of Ooo could be in danger!

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River City Ransom – Ryan’s girlfriend has been kidnapped by Slick, but with the help of his friend Alex, they’re going to get her back! This NES classic allows two players (via Download Play) to team up to free River City from Slick’s gang of underlings by improving their skills and using nearby weapons to bash some goons.

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Barbie Dreamhouse Party for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Come on, Barbie, let’s go party! Available November 19th, you can experience life in the Dreamhouse with Barbie and her cast of crazy friends (up to four on Wii U) as they try to set right the mini-game infestation Raquel has accidentally set upon Barbie’s home.

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Hot Wheels: World’s Best Driver for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Hot Wheels is leading the way with four-player fun as you pick a team, choose from one of 24 rides, and compete in 76 events to become the World’s Best Driver.

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Sonic Lost World – Demo Version for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Eager to journey with Sonic to the world of Lost Hex, but haven’t been sure about putting down the money for this all-new style of Sonic game? Then good news! The demo version enjoyed elsewhere in the world is now available to download free to your Wii U and Nintendo 3DS! Be sure to check out both, if you can, as people seem divided about which one is the better of the two.

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Uncharted Waters: New Horizons – Set in the Age of Discovery, players choose from one of six characters, each with their own backgrounds and motivations, and set out to unearth treasures, recruit new members to your fleet, challenge adversaries to duels, and visit more than 130 destinations in this 1994 title from Koei.

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Frozen Olaf’s Quest – A new puzzle-platformer based on the new film from Disney will be available October 19th! Discover hidden collectibles and unlockable accessories as you guide Olaf the Snowman through 60 levels.

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Girls’ Fashion Shoot – Do you have what it takes to become both a successful magazine editor and a top fashion model? Design your own look from thousands of options, and show them off in your own magazine!

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Secret Mysteries in New York – When a politician is found murdered in a local park in 1920s New York, the police go to a young forensic scientist, Oscar Gaebelein, for help. But is it truly murder most foul, or does that simply mark the beginning of a more sinister plot?

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SENRAN KAGURA Burst – “A little violent, a little sexy, and a ton of fun!” Two storylines await as you find out that neither the girls of Hanzō nor Hebijo are all that they appear to be. Plus, you can customize your chosen ninja girl with dozens of combinations.

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World Conqueror 3D – Set during World War II, this strategy game gives you two modes to partake in– Conquest and Campaign– as you fight to claim 243 territories and 11 belligerent states with 40 military troops and 17 military cards through three periods and ten battles. And if you need a little more challenge, there are five different difficulty levels as well.

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Word Wizard 3D – It’s a collection of classic word games. Really, they don’t give you much more to go on than that.

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Deer Drive Legends – If you look carefully off into the distance, you can see it. Thought to have died out long ago, you spot the markings of the rare and elusive WiiWare title. Featuring a two-player alternating multiplayer mode, 30 animals, and even a tyrannosaurus boss battle, this nearly extinct creature can be yours as of November 19th.

“Your Favorite Gaming Friends” Sale – Beginning this week and running for the three weeks following, Nintendo is putting a number of Nintendo eShop titles featuring your favorite gaming friends on sale! This week, you can get The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link on the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console for $3.49, $1.50 off the regular price. You can also get The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX from the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $3.99, two dollars off! Following weeks will feature Mega Man, Mario, and Donkey Kong, respectively. But which titles? Check back to find out!

For more info on each of this week’s releases, including more screens and videos, click the corresponding links above.

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