The Nintendo Download – 11/28/2013

Mario, Contra, Ninja Gaiden, Heathcliff, Pokémon, and SEGA’s 3D Classics.

This week’s Nintendo Download is pretty heavily loaded with games and other things for the Nintendo 3DS, while the Wii U only gets a single, solitary Virtual Console title for itself. Fortunately, it’s a good one. But first…


3D Space Harrier – Almost a year ago, SEGA began following Nintendo’s “3D Classics” lead by converting some of their classic titles to take advantage of the stereoscopic 3D effects available on the Nintendo 3DS. Strangely, there was no word and no impending release for the games in North America… at least, not until a recent announcement revealed we would get them, after all.

3D Space Harrier is the first of these titles, is now available in the Nintendo eShop for $5.99. It is a 3D shooter, much like Star Fox or parts of Kid Icarus: Uprising, and hopefully the 3D effects will prove to work as well here as they did in those titles. Plus, it has new touchscreen controls, hopefully improving performance. Enter the Fantasy Zone as you try to save the peaceful Land of Dragons from vicious creatures with your oversized energy gun.


3D Super Hang-On – This is the 3D sibling to SEGA’s Space Harrier this week. For the same price, this motorcycle racing game spans 48 tracks and four continents, and features tilt controls and a “Moving Cabinet Mode”, which one can only assume is meant to somehow evoke the interactive ride-on arcade cabinet from when the game first debuted.

There are currently eight SEGA titles in the series, including Sonic the Hedgehog, so six more are on the way.


Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies – Starting with this week’s initial batch of ten episodes, five new episodes of the animated series will be uploaded to the Nintendo eShop every Thursday until December 26th.

Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre – Ever wanted to visit the world-famous Louvre museum in France? Well now you can tour its halls, all without having to leave your home! Nintendo issued a surprise Nintendo Direct to cover it, which you can see above.

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Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom – Ryu’s final adventure from the original Ninja Gaiden trilogy comes to the Nintendo 3DS, as he seeks to find out who framed him for the murder of his love interest, CIA agent Irene Lew. Despite actually being a prequel to Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos, Ryu has more advanced techniques at his disposal here as he challenges the mysterious BIO-NOIDS.


My Exotic Farm – It’s farming, but in the savanna! But rather than cows and chickens, you’ll be cultivating giraffes, lions, elephants, crocodiles, and ostriches.


Race to the Line – For just $3.99, this racing games lets you choose from ten cars as you race through four types of competitions and challenges in eight tracks spanning the United States, Europe, and Asia.


Young Justice: Legacy – “One Will Rise. One Will Fall. One Will Die.” Probably not words comfortable to fans of the cartoon show, as that series wound up being the one to die (thanks, Cartoon Network). Nonetheless, you get to assemble a team from six young heroes who are mentored by the likes of Superman and Batman as they take on twelve villainous fiends.


Heathcliff: Spot On – This one is available on Nintendo DSiWare, for those interested, and features the high jinks of the fat orange cat of the comics pages who isn’t Garfield as you solve over 120 different puzzles.

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Your Favorite Gaming Friends – This week, it’s Mario’s turn! Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 are on sale on both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops for $3.49. The Nintendo 3DS rounds out its sale lineup with the delightfully unique Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (featuring the debut of Wario) for $2.79, and Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (click for my review) for $6.99.

On Wii U, you can get the original arcade classic Mario Bros. for $3.49, and Super Mario World is available for $5.59.


Shin Megami Tensei IV – Wrapping up the Nintendo 3DS this week is another sale, this one for $20 off Shin Megami Tensei IV in the Nintendo eShop until 9am PT on December 2nd. “New to the series?” Nintendo asks. “Critics call Shin Megami Tensei IV one of the best entry points for the storied RPG franchise.”


Contra III: The Alien Wars – Finally, we come to this, our sole Wii U release. And all I can think to myself is “No! No! No!”

Don’t get me wrong; Contra III: The Alien Wars is one of my favorite games, and it’s what convinced my parents that a Super NES was worth the investment. I love Contra, period, and that’s the problem. Konami keeps releasing Super C and this title, seemingly at random (both for Wii, albeit in reverse order, then Super C on Nintendo 3DS and this now on Wii U), but they’re not releasing the original Contra. You know, the one that made the Konami Code famous?

So on a personal note, I hate seeing this show up today. I want the game, but what I want is to play through the whole trilogy in one go, and they aren’t letting me do that. And don’t even get me started on Contra: Hard Corps, which– being a Nintendo kid– I had to miss out on.

That said, if that sort of thing doesn’t bother you at all, then by all means get Contra III. It’s fantastic, especially with two players. Hard as nails, but fantastic.

And that’s it for this week! As always, click the corresponding links above to learn more about each of this week’s titles, including more info, screens, and even some video here and there. Oh, and if you happen to be reading this from the States, Happy Thanksgiving!


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