The Nintendo Download – 1/16/2014

It may be a horrible night to have a curse, but a terrific day to play an underrated classic!

Wow, this one’s even shorter than last week! But at least it has a really good classic to look at.

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Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Long before Symphony of the Night made free-roaming exploration a natural part of Castlevania lore, there was Simon’s Quest. This is personally my favorite of the three NES Castlevania titles, and admittedly the easiest, too. So if you’ve found the original or Dracula’s Curse too daunting, then give this one a try!

After Simon’s successful defeat of Dracula in the original game, he finds a curse has been placed not only on himself, but the Transylvania countryside as well. The key to lifting the curse is to venture into the five mansions spread across the land, built to house Dracula’s rib, eye, nail, ring, and heart, and return them to the count’s ruined castle so that he may be revived for one final showdown. Fortunately, you can use some of them to your own benefit, such as wielding Dracula’s rib as a shield to deflect enemy attacks.

The gameplay allows you to build experience and acquire items in a more permanent fashion than other games in the series, adding them to your inventory. Also, in a feature that’s relatively uncommon in the series, you’ll get to explore the whole of Transylvania, rather than just Dracula’s castle, including towns where some people are willing to aid Simon while others offer false hints to hinder his quest.

Just be careful as the sun sets; it’s a horrible night to have a curse, after all, and the townsfolk will lock their doors as zombies roam the streets and the creatures roaming the countryside become even stronger! But be careful with how you proceed, as the number of continues you use and the length of your journey will determine which of the game’s three endings you’ll receive.

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Unepic – During a role-playing game with his friends, Daniel is teleported to a castle and, thinking he’s hallucinating, decides to run his own adventure until he comes to his senses. With a 2D style, 200 rooms, seven bosses, and four levels of difficulty with three different endings, you’ll have to help Daniel master the 70 spells and 100 weapons he finds on his journey to make it to the end. Along the way, you can also craft your own potions, overcome challenges and earn achievements, and even be accompanied by some pets!

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F1 RACE STARS POWERED UP EDITION – New content is provided in this version of the game on the Wii U eShop, including four extra tracks and bonus accessory packs for your official cars and stars. Famous circuits have been transformed to feature jumps, loop-the-loops, and shortcuts in both single-player and up to 4-player split-screen. Now you just need to grab the right power-up to allow you to blast your way to the winner’s circle!

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Nintendo eShop Sale: Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl – From January 20th to 27th, Atlus’ adventure is $20 off.

And that’s everything for this week! As always, click the corresponding links above to find more information, pictures, and videos for each of this week’s releases!

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