The Nintendo Download – 2/6/2014

Bravely Default, One Piece, The LEGO Movie, Ninja Gaiden, Retro City Rampage… no punches pulled this week!

Now things are starting to cook! Here’s what you’ll find new on the Nintendo eShop either today, or in the very near future!

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Retro City Rampage: DX for Nintendo 3DS – I’ve talked about VBlank Entertainment’s Retro City Rampage here before, and it’s always a pleasure to give a Canadian developer a bit of spotlight. And so here we are once again, now with the promised release of Retro City Rampage: DX on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Inspired by a mix of the original top-down Grand Theft Auto games and tons of video game and pop culture references from the 80s and 90s, it’s solid modern-day sandbox fun combined with a delightful retro-infused aesthetic.

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Bravely Default for Nintendo 3DS – On February 7th, this seems to be the Final Fantasy game that isn’t a Final Fantasy game, but is the game Final Fantasy fans wish they were getting. Or something like that. In any case, there is a free demo available in the Nintendo eShop if you’d like to get a better taste before it drops into stores and the eShop tomorrow.

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The LEGO Movie Videogame for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Also available on February 7th, the same day the movie hit theatres, you’ll be able to step into the blocky shoes of Emmett, a regular LEGO Joe who winds up finding himself tasked with saving the world. As you can see in the screen above (and in trailers), the movie features tons of cameos from various licenses LEGO has gotten their hands on over the years, from DC Comics to The Lord of the Rings to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They’re in the movie, but the question remains of how many managed to make their way into the game.

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Ninja Gaiden for Wii U – Before donning the shiny black armor for Team Ninja, Ryu Hayabusa wore baby blue in his original NES outings, the first of which is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console. One of the tightest but most challenging games of its era, Ninja Gaiden has undoubtedly left its mark on the video gaming landscape. Fortunately, with the help of the Wii U Virtual Console’s Restore Points, making it to the end may not be quite as grueling a challenge as it once was; that said, just because the game may not be able to knock you quite as far back doesn’t mean the road ahead will be any easier as you take up the Dragon Sword of your clan and solve the mystery of the ancient statues stolen by the evil Jaquio!

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One Piece: Romance Dawn for Nintendo 3DS – The first-ever One Piece role playing game will be available on the Nintendo 3DS as of February 11th. Story arcs from the long-running hit manga/anime television show are recreated here as you level up your crew and set sail to become King of the Pirates!

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Percy’s Predicament for Wii U – Percy Penguin is, as the title says, in a predicament. Trapped in a magical orb, Percy must collect all the fish in each of 80 different levels before the time runs out! In addition, there are 170 more levels on the way, and better still, they’ll be free to those who have already bought the game!

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Nintendo eShop Sale: Urban Trial Freestyle for Nintendo 3DS – Until 9am PT on February 20th, this action-bike racer is just $3.49.

And that’s everything for this week! For more info, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, just click the corresponding link above.

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