The Nintendo Download – 10/9/2014

Bayonetta 2, Pac-Man 2, and Castlevania, too.

As Halloween draws ever nearer, more and more spooky games are coming out of the woodwork to keep us preoccupied until the witching hour.


Bayonetta 2 – Free Demo for Wii U – You may remember from my impressions that while I didn’t get to play much of this, I did rather enjoy what I was able to participate in. I’m not sure if this is the same demo, but if you’ve never played Bayonetta before, then this may be a good way to acquaint yourself with this charming witch warrior. Not only will you get to wield new weapons in this chapter of Bayonetta’s tale, but you can also bring a friend along for 2-player online co-op fights. Check out a trailer for this one here before it comes out on October 24th.


Castlevania: Circle of the Moon for Wii U – Wait, what’s The Scarlet Witch doing with Dracula? Anyway, once you’ve had a taste of Bayonetta, you can strap yourself in for the long haul with this trip to Castlevania from the Game Boy Advance library. As Nathan Graves, your goal is to rescue your mentor before he can be used to restore Dracula back to full power. Check out a trailer for it here.


Art of Balance for Wii U – This physics-based puzzle game contains 200 levels, split-screen and online multiplayer, and touch controls as you just try to keep everything nice and balanced.


Turtle Tale for Wii U – Originally released on the Nintendo 3DS earlier this year, now you can take up a Super Soaker as a turtle from the comfort of your television screen or the Wii U GamePad.


Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for Wii U – Available October 14th: The Pac is Back… again! New worlds, new power-ups, and the newly-added ability to play as Pac-Man’s friends Spiral and Cylindria as they defend Pac-World from the evil Lord Betrayus and his ghostly Underworld army. Check out the trailer here.


Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for Nintendo 3DS – Also available October 14th, the Nintendo 3DS version is pretty much the same as the Wii U version this time around.


Ninja Battle Heroes for Nintendo 3DS – Find the missing Yukimura and his Beast Brigade by using your katana and shuriken to make your way through Japan and defeat your foes. Gain Spirit power from fallen foes to use firewalls, ice pillars, cyclones, quakes, and even the power of flight.

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Petz Beach and Petz Countryside for Nintendo 3DS – 28 breeds of dogs, 6 breeds of cats, and over 200 in-game collectibles are there to be found in either of these two games, with Petz Beach sporting an “ocean vista with white sands, towering palm trees, and exotic ocean-themed Petz, including dolphins, polar bears, and penguins,” while Petz Countryside brings you “lush acres of green fields and exclusive Petz, such as a panda, a lion, and a bear.”


Poptropica: Forgotten Islands for Nintendo 3DS – “The #1 virtual world for kids” is now on the Nintendo 3DS, and you can set sail in your blimp to explore exotic islands while avoiding obstacles. Embark on quests and discover the islands’ hidden past by uncovering artifacts. Players “must uncover the truth and prevent a shadowy force from destroying this precious history forever!”


Riding Star 3D for Nintendo 3DS – You’ll need to train your horse’s speed, stamina, and jumping power in order to master the challenges of show-jumping, dressage, and military events. You can also take care of your horse’s grooming and dietary needs, and “ride in hot seat mode with up to six players,” as well as “compete in team play mode against other nations with up to four players.”

Nintendo eShop Sales


Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition for Wii U – Reduced from $14.99 to $9.75 (more than 30 percent off) until 8:59am PT on October 16th.


Gravity Badgers for Wii U – Reduced from $4.99 to $2.49 (50 percent off) from 9am PT on October 15th until 8:59am PT on October 29th.


Swords & Soldiers 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Reduced from $7.99 to $5.59 (30 percent off) until 8:59am PT on October 23rd.


Darts Up 3D and Soccer Up 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Up to 70 percent off until 8:59am PT on October 30th.


Cypronia games sale for Nintendo 3DSColor Zen, Angry Bunnies, and more from Cypronia games are on sale until 8:59am PT on November 25th.


Teyon games sale for Nintendo 3DSSkater Cat, Governor of Poker, and more from Teyon games are on sale until 8:59am PT on October 30th.

Coming Soon

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance for Wii U – Coming October 16th.

Harvest Moon 2 for Nintendo 3DS – Coming October 16th.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow for Wii U – Coming October 16th.

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


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