The Nintendo Download – 12/18/2014

Natsume Pro Wrestling, Mega Man Zero, and… Metal Gear…?

Twas the week before Christmas, and all through Nintendo eShop; lots of games were stirring, as was Zero’s big blonde mop.

Okay, so this year is clearly not the year for doing poetry. Moving right along…

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Mega Man Zero for Wii UMega Man is 27, and to celebrate, Capcom has released the game that will make people never want to play another Mega Man game again! Okay, so this one is honestly not bad– just very challenging and very unforgiving, perhaps more than any other game in the franchise. Fortunately, features such as Restore Points and even custom-mapped controls may mitigate the difficulty enough to give anyone a fair shot.

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Natsume Championship Wrestling for Wii U – Twelve wrestlers compete as you play solo or with up to four players in exhibition, tag team, and round robin matches.

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99Moves for Wii U – Following 99Bullets and 99Seconds, the saga continues as you must fight to survive with just 99 movements.

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Art of Balance – Demo Version for Wii U – Curious about the balancing arts, but aren’t sure of a full investment? Try out this free demo!

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BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION for Wii U – Guide the GoGo to the finish in 50 levels of block-clearing puzzle action.

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Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues for Wii U – Waaaait a minute. You’re not fooling anyone, Cake Ninja! Those are clearly some sort of fruit! Watermelons, even! Why, if anything, that would make you some sort of a… and I lost my train of thought.

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Meme Run for Wii U – Run to gain swag points as you attempt to join the Illuminati.

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Plenty of Fishies for Wii U – Up to five players compete as you eat smaller fish to become bigger. Go for the highest score!

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TOSS N GO for Wii U – A 99 cent title, you can play against a friend or the computer as you roll dice and bank your points at the right time, or else lose out.

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Asterix The Mansions of the Gods for Nintendo 3DS – 16 game modes and two levels of difficulty await as you play “the only official Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods” game with all the iconic characters of the comic.

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Cube Creator 3D – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Not sure about this Minecraft-alike? Put aside all doubts by checking out the free demo!

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Fairune for Nintendo 3DS – Unlock the three ancient statues to seal away a mysterious menace forever in this retro-styled role playing game.

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I Love My Horse for Nintendo 3DS – So nice, they had to release it twice?

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League of Heroes for Nintendo 3DS – The adventure never ends as you level up and customize your characters for the journey ahead.

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Mes Comptines for Nintendo 3DS – Kids can sing along with the 17 children’s songs featured in this collection.

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Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D for Nintendo 3DS – This prequel to the Metal Gear saga is now available to download in the Nintendo eShop. If you’re not sure about it, there’s even a free demo to try out.

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Toys Vs. Monsters for Nintendo 3DS – Boasting 20 hours of entertainment, your goal in this strategy game is to form an army of toys to take on the monsters who wish to dwell in your dreams and imagination.

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Urban Trial Freestyle – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Not sure if you can hang well enough to make good on your investment in this game? Download the free trial version and find out for sure!

Nintendo eShop Sales

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Mega Manniversary Sale – Until 8:59am PT on December 22nd, celebrate the 27th anniversary of Mega Man by saving 50 percent on Mega Man II, Mega Man III, and Mega Man IV for Nintendo 3DS, as well as Mega Man 5, Mega Man 6, and Mega Man 7 for Wii U.

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Little Orbit games for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UArt of Balance, Nano Assault Neo, and more are on sale from 9am PT on December 16th until 8:59am PT on January 14th.

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SteamWorld Dig for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on January 1st, this title is 50 percent off. Check out my review of the Wii U version of the game here.

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Little Inferno for Wii U – Reduced from $9.99 to $4.99 (more than 50 percent off) until 8:59am PT on January 1st.

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Nicalis games for Nintendo 3DS1,001 Spikes, VVVVVV, and more are on sale from 9am PT on December 19th until 8:59am PT on January 5th.

More: – Check out this page (at the bottom) for more price drops on other games.

Coming Soon:

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Duck Hunt for Wii U – Coming December 25th, this classic from the Nintendo Entertainment System helped launch the system into millions of homes across North America alongside Super Mario Bros. Following the dog and duck resurfacing in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, you can make the Wii Remote your Zapper and take on challenges of bringing down one or two ducks at a time (for added fun, a second player can take control of the ducks with another controller). Fail, and the infamous dog will laugh right in your face! A third mode also allows you to take aim at non-living targets as you blow clay pigeons out of the sky.

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

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