The Nintendo Download – 10/8/2015

The original comes out to play.

Last week saw the release of classic Sonic the Hedgehog/SEGA Genesis spiritual successor Freedom Planet, so it’s only fitting (and maybe a little amusing) that this week would follow with SEGA releasing the 3D Classics version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (apparently the last SEGA 3D Classics project), as well as a pair of Nintendo 3DS Home screen themes to go with it. And for platforming action this week, Sonic isn’t alone (and I’m not referring to the debut of Tails)…

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Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash for Nintendo 3DS – I had a chance to play this not too long ago, and what I found was a rather charming and unique platformer featuring a cult-favorite Nintendo character new to the genre. Using Chibi-Robo’s plug, you’ll whip, swing, and pull through different environments to save the world’s resources from alien invaders.

Incidentally, if you’re an amiibo collector, you’re going to want to go to retail on this one — it comes bundled with an exclusive Chibi-Robo amiibo!

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3D Sonic the Hedgehog for Nintendo 3DS – Considered by many to be Sonic’s best adventure of all-time (I’m usually torn between this and Sonic 3 & Knuckles, at least in the Genesis era), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was an event when it was released — literally, as it pretty much invented the concept of street dates for video games. M2 are up to their usual magic with this release, featuring a Super Sonic mode and local co-op and versus gameplay. You can check out a trailer here, though the upscaling hasn’t done it any favors.

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The Legend of Legacy for Nintendo 3DS – Available October 13th, this peculiarly-named role playing game sends seven adventurers to a mysterious island in search of glory and treasure. Click here for a trailer.

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Goosebumps: The Game for Nintendo 3DS – Available October 13th, R.L. Stine’s famous Goosebumps monsters have come out to play in your neighborhood. Released from the books they originated in, it’s up to you to try to send these creatures of the night back to the bookshelf in this prequel to October 16th’s motion picture release.

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The Smurfs for Nintendo 3DS – Available October 13th, it’s pure smurfing chaos as Gargamel has accidentally released a dragon transformed by one of his experiments. Worse, the creature has smurfed the Smurf Village into a smurfy paste — what a smurftastrophe! Now you’ve got to help the little blue guys through a dozen mini-games to find an antidote for the dragon, restore the peace, and rebuild the village, too!

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Pocky & Rocky with Becky for Wii U – This Game Boy Advance adventure from Natsume offers you three playable characters to choose from (no points for guessing what their names are) as they set off on a quest of magic and danger to seal the Hydra Dragon away once again.

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RACE THE SUN for Wii U – Inspired by the arcade games of the past, Race the Sun aims to combine “high scores, short game sessions, and pure fun mingled with nerve-wracking tension” as you chase the sun in your solar-powered craft. No problem, right?

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Whispering Willows for Wii U – As Elena, you must use your ability to project your spirit outside of your body in order to communicate with benevolent spirits and wicked wraiths in order to solve the mystery of Willows Mansion — and your missing father.

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Perpetual Blast for Wii U – The objective here is simple: use your lasers and missiles in zero-gravity environments to destroy all the radioactive containers littering the solar system.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new themes are “SEGA Game Gear,” “SEGA Genesis,” and “Chibi-Robo & Friends.”

Nintendo eShop Sales (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)

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

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