The Nintendo Download – 1/28/2016

Explorers and Avengers, Drones and Diners, and Hello Kitty, too.

This week’s selection of titles is nothing short of utterly fascinating, as we have two Final Fantasy spin-offs, Marvel’s mightiest superheroes (at home an on the go), and is that a riff on Five Nights at Freddy’s I see?

Final Fantasy Explorers for Nintendo 3DS – What do you get when you cross Final Fantasy with Monster Hunter? From what I’m told, you get Final Fantasy Explorers. Master more than 20 jobs, each with their own unique abilities, summon the power of eidolons like Ifrit and Bahamut, and use the Trance ability to take on the form of some of Final Fantasy‘s greatest heroes.


Hello Kitty’s Magic Apron for Nintendo 3DS – Do you smell what Hello Kitty is cookin’? If not, now you can with this rhythm-based mini-game collection. Plus, you can create your own Hello Kitty-themed photos, too!


RV-7 My Drone for Nintendo 3DS – This simulation puts you in control of an RV-7 military-grade drone as you use it to do everything from running supplies and conducting rescue missions to engaging in combat with other drones.


The Magic Hammer – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Not sure if it’s the right time for Hammer time? Check out this demo to make certain.


Crazy Train for Nintendo DSiWare – It’s up to you to keep the trains running on time — and getting where they need to go — in this puzzle strategy game. Story mode gives you four courses to run, while Challenge mode brings it with ever-increasing difficulty.

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – “Avengers, assemble!” This LEGO game based on the Marvel Comics superheroes is available for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and you can learn more about it here.

Shadow Puppeteer for Wii U – You and a friend must manipulate the light and control both a boy and his shadow to solve the puzzles necessary to find the evil shadow puppeteer.


Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for Wii U – This classic Game Boy Advance strategy role playing game has you lead Marche and his clan against the foes from the fantasy-filled kingdom of Ivalice, which sprung up in their town after Marche and friends opened an ancient magical tome. To set things right, you must build up your party by mastering abilities and summons, as well as learning the art of tactical combat to succeed.


Joe’s Diner for Wii U – You’re working the night shift to keep everything nice and orderly at a diner just off of Route 7. Now, if only the ghosts of two rival Native American chiefs upon whose grave site the diner was built would just rest in peace, everything would be copacetic.


Level 22 for Wii U – Now this is interesting: I reviewed this a few years back when it came out for iPhone, and you can find that review here. One of my biggest grievances with this office stealth game was that “it simply calls for a level of precision that you’re not easily afforded on the device, thus turning a potentially fun and challenging game into an overly-frustrating affair.” Now that it’s on a system with actual controller inputs, I wonder if it’s any better.


Mini-Games Madness Volume: #1 – Hello World! for Wii U – This four-in-one title offers a time-management farming game, a board game for one or two players, a “highly addictive” arcade game called “Coptor,” and Cave Run – The Lost Gems Edition, which is described simply as “one of the best casual games you will play this year.”

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

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • It’s the last week of the Winter Warm-up Sale! Check out this week’s deals and save up to 30 percent off select games. The sale ends Feb. 4 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
    • 99Moves, Darts Up 3D and more games from Enjoy Up are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 25.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

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

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at)



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David Oxford

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you're interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at)