The Nintendo Download – 11/28/2013

This week’s Nintendo Download is pretty heavily loaded with games and other things for the Nintendo 3DS, while the Wii U only gets a single, solitary Virtual Console title for itself. Fortunately, it’s a good one. But first…

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3D Space Harrier – Almost a year ago, SEGA began following Nintendo’s “3D Classics” lead by converting some of their classic titles to take advantage of the stereoscopic 3D effects available on the Nintendo 3DS. Strangely, there was no word and no impending release for the games in North America… at least, not until a recent announcement revealed we would get them, after all.

3D Space Harrier is the first of these titles, is now available in the Nintendo eShop for $5.99. It is a 3D shooter, much like Star Fox or parts of Kid Icarus: Uprising, and hopefully the 3D effects will prove to work as well here as they did in those titles. Plus, it has new touchscreen controls, hopefully improving performance. Enter the Fantasy Zone as you try to save the peaceful Land of Dragons from vicious creatures with your oversized energy gun.

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3D Super Hang-On – This is the 3D sibling to SEGA’s Space Harrier this week. For the same price, this motorcycle racing game spans 48 tracks and four continents, and features tilt controls and a “Moving Cabinet Mode”, which one can only assume is meant to somehow evoke the interactive ride-on arcade cabinet from when the game first debuted.

There are currently eight SEGA titles in the series, including Sonic the Hedgehog, so six more are on the way.

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Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies – Starting with this week’s initial batch of ten episodes, five new episodes of the animated series will be uploaded to the Nintendo eShop every Thursday until December 26th.

Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre – Ever wanted to visit the world-famous Louvre museum in France? Well now you can tour its halls, all without having to leave your home! Nintendo issued a surprise Nintendo Direct to cover it, which you can see above.

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Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom – Ryu’s final adventure from the original Ninja Gaiden trilogy comes to the Nintendo 3DS, as he seeks to find out who framed him for the murder of his love interest, CIA agent Irene Lew. Despite actually being a prequel to Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos, Ryu has more advanced techniques at his disposal here as he challenges the mysterious BIO-NOIDS.

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My Exotic Farm – It’s farming, but in the savanna! But rather than cows and chickens, you’ll be cultivating giraffes, lions, elephants, crocodiles, and ostriches.

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Race to the Line – For just $3.99, this racing games lets you choose from ten cars as you race through four types of competitions and challenges in eight tracks spanning the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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Young Justice: Legacy – “One Will Rise. One Will Fall. One Will Die.” Probably not words comfortable to fans of the cartoon show, as that series wound up being the one to die (thanks, Cartoon Network). Nonetheless, you get to assemble a team from six young heroes who are mentored by the likes of Superman and Batman as they take on twelve villainous fiends.

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Heathcliff: Spot On – This one is available on Nintendo DSiWare, for those interested, and features the high jinks of the fat orange cat of the comics pages who isn’t Garfield as you solve over 120 different puzzles.

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Your Favorite Gaming Friends – This week, it’s Mario’s turn! Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 are on sale on both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops for $3.49. The Nintendo 3DS rounds out its sale lineup with the delightfully unique Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (featuring the debut of Wario) for $2.79, and Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (click for my review) for $6.99.

On Wii U, you can get the original arcade classic Mario Bros. for $3.49, and Super Mario World is available for $5.59.

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Shin Megami Tensei IV – Wrapping up the Nintendo 3DS this week is another sale, this one for $20 off Shin Megami Tensei IV in the Nintendo eShop until 9am PT on December 2nd. “New to the series?” Nintendo asks. “Critics call Shin Megami Tensei IV one of the best entry points for the storied RPG franchise.”

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Contra III: The Alien Wars – Finally, we come to this, our sole Wii U release. And all I can think to myself is “No! No! No!”

Don’t get me wrong; Contra III: The Alien Wars is one of my favorite games, and it’s what convinced my parents that a Super NES was worth the investment. I love Contra, period, and that’s the problem. Konami keeps releasing Super C and this title, seemingly at random (both for Wii, albeit in reverse order, then Super C on Nintendo 3DS and this now on Wii U), but they’re not releasing the original Contra. You know, the one that made the Konami Code famous?

So on a personal note, I hate seeing this show up today. I want the game, but what I want is to play through the whole trilogy in one go, and they aren’t letting me do that. And don’t even get me started on Contra: Hard Corps, which– being a Nintendo kid– I had to miss out on.

That said, if that sort of thing doesn’t bother you at all, then by all means get Contra III. It’s fantastic, especially with two players. Hard as nails, but fantastic.

And that’s it for this week! As always, click the corresponding links above to learn more about each of this week’s titles, including more info, screens, and even some video here and there. Oh, and if you happen to be reading this from the States, Happy Thanksgiving!

Okay, first: My apologies for this running so late. It’s been a hectic day/week, and I won’t bore you with that. I’m going with a really quick-n-dirty edition of the Nintendo Download this week, basically just using the press materials (mostly) instead of writing my own. If you have a preference between the two, let me know in the comments, and I’ll take it into consideration going forward.

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The big highlight in this week’s Nintendo Download is the release of two new free demos on the Wii U eShop. Check out Ubisoft’s Zombiu, a survival horror game where “dead” means dead, and 2K Sports’ newest basketball title, NBA 2K13, which lets you coach your players right from the Wii U’s GamePad screen.

Both are available now at retail and on the Wii U eShop.

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This week’s Nintendo Download is short but sweet. That is, if you’re a Nintendo 3DS owner; if you’re a Nintendo DSi owner, it’s a bit shorter and less sweet, and if you’re looking for something on either Wii or Wii U, then you’ll find it incredibly short– as in nonexistent– and lacking in any sweetness whatsoever, save for if you were wishing to save money or go back and get something you overlooked previously.

But, I digress– here’s what’s on tap to kick off the new year this week.

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Starting things off on Nintendo 3DS is one whopper of a title from XSEED Games. 14 talented artists have come together to provide the art direction for Unchained Blades, a $29.99 role playing game with classic dungeon crawling, turn-based encounters, and a four-person party with customizable characters.

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This week’s Nintendo Download starts with a bang… well, sort of. According to Nintendo’s website, the three Wii U eShop games Chasing Aurora, Little Inferno, and Trine 2: Director’s Cut all went on sale on December 20th– the date of last week’s update, but were never mentioned until now.

No need to worry, however, the deals go on until 9am PST on January 3rd, 4th, and 7th, respectively. Until then, you can get Chasing Aurora for $7.49, Little Inferno for $9.99, and Trine 2: Director’s Cut for $15.99.

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Fun and excitement abounds in the Nintendo Download today, as consoles both new and old get a variety of new treats to be played.

First off, we have the final two downloadable content Coin Rush packs for New Super Mario Bros. 2. The “Mystery Adventures Pack” and “Impossible Pack” are each available for $2.50, and can be purchased in-game. The Mystery Adventure Pack looks like a lot of fun, but while I’m good at Mario, even I’m a little intimidated by the Impossible Pack. Have you got what it takes to face the danger?

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This week, we have a Nintendo Download which is rich and filling, but not so much as to be overwhelming. Everyone gets a little bit of love, including the Wii, albeit from the usual suspects. There’s plenty to cover, so let’s get started with the Wii U!

Starting things off, we have a pair of great demos for retail titles, made greater by the fact that they’re free. Platforming fans should definitely be sure to check out Rayman Legends, which is on-track for a February 26th release next year (you can read my hands-on impressions from earlier this year, though they’re not the same demo, here). This demo has 30 uses before it expires.

The other demo this week is for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which I’ve covered quite a bit here, including my recent interview with the game’s Producer, Steve Lycett. This demo has only 15 uses before it expires, and features the same content as the Xbox 360 demo. However, I found I did far better on the challenge stage here than in that version.

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Wow, there’s a ton to cover today in the Nintendo Download, so let’s get right to it.

Retail demos on a Nintendo console! Who imagined we would ever see the day? Apparently EA Sports did, as they’re the first ones out of the gate to provide such a sample with FIFA 13 in the Wii U’s eShop.

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With the recent launch of the new Wii U console, it’s a big, big week for the Nintendo Download. But before we get into the new system’s available titles, here’s what’s happening with its older siblings.

Kicking things off is Crashmo for $8.99. It’s the sequel to last year’s hugely popular downloadable title Pushmo, whose review you can find here, wherein I gave it top marks. And from what I played of it at the recent Nintendo holiday event, you can expect more of the same great quality, but with new options and abilities for puzzle-solving.

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This week’s Nintendo Download kicks off with a reminder that you can purchase Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion at both retail stores and in the Nintendo eShop this Sunday, November 18th.

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Kicking off the Nintendo Download this week is the long-awaited release of Paper Mario: Sticker Star at retail and on the Nintendo eShop on Sunday, November 11th. I’m in the process of playing it for a review right now, but here’s a teaser: It’s good, but different from the regular Paper Mario titles, though not as different as, say, Super Paper Mario. It’s basically like the Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins of the Paper Mario series.

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There isn’t too much going on this week in the Nintendo Download, as far as downloadable content available for purchase. The highlight would be Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!, except that isn’t due in the Nintendo eShop and at retail until Monday, November 5th, making it more of a “next week” thing, in a sense. This sequel to last year’s Nintendo eShop release of the original Freakyforms: Your Creations, Alive! doesn’t have a price listed, but Amazon.ca and EBGames are listing it at $19.99.

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This week’s big news is the release of four Nintendo 3DS retail hits to the Nintendo eShop. Super Mario 3D Land (review), Star Fox 64 3D (review), Mario Kart 7 (review), and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D are each available at a cost of $39.99. In addition, Nintendo notes “select Nintendo 3DS software that is currently available at retail stores will become available in the Nintendo eShop in the future.”

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The materials for this week’s Nintendo Download were a little late in coming, but don’t worry: Everything is set, so let’s get right to the full scoop!

It’s a Virtual Console kind of week as Nintendo delivers one classic apiece to both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii. On the Nintendo eShop, you can find the 1999 Game Boy Color game Mario Golf for $4.99. This one is highly acclaimed for not only providing a great golf game, but a full-blown RPG experience around it as well.

On the Wii, The Last Blade 2 is available for 900 Wii Points and hosts 16 playable characters and a number of improvements over its predecessor.

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Lots to talk about in the Nintendo Download today, so let’s get right to it:

First up are the recently-released titles Crosswords Plus and Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, which are fairly self-explanatory (but you can click the links for more specific information). These are both available at regular retail, too, and so their prices are much higher than the normal eShop fare: $29.99 each.

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