The 3DS eShop fills in the Fall season with a deluge of gamesPosted 3:13 pm on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 by Ryan Southard
Nintendo has been on a roll with new information via their “Nintendo Direct” broadcasts, and today a deluge of information on 3DS games will leave gamers twitching their thumbs with excitement. For starters, owners of New Super Mario Bros. 2 can now download three different map packs at the reasonable price of $2.50 each (check out our review). Nintendo has also announced that buying select downloadable games for 3DS will net a free copy of Donkey Kong (offer ends Jan. 6th, 2013). Now, for your safety, I’m going to have to ask that you take a step back. This is going to get intense.
Full Downloadable Games
Academy: Chess Puzzles (Oct. 4th, also for DSi) – 750 brain-twisting chess puzzles. Three difficulty modes: Easy, Medium, and Hard.
Doctor Mario (Oct. 4th) – “Join Dr. Mario for intense puzzle challenges. Mario throws multi-shaded vitamin capsules into a bottle that contains an ugly variety of nasty viruses. You can move, shift or spin the capsules as they fall. Arrange them to align with other capsules on top of a virus. If you can get four or more of the same shade in a row – poof! – they disappear. Destroy all of the viruses in the bottle to progress to the next round, where things get even more difficult.”
Cave Story (Oct. 4th) – Cave Story is a great little indie title produced by one man over a period of five years. If you’re in the mood for a Metroid-esque platforming shoot-em-up, definitely check it out.
Samurai G (Oct. 4th) – With intense side-scrolling action and nicely done hand-drawn graphics, how can you go wrong?
Crosswords Plus (Oct. 4th) – “Crosswords Plus offers more than 1,000 professionally designed crossword puzzles at multiple skill levels to challenge all types of players. Use the stylus and touch screen to input your answers.”
Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! (Oct. 4th) – “Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! offers art lessons and art-on-the-go for everyone. An in-game tutor walks you through step-by-step lessons as you explore art theory and concepts behind drawing and painting.”
Pokemon Dream Radar (Oct. 7th) – “Use various features of the Nintendo 3DS system, including the 3D camera and gyro sensor, to chase down hard-to-get Pokémon. You can also transfer the 2D Pokémon you catch into the Pokémon™ Black Version 2 or Pokémon™ White Version 2 game for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems.”
Night Sky (Oct. 25th) – “NightSky is an action-puzzle game that offers an ambient game-play experience with cerebral challenges that fill uniquely designed, picturesque worlds. Each of these worlds is broken into different areas in which the player must maneuver a sphere by using realistic physics to advance.”
Crashmo (Nov. 22nd) – It’s the sequel to the critically acclaimed Pushmo, but with a ton of new gameplay features. Blocks are now able to be moved in multiple directions and can even succumb to the forces of gravity, squashing your cute little sumo character if you’re not careful enough. Floating blocks, doors, and move switches round out the list.
Fluidity: Spin Cycle (Dec. 27th) – “Fluidity: Spin Cycle lets players tilt, turn and even rotate their Nintendo 3DS system 360 degrees to maneuver a puddle of water named Eddy through a maze-like, magical world. Change from liquid to a block of ice or a steam cloud to solve fun, gravity-defying puzzles and defeat Goop monsters. Fluidity: Spin Cycle features a new storybook setting to explore that spans the ages, from a lost world full of dinosaurs to the modern world and beyond.”
Developer Level-5, famous for games such as Ni No Kuni and Dragon Quest 9, has collaborated with a few of Japan’s great game developers to create some new downloadable games that should be out before the Holiday season begins. “SUDA 51’s Liberation Maiden, is set 100 years in the future, when the president of Japan boards her Liberator, Kamui, and fights to free her country one region at a time.” Aero Porter by Yoot Saito appears to be a fast-paced strategy game based on passengers boarding a plane. Yasumi Matsuno (Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XII) has created a game called Crimson Shroud that “reimagines the tabletop RPG, and puts the power of the dice in the player’s hands to determine their fates.” All three games can be seen in this teaser trailer.
Lastly, Tokyo Crash Mobs “is a fast-paced action-puzzle game coming to the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS in early 2013. Players will need lightning-fast reflexes and an eye for strategy to survive the three chaotic weeks that lie ahead for our heroines, as they take on anyone and anything that gets in their way.”
Mario Golf (launches Oct. 11)
Castlevania: The Adventure (launches Oct. 25)
Ninja Gaiden (launches Nov. 8)
Zelda II – The Adventure of Link (launches Nov. 22)
Wario Land II (launches Dec. 20)
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (launches Dec. 27)
“Two demo versions of Style Savvy: Trendsetters will be available for download from the Nintendo eShop. The first demo is available today and lets players participate in a fashion contest, create an outfit based on the contest theme, style their model’s hair and makeup and send her down the runway. The second demo will be available on Nov. 1, and lets players style their clothes and makeup, and then connect to the Internet via Nintendo Network to visit the online Fashion Plaza where they can check out ensembles that actual Style Savvy: Trendsetters players have created. Any items purchased using in-game currency in this demo version can be transferred to the full game. Style Savvy: Trendsetters will launch in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Oct. 22.
Additional game demos coming soon include:”
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! from D3Publisher
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion from Disney Interactive
LEGO The Lord of the Rings from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park from Activision
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed from SEGA
Recent Nintendo 3DS hits now available for download
Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and Mario Kart 7 will become available for purchase from the Nintendo eShop on Oct. 18 at a price of $39.99 each. Additional Nintendo 3DS software currently only available at retail stores will become available in the Nintendo eShop in the future.
Ryan Southard is a video game enthusiast, dissecting games down to their tiniest details. Whether it’s new or it’s old, as long as it’s awesome, he’ll play it. Follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Southard