This week brings a few new downloads to the Wii U and 3DS eShop, but we wanted to highlight our top recommendations.
Uncharted Waters: New Horizons (Wii U eShop – Virtual Console – $7.99): Koei’s Uncharted Waters is a strategy game with a few RPG elements thrown into the mix. You can play as six different characters who each have their own individual storylines. This means each time you play, you can play the game from a new perspective. The game was originally released on the SNES.
River City Ransom (3DS eShop – Virtual Console – $4.99): River City Ransom, also known as “Street Gangs” in Europe, was always one of my favorite games for the NES. The game is a side-scrolling beat em up with the core gameplay being similar to games such as Renegade or Double Dragon. As you may expect, you can pick up weapons or outside objects to defeat enemies and clean up the streets. Unlike some games that haven’t aged well, the gameplay in River City Ransom is still fun and enjoyable after all of these years. Also, if you are up for some multiplayer action, you can play with a friend via two-player Download Play.
Senran Kagura Burst (3DS eShop – $29.99): XSeed’s high speed, beat-em-up fighting game features an advanced aerial combo system and stylized action. The game includes the original Senran Kagura (only released in Japan) as well as a bonus second story with a similar length.
Jett Rocket II (3DS eShop – $8.99): Released yesterday in the eShop, Shin’en Multimedia’s Jet Rocket II is a full 3D action adventure that has you exploring your home planet using your jet pack. This gorgeous game runs at a super smooth 60 frames per second and uses full stereoscopic 3D.
Sonic Lost Worlds (Free Demo – Wii U and 3DS eShop): If the mixed reviews are scaring you from purchasing “Lost Worlds”, there is some good news. A free demo is now available on the Wii U and 3DS eShops which means you can try it before you buy it.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Winter Olympics (Wii U eShop – $49.99): If you’ve enjoyed all of the past Mario & Sonic Olympic games, there’s a chance that you may enjoy this newest addition. But in my opinion, if you’re looking for a $50 Wii U game that emphasizes the GamePad’s capabilities and multiplayer fun, then I would suggest buying Wii Party U at retail stores instead.
The Legend of Zelda — $3.49 (original price: $4.99)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link — $3.49 (original price: $4.99)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX — $3.99 (original price: $5.99)
Here is Nintendo’s press release with a full list of games available this week:
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U™
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games™ – Join your favorite characters like Mario™, Sonic, Princess Peach™ and Amy, as they team up and compete in the most exciting sports events at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Compete in 24 thrilling events, including Bobsleigh, Skiing, Figure Skating Pairs and even Snowboard Slopestyle, which will make its Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia. Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be available on Nov. 15.
Zumba® Fitness World Party – Take your workout to Brazil, Hawaii and beyond in this fitness-filled journey packed with exotic rhythms and culture from around the world. Expand your horizons with more than 40 high-energy routines, 30 calorie-burning dance styles and a red-hot soundtrack. Transform your at-home workout into a rockin’ global fitness party! Zumba® Fitness World Party will be available on Nov. 19.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS™
Adventure Time™: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! – Princess Bubblegum summons Finn and Jake to the Candy Kingdom to investigate a rash of thefts and kidnappings that have plagued her kingdom. She thinks the cause lies within her Secret Royal Dungeon, where only the nastiest monsters and criminals are locked up. If they find a way to escape, the Land of Ooo will be in danger! Adventure Time™: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! will be available on Nov. 19.
Virtual Console™ on Nintendo 3DS
River City Ransom™ – In the classic NES™ game River City Ransom, it’s up to our heroes, Alex and Ryan, to save Cyndi and free River City from the clutches of Slick and his underlings. Battle it out on the streets solo, or with a friend via two-player Download Play!
Nintendo eShop Sale
Your Favorite Gaming Friends – On Sale Now – Nintendo is offering a series of character-themed discounts this holiday season, starting today with Link™. Now through 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 21, save at least 30 percent on The Legend of Zelda™ on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS and The Legend of Zelda™: Link’s Awakening DX™ on Nintendo 3DS. Be sure to visit the Nintendo eShop each Thursday to see which character is featured in the next group of discounted games.
Also new this week:
• Adventure Time™: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Available Nov. 19
• Barbie™ Dreamhouse Party™ (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Available Nov. 19
• Barbie™ Dreamhouse Party™ (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) – Available Nov. 19
• Hot Wheels: World’s Best Driver™ (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
• Hot Wheels: World’s Best Driver™ (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Sonic Lost World™ – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
• Sonic Lost World™ – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Uncharted Waters™: New Horizons (Virtual Console on Wii U)
• Frozen Olaf’s Quest (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) – Available Nov. 19
• Girls’ Fashion Shoot (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Secret Mysteries in New York (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• SENRAN KAGURA Burst (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• World Conqueror 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Word Wizard 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Deer Drive Legends (WiiWare™) – Available Nov. 19