The Nintendo eShop, Nintendo’s online marketplace, has been live for nearly two years on the Nintendo 3DS. Over the past two years, Nintendo and third-party developers have released a lot of quality experiences that can only be had on the 3D handheld. While the Nintendo eShop is not exactly perfect yet, it is a great place to find games that cater to niche markets, and the mainstream, as well. Of course, gamers can also download retro games on the Virtual Console, or buy full-fledged retail titles, but that isn’t the focus for this article. With that being said, here are ten must play Nintendo 3DS eShop games.
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Toki Tori 2 will be coming to the Wii U via the Nintendo eShop next week, but it hasn’t been priced as of yet. Well, Two Tribes posted a blog earlier this morning that lists the price for Toki Tori 2 for North America, Europe, and a variety of countries. Here is the list of prices for each region:
- 14.99 USD (USA)
- 14.99 EUR (Europe)
- 12.99 GBP (United Kingdom)
- 19.99 CHF (Switzerland)
- 120 NOK (Norway)
- 125 SEK (Sweden)
- 112 DDK (Denmark)
- 60 PLN (Poland)
- 600 RUB (Russia)
- 19.99 AUD (Australia)
- 23.99 NZD (New Zealand)
- 14.99 CAD (Canada)
- 195 MXN (Mexico)
- 30 BRL (Brazil)
- 375 CZK (Czech Republic)
- 180 AZR (South Africa)
Toki Tori 2 is also receiving a special 10% launch discount to make up for the delay; the prices above are listed without the discount.
I’ve been following Spin the Bottle since its reveal back in November 2012, but this video confirms just how quirky and awkward the game will be. If marketed correctly, I believe this game could be a super smash hit, especially for parties where alcohol is also present.
Nintendo Life has received quite the scoop by nabbing the reveal of Neko Entertainment’s second Wii U eShop game, Kung Fu Rabbit. Kung Fu Rabbit previously enjoyed a release on iOS and Android platforms last year, but Neko Entertainment is stepping in and porting the title to Wii U.
Kung Fu Rabbit sends you on a journey to rescue your bunny disciples from Universal Evil. The game is being optimized for the Wii U and you’ll be able to play with a Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote or Classic Controller.
There will be multiple difficulties, 80 levels, unlockables to customize your rabbit, and even trophies. Neko Entertainment estimates that the title should be available sometime during the middle of April 2013. Check out the trailer below to see this impressive 2D platformer in action.
Citizens of Earth puts you in the role of Vice President of the World. As Vice President, you’ll be able to recruit your town’s citizens to battle alongside you throughout the game. Recruiting the townspeople will allow them to get stronger in battle, but also better help you outside of battle, as well. The best example would be the local baker. He sells you healing items – in the form of yummy baked goods – and will be able to sell you rarer items after battling. The same can be said for the other townsfolk which include a coffee wielding Barista, a mascot, and over 50 other citizens – you can have up to three people in your party.
It’s a game that draws inspiration from Earthbound, which is apparent in some of the enemies you will see in the game’s turn based battles. A toupee wearing eagle, a honey bear that is shaped like a honey bottle, and of course, plenty of other whacky combinations.
Citizens of Earth will also have an online component that sees you pitting your best team against a friend’s team.
Silconera reports that the game is slated for a March 14th release, but of course, that is impossible. I’ll end by saying that we will be back with a release date when one is clarified.
Nintendo announced an abundance of Nintendo eShop titles for the Nintendo 3DS during its last Nintendo Direct segment, but one game stood out amongst the pack. Of course, I’m talking about Kersploosh!, a game with the quirky concept of dropping an object down a well while avoiding obstacles to ensure it hits the water below.
Kersploosh! is an arcade-like experience that challenges you to not only reach the bottom of the well, but also to finish with the fastest time possible. You start out with a stone – more objects unlock as you play – and then watch a small scene, usually between two people, that explains why the object is falling down the well. For instance, two kids are hanging out near a well – under parental supervision I hope – and one convinces the other that dropping a stone down the well will be fun. These are simple little scenes, but they offer logical reasons for your adventure down the well, plus they are quite charming.
During your descent, you’ll be controlling the stone with the circle pad, the only input you’ll need throughout the well portions of the game. It is your duty to avoid obstacles like pizza slices, rolling logs, fans, and a bunch of other out of place objects until you reach the water. Maneuvering around these objects with the circle pad is smooth and works quite well, but can become a little jumpy when things start moving faster. Things begin to move faster when you fall through the hole of a donut; the game calls this a boost. Boosting can make it difficult to dodge obstacles, which can ultimately lead to your downfall. You do have Hit Points which you need to be aware of if you want to survive; crashing through a balloon will refill some hit points. All of the above may sound weird, but it does make for interesting and fun gameplay.
[pullquote]The gameplay is endearing, which is a shame because the experience is over too soon.[/pullquote]
Once you successfully reach the bottom of a well, you’ll unlock the next well, or level if you prefer. There are ten levels in all and each can be completed in less than two minutes, meaning Kersploosh! is a relatively short title, if you only play through it once. There are 10 different objects to unlock, each with their own boost and HP stats. These stats will determine how difficult your fall down the well will be; an iron ball with 999 HP will make clearing levels a breeze, while a fragile and speedy jewel will challenge you a lot more. Of course, as a big focus of this game is on finishing in the fastest possible time, the object you choose will also be important for doing speed runs. Replay value will be dependent upon if you just want to clear the game, or compete for the fastest possible times. Personally, I played through once, tried the different objects, and was done in about 35 minutes. I may play it out of boredom sometime, but I’m essentially done with the game.
While Kersploosh! is a rather short game, it is a well-polished game. The soundtrack is great – even if it is repetitive – and the graphics are pleasing. Kersploosh! really makes a splash with its fantastic 3D visuals, which look so cool that it can be a little distracting when the speed lines are nearly popping out your eyes.
Kersploosh! will find a niche group of gamers, but won’t appeal to everybody. The gameplay is endearing, which is a shame because the experience is over too soon. Those that live for speed runs will definitely take to Kersploosh! more so than me. It’s an interesting game, and at $2.99, it isn’t too expensive should you decide to take the plunge.
6.5/10 – Above Average
Patricia Wagon is back and ready to switch it up. Officer Wagon will now be a part of Planet Land’s Fire Brigade during their battle against the fires of Tangent City in this sequel to Mighty Switch Force.
Patricia will now be saving the reformed hooligan sisters in each level, as well as rescuing the lost USBs (also known as Ugly Secret Babies). Also promised are new puzzle types, weapons, enemies, and unlocks. We imagine the game will also have a rocking soundtrack.
Expect to download Mighty Switch Force 2 from the Nintendo 3DS eShop sometime this Spring.
There are also screenshots, check them out here.
Shovel Knight, an action adventure game inspired by games from the NES era, will be coming to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. You can get yourself a digital copy of this game for the Wii U or 3DS if you back the Kickstarter project at the $15 level.
Shovel Knight is being developed by Yacht Club Games, a team made up of ex-WayForward members. Obvious inspirations include Mega Man and Castlevania, but keen eyes will notice elements from the Duck Tales NES games as well.
Those waiting for the Wii U release of Zen Pinball 2 don’t have to wait much longer. Zen Studios announced a March 21 release date for the game yesterday. The game is a free download with tables available for purchase at launch.
Lots of retail titles on the Nintendo Download today, and a HarmoKnight demo for those interested. Mega Man 3 hits the 3DS VC and Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream is on the Wii U for only $0.30.
The Croods: Prehistoric Party!
Chasing Aurora (Demo) – Free
Nintendo 3DS eShop
HarmoKnight (Demo) – Free
Ketzal’s Corridors (Sale) – $4.99
Mega Man 3 (3DS – NES) – $4.99
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (Wii U – NES) – $0.30
Chasing Aurora developer, Broken Rules, have announced an update for the game. This update brings a few new features to Chasing Aurora, and fixes a few bugs that were in the game. Among the new features and fixes for the game include:
- Better scoring in Tournament
- More fun for two players
- Better progress in Challenge
- No more framerate hiccups
- Faster loading times
- Wii U Pro controller support
Perhaps the most intriguing update is the addition of Wii U Pro Controller Support. Learn more about these updates over the developer’s log.
There are plenty of choices for the Nintendo 3DS on the Nintendo eShop today. If you’re looking for something a little zany, perhaps Nintendo’s Kersploosh! may delight with its “drop a rock down the well” gameplay. Maybe you want to race other ATV riders in the muddy tracks of ATV Wild Ride 3D. Need to scratch a virus fighting itch? Nano Assault EX from Shin’en will do the trick. Plus, those that missed out on Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D can now get it for just $19.99 on the Nintendo eShop. Unfortunately, nothing for the Wii U today.
Nintendo 3DS eShop
ATV Wild Ride 3D – $7.99
Kersploosh! – $
Nano Assault EX – $14.99
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D – $19.99
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (Demo) – Free
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword Sale – Now $4.99
Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze (Available March 13)
Wrecking Crew (3DS – NES) – $4.99
The King of Fighters ’98 (Wii – Neo Geo) – 900 points