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New Club Nintendo Reward: Featured Games for May 2013

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Four new games are now available on Club Nintendo, for members willing to part with some coins. There are some interesting choices this month with something for the RPG fan, something for the arcade fan, and something for the sports fans.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – 200 Coins

Maboshi’s Arcade – 150 Coins

3D Classics: Excitebike – 150 Coins

Art Style: Aquia – 100 Coins

Nintendo Download for April 18, 2013

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Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo swings onto the Nintendo eShop this week and a big sale on Guild01 games begins.

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Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo

Witch & Hero

LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins

Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns 3D

Mystery Murders: Jack the Ripper

Puzzler Brain Games – Available April 23

Puzzler World 2013 – Available April 23

Tetris: Axis

DLC for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – New Mystery Dungeons are now available for purchase.

Nintendo 3DS eShop Sales

Liberation Maiden – $4.99 until May 30

Crimson Shroud – $4.99 until May 30

Aero Porter – $2.99 until May 30

Dress To Play: Cute Witches! – $1.99 until April 24

Pokedex 3D Pro sale ends 9 AM PST on April 19

Nintendo DSiWare

Puzzler Brain Games – Available April 23

Puzzler® World 2013 – Available April 23

Working Dawgs: Rivet Retriever

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BearShark Season Finale

Jump Trials Extreme Review

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Jump Trials Extreme Review

Jump Trials Extreme is a sequel to Jump Trials and was released just one month later on December 27, 2012. Jump Trials Extreme is nearly identical to Jump Trials, however, setting the two apart are its many improvements to graphics, level design, and replay value.

As for concept, nothing has changed in Jump Trials Extreme. You are still controlling a stickman and must complete each of the game’s 100+ stages in less than 10 seconds. The controls are exactly the same meaning you’ll only be worrying about moving and jumping, and even the physics for how the stickman handles hasn’t changed. However, G-Style has added new features to make playing the game’s main mode, Trials Mode, both more interesting, and challenging.

jumptrialsextreme_ss1The most obvious additions to the game are its new obstacles. New additions include the pairing of colored doors and switches, intermittent spikes, limited use springs, and see-saw lifts. Of course, all the old obstacles make a return, but it’s the new ones that add some much needed spice to the game.

It’s also worth mentioning that every stage is completely new, and while some may look familiar, these familiarities fade fast. As for the stage design, it’s much more punishing this time around and will the game will start to challenge you earlier than Jump Trials did. Jump Trials Extreme has larger stages when compared to its predecessor, and also has multiple paths. While these paths have no real influence on the main mode – other than giving you a little variety – they do play a much bigger role in the game’s Challenge Mode, and the new Time Attack Mode.

Back in Jump Trials Extreme is the fascinating Challenge Mode which challenges you to collect three medals of Bronze, Silver, and Gold variety, then complete the stage. This mode has remained relatively the same, except now you will have to travel along some of the stages’ alternate paths to collect every medal.

jumptrialsextreme_ss2New to the series is Time Attack Mode, a much needed time trials experience that should have been included in the original. Time Attack Mode is similar to Challenge Mode in the sense that you are completing the same 100 stages from Trials Mode, but now you are competing for the fastest time. You are awarded a bronze, silver, or gold badge dependant on your performance. The times to beat have been set by the developers, and they make things extremely challenging. In my opinion, this is where the alternate paths play their biggest role, which is forcing you to find the quickest path to the exit.

Musically, Jump Trials Extreme is much of the same. While the tracks are new, and enjoyable, there is nothing special about them, and they do repeat quite often. However, the graphics have been improved quite a bit. Stages now look less bland with some nice background art, and the overall presentation has been given a nice face lift.

Final Thoughts:

There isn’t much more to say about Jump Trials Extreme that hasn’t already been said in the Jump Trials review. It is a much more challenging experience that also manages to retain the charm of the original. I thoroughly enjoyed this title as much as its predecessor, and believe its new features give it a slight edge. Also, the game has a secret eleventh level which holds 10 of the hardest stages you’ll play across both games. These stages even carry over to the game’s supporting modes, increasing the overall replay value. Speaking of replay value, I have been playing for a little over four hours, which happens to be double my time with the first game. If you enjoyed Jump Trials, Jump Trials Extreme is a must purchase, especially at its low price of $1.99.

8/10 – Great

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Jump Trials Review

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Jump Trials Review

I stumbled upon Jump Trials during a search for cheap games on the Nintendo eShop. I watched the video provided and was convinced that I’d enjoy the game. It was released on November 15, 2012 and comes from a developer known as G-Style. The game only costs $1.99, and contains the core elements of what make platformers, well, platformers.

jumptrials_screen1The game’s main mode is Trials Mode, which features 100 simplistic arcade-like stages. You start off with the most basic platforming challenges at Level 10 and work your way up to the last level, Level 1. Your main objective in every level of trials mode is to jump on the pink switch; however, first, you must jump over a variety of obstacles. Each level contains 10 different stages that introduce you to new obstacles like icy floors, disappearing blocks, and spikes. The first few stages are easy to let you learn the basics of each obstacle, while the latter stages become much more challenging. Sticking to the theme of 10, each stage must be completed in less than 10 seconds.

In Jump Trials, you control a nameless stickman with only two moves in their repertoire: walking, and jumping. Walking is done simply enough with the D-Pad while jumping is accomplished with the A button. It will take a few stages to get the hang of the controls, mainly because the stickman’s movement is a little slow and the jumping feels a little heavy. You can change directions while jumping, but the stickman falls fast so you’ll have to judge accordingly. After a few stages, I became a platforming master, but the controls still played a small role in my failure during some of the game’s harder stages. Jumping with precision will be the key to clearing many of this game’s obstacles.

For the most part, Jump Trials is an extremely easy title, but as I mentioned above, there will be some tricky stages. Regardless, I had a lot of fun with Jump Trials, especially in the game’s Challenge Mode. In this mode, you are challenged to collect three medals (bronze, silver, and gold) and jump on the switch before the timer expires. While it isn’t necessary that you collect all three medals, you will be rewarded with a golden crown if you do. Getting the gold crowns on every level is much more challenging than completing the main game, and twice as fun. Levels will only become available when they are completed in Trials Mode.

jumptrials_screen2Visually, Jump Trials continues its bare necessities approach with very simplistic graphics. The main character is a stickman and it doesn’t really get much more basic than that. The levels are comprised of generic looking platforms and obstacles, as well as bland backgrounds. It would have been nice if G-Style cranked up the presentation factor a little bit. Sound wise, there isn’t a whole lot to say. There are only a few tracks, all of which are OK, but they repeat often. Again, it would have been nice to see G-Style put a little more effort into the non-gameplay aspects of its game.

Final Thoughts:

Jump Trials is a fun, yet bare-boned platformer that challenges you to overcome its obstacles without becoming too frustrating. Its simplistic approach definitely works in its favour, but more effort in the visuals and soundtrack would be welcomed. Jump Trials will take just a little over two hours to fully complete, which amounts to about a dollar an hour. I’d recommended this to fans of the platformer genre, especially if you’re looking for a pick-up-and-play experience.

7.5/10 – Good

Purchased on the Nintendo eShop

Color Commando Trailer

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Zombie Skape Trailer and Release Date

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Zombie Skape is coming to North America on Thursday, December 13.

New Club Nintendo Featured Game Reward – Touch Solitaire

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Club Nintendo has been updated to showcase its latest featured game reward. If you haven’t got enough solitaire in your life, and I’m sure you do, you can get a download code for Touch Solitaire on DSiWare for just 100 Coins. This version includes both the Spider and Klondike variations of the classic card game.

Get Touch Solitaire at Club Nintendo

Nintendo Download for October 25, 2012

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Liberation Maiden – $7.99

NightSky – $9.99

Mutant Mudds – Free DLC (20 Brand New Levels)

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC – Two New Course Packs Available ($2.50 Each)

Marvel Pinball 3D – Demo

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask – Available October 28

Nintendo DSiWare

18th Gate – 500 Points/$4.99

Virtual Console

Ghosts ‘n Goblins (3DS – NES) – $4.99

Castlevania: The Adventure (3DS – Game Boy) – $3.99

Shock Troopers (Wii – Arcade) – 900 Points

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New Club Nintendo Featured Game Reward – Pro-Putt Domo

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Pro-Putt Domo for Nintendo DSiWare is the latest game available over at Club Nintendo. This mini-golf game is going for 100 Coins if you’re interested in a copy.

 

Get Pro-Putt Domo at Club Nintendo

Nintendo Download for September 6, 2012

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Balloon Pop Remix  - $7.99

Heyawake by Nikoli – $7.99

Nintendo DSiWare

Crazy Hunter – 500 Points/$4.99

Virtual Console

Prince of Persia – 800 Points

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The Black Keys “Little Black Submarines”

 

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Nintendo Download for August 30, 2012

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SpeedX 3D – $3.99

Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D – $3.99

THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY (Demo) – Free

Nintendo DSiWare

Escape the Virus: Shoot’em Up – 200 Points/$1.99

3DS Virtual Console

Toki Tori – $3.99

Nintendo Video

AWOLNATION is Back!

 

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Nintendo Download for August 23, 2012

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VectorRacing – $6.99

Nintendo DSiWare

Abyss – $1.99

Virtual Console

Metal Slug X – 900 Points

 

Previously on Nintendo Download

Source: ND Press Release