News: Super Mario Bros.’ Japanese sequel and a LEGO-filled demo arrive on 3DS this week – Full Line-Up


It’s the week after Christmas, and this week’s Nintendo downloads somewhat resemble the turkey carcass that remains in your fridge – there’s enough meat on there for maybe a few sandwiches, but nothing for you to truly get your teeth into.

What was originally considered too difficult for Western gamers, and thus remained Japan-only for a number of years, is coming to the Nintendo 3DS via the handheld’s Virtual Console service: Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels [£4.49] – the ‘real’ Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan – is out on the handheld in Europe this week.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is a true video game treasure. Released only in Japan, this sequel to the smash hit platformer was never brought to the West in its original NES version. Later released on Virtual Console for Wii, now you can experience this rare classic in all its 8-bit glory on your Nintendo 3DS. The Lost Levels expands on Super Mario Bros. with tough new level designs, trickier enemies, and new features that blow Mario away. It’s the ultimate challenge for any Mario fan. Are you up to the task.

The only original Nintendo 3DS download this week – sort of – comes in the form of a demo; this week for LEGO Lord of the Rings.

Based on The Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy, LEGO Lord of the Rings takes you through the epic story events reimagined with the humour and endless variety of LEGO play. Trusted with the dangerous to destroy an ancient magical ring that threatens all that is good, Frodo is forced to leave his peaceful home. But the ring wants to be found and the road to Mount Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed, will be perilous and riddled with Orcs and fouler things.

There’s more in the way of DSiWare titles – via both the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Nintendo eShop for 3DS – this week, with Agetec’s Rabi Lady [£1.79 – 200 Points] and Academy Chess Puzzles [£1.79 – 200 Points] from Gamelion Studios keeping the service alive.

Alice is a spunky young girl who adores her fluffy pet rabbit named Rabi. One day Alice was looking for Rabi and finally found him right before he jumped into a small hole in a tree. Without thinking twice, Alive jumped after him. This is where their magical adventure begins. Both Alice and Rabi have their own unique abilities and you must switch between them in order to complete each area and ultimately escape the labyrinth’s grasp. The labyrinth awaits you…

Play chess like never before and solve hundreds of puzzles in Academy Chess Puzzles. Whether you’re an advanced chess player or you’ve just started the adventure with this exciting game – you will spend hours finding solutions to 750 brain-twisting chess puzzles. Two modes, achievements and intuitive stylus and button controls guarantee an enjoyable and satisfying adventure with Academy Chess Puzzles.

And finally, on the Wii’s Virtual Console service, D4 Enterprise is back with yet another retro arcade re-release – World Heroes 2 [900 Wii Points].

World Heroes 2 is a fighting game released in 1993 by ADK, featuring characters based on heroes throughout history like Hanzou, Janne and Captain Kidd – there are 14 characters in all from which to choose. The game includes the ability to throw back and reflect projectiles, making it a simple yet in-depth play system. One unusual aspect is the introduction of two game modes, each with different sets of rules. Normal Mode is the standard best-of-two bouts type match, and Death Match Mode is more extreme than that of the previous title, with a 10 count, sudden death system. These two modes make for thrilling and fervent battles that will keep you playing over and over.

Can you find any salvageable meat, or is this turkey destined for the dog?


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