This week’s Nintendo downloads see the European release of a long-awaited 3DS platformer, which originally made its eShop debut in North American territories four months back. A lack of Wii U downloads aside, there’s also a dose of DSiWare, and a new Virtual Console title on both Wii and 3DS.
Endgame Studios’ Fractured Soul (£7.19) is the long-awaited platformer we mentioned, which was originally marked for release as a DS retail title. Not only does this final release of the game come with a typical price tag for a digital download on 3DS, but it’s also been discounted since the game’s release in North America – not due to the delay in its release, but as a stand against comparatively high video game prices in Australia.
Old-school platforming on two screens. Fractured Soul is a classic side-scrolling platform game with a twist: it is played across both screens at once. Created by platform gamers for platform gamers and exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. Fractured Soul literally adds a new dimension to this much-loved genre.
Meanwhile, the NES classic Blaster Master (£4.49) from Sunsoft is the first 3DS Virtual Console release in a while.
Blaster Master tells the story of an ordinary kid, Jason, who becomes an extraordinary warrior on a quest to save the Earth. One of the most innovative games of the NES era, Blaster Master combines side-scrolling and top-down perspective sections, as Jason battles radioactive monsters on foot or behind the wheel of Sophia the 3rd, a heavily armed multi-purpose vehicle. Battle through eight huge areas, upgrade Sophia’s arsenal to hover or drive up walls, and rid the planet of the mutant menace.
And on the Wii Virtual Console, Ninja Master’s Haoh-Ninpo-Cho (900 Wii Points) is this week’s Neo Geo offering from D4 Enterprise.
First released in 1996, Ninja Master’s is set in the fictional land of Zipangu. Players can select from 10 different ninjas and warriors with which to test their might. The main feature of this game is the ability for each character to use a wide variety of weapons. Also, as each character’s Super Attacks change depending on whether they are armed or unarmed, the player needs to respond differently according to the situations. Damage increases with respect to the Super Power Gauge. There are also many must-see deadly techniques like Super Death Blow, Ultimate Super Mode, Dark Super Power and Dark Combo!
Finally, Agetec is back with yet another DSiWare download this week – this time in the form of Kung Fu Dragon (£1.79, 200 Points).
Deep within the legendary forest, the Mystical Waterfall breathes out its spirit, inspiring those training for the final challenge. Now, three chosen warriors will face the honourable quest to become the next Kung Fu Dragon. Kung Fu Dragon is an action game in which you attempt to climb up an immense waterfall by performing a series of jumps. As a martial artist in training, you must face one of the most difficult tests of skill ever: waterfall climbing. You can increase your score by climbing higher up the waterfall by jumping among the various footholds that come falling down. However watch out for the enemies that block your way, defeat then by jumping on them to climb as high as you can.