As another week which neglects to see the release of two of our more anticipated Nintendo downloads – PICROSS e2 and Retro City Rampage – this week’s Nintendo store update is something of a curio – not least due to the fact that we’re being treated to a WiiWare Demo for the first time in, well, ages. Here’s the line-up for 17th January:
First up is the Nintendo-published Tokyo Crash Mobs (£5.39), from long-running developer Mitchell Corporation. Definitely not one of the most well-known 3DS downloads to leave Japan, but an interesting and quirky concept if we ever saw one:
Queues: an annoying fact of life or, as in Tokyo Crash Mobs, the inspiration for a new type of puzzle game! This wack action puzzler lets you indulge your queue-busting desires by throwing or rolling people into queues; match three of the same colour together and they disappear – moving you a step closer to the front. Play in Story Mode as would-be bargain hunters Grace and Savannah, or Team Battle using the Nintendo 3DS gyro sensor to fend off shopaholic ninjas and UFOs.
The second original 3DS download comes from publisher cerasus.media, in the form of Mahjong Mysteries – Ancient Athena (£4.49).
Accompany the famous adventurer David on his most mysterious mission yet. In Classic mode correctly combine the symbols to play through 300 Mahjong levels. Follow the trail of ancient heroes, past the Oracle of Delphi and the Theatre of Dionysus, experiencing the mystery of the God of Olympus and discovering the treasures of this once magnificent culture. In Adventure Mode, choose your favourite board in classic Mahjong and try one of 10 variations. Enjoy the music atmosphere in this 3D adventure, but don’t let your guard down: you’re not alone.
Almost two years into the 3DS’s lifespan, and Nintendo DSiWare service is still being supported by developers such as EnjoyUp. This week, it’s bringing Zombie Skape (£1.79 / 200 Points) to the Nintendo DSi Shop and Nintendo eShop for 3DS.
Ethan is a boy who dreams of imitating his idol Johnny Eagle and becoming the greatest skateboarder of all time. One night as he was practising something strange happened and suddenly he was surrounded by zombies. In this terrifying arcade game, learn to use Ethan’s skills on the skateboard and rescue as many girls as possible, as you try to survive from the hordes of walking undead.
On Wii U – hurrah! Finally, something to download from the HD system’s eShop; if you don’t include the ZombiU demo which hit Europe unmentioned last week. That said, the digital release of Take-Two Interactives NBA 2K13 (£49.99) perhaps wasn’t what you were hoping for.
For its 2K13 edition, the NBA 2K franchise is back and bigger than ever. This year, 2K Sports has joined forces with the legendary JAY Z as Executive Producer to transcend sports video games and take virtual hardwood to the next level. Featuring an enhanced MyCareer mode and all-new gameplay features, NBA 2K13 will let gamers pit the best players in NBA history against the new dynasty of talent, including the much-debated match-up between the 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team and the 1992 “Dream Team.”
And finally, we have a WiiWare demo of Vampire Crystals to sink our teeth into this week. Will this be the final demo the grace the humble Wii Shop Channel? Only time will tell.
Once upon a time… in a place called Creepyland, where zombies and vampires coexisted peacefully, vampires kept the zombies well drained by sucking their blood and zombies ate vampires that died from old age or illness. But on a fateful day, all this changed. Transform yourself into a brave vampire and lead the fight against the ruthless zombies.