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Nintendo Download: 5th January 2012 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Meet your (samurai) destiny

For the fourth time in five weeks, the 3DS gets new Download Software. Elsewhere there's a spot of DSiWare and a WiiWare game back from the dead.

Nintendo 3DS Download Software

Samurai Sword Destiny (UFO Interactive, $5.99) — A side-scrolling slasher with a Japanese bent, your heroine Akane must defeat all in her path to rescue her brother, making use of upgrades along the way. Whether it can compare to Nintendo's upcoming Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword is another matter, but we'll be the judge of its quality in an upcoming review.


Zombii Attack (Gamers Digital, 500pts) — A game so old we actually took it off our list of WiiWare games coming soon, Zombii Attack refused to die and is finally on WiiWare. An arcade-style shooter, we'll see if it was worth the wait in our upcoming review.


Quick Fill Q (Agetec Inc., 200pts) — Developed by Silver Star Japan, responsible for Dotman and Rabi Laby among others, you must roll the spherical Q to fill up gaps, apparently. Our review will surely fill gaps in your knowledge when it's published soon.

3 Heroes — Crystal Soul (CIRCLE Entertainment, 500pts) — Winning the award for Most Imaginative Names Ever, you play the Crystal Champion who must protect the kingdom Crystennia in a strategy-puzzle mix. CIRCLE has mixed form so we'll see how this shapes up in a full review soon.

That's all, folks. What are you getting?

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User Comments (97)



SpaceKappa said:

Ooooh, I definitely want to know more about Samurai Sword Destiny. Uninspired name notwithstanding, it looks vaguely reminiscent of Muramasa on Wii, which was a game I had a LOT of fun with.



ejamer said:

Hopefully these games play better than they look. Based on what limited information is available, I'm not taking a chance on them before the reviews roll in...



Pokefanmum82 said:

probably get the samurai game. And download some of the older games on the system. just have to pick up a prepaid card. They finally have them in Canada. I saw it in the Zellers flyer



alLabouTandroiD said:

I'd say it's worth nothing that according to Kid Icarus is only available today to people who registered two participating 3DS games from Nov 1st on. Sounds to me like its official release will be later. And no offense since there are still roughly 9 hours until Jan 5th ends but i haven't gotten my code yet. I'm just not completely convinced i'll get it today.



GeminiSaint said:

Sigh. Nothing for me this week...
(mumbles something about Mega Man X2, Adventure Island 2, La-Mulana, Wario Land...)



Squiggle55 said:

With how controlling ninty is with their downloading service, I'm surprised they're letting a game with such a similar title to their own upcoming samurai sword game be released. If you hadn't mentioned it in the article I would have thought this was the samurai game Nintendo gave us the video of.



LztheQuack said:

Anywho, wow this week is terrible. Score another one for the Nintendo of America haters



fredtoy said:

The good side of the general Wii releases decline is that I can hope to catch up with my backlog. ;]



Birdman said:

Both DSiWare titles and that eShop one interest me ... but I think I'll be waiting on reviews for all of them before I take the plunge.



CosmoXY said:

@lz20XX Why are you over-analyzing the releases this week? Just because there's nothing here you want doesn't mean it's a score for NoA haters. Though I agree, nothing this week is , I'm sure there are people getting ready to download some of these titles.



laskecap said:

hey guys, just to make sure if nintendo eshop is regularly updating every week? or else?



Knux said:

Samurai Sword Destiny looks interesting, but I'll wait on a review before purchasing it.



bahooney said:

I hate NOA so much. Soooo much. They're really letting me down as of late. Like that rad contest Europe is getting on Club Nintendo? And the lack of Kid Icarus? Even if it is coming out next week, NOE has been filling in their fans about the 3D Classic Kid Icarus for weeks now, even going so far as to let them know when it will be released. Whereas I get a little sad we didn't get Swapnote, it's not included on the Thursday DL update, and then out of nowhere, it's just there. Super dumb.



Retro_on_theGo said:

Bad week. Sucks Nor America doesn't get Kid Icarus.
Sigh, hopefully we'll get good games on the 10th.
/crosses fingers that we get Kirby's adventure or Kid Icarus! Please!



CosmoXY said:

@bahooney I know, I hate NoA sooo much too for releasing awesome games like Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 and Skyward Sword. And I hate them sooo much for Pushmo and Freakyforms. And they're totally stooopid for the 20 classic games they gave Ambassadors and the games for coins on the Club Nintendo and Swapnote for free! Oh NoA is sooo dumb...



Geonjaha said:

Dont see why you guys were expecting Kid Icarus. It's not even available for sale in the EU yet. Sure - you can get it by code, but thats only for those that qualified.



Mattiator said:

@Duney Just wait until Dillon's Rolling Western gets review scores below 7.5, and listen to the cries of Nintendo's lack of quality titles.



alLabouTandroiD said:

I've just seen that there are updates available for many games (Kirby's Adventure 3D, Avenging Spirit, Super Mario Land 1 & 2, Pullblox, Zen Pinball 3D and the Eurosport app for me).
Does anybody know what exactly is updated in them ?



Kagamine said:

people sure whine a lot about the VC games. I don't really care about them, they are old games, i'd rather play something new. The only VC games i own are the ambassador games, never will buy any because i really dont care to play old games :



ejamer said:

For people (like me) who didn't find anything interesting in the weekly download list, two notes that might brighten your day:
(1) Sven has announced through Capcom's Unity blog that a Resident Evil Revelations demo will be coming to North America in the near future. Pretty sweet!
(2) If you have a 3DS, you can search for "pinball" and find Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon DSiWare game finally available. Worth a download if digital pinball is your thing.



LztheQuack said:

@Duley: Yes, we can't hate Nintendo of America for the games and promotions that all of Nintendo is doing. Yup

Certainly we can know about our eShop releases in advance...oh wait...



LordTendoboy said:


Agreed. If there's any company that deserves the title of "shovelware publisher" it's UFO Interactive, along with 505 Games, City Interactive, SouthPeak Games, etc.



GameLord08 said:

@Duney: NoA does have both ups and downs, you know. Not all gamers will be satisfied because half of their expectations were met, and other regions did in some way get their own hefty benefits.



zezhyrule said:

@lz: If you would like that info, go to Sony (at least in teh US). They sometimes announce PSN releases a month or so before release, and always do at least a week before they're put up on PSN.

And they actually have good games too :3
and sales... and free games... and demos for most everything... and subscriber benefits... and an actually navigable store interface... what were we talking about again? I forget /goes back to his PS3



LztheQuack said:

@zez: What's that I hear? Is PSN being hacked again? What a shame

Why must Sony do more awesome things than Nintendo



zezhyrule said:

@47: Nice job. holding one hack against the service that's still way more amazing than nintendo will ever be



LztheQuack said:

@49: Nice job. Pushing it aside like it was some small incident

Nintendo, where's Kid Icarus?



Dodger said:

The 3DS download game might be good. Not the worst week ever.

Nintendo of America is sort of in a slump but I'm not that mad. After the way that they responded to Xenoblade earlier this year (No. Thanks for being such great fanboys!), the fact that we keep getting everything last, the lack of communication on Swapnote and both sets of Ambassador games, no Kid Icarus promotion when Japan and Europe got it, there are some things you could complain about. Me, I still want Pikmin 2 NPC. But I can't complain. I'm too busy wishing it was the 10th. NoA is also doing some cool stuff too.

They still make the best games.



Supremeist said:

Not that bad of a week for me. Was expecting my code for Kid Icarus, but maybe we will get that later. I'm gonna pick up that Swift Samurai game, it looks pretty fun!



Gamer83 said:

NoA needs to get some people who aren't idiots calling the shots over there. Another pitiful week, I really hope once the Wii U comes out that the VC picks up again but seeing how they're handling the 3DS VC, I'm not confident. It's too bad because there's still a lot of great games these imbeciles could release and make plenty of money off of.



WolfRamHeart said:

Not much to get excited about here but in fairness both PSN and XBLA had very dull offerings this week as well. Don't feel too bad guys, next week should be better. I'm looking forward to Zen Pinball, Mutant Mudds, Kid Icarus 3D Classic and hopefully Trip World. Assuming that NA will get Kid Icarus 3D Classic. I don't see why we wouldn't.



WingedSnagret said:

The question for me is, do I want to get Kid Icarus for my 3DS when I just bought it for the Wii not that long ago? Probably not...



GreenAbobo said:

3 Heroes seems ok from the limited time I spent with it before my battery died. Presentation lacks polish, but the core gameplay piqued my interest enough to get me looking forward to a full charged battery and more significant play time to delve into the strategic nuances.



NiaLovesNinty said:

Sheesh, people! So pessimistic! Just because this week looks dull to YOU doesn't mean NoA is failing. People have different tastes. Samurai Sword Destiny looks kind of interesting to me (I'll still wait for a review before I buy). Yes, they have fallen off with the updates on new software, but that's neither here nor there. We've been having some pretty good stuff lately and there is more awesome stuff to come. Have a little patience, my dears.



Ramses said:

Wow, a crappy 3DSware game and some uninteresting DSiware. This sucks, I was expecting Zen Pinball (at least it's probably out next week), or at least a decent Virtual Console game. My prediction for next week: Trip World on VC and Zen Pinball gets delayed.



SuperTeeter64 said:

Whine. Whine. Whine.
Looks like things haven't changed here much.

Hopefully Wario Land 1 comes out soon. I'm excited for that. I'm sure we'll get it soon enough.



RR529 said:

Hmm, for some reason that samurai game just looks off to me (watched the video), and no VC game this week

Oh well, I'll pick up Bionic Commando, since I skipped it last week in favor of VVVVVV. Zen Pinball is coming next week as well, so BC and some of the VVVVVV player levels should keep me busy until then.



LztheQuack said:

NoA has been failing lately. Lack of communication. Being the only region that doesn't get certain promotions.

Also, look up 3D Classics: Kid Icarus on NoA's website and lemme know if you find anything. Disappointment will ensue



Tallion said:

@49 Sony is kinda in the pooper lately. I still love a lot of the exclusive games they have, but don't fool yourself into thinking they only got hacked once. They have been hacked at least 5 times since then that I have found.



golephish said:

i'm just waiting for MYST - still don't have Mario kart 7 - and tales from the abyss. I haven't played resident evil yet either




Where the hell is La Mulana? It's been months since they said it was still going to be released...



zeeroid said:

Only $5.99, you say? I can dig it. I'm not fully sold on the game just yet, though it looks promising, so I'll wait for a couple reviews to come in.

Edit: OK, so, I was totally confusing Samurai Sword Destiny with Sakurai Samurai. Goshdarnit.



CosmoXY said:

Agree with @61. All the rest of you need to lighten up. I'd hardly say NoA is failing just because they haven't announced Kid Icarus. They'll get to it kids, don't wet yourselves over it!



AVahne said:

@ zezhyrule
Dunno about navigable. eShop is pretty easy to navigate for me, while PSN really pisses me off sometimes. Download speeds for PSN are incredibly slow too, I wonder why.



AVahne said:

Still waiting for CIRCLE to release their other upcoming games, like The Lost Town sequel, Castle Conqueror Heroes 2, and the first 3DSWare Castle Conqueror. Also that mystery game that's in the planning stages, and The Lost Tower for DSiWare.
CIRCLE's probably the only Hong Kong based game developer that I care about, though they're also the only ones I know about.



BlueAce127 said:

@4 By now you should know that whenever something is going to be released by Nintendo, NOJ usually gets it first. Followed by NOE.
And then... (1 000 000 years later) NOA!



Torchwood said:

@BalrogTheMaster Thanks for the early opinion, I guess. I was going to wait for the review before deciding to get it. Now I know not to! Great reviews for a Youtuber without any special equipment or anything! I think that if you focused on reviews of more obscure 3DS games and eshop games with footage, you could really find an audience on youtube along with your reviews of big games. I usually go to other Youtubers who can capture footage or for reviews of big games, but for games like Nano Assault and Pacman Galaga Dimensions, your reviews were the best found. After all, the reason I subscribed to your channel were reviews like those. If anyone's reading this comment, please check out balrogthemaster's channel on youtube. I look forward to more reviews.



Ras said:

Wait. To get Kid Icarus now, you have to already have registered the 3DS games? You can't see the offer, get the games registered, and then have at it? I'm platinum for the year, so I haven't wanted to register the games just in case the offer didn't come to the US. I figured I could register them on the spot if need be. No?



Geonjaha said:

@88 I dont know. Why does North America get eShop games purchasable with Club Nintendo points? We get one game for free (conditions applying) and you get the option to get potentially 4+ soon.



Ras said:

I know, but I'm hoping it's just around the corner for us!



Torchwood said:

@BalrogTheMaster Just watched your review for Samurai sword Destiny and was glad to see your next review will be Zen Pinball. Would you mind doing a review on Mutant Mudds when it comes out?



Torchwood said:

@BalrogTheMaster Thanks, that's pretty impressive. Hopefully the eshop won't become cluttered with (expensive) lackluster shovelware like what happened with DSi and Wiiware.

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