Nintendo Download: 18th October 2012 (North America)

Time to get stylish, pose for the camera, go fishing, fly a spaceship and more

North America has enjoyed some busy Nintendo Download updates of late, with plenty of variety to choose from. This week is no exception with something for everyone, and the odd surprise, so let's get on with it.

3DS Download

Sparkle Snapshots 3D (Nintendo, $5.99) — Sparkle Snapshots is exactly what it sounds like, a camera app that allows you to take pictures and apply a broad range of backgrounds, wallpapers and effects, included some nifty Nintendo options. It is undoubtedly targeting young girls — it couldn't be any more pink — but you can read about whether it's worth your while in our Sparkle Snapshots 3D review.

3DS Virtual Console

Gradius (Konami, $4.99) — Another NES title makes an appearance on 3DS, with Konami's iconic shooter blasting onto the handheld's virtual console. It's a shooter that helped to define the genre, and despite not necessarily standing up to its many successors, we still think it's worth a spin. You can read more in our Wii Virtual Console Gradius review.

3DS Retail Download

Style Savvy: Trendsetters (Nintendo, $39.99) — Available from 22nd October alongside the retail release in stores, this isn't the highest-profile title to come out of Nintendo but will no doubt have a keen audience. There'll be lots of clothes to choose from, plenty of photo options and, we imagine, almost anything that you could wish for in a fashion simulation.

There are also four older retail releases available to download from today, all for $39.99: Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Star Fox 64 3D.

3DS Demo

Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park (Activision, Free) — Hunting for The Moshlings is the name of the game in this upcoming 3DS retail release, with the DS title in this series previously catching on and selling well due to this children's craze. One for younger 3DS gamers, undoubtedly, and this free demo should be a good sample of what's to come.


Puzzler World XL (UFO Interactive, 500 points) — This title promises over 1800 puzzles, ranging from Sudoku to Picture Quiz challenges. The official blurb lists 17 different kinds of puzzles and promises more, so this could potentially be outstanding value at just 500 points. We'll get our thinking caps on and bring you a review soon.


Reel Fishing Ocean Challenge (Natsume, 500 points) — Reel Fishing makes its third appearance on WiiWare and the fourth on the system as a whole with Ocean Challenge, landing ashore towards the end of Wii's lifespan. With lots of fish making this the closest thing to fishing "without putting on your waders", we can envisage a fair bit of remote waggling in this one. We'll put on our virtual waders — we don't need real ones, as Natsume points out — to let you know whether this one's worth keeping or throwing back.

Nintendo Video

Dinosaur Office: Halloween Spooktacular! — A haunted printer. A creepy janitor. Craig dressed like a pumpkin. Its Halloween, Dinosaur Office style!

Quite a few options this week, whether you're into fashion, fishing, puzzles or shooting stuff. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (186 votes)

Sparkle Snapshots 3D (eShop)


Gradius (3DS Virtual Console)


Style Savvy: Trendsetters (3DS Retail Download)


Super Mario 3D Land (3DS Retail Download)


Mario Kart 7 (3DS Retail Download)


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS Retail Download)


Star Fox 64 3D (3DS Retail Download)


Puzzler World XL (DSiWare)


Reel Fishing Ocean Challenge (WiiWare)


Nothing for me this week


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