You might want to pull up a chair for this one, because it's something of a monster. Are you sitting comfortably? Do you have a hot drink at the ready? Then let's begin...
3DS Retail Downloads
Crosswords Plus (Nintendo, $29.99) — Crosswords Plus offers more than 1,000 professionally designed crossword puzzles at multiple skill levels to challenge all types of players. Use the stylus and touch screen to input your answers.
Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! (Nintendo, $29.99) — Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! offers art lessons and art-on-the-go for everyone. An in-game tutor walks you through step-by-step lessons as you explore art theory and concepts behind drawing and painting. Be sure to check out our review of the European version, which is confusingly called New Art Academy, just to be difficult.
Pokémon Dream Radar (Nintendo, $2.99) — Get ready for Pokémon Dream Radar, a Nintendo 3DS title coming to the Nintendo eShop on Oct. 7. Use various features of the Nintendo 3DS system, including the 3D camera and gyro sensor, to chase down hard-to-get Pokémon. You can also transfer the 2D Pokémon you catch into the Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2 game for the Nintendo DS family of systems.
Cave Story (Nicalis, $9.99) — Cave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent rabbit-like creatures, called Mimiga, run free. You wake up in a dark cave with no memory of who you are, where you came from or why you're in such a place. Uncovering Mimiga Village you discover that the once-carefree Mimiga are in danger at the hands of a maniacal scientist. Be sure to check out our Cave Story review, not that you really need telling how great it is.
Samurai G (UFO Interactive, $1.99) — As Tetsuo, you must collect as much of Tengu’s Gold as possible before the evil Warlord Fuma’s assassins do. Tengu’s Gold is rumored to possess the power of Tengu, the harbinger of war himself! Activate Golden Mode to harness the power of Tengu’s Gold and see why this power must not fall to the wrong hands! Defeat Fuma’s assassins and avoid deadly traps on your quest to becoming the Shining Samurai!
Dr. Mario (Nintendo, $3.99) — Join Dr. Mario for intense puzzle challenges. Mario throws multi-shaded vitamin capsules into a bottle that contains an ugly variety of nasty viruses. You can move, shift or spin the capsules as they fall. Arrange them to align with other capsules on top of a virus. If you can get four or more of the same shade in a row – poof! – they disappear. Destroy all of the viruses in the bottle to progress to the next round, where things get even more difficult. Why not have a read of our Dr. Mario review if you're unsure about downloading this one?
3DS eShop Demo
Style Savvy: Trendsetters Fashion Contest Demo (Nintendo) — Experience the excitement of a professional fashion contest in this fun downloadable demo. Create an outfit based on the contest theme, style your model's hair and makeup and send her down the runway. You'll be battling your in-game rivals for the fashion crown. May the hottest look win!
3DS eShop DLC
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo) — All-new downloadable course packs that extend the coin-collecting fun of New Super Mario Bros. 2 are now available for purchase exclusively from within the game. Players' coin tallies are set to skyrocket as each new pack contains three new courses for Coin Rush Mode.
Academy: Chess Puzzles (Gamelion, $1.99) — Whether you're an advanced chess player or you've just started the adventure with this exciting game – you will spend hours finding solutions for 750 brain-twisting chess puzzles. Three difficulty modes: Easy, Medium, and Hard will keep you busy and achievements and extra skins for the chessboard and pieces keep you playing. Appealing, clear graphics and jazz music help you stay focused on solving the next puzzle. Two modes (Puzzle and Quiz) and intuitive stylus and button controls guarantee an enjoyable, addictive, and satisfying adventure with Academy: Chess Puzzles.
Drop Zone: Under Fire (Selectsoft, 500 points) — The year is 2070. Humanity has taken to the stars, leaving Earth defenseless when alien robots invade. Now Earth's few remaining human inhabitants have formed the Return to Earth Defense Force to rebel against the robot overlords. As part of the elite DropZone Team, your mission is to sky dive at high speed through the alien defenses and deliver vital supplies.
Dinosaur Office: New Owners — A new predator prowls the top of the corporate food chain.
Free Game Giveaway From Club Nintendo
Donkey Kong: Original Edition (Nintendo) — Purchase and register the downloadable version of select Nintendo eShop titles and get Donkey Kong: Original Edition free! This special version of Donkey Kong has never been seen in the U.S. and is not available for purchase. Don't miss out! Offer ends Jan. 6, 2013.
Quite frankly, if there's nothing there to take your fancy then you must be terribly bored of life. What are you going to download? Is Cave Story top of your list, or do you fancy spending a large amount of cash on Crosswords Plus or Art Academy? Let us know in the poll below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (239 votes)
Crosswords Plus (3DS eShop Retail)
Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! (3DS eShop Retail)
Pokémon Dream Radar (3DS eShop)
Cave Story (3DS eShop)
Samurai G (3DS eShop)
Dr. Mario (3DS eShop)
Academy: Chess Puzzles (DSiWare)
Drop Zone: Under Fire (WiiWare)
Nothing for me this week
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