Nintendo Download: 1st November 2012 (North America)
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Freakiness, fast gnomz, hidden objects and cake slicing
While some Nintendo Download updates, particularly in recent weeks, are full of juicy and exciting options, we're not sure that this is one of those occasions. Both DSi and 3DS are covered with a mixture of titles, but Wii is left out entirely; no, there isn't even a Neo Geo fighter to keep the little console going. Still, let's see if any of these tempt you.
2 Fast 4 Gnomz (QubicGames, $4.99) — It wasn't long ago that we were playing 2 Fast 4 Gnomz on WiiWare, giving it 6/10 in our review. Its quirky humour and sock-collecting antics were undermined by gameplay quirks such as an inability to discern background objects from deadly obstacles. That shouldn't be a problem with stereoscopic 3D visuals, of course, and we'll see whether this challenging runner-style platformer irons out the creases for this 3DS re-release in our upcoming review.
3DS Retail Download
Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! (Nintendo, $TBC) — This retail expansion of the eShop title finally arrives in North America, available for download from 5th November. It takes the place of the original on the store — so hurry if you want the cheaper download — and throws in extra items and features, such as dungeons, power-ups and a charming multiplayer mode. Whether it's worth the extra cost is a matter of opinion, and we gave one perspective in our Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! review.
Style Savvy: Trendsetters (Nintendo, Free) — It's another demo for Nintendo's fashion conscious retail release, with this one being the "Shopping Spree" option. As you'd expect, this'll involve lots of clothes buying, and considering that you can do this for free, maybe it's worth a try.
Spot It! Mean Machines (Big John Games, 200 Points) — It's a hidden item game on DSiWare, a genre not exactly under-represented on the service. The official blurb promises vibrant graphics and refers to the "Pass Around Play feature", which seems to basically involve like-minded gamers taking turns on one system. We'll dig out our magnifying glass to let you know whether this one's worth a closer inspection.
Cake Ninja 2 (Cypronia, 500 Points) — While the first entry in this series was certainly based on a popular smartphone game, it earned a negative review from us due to a lack of features clashing with a high price, along with some other complaints. That hasn't dissuaded Cypronia, which returns with a sequel promising extra modes and online leaderboards. We'll see whether this cake's a bit more appetising in our review, soon.
Fractured Soul Videos — Three new videos are now available in the Nintendo eShop to give players a special look at Fractured Soul. Find out what makes the game so unique, discover some of the thoughts behind development and learn more about speed-running tricks.
Meat or Die: Coco & Chiling — Yans & Gans face a new challenge in this week's episode of Meat or Die when they try to capture a meal that can fly; this starts on 6th November.
A smaller bounty of downloads than in recent weeks, perhaps. Still, are any of these going to persuade you to part with your funds? Let us know in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (248 votes)
2 Fast 4 Gnomz (eShop)
Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! (3DS retail download)
Spot It! Mean Machines (DSiWare)
Cake Ninja 2 (DSiWare)
Nothing for me this week
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