Nintendo Download: 22nd November 2012 (Europe)

Flying, dressing up, fighting spirits and more

There was a certain big release over in North America at the weekend, but fear not Europeans! You get to find out what downloads are coming first, so that's one-up right there. We have a 3DS launch title flying in as a retail download, as well as offerings on every platform; you can check out the details below.

3DS Download Software

PIX3D (Gamelion Studios, £3.59 / €3.99) — This latest downloadable title from Gamelion Studios is a puzzler that challenges you to "navigate through the pixels" to find hidden pictures. It promises over 1000 puzzles within three game modes — which seem to revolve around score chasing or beating the clock — along with pixel graphics and retro 8-bit style music. Sounds promising, though we'll put ourselves to the test and bring you a review soon.

Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games, £3.59 / €3.99) — This title attempts to blend dress-up fun with side-scrolling shooter 'lite' sections, all in a cute package for children. The flying sections are fun and attractive, though with control quirks and some frame drops, while the dress-up part is lacking in customisation and depth. It doesn't master either of its styles, and you can get more details in our Dress to Play: Cute Witches! review.

3DS Retail Download

Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo, £39.99 / €44.99) — Nintendo continues to brings its back-catalogue of first-party retail games to the eShop, with this launch title the next to join in. This long awaited follow up to the SNES and Nintendo 64 titles delivers impressive 3D effects and charming fun around Wuhu Island. Some may feel it's a little light on content for a full retail game, but that didn't stop it getting a strong recommendation in our Pilotwings Resort review.


New Art Academy (Nintendo, lessons £1.79 / €1.99 each) — Two new lessons are available for download:

  • Drawing Birds
  • Illumination


Spirit Hunters Inc. Shadow/Light (Nnooo, 800 Points) — This AR-based RPG has been in the works for a while at Nnooo, promising plenty of levelling up and depth for its most dedicated players. There'll be two flavours of the title available — think Pokémon — which will each have unique spirits that can be traded with friends through a Challenge system. We've had plenty of time with both already, so you'll be able to read our review very soon.

Wii Virtual Console

The King of Fighters '96 (D4 Enterprise, 900 Points) — It's Neo-Geo, it's a fighting game. One complaint that can't be levelled at the Wii Shop is a lack of top-notch Neo-Geo releases, and this adds to the impressive list. When released it was a step forward for the series, and still has merit today for fans of the genre and the famous old system. If you want to know more check out our The King of Fighters '96 review.

That's your lot this week, with some decent variety to test your wallet. Let us know if you'll be buying any of these downloads via the poll and comments section below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (90 votes)

PIX3D (3DS eShop)


Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (3DS eShop)


Pilotwings Resort (3DS retail download)


New Art Academy lessons (3DS DLC)


Spirit Hunters Inc. Shadow/Light (DSiWare)


The King of Fighters '96 (Wii Virtual Console)


Nothing for me this week


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