Nintendo Download: 22nd November 2012 (North America)

Mallo returns, Link has an adventure, spirits are hunted and more

It's Thursday, which only means one thing here on Nintendo Life - it's download update time. This week sees a return for a popular 3DS eShop IP, a classic NES title, a long awaited DSiWare release and some other goodies. Nintendo's press release only mentions the Wii U eShop games that were released on the system's launch day, meanwhile, so it's unclear whether more titles are coming to the platform on Sunday or whether it'll update with the other stores in next week's update. We'll keep our eyes peeled, but until then you can see what's coming to 3DS, DSi and Wii below.

3DS Download Software

Crashmo (Nintendo, $8.99) — Known as Fallblox in Europe, Mallo's return to the 3DS eShop arrives in North America and is likely to have some enthusiasts rushing for the download button. This one continues many of the ideas that made Pushmo so charming, and adds an extra layer to puzzles along with a constant danger of gravity bringing unsupported blocks crashing down. There are lots of levels and different items to work through, and you can check out our 9/10 recommendation in our Crashmo review.

3D Mahjongg (Joindots GmbH, $4.99) — No, we haven't got the spelling wrong, this one is actually a Mahjongg game, with that all-important extra g. Joindots GmbH seems to be new on the scene with Nintendo downloads, and makes its début with this puzzle/strategy title that tasks you with matching pairs of tiles in order to remove them from the board. There are six graphical themes to choose from and two distinct versions of the game, but more importantly there's an Adventure Mode promising 200 levels and a freeplay option with 10,000 variations. We'll get clued up and bring you a review soon.

3DS Virtual Console

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo, $4.99) — Another of the 10 NES games given to 3DS Ambassadors makes its way to the eShop proper, with save state goodness and all. That'll probably be needed for this one, which is among the most challenging entries in the Zelda series. It incorporates RPG-style levelling up, a mixture of overhead map navigation and sidescrolling action, as well as some suitably obscure puzzles to solve. Though not perhaps as universally loved as other titles in the franchise, we still recommend it in our Zelda II: The Adventure of Link review.


Spirit Hunters Inc. Shadow/Light (Nnooo, 800 Nintendo Points) — This title has been a while in the making from Nnooo, which seeks to incorporate AR gameplay using the DS/3DS camera and comes in two versions, each with subtle differences. Your general task is to point and shoot at spirits invading the world, all the while earning money and experience points to level up, gain more items and obtain new attacking skills to fight tougher enemies. While there's certainly depth behind the scenes and an attempt to encourage spirit sharing among players, the core implementation and AR play doesn't hit its mark for an enjoyable experience, as our Spirit Hunters Inc. Shadow/Light review explains.

Wii Virtual Console

Ninja Master's: Haō Ninpō Chō (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — If we say the words "Neo Geo", and "fighting game", then you'll know that we have another Wii Virtual Console download on our hands. This was the sixth and final fighting game from genre veterans ADK, and this one lets you choose from 10 ninjas or warriors for battle. Special moves vary depending on whether you have a weapon at the time, meanwhile, and must be cool with names like "Super Death Blow" and "Ultimate Super Mode". We'll get psyched up for a scrap and bring you our review soon.

Nintendo Video

Meat or Die: Gisele (free) — Yans & Gans are back on their quest for food in a new episode of Meat or Die. When their attempts at romance fail, the dim-witted dinos resort to their old bag of tricks. Don’t miss the insanity!

So there you have it: puzzles and a NES classic on 3DS, AR hunting on DSi and more Neo Geo brawling on Wii. Let us know which will separate you from your funds in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (197 votes)

Crashmo (3DS eShop)


3D Mahjongg (3DS eShop)


Zelda II (3DS Virtual Console)


Spirit Hunters Inc. Shadow/Light (DSiWare)


Ninja Master's: Haō Ninpō Chō (Wii Virtual Console)


Nothing for me this week


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