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Nintendo Download: 13th December 2012 (North America)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Crimson RPG questing, ninja action, world music and more

It's time for another Nintendo Download update, and this one brings with it quite a few titles on all platforms. There are some retail goodies, the conclusion of the Guild01 trilogy, a long awaited 3DS Virtual Console release and more. Let's get on with it, shall we?

3DS download software

Crimson Shroud (Level-5, $7.99) — The final part of a trilogy of titles that have made their way to the West from the Guild01 collection, following in the footsteps of Liberation Maiden and Aero Porter. This one is an RPG from Yasumi Matsuno that incorporates some traditional mechanics and a board game approach; Matsuno's previous works include Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story. If you're up for a fantasy quest full of depth and polished RPG goodness then this should most certainly be on your radar, as our Crimson Shroud review explains.

Gardenscapes (Joindots GbmH, $7.99) — This one has emerged from nowhere, and has the basic plot that you've inherited your grandfather's stately home and must revitalise the deteriorating garden. It appears to involve finding hidden objects, selling them, and then using the money for the garden project. We'll put on some gardening gloves and go hands-on with this right away.

3DS Virtual Console

Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo, $4.99) — An eagerly awaited VC release that was unexpectedly delayed in North America. It's finally arrived, so not only can everyone stop wondering about it, but they can now download it and take the classic NES title wherever they go. It's frustratingly difficult but also a huge amount of fun, which we think stands up well to modern standards in our Ninja Gaiden review.

3DS download software demo

Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia, free) — Available on the 3DS eShop since June in North America, this physics puzzler takes the good work of its predecessor on WiiWare and throws in more content. A game that's satisfying, relaxing and challenging all at once; you can now sample the demo for free.

3DS retail download

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King? Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! (D3Publisher, $29.99)

Wii U retail download

Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (Warner Bros, $59.99)

Wii U retail demo

Rayman Legends (Ubisoft, free) — Although the release of the full game has been put back to early 2013, this is still one of the most eagerly anticipated Wii U launch window titles. Visually stunning and promising to continue the fine form of its predecessor, this title is exclusive to Nintendo's new console; it's simple, download this demo.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (SEGA, free) — Another slice of free Wii U gaming, and this one is actually one of the less expensive retail download titles on the eShop. Developer Sumo Digital gives its own spin to the kart racing genre with flying and boat sections, and we considered this to be an absolute gem in our Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed review. You can try a few races free of charge, so what are you waiting for?


Rytmik World Music (Cinemax, 800 Nintendo Points) — We've rather enjoyed the various Rytmik releases that have arrived on DSiWare here at Nintendo Life, and Cinemax returns with a new entry promising 117 authentic sounds and 20 visualisers to choose from. A title that's only likely to be as good as your musical creativity, we'll be digging out the headphones and bringing you our review soon.

Zombie Skape (EnjoyUp Games, 200 Nintendo Points) — Zombie games are part of a trend that rarely seems to go out of fashion, but this title bizarrely combines zombies with skateboarding. You play as plucky hero Ethan, who must use his skillz — because we're hip, or something — to escape from a zombie horde. It looks like a case of steering and jumping when moving along a route full of zombies, but we'll dig out our helmet and knee-pads (don't forget safety, kids!) to bring you a review.

Chuck E. Cheese's Alien Defense Force (UFO Interactive, 500 Nintendo Points) — Yes, you read the title right, the pizza-selling mascot is on a mission to defeat aliens with "water balloons of justice", with the big bad end boss being the Evil King of Planet Cheese. It's a title about rescuing pizza slices, and the previous appearance from the mascot on DSiWare was a complete disaster. We'll be reviewing this new adventure and hoping that it's a bit more palatable.

Wii Virtual Console

REAL BOUT FATAL FURY (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — We've already had the 6th and 7th entries of this series on the Wii Virtual Console, but it seems that when it comes to Neo Geo fighting games, we just can't get enough. This is the 5th entry, and we'll let you know whether this one can stand up to a fight with its successors.

Nintendo Video

Meat or Die: Linda (available from 16th December) — Yans and Gans find their biggest prize yet. It will take teamwork if they want to enjoy this meal.Do they have what it takes?

So there you have it, plenty to choose from at various price points this week. Let us know what you'll be spending your money on first in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (190 votes)

Crimson Shroud (3DS eShop)


Gardenscapes (3DS eShop)


Ninja Gaiden (3DS Virtual Console)


Adventure Time: Hey Ice King? Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! (3DS retail download)


Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition (Wii U retail download)


Rytmik World Music (DSiWare)


Zombie Skape (DSiWare)


Chuck E. Cheese's Alien Defense Force (DSiWare)


REAL BOUT FATAL FURY (Wii Virtual Console)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (80)



sinsalaca said:

Crimson Shroud for me. Will need to find some extra money for Ninja Gaiden and possibly Gardenscapes.



Spanish_Bread said:

yes ninja gaiden for me! now, when will those rockman series be available in NA? i've heard rockman 2 is on its way on EU but still no rockman 1 on US...



SheldonRandoms said:

Chuck E. Cheese's Alien Defense Force, what kind of game is this, do they recruit children into the Chuck E. army to fight aliens............with WATER BALLOONS OF JUSTICE?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I'll get Crimson Shroud some time later.



Auracle said:

Rayman Legends and Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Demos!? Pinch me, I must be dreaming.



Sir_Teabag said:

im very interested in crimson shroud! gardenscapes looks ok too will wait for the review on that one.



sinsalaca said:

Just sw the video for gardenscapes on Looks like a combo of hidden object and building sim



SonyFACE said:

Wow, 3 demos for me to DL, 2 of them for Wii U! I'm going to be needing that external hard drive soon.



rjejr said:

I was in Target a couple of days ago and some big loud fat guy was yelling about "what's the point of having a Wii U if the demos' aren't going to work?". And while I'm not so loud and obnoxious about it, I have to agree with him. Maybe Target can finally at least have these 2 demos playable now. I think the stores where people buy Wii Us need the demos more than people's homes who already own the system.

I played the Sonic demo last night on my PS3 and it was harder than it looked, but for $40 the kids might be getting an extra Christmas gift. One of the hazards of finishing shopping too soon, there's always something else to buy. But at least I came to my senses and didn't buy an Xbox - shiver



HeroOfCybertron said:

Nothing for me this week though I might check out Crimson Shroud and buy it next week when I have money to get another eshop card.




I still can't understand how NOA's eShop last week made me look like a liar thinking Ninja Gaiden was supposed to come out on 12/6/2012 instead of 12/13/2012. I would download Ninja Gaiden this week, but I rather hold until Wario Land II next week.



Boo_Buster said:

I might have to check out that Sonic Racing Demo, I believe the game is only $39.99 here in the US. Pretty nice price for a home console game. Hopefully it is worthy. Ninja Gaiden will probably be what I pay for today, but I still need to purchase Super Mario Bros., Zelda, and Zelda II on the NES VC



Savino said:

Damn! i was waiting for some cod at eshop!!! Almost impossible to find this game anywhere here in Brasil, all sold out!



KoiTenchi said:

I'm a little uncertain, but I'm really really considering Crimson Shroud... Looks like a nice unique experience.



Tasuki said:

Nice week. Now hopefully the whiners will quit whining when are we getting Ninja Gaiden week after week.

Gardenscapes sounds interesting but I will wait for a review before getting that one.



rosemo said:

Just bought Art of Balance a couple weeks ago. I would recommend it for anyone who likes puzzle games. I have finished about 140 of the 200 levels.



E32014Intern said:

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!! is also available at retail stores, and a DEMO version of the game is downloadable from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.



ShadJV said:

I'm getting the demos and Ninja Gaiden. I might get that RPG later on, too. A lot of good stuff this week, I just wish the Wii U eShop would get more than demos and retail games. But at least we finally got the Rayman demo!



gojiguy said:

RBFF is an odd inclusion. But cool nontheless. Ninja Gaiden is what has me excited, though!

However, I go to the eShop and.. it hasnt updated yet! What?:



the_shpydar said:

Gonna have to grab Ninja Gaiden just on principle. Having a Restore Point will be so sweet, just for that brutally punishing deal towards the end where if (when!) the final boss kills you, you continue from 2 stages back.



Spoony_Tech said:

@SubZer023 you do realize that's a retail download and not a demo. I thought it was at first as well. I won't buy it till a demo comes out so make it happen. Crimson Shroud for me as its still downloading since 12:04. Stupid download speed!

Edit: I stand corrected there is a demo in the shop! Might want to add that up top.

@gojiguy that happened to me so I just went to the coming soon part of last week and it let me download it.



SCAR said:

There does need to be demos, but the videos and screenshots are usually enough to show me what the main pointbof the games is. I might DL the Rayman demo, but I literally got Sonic Transformed last night off eShop. Really liking the deluxe promo. I'll probably just use the codes on 3DS eShop for some GB games, or Crimson Shroud. Kinda want more non retail DLs on Wii U though... you still get 10% back from those codes too, so that's made me want to save them for now. Sonic Transformed is pretty fun IMO, so maybe that DL will be good for people who can't buy a game right now...



bonesy91 said:

Loving the rayman legends demo. I'm surprised how good ubisoft games have been lately 0.o

gonna download the sonic racing demo as well, my nephew loved the first one.



Barbiegurl777 said:


The game is really fun. There are five arcade machine's when you go into chuck e cheese in the game & you have to squirt aliens with a squirt gun.

I had a blast already plus there's a trophie mode to unlock all the trophies so gonna try to unlock all the trophies!

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



Aqueous said:

Crimson Shroud, the moment I get more eshop money. I'm getting the Adventure Time and Art of Touch Balance demos.



bluecat said:

Ninja Gaiden for sure and mayyybe Crimson Shroud and Gardenscapes (waiting for pending review).



Undead_terror said:

Probauby get zombie skape just beause it looks fun (and has zombies!), and might get gardenscapes some day.



sinsalaca said:

So the winners for me were Crimson Shroud, Gardenscape and Adventure Time demo. This keep me busy for a while.



TheDreamingHawk said:

Wario land II is coming next week, so don't worry.

And YES! Ninja gaiden is finally here, and two wii U demos as well! But is it me, or am I having trouble finding the Adventure time demo? It says in the PR that a demo is available but it's not.



Jeremyx7 said:

.....for a second I thought I saw 'Sonic Racers(For Free). O_O The entire game that is!! hahaha...then I saw the words above it...demo.....



Zemus-DJ said:

Adventure time, crimson shroud, ninja gandian, gardenscape. My 128gb SDXC is filling up nicely with all these retail downloads NomNomNom =]



DrDaisy said:

I thought Real Bout Fatal Fury was already out on the Virtual Console. No matter. Keep'em coming, D4. I'm crossing my fingers for Shock Troopers 2nd Squad, Savage Reign, and Kizuna Encounter. Hey, why isn't Baseball Stars Professional on the Virtual Console?



SirQuincealot said:

anyone else not like how if you die in the adventure time demo it just puts you back at the very beginning?



Aqueous said:

@SirQuincealot - I don't, though, it wasn't too hard when I figured out all the attack patterns.

Okay so the Art of Balance demo is a 3D version of the Wiiware one but no multiplayer...



3Daniel said:

are the demos coming at a later date or are they buried in wii u's eshop? also i own and beat adventure time and its a simple throwback to zelda 2 that controls great looks simple but pleasant, better in 3d, and an awesome short soundtrack. but theres very little voiceacting. its pretty easy and a few few hours long, < 3. i think $15 would have been very generous, had there been voiceacting. although i've never seen the show i found the plot to be whimsical and funny. so its a good game thats priced high. i don't regret owning it.



GamerFromJump said:

Come on Nintendo, quit recapitulating the Wii Virtual Console and bring the GBA VirtCon to the rest of us.

This is one instance of Sony unambiguously treating consumers better than Nintendo. When you buy a PSOne classic, you can play it on PS3 or PSP, and move the save back and forth. They even give you the PSV version of their Smash Bros analog for free with purchase of the PS3 version. Nintendo wants us to buy the same game twice for the same functionality (only no save moving).

Lest someone trot out the "fanboy" cliche, I am a tri-system gamer, plus 3DS and PSP, and have been a Nintendo gamer from way back. I am simply acknowledging that Sony, in this case, is doing the right thing and Nintendo is not. I enjoy Nintendo, but the reasonable person must admit that some of their decisions are simply inexcusable from a customer-treatment perspective (system-locking digital purchases [as opposed to account-based] and no cross-platform VC, to name the relevant offenses).

Nintendo, please take this in the spirit in which it was intended - as a longtime friend telling you when you're making an ass of yourself.



kyuubikid213 said:

You should add a Demo option in the polls.
I don't always have demos are always up for grabs



GloryQuestor said:

Just got Crimson Shroud.

I was considering getting Ninja Gaiden, but then I remembered that I could never beat the game no matter how many times I played it on my NES. It's a bit too tough, at least compared to the sequel (which is also the only NG game I've managed to complete).



StarDust4Ever said:

Dangit, where's my WarioLand III. Dang Europeans... Good luck getting Ninja Gaidan, oops, I meant Shadow Warriors!



Ichiban said:

No SNES (or even GBA) games on 3DS virtual console still baffles me....
Its gotta be in the top ten list of stupid decisions made by Nintendo!



TruenoGT said:

Sonic demo was disappointing (low frame rate compared to Mario Kart and boring track/racing IMO), but the Rayman Legends demo was amazing. Never played Origins, but may pick up Legends when it comes out... will probably decide between this and Mario Bros U.

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