Nintendo Download: 10th January 2013 (North America)
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
Deer hunting, dino pets, biorhythms and world heroes
It's Nintendo Download update time, and this week's arrivals possibly represent the quirkiest collection of offerings in quite a while. Every platform gets something new — if Wii U demos count — while the handheld platforms have a strong focus on catching, hunting, caring for and picnicking with animals. Like we said, it's a peculiar batch this week, so let's get on with it.
3DS download software
Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini (Natsume, $3.99) — When you combine WiiWare and Wii retail releases, the Reel Fishing franchise made four appearances on the famous little system. It's now going portable, with the title also reminding us that it'll be 3D on the, um, 3DS. This promises over 20 missions to take on and we expect it to be similar to the Wii version, maybe with less motion control; we'll dig out our waders and fish out a review soon.
Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D (eV Interactive, $3.99) — We've seen a few on-rails shooting games on the 3DS eShop to date, with targets varying from humans, to cartoon chickens and endangered safari animals; if the deer and other animals of the North American countryside thought they were getting off lightly, they were very wrong. With over 20 species, as many weapons, and a dozen areas to hunt through, we'll have to dig out our silly hats and get shooting for your review.
101 DinoPets 3D (Selectsoft, $4.99) — While the Nintendogs franchise may be the cream of the crop in terms of pet sims, that doesn't mean others won't throw their silly hats into the ring for their own pets to wear. Teyon jumps in with a unique opportunity to care for dinosaurs, which allows you to teach tricks, play and dress up some of the most fearsome creatures from a prehistoric age. Bonkers, for sure, but that doesn't mean it won't be fun — we'll get some tranquillizer darts in case of emergency and work on a review.
3DS retail downloads
Hello Kitty Picnic with Sanrio Friends (Majesco Entertainment, $19.99)
Wii U retail demos
ZombiU (Ubisoft, free) — This was originally set to infest Wii U hard drives in December, but after a short delay this free trip to post-apocalyptic London is now up and running. It's one of the most unique titles on the system so far, and you can have a taste of some brains to see whether it's worth a full purchase.
NBA 2K13 (2K Sports, free) — A rather detailed and well constructed basketball sim now has free entry for a bit of action. We'd try some slogans such as "have you got game?" and such, but aren't sure we can pull it off. It's free, it's basketball, so why not?
Biorhythm (Cinemax, 200 Nintendo Points) — This was released just over two years ago in Europe, way back in December 2010, so we're a little surprised to see this one emerge in North America. This is an app focused on, you guessed it, the practice of biorhythms, which takes basic details about you and uses mathematical processes to measure out aspects of your life. This is only remotely suitable for those who actually believe in the practice, as our Biorhythm review explains.
Wii Virtual Console
World Heroes 2 (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — Europe received a Neo Geo fighting game previously released in North America today, so naturally those in the latter will be thinking "hey, I want more sweet Neo Geo fighting action too!" Well fear not, as in the spirit of sharing you can have this fighter that arrived in Europe first. It has time travelling fighters, yes, but unfortunately isn't as good as the already available World Heroes Perfect, as our World Heroes 2 review explains.
Meat or Die Ines — Yans and Gans are back and hungry as ever! When the brainstorming duo builds a masterplan to capture their next meal, they receive an unexpected (and unpleasant) result.
So there you have it, a mix and match quite unlike the norm for Nintendo Download updates. Will you be spending out on any of these? Let us know in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (287 votes)
Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini (3DS eShop)
Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D (3DS eShop)
101 DinoPets 3D (3DS eShop)
Hello Kitty Picnic with Sanrio Friends (3DS retail download)
World Heroes 2 (Wii Virtual Console)
Nothing for me this week
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