Nintendo Download: 17th January 2013 (Europe)

Crashing mobs, mysterious mahjong, more zombies and basketball

It's another week of download news for Europe, this time arriving just in time to brighten up our Mondays. This week covers every platform; the 3DS receives a wacky match-three puzzle game as well as something a little more conventional, zombies infest DSiWare and the home consoles bring us a retail download and a demo. Let's get on with it.

3DS download software

Tokyo Crash Mobs (Nintendo, €5.99 / £5.39) — When this was first sighted many may have thought "only in Japan", but then it was confirmed for a Western release to show that, actually, we're all worthy of peculiar queue-busting titles. This is a match-three game at its core, but you're actually throwing people in matching colours together to make them disappear from the queue, which in the Story Mode seems to be with the objective of getting to the shops quicker. A Team Battle option uses the "3DS gyro sensor to fend off shopaholic ninjas and UFOs". We'll get impatient in some queues to bring you a review as soon as possible.

Mahjong Mysteries: Ancient Athena (Cerasus, €4.99 / £4.49) — This appears to be an enhanced re-release of a DS retail title from 2012, which aims to combine 300 Mahjong levels with a story full of mystery. The Adventure Mode should offer 10 variations of the popular game to try, but we'll get our thinking caps on and let you know whether this is worthwhile in our upcoming review.

Wii U retail download

NBA 2K13 (2K Sports, €59.99 / £49.99) — Arriving on the Wii U eShop one week after hitting the high street, 2K Sports brings its A-game to Wii U with GamePad unique features and solid basketball action. If this is your sport of choice then this is well worth considering; our NBA 2K13 review gave this a very strong recommendation.

DSiWare

Zombie Skape (EnjoyUp Games, 200 Nintendo Points) — Playing as the hero, you skateboard your way past the shambling hordes to rescue damsels in distress, which seems like an unconventional way to deal with a zombie apocalypse. Essentially a re-worked and more playable version of Crazy Hunter, this still didn't get much of a recommendation in our Zombie Skape review.

WiiWare demo

Vampire Crystals (Shanblue Interactive, free) — With the full game arriving a couple of weeks ago, Wii owners now have a chance to try a little of this twin-stick shooter for free. We rather liked this one in our Vampire Crystals review, and now you can see whether it's worth a full purchase all for yourself.


A set of downloads as diverse as ever, though the wait unfortunately goes on for new download-only content on Wii U. Let us know how you'll be spending funds in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (97 votes)

Tokyo Crash Mobs (3DS eShop)

24%

Mahjong Mysteries: Ancient Athena (3DS eShop)

1%

NBA 2K13 (Wii U retail download)

4%

Zombie Skape (DSiWare)

  0%

Nothing for me this week

71%

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