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Nintendo Download: 17th January 2013 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

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.


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)


Mahjong Mysteries: Ancient Athena (3DS eShop)


NBA 2K13 (Wii U retail download)


Zombie Skape (DSiWare)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (42)



Kyloctopus said:

I'm really looking forward to Tokyo Crash Mobs. Big fan of those kind of puzzle games.



Scollurio said:

Tokyo Crash Mobs... hum hum...still 6 Euro is quite a bit for a "match 3" game with silly graphics. I'd rather have had the eShop release of Code of Princess now!



RetrogamerFan said:

Will try the Vampire Crystals demo and might get the game if it turns out good, thought it looked good from the video and NL's review.
Will wait for reviews of the two 3DS games.



potomas said:

Still can't believe those wii u games, does anyone actually download them at that price



cornishlee said:

"Arriving on the Wii U eShop one week after hitting the high street". Which high street? None in Britain so far as I'm aware. It's download or order from Game online - the only place it is available even online!



DarkCoolEdge said:

Nothing for me. What a soft week.

No 3ds VC, nothing for WiiU's eshop, bland eshop game...
I hope next week will be much better.



datamonkey said:

@potomas - I know they are crazy prices! I certainly don't download them. I got Darksiders 2 last week for £23 online, it's £50 on eshop!

Any NoE - where on earth is Cave Story+?




May get both 3DS eShop games and the WiiWare demo (haven't got round to downloading Vamp Crystals full game)



Kohaku said:

Why is Nintendo ignoring the Wii U? I want games like in the EShop of the 3DS but it takes a very long start it seems before we can get more than demo's or downloads from retailgames.



Jese_1 said:

Come on Nintendo, I'm in the mood for a good Game Boy game on the VC. Help me out here!



C0mmanderVide0 said:

Nothing for me this week.
I'm just waiting for:
CS+, NightSky, Ikachan, 1001 spikes, Mutant Mudds 2, Denpa Men 2, Runner 2, Cloudberry Kingdom.
Sadly most of them are published by Nicalis so we'll be waiting forever.



Oregano said:

I'll probably just get the Vampire Crystals demo.

Considering I have Fallblox, Denpa Men, Crimson Shroud and more to finish from the eShop I don't mind if it goes a bit quiet for a while. Code of Princess would be a day 1 purchase though.



DarkCoolEdge said:

@MultiMariosonic no, you are not the only one.

I got Cave Story + with the last humble bundle so I don't think I'll get it for 3ds, if it ever gets released in Europe which I highly doubt at this point. Good job Nicalis.
They better bring Nightsky and Ikachan soon if they want my money. It is getting ridiculous.



Einherjar said:

They were advertising the new WiiU eShop like crazy and now...they arent using it ? O.o Whats wrong Nintendo ? There must be SOME games to release. At least Bring the VC over to the WiiU. A simple launcher App would do it. That would fill the gap for quite some time.



FonistofCruxis said:

The prices for retail games on the Wii U eshop are ridiculous! I doubt I would ever pay £50 for one game.



LittleIrves said:

@DarkCoolEdge Not sure if it will be any good or not... but "bland"? Tokyo Crash Mobs ain't no bland. Personally I can't wait. (Well, I can. Since I'm in America and will be waiting a few days.)



RupeeClock said:

I'll wait for a review on Crash Mobs, it's zany and Japanese but it might not be any good for that £5 price tag, who knows.

What I'm really waiting for dammit is CAVE STORY+, where is it already?



SirQuincealot said:

finally another majong game for the eshop, i mean thats what everyone has been waiting for right?



Otto-Soq said:

Patiently i will be waiting for Unchaned Blades. I am still very happy with last week's Blaster Master, and my Paper Mario Sticker Book present.



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@Einherjar Chances are there really aren't any titles for the eShop in queue. If I remember right a lot of the big developers (the ones that mostly focus on retail) got kits and a few indie developers (who are well known or have some history with Nintendo already).

I wouldn't be too surprised if Gamecube functionality doesn't work yet, which is probably why the eShop isn't up yet.



Windy said:

Iwata said it folks. "be Patient." Just like the Wii...."be Patient".

***rolls eyes****



allav866 said:

Nintendo, you have a whole bunch of VC games you could put out; NES, SNES, GB, VB, GBC, GBA, N64, GCN, even DS and Wii (considering full 3DS/Wii U retail games can be purchased on the eShop, I don't see how this is an impossibility). Just give us something to keep us entertained until next week's eShop update.



Raylax said:

"Still no Wii U games bawwww"
I am genuinely starting to believe that half of you only buy new games for the pure hell of buying new games. There's plenty on the shop and in stores already, y'know. Their being more than a week old has not diminished their playability (shock!)



TingLz said:

@Raylax This is an age-old complaint that's plagued this site for years. Need I remind you of the "ZOMG WHY NO VIRTUAL CONSOLE GAMES?"



jayblue said:

pure rubbish no wii u games again,just bought zombi u hope that will keep me busy.

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