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Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai Available Now on the 3DS eShop

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Flying in early as a Nintendo Direct treat

With Jett Rocket being a stand-out on WiiWare and developer Shin'en Multimedia building an increasingly positive reputation on Nintendo's platforms, there's been a good degree of anticipation for Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai among Nintendo Download enthusiasts. With a promise of a silky smooth 60 frames-per-second when played in 3D, this could also be a game to give the 3DS top screen a workout.

The pleasing news is that the game is already available. Confirmed in the European version of today's Nintendo Direct broadcast, the title is now available in the region; as an added bonus Shin'en Multimedia has confirmed on its own website that the sequel hits North America today, too. It'll cost $8.99 / €8.99 / £7.66 in each respective territory.

As Shin'en Multimedia is a developer that's often maximised the potential of Nintendo hardware in its download offerings, we're certainly looking forward to giving this a spin for review. If you want to know and see more check out our interview with Shin'en Multimedia and the brand new trailer below.

Are you planning to download this?

[via jettrocket.shinen.com]

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User Comments (48)

eza

#4

eza said:

It looks great! Do I download now or wait for the review?!
(looks at price)
Download now! :-)

ricklongo

#10

ricklongo said:

I'd prefer it if this was actually on the Wii U (especially since I have way more available gigabytes in there), but I'm definitely stoked to get this on my 3DS as well. Hopefully it's good!

Spoony_Tech

#11

Spoony_Tech said:

Sweet! This must have been the surprise they were talking about! I've been waiting for this for quite a while!

unrandomsam

#14

unrandomsam said:

I will get this. (Just goes to show if Nintendo was more patient they could have not ruined 3D Land / NSMB2 with 30fps).

I played the Operation G.H.O.S.T Arcade machine recently so smooth (I presume it is 60fps). I think there must be other factors that I don't know but 60fps is a good starting point.

Zach777

#16

Zach777 said:

Downloaded it this morning after the ND. It is a really great game... Think of it as a hybrid of New Super Mario and Super Mario Sunshine. A solid game! 5/5

cyrus_zuo

#17

cyrus_zuo said:

HOW was this release not even mentioned in the Nintendo direct!?
Surprises w/o publicity are a missed opportunity!

SirQuincealot

#18

SirQuincealot said:

i wish they would price these games what they are worth, not price them knowing that they will go an sale in a few months...

its like we know this game is only worth 6 bucks... so we will make that the sale price and price it a 9 regulalrly

WiiLovePeace

#22

WiiLovePeace said:

Darn, not on the Aussie eShop. Just got dollars from the Nintendo premium thingy. Oh well I'll buy it in a couple of weeks.

TheGZeus

#25

TheGZeus said:

@ricklongo SDHC cards aren't that expensive. 32GiB goes a long way in the eShop.
Then again, maybe you donwload retail games (I don't) or have broader taste in games than I (leading to far more games downloaded). There is a much lower limit on the 3DS, but as you couldn't pay me to switch to download versions of games available at retail, I doubt I'll have to get a new card any time soon.

My only concern with space on the 3DS is the dang 2GiB limit for DSiWare! It'd be as simple as a fiwmware update (yes, I know the coding wouldn't be free, and might take some work, but I know enough about file systems to know this could be done), but I doubt they'll ever bother.

TheGZeus

#26

TheGZeus said:

@SirQuincealot O_o why do you think it's only worth 6 bucks? If's worth whatever people will pay for it.
I won't be buying it at this time, but that's because my budget is a bit tight this month, and can't buy any more games (came across some rare ones at a very good price).
I'd have paid more. Shin'en makes quality games. Nano Assault blows me away every time I play it.

ducktrapper

#27

ducktrapper said:

Downloaded it earlier and not very impressed. Jett Rocket handles stiffly, frustrating gameplay (only the third level and pixel perfect movment required), poor level design. Resemblances to Mario are superficial. A bit like comparing Rolf Harris with Michelangelo. Not terrible but nowhere near as good as it looks.

Austroid

#29

Austroid said:

Glad to see its out! Can't get it right now; but later on when I've got some cash to spare.

PinkSpider

#30

PinkSpider said:

Really enjoying it, it feels very super Mario 3d land in places. Then a robotic fish came out the water and it made me think of sonic 1 :)
It seems like its gonna be a challenge I died 3 times on level 3.....getting all the solarcells is hard on that level

Mario_maniac

#31

Mario_maniac said:

@WiiLovePeace: Still not on the Australian eShop. This doesn't bode well for us when you add that Nintendo wants to stop us from switching eShop regions with the December update.

WYLD-WOO

#35

WYLD-WOO said:

Played a good few hours of this wonderful game. This is one the best 3DS eshop titles so far. Get`s a 9.5/10 from me.

WYLD-WOO

#36

WYLD-WOO said:

@unrandomsam
Mate, was only thinking yesterday that it`s 60fps and my mate Sam from Nintendolife will be on this one. Enjoy this wonderfull game fella. That arcade machine is 60fps and full HD with a cost of around 5k, so it dam should be.

Mario_maniac

#37

Mario_maniac said:

@Manfred Sweet, look forward to downloading it. :) I'm glad developers are supporting the Aussie eShop a lot more than they were the Aussie DSiWare service.

ducktrapper

#38

ducktrapper said:

I tried it out for my son who will be receiving it today. It took me about 10 attempts to get past stage 3. It seems to allow only one save file so I deleted the save data so he can play from the beginning. If he can't do that third stage, I will have to do it all over again (and to be honest I did it partly by being lucky). I think the developers should have made it a bit easier - the difficulty ramps up too quickly.

Mollutje

#39

Mollutje said:

It look very interesting. I'm not going to buy it before I've read any reviews though.

ricklongo

#40

ricklongo said:

@TheGZeus I don't download retail games either, which is mainly why I haven't bothered with a bigger SD card for the 3DS. Conversely, I had an unused 250GB HD lying around when I bought my Wii U, so I put it in a case and have been using it to download eShop games. Still, I'll definitely look into the possibility of getting this game with my current 3DS configuration.

eza

#42

eza said:

@Mario_maniac I was living in Australia when the Wii launched. For the first few months I could switch between the AUS and EU shops. Then Nintendo brought in the restriction where you could still switch shop regions, but would lose all your credit if you did.
I ended up sticking with the EU shop because games would come out there before the AUS shop, and some games would only be released in EU.

Right now I'm in a similar situation: I'm in Spain now, with a Spanish Wii U and the Spanish eShop.
The difficulty with the Wii U is that it checks your region whenever you want to do anything online, and forbids you from doing anything if your console region doesn't match your physical location.

It's all very irritating. I sent an email to Nintendo yesterday after hearing about the Nintendo Network ID changes happening to the 3DS, because my 3DS is UK-bought and has credit, but my NNID is Spanish and also has credit.

As for this game: it's great! It looks very good, has a high framerate (dunno if it's 60fps because I have no way of measuring that, but it's super smooth) and is fun so far.
I'm glad I acted on impulse and got it last night :-)
The price is very reasonable too. I hope this will be a big hit for Shin'en!

supadude20

#43

supadude20 said:

Oh I realy liked the first. Had a real adventure feel. I hope they keep most of it the same... Oh. It's 2d. Whoopy do.
😑
😤
😔

millarrp

#44

millarrp said:

I will probably get around to it eventually, but I want to take a look at the reviews first...

SparkOfSpirit

#45

SparkOfSpirit said:

@supadude20 It has both 2D and 3D levels.

It's actually really fun. I just beat the first world, but had a blast doing so. It reminded me of old N64 platformers like Bomberman Hero.

ducktrapper

#46

ducktrapper said:

The game crashes when you die on level 4. Will there be a patch for it, I wonder, or is it tough luck?

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