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Nintendo Download: 9th August 2012 (North America)

9th August 2012 (North America)

Much-reduced Mario, Real Bouts and going Commando

There's quite a heady mixture in this week's North American Nintendo Download report; not only do we have one of the best Mario games at a price so low it's criminal not to own it, but we also have a fine fighting game, a 3D tank simulation and a 2D run-and-gun blaster. Read on for more information!...

Review: Touch Battle Tank 3D (3DS eShop)

Touch Battle Tank 3D (3DS eShop)

Bad touch

Good intentions most certainly pave the road to disappointment in Touch Battle Tank 3D. While it's clear that the 70 levels of non-stop blasting are meant to feel like frantic, satisfying plunges into arcade-style madness, it's also clear that the components simply don't come together the way they need to. Touch Battle Tank 3D simply feels...

News: Goemon And Ebisumaru Heading To 3DS eShop In Mystical Ninja

Goemon And Ebisumaru Heading To 3DS eShop In Mystical Ninja

Game Boy classic confirmed for European release

Konami's classic Mystical Ninja series is getting a new lease of life this month — in Europe, at least — thanks to the launch of the Game Boy version of the game on the 16th August. Originally released in Japan in 1997 under the title Ganbare Goemon: Kurofune Tō no Nazo (Go Goemon: Mystery of the...

News: Nintendo Hypes 'eShop Heroes' in New Trailer

Nintendo Hypes 'eShop Heroes' in New Trailer

Get a load of that music

Just yesterday we posted a feature arguing that the 3DS eShop deserves big franchises, and that providing a variety of bite-sized download titles with recognisable names or neglected series could be a good thing for the platform. On the flip-side, however, Nintendo has used the store to introduce new characters and IPs to...

News: Actually, New Super Mario Bros. 2 May Not Take 45 Minutes To Download

Actually, New Super Mario Bros. 2 May Not Take 45 Minutes To Download

New fastest time submitted

Yesterday we brought you the harrowing news that it could take upwards of three quarters of an hour to download the digital copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2 on your Nintendo 3DS console. That figure came courtesy of Siliconera, who tested the download using a review code and a US 3DS. Compared to the kind of download times...

News: Nano Assault EX Blasting Onto 3DS eShop

Nano Assault EX Blasting Onto 3DS eShop

Based on the retail release

Shin'en Multimedia, a development studio that's already shown plenty of enthusiasm for Nintendo platforms, has confirmed that Nano Assault EX is on the way to the 3DS eShop in both North America and Europe. It's less than a year since Nano Assault arrived as a retail title — though it wasn't released in Europe — and...

Nintendo Download: 2nd August 2012 (North America)

2nd August 2012 (North America)

A lost town, solitaire and reduced Mario

This week's North American update has relatively slim pickings, with Wii missing out entirely. There's one title each for eShop and DSiWare, a reduced Mario classic and a couple of videos, so let's look at what we have. eShop: 3D Solitaire (Zen Studios, $2.99) — The title tells you almost everything you...

News: Columns Coming to 3DS Virtual Console with Local Multiplayer

Columns Coming to 3DS Virtual Console with Local Multiplayer

Link up

The Japanese eShop is getting a Columns-shaped treat soon. The Game Gear version of SEGA's addictive puzzler will join the 3DS Virtual Console line-up on 8th August. It'll also have a function that we've rarely seen so far on 3DS Virtual Console: you'll be able to play in local multiplayer, provided that both users have a copy of the game...

News: Golf Tees Up as a US Club Nintendo Reward

Golf Tees Up as a US Club Nintendo Reward

Worth a swing?

3DS Virtual Console title Golf is the latest game up for grabs as a US Club Nintendo reward. It's on the green until 12th August for 150 coins. Golf replaces Starship Defense, which has now blasted off out of orbit. Is it above par and worth your virtual reward money? Read our Golf review to find out. Don't forget that WiiWare's...

News: 3D Solitaire Hits North American eShop on 2nd August

3D Solitaire Hits North American eShop on 2nd August

It's Solitaire, with 3D

Occasionally a game title can be mysterious or confusing, but Zen Studios kept it simple with 3D Solitaire. It's a basic app for the popular card game with some pretty stereoscopic 3D backgrounds, and that's all it is; it couldn't be simpler. It did hit Europe at a budget price, and the good news for North America is that...

News: SpeedX 3D Races Onto eShop on 9th August

SpeedX 3D Races Onto eShop on 9th August

PAL regions only for now

Gamelion Studios, the developer behind plenty of Nintendo download titles including the Carmen Sandiego series, has confirmed that SpeedX 3D will hit the 3DS eShop in PAL regions on 9th August. It's the developer's first title on the handheld and will come in at the budget price of £2.70/€3, though it doesn't yet have a...

Review: Planet Crashers (3DS eShop)

Planet Crashers (3DS eShop)

Crash and burn

On first inspection, Planet Crashers is the cute, warm and whimsical RPG world you would expect from Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid, providing a shot of humour, quirkiness and style to an already crowded and tired genre. However, much like other adventure RPGs lining our shelves at the moment, Planet Crashers is very much a case...

Review: Mole Mania (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Mole Mania (3DS eShop / Game Boy)

Dig in

Poor Muddy Mole has returned home to find his family kidnapped by the evil farmer Jinbe. That's the entire plot, and we're happy about that. After all, Mole Mania isn't about storytelling; it's about a massive gauntlet of clever puzzles, and that's exactly why we like it. Divided into eight very large levels, Muddy's adventure finds him...

Review: Dot Runner: Complete Edition (3DS eShop)

Dot Runner: Complete Edition (3DS eShop)

On the dot or a runaround?

Dot Runner: Complete Edition is the latest release from Intense, developer of unique DSiWare RPG GO Series: Picdun. This outing shares the dual perspectives of that title but little else; here you collect dots as a futuristic man-on-a-mission named BOLT in a chase puzzler that's fast and fun, but seriously flawed. While...

News: Full 3DS Retail Downloads Have Teething Troubles

Full 3DS Retail Downloads Have Teething Troubles

Bandwidth buster

Full retail games can now be downloaded to Nintendo 3DS in Japan, but there was a problem or two early on. Nintendo's online service page reported server troubles on the eShop shortly after launch, though it's now been fixed. Andriasang reports that the eShop issues came between 9:00am and 11:30am on the service's launch day. It...