Blasting onto both screens

There may be a shiny new home console hogging the headlines today, but the world keeps spinning and another Nintendo Download update arrives. Wii misses out, unfortunately, but there's an interesting mix of handheld titles to choose from; let's get to it.

3DS eShop

Fractured Soul (Endgame Studios, $11.99) — A game that's been eight years in the making, this action platformer — with shmup sections thrown in — looks full of promise. With both screens in use and dynamic switching between the two, this title looks set to test your reflexes and your mind at the same time. Our review will be with you very shortly, but until then you can learn more about it in our interview with Endgame Studios.

Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D (Teyon, $4.99) — In recent weeks Teyon has given us the chance to shoot cartoon pirate chickens and safari animals on the African plains, so it only makes sense that shooting other humans in a war is next. This title is likely to be inspired by WiiWare's Heavy Fire: Special Operations, but with stylus aiming and some nice 3D killing on the top screen. We'll get ourselves to the battlefield and bring you our review soon.

3DS Virtual Console

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (Konami, $2.99) — This Game Boy title from Konami arrived after the highly regarded Nintendo 64 title with the same name, and gives you the mission of saving ancient Japan from the evil Black Ship Gang, all while rescuing fellow ninja, Yae: plenty to do then. Fans of the N64 title beware, however, as this entry has its fair share of flaws that drag it back; you can read all about it in our Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon review.


Bookstore Dream (CIRCLE Entertainment. 200 DSi Points / $1.99) — This resource management sim gives you the task of opening and running a successful book store. You'll be responsible for choosing and managing stock, enticing customers into the store and arranging for author book signings. While the idea of getting rich from a book store may be pure fantasy, this looks like it could be a promising budget title. We'll have our review on the shelf as soon as possible.

Nintendo Video

It's another episode of Dinosaur Office on Nintendo Video, and simply watching it will enter you in a competition with the chance to win a special episode of Dinosaur Office: The Remix.

If you want to shoot stuff, do a bit of platforming, wander around ancient Japan or sell some books, you're covered. Is there anything for you this week?

What will you be downloading first this week? (136 votes)

  1. Fractured Soul36%
  2. Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D1%
  3. Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon12%
  4. Bookstore Dream13%
  5. Nothing for me this week39%

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