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Nintendo Download (NDSi/3DS/Wii) Thursday, March 15, 2012

by Rainier on March 15, 2012 @ 5:04 p.m. PDT

Nintendo Co., Ltd., an interactive entertainment company based out of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 3.1 billion video games and more than 526 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Super NES, Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere.

Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions. To enjoy the 3D effect of Nintendo 3DS software, you must experience it from the system itself. . Use Parental Controls to restrict 3D mode for children 6 and under.

Nintendo DSiWare/3DS eShop

Pirates Assault (Circle Entertainment/$1.99/3DS/eShop)

Enemies have come in search of your Treasure, Captain!

Pirates Assault is tower defense game that brings a little twist to the genre. A treasure must be protected, and to accomplish that you have to build the best defense strategy. Even if some pieces of the treasure are stolen, they can be retrieved as long as the enemy that stole your treasure is on the screen and alive. If the enemy is sunk, that piece of treasure can’t be recovered.

Features

  • Use rum to buy weapons usable on land or sea, to protect your treasure!
  • Upgrade your weapons, rob rum ships to gain currency.
  • Send your enemies straight to Davie Jones's locker, by releasing Godlike destruction on them with a devastating storm attack.

No. of Players: 1 player

Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (SEGA/$4.99/3DS/eShop)

Classic side-scrolling Sonic action. Play as Sonic and Tails.

While the evil genius Dr. Robotnik is testing the ultmate destructive weapon, one of his assistants makes a mistake causing his lab to explode and scattering five Chaos Emeralds across the planet Mobius. Sonic and Tails spin-dash to rescue them. Tricky Knuckles streaks right behind, with sticky-fingered Nack the Weasel joining the hunt. Its a triple-threat race to see who will get the Emeralds first!

Three times the action and Triple the Trouble! Loop, blast and super spin-dash through six zones, five bonus rounds and a wild 3-D stage.

Key Features:

  • Check out Sonic's moves as he jams with his awesome Strike Dash, Jet-Boards on snow and ice, rolls in his Spin-Coaster and swims deep under water with Propeller Shoes.
  • Help Tails as he submarines through water with his Sea Fox and Heli-Tails to explore parts of the zone beyond Sonic's reach.

No. of Players: 1 player

Shinobi (SEGA/$3.99/3DS/eShop)

Side-scrolling ninja action from SEGA. Game Gear's original Shinobi.

Only you can save them. As Joe Musashi, Red leader of the Oboro School of Shinobi, your destiny awaits. An evil force emanating from Neo City has captured your fellow students. Attack with your powerful katana as you battle for their freedom. Each ninja you rescue adds their formidable weaponry, training and Ninjutsu magic to yours.

Destroy the enemies with bombs, shurikens, a crescent blade and more. Use the magic of the ninja to wreak havoc with the force of a tornado or the blinding glow of lightning. When all else fails, turn your body into a living bomb and explode with concussive damage. Do not stop until the City of Fear is annihilated! Are you ready for the challenge of Ninja warfare?

Key Features:

  • Special abilities include running on water, swinging from a crecent blade and walking on ceilings
  • Ninjutsu magic includes tornadoes, earthquakes and energy fields

No. of Players: 1 player

Dragon Crystal (SEGA/$2.99/3DS/eShop)

Classic turn-based dungeon RPG. 30 randomly generated dungeons.

Imagine a glowing magic crystal. As you gaze into it, an intense force pulls you in and causes a black out. You pinch yourself. But you don't wake up. You're caught in a fantastic world of unearthly beauty and deadly demons. Here, countless evil forces confront you. Your only ally is your loyal pet dragon.

Blaze a trail through the treacherous labyrinths of four magic kingdoms - collecting weapons, armor, magic books, potions, rods and rings as you go. Fend off enormous insects, monstrous centepedes and sneaky sand sharks.

Pass through 30 worlds in search of the Magic Goblet. There's no way out of this musical nightmare... until you find it.

No. of Players: 1 player

Kid Icarus 3D Anime (Nintendo Video/3DS/eShop)

Nintendo is partnering with renowned Japanese animation studios to celebrate the Kid Icarus franchise and bring their latest creations exclusively to Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Video. The first anime series, Thanatos Rising, comes from Production I.G. Look for videos from Shaft, Inc. and Studio 4°C, coming soon!

  1. Production I.G is producing a movie featuring the angel Pit and his battle against one of Medusa's minions - all in glorious 3D!
  2. Studio 4°C is producing a movie which features Medusa, Goddess of the Underworld, as its main character. It tells the tale of Medusa and Palutena's rivalry, which stretches from far into Pit's past right up to the present day.
  3. Shaft is producing a movie that centers around the goddess Palutena and her attempts to deal with a great catastrophe in her Skyworld home.

Virtual Console

Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge (D4 Enterprise/900 Points)

Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa’s Revenge is the fourth installment in the Samurai Shodown series, which launched in 1996.

The combat system is essentially the same as in the third installment, Blades of Blood, with tweaks added to enhance the combat experience, such as a vastly altered Rage Explosion System and more powerful chain combos. The ending also changes depending on the time it takes to clear the game, encouraging players to improve their skills and speed if they want to see the One True Ending. Players can choose from 17 samurai warriors, including new characters Kazuki Kazama and Sogetsu Kazama, to battle their way through the game.

No. of Players: 2 players simultaneous


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