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Nintendo Download (ALL) Thursday, January 31, 2013

by Rainier on Jan. 31, 2013 @ 8:31 p.m. PST

Nintendo added one demo, five NDSi/eShop, one Wii U, and one Virtual Console title to the Shop Channels. Nintendo owners with online access can redeem points to download: The Cave (demo), Puddle (Wii U), Sparkle Snapshots 3D DLC, Ikachan, 99Moves, Witch's Cat, Bloody Vampire, Ice Climber (NDSi/3DS/eShop), Metal Slug 4 (VC).

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.

Wii U

Puddle (Neko Entertainment/eShop)

Dive into Puddle, a physics game unlike any other!

Dive into Puddle, a game unlike any other where you have to guide a puddle of fluid by tilting the environment to the left or right! Play carefully taking friction, gravity and temperature into account, and by using the unique properties of each type of fluid (water, oil, nitroglycerin, molten lava...) in a range of original environments. Conserve as much fluid as possible when crossing a variety of obstacles such as burning passageways, carnivorous plants and electric currents!

Key features:

  • 49 levels specially re-mastered for the Nintendo Wii U!
  • Play by using the Wii U GamePad accelerometer!
  • Compare your score in the worldwide Leaderboard!
  • Enter the world competition! Win as many Medals and Challenges as the best ones from the Puddle Community!

No. of Players: 1 player

The Cave (SEGA/Demo)

The Cave is a new adventure game from Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert, and Double Fine Productions, the studio behind Psychonauts and Brütal Legend.

Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, each with their own unique personalities and stories, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore locations including a subterranean amusement park and a medieval castle, not to mention a fully armed and ready-to-launch nuclear tipped ICBM. The Cave awaits.

Features

  • Seamlessly Spelunk – Explore a ginormous completely seamless cave-world presented in astounding cross-section that will blow... your... mind.
  • Assemble a team of 3 explorers – From the Hillbilly to the Time Traveller; all 7 characters have their own unique personalities, special talents and a dark and secret reason for descending The Cave.
  • A Cave like no other – If you enjoy spelunking and dark rocky caverns then be prepared to be disappointed. Your first clue The Cave is a place like no other will be when you stumble across the subterranean amusement park or the medieval castle, not to mention the fully armed and ready to launch nuclear tipped missile.
  • Let’s work together – Switch between the 3 characters, in cooperation with each other, and solve physical and adventure puzzles as you learn the truth behind why they are here. Share the cave exploring adventure with friends in local co-op.
  • Unlock all the secrets of the cave – Replay the adventure with a new set of characters for a whole different experience including unique story, puzzles and areas of The Cave, plus hidden treasures (not redeemable for cash) and collectables.
  • Watch the Cave come alive – Experience the detailed, stunning art style and humor that only Ron Gilbert and Double Fine can dream up.

No. of Players: up to 3 players

Nintendo DSiWare/3DS/eShop

Sparkle Snapshots 3D DLC (Nintendo)

Personalize your photographs with two new decoration sets: the "Mario Core Set" and "Mario Kart 7 Set." These new themed sets are now available for purchase in the Sparkle SnapShop, the in-game boutique.

No. of Players: 1 player

Ikachan (Nicalis/$4.99/3DS/eShop)

You wake up in an underwater cave.

Near the bottom of an enormous abyss, there's only one way out. Swim in a dark world under attack by frequent earthquakes and famine. This vast undersea kingdom is filled with both dangerous and hamless denizens. Its fearful inhabitants are led by a reluctant fish who has no answer to the impending disasters.

Take to the sea and help your new friends flee their home and find a new one. Their fate rests with you, Ikachan. You must help them find a way out before it's too late. Use whatever tools you can and try to escape. Swim, Ikachan, swim!

No. of Players: 1 player

99Moves (EnjoyUp Games/$1.99/eShop/NDSi)

99Moves, a retro arcade game where you will have to survive with just 99 Movements.

Without a heading in the galaxy, all was lost because your energy was about to run out... gravity would chart the course of your destiny... Suddenly, V-99 entered a zone called Shaders, which provided energy... It was a new opportunity to survive. However, it was not all good news, as you only have 99 energy pulses to move through the Shaders zone.

Features

  • Control V-99, dodging and managing 99 Movements!
  • Get high scores by obtaining V-99s and grazing the walls!
  • Arcade mobility like in the classic arcade games!
  • Retro-style levels!
  • Incredible enemy patterns!

No. of Players: 1 player

Witch's Cat (Agetec/eShop/3DS)

A spin-off from the Rabi Laby series, this game is also a puzzle-type adventure, but this time the player is taken deep inside the Queen’s Domain in the World of Wonderland.

In the previous adventure, the Queen sent a large group of her precious minions, the Cheshire Cats, to find and capture Alice and Rabi. Shortly, after they were captured, one of the Queen’s minions, a Cheshire Cat named Alicia, became curious of Alice and instinctually knew that Alice was a good person. Alicia, unknown to Alice and Rabi, helped them both escape from their imprisonment.

Frustrated with the fact of Alicia’s inability to communicate with Alice, she wished to become human in order to speak, hoping to become friends with Alice. The Queen learned of Alicia’s secret desire and banished her from her kingdom.

Dubois a powerful witch with a questionable reputation and a foe of the Queen discovered Alicia and helped her escape from her imprisonment. Dubois is already familiar with Alicia’s desire to become human, and offered her assistance to help her become human. Alicia, well aware that she is no longer welcomed in Wonderland, and with her deep desire to become a human, reluctantly accepted her proposal, despite Dubois’s reputation.

Together Alicia and Dubois set out on an ambitious journey to escape Wonderland and travel to the human world. Alicia will learn many abilities to help her on her quest. She will be able to transfer from human to cat at will and with Dubois’s help she will learn various types of magic. Not only will escaping Wonderland be nearly impossible, but Alicia must also deal with the fact that her friends in Wonderland are now her enemies and over time will realize Dubois intentions are not what they seem.

Witch’s cat is not only a puzzle game, but Alicia’s personal journey of faith, courage and betrayal. Will Alicia dream become a reality and will she make it to the human world to find Alice? Or will she be forever lost and forgotten in the world of Wonderland.

Use Alicia’s abilities to transform between a cat and human at will to complete stages, learn and master each type of magic and pay close attention to those who are truly trying to help as opposed to those who have their own desires.

Features

  • 50 stages designed by the Queen
  • Transform from human to cat at will
  • Master various types of Magic that can alter stages.
  • Discover the dark secrets of Wonderland

No. of Players: 1 player

Bloody Vampire (Agetec/eShop/3DS)

Join Latis and Cereza on their adventure and discover the secrets buried deep in the ancient castle of Verulia.

This is the story of Latis, a girl who is half-human, half-vampire, and her quest to discover why a vampire is invading the human world. This is a platformer type game with elements of an RPG. The player advances and collects money by defeating enemies and must explore to discover items used to increase abilities, such as magic and transformation.

Several years ago, a strange man made his way to the ruins of an abandoned castle on the outskirts of a small town called Verulia. Since then, the townspeople's fear of the castle has grown, and none would dare venture near it. Recently, a merchant traveled to Verulia and discovered the entire town was deserted. Her story was embellished, as disturbing rumors of a vampire inhabiting the castle spread like wildfire through the land.

As Latis has become older and learned more about herself from Cereza, she feels she is destined by her heritage, to bring an end to any threat that vampires pose to humanity. After a lengthy discussion with Emarle, who raised Latis since she was a baby and whom Latis considers to be her mother, it’s agreed that she must go with Cereza and travel to Verulia.

Latis, travels to the town of Verulia to infiltrate the ancient castle in order to defeat the vampire lord residing there. During her exploration she will obtain powerful items greatly improving her abilities. She will discover and learn how to master her transformation ability and finally through the time spent with Cereza, she will learn her history and the sacrifices made allowing her to become who she is.

Latis can summon four magic elements, (each with 3 levels). Fire Magic attacks in a straight line. It can also be used as a light darkness. Ice Magic for rapid fire and defense and at higher levels; it can be used as a shield. Lightning Magic attacks in spirals, and its power can be charged up with the item Thor Gauntlet. Dark Magic calls down meteors to attack diagonally. Certain blocks can be destroyed with these meteors. She will learn to transform into a bat and fly around to reach places that are otherwise inaccessible and even perhaps uncover new items. She also can transform into a mighty wolf, increasing movement speed and jumping ability, and colliding with enemies does not damage her while in wolf form.

Join Latis and Cereza on their adventure and discover the secrets buried deep in the ancient castle of Verulia.

Features

  • Four magic elements, able to increase three levels.
  • Transform between a daring bat and an invincible wolf.
  • Fight enemies to earn gold and buy rare items.
  • Encounter event battles and confront powerful beasts.
  • Explore and discover a significant side quest.

No. of Players: 1 player

Ice Climber (Nintendo/$4.99/eShop/3DS)

It's only you and an ice hammer as you make your way to the top of the mountain!

As Popo, players use a trusty mallet to work their way up the mountain. They chip away at the blocks overhead, then jump up through the resulting hole to the mountain's next level. Once Popo reaches the top level, he enters a fast-moving bonus stage in which he can pick up veggies and, hopefully, reach the summit for a big point payoff. Of course, not everyone's supportive of Popo's pastime. Toppies fill Popo's holes, so players must jump through the gaps quickly. It's easy to slip off some of the icy levels, as Polar Bears, Toppies, and other ferocious fauna don't want players up there. There are 32 challenging peaks to scale. How will you fare?

No. of Players: 1 player

Virtual Console

Metal Slug 4 (D4 Enterprise/900 Points)

Metal Slug 4 is the fifth installment in the Metal Slug series. Choose from four different mercenaries and battle against the terrorist group "Amadeus". Skillfully jump and shoot your way through enemies while picking up items to replenish your weapons. Like in the previous games, you can ride vehicles and fight rigorously against enemies. Furthermore, Metal Slug 4 introduces the all-new Metallish System, an interesting bonus scoring system that puts a new spin on things. Additionally, there are new items and characters, creating a fresh new take on the Metal Slug universe.

No. of Players: 2 players simultaneous

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