Published on October 25th, 2012 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
Quick, to the eShop! Liberation in the NightSky Puts Mudd on my Pinball Mask
Nintendo sure doesn’t seem like a company who is getting ready to release its next-gen console in just under a month.
Sure they’ve installed kiosks across the country in retails stores, ever so gracefully begging for your attention for some hands on time with the Wii U console. While these display units are like magnets to wandering eyes, there is still more to offer for the company’s prior consoles that are still on the market. In fact, Nintendo is promising quite the fourth quarter price cut.
If you missed the product updates for the current Nintendo Wii stock, the regular console bundle is promised to reach an SRP of $129.99 and includes Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. Many of those who didn’t purchase the first time around can now get their mitts on the console they dissed.
For those who want to just dance, the Just Dance 4, along with the Skylander’s Giants bundle will be hitting retailers for $149.99. The Skylander’s bundle will also roll out in a blue tone giving those a different flavor of the console.
“These bundles give consumers a way to enjoy some of the hottest new games for this generation’s most popular console at an attractive price,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s vice president of Licensing. “Together with our third-party publishing partners, we’re delivering maximum value for families who want to get the most for their home entertainment dollar.”
I’ve worked in retail for years now and talk of the holiday season makes me cringe-Cringle, but Nintendo sure makes me giddy in having a new console release in sight.
Now, on to the games……
Release Date: Oct 25, 2012
Publisher:LEVEL-5 International America, Inc., SUDA 51
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Many were caught off guard by LEVEL-5 and Grasshopper Manufacture’s SUDA51 studio announcement for Liberation Maiden. This arcade style shooter brings something to the Nintendo eShop that is becoming more prevalent as it continues to grow. The quality in the games releasing as digital downloads are looking better and better. Don’t be surprised if you have to swap SD cards or simply opt to by a new one. Increases in graphical integrity also means an increase in file size.
If you haven’t heard much about the title, you play as Shoko Ozora. She rides the “Liberator” and must save new Japan from impending doom.
If you want the full scoop on whether or not to grab with SUDA 51 title, make sure to stay tuned for GAMINGtruth for our official review.
Release Date: Oct 25, 2012
Publisher: Nicalis, Inc.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
The cold season will drive anyone to curl up to a nice inviting game. NightSky seems like just that.
The puzzler looks to offer a physics based mind challenging experience with an art style similar to that of LIMBO, being shrouded in shade. The game promises many levels of exploration, but it also boasts “no enemies, no bosses, and no violence…” within its shadowy realm.
For those who aren’t looking to constantly blow someone’s head off at a given moment, the game offers an experience to simply relax and contest their cranial.
Outside the realm of new games dropping there are a few updates coming to the shop. The GAMINGtruth acclaimed pinball series will now get a 3D release. Marvel Pinball 3D will have a demo launching today. Those who have wanted to take the Zen Studios physics based pinball title for a spin in 3D–now have the chance.
The action platformer known as Mutant Mudds will also meet eShop glory. This week the game will feature 20 free bonus levels. This should be a big plus for owners looking to expand on the already 40 levels of muddy joy.
Speaking of mud, erm–but not really, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is set to kick off October 28, 2012. This might not seem significant to the casually Layton player, but many will note that it is the first time a game in the series will release in both retail stores and the Nintendo eShop.
Going along with the theme, Nintendo will bring yet more updates to its retail titles gone digital.
Earlier this month, Nintendo announced a slew of Coin Rush levels coming to New Super Mario Bros. 2. The updates came with a choice of Coin Rush levels based on player skill. The same can be said about the most recent update bringing with it yet another set of levels to show off your leaderboard status.
The Coin Challenge Pack B offers a new Ghost House, rope and lava courses to entice your button mashing fingers. The pack rolls out for $2.50 in the eShop.
Other honorable mentions include classics like Ghosts’n Goblins (eShop)and Castlevania: The Adventure (eShop). The 18th Gate (eShop/DSiWare) and SHOCK TROOPERS (Wii Virtual Console) keep the DSi and Nintendo Wii alive.
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