Published on November 22nd, 2012 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
Quick, to the eShop! The Wii U Launches Spirits of Shadow and Light Causing It to Crashmo
Ah, the Nintendo Wii U launch. Some were skeptical about its overall graphical prowess, and others were simply delighted to have a Nintendo console in true HD form. We were on scene in New York as the events of the midnight launch unfolded. Contributor Danny Concepcion battled the cold, and fans, to check out the launch taking place at the Nintendo World Store. Click here to view the photos from the event on our Facebook page and feel free to tag yourself.
Yes, that was, once again, Isaiah “Triforce” Johnson, the first in line to purchase the newest Nintendo console. He looked Sandy right in the eye until he couldn’t take it anymore. Then, he came back and waited some more.
I can say that I’m pleased with the end result. As a matter of fact, I haven’t turned on my Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Wii (even to do the transfer) since bringing home the newest edition to my gaming family. Without overly praising the console in fanboy fashion, I can say that the Nintendo GamePad and newly introduced UI are two of the most unique attributes about the console. The eShop has also grown along with the release of the console.
There are now a slew of games available at a thumbs press away. Many high end retail games, including some killer looking indies like Chasing Aurora, are now available to download and purchase.
Here is what you can expect from the current lineup of eShop titles for the Nintendo Wii U:
- Amazon Instant Video
- Assassin’s Creed III
- Chasing Aurora
- Darksiders II
- Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
- EA Sports FIFA Soccer 2013
- ESPN Sports Connection
- Game Party Champions
- Hulu Plus
- Just Dance 4
- Little Inferno
- Madden NFL 2013
- Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition
- Nano Assault NEO
- NBA 2K13
- New Super Mario Bros. U
- Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
- Nintendo Land
- Rabbids Land
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- SiNG PARTY
- Sonic All Star Racing Transformed
- TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 Wii U EDITION
- Trine 2: Director’s Cut
- WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Hyper
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
Now, on to the rest of the Nintendo eShop titles!
From the developers of the puzzler Pushmo, a new challenger has emerged. The new name of the game is Crashmo, and much like its predecessor, there’s a lot of puzzlin’ to take care of.
The game centers around pushing and pulling blocks in order to make the journey to the top. Play as characters like the fluffy lookin’ Mallo as you climb structures that resemble those of classic Nintendo characters like a 2D depiction of Link from the Zelda series. No, his name isn’t Zelda you noob. Other chracters include Papa Blox, Poppy, and Corin, each having their own unique characteristics.
Be careful, the game doesn’t have the word “crash” in it for nothing. Blocks will come crashing down at different parts of the game and its up to you to dodge them and make it out alive.
Release Date: Nov 22, 2012
Speaking of Zelda, yet another classic Nintendo title is coming to the eShop. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link will now see light on the Nintendo 3DS console. For those looking to dig into the classic era of gaming, there is a lot to learn about the series most of which stemming from the first handful of titles on retro consoles.
Once again it is up to the hero to save Hyrule from the grasps of evil. That, and to awaken Princess Zelda from her endless sleep, defeat Ganon and yada yada yada.
Release Date: Nov 22, 2012
Price: 800 DSi Points, $7.99 on the eShop.
The final game up for mention makes its way to the Nintendo DSi and eShop. The game uses the camera for both the DSi and 3DS to bring to life characters from the outside world. This means that augmented reality once again plays a part. Using the stylus players can slash and fight their way into the light, or journey down the path of shadows as the game will release in both a “Light” and “Shadow” tale.
The game looks more than just your typical “point camera and shoot characters that emerge” type gameplay. There are actual characters that emerge with various levels of difficulty and looks to provide a challenge for you role-playing hunters out there.
Other honorable mentions include Meat or Die: Gisele (Nintendo Video), 3D MahJongg (eShop) and NINJA MASTER’S (Virtual Console, Wii).
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