Published on February 1st, 2013 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor

Quick, to the eShop! There’s a Fire Emblem in the Cave Making Ikachan Sparkle

If you were thinking of waiting to purchase a Wii U when the price drops–think again. Nintendo president, Sotoru Iwata released the following statement in regards to Wii U price drop questions:

“With Wii U, we have taken a rather resolute stance in pricing it below its manufacturing cost, so we are not planning to perform a markdown. I would like to make this point absolutely clear. We are putting our lessons from Nintendo 3DS to good use, as I have already publicly stated.”

This is comforting to Nintendo fans who purchased the console at launch, particularly for those who did the same with the Nintendo 3DS. (Ahem) Like me. I can admit that I grabbed the console for $249.99. Not but a few months later the price dropped, which wouldn’t be the first time it lowered. Now, the console sits at an even lower price point and can even be found in bundle form. It is just good to know that the Wii U won’t face the same embarrassment for consumers.

While you might have kicked yourself about the price of the Nintendo 3DS, many have been reassured with the amount of quality games on the platform. Need an example? For starters, how about Fire Emblem: Awakening?

The game brings classic role playing along with SpotPass and StreetPass features. There is downloadable content lined up for release, not to mention the games expansive story line. If there ever was an RPG title must have for your Nintendo 3DS, this is it. The game is set to launch in just a few days, Feb. 4 to be exact. Make sure to stay tuned here for our official review.
Now, on to the games!

System: Wii U
Release Date: Jan 22, 2013 (DEMO releasing Janurary 31, 2013)
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Genre: Action, Adventure
Publisher: SEGA

If you weren’t in the market for an RPG that promises to deliver, why no go spelunking? A demo for the Double Fine developed, Sega produced title gets a demo this week. The platformer allows you to journey deep into the wonders and depths while discovering the story behind each player. Choose three of seven selectable. The game promises to provide that same Double Fine Productions’ magic seen in prior titles (Stacking, Psychonauts) that we’ve grown accustomed to. Think not? Well, that’s what the demo is here for, silly goose.

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Platform: Wii U
Release Date: Jan 31, 2013
Genre: Action, Puzzles
Publisher: Neko Entertainment
Developer: Neko Entertainment

Get ready for yet another elemental physics based puzzler. Much like what we’ve seen from Fluidity, this puzzler follows–you guessed it–a puddle. Guide the mass over 49 different levels. Much like the trailer and screens indicate, there are many treacherous factors that will slow your flow. This delivers yet another opportunity for developers to take full advantage of the Wii U GamePad and deliver a unique experience on the console. Fly through electricity and allow gravity to do its job to escape these levels.

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Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: Jan 31, 2013
Genre: Adventure, Arcade, RPG
Developer: Daisuke Amaya (Cave Story)
Publisher: Nicalis, Inc.
Price: $4.99

I guess caves and traversing unexplored depths are this weeks theme. If you have ever played the throwback platformer “Cave Story” not to be confused with the highly popular and previously mentioned “The Cave,” you’re still in for a treat.

This time around you awake in an underwater cave. How can this be possible? The name Ikachan can be translated to “little squid” and that’s just what you play. So, the whole “underwater” thing isn’t as confusing as expected. Guide others out of your home threatened by the larger fish in the sea and head out for a survival swim. The game is set in a 2D 8-bit style, but still boasts obstacles and environmental dangers, as if giant fish weren’t enough.

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Wanting some pizzazz in your pics? You might, I know I do. Sometimes. This week Sparkle Snapshots 3D offers up some downloadable content. The two decoration sets include the “Mario Core Set” and the “Mario Kart 7 Set.” These are available on the Nintendo 3DS and can be purchased through the in-game Sparkle SnapShop.

Other honorable mentions include 99Moves (Nintendo 3DS/DSiWare), Witch’s Cat (Nintendo 3DS eShop), Bloody Vampire (Nintendo 3DS eShop), Ice Climber (Nintendo 3DS eShop) and METAL SLUG 4 (Virtual Console for Wii).

Quick, to the eShop! is your one stop shop for the weekly rundown of Nintendo downloadable titles.

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I am Greg, aka LaWiiG. Thanks for coming to take a look around! Retro is the way to go! Do yourself a favor and show love by playing retro games.

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