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Nintendo Download - October 25, 2012

by Tyler Ohlew - October 25, 2012, 1:15 pm EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

Things get spooky with this week's Hallow-eShop update.

Welcome, my friends, to this, your Hallow-eShop update! Below you'll read about all the latest spooks and scares Nintendo and friends have conjured up for you. Well, only two games are decidedly Halloween themed (Castlevania: The Adventure, and Ghosts 'n Goblins). But, you know, NightSky is dark and night-y. Mutant Mudds stars a bunch of mutants freaks. Liberation Maiden? I think a lot of (dumb) folks are scared about a women in power. As for Layton, many would agree that Luke's voice is pretty horrifying. It's all treats and no tricks this week, that's for certain.

eShop Games:

Mutant Mudds - Free Update

Mutant Mudds gets 20 levels richer today. If you've beaten the game in its entirety, secret doors have been strewn about existing levels, leading to new areas that are only playable with Grannie. She employs all three of the game's power-ups, but don't start thinking anything is getting easier. Grannie has the fight of her life ahead of her.

NightSky - $9.99

Nicalis brings another PC indie favourite to the eShop, this time casting you in the role of....some thing and rolling across silhouetted landscapes, solving the physics puzzles that impede you. The game has been a long time coming for Nintendo fans, it was originally scheduled as a WiiWare title before its move to eShop. See what Neal has to say about the title in his review.

Liberation Maiden - $7.99

Grasshopper Manufacture's Goichi Suda teams up with Level-5 to deliver Liberation Maiden, a third-person shooter that tasks the new Prime Minister of Japan to protect her people. Take to the skies in you Liberator, a mech suit designed to wreak havoc on invading enemies.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 - Downloadable Course Packs #4 and #5 - $2.50 each/ $5 bundle

Still aching for gold? Well Nintendo's got the cure for what ails ya! Step right up and witness the latest and greatest in Coin Rush. First up is Pack #4 known as the Gold Mushroom Pack. The levels are easy, and you'll rack up coins like a mother. Next is Pack #5, also known as Coin Challenge Pack B. This one is of medium difficulty, but allows you to compete with players across the world through the NSMB2 website's leaderboard.

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask - $39.99 (available October 28)

Don't let the Mask of Chaos fall into the wrong hands! Explore the town of Monte d'or as Layton, and unravel the mystery of the mask alongside your faithful sidekicks Luke and Emmy. With over 100 puzzles, it won't be easy. But a gentleman like yourself should not have a problem. Layton's adventures don't stop there though, every day for a year a new puzzle will be made available for download. Grab your tallest hat, friend, it's going to be a puzzle-y ride.

Marvel Pinball 3D - Demo

Become a pinball wizard, or shall I say mutant, on these Marvel superhero inspired tables crafted by the folks behind Zen Pinball 3D. Like what you see? Pick up the real deal for $7.99 on the eShop.

3DS Virtual Console:

Castlevania: The Adventure - $3.99

Poor Chris Belmont has to fight evil, but if he only knew it was all for not. Shame, really. Set centuries before the first Castlevania, The Adventure has Chris fight for his life across four stages. But really, he could have stayed home if it all didn't matter. Dracula will just come back anyways. Plus, he has to do it all without any sub-weapons, making things way worse for poor 'topher.

Ghosts 'n Goblins - $4.99

Yes, its Ghosts 'n Goblins aesthetics that land it here on this Halloween themed eShop update. Cemeteries, ogre, boxer shorts, all terrifying things, yes. But, it's GnG's difficulty that is truly frightening. Take control of the brave knight Sir Arthur and rescue Princess Rin Rin from the clutches of Satan himself. Battle creatures, all while battling your odd three-minute-lifespan of a heart. Fail, and feel the frustration of retrying it all over and over again!

DSiWare Games:

18th Gate - $4.99

So a wizard, a treasure hunter, and a knight walk into a dungeon. The monster in the dungeon say, "Get out of here! And if you stay, at least don't attack me all at the same time!" The three obliged, since this is a turn-based strategy RPG after all. "How many dungeons do you suppose there are?" the knight asks. "Eighteen," the wizard replies. "Must get repetitive then. eh?" says the treasure hunter. "Nah," retorts the wizard, "everything is randomly generated. So let's be on our way."

Wii Virtual Console Games:

Shock Troopers - 900 Wii Points

Whether you go it alone in Lone Wolf mode, or take control of a squad in Team Battle mode, you'll always be blowing the hell out of things in this overhead run-and-gun shooter. Stop the Bloody Scorpions in their bid to turn the world into super soldiers. Rescue Dr. George and his granddaughter, all in the name of justice!

Nintendo Download - October 25, 2012

Nintendo Download

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The spirits that once protected the beautiful island nation of New Japan have been taken. Step into the role of Shoko Ozora and face down powerful enemies in this full-scale 3D shooter. (For Nintendo 3DS™)
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NightSky is an action-puzzle game that delivers an ambient game-play experience unlike any other, offering cerebral challenges that fill uniquely designed, picturesque worlds. (For Nintendo 3DS)

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Marvel Pinball 3D (demo

Marvel Pinball 3D is the ultimate superhero pinball experience, featuring original tables based on legendary characters from the Marvel Universe. Enjoy advanced ball physics and in-game friend challenges. (For Nintendo 3DS)

Nintendo eShop
Mutant Mudds™ (update) 
Mutant Mudds is a "12-bit" action platformer filled with pixels and platforming fun. This update features 20 free bonus levels, bringing the total level count to 60.(For Nintendo 3DS)

The Fan-Favorite Puzzle Series Makes Its Nintendo 3DS Debut


Professor Layton and the 
Miracle Mask™
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is the fifth installment in the series, and the first one for the Nintendo 3DS system. Dive into a vibrant world filled with delightful puzzles and mind-bending intrigue.Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will be available at retail stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Oct. 28.(For Nintendo 3DS) 

New Downloadable Course Packs


New Super Mario Bros.™ 2Download Content: 
Extend the Mario fun with two new Coin Rush course packs, the "Gold Mushroom Pack" and "Coin Challenge Pack B". These downloadable course packs are now available for purchase from within the New Super Mario Bros. 2 in-game shop. (For Nintendo 3DS) 

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geoOctober 25, 2012

I like how nintendo gives us dry spells and then literally 5 decent eshop downloads in a single day.  Why couldnt they spread this stuff out a bit more?  I dont think anyone would have complained if liberation maiden were next week or something, or even those GB/NES games.

leahsdadOctober 25, 2012

Well, I think they're running on a Winter/Summer rush mindset, thinking  (and maybe rightly so) that those are the "peak times" for game purchases.  Likewise, I think that for Virtual console stuff, they're trying to spread out releases for...well, years and years and years--  Iwata or whoever is making these decisions at NCL must have a spreadsheet with columns labeled "VC releases for Wii U" "VC releases for Wii the third," "VC releases for 3DS," "VC releases for 4DS," and so on.

Clearly we're getting these two VC games now because of Halloween. I don't see why they didn't space out Liberation Maiden/NightSky/Mutant Mudds levels, though.

FjurbanskiOctober 25, 2012

I like that they change the eshop theme. Can't wait to sign in around december and see it decked out christmas style.

But yes, it would probably be wise to spread games out. They're kind of doing that with the Level-5 "trilogy".

For me, the best way would be to have a Nintendo Direct detailing what will be coming out for, say, the next 2-3 months. Then we get a steady stream of content for those months, and then get another Nintendo Direct for the next couple of months that has no overlap in content like we've been getting (except for major games like Fire Emblem or Luigi's Mansion).

This "short burst" method isn't horrible, but it makes the Nintendo Direct's less meaningful. Nothing was really interesting about this one, other than a little more Fire emblem footage.

Fatty The HuttOctober 25, 2012

Dang, that's a heck of a week! I want just about everything (eventually...)

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