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Jun 30
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

It’s another busy week for new Nintendo downloads, and an eventful one at that thanks to the arrival of the first third-party release with cross-buy support.

That game is strategic underwater RPG Squids Odysesey. It’s due to launch on 3DS this Thursday, priced at £9.99…or for the sum of sweet nothing if you already own the Wii U version. Reviews haven’t been too shabby, so you may want to consider this deal. ONM handed out a solid 75% while Nintendo Life served up an 8/10.

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Squids Odyssey isn’t this week’s eShop highlight though – it’s the return of Chibi-Robo. The pint-sized robot has been absent for some time, especially in Europe where the DS curio Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol passed us by altogether.

Chibi-Robo! Let’s Go, Photo! sees the helpful one taking photos to fill a museum. Your snaps – which must meet certain criteria – are turned into pieces of art which are then put on display. The cleaning aspect still remains – tidying up the museum earns ‘Silhouette film’ for the camera – while the cast of eccentric characters includes a bear-shaped washing-up sponge who wishes to become a DJ. Word.

Although it certainly has an interesting premise, reviews have been mixed – everything from 8/10 from Pocket Gamer to 3/10 from Dark Station. A few critics claim that the 3DS’s camera simply isn’t up to the job and others found it downright boring. Conflicted? We aren’t surprised. Given the £11.69 price-tag it may be an idea to try the demo first.

Also out on 3DS this week: puzzler Quell Reflect (£3.49) and an eShop release of Pokémon Art Academy (£29.99) which is also due out as retail release this Friday.

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Over on Wii U, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (£9.99) is worthy of your attention. This Metroidvania-style platformer went down well on PlayStation 3, bagging a steady string of 9/10s. Influenced by Mexican culture, this revamped version includes improved visuals, extra abilities and more content. Expect to hear a lot of talk about this one over the coming weeks as it’s also the next Xbox One ‘Games with Gold’ freebie.

Armillo is likewise a platformer, and one that’ll only set you back £4.00 until 24th July. Featuring a sci-fi theme, it entails the titular armadillo Armillo rolling around in spherical 3D mazes. Missions set in a parallel universe meanwhile offer “speed-run inspired” 2D stages. A few videos can be found on Nintendo’s site.

Flowerworks HD: Follie’s Adventure costs even less – a mere £2.00. That’s until 31st July, anyway – after that it’ll cost £4.00. It’s a HD remaster of a WiiWare title, now running at 1080p/60fps. Nintendo Life found the 2D puzzle-adventure a good deal, especially with a 15-20 hour playtime. They did however point out that its last-gen roots are still all too evident.

Good old Adventure Island is the week’s only Virtual Console release. Master Higgins sprints onto Wii U at a not to be sniffed at £3.49. If you enjoyed the first Wonder Boy on Game Gear and Master System then consider this – it’s practically identical.

Finally, some discounts. Don’t get too excited as they’re a rather uninviting bunch – Doodle Jump Adventures on 3DS drops to £9.99 and Tappingo to £1.69. Then there’s Kung Fu Rabbit on both Wii U and 3DS, down to £2.19 until 10th July.

With a bit of luck, next week will see Shovel Knight lead the way.



Published Monday 30th June 2014 by Games Asylum


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