Back in March, during a Nintendo Direct, Nintendo showed off footage of a new game from Game Freak called Pocket Card Jockey. The company is best known for the Pokemon series of games, but they have branched out some with other releases such as Drill Dozer for the GBA and HarmoKnight on the 3DS. This new game was showing off something completely different, a combination of solitaire and horse racing. It was an unusual combination to say the least, but it looked incredibly intriguing. I was interested in seeing more about the game.
Now that time has come. Yesterday Nintendo released a demo for the game on the 3DS eShop. You can download it now and it has a 15 play limit. You won’t need that though, because after you finish the demo once you have to either delete your save data or transfer it over to the main version of the game, which is a nice feature. After the hour long demo I had grown attached to my horse, Wonky Danger, and didn’t want to lose the upgrades I’d earned for him. We’d won a few races together and I was just starting to really get a feel for how best to treat the horse during races. That save file isn’t going anywhere until the full game launches next month.
I guess I should really explain a little bit about what the game is. Solitaire and horse racing; how do those two things even go together at all? Quite nicely, actually. I was surprised at just how much fun I had playing the game. It reminds me of games like Henry Hatsworth or Monster Tale, both games that have two things going on at once that work together in some way.
Continue reading Preview: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS)
Are you a fan of the River City series? In celebration of the series’ 30th anniversary Arc System Works and Natsume are working together again to create a new entry in the Kunio-Kun series of games. This one, for the 3DS, is called River City: Tokyo Rumble.
The game will be similar to the NES classic River City Ransom. It will be a side-scrolling brawler featuring the series’ iconic characters. Features of the new title include:
- Play as Kunio, Riki, and other famous fighters from the River City series!
- Take on jobs to earn extra cash, special moves, and more!
- Take a break from the main story to fight in a 4-man Rumble or dodgeball match!
- Take on your friends using Local Play and Download Play!
- Unlock new characters, stages, and songs as you progress through the game!
There has been no announcement yet as to when the game will be released, but it will be shown off and playable at E3 this year, which takes place between June 14 and 16th.
Star Fox Zero is obviously the biggest release out this week. It’s getting pretty decent reviews at the moment. The thing I’m actually most interesting in checking out this week, however, is a 3DS demo. Game Freak’s Pocket Card Jockey, the combination of solitaire and horse racing, gets a demo this week. I was intrigued when they first showed this off and now we get a chance to see it in action.
Outside of that Fire Emblem Fates gets some new DLC and a couple of themes on the 3DS. Head past the break to see the full list of new software available on the 3DS and Wii U eShop.
Continue reading Nintendo Download – Week of April 21
The Big Game of the Week: Lost Reavers Open Beta for Nintendo Wii U – Free
Bandi Namco’s free to play co-operative shooter will be in an open beat until April 26th. The game has been featured on several Nintendo Directs and looks like a fairly wacky affair. You can play with up to three friends online in treasure hunting missions. Each character has a different attack style including a bazooka wielding soldier and a school girl who has a sword. This looks like it could be a really fun and mature (something the Wii U desperately needs) experience and it’s free too! Continue reading Nintendo Download for Europe 14/04/16
Around three and half years ago I joined a really awesome website that reviews games and has a podcast. The guys there talked about this game known as Mutant Mudds on occasion and referred to it as being hard to play as Mega Man. My curiosity got the better of me and I ended up grabbing my 3DS to find what Mutant Mudds was about. As soon as I saw the preview trailer I knew I had to do more than just beat this game, I had to be the very best like no one ever was. Since then Mutant Mudds has released on a number of consoles, steam, and iOS as well as being updated to Mutant Mudds Deluxe with additional harder stages for an unlockable character and ghost levels. As if Mutant Mudds was not hard enough Renegade Kid has released Mutant Mudds Super Challenge. Continue reading Mutant Mudds Super Challenge Review
Back in the day Capcom was one of the best developers when it came to creating platformers (that’s my opinion, but I think many would back that up.) Whether they were licensed properties like Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers, DuckTales or original properties like Mega Man they’re platformers had an elegance, a complexity and fun yet frustrating factor that few outside of Nintendo could match. Mega Man was the king of difficult platformers and for years people relished when a new game would come out. In recent years fans have been begging for another entry in the franchise, but the well has been dry.
Capcom recently released the Mega Man Legacy Collection and without giving too much away it’s a brilliant package of nostalgia, platforming excellence and a history lesson that many publishers should take a lesson from.
If you grew up in the 80’s then there was a very good chance you spent many hours yelling at your TV because of a death in Mega Man or a section of the game that you just couldn’t get past. When you conquered one of the robot masters it was a cause for celebration. You would spend hours playing these games that after you learned all the patterns, weapon weaknesses and platforming sections you could beat in 20 minutes.
Continue reading Mega Man Legacy Collection Review (3DS)
The eShop this week is a little Odd. I don’t very often straight up make recommendations here for games that you should download, but this week I am. Check out Kuru Kuru Kururin. It’s a fun little puzzle game where you play as a duck in a constantly spinning spaceship. You have to navigate around different puzzles. It’s also the first time the game has been released in North America.
Outside of that we’ve got the release of Big Brain Academy on Wii U Virtual Console as well. Some games went on sale, like Citizens of Earth. Head past the break for all the details.
Continue reading Nintendo Download – Week of February 11th