Aussie Nintendo eShop: Hunting for Boost Power

So Nintendo goes to sleep for a couple of weeks and then bam, there's a whole wad of Wii U and 3DS eShop releases and demos to check out all at once. So sit down, grab a drink or two and let's find out what you can download today.

Wii U Virtual Console

F-Zero (SNES, Nintendo, 30c) - Yes that's right, 30c F-Zero right here and now on your Wii U. It's also running at the more acceptable 60hz, none of those slow as molasses 50hz crap. Add this to your collection now, 30c can't even buy you some lollies at the deli anymore.

Wii U Retail Demo

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom, Free) - It's still a month until the monsters are unleashed on the Wii U, so to ease the pain Capcom have released a demo for you to sample the game and like a good looking person on the train, tease just a little bit.

Wii U eShop Sales

Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte) - If you were keen on picking this one up then you have until exactly March 7th to get it for the lower price of $14.99, after that it'll go back up to $19.99.

Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive is also on sale on the European store… hopefully that means by the time this update is live so will the game. Wednesday Daniel hopes it will.

3DS eShop Originals

Nightsky (Nicalis, $9.99) - You might not believe it, but we really should get this one. Yes it's a Nicalis title but it actually has been classified for release. Cross your fingers, this little indie title is worth a look into.

3DS eShop Retail Demos

Double, double toil and trouble there's two big 3DS games getting demos as well this week. You might have heard of them?

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom, Free) Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (Konami, Free)

Anything for you fine people this weekend?


    Wednesday Daniel is a bit of a cranky boy I hear.

    YES. F-Zero. I remember hiring this from the local Video Ezy and beating everyone elses times and then re-hiring months later to beat their times again. I kept this up for a year or so until nobody could beat my times anymore. I could do Big Blue in my sleep.
    I will probably suck at it now.

    Demo thoughts:

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS):

    BAD DEMO for newcomers. It drops you right into the game without a tutorial and you're left not knowing what to do. This is not a very good way to convince newcomers to the series Capcom! I've only played a few hours here and there of various Monster Hunter games (so I'm still relatively new to the series) and since I haven't played it for a few years, I forgot how to play and what was going on. I know of a newcomer wanting to get into the series who played it and didn't really like it.

    The demo also didn't have CPP support which seems like a silly thing to exclude and I wasn't too keen on the controls.

    I'm sure the demo is fine for people who are familiar with the games but they'd likely be buying it anyway if they were interested. I believe demos should be good enough for both newcomers and returning fans.

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate:

    I'm a fan of both the older Metroidvanias and Lords of Shadow but something about the trailers for it just didn't impress me. I was probably just bitter than it wasn't a standard Metroidvania. However, I saw Vook's Tweet about it last night saying it was good so I figured I'd give the demo a go!

    After playing a decent amount of the demo (I didn't finish it because I couldn't be bothered and it did its job), I'm definitely interested in it now! Plays a bit like a standard Metroidvania but it's sorta 2.5-3D and the 3D works well. Has the combat of Lords of Shadow which was interesting but I kinda like it. Makes it slightly better than the button mashyness of older games.

    I'm still not sure how much of the "Metroidvania" aspect it has and I'm sensing it'll be like Lords of Shadow in that it's pretty linear but there's little nooks and areas you can go back to once you're powered up. It worked well for that but I'm not sure how well it'll work for this since I'd much rather prefer an open map style of classic Metroidvania games. This had small interconnected areas, similar to Order of Ecclesia.

    Very good though since I thought it was going to be complete ass!



    Already buying Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U :P (pre-ordered it a few days ago)

    Was sort of interested in Mirror of Fate since it's Castlevania but now I'm more interested. Will definitely wait for some reviews first before buying it but it's looking good!

      Interesting. The demo of Castlevania they had at EBX was complete arse. Awful framerate and just didn't feel fun at all, totally turned me off the game. I guess they must have fixed it since then?

        Never played that one so hard to compare but it felt fine for me! Let us know how it goes :)

        There is a tiny incy little bit of framerate drop when large environments appear but it doesn't detract from the experience at all. And really I only noticed it because I was looking for Framerate drops

    Who buys lollies at a deli?

      South Australians. They refer to milk bars as delis.

        You refer to delis as milk bars?

        Last edited 22/02/13 4:11 pm

    I tried both 3DS Demo's

    With Castlevania Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate, Title of Redundancy. I was rather surprised by how well this turned out, sort of a mix of the classic Metroid-Vania games which I absolutely loved mixed it with a more refined combat system which took me a while to get use to but can't see myself going back to now, I also noted a sense of classic Prince of Persia games with climbing aspects of the game giving it a sort of a ""realistic"" (as one can get in a 2.5D game) feel to it.

    Some people noted issue with the game's framerate but honestly I didn't see any problems with it, it does dip a BIT when large environments come into view but it in no way detracts from the experience at all. And I was detracted by the terrible framerate of Metal Gear Solid 3D.

    But having played the demo I put out a Pre-Order for Castlevania: Lards or Heathrow, Killer of Hate ... wait what's with the title again?

    I remember buying F-Zero at Target for $109. The music alone was worth at least half the amount.

    Hey Vooks, not all of us live or grew up in Radelaide. Lollies at the Deli?. Give my a break. Lol

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