Nintendo 3DS eShop: Ten Must Own DSiWare Games
Don't forget to download these must have titles to your shiny new 3DS.
Nintendo recently announced a June 6 launch date for the long awaited 3DS eShop, the virtual store that'll let users download a variety of games from multiple platforms.
Conspicuous by its absence, of course, was the official software lineup. At this point, we still don't know if the Game Boy classic, Super Mario Land, will be ready in time.
That said, players will still be able to choose from a wide selection of DSiWare games, and/or transfer their purchases from DSi/DSi XL to 3DS.
On that note, here are ten DSiWare games you should buy.
Shantae: Risky's Revenge ($12.00)
Might as well start at the top. Shantae: Risky's Revenge, sequel to the beloved Game Boy Color adventure, is arguably the best DSiWare game available. This 2D side scrolling platformer stars a sexy half-genie, charged with defeating a pirate by the name of Risky Boots. Both charming and huge (hence the $12.00 price tag), it's without question a must play.
Dark Void Zero ($5.00)
The console version of Dark Void is a fairly mindless and repetitive shooter. Dark Void Zero, meanwhile, is platform heaven and a wonderful homage to retro gaming, complete with 8-bit style graphics and music. It also helps that it's enjoyable, as you harness the power of a jetpack to explore the Void while blasting aliens. Fun times.
Cave Story ($10.00)
Although Cave Story makes its official 3DS debut this summer (with revamped graphics), you can always save some cash by downloading the brilliant DSiWare version, which is a port of the WiiWare adventure.
Similar to Dark Void Zero, Cave Story resembles an old school game, but ups the ante with Castlevania/Metroid style gameplay, as you guide an amnesiac boy through caverns shooting enemies and scoring upgrades. Definitely worth a purchase.
Dr. Mario Express ($5.00)
Over the years, Mario has worn many hats, from baseball superstar to hero. You can also add doctor to the list, as Nintendo delivered a worthy DSiWare title inspired by the hit NES classic. Dr. Mario Express plays similar to its predecessor, as you match similarly colored pills to destroy viruses, complete with a Vs. CPU mode that throws you into a frantic race against the A.I. Multiplayer would have completed the package, but it's still cool, nonetheless.
Tetris Party Live ($5.00)
Tetris never goes out of style, thanks in part to this feature packed DSiWare game. Although it contains the same old "rotate shapes to form lines" style of play, the developers upped the ante with several modes that put a new spin on the classic formula, including Wi-Fi support.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! ($8.00)
We love the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games, especially this DSiWare sequel that once again pits Mario and his army of wind up dolls against the marauding ape in Lemmings inspired puzzles. The fact that it comes with a level editor, with the ability to share your creations with other DSi/3DS owners, is a huge plus.
Flipnote Studio (free)
If you're short on cash, check out Flipnote Studio, a free program that lets you jot down notes, doodle using the stylus and most importantly, string words/images together to create short animations. The process is so user-friendly that you'll be able to create something within minutes.
Dragon Quest Wars ($5.00)
The popular Dragon Quest franchise made a DSiWare pit stop with this well designed and addictive turn-based strategy game that pits up to four players (local or online) against each other. It's more Final Fantasy Tactics than traditional role-playing game, as you maneuver monster units around the board in the hopes of taking out the other squads. Good stuff.
Mighty Flip Champs! ($8.00)
WayForward Technologies, the same developers that gave us Shantae: Risky's Revenge, turned out another gem with Mighty Flip Champs! The goal is to guide the magic wielding Alta to a Fishman by "flipping" levels to solve puzzles and paying close attention to both DS screens. A bit whacky, but also rewarding.
Mighty Milky Way ($8.00)
WayForward strikes again, this time with another crazy sounding game that'll test your skills. Mighty Milky Way challenges you to maneuver a French speaking alien girl to a goal by destroying planets and creating new ones while mastering gravity. Enjoy.