Nintendo Download: Freedom Planet, River City Ransom, The Rivers of Alice, more


It’s Thursday, so it’s time to check in with the new releases on Nintendo’s eShop once again.

After a delay or two, Wii U owners will finally get their chance to try out Freedom Planet, a Sonic-like side-scroller that is now available to download through the Wii U eShop. Whatever your opinion is of Sonic’s more recent outings, I think it’s safe to say that Galaxy Trail nailed the look of the character’s 16-bit heyday. Also available as part this week’s Nintendo Download is a Virtual Console re-release of River City Ransom. Now available for the Wii U, River City Ransom is one of the finest beat ’em ups to ever grace the NES.

Finally this week, we have The Rivers of Alice: Extended Version, a dreamy adventure game for the Wii U. Sporting a unique graphical style that combines watercolors, ink, and graphite, The Rivers of Alice asks players to guide Alice through a dream world that has been overtaken by her fears.

More information on all of these titles (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break.

Wii U eShop

Freedom Planet – Fight your way across the celestial world of Avalice, where cats are green, motorcycles drive up walls and monster girls do most of the butt kicking! Freedom Planet is a cartoony, combat-based platform adventure that pits a spunky dragonoid and her friends against an alien attack force.

River City Ransom – In this much-loved NES classic, free River City from the clutches of Slick and his underlings. Battle it out on the streets solo or with a friend.

The Rivers of Alice : Extended Version – Whenever Alice falls asleep, she enters a world of fantasy where the player must help Alice face her fears like Sloth, Envy, or Lie. Enjoy the leisurely gameplay, beautiful graphics made using watercolors, ink and graphite, and the original game soundtrack composed by the indie-rock group, Vetusta Morla.

Toto Temple Deluxe – Toto Temple Deluxe is a fast-paced, local-multiplayer king-of-the-hill style game, in which players must steal an egg-laying goat from their friends and try to keep it on their own head for as long as possible. You know, normal stuff. Be the first to grab the explosive goat and keep it long enough for it to detonate near your soon-to-be-dead rivals. Lose the goat and the timer resets. Play as teams or in free-for-all.

Pumped BMX + – Pumped BMX + sees players ride their way through increasingly challenging levels while pulling off crazy and impressive trick combinations. The game lets players choose their rider style and throw down their best stunts whilst racing through more than 500 challenges to reach the top of the leader boards.

Gemology – Stake your claim and take to the caves in Gemology exclusively for Wii U. Amass your wealth by collecting gems through various methods of play in your effort to accumulate the world’s largest gem cache. Will you have what it takes to be the world’s richest jewel tycoon?

VoxelMaker – Create 3D models of your own design and render them with realistic lighting and shadows. Voxel models are made from cubes giving a stylized, “blocky” look – like 3D pixel art. You can use the built-in ray tracer to render high-quality images of your scenes. With VoxelMaker you have both 3D canvas and camera in your hands… be inspired and create!

3DS eShop

Chronus Arc – The Chronus Fragments are needed to prepare for the Time Rewinding, which only takes place once every ten years. On their way to the Chronus Shrine to get the Fragments, Loka and his teacher Teth are surrounded by a mysterious man named Geppel and his gang. They demand the Fragments. While Teth plays for time, Loka, the main character, rushes out of the cave on his own to fetch reinforcements. He is successful, but Teth and Geppel are nowhere to be found.

Aiming to gather information about his missing teacher, Teth, and Geppel, who is trying to get his hands on the Fragments, Loka decides to set out on a journey with his friend Sarna.

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John Scalzo is Warp Zoned's Editor-In-Chief and resident retro gaming expert. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at john AT warpzoned DOT com.

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