Nintendo Download: Yo-Kai Watch 2, Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, Sonic Boom Fire & Ice, more

Nintendo’s versatile handheld steals the spotlight in this week’s Nintendo Download…

Leading things off is Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls, a pair of new 3DS games from Level-5. More than 350 troublemaking spirits will be added to the Yo-Kai universe in the sequel, and each game will include a batch of unique Yo-Kai. And Yo-Kai Watch fans will likely need all the help they can get, as players will have to travel back in time to save Springdale.

Also available for the 3DS this week is Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, the final featured title from Nintendo’s Nindies Summer Jam promotion. Developed by Inti Creates, Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is a side-scrolling action/platformer that harkens back to the heyday of Super NES shooters.

However, if you were more of a Genesis fan in the early 90s, you grew up with Sonic the Hedgehog. And the Blue Blur is back this week in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, yet another 3DS game based on the new animated series.

Jumping over to the Wii U eShop, a pair of puzzling games are now available to download. First up, we’ve got Soul Axiom, a mysterious “cyber thriller” where players will have to unravel the mysteries of their digital afterlife to save the day. But a very different type of future can be glimpsed in Pikmin, the Wii original (which was itself a remake of the GameCube classic) that’s now available for the Wii U. Join Captain Olimar and his Pikmin pals and explore a strange new planet.

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

Wii U eShop

Soul Axiom – Collect unique hand powers to solve puzzles, manipulate the environment and unlock paths in this compelling cyber thriller. Immerse yourself in a dramatic story with more than 20 hours of gameplay and 40 distinct locations to explore. Choose your destiny and discover multiple endings as you unravel the mysteries of your digital afterlife.

Pikmin – Captain Olimar has crash-landed on a strange world, and his only hope for survival lies with odd creatures called Pikmin. Set out and explore the strange, lush planet before Olimar’s life support runs out. In this Wii version of the original Nintendo GameCube classic, command up to 100 Pikmin, swarm predators and haul critical parts back to your ship all by using the Wii Remote controller.

Quest of Dungeons – Quest of Dungeons is a turn based dungeon crawler game, a roguelike featuring a good old 16-bit retro artistic look. An evil Dark Lord has stolen all the light, so your mission is to enter his lair and defeat him.

Archery – Archery is an archery tournament with multiple levels ranging from easy indoor target ranges to outdoor target ranges with various animal-shaped targets both moving and stationary. The levels range from easy indoor, sharp-shooter targets, outdoor targets with animal-shaped targets which in several levels move and are more challenging to hit. Get the number of points required in each level to move on to the next level. Just wait until you get to the final levels for a big surprise!

Dreamals: Dream Quest – There is a world of dreams called Dreamland, where anyone can have their wishes granted. Three wounded and homeless animals happened to enter Dreamland. Will they be able to find the lost treasures of Dreamland and save the world?

3DS eShop

Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits – Watch out! The strangely charming troublemakers, Yo-Kai, are back for a new adventure! Find, befriend and battle more than 350 new and returning Yo-Kai. Hop on a train to seek out new towns and new Yo-Kai. Teaming up with the heroic cat Hovernyan, travel back in time to save Springdale and witness the origin of the Yo-Kai Watch! Both versions of the game will contain unique Yo-Kai. (Available September 30)

Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls – Watch out! The strangely charming troublemakers, Yo-Kai, are back for a new adventure! Find, befriend and battle more than 350 new and returning Yo-Kai. Hop on a train to seek out new towns and new Yo-Kai. Teaming up with the heroic cat Hovernyan, travel back in time to save Springdale and witness the origin of the Yo-Kai Watch! Both versions of the game will contain unique Yo-Kai. (Available September 30)

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 – From Inti Creates, Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is a 2D action/platforming game in the style of the Japanese classics of yesteryear, available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. The great controls, crisp graphics, unique play mechanics and epic boss battles from the first installment are all here, along with a host of new features.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice – Get fired up for this cool new game. Race through this epic new adventure as Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles or Sticks to stop Dr. Eggman and new adversary D-Fekt. Harness the power of fire and ice to blaze through obstacles and puzzles, and freeze enemies in their tracks. Use Sonic’s speed, Tails’ flight, Knuckles’ strength, Sticks’ Boomerang and Amy’s hammer to explore, fight and race through an undiscovered land.

Quest of Dungeons – Quest of Dungeons is a turn based dungeon crawler game, a roguelike featuring a good old 16-bit retro artistic look. An evil Dark Lord has stolen all the light, so your mission is to enter his lair and defeat him.

Ninja Usagimaru: The Mysterious Karakuri Castle – Ninja Usagimaru: The Mysterious Karakuri Castle is an action puzzle game that challenges players to put their sharpened ninja skills to the test! Taking place in a time long forgotten by men, players assume the role of Usagimaru, a legendary hero who embarks on a massive quest to save his village from the clutches of vile monsters. Travel through 60+ mindboggling levels to rescue captured villagers and restore order to the land.

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