The spotlight is on Nintendo’s old workhorses, Mario and Donkey Kong, in this week’s Nintendo Download.
Mario, and all his Mushroom Kingdom pals, will have a starring role in Mario Party: Star Rush, which will be availale to download through the 3DS eShop beginning tomorrow. In a first for the long-running series, each players will be able to roll the dice and take their turn at the same time.
Jumping over to the Wii U, Mario fans are also able to download Mario Hoops 3-On-3 today. Originally released for the DS in 2006, Mario Hoops 3-On-3 was developed by Square Enix and includes cameos from your favorite Final Fantasy characters. Also available to download on the Wii U today is Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat, a bongo-banging rhythm game that was originally released for the Wii in 2005.
More information about all three of these games (and the rest of this week’s new releases) can be found after the break.
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Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat – Take control of Donkey Kong with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers as you swing, swim and battle against the fiercest jungle beasts to prove your worth. Earn combo multipliers by collecting bananas as you explore volcano caves, snowy peaks, and fantastic skyscapes. Friendly animal pals can offer hints or a ride across the jungle.
Mario Hoops 3-On-3 – It’s a whole new ball game when the superstars from the Mushroom Kingdom and some special guests throw down on the court. Use the touch screen on the Wii U GamePad controller to execute tricky dribbles, special passes and sweet shots in this fun Nintendo DS basketball game. Collect coins for extra points. The highest score wins at the sound of the buzzer.
Pinball Breakout – Pinball Breakout is a breakout game for one or two players combining game mechanics from a traditional breakout game and a flipper game.
Twisted Fusion – Set off on an epic adventure with up to 4 friends. Explore the breath-taking sky islands of Evan and aid their inhabitants by completing challenging quests and defeating the hordes of monsters that plague the land. Discover the secrets of Evan’s towers and defeat the dangerous creatures that guard them. Twisted Fusion offers an open world experience, allowing players to choose their own path as they seek to find a way back to our world.
Gravity+ – Gravity+ is a puzzle game suitable for all ages. You play a small robot on a space station and you have to find your way through a maze to the exit. You are able to manipulate gravity to make your way through traps and hazards. The game features over two dozen stages, various challenges, online high scores, Stamps, and Miiverse support.
Mario Party: Star Rush – Think fast and have a blast with a variety of ways to party on the go or on the couch with Mario, Toad, and more classic characters from the Mushroom Kingdom. It’s always your turn as you and up to three friends roll the dice, roam the board, and recruit fan-favorite allies. The bigger your party, the faster you’ll earn stars and coins in frantic mini-games. It’s instant fun for everyone.
Unlucky Mage – With a plot full of twists and turns, Unlucky Mage will have gamers on their toes trying to outsmart foes using formations and tactics in this unique turn-based RPG! Now get ready to sally forth with Jasper as he goes from zero to hero in this comical adventure that is sure to delight fans of fantasy RPGs everywhere!
Ice Station Z – After a strange virus spreads across an Arctic island you are left alone to survive. Scavenge for food, drink, medical supplies, weapons, ammunition, clothes, fuel and other useful equipment. Find shelters, vehicles and other interesting locations to help you survive during day and night.