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First things first, Nintendo’s hard brain training game, Brain Age: Concentration Training, is available for the 3DS today. Dr. Kawashima, the master of brains himself, has promised that you’ll have a devilishly good time with the third game in the Brain Age series.
Moving on, this week’s other major release is Aliens: Colonial Marines. The Sega-published, Gearbox-developer continuation of the Alien saga has been in development for a long time, but if you’ve ever wanted a direct sequel to Aliens, this is your best chance. Pick it up on Tuesday for the PC, PS3, or Xbox 360.
Also available this week is Omerta: City of Gangsters. If you’ve ever thought, “a strategy RPG starring gangsters and set in the bootleggin’ Prohibition era would be a hoot-and-a-half,” then this PC and Xbox 360 game might be for you. It also might be for you if you regularly use the phrase “hoot-and-a-half” in regular conversation.
Nintendo is spreading out this week’s additions to the Nintendo Download across an entire week. Here’s what the schedule looks like:
Today, February 7
Wii U eShop: Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2
3DS eShop: Mega Man II, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D, and Rayman 3D
DSiWare Shop: Ah! Heaven
A demo of Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan has also been added to the 3DS eShop today.
Sunday, February 10
3DS eShop: Brain Age: Concentration Training
Tuesday, February 12
3DS eShop: Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D
More information on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)
Another Nintendo Direct presentation is in the books and, while we didn’t get to see anything new, we did get a good idea on when some of next year’s big 3DS and Wii U titles will be available.
Hosted by Reggie Fils-Aime, the Nintendo of America President revealed that Lego City: Undercover, Game & Wario, and Wii Fit U will all be available in early 2013. They’ll be joined by a Google Maps Street View app, which will be available on the Wii U eShop.
The Big N also reiterated that Pikmin 3 is no longer a “launch window” title and will instead be released in Spring 2013. Also available next Spring will be Wii U Panorama View an entertainment app available exclusively on the Wii U eShop. A demo of the travelogue-like game will be made available to download before its release.
Over on the 3DS side of things, we’ve learned that Fire Emblem: Awakening will be released on February 4 and Brain Age: Concentration Training will be in stores less than a week later, on February 10. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is still scheduled for a Spring 2013 release.
Finally, two 3DS eShop titles were highlighted: Tokyo Crash Mobs, a Bust-A-Move-like game that involves throwing Tokyo residents into a mob of people; and Harmonite, an action platformer from Pokemon developer Game Freak that looks wild.
That’s it from this Nintendo Direct episode. If you want to see it for yourself, the video has been embedded above.
Dr. Kawashima returned to the Brain Age series in Japan last month with Brain Age: Devil Training, a 3DS game that casts the good doctor as a demonic taskmaster… for your brain!
For all us Americans who want to train our brains, we’re in luck. Nintendo has announced that the game will make its way across the Pacific, albeit with a new title, this December. The game will be released in America as Brain Age: Concentration Training and it’ll be available in stores on December 3.
So sayeth the Nintendo of America Twitter feed:
Dr. Kawashima is back to train your brain! Brain Age: Concentration Training launches for Nintendo
#3DS on 12/3.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 29, 2012
I really hope Devil Dr. Kawashima makes it to America. Look at him, he’s evil and adorable at the same time!
The 3DS eShop just got a whole lot cooler. Nintendo has announced that, beginning this August, the online store will offer downloadable versions of retail games. First on the list… New Super Mario Bros. 2.
Like current 3DS eShop downloads, downloadable retail games must be stored on an SD card and will only be playable on the handheld they were purchased on. If you’re one of those people who are still uneasy about using a credit card on the Internet, brick-and-mortar retailers will also sell download codes for 3DS digital downloads. Best of all, retailers can set the price for a download code just as they can for a cartridge game, so we might see some big sales for downloadable 3DS games.
Nintendo also announced that “Onitore,” the game more popularly known as Brain Age: Devil Training, will receive a US release and that it too will be available sometime this year as both a retail release and a digital download.
Finally, Nintendo confirmed that the same retail/digital download deal will apply to Wii U games when the system launch’s this Fall. So shoppers will be able to download any Nintendi-publisher Wii U title at the same time the game is released in stores.
Hey! Nintendo can finally say they’ve one-upped Sony and Microsoft in the online arena for something!
First things first: THIS GAME WILL NOT TEACH HOW TO SUMMON THE DEVIL. With that out of the way…
Nintendo has unleashed a flurry of huge announcements today, but I might be most excited for the new Brain Age title they’ve announced for Japan. It’s currently without a title, but the game has been codenamed Brain Age: Devil Training due to its insane difficulty.
Just look at Dr. Kawashima throwing the horns!
Brain Age: Devil Training will feature all new exercises including “Concentration” and “Working Memory,” and it’ll be out for the 3DS in Japan this Summer. A North American release will surely follow sometime after that.