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It's another sorta “meh” week on the Nintendo front as both the Wii U and 3DS are slated to get a couple of games each, none of which are likely to get your pulse racing with anticipation. An NES classic here, an eShop title there, and a sale for Runner2
We'll begin our journey with Blok Drop U for the Wii U, an eShop title that sees players moving and disolving bigger blocks in order to make a smaller block land in a designated area. It appears there are other types of puzzles in Blok Drop U, too, but I can't quite figure out their structure based solely on the trailer embedded above. It's a simplistic game, with light graphics and light gameplay, but that doesn't mean that the challenge doesn't appear intriguing. I'm a sucker for a cheap, mild puzzle game to serve as a buffer between larger gaming sessions and, at two bucks, Blok Drop U might meet those requirements nicely.
The only other new release for Nintendo's home console this week is the NES classic, NES Open Tournament Golf. If you're a fan of 8-bit games and the fine science of getting a tiny white ball to fall in an only slightly larger hole, then you might want to check this one out for a fiver. It also supports two player competitive golf, for those of you looking to get nostalgic with a friend or loved one.
This week's sole discount also appears on the Wii U this week in the form of a discounted digital copy of the musical and reflex-focused Runner 2. This sale doesn't actually kick off until March 10, but it lasts a full week and chops off a significant amount of the price tag. Usually going for $15, you can start running, sliding and jumping your way to the leaderboards for just $5 while the sale is ongoing.
Over to the 3DS and your options are limited to another NES classic and a pair of smaller eShop games. The classic, at least, is the pretty rad Adventure Island 2, which lets players explore a mysterious tropical paradise full of crazy enemies while on foot, skateboard or riding any number of dinosaurs. Your arsenal is a seemingly never-ending supply of tomahawks, so feel free to spam that attack button.
If you'd rather enjoy an RPG/adventure game hybrid for $15, then you might want to check out The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths. Based on the anime bearing the same name, players will explore mysterious lands, solve puzzles and held a trio of youngsters uncover one mystery after another. And then there's Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger, which mixes hidden object gameplay with light puzzles to create a more relaxing gaming experience. It can be yours for eight bucks.