Toki Tori Waddles Onto The 3DS Virtual Console This Week


 

Puzzle fans should be happy with Nintendo’s download offerings this week as the Game Boy Color puzzle-platformer Toki Tori flutters down onto the 3DS Virtual Console. The game has you controlling Toki Tori, a plump yellow chick, as he sets out on an egg-citing adventure to save his unhatched brothers and sisters. Each level has a set number of eggs for you to rescue and as you progress you unlock items to help you coordinate the more taxing stages. The game didn’t sell particularly well in Europe mainly due to the GBA being released before it even came out on the Game Boy Color but it was generally well received by those who played it and could well be worth a crack, especially for those who’ve played the WiiWare adaptation and are looking forward to the future release of Toki Tori 2.

Elsewhere on the 3DS eshop is a new piece of download software called Johnny Kung Fu, a side-scrolling fighting game which sees you ploughing through levels of seemingly endless foes in a bid to save your girlfriend. It features two styles of levels, the main one being typical fighting stage full of baddies to dismiss and the other being reminiscent of the Game & Watch games where you jump over and avoid a host of objects that enemies continuously spam at you. It looks to be a decent game for a decent enough price and has a certain feel of the PS3 and Xbox Live Arcade title Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game about it. I don’t think it’ll be quite to that standard but it might be worth downloading if you’re looking for something a bit different from your 3DS.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is getting even more DLC released this week with two field stage and two battle stage songs being added to the downloadable tracklist. The two field stage tracks are Movement in Green from FFX and Sunken Shrine from FFI. The additional battle stage songs this week are Fight On! from FFVII and the Battle Theme from FFX.

If you fancy training up your brain this week then DSiWare may be the place to look with the release of a couple of educational titles. For the wordsmiths out there 3, 2, 1… Words up! is a game of language and wordplay which sees you using seven random letters to build as many words as possible in a set amount of time. Successful words means extra seconds added to your timer and after a few words have been found it allows you to swap some of your letters. It may not sound like much but it could well be worth it for word lovers who want some wordplay puzzles at hand on long train journeys.

If maths is your subject of choice then Ace Mathician (not a word) may be of interest to you. The game sees you helping Ace, a cuddly koala, get to his fruit by positioning helpful platforms across chasms by solving maths equations that pop up on the bottom screen. The equation you perform affects the positioning of the platforms so there’s probably more than one way to get a marsupial from A to B. Although this is seen as an educational title there’s plenty of platforming fun to be had too so this might be great even for those who despise maths. I just want to know what Ace does with the fruit. I hope he knows he can’t eat it; that’s not an ending any of us want to see…

Finally the Wii Virtual Console is getting yet another Neo Geo beat ‘em up title with The Last Blade. Released back in 1997 The Last Blade was developed by SNK who have a pretty good track record for fighters what with many games from The King of Fighters, Fatal Fury and Samurai Showdown series already available to download so if you’re a fan of beat ‘em ups then this one is definitely worth considering.

All of these games and add-ons will be made available for download on Thursday 2nd August. Toki Tori is egg-cellently priced at £3.60; Johnny Kung Fu is a reasonable £5.40; both 3, 2, 1… Words up! and Ace Mathician are priced at a very affordable 200 points (£1.80) each; The Last Blade will be 900 points (roughly £6.30); and the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy songs are the usual 90p each.

What are your thoughts on these upcoming download titles? Do you think any of them are worth purchasing or are you slowly running out of money from downloading all that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy DLC? Sorry about the egg puns by the way…

 

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