SpeedX 3D Races Onto The 3DS eShop This Week


Popular mobile game SpeedX 3D makes the transition to the handheld console market this week with its induction into the 3DS eshop download catalogue. The game is essentially a fast paced tunnel racer filled with vibrant colours, electronic music and countless obstacles. The game has four game modes and can either be controlled with the circle pad or the gyro controls. It appears to be designed to be controlled by the gyro controls, as it was in for mobile devices, so it’ll be interesting to see how that holds up with the 3DS’s 3D graphics. It looks like a fun pick-up-and-play title though that seems to build upon what it’s already done in the mobile arena.

Meanwhile on the 3DS Virtual Console, the popular Game Boy RPG The Sword of Hope II will be made available for download this week. You may be wondering where The Sword of Hope I is and I’m afraid I don’t have an answer for you. It is available in Japan but strangely North America and Europe are yet to get their hands on it. The Sword of Hope II is an accomplished RPG though and sees you controlling Prince Theo as he endeavours to rid the world of evil by reclaiming his titular sword. The game features the usual team-based RPG elements: random encounters and turn-based battling with items and spells aplenty! If you’re a fan of RPGs you should be able to get stuck into this one quite easily!

Over on DSiWare this week there are two new games: 101 Pinball World and 90s Pool. Yes, it seems we just can’t get enough of pinball games with yet another one being released for our downloading pleasure. 101 Pinball World has not exactly been critically acclaimed however so it might be worth looking elsewhere for your pinballing fix. Kirby’s Pinball Land on the 3DS Virtual Console for example is much cheaper than 101 Pinball World and Marvel Pinball 3D on the 3DS offers arguably better value.

90s Pool is, surprisingly enough, a pool sim that’s probably based in the 90s. I have no idea what made pool different in the 90s, maybe the game comes with The Backstreet Boys in the soundtrack, I don’t know. This is just a basic pool simulator which looks simple enough with its stylus controlled gameplay but this probably won’t be getting a 00s Pool sequel anytime soon considering it’s a bit expensive for what it is.

And finally this week there’s a solitary WiiWare release that might help young ones with their English. Successfully Learning English: Year 3, as you may have guessed, is an educational title that uses mini-games and quizzes to enhance the learning experience for Wii ones (sorry). This could be a useful tool for those with children looking to boost their English skills, especially if they’ve enjoyed the previous game.

All these games will be made available for download on Thursday 9th August. SpeedX 3D is priced at £2.70; The Sword of Hope II is a steal at £2.70; both 101 Pinball World and 90s Pool are available for 500 points (£4.50 each); and Successfully Learning English: Year 3 is 800 points (roughly £5.60).

A fairly modest selection this week then, do any of them take your fancy or will you be saving your money for something a bit more appealing? Would you pay money for SpeedX 3D considering it’s free on the Android Marketplace? Let us know what you think! There’s no Theatrhythm Final Fantasy DLC this week by the way which will be disappointing news for fans of the addictive rhythm game but probably very welcome news for their wallets…

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