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3DS eShop games of the week - Fallblox, Virtue's Last Reward demo

Will Fallblox be the 3DS eShop game of the year?

There is no doubt what the highlight of the 3DS eShop this week. Fallblox, the sequel to Pullblox, the best 3DS eShop game ever, will be available to download on Thursday. It will be joined in the eShop by Johnny Hotshot, Ninja Gaiden and DSiWare game Magical Whip. You can also download a Virtue's Last Reward demo. New Style Boutique will also be available to download from Friday 16 November.

Fallblox (3DS: Nintendo, £7.19 sees our Mallo attempting to save birds from new puzzle blocks called Fallblox. He can push and pull the blocks as usual to create a path top the top of the puzzle but this time the blocks can fall. if there's nothing to support them. With over 140 new challenges as well as 90 training stages, this should keep you busy until Wii U is launched.

Johnny Hotshot (3DS: UFO Interactive, £5.39) is an arcade action game in which you play as sheriff Johnny and take down bandits led by Mr Wang. You test your skills in the Shooting Gallery, unleash justice upon bandits in the Saloon Shootout, and master the art of Lassoing bandits in Catch 'Em All.

New Style Boutique (3DS: Nintendo, £39.99) is the follow up to DS hit Style Boutique. In this fashion sim, you take on the role of a shop assistant who must work their way up the fashion world to own their own boutique, giving customers advice and putting a look together for them. There are thousands of items and accessories to choose from, and players are also judged on the looks they put together.

NES side-scrolling platformer Ninja Gaiden (3DS: Tecmo, £4.49) returns to the 3DS Virtual Console this week. It follows ninja Ryu as he travels to America to seek vengeance for his father's murder, and uncover a plot that threatens the world. Once there, you battle through 20 challenging side-scrolling areas in six acts while defeating gangs of thugs, evil ninjas and barbarian bosses with your deadly Dragon Sword and Ninpo.

Virtue's Last Reward (3DS demo: Rising Star, free) is a demo version of the forthcoming 3DS text adventure which begins in a mysterious facility where you wake up with a group of strangers and are forced to play a deadly game of trust and betrayal.

Finally, we have Magical Whip (3DS or DSi: Agetec, £1.79 or 200 Points) is an action game set in the Phantasmal Forest, a dark and dangerous place ruled by monsters. Playing as an apprentice wizard armed with a wand that can turn into a whip, you have to defeat enemies and collect valuable items as you battle through haunting stages.

That's all for this week. Are you going to download any of these games?

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  1. Herbert_Rarr Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 11:56

    Just Fallblox for me this week then :)

  2. MJTH Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 12:00

    Fallblox (3DS: Nintendo, Ł7.19)

    Ł1.80 more then the original. I'll still be buying it and I guess it could of been priced even more/worse, but I can't say I like a 33% increase in price.

    On a lighter note, I can't wait for Ikachan coming soon, I may also get crimson shroud when that come outs, but I need to see more gameplay of that first.

  3. imbusydoctorwho Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 12:02

    Will be downloading the demo,as Virtue's Last Reward looks pretty good.

  4. deKay Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 12:23

    Fallblox fo' sho'.

    I thought Virtue's Last Reward was a sort of visual novel, like 999 and Hotel Dusk? You don't get many text adventures on consoles :)

  5. fisher2007 Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 13:15

    I don't enough for Fallblox and it's Ł5.97 on the balance.

    and also Will be downloading the demo,as Virtue's Last Reward looks good.

  6. MartinIsAwesome Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 13:21

    I've downloaded most demos on teh eShop so far so I'll probably try Virtue's Last Reward too. I do like interactive mysteries anyway so I should like this.
    That reminds me, I must get Ninja Gaiden at some point. Now that there's a portable option, I don't know whether to get it a little cheaper on the Wii, or play it anywhere on my 3DS...

    Also, that Magical Whip looks surprisingly good for a DSi game. It reminds me of those old school games like Rainbow Islands. My only concern is that such a cheap price is reflective of the length or quality.

  7. deKay Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 13:26

    Really need to get 999 before I play VLR. I never bought it as for some reason I thought it was like TWEWY (which I never actually liked, I'm afraid). No idea why I thought this.

    But, since I loved Hotel Dusk and Another Code and those sorts of things, I now really want it.

    Problem is, it's now Nearing Christmas So Don't Buy Any Games Or You Might Get Them Again For Christmas season, so probably won't get it for a while.

    (thankfully Wii U games I've already ordered are exempt from this :P)

  8. Commandervideo Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 14:09

    Fallblox Ł7.20! Ahhhh! They would up the price.
    No NightSky :(
    Hurry up Cave Story & EscapeVektor :evil:

    I can't wait for Ikachan coming soon


    As long as they add to it and it's cheap Ikachan should be good

  9. deKay Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 14:16

    Nnooo have said escapeVektor "may" be out before Christmas but I wouldn't hold your breath!

  10. bilboboy Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 16:10

    I played 999 a couple of weeks ago in preparation for Zero Escape: Virtue's last reward and have to say it was one of the best games on the DS. An amazing story with deep and complex characters, just a brilliant game. So totally pumped for this!

  11. TenTen Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 16:15

    Yes! I can't wait to try VLR. I would download fallblox, but if I get it, I can't get sticker star. I also hope Ikachan comes out soon, shouldn't be too expensive.I think Cave Story + is also coming out this month, even though I have the 3D version, I'll probably get it anyway.

  12. HyrulianToad Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 16:57

    Don't think I'll get Fallbox just yet , there'll probably be be a price cut at some point any way. I have a question, how come you review games before they come out but not Eshop games? :?:

  13. MatthewONM Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 17:03

    Don't think I'll get Fallbox just yet , there'll probably be be a price cut at some point any way. I have a question, how come you review games before they come out but not Eshop games? :?:


    Because eShop games only exist in digital forms, their developers don't have them on carts/discs for us to use with our review units. Also, we don't know (and neither do many devs) when games are arriving until the week of release, which doesn't give us much time to react. Hope that clears this up.

    Oh, and everyone here should try Virtue's Last Reward. Currently giving Kid Icarus a run for its money as my 3DS game of the year...

  14. CyberGW Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 17:07

    Fallblox is a reasonable price. That's good.
    Still won't be buying it until after Christmas though, got lots of White 2 stuff to clear up! :D

    Oh, and everyone here should try Virtue's Last Reward. Currently giving Kid Icarus a run for its money as my 3DS game of the year...


    Really? Wow! I was going to download the demo but I definitely am now. You never now, my 3DS birthday on 15th December may get a new game involved. Then it's Wii U Christmas!
    Ahhhhh.... I love December! :D

  15. goldtanooki Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 20:35

    Don't think I'll get Fallbox just yet , there'll probably be be a price cut at some point any way. I have a question, how come you review games before they come out but not Eshop games? :?:


    Because eShop games only exist in digital forms, their developers don't have them on carts/discs for us to use with our review units. Also, we don't know (and neither do many devs) when games are arriving until the week of release, which doesn't give us much time to react. Hope that clears this up.

    Oh, and everyone here should try Virtue's Last Reward. Currently giving Kid Icarus a run for its money as my 3DS game of the year...


    Wow. If VLR is as good as kid icarus, then it's also as good as mine

  16. me4ndubz Monday 12th Nov 2012 at 23:17

    so glad there's a demo for virtue's last reward :D

  17. vix_chan Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 11:26

    Oh, and everyone here should try Virtue's Last Reward. Currently giving Kid Icarus a run for its money as my 3DS game of the year...

    I've got this game on Preorder.
    I played threw 999 and got all endings in preperation for this. So cant wait to try the Demo =3

    Only question i have to ask (Very Important)
    There has been problems with the American Version of VLR, When players save the game in a certan Puzzle Room it can corrupt your Saved Data and you have to play over again (even loseing some endings you've unlocked in some cases)
    I was wondering if Rising Star has fixed this for the UK version?

    Also, it is truely just Japanese Dialog for the UK ver, or has RS changed it to also contain the American Dub?

  18. deKay Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 11:30

    I'd be surprised if it wasn't fixed for the UK version.

    I'd prefer Japanese voices with subtitles if that's an option!

  19. MatthewONM Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 11:34

    Only question i have to ask (Very Important)
    There has been problems with the American Version of VLR, When players save the game in a certan Puzzle Room it can corrupt your Saved Data and you have to play over again (even loseing some endings you've unlocked in some cases)
    I was wondering if Rising Star has fixed this for the UK version?

    Also, it is truely just Japanese Dialog for the UK ver, or has RS changed it to also contain the American Dub?


    I can't say whether or not Rising Star have fixed it, but I didn't encounter the problem in my playthrough. But then I can't remember saving in the puzzle room in question. And yes, it's just the Japanese voice acting in the UK version, but I kind of like it that way - it adds to the slightly alienating atmosphere that the director is trying to conjure. And even though I can't understand what they're saying, they're suitably emotive performances that you can understand the emotions of the scenes.

  20. deKay Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 11:37

    And yes, it's just the Japanese voice acting in the UK version,

    Excellent news.

  21. vix_chan Tuesday 13th Nov 2012 at 20:42

    I myself dont mind that the game is just in japanese with english subs (I myself would be happy with the bleeps like in the old 999) but i do think that it may put some people off.
    i just hope that people try the demo and realise what a mind blowing game it will be.

  22. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 14th Nov 2012 at 11:25

    I myself dont mind that the game is just in japanese with english subs (I myself would be happy with the bleeps like in the old 999) but i do think that it may put some people off.
    i just hope that people try the demo and realise what a mind blowing game it will be.


    I find it depends on the performance. I've played Muramasa which features exclusively Japanese voice acting, but the performances are natural and great. Then again, I've watched some anime in Japanese with subs and found some of the more high-pitched and shouty performances very annoying. That's why it's great having the luxury of a demo to help make up my mind about it.

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