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eShop games of the week: Mighty Switch Force HD, The Denpa Men and more

What's coming up on the Wii U and 3DS digital stores

Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition, The Denpa Men and Wario Land 3 are the highlights of this week's Wii U and 3DS eShop releases. The remake of 3DS game Mighty Switch Force is joined by Funky Barn in the Wii U eShop while Paper Mario: Sticker Star and 2 Fast 4 Gnomz are also released in the 3DS store along with New Art Academy DLC.

It's not all over for Wii and DSi with The Last Blade 2 and Christmas Wonderland 2 coming to the Wii Virtual Console and DSiWare respectively.

Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition (Wii U: WayForward, £8.99 is a Wii U remake of the 3DS eShop platformer which was released last year. Playing as Patricia Wagon, you have to capture escaped convicts called the Hooligan Sisters. The key is switching blocks in and out of the foreground and background to create platforms to leap across as you blast down the enemies. The original was rather short but this sequel throws in Hyper Drive levels, remixed versions of the originals, designed to make it even tougher than ever to get those par times.

Funky Barn (Wii U: Tantalus Media, £39.99) was a Wii U launch game but it will be available through the eShop this week. It has as a similar concept to the Facebook game Farmville as you raise animals, sell your produce and plough it back into your farm. It's been described as the ultimate farming game for Wii U. It's also the only farming game for Wii U.

The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (3DS: Genius Sonority, £7.19) mixes role playing with augmented reality. From the same studio that created Pokemon spin offs such as Pokemon Colosseum, Pokemon XD: Gale Of Darkness and Pokemon Typing Adventure, The Denpa Men stars mysterious creatures that float around radio waves in your daily environment. As in the Pokemon games, you have to catch the Denpa Men to form a party, but each radio wave territory has its own unique Denpa Men so if you want to find Denpa Men with different skills, you'll need to go to a different place in real life if you want to save your loved one from The King Of Evil.

2 Fast 4 Gnomz (3DS: QubicGames, £4.49) was released for WiiWare earlier this year. It's a Bit.Trip Runner-style game as your gnome can't stop running, meaning you just have to focus on avoiding obstacles, jumping over pits and hitting switches.

Wario Land 3 (3DS: Nintendo: £4.50) is the third game in Wario's platform series to hit the 3DS Virtual Console. Originally released for Game Boy Color in 2000, it finds Wario trapped in a musical box. To escape you have to find the magical boxes belonging to a mysterious figure who is also trapped. If you manage it, you'll also get to keep loads of treasure, too. A huge adventure featuring day and night versions of each level and plenty of secrets, Wario Land 3 was released yesterday following Nintendo Direct.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS: Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) won't be available to download until 7 December. This game, the latest in the Mario RPG series, shakes things up with its collectible sticker power-ups which you use in battles. It'll also be out in the shops tomorrow.

New Art Academy DLC (3DS: Nintendo, £1.79) offers two new lessons to download - Paint Like Van Gogh and Reflections.

Christmas Wonderland 2 (3DS or DSi: Microvalue, 800 Points or £7.20) is one of those hidden object games which asks you to look at a picture and pick out items from the list. There are also some touchscreen minigames but one we've seen involves putting a wooden car back together. Hardly Layton standard, then. We still have nightmares about Halloween: Trick Or Treat which follows a similar idea. Not because it was scary...

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The Last Blade 2 (Wii: D4 Enterprise, 900 Points) is another NeoGeo fighting game (there have been lots released recently through Virtual Console). Originally released in 1998, it also came to Dreamcast and PlayStation 2. As the title suggests, you fight with swords in this 2D scrapper starring 16 characters

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Are you going to download any of these games?


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  1. shy guy 64 Thursday 6th Dec 2012 at 10:29

    i plan to download the denpamen when i can

    and if i didnt still have my copy id would download wario land 3 as well

  2. skyluigi Thursday 6th Dec 2012 at 10:55

    I'm getting Denpa Men, no questions asked.
    I'd love to get Wario Land 3 too, but I'm about 30p short... guess I'll ask for an eShop card for Christmas!

  3. Slinkington Thursday 6th Dec 2012 at 11:32

    Woo! Mighty Switch Force HD! I'm dissappointed to hear that the "new" levels are just remixed old ones. :( But I'll still download this.

    Also Denpa Men! At last! I'm sort of glad I downloaded the demo first though, as it's not really as good as I expected. I might wait and see if it ever goes on sale.

  4. Commandervideo Thursday 6th Dec 2012 at 11:59

    Denpa men and Warioland 3 are mine! BWAHAHAR

  5. toffeeman30 Thursday 6th Dec 2012 at 13:23

    also of note, conker creator would like to make wii u eshop games

  6. Rio-roller Thursday 6th Dec 2012 at 16:24

    and the award for the strangest advert of the year goes to....................................

  7. Pyron12 Thursday 6th Dec 2012 at 16:28

    I played the Denpa Men Demo. Will buy!

  8. inuyashaDS Thursday 6th Dec 2012 at 17:38
    I have no money left in my account! :(

  9. fisher2007 Thursday 6th Dec 2012 at 21:35

    I have Ł5.97 in my account can't get The Denpa men today haven't got enough.

  10. MartinIsAwesome Friday 7th Dec 2012 at 11:07

    Hmm, I'm not convinced that the HD visuals and "remixed" stages are good enough to make me buy Mighty Switch Force again. I love the game on 3DS, so I stick with that.

    Likewise, the demo for Dempa Men wasn't all that attention grapping like some other eShop demos I've played, so I'll leave that alone.

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