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eShop games of the week - Fractured Soul, Blaster Master and more

This week's Nintendo downloads

Fractured Soul, a platformer from Endgame studios, is the highlight of this week's 3DS eShop games. It's joined in the eShop by NES game Blaster Master, DSiWare game Kung Fu Dragon and Wii Virtual Console title Ninja Master's Haoh-Ninpo-Cho.

Fractured Soul (3DS: Endgame studios, £7.19) is an old-school platformer with a modern twist as the action takes place across two screens. Originally developed for DS, it has been described as 'Mega Man tough' as you run, jump and blast enemies across the two screens. Here's a trailer:

Blaster Master (3DS: Sunsoft, £4.49) was originally released for NES in 1991. The later Game Boy Color version is already available on the eShop and the original is very similar - you play an ordinary kid called Jason, who, on his quest to save the Earth, battles radioactive monsters on foot or behind the wheel of Sophia the 3rd, a heavily armed multi-purpose vehicle. There are eight areas to battle through (which are viewed from side-scrolling and top-down perspectives sections) and, as you progress, you can upgrade Sophia's arsenal to hover or drive up walls. Here's a video:

Kung Fu Dragon (3DS or DSi: Agetec, £1.79 or 200 Points) sees you playing as one of three chosen warriors who faces a quest to become the next Kung Fu Dragon. Your training sees you climbing up an immense waterfall by performing a series of jumps. You can increase your score by climbing higher up the waterfall by jumping among the various footholds that come falling down. You'll also have to watch out for the enemies that block your way, but you can defeat them by jumping on them as you climb.

Ninja Master's Haoh-Ninpo-Cho (Wii: Enterprise, 900 Points) is another old school fighting game that was originally released for NeoGeo in 1996. Set in the fictional land of "Zipangu", you can choose from 10 different ninjas and warriors. Each character has access to a wide variety of weapons and their Super Attacks change depending on whether they are armed or unarmed. There are also many deadly techniques to learn such as Super Death Blow, Ultimate Super Mode, Dark Super Power and Dark Combo. Here's a video:

Are you going to download any of these games?


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  1. vix_chan Wednesday 9th Jan 2013 at 11:12

    Fractured Soul looks like a game that i will die every 5 minuets playing...

    Dont get me wrong, for a eShop game, it looks stunning, depending on other peoples thaughts on the game i might take the plunge and buy it :wink:

  2. Slinkington Wednesday 9th Jan 2013 at 11:19

    Does the Wii U not get a weekly update? I've said it before, but again they're focusing too much on the 3DS! The Wii U needs attention.

  3. vix_chan Wednesday 9th Jan 2013 at 11:24

    Does the Wii U not get a weekly update? I've said it before, but again they're focusing too much on the 3DS! The Wii U needs attention.

    It all depends on who is developing the games, if none are finalised for the Wii U, then they can hardly place anything on it, can they.
    I remeber when 3DS was released, we did not have a eShop on there for quite a while. At least Wii U has something on there.

  4. K-tet Wednesday 9th Jan 2013 at 11:25

    At last, the original Blaster Master, although Tom you didn't do a very good job in bigging it up. ^^; There's more to it than that. I'd suggest reading up on its history. It sold very poorly in Japan, yet achieved cult status in the West. The game has one of the best 8-bit soundtracks in the NES library, and it's in my top 10 best NES games ever released. Hard as hell, but it's worth every penny. I still have the original cart somewhere. =D

  5. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 9th Jan 2013 at 15:04

    Fractured Soul actually looks like it could be really good. I've seen DSiWare games with a similar concept, but this looks like it has much more style. My only concern is their claim of "Mega Man hard". Is it hard because it's genuinely challenging, or hard because it's poorly designed. I look forward to some kind of review to see which it is.
    Problem is though, I've got plenty of games to keep me going for ages so even if it does turn out to be great it'll be a while before I get to play it.

  6. jaco_p Wednesday 9th Jan 2013 at 18:58

    None of these games look essential im afraid. Might give blaster master a go at some point though

  7. fisher2007 Wednesday 9th Jan 2013 at 21:58

    Might give Fractured Soul a go at some point though.

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