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eShop games of the week: The Cave, Picross e2, Sonic And All Stars Racing demo

Plus Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth

The Wii U eShop gets its first big game of 2013 this week when The Cave is released on Wednesday 23 January. It will be joined on the WIi U's digital store by Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth and a Sonic And All Stars Racing Transformed demo while Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition has been reduced.

It's also a good week on the 3DS eShop as Picross e2 is released this Thursday. The sequel to the excellent Picross e is joined by 35 Junior Games and Snowboard Xtreme. This week's Wii download is Babel Rising.

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The Cave (Wii U: Sega, £9.99) is the new adventure game from Ron Gilbert, the man behind the humorous Monkey Island series. One of our picks for the best Wii U eShop games for 2013, The Cave begins with you picking your team of three adventures from a group of seven, including a hillbilly, a scientist, a monk and some orphan twins. Following that you explore locations including a subterranean amusement park and a medieval castle, plus a fully armed and ready-to-launch nuclear-tipped ICMB missile. If you liked Zack & Wiki, this could be a Wii U game for you as you explore the Cave, picking up an item (you can only carry one at a time) and using it to solve a puzzle.

Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth (Wii U: Ubisoft, £39.99) is available to download through the Wii U eShop but you can also buy it in the shops. This super hero brawler features 20 different characters including the Avengers Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor, as well as other heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe. You'll use motion gameplay to execute explosive super attacks and unleash devastating special moves as you attempt to defeat the Skrulls.

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They are the new games but you can also download a free Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed demo this week while Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition will be reduced from £8.99 to £6.29 until 7 February.

Picross e2 (3DS: Jupiter, £4.49) boasts a new navigation feature which, according to Nintendo, will make the 'picture crossword' gameplay even smoother. More importantly, you can expect 150 new puzzles, plus an all new mode known as Micross in which you have to complete a 10x10 grid puzzle in order to reveal a picture of a famous painting.

35 Junior Games (3DS: Cerasus Media, £4.49) is a compilation of games, including Tic-Tac-Toe, Solitaire, Chess, Air Hockey, Darts, and Tournament Pong. Aimed at kids and teens, you can experience these old games in 3D.

Snowboard Xtreme (3DS or DSi: EnjoyUp Games: £1.79 or 200 DSi Points) is a snowboarding game which sees you racing against the clock through a stage filled with danger. You can earn extra time by passing through the flags as you attempt to beat your friends and family on the local ranking and reach number one.

Babel Rising (Wii: Lexis Numerique, 500 Wii Points) is a new WiiWare game in which you have to strike down the heretics who are building the Tower Of Babel. From behind your turret, you can summon the power of earth, wind and fire to defeat them. No, not the 70s funk band....

Are you going to download any of this week's games?


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  1. MartinIsAwesome Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 16:58

    Picross e2 fo' sho'. The Micross puzzle sounds looks fantastic!

  2. TheSlenderman Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 17:16

    YEESSSSS!!!! Picross e 2!!! Soon as I get a new eshop voucher, that will be the first thing I go for!! :mrgreen:

  3. MJTH Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 17:40

    I'm definitely getting The Cave this week. I'm still waiting for Ikachan and Runner 2, but this will do till then.

  4. starmie68 Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 18:44

    cave looks ace is it hitting the store this thursday ?

  5. JaySuthEFC Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 18:47

    Going to dowload the sonic demo, been on the fence for a while

  6. KH81314 Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 20:12

    I love picross. excited to get that. Might pick up the cave as well.

  7. Ynni Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 20:58

    Getting both The Cave and Picross e2.

  8. lminett Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 21:10

    Don't get babel rising its a terrible game, waste of money

  9. bigterence Tuesday 22nd Jan 2013 at 11:51

    Getting cave and picross...

  10. jaco_p Tuesday 22nd Jan 2013 at 12:49

    Will get the cave at some point. Downloaded picross e for my wife on launch and she still hasn't played it yet. Lazy

  11. ledreppe Tuesday 22nd Jan 2013 at 17:40

    Getting cave and picross...

    Same here. Why is The Cave coming out Wednesday, doesn't the eShop usually update on Thursdays? Not that I'm complaining, a day earlier than I expected is ok!

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