The eShop is usually associated with independent studios but Nintendo also publish some classic games on the 3DS digital store. The mighty Pullblox is probably the best 3DS eShop game and its sequel Fallblox is brilliant, too. Then you've got Vanpool's Dillon's Rolling Western and Nintendo also ensured that Level 5's Guild01 compilation wouldn't be overlooked by bringing three of the games to Europe, including the amazing Crimson Shroud.
The Mushroom Kingdom supplied Nintendo Direct's biggest announcements last week with new Mario, Luigi and Donkey Kong games unveiled for 3DS but don't forget about Nintendo's eShop games. Here are five games that Nintendo are bringing to the eShop in 2013.
Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger
We don't have many new Nintendo heroes these days. So few in fact that the unveiling of Nabbit in New Super Mario Bros U was celebrated more than perhaps it should have been. That's why it was great to play as Dillon in Dillon's Rolling Western who was the first new Nintendo hero I can remember since Chibi Robo! If Dillon had been around in the 1990s he probably would have been a world famous platform star. Instead, he's a silent star of a strategy game that has you desperately rolling around the desert attempting to stop armies of Grocks invading a town.
You roll around collecting scruffles during the day which are needed to feed the scrogs - the creatures who live in the village - while entering mines for ore will earn your money you'll need to build up your gun towers which help you take out the grocks at night. It's the sort of game that makes you angry as after meticulously building up your defences and grabbing every scruffle, the grocks knock down your towers when you're on the other side of the field, locked in battle against an enemy who survives your rolling attacks. You'll still want to go in for more punishment through
At first glance, it looks very similar to the original with Dillon pictured picking up scruffles, sprucing up his towers and getting into rolling battles with grocks but the news that you'll also have to defend a moving train in each level will shake things up as you might not be able to camp by your town as you may have to stay close to the steam train as it is attacked and watch as a grock stomps agonisingly towards the gates.
However, you do have new allies who will help you out - the strong but greedy lizard Gunman Gallow, the foolish but powerful bear Boon and the mysterious squid assassin Nomad.
Whether you'll want to return for more punishment has yet to be seen. The first game was on the cusp of being too repetitive but it had enough character to pull it through.
Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger will be released in the US on 11 April. A UK release date has yet to be confirmed.