This week's Nintendo download includes one retail 3DS game (available November 11), an upgrade to a free 3DS app, a 3DS retail demo, a Virtual Console game on the Wii, and more! Be sure to check the Nintendo shops at 9:00 a.m. PST today, November 8, to see all of the latest updates!
3DS eShop Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Retail Demo - Disney) Dress To Play: Cute Witches! (Digital Download - EnjoyUp Games, $3.99) Johnny Hotshot (Digital Download - UFO Interactive, $5.99) Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Retail Download (available 11/11) - Nintendo, $39.99) Pokédex 3D Pro (Digital Download - Nintendo, $14.99)
DSiWare (also available on the 3DS eShop) Come On! Dragons (Circle Entertainment, $1.99/200) Smart Girl's Playhouse Mini (UFO Interactive, $4.99/500 points)
Played the Power of Illusion demo. It's a pretty meh platformer, but it's really pretty. Fun seeing all the Disney characters from every era, too. But man, that opening took forever. It's like five minutes of silent text box dialogue with some comic scenes. Really awful way to start a game, let alone a demo.
Agreed. On pretty much every level. Kinda disappointed by the demo. WAY too much dialogue, not enough fun platforming. And the painting mechanic seems to slow down the action rather than enhance it. Like, on the same level as Yoshi's "Sniff-Sniff" ability in Yoshi's Story and the "Blowing" ability in Donkey Kong Country Returns. Not good.
I kind of felt the same way, but it was a cool "companion" piece of software for Pokémon fans. And it was kind of cool collecting and trading the Pokémon with friends. It didn't do much, sure...but hey. It was free. Can we really complain about that? About something free?
If the "Pro" version is more of the same (just with all the monsters) then the $15 price tag is ridiculous, IMO. Especially considering that the Pokémon Dream Radar app (game?) is only a few dollars, and uses not only 3D models of Pokémon, but also engages Augmented Reality and links to Pokémon Black/White 2. (which are DS games, not 3DS games - how did they pull that off?!?)
How exactly is Nintendo justifying the price of the Pokédex Pro? Certainly it does more than the freebie they gave away already, right? Right? right?
I would have paid $15 for the original app. Having stereoscopic 3D models of all the pokemon on hand is invaluable. You won't see models this detailed in 3DS's future pokemon game; 3DS can't push that many polygons. Even a few in the pokedex cause slowdown, and that's just one pokemon on screen.