Hottest 3DS Downloads of April
Welcome, dear readers, to IGN Nintendo’s first monthly round-up of all the hottest 3DS eShop games. Although things were slow on the Virtual Console side of things (Read: we didn’t get any retro goodies at all), there were several 3DS originals certainly worth talking about. What’s more, a couple of days ago download fans were treated to the new eShop interface, thanks to the recent global firmware update. The eShop is much more organized and easier to navigate, so take a look at our picks below then go check it out for yourself, if you haven’t already.
We’ll kick things off by giving you the lowdown on the biggest games to hit the eshop this month, and whether you should get them, consider them, or steer clear of them altogether. After that, we’ll present our ranking of the best 3DSWare and 3DS Virtual Console titles on the market. This list will change and evolve along with the eShop catalogue, so be sure to check back at the end of each month for the new ranking.
Now grab a champagne bottle and find a boat to smash it into – it’s time for our maiden voyage!
Fans of puzzle games – or of fun in general – should not think twice about picking up Ketzal’s Corridors. This innovative take on the block puzzle genre is based on the WiiWare title ThruSpace, and is essentially third person, on-rails Tetris. As the gorgeous 3D backgrounds of ancient ruins scroll past, it’s up to players to use the face buttons to twist their block into the right position to slip through the walls. The inclusion of local multiplayer, multiple modes, nearly 100 levels to master and hearts to collect make this game more than worth the price. Give it a download, and enjoy staying up until all hours of the night trying to pull of sick tricks to up your high score.
Check out our full Ketzal’s Corridors review for even more information on the latest puzzle sensation to hit eShop.
The 3D painting application we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived in the form of Colors! 3D. Whether you’re a modern Monet or have a hard time drawing a half-decent circle, this tool is the perfect way to flex your creativity. You can draw on up to five layers, and even paint with a buddy or share your creations in the online gallery. The interface is the definition of user-friendly, and the tutorials are informative, concise and easy to understand. Small touches like the ability to undo absolutely every line you put down or to watch a playback of the entire creation process only help cement Colors! 3D as an absolutely necessary tool for 3DS owners.
Take a look at our full Colors! 3D review for more on this 3D painting app.
Unfortunately, the most recent eShop release, Block Factory, wasn’t exactly up to snuff. The game allows players to create their own block puzzles – which sounds fantastic… in theory. In reality, Block Factory is a mess. The interface is atrocious, the art style is far from charming, the instructions are so poorly written it’s kind of remarkable, and the customization leaves much to be desired. If you harbor the vain hope of crafting your own block shapes and maybe even coming up with crazy rules or designing your own backgrounds, you should know that Block Factory offers none of these options. Instead, the level creator is actually rather barebones, with only a limited number of options to customize and far too few backgrounds and decent block shapes to choose from.
Only pick up Block Factory if you’re willing to drop a few bucks on a subpar game just for the opportunity to toy around with making your own block puzzles to share with friends – but don’t expect much. Otherwise, you can safely skip this one.
There’s still no sign of a U.S. eShop release for the Game Boy classic Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (get on it, Nintendo!), but eShoppers were at least treated to a 3D reimagining of the original Kid Icarus for NES. Originally only offered in the States as a pre-order bonus for Kid Icarus Uprising, 3D Classics Kid Icarus takes Pit’s original adventure and ups the ante with added 3D, new backgrounds, and options to play with either the classic controls or with a touched-up version of them. The addition of save slots should also help gamers make their way to the end of this notoriously difficult game.
Head on over to the next page for a look at our eShop ranking for the month of April!