Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Nintendo eShop

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate demo launching Feb. 28

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Gamers itching to try Castlevania’s 3DS debut will get their chance on February 28 when a demo for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate launches on eShop. The demo will feature Trevor Belmont making his way through Dracula’s castle, using the combat cross, boomerang, and collecting hearts and knight scrolls, to face down the executioner.

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Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan demo, contest launch

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A new demo has launched on the Nintendo eShop for Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan. The upcoming first-person role-playing game will feature 3D dungeons, skyships, and some old-fashion dungeon-crawling. The demo features the opening areas and the introduction, which include the Old Forest Mine mini-dungeon, the Windy Plains skyship area, and some of the first main dungeon, Lush Woodlands. All progress is transferrable to the final game.

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3DS, Contests

The Cave now available online for console and PC

The Cave, the latest adventure-puzzler from designer Ron Gilbert and Double Fine Productions, is now available for 360, Linux, Mac, PC, PS3, and Wii U. The download-only release, published by Sega, features seven adventurers who must explore a trap-filled cave three at a time, with each character’s backstory coming to the fore as the trio make their way deeper into the chasm.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Wii U, Xbox 360 News

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan demo hitting eShop Feb. 7

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Role-playing fans curious about the next entry in the Etrian Odyssey series, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan, will be able to try it for themselves on February 7 when a demo launches on the eShop. Atlus has announced that the trial will include the introduction; the first mini-dungeon, Old Forest Mine; the first skyship area, Windy Plains; and areas near the first main dungeon, Lush Woodlands. The main dungeon will host numerous sidequests to attempt, as well as those skills, classes, and gear available in the area in the full title. Towns will have some services on offer as well, such as QR Guild Card exchanges. Save files will also be compatible with the full release.

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 3DS, Wii U demo, release date announced

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will close out this winter pulling double duty when it launches for both the 3DS and Wii U on March 19. Both games will also be available digitally around the same time. For those wanting to give the game a try before release, a playable demo is scheduled to go live for both systems on February 21.

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3DS, Wii U

Assassin’s Creed III – Hidden Secrets, Battle Hardened now on eShop

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Wii U owners looking to extend their time with Assassin’s Creed III have two new options today with the release of The Hidden Secrets and The Battle Hardened. Both packs are available through the eShop, with the $4.99 The Hidden Secrets adding single-player content, with three new missions and new weapons, and the $9.99 The Battle Hardened focusing on multiplayer, offering new characters and maps. Each pack is detailed below.

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DLC, Wii U

The Cave to launch online for console, PC next week

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Sega has announced that the upcoming Double Fine Productions-developed adventure title The Cave will be available next week. The download-only release will be available on the Nintendo eShop and PSN on January 22 and on Live Arcade and Steam on January 23 for $14.99/1200 MS Points.

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, Wii U, Xbox 360 News

Rayman Legends demo launches on eShop for Wii U

New Wii U owners looking for some platforming action can now download a demo of Rayman Legends from the Nintendo eShop. A new trailer provides a glimpse as to what the demo has on offer, including how the GamePad will help Rayman in his quest to rid the lands of a new evil presence.

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Wii U

Zen Pinball 2 to launch on eShop for Wii U later this month

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Zen Studios has announced that Zen Pinball 2 will launch later this month on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Zen Pinball 2 is a free download that serves as a platform for players to test out and purchase the myriad tables already available. For those unfamiliar with the table library, Zen has released themed tables for various Marvel comic franchises, including The Avengers and Spider-Man, as well as for other games, such as Plants vs. Zombies.

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DLC, Wii U

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion demo now on eShop

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS) Announcement - Screenshot 2

Disney has followed up the launch of Epic Mickey 2’s 360 and PS3 demo, released earlier this week, with a demo for the upcoming 3DS side-scrolling platformer Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. Available through the Nintendo eShop, Power of Illusion is reminiscent of—and described as a tribute to—the classic Sega Genesis platformer Castle of Illusion. After falling into the Wasteland, players must take Mickey through the castle to stop the imprisoned witch Mizrabel from draining the essence of popular characters. The demo includes the tutorial and a battle on the Jolly Roger against Captain Hook and his band of pirates.

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