The Nintendo 3DS eShop wasn’t even ready for the 3DS’s launch. Remember that? Back when Mega Man Legends 3 was going to be an eShop launch title? It wasn’t a great time for Nintendo’s digital storefront.
Since then, the eShop has slowly climbed its way out of that gutter, and within two years it’s become home to a wide range of titles. And while you can download full retail games, what makes any digital store great are the ones that you can’t get anywhere else.
You may know Game Freak as the developers of Pokemon and its 18 trillion sales since the series’s inception in the late 1990s. They rarely venture outside of that comfort zone, but here the result is a charming rhythm platformer with catchy tunes and an adorable art style. It’s a bit pricey at $14.99, but any regret
2011’s Pushmo was a puzzle game in which you moved blocks in and out of the background to create platforms to reach areas, enough to make it one of the first must-buy eShop games. Crashmo built on those mechanics simply by making it possible to move those blocks from side-to-side as well. It’s simple, it’s addictive, and it’s available for less than ten bucks.
Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale
A recent release from Level-5, Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale makes up for its awkward title by bringing us back to being kids again, in awe of the world around us. It’s a little easier for the kids in A Tokyo Tale to be amazed, since kaiju gather outside of their sleepy town every week to do battle. It’s a short game at a fair price, and well worth a look.