Nintendo Download for April 5, 2018

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Welcome to another week of the PSVG Nintendo Download!

I'll be honest, I haven't really had a chance to go over what is available this week yet. I'm really itching for some random new indie game to play and I really think that "The Adventure Pals" might be the one. At first glance, it has a visual vibe that really reminds me of "Castle Crashers". That alone might get me to bite, but I really need to do some research first.

Let's see what we've got this week....

Headliners

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch
    • Urban Trial Playground – This installment of the stunt bike racing series takes the action to the sunny and colorful beaches of California, mixing in crazier tricks, flips and combos than ever before. Backflip from rooftops and over palm trees to become the ultimate stunt racer.
    • The Adventure Pals – The Adventure Pals sets you and your best friends (a giraffe and a rock) out to save the world and your dad from turning into hotdogs. Explore the mystical forests of Treevale, hike the haunted craters of the moon and dive into the depths to find the lost city of Crablantis.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Detective Pikachu – Special Demo Version – Crack the case in the new Detective Pikachu game by interacting with a unique, tough-talking Pikachu! As Tim Goodman, you’ll partner with a self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city’s greatest mysteries! Game in 2D.

Sales

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Also New This Week

 

And there you have it! Download away boys and girls, but remember, NEVER STOP GAMING!

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Nintendo Download for March 15, 2018

See the source image Let's see what Nintendo has up for grabs this week across their digital network. Brave the wild west of the Switch eShop, let's find some gems!

My top pick this week, "The Long Reach", I cannot wait to start playing this one!


 

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

  • Kirby Star Allies – When a new evil threatens Planet Popstar, Kirby will need a little help from his … enemies?! By making friends out of Kirby’s foes, up to three players can drop in or out of the adventure at any time. With new and expanded copy abilities, classic Kirby action is deeper than ever. Combine abilities with elements such as ice or fire to create new friend abilities. The Kirby Star Allies game will be available on March 16. (Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Game, system, and some accessories sold separately.)
  • Attack on Titan 2 – Experience the immense anime story alongside Eren and his companions as they fight to save humanity from the threat of the deadly human-devouring Titans. Try your hand at operating the omni-directional mobility gear, maneuvering and flying through the sky to counter the Titans, and feel the thrill and satisfaction of battling giant opponents. The Attack on Titan 2 game will be available on March 20.

New DLC:

  • Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion – INKoming DLC! Play as an Octoling for the very first time in this large-scale downloadable content for the Splatoon 2 game. This full-on single-player adventure launches this summer and spans 80 missions starring Agent 8, a new character who awakens on a dark subway platform. Navigate this mysterious underground test facility in a desperate battle to reach the surface of Inkopolis. Escape from these twisted depths, and you’ll finally be able to join multiplayer matches as an Octoling! You may think you know everything about the world of Splatoon, but these waters run deep, and so does the lore. Octo Expansion launches this summer, but players can purchase this content in advance today for $19.99 for immediate access to special octo-themed in-game gear. (The full game is required to use the DLC. Additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode.)

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Activities:

  • Mario Jumps to Google Maps – We’ve collaborated with the team at Google to let Mario accompany you on all your driving adventures with Google Maps. Just remember to practice safe driving on the road – we don’t encourage throwing bananas or red shells at other drivers in real life. Navigate with Mario in Google Maps and share your #MarioMaps experience with us. Check out the limited-time event before it ends March 17 at 9 p.m. PT.

 

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And that wraps it up for this week. Let us know what you are playing!

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Nintendo Download for Feb 1, 2018

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Welcome to February!

A new month awaits and so does this Nintendo Download Update! Let's see what's hitting this week! I personally just jumped into "Celeste" but cannot wait to get my hands on "Night in the Woods"!

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack: Wave 1 – The Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack grants immediate access to Avatar items upon purchase and two waves of DLC as they are released. (The full game is required to access the DLC.) The Battle Pack contains two new Battle Pokémon and two new Support Pokémon Sets. With these Pokémon joining the fray, the battle is just getting started.
    • Wave 1 launched on Jan. 31 and contains Battle Pokémon Aegislash, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu, and additional Avatar items.
    • Wave 2 releases on March 23 and contains Battle Pokémon Blastoise, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mew and Celebi, and additional Avatar items.
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer: Nintendo Switch Edition – Crypt of the NecroDancer is an award-winning, hardcore rhythm-based dungeon crawling game. Players must move on the beat to navigate randomly generated dungeons and battle dancing skeletons, zombies and dragons, while grooving to the game’s award-winning Danny Baranowsky soundtrack. Players can even team up with a friend in local co-op mode.
  • Dandara – Welcome to a unique 2D platformer full of mystical creatures and boundless exploration. Defy gravity as you jump across floors, walls and ceilings alike. Discover the mysteries and secrets hidden throughout the world of Salt and its diverse array of characters. Empower Dandara for combat and survival against enemies bent on oppression. Dandara will be available on Feb. 6.
  • Night in the Woods – Night in the Woods is an adventure game focused on exploration, story and character, featuring dozens of characters to meet and lots to do across a lush, vibrant world. Break stuff, play bass, hang out, walk on powerlines, jump between roofs, and discover strange and amazing and terrible things you never asked for. Come home and waste your life away in Possum Springs.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Fire Emblem Heroes Activities:

  • Fire Emblem Heroes One-Year Anniversary Celebration! – We’ve reached our one-year anniversary! Thanks for your support. To thank everyone for playing the game, we are holding a celebration with five different events:
    • Summoning Focus: One-Year-Anniversary Hero Fest, from Feb. 1 at 11 p.m. PT to Feb. 8 at 10:59 p.m. PT. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Fire Emblem Heroes, four dependable Heroes are part of a 5-star summoning focus. Also, the initial summoning rate for 5-star Focus Heroes will be set to 5%. For new summoning events, the first time you summon, you won’t have to use Orbs. Check it out from the Summon menu.
    • One-Year-Anniversary Present, from Feb. 1 at 11 p.m. PT to March 7 at 10:59 p.m. PT. During this time, anyone who logs in can receive 50 Orbs, one time only.
    • One-Year-Anniversary Celebration Log-In Bonus, from Feb. 1 at 11 p.m. PT to Feb. 16 at 10:59 p.m. PT. During this time, you can receive a Log-In Bonus up to 10 times, for a total of 20 Orbs.
    • Daily Special Maps, Feb. 1 at 11 p.m. PT to Feb. 25 at 11 p.m. PT. Daily Special Maps will be sent out every day for 25 days. There are two difficulties for each: Normal and Hard. You can earn up to 50 Orbs by playing.
    • Double EXP and SP Event, Feb. 1 at 11 p.m. PT to Feb. 8 at 10:59 p.m. PT. During this time, the EXP and SP you earn in battle will be doubled.
  • A Hero Rises – Now that the Choose Your Legends event is over, it’s time to decide who the No. 1 Hero is in all of Fire Emblem Heroes. Get ready for a new event, A Hero Rises, which runs from Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. PT to Feb. 19 at 6:59 p.m. PT. The top Hero will be given to players as a 5-star unit at a later date. Check out the voting website, and choose your favorite Hero.
  • Illusory Dungeon – A new event, Tap Battle: Illusory Dungeon, will be here, with the Labyrinth of Mists. The event runs from Feb. 8 at 11 p.m. PT to Feb. 22 at 10:59 p.m. PT. Illusory Dungeon is a simple battle game in which you time your taps on the screen to defeat enemies. You can even use Heroes who have not yet been leveled up, so feel free to choose your four favorite Heroes. During this time there will also be daily quests where you can earn different rewards each day. Starting on Feb. 11 at 11 p.m. PT, there will be two types of Tap Battle quests. Thanks again to everyone playing Fire Emblem Heroes, and happy anniversary! For more information about Fire Emblem Heroes, visit the official site.

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My Nintendo Activities:

  • My Nintendo February Rewards
    • Get set for Valentine’s Day with new My Nintendo rewards:
      • My Nintendo is offering a cute Super Mario: Pastel Pink Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme. You can redeem points for the reward up to five times, so you can share it with someone special. The offer ends on March 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
    • February is shaping up to be a great month for classic Nintendo game fans. Three beloved Nintendo 3DS games – Super Mario 3D LandThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Ultimate NES Remix – have just been added to the Nintendo Selects series.
      • To celebrate, My Nintendo is offering the official Prima eGuide for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Redeem your points and get the eGuide to maximize your adventure.
      • My Nintendo is also offering discounts for some awesome games, including certain Nintendo Selects games. Redeem your points and get discounts for games at great values – many participating titles are under $18. Not a My Nintendo member? Sign up now for free at my.nintendo.com.

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Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Theme
    • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Chibi Theme
    • Pokémon: Team Plasma (Pokémon Black and Pokémon White)
    • Pokémon: Team Plasma (Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2)

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And there you have it!

Leave us a comment below with the games you'll be jumping in with. Want immediate feedback? Come find us on Discord!

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Nintendo Download for Jan 4th, 2018

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Greetings Koopalings!

 

I don't believe it, for once an easy to digest eshop update! Slim pickings this week, but I'm sure everyone already has mighty backlogs to dig thru!

I'm not a HUGE Kirby fan myself, but hey, there's a demo out there for you to check out.

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This Week On Nintendo Switch:

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This Week On 3DS & Wii U:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Kirby Battle Royale – Demo Version – In this demo, Kirby enters a tournament against his toughest rival yet…himself! The demo allows players to try three battles in the single-player and multiplayer* modes. Try the Sword, Cutter and Beetle ability, and transfer Meta Knight and coins as a bonus to the main game once you purchase the full version! The full version of the Kirby Battle Royale game launches Jan. 19 and is now available for pre-purchase in Nintendo eShop. Game in 2D.

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Review: Chicken Wiggle (3DS)

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Story

'Chicken Wiggle' has a simple and yet heartwarming story at its core. An evil witch has plundered the surrounding areas and "chicknapped" the friends of our heroes. Bonded together in a quest to save them, a flightless chicken and trusty worm saddle up for the challenge. It's a simple premise, and the narrative is merely a backdrop for some fun and addictive gameplay. If you grew up with the NES and other consoles during this industry's infancy, this will fit right in with your gaming memories.

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Gameplay

Gameplay, in my opinion, is the heart and soul of this game. As Chickenwiggle, you have three main abilities, jump, a work "hook shot", and a peck attack. You'll use these abilities along with a few select powerups to overcome the six stages found within the games eight towers.

The earlier levels do a great job introducing the mechanics of the game, while the later stages really tack on the difficulty requiring some timing and precision in order to advance. While the ultimate goal of each stage is to rescue your chicken friend from their tiny prison, there are also 100 orbs/chicklets/collectables to nab, as well as the letters F-U-N. Getting through a level can be easy enough, but to truly "100% it", you'll have to collect all of these along the way.

'Chicken Wiggle' also comes with a full level creator with all content unlocked from the very beginning. I'm not a huge designer myself so I merely toyed with the top level options, but anyone that dug deep into 'Mario Maker' will be able to get a lot out of this. Downloading user-created levels were a breeze, and I played some very interesting spin-offs of 'Pac-Man' and 'Super Mario' while I was exploring the options out there. Jools Watsham has created a great little tool for players to toy around with and enjoy.

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Presentation

This is where 'Chicken Wiggle' really shines, the presentation. The pixel art is gorgeous and the score is fantastic. I found the various tracks to be quite catchy. While there may not be a plethora of enemies to face, they are all designed well and their individual art looks great. I definitely recommend playing with 3D turned on, as it creates a wonderful depth to the backgrounds that make the visuals pop. A simple touch, but the way a certain football helmet pops off the enemy and tumbles off the screen adds charm and visual flair. Each tower has its own specific theme from vinelike beanstalks to a candy/cake dreamland. Don't be deceived by the child-friendly nature of the visuals, as 'Chicken Wiggle' will get difficult!

Each tower has its own specific theme from vinelike beanstalks to a candy/cake dreamland. Don't be deceived by the child-friendly nature of the visuals, as 'Chicken Wiggle' will get difficult! Atooi definitely captures their moto within this game, "retro roots, modern mojo". I feel it within the design decisions and overall experience.

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Conclusion

'Chicken Wiggle' is a gem of an experience, and unfortunately, due to its platform of release, feel it will be overshadowed a bit by the Nintendo Switch. A large segment of this target audience loves indies, but have left their 3DS behind, myself included. Regardless, this game was a joy to play through and at a current sale price of $9.99 (sale ends 9/28), it is a game I urge you not to pass up. While the eight towers may not offer the longest gameplay, nabbing each collectable will give players something to accomplish and let's not pass off that editor. Download some levels and give your game design chops a test by making your own.

Thank you for supporting Nintendo, Atooi, and I can't wait to see what future games grace our game screens in the future!

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Review: Steamworld Heist (3DS)

I know, I know - I'm late to this party. Sue me! As Jason and Seth can both attest to, Steamworld Heist and I have needed some time to really explore our relationship. Having only just beaten a game that launched back in December of 2015, I realize that this game may be old news for many. I'll admit, Heist isn't what I had in mind when developer Image & Form announced the follow up to one of my favorite 3DS games of all-time, Steamworld Dig. Steamworld Dig brought an action based style of gameplay that was addictive & perfect for portable platforms. Many will argue that the Metroid-like formula for upgrading is the hook, but for me the hook was always the relaxing pursuit to travel further and further into the depths of the world. The ability to pull of expert jumps or build a path so perfect that you could escape without the need of fancy upgrades always provided some risk vs. reward. Heist really is a drastic departure from what I had grown so accustomed to with Dig and required some time on my behalf to accept. I'm glad I didn't allow my dumb connections to the past make me give up on Heist.

Gameplay

As alluded to in my intro - For anyone that has played Steamworld Dig and not Heist, this is a very different game. Dig was an action based game with some platforming set around mining your way deeper and deeper into what lies beneath the surface. If you read any reviews for Steamworld Dig, you'll undoubtedly see the word(s) - Metroid, Metroidvania, or Metroidvanian listed as a nod that there's an upgrade progression needed to accomplish throughout the excavation to reach the bottom.

When you boot up Steamworld Heist - Throw those assumptions out the window. Steamworld HEIST is in fact a turn-based tactical/strategy game. As the player you control a party of team-members (as well as their load-outs) in and out of a series of missions connected by an over-world map. Inside of each turn, you have the option to move your respective party members, attack, guard, or use an ability. These tactics can be combined or altered by using objects to take cover or find an advantage - such as the use of a barrel that explodes upon being attacked. This formula is pretty much set in stone but some variety does come in the form of multiple enemy types. Some heavy opponents will need to be flanked, some have projectiles affecting your ability to find cover or move, and you will need to watch out for turrets popping up as well.

Overall the gameplay and mechanics remind me of the Worms series. Both basically use a characters weapon by aiming a target line or estimating it's arc, that may or not be altered by the terrain in the environment, in multiple rounds attack and defense.

This gameplay loop of beating the mission in front of you is enhanced by acquiring new party-members as well as load-outs and some inventory management. The addition of new characters to the party is most enjoyable as each has their own personality and you can enjoy some friendly small-talk on your ship in between missions. Each character can also be leveled up by gaining experience earned on missions to increase their particular skill sets. Those that really fall in love with this game, will benefit from mixing and matching their party members to get the most out of abilities on the harder difficulty levels of which there are five (casual, regular, experienced, veteran, and elite). As for inventory management, you'll begin the game with very little space and as you increase your party you'll need to turn the loot you find into more space by purchasing item slots. During my 11 hours with Steamworld Heist, I had to sell off weapons and upgrades several times as I didn't have space to carry all of my wares.

While these features do add some decisions to make along your journey, I honestly don't think the journey would be so interrupted without them. Characters bring new abilities to explore, but I found them more to be a matter of preference than necessity and I would have preferred if each character had a skill tree where some more customization to special abilities were available.

Before I leave gameplay, I will admit that once I got into the groove with Heist I really enjoyed the formula. It's probably best played on a handheld or mobile device in my opinion, as the ability to jump in and out, play one level here and there is really magnified. I can honestly say it maybe the primary reason I never just moved on to something else and kept playing Heist, it was always a breeze to invest another five minutes.

Presentation

For me, the presentation is where Steamworld Heist truly shines. The game features a Western/Gritty appearance with clashing accents of neon colors that pop and draw your attention. Having played the game on the New 3DS and I can confirm that the 3D slider added depth to the game that also enhanced the overall presentation (esp that over-world map!). While I'm sure the higher resolution and sharper images on the console versions of Heist are gorgeous, Steamworld Heist on 3DS should not be dismissed due to visual quality.

The charm and style of the characters, environments, and the dialog that can be found within, are the cherry on top of a visual showcase. Captain Piper Faraday and his merry crew provide a pirate-like camaraderie out on the open seas of space. As your party grows, each new character provides a small compliment that makes them unique visually instead of looking like another random robot. This attention to detail provided a small piece of attachment to my party members and definitely influenced how I built out my rag-tag bunch.

I'd be an idiot to not mention the bars that will be encountered along your space-adventuring. Without question, these were the highlights of the game for me. Bars represent a hub to gain access to new missions, new party members, or increase your inventory by purchasing new item slots or the items themselves. But all of that pale in comparison to the classic-western movie feel and wonderful music each bar presents. Every time I opened up a new watering hole on the map I was immediately smiling as I raced to see what the next one had in store. These moments, while may not be instrumental to the gameplay itself, set Steamworld Heist apart from many similar games and always brought a smile.

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Value

People usually read reviews because they want to know if a product is worthy of investment. So I'll save you some reading, Steamworld Heist is worth the purchase, period. You can grab Heist almost anywhere you can think of these days (PC, PS4, Vita, Xbox One, 3DS, Wii U, and iOS) between $10-$15 with it going on sale somewhat regularly. For those that want even more than that 10 or so hours the game provides, there's also DLC available for the game, but I haven't play them.

With regards to comparative value, I'd say Steamworld Heist lends itself most to portable play and is probably better on 3DS, Vita, or iOS devices. Immediate games that come to mind for comparison are Worms WMD and XCOM, both of which are more available on consoles than portables and charge twice as much. But even so, those games really aren't similar once you get away from the core gameplay design.

Judging solely as a 3DS game, this one feels like a must-have due to the high amount of polish and game available for the price. There's really nothing like it on the 3DS eShop and you'd be hard-pressed to find something as good.

Conclusion

I really wanted this review to just be a short, couple of paragraphs, summary as I know the review appeal for a Steamworld Heist review dried up long ago. Once I began to put each thought down, I kept finding the next one, and the next one, and ultimately felt like I'd be doing the game a disservice to summarize the game in just 2-3 paragraphs. Steamworld Heist simply has a lot more to offer than the first-pitch trailer will let on.

Steamworld Heist is just different. There's nothing quite like it (especially on 3DS) and for that reason it was easy to keep coming back instead of moving on to the next release. In my time with the game, the affinity for Steamworld Heist grew larger with each mission passed. Whereas I originally felt the game wasn't living up to Dig and wasn't hitting that 'gotta keep playing' bell in my mind, I ended Steamworld Heist with a fond appreciation of the journey. My only real fault with the game is that I think it is too slow during movement and combat, even when I skipped animations and the game loop grew lightly-repetitive by the end. But even so, I finished the game and remain overly positive on the experience.

Nintendo eShop Update for January 19.

Well it's been awhile since I posted one of these. Why? Well to be honest the releases haven't been all that great post Christmas in my opinion. Sure there's been a 64 Virtual Console game here and there, but not PSVG post worthy. Well that changes this week especially for 3DS owners. Dragon Quest 8 by all reviews is a great RPG on your 3DS & Yoshi's Wooly World is finally able to be enjoyed by more than those that still play their Wii U's. Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King – Uncover the story of the Cursed King as you save the world from a twisted magician in this genre-defining role-playing game. Across the vast world you’ll wage turn-based battles against more than 250 monsters designed by artist Akira Toriyama. This updated classic also includes new dungeons, bosses, items, quests, scenes and a new possible ending!
  • Punch ClubPunch Club is a boxing tycoon management game with multiple branching storylines. Your goal is clear, but how you get there depends on whether you want to legitimately climb the rankings, or take the more ridiculous, shady route.
  • Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World – Demo Version – Before the Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World game launches for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Feb. 3, try it out with this free demo. Download it now to experience the beautifully handcrafted world and clever side-scrolling action.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Star Fox 64 – The Lylat system has been invaded! In this Nintendo 64 classic, take control of the Arwing and skim over the surface of an alien sea, weave through the concrete canyons of a futuristic metropolis or dodge planetoids the size of mountains. Complete 15 missions on your way to the final showdown on planet Venom. It’s up to Fox McCloud and his team of space mercenaries to save the galaxy from the clutches of the evil Andross.

Nintendo eShop sales:

  • January Digital Deals – Nintendo kicked off its first Nintendo eShop sale of the year with January Digital Deals. Fans can save on select digital games for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems, and My Nintendo members can get extra bonus savings on eligible games. Sale ends 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 25. See the details at www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.

Highlights for me include:

  • Happy Home Designer for $16
  • Mario Party 10 for $24
  • Donkey Kong Country for $16
  • Shantae Directors Cut $7
  • Doctor Mario 3DS for $7
  • River City Tokyo Rumber $24 + 10% off for any MyNintendo members.

 

Star Fox Zero Demo

Regardless of all the negatives out there in the world, were you on the fence about Star Fox Zero and wanted to give it a go?  Well Nintendo has your back!  It looks like last night they not only released the animated short"The Battle Begins" for download to your Wii U, but also a demo for Zero AND Project guard. From what I have gathered, the training missions are all that is included for Star Fox Zero, but it will at least help you get a taste for that new control scheme.  Guard on the other hand has a few levels that you can play through and all of your progress can be saved and carried over to the full game.  Here's the small catch, you'll be able to find the Zero demo by searching but I'm told that Guard only shows up by selecting a specific category on the eshop splash screen.  Fancy!

Will it blow your mind?  Probably not, but hey, who doesn't like a demo!?

Miss our review on Star Fox Zero?  Read it here!