Mario and Sonic in the January 26, 2012 Nintendo DownloadS

The 3DS demo trend continues with a sneak peek at Mario and Sonic wiping the wrestling mat with one another in the demo for Mario & Sonic at the 2012 London Olympic Games, plus physics, pixels, and platformers, all in this week's Nintendo download.

Isn't it just lovely that we're getting demos for Nintendo 3DS games before the games hit store shelves? Last week's Resident Evil: Revelations demo saw plenty of players dusting off their 3DS for a chance to play the latest entry in Capcom's survival horror series. This week's double-tap of Mario and Sonic (all at once, all for you) should, at the very least, remind players that this game is on the way. I suppose this post does that as well. Nevermind then.

If you're not up for a plumber / hedgehog double team, there's always physics puzzlers Newton Vs. the Horde on WiiWare, or the pixelated platforming goodness of Mutant Mudds on the eShop.

Check out this week's full listing to see if anything strikes your fancy.

WiiWare (Wii)

Mario and Sonic in the January 26, 2012 Nintendo DownloadS

Newton Vs. the Horde
Publisher: RadiationBurn Ltd.
Price: 500 Wii Points

Uh Oh! The scientists are being attacked by a vicious horde of monsters. Use physics to splat those nasty creatures before they get close. Squash them, skewer them, explode them and do whatever you can to help our scientist friends survive. Complete almost thirty levels across 4 zones and then try and beat the special challenge in each.
Features
• Squash monsters with physics!
• Build traps from random objects!
• Launch stuff! Explode stuff!
• Save yourself!!!!![assocaite]


eShop (3DS)

Mario and Sonic in the January 26, 2012 Nintendo DownloadS

Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Games (Demo)
Publisher: Sega
Price: Free

The all-new games are heating up… Bigger and better than ever before! Join Mario & Sonic in the world's greatest sporting competition. With over 50 events on Nintendo 3DS to compete in, the Olympic Games have never been so much fun! Original Olympic themed events will bring a whole new dimension to the Mario & Sonic universe, with the glasses-free 3D visuals and the unique control systems that offer plenty of new and exciting ways to compete for a coveted gold medal. All this is sure to ignite even more fierce competition between friends & family in both single & multiplayer modes!

Mario and Sonic in the January 26, 2012 Nintendo DownloadS

Mutant Mudds
Publisher: Renegade Kid
Price: $8.99

Love pixels? Fond of platformers? Is there a special place in your heart for the 8-bit and 16-bit era? Want to have fun? Yes!? Well, you've come to the right place, my friend. Mutant Mudds is a "12-bit" action platformer full of pixels and platforming fun! Our hero, Max, may be just a 2D sprite, but he can leap into the third dimension by jetting between the background and the foreground playfields with his trusty jetpack in this unique dimensionally-woven experience. Armed with a heavy-duty water cannon, Max has what he needs to vanquish his long-term nemesi: the Mutant Mudds. Max must blast and hover his way across the soiled landscape to seek out mysterious Water Sprites. Legend says collecting all of the mysterious Water Sprites will wash the filthy Mutant Mudds away for good!
Features
• Classic 2D platformer gameplay with a 3D twist.
• Thwart the filthy Mutant Mudds' evil plans.
• Run, shoot, and hover through 40 unique challenging levels.
• Unlock mighty power-ups and gain access to secret levels.


DSiWare (DSi / 3DS)

Mario and Sonic in the January 26, 2012 Nintendo Download

Lola's Alphabet Train
Publisher: BeiZ
Price: $1.99 / 200 DSi Points

Learning the alphabet has never been more fun than in Lola's Alphabet Train – the most exciting educational kids' game! Designed for 3-7 year olds, The Alphabet Train is actually five exciting games in one. Your kids start with a "drag and drop" letter game and qualify for the more challenging "form a word" game: as their skills improve, the game gets more challenging, so they'll keep coming back to master the next stage and learn that reading is great.
Features
• Five exciting alphabet games with Lola Panda
• Alphabets available in five different languages, upper and lower case letters
• High-quality graphics and fun animations
• Easy-to-use children-friendly game design

Flipper 2: Flush the Goldfish
Publisher: Engine Software
Price: $4.99 / 500 DSi Points

A little boy has been kidnapped by an evil monster, there is no time to waste! Flush has to act quickly and resque his best friend and owner. Luckily Flush has a super secret robot suit...that will make things easier!
Features
• Single button gameplay
• Great old-skool pixel art and fantastic animations
• Includes random level mode
• Includes Level Editor