There's a sexy side-scrolling combat platformer based on a Spanish fantasy setting that's been described as the JRPG of pen-and-paper role-playing? Where the hell did I put those WiiWare points?

You can't darken my mood today, traditional Nintendo Download fluff; not when Anima: Ark of Sinners is going up for sale. It's a side-scrolling hack and slasher set in the world of Carlos B. García Aparicio and Anima Project Studios' Anima: Beyond Fantasy, a tabletop RPG that combines elements of Eastern mysticism and martial arts with traditional Western fantasy elements. So it's pretty much a pen-and-paper version of any number of Japanese RPG titles, and this is the action game adaptation. I want it so hard.


For those of you averse to scantily clad women killing things with swords, there's always Burger Time Deluxe or Pyramids for the 3DS. Ooo, there's a new checkers game for DSiWare.

See? Nothing can get me down.


Anima: Ark of Sinners
Publisher: Anima Game Studio
Price: 1,000 Wii Points

Ark. Everything begins and ends in this forgotten city. While fleeing from theirs pursuers, Celia and Nemo fall into the depths of the earth to that place. All alone, she awakens in an unknown location for her, an empty metropolis inhabited only by shadows. Join Celia in an astounding journey through the fascinating world of the RPG saga Anima Beyond Fantasy, an adventure that will lead both to the deepest secrets of the city… and of her own soul.


• Explore the huge world of Ark. 21 interconnected stages that will offer you more than 8 hours of gameplay.
• Exiting adversaries. 12 enemies and 4 different bosses.
• Countless combat movements. Control Celia's multiples combos and special attacks.
• Epic music. Enjoy a wonderful orchestral soundtrack.

eShop (3DS)


Burger Time Deluxe
Publisher: G-Mode
Price: $2.99

Give Chef Peter Pepper a helping hand to create the ultimate hamburger. Each ingredient is located on a different platform, and you must climb a series of ladders in order to reach them all. Walk across the ingredient to drop it closer to the waiting plate below. Once all the burgers have been completed, you'll be able to move on to the next level. But watch out: Renegade ingredients will stop at nothing to put an end to your cooking days. Dodge them, stun them using pepper or drop a hamburger ingredient on top of them to stop their chase. If you run out of pepper, collect bonus foods such as coffee, chocolate and fries to recharge. It's a nonstop food fight in this classic arcade game.


Publisher: Enjoy Gaming Ltd.
Price: $3.99

Pyramids is a puzzle/platform game where an explorer tries to get out the pyramids with his loot. The task will not be easy. There are many dangerous traps and monsters that will put your dexterity and ingenuity to the test. The player will have the use of TNT and a gun but his best friend will be his shovel which allows him to create and destruct bricks. These bricks will be used as stairs, bridges, protections … The explorer will venture through 54 challenging 3D levels, divided in 6 worlds. At the end of each level, the player will obtain a star rating which will be used to unlock levels: - 1 star for finishing the level - 2 stars for finishing the level and stealing all the loots - 3 stars for finishing the level and stealing all the loots in a given time The game will let the player use QR Code to unlock free new levels which are on the Pyramids web page.


DSiWare (DSi, 3DS)


Halloween: Trick or Treat
Publisher: Virtual Playground
Price: $7.99 / 800 DSi Points

Go"Trick or Treating"with Mike & Sally in this exciting adventure. Escape from a Witch's place in the Pumpkin forest. Bump into friendly Ghosts & Witches, Scary Skulls & Bats! Collect Treats and get Tricked along the way.


Academy: Checkers
Publisher: Gamelion
Price: $4.99 / 500 DSi Points

The world's most famous board game for two players is now joining our Academy. If there's no one around to compete with, there's no need to worry: skillful AI players will gladly play with you in two Checkers variants: English Checkers and International Draughts. And both of those variants are available in three different difficulty modes too! Compete in the League Mode if you want to try your hand at proving you're the Checkers Champ. Collect achievements and you will become a real Checkers Master!


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