It's an incredibly short week for the Nintendo Download, but that just makes Circle Entertainment's follow-up to the compelling DSiWare action-adventure The Lost Town: The Dust more of a chance to shine. Stare into the eyes of the red-headed killer.

It was a grave oversight on my part that I completely skipped over The Lost Town: The Dust when it appeared in the Nintendo Download last year. Well, Final Fantasy III was partly to blame, but the fact remains — I may have deprived you all of an amazing mix of role-playing, survival and action. You should play it.


And then you can play the sequel! Like the first game, a town (this time in the Amazon jungle) has been consumed by darkness, driving the local people and animals insane. A mysterious girl named Chilia appears, once more tasked with performing quests during the day and setting traps at night to keep the darkness at bay.

Thank goodness the rest of this week's offerings are only a card game and old Mario titles, or I might have missed her again.


The Lost Town: The Jungle
Platform: DSi / 3DS
Price: 500 Points / $4.99

The red headed killer is back! In 1997, a meteorite landed within the Amazon jungle, consuming the land in darkness. The effects of the meteorite caused villagers, and animals to go insane. The villagers that resisted the effects of the meteorite have become prey for those under the influence of its darkness. A girl appears in the jungle named Chilia. Behind her beautiful exterior hides elite combat skills that will be used to help get rid of the Amazon of the mysterious meteorite. You're aware of your skills, but you also need to find food, ammunition, and other resources for survival. Sane villagers will provide rewarding quests in the daytime, but when the sun goes down, you will need to set traps around camp and recruit assistants to keep things safe. In this mission, you must locate the meteorite; the area will be swarming with opposition. Its effects on people and animals will vanish if you are successful, there will be no rescue team, so success is the only option.


3D Solitaire
Platform: 3DS
Price: $2.99

3D Solitaire for the Nintendo 3DS brings the classic game of Solitaire to beautiful stereoscopic 3D environments. Featuring easy pick-up-and-play action, 3D Solitaire stacks the deck in three beautiful 3D environments! Players can unlock a user photo mode allowing them to use their own pictures as backgrounds for the game for a more customized look. 3D Solitaire can be played on the top screen in brilliant 3D or on the touch screen with the stylus for a more hands-on approach. Unlock rewards and play in two different modes for a fun solitaire experience fit for all ages and skill levels.


A Month of Mario


Super Mario Land
Platform: 3DS
Price: $3.99 $2.99 (through August 8)

Relive the madcap mayhem of Mario's very first Game Boy adventure! Ancient ruins, giant crabs, Koopa Troopas, flying stone heads, and hungry sharks await you in this re-release of the 1989 Game Boy game. In the beautiful kingdom of Sarasaland, a mysterious alien has appeared and hypnotized the inhabitants, while kidnapping Princess Daisy for himself! Travel over land, in the air, and underwater, as Mario runs, jumps, and bounces his way to fortune and glory on his mission to save Princess Daisy and restore peace! Ancient ruins, tempestuous waters, and brand new challenges await!




Dinosaur Office — Coffee Run (August 3)
Platform: 3DS

The dinosaurs face the only thing worse than extinction: a coffee shortage.

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