Downloadable Roundup for September 9, 2012

-Greg Livingston

Another week has passed, and we’ve gotten more downloadable games for our consoles. Let’s list ‘em off just in case you missed one.

I will only cover US releases for now. If there’s demand for other regions, we could cover those, too.

Also, let’s work in alphabetical order, using the console manufacturer.

Microsoft – Xbox Live Arcade

Pictured above: Mark of the Ninja.

  • Dogfight 1942 – September 5, 2012 – 1200 points

This air combat game mixes realistic planes and physics with arcade-style action. You’ll also find offline coop.

  • Kung Fu Strike – September 5, 2012 – 800 points

Expect to take on tons of enemies and big bosses in this overhead brawler/action game.

  • Mark of the Ninja – September 7, 2012 – 1200 points

A stealth platformer that’s all about slinkin’ around as a ninja. And hey, it’s the same studio that made Shank!

Microsoft – Xbox Live Games on Demand

  • Adventure Camp – September 4, 2012 - $39.99

Cabela’s collection of summer camp activities has biking, kayaking and more, but no hunting, it seems. Also, “Interactive Griefing” allows other players to make things tough on the main player by knocking over trees and other objects in order to create obstacles. This requires the Kinect.

  • Birds of Steel – September 4, 2012 - $29.99

Geared towards the flight sim crowd, Birds of Steel allows you to fly realistic planes through battles in the course of history. There’s online multiplayer, too.

  • Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3 – September 4, 2012 - $19.99

Containing English, French, and Spanish versions of 35 songs based on season 2 of the TV show. Microphone required!

  • Sniper Elite V2 – September 4, 2012 - $49.99

This first person shooter has a focus on details, as it apparently takes into account small things like wind and breathing. Takes place during World War II.

  • Street Fighter X Tekken – September 4, 2012 - $39.99

This crossover between two fighting series features over-the-top tag-team action.

Nintendo and Sony after the jump!

Nintendo

Pictured above: Prince of Persia.

All of the games listed below were released on September 6, 2012.

Wii Virtual Console

  • Prince of Persia (SNES) – 800 points

This may very well be the definitive version of the original Prince of Persia. You’ll have to escape from a dungeon full of tricks and traps, and the Prince’s realistic movements won’t make things easy.

DSiWare

  • Crazy Hunter – 500 points

Not to be confused with Crazy Chicken Shooter. Step 1: ride down a river, knocking over goats. Step 2: fish the goats out of the water. Step 3: stack the goats on top of each other in order to reach golden eggs in the clouds. Good luck?

3DS eShop

  • Balloon Pop Remix - $7.99

Another entry in the Balloon Pop series. This is one of those match-the-color puzzle games. Here, you can swipe the stylus to pop as many balloons as you like, hopefully setting off chain reactions.

  • Heyawake - $4.99

The puzzles in this game were designed by the guy who gave sudoku its name—and you can tell, since these puzzles are all about filling spaces on a board according to certain rules. Includes a stage clear and a random mode.

Sony

All of the games listed below were released on September 4, 2012.

Playstation 3 – PlayStation Network

Pictured above: Zen Pinball 2.

  • Zen Pinball 2 – $0.00

You can download Zen Pinball 2 for free, but it is essentially a demo. Although it features trials of tables, you’ll need to download table packs if you want a full experience. What’s definitely nice is that it’s backwards compatible with tables from the first Zen Pinball right out of the box… so to speak.

Playstation 3 – PlayStation 2 Classics

  • Suzuki TT Superbikes Real Road Racing Championship - $9.99

This racer promises bikes with motors, excitement, and seven different courses.

Playstation 3 – PlayStation 3 Retail Games

  • Bioshock - $19.99

This first person shooter touts an interesting narrative as you wander around an underwater ghost town. Of course, you’ll have to gun down the creepy inhabitants and learn some magical combat powers along the way.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - $59.99

Modern Warfare 3 introduces new maps in addition to new modes. In particular, Survival Mode pits you against legions of enemies, each wave more difficult than the last, as you earn experience points.

  • The House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut - $19.99

This entry in Sega’s classic coop light gun shooter series uses the Move as well as the Move Sharp Shooter. There’s new difficulty modes to experience, as well as 3D compatibility.

PlayStation Vita – PlayStation Network

  • Zen Pinball 2 – $0.00

You can download Zen Pinball 2 for free, but it is essentially a demo. Although it features trials of tables, you’ll need to download table packs if you want a full experience. What’s definitely nice is that it’s backwards compatible with tables from the first Zen Pinball right out of the box… so to speak.

Playstation Vita – PlayStation Portable games

  • Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time - $29.99

Also known as Growlanser IV: Over Reloaded, this PSP title just came out this past summer. This is a tactical RPG, but unlike most TRPGs, you don’t move on a grid—instead, your movement is restricted by a plain ol’ circle. In addition, working well with your party will be key both in and out of combat.

  • Gurumin - $14.99

An action RPG with full voice acting. Your main weapon is a drill, and apparently the title contains the word for spinning.

  • I Kill Zombies Minis - $2.99

For three bucks, you’re placed in an arena and kill hordes of zombies.