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After last week’s slim offerings, Nintendo is peeling off and then gingerly applying a few more exciting additions to its various digital distribution services this week.
See, that was a sticker reference, because Paper Mario: Sticker Star will be available in stores and on the 3DS eShop on Sunday. It joins Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2, and a handful of other games that aren’t focused on a plumber’s quest to murder turtles in the 3DS’s growing batch of full titles you can download from the eShop. GamesBeat’s own Jeff Grubb reviewed Sticker Star earlier this week and was less than impressed by its central gimmick, but he’s probably just waiting for the inevitable scratch-and-sniff-enabled sequel.
3DS owners can also check out a demo for Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion this week. Or if you prefer your mice to be yellow and have electric powers, you can download Pokédex 3D Pro, an application that sorts and ranks more than 640 of the pocket monsters. You can get started on figuring out which Pokémon is the best (spoiler: Meowth) by downloading the Pokédex today for $14.99. No word yet on whether or not PETA is working on a parody version, but we’ll keep you posted.
If you’re looking for something less high-profile, you can download a pair of new eShop-exclusive titles starting today: Johnny Hotshot and Dress To Play: Cute Witches. The former is not only a badass nickname but also a game about a kid who gets sucked into his favorite arcade machine, while the other is about picking out clothes for little witch girls and then taking them on adventures.
As usual, Nintendo is even gracious enough to throw a pittance to those of you who don’t have a 3DS, like the two new DSiWare games — Come On! Dragons and Smart Girl’s Playhouse Mini — that you can download this week. Also, for the third time in as many months, the only addition to the Wii’s Virtual Console is another old SNK game: Sengoku 2. Nintendo may have turned its back on the service a long time ago, but it looks like you’ll have random ports like this to keep the blue light flashing on your Wii until the sun explodes.