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US Nintendo downloads: New Super Mario Bros. 2

Nintendo kicks off the sale of retail games via eShop

It has begun. 3DS owners are now able to download full retail 3DS games via the eShop, as set in motion by the arrival of New Super Mario Bros. 2.

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The game will be available for download starting midnight on August 19 alongside the release of the game in brick and mortar retailers. Whether or not you think the download option is worth the money is the question.

It's otherwise a quiet week for US Nintendo downloads. Here's the list:

Nintendo eShop
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (available Aug. 19) - The bros are back for an all-new adventure worth its weight in gold! Be one of the first to get your hands on this game by purchasing and downloading directly to your Nintendo 3DS system from the Nintendo eShop starting at midnight on Aug. 19. (For Nintendo 3DS)

Coin Rush Mode Video - A series of videos are being released in the Nintendo eShop to give players a special look at New Super Mario Bros. 2. A new video highlighting the competitive Coin Rush mode is now available. (For Nintendo 3DS)

THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY (Add-on Content) - Tap and slide to the rhythm of more than 70 tracks from the FINAL FANTASY series. Check out the latest songs available for download. (For Nintendo 3DS)

Crazy Chicken: Pirates 3D - Restore peace to the Caribbean shores by pointing and shooting crazy pirate chickens in this frantic action game. You only have 90 seconds to complete your raid by slaying pirates and collecting all hidden treasures. (For Nintendo 3DS)

A Month of Mario
Mario's Picross - This week, "A Month of Mario" is featuring Mario's Picross. Starting today through Wednesday, Aug. 22, this mind-bending puzzle game is available at a discounted price of $2.99. (For Nintendo 3DS)

Also new this week:
Crazy Chicken: Pirates (Nintendo DSiWare)

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