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The Download June 27th, 2013

Posted on Thursday, June 27 @ 20:00:00 Eastern by

Grasshoppers, hedgehogs,... magic... this week's Download has it all. Whether you're looking for games that rhyme with games you've heard of before or just Deadpool and his big mouth, everything you could want is available digitally, which is the way of the future.

I still feel like I'm playing catch-up after this year's massive E3. The summer will continue to slow new releases down to a crawl, but that doesn't exactly apply to downloads, does it?

Nintendo eShop

Nintendo gives the 3DS Virtual Console a boost of speed in the form of two classic Sonic games, plus some motorbike mayhem in the form of Urban Trials Freestyle which adds a level editor to the package originally released on Vita. Need more? Check out Kokuga from the makers of Ikaruga.
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2 - 3DS VC
  • Urban Trial Freestyle - 3DS
  • Spelunker - 3DS VC
  • Project X Zone "Ghost" - 3DS Demo
  • Crystal Warriors - 3DS VC
  • Sonic Labyrinth - 3DS VC
  • Kokuga - 3DS
  • Crash City Mayhem - 3DS
  • Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove Mini - 3DS
  • Vegas Stakes - Wii U VC

Xbox Live Arcade

Magic 2014 brings a new season of card-battlin' to Xbox Live, while Spartacus Legends has an identity crisis across several platforms. PlayStation Network

If you need more on the newly added software for PlayStation platforms, PSLS's weekly PSN update is my source for The Download and you don't need to be a fanboy to visit.
  • Deadpool - PS3
  • Hotline Miami - PS3/Vita Cross-Buy
  • Magic 2014 Duels of the Planeswalkers - PS3
  • Motorbike - PS3
  • Pool Nation - PS3
  • Ride to Hell Retribution - PS3
  • Sparatcus Legends - PS3
  • Muramasa Rebirth - Vita
  • Riding Star - PS2 Classic
  • Warship Gunner 2 - PS2 Classic
  • Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward - Vita Free for PS+ Subscribers
Steam

Valve's digital distribution service has company over.... Company... of Heroes! Ba-dum-tish.... and this way's the door? OK.
  • Company of Heroes 2 - PC
  • Ride to Hell: Retribution - PC
  • Deadpool - PC
  • Magic 2014 Duels of the Planeswalkers - PC
  • Super Splatters - PC, Mac
  • Rogue Legacy - PC
  • Legends of Dawn - PC
  • Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded - PC, Mac
  • Storm - PC
  • March of War - PC, Mac


iOS Pick of the Week: Hoppetee

When everything is said and done, it'll be the animals in our world that survive. Angry fowl, water-searching crocodiles, this leaping grasshopper.... Hoppetee plays a lot like Tiny Wings in that maintaining momentum is key to scoring high and going for a long run. You haven't played Tiny Wings? God, what is wrong with you?

Like Tiny Wings, Hoppetee relies on very simple controls and an awesome sense of speed to keep players engaged. Jumping at the exact right second to score a huge strand of musical notes or launching high in the air to clear a huge gap feels great. Even better, Hoppetee is incredibly non-threatening and simple enough for all ages to enjoy. That doesn't mean it's without deep mechanics though, so be prepared to tear that iPad out of your child's hands, leaving them in tears.
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