Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure heads up this week’s Nintendo Download

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A new entry in Nintendo’s long-running Dr. Mario puzzler series leads this week’s downloadable lineup for Nintendo consoles, the publisher announced today.

Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure for the Nintendo 3DS includes several modes familiar to series fans, along with a selection of new gameplay twists. In addition to the endless Classic mode, the block-dropping puzzler features a Virus Buster mode that introduces Miracle Cures, a chargeable power-up that helps players wipe out viruses in single-player and multiplayer sessions.

Miracle Cure also features gameplay mechanics plucked from last year’s downloadable Wii U puzzler Dr. Luigi. L-shaped blocks and two-sided pills add complexity to the classic color-matching formula, and force players to adopt new strategies in the game’s competitive versus modes.

Also hitting the eShop this week is Lego Jurassic World for the Wii U and 3DS. Featuring gameplay scenes inspired by the four films in the Jurassic Park film series, Lego Jurassic World is a co-op action-platformer in which players control both dinosaurs and their human prey. The game also offers a park-building component in which players can create and customize their own dinosaurs using collected DNA.

Finally, the Wii U’s Virtual Console adds another Game Boy Advance title to its lineup this week with Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town, a 2D remake of the PSone farmlife simulator Harvest Moon: Back to Nature. Filled with gameplay complexities despite its sprite-based exterior, Friends of Mineral Town challenges players to turn a profit by harvesting crops, mining for ore, and caring for livestock, all while maintaining a healthy social life in a nearby town.

Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure is available for $9, and Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town is up for grabs at $7. Lego Jurassic World is priced at $50 on the Wii U and $30 on the Nintendo 3DS.

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