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Mutant Mudds – Free DLC Available Now

If you’re a fan of Renegade Kid’s eShop title Mutant Mudds, surprise – the bonus levels contained in the PC version are finally available on the eShop.

There’s a catch, however.

If you haven’t full-cleared the game – all the Water Sprites, all the collectible gold diamonds in each stage – you won’t have access to the content. This actually makes sense, considering that the DLC features Grannie, and allows you to use all three of the game’s power-ups simultaneously.

In other words, if you’ve got Mutant Mudds and haven’t finished it to 100% completion, get to it! The 20 free levels can be accessed on the digital download service once this is achieved. Here’s a trailer for the DLC:

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Twenty New Stages Headed to Mutant Mudds 3DS [Update!]

You may have heard that the PC version of Renegade Kid’s Mutant Mudds was coming with 20 exclusive stages. If you were as big a fan of the platformer as I was, this came as a disappointment.

Lo and behold, Renegade Kid doesn’t disappoint – all 20 stages that were previously exclusive to the PC will soon be available as a free download on the Nintendo eShop…provided that you have downloaded the full game, that is.

There isn’t an official date*, but the developer has officially confirmed that the stages will appear for 3DS owners, so consider me excited.

(via NintendoLife)

[* Update ~ 9/11/12 @ 7:45 AM: Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid tweeted a "window" for the Mutant Mudds DLC, stating that it should arrive sometime in the next 5-6 weeks. (via Nintendo3DSBlog)]

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Rumor – Mutant Mudds DLC Coming Soon?

I spotted a juicy rumor about one of the hottest Nintendo eShop games, Mutant Mudds – it appears that the digital download, developed by Renegade Kid, may see some downloadable content in the near future.

There is a PC version of Mutant Mudds coming out soon, and it features 20 all-new levels that weren’t originally included in the 3DS game. Naturally, anyone who played the original would want to get their hands on extra content – after all, the short length was one of the only major shortcomings.

According to Nintendo3DSBlog.com, Renegade Kid’s Jools Watsham said “it’s possible” that the content could be ported to the handheld in the form of DLC. Only time will tell – treat this as a loose rumor for now, but keep your eyes peeled.

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Retrospective Review – Mutant Mudds (eShop)

  • Developed by Renegade Kid and Published by Nintendo
  • Released on January 26, 2012
  • Price: $9.99 (Nintendo eShop)
  • Demo version also available on eShop

I’ve already written some retrospective reviews for past 3DS titles such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, and Starfox 64 3D. I plan to publish more retrospective articles for games like Resident Evil: Revelations, Mario Kart 7, and Kid Icarus: Uprising, but before that, I would like to turn the focus to some of my favorite games available on the Nintendo eShop.

Without further adieu, I will take a look back at my all-time favorite title on the digital market – none other than Mutant Mudds:

Summary:

It only seems appropriate that the first retrospective eShop review is based on Mutant Mudds. This quirky 2D platformer was developed by Renegade Kid and released in January, and it was the definitive eShop game that really stood out and caught my attention.

Mutant Mudds wasn’t my first 3DS-exclusive download – actually, Let’s Golf! 3D was my first – but nothing before it made me respect the eShop content on the same level as the stuff found on XBLA and PSN. Basically, it was the simplicity and old-school nature of the game that made it so endearing. As you can see, the nostalgic visual style was very appealing, and the chiptune soundtrack made it all even more enjoyable to play.I may have put it best when I originally reviewed the game for Game Freaks 365:

“Mutant Mudds is decidedly a step backward – but refreshingly so, in a way that is completely accessible, satisfies your nostalgic side, and provides a decently punishing challenge.”

There were over a dozen levels in the game (16 to be exact), each containing 100 gems for you to find and collect. The protagonist, Max, could get around by jumping and using his jetpack to hover over obstacles. He could also blast bad guys with his blaster, and use special jump pads to move between the foreground and background. This horizontal plane-switching mechanic was interesting, and though Mutant Mudds was generally linear and straightforward, it was fun to deviate from the path and leap back and forth between the planes, making a careful and calculated dash toward the end of each stage.

Though it was pretty short, Mutant Mudds also wasn’t easy. Somewhat reminiscent of the classic Mega Man titles, part of the challenge in Mutant Mudds was surviving each pixel-perfect jump, avoiding all the obstacles, and making it to the end of each stage with all 100 collectibles before the timer ran out. There were also hidden stages in every level, and the only way to earn 100% completion was to find everything. This difficult task actually made the $9.99 price tag seem more justifiable, despite the fact that it only took a couple of hours to make my initial run through each level.

Recommendation:

Now that there is a demo version of Mutant Mudds available on the eShop, it is hard not to recommend the game to almost anyone. Renegade Kid did a great job creating a game that was accessible, but provided enough content and a suitable challenge that justified the effort of seeking out all the collectibles and finding all the hidden stages. I would have told you to buy Mutant Mudds in January, and I say the same now – it’s the best game on the eShop to date, as far as I’m concerned.

Final Score: 8.9/10

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Top 5 Nintendo eShop Downloads

June marked the one-year anniversary of the Nintendo eShop, the online market/download service that allows 3DS owners to purchase and download digital software, media, applications, and so on. The last year has been a period of growth for the 3DS in general, but the eShop has been perhaps one of the most rapidly-growing features of the handheld.

In celebration of the eShop’s first full year, I would like to take a look back at my five favorite downloads, all of which I have personally purchased on the service up to this point:


#5 – Let’s Golf! 3D

This was actually my very first “3D Download” purchase on the eShop; the 3D-enhanced port of the simple golfing title was only $4, and worth every penny. Though it was fundamentally very basic, I spent well over a dozen hours playing through the Career mode tournaments and competitions, enjoying the added depth effects that were only possible on the 3DS. There could have been more content, but for the cheap price, Let’s Golf! 3D was a nice place to start.


#4 – Pushmo

Pushmo was a very charming, clever little puzzle/platform game developed by Intelligent Systems. This is actually one of the highest-rated eShop games to date, and it’s with good reason: the game features dozens (hundreds, really) of levels, each challenging you to use the same push/pull mechanics on the various blocks within each stage. The goal was simple; reach the stranded child at the top of each stage. I really liked the fact that Pushmo boasted a level creator, and the use of the QR scanner to transfer user-created stages was pretty nifty as well. Overall, you can’t really go wrong with Pushmo – it’s definitely one of the most valuable downloads on the eShop to date, even now.


#3 – Mighty Switch Force

Mighty Switch Force was a flashy side-scrolling puzzle/platforming game designed by WayForward Technologies. In addition to running, jumping, and shooting through each stage, players had to master the game’s “switch” mechanic, interacting with various blocks to make platforms, attack enemies, and more. This one was recently updated by a patch released on the eShop, so the action has only gotten sweeter with time. I really enjoyed racing through the sages and trying to clear each “par time”, chipping seconds away from my best times with each consecutive attempt. It was one of those twitchy, fast-paced platformers that relied on expert handling and almost a certain degree of muscle memory in order to earn a “star” and set a high score.


#2 – Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword

The best way to describe Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword? Imagine Punch-Out! with ninjas and swords instead of boxers and gloves. This precision-based action game was a real surprise, and though I avoided downloading it for quite some time, I eventually couldn’t resist the temptation – and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest bit. Art of the Sword wasn’t perfect, but for just $7, I had more fun playing it than almost anything else on the eShop. The combat system was a lot of fun, and required you to perform various evasive moves, followed by counterattacks when the enemy recovers. The difficulty curve picked up as the game went on, but in the end, I felt like I got every penny out of the investment. I highly recommend Sakura Samurai – don’t pass it up for weeks like I did, just give it a shot, you’ll like what you see.


#1 – Mutant Mudds

Renegade Kid’s flagship eShop title, Mutant Mudds, is definitely my all-time favorite download offered on the market at this point. The retro-style 2D platforming and enemy-blasting was nostalgic, but the tricky use of the jetpack and the frantic hunt to find all the collectibles within each difficult stage made this one stand out. Mutant Mudds was pretty simple to pick up, but if you had any intention of clearing each stage with all the collectibles, finding each hidden area within the basic levels…well, you had quite the task on your plate. There is a demo available on the eShop; I recommend that you immediately check it out, and unless it completely turns you off, follow up by purchasing the full version. Also, stay tuned for more news about the sequel that was recently announced by the developer.

What do you think? What are your favorite eShop games? Trust me, games like VVVVVV, Dillon’s Rolling Western, Colors! 3D, and even some of the Virtual Console games were considered for this list – but I haven’t personally played them, so I wanted to keep the list limited to what I know best. Be sure to share your feedback in the comments section below!

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Mutant Mudds Sequel Coming in 2013

According to Renegade Kid’s co-founder, Jools Watsham, the developer’s first Nintendo eShop title – Mutant Mudds – will be followed up by a sequel, set to launch on the eShop sometime in early 2013.

The original Mutant Mudds was developed by Renegade Kid, and remains one of the finest titles available in the eShop library. The nostalgic gameplay and charming visuals were just two of the key factors that attracted gamers, but the perfect execution of the basic mechanics and the addictive nature of the game are what ultimately made it an instant classic. I gave it an 8.5/10 in my original review, posted on Game Freaks 365.

The second Mutant Mudds is still based on the same 2D platforming design, but the game will feature some notable changes. Most importantly, it sounds like it will be a bit longer: like the original, there are five worlds, but the sequel adds an additional “boss stage” in each one. You’re forced to defeat the boss character and clear each stage before new levels can be opened up.

That’s all that is currently known about the Mutant Mudds sequel; Renegade Kid is in the process of finishing Bomb Monkey and ATV Wild Ride 3D, its two upcoming eShop downloads. Bomb Monkey will arrive sometime soon (end of June/start of July), while ATV 3D follows sometime in the fall.

There is a good chance that we won’t hear a lot about the next Mutant Mudds for a while, but I definitely have every intention of passing along any new information as it is revealed. Until then, if you haven’t yet, you should check out the Mutant Mudds demo on the eShop and see for yourself just why this old-school side-scroller is so strangely satisfying.

(via NintendoWorldReport.com)