Lego The Lord of The Rings Demo And Mario Golf Tee Off On Nintendo eShop

By Ishaan . October 11, 2012 . 9:20am

This week’s Nintendo eShop highlight is a demo for Lego The Lord of the Rings. All versions of this game are based on The Lords of the Rings trilogy. Details on the 3DS version are light, but the game’s page on Nintendo’s site mentions 80 playable characters and an open world.


Joining it is Mario Golf, for the Game Boy Color, as this week’s 3DS Virtual Console release. That costs $4.99. Also on the eShop this week is Crazy Kangaroo, a platformer for $3.99.


Finally, the Wii Virtual Console gets The Last Blade 2, a fighting game originally released for the Neo Geo. It picks up where its predecessor left off and has 16 selectable swordsmen, along with two sword types: Strength an Attack. It costs 900 Wii Points ($9).

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  • malek86

    Oh cool, so the 3DS version of Lego LOTR does have an open world this time. I might choose to pick it up there.

    • I was hesitant to mention that actually. I mean, that’s what it says on Nintendo’s website—and there’s very little other info out there—but it could just be a generic description because I see it on the Wii version’s page as well.

      The real question is if Lego City Undercover will be open-world on the 3DS. That’s the one I’m more interested in, personally…

      • DanijoEX

        I wouldn’t count on it though. 

        The portable versions of Lego Batman 2 didn’t really have the open world. They had gone with the-Hub-only fashion.

        But I’m sure Lego City Undercover 3DS ver. might.

        • I have higher hopes for Undercover, since it’s being published by Nintendo, but yeah, trying to keep expectations in check.

  • kylehyde

    With demo of Lego the LOTR I will know if I shall not pass this game or pass it totally.

  • Göran Isacson

    Is the Last Blade only for the american market, or do us Europeans get a piece of the action as well?

    • Just for the U.S., unfortunately. If you want to keep up with European eShop and WiiWare/VC releases, you can find them every week at on Thursdays. 

  • neo_firenze

    Last Blade 2 is a fantastic game.  I actually like the original even more (maybe my favorite fighter on the Neo), but it’s awesome to see one of the great Neo fighters from late in the system’s life making an appearance on the US VC.

    They’ve been releasing some truly excellent Neo fighters this year: Real Bout 2, Real Bout Special, Last Blade 2, Samurai Shodown 4, World Heroes Perfect…

    Would be nice to see KoF ’98 (recently announced for Japan VC) and later make it to the North American market.  And some games that have been recently released in Japan: Shock Troopers 2nd Squad, and Blazing Star.  Great to see some of these later era and more rare games, hope that keeps up with others like Matrimelee and Sengoku 3.

  • Guess what I just got in the mail? My box set of LOTR (+ The Hobbit). So this is awesome and is such an epic coincidence.

  • AveDeRapina

    Man, I read it as “Mario Golf Tee Off” by itself and thought there was a video for a new Mario Golf game on the 3DS or something.

    Now im ridden with sadness.

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