Following are the deals to be found this week at the EB Games, Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Future Shop, and Best Buy stores across Canada. Please note that some of these deals were found using a Toronto postal code, and may not apply in all regions; to find whether or not your local stores are participating, click the associated links below.
Kirby, Kirby, Kirby, that’s a name you should know; Kirby, Kirby, Kirby, now on Wii U Virtual Console!
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the Nintendo 3DS will arrive in stores tomorrow, and to celebrate, I thought I’d dig up this old video of competitive eating champion “The Tsunami” Takeru Kobayashi. At the launch event for the Wii version of Donkey Kong Country Returns, he was tasked with the challenge of eating 10 percent of the bananas collected by a player within a given time limit.
Sequels can take many forms. Some, like Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger, stick particularly close to what worked the first time, opting to recreate the same experience with but a few tweaks and additions. Others, such as Paper Mario: Sticker Star, are happy to essentially throw out most (or in some cases, even all) of what worked so well before and try to create a wholly new experience.
Then there are those games which fall somewhere in the middle: They hew close to the original title, keeping what made the original so beloved in the first place, while simultaneously managing to push forward, applying those same fundamentals to new elements and evolutions which manage to feel fresh while maintaining a comforting sense of familiarity. This is where Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon not only fits, but thanks to the developers at Canada’s own Next Level Games (Punch-Out!!, Mario Strikers Charged), is able to thrive.
Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger is an interesting game to review. I loved the original, looking forward to it when it came out last year in the Nintendo 3DS eShop, and the same holds true for this year’s release. Here is the review I wrote for it, and since you probably haven’t already, feel free to give it a look.
Now, having read that, it should be safe to tell you that pretty much everything which was said in that review holds true here. There’s more to it than that, which ultimately encapsulates The Last Ranger‘s experience: It’s by and large everything the first game was, for better and for worse, with some new things added.
Some of Nintendo’s critics have openly stated that the company should produce iPhone games– some even saying they should do that exclusively, but that poppycock is another matter entirely. Suffice to say, if Nintendo did get into the business of producing games for Apple’s App Store, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move would be a perfect fit.
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins feels like it can best be described as one– or perhaps both– of two things: A technological marvel, and a technological shortcoming. That may sound weird, but the game holds a strange significance in how much it manages to achieve while simultaneously falling short of its goals.
We’ve looked at Nintendo’s announcement of their exclusive partnership with SEGA and more of what to expect from New Super Luigi U; here is the rest of what Nintendo had to announce today, provided you didn’t watch the Nintendo Direct and don’t simply wish to watch it in the embedded video above.
Outside of Nintendo’s announcement regarding their exclusive partnership with SEGA, perhaps the most surprising news to come out of today’s Nintendo Direct was about New Super Luigi U.
Previously announced as a downloadable content add-on for New Super Mario Bros. U, they would later reveal that it would contain 82 new stages spread across the map of New Super Mario Bros. U, featuring Luigi with his higher jumps and more slippery movements. Today, Nintendo announced a release date of June 20th and a price of $19.99 for the title, along with some other new details.
Ever since SEGA left the console business with the end of the Dreamcast, many have said– perhaps with a bit of snark in their voices, in some cases– that Nintendo should just buy SEGA and add their catalog of classic gaming characters, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, to their own already-formidable cast. While such an event has yet to transpire, the two parties have entered into an exclusive deal which might give us an idea of what such a partnership would be like.