The Nintendo Download – 6/20/13
This week kicks off a big batch of downloads with what many a fan of Mr. Green-Stache has been waiting for: The first-ever full Mario-style platforming game starring Luigi! New Super Luigi U is a $19.99 downloadable add-on which builds on what we saw in New Super Mario Bros. U (click for the Mega-Review), requiring a copy of that game to be played. Luigi, flutter-jump intact, is joined by the two Toads and the invincible Nabbit as they venture through more than 80 new stages.
Those who don’t have New Super Mario Bros. U, or for some other reason cannot download this content, needn’t worry too much; New Super Luigi U will be available at retail on August 25th for $29.99.
However, if you take advantage of the download, you can participate in this special Club Nintendo offer. You’ll not only get double the amount of coins for registering your survey by August 1st, but you’ll also be entered for a chance to win a special Luigi pin.
Also coming to the Wii U eShop at midnight on Sunday, June 23rd is Game & Wario. Wario’s latest money-making scheme has he and his crew producing a variety of mini-games which now take advantage of the Wii U’s GamePad for unique gameplay experiences.
On Tuesday, June 25th, two titles new to retail will also appear in the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Project X Zone will bring together more than 50 of your favorite Namco Bandai, Capcom, and SEGA characters in one epic strategy role playing game. The game will cost $34.99, but there is a free demo available in the Nintendo 3DS eShop right now.
Then there is LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey, a $29.99 LEGO adventure with a theme reminiscent of ThunderCats.
In the Wii U eShop, Little Inferno is available for just $4.99 until 9am Pacific Time on June 26th.
Also on sale is Super Little Acorns 3D, available for just $3.99 in the Nintendo 3DS eShop until 9am PT on July 8th.
Now available in the Wii U eShop are two Virtual Console releases. NES adaptations of the classic arcade titles Mario Bros. and Wrecking Crew are available for just $4.99 each, or $1 to upgrade if you have the Wii Virtual Console versions.
The goals of each are simple: In Mario Bros., Mario and Luigi have to topple a host of baddies by bopping the floor beneath them. While they’re overturned, that’s when you have to kick them off to clear the stage. In Wrecking Crew, the Mario Bros. take to the demolition business as Mario and Luigi must destroy the various innards of 100 buildings while dodging fireballs, killer eggplants, reptilian wrenches, and Foreman Spike. Plus, you can use the level editor to create your own buildings to demolish as you please!
Of course, just because the objective is simple doesn’t mean reaching it will be.
Mario, Sonic, and all their friends (plus a few enemies) may be headed to Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games later this year, but you can warm up beforehand by checking out their exploits at the London 2012 Olympic Games. You can find my review here, though I’ll just say that I really enjoyed the story mode exclusive to this version of the game. It’s fluff, but it’s fun fluff.
All the fun of simulated farming on the PC, now in the palm of your hand! For $9.99, Farming Simulator 3D puts you in charge of a small farm before letting you take control of your own farming industry. Plus, you get to use actual licensed equipment.
From Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune comes BUGS vs. TANKS! for $7.99 in the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Up to four players can participate in this odd survival action game as a World War II panzer squad is shrunk to the size of a bug, and must fight such insects as they seek to return to their normal size. Over 30 different WWII chassis and turrets are available to you, further customizable by over 80 types of paint and styles.
In Tails Adventure, Sonic’s friend Tails goes solo through 12 stages as you uses his wits and gadgets to overcome the might of the Battle Bird Armada. Sonic Blast is more standard Sonic fare, as fully-rendered versions of Sonic and Knuckles race through 14 stages to collect the Chaos Emeralds and stop Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik from carrying out his evil plans. Defenders of Oasis is a role playing game which sees you assemble a group of heroes, including a princess, genie, and thief to overcome a wizard bent on the conquest of the kingdom.
Available for Nintendo DSiWare and in the Nintendo 3DS eShop, Rhythm Core Alpha 2 is a music performance and creation tool which greatly expands on what its predecessor offered.
Finally, the NES portion of the Mega Man saga concludes in the Nintendo 3DS eShop with Mega Man 6 ($4.99). Robots from around the globe came to compete for the title of world’s strongest, but that was before the mysterious Mr. X kidnapped and reprogrammed the eight finalists for his own schemes of conquest. Now it’s up to Mega Man, aided by two new Rush armor attachments, to defeat the Robot Masters and put an end to Mr. X’s evil ambitions.
And that’s everything for this week! As always, check the appropriate links above to find more information, screens, and videos on each of this week’s releases.