The Nintendo Download – 7/25/13 & 8/1/13

Things haven’t gone well for the past two weeks of the Nintendo Download, personally speaking. Last week, I was sick; last night, the info/assets weren’t on Nintendo’s press site. But now, I aim to rectify that all in one fell swoop. Let’s start with last week’s releases:


Kid Icarus is the newest addition to the Wii U Virtual Console for $4.99. This 1987 classic also saw a release as a 3D Classic on the Nintendo 3DS (whatever happened to those, anyway?), but which is the one to get?

Unfortunately, while each has their advantages, there is really little overlap; you have to choose what is better for you. The 3D Classics version is $5.99 and has 3D visuals, new backgrounds, save files, and some improved play control; the downside is that you’re not permitted to save at any point except at certain times, meaning a lot of exploring can go down the drain if you don’t reach the next checkpoint (seriously, 3D Classics Urban Champion even has a better save system).

The Wii U Virtual Console version, on the other hand, is the original NES game made playable on the Wii U and all that entails: Off-TV play on the GamePad, Miiverse integration, and best of all, Restore Points, meaning you can save any time, anywhere, and reload as necessary. There is also a password system which can be used and even exploited as desired.

Personally speaking, while the tweaking of gameplay and other features in the 3D Classics game are nice, I’d personally go for the Wii U version.


New to the Nintendo 3DS eShop is Chain Blaster, a $5.99 action arcade shooter with a free demo available. As you dive into a virtual computer world, the game’s name comes from the combos you rack up as you eliminate chains of enemy formations.


Angler’s Club: Ultimate Bass Fishing 3D is a fishing game with a hefty price tag– $29.95– which I assume means it’s also a full retail game. 40+ tournaments, 500+ lures, 13 rods, and 12 reels await as you set out to land the big one. An extra feature that’s kind of neat is the ability to use the Nintendo 3DS’s camera to create a custom Angler’s Club membership card.

Picross E2 is the $5.99 sequel to Picross E, featuring new navigation abilities and a new gameplay element called “Micross.”

Cute Witch! Runner is a $1.99 endless runner… or rather, endless flyer, as you try to dodge obstacles for as long as you can to earn all 32 achievements.

Now, on to August 2nd’s releases.


The headliner here is none other than Pikmin 3 for the Wii U, which will be available on August 4th for what I’m assuming will be the full retail price of $59.99. Three explorers employ the help of five different types of Pikmin, including new Rock and Flying types. With their help, you can overcome obstacles and bosses to acquire enough food to save your home planet. Extra modes and multiplayer help round things out.

My review here is pending, as I just received it the other day, but I’m catching up on some other games first. Suffice to say, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment I’ve spent with it at media events, and from early reviews, I don’t think it will disappoint.


The $9.99 Cloudberry Kingdom for Wii U is an action-platformer with randomly-generated levels. “Every level is brand new and never seen before. The difficulty level can match any need, from the casual to the hardcore,” the description touts, while boasting ten playable characters with more unlockable.

Up to four players can work cooperatively in the game’s three modes, and the cast even features Kevin Sorbo, who was the title character in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Captain Dylan Hunt from Andromeda, and Meet the Spartans.


Disney Planes for the Wii U is based on the movie of the same name, itself a spinoff of the Disney Pixar Cars movies. Available on August 6th, you’ll be able to fly solo or with a wingman as you complete missions, engage in Air Rally races, or compete in the Balloon Pop challenge.


There’s a Nintendo 3DS version, too, which may or may not feature the same modes and gameplay as the Wii U version, and is also available on August 6th.


Kirby’s Dream Land 2 for the Game Boy is now available for the Virtual Console in the Nintendo 3DS eShop for $3.99. In this 1995 classic, Kirby is once again out to stop King Dedede’s mischief, but now he has the help of animal friends Rick the Hamster, Kine the Fish, and Coo the Owl, each of which have their own abilities and can magnify Kirby’s own. With their help and new powers, it’s up to Kirby to stop Dedede and the more malevolent Dark Matter.


It’s time to reap what you sow in Harvest Moon, $7.99 on the Wii U Virtual Console. If you like Farmville, then there is little reason not to try out the game which inspired it as you try to build your farm up to prominence and woo a female farming companion.


Rounding things out, we have Bike Rider DX ($5.99), Family Kart 3D ($4.99), and My Farm 3D ($7.99), all in the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

Bike Rider DX is basically run and jump action with a bicycle and two modes, while family Kart 3D brings ARC Style’s Family series to the Nintendo 3DS for some lighthearted racing with eight characters and karts, 12 courses, and three modes and difficulties.

Then there’s My Farm 3D. It’s a farm game. About farming.

Seriously, I have no further info than that, save to say that sticking with Harvest Moon is probably a safer bet.

And that’s everything for this week! For more videos, screens, and information on any of this week’s releases, just click the corresponding links above!


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