The Nintendo Download – 11/13/2014 – The 90’s, Part 2

Mario Kart, Sonic, Pokemon, TMNT… it’s like the 90’s all over again!

Before we dive into this week’s new titles, there is some interesting news if you plan on downloading Super Smash Bros. for Wii U:

Starting now, Wii U owners can pre-purchase Super Smash Bros. for Wii U directly from the Nintendo eShop or by purchasing a download code for the game from participating retailers. At the time of pre-purchase, much of the game’s data will be pre-loaded to the purchaser’s Wii U system if it is in Standby mode. As soon as the game releases in the Nintendo eShop at midnight Eastern time on Nov. 21, the final data needed to unlock the full game will automatically download.

This includes those who have pre-ordered the game through Nintendo.com.

With that out of the way, it’s another week jam-packed full of cool and interesting titles. Let’s have a look!

Mario Kart 8 Downloadable Content Pack 1 – Not mentioned in the press release for this week is the first batch of downloadable content for Mario Kart 8 that was revealed a couple of months back. This pack contains three new characters in Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, and Link from The Legend of Zelda, four new vehicles (including F-Zero‘s Blue Falcon, the Tanooki Kart, Mario Kart DS‘s B-Dasher, and Link’s Master Cycle), and eight new courses (Yoshi’s Circuit, Ice Ice Outpost, Wario’s Goldmine, Dragon Driftway, Excitebike Arena, Classic Rainbow Road from Super Mario Kart, Mute City from F-Zero, and Hyrule Circuit from The Legend of Zelda).

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Mario Kart: Super Circuit for Wii U – This week’s Game Boy Advance Virtual Console title is perhaps the most overlooked of the Mario Kart series. Released in 2001, this is the third in the series and the first to include the wide variety of bonus courses we’ve come to expect today, as ranking first in each cup will unlock all of the courses from the original Super Mario Kart. You can find a trailer for this one here.

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Tengami for Wii U – Striking visuals, haunting music, and unique gameplay await as you in the fold and slide the beautifully crafted Japanese world of Tengami to solve puzzles and discover secrets. Check out the trailer here.

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A World of Keflings for Wii U – As your Mii, you can help the tiny Keflings harvest resources, construct buildings, and create a thriving kingdom. Check out the trailer here.

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Xavier for Wii U – Xavier is out to become an adult in this prehistoric side-scroller, and you can help! Overcome obstacles, find treasures, and defeat those standing in the way of Xavier becoming a man!

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Flowerworks HD: Follie’s Adventure – Demo Version for Wii U – Show the gnomes who’s boss as you gather your scattered Flowerworks seeds in this free demo.

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Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U – One player can go it alone, two can form a co-op team, and even four can unite for a special “Team Challenges” mode as Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Knuckles set out to stop not only Dr. Eggman, but new villain Lyric in this 3D adventure. You can also link up with the Nintendo 3DS game, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (seen below) to unlock special upgrades. Check out the trailer here.

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – DC’s greatest heroes and villains must unite to stop Brainiac and set right his latest scheme: Using the power of stolen Lantern Rings to shrink down and capture various worlds! Check out the trailer here.

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As usual, the game is also on the Nintendo 3DS.

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Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS – Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and newcomer Sticks the Badger must team up to free Amy from the clutches of Lyric! Play the main adventure, enjoy the StreetPass collectibles mini-game, and unlock special upgrades for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Check out the trailer here.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze for Nintendo 3DS – Shredder and the Kraang are up to trouble again as they plan to use Super Mutagen to create an unstoppable army. This “Metroidvania”-styled game is a must-play for fans of the fab four. Check out the trailer here.

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Tetris Ultimate for Nintendo 3DSTetris is back with six new game modes and a new Nintendo 3DS-exclusive challenge mode.

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Pokémon Trading Card Game for Nintendo 3DS – It’s the Pokemon trading card game, but as a video game! It’s probably worth noting to newer fans that this originally came out for the Game Boy Color in 2000, and is going to be lacking a lot of the newer Pokemon and content added to the physical card game in the past decade and a half. Still, you can check out the trailer here, and if you do get it, you’ll also receive a free download code for the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version.

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Castle Conqueror Defender for Nintendo 3DS – Take on 10 campaigns consisting of five levels apiece, or see if you can survive for 20 days in glory mode. Either way, you must defend your noble land from the oncoming barbaric invaders!

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European Conqueror 3D – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Experience the strategic elements of this World War II-themed game with a free demo version.

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I’ve Got to Run: Complete Edition! for Nintendo 3DS – Six distinct modes await as you attempt to guide Roy the Marshmallow Boy through an ever more difficult series of challenges in this autorunning platformer.

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PICROSS e5 for Nintendo 3DS – The fifth game in the series brings all-new challenges, but also tutorials and rule options to allow newcomers an easier time diving in.

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Scarygirl Illustration Kit for Nintendo 3DS – “An easy, fun, and powerful vector illustration and animation program that lets you create your own MP4 movies and share them with the world!” Bunniguru guides you through an intuitive interface, and you can even export illustrations to an SD card in jpg or svg formats, and movies in MP4 format.

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Winx Club Saving Alfea for Nintendo 3DS – Six playable characters with two forms apiece are at your disposal as you take on 32 replayable puzzle-platforming levels with 10 interactive objects.

Nintendo eShop Sales

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BIT.TRIP Presents…Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien for Wii U – From 9am PT on November 14th until 8:50am PT on November 24th, this game will be reduced from $14.99 to $4.99, more than 60 percent off.

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Abyss for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on December 4th, this game will be reduced from $1.99 to $1.49, 25 percent off.

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Chubbins for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on November 20th, this game will be reduced from $3.99 to $2.99, 25 percent off.

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European Conqueror 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on November 27th, this game will be reduced from $3.99 to $2.79, more than 60 percent off.

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Darts Up 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on December 4th, this game will be reduced from $2.99 to $0.99, more than 60 percent off.

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Soccer Up 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on December 4th, this game will be reduced from $6.99 to $1.99, more than 70 percent off.

For more information, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.

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