The Nintendo Download – 2/26/2015

K. Rool, your time is up; my time is NOW!

Wow, now this is an awesome week for the Nintendo Download. I hope no one minds if I espouse a little personal history with some of this week’s releases.

But first, a trailer for this week’s six huge releases that is a very nice throwback to when the series launched back in 1994:

Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble for Wii U, and Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Land 2, and Donkey Kong Land III for Nintendo 3DS – Six platforming adventures from Rare that were originally released for the Super NES and Game Boy, respectively, which followed the duos of Donkey & Diddy, Diddy & Dixie, and Dixie & Kiddy Kong (also respectively) as they sought to thwart the evil schemes of the dastardly King/Kaptain K. Rool and his legions of Kremlings. These are the titles which inspired the modern Donkey Kong Country titles from Retro Studios (see how you can get them for less in the eShop Sales below), though they play a bit differently from their successors.

On a personal note, I’ve been waiting for these releases for a long time, and I never expected them to come all at once. They were once on the Wii Shop Channel, but abruptly removed by Nintendo of America for reasons unknown; other regions at least had a little forewarning, but my wife and I were on a bus to New York City for the Wii U launch when the news came through. The worst part was we were actually looking at buying a then-inexpensive Wii for her mother and loading it up with all three Donkey Kong Country games, as she was a big fan of the series.

We had the first two ourselves, and had there been any sort of warning, we’d have snatched up the third. We have it for Super NES, but I’ve never beaten it; having it on Virtual Console would surely have helped, but at least now I have another chance. Fun Fact: According to an article from Kotaku UK, this game’s setting of the “Northern Kremisphere” was “modelled after the mountainous and forested regions of Northern Europe and Canada,” which is part of why I derived my choice of Weekly Deals visuals from this game.

As for Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, I’ve long wanted to take advantage of the Wii U Virtual Console’s features for this one. I completed the game in its entirety, “102%,” in my youth, but I’ve apparently lost a step along the way, with Toxic Tower becoming a stopping point that’s not only thwarted myself, but my wife and our friends time and time again. Not this time! With the help Restore Points (which I only intend to use for that section), I fully intend to stomp a toxic mud hole in K. Rool’s @$$ and walk it dry.

Regarding the Game Boy Donkey Kong Land titles, I’ve only played the first one, as I hear the latter two are basically remixes of their respective Super NES counterparts. The first, however, includes a fair amount of original content, including one of my favorite worlds in a Donkey Kong game: Big Ape City, where the original Donkey Kong (now Cranky) took on Mario!

A few other fun bits before moving on: As noted above, the trailer Nintendo released today was inspired by the ad campaign for the original 1994 release of Donkey Kong Country, and you can see an example of that here.

Over on PoisonMushroom.Org, I’ve detailed some of the personal history with Donkey Kong Country and myself in my recounting of the Blockbuster World Video Game Championships, and I also wrote an article last year which casts Donkey Kong as Nintendo’s true hero of the 16-Bit Console Wars, rather than Mario. I hope you’ll enjoy those.

Moving on…

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GravBlocks+ for Wii U – A Match-3 puzzle game with a twist: Gravity! That is, changing gravity to suit your whims and help you score higher multipliers. Just avoid the Destruction Hazards lurking within the walls!

IRONFALL Invasion for Nintendo 3DS – A third-person shooter with single and multiplayer modes, you can begin taking on alien robots now for free or stock up on some downloadable content first.

Titan Attacks! for Nintendo 3DS – This classic arcade-style shoot-em-up tasks you with driving the invading aliens back from Earth to the Moon, Mars, Saturn, and their homeworld of Titan where you can finish their threat for good.

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Luv Me Buddies Wonderland for Nintendo 3DS – Minigames and educational activities for children are the order of the day here, though it boasts appeal for children and adults alike.

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Around the World in 80 Days for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – Based on the classic Jules Verne novel, this puzzle games features a two-player mode and more than 80 levels per journey. With the handheld positioned upright, there are options for both left and right-handed players.

Nintendo eShop Sales

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Until 8:59am PT on March 3rd, buying any of the Donkey Kong titles released today, as well as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and/or Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D in the Nintendo eShop will get you 30 percent off the purchase of either of the latter two titles. Full details can be found here.

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Cypronia games for Wii UAngry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade, Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues, and more from Cypronia are on sale until 8:59am PT on March 31st.

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TNT Racers for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on March 5th, this title is reduced from $7.99 to $4.99, 37 percent off.

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Toon Tanks for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on March 12th, this title is reduced from $1.99 to $1.49, 25 percent off.

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JoinDot for Nintendo 3DS3D MahJongg and other Nintendo 3DS titles from JoinDot are on sale until 8:59am PT on March 13th.

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Aqua Moto Racing 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on March 5th, this title is reduced from $7.99 to $3.99, 50 percent off.

Price Reductions

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“Beginning at 9 a.m. PT on March 1, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom and more games from Little Orbit will receive permanent price reductions” on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

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Van Helsing Sniper Zx100 for Nintendo 3DS – This game has been reduced from $6.66 to $2.99. Guess the novelty pricing didn’t do it too many favors.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include “NES: Donkey Kong“, and on February 28th, “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Hunter’s Seal” and “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Palicoes 4 Ever.”

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

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