The Nintendo Download – 3/5/2015

Nintendo finally does cross-platform purchases– huzzah!

It’s been a long time in coming, but finally, Nintendo is allowing for some form of cross-platform purchasing, where purchasing a game available for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on either platform will get you the other version for free! So far, it’s only for two of this week’s releases, but at least it’s a start. Let’s hope they find a way to do the same with Virtual Console titles soon, eh? Of course, that begs the question of whether they’d ever allow it to work retroactively on older purchases, but that might be getting ahead of ourselves.

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SkyKid for Wii U – You might remember this guy from the now-defunct ShiftyLook webcomics, or their Mappy online cartoon series, each offering a drastically different portrayal. In either case, this is where he came from: A side-scrolling shooter for one or two players in a World War II-ish air battle.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – The first of the two cross-platform purchases available today (click here to see how that works), this installment of the series not only allows you to lead Mini-Mario toys to the goal, but to create your own stages to share and earn star “tips” which allow you to purchase more parts for further building.

OlliOlli for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – The other cross-platform buy today offers one-life skateboarding gameplay with “more than 120 tricks and grinds across 50 deviously crafted levels and 250 challenges.” Complete all the challenges, and you’ll unlock the RAD Mode for super-skilled players who want to make their way to the top of the leaderboards.

Proun+ for Nintendo 3DS – Available now for an introductory price ($5.99 USD, no CAD price given), Proun+ takes you through the world of modern art as a ball racing along a pipe while dodging obstacles at one of five different speeds with a jazz-rock soundtrack.

Azure Striker GUNVOLT Demo and Update for Nintendo 3DS – This spiritual successor to the Mega Man Zero and Mega Man ZX series arrived late last year, but now features a demo and an update which adds a boss rush mode and New Nintendo 3DS XL functionality, among other tweaks and fixes. If you’re playing the demo, you can also transfer your progress when you get the full version.

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Best of Casual Games for Nintendo 3DS – Four games– Zuma, Hidden Object, Match-3, and a time management game– are brought together as you travel Europe to acquire puzzle pieces.

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Hollywood Fame: Hidden Object Adventure for Nintendo 3DS – An “enthralling” story accompanies hidden object gameplay as you seek out more than 250 objects and characters to become a star.

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Zombie Incident for Nintendo 3DS – The great citadel Hamartia has become the symbol for human sin, and its day of reckoning has arrived. Your job is to explore the citadel, find the eight golden stars, and get out of there!

Nintendo eShop Sales

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Tengami for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on March 12th, this title is reduced from $9.99 to $4.99, 50 percent off.

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Master Reboot for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on April 1st, this title is reduced from $14.99 to $7.49, 50 percent off.

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DartsUp, Rock Zombie, and Spy Chameleon for Wii U – These EnjoyUp games are on sale until 8:59am PT on April 2nd.

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Ping 1.5+ for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on April 2nd, this game is reduced from $4.99 to $2.99, 40 percent off.

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The Letter and Mazefor Wii U – These TreeFall Studios games are on sale until 8:59am PT on March 13th.

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Space Lift Danger Panic! for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on March 20th, this title is reduced from $2.99 to $1.99, 33 percent off.

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Wakedas, Witch & Hero, and World Conqueror 3D for Nintendo 3DS – These Circle Entertainment games are on sale until 8:59am PT on March 26th.

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Darts Up 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on April 2nd, this game is reduced from $2.99 to $1.49, 50 percent off.

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AeternoBlade for Nintendo 3DS – From 9am PT on March 6th until 8:59am PT on March 27th, this title is reduced from $14.99 to $4.99, 66 percent off.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include Kirby: Craft-Paper Party, Kirby: Sweet Gourmet Race, Kirby: Stripes and a Smile, and Azure Stiker Gunvolt: Sumeragi 7.

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

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