The Nintendo Download – 4/30/2015

Paper Mario, Puzzle & Dragons Mario, and amiibo Mario (with some other friends)!

Hope you haven’t had enough Mario yet, because the perky plumber protagonist is back again this week with lots more fun!


amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits for Wii U – With a single amiibo figure, you can unlock numerous memorable scenes in a randomly-chosen select title from Nintendo’s Nintendo Entertainment System and Super NES Virtual Console library! Play, then tap again to try another! This download is free, but you must own at least one amiibo figure to use it.


Paper Mario for Wii U – It’s no small secret that the latest Paper Mario game in the series, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, is not my favorite. Not a bad game, but far from what I’ve come to expect from the series following the stupendous Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door.

That said, the original being released today is far closer to that ideal than anything released since. The Thousand Year Door is still tops with me, but this ranks a close second.


Star Wars Pinball downloadable content for Wii U – Note: The above picture is not from the DLC, and I have literally no new details about this.


Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition demo for Nintendo 3DS – The two-in-one bundle of Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition doesn’t arrive until May 22nd, but you can try out the Mario side of things for free right now!


Adventure Bar Story Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – This fantasy role playing game places you in control of a bar facing a hostile takeover. The way to stave off being forced out of town is to win over the hearts– and stomachs– of the townsfolk by winning the cooking contest! But to get there, you’ll have to slay some mighty beasts to acquire the best ingredients for your dishes.

I reviewed the iOS version here some years ago, though I can’t say if they’ve made any changes to the game since then.


Heart Beaten for Nintendo 3DS – Fifteen epic challenges must be overcome in order to crush the advances of unwanted lovers.


KAROUS – THE BEAST OF RE:EDEN for Nintendo 3DS – Having escaped their fate as research subjects, two sisters must use aircraft armed with bombs, shields, different shots, and even swords to triumph through 100 vertically scrolling missions as they follow different paths towards various endings.


My Horse 3D – Best Friends for Nintendo 3DS – Earn the trust of your steed, and together you can work to win beauty contests, jumping tournaments, and more!

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Hunter’s Weapon Gallery”, which will be available from May 1st to July 1st.

Nintendo eShop Sales (Prices in USD; each sale begins at 9am PST and ends at 8:59am PST on the dates provided)

Shin’en Spring Sale for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – From April 30th until May 21st, select Shin’en games are on sale.


Little Orbit game sale – From May 1st to May 31st, How to Train Your Dragon 2 for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Monster High: 13 Wishes for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Young Justice: Legacy, and more will be on sale.


Kung Fu Rabbit for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Until May 7th, these titles have been reduced from $4.99 to $1.49 each, 70 percent off.


RCMADIAX game sale for Wii U – Until June 24th, Pentapuzzle, Toss N Go, and more will up to 50 percent off.


Zacisa’s Last Stand for Wii U – Until May 14th, this title has been reduced from $1.99 to $0.69, 65 percent off.


TNT Racers – Nitro Machines Edition for Wii U – Until May 14th, this title has been reduced from $7.99 to $4.99, 37 percent off.


Circle Entertainment game sale for Nintendo 3DS – Until May 21st, Castle Conqueror Defender, Demon King Box, and Quell Memento will be on sale.


Shin Megami Tensei IV for Wii U – From May 4th until May 11th, this title has been reduced from $29.99 to $14.99, 50 percent off.


Joindots game sale for Nintendo 3DS – Until May 14th, 3D Game Collection, FunFair Party Games, and Murder on the Titanic will be on sale.


Tiny Games – Knights & Dragons for Nintendo 3DS – Until May 14th, this title has been reduced from $2.99 to $1.49, 50 percent off.


AeternoBlade for Nintendo 3DS – From May 1st until May 17th, this title has been reduced from $14.99 to $7.99, 46 percent off.


Winter Sports: Feel the Spirit for Nintendo 3DS – Until October 1st, this title has been reduced from $9.99 to $5.99, 40 percent off.


Mega May Starts Next Week – Voting is now over. Check back on May 7 to see which classic Mega Man game fans decided should be released first. For the entire month of May, Nintendo and Capcom are celebrating everyone’s favorite blue bomber with six game releases in the Virtual Console on Wii U. The Game Boy Advance versions of Mega Man Zero 2, Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue, Mega Man Battle Network 3 White, Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun, Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon and Mega Man & Bass will land in the Nintendo eShop throughout the month.”

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


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