The Nintendo Download – 4/23/2015

Mario Kart, more Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros., too!

Start your engines! Get ready and set to go with this kart-tastic edition of the Nintendo Download!

Mario Kart 8 Update and Downloadable Content Pack 2 for Wii U – The latest free update to Mario Kart 8 adds the all-new 200cc class to the game– can you handle it?

Meanwhile, a visit to the Nintendo eShop or in-game shop will allow you to get the second downloadable content pack, featuring three new characters, four new vehicles, and eight new tracks, bringing back some classic Mario Kart courses and adding some new ones, including an Animal Crossing and an F-Zero track. The pack is $7.99 alone, but if you get both it and the first pack (reviewed here), you’ll only pay $11.99 for the pair.


Mario Kart DS for Wii U – Considered one of the best Mario Kart games of all time, you’ll have five single player modes and 30 courses to partake in. You can also create your own custom decal for the kart of your choice, unlock the ability to mix and match karts and drivers, and even play as R.O.B.!


Suspension Railroad Simulator for Wii U – With realistic sounds recorded from the original suspension railroad and weather effects such as rain and snow to contend with, do you have what it takes to see that your passengers reach their destinations in time?


Super Smash Bros. DLC – Mewtwo for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U – “The Psychic-type Pokémon Mewtwo makes its grand entrance! Make it Mega Evolve into Mega Mewtwo Y in its Final Smash, and then use Psystrike to blow away the opposition.” Club Nintendo members should have already received their codes for a free download of Mewtwo on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, but beginning April 28th, everyone else can get in on the fun as well! If you only have one version of the game, this Pokémon will cost you $3.99, but $4.99 will cover you on both platforms.


Cube Creator 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Another Minecraft-alike for Nintendo 3DS, but with a special introductory offer: This game is $4.99 until 8:59am PT on May 7th. Check out a trailer for it here.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include “Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker: Apocalypse”, which will be available April 28th.

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

Tetrobot & Co. for Wii U – Until April 30th, this title has been reduced from $9.99 to $2.99, 70 percent off.


Cocoto Magic Circus 2 for Wii U – Until May 7th, this title has been reduced from $29.99 to $9.99, 66 percent off.


Korg DSN-12 and Korg M01D for Nintendo 3DS – These titles are on sale until May 7th.


Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition for Nintendo 3DS – Until May 11th, this title is reduced from $29.99 to $19.99, 33 percent off.


Van Helsing Sniper Zx100 for Nintendo 3DS – Until May 17th, this title is reduced from $6.66 to $3.49, 47 percent off.


Soccer Up 3D and Soccer Up Online for Nintendo 3DS – These titles are on sale until May 21st.


International StreetPass Week – “Take your Nintendo 3DS system on a whirlwind tour without leaving your hometown! From April 16 to April 26, collect up to six Mii characters from across Europe, the United States and Canada when you stop by a Nintendo Zone location. U.S. and Canada visitors will even get a special Mii of Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. Find a Nintendo Zone hotspot near you here.”

Mega May is Back! – Vote Today – “During the entire month of May, Nintendo and Capcom are celebrating our favorite blue bomber, Mega Man, with six game releases on the Virtual Console service for 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 on the Nintendo eShop throughout the month. Click here to vote for the first game of Mega May, which will release May 7. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. PT on April 29.”

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


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