The Nintendo Download – 4/9/2015

Touching is good.

There aren’t a lot of new releases this week, but the ones that are here look pretty good nonetheless.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Available April 10th, the role playing game which inspired a consumer uprising to have it brought to our shores for the Wii has made a much easier trip to the New Nintendo 3DS XL. Note the New, as this title is the first to be made exclusively for that particular iteration of the hardware. As Shulk, which you might have been introduced to in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS (if you didn’t get to play this game’s Wii release, of course), you’ll learn to master the powerful blade known as the Monado as you fight off robotic enemies in battles that mix real time action and RPG-style strategy. Check out a trailer here.

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Etrian Mystery Dungeon for Nintendo 3DSMystery Dungeon games are roguelike action RPGs with randomly generated dungeons, and the small village of Aslarga is a hub for those seeking out that kind of adventure. Plus, when you get the game, you can get an accompanying Home menu theme for 99 cents and all five downloadable content packs for free until May 5th. Check out a trailer here.

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Pokémon Rumble World for Nintendo 3DS – The latest in the Pokémon Rumble series features more than 700 Toy Pokémon, including some that can Mega Evolve. 80 stages are spread across 18 areas in this adventure as you battle and collect as many Toy Pokémon as you can. For a trailer, click here.

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Runny Egg for Nintendo 3DS – Run, duck, and dodge as an egg looking for its stand at the end of each stage! Just be careful not to break the shell and spoil what’s inside!

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Affordable Space Adventures for Wii U – Up to three players can enjoy the thrills of exploring space on a budget. Fly your Small Craft brand of spaceship to the famous alien planet of Spectaculon and have a look around! Check out the travel brochure (i.e. trailer) here.

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WarioWare: Touched! for Wii U – 180 microgames help reinforce the notion that “Touching is Good” that launched the Nintendo DS. With Wario and his Mega Microgame$ crew by your side, how can you go wrong? Use the Wii U GamePad’s touchscreen and microphone to complete the challenges, then replay to top your best score!

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Yoshi Touch & Go for Wii U – With the Wii U GamePad’s touchscreen, help Baby Mario and Yoshi get past enemies both airborne and grounded to find more babies, more Yoshis, and the stork who has to deliver them!

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: Mechonis and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: Monado.

Nintendo eShop Sales (Prices in USD)

Super Spring Sale for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on April 20th, get up to 30 percent off select games.

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Tetrobot & Co. for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on April 12th, this title is reduced from $9.99 to $2.99, 70 percent off.

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EnjoyUp Games Sale for Wii U99Moves, 99Seconds, and Abyss are discounted until 8:59am PT on May 7th.

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Joindots Games Sale for Wii U3D MahJongg, Gardenscapes, Jewel Match 3, and more are discounted until 8:59am PT on April 23rd.

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WRC Official Game of the FIA World Rally Championship for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on April 16th, this title is reduced from $34.99 to $20, 42 percent off.

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Snow Moto Racing 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on April 16th, this title is reduced from $7.99 to $3.99, 50 percent off.

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Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on April 23rd, this title is reduced from $4.99 to $0.99, 80 percent off.

Price Reductions

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Watch_Dogs for Wii U – This title has been reduced from $59.99 to $29.99.

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for Wii U – This title has been reduced from $39.99 to $29.99.

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Tri-Strip for Wii U – This title has been reduced from $29.99 to $19.99.

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LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids for Nintendo 3DS – This title has been reduced from $1.99 to $1.49.

Events/Activities

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Four Score” Tournament

“See how your Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with their friends and around the world. The new “Four Score” tournament runs through April 12. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications on future tournaments. Good luck, agents.”

New Pokémon Shuffle Opportunities

Blastoise Competitive Stage – “Do your best in a competitive stage featuring Mega Blastoise, available to play until 10 p.m. PT on April 12. Players will be ranked based on the score that they receive on this stage. All those who place in the top 20,000 will be awarded a Blastoisinite, the Mega Stone needed to Mega Evolve Blastoise. You can attempt the competitive stage as many times as you like each day. For more info, please visit http://www.pokemonshuffle.com/en-us/connectivity/#blastoise-launch

Rayquaza’s Special Stage – “Rayquaza’s stage will be available to play until 11 p.m. PT on April 19. Rayquaza can only be caught through this special stage, so use this chance to catch it!”

Rayquaza’s Dragon Talon Skill – “If you catch Rayquaza, you will be able to use it as one of your own Pokémon. Rayquaza’s skill is Dragon Talon, which will give your attack 1.5 times the regular damage when you clear Rayquaza from the puzzle area.”

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

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