The Nintendo Download – 5/14/2015

What’s ‘New’ is new again?

Okay, so following the feedback from last week, trying things a little differently this week, mainly with the sales.

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Stretchmo for Nintendo 3DS – Normally I’d feature a screenshot above, but I figured this gets the point across much better.

In addition to a new way to solve puzzles following Pushmo and Crashmo, this installment has another first: It’s free! Well, the first seven levels are, anyway, after which you can purchase one of the main attractions or even a bundle, as follows (taken from the press release):

  • Mallo’s Playtime Plaza ($4.99): 100 progressively challenging levels that introduce the basics of the game.
  • Poppy’s Sculpture Square ($2.99): 50 puzzle levels shaped like animals and objects.
  • Corin’s Fortress of Fun ($2.99): 50 levels featuring new gizmo obstacles and enemies.
  • Papa Blox’s NES Expo ($2.99): A treat for retro fans that features 50 levels based on classic NES characters.
The following attraction pack bundles are also available:
  • Bundle featuring all four attractions ($9.99).
  • Bundle containing “Poppy’s Sculpture Square,” “Corin’s Fortress of Fun” and “Papa Blox’s NES Expo” after “Mallo’s Playtime Plaza” has already been purchased ($6.99).
  • Bundle of the remaining three attractions after purchasing either “Poppy’s Sculpture Square,” “Corin’s Fortress of Fun” or “Papa Blox’s NES Expo” ($8.99).

And, of course, you can create and share your own Stretchmo puzzles, too.

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3D Thunder Blade for Nintendo 3DS – M2 works their magic on this 3D Classic of a SEGA arcade title in which you fly a helicopter through treacherous enemy territory and navigate skylines. Check out the trailer for it here.

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Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains for Nintendo 3DS – Based on the anime of the same name, your job is to defend the Walls from the oncoming might of the enormous Titans. Maybe recruiting some friends online will help turn the tide? Check out the trailer here.

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Nihilumbra for Wii U – In this unique puzzle-platformer, you take on the role of Born, a being from the Void who seeks to know the reason for its own existence. By finding colors, you can alter the landscape around you and its properties. Check out a trailer here, and if you’re interested, the game is available at a special introductory price of $7.99 until 8:59am PT on May 28.

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Ultratron for Wii U – Bring the old school into the new millennium with this arcade favorite, complete with player response difficulty, unique upgrades, and a “subtle tactics system.” Check out the trailer here, and if you like what you see, the game is available at an introductory price of $8.49 until 8:59am PT on May 26.

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Mega Man Battle Network 3 White and Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue for Wii U – Lan and MegaMan.EXE return, this time out to prove they’re the best NetBattlers in the world by competing in the N1 Grand Prix. But something sinister lurks beneath the facade of the tournament — is an unsettling but familiar presence poised to make its return?

For the most part, the core content of both games are the same, with the Battle Chips and Style Changes you get being the main distinguishing factors (much like your typical two-toned Pokemon setup). However, only in the Blue version will you get to go one on one with the great Mr. Famous and his NetNavi, Punk.EXE! Are you up to the challenge?

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New Super Mario Bros. for Wii U – Oh man, I could go on and on about this game. This one practically revitalized my love of gaming. Anyone interested in a review? Tell me, because I will totally do that.

This best-selling Nintendo DS game returned Mario to his side-scrolling platform-jumping roots for the first time in 14 years (longer, if you don’t count Game Boy’s Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins), and features a fairly cool in-game narrative for a game that’s basically just another “rescue Princess Peach” scenario. Maybe I’ll talk more about that on PMO soon…

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Funk of Titans for Wii U – “You will control Perseus, the son of Zeus and protector of the legendary holy music: the Funk.” I could have rewritten that in my own words, but who would want to? I’d only diminish that simplistic craziness.

Touted as simple and fun, but difficult to master, you’ll have Perseus run across ancient Greek mythology to beat enemies and collect funk vinyls while wearing epic costumes and riding the Pegasus. You’ll also “smash the rap, the pop and the rock of the evil Musical Titans in fierce dance battles.”

“Only one music can survive and the Funk is the music of the gods.”

Seriously, I like to flex my creative muscles a little when I write, but there are just times when you don’t want to touch a thing because you know they got it right.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include “Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (free with digital game purchase), Pushmo: Mallo & Friends, SEGA 3D Classics Fantasy Zone, and SEGA 3D Classics Space Harrier.

Nintendo eShop Sales (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)

Price Reductions (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)

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

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