The Nintendo Download – 5/7/2015

Dropping the Bass.

So, here’s a question for you: Would anyone miss this feature if I discontinued it?

The truth of the matter is, as much as I’ve streamlined the process, this is still pretty time consuming (it’s probably one of the more in-depth articles to cover what’s new every week that you’re likely to find– I even talk about the stuff Nintendo doesn’t in their press releases), and the only reason I kept doing it after ceasing the Xbox and PlayStation deals was because I still had some fun with it, primarily talking about new Virtual Console releases. Unfortunately, I’m not enjoying it as much as I used to and I think the time would be better spent getting more reviews up faster. But… I really don’t know if anyone particularly cares to read about it here.

If there’s no interest, I’ll probably just hang it up soon, maybe talk about the occasional release of interest as it comes. But not just yet; stopping during “Mega May” would just feel all sorts of wrong to me, even if I’m also covering those games specifically over on The Mega Man Network.

In other words, if you’ve any feelings about it one way or the other, you have until the end of the month to make them known. If people still want it, I’ll gladly keep it up.

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Splatoon Global Testfire for Wii U – Before the game goes on sale on May 29, get a taste of the Turf War in this free demo. You can play with others online in four-on-four matches, but only during certain times “designed to accommodate people around the world”:

– Friday, May 8, 8-9 p.m. PT
– Saturday, May 9, 4-5 a.m. PT
– Saturday, May 9, Noon-1 p.m. PT

In addition, you can buy the game now and preload it to your Wii U console so that, with a small update when the game is officially released, you can start playing immediately.

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High Strangeness for Wii U – Drawing inspiration from 8-bit and 16-bit adventure and role playing games, you must switch between the style of both generations alongside your feline companion to solve a multi-layered mystery. Check out the trailer here.

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Mega Man & Bass for Wii U – Originally developed for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (well, it’s Japanese counterpart, the Super Famicom), the Game Boy Advance port of the title is the only way you can play it in English. For the first time in the series, you can choose between Mega Man or Bass, who eschews charge shots for rapid-fire, multi-directional blasts of energy. He can also join forces with his robotic wolf, Treble, to fuse into a flying armored form. As either character, it’s up to you to hunt down and stop King before he can raise a robot army to overrun humankind!

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Metal Marines for Wii U – This real-time strategy game from the Super NES library puts you in the role of commander of the allied Colonies. Take charge of the Metal Marines as they face down Zorgeuf and his empire to determine the fate of the nations.

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Trine Enchanted Edition Demo Version for Wii U – Check out this free demo, and if you like what you see, maybe you’d be interested in partaking of the deal featured below?

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Zen Pinball 2 – New downloadable content for Wii U – As usual, I’m in the dark as to what this actually entails.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker for Nintendo 3DS – You’re stuck on a world that’s on the brink of extinction, but your friends have found a way to fight back against the invaders who brought it to this point. Two free pieces of downloadable content are also available to help you in your fight, with more on the way. Check out a trailer here.

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Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition for Nintendo 3DS – If you can’t wait to get your hands on this game, you can purchase it now and preload it on your Nintendo 3DS. Then, with a small update upon its release, you’ll be able to start playing right away. What’s more, “those who purchase the game in the Nintendo eShop between now and 11:59 pm PT on May 31 will receive a free Immortal Dragon Relic Present Code! The relic will be available when the game launches.”

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Bloo Kid 2 for Nintendo 3DS – Five worlds, nine levels, brutal bosses, and lots of secrets are promised in this 2D retro-styled platformer.

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Johnny Dynamite for Nintendo 3DS – Contrary to the name, it doesn’t appear that this is a part of the same ultra-hard Johnny series of games from UFO Interactive that are on sale below. This puzzle strategy game features 54 levels and a level editor so you can create and share your own. Check out the trailer here.

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The Legend of Dark Witch Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Unsure about committing to the dark side? Try before you buy!

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

Trine Series Fan Discount for Wii UTrine Enchanged Edition and Trine 2: Director’s Cut are each up to 50 percent off until May 28th. If you own either game, you’ll receive an additional 20 percent off the other during the sale period.

Puddle for Wii U – Until May 14th, this title has been reduced from $7.99 to $1.99, 75 percent off.

Dolphin Up for Wii U – Until May 14th, this title has been reduced from $3.99 to $2.99, 25 percent off.

GravBlocks+ for Wii U – Until May 17th, this title has been reduced from $4.99 to $2.50, 49 percent off.

SteamWorld Dig for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Until May 21st, these titles have been reduced to $4.49 each, up to 55 percent off.

Angry Birds Star Wars for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Until May 11th, these titles are 50 percent off.

Brunch Panic, Kami, and Sweet Memories – Blackjack for Nintendo 3DS – These Circle Entertainment titles are on sale until May 28th.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth for Nintendo 3DS – From May 11th until May 25th, this title has been reduced from $49.99 to $39.99, 20 percent off.

Aqua Moto Racing 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until May 14th, this title has been reduced from $7.99 to $3.99, 50 percent off.

Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX for Nintendo 3DS – From May 9th until June 9th, this title has been reduced from $8 to $4.99, 37 percent off.

Price Reductions

Hello Kitty Kruisers for Wii U – Beginning May 8th, this title is reduced from $19.95 to $9.99.

Balloon Pop Remix, Johnny Hotshot, Johnny Impossible, and Johnny Kung Fu for Nintendo 3DS – These titles are reduced from $4.99 to $2.99.

Samurai Sword Destiny and Zombie Slayer Diox for Nintendo 3DS – These titles have been reduced from $5.99 to $2.99.

Disney Frozen: Olaf’s Quest for Nintendo 3DS – This title is reduced from $29.99 to $19.99.

Scarygirl Illustration Kit for Nintendo 3DS – This title is reduced from $5.99 to $2.99.

Tangram Attack for Nintendo 3DS – This title is reduced from $2.99 to $1.49.

Events/Activities

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M “Watt’s Up?” 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 “Watt’s Up?” tournament runs from May 8 to May 10. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications on future tournaments, and click here for more information about multiplayer tournaments. Good luck, agents!”

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

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  • Roto13

    Since they started hiding their press releases away somewhere, I’ve been using your site to check what’s new every week.

    • Cool; any particular parts you prefer or could do without? Would a straight copy-paste job make any difference to you? I’d love to know more!

      • Roto13

        Copying and pasting would probably be ok. I just want to see what’s new and what’s on sale.

  • TheGameroomBlitz

    Yeah, I’ve been using the site to keep tabs on the latest Nintendo releases too, since Joystiq no longer exists. 😛 But it’s your call, man. I suppose I could find another source for that information if it’s too much trouble for you to make these updates.

    • Hey, if people want it, I’m happy to deliver it. I just never see anything to really indicate one way or the other, you know? But the feedback here is valuable.

      I might just copy and paste it, though, unless people prefer I keep doing it this way. I just want to know people are getting something out of it, and find out what they want from it. =)

      • TheGameroomBlitz

        Pick a few highlights, then copy/paste the rest. I don’t think too many people are interested in the finer details of, say, Bloo Kid.