The Nintendo Download – 6/18/2015

Earthbound, Smash, Fire Emblem, and Indies!

Despite everything going on at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week (you can find my thoughts on Nintendo’s Digital Event here), Nintendo has still brought a few interesting new surprises to the fore with the Nintendo Download this week.

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Earthbound Beginnings for Wii U – Before there was Earthbound, there was… Earth Bound? Outside of Japan, only the second installment of the trilogy was ever released until now. Rebranded “Earthbound Beginnings, you can now take a trip back to the year 198X and the town of Podunk as you join Ninten and his friends on their quest to aid the Queen of Magicant in this Nintendo Entertainment System prequel to the Super NES’s cult classic. Check out a trailer for it here, and cross your fingers that this means we’re that much closer to finally seeing a western release for Mother 3 (as the series is known in Japan), starring Lucas of Super Smash Bros. Brawl fame.

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Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones for Wii U – With the kingdom of Renais now in ruins, it is up to the siblings and royal heirs Prince Ephraim and Princess Eirika to restore their homeland to its former glory.

On a personal note, this was my first Fire Emblem and the one that got me into the series.

Nindies@Home for Wii U – Download and play demos for these unreleased indie games before 8:59am PT on June 22nd, and you’ll be able to save 15 percent off the purchase price when they’re released later this year!

Personally, I’ve got my eyes on Freedom Planet. So much more comfortable to play on the GamePad than on Steam, in my opinion.

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Fat City for Wii U – The five boroughs of New York City house 60 targets for your heists in this action-platformer. Fail, and your loved one may pay the price.

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Life of Pixel for Wii U – The eras of the Amiga, Super NES, Genesis, Commodore 64, Apple II, Game Boy, NES, Atari 2600, ZX Spectrum, and Master System are all revisited with numerous nods to many, many past classics throughout this action-adventure game.

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Solitaire Dungeon Escape for Wii U – The classic time waster is back with a purpose as you use a magical deck of cards to play variations on the game in order to rescue a princess from a dragon’s fortress.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Lucas is back, and he’s not alone — he’s brought some friends to the fight with him. Street Fighter‘s Ryu, Fire Emblem‘s Roy, and a variety of characters you can create yourself with Mii Fighter costumes are all available now, as are some new stages, such as the free Miiverse stage!

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Smash Controller for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS – Before, you had to own a copy of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS if you wished to use your Nintendo 3DS handheld as a controller for the Wii U title. With this purchase, you no longer have to have the game in order to use the system as a controller.

When I reviewed Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, one thing I pointed out was that you could only use the Nintendo 3DS as a controller in certain modes; I do not know if you can use it for all modes with this, however.

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Best of Board Games – Chess for Nintendo 3DS – Advanced artificial intelligence and challenges bring a little something extra to this take on the classic.

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Comic Workshop 2 for Nintendo 3DS – This title seems to expand upon the original with new refinements and features. If you’ve bought the original Comic Workshop, you can get this title for $5.99 USD.

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Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley – New Downloadable Content for Nintendo 3DS – For $1.79 CDN each, there are two new residents for you to woo.

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

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Nintendo is celebrating its lineup at E3 2015 with up to 30 percent off select games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Fans can score deals on games related to some of the top franchises being featured at the show, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, LEGO, Just Dance and Yoshi. See all the games on the sale page. This offer runs until June 23 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
    • Pure Chess (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 22.
    • Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is 60 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.20) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on June 20 until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 27.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Knytt Underground and Stick it to the Man! from Ripstone are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 22.
    • psyscrolr is 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 23.
    • Arrow Time U is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 2.
    • Paper Monsters Recut is 25 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 2.
    • Tilelicious is 33 percent off (reduced from $5.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 2.
    • Gravity Badgers is 50 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 16.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Activities

  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Global Cup” 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 “Global Cup” tournament runs from June 18 to June 24. 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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