The Nintendo Download – 6/25/2015

Nintendo 3DS? What’s a 3DS?

Today is rather interesting — not a single new Nintendo 3DS game to be found! And I don’t mean the “New” Nintendo 3DS, I mean any new games for the system at all!

There is a puzzling bit regarding some Nintendo DSiWare games, and you can read about that below. On the bright side, there is a sale on the first wave of M2’s exquisite SEGA 3D Classics titles in the Nintendo 3DS eShop ($2.99 each!), so that may help make up for it.

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Art Academy: Home Studio for Wii U – 30 new art lessons allow you to hone your craft using the Wii U GamePad controller, then share it with the Miiverse! You can even post time-lapse videos of your work on YouTube. Plus, those who have Art Academy: SketchPad on their Wii U already can save $4 off the purchase of this title.

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Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) for Wii U – Developed in conjunction with the Native Alaskan people known as the Iñupiat, this atmospheric puzzle platformer is inspired by a traditional story which has been shared across generations. Exclusive to the Wii U version of this title are more than 20 in-game cultural artifacts which feature high-resolution images and background information taken from the archives of the Smithsonian Institute. You can check out a trailer here.

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Shiftlings for Wii U – Two space janitors of questionable intelligence are joined by an air hose and charged with fixing problems while avoiding disaster in this puzzle platformer. One or two players can get in on the action as the duo must shift their size and weight between them to succeed. You can find a trailer here.

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Star Fox Command for Wii U – The final chapter in the saga begun by Star Fox 64, Star Fox Command features some strategy (good), multiple endings (very good), your choice of playable characters (really good), and controls almost entirely by the touch screen (not so good at all). I haven’t played this on the Wii U, but on the original Nintendo DS hardware, this really didn’t do it for me. And this comes from someone who enjoyed Kid Icarus Uprising.

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Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time for Wii U – Time gets twisted as Mario and Luigi team up with their younger selves to take on the duo of Bowser, Baby Bowser, and the malicious alien Shroobs to save Princess Peach and Baby Peach!

This game tends to get a lot of hate from fans of Mario role playing games, but honestly? I liked it. While the story is a bit darker and arguably not as good as other entries in the series, I felt it was more playable than Superstar Saga, which is what mattered to me more in the long run. The controls felt more responsive, the timing was better, and moving around the map wasn’t as much of a hassle.

Of course, it’s not as good as the third entry in the series, Bowser’s Inside Story, but Partners in Time marks a good evolutionary step.

G.G. Series games for Nintendo DSiWare – Okay, this is an odd one. Nine more of these have been released today, but I’ve heard different things, from the games not being available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop (DSiWare only) to simply not being available in Canada. I checked this myself, and sure enough — the only G.G. Series games there were from 2011. I hunted and I used the search, and that’s all I came up with. As such, I’m hereby suspending further updates regarding these titles pending someone confirming that they are indeed available in some way in Canada.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include “Comic Workshop 2: My Workshop,” “Harvest Moon: Chicken,” “Harvest Moon: Cow,” “Harvest Moon: Dog,” “Harvest Moon: Horse,” and “Harvest Moon: Theme Bundle.”

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

Activities

From the press release: “Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Global Cup 2” 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 2” tournament runs from June 25 to July 1. Opt in via the SpotPass feature on your Nintendo 3DS family system 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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  • Ah Mario & Luigi Partners in Time. Personally, I always liked that game. Okay, to be fair I’ve pretty much liked EVERY Mario & Luigi game to date, but I always thought the darkness of the story and tone and what not was actually quite refreshing, especially for a Mario title. It made the music really damn cool, and you know what?

    The Shroobs must be one of the most competent set of villains in a Nintendo game. Yeah they still lose, but damn it, they destroyed the kingdom worse than pretty much any other Nintendo villain to date. The Mushroom Kingdom in this game almost makes Hyrule after Ganon’s conquest and Termina during Majora’s Mask look downright cheerful by comparison.

    • Yeah, even Mario is served well by a bit of darkness now and then. Saving the world is better when there are higher stakes than cake involved!