The Nintendo Download – 7/30/2015

Happy Birthday, Kirby!

I’m back! Did you miss me? I’m still catching up with some things, plus I’ve got some additional work on my plate, but I should be back in the regular swing of things soon enough. But bringing us one step closer to that is this week’s Nintendo Download, with a few good fascinating releases.


BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition for Wii U – The award-winning mobile game comes home to Wii U in this special release of the physics-based sidescroller. Go solo or bring along up to three players locally, and if you get tired of them, there are death matches to partake in as well! Check out the trailer here.


Xeodrifter for Wii U – Explore the stars as an interstellar drifter who uncovers secrets and defeats guardians to unlock ancient mysteries. Check out the trailer here, and know that if you buy the Wii U version of the title, you’ll get the previously-released Nintendo 3DS version free — or vice-versa.


Splatoon Update for Wii U – On August 5th, get ready for a free download which will add two new matchmaking modes, new weapon types, an increase to the level caps, and 40 new pieces of gear. “Following this update, more content will continually roll out through the rest of the summer and fall, including the Rainmaker Ranked Battle mode, additional maps and new weapons.”


Just Dance 2016 Demo Version for Wii U – Play this demo for free, and don’t worry if you don’t have a Wii Remote — downloading the free Just Dance controller app to your iOS or Android device will allow you to use it instead!

Kirby turns 23 on August 1st, but you can celebrate now with a triple heaping helping of the tough cream puff’s previous hits!


Kirby Squeak Squad for Wii U – This Nintendo DS game pits Kirby against the notorious Squeak Squad who have stolen his cake. To even the odds in his favor, you can now combine Kirby’s powers by dragging them together in his stomach, as portrayed on the bottom screen!


Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards for Wii U – Kirby goes 3D for this Nintendo 64 adventure as he tries to collect the 100 shards scattered across six worlds to put an end to the threat of Dark Matter. Similar to Squeak Squad, you can also combine two powers for a new superpower.


Kirby’s Return to Dream Land for Wii U – Finally, Kirby’s bit Wii adventure is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console. While Player 1 controls Kirby, up to three friends can join in as King Dedede, Meta Knight, Waddle Dee, or even another Kirby for some teamwork. You can check out my review of the original release here.


Endless Golf for Wii U – “There is no win or lose, just Endless Golf.” Tee off on the touch screen in this procedurally-generated round of greens, hills, and traps.


Best of Board Games – Mahjong for Nintendo 3DS – A 60-board Adventure mode, a leisurely Free mode, and other features abound in this rendition of the classic board game Mahjong.


Best of Board Games – Solitaire for Nintendo 3DS – Hey, you’re going to have to pay for it in Windows 10 anyway, so you might as well consider your options. For the same price as a year of Microsoft’s version without ads, you’ll get five variations (Freecell, Golf, Pyramid, Klondike and Spider) with multiple options each, 40 challenges in Adventure mode, and the simple pleasure of Free mode.


Flick Golf 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Six courses challenge you to reach the high score in Quickshot, World Tour has you compete for trophies, and Quickshot Pro puts your skills to the “ultimate” test. Flick it to sink it!

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new theme is the “Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: Classic Theme.”

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

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


Miiverse has a new look and features, including a Screen Shot Album and Play Journal.

In Code Name S.T.E.A.M., a new “Sink or Swim” tournament will run from July 31st through August 9th.

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



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