The Nintendo Download – 8/6/2015

Smash and Splatoon updates, plus Golden Sun and Onimusha on Virtual Console.

We’ve got a fairly decent lineup of games and content this week, with a promise of more “hardcore” content coming to the Virtual Console throughout August, starting now. So let’s get right to it!

Super Smash Bros. DLC for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – In addition to a free update which gives you the K.K. Slider costume for Mii Fighters as well as new Community Tournament and Regular Tournament modes, you can now upload saved replays to YouTube. Want more? It’ll cost you, but Mii Fighter costumes are available, as are the Peach’s Castle and Hyrule Castle stages from the original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64.

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New Splatoon Update for Wii U – New modes include the Squad Battle, which allows players to create a squid squad with their friends and head into Ranked Battle modes together, and Private Battle lets two to eight friends throw down in customizable matches. Beyond that, there are new weapons, level cap increases, and more than 40 new pieces of gear. More is still to come throughout the Summer and Fall, too.

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Golden Sun: The Lost Age for Wii U – After the heroes of Golden Sun have been abandoned, it’s time for a new age as the world enters darkness. Use your psychic energy to shape the land and fell your foes before the original heroes can stop you as you try to safeguard humanity. Check out the trailer here.

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ONIMUSHA TACTICS for Wii U – Join the young Ogre Clan warrior Onimaru as he seeks to bring down the empire of Nobunaga and his Genma armies in this feudal strategy title.

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Astral Breakers for Wii U – Team up with or compete against a friend in this puzzle strategy game, or play solo if you would prefer. Either way, it’s up to you to save the universe by smashing spheres and racking up combos.

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Kung Fu FIGHT! for Wii U – Run, jump, and fight the bad guys to save the girl in this retro-styled action game.

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Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight for Nintendo 3DS – Experience a fully voice-acted new story with cutscenes and a fixed party, or revisit the original Etrian Odyssey 2 game with updated graphics and a full roster of classes. The choice is yours, and you can find a trailer for this one here.

Pokémon Rumble World Update Bonus for Nintendo 3DS – A new version of the game is now available, allowing you to visit a new area and gain bonus items. It gets a little complicated for a mere blurb, but you can find the details here.

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Best of Arcade Games – Brick Breaker for Nintendo 3DS – It’s basically Breakout with some extra options.

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Best of Arcade Games – Tetraminos for Nintendo 3DS – It’s basically Tetris… I think? Maybe a little too close to Tetris, as the link to the game’s page on Nintendo’s website no longer works as of this writing.

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Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey to Kyoto – Full and Demo versions for Nintendo 3DS – Or it’s just me, and Nintendo’s website is messed up at the moment. As of this writing, I’m getting the “Whoops” page here, too.

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Jewel Quest 4 Heritage for Nintendo 3DS – “Whoops” again. If the links work again, you should be able to click right through and learn more, at least.

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PICROSS e6 for Nintendo 3DS – And four makes me think it’s them and not me. Pretty sure you can look up almost any picross game and get the gist of this one, though.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new themes are “Aeternoblade” and “Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition.”

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)

Activities

Art Academy: Home Studio Art Contest – For a chance to win a $20 Nintendo eShop Card code, just upload a time-lapse video of your work to YouTube by using the “Recordings” feature in Art Academy: Home Studio and tweet a link to the video to @NintendoAmerica with the hashtags #ContestEntry and #NintendoArtContest between 7am PT on August 6th and 5pm PT on August 20th. The contest is open to Canadians, excluding Quebec. For all the official rules, click here.

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

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