The Nintendo Download – 9/10/2015

Do Make the Mario!

This week’s offerings are a little bit on the thin side, but with our headliner, you can make and trade your own!


Super Mario Maker for Wii U – Available September 11th, you can find my “pre-review” here. I’ve run into some relatively minor snags since then, but it’s been overall enjoyable. That said, I’ve heard buzz that Nintendo is nuking the review materials before launch, so one way or another, I’m going to have to start all over and there’s no way I’m going to have everything by tomorrow, so the final review is postponed indefinitely.


TECMO BOWL for Wii U – Bo knows football, and Bo knows that you don’t need Madden when you’ve got this classic from the Nintendo Entertainment System. Tecmo may not have had the license to use the NFL or its team names, but it could still use its players from 1989. (ProTip: Bo recommends picking Los Angeles, because that’s Bo’s team.)


Explody Bomb for Wii U – Action takes place on two fronts as you use the television screen to ward off enemy attacks while also using the GamePad screen to line up targets for your own bomb drops. Go for the high score before your plane — or your bomb — are destroyed.


Funky Physics for Wii U – Can you score three stars in all 32 levels? You’ll have to find a way to remove all the green blocks from the screen by tapping big blocks to split them or by using special explosive or power blocks.


Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut for Wii U – In this first-person puzzle game, you’ll use special high-tech gloves to manipulate the environment around you in order to find a solution.


Star Sky for Wii U – Described as “not being for everyone,” you’ll find yourself confronted with a slow pace as you explore different choices and unlock secrets. It’s also described as a “peaceful experience” about enjoying the ambiance of the world around you. “Make the choices, watch what happens, unlock the secret.”


The Swindle for Wii U – Set in London 1849, this steampunk cybercrime caper involves breaking into randomly-generated buildings, hacking their systems, stealing their cash, and escaping before the police arrive. Your ultimate goal is to steal Scotland Yard’s new surveillance breakthrough, “The Devil’s Basilisk,” before it can bring your criminal career to an end.


Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX for Nintendo 3DS – I’m just going to let the press release explain this one: “Join the Miku phenomenon by expressing yourself through fun creative tools, sharing your cute customizations and experiencing some of the best music from the world’s favorite digital diva.” You can find the trailer here.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new theme is “Super Mario Bros. : Famicom Cartridge.”

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)


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



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