The Nintendo Download – 5/12/2016 – Oldschool Edition

This week’s Nintendo Download shows a lot of love to the oldschool style of gaming, but with a modern twist. From super-hard platformers to 8-bit styled graphics to classic characters and more, there should be plenty to satisfy older fans of gaming as well as new.

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Disney Art Academy for Nintendo 3DS – From Elsa and Olaf to Mickey and Minnie to numerous emotions from Inside Out, this teaching tool will help you learn to draw more than 80 characters from the worlds of Disney and Pixar.

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Wordsup! Academy for Nintendo 3DS – Prove you’re worthy of joining the Wordsup! Academy by taking on six modes of challenges and six different languages.

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Witch & Hero 2 – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Not sure if this tag-team action-adventure is for you? Find out with this free demo!

Super Meat Boy for Wii U – Over 300 single-player levels, epic boss fights, a plethora of unlockable secrets, warp zones, and hidden characters from other popular indie games all await in this tough-as-nails platformer. As Super Meat Boy, can you survive the salt factories, haunted hospitals, and even Hell itself to save your girlfriend?

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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for Wii U – This touch-based sequel to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker returns Link to the open sea as he must solve the mystery of the Ghost Ship.

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8-Bit Hero for Wii U – Up to five players can team up in this co-op retro arcade adventure. 30 levels and three difficulty levels await.

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Color Symphony 2 for Wii U – Color is the key to overcoming the obstacles through 120 levels of this puzzle action platformer.

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Tachyon Project for Wii U – In this story-driven dual-stick shooter, you take control of Ada, a sentient computer program designed to hack into the most secure servers on Earth, but who has been locked out of her own home server. Can you unravel the mystery of what happened to her creators?

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Queens Garden for Wii U – This match-3 game features 100 levels and 60 different garden decorations, along with some bonus games as well.

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This week’s new themes are “Pokémon Radiant Collection,” “Pokémon Red and Blue,” and “Pokémon: Here Comes Ash-Greninja.”

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Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Super Mario Mash-Up Pack – Available May 17th, this download is free to those who purchase Minecraft: Wii U Edition and allows you to turn the world of Minecraft into a mash-up with Mario’s world. You can find out more about this content here.

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map – Realms Collide – In this second part of “Heirs of Fate,” Nohr’s youths must give aid to a wild dragon. This pack goes for $1.99 USD.

Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 2 DLC – Other versions of the Hoshidan and Nohrian children from other dimensions are under attack. These fledgling warriors of the Deeprealms are now forced to save themselves and their parents by rising up and discovering the mystery of their adversaries. Your leveled-up units from the main Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest games are unable to lend their assistance in this six-map series, which you can receive as they are released for $7.99 USD.

Nintendo eShop Sales (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.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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Nothing especially huge has dropped this week — unless you count the absolutely enormous world of Xenoblade Chronicles — but there are two cool-looking free-to-play games available to try out this week. At that price, anything is worth a shot at least once, right?

Lost Reavers for Wii U – From Ancient Ruins and Medieval Castles to a Modern City, this free-to-play four-player co-op game is all about teamwork as you each pull together as one of four unique characters to retrieve treasures and return them to your extraction point.

The Deer God for Wii U – Oh deer! This side-scrolling adventure is all about survival, reincarnation, and karma as you find power-ups, test your platforming skills, and unlock secrets most ancient as you must live and survive as a deer.

Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii U – Shulk’s original adventure returns once again! Funny how after it took so long to get here, Nintendo of America is quickly re-releasing it in short order along with its sequel, huh? See where it all began with this Virtual Console re-release of the original Wii title!

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – This freebie has been out in the States for a month through a promotion we northern folks never got to partake in, but now everyone can download this free title and conquer 50 levels using the special abilities of 11 Minis. All you need to get started is any one amiibo figure!

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Disney Art Academy pre-purchase for Nintendo 3DS – You can’t start learning to draw with Disney until May 13th (well, you can, but not with this title until it’s released), but you can pre-purchase it now and have it ready to go when the clock ticks down and the game is made available.

SEGA 3D Classics Collection for Nintendo 3DS – SEGA’s collection of 3D Classics is finally here! From previously-released titles such as 3D Sonic the Hedgehog to never-before-seen-in-this-part-of-the-world titles like 3D Power Drift, there is plenty to see here.

ASH for Nintendo 3DS – This turn-based role-playing game’s story is cast with an air of uncertainty as the royal army is deployed in absence of a king, leaving its leader to wonder the true intentions of the Magistrate.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new themes are “Star Fox Zero : Space Battle,” “Shovel Knight Campfire Dream,” and “Plague Knight’s Theme.”

Nintendo eShop Sales (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.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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In case you missed the epic duel of the fates that took place late last month in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, you’re in luck! As countless Jedi and Sith went to war with one-another, one champion arose from each side to settle the score once and for all — and Best Buy was there to capture footage of the epic clash as it happened:

The event was to celebrate the opening of pre-orders for Star Wars Battlefront, which will be available at Best Buy Canada starting at midnight tonight, November 16th.

In addition to the above video, here are a few photos taken of the teched-out Best Buy Jedi (Jed-Buy?) and Sith locking sabers:

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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star-wars-dualshock-4Among the many variations and bundles Sony Computer Entertainment is releasing for the PlayStation 4 this holiday season is a special limited edition Darth Vader Star Wars Battlefront 500GB system, complete with unique controller and console designs to reflect the iconic villain of the long-running space opera. For those interested, it is slated to be available on November 17th.

But maybe you already own a PlayStation 4; maybe you’re kicking yourself for not holding off until the recent price cut. Whatever the case, you find yourself without the position nor desire to go to the lengths necessary to obtain another system decked out with the Sith Lord’s helmeted visage. But that controller… if only they would just sell you that, then maybe you could sleep a little more easily.

Attention, Walmart shoppers: there’s good news for you! According to the PlayStation Facebook page, you’ll be able to get precisely that at Walmarts across Canada beginning November 13th. That’s right, you can have the controller before everyone else even gets the console!

For all intents and purposes, the stand-alone version of the controller is just your standard DualShock 4 controller, just with a Sith-inspired deco to help it stand out from all the other black controllers released for the platform. In a neat touch, however, there still seems to be a little bit of Jedi left in ol’ Lightbright here, as the R1 button on the right is cast in blue, as opposed to the red used across the rest of the controller — an interesting nod to the color of lightsaber Anakin once wielded before his turn to the Dark Side. (*Koo-ha…*)

Oh, and the front glows blue as well, but I think that’s just standard. I can wave my hand in front of your face and try to make you forget you ever saw it, but I can’t guarantee results.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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Wow, what a batch of releases today! Not only does it keep up this week’s somewhat-unintentional SEGA theme, but it also brings one of my all-time favorites to the Virtual Console, so let’s get right to that!

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Super Mario Advance for Wii U – As many know, the western release of Super Mario Bros. 2 was actually a considerably-modified version of a Japanese game Nintendo made for Fuji Television called Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic. In bringing it over, Nintendo added numerous elements to make it fit in with the still-developing Mario world and series, among other changes. Super Mario Advance takes this idea to its ultimate conclusion, making it even more Mario-like than before, making this arguably the ultimate version of Super Mario Bros. 2.

Lots of new content and details have been added as well, making this as much a remake as it is an update. Even if you’ve played Super Mario Bros. 2 to death, there are a lot of new things to see, explore, and discover in this version of the title. If you’re using the other Super Mario Advance series titles to gauge how different this one is? Don’t. It’s the most heavily modified of any of them, barring Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3‘s use of e-Reader cards for additional content.

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Sportsball for Wii U – Up to four players can take control of exotic birds who flap, tackle, and dunk their balls into the net for points and glory through seven game modes. Check out the trailer here.

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The Swapper for Wii U – Create clones using the Wii U GamePad controller and solve puzzles found throughout an abandoned space station. Click here for the trailer.

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Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) for Wii U – Bring Marvel Super Heroes and Disney classics together in the latest iteration of Disney Infinity. You’ll still have to buy a base and figure in order to play, though. Figures and Power Discs from the first game are compatible with this version, but I’m not sure about the base. Check out the trailer here.

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Flapp & Zegeta for Wii U – Near as I can tell, it’s Flappy Bird in space, and with a story as you set out to rescue the kidnapped Zegeta.

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Pier Solar and the Great Architects for Wii U – This role playing game is the story of Hoston, a young botanist who seeks a special herb to save his father’s life. That’s a pretty unique idea for an RPG adventure! “Little do they know, it is the beginning of a winding journey that unravels his father’s past and the mystery of Pier Solar and the Great Architects.” Oh, there we go. Anyway, this seems to hit a lot of classically-styled notes, so if you’re into RPGs, it might be worth a look.

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SDK Paint for Wii U – Create 2D and 3D artwork, then hang it in your very own gallery for all to see!

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Shuttle Rush for Wii U – Another retro-styled adventure, this one a platformer, and another stuck on a space station. This one, however, is running out of air, and you’ve got to get enough from the vending machines along your way to escaping the station via shuttle in order to survive.

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Planes Fire & Rescue for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – “Battle fires and save lives in over 30 Fire & Rescue Missions! Protect Piston Peak Park with 8 playable characters including Dusty, Lil’ Dipper and Blade!” That’s literally all it tells me.

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It’s available on Nintendo 3DS, too, and both versions are for only one player.

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PIKMIN Short Movies for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Nintendo’s creative mastermind, Shigeru Miyamoto, has directed a series of three short Pikmin videos, and after debuting them at the 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival, Nintendo has now made them available to purchase exclusively in the Nintendo eShop, all three for $4.99.

In addition, they’re celebrating with a demo version of Pikmin 3 in the Wii U eShop. If you enjoy it, you can carry over your save data from that version to the full version of the game and continue where you left off.

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Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – It feels like just yesterday that I was previewing Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS… but it was actually Monday. Check that out, and then you can try it for yourself by downloading this free demo version. You can also check out a trailer here.

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nintendogs + cats: Golden Retriever, nintendogs + cats: French Bulldog, and nintendogs + cats: Toy Poodle for Nintendo 3DS – Despite receiving equal billing, the cats don’t play quite as heavily into this game as I would have liked, but they are nonetheless a welcome addition. Check out my rather aged review of this Nintendo 3DS launch title here.

As for me? I want to pick up a digital copy so I can keep better track of them without having to take out whatever game I have in the cartridge slot. For $14.99, that’s not too bad. Plus, you get a code for a free nintendogs + cats theme for your Nintendo 3DS menu, too!

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Pokémon Puzzle Challenge for Nintendo 3DS – Take on Johto Gym Leaders like Jasmine, Pryce, and Falkner as you aspire to become the Pokémon Puzzle Champion! You can check out a trailer for the game here.

Plus, downloading this title gets you a free code for the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version.

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KemonoMix+ for Nintendo 3DS – “I can make cute beast” says the webpage. Okay then…

Your goal is to train creatures called kemonos to help you explore the planet, “mix” them with other kemonos, and try to collect spaceship parts and return home to Earth in 2,000 days. Sounds a lot like Pikmin, actually, albeit with a much larger time limit.

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Safari Quest for Nintendo 3DS – A match-3 game with the objective of finding a white lion in the ten landscapes and puzzle-filled levels of Africania. Is it just me, or do those animals look like they’re from the Madagascar movies? Not a single word about those films, though…

Nintendo eShop Sales

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Siesta Fiesta for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on November 13th, this title is reduced by more than 30 percent from $5.99 to $3.99.

Price Reductions

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Flowerworks HD: Follie’s Adventure for Wii U – Beginning November 7th, this title will be reduced to $2 from $4.

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for Wii U – This title has been reduced from $39.99 to $29.95. And if I may say so, it ranks among my favorite racing games, with it and Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing being my favorites prior to Mario Kart 8. That said, it’s still quite good and rather unique, thanks to its transformation feature, which is very, very different from the glider and underwater racing of Mario Kart.

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Sonic Lost World for Wii U – This title has been reduced from $49.99 to $29.95. You can watch myself and Sonic comic scribe Ian Flynn play the game for the first time for charity here. Please note that not only has the game been updated since (now you actually get an extra life for every 100 rings collected), but there is some cool free downloadable content based on Yoshi’s Story and The Legend of Zelda, too!

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Sonic Lost World for Nintendo 3DS – This title has been reduced from $39.99 to $29.95.

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

Earlier this week, Disney XD debuted an original Canadian video game television show titled Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage), and after catching the premiere, I’ve managed to dig up a little bit of info for you in case you happened to miss it.

In the spirit of past video game news and entertainment shows such as Video Power, Video & Arcade Top 10, and GamePro TV, Disney XD’s foray into the world of gaming features such segments as video game reviews, behind-the-scenes of game development, and even a bit of sketch-styled comedy.

Meet Gaming Show‘s ringleader Jesse; an avid gamer with an inquisitive mind who, along with his friends Julia and Ian, operates a DIY web series devoted to gaming and kid culture. Each episode takes place in the “ultimate mega gaming paradise” (a.k.a. Jesse’s parents’ garage) where the wacky trio hangs out, tests the latest video games, checks in with expert correspondents and shoots witty weekly news segments. The series provides insights into the gaming world as the cameras follow Jesse and the crew to some of the world’s biggest tech companies talking to experts about everything anyone ever wanted to know about gaming, from conception to the final touches.

“With Gaming Show we’ve used a unique filming format that promotes the newest gaming products and delivers a behind-the-scenes look at the industry designed specifically with kids in mind,” said Disney XD’s Director of Original Programming, Michael Goldsmith, in a press release. “Knowing that this topic is of huge interest to our audience, our goal is to create a show that speaks to them, not at them, through a variety of inventive segments. Plus, being at the pilot stage, we’re able to incorporate their feedback and create a series that is customized to their viewing tastes.”

The premiere episode includes a visit to Ubisoft’s motion capture facility for a virtual swordfight, a trip to Microsoft to check out “Project Spark,” and review of Super Mario 3D World. There are also guest appearances by RizenVisual and Amir Johnson of the Toronto Raptors, who doesn’t take kindly to the constant trash-talking by one of the hosts.

Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) premiered at 7:30pm on Monday, April 21st (right before WWE Monday Night Raw, fortunately for me), and according to the Disney XD website, will have encore airings on Saturday, April 26th at 9:30am; Sunday, April 27th at 6:30pm, and Tuesday, April 29th at 8:00am. Once you’ve seen what they have to offer, you can then offer some feedback here, where you’ll then be entered for a chance to win a grand prize of an Xbox One console (provided by Microsoft) or one of ten secondary prizes of $50 gaming gift cards.