Giftamania 2016 (Updated)

Update: Added Dead Rising 4 and LEGO Dimensions expansion packs.

With apologies to Maffew, as well as everyone else for not getting this up a little sooner as I’d have liked.

Following is a quick list of titles and things good for grabbing as gifts for the gamer in your life this holiday season. Mind, these come as my own personal recommendations, and don’t account for everything, including some “obvious” picks (such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Final Fantasy XV, and Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon). Everything here has been released in some form or fashion since Christmas 2015.

Xbox One

killerinstinctdefeditionXbox One S – Your mileage may vary on this one; if you or the intended recipient don’t own an Xbox One already, then this is the way to go. If you/they are planning on getting a 4K TV in the next year, however, then you might want to wait for Microsoft’s Project Scorpio — or at least more details about it — to emerge.

Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition Originally introduced in 2013, the revival of Killer Instinct has finally reached completion after three “seasons” of releases. While I only reviewed the first season, much more content has been made available since then, including new guest stars from Halo, Gears of War, and Battletoads! What’s more, you can now get everything in one complete package at retail with the Definitive Edition, which also includes a soundtrack CD and code for a gold Gargos skin. Now that’s what I call an Ultra Combo! (Also available on Windows 10 via Play Anywhere with Xbox One)

Forza Horizon 3 This open-world driving game is great for relaxing, but also provides plenty of excitement as you partake in various races, challenges, and even hunts for classic vehicles. Sync up your own custom soundtrack (or use one of the stations in the game) and hit the road — as well as the plains, beaches, and anywhere else you can think to drive! (Also available on Windows 10 via Play Anywhere with Xbox One)

oriblindforestdefeditionboxOri and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (Review Pending) – Alongside Killer Instinct, this was one of the games which made me want an Xbox One in the first place, and I haven’t been disappointed. This Metroidvania-styled platformer has a beautifully eerie presence a surprising degree of emotion as well. I was saving this to say in my already long-overdue review, but to me, Ori feels like the perfect mascot for the Xbox One, and deserves to be adopted as one. Plus, for the price, how can you afford not to try it? (Also available for Windows via Steam)

ReCore (Review Pending) – From some of the creative minds who brought you Mega Man and Metroid Prime comes this mysterious tale from another world. As Joule Adams, you’re tasked with exploring the planet of Far Eden and finding out what happened to those who were supposed to colonize it for mankind’s survival. But while you seem to be the only human around, you’re not alone — a group of Corebots use the special abilities granted by their customizable frames (such as the “dog,” Mack) to assist you throughout this third-person adventure that feels in some ways like a mix of Mega Man Legends and Metroid Prime, coupled with its own unique elements as well. (Also available on Windows 10 via Play Anywhere with Xbox One)

Quantum Break (Review Pending) – Yeah, I know — I’m juggling a lot of balls in the air here (and yes, it’s driving me nuts). This is an extremely story-oriented third-person shooter with some interesting characters and some content that’s set up like an actual television serial interspersed with the game’s chapters. If you’re cool with a game you watch as or more often than you play, then this one’s definitely worth a look. (Also available on Windows 10)

Xbox Design Lab – The Xbox One Wireless Controller is one of my favorite controllers to come around in some time, with a comfortable feel and a Dpad that’s not only finally worth a damn, but pretty dang good in its own right! So what could make it better? How about your own choice of color scheme, and maybe a laser-engraved message as well? This holiday season, you can give a custom Xbox Design Lab controller as a gift by purchasing a code which the recipient can then redeem to make the controller of their dreams (and 14-day shipping is free!).

Dead Rising 4 – This late arrival to stores and this list alike is a must-own this holiday season for its Yuletide setting alone, but for fans of beat ’em up-styled gameplay, the latest adventure of Frank West really hits home.

Wii U

papermariocolorsplashboxPaper Mario: Color Splash After Paper Mario: Sticker Star, I thought that the magic of the series I loved might never return. Imagine my surprise when Nintendo took such great strides towards a return to form just one installment later! While still not quite on the level of the masterpiece that is Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, this lite-RPG adventure is a great choice for all ages.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Nintendo’s next console, the Switch, isn’t destined to join us until March of next year, and the Zelda title designed to bridge it and the Wii U, Breath of the Wild, may take even longer still. In the meantime, they’ve updated the game which bridged the GameCube and the Wii with improved visuals and other features, including amiibo support! Get the game with the Wolf Link w/Midna amiibo, and you can begin prepping it to join you in the next Zelda adventure, whenever it may come!

Nintendo 3DS

kirbyplanetrobobotboxKirby: Planet Robobot Simply put, this is a must-have for any Nintendo 3DS owner. To say anything more would simply diminish it; if you or someone you know hasn’t played it, then rectify that immediately (or at least come the holidays).

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack This spiritual successor to games such as Mega Man Zero really brings the thunder — or the lightning, at least! And with the recent release of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in the Nintendo eShop, you can now get both chapters together on a single game card at retail!

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam It’s a crossover no one knew they wanted — or was even possible! Establishing the Paper Mario series as a separate entity (well, even more so), Nintendo’s two long-running Mario role playing game series collide as denizens of the Paper world are released into the regular Mario world, and chaos ensues! This one is definitely a “cut” above!

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice While the original Sonic Boom games did little to endear the world to this iteration of the franchise, Fire & Ice is a much better second go. With humorous writing and voice acting that’s in keeping with the Sonic Boom cartoon and the addition of Amy Rose to the playable character roster, Fire & Ice doesn’t excel, but it is comfort gaming at its finest.

Project X Zone 2 Let’s get crazy! This turn-based strategy game brings together characters from several of SEGA, Capcom, Bandai Namco, and Nintendo’s top titles for a fan service smorgasbord! Even if you don’t know all the characters involved (and the odds are pretty good that you won’t know everyone), don’t worry — you’ll probably find yourself wanting to check out some new games by the end of it. Heck, I never had any interest in SEGA’s Yakuza before, but now I can’t wait for Yakuza 0 to arrive on PlayStation 4 early next year!

PlayStation 4

dragonquestbuildersboxPlayStation 4 Pro – Speaking of PlayStation 4, if you’re interested in 4K gaming or virtual reality with PlayStation VR, then this is the model to look into. Just know that while it can stream 4K video, it won’t play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.

Dragon Quest Builders Part of Minecraft‘s strength is its go anywhere, do anything you want freedom. However, if you’re interested in a game which captures the building and resource mechanics while providing you with a bit more of a purpose, then this alternate timeline sequel to the original Dragon Quest ought to be right up your alley.

Ratchet & Clank This latest release in the long-running PlayStation-exclusive franchise combines what made the original game great with a bit of added flair from the motion picture release, turns it on its head, sprinkles in some elements from other installments, and provides an experience great for longtime fans of the series and newcomers alike. And given that the film (which is based on the original game, with this being based on that) didn’t quite set hearts aflutter while the game was a number-one bestseller, it’s probably safe to say that if you have to choose between the two, going with the game is probably the best choice.

Multiplatform

deusexmankindboxartDeus Ex: Mankind Divided (Review Pending) – The Canadian Video Game Awards 2016 winner for Best Console Game, Best Game Design, Best Narrative, Best Performance, and oh yeah, Game of the Year. As Adam Jensen, you’re a cybernetically-enhanced human (though you didn’t ask for this) who is putting his myriad tools to good use as you make the decisions you think will best see you through to victory. Lethal or non-lethal weapons? Employ stealth, or go in guns blazing? These choices and many more are yours.

Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration (Review Pending) – For as iconic a figure as Lara Croft has been for the industry over the years, this installment follows in the footsteps of its predecessor by being decidedly not for children — or the faint of heart. It’s definitely an intense game that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and some parts can be pretty gruesome as well. That said, the original version came to Xbox One last year, but 20 Year Celebration throws in all the extra content that has been released since then, including some additional skins (such as a Retro Lara for a nostalgic kick), a co-op mode, and an Extreme Difficulty mode. On PlayStation 4, it’s also one of the first games to take advantage of the HDR features and 4K resolution provided by the Pro version, as well as a chapter playable in PlayStation VR.

WWE 2K17 The latest installment in 2K Games’ long-running sports entertainment adaptation is opting for a little more of a sim flavor this year. Create your own Superstars and events, alter others, and have the full run of Raw, Smackdown, and the rest of the shows WWE brings to a worldwide audience every week.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan On the half-shell, they’re the heroes four; in this day and age, who could ask for more? This IDW Comics-styled game is all about teamwork, whether you’re working with friends or strangers in online multiplayer, or managing all four green teens yourself.

skylandersimaginatorsboxSkylanders Imaginators Continuing the ever-growing theme of player-created content, this year’s Skylanders title allows you to create your very own Skylander called an Imaginator. They come in all different types, and become more powerful when one of the new Senseis shows them their moves. Plus, if you get the PlayStation 4 version (though it should come to the others next year), you can also get Skylanders of Spyro’s old pal, Crash Bandicoot and his rival Dr. Neo Cortex.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Chewie… we’re home.” These words from Han Solo reflect the feeling of this LEGO title as the series gets back to its roots, but with some new tricks as well. And it just feels so right.

Mega Man Legacy Collection Released as a digital download for Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 late last year, this collection of the Blue Bomber’s six Nintendo Entertainment System adventures (and all the gobs of additional related content included) not only arrived on the Nintendo 3DS earlier this year, but at retail for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well. Plus, if you go for the physical Nintendo 3DS version, you can also add an exclusive gold Mega Man amiibo figure to your collection!

Mighty No. 9 This spiritual successor to Mega Man comes with a pretty severe caveat, as the game has been very divisive: If you or someone you know wants a challenge, then this one may deliver. That said, it’s best to look around and see if you can find a good bargain on it to keep your bets safe. Think of this one as “stocking stuffer” material, or consider trying the free demo first. Oh, and be careful about getting the Wii U version — that one apparently suffered from some pretty nasty hardware crashing issues, and I’m not sure if they ever got all those fixed.

LEGO Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack – The toys alone are cool enough, but getting to use them in a game which does a pretty good job of marrying the LEGO and Sonic styles of gameplay is even better.

LEGO Dimensions Gremlins Team Pack – Based on one of my favorite holiday movies, exploring the town of Kingston Falls during the snowy holiday season makes this a perfect holiday gift for anyone who owns (or will soon own) LEGO Dimensions.

Other

supermarioadventuresSuper Mario Run Though this game is available now, you won’t be able to buy it in stores. However, as it commands a $13.99 price tag, an iTunes gift card or two for the intended recipient may not be the worst idea. Just remember that it launches as an iOS exclusive, while the Android version comes sometime later.

Super Mario Adventures This recently republished collection of the comic which originally ran in Nintendo Power magazine 25 years ago is, for many, one of the definitive pieces of Mario fiction (outside of the games, that is). A loose adaptation of Super Mario World, this also includes an additional chapter which loosely adapts Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and gives us the origin of Wario. Sadly, the 14th and final installment was not included; thankfully, it was a standalone story, so the rest of the book holds up quite well on its own otherwise.

NES Classic Edition and NES Controllers – Good luck finding either of these! Even if you’re not interested in this plug ‘n play collection of 30 classic games for yourself, you’re almost guaranteed to know someone who is, so if you see one in the wild — grab it! And if you happen to come across the even rarer controller, a replica of the original NES input device, consider that it also works with some games (pretty much anything a sideways Wii Remote would) on the Wii and Wii U!

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Nintendo of Canada is bringing the fun this summer with the Nintendo 3DS and a whole lineup of games to try out as the Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour crosses the country starting in July and running until early September. There will also be play zones, meet ‘n greets with your favorite characters, and giveaways (while supplies last).

Games on tap will include the brand-spanking new Kirby: Planet Robobot (see my glowing review here), Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Mario Kart 7, Yo-Kai Watch, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Mario 3D Land, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Yoshi’s New Island, and New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Here’s how the tour breaks down when Nintendo comes to town:

Quebec Tour Dates:

  • Jul 1 @3pm-10pm: Dorval- Canada Day Celebration
  • Jul 2 @12pm-9pm: Montreal-Midway Fun, Place Bourassa*
  • Jul 3 @12pm-9pm: Montreal-Midway Fun, Place Bourassa*
  • Jul 9 @2pm-6pm: Montreal- Fete Des Enfants*
  • Jul 10 @2pm-6pm: Montreal- Fete Des Enfants*
  • Jul 15 @12pm-9pm: Montreal- Amusements Spectaculaires, TOHU Cité des Arts du Cirque
  • Jul 16 @12pm-9pm: Montreal- Amusements Spectaculaires, TOHU Cité des Arts du Cirque
  • Jul 17 @12pm-9pm: Montreal- Amusements Spectaculaires, TOHU Cité des Arts du Cirque
  • Jul 22 @11am-9pm: Granby- Mascot Festival
  • Jul 23 @10am-5pm: Granby- Mascot Festival
  • Jul 24 @10am-5pm: Granby- Mascot Festival

Ontario Tour Dates:

  • Jul 29 @11:30am-5pm: Toronto- Centreville Theme Park*
  • Jul 30 @11:30am-8pm: Toronto- Centreville Theme Park*
  • Jul 31 @10:30am-8pm: Toronto- Centreville Theme Park*
  • Aug 5 @12pm-6pm: Port Hope- OnRoute service centre
  • Aug 6 @8am-2pm: Port Hope- OnRoute service centre
  • Aug 7 @9am-3pm: Port Hope- OnRoute service centre
  • Aug 13 @11am-10:30pm: Toronto- York-Eglinton International Street Festival
  • Aug 14 @11am-7pm: Toronto- York-Eglinton International Street Festival
  • Aug 19 @7pm-11pm: Mississauga- Port Credit Buskerfest
  • Aug 20 @1pm-11pm: Mississauga- Port Credit Buskerfest
  • Aug 21 @1pm-7pm: Mississauga- Port Credit Buskerfest

BC Tour Dates:

  • Aug 31 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
  • Sep 1 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
  • Sep 2 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
  • Sep 3 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
  • Sep 4 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
  • Sep 5 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*

The above comes from Nintendo of Canada’s website, where you can check back for the latest up-to-the-minute changes that may occur, including the possibility of more events.

Also, do note that the events marked with an asterisk have entry fees applicable, so be sure you’re ready to pay your way at the door.

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The 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo kicks off next week, and Nintendo’s taking us in with a really good game as well as a less-good game.

Kirby: Planet Robobot for Nintendo 3DS – Available June 10th, it’s Kirby against mysterious forces who are trying to cyberform his home world of Pop Star! Fortunately, Kirby has a certain knack for using his enemies’ powers against them, but this time he takes it to a whole new level! Stay tuned for my review, which is coming soon!

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Dan McFox: Head Hunter for Nintendo 3DS – Agent Dan McFox has 60 different cases on hand, and he’ll need you to help pick the right faces out of the crowd.

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Puzzle Labyrinth for Nintendo 3DS – “Puzzle Labyrinth is a game where the player must solve puzzles.” That is literally their tagline. 60 stages filled with traps and monsters must be conquered by solving puzzles and finding items that will allow players to escape each maze.

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 for Wii U – KING Art, creator of The Critter Chronicles, The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief, and of course the original The Book of Unwritten Tales, is back with a new 20-hour game that spoofs your favorite fantasy stories with quirky characters as you solve puzzles by the hundreds.

Olympia Rising for Wii U – Jump, slash, climb, and even incinerate your way from the depths of the Underworld to the peak of Mount Olympus. Can you be the true hero needed to accomplish this Herculean feat?

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Wario: Master of Disguise for Wii U – Wario swipes a magic wand from television star Count Cannoli, using its powers to turn himself into a Master of Disguise and steal everything that’s not nailed down, including the mythical Wishstone. This game didn’t fare too well upon its release on the Nintendo DS, but perhaps the extra room on the Wii U GamePad will help make the difference?

New DLC

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map: End: Lost in the Waves – The final part of “Heirs of Fate” sees the next generation assault their ultimate foe. 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.

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This week’s new theme is “Kirby: Planet Robobot : Robobot Armor Activate!”

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Nintendo eShop Sale – An E3 sale is coming soon to the Nintendo eShop, with My Nintendo members getting a special deal! Find out more here.

Hyrule Warriors Legends Free Companion Fairy Now Available! – As a special thanks to everyone playing Hyrule Warriors Legends, the new Fairy companion Lazuli is arriving via a free SpotPass download, and she’s bringing gifts! In addition to aiding you with her magic and skills, extra rupees and fairy food are available as well!

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.

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KPR_RobobotKirby: Planet Robobot won’t arrive on the Nintendo 3DS until June 10th, but if you can make it out to the Ontario Science Centre on Saturday, June 4th, you’ll have a chance to play it before everyone else in Canada!

The event takes place from 10am to 4pm, and in addition to getting to play the sequel to the excellent Kirby Triple Deluxe, fans young and old alike will have a chance to partake in some Kirby-related crafts and activities, and even get to meet the pink one himself!

The Ontario Science Centre is located at 770 Don Mills Road, or you can click here for directions. Hope you can mech it!

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As if out of nowhere, Nintendo announced and showed a new Nintendo Direct on the evening of Thursday, March 3rd. Here it is in full:

I like how I hit things before, so I’m going to repeat that this time, with the post here focusing on the facts as we know them for the Canadian side (i.e. the prices we pay versus the States).

Star Fox Zero arrives for Wii U on April 22nd, and in two forms: the Nintendo eShop version for $64.99, and in a physical retail bundle with Star Fox Guard for $74.99. Star Fox Guard can also be purchased as a digital download from the Nintendo eShop for $19.99, and buying either game in the Nintendo eShop gives you a $10 discount to use towards the other game.

In anticipation of Monster Hunter Generations, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be $27.99 in the Nintendo eShop for 48 hours beginning at 3pm on Thursday, March 3rd.

Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, the third path in which you don’t choose a side, will be available as downloadable content to either the Birthright or Conquest versions of the game on March 10th for $24.99.

With Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 announced, you can get the original Azure Striker Gunvolt game for $10.49 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS until June 1st.

While Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge will be available for early access free with the purchase of any amiibo from Best Buy, Amazon.com, and GameStop in the States, it doesn’t appear that Canada has any such deal going, and we’ll have to wait until April 28th to play this free Wii U and Nintendo 3DS downloadable title.

Huh… and that’s really it. Not a lot of pricing information going on here. If you want a full look at the press release for other details, head on over to the next page.

As for my own thoughts, you can find what stuck out most to me over at PoisonMushroom.Org.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

Activities

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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Not a huge week for this Nintendo Download, though there is one heavy hitter to kick things off.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U – Available February 20th: It’s up to you to help Kirby through a vibrant new clay-styled world by drawing Rainbow Ropes with the Wii U GamePad for him to travel upon to reach his goal. When you’re ready to wreak a bit of havoc, mold Kirby into a rocket, submarine, or even a tank! Up to three friends can join in as Waddle Dees to help you on your way!

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Axelay for Wii U – You are the last line of defense against the alien Armada of Annihilation’s conquest of planets. Using the prototype Axelay spacecraft, you must wield a vast array of armaments through six levels of alien oppression.

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Citizens of Earth – Demo Version for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Being the Vice President of the World is a big job– especially in the face of an alien invasion! To see if you’re up to taking the office, maybe trying this free demo first would be a good idea. Check out the campaign ad here.

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Pokémon Shuffle for Nintendo 3DS – More than 150 stages await in this Pokemon-themed puzzle-strategy game. It’s free to play, but there are optional in-game purchases to take advantage of as well.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call DLC for Nintendo 3DS – Square Enix classics Chrono Trigger and Nier join in the fun with new add-on tracks which are now available as downloadable content for the main game.

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Adventure Bar Story for Nintendo 3DS – Manage a bar and go on adventures! Fend off hostile takeovers and fearsome fiends! Win the cooking contest and the hearts of patrons throughout the kingdom!

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Excave for Nintendo 3DS – 50 dungeons await with five “massive” boss fights as you seek out an ancient laboratory to discover why it’s producing the monsters which are now at war with the king’s city above.

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Flap Flap for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSiWareFlappy Bird, but with bonuses and special abilities.

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Fishdom for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSiWare – Match-3 gameplay with over 100 unlockable bonuses and the ability to decorate your own aquarium.

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4 Elements for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSiWare – This puzzle-strategy game charges you with unlocking the four ancient books of magic and gathering the 16 mysterious cards to restore a kingdom corrupted by evil to life.

Nintendo eShop Sales

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Ice Cream Surfer for Wii U – This game is 70 percent off (reduced from $5 to $1.49) until 8:59am PT on March 5th.

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EnjoyUp game sale for Wii U99moves, Abyss, and more from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59am PT on March 12th.

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Snow Moto Racing 3D for Nintendo 3DS – This game is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59am PT on February 26th.

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Chat-A-Lot for Nintendo 3DS – This game is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59am PT on March 5th.

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Toys vs. Monsters for Nintendo 3DS – This game is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) until 8:59am PT on March 12th.

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2 Fast 4 Gnomz for Nintendo 3DS – This game is 40 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.99) until 8:59am PT on March 12th.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include “NES: Ice Climbers.”

Activities

Pokémon Art Academy Competition – “Put your Pokémon creativity on display in an online competition featuring art made in Pokémon Art Academy! Create your masterpiece using the Pokémon Art Academy game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, and then post your work to the Pokémon Art Academy Miiverse community. The winning artists will receive a 100-card pack of custom-designed Pokémon Trading Card Game cards displaying their artwork.

“NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must (i) be a legal resident of the 50 United States, D.C., Canada or Mexico, (ii) have access to the Pokémon Art Academy game and a compatible device in the Nintendo 3DS family, and (iii) have an active Nintendo Network ID linked to a confirmed email address. Void where prohibited. Contest ends 3/29/15 at 11:59pm PT. Six prizes available to be won, each consisting of 100 Pokémon Trading Cards bearing the drawing of the winner (ARV US $40 each). Odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Eligible entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges to determine the winners, using judging criteria set out in the Official Rules, available at http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-art-academy/competition/rules/. Contest co-sponsored by The Pokémon Company International, Inc. and Nintendo of America Inc.”

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

kirbycontestFirst, my humblest apologies for the lateness on this one– I didn’t receive a press release nor promotional e-mail on this one. Fortunately, there are still a few days left, and Kirby’s not the hardest character to pull off, but I digress.

Nintendo of Canada is currently running a contest which calls for Kirby fans to create their own Kirby transformation out of clay for a chance to win a digital copy of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse or a Kirby amiibo.

Tweet or post on Facebook a picture of your Kirby clay creation and tag it with #KirbyClayChallenge and #NintendoContestEntry to enter! Here at Nintendo of Canada, we accepted this challenge and crafted our own clay Kirbys. If you want to see examples, just ‘Like’ us on Facebook or ‘Follow’ us on Twitter for updates.

Some of their work and the official rules can be found on the Nintendo of Canada website. The contest ends at 11:59pm ET on February 19th, 2015. If you aren’t able to enter or simply don’t win, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will be available the next day, February 20th.

As August draws to a close, Nintendo is looking past the end days of summer to bring us information on what to expect going into the 2014 holiday season.

Unfortunately, the big question on everyone’s mind– “When is Super Smash Bros. for Wii U coming out?”– remains unanswered, and as such, so too does the question of when the amiibo figures the game interacts with will be available. However, other release details have been afforded us, including the identities of the initial dozen– Mario, Peach, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Kirby, Fox, Marth, Villager, and Wii Fit Trainer– and that they will each be priced at $13.99, with pre-orders available now.

On the subject of Super Smash Bros., however, those who register both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of the title through Club Nintendo will be eligible to receive Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U: Premium Sound Selection, a soundtrack CD packed with music taken from and inspired by the games. It’s not quite what I had in mind on that front, but a welcome step up nonetheless, and more details about this offer are coming in the future.

Oh, and in a separate announcement, Nintendo revealed that Shulk from the Xenoblade Chronicles franchise would be a playable character in both games:

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS will be available in both stores and the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on November 21st. Not a lot was said, other than “Trainers will catch, battle and trade Pokémon as they immerse themselves into a grand tale that draws ever closer to the heart of the secrets behind Mega Evolution and the power of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre.”

Just in time for Halloween, Bayonetta 2 (which also includes the first game and Nintendo cosplay options for the titular hero, of course) has a release date locked down for October 24th. “The game features over-the-top battles with wild weapons that take place in gorgeous set pieces,” notes the press release, and “a new snake transformation lets Bayonetta better navigate underwater.”

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker still has no release date, but those concerned about where to pre-order Hyrule Warriors from with regards to the pre-order downloadable content can rest a little easier: The details will come later, but all the costumes will be available to purchase in due time.

More immediately, though, “Nintendo plans to support the game for the long run with more content to help players expand their adventures even farther. That program kicks off when the game launches on September 26th. People who buy the game will receive access to a free download that adds a new mode, a new weapon, and the option to select music to add to the Hyrule Warriors experience.”

While Pokémon Art Academy will be available for Nintendo 3DS on October 24th, the Wii U eShop-exclusive version of Art Academy is still only slated for “2014.”

On December 5th, NES Remix Pack— a two-in-one retail disc containing both NES Remix and NES Remix 2 (click for my respective reviews) will become available. The price given is $29.99 with a caveat that the Canadian price could change, while the Nintendo eShop versions will remain available for $14.99 each. On a personal note, I wish they’d released the disc sooner– I’ve loved both games and having them stored on my Wii U console is handy, but the classically-styled box would just look so good on my shelf.

On a related note: Fans have demanded it, and now they’re finally getting it… sort of. That same day, Ultimate NES Remix hits the Nintendo 3DS and will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop, also for $29.99 (similarly subject to change). “The game features rapid-fire challenges and mashups from a selection of 16 of Nintendo’s finest 8-bit games. Regional online leaderboards will let players see how they stack up against others in their area, and Championship Mode offers a series of challenges from three different games.”

As the first NES Remix contains 16 different games and the sequel features a dozen, it should be interesting to see what the Nintendo 3DS version pulls together for its offering– especially if they’re both the same price.

Fantasy Life will be available for the Nintendo 3DS at retail and in the Nintendo eShop on October 24th– a day with growing significance, apparently. “Fantasy Life lets players become the masters of their destinies as choices they make help determine their own Fantasy Life. Players can easily change their Life Class at any time and experience how each offers a new perspective on the world. Local and online multiplayer options let friends share the adventure, the exploration and the bounty.”

That same day, a downloadable content pack for the game will also be available. “Origin Island offers a new area that is home to an ancient culture and powerful enemies, additional story content, new ranks to achieve in Life Classes, access to even more powerful equipment and two new varieties of pets to adopt: birds and dragons.”

In a bit of a surprise, today marks the beginning of the availability of Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe, expanded stand-alone versions of two mini-games featured in May’s Kirby Triple Deluxe. “This version includes five new stages and a new team battle feature. Players who already own Kirby: Triple Deluxe with StreetPass data will get bonus content in both downloadable games.” I spoke of the two versions included in my review, but I’ll go into further detail should I find myself in a position to review the stand-alone releases and their expanded features.

On the indie game front, Curve Digital’s Stealth Inc 2 is slated for a fall release in the Wii U eShop and promises a mix of puzzle solving, action platforming, and stealth, as well as a “two-player co-op mode, level editor, off-TV play and Miiverse integration.” Ronimo Games’ side-scrolling action strategy game, Swords & Soldiers II, comes to the Wii U this holiday season.

In October, a system update for the Nintendo 3DS will yield new themes that can change the background, icons and folders, music, and sound effects of the Nintendo 3DS’s Home menu, purchasable from a new Theme Shop added to the menu. More details are still to come in the future.

In addition to the games, Nintendo is offering some new bundles for newcomers as well. The Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set will be released in mid-September and include the Wii U console with physical copies of Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land for a suggested retail price of $299.99. Meanwhile, Walmarts across Canada will offer a special-edition Wii U bundle starting September 25th that includes the console and physical copies of Mario Kart 8 and Nintendo Land, also at a suggested retail price of $299.99. “This exclusive bundle will be available while supplies last.”

On the portable side of things, Nintendo will be offering three new Nintendo 2DS bundles. For $129.99 each, you can get an Electric Blue, Crimson Red or Sea Green Nintendo 2DS system with a code to download Mario Kart 7 from the Nintendo eShop. The three bundles will be available beginning in early October.

Finally, there are more than 60 third party offerings to come across the various platforms, all summed up by this handy chart:

 

Publisher

Title

Release Date

Wii U

Activision

Skylanders Trap Team

October 5

BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc.

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2

October 14

Disney Interactive

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)

September 23

Little Orbit

Penguins of Madagascar

November 25

Little Orbit

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue

November 4

Mobot Studios

Paper Monster Recut

September

SEGA

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

November 18

Ubisoft

Just Dance 2015

October 21

Ubisoft

Watch Dogs

2014

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

November 11

WayForward Technologies

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

2014

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Ackk Studios LLC

Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut

Q4

Arachnid Games

Ballpoint Universe: Infinite

Fall

ATLUS

Citizens of Earth

November 4

BeautiFun Games SL

Nihilumbra

Winter

Breakfall

STARWHAL: Just the Tip

Q1 2015

Curve Digital

Lone Survivor

Q4

Curve Digital

Stealth Inc 2

Fall

Curve Digital

The Swapper

Q3

Frima Studio Inc.

Chariot

Fall

Image & Form

SteamWorld Dig

August 28

KnapNok Games

Affordable Space Adventures

Q1 2015

Midnight City

Costume Quest 2

October 7

Midnight City

Gone Home

Q4

Natsume Inc.

Alphadia Genesis

2014

Nnooo

Cubemen 2

September 4

Nyamyam Ltd.

Tengami

Fall

Over the Moon Games

The Fall

August 26

Rain Games

Teslagrad

September

Ronimo Games BV

Swords & Soldiers II

Q4

Slightly Mad

Project CARS

2015

Turtle Cream

6180 the moon

Q4

WaterMelon

Pier Solar and the Great Architects

Fall

Nintendo 3DS

Activision

Skylanders Trap Team

October 5

Activision

The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins

October 28

ATLUS

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

November 25

BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc.

PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2

October 14

BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc.

Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce

October 28

BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc.

TENKAI KNIGHTS: Brave Battle

October 7

Capcom

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Early 2015

EA

EA SPORTS FIFA 15

September

GameMill

Big Hero 6

October 28

Little Orbit

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom

November 18 

Little Orbit

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue

November 4 

Little Orbit

Penguins of Madagascar

November 25

Little Orbit

Winx Club: Saving Alfea

Fall

Majesco

Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit!

September 16

Marvelous USA (XSEED Games)

Story of Seasons

Winter

Natsume Inc.

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley

October

SEGA

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal

November 11

Square Enix, Inc.

THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL

September 16

Ubisoft

Petz Beach

October 14

Ubisoft

Petz Countryside

October 14

Ubisoft

Poptropica: Forgotten Islands

October 14

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

November 11

 

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

ATLUS

Citizens of Earth

November 4

Big John Games

Cube Creator 3D

Q1 2015

Big John Games

Lionel Trains 3D

Q1 2015

Big John Games

Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter

August 28

Capcom

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy

Winter 

Choice Provisions

Woah Dave!

Fall

CINEMAX

The Keep

September

Goodbye Galaxy Games

Tappingo 2

September 4

Hörberg Productions

Gunman Clive 2

Fall

Inti Creates Co. Ltd.

Azure Striker GUNVOLT

August 29

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival

September 25

Nnooo

Blast ’Em Bunnies

Q1 2015

Renegade Kid LLC

Moon Chronicles (ep. 2)

Q4

Renegade Kid LLC

Treasurenauts

Q4 

Renegade Kid LLC

Xeodrifter

Q4

WayForward Technologies

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

2014


“Nintendo’s holiday offerings demonstrate a combination of fun franchises and great value,” said Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager, Ron Bertram. “With Wii U and Nintendo 2DS hardware bundles, classic names like Super Smash Bros., Bayonetta, and Pokémon, new IP like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and amiibo, everyone will find something to love about Nintendo this holiday season. Whether people are shopping for themselves or they’re prepping their gift lists, Nintendo has them covered.”

Finally, Nintendo has released the following trailer to highlight past, present, and future Wii U releases. Enjoy!

Well, happy birthday to me! This week’s Nintendo Download kicks off with two great games, and has more fun to follow.

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Kirby: Triple Deluxe for Nintendo 3DS – Available May 2nd: Kirby is back! Find out everything you need to know about his latest adventure in my review here.

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Mario Golf: World Tour for Nintendo 3DS – Available May 2nd: Fore! Mario and friends go out for 18 holes of fun, both in regular-styled courses and in places with the kind of golfing hazards you could only expect to find in the Mushroom Kingdom. I don’t have a review ready for this one yet, but soon. What I’ve played so far, though, is a lot of fun.

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Mega Man Xtreme for Nintendo 3DS – I don’t think anyone expected this to be the first title voted on for Capcom’s “Mega May.” This Game Boy Color title takes stages and bosses from the first two Mega Man X titles and shrinks them down to fit an 8-bit style. Truth be told, though? If you’re looking for new content, you won’t find much here; wait for any of the subsequent releases instead, which remix the content at the very least.

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Azada for Nintendo 3DS – Solve 40 unique puzzles and five master puzzles to free yourself from the cursed haunted room your uncle has placed you in!

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PICROSS e4 for Nintendo 3DS – The latest title in the PICROSS e series now contains 20×15 grids to its more than 150 puzzles. And with save data from previous games, you can unlock even more puzzles, while tutorials and rule options allow newcomers to get their footing with ease.

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Tiny Games – Knights & Dragons for Nintendo 3DS – The first Tiny Games collection for kids contains the following five games: Ludo, Chest Mover Mania (Sokoban), Ship Encounter (Battleship), Find Mines (Minesweeper), and 4 in a Row (Connect Four).

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Mach Rider for Wii U – Wow, where was this last month?

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Stick it to the Man for Wii U – Read peoples’ minds using the GamePad controller and use the giant pink spaghetti arm attached to Ray’s head (that he just woke up with one day) to fold, tear, and pull off the stickers which comprise his world.

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Abyss for Wii U – Use the biomechanical robot “Nep2no” to explore the dark abyss of Earth in the year 3024. Natural resources are scarce and humanity is in danger, and it’s up to you and Nep2no to bring the newly-discovered energy source, “Gaia,” back to the surface. But will you have enough light to finish the job? Plus, two players can square off in a competitive mode.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

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Tappingo for Nintendo 3DS – Until 0am PT on May 15th, this puzzle game is 30 percent off.

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Shin Megami Tensei IV for Nintendo 3DS – Beginning at 9am PT on May 5th, Shin Megami Tensei IV will be $29.99 until 9am PT on May 12th.

Price Reduction:

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Bird Mania Christmas 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Reduced from $1.99 to $0.99.

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist for Wii U – Beginning May 5th, the price will be reduced from $59.99 to $29.99.

For more information on each of this week’s releases, including more screenshots and videos, click on the corresponding link above.

We have a pretty good roster of releases this week, along with a personal disappointment and quite a few sales, too!

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Kirby & The Amazing Mirror for Wii U – The next Game Boy Advance title to land on the Wii U’s Virtual Console sees Kirby summoning colored copies to venture through maze-like platforming worlds. When the going gets tough and you need a break, there are also a variety of mini-games to try out.

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WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$ for Wii U – Did someone say mini-games? (I did, in the entry above this one, in case you missed it.) Wario has taken it to the next smallest level with a series of microgames which last mere seconds! Thanks to the new company he’s started with his cast of crazy friends, there are 200 microgames to enjoy in all, ranging from the bizarre to the retro (such as the Metroid microgame in this week’s banner)!

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My Exotic Farm for Wii U – Moo? Not likely on this farm! Ten exotic creatures ranging from hippos to ostriches can be bought and customized as you take care to feed them, clean them, and protect them from diseases. How exotic can you make your farm?

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LEGO The Hobbit for Nintendo 3DS – The first two films in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movie trilogy are covered in this LEGO video game adaptation. Follow the adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the grey wizard, Gandalf, to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his fellow dwarfs as they set out to reclaim their homeland.

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Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars for Nintendo 3DS – Available April 15th: You’ve played the free demo from the Nintendo 3DS eShop (or if you haven’t, you can still get it there), now take on the full quest! Monsters have invaded the world of Aterra in this Japanese-styled role playing game, and only a handful of people imbued with the powers of the Star God can stop them from taking over.

Mach Rider for Nintendo 3DS – Okay, this is the disappointment I referred to at the top. Not because I dislike Mach Rider, but just the opposite: Because of how much I do like it. Like Punch-Out!!, this is a game which deserved the 3D Classics treatment over some of the others which were offered. Heck, I love having 3D Classics Urban Champion, but I’ll readily admit that this would have been a more appropriate choice.

Check out the video above, which I opted for instead of a picture to demonstrate the point, and see if you don’t agree.

That said: Evil forces have invaded the planet in the year 2112, and it’s up to you to race from sector to sector, destroying their Quadrunners and seeking out survivors. You are Earth’s only hope– you are Mach Rider!

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Atlantic Quest for Nintendo 3DS – 120 levels of Match-3 puzzle gaming are set across 12 underwater locations as you save the sea from destruction.

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Boxzle for Nintendo 3DS – Described as “a beautifully difficult puzzle game,” Boxzle presents you with 120 different puzzles spread across four different puzzle sizes and three different modes of challenge as you try “a new take on the classic sliding tile puzzle or a new twist on an old classic.”

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Governor of Poker for Nintendo 3DS – Stake your claim in ten towns across the state of Texas as you go all in to win cash, transportation, real estate, and ultimately become the Governor of Poker!

Nintendo eShop Deals:

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DuckTales Remastered for Wii U – Until 9am PT on April 17th, get this remake of Capcom and Disney’s NES classic for 50 percent off. Join Uncle Scrooge, his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, the hapless pilot Launchpad McQuack, and the power-armored superhero Gizmoduck as they seek out five legendary treasures found across such locations as the Amazon, Transylvania, and even the moon! Unlike the original, this version also features voice acting with most of the Disney cast reprising their roles, including the 94 year-old Alan Young, who sounds as good now as he did when he voiced the cartoon 25 years ago!

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Escape from Zombie City for Nintendo 3DS – From 9am PT on April 12th until 9am PT on April 27th, this title is 50 percent off.

G-Style Co. Games – Beginning at 9am PT on April 12th and ending at 9am PT on April 27th, select G-Style games will be on sale in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, including Crazy Construction, Crazy Construction, Crazy Construction, and Crazy Construction.

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Permanent Price Drop: My Farm for Wii U – This title is now $4.99, down from the $7.99 it was previously priced at.

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

In the latest edition of Nintendo Direct, the company not only revealed a closer look at several of the games coming out this holiday season, but also revealed a previously unannounced title and an unfortunate delay. Following is a recap of the video (seen above) for those unable to view it by way of Nintendo’s press release.

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Kirby, Kirby, Kirby, that’s a name you should know; Kirby, Kirby, Kirby, now on Wii U Virtual Console!

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This item might have snuck up on some of you, just as it did me: The release of Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition for the Wii will be released this Sunday, September 16th, 2012 to celebrate 20 years of Nintendo’s tough cream puff. Six titles spanning the Game Boy, Super NES, and even the Nintendo 64 will be collected in this package with a suggested retail price of $39.99, and it also includes a special edition soundtrack CD and special edition collectible book (which details Kirby’s history and development), and more.

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The Nintendo eShop “8-Bit Summer” continues this week, but the oldschool goodness goes well beyond the confines of the eShop’s virtual walls, and those of the Nintendo 3DS as well! But don’t worry, not everything oldschool is… well, old. There are some new titles in here, and a modern classic inspired by those titles sees a discounted price for the weekend, too.

First up are our “8-Bit Summer” headliners, Kirby’s Pinball Land ($3.99) and The Sword of Hope ($2.99). In Kirby’s Pinball Land, one player gets to experience arcade-style action from 1993 as they help Kirby, now in a ball form, take on some familiar enemies in an unfamiliar way as he bounces through each pinball table-like stage.

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