Games That Should Be Considered for Nintendo Switch

Written by Darrel Scott; edited by David Oxford

Many gamers would say that Nintendo has fallen behind Sony and Microsoft when it comes to major console gaming in the past decade or so. While there are legions of hardcore Nintendo loyalists out there, the Wii and Wii U simply weren’t as powerful as the latest Xbox and PlayStation devices. But if there’s one clear advantage that remains with Nintendo, it’s the company’s ability to tap into nostalgia and build on games that people grew up with.

So far, the new Nintendo Switch is looking like an interesting play. Sales for the new console are reportedly off to a phenomenal start, and it seems that the experiment is paying off. Gamers appreciate the idea of a console that essentially doubles as a mobile gaming device, and Nintendo appears to have executed the concept pretty well.

Another reason the Switch seems to be performing well is related to the aforementioned ability to tap into nostalgia. Among the console’s best launch titles, players can find new games for the likes of The Legend of Zelda and Bomberman, two beloved franchises that have been off the shelves for quite some time. These aren’t the only good games you can play on the Switch, but it stands to reason they’re helping to drive sales.

With that said, here are a few more games Nintendo might be wise to explore for the Switch, both from its own past and to get at gamers’ nostalgia in general.

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Super Mario RPG

There will be plenty of Mario-related games that come out on the Switch, but Nintendo would still do well to reboot this underrated classic. Those who played Super Mario RPG (on Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Wii Virtual Console) know that it still stands as one of the most entertaining role playing games of all time. In fact, just last year an article emerged expressing that in 20 years, few Nintendo games have lived up to this one. Throw in the fact that an RPG is one of the easier genres or formats to flip seamlessly between mobile and console gaming, and this seems like a no-brainer.

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GoldenEye 007

Shooters are tricky on a device like the mobile component of the Switch. This iconic first person shooter was actually rebooted to somewhat mediocre effect for the Wii a few years ago, but a new flagship Nintendo device without a fresh attempt at resurrecting GoldenEye’s glory just seems like a shame! Plus, it could pave the way for a new generation of James Bond games, which have always been fun.

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X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

In a way, it feels like the year of Wolverine (thanks to Hugh Jackman’s final film as the legendary Canadian hero). Still, despite the recent surge in popularity we haven’t seen a major Wolverine game in quite some time. Some of the most recent games starring the fearsome mutant are online slot reels that are more fun than you might think. These casual web games are actually considered to be among the most popular and entertaining around, and frequently adopt characters and series from popular entertainment, with the result that there are currently multiple Wolverine– and X-Men-related games in circulation. X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse was a classic platformer for the SNES back in 1994, and could be a great candidate for an update to the hybrid mobile and home console.

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Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version

Pokémon is more relevant than ever thanks to the explosive popularity of Pokémon GO, and Nintendo ought to go ahead and capitalize. Brand new versions of the original games, with better graphics and perhaps slightly more complex gameplay, would be a wonderful surprise. These games could work well on both mobile and console modes, and it’s hard to imagine this being anything but a major seller for the Nintendo Switch. It’s hard that there’s never been a proper Pokémon game for consoles (outside of titles like Pokkén Tournament and Pokémon Snap), but there are rumors that Game Freak might be looking to develop a new Pokémon game for the Switch, although it’s still far too early to know any details.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Turtles are also riding a wave of popularity with a younger generation but older fans probably still have fond memories of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games from the ’90s. These arcade brawlers recall a time when Nintendo dominated the console market and arcades were filled with the sounds of clinking quarters and the smell of stale pizza. While not exclusive to Nintendo, the Switch is perfectly suited to make the most of the iconic arcade gameplay and help acquaint a new audience with the older games starring the heroes in a half shell.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Mario’s Hat or any of Nyteworks’ staff.

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Good news and bad news time! The bad news is that this post is coming so late — I didn’t finish up with the Black Friday Weekly Deals until around 9am in the morning (if you appreciate the effort that went into that, feel free to look at my Patreon, or stay tuned for my upcoming Gift Guide for a way to help me out here), and I didn’t get up until it was time to go to dinner.

So what’s the good news? Well, you’re really not missing much of anything — not that it’s for me to judge, but if it looked like a good update, I might have done that before going out. still, with American Thanksgiving, it wasn’t too likely Nintendo would roll out much this week.

Anyway, getting right to it!

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Konami Krazy Racers for Wii U – The kraziest part is that the Wii U Virtual Console feels like the most gaming-related activity we’ve seen out of the company in quite some time, not counting Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (on sale for Black Friday weekend; check the above link for details). 12 of their best and brightest hailing from titles such as Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Castlevania, Gradius, and Metal Gear Solid — among others — bring their own unique abilities to the 16 racetracks in this Game Boy Advance title.

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Cutie Pets Jump Rope for Wii U – Up to five platypus players compete to be the champion rope-jumper. Last one standing wears the crown, and earning Achievements gets you Miiverse stamps to collect.

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Pet Hospital for Nintendo 3DS – Dr. Robert isn’t doing so hot with his veterinary practice, so it’s up to you to hone your skills and save his operation from… they don’t really say. Closure, probably. Then who will care for the wee turtles? Probably no one, because the list of animals you’ll be performing your list of 23 treatments and operations on include cats, dogs, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, and even horses, but no turtles.

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I Love My Pony – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Sure, you may love your pony, but do you love your pony enough to pay $24.99? Find out with this free demo!

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

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National StreetPass Weekend: Thanksgiving Edition – From November 26th through 29th, stop at any of the 29,000+ Nintendo Zone hotspots throughout North America with your Nintendo 3DS system and you can get up to six StreetPass tags from across the globe. What’s more, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer players may run into a special character inspired by the Monster Hunter series, Felyne.

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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Konami’s gotten a lot of bad press lately, but this? Today’s slight feels downright personal. But we’ll get into that momentarily; first, on to business.

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Nintendo Badge Arcade for Nintendo 3DS – A “free to start” game that allows you to acquire “badges” that you can use to label folders and decorate your Nintendo 3DS Home menu with. Just know that this game uses real money, too!

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Stella Glow for Nintendo 3DS – Available November 17th, you’ll need to use your weapons, magic, and strategy to defeat the Witch of Destruction, thereby saving the world.

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Horse Life 4 for Nintendo 3DS – I accidentally misread this title as “Horse 4 Life”, and it seemed a lot more interesting in that moment. Then I clicked the link and… yeah, it’s pretty much what you’d expect. Up to four players can create and customize their character and one of 12 breeds of horses for missions and competitions.

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JOHNNY’S PAYDAY PANIC – Full and Demo Versions for Nintendo 3DS – Johnny wants to be a Big Shot, but first he’s got to get paid! Take on a number of jobs at various establishments with their own unique challenges, making customers’ orders just the way they ask!

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Moco Moco Friends for Nintendo 3DS – Available November 17th, become the Plushkin Master by gathering loads of cuddly monsters and building up your skills in this twist on the role playing game genre.

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Samurai Defender – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Not sure if this defense-style game is your cup of tea? Then try the free demo!

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Monster High: New Ghoul in School for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U – Available November 17th, get to know your new classmates at Monster High, but beware as the student body has fallen under the control of Spookenhamen’s curse!

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Girls Like Robots for Wii U – One or two players work to try to place everyone on the grid next to others they’ll get along with. Can you make a perfect match?

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Test Your Mind for Wii U – “Trick questions, puzzles, tests of memory, and more!” Can you keep up with the ever-changing rules and figure out what’s needed to pass the test?

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Word Party – Full and Demo Versions for Wii U – Up to five players need to think fast in these 28 mini-games, “featuring bees, robots, fish, spaceships and more.” Word search, anagrams, and crosswords are among the challenges you’ll face at this party.

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Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX for Wii U – I’m pretty sure that my hands and Konami’s throat are one day destined to meet. Just two days ago, I was lamenting on Twitter about how they have still not given us the original Contra for the Nintendo Entertainment System on Virtual Console — any Virtual Console — while sequels Super C and Contra III: The Alien Wars have been on every Nintendo platform whose VC will support them (so Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U for Super C, Wii and Wii U for Contra III).

So what do they give me today? Contra! But not the right Contra.

As you might have figured out, Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX is the Game Boy Advance version of the aforementioned twice-released Contra III. This one lacks the two-player co-op of the original, and replaces the two top-down stages with two that were taken from Contra: Hard Corps for the SEGA Genesis — another Virtual Console no-show I’d love to play, but not like this.

Okay, so I know this isn’t really aimed at me — in writing this, I learned that Europe got this game last week, and they obviously planned this out ahead. All the same, it’s still quite grating/galling that they won’t release the original, particularly as I’ve been holding off on buying any of them until the first is available so I can marathon the three main games.

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This week’s new theme is Stella Glow : “The Witches and Bubu.”

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

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You Have a New Client Waiting! – In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, a most unexpected client has arrived: Felyne from Capcom’s Monster Hunter! Available for a limited time through SpotPass, you’ll want to check the in-game Nintendo 3DS on the second floor of Nook’s Homes so you can help this Hunter out and get a bevy of Monster Hunter-themed items for your catalog.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Emerald City” Tournament – You know the drill by now: compete online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments to be the best, earning bragging rights and a unique title. This one runs from November 13th to November 16th.

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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supermetroidboxOnce more, the Power Button podcast crew of Matthew Green and Blake Grundman saw fit to have me sit among their ranks as the subject of the week turned to everyone’s favorite way to revitalize a flagging franchise: Reboots!

The three of us had quite a few ideas for games we’d like to see rebooted, and in some cases, just how we’d like to see them rebooted as well. The list is vast and varied, running the gamut of Mega Man (not suggested by me, believe it or not) to Donkey Kong to Ice Climber to Metroid to Battletoads, and even to Bubsy. Plus, at the top of the whole thing, we talked about the recent Sonic Boom and how that’s not a reboot, per se, and just why a reboot wouldn’t work for the Blue Blur anyway.

As always, you can get the episode from Stitcher, nab it on iTunes, go with the RSS feed with the podcast aggregation software of your choosing, or you can just download it or listen to it on the Press The Buttons website itself. The Power (Button) of choice is in your hands!

Oh, and for those wondering? We’ll be talking more video game comics with some special guests real soon. That’s right– they had me back for more! So please, give it a listen, and feel free to leave comments! Heck, there’s even a hotline at (720) 722-2781 if you want to yell at me or something.

Wow, the penultimate Nintendo Download before Halloween is a bigger one than we’ve seen in a while!

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Bayonetta 2 for Wii U – Available October 24th: The witch is back, and she’s more powerful than ever before with new movies like the Umbran Climax to take out angels and demons in over-the-top action. The free demo is already available, and you can check out a trailer here

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Bayonetta for Wii U – Also available October 24th is the original title which brought Bayonetta to the masses, now with new features such as Nintendo-themed character costumes for Bayonetta to wear and use against her foes.

Plus, “anyone who purchases the digital version of Bayonetta or Bayonetta 2 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U will receive an automatic discount that will be applied to the purchase of the other game, making the total for both games just $59.98.” Just like the two-for-one retail version!

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Just Dance 2015 for Wii U – “The world’s No. 1 dance game is back with new moves, game modes and more than 40 top tracks, featuring hit songs by Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Rihanna. In the new Community Remix, players become a Just Dance coach, while in the new Dance Challenger Mode, everyone can dance along or compete against players around the world.” You can find a trailer here.

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The Voice for Wii U – Based on the television show of the same name, you can belt out rock, R&B, country, and pop tunes as you venture from Blind Auditions to Battle Rounds and all the way to the Finale. Up to eight players can participate in the Party Mode.

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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow for Wii U – It’s 2035– do you know where your vampire hunters are? As Soma Cruz, you black out as you’re about to witness the first solar eclipse of the 21st century and awaken to find yourself in a mysterious castle. With the new Tactical Soul system to steal the powers of the foes you’ve defeated and turn them against their own dark brethren. Upon conquering the castle, four other modes await you…

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Fantasy Life for Nintendo 3DS – Available October 24th, you can take on any number of different roles in this role playing game adventure. Beyond the normal warriors and mages, you can also become a craftsman, a cook, or a merchant, each shaping a different journey for you. Check out the trailer here.

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Pokémon Art Academy for Nintendo 3DS – Available October 24th, you take on the role of an aspiring artist as Professor Andy teaches you how to draw Pokemon! You can view the trailer here, and while supplies last, those who purchase this game in the Nintendo eShop will gain a code to download a Special Demo Version of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for Nintendo 3DS – Shantae finally returns, but she is now without her genie magic. Now she must team up with her arch-nemesis, Risky Boots, and become a pirate in order to save Sequin Land from an evil curse. Click here for the trailer.

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Big Hero 6 Battle in the Bay for Nintendo 3DS – Available October 28th, this story takes place after the movie as Baymax, GoGo Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred attempt to save the city of San Fransokyo from a battlebot invasion.

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Castle Conqueror EX for Nintendo 3DS – “A real-time strategy game for casual gamers,” this title expands on the Nintendo DSiWare title of the same name. As one of four different heroes, you’ll lead your men through 50 stages of castle conquering as you seek to banish the evil empire from your land. New features include remade artificial intelligence and levels, redesigned items and hero abilities, and the ability to use Play Coins to boost battle effects in-game.

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KORG DSN-12 for Nintendo 3DS – 12 monophonic synthesizers each allow you to add three effects, “allowing a broad range of powerful sounds that you would not expect from a game machine.”

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Power Rangers Super Megaforce for Nintendo 3DS – Available October 28th. Go Go Megaforce! The alien armada has invaded Earth, and as the Power Rangers Super Megaforce, you can use special Ranger Keys to unlock the powers of the Legendary Ranger teams of the past to fend off the invading forces.

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Secret Journeys: Cities of the World for Nintendo 3DS – A hidden object game featuring over 1,000 to find, spread throughout Venice, Mumbai, Beijing, and Nairobi.

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The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins for Nintendo 3DS – Available October 28th. In an original Avatar storyline penned by the TV show’s creators, Korra and her friends must stop an ancient evil who has emerged from a portal that threatens the balance of both worlds. Wield the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water in this role playing game.

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Magical Diary: Secret Sharing for Nintendo 3DS – A diary program which allows you to customize entries with stickers, paper designs, different font colors, customizable covers, emoji, and more. With wireless communication, you can then share your diary entries with friends.

Nintendo eShop Sales

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Sweet Memories: Black Jack for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on November 6th, this title is reduced from $3.99 to $2.79 (30 percent off).

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Wakedas for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on November 6th, this title is reduced from $2.99 to $1.99 (more than 30 percent off).

Coming Soon

Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land for Wii U – Coming October 30th.

Demon’s Crest for Wii U – Coming October 30th.

Gargoyle’s Quest II: The Demon Darkness for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Coming October 30th.

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

As Halloween draws ever nearer, more and more spooky games are coming out of the woodwork to keep us preoccupied until the witching hour.

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Bayonetta 2 – Free Demo for Wii U – You may remember from my impressions that while I didn’t get to play much of this, I did rather enjoy what I was able to participate in. I’m not sure if this is the same demo, but if you’ve never played Bayonetta before, then this may be a good way to acquaint yourself with this charming witch warrior. Not only will you get to wield new weapons in this chapter of Bayonetta’s tale, but you can also bring a friend along for 2-player online co-op fights. Check out a trailer for this one here before it comes out on October 24th.

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Castlevania: Circle of the Moon for Wii U – Wait, what’s The Scarlet Witch doing with Dracula? Anyway, once you’ve had a taste of Bayonetta, you can strap yourself in for the long haul with this trip to Castlevania from the Game Boy Advance library. As Nathan Graves, your goal is to rescue your mentor before he can be used to restore Dracula back to full power. Check out a trailer for it here.

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Art of Balance for Wii U – This physics-based puzzle game contains 200 levels, split-screen and online multiplayer, and touch controls as you just try to keep everything nice and balanced.

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Turtle Tale for Wii U – Originally released on the Nintendo 3DS earlier this year, now you can take up a Super Soaker as a turtle from the comfort of your television screen or the Wii U GamePad.

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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for Wii U – Available October 14th: The Pac is Back… again! New worlds, new power-ups, and the newly-added ability to play as Pac-Man’s friends Spiral and Cylindria as they defend Pac-World from the evil Lord Betrayus and his ghostly Underworld army. Check out the trailer here.

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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 for Nintendo 3DS – Also available October 14th, the Nintendo 3DS version is pretty much the same as the Wii U version this time around.

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Ninja Battle Heroes for Nintendo 3DS – Find the missing Yukimura and his Beast Brigade by using your katana and shuriken to make your way through Japan and defeat your foes. Gain Spirit power from fallen foes to use firewalls, ice pillars, cyclones, quakes, and even the power of flight.

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Petz Beach and Petz Countryside for Nintendo 3DS – 28 breeds of dogs, 6 breeds of cats, and over 200 in-game collectibles are there to be found in either of these two games, with Petz Beach sporting an “ocean vista with white sands, towering palm trees, and exotic ocean-themed Petz, including dolphins, polar bears, and penguins,” while Petz Countryside brings you “lush acres of green fields and exclusive Petz, such as a panda, a lion, and a bear.”

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Poptropica: Forgotten Islands for Nintendo 3DS – “The #1 virtual world for kids” is now on the Nintendo 3DS, and you can set sail in your blimp to explore exotic islands while avoiding obstacles. Embark on quests and discover the islands’ hidden past by uncovering artifacts. Players “must uncover the truth and prevent a shadowy force from destroying this precious history forever!”

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Riding Star 3D for Nintendo 3DS – You’ll need to train your horse’s speed, stamina, and jumping power in order to master the challenges of show-jumping, dressage, and military events. You can also take care of your horse’s grooming and dietary needs, and “ride in hot seat mode with up to six players,” as well as “compete in team play mode against other nations with up to four players.”

Nintendo eShop Sales

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Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition for Wii U – Reduced from $14.99 to $9.75 (more than 30 percent off) until 8:59am PT on October 16th.

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Gravity Badgers for Wii U – Reduced from $4.99 to $2.49 (50 percent off) from 9am PT on October 15th until 8:59am PT on October 29th.

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Swords & Soldiers 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Reduced from $7.99 to $5.59 (30 percent off) until 8:59am PT on October 23rd.

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Darts Up 3D and Soccer Up 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Up to 70 percent off until 8:59am PT on October 30th.

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Cypronia games sale for Nintendo 3DSColor Zen, Angry Bunnies, and more from Cypronia games are on sale until 8:59am PT on November 25th.

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Teyon games sale for Nintendo 3DSSkater Cat, Governor of Poker, and more from Teyon games are on sale until 8:59am PT on October 30th.

Coming Soon

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance for Wii U – Coming October 16th.

Harvest Moon 2 for Nintendo 3DS – Coming October 16th.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow for Wii U – Coming October 16th.

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

October begins, and what the first Nintendo Download lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. Well, sort of. Mostly. Read on to see.

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS – Available on October 3rd, I’m not sure what’s left to say about this game except for what will be in my review… which will be posted tomorrow, when all embargoes are off. In the meantime, get hyped (if you’re not already) by watching this trailer, and know this one thing: I like it.

Oh, Nintendo adds “Fans planning on purchasing Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS at launch can save time by downloading the free game update (ver. 1.0.2) in advance. It’s available starting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 2 in the Nintendo eShop and is required for online mode.” I think that’s the same update I already got, and it didn’t take a long time for me to download, but it might be better to be safe than sorry.

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Tenkai Knights Brave Battle for Nintendo 3DS – Available October 7th, it’s hard to get a good idea of what this game offers from the description, except that it has four heroes and combining, transforming, and shapeshifting robots. That might be enough for a sell right there.

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Color Zen – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Match colors to win through 460 levels in the main game, or try a sample with this new free demo in the Nintendo eShop.

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Castlevania Dracula X for Wii U – This semi-prequel to the highly acclaimed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is the alternate Super NES version of the Japan-only TurboGrafx CD classic Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. Though some say it holds up as a Castlevania title in general, most feel that it pales in comparison to its TurboGrafx counterpart, which is available on the Wii Virtual Console (accessible in the Wii Mode menu of the Wii U), but without the Wii U Virtual Console features such as Restore Points. You can check out a trailer for it here.

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99Seconds for Wii U – Slow down time to dodge those who would see you destroyed for reaching the mysterious realm of Bit 8. You can also join forces with up to four friends to try to win the day!

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Red Riding Hood for Wii U – You know the story, but now, you can affect the outcome as you choose your own path through this fairy tale classic.

Nintendo eShop Sales

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Poker Dice Solitaire Future for Wii U – Until October 30th, this title is reduced by 30 percent from 99 cents to 69 cents. I won’t do a full review, but I’ll say that in my opinion, it’s decent enough to be worth that price.

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Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on October 23rd, this title has been mysteriously reduced by “more than” 30 percent, from $8.99 to $5.99.

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Tappingo for Nintendo 3DS – Similarly, this title has also been reduced by “more than” 30 percent, from $2.99 to $1.99 until 8:59am PT on October 16th.

Price Reduction

Just Dance Kids 2014 for Wii U – Beginning October 6th, this title will be reduced from $29.99 to $19.99.

Coming Soon

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon for Wii U – Coming October 9th.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance for Wii U – Coming October 16th.

Harvest Moon 2 for Nintendo 3DS – Coming October 16th.

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

Wow, we’re back to another slim week… possibly the slimmest in quite some time!

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Super C for Wii U – The Red Falcon is back! Or, at least, he would be, if Konami would ever bother to release the original Contra on any Virtual Console, ever. Nonetheless, this run ‘n gun shoot ’em up for one or two simultaneous players is a classic as you take Bill Rizer and Lance Bean deep into the heart of enemy territory to wipe out the threat of alien invasion which has manifested itself deep in the minds of the Earth’s allied military forces stationed at Fort Firestorm!

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Aeternoblade for Nintendo 3DS – Available on February 18th: You’ve had a chance to play the free demo in the Nintendo eShop since December, now you can put the skills you’ve acquired to the test as you aid Freya and Vernia on their quest to exact revenge on Beladim, the Lord of Mist who destroyed Freya’s village!

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Spot the Differences! for Nintendo 3DS – 150 photos of landscapes, decorations, animals, still life, and more challenge you to find all of the differences between two very similar but nonetheless different photos.

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Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party for Wii U – Not a new addition to the eShop, but rather, the promised update of six new games to the roster. Those who purchased it already will get the update for free, but from this point onward, the price in the Wii U eShop will increase.

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Nintendo eShop Sale: Rising Star games for Nintendo 3DS – Until 9am PT on March 13th, Beyblade Evolution, Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2, and Girl’s Fashion Shoot are on sale.

That’s it for this week. With any luck, the new Nintendo Direct scheduled for later today will herald some surprise additions to the eShop. Until then, though, you can check out more screens, videos, and info on each of this week’s releases and sale items by clicking the corresponding links above.

Wow, this one’s even shorter than last week! But at least it has a really good classic to look at.

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Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Long before Symphony of the Night made free-roaming exploration a natural part of Castlevania lore, there was Simon’s Quest. This is personally my favorite of the three NES Castlevania titles, and admittedly the easiest, too. So if you’ve found the original or Dracula’s Curse too daunting, then give this one a try!

After Simon’s successful defeat of Dracula in the original game, he finds a curse has been placed not only on himself, but the Transylvania countryside as well. The key to lifting the curse is to venture into the five mansions spread across the land, built to house Dracula’s rib, eye, nail, ring, and heart, and return them to the count’s ruined castle so that he may be revived for one final showdown. Fortunately, you can use some of them to your own benefit, such as wielding Dracula’s rib as a shield to deflect enemy attacks.

The gameplay allows you to build experience and acquire items in a more permanent fashion than other games in the series, adding them to your inventory. Also, in a feature that’s relatively uncommon in the series, you’ll get to explore the whole of Transylvania, rather than just Dracula’s castle, including towns where some people are willing to aid Simon while others offer false hints to hinder his quest.

Just be careful as the sun sets; it’s a horrible night to have a curse, after all, and the townsfolk will lock their doors as zombies roam the streets and the creatures roaming the countryside become even stronger! But be careful with how you proceed, as the number of continues you use and the length of your journey will determine which of the game’s three endings you’ll receive.

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Unepic – During a role-playing game with his friends, Daniel is teleported to a castle and, thinking he’s hallucinating, decides to run his own adventure until he comes to his senses. With a 2D style, 200 rooms, seven bosses, and four levels of difficulty with three different endings, you’ll have to help Daniel master the 70 spells and 100 weapons he finds on his journey to make it to the end. Along the way, you can also craft your own potions, overcome challenges and earn achievements, and even be accompanied by some pets!

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F1 RACE STARS POWERED UP EDITION – New content is provided in this version of the game on the Wii U eShop, including four extra tracks and bonus accessory packs for your official cars and stars. Famous circuits have been transformed to feature jumps, loop-the-loops, and shortcuts in both single-player and up to 4-player split-screen. Now you just need to grab the right power-up to allow you to blast your way to the winner’s circle!

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Nintendo eShop Sale: Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl – From January 20th to 27th, Atlus’ adventure is $20 off.

And that’s everything for this week! As always, click the corresponding links above to find more information, pictures, and videos for each of this week’s releases!

Following yesterday’s announcements and releases, Nintendo still has a nice selection of new additions to the Nintendo eShop for today’s Nintendo Download. (That’s a lot of “Nintendo” for once sentence.)

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3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master – The seventh of SEGA’s eight-game 3D Classics series, Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master follows Joe Musashi as his enemies, the evil organization of Neo Zeed, has returned. Deadly weapons and lethal ninja arts are the order of the day as you seek to destroy the bio-ninjas threatening the city. In addition to a new 3D presentation, you can also choose which round you start at.

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3D Streets of Rage – The eighth and final SEGA 3D Classic (at least, for now) follows three young ex-police officers as they strive to clean up the city’s streets of crime the old-fashioned way. In addition to new 3D visuals, this title sports local multiplayer for one other person and a new “Single Hit K.O.” mode to help you power through.

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Nano Assault Neo – Demo Version – This demo of the sci-fi action game tasks you with stopping the Nanostray virus from spreading across the Nano cosmos. Are you up to the challenge?

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Castlevania – Simon Belmont embarks on his legendary first quest to free the people of Transylvania from the tyranny of Count Dracula in this very challenging classic NES title. Vampire bats, Medusa, the Frankenstein monster, twin mummies, and even Death itself stand between you and your goal, but thanks to the Wii U Virtual Console’s Restore Points, it’s easier than ever to keep coming back and bring Dracula down for the count.

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Little Inferno – On sale for 50 percent off until 9am PT on January 2nd, this game has you “burn flaming logs, screaming robots, credit cards, batteries, exploding fish, unstable nuclear devices and tiny galaxies in an adventure that takes place almost entirely in front of a fireplace.” Why invest in a virtual fireplace for your television when you can play with an interactive one?

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Knytt Underground – An M-rated title for up to four players, this title presents a “unique adventure delivering zen-like gameplay, vibrant environments and dynamic characters”. The planet was all but destroyed 500 years ago by humans who have since left, leaving a remaining population of “sprites” to dwell in underground tunnels. Unfortunately, the time has come for the six bells of fate to be rung, lest what’s left of the planet be destroyed, and ringing those bells is all up to you!

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Crash ‘n the Boys Street Challenge – The son of a rich industrialist has had it with Crash and his Southside Boys, and has decided to bring the heat by enlisting three other schools to take them down in a series of unsanctioned street challenges. Will you side with Crash, or enlist with one of the other schools? Once you’ve decided where your loyalties lie, it’s off to compete in the 400 meter hurdles, Hammer Throw, Swimming, Rooftop Jumping, and Judo events to establish supremacy.

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Banana Bliss: Jungle Puzzles – Morris the monkey is on a puzzle-based adventure through 300 levels spread across seven jungle-themed worlds as he attempts to collect as many hearts as possible for his girl, Molly, and he needs your help! Just watch out for spiked urchins, poisonous snails, and other dangerous critters who will get in your way!

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Winter Sports – Feel the Spirit – Up to four players compete as you choose from one of 20 nations to take on 50 winter sport challenges! Engage in seven disciplines, including the three new Ice Speedway, Cross-Country Skiing, and Curling events!

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Brunch Panic – Demo Version – Bonnie is combining her love of travel with her love of food by taking her food truck through 50 levels of customer service, and now you can even try a free sample of what she’s bringing to the table before committing to a purchase.

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World Conqueror 3D – Demo Version – This World War II strategy game now has a free demo available for you to try out! Can you lead your forces of soldiers, tanks, and artillery to take over enough territories to win the war?

That’s everything for this week. As always, click the corresponding links above for more info, more screens, and in some cases, even some video for each of this week’s releases.

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This week’s Nintendo Download kicks things off in style with the free downloadable demo of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, which will be available at retail and in the Nintendo 3DS eShop on March 5th. Taking place a quarter-century after the events of the original Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, we get to see what this newly-rebooted universe has in store for such fan favorites of Castlevania lore as Trevor Belmont, Alucard, and of course, Simon Belmont, who may finally get his due.

For my thoughts on the game based on the demo presented at E3 last year (which may or may not be similar to this one [Update: It’s pretty much the exact same one]), click here.

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Prior to the launch of Mario’s Hat, I expressed my excitement regarding Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate on PoisonMushroom.Org. In particular, I was excited about the shift from the hero of the original Lords of Shadow game, Gabriel Belmont, to others characters from the franchise’s history– Simon Belmont, in particular.

Sadly, at Nintendo of Canada’s post-E3 event, the demo I got to play was completely devoid of Simon. However, Trevor Belmont was available, with Combat Cross at the ready. And so the more gentlemanly Belmont and I set out together to explore the depths of the haunted castle which lay before us.

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