The Nintendo Download – 5/1/2014

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.

This week feels… familiar. The reason, of course, being that two of this week’s releases have ties to two other recent releases, with one being a sequel to a recently reviewed game, and another being the prequel to another.

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NES Remix 2 for Wii U – Available April 25th: Whereas the first NES Remix focused on the earlier releases in the Nintendo Entertainment System library, from Balloon Fight to Wrecking Crew (with bits of Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda in between, of course), NES Remix 2 features more of the same bite-sized gameplay for later titles in the system’s life, such as Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Punch-Out!!, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. In addition, the right-to-left mirror version of Super Mario Bros., “Super Luigi Bros., is included, and those who own the original NES Remix will be able to pit their best scores against the world in Championship Mode.

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Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 for Wii U – The benchmark which no other Yoshi title has been able to surpass, this version of Yoshi’s Island is not the original, but rather the Game Boy Advance port. Even so, you can still see what drew the praise of gamers everywhere in this more economic version of the classic.

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Child of Light for Wii U – Available April 29th: A role playing game inspired by fairy tales, Child of Light follows the story of Aurora, the daughter of a duke, who finds herself swept away into the world of Lemuria. Play alone or have a friend help out by controlling the firefly Igniculus on the Wii U GamePad.

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Ava and Avior Save the Earth for Wii U – Learn about the importance of recycling with Ava and Avior in this edutainment adventure!

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Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends for Nintendo 3DS – Available April 29th: Mama is back, and she’s brought some friends with her! New activities, 50 fresh plants, and creative gardening fun await!

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Legacy of Oz: Dorothy’s Return for Nintendo 3DS – The villainous Jester has captured such legendary Oz characters as the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion, and it’s up to you to get them back in this strategy puzzle game.

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Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst for Nintendo 3DS – In the biggest Mystery Case Files game to date, Emma’s soul has been freed, but she has a warning: Evil still lurks in Ravenhearst Manor, and it’s up to you to solve the mystery through 150 new puzzle-filled scenes, now with an adventure-styled feel and a new soundtrack.

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Me & My Furry Patients 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Take care of your animal patients and keep them disease-free in this animal doctor simulation.

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Sea Battle for Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo DSiWare – This new rendition of the classic Battleship features wireless play, different difficulty levels, and three modes: Classic, Missions, and the new Modern mode, which contains such additional features as mines and diagonal ship placement.

Demo:

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Mario Golf: World Tour – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DSMario Golf: World Tour arrives on May 2nd, and this demo version allows you to get in a little practice before hitting the greens of the Mushroom Kingdom.

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Nintendo eShop Sale: – Until 9am PT on May 8th, select Joindots games for Nintendo 3DS are now on sale in the Nintendo eShop, including Funfair Party Games, Gardenscapes, Secret Agent Files: Miami, and 3D MahJongg.

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

Everyone was waiting with bated breath to see what Nintendo would reveal in their next Nintendo Direct, the first one of the year 2014 and the first one since their ever-controversial financial report earlier this year. What was in store? Well, you can view it in its entirety above, or read on to find out!

An Assist Trophy no more! Things got off to a hot start with a new trailer for Super Smash Bros. which revealed a new character in the game that fans have long been hopeful for. Previously, director Masahiro Sakurai expressed concern that there wouldn’t be enough moves for a complete set, but it looks like Little Mac of Punch-Out!! fame has learned a few new tricks since contenders were being considered for Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

I knew that was no wrestling ring being shown off in previous trailers, and with the World Video Boxing Association logo now clearly displayed, its purpose is all too clear. Little Mac himself looks rather potent, too– he looks like he could end up being a favorite of competitive Smash Bros. players with his rapid close-range attacks and killer uppercuts, though his air game appears to be a little on the weak side. In any case, he should be fun to try out.

Super Smash Bros. is set to be released later this year; my money is on the holidays.

I never thought I’d see the day. The Mario Kart 8 announcement revealed not one, not two, but seven new racers: Bowser’s Koopalings! For the first time ever, Larry, Morton, Wendy O., Iggy, Roy, Lemmy, and Ludwig are all playable characters. I figured they used Bowser Jr. because it was easier to feature one, rather than seven. Seems they’ll have a harder time keeping them out of other games now, too. My only concern is whether they’ve come at the expense of other racers– still wanting R.O.B. and Funky Kong to come back over here.

Mario Kart 8 is on-track for a May 30th release.

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It’s been a while since Nintendo last said anything about bringing Game Boy Advance games to the Wii U Virtual Console, but today we got an update. Starting in April, releases will include Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, with more to follow “every month.” I was sort of hoping for Super Mario Advance and Wario Land 4, personally, but this is a decent start… though to be honest, I’d much rather have the Super NES version of Yoshi’s Island. What’s the hold-up there? In addition, I hope we see Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, but mainly if Nintendo has a way to implement the eReader cards.

Bayonetta 2 has a new trailer showing off some new features as well, and is coming later this year.

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The latest from Monolith Soft, the enigmatic “X”, does not have its own separate trailer, unfortunately. Nintendo Direct did show new footage and revealed that “the game’s battle system is based on Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii,” and that “additional updates will be announced in the future.”

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A sequel to the recently-released eShop title, NES Remix (review coming soon), will be arriving on April 25th. This installment features a batch of new NES titles with new challenges, including Ice Hockey, Dr. Mario, the curiously renamed Mario Open Golf (previously NES Open Tournament Golf), Metroid, Kid Icarus, and some of my favorites: Super Mario Bros. 2, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and Super Mario Bros. 3, among others still.

Like its predecessor, NES Remix 2 will be $14.99, but this one features an unlockable game as well: A full version of Super Luigi Bros., the left-scrolling, high-jumping Super Mario Bros. remix available in bits and pieces in the first game.

The last item on the Wii U front has no screens or video of its own, and is called Child of Light, an Ubisoft role playing game that will be available in the Wii U eShop for $14.99 on April 30th. Joined by her firefly companion Igniculous, Princess Aurora is out to fight monsters and solve puzzles in order to retrieve three sources of light from the evil queen.

Read on for the latest in Nintendo 3DS news!

It’s almost time to hit the links in Mario Golf: World Tour, and Nintendo Direct teases us with the latest on this previously announced title.

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357px-LuigihattipEarlier today, Nintendo of America (and Europe, and Japan) ran a new “Nintendo Direct” video, which you can find here. Over the course of the video, we were updated on a number of upcoming titles, but several previously-unannounced titles were revealed as well.

Perhaps the biggest news of the show, however, was that 2013 would mark “The Year of Luigi.” We already knew about the upcoming release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for the Nintendo 3DS, but Nintendo seems keen on giving the younger Mario Brother the spotlight with a number of upcoming new releases, whether they feature Mario or not.

What follows are several of the announcements, accompanied by my own thoughts on each and screens (where available).

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