The Nintendo Download – 3/19/2015

On the Wii U this week, we have Mario and friends partying down. On the Nintendo 3DS, we have a new Fossil Fighters.

Nope, I don’t think there is ever going to be a better time for me to post this on Mario’s Hat than right now:

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Mario Party 10 for Wii U – Available March 20th, the tenth numbered installment (don’t forget the portable versions!) of the long-running series puts the power of the King of the Koopas into the hands of the player using the GamePad! A new mode also uses Mario-themed amiibo for a new experience as well! Or you can just play the classic way. Check out a trailer here.

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Elliot Quest for Wii U – In the words of Simon Furman, “I never did want to live forever.” Unfortunately for the hero of this 8-bit-styled retro adventure role playing game, that’s just what he’s been cursed with and is on a quest to cure. Uncover secrets, find more powerful weapons, and search for the ancient demon residing on Urele Island– maybe he can help with that whole “not dying” thing, you know? Check out the trailer here.

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Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament for Wii U – The Dream Champ Tournament is comprised of five worlds, and it’s up to you to help Klonoa eliminate the fellow contestants within each and lay claim to the magical items. With your Wind Bullet’s power to draw in enemies to use as platforms or weaponized projectiles, this ought to be a snap… right?

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PENTAPUZZLE for Wii U – You know the puzzles you occasionally get in the Monster Manor game in the Nintendo 3DS’s StreetPass Plaza? This is basically 70 levels of that, fitting all the different shaped blocks into the right position.

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Super Destronaut for Wii U – Featuring Classic and Time Attack modes, one or two players (simultaneous) can take on the space invaders attacking in this arcade classic-styled shooting game.

Fossil Fighters: Frontier for Nintendo 3DS – Available March 20th, the third installment in the Fossil Fighters series puts you behind the wheel of a custom fossil-finding vehicle in a 3D world. Gather up the bones, bring some vivosaurs to life, and pit them in combat against one another!

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Iron Combat: War in the Air for Nintendo 3DS – “The skies of future Earth are endless battlefields and you have volunteered to become a living weapon, the last hope to vanquish an evil corporation bent on enslaving mankind. Chase in the air as a sophisticated fighter aircraft, then transform into a hi-tech mecha to finish off the enemy.” Basically, you’re sort of a Transformer who’s more of an anime girl than a giant robot, and you can engage enemies in either your air fighter form or your mecha assault mode.

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Navy Commander for Nintendo 3DS – It’s Battleship, but with more features and options, such as adjusting grid size, number of ships, time limits, and using secret weapons. Two players can play together on a single console, or using two Nintendo 3DS systems with just one download of the game.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Lincoln vs. the Aliens, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, Skylanders Trap Team Air Theme, Skylanders Trap Team Life Theme, Skylanders Trap Team Magic Theme, and Skylanders Trap Team Tech Theme.

Nintendo eShop Sales (Prices in USD)

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Paper Monsters Recut for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on April 2nd, this title is reduced from $7.99 to $5.99, 25 percent off.

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Renegade Kid game sale for Wii U and Nintendo 3DSMoon Chronicles, Xeodrifter, and more from Renegade Kid are on sale until 8:59am PT on April 2nd.

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Turtle Tale for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on April 2nd, this title is reduced from $2.99 to $1.99, 33 percent off.

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Circle Entertainment game sale for Nintendo 3DSGlory of Generals, Quell Reflect, and Swords & Soldiers 3D are on sale until 8:59am PT on April 9th.

Bigben Interactive game sale for Nintendo 3DSSpot the Differences!, Viking Invasion 2 – Tower Defense, and more from Bigben Interactive are on sale until 8:59am PT on April 2nd.

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GameMill Entertainment game sale for Nintendo 3DSBig Hero 6: Battle in the Bay and Disney’s Frozen: Olaf’s Quest from GameMill Entertainment are on sale from 9am PT on March 20th until 8:59am PT on April 27th.

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Monster Combine TD for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on April 18th, this title is reduced from $8.00 to $4.99, 37 percent off.

Permanent Price Reduction

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GetClose: A game for RIVALS for Wii U – This title is reduced from $4.99 to $2.99.

Events/Activities

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – Medal March Tournament – “See how your Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with their friends and around the world! The Medal March Tournament will run through March 22. To keep updated on Nintendo’s Public Tournaments, opt in to notifications via the SpotPass feature in the game. Click here for more information. Good luck, agents!”

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars “Create your own levels in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars game and challenge players all over the world to complete them. You can also give tips to other creators and spread the word about your favorite levels. Click here to learn more about building levels so you can start earning stars!”

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D “The results of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D drawing challenge in Miiverse have been revealed by Eiji Aonuma, producer of The Legend of Zelda games. Aonuma also gave his comments on the recognized drawings. Click here to see the gallery!”

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

goldmarioboxWhile Bowser is going to be ready to crash Mario’s latest party this Friday, March 20th in Mario Party 10 for the Wii U, it looks like the eponymous plumber himself might be a little late to the shindig– or, at least, his fanciest incarnation will be.

It was revealed some time back that a limited “Gold Edition” Mario amiibo— a part of the new Super Mario line of Nintendo’s NFC-compatible figures– would be available exclusively at Walmart with the game’s launch in the United States. However, no mention was ever made of a Canadian release– at least, until now.

A Nintendo of Canada press release for the game also reveals that the 24 karat Koopa cruncher will arrive north of the border, but there is a bit of a delay to be had. While the U.S. gets the figure exclusively at Walmart in the coming days, Canada will see the figure a few weeks later on April 10th at a price of $15.99. On the plus side, there is no mention of any retailer exclusivity, so it would seem that any retailer who carries amiibo figures (save Target, obviously) may be fair game. I’ll keep you posted if anything says different.

The Gold Edition Mario amiibo should be functionally the same as the regular Super Mario Mario amiibo, which will start off as an exclusive part of a Mario Party 10 bundle at launch at a price of $69.99. That figure is also functionally the same as the Super Smash Bros. Mario amiibo, meaning you can use it in several different titles to unlock various goodies, play the amiibo Party mode of Mario Party 10, or train it to fight in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

However, while unlockables such as the race suits in Mario Kart 8 don’t require any data to be stored, functions in Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party 10 do, and you can only have one game’s data stored on the figure at a time– hence why more than one Mario amiibo might come in handy. A full list of Mario Party 10-compatible amiibo figures from both lines can be found here.

mp10crashthumbMario Party 10 isn’t scheduled to be released until March 20th, but those in select cities across Canada will have the opportunity to play it first… or at least before plunking down their hard-earned gold coins for a shot, at least.

Nintendo of Canada is inviting gamers to “crash” the latest Mario– er, “Bowser” Party at the following events:

Quebec:

March 5th – 6th: Cosmodome, 2150 autoroute des Laurentides, Laval, 9 am – 7 pm

March 7th – 8th: Cosmodome, 2150 autoroute des Laurentides, Laval, 10 am – 5 pm

Ontario:

March 19th – March 20th: Wonderful Wizard World, 195 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, 10 am – 6 pm

March 21st – March 22nd: Wonderful Wizard World, 195 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, 11 am – 6 pm

British Columbia:

March 19th – March 21st: BC Place Playdome, 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, 10:30 am – 9 pm

March 22nd: BC Place Playdome, 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, 10:30 am – 6 pm

The news post on Nintendo of Canada’s website doesn’t say anything about possible additional dates/venues, so this may very well be it, though if none of these work for you, you might want to check back.

What’s more, there is a note at the bottom: ” **Please note that these locations are at existing event venues, admission fees may apply.” None are singled out despite the double-asterisk in front of the note, so if you’re able, you might want to check into it before making a trip.