New Additions to Nintendo Selects Line Announced

Nintendo has announced twelve new additions to its budget line of Nintendo Selects titles, the successor to their previous Player’s Choice line of best-sellers.

On March 11th, four games each will be re-released for the Wii, the Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U at a price of $29.99 CAD. These include Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Pikmin 3, and NES Remix Pack for the Wii U; The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Yoshi’s New Island, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, and Mario Party: Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS; and Super Mario Galaxy 2, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Super Mario All-Stars for the Wii, which are also playable on the Wii U.

“Whether you just picked up a new Wii U or Nintendo 3DS system over the holiday season or want to expand your ever-growing game collection, Nintendo Selects are a great, affordable option,” Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier, said in a press release. “Not only are these games easier than ever to enjoy, but they also represent some of our highest-quality offerings in recent memory.”

Having had the privilege and pleasure to review several of these titles over the years, here are links to those relevant reviews:

In addition, I have an old review of Animal Crossing: City Folk that I’ll see about publishing ahead of this release.

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Nintendo of Canada is bringing out its holiday best for 2013 as it plans to host events at malls across Canada. Unfortunately, the lineup of malls isn’t as big as the lineup of games they’re bringing, but if you’re able to make it, you’ll find them at the following locations on the corresponding dates:

  • Toronto, ON
    Square One: Nov 25 – Dec 8
    Toronto Eaton Center: Dec 9 – 15
  • Vancouver, BC
    Metrotown: Dec 2 – 29
  • Montreal, QC
    Carrefour Laval: Nov 25 – Dec 8

There, the following games will be available to try out:

Super Mario 3D World – At midnight tonight, Nintendo’s biggest card for the 2013 holiday season will be played. I’ve given my hands-on impressions here and analyzed one of the more recent trailers here; now it’s just time to work on the review, which is already in-progress.

I can’t say too much yet, but I’m two worlds in, and the game is a lot of fun. There is a lot going on here.

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EDGE – Following Toki Tori, EDGE is the second of three games to come to the Wii U eShop. An award-winning retro-inspired platformer, 100 levels await as you take control of the cube and help it wind its way through to the end.

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Brawl Brothers – After three friends from their martial arts gym get abducted, it’s up to Rick and Doug (aka “Hack” and “Slash”) to take the fight to the enemy’s air fortress in this two-player beat-em-up for the Virtual Console.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Return to the world of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in this all-new adventure! The world may seem familiar, but upon a closer look, much has changed since the last time you set foot in this version of Hyrule. And with a new baddy out to restore the Prince of Darkness, Link will have to give chase into the mirror world of Lorule to set things right. This one will be available at midnight tonight, and you can read my initial hands-on here and my analysis of one of the game’s biggest features here.

I’ve been playing this one for the past few days as well, and it’s looking like it should scratch the itch that many fans of classic Zelda have.

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Mario Party: Island Tour – Another November 22nd midnight release, four players can connect wirelessly to take on the first Mario Party game for the Nintendo 3DS. Seven new game boards and 80 mini-games await, among other new features. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to play this one yet, short of a few demos, so the jury is still out on this one.

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destines “Turnabout Reclaimed” DLCDual Destines sees the return of fan-favorite Phoenix Wright to the role of attorney, but how did he come back? That’s the question this downloadable game answers as Phoenix not only fights for his own redemption, but the salvation of the accused killer… whale.

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Coaster Crazy Deluxe – Think you have what it takes to build the ultimate roller coaster theme park? Many passengers have many different preferences, but if you can manage them all, you might become a real roller coaster tycoon! Only not, because that term belongs to another game.

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The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths – Puzzles, traps, and more await as you guide the children Esteban, Zia, and Tao through China to find the local City of Gold.

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City Connection – Leave your mark around the world by painting the roadways of New York City and beyond, but watch out! After swiping all of that paint, the cops are right on your tail! Fortunately, a well-placed oil can will send them spinning out of control, clearing your path to victory!

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Christmas Wonderland 3 – Santa needs your help! Can you find all of the hidden objects, solve all the puzzles, and light all the lights in sequence to make sure everyone has a Merry Christmas?

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Jewel Match 3 – Magic, fantasy, and the evil that razed your homeland to the ground await as you venture through the 100 huge levels and three modes of this Match 3 game to restore order and keep the villains at bay.

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Ohno Odyssey – Action, puzzles, and strategy await as you venture through 35 gravity-defying physics-based levels to rescue the alien Ohnos and help repair their mothership.

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Hands On! Tangrams – Available for Nintendo DSiWare and in the Nintendo 3DS eShop, you’ll find six to eight hours of gameplay as you experience ten themed levels with 100 pattern puzzles based on the 18th Century Chinese geometric tile game.

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“Your Favorite Gaming Friends” Sale, featuring Mega Man – Mega Man’s first four adventures are on sale this week in both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops. Rather than the $4.99 each would normally cost, you can get them for $3.49 each until 9am PST on November 28th. How many times can you thwart Dr. Wily’s evil schemes?

That’s all for this week. As always, click the corresponding links above to learn more about each of this week’s releases, including screens, videos, and more information.

In a move many have been saying the company should make, yet few ever actually expected them to actually do, Nintendo announced today the release of the new Nintendo 2DS: A new, more cost-effective version of the Nintendo 3DS which dispenses with the somewhat controversial stereoscopic 3D and clamshell design in favor of a form which should be more appealing to– among others– children, and moreover, the parents who buy things such as video game systems for them.

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