The Nintendo Download – 6/2/2016

E3 lurks in the distance, and things are quiet… but not too quiet…

Kick & Fennick for Wii U – Kick is a young boy out to help his robot companion, Fennick, by traveling through 45 levels and blasting baddies with a gun that has enough “kick” to launch him from place to place!

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Metroid Prime Hunters for Wii U – Samus Aran and six of the fiercest bounty hunters in the galaxy are in pursuit of the treasure of a lost warrior civilization in order to claim its untold power for themselves.

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B3 Game Expo for Bees for Wii U – Take on the role of the newest security bee at the convention hive for the bee gaming convention known as B3. After being distracted by the pre-show hype, it’s time to make things right in this first-person shooter.

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153 Hand Video Poker for Wii U – You may be good at playing a winning hand in Poker, but can you handle 153 hands?

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Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble for Nintendo 3DS – Dixie Kong is back, and this time she’s got her oversized infant cousin Kiddy Kong with her to lend a hand as they fight their way through the Northern Kremisphere in search of Donkey and Diddy!

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SSSnakes for Nintendo 3DS – The classic returns, updated for a new era. Modern visuals appear on the top screen, while a more simplified map appears on the bottom. Plus, you can now shoot to take out rival snakes! Just don’t accidentally snack on yourself!

New DLC

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map V: Endless Dawn – In this fifth part of “Heirs of Fate,” Shigure leads the party storms the enemy. This pack goes for $1.99 USD. (I know this was posted last week. Strangely enough, this is what was in the press release; I’m not sure if it didn’t get released last week, or they just forgot to update this week’s.)

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.

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.

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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This week, Nintendo bounces back with a pretty solid lineup of titles, including three of the most celebrated games to ever grace the Super Nintendo Entertainment System’s library — if you have a New Nintendo 3DS, at least. If yours is without the New, you can still enjoy Square Enix’s latest role playin game tour de force. Meanwhile, over on Wii U, beta season is finally open for Bandai Namco’s intriguing new online multiplayer romp, Lost Reavers.

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Bravely Second: End Layer for Nintendo 3DS – In this direct follow-up to Bravely Default, Agnés Oblige is in trouble and it’s up to you — er, Yew — to save her!

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for Nintendo 3DS – This Super NES classic not only returned the Zelda series to its top-down roots, but effectively established the foundation for many games to follow.

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Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest for Nintendo 3DS – Donkey Kong has been kidnapped! Rather than cave in to the Kremlings’ ransom, Diddy Kong is taking charge to rescue his big buddy, and he’s got his ponytail-swinging girlfriend Dixie along for the ride in her breakout role.

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Super Metroid for Nintendo 3DS – What A Link to the Past did for Zelda, Super Metroid did for Metroid. Return to Planet Zebes to track down the stolen Metroid hatchling before the space pirates can use it to cause havoc across the galaxy!

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Langrisser Re:Incarnation -TENSEI- for Nintendo 3DS – Available April 19th: Your choices determine the outcome in various settings throughout the game. Three factions are in need of your leadership — will you choose the path of light, the road to darkness, or try to find another way?

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Super Strike Beach Volleyball for Nintendo 3DS – Choose from eight characters, each with their own patented Super Shot, and attain glory in Campaign mode, endure as many rounds as you can in Survivor mode, or just relax in Free Play mode.

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Excave III: Tower of Destiny for Nintendo 3DS – Join the heroine Scarlett on a hack and slash dungeon-crawling adventure through the auto-generated rooms of the Fantasy Tower!

Asdivine Hearts for Wii U – Restore light to this fantasy world by traveling alongside your four companions (plus a cat) and engaging in animated turn-based battles and sub-quests, among other challenges.

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Lost Reavers Beta Test Version for Wii U – The full service doesn’t launch until April 28th (for free, no less), but you can get some practice in this four-player cooperative game now.

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Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! for Wii U – What age is your brain? Join Dr. Ryuta Kawashima as he helps you figure it out, as well as exercising it through quick mental activities that will help keep your mind in shape.

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Draw 2 Survive for Wii U – Quick reflexes and split second decisions are the key to survival as you must “Draw 2 Survive,” whether by yourself or in a group of four in this free title.

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Slots – Pharaoh’s Riches for Wii U – Enjoy Las Vegas style slots, a pyramid bonus game, and more, all from the comfort of your Wii U.

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Dodge Club Party for Wii U – One, four, or five players can engage in this 16×16 square free-for-all based on the interactive installation that toured art galleries, night clubs, and festivals across North America.

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Paranautical Activity for Wii U – I’ll let the description speak for itself: “Paranautical Activity combines the classic FPS action of games like Doom and Quake, with the randomness and difficulty of modern roguelikes like Binding of Isaac and Spelunky.”

New DLC

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map – Ballistician Blitz and A Gift from Anna – For $1.99 USD, you can get the trial ground known as the Ballistician Blitz, based on The Wooden Calvary stage from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Choosing “A Gift from Anna” on the “Play DLC” section of the Dragon’s Gate after you download it gives you a free download that is playable only once, resulting in you receiving either the Sighting Lens or the Witch’s Mark. You can also purchase Map Pack 1 to get everything released through April 21st for less than you’d pay individually.

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This week’s new themes are “Animal Crossing : Gardening Weather” and “Bravely Second : Ask Agnès.”

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

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Spring into savings on Nintendo eShop with the Super Spring Sale! Save up to 30 percent off select games in Nintendo eShop until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 21. Remember: Purchasing items from Nintendo eShop is an easy way to earn points for the new My Nintendo rewards program. Just make sure your Nintendo Network ID and Nintendo Account are linked prior to making a purchase. Visit https://my.nintendo.com/ for more information.
    • Joe’s Diner (Wii U), Jewel Match 3 (Nintendo 3DS) and more games from Joindots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 21.
    • Shovel Knight – Digital Version (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 21.
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    • Runbow is 25 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $11.25) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 28.
    • Peg Solitaire, Skeasy and more games from RCMADIAX are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 20.
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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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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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At least one terrific game headlines the new releases this week, but there are also some pretty good games on sale in the Nintendo eShop, too! I recommend checking out Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for Wii U (not the Nintendo 3DS one) if you haven’t already — there’s even a free demo available!

Metroid: Zero Mission for Wii U – Did you know? 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Metroid, and Nintendo is kicking things off by releasing this reimagining of that landmark adventure on the Wii U Virtual Console! The original key elements are in place, augmented and enhanced by the advancements of a couple of decades’ worth of experience. Plus, when you beat the game, you’ll unlock the original Nintendo Entertainment System classic that started it all and will really put your skills to the test, giving you two games for the price of one!

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Near Earth Objects for Wii U – Take on 120 waves of Earth-destroying rocks hurtling through outer space to the ’90 Euro/rave-inspired soundtrack in this arcade-style shooter.

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Space Hulk for Wii U – Sorry, this isn’t Marvel’s Jade Giant taking on cosmic threats; rather, this is set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe as you control a small squad of Space Marine Terminators out to reclaim their honor by eliminating the Genestealers that have infested the eponymous space hulk.

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The Perplexing Orb for Wii U – Remember Marble Madness? Super Monkey Ball? This basically looks like those, as you guide your perplexing orb through a sky-high obstacle course to reach the goal.

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Wicked Monsters BLAST! HD+ for Wii U – You and up to three friends can take on the 15 mini-games at 20 levels of challenge in this shooting gallery.

Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails for Nintendo 3DS – Sandbox, strategy, and city simulation, all in one! Create your own world, then drive your own custom-built train through it!

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Slice It! for Nintendo 3DS – You only have a limited number of tries, but can you solve these geometric puzzles by drawing lines to create several identical smaller shapes?

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The Keep – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Unsure of whether this first-person dungeon crawler is your cup of tea? Find out now with this free demo!

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

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Winter Warm-Up Sale! – Warm up your new year with three weeks of savings in the Nintendo eShop! You’ll get up to 30 percent off select games in a new genre each week, including action, platforming and adventure. Don’t miss out – check back each week to see what’s on sale. This week’s deals start Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. and end Jan. 21 at 8:59 a.m. PT.

Activities

Hmm, this sounds familiar. A gorilla named Louie, who is a huge fan of all things Mushroom Kingdom, is looking for someone to decorate his house for him by way of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer‘s SpotPass feature. Just go to the Nintendo 3DS on the upstairs level of Nook’s Homes to take him on as a client and get a ton of Mario-themed items to decorate with!

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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The day before we left for Otakon, Nintendo held their “Summer Celebration and Media Showcase” for 2015. Those who have been following the site for a whole know that this is basically their smaller-scale Electronic Entertainment Expo showing for Canadian journalists who weren’t able to make it out to the big show in Los Angeles earlier in the summer.

Naturally, you couldn’t keep me away from an event like this. Writing about it until now, maybe (things have come up since; don’t ask), but I’ve been champing at the bit to go over what I got to play. Plus, I got to speak for a bit with Nintendo of Canada’s newest public relations representative, Andrew Collins, who you can meet in our video interview at the end of the column.

Now, without further ado…

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

This was admittedly not the first one I had my eye on, but it was the one with the shortest line when we got there, so I figured it was as good a place to start as any.

At this point, there’s admittedly not too much to say about it. The tennis graphics and Mario characters look great in high definition, and it plays well with traditional controls (I don’t know yet if the “New Play Control” style from Mario Power Tennis for Wii will be incorporated, but we can hope). However, the game seems really early on in development, or at least minimal in what it was showing, polished as it was. Only four characters were available — Mario, Bowser, Peach, and Toad — and only one power-up is available: the growth spurt-inducing Mega Mushroom, which allows you to cover a much greater portion of the court.

That said, this small peek is giving me hope that we’ll see a tennis game that has a bit more “Mario” to it than Mario Tennis Open did. While a fine game, it felt too much like tennis featuring Mario characters, rather than a true blending of the two. The incorporation of the Mega Mushroom here gives me hope, however.

Metroid Prime: Blast Ball

Here we come to what might be the most controversial title in Nintendo’s entire E3 lineup. Up front, I’ll say that I really don’t have any ill will towards this game: I remember Metroid Prime Pinball and have heard nothing but good about it, and I also remember going eight years between Super Metroid and the double-whammy of Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion. This doesn’t worry me at all.

That said, I was really hoping that the four-player cooperative game from Metroid Prime: Federation Force would be available, but all we got was Blast Ball. That said, it was kind of fun. Sort of like a futuristic American Gladiator-styled version of hockey or soccer, wherein teams of three use their weapons (rather than hockey sticks or their feet) to knock the big glowing ball into the opposing goal. Plus, there’s room for some roughhousing against the opposing team.

Overall, it was fun, but left me wanting to take part in the main course.

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash

Another confession: I’ve never really gotten to play Chibi Robo before. I actually have the Nintendo DS game around here somewhere, picked up at Toys R Us for a song, but never had the chance to dig in.

That said, this is my kind of thing: a platform game with a focus on using a wire of some kind as your main way of getting around. That said, it’s not quite like Bionic Commando Rearmed or Super Castlevania IV in that regard, but feels unique unto itself. Certain common elements come into play, as you use Chibi-Robo’s power cord to pull on blocks and climb over obstacles, but again, it’s not quite the same. Not in a bad way, just a different way.

I look forward to playing more when it comes out. It doesn’t seem like it’ll be too challenging, but just fun to go through — sort of like Kirby Triple Deluxe. I adored that game, so if this is anywhere near as much fun, then we’ll be in for a treat.

Yoshi’s Wooly World

Nadia and I gave this later build of Yoshi’s Woolly World another go, this time with me taking up Player 2 as the red Yoshi (my preference — still hoping for a red Yarn Yoshi amiibo).

From what we got to play, not too much was different from last year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The combination of new tricks and skills involving the yarn aesthetic with the gameplay of Yoshi’s Island — minus the crying baby, of course, has me feeling like this may just be the first truly worthwhile sequel to Yoshi’s Island. Of course, I’ve thought that before, though in those cases the games ended up trying less to be a successor to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System classic than just trying to be Yoshi’s Island — and typically coming up a bit short.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – Ryu

Only in a world where Super Smash Bros. is already a thing is it so easy to get to play as this was. The game has already been out the better part of the year, but Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was on display with everyone available to play. Already familiar with most of the roster and returning characters anyway, I immediately went for the most curious new addition: Ryu from Street Fighter.

What I played of him was… interesting. He really feels like a combination of his Street Fighter self with the Smash Bros. style, and takes a bit of getting used to — more than one match can sufficiently provide, I’m sure. Still, my familiarity with him in his home series helped ensure that I wasn’t easily disposed of, but nor did I win the match — I just avoided getting completely throttled.

Call me intrigued. I definitely want to play as him more, and play against him as well. For the moment, I’ve been holding back as I try to determine what the best option for my budget is with all this new content — buying it piecemeal as I go along, or just saving up and buying the bundles. Decisions, decisions…

Of course, seeing as I like Ken a lot more than Ryu, I’d have gotten him Day 1 had he been an option.

Super Mario Maker

I came back to this one a few times, though unlike last year, I didn’t bother trying to make a level. Oh no, there will be time for that… time I fully intend to take advantage of to craft a masterpiece.

Ahem. That said, I did play a few of the built-in levels included in the demo. One which particularly fascinated me was a stage I had seen someone else try — and fail — to complete. It’s basically simply running straight for the goal and avoiding enemies with only just enough time to succeed. If you’re off by the slightest margin, you die.

I gave it a shot… and failed. This level was a Super Mario World-styled creation, complete with the moving “H” finish line tape at the end. However, unlike the original game, merely crossing the finish line isn’t good enough; you must break the tape, which is a little trickier to pull off.

I stuck to it, and by Goomba, I did it. Took me a couple of tries, but I was apparently the first one to succeed at it that day. Having to repeat the performance, I was able to do it again… eventually. I had more hits than misses, but at least I was still able to pull it off for the small crowd who wanted to see it done.

If I’m not mistaken, Super Mario Maker is the first game on this list to be released, with September 11th marked on the calendar. I, for one, cannot wait.

Star Fox Zero

As eager as I am for Super Mario Maker, there’s no denying which game was the Star of the show. The line was long, and the demo wasn’t any shorter, but the time came to stick it out and ensure that at least one barrel roll would be done at my hands before leaving that day.

And it wasn’t as easy as that! Well, the barrel roll might have been, but Star Fox fans, take note: this is not the Star Fox you grew up with, at least from a control standpoint. The basics are all there, but just about the entire controller shy of the directional stick has been remapped. I think the R trigger is your gun, and A converts your Arwing to robot mode (fun, that). But a lot of functions, such as turning and somersaulting and boosting and slowing down, are now mapped to the right analog stick. It’s not bad once you get used to it, but going in blind can leave you a little disoriented.

In fact, after flying through what was basically a thematic remake of the first level of Star Fox 64, I was still figuring things out. I ended up losing at the final boss of the area when — in all the hype surrounding the game — I’d forgotten one of the new features: using the GamePad screen to aim. Whoops.

All told, it was a blast, and I wish I could have played more (there was a neat space station stage to play as well). It wasn’t especially difficult, at least thanks to my veteran Star Fox experience, but I think they may be toughening things up this time around as well. For instance (and my memory may be off here), but previous installments would allow you to glide along the surface of the planet with no problems, whereas here I seemed to take damage. Maybe that’s just a mechanic to help differentiate the walker mode, but either way, it’s one more reason that this is not just the same old Star Fox.

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

It’s The Legend of Zelda, and you know what? It really is rad.

I wasn’t expecting too much here that I hadn’t experienced before with The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition and Four Swords Adventures (solo, that one), but I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I had with it. I always enjoyed those previous four-player games, though I didn’t really get to play them with any more than one other player, so the loss of one count here didn’t really phase me. My wife, Nadia, took up a second Nintendo 3DS while Ian Flynn hopped on a third, and we chose unique outfits and got down to business.

Besides the stat-boosting outfits, the big difference maker is the whole totem pole mechanic. It doesn’t look like much in the videos, but in practice, it’s fun as you all have to work together — and occasionally swallow your pride if you end up stuck in the middle during a fight that requires a three-Link stack. Plus, you’re all sharing the same set of hearts this time, so watching out for one-another is more essential than ever.

Thankfully, with the wireless capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS (and freakin’ online), maybe I’ll finally get to experience one of these games the way they were meant to be experienced.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Sadly, my time here was all too brief.

Well, not too brief, I suppose. I got to partake in the Toad hunt which teaches you different tricks that Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario can do, and I got to engage in a boss battle against Peter Piranha as well. Fun stuff, but fairly typical for Mario & Luigi fare — which is of course already excellent.

Where I had to put things down was during the most unique part, the Papercraft Mario segment. Here, you have to tap the screen to a beat to charge up your army of Toads who will carry your folded Mariozord around the battlefield, charging into other foes and squashing them. Unfortunately, a leaky faucet has more rhythm than I do, so I never got past the charging stage. I’m certain I can do it in time, but time is not a luxury I had at that moment as I tried to squeeze in what I could between interviewing Mr. Collins and being shooed out the door.

On the bright side? At least the mechanics seem more solid than Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and it looks like the fun and personality may be back, too! With the team behind Mario & Luigi at the helm, I’m sure the Paper Mario crew are in good hands.

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This was the one game I didn’t get to play. Well, this and Splatoon, but since I’ve already played and reviewed the latter, it was a deliberate choice.

Chat with Andrew Collins

Towards the end of the event, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Andrew Collins, who is now serving the role previously filled by Mr. Matt Ryan at Nintendo of Canada. We talked about a variety of things, most of which involve the games which were on display at the event. Even though things were wrapping up, there was still a lot of noise pollution going on, so my apologies if everything doesn’t come through clearly. With that in mind, here are some highlights:

  • One needs to Metroid Prime: Blast Ball to truly appreciate it.
  • Adds that just because Metroid Prime: Federation Force is coming out next year, that doesn’t mean it’s the only version of Metroid they’re working on; likens it to the different branches of the Mario franchise, which had three very different games available on the show floor.
  • With The Legend of Zelda for Wii U delayed, rather than fill its void with another big heavy-hitter title, they’re focusing on releasing more of a variety of other titles.
  • The Yarn Yoshi amiibo bundle for Yoshi’s Woolly World is coming out in North America.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes will feature a single-player mode (involving the “rental” of two paper doll characters), but they’re keeping hush on most of the details for now.
  • Yo Kai Watch is a phenomenon in Japan; explains its concept of spirits found in everyday life. “Nice and family-oriented.”
  • The Yo Kai Watch TV show is coming over as well; details of Canadian airing are yet to be revealed.

And that’s it for this year’s event! Overall, I came away quite pleased with what was on display, and look forward to trying more of each of these titles in the future.

There will no doubt be more information and events to come as we progress through the year and into the holiday season, and I’ll bring you the latest News from the North as it happens!

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Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – From the makers of Fire Emblem comes this game in which you take control of a strike team of unexpected heroes from American folklore, brought together by none other than Abraham Lincoln himself. Not only can you use this demo to get in some practice before the release of the full game on March 13th, but you can transfer over medals and sub weapons earned here to the full game.

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Gunman Clive 2 for Nintendo 3DS – This Mega Man-esque western-themed platformer sees our hero, Clive, travel around the world to battle samurai, dinosaurs, and robots (can we hope for a samurai dinosaur robot?). Check out the trailer here.

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Drop Zone – Under Fire for Nintendo 3DS – 100 action-packed levels of free-falling action await as you maneuver around buildings and through gunfire.

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Jewel Quest The Sapphire Dragon for Nintendo 3DS – Solver jewel boards as you explore the globe in this puzzle-based adventure.

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SUMICO for Nintendo 3DS – Between an 82-level Campaign mode and an Endless mode, there is no shortage of puzzles to solve as you match numbers to equal the target totals.

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Shadow of the Ninja for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Play solo or with a friend through 16 stages of enemy territory in the world of 2029 A.D. Can you put an end to the iron-fisted rule of Emperor Garuda?

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Metroid Prime Trilogy for Wii U – This may just be the value of the year. Until 8:59am PT on February 5th, you’ll get not one, not two, but all three epic Metroid Prime adventures from Retro for $10.99– half the regular price. In this collection, the first two games have been remade to utilize the Wii Remote for precise aiming and scanning as well.

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Frenchy Bird for Wii U – There have been a lot of Flappy Bird clones following the insane success of the original, and this… is one of them. That said, it’s cheap and seems to have a lot more effort and heart (and even a touch of humor, at least in the trailer) put into it than most clones out there, so it may be worth a shot.

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Rock ’N Racing Off Road for Wii U – A top down off-road arcade racing game in the vein of such classics as Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Super Off Road, this title allows up to five players to race at once, plus other perks like Off-TV play for when you’re racing solo.

Nintendo eShop Sales

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“It’s the final week of the Throwback Sale! Save up to 50 percent on select games of past and current Nintendo console generations! Hurry, the sale ends at 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 5.”

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Curve Digital games for Wii UStealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones, Thomas Was Alone, and more are on sale until 8:59am PT on February 12th.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nintendo 3DS – These two titles are on sale until 8:59am PT on February 5th.

New Animal Crossing: New Leaf Items

“Between Feb. 1 and Nov. 7, every two weeks Nintendo will release a new item that has only been available in the Japanese version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. To get them, visit your nearest Nintendo Zone!”

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include “Mario’s Mighty Mustache” and “Luigi’s Mighty Mustache.”

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

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.

Special_deliveryRecently, I made my triumphant return to the Power Button podcast, but rather than talk about cartoons based on video games, I had the opportunity to chat about comics based on video games. Completely different!

This is actually going to be something of a recurring theme for a period, with more episodes to be recorded soon (complete with additional special guests), but this time out, I join with Mr. Matthew Green and Mr. Blake Grundman to focus exclusively on Nintendo-based comics. Specifically, the Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Captain N: The Game Master, Metroid, Punch-Out!!, and Super Mario Land-oriented Game Boy titles which made up Valiant’s Nintendo Comics System, as well as the Super Mario Adventures, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Star Fox, and Super Metroid comics which ran in Nintendo Power magazine over the course of a few years. Good timing, too, as I’ve spoken of both in recent.

Oh, and I get to briefly talk a bit about my own help-wanted work, Super Mario Bros. in Neo Bowser City, too.

As before, you can find this episode on Stitcher and iTunes, or just listen to it on the Press The Buttons itself, where you’ll find additional links/show notes which allow you to see some of the things we discussed for yourself in more detail.

So please, give it a listen, and feel free to leave comments! And stay tuned, because there is more to come!

It’s April, and Nintendo is kicking off the month with the launch of its new line of Game Boy Advance games for the Wii U Virtual Console. More are still to come, along with the NES legend Super Mario Bros. 3 on April 17th. But for now, here are this week’s releases.

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition for Wii U – The Nintendo 3DS follow-up to Batman: Arkham Origins comes to the Wii U with a deluxe edition featuring enhanced graphics, new maps and enemies, and different difficulty levels and bat suits.

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Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball for Nintendo 3DS – It’s baseball season, and Rusty is here to make you a deal. He has a lineup of add-on mini-games lined up based on batting, pitching, and fielding, and while you can just pay the flat fee to access these, you can also collect a variety of objects with which to haggle for a lower real-life price.

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Metroid Fusion for Wii U – In the (chronologically) final game of the Metroid series to date, Samus will have to rely on skills both new and old as she explores a space station full of X-parasites and the creatures they’ve infected. But will she be ready when she has to face her more-powerful self in the form of the SA-X, which is constantly on the hunt for her?

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Advance Wars for Wii U – As the new tactical adviser to the Orange Star Army, you’re faced with fending off an invasion with 18 different types of air, land, and sea-based units across 114 maps of turn-based warfare. Just be sure to heed the terrain and weather as you plan your next move!

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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for Wii U – Mario and Luigi are back, and must venture to the neighboring Beanbean Kingdom in pursuit of the villainous Cackletta and her assistant, Fawful, as they try to get back the stolen voice of Princess Peach. And who should decide to lend the Bros. a hand but… Bowser?!

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Super Monkey Ball 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Aiai and friends are back for more Monkey Ballin’ action on the Nintendo 3DS. Race to the finish line in Monkey Race, or square off in a Monkey Fight!

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Evofish for Wii U – Up to five players can partake in three different party modes as you survive and grow by eating smaller fish to become master of the ocean.

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Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst for Nintendo 3DS – Assume the role of the master detective in this hidden object game as you search for clues to unlock the secrets of Ravenhearst Manor. Find the pieces to the missing diary to tell the story and unlock the mystery.

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove for Wii U – Explore the town of Dire Grove in this hidden object game as you attempt to survive what was once thought to only be the stuff of legends and fairy tales.

Nintendo eShop Deal – Until 8:59am PT on April 10th, purchase Dr. Mario for the Wii U Virtual Console and receive $5 off the purchase of Dr. Luigi.

And that’s everything for this week! For more info on each of these releases, just click the corresponding link above for more images, video, and details!

If you are a member of Club Nintendo, a rewards program for Nintendo customers in Canada as well as the United States, then you should know by now that the Club year has ended as of June 30th, and if you’ve registered enough games and filled out enough surveys to qualify for Gold (300 Coins) or Platinum (600 Coins) status, then you are now able to select one free gift at no cost (of real money or Club Nintendo Coins) to you– and that includes free shipping!

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