The Nintendo Download – 3/3/2016

Man, what a day — and this update is coming in a bit late. Fortunately, there isn’t too much here — but some good stuff nonetheless!

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Wii U – Available March 4th (perhaps even as you’re reading this): As a strange darkness falls over Hyrule, Link must join with Midna to embrace the powers of the beast within and free the land from the spell cast by the Twilight Realm.

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Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures for Wii U – Pac-Man is on a mission — several, actually, and needs your help to guide him not with a controller, but with a slingshot as you draw his attention to all sorts of things in an interactive world.

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Chasing Dead for Wii U – Another Earth has appeared in the sky, and contact with the agents sent to investigate has been lost. As a special Marine, your job is to fight off hordes of zombies on the other world as you search for clues and information left over from the initial crew.

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Steel Rivals for Wii U – Face off against another player or the computer in this tournament fighting game, or take on survival mode and see how long you can last as you unlock new outfits and stages all the while.

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Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas for Nintendo 3DS – Using her secret psychic powers, 16-year old Hitomi Akeneno must seek answers to the explosion on the luxury cruise ship she was invited to.

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The Hand of Panda for Nintendo 3DS – As Panda, develop mastery of “The Hand” technique that allows you to smash anything that lies in your way through this memory and reflex game.

Also, not listed as a part of the Nintendo Download (but revealed as part of the latest Nintendo Direct) are the following three Super Nintendo Entertainment System titles which are now available exclusively on New Nintendo 3DS’s Virtual Console through the Nintendo eShop:

Super Mario World for Nintendo 3DS – After the events of Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario, Luigi, and Peach go on vacation to Dinosaur Land. While there, though, Peach goes missing and the Bros. discover that the Koopas have been kidnapping and imprisoning the resident Yoshis in eggs! Help them bring peace back to Dinosaur Land in this Super NES launch title.

Pilotwings for Nintendo 3DS – Master your training in the arts of hang gliding, piloting a plane, skydiving, and controlling a rocket belt before taking on the ultimate test of your abilities in this Super NES launch title.

F-Zero for Nintendo 3DS – The year is 2560, and following mankind’s expansion to the stars and advancements in technology, “F-Zero” races featuring futuristic hovercars have become all the rage. Take on the role of either Captain Falcon, Dr. Stewart, Pico, or Samurai Goroh as they race for the checkered flag in the Super NES launch title!

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This week’s new themes are “Hatsune Miku Project Mirai DX: Sakura Mikudaiyo” and “Ashley’s Magic”.

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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A nice loadout today, even though the biggest names on the list won’t be available until tomorrow. But, as seen in the banner, at least we finally have some releases to the Wii U Virtual Console that are long overdue — I was wondering if they’d ever arrive!

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright for Nintendo 3DS – Available February 19th: Choose the family you were born to in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, and take on the corrupted Nohr kingdom alongside the family you never knew!

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest for Nintendo 3DS – Available February 19th: Choose the family you were raised by in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, and fight for change from within the misguided Nohr kingdom.

Fire Emblem Fates: Map Pack 1 for Nintendo 3DS – Available February 19th: 11 additional maps and bonus content are yours to be had with this downloadable content pack. Gain new insight into your allies and revisit some familiar faces from Fire Emblem Awakening. The first map is free, but additional maps will come weekly until April 21st, and those who purchase Map Pack 1 will receive it as it’s released.

Project X Zone 2 for Nintendo 3DS – Heroes from Capcom, SEGA, Namco Bandai, and even Nintendo come together in this multiverse-spanning strategy game. You can find Nadia’s review of it at USgamer (mine is coming soon in Nintendo Force magazine).

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Musicverse: Electronic Keyboard for Nintendo 3DS – Make and store up to 128 musical creations, which you can then share across Miiverse, Twitter, and Facebook!

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Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos for Wii U – Following the failure of his servant, the Jaquio, Emperor of Darkness Ashtar has begun putting his own plans into motion. Fortunately, Ryu Hayabusa, the last of the Dragon Clan and wielder of the legendary Dragon Sword, is here to put a halt to his schemes!

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Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom for Wii U – In this prequel to Ninja Gaiden II, Ryu has been framed for the death of a colleague, and is out to find the true culprit!

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Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones for Wii UBimmy and Jimmy (link Not Safe For Work) team up as they search for the kidnapped Marion and the mysterious Sacred Stones across the world.

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TAP TAP ARCADE for Wii U – Two bucks (USD) for two of RCMADIAX’s most popular games: a lane-changing top-down racer and a Flappy Bird clone.

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This week’s new themes are the “SEGA Dreamcast Theme,” “Pokémon: Champion Steven,” and on February 19th, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest.

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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“Fans of role-playing games have just received a boost to their excitement stat,” stated Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier, in a press release. “Nintendo platforms have always been home to high-quality RPGs, and with even more games launching in 2016, this trend is set to continue in a big way.”

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Kicking things off is the announcement of the Fire Emblem Fates Nintendo 3DS XL system, which will retail for $239.99 and features art inspired by the game adorning the lid of the handheld. It launches on the same day as the latest entries in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, which will be available on February 19th for $49.99 each.

Upon completing Chapter 6, players can then download the other version of the game for half the normal price — just $24.99. A third path in which the hero does not side with either faction will become available on March 10th as downloadable content, also for $24.99 to those who already own either Birthright or Conquest.

Alternatively, there will also be a special edition which includes all three versions on a single game card, as well as an artbook and a pouch for your Nintendo 3DS XL, all for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

The same day the game launches, the first of a series of further downloadable content will also be available in the form of new maps. These can be purchased individually for an undisclosed sum, or all together as Map Pack 1, which will be available at a collective discounted price of $22.49 once they’ve been released.

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Fire Emblem isn’t the only one having fun with special editions, as Bravely Second: End Layer will arrive on April 15th with its own Collector’s Edition. Included in this package, which does not yet seem to have a price, are a 10-song original soundtrack, a 250-page deluxe art book, and of course, the game itself.

Prior to the game’s launch, a free demo will be available in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. Much like the first game, this demo tells a story unique from the full game, complete with new jobs and areas to explore. What’s more, any StreetPass tags and bonuses you acquire in the demo will be carried over to the main game.

Rounding things out with considerably less info are Final Fantasy Explorers on January 26th, Project X Zone 2 on February 16th (with a demo coming beforehand), the original three Pokémon games will arrive on Virtual Console on February 27th, and Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King will launch this summer and further on this year, respectively.

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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Well, this one’s going up a bit later than I’d like. On the upside, Canadian Video Game Deals for the Week is up a little earlier, so that’s a plus, right?

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Adventures of Pip for Wii U – In this side-scrolling platformer, Pip is able to grow by absorbing the pixels from slain foes, but is his bit worse than his byte? Check out the trailer here.

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Pac-Attack for Wii U – Line up the ghosts horizontally to keep your screen clear in this puzzle game from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System library. Three game modes are featured including 1P Normal, 1P Puzzle, and 2P Versus.

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Cube Blitz for Wii U – This physics-based puzzle game is designed to test your GamePad skills as you tap and multi-tap your way through four different game modes to keep the stones, gems, and industrial bricks from crossing the goal line and ending your game. Fortunately, you have a handful of bombs on hand to help if you get into a bind…

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Cube Life: Island Survival for Wii U – It’s more of less Minecraft, or wants to be. Like you do.

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The Stonecutter for Wii U – Choose your own path to one of multiple endings in this visual novel of an ancient Chinese tale.

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Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven for Nintendo 3DS – From the producer of Story of Seasons and Rune Factory comes this strategy role playing game with a unique “bowling” mechanic which counts on you to position and knock your troops into place accordingly. Check out the trailer here.

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The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures for Nintendo 3DS – He’s gonna take you back to the past, and play this game again on 3DS! No, that’s not how the song goes, but just run with it. This is the portable version of the hard-as-nails Wii U game I reviewed not too long ago, which you can find here. I might see if I can get anything for this one, too.

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G.G Series ALTERED WEAPON for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – It’s like being a Transformer, but not, as you shift from robot to vehicle and back again while infiltrating robot factories.

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G.G Series ASSAULT BUSTER for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – Blast all the foes on screen to decrease the “enemy potential” gauge and reveal the boss. You’re the last line of defense against the invading robot army!

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G.G Series BLACK X BLOCK for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – Grab, rotate, and place the blocks to make a stair-like path to your goal within the time limit. Just don’t touch the red blocks or get crushed!

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G.G Series COSMO RALLY!! for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – Race through the cosmos against the best times of racers from throughout the solar system. Choose a Space Car and do your best to represent Earth!

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G.G Series EXCITING RIVER for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – Time your presses of the L and R buttons to row your kayak and beat the others down the river!

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G.G Series HERO PUZZLE for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – A puzzle game with role playing elements, your job as the Hero is to match three falling icons to attack foes, conquer the evil bosses, and free the kingdom!

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G.G Series THE SPIKY BLOWFISH!! for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – As the Spiky Blowfish, use your ability to puff up to keep yourself from sinking and to attack nearby enemies, while dealing with foes at greater distances with your Spike shot. Just be sure to reach the end before time runs out, and conserve your hearts for the bosses you’ll encounter.

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

Price Reductions (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.

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udonstreetfighterthumbIt’s a new year and a new episode of the Power Button podcast– a new one with me, that is. Matt and Blake have been doing their own thing without me, of course, and if you haven’t been following their zany exploits (And why wouldn’t you? You can’t just be tuning in for me, now can you? Of course not.), you can still catch up by clicking on this link.

But as of this writing, if you click now, the most recent one you’re going to see does include me, and that’s the one I’m drawing your attention to this week. The whole lovely lot of us had the opportunity to sit down (so to speak) with Matt Moylan, Managing Editor at the Toronto-based house of art for many a video game franchise, UDON Entertainment. We talk about the many various projects going on there, from comic books to art books to art for video games themselves, ranging from Capcom’s stable of heavy-hitters to Bandai Namco’s now-defunct line of ShiftyLook webcomics, cartoons, and games such as Bravoman (which Moylan wrote) and Wonder Momo.

As an added bonus, seeing as Moylan once worked at Dreamwave Productions, a defunct comic book company that was also from Toronto, we talk about some of the goings-on there involving their own Capcom output and more. All the while, Matt Green knows the score and pushes for a printed page revival of Bionic Commando, calling upon his legion of listeners to go to bat for Rad Spencer and friends.

Once again, you can download this episode directly from Press The Buttons, listen to it on Press The Buttons, pop on over to Stitcher, poke your iTunes, or do the RSS thing.

If you like how these things have been going, you can tell them about it by e-mail, or leave a message by calling (720) 722-2781. Just don’t be too harsh; Blake is a sensitive sort. Ever heard a grown man cry on air? It ain’t pretty.

Lastly, if you’re curious about the unused Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix intro we talked about in the first half-hour, you can see it right here:

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.

Mario and Yoshi reunite to take on challenges new and old! And that’s just the tip of this week’s Nintendo Download iceberg!

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Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS – Available at midnight on March 14th, 2014, Yoshi’s New Island is a new adventure for Baby Mario and his dino-pals as they venture through new locales and use new giant Eggdozers to find and save Baby Luigi. Can’t the poor tyke ever get a break?

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Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels for Wii U – If you thought Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was too easy, then here is the side-scrolling platformer for you! Released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2 and later as Super Mario Bros. For Super Players in the Game Boy Color release Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, this brutally challenging sequel to the NES classic puts twists on nearly everything you know from the original, from Poison Mushrooms (for which certain websites are named) to Warp Zones that will send you backward instead of forward, and more!

Even if you’ve played this in Super Mario All-Stars, know that this version is actually even more brutal! Good thing the Wii U Virtual Console features Restore Points!

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Galaga for Nintendo 3DS – One of the all-time classic top-down space shooters, Galaga puts you into the cockpit of a space fighter with a secret! As the aliens attack in formation and capture your ship, your next ship can free the original, allowing the two to fight back together with twice the firepower!

On a related note, the now-closing ShiftyLook webcomic site has a complete Galaga story available for you to read. Enjoy it while it lasts!

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CastleStorm DLC for Wii U – New downloadable content is available for this late-2013 Nintendo 3DS eShop release: “All hail to ‘The Warrior Queen,’ the newest CastleStorm expansion. A new class of Viking Elite warrior is at your service and ready for your command as you lead them in a quest for revenge against the infamous Chief Ramhorn!”

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Madagascar 3 & The Croods Prehistoric Party Combo Pack for Nintendo 3DS – Whether you want to adventure with the animals of Madagascar or party down with The Croods in mini-games, this combo pack has you covered.

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Bubble Pop World for Nintendo 3DS – This match-three game requires a Nintendo 3DS Augmented Reality card to work. With that, there are 120 puzzle and arcade levels available for your enjoyment, along with eight underwater-based mini-games and the ability to create and share up to 128 of your own levels.

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Cube Tactics for Nintendo 3DS – This unique strategy war game has more than 25 tactical quests to engage in single player mode, or you can take on up to three opponents in online multiplayer.

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Lola’s ABC Party for Nintendo 3DS – Designed to teach the alphabet and words to children ages three to six, this title boasts easy-to-understand spoken instructions and is customized to the child’s learning pace as they learn about upper and lowercase letters, word recognition, and word construction.

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WAKEDAS for Nintendo 3DS – Group blocks of the same color together by simply dragging your finger across the screen in this puzzle game of more than 300 levels. If you find yourself stuck, you can get a helpful boost from the hint system.

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Nintendo eShop Sale: SteamWorld Dig for Nintendo 3DS – Until 9am PT on March 16th, this acclaimed title is 50 percent off. I missed it when it first came out, but have heard great things about it since, so I’m going to make sure to grab myself a copy! If you’re interested in a review, here is one my wife wrote not too long ago.

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Nintendo eShop Sale: Zen Pinball 3D, Marvel Pinball 3D, and Star Wars Pinball for Nintendo 3DS – Beginning at 9am on March 17th and lasting until 9am PT on March 31st, this Zen Studios sale features these three titles for 50 percent off in the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

For more information, screens, and videos on each of this week’s releases and sale items, click on the associated link above.

Recently, Victor Lucas of Electric Playground took a few minutes to celebrate Canada Day by checking out some upcoming games which hail from the Great White North, including Assassin’s Creed III, Far Cry 3, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Star Trek, Watch Dogs, and Sleeping Dogs:

A fine sampling, indeed, though we couldn’t help but notice that Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon by Vancouver’s Next Level Games was absent.

Source: EP Daily