The Nintendo Download – 10/15/2015

Mario and Yoshi, together again! …sort of.

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Yoshi’s Woolly World for Wii U – Coming October 16th, Yoshi has traded in the crayon look for wool and yarn. Does it finally recapture the spirit that made Yoshi’s Island such a classic? Well, from what I’ve played, it just might! Hopefully I can tell you for sure soon!

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New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U Bundle for Wii U – Also coming October 16th: I’ve said a ton about New Super Mario Bros. U, and a fair bit about New Super Luigi U as well. Now both are together in one pack for one price — the best of the New Super Mario Bros. series and the unique DLC are definitely worth looking into.

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Final Fight One for Wii U – According to Cygnus Destroyer’s recent review, this is one of the best versions of Final Fight you’re likely to find. If you’re only familiar with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System version, this one has an extra stage not found there, an extra character in Guy, plus new cutscenes and other extra content, making the battle to rescue Mayor Mike Haggar’s daughter from the Mad Gear gang of Metro City just a bit more intense.

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Momonga Pinball Adventures for Wii U – The momonga village has been razed to the ground, its people missing. Momo was found in the outskirts and healed, and must now face the evil owls who wrought this carnage in a pinball-styled adventure.

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Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash for Wii U – Choose one of five different ninjas, then run, fly, and slash your way through enemies to retrieve stolen treasures and claim victory!

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Rakoo & Friends for Wii U – Up to five players can help Rakoo find that special someone as he searches through 45 levels of running adventure in this cartoon-styled game.

Crunchyroll for Wii – A WiiWare update? How unusual. This free app allows you to view shows from Japan such as Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, and Sword Art Online. Go premium (there’s a free 14-day trial) to watch the shows ad-free, and see new episodes an hour after they air in Japan.

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SmileBASIC for Nintendo 3DS – Learn BASIC and program your own game with this app!

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The Magic Hammer for Nintendo 3DS – Customize your character in this action role playing game and explore an open world containing towns, boneyards, and more. Team up with a friend in co-op to increase your odds of survival.

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This week’s new themes are “SEGA Game Gear,” “SEGA Genesis,” and “Chibi-Robo & Friends.”

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

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Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is featuring SpotPass distribution of a new character: Louie, a fan of the Mushroom Kingdom, whose home design whims can net your catalog some new and unique items. He’s available for a limited time only, so don’t hesitate to check the in-game Nintendo 3DS on the second floor of Nook’s Homes and take him on as a client!

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

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As you may have heard earlier today, Nintendo of America has rolled out their release schedule for the remainder of 2015, and is it ever jam-packed with stuff to look forward to. Nintendo of Canada has just followed suit, and that’s naturally where our interests lie — particularly the suggested retail prices you can expect.

“Nintendo has games, amiibo and systems to satisfy all kinds of players, whether they’re looking for back-to-school gifts or getting an early start on their holiday shopping,” Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director Pierre-Paul Trepanier stated in a press release. “No one can match the quality or uniqueness of what Nintendo has to offer for the rest of 2015.”

So, what’s on tap for Wii U?

NOA_PackShot_SSM_2For starters, if you don’t yet have a Wii U, then Walmart has the answer for you come September 11th: The Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle, which comes with the Super Mario Maker game, Idea Book, and the 30th Anniversary Mario “Modern Colour” amiibo. The $329.99 bundle will then be available at other retailers across Canada after October 1st.

For those who already own the Wii U console, the game will also be available on September 11th for $69.99.

Speaking of Mario, a semi-new two-in-one disc containing both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U (click for my respective reviews) will be available at retail on October 16th for $74.99. Previously, the two games were sold separately at retail with both coming together in a special bundle with the Wii U console. Now, if it suits you, you can get both together in one package.

Also on October 16th, Yoshi’s Woolly World launches for $64.99, or you can get it in a bundle with the exclusive green Yarn Yoshi amiibo for $79.99. If you want more Yarn Yoshi amiibo in your life (and who doesn’t?), then the pink and blue versions will be sold at retail individually for $19.99 each, also on October 16th.

A little closer to Halloween will see the release of Koei Tecmo Games co-developed title Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. This Nintendo eShop exclusive will be priced at $62.49, and beginning October 22nd, players can download and play the prologue and first two chapters for free, with the full version of the game available as downloadable content in the Nintendo eShop or the in-game menu.

WiiU_StarFoxZero_case_RSeveral of Nintendo’s heavier hitters don’t have prices yet, but you’ll find Star Fox Zero in stores on November 20th, Xenoblade Chronicles X on December 4th, and Devil’s Third on December 11th. Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, its amiibo figures (Isabelle, Digby, K.K., Reese, Cyrus, Tom Nook, Mabel, and Lottie), and Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash are all still saddled with the more nebulous “Holiday 2015” release window.

On the subject of toys, Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is slated for an August 30th release for $64.99, the special Nintendo amiibo-fied versions of Skylanders SuperChargers with the exclusive Turbo Charge Donkey Kong amiibo/Skylanders toggleable figures will be available for $84.99 on September 20th, and the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack will make its debut on September 27th for $109.99, with additional LEGO Dimensions Level, Team, and Fun Packs available the same day for $29.99, $24.99, and $14.99, respectively.

On October 20th, things get musical on Wii U as Guitar Hero Live hits the stage for $109.99 and Just Dance 2016 shakes its booty for $49.99.

Indie games get some love as well, with Toronto-based 13AM Games releasing Runbow (complete with its host of fellow indie-gaming guest stars such as Shovel Knight) in the Nintendo eShop for $15.99 on August 27th, with those who downloaded the [email protected] demo back in June getting 15 percent off for the first month after launch. Speaking of Shovel Knight, the Nintendo eShop hit is coming to retail in October for $29.99 on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Speaking of Nintendo 3DS, let’s shift our focus to that now. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer arrives at retail for $44.99 on September 25th and comes with one complimentary amiibo card, while those who opt to download it from the Nintendo eShop at the same price will instead receive an exclusive Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer HOME Menu Theme. The rest of the 100 Animal Crossing amiibo cards will be released the same day, sold in packs of six for $6.99 per pack. Launching the same day is the long-awaited wireless NFC Reader/Writer accessory for $24.99, or you can get a bundle with the game and one card for $54.99.

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes arrives on October 23rd for $49.99, with YO-KAI WATCH and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon arriving on November 6th and 20th, respectively, neither of which being given a price yet.

Skylanders SuperChargers races onto Nintendo 3DS the same day as its Wii U big brother, September 20th, for a price of $79.99. This and the Wii version both include Hammer Slam Bowser and his Sky vehicle, the Clown Cruiser, to get you started with multiplayer racing action both online and off. Meanwhile, Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash will come bundled with a Chibo-Robo amiibo for the price of $49.99 on October 9th.

YWW-amiibo-mega-4Now that we’re back to amiibo, here’s the news on the rest. More Super Smash Bros. amiibo are on the way with Mewtwo and the great Falco Lombardi hitting on November 13th and 20th, respectively, at a price of $15.99 each. The Mii Fighter 3-pack will also hit stores on November 20th for $44.99.

Finally, Yarn Yoshi has skipped straight past Super and gone into full-on Mega with the giant green Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo. The biggest amiibo to date arrives on October 16th for the equally mega price of $59.99, Mega Yarn Yoshi features the same “Double Yoshi” ability in Yoshi’s Woolly World as his more diminutive counterparts, which allows players to add a second Yoshi to use at any point during a stage. Plus, if you’ve got a favorite Yoshi pattern, that can be saved to the amiibo as well.

It looks like it’s going to be quite a busy (and fun) year for the rest of 2015.

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Some things just feel right: The Nintendo Entertainment System’s legendary pack-ins were Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt, while the Super NES came with Super Mario World. Other Nintendo consoles have adopted the Bros. as their pack-in later in their lifespans in the years since, and now the Wii U is joining them.

Today, Nintendo of Canada has put those rumors to rest by announcing that as of November 1st, consumers will have the option of purchasing a new Wii U “Mario & Luigi” Deluxe Set. For $299.99, you get the black 32GB version Wii U console with a GamePad controller, and both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U on one disc. Also contained on the disc are some bonus videos, the contents of which have yet to be revealed.

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You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in the Wii U Deluxe Digital Promotion, which gets you ten percent back in points on purchases you make from the Nintendo eShop, which are then converted into credit in $5 increments.

“Mario and Luigi are two of the biggest heroes in video games,” said Nintendo of Canada’s Vice-President and General Manager, Ron Bertram, in a press release. “This new Wii U configuration gives people instant access to not one, but two of the most well-received Wii U games. It’s another example of the tremendous value and variety that Nintendo is offering consumers this holiday season.”

The previous pack-in, Nintendo Land, is certainly a fine game, but one might argue that it isn’t quite what the Wii U needs to help move units. As a separate game, then, one must then ask whether it’s worth $60 to enjoy– or at least, that used to be the case. According to Engadget, Nintendo Land is also seeing a price drop to $30, a much better value– especially to those who feel uncertainty.

In my personal opinion, all three are great games, though I have to admit I have a tendency to lean a little more towards Mario and Luigi as preferences go (save for where Balloon Trip is concerned). To see what I think of each, though, check out my review for Nintendo Land here, the mega-review for New Super Mario Bros. U here, and New Super Luigi U here.

newsuperluigiuboxartOutside of Nintendo’s announcement regarding their exclusive partnership with SEGA, perhaps the most surprising news to come out of today’s Nintendo Direct was about New Super Luigi U.

Previously announced as a downloadable content add-on for New Super Mario Bros. U, they would later reveal that it would contain 82 new stages spread across the map of New Super Mario Bros. U, featuring Luigi with his higher jumps and more slippery movements. Today, Nintendo announced a release date of June 20th and a price of $19.99 for the title, along with some other new details.

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Following on the previous announcement of downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U, today’s Nintendo Direct has provided new information about New Super Luigi U.

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