Check Out the Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour

Nintendo of Canada is bringing the fun this summer with the Nintendo 3DS and a whole lineup of games to try out as the Play Nintendo: Kids Summer Tour crosses the country starting in July and running until early September. There will also be play zones, meet ‘n greets with your favorite characters, and giveaways (while supplies last).

Games on tap will include the brand-spanking new Kirby: Planet Robobot (see my glowing review here), Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Mario Kart 7, Yo-Kai Watch, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Mario 3D Land, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Yoshi’s New Island, and New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Here’s how the tour breaks down when Nintendo comes to town:

Quebec Tour Dates:

  • Jul 1 @3pm-10pm: Dorval- Canada Day Celebration
  • Jul 2 @12pm-9pm: Montreal-Midway Fun, Place Bourassa*
  • Jul 3 @12pm-9pm: Montreal-Midway Fun, Place Bourassa*
  • Jul 9 @2pm-6pm: Montreal- Fete Des Enfants*
  • Jul 10 @2pm-6pm: Montreal- Fete Des Enfants*
  • Jul 15 @12pm-9pm: Montreal- Amusements Spectaculaires, TOHU Cité des Arts du Cirque
  • Jul 16 @12pm-9pm: Montreal- Amusements Spectaculaires, TOHU Cité des Arts du Cirque
  • Jul 17 @12pm-9pm: Montreal- Amusements Spectaculaires, TOHU Cité des Arts du Cirque
  • Jul 22 @11am-9pm: Granby- Mascot Festival
  • Jul 23 @10am-5pm: Granby- Mascot Festival
  • Jul 24 @10am-5pm: Granby- Mascot Festival

Ontario Tour Dates:

  • Jul 29 @11:30am-5pm: Toronto- Centreville Theme Park*
  • Jul 30 @11:30am-8pm: Toronto- Centreville Theme Park*
  • Jul 31 @10:30am-8pm: Toronto- Centreville Theme Park*
  • Aug 5 @12pm-6pm: Port Hope- OnRoute service centre
  • Aug 6 @8am-2pm: Port Hope- OnRoute service centre
  • Aug 7 @9am-3pm: Port Hope- OnRoute service centre
  • Aug 13 @11am-10:30pm: Toronto- York-Eglinton International Street Festival
  • Aug 14 @11am-7pm: Toronto- York-Eglinton International Street Festival
  • Aug 19 @7pm-11pm: Mississauga- Port Credit Buskerfest
  • Aug 20 @1pm-11pm: Mississauga- Port Credit Buskerfest
  • Aug 21 @1pm-7pm: Mississauga- Port Credit Buskerfest

BC Tour Dates:

  • Aug 31 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
  • Sep 1 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
  • Sep 2 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
  • Sep 3 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
  • Sep 4 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*
  • Sep 5 @11am-11:30pm: Vancouver- PNE*

The above comes from Nintendo of Canada’s website, where you can check back for the latest up-to-the-minute changes that may occur, including the possibility of more events.

Also, do note that the events marked with an asterisk have entry fees applicable, so be sure you’re ready to pay your way at the door.

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Nintendo of Canada has issued a press release regarding a price cut on three of its Mario-branded titles for the Nintendo 3DS platform.

Beginning April 22nd, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 will each be available for $34.99. Better still, this new price point applies whether you’re looking for a physical copy at retail or simply wish to download it from the Nintendo eShop.

In order, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 represent the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time in Canada. All three of the newly discounted games star classic Nintendo characters and franchises, and their strong sales over time demonstrate the longevity of Nintendo’s games. The games make great gifts, engaging entertainment for families and other spring break travellers, or just a way to introduce kids to the fun of video games.

To read my own thoughts on each release, visit the following links:

Update: Nintendo of Canada has posted the following to their Facebook page in light of the price drop not being applied in the Nintendo eShop as of the scheduled date:

The pricing for Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be available on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS, shortly, for a reduced price of $34.99 each. We apologize that the eShop has not been updated yet.

I’ll keep you updated here of any new developments regarding this news.

Update #2: Sounds like it’s been fixed!

The pricing for Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and New Super Mario Bros. 2 are now available on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS at a reduced price of $34.99 each. Thank you for your patience.

nsmb2nintendodownloadI forgot to include this unique offering in this week’s Canadian Video Game Deals post, but here’s a great deal from an unlikely source.

The Source, that is, who is offering a free copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2 with the purchase of a Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL. The offer only lasts until March 13th, however, but it is available both online and in-store, so don’t delay!

Fun and excitement abounds in the Nintendo Download today, as consoles both new and old get a variety of new treats to be played.

First off, we have the final two downloadable content Coin Rush packs for New Super Mario Bros. 2. The “Mystery Adventures Pack” and “Impossible Pack” are each available for $2.50, and can be purchased in-game. The Mystery Adventure Pack looks like a lot of fun, but while I’m good at Mario, even I’m a little intimidated by the Impossible Pack. Have you got what it takes to face the danger?

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Wow, there’s a ton to cover today in the Nintendo Download, so let’s get right to it.

Retail demos on a Nintendo console! Who imagined we would ever see the day? Apparently EA Sports did, as they’re the first ones out of the gate to provide such a sample with FIFA 13 in the Wii U’s eShop.

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In addition to this week’s Nintendo Download releases, the company has a limited-time offer for owners of New Super Mario Bros. 2:

With 300 billion gold coins collected worldwide, Nintendo is saying “thank you” to everyone who has New Super Mario Bros. 2 by offering a special downloadable Coin Rush pack, free of charge.

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Nintendo of America has just released a new “Nintendo Direct Mini” video which reveals the first details of the long-talked about downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the Nintendo 3DS:

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This week’s Nintendo Download is going to be nothing short of divisive, and it all hinges on one game and how you want to buy it.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 comes out this Sunday, August 19th. If you plan to download the game, then this is a terrific week for the Nintendo Download, as this is perhaps the biggest (in several ways) release the Nintendo eShop has ever had. On the other hand, if you were planning instead to get this at retail… well, there isn’t a whole lot more going on.

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This week’s Nintendo Download opens on an interesting note. Much like yesterday’s Xbox LIVE Marketplace update, the top feature is for something not about gaming.

But whereas Canada does get Netflix (still not sure on that specific feature– anyone tried it?), we do not get Hulu (as per their website’s FAQ). So the free one month of Hulu Plus Family Section is pretty much lost on us.

Continuing the video theme, Nintendo Video does not have the rights to air footage from the Olympics, so they’re doing the next best thing: Presenting highlights through stop-motion footage using LEGO people and bricks. Heck, some might even argue that’s still better than what’s on television.

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Okay, so I missed last week’s update. Not a problem, I’ll just fold it in with this week’s update; just look for it down below, after this week’s are laid out.

Interestingly, the offerings this week are surprisingly sparse. The reason this is surprising is that Nintendo’s 8-bit Summer trailer showed off two games, Sonic Blast and Sonic Labyrinth, which have not yet been released. Then again, those were the only two in the trailer not given a release date, so perhaps they’re simply taking a week off?

Anyway, here’s this week’s releases:

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This will likely only apply to a small, small minority of people out there, but nonetheless, this is a neat little option for those who– for whatever reason– wish to do so.

I mentioned previously that Club Nintendo will give you double the number of Coins for registering a digital copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2 in the limited launch-day window. But if you want even more Coins from that particular game, it’s as easy as picking up a retail copy.

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The release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 on August 19th also marks the debut of a new feature from Nintendo: The ability to download retail games the same day they show up in stores. And with such a heavy emphasis on coins in this title (click here for more info), Club Nintendo has come up with a pretty clever promotion to mark the event.

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Nintendo and EB Games have announced that those who pre-order the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo 3DS before August 19th will receive a free bonus: An exclusive Gold Mario pin! And unlike the U.S. Gamestop version, this offer is valid either online or at one of the many, many EB Games stores across Canada.

Admittedly, it’s not quite as nice as the downright awesome gold coin case (capable of storing your copy of the game, or presumably any Nintendo 3DS game) that the U.K. is getting at GAME and Gamestation, but unlike that, you can wear this around far more easily. Of course, I don’t remember the first New Super Mario Bros. (among others) having any pre-order bonus at all, so I’m not about to complain.

For more information about New Super Mario Bros. 2, just follow this link.

A whole crop of new videos and images have surfaced today (well, just yesterday, as of this writing) for Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. 2, slated to hit stores alongside the Nintendo 3DS XL on August 19th. To kick things off, here is the latest North American trailer, which shows off many of Mario’s power-ups like the Mega Mushroom, Mini Mushroom, and golden Super Leaf:

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Our coverage of Nintendo of Canada’s post-E3 event from Toronto has now concluded. If you’re just now finding the site or simply want a quick reference to find one of the articles, then this post is for you!

Two other games were also available at the event, but I unfortunately did not get to spend much, if any, time with them: Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition and ZombiU, both for the Wii U. From what I saw, both looked impressive, and the short time I had with Batman was fun, but not quite enough to form a full impression from. Plus, not having played the releases on the other platforms for which it’s available, I could probably not offer a very thorough impression.