The Nintendo Download – 4/23/2015

Start your engines! Get ready and set to go with this kart-tastic edition of the Nintendo Download!

Mario Kart 8 Update and Downloadable Content Pack 2 for Wii U – The latest free update to Mario Kart 8 adds the all-new 200cc class to the game– can you handle it?

Meanwhile, a visit to the Nintendo eShop or in-game shop will allow you to get the second downloadable content pack, featuring three new characters, four new vehicles, and eight new tracks, bringing back some classic Mario Kart courses and adding some new ones, including an Animal Crossing and an F-Zero track. The pack is $7.99 alone, but if you get both it and the first pack (reviewed here), you’ll only pay $11.99 for the pair.

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Mario Kart DS for Wii U – Considered one of the best Mario Kart games of all time, you’ll have five single player modes and 30 courses to partake in. You can also create your own custom decal for the kart of your choice, unlock the ability to mix and match karts and drivers, and even play as R.O.B.!

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Suspension Railroad Simulator for Wii U – With realistic sounds recorded from the original suspension railroad and weather effects such as rain and snow to contend with, do you have what it takes to see that your passengers reach their destinations in time?

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Super Smash Bros. DLC – Mewtwo for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U – “The Psychic-type Pokémon Mewtwo makes its grand entrance! Make it Mega Evolve into Mega Mewtwo Y in its Final Smash, and then use Psystrike to blow away the opposition.” Club Nintendo members should have already received their codes for a free download of Mewtwo on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, but beginning April 28th, everyone else can get in on the fun as well! If you only have one version of the game, this Pokémon will cost you $3.99, but $4.99 will cover you on both platforms.

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Cube Creator 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Another Minecraft-alike for Nintendo 3DS, but with a special introductory offer: This game is $4.99 until 8:59am PT on May 7th. Check out a trailer for it here.

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New themes this week include “Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker: Apocalypse”, which will be available April 28th.

Nintendo eShop Sales (Prices in USD; each sale begins at 9am PST and ends at 8:59am PST on the dates provided)

Tetrobot & Co. for Wii U – Until April 30th, this title has been reduced from $9.99 to $2.99, 70 percent off.

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Cocoto Magic Circus 2 for Wii U – Until May 7th, this title has been reduced from $29.99 to $9.99, 66 percent off.

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Korg DSN-12 and Korg M01D for Nintendo 3DS – These titles are on sale until May 7th.

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Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition for Nintendo 3DS – Until May 11th, this title is reduced from $29.99 to $19.99, 33 percent off.

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Van Helsing Sniper Zx100 for Nintendo 3DS – Until May 17th, this title is reduced from $6.66 to $3.49, 47 percent off.

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Soccer Up 3D and Soccer Up Online for Nintendo 3DS – These titles are on sale until May 21st.

Events/Activities

International StreetPass Week – “Take your Nintendo 3DS system on a whirlwind tour without leaving your hometown! From April 16 to April 26, collect up to six Mii characters from across Europe, the United States and Canada when you stop by a Nintendo Zone location. U.S. and Canada visitors will even get a special Mii of Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. Find a Nintendo Zone hotspot near you here.”

Mega May is Back! – Vote Today – “During the entire month of May, Nintendo and Capcom are celebrating our favorite blue bomber, Mega Man, with six game releases on the Virtual Console service for Wii U. The Game Boy Advance versions of Mega Man Zero 2, Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue, Mega Man Battle Network 3 White, Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun, Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon and Mega Man & Bass will land on the Nintendo eShop throughout the month. Click here to vote for the first game of Mega May, which will release May 7. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. PT on April 29.”

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

Remember the good times? Racing your friends online in Mario Kart DS, or visiting another person’s town in Animal Crossing: City Folk? Good times.

However, nothing lasts forever, and that includes the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. The first foray into online gaming for Nintendo that western fans were familiar with, it debuted shortly into the lifespan of the hugely successful Nintendo DS platform and continued on to the Wii, allowing Nintendo fans across the world to play, compete, and more. But on May 20th, 2014, Nintendo is shutting the service down for good.

Before anyone panics, though, note that this does not affect the more recent Nintendo Network, which is what the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U platforms run on– those will be fine and continue on as we look forward to such titles as Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros., among others. In addition, any non-internet related functionality such as single and local multiplayer modes in Nintendo DS and Wii titles should continue to work just fine. “The discontinued services include online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games,” says Nintendo of America on their website’s announcement of the news.

“Online play for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games will be unaffected (aside from the Wii mode on Wii U and Nintendo DS games on Nintendo 3DS family systems). Other online functionality, such as access to the Wii Shop Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop and video-on-demand services, are also not affected at this time.” So that means you should, in theory, be able to continue buying up games from those respective virtual storefronts. Hopefully, at some point, Wii Shop-exclusive WiiWare offerings such as Contra ReBirth and Mega Man 9 will somehow be moved to the Wii U’s eShop for safe keeping.

As for in-game purchases, such as downloadable content for such titles as the WiiWare Mega Man offerings, 100 Classic Books, and certain Professor Layton titles, Nintendo says that functionality will continue to work for the time being as well.

For a list of Nintendo first-party titles that will be affected by this update, click here. For a more comprehensive, complete list that includes third-party titles, click here.

All told, it’s a sad day, especially for some titles which were more reliant on the service than others. Fortunately, there are still more great games to look forward to in the future, but for now, we should try to take a moment to give some old favorites one last spin online.

That is, unless Nintendo’s Virtual Console for the Nintendo DS includes the functionality through the Nintendo Network. If it does, then perhaps with any luck, they’ll have a way for us to transfer the data from our Nintendo DS cards to use there, too.

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Nintendo of Canada has issued a press release which reveals many (but not all) of their first and third-party plans for game releases throughout the first half of 2013. Most are due for the first quarter of the year, and the list includes not only Nintendo 3DS and Wii U titles, but games for the Nintendo DS and Wii as well.

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In addition to the previously-mentioned Pokémon family events, Nintendo of Canada will also be holding a series of Pokémon meet-ups across the nation on Saturday, September 29th from 12pm to 4pm local time.

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On the weekend of October 6th and 7th, 2012, Nintendo of Canada will be holding special Pokémon family events to celebrate the new releases of Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. In addition to some Pokémon swag giveaways by Nintendo ambassadors, “there will be a variety of fun-filled activities onsite for everyone in the family to enjoy!”

The Toronto (well, GTA) event will be held at the Promenade Mall, located at 1 Promenade Circle in Thornhill, Ontario from 9:30am to 6:00pm on Saturday, October 6th and from 11:00am to 6:00pm on Sunday, October 7th.

In Montreal, the event will be held at La Récréation, located at 404 Ontario E. on Sunday, October 7th from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

The release of Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 for the Nintendo DS (also playable on the Nintendo 3DS in 2D) is just around around the corner, and Nintendo of Canada has issued a bit of news that will benefit those who can get their hands on the game between its October 7th release and November 12th, 2012.

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This week’s Nintendo Download comes as a bit of a shock, as there is a new Virtual Console release… for the Wii. What’s more, it’s not an SNK title.

The Super NES version of Prince of Persia will run you 800 Wii Points. Originally published by Konami, the current rights holder Ubisoft is apparently the one responsible for bringing this port of the multiplatform classic to the Wii’s Virtual Console. See where the legend began (well, in a sense) as you help the young prince escape the treacherous dungeons and save his beloved from Grand Vizier Jaffar.

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This week’s Nintendo Download looks a little better than last week’s in some regards, and maybe a little worse in others. There aren’t any big-name titles this week, nor anything for the Wii, but at least there’s a bit more variety going on, including a new Nintendo Video.

The headliner this week is SpeedX 3D for the Nintendo 3DS through the Nintendo eShop. This endless tunnel racer features four modes for $3.99, and looks like it may make good use of the system’s 3D capabilities.

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Attention all aspiring Pokémon Trainers and Masters! There is a rare mythical Pokémon on the loose in Canada, and if you own a copy of Pokémon Black Version or Pokémon White Version for the Nintendo DS (and playable on Nintendo 3DS in 2D), you can catch it at your local EB Games store between August 27th and October 6th.

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