The Nintendo Download – 1/28/2016

This week’s selection of titles is nothing short of utterly fascinating, as we have two Final Fantasy spin-offs, Marvel’s mightiest superheroes (at home an on the go), and is that a riff on Five Nights at Freddy’s I see?

Final Fantasy Explorers for Nintendo 3DS – What do you get when you cross Final Fantasy with Monster Hunter? From what I’m told, you get Final Fantasy Explorers. Master more than 20 jobs, each with their own unique abilities, summon the power of eidolons like Ifrit and Bahamut, and use the Trance ability to take on the form of some of Final Fantasy‘s greatest heroes.


Hello Kitty’s Magic Apron for Nintendo 3DS – Do you smell what Hello Kitty is cookin’? If not, now you can with this rhythm-based mini-game collection. Plus, you can create your own Hello Kitty-themed photos, too!


RV-7 My Drone for Nintendo 3DS – This simulation puts you in control of an RV-7 military-grade drone as you use it to do everything from running supplies and conducting rescue missions to engaging in combat with other drones.


The Magic Hammer – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Not sure if it’s the right time for Hammer time? Check out this demo to make certain.


Crazy Train for Nintendo DSiWare – It’s up to you to keep the trains running on time — and getting where they need to go — in this puzzle strategy game. Story mode gives you four courses to run, while Challenge mode brings it with ever-increasing difficulty.

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – “Avengers, assemble!” This LEGO game based on the Marvel Comics superheroes is available for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and you can learn more about it here.

Shadow Puppeteer for Wii U – You and a friend must manipulate the light and control both a boy and his shadow to solve the puzzles necessary to find the evil shadow puppeteer.


Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for Wii U – This classic Game Boy Advance strategy role playing game has you lead Marche and his clan against the foes from the fantasy-filled kingdom of Ivalice, which sprung up in their town after Marche and friends opened an ancient magical tome. To set things right, you must build up your party by mastering abilities and summons, as well as learning the art of tactical combat to succeed.


Joe’s Diner for Wii U – You’re working the night shift to keep everything nice and orderly at a diner just off of Route 7. Now, if only the ghosts of two rival Native American chiefs upon whose grave site the diner was built would just rest in peace, everything would be copacetic.


Level 22 for Wii U – Now this is interesting: I reviewed this a few years back when it came out for iPhone, and you can find that review here. One of my biggest grievances with this office stealth game was that “it simply calls for a level of precision that you’re not easily afforded on the device, thus turning a potentially fun and challenging game into an overly-frustrating affair.” Now that it’s on a system with actual controller inputs, I wonder if it’s any better.


Mini-Games Madness Volume: #1 – Hello World! for Wii U – This four-in-one title offers a time-management farming game, a board game for one or two players, a “highly addictive” arcade game called “Coptor,” and Cave Run – The Lost Gems Edition, which is described simply as “one of the best casual games you will play this year.”

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

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • It’s the last week of the Winter Warm-up Sale! Check out this week’s deals and save up to 30 percent off select games. The sale ends Feb. 4 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
    • 99Moves, Darts Up 3D and more games from Enjoy Up are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 25.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

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)


It’s here! It’s finally here!


Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U – With Earth in ruin, mankind has taken to the stars and discovered a new home. Not all is well, however, as it was a rough landing — you don’t know the lay of the land or what awaits throughout this new world, and worse, there are survivors in stasis who need help if they’re to make it back to New Los Angeles and help restart human civilization.

I’ve been working at this one for a while now, and while I hoped to be ready for a pre-launch review, I’m not quite there yet — it’s just that damn immense (and I’ve been playing other titles alongside it). Without giving away too much, I’ll just say that it’s really good, but there are caveats to that.


Trauma Team for Wii U – As you assume the role of six different medical professionals, you’ll need a steady hand with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers as you decide on the best course of action and make quick decisions to keep your patient’s vitals in stable condition.


Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Up to four players can join forces with their favorite Kung Fu Panda characters including Po, Tigress, Monkey, Tai Lung, and Master Shifu as they compete in familiar locales for honor, glory, and to be recognized as the mightiest warrior in all the land.


Pokémon Picross for Nintendo 3DS – 300 puzzles await as this free-to-start game hits the Nintendo 3DS eShop and you chip away to reveal the image of a Pokémon, allowing you to collect it. With their help, you can solve more fiendish puzzles that lie ahead.

Dementium Remastered for Nintendo 3DS – To take full advantage of what the Nintendo 3DS has to offer, this first-person survival horror game has been rebuilt from the ground up with enhanced graphics, high-quality audio, refined game play, and control options to make the experience more immersive.


Fantasy Pirates – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Not sure whether a pirate’s life is for you? Try before you buy with this demo!


The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde for Nintendo DSiWare – A mystery spanning 30 locations in 1886 London tells of the murder of an upstanding and affluent citizen during the night, leaving the question of why. Perhaps your friend, the forensic expert Dr. Jekyll, can aid you in solving this case.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new themes are Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX “Carton Box” and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival : Plaza.

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

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Citizens of Earth (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is on sale starting at 9 a.m. PT on Dec. 7 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 21.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • 99Moves, Abyss and more games from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 7.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

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)


Today is rather interesting — not a single new Nintendo 3DS game to be found! And I don’t mean the “New” Nintendo 3DS, I mean any new games for the system at all!

There is a puzzling bit regarding some Nintendo DSiWare games, and you can read about that below. On the bright side, there is a sale on the first wave of M2’s exquisite SEGA 3D Classics titles in the Nintendo 3DS eShop ($2.99 each!), so that may help make up for it.


Art Academy: Home Studio for Wii U – 30 new art lessons allow you to hone your craft using the Wii U GamePad controller, then share it with the Miiverse! You can even post time-lapse videos of your work on YouTube. Plus, those who have Art Academy: SketchPad on their Wii U already can save $4 off the purchase of this title.


Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) for Wii U – Developed in conjunction with the Native Alaskan people known as the Iñupiat, this atmospheric puzzle platformer is inspired by a traditional story which has been shared across generations. Exclusive to the Wii U version of this title are more than 20 in-game cultural artifacts which feature high-resolution images and background information taken from the archives of the Smithsonian Institute. You can check out a trailer here.


Shiftlings for Wii U – Two space janitors of questionable intelligence are joined by an air hose and charged with fixing problems while avoiding disaster in this puzzle platformer. One or two players can get in on the action as the duo must shift their size and weight between them to succeed. You can find a trailer here.


Star Fox Command for Wii U – The final chapter in the saga begun by Star Fox 64, Star Fox Command features some strategy (good), multiple endings (very good), your choice of playable characters (really good), and controls almost entirely by the touch screen (not so good at all). I haven’t played this on the Wii U, but on the original Nintendo DS hardware, this really didn’t do it for me. And this comes from someone who enjoyed Kid Icarus Uprising.


Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time for Wii U – Time gets twisted as Mario and Luigi team up with their younger selves to take on the duo of Bowser, Baby Bowser, and the malicious alien Shroobs to save Princess Peach and Baby Peach!

This game tends to get a lot of hate from fans of Mario role playing games, but honestly? I liked it. While the story is a bit darker and arguably not as good as other entries in the series, I felt it was more playable than Superstar Saga, which is what mattered to me more in the long run. The controls felt more responsive, the timing was better, and moving around the map wasn’t as much of a hassle.

Of course, it’s not as good as the third entry in the series, Bowser’s Inside Story, but Partners in Time marks a good evolutionary step.

G.G. Series games for Nintendo DSiWare – Okay, this is an odd one. Nine more of these have been released today, but I’ve heard different things, from the games not being available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop (DSiWare only) to simply not being available in Canada. I checked this myself, and sure enough — the only G.G. Series games there were from 2011. I hunted and I used the search, and that’s all I came up with. As such, I’m hereby suspending further updates regarding these titles pending someone confirming that they are indeed available in some way in Canada.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include “Comic Workshop 2: My Workshop,” “Harvest Moon: Chicken,” “Harvest Moon: Cow,” “Harvest Moon: Dog,” “Harvest Moon: Horse,” and “Harvest Moon: Theme Bundle.”

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


From the press release: “Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Global Cup 2” Tournament – See how your Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with their friends and around the world. The new “Global Cup 2” tournament runs from June 25 to July 1. Opt in via the SpotPass feature on your Nintendo 3DS family system for notifications on future tournaments, and click here for more information about multiplayer tournaments. Good luck, agents!”

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


Small batch today… something tells me we might see a few “…and it’s available right now” or “right after this presentation” games next week during Nintendo’s Digital Event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.


Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town for Wii U – You may know the drill by now: You’ve inherited a farm, but it’s run-down. Your job is to bring it back to prominence while interacting with the townsfolk, settling down, and having yourself some young’uns.


LEGO Jurassic World for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Oddly, there were no Wii U screens for this one. Go figure. Anyway, this adventure “65 million bricks in the making” arrives on June 12th, but you can view a trailer for it right now.


Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure for Nintendo 3DS – Call the Doctor! Mario! Oh-oh! Drs. Mario and Luigi are making a house call in this edition, featuring the gameplay you know and love along with a few new tricks.


BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Uncertain about whether you want to take part in this action-adventure? Then try the free demo first!


Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey in Suburbs #1 – Full and Demo Versions for Nintendo 3DS – 3D video and trivia tidbits accompany you on this trip through the Japanese countryside. And you can try a free demo first if there is any uncertainty!


My Zoo Vet Practice 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Lions and tigers and (polar) bears, oh my! And chimpanzees, elephants, giraffes, orangutans, seals, and penguins all also need your help, too! Use your off-road vehicle to find the shortest path to your next patient!


Ninja Usagimaru – The Gem of Blessings – Full and Demo Versions for Nintendo 3DS – As Usagimaru, your goal is to rescue the captured villagers from the Mononoke in this puzzle-strategy game. Using your tools and the terrain, can you get all the villagers to the safety of the Usagi statue? Find out in the free demo before you commit to the full game!


SWORDS & DARKNESS – Full and Demo Versions for Nintendo 3DS – This 2D adventure role playing game is set in a “dark mystical fantasy world.” Uh, that’s about it, really. That, and “New stylish skills and magic complement the character’s attacks, and by equipping items and other weapons, the player stands to enjoy a seamless series of thrilling combat.” I don’t know if that tells you a lot, but there it is. That’s everything.


G.G Series ALL BREAKER for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – Wielding her massive hammer, Rebecca is out to break all the blocks comprising the enemy fortress in this futuristic setting.


G.G Series CONVEYOR TOY PACKING for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – The holiday rush is coming, and your job is to pack all the toys of the same color together.


G.G Series SHADOW ARMY for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – As a lone special ops soldier, your objective is to infiltrate the base of the enemy Shadow Army and take out all of the mercenaries within. Use crates for cover, collect ammo and first aid packs, and clear the stages before the time runs out in this top-down shooter.


G.G Series THE HIDDEN NINJA KAGEMARU for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – Can you retrieve the secrets of the scrolls without being discovered by the samurai roaming the castle’s halls? Use the tricks at your disposal to win at this game of ninja hide-and-seek.

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

Price Reduction (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.


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?


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.


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.


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…


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


Mega May wraps up with a surprise bang, among other cool releases.


Splatoon for Wii U – Available May 29, but you can check out my review right now. Challenge friends and strangers alike in 4 on 4 Turf Wars online, or unlock the secrets of Octo Valley on your own! Check out the trailer here.


Don’t Starve: Giant Edition for Wii U – You help a guy out, and then he tosses you out into the wilderness to survive on your own. Typical. Science, magic, and other creepiness await in the randomly generated world, and there are no extra lives here — death is permanent. Fortunately, you can share the adventure thanks to a special launch promotion that gives you a second code to gift to a friend! Check out the trailer here.


Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon and Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun for Wii U – This is where the Mega Man Battle Network series really tries to do something new, particularly with the two-versions strategy. Both games have the same core plot line, but the various stages and bosses between those portions are not only different between versions, but also change with each New Game + playthrough! Plus, Battle Chips and other items differ between versions as well.


Mega Man Zero 3 for Wii U – A surprise addition to the roster to wrap up the Mega May lineup, Mega Man Zero 3 is my personal favorite of the series. In truth, it probably most closely resembles the Mega Man X series with this installment, too, so there may be a correlation. The evil Dr. Weil has returned to Neo Arcadia with the legendary Reploid Omega, and it seems he may have the key to the missing part of Zero’s mysterious past.


Rival Turf! for Wii U – Six stages of 90’s-style Super Nintendo Entertainment System brawling await you, on your own or with a friend — or you can take each other on instead!


Baila Latino for Wii U – Up to four players of all ages can enjoy the 20 American Latin songs included in this dance fitness game.


SDK Paint – Demo Version for Wii U – Unsure if the life of a 2D painter and a 3D modeler is for you? Then try the free demo first!


GLORY OF GENERALS THE PACIFIC for Nintendo 3DS – Four battlefields, 64 campaigns, 105 world famous generals, and over 300 terrains await you in this strategy game as you make your way from soldier to marshal. Plus, if you have the prequel, you can earn a bonus as a veteran commander.


G.G Series WONDERLAND for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – Who would have imagined anyone would make a vertically-scrolling shooter out of Alice in Wonderland? But here we are, as you shoot and bomb your way to go down the rabbit hole.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include “Mighty Switch Force!,” “Pokémon Shuffle,” “Pokémon: Mega Charizard X,” “Pokémon: Eevee Collection,” and as of May 29th, “Splatoon: Fresh Squid.”

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

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Transformers Prime (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), The Amazing Spider-man 2 (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) and more games from Activision are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 4.
    • 1001 Spikes (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is 50 percent off (reduced from $15 to $7.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 18.
    • Color Zen (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Color Zen Kids (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) and more games from Cypronia are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 30.
    • Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is up to 48 percent off (reduced to $12.90) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 31.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Zumba Fitness World Party is 75 percent off (reduced from $39.99 to $9.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on June 1 until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 8.
    • Fit Music is 56 percent off (reduced from $29.90 to $12.90) until 8: 59 a.m. PT on July 31.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Crash City Mayhem is 75 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $4.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on June 1 until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 8.
    • Cave Story, VVVVVV and more games from Nicalis are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 18.
    • Monster Combine TD is 35 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.59) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 25.

Price Reduction (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Shuttle Rush is reduced to $3.99 (from $7.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on May 28.


Best Buy StreetPass Event – We may not get to partake in the Nintendo World Championships, but that isn’t stopping Nintendo from holding a StreetPass event to commemorate the occasion anyway. This event takes place from May 29 to May 31 exclusively at all Best Buy locations, where you can bring your Nintendo 3DS to “enhance StreetPass-enabled games you already own,” including such titles as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Saphire. Plus, there’s the opportunity to gain more Puzzle Swap pieces and fill out other StreetPass Plaza games, too.

Pokémon Shuffle Update – A new update to the game brings new stages and features, such as the “Super Catch Power” that makes catching ’em all easier than before. Among other improvements are “How Hearts Accumulate, Checking Out Pokémon, and Combo Numbers Shown Longer,” which I’m sure means more to someone who has actually played the game. More details are available here just the same, though.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “amiibo Agent” Tournament – The next Nintendo Public Tournament for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is running now until May 31, and you can find all the details about it here.

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


So this one is a bit late, as Nintendo decided to revamp their press site. Fortunately, they picked a pretty good, slow week to do so– perhaps even by design.

And yes, I could have just gotten the bare bones info from somewhere else, but if I can’t make this post to the standard I’ve set for myself (screens, page links, etc.), I’m not sure I’d even want to bother.


Dot Arcade for Wii U – Seeking to answer the question of what sort of fun can be discovered when a game is distilled down to its simplest form, this title presents three dot-styled games with varying focuses. Check out the trailer here.


Namco Museum for Wii U – Bringing together Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Galaga, Pole Position, and Dig Dug, you can even the odds this time by adjusting such settings as lives, difficulty level, and the goal for advancing.


LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo Version for Wii U – We aren’t all as rich as Bruce Wayne, so if you’re not sure if you’ve got what it takes to step into the cape of the Brick Knight, you can try this demo to find out for yourself before spending the money.


LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin for Nintendo 3DS – The evil Ronin and his army of dark samurai have stolen the memories of the Ninjas! Help them reclaim their powers and declare victory over their foe! Check out a trailer here.


Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Downloadable Content for Nintendo 3DS – Via GoNintendo: “The second Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley downloadable content launched March 19th, and included new buildings you can place around your valley using Doc’s amazing invention, ARCHITECT! This DLC is free, so even if you didn’t grab it immediately, you can still pick it up absolutely free of charge. The new decorations are themed after the famous Harvest Goddess and Harvest Sprites, so be sure to snag them from Doc when you’re ready to decorate your uniqu

“All Aboard the A-Train!

“A mix of transport simulator and city builder, we’re very excited to be bringing A-Train: City Simulator to a new audience! We’re also pleased to announce that all the DLC from the Japanese version will be available to our English-speaking fans! We’ll be revealing screenshots and further details leading up to the game’s launch!”


Jet Dog for Nintendo 3DS – Send one of three dogs soaring for the best distance record, and equip them with different items to improve their performance.


My Pet School 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Care for and train such animals as dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and parakeets.


Titanic Mystery for Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo DSiWare – Someone thought it would be a good idea to make a new ship named “Titanic” 100 years after the last one sank– and making the same voyage, no less! Constructed “with the same level of luxury and extravagance, but with modern day safety designs and up to date lifeboats,” someone is nonetheless not leaving this one to the icebergs and is planning to blow it up. Your job is to find the culprit by solving various puzzles and riddles through mini-games across the boat’s 30 locations.

If I may be honest, I find this idea a lot more intriguing now than when I began this write-up.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include NES: Samus Aran, NES: Pit, and Etrian Mystery Dungeon.

Nintendo eShop Sales (Prices in USD)

Zen Pinball 2’s South Park Pinball table for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on April 2nd, this content is reduced from $4.99 to $2.49, 50 percent off.


TNT Racers – Nitro Machines Edition for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on April 9th, this title is reduced from $7.99 to $4.99, 37 percent off.


Rock ‘N Racing Off Road for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on April 12th, this title is reduced from $5.99 to $4.99, 16 percent off.


Navy Commander Downloadable Content for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on April 2nd, this content is 50 percent off.


Joindots Games sale for Nintendo 3DSFunfair Party Games, 3D Game Collection, and Murder on the Titanic are on sale until 8:59am PT on April 9th.


Snow Moto Racing 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on April 2nd, this title is reduced from $7.99 to $3.99, 50 percent off.

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

Wow, now this is an awesome week for the Nintendo Download. I hope no one minds if I espouse a little personal history with some of this week’s releases.

But first, a trailer for this week’s six huge releases that is a very nice throwback to when the series launched back in 1994:

Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble for Wii U, and Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Land 2, and Donkey Kong Land III for Nintendo 3DS – Six platforming adventures from Rare that were originally released for the Super NES and Game Boy, respectively, which followed the duos of Donkey & Diddy, Diddy & Dixie, and Dixie & Kiddy Kong (also respectively) as they sought to thwart the evil schemes of the dastardly King/Kaptain K. Rool and his legions of Kremlings. These are the titles which inspired the modern Donkey Kong Country titles from Retro Studios (see how you can get them for less in the eShop Sales below), though they play a bit differently from their successors.

On a personal note, I’ve been waiting for these releases for a long time, and I never expected them to come all at once. They were once on the Wii Shop Channel, but abruptly removed by Nintendo of America for reasons unknown; other regions at least had a little forewarning, but my wife and I were on a bus to New York City for the Wii U launch when the news came through. The worst part was we were actually looking at buying a then-inexpensive Wii for her mother and loading it up with all three Donkey Kong Country games, as she was a big fan of the series.

We had the first two ourselves, and had there been any sort of warning, we’d have snatched up the third. We have it for Super NES, but I’ve never beaten it; having it on Virtual Console would surely have helped, but at least now I have another chance. Fun Fact: According to an article from Kotaku UK, this game’s setting of the “Northern Kremisphere” was “modelled after the mountainous and forested regions of Northern Europe and Canada,” which is part of why I derived my choice of Weekly Deals visuals from this game.

As for Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, I’ve long wanted to take advantage of the Wii U Virtual Console’s features for this one. I completed the game in its entirety, “102%,” in my youth, but I’ve apparently lost a step along the way, with Toxic Tower becoming a stopping point that’s not only thwarted myself, but my wife and our friends time and time again. Not this time! With the help Restore Points (which I only intend to use for that section), I fully intend to stomp a toxic mud hole in K. Rool’s @$$ and walk it dry.

Regarding the Game Boy Donkey Kong Land titles, I’ve only played the first one, as I hear the latter two are basically remixes of their respective Super NES counterparts. The first, however, includes a fair amount of original content, including one of my favorite worlds in a Donkey Kong game: Big Ape City, where the original Donkey Kong (now Cranky) took on Mario!

A few other fun bits before moving on: As noted above, the trailer Nintendo released today was inspired by the ad campaign for the original 1994 release of Donkey Kong Country, and you can see an example of that here.

Over on PoisonMushroom.Org, I’ve detailed some of the personal history with Donkey Kong Country and myself in my recounting of the Blockbuster World Video Game Championships, and I also wrote an article last year which casts Donkey Kong as Nintendo’s true hero of the 16-Bit Console Wars, rather than Mario. I hope you’ll enjoy those.

Moving on…


GravBlocks+ for Wii U – A Match-3 puzzle game with a twist: Gravity! That is, changing gravity to suit your whims and help you score higher multipliers. Just avoid the Destruction Hazards lurking within the walls!

IRONFALL Invasion for Nintendo 3DS – A third-person shooter with single and multiplayer modes, you can begin taking on alien robots now for free or stock up on some downloadable content first.

Titan Attacks! for Nintendo 3DS – This classic arcade-style shoot-em-up tasks you with driving the invading aliens back from Earth to the Moon, Mars, Saturn, and their homeworld of Titan where you can finish their threat for good.


Luv Me Buddies Wonderland for Nintendo 3DS – Minigames and educational activities for children are the order of the day here, though it boasts appeal for children and adults alike.


Around the World in 80 Days for Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo 3DS – Based on the classic Jules Verne novel, this puzzle games features a two-player mode and more than 80 levels per journey. With the handheld positioned upright, there are options for both left and right-handed players.

Nintendo eShop Sales


Until 8:59am PT on March 3rd, buying any of the Donkey Kong titles released today, as well as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and/or Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D in the Nintendo eShop will get you 30 percent off the purchase of either of the latter two titles. Full details can be found here.


Cypronia games for Wii UAngry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade, Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues, and more from Cypronia are on sale until 8:59am PT on March 31st.


TNT Racers for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on March 5th, this title is reduced from $7.99 to $4.99, 37 percent off.


Toon Tanks for Wii U – Until 8:59am PT on March 12th, this title is reduced from $1.99 to $1.49, 25 percent off.


JoinDot for Nintendo 3DS3D MahJongg and other Nintendo 3DS titles from JoinDot are on sale until 8:59am PT on March 13th.


Aqua Moto Racing 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until 8:59am PT on March 5th, this title is reduced from $7.99 to $3.99, 50 percent off.

Price Reductions


“Beginning at 9 a.m. PT on March 1, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom and more games from Little Orbit will receive permanent price reductions” on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.


Van Helsing Sniper Zx100 for Nintendo 3DS – This game has been reduced from $6.66 to $2.99. Guess the novelty pricing didn’t do it too many favors.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include “NES: Donkey Kong“, and on February 28th, “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Hunter’s Seal” and “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Palicoes 4 Ever.”

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

Not a huge week for this Nintendo Download, though there is one heavy hitter to kick things off.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U – Available February 20th: It’s up to you to help Kirby through a vibrant new clay-styled world by drawing Rainbow Ropes with the Wii U GamePad for him to travel upon to reach his goal. When you’re ready to wreak a bit of havoc, mold Kirby into a rocket, submarine, or even a tank! Up to three friends can join in as Waddle Dees to help you on your way!


Axelay for Wii U – You are the last line of defense against the alien Armada of Annihilation’s conquest of planets. Using the prototype Axelay spacecraft, you must wield a vast array of armaments through six levels of alien oppression.


Citizens of Earth – Demo Version for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Being the Vice President of the World is a big job– especially in the face of an alien invasion! To see if you’re up to taking the office, maybe trying this free demo first would be a good idea. Check out the campaign ad here.


Pokémon Shuffle for Nintendo 3DS – More than 150 stages await in this Pokemon-themed puzzle-strategy game. It’s free to play, but there are optional in-game purchases to take advantage of as well.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call DLC for Nintendo 3DS – Square Enix classics Chrono Trigger and Nier join in the fun with new add-on tracks which are now available as downloadable content for the main game.


Adventure Bar Story for Nintendo 3DS – Manage a bar and go on adventures! Fend off hostile takeovers and fearsome fiends! Win the cooking contest and the hearts of patrons throughout the kingdom!


Excave for Nintendo 3DS – 50 dungeons await with five “massive” boss fights as you seek out an ancient laboratory to discover why it’s producing the monsters which are now at war with the king’s city above.


Flap Flap for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSiWareFlappy Bird, but with bonuses and special abilities.


Fishdom for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSiWare – Match-3 gameplay with over 100 unlockable bonuses and the ability to decorate your own aquarium.


4 Elements for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSiWare – This puzzle-strategy game charges you with unlocking the four ancient books of magic and gathering the 16 mysterious cards to restore a kingdom corrupted by evil to life.

Nintendo eShop Sales


Ice Cream Surfer for Wii U – This game is 70 percent off (reduced from $5 to $1.49) until 8:59am PT on March 5th.


EnjoyUp game sale for Wii U99moves, Abyss, and more from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59am PT on March 12th.


Snow Moto Racing 3D for Nintendo 3DS – This game is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59am PT on February 26th.


Chat-A-Lot for Nintendo 3DS – This game is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59am PT on March 5th.


Toys vs. Monsters for Nintendo 3DS – This game is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) until 8:59am PT on March 12th.


2 Fast 4 Gnomz for Nintendo 3DS – This game is 40 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.99) until 8:59am PT on March 12th.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

New themes this week include “NES: Ice Climbers.”


Pokémon Art Academy Competition – “Put your Pokémon creativity on display in an online competition featuring art made in Pokémon Art Academy! Create your masterpiece using the Pokémon Art Academy game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, and then post your work to the Pokémon Art Academy Miiverse community. The winning artists will receive a 100-card pack of custom-designed Pokémon Trading Card Game cards displaying their artwork.

“NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must (i) be a legal resident of the 50 United States, D.C., Canada or Mexico, (ii) have access to the Pokémon Art Academy game and a compatible device in the Nintendo 3DS family, and (iii) have an active Nintendo Network ID linked to a confirmed email address. Void where prohibited. Contest ends 3/29/15 at 11:59pm PT. Six prizes available to be won, each consisting of 100 Pokémon Trading Cards bearing the drawing of the winner (ARV US $40 each). Odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Eligible entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges to determine the winners, using judging criteria set out in the Official Rules, available at Contest co-sponsored by The Pokémon Company International, Inc. and Nintendo of America Inc.”

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

Wow, the penultimate Nintendo Download before Halloween is a bigger one than we’ve seen in a while!


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


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!


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.


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.


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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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


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).


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.

A lot of cool, interesting, and even free new additions to the Nintendo eShop today! Let’s get right into it!


Tomodachi Life – Free Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – For a time, playing the free demo version of Tomodachi Life was a fairly exclusive club. But now, everyone can partake in it! You can check out my review of the game here.


Squids Odyssey for Nintendo 3DS – This came to Wii U a few weeks ago, so here is what I had to say then: “Another from the iPhone, where it was known simply as “Squids.” This one had promise, but I advocated caution when I reviewed it. I haven’t played it since that review, nor the Wii U version, but hopefully they managed to improve on some aspects, while others– such as draining my phone’s battery like nobody’s business– shouldn’t apply here. According to the press release, though, this version contains not only the original iPhone game’s content, but also SQUIDS Wild West and additional new content as well.”


Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy for Nintendo 3DS – “Japan’s No. 1 platformer” has you take your bike on a tour of 12 zodiac-inspired planets with more than 90 stages. Power-ups will allow you to fly or turn you into a frog as you avoid such obstacles as lasers, spiked blocks, and giant whirlwinds.


City Mysteries for Nintendo 3DS – Travel to New York, Paris, Moscow, and London as you search for more than 1,000 hidden objects! Each city also contains a sliding puzzle for you to enjoy, too.


Glory of Generals for Nintendo 3DS – A turn-based strategy game set during World War II, spanning between 1939 and 1945 AD with 64 campaigns including the Western and Eastern fronts, North Africa, and Antarctica. Choose your side from one of 15 countries and rewrite history as you control any of your generals on the battlefield.


Mysterious Stars: A Fairy Tale for Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo DSiWare – Have you already finished the last two connect-the-dot games in this series? Well, here’s a third for you.


One Piece Unlimited World Red for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Available July 8th, play as your favorite Straw Hat crew members and engage in an episodic storyline based on the hit manga. When the going gets rough, you can call on some help from your friends (2-player on Wii U, 4-player on Nintendo 3DS).


Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition for Wii U – “An action-platformer set in a magical, Mexican-inspired world,” Guacamelee! has proven popular on other platforms and is reminiscent of such titles as Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in its open-ended, exploration-encouraging design. “Explore lively towns and dangerous temples, unlock new luchador powers and suplex some skeletons in this expanded version of the original game.” Plus, the developers at DrinkBox Studios are from right here in Toronto, so by playing this, you’d be supporting Canadian game development as well!


Armillo for Wii U – As Armillo, the space armadillo, you’ll roll, jump, and boost through multiple worlds in this 3D action platformer which is said to mix the classic with the new. You can use the Wii U GamePad for Off-TV play and optional motion controls, or the Pro Controller for something a little more traditional.


Mario Tennis: Power Tour for Wii U – This fan-favorite Game Boy Advance title allows you to play in singles or doubles action with a role playing twist!


Bombing Bastards for Wii U – If it walks like a man and bombs like a man, then is it Bomberman? Well, not in this instance, but since the last Bomberman title was released almost four years ago, it seems that if Konami isn’t going to make more, then someone else will. 30 mazes spanning five worlds, each with their own boss, await you and up to four other friends, who can join in with the Gamepad, Wii Remotes, Pro Controllers, and/or Classic Controllers.


Internal Invasion for Wii U – Guide Ro-bert through 50 levels with touchscreen controls to stop the infection deep within the body in this gravity-based platformer.


Power Dice Solitaire Future for Wii U – Winning is as easy as a roll of the dice! Roll to create matching pairs, earning points for every successful match. But be careful; fail to make a match, and you’ll lose points instead!


ZaciSa’s Last Stand for Wii U – A tower defense game featuring a unique art style as you build bots to protect your way of life in outer space.


Karaoke Joysound – Full and Demo versions for WiiWare – What the–? A WiiWare game? Really? Well, up to eight players can participate in this karaoke game. The initial software purchase comes with a complimentary one-use six-hour ticket.

Nintendo eShop Sales


Kung Fu Rabbit for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – This game is 50 percent off until 9am PT on July 10th.


Atlus games for Nintendo 3DS – From 9am PT on July 7th until 9am PT on July 21st, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl and Etrian Odyssey IV: The Legends of Titan are on sale in the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

Price Reduction

Just Dance 2014 for Wii U – Beginning July 7th in the Wii U eShop, this title will be marked down from $49.99 to $39.99.

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

Holy moly, there are a lot of Nintendo eShop releases this week. There’s no time to waste, so let’s get right into it!


Shovel Knight for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – The long-awaited, Kickstarter-backed, retro-style project from Yacht Club Games is finally here! As the game’s hero, Shovel Knight, you’ll wield your mighty Shovel Blade as you embark on a journey to free the land from the evil Enchantress and her Order of No Quarter! The Wii U version features special Miiverse features, whereas the Nintendo 3DS version employs StreetPass for an exclusive Battle Arena.

I’m currently reviewing this for Nintendo Force, but without giving too much away, let me just say this: If you’re the sort of person who checks these updates in the hopes that a new NES, Super NES, or similarly oldschool game will be released on a given week, you really must play this.


Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Many years before Simon Belmont picked up the whip known as the Vampire Killer and waged a one-man war against the forces of Dracula, his ancestor, Trevor, teamed up with a group of like-minded individuals to challenge the evil count through 17 levels filled with monsters of every shape and size. Joining him are Sypha Belnades, the spellcaster who controls both ice and flame; Grant DaNasty, a dagger-wielding pirate who can climb walls with the same ease as the rigging on his ship; and Alucard, the fan-favorite son of Dracula himself, whose fireball casting and transformative powers allow players a sense of… oh, who am I kidding? Everyone goes with either the pirate or the mage. Though this was Alucard’s first appearance in the series, he didn’t exactly impress anyone in it.

That notwithstanding, this is considered one of the better (but also most challenging) games in the series, following more in the footsteps of Castlevania than its sequel.


48 hour Wii Sports Club free trial for Wii U – As of 6pm PT, a free 48 hour trial for the now-complete five-game compilation known as Wii Sports Club begins! Enjoy updated, high-definition versions of the games which helped make the original Wii a household name, including golf, tennis, baseball, bowling, and boxing! What’s more, you don’t have to partake in this right away– the offer is good until 11:59 p.m. PT on December 31, 2014. Mind, you only get 48 hours during that period to play from the time game play is initiated, so be sure you’re ready to make the most of it once it begins!


BrickBlast U! for Wii U – “The future of Pong is here,” with 14 levels of power-ups, electronic music, and presumably blasting bricks.


Monkey Pirates for Wii U – It’s monkeys! It’s pirates! What more do you need? Take control of one of the four monkey captains’ boats as you fight over seas based on the Arctic, Caribbean, Egypt, and China.


My Arctic Farm for Wii U – Speaking of the arctic, here’s a farming-style game which takes place there, giving you a single little penguin to start, and allowing you to expand your frigid farmland to include up to ten different animals, including polar bears.

Yes, I know: Penguins are from the antarctic, not the arctic. Someone ought to tell the developers that, but it’s not going to be me; I like both penguins and polar bears too much to fuss over it.


My Jurassic Farm for Wii U – Same as above, but with less arctic, penguins, and polar bears and more dinosaurs, starting with a single Compsognathus.


Cocoro – Line Defender for Nintendo 3DS – This is a strategy line defender game which puts more emphasis on backstory than telling you what the gameplay is about. Islands, gods, elements, entities… fun stuff, I’m sure.


Hidden Expedition Titanic for Nintendo 3DS – You’re out to solve 14 missions across 17 locations as you solve the mysteries of the sunken ship Titanic. Can you find the lost crown?


Plain Video Poker for Nintendo 3DS – A dozen no-frills casino-quality poker games. Reminds me of a machine in a pool hall on a back road in the U.S.


Quell Reflect – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – This logic puzzle game came out back in February, but now you can try it for free!


SKYPEACE for Nintendo 3DS – Choose between a male and a female character, then take off on your rocket-powered sky surfboard to collect coins, avoid enemies, and rack up a high score.


Toy Stunt Bike for Nintendo 3DS – Sixty levels of stunt racing across various household levels await you as you compete for worldwide leaderboard glory, or at least the most awesome crash (seriously, “amazing crashes” is a bullet point on the list of features).


Anne’s Doll Studio: Antique Collection, Anne’s Doll Studio: Lolita Collection, and Anne’s Doll Studio: Princess Collection for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSiWare – Three titles which appear to be the same in every way except the theme of the dolls. Make and decorate dolls in one of three themes, and use the SD card to store pictures of your creation.


Anonymous Notes Chapter 4: From the Abyss for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSiWare – An endless dungeon awaits you in this action role playing game. Just when you think you’ve conquered the boss, the dungeon recreates itself for you to try again!


Mysterious Stars: The Samurai for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSiWare – Connect the stars, la lalala… sorry. The God of the Stars is getting old and needs your assistance in helping those in need, this time including a samurai who no longer has a master (a ronin, in other words).

Nintendo eShop Sales


Ubisoft Summer Game Sale for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Until 9am PT on July 7th, select Ubisoft games in the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops are up to 75 percent off.


Atlus Games on Nintendo 3DS – Select Atlus games will be discounted in the Nintendo 3DS eShop until 9am PT on July 7th, including titles such as Code of Princess and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked.


Urban Trial Freestyle for Nintendo 3DS – This game is 60 percent off until 9am PT on July 10th.


Nordic Games for Wii U – Until 9am PT on July 8th, select games in the Wii U eShop are on sale, including Darksiders II.


Disney’s Frozen: Olaf’s Quest for Nintendo 3DS – Until 9am PT on July 31st, this game is marked down to $19.99 in the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

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

Wow! After a bit of a lull last week, we’ve got quite a few new offerings and deals going on in the Nintendo Download this week! Read on for all that’s now in store.


Pushmo World for Wii U – The pushing and pulling picture block puzzler comes to Wii U! And yes, you can still share your own creations as well.


Super Dodge Ball for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Dodge Ball is serious business, and as the USA Dodge Ball team, it’s up to you to go around the world and show everyone that you mean business! Two players can square off or engage in a spirited round of Bean Ball.


GEOM for Wii U – This timed puzzle game calls for speed and precision as you try to earn the high score in each of its three modes. Form lines of similar picture panels, seek out specific shapes, or tap blocks as they scroll upward to gain points!


How to Survive for Wii U – This M-rated game sees you shipwrecked on a deserted island as you collect pages of a survival guide and find resources to keep you and your friends alive. Piece together tools and weapons, from shotguns to Molotov cocktails, to defend yourself as one of three castaways stranded on one of four unique islands.


Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Better known to some as Out of This World, this 20th anniversary remake features a remastered presentation and the option to switch between original and remastered graphics, sound effects, and music, as well as three difficulty levels.


Color Zen Kids for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – An easier version of Color Zen for children, featuring easier puzzles, larger shapes, and a kid-friendly animal theme through 100 levels.


2048 for Nintendo 3DS – A sliding number puzzle game with 20 achievements to unlock.


European Conqueror 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Conquer lands, cities, and oceans while gathering resources, building your economy, raising an army, and destroying all who oppose you. Two modes, Conquest and Campaign, feature three difficulty levels as you make your way across Europe.


Farming Simulator 14 for Nintendo 3DS – Breed cattle, raise crops, and use real-life machinery as you own and operate your very own farm.


ATV Fever for Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo DSi Shop – Over 50 events, nine authentic vehicles, different weather events, seven different locations, and 20 different tracks await you as you race your all-terrain vehicle through numerous off-road and mountain venues as you race to be the best in the world.


ATV Quad Kings for Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo DSi Shop – Perform tricks with ten quad bikes featuring different attributes and styles in 36 championship races across nine venues from all over the world. You can even customize your ride with 30 vehicle skins.


Fashion Tycoon for Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo DSi Shop – Help Lilly find the inspiration she needs across 45 levels of fashion and become a successful designer!


My Aquarium: Seven Oceans for Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo DSi Shop – Catch Tropical and River fish and mammals such as dolphins and whales as you discover various fishing spots and bring your catches back to your custom aquarium. There are also various other fishermen to meet and trade with (including your friends!), as well as numerous objects and effects to decorate your fish tanks.


Mysterious Stars: The Singer for Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo DSi Shop – Help the God of the Stars by connecting the dots to fulfill the wishes of people in need!

Nintendo eShop Sales:


Toki Tori 2+ for Wii U – This game is 60 percent off until 9am PT on July 3rd.


Classic Games Overload for Nintendo 3DS – This game is only $14.99 until 9am PT on July 7th.


Fractured Soul for Nintendo 3DS – This game is $5.99 until 9am PT on July 3rd.


Parking Star 3D for Nintendo 3DS – This game is 50 percent off until 9am PT on July 3rd.


Cypronia Games for Nintendo 3DS – Until 9am PT on July 31st, select Cypronia games will be discounted in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, including Fishdom H20 and Angry Bunnies.


Shin Megami Tensei IV for Nintendo 3DS – This title is $24.99 until 9am PT on June 23rd.

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

This week has a surprising number of good games going for it. At least, I think it does…


Street Fighter Alpha 2 for Wii U – It’s amazing this game was ever released on the Super NES. Experience the entry which introduced the world to such techniques as Quick Move Reversals, Alpha Counters, and the Custom Combo System, as well as bringing Dan, Akuma, and M. Bison to the forefront of the action, where they are joined by Rolento, Gen, Sakura, Dhalsim, Zangief, and more.


Swords & Soldiers for Wii U – The aforementioned “I think” about the quality of some of this week’s releases applies here. I reviewed this one a while back for the iPhone, where it came as a highly recommended title. You can read that here, and hope that the same level of care and quality carried over to the Wii U version.


Squids Odyssey for Wii U – Another from the iPhone, where it was known simply as “Squids.” This one had promise, but I advocated caution when I reviewed it. I haven’t played it since that review, nor the Wii U version, but hopefully they managed to improve on some aspects, while others– such as draining my phone’s battery like nobody’s business– shouldn’t apply here. According to the press release, though, this version contains not only the original iPhone game’s content, but also SQUIDS Wild West and additional new content as well.


Fit Music for Wii U – It’s fitness! It’s dancing! “Each section offers all the typical phases of the workout with warm-up exercises, an intensive training phase and a final relaxation phase.”


Mega Man V for Nintendo 3DS – The fifth and final game from the Classic Mega Man series to grace the original Game Boy, the series goes out with a bang by offering an all-new adventure against all new bosses and other foes. When Mega Man’s Mega Buster proves ineffective against the attack of the Stardroids, Dr. Light gives the Blue Bomber’s attack a little extra punch– literally. With the new rocket-punching Mega Arm, Mega Man takes off to the eight planets (mind, this is before Pluto was declassified) to put a stop to their conquest. And he’s not alone: In addition to Rush and Eddie, Tango the Robocat makes his debut!


Alien on the Run for Nintendo 3DS – Full and demo versions of this title await in the Nintendo eShop. Ever think Earthlings are the only ones who have to worry about UFO abductions? Delude, an alien from another planet, would like to argue that point with you. He’s been taken from his home planet, and must dive into and take down the tractor beams he finds in the UFO’s 17 levels to get back home.


Turtle Tale for Nintendo 3DS – It’s classic-style 2D platforming action as Shelldon the turtle defends his island home from Captain O’Haire and his gang of Monkey Pirates. Venture through five unique areas to win the day and make those pirates set sail for good!


Lost Treasures of Alexandria for Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo DSiWare – A Match-3 game with a story about perfectly-formed metal spheres from Africa dating back over a million years.

Nintendo eShop Sales:


Darts Up 3D for Nintendo 3DS – Until 9am PT on June 11th, this title is 67 percent off.


Classic Games Overload for Nintendo 3DS – Until 9am PT on June 2nd, this title is $10 off.


Joindots – Until 9am PT on June 5th, select Nintendo 3DS games from Joindots will be on sale, including 3D MahJongg, Funfair Party Games, and Gardenscapes.


Blok Drop U for Wii U – Until 9am PT on June 4th, this title is 25 percent off.


AeternoBlade for Nintendo 3DS – From May 23rd to 9am PT on May 26th, this title will be on sale (no specifics are given).

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

Lots to see in the Nintendo eShop this week, including a late-coming Wii U retail title, a HAL Labs classic, and the next “Mega May” release!


Wii Party U for Wii U – Beginning May 16th (for reasons…?), the latest game from the creators of the Mario Party series and Wii Party arrives in the Wii U eShop. With the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remote Plus controllers, there are numerous board and mini-games to try out in this package.


Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails for Wii U – As Scram Kitty offers you advice and feedback through the Wii U’s GamePad, you take control on the big screen as you glide along the glowing rails of the space station and past its numerous hazards, all while taking down the rodent infestation in this mix of 360 degree platforming and 2D shooter action.


Adventures of Lolo for Wii U – Before there was Kirby, HAL gave us Lolo and Lala (who would live on in tweaked forms in the tough cream puff’s own adventures). Lala, the love of Lolo’s life, has been kidnapped by the devilish King Egger and taken away to his great fortress. Lolo takes the fight to Egger, facing down his army of enemy forces by using the blocks found throughout the castle to his advantage, trapping some enemies and defending against others.


Color Zen for Wii U – Touting itself as a new kind of puzzle game, Color Zen wants you to plug in your headphones, relax, and immerse yourself as you try to find your way through its abstract world of colors and shapes. “There are no points or penalties for failure; just an abstract world of color to move through at your own pace.” 460 levels are included, with more promised.


Mega Man IV for Nintendo 3DS – Speaking of classics, this was the only Mega Man title I had on the Game Boy for years, and it remains one of the best on the platform. Wily has taken over the robots of the World Robot Expo, including some familiar faces, and it’s up to the Blue Bomber to put an end to their rampage. But before he can get to Dr. Wily, he must face the newest in the line of Mega Man Killers– Ballade!

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Moon Chronicles for Nintendo 3DS – Renegade Kid’s award-winning scifi first-person shooter is back, and now it’s been remastered in 3D. Running at 60 frames per second, intuitive touchscreen controls help immerse you in the atmospheric adventure.


ARC STYLE: Baseball 3D for Nintendo 3DS – This full-scale baseball game is designed so anyone can jump in and enjoy it. It includes three modes: Tournament, Exhibition, and Custom, and there are seven teams to face. You can even create your own custom players, including their name and appearance, aided by the Nintendo 3DS’s camera.


Candy Match 3 for Nintendo 3DS – A match-3 game. There’s literally nothing more to say about it, except that you can also match-4, match-5, or match-6 candies for added bonuses.


Deep Sea Creatures for Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo DSiWare – Aboard your submarine, it’s your job to dive into the depths of the ocean, discover new creatures, and bring them back to shore with you. There, you can arrange them in your aquarium for their maximum benefit, and in time, they’ll even begin to reproduce!



Big John Games Sale – Until 9am PT on June 5th, select Big John Games for the Nintendo 3DS will be discounted, including Smash Bowling 3D and Big Bass Arcade No Limit.


Atlus Sale – Beginning at 9am PT on May 19th and ending at 9am PT on June 2nd, select Atlus games for Nintendo 3DS will be at “their lowest prices yet,” $14.99, including Code of Princess and Shin Megami Tensei IV: Devil Survivor Overclocked.

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