The Nintendo Download – 3/31/2016

Hm, the Nintendo Download feels a little slim this week; there aren’t any headlining Nintendo 3DS releases (only one, in fact), no Nintendo 3DS themes, and even the sales feel fewer than normal, while the Activity promoted is U.S. only. Maybe it’s due to the release of Miitomo happening today as well? Yet even that isn’t mentioned here. Go figure.

Lovely Planet for Wii U – You’re on a quest to reach Lovely Planet, and to get there, you’ve got to make use of speed-boosting boots, infinite ammo, and the ability to jump more than twice your own height. No sweat, right?

You can save 15 percent off the purchase of this game until May 5th, 2016, provided you downloaded the demo during the [email protected] promotion.

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Pokkén Tournament – Demo Version for Wii U – Not sure if the world of Pokémon fisticuffs is right for you? Find out with this free demo!

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Mario Super Sluggers for Wii U – If you missed this title on the Wii, now’s your chance to swing for the fences and steal some bases. You’ll need a Wii Remote to pitch and use as your surrogate bat, though, but with that in hand, you’ll be able to play with up to four players across nine stadiums ranging from ice castles to an urban cityscape to become champion.

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6-Hand Video Poker for Wii U – “Multiple hands, unlimited play, a realistic pay-table, and a moving Las Vegas theme” are what this release has stakes in.

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Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus for Wii U – Solve puzzles, gain skills, and talk to townsfolk to save Exidus in this 2D adventure.

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Now I Know My ABCs for Wii U – This program for the younger crowd uses color association, audio cues, and positive reinforcement to help teach children about how to write letters (actual letters, not long-form correspondence).

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Pixlcross for Wii U – More than 150 puzzles ranging from 5×5 to 35×35 span four levels of difficulty in this Picross game.

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Justice Chronicles for Nintendo 3DS – Two heroes must work together to thwart destiny and save the world in this 40+ hour role playing game.

New DLC

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map – Vanguard Down – For $1.99 USD, you can take part in a trial ground that uses Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn‘s “Elincia’s Gambit” stage. You can also purchase Map Pack 1 to get everything released through April 21st for less than you’d pay individually.

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

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • 99Moves (Wii U), Soccer Up 3D (Nintendo 3DS) and more from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 21.
    • Baila Latino (Wii U), Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) and more games from Oxygene are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 15.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Stone Shire is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1) starting at 9 a.m. PT on April 1 until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 1.
    • Canvaleon is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.95 to $4.95) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 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) nyteworks.net.

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On the go or on the couch, Nintendo has two big titles lined up. Plus, a pair of retro classics on Wii U’s Virtual Console and a sequel to an indie darling, to boot. It’s looking like a good week from here.

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Pokkén Tournament for Wii U – Available March 18th: Enough with the turn-based stuff, these Pokemon are ready to throw down with fighting game fisticuffs. With the Super Smash Bros. roster packed to the gills, however, what are they to do? Start their own tournament, Tekken-style, of course!

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DIG DUG II for Wii U – Dig Dug is taking a break from his side-scrolling adventures and going on a top-down island vacation. Too bad the swarms of Pooka and Fygar won’t allow him to rest! Inflate them to the point of bursting, or dig some clever traps to ensnare them!

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City Connection for Wii U – You’re out to make your mark on the world by painting the roadways around the globe by driving over them. Unfortunately, the cops aren’t too keen on your activities and are giving chase. Can you paint all the roads while making a clean getaway?

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Bird Mania Party for Wii U – Up to five players can compete for the best score as you soar past bushes, treetops, and stinging bees. Collect points and unlock achievements to the pumping music, or bring a friend along for co-op play!

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U Host for Wii U – Get together up to four friends or teams and create your own game show! Choose from more than 1,000 questions across ten categories, or create your own custom categories and questions that can add a personal touch to an upcoming event! All this, and mini-games, too!

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Mutant Mudds Super Challenge for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Max is back for a bigger challenge than any he’s ever faced! Purchase the game on one console and cross-buy will allow you to get it on the other. What’s more, the Loyalty Discount will save you 15 percent if you own the original Mutant Mudds or downloaded the [email protected] Preview version of this title.

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Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Nintendo 3DS – Available March 18th: It’s time to train for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro! As your Mii, join Mario and Sonic in their separate Adventure Mode stories and take part in 14 events, including BMX, 110m Hurdles, golf, and soccer! (On a personal note, I always prefer the portables for their Adventure Modes, so this is the version I’m most interested in.)

New DLC

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map – Royal Royale – A new map is available to download, or you can purchase Map Pack 1 to get everything released through April 21st for less than you’d pay individually.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new theme is “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess : Light & Twilight.”

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

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

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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Oh yeah, now we’re talkin’.

Pokémon has been around for two decades now, and during that time, most of the famed Pokémon Battles to take place have been menu-based affairs in the core series. Options for pure fighting, however, have been a bit slimmer — there have been a handful of the eponymous pocket monsters featured in Super Smash Bros., of course, but only a handful as part of a much larger ensemble.

That all changes come March 18th, however, as the pure Pokémon fighting game Pokkén Tournament comes exclusively to the Wii U. For $74.99 CAD, you’ll be ready to rumble with high-definition visuals some of the most recognizable Pokémon characters take each other straight down to the mat — or whatever surface they end up fighting on.

Plus, those who buy in to the first production run of physical copies will receive a special amiibo card featuring Shadow Mewtwo. Tap it on the Wii U GamePad controller, and you’ll unlock this shadowy psychic as a playable character in the game.

That’s not all, though! To further commemorate the launch of the Pokémon franchise 20 years ago in Japan, the previously announced Virtual Console releases of the original Pokémon games (Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version, and Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition) will be available in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS at a price of $12.49 each on February 27th — the day the original games were first released all those years ago. While that price does sound incredibly steep for Game Boy Virtual Console games, do bear in mind that extra effort was put into these, allowing players to use the system’s wireless communication to battle and trade Pokémon just like in the good ol’ days.

Also on that day, a New Nintendo 3DS Pokémon 20th Anniversary bundle will be released. For $239.99 CAD, you’ll receive the New Nintendo 3DS (not XL) system, both Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version pre-installed on the system alongside an exclusive Pokémon Home menu theme, and perhaps the best part of all: a pair of Pokémon-themed cover plates — one showing off Charizard, and the other featuring Blastoise.

All this Pokémon goodness, and the year is just beginning — who knows what else Nintendo may have in store for us with nine months remaining in the year?

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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