Nintendo eShop Ubisoft Game Sale Going On Now
Nintendo is proving a little bit sneaky with this one, not having mentioned it in last week’s Nintendo Download. However, thanks to the keen eyes over at Tiny Cartridge, it’s not too late to get in on these deals!
From 9am PT on March 24th through 8:59am PT on March 31st, there is a Nintendo eShop sale for up to 50 percent off on various select Ubisoft titles. You can find everything here, but just in case that’s not working, the info is being mirrored here.
For Nintendo 3DS, everything included in the sale is $14.99, half-price: Petz Fantasy 3D, Rabbids Travel in Time 3D, Rayman 3D, Rayman Origins, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D.
Of this lot, I’ve only played Rayman 3D. A port of the Dreamcast version of Rayman 2: The Great Escape, this one is similar to the iOS version in that it lacks the mini-games and Globox village. Plus, the 3D felt kind of slapped on, and kind of hurt at times– and I’m someone who enjoys good 3D on the system. Overall, I’d pass on this one.
Similarly, Rayman Origins for Nintendo 3DS isn’t held as one of the better versions of the title, primarily due to its lack of the console version’s four-player mode.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars is generally considered the surprise “must play” of the group. One of the launch titles for the Nintendo 3DS, this version of the Ghost Recon franchise is a strategy game usually equated with the likes of Fire Emblem or Advance Wars.
For Wii U, ZombiU is marked down to $29.99 from $59.99; Just Dance 4, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, Rabbids Land, and ESPN Sports Connection are $24.99 from $49.99; Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth and Just Dance Kids 2014 are $20.99 from $29.99; Rayman Legends and The Smurfs 2 are $27.99 from $39.99; Just Dance 2014 is $24.99 from $49.99; Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is $41.99 from $59.99; and Cloudberry Kingdom is $6.99 from $9.99.
As with Nintendo 3DS, I’ve not played most of these, but ZombiU is generally regarded as a good game which makes great, unique use of the Wii U’s GamePad touchscreen controller. In addition, Rayman Legends is said to be a terrific game, and if you’re into four-player side-scrolling platformers, this one may be for you. I’ve only played demos and bits and pieces of it, but I can honestly say everything I’ve played has led me to want more.
Nintendo of Canada is bringing out its holiday best for 2013 as it plans to host events at malls across Canada. Unfortunately, the lineup of malls isn’t as big as the lineup of games they’re bringing, but if you’re able to make it, you’ll find them at the following locations on the corresponding dates:
- Toronto, ON
Square One: Nov 25 – Dec 8
Toronto Eaton Center: Dec 9 – 15
- Vancouver, BC
Metrotown: Dec 2 – 29
- Montreal, QC
Carrefour Laval: Nov 25 – Dec 8
There, the following games will be available to try out:
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
- Just Dance 2014
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
- Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
- Mario Kart 7
- Mario Party: Island Tour
- Pokémon X
- Pokémon Y
- Rayman Legends
- Super Mario 3D World
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
- The Wonderful 101
- Wii Fit U
- Wii Party U
- Wii Sports Club
It’s a double-dose of Rayman goodness today! First is the release of the free Rayman Legends Challenges App in the Wii U eShop, which allows players from around the globe to compete in daily and weekly challenges against each other and the game’s developers through several maps, including the Wii U-exclusive level Murfy’s Dungeon.
Second, Ubisoft has announced that the full game will be hitting the Wii U (and Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3) on September 3rd. Maybe that will be early enough in the month to avoid a full-on slaughter by Grand Theft Auto V two weeks later?
Many were quite unhappy with Ubisoft when they recently announced that while Rayman Legends for the Wii U is indeed finished and ready to make its original release date of February 26th, they would instead be delaying it again until September so that they could port it to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for a simultaneous launch. They since revealed that due to the delay, Wii U owners would be getting an exclusive demo to tide them over; however, the truth of the matter is that Wii U owners will be getting something more… much more, and for free, no less.
For starters, Siliconera reports that Tecmo Koei has announced that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge will be going multiplatform, with PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions available at retail and as a download on April 2nd and including everything featured in the Wii U version, and then some. This includes the removal of quicktime events, better artificial intelligence, dismemberment, and the inclusion of Ayane, Kasumi, and Momoji as playable characters.
The Wii U had a pretty good lineup at launch in November, with more games coming throughout the holiday season. But it’s a new year now, and there’s still plenty more to come as the system sets out on its journey. To that end, Nintendo has offered a list of three games in particular which make the most of the Wii U GamePad to keep an eye out for in the coming months. Following is what they have to say, followed by my own thoughts on each.
You might remember that a couple of weeks ago, I brought you my impressions of every game I could get my hands on at Nintendo of Canada’s recent post-E3 event. Which, I sadly confess, wasn’t quite all of them.
Two games I didn’t get to spend much– if any– time with at all were Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition and ZombiU, both for the upcoming Wii U platform. Fortunately, the fine folks at G4TV Canada have also posted their hands-on experience with the Wii U from the event, and while it is all condensed into one article, they did get to talk a bit more about Batman. In addition, they also spent time with Pikmin 3, Project P-100, Rayman Legends, and Nintendo Land, so you can compare what we have to say to draw your own conclusions.
Rayman Legends is the follow-up to 2011’s Rayman Origins, a game with critical acclaim which outweighed the sales it pulled in during its first month. Thankfully, it still did well enough in the long run to warrant a sequel.