The Legend of Zelda Explores DLC in Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild marks the beginning of a new era for the series. It’s the first game of the series to be released on Nintendo’s much-anticipated and hotly-selling new machine, the Nintendo Switch, and presents players with an open world Hyrule the likes of which they’ve never seen before, with an enormous world to explore. It also marks a new field of exploration in a mainline Zelda title: Downloadable content.

Nintendo has previously announced that they will be releasing two DLC packs which can only be purchased together in a bundle for $28.19, with the first releasing this Summer and the second during the holiday season. Details about what they would contain have been vague up until recently, when the company pulled back the curtain on the first pack, which is known collectively as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – The Master Trials.

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You gotta imagine that just one well-placed arrow is going to ruin that guy’s day.

Breath of the Wild is by no means an easy game, but thanks to frequent auto-saves and the ability to initiate saving data yourself, being knocked six feet under by an overwhelming foe doesn’t provide an unbearable setback. With that said, the new Hard Mode introduced by this first DLC pack will up the ante even further as you march into combat, with not only an increase in the colored “ranks” of the enemy (such as red Bokoblins becoming blue), but also the presence of higher-ranking foes where there were none in Normal Mode.

What’s more, Ganon’s minions are not only stronger, but have more keen senses that will make them more difficult to sneak up on. If that wasn’t enough, then know that they need to be dispatched quickly, or else their health will regenerate, making any sort of battle of attrition lean automatically in their favor. Hope you’ve packed plenty of kabobs.

On top of all that, there are now floating planks carried by balloons found at various points across the skies of Hyrule. Should you reach them successfully and topple the foes riding them, you’ll be able to collect treasure.

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You’ll probably die in nothing but your skivvies, but the only ones who will ever know are your worst enemies.

The other portion of content for which the pack seems to be named is called “The Trial of the Sword” (previously known as the “Cave of Trials Challenge,” which sounds like something Hyrulians would watch if they had TV). In this, Link starts off as naked as the day he woke up (read: undies) with no armor or weapons, and must fight one wave of enemies after the next. After defeating all the enemies in one room, he can proceed to the next, with a total of around 45 to complete.

Link’s prize for conquering this test is nothing to scoff at, either. The greatest issue players have taken with the game has been the fragility of weapons, with even the mighty Master Sword requiring the occasional cool-down period. But best the Trial of the Sword and the Master Sword will see its true power awaken, allowing it to always be in its glowing powered-up state.

The next mode seems like something that should have been there at the start. In the Hero’s Path Mode, your every step will be documented and their path marked in green on the map, tracking the last 200 hours of play time. A slider will allow you to track where you’ve been on a timeline, and even those who have already poured in numerous hours will be able to see where they’ve been, allowing players to figure out where they’ve been and where they need to go in order to discover the world’s many secrets.

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Who would have ever imagined that Tingle was a member of the Cobra Kai?

Last, but not least, we come to the in-game swag. Arguably the most useful will be the Travel Medallion, found in a treasure chest somewhere in the game world, which allows players to conjure one new temporary travel point at a time wherever they’re standing upon using it. Having done so, Link will be able to transport back to that point at any time, not unlike the points found at the many Shrines in the game.

With the discovery of the Korok Mask, Koroks will be easier to find than ever as it will shake when worn if a Korok is hidden nearby. Other wearables to discover include equipment themed after fan-favourite characters and games, including Midna, Tingle, Phantom, and Majora’s Mask.

On top of all this, a free software update that is now available provides players with their choice from nine audio languages [Japanese, English, French (France), French (Canada), German, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America), Italian and Russian] and a different language used on-screen. If you’re interested in enabling this feature in the Wii U version of the game, you’ll need to visit the Nintendo eShop and download a Voice Pack.

All of the above will be available for both the Nintendo Switch and Wii U versions of the game alike, while details on the actual release date and the specifics of the second pack’s contents are forthcoming.

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As mentioned in my review of LEGO Worlds, one of the keys to Minecraft‘s longevity that they will have to contend with is the ongoing support the latter has received over the last several years following its launch in 2011. That trend continues this week with no less than three updates to the console* versions of the game.

First up is the addition of a new mini-game simply known as “Glide,” which allows players to use their Elytras to do as the name suggests over a track filled with shortcuts and secrets (and maybe even some secret shortcuts). Different modes include Score Attack, which has you flying through rings for points; Time Attack, in which you’ll need to master the use of speed boosters and employ thermal drafts to shave off precious seconds; and a race against up to 15 competitors in Glide Multiplayer.

For more details about Glide, check out this post on the official blog.

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If you want to look the part when you’re at your Gliding best, then you might want to look into picking up the Mini Game Masters Skin Pack, where you can deck your character out in the garb of Team Guardian, Team Creeper, or Team Zombie. You can get a better look at each available skin here.

Suit up with your team of choice for just $1.99 for the pack.

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Finally, it’s Morphin’ Time!

With Saban’s Power Rangers kicking butt in theatres, Mojang is going old school with a new Minecraft Skin Pack based on the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show. In addition to the six costumed teenagers with attitude, screens also show Alpha 5, the original Megazord, Ninjor, Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, Goldar, Scorpina, and Rito Revolto. You can check those out here. Hm, think they managed to include Dragonzord and the Thunderzords as well?

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Skin Pack is available for $2.99.

* From what’s stated in the blogs and press materials, it sounds like the Glide mini-game and Mini Game Masters Skin Pack are available only for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but not Wii U. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Skin Pack is for “Minecraft: Console Edition, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, and Minecraft: Pocket Edition, which I think may leave the Wii U version out again. I’ll update this if I hear otherwise.

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Update: Added Dead Rising 4 and LEGO Dimensions expansion packs.

With apologies to Maffew, as well as everyone else for not getting this up a little sooner as I’d have liked.

Following is a quick list of titles and things good for grabbing as gifts for the gamer in your life this holiday season. Mind, these come as my own personal recommendations, and don’t account for everything, including some “obvious” picks (such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Final Fantasy XV, and Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon). Everything here has been released in some form or fashion since Christmas 2015.

Xbox One

killerinstinctdefeditionXbox One S – Your mileage may vary on this one; if you or the intended recipient don’t own an Xbox One already, then this is the way to go. If you/they are planning on getting a 4K TV in the next year, however, then you might want to wait for Microsoft’s Project Scorpio — or at least more details about it — to emerge.

Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition Originally introduced in 2013, the revival of Killer Instinct has finally reached completion after three “seasons” of releases. While I only reviewed the first season, much more content has been made available since then, including new guest stars from Halo, Gears of War, and Battletoads! What’s more, you can now get everything in one complete package at retail with the Definitive Edition, which also includes a soundtrack CD and code for a gold Gargos skin. Now that’s what I call an Ultra Combo! (Also available on Windows 10 via Play Anywhere with Xbox One)

Forza Horizon 3 This open-world driving game is great for relaxing, but also provides plenty of excitement as you partake in various races, challenges, and even hunts for classic vehicles. Sync up your own custom soundtrack (or use one of the stations in the game) and hit the road — as well as the plains, beaches, and anywhere else you can think to drive! (Also available on Windows 10 via Play Anywhere with Xbox One)

oriblindforestdefeditionboxOri and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (Review Pending) – Alongside Killer Instinct, this was one of the games which made me want an Xbox One in the first place, and I haven’t been disappointed. This Metroidvania-styled platformer has a beautifully eerie presence a surprising degree of emotion as well. I was saving this to say in my already long-overdue review, but to me, Ori feels like the perfect mascot for the Xbox One, and deserves to be adopted as one. Plus, for the price, how can you afford not to try it? (Also available for Windows via Steam)

ReCore (Review Pending) – From some of the creative minds who brought you Mega Man and Metroid Prime comes this mysterious tale from another world. As Joule Adams, you’re tasked with exploring the planet of Far Eden and finding out what happened to those who were supposed to colonize it for mankind’s survival. But while you seem to be the only human around, you’re not alone — a group of Corebots use the special abilities granted by their customizable frames (such as the “dog,” Mack) to assist you throughout this third-person adventure that feels in some ways like a mix of Mega Man Legends and Metroid Prime, coupled with its own unique elements as well. (Also available on Windows 10 via Play Anywhere with Xbox One)

Quantum Break (Review Pending) – Yeah, I know — I’m juggling a lot of balls in the air here (and yes, it’s driving me nuts). This is an extremely story-oriented third-person shooter with some interesting characters and some content that’s set up like an actual television serial interspersed with the game’s chapters. If you’re cool with a game you watch as or more often than you play, then this one’s definitely worth a look. (Also available on Windows 10)

Xbox Design Lab – The Xbox One Wireless Controller is one of my favorite controllers to come around in some time, with a comfortable feel and a Dpad that’s not only finally worth a damn, but pretty dang good in its own right! So what could make it better? How about your own choice of color scheme, and maybe a laser-engraved message as well? This holiday season, you can give a custom Xbox Design Lab controller as a gift by purchasing a code which the recipient can then redeem to make the controller of their dreams (and 14-day shipping is free!).

Dead Rising 4 – This late arrival to stores and this list alike is a must-own this holiday season for its Yuletide setting alone, but for fans of beat ’em up-styled gameplay, the latest adventure of Frank West really hits home.

Wii U

papermariocolorsplashboxPaper Mario: Color Splash After Paper Mario: Sticker Star, I thought that the magic of the series I loved might never return. Imagine my surprise when Nintendo took such great strides towards a return to form just one installment later! While still not quite on the level of the masterpiece that is Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, this lite-RPG adventure is a great choice for all ages.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Nintendo’s next console, the Switch, isn’t destined to join us until March of next year, and the Zelda title designed to bridge it and the Wii U, Breath of the Wild, may take even longer still. In the meantime, they’ve updated the game which bridged the GameCube and the Wii with improved visuals and other features, including amiibo support! Get the game with the Wolf Link w/Midna amiibo, and you can begin prepping it to join you in the next Zelda adventure, whenever it may come!

Nintendo 3DS

kirbyplanetrobobotboxKirby: Planet Robobot Simply put, this is a must-have for any Nintendo 3DS owner. To say anything more would simply diminish it; if you or someone you know hasn’t played it, then rectify that immediately (or at least come the holidays).

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack This spiritual successor to games such as Mega Man Zero really brings the thunder — or the lightning, at least! And with the recent release of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in the Nintendo eShop, you can now get both chapters together on a single game card at retail!

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam It’s a crossover no one knew they wanted — or was even possible! Establishing the Paper Mario series as a separate entity (well, even more so), Nintendo’s two long-running Mario role playing game series collide as denizens of the Paper world are released into the regular Mario world, and chaos ensues! This one is definitely a “cut” above!

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice While the original Sonic Boom games did little to endear the world to this iteration of the franchise, Fire & Ice is a much better second go. With humorous writing and voice acting that’s in keeping with the Sonic Boom cartoon and the addition of Amy Rose to the playable character roster, Fire & Ice doesn’t excel, but it is comfort gaming at its finest.

Project X Zone 2 Let’s get crazy! This turn-based strategy game brings together characters from several of SEGA, Capcom, Bandai Namco, and Nintendo’s top titles for a fan service smorgasbord! Even if you don’t know all the characters involved (and the odds are pretty good that you won’t know everyone), don’t worry — you’ll probably find yourself wanting to check out some new games by the end of it. Heck, I never had any interest in SEGA’s Yakuza before, but now I can’t wait for Yakuza 0 to arrive on PlayStation 4 early next year!

PlayStation 4

dragonquestbuildersboxPlayStation 4 Pro – Speaking of PlayStation 4, if you’re interested in 4K gaming or virtual reality with PlayStation VR, then this is the model to look into. Just know that while it can stream 4K video, it won’t play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.

Dragon Quest Builders Part of Minecraft‘s strength is its go anywhere, do anything you want freedom. However, if you’re interested in a game which captures the building and resource mechanics while providing you with a bit more of a purpose, then this alternate timeline sequel to the original Dragon Quest ought to be right up your alley.

Ratchet & Clank This latest release in the long-running PlayStation-exclusive franchise combines what made the original game great with a bit of added flair from the motion picture release, turns it on its head, sprinkles in some elements from other installments, and provides an experience great for longtime fans of the series and newcomers alike. And given that the film (which is based on the original game, with this being based on that) didn’t quite set hearts aflutter while the game was a number-one bestseller, it’s probably safe to say that if you have to choose between the two, going with the game is probably the best choice.

Multiplatform

deusexmankindboxartDeus Ex: Mankind Divided (Review Pending) – The Canadian Video Game Awards 2016 winner for Best Console Game, Best Game Design, Best Narrative, Best Performance, and oh yeah, Game of the Year. As Adam Jensen, you’re a cybernetically-enhanced human (though you didn’t ask for this) who is putting his myriad tools to good use as you make the decisions you think will best see you through to victory. Lethal or non-lethal weapons? Employ stealth, or go in guns blazing? These choices and many more are yours.

Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration (Review Pending) – For as iconic a figure as Lara Croft has been for the industry over the years, this installment follows in the footsteps of its predecessor by being decidedly not for children — or the faint of heart. It’s definitely an intense game that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and some parts can be pretty gruesome as well. That said, the original version came to Xbox One last year, but 20 Year Celebration throws in all the extra content that has been released since then, including some additional skins (such as a Retro Lara for a nostalgic kick), a co-op mode, and an Extreme Difficulty mode. On PlayStation 4, it’s also one of the first games to take advantage of the HDR features and 4K resolution provided by the Pro version, as well as a chapter playable in PlayStation VR.

WWE 2K17 The latest installment in 2K Games’ long-running sports entertainment adaptation is opting for a little more of a sim flavor this year. Create your own Superstars and events, alter others, and have the full run of Raw, Smackdown, and the rest of the shows WWE brings to a worldwide audience every week.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan On the half-shell, they’re the heroes four; in this day and age, who could ask for more? This IDW Comics-styled game is all about teamwork, whether you’re working with friends or strangers in online multiplayer, or managing all four green teens yourself.

skylandersimaginatorsboxSkylanders Imaginators Continuing the ever-growing theme of player-created content, this year’s Skylanders title allows you to create your very own Skylander called an Imaginator. They come in all different types, and become more powerful when one of the new Senseis shows them their moves. Plus, if you get the PlayStation 4 version (though it should come to the others next year), you can also get Skylanders of Spyro’s old pal, Crash Bandicoot and his rival Dr. Neo Cortex.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Chewie… we’re home.” These words from Han Solo reflect the feeling of this LEGO title as the series gets back to its roots, but with some new tricks as well. And it just feels so right.

Mega Man Legacy Collection Released as a digital download for Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 late last year, this collection of the Blue Bomber’s six Nintendo Entertainment System adventures (and all the gobs of additional related content included) not only arrived on the Nintendo 3DS earlier this year, but at retail for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well. Plus, if you go for the physical Nintendo 3DS version, you can also add an exclusive gold Mega Man amiibo figure to your collection!

Mighty No. 9 This spiritual successor to Mega Man comes with a pretty severe caveat, as the game has been very divisive: If you or someone you know wants a challenge, then this one may deliver. That said, it’s best to look around and see if you can find a good bargain on it to keep your bets safe. Think of this one as “stocking stuffer” material, or consider trying the free demo first. Oh, and be careful about getting the Wii U version — that one apparently suffered from some pretty nasty hardware crashing issues, and I’m not sure if they ever got all those fixed.

LEGO Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack – The toys alone are cool enough, but getting to use them in a game which does a pretty good job of marrying the LEGO and Sonic styles of gameplay is even better.

LEGO Dimensions Gremlins Team Pack – Based on one of my favorite holiday movies, exploring the town of Kingston Falls during the snowy holiday season makes this a perfect holiday gift for anyone who owns (or will soon own) LEGO Dimensions.

Other

supermarioadventuresSuper Mario Run Though this game is available now, you won’t be able to buy it in stores. However, as it commands a $13.99 price tag, an iTunes gift card or two for the intended recipient may not be the worst idea. Just remember that it launches as an iOS exclusive, while the Android version comes sometime later.

Super Mario Adventures This recently republished collection of the comic which originally ran in Nintendo Power magazine 25 years ago is, for many, one of the definitive pieces of Mario fiction (outside of the games, that is). A loose adaptation of Super Mario World, this also includes an additional chapter which loosely adapts Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and gives us the origin of Wario. Sadly, the 14th and final installment was not included; thankfully, it was a standalone story, so the rest of the book holds up quite well on its own otherwise.

NES Classic Edition and NES Controllers – Good luck finding either of these! Even if you’re not interested in this plug ‘n play collection of 30 classic games for yourself, you’re almost guaranteed to know someone who is, so if you see one in the wild — grab it! And if you happen to come across the even rarer controller, a replica of the original NES input device, consider that it also works with some games (pretty much anything a sideways Wii Remote would) on the Wii and Wii U!

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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An old great, some new greats… so much this week is looking great!

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for Wii U – The original — and still hailed by many as the best — Mario role playing game, it’s business as usual in the Mushroom Kingdom until a mysterious giant sword comes crashing down on Bowser’s Keep, flinging the king of the Koopas, Princess Peach, and Mario across the four corners of the kingdom. It’s up to you (as Mario, of course) to reunite the group against a common foe and expel this threat to the land!

Runbow – Demo Version for Wii U – Unsure if this multicolored race to the finish is right for you? Try out this demo version — maybe then you’ll be interested in the Nintendo 3DS version, too!

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Prism Pets for Wii U – Craft new colors by sliding some of your favorite animals around the field, but don’t fill it up!

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INVANOID for Wii U – Blast the alien bad guys for as long as you can, then compare your score with others on Miiverse to see who’s the best!

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – Not too long ago, in a theatre that was probably pretty close by, Star Wars triumphantly returned to the big screen, and now the LEGO version is back to continue their take on the story.

BOXBOXBOY! for Nintendo 3DS – Qbby is back with a new power that allows him to create double the number of boxes he could before! But will it be enough for you and him to survive all of the treacherous trap-laden levels?

Monster Hunter Generations – Special Demo for Nintendo 3DS – The next generation of Capcom’s smash hit franchise is on its way July 15th, but until then, you can find out if it’s right for you by taking on the three quests available in this special demo. What’s more, if a friend has the demo as well, you can both team up to hunt some monsters down!

The Battle Cats POP! for Nintendo 3DS – Tower defense gets weird as you recruit a variety of bizarre cats to take out your unusual enemies and claim treasure across the world!

Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma for Nintendo 3DS – Your humanity is on the line as you’re forced to make difficult decisions in order to earn your freedom. You may escape, but will you be the same person you were when you went in? The choice is yours.

7th Dragon III Code: VFD – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Unsure if you want to fight dragons on July 12th? Find out now with this free demo!

New DLC

Hyrule Warriors Legends – Link’s Awakening Pack – Marin from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening soars into battle, and along with her comes a new weapon for Linkle, a new Adventure Mode map, 16 My Fairy Costume pieces, and two new Challenge Battles.

Minecraft: Story Mode, A Telltale Game Series – Episodes 2-5 are now available for purchase, as is a Season Pass which includes access to all the remaining episodes.

Activities

Nintendo Badge ArcadeRhythm is the name of the game this week, as Rhythm Heaven Megamix machines are being rolled out from June 30th to July 3rd. Plus, free plays will be offered from July 4th through July 6th!

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.

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A long time ago, on a generation of gaming platforms far, far away, Traveller’s Tales developed a new type of LEGO video game which took the six Star Wars movies and reimagined them in a more satirical format. The games appealed to fans of Star Wars young and old, and were met with great success, spawning an ongoing line of similarly-styled LEGO video games for years to come.

Another LEGO Star Wars game would come in 2011, based on The Clone Wars. Following that, however, it was as if millions of fans’ voices suddenly cried out for more and were suddenly silenced.

Until now.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens launches on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 for just about every current platform under the sun: Wii U, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Steam for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and even the PlayStation Vita will soon feel the power of the Force.

As the title implies, the game is based on the recent seventh episode in the popular film series, the first to come under the stewardship of the franchise’s new masters at Disney. More than just the film’s events will be covered, as untold tales building up to what you saw on the big screen will play out as well. What’s more, key members of the film’s cast such as John Boyega (Finn), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), and more have lent their talents to the game, providing new and original dialogue to enjoy.

Oh, and you can also play as BB-8:

A demo is available to download now as well.

To help build anticipation for the launch, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive invited members of the press out to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, where demos of the closely-guarded game could be played on regular televisions as well as the enormous Rogers Centre video board — a feature which Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and Star Wars fan R.A. Dickey took advantage of as he played alongside Emile Burbidge, the newest Chief Play Officer for Toys “R” Us Canada.

Their appearance at the event made sense; Burbidge for the obvious reasons, while Dickey helped represent the marketing push that Warner Bros. Interactive would be making at the stadium with signage around the field, including behind the home plate. The company stated that this was going to be one of their biggest releases of the year, and are quite intent on making sure people are fully aware of it.

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Wow! Quite a few marquee names are headlining the Nintendo Download this week. Let’s have a look, shall we?

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for Wii U – The worlds of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem come together in the modern day as you battle through dungeons and strategize against your foes in this role playing game.

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Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Wii U – Happy Birthday, Sonic! The Blue Blur turns 25 today, and is ready to show his stuff in the latest version of his rivalry with Mario at the Olympic Games for the Wii U. 17 sports are featured, including Soccer, Beach Volleyball, and the Olympic Games debut of Rugby Sevens.

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Mighty No. 9 for Wii U – Keiji Inafune’s action platformer introduces Beck, a robot with the ability to absorb the Xels which comprise other robots. As the other Mighty Numbers run amuck, it’s up to Beck — aka Mighty No. 9 — to help hunt down his brethren, find the cause, and save the world from destruction!

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team/Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team for Wii U – The world is in a state of crisis, but by forming rescue teams, your Pokémon can save the day!

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky for Wii U – Learn the secrets of Time and Darkness as you set out on an adventure to save the world!

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Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts for Wii U – Sir Arthur and his breezy boxers are back as the princess is kidnapped by underworld creatures once again.

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Splashy Duck for Wii U – Collect the coins, dodge the whales, and reach the finish line!

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Star Sky 2 for Wii U – Slow down, relax, and learn what consequences your choices bring in this nighttime adventure game.

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Blackjack 21 for Wii U – Not just Blackjack, but a simulator that aims to bring the experience as close to the casino as possible.

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Educational Pack of Kids Games for Wii U – A set of learning games for young children that teaches about math, colors, shapes, and more.

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Rubik’s Cube for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – “The most authentic digital representation of the Rubik’s Cube available,” you’ll find both 2x2x2 and 3x3x3 here with touch controls, a solver, and leaderboards.

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Unholy Heights for Nintendo 3DS – Sucker monsters into your apartment building to charge them rent while keeping them happy with new furniture, then turn them loose on any “heroes” who dare to invade!

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This week’s new themes are “Rhythm Heaven Megamix Costumed Tebiri” and “Rhythm Heaven Megamix Ringside.”

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

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
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    • Vector Assault is 20 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 30.
    • Infinity Runner is more than 40 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 7.
    • Star Sky is 50 percent off (reduced from $4 to $2) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 7.
    • Steel Rivals is more than 25 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 30.
    • Super Destronaut is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to 99 cents) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 14.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

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

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A pretty good batch of releases this week, including a couple of dig-lightful titles and a surprise release from Nintendo themselves:

Rhythm Heaven Megamix for Nintendo 3DS – Over 70 rhythm games have been collected here, from the series’ Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Wii installments to all-new games. Can you reach Heaven World?

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Mega Man 7 for Nintendo 3DS – The Blue Bomber is back — and so is Dr. Wily! If you’ve finished the Mega Man Legacy Collection (or the Virtual Console releases) of the six Nintendo Entertainment System classics, then this is the obvious next step as the original Mega Man sets out on a Super NES adventure.

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Gunslugs for Nintendo 3DS – You’ve only got one life to live in this Roguelike-inspired game of running, jumping, and shooting. Fortunately, you can find more heroes to join you and Voodoo priests selling Continue statues to prolong your journey to the gates of Hell itself.

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The Legend of Dark Witch 2 – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Uncertain about whether this action-adventure is for you? Find out by trying out the new demo version!

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Terraria for Wii U – Dig, fight, build, and explore your way through this world filled with hundreds of enemies and giant enemy bosses. Craft your own weapons and armor, and share the adventure online and locally! (In short, it’s a lot like a 2D version of Minecraft.)

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Super Paper Mario for Wii U – The two-dimensional plumber must cross several more dimensions in order to find the Pure Hearts capable of countering the Chaos Heart which threatens to suck all dimensions into the Void! Fortunately, Mario’s not alone — Luigi, Princess Peach, and even Bowser are on hand to help out, each with their own unique abilities.

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Drill Dozer for Wii U – Join Jill and her trusty, powerful, and upgradeable Drill Dozer as they pursue the Skullker gang across pits, up lifts, and more to retrieve the stolen Red Diamond in this Game Boy Advance classic.

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Run Run and Die for Wii U – As a penguin who has awakened in a dark laboratory, you must do one thing: run. 24 levels of robots, bombs, spikes, and impossible jumps stand between you and freedom, and you’ve only got a single button to guide you through.

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Twin Robots for Wii U – Alone or with a local co-op partner, guide two imprisoned robots through 28 levels to freedom.

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Nintendo Badge ArcadeThe Legend of Zelda machines are celebrating the reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild this week, and from June 16th to June 22nd, you can get two free plays every day! Learn more at http://badgearcade.nintendo.com/.

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

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    • Save Up to 40 Percent on Select Digital Games – Nintendo is celebrating E3 2016 by offering fans big savings on select digital games in top franchises, including The Legend of Zelda, Pokémon and more classic series. This also includes the original BOXBOY! game to get fans prepared for the just-announced sequel. As an added bonus, My Nintendo members can get an additional 10 percent off the sale price on select games*. Customers can shop the sale at http://e3.nintendo.com/sale/ or on Nintendo eShop on their devices from June 14 at 11 a.m. PT to June 21 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
      • *My Nintendo members must link their Nintendo Account and their Nintendo Network ID prior to purchase and before 5:59 a.m. PT on June 21 to be eligible for the additional 10 percent discount. Members must have accessed Nintendo eShop on their device at least once prior to purchase.
    • Mutant Mudds Super Challenge (Nintendo 3DS and Wii U), Xeodrifter (Nintendo 3DS and Wii U) and more games from Renegade Kid are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 30.
    • Island Flight Simulator, Secret Agent Files: Miami and more games from Joindots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 23.
    • The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure (Nintendo 3DS and Wii U) is on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 21.
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    • Wheel of Fortune, Legend of Kay Anniversary and more from Nordic Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 30.
    • Word Party is 25 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $14.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 30.
    • Paranautical Activity is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 30.
    • Canvaleon is more than 25 percent off (reduced from $6.95 to $4.95) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 14.
  • 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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The 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo kicks off next week, and Nintendo’s taking us in with a really good game as well as a less-good game.

Kirby: Planet Robobot for Nintendo 3DS – Available June 10th, it’s Kirby against mysterious forces who are trying to cyberform his home world of Pop Star! Fortunately, Kirby has a certain knack for using his enemies’ powers against them, but this time he takes it to a whole new level! Stay tuned for my review, which is coming soon!

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Dan McFox: Head Hunter for Nintendo 3DS – Agent Dan McFox has 60 different cases on hand, and he’ll need you to help pick the right faces out of the crowd.

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Puzzle Labyrinth for Nintendo 3DS – “Puzzle Labyrinth is a game where the player must solve puzzles.” That is literally their tagline. 60 stages filled with traps and monsters must be conquered by solving puzzles and finding items that will allow players to escape each maze.

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 for Wii U – KING Art, creator of The Critter Chronicles, The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief, and of course the original The Book of Unwritten Tales, is back with a new 20-hour game that spoofs your favorite fantasy stories with quirky characters as you solve puzzles by the hundreds.

Olympia Rising for Wii U – Jump, slash, climb, and even incinerate your way from the depths of the Underworld to the peak of Mount Olympus. Can you be the true hero needed to accomplish this Herculean feat?

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Wario: Master of Disguise for Wii U – Wario swipes a magic wand from television star Count Cannoli, using its powers to turn himself into a Master of Disguise and steal everything that’s not nailed down, including the mythical Wishstone. This game didn’t fare too well upon its release on the Nintendo DS, but perhaps the extra room on the Wii U GamePad will help make the difference?

New DLC

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map: End: Lost in the Waves – The final part of “Heirs of Fate” sees the next generation assault their ultimate foe. This pack goes for $1.99 USD.

Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 2 DLC – Other versions of the Hoshidan and Nohrian children from other dimensions are under attack. These fledgling warriors of the Deeprealms are now forced to save themselves and their parents by rising up and discovering the mystery of their adversaries. Your leveled-up units from the main Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest games are unable to lend their assistance in this six-map series, which you can receive as they are released for $7.99 USD.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new theme is “Kirby: Planet Robobot : Robobot Armor Activate!”

Activities

Nintendo eShop Sale – An E3 sale is coming soon to the Nintendo eShop, with My Nintendo members getting a special deal! Find out more here.

Hyrule Warriors Legends Free Companion Fairy Now Available! – As a special thanks to everyone playing Hyrule Warriors Legends, the new Fairy companion Lazuli is arriving via a free SpotPass download, and she’s bringing gifts! In addition to aiding you with her magic and skills, extra rupees and fairy food are available as well!

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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E3 lurks in the distance, and things are quiet… but not too quiet…

Kick & Fennick for Wii U – Kick is a young boy out to help his robot companion, Fennick, by traveling through 45 levels and blasting baddies with a gun that has enough “kick” to launch him from place to place!

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Metroid Prime Hunters for Wii U – Samus Aran and six of the fiercest bounty hunters in the galaxy are in pursuit of the treasure of a lost warrior civilization in order to claim its untold power for themselves.

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B3 Game Expo for Bees for Wii U – Take on the role of the newest security bee at the convention hive for the bee gaming convention known as B3. After being distracted by the pre-show hype, it’s time to make things right in this first-person shooter.

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153 Hand Video Poker for Wii U – You may be good at playing a winning hand in Poker, but can you handle 153 hands?

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Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble for Nintendo 3DS – Dixie Kong is back, and this time she’s got her oversized infant cousin Kiddy Kong with her to lend a hand as they fight their way through the Northern Kremisphere in search of Donkey and Diddy!

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SSSnakes for Nintendo 3DS – The classic returns, updated for a new era. Modern visuals appear on the top screen, while a more simplified map appears on the bottom. Plus, you can now shoot to take out rival snakes! Just don’t accidentally snack on yourself!

New DLC

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map V: Endless Dawn – In this fifth part of “Heirs of Fate,” Shigure leads the party storms the enemy. This pack goes for $1.99 USD. (I know this was posted last week. Strangely enough, this is what was in the press release; I’m not sure if it didn’t get released last week, or they just forgot to update this week’s.)

Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 2 DLC – Other versions of the Hoshidan and Nohrian children from other dimensions are under attack. These fledgling warriors of the Deeprealms are now forced to save themselves and their parents by rising up and discovering the mystery of their adversaries. Your leveled-up units from the main Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest games are unable to lend their assistance in this six-map series, which you can receive as they are released for $7.99 USD.

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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Microsoft Game Studios and Mojang have announced a new update coming to the console versions of Minecraft.

Sometime in June (the date hasn’t been revealed yet), the first of several free mini-game updates will be released, allowing for the quick and easy participation in competitions featuring tailor-made rule sets. The initial mode is called “Battle,” where players will seek out randomly generated resources found inside chests to fight one-another across specially-designed Player Versus Player (PVP) maps, and the last one standing will be declared the victor. In the meantime, those who are defeated along the way can still spectate by flying around the arena as a bat.

Up to four players can compete in the split-screen mode, while eight can throw down on Xbox Live. If you need more people to rumble, then an in-game matchmaking system will allow you to find other members of the community to join in.

Three maps will be included in the initial release, with additional maps being released for $2.99.

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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Wow, now this is what I call a delightful Nintendo Download, even though it’s only two releases in particular that have my eye.

StarTropics for Wii UStarTropics is one of my favorite games from the Nintendo Entertainment System library: I love the graphics, the music, the characters, the tropical setting, the mix of threats both mystic and alien alike. The only problem is, I’ve never completed it because this game is really tough! (And not especially forgiving, either.) Fortunately, I think the Wii U Virtual Console’s Restore Points may just make things palatable enough for me to give guiding Mike Jones and the Sub-C through the many island secrets to find his missing uncle.

Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II for Wii U – Maybe once I finish StarTropics, I can finally give its sequel (and its improved gameplay mechanics) a look as well! Unlike its predecessor, though, Mike’s adventures instead take him through history as he meets famous figures and fights off Zoda in order to collect the Tetrads and unlock their secret.

Fun Fact: To this day, neither StarTropics or Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II have been released in Japan. Probably why getting Mike Jones into Super Smash Bros. seems pretty unlikely — but under the Southern Cross, anything is possible!

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Rynn’s Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest for Wii U – An evil wizard has kidnapped the king and queen as marauding reptiles invade the Forest! As the spry young Fox, Rynn, can you fight your way to the wizard and free your parents?

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Futuridium EP Deluxe for Wii U – 50 levels, five bosses, and 150 medals are what stand between you and victory in this futuristic yet retro-inspired starship shoot ’em up.

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Dual Core for Wii U – Up to four players can cooperate or compete in this twin-stick shooter, including a 1-on-3 mode. Fight through the colony to find out what calamity has occurred in this future-flung setting!

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Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS – By pirate ship and through frozen tundra, defend against enemies as you use spatially aware Area-of-Effect attacks and power moves against the demons and bosses who threaten the world of Dragon Fantasy!

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Infinite Dunamis for Nintendo 3DS – In this role-playing game, a young engineer named Luke comes to the aid of a young woman who is under attack, only to discover she is half-machine. He offers to help her, kicking off a chain of events he may never forget.

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Epic Word Search Collection 2 for Nintendo 3DS – Can word searches be epic? They can when they each contain 1,500 words apiece! Puzzles themed around America, ancient history, animals, journeys, and Shakespeare are at your fingertips.

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Conveni Dream for Nintendo 3DS – You’re the new owner of a convenience store, and you’ve got your work cut out for you! Order imports and keep the shelves stocked to level up and enlarge your business!

New DLC

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map III: The Changing Tide – In this third part of “Heirs of Fate,” it’s up to Shiro’s band to seize an opportunity. This pack goes for $1.99 USD. (I know this was posted last week. Strangely enough, this is what was in the press release; I’m not sure if it didn’t get released last week, or they just forgot to update this week’s.)

Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 2 DLC – Other versions of the Hoshidan and Nohrian children from other dimensions are under attack. These fledgling warriors of the Deeprealms are now forced to save themselves and their parents by rising up and discovering the mystery of their adversaries. Your leveled-up units from the main Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest games are unable to lend their assistance in this six-map series, which you can receive as they are released for $7.99 USD.

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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Some fun items on the docket today, including one of my favorite games of all time and a Mario-rrific update to a more recent great!

Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Super Mario Mash-Up Pack for Wii U – At long last! All the main details are here, but the gist is that if you have or get Minecraft: Wii U Edition, you can now get a free download that will allow you to explore a Minecrafted Mushroom Kingdom, including new skins, textures, and all sorts of other fun from Mario’s world.

PixelJunk Monsters for Wii U – The classic tower defense game comes to Wii U as Tikiman continues to protect his offspring from the monsters who wish to invade his realm!

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PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure for Wii U – As Pikachu, run, jump, and smash your way through the various attractions of the PokéPark, and maybe even make some new Pokémon friends along the way!

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Sweetest Thing for Wii U – Candy Land has been invaded by ants, and now gingerbread houses are crumbling and the chocolate fountain in the town square has dried up. Are you the sugar repair engineer needed to rebuild the candy realm?

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Chompy Chomp Chomp Party for Wii U – Up to nine players can join in as each controls a different Chompy in various game modes and arenas.

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Contra III: The Alien Wars for Nintendo 3DS – One of the best shoot ’em ups (and one of my favorite games) of all time is now available on the New Nintendo 3DS. But just like on the Wii and Wii U, I’ve vowed not to get it or Super C until they release the original Contra, too — what’s taking them?

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Digger Dan DX for Nintendo 3DS – Guide Dan through 100 caves to collect gems and gold — just don’t get trapped!

New DLC

Hyrule Warriors Legends Master Wind Waker Pack – Purchase this downloadable content for 99 cents USD and you’ll get six new Fairy Costume pieces, the “Master” Wind Waker map in Adventure Mode, and a new adventure battle scenario. Or you can drop $14.99 USD on the season pass and get this and all of the other downloadable content packs as they become available.

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map III: The Changing Tide – In this third part of “Heirs of Fate,” it’s up to Shiro’s band to seize an opportunity. This pack goes for $1.99 USD.

Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 2 DLC – Other versions of the Hoshidan and Nohrian children from other dimensions are under attack. These fledgling warriors of the Deeprealms are now forced to save themselves and their parents by rising up and discovering the mystery of their adversaries. Your leveled-up units from the main Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest games are unable to lend their assistance in this six-map series, which you can receive as they are released for $7.99 USD.

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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This week’s Nintendo Download shows a lot of love to the oldschool style of gaming, but with a modern twist. From super-hard platformers to 8-bit styled graphics to classic characters and more, there should be plenty to satisfy older fans of gaming as well as new.

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Disney Art Academy for Nintendo 3DS – From Elsa and Olaf to Mickey and Minnie to numerous emotions from Inside Out, this teaching tool will help you learn to draw more than 80 characters from the worlds of Disney and Pixar.

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Wordsup! Academy for Nintendo 3DS – Prove you’re worthy of joining the Wordsup! Academy by taking on six modes of challenges and six different languages.

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Witch & Hero 2 – Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Not sure if this tag-team action-adventure is for you? Find out with this free demo!

Super Meat Boy for Wii U – Over 300 single-player levels, epic boss fights, a plethora of unlockable secrets, warp zones, and hidden characters from other popular indie games all await in this tough-as-nails platformer. As Super Meat Boy, can you survive the salt factories, haunted hospitals, and even Hell itself to save your girlfriend?

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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for Wii U – This touch-based sequel to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker returns Link to the open sea as he must solve the mystery of the Ghost Ship.

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8-Bit Hero for Wii U – Up to five players can team up in this co-op retro arcade adventure. 30 levels and three difficulty levels await.

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Color Symphony 2 for Wii U – Color is the key to overcoming the obstacles through 120 levels of this puzzle action platformer.

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Tachyon Project for Wii U – In this story-driven dual-stick shooter, you take control of Ada, a sentient computer program designed to hack into the most secure servers on Earth, but who has been locked out of her own home server. Can you unravel the mystery of what happened to her creators?

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Queens Garden for Wii U – This match-3 game features 100 levels and 60 different garden decorations, along with some bonus games as well.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new themes are “Pokémon Radiant Collection,” “Pokémon Red and Blue,” and “Pokémon: Here Comes Ash-Greninja.”

New DLC

Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Super Mario Mash-Up Pack – Available May 17th, this download is free to those who purchase Minecraft: Wii U Edition and allows you to turn the world of Minecraft into a mash-up with Mario’s world. You can find out more about this content here.

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map – Realms Collide – In this second part of “Heirs of Fate,” Nohr’s youths must give aid to a wild dragon. This pack goes for $1.99 USD.

Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 2 DLC – Other versions of the Hoshidan and Nohrian children from other dimensions are under attack. These fledgling warriors of the Deeprealms are now forced to save themselves and their parents by rising up and discovering the mystery of their adversaries. Your leveled-up units from the main Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest games are unable to lend their assistance in this six-map series, which you can receive as they are released for $7.99 USD.

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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Wow; it was just last week when Mojang and Microsoft announced the retail version of the Favorites Pack for Xbox One, but now they’ve got even more news — with Nintendo as well!

Super Mario Bros. has long been one of the first things to come to mind when one talks about blocks in video games, so it makes sense that Nintendo would pair their plumbing protagonist’s wondrous world with the block-based terrain and construction of Minecraft, which is what players will soon have the opportunity to experience when the free update becomes available to download on May 17th.

A whopping 40 new skins will include characters such as Mario, Luigi, Rosalina, Princess Peach, Bowser, Wario, Waluigi, and all seven of the Koopalings. These will be available alongside a pre-made Super Mario-themed world, complete with 15 tracks of Super Mario-themed music and item textures that draw from a variety of Super Mario games from Super Mario World to Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.

“Both the Super Mario Bros. franchise and Minecraft embrace the magic of exploration and discovery,” said Nintendo of Canada’s General Manager and Senior Director, Pierre-Paul Trepanier. “Players will have a great time adventuring and creating in this free game update that embraces the unique and memorable elements of both franchises.”

Those who prefer to get their games on disc are in luck, as Minecraft: Wii U Edition will be hitting store shelves on June 17th, and will include the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack on the disc as well, all for $29.99.

Those who prefer their Minecraft on Xbox One and Xbox 360 needn’t feel left out, however. In fact, it’s time to celebrate!

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Beginning today (May 9th) and lasting through May 16th, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition owners are privy to the free 4th Birthday Skin Pack for that version of the game — along with the previous three Birthday Skin Packs! Alex and Steve are going to be sporting snazzy mob-themed tees (and you can get your own “I got the anniversary t-shirt” t-shirt), and there will be cake, balloons, and party slides for all!

More info on everything Minecraft can be found on the Mojang blog.

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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My head’s feeling a little woozy today, so instead of a fancy intro, I’m just going to get right to it.

Pocket Card Jockey for Nintendo 3DS – Developed by Game Freak, you’ll have to win at a form of solitaire to get your horse to move fast enough to win the race.

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Super Punch-Out!! for Nintendo 3DS – If boxing were like professional wrestling, then this is probably what it would be like. Guide Little Mac to the World Video Boxing Association championship title by sticking and moving through numerous outlandish opponents in this Super Nintendo Entertainment System sequel to the NES classic.

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Style Savvy for Wii U – Think Rarity is best pony for her fashion sense? Step into her shoes as the owner of your very own chic boutique in this title. Create outfits, satisfy customers, and do it all with Style Savvy.

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Escape from Flare Industries for Wii U – The Nature Boy has become a man of industry, and — wait, that’s “Flare,” not “Flair.” I guess that wasn’t very fair to Flair, then, was it?

Apparently, there are these jerks who locked up a little slime guy named Splat to sell him off. However, despite all his rage, he’s still just a Splat in a cage, so he takes the first opportunity he can find to get out of there so he can rescue his pals, beat the boss, and get out of there. Acid, spikes, and other obstacles present puzzles to navigate as Splat tries to escape the factory, though.

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Midnight 2 for Wii U – 28 unlockable levels await in this golf-ish sequel to the original Wii U title.

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PixelMaker for Wii U – A program for creating pixel art, you can use the GamePad screen to get a close-up view of the finer details while the TV screen presents the bigger picture.

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SpaceRoads for Wii U – The R-Series 1700F claims to be the fastest ship in the universe, and you get to pilot her at breakneck speeds through the worst environments space has to offer. Just don’t run out of fuel!

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Sudoku and Permudoku for Wii U – Two styles of puzzle are available in this package, including classic number-placing Sudoku, and Permudoku, where colors replace the numbers.

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The Beggar’s Ride for Wii U – A mysterious mask lies in wait for a hero, but could the old beggar who discovers it be more than he appears? Four masks in total bestow godlike powers that can reveal the truth!

Activities

Nintendo Badge Arcade – Until May 25th, spending $1 USD will automatically get you a thank-you badge featuring the Arcade Bunny (up to a maximum of $4 USD and four badges).

New DLC

Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 2 DLC – Other versions of the Hoshidan and Nohrian children from other dimensions are under attack. These fledgling warriors of the Deeprealms are now forced to save themselves and their parents by rising up and discovering the mystery of their adversaries. Your leveled-up units from the main Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest games are unable to lend their assistance in this six-map series, which you can receive as they are released for $7.99 USD.

Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map – In Endless Dreams – For $0.49 USD, you can help the lost and isolated Kana find allies. This map is Part 1 of “Heirs of Fate.”

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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