The Nintendo Download – 12/3/2015

It’s here! It’s finally here!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Nintendo had something of a surprise Nintendo Direct today. Nothing earth-shattering, just an extended look at the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles X.

Did I say “nothing earth-shattering”? Poor choice of words, as that’s essentially part of the premise of the game, which is gone over in greater detail along with other new features in the following video:

After this, the Nintendo Treehouse spent the better part of an hour showing off features of the game in the area around the ship. I didn’t get to see everything, as my appointment with a technician from Rogers Cable overlapped with the Treehouse portion of the presentation, but I got to see bits and pieces. Hopefully they’ll have it archived on their Twitch or YouTube channels soon.

If I may offer my own thoughts on what I did see: While I did enjoy the original game for the Wii, I admittedly did so in a more passive role, watching as my wife played and taking in the sights, sound, and story while she– the more experienced role playing game expert between us– handled the actual playing of the game, with me deferring to her for the gameplay aspect of the review. Then and now, with the New Nintendo 3DS XL release of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, I’ve had twinges of wanting to give it a try, but I’ve been satisfied as a passive observer.

Xenoblade Chronicles X, however? Considerably less so– I want to immerse myself in this world. The Wii game was awesome, true, but this one just speaks to me on a much more personal level, reminding me in part of some RPG stuff I ran with some friends years ago. I love the premise of having an Earth city/spaceship on an uncharted alien world, and using various advanced technology to explore the landscape. Plus: Giant transforming robots. The Monado is cool and all, but I wasn’t quite feeling it the way I would running around in my own Transformer; that has the touch… and it’s got the power, yeah.

Sadly, there is no release date for this iteration yet. I imagine we’ll see that come the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo, if not a little later in the year and closer to launch. They may need something to help prop up their holiday release schedule, after all, since The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is no longer making a 2015 release a priority. On the other hand, would they be holding a Nintendo Direct for it if they were planning to release it later, rather than sooner? Hmm.

In any case, I’m keeping an eye on this one with ever-growing anticipation.