It happened, guys! The Wii U software drought is nearing an end, as the console’s eShop prepares for some quality content with this week’s Nintendo Download. This week’s retail releases will also arrive as digital downloads, with the release of LEGO City Undercover, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (also for Nintendo 3DS), and Need for Speed: Most Wanted U. There’s also the upcoming Wii U Virtual Console release of Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, available starting March 20 for a limited time cost of just 30 cents. I don’t know about you, but I find playing Virtual Console games on the GamePad has been a dream.
Other notable releases this week include a demo of the rhythm game HarmoKnight for the Nintendo 3DS eShop, and Mega Man 3 for the 3DS eShop Virtual Console — both worth acquiring immediately. For a full list of the new releases for the week, continue reading below the break.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U™
LEGO® City Undercover - LEGO City® comes to life! The popular LEGO City vehicles and play sets come to life for the first time in the vast, open world of the LEGO City Undercover game. As police officer Chase McCain you are armed with clever disguises, special abilities, and the ultimate crime-fighting tool—the Wii U GamePad controller. With its indispensable map, communicator, and high-tech scanning device, the GamePad is just what you need to crack the case. Run, drive and even fly through the city to put a stop to the fiendish Rex Fury and end his crime wave once and for all. LEGO City Undercoverwill be available March 18 at retail stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. (You must have an external hard drive to download this software. Sold separately. Visit support.nintendo.com for information about storage options.)
Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate – Discover the epic world of Monster Hunter as you journey through more than 200 exhilarating quests, battle larger-than-life monsters and create hundreds of weapons and armor. Hunt with your two AI companions in single-player quests or team up with up to three friends in four-player online battles. Visually stunning HD graphics deliver a unique world for players to explore. With the addition of online chat, this is the best Monster Hunterexperience to date. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be available on March 19 at retail stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. (Broadband Internet access required for online play. For more info, go to support.nintendo.com.)
Need for Speed™ Most Wanted U – Need for Speed™ Most Wanted Uis the definitive Most Wanted experience. The game uses the unique features of the Wii U GamePad controller to introduce “Co-Driver,” which lets your friend play with the Wii Remote™ controller, while you can activate Boost U, adjust cop difficulty and change mods using the GamePad. 2012′s driving game of the year comes with full online play, the connected, open-world city of Fairhaven and the hot cars and intense cop chases that made Most Wanted. Need for Speed Most Wanted U will be available on March 19 at retail stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. (Broadband Internet access required for online play. For more info, go to support.nintendo.com.)
Punch-Out!!™ Featuring Mr. Dream – As young boxer Little Mac, players have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to battle the big guys of the World Video Boxing Association circuit. Players use their best jabs, hooks and power uppercuts to knock out opponents, but must also dodge jaw-breaking blows by paying attention to subtle changes in their foe’s body position. With great graphics, addictive action and a touch of humor, this classic game will keep players entertained for hours. Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream is the third game released for Virtual Console™ for Wii U to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Famicom. For a limited time starting March 20, the game will be available for only 30 cents.
Chasing Aurora – Demo Version – Chasing Aurora is a physics-based 2D aerial action game. Enjoy playing with, and against, your friends in three different flight-based multiplayer modes. A single-player challenge mode requires players to break records time and again, unlocking level after level. Choose one of five different characters to ride the wind from peak to peak.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS™
HarmoKnight™ – Demo Version – HarmoKnight is a rhythm-based action game from GAME FREAK inc., the creators of the Pokémon video game series, that has striking visuals and easy to pick up, yet challenging, game play. In the game, players must pound drums, jump over obstacles and battle enemies, all to the beat of an original musical score. With more than 50 stages, multiple playable characters and unlockable challenges, HarmoKnight brings a tremendous level of depth and creativity to the Nintendo eShop.
Nintendo eShop sale – Ketzal’s Corridors™
Ketzal’s Corridors – Revive Ketzal and restore order to the spirit world in this fast-paced 3D puzzle game. For a limited time, downloadKetzal’s Corridors in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at a discounted price of $4.99.
Coming soon to Nintendo eShop - Flipnote Studio™ 3D
Flipnote Studio 3D - Unleash your creativity with Flipnote Studio 3D, which arrives Summer 2013 as a free download from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Watch the latest Nintendo Direct Mini to learn more about this new application.
Also new this week:
• Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS – Available March 19)
• The Croods: Prehistoric Party! (Nintendo eShop on Wii U – Available March 19)
• The Croods: Prehistoric Party! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS – Available March 19)
• RAYMAN® ORIGINS (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Mega Man™ 3 (Virtual Console – Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Reel Fishing® Paradise 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Forgotten Legions (Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DSi™ Shop on
• Goony (Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DSi Shop on Nintendo DSi)
Source: Nintendo of America