A new week bring’s new downloadable titles for Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS digital eShop. For starters, if you missed the retail release of this gem, Sonic Generations is now available as a download for 3DS. Meanwhile on Wii U, Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara finally gets a release after a brief delay.
For a look at all new games released this week, continue reading below!
Visual Console™ on Nintendo 3DS™ Summer Carnival ’92 RECCA – Created for a gaming competition back in 1992, Summer Carnival ’92 RECCA makes its way to North American shores for the first time. Widely considered one of the rarest and most challenging shooters ever made, the game is a frenetic, classic top-down shooter. Fight your way through wave after wave of enemy ships and defeat the boss at the end of each stage.
Mario Party is returning with a brand new iteration for the Nintendo 3DS, titled Mario Party: Island Tour. Not too much is known about the game, but Nintendo did release the official boxart. Following the franchise tradition of vibrant and gorgeous artwork, the image shows what appears to be several island-themed stages floating in the clouds above the water. You’ll also notice Rosalina, which leaves me to believe she’s either a playable character, or the game may feature some Galaxy inspired boards or mini-games.
The title Island Tour is also interesting. Considering the upcoming game Mario Golf: World Tour is said to be heavily focused on online multiplayer support, could the re-use of “Tour” mean the same for Mario Party? Either way, this is a day one purchase for me.
The game is set to release November 22, the same day as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Super Mario 3D World. Prepare your wallets.
After a wave of big Nintendo announcements yesterday, I was expected a slightly lackluster showing for this week’s Nintendo Download. Instead, there’s plenty to be excited about.
To tie in those big Zelda-themed announcements yesterday, Nintendo will release the original NES classic The Legend of Zelda on the Wii U Virtual Console. Finally, you can relive your childhood on the convenience of the Wii U GamePad. Also available today, Wario Land 3, for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. A great 3DS deal is also available starting today, where you can get Bit.Trip Saga, a collection of six-Bit.Trip titles, for just $4.99. That’s quite a steal.
Lastly, two big releases for Wii U this week. After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Rayman Legends will finally be available to download on the eShop when the game releases September 3. For Pokemon fans, Pokemon Rumble U will also be available, starting today! Using NFC figures to battle, the game marks the first Nintendo title to the built-in NFC functionality of the Wii U GamePad. For more details on this week’s releases, continue reading the official press release below the break.
There are plenty of new first-party titles in the works that Nintendo fans can’t wait to play. Thankfully, gone are the rough estimate launch windows provided to us at E3. Today, Nintendo has confirmed the release date of several big titles for both 3DS and Wii U.
Of note, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will actually see a September 20 release digitally, while a retail version will arrive two weeks later. A brand new Wii U bundle will also release September 20 for $299, including a copy of the game, and a GamePad decorated with special Zelda-themed golden artwork. (Pictured below the break.)
Super Mario 3D World will release November 22, the same day as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will release December 6.
For a complete list of release dates, including Mario Party: Island Tour, check below the break.
Nintendo has announced a brand new addition to their Nintendo 3DS handheld lineup: Nintendo 2DS. The device forgoes the 3D effect, but still plays all 3DS and DS games, and you’ll still have access to the eShop.
The form factor is a major change for Nintendo portable gaming, ditching the hinges for a tablet-like feel. It’s actually pretty unique, and I think a welcome change.
The Nintendo 2DS will be in stores October 12, in both red and blue, for $129.99.
Looking for a bit of a challenge when you play The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD this fall? Luckily, for the more advanced Hylians, Nintendo will be including an all new “Hero Mode” in the game.
“Hero Mode” promises to make the adventure a lot more difficult. First, enemies will inflict twice as much damage as in the game’s original mode. Secondly, hearts won’t be found scattered in tall grass or pots. Replenishing your heart containers will only be possible by collecting fairies or shards of hearts. I’ve played my fair share of Zelda titles, and I can honestly say that this sounds impossible, but I’m up for the challenge.
Take a look at the new mode’s debut trailer above. What do you guys think?
Pwnee Studios has been hard at work, putting the finishing touches on one of the most intense platformers I’ve ever played. Cloudberry Kingdom is the perfect summer treat for anyone craving a chaotic sidescroller, set throughout obstacle-ridden worlds created by a level generation algorithm.
Today, Pwnee has announced the release date for the game, for each of its respective platforms:
Playstation 3 (PSN) July 30th Xbox 360 (XBLA) July 31st Steam July 31st Wii U (eShop) August 1st
If you’re new to the game, there’s two brand new trailers posted here for you to get yourself up to speed. Above, you’ll get a glimpse at the main gameplay trailer. Below the break, check out the game’s opening cinematic.
Cloudberry Kingdom will cost just $9.99 (800 Microsoft Points), and I expect you all to buy it. Continue reading →
Sega just debuted a brand new trailer for their upcoming Nintendo exclusive Sonic title, Sonic Lost World. The game returns the speedy hedgehog to familiar platforming territory, this time high in the sky on floating environments.
The new trailer also shows off the colored wisps that debuted in the Wii title Sonic Colors, which give Sonic different abilities.
Sonic Lost World will launch on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on October 22.
Nintendo has finally gotten around to announcing their platinum- and gold-tier rewards for members of their Club Nintendo service, though a little later than usual.
Platinum members can select one reward: a 3-poster pack (comprised of artwork from Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and 8-bit Luigi), or a re-release of the OST from Majora’s Mask.
Gold rewards, which are also available to platinum members, include a choice of a 2014 desk calendar, or a free download of games like Super Smash Bros., Link’s Awakening, and Super Mario Land. Certainly a fair selection of rewards, especially considering it’s free!
For a complete list of all the prizes, check out Club Nintendo website, linked below.