February 26, 2015 – What's this? You want Donkey Kong games, you say? Have SIX! The DKC Trilogy hits the Wii U eShop and the DK Land Trilogy hits the 3DS eShop this week! See all of this week's deals at noon eastern at your favorite digital storefront.
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IRONFALL Invasion – IRONFALL Invasion is a thrilling third-person shooter with single-player campaign and multiplayer modes. Equipped with an arsenal of destructive weapons, take cover and repel an invasion of alien robots. Play for free or purchase DLC starting today in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
Titan Attacks! – The Titans are invading! Single-handedly turn back the invading Titan army, drive back the aliens across the Solar System and finally defeat them on their home world. Click here to view a trailer for this modern remix of classic arcade shoot-’em-ups.
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Donkey Kong Land – Making a bet with Cranky Kong is never wise. In this Game Boy adventure, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong must set off on another adventure to retrieve their banana hoard from the evil K. Rool’s clutches. Swing, roll, jump and barrel blast through four worlds that are swarming with returning and original enemies.
Donkey Kong Land 2 – K. Rool has kidnapped Donkey Kong and he’s demanding the entire banana hoard as ransom! In this Game Boy classic, play as either Diddy Kong or Dixie Kong and take advantage of their unique abilities in more than 40 levels of nonstop platforming action. Keep an eye out for some friendly faces (and some shiny collectibles) to help you out.
Donkey Kong Land III – Dixie Kong has been left behind to babysit her younger cousin, Kiddy Kong. But that won’t stop her from seeking adventure in this Game Boy game. Help Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong through 36 Kremling-infested levels, each containing secret areas, bonus levels and collectibles. Maybe they’ll even find the entrance to the hidden Lost World!
Virtual Console on Wii U
Donkey Kong Country – Armed with chest-pounding muscle, mighty barrel rolls and awesome vine-swinging skills, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong set out to face K. Rool and his reptilian crew of Kremlings in this Super NES masterpiece! Play solo, compete with a friend or play cooperatively with a friend in more than 100 levels filled with collectibles and hidden bonus areas. With the help of Donkey Kong’s quirky family, animal friends and your fast reflexes, our dynamic duo will prove to be an unstoppable force.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest – Donkey Kong has been kidnapped and taken to Crocodile Isle. Only Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong can save the day. In this Super NES sequel to the Donkey Kong Country game, play solo, compete with a friend or tag team with a friend in eight exciting worlds filled with wacky characters, collectable items and secret bonus areas.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble – Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have gone missing! In this Super NES adventure, play as Dixie Kong or Kiddy Kong solo, against a friend or with a friend. Take advantage of each of their unique abilities as they throw each other into action through more than 40 levels.
Nintendo eShop Sales:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Buy one or more participating Donkey Kong games for the Virtual Console service on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and get 30 percent off your Nintendo eShop purchase of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo 3DS). This offer lasts until March 3 at 8:59 a.m. PT. The same Nintendo Network ID must be linked to your Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, as well as your Nintendo eShop account prior to purchase in order to be eligible for the discount. Visit http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more information.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade, Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues and more games from Cypronia are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 31. TNT Racers is 37 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5. Toon Tanks is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 12. Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS 3D MahJongg and more games from JoinDot are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 13. Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) from Feb. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5.
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
New themes this week include:
NES: Donkey Kong Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Hunter's Seal - Available Feb. 28 Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Palicoes 4 Ever - Available Feb. 28
Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Beginning at 9 a.m. PT on March 1, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom and more games from Little Orbit will receive permanent price reductions.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Van Helsing Sniper Zx100 will be reduced to $2.99 (from $6.66) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Feb. 26.
Also new this week:
GravBlocks+ (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) Around the World in 80 Days (DSiWare on Nintendo DSi; Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Nah, probably licensing issues with Microsoft. I'm not sure how long the license is on VC games, but that would make the most sense...some Rock Band tracks get pulled after five years because the artist doesn't want to resign the licensing agreement. It's likely something along those lines.
@ludist210 Okay well it's maybe a sacrilege but I ended up getting 1 because just looking at the screenshots in eShop made me feel all nostalgic... that gets me every time! (and oh man, I just played the first level, so fun, so good)
and FINALLY I'm a Tropical Freeze owner! Now I just need to finish Hyrule Warriors before I play it so I don't end up getting hopelessly back-logged!
Haha, I guess I messed up. I should have listened to y'all!
But in all seriousness, do you guys play to completion all of your VC titles? I feel like I have so many that I have just for the sake of knowing they're there. I have Castlevania 1, 2, and 3 for example, all games I love, but damn... I've beat Castlevania relatively recently because I became obsessed with the NES Classic on GBA, but I haven't beat Simon's Quest since I was 15, that game is so hard I'm not sure if I have the patience for it these days! Yet I own it... because? Because it's Simon's Quest dammit!
The cold hard truth is that I bought DKC just to get Tropical Freeze a little bit cheaper and I will probably never finish it no matter how well-meaning my intentions to do so are, Nintendo got me!
I do for the most part, eventually...VC games are great when there isn't something "new" in the pipeline for me. Most of them I've already played in the past, but are games I enjoyed and, for the most part, still do.
DKC2 isn't that long a game. I played through it for the first time when it came out on the Wii VC, and ended up completing it (102%) in about 12 hours. Lots of content for a platformer, but manageable.
Um... Tropical Freeze is holy shit amazing, what the hell? I'm only like 5 levels in and it's already my favorite Wii U game I think, it plays so well with the pro controller, it feels great, and it's so polished, so incredibly polished. I'm super impressed, I totally underestimated Retro, I mean DKCR was a fun game but it didn't blow me away, this is kind of blowing me away. Yay for eShop sales!
But for now I think I'll just enjoy Tropical Freeze.
@GameDadGrant The last Final Fantasy game I played to completions was FFVI on GBA, and it took me literally a year, a year of grinding away on buses, subways, and planes. But it was worth it. The GBA version of that game is a pixel masterpiece, and oh did it look beautiful on the GBA SP+.
@deathly_hallows Glad you like it! It was my favorite game of last year so I can definitely relate to the excitement. And truth be told, I actually thought the first world was one of the game's weakest. Not that it's bad by any stretch, it's just the rest of the game is even better. Worlds 2 and 3 are phenomenal!
From what I've heard, although the three Donkey Kong Land games share similar graphics and music design as the Donkey Kong Country games, they feature completely different level designs. I've only played the first game though so I can't vouch for 2 and 3, but Land 1 was definitely its own game in terms of levels. So if you can't get enough Donkey Kong Country then give the Land games a try, they're not as good but still good.
I think DKC2 is best, then 3, then 1, but all are fun games. Myself, I always like to start with the original game in a series and so I would actually say starting with DKC1 isn't such a bad idea (looks like @deathly_hallows got DKC1 anyway, not a bad choice at all.).
As for their removal from the Wii VC, there was never any official word on that. The most common speculation is that Rare still has some publishing rights to the games, and so the licence wasn't renewed for the VC for whatever reason. I'd be a bit surprised if Nintendo didn't have full publishing rights to the games, but at the same time, it's the explanation that would make the most sense. And if they can still release them on the Wii U VC then why can't they stay on the Wii VC? A very odd situation, we may never know the exact truth.
@Hero_Of_Hyrule Well I can tell you right now playing a like DCK today reminded me of how fun those games were, but right now I'm excited for the big glorious HD game, I can't help it it's so pretty and soooo smooth!
I didn't really like DKCL. The field of view was too small, the graphics made it hard to tell what was going on at times, and the only way to save was to collect all the KONG letters within a level. I got frustrated and quit and haven't looked back. Maybe I'd like it more now that I appreciate 2D platformers more, but I'm not exactly eager to find out. I loved the original trilogy and Returns back when I first played DKCL, so that might not be the case.
When the DKC SNES games came out on Wii VC, I jumped at buying the first two... I've played the first one to death on SNES and again on Wii VC and I bought the 2nd one because I never played it before...
years later..I haven't really gone bast the first world in the 2nd game. That will hopefully change -
With the re release of this trilogy on Wii U I payed the extra $3 to upgrade the VC titles and bought the 3rd one because that's another DK game I have yet to play..
Looks like I'm in for some fun..but I really want to finish tropical freeze (more then half way now) too.. Now I need to find some time.