April 2, 2015 – N64 and DS have arrived on the Wii U Virtual Console! Check out this week's two VC games along with a slew of other new titles. See all of this week's updates on your favorite digital storefront.
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This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
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BOXBOY! – Think outside the box in this charming black-and-white puzzle platformer from the creators of the Kirby series. Traverse tricky landscapes by creating boxes to help Qbby navigate more than 20 puzzling worlds and more than 150 challenging stages. Just watch out – tons of obstacles stand in your way. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
Story of Seasons – The best-selling series Bokujo Monogatari is reborn outside Japan as Story of Seasons. The farming and life-simulation game improves upon the farming and relationship building that the series is known for, while adding the theme of “Connecting,” both with other lands across the game world or with other players online. Use the game’s StreetPass feature to fill your town with visiting farmers or connect to Wi-Fi to visit your friends and farm together. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
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Super Mario 64 – Leap through paintings hanging from the walls of Peach’s castle as Mario enters 15 magical worlds in a quest to collect the 120 Power Stars pilfered by evil Bowser. In this timeless classic Nintendo 64 game, vast worlds teem with daunting obstacles, hidden items, puzzles, and classic Super Mario Bros. enemies.
Yoshi’s Island DS – Download classic Nintendo DS games on your Wii U console! In Yoshi’s Island DS, team up with the Yoshi clan to save the day from Kamek. As Yoshi crosses the lush but perilous lands of Yoshi’s Island, he will also need to depend on his baby companions and their special abilities.
Events / Activities:
See how your Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with their friends and around the world. The new “Hijinks” tournament runs through April 5. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications on future tournaments. Good luck, agents!
Nintendo eShop Sales:
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Citizens of Earth on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is 33 percent off each (reduced from $14.99 to $9.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on April 6 until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 13.
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Gravity Badgers is 50 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 29.
uWordsmith is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 23.
Midnight is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 16.
Puzzle Monkeys is 33 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 23.
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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked is 50 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $14.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on April 6 until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 20.
Hazumi, League of Heroes and other games are discounted in the GameLion/Huuuge Games Spring Sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 30.
European Conqueror 3D, The Legend of Dark Witch and Tappingo from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 23.
Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 9.
Toys vs Monsters is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on April 5 until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 3.
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
New themes this week include:
Animal Crossing: New Leaf : Bunny Day
Shantae Pirate Theme
Also new this week:
Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Bubble Gum Popper (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Mon Premier Karaoké (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
psyscrolr (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Underground (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Excave II: Wizard of the Underworld (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
@PogueSquadron@ploot It's not in HD, or widescreen (it's 4:3 with black bars on the sides), but it looks fine to me. Making or loading a restore point takes longer than other games, but jumping into the Menu or Home Menu is actually faster, I think.
As for the controls, they're pretty customizable overall and definitely passable, but one thing I noticed is you can't assign individual C-directions to the control stick. For example, I have the C-buttons mapped to the right stick, i.e. C-Up is up on the right stick, C-Right is right on the right stick, and so forth. What I would LIKE to do is switch C-Right and C-Left to their opposite sides, so that the camera would work more like the default for modern cameras, but that isn't an option. It's also a tad awkward using the stick directions for what used to be buttons, but it works okay.
From what I've seen it looks like it might be running at 720p upscaled to 1080p, but I could be wrong. Not sure if I feel like plunking down $2 just to find out because I don't have any interest in playing it right now.
Played a bit of Mario 64 and I'm disappointed it doesn't fill the entire gamepad screen. I don't care about minor distortion, the black bars all around annoy me. But other than that, it plays and looks great.
I picked up the 2 VC titles yesterday so today was all about Box Boy that cost 5 bones, and so far if has been well worth it. The game has charm and fun so far in spades. Mario 64 for the VC rocks as well. Besides the inability to stretch the image to 16:9, the game is far superior to the N64 version processed through my DVDO VP50. I have high hopes for the this round of N64 VC titles. Here's to hoping for a Mario Golf release soon.