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Nintendo Download: April 2-8, 2015.
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April 02, 2015, 16:19:10
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.

Nintendo of America said:
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

– 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.

Virtual Console on Wii U

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:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

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.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

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.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

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

Rottytops Theme

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)

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Posted: 04/02/15, 16:19:10  - Edited by 
 on: 04/02/15, 16:18:13    
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Box Boy!

That's it for me this week.

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 16:39:21
Box Boy looks really great... but getting swamped with games

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 16:43:24
I bought the VC games last night. I might get Box Boy, but I'm not sure about it yet.

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 16:49:35
BOXBOY! I think I'll go for that. I already paid the $2 upgrade for Super Mario 64 yesterday.

Looking forward to Donkey Kong 64 hitting the VC in two weeks. And I've seen enough people evangelize Yoshi's Touch 'n Go around here that I may have to pick that up next week as well.

Guess I should have bought more discounted eShop points when I had the chance!

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 16:50:07  - Edited by 
 on: 04/02/15, 16:51:26
I've never played DK 64. I'm looking forward to giving it a shot.

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 16:59:33
@DeputyVanHalen Same. As much as I love Super Mario 64, I really haven't played any other big time N64 platformers like Banjo and DK64.

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 17:08:31
I upgraded Super Mario 64, and I want Yoshi's Island DS...just swamped with games right now. So it's on my wish-list.

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 17:15:44
Got Super Mario 64 last night. Looks and plays great!

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 17:33:23
I'll get Box Boy for sure, just a question of when. Glad to have SM64 on my gamepad, maybe I will finally get all 120 stars?

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 17:33:27
Yeah I wanna hear about Mario 64. Is it in HD?

And when they do DK64, does anyone think they'll play with the framerate?

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 18:35:47
Popping in with the "does Mario 64 work with the Game Pad's controls?" question.

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 18:41:22
@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.

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 18:54:26
Yeah, being mainly a RPG fan then, I bailed on the N64 as soon as FF7 started the RPG flood on PS1, so Mario 64 is about the only one of the big games for it I've played.

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 19:23:49
Honestly it looked sort of off to me. Controls too.

Suspend/resume and save states on N64 is awesome though.

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 19:36:05
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.

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 20:05:55
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.

Posted by 
 on: 04/02/15, 20:15:25
How much does it cost to upgrade N64 games? Or can you not?

Posted by 
 on: 04/03/15, 04:48:26

2 bucks I think?

I'm enjoying Box Boy so far.

Posted by 
 on: 04/03/15, 05:08:59
@Jargon $2

I have Boxboy (which is $5 if anyone was wondering) and it is good.

Posted by 
 on: 04/03/15, 05:11:18
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.

Posted by 
 on: 04/03/15, 05:36:17
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