April 30, 2015 – Nintendo unleashes a hero made of paper, an app that uses amiibos a demo for Puzzles & Dragons, and even more on this week's Nintendo Download! Visit your favorite digital storefront today at noon eastern to see all of this week's updates.
Nintendo of America said:
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits – Discover definitive moments from classic Nintendo games. Download the free amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits application in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and tap any amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad controller to unlock scenes from select NES and Super NES Wii U Virtual Console games. At least one amiibo figure (sold separately) is required to use this software.
Virtual Console on Wii U
Paper Mario – After Bowser steals the Star Rod and kidnaps Princess Peach, Mario plots to rescue the seven Star Spirits and free the Mushroom Kingdom from the Koopa’s rule. The turn-based battle system of this classic Nintendo 64 RPG will make fighting Bowser’s baddies equal parts strategy and timing.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition Demo – Download the free demo version of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition before the full game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop. Intuitive drag-and-match puzzle game play and classic Mushroom Kingdom characters combine to create one of the most unique puzzle/RPG games ever. The full version of the Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition game, which gives you two complete games in one package, launches May 22.
Nintendo eShop Sales:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Shin’en Spring Sale – Big savings on select games from Shin’en for spring! Check out these great deals in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U beginning at 9 a.m. PT on April 30 until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 21. Visit http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more details.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Monster High: 13 Wishes on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Young Justice: Legacy and more titles from Little Orbit are on sale beginning at 9 a.m. PT on May 1 until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 31.
Kung Fu Rabbit on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is 70 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $1.49 each) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 7.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Pentapuzzle, Toss N Go and other titles from RCMADIAX are up to 50 percent off until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 24.
Zacisa’s Last Stand is 65 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.69) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 14.
TNT Racers – Nitro Machines Edition is 37 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 14.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Castle Conqueror Defender, Demon King Box and Quell Memento from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 21.
Shin Megami Tensei IV is 50 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $14.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on May 4 until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 11.
3D Game Collection, FunFair Party Games and Murder on the Titanic from Joindots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 14.
Tiny Games – Knights & Dragons is 50 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 14.
AeternoBlade is 46 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $7.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on May 1 until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 17.
Winter Sports: Feel the Spirit is 40 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 1.
Mega May Starts Next Week – Voting is now over. Check back on May 7 to see which classic Mega Man game fans decided should be released first. For the entire month of May, Nintendo and Capcom are celebrating everyone’s favorite blue bomber with six game releases in the Virtual Console on Wii U. The Game Boy Advance versions of Mega Man Zero 2, Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue, Mega Man Battle Network 3 White, Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun, Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon and Mega Man & Bass will land in the Nintendo eShop throughout the month.
Not terribly excited for amiibo tap, but at least it's free! Would've been cheesy to charge people for the game when they've already paid for the amiibos. I remember seeing an in-store amiibo kiosk that let you select a character and then it showed a highlight reel of their games. This is probably some modified version of that. I remember the presentational values being pretty cool in it.
@cooliocuneo You scan one Amiibo, which will then be designated a random game from the list of classics. Every time you scan the Amiibo after that you will be treated to a three minute demo of the game in question. For instance, every time I scan my Mega Man Amiibo I get to play a couple of levels from Kirby Super Star. My Ness Amiibo lets me play some Super Mario World.
I was under the impression that you could be treated to various portions of the classic games when you scan, but so far I've only gotten to start at the same levels every time, so maybe I've just misunderstood what was being said.
So I tried Amiibo Tap. My Kirby amiibo unlocked The Legend of Zelda. There are 8 scenes to choose from: the very start of the game, and seven boss battles. Which is kinda cool, actually. I wasn't expecting that many choices, and with 3 minutes to play, you can actually explore a little bit after each one.
Most importantly, Kirby's Dream Course is unlockable. Any selection of "Nintendo's Greatest Bits" would be incomplete without it.
I also tried the Mario Puzzle & Dragons demo. It seems like it might be a decent game, but this is a really bad demo: it's clear the game has its complexities and hooks, but they go largely unexplained. There's two courses, Intro and Expert. They both give you a tutorial beforehand, but neither manages to explain what seem to be core concepts of the game. Do the different elements have meaning? How exactly do Combos and Group Attacks increase your attack power? How does character progression work? What do you spend coins on? I pretty easily cruised through the Intro course, and then the Expert course killed me a few times, and when I did finally succeed I didn't really know what I'd done differently.