June 25, 2015 – A strong showing for Wii U this week that features Art Academy: Home Studio, Never Alone, two new Virtual Console games, and more! See all of this week's updates at your favorite digital storefront today at noon eastern.
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This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Art Academy: Home Studio – Now it’s easier than ever to make your home an art studio as you learn to paint and draw, or sharpen your current skills. Follow along with 30 new art lessons, and create your own masterpieces using the Wii U GamePad controller. Share works of art via Miiverse, and even upload time-lapse videos of your creations to YouTube. If you have the Art Academy: SketchPad software on your Wii U system, you’ll get $4.00 off when you buy Art Academy: Home Studio. To take advantage of this offer, visit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) – Never Alone is an atmospheric puzzle platformer developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people, drawn from a traditional story that has been shared across generations. Available exclusively in the Wii U version of the Never Alone game, collect more than 20 in-game Cultural Artifacts that feature beautiful high-resolution images and compelling background information drawn from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution.
Shiftlings – Control two adorably dimwitted space janitors in this quirky puzzle platformer. You must shift size and weight between the two cosmic custodians, who are conjoined by an air hose, to avoid dangerous traps and fix problems before disaster strikes. Play on your own or with a friend locally through the zaniest locations in the known (and unknown) universe.
Virtual Console on Wii U
Star Fox Command – An evil has emerged from the planet Venom, and now Fox McCloud and his elite team of pilots must reunite to defend the Lylat system from a massive invasion. Plot strategic flight paths on the touch screen as you soar through a story that features nine different endings and popular characters like Falco Lombardi and Krystal.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time – In this quest of lunatic proportions, Mario and Luigi team up with none other than … their younger selves! Originally appearing on the Nintendo DS system, control both sets of brothers at once in this intriguing (and hilarious) action RPG that leads you beyond the Mushroom Kingdom. Explore Mario’s world across space and time as you take down the evil alien invaders, the Shroobs!
Nintendo eShop Sales
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Baila Latino is 33 percent off (reduced from $29.90 to $19.90) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 14.
Puzzle Monkeys is 50 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 23.
Stone Shire is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 1.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Grab discounts on 3D Sonic the Hedgehog, 3D Streets of Rage and more classic 3D games from SEGA beginning at 9 a.m. PT on June 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 2. Visit http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more details.
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is 25 percent off (reduced from $39.99 to $29.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 14.
Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 2.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Global Cup 2” Tournament – 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 “Global Cup 2” tournament runs from June 25 to July 1. Opt in via the SpotPass feature on your Nintendo 3DS family system for notifications on future tournaments, and click here for more information about multiplayer tournaments. Good luck, agents!
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS
New themes this week include:
Comic Workshop 2 : My Workshop
Harvest Moon : Chicken
Harvest Moon : Cow
Harvest Moon : Dog
Harvest Moon : Horse
Harvest Moon : Theme Bundle
Pyramids is reduced to $1.99 (from $3.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on June 23.
Big Hero 6 Battle in the Bay is reduced to $19.99 (from $29.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on June 26.
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars is $29.99 (reduced from $39.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on June 29.
I pre-loaded Art Academy so I'll be giving that a shot later. I've never tried these titles except the simple version they released a while back so I was eligible for a discount. I'm curious to see what it offers and how it's presented.
Games included in the Sega 3D Classics Sale (50% off, $2.99 each) Altered Beast Ecco the Dolphin Galaxy Force II Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Sonic the Hedgehog Space Harrier Streets of Rage Super Hang-On
I'll definitely be picking up Sonic, and maybe Shinobi III as well.
There's 30 lessons, a virtual house that you can walk in and display your drawings on the wall. In-game Miiverse support and the ability to store as many drawings (I think?) as long as you have the space. Youtube support is there for the time lapse uploads obviously. More drawing tools are there as well... and I'm not sure what else. I'm just dabbing in it right now and completed my first tomato lesson!
EDIT: Oh wait, I just saw that there's 30 slots to save. Which is still better than the what... 6 the original had? Plenty of room anyway. Plus it gives you the option to save to your SD card which has 120 slots.
I don't have much drawing experience or any lessons aside from whatever I did in high school and the occasional drawing for fun so I'm interested in what this'll do by the time I'm done with it. The first lesson was fun though! And I'm happy with how it turned out. Now I have the picture displayed in the virtual house for all to see! Well okay only me... but it's a nice personal touch
Seriously doubt it but even if you can't, you can just as easily share your pics on Miiverse anyway. Or just take pictures of your house and share them I guess.
There is a section of the house that has a wall which when displayed will pics will be shared across all users on the Wii U. I'm the only user on the Wii U here but it's a nice addition for those that have their whole family using the console.
EDIT: Took a pic where I displayed my first lesson.
I'm definitely downloading, NEVER ALONE! The game is very beautiful and the entire narrative is wrapped up in the stories of the Alaskan Native Iñupiat people, of which 40 community members were consulted in weaving this tale.
I've read many reviews on the game, there are a few bugs here or there, which doesn't bother me and the game can be completed in around 4-5 hours, but the overall experience is very rich and the different stories told by the different Iñupiat people is very moving from what I've read.
I'll post more impressions about the game once I actually start playing it.
@VofEscaflowne Whoa! That's freaking cool, what a sweet house! Nintendo always has really cool house in their games, like in Nintendogs the houses were always so spacious and classy with awesome light and great views. I wonder what Miyamoto's house is like? I bet it's freaking amazing.
@Anand They should sell a GG bundle! Pretty much all of them are cool games. I still play them on DSi XL sometimes! The tank one is my favorite, but I forget the name... anyway it's awesome.
Partners in Time gets an unnecessarily negative reputation compared to it's predecessor and sequel. It's a lot of fun and recommended to fans of RPGS, especially Mario and Luigi or Paper Mario. It's certainly preferable to Dream Team.
I think it gets overlooked because the first game established the series and BiS could point to playing as Bowser, the 2D segments inside him, and the way those two elements interact as a big defining feature. Partners in Time had the babies and Time Travel, but didn't necessarily do anything as game changing as Bowser's Inside Story did with its unique mechanics.
Instead Partners in Time offers a very solid follow up to the original while going in a somewhat dark direction with the Shroobs. It's interesting and very creepy to think that out in Mario's version of space is a bunch of mushroom people that want to consume his planet. They're just out there somewhere, waiting. And this was before the Galaxy games established space in the world of Mario to be a colorful and fun place. It's unsettling.