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Nintendo Download: July 21-27, 2016
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July 21, 2016, 16:20:00
July 21, 2016 – Pokémon Ranger, Buddy & Me, Star Fox Zero demos, and more drop this week. Check out all of the updates today at noon eastern on your favorite eShop.

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

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins + Training Demo
– In this demo, enjoy the full animated short movie (Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins), then jump into training to prepare for combat. It’ll take more than luck to master the Arwing jet, the Gyrowing flight drone and the Landmaster tank!

Star Fox Guard – Special Demo – Grippy Toad, the founder of Corneria Precious Metals Ltd., and Slippy Toad of the legendary team Star Fox needs your help protecting their booming business! All you have to do is keep an eye on a dozen video screens as you mow down waves of attacking robots with your turret-mounted cameras!

Buddy & Me: Dream Edition – Race through an enchanted forest together with your magical flying companion, Buddy, in this endless dream about exploration and friendship. The game is a charming experience for all ages and skills, upgraded with exclusive content for the Wii U version. The Buddy & Me: Dream Edition game will be available on July 21.

Virtual Console on Wii U

Pokémon Ranger
– With the help of Pokémon, set out on a fun-filled adventure! You play as a Pokémon Ranger in the Fiore Region, where you work to preserve nature and protect Pokémon. The Pokémon Ranger game features a great storyline and a wide variety of missions to complete. It's a lot of fun to capture Pokémon using the Capture Styler, and you'll have to experiment with different Poké Assists to secure the Pokémon that are more difficult to capture. Becoming a Pokémon Ranger will be a blast for any Pokémon fan.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

3D Game Collection
(Nintendo 3DS), Island Flight Simulator (Wii U) and more games from Joindots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 28.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Nintendo 3DS) and more games from SEGA are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 28.

Rock ’N Racing Off Road (Wii U) and Soccer Up Online (Nintendo 3DS) from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 18.

Word Search by POWGI (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is 25 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 28.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition
is 50 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $14.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 8.

Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 28.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:

The Legend of Dark Witch 2 – Franzer

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Swimming in the Sea

Also new this week:

Defend Your Crypt
(Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Ninja Smasher (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Wind-up Knight 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Defend Your Crypt (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Humanitarian Helicopter (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Hot Rod Racer (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

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Posted: 07/21/16, 16:20:00  - Edited by 
 on: 07/21/16, 16:19:52    
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Unusual how Nintendo's releasing Star Fox demos so far after the game's release. Maybe they were initially hesitant about doing it because they were worried it'd impact sales, but now it might drum up more interest...?

Posted by 
 on: 07/21/16, 16:32:52
3DS had a dynamite week last week.

This week? Tumbleweeds....

Posted by 
 on: 07/21/16, 16:55:28
I can't imagine SFZ was a huge sales success for them, I bet they are desperate to get people to at least try it.

More like a dumpster dive, I tried to checkout Humanitarian Helicopter because it sounded like it might be cool (I sort of imagined a Choplifter clone) and found this quote on the developers website:

Peaceful Games said:
It is pretty well known that when a child/adult plays violent games they become more violent in life.

W. T. F? I just played Doom 2016, I must be a total psychopath that goes around ripping the arms off of people lol.

Also the game looks like crap, look at those tree sprites they obviously stole from some clip art site and then didn't even know how to create a transparent alpha channel in photoshop, looks like they tried to magic-wand the white backgrounds, ugh.

Posted by 
 on: 07/21/16, 17:27:19  - Edited by 
 on: 07/21/16, 17:30:36

Haha, that's a pretty accurate description of that tree image. Magic wand indeed. What's up with the perspective on those buildings?

Too bad because a good "rescue" game can be rewarding and clever, like Trauma Center.

Posted by 
 on: 07/21/16, 18:07:16  - Edited by 
 on: 07/21/16, 18:07:42
Apparently Metroid Prime: Blast Ball just launched on the eShop for free. That's something.

EDIT: I guess it's a demo? Downloading now anyway.

Okay, this is actually pretty fun. It has online and plays pretty well! Won my first match and unlocked a new paint job for my mech. Also has amiibo support though probably doesn't support ALL amiibo. I got a Mario paint job!

Posted by 
 on: 07/21/16, 18:08:13  - Edited by 
 on: 07/21/16, 18:41:30
Yeah, I'll try Blast Ball later. Why not.

So I checked the sales page, and it looks like Thomas Was Alone and The Swapper are $1 each? Those are two solid games that are cheap as free. Go for it.

Posted by 
 on: 07/21/16, 19:40:36
Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins + Training Demo – It’ll take more than luck to master the Arwing jet, the Gyrowing flight drone and the Landmaster tank!

Yeah, no crap. Way to make the game pick-up and play, Nintendo.. Ever heard of Star Fox 64??


Can someone tell me about Pokemon Ranger?

Posted by 
 on: 07/21/16, 21:04:07
Mr_Mustache said:
Can someone tell me about Pokemon Ranger?

Yeah. Don't buy it.

Seriously. I can't recommend it at all.

Posted by 
 on: 07/21/16, 21:30:00

That inane quote is more likely to make me want to punch in whoever wrote that's face in than any video game.

Posted by 
 on: 07/21/16, 21:42:04  - Edited by 
 on: 07/21/16, 21:43:33
That SF0 demo is a smart idea. The training is actually more manageable than the game proper, and the anime will hype people for the full product.

Posted by 
 on: 07/21/16, 23:45:50

Whats poop about it?

Posted by 
 on: 07/22/16, 00:10:28

It's boring and mostly has you drawing circles on the touch screen over and over to capture PKMN.

I don't have much to say about the game. I just can't recommend it.

Posted by 
 on: 07/22/16, 05:32:17
Downloaded the Star Fox Zero demo and gave it a shot and I...really enjoyed myself. The controls weren't really that hard to use at all and felt pretty natural, and the way your ship actually moves is nice and smooth. Looking forward to getting it later this year and playing it through.

I have only played the second Pokemon Ranger game, but I had fun with it. Not really for everyone and the gameplay is pretty simplistic and frustrating sometimes.

Posted by 
 on: 07/23/16, 11:51:02
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