April 9, 2015 – Xenoblade hits the New 3DS, Affordable Space Adventures hits the Wii U, and so much more! Check out all of this week's updates on 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 Nintendo 3DS
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D – Take up arms against an invading army in this remake of the acclaimed Wii RPG, playable only on the New Nintendo 3DS XL system. Explore landscapes and beat down foes in battles that blend real-time action with RPG strategy. Exclusive features make Xenoblade Chronicles 3D the best way to learn the truth behind the mythical sword, the Monado. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be available on April 10. Additionally, two new Xenoblade Chronicles 3D themes will also be available in the Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS at launch. Note: game is not compatible with Nintendo 2DS and other Nintendo 3DS family systems.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon – Far off in the mountains, the small village of Aslarga becomes a hub for adventurers looking for fame and fortune in the Mystery Dungeons. But dire challenges await even the most stalwart adventurers in Etrian Mystery Dungeon, a turn-based action RPG roguelike developed by ATLUS and Spike Chunsoft. Now you can expand on your Etrian Mystery Dungeon experiences in-game and out: get the special Nintendo 3DS HOME theme for only 99 cents, and download all five DLC packs for free until May 5!
Pokémon Rumble World – Pokémon Rumble World is an action-packed adventure that’s free to download! Battle and collect more than 700 Toy Pokémon, including some that Mega Evolve. Travel on a hot-air balloon and battle in 18 different areas with more than 80 stages. The more Toy Pokémon you collect, the more ways you have to defeat Toy Pokémon you’re facing.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Affordable Space Adventures – Affordable Space Adventures lets you enjoy all the thrills and excitement of space exploration on a budget. Thanks to Uexplore’s guaranteed promises of comfort, fun and safety, you and your friends will be able to fly the newest Small Craft line of affordable spaceships into the fabulous alien planet of Spectaculon. Affordable Space Adventures is available exclusively on Wii U.
Virtual Console on Wii U
WarioWare: Touched! – In this Nintendo DS classic, Wario and his friends have prepared more than 180 microgames that will test your skills using the Wii U GamePad controller’s touch screen and built-in microphone. You can replay any microgame, top your best score or sort through souvenirs and characters in the Games area.
Yoshi Touch & Go – Help Baby Mario and Yoshi get past airborne and grounded enemies as they attempt to reach the delivery stork. Set new records as you trek through Yoshi’s Island, and you may even encounter Baby Luigi and other Yoshis who need your help. Master your actions by using the touch screen on the GamePad!
Nintendo eShop Sales:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Super Spring Sale! Got some time this Spring Break? Check out these deals in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U starting April 9 at 9:00 a.m. PT until April 20 at 8:59 a.m. PT. Whether you’re planning a getaway or a “stay-cation,” pick up select great games for up to 30 percent off! Check out http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more details.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Tetrobot & Co. is 70 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 12
99Moves, 99Seconds and Abyss from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 7.
3D MahJongg, Gardenscapes, Jewel Match 3 and more games from Joindots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 23.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
WRC Official Game of the FIA World Rally Championship is 42 percent off (reduced from $34.99 to $20) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 16.
Snow Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 16.
Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D is 80 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 23.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Four Score” 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 “Four Score” tournament runs through April 12. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications on future tournaments. Good luck, agents.
New Pokémon Shuffle Opportunities
Blastoise Competitive Stage – Do your best in a competitive stage featuring Mega Blastoise, available to play until 10 p.m. PT on April 12. Players will be ranked based on the score that they receive on this stage. All those who place in the top 20,000 will be awarded a Blastoisinite, the Mega Stone needed to Mega Evolve Blastoise. You can attempt the competitive stage as many times as you like each day. For more info, please visit http://www.pokemonshuffle.com/en-us/connectivity/#blastoise-launch
Rayquaza's Special Stage – Rayquaza’s stage will be available to play until 11 p.m. PT on April 19. Rayquaza can only be caught through this special stage, so use this chance to catch it!
Rayquaza’s Dragon Talon Skill – If you catch Rayquaza, you will be able to use it as one of your own Pokémon. Rayquaza’s skill is Dragon Talon, which will give your attack 1.5 times the regular damage when you clear Rayquaza from the puzzle area.
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
New themes this week include:
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D : Mechonis
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D : Monado
Watch_Dogs on Wii U has been reduced to $29.99 (from $59.99).
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham on Wii U has been reduced to $29.99 (from $39.99).
LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids on Nintendo 3DS has been reduced to $19.99 (from $29.99).
Tri-Strip on Wii U is reduced to $1.49 (from $1.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on April 9.
Also new this week:
Runny Egg (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
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::continues rant that Zero Mission isn't out in North America:: It's out everywhere else by now right? Even as recently as a couple weeks ago? I mean, it's not even my favorite Metroid game or anything (too short, too easy mostly, a little too handholdy), but I want to freaking play it.
I've played every Metroid game in the last calendar year except for Zero Mission (and Metroid 2 which I played semi recently). Might as well finish it off. Come on Nintendo let's see it!
Also, I like Pokemon Shuffle, but I don't think I quite understand how it works with catch rate and all that.
I bought Affordable Space Adventures so I'll give some impressions on that whenever I get around to playing it. $20 is on the high end for an indie game but it looks cool and it sounds like it actually makes good use of the GamePad.
Super Spring Sale games:
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: $27.99 Pikmin 3: $41.99 Golden Sun $5.59 Chariot $10.49 A World of Keflings $6.99 CastleStorm $6.99 Sportsball $7.00 F-Zero: Maximum Velocity $4.89
Also a bunch of 3DS eShop games but you have to check the 3DS eShop for the prices...
@PogueSquadron Ah OK my brother keeps accidentally thinking it's out but I'm guessing that's due to other territories.
I got Aria Of Sorrow and Metroid Fusion, both which I've played pretty small amounts of on the DS. Playing them on my couch/TV with good controls is AWESOME. I've been totally taken by these two games, especially in the wake of modern gaming. Also, the GBA VC seems to be the best VC Nintendo's ever done.
I'm frothing at the mouth for Zero Mission. I never played that at all and also never got far in Metroid 1 (I've tried a few times).
More GBA, more handheld games!! Now someone like me can finally enjoy these games!
Catch rate depends on how many extra turns you have left over to beat the puzzle. The more turns left, the higher your percentage of catching the Pokemon. Each Pokemon is different in terms of how difficult it is to catch though, so some Pokemon are easy to catch even with few turns left over and some are hard even with many.
@GameDadGrant I actually used to have the Gameboy player for GC and it was pretty awesome, but I wasn't as into the idea at the time. Like I said, jt makes more sense to me today with the current state of gaming. Plus the VC is so much better anyway. Gameboy Player couldn't fill the screen like the VC does if I'm not mistaken.
Oh man, Game Boy Player, that takes me back. I think it had screen borders, but I can't remember for sure. I think it also had some adjustable brightness settings, since early GBA games were extra bright to make up for the original model's dark screen.
Yeah, I dunno. I do like having my DS games digitally, but the experience for this week's selection is...hmm. It's tough to enjoy on my TV. They're still fun and the amount of customization for controls/display does help with that.
Right, the Gameboy Player has a "normal" screen size and a "larger" screen size for Gameboy/Gameboy Advance games, so you can't have them full-screen. The "large" option is pretty close though, and with the standard "4:3" TVs back then, you'd barely notice the borders.
But yeah, the VC version I can see as being the better option, what with the various screen options, fully customizable controls, save states, Miiverse Communities, and even off-TV play. (though I suppose you could do off-TV back in the day with a GBA anyway, but...y'know. This is different, lulz)
There wasn't a brightness selector in the GBP hardware - brightness had to adjusted on the software level in games specifically designed for it. For example, there were brightness settings in a menu option for Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, which gave you optimal colors/shading depending on if you were using an original Gameboy Advance, a GPA SP, or if you were using the Gameboy Player.
Later games were able to automatically detect what hardware was being used, and thus automatically adjust the visuals to suit whatever system you were using to play. I remember Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 being the first game I noticed that did that. I'm pretty sure all that "NES Classics" games that got (re)released on GBA also had that software solution, but don't quote me on that.