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Nintendo Download: June 18-24, 2015.
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June 18, 2015, 16:09:57
 
June 18, 2015 – Nindies@Home, EarthBound Beginnings, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, and more round out this week's Nintendo Download. Be sure to check out all of this week's updates, sales, and price drops on your favorite digital storefront today at noon eastern.

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

Virtual Console on Wii U

EarthBound Beginnings
– The Year is 198X. As Ninten, a young boy from Podunk with psychic powers, you must locate the eight melodies to aid the Queen of Magicant. Armed with your trusty baseball bat, you’ll fight crazed hippies, zombies … and the occasional Magic Snail? Find out what’s causing these strange phenomena in the first-ever U.S. release of the EarthBound Beginnings game!

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones – The kingdom of Renais lies in ruins, shattered by a sudden invasion from a former ally. In this Game Boy Advance classic, use cunning strategy to guide the royal heirs, Eirika and Ephraim, on their quest to rebuild Renais. Take advantage of your strengths and exploit your enemy’s weaknesses, but be careful: If soldiers perish on the battlefield, they are gone forever!

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Nindies@Home
– Be among the first to play upcoming indie games coming to Wii U later this year. From now until June 22 at 8:59 a.m. PT, if you play select free demos in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, you’ll receive 15 percent off the purchase of those games at launch.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Smash Controller
– Expand your controller options in the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U game by using a Nintendo 3DS system as a controller – even without owning the hand-held version of the game. Simply purchase and download the Smash Controller application in the Nintendo eShop to your Nintendo 3DS system as a controller and get ready to battle in a new way!

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Super Smash Bros.
– New content approaching! Ryu from the Street Fighter series and Roy from Fire Emblem join Lucas from Mother 3 as new playable fighters, and are available for download now. In addition, there are three new stages and many new costumes for Mii Fighters, including outfits from classic fighting series Virtua Fighter and Tekken.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS


Nintendo is celebrating its lineup at E3 2015 with up to 30 percent off select games for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Fans can score deals on games related to some of the top franchises being featured at the show, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, LEGO, Just Dance and Yoshi. See all the games on the sale page. This offer runs until June 23 at 8:59 a.m. PT.

Pure Chess (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 22.

Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is 60 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.20) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on June 20 until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 27.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Knytt Underground
and Stick it to the Man! from Ripstone are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 22.

psyscrolr is 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 23.

Arrow Time U is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 2.

Paper Monsters Recut is 25 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 2.

Tilelicious is 33 percent off (reduced from $5.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 2.

Gravity Badgers is 50 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 16.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked and Shin Megami Tensei IV from ATLUS are on sale beginning at 9 a.m. PT on June 22 until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 29.

Tiny Games – Knights & Dragons is 33 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 2.

Swords & Soldiers 3D, Glory of Generals and Quell Reflect from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 9.

Cubit the Hardcore Platformer Robot is 33 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 16.

PIX3D, League of Heroes and more games from Huuuge Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 16.

Zombie Incident is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on July 16.

Activities:

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Global Cup” 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” tournament runs from June 18 to June 24. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications on future tournaments. Good luck, agents!

Also new this week:

Fat City
(Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Life of Pixel (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Solitaire Dungeon Escape (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Best of Board Games – Chess (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Comic Workshop 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley – New DLC (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

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Posted: 06/18/15, 16:09:57    
 
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The E3 30% off sale on 3DS is pretty great! Games like Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Starfox 64 3D, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Fire Emblem: Awakening being $27.99 or less are a STEAL.

But I'd like to make a special mention to anyone that hasn't already downloaded Fantasy Life - it is also on sale right now (until the 23rd) for $27.99.

Definitely worth the price (so I've been told) - so check it out if you're interested!


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 16:33:48  - Edited by 
 on: 06/18/15, 16:35:04
@GameDadGrant

That is worth the price for fantasy life. But it's also worth full price too.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 17:38:43
Meanwhile, in Europe, it seems the only new thing we're getting at all is Xeodrifter. I hope I read the lists wrong, 'cause that's not a whole lot.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 17:41:36
I highly recommend Sacred Stones. It has a great cast, a somber tone unlike any other FE in the west, and a cooler color palette compared to its GBA counterpart's more washed out palette. I love the characters from a utility and narrative perspective and the gameplay takes a unique direction with some horror inspired enemies. Some complain that it's too easy compared to other FE games, but Sacred Stones is no walk in the park. In quite a few ways, this is the Majora's Mask of Fire Emblem.

Maybe we could play through it in the Epic Center? HINT HINT NUDGE NUDGE.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 18:49:35  - Edited by 
 on: 06/18/15, 18:49:58
@Hero_Of_Hyrule It also has some subtle hints that the twin protagonists may be a little too close...

I also recommend Sacred Stones if you like Fire Emblem, but it's merely another great game in the series, rather than one of the few that really stand out.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 19:44:03
Sacred Stones is a great place to jump into the Fire Emblem series...the difficulty is tame compared to, say, Shadow Dragon or Radiant Dawn.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 19:56:06
@nate38
@ludist210

Sacred Stones was one of the 3DS Ambassador games, right? We don't like to double dip in this house. (If so, I already have a game started on Nikki's 3DS, though my hands hate it.)


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 20:05:11
@Mr_Mustache

Yeah, that was the Ambassador Fire Emblem game.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 20:13:40  - Edited by 
 on: 06/18/15, 20:13:50
Wait, do you actually have to pay real money to use the 3DS as a Smash controller, or by "purchase" do they just mean download?

@GameDadGrant This is true, though by this point you can find most of those cheaper at retail if you look around.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 20:24:15
@ludist210

Cool beans, thanks. (Star Fox Command is a DS game, right? I saw on a release calendar that thats coming next week?)

EDIT- And while we're here, it looks like I'm going to need to buy an External Drive real soon. Is there a consensus BEST DRIVE for Nintendo? How big do we go? Is 1TB enough? Too big? I sincerely have no idea.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 20:24:26  - Edited by 
 on: 06/18/15, 20:25:23
@Zero
No, the damn app actually costs you a buck. Ridiculous doesn't even begin to describe it. I'm surprised it's not Amiibo activated.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 20:25:30
@Mr_Mustache

Star Fox Command is the DS game, correct...pretty solid one too if you like SF64's all-range mode stages.

I've got a 1TB. Around 30 retail games (I think it's 28 for sure, but I don't remember off-hand), around 30 eShop games, the nine Nindies@Home games, and a ton of VC games (probably close to 90) and it's not even half full yet.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 20:35:39  - Edited by 
 on: 06/18/15, 20:36:02
@ludist210

Thanks, bud. (EDIT- Sorry, again: are there any things I should AVOID? Brands? Spindle Speeds? Form Factors? I don't know what any of these things mean or matter.)

EDIT AGANE- I found this list on Nintendo's site, so I'm pawing through that now. Thanks again, Ludaaaaa! (Though if you see something that seems FAR BETTER than what they're trying to point me towards, don't hesitate to speak up!)


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 20:38:25  - Edited by 
 on: 06/18/15, 20:47:21
@Mr_Mustache

This is the one I'm using...sorta. There used to be a 1TB model (I got this when the Wii U came out in 2012). Now the smallest they make is a 2TB. I've never had an issue with it.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 21:14:14
@ludist210

Hmm.. They recommend using one with a "dedicated power source (ie: AC adapter);" I wonder how important that is?

Thanks for the link though, checking it out now. I actually did want a smaller size one since I've had nothing but trouble with big chunky F'ers at work. I can't tell you how much data I've lost.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 21:29:31
@Mr_Mustache

That one has a dedicated power source. It works excellent.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 22:40:05
@Mr_Mustache
Just for the record: I had an external HDD without power source lying around, so I gave that a shot using a Y-cable for extra sauce from the Wii U, and it's worked perfectly so far.


Posted by 
 on: 06/18/15, 22:51:17
Nothing this week but I will be getting Partners in Time when that comes out. Only M&L I never played.

r_hjort said:
@Mr_Mustache
Just for the record: I had an external HDD without power source lying around, so I gave that a shot using a Y-cable for extra sauce from the Wii U, and it's worked perfectly so far.
Y cable ftw.


Posted by 
 on: 06/19/15, 00:40:23
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