July 30, 2015 – Happy birthday Kirby! Enjoy three Virtual Console games from everyone's favorite pink puffball, Xeodrifter on Wii U, and more! Check out all of this weeks updates at noon eastern today on your favorite digital storefront.
Nintendo of America said:
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition – Fly through the award-winning world of BADLAND and discover an astonishing number of imaginative traps, puzzles and obstacles on the way. BADLAND is a side-scrolling action adventure with innovative physics-based game play and stunning atmospheric graphics and audio. Purchase and download now to enjoy beautiful HD visuals, more than 15 hours of single-player levels and up to four-player local multiplayer awesomeness with co-op and death matches!
Xeodrifter – Xeodrifter is the story of an interstellar drifter traveling the stars on a simple mission of exploration. Blast your way through alien landscapes, seek out valuable secrets and defeat ancient guardians to unlock powers in this exciting journey of mystery and adventure. People who buy the Wii U version of Xeodrifter will also be able to download the game for Nintendo 3DS for free – and vice versa!
New Splatoon Update – On Aug. 5, a free software update for the Splatoon game on the Wii U console brings new content to the game, including two new matchmaking modes, new weapon types, an increase to the game’s level caps and more than 40 pieces of new gear. Following this update, more content will continually roll out through the rest of the summer and fall, including the Rainmaker Ranked Battle mode, additional maps and new weapons. For more information visit http://splatoon.nintendo.com.
Just Dance 2016 – Demo Version – Play the free Just Dance 2016 demo today in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U! No additional Wii Remote controllers are required – you can download the free Just Dance Controller app to your iOS or Android device to turn your smartphone into a controller.
Virtual Console on Wii U
Celebrate Kirby’s Aug. 1 Birthday Today with Three Classic Games – Kirby first appeared in North America in August 1992 in the Kirby’s Dream Land game for the Game Boy system. To celebrate this special occasion, we are releasing three classic Kirby games in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U today – Kirby Squeak Squad (Nintendo DS), Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Nintendo 64) and Kirby’s Return to Dream Land (Wii). Learn more by visiting http://kirby.nintendo.com.
Nintendo eShop Sales:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Elliot Quest is 15 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $10.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on August 13
High Strangeness is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 3 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 9.
99Moves, Abyss, and Rock Zombie from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 27.
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 Aug. 20.
Toys vs. Monsters is 50 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 23.
Miiverse has an entire new look and new features! – With a new Screen Shot Album and Play Journal features, there is a lot to explore! Get ready to have more fun than ever sharing tips, drawings and comments on Miiverse. Check out https://miiverse.nintendo.net/special/redesign_announcement for all the fun details.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Sink or Swim” Tournament – See how your squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with your friends and around the world. The new “Sink or Swim” tournament runs July 31 through Aug. 9. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications about future tournaments. Good luck, agents!
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
New themes this week include:
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 : Classic Theme
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has been reduced to $19.99 (from $29.99).
Also new this week:
Endless Golf (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Best of Board Games – Mahjong (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Best of Board Games – Solitaire (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Return to Dream Land is great. Squeak Squad is pretty good. I don't remember Kirby 64 being especially good, but I replayed a little bit of it recently on the Dream Collection and it's at least interesting.
@r_hjort Wow, that's a deal worth moving to Europe for!
I guess it's also worth mentioning in this thread that tomorrow will see a Super Smash Bros. update with Tournaments, Youtube uploads, Peach's Castle 64 and Hyrule Castle 64 stages, and some new Mii costumes.
Squeak Squad is one of the only Kirby games I haven't played. Kirby 64 is pretty good--it's got a nice 2.5-D look and some charming cutscenes. It's pretty slow-feeling, though, and is definitely more along the lines of Dream Land 2 and 3 than Super Star/Return to Dream Land. If you really enjoyed DL2 and/or 3, this is pretty much an N64 take on those.
It's also one of six games in the Kirby's Dream Collection, so you may want to consider that.
@anon_mastermind It's been a long time since I played either, so hard to say for sure. But as a general guideline, Squeak Squad is more in the vein of Kirby Super Star where you have fewer copy abilities that have multiple attacks each, while Kirby 64 is more like Dream Land 2 and 3 where you have more copy ability combinations but many are more funny than useful.
@TriforceBun I assume Peach's Castle 64 and Hyrule Castle 64 will be $2, like Dream Land 64 was.
Wait is Return to Dreamland that (relatively) new 4-player Kirby game on Wii? I always kind of wanted that for my nieces and nephews to mess around with when they came over, but it was always so expensive. How much is the VC version?!
Crystal Shards is so good! It's ridiculously easy, even by Kirby standards, but the ability mixing adds some puzzle elements and is a great gimmick I'd like to see return. The music, though, is what really makes it stand out.
Kirby 64 and Return to Dream Land are two of my faves in the series, I'd recommend them to anyone curious. The only thing I didn't like about Kirby 64 is how there's no co-op for some reason, Kirby games are better in co-op, and then RtDL is the opposite, being the first to offer four players. I feel it's best with two people though as there's not quite enough for four people to do.
I don't have Squeak Squad, but I'd rather track down the game card.