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Nintendo Download: February 11-17, 2016.
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February 11, 2016, 16:18:14
 
February 11, 2016 – Oddworld, three VC games, and more hit the eShops today at noon eastern, so be sure to check out all of this week's updates around then!

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

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
– Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty brings the original classic Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee game to the Wii U console with a fully ground-up remake, featuring amazing next-gen visuals, reworked game play and new audio and music. Can you save the hapless Mudokons as Abe attempts to escape the meat factory and ultimately learn the true nature of his fate? The future of Oddworld relies on you!

Virtual Console on Wii U

Big Brain Academy
– This Nintendo DS staple brings entertainment that anyone young or young-at-heart can enjoy. It’s the perfect way to challenge and stimulate your mind. Test your mental acuity in a five-category quiz: thinking, memorization, computation, analysis and identification.

Kuru Kuru Kururin – Oh no! Kururin’s brothers and sisters are lost across 10 different worlds! In a special helicopter, the Helirin, navigate through mazes as quickly as you can while avoiding obstacles such as walls, pistons and cannons. You can also customize your Helirin by using items acquired in Adventure mode.

Polarium Advance – In this Game Boy Advance puzzler, create horizontal rows of the same color to clear the board. Challenge yourself to 365 puzzles, with many modes that will test your mind.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Rock ‘N Racing Off Road
(Wii U), Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! (Nintendo 3DS) and more games from Enjoy Up are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.

The Legend of Legacy (Nintendo 3DS), Citizens of Earth (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) and more games from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 22.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U

Save up to 50 percent on select Wii U games including Teslagrad, Chariot and more
in Nintendo eShop during the “Nindies Love You” sale! This offer is valid until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 25.

Nano Assault NEO is 25 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $7.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.

Puzzle Monkeys is 50 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.

Avoider, Color Bombs and more games from RCMADIAX are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 30.

Shadow Puppeteer is 10 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $13.49) starting at 9:00 a.m. PT on Feb. 12 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 15.

Girls Like Robots is over 25 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $4.99) starting at 9:00 a.m. PT on Feb. 13 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 20.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Angry Bunnies
, Color Zen and more games from Cypronia are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 14.

Brunch Panic and Sweet Memories – Blackjack are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.

Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 18.

Petit Novel series – Harvest December is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $11.99 to $7.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 18.

Also new this week:

Word Puzzles by POWGI
(Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U)

Cutie Clash (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Cutie Pets Go Fishing (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Outside the Realm (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Vector Assault – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Petit Novel Series: Harvest December – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

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Posted: 02/11/16, 16:18:14    
 
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Kuru Kuru Kururin! I'll probably pick that up and give it a shot.

I totally forgot Polarium existed. One of those decent early DS games that got the system through the early drought. And then had a sequel on GBA! So weird.

Never played Big Brain Academy on DS, but I tried BBA Wii Degree at a friend's once, and it was actually kinda fun. But I feel like that probably had more of a party game feel than the DS game. I dunno, maybe I'll keep an eye on it.


Posted by 
 on: 02/11/16, 16:29:00
Kuru Kuru Kururin! I've been waiting to play this forever! Outside of the 15 minutes I played of someone else's copy. Anand's?

Big Brain Academy was a blast when we played it at the Montreal meet-up, but of course the VC version doesn't have the multi, so…


Posted by 
 on: 02/11/16, 16:54:15
@Guillaume Retro Game Club for Kuru Kuru Kururin? Dunno if there'd actually be much interest/participation, but it has the feel of an RGC game to me!


Posted by 
 on: 02/11/16, 17:53:33
I might check out Kurururururururin or Polarium if anyone recommends 'em. Could use a little puzzler on the Wii U.

Big Brain Academy Wii Degree would make more sense than the DS game as a VC title.


Posted by 
 on: 02/11/16, 18:20:17
@nate38

Could be fun.


Posted by 
 on: 02/11/16, 18:24:29
I own Big Brain Academy on Wii. It's pretty damn fun!

Omg Oddworld is very tempting. It's better on PS4 though :/ I've loved that game since I played the PS1 original when I was like 12. Amazing atmosphere. Right up my alley.

I was playing the original on the PS3 a while back and I got horribly stuck somewhere. Wasn't sure if I broke the game or what.


Posted by 
 on: 02/12/16, 00:05:12
Did Cutie Pets Go Fishing come out this week?


Posted by 
 on: 02/12/16, 00:35:16
Kururin Paradise is the better of the two handheld games in the series, but the fact that the series has made it stateside is so very, very cool. I've imported and adore all three Kururin games and have been hoping for more. I'll gladly take, and support, a stateside VC release of Kuru Kuru Kururin. What a welcome surprise!


Posted by 
 on: 02/12/16, 01:52:17
Played a little bit of Kuru Kuru Kururin last night. It's fun! But as always, I wish it were on 3DS VC. It seems like a perfect lil' portable game.


Also, nothing like the Wii U VC to remind you how voice-sample-crazy Nintendo was in the GBA's early years. Kururin being a challenging arcade game that tracks faultless runs means I'm constantly restarting courses as soon as I make a mistake, and the constant "STAWT!" 's are quickly becoming grating.

It's pretty much just as bad as the martinetisation of Super Mario Advance.


Posted by 
 on: 02/12/16, 21:09:55
@Guillaume

"Just what I needed!"


Posted by 
 on: 02/12/16, 21:18:23
I too have picked up Kuru Kuru Kururin. It's simple and fun, and a nice challenge. And the Hare top scores for each stage seem really daunting! I got a few top scores in the Training stages, but that's it so far.


Posted by 
 on: 02/14/16, 08:04:55
@Guillaume
It was probably mine, and it was probably also Kururin Paradise, from my GBA import fun case (also featuring Umihara Kawase DS and Rhythm Tengoku)!

The lack of multiplayer is a shame. It's even more of a shame for Big Brain Academy, since eight-player single-cart think-offs are the main appeal of that title. I wonder how hard it would be to mimic the DS' communication capabilities.


Posted by 
 on: 02/17/16, 23:32:29
How many sales do you all think "Cutie Pets Go Fishing (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)" makes?


Posted by 
 on: 02/18/16, 01:45:35


Posted by 
 on: 02/18/16, 01:51:43
Anand said:
The lack of multiplayer is a shame. It's even more of a shame for Big Brain Academy, since eight-player single-cart think-offs are the main appeal of that title. I wonder how hard it would be to mimic the DS' communication capabilities.

I think the lack of screens is the bigger issue. If these DS Virtual Console games hit the system they SHOULD be on, rather than what they got dumped on for some reason, then it wouldn't be an issue.

It's too bad Nintendo is putting these multiplayer games on Wii U Virtual Console when multiplayer isn't possible. Focus on the single-player DS games (and GBA games for that matter) and once you've figured out how to do portable multiplayer on a console, THEN put them on the eShop, Nintendo.

Or just put them on 3DS like they should be, dammit.


Posted by 
 on: 02/18/16, 06:07:32
Anyone know what "reworked gameplay" means in regards to Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty? I have the original Oddworld on Steam so if this is basically just a graphics upgrade I'll play it there instead.


Posted by 
 on: 02/18/16, 17:41:49
What the heck's on the eShop today? Can't find any info about it.


Posted by 
 on: 02/18/16, 19:12:47
@TriforceBun

Took forever to update on their site...finally pulled it. The thread is live.


Posted by 
 on: 02/18/16, 19:42:27
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