Eshop Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Eshop RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Nintendo Download features DLC, sales and games this week Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:43:56 -0400 Janiece Sebris

If you were wondering what new digital content Nintendo was featuring this week, then look no further. Nintendo Download’s featured content this week includes games, sales, and downloadable content.

Games featured this week on the Nintendo eShop include a return of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the game based off the blockbuster film, for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Also featured in the game will be exclusive playable content to bridge that gap between Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Other games featured this week for only Nintendo 3DS are BOXBOXBOY!, a special demo of Monster Hunter Generations, The Battle Cats POP! and Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma.

For the Virtual Console on Wii U, Nintendo Download has featured Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, where Mario and Bowser are unlikely allies forced to fight mutual enemies.

Discounts on Nintendo Download range from 20% to more than 70% off of regular prices. For Nintendo 3DS, there's Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! available until 8:59 a.m. PT July 21, and Epic Word Search Collection 2 available until 8:59 a.m. PT July 7. Both 25 percent off.

Until July 29 at 8:59 a.m., ZaciSa’s Last Stand for Wii U is discounted more than 70%. Other discounts can be found on the Nintendo eShop.

New DLC for the Wii U includes Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode. Players can continue the story with episodes 2-5, which are available for purchase. Players can also purchase a Season Pass to access all remaining episodes to the game series set in the world of Minecraft.

DLC for Nintendo 3DS include the “Link’s Awakening Pack” for Hyrule Warriors Legends, where players can fight as legendary heroes. New content from the DLC includes playable character Marin from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, new weapons and maps, plus much more.

Check out Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS pages for more information about discounts, DLC and new games.

Classic Super Mario RPG Hits the Nintendo Eshop Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:04:12 -0400 Austin Katz

The Classic SNES game Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars just arrived for the Wii U Virtual Console in North America today. This information was first spotted yesterday on Nintendo's website. Super Mario RPG will launch at the price of $7.99. 

This game coming to the Wii U virtual console is no surprise; it was previously released for the Wii Virtual Console back in 2008, and for the Wii U Virtual Console around the world last year. It is unknown what caused such a major delay for a North American release. 


The synopsis for the game, as stated on Nintendo's website reads:

"A mysterious enemy named Smithy has appeared, forcing Mario and Bowser to fight as allies. Journey across a wide variety of locations and tackle a mixture of obstacles that will require both timing and strategy to overcome. Gain experience, grow more powerful, and meet new characters to use their abilities in taking down Smithy and his gang!"

Super Mario RPG has a legacy of being a great game, evidenced by a popular character from, Geno, being released as a downloadable Mii skin for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U -- as we all know, only great characters make their way to Smash Bros.

New Downloads and DLC Released in Time for Nintendo eShop Sale Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:59:59 -0400 Melissa Crawford

Nintendo has released a plethora of games and downloads available on its eShop! The timing is right, as Nintendo's eShop sale also happens to be on June 14. Whether you're looking for new content on a 3DS or a Wii U, you're sure to find something to peak your interest.

On the 3DS, Kirby: Planet Robot is now available -- an adventure where Kirby fights robotic invaders from inside a mech. Even with this variation in Kirby's typical fighting style, he still can copy his enemies; and not only is he able to emulate their Modes, but he's also capable of lifting heavier objects than he normally could while in his mech.

Wario: Master of Disguise is available on the Virtual Console on Wii U. In this game, Wario becomes a Master of Disguise after stealing a magic wand and uses the opportunity to become a thief. 

On the Wii U, you have options such as The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 and Olympia Rising. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 serves as an excellent choice for puzzle gamers, the game itself a playful homage to works of fantasy. The theme of Olympia Rising is drastically different, as the object is to fight your way out of the Underworld and to Mount Olympus.

Additionally, Fire Emblem Fates has released new maps that are available for download, and many other games for both the 3DS and Wii U are discounted through the end of the month of June. Go check it out!

Nintendo Discounts for 5th Anniversary of eShop Wed, 08 Jun 2016 05:45:15 -0400 John Robson

The Nintendo eShop is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a massive discount on some of the most popular eShop download-exclusive games for both the Wii U and 3DS. This sale will run from June 9th through June 23rd

Various extremely popular franchises are available for the Nintendo 3DS at a 50% discount, such as The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons. Pokemon fans are also covered with the same discount available for Pokédex 3D Pro and Virtual Console title Pokémon Trading Card Game. Furthermore, there will be indie titles available, such as Image & Form’s SteamWorld Dig and Hörberg Productions’ Gunman Clive, again at 50% off.

For fans of classic Wii titles, Metroid Prime Trilogy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 are available for the Wii U at 50% off. Other titles include Shin’en Multimedia’s FAST Racing NEO and F-Zero, both with 25% and 50% off, respectively. There are further discounts available on NES Remix and NES Remix 2, both again at 50% off, along with SNES Classic EarthBound.

A full list of discounted titles is available on Nintendo's official website. Remember, the sale runs from June 9-23rd. 

Nintendo's Digital Downloads Mon, 09 May 2016 11:57:52 -0400 JunaeBenne

Check out the latest downloads from the Nintendo eShop. There are some pretty good deals going for the month of May through June. A few things to look out for are: Shulk from Super Smash Bros makes his debut in Xenoblade Chronicles. Sega brings us some oldies with its Classic Collection hitting the DS. Disney Art Academy is available for purchase now even though it's release date is May 13.

Wii & Wii U

Xenoblade Chronicles  - featuring Shulk from Super Smash Bros as he goes on his first solo adventure in a world of conflict between Hom (humans) and Mechons (robots). As you fight to save the future, discover the many expansion environments and character customization.

Wii U

Deer God - Could you survive as a deer? Find power-ups and unravel ancient secrets while perfecting your side-scrolling platform technique.

Lost Reavers - Download and play this co-op game with your friends. See who can haul the most treasure back to the extraction point and let their teammates guard it. It's a digitalized capture the flag for those rainy days or at work during free time.

Style Savvy - Dress your virtual self just as fresh as the real you. This original DS game lets you put together fly outfits for you and your customers.

eShop sales for Wii u

Gravity Badgers - 50% off ($4.99 to $2.49) until 8:59 a.m. June 2

ZaciSa's Last Stand - 50% off ($3.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. May 19

Defense Dome - Over 30% off ($2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 May 11

Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX - Over 35% off ($7.99 to $4.99) until 8:50 a.m. on May 26


Super Punch-Out! - Finally Little Mac returns to the ring. Rope a dope, bob and weave your way from match to match against various opponents. 

Sega 3D Classics Collection  - Classic Collection? You guessed it, 9 Sega games for the 3DS!

Disney Art Academy  -This game launches May 13th. But if you pre-purchase now it will automatically load to your system when it’s available.

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge  - Start by tapping your amiibo figure on the Wii U GamePad or 3DS system and select that figure to guide up 11 Minis across 50 different levels using their abilities. 

eShop sales for 3DS

Art of Balance TOUCH!- 25% off ($6.99 to $5.20) until 8:59 a.m.

Aqua Moto Racing 3D - 50% off ($7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. on May 12

Shin Megami Tensie: Devil Smmoner: Soul Hackers and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth  from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. May 16

The Hand of Panda - Over 15% off ($5.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. June 3

Resident Evil 4 released on Wii U Virtual Console Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:10:32 -0500 Damian A. Hinton

Resident Evil fans will be happy to know that Resident Evil 4 will make its appearance on the Nintendo Wii U, as a download from the Wii U Virtual Console.

This would mark the second time the game has been re-released on Nintendo consoles after its initial appearance on the Gamecube, as the title has appeared on the original Wii console, and now sees a release on the Nintendo Wii U.

This title was a slight departure in the series gameplay mechanics and atmosphere from "survival horror" to a far more action-oriented experience. There was also a change in the camera's adjustment from a more overhead camera view with fixed images, into a third-person camera angle that has continued throughout the series so far.

While the game has generally been well-received among most reviewers, the most recent RE entries have seen slight backlash from the fans for abandoning the survival horror roots on the series.

Resident Evil 4 is available on the Wii U virtual console for purchase now.

NES turns 30: Happy Birthday! Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:17:09 -0400 tobes325

The Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES as it is more commonly know, reached a milestone achievement over the weekend. October 18th, 2015 marked the console's 30th birthday in North America.

The NES launched with 18 games in North America, featuring the most extensive launch lineup considering Japan got 3 titles and Europe got 8. I was born three years after the console launched, and my parents were kind enough to buy me and my brother a NES; this was the catalyst that started my love affair with video games.

I have great memories playing the console; I used to sit in my dining room with my old fashioned box television playing the likes of Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt; another one of my favourites was Kickle Cubicle. I can't quite believe it is 30 years old already. It's amazing to see where Nintendo have gone over the years from their handhelds to their home consoles, and they've managed to keep a steady fanbase throughout. 

Sony also tweeted the console giants marking this special occasion thanking them for 'paving the way', there may always be those console wars between the big guns, but it is nice to see that support can come from rivals too! 

If you never got around to playing on the NES you can still pick up quite a few gems from the '80s/'90s on the eShop for Wii and Wii U. Graphically they're pretty basic compared to todays standards but it's always good to gain some perspective of where it all began! Duck Hunt is not quite the same without your trusty red lightgun, but the Wii remote is a worthy substitute.

Have you got any fond memories of the NES era? Favorite games? Let us know in the comments below.

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword destined to join Twilight Princess in HD glory? Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:30:34 -0400 Gabriella Graham

Chances are you've already heard some of the rumors and speculation concerning the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and its impending re-release on the Wii U. Hopes for an HD remake followed soon after, with memories of Wind Waker's return in mind. The hackers at WiiBrew continue to bring hope to eager fans with the release of a list straight from Nintendo's servers. The twist? Skyward Sword gained its own mention.

Twilight Princess: HD Remake or Simple Digital Download?

Hope for a high-definition upgrade for Twilight Princess followed the appearance of its game image in the Nintendo eShop. WiiBrew's listing for the game includes the all important "HD" tag. This information comes with a disclaimer: "This unofficial document is not necessarily accurate." This, in combination with silence on Nintendo's end regarding upcoming returns of past Zelda titles, leaves no concrete evidence.

Prior to Wind Waker, Nintendo experimented by tweaking both Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword's graphics to HD status. It's always possible that eShop tag may be misplaced from past Nintendo endeavors. On the other hand, given the lack of any official release date for Zelda U, it isn't strange to assume Nintendo would offer gamers something else to curb hunger pangs for a new title. The approaching holiday season could certainly apply pressure to the company as well.

The entirety of the list on WiiBrew differientiates between games, DLC, upgrades, system-data, and background titles with different code IDs. Twilight Princess falls under the to-be-released game category to these codes, another reason to hope that the source (hacked or not) is Nintendo itself.

So Skyward Sword will be HD, too, right?

Not necessarily. Skyward Sword's slot does NOT feature any mention of "HD". It's important to keep in mind that while fans have enthusiastically experimented with heightened graphics for the game, the anniversary celebration release back in 2011 did not meet Nintendo's sale expectations. Whether or not you personally think the game was underrated, there's no denying that the hype just didn't meet the skyrocketing success of some Nintendo titles, or even other installments in the Zelda series.

Come, my dear Loftwing, and let us fly where we will be better appreciated.

It also isn't likely Nintendo will release two HD remakes from the same brand simultaneously, or even relatively close together. As with Wind Waker, it makes sense to move from the least recent games on up. Twilight Princess has greater appeal for Nintendo than Skyward Sword, following this logic.

Where does this leave the ever faithful fan base?

What we're most likely looking at is a Twilight Princess HD rendering and a standard re-release for Skyward Sword. Critics and critical fans accused Twilight Princess of being too lengthy in the past, but this can also be seen as an advantage for an HD remake. Fans dedicated to the game and its replay value certainly won't scoff at a breathtaking image enhancement across the full length of the story. Younger, budding gamers will have an opportunity to move toward the series with this appeal combined with a newer console.

We just want it all. Is that too much to ask?

Zelda U isn't coming home with any of us anytime soon. It should be no surprise that Nintendo actively looks for a second to its Wind Waker HD success in the meantime. And the fanbase has already proven wrong Nintendo's uncertainties regarding a remake. Another risk is in order, but Skyward Sword just may rank too high and too recent on the danger-scale for the pricey venture.

Which game would you prefer to play in HD if given the choice? What's your opinion on HD editions in general? Should Nintendo be looking back even further for these new releases? Just some food for thought, but feel free to discuss in the comments below. 

Amazon opens up basically their own Nintendo eShop Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:42:02 -0400 Steven Troya

Have you ever wanted to buy digital games for Nintendo systems from a seller besides Nintendo?

Well, you can now. Amazon has opened up what is fundamentally their very own version of the Nintendo eShop.

You can buy digital versions of Wii U, 3DS, and even Wii games. The way it works is that you sign into your Nintendo Network account and then you click the “redeem” button and the game will be sent directly to the device in which you bought the game for.

The selection of games available on the Amazon shop are a little limited at the moment, only offering up first-party titles such as Punch-Out! and Kirby Triple Deluxe like Nintendo's very own browser based eShop. Once the Amazon eShop start offering other titles besides Nintendo's, it'll definitely be a good alternate for those who don't really like checking out the official Nintendo eShop.

For now, we'll just have to wait but with the current selection, do any games catch your eyes?

Badland: Game of the Year Edition finally flies onto the Wii U Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:06:45 -0400 Jackson Ingram

Back in 2013, Badland made waves in the mobile gaming circuit as a quirky side-scroller in which you guide flocks of weird flying porcupines through a dark forest full of deadly sawblades. With its striking visuals and addicting gameplay, Badland earned Apple's much-coveted Game of the Year award and got the greenlight for console adaptations.

Earlier this summer, the Game of the Year Edition made it onto Steam, Xbox One, and Playstations 3, 4, and Vita. After making tentative plans to join the party at the end of June, Nintendo fell a little behind in the race to the Badland. Now it's finally time for the game to bounce its way to the Wii U eShop.

Badland Gameplay

At first glance, Badland looks like the anti-gravity product of a one-night stand between Limbo and Super Meat Boy. This bouncing baby, however, isn't quite so cut and dry. The twist? All of your cute little playable monsters are entirely disposable. If you happen to drop one or two or twenty "Clones" into a bloody deathtrap, don't be alarmed. There are plenty more where those came from. You only have to get one of the little boogers to the finish line to complete the level.

On the Wii U, you can experience over 100 HD levels taking you through four distinct stages: Dawn, Noon, Dusk, and Night. Badland's controls have been completely redone for consoles, booting the old touch-based floundering for analog stick precision. The Clones are surprisingly agile, moving as a single unit through their woodland home as it is slowly overrun by dangerous new machinery. It's up to you to fluidly navigate your Clones through a variety of dynamic traps, unearthing the industrial invaders and ensuring the survival of the Clone race.

Badland: Game of the Year Edition will be available on the Wii U eShop on July 30th for $9.99.

New Puzzler from Creators of Kirby: Box Boy! Fri, 03 Apr 2015 20:01:44 -0400 Jon Magnusson

One of the many fun announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct was details about a new game coming out on the 3DS eShop: Box Boy!

Box Boy! Is a puzzle platforming game from developers Hal Laboratory, the minds behind the Kirby games. Box Boy! Is an odd looking puzzler, where the main character, a box, has the power to duplicate himself multiple times and in several different ways. In the small clip we saw, you can see him use his powers in multiple ways. He duplicates himself then throws his duplicate to use as a bridge, or onto a button, or to create a protective afro. The list really does go on.

It’s a game mostly in black and white, and the visuals seem quite sparse, but the very simplistic art style is very much intended, wanting players to focus on the 150+ puzzle stages. A lot of the shapes that the main dude turns into are very reminiscent of Tetris blocks, even more uses for the things.

Alongside this, there seems to be a whole selection of costumes you can get for your new blocky buddy, some of which have ability modifiers, like being able to run faster.

Box Boy! Released on April 2nd,  make sure to give it a look on the eShop, it looks like it’ll be a fantastic time.

Fan-Made Super Mario 64 HD Game Removed by Nintendo Fri, 03 Apr 2015 19:21:50 -0400 amaadify

Hopefully you got a chance to play the Super Mario 64 HD remake online because it's gone for good. Erik Roystan Ross, the college student responsible for the game has received a copyright infringement notice for both the web player version and the standalone Unity builds, which he released for free to the public.

Ross was a good sport about the ordeal, saying: 

[It's] fair enough, really. In light of Nintendo recently making a deal to release some of their IPs on mobile platforms, it’s probably not in their best interests to have a mobile-portable version of Mario 64 sitting around. In any case, I didn’t really expect for this project to get so popular, and was hoping it would function primarily as a educational tool and a novelty.

Tough luck, kid. Although, I doubt this had anything to do with Nintendo's deal with DeNA. Ross received the infringement notice only days before the April 1st Nintendo Direct, where it was announced that Super Mario 64 would be released on the Wii U Virtual Console as the first of many Nintendo 64 titles. Shady, Nintendo! 

Ross's HD version of the game was a simple recreation of the first stage, Bob-omb Battlefield, so it's likely that the title wouldn't have taken too much thunder from the Wii U re-release. But, we can't blame Nintendo for covering all of their bases. Now that the HD remake is out the window, it looks like we'll just have to enjoy the classic. Super Mario 64 is currently on the Wii U eShop for $9.99. 

Nintendo Direct April 1st: Everything You Need to Know Thu, 02 Apr 2015 07:05:03 -0400 amaadify

Christmas comes a few times a year for Nintendo fans, and the jolly giant gave us a little visit today. Okay, it wasn't Santa, it was Satoru Iwata, but he did come bearing gifts, revealing tons of news for upcoming titles. You can either watch the video or read on to see everything you need to know from the April 1st Nintendo Direct

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS

  • Mewtwo DLC will be available as a free download on April 15th for those who registered both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game on Club Nintendo before March 31st.  
  • Mewtwo DLC will be available for everyone on April 28th. He's $3.99 for either version, or $4.99 to get him on both on 3DS and WiiU. 
  • Lucas was announced as DLC and is coming June 2015
  • Mii Fighter game-inspired Costumes (Majora's Mask, Cat Mario, Megaman  X's Armor, etc.) offered as DLC starting April 15 for $0.75 for either version or $1.15 for both versions
  • Update Ver. 1.0.6 coming April 15th allowing use of DLC, tweaking character balance, and adding sharing functionality of Photos, Mii Fighters, Replays, Custom Stages, and more on Wii U version.
  • Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot at will allow fans to suggest characters for future DLC
  • Next wave of Amiibo announced, with Dark Pit and Palutena coming in July and Olimar, Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario, Zero Suit Samus, and Ganondorf coming in September

[New] Amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits

  • Tap amiibo on WiiU's gamepad to play highlights from select NES and SNES games. Games aren't tied to specific amiibo; the highlights are chosen at random and from random virtual console games. 

Mario Maker

  • Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Mario and launches September 2015.

Yoshi's Woolly World

  • Classic and Mellow Mode announced. Classic mode plays normally, Mellow Mode allows Yoshi to fly, which makes the game easier. Players can switch between the two modes during gameplay. 
  • Special yarn Yoshi amiibo announced. It allows you to play with Double Yoshi, a second Yoshi that you can use to solve puzzles and progress in game. Will be available in Green, Pink, and Blue.
  • Launches Fall 2015 along with Yarn Yoshi amiibo


  • Launches May 29th
  • Ranked Battle mode announced for online play. Like Turf Wars, but uses specific rule-set and gives players rankings. 
  • Battle Dojo mode announced for local play. One player uses the gamepad, and the other uses the TV, competing to pop the most balloons. 
  • Inkling amiibo will be launched alongside the game. Gives additional missions based on the amiibo you tap in, and completing these missions gives you special gear. Will be available as pack of 3: Inkling girl, Inkling boy, and Squid, or you can purchase the Inkling boy and girl separately

Code Name: Steam

  • Demo available on Nintendo eShop now
  • More Marth amiibo will be released in May 2015 (Fire Emblem amiibo compatible with game)
  • Update coming that allows players to speed up enemy turns (date will be announced on social media)
  • Death Match tournament announced: running from 4/1 to 4/5

Virtual Console

  • Nintendo 64 and DS games coming to Wii U with customizable controller options. 
  • N64 games will be $9.99 - $11.99 and DS games will be $6.99 - $9.99 OR only $2 if you have them downloaded on Wii 
  • Yoshi's Island DS and Super Mario 64 are both available now for $9.99
  • Yoshi Touch & Go and Wario Ware Touched! will be available on April 9th for $9.99
  • Donkey Kong 64, Mario Kart DS, and Paper Mario are coming April 16th for $9.99


  • Two new games coming to MiiPlaza on April 16: Ultimate Angler and Battleground Z, available together for $7.99 or separately for $4.99 each
  • StreetPass MiiPlaza Premium to launch April 16, which allows players to add Mii's birthdays and store up to 100 Mii's in a VIP room--will cost $4.99.

 [New] Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

  • Launching Fall 2015
  • New game focusing on decorating aspects of Animal Crossing series
  • Design animals' homes based on their requests
  • The first game to use amiibo cards, which launch alongside the game. Using new cards will give you new animals for whom you can build a house, and have visit other animals houses
  • External NFC reader for 3DS will launch alongside the game

Mario Kart 8

  •  DLC Pack 2 available April 23rd for $7.99, includes:
    - 3 Characters: Isabelle, boy and girl Villager, and Dry Bowser
    - 4 Vehicles:  City Tripper, Streetle, +2 unannounced
    - 8 Courses/ 2 Cups:  Crossing Cup and Bell Cup
  • New Animal Crossing course from Pack 2 features alternating seasons and a studio-recorded remix of the animal crossing theme
  • More Mii Racing suits added with use of Mega Man, Pac-Man, Sonic, Toad, Wario, Villager, Rosalina, Bowser, and Olimar amiibos
  • 200cc will become available for free on April 23rd through an update 

 Everything Else:

  • There was a segment on indie games coming this summer, including forma.8, Dementium Remastered, Don't Starve: Giant Edition, Affordable Space Adventures, Starwhal, Never Alone, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Ninja Pizza Girl, Antipole DX, Life of Pixel, Badland: Game of the Year Edition, Slain!, Runbow, Adventures of Pip, Back to Bed, Space Hulk, Race the Sun, Dooors, Dot Arcade, Swords and Soldiers II, Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails, Toto Temple Deluxe, The Bridge, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, Shutshimi, Nova-111, and Windup Knight 2
  • Showed a trailer of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover
  • Fatal Frame Wii U coming to US later in 2015
  • Hal Laboratory bringing new title Box Boy! to Nintendo eShop April 2nd
  • Pokémon Rumble World available for free download starting April 8th on Nintendo 3DS
  • Puzzle and Dragons Z + Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Edition will be released in stores on May 22nd, with a demo of Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Edition available April 30th in the 3DS eShop
  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains by Atlus coming to the 3DS eShop in May, and the first two episodes of the anime are available in the eshop
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer shown, coming April 10th 2015
  • The Fire Emblem game for Nintendo 3DS will launch in 2016 and a trailer was shown revealing your choice of two paths that will affect gameplay (Hoshido vs. Nohr)

Thanks, Santa! I mean, Iwata!

Flipnote Studio 3D Now Available on 3DS And How To Get It Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:54:05 -0500 Ryan Mayle

After much wait, the sequel to the hit DSiWare animation software Flipnote Studio is now available on the Nintendo 3DS. Flipnote Studio 3D brings back the classic animation software that was on the Nintendo DS, but gives you the ability to make 3D animations. However, in order to get the new software, there is a slight catch: The application isn't downloadable from the storefront on the Nintendo eShop.

You have to get a code to download the software. Here is a quick guide on how to get the code to download Flipnote Studio 3D and get animating.

As a preliminary warning, the Club Nintendo website has been experiencing a very high amount of traffic causing the site to stop responding and even show a message that the website is under maintenance. Just keep refreshing and you will be able to get through.

How to Get Flipnote Studio 3D

  1. First if you don't have a Club Nintendo account you will need to sign up for one. It's as simple as going to All you need is a valid email address and you will be on your way.
  2. You will get an email to verify your email address, you have to click the link provided in that email before you can log into Club Nintendo.
  3. After your email is verified, Sign in to Club Nintendo. (The ability to sign in is slightly hidden underneath the large sign up button.)
  4. You will immediately see "To-Dos" and a Flipnote Studio 3D Gift should be available. Select Flipnote Studio 3D (If you just made a new account, you will likely see a Welcome Survey, but you won't need to do it to get a Flipnote Studio 3D code.)
  5. You will then be asked shipping information, which won't matter as nothing will actually be shipped to you and a code will be provided once you select order on the website.
  6. Once you get your code, redeem it on your 3DS!

If you are uncertain as to how the code works once you have it, you can quickly redeem it directly on your 3DS. On your Nintendo 3DS, you go to Nintendo eShop, scroll left to the left to select Settings / Other, and input your Flipnote Studio 3D code into Redeem Download Code.

Metroid Prime Trilogy Available January 29, 2015 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:11:43 -0500 Eric Nicolai

The Metroid Prmie Trilogy has been available since 2009 on the Wii. The downfall to this was unforseen by many gamers. The amount of copies produced when the Metroid Prime Trilogy was launch was a small number. This caused prices of the game to stay fairly high. In turn there were a fair amount of gamers that would have enjoyed the trilogy, but didn't get them on one disc.

That problem will be solved for Wii U owners January 29th. Nintendo has announced that the Metroid Prime Trilogy will be available for purchase on that day for $19.99; that is less than $7 a game. 

This trilogy will allow players to relive the beauty of the Prime series. On the off chance that players have not had a chance to play through these Metroid beauties, this will give gamers that opportunity to play through the entire series at one low price.

Although you will not have a physical copy of the game or the fancy steelbook, it beats having to pay these high prices. This series will include Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2, and Metroid Prime 3 in the digital format.

Interview with Yacht Club Games Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:26:50 -0500 TumsST

Yacht Club Games has combined classic/retro gaming with the modern era of gaming with their baby, Shovel Knight. Many feel that Shovel Knight should be up for game of the year! I had the chance to play/review Shovel Knight for the Wii U and the high praise is warranted, the game is that good.

Does the success and appeal of Shovel Knight surprise you guys? Going in, did you think this ode to retro gaming could get as popular as it has?

Absolutely! It's a shock every day that Shovel Knight has sold so well and still continues to be adored by our fans. We couldn't be happier with the success.

How did the idea of Shovel Knight come to be? How did you know that the Nintendo eShop would be a good fit for the game? Was the idea of creating a full-scale game, that didn’t need downloading ever thought about for Shovel Knight?

The idea of Shovel Knight came from our desire to create a game based on a couple simple mechanics, like those you'd find in the NES days. For that reason, we thought Nintendo platforms would be perfect, as we were trying to replicate a lot of the joy and experiences we felt when playing those games. We always saw Shovel Knight as a downloadable game, but that doesn't rule out the possibility of a physical release of Shovel Knight one day!

Is there a sequel in the works? I think I remember you guys mentioning that going in the Super Nintendo 16-bit graphic style wouldn’t be out of the question for a sequel. I apologize if this isn’t the case.

Nothing is in the works at the moment but we love the idea of continuing the Shovel Knight series with a technological trend like that. A Super Shovel Knight and then Shovel Knight 64 would be amazing! It'd be so much fun to advance the simple mechanics in the same way all the classic series did.

Personally, I love the fact that Shovel Knight pays homage to classic old school games, like Mega Man. Was that always the case, playing off of classic gaming franchises or was the game going to be something different at the start of development? Was there one classic franchise more than others as a launching point for development?

Definitely! We very much saw the game as a love letter to Nintendo and NES games. The initial inspiration for the downthrust and combat came from Zelda 2. The 8-boss game structure, and level design was strongly influenced by Mega Man. There are so, so many other games we looked to for inspiration, but we were very clear about making sure there were no direct references or otherwise in Shovel Knight. We wanted the game to stand on its own, even if you had never played NES games.

I’m a sucker for great video game music and Shovel Knight has some of the best music around. What went into creating such a diverse soundtrack? Any thoughts on releasing the soundtrack online/for purchase?

Jake Kaufman is extremely talented, passionate, and unbelievably hard-working. That's really the key! We also were lucky enough to have the legendary Manami Matsumae, the original composer and sound designer on Mega Man, contribute two amazing songs to the game. You can find the soundtrack online under the 'pay what you want' model. For more info, check out the following page:

The game has some of the best shovel based characters. (I may have built that up but I’m sticking with it) Was the process of creating the character lineup a tough one? What went into the character development process?

Absolutely, every part of making a game is time-intensive, incredibly difficult, and a drawn out process. For the bosses, we typically started with the theme. For example, Mole Knight started with the lava theme. Once we had 8 different theme ideas, we started to figure out what kind of names or characters would be different and unique. From there, we came up with designs which were then translated into pixel art. Then they went back for another round of concept which was used to create the final pixel version in-game!

Sticking with the retro game theme, what classic gaming franchise would you guys love to get your hands on and create something special?

I think this answer is probably different for every person at Yacht Club Games, but for right now we just want to make original games! That's where our true passions lie...but it'd be hard to say no to something like Metroid, Mega Man, or otherwise.

What has the reaction to the game been from other Independent developers?

Really positive! The indie community has really embraced us, and we couldn't be happier to be a part of it.

Going into development/story for a game with national/international releases in mind, is there ever a time where something is written and you think will everyone understand what I’m trying to say here?

Of course! We spend a great deal of time thinking about that in regard to every aspect of the game. Will players understand a boss's pattern? Will players find this joke funny? Will players make an emotional connection with the protagonist? Will players learn all of the mechanics in the game? At every moment we have to put ourselves in the player's shoes, and it's extremely challenging to know if something will work or not!

What does Yacht Club Games have planned for the future?

Right now we're working on the update content for Shovel Knight. That includes 3 playable boss campaigns, gender swap mode, challenge mode, and a four player battle mode! There's lots of Shovel Knight to come - I hope everyone will stick with it!

I would like to thank my friends over at Yacht Club Games for taking the time out to conduct this interview. Check out more on Yacht Club Games and Shovel Knight at the Yacht Club Games web site.

Nintendo Wii U to Get NFC Payment Card Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:02:05 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

Nintendo has announced over the weekend a brand new payment option that will be coming to the Wii U starting on July 22nd thanks to a partnership with the Japanese company Sucia. It aims to introduce a rechargeable smart card to offer players an ability to pre-load cash and pay via NFC through the Nintendo eStore.

The Sucia swipe cards will allow gamers to quickly and simply make their eShop purchases without the need for any credit card details. Thanks to this new card system, it'll enable Nintendo’s family centered demographic the ability to better control the purchase transactions made by children.

Over the years, many parents have been caught off guard thanks to the many in-app purchases made by their children. Apple and Amazon are among those under watch by the FCC placing the gaming industry in this regard in a negative light. Nintendo's NFC Suica cards aims to change that view around by preventing children from charging unlimited amounts to stored credit card details on the eStore.

The NFC function, a lesser-known feature of the Gamepad, will be limited to Japan only. The new software is said to deliver on the intended ambitions in a contemporary and efficient way. There is an effort being made to accommodate as many brands of cards available for use across Japan.

Nintendo Direct Broadcast Highlights - New Challenger, Mario Golf and Much More Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:55:25 -0500 Courtney Gamache

During the Nintendo Direct broadcast today announcing games for Spring release, Nintendo came up with news about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. that will début on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Along with that news is a new Yoshi's Island trailer, and some games coming to the 3DS that will knock your socks off.

Welcome aboard, Little Mac!

A new challenger has approached and hit the Super Smash Bros. character list. You can welcome Little Mac to the list and punch your way through enemies. His special moves are currently known, but Nintendo has released a video showing off his rockin' moves.

3DS Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Time to enjoy some Kirby time in this new 3DS game that will test your gaming skills. In this Kirby: Triple Deluxe game you'll have new abilities never seen before with Kirby. With Kirby's vivid graphics this game will make rainbows come to life.




Mario Golf World Tour

Another game hitting shelves for the Nintendo 3DS is Mario Golf World Tour. With this comical mischief game, the whole gang is back again, and this time they're ready to hit the 18-hole. You'll also have the opportunity to import your Mii character to the game to give it just a bit more personal feel.




 NES Remix 2 Hits Wii U eShop

This great game will be hitting the eShop, but with a twist. In this new game the original oldies such as The Adventure of Link and Super Mario Bros. 3 will be made with a twist to bring this old-timey games into the present. Play your favorite levels in a new way: from right to left instead of left to right. In this new challenge you'll find it not only invigorating, but a bit daring.


New Mario Kart 8 Trailer and Release Date

For the first time in any Mario Kart game the Koopalings will be available for character choice. You get to feel like the bad guy while racing as Bowser's children for the first time. As well, the launch date for Mario Kart 8 will be for May 30th, 2014 for the Wii U. They've done well with this game bringing anti-gravity into the play, and also some new vehicles to race with.

Yoshi's Island - New Trailer!

A new trailer has been released for the anticipation of Yoshi's New Island for the 3DS. Many details have leaked about the new Yoshi game including a 3DS XL bundle that is in the works all Yoshi themed. Hopefully out west we'll get our hands on the bundle. For more information about the bundle, refer to this article.



 Virtual Console for Wii U

A new addition to the Wii U Virtual Console will be some select Game Boy Advanced games. One game announced today that will be available is Metroid Fusion. These will be bought through the Wii U eShop for unknown amounts.

That's all the highlights from the Nintendo Direct broadcast mapping out this upcoming spring and all the goodies to come.



Are there any games your looking forward to? Comment below!

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords is Now Free on 3DS eShop Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:43:33 -0500 The Ian M

Nintendo, developer of the ever popular Legend of Zelda franchise is giving some of it away for FREE! This isn't the first time Nintendo has offered the game for free but it's not going to stay that way forever. 

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords: Anniversary Edition is now available for free on the Nintendo eShop, but act fast because the promotion is only good until Febuary 2 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

It looks like this offer is only available for gamers in North America, and if you haven't already done so, requires creating a Nintendo Network ID as well as the installing the latest 3DS firmware. 

The whole process takes about 10 minutes then you can get into the legendary four-player fun of Four Swords!

Four Swords is a throwback to the top down gameplay of the classic Zelda with a multiplayer twist, allowing up to four people (as the name implies) to play with each other via local DS wireless connections.

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Temporarily Free for 3DS Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:32:47 -0500 Brian S

In the midst of a small indie game sale (if you can really call it that), Nintendo has decided to offer Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Aniniversary Edition for free for the 3DS in the Nintendo eShop until Sunday, February 2nd at 11:59 p.m. PST in honor of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

Considering Nintendo rarely discounts any of their titles, let alone a game from one of their most popular franchises, gamers should definitely take advantage of the deal and grab the co-op GameBoy Advance-era Zelda game while they still have a chance.