A recently-surfaced rumor has suggested that a Mario Kart 8 demo will be available for Wii U owners. The unconfirmed demo will apparently launch in the Nintendo eShop and is said to contain more than three tracks. Nintendo has yet to announce whether it will release a demo of the upcoming racing title via its online marketplace. Mario Kart 8 is also rumored to feature a Grand Prix mode that supports up to four players. The full game arrives May 30 in stores and in the eShop.
Two Ubisoft titles have been permanently discounted in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is now $39.99, while the Wii U exclusive ZombiU can be purchased for $29.99. Both games were originally priced at $59.99. The publisher recently held a spring sale, where the digital versions of several titles received temporary price reductions.
Mario and Luigi have taken a trip to Washington, D.C., for the White House Easter Egg Roll. During their visit, the mustachioed mascots went sightseeing and saw several prominent landmarks, including the Capitol building, Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Nintendo has uploaded some of the pictures from the brothers’ journey to the U.S. capital onto its Facebook page.
Insanity’s Blade may see release on Nintendo 3DS. The game, which is headed to Wii U, will be ported to the handheld “if there is big enough demand,” according to developer Casual Bit Games. Insanity’s Blade is an action platformer with RPG elements and an 8-bit style. Featuring 18 stages, the title focuses on a father as he embarks on a journey to save his family.
Nintendo has released a new trailer for Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball. The video showcases the “Nontendo 4DS” and highlights the games available for the virtual system. 4DS games are featured in Rusty Slugger’s ramshackle sporting goods store, which also contains balls, bats and gloves. Nintendo 3DS owners can download Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball for free from the Nintendo eShop, but they’ll need to pay in order to play the title’s individual baseball minigames.
Nintendo has released a new trailer for Super Mario Bros. 3. The NES classic, which originally launched over 20 years ago, is now available as a Virtual Console title on both Wii U and NIntendo. 3DS. The game features more than 70 courses and stars Mario and Luigi as they venture into seven worlds to defeat Bowser and the Koopalings. Super Mario Bros. 3 can be purchased from the Nintendo eShop for $4.99.
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Nintendo and Disney have teamed up for a hardware and software bundle giveaway. For a chance to win a Mickey Edition Nintendo 3DS XL system and the newly released Disney Magical World game, text the keyword “Magic” to 347639. Entries are limited to one text per day and a total of five winners will be chosen. The sweepstakes period ends April 27.
Upside-Down Dimensions has been announced by developer Hydra Interactive Entertainment for a number of platforms, with a possible release on Wii U. The title, which draws inspiration from games like Paper Mario and Pokemon, is an action RPG set in a paper world. It focuses on two characters, Ryuu and Keiko, who have been separated into different dimensions and must fight their way through a world in danger of being consumed by evil. Upside-Down Dimensions is slated for a 2015 launch.
The Spanish counterpart of the Official Nintendo Magazine recently reported that Diddy Kong is a playable character in Mario Kart 8. The supposed reveal was followed by a tweet from the publication’s director, Juan Carlos Garcia, who stated that the character’s inclusion in the upcoming racing game can only be confirmed by Nintendo. The publisher previously revealed that the red-clothed chimp is featured in the roster of fighters in Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
Best Buy is offering a $25 gift card with the purchase of a Nintendo 3DS XL. The temporary deal – which can be accessed via the electronics retailer’s website – is applicable to select 3DS XL handhelds, including the black, blue and red systems. Customers looking to get a better deal can visit Target, which is giving away $40 gift cards to those who buy a 3DS XL. Both offers are good for this week.