Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads For The US

Nintendo of America has announced the games and downloadable content you will be able to purchase from the eShop this week. The main title is the Mario Kart 8 downloadable content which adds additional courses and extra characters for you to race with. The fantastic Mario Kart DS is also coming to the Wii U Virtual Console so you will have plenty of racing fun this week. Here’s the games that are available this week on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop.

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Mario Kart 8 Update and DLC Pack 2 – The latest Mario Kart 8 free software update has crossed the finish line and now you can race like never before in 200CC … if you think you’re fast enough. DLC Pack 2 is here, too, with three new characters, four new vehicles and eight new tracks, all for the thrill of the race. DLC Pack 2 is sold separately for $7.99 individually or bundled with Pack 1 for $11.99 from the in-game shop or the Nintendo eShop.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • Super Smash Bros. DLC – Mewtwo – The Psychic-type Pokémon Mewtwo makes its grand entrance! Make it Mega Evolve into Mega Mewtwo Y in its Final Smash, and then use Psystrike to blow away the opposition. Starting on April 28, you can purchase and download the new fighter Mewtwo in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS for $3.99 each game or for $4.99 for both versions.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Mario Kart DS – Race along with Mario and his friends in five single-player modes and over 30 courses. Knock out the competition with your driving skills as you rocket-start the race, use drifting and turbo at critical points and deploy crazy items to gain an advantage.
  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • Cube Creator 3D – Craft your own realm in stunning randomly generated worlds in Cube Creator 3D. You can gather resources, combine elements, explore new worlds and combat strange creatures to survive in this expansive, cubic domain. Grab your copy at an introductory price of $4.99 until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 7. Click here to view the trailer for this game.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Tetrobot & Co. is 70 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 30.
    • Cocoto Magic Circus 2 is 66 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 7.

Activities:

  • Mega May is Back! – Vote Today
    • During the entire month of May, Nintendo and Capcom are celebrating our favorite blue bomber, Mega Man, with six game releases on the Virtual Console service for Wii U. The Game Boy Advance versions of Mega Man Zero 2, Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue, Mega Man Battle Network 3 White, Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun, Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon and Mega Man & Bass will land on the Nintendo eShop throughout the month. Click here to vote for the first game of Mega May, which will launch May 7. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. PT on April 29.
  • International StreetPass Week
    • Take your Nintendo 3DS system on a whirlwind tour without leaving your hometown during International StreetPass Week! Through April 26, collect up to six Mii characters from across Europe, the United States and Canada when you stop by a Nintendo Zone location. U.S. and Canada visitors will even get a special Mii of Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. Find a Nintendo Zone hotspot near you here.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker: Apocalypse – Available April 28

Also new this week:


Fewer UK Consumers Are Pre-ordering Video Games

With the amount of broken games being shipped it comes as no surprise to learn that fewer UK consumers are pre-ordering video games these days. The survey, which was conducted on behalf of MCV, shows that 20% of UK gamers say they’ve stopped pre-ordering video games altogether or are pre-ordering fewer titles. Interestingly 9% say they’ve cut back on pre-orders and 11% say they haven’t pre-ordered any games in the past. The UK remains the number one territory across Europe for pre-orders, but it’s also the place where the sharpest decline is happening.

There Will Be No Customisable Multiplayer Rules In Splatoon

More details are emerging about what to expect within the gameplay of Splatoon, most recent of which is that it won’t feature custom match types, like Super Smash Bros, to have custom lobbies with friends. You also won’t be able to change user settings like look sensitivity during gameplay, only before and after a game, otherwise you’ll have to exit the game to tweak the settings and jump back in.

Also, the gear you acquire will be different between online and offline modes and aren’t transferable. Online you can buy gear from the shopkeepers, whereas offline you’ll have “Power Eggs” used to unlock gear– which means people who don’t play online are missing out on a huge chunk of stuff. It seems like a lot of stuff is cropping up about things you can’t do in Splatoon and people don’t seem to be happy about it. Is this game going downhill fast or will it still be super enjoyable regardless? I’m still looking forward to trying it out! You can check out the latest gameplay footage and the Battle Dojo mode here.

“There isn’t a gear or equipment link between single player and multiplayer. So, it’s not that you earn money in single player to then spend in multiplayer. Instead, the link is more focused on skill. You practice your controls and develop skills in single player and then you can take those with you into multiplayer.” — Hisashi Nogam

 

Nintendo Of America Announces Xenoblade Chronicles X Video Showcase Coming On Friday, April 24

Visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct on Friday, April 24, at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET for a video showcase about Xenoblade Chronicles X, an upcoming open-world role-playing game for the Wii U console. And keep watching after the showcase for a Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game. These videos will be available in English only.

Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 And 200cc Out Today

It’s finally here! It’s April 23rd and you should all be sitting down to spend the day completing the new DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 and getting accustomed to the B button in 200cc. If you haven’t bought the second DLC pack, here’s a reminder of everything it includes (and why you should buy it):

Courses

  • Animal Crossing– the seasons of the track change every time you play.
  • Big Blue– remaster of an F-Zero race track.
  • Super Bell Subway– race while trying to avoid the trains!
  • Wild Woods– race through a tree trunk avoiding Toads and Shy Guys.
  • Baby Park– remastered from Mario Kart: Double Dash.
  • Cheese Land– remastered from Mario Kart Super Circuit.
  • Koopa City / Neo Bowser City– remastered from Mario Kart 7.
  • Ribbon Road– remastered from Mario Kart Super Circuit.

Characters

  • Villager (Boy and Girl)
  • Isabelle
  • Dry Bowser

Vehicles

  • Bone Rattler (ATV)
  • City Tripper (bike)
  • The Streetle (kart)
  • P-Wing (kart)

There will also be nine Mii racing suits available through Amiibo including: Wario, Bowser, Pac-Man, Sonic, Olimar, Toad, Mega Man, Rosalina, and Villager. And you can enjoy all this in the immensity of 200cc. Well, I know what I’m doing for the rest of my day! What do you think of the DLC pack 2? What’s your favourite part about it?

Check Out Some More Screenshots And Info On UCraft

Previously we saw the Fieoria realm in the World of UCraft, covered in lava and dark colours. Now, take a look at the Nethervalley realm, a cold, snowy and bright place to explore. Apparently UCraft is almost complete, and a trailer will soon be on its way to show us some promised features and a few surprises. UCraft is expected to be released around the Christmas holidays but after looking at these screenshots, I don’t think its going to be on my Christmas list.

Nintendo Demonstrates amiibo Tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits In New Trailer

Nintendo has demonstrated amiibo tap: Nintendo’s Greatest Bits in a brand-new Japanese trailer. The application will be downloadable for free from the Nintendo eShop. It allows users to tap any amiibo to the Wii U GamePad to unlock gameplay highlights from select NES and Super NES games, including Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.