If you fancy grabbing a bargain today then look no further than the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Ubisoft has put 17 of its games up for sale including the critically acclaimed Rayman Legends and the immensely popular Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. The games will be available at this price point until July 7th.
3DS games on sale:
Wii U games on sale:
Nintendo of America has detailed precisely which games North American gamers will be able to download this week on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShop. The games are as follows:
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- Nintendo eShop Sale – Save up to 30 percent on top franchises being featured at E3, including select Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda, LEGO and Yoshi games. Hurry — the sale in the Nintendo eShop for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS ends Monday, June 16, at 8:59 a.m. PT.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Pac-Land – Take control of PAC-MAN on his home island of Pac-Land and try to help a lost fairy home. Your journey will take you through bustling towns, rugged mountains, dangerous ravines and vast deserts. To make matters worse, the ghosts of Pac-Land will stop at nothing to stand in your way. Can you complete this fantastical rescue mission and make it back home in time for dinner?
- PAC-MAN Collection – Enjoy four games in one featuring the iconic chomping yellow hero. In PAC-MAN, PAC-MANIA and PAC-MAN Arrangement, help PAC-MAN collect all of the dots and survive multiple levels of mayhem. In PAC-Attack, line up blocks from left to right as they drop down. Think quick, move quicker and plan a path so PAC-MAN can make his attack.
- Soccer – Direct your team up and down the field, pick from seven international teams – USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Brazil, Japan and Spain – and perform all the kickoffs, throw-ins, goal kicks and corner kicks seen in a real match. You can choose the skill level of the opposing team on a scale from one to five, so as your team improves, so do your opponents. You even choose the length of the match. As time ticks down, do your best to score the winning goal.
- Virtual Console on Nintendo3DS
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge – Billy and Jimmy Lee, the Double Dragons, are back to avenge the loss of Marion. In their quest to defeat the evil Shadow Warriors, Billy and Jimmy must complete nine missions, facing deadly street gangs, ninjas and huge mutant fighters. The duo must traverse through construction sites, alleyways and underwater hideouts complete with secret elevator shafts, spiked ceilings and razor-sharp mechanical claws. Can Billy and Jimmy contend with the enemies placed before them and save the world?
- NintendoeShop Sales
- Nicalis Games – To celebrate the recent release of 1001 Spikes, Nicalis is discounting select games in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, including Ikachan, Cave Story 3D, NightSky and VVVVVV. This offer ends at 9 a.m. PT on June 26.
- INAZUMA ELEVEN – It’s almost summer, and international soccer excitement is in the air. Celebrate the season with a worldwide sale on soccer RPG INAZUMA ELEVEN, now 50 percent off in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. This offer lasts until 9 a.m. PT on July 13.
- Soccer Up 3D – For a limited time, Soccer Up 3D is available at the discounted price of $2.99 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. This offer ends at 9 a.m. PT on July 16.
- Resident Evil Revelations – A scary good deal. Starting today until 9 a.m. PT on June 19, Resident Evil Revelations on Nintendo 3DSand Wii U will be 50 percent off in the Nintendo eShop.
- QubicGames – For a limited time, QubicGames is discounting select games in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, including 2 Fast 4 Gnomz and AiRace Speed. This offer ends at 9 a.m. PT on July 2.
- Also new this week:
Masahiro Sakurai has today provided players with a glimpse of how the bottom screen looks on the Nintendo 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. Judging from the image provided I couldn’t think of a better way to utilise that second screen. Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 3DS is coming this summer, while the Wii U version is scheduled for release sometime in the winter.
“Here’s a first look at the bottom-screen display for the Nintendo 3DS. Your name will appear in the area above the accumulated damage. And if you tap one of the fighter displays…!”
The best-selling LEGO Batman videogame franchise returns in an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure! In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.
The official Nintendo product page for The Amazing Spider Man 2 reveals that the Nintendo 3DS version of the game is being developed by High Voltage. High Voltage is probably best known for their Wii title The Conduit and its follow-up The Conduit 2.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 takes place outside the events of the second film in a unique story where Spider-Man discovers a larger threat to NYC that has turned the underworld upside down. Villains from the film as well as fan-favorite, classic Marvel characters are woven together in a twisted web of adrenaline-fueled, free-roaming, web-slinging action that puts players on a collision course with an evil far beyond Spider-Man’s reckoning.
MCV have ran an interview with PlayStation UK MD Fergal Gara and talks to him about a variety of subjects. One of the things on discussion is the 3DS, which Gara says shows that the dedicated handheld market isn’t dead as many would have you believe.
“Well that just shows that playing on a dedicated handheld device has not gone, as many will try to suggest. We want to have a healthy share of that handheld market. But we are playing fairly differently to Nintendo 3DS, when you think that is a dedicated handheld device with a very strong showing amongst kids. Vita is positioned differently. Yes it appeals to kids but also to committed gamers and as a companion device for PlayStation 4. 3DS shows that the sector is still there and that Nintendo is doing very well in it, so there is a market to harness.”
Graham Markay, Vice President of Operations at Natsume, has revealed that the Nintendo 3DS has been great for the company in terms of sales. Markay also promises that Natsume have more games in the works for the system which will be revealed at a later date.
“The 3DS has done very well for us in terms of sales.” Additional games will be announced for the system “in the future.”
This week’s UK charts are in courtesy of GFK chart track. There’s not much change in regards to 3DS titles within the individual charts. Mario Party: Island Tour slips down to 30, while Pokemon X and Y partner up again in positions 34 and 35, and Just Dance 2014 for the Wii snags number 38 as a re-entry. Below you’ll find the top 40 individual charts in full.
- (NE) [XB360] Fable: Anniversary
- (2) [PS4] FIFA 14
- (3) [XB360] Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
- (1) [PS4] Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- (5) [XB360] Call of Duty: Ghosts
- (7) [PS4] Killzone: Shadow Fall
- (20) [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V
- (13) [PS3] Gran Turismo 6
- (16) [XB360] Grand Theft Auto V
- (6) [PS4] Call of Duty: Ghosts
- (9) [PS4] Battlefield 4
- (11) [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts
- (10) [XB ONE] FIFA 14
- (12) [XB360] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- (4) [XB ONE] Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- (8) [XB360] FIFA 14
- (14) [XB ONE] Battlefield 4
- (19) [PC] Football Manager 2014
- (17) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- (18) [XB ONE] Call of Duty: Ghosts
- (15) [PS3] FIFA 14
- (21)[XB ONE] Forza Motorsport 5
- (23) [PS4] Need for Speed: Rivals
- (25) [PS3] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- (29) [PS4] Knack
- (24) [PS4] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- (28) [XB360] WWE 2K14
- (26) [XB ONE] Dead Rising 3
- (37) [XB360] Aliens: Colonial Marines
- (27) [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour
- (22) [XB350] Battlefield 4
- (RE) [PS3] Batman: Arkham Origins
- (31) [XB ONE] Ryse: Son of Rome
- (39) [3DS] Pokemon X
- (38) [3DS] Pokemon Y
- (34) [PS3] The Last of Us
- (RE) [XB360] Batman: Arkham Origins
- (RE) [WII] Just Dance 2014
- (RE) [XB360] Saints Row IV
- (33) [XB ONE] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Wedbush Morgan video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has told Game Informer that the Nintendo 3DS will continue to thrive despite smartphones and tablets, but the PlayStation Vita will “die a slow, painful death”. Pachter reiterated that Nintendo owns the dedicated handheld space and Sony misjudged the size of the market.
On the state of the PlayStation Vita:
The sales are horrible. My model says the Vita sold 4.2 million last year. It’s a pretty small number and I don’t think they are going to build a business selling 4 million a year — and that number could go down. Vita is a little bit too elegant and a little too expensive. I always feel like I’m going to break it. But then it has relatively few games because they are complicated to make and the market is so small. Very few publishers are spending money to make them. You had Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, that cost Ubisoft a lot. It’s a whole new adventure. Sony will spend the money with their internal studios, but you’re just going to see [Vita] die a slow, painful death.
It’s super high-end in the market; it’s too expensive for a casual gamer. I know that phones are subsidized, but you can get a smartphone for free when you renew your contract. You can get an HTC free, or spend $200 on a Vita. It’s too [hard] to pass up the free phone. They are never going to get the casual end of the market.
On whether connectivity with PlayStation 4 could boost Vita sales:
I don’t quite get it. First they were selling it as a controller, which was lame. I would rather just spend $50 on a controller. They were selling it as a controller because…I have to turn off the game on my TV because American Idol is on and I have to continue my session on my Vita? That’s what a DVR is for, you can watch American Idol later. I think most people who have competing concerns about use of the console versus watching TV have their console on a different TV from where their wife is. I agree those are cool features, but it’s limited.
On the future of Vita and Sony in the handheld market:
There is no future and they couldn’t do any better [than Vita]. The market is what it is because of Nintendo. Nintendo built the market and Nintendo has the best name in handhelds. I just think [Sony] misjudged the size of the market and launched it into this s—storm of mobile destroying the casual end of dedicated handhelds. And Nintendo’s not giving up much share on the hardcore side, because they have three games to every one Sony game, and they are good games.
Nintendo has announced today that Kirby: Triple Deluxe will feature two new modes. Kirby Fighters and Dedede’s Drum Dash are additional modes that can be found within the game when it launches for the Nintendo 3DS in 2014. We’ll post more information as and when it becomes available.