Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads For The United States

Nintendo of America has announced exactly which titles will be available for download. This week sees the release of Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition and Swords & Soldiers 2. You can watch some exciting footage from Swords & Soldiers 2 in the video embedded above. This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition – Two puzzling RPG adventures await you! Rescue Princess Peach from Bowser in Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition or defeat the evil group Paradox by battling enemies with the awesome power of Orbs in Puzzle & Dragons Z. Drag and match Orbs, and chain together combos to deal massive blows to your enemies. Then bolster your forces with hundreds of unique monsters in this two-in-one game pack.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Swords & Soldiers II – Sharpen your beard and groom your axe! The 2D strategy hit is back! Swords & Soldiers II is filled to the brim with gorgeous hand-animated artwork, endless replayability and heaps of good old fun. Command the Vikings, Persians and Demons as you conquer the epic campaign or face off with your friends in local multiplayer. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Mega Man Zero 2 – Mega May continues with this Game Boy Advance classic! Zero must rejoin Ciel and the other Resistance fighters to stand a chance against Neo Arcadia. But when a commander decides that unsealing a dark, evil entity is the only option left, Zero will have to equip powerful abilities and weapons to turn the tides of war.
    • SUPER E.D.F. Earth Defense Force – In this Super NES shoot-’em-up, guide your special mechanized fighter, the XA-1, against the mysterious alien forces known as AGYMA. Protect the earth from the enemy invasion by using various high-tech weapons. Dodge enemy attacks as you fly through six areas of super-fast, side-scrolling action and intense firepower.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Swapnote: Nikki and Friends

Also new this week:

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

Nintendo of America has detailed which games you will be able to get your hands on this week. First off is the Splatoon beta/demo which should be available to download now from the Wii U eShop. You won’t be able to play it though until the servers go live on Friday, May 8, 8-9 p.m. PT. There’s also Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker which seems well worth checking out if you have some spare cash. Here’s what is available to download this week.

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Splatoon Global Testfire – Get a taste of Turf War! To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Splatoon game on May 29, we’re offering an early chance to get your feet wet (with ink) in theSplatoon Global Testfire! Download the free demo, jump online and fight it out in fast and furious four-on-four Turf War battles. This global event will only be active during a few short time periods between May 8 and May 9. Don’t miss this early chance to get inked!Event times: (You can only play during these times, which are designed to accommodate people around the world.)
      ● Friday, May 8, 8-9 p.m. PT
      ● Saturday, May 9, 4-5 a.m. PT
      ● Saturday, May 9, Noon-1 p.m. PT

      In addition, to help fans start playing as soon as possible, we’re offering a new buying option that lets you pre-load the game before it launches. Here’s how it works: Starting today, if you pre-purchase the game in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, it will pre-load the game to your system so you’ll be able to play after a small game update when it launches on May 29. Be one of the first to play!

    • High Strangeness – High Strangeness is the first of its kind – a deftly blended hybrid of 8- and 16-bit games. Drawing inspiration from some of the timeless RPG and adventure classics that hailed from both generations, players take on the role of Boyd, who along with his trusty (yet sarcastic) feline friend, traverses between two worlds in order to solve a multi-layered mystery. The game’s core ability is to switch between 8- and 16-bit worlds to solve puzzles and explore the universe. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker – You’re stuck in a world that has been invaded and is on the brink of non-existence. At the same time, you and your friends have gained the power to fight against fate. The countdown begins: Will you be able to save the future of mankind? Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is now available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. As a bonus, download two free pieces of DLC with more coming soon to help out with your fight. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition – To help fans start playing as soon as possible, starting today, we’re offering a new buying option that lets you pre-load the game before it launches. Here’s how it works: If you pre-purchase the game in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, it will pre-load the game. That means you’ll be able to play after a small game update when it launches! As an added bonus, those who purchase the game in the Nintendo eShop between now and 11:59 p.m. PT on May 31 will receive a free Immortal Dragon Relic Present Code! The relic will be available when the game launches. In the meantime, don’t forget to download the free special demo that is now available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. You can try out the Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition game before it launches on May 22.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Mega Man & Bass – The fans have spoken, and the winner of the poll to determine the first game in Mega May is … Mega Man & Bass! Choose either Mega Man or Bass to battle against the latest menace in town. Mega Man can power-charge his cannon, while Bass can rapid-fire in multiple directions. Each with his own unique abilities, canine companions and motivations to fight, Mega Man and Bass set out to stop King and his robot army.
    • Metal Marines – As the Commander of the allied Colonies, you must defeat the imperial forces in a series of battles. In this Super NES real-time strategy game, lead the Metal Marines on intense raids against Zorgeuf and his empire as you build strong defenses, launch devastating missile strikes and ultimately decide the fate of the nations.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • SteamWorld Dig on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is up to 55 percent off (reduced to $4.49 each) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 21.
    • Angry Birds Star Wars on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is 50 percent off until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 11.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Trine Series Fan DiscountTrine Enchanted Edition and Trine 2: Director’s Cut are each up to 50 percent off until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 28. As a bonus, if you own either game, you’ll receive an additional 20 percent off of the other game during the sale period.
    • Puddle is 75 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 14.
    • Dolphin Up is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 14.
    • GravBlocks+ is 49 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.50) until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 17.
  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS

Activities:

  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Watt’s Up?” Tournament – See how your Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with their friends and around the world. The new “Watt’s Up?” tournament runs from May 8 to May 10. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications on future tournaments, and click herefor more information about multiplayer tournaments. Good luck, agents!

Price reduction:

Also new this week:

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:

Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads For The United States

Wondering which titles you will be able to download for the Nintendo eShop this week in the United States? Well wonder no more. One of the big games this week is Donkey Kong 64. Yes, Rare’s classic 3D platformer for the Nintendo 64 is available today on the Wii U Virtual Console. There’s also two new StreetPass Mii Plaza games available to download. You can check out all the games, below.

  • StreetPass Mii Plaza on Nintendo 3DS
    • Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler – The next evolution of StreetPass Mii Plaza has arrived with new features and two new games! Fight your way through hordes of zombies in Battleground Z, or kick back and reel in a few fish and some legendary monsters on the StreetPass Islands in Ultimate Angler. Buy either game for $4.99 each or both for $7.99, and purchase StreetPass Mii Plaza Upgrade for $4.99 to unlock several new features like StreetPass Birthdays and a Mii character VIP Room.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • 3D Fantasy Zone II W – First released for the SEGA Master System in 1987 as a sequel to 1986’s Fantasy Zone, 3D Fantasy Zone II W is the fan-favorite scrolling shooter in which players control a sentient spaceship named Opa-Opa to fight surreal invader enemies. The remastered version upgrades all graphics from System E to System 16 optical standards and combines stereoscopic 3D visuals with a host of additional features to provide players with cutting-edge game-play experience with a classic feel. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • DOOORS – When one door closes, DOOORS opens on Nintendo 3DS! In order to escape from the rooms that you have been locked in, you’ll have to solve puzzles and discover secrets in order to open the mysterious doors. Get your brain ready to search the rooms for hidden puzzles, unravel their mysteries and escape through door after door. You’ll have to use wit and intuition to make your escape. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Donkey Kong 64 – With his mechanical isle stuck off the shores of DK Island, K. Rool kidnaps the Kong family to distract Donkey Kong in this Nintendo 64 classic. It’s up to our furry hero to rescue his friends, reclaim his Golden Bananas and save his homeland from certain doom. Choose from five Kong members as you play solo in a quirky adventure or with friends in competitive battle arenas.
  • Super Smash Bros. Update
    • Required Super Smash Bros. Update for Online Play – A new software update for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is now available! Users will be required to download this update prior to using the game’s online multiplayer features. After the update, players can also purchase more costumes for their Mii Fighters, including ones inspired by Mega Man X and Proto Man from Capcom’s Mega Man series. Click here for more information about the Mii Fighter costumes.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Super Spring Sale! It’s the last chance to save during the Super Spring Sale! Visit http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers to check out great deals and save up to 30 percent off on select games. The Super Spring Sale ends April 20 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
    • Darts Up and Darts Up 3D from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 14.

Activities:

  • International StreetPass Week
    • Take your Nintendo 3DS system on a whirlwind tour without leaving your hometown! From April 16 to 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.
  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Declaration” Tournament
    • See how your Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with their friends and around the world. The new “Declaration” tournament runs through April 20. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications on future tournaments, and click here for more information on multiplayer tournaments. Good luck, agents!
  • 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 release May 7. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. PT on April 29.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Yoshi’s Springtime Siesta

Permanent Price Reduction:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Breezeblox is reduced to $4.99 (from $9.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on April 16.

Also new this week:

Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads For The United States

There’s plenty of new content to get your hands on this week in the United States on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. The big game this week is the engrossing Xenoblade Chronicles 3D for Nintendo 3DS which we awarded 8.5 in our review. There’s also the free-to-play Pokemon Rumble World that’s worth checking out if you have time. Here’s all the games available this week.

  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D – Take up arms against an invading army in this remake of the acclaimed Wii RPG, playable only on the New Nintendo 3DS XL system. Explore landscapes and beat down foes in battles that blend real-time action with RPG strategy. Exclusive features make Xenoblade Chronicles 3D the best way to learn the truth behind the mythical sword, the Monado. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will be available on April 10. Additionally, two new Xenoblade Chronicles 3D themes will also be available in the Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS at launch. Click here to view a trailer for the game. Note: game is not compatible with Nintendo 2DS and other Nintendo 3DS family systems.
    • Etrian Mystery Dungeon – Far off in the mountains, the small village of Aslarga becomes a hub for adventurers looking for fame and fortune in the Mystery Dungeons. But dire challenges await even the most stalwart adventurers in Etrian Mystery Dungeon, a turn-based action RPG roguelike developed by ATLUS and Spike Chunsoft. Now you can expand on your Etrian Mystery Dungeonexperiences in-game and out: get the special Nintendo 3DS HOME theme for only 99 cents, and download all five DLC packs for free until May 5! Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • Pokémon Rumble World – Pokémon Rumble World is an action-packed adventure that’s free to download! Battle and collect more than 700 Toy Pokémon, including some that Mega Evolve. Travel on a hot-air balloon and battle in 18 different areas with more than 80 stages. The more Toy Pokémon you collect, the more ways you have to defeat Toy Pokémon you’re facing. Click hereto view a trailer for the game.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
    • Affordable Space Adventures – Affordable Space Adventures lets you enjoy all the thrills and excitement of space exploration on a budget. Thanks to Uexplore’s guaranteed promises of comfort, fun and safety, you and your friends will be able to fly the newest Small Craft line of affordable spaceships into the fabulous alien planet of Spectaculon. Affordable Space Adventures is available exclusively on Wii U. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • WarioWare: Touched! – In this Nintendo DS classic, Wario and his friends have prepared more than 180 microgames that will test your skills using the Wii U GamePad controller’s touch screen and built-in microphone. You can replay any microgame, top your best score or sort through souvenirs and characters in the Games area.
    • Yoshi Touch & Go – Help Baby Mario and Yoshi get past airborne and grounded enemies as they attempt to reach the delivery stork. Set new records as you trek through Yoshi’s Island, and you may even encounter Baby Luigi and other Yoshis who need your help. Master your actions by using the touch screen on the GamePad!

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • Super Spring Sale! Got some time this Spring Break? Check out these deals in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U starting April 9 at 9:00 a.m. PT until April 20 at 8:59 a.m. PT. Whether you’re planning a getaway or a “stay-cation,” pick up select great games for up to 30 percent off! Check out http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more details.
  • 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 12.
    • 99Moves, 99Seconds and Abyss from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on May 7.
  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS

Activities:

  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. “Four Score” Tournament
    • See how your Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. squad stacks up online in Nintendo’s Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with their friends and around the world. The new “Four Score” tournament runs through April 12. Opt in via the SpotPass feature for notifications on future tournaments. Good luck, agents!
  • New Pokémon Shuffle Opportunities
    • Blastoise Competitive Stage – Do your best in a competitive stage featuring Mega Blastoise, available to play until 10 p.m. PT on April 12. Players will be ranked based on the score that they receive on this stage. All those who place in the top 20,000 will be awarded a Blastoisinite, the Mega Stone needed to Mega Evolve Blastoise. You can attempt the competitive stage as many times as you like each day. For more info, please visit http://www.pokemonshuffle.com/en-us/connectivity/#blastoise-launch.
    • Rayquaza’s Special Stage – Rayquaza’s stage will be available to play until 11 p.m. PT on April 19. Rayquaza can only be caught through this special stage, so use this chance to catch it!
    • Rayquaza’s Dragon Talon Skill – If you catch Rayquaza, you will be able to use it as one of your own Pokémon. Rayquaza’s skill is Dragon Talon, which will give your attack 1.5 times the regular damage when you clear Rayquaza from the puzzle area.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: Mechonis
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: Monado

Price reduction:

Also new this week:

 

Ironfall Invasion On Nintendo 3DS Surpasses 300,000 Downloads

We just posted that a new update is available in Europe for IronFall: Invasion. Now the development team have taken to Twitter to say that they passed 300,000 downloads for the Nintendo 3DS eShop title. I’m pretty sure this total is not just sales but also downloads of the free demo version. If it was sales alone that this would be a magnificent achievement for the eShop shooter.

GameStop Says Digital Downloads Only Make Up 5% of AAA Game Sales

Popular US retail chain GameStop has revealed some interesting information about the state of physical and digital video games based on DFC data. The retailer says that only 5% of digital downloads are sold to the consumer for AAA games. That means that 95% of purchases are for physical based games. That’s a shockingly low figure for digital games. It could well be due to their expensive pricing and average broadband speeds.

Slide 7 shows some key statistics based on DFC data which analyzes the AAA games sold in 2014. You can see that DFC estimates that of the total number of AAA videogames sold last year 12% were downloaded and 88% were physical. Of the 12% downloaded, it is estimated that 60% were given away in hardware bundles, that means about 5% of AAA titles were downloads, but were actually paid for by consumers. DFC estimates that full game downloads of AAA titles paid for by consumers made up only 2% of the total physical and digital software market.

Thanks, SuperSonic