Two Deluxe Downloadable Kirby Games: Bounce or battle with two new titles available today at $6.99 each in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe are standalone downloadable games that first made an appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and are now updated with enhanced game-play features.
In Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe, players move Dedede across the stage, bouncing to the beat in seven new stages exclusive to this downloadable version. In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, players use different copy abilities to defeat all of the arena opponents. This version includes five new stages and a new team battle feature. Players who already own Kirby: Triple Deluxe with StreetPass data will get bonus content in both downloadable games.
Some interesting information has come from Nintendo’s Unite 2014 video which you can watch above. One of the most alarming pieces of information is the male and female gender ratio. Only 7% of eShop users are female while the majority are male at 93%. Whether this is a good indication of the overall gender split on Wii U isn’t clear, but it seems as though Nintendo has struggled to capture female gamers with Wii U.
- 90+% of Wii U consoles online
- 70+% of connected users (i.e. 63% overall) visit eShop on a “regular basis. Many of those people are repeat.”
Wii U eShop demographics
- 0-12 – 1%
- 13-17 – 5%
- 18-24 – 33%
- 25-34 – 46%
- 35+ – 14%
- M/F – 93/7
Damon Baker of Nintendo of America has revealed in the recent Unity video that Gone Home will be coming to Nintendo’s latest home console. Baker wouldn’t reveal a date, only saying that the indie title will be coming in the near future. If you’re unaware of Gone Home then you can check it out in the video above.
Nintendo of America has revealed which particular games you can download this week from the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. The big games this week include Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Azure Striker GUNVOLT which are both for Nintendo 3DS. Here’s the games you can download this week.
- NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Join forces with expert investigator Professor Layton and ace attorney Phoenix Wright in this unbelievable crossover adventure. Find out what new twists they bring to the courtroom as they solve puzzles and debunk witnesses’ lies. Cross-examine multiple witnesses at the same time to uncover the mysteries of the magical city of Labyrinthia.Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at midnight ET on Aug. 29. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- Azure Striker GUNVOLT – From Inti Creates and featuring the talents of Keiji Inafune, the creator of the Mega Man series, Azure Striker GUNVOLT takes the best aspects of Japanese 16-bit classics and updates them with new play mechanics and slick graphics. For a limited time, the game comes with a free digital code to download the 8-bit nostalgia-fueled MIGHTY GUNVOLT as well. Azure Striker GUNVOLT will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Aug. 29. Click here to watch a trailer forAzure Striker GUNVOLT.
- Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter – Pilot one of three Skyfighters across alien worlds to protect Earth. Push your dogfighting skills to their limits in this futuristic 3D aerial shooter, available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Clickhere to watch a trailer for the game.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Mega Man X3 – Every Thursday in August, Nintendo and Capcomare bringing classic Mega Man games to the Virtual Console service in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Mega Man X and his partner, Zero, must discover why an antivirus has failed to turn robots from destructive Mavericks into peace-loving Reploids. Run, jump, dash, scale walls, avoid obstacles and fight enemies in eight challenging stages as you hunt for the latest cure.
- NintendoeShop on Wii U
- SteamWorld Dig – After its positive reception on Nintendo 3DS, indie hit SteamWorld Dig is making its way to Wii U for the first time. In this platform mining adventure, take on the role of Rusty as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Explore an underground world full of secrets, treasure and terrors with interface elements that use the Wii U GamePad controller. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- The Fall – Explore an alien world in this unique blend of action game play and adventure-game puzzles in The Fall, which launched Aug. 26. Take on the role of ARID, the artificial intelligence within a high-tech combat suit, as you struggle to save the suit’s unconscious human occupant. Get ready for a disturbing and engrossing journey as you explore the world of The Fall. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- NintendoeShop Sales
- Select Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games from Capcom are now up to 60 percent off in the Nintendo eShop. This offer is valid until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 4.
- Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.95) from 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 3 through 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
- Soccer Up 3D is 71 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $1.99) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 17 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
- Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight – Sept. 1 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
- Nobunaga’s Ambition – Sept. 4 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
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Nintendo Europe have detailed which games you can get your hands on via the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Heading up the list is the Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz DLC which is completely free and is coming on August 27th. Here’s the games for this week.
Nintendo eShop (Wii U)
- SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form) – €8.99/£6.99 (€6.49/£4.99, if you own the game on the Nintendo 3DS. Ends September 25) SteamWorld Dig is a platform mining adventure with strong Metroidvanian influences. Take the role of Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Dig your way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below…
- Mario Kart 8: Mercedes-Benz × Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo) – Free
For the first time ever, Nintendo’s Mario Kart series will be powered by some real-world horsepower. A software update on 27th August to Mario Kart 8 for Wii U will deliver a variety of new features for players, most notably the ability to download three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race in the game: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s.
- Mario Golf: Advance Tour (Nintendo, GBA VC) – €6.99/£6.29
Mario Golf: Advance Tour continues the Mario Golf tradition of being part simulation, part role-playing game. Create your character and join the clubhouse where you start on the road to becoming a pro. In the main story mode, take on a roster of daunting opponents across a series of fiendishly designed courses, and build up your experience points to improve your skills. If you make it to the top, you might face off against Mario and co.!
- Zen Pinball 2: The Walking Dead Table (Trial) (Zen Studios) – Free
- Zen Pinball 2: The Walking Dead Table (Unlock) (Zen Studios) – €2.99/£2.39
- Zen Pinball 2: Doctor Strange Table (Trial) (Zen Studios) – Free
- Zen Pinball 2: Doctor Strange Table (Unlock) (Zen Studios) – €2.99/£2.39
- Zen Pinball 2: Deadpool Table (Trial) (Zen Studios) – Free
- Zen Pinball 2: Deadpool Table (Unlock) (Zen Studios) – €2.99/£2.39
- Zen Pinball 2: Guardians of the Galaxy Table (Trial) (Zen Studios) – Free
- Zen Pinball 2: Guardians of the Galaxy Table (Unlock) (Zen Studios) – €2.99/£2.39
Nintendo eShop (3DS)
- Outback Pet Rescue 3D (TREVA Entertainment) – €29.99/£24.99
Welcome to the Outback! It´s your job to nurture and love the wild animals of Australia and bring them back to health. Treat sick and injured animals on site or bring them back to your station. Take your Jeep and drive out to care for helpless animals on the spot. Find lost baby animals and care for them until you can return them to the wild.
- Mega Man 5 (Capcom, GB VC) – €3.99/£3.59
The last of the Game Boy Mega Man series begins with the hero being defeated at the hands of new foe, Terra! Mega Man returns to the fight upgraded with the new Mega Arm, vowing to defeat Terra and repel his army of Stardroids – evil robots from space! Mega Man has robots of his own to support him, though. Rush the robot dog returns and is joined by newcomer Tango the cybernetic cat. Plus, collect power chips to unlock new upgrades in Dr. Light’s lab. You’ll need all your skills to defeat the alien invaders!
- Special offers
Secrets of the Titanic 1912-2012 (Avanquest) – €4.99/£4.99 (Ends September 11, normally €10.99/£9.99)
Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter, on the 3DS eShop next week. Arriving only in North America for the moment, while details of the European release are marked out, the sequel to the 2009 DSiWare title will bring players back into the Thorion war and feature a choice of three Skyfighter air crafts to pilot in a heated battle to save humanity.
Big John Games is gearing up to release its air fighter title,
Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter will also introduce players to three difficulty settings before taking on a mission, as well as numerous opportunities to earn combat medals in levels. There’s also a special boost manoeuvre enabling accurate dodging and an all-new charged shot mode for when players find themselves in a sticky situation.
Developed by 3PM Games, the sequel will arrive on the 3DS eShop on August 28 for North America, priced at $7.99. Check out the trailer above to see some of the air combat in action.
Nintendo of Europe has revealed exactly which new games can be downloaded digitally in the eShop this week. Earlier this year, Nintendo of Europe and America gave out exclusive demo codes to Club Nintendo members in order to promote Tomodachi Life before its release. But to sustain its popularity, a free eShop demo was available to download for North America back in July. For European 3DS owners, a free eShop demo will arrive this Thursday, August 21, for the quirky life simulation game, so those who haven’t jumped into the game so far will be able to do so.
Also arriving in the eShop come Thursday is Mega Man IV for the Virtual Console, along with a variety of temporary discounts, including the Ubisoft sale which continues until August 28. Check out the list below and see if anything tickles your fancy this week.
- Tomodachi Life Demo – Free
- Bit Boy!! ARCADE Demo (Bplus) – Free
- Mega Man 4 (GB VC) – €3.99/£3.59
3DS Temporary Discounts
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival – €19.95/£17.99 (usually €39.95/£34.99) until September 5
- Nano Assault EX – €7.49/£6.35 (usually €9.99/£8.49) until September 11
- Aqua Moto Racing 3D – €5.99/£5.39 (usually €7.99/£7.19) until September 18
- Van Helsing Sniper ZX100 – €2.69/£2.69 (usually €6.66/£6.66) until September 24
- Adventures of Lolo (NES VC) – €4.99/£3.49
- Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Arc System Works, NES VC) – €4.99 / £3.49
Wii U Temporary Discounts
- Nano Assault Neo – €7.49/£6.70 (usually €9.99/£8.99) until September 11
- Chasing Aurora – €3.49/£2.99 (usually €6.99/£5.99) until September 11