Here’s This Week’s Nintendo Downloads For The US (January 8th 2015)

Nintendo of America has announced the video games you’ll be able to download this week on the North American eShop. Leading the way is the charming puzzle platformer Chariot on Wii U alongside Mega Man Battle Network 2. You can also grab Shantae and the Pirates Curse for twenty-five percent off on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Here’s the deals for this week.

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • CHARIOT – Guide a chariot containing the King’s remains through underground caves using physics-based mechanics such as pushing, pulling, riding and swinging. Alone or with a friend, lead the brave Princess and her faithful Fiancé into the royal catacombs to find a resting place for the King. Clickhere to watch a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK 2 – Lan and his NetNavi MegaMan.EXE return in this second chapter of the Battle Network universe. Purchase supplies and exchange information in local NetSquares, battle an assortment of enemy viruses in real time and collect Battle Chips as rewards to equip new abilities. Get ready for a new adventure in cyberspace as you stop this latest virus from spreading.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
    • Adventures of Lolo – After the love of his life is kidnapped by the devilish King Egger and taken to his haunted castle, our hero Lolo sets out to rescue her. Lolo can move blocks to trap enemies, clear a path or use as a shield. He can also activate the Magic Shot that will turn enemies into eggs. Combining clever environmental puzzles with tricky enemies and an engaging style, Adventures of Lolo is a true NES classic.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Wooden Sen’Sey, Puddle and more fun games from Neko Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 22.
    • Cubemen 2 is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 22.
    • Abyss, 99Moves and more from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29.

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Capcom Says A Lot Of Effort Went Into The Western Version Of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate localization director Andrew Alfonso has explained in a lengthy blog post over at the official Capcom blog that a lot of effort has gone into localizing the game for the west. Alfonso says that one of the differences this time around is that he sat in on meetings when the original game was being developed. In the blog post, Alfonso also says that they have changed numerous things for western audiences including the UI and tutorials, but these changes are subtle. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say on the Capcom blog.

“We started planning the localization of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate around September 2013, when the Japanese version of Monster Hunter 4 was released, Alfonso says. He goes on to add that, the reason these games take so long to localize is that Monster Hunter actually has more text than Ace Attorney and Dragon’s Dogma, despite suggestions that there isn’t all that much text.”

“Another thing we did with MH4U that we couldn’t do with MH3U is related to the UI and tutorials,” Alfonso writes. “We were able to tinker with them in ways that we weren’t able to do in the past. We consulted with MH4U director Kaname Fujioka and lead designer Yuya Tokuda about what we wanted to do for the western release and received their blessing to change the UI and tutorials in subtle ways that will make the experience smoother for players overseas.”

Thanks, MasterPikachu6

GameStop Has All Nintendo 3DS XL Systems For $30 Off Including Bundles

Presumably in anticipation of the New Nintendo 3DS, US retail chain GameStop is currently selling all their Nintendo 3DS XL systems for $30 off and this includes bundles. Whether you want to pay less for the Nintendo 3DS XL or alternatively wait for the imminent release date for the New Nintendo 3DS in the United States is up to you.

Thanks, KillBill

Zelda: Majora’s Mask Ultimate Limited Edition Bundle Back In Stock At GameStop

Well it turns out GameStop have once again put their own Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Ultimate Limited Edition Bundle up for sale on their website. This shouldn’t be confused with the Nintendo bundle which just includes the game and the awesome Skull Kid figure. No, this bundle has those things as well and includes The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Collector’s Edition Official Strategy Guide. It can be yours for the luxury price of $84.98.

Thanks,  Mr.AngerProblems

Looks Like Nintendo Is Discontinuing The Original Nintendo 3DS In US And UK

Popular online gaming publication Destructoid is reporting that Nintendo of America and Nintendo UK seem to be discontinuing the original Nintendo 3DS model which launched back in 2011. The site says that the handheld is near on impossible to purchase new in the United States or the UK. The Nintendo 3DS XL and the Nintendo 2DS are all readily available for purchase. Nintendo Japan recently phased out the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL to make way for the newer New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL.

Bravely Second Japanese Livestream Coming On January 9th

Square Enix is treating us to yet another live stream for the forthcoming Bravely Second on the Nintendo 3DS. There’s going to be plenty of key players at the event which will take place on Friday, January 9th. The stream will be broadcast on YouTube at 1pm JST. Here’s the attendees and also the times for the stream.

The following people will be there:

  • Mai Aizawa (VA for Edea in Bravely Default)
  • Tomoya Asano (obviously)
  • Shinji Takahashi (assistant producer)
  • Goemon (from Dengeki)

Time:

  • Europe: 1PM
  • UK: 12AM
  • North America (East): 7AM
  • North America (West) : 4AM
  • Japan: 8PM

Thanks, anon

New Themes Available On The Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America

There’s reason to celebrate as Nintendo of America has released some new themes on the Nintendo 3DS theme store. You can now purchase Animal Crossing: New Leaf: Welcome to 2015, various Mario characters and also Mario: Perfect Pals. Each theme is available to purchase for $1.99. Which one will you be buying from the Nintendo 3DS theme shop?

Thanks, Shuhei Yoshida