Kirby fans will be pleased to know that three Kirby games are coming soon to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Based on listings from Nintendo’s website, Kirby’s Dream Land 3, Kirby’s Dream Course and Kirby Super Star will be added to the Wii U’s Virtual Console on Thursday, May 23rd. Each game will cost $7.99 and will feature off-TV play via the Wii U GamePad. If you just can’t wait until next week and you’re itching to play a Kirby game on your Wii U right now, you can download Kirby’s Adventure, which can be yours for only 30 cents until tomorrow – so act quick!
For a limited time, auto-running platformer BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is on sale in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Originally priced at $14.99, you can purchase the download-only game for 25 percent off until May 30th. Runner2 features five worlds, 125 levels and five boss battles.
With the help of Maestro Interactive Games, Nintendo-licensed developer Notion Games is bringing 2D platformer Super Ubie Land to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U later this year. Although it previously called “Super Ubi Land,” the game was renamed due to requests from publisher Ubisoft, which is quite often referred to as Ubi.
— Notion_Games (@NotionGamesLLC) May 16, 2013
If you don’t want to use a credit card or a Nintendo Prepaid Card to buy Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, there’s an alternative option. Nintendo has announced that download codes for the game are now available for purchase at GameStop stores in North America. In our Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move review, we praised the game for its major replay value and said that it is one of the best games in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
As part of the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign, Super NES classic Super Metroid is now available for purchase on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The Virtual Console title requires 42MB to download and costs only 30 cents until June 11th, which is when it will return to its regular price of $7.99. A Miiverse community for the game was recently activated, and in it you can post screenshots from the game to share with other players.
Above you can watch the trailer of 3D Sonic the Hedgehog, which is an updated version of the original Sonic the Hedgehog for Sega Genesis. Available now on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS in Japan, the remake features stereoscopic 3D visuals, a save option and customizable button functions. Currently, there’s no word on whether 3D Sonic the Hedgehog will be released outside Japan, but we’ll keep you posted.
Developed by Clockwork Games, Bowling Bonanza will be released Thursday, May 16th, in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. The game features over 10 bowling environments, over 30 bowling balls, full 3D physics in full 3D environments, and multiple game modes, including Quick Play, Arcade and multiplayer. To read more about the game, click here.
The Resident Evil: Revelations demo has today arrived on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U in both Europe and Australia. The free demo requires 619 MB of free space to download and has 30 limited uses. The demo is expected to hit North America tomorrow, May 14th. Resident Evil: Revelations will be released this month in North America on the 21st, Australia on the 23rd, and Europe on the 24th.
The Wii U console’s version of Injustice: Gods Among Us doesn’t support downloadable content just yet. And the first playable DLC character, Lobo, was released today on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. But Wii U owners have to wait a bit until they are given the opportunity to play with him, as the game’s DLC should be available in the Nintendo eShop this summer.
@secroner We expect DLC for the Wii U version of Injustice: Gods Among Us to be available this summer. Stay tuned for more details.
— InjusticeGame (@InjusticeGame) May 8, 2013
The Minis are back and adorable as ever.
It’s a good thing Mario and Donkey Kong have been rivals for over 30 years. Otherwise we wouldn’t have the enjoyable and addictive action-puzzle video game series that is Mario vs. Donkey Kong. Despite the absence of the word ‘vs.’ in its title, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is the fifth game in the series, and the first on the Nintendo 3DS.
The game features four central game modes. In Mario’s Main Event, players use falling tiles to get a Mini to the goal before time runs out. In Puzzle Palace, players use a set of given tiles to find the best path for a Mini to reach the goal. In Many Mini Mayhem, players shift and rotate tiles to get all the Minis to the goal. And finally, in Giant Jungle, players collect stars while trying to get the Mini to the goal.
Each mode differs from the other, but in all of them, you have one main mission: do whatever it takes to get the Mini to the goal. And you do this via the touch screen, by creating a path from the starting point to the goal.
All the modes begin with easy-to-solve puzzles, though they eventually present a higher difficulty as you progress through the game. Compared to previous installments in the series, the game boasts tougher challenges that frequently frustrate and prompt players to give up. Fortunately, in three of the four modes, you can skip a ruthless puzzle and come back to it after relaxing for a bit.
Arguably, the best mode is Puzzle Palace, in which you must use all the tiles from a provided set in order to help the Mini reach the goal. Unlike the other three modes, in Puzzle Palace, you aren’t pressured to complete a puzzle within a set period of time – unless you’re aiming for a higher score. This mode also contains challenging puzzles, but its stress-free pace and chirpy tunes drive you in.
Take your time, Mini Peach. This is Puzzle Palace, after all.
You can relax from the main game by playing mini-games. There are four mini-games total – three of which are played using a slingshot to either launch Mini Marios to smash items, or to grab enemies and real them toward you via a grappling hook. In the fourth mini-game, Elevation Station, you elevate a Mini Mario to collect coins whilst avoiding projectiles. Akin to the main game, the mini-games are played via the touch screen. The mini-games completely ignore the Nintendo 3DS’ Circle Pad, even though it would’ve been a perfect way to play all of them.
Can I please wind you up using the Circle Pad?… No?!… Fine. Be that way.
Despite being on the Nintendo 3DS, the game appears to be less vivid and vibrant than its predecessor. For example, compared to Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, which was released in 2010 on the Nintendo DS, the backgrounds in the Nintendo 3DS game’s levels are bland.
If you are in the mood to get creative, you can build your own levels and share them with other players via the Internet. You can also play levels made by other players and save those levels to play later. After you’ve completed all the levels in the main game, playing user-created levels continues to test your puzzle-solving skills, and it is a great way to prolong your enjoyment of the game.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a great action-puzzle game. It’s also one of the finest Nintendo eShop titles and one of the best Nintendo 3DS games of the year. Because it features user-created levels, a level editor, mini-games and unlockables, in addition to over 180 puzzles, the game has a major replay value – especially considering it’s only $9.99. If you’re looking for a new, solid action-puzzle game, make sure to grab Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move when it arrives tomorrow, May 9th.