Nintendo has kicked off the third week of Nintendo eShop discounts. Select Mario titles are now available at the online marketplace for 30 percent off, including Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario World for Wii U, as well as Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move and Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for Nintendo 3DS. The downloadable Mario games will return to their original prices on December 5th.
In today’s Direct, Nintendo featured a new trailer showcasing the indie games that are soon to land on the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Games such as Q.U.B.E, Scram Kitty and his Buddy On Rails, Grinsia, Tengami, Teslagrad all feature, plus lots more. There’s certainly a slew of titles to look out for on the eShop in the coming months – will you be picking any of these up?
Nintendo has released a launch trailer for Wii Sports Club. Two of the five sports from the game – tennis and bowling – are featured in the video and are now available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Boxing, golf and baseball will launch soon. The sports are being released individually as downloads, and they contain ungraded controls, HD graphics and online multiplayer. Nintendo recently revealed that Wii Sports Club may eventually become packaged software.
Nintendo has confirmed that Wii Party U will not be sold via the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Instead, the party game will be offered at retail as a physical game that comes packaged with a Wii Remote Plus and a stand for the Wii U GamePad. The bundle will be priced at $49.99 and launches on October 25th.
We are beginning a new Sunday feature here at MNN that will put the spotlight on a different Nintendo eShop title each week. The games spotlighted can be new or old, and will also be reviewed. We hope you enjoy it! This week, Chain Blaster for Nintendo 3DS:
The simplicity of arcade-style space shooters seems to never get old, as each new title in the genre manages to evolve the same basic gameplay concepts through the introduction of new power ups or a slight variance in the style of play. Chain Blaster on the 3DS eShop is no exception. While the game employs a mixture of gameplay mechanics that calls to mind classics like Space Invaders and Gradius, rewarding new elements are thrown into the mix to make Chain Blaster a worthwhile experience.
In Chain Blaster, players control an anti-virus ship set on a mission to rid the world’s super-computer from evil virus ships trying to infiltrate and use it to launch nuclear weapons. Like Gradius, players of Chain Blaster fire upon lines of enemy ships to receive power ups, in this case building up their Blast Gauge and Extend Gauge, the latter of which effectively serves as the player’s number of lives. Once the Blast Gauge becomes sufficiently full, the player can fire a Chain Blast that has the ability to destroy multiple lines of enemy ships at once. After several squads of enemies are defeated, mini-bosses appear in the form of larger spaceships, and following the defeat of several mini-bosses, the player’s ship is surrounded by a large space station as the main boss. This succession of enemies is repeated until the completion of the game.
Chain Blaster features some elements that add to its replay value. The 3D backgrounds are simple and sometimes redundant, but are also effective at conveying the experience of flying through outer space. Though the levels can be repetitive, enemies become increasingly difficult, and challenging yourself to higher and higher scores can be addicting. The music enhances the thrills of dodging enemy fire, and though the graphics may seem rudimentary to some, they are just right for this style of game, and serve as a throwback to shooters of yesteryear. Also adding to the replay value are two difficulty options, each with a different spaceship to pilot that places its own limitations on the player. In the harder of the two modes, players must initiate Chain Blasts by flying directly into enemies, as their spaceship in this mode lacks the ability to shoot the blasts.
At only $6.99, Chain Blaster by indie developer G-Style is a small but welcome diversion to the 3DS’s meatier first-party titles, and a worthy successor to the Atari and NES shooters on which it is based.
This week’s Nintendo download for the North American eShop may just burn a whole in your pocket with Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist due for release on August 20 for the Wii U at $59.99. But if the stealth game isn’t really your cup of tea and you do have some extra cash to spare, you can always pick up Runner 2 and Trine 2 on sale for a limited time only.
In accordance with the release of the Good Friends Character Pack DLC for BIT. TRIP Presents: Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, Nintendo are holding a special sale for the frenzy dash Wii U game, where you can purchase it for a sweet $11.25 (normally $14.99) until 9am PT August 29. Similarly, Trine 2: Director’s Cut for the Wii U is on sale yet again, so if you haven’t had a chance to pick up this indie gem, now’s your chance. You can purchase Trine 2 for a nifty $7.99 (normally $19.99) until 9am PT September 5.
The Wii U Virtual Console also gets a look in this week with new release Galaga. The retro arcade classic where you fend off alien attacks is priced at the standard $4.99. And if none of those games tickle your fancy above, you can see below a list of other new releases this week. Will you be setting your eyes on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, or maybe Runner 2 this week?
3DS Virtual Console:
Donkey Kong – $4.99
Nintendo 3DS eShop:
10-in-1 Arcade Collection – $2.99
Barbie Groom & Glam Pups – $29.99
Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D – $4.99
My Western Horse 3D – $29.99
After appearing in a teaser trailer for upcoming Wii U eShop titles, two new independent games from indie publisher Ripstone have officially been announced for European release. The games are set to launch in late 2013/early 2014. Pure Chess, coming to the 3DS eShop in addition to the Wii U’s, is a visually stunning chess game developed with the assistance of a chess grandmaster. Knytt Underground, arriving on Wii U, is a shadowy 2D puzzle-based platformer created by Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren, the brains behind 3DS eShop favorite, NightSky.
The two titles join Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, which now has a European release date of August 22nd, as the latest confirmed titles from Nintendo’s recent eShop trailer. Phil Gaskell, Ripstone co-founder, had the following to say about his company’s two games:
“We’re committed to helping developers bring their games to as many digital channels as possible and this announcement demonstrates that commitment. We think Nintendo gamers are going to love spending hours exploring the world of Knytt Underground and will be blown away by the visual quality of Pure Chess, and we hope to announce more games for eShop in the future.”