This week Nintendo has brought a whole host of sales to the North American eShop, and there’s some pretty great bargains in there if you’ve been saving up those extra pennies. But first up, Nintendo has brought two new additions to the Virtual Console – Pilot Wings for Wii U and Sonic Drift 2 for 3DS. So, if you’d been looking for a game that’s a little more retro than Disney’s Planes, aerial adventure Pilot Wings will be right up your street. The simulation title brings time limit objectives, skydiving lessons and daring rescue missions all for $7.99. But if you like your games to be much more grounded on a race track, you can pick up retro classic Sonic Drift 2 for $3.99. With the ability to race in local multiplayer and across 17 courses it’s a great title for Sonic fans.
Those of you who have yet to pick up the Mighty Switch Force! titles will be happy, as this week the North American eShop gets a reduced price on both Mighty Switch Force! and Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition to celebrate the recent launch of Mighty Switch Force! 2. You can pick up the former for a sweet $3.99 (normally $5.99) for the Nintendo 3DS and the latter for $6.67 (normally $9.99) for the Wii U until 9am PT July 11.
The final two titles on sale this week are Order Up!!, a simulation strategy restaurant game, and Planet Crashers, a role-playing game where you must journey to different galaxies and battle dungeon enemies. Both Nintendo 3DS titles are on sale at $4.99 (normally $9.99) from 9am PT July 8 to July 22.
You can find the following titles below new to the eShop as well:
- Vampire Master of Darkness – VC 3DS, $4.99
- G-LOC Air Battle – VC 3DS, $3.99
- Deer Hunting King – 3DS, $4.99
- Fishdom H20: A Hidden Odyssey – 3DS, $4.99
- Crazy Construction – Demo – 3DS, $4.99
Animal Crossing: New Leaf has launched in North America. As Nintendo promised, the game was available for purchase from the Nintendo eShop right at midnight. The digital version of the game costs $34.99 and requires 6,000 Blocks to download. If you’re still deciding on whether you should purchase the game, be sure to check out our Animal Crossing: New Leaf review. If you do pick up the game and want to know how to make your character’s face look like how you want it to, check out this Animal Crossing: New Leaf face guide.
All Nintendo-published Nintendo 3DS games are available in the Nintendo eShop. This means that Nintendo 3DS users have three options to buy select games. They can purchase a physical copy at retail, a digital copy from the Nintendo eShop, or they can just buy both! If you’re wondering which version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf you should get, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata recommends buying the digital version of the game, which launches in the Nintendo eShop at midnight. Read Iwata’s recommendation below:
… Animal Crossing is a game that I hope people will play throughout the whole year. But we want people to play other games too. So something I would recommend is the digital download version. I think a title like Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which you can play throughout the year, is ideally suited to this format. That makes me sound a little like a salesman, doesn’t it? (laughs)
We at My Nintendo News also suggest purchasing the download version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, because it’s a game that doesn’t have an ending, and you’ll want to play it frequently to check out what’s new.
It’s E3 next week, but just in case you’re going to have some free time why not pick up a few great titles landing on the North American eShop? If you’re looking for a bargain – as most of us usually are – you can pick up Yoshi for a measly 30 cents when it’s released next Wednesday. Originally released in 1991 for the NES, Yoshi is a classic action puzzler where you must play as Mario to help save the little green dinosaur who’s been imprisoned in an egg. Fancy giving it a go? You can pick this gem up for the Wii U’s virtual console on June 12.
But if you’re looking for a title to keep the stress from building, then why not pick up Animal Crossing: New Leaf, when it’s released for the Nintendo 3DS on June 9. The title will be available promptly at midnight, but if you’re unsure whether to purchase the newest addition to the franchise, you can read our review here.
And the eShop wouldn’t be on form if there wasn’t a sale on, right? For a limited time only, you can purchase Trine 2: The Director’s Cut for $9.99 for the Wii U. And luckily for North American fans, you can purchase the title for much longer than your friends across the pond in Europe – the offer lasts until 9am PT, June 27, so make sure you don’t miss out.
You’ll also find a few other additions new to the eShop this week, including Spelunker and Senagoku 3 for the Virtual Console, as well as Marvel Avengers Battle For Earth for Wii U, priced at $29.99. Let us know which games you’ll be picking up next week in the comments below.
Both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U offer free downloadable demos from the Nintendo eShop. For some reason, the demos have a limited number of uses. Once you download a demo, you can play it a certain amount of times. For example, the Project X Zone demo has only five uses, even though the full game launches in more than two weeks. This means you can’t try out the demo every day leading up to the game’s release.
According to a publisher who’s had multiple use-limited demos released, Nintendo is responsible for the requirement. Do limited use demos bother you? Do you think five uses for the Project X Zone demo are sufficient? Let us know in the comments below.
The Wii U version of Mutant Mudds, titled Mutant Mudds Deluxe, supports a number of control options. On the Wii U, players be able to control the game’s main protagonist, Max, with one of six methods: Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controller Wii Remote, Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk combination and Wii Classic Controller.
Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid has revealed via Twitter that Mutant Mudds Deluxe will cost $9.99. For comparison’s sake, the original version of the game is priced at $8.99 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Mutant Mudds Deluxe launches on June 13th in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
For a limited time, consumers can save 30 percent when they purchase Just Dance 4 from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Originally priced at $59.99, the download version of the game currently costs $34.99. Also, until June 4th, players can purchase discounted downloadable content for the game from the Nintendo eShop.
Earlier this month, Nintendo announced that it has plans to release E3 demos in select Best Buy stores across North America. Because fewer than 10 percent of Best Buy locations will be offering the demos during E3 week, not everyone will get a chance to play the unreleased games… so why won’t the demos come to the Nintendo eShop, for all Wii U owners to experience? Well, according to Nintendo World Report, the reason is because E3 demos don’t always function properly, and no one wants to show off a game that can break, which would probably leave a bad impression on players and viewers alike.
Developer Two Tribes has announced that its latest puzzle video game, Toki Tori 2, is on sale in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U for a limited time. Originally priced at $14.99, the game can be purchased for $11.24 until next week, on June 6th. Toki Tori 2 was released in April and has since received generally favorable reviews.
With the special Kirby sale ending today in North America, now’s your chance to grab the newly released Mega Man X for the Wii U virtual console in a special one-week deal. Until June 6, Mega Man fans can purchase the nifty title at $7.99 and receive Ghosts’n Goblins at a fantastic 50% discount off the $4.99 price tag. It also works the other way around (and it’s cheaper this way too), so if you’re fanatic for Ghosts’n Goblins, you get Mega Man X at 50% off as well.
Also new in this week for North America are two Zelda classics for the Nintendo 3DS: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons. So if you’ve been waiting to get your hands on these two titles, you’ll be able to grab them from the eShop for $4.99 each until June 20 (normally $5.99). And finally, you can download The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves for the Nintendo 3DS straight from the eShop at $11.99 and conduct your own adventure with these cute little critters. What titles will you be getting this week? Let us know in the comments below.