This week’s Nintendo Download is in for North America, and there’s just a plethora of Nintendo 3DS games waiting to be picked up from the eShop. First up is Mighty Switch Force! 2 - an action adventure title where your key weapon is a super-powered fire hose. Fans of Mighty Switch Force! may want to pick up the sequel at $5.99 and venture forth on your search and rescue missions.
But if you’re looking for a game that you can dip in and out of, why not try Big Bass Arcade: No Limit? Priced at $6.99 it’s something for the fishing enthusiasts, where you can reel in up to seven different species of fish in a series of tournaments and challenges. Go on, try and make a big splash.
North Americans this week get not one, but four titles on the 3DS Virtual Console. Has Sonic Lost World got you excited about playing the original SEGA title? If so, you can find our favourite blue hedgehog down in the eShop ready to whip through retro levels for $4.99. And if Sonic doesn’t take your fancy, you can always pick up these other SEGA classics: Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine at $2.99, Tetris-like Columns for $3.99, and RPG Shining Force: Sword of Hajya also for $3.99.
But if your Wii U needs a bit of love this week, you can always pick up Renegade Kid’s action-shooter platformer Mutant Mudds Deluxe. Priced at $9.99 you control Max in his 2D form through a variety of 12-bit action-packed levels. Let us know if you’ll be picking any of these titles up in the comment section below.
Nintendo has revealed in their E3 analyst briefing that StreetPass on the Nintendo 3DS will be modernised for the West by introducing a new framework, which will allow users to exchange data through Wi-Fi hotspots. Previously, StreetPass had been rather difficult to implement in the West, as many of us often leave our 3DS consoles at home, rather than taking them out on our daily commute to work or school. Now, North America and Europe will be receiving an update that allows one 3DS user to meet another 3DS user when they pass through a Wi-Fi hotspot.
With the new Wi-Fi hotspots currently being launched throughout the UK by O2, StreetPass will be much easier than it was before. When the update is released this autumn, if you visit a Wi-Fi hotspot – such as McDonald’s or Starbucks – and your 3DS is in sleep mode, your data will be sent to a server and the data you receive from another user will be relayed through a StreetPass relay station. Now it’s even easier to meet new people, gain puzzle pieces and venture forth on those quests. Here’s what Nintendo said in their official statement:
We are going to perform a system update that introduces a framework that uses access points as StreetPass relay stations by this autumn.
Previously the StreetPass feature required multiple Nintendo 3DS systems in Sleep Mode to be in the same location at the same time, but in this framework, you can exchange data with others by visiting the same location even at a different time, so we can certainly expect the use rate of the StreetPass feature to grow significantly.
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.
Nintendo of America has sent out a gentle reminder that the E3 focussed Nintendo Direct will be scooting its way over to us at the beginning of next week. But they’ve also detailed that NoA’s president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime will be giving us the low-down on what games to expect at Best Buy stores across North America. You can check out the official press release below:
Remember to visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct on June 11 at 7 a.m. PT to view Nintendo Direct@E3 2013, which will provide updates about upcoming Wii U games. After the video, Reggie will announce the four Wii U games that will be available during the Nintendo Experience at Best Buy on Nintendo’s social media channels. Fans can play these unreleased games at select locations around the country. For more details, visit www.bestbuy.com/NintendoEvents.
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.
Ubisoft has announced that three books will be released alongside Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag when it’s launched in late Autumn for North America and Europe. The trio of books will include a tie-in novel following Edward Kenway’s adventures from the game, as well as an official strategy guide and a concept artwork book.
The novel, published by Penguin Group, will be available a week after the title is released, November 7, giving players a spoiler-free run for a short time. The concept artwork will be released on October 8 and, if you’re quick, a limited number of exclusive slipcase editions can be bought which include concept prints signed by the artists. On the game’s release day you can buy the official strategy guide as well. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag will be released on Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on October 29 for North America and November 1 for Europe.
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.
Shin Megami Tensei IV in North America, then you’ll be happy to see Atlus has published a brand new trailer. Featuring snazzy new English voices, brief gameplay on the Nintendo 3DS, and a quick look into the demon fusion app and navigational AI, Shin Megami Tensei IV is shaping up to become a sizzling release. Though a European date is yet to be specified, North Americans can catch all the action from July 16.
If you’re looking forward to the summer arrival of the highly anticipated
Spotted on a North American retailer website is the lowest selling price currently seen for the Wii U basic set. Target is offering the basic set for a cheap as chips sale price of $239.99, which is $60 lower than its current recommended retail price at $299.99. The news comes just after a rumour was unveiled detailing that the Wii U only sold 38,000 units last month. And with the drop at UK retailers Asda and Amazon last month, could we be seeing a new price for the Wii U across North America in due time?
During today’s Nintendo Direct online presentation, the publisher announced a North American release date for action-adventure game The Wonderful 101. Developed by Platinum Games, the game arrives exclusively for Wii U on September 15th in North America.