It’s that time again where the next batch of North American eShop releases and deals can be acquired by 3DS and Wii U owners. This week, though, you should make way for Shin Megami Tensei IV as it lands on the 3DS eShop on July 16. The RPG is also participating in a special deal courtesy of both Nintendo and Atlus, where if you buy Shin Megami Tensei IV and Fire Emblem: Awakening, as well as register them on your Club Nintendo account, you’ll receive $30 credit to spend within the eShop. It’s a cracking offer, but you must make sure you register them both before August 31 when the deal expires.
New for the Wii U eShop this week are two games. The original Donkey Kong priced at a generous $4.99 is released July 15, so if you’re lacking some classic DK fun and you’ve got the cash to spare, it’s a great addition to your retro roster. As part of the 30th Anniversay Famicom offer, Donkey Kong should be priced at $0.30 come July 15, but Nintendo’s official website doesn’t yet reflect this – clarification should come soon.
Turbo: Super Stunt Squad also makes an appearance for the Wii U when it’s released July 16. Priced at $39.95, the high-velocity action game features character customisation, as well as their own signature move, and a plethora of shortcuts for the racing aficionado. You can also grab this title for 3DS, if you prefer.
And last but no means least, new to the 3DS this week is Super Mario Bros. 2, priced at $4.99 for the 3DS virtual console. It’s a classic game and, if you’ve got some extra cash, it’s a great game to add to your collection. Other releases for the Wii U, Virtual Console and 3DS can be found below.
- Metroid – Wii U Virtual Console – $4.99
- Star Wars Pinball – Wii U – $9.99
- Turbo: Super Stunt Squad – 3DS
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
This week’s Nintendo download for North America has got us all excited for the return of our favourite green plumber on the Wii U in New Super Luigi U. The title – which sees you race against the clock in order to complete some tricky levels – might just get you on the edge of your seat as you run, jump and slide as Luigi for further and longer than his brother ever did in New Super Mario Bros. U. If you already own the latter game you can download New Super Luigi U as DLC straight onto your Wii U today for $19.99 – make sure you remember to enter into the sweepstakes too.
Other Wii U downloadable titles out later this week include Game and Wario out midnight on June 23, so don’t delay those smooth moves and keep your cool when the pressure is on and the clock is ticking – you can grab Game and Wario for $39.99. But if you’re looking for something that isn’t quite so pressurised, you can always pick up Little Inferno, which is on sale at a cracking price on the Wii U. Ignite that spark with this cute as a button indie game for $4.99 (normally $15) until 9am PT June 26.
New in the 3DS eShop this week is another highly anticipated title: Project X Zone. Characters from historic franchises across SEGA, Namco Bandai and Capcom band together in this adventure RPG that will surely get your heart racing. You can pick it up on June 25 for $34.99. And if Project X Zone isn’t your thing, there’s also LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey available from June 25 for $29.99, as well as the action adventure title Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo, which is currently on sale for a smashing $3.99 (normally $7.99) until 9am PT July 8.
There’s also a host of other games new on the virtual console for both Wii U and 3DS, so make sure you check out the list below. Will you be getting any new games this week? Let us know in the comments.
Wii U Virtual Console
- Mario Bros – $4.99
- Wrecking Crew – $4.99
Nintendo 3DS eShop additions
- Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games – $39.99
- BUGS vs. TANKS! – $7.99
- Farming Simulator 3D – $9.99
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
- Defenders of Oasis – $3.99
- Mega Man 6 – $4.99
- Sonic Blast – $3.99
- Tails Adventure – $4.99
- Rhythm Core Alpha 2 (DSi Ware)
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.