August sees four new reward games posted on Club Nintendo for North America, and this time Mario Golf is leading the pack on the Nintendo 3DS. Also up for grabs this month is Brain Age Express: Sudoku on the 3DS, Wario’s Woods and NES Play Action Football on the Wii. All four games will cost you 150 coins and are available until September 1. Is it your time to tee-off with Mario, or will you choose to spend your coins on the other three games offered up this month?
There’s a considerable chance that the long-awaited and highly sought after Kirby’s Dream Land 2 will be making its way onto the North American 3DS eShop. In fact, there’s photographic evidence that such a listing has been seen – which you can check out here – but many of us know by now that Nintendo can chop and change their listings, so we’ll chalk this up to a high possibility at the moment. By all accounts, the classic Game Boy adventure will be priced at $3.99 and will be released on August 1. Europeans 3DS owners have been able to grab this title since May 2012; will you be adding it to your collection?
IGN has spotted an all-black Nintendo 3DS XL in a commercial for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team in North America. The above screenshot was taken from the aforementioned commercial, which is currently airing on the American cable television network Cartoon Network. Because this is the second hint we’ve received so far, it seems plausible this color will come to North America within the next couple of weeks – leading up to the launch of the new Mario & Luigi game on August 11th – but Nintendo has yet to comment on the subject.
It’s been a long time coming, and Nintendo of America’s tease back in April probably didn’t help control your excitement, but today EarthBound is due to finally land on the Wii U Virtual Console. Spotted by a NeoGAF user on Nintendo’s website, EarthBound comes with a $9.99 price tag but it is yet to go live on the Wii U. According to a NeoGAF post, EarthBound is set to release 4pm PST today, and no doubt we’ll receive confirmation of this through this week’s download selection for North America.
Update: Europeans can also get their hands on EarthBound. You’ll find it on the Wii U eShop at 5pm BST. North American Wii U owners can download the title now.
Nintendo has unleashed the Pikmin through North America today as the colourful critters star in their first TV commercial. The advert – which you can see above – joins others that have aired in both Japan and Europe, in order to generate some much-needed steam for sales on the Wii U and Pikmin 3. It’s not a lengthy commercial, but it does showcase that teamwork is essential to overcoming certain obstacles and ferocious foes within the Pikmin world. No doubt there will be more to come from Nintendo as they continue to market the game across North America for its upcoming release on August 4.
Nintendo today released the latest system update for Nintendo 3DS in North America. Version 6.1.0-12U, which has been available for download in Europe since last month, brings a couple of new features. After performing the update, users in North America will be able to purchase downloadable content in StreetPass Mii Plaza. The update also grants users the ability to change their Mii character’s expression. If you’re unsure of how to perform the latest system update for your Nintendo 3DS, click here.
Version 6.1.0-12U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements:
Changes to StreetPass Mii Plaza:
- The option to update StreetPass Mii Plaza is now available from the Streetpass Mii Plaza menu
- Updating StreetPass Mii Plaza will provide new features, such as the ability to change your Mii character’s expression and the ability to purchase new StreetPass Mii Plaza game
Improved system stability and usability:
- Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
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.