Mario Kart 8’s release date is just around the corner and comes with a lovely red case for those in North America, but apparently so does Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. Spotted by an eagle-eyed member on NeoGaf, new copies of Mario Kart 7 will be sold to the gaming public with a matching red case. Though there’s been no official confirmation from Nintendo of America for a cross-promotion, Mario Kart 7’s red casing suits it to a tee. We’ll keep our eyes out for more information from Nintendo in the mean time.
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- NES Remix 2 – Take on rapid-fire challenges from classic NES games remixed with mind-bending twists like playing as Link while running from Boos and nabbing coins as Kirby in Super Mario Bros. Experience epic game-play set pieces from the likes of Kid Icarus, Metroid, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link in ways you never have before. NES Remix 2 will be available on April 25. Click here to check out the trailer for NES Remix 2.
- Child of Light – Child of Light is an RPG inspired by fairy tales. The story takes you on the coming-of-age journey of Aurora, the daughter of a duke, who is transported to the fantastic world of Lemuria. Players can play alone or in seamless Cooperative mode, controlling Aurora’s friend Igniculus the firefly through the Wii U GamePad controller. Child of Light will be available on April 29. Click here to check out the trailer for Child of Light.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 – April is a month to remember with classic games launching each week. Yoshi is back, baby! In this Game Boy Advance classic, he’s ready to romp through a crayon-colored world where enemies are everywhere. Prepare to flutter jump and toss eggs to protect Baby Mario from the evil Magikoopa, Kamek. To save the day, Yoshi will have to morph into vehicles and even eat his enemies to turn them into eggs. Click here to check out the trailer for Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Mario Golf: World Tour – Demo Version – Go clubbing around the world with Mario! Tee off as your favorite Mushroom Kingdom or Mii character while challenging players online. Shoot into Warp Pipes and dodge Piranha Plants in Mushroom Kingdom areas, or take a shot at nature-themed courses. Power-up your shots with special items to burn past pesky plants, blast over gaping chasms or freeze water hazards. The full version of Mario Golf: World Tour launches in stores and the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on May 2. Click here to check out the teaser trailer for Mario Golf: World Tour.
- Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends – Mama is back in her gardening gloves and planting the seeds of friendship. Get growing with 50 fresh plants, new activities and creative gardening fun. Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends will be available on April 29. Click here to check out the teaser trailer for Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends.
- Nintendo eShop Sale
- Joindots – For a limited time, select games by Joindots are now on sale in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, including FunFair Party Games, Gardenscapes, Secret Agent Files: Miami and 3D MahJongg. This offer is valid until 9 a.m. PT on May 8.
Also new this week:
- Ava and Avior Save the Earth (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) – Available April 29
- Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Me & My Furry Patients 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Sea Battle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS / DSiWare on Nintendo DSi)
Intended for an April release, Picross e4 will miss its initial date by a very small margin as developer Jupiter Corporation will launch the game on May 1. According to Nintendo’s official website, the puzzle and strategy title will be hitting the North American 3DS eShop next Thursday, and will feature more than 150 puzzles, as well as Micross and Mega Picross modes.
For those who own previous instalments of the puzzle game, players with save data can access special puzzles, allowing your brain to stretch just that little bit further. Jupiter Corporation has stated in the past that it would see a European eShop release within the same month as North America, so those overseas shouldn’t have too long to wait.
Square Enix has announced that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call will be heading to North America. The publisher’s latest rhythm-fever 3DS game is due to launch in Japan later this week and will feature 221 songs with over 60 characters from the Final Fantasy franchise.
From the announcement trailer – posted above – Square Enix is looking to release the title at some point this year, though there’s no launch window or specific dates detailed. With a North American release on the cards, and according to an earlier spotted trademark, here’s hoping the publisher brings the popular rhythm game over to Europe.
Nintendo of America has listed precisely which games North American Nintendo fans can get their hands on this week on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Leading this week is Super Mario Bros 3, Golden Sun, and the acclaimed F-Zero.
- Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
- Super Mario Bros. 3 – April is a month to remember with classic games launching each week! This NES classic, one of the most well-known and beloved video games of all time, is now available as a Virtual Console title on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. Follow Mario and Luigi as they leave the Mushroom Kingdom to travel to the seven distinct worlds that neighbor it. Help the famous brothers fly above the action using the Super Leaf, swim faster by donning the Frog Suit or defeat enemies using the Hammer Bros. Suit. Are you ready to experience gaming bliss? Click here to check out the trailer for Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Golden Sun –Forces of darkness are pursuing the lost art of Alchemy. As they draw ever closer to their foul purpose, mankind hangs in the balance. You and your companions are the last hope. In the Golden Sun game, use noble weapons, magical Psynergy and elemental creatures known as Djinn to get the upper hand in dangerous battles. Combining Djinn in different ways will allow you to create powerful spells and attacks against deadly foes. Can you prevent the oncoming darkness? Click here to check out the trailer for Golden Sun.
- F-Zero: Maximum Velocity –Whether you’re a veteran of the Super NES version or a racing rookie, you’ll need some practice laps to master this Game Boy Advance classic. Master 20 different tracks across four difficulty levels to prove you’ve got what it takes to rank among the galaxy’s most elite racers. Put the pedal to the metal and get busy boosting, bumping and jumping your way to intergalactic glory. Click here to check out the trailer for F-Zero: Maximum Velocity.
- NintendoeShop on Wii U
- LEGO The Hobbit – In LEGO The Hobbit, follow the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the Wizard Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves. The Wii U game will be available on April 22.
- NintendoeShop Sale
- Classic Games Overload – Starting today through 9 a.m. PT on May 1, get Classic Games Overload for 50 percent off in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Also new this week:
- Flowerworks HD: Follie’s Adventure (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- My First Songs (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Bit Boy!! ARCADE (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Smash Cat Heroes (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Starting April 21, the price of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is being reduced from $59.99 to $39.99.
- ZombiU (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Starting April 21, the price of first-person horror game ZombiU is being reduced from $59.99 to $29.99.
This week’s Nintendo downloads for North America are now in. There’s a number of titles to get your hands on this week including Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball for the Nintendo 3DS eShop and Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition. I’ve listed all the titles that are available this week, below.
- Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball (3DS)
- Super Monkey Ball (3DS)
- Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition (Wii U)
- Metroid Fusion (Wii U)
- Advance Wars (Wii U)
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Wii U)
- Evofish (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Mystery Case Files Ravenhearst (3DS)
- Mystery Case Files Dire Grove (3DS)
Also, if you buy or already own the classic puzzle game Dr. Mario from the Virtual Console service in the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console, you can get $5 off the purchase price of its sibling game Dr. Luigi in the Nintendo eShop starting today at 9 a.m. PT until April 10 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
Nintendo of America has announced a bundle of games that you’ll be able to purchase if you’re in North America. Pure Chess is one of the big releases available for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U owners and you can watch the first twenty five minutes above. There’s also Pokemon Battle Trozei on the Nintendo 3DS eShop and also a demo for
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars. Here’s the games listed.
- Volleyball (Nintendo, 2 players simultaneous, $5)
- Hello Kitty Kruisers (Bergsala Lightweight LLC, up to 4 players, available March 21, $20)
- Pure Chess (Ripstone, 2 players alternating, $8)
Club Nintendo America has added two items to the reward catalogue list. The Super Mario Accessory Box is back in stock on the members website and can be purchased for 700 coins. Meanwhile, for those who can’t get enough of Animal Crossing and want to store their 3DS safely, you can purchase an Animal Crossing pouch in either light blue or pink for 500 coins. Yesterday, Club Nintendo updated the four downloadable games which featured NES classic Yoshi for the Wii U.
Majesco Entertainment has revealed via press release that Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends will be heading to North America. The gardening simulation game released last September for Japan on the Nintendo 3DS, but will now bloom into new life in North America come April.
Gardening Mama 2 will feature over 100 items to customize and decorate your garden, plus players will be able to grow over 50 different types of plants, including watermelons, hydrangeas and hot peppers. There are also six different animal stores within the title, so you can stock up on garden points by fulfilling each store’s request. Other features included in the game are detailed below.
- Trade points for items and decorations that let you create a one-of-a-kind, custom garden. Use shop tickets to purchase more flowers, fruits and vegetables to enlarge your garden and make it more productive.
- Earn rewards such as new varieties of seeds, flower bulbs, and trees from your animal friends so you can expand your garden and they can grow their shops into bigger businesses that attract more customers.
- New activities with multiple variations star Mama’s friends and family featured throughout the Mama games. Sort, pick, clean, organize, mow, arrange, water, harvest and much more!
- Keep your garden healthy by protecting your plants from viruses and bugs.
- Use Spot Pass to receive new garden backgrounds.
Nintendo has rolled out Pokémon Bank for North America today. The cloud storage app – which allows you to deposit, store and manage up to 3,000 Pokémon – was released yesterday for Europe and earlier this month for Asian territories. You can download Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter straight from the 3DS eShop for around 500 blocks on your SD card – a 30-day free trial is also currently available. Those who download the app by September 30 can receive the adorable Celebi as a free gift.