Nintendojo http://www.nintendojo.com nintendo news, analysis & musings since 1996 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:20:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.2 Copyright Nintendojo 2011 wpAdmin@nintendojo.com (Nintendojo) wpAdmin@nintendojo.com (Nintendojo) Podcast 1440 http://nintendojo.com/wp-content/uploads/podpress_temp/nd_podcast144.jpg Nintendojo http://www.nintendojo.com 144 144 Nintendojo's Weekly Podcasts, including Dojo-Show-Go! and Airship Travelogues Nintendojo's weekly podcasts! We talk about the latest games, news and other zany items in the World of Nintendo... and beyond. Nintendo, Wii, GameCube, DS, nintendo, 64, NES, SNES Nintendojo Nintendojo wpAdmin@nintendojo.com no no Mario Maker Level Sharing Confirmed http://www.nintendojo.com/news/mario-maker-level-sharing-confirmed http://www.nintendojo.com/news/mario-maker-level-sharing-confirmed#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:00:24 +0000 Jon Stevens http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=134554

Shigeru Miyamoto, the original designer of Mario levels, has confirmed during an interview with YouTube personality, I-Justine, that players will be able to share their level creations online with each other in Mario Maker.

When asked about playing other people’s courses, or people playing yours, Miyamoto had this to say:

“You’ll be able to see what happens when other people play your course, or when you play other people’s courses there will be some popularity rankings for the most popular courses. Things like that.”

Mario Maker will allow users to create their own Super Mario Bro. levels by using the touchscreen on the GamePad and is currently set for release in the first half of 2015.

Source: IGN

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Nintendo Download: 12.18.2014 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-12-18-2014 http://www.nintendojo.com/news/now-playing/nintendo-download-12-18-2014#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:00:43 +0000 Jon Stevens http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=134535

This week’s Nintendo Download is here again, and it is the last one before Christmas! Have a look below for the full list of titles available this week:

Releases

Wii U eShop

  • 99Moves – $2.49
  • BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION – $1.99
  • TOSS N GO - $1.99
  • Plenty of Fishies – $0.99
  • Meme Run – $4.99
  • Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues – $4.99
  • Art of Balance demo – FREE

Wii U Virtual Console

  • Natsume Championship Wrestling – $7.99
  • Mega Man Zero – $7.99

3DS Retail Download

  • Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D – $29.99
  • Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods – $34.99
  • I Love My Horse – $24.99

3DS eShop

  • Toys vs, Monsters – $1.99
  • Fairune – $2.99
  • League of Heroes – $4.99
  • Mes Comptines - $4.99
  • Cube Creator 3D demo – FREE
  • Urban Trial Freestyle demo - FREE

Discounts

Wii U eShop

  • Mega Man 5 – Reduced to $2.49 from $4.99 until 12.22.14
  • Mega Man 6 - Reduced to $2.49 from $4.99 until 12.22.14
  • Mega Man 7 - Reduced to $3.99 from $7.99 until 12.22.14
  • Little Inferno - Reduced to $4.99 from $9.99 until 01.01.14
  • Nano Assault Neo – Reduced until 01.14.14
  • Art of Balance - Reduced until 01.14.14

3DS eShop

  • Mega Man II – Reduced to $1.49 from $2.99 until 12.22.14
  • Mega Man III - Reduced to $1.49 from $2.99 until 12.22.14
  • Mega Man IV - Reduced to $1.49 from $2.99 until 12.22.14
  • Steamworld Dig – Reduced to $5.99 from $8.99
  • Art of balance TOUCH! – Reduced until 01.14.14
  • Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! - Reduced until 01.14.14
  • Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai - Reduced until 01.14.14
  • Nano Assault EX - Reduced until 01.14.14
  • 1001 Spikes - Reduced until 01.01.14
  • VVVVVV - Reduced until 01.01.14

Was there anything there that you will be getting for yourself before Christmas? Don’t forget that the full list of games currently on offer can be found on Nintendo’s official website.

Source: Nintendo

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Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2014: Wii U eShop http://www.nintendojo.com/features/holiday-buyers-guide-2014-wii-u-eshop http://www.nintendojo.com/features/holiday-buyers-guide-2014-wii-u-eshop#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:00:24 +0000 Robert Marrujo http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=134432

Not to be outdone by 3DS, Wii U’s eShop offered its own quality downloadable titles this year, as well. Like its handheld counterpart, Wii U’s digital marketplace was similarly bolstered by quality releases from both Nintendo and its indie partners, amongst others, resulting in a variety of fun and unique games to play. We’ve picked through them all to give you a good starting point when looking for titles to gift to your friends and family!


Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition

Price: $14.99
Previously a PlayStation exclusive, developer DrinkBox Studios expanded its horizons by taking Guacamelee! multiplatform with this definitive release. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is a Metroidvania title with a rewarding combat system that makes the fighting as deep as the exploration. The game’s bold aesthetic draws from Mexican and Latin culture, resulting in a game that is both beautiful and unique amongst other, similar titles. Guacamelee! also has a lot of heart thanks to its narrative, and a compelling hero in its lead, Juan. An immensely enjoyable title on PS3 and PS Vita somehow managed to get even better when it transitioned to Wii U. Platformer and indie enthusiasts should find a lot to love with this one.


Pier Solar and the Great Architects

Price: $14.99
Pier Solar and the Great Architects has an amazing history. A homebrew project developed by WaterMelon, Pier Solar was released on Sega Genesis– in 2010. Yes, years after Sega closed up shop on its rival to SNES, a group of dedicated fans took what started as a collaboration on a website and transformed it into an actual retro love letter to RPGs of old. With an engaging story, deep combat system, and enchanting graphics (that can be switched back and forth from the original Genesis style to upgraded HD imagery), Pier Solar is a throwback that any RPG fan should take the time to play.


Ittle Dew

Price: $9.99
There have been other titles that have tried to play like The Legend of Zelda series, but few are successful, especially to the degree that Ittle Dew is. The game’s hero, the nominative Ittle Dew, is joined by her companion Tippsie as she explores a strange island filled with peculiar inhabitants, and a heaping dose of treasure. The game is more of a lampooning of Zelda than a straight homage, but it’s a heartfelt one, with great puzzles to solve and a wonderful presentation. Zelda and Adventure Time fans will find this downloadable especially alluring.


Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones

Price: $14.99
Developer Curve is known for making some great games, so it was with more than a little excitement that fans awaited the release of Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones for the Wii U eShop. Their anticipation was validated by this clever and challenging 2D platformer. Players guide a rogue clone through the labyrinthine laboratory where he and his fellow doppelgangers were created, in a bid for freedom fraught with danger. Utilizing stealth elements common in series like Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell, players have to think quick in order to overcome the game’s devious puzzles and challenges. Curve went all out with Stealth Inc. 2, and the result is a very polished title that platformer and stealth game fans should keep on their radar.


Zen Pinball 2: Dr. Strange, The Walking Dead, Deadpool, and Guardians of the Galaxy Tables

Price: $2.99 each
Zen Pinball 2 is a fantastic pinball game that continues to grow and evolve with each subsequent set of tables that developer Zen Studios releases. These four tables, based off of Dr. Strange, The Walking Dead, Deadpool, and Guardians of the Galaxy, are all welcome additions to an already abundant lineup. Known for its excellent ball physics, faithfulness to the source material, and beautifully animated and designed pinball tables, Zen Pinball 2 is free to download for those who are curious and want to give it a try, and the DLC tables are all modestly priced. Comic book fans will get a kick out of the authenticity that Zen Studios strives for, and pinball afficianados will be similarly impressed with the quality of the game’s simulation of their favorite arcade staple.


Child of Light

Price: $14.99
Ubisoft’s 2D RPG Child of Light is one of the most beautiful games on Wii U. Utilizing the same graphics engine that powered Rayman Legends, Child of Light is a marvel of visual design work. The game revolves around the exploits of Aurora, who has been stranded in the world of Lemuria. Aurora takes on the evil Dark Queen in order to save the world and discover her true destiny. Utilizing an intuitive and engaging battle system, players will take on enemies with a fantastic array of abilities. An absolute stunner, Child of Light is art in motion, and one heck of a fun game, as well.


SteamWorld Dig

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Price: $9.99
SteamWorld Dig left a powerful impression on us the previous year when the game launched on 3DS, and this HD update for Wii U is equally as endearing now. Players guide steam robot Rusty through a gloomy mine littered with valuable minerals and ore, treasure, and a variety of puzzles and secrets. The combination of wild west and steampunk visual sensibilities make SteamWorld‘s aesthetic one of the most original on Wii U, and now displayed in glorious high definition. Every dig is a challenge to see how far the player can descend, making it irresistible to keep giving it “just one more go.” A Metroidvania title, SteamWorld will scratch the itch of Metroid and platformer fans alike.


Wooden Sen’SeY

Price: $9.99
A 2D platformer, Wooden Sen’SeY is a funny and somewhat irreverent romp where the main goal is to recover the hero’s stolen booze. Stolen by mysterious black aliens, of course! That hero, Goro, is an axe-wielding warrior who fights his way across a variety of environments, including Japan, an alien factory, and even Mario Bros. 3-esque airships! Play control is fun and there are a number of goodies to uncover and collect. The game’s graphics are lush, and the soundtrack is equally impressive. Stuffed with content, platformer fans will want to give Wooden Sen’SeY a peek.


Pushmo World

Price: $9.99
The highly addictive puzzle game Pushmo on 3DS made its way to Wii U as Pushmo World, a bigger, prettier sequel that does a good job of bringing the thrills of its handheld predecessor to the TV screen. Pushing and pulling the titular Pushmo blocks, the game’s hero Mallo must work to rescue children that have been trapped inside of the enormous puzzles. The gameplay is silky smooth and its presentation is absolutely charming. With a ton of content to experience, including a creation tool, Pushmo World is a combination of puzzler and platformer that fans of both will really take a shine to.


Shovel Knight

Price: $14.99
Whether someone is a retro enthusiast or platformer fan in general, Shovel Knight is a must-own. Paying homage to NES titles like Mega ManDuckTales, and Castlevania, Yacht Club Games’ inaugural outing is a polished and quality title that’s as memorable as the classics from which it draws inspiration. Utilizing a creative risk and reward checkpoint system, Shovel Knight‘s bold 8-bit presentation and challenging gameplay are some of the best in the eShop. Though this version lacks the StreetPass functionality available on 3DS, the tradeoff is HD visuals that are a sight to behold.


Stick it to the Man

Price: $9.99
Calling Stick it to the Man strange is an understatement. The game’s hero, Ray, is a hard hat tester who, after getting off of work, is struck on the head by a random falling object and knocked unconscious. When Ray finally awakens, he realizes a purple arm is projecting from his forehead, which gives him the ability to read minds. Ray is on the run from a group run by someone called The Man, and along the way he resolves a variety of problems for people– with stickers. It’s as zany as it sounds, but it’s also very genuine and hilariously written. The game’s paper aesthetic is wonderfully implemented, and compliments the narrative perfectly. Stick it to the Man will stick well with adventure and humor fans.


NES Remix

Price: $14.99
The premise is simple: take classic NES games, break them into chunks, and turn them into tests of skill. Utilizing assets from games like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and more, NES Remix is both a blast to Nintendo’s past and a contemporary re-imagining that provides a fresh spin on these timeless titles. The gameplay is frantic and challenging, and will leave players wanting to endlessly try to trump their high scores. It’s an unusual game, but NES Remix is magical nonetheless. Retro enthusiasts and gamers of all types will love this one. NES Remix 2 is equally entertaining and brings new games and modes to the mix, also for $14.99.


Knytt Underground

Price: $12.99

Developer Nifflas’ Games’ Knytt Underground is a surreal and dynamic platformer. Oozing with atmosphere and personality, Knytt Underground‘s aesthetics are remarkable, and its soundtrack is haunting. The game’s 2D platforming is unique, having players swap between two characters in order to advance through the adventure. The game world is massive and non-linear, meaning expect to spend a good deal of time traversing through its numerous corridors. It’s an M-rated game, so be sure not get this one for a younger player. For those who are old enough to partake, however, Knytt Underground is an excellent experience.


Beyond what’s listed here, there are a number of other great games to download from the Wii U eShop. Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails is a fast and fun on-rails puzzle/platformer game. Swords & Soldiers HD brings the beloved WiiWare real-time strategy game to Wii U and in HD. Armillo is a delightful game that mixes in elements of the Super Mario Galaxy series with its rolling, platforming action. The Fall is a gritty sci-fi adventure that point and click fans will really appreciate. KickBeat: Special Edition mixes brawling with Guitar Hero– really, what more is there to say? 1001 Spikes is a brutal platformer that will test fans with its intensely challenging gameplay. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate-Deluxe Edition is an HD upgrade of the excellent 3DS Metroidvania game. All of this and much, much more await fans on the eShop.

What games would you add to our list? Let us know, below!

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New Giana Sisters Game Currently in the Works http://www.nintendojo.com/news/new-giana-sisters-game-currently-in-the-works http://www.nintendojo.com/news/new-giana-sisters-game-currently-in-the-works#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:10 +0000 Anthony Pershkin http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=134501

Adrian Goersch of Black Forest Games, the developer behind Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, has confirmed in an interview with Red Bull that a new Giana Sisters title should be out in early 2016. There are currently no details regarding the possible platforms or what the game will even look like, but judging by the amount of times Twisted Dreams was re-released on various platforms, there’s a pretty decent chance a new Giana Sisters game will arrive on Wii U at some point.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams visited Wii U in 2013, but, unfortunately, not in its newest Director’s Cut form. Despite that, the core game is still pretty good, so definitely check it out, if you have a chance.

Source: Nintendo Life

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Yo-Kai Watch 2: Headliner Sales Estimated to Be Over a Million in Less Than a Week http://www.nintendojo.com/news/yo-kai-watch-2-headliner-sales-estimated-to-be-over-a-million-in-less-than-a-week http://www.nintendojo.com/news/yo-kai-watch-2-headliner-sales-estimated-to-be-over-a-million-in-less-than-a-week#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:30:18 +0000 Anthony Pershkin http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=134493

The third version of the extremely popular Pokémon-like game Yo-Kai Watch 2, appropriately named Headliner, sold way faster than the previous two iterations. According to Famitsu, estimated sales are 1,211,918 units in Japan. It is also worth mentioning that the game came out on Saturday, December 13, but the sales data covers only up to December 14.

The previous two versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2 sold 1,281,096 units at launch over four days. The original Yo-Kai Watch sold over 52,901 units over the similar four day period. As you can see, Yo-Kai Watch 2 continues to be the hottest game in Japan right now. Do you think it is because of Japan’s love for Pokémon or because of pretty smart toy integration? Let us in the comments below!

Source: Siliconera

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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse Out For Wii U On Christmas http://www.nintendojo.com/news/shantae-and-the-pirates-curse-out-for-wii-u-on-christmas http://www.nintendojo.com/news/shantae-and-the-pirates-curse-out-for-wii-u-on-christmas#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:30 +0000 Anthony Pershkin http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=134483

The latest entry in WayForward’s original series Shantae was released on the 3DS eShop not so long ago, and now it’s finally ready to sail ahead for another platform. As a very pleasant surprise, WayForward announced that the Wii U version of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be released digitally this Christmas in North America (with a European release happening in early 2015). The home console version will have specific features like ”HD character portraits by Mega Man developer IntiCreates, Off-TV play, Classic Controller Pro and Wii U Pro Controller support.”

In related news, Destructoid recently interviewed Matt Bozon, creative director at WayForward, regarding many different topics including the reasons why the company still supports Wii U despite the relatively small install base. Bozon had the following to say:

We’ve been there supporting Nintendo with every system launch starting with the Game Boy Color. We want to be first in line to make games for these legendary platforms. Whether they reach a massive audience or not, Nintendo fans occupy an extremely loyal corner of the game industry. They like intelligent design and visually iconic characters, and they typically understand that games of high quality take time. Sure, we want our games to appear everywhere and be played by everyone, but I feel we have a real connection with Nintendo and its fans.

We’re working to expand our fan base, but Nintendo fans got us here which is why we go the extra mile to serve them when we can.

Bozon also showed interest in seeing Shantae in the new iteration of Smash Bros:

Yes, I would love to play as her in Smash and I want a Shantae Amiibo. Her move set aligns nicely, since she dances to charge up her bigger moves, can get extra jumps by way of Cannon or Harpy Transformation. And she brings more girl power, and has been Nintendo exclusive since back on Game Boy. So yeah, Shantae.

Were you able to hold out for the home console version of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse or were you naughty? Either way, everyone can have the new Shantae under their Christams tree…well, everyone in North America, that is.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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Holiday Buyer’s Guide 2014: 3DS eShop http://www.nintendojo.com/features/holiday-buyers-guide-2014-3ds-eshop http://www.nintendojo.com/features/holiday-buyers-guide-2014-3ds-eshop#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:00:22 +0000 Robert Marrujo http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=134427 3DS Apps Masthead

It’s that time of year again, when your bank account becomes a veritable punching bag as you sift through seemingly-endless mountains of clothes, electronics, toys, and more, searching for that elusive perfect gift. Nintendojo is here to make your quest just a little easier-well, assuming you’re shopping for a fellow gamer!

We’re starting with the best games on the 3DS eShop. It’s been a busy year for the bustling digital marketplace, as Nintendo and its indie partners, in particular, have been doing their best to make the eShop the best place to download games this side of Apple’s App Store. So sit back, take notes, and get ready for the games that will thrill 3DS owners of all kinds!


Shovel Knight

Price: $14.99
Whether someone is a retro enthusiast or platformer fan in general, Shovel Knight is a must-own. Paying homage to NES titles like Mega Man, DuckTales, and Castlevania, Yacht Club Games’ inaugural outing is a polished and quality title that’s as memorable as the classics from which it draws inspiration. Utilizing a creative risk and reward checkpoint system, Shovel Knight‘s bold 8-bit presentation and challenging gameplay are some of the best in the eShop.


Siesta Fiesta

Price: $5.99
Breakout-inspired games have been a staple of the video game industry for years, but it’s rare when one manages to separate itself from the crowd. Siesta Fiesta manages to do exactly that, however, offering the familiar ball bouncing and brick breaking that fans would expect, but coupled with unique gameplay elements to change up the pace. The ball’s flight distance can be altered with a button press, and the game is constantly throwing new gameplay mechanics across its 64 stages. With a charming visual aesthetic, Siesta Fiesta takes a classic formula and does something new with it.


Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Price: $29.99
Offering Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Ace Attorney: Justice For All, and Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations in one package, for only 30 bucks, is quite a deal all its own. Factor in a polished translation, the chance to play all three games in Japanese, improved visuals, and a speedier pace, and you have an irresistible collection that both new and old fans should consider downloading. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is the perfect place to start for those interested in the series, and an opportunity for people who played the originals to experience the definitive version of them.


Inazuma Eleven

Price: $19.99
No one ever knew they needed a soccer JRPG in their life until Level-5′s Inazuma Eleven hit the eShop. Mixing “the beautiful game” and roleplaying elements together into a single title sounds strange until experienced firsthand. Inazuma Eleven offers an engaging narrative, innovative game mechanics, and an abundance of content. There aren’t many titles like this on any system, but what else would one expect from one of the most diverse gaming marketplaces in the industry? Sports and RPG fans would do well to give this game a download.


Tappingo 2

Price: $2.99
It’s not every week that a true high quality, original puzzle game is released on any video game console, but that’s exactly what Tappingo 2 is. Using the 3DS touch screen, players must extend rows of squares by an indicated number in order complete pixelated images on the top screen. The catch is that each row will extend all the way to the edge of the screen if there isn’t another row in place to impede its progression. Figuring out which rows to extend and in what direction is a mesmerizing and addicting experience that’s perfect for Picross fans and fans of puzzle games, in general. It’s also a lot of content for a paltry $2.99. The first Tappingo is equally worthy of a download, too, and is also budget friendly at $1.99.


Pokémon Battle Trozei

Price: $7.99
Another puzzle game, Pokémon Battle Trozei is a fun spin on the familiar match-three gameplay that so many other titles utilize. What makes Battle Trozei different is the use of Pokémon types to add a layer of strategy when deciding which three pocket monsters to match up. Gameplay is fast and challenging, making it much more visceral than many similar puzzlers. Joined with an excellent combo system and an abundance of Pokémon, Battle Trozei is stuffed with content and should appeal to series diehards and puzzle enthusiasts alike.


Azure Striker Gunvolt

Price: $14.99
Pulling from the challenge and intensity of classic 2D platformers while infusing modern design sensibilities and presentation, Azure Striker Gunvolt is a heck of a run and gun game. Developed by Inti Creates, the same studio behind the Mega Man Zero and ZX series, Gunvolt plays in much the same vein as those beloved handheld titles. Combined with an entertaining cast and some light RPG elements, Gunvolt is a robust adventure that will grip players until the very end. It’s the sort of game that the hardcore crowd has been longing quite a while for, and though it doesn’t feature Mega Man or Zero, Gunvolt is a captivating new hero who proudly carries the torch boldly into the future.


Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder

Price: $9.99
Fans of the original Chibi-Robo! on GameCube take notice; Nintendo developed and released another fun installment in the series for 3DS earlier this year called Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder. While players still maneuver the diminutive electronic cleaner around an over-sized world, the gameplay has been given a significant alteration with the introduction of the 3DS’s cameras. Players are tasked with snapping photos of real-world objects to fit silhouettes in the game. If Chibi comes across a round silhouette, for instance, a picture of a baseball might fit perfectly within it. It’s a different, but entertaining spin on a fan-favorite franchise.


Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

Price: $19.99
WayForward’s Shantae series has a long history dating all the way back to Game Boy Color. This latest installment, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, is yet another incredible Metroidvania title that hits so many of the right buttons. Whether it’s the tight gameplay, stunning graphics, or quirky and funny story, Pirate’s Curse is a highpoint for Shantae. A great 2D platformer that’s also the perfect primer for the upcoming Shantae: Half-Genie Hero that’s heading to Wii U!


Xeodrifter

Price: $9.99
For those who have been starved for a proper 2D Metroid game, take notice of developer Renegade Kid’s Xeodrifter. Starring a nomad trapped in an ominous pocket of space called the omega sector, it’s up to players to help the intrepid explorer recover the warp core that his ship needs in order to go back home. Taking cues from Metroid and Super Metroid, this is a short adventure that’s big on action and spectacle, and a stiff challenge, as well. Fans of 2D run and guns and Metroidvania titles will want to give Xeodrifter a shot.


There are other titles worthy of considering, besides these. Moon Chronicles is an enhanced port of the cult-classic DS title Moon, which is being released in episodic chunks and with more on the way. There are also a couple of free-to-play titles available in the form of Steel Diver: Sub Wars and Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball. Both games have a $0 asking price, so players can give them a try without investing any money. Retro City Rampage: DX is a wonderful, portable version of the 80s-infused, retro sandbox game. 1001 Spikes is a brutal platformer that will test fans with its intensely challenging gameplay. Grinsia offers classic JRPG gameplay for fans of the SNES and Sega Genesis era of that genre. Finally, Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe are both sublime minigames from Kirby Triple Deluxe that have been turned into their own standalone experiences.

Are there any eShop titles on 3DS that you would recommend? Let us know in the comments!

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Hidden Palutena’s Guidance Audio Discovered in Super Smash Bros. http://www.nintendojo.com/news/hidden-palutenas-guidance-audio-discovered-in-super-smash-bros http://www.nintendojo.com/news/hidden-palutenas-guidance-audio-discovered-in-super-smash-bros#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:00:41 +0000 Robin Wilde http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=134439

Secret audio files unaccessible to regular players have been discovered in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. As seasoned players of the series’ latest installment will be aware, Palutena’s Guidance is a hidden feature available when playing as Pit in the Palutena’s Temple stage. It usually gives information about whichever fighter Pit is facing, but here merely features the characters acting confused. Take a listen to this GameXplain video featuring the extracted sound:

The purpose of the audio remains unclear, but it may be included as a placeholder file to function in case of new DLC characters being added, or in case of the game being unable to load a regular audio file for some reason. Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo is expected to be added in the new year, and more characters may follow as Nintendo tries to build long term appeal for its new fighting games.

Source: Nintendo Life

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DS Version of Frozen Game Outsells 3DS Version http://www.nintendojo.com/news/ds-version-of-frozen-game-outsells-3ds-version http://www.nintendojo.com/news/ds-version-of-frozen-game-outsells-3ds-version#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:30:53 +0000 Robin Wilde http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=134442 News Desk Masthead - 3DS

While Frozen seems to have ironically caught the world alight, comparatively little attention has been paid to its video game adaptation, Frozen: Olaf’s Quest. It has made regular appearances in the sales charts since its release. It was originally slated to be GameMill’s last 3DS and DS release, at least according to Avanquest’s European games director Simon Reynolds when speaking to MCV.

“Nintendo hasn’t been manufacturing the console for a few years, but we thought that there is a big user base our there, and there is a second hand, hand-me-down market for the old DS consoles,” Reynolds said. “We launched Olaf’s Quest on DS and it’s still outselling 3DS. And we’ve got Disney’s next big film out in January, Big Hero 6, and we’re bringing that out on 3DS and DS. If you’d said to me 18 months ago you’d be bringing out a DS product in January 2015 I’d have laughed.”

Whatever its quality (allegedly mixed), it’s some impressive achievement for Frozen‘s DS version to be in the charts four years after the discontinuation of the console. Add to that the usually limited appeal of movie tie-ins and it demonstrates a seriously popular series.

Source: MCV UK

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More Amiibo Costumes Unveiled for One Piece http://www.nintendojo.com/news/more-amiibo-costumes-unveiled-for-one-piece http://www.nintendojo.com/news/more-amiibo-costumes-unveiled-for-one-piece#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:19 +0000 Robin Wilde http://www.nintendojo.com/?p=134436

One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X, the upcoming Wii U fighting game, is set to receive Amiibo support in the coming weeks in the form of optional costumes for its characters. By scanning the collectible figures, players of the 3DS title (released on November 13 in Japan) will be able to fight while fitted out in the following finery. Nami fans will find her transformed into the Wii Fit Trainer, Franky does a spectacular impression of Donkey Kong, Brook becomes a rather skull-like version of Marth, Chopper dons a Kirby hat, Usopp takes on the essence of Yoshi, and Nico Robin gains armour and firepower (at least visually) while fighting as Samus.

As reported on Friday, the implementation is markedly similar to that used in Mario Kart 8, and also means that Nintendo is not the only company to include Amiibo compatibility in its games. The early worries about limited gimmicky appeal may have been at least somewhat misplaced, it seems.

Source: Nintendo Everything

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