Anyone fond of a good spin-off game should be particularly happy right now, as this week’s Nintendo Download features a whole host of them! There are a number of interesting looking titles available to download, which you can see on the eShops, but you can find some of the highlights below:
Wii U Virtual Console
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat – $19.99 – The original Donkey Kong Jungle Beat on GameCube used the console’s bongo controller, but this is the New Play Control! version which was ported over to Wii and which used the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. Even without its original unique control scheme, this is still a great platformer with colorful level design, an interesting combo system, and a number of levels and features to play through once you’ve blasted through the main mode. If you missed out on this the first item around, this Wii version is well worth your time.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 – $9.99 – Mario 3-on-3 (known as Mario Slam Basketball for those of us in Europe who needed an edgier name) is a Nintendo DS basketball game from 2006. It was developed by Square Enix and is notable for being the first game to feature both Mario and Final Fantasy characters together as playable characters (it was also the second Mario game developed by Square Enix, after Super Mario RPG). The game looked gorgeous on DS at release, and while it may not look anywhere near as pretty as the upcoming Mario Sports Superstars on 3DS, it’s still an interesting entry to delve into if you need a Mario basketball fix. There’s certainly a decent amount of variety to it.
Mario Party: Star Rush – $39.99 (and Party Guest – free) – Star Rush, developed by Nd Cube, is the latest entry in the Mario Party series and shakes up the traditional formula by removing the turn-based gameplay that the series is known for, instead allowing players to move around simultaneously. The game’s main mode, Toad Scramble, sees all players playing as Toad and recruiting other characters to play on their team– he’s certainly gone up in the world since Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker! Once one copy of the game has been bought, up to four players can join together in a local multiplayer game using that one copy, and it also supports Amiibo functionality.
Wii U / 3DS DLC
Hyrule Warriors Legends: A Link Between Worlds Pack – $6.99 (3DS) or $4.99 (Wii U) – The A Link Between Worlds Pack gives players access to two new playable characters (Ravio and Yuga), a new Lorule map, new outfits, and an Adventure Mode map based on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. For those of you who may have missed any of the previous DLC for the game, you can also pick up a Season Pass for $14.99, which gives you access to this pack and three previously released DLC.
Don’t forget that there are also new rewards available on My Nintendo, so be sure to check in and see if there is anything that takes your fancy.
In the meantime, be sure to let us know what you’ll be playing this week in the comments below.