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This week’s installment of the Nintendo Download includes the return of Mario vs Donkey Kong, the arrival of Olli Olli on the Wii U and 3DS, and more.


Well if you’ve been waiting patiently for a return to the puzzling gameplay of Mario vs Donkey Kong, then you’re in luck this week as Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars has arrived for the Wii U and the 3DS. The game features more of the head-scratching gameplay form the previous installments, but includes more toy-like Nintendo characters for you to direct through its levels. Also really cool, this one includes cross-buy. If you purchase the game on the Wii U, you automatically get a free download codes to nab it on the 3DS as well. I’d love to see Nintendo do more of this, so lets hope Tipping Stars sells well.

Also available today is Olli Olli. The side-scrolling skateboard title has been a smash hit on other consoles as well as the PC and now it’s finally made it to both Nintendo consoles- and it features cross-buy as well! Featuring tons of tricks, stunts, and challenges to complete, Olli Olli is one of the most unconventional skateboard games in years, and also one of the best. Pick it up on the Wii U or the 3DS and get the opposite edition on the house.

There are a few smaller games available this week as well, and some new Kirby-centric themes for the 3DS as well, if that’s your thing. Also worth noting, the New 3DS will be playable at Best Buy stores from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 7m, which is this Sunday.

You’ll be able to try out the new console, as well as the Amiibo interactivity that it sports and play a few rounds in Super Smash Bros, as well as try out The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Oh, and if you bring your own console, you might be able to nab a Mii of Majora’s Mask producer, Eiji Aonuma. And it goes without saying that you’ll probably also get a bunch of other streetpasses too.

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U on Nintendo 3DS
    • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Get that “aha!” feeling over and over as you guide Minis – toy versions of Nintendo characters – to the exit in each puzzling stage. Tap objects like bridges and springs with the stylus to perfect your strategy. You can even create stages and share them online, and use the new tipping system to reward your favorite creators and unlock more content. Additionally, those who purchase the Wii U version of the game will receive a download code for the Nintendo 3DS version of the game at no additional cost, and vice versa. More information on this special offer can be found at http://mariovsdk.nintendo.com/buy. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • OlliOlli – The fun game play of OlliOlli hits the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, bringing more than 120 tricks and grinds across 50 deviously crafted levels and 250 challenges. Complete all challenges to unlock the super skillful RAD Mode and rack up the biggest combos along the way to rule the leaderboards. If you purchase either the Wii U or Nintendo 3DSversion of the game, you get the other version for free! Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Proun+ – Proun+ is a journey through modern art. Guide a ball racing along a pipe while dodging obstacles. Five different speeds from Relaxed to Speed of Light mean this game is suitable for both casual and hard-core gamers. The jazz-rock music will push you to the limits. Download Proun+ in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at the introductory price of $5.99. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • Azure Striker GUNVOLT – Update – Play the demo or an updated full-game version of this 2D side-scrolling action game on Nintendo 3DS. The hero’s agility and control over lightning creates a fresh approach to the genre that gives the player a unique feeling of speed and power. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • SkyKid – Guide friends and rivals to a battle in the skies in one- or two-player mode. Pilot planes up and down against an arsenal of ground and air forces. Keep a steady hand and your eye on the target!

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Tengami is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PTon March 12.
    • Master Reboot is 50 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $7.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 1.
    • Darts UpRock Zombie and Spy Chameleon from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 2.
    • PING 1.5+ is 40 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 2.
    • The Letter and Maze from Treefall Studios are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 13.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Space Lift Danger Panic! is 33 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 20.
    • WakedasWitch & Hero and World Conqueror 3D from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 26.
    • Darts Up 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 2.
    • AeternoBlade is 66 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $4.99) from March 6until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 27.

Special Mii Distribution:

  • Stop by select Best Buy stores from 1 to 4 p.m. (local time) on March 7 to try out the New Nintendo 3DS XL system with amiibo figures in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. You can also play the Nintendo 3DS games everyone is talking about: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Bring your Nintendo 3DS system with you for the chance to get a special Mii character of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D producer, Eiji Aonuma, and collect Mii characters to fill puzzle panels in Puzzle Swap and help out in StreetPass Mii Plaza games. Click here to learn more and find the location nearest you.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Kirby: Craft-Paper Party
    • Kirby: Sweet Gourmet Race
    • Kirby: Stripes and a Smile
    • Azure Stiker Gunvolt: Sumeragi 7

Also new this week:

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii Shop Channel for the Wii console.

The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in the Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in either Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account.

The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop.

Remember that Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Jason

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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