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Nintendo Download: Expand your adventures in Hyrule

Expansion is the theme of the week for the Nintendo Download. Breath of the Wild’s expansion pass delivers some Master Trials to Hyrule.

Master Quest

I’ve never really been all that big a fan of expansions and season passes. For Nintendo though, this is pretty cool, even I have to admit that. It’s neat to see them getting into the modern age, adding in more gameplay to titles, tempting players back for another go.

Not that you really need tempting for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I mean, the game’s absolutely massive, and even if you beat the main quest, there’s more than enough to keep you playing right out of the box.

Still though, the first offering from the Expansion Pass is a nifty addition. And if you have indeed run out of things to do in BotW, well this should fit the bill nicely for you. The Master Trials include new stuff to do, a new mask, and some new armor.

Past that, the Wii U’s VC is still getting some nice support in the form of two more TG16 classics – Bonk 3 and Devil’s Crush. Oh, and there’s another Neo Geo title too. Though I’m sure you knew that was coming.

Here’s what’s available this week

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch

  • GoNNERGoNNER from Raw Fury and Art in Heart is a challenging, procedurally generated 2D platformer with roguelike elements. The game follows the largely misunderstood and altruistic Ikk on a journey to cheer up his only friend in this world – a giant land-bound whale named Sally – by searching for just the right trinket in the deep and dark places nearby.

Virtual Console on Wii U

  • BONK 3 Bonk’s Big Adventure – It’s up to Bonk once again to thwart the plans of the evil King Drool in this TurboGrafx-16 platformer. There are seven rounds scattered throughout the Dinosaur Kingdom, each one filled with fun contraptions and comical enemies. Depending on the situation, you can change your size to bonk your way through a dead end or to get a hard-to-reach item. And if that’s not enough, you can grab a friend and put your heads together to defeat King Drool in the two-player mode.
  • Devil’s Crush – In this TurboGrafx-16 pinball game, shoot the ball onto the board with the Devil Shooter, and then use flippers to rack up a high score. Complete certain conditions to play up to six different bonus stages. The game’s ominous theme is enhanced by its enemies: wandering skeleton knights, sorcerers and even a giant face that changes from a goddess to a sinister serpent.

New DLC:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Expansion Pass: The Master Trials (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch or Wii U) – More adventures await in the Master Trials pack, available June 30. By completing the Trial of the Sword challenge, Link will prove that he has grown worthy, and the Master Sword will be awakened to always be in its glowing, powered-up state while usable. Master Mode ups the challenge, Hero’s Path mode tracks 200 hours of footsteps on the map, the Travel Medallion creates a warp point, eight new armor items offer unique effects, and the Korok Mask helps locate Koroks. This content can only be obtained by purchasing the $19.99 Expansion Pass, which also includes The Champion’s Ballad, the second DLC Pack that will be available this holiday season. Full version of the game is required to use this DLC.

Nintendo eShop sales:


  • My Nintendo Pikmin Rewards – The Hey! PIKMIN game is coming to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on July 28. To celebrate, My Nintendo is offering the Pikmin Short Movie, directed by Shigeru Miyamoto, for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Redeem your points to watch the colorful antics of Pikmin in this adorable cinematic adventure. And don’t forget this new Hey! PIKMINwallpaper, too!

My Nintendo Rewards Starting July 1

School is done for the year, so it’s time to enjoy summer break. To add some fun to your vacation, we are offering up to 40 percent discounts on select games to play on the go or on the big screen together with family and friends.
Want to improve your drawing skills or sketch memorable parts of your trip?

  • Art Academy Lessons for Everyone! (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Art Academy Home Studio (Wii U)
  • Swapdoodle DLC: Animal Crossing Basic Lessons*
  • Swapdoodle DLC: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time*
  • Swapdoodle DLC: Mario Kart 8*
  • Swapdoodle DLC: Prehistoric Life*
    *Full version of the game is required to use the DLC.

Great local multiplayer games!

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo 3DS)
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo 3DS)

Great games to play in a car, on a plane or anywhere!

  • Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Mario Golf: World Tour (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Pocket Card Jockey (Nintendo 3DS)
  • Picross 3D Round 2 (Nintendo 3DS)

Staycation? Play games on the big screen!

  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii U)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)
  • Mario Sports Mix (Wii U)
  • Super Paper Mario (Wii U)

To learn more about these and other great My Nintendo rewards, visit https://my.nintendo.com.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Pokémon: Look Upon the Stars
    • Pokémon: Pokémon Pop

Also new this week:

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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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