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December Opens with a Strong Nintendo Line-up

A huge new release meets a strong showing of older titles.

Xenoblade Chronicles X is finally coming out this week, meaning it’s time to explore the planet Mira and spend the appropriate number of hours grinding and saving the human race.  I can’t wait to see how it all came together, and exactly how fun the co-operative play.

The Wii U also sees the Wii’s Trauma Team game on virtual console, a successor to the fantastic DS series of doctoral games.  Players can even work as a team in this version, bringing patients back from the brink of death.  The game sells for $20.

The 3DS sees the release of recently announced F2P Pokemon Picross, and the remade Dementium Remastered, the latter of which has been made from the ground up to improve the entire experience.

There’s also a DSiWare release.  Imagine that.

From Nintendo:

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Xenoblade Chronicles X – Earth has fallen. Yet mankind endures, taking to the stars and crash-landing on an alien world in a desperate attempt to escape. Defend the survivors using high-tech weaponry on a mission to rebuild humanity. Suit up in heavily armed mechs to tame the wilds of planet Mira and beat back the hostile forces threatening to obliterate the human race.
    • Trauma Team – Carefully review patient cases and decide on the best course for treatment as you assume the role of six different medical professionals. With steady hands on the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers, make quick decisions to keep your patient’s vitals stable.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Pokémon Picross – Pokémon Picross is a puzzle game in which you reveal a hidden Pokémon illustration. Once you solve an illustration of a Pokémon, you can collect that Pokémon. Collected Pokémon help you solve more difficult puzzles. With more than 300 standard Pokémon puzzles, a significantly harder advanced mode and Daily Training, this game will supply hours of enjoyment. Pokémon Picross is free-to-start and is available today at 9 a.m. PT in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
    • Dementium Remastered – Rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS system, Dementium Remasteredtakes the guts of Renegade Kid’s award-winning game and delivers a new and improved atmospheric first-person survival horror experience with enhanced graphics, refined game play, high-quality audio and immersive control options. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
Nintendo eShop sales:
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Citizens of Earth (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is on sale starting at 9 a.m. PT on Dec. 7 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 21.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • 99MovesAbyss and more games from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 7.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

  • New themes this week include:
    • Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX “Carton Box”
    • Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival : Plaza
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, visithttp://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Michael

Brutal Gamer's Nintendo Editor began his gaming life a little late- at five years old. But he's made up for it in the two decades since, gaming and writing about gaming with the same passion, fervor, and unrelenting love as his five-year old self.

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