The Nintendo eShop sees a crowded week for the first time in a long time as SNES games hit the New 3DS, the Wii U sees Yoshi’s Story, and 3DS port Hyrule Warriors Legends releases.
The Legend of Zelda’s spin-off Hyrule Warriors’ handheld port releases this week, and while it’s not recommended for the original 3DS, it is playable on all iterations of the hardware. The new content will be transferable to the Wii U version, if you own both, so fans of Tetra and King Daphnes (and Windwaker in general) will be able to enjoy them in HD glory. A new DLC season will also be available for the title, downloadable for both versions.
The New 3DS also sees Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Kart, and EarthBound as part of the new SNES line-up for the system. The Wii U VC, meanwhile, sees N64’s Yoshi’s Story, and players will be able to revisit the story-book world. The Wii U also sees the release of Shantae: Risky’s Revenge- Director’s Cut, a remake that includes HD illustrations, a Magic Mode Costume, and a convenient sounding new Warp System.
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Hyrule Warriors Legends – Cut down entire legions of enemies as fan-favorite characters from The Legend of Zelda series using powerful moves, as the Hyrule Warriors game comes to the Nintendo 3DS system. Control multiple characters to enhance your strategies, and enjoy new story elements with playable characters from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, such as Tetra and King Daphnes. Take advantage of an epic discount when you buy all DLC packs in a single purchase with the Legends of Hyrule Season Pass, sold separately. You’ll also get an exclusive The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker-themed Ganondorf costume for immediate use in the game, then download the additional DLC packs as they become available throughout the year.
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut brings hair-whipping, belly-dancing action to the Wii U console. The most popular game in the Shantae series now has HD illustrations, a Magic Mode Costume and new Warp System. Click here to see a trailer for the game.
- Virtual Console on New Nintendo 3DS
- Donkey Kong Country – The Super NES masterpiece is now on New Nintendo 3DS! Play more than 100 levels filled with collectibles and hidden bonus levels of platforming action. With the help of Donkey Kong’s quirky family, animal friends and your fast reflexes, the dynamic duo of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong will prove to be an unstoppable force.
- Super Mario Kart – Take to the roads with your favorite Mario characters in the first game of this iconic series! Super Mario Kart offers crazy tracks that will test your gears. Use classic power-ups and gain the advantage to make it to the finish line.
- EarthBound – Intergalactic terror strikes the small town of Onett as a blazing extraterrestrial object crashes in the night. Earth now faces imminent destruction by the universal evil threat, Giygas. A courageous boy named Ness and his three friends vow to save the planet from hideous destruction. Acclaimed RPG EarthBound is a great game to take on the go.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Yoshi’s Story – Baby Bowser has taken the Super Happy Tree and put a spell on Yoshi Island. In this charming Nintendo 64 game, it’s up to a few remaining Yoshi characters to restore everything to its rightful place as they run, ground-pound, flutter-jump, throw eggs and traverse a colorful storybook-looking world. Complete a course in Story Mode, and then best your high score in Trial Mode.
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
- Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Nintendo 3DS), Resident Evil Revelations (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) and more games from Capcom are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 29.
- Epic Word Search Collection (Nintendo 3DS) and Word Party (Wii U) from Lightwood Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 4.
- Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (Nintendo 3DS), Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash (Wii U) and more games from Natsume are on sale starting at 9 a.m. PT on March 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 31.
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), and SpongeBob HeroPants (Nintendo 3DS) from Activision are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 30.
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Suspension Railroad Simulator is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 7.
- Life of Pixel is more than 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 11.
- Skylanders SuperChargers Portal Owner’s Pack is 50 percent off (reduced from $49.99 to $24.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 1.
- Maze and The Perplexing Orb are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 31.
- Explody Bomb is more than 65 percent off (reduced from $.99 to $.59) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 31.
- Adventures of Pip is 50 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $7.50) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 31.
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Aqua Moto Racing 3Dis 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 31.
- Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai is 25 percent off (reduced from $8.99 to $6.70) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 14.
- Japanese Rail Sim Journey in Suburbs #1 is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 7.
- Stella Glow, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight and more games from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on April 4.
- Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Map – Hidden Truths (1 and 2) – The secret prologue to the world of the Fire Emblem Fates games, this two-map set is now available to download in the game for only $4.49.
- Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 1 – As a reminder, anyone who owns either Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest can purchase Map Pack 1 in-game at Dragon’s Gate for $17.99 to get access to 11 DLC maps plus bonus content as it is released weekly through April 21. Map Pack 1 content is priced at more than $24 when purchased individually.
- Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge – For a limited time, get a download code for early access to the Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge game. Just buy any amiibo figure from a participating retailer between March 25 and April 27, and you’ll get early access to the game. Download this game for free on your Nintendo 3DS system or Wii U console, then tap any amiibo figure to get started. Click here: http://minimario.nintendo.com.
- National StreetPass Weekend: Spring Edition – Swing into spring with Nintendo 3DS! From March 25 to March 27, collect up to six StreetPass tags from across North America when you stop by a Nintendo Zone location with your Nintendo 3DS family system. While you’re out and about, be sure to take advantage of the cool StreetPass features in many popular games. To find a Nintendo Zone near you, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/nintendozone.
- Infinity Runner (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey in Suburbs #1 Vol. 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey in Suburbs #1 Vol. 3 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey in Suburbs #1 Vol. 4 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- Witch & Hero 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
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.