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Nintendo Download April 28th

Another week, another group of releases: this time including the full launch of Lost Reavers and the Virtual Console release of Wii classic, Xenoblade Chronicles.

TheDeerGodThis week’s Nintendo Download is a doozy.  Those of you who missed out on Gamestop’s exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles (widely considered to be the console’s best JRPG, and one of the best from that generation) and would prefer to enjoy the title on the big screen (rather than on their New 3DS XL) will be happy to hear the game is coming to the Wii U’s virtual console. While I prefer Xenoblade Chronicles X, the Wii U successor, the stronger narrative elements of the original will no doubt hold stronger pull for JRPG aficionados.

Who, let’s be honest, probably picked the game up in one form or another already.

Lost Reavers, which had an Open Beta recently, is launching its full version this week. The free-to-play co-op game for up to four players feels like a game right out of the PS2 era, for better or worse, and while it has its grievances, it seems fun enough for those looking for something to play with friends during the wait for, say, Monster Hunter Generations.

Also releasing this week is 2D survival platforming game, The Deer God, and SEGA 3D Classics Collection- which features nine classic SEGA games all remastered in 3D, as well as amiibo-focused Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge.

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

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DSMiniMarioFriendsamiiboChallenge
    • Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge – Make Minis march like never before in this free download. To get started, simply tap any amiibo figure on the Wii U GamePad controller or a New Nintendo 3DS system. Or, tap select amiibo figures to guide one of 11 Minis across more than 50 levels, using their in-game Minis and their unique abilities, like Yoshi who can eat enemies, to reach the exit. But watch out! Mine carts, ghostly Boos and other new obstacles lurk around every corner.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Disney Art Academy – Pre-Purchase – To help you start playing as soon as possible, if you pre-purchase the game in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, it will pre-load the game to your system. That means you’ll be able to play after a small game update when it launches on May 13. Be one of the first to play! Game playable in 2D only.
    • SEGA 3D Classics Collection – A collection of nine classic SEGA games in one game … and in 3D! From the arcades straight to your Nintendo 3DS system, experience the classics that defined genres.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii ULostReavers
    • Lost ReaversLost Reavers is a free-to-play, four-player co-op game that asks players to haul treasure safely back to extraction points while their friends protect them. Choose one of four distinct characters to play, and explore a variety of worlds ranging from Ancient Ruins and Medieval Castles to a Modern City. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • The Deer GodThe Deer God is a game about survival, reincarnation and karma. Find power-ups, unlock ancient secrets and test your platforming skills in this unique side-scrolling pixelated adventure! Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Wii Retail on Wii U
    • Xenoblade Chronicles – You’ve played him in the Super Smash Bros. games, so now experience Shulk in his very first adventure! Discover expansive environments and deep character customization options as you delve into an epic conflict between the Homs (humans) and Mechons (robots). Explore the game’s unique upgrade, battle and relationship-building systems as you fight to change the future with trusty allies and the ancient Monado blade.
Nintendo eShop sales:

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Star Fox Zero : Space Battle
    • Shovel Knight Campfire Dream
    • Plague Knight’s Theme

Also new this week:

  • ASH (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.

About Michael

Brutal Gamer's Nintendo Editor spends an endless amount of time on his Switch (when he isn't lost in the mountains), dreaming of the return of 1080, F-Zero, and Custom Robo.

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