Nintendo fans, this wasn’t an uneventful week, right? New My Nintendo rewards are available for redemption, and yesterday’s Animal Crossing-themed Nintendo Direct showcased several additions to New Leaf. Plus, today’s a Thursday, which means we have a smorgasbord of new games to appreciate on the Nintendo eShop.
New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat has barrel blasted on to the Wii U! The GameCube original was a significant departure in tone and gameplay from the Country series, opting to propel Donkey Kong through more fantastical locals with the DK Bongo controller. This re-release abandons the Bongos for the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, and other alterations have been made for this version, too. While I feel the original is the more noteworthy iteration to play, Jungle Beat is good regardless, and it’s worth a shot to experience Nintendo EAD Tokyo’s premiere title. And if you’d prefer Country, Retro Studios’ Donkey Kong Country Returns is also on the eShop.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 frustrated gamers back when it was released on the Nintendo DS, and the Wii U Virtual Console will now let you utilize your colorful vocabulary once more. I actually haven’t played it myself, but I hear it’s fun and provides a challenge. Some fascinating decisions were also made with its soundtrack. ~Three on threeeeeee…~
Mario Party Star Rush is the second Mario Party for the Nintendo 3DS, and it’s technically the twentieth in total. I’m psychologically incapable of mustering any enthusiasm for Mario’s shindigs, but if you can, then this installment contains 15 boards sporting new rules, seven gameplay modes, and more than 50 minigames. amiibo support is included, too. And if you’re like me and still have no interest in Star Rush but you have friends who do, then perhaps the free Party Guest Edition is worth a whirl. You’ll be able to start the party tomorrow.
Hyrule Warriors Legends’ A Link Between Worlds Pack is out now. This expansion for the popular Zelda musou adds content based on A Link Between Worlds. Alternatively, you could buy the Season Pass, which includes all four DLC packs. The Wii U’s Hyrule Warriors can receive the new content too, of course.
Here’s everything Nintendo released on the eShop this week:
- Gravity+ (Nitrolic Games, $7.00)
- Pinball Breakout (nuGAME, $7.00)
- Twisted Fusion (Leuvsion, $5.00)
- Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (Nintendo, $9.99 – originally for the Nintendo DS)
- New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Nintendo, $19.99 – originally for the Wii)
- Mario Party Star Rush (Nintendo, $39.99 – launches tomorrow, will also be available at retail)
- Mario Party Star Rush – Party Guest (Nintendo, free – launches tomorrow, requires a friend to own the full game)
- Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth, $3.99)
- Unlucky Mage (Kemco, $9.99)
- Hyrule Warriors Legends – A Link Between Worlds Pack (Nintendo, has multiple purchasing options)
- Individually for the Nintendo 3DS: $6.99
- Individually for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U: $9.99
- Season Pass for the Nintendo 3DS: $14.99
- Season Pass for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U: $19.99
Will you download anything this week?