One of the first games to launch on the eShop was a small puzzle game from Enjoy Gaming called Pyramids. It was a Solomon’s Key inspired block puzzle game where you played as an adventurer who was dropping in a room, with limited resources and had to escape. You could drop and destroy blocks, shoot snakes in the rooms with the ammo supplied and collect treasure to unlock harder and harder puzzles. Now three years later the developer is back again with a sequel cleverly titled Pyramids 2. The premise is the same, but the puzzles are harder.
What You Need to Know
Pyramids 2 is, as previously mentioned, a block puzzle game. Like before you star as an adventurer who is trying to solve the riddles of the rooms, collect treasure along the way and escape without dying. You can drop blocks on the same level as your character, or one level lower. You must avoid traps, like spikes that come from the floor or fireball shooting statues as well as snakes, monkeys and natives along the way. You earn stars for the speed you finish the level and whether or not you collect all of the treasure in a room. Those stars are used to unlock levels later in the game, with the last set of rooms requiring you to have earned every star in the game up to that point.
It’s one of the marquee moments on any Nintendo platform, and for one platform, the game that will hopefully drive it out of its current lull. Super Smash Bros is almost upon us, and this time around, in two forms – for 3DS and for Wii U. With anticipation building ahead of its release at the end of the year, I got some time with both versions to see just how big a leap this is from Brawl.
Let’s start with the Wii U version. The most obvious difference between this and Brawl are the graphical improvement afforded by HD. The game looks absolutely beautiful, and as shown in the daily screenshots, the range of small details on show in just a few minutes of gameplay is a sight to behold. With the addition of the GameCube adapter, this really does feel like the evolution of Brawl and Melee, and I slipped right back into the groove of playing it.
In terms of gameplay, Super Smash Bros for Wii U falls in between Brawl and Melee – it’s much faster than Brawl, and much punchier than Melee, leading to a weighted feel. Every impact feels like it has something behind it, and there’s a definite thud from the audio as KOs are made. This feels very much like the next step in Smash Bros. Read more…
The eShop for both Wii U and 3DS see a number of good releases this week led by the unusual team up of Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton. Inti Creates launches their not-Mega Man platformer, Azure Striker Gunvolt, and the Wii U gets to take digging to a whole new level (no, it’s not Minecraft).
Wii U Virtual Console:
Mega Man X3
Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Available 8/29)
Azure Striker Gunvolt (Purchase of this also gives you access to Mighty Gunvolt for free) (Available 8/29)
Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter
Select Capcom titles are 60% off until 8:59am PT Sept. 4th
Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo: $3.95 (50% off) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24
Soccer Up : $1.99 (71% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 17
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist is being reduced in price to $19.99 permanently beginning Sept. 1st
Thursday means the eShops for Wii U and 3DS are getting updated and today’s biggest release is Disney Infinity. The Skylanders style game featuring playable Disney characters is available digitally for the first time, though the character base and figures (sold separately) are still required to play them game. After that it’s pretty much Virtual Console or nothing. Here’s what’s available this week.
Midtown Crazy Race
Mega Man 6 (Virtual Console)
Life Force (Virtual Console
Abyss – $1.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 10
Chasing Aurora – $3.99 (50% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Nano Assault Neo – $7.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Demon King Box
Xtreme Sports (Virtual Console)
Boulder Dash-XL 3D – $1.69 (66% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 27
European Conqueror 3Dis – $2.79 (30% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 4
Aeternoblade – $9.99 (33% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 7
Nano Assault – $7.49 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Quell Reflect – $2.79(30% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11
Aqua Moto Racing – $5.99 (25% off) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 18
New games get released to the Wii U and 3DS eShops every Thursday. Here’s the list of what’s new this week.
Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (Virtual Console)
Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Virtual Console)
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! – Demo Version
Amida’s Path (also available on the Nintendo DSi Shop)
Gravity Badgers – $3.49 on Sale until August 28th (30% off)
Hello Kitty Kruisers – $9.99 on Sale until August 18th (50% off)
Scram Kitty and His Buddy on Rails – $4.99 on Sale until August 21st (50% off)
ZaciSa’s Last Stand – $1.49 on Sale until August 28th (50% off)
Atlus Games – Code of Princess, Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl (and others) on sale beginning August 18th through September 1st
Me & My Furry Patients – $9.99 on sale until September 3rd (67% off)
Travel Adventures With Hello Kitty – $9.99 on Sale until September 1st (50% off)
The newest lineup of digital rewards for Club Nintendo members has been posted and there are some decent titles for anyone looking for classic Virtual Console games. This month it appears that they’re doubling the traditional offering of two console and two handheld games by offering four titles for the Wii U and four titles for the 3DS. These titles will be available to redeem until September 7th when a new batch of games will be made available. The list of games and their price in coins is:
Super Mario Bros. 2 (200 coins)
Excite Bike (200 coins)
Star Fox 64 (250 coins)
Vegas Stakes (250 coins)
Baseball (150 coins)
Puzzle League Express (200 coins)
Mario Golf (200 coins)
Dr. Mario Express (200 coins)
Note: Star Fox 64 and Vegas Stakes are for the Wii system and you will need to access to Wii Shop Channel in order to redeem those codes.
Head on over to club.nintendo.com to redeem your codes or sign up for Club Nintendo if you have not yet done so.