Nintendo was a little late getting this to us this week, but here you go. Everything you can expect to download through the eShop on the 3DS and Wii U. It includes Metroid Prime Trilogy, which I’ll be picking up, a demo for Codename S.T.E.A.M. and Gunman Clive 2. Head past the break to see everything that’s available for download
I’ve played just about every LEGO game that’s been released in recent years. I like them, a lot. From LEGO Harry Potter to LEGO The Hobbit and LEGO Marvel Superheroes they’re all a lot of fun, especially if you’ve got someone to play them with. Warner Bros. has just announced their new slate of LEGO games that are set to come out this year. Five new games are expected this year, three of them headed to Nintendo platforms. One of them has dinosaurs. Another has Captain America. I’ll let you figure out what those might be. If you just want me to tell you then head past the break for the full lineup.
Good morning Mister Vice President, how did you sleep? What’s that, you had a nightmare about a cyborg barista…? You say he really tried to grind you into a double-shot espresso?! No… I don’t think you’re crazy, I just think you need to lay off the Special Blend for a few days.
What You Need to Know
Citizens of Earth is an JRPG in the same vein of classics like Earthbound and Pokémon where you will traverse many environments recruiting and leveling party members as you fight your way through the story. You start the game as the newly elected Vice President of Earth waking up in your mom’s house the morning after the election. After walking out the front door, it is made apparent that something is wrong as your yard is flooded with violent protesters who start attacking. As the V.P. of Earth, it would be damaging to your political appearance to physically assault the citizens (no matter how justified it may be in self-defense) so your only solution is to recruit you mother and brother to do your dirty work as you sit back and delegate actions ‘Pokémon style’. After your first few minutes in the game, it is made clear that there’s more than just angry protesters on the loose and as the new V.P., it’s your duty to put an end to it. Read more…
Ed Di Geronimo of Saturnine Games has been on the show before. One of my favorite games on the DSiWare service was his release of Antipole. The game is a run and gun style platformer similar to things like Contra or Rush ‘n’ Attack. The hook with that game, though, that makes it stand out is the ability to reverse gravity in the world, which affects not only the player, but everything in the environment.
In an interview recently with 4 Color Rebellion he talked about a new release of the game that he’s been working on. Antipole DX is coming to Wii U and 3DS sometime this Summer. This remake of the game updates the visuals and sound from the original release to fit better with the vision he had of the game. The new higher resolution pictures show off just how nice the game is going to look, and it’s a nice upgrade overall. He said that the original release had to sacrifice in areas such as the sound design to fit in with the specifications of the DSiWare service. All the levels in the game have been reworked from scratch and some of the boss fights have been reworked.
Releasing the game on 3DS and Wii U means that any restrictions previously in place are no longer there and he said that new levels are going to be added to this game on release making it a little longer than the original game was. In addition to that new enemies that affect gravity may be added for a bit of an additional challenge.
He hopes to release Antipole DX simultaneously on Wii U and 3DS. Both games are planned to be identical so pick your platform and enjoy. We’ll most likely have a talk with Ed at some point about the game so be on the lookout here for more information as we get closer to the game’s launch.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon will be available on April 7th this year for the 3DS. The game combines the game play of the Etrian Odyssey series with procedurally generated dungeon crawling found in the Mystery Dungeon series of games. Atlus today has shown off some of their launch bonuses for people that want to get the game at launch, and it’s a nice little package.
Inside the package is a “Rough Sketch” version of the soundtrack that contains rough versions of some of the music found in the game. Also included in the Collector’s box is a Visual Book, 26 pages of art and information to help you prepare to enter the dungeons of the game. This collector’s version of the game will set you back $39.99 when the game launches.
Also today the company showed off a trailer for one of the characters in the game, the Protector. This tank classes uses a high DEF stat and impressively large shields in combination with a taunt ability to soak up a lot of damage that the party might take. Here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure.
Get those boxing gloves laced up. Make sure you’re ready to fight. Punch-Out!! makes it way to the Wii U eShop this week. This Wii title follows Super Mario Galaxy 2 as Wii games begin to make their way over to Nintendo’s newest system. Other games, like Citizens of Earth also hit the eShop for Wii U and 3DS this week. I highly recommend both of those titles. Head past the break for the full rundown of what’s available in Nintendo’s digital stores this week.
Nintendo wants you to know that 2014 was a good year for them, and it ended with the best month of sales the company has ever seen, according to a company press release. The company says that Wii U hardware and software sales rose by more than 29 percent and more than 75 percent, respectively, over sales in 2013. This was spurred on by the release of titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. during the year. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby sales have combined to reach more than 2.6 million people in the six weeks the games have been on the market. Alongside Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS December was the best month ever for the 3DS.
Other Nintendo highlights from the full 2014 year include:
- Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U sold over 1.7 million physical and digital units and 1.3 million physical and digital units, respectively, in 2014.
- Total sales of amiibo figures in 2014 are nearly twice the sales of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
- In 2014, 16 Nintendo 3DS titles sold at least 250,000 units. Of those titles, eight sold more than 500,000 units and three sold over 1 million units.
- In 2014, the top 15 best-selling hand-held titles were all released on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
Nintendo has a number of titles for both systems already lined up for 2015 so they’re hoping to ride this wave of momentum to continue an upwards trend for both systems. There is also a new model of the 3DS coming next month that the company hopes will help spur sales of their handheld line even more.