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February Club Nintendo Rewards

February 13, 2014 Leave a comment

February Club Nintendo Rewards

I know this post is a few days late, but better late than never.  Nintendo has released their newest lineup of digital rewards through Club Nintendo.  You can head on over there and spend your hard earned coins on four new downloadable games.  Those games this month are:

Wii U

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream – 200 Coins
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – 200 coins

3DS

Donkey Kong Jr. – 150 coins
Art Style: PiCTOBiTS – 150 coins

Note: Super Mario RPG is the Wii Virtual Console version of the game, not Wii U.  You will have to access the Wii Shop Channel to download that game.  These games will be available until March 9th when a new set of games will be made available.

January Club Nintendo Rewards

January 14, 2014 Leave a comment

January Rewards

The newest digital Club Nintendo rewards hit the web today and this month has a couple of titles I’m really interested in.  From now until February 9th you can get your hands on four new digital games through the eShop on the Wii U and the 3DS.

3DS

Game & Watch: Cement Factory – 100 Coins
Spin Six – 150 Coins

Wii U

F-Zero – 200 Coins
1080 Snowboarding – 200 Coins

These are DSiWare and WiiWare games so keep that in mind when you’re downloading them.  To download 1080 Snowboarding on Wii U you’ll need to access the Wii Menu and go to the Wii Shop channel.  You cannot redeem this game through the Wii U eShop as it does not have Wii U version available at this time.

Two Games, Two Dollars, Two Days

December 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Mega Man X

Nintendo is continuing to come up with clever ways to offer deals on their downloadable software.  This time it’s a promotion called 2 Games, 2 Dollars Each, 2 Days.  This new promotion does just what it says.  Every two days two new games will be offered for $2 each.

Up first are a couple of Capcom classics.  Mega Man X for the Super Nintendo and Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge for the Game Boy.  These games can be downloaded by going to the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores respectively.

Check back here on Wednesday or head on over to Nintendo’s eShop Deals page for more information on the games that are available.

The Legend of Zelda – Swordless Runs Are a Thing?

September 3, 2013 Leave a comment

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The Miiverse has been a treasure trove of interesting social interactions, especially when it comes to older games from the NES/SNES era. It all started with the now infamous “Why can’t Metroid crawl?” meme and has blossomed from there. It shows just how hard those games were back in the day and how people who are experiencing games for the first time react, and probably just how we also reacted back in the day. The difference is now we have the internet to look stuff up.

I discovered something today that I didn’t know existed. We’ve all heard of speedruns, watched videos of impressive examples of speedruns and maybe even attempted some ourselves. I didn’t realize that swordless runs were a thing in the original Legend of Zelda. Getting onto the Miiverse today I actually stopped into that community to check up and see how people playing the game for the first time were reacting. It’s been surprisingly quiet on that front; however, I noticed this message:

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Buy Two Kirby Games, Get One Free

Kirby super star

Listen, all you deal hunters out there. Nintendo is releasing three Super Nintendo Kirby games onto the Wii U Virtual Console today. Those games are Kirby Super Star, Kirby’s Dream Course and Kirby’s Dream Land 3. What’s even better is that they’re running a promotion on those games for this week. If you buy any two of those games from the eShop before 11:00 am on May 30th, then you can get the third one for free. They’ll each set you back $7.99 unless you previously bought them on the Wii. If you own the Wii Virtual Console releases you can upgrade them to the Wii U versions for $1.50 each. That means if you own those you could get all three for as little as $3. Even still $16 for three solid games is still a pretty good price.

Earthbound!!!!

April 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Earthbound

After years of hounding, Nintendo has finally listened.  During today’s Nintendo Direct presentation they announced that Earthbound will be making it’s way to North America and Europe.  It will be heading to the Wii U Virtual Console sometime before the end of the year.  That’s all we know.

Just understand that it’s coming and, if you’re like me and you’ve never played it, download it immediately to show Nintendo that we’ll put our money where our mouths are.

Castlevania: The Adventure (3DS VC)

October 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Castlevania is one of the longest running video game franchises in history. To date it’s seen about 83 jillion releases across eleventy-billion platforms (okay, It’s more like 38 unique titles). The game has a huge following and has stayed mostly true to its origins, with some exceptions. It’s been the basis of a whole genre, along with another NES classic Metroid, and numerous games that come out today are compared to it. Castlevania: The Adventure was the first game to appear on Nintendo’s handheld, the Game Boy. While the structure was similar to that of its NES predecessors it does make some changes to the formula. How will the game hold up more than 20 years after it’s original release?

What You Need to Know

Castlevania: The Adventure takes place 100 years before the original game and follows the story of Simon Belmont’s ancestor, Christopher Belmont. There are four stages that can be quite lengthy. Unlike its NES counterpart there are no sub-weapons that can be used and the hearts you will find restore Christopher’s health. You’ve also got a time limit on each level to contend with, so keep moving.

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Rayman (3DS VC) Impressions

June 25, 2012 Leave a comment

After years sidelined by the insane antics of the Rabbids, Rayman finally returned to our screens last year with the superb Rayman Origins, a title that not only managed to challenge Nintendo’s crown as the platforming king, but also look fantastic while doing it. The game has since appeared on multiple platforms, with the 3DS release arriving a few weeks ago, albeit to a mediocre response thanks to a poor port being produced. Nonetheless, Rayman’s popularity is at an all-time high, and Ubisoft are naturally keen to capitalise on this.

And what better way to excite the fanbase than to give them a rare opportunity to play through one of Rayman’s first adventures again on 3DS? Thanks to the 3DS Virtual Console, this opportunity has been made possible, allowing Rayman’s self-titled Game Boy Color adventure from 2000 to make a re-appearance and remind fans just what made Rayman such a classic a decade ago. But does this 12 year old platformer still offer the excitement that Rayman Origins can now provide? Read more…

Categories: Reviews, Virtual Console

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 16/06

June 17, 2012 2 comments

Euro News Round-Up

We’re still recovering from E3, so as expected very little is happening right now. So in the meantime, why not amuse yourselves with a couple of download titles or check out a top ten game, both of which are provided below (minus the buying part, you have to do that).

This Week’s Downloads

Sonic Blast – 3DS VC (Game Gear) – £4.50

Art of Ink – DSiWare – 800 Points

3DS & Wii Charts

A good entry for Rayman Origins 3DS

3DS Chart
1. Mario Tennis Open
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Mario Kart 7
4. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Kid Icarus: Uprising
6. Sonic Generations
7. Rayman Origins
8. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
9. FIFA 12
10. Rayman 3D

Wii Chart
1. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Kart Wii
3. Mario Party 9
4. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
5. Zumba Fitness
6. Zumba Fitness 2
7. Wii Party
8. FIFA 12
9. New Super Mario Bros Wii
10. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

And finally…

Nintendo are attempting to find Britain’s Fastest Family by hosting a Mario Kart 7 tournament this August in certain HMV stores nationwide. If you think your family has what it takes, be sure to enter!

Euro News Round-Up: Week Ending 09/06

June 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Euro News Round-Up

Someone forgot to give Nintendo of Europe the memo that E3 was this week, so we have absolutely no Euro specific news. Which is probably for the best, as there was a lot of news to cover this past week. Nonetheless, they did remember to update the eShop, so be sure to check out the new Heroes of Ruin demo!

This Week’s Downloads

Heroes of Ruin Demo – 3DS eShop – Free

3D Solitaire – 3DS eShop – £2.70

Tumble Pop – 3DS VC (GB) – £2.70

Devil Band – Rock the Underworld – DSiWare – 500 Points

3DS & Wii Charts

Second week at the top for Mario Tennis Open

3DS Chart
1. Mario Tennis Open
2. Super Mario 3D Land
3. Mario Kart 7
4. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
5. Kid Icarus: Uprising
6. Sonic Generations
7. Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever
8. Rayman 3D
9. Super Pokemon Rumble
10. FIFA 12

Wii Chart
1. Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games
2. Mario Party 9
3. Mario Kart Wii
4. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
5. Just Dance 3
6. The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
7. Zumba Fitness
8. Zumba Fitness 2
9. Wii Party
10. Pokepark 2: Wonders Beyond

And finally…

UK retailer ShopTo.net have speculatively priced Wii U at £279.85, with games retailing for £39.99, much like current Wii games. Whether or not they have inside knowledge remains to be seen, but the price is a clear £100 more than the Wii retailed at launch in 2006.

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