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.
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.
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.
If this game plays anything at all like Ivan Stewart’s Off Road Racing I’m all in. I loved that game. This is one is coming to Wii U in the next few months from Enjoy Up Games.
What’s coming to the eShop today? Lots of stuff. A couple new Virtual Console games, including one announced during yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, 3D After Bruner II. A number of LEGO games get permanent price drops on Wii U this week so if you haven’t checked those out now might be a good time to do so. For a full list of everything that’s available head past the break.