Nintendo Weekly Update: Here comes Mario Kart 8

by: Sean Cahill -

This week in the world of Nintendo focuses on the anticipated launch of Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U.  The ever popular racing game will finally come to the newest Nintendo system at Midnight tonight and can be downloaded directly off of the Nintendo Digital Store.  I would make sure your broadband connection is up to snuff as Nintendo is expecting this to be heavily downloaded.  Personally, I won't be shocked if it crashes their system.

Some of the highlights beyond Mario Kart 8 is the launch of Mega Man Xtreme 2, which is the final launch title of Mega May on the Virtual Console.  I hold a special place in my gaming heart for the Mega Man series, and this title looks to be a fantastic buy.  It will be available on the eShop for the Nintendo 3DS.

Be sure to check out the rest of the newsletter as you rev up your engines for karting action!



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May 29, 2014 13:00 UTC

Nintendo News: Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content for Nintendo Systems

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- This week??s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Feel the rush as your kart rockets across the ceiling. Race upside-down and along walls on anti-grav ...

Feel the rush as your kart rockets across the ceiling. Race upside-down and along walls on anti-gravity tracks in the most action-fueled Mario Kart game yet. (Photo: Business Wire)

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Mario Kart 8 ?? Feel the rush as your kart rockets across the ceiling. Race upside-down and along walls on anti-gravity tracks in the most action-fueled Mario Kart game yet. Take on racers across the globe and share videos of your greatest moments via Mario Kart TV (broadband Internet access required for online features). Mario Kart 8will be available on May 30. Click here to check out a trailer for the game.
    • Ittle Dew ?? Adventuress Ittle Dew and her sidekick, Tippsie, crash onto a strange island filled with loot and mysterious inhabitants. It quickly dawns on the duo that this might become their biggest adventure yet. Experience devious puzzles, timeless game play and lots of exploration in this puzzling adventure game. Clickhere to check out a trailer for Ittle Dew.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • KLONOA: Empire of Dreams ?? Emperor Jillius has banned dreaming, and finds Klonoa guilty of breaking the law. To win back his freedom, Klonoa and his friend, Huepow, must journey across the empire to defeat four nightmarish monsters. Platform your way through 40 stages filled with puzzles, useful items and bad guys in a fight to restore dreams.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
    • Mega Man?? Xtreme 2 ?? It??s Mega May! Every Thursday in May, a different Mega Man game will launch in the Virtual Console section of the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. The final Mega May release is Mega Man Xtreme 2, which originally launched on the Game Boy Color system in 2001. Join Mega Man X and Zero as they solve a mysterious case involving Reploids being turned into empty shells. As the investigation leads deeper into a research facility, the two partners will discover that all souls are up for grabs. Click here to check out a trailer for the game.
  • New Nintendo eShop Cards
    • $10 Nintendo eShop Cards including Photos with Mario ?? There??s a new way to have fun with your favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters. A special-edition series of $10 Nintendo eShop Cards lets you use your Nintendo 3DS system to play and pose with Mario, Princess Peach or a Goomba using character cards and the Photos with Mario application, at no additional cost. Not only do you get $10 to spend on downloadable games in the Nintendo eShop on both Nintendo 3DS or Wii U, but you also get a cool way to create fun photos on your Nintendo 3DS system. Choose your favorite character (or collect all three!) exclusively at Target retail stores. For details, visithttp://www.nintendo.com/photoswithmario.
  • Nintendo Promotion
  • Nintendo eShop Sale
    • Get up to 33 percent off Pushmo and Crashmo ?? See where it all started before the Pushmo World game comes out for the Wii U console. From May 28 at 9 a.m. PT to June 13 at 8:59 a.m. PT, the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS is offering the first two games, Pushmo and Crashmo, at up to 33 percent off their regular prices. For details, visit http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers.

Also new this week:

Price reduction:

  • LEGO® The Hobbit?? ?? LEGO The Hobbit is being reduced to $39.99 from $49.99 starting June 2 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U system, as well as the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS XL systems, the Nintendo DSi?? Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii?? Shop Channel for the Wii console.

The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in the Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in either Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account.

The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points??, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points??, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Wii Points Card?? and Nintendo DSi Points Card?? can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

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