Nintendo Download for 11/14/2014: Mario, Sonic, and Pokemon all in the same week?

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So I'm sitting at my computer listening to a remix of a song from one of the most underrated Pokemon games ever to have been released and browsing this week's Nintendo Download when I noticed that very same game hit the 3DS Virtual Console this week.  The nostalgia in me just went through the roof, but we'll hit that topic in a moment.  This week's Nintendo Download is highlighted by Mario, Sonic, and Pokemon all in the same week.  Yep, Smash Bros. for Wii U is definitely on the way.

The big release this week is Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on the Wii U's eShop.  While I haven't played it yet myself, I'm hoping it's better than what Sonic Lost World seemed to be...and someone's already broken the game it seems according to Kotaku.  Then again it's a modern Sonic game so that might not be too hard to do, though nothing will be as broken as Sonic '06. (For the record, the "broken the game" part is referring to a glitch that allows you to pause the game to extend Knuckles' jump, allowing you to bypass a great deal of the game)

When it comes to Mario we didn't get a new platformer on the Virtual Console, but instead we got Mario Kart: Super Circuit from the Game Boy Advance on to the Wii U's Virtual Console.  This was the first portable Mario Kart game and one of the ten Game Boy Advance games that 3DS Ambassadors received several months after the system's release.  For the first portable game in the series it's pretty good and resembles the Super NES original a bit in terms of the feel of the gameplay.

Now we move onto that hit of nostalgia I mentioned.  Back when it was first released I was really into the Pokemon TCG, and in fact it's what got me into my fascination with CCGs in general, so when a Game Boy Color version of the TCG was released, I got it roughly close to launch and enjoyed every bit of it, including the Gym Club and Final Duel themes.  With that said, I for one am very happy to see the Pokemon Trading Card Game hit the 3DS Virtual Console this week and definitely plan to pick it up.  It's a shame that the second TCG game wasn't localized in North America and was only released in Japan, but the original was still a lot of fun and definitely worth picking up for fans of the game...just don't be surprised if some of the rules are different that the TCG today.

 

 

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:

In Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Sonic, Knuckles, Amy and Tails, each with his or her own unique abilit ...

In Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Sonic, Knuckles, Amy and Tails, each with his or her own unique abilities, must work together to save the world and stop the evil alliance of Lyric and Dr. Eggman. (Photo: Business Wire)

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric ?? In Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Sonic, Knuckles, Amy and Tails, each with his or her own unique abilities, must work together to save the world and stop the evil alliance of Lyric and Dr. Eggman. With two-player co-op, a ??Team Challenges?? mode for up to four players and the ability to unlock special upgrades with Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on the Nintendo 3DS system (for those that own the system and the game), this may be Sonic??s biggest adventure yet! Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is available exclusively on Wii U. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
    • A World of Keflings ?? Embark on a giant kingdom-building adventure to exotic lands and help your new tiny Kefling friends along the way. Play as your Mii character and help the friendly little Keflings harvest resources, assemble buildings and create thriving cities. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
    • Tengami ?? Discover the wonders of a folding world. Go on a serene journey through Japan with striking visuals, unique game play and haunting music. Fold and slide the beautifully crafted paper world to solve puzzles and discover secrets. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Mario Kart: Super Circuit ?? Some of your favorite kart-racing characters are ready to kick it into high gear in Mario Kart: Super Circuit! This Game Boy Advance classic offers 20 courses and hidden bonus tracks, each loaded with classic power-ups and primed for the free-for-all racing that only Mario Kart can deliver. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham ?? Brainiac, using the power of the Lantern Rings, shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest superheroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it??s too late. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is now available on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal ?? Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and new friend Sticks, each with unique abilities, as you work as a team to save Amy and locate the Crystal before it??s too late! In addition to the secret-filled adventure, you can experience a StreetPass collectibles mini-game and play through the story to unlock special upgrades for Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on Wii U (for those that own the system and the game). Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal is available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze ?? The Turtles are back in action against the evils of the world. Stop Shredder and his army of mutants as he threatens to unleash the power of a new Super Mutagen that could destroy their beloved New York City. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
    • Tetris Ultimate ?? With six exciting modes plus an exclusive Nintendo 3DS challenge mode, fun new features and unique visuals, the evolution of this iconic game is a must-have on Nintendo 3DS.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
    • Pokémon Trading Card Game ?? Build new decks, hone your skills and test your abilities in Pokémon Trading Card Game. Expand your card collection, duel your way through eight Club Masters and earn the right to challenge the Grand Master. Shadowy figures, wise instructors and powerful opponents await you in this trading card game adventure. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Nintendo eShop Sales

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • BIT.TRIP Presents??Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is more than 60 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $4.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 14 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 24.
    • Abyss is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 4.
    • Chubbins is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 20.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • European Conqueror 3D is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov 27.
    • Darts Up 3D is more than 60 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to 0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 4.
    • Soccer Up 3D is more than 70 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 4.

Also new this week:

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 console and the Nintendo 3DS family of 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.

Remember that Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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