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Nintendo Download for 4/28/2016: Xenoblade Chronicles and Mini Mario hit the eShop

by: Russell -
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Surprisingly this week's Nintendo Download has a couple of big releases...well, depends on how you view "big releases".  First off is Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge for the Wii U and 3DS.  Once downloaded (for free) you can tap any amiibo figure to the Wii U GamePad or New Nintendo 3DS, or tap select amiibos to guide one of eleven minis, and guide them across more than fifty levels and use their unique abilities.  This kind of confused me in the press release, but I'm interpreting it to mean that you can use any amiibo, but there are eleven certain amiibos that will let you use in-game abilities, such as Yoshi's ability to eat enemies.

Next up is Sega 3D Classics Collection for the 3DS.  This is a collection of nine classic Sega games including Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, Power Drift, and others.  One thing to keep in mind is that all nine of these games are available in the US individually on the 3DS eShop with a couple of them just released this week, so if you have most of these already it might not be worth it to pick this one up, but that's all up to you.

Rounding out the 3DS eShop this week is the ability to pre-purchase Disney Art Academy.  Releasing on May 13th, it's Art Academy with Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Olaf, Woody, and more.  Pre-purchasing the game will pre-load it onto your 3DS so you can play it pretty much straight away when it launches in a couple of weeks (after a small update).

The big Wii U release this week is Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii.  If you've played as Shulk in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS and want to see where he first came from, now's your chance.  Xenoblade Chronicles offers expansive environments and deep character customization options and is probably worth picking up as it may be getting a little tougher to find the actual Wii game these days.

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 Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, make Minis march like never before in this free download. ...

In Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, make Minis march like never before in this free download. (Graphic: Business Wire)

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge ?? Make Minis march like never before in this free download. To get started, simply tap any amiibo figure on the Wii U GamePad controller or a New Nintendo 3DS system. Or, tap select amiibo figures to guide one of 11 Minis across more than 50 levels, using their in-game Minis and their unique abilities, like Yoshi who can eat enemies, to reach the exit. But watch out! Mine carts, ghostly Boos and other new obstacles lurk around every corner.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Disney Art Academy ?? Pre-Purchase ?? To help you start playing as soon as possible, if you pre-purchase the game in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, it will pre-load the game to your system. That means you??ll be able to play after a small game update when it launches on May 13. Be one of the first to play! Game playable in 2D only.
    • SEGA 3D Classics Collection ?? A collection of nine classic SEGA games in one game ?? and in 3D! From the arcades straight to your Nintendo 3DS system, experience the classics that defined genres.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Lost Reavers ?? Lost Reavers is a free-to-play, four-player co-op game that asks players to haul treasure safely back to extraction points while their friends protect them. Choose one of four distinct characters to play, and explore a variety of worlds ranging from Ancient Ruins and Medieval Castles to a Modern City. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • The Deer God ?? The Deer God is a game about survival, reincarnation and karma. Find power-ups, unlock ancient secrets and test your platforming skills in this unique side-scrolling pixelated adventure! Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Wii Retail on Wii U
    • Xenoblade Chronicles ?? You??ve played him in the Super Smash Bros. games, so now experience Shulk in his very first adventure! Discover expansive environments and deep character customization options as you delve into an epic conflict between the Homs (humans) and Mechons (robots). Explore the game??s unique upgrade, battle and relationship-building systems as you fight to change the future with trusty allies and the ancient Monado blade.

Nintendo eShop sales:

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Star Fox Zero: Space Battle
    • Shovel Knight Campfire Dream
    • Plague Knight??s Theme

Also new this week:

  • ASH (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

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 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.

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 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, New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, 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.