As noted earlier in the week, Mojang and Microsoft have teamed up with Nintendo to bring the Super Mario Mash-Up pack to Minecraft for the Wii U. This pack lets you fend off classic enemies from the Mario universe such as Hammer Bros. and Dry Bones in various settings based on the various games in the franchise. There are also many new character skins you can use such as Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Wario, and even enemies such as Bowser and the Koopalings. I took it for a spin and it looks pretty good. It even has an Air Ship which I died trying to get to (there's a hole you can jump in, activate a switch, and a slime block will launch you high into the air...I kind of missed my target). My only complaint is that it takes several moments to start up the next music track once one ends, but that's only a minor nitpick.
In other non-Mario related releases, PixelJunk Monsters is now available for the Wii U eShop. I did a review of PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate on Steam a while back as well as a couple of other versions prior to that and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it. If you like tower defense games you'll want to check this one out.
If you're into simple Pokemon-related games, PokePark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure is now available on the Wii U's eShop. You play as Pikachu as you travel all around the PokePark and experience a variety of zone and attractions as well as meet many different Pokemon. I'll admit that as a fan of the series I skipped over this one, but that doesn't mean that others won't enjoy it, especially younger Pokemon fans.
Finally we have Contra III: The Alien Wars on the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Contra is a pretty well known game on the NES and is the game/series most associated with the "Konami Code" (though it originated with Gradius if I recall). While Super C was released on the NES as well (a game with Super in the name not released on the Super NES?), Contra III brought the series to the 16-bit generation and was every bit as though as it's predecessors...well, to me at least, I still have yet to beat Contra III. I might have to turn in my classic gamer card now.
Finally we have some new DLC this week. Hyrule Warriors Legends will receive sixteen new Fairy Costume pieces, a new adventure battle scenario, and the Master Wind Waker map for Adventure Mode, and all of this for only $0.99. However, you can also purchase the Hyrule Warriors Legends Season Pass for $14.99 and receive all DLC packs as they are released.
Fire Emblem Fates also received some new DLC. First off is Part 3 of Heirs of Fate which is now available for $1.99. Next, a new Map Pack is available that will include six maps in a scenario where units that you've leveled up in the main game cannot lend support, so you must devise some strategy with a fresh new team in order to survive. Map Pack 2 can be purchased for $7.99 and you'll receive the maps as they come out.
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- This week??s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo is partnering with Mojang and Microsoft to bring the imaginative worlds of the Super Mario series and Minecraft together as a free update for those who own the Minecraft: Wii U Edition game. (Graphic: Business Wire)
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