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Nintendo Download for 12/8/2016: Animal Crossing: New Leaf gets an update, Samus returns to the Virtual Console

by: Russell -
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It's always nice to see certain titles get updates now and then, especially when that update adds some sort of functionality to the game.  One of this week's Nintendo Download highlights sees Animal Crossing: New Leaf get an update called Welcome Amiibo that adds new features and activities as well as support for all Animal Crossing series amiibo figures and cards.

Elsewhere on the eShop Metroid: Other M is now available on the Wii U.  Metroid: Other M takes place following Super Metroid and utilizes the Wiimote both sideways to navigate and battle in third person as well as using the pointer controls to explore various environments in a first-person perspective.  Metroid: Other M received fairly positive reviews for the most part, though was criticized a bit for the characterization of Samus which was a departure from the rest of the series.  Outside of that, I didn't think the game was all that bad and wouldn't mind playing through it again.

Over on the Virtual Console we have Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on the Wii U.  Originally released on the Nintendo DS, Shadow Dragons is a retelling of the original Fire Emblem, so if you're looking to check out how the series all started, this might be a good way to do so.  Over on the New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console we have the Super NES game Demon's Crest.  In Demon's Crest you play as Firebrand and you have to recover the six magical stones of the Demon Crest while you progress through seven intense leves and fight to save the realms from eternal unrest.  Sadly I've never played Demon's Crest but it's definitely on my list of Super NES games to try and hunt down some day.

Keep reading for the official press release including current eShop sales and a few ways that My Nintendo is celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda.

Nintendo News: Nintendo Download, Dec. 8, 2016: Turn Over a New Leaf! 

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

This updated version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf adds new features and activities, as well as suppo ...

This updated version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf adds new features and activities, as well as support for all Animal Crossing series amiibo figures and cards. (Graphic: Business Wire)

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – There’s more to discover than ever before in the Animal Crossing: New Leaf—Welcome amiibo game. This updated version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf adds new features and activities, as well as support for all Animal Crossing series amiibo figures and cards. Discover new villagers, explore the Campground, and interact with characters—all with the tap of compatible amiibo cards or figures.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
    • Demon’s Crest – Firebrand must set off to recover the six magical stones of the Demon Crest before the realms of humans and demons fall into the hands of his evil nemesis, Phalanx. In this Super NES action platformer, breathe fire, claw walls and hover across seven intense levels as you fight to save the realms from eternal unrest.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon – Discover the origin of classic character Marth in this Nintendo DS retelling of the original Fire Emblem game. Alternate turns with the enemy and shape your army to suit your strategy by selecting from dozens of units with unique spells, abilities and weapons. Each unit has its own strategic benefits, so guide them wisely or risk losing them on the battlefield.
  • Wii Retail on Wii U
    • Metroid: Other M – Join Samus for an action-packed space adventure that takes the best elements of first- and third-person gaming to create a seamless blend of gameplay, storytelling and cinematography. Players hold the Wii Remote controller sideways while navigating and battling in third person. However, at any moment, players can switch immediately to Wii Remote pointer controls to examine and explore the environments in a first-person perspective.

Nintendo eShop sales:


  • My Nintendo Celebrates The Legend of Zelda – The latest My Nintendo rewards are inspired by the 30th anniversary of the Legend of Zelda franchise. Fans can redeem My Nintendo points for discounts on digital games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS) and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii U). There is also a commemorative 30th anniversary Home Menu theme for the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS system. On top of that, enjoy the incredible music of The Legend of Zelda with orchestral music videos. Head to https://my.nintendo.com to check out the rewards.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Disney Tsum Tsum
    • Mickey & Friends Holiday Season

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 Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems and the Wii Shop Channel for the Wii console.

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