What’s downloadable this week, Nintendo? 1/10/2013

ZombiU on Wii U Image / Screenshot

ZombiU Image

This week is looking a bit light as far as Nintendo downloads are concerned. Still, a few titles were released, as well as a couple of Wii U demos, so let's check 'em out, shall we?

No new content on the Wii U this week. Instead, we've just got the aforementioned demos. If you've yet to play NBA 2K13 or ZombiU on Nintendo's latest console, you can check out trial versions of both and see if you like them.

Digital content on the Wii is also a bit bare, with retro fighter World Heroes 2 being the only game available on the Virtual Console. You can download that for 900 Wii Points.

The 3DS eShop has quite a few games available for download, none of which look especially great. For $4.99, you can play virtual pet simulator 101 DinoPets 3D. I'm assuming people will get bored after the fifth dinosaur. There's also Hello Kitty Picnic with Sanrio Friends (no price info) and Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini for $3.99, both of which sound like riveting action games. If you don't want to hunt for fish, you can hunt for deer in Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D for $3.99.

Last is the sole DSiWare download of the week. Biorhythm is, well, a thing about, like, measuring your emotions or something. Whatever it is, it costs $1.99.

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Tags: Nintendo downloads

By David Sanchez

What’s downloadable this week, Nintendo? 7/19/2012


Look at that main image! Seriously, low quality is so in these days! Anyway, it's Thursday (at least here in California), which means Nintendo's released a bunch of digital content on its various download shops. Oddly enough, the Wii Virtual Console and WiiWare are nowhere to be seen, but there's plenty of downloadable stuff on tap for 3DS and DSi owners. Check it all out here.

On the 3DS eShop we see the return of Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, a Game Boy original, for $3.99. There's also a newer entry titled Masyu by Nikoli. The game, priced at $4.99, requires you to draw lines to solve puzzles … and stuff. The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels is a horrible-looking game that allows you to unleash your inner kleptomaniac. Also making a return is the Game Boy title Tumble Pop for $2.99. The game requires you to vacuum up ghosts, all the while featuring a title that's really fun to say. Tumble Pop! If you're looking for discounts, Mario's Picross is priced at $2.99 as the Game of the Weekend.

On DSiWare we've got two different offerings. The first is Petit Computer. Priced at 800 DSi Points (or $7.99 for 3DS users), the game allows you to write BASIC code to create games and small programs. Seems kind of cool, actually, even though I don't get it. Last is Rabi Laby 2, a 2D puzzler available for 200 DSi Points ($1.99 for you eShop folks).

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Tags: Nintendo, 3DS, DS, eShop, Virtual Console, DSiWare

By David Sanchez

I can’t think of a witty title for this Adventure Time screen post

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage? on 3DS and DS Image / Screenshot

Sometimes you just have to be honest with your audience. Luckily, I have no problem with that because I'm a fan of honesty. I'm not, however, particularly fond of the fact that I couldn't come up with a clever title for this post.

Thankfully, we're past that (I hope) and we can now move on to the meat and potatoes (or if you're a vegetarian, just potatoes) of this post: images! Brand new ones, you guys!

D3Publisher has released six new screens that show off more of the upcoming Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?! The game is due out on both the 3DS and DS handhelds, and it looks mighty pretty.

Adventure Time follows Finn and Jake as they adventure across the bright, magical, and colorful Land of Ooo. The game is being developed by WayForward Technologies and is due out on Novemeber 13.

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Tags: Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!, 3DS, DS

By David Sanchez

Is Nintendo trolling us with deliberately bad Virtual Console games?

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Nintendo 3DS XL Image

Listen, I know, there are tons of emulators I can find easily on the internet that will allow me to play my favorite Game Boy game for the price of free. Hell, there are flash websites now that do the same thing without the need to download anything. Call my old fashioned, but I like owning a piece of virtual software.

I was excited when Nintendo unveiled their plans for the 3DS Virtual Console, and how they'll bring lots of Nintendo classics back on the 3DS. While I definitely appreciate the likes of Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, Metroid II: Return of Samus, Kirby's Dreamlandand hell, even the classic Tetris, I have to say that the majority of these Virtual Console games are pretty crappy.

Alleyway, Radar Mission, Tennis, Golf, Side Pocket, Catrap, Lock 'n' Chase, Mole Mania… I can't speak for gamers everywhere but I know for a fact there are a ton more iconic games on the Game Boy aside from these abominations. What's worse, today we get another craptastic release: Mario's Picross, because everyone fondly remembers that game right?

Look Nintendo, I want to give you my money, I swear I do, just give me some better Virtual Console games on the go! I'm not asking for much, maybe some Battletoads, Burai Fighter Deluxe, Donkey Kong Land 1, 2 and 3, Ducktales, hell even Ninja Gaiden Shadow, I like the challenge. Let me relive these classics all over again and actually have me pay for them.

Tags: Virtual Console

By Mike Splechta

The World Ends with You: Solo Remix is pricey but comes with new features

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The World Ends with You: Solo Remix

The World Ends with You: Solo Remix released on the App Store today for iPhone, and it may cost more than you'd expect.

The game is priced at $17.99. The iPad version will cost $19.99.

This new version includes 60 songs, a new fusion system, and HD artwork. Players can also now control two characters on the same screen.

If you'd rather play the original game for Nintendo DS, it will run you $29.50 on Amazon.

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Tags: The World Ends with You: Solo Remix, Square Enix

By Stephanie Carmichael

Pokemon Black and White 2 scheduled for this fall

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Pokemon BW 2

Nintendo has announced a North American release date for Pokemon Black 2 and White 2.

The sequels will hit DS on October 5, transporting players back to the Unova region to explore new areas and a fresh storyline that picks up two years after the previous games' events.

Black 2 and White 2 also feature more Pokemon, including ones not previously found in Unova.

Those playing on the 3DS can utilize the Pokemon Dream Radar app, which allows you to catch Pokemon using the handheld's AR capabilities. The feature will launch simultaneously with the new versions.

The games have pushed more than 1.6 million copies in Japan in the first two days.

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Tags: Nintendo, Game Freak, Pokemon

By Stephanie Carmichael

Weekly wrap-up: PAX Prime 2012 edition


The first week of September has come and gone, and we've got a bunch of video game content right here for ya. PAX Prime 2012 made for an awesome weekend, and we delivered some sweet previews throughout the week. Miss anything? Interested in an upcoming title? You'll find all the week's gaming coverage right here.


Lawless review (Movies)

While not without a few hitches and questionable production elements, this flick ultimately delivers a highly entertaining experience.

The Possession review (Movies)

Exorcist inspiration be damned! It looks like we've got another clone on our hands, but at least this one's actually okay.

Mutant Mudds review (PC)

Renegade Kid's eShop gem invades the PC and provides gamers with a genuinely satisfying (and challenging) 2D platforming romp.

The Walking Dead Episode 3: Long Road Ahead review (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Telltale has really managed to outdo itself here, delivering the most shocking and thought-provoking chapter of The Walking Dead to date.


This Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn 'Cryo' trailer is more chilling than the last vignette … literally

GameZone takes a look at the latest trailer for Halo 4.

PAX Prime 2012: Adventure Time hands-on preview

We give the upcoming Adventure Time game a go and take a quick glimpse at what we can expect when the game launches for the DS and 3DS.

PAX Prime 2012: Sacred 3 hands-off preview

If you're looking for some cool co-op dungeon crawling, you may want to keep an eye on this one.

PAX Prime 2012: Injustice: Gods Among Us hands-on preview

GameZone enters the fray and gives the upcoming DC Comics-based fighter a whirl.

PAX Prime 2012: Epic Mickey 2 hands off preview with Warren Spector

Disney fans, be on the lookout for the next Epic Mickey adventure, because it may just be a good one.

PAX Prime 2012: Talking End of Nations with Chris Lena

GameZone gets the scoop on End of Nations straight from Chris Lena.

Pax Prime 2012: League of Legends Syndra preview

We take an in-depth look at Syndra from League of Legends and dish out all the details regarding her abilities.

Alien Spidy updated impressions

This upcoming 2D platformer is nearing its October launch, and if you’re looking for a retro-inspired challenge, you should definitely watch out for it.

PAX Prime 2012: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance hands-on preview

We check out Revengeance and leave PAX Prime thoroughly impressed by the Metal Gear spin-off.

Demo impression: NHL 13 makes tremendous leaps with gameplay

If you’re a hockey game buff, you’re probably going to want to check out NHL 13 as it may just be the best entry in the series yet.

Pax Prime 2012: Dead Island Riptide hands-off preview

GameZone has the skinny on the follow-up to Dead Island.

PAX Prime 2012: Phantasy Star Online 2 hands-on preview

Some major strides are being taken to provide Phantasy Star fans with a legitimately enthralling free-to-play experience.

Pax Prime 2012: Oculus Rift hands-on preview

We enter virtual reality with the Oculus Rift. Check out our preview and see if you should be stoked about this venture.

PAX Prime 2012: Marvel Heroes hands-on preview

The Marvel brand goes free-to-play and throws its heroes into an action-RPG experience that fans of the license may want to check out.

PAX Prime 2012: Torchlight 2 hands-on preview

Due out later this month, this Diablo-inspired title should definitely be on your must-watch list if you’re a fan of action-RPGs.

PAX Prime 2012: Neverwinter's Foundry preview

GameZone tries its hand at creating quests in Neverwinter’s new Foundry component.

PAX Prime 2012: League of Legends panel Q&A

We ask some important League of Legends questions and get great answers straight from Riot.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 preview

Looking forward to Tekken Tag Tournament 2? Check out this close look at the upcoming fighter’s modes and online features.

PAX Prime 2012: Hitman Absolution: Contracts Mode preview

Get the skinny on the online leaderboard-based challenge mode in Hitman: Absolution.

PAX Prime 2012: God of War: Ascension multiplayer hands-on

Despite raising a few eyebrows, the multiplayer component in God of War: Ascension is surprisingly fun and worth watching out for.

An in-depth look into Dead Space 3’s weapon crafting with John Calhoun

GameZone talks weapons with Dead Space 3 producer John Calhoun and gets some details on the upcoming horror shooter’s crafting system.

GZ Originals

Checking out the 45 Flavors booth at Dragon*Con

GameZone takes a detour after PAX Prime, heads to Dragon*Con, and gives the 45 Flavors booth a look-see.

Seeing the sights of Dragon*Con 2012

This year’s Dragon*Con was rife with sights to see. GameZone gives you a look at a lot of what was on hand at the event.

Talking Fix-it Felix, Donkey Kong, breaking records and ongoing rivalries with Steve Wiebe

In this video interview, we talk to the former King of Kong and a legend to many, Steve Wiebe.

Is Mario fatigue setting in? AKA How Mario lost his smile

Is Nintendo’s 2D Mario formula getting stale? More importantly, is it leading to the iconic Italian plumber's ultimate demise at the hands of alcoholism?

For a bunch of indie game and burrito talk, follow @thesanchezdavid on Twitter.

Tags: PAX Prime 2012, DragonCon 2012, Previews, Reviews, Movies

By David Sanchez

Final Fantasy 3 now available for Android

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You can now play Final Fantasy 3 on Android devices.

The game, already available on DS and iOS, was recently confirmed for PSP this September in Japan.

The new Android 2.2 version, freshly released in North America, costs $15.99 on Google Play.

Before its modern redesign, the game originally came out for the Famicom.

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Tags: Square Enix, Final Fantasy

By Stephanie Carmichael

Bird & Beans now available for 100 Club Nintendo Coins

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Bird & Beans - NDS Image

A new redeemable game has hit Club Nintendo. This time around it's Bird & Beans, which you can download for 100 of your lovely Club Nintendo Coins.

The game, which was originally released on DSiWare and is currently redeemable on the 3DS eShop, requires you to take control of a bird and collect beans with its tongue. It's a simple formula, but one that a lot of gamers have deemed highly addictive.

If you're a fan of high score-based time sinks, Bird & Beans may be a worthwhile download. It'll only be available until October 7, so if you want it, hurry up and snag it.

[Club Nintendo]

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Tags: Bird and Beans, DSiWare, 3DS, eShop, Club Nintendo

By David Sanchez

Is Nintendo trying to buy the Banjo-Kazooie license?

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Banjo-Kazooie Image

It's been a long time since we've had a humongous sexy rumor on the site, so here's a juicy one that will get you all riled up. Nintendo is trying to buy Banjo-Kazooie! Well, maybe. Okay, probably not, but that's what the rumor's about.

According to an anonymous source close to Zelda Informer, the Big N has been in talks with Microsoft for some time now in an attempt to buy out Rare. While the main reason for this is supposedly to get the rights for Banjo-Kazooie, obtaining the developer would mean that Nintendo gets other major franchises like Conker and Jet Force Gemini, one of my personal faves.

Of course, the rumors don't end there (Do they ever?). According to this wily source, Retro Studios has been actively working on a Banjo-Kazooie game. That's utter insanity!

Again, this is all gossipy stuff, so whether or not there's any truth to it, well, I guess we'll find out. How will we do that? Simple: If a Banjo-Kazooie game is announced for the Wii U, we'll know.

[Zelda Informer]

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Tags: Banjo-Kazooie, Nintendo, Microsoft, Rare, Rumor

By David Sanchez