Nintendo Download: April 3rd, 2014 (North America)

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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It’s the dawn of a new era of gaming in this week’s Nintendo Download. One that will transcend time and space for all eternity. One that will draw in gamers from all over towards Nintendo.

I am, or course, talking about the release of Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball.

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball - Nintendo Download | oprainfall

Yes, the free-to-play application that has you haggle with a donut-loving dog for lower prices on later mini-games releases today. Celebrate the start of baseball season by hitting, fielding, umpiring, and anything else that goes along with the game. The perfect complement to watching your team lose horribly to the Tigers win this season.

Also, we’ve got Game Boy Advance games… They’re coming to the Wii U… Not sure if you knew that…

Virtual Console - Gameboy Advance Launch Lineup | oprainfall

Yes, the main event this week is the long-awaited release of Game Boy Advance games to the Wii U virtual console. There are several coming during the month of April but we start with three releasing today. They are Advance Wars, Metroid Fusion, and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. All three will be priced at $7.99 USD.

Also coming to the Wii U, we have Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition. The game will include several enhancements to the original game, which released on handhelds in October 2013. This will only be available for $19.99 as a digital release.

Finally, there is a sale going on for the next week involving the Dr. Mario games. If you purchase (or have purchased) Dr. Mario on the Wii U Virtual Console, you get $5 off towards the purchase of Dr. Luigi. The offer ends on April 10th.

See the official press release below for details on what else is coming to the eShop.


April 3, 2014

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball – Celebrate the start of the baseball season with a collection of baseball-themed mini-games. You can even haggle with hilarious ol’ Rusty to lower the real-life price of additional batting, pitching and fielding mini-games in the Nintendo eShop. The custom-priced model of add-on content in Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball is part of the fun. How low will he go?
    • Super Monkey Ball 3D – Play Super Monkey Ball as you never have before. In Super Monkey Ball 3D, join AiAi and his friends as you tilt and roll your way into the world of 3D.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe EditionBatman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition amplifies the 2.5-D game with new maps, enemy encounters, difficulty levels, bat suits and enhanced visuals. A companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, players can continue the storyline of the console version and discover more details of the Dark Knight’s past.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Metroid Fusion – April is a month to remember with classic games launching each week! Experience classic Metroid game play as Samus explores the secret passages of a massive research station teeming with hostile life forms. Master moves such as clinging to ledges, leaping to high ladders and firing new weapons like Diffusion Missiles. Along the way, collect iconic power-ups like the Morph Ball, Screw Attack and Wave Beam. All these skills will be useful when you encounter the SA-X, an unstoppable “dark” version of Samus who is on the loose and could be just around the corner.
    • Advance Wars – April is a month to remember with classic games launching each week! In the face of invasion, you have been assigned as the tactical adviser to the Orange Star Army. Command 18 different types of ground, air and naval units if you hope to survive the coming wars. Take note of the terrain and weather as you lead your forces in 114 maps of turn-based warfare.
    • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga – April is a month to remember with classic games launching each week! Prepare for an epic journey beyond the borders of the Mushroom Kingdom as Mario and Luigi team up for a hilarious, action-filled adventure. The evil Cackletta and her assistant, Fawful, stole Princess Peach’s voice, and Mario and Luigi will need to work together to get it back by visiting colorful worlds, finding hidden items and taking on enemies using a clever RPG battle system.
  • Nintendo eShop Sale
    • Buy Dr. Mario, get $5 off Dr. Luigi in the Nintendo eShop for a limited time – Is there a doctor in the house? How about two? If you buy or already own the classic puzzle game Dr. Mario from the Virtual Console service in the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console, you can get $5 off the purchase price of its sibling game Dr. Luigi in the Nintendo eShop starting today at 9 a.m. PT until April 10 at 8:59 a.m. PT.

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  • smacd

    Nintendo releasing GBA games on the Wii U rather than the 3DS is just a symptom of them desperately trying to convince people to get a Wii U, rather than to support the system most of us actually have and want more for.

    Nintendo needs to pull their heads out of their collective rears and release the GBA games where people actually want them. They wont sell more Wii U consoles until they make more original software for it.

    • smacd

      That all said, if I had a good reason to get a Wii U, I’d be all over some of these, like Mario Superstar Saga.

    • Here’s a good piece explaining /why/ Game Boy Advance games aren’t coming to the Virtual Console on 3DS (anytime soon). It does a much better job than I could.

    • smacd

      I understand the reasoning behind it and I’ve read similar information before, and while I’m not outright rejecting it, it does seem like a bit of an excuse. My Software Engineer perspective tells me they probably just decided not to devote the resources to having a proper GBA emulator for the 3DS developed at this point. I mean, I can get fully functional GBA emulators on my phone, why is it difficult for Nintendo to make one? If Nintendo let the opensource community go after it, I bet they’d have a fully functional GBA emulator for the 3DS in no time.

      That said, I also have questions about the fact that they apparently tweak the VC emulator on a per-game basis. That explains why they haven’t opened the flood gates on the VC at this point. It also seems insanely inefficient. They’d be so much better off releasing the VC as a standalone app that can be patched for functionality as needed, and then just use plain ROMs in the VC.

      Of course that doesn’t take into account the increased likelihood of being able to pirate. If the VC was a standalone app, I could just put an SD in my computer, load it up with ROMs, and play them. I get that they do it the way they do for several reasons. But still. They’d probably make a lot more money even with this issue.

      Ah well. Just one more thing I seriously question the ass-backward way that Nintendo chooses to run things. Thanks for the link, it was probably the most concise reading I’ve seen for it.

  • I grabbed Advance Wars and Superstar Saga today. They look nice! I like that it isn’t set to default to have the sprites smoothed, cause god do they look ugly like that. I also enjoy that they have a pixel perfect option for it.

    Also, restore points. I can’t wait for Fire Emblem to pop up.

    • Lord Ackercocke

      I’m goin on my Wii U post haste for Adavnce Wars but i’m so stoked I might get all 3 games to be honest.

    • Advance Wars is an excellent game, but really if you ignore the fact that Fusion was available as an Ambassador’s Program game (which is why I skipped out on it for now), this is really a solid start. A good RPG, a good action platformer game, and a good turn-based strategy game.

      And so far it’s looking like the GBA line-up, at least for this coming month, will be pretty solid overall. Looking forward to some Golden Sun hitting soon enough!

    • Lord Ackercocke

      I wish Golden Sun was available now too.

    • Soon. Like twelve days. I’m not counting down or anything. 🙂

    • Lord Ackercocke

      OMG!!! *drools* Instant purchase. Imagine these old games cutting in on my Borderlands 2 (PS3) playtime lol.

  • RagunaXL

    glad for rusty’s ! but no Mario 3 or grinia 🙁

  • James Best

    I’ve been playing Advance Wars, and there’s one thing I’d like to say…”Why am I controlling the red guys? This goes against everything Fire Emblem has taught me!”