Nintendo Download: April 17th, 2014 (North America)

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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World 1 | Super Mario Bros. 3

For another week, the lead for the Nintendo Download is not big new content but the return of some old friends. Leading the way is the quintessential classic platformer Super Mario Bros. 3 ($4.99), coming to both 3DS and Wii U today. But it’s not the only returning classic as more Game Boy Advance games release this month. Today, we have the original Golden Sun ($7.99) as well as F-Zero: Maximum Velocity ($6.99).

However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t new retail content. LEGO The Hobbit ($49.99) will be releasing for the Wii U on April 22nd. This actually comes a week and a half after the 3DS version released. The game will be available at retail and on the eShop.

New digital-only content will also be releasing for 3DS and Wii U. On the Wii U, we have the kid’s sing-a-long game My First Songs ($9.99) as well as the action adventure Flowerworks HD: Follie’s Adventure (listed at $6). Flowerworks HD is the remastered version of the WiiWare title Flowerworks, now running in 1080p at 60fps.

Over on the 3DS, we have the action adventure games Smash Cat Heroes ($3.99) and Bit Boy!! Arcade ($7.99). Bit Boy!! Arcade is the sequel to the original WiiWare title. In this game, you take control of Kubi as he meets his maker: the game developer.

There are also price reductions and sales going on. Along with the previously announced sales of Escape from Zombie City and the G-Style games Crazy Construction, Chain Blaster, Undead Bowling and Jump Trials Supreme, the 3DS will be having a sale on Classic Games Overload for 50% off until May 1st. On the Wii U, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and ZombiU will be receiving price reductions, going for $39.99 and $29.99 respectively on the eShop.

Check out images from today’s releases as well as the press release below.


NINTENDO DOWNLOAD HIGHLIGHTS NEW DIGITAL CONTENT FOR NINTENDO SYSTEMS – APRIL 17, 2014

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

  • Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Super Mario Bros. 3 – April is a month to remember with classic games launching each week! This NES classic, one of the most well-known and beloved video games of all time, is now available as a Virtual Console title on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems. Follow Mario and Luigi as they leave the Mushroom Kingdom to travel to the seven distinct worlds that neighbor it. Help the famous brothers fly above the action using the Super Leaf, swim faster by donning the Frog Suit or defeat enemies using the Hammer Bros. Suit. Are you ready to experience gaming bliss? Click here to check out the trailer for Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Golden Sun –Forces of darkness are pursuing the lost art of Alchemy. As they draw ever closer to their foul purpose, mankind hangs in the balance. You and your companions are the last hope. In the Golden Sun game, use noble weapons, magical Psynergy and elemental creatures known as Djinn to get the upper hand in dangerous battles. Combining Djinn in different ways will allow you to create powerful spells and attacks against deadly foes. Can you prevent the oncoming darkness? Click here to check out the trailer for Golden Sun.
    • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity –Whether you’re a veteran of the Super NES version or a racing rookie, you’ll need some practice laps to master this Game Boy Advance classic. Master 20 different tracks across four difficulty levels to prove you’ve got what it takes to rank among the galaxy’s most elite racers. Put the pedal to the metal and get busy boosting, bumping and jumping your way to intergalactic glory. Click here to check out the trailer for F-Zero: Maximum Velocity.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • LEGO The Hobbit – In LEGO The Hobbit, follow the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the Wizard Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves. The Wii U game will be available on April 22.
  • Nintendo eShop Sale
    • Classic Games Overload – Starting today through 9 a.m. PT on May 1, get Classic Games Overload for 50 percent off in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Also new this week:

Price reductions:

  • Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Starting April 21, the price of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is being reduced from $59.99 to $39.99.
  • ZombiU (Nintendo eShop on Wii U) – Starting April 21, the price of first-person horror game ZombiU is being reduced from $59.99 to $29.99.

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 titles weekly to the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U system as well as the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL systems, to the Nintendo DSi Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and to the Wii Shop Channel for the Wii console.

The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features games, applications and videos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or by 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 the Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or Nintendo 3DS, 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. A Wii Points Card and Nintendo DSi Points Card can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

Remember that Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL 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, http://www.nintendo.com/wii, http://www.nintendo.com/3ds or http://www.nintendo.com/ds.

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  • James Best

    I’m going with Golden Sun.

  • Lord Ackercocke

    Golden Sun…….*drools*