By Jeff Neuenschwander / January 19th, 2015
Citizens of Earth, the day has finally come to experience Eden Industries EarthBound-inspired RPG opus… Citizens of Earth. Want to know what you’ll be getting into when it releases? Check out our review later this week.
Also, the launch of Wii games on the Virtual Console continues with the re-release of Donkey Kong Country Returns. This is the second of many Wii games (hopefully) to release on the Wii U. In addition, a number of Donkey Kong-related games will release on the Virtual Console as well with Donkey Kong Jr. Math and DK: King of Swing.
For sales this week, EnjoyUp Games will have a number of games on the Wii U and 3DS. Also, Atlus will hold sales for Shin Megami Tensei IV and Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars.
The full list of releases and sales are below. Everything happens on January 22nd unless noted otherwise. Descriptions come from the press release.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Citizens of Earth
“You’ve just been elected as Vice President of the World… So what now? Recruit your friends, your family, and everyone else around town to join your party and fight your battles! In this modern-day retro-RPG, you have returned home from the campaign trails for a little taxpayer-funded vacation… to find things have gone mad! Only YOU have the charisma it takes to delegate all the dirty work and save the world. So don’t ask what you can do for your countrymen…Ask what your countrymen can do for you!”
Citizens of Earth will be available for €11.99/£9.99/CHF16.80. This will also be available on the 3DS at the same price. For the first week, it will be available for €9.59/£7.99/CHF13.40. And, for the first week, if you purchase one version, you can purchase the other for €7.19/£5.99/CHF10.08.
Virtual Console on Wii U
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
“Two of the best-loved – and certainly the hairiest – video game characters on the planet are set to make a roaring return in Donkey Kong™ Country Returns. And, for the first time ever in the series, the primate pals can now face their foes side-by-side, courtesy of a new two-player mode. Donkey Kong Country Returns offers the popular side-scrolling experience the series is known for, together with new levels, spectacular graphics and added depth to gameplay, courtesy of fully 3D environments – all of which are sure to delight both fans and series newcomers alike. In this latest instalment from Nintendo, in association with Retro Studios, you’ll find yourself immersed in dynamic duo, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong’s, quest across jungle, beach and ruins to rescue Donkey Kong’s precious banana hoard from an array of enemies.”
Donkey Kong Country Returns will be available for €19.99/£17.99/CHF28.00. For the first week, the game will be available for €9.99/£8.99/CHF14.00.
- Donkey Kong Jr. Math
“Join Donkey Kong Jr. for a maths lesson with a difference! In this educational NES game, swing and jump around the stage, collecting numbers and symbols to calculate the correct figure displayed by Donkey Kong. Put your mathematical skills to the test in single player mode or challenge a friend to a two-player maths race. You can even pester your opponent by grabbing numbers before they do!”
Donkey Kong Jr. Math will be available for €4.99/£3.49/CHF7.00. This is the US version of the game.
- DK: King of Swing
“The denizens of Donkey Kong’s home are staging a contest to find the ultimate hero. So when King K. Rool swipes all the medals, DK swings into action. DK: King of Swing is a unique platformer using just two buttons. Press L and R to lunge and leap from branch to branch and attack enemies, as you clamber your way through the levels. In addition to the main Adventure mode, you can also try your hand at Jungle Jam as you race against the computer in various events like climbing and obstacle races, and Barrel Blast!”
DK: King of Swing will be available for €6.99/£6.29/CHF9.80.
Nintendo eShop on 3DS
- Big Hero 6: Battle In the Bay
“Following on the heels of their super hero debut, the Big Hero 6 team has targeted a dangerous gangster named Yama and his legion of out of control fighting robots! The team is after Yama because he is a threat to their identity as Big Hero 6. Take control of the stars of the film in this action-packed combat platformer! Send robots flying across the screen as Hiro with his electro-mag gauntlets! Zoom through levels at top speed as GoGo! Slice and dice as Wasabi with his plasma blades! Smash and burn as Fred in his Kaiju monster super suit!”
Big Hero 6: Battle In the Bay will be available for €34.99/£29.99/CHF44.90.
“Hazumi is a game of action and puzzle-solving where you control a coloured ball. Your goal in each level is to destroy all crystal blocks. You can only remove a block if it matches the colour of the ball. Deadly traps and labyrinths will stand in your way, so use cunning to your advantage! Featuring over 100 puzzles, a level editor, pixel art graphics and immensely addictive gameplay, Hazumi will keep you entertained for days!”
Hazumi will be available for €3.99/£3.20/CHF4.80.
Themes on 3DS
- NES Ice Climbers
“This retro theme features classic SFX and frosty icons and folders. Scroll the Touch Screen to see Popo and Nana hammer away.”
- NES Pit
“This theme has an eggplant motif, classic SFX, brick folders, and purple icons. Scroll the Touch Screen to see Pit fire a bow.”
- NES Donkey Kong
“This retro theme features classic SFX, barrel folders, and blue icons. Scroll the Touch Screen to animate 8-bit DK.”
All the themes will be available on January 23rd for €1.99/£1.79/CHF2.80.
Sales on Wii U
|Title||Regular Price||Sale Price||Notes|
|Super Toy Cars||€7.99/£6.99/CHF11.00||€3.99/£3.49/CHF5.50||Sale ends January 29th.|
|99 Moves||€2.49/£2.29/CHF3.50||€1.49/£1.34/CHF2.10||Sale ends February 12th.|
|Abyss||€1.99/£1.79/CHF2.80||€1.49/£1.34/CHF2.10||Sale ends February 12th.|
|99Seconds||€2.49/£2.29/CHF3.50||€1.49/£1.34/CHF2.10||Sale ends February 12th.|
|BLOK DROP U||€1.49/£1.29/CHF1.99||€0.99/£0.79/CHF1.29||Sale ends March 18th.|
Sales on 3DS
|Title||Regular Price||Sale Price||Notes|
|VAN HELSING SNIPER ZX100||€6.66/£6.66/CHF9.20||€0.99/£0.99/CHF1.20||Sale ends February 4th.|
|Shin Megami Tensei IV||€19.99/£17.99/CHF28.00||€12.99/£11.69/CHF18.20||Sale ends January 29th.|
|Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars||€29.99/£24.99/CHF38.90||€14.99/£13.49/CHF21.00||Sale ends January 29th.|
SOURCE: Press Release
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