Nintendo Download – May 23, 2013 (North America)

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This week’s Nintendo Download is all about having your cake and eating it too. A celebrated Nintendo franchise is getting not one, not two, but three games released on the Wii U Virtual Console this week—so hopefully Kirby fans will have something to get excited about. Kirby’s Dream Land 3, Kirby’s Dream Course and Kirby Super Star are all headed our way this week, and Nintendo is offering a “Buy 2, Get One” sale to accommodate those who’ve never purchased the games before owning a Wii U. This offer will end on May 30th, so strike while the iron’s hot.

UPDATE: I’ve just downloaded the games via the Wii U eShop. Since I already owned all three games on Wii, I figured the sale wouldn’t apply to me. I am happy to report that I am completely wrong. If you “upgrade” 2/3 games for $1.50 a piece, the third game will upgrade free. 

I’m not sure if I’ve ever gone into detail about my history with Kirby on the site. But, the franchise has been in my life since I was quite small, and I’ve played every single Kirby game released, at this point. The three games being released today are all worth a look: Kirby’s Dream Land 3 is a continuation of the main franchise on SNES, Kirby Super Star is widely hailed as the best Kirby game ever released, and Kirby’s Dream Course is a truly unique spin on the game of golf (think Mario Strikers: Charged here; the conventions of the sport are there, but since Kirby is the ball, there’s plenty of zaniness to be had).

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Kirby’s Dream Land 2 is still exclusive to Kirby’s Dream Collection released here in the states. I thought for sure we’d see a release of the game on the 3DS Virtual Console today to go along with all the neat fanfare on Wii U, but I suppose that’s not the case. There are still plenty of things to look forward to! Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be released at retail and on the Nintendo eShop tomorrow. And The Denpa Men: They Came by Wave is on sale on the eShop this week. Be sure to check out our review of that great game, noting that a sequel is coming soon.

Since the Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC has just about run dry, I’ll bring you all Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate news this week instead, as per Capcom Unity:

… We have The Mountain in the Desert quest, which is a friendly G-Rank Rust Duramboros. The twist here? Besides its McTwist skateboard-like moves, you’ll it is way larger than usual… G-Rank Giant-Rust Duram… I’m sure there’s something there. [Also], make sure to get the Additional Special Goods from the Granny Go-to! They are good, special andadditional! Don’t miss out!

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen! As per usual, the entire Press Release is available below.


May 23, 2013

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

Virtual Console™ on Wii U™ Special Kirby Offer
Classic Kirby™ titles for Wii U – Nintendo announces the release of three classic Kirby titles for the Wii U console: Kirby’s Dream Land™ 3,Kirby’s Dream Course™ and Kirby Super Star™. As a bonus for fans, we’re making it easy to get them all at a great price. Simply purchase two games from the Nintendo eShop on Wii U to get the third for free. This offer ends at 9 a.m. PT on May 30.

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Kirby’s Dream Land™ 3 – Kirby must once again save the day when the mischievous King Dedede starts causing trouble. Always armed with his trusty ability to swallow enemies and gain special attacks, Kirby can also unite with some of his animal friends and make use of their particular talents. Featuring detailed graphics and challenging boss battles, Kirby’s Dream Land 3 is a classic.

Kirby’s Dream Course – High above Dream Land, players can pitch and putt Kirby through a maze of obstacles on a zany checkerboard golf course. Kirby’s Copy Abilities must be put to good use in order to complete each course. Players must sink Kirby into the hole to advance to the next stage as they clear all eight courses – 64 holes in all.

Kirby Super Star – In Kirby Super Star, the iconic round, pink hero will have to journey through six main games and two mini-games, finishing with the ultimate showdown in the Arena, to defeat King Dedede. Each game offers its own story and variation of platforming action, as well as unique environments and an assortment of enemies. There’s never a dull moment as Kirby dashes, flies and fights.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS™
Donkey Kong Country™ Returns 3D – Donkey Kong™ swings to the Nintendo 3DS system in this barrel-blasting, rail-riding, ground-pounding adventure. The original Donkey Kong Country Returns game has been rebuilt and optimized for portable play. Play the game in Original Mode or New Mode, and unlock eight new, challenging levels not available in the original Wii game.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS Sale
THE “DENPA” MEN: They Came By Wave – Collect Denpa Men from many different places on a role-playing journey to rescue a certain special someone from the clutches of the King of Evil. Now through May 30, get THE “DENPA” MEN: They Came by Wave for 20 percent off exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Also new this week:
• NARUTO™ Powerful Shippuden (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Groove Heaven (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

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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.

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