Pikmin 3 at E3 2013

Nintendo Download: Pikmin 3

To sum up this week’s Nintendo Download in a single word: finally. That’s right—Pikmin 3 will finally arrive at retail and on the Nintendo eShop on August 3rd. A lot of people have been looking forward to Cloudberry Kingdom for a long while as well; it will arrive on Wii U shortly. Suffice to say, if this game isn’t on your radar and you’re a fan of…downright impossible platformers…it should be! And last but not least in the realm of “finally”—Kirby’s Dream Land 2 is no longer exclusive to the Kirby’s Dream Collection compilation on Wii. Today marks the game’s release on 3DS Virtual Console.

Nintendo Download: Cloudbery Kingdom Nintendo Download: Kirby's Dream Land 2

Still not present in the realm of “finally”: Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara. I wonder what happened. Anyway…moving away from long-awaited releases, here’s what else you can expect this week: Disney Planes, Harvest Moon (Wii U Virtual Console), Bike Rider DX, My Farm 3D, and Family Kart 3D.

I’d say it’s a pretty solid week. Check out the official Press Release below.

… And here’s a bit of a bonus tid-bit: Castlevenia: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate has seen a price-drop on the Nintendo eShop. You can now pick up this game for $30. Are you on the fence? Check out our review of the game.


August 1, 2013

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

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Pikmin 3 – Embark on a new adventure in the critically acclaimedPikmin series, known for its mass-action game play and adorable Pikmin characters. With three explorers at your command, split Pikmin into multiple squads to maximize your strategy. Five Pikmin types, including new Rock Pikmin and Winged Pikmin, offer unique abilities to help overcome enormous obstacles. Can you defeat massive bosses and gather enough food to save your depleted home planet? With additional challenge modes and a frenetic multiplayer battle mode (additional accessories required; sold separately), the world of Pikmin has never been more alive and fun. Pikmin 3 is available on Aug. 4.

Cloudberry Kingdom – Cloudberry Kingdom is a platformer designed with a random level generator – every level is a new challenge. The difficulty level can match any need, from the casual to the hard-core player. Experience a variety of game-play modes and up to four player local multiplayer and co-op play.

Disney Planes – From above the world of CarsDisney Planes takes players on an action-packed, high-flying adventure with Dusty, a big-hearted, speed-loving crop duster, as he goes on global missions, air races and grand adventures around the world. Disney Planes is available on Aug. 6.

Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
Kirby’s Dream Land 2 – Originally released in 1995 for the Game Boy system, Kirby’s Dream Land 2 follows everyone’s favorite pink puffball Kirby as he joins up with animal friends like Rick the Hamster and Coo the Owl to battle King DeDeDe and save the Rainbow Islands. Each of Kirby’s animal friends possesses important abilities that can multiply the magnitude of Kirby’s powers.

Nintendo eShop Special
Make Your Summer Awesome With Hulu Plus – Instantly watch hit TV shows and also check out THE AWESOMES – a Hulu Original Series from the comedic minds of Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker. Get two months of Hulu Plus free and start watching THE AWESOMES by visiting www.huluplus.com/WiiU2months to register. Then download Hulu Plus from the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

Also new this week:
• Disney Planes (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) – Available Aug. 6
• Harvest Moon (Virtual Console on Wii U)
• Bike Rider DX (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• My Farm 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Family Kart 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

To view this week’s Nintendo Download in its full graphical version, please visit: http://news2know.net/nintendo/downloadjSmFy3v8.php.

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 and features games, applications and videos. Users can add money to their account balance by using a credit card or by purchasing a Nintendo Prepaid Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii U eShop or the Nintendo 3DS eShop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

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/wiihttp://www.nintendo.com/3ds orhttp://www.nintendo.com/ds.

Jonathan Higgins
[Former Staff] Jonathan parted ways with Operation Rainfall on June 15th, 2014. You can follow him on Twitter @radicaldefect.