By Eric Chetkauskas / February 11th, 2015
If you’re a fan of the 3DS, then brace yourself because this week’s Nintendo Download Europe is huge for the handheld system. We’ll start with the release of none other than two of the most anticipated releases Nintendo has to offer so far in 2015, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. But that’s not all, IRONFALL Invasion is also being released this week. It’s free-to-play with downloadable Multiplayer and Campaign modes which can be purchased separately, or as a bundle. If anime happens to be your thing, you can download the new Nintendo Anime Channel for free. And you can do all this on your brand-new New 3DS, which launches this week as well.
As for the Wii U, the NES games Mappy-Land and Master Blaster arrive on the Virtual Console. There are also a bunch of new 3DS themes and sales to check out.
For the full list of releases, sales and whatnot, see below. Everything happens on February 12th, unless otherwise noted. All descriptions come directly from the press release.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
“Blek is a unique, award-winning game about imagination and personality. Everything you draw keeps moving – and watching your creations move is like watching magic. The goal is simple: shape a line that collects all coloured circles avoiding black holes on its route. There are no specific moves that you need to master. To every level countless solutions exist, from delightfully simple to exceptionally deep and complex, yet always elegant.”
Blek is available for €5.49 / £4.49 / CHF5.99.
- Red Riding Hood
“Meet Maisie, a young child that is well liked by everyone. After hearing her Grandmother is ill, Maisie prepares to visit her. She dons her favourite scarlet cloak and becomes Red Riding Hood. Journey with her to experience breathtaking visuals and an immersive audio experience. Make a life altering decision that will affect the flow of the story. Experience the dangers and the exciting of the world of Red Riding Hood. Brave Rock Game’s Red Riding Hood is viewable via the Wii U™ GamePad.”
Red Riding Hood is available for €0.90 / £0.66 / CHF1.00.
Virtual Console on Wii U
- Blaster Master
“Blaster Master tells the story of Jason, an ordinary boy who becomes an extraordinary warrior on a quest to save the Earth. One of the most innovative games of the NES era, Blaster Master combines side-scrolling and top-down perspective sections, as Jason battles radioactive monsters both on foot and behind the wheel of Sophia The 3rd, a heavily-armed multi-purpose vehicle. Battle through eight huge areas, upgrade Sophia’s arsenal to hover or drive up walls and rid the planet of the mutant menace!
This is the US version of the game.”
Blaster Master is available for €4.99 / £3.49 / CHF7.00.
“It’s a cat-and-mouse game like no other as you take control of Mappy, a brave police-mouse, in this arcade classic! A gang of thieving cats have stolen treasures from all over the city and brought them back to their mansion! Your job is to infiltrate their mansion and negotiate traps, trampolines and dead ends to find all of the treasures and bring them back to their rightful owners. But watch out! Goro and his hench-cats are stalking the mansion and if they find you, you’re finished!
This is the US version of the game.”
Mappy-Land is available for €4.99 / £3.49 / CHF7.00.
Nintendo eShop on 3DS
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
“Race against time and save a doomed land in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, only on Nintendo 3DS family of systems. In this full remaster of the fan favourite Nintendo 64 title, which includes refreshed visuals and features while remaining true to the original title, embark on an engrossing, spooky quest through a mysterious world. Join Link as he seeks to save the land of Termina from a crushing fate – in three days, the moon will crash down and destroy everything and everyone in its path. By using the magical Ocarina of Time, Link must travel through time, re-living the same three days over and over again, to prevent calamity and save the world. Explore every corner of Termina and delve into dangerous dungeons, across treacherous mountains, poisonous swamps, an eerie desert and a vast ocean, on your mission to stop Skull Kid! As you move back and forth through time, learn the routines of the people you meet, gather information and help out as many folk as you can. Reunite engaged couples, find new places of business for ambitious Dekus, recover stolen items and more – turn up in the right place at the right time and you might even get something good for your efforts. But your time is limited, and you’ll only be able to help so many people before the third day draws to a close and time must be rewound once again…”
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D will be available on February 13th for €44.99 / £39.99 / CHF57.90. It is also available at retail. Buying the game from the eShop gives you a free download code for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: Dire Moon 3DS Theme. Offer valid until March 12th.
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
“Take up your weapons, greet your fellow adventurers and head for the field to battle huge, fearsome creatures in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS! With full online and local co-op play, the fight for the land looms large in this sprawling action RPG! Your first steps in a deep, narrative-led adventure see you join a travelling caravan as its designated hunter, sworn to protect the people from wild monsters that roam the land. Choose your quarry, hunt it down, and despatch it with a combination of weapons and tactics. Setting out, you’ll discover a plethora of new content, including a wealth of arms and armour to forge and customise, and scores of undiscovered beasts to hunt. Terrain is much more vertical than before – assault your enemy from above, and deliver a flurry of blows while holding on for dear life!”
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be available on February 13th for €44.99 / £39.99 / CHF57.90. It is also available at retail. Buying the game from the eShop gives you a free download code for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Gore Magala & Seregios 3DS Theme. Offer valid until March 15th.
- IRONFALL Invasion
“IRONFALL Invasion is a third-person sci-fi shooter, available to download from Nintendo eShop* for Nintendo 3DS family of systems.”
IRONFALL Invasion will be available as a free download on February 13th. There are two download packs available IRONFALL Invasion: Campaign and IRONFALL Invasion: Multiplayer, which can be purchased for €9.99 / £8.99 / CHF 14.00 each, or together as a bundle for €19.98 / £17.98 / CHF 28.00 at the in-game shop. Their descriptions are below.
“IRONFALL Invasion: Campaign features 11 action-packed single-player levels, as well as 78 additional challenges that are unlocked as you progress through your overall mission to liberate Earth.”
“IRONFALL Invasion: Multiplayer allows for up to six players to face-off in local and online multiplayer scenarios, with 6 different arenas, classic modes from “3 vs. 3” to “free-for-all”, and even the ability to bet in-game credits, which are tied to a player’s XP and rank, on your chances of winning a match. On top of this, a Survivor mode gives you the chance to train solo and hone your skills against CPU-controlled opponents within a variety of time-based scenarios.”
- ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY +
“Control the sky with complete freedom in 3D! ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY + is a revamped version of ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY released in 2012, but adapted to the New Nintendo 3DS™ (also compatible with Nintendo 3DS™). The game features New Nintendo 3DS™ C Stick compatibility, and use of the ZR/ZL buttons for better aircraft control. ”
ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY + is available for €39.99 / £29.99 / CHF44.90. It is also available at retail. Buying the game from the eShop gives you free download codes for all three ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY + 3DS Themes. Offer valid until March 12th.
- Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe
“Bounce to the beat as Kirby’s long-time rival in King Dedede’s rhythm action game! Jump on drums collecting coins, avoiding enemies and tapping buttons in sync with catchy Kirby tunes! This standalone deluxe game includes content not found in Kirby™: Triple Deluxe, including all-new stages, new obstacles and more!”
Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe is available for €6.99 / £6.29 / CHF9.80.
- Kirby Fighters Deluxe
“Fight it out with your favourite pink puffball in a fierce four-player battle action game! Team up or go solo as you battle in new and classic Kirby™ arenas. Choose from powerful copy abilities like Sword, Ninja, Hammer and more as you take your fighting skills to the limit!”
Kirby Fighters Deluxe is available for €6.99 / £6.29 / CHF9.80.
- Nintendo Anime Channel
“Nintendo Anime Channel is a free* video-on-demand service presented by Nintendo. Using this service, you can stream a range of exciting anime series like Kirby, Pokémon and Inazuma Eleven on your Nintendo 3DS or 2DS.*** New content is added to the service regularly, so make sure you check back often to see the latest episodes!”
Nintendo Anime Channel will be available for free on February 13th.
- Undead Storm Nightmare
“Undead Storm Nightmare is the sequel to the popular Nintendo DSiWare™ title Undead Storm. Fight off hordes of blood thirsty zombies as you face a new zombie epidemic first hand. Bigger, bloodier and more gruesome than the first time, Undead Storm Nightmare will test your zombie killing skills to the limit! Arm yourself from a stock of weapons that include an assault rifle, rocket launcher chainsaw and a samurai sword! Upgrade each weapon to increase its performance and fight through waves of zombies before going one-on-one with the giant zombie bosses! Keep your eyes peeled for the Nightwalker that patrols the streets! If she catches you she will trigger Nightmare Time and call massive amounts of zombies to your position! No one has ever survived… Team up with 3 friends and go hunting for zombies together using Nintendo 3DS™ Local Play!”
Undead Storm Nightmare is available for €4.99 / £3.49 / CHF7.00. A free demo is also available.
- 3D Fantasy Zone
“3D Fantasy Zone™ is the popular scrolling shooter, first released for the SEGA System 16 board in 1986, in which players control a sentient spaceship named Opa-Opa to fight bizarre invader enemies. The re-mastered version combines stereoscopic 3D visuals with a host of additional features to deliver cutting edge gameplay with a classic feel. Additional features include: adjustable difficulty settings, the ability to save your game for later review, inclusion of both the Japanese and Overseas versions of the original game, a Stage Select feature that allows players to save and resume progress mid-game. 3D Fantasy Zone™ also offers players an unlockable mode with new weaponry and gameplay and an original song called UPA-UPA.”
3D Fantasy Zone is available for €4.99 / £3.49 / CHF7.00.
- Best of Arcade Games – Air Hockey
“Rediscover a timeless amusement arcade classic with Air Hockey! Rise to 20 challenges against tougher and tougher opponents in Adventure mode to become an Air Hockey pro. Magnetic puck, accelerated speed, gravity warping… Discover ten astonishing bonuses and penalties! Aim straight to get around the obstacles and joker penguins crossing the rink, and score the winning goal!”
Best of Arcade Games – Air Hockey is available for €9.99 / £8.99 / CHF14.00.
- Best of Board Games – Chess
“Rediscover all the pleasure of chess in this timeless classic! Play with chessmen fully modelled in 3D and change the camera from the new 3D view to the traditional 2D view at any time. Learn new strategies in Adventure mode and improve your game with 90 additional challenges. Set the difficulty to match your level thanks to an advanced artificial intelligence.”
Best of Board Games – Chess is available for €9.99 / £8.99 / CHF14.00.
- Space Lift Danger Panic!
“Fire portals and save people in this science-fiction reaction-testing hyper-arcade game! The Ceranthian’s have been using their space lift to travel between the surface of their home planet and low orbit, where they go about their daily work. A series of attacks on their planet have culminated with the unleashing of a space weapon inside the lift putting all the travellers in deadly peril. Your job is to use a teleportation cannon to fire portals into the traveller’s path and transport them to safety. It will be tough, but you are the Ceranthian’s only hope!”
Space Lift Danger Panic! is available for €2.49 / £1.99 / CHF2.99.
Themes on 3DS
- Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy +: ACES
“This is a theme with the emblem of Project ACES team and BGM (compatible with panoramic wallpaper). Fly in the 3D sky!”
- Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy +: ADF-01
“This is a theme with the image of the aircraft ADF-01 (included in the game) and BGM.”
- Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy +: PHOENIX
“This is a theme with the main character’s Phoenix emblem, and BGM. Fly in the 3D sky with this theme!”
The Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy + themes are available for €0.99 / £0.79 / CHF1.20 starting February 13th.
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Hunter’s Seal
“Decorate your HOME Menu with monster icon seals & Ace Hunter animations, complete with music and sounds straight out of MH4U!”
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Palicoes 4 Ever
“Here’s a cute theme, overflowing with Poogies and animated Palicoes! Comes with Palico sound effects. Just purrfect!”
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: Dire Moon
“Scroll the Touch Screen to see some of the weird denizens of Termina. The music is a special arrangement of the Song of Healing.”
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask: Gold Edition
“This gold theme features the titular mask, with other masks on the upper screen, plus a new arrangement of the Song of Healing.”
The Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Majora’s Mask themes are available for €1.99 / £1.79 / CHF2.80 starting on February 13th.
- Basic Colour Set
“This is a set of two basic two-tone themes. The themes are; Basic (Pink & Green) and Basic (Blue & Yellow).”
- Simple Colour Set
“This is a set of six simple monochrome themes. The colours are; Orange, Purple, Sky Blue, Green, Lime Green and Magenta.”
The Basic and Simple Colour Set themes are free to download starting February 13th.
Sales on Wii U
|Title||Regular Price||Sale Price||Notes|
|Trine 2: Director’s Cut||€16.99 / £13.99 / CHF19.99||€8.49 / £6.99 / CHF9.99||Sale ends March 12th.|
|Spy Chameleon||€4.99 / £4.49 / CHF7.00||€3.99 / £3.59 / CHF5.60||Sale ends March 5th.|
|Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party||€8.99 / £8.00 / CHF11.00||€3.99 / £3.99 / CHF4.99||Sale ends February 26th.|
|Knytt Underground™||€8.99 / £7.99 / CHF13.00||€3.99 / £3.99 / CHF6.00||Sale ends February 26th.|
Sales on 3DS
|Title||Regular Price||Sale Price||Notes|
|Sweet Memories Blackjack||€3.99 / £3.59 / CHF5.60||€2.99 / £2.69 / CHF4.20||Sale ends February 26th.|
|Brunch Panic||€3.99 / £3.35 / CHF4.90||€2.99 / £2.69 / CHF4.20||Sale ends February 26th.|
Price Drop on Wii U
|Title||Original Price||New Price|
|Tested with robots !||€10.00 / £9.00 / CHF14.00||€4.99 / £4.49 / CHF7.00|
Source: Games Press
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