PR: Nintendo Download Highlights for 9/15/16

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

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It’s been a couple weeks since I covered the Nintendo Download. Have you missed me? I certainly missed the opportunity to write this feature, but since the reason was being busy covering PAX West, I considered it a good excuse. But, since oprainfall’s PAX West coverage is mostly done (still got a couple surprises down the pipe), I figured it would be a great time to resume our coverage of the Nintendo Download. Lucky for me and you, there’s some great stuff to discuss this week! Let’s get started.

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First off, if you’re a fan of Yo-kai Watch like I am, you’ll be pleased there is a free demo of Yo-kai Watch 2 available now in the 3DS eShop. The demo will allow you a taste of the new feature called Yo-kai Watch Blasters mode, which sounds intriguing. In any case, it will be sure to whet your appetite for more adorable Japanese critters until the game officially releases later this month. Another noteworthy release tomorrow is that of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past. I know there are a ton of rabid Dragon Quest fans out there, and they’ll be very happy with this installment. More exciting to me personally, however, is the release of a new Nindie called Noitu Love Devolution on the Wii U and 3DS. Granted, this isn’t the first release of the stylish little game, but I think it is more suited to a portable. If you have to play it on your big TV, however, go ahead and get the Wii U version. Either way it looks frenetic, crazy and fun. And lastly on a more minor note for new releases, they have re-released WarioWare: Smooth Moves on the Wii U VC.

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If you’re yearning for a sale, and who isn’t, then there are a few noteworthy Wii U sales available starting this week. First off is Tachyon Project, which I loved when I reviewed the Steam version. It’s 50% off until September 22nd. But if one discounted dual stick shooter isn’t enough, then you should check out Vector Assault, which is 20% off until September 30th. There’s a bit more on the 3DS side of sales. If you need more digital divas in your life, Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is 25% off until September 26th. Not to be outdone, Code of Princess is 65% off for the same time period. So if you want to mash some monsters, jump on that one. If RPGs are more your thing, perhaps you’d be interested in the sales for Alphadia and Chronus Arc, which are both discounted until September 29th. Or perhaps you want a to blast giant micro organisms, in which case Nano Assault EX has you covered with 25% off until October 6th. Last but not least, the Sega 3D Classics Collection is 33% off, letting us all remember why we used to love the gaming giant.

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In the Theme market, there is a new one for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. Cause everything looks better with SMT all over it. And last but not least, the following games are newly released. I did some research to see which ones might be worth a look, and those are the following – Collide-a-Ball (dumb name, but simple and fun looking premise); Polara, which looks like Bit.Trip had a baby with Ikaruga; Brick Breaker, which is exactly what it sounds like, but also looks colorful and potentially addictive; and last but not least, Gear Gauntlet, which looks like an intense puzzle platformer. Most of these are budget priced, so do some research and see if they’re for you.

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That’s it for this week of the Nintendo Download. Don’t anticipate any more breaks in schedule, and stay tuned to oprainfall for more game news as it hits!

About Josh Speer

Josh Speer is addicted to two things in equal measure : Books and Videogames. He has a degree from the University of Washington in English with an emphasis on writing. He joined Operation Rainfall last year while following it on Facebook. His two giant life goals are to write his own series of fantasy / science fiction novels and to get into the creative side of the video game industry. He is beyond pleased to now have his proverbial foot in the door thanks to the opportunity provided by Oprainfall!