Nintendo has started a new eShop sales, where until January 25 at 8:59 AM PT / 11:59 AM ET, gamers can save on games such as Splatoon, Freedom Planet, Affordable Space Adventures, Pocket Jockey, and others. My Nintendo members also save an extra 10 percent on participating titles.
The full lineup is as follows:
Splatoon – $46.79 (was $59.99)
Mario Party 10 – $23.39 (was $29.99)
Freedom Planet – $10.49 (was $14.99)
Donkey Kong Country Returns – $15.59 (was $19.99)
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut – $6.99 (was $9.99)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis – $7.79 (was $9.99)
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition – $7.49 (was $14.99)
WarioWare: Smooth Moves – $15.59 (was $19.99)
Adventures of Pip – $7.49 (was $14.99)
Ittle Dew – $6.99 (was $9.99)
Octodad: Dadliest Catch – $10.49 (was $14.99)
Noitu Love: Devolution – $6.99 (was $9.99)
Severed – $10.49 (was $14.99)
Affordable Space Adventures – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Pirate Pop Plus – $2.99 (was $4.99)
Child of Light – $7.49 (was $14.99)
Rayman Legends – $19.99 (was $39.99)
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – $15.59 (was $19.99)
Pocket Card Jockey – $5.45 (was $6.99)
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – $13.99 (was $19.99)
Yo-kai Watch – $31.19 (was $39.99)
Story of Seasons – $20.99 (was $29.99)
Disney Art Academy – $23.39 (was $29.99)
Gurumin 3D – $11.99 (was $14.99)
Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure – $7.01 (was $8.99)
Wario’s Woods – $3.89 (Was $4.99)
Severed – $10.49 (Was $14.99)
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX – $29.99 (was $39.99)
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice – $23.99 (was $39.99)
Inazuma Eleven – $14.00 (was $19.99)
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village – $23.99 (was $29.99)
Pirate Pop Plus – $2.99 (was $4.99)
River City: Tokyo Rumble – $23.99 (was $29.99)
One of the biggest mobile markets out there is China, and while Niantic, Pokemon Co. and Nintendo would love to have Pokémon Go release there, it doesn’t seem to ever be happening. This is due to the Chinese state censor blocking the game from release in there due to security risks. Specifically, these include “a threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers.”
While this may seem excessive, it is worth noting that there have been multiple reports of injuries and accidents caused by people playing Pokémon Go while distracted. As well, gaming addiction is actually a major concern in China, with extreme cases having made headlines in the country. Given these facts, it does make sense that the government would have several concerns.
This is another special episode of “Geeks on the Internet Having a Beverage” with EGM alum Trickman Terry Minnich. We talk about old times at EGM and all of the work he did back then. We discuss how he found the tips and tricks for games. He talks about the process of coming up with the infamous Shen Long trick. He got in the ins and outs of making the layouts and other aspects of the print industry. It is truly an honor to chat it up with him.
Here are this week’s Nintendo Downloads for North America
Wii U Download
Cup Critters – $1.49
Spheroids – $7.99
Zombie Brigade: No Brain No Gain – $4.99
Wii U Virtual Console
Pokemon Snap – $9.99
Quiet, Please! – $2.99
Great deals this week include Nano Assault EX, Midnight 2 and Soccer Up Online, plus several more! Check out the full list of deals on digital games for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems available this week at http://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals.
Kirby and Yoshi Join My Nintendo’s Rewards Lineup – My Nintendo is kicking off the New Year with discount rewards on select digital games featuring Kirby and Yoshi. Fans can redeem My Nintendo points for discounts on the following digital games at https://my.nintendo.com:
Kirby’s Epic Yarn (Wii U)
Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe (Nintendo 3DS)
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Wii U)
Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)
Yoshi (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS)
Get a New Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS System During the Holidays? – You already know your new Nintendo system plays awesome games, but here are a few more ways to make the most out of your new system. Visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/get-started to learn more.
Nintendo has announced that pre-registration has now opened for Super Mario Run on Android smartphones and tablets and you can sign up here to be ready to play. Hopefully the game will have a better sale rate on Android than it did on iOS where actual purchases were low. See the announcement below
Castlevania Dracula X was originally going to come out last week, but it has been rescheduled for tomorrow, December 29 2016.
The game was derided in the past as a inferior port of Rondo of Blood, but it has gained defenders in recent years who now praise its challenge and difficulty and like what it brings to the series.
After rising from his eternal sleep, Count Dracula summons his dark minions–Cerberus, Minaurus and the Salamander–to bring a reign of terror on the land. In order to lure the latest Belmont descendant, Dracula kidnaps Annette Renard and her sister Maria as bait.
Gear up as Richter Belmont, equipped with the legendary Vampire Killer, in his strife to save his beloved. Battling against the monsters that lurk in the shadows, strategically using magical tomes, mystical power-ups and titanic weapons and discovering secret bonus levels. Unfold another chapter in the Belmont family’s lineage, with over 7 stages of grim encounters and a myriad of possibilities depending on the choices that you make.
Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Run has already reached 50 million downloads. They sent out the tweet you can see below, to make the announcement. Super Mario Run has come a long way in a very short time and broken numerous records. Nintendo has been very smart about how they have pursued mobile thus far.
Castlevania Dracula X was supposed to come to the 3DS virtual console but has not come out yet. The reason for the delay is not yet known and we are still waiting to find out when it will come. We will keep you updated on this and will let you know when the virtual console release has a new date. In the meantime however, the game can be purchased on the Wii U virtual console
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima talked with Kyoto Shimbun in more detail about the company’s mobile plans. He noted that starting in 2017, they would like to bring out two or three mobile games each year. Given the success of Super Mario Run, this is seen as a positive move for them. Speaking of Super Mario Run, he noted the title has thus far achieved 40 million downloads and says that it has met their expectations, but they believe that number could grow to 100 million. He also noted that Nintendo is taking feedback on the game and that it has a high ratio of paying customers. Kimishima stated that smartphones will support the console line of Nintendo and work to expand the player base. The goal being to use the smartphone games to get people talking and look at the Switch when it comes out in March.
This is all good news for Nintendo and it is good to hear that their plan is to use these games to promote their systems.