New Nintendo downloads this week in America and Europe. The games go live on Thursdays in America at 9AM Pacific time and in Europe at 5PM UK/GMT time.
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Nintendo has now added new/classic games to the Wii Shop Channel, Nintendo DSi Shop and Nintendo 3DS eShop. Users with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. While the Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service, where virtual wallets are added to using a credit card or by purchasing a Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. A Nintendo Points Card can be purchased at retail locations or Amazon.com.
Nintendo 3DS eShop:
• Kirby’s Block Ball (3DS Virtual Console / Game Boy, $3)
Description: Get ready for fast-paced, block-clearing action – Kirby style.
Kirby takes center stage in this frenzied, block-clearing free-for-all. Use the paddles on all four sides of the screen to bounce Kirby around and destroy the blocks and enemies. By destroying the blocks, you clear stages and obtain special power-ups that will aid you in your quest. Establish the high score on each stage to open up the final level and face Kirby’s nemesis, King Dedede. With multiple abilities, screens, and stages, this game is sure to put your skills to the test.
• Ubisoft’s Rayman Origins Demo Version (3DS, Free)
Description: Meet the new crazy. Rayman Origins is a comic adventure set in a lush world with more than 60 levels, teeming with secrets and crazy enemies. Taking advantage of the StreetPass feature, you can share your progression, number of collectibles, time played, unlocked achievements and avatar with others. A demo version is now available in the Nintendo eShop.
• Nintendo’s Mario Kart 7 Patch Update (is now available)
Description: Visit the Nintendo eShop to download the update for Mario Kart 7. This update is required for online multiplayer mode. In the Online Multiplayer mode, the tracks “Wuhu Loop,” “Maka Wuhu,” and “Bowser Castle 1” will have shortcut exploits permanently eliminated from their maps.
• Nintendo Video: Men in Black 3 in 3D (available May 18 at 6AM PT)
Description: They’re back! Men in Black hit Nintendo Video this week with the trailer for the latest installment in this epic franchise.
Nintendo DSiWare & 3DS eShop:
• Chronicles of Vampires: The Awakening (500 DSi Points / $5)
Description: Previously in Chronicles of Vampires Linda Hyde discovered a supernatural conspiracy threatening the world. Because of her unique gift, only she alone can prevent the awakening of primal evil. She must halt the sequence of events that together will unleash demonic destruction upon all mankind!
Guide Linda as she moves between the worlds of people and vampires as you explore chilling locations, uncover hidden objects, and solve mind bending puzzles. Defeat the conspiracy of wicked creatures and rescue humanity by uncovering the shocking truth in the final episode of Chronicles of Vampires!
Nintendo 3DS eShop:
• Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (3DS Virtual Console / Game Boy, £3.60 / €4)
Description: In his second Game Boy adventure, Kirby must solve the mystery behind the disappearance of rainbow bridges that link the islands of Dream Land. Travel through all seven isles while battling the minions of King Dedede, and team up with Kirby’s friends Rick the Hamster, Kine the Fish and Coo the Owl.
Kirby’s animal pals have their own unique abilities and can also magnify Kirby’s powers, too! You’ll need all the help you can get, in order to face a new enemy: the malevolent Dark Matter!
• Bird Mania 3D (3DSWare, £1.80 / €2)
• Ubisoft’s Rayman Origins Demo (3DS, Free)
• Nintendo Video: Big Buck Bunny & Shaun the Sheep 3D
• 2 Fast 4 Gnomz Demo (WiiWare, Free)
Upcoming Releases In April:
• Nintendo 3DS Download Software – 3D Solitaire (Zen Studios) May 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Dr Mario (Nintendo America, Game Boy) May 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Kid Icarus Of Myths and Monsters (Nintendo America, Game Boy) May 2012
• Wii Virtual Console – Metal Slug 3 (D4 Entertainment, NEO-GEO) May 2012
• WiiWare – La-Mulana (Nicalis) May 2012
• Nintendo DSiWare – Cave Story (Nicalis Europe) May 2012
Upcoming Releases In 2012:
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Toki Tori (Two Tribes, Game Boy Color) Q2 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Download Software – Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin’en Multimedia) Q2 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Download Software – Colors! 3D (Collecting Smiles) Q2 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Download Software – Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid) Q2 2012 [in Europe]
• Nintendo 3DS Download Software – Picross e (Jupiter) Q2 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Download Software – Marvel Pinball 3D (Zen Studios) Q2 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Wario Land II (Nintendo, Game Boy Color) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Sonic Labyrinth (SEGA America, Game Gear) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Sonic Blast (SEGA, Game Gear) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Sonic Drift 2 (SEGA, Game Gear) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Columns (SEGA, Game Gear) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Download Software – Bit Boy!! ARCADE (Bplus, 3DSWare) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Download Software – Unchained Blades (XSEED America, 3DSWare) 2012
• Wii Virtual Console – Vectorman 2 (SEGA Australia, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Castlevania: The Adventure (Konami Australia, Game Boy) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Master of Darkness AKA Vampire: Master of Darkness (SIMS Co. Australia, Game Gear) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – The Sword of Hope 2 (Kemco Australia, Game Boy) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Tumblepop (Data East Australia, Game Boy) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Rayman (Ubisoft Europe, Game Boy Color) 2012
• Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console – Kirby’s Pinball Land (Nintendo Australia, Game Boy) 2012