Nintendo eShop And Virtual Console Update, April 9: 'Xenoblade Chronicles 3D', 'Pokemon Rumble World', 'Etrian Mystery Dungeon', & More
The calendar says Thursday, so that can mean only one thing...it's time for the weekly Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console update!
Last week's offering was a little light, but they are more than making up for it today with some highly anticipated titles, as well as potential sleeper successes. Let's see what they have in store.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon (3DS) - the mashup roguelike RPG hit shelves on Tuesday and brought the best of both Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon franchises: procedurally generated dungeons, a deep character customization system, wonderful combat and punishing (but always fair) difficulty.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New Nintendo 3DS) - the first exclusive for Nintendo's latest 'New Nintendo 3DS' system, the handheld port of the acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles finally answers a question you've had on your mind since last November: who the heck is this Shulk guy? Find out in this epic sci-fi fueled RPG title. It's out tomorrow! Two new themes are also available in the 3DS shop.
We've heard a lot about Nintendo's inevitable foray into the world of Free to Play titles. Their first entry, Pokemon Shuffle, arrived in February and now, there's Pokemon Rumble World, a new "free to start" dungeon crawler. Battle all 719 (!) Pokemon across a wide and varied land on your 3DS. There is a lot of IAP, so tread carefully, Pokemaster.
Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U, eShop) - one of the very few exclusives for the Nintendo eShop, Affordable Space Adventures has a lot of weight to carry on its platforming/exploration-like shoulders, and by all accounts, it carries it spectacularly. More to the point, it is one of the few games that utilizes the potential of the Wii U gamepad.
This week's Virtual Console titles include the uber-mini game collection WarioWare: Touched! - which features 180 quick and easy games "that will test your skills using the Wii U GamePad controller's touch screen and built-in microphone." Available for the Wii U. Also out this week is Yoshi Touch & Go (are we detecting a theme here?), one of the original DS launch titles. Baby Mario manages to go missing - like he always does - and it's up to Yoshi to deliver him to the stork across many a bright and colorful Mushroom Kingdom adventure. $9.99 for the Wii U.
Two new events are also taking place for a limited time only. First up, "see how your Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. squad stacks up online in Nintendo's Public Tournaments. Top players earn unique titles that are visible online and earn major bragging rights with their friends and around the world. The new "Four Score" tournament runs through April 12." And for fans of Pokemon Shuffle, players can compete against a Mega Blastoise from now until April 12. All those who place in the top 20,000 will be awarded a Blastoisinite, the Mega Stone needed to Mega Evolve Blastoise. Check out the official site for more details.
Additionally, players can try their hand on Rayquaza's Special Stage from now until April 19, if you catch Rayquaza, you will be able to use it as one of your own Pokémon. Rayquaza's skill is Dragon Talon, which will give your attack 1.5 times the regular damage when you clear Rayquaza from the puzzle area.
Finally, there's a little platform title called Runny Egg, which we have to admit looks kind of adorable. Currently $1.99 on the 3DS shop.
See you all next week!