REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week's Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
NES Remix 2 - Take on rapid-fire challenges from classic NES games remixed with mind-bending twists like playing as Link while running from Boos and nabbing coins as Kirby in Super Mario Bros. Experience epic game-play set pieces from the likes of Kid Icarus, Metroid, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link in ways you never have before. NES Remix 2 will be available on April 25. Click here to check out the trailer for NES Remix 2.
Child of Light - Child of Light is an RPG inspired by fairy tales. The story takes you on the coming-of-age journey of Aurora, the daughter of a duke, who is transported to the fantastic world of Lemuria. Players can play alone or in seamless Cooperative mode, controlling Aurora's friend Igniculus the firefly through the Wii U GamePad controller. Child of Light will be available on April 29. Click here to check out the trailer for Child of Light.
Virtual Console on Wii U
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 - April is a month to remember with classic games launching each week. Yoshi is back, baby! In this Game Boy Advance classic, he's ready to romp through a crayon-colored world where enemies are everywhere. Prepare to flutter jump and toss eggs to protect Baby Mario from the evil Magikoopa, Kamek. To save the day, Yoshi will have to morph into vehicles and even eat his enemies to turn them into eggs. Click here to check out the trailer for Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Mario Golf: World Tour - Demo Version - Go clubbing around the world with Mario! Tee off as your favorite Mushroom Kingdom or Mii character while challenging players online. Shoot into Warp Pipes and dodge Piranha Plants in Mushroom Kingdom areas, or take a shot at nature-themed courses. Power-up your shots with special items to burn past pesky plants, blast over gaping chasms or freeze water hazards. The full version of Mario Golf: World Tour launches in stores and the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on May 2. Click here to check out the teaser trailer for Mario Golf: World Tour.
Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends - Mama is back in her gardening gloves and planting the seeds of friendship. Get growing with 50 fresh plants, new activities and creative gardening fun. Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends will be available on April 29. Click here to check out the teaser trailer for Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends.
Nintendo eShop Sale
Joindots - For a limited time, select games by Joindots are now on sale in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS, including FunFair Party Games, Gardenscapes, Secret Agent Files: Miami and 3D MahJongg. This offer is valid until 9 a.m. PT on May 8.
Also new this week:
Ava and Avior Save the Earth (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) - Available April 29
Mystery Case Files(r): Return to Ravenhearst (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Me & My Furry Patients 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Sea Battle (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS / DSiWare on Nintendo DSi)
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Peach and Yoshi Wii Remote Plus controllers join Mario and Luigi, in shops from 30/5! pic.twitter.com/fvv0QB66Dp— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) 24 april 2014
Mario Kart veterans Princess Peach and Yoshi provide the inspiration for two new Wii Remote Plus controllers - both releasing on same day as Mario Kart 8
24th April 2014 - With just over a month to go until gravity-defying racing comes to Wii U in the shape of Mario Kart 8, Nintendo has today announced that a Mario Kart 8 Premium Pack - Special Edition Wii U hardware bundle will accompany the launch of the game on 30th May.
The release of the Mario Kart 8 Premium Pack - Special Edition represents an ideal offering for first-time Wii U owners, with a black Wii U Premium console with 32GB* of storage packaged alongside a black Wii U GamePad controller, Sensor Bar, and the all-important Mario Kart 8 game disc. With Mario Kart 8 set to feature 16 remixed classic courses, as well as 16 courses that are brand new to the series, both newcomers and veteran drivers alike will face fresh karting challenges with the added twist of a new antigravity feature allowing Mario and company to race upside down or up vertical surfaces.
While the likes of Bowser's minions - all seven of the pesky bunch - will be playable for the first time in Mario Kart history from 30th May, experienced drivers such as Princess Peach and Yoshi have featured in all games in the series to date. Fans wishing to pay tribute to these two legendary racers can get their hands on new Wii Remote Plus Peach and Wii Remote Plus Yoshi controllers, both of which will release on 30th May, the same day as Mario Kart 8 launches in stores and on Nintendo eShop. Decked out in all pink with signature flashes of blue and yellow, the Wii Remote Plus Peach features a regal touch on the front of the controller in the form of a white crown. Meanwhile, the Wii Remote Plus Yoshi controller comes complete in a green and white shell, with an iconic Yoshi egg adorning its front.
As a reminder, fans looking to pick up Mario Kart 8 alongside a special collectible can also get their hands on a Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle, which comes complete with a Spiny Shell Collector's Item alongside a physical copy of the game. The Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition software bundle is available to pre-order while stocks last including from the Official Nintendo Online Store.
Just over one month remains until Mario and other legendary racers from the Mushroom Kingdom line up at the starting grid in Mario Kart 8, complete with 32 new and remixed classic courses influenced by antigravity, new items to unleash during the heat of a race, and a host of ways to enjoy the action including 12-player online competitive play**, and four-player local multiplayer. An overview trailer showing all the purchase options available to fans when Mario Kart 8 comes to Wii U on 30th May can be viewed here.
Another End of Day thought wrapped up. I wonder how many of these I've done. I wonder how many times I've duplicated my thoughts! I never intend to, but I'm sure I have. I just hope you still enjoy reading! See you in a few, short hours.
I will never, EVER forget the time I spent with the Wave Race 64. I remember purchasing the game like it was yesterday. I wasn't big on the idea of the game, but there were slim pickings for the N64 at the time, so I thought I'd give it a go. I knew that Nintendo was behind the development, so that was enough to convince me that I should add it to my collection. That was one of the best game decisions I've ever made.
I cannot tell you how many hours I spent sinking into Wave Race 64. I played every course a million times over. I spent months just topping scores in Dolphin Park. I would play that game until all hours of the night with a friend. We'd try to pull off one more trick, one more flip to get a score just a tad higher than the last. My dear lord, was I addicted to that game.
I want to have that experience again. I want to see what today's generation of Nintendo hardware can bring to the franchise. The poor series has only seen 3 installments, with the first coming out on the Game Boy! Since the GameCube days, we haven't heard a peep from the series. Should we just consider it to be dead in the water (pun totally intended)?
Nintendo certainly has bigger racing franchises that mean a lot more to them. There's no denying that Mario Kart takes priority over the Wave Race brand. I'd say the same for F-Zero, even with the franchise's recent standings. With that said, I feel it's a true shame that we haven't seen a new installment. That type of racing just seems to scream motion control to me, yet Nintendo never bit. It's certainly not too late to bring it back, but I think Nintendo may have just moved on.
Does Wave Race deserve another installment? Do you even care about the franchise, or am I a fan just because of my N64 memories? Certainly there are other franchises more deserving of a revival, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like to see Wave Race resurface. Leave a comment and let us know if you are on-board or couldn't care less.