The Binding of Isaac Rebirth

This week's European downloads - June 2 (More Fire Emblem maps, Kick & Fennick and more)

Nintendo eShop (New 3DS)

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (Nintendo, SNES VC) - €7.99/£7.19 (€5.59/£4.99 until June 9)

Donkey Kong and Diddy have been captured by the Kremlings, so it's Dixie Kong and new sidekick Kiddy to the rescue! In the final part of the classic Donkey Kong Country trilogy, take control of Dixie and Kiddy, and use their unique abilities to traverse treacherous terrain, seek out elusive Banana Birds, and defeat the Kremlings' new master, KAOS.

Nintendo eShop (3DS)

Fire Emblem Fates: Map 4 Ghostly Gold (Nintendo, Add-On Content) - €2.49/£2.29

In Ghostly Gold, a good deed quickly turns hairy, but your generosity will be amply rewarded.

Maps can be purchased and played from the Dragon's Gate, which will be available after reaching a certain point in the game. If you have already purchased Map Pack 1, you can download this map by going to the Dragon's Gate and selecting "Purchase DLC." Download the map and it will then be available to play.

Fire Emblem Fates: Map 5 Museum Melee (Nintendo, Add-On Content) - €2.49/£2.29
Museum Melee features an extraplanar collection of fine armaments. You can take a few of them home with you, provided you can beat the other challengers to the prize.

Maps can be purchased and played from the Dragon's Gate, which will be available after reaching a certain point in the game. If you have already purchased Map Pack 1, you can download this map by going to the Dragon's Gate and selecting "Purchase DLC." Download the map and it will then be available to play.

Ashley's Magic (Nintendo, theme available on June 3) - €1.99/£1.79
The witch Ashley practises magic under a full moon. Scroll the Touch Screen to see her haunted mansion and her demon pal, Red.

Special offers
3D MahJongg (Joindots) - €3.99/£3.59 (Ends June 16, normally €4.99/£4.49)
Gardenscapes (Joindots) - €5.99/£4.49 (Ends June 16, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots) - €5.35/£4.00 (Ends June 16, normally €7.99/£5.99)
Safari Quest (Joindots) - €4.68/£3.33 (Ends June 16, normally €6.99/£4.99)
Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas (CIRCLE Ent.) - €3.99/£3.19 (Ends June 23, normally €4.99/£3.99)
WAKEDAS (CIRCLE Ent.) - €1.99/£1.69 (Ends June 23, normally €2.99/£2.49)
Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.99/£1.79 (Ends June 30, normally €3.99/£3.59)
Battleminer (Woobly Tooth) - €3.29/£2.99 (Ends June 30, normally €4.99/£4.49)
The Magic Hammer (Woobly Tooth) - €1.99/£1.99 (Ends June 30, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Toy Stunt Bike (Woobly Tooth) - €1.99/£1.99 (Ends June 30, normally €2.99/£2.99)
GLORY OF GENERALS (CIRCLE Ent.) - €6.99/£6.09 (Permanent, was €9.99/£7.99)

Nintendo eShop (Wii U)

Kick & Fennick (Abstraction Games) - €14.99/£13.49 (€10.49/£9.44 until June 16)

Kick & Fennick is a platform adventure about a little boy with a very special gun. Soon after waking up in a desolate but colorful world, Kick meets a small flying robot named Fennick. When Fennick saves Kick from a menacing guard robot, they find out Fennick's battery is broken. Together, they embark on an adventure to the Core Tower to find Fennick a new energy core.

Special offers
Art of Balance (Shin'en Multimedia) - €6.70/£5.36 (Ends June 23, normally €8.99/£7.15)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games) - €2.99/£2.69 (Ends June 30, normally €5.99/£5.39)
99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends June 30, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Darts Up  (EnjoyUp Games) - €1.49/£1.34 (Ends June 30, normally €2.49/£2.29)
Epic Dumpster Bear (Log Games) - €4.49/£3.49 (Ends June 30, normally €6.49/£4.99)
Puzzle Monkeys (Log Games) - €1.49/£1.49 (Ends June 30, normally €2.99/£2.99)
Jones on Fire (Joindots) - €2.99/£2.29 (Ends June 16, normally €5.99/£4.59)
Queen's Garden (Joindots) - €5.59/£4.39 (Ends June 16, normally €6.99/£5.49)

GoNintendo Podcast Webisode 563

We had another full house for this week's show. When Uproxx names you one of the top 10 gaming podcasts, all the crew members come out of the woodwork! We all sit down to chat about the latest Nintendo news and whatever random crap pops into our heads. Hope you enjoy what we've put together!

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Splatoon - Squid Sisters live album, Famitsu feature, Tower Records tease & new merch

Squid Sisters Live Album

- “Splatoon Live in Makuhari – Squid Sister Live”
- releasing on July 13th in Japan
- 2,700 Yen
- includes full recording of both live perfomances by the Squid Sisters from Game Party Japan and at the NicoNico Choukagi
- includes original recordings of the two original tracks which debuted during the second live performance:

Tokimeki ☆ Bomb Rush (Callie)
Sumisoae no Yoru (Marie)

- includes the demo version of High-Color Sinker / City of Color, from the Splatune CD
- comes with a booklet, label, and jacket designed by the development team
- features exclusive artwork drawn by Seita Inoue

Famitsu feature

- appearing in the next issue
- special article about the 1st Anniversary of Splatoon
- more details on the live album
- in-depth look at the Sheldon’s Pick Vol .1,
- special artwork of the Squid Sisters

Tower Records tease

- event happening on June 24th
- no further details at this time

Splatoon merch

Splatoon merch

- t-shirts, armbands, caps, tote bags, towels, badges, and more
- coming from EDITMODE
- hitting Japan this July

Japan getting second Splatoon premium Wii U bundle


Second Splatoon Premium Pack for the Wii U

- will be released on July 7th in Japan
- 39 960 Yen
- includes:

contents of the Wii U Premium Pack
Splatoon (pre-loaded)
Marie & Callie amiibo

GameStop comments on the potential of the NX, rumor that console uses cartridges

This comes from the Executive VP of Business Strategy at GameStop Mike Hogan, who talks about the potential of the NX...

''Nintendo has confirmed that they will be introducing a new console in early 2017. So let’s take a look at the potential for just that one new console. Once again, we’re not projecting. We are simply looking at the potential for the new console in comparison to prior consoles.

Should the new NX perform only slightly better than the Wii U, it would generate 2.7 billion dollars in incremental sales over the first two years. Should it perform at even half of the level of the Wii, it would generate 7.5 billion units of incremental sales over that time frame. You can of course apply GameStop’s market share to estimate the impact on GameStop’s sales.

While it’s too early to offer definitive projections, we are monitoring the situation closely in terms of product availability and features, consumer awareness and purchase intent. We plan to provide updates this quarter.''

Mr. Hogan also commented on the rumor that the NX will use cartridges...

''We saw these rumors, and of course we can’t comment on them. I don’t think we know anything about it anyway, but certainly for us physical media is a good thing.

The only difference would be on the refurbishment and pre-owned side, and actually cartdriges are much simpler to refurbish and repackage, so there’s a little bit of an advantage in that direction.

But it’s early, and we keep a cool head. Certainly I would say that there are rumors of that type, just confirms that this is an important console for next year, it will have physical media, we will play a role in it, our pre-owned business will also play a role, so we’re excited about that, and of course we love Nintendo IP, so… it’s all good news.''

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - My Parents Play: Kirby's Dream Land

End of the week, friends! The weather here is getting hot and steamy, which means this weekend could be a particularly uncomfortable one. That's alright though, as I need to get out there and get some sun. The glow of the computer screen doesn't really do wonders for my skin. I'll get some rays this weekend, and I hope you have fun planned as well! See you in a few, short hours.

Kirby: Planet Robobot is just around the corner. With excitement for that game building, I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce my parents to how Kirby started! On top of that, Kirby games are pretty damn easy. Surely my parents can handle a bit of Kirby platforming...right?!

Check out the entire Parents Play series here (and subscribe if you want to!)

Minecraft getting free 'Battle' mini-game update in June

More screens here

Ready your enchanted rods! Strap on your diamond helms! We’ve been working with our chums at 4J Studios to make something pretty special - and free! - for Console Edition players to enjoy. We’re calling it Battle. It’s a last-minecrafter-standing deathmatch and the first of a number of mini games we’ll be releasing, designed to help players compete under cool and crazy rulesets with minimum fuss.

Of course, our amazingly creative console community already improvises new (and often very weird) ways to play with friends - and long may this continue! Our mini games will give you a helping hand, dropping you straight into the fun without the need to mess around with manual countdowns, laboriously prep loot chests or keep score.

Battle pits players against one another in a fight for survival, as they race to snatch weapons and resources from chests, dance over each arena’s unique perils and stave off hunger pangs. We’ve made the mini game specifically with console players and couch-based competition in mind: it supports up to four players in splitscreen and eight players online, either by invitation or using the in-game matchmaking system. We wanted it to be super-accessible and fast-paced, so we’ve tried to keep the focus on rapid tactical thinking and combat: there’s no need to craft anything here, and you can loot inventories and equip armour with the tap of a button.

If you fall to your foe’s blade - don’t despair! You can always respawn as a bat and flutter round your nemesis, squeaking vengefully. Take care to check out the lobby in between games, too. There may be a few surprises to find!

Battle will be available in June as a free update to Minecraft: Console Edition players and comes with three incredible, deadly arenas. Down the line we’ll be releasing more map packs for $2.99 a pop.

This week's North American downloads - May 26 (StarTropics, Dragon Fantasy and more)

Virtual Console on Wii U
   * StarTropics – In this much-loved NES game, step into the shoes of Mike Jones, a teenage star pitcher from Seattle who has come to the tropics to visit his famous archeologist uncle, Dr. Jones. After being told that his uncle has been abducted, Mike begins a perilous quest in order to rescue him and figure out the mysterious plot behind his disappearance.

   * Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II – Adventurer Mike Jones is back and embarking on a journey through time and space. Mike’s mission is to save seven mystic Tetrads, while facing the avengers of his foiled foe, the evil Zoda. Decipher codes, solve mysteries and battle dragons with heroes of days gone by. Mike won't stop until Zoda is history!

Nintendo eShop sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
   * Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 7.
   * Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U), Sonic Generations (Nintendo 3DS) and more games from SEGA are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 6.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
   * Inside My Radio is 20 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $11.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 8.
   * The Quiet Collection is 40 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 6.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
   * Stella Glow, Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight and more games from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 6.
   * Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 2.
   * Toy Defense is 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 16.
   * SteamWorld Heist is 25 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $14.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 9.
   * Terraria is 25 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $14.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 2.
   * Lionel City Builder 3D and Cube Creator 3Dfrom Big John Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 8.

New DLC:
* Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Maps: III: The Changing Tide – Shiro’s wounded band must seize an opportunity. Part 3 of Heirs of Fate for the FireEmblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest games is now available for $1.99.

* Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 2 DLC – Across dimensions, other versions of the Hoshidan and Nohrian children are under attack. Born and raised in the Deeprealms, these fledgling warriors must now rise up to save themselves and their parents as they unravel the mystery of their adversaries. In this six-map series for the Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest games, units leveled up in the main game cannot lend support. Devise a strategy using a fresh team and reap the rewards, but only if all of your units survive. You can receive all six maps as they are released by purchasing Map Pack 2 for only $7.99.

Also new this week:
* Infinite Dunamis (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
* Epic Word Search Collection 2 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
* Conveni Dream (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
* Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
* Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
* Rynn’s Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
* Futuridium EP Deluxe (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
* Dual Core (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - Kirby: Planet Robobot review

Time for me to call it a night. Things went a little later than usual tonight due to my internet going wonky. I don't know what happened, but things eventually got fixed. Now I'm super tired and really hurting for some sleep! See you in a few, short hours.

I've always enjoyed the Kirby series. I think it holds a unique place in the gaming industry as a franchise that isn't too challenging, but still provides a lot of fun. Ever since the release of Kirby's Return to Dreamland, I feel like the franchise has been better than ever. Each main game after that outing has been pretty much outstanding in my book. Then I saw the trailer for Kirby: Planet Robobot...and I became a bit nervous.

We all have our first impressions of a game when it's initially announced. We see artwork, screens or a trailer and form some sort of opinion. Now I'm not dumb enough to let that first impression spoil a game for me, but I will say that I didn't really dig what Kirby: Planet Robobot was about. The idea of using mechs to get around and battle in a Kirby game seemed like it just wouldn't jive. Something about it felt shoehorned in to me, and I couldn't place my finger on why. That said, I kept my overall open mind for when I actually got to sit down with the game.

Now that I've put in ample time with Kirby: Planet Robobot, I can say that I totally get it. To tell you the truth, Kirby: Planet Robobot totally turned around my expectations. While I went into it being a bit nervous and apprehensive, I've come out completely sold on the idea. The entire mech mechanic adds much more than surface value to the experience. I don't know that we'll ever see Kirby jumping into a mech again, but I can say that I'd really love to see it return in the future. This approach added yet another truly interesting wrinkle to the Kirby universe.

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Monster Hunter Stories gets Japanese release date, amiibo on the way

Monster Hunter Stories

- launching in Japan on Oct. 8th
- 5,800 yen at retail and 5,546 yen via download
- getting 3 amiibo figures launching alongside the game
- these will let players obtain special Otomon (monsters) in-gam
- amiibo include: “One-Eyed Rathalos and Rider (Female)” and “One-Eyed Rathalos and Rider (Male)” for 1,800 yen each, and “Nabiru” for 1,200 yen.
- plans for a second set of amiibo in the Winter
- limited quantities of the game will include a “Rathalos” costume for Nabiru
- if you have Monster Hunter Generations save data on your 3DS, you’ll receive the bonus “Dinovaldo” costume for Nabiru and one-handed sword for the protagonist
- game will also have various shop-specific Otoman bonuses
- collaboration with Pompompurin, who will appear in the form of a costume for Nabiru