WayFoward has been at the forefront of making beautiful and fun 2D games for years now. Ever since gaining popularity with Shantae on the Game Boy Color, they have been unstoppable. Mighty Switch Force is the third entry in a series of titles WayForward has been releasing for Nintendo’s downloadable services and it is also the first of those titles to arrive for 3DS. With some interesting mechanics that led to some pretty challenging later stages, Mighty Switch Force is a great start for downloadable 3DS games.
Celebrating The Legend of Zelda’s 25th anniversary, Nintendo has decided to give all DSi/DSiXL/3DS owners a free download of Four Swords Adventures: Anniversary Edition starting on September 28th, with the game being free until February 20th, 2012.
It’ll also have a single player mode to compliment the times you might not have anyone available to play with via wireless multiplayer. Included is a Japanese trailer after the break.
Software isn’t exactly something 3DS is being overrun with at this point. With only a handful of titles left for the rest of this year, 3DS owners are looking for content to keep themselves busy. To a certain extent, we can turn to the eShop to pick up old experiences from Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and DSiWare that we may have missed. One of the most recent additions is Avenging Spirit, a port of a 1991 arcade game for the original Gameboy. Does the title still holds its own today, or is it something that should have been left in Jaleco’s vault?
You read right, the 3DS will be lowered in price from the hefty $250 price tag to a steal at $170 starting August 12th. That’s a 32% price drop less than six months after the console’s initial release…
This is part of a global price drop in the portable announced by Nintendo, so no matter where you are, starting August 12th the price of a 3DS will be roughly one-third less than it was the day before.
And before you day one buyers start cursing at the news(like I was), Nintendo’s already announced a plan to reward you for your loyalty and try to give you back some of the extra $80 you spent for a few extra months with your piece of pricey portable hardware.
Everyone who buys a 3DS before August 12th and accesses the Nintendo eShop before aforementioned deadline is an Ambassador and shall receive a score(as in an actual score- 20) of virtual console games, some of which will never become available to the late adopters and others will have a exclusivity period of multiple months and will be available for download to ‘Ambassadors’ starting September 1st.
And these 10 NES and 10 Game Boy Advance titles are nothing to scoff at, either- with the 10 revealed being no less than some of the best to spring from their respective platforms:
- Super Mario Bros.
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Balloon Fight
- Ice Climber
- The Legend of Zelda
- Five more unannounced games
- Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit
- Metroid Fusion
- WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong
- Five more unannounced games
Bear in mind that all I’ve listed is only half the list of what you’ll get- so did the Big N make up the nearly $100 difference? In addition to that, does the price drop entice any of you to go ahead and get one come August 12th or does the promise of more games for the higher price seem like the better deal?
UPDATE: The free games included in the 3DS Ambassador Program will NOT be 3D Classics, doomed to relive their nostalgic 2D graphics according to an IGN interview with a Nintendo spokesperson. In addition, some of the titles will be betas of sorts, with free upgrades to the full versions once they become available. But there will be one upgrade to some of the games offered: multiple of the NES games offered will support simultaneous multiplayer gameplay once their full versions become available.
During Nintendo’s E3 conference they announced that, to celebrate this years 25th anniversary for Zelda, DSiWare would be receiving a Four Swords title, which would be priced at the all appealing amount of $0. Unfortunately, if you were expecting an all new adventure, you’re out of luck. According to Joystiq, the title has been confirmed to be the original Game Boy Advance Four Swords title.
Four Swords was originally bundled with the GBA port of A Link to the Past, allowing for four player action using link cables. The DSiWare version would, most likely, work via local wi-fi. Nintendo hasn’t announced if any enhancements will be made to the title, like updated visuals or online gameplay. But it is hard to complain about something that’s free.
The title is set to launch this September.
Late last night Nintendo finally released the long awaited June update. This update adds new functionality to the Nintendo 3DS, including the ability to transfer DSiWare bring over your DSiWare titles, and the ability to browse the web. Although from what I’ve used of the web browser, it’s nothing to get excited about.
More importantly, the Nintendo 3DS’ digital download service, the eShop, launched. Until early July you get a free copy of Excite Bike optimized for the Nintendo 3DS’ 3D visuals and its wide screen display. Pokédex 3D is also available for free. Of course, if you’re looking to spend a little cash you can go with one of the Virtual Console releases including Radar Mission, Alleyway, and the classic Super Mario Land. And finally, you get full access to almost the entirety of DSiWare’s library. A fantastic opportunity for those who missed out on the DSi the first time around.
The Nintendo 3DS eShop will be updated on Thursdays in North America, separating it from the usual DSiWare, WiiWare, and Wii Virtual Console’s Monday updates. Let’s hope we start getting some of those great Virtual Console releases that have already hit Japan, like Kirby’s Adventure and Mega Man: Dr Wily’s Revenge.
Nintendo’s 3DS digital download service, the eShop, will be going live June 6th. But even if you don’t have any money to spare, there’ll be content for you starting day one. 3DS owners who access the eShop will receive a free download of the 3D classics port of Excite Bike. Like the original, the title will feature a track editor, but this time the port will include the ability to save up to thirty two tracks. The download is a limited offers, so 3DS owners would do well to download it as soon as possible.
Nintendo also announced that the service will be launching with some Pokémon software as well, Pokédex 3D. This Pokédex 3D will allow players to access information on the 150 new Pokémon in Pokémon Black and White. Players start with sixteen Pokémon unlocked. They will continue to unlock Pokémon through QR codes, Spot Pass and Street Pass. The title also gives you a full 3D view of these Pokémon as well as the ability to place Pokémon into pictures via AR cards. There’s no mention of a time limit on the free availability of this title.
Excitebike, like other enhanced 3D classics, will look like the original NES games with added depth, but NintendoWorldReport has screenshots for Pokédex 3D.