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All posts related to the Nintendo eShop & downloadable content.

Blog – Catching Up After E3

As most of you are probably already aware, Nintendo’s offerings at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles were pretty much the talk of the show.

This year’s presentation largely expanded the upcoming Wii U library, but plenty more was announced for the Nintendo 3DS, including information about key titles such as Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, as well as upcoming eShop titles.

Unfortunately, I was unable to keep up with any sort of posting during the E3 week, and missed out on most of the big headlines. As a result, I am going to do my best to post a few of the highlights and resume consistent posting from this point forward.

Stay tuned for some of the big release date announcements, trailers and new information about E3′s biggest Nintendo 3DS games.

Shovel Knight Finally Headed to eShop June 26

The long-awaited indie game Shovel Knight, developed by Yacht Club Games, is headed to Nintendo eShop this month – June 26th, specifically.

Meet the villains of Shovel Knight.

For those who haven’t been following the development of Shovel Knight, the game draws a lot of inspiration from NES-era games such as Mega Man and Zelda II: Adventures of Link. Beyond the 8-bit sprites and MIDI-style soundtrack, the game features side-scrolling platforming action and eight unique bosses that can be dispatched in the order of your choosing.

You may really want to check this one out when it drops – few 3DS eShop games have received the pre-release buzz that Shovel Knight has, which should hopefully be a good sign.

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Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition Free to Download Until Feb. 2

Nintendo is currently offering a free download of Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition on the Nintendo eShop; the promotion lasts until 11:59 PM (PST) on Sunday, February 2.

Even if you have already played Four Swords at some point in the past, there is no reason not to download it and check it out again – the local multiplayer is absolutely brilliant; although the gameplay does not directly follow the Zelda formula, the mechanics work very well.

The numerous times that I have played through Four Swords in the past always resulted in some very hilariously unique cooperative gaming experiences; for example, leading your partner in the wrong direction, throwing them into lava or a group of enemies, stealing rupees…

Don’t miss this chance to gather a few friends and play a fantastic co-op Zelda game for free.

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YouTube App Now Available on Nintendo eShop

A few weeks ago, Nintendo confirmed that a YouTube application was in the works for the 3DS. This week, the app went live on the Nintendo eShop.

I personally haven’t had a chance to check out how well the YouTube app actually works – my guess is that it will function quite like its mobile (iPhone/Android) counterparts. It certainly did not take very long for the app to finish downloading – the file size is very small, less than 200 “blocks” on your SD card.

The YouTube support may have taken a little longer than some had hoped, no doubt, but I am nonetheless thrilled to see YT on the 3DS. Personally, I plan to use the feature quite a bit; I use YouTube almost exclusively to listen to music in my free time, not to mention for game trailers and other random videos.

What do you think about the new YouTube app? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment, just try to make it a bit nicer than the average YouTube comment.

Nintendo eShop Downloads (11/28/13) – Mario Sale, Classic SEGA Games

Space Harrier 3D - Title ScreenThe new downloads available this week on the Nintendo eShop should be exciting to fans of classic SEGA games – several of the newest titles include Master System/Genesis hits.

For $5.99, you can download the 3D-enhanced versions of Hang On! and Space Harrier. Along with the stereoscopic effects, Hang On! features tilt-based controls, and Space Harrier adds touch-based controls with an auto-fire option for newcomers.

Additionally, this week’s Virtual Console download - Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom can be purchased for $4.99.

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There are some interesting sales on the eShop as well; Shin Megami Tensei IV (Nov. 28-Dec. 2) is just $30 – a steal, considering it is one of my personal-favorite 3DS games of 2013. Several Mario-related games are also marked down (Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis On The Move) until December 5.

YouTube App Headed to 3DS

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It was revealed yesterday that a YouTube application will soon be released on the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS.

The YouTube app should be available for download by the end of the month. Videos can be watched on the top screen while users browse on the bottom screen.

Personally, I hope the capabilities of the app are at least comparable to most mobile YouTube applications, which typically cannot play all of the videos that can be found on the desktop site, but still serve their purpose well enough.

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Pokemon X & Y – Pokemon Bank Launching in December, Not Launch Day

Pokemon series director Junichi Masuda and designer Hironobu Yoshida were recently interviewed about Pokemon X & Pokemon Y by NintendoLife.com; one of the topics of conversation focused on the cloud-based Pokemon Bank application that was revealed earlier this month.

Pokemon Bank will allow players to store and transfer thousands of their Pokemon from previous games (Black/White, Black 2/White 2, etc.) to Pokemon X & Y; the online service also gives users a free trial month before asking for an annual charge ($5).

Though it was never truly set in stone, many assumed that Pokemon Bank would launch alongside X & Y in October; Masuda and Yoshida have revealed that this will not be the case - Pokemon Bank will go live sometime in December.

The Japanese release date has been set for December 25; there is still no word on North America or Europe, but I would bet on it before the end of the year.

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – eShop Sale Cuts Price to $20

This week’s Nintendo eShop update includes several new digital downloads, including Scribblenauts Unmasked, FIFA 14 and Star Wars Pinballbut what has me the most excited is the limited-time sale on Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

The sale cuts the price of MH3 Ultimate to $19.99, and lasts until 9AM PST on September 22. For those of you keeping track, that’s a 50% price drop from the current GameStop price.

One of 2013′s highest-rated Nintendo 3DS releases; MH3 Ultimate is also one of the only highly-acclaimed games on the handheld that I haven’t really spent a lot of time with. I enjoyed the downloadable demo, but I did not feel like I really got the full experience of the game – and I really wanted to play using the Circle Pad Pro. With this eShop sale, it might even be possible to purchase both MH3U and a Circle Pad Pro for less than the standard price of the game.

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Etrian Odyssey Untold – Demo Available on eShop

Yesterday, Atlus released a playable demo of Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The demo allows players to experience the first few stages of Etrian Odyssey Untold’s Story Mode, a feature new to the dungeon-crawling RPG series.

Rather than forcing players to create their own protagonists or recruit new ones throughout the game, The Millennium Girl’s Story Mode features a team of five characters with their own unique strengths and weaknesses, personalities, and skill sets. As a bonus for those who play the demo and go on to purchase the full game, all of your saved progress in the demo version can be transferred to your copy of Etrian Odyssey Untold once it launches on October 1.

After the break, you can find the official Atlus press release and more details about the latest 3DS installment of Etrian Odyssey - pre-order bonuses, Classic Mode, and more.

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Star Wars Pinball Headed to eShop This Week

Star Wars Pinball - BannerZen Studios, who previously released Zen Pinball 3D and Marvel Pinball 3D on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, will be porting over Star Wars Pinball as well. This was actually announced roughly a week ago, but I am just now getting around to the news and the confirmed release date.

Set to arrive September 19, Star Wars Pinball features three different tables: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Clone Wars and one table that is based exclusively on Boba Fett.

These tables were all available in the Wii U version of Star Wars Pinball that was released last summer, but Zen Studios insists that the eShop version has been “completely redesigned for the Nintendo 3DS.”

If that means slick 3D effects, tricky achievements and online leaderboards (similar to those in Marvel Pinball 3D), count me in – the Force may be strong with this one indeed.

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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse – First Official Trailer

WayForward Technologies developed the fantastic Mighty Switch Force! games on the 3DS eShop as well as the cult classic Shantae, a series that will be getting its first 3DS installment in the form of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse.

Pirate’s Curse gives heroine Shantae various pirate-based abilities and looks a lot like classic Metroid and Castlevania titles – enough to get my attention, besides the gorgeous 2D sprites and environments. Check out the first official trailer:

There is still no official release date for Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, so check back for more about the game over the next few weeks.