Buy Skylanders: Trap Team for Wii, Get Wii U Version Download Code for Free

The official Twitter for  Skylanders has revealed buying the Wii version of the game will get you a free download code for the game to upgrade from Wii to Wii U. This could be useful for those buying the game this October and are looking to upgrade to the Wii U soon after. What do you think about this?

New Wii U Firmware Update Available


Nintendo has just released Wii U firmware update 5.1.0 U, adding Wii U to Wii U system transfers and expanded controller support for eShop navigation. This means you can now use a Pro Controller, Wii Remote, and Wii Classic Controller on the eShop instead of just the GamePad. Here’s the official update notes from Nintendo:

New Features:

Wii U to Wii U System Transfer

  • Users can now transfer (move) all software and data from one Wii U to another
  • A “System Transfer” option has been added within System Settings

Changes to Nintendo eShop:

  • Users can now navigate the Nintendo eShop using a Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, or Classic Controller

Improvements to system stability and usability:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

This Week’s Nintendo eShop Downloads (7/17)

3DS

This week you can download Strike Force Foxx and Comic Workshop.

Wii U

Unfortunately, only one new Wii U eShop game is out this week, being Mr. Driller 2 on Virtual Console.

Sales

SteamWorld Dig (3DS) is 50% off until July 31st, Little Inferno (Wii U) is also 50% off until July 24th, escapeVektor (3DS) is $3.99 until July 31st, and Snow Moto Racing 3D (3DS) is $3.99 as well until August 21st. ATLUS games such as Shin Megami Tensei IV and Shin Megami: Devil Summoner – Soul Hackers will be on sale from July 21st until August 4th.

Review: Shovel Knight (3DS)

Shovel Knight looks just like one of those games that uses terms like “retro-inspired” as an excuse for slacking on the graphics, doesn’t it? You know, one of those games that uses older gamers’ nostalgia in order to cash their cheques. I mean Zelda II: The Adventure of Link style towns? Mega Man-esque stages and bosses? A map that’s ripped right from Super Mario Bros. 3? A combat system similar to DuckTales? Old school graphics? Is any facet of this game original?

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Club Nintendo 2014 Elite Status Gifts Revealed

After a delay of a few weeks, Nintendo has finally revealed the Platinum and Gold rewards for this Club Nintendo year, and it’s a bit disappointing. With previous years such as 2013 and 2012, users who reached Gold status would be able to choose from five games or an annual calendar, and users who reached Platinum would be able to choose between two physical rewards. This year however, Nintendo has not brought back any poster set or calendar, leaving only digital rewards for both statuses to choose from. Gold members can choose from any Virtual Console game on the list (except for Earthbound), and Platinum members can choose from a few eShop games and digital retail games, and the games from the Gold selection, of course. Are you disappointed with the lack of physical rewards this time around?

New Super Smash Bros. Character Reveal coming Monday

Sakurai has revealed that a new challenger will be announced on Monday on the official Super Smash Bros. website. The livestream will begin at 10 AM EST on July 14th, and will be roughly about three minutes in length. Many are speculating that the character reveal could be Shulk, as a developer behind Xenoblade retweeted Sakurai’s tweet announcing the event. You can also watch the stream right here on this post with the video above, which will begin at the same time as the official website stream.

This Week’s Nintendo eShop Downloads (7/10)

3DS

This week we have Rabi Lady 3, Me & My Pets 3D, as well as the retail-digital download version of ONE PIECE Unlimited World RedBases Loaded is available on Virtual Console, and a demo for Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai is available as well.

Wii U

This week for Wii U we have The Letter and the retail-digital download version of ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red as well. Bases Loaded is available on Virtual Console also.

Sales

I’ve Got to Run! (Wii U) is 40% from July 11th to July 13th, Witch & Hero (3DS) is 30% until July 31st, Swords & Soldiers 3D (3DS) is $3.99 until July 31st, and Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (3DS) is available for $4.99 until July 24th to celebrate the launch of the demo. You can check out our review of Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai here.

Kirby Fighters Z and DeDeDe’s Drum Dash Z coming to the Japanese eShop

Two mini games originally from Kirby Triple DeluxeKirby Fighters and DeDeDe’s Drum Dash, will be getting a new standalone upgrade on the Japanese eShop for the Nintendo 3DS. Kirby Fighters Z, a Super Smash Bros. style mini game, includes all of the original power ups, five new stages, team battles, and more. DeDeDe’s Drum Dash Z, a rhythm mini game, features a total of fourteen new stages, unlockable masks, and other new smaller features. Both will be available on the Japanese eShop on July 23rd for 750 Yen, or a little over $7 in the US.

Review: Bike Rider DX2 – Galaxy

Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy is a new side scrolling platforming game developed by Spicysoft. The game has two different modes, unlockable achievements by completing challenges, and an online scoreboard. Before I started the game I didn’t really expect it to be as much fun as it is, as I had never played the first game, Bike Rider DX. Wondering if this game is worth playing? Check out the rest of the review to find out!

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