Nintendo Download Feb. 18 and Feb. 25

Nintendo Download coverage returns to cover two weeks, including Fire Emblem and Pokemon.

The Wii U’s Virtual Console is bolstered by the release of Ninja Gaiden II and III, as well as Double Dragon III and Medabots AX, but it’s true herald is the launch of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow on the 3DS.  Celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the series while you patiently await Friday’s Pokemon Direct, and the future of the franchise.

Fire Emblem Birthrights and Conquest have both released, and this week adds two more DLC packs- Boo Camp and Beach Brawl.

Major releases include the aforementioned Fire Emblems and Pokemon, as well as Project X Zone 2, the Japanese game developer mash-up that includes some Nintendo stars this time around- like Chrom and Lucina from Fire Emblem Awakening, and Mega Man Legacy Collection, which features all six original NES games.

From Nintendo:

(Feb. 18) This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright – Two kingdoms are on the brink of war. Whose side will you choose? Torn between two families, you’re an heir of Hoshido, raised by Nohrian royals. If you walk the path ofBirthright, you’ll battle the corrupted king of Nohr beside a family of strangers. Command them expertly and forge deep relationships to master this next entry in the beloved turn-based strategy series. TheFire Emblem Fates: Birthright game will be available on Feb. 19.
    • Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest – Two kingdoms are on the brink of war. Whose side will you choose? Torn between two families, you’re an heir of Hoshido, raised by Nohrian royals. If you walk the path of Conquest, you must fight to change your misguided kingdom from within. Command warriors with expert precision and forge deep relationships to master this next entry in the beloved turn-based strategy series. The Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest game will be available on Feb. 19.
    • Fire Emblem Fates: Map Pack 1 – Map Pack 1 features 11 maps plus bonus content upon release. These maps shine new light on the cast of characters from Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, as well as old favorites from the Fire Emblem Awakeninggame. Discover new background stories about these beloved warriors, while earning more experience points and exclusive weaponry. By purchasing Map Pack 1, players will receive the downloadable content as it releases. Maps will launch weekly through April 21. Players must own Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest to access all DLC, which is available for purchase in-game after completing Chapter 6. The first map, Map 1: Before Awakening, is now available for free to owners of either game.
    • Project X Zone 2 – In the sequel to the original world-crossing adventure, legendary characters from some of Japan’s most prolific video game publishers come together to create the biggest mashup strategy game ever! Team up with classic characters from dozens of the most popular franchises in video game history like Chrom and Lucina from Fire Emblem Awakening and Fiora from the Xenoblade Chronicles game. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos – In this NES classic sequel, the Emperor of Darkness, Ashtar, is on the move following his servant’s failure. It’s up to Ryu Hayabusa to save the day again. Pick up items that will provide increased abilities, like splitting Ryu into three. Destroy enemies with the Invincible Fire Wheel and other powerful ninjutsu techniques.
    • Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom – Join master ninja Ryu Hayabusa, last member of the famous Dragon Clan, in the third and final chapter of the legendary Ninja Gaiden saga on NES. Help Ryu defeat the forces of evil once more and discover the real culprit behind – spoiler alert! – Irene’s tragic death!
    • Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones – Join the Lee brothers as they head on a worldwide search for their friend Marion and the powerful Sacred Stones. Defeat your enemies using a collection of martial arts moves, including those of enemies that join your quest. Play solo or together with another player as you finally reach the evil mastermind behind Marion’s kidnapping.

Nintendo eShop sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
·         New themes this week include:

o   SEGA Dreamcast Theme
o   Pokémon: Champion Steven 
o   Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright – Available on Feb. 19 
o   Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest – Available on Feb. 19

Also new this week:

(Feb. 25) This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
    • Pokémon Red Pokémon Blue  and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition – With classic graphics and music, the Pokémon RedPokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition games stay true to the originals released nearly 20 years ago. You’ll feel like you’re playing them just as they were, but now you can trade and battle Pokémon in 2D using local wireless on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems! Revisit these timeless games, or play them for the first time! These games will be available on Feb. 27.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale – This Nintendo 3DS-exclusive RPG features traditional turn-based combat, nearly a hundred quests, a fully featured farming mini-game, dual-language voice acting, community treasure-hunting via the StreetPass feature, multiple difficulty levels and an adjustable random encounter rate!
    • Mega Man Legacy Collection – Mega Man Legacy Collection is a celebration of 8-bit history. Featuring faithful reproductions of the series’ origins with the original six Mega Man games, the Legacy Collection will remind long-time fans and introduce newcomers to what made Mega Man such a popular and iconic character. Mega Man Legacy Collection features all six original NES games and more fun features. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Medabots AX: Metabee and Medabots AX: Rokusho – The World Robattle Tournament is hosted every four years, and both Ikki and Metabee are itching for top place. Help them to victory as they take on the toughest Medafighters and their Medabots. Create and customize unique Medabots with Medaparts that are earned from successful battles in these Game Boy Advance fighting games.

New DLC:

  • Minecraft: Wii U Edition – Free Update and DLC – Players of the Minecraft: Wii U Edition game can now add even more fun with a massive free update and new DLC available for purchase in Nintendo eShop. This update adds some anticipated Minecraft features, including a long list of new potions, blocks, mobs and biomes. From the Redwood forests of Mega-Taiga to the vastness of the Deep Ocean, you´ll get to build, play and explore new biomes that will offer a great canvas for your creations. Players can also purchase the new Biome Settlers Skin pack, which brings 24 new settler characters into the game and even more biome-themed skins they can use to role-play with their friends. Click here for full details.
  • Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Maps – Two new maps are available to download in Fire Emblem Fates for $2.49 each: Boo Camp and Beach Brawl.
  • Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 1 –As a reminder, anyone can purchase Map Pack 1 for $17.99 to get access to 11 DLC maps plus bonus content as it is released weekly through April 21. Map Pack 1 content is priced at more than $24 when purchased individually.

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 March 1.
    • Jewel Match 3Joe’s Diner and more games from Joindots are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 10.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Keytari: 8-Bit Music Maker is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5.
    • Land it Rocket is more than 45 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.59) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.
    • Defense Dome and SDK Paint from Hullbreach Studios are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 3.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Kami and Witch & Hero from Circle Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 10.
    • Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! is 25 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $2.24) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 17.
    • Bloo Kid 2 is 50 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 17.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Mega Man “Stage Select”
    • Mega Man vs. Dr. Wily!

Also new this week:

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console.

The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in the Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in either Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account.

The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points™, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop.

Remember that Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visithttp://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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