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Celebrate Kirby’s 25th Anniversary with 25% Off Sale

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It’s been 25 years since the insatiable pink puffball called Kirby starred in his debut title, Kirby’s Dream Land on the Game Boy. Nintendo is celebrating Kirby’s 25th anniversary with a 25% off digital sale on Kirby titles for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The sale ends at 9am Pacific/12 pm Eastern on August 8.

Thanks to the Virtual Console you can play all the original Kirby games, including the monochrome Kirby’s Dream Land via Nintendo 3DS. The sale includes titles from the early 90s Game Boy era up to last year’s Kirby: Planet Robobot for Nintendo 3DS.

Here are the full list of games and their sale prices on the Kirby sale. All games are 25% off.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Kirby: Planet Robot $29.99
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe $14.99
  • 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure $5.24
  • Kirby’s Dream Land $2.99
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 2 $2.99

Wii U

  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land $14.99
  • Kirby’s Adventure $3.74
  • Kirby Super Star $5.99
  • Kirby’s Dream Land $5.99
  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror $5.24
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards $7.49
  • Kirby Squeak Squad $7.49

During this year’s E3, Nintendo unveiled a trailer for an upcoming, untitled Kirby game for the Nintendo Switch. It looks like a more traditional Kirby platformer than hand-held recent entries. No release date other than 2018 was given.

Despite it being Kirby’s 25th anniversary, it’s been a quiet year for the pink hero. Only two Kirby games have released, both stand-along spin-offs from mini-games found in Planet Robobot. A third spin-off Kirby game is yet untitled but supposed to release later this winter.

The Kirby 25th Anniversary Sale ends August 8.

 

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Upcoming Nintendo 2DS Bundle Comes with New Super Mario Bros. 2

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Nintendo has announced a new bundle that includes a white and red Nintendo 2DS. It comes with New Super Mario Bros. 2 pre-installed and will retail for $79.99. It should arrive in stores August 25.

“Nintendo 2DS is the ideal system for parents that want to introduce their kids to the creative world of Nintendo that they grew up with,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Its budget-friendly price and huge library of games will provide hours of entertainment for the whole family – whether after school, on the weekends or even while traveling.”

Earlier this year Nintendo announced the New Nintendo 2DS XL, and it launched last week. It’s functionally and aesthetically designed to look and play like the New Nintendo 3DS XL, with the obvious difference that the 3D feature has been eliminated. It’s being sold for a suggested price of $149.99. That’s $50 less than the New Nintendo 3DS XL, which still doesn’t come with a charging cord – and the New Nintendo 2DS XL does. The 2DS systems play all 3DS games.

Most of Nintendo’s gaming focus is on the Nintendo Switch, which launched earlier this year. But there are also several high-profile 3DS games slated for release this fall.

3dsBoth Hey Pikmin and Miitopia just launched along with the New Nintendo 2DS XL. Hey Pikmin is a side-scrolling spinoff of the Pikmin series. Miitopia stars you and your friends’ Miis in an RPG adventure.

Monster Hunter Stories looks like a mash-up of Pokémon and Monster Hunter. It’s coming September 8 with a demo on August 10.

Metroid: Samus Returns is a full remake of the 1991 Game Boy sequel Metroid II. It’s arriving September 15 along with some spiffy new amiibo figures.

Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters is the third version of last year’s Yo-Kai Watch 2, with expanded features and more Yo-Kai. Grab it on September 29.

Nintendo has been coy with details regarding Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon but they will probably add new features and Pokémon to Sun and Moon. It hits stores on November 17.

The Nintendo 2DS Bundle with Mario arrives August 25. The New Nintendo 2DS XL is available now.

 

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Details Revealed for Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters

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Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters is launching this fall for Nintendo 3DS. It’s the third version of Yo-Kai Watch 2, after last year’s Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits. Similiar to the upcoming launch of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters includes an extended version of the game with new quests, new Yo-Kai, new locations, and an improved co-op mode. An exact release date has not yet been announced.

Nintendo has revealed some details about what’s included in this new version:

  • 15 Wicket Yo-Kai; now you can befriend the boss monsters from Yo-Kai Watch 2, bringing the total number of playable Yo-Kai to over 300.
  • 12 new quests, including exploring the origins of Darknyan, bringing the total quest count to over 100.
  • New locations, including the new Gera Gera Resort.
  • Expanded version of Yo-Kai Watch Blasters co-op mode, with new bosses.

If you still have save data from Bony Spirits and/or Fleshy Souls, you can also gain access to new dungeons. These dungeons hold special bosses and exclusive Yo-Kai to befriend. Unfortunately Yo-Kai Watch 2’s co-op mode is still local play only.

yo-kai watch 2: psychic spectersYo-Kai Watch 2 features the same gameplay and many of the same locations as the first game, released in North America in 2015. The basic concept is a Pokémon-like collect-a-thon, but with a unique 3-party battle system and a modern setting.

All three versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2 have been available in Japan since 2014, with Yo-Kai Watch 3 releasing in Japan last year.

Given my lackluster experience with the sequel, I’m not sure Psychic Specters is worth a return trip to Springdale. But often these extended/remixed versions become the definitive version. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters could be a solid way to play through if you missed Yo-Kai Watch 2 the first time.

 

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Ever Oasis Review

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Available On: Nintendo 3DS

Ever Oasis was a surprise announcement at E3 2016, an entirely new IP on the Nintendo 3DS. Though it presents a unique new desert world, Ever Oasis borrows all of its gameplay elements from other successful Nintendo franchises, such as Zelda, Animal Crossing, and Metroid.

The result is a satisfying though at times tedious adventure that brings a fun mix of party-based combat with maintaining a thriving refuge in a dangerous world.
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