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This week in the Nintendo eShop: Disney Art Academy paints its way onto the 3DS, the critically acclaimed and brutally challenging Super Meat Boy finally makes its Nintendo console debut, and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass sets sail for the Wii U Virtual Console.

For those of you eagerly anticipating the release of the newly announced sixth entry in the Phoenix Wright series later this year, Capcom has some unobjectionable news you might be interested in. From now until May 18th, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy and Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies are on sale in the eShop for just $17.99 and $14.99 respectively.


Wii U download software

Super Meat Boy (Blitworks, $14) – Originally slated as a WiiWare port back in 2010, Super Meat Boy finally splatters his way onto Nintendo consoles! As you run and jump your way through 300+ levels of platforming bliss, it’s perhaps no coincidence that it shares initials with Super Mario Bros. Prepare yourself for tight, challenging, twitch reflex driven gameplay reminiscent of a bygone era that faithfully embraces its retro heritage.

8Bit Hero (RighteousWeasel, $4.99) – Independent developer Sean Garland makes his Wii U debut with this retro inspired title. Team up locally with four friends to explore over 30 challenging levels and discover all the secrets this 8bit world has to offer. Of particular note is the art style and how it seamlessly blends 3D environments with 2D 8-bit sprites to create something visually unique.

Color Symphony 2 (REMIMORY, $9.99) – A playful puzzle platformer that focuses on the ambiguity of color, this nifty PC port has the player shifting colors on screen in order to eliminate obstacles or create new paths. Anybody who’s played games like Runbow or Outland should feel right at home. With over 120 levels to tackle and online rankings and achievements, there’s plenty of features packaged in here to keep puzzle fans busy for hours.

Queen’s Garden (Joindots, $6.99) – If you need a break from Pokémon Shuffle and are looking for the latest fix in match-3 gaming then Joindots has you covered. Play over 100 challenging levels over three varied game modes to earn coins that help you grow and tend to your very own virtual garden. Sadly the gardening aspect of the game has very limited customization options, so don’t go into this one expecting a robust, RPG-esque experience.

Tachyon Project (Eclipse Games, $9.99) – If action packed twin-stick shooters are more your style, look no further than Tachyon Project. While not a genre typically known for its immersive storytelling, Tachyon Project’s slightly cheesy cyberpunk hacking plot has a bit of charm to it. More importantly the game plays great, sporting an array of different enemy types and customization options to keep you chasing better high scores well into the night.


Wii U add-On content

Minecraft: Wii U Edition – The Super Mario Mash-Up Pack (Microsoft, Free | available 5/17) – This downloadable pack features 40 Super Mario-themed skins for your game’s characters, 15 pieces of music from Super Mario 64, and all new world items and textures to help your Minecraft worlds look more like the Mushroom Kingdom.

Wii U Virtual Console

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo, $9.99) – Nintendo’s secret plan to get every single Zelda game on the Wii U continues as Phantom Hourglass splashes on the Virtual Console. Often swept under the rug by fans as one of the less memorable games in the Zeldaverse, it’s important to remember how this sequel to Wind Waker pushed the Nintendo DS to its limits, both from a visual and feature standpoint. The game’s clever touch based puzzles, intuitive control scheme, and vibrant 3D world are more than enough reason for any fan, new or old, to return to the open sea once more.

Wii U Special Offers and Deals

Super Meat Boy ($11.20 | 20% off) until 5/26
99Moves ($0.99 | 60% off) until 6/2
Jewel Quest ($3.99 | 20% off) until 6/1
Island Flight Simulator ($6.99 | 12% off) until 5/19
Midnight ($0.99 | 50% off) until 6/2
TAP TAP ARCADE ($1.25 | 37% off) until 6/30
BLOK DROP U ($2 | 33% off) until 6/30
Word Search by POWGI ($5.99 | 25% off) until 5/19

3DS retail

Disney Art Academy – (Nintendo, $29.99 | available 5/13) – The latest game in the Art Academy series, Disney Art Academy lets you draw inspiration from over 80 DIsney and Pixar characters. The series has always been known for its robust toolset and varied suite of drawing lessons, so it’s sure to delight both budding artists and advanced illustrators alike. When you’ve finished, be sure to share your Disney creations over Miiverse, social media, and local wireless for your friends and the world to see!


3DS Download Software

WordsUp! Academy (CoderChild, $2.99) – The 3DS is clearly the place to be if you fancy yourself a wordsmith. Featuring 6 game modes and over tens of thousands of words to discover, WordsUp! Academy lets you practice vocabulary in six different languages to prove your mastery of the written word. While alone it probably won’t teach you to be truly proficient or fluent in anything outside your mother tongue, it may serve as a fun, educational companion app to more traditional language courses.

3DS demo

Witch & Hero 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, Free) – Defeat waves of enemies as the Witch and Hero and work together to take down the evil Demon King! Fans of the original will largely know what to expect here as not a whole lot has changed. Give the demo a try if you’re seeking a very simple, arcade-y, and RPG-lite experience.

3DS add-on content

Fire Emblem Fates – Heirs of Fate II: Realms Collide (Nintendo, $1.99) – This second chapter of a six part series has the youths of Nohr assisting a wild dragon. Remember, you can purchase the entirety of Map Pack 2 at the discounted price of $7.99.

Hyrule Warriors Legends Master Wind Waker Pack – (Nintendo, $0.99 | available 5/19) – Download the playable character Medli from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for free. Medli will be available in late Spring 2016. No purchase required. Also included are 16 new My Fairy costume pieces, the “Master” Wind Waker map for Adventure Mode and one new adventure battle scenario.

3DS home menu themes

Pokémon Radiant Collection – $1.99
Pokémon: Here Comes Ash-Greninja – $1.99
Pokémon Red and Blue – $1.99

3DS special offers and deals

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy ($17.99 | 40% off) until 5/18
Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies ($14.99 | 50% off) until 5/18
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth ($19.99 | 60% off) until 5/16
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers ($9.99 | 66% off) until 5/16
Code of Princess ($9.99 | 66% off) until 5/16
Azure Striker GUNVOLT ($9.99 | 33% off) until 6/1
Unchained Blades ($9.99 | 50% off) until 5/18
Soccer Up 3D ($1.99 | 33% off) until 6/2
Toys vs. Monsters ($0.99 | 75% off) until 6/5
Fantasy Pirates ($0.99 | 67% off) until 6/5
3D Game Collection ($4.99 | 16% off) until 5/19
2 Fast 4 Gnomz ($2.99 | 40% off) until 6/2
AiRace Speed ($2.39 | 31% off) until 6/2
MY PETS ($9.99 | 60% off) until 6/5
Word Search by POWGI ($5.99 | 25% off) until 5/19

Check Nintendo’s website for the full list of deals available.

What games will you be downloading this week? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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Written by Matthew Weidner

When it comes to playing and writing about video games, Matthew aspires to be the very best, like no one ever was. Writing for Nintendo Wire and the thought of one day finally achieving a perfect, no death Super Meat Boy run fills him with determination.