Nintendo Download Weekly: You're A Kid, You're A Squid Now!
This week's Nintendo Download is mainly pretty Wii U-focused, with the advent of Splatoon, available May 29th, Don't Starve: Giant Edition, Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon and heading to the Wii U's eShop. Splatoon is a huge release, and if you've been looking for Nintendo to put out a new IP over the past few years, you'll likely be pleased with this release.
Gameplay is where Nintendo games really shine, and Splatoon continues that trend. You control a squid/human hybrid which can switch forms at will. In your human form you can shoot, roll, or spray ink all over the place with an assortment of guns, rollers, and bombs. It's in this form that you will do most of your offensive action, and it's also the form in which you're most vulnerable as it takes only several hits in a row from an enemy to kill you.
Your squid form plays a more defensive role. Using the ink you can splatter on floors, walls, and objects in your human form, you can "swim" underneath its surface to become a much harder target to hit, and flat-out stealth when you're sitting still. This is also how you recharge your finite supply of ink. This yin and yang of offensive and defensive strategy intertwined is what gives the seemingly simplistic gameplay the powerful punch it has.
Of course, the main attraction is multiplayer. In the version reviewed, there were two multiplayer modes available: Splat Zones, in which a team tries to keep a designated area of the stage covered in ink for a certain amount of time in a king-of-the-hill type struggle, and Turf War, where teams struggle against each other to cover the highest percentage of the stage in ink within a time limit. Additional modes have been promised post-launch as free DLC.
Pick it up, even if you've got a veritable pile of mobile titles to go back and play through first.
Today's releases on the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS include:
No 3DS-specific releases for today. Check back next week, but see the sales below for a smattering of things you can purchase anyway!
Here's what you can find on sale for Nintendo 3DS:
Transformers Prime (Nintendo 3DS)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Nintendo 3DS)
1001 Spikes (Nintendo 3DS)
Color Zen (Nintendo 3DS)
Color Zen Kids (Nintendo 3DS)
Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (Nintendo 3DS)
Here are some additional sales:
Crash City Mayhem is 75 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $4.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on June 1 until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 8.
Cave Story, VVVVVV and more games from Nicalis are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 18.
Monster Combine TD is 35 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.59) until 8:59 a.m. PT on June 25.
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:
Mighty Switch Force! Theme
PokÃ©mon: Mega Charizard X
PokÃ©mon: Eevee Collection
Splatoon: Fresh Squid - Available May 29
That's it for this week as far as handheld releases go! Check back next week for more tasty bits of Nintendo Download goodness, and let us know in the comments below what you're looking to purchase. We all know those digital dollars demand to be spent!