Its a down week on the Nintendo download but those looking for deep cuts can find some entertainment. First up is Mario Party Star Rush, which is hoping a faster pace might rekindle some love for the long running Mario Party series. I for one am very grateful to see a demo of this Mario Party installment and will absolutely be giving it a try this weekend. Really wish Nintendo had promoted the demo for this 3DS release a bit more though. More DLC for Hyrule Legends feels like something you should just glance over at this point but I’m always down for another map to conquer. Over on Wii U, DK Jungle Beat is a fun romp of the Wii years but I’d pass on Mario Hoops as the DS emulation on Wii U is just a saddening foray.

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Mario Party Star Rush – Think fast and have a blast with a variety of ways to party on the go or on the couch with Mario, Toad and more classic characters from the Mushroom Kingdom. It’s always your turn as you and up to three friends roll the dice, roam the board and recruit fan-favorite allies. The bigger your party, the faster you’ll earn stars and coins in frantic mini-games.

Mario Party Star Rush – Party Guest Edition – Mario and friends invite you to be their party guest! Think fast and have a blast in this free version of the multiplayer portion of the Mario Party Star Rush game. Just download this for free in Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo 3DS family system, connect with a player who has the full version of the game, and enjoy all multiplayer modes with up to four players.

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat – Take control of Donkey Kong with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers as you swing, swim and battle against the fiercest jungle beasts to prove your worth. Earn combo multipliers by collecting bananas as you explore volcano caves, snowy peaks and fantastic skyscapes. Friendly animal pals can offer hints or a ride across the jungle.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3 – It’s a whole new ball game when the superstars from the Mushroom Kingdom and some special guests throw down on the court. Use the touch screen on the Wii U GamePad controller to execute tricky dribbles, special passes and sweet shots in this fun Nintendo DS basketball game. Collect coins for extra points. The highest score wins at the sound of the buzzer.

New DLC:

Hyrule Warriors Legends – A Link Between Worlds Pack – By purchasing and downloading this new content, you get access to new playable characters Ravio and Yuga, a new Lorule Map, new outfits and an Adventure Mode map based on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds game. You can also purchase a Season Pass for $14.99, which grants you access to the A Link Between Worlds pack and all three previously released DLC packs at a discounted price.

Activities:

  • New My Nintendo Rewards – Members of Nintendo’s rewards program can now redeem their My Nintendo points for exclusive discounts on select digital games. Games include Earthbound (Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS), Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New Nintendo 3DS), BOXBOY! (Nintendo 3DS) and more. To see all rewards, visit https://my.nintendo.com/rewards. Fans who haven’t yet joined My Nintendo can sign up for free at https://my.nintendo.com/.

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