Monday, January 19, 2015

GAME & LISTEN - Episode 34 - Nintendo Direct and New Nintendo 3DS Discussion

GAME & LISTEN - Episode 34 is now available as a downloadable podcast for you listen at your convenience! With so much news to cover from the Nintendo Direct, our show hit a 2 hour mark, so we apologize before hand for the larger download, but we had lots to say, especially about the lack of New Nintendo 3DS in North America.

Have any comments or questions about this weeks show? Send them to We had a lot of listener interaction this week, which was really fun, so let's keep it up!

Remember, the show streams live every Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM MST, and is soon after posted to iTunes, TalkShoe, or Stitcher as a downloadable podcast.

Nintendo eShop Update - 1/15/2015

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

3D After Burner II – 3D After Burner II is a remastered version of the arcade classic. Pilot your F-14D fighter through enemy territory while blasting away squadrons of enemy fighters. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
Lufia: The Legend Returns – Join a cast of 12 playable characters in this classic Game Boy Color turn-based adventure filled with love, hope, terror and revenge. Complete quests to open up new paths, level up by battling monstrous enemies and gain new abilities by finding Ancient Texts hidden within dungeons and caves.

Also New this Week

Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight – In this NES classic, Ken has retired from his glory days in the Street Fighter world, but he must return to his roots when he finds his friend missing. Jump, climb and fight past monstrous enemies as Ken teleports across the galaxy to set things right.

Also New this Week

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
The Throwback Sale is on! Generations of fun come together as we pair classic games from past Nintendo systems with their newer siblings on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Going on now until Feb. 5 at 8:59 a.m. PT, we’ll offer weekly discounts on select game pairings like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario 3D World. Buy one or buy both games in each pairing – either way, you’ll get great savings during the sale. Check out for more details.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Loads of indie hits are now on sale during the Super Indie Connection Sale #2. Now through 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 29, fans who own any of the participating games already – or purchase one at full price during the promotion – qualify to receive 60 percent off any of the other participating games. Check out for more details.

Price Reductions

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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Nintendo Direct to air on Wednesday, January 14th

This morning's Nintendo Direct will be about 46 minutes long. Enjoy!

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Through Nintendo of America social media pages, it was announced late last night that a new Nintendo Direct will broadcast live on Wednesday, January 14th, starting at 7:00 a.m. MT. 

Many of you have been eagerly been waiting for more news for games like Yoshi's Wooly World, Mario Maker, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, as well as a release date for newest member of the Nintendo 3DS family -- *New* Nintendo 3DS. Lots of rumors seem to point to a release as soon as February 13th in North America. We are sure to hear more details about all those games, along with some few surprises. 

What do you hope to see and hear from Nintendo to kick off 2015? Star Fox? Nintendo 64 Virtual Console? Metroid? Try not to get your hopes too high, but Nintendo has a history of sharing big details during their first big direct of the year (for a reminder, watch January 2013 Nintendo Direct and the February 2014 Nintendo Direct).

Bookmark this link and you'll be able to watch the stream right on our website. See you then!

Friday, December 12, 2014

It's a Wonder Trade Christmas!

Utah 3DS StreetPass is happy to announce a special event for the holiday season: This year the staff at Utah 3DS would like to do an additional Pokemon themed event, hosted by Paige, one of our admins.

For those of you who play X and Y and/or ORAS, we thought it would be fun to give back to the Pokemon community around the world. A lot of kids will be opening Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, X, and/or Y on Christmas and trying out Wonder Trade for the first time, so how cool would it be to receive a Christmas, holiday or winter themed Pokemon that can't be found until later in the game?! 

Some suggestions:
  • Delibirds (based on Santa) holding hard to find items.
  • Stantler or Sawsbuck with reindeer names.
  • Trubbish nicknamed The Grinch and holding a Heart Scale.
  • Abomasnow for looking like an Abominable Snowman, duh.
  • Ice-type Pokemon
  • Staryu or Starmie to top off a tree with. (Or Jirachi if you have extras)
  • Sudowoodo named Christmas Tree.
  • Pineco named Cinnamon.
So, if you'd like to participate, try to breed at least a box of Pokemon to give away on Wonder Trade and send them out on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. We could really make some kids happy and spread the magic of Pokemon!

If you can't access a certain Pokemon that you would like to breed on your own, PLEASE message Utah 3DS on Facebook, Twitter, or send an email to with ATTN: Paige in the subject line as Paige can hook you up with what you need and help you get started. 

We hope you'll participate, thanks everyone! Please RSVP to the Facebook event page, so we have know how many people plan on participating! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Nintendo eShop Update - 12/4/2014

Captain Toad stars in his own puzzling quest through maze-like mini-universes, only on Wii U. (Photo ...
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Ready for adventure? Captain Toad stars in his own puzzling quest through maze-like mini-universes, only on Wii U. Each stage is stacked with tricks and traps, so our stubby little hero will have to use his wits to dodge dangers and track those treasures. Survive smoldering volcanoes, hazardous steam engines, haunted houses and many other perils – all in the name of treasure! Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will be available on Dec. 5. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric – Demo Version – Try it before you buy it! Download the free demo version ofSonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Sonic and his friends must work together as a team to stop the evil alliance of Lyric and Dr. Eggman. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Virtual Console on Wii U
Fire Emblem – Play the first Fire Emblem game to ever be released in the U.S.! In this timeless Game Boy Advance classic, master battle tactics as you train your army, learn their strengths and weaknesses and command them into the fray. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Lode Runner – Play as the Runner and collect all of the gold in 50 challenging stages. The action may be easy to pick up and play, but the stages become increasingly challenging as you move on. You can also create your own levels in Edit Mode.

Ultimate NES Remix – Take on a rapid-fire onslaught of challenges and mashups from 16 of Nintendo’s finest 8-bit games. Test your skills on a gantlet of quick, tricky challenges and remix stages that combine parts of different NES classics like Super Mario Bros. 3, Kid Icarus and Metroid. The best mix of titles from the NES Remix and NES Remix 2 games is on Nintendo 3DS… now you’re playing with PORTABLE power! As a bonus, get a free Famicom theme for your Nintendo 3DS Home menu when you purchase the Ultimate NES Remix.* Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

*For Nintendo eShop purchases, the download code for the free theme will appear on the digital Nintendo eShop receipt. For the packaged version, the code will be included on the reverse side of the game cover sleeve. Download codes are available while supplies last. Both the download codes and the offer expire on Dec. 5, 2015.

Also new this week:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
  • 99Seconds is more than 40 percent off (reduced from $2.49 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 26.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nintendo eShop Update - 11/20/2014

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, face off against a massive roster of video game all-stars!Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – Face off against a massive roster of video game all-stars! Send your rivals flying with powerful attacks to earn new customizable equipment that trick out your fighter's moves and stats. Then power-up and train amiibo figures (each sold separately) to take on your friends. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be available on Nov. 21. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Special Offer
  • Get a Smashing Soundtrack and Mewtwo DLC – For a limited time, buy and register both Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U to receive a special soundtrack CD and free Mewtwo DLC from Club Nintendo. The soundtrack CD offer runs Nov. 21 through Jan. 13, 2015. The Mewtew DLC offer runs Nov. 21 through Mar. 31, 2015.
Watch_Dogs – Watch_Dogs tells the story of Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. The game lets players use Chicago as their weapon to exact their own style of revenge. Watch_Dogs takes advantage of the Wii U hardware with a detailed and interactive map of Chicago displayed on the Wii U GamePad controller, as well as off-TV play, letting gamers continue playing Watch_Dogs solely on the GamePad.

In DK: King of Swing, grab, climb and swing on pegs as you charge and bash through enemies that block your way.Virtual Console on Wii U
DK: King of Swing – In this Game Boy Advance adventure, grab, climb and swing on pegs as you charge and bash through enemies that block your way. Collect bananas and Crystal Coconuts in the five worlds of Adventure mode, or play some puzzling levels in single-player Jungle Jam mode. Find those medals and let the festivities begin!

Also new this week:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • The Penguins of Madagascar (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Snake Den (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Alphadia Genesis (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • ZaciSa's Last StandDemo Version (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Soar high above the Hoenn region on an unforgettable quest to be the very best Pokemon Trainer in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire.In Pokemon Omega Ruby and  Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, seek out Legendary Pokemon from regions near and far while uncovering the secret powers of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre.Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire – Soar high above the Hoenn region on an unforgettable quest to be the very best Pokémon Trainer. As you catch, battle and train a variety of Pokémon, you'll unleash powerful new Mega Evolutions. Seek out Legendary Pokémon from regions near and far while uncovering the secret powers of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. Click here to watch a trailer for the games.

National StreetPass Weekend is back! Swing by a Nintendo Zone hot spot with your Nintendo 3DS system from Nov. 26 through Nov. 30. We are mashing up StreetPass Relay Points across the U.S. and Canada so you can get up to six StreetPass tags from many different places. Collect puzzle pieces from Mii characters to fill up your puzzle panels in Puzzle Swap or pick up enemy tokens for StreetSmash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Find a hotspot near you here:

Also new this week:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
  • Nordic Games is putting Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune and other fun games on sale starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 25 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 2.
  • The Letter is more than 75 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 30.
  • Ping 1.5+ is 50 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.49) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 3.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Coming Soon
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – Nov. 25 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Mighty Final Fight – Nov. 27 (Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U)
  • Mario Pinball Land – Nov. 27 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
  • Ultimate NES Remix – Dec. 5 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Dec. 5 (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Club Nintendo Update - 11/17/2014

Club Nintendo has been fairly lacking recently when it comes to physical rewards (except for the Super Smash Bros. 3-Poster Set), but they still refresh their selection of digital games each month. Here are the newest selection of digital rewards: 

You have until December 14, 2014 to redeem your coins for one of these games. You will be given a download code that you can use on your system to have it download for free. You can even enter a Wii U or 3DS code on a Nintendo website and have it download to your console without even opening up the eShop, and it will start downloading automatically.

What do you think of this month's digital rewards? Will you be redeeming any of your coins for them?