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This month’s digital rewards on Club Nintendo have gone live. Members can choose from Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (3DS, 150 coins), Number Battle (3DS, 200 coins), Yoshi (Wii U, 200 coins), and Bonsai Barber (Wii / Wii U, 250 coins). These items last through April 6.

Visit this page to order a downloadable game.

This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Download

BLOK DROP U – $1.99

Wii U Virtual Console

NES Open Tournament Golf – $4.99

3DS Download

The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths
Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger

3DS Virtual Console

Adventure Island II – $4.99

eShop sale

BIT.TRIP Presents…Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien – The one-year anniversary of Runner2 is now upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a sale? Purchase one of 2013’s highest-rated games for less than the cost of a watery espresso! Starting March 10, get Runner2 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U at a discounted price of $4.99 until 9 a.m. PT on March 17.

Source: Nintendo PR

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze allows for local cooperative play, but the game doesn’t offer an online option. Speaking with GameSpot, Retro Studios CEO Michael Kelbaugh said the team did not wish to “shoehorn” the functionality in.

He said:

“If we’re going to create an online component for Donkey Kong, we really need to do it right and not shoehorn in, ‘Oh, let’s play Dixie remotely.’ That just wasn’t an objective for Tropical Freeze. So if we were really go back and create an online environment, I think we owe it to the fans to do it better than just making online co-op. We really need to put some thought and resources into doing it the right way.

“If we were to make a full online experience, I’d want to spend time to do it and make sure that we stay true to the franchise and incorporate this new feature in the right way. And I’m not sure that this game is the right way to start Donkey Kong Country Online [laughs]. I’m really a purist at heart, especially when it comes to Donkey Kong Country, and I’d want to approach it the right way.”

This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Retail Download

– Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Namco Bandai, €44.99 / £36.99)

Wii U Virtual Console

– Renegade (Arc System Works, €4.99 / £3.49)

“Luigi” Special Offers

– New Super Luigi U (Nintendo, €14.99 / £13.49 until 13th March, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
– Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 13th March, normally €4.99 / £3.49)
– Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. (Nintendo, €31.99 / £27.99 until 13th March, normally €39.99 / £34.99)
– Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 13th March, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

3DS Downloads

– Tappingo (Goodbye Galaxy Games, $2.99)
– Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger (Microvalue, €4.99 / £4.49)

3DS Retail Download

– Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Namco Bandai, €34.99 / £28.49)
– Life With Horses 3D (Treva Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99)

3DS eShop Temporary Discount

– The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves (Genius Sonority, €6.99 / £6.29 until 13th March, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
– Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €3.49 / £2.99 until 3rd April, normally €6.99 / £5.99)
– SpeedX 3D (Gamelion, €2.10 / £1.89 until 1st May, normally €2.99 / £2.69)
– Monster Shooter (Gamelion, €2.10 / £1.99 until 3rd April, normally €6.99 / £6.29)
– 3D Game Collection (Joindots, €5.99 / £5.99 until 27th March, normally €13.99 / £11.99)
– Funfair Party Games (Joindots, €6.99 / £6.99 until 27th March, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
– Gardenscapes (Joindots, €5.99 / £5.99) until 27th March, normally €14.99 / £14.99)
– 3D Mahjongg (Joindots, €3.99 / £3.29 until 27th March, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
– Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.99 until 27th March, normally €6.99 / £5.99)
– Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.99 until 27th March, normally €14.99 / £14.99)
– Secret Agent Files: Miami (Joindots, €6.99 / £5.79 until 27th March, normally €7.99 / £6.99)

3DS eShop Permanent Discounts

– Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £17.99, was €29.99 / £24.99)
– Beyblade: Evolution (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £19.99, was €29.99 / £29.99)
– Girls’ Fashion Shoot (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £19.99, was €29.99 / £29.99)
– Crazy Kangaroo (Gamelion, €1.99 / £1.89, was €2.99 / £2.69)

DSiWare

– Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (1st Playable Productions, 800 Nintendo Points)

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USGamer has a few new quotes from Nintendo’s Kensuke Tanabe and Retro’s Michael Kelbaugh. Between the two, they commented on tutorials, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and the possibility of returning to Metroid one day. You’ll find a roundup of the quotes below.

This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Download

My Farm

Wii U Virtual Console

Renegade – $4.99

3DS Retail

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy – $39.99 (available Feb. 28)

3DS Download

Tappingo – $2.99

3DS Virtual Console

Renegade – $4.99

eShop sale

Knytt Underground – Step into the extraordinary world of Knytt Underground, the latest iteration in the legendary Knytt series. Knytt Underground is a unique platform adventure experience, delivering zen-like game play, vibrant environments and dynamic characters. Now through March 3, get Knytt Underground for 50 percent off exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

Source: Nintendo PR

Just after Nintendo made its Japanese announcement that the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection will be shutting down in May, its Australian subsidiary followed with the same news.

The closure means that online play, matchmaking, and leaderboards will be unavailable, as well as other features. However, the Wii/DS shops, Internet browsers, YouTube, and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play will remain in tact.

Nintendo has also provided a listing of all Nintendo-published games that will be affected by the Wi-Fi Connection’s closure. They are as follows:

Update: Nintendo of Australia has already followed up with an announcement of its own, confirming that this announcement is for all territories.

Original: The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service will end for Wii and DS on May 20, Nintendo has announced. Although the news pertains to Japan at the moment, there’s a good chance Nintendo of America/Europe will follow up with confirmations of their own in the coming days.

Many Wii and DS services will still remain in tact despite the shutdown. They are as follows:

Wii (will still be enabled):

Wii Shop Channel
Delivery Channel
Hulu
Internet Channel
YouTube

DS (will still be enabled):

DSi Shop
DS/DSi browser

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This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U
Darksiders II (Re-Addition) €49.99 (£39.99)
Evofish €3.99 (£3.59)

Wii U VC
Wario’s Woods €4.99 (£3.49)

3DS
Aeterno Blade €14.99 (£13.50)
The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths €14.99 (£13.49)
SENRAN KAGURA Burst €34.55 (£29.99)
Jewel Quest Mysteries 3 – The Seventh Gate €11.99 (£10.79)
Bibi & Tina – Das Spiel zum Kinofilm €39.99 (Germany Only)

3DS VC
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe €4.99 (£4.49)

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Price Reductions

Temporary

Wii U
Darksiders II €39.99 (£31.99) until 13/03/14 23:59 UTC.
Knytt Underground €4.49 (£3.99) until 06/03/14 23:59 UTC.

3DS
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow- Mirror of Fate €22.49 (£19.99) until 06/03/14 23:59 local time.

Permanent

Wii U
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist €29.99 (£19.99)
Just Dance 4 €19.99 (£14.99)

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This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Wii U Retail

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – $49.99

Wii U Virtual Console

Ice Hockey – $4.99

3DS Download

Weapon Shop de Omasse – $7.99
Kung Fu Rabbit – $4.99
Quell Reflect – $3.99

3DS Virtual Console

Sky Kid – $4.99

Inazuma Eleven Episodes

To celebrate the recent release of INAZUMA ELEVEN, check out the first three full-length episodes of the INAZUMA ELEVEN anime for free in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. The INAZUMA ELEVEN game is a world-renowned soccer RPG that lets you build your team, learn spectacular super moves and take your character all the way to the top.

Source: Nintendo PR