April’s showers are giving way to May’s flowers. From now till the end of the year, it seems that Nintendo has a big game or two for each month. What’s on tap for May 2013? Check out the goods inside!
The 3DS eShop gets things started with Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move. The eShop exclusive is available on May 9th. As I wrote earlier, the main game play mode here feels like a Railroad Constructor clone from iOS platforms. Videos have confirmed that for me, but Nintendo has added other stuff to make it stand apart. One example of this is that the Minis can use hammers to clear enemies. Other modes of play are included such as a slingshot game where you fling the Minis at a Rubix Cube like object, trying to break off the pieces. I had written that the price would be a major factor and that I can’t see people buying it for more than $15. Good news on that, as Nintendo has priced this game at $10. Still not sure if I will pull the trigger or not, but I thoroughly enjoyed Railroad Constructor, so the game is on my radar.
The big retail release for 3DS is Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D on May 24th. This is a port of the 2010 Wii game, Donkey Kong Country Returns. Nintendo has added exclusive levels to the 3DS version, new difficulty settings, and of course, 3D visuals. I have the Wii version, but never seem to get into it that much. I don’t even think I made it halfway through the game. Having the game on the go would be great and I probably will get this at some point. Not sure it will be this month, though. The game does have some good preorder deals to entice gamers.
As for the Wii U, the 3DS game, Resident Evil: Revelations is scheduled to hit on May 21st, but I have not heard for sure if that is still the case. I have not played the 3DS version, so I can’t really comment on it. I do know that it was a well received game. Will that carry over to the Wii U? Who knows, but hopefully, Capcom added something new to the mix. I’m sure the newly launched Virtual Console will be getting some new games in May too, but nothing definite has been announced by Nintendo. Going by the slow releases on Wii and the 3DS Virtual Consoles, the Wii U owners could be in for a slow wait for their favorite games. One that we know will release in May is the classic Super Metroid for SNES. This game is a part of the Famicom 30th Anniversary games, so it will be available for $.30 cents from May 15th through June 13th. That is a sure fire sell in my book. Out of all the 30th Anniversary games, Super Metroid is the best, in my opinion. I’m sure many of you feel the same.
So, how about it? Anything for you on Nintendo devices for the month of May? Hopefully, June will be even more jam packed with E3 going on. Even if Nintendo doesn’t have a big conference show, they will be there with new game announcements, I’m sure. Check back next month as we run down the major releases from Nintendo in June!