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New Nintendo eShop Releases Announced

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Nintendo has officially announced their newest eShop releases for the next few weeks! Some releases include the anticipated title “Tomodachi Life” and “The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.”

Some prices drops were also announced with “Conception 2” on sale for $30 and the “Just Dance” series down to half price and “Just Dance 4” at $25. (Note: both of these offers end on June 9.)

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Nintendo Reveals GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U

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The collective internet can now yell simultaneously, “FINALLY!” Nintendo has released an officially licensed adapter that will allow us the play “Super Smash Bros.” with GameCube controllers for the upcoming Wii U release.

The adapter will allow you to connect up to four GameCube controllers. Nintendo has not announced whether WaveBird wireless controllers are supported, or if GameCube controller support is planned for other Wii U games.

If you don’t want to use the GameCube controller, you can choose the Wii U Pro controller, Wii classic controllers, or the upcoming Wired Fight Pad.

The Wii U version of “Super Smash Bros.” is expected to launch this winter.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Coming to Wii U Virtual Console

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Nintendo has announced that they are bringing “The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap” to the Wii U Virtual Console. One of the highest rated Zelda games, it was initially released on Game Boy Advance and was developed by Capcom’s Flagship Team.

Currently there is no release date confirmed for the virtual console but it should be announced soon.

“The Minish Cap” is the third Zelda game that involves the legend of the Four Sword, expanding on the story of “Four Swords” and “Four Swords Adventures.” In the game a magical talking cap named Ezlo can shrink Link to the size of the Picori, a thumb-sized race that live in Hyrule. The game retains some common themes of previous Zelda installments, such as the presence of Gorons, while introducing Kinstones and other new gameplay features.

The game was named the 20th best Game Boy Advance game in an IGN feature, and was selected as the 2005 Game Boy Advance Game of the Year by GameSpot.

New Nintendo eShop Releases!

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Nintendo has officially announced new Nintendo eShop releases for the rest of April. There is also a new two-week sale on Joindots’s games including Secret Agent Files: Miami and 3D MahJongg.

You can see the full list of the new Nintendo eShop releases below:

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Super Mario Bros. 3 and Other Game Boy Advance Classics Highlight Weekly Virtual Console Releases Throughout April

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April is about to get even better for Nintendo gamers. Beginning April 3, Nintendo is releasing several classic games on to the virtual console Nintendo eShop on the Wii U. In addition to off-TV play, these games feature Restore Points that save progress during game play, and Miiverse functionality. Top-selling NES game Super Mario Bros. 3 also launches for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on April 17. Considered by many to be one of the best games ever made, the title makes for a great way to enjoy the Easter holiday weekend and beyond.

Key upcoming Virtual Console releases in April include:

April 3:

  • Advance Wars (Wii U, $7.99):Command air, ground and naval forces in strategic turn-based battles to drive back the vibrant armies of several scheming generals. Order troops carefully, then watch as tanks obliterate enemies and jets go head-to-head in midair dogfights. Can you fend off an army of elite strategists? It’s your move.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga(Wii U, $7.99): Leap and level up as Mario and Luigi simultaneously in their first role-playing adventure as a team of Bros. When an evil witch replaces Princess Peach’s voice with explosives, the Bros. must venture beyond the Mushroom Kingdom to save her. Control each bro separately or together, then team up to unleash Bros. Attacks on Fawful’s fan-favorite face.
  • Metroid Fusion (Wii U, $7.99): Your mission: Eradicate the X parasites and the mutants they infect. Power up with the Fusion Suit to annihilate your enemies in this action-packed side-scroller set on an isolated research station. Along the way, you’ll find game-changing items like the Space Jump as you lose yourself in the blissful solitude of this eerily engrossing adventure.

April 10:

  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (Wii U, $6.99): When the going gets tough, Kirby gets cloning. Call in colorful clone reinforcements to aid Kirby in blasting, bashing and smashing his foes. With a new menace at his side, Dark Meta Knight is corrupting the sprawling, mazelike Mirror Kingdom. Join the famous pink puffball on an adventure to save the land in this classic platformer.
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U, $6.99): Get ready for video games done Wario-style. In the game that started the WarioWare, Inc. empire, Wario has a plan to get rich quick. Skate, jump, scare and shoot your way through more than 200 frantic, rapid-fire microgames of every type, from retro classics to sports games to sci-fi shooters that anyone can pick up and play.

April 17

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, $4.99): Jump, swim and fly through one of the greatest and most beloved Super Mario Bros. games of all time. In this timeless NES classic, you’ll battle through over 70 baddie-infested courses and face off against the infamous Koopalings. Bowser and the Koopalings are causing chaos yet again, but this time, they’re going beyond the Mushroom Kingdom and into seven neighboring worlds. Lucky for the brothers, they have more power-ups than ever before. Fly above the action with the Super Leaf, swim faster as Frog Mario or turn into stone and drop onto enemies as Tanooki Mario. You can even choose your path on the map to reach the end of the World. There, you’ll have to pass massive Airships filled with cannons and fire traps to reach a showdown with one of the Koopalings.
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (Wii U, $6.99): Get your adrenaline pumping and race plasma-powered machines till your knuckles turn white. Boost down some of the most dangerous tracks in the universe and strive for victory at all costs, even if it means ramming your opponents off the road. Revel in your accomplishments and climb the Grand Prix standings to unlock tracks and vehicles.
  • Golden Sun (Wii U, $7.99): Marvel at your own awesome power while protecting the world as it crumbles around you. Wield mighty weapons and use your mind to bend reality with magical Psynergy in the premiere installment of this epic RPG series. To aid you on your quest, seek out the omnipotent creatures known as Djinn – but beware: You must defeat them to harness their power.

April 24

  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (Wii U, $7.99): Yoshi is back, baby, and he’s ready to romp through a crayon-colored world where enemies are everywhere. Prepare to flutter jump and toss eggs to protect young Mario from the evil Magikoopa, Kamek. To save the day, Yoshi and his pals will have to morph into vehicles and even EAT their enemies to turn them into eggs. Umm … yum?

For more information about Nintendo eShop, visit http://www.nintendo.com/eshop.

Ring in a Healthy and Active New Year with Wii Fit U for Wii U

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A majority of New Year’s Resolutions involve getting healthier and Nintendo wants to help. On January 10th, “Wii Fit U” for the Wii U will hit stores just in time to help people become more active and get fit this year.

With “Wii Fit U” users can get active by navigating a luge course, spraying a water hose, bouncing on a giant trampoline and even grabbing the new Fit Meter to continue their workouts on the go.

The game allows users to discover fun new ways to get up and get moving using their Wii U console and Wii Balance Board accessory. The game features some of the best activities from the original Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus games, as well as new activities that incorporate the Wii U GamePad controller. Wii Fit U bundles also come packaged with a new activity meter called the Fit Meter, which is designed to sync up with the game and track daily routines. People can carry the Fit Meter with them anywhere they go, and then easily sync it to their Wii Fit U profiles to track daily activities like steps taken and calories burned. If the user doesn’t reach the calorie target, the game will propose a variety of Wii Fit U exercises to help bridge the gap. All members of the family can even own their own Fit Meter, allowing them to create their own profiles and compare their fitness progress and activities with each other. (The Fit Meter can be purchased separately at a suggested retail price of $19.99.)

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, said,

Wii Fit U makes fitness fun. It’s as simple as that. Wii Fit U is a great option for busy moms and families who want to stay active in the comfort of their own homes – which is perfect during the cold winter months.”

“Wii Fit U” is also the most customizable and sharable game in the series. Users can create their own personalized workouts or select from multiple recommended workouts based on their fitness goals. These workouts can even be tracked using Miiverse (broadband Internet access is required). Members of these Miiverse gym communities can view their favorite workouts, as well as track popular activities and total community calories burned.

It should be noted that the game requires the use of the Wii Balance Board accessory. A bundle that includes the Wii Fit U game, a Wii Balance Board accessory and the Fit Meter accessory will be available in stores at a suggested retail price of $89.99. For those who already own a Wii Balance Board, an additional bundle with the Wii Fit U game and Fit Meter will be available in stores at a suggested retail price of $49.99. In addition, a one-month free trial of the full game experience can also be downloaded in the Nintendo eShop until Jan. 31. Users that download this free trial can keep the full game permanently by purchasing and syncing a Fit Meter.

Nintendo Reveals Zelda Game Hyrule Warriors and More

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Nintendo has announced some brand new and very exciting upcoming games including a different Zelda game and more information about “Super Smash Bros.”One of the biggest announcements made was that Rosalina will be playable in both Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8. Nintendo also launched NES Remix in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, re-imagining parts of 16 classic NES games.

One of the games I am most excited about is Aa new game for Wii U developed by Tecmo-Koei that will feature the action-packed Warriors series set in the world of The Legend of Zelda. The game is expected to launch in 2014. This is a separate project from the new installment of The Legend of Zelda series that is in development for Wii U by longtime series producer Eiji Aonuma and his team.

The full press release is below:

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Rosalina, who was introduced in the Super Mario Galaxy games for Wii and makes a surprise appearance in the new Super Mario 3D World for Wii U, will be a playable character, accompanied by her starry friend, Luma. The game will launch in stores and the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014.

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New playable characters include Rosalina and various “Baby” Nintendo characters, like Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. New course settings include an airport, the desert and high in the clouds, and vehicles include UFOs, four-wheel ATV buggies, standard karts and bikes.


NES Remix

Select parts from 16 classic NES games have been remixed with new challenges. For example, players might be tasked with completing a familiar Super Mario Bros. stage while running to the left. Or they might encounter a revamped level of Donkey Kong that allows them to play as Link from The Legend of Zelda series. NES Remix includes Miiverse compatibility, so players with broadband Internet access can show off their skills, complete with cool 8-bit stamps. NES Remix is now available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop for $14.99.

Sonic Lost World

A new Nintendo-themed level is coming to the Nintendo eShop. Yoshi’s Island Zone is now available for free. Done in a Yoshi art style, the level has Sonic speeding through areas filled with pipes, coins, Shy Guys and Piranha Plants.

Dr. Luigi

The Year of Luigi continues to deliver surprises, with a new title starring Mario’s green-clad brother. Much like the classic puzzle game Dr. Mario, Dr. Luigi requires players to line up color-coded pills to destroy viruses. Dr. Luigi offers different skill settings and attacks in multiplayer games, and an original mode where the pills are, of course, L-shaped. The game comes with a Dr. Mario mode, Wii U GamePad compatibility and online play, so wannabe virus busters from all around the world can compete. Dr. Luigi launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Dec. 31 for $14.99.

Wii Sports Club

Launching today, golf becomes the third sport added to the Wii Sports Club lineup, joining bowling and tennis. In a move not possible on any other system, golf asks players to place the Wii U GamePad controller on the floor in front of their TVs. Players can then use a Wii Remote Plus to swing at the ball on the ground, just as they would a real golf ball, enabling more precise control with each stroke. When they take their swing, the ball flies from the screen of the GamePad to the TV screen in one fluid motion. Wii Sports Club – Golf includes the nine-hole course from the original WiiSports game, in addition to a newly developed nine-hole course based on Golf US Course, a Famicom game that Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata helped develop more than 25 years ago. Wii U owners can play a free 24-hour trial of Wii Sports Club, which lets players sample all three sports. The trial offer is open to everyone, even to people who previously sampled the 24-hour free trial. A Club Pass for the full golf game, allowing unlimited access, can be purchased for $9.99. Boxing and baseball will be coming to Wii Sports Club in 2014.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Veteran Cranky Kong joins playable characters Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as companions for Donkey Kong. Cranky Kong comes with his own set of special moves that allow him to bounce off enemies and obstacles using his cane. Players who collect 100 bananas in a stage can execute a new move called the KONG-Pow, which turns all enemies on the screen into items. Now that Cranky Kong is setting off on an adventure, instead of overseeing the in-game shop as he did in the Donkey Kong Country Returns game, the aptly named Funky Kong will assist players by offering them items for trade in the game. The game launches Feb. 21 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.


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A free demo of the game launches in the Nintendo eShop on Jan. 2, but this is much more than a demo. It’s an exclusive story with hours of content not included in the main game. The full game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 7 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. If players with the full game close their system while the game is active, they might gather additional warriors via the StreetPass feature, but they also earn Sleep Points for every eight cumulative hours of down time. Sleep Points can then be used during battle to change equipment, revive a fallen party member, heal or unleash attacks beyond the game’s usual damage cap. Players who don’t want to wait for their Sleep Points to refill have the option of purchasing SP potions in the Nintendo eShop to refill all three Sleep Points at once. Also launching Feb. 7, a Collector’s Edition including the game, an art book, a soundtrack CD and 34 augmented-reality cards will be available via GameStop, Best Buy and Amazon.com at a suggested retail price of $49.99.


Kirby: Triple Deluxe

The game is a side-scrolling platformer, but players can move Kirby to the background and foreground to dodge enemies and solve puzzles. Kirby can also use a new Hypernova ability, which powers up his inhale ability and enables him to suck up everything in his path. The game includes more than 20 different copy abilities, including four new ones created for this game. Kirby: Triple Deluxe also includes two new game modes: Kirby Fighters lets up to four players pick one of 10 copy abilities for their Kirby and then fight to see which is the most effective in battle. Dedede’s Drum Dash asks players to press buttons in sync with Kirby music while jumping and collecting coins. The game is planned for 2014.

Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder

Everyone’s favorite helpful 4-inch-tall robot is back! This time Chibi-Robo has been tasked with helping a new museum get off the ground. Players are given silhouettes of needed objects, then use the Nintendo 3DS camera to find matching objects, known as NostalJunk, in the real world. Chibi-Robo will also help characters like superheroes and singing sponge-bears with various tasks, all while keeping an eye on his electricity reserves. The game also features community events called NostalJunk Challenges that focus on particular silhouettes, and give players opportunities to showcase their creativity and maybe earn a special outfit for Chibi-Robo to wear in the game. A demo will soon launch exclusively in the Nintendo eShop, with the full version landing on Jan. 9, 2014.


Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter

Pokémon Bank is software that lets players store up to 3,000 Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games. Poké Transporter is an application that lets players take the Pokémon they’ve caught through the years and transferred into Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, as well as Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, and transfer them into Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter launch Dec. 27. Players can download a 30-day free trial version anytime between launch and Jan. 31, 2014. Following the free trial, an annual usage fee will apply for Pokémon Bank. Anyone who accesses a Pokémon Bank box by Sept. 30, 2014, will receive the Pokémon Celebi as a special gift.

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The game launches this spring, and will be produced by Takashi Tezuka, the creative director of the original Yoshi’s Island for Super NES.

Nintendo’s Thanksgiving Weekend Deals Feature New Bundles and Discounts

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Starting this Thanksgiving weekend, Nintendo is offering several deals on both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. These deals will make the holiday one that you and your loved ones will enjoy for years to come Each of the following deals will provide everyone with an extra helping of fun this Thanksgiving weekend:

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  • A Deal So Great It’s Scary: A Cobalt Blue Nintendo 3DS system that comes installed with the well-received Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moongame will sell at a suggested retail price of $169.99. (Nov. 28)
  • Wal-Mart Black Friday Deal: Wal-Mart will be offering a deal on the new Nintendo 2DS hand-held system at only $99.96. (Nov. 28)
  • Target Black Friday Deal: At Target, shoppers can pick up a Nintendo 3DS XL system for just $149.99. (Nov. 29)
  • Wii U and 3DS eShop Discounts: Character-themed sales have been running in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U throughout the month of November. Over Thanksgiving weekend, a large selection of games starring some of Nintendo’s most beloved characters will be on sale. Visit http://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more information.
  • Multiplayer Fun Over the Long Thanksgiving Weekend: The uproariously fun multiplayer game Nintendo Land for Wii U comes packaged with a fun, green Luigi-themed Wii Remote Plus controller at a suggested retail price of $59.99. (Dec. 2)

Currently Available:

  • A Mario and Luigi Thanksgiving: A new Mario and Luigi Wii U Deluxe Set that comes packaged with both New Super Mario Bros. U andNew Super Luigi U games on one disc is now available at the low suggested retail price of $299.99.
  • Burn Off Those Thanksgiving Calories for Free: Running through the end of January, Wii U owners who also own a Wii Balance Board accessory can download a monthlong trial version of the full Wii Fit U game for free on Nintendo eShop. Users can keep Wii Fit U for as long as they like by purchasing and syncing a Fit Meter accessory. A Fit Meter has many features of modern activity meters and is available at a suggested retail price of only $19.99.
  • Compete with Wii Sports ClubThere is nothing more fun than playing a round of tennis or bowling with family and friends in Wii Sports Club, now available as individual downloads exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. In the coming months, Wii Sports Club will include three other sports from the original Wii Sports – baseball, boxing and golf. All sports feature HD graphics, enhanced controls and new features, such as community clubs. With a broadband Internet connection, players can be registered to state or regional clubs and will be able to send messages to one another via Miiverse during matches. With the addition of online multiplayer, users can even play Wii Sports Club with family members that can’t make it home for the holidays. Wii U owners who download Wii Sports Club will get a free trial pass that will let them play any available sports for a 24-hour period from when the Wii Sports Club game was started. Once the trial period ends, players can purchase a Day Pass for $1.99 in the Nintendo eShop to play all available sports for a 24-hour period, or can buy permanent access to individual sports for $9.99 each.

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing, said,

“This year, there is a dizzying amount of affordable Nintendo options for any holiday shopper looking to stock up on fun gifts for family and friends. And if there is ever a question of why shoppers should choose Wii U and Nintendo 3DS this holiday season, the answer is simple: Because it’s Nintendo.”

Three Huge Franchises, One Epic Nintendo Launch Day

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November 22 will see one of the most highly anticipated launch days for Nintendo this year. This friday, three new games from three beloved franchises will hit shelves for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. “Super Mario 3D World” for the Wii U, “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” for the 3DS, and “Mario Party: Island Tour” for the 3DS, are all launching in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.

The games feature Nintendo characters and experiences that can’t be played anywhere else, and demonstrate how Nintendo is bringing value and variety to everyone for the holidays.

Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing said,

“Nintendo is making holiday shopping easy for everyone with the release of three major games on one day. There is something for everyone in this lineup. Super Mario 3D World is perfect for families, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a must-have for gamers and Mario Party: Island Tour is great for kids of all ages.”

i_40625“Super Mario 3D World” is the newest game in the world-famous Super Mario Bros. series. The Wii U game is the first 3D Mario platformer that lets up to four players play together using Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. Each playable character has different abilities. For example, Luigi can jump higher than the other characters and Princess Peach can float in the air for a limited time. Super Mario 3D World introduces players to beautiful HD graphics, numerous breathtaking worlds and never-before-seen power-ups like the cat transformation. In multiplayer mode, one player is able to play using the Wii U GamePad while up to three others can use various controllers like the Wii Remote or the Wii U Pro Controller.

 

i_40658“The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” is the successor to fan-favorite Super NES game The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which launched in 1992. Even though The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds takes place in the same world as its classic predecessor, it is a new adventure, filled with a new storyline and new dungeons. In this Nintendo 3DS game, Link must journey between two worlds, Hyrule and Lorule, using a mysterious power that lets him become a drawing on walls. Link’s ability to merge with walls allows players to solve puzzles and explore dungeons in a new way. Players are also able to buy or rent various items throughout the game, allowing them to explore dungeons in any order they want, adding a new level of freedom to the game play.

A legendary Nintendo 3DS XL bundle will also launch on Nov. 22. The bundle includes gorgeous gold-and-black Nintendo 3DS XL hardware with the iconic Triforce on the exterior, as well as a download code for “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” at a suggested retail price of $219.99. The system is gold-colored on one side and black on the other, beautifully representing the two parallel worlds Link travels between in the game.

3DS_MarioPartyIslandTour_pkg01“Mario Party: Island Tour” lets players take the party on the go! The game is the next installment in the wildly fun Mario Party series, and the first on Nintendo 3DS.Mario Party: Island Tour features mini-games with more unique play styles than any other game in the Mario Party series. Players will imitate voices of some of the most iconic characters from the Super Mario Bros. universe using the built-in microphone on the Nintendo 3DS system, tilt the system to hang glide and even adjust reality with AR Card play. Mario Party: Island Tour also features Download Play, which means up to four Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS owners can play together when in the same room – even if only one person owns the game!

Big Discounts for the Nintendo eShop

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Nintendo has announced a new offer of big discounts in the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Running through December, several games, including fan favorites, will be available for at least 30 percent off their normal prices. Link from the Zelda series kicks off the first round of limited-time discounts on select games. Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners can visit the Nintendo eShop each Thursday to see which character’s games are next.

Between 9 a.m. Pacific today and 9 a.m. Pacific on Nov. 21, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners with a broadband Internet connection can visit the Nintendo eShop to purchase the following discounted games.

On Nintendo 3DS:

  • The Legend of Zelda ($4.99)    $3.49    30%
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX ($5.99)    $3.99    33%
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link ($4.99)    $3.49    30%

On Wii U:

  • The Legend of Zelda ($4.99)    $3.49    30%
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link ($4.99)    $3.49    30%