Gaming on a Budget: Nintendo Selects saves the day


A series of posts meant to save you a couple quarters. I’m a broke college student so I understand the pain of trying to game on the cheap.

Nintendo is releasing twelve new titles under its “Nintendo Selects” banner tomorrow. Essentially, this banner is designed to put some of the very best games Nintendo has made at the price of $19.99, which is a steal for some of these games.

Starting with the Wii U, we have: Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Pikmin 3, and NES Remix Pack. Super Mario 3D World is an essential game for anybody who owns a Wii U. If you don’t have a copy, now is the time to play a solid addition to the 3D Mario games. I haven’t played Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze but I love Donkey Kong Country Returns and I’m sure Tropical Freeze is just as good. (I myself am planning on getting a copy of Tropical Freeze now.) I don’t really have much info on Pikmin 3 or NES Remix Pack but I’m highly considering getting them as well.

The 3DS will have these titles under the Nintendo Selects banner: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Mario Party Island Tour, and Yoshi’s New Island. Ocarina of Time is an obvious classic…that I’ve barely played. Yeah, I know. I’m planning on grabbing a copy and I’m sure anybody who hasn’t played it will do the same to play what is considered one of the greatest games ever made. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is a simple remake of a great game. If you don’t care about co-op on a TV and just want a great platformer for on the go, absolutely get it. Mario Party is strange for a 3DS but I guess if you want to play it alone…you can. Yoshi’s New Island is another one I plan on picking up despite hearing somewhat mixed things. Yoshi platformers are (almost) always a good time.

Even the Nintendo Wii is going to have new titles under the banner: Super Mario Galaxy 2, Animal Crossing City Folk, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Super Mario All Stars. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is one of the greatest games ever made. If you don’t have it, play it. Now. Please. I don’t care for Animal Crossing but if you do, you can now get it on the cheap. Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii is probably worth buying over the 3D one in order to play with friends. It’s a great game. The last title is a collection of four classic Mario titles ported to the Nintendo Wii: Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 2 USA, and Super Mario Bros. 3. Though I don’t think the ports are perfect in terms of precision, it still may be worth a purchase. Otherwise, there’s nothing wrong with dusting off a NES to play these games in their original form.

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