Nintendo Download: Pikmin 3, Cloudberry Kingdom, Planes, more

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Nintendo has updated the Wii U eShop and 3DS eShop with a ton of new games today, but this week’s biggest release, Pikmin 3, won’t be available until Sunday. If the further adventures of Captain Olimar and his little companions doesn’t interest you, Pwnee’s insane platformer, Cloudberry Kingdom, is available for the Wii U today. And if neither of those games are of interest to you, 3DS and Wii U adaptations of Disney’s Planes will be available to download on Tuesday, August 6.

Virtual Console fans will be interested in knowing that Harvest Moon (originally released for the Super NES) has been added to the Wii U eShop and Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (originally released for the black-and-white Game Boy) has been added to the 3DS eShop.

More information on all of these games and a few additional releases can be found after the break.

Wii U eShop

Cloudberry Kingdom – Unhappily ever after. That’s how it starts. The Orb resurfaces and the classic characters return. Kobbler with his mania, Princess with her endless boredom. It’s only a matter of time before Bob, our hero, shows up to put order back to madness. Three powers struggle for victory and the fate of Cloudberry Kingdom hangs in the balance. What will become of the retired hero, Bob? Will saving Princess one last time win her love? Could true love ever stop Kobbler and the power of the Orb? No, probably not. But hey, it’s worth a shot.

Harvest Moon – Take in the natural beauty and breathe the fresh country air in this fascinating farming simulation game. Experience first-hand the down-to-earth goodness of life on a farm. Your challenge is to dig in and build your life as a farmer with old-fashioned hard work and dedication. There are buildings on your property, but they are in need of livestock. You have a modest house, but if things get lonely in the field, it’s going to take a remodel to woo a female farming companion. Success in this game is measured by the fruits of your labor, so remember, you always reap what you sow!

Pikmin 3 – they’re called pikmin, and they seem to have some very handy abilities. in fact, these tiny pikmin may be the big advantage the explorers need. (Available August 4)

Planes – Get over your fear of heights and take to the skies for a daring mid-air adventure that will test your pilot skills and your sense of humor. After a few flight lessons with Skipper, throttle forward over the world of Cars, just like Disney’s hit movie Planes. Fly solo or fly with a wingman to complete flight objectives, or challenge each other to an Air Rally race or a Balloon Pop challenge. And if you want to stretch your wings, get airborne with a leisurely Free Flight. Just don’t look down! (Available August 6)

3DS U eShop

Bike Rider DX – Enjoy a new kind of jump ‘n run action, riding your bike on bumpy roads, crossing deep valleys and dodging all kinds of obstacles. Travel the globe to be the champion of the WORLD TOUR mode, or break the highscore in the endless GRAND PRIX mode and see how far you can go. You can use a variety of power-up items like the “Air Ride” and make use of fun gimmicks such as giant whirlwinds on your way through the stages! Will you be able to collect all gold coins and unlock the special bonus stages?

Family Kart 3D – Join Billy, Sarah, Cuz, and all the family in a lighthearted racing game that has come to the Nintendo 3DS thanks to ARC Style’s Family series! Enjoy three different modes: Grand Prix, Free Play, and Time Mode. With eight characters and eight karts, all with their different strengths and weaknesses, you can play for hours challenging the 12 different courses at one of three different levels of difficulty! Then connect to the national ranking online and see how your best times in Time Mode compare to those of your rivals across the nation! Use your items wisely, master the road, and earn your rightful place as the head of the family as you leave your kin in the dust!

Kirby’s Dream Land 2 – The Rainbow Bridges that connect the seven Rainbow Islands have disappeared! Help Kirby solve the mystery! Search through the different islands while battling King DeDeDe and his horde of evil minions.

My Farm 3D – Calves, cows, pigs, poultry… make your farm prosper like a real farmer! Buy new animals, feed them, care for them and make your farmyard a happy one to unlock lots of bonuses. Sell your chickens’s eggs at the market, get new colours for your animals and exchange them with your friends!

Planes – Get over your fear of heights and take to the skies for a daring mid-air adventure that will test your pilot skills and your sense of humor. After a few flight lessons with Skipper, throttle forward over the world of Cars, just like Disney’s hit movie Planes. (Available August 6)

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John Scalzo is Warp Zoned's Editor-In-Chief and resident retro gaming expert. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at john AT warpzoned DOT com.

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