October is here, which means it’s time for a spooktacular crop of new game offerings as part of the Nintendo Rewards program. Get pumped for two new Wii U games, a pair of regular ole’ Wii games and four offerings for the Nintendo 3DS.
Okay, just because it’s October doesn’t mean that I should refer to any of these games as “spooktacular.” There’s nothing remotely Halloween-themed about anything being offered up this month, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still make away with these digital treats while the getting is good.
For those unfamiliar with the Nintendo Rewards program, it’s a simple way to claim virtual goodies simply by registering your Nintendo games and consoles and occasionally taking part in optional surveys. Doing that will net you Coins, which can be saved up in order to claim some of these monthly rewards. In other words, if you’ve recently indulged in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, joined the fight in Super Smash Bros. or plan to join the witch hunt in Bayonetta 2 later this week, don’t forget to register those games.
The Reward program usually has a bunch of physical goods available in exchange for Coins, too, but those types of items have slowly disappeared throughout the past several months. If you’re looking for a tangible prize, you’re limited to a weird grabby hand contraption, or greeting cards featuring either Super Mario characters or the Nintendogs. Shipping is free, which might explain why the Big N is trying to save a few bucks on making and sending out such trinkets.
If you’re in the market for games, though, they’ve started to make up for the lack of physical goods with an even bigger selection of digital titles. Players used to have a total of two games for their home or portable console available at any given time and, as of late, Nintendo has basically doubled that number.
Let’s start with the Wii U offerings for October. As a heads up, all of these games are available through Nov. 16, at which point a whole new crop of downloadables will take their place. First up is Kirby’s Dream Course, a classic title that sees you guiding the little pink ball known as Kirby through a rollie-pollie course of obstacles and pick-ups. There’s also the NES classic, Wrecking Crew, which sees you carefully destroying buildings without causing yourself harm along the way. Both of these can be grabbed for the Wii U for 200 Coins a pop.
If you’re still gaming on the regular Wii, you can get your hands on Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II or Maboshi’s Arcade. The former is a Virtual Console RPG for 200 Coins while the latter is a collection of original mini-games that’ll set you back 250 Coins.
Finally, there are four games available for the 3DS in this month’s Rewards lineup. The free-falling maze game, Kersploosh and the Game Boy classic Donkey Kong can both be yours for 150 Coins. If you’re willing to part with 200 Coins, however, you can enjoy the NES version of Kid Icarus or the puzzling Brain Age Express Math.