There’s Now A Nintendo 3DS And Wii U Humble Bundle

There’s Now A Nintendo 3DS And Wii U Humble Bundle

It’s not very often you see Nintendo platforms represented in Humble’s pay-what-you-want offerings. It’s only Humble’s second Nintendo bundle on their service — and it’s the first one available to Australians and New Zealanders.

It continues Humble’s run of decent deals — although you’ll want to have both the 3DS and Wii U to get the most out of it.

There’s three tiers for this package, with a bunch of more eShop games to be added to the second tier some time next week. Let’s get started.

Tier 1: Pay $1 or more to unlock

Real mixed bag, this one.

  • Retro City Rampage: DX (3DS)
  • Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U)
  • Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (3DS/Wii U)

The first tier has plenty of good value here — Retro City Rampage or Affordable Space Adventures for US$1 is a steal, really — but the entire worth of the package is really dependent on you having both a 3DS and a Wii U. If you’ve only got a Wii U, every tier is going to be infinitely less attractive, which stirs up a whole set of frustrations around third party support and platforms that we’ve all been through before.

Tier 2: Pay more than the average

This might be one of the highest initially priced “averages” for a bundle off the bat. The average is US$9.67 right now, weirdly.

  • Freedom Planet (Wii U)
  • Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure (3DS)
  • Citizens of Earth (3DS/Wii U)
  • Retro City Rampage: DX Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu Theme (3DS)

The only one of these three games that I know anything about is Freedom Planet, a fun side-scrolling platformer that unabashedly takes its inspiration from Mega Man and the Sonic games. I’d almost venture that its worth paying for the second tier alone just for Freedom Planet, provided there’s at least two games you like in the first tier.

Tier 3: Pay US$13 or more to unlock

The Wii U gets the better deal here.

  • Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (3DS)
  • Darksiders 2 (Wii U)

Pretty barebones here and you’ll need both platforms to really make this worth it. I can’t imagine too many long-term Wii U owners who don’t have Darksiders 2. It’s no Bayonetta, but it’s a serviceable action slasher (is that a thing?) nonetheless.

So that’s it for the first eShop 3DS/Wii U bundle of 2016; hopefully there’s a lot more around the corner. What eShop games would you like to see get added to the bundle?


  • Neat. Although I’ve already got Rhythm Thief and Darksiders in retail form, so there’s no much enticement outside of that first tier. Freedom Planet does look cool (the voices in that trailer are very Saturday Morning – also is that the voice of ’09 series Shredder?), but I totally suck at Sonic games 😛

    Still, Retro City Rampage and Shantae for cheap are tempting. Even if I am pretty averse to buying from the eShop at all ever.

  • It’s nice to see it’s out there but nothing overly of interest to me. If it was a humble bundle of Nintendo VC games I’d be all over it. They did one recently with Neo Geo games.

  • This is rather interesting.

    I forget the charities that Nintendo and Humble partnered with during the indies-only bundle that was run last year.

    One of the charities featured here concern themselves with housing for displaced children, and the other works to include women and minorities into computer science ie game design. I wonder how many outlets are going to bother mentioning this at all. All of the dollars I spend will probably be tipped into those charities if Humble’s slider thingy works as I remember it to work.

    I’ve been long critical of how exactly Humble works BECAUSE of its partnership with charities. Serious business that, so it should attract serious scrutiny.

    On the Nintendo side of things, another fact that gets lost on most is the other console platforms either cannot or will not be able to feature a sale like this. That’s a big deal.

    Now, Australia on the whole seems to visibly /detest/ Nintendo in the modern era, and that’s just to be accepted. During the first Humble Bundle, the bitching about region-locking drowned out everything positive about it. I sincerely doubt most of the people who did that at the time will really give a hoot this time around.

    I also bitch about region locking.

    I also agree that it’s an odd selection of games.

    However, I want to be able to see more of these initiatives in the future.

    This, and the fact the money I am spending will go to some very worthwhile causes – one in particular strikes a chord with me as a long-time and vocal customer of Nintendo and the wider video games industry as a whole – means it’s a no-brainer for me.

    Codes for the games I already own from that list will also find good homes too.

    • I’ve been long critical of how exactly Humble works BECAUSE of its partnership with charities. Serious business that, so it should attract serious scrutiny.Curious about this, I don’t think I’ve ever come across anyone saying anything of the sort.

  • What’s the game in the header picture?

    Also this bundle was an immediate buy for me. 😉

  • Am going to wait to see what else is going to be added to the list.

    Good value but nothing interests me yet unfortunately.

  • I want to get it… But since I don’t own a Wii U, half the titles are worthless to me.

  • Ooh. I’ll get this, because a few of those games looked interesting to me, but moreso because this is absolutely overdue and wanted.

    I only played half of Darksiders 1 on 360, and gave up as I wasn’t enjoying it enough. Not sure if it’s worth trying number 2. Freedom Planet and Shantae look the most interesting to me. More coming soon, too!

  • For the love of God, at least get the Shantae bundle. Genuinely one of the best platformers you will ever play.

  • Nice to have one of these that we can redeem in Australia. List of games is a bit eh, but there are a couple of titles I don’t yet own elsewhere.

  • There are a couple more games thrown into the bundle now:
    Swords and Soldiers II (Wii U)
    Nano Assault EX (3DS)
    Runbow (Wii U)

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