If you were to have told me last year that Nintendo would begin patching their major releases, I would have called you a filthy liar and probably have said some terrible things behind your back. As it turns out, if you were to have told me last year that Nintendo would begin patching their major releases, you would have been right. This evolution has been evidenced a few times over in recent history but is in the spotlight now as the iconic publisher has made use of this week’s Nintendo Download to make vital changes to Mario Kart 7.
Players still engaged in the kart racer and its multiplayer could assuredly tell you of the woes of the tracks Wuhu Loop, Maka Wuhu, and Bowser’s Castle 1; these courses have become notorious among members of the community for their proneness to game-breaking exploits. With this latest updates, the shortcuts that have so broken these stages have been completely removed from the title’s online multiplayer.
This week’s Nintendo Download isn’t all updates and patch notes, though, as the digital distribution service also sees the release of a theatrical 3D trailer for the upcoming film Men in Black 3. As for the eShop’s main function, video games, Nintendo is releasing their own Virtual Console title for the 3DS in Kirby’s Block Ball, a breakout-inspired game released on the original Game Boy. Also available is Chronicles of Vampires: The Awakening for the Nintendo 3DS and DSi. On the demo front, Ubisoft’s Rayman Origins brings its beautiful artwork and scenery to the Nintendo 3DS following its release on consoles late last year.
All of these titles are available now via the Nintendo 3DS eShop or the Nintendo DSiWare store.