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Nintendo eShop Downloads (11/28/13) – Mario Sale, Classic SEGA Games

Space Harrier 3D - Title ScreenThe new downloads available this week on the Nintendo eShop should be exciting to fans of classic SEGA games – several of the newest titles include Master System/Genesis hits.

For $5.99, you can download the 3D-enhanced versions of Hang On! and Space Harrier. Along with the stereoscopic effects, Hang On! features tilt-based controls, and Space Harrier adds touch-based controls with an auto-fire option for newcomers.

Additionally, this week’s Virtual Console download – Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom can be purchased for $4.99.

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There are some interesting sales on the eShop as well; Shin Megami Tensei IV (Nov. 28-Dec. 2) is just $30 – a steal, considering it is one of my personal-favorite 3DS games of 2013. Several Mario-related games are also marked down (Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis On The Move) until December 5.

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Wario Land 3 Charging Onto Virtual Console Later This Month

The Game Boy Color classic Wario Land 3 will soon be available on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, and downloadable through the Nintendo eShop.

Wario Land 3 was confirmed for the VC during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation. The game will be available on August 29.

Thoughts? I’m glad to see another Game Boy Color title on the 3DS Virtual Console. I love Wario Land – I’ve got the second and fourth games already downloaded on my 3DS, might as well pick up the third!

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Kirby’s Dream Land 2 Coming to 3DS Virtual Console in August

Kirby’s Dream Land 2 has been available for Europeans to download from the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console for over a year; finally the classic Game Boy platformer will be making its way to North American 3DS owners soon enough.

Though the eShop listing for next week still isn’t confirmed directly by Nintendo, Kirby’s Dream Land 2 will be headed to the Virtual Console on August 1 – next week – for $3.99.

That’s a small price to pay for the platformer that brought Rick the Hamster, Coo the Owl and Kine the Fish to the Kirby franchise; Dream Land 2 was a childhood favorite of mine, and I will certainly be checking this one out next week. Unlike many of the Kirby games that followed, Dream Land 2 wasn’t a pushover – it was actually tough to find everything in the game and obtain 100% completion. I’d go as far as to say that it sits just behind Kirby’s Canvas Curse (NDS) as my personal favorite game in the series.


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Shantae Coming to Virtual Console Next Week

WayForward Technologies’ Shantae, originally released in 2002 on the Game Boy Color, will finally be making its way to the 3DS Virtual Console on July 18.

You might know WayForward if you played either of the Mighty Switch Force! games or the Adventure Time game on the 3DS – the same team was responsible for Shantae. Shantae eventually received a DSiWare sequel (Shantae: Risky’s Revenge), but the original game was loved by critics and achieved quite the cult status for a handheld game. In fact, original copies of the GBC game have gone for ten times their original value on eBay.

Fortunately, the Virtual Console release won’t set you back nearly as much – I can’t find the official price, but I’d imagine it’s a lot less than $300, probably the standard $4.99.


Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons Arriving Before Summer

Just a quick blurb, Eiji Aonuma recently confirmed that the Game Boy Color classics Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will be released on the Nintendo eShop/Virtual Console sometime before summer.


The Oracle games are already available in Japan, so it shouldn’t be too much longer for the North American downloads to go live – I’ll be quick to download Ages, as it remains one of the only Zelda titles I have never managed to complete.

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Rumor – Trio of GBA Mario Games Headed to eShop?

According to neogaf.com, the boxart for three Game Boy Advance titles – Super Mario Ball, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Mario Golf Advance Tour have appeared on Nintendo’s servers. Apparently, there is an assumption that Nintendo plans to release these classics on the Nintendo eShop’s Virtual Console.

What do you think? Likely rumor, or just a pipe dream?

Personally, I couldn’t possibly complain – Advance Tour remains one of my favorite golfing games of all time, and I would love a chance to play through Superstar Saga for the second time.

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Blurb – A Gaggle of Recent 3DS Headlines

I have been away for quite some time, as you can see from the feed on the front page.

Unfortunately, moving into a new apartment and trying to set up the Internet during move-in week in a major college town never leads to good results. Alas, excuses are excuses – and I would like to jump right back into the swing of getting headlines posted and putting up some new reviews.

First things first, here are a few assorted headlines from the past few days – old news to some, but still worth knowing about:

Animal Crossing Jumps Out During First Half of 2013

…and that’s all for now. Nintendo recently Tweeted the slightly-vague “launch window” for the 3DS installment of Animal Crossing, subtitled “Jump Out”. Unfortunately, that “window” spans the entire first half of next year. Japan, on the other hand, gets to check out the latest hoarding/OCD simulator this November.

Latest Brain Age Teasing American Brains in December

It was only a matter of time before the latest Brain Age game was localized for North America, and the confirmation finally came last week. Set for launch on December 3, Dr. Kawashima is back to test the sharpness of the brains of America’s finest with Brain Age: Concentration Training. Once again, the goal is to tone your “working memory” by performing a daily routine of basic brain “exercises”. Hopefully the latest Brain Age will launch at the same budget price point as its DS predecessors.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 Sells a Million in Japan

No surprises here; the latest Mario title recently broke the million mark in Japan. Meanwhile, the worldwide Coin Rush total has already exceeded 50 billion coins, and the 3DS remains the highest-selling console in Japan by more than 50,000 units.

New eShop Downloads – SpeedX 3D, Theatrhythm Demo & More

The latest eShop update brings a few notable downloads; for those of you who haven’t gotten around to playing Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, there is finally a demo version available on the service. Moving on, the latest 3D game is SpeedX 3D, which looks like it should come bundled with a script for amphetamines.

There’s another 3D game, titled, Outdoors Unleashed: Africa 3D…if you’re into a safari/hunting simulator set in Africa. Finally, the Game Boy Color game Toki Tori was released on the Virtual Console.

Fractured Soul Confirmed for Sept. 13 Launch via eShop

I previously heard about Fractured Soul through various headlines that were based on its developer (Endgame Studios) struggling to decide on the method of release and price point for its side-scrolling 3DS game. The studio was previously considering a two-part release of the dimension-shifting game, but has since decided on a single download, set for launch on September 13. The price has also been set at $11.99, which Endgame admits is half the price it had originally planned.

I do not know a lot about this game, but after watching some footage of Fractured Soul, I think it looks incredible – and the September 13 launch date couldn’t come sooner. Even if it’s one of the most expensive eShop downloads to date, I fully plan on burning the $12 and hoping for the best. Expect a full review in the coming weeks.

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Nintendo eShop “8-Bit Summer” Promotion Announced

During the Nintendo Direct presentation earlier this week, NOA confirmed a new promotion specifically for the eShop – similar to Xbox Live Arcade’s annual “Summer of Arcade” series. This eShop promotion will be called “8-Bit Summer”, and will bring a variety of Virtual Console titles from the NES, Game Boy, and Game Gear to the 3DS’s digital download service starting in July.

Here are the “8-Bit Summer” games you can look forward to:

  • July 5 – Legend of Zelda (NES)
  • July 12 – Kirby’s Pinball Land (Game Boy) & The Sword of Hope II (Game Boy)
  • July 19 – Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (Game Boy) & Tumblepop (Game Boy)
  • July 26 – Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy)
  • August – Sonic Blast (Game Gear) & Sonic Labyrinth (Game Gear)

And, of course, the trailer that showcases each of the games:


What do you think? Are you planning to download any of these Virtual Console games? I already have Legend of Zelda – the very first free Virtual Console game I downloaded as a “Nintendo Ambassador” – but I would definitely like to check out Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters as well as Wario Land. To be honest, I could do without the Sonic titles – I really wish Sega would release a proper Sonic the Hedgehog game, specifically one of the Genesis installments. Everyone likes Sonic & Knuckles, right?

(via NintendoWorldReport.com)