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Nintendo has pushed a rather hefty update onto the eShop this week, but it mostly consists of games you’ve played before.
Leading the way are this week’s Wii U Virtual Console releases: Super Metroid, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts. If you act fast, you can also get two of the three on the cheap. Super Metroid is on sale for $0.30 for a limited time and Super Mario Bros. 2 is half off if you also buy Super Mario World.
The 3DS Virtual Console received a pair of new games today as well. Handheld gamers can now download the Mega Man V, originally released on the NES, or Harvest Moon, which was originally released on the Game Boy Color. A new game even made it onto the Wii’s Virtual Console, SNK’s The King of Fighters ’99.
If you’re looking for new titles, the 3DS eShop received two big ones today: The Starship Damrey, an action-adventure from Level-5′s “Guild02″ collection, and Swords & Soldiers 3D, a 3DS update to the popular strategy game. Other new games available today include Bowling Bonanza 3D (3DS eShop), Dress To Play: Magic Bubbles! (3DS eShop), and California Super Sports (DSiWare).
While not part of today’s update, this week’s Nintendo Download also includes Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Resident Evil Revelations, two Wii U ports that will added to the Wii U eShop on Tuesday, 21.
The Mario and Donkey Kong series never seemed to catch on with gamers like some of Mario’s other sideline franchises. But that hasn’t stopped Nintendo from producing new games in the series and the fifth, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, is available on the 3DS eShop starting today. SpeedX 3D: Hyper Edition, a tunnel racer, has also been added to the 3DS eShop this week.
Three other games and a demo are also available this week…
- Xevious and Solomon’s Key come to the Wii U Virtual Console
- Publisher Dream, a “game design tycoon” game, is available on the DSiWare Shop.
- And finally, a Resident Evil Revelations demo will be added to the Wii U eShop on May 14.
More information on all of these titles can be found after the break. (more…)
The Wii U’s Virtual Console expands by two today as Nintendo has added the NES games Mega Man and Pac-Man to their next-generation gaming time machine. The 3DS Virtual Console also expands today thanks to the addition of Balloon Fight.
Another re-release makes the Wii U eShop a more interesting place today: the free-to-play version of Namco Bandai’s Tank! Tank! Tank! The game was originally released as a disc-based game in November. The new free-to-play version will offer the “base game” as a free download with the remainder of the modes and missions available as ten separate pieces of downloadable content.
If you’d prefer something new from your Wii U shopping experience, Neko Entertainment has published the puzzle platformer Kung Fu Rabbit on the Wii U eShop.
More information on all of these games, and other new releases this week, can be found after the break. (more…)
In addition to releasing the neat teaser trailer above, WB Games has revealed the pre-order bonuses for Lego Marvel Super Heroes. As of right now, there are three retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses and you can check them out right here:
Walmart: Receive an ultra exclusive Iron Patriot mini-fig when the game releases.
GameStop: Receive a Spider-Man keychain when you pre-order any version of Lego Marvel Super Heroes (available when the game releases). PowerUp Rewards members also receive an exclusive DLC pack containing “extra characters (including Spider-Man Symbiote, Hawkeye, Thanos, and much more), vehicles, and races!” (PS3 and Xbox 360 only).
Amazon: Receive a $10 Games Credit, automatically applied to your Amazon account.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes will be available for the 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Vita, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360 this Fall.
Rayman Legends may have been delayed until August to put it on the PS3 and Xbox 360, but Ubisoft has made good on their promise and added the Wii U-exclusive Rayman Legends Challenges App to the Wii U eShop. It’s a free download that includes access to four of the game’s levels: Land of the Livid Dead, Neverending Pit, Infinite Tower, and the GamePad-controlled Murfy’s Dungeon. If that weren’t enough, weekly online challenges are also included in the Challenges App.
Also available this week, on the 3DS eShop, is Mega Man IV, the Blue Bomber’s 1992 NES adventure.
Hit the jump for more details on both of these titles as well as three other new games released as part of this week’s Nintendo Download. (more…)
While Nordic Games came away with the big prize from the second THQ auction, 505 Games managed to sneak in a winning bid for the Drawn To Life series. The Italian publisher bid $300,000 for the 5th Cell-developed franchise and that was good enough to win them the rights to the franchise as a whole as well as the previously released Drawn To Life (DS) and Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter (DS, Wii).
The sale of all THQ properties will be finalized during a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing on May 13, 2013.
An unlikely winner has emerged from the THQ sweepstakes: Nordic Games. The small publisher, located in Austria, bid $4.9 million to obtain the majority of THQ’a remaining properties including Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs ATV, Destroy all Humans!, Summoner, Titan Quest, Frontlines, Juiced, Full Spectrum Warrior, and over 150 other titles. A full list of Nordic’s acquisitions will be unveiled soon, probably sometime after the purchase hearing current set for May 13.
But now the question becomes, what happens next? What does Nordic Games, best known for publishing the Painkiller series, plan to do with all of these properties? According to Lars Wingefors, Nordic’s CEO, the company plans to embark on an in-depth analysis of each property and will eventually move forward with sequels to many of them.
“First and foremost we are very happy about this deal which also turns over a new leaf for the entire Nordic Games Group. In the long term, we either want to cooperate with the original creators or best possible developers in order to work on sequels or additional content for these titles,” Wingefors said.
To that end, Nordic Games has set up a special section in their official forums to solicit fan feedback on how to proceed with their new toys.
It’s another big week of release for the Nintendo Download, but once again, the biggest game won’t be available until Sunday.
TT Games’ Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins is that game and it’ll be available to download from the 3DS eShop on April 21. The handheld prequel to the Wii U hit goes back to tell the story of Chase McCain’s first case, back when he was a rookie cop wet behind his plastic hair.
But if you’re looking for something to download today, Nintendo has added the previously retail-only Tetris: Axis, Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns, and the following list of games to the 3DS eShop and/or DSiWare Shop:
- Mystery Murders: Jack the Ripper (3DS eShop)
- Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (3DS eShop)
- Witch & Hero (3DS eShop)
- Working Dawgs: Rivet Retriever (DSiWare Shop)
Four more games will be added to the handheld download services on April 23:
- Puzzler Brain Games (3DS eShop)
- Puzzler World 2013 (3DS eShop)
- Puzzler Brain Games (DSiWare Shop)
- Puzzler World 2013 (DSiWare Shop)
Finally, the excellent Level-5-developed games Liberation Maiden, Crimson Shroud, and Aero Porter have been marked down for the next month on the 3DS eShop. Liberation Maiden and Crimson Shroud are on sale for $4.99 while Aero Porter is marked all the way down to $2.99. Highly recommended.