Digital Download Thursdays
This week is a bit slow on the new release side of things. However, one of the best games ever made, Metroid: Zero Mission is now available via the Wii U Virtual Console. Originally released on the Game Boy Advance, Zero Mission is a reimagining of the original Metroid game on the NES with improved graphics, sound, gameplay, and even an all-new epilogue. It’s a fantastic game that I highly recommend.
For details on the rest of this week’s releases and events, read on:
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Metroid: Zero Mission – Space bounty hunter Samus Aran is sent on a lone mission to infiltrate the fortified planet of Zebes. In this Game Boy Advance classic, traverse through the mazelike base of operations for the Space Pirates, gaining access to powerful upgrades and items for your weapons and suit. Locate Mother Brain, and put a stop to the replication of Metroids!
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails – Create your own world and drive your custom-built train right through it in the Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails game, released exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS system. The game’s innovative design includes a creative virtual sandbox, strategic missions and city simulation, all of which are perfect for train lovers and gamers alike with a dose of Lionel fun that is guaranteed to be off the tracks. Click here to view a trailer for the game.Nintendo eShop sales:
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
- Winter Warm-Up Sale! – Warm up your new year with three weeks of savings in the Nintendo eShop! You’ll get up to 30 percent off select games in a new genre each week, including action, platforming and adventure. Don’t miss out – check back each week to see what’s on sale. This week’s deals start Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. and end Jan. 21 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 25.
- Kung Fu Rabbit (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Puddle and more games from Neko Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 28.
- Spot the Differences: Party! (Wii U), Talking Phrasebook – 7 Languages (Nintendo 3DS) and more from Sanuk Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 21.
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Family Tennis SP is 25 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $3.74) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 4.
- Cubemen 2 is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 28.
- Knytt Underground is 30 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $9.09) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 21.
- Kung Fu FIGHT! is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 18.
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Toys vs Monsters, Fantasy Pirates and more from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 11.
- Code of Princess and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 25.
- You have a new client waiting! Louie is looking for a home designer to help decorate his place. In the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, you can fulfill Louie’s request and receive new and unique items for your catalog. This gorilla, who is a fan of the Mushroom Kingdom, is available for a limited time via the SpotPass feature, so check the in-game Nintendo 3DS system on the second floor of Nook’s Homes to meet him and take him on as a client.Also new this week:
- Near Earth Objects (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Space Hulk (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- The Perplexing Orb (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Wicked Monsters BLAST! HD+ (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Slice It! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- The Keep – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console.
Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He’s currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.