It’s yet another busy time on the Nintendo eShop. We’ve picked out some of the biggest and best releases that have become available this week for both of Nintendo’s flagship consoles, including a bunch of SNES classics for 3DS, a promising RPG for Wii U, and an open beta courtesy of Bandai Namco. So, make yourself comfortable and let’s go!
Wii U eShop
- Asdivine Hearts – $9.99 – Originally released as a mobile game, Asdivine Hearts has now found itself worthy of a full console release, and rightly so. This traditional 2D RPG may not be the most original game you will play this year, but it’s filled with so much charm and character typical of old-school JRPGs that you won’t really care.
Wii U Virtual Console
- Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day – $6.99 – This catchy-titled brain trainer from the DS era was actually one of the best and most popular releases at the time. Also known as Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? in Europe, this title had many a DS owner scratching their heads as they frantically tried to solve puzzles in the quickest time possible in order to improve that all-important brain age. Good times!
Wii U Open Beta
- Lost Reavers – Free until April 26 – Again, if it’s originality you are after, then this may not be for you. However, if you are a fan of Bandai Namco shooters and enjoy online co-op in order to survive your typical zombie onslaught, then this may be exactly what you are looking for. To give the game a little more depth you will also be required to solve puzzles, search for treasure, level-up your character, and upgrade your weaponry. Although the open beta is only available until April 26, the full free-to-play version is penned for release only two days later on April 28.
New 3DS Virtual Console
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest – $7.99 – This was the second installment in the incredible Donkey Kong Country series for SNES and it was (and still is) an absolute classic! Everything is bigger and better since DK’s first outing, and this time you take control of Diddy Kong as you strive to save the big ape himself.
- Super Metroid – $7.99 – I don’t think this game really needs any kind of introduction. If you are a Metroid fan, it’s more than likely due to this game. Even if you have never played it and only know Metriod for its 3D first-person shooter iterations, it’s because of this game that the Prime titles not only exist, but are as good as they are. Do yourself a favor, download and indulge in a little bit of history.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – $7.99 – Again, little introduction is needed. The general rule of thumb is that if you are a Nintendo fan, you are a Zelda fan too. It’s because of this game that I personally am both. A Link to the Past is the Zelda game for me. So much so that I have recently purchased a Retron 5 just to play my dusty old Zelda cartridge in glorious HD. Thanks to the Virtual Console, however, I am constantly reminded that there are cheaper options available to get A Link to the Past in HD quality, this being one of them.
See anything you’ll be downloading this week? Let us know in the comments!