The Legend of Zelda, NES Open Hit eShop
July is officially here, which means that Nintendo’s “8-bit summer” program will be swinging into full gear. Every week, the company will release two Virtual Console titles (in addition to the usual selection of eShop goodies) onto the eShop, beginning with this week’s re-release of The Legend of Zelda and NES Open. Fans can purchase either title for $4.99, the same cost as on Wii’s download service.
Unfortunately, early adopters may notice that both of these games were already given away as part of Nintendo’s Ambassador’s program, which may put a slight damper on their excitement for the promotion. But fear not, as a number of other classics– including Wario Land and Kirby’s Pinball Land— will soon be joining the service. Expect to see the latter in next week’s eShop update.
In other eShop-related news, the demo for Square Enix’s upcoming action-RPG, Heroes of Ruin, is now available to download. Fans can get a small taste of the game, which our own Andy Hoover seemed to enjoy back at this year’s E3, before it goes on sale in North America on July 17. (Europeans, meanwhile, can laugh at us while they enjoy the full version of the game, which they’ve had for nearly a month now.)
And if that wasn’t enough to satiate your eShop cravings, Nintendo has announced its second “game of the weekend.” This week, 3DS owners can snag Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword for $4.99, a savings of roughly $2 which can go toward purchasing an overlooked gem like Balloon Kid (nudge, nudge).
Nintendo: 3DS and Wii U to Have Unified eShop Accounts
In a bit of good news for those worried that their eShop purchases will be tied to a specific console, it seems that a unified eShop account system is indeed in the works for 3DS and Wii U. According to an email exchange with an inquisitive customer, Nintendo customer service representative, David Marshall, had the following to say regarding the accounts:
“A unified account system will be implemented later this year with the launch of the Wii U. Eventually this same account system will be made compatible with Nintendo 3DS systems. At this time we have no additional details to offer and nothing to indicate how or if this will work outside the United States and Canada.”
While there are no further details on just how these accounts will work, we’ll no doubt hear more about them (likely in a Nintendo Direct, as that seems to be Nintendo’s preferred method of unveiling new information) closer to Wii U’s launch, which will go on sale around the world this holiday season.
Source: Nintendo World Report
Capcom Still Undecided on Localizing Monster Hunter 3G
Fans still hoping to see Monster Hunter 3G, the 3DS version of the critically-acclaimed Monster Hunter Tri, get localized may very well want to turn their sights to Monster Hunter 4, as it seems Capcom has no plans to bring the game overseas. David Gibson, who has recently gained some notoriety by claiming that Monster Hunter 3G would not be localized, has once again stated on Twitter that Capcom will not be bringing the title to North America, though there may still be a chance that the company changes its mind in the future. The full tweet reads as follows:
“MH 3G in USA – any time I ask Capcom, its the same answer…no plans but possible, would think now with MH 4 coming ‘spring 2013’ it helps”
This continued uncertainty surrounding the fate of Monster Hunter 3G doesn’t bode well for its chances of a US release, but so long as this decision doesn’t affect the worldwide release of Monster Hunter 4, I suppose it’s acceptable. Still, Capcom hasn’t exactly been batting a thousand with its fan relations of late, what with the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 still fresh in many people’s minds, and this latest decision may just be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back for some gamers.
Prizes Revealed for Gold and Platinum Club Nintendo Members
Fans who have achieved either gold or platinum status on Club Nintendo can now redeem their free prizes. This year, platinum members have the choice of receiving either a limited edition poster set or some swanky Mario playing cards, while gold members are limited to an exclusive Club Nintendo calendar, as per tradition.
Interestingly, both gold and platinum members now also have the option to forgo the physical rewards completely and instead choose a select game to download. These titles include Super Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for Wii, and Metroid II: Return of Samus and Mario vs. DK: Minis March Again! for 3DS. The offer expires on July 31, so eligible members should redeem their gifts while they still can.