The Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console are stepping up their game this week, offering a nice selection of titles new and old for both the Wii U and 3DS, including some Street Fighter love for those gaming on the home console.
You know, I'll never understand Nintendo's marketing strategy when it comes to releasing digital content, especially when it comes to first party titles that don't typically come with all of the legal and licensing hurdles of third party offerings. But as for those third party games, how much additional negotiating do you need to do in order to bring a game to both your home and portable consoles? For instance, a couple of Street Fighter games are landing on the Wii U this week with no mention of a 3DS offering. The portable console is basically a ready-to-go Super Nintendo emulator. I can't, for the life of me, fathom why these SNES classics aren't being offered up to the hundreds of thousands 3DS owners who are, let's face it, starving for new content.
But rather than griping about what the 3DS doesn't get, let's take a look at what it does. First up is the puzzle game Wakedas and the mini-game collection, Funfair Party Games. You'll also have the opportunity to get in some virtual angling with Fish On 3D, offering 400 lures, oodles of fish and several locations to explore.
While the 3DS isn't getting a Street Fighter game this week, at least it's getting some form of nostalgic love. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos will be arriving on the Virtual Console this week, putting players back into the stealthy shoes of Ruy Hayabusa as he dashes through the city, laying waste to any rival ninjas foolish enough to stand in his way.
A couple of new games have also been added to the eShop this week that were originally retail only offerings. The decidedly badical puzzle adventure game, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward can now be downloaded directly from the store, alongside Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff, in which the titular characters, Phineas and Ferb, um, go on a quest for cool stuff?
If your wallet could use a bit of a break this week, there are also a number of sales on the 3DS eShop, namely from a handful of Ubisoft games. If you're looking to play Rayman 3D, Rayman Origins, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, Petz Fantasy 3D, Splinter Cell 3D or Rabbids Travel in Time, you can do so through Aug. 27 for 30 percent off each game.
New games on the Wii U are a bit more limited. Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff also arrives on the home console, along with a couple of sales. Bit.Trip Runner 2 is being marked down to $11.25 in honor of the release of the Good Friends character pack, and Trine 2 has dropped from $19.99 to the extremely reasonable $7.99 until Sept. 5.
Finally, the Wii U is getting a triple dose of Street Fighter awesomeness with the original game, Turbo and The New Challengers releasing for $7.99 a pop. As a special promotion, if you buy any of the three fighters for full price, you can get the other two for half off.