It’s a relatively decent week on the Nintendo virtual storefront, primarily for those who own a Wii U as a couple of big downloadable titles finally make their way to the eShop and Virtual Console.
While Nintendo’s downloadable offerings typically pale in comparison to other platforms, every now and again they manage to pull off a solid week of new games. Sorry if that sounds a little bitter, but when you think about the weekly dose of virtual content arriving on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, and then think about the games we could be playing on the 3DS or Wii U, it gets a little frustrating.
First up this week is Summer Carnival ’92 RECCA, which will be made available on the Virtual Console for 3DS. This odd little number was actually developed for a unique gaming competition held back in the early 90’s. A classic style, tough-as-nails top-down shooter, this will actually be Summer Carnival ’92 RECCA’s first appearance in the United States. You’ll fight wave after wave of baddies before taking on each level’s boss, giving lovers of bullet hell and shooting something to sink their teeth into.
The 3DS eShop will have a decent selection of offerings this week, too, beginning with Sonic Generations. You’ll play as old school Sonic and modern Sonic in this love letter to series fans full of worlds to explore, rings to collect and robotic baddies to destroy.
Darts Up 3D will also be available on the 3DS eShop this week, alongside Boulder Dash-XL 3D and DSiWare title, Jewel Adventures.
Kicking things off are a pair of eShop/Virtual Console ditties known as Spot the Differences: Party! and the classic RPG, Breath of Fire II. Nintendo didn’t give BoFII much play in their weekly announcement for new releases which, honestly, only furthers my bewilderment concerning the publisher. Not only do they bring out Virtual Console games at a pace three degrees slower than the average snail, but when they do get a big game on the virtual distribution service, they barely spare three words to mention it. If you don’t have a bang-up roster of hot new AAA games to your consoles, Nintendo, maybe beef up your virtual catalog with the literally hundreds of older games your customers are willing to pay a few bucks to experience anew or for the first time.
Finally, a pair of big virtual releases are finally making their way to the Wii U eShop, including Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara and Gina Sisters: Twisted Dreams. Both of these games have already launched on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, but that doesn’t make their arrival on the Wii U any less exciting.
Giana Sisters is the beautiful re-launch of a classic platforming series featuring one girl with two very different sides to her personality. Players can swap the game world (and thus Giana herself) between dream and nightmare versions of each world, granting unique abilities and different obstacles to overcome.
D&D, on the other hand, is the console port of arcade brawlers Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystara. This new version includes HD visuals, four-player online coop, customizable house rules and leaderboards.