Everything old is new and awesome again on Nintendo platforms this week as the Virtual Arcade gets a heaping helping of legacy games including a bunch of Game Boy Advance games on the Wii U and Super Mario Bros. 3 on the 3DS and the Wii U.
I suppose that the good news has to come with some bad news. And that bad news is the fact that, for the most part, nothing big, shiny and new is really coming out for either the 3DS or Wii U, keeping the unfortunate trend alive and well heading into the summer months, a period of time that typically sees an even slower trickle of new games than the rest of the year. At this point, I can’t imagine the 3DS or Wii U getting less platform pushers than they currently are, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the next few months holds. We know that the new Kirby, Mario Golf and Smash Bros. are hitting the 3DS before next fall but, as for the Wii U, it’s mostly crickets moving ahead. Sure, there’s Mario Kart, but then damn-near silence until the home console version of Smash drops next winter.
I don’t mean to be all doom and gloom for the Big N. I’d love to see both of their consoles absolutely soar. But it’s getting pretty late in the game for Wii U to make a comeback with nothing on the horizon as far as big releases are concerned. Maybe I’m wrong, but I can’t see a new collection of GBA games saving a home console.
That’s not to say that these GBA games aren’t fantastic, however. This week’s line-up only sports two new titles, but they’re both great fun and should probably be added to just about every collection that doesn’t already include them. I’m talking about F-Zero: Maximum Velocity and Golden Sun, one of my all-time favorite RPGs, period.
Those bad boys will be joined on the Virtual Console this week by the long-awaited NEW classic, Super Mario Bros. 3, finally completing the mustachioed trifecta for those who love hiding in pipes, jumping on the heads of various critters and soaring through the air powered by a tanooki tail.
Only one big box game is coming out this week for the Wii U, and its LEGO The Hobbit, giving console gamers an opportunity to join Bilbo, Gandolf and the dwarves on an epic quest across the lands of Middle Earth.
Super Mario Bros. 3 will also be arriving on the 3DS virtual console this week, joined by a handful of smaller titles including Smash Cat Heroes, Bit Boy!! Arcade, My First Songs and Flowerworks HD: Follie’s Adventure.
There are also a couple of discounts this week, but only on the Wii U. You can snag Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag for 40 bucks and ZombiU for a cool $30. Heck, maybe if enough people buy ZombiU while it's on sale Ubisoft might consider making a sequel?