Published on January 24th, 2013 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
Quick, to the eShop! A Balloon Fight Makes a Funky Cave a Place to Train Brains
Nintendo is holding up its promise quite well. The Nintendo Wii U Direct Feed delivered various goodies, and this time, it was far more quality than quantity as compared to the past couple of streaming previews.
If you missed the news, Zelda is making a comeback and Yoshi is getting ready to unravel. If you loved Kirby’s Epic Yarn, then you’ll enjoy the newly announced Yoshi title in the works. Much like Yoshi’s Story, we see a familiar scene this time depicted with an arts and crafts style. The Zelda title isn’t new; however, it might look like it. Those who loved The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker you’ll be happy to know that it is getting a huge overhaul. The game is shaping up to be just as pristine as it was on the GameCube and showcases the vivid colors of the games design now in high definition. While it isn’t necessarily the HD Zelda we were hoping for, it will surely make due.
Those lookin’ for a deal will be glad to know that the Virtual Console is making its way to the Nintendo Wii U. To celebrate its release along with the original release of the Famicom (the original NES console name in Japan), Nintendo has reduced the price to a whopping $0.30. These games will run for 30 days on individual sales each month. Titles will change each month allowing Wii U owners to purchase classic games at a discounted price. Here are the games on the promotion from now until August.
- Balloon Fight (NES)-From Wed, 1/23 to Thu, 2/21
- F-Zero (SNES)-From Wed, 2/20 to Thu, 3/21
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES)-From Wed, 3/20 to Thu, 4/18
- Kirby’s Adventure (NES)-From Wed, 4/17 to Thu, 5/16
- Super Metroid (SNES)-From Wed, 5/15 to Thu, 6/13
- Yoshi (NES)-From Wed, 6/12 to Thu, 7/11
- Donkey Kong (NES)-From Mon, 7/15 to Tue, 8/13
There was also news of new of a 3D Mario, Mario Kart and Smash Bros. games in development. There was too much to detangle for you here, so check out our wrap-up or simply watch the Direct Feed in the video above.
Now on to the games!
Platform: Wii U
Release Date: Jan 22, 2013
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Genre: Action, Adventure, Platformer
If you haven’t heard about The Cave you’ve probably been living in a cave. The game is a product of Ron Gilbert of Double Fine Productions and SEGA. There is plenty of cavernous exploration, revealing an expansive world the deeper endeavor. Solve problems and switch between three different characters in this spelunking adventure.
Brain Age Concentration Training Demo Goes Live
Looking to train your brain? The Brain Age Concentration Training goes live today. Anyone attached to their smart phone or social network might want to pay attention here. Squirrel! What? Did I miss something? Oh well, where were we? Ah, yes.
The game will provide your brain with exercises to improve your concentration. It was revealed in the Nintendo Direct Feed prior to the most recent. For those tethered to everyday life it delivers mini-games to bring back your focus and give your brain what it needs. The game hosts short term memory challenges to bring your concentration back to the forefront. No more browsing the intern…Reddit is so awesome.
Honorable mentions this week are games like Super C (Nintendo 3DS eShop) and Cocoto Alien Brick Breaker (Nintendo 3DS eShop). Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (Nintendo 3DS eShop) and Funky Barn(Wii U) jump from retail to digital as they join their respective online marketplaces.
“Quick, to the eShop!” is your one stop shop for the weekly rundown of Nintendo downloadable titles.